TABOO: How To Talk About the Stuff We Don’t Want To Talk About – Addiction -Talk 3

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Speaker: Bro Audie Villaraza

Isaiah 44:21
“Remember these things, Jacob,
for you, Israel, are my servant.
I have made you, you are my servant;
Israel, I will not forget you.”

We are all addicted to something
Trade it to something better
Trade in your vice so you can have a better life

God wants you back
Your sin does not own you. God owns you

Speaker: Bro Bo Sanchez

Genesis 25:29-32
Once when Jacob was cooking some stew, Esau came in from the open country, famished. He said to Jacob, “Quick, let me have some of that red stew! I’m famished!”
Jacob replied, “First sell me your birthright.”
“Look, I am about to die,” Esau said. “What good is the birthright to me?”

All addiction will lie to you
Addiction will tell you, if you don’t act upon what you are
addicted on, you will die

Your cravings will die — not you — if you do not feed your cravings

Our problem is our lack of patience
Delay gratification

Focus on another pleasure

You cannot get rid your addiction
But you can trade it with another

Don’t focus on addiction
Focus on ambition

Hebrews 12:4
In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood.

Often times we don’t fight temptation because we have no reason to fight
You will only fight temptation to the degree that you love yourself

Self rejection opens you to temptation

John 4:7
When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?”

John 4:11,13-14
“Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water?

Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

Our soul is thirsty for love
All addictions are pain killers

The reason why we have addiction is the lack of connection
The only way for you to be free of you addiction is the eternal love of God

TABOO: How To Talk About the Stuff We Don’t Want To Talk About – Abuse -Talk 2

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Speaker: Bro Audie Villaraza

Exodus 20:13
You shall not murder

Your words have power
Words can kill or heal

James 1:19
My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this:
Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry,

Speaker: Rissa Singson Kawpeng

Types of Abuse

1 Physical abuse
2 Sexual abuse
3 Verbal and emotional abuse
4 Religious abuse

You need to:

Recognize
Respond
Refer

Speaker: Bo Sanchez

Take charge of your life

John 5:1-9
Some time later, Jesus went up to Jerusalem for one of the Jewish festivals. Now there is in Jerusalem near the Sheep Gate a pool, which in Aramaic is called Bethesda and which is surrounded by five covered colonnades. Here a great number of disabled people used to lie—the blind, the lame, the paralyzed. One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to get well?”

“Sir,” the invalid replied, “I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me.”

Then Jesus said to him, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.” At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked.

 

Problems paralyze people
They get used to the abuse
They give up hope
Pain becomes predictable. It becomes better than freedom

Rise up from your paralysis
You can get up from your paralysis

Take up your bed
– you can be comfortable with your problem
– you don’t need that bed anymore

Take responsibility

Take charge of your life

Walk

Keep on walking
Get out of your situation

TABOO: How To Talk About the Stuff We Don’t Want To Talk About – Ancestors -Talk 1

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Speaker: Bro Audie Villaraza

Isaiah 43:18-19
Forget the former things;
do not dwell on the past.
See, I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
and streams in the wasteland.

Stop looking back
We love clinging to the past
The old means familiar the new means unfamiliar

Acts 7:51
You stiff-necked people! Your hearts and ears are still uncircumcised.
You are just like your ancestors: You always resist the Holy Spirit!

Speaker: Bro Bo Sanchez

Big Message: God is staring a new thing.

Break that cycle
Family cycle
Nature or nurture?
What is more powerful?
Nature -> genetic
Nurture -> How you were raised

Your association affects your actions

Proverbs 13:20
Walk with the wise and become wise,
for a companion of fools suffers harm.

1 Corinthians 15:33
Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.”

1 Kings 11:3-4
He had seven hundred wives of royal birth and three hundred concubines, and his wives led him astray.
As Solomon grew old, his wives turned his heart after other gods, and his heart was not fully devoted
to the Lord his God, as the heart of David his father had been.

Is sin inherited?
Sin-tendency is more about nurture than nature.
God’s greatest gift to us, next to Jesus is our free will.
We have the ability to decide.

Lamentations 5:7
Our ancestors sinned and are no more,
and we bear their punishment.
Exodus 20:5-6
You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God,
punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me,
but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.

–> It’s the culture of sin that is passed on
We set a bad example
Proximity is power
You influence people closest to you
You are a role model

Spiritual level
We’re interconnected
We affect each other
Just like a ripple effect

1 Corinthians 12:12-14
Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ.
For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—
and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many.

Hotspot – Network — Grand Feast

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Speaker: Bro Audie Villaraza

Acts 2:42
They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship,
to the breaking of bread and to prayer.

Learn from each other.
Church was God’s idea.
Share life together.
Church is family.
When you open your life to people, a breakthrough happens.
Friends turn into family.
Thank God for community.
Thank God for Church.
Thank God for friends.

Your network grows bigger.

Speaker: Bro Bo Sanchez

Big Message: Let’s do life together.

That is what church is all about.

There is a difference between temple and church.
Jesus came down here on earth not to build a temple but to build a church.

There is only 1 church.

Church is messy.

3 stages of community life

1. Delirious – You experience heaven. You see everyone as angels
– stage of honeymoon and extasy

2. Disenchantment – All of a sudden you realize that not everyone is an angel
– You realize that people are weak

LOJ will be a church for messy people.
Not concerned about the image of the community.
It’s God’s role to change your life.

3. Death
Some people get stuck in stage 2.  They are the complainers
It’s a miserable life to remain in stage 2.
Everyday die to your pride, to your preferences
Live for others. Serve
Humility is the key

Grand Easter Feast 2017 – Shine Forth

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Proverbs 3:5
Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight.

Be grateful to the people who shine God’s light for you

Set the room on fire for the love of God

Thank you for shining your light on me

Shine God’s light through gratitude

Surrender to God’s will

No one loves you more than Jesus

God’s will is love

God is in your waiting. God is in your journey.

Love gives you the power to overcome anything in life

Parents are not perfect but they love you unconditionally

God’s love is perfect

Just love
It’s hard, but it’s worth it.

Speaker Bro Bo Sanchez

God is here
Luke 24:13-18, 28-33
Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem.
They were talking with each other about everything that had happened.
As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them;
but they were kept from recognizing him.

He asked them, “What are you discussing together as you walk along?”

They stood still, their faces downcast.
One of them, named Cleopas, asked him, “Are you the only one visiting Jerusalem
who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?
As they approached the village to which they were going, Jesus continued on as if he were going farther.
But they urged him strongly, “Stay with us, for it is nearly evening; the day is almost over.” So he went in to stay with them.

When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them.
Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight.
They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?”

They got up and returned at once to Jerusalem. There they found the Eleven and those with them, assembled together

Whatever you are going through, God is here
God is here but there are times we don’t recognize him.

Grand Feast Rizal – 2017 – Journey

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Speaker: Bro Bo Sanchez

God is our pilot
We are on a journey
We are going to Jesus
Celebrate every step on to just the destination

Proverbs 3:5-6
Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight

Jesus says follow me
Stop complaining
Behind the problem is a blessing
We are always rushing
Be happy now
Be happy every step of the journey
Because Jesus says come follow me
Every step of the journey, Jesus is with you
One day you’ll gonna die and you will realize that life is precious now.
You don’t even know when
Allow Jesus to embrace you
How would you live your life if you know that you are going to die tomorrow?

Speaker: Bro Alvin Barcelona

Take flight and soar high
You can fly
God has put us here on earth for a reason

You are destined for greatness

Jeremiah 29:11
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD,
thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.

Jeremiah 1:10
See, today I appoint you over nations and kingdoms to uproot and tear down,
to destroy and overthrow, to build and to plant.

Matthew 5:14
You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.
Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand,
and it gives light to everyone in the house.
In the same way, let your light shine before others,
that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

With God, nothing is impossible

Fly. Because you can with God

1 Corinthians 14:1
Follow the way of love and eagerly desire gifts of the Spirit, especially prophecy.

Why we fly? Because we want to love more
Not just for yourself
Love for God
It’s because of the love from God

Isaiah 40:31
but those who hope in the Lord
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.

Sumakay sa hangin ng Diyos

Speaker: Bro Dan Caudill (Preacher of Feast Montalban)

Oerdrive (Talk for the Youth)

Philippians 3:13-14
Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it.
But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead,
I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

Life is not a race

Young ones have many goals
Goals = Energy

How should you plan your goal?
You should have a goal that is original.
Do not let other people dicate your dreams.
Do not let others tell you what to do
You are God’s masterpiece

Know
Initiate
Sherpa
Surrender

Know what your deam is
Life is difficult
There will always be pain
Chose pain of road to success or pain of regret?

Sherpa
Life is like mountain climbing
But you need a guide
There will be people who will guide you.

Surrender
God is bigger than your dreams
At the end of the day, surrender
God can make you succeed

Matthew 6:33
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

Life is not a race. It’s a grace from God
In the name of Jesus, do your best

Hotspot – Sync– Talk 2 (Palm Sunday)

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Speaker: Bro George Gabriel

Connect to God and people
Keep it simple

Genesis 5:24
Enoch walked faithfully with God; then he was no more, because God took him away.

Enoch was in fellowship to God
God wants to communicate to us from His Word
God’s word will change your life

Speaker: Bro Bo Sanchez

Keep it simple
It’s so easy to complicate our faith
We have different personalities.
Listen to God the way you were designed.
God wants to have dates with you
You need dates with Him too

How do you read the bible?

3 Guidelines

Listen
Look
Love

Listen
It’s not how much you read, it’s how much you listen
Pausing for a while
Pause — allow God to speak to you
Have a same chair time

Look

There are difficult verses

Vengeful God

Micah 5:15
I will take vengeance in anger and wrath on the nations that have not obeyed me.

Nahum 1:12
This is what the LORD says: “Although they have allies and are numerous,
they will be destroyed and pass away. Although I have afflicted you, Judah,
I will afflict you no more.

Ezekiel 25:17
I will carry out great vengeance on them and punish them in my wrath.
Then they will know that I am the LORD, when I take vengeance on them.’

Murderous God

Exodus 21:12
Anyone who strikes a person with a fatal blow is to be put to death.

Exodus 35:2
For six days, work is to be done, but the seventh day shall be your holy day,
a day of sabbath rest to the LORD. Whoever does any work on it is to be put to death.

Deuteronomy 21:18-21
If someone has a stubborn and rebellious son who does not obey his father and mother
and will not listen to them when they discipline him, 19 his father and mother
shall take hold of him and bring him to the elders at the gate of his town.
They shall say to the elders, “This son of ours is stubborn and rebellious.
He will not obey us. He is a glutton and a drunkard.”
Then all the men of his town are to stone him to death.
You must purge the evil from among you. All Israel will hear of it and be afraid.

Genocidal God

Deuteronomy 2:32-34
Then Sihon came out against us, he and all his people, to fight at Jahaz.
And the Lord our God delivered him before us; and we smote him, and his sons, and all his people.
And we took all his cities at that time, and utterly destroyed the men, and the women,
and the little ones, of every city, we left none to remain

Deuteronomy 3:2-4:6
Give the people these orders: ‘You are about to pass through the territory of your relatives
the descendants of Esau, who live in Seir. They will be afraid of you, but be very careful.
Do not provoke them to war, for I will not give you any of their land,
not even enough to put your foot on. I have given Esau the hill country of Seir as his own.
You are to pay them in silver for the food you eat and the water you drink.’”

Joshua 6:21
And they utterly destroyed all that was in the city, both man and woman, young and old, and ox,
and sheep, and ass, with the edge of the sword.
But Joshua had said unto the two men that had spied out the country, Go into the harlot’s house,
and bring out thence the woman, and all that she hath, as ye sware unto her.
And the young men that were spies went in, and brought out Rahab, and her father,
and her mother, and her brethren,
and all that she had; and they brought out all her kindred, and left them without the camp of Israel.
And they burnt the city with fire, and all that was therein: only the silver, and the gold,
and the vessels of brass and of iron,
they put into the treasury of the house of the Lord.
And Joshua saved Rahab the harlot alive, and her father’s household, and all that she had;
and she dwelleth in Israel even unto this day;
because she hid the messengers, which Joshua sent to spy out Jericho.
And Joshua adjured them at that time, saying, Cursed be the man before the Lord,
that riseth up and buildeth this city Jericho:
he shall lay the foundation thereof in his firstborn, and in his youngest son shall he set up the gates of it.
So the Lord was with Joshua; and his fame was noised throughout all the country.

Joshua 8:1,24-25
Then the Lord said to Joshua, “Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.
Take the whole army with you, and go up and attack Ai.
For I have delivered into your hands the king of Ai, his people, his city and his land.
When Israel had finished killing all the men of Ai in the fields and in the wilderness where they had chased them,
and when every one of them had been put to the sword, all the Israelites returned to Ai
and killed those who were in it.
Twelve thousand men and women fell that day—all the people of Ai.

Psalm 137:9
Happy is the one who seizes your infants and dashes them against the rocks.

How do you read the bible?

Revelation of God to man is progressive
God is revealing to man based on human limited understanding
Gradual revelation

Jesus is the final revelation

Read the bible using Jesus as your lens
The Word is Jesus Himself

John 8:7
When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them,
“Let anyone of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.”

Love
James 1:22
Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.

If you make everything important,
nothing is important

To follow Jesus, you cannot say everything is important

What is the most important in following God?

1 Corinthians 13:13
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

The bible is a mirror.
When you read the bible, you see your weaknesses

My Comments/Reflections:
The bible is the story of our salvation.  It is a beautiful love story between God and man.
It is a story of God’s faithfulness to His people. Not just to the people from the past
but to all of us including the present and the future.
It is not just a story but is a living Word.  When we read it, it has transforming effects.
We are not transformed overnight and in just one reading, but we are transformed daily.
Not because of our own efforts only, but because of God’s faithfulness and continued grace
flowing to us.

If you are interested to know more on how to read God’s word, there are scheduled
Bible Studies at the Feast. There you can learn  how to read the bible as a Catholic.
And you will have a deeper understanding of How God works in our lives.
May God bless your journey towards Him who Love you immensely.