Month: February 2016

Open Wide:Follow Francis-Follow Jesus-Talk 3-Encircle

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Speaker: Bro Alvin Barcelona

* Talking about our planet is a spiritual thing
* Care creation
* St. Francis -> calls the sun and moon as
brother sun and sister moon

* Do not just love everyone but love everything
* Planet Earth is where we live in
* Good and bad news – There’s no Planet B
* Laudato Si – “be praised” – Book written by Pope Francis
* Talking about nature

* Genesis -> God instructed us to
1. Cultivate
2. Guard

* Price of progress – climate change
* Everything affects everything
* Creation is a mirror
* If we destroy creation, creation will destroy us

3 Big reasons why you should love our home
1. Love the poor
-> when creation fights back, the poor will be affected first
-> let’s do our part for the poor
2. Love our children
3. Love God
-> you love what God loves

* We are stewards of God’s creation

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Speaker: Bro JB

8 Ways How To Guard the Planet
1. Plant a tree a year
2. Recycle what you can
3. Change light bulb to LED
4. Avoid plastic bags
5. Use rechargable battery
6. Brush without running water
7. Turn off the lights and computers when not in use
8. Rethink water bottles

* When you love, it builds your character
-> it gets shared yo others
-> you will never love in vain

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Speaker Bro JB

* The standard of God in loving is hard

* 1 John 4:7
“Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God.
   Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.”

* We love because He first loves us.

* Receive the love of God

* Learn how to love like Jesus

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Speaker: Bro Alvin Barcelona

* It’s all about love

* 1 John 4:8
“Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.”

* Love has different faces and different forms
throughout the ages

* 1 John 4:20
  ” If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother,
    he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother
    whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen.

* Love the people whom you see everyday

* 1 Timothy 5:8
“Anyone who does not provide for their relatives,
   and especially for their own household, has denied the faith
   and is worse than an unbeliever.”

 

Open Wide:Follow Francis-Follow Jesus-Talk 1-Embrace

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Speaker: Bro Jan Ben

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* The teaching of Pope Francis is teaching of Jesus

* Titus 3:5 ” he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done,
  but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit,”
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* Mercy is freely given by God

* The mercy is already there.  You just have to open up yourself to receive his mercy.

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Speaker: Bro Alvin Barcelona

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* Believe first and see the miracle

* Believe in our God who graciously gives more than what you deserve

* Be mercified

* Join the party

* You’re on a spiritual journey
Don’t get stuck

* Story of the Prodigal Son
3 Stages of our Spiritual Journey
1. Journey of the surprised son
2. Journey of the better brother
3. Journey of the forgiving father

* We are on a journey of a surprise

* Prodigal son – deserves punishment, but instead his father gave him embrace and feast
– God gives you more than what you deserve
– God’s mercy is God’s loving embrace

* When you think that you are not worthy, God calls you
– There are great people in the bible not because they were great but they have a great   God
-> because of Gods mercy

* God will embrace you

* It’s not about you. It’s about my love for you

* Miracles are there but you have to believe to see it

* We are swimming in the ocean of miracles

* Open yourself to receive his miracles –> Gods grace

* Believe and join the party
– The better brother was rigid, self righteous, judgemental

* God allows crisis so that we will be humbled
* God allows people to fail you
* God allows you to doubt and ask. it humbles us

* Forgiving Father
– God’s name is mercy
– Through the eyes of God – a loving eyes

* The stand of the church is to forgive and love

* May the people know Christians to be loving people, loving the dinners and being merciful