Month: March 2017

True or False? Is Your Life Based on a Lie? – Information – Talk 3

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Speaker: Bro George Gabriel

Exodus 32:1-4
When the people saw that Moses was so long in coming down from the mountain,
they gathered around Aaron and said, “Come, make us gods who will go before us.
As for this fellow Moses who brought us up out of Egypt, we don’t know
what has happened to him.”
Aaron answered them, “Take off the gold earrings that your wives, your sons
and your daughters are wearing, and bring them to me.”
So all the people took off their earrings and brought them to Aaron.
He took what they handed him and made it into an idol cast in the shape of a calf,
fashioning it with a tool. Then they said, “These are your gods,Israel, who brought
you up out of Egypt.”

Exodus 32:21-24
He said to Aaron, “What did these people do to you, that you led them into such great sin?”
“Do not be angry, my lord,” Aaron answered. “You know how prone these people are to evil.
They said to me, ‘Make us gods who will go before us. As for this fellow Moses
who brought us up out of Egypt, we don’t know what has happened to him.’
So I told them, ‘Whoever has any gold jewelry, take it off.’
Then they gave me the gold, and I threw it into the fire, and out came this calf!”

Lying comes from fear
Fear of getting embarrassed
We lie because we are not brave enough to tell the truth
When you lose truth, you lose freedom
You project a life that is not your own
You project a mask
We need to be honest with the people in our life
The truth will set you free

Truth and lies look the same in the outside

Speaker: Bro Bo Sanchez


We don’t even know that we are wearing a mask

Some advertising are lies.  They make promises that are not true
Families can be filled with secrets
Families are as sick as their secrets that they keep
We pretend who we are not
We wear our mask too long
We don’t admit that we need help

Truth is so beautiful
Only truth can make life livable

Lie creates a fictional world
Lie is complicated
Live in the truth to make life simple

Sirach 1:29
Do not be a hypocrite before others, and keep watch over your lips.

Matthew 23:25
Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites!
You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed
and self-indulgence.

Lying about who you are
If your life is in a mess, stop pretending that your life is OK

Remove your mask, or else you will never be set free

Stop exaggeration

Sincerity is always powerful

Basis of relationship is trust
Trust comes from truth
Truth is beautiful
Lying is toxic
Learn to tell the truth more often

How can I tell the truth?

Ephesians 4:15
Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect
the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ.

Love is greater than emotional honesty
Truth must be a servant of love

4 things you need to do to stop lying

1. Silence – when you are tempted to lie,
stop and be silent – pray

2. Sincerity – when you are tempted to exaggerate

3. Share – find 2 or 3 friends who you can trust
and guide you

4. Sessions – family must have sessions to talk
about the truth in your family life

True or False? Is Your Life Based on a Lie? – Illusion – Talk 2

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Speaker: Bro Audie Villaraza

Lies that we believe in the future
Some people are afraid of uncertainty because they have never been there
So many questions about the future stresses you out
Refer to the Word of God because it is firm and solid

Psalm 23:1
The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.

God is already in our future.

Matthew 6:27-30
And which of you by being anxious can add one cubit
to his span of life? And why are you anxious about
clothing? Consider the lilies of the field,
how they grow; they neither toil nor spin;
yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory
was not arrayed like one of these.
But if God so clothes the grass of the field,
which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into
the oven, will he not much more clothe you,
O men of little faith?

Believe that God has prepared everything

Every blessing has already been prearranged

Speaker: Bro Bo Sanchez

Numbers 13:31-32
Then the men who had gone up with him said,
“We are not able to go up against the people,
for they are stronger than we.”
So they brought to the people of Israel
an evil report of the land which they had
spied out, saying, “The land through which
we have gone, to spy it out, is a land
that devours its inhabitants, and all the people
we saw in it are men of great stature.

Numbers 14:1
Then all the congregation raised a loud cry,
and the people wept that night.

They were not able to enter the promised land

Some of us are stuck because of fear.
Because of bad reports, we get disillusioned.

The Israellites experienced many miracles.
But when they experienced a big problem,
they saw the giants, and they forgot the miracles.

Gratitude and fear cannot live together

Fear will make you forget yesterdays blessings

Perception is reality

Your life is like a roller coaster.
Will you live in fear? Or in joy?

Experience is what you do to what happens to you.

Wear a different eyeglasses.
Lens of fear — you will be stuck
Lens of love

What eyeglasses are you wearing?

When you are grateful, something good happens to you.

What Fear Does
1. Delusion
That’s part of life, you will always have a basher
A lot of fear
Life is like a roller coaster, there will always be ups and downs

False expectation appearing to be real
Forget everything and run or
Face everything and rise

2. Distractions – it makes everything small important
Focus on the most important

3. Detours
It makes us hire wrong advisors that leads us to
go away from dreams
Consult the right people

Will you follow fear? Or will you follow God?
It is all about love.

A lot of people are so afraid.
Our vision becomes limited because of fear.
We see things based on what it is.
We don’t see it based on what it could be.

See things on how God sees it.

God has a plan for you.
We don’t see it yet.
Your future is already secured

Our future is in God’s hands

It’s all about trusting God

How do you see your future?

True or False? Is Your Life Based on a Lie? – Identification – Talk 1

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Speaker: Bro George Gabriel

Your first identification is that you are a child of God.

Genesis 32:24-31
And Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him
until the breaking of the day.  When the man saw that he did not prevail
against Jacob, he touched the hollow of his thigh, and Jacob’s thigh
was put out of joint as he wrestled with him.
Then he said “Let me go, for the day is breaking.”  But Jacob said,
“I will not let you go, unless you bless me.”
And he said to him, “What is your name? And he said, “Jacob.”
Then he said to him, “Your name shall no more be called Jacob,
but Israel, for you have striven with God and with men,
and have prevailed.”
Then Jacob asked him, “Tell me, I pray, your name.”
But he said, “Why is it that you ask my name?”  And there
he blessed him. So Jacob called the name of the place
Peniel, saying, “For I have seen God face to face,
and yet my life is preserved.”
The sun rose upon him as he passed Penuel,
limping because of his thigh.

An authentic God-encounter changes your perceived identity.

In our life, we sometimes declare negative identities

We put on messed up identity from people who are
messed up themselves.

Jacob means grabber or thief

Hebrews 11:21
By faith Jacob, when dying, blessed each of the sons
of Joseph, bowing in worship over the head of his staff.

You can’t worship God if you don’t have a limp.
In every worship is an encounter with God
You become what you worship.

An angel broke Jacob’s hip
He broke his pride

We lean on the wood of the cross
We acknowledge our weakness
Come before God with your limp

Speaker: Bro Bo Sanchez


We don’t think that way
It is rare that a person thinks that way

You have filter in your brain
Even if there are loads of information and reality being
bombarded to you, you discard 99% of this reality and
retains the 1%.

Reality is like a big jigsaw puzzle.
Our mind can hold only one piece, or else we go insane

We are fixated on this one piece.
And we say that is reality
In that one piece, we think it is ugly

You define yourself by that one ugly piece.
You allow that one piece to define who you are.

Your life is based on a lie if it is defined only on that one piece.
Love is my religion.  
“This statement made by Bro Bo, for me, is a very controversial
statement. Some of my friends made some bad comments regarding this.
I tried to reflect on this statement and tried to make sense out of it.

This is my very limited and humble opinion on that statement:

I believe that knowing is different from obeying what Jesus had taught us.
Even if you know all the doctrines and do all the rituals that the Church
prescribes, but you don’t obey the essence of it all — and that is
to love God with your all and the second is to love your neighbor, it is
worthless.  I believe that knowing the truth about our Catholic faith
is very important in our faith journey.  But once we know the truth,
we need to hold this truth with a humble heart, with a contrite heart,
knowing that we are sinners. Knowing that we cannot do all that is commanded
without God’s grace and His mercy.  Without God’s grace working in our lives,
we do it in vain.  In saying that Love is my religion
is saying that Catholicism’s truest essence is all about God’s love for all of us
and our response to that love.  
It is a religion centered on God who is the source of love.”
Going back to my notes 🙂

Problem with some of us who are religious, we pray too much than we love people
We love doctrine than we love people
Bone marrow of faith is love.

Truth can only be held with a gentle hand of humility
If it is held with pride, truth will go away.

Be known with our love than your religion

You are the beloved of God but we look on ourselves as trash due to
what happened to you.

What you focus on flourishes.