Speaker: Bro George Gabriel
Your first identification is that you are a child of God.
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
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
Big Message: GOD THINKS YOU’RE AWESOME
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.