Month: April 2017

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

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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.

Hotspot – Password – Talk 1

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Speaker: Bro Audie Villaraza

Listen to God’s voice thru different channels

Hebrews 4:12
For the word of God is living and active,
sharper than any two-edged sword,
piercing to the division of soul and spirit,
of joints and marrow, and discerning the thoughts
and intentions of the heart.

What must you be when you hear God’s word?
You must be alive. Don’t be dead and passive

Luke 2:46-47, 49
After three days they found him in the temple,
sitting among the teachers, listening to them
and asking them questions; and all who heard him
were amazed at his understanding and his answers.
And he said to them, “How is it that you sought me?
Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?

You are the temple of the Holy Spirit
You are the Church

You can’t give what you don’t have

Hotspot – is the ability to share internet connection with others
But you need to have an internet connection yourself
in order that you as a hotspot will work

You cannot give what you don’t have

Strengthen your God-Connection

Look for people who could be your spiritual wi-fi

But be careful — there might be people who are not
really connected to God.
You thought they are connected to God,
but they don’t have love

Speaker: Bro Bo Sanchez

Big Message: Listen to God’s Voice

When you are small, you have a small world.
But as you grow older, your world gets bigger.

God is running after you because He wants to speak
to you, but you are too busy on other “important” things, or people.

Question: Should I read the bible daily?
Daily bible reading is 1000% recommended but not required
to please God or grow spiritually.

People in the bible didn’t read their bible everyday

It was only when the printing press was invented by Johannes Guttenberg
that the bible became easily accessible and read.

People who were not reading the bible were still connected to God
in some other ways.

Joshua 1:8
This book of the law shall not depart out of your mouth,
but you shall meditate on it day and night, that you may be careful
to do according to all that is written in it; for then you shall make your way
prosperous and then you shall have good success.

Deuteronomy 6:4-5
Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD; and you shall love the LORD
your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might.

People in the bible prayed the bible with their lips.
They would pray it night and day.

Religious people have the tendency to turn recommendations into rules

“If you love God, you should pray the Rosary everyday.”
Does this mean that if you don’t pray the Rosary, you don’t love God?

There is only 1 requirement — LOVE.

What works for me may not work for you.

There are several channels where God speaks:

1. Conscience

Romans 1:19
For what can be known about God is plain to them,
because God has shown it to them.

Jeremiah 31:33
But this is the covenant which I will make with the
house of Israel after those days, says the LORD:
I will put my law within them, and I will write
it upon their hearts; and I will be their God,
and they shall be my people.

Your conscience has to be formed by the teachings of the Church
Private revelation cannot conflict with scriptures and Church teachings

2. Creation
It’s so much beautiful to pray in nature — in God’s creation

Romans 1:20
Ever since the creation of the world his invisible nature,
namely, his eternal power and deity, has been clearly perceived
in the things that have been made.  So they are without excuse.

Mark 1:35
And in the morning, a great while before day, he rose and went
out to a lonely place, and there he prayed.

3. Church
Thru the Majesterium of the Church
Sacred Scriptures and Sacred Traditions
God also speaks thru the Sacraments

2 Thessalonians 2:15
So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the
traditions which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth
or by letter.

God also speaks thru spiritual teachers

4. Circumstances
God speaks thru your reality
We just need to listen carefully

Socrates said — Unexamined life is not worth living

5.  Collective wisdom
Accumulated knowledge and human science

6.  Catholic Bible

God designed us to learn in different ways

There are many different learning styles

80% of book readers are female

Not all gain knowledge by reading.  Since there are different ways to learn

God is your Father and He wants to speak to you.  But you are too busy

God will speak to you thru many channels
We should pray the bible. Not just read it.

Our level of education is higher than our level of obedience

Psalm 1:1-3
Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,
nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers;
but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates
day and night.  He is like a tree planted by streams of water,
that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither.
In all that he does, he prospers.

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My Reflection:

Our God is an awesome God.  He would always probe us and seek for us and
find ways to communicate to us.  He loves us immensely and desires that we
always be in communion with Him.  He wants us to be with Him always
for all eternity.  He desires to bless us and give us gifts.  He wants to
help us and guide us.  He wants to protect us from any harm.
That is why He has given us this beautiful gift which
is the Catholic Church.  Where we could commune with Him in the
most intimate way — and that is thru the Eucharist.  Where we eat
His very own flesh and blood and be allowed to be united with us in that
very intimate and special way. He has given us His Word which is the Bible.
Another is thru the Sacraments where He Himself thru the priest
personally gets in touch with us in a deeper way.  There are so many ways
that God has given provisions to us in order for us to be near Him.  
We just need to be open to His provisions and His love.

Have you not yet tried reading the bible?  I would recommend that you do so.  It is the most amazing love story that I have ever read. It is the greatest love story between God and you.  There are bible studies offered in Feast Bay Area.  You can go to the lobby and ask for the schedule.

As St. Augustine of Hippo once said:
To fall in love with God is the greatest romance;
to seek him the greatest adventure; to find him, the greatest human achievement.”

Let us seek Him always.  God never tires in seeking for us.
My prayer is that in our daily life, we receive the gift of being aware
of His presence and the grace to listen to Him. That His will be done.  
His most wonderful and loving will for our lives.

True or False? Is Your Life Based on a Lie? – Big Day

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Speaker: Bro George Gabriel

3 John 1:4
No greater joy can I have than this,
to hear that my children follow the truth.

Summary of Talk 1 – Identification

Genesis 25:24-26
When her days to be delivered were fulfilled,
behold, there were twins in her womb.
The first came forth red, all his body like a hairy mantle,
so thy called his name Essau.
Afterward his brother came forth, and his hand had
taken hold of Essau’s heel; so his name was
called Jacob.

Labels are very powerful
God thinks you’re awesome
He has a special plan for you
You are God’s beloved and your name is written
in His hands.

Speaker: Bro Didoy Lubaton

Truth should be walked
Supposed to be alive

James 1:22
But be doers of the word, and not hearers only,
deceiving yourselves.

Truth has to go out

Luke 11:28
But he said, “Blessed rather are those
who hear the word of God and keep it.”

Carry the truth with you wherever you go
We are not just Sunday Christians
We are everyday Christians
How can we speak the truth to them?
Speak the truth thru their language
be an interpreter of God’s love

Speaker: Bro Alvin Barcelona

Ephesians 4:15
Rather, speaking the truth in love,
we are to grow up in every way into him
who is the head, into Christ.

Act the truth in love
Love is an action word

Truth that hurts vs Truth that heals
Which truth are you speaking more often?

See in the eyes of faith
Ultimate truth is more than immediate truth

Jesus is the way, the truth and the life.