Month: September 2019

Pope Culture: How to Have Authentic Joy – Big Day

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Speaker: Bro Philip Sumera

Acts 8:26

Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip,
“Go south to the road—the desert road—
that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.

Obeying God is doing it now and
never doubt His instruction.

In a season of emptiness, obedience is difficult.

Keep on walking, stop doubting
Keep trusting

His faith sees that God is up to something

It is difficult to be in the desert

Speaker: Bro Audee Villaraza

Big Message: You are God’s evidence

God sends His best soldiers to the biggest battles.

Man’s rejection is God’s redirection

2 things learned

1. Revelation
God is always trying to reveal something to you. Keep your eyes open

2. Inspiration
After you encountered Jesus, share your story.

When it comes to the Gospel, your job is to spread the information

You don’t need to be a preacher to preach.

Share the love story of how God changed you.

Acts 8:31

“How can I,” he said,
“unless someone explains it to me?”
So he invited Philip to come up
and sit with him.

Your job is to spread the information.
It’s God’s job to do the transformation.

Tell them your God story.

Our job is to point the way to Jesus

Acts 8:38-40

And he gave orders to stop the chariot.
Then both Philip and the eunuch went down
into the water and Philip baptized him.
When they came up out of the water,
the Spirit of the Lord suddenly took Philip away,
and the eunuch did not see him again,
but went on his way rejoicing.
Philip, however, appeared at Azotus
and traveled about, preaching the gospel
in all the towns until he reached Caesarea.

Be the miracle that people are praying for.
Point them to Jesus

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Pope Culture: How to Have Authentic Joy – Embrace – Talk 3

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Speaker: Bro Bo Sanchez and Bro Audee Villaraza

Big Message: God embraces everyone.

Since almost every word that they shared made a great
impact in me, I think it is better to get the whole talk and share it here.
(I downloaded and cut the video from the Feast PICC AM FB page)

May God speak to you through this powerful talk.

I’m also sharing the whole story of Acts 10

Acts 10

At Caesarea there was a man named Cornelius,
a centurion in what was known as the Italian Regiment.
He and all his family were devout and God-fearing;
he gave generously to those in need
and prayed to God regularly.
One day at about three in the afternoon he had a vision.
He distinctly saw an angel of God,
who came to him and said, “Cornelius!”

Cornelius stared at him in fear. “What is it, Lord?” he asked.

The angel answered, “Your prayers and gifts to the poor
have come up as a memorial offering before God.
Now send men to Joppa
to bring back a man named Simon who is called Peter.
He is staying with Simon the tanner, whose house is by the sea.”

When the angel who spoke to him had gone,
Cornelius called two of his servants
and a devout soldier who was one of his attendants.
He told them everything that had happened and sent them to Joppa.

About noon the following day
as they were on their journey and approaching the city,
Peter went up on the roof to pray. He became hungry
and wanted something to eat, and while the meal was being prepared,
he fell into a trance.
He saw heaven opened and something like a large sheet
being let down to earth by its four corners.
It contained all kinds of four-footed animals,
as well as reptiles and birds.
Then a voice told him, “Get up, Peter. Kill and eat.”

“Surely not, Lord!” Peter replied.
“I have never eaten anything impure or unclean.”

The voice spoke to him a second time,
“Do not call anything impure that God has made clean.”

This happened three times,
and immediately the sheet was taken back to heaven.

While Peter was wondering about the meaning of the vision,
the men sent by Cornelius found out
where Simon’s house was and stopped at the gate.
They called out, asking if Simon
who was known as Peter was staying there.

While Peter was still thinking about the vision,
the Spirit said to him, “Simon, three men are looking for you.
So get up and go downstairs. Do not hesitate to go with them,
for I have sent them.”

Peter went down and said to the men,
“I’m the one you’re looking for. Why have you come?”

The men replied, “We have come from Cornelius the centurion.
He is a righteous and God-fearing man,
who is respected by all the Jewish people.
A holy angel told him to ask you to come to his house
so that he could hear what you have to say.”
Then Peter invited the men into the house to be his guests.

The next day Peter started out with them,
and some of the believers from Joppa went along.
The following day he arrived in Caesarea. Cornelius
was expecting them and had called together
his relatives and close friends.
As Peter entered the house, Cornelius met him
and fell at his feet in reverence.
But Peter made him get up.
“Stand up,” he said, “I am only a man myself.”

While talking with him, Peter went inside
and found a large gathering of people.
He said to them: “You are well aware that it is against our law
for a Jew to associate with or visit a Gentile.
But God has shown me that
I should not call anyone impure or unclean.
So when I was sent for, I came without raising any objection.
May I ask why you sent for me?”

Cornelius answered: “Three days ago I was in my house
praying at this hour, at three in the afternoon.
Suddenly a man in shining clothes stood before me and said,
‘Cornelius, God has heard your prayer
and remembered your gifts to the poor.
Send to Joppa for Simon who is called Peter.
He is a guest in the home of Simon the tanner,
who lives by the sea.’ So I sent for you immediately,
and it was good of you to come. Now we are all here
in the presence of God to listen to everything
the Lord has commanded you to tell us.”

Then Peter began to speak: “I now realize how true it is
that God does not show favoritism
but accepts from every nation the one who fears him
and does what is right. You know the message God
sent to the people of Israel, announcing
the good news of peace through Jesus Christ,
who is Lord of all. You know what has happened throughout
the province of Judea, beginning in Galilee
after the baptism that John preached—
how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power,
and how he went around doing good
and healing all who were under the power of the devil,
because God was with him.

“We are witnesses of everything he did
in the country of the Jews and in Jerusalem.
They killed him by hanging him on a cross,
but God raised him from the dead on the third day
and caused him to be seen. He was not seen by all the people,
but by witnesses whom God had already chosen—
by us who ate and drank with him
after he rose from the dead. He commanded us
to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one
whom God appointed as judge of the living and the dead.
All the prophets testify about him that everyone
who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.”

While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit
came on all who heard the message.
The circumcised believers who had come with Peter
were astonished that the gift of the Holy Spirit
had been poured out even on Gentiles.
For they heard them speaking in tongues and praising God.

Then Peter said, “Surely no one can stand
in the way of their being baptized with water.
They have received the Holy Spirit just as we have.”
So he ordered that they be baptized
in the name of Jesus Christ.
Then they asked Peter to stay with them for a few days.

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Pope Culture: How to Have Authentic Joy – Encounter – Talk 2

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Speaker: Bro Audee Villaraza

Worry can be the loudest thing you hear.
The best way to decrease intensity of your worry,
is to increase the intensity of your worship.

Stop worrying, start worshiping.

Speaker: Bro Bo Sanchez

Zephaniah 3:17

The Lord your God is with you,
the Mighty Warrior who saves.
He will take great delight in you;
in his love he will no longer rebuke you,
but will rejoice over you with singing.”

When God looks at you, He sings.

The joy of the Gospel – Apostolic Exhortation
– Call people to action.

Gospel means good news.

According to Abraham Maslow who is a psychologist,
there are 5 hierarchy of need

1. food, water, shelter, clothing
2. need for security, safety
3. need to belong, friendship, family
4. esteem, self esteem
5. self actualization

We have a deep need for love.
We want that person to be true, faithful

There is a person who loves us.
And His name is Jesus
He comes to you.
He tells you, you are worthy and I love you.
That is good news!

Your picture of God is very important
You become the God that you worship.

Speaker: Bro Audee Villaraza

“The joy of the gospel fill the hearts and lives
of all who encounter Jesus.” EG 1

Joy always starts with Jesus.

Luke 19:1

Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through.

God is always passing through because
He is searching for you.

Not the question of Lord, did you send it?
Question is: Did you see it?

God is with you.

Psalm 138:7-10

Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?
If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,
even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast.

Luke 19:2-4

A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus;
he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy.
He wanted to see who Jesus was,
but because he was short he could not see over the crowd.
So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree
to see him, since Jesus was coming that way.

Humility enables you to see Jesus.

Humility is the quickest highway to heaven.

Be like Zacchaeus
You can be the worst kind of sinner,
but if you can be humble enough to climb the tree,
you can see Jesus.

Luke 19:5-6

When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him,
“Zacchaeus, come down immediately.
I must stay at your house today.”
So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly.

Jesus wants to enter your house.

When Jesus touches you, you become clean.

Humility is following Jesus.

Luke 19:8

But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord,
“Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor,
and if I have cheated anybody out of anything,
I will pay back four times the amount.”

A real encounter with Jesus changes you.

Luke 19:9-10

Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house,
because this man, too, is a son of Abraham.
For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”

When you humble yourself, God blesses your entire house.

Let Jesus meet you right where you are.

Your biggest problems will become your biggest blessings.
– Bro Bo Sanchez

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Pope Culture: How to Have Authentic Joy – Evangelic – Talk 1

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Speaker: Bro Audee Villaraza

In Your presence, Jesus, there is freedom, healing, favor and love.

Speaker: Bro Bo Sanchez

Matthew 16:18-19

And I tell you that you are Peter,
and on this rock I will build my church,
and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.
I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven;
whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven,
and whatever you loose on earth will be[d] loosed in heaven.”

Pope Francis’ letter – The Joy of the Gospel (Evangeli Gaudium)

Real joy comes from Jesus.

Big Message: Keep your eyes on Jesus.

In your mess, in your trials, keep your eyes on Jesus.

Why God allowed bad popes (incomplete answer)

Matthew 16:23

Jesus turned and said to Peter,
“Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me;
you do not have in mind the concerns of God,
but merely human concerns.”

1. because everyone needs a savior – Peter needs a savior
even the Pope needs a savior, he needs Jesus

2. everyone is welcome in this Church, led by an imperfect leader
-> we can identify with Peter’s scars

3. everyone is equal. The Church is human. The Pope is human.

The sower, when he sees weeds sprouting out, does not grumble and overreact.
But that ‘s what we do, in Church, we grumble. We talk about the weakness
of that person. We are all human. Our duty, is not to overreact.
The reaction should be, we are all human. We all need a savior.
We are in church because we are perfect, we are in church because
we are not perfect. And we need God.

4. everyone focuses on Jesus, not on any human being
the sinfulness of the church, compels us to keep our eyes on Jesus.

Let’s thank God that we have a Pope, and let us thank God that
we have Pope Francis.

Speaker: Bro Audee Villaraza

When you operate in fear, God’s presence will not give you peace.
It will give you panic.

Matthew 14:27-29

But Jesus immediately said to them:
“Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”
“Lord, if it’s you,”
Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”
“Come,” he said.

Then Peter got down out of the boat,
walked on the water and came toward Jesus.

With God on your side, the impossible, becomes
possible.

It’s all about Jesus.

Will I survive this oppression?
Will I survive this situation?

Don’t focus on what’s outside your boat.
Focus on who is inside your boat.

Don’t focus on the storms around you.
Focus on the savior who is beside you.

You will sink every time you focus on the wind and the waves.
When you focus on the savior who is beside you,
you will not sink. Keep your eyes on Jesus.

Mark 4:37-40

A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat,
so that it was nearly swamped.
Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion.
The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?”
He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!”
Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.
He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”

Jesus says quiet, be still.

Stop alerting God, to the presence of your problems.
Alert your problems that you have a big God.

Keep your eyes on the savior.

Life is not life if you have not lived with Jesus.

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