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

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.
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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.”
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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.

Hurt Attack – Surgery – Talk 2

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Speaker: Bro Audie Villaraza

God will not waste a single hurt in your life.

1 Samuel 18:6-10
It happened as they were coming, when David returned from killing the Philistine,
that the women came out of all the cities of Israel, singing and dancing,
to meet King Saul, with tambourines, with joy and with musical instruments.
The women sang as they played, and said,

“Saul has slain his thousands,
And David his ten thousands.”

Then Saul became very angry, for this saying displeased him; and he said,
“They have ascribed to David ten thousands, but to me they have ascribed thousands.
Now what more can he have but the kingdom?” Saul looked at David with suspicion
from that day on.

Now it came about on the next day that an evil spirit from God came mightily upon Saul,
and he raved in the midst of the house, while David was playing the harp
with his hand, as usual; and a spear was in Saul’s hand.

David not once tried to retaliate Saul.

Do you have abuse in your life?

1 Samuel 24:12
May the Lord judge between you and me. And may the Lord avenge the wrongs you have done to me, but my hand will not touch you.

Big Message
Be good to others
not because they are good to you
but because you are good.

God does the same thing to us everyday.
Love others like Christ.

Speaker: Bro Bo Sanchez

Big Message: Let love heal you

If you do not love yourself, you cannot love others

If you are in an abusive relationship, wake up and walk away

Love and need are different things

Sometimes the only way to love an abuser is to avoid him
But do not take revenge because that wound will get deeper
You don’t want to be an abuser also

1 Samuel 24:12
May the Lord judge between you and me. And may the Lord avenge the wrongs you have done to me, but my hand will not touch you.

There’s a difference between an abuse and an annoyance
You have to know the difference

If abuse — avoid
If annoyance — accept

Your strength could also be your weakness
You cannot love a person in parts — accept a person totally

Valentine Special – Love Attack

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Speaker: Bro JC Libiran

What’s your love story?

God’s love conquers all fears

1 John 4:19
Perfect love drives out all fears

Guest Speaker

The best way to heal a broken heart
is to offer it to God
His Words can heal you

Speaker: Bro Alvin Barcelona

This crazy little thing called love

1 Corinthians 13:4-7
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast,
it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking,
it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

1 Corinthians 13:13
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

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

That is why we love because we were first loved

1 John 4:19
We love because he first loved us.

Romans 8:39
neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation,
will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

John 3:16
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son,
that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

John 15:13
Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.

The real face of love is about sacrifice — giving oneself

Face of love — face of someone dying for you to live more

Love — going outward, not going inward

Jesus died for you because He wants to say I love you

Hurt Attack – History – Talk 1

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Speaker: JC Libiran

1 Samuel 18:6-10
It happened as they were coming, when David returned from killing the Philistine,
that the women came out of all the cities of Israel, singing and dancing,
to meet King Saul, with tambourines, with joy and with musical instruments.
The women sang as they played, and said,

“Saul has slain his thousands,
And David his ten thousands.”

Then Saul became very angry, for this saying displeased him; and he said,
“They have ascribed to David ten thousands, but to me they have ascribed thousands.
Now what more can he have but the kingdom?”
Saul looked at David with suspicion from that day on.
Now it came about on the next day that an evil spirit from God
came mightily upon Saul, and he raved in the midst of the house,
while David was playing the harp with his hand, as usual;
and a spear was in Saul’s hand.

1 Samuel 24:12
May the Lord judge between you and me.
And may the Lord avenge the wrongs you have done to me,
but my hand will not touch you.

Who is the real Goliath in our life?
Maybe you are the Goliath to yourself

You are God’s wounded healer.

Speaker: Bro Alvin Barcelona

Emotional Pain
Most of our pains are self-inflicted
Many people are set up for hurts

Big Message: Set yourself up to be happy.

3 Types of Hurts

1. Serious Hurt

Hurt people hurt people.

Life is unfair, but God is good.
Run to God when you are hurt.
We don’t know why it happens but keep on running to God.

2. Small Hurts

We make these hurts big.
People are people.  They are not perfect.  They commit mistakes
There are some hurts that are blown up out of proportion

People hurt you.
But don’t worsen in.
Stop rewinding it n your mind.
Stop meditating on it, dwelling on it,
and being fixated on it.
Acknowledge it.  Accept it.
But stop making it your little god.  Move on.

3. Self Hurts

When do we hurt ourselves?

   a.  When we keep on repeating our mistakes
Winners make new mistakes
Losers makes the same mistake

People don’t get what they deserve.
They get what they think they deserve

If you see yourself as garbage,
you settle for garbage.

You are the most precious being in the eyes of God.
So treat yourself as one.

b.  When we replay our hurts
         Stop worshiping your hurt
Are you a hurt collector?
You replay hurt by looking for similar hurt
When someone hurts you, you think all will hurt you

Jesus wept when his friend Lazarus died.
But after that He raised him back to life.

Jesus agonized in the garden.
After that, he moved on.

You acknowledge hurts.  Then you recover.
Beyond that, it’s already self-inflicted.

Set yourself up to be happy

Happy despite the pain

Things happen.  There will be people who will commit mistakes
Let it go.

It’s OK to get angry.  You are human.  Just don’t prolong your anger.

Pain will come — Feel the pain — Let go

Let it go, let it flow, let God flow through you.

Think of how you felt or are feeling when you receive God’s love
Swim in God’s love

Think of people who made you happy
Think of God’s story in you

Best Year Ever – Imagine Your Future Now – Impact – Big Day

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Speaker: Bro George Gabriel

Faith comes by hearing
Learn to preach the Gospel to yourself

Ephesians 2:10
For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works,
which God prepared in advance for us to do.

3 Things to pick up in this word

1. You are God’s handiwork
You are hand made by God
You are so unique

2. You’re created to do good
You are programmed to do good

3. Your good works is God-prepared
God already has given you gifts and talents
Give your greatness to the world
because you are the only person who can give it

Speaker:  Bro Bo Sanchez

You have greatness in you
You got to do what you were designed by God to do
Can you say: I was made for this.

2 Questions to ask to know your greatness:

1.  what’s my focus?
What’s your unique calling?
What’s your greatness?

Focus on your strength. Forget your weakness.

Work on you A and forget your F
Bring out your genius to the world

Do you know your hidden genius?
The problem is, we don’t know ourselves
    We don’t have DEEP SELF AWARENE

2.  What’s my fuel?
Money should not be your fuel

Discover your genius

Another 2 Questions to ask to know your God given greatness:

1.  What do I do that when I do it, I help the most people?
2.  What do I do that when I do it, I feel the most alive?

Ask the people you know with these 2 questions:

1.  Where do you think I excel?
2.  What do I do that helps you the most?

Best Year Ever – Imagine Your Future Now – Implementation – Talk 3

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Speaker: Bro Odie Villaraza

James 2:14, 17
What good is it, my brothers and sisters,
if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds?
Can such faith save them?
In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.

To fulfill your big task, you need faith.
But you also need fortitude or action.

Speaker: Bro Bo Sanchez

Big Message: Keep Walking

For us to be successful, we need HARD WORK.

People love this quote –>  Don’t work hard, work smart
But the key to success is to Work Smart and Work Hard

Work and love your work

Life is more exciting than the most exciting video game

Love your work

Your standard of work depends on the size of your dream

Work on your dream like crazy

You are swimming in an ocean of blessings

God already made the move.  It’s your turn to move

3 Sources of to know God’s will

1.  The Word — Bible, teachings of the church

2.  The Wise

Sirach 6:36
If you find someone with understanding,
    get up early to call on him;
    wear out his doorstep with your visits.

We need mentors that we can consult to

3.  The Why
Know your purpose

God give you the mission, he leaves the details to you
He gave you a brain to work out the details

4th Source: The Walk

Keep walking, experimenting, exploring

Keep struggling, and be willing to fail

Aim for progress, not perfection

Keep going

Speaker: Bro George Gabriel

You only appreciate the light wen you are in total darkness

When you are in total darkness and you hold a lamp,
you only see the things near you.  You need to take a step
to see the things further.

God shows you the next few steps

The only way that you will be able to see the next steps
is that you need to take a step forward.

The more you move forward, the more you see that his word is
in every step.