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.

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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.

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

Big Message: REMOVE YOUR MASK

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

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

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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