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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.

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.

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?