Speaker: Bro Audie Villaraza
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.
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
Speaker: Bro George Gabriel
Connect to God and people
Keep it simple
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?
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
There are difficult verses
I will take vengeance in anger and wrath on the nations that have not obeyed me.
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.
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.’
Anyone who strikes a person with a fatal blow is to be put to death.
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.
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.
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
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.’”
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.
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.
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
Jesus is the final revelation
Read the bible using Jesus as your lens
The Word is Jesus Himself
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.”
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
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.
Speaker: Bro Audie Villaraza
Listen to God’s voice thru different channels
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.
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.
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:
For what can be known about God is plain to them,
because God has shown it to them.
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
It’s so much beautiful to pray in nature — in God’s creation
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.
And in the morning, a great while before day, he rose and went
out to a lonely place, and there he prayed.
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
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
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.
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.