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.
Speaker: Bro George Gabriel
Your first identification is that you are a child of God.
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
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.
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.”
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.
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
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
Speaker : Bro Audie
We were binding sheaves of grain out in the field when suddenly my sheaf rose and stood upright, while your sheaves gathered around mine and bowed down to it.” His brothers said to him, “Do you intend to reign over us? Will you actually rule us?” And they hated him all the more because of his dream and what he had said. Then he had another dream, and he told it to his brothers. “Listen,” he said, “I had another dream, and this time the sun and moon and eleven stars were bowing down to me.” When he told his father as well as his brothers, his father rebuked him and said, “What is this dream you had? Will your mother and I and your brothers actually come and bow down to the ground before you?” His brothers were jealous of him, but his father kept the matter in mind.
Chose the people whom you will share your dreams to.
Dont ever let small minded people tell you that you cant do it
The harder your life the higher your bounce back.
Speaker: Bro Bo Sanchez
Big Message: Paint beautiful paintings
Every single thought of your mind is a brush stroke in the canvas of your imagination
It can become real
Paint your present – you only describe your present, sometimes you are bias, you paint only the negative
Paint your future
You need hope to live
Imagine victory in 2017
Speaker: Bro Didoy
I went past the field of a sluggard,
past the vineyard of someone who has no sense;
thorns had come up everywhere,
the ground was covered with weeds,
and the stone wall was in ruins.
I applied my heart to what I observed
and learned a lesson from what I saw:
A little sleep, a little slumber,
a little folding of the hands to rest—
and poverty will come on you like a thief
and scarcity like an armed man.
2 kinds of people
1. people who look at work as if it is a tragedy
2. people who are thankful for their work
I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day:
the night cometh, when no man can work.
One Big Message: Keep on Planting
Shift your way to success
Speaker: Bro Bo Sanchez
2 Principles to Success
Execution and Endurance
Always asks what if –> fear –> does not plant –> less harvest
–> blame everyone else
Plants but is distacted. He does not take care of his plant –> less harvest
–> blame every one else
Plants, Takes care of plants, Harvests
Focus on what you can control
Do it afraid
You cannot get rid of your fears –> just do it
All hard work brings a profit,
but mere talk leads only to poverty.
There are people who do not execute
Will you execute?
We are afraid of failure
6 words for you to break the fear of failure
In reality, the passing grade is 25 percent
story about the seads planted on different path
In farming there are 3 seasons:
2. growing –> this is the longest season
Success is found in the middle
Success Principle 2
Dishonest money dwindles away,
but whoever gathers money little by little makes it grow.
Secret to success is time
do your boring work everyday
Keep on improving
Successful businesses are not based on brilliant ideas
but on the ability to execute these brilliant ideas.
Guest- 4th Impact
Commit to the Lord whatever you do,
and he will establish your plans.
Your past is over
Do not be paralyzed by fear
How committed are you to God?
Speaker: Bro Alvin Barcelona
God is telling you, you shall have plenty
1 Kings 17:7-16
Some time later the brook dried up because there had been no rain in the land.
Then the word of the Lord came to him: “Go at once to Zarephath in the region of Sidon and stay there.
I have directed a widow there to supply you with food.” So he went to Zarephath.
When he came to the town gate, a widow was there gathering sticks.
He called to her and asked, “Would you bring me a little water in a jar so I may have a drink?”
As she was going to get it, he called, “And bring me, please, a piece of bread.”
“As surely as the Lord your God lives,” she replied,
“I don’t have any bread—only a handful of flour in a jar and a little olive oil in a jug.
I am gathering a few sticks to take home and make a meal for myself and my son,
that we may eat it—and die.”
Elijah said to her, “Don’t be afraid. Go home and do as you have said.
But first make a small loaf of bread for me from what you have and bring it to me,
and then make something for yourself and your son.
For this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says:
‘The jar of flour will not be used up and the jug of oil will not run dry
until the day the Lord sends rain on the land.’”
She went away and did as Elijah had told her. So there was food every day for Elijah and for the woman and her family.
For the jar of flour was not used up and the jug of oil did not run dry,
in keeping with the word of the Lord spoken by Elijah.
God is changing my pipeline to a better one.
My provision comes from God
Pipeline is only a passage.
If that pipeline is connected to God, grace will flow through it.
God is concerned about your provisions
There is a pipeline waiting for you.
You will also be a pipeline for others
How miracles happen?
1. You dare ask
2. You don’t give up
You don’t get discouraged
3. You dare trust God
Big Message: You shall have plenty
Speaker: Bro JC Libiran
3 Lessons from the Gospel
1. You have no excuse not to give
Wealth is measured on how grateful you are
It’s not about the money
Don’t postpone your giving for better days
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness,
and all these things will be given to you as well.
2. God will fill in what is lacking
3. Give first because life would make a way to return it to you
Are you a giver or a taker?
If you need more, you gotta give more
When you give more, you love more
Open to God’s blessing
Who is your Elijah?
They are the people you need to help
Be most generous so that you can be happiest
Speaker: Bro JC Libiran
and Wait Patiently
Babel is about division
Pentecost is unity
Babel tower of pride
Pentecost tower of humility
“Now the whole world had one language and a common speech.
As people moved eastward, they found a plain in Shinar and settled there.
They said to each other, “Come, let’s make bricks and bake them thoroughly.”
They used brick instead of stone, and tar for mortar.
Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens,
so that we may make a name for ourselves; otherwise we will be scattered over the face of the whole earth.”
But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower the people were building.
The Lord said, “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this,
then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them.
Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other.”
So the Lord scattered them from there over all the earth,
and they stopped building the city.
That is why it was called Babel—because there the Lord confused the language of the whole world.
From there the Lord scattered them over the face of the whole earth.”
–> They were building it out of pride
When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place.
Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven
and filled the whole house where they were sitting.
They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them.
All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.
Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven.
When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment,
because each one heard their own language being spoken.
Utterly amazed, they asked: “Aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans?
Then how is it that each of us hears them in our native language?
Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia,
Pontus and Asia,Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene;
visitors from Rome (both Jews and converts to Judaism);
Cretans and Arabs—we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!”
Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, “What does this mean?”
–> They were united in one spirit
–> Unity is built out of humility not uniformity
Speaker: Alvin Barcelona
From the bible are stories of man’s response to Gods love
Babel people vs Pentecost people
Lance Raymundo shared his own experience of Babel to Pentecost
As a rising star in the film industry, Lance Raymundo was building a name for himself.
But an accident happened that led to his Pentecost miracle experience.
Here is a rough summary on what happened to him.
He was working out in a gym in preparation for his role on a play as Jesus Christ.
When suddenly, a barbel fell and hit his face. His one eye was badly hit.
Believing that he will soon die, he gave his complete forgiveness to the
gym instructor who accidentally dislodged the barbel that caused it to
slip and drop to the face of Lance.
They rushed him to the hospital, and the doctor said that he will live only for 2 days.
But a miracle happened. When after 2 days, he fell asleep, he met someone from his “dream”
and told him that he will live and will be up on his feet after 6 or 7 days (I’m not sure
about the exact number of days). The face of the man that he met in his “dream” was the same face that he has today. He has a different face before the accident. When he woke up, he wanted proof that he would
live. He heard the voice telling him that if he can sit by himself, that is enough proof
that he will live. He tried with all his strength (feeling all the pain), to sit.
When he finally sat, he saw in his bed the crumpled bed sheet formed the face of Jesus Christ
and the Saint that he was also asking intercessions to. His healing was quick, and soon
enough he was back on his feet again.
His accident made him closer to Jesus, experiencing complete forgiveness and healing.