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TABOO: How To Talk About the Stuff We Don’t Want To Talk About – Ancestors -Talk 1

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Speaker: Bro Audie Villaraza

Isaiah 43:18-19
Forget the former things;
do not dwell on the past.
See, I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
and streams in the wasteland.

Stop looking back
We love clinging to the past
The old means familiar the new means unfamiliar

Acts 7:51
You stiff-necked people! Your hearts and ears are still uncircumcised.
You are just like your ancestors: You always resist the Holy Spirit!

Speaker: Bro Bo Sanchez

Big Message: God is staring a new thing.

Break that cycle
Family cycle
Nature or nurture?
What is more powerful?
Nature -> genetic
Nurture -> How you were raised

Your association affects your actions

Proverbs 13:20
Walk with the wise and become wise,
for a companion of fools suffers harm.

1 Corinthians 15:33
Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.”

1 Kings 11:3-4
He had seven hundred wives of royal birth and three hundred concubines, and his wives led him astray.
As Solomon grew old, his wives turned his heart after other gods, and his heart was not fully devoted
to the Lord his God, as the heart of David his father had been.

Is sin inherited?
Sin-tendency is more about nurture than nature.
God’s greatest gift to us, next to Jesus is our free will.
We have the ability to decide.

Lamentations 5:7
Our ancestors sinned and are no more,
and we bear their punishment.
Exodus 20:5-6
You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God,
punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me,
but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.

–> It’s the culture of sin that is passed on
We set a bad example
Proximity is power
You influence people closest to you
You are a role model

Spiritual level
We’re interconnected
We affect each other
Just like a ripple effect

1 Corinthians 12:12-14
Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ.
For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—
and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many.

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? – 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 – 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 – Imagination – Talk 1

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Speaker : Bro Audie

Genesis 37:7-11

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

Shift To Success-Make 2017 Your Best Year Yet-Talk 1

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Speaker: Bro Didoy

Proverbs 24:30-34
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

John 9:4
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

Person 1
Always asks what if –> fear –> does not plant –> less harvest
–> blame everyone else

Person 2
Plants but is distacted. He does not take care of his plant –> less harvest
–> blame every one else

Person 3
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

Proverbs 14:23
All hard work brings a profit,
    but mere talk leads only to poverty.

There are people who do not execute
Will you execute?
Success
We are afraid of failure

6 words for you to break the fear of failure

Fail tiny
Fail many
Fail quickly

In reality, the passing grade is 25 percent

story about the seads planted on different path

In farming there are 3 seasons:
1. planting
2. growing –> this is the longest season
3. harvest

Success is found in the middle

Success Principle 2
Endurance

Proverbs 13:11
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

Proverbs 16:3
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?

Money Pakyaw – Plenty – Talk 1

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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
Humingi ka

2. You don’t give up
You don’t get discouraged

3.  You dare trust God
You declare

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

Matthew 6:33
   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