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Hustle: How To Live In God’s Abundant Universe – House – Talk 2

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Homily by Fr. Titus Mananzan

The best preparation for Christmas is repentance.

Speaker: Bro Audie Villaraza

Start believing in the promise even before you see the proof.

Walk by faith and not by sight.

Speaker: Bro Bo Sanchez

Luke 12:22-28

Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?
“Consider how the wild flowers grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you—you of little faith!

Big Message: You already have what you need.

The universe is God’s house and He’s the owner
of the house and you’re the guest. And God is the host.

God wants to remind you of how abundant is the universe.

Psalm 8:3

When I consider your heavens,
the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars,
which you have set in place,

This is an abundant universe.

Psalm 104:27-28

All creatures look to you
to give them their food at the proper time.
When you give it to them,
they gather it up;
when you open your hand,
they are satisfied with good things.

God provides

Do not worry

Because God is a generous God

You worry because you don’t believe that
God is a generous God.

God will provide

Blessings of God in God’s house does not run out.

In your mind, where do you live?

Are you living in a house of scarcity or
abundance?

You worship a generous God.
And there is nothing to worry.
I know I am in an all win situation.
God will provide!

Speaker: Bro Audie Villaraza

1. Stop worrying, start worshiping

Luke 12:31

Seek first the kingdom of God above all else
and He will give you what you need.

We spend so much time on our worry.
We focus on worrying too much.

Pour out your energy and time into seeking
God first.

All is well, God is in control

2. Stop worrying, start working.
You gotta work on it.
Participate on what God is doing.

3. Stop worrying, start waiting.
There’s so much pressure to always be in a hurry.
More long term.

4. Stop worrying, start welcoming.
God will find a way to fill your need.
There is no demand that God cannot deliver.

We often think that we’re gonna run out.

In God’s house you already have what you need.

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Way of the Saints – Tselem – Talk 2

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Speaker: Bro JC Libiran

Big Message: You’re already a saint

All of us make mistakes

Saints became Saints because they relied on God’s unending grace
Not by our own efforts but by the grace of God

Genesis 1:27

So God created mankind in his own image,
in the image of God he created them;

We are God’s image

You are His ambassador.
You are His representative
You are God’s Tselem

Tselem – Image – Statue
– symbolic representative of the king’s presence

Exodus 20:4

“You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything
in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below.

Matthew 28:19-20

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them
in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.
And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Wherever you go, God is there.

To be God’s face, you need to go face-to-face

Ask God — Lord how do you want me to be your tselem?

Speaker: Bro Audee Villaraza

Sometimes we poorly represent God

Genesis 1:31

God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.

When He created you, you are already a saint
But sin happened

Genesis 27:22-26

So Jacob went up to his father Isaac, who felt him and said,
“The voice is Jacob’s voice, but the hands are the hands of Esau.”
He did not recognize him, because his hands were hairy like his brother Esau’s hands;
so he blessed him. He said, “Are you really my son Esau?” He answered, “I am.”
Then he said, “Bring it to me, that I may eat of my son’s game and bless you.”
So he brought it to him, and he ate; and he brought him wine, and he drank.
Then his father Isaac said to him, “Come near and kiss me, my son.”
So he came near and kissed him; and he smelled the smell of his garments,
and blessed him

God cannot bless who you pretend to be
God knows who you look like

Saints are sinners who are forgiven by God

Psalm 51:1-2,7

Have mercy on me, O God,
according to your unfailing love;
according to your great compassion
blot out my transgressions.
Wash away all my iniquity
and cleanse me from my sin.
Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean;
wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.

Genesis 33:1-4

Jacob looked up and there was Esau, coming with his four hundred men;
so he divided the children among Leah, Rachel and the two female servants.
He put the female servants and their children in front, Leah and her children next,
and Rachel and Joseph in the rear. He himself went on ahead and bowed down
to the ground seven times as he approached his brother.
But Esau ran to meet Jacob and embraced him;
he threw his arms around his neck and kissed him. And they wept.

God cannot heal what you continue to conceal
God can only heal when you are willing to reveal
Stop running away from your issues
That’s not who you are
You are forgiven
You are loved
You are worthy
You’re my child

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Pope Culture: How to Have Authentic Joy – Encounter – Talk 2

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Speaker: Bro Audee Villaraza

Worry can be the loudest thing you hear.
The best way to decrease intensity of your worry,
is to increase the intensity of your worship.

Stop worrying, start worshiping.

Speaker: Bro Bo Sanchez

Zephaniah 3:17

The Lord your God is with you,
the Mighty Warrior who saves.
He will take great delight in you;
in his love he will no longer rebuke you,
but will rejoice over you with singing.”

When God looks at you, He sings.

The joy of the Gospel – Apostolic Exhortation
– Call people to action.

Gospel means good news.

According to Abraham Maslow who is a psychologist,
there are 5 hierarchy of need

1. food, water, shelter, clothing
2. need for security, safety
3. need to belong, friendship, family
4. esteem, self esteem
5. self actualization

We have a deep need for love.
We want that person to be true, faithful

There is a person who loves us.
And His name is Jesus
He comes to you.
He tells you, you are worthy and I love you.
That is good news!

Your picture of God is very important
You become the God that you worship.

Speaker: Bro Audee Villaraza

“The joy of the gospel fill the hearts and lives
of all who encounter Jesus.” EG 1

Joy always starts with Jesus.

Luke 19:1

Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through.

God is always passing through because
He is searching for you.

Not the question of Lord, did you send it?
Question is: Did you see it?

God is with you.

Psalm 138:7-10

Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?
If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,
even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast.

Luke 19:2-4

A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus;
he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy.
He wanted to see who Jesus was,
but because he was short he could not see over the crowd.
So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree
to see him, since Jesus was coming that way.

Humility enables you to see Jesus.

Humility is the quickest highway to heaven.

Be like Zacchaeus
You can be the worst kind of sinner,
but if you can be humble enough to climb the tree,
you can see Jesus.

Luke 19:5-6

When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him,
“Zacchaeus, come down immediately.
I must stay at your house today.”
So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly.

Jesus wants to enter your house.

When Jesus touches you, you become clean.

Humility is following Jesus.

Luke 19:8

But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord,
“Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor,
and if I have cheated anybody out of anything,
I will pay back four times the amount.”

A real encounter with Jesus changes you.

Luke 19:9-10

Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house,
because this man, too, is a son of Abraham.
For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”

When you humble yourself, God blesses your entire house.

Let Jesus meet you right where you are.

Your biggest problems will become your biggest blessings.
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Creed: Communion – Talk 2

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Speaker: Bro Audee Villaraza

Our faith brings us together.
Our creed brings us together.
Our belief brings us together.
Jesus brings us together.
It turns foreigner to friends.
They change you, and you change them.

Big Message: The creed defines where you belong.

Our beliefs create brotherhood.
Creed create community.

Acts 2:42, 44-45

They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching
and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.
All the believers were together and had everything in common.
They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need.

Join a Light Group
It’s all about working together,
walking together towards Jesus.

Welcome to the family.

1. I believe in God
It is an act of humility
I have a God, and that is not me.

Too much ego in relationships.
People thinking that they are God, when they are not.
No humility, no unity.
Let go of your pride.

2. The Father Almighty
God is the Father, and if He is the Father, I am His child.
And all people are sons and daughters of the Father.
We are all brothers and sisters.
Be kind to people.
People are related with each other by the blood of Jesus.
Be kind not because people are kind, but because you are kind.

3. I believe in Jesus Christ
You also believe what Jesus stands for.
Jesus served everybody.
He loved them unconditionally.
You need to serve like Jesus.

Speaker: Bro Bo Sanchez

The one who created you is a great God.
That is why you are a great person.
Don’t use the metrics of the world.
God’s measurement is different.
God’s measurement is love.
We are created in His image and likeness.

CCC 962
“We believe in the communion of all the faithful
of Christ”

CCC 962
“We believe in the communion of all the faithful of Christ, those who are pilgrims on earth, the dead who are being purified, and the blessed in heaven, all together forming one Church; and we believe that in this communion, the merciful love of God and his saints is always [attentive] to our prayers”

We have a massive church
1. Church Militant
– army of God, followers of Jesus
– weapon is the love of God
2. Church Penitent
– purgatory

Revelation 21:27

Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or
deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.

– purgatory starts here
–transformed little by little into the image
of God

1 Corinthians 3:11-15

For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. If anyone builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, their work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person’s work. If what has been built survives, the builder will receive a reward.
If it is burned up, the builder will suffer loss but yet will be saved—even though only as one escaping through the flames.

3. Church Triumphant
– saints in heaven, they were also broken
but they trust Jesus
– we ask for prayers to the saints

Revelation 5:8

And when he had taken it, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp and they were holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of God’s people.

Creed is a statement of trust.
Trust in God.

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Burn: Burn Out – Talk 2

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Speaker: Bro Audee Villaraza

God’s promises never fail.

Big Message: Stop struggling.

Genesis 32:24-26

So Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him till
daybreak. When the man saw that he could not overpower
him, he touched the socket of Jacob’s hip so that his hip
was wrenched as he wrestled with the man. Then the man
said, “Let me go, for it is daybreak.”

But Jacob replied, “I will not let you go unless you bless
me.”

Jacob was wrestling with God.

It was a snapshot of Jacob’s entire life.
He was always wrestling with God.

Jacob’s name means: heal grabber; deceiver

Genesis 25:29-34

Once when Jacob was cooking stew, Esau came in from the
field, and he was exhausted. 30 And Esau said to Jacob,
“Let me eat some of that red stew, for I am exhausted!”
(Therefore his name was called Edom. Jacob said,
“Sell me your birthright now.” Esau said, “I am about
to die; of what use is a birthright to me?” 33 Jacob said,
“Swear to me now.” So he swore to him and sold his
birthright to Jacob. 34 Then Jacob gave Esau bread and
lentil stew, and he ate and drank and rose and went his
way. Thus Esau despised his birthright.

Jacob also stole blessing (Read Genesis 27).

2nd root cause of burn out:
– Burn out happens when you try to control what
you cannot control.

The reason why Jacob was grabbing, because
he was trying to control.

Control is unwanted pressure.
Let it go.

Let go of that pressure.

When you give up pressure, you gain peace.
You know that God is doing the rest.

God is telling you, stop fighting with me.

Speaker: Bro Arun Gogna

The greatest illusion in the universe is control.
That we are in control.

You can control you. You can control your action.
By the grace of the Holy Spirit.

You cannot control others. You can inspire,
you can influence, but you cannot impose.

Kahit anung galing mo, kelangan mong mag let go.

Parents want to control their kids.

Do the best that you can, and surrender to God.

God is in control.

Surrender to God.

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Stages: Finding God Where You Are – Expand – Talk 2

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Speaker: Bro Audee Villaraza

Second Stage 20s to 40s

Expand what you already have.

Prayer of Jabez

1 Cronicles 4:10

“Oh, that you would bless me
and enlarge my territory!…

Enlarge your borders.

Big Message: God fights your battles.

David as a fighter

David led battles with his men

Before, he was a fighter, then a leader.

He need to become a leader.

For you to keep expanding,
keep fighting bigger battles.

God calls you to be a kingdom builder.

The Lord was with him.

1 Samuel 18:14

In everything he did he had great success,
because the Lord was with him.

Acts 2:25

David said about him:

“‘I saw the Lord always before me.
Because he is at my right hand,
I will not be shaken.

When David saw Goliath, he saw a greater opportunity
Goliath was too big to miss.

God fights for you.

Following Jesus is a daily decision

Speaker: Bro Bo Sanchez

3 A’s to Expand

1. Automate your upgrade

Expand, Grow the capacity to love the way God loves
To show mercy the way God shows mercy
Expand your character

2. Acclimate to crisis
(meaning of Acclimate: respond physiologically or behaviorally
to a change in an environmental factor under
controlled conditions. – from Google
)

Your most difficult battles are the people closest to you.
Get used to trouble if you want to grow
Trust God so that you won’t go insane
Growth came from solving problems

3. Allocate your resources

King Saul wants to kill David.

1 Samuel 24:8-13

Then David went out of the cave and called out to Saul,
“My lord the king!” When Saul looked behind him,
David bowed down and prostrated himself
with his face to the ground.
He said to Saul, “Why do you listen when men say,
‘David is bent on harming you’?
This day you have seen with your own eyes
how the Lord delivered you into my hands in the cave.
Some urged me to kill you, but I spared you;
I said, ‘I will not lay my hand on my lord,
because he is the Lord’s anointed.’
See, my father, look at this piece of your robe in my hand!
I cut off the corner of your robe but did not kill you.
See that there is nothing in my hand to indicate
that I am guilty of wrongdoing or rebellion.
I have not wronged you,
but you are hunting me down to take my life.
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.
As the old saying goes,
‘From evildoers come evil deeds,’
so my hand will not touch you.

1 Samuel 31:3-6

The fighting grew fierce around Saul,
and when the archers overtook him,
they wounded him critically.

Saul said to his armor-bearer,
“Draw your sword and run me through,
or these uncircumcised fellows will come
and run me through and abuse me.”

But his armor-bearer was terrified
and would not do it;
so Saul took his own sword and fell on it.
When the armor-bearer saw that Saul was dead,
he too fell on his sword and died with him.
So Saul and his three sons and his armor-bearer
and all his men died together that same day.

90% of the battle in your life, you should not fight,
they are God’s battle.

Protect yourself from abuse, but don’t take vengence.

Don’t waste your time and energy with battles that
are not yours.

My Pride, selfishness, lust, greed — these are the enemies

God is gonna be there. He’s gonna fight the battle for you.

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ACTS: Problem – Talk 2

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Speaker: Bro Audee Villaraza

Flex you faith by praising the Lord.
When fear bullies you, flex your faith.
If God is with me, then I will not be afraid
God will make a way

Big message: God will turn you bad situation
into your best provision

Acts 1:8

But you will receive power when the Holy
Spirit comes on you; and you will be my
witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and
Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

Acts 2:46-47

Every day they continued to meet together in
the temple courts. They broke bread in their
homes and ate together with glad and sincere
hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor
of all the people. And the Lord added to
their number daily those who were being
saved.

Peace amidst problems -> happiness

Trust in his long term plans

If God is working on it,
it’s worth the wait.

Speaker: Sis Rissa Kawpeng

Acts 5:42

Day after day, in the temple courts and from
house to house, they never stopped teaching
and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is
the Messiah.

Matthew 25:40

“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you,
whatever you did for one of the least of
these brothers and sisters of mine, you did
for me.’

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Acts 6:8

Now Stephen, a man full of God’s grace and
power, performed great wonders and signs
among the people.

Acts 6:13

They produced false witnesses, who
testified, “This fellow never stops speaking
against this holy place and against the law.

Lessons learned from the story of Stephen:

Lesson 1:
When you don’t like certain people, ask God
to reveal your insecurities.
What’s about this person that’s pointing
back to me?

Lesson 2:
Before pointing someone error, remind that
you are not God
We don’t know everything

Lesson 3:
No matter how good you are, some people wont
like you

Acts 7:54

When the members of the Sanhedrin heard
this, they were furious and gnashed their
teeth at him.

Acts 7:57-60

At this they covered their ears and, yelling
at the top of their voices, they all rushed
at him, dragged him out of the city and
began to stone him. Meanwhile, the witnesses
laid their coats at the feet of a young man
named Saul.

While they were stoning him, Stephen prayed,
“Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” 60 Then he
fell on his knees and cried out, “Lord, do
not hold this sin against them.” When he had
said this, he fell asleep.

Because of persecution, Christianity spread
more.

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