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Video and bulletin archive: NEWS FEED

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NEWS FEED: How To Really Connect

July 04, 2018 – Talk 1:
Youtube: to be uploaded soon!
Bulletin: #NoFilter (5.0 MB)

July 11, 2018 – Talk 2:
Youtube: Talk2 
Bulletin: #Envy (5.0 MB)

 

 

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Video and bulletin archive: FULLNESS (WWFA 7th Anniversary Special)

 

Thank you for celebrating with us! Surely, it was FULL of love, FULL of worship, FULL of surprises!

If you forgot to grab a copy of our bulletin or do you want to go back to something you may have missed?

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June 20, 2018 – 7th Anniversary Talk:

Youtube: Full Anniversary Video
Bulletin: Fullness (4.0 MB)

By the way, do you remember the number of attendees? Here’s something AMAZING because God never fails!

He has truly blessed us with 1,006 attendees! Numerically significant with our 7th Anniversary.

Don’t you agree? See you next Wednesday!

God bless you all!

 

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DARE TO LOVE

 

“Love is patient, love is kind.  It does not envy, it does not boast,

it is not proud.  It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking,

it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.

Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.

It always protects, always trusts, always hopes,

always perseveres. Love never fails.”

1 Corinthians 13:4-8

 

There’s this one little girl whom I’ve been praying the novena for more than 2 years now. Others said, she’s unlovable child. Perhaps because she was difficult to handle and at times exhausting. Let me call her “Gay”. As her name implies, it’s supposed to mean lively, merry or bright but in reality she was not. She is a child full of anger, pain due to abandonment, abuse and rejection.  She was deeply hurt and in pain to the point that she was losing her faith and trust in God.  For her, nobody will love and accept her so she didn’t care anymore.  She sees people who come into her life as passersby that’s why it’s so easy for her to forget their names.

 

Even I was ashamed to admit that I almost gave up on her. I felt exhausted and really tired that I told myself “maybe, I should just give up”. Until recently I found a place for her respite care for 2 months while her foster carers went on vacation. And that totally changed my perspective of how I see this child.  This couple was never spared of the ups and downs, trials and pains of fostering this girl but they did not give up; instead they bravely took on the challenge and embraced her. They had been very patient, understanding and selfless not to be swayed by their own judgments and biases. They poured out all the love, prayed hard and surrendered it all to God. They became my constant prayer warriors and nurture agents who evoked the power of love and prayer to this child.  Who would have thought that this girl will transform into a bubbly child, learn to sincerely pray and trust adults once again? It may be a long way for her total recovery and healing but God is gradually weaving hopes for her.  And that spark of light and hope is enough for me not to ever give up on faith.

 

I have always thought of giving up but sometimes God has the most provocative way of surprising us. Sometimes we are all like Gay, unlovable and difficult to love but God dares to love and forgive us despite our imperfections and sins. Many times, I tried to run away but I was always kept at the right place with the right people. At times, I might slip away but there’s always a thread that keeps me hanging and connected to Him.

 

“And now these three remain, faith, hope and love.

But the greatest of these is love.”

1 Corinthians 13:13

 


AV  By: Alleen Verdan


 

God Can Turn Your Pain Into Purpose

The Story of Ann Martha

For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. – Jeremiah 29:11 (NLT)

God has a great purpose for your life. God has a plan for you no matter what shape or form or color or status you were brought into this world.

This, Ann Martha Padilla realized soon enough.

Ann has cerebral palsy.

Despite her disability she was able to discover her mission in life— to be a prayer warrior. She became an instrument of the blessing and healing from the Lord through prayers.  She was commissioned as a prayer warrior by the Regina Rosarii Contemplative Association.

Because of cerebral palsy, she can’t properly use her hands and can’t talk clearly. She uses her feet instead to send text messages on her cellphone and do her duties as a text prayer Warrior.

Ann is a “text mate”.  An SMS buddy.   But more than that, she is my intercessor.  She is a great friend.    She always prays for me.

I decided to pay her a visit that afternoon.

And as I was retrieving a gift from my car’s back seat, a heard a faint voice in my heart that told me to get my tripod and to do an interview with her.

This short video clip and this article is a by-product of that interview.

BE IN A LOVING ENVIRONMENT

Ann has very loving parents.   I had the privilege of interviewing Ann and her parents, Jun and Ellen Padilla.  Her parents currently serve at a nearby parish church.

One thing so obvious is the love that bonds them.    She has a very loving parents.  Ann shares many stories to her dad and mom.  They are a closely- knitted family.

I envy the bond between them.   It reminded me of the movie, Soul Surfer.

This movie is a true story of Bethany (a surfer whose arm was bitten off by a shark), and beautiful story of a very loving family.  One lesson I learned from the movie is the importance of family and community.  Here’s what I mean from some excerpts from the film:

 Family and community is a source of assurance.   Bethany started doubting God because of what happened.  She cries and tells a friend, “How can this be Jeremiah 29:11?”  Her friend said: ” I don’t know why terrible things happen to us sometimes. But I have to believe something good is going to come out of this.”

Family and community can be a reflection of God’s love.  Moments after being discharged from the hospital, her mom told her, “You are still beautiful.”  Bethany asks back, “How do you know I am beautiful.?” She replied, “I just know.”

Family and community can be a source of strength.  Because of the love of her parents, she decided to try surfing again.  In one scene, Bethany said: “I do not need easy.  I need possible. With God everything is.”

The movie ended with a reporter’s interview (after finishing with silver medal despite her condition).  The reporter asked, “if you were brought back to the time before you were bitten by the shark, would you choose that it didn’t happen? “ She replied, “I don’t think so. ” “I wouldn’t be able to embrace much people today than when I had two arms.”

Like Bethany, Ann Martha may be “disabled” or “incomplete” in the eyes of many.  But deep inside, she is so complete.   She is so complete with assurance, encouragement, and love.

Ann was surrounded by people who loves her so dearly.  She had a huge amount of support from people around her- from her own family and the community.

I was a surprised to know that I wasn’t the first one from our community to pay Ann a visit.

Our community founder, Bo Sanchez, visited her several times.   Plus, fellow leaders of Feast Bicutan had a Light Group* session in their house already.

We should seek environment, community and friends who accepts you and whom you can share your life and dreams with.   The acceptance of your disabilities and misfortunes is the start of accepting yourself and eventually, your purpose. 

DISCOVER LIFE PURPOSE IN PAIN

Much of Ann’s life revolves around pain- the emotional pain on those asking for prayers.

But most people don’t know that she too suffers a great deal of physical pain.  I often I ask her through SMS, “Ann what do you want me to pray for you?”  She always responds, “please pray for my body pains.”

Having cerebral palsy is not just about limbs not working properly.   Things that affect normal ageing individuals like arthritis and muscle deterioration tend to affect people with cerebral palsy more rapidly and at an earlier age.

She has pain every day.

I remember the Samaritan woman, whom I assume is in deep pain every day after being in several failed relationships.

You see, she’s been married 5 times, and living with a 6th.  And we all know what that mean. No wonder she’s fetching water from the well at midday.  Baking hot and deserted.  To avoid the jokes, jeers and scorn of her neighbors.

But everything changed when she met Jesus at the well.

 “.. the woman left her water jar, went back to the town, and said to the people there, “Come and see the man who told me everything I have ever done…” – John 4:2829 GNBDK

And out of gratitude, the Samaritan woman left her water jar, went to the town, and became a witness of Jesus.   She instantly discovered her mission of spreading the Good News!

I am hoping you had that pain- freeing encounter with Jesus.

You may not recognize Christ at the beginning.   Because many times, God’s purpose is disguised in pain.

You will not be able to find the pain remedy from somewhere (or someone else).  Not from people.  Not certainly from things.  The lasting remedy can only come from Jesus.

And like the Samaritan woman at the well, Ann’s purpose was born out of pain.

YOUR PURPOSE

Mark Twain said, “the two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.”

The purpose of your life is far greater than your own personal fulfillment or happiness.  It’s greater than your successful career, your dream “one-true-love” or your wildest dreams.

But for your purpose to be great, it must begin with God.   Because our existence is because of God.

Long before you were conceived by your parents you were conceived in the minds of God.  God’s motive for creating you was His love.

“Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes.” Ephesians 1:4

The search for meaning to life can never begin with ourselves or what we have.  Because, by nature, we are flawed.   We need direction from a perfect God.

And we can only discover our purpose if we have an intimate relationship with Jesus.

God had something better in mind for us (Hebrews 11:40), therefore you should place your trust in the hands of Someone who knows you more than you know yourself.

Without God, life has no purpose. Without purpose, life has no meaning. Without meaning, there’s no hope.   “The greatest tragedy is not death.  It’s life without purpose.”- Rick Warren

I secretly admire Ann.   Because she is someone who is able to accomplish far more than she expects or imagine.  Love the way she thought she can’t.  Someone who is very sure that she is living the life God wants Him to live.  A life God have been planned for her long ago.

*  Light Group is a small group of people who meet each week to pray together, discuss intimate life details, and encourage each other with God’s word.  Light Group is the main tool of discipleship in the Light of Jesus Family.


MS  By: Michael Sanchez


 

Video and bulletin archive: WORKAHOLYC

Did you miss the talk last Wednesday? Or forgot to grab a copy of our bulletin?

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See you next Wednesday!!!

WORKAHOLYC : Taking Charge of the Daily Grind

June 6, 2018 – Talk 1:
Youtube: to be uploaded soon!
Bulletin: Success (4.0 MB)

June 13, 2018 – Talk 2:
Youtube: to be uploaded soon!
Bulletin: Significance (4.0 MB)

June 27, 2018 – Talk 3:
Youtube: Talk 3 
Bulletin: Spirituality (3.0 MB)

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Video and bulletin archive: SUPERPOWER

Did you miss the talk last Wednesday? Or forgot to grab a copy of our bulletin?

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SUPERPOWER: The Fire To Live A Great Life (May 2018)

May 9, 2018 – Talk 1:
Youtube: to be uploaded soon!
Bulletin: FRIEND (4.0 MB)

May 16, 2018 – Talk 2:
Youtube: to be uploaded soon!
Bulletin: FIRE (4.0 MB)

May 23, 2018 – BIG DAY:
Youtube: Pentecost Special 
Bulletin: PENTECOST (4.0 MB)

May 31, 2018 – Talk 3:
Youtube: to be uploaded soon!
Bulletin: FRUIT (4.0 MB)

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Video and bulletin archive: OFW

Did you miss the talk last Wednesday? Or forgot to grab a copy of our bulletin?

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OFW: Overcoming Family Worries (April 2018)

April 11, 2018 – Talk 1:
Youtube: Talk 1
Bulletin: HOMESICK (4.0 MB)

April 18, 2018 – Talk 2:
Youtube: Talk 2
Bulletin: HOMEWORK (4.0 MB)

April 25, 2018 – Talk 3:
Youtube: Talk 3
Bulletin: HOMECOMING (4.0 MB)

May 2, 2018 – Big Day:
Youtube: Big Day
Bulletin: OFW BIG DAY (4.0 MB) 

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