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Doing What the Father Wants (A WSC 2016 Sharing)

Written by Jepoy Meneses on . Posted in Sharing

By Abraham Aquino Bitancor
CFC SFL Laguna

I already booked my flight leaving for Cebu last year of November or October. It was an early preparation to secure my attendance to the conference.

Everyone was so excited that even I was so very overwhelmed to the total no. of delegates that our chapter will be sending to CEBU.

I was so into the community already. And I was even ready to sacrifice things if missions come on my way and may need my hands.

I adore our community so much because everyone seems to be dedicating their times to such activities that this community may hold.

But it’s true, the more you get closer to GOD, the more you submit yourself to GOD, and the more ‘Taning’ (Satan’s Filipino nickname) will make an effort to pull you from pursuing HIS kingdom.

I asked myself, why would ‘Taning’ do this to me, then? If there are people who are worse than me? If criminals are free running around the nation? And a brother answered me with a question: Why would you invite someone to join your party if he/she is already with you?

I got there. I was tempted. I was brainwashed by my bad conscience. I opened up my eyes to have a clearer vision and even stepped-up to gain wider perspective. And I saw some dying plants and even trees that no longer bear fruit. I looked after myself so high that I forgot to bow down.

I compared myself to them. That I even got to a certain point when I asked myself: Why did these people make me realize how happy to serve the community then soon leave me alone? It’s like they showed and toured me to a wonderful room then locked me up inside.

I had HARD FEELINGS. I judged them. Not just them, but the entire community as well and in general.

I thought, nothing’s wrong with my thoughts until I realized things: That I LOST my wisdom. I lost the gift that GOD has given me. Maybe because I once became a Pharisee who just use KNOWLEDGE to give reasons and to interpret things.

WSC came. I prayed to GOD that I will get the answers that my mind finds difficult to provide.

First day, I was overwhelmed because I already felt the love that GOD has for me. The Love that I put aside for some time which made me more a ‘community centered’ one than a ‘Christ centered’ one.

I will never forget that TALK that was delivered to us. That one about the prodigal son. The parable that I already know since I was kid. But little did I know, it was actually a story which I don’t fully understand.

Second day came and God grant me His mercy. I was so more overwhelmed by that feeling.

That weekend has been the most memorable one. Because it refreshed me. It reminded me and made me feel the Love and Mercy of God again.

I thought, it’s already the highlight of the event. I thought it ends there — receiving God’s love and mercy— but no. What actually made it more memorable to me was when I started to kneel. Bow down. And be humble.

That moment when I realized that I should not be selfish to the MERCY and LOVE GOD gave me.

It was difficult. But I started approaching the people who I hurt before, who I judged before and who I believe have been affected by my rants. I said sorry. I apologized. I gave mercy. And I extended my love.

That for me is the best feeling so far. To make people feel what God has made me feel. Loved. And cared.

And to this I shall move forward. I learned and should not do and think about same things again.

To make a team, you should not tell them to start moving. Instead, you should show them how things should be done.

Sometimes, you think you’re stepping-up because you just want something good for your team without even knowing and noticing that you’re actually becoming too over controlling already.

Be an inspiration that the society needs and not malignant-pain-causing individual that people will tend to avoid. We should just do things what God wants us to do. For whatever the Father does, shall the Son do.

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In Love with the Single Life Offered by Jesus

Written by Jepoy Meneses on . Posted in Sharing

By Marco Gandeza
CFC SFL Laguna

I’ll try to be single for as long as I can.

Nagmahal ako nang sobra-sobra, niloko, iniwan, nasaktan, naging bitter at lahat na. May nagsabing makipag-relasyon daw ulit ako para maka-move on. Pero hindi. Ako I’ll try to be single for as long as I can. Kasi sabi ng mommy ko, sa totoo lang kaya ko naman talaga mag-isa. Hindi ko naman talaga kailangan ng karelasyon lalo na kung gagamitin lang ako ng taong yun. Magpapayaman na lang ako tapos tutuparin ko yung mga pangarap ko para sa sarili ko, para sa family namin saka para sa community.

Ang focus ko na lang ngayon, ayusin ang buhay ko, ilagay sa gitna ang Panginoon at wag nang lilingon pabalik. Marami nang relasyon ang dumaan sa buhay ko pero lahat yun lumipas na parang tinapay, pag inamag na, wala ka nang choice kundi itapon na lang. This time, gusto kong kumapit sa pangako ng Diyos na magandang buhay para sa ‘kin, yung buhay na hindi aamagin, yung relasyon na kahit kelan hindi itatapon at pahahalagahan ko habambuhay.

26 na ‘ko, turning 27. Hindi na tayo bumabata. Habang maaga pa, planuhin na natin ang kinabukasan natin. I started with finishing my studies, then working hard, providing for our family. Then pinaayos ko yung bahay namin, binilihan ko sila ng malaking TV saka iba pang gamit sa bahay. Along the way, binili ko rin yung mga luho na hindi ko nabibili dati, yung mga Apple devices ko, yung MagicSing na gasgas na gasgas na ang mga kanta kasi lagi talaga kaming kumakanta sa bahay. Yun ang pinaka-bonding ng family namin kaya hindi ko pinagsisisihang binili ko ang Extreme MagicSing kahit medyo may kamahalan. Thankful ako kasi binigyan ako ni God ng magandang trabaho na naging daan para maiahon ko sa hirap ang pamilya namin. Lahat nang meron ako, lahat ng ito dahil kay God… At para kay God!

Ang pinakamalaking bagay na ginawa ko sa buhay ko e yung desisyon na kalimutan na ang nakaraan, magbalik-loob, magbagong buhay at magbawas ng kalokohan. At anong ibinigay sakin ng Diyos bilang kapalit? Isang bagong kotse… At marami pang ibang biyaya.

Alam ko hindi sapat ang mga mabubuting ginawa ko para biyayaan niya ako nang ganun lalo na’t alam kong ako’y makasalanan. Pero meron kasi tayong tinatawag na “grace”, yung tipong kahit hindi ka deserving, ibibigay pa rin sa ‘yo ni God ang pagpapala simply because mahal ka Niya.

Ang pangako ko na lang kay God, magbabait na po ako at aayusin ko na ang buhay kong dati’y puno ng kabaluktutan. Para bang sinasabi sakin ni God na, “O, anak, ayan na ang laruan mo, magbabait ka na ha?” Ako naman, “Opo, Dad, magbabait na po ako”. That’s exactly how I felt.

Para akong pasaway na bata, yung tipong mahilig mag-cutting classes at nangungupit ng kendi sa canteen, yung mahilig mag-rebelde at ilang araw na mawawala para lang matagpuang nakikipag-inuman sa bahay ng kaeskwelang isa’t kalahati din namang bulakbol. Alam ni God lahat ng mga kasalanan ko. Pero nung nagdesisyon akong bumalik na sa Kanya, with open arms, tinanggap Niya pa rin ako.

At hindi lang yun, katulad ng kung pano tinanggap ng mayamang ama pabalik sa kanilang mansyon ang kaniyang prodigal son, ganun din ako tinanggap pabalik ng Diyos. Maraming blessings kalakip ang pagbabalik-loob ko sa kanya. Nanjan yung nagkaron ako ng kotse at iba pang materyal na biyaya, nanjan yung nagkaroon ako ng maraming kaibigan sa community ng Singles for Family and Life, nanjan yung unti-unti ko nang naaayos ang pagtulog at pagtatrabaho ko, hindi na ko natutulog sa trabaho. Haha! At higit sa lahat, naging mas close na ang bawat isa sa pamilya namin.

Lahat ng bagay naging magaan dahil sa kapangyarihan ng Holy Spirit. Basta magbalik-loob lang tayo kay Kristo at gawin Siyang sentro ng ating buhay, asahan mong hindi ka Niya bibiguin. Gusto ko lang i-share kung gano kasarap yung feeling na tanggapin muli ng ating Ama.

Kampante ako ngayon na kahit ano pa mang unos ang dumating sa hinaharap, alam kong maroon akong Ama sa langit na magtatanggol sa akin… At sayo rin kapatid.

Kung single ka ngayon at masaya, makontento ka na. Bata ka pa naman. Just enjoy being in love with the beautiful single life offered by Jesus. He has a lot in store for you in the future. Be thankful na na-weed out na ang mga lason sa buhay mo, and more than that, be thankful for all the blessings you are experiencing right now.

I’m feeling so rich. I feel like a rich kid because Dad is rich. He owns the universe, He owns practically everything. And if I ever need something all I have to do is ASK. All I need to do is pray. Ibibigay Niya ang desire ng puso mo basta mag-pray ka lang and never lose faith.

And with that may God be praised!

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A Road to Forever: For We Walk by Faith and Not by Sight

Written by Jepoy Meneses on . Posted in News

By Abraham Bitancor
CFC SFL Laguna

Is there really such thing as “FOREVER”? Basically, when referred to LOVE between two (2) people, many would protest that IT DOES NOT EXIST and would NEVER EXIST. However, when asked whether, in any other case, FOREVER exists? 40 people came in their presence to prove that FOREVER really EXIST—in GOD’s LOVE.

Last July 04, 2015, Singles for Family and Life – Mayapa Chapter hosted a Christian Life Seminar in Mary Help of Christians’ Parish’s Benna Hall exactly at 7:00 P.M. The Service Team came in time to do the physical arrangement for the event, as well as to plan the smooth flow of the community’s most awaited event for this year –aside from #LIVEPURECONFERENCE2015 which will happen on August 30, 2015.

An overwhelming figure of participants came unexpectedly. They arrived to the venue one-by-one, when at first, it was thought that only few could come since the invitation for the event came a little late and has seem to be on rush; however, proven by the most common Christian Expression: “GOD IS GOOD ALL THE TIME!

An outstanding 40 participants from different places came over to attend and witness the GOOD NEWS of GOD’S LOVE for everyone. The event was initiated by the Music Ministry— composed of Sis Pamela MirandaLead Vocalist (Female) Sis Divine ParLead Vocalist (Female), Bro Jan Ross BarcelonGuitarist, Bro Vandamm RoldanLead Vocalist (Male) and Bro Abraham BitancorLead Vocalist (Male)—by teaching the participants of the Worship Songs which will be played during the first session of this year’s Christian Life Seminar.

After the teaching of songs, the podium was turned over to the Team Leader, Bro Alver John Dulay and Assistant Team Leader, Bro Julius Decena to finally introduce the First Speaker for this nine-week session seminar.

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As best seen on the picture, everyone has expressed their interest to the first talk that was presented by Sis. Michaela: God’s Love. Many were able to reflect and realize things—considering the greatness of God’s Love over the destructive situations which the Humanity is facing in our Generation today.

Surprisingly, the environment has gotten to be so comfortable that everyone was able to share situations in their individual lives when they have witnessed the Love of our GOD; some lives were changed and some faiths were strengthened.

They got even more inspired when Bro. Gerber “Totie” Butac delivered his personal attestation to how God worked for his life—to which most of the members of the community can #relate.

Definitely, the Singles for Family and Life has best served as a good venue for all the Christians who have deep faith for God, who found themselves on the dark road and want to change their life and to all the Christians who have the potential to Represent and Lead the Christian Community.

The Christian Life Seminar runs from July 04, 2015 @ 7 P.M., every Saturdays in Mary Help of Christians’ Parish’s Benna Hall.

It’s never late to put God as the Center of our Lives because Christ will always be enough. And once you decided to follow Jesus, there shall be No Turning Back! No Turning Back! Let us altogether put God in the Center of our lives, Worship and Sing for Him for according to Psalm 28:7, The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him”.

TO GOD ALWAYS BE THE GLORY !

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