Friday, August 31, 2007

Baguio trip photos

***I still have my hang-over from my birthday celebration in Baguio kaya patikim muna etong mga pictures! saka na ang kwento... hehehe! =)

Thursday, August 30, 2007

for the record

***God humbled me! and i praise HIM for that! i'm over flowing with so much gladness in my heart... let me share this email conversation i had with a guy whom i hold accountable for (kasi he told me he's intrested in joining gcf) more than one month kaming hndi nag-usap for NO specific reason! pero gaya nga ng sabi ko, GOD moves in miraculous ways... ways beyond my comprehension!

>>> Sanbini R Sabio/JPMCHASE
08/28/2007 05:16 AM

"Hi ****war, musta?

I just wanted to share this to you. I don't know how or when will you guys experience the joy and peace I'm experiencing right now, but then I know for sure that is God is at work not just in my life but in your life/lives as well! His time table is way beyond from ours, trust His timing lang!

And also, medyo awkward 'to pero i want you to know that you are in my prayers, both of you ni Sweden. Take good care of her, you're a blessing for her!

Yun lang. May the Lord keep you and bless you always!

(grabe, nakakaiyak 'to...)


You will enjoy the new insights that Rick Warren has, with his wife now having cancer and him having "wealth" from the book sales. This is an absolutely incredible short interview with Rick Warren,

"Purpose Driven Life " author and pastor ofSaddleback Church in California .

In the interview by Paul Bradshaw with Rick Warren, Rick said:

People ask me, What is the purpose of life? And I respond: In a nutshell, life is preparation for eternity. We were made to last forever, and God
wants us to be with Him in Heaven.

One day my heart is going to stop, and that will be the end of my body-- but not the end of me.  I may live 60 to 100 years on earth, but I am going to spend trillions of years in eternity. This is the warm-up act - the dress rehearsal. God wants us to practice on earth what we will do forever in eternity.  We were made by God and for God, and until you figure that out, life isn't going to make sense.  Life is a series of problems: Either you are in one now, you're just coming out of one, or you're getting ready to go into another one.

The reason for this is that God is more interested in your character than your comfort.  God is more interested in making your life holy than He is in making your life happy.  We can be reasonably happy here on earth, but that's not the goal of life.   The goal is to grow in character, in Christ likeness.

This past year has been the greatest year of my life but also the toughest, with my wife, Kay, getting cancer.  I used to think that life was hills and valleys - you go through a dark time, then you go to the mountaintop, back and forth. I don't believe that anymore.  Rather than life being hills and valleys, I believe that it's kind of like two rails on a railroad track, and at all times you have something good and something bad in your life.

No matter how good things are in your life, there is always something bad that needs to be worked on.  And no matter how bad things are in your life, there is always something good you can thank God for.

You can focus on your purposes, or you can focus on your problems. If you focus on your problems, you're going into self-centeredness,"which is
my problem, my issues, my pain." But one of the easiest ways to get rid of pain is to get your focus off yourself and onto God and others.

We discovered quickly that in spite of the prayers of hundreds of thousands of people, God was not going to heal Kay or make it easy for her.  It has been very difficult for her, and yet God has strengthened her character, given her a ministry of helping other people, given her a testimony, drawn her closer to Him and to people.

You have to learn to deal with both the good and the bad of life.  Actually, sometimes learning to deal with the good is harder. For instance, this past year, all of a sudden, when the book sold 15 million copies, it made me instantly very wealthy.  It also brought a lot of notoriety that I had never had to deal with before.   I don't think God gives you money or notoriety for your own ego or for you to live a life of ease.

So I began to ask God what He wanted me to do with this money, notoriety and influence. He gave me two different passages that helped me decide what to do, II Corinthians 9 and Psalm 72

First, in spite of all the money coming in, we would not change our lifestyle one bit. We made no major purchases.

Second, about midway through last year, I stopped taking a salary from the church.

Third, we set up foundations to fund an initiative we call The Peace Plan to plant churches, equip leaders, assist the poor , care for the sick, and
educate the next generation.

Fourth, I added up all that the church had paid me in the 24 years since I started the church, and I gave it all back. It was liberating to be able to
serve God for free.

We need to ask ourselves: Am I going to live for possessions? Popularity?  Am I going to be driven by pressures? Guilt? Bitterness? Materialism? Or am I going to be driven by God's purposes (for my life)?

When I get up in the morning, I sit on the side of my bed and say, "God, if I don't get anything else done today, I want to know You more and love You
better." God didn't put me on earth just to fulfill a to-do list. He's more interested in what I am than what I do.  That's why we're called human beings, not human doings.

Happy moments, PRAISE GOD.
Difficult moments, SEEK GOD.
Quiet moments, WORSHIP GOD.
Painful moments, TRUST GOD.
Every moment, THANK GOD.

>>> **** S Ubalde/JPMCHASE
08/28/2007 03:12 AM

ei Rajsh

first of all happy birthday , i hope you had a great time in baguio?!

i really appreciate this email you sent me, it's true we can either find purpose or succumb to the trials that come into our lives.

i still keep in touch God, actually i do my best to offer everything i do to him, like what i learned from you.

it's good to hear na you're doin ok, and thank you for including me in your prayers. You've always been in mine :)

>>> Sanbini R Sabio/JPMCHASE
08/28/2007 03:19 AM

I'm very happy right now... kung meron pang words beyond OVERWHELMED & OVERJOYED yun na yung stage where I am at!

I'm so glad to hear that from you... praise GoD

Minsan sama kayo sa akin ni sweden sa call ceneter ministry, every monday na kami nag-me-meet at grabe, ibang klase mag-work si God sa mga buhay ng call center agents namin dun! and I would be so happy for you guys to experience the blessing.

Kasama ko lagi si sager dun... pti na din si jha!

>>> **** S Ubalde/JPMCHASE
08/28/2007 03:31 AM

talaga? kasam mo si jha! sige yayain ko si sweden :)

>>> Sanbini R Sabio/JPMCHASE
08/28/2007 03:37 AM

wow! great, next monday!

7am kami nag-memeet sa gcf, text mo ko! magagaling mga speaker namin!

>>> ***** S Ubalde/JPMCHASE
08/28/2007 03:42 AM

aigh!t ill let you know pag pede kasi we're usually in QC pag-monday :)

>>> Sanbini R Sabio/JPMCHASE
08/28/2007 03:44 AM

surely! =)

12Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

-Colossians 3:12-14

pinapaiyak ako ng vers na yan ngayon. salamat bro! thank God! ayun na nga, grabe! umiiyak tlga ako! i told one of my closest friends at work about it (she knows how shanwar and myself suddenly made deadmahan to each other) and here's what she said:

>>> Ma Cecilia Sager/JPMCHASE
08/28/2007 08:28 AM

hay...true...praise God,,,He humbled you..i understand naman na we're but humans and really it would take time and courage for you to do that...di ba sarap feeling if your're free from any grudge...

Thursday, August 23, 2007

baguio here we come!

isang tulog na lang nasa Baguio city na ako! i'll be travelling with my closest friends from work-- mike, sager and divine. finally, after few months of waiting! eto na... hehehe! a birthday trip and celebration and para madalaw ko din ang parents ko. they're up there eh!

haaayyy... i just hope and pray that God will continue to protect us from any harm. kasi naman may nagbabadya pa atang bagyo. sana lang hni ganon ka-delikado for our travel.

as for tonight, i'll have my 2nd birthday treat... this time for iyacies! kasi nung monday call center ministry ang pinakain ko nga breakfast... bale 3 times ako manlilibre kasi yung rent ng house namin sa baguio ako may sagot! wohoo! i'm feeling generous lately eh... kakaiba nga yung pakiramdam! okay naman, masaya... thank God at may blessings ako na nai-share!

i'm so excited for my birthday... and for the coming days! wohoo! (--,)

**above photo, isa sa mga pupuntahan namin, tamawan village

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

prayer items for the family

* for Papa, discernment on God's plan for his life, to completely surrender it all to HIM, and to become more like HIM.

* for Mama, strength as she struggle with Papa's spiritual battle, more patience and wisdom in discernment of God's will for her life and for the family.

* for Kuya and Mira, to learn how to make God the center and focus of their relationship, be patient and be strong for one another and to build up a family that looks up to God, good health as they provide for their family's needs, to be good parents for Diwa.

* for Diko, ICT-GMAC career, to have that heart in seeking God's kingdom and righteousness.

* for Raya, a heart that is always ready to learn, to rely on you more and more, spiritual strength, struggle with non-believing friends, her back-thigh-muscles pain.

* for Strong, to seek God's kingdom, to have the heart to go back to school and finish his studies, spiritual growth as he involve himself to the ministry in gcf, to learn how to honor god with his body.

* for Vishnu, use us (raya, majar and myself) to introduce him to your kingdom, teach us all to show him how he is loved and that he is part of the family, for his studies as he will enter college next year.

* for Majar, preparation for 2nd semester, God's provision for the funds to use for his enrollment, spiritual growth, and his involvement in the youth ministry.

* for Aque, to know god through us, and to be a good mom to Iyah and Nonyi

* for the kids (Iyah, Nonyi and Diwa) to be a child of God with guidance coming from us!

* and for myself, to be used by God in (somehow) leading and pointing the family to Christ for that "better life" I have longed for...

Friday, August 17, 2007

I'm turning 23!

August 25, Saturday will be my birthday! and my gosh, i'm turning 23! and i can not believe it... until now i feel like i'm 21, i kind of feel like na-stuck ako sa age na yun! that sometimes when people would ask me "how old are you?" i would have to stop and think before i give my answer "uhm... i'm 22!" haha! silly of me... i really don't know why pero it always happen!

but now that my "new year" is getting near... i feel like age is just numbers! but i praise God and thank him because HE indeed changed me... HE changed my heart... and it was all for goodness sake! i'm at this point where a am so overwhelmed and overjoyed because i have grown more closer to Him. and i am just so excited for the coming days of my life... of my journey!

on the lighter (and mushy side) nakakatouch na nakakahiya na ipinost ni p.jon sa iyacies blog yung birthday ko... hehe! the picture above you may visit at double celebration nga naman kasi our brother Amos Lim will fly back to his home country Malaysia next week. at ayun na nga, naka-announce na din na magpapakain ako! haha! so wala na akong kawala nito...

haaayyy... wala lang! i'm just so happy right now! and i give back all the glory to GOD!

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

what a wednesday! i just can't wait for thursday...

i got off from work the normal 9am logout time. but surprise-surprise came when i got out of our building... IT WAS RAINING SO HARD! i can hear na yung kulog at kidlat an hour earlier but i never thought that it was that heavy pala. pero good thing i have my payong with me naman... so ayun! expected ko na yung travel time ko from ayala to boni would be really long. another surprise-surpirse came to my face when i got to rob-pioneer; shocks, walang jeep na bumabyahe! kasi daw lubog sa baha ang circle (near city hall of mandaluyong) eh doon lang naman ang route ng mga byahe so kamusta naman di ba? tumambay muna ako for a few minutes kasi i didn't want to be annoyed by it. afterwards i thought of walking accross edsa (thru MRT, para makatawid) then dun ako sa kabilang jeep station nagbaka-sakali... well, what do i expect? haha! ayun wala ring bumabyahe. nagtanong yung barker ng tricycle kung san daw ako, sabi ko sa may sikap sa katarungan street ang sabo ba naman sa akin-- "naku baha yun! yun yung lubog, malabo pumayag mga tricycle nyan!" hell i care! sa loob-loob ko... hahaha! (in fairness, hndi pa din ako naiinis sa mga oras na ito) so cge, wait pa ako... it took after an hour ata before a jeep with a sign board SIKAP came... so ayun mega nakipagsiksikan ako sa mga tao para maka-sakay... wohoo! finally makakauwi na ako! gusto ko yung isigaw... but wait, when i thought surprises are over... hindi pala! kasi naman, since hanggang SIKAP nga lang yung jeep dahil andun yung lubog area, at akala ko ay carry ng powers ko na lusungin na (thinking it wasn't that malalim pero ayun maling akala strike 4 ako! haha) so what i did was i called majar... i asked him to get a pedicab at sunduin ako. it took another 30mins before sya nakarating... baha dun sa may kanto namin na abangan ng jeep eh!

sa sobrang kainiipan ko nakuha ko pang-ivedoe ang ilang pangyayari (i'll post the video in at haayyy... after 30yrs ayun na nga! pass 12nonn na ako nakarating sa aking apartmen... my gosh! was so tired and was so sleepy and was so hungry... pagdating ko pa sunog yung sinaing ni raya! naku naman oh...

kaya ayun I CAN'T WAIT FOR THURSDAY!! PARA OFF KO NA... i will surely treasure and cherich my last thurs off, dahil next week 8/5 na ulet ako!

tpos may this afternoon meeting kami sa callcenter ministry and then in the evening will have iyacies bible study... haaayyy i just can't wait for my thursday!

my statement of faith

***i adopted this from***

1. There is one true God, eternally existing in three Persons--the Father, Son and Holy Spirit--each of whom possesses equally all the attributes of Deity and the characteristics of personality.

2. Jesus Christ is God, the living Word, who became flesh through His miraculous conception by the Holy Spirit and His virgin birth. Hence, He is perfect Deity and true humanity united in one person forever.

3. He lived a sinless life and voluntarily atoned for our sins by dying on the cross as our substitute, thus satisfying divine justice and accomplishing salvation for all who trust in Him alone.

4. He rose from the dead in the same body, though glorified, in which He had lived and died.

5. He ascended bodily into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God the Father, where He, the only mediator between God and humanity, continually makes intercession for His own.

6. We were originally created in the image of God. We sinned by disobeying God; thus, we were alienated from our Creator. That historic fall brought all men and women under divine condemnation.

7. Our nature is corrupted, and we are thus totally unable to please God. Every person is in need of regeneration and renewal by the Holy Spirit.

8. Our salvation is wholly a work of God's free grace and is not the work, in whole or in part, of human works or goodness or religious ceremony. God imputes His righteousness to those who put their faith in Christ alone for their salvation, and thereby justifies them in His sight.

9. It is the privilege of all who are born again of the Spirit to be assured of their salvation from the very moment in which they trust Christ as their Saviour. This assurance is not based upon any kind of human merit, but is produced by the witness of the Holy Spirit, who confirms in the believer the testimony of God in His written Word.

10. The Holy Spirit has come into the world to reveal and glorify Christ and to apply the saving work of Christ to all men and women. He convicts and draws sinners to Christ, imparts new life to them, continually indwells them from the moment of spiritual birth and seals them until the day of redemption. His fullness, power and control are appropriated in the believer's life by faith.

11. We as believers, are called to live in the power of the indwelling Spirit so that we will not fulfill the lust of the flesh but will bear fruit to the glory of God.

12. Jesus Christ is the Head of the Church, His Body, which is composed of all men and women, living and dead, who have been joined to Him through saving faith.

13. God admonishes His people to assemble together regularly for worship, for participation in ordinances, for edification through the Scriptures and for mutual encouragement.

14. At physical death believers enter immediately into eternal conscious fellowship with the Lord, and await the resurrection of their body to everlasting glory and blessing.

15. At physical death unbelievers enter immediately into eternal conscious separation from the Lord and await the resurrection of their body to everlasting judgement and condemnation.

16. Jesus Christ will come again to the earth--personally, visibly and bodily--to consummate history and the eternal plan of God.

17. The Lord Jesus Christ commanded all believers to proclaim the gospel throughout the world and to disciple men and women of every nation. The fulfilment of that Great Commission requires that all worldly and personal ambitions be subordinated to a total commitment to "Him who loved us and gave Himself for us.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

my family!

exluding Kris (our am-boy cousin) this is my family... and when i say "my family" ibig sabihin lang nun kasama ko sa bahay... hehe! we have a big family because we are composed of 7 sibblings... it's just the three of us (myself, raya and majar) who share the apartment...

it's has been 3months since we moved in separately and lived an independent life (naks!) i feel so proud and blessed to have them with me in one roof... we are able to grow more mature together and it's just so amazing how God worked in our life... or may i say, in our lives!

i can still remeber when i was younger (like mga 6 or 7yrs ago) i used to pray and asked God for "better life". yun kasi yung mga panahong wala kaming kinakain, napupultulan kami ng ilaw, napapalayas sa inuupahang bahay, at medyo nahihiya sa mga unpaid debts ng mga magulang namin... all along i thought that "money" and food to eat everyday will be the answer to my prayer... pero hndi pala! that's why God allows the same experience to happen over and over again, kasi nga He knows better! it was just recently that i realized that the "better life" pala is growing close to Him. and that's where we are right now (kaming tatlo!) and i've been pryaing na sana yung iba ko pang mga kapatid... makita rin nila how wonderful it is to be close to God and become more like Him each and everyday... it was just recently that i realized that all i needed to do in the first place was to put my trust in Him and seek his kingdom and his righteousness first... at ayun na nga!

amazingly... i can see that little by little God has been answering my prayers for that "better life" i have longed for long ago...

and i am just left in AWE! praise God for the might works of His hands!

myself, kris, raya and majar

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one week to go!

this would be my final week on a 10/4 schedule! yehey! wohoo! after more than 3mos of suffering from pain... naks! OA! ayun finally, by next week i'll be on a regular 8/5 schedule. my shif will start from 11:30PM and will end by 8:30AM (manila time). with Saturday-Sunday off.

it has been such a challenge to work on a 10/4 schedule... i never thought I'll survive from it! but praise God because I've learned a lot from the experience and it was one of the reasons why i became active in attending a growth group in GCF (iyacies, every Thurs 7pm). it was indeed a blessing in disguise.

for sure i will be missing this schedule... pero for sure mas relaxed ako sa regular 8hrs of taking calls! and good thing that my prayer to get a mid-shift was answered as well para maka-attend pa din ako sa iyacies...

ayun lang! haayyy... queueing kami ngayon! there are 35 calls waiting... at naka-break ako... wohoo! nakakapagod!