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...

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