Monday, November 14, 2011
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
|Speakers and Participants of Compassion International's Curriculum Writing Workshop|
October 2-7, 2011
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
OMF LIT BOOKSHOPS BRING INSPIRATION, INSTRUCTION AND INSIGHT TO THE 2011 MANILA INTERNATIONAL BOOK FAIR
- Hula, Multo, Faith Healing Atbp by Pastor Hiram Pangilinan explains the different occult practices in the Philippines and how people can break free from them
- Pass or Fail by Ronald Molmisa, a practical and relevant book that teaches young people how to be the best student ever (in Taglish format)
- Solo Flight by Grace Chong and Francie Castaneda-Lacanilao, a guide to single women and how they can make the most of their lives
- The Last Man Dancing: The Nestor de Villa Story by Gicky Soriano, a biography of Mr. De Villa and his faith journey, written by his son
- Oh Mateo 14: Tree for All by Grace Chong which teaches kids good stewardship and taking care of the environment
- The Great Crocodile and Duck Race by Robert Magnuson which teaches kids to get along while at play
- Bee Safe by Joyce Piap Go, a practical and informative book that teaches kids how to be safe in their environment
- Dopple Ganger Chronicles Vol 2: The Secret of Indigo Moon by G.P Taylor, a graphic novella featuring more adventures from twins Sadie and Saskia and their friend Eric
- Cupidity by Hayley and Michael DiMarco talks about 50 stupid things people do for love and how you can avoid them
- Making Room for Leadership by MaryKate Morse, a practical study on the gift of power of servant-leadership
- Things I Wish I'd Known Before We Got Married by Gary Chapman, a practical little book, packed with wisdom and tips that will help many develop the loving, supportive and mutually beneficial marriage men and women long for
- Think by John Piper brings together the life of the mind and the love of God
- What Women Don't Know (and Men Don't Tell You) by Michelle McKinney Hammond and Joel A. Brooks Jr features the unspoken rules of finding lasting love
- Workplace Grace by William Carr Peel and Walt Larrimore which deals with becoming a spiritual influence at work
- Joyce Piap Go - September 14
- Francie Castaneda-Lacanilao - September 14
- Grace Chong - September 14
- Hiram Pangilinan - September 16
- Gicky Soriano - September 16
- Ronald Molmisa - September 17
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Monday, August 1, 2011
Monday, July 18, 2011
Sunday, June 26, 2011
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Sunday, April 10, 2011
After a few weeks, I reunited with a friend whom I haven't seen in 20 years. We exchanged stories but most of the time, I let him share how his life had been since we last saw each other. He had what you might describe a "roller coaster ride"--enjoying cycles of success in his business yet enduring seasons of dryness in his spiritual life. But he repeatedly claimed that God had restored him to a renewed sense of purpose after he had been "broken". It was then that I remembered the book.
I took a renewed interest in the book. In her introduction, author Nancy Leigh DeMoss said, "This book is an invitation to encounter God in a whole new way. It is a call to discover His heart and His ways; a challenge to embrace a radically new way of thinking and living, in which the way up is down, death brings life, and brokenness is the pathway to wholeness."
I quickly turned to Chapter 1. The title is "The Heart of the Matter". A quotation from Samuel Chadwick lies at the center of the page: "It is a wonder what God can do with a broken heart, if He gets all the pieces."
I was pleasantly surprised at how things were turning out. The truth is, I was preparing for a talk for women on the topic of having a pure heart. I can see that God led me to this book so I could glean some truth to inspire my would-be audience. As I read, I jotted down notes. DeMoss described what brokenness is. She gathered portraits from the Bible and contrasted the broken and the unbroken. David and Saul. The tax collector and the Pharisee. The prodigal son and the elder brother. All of them sinned, but the first of the pairs repented, while the latter remained proud.
DeMoss led me even deeper into the kind of heart that is full of pride. In Chapter 4, she made a comparison of proud people and broken people. The list was not exhaustive but sufficient enough to prick me. God made me see how pride was hardening my heart. There are things I need to repent of if I were to continually have a fresh encounter with God and fresh filling of His Holy Spirit.
At the start, I said I was suspicious and a bit fearful that God might have plans to break me. I also said I believe God sent me this book so I could have something valuable to share to a group of ladies. Now I know it was I who needed to hear the truth first. God was speaking to me though the book. He wants me to be broken, not to destroy my personality, but to crush my self-will and make me more dependent on Him.
The heart God revives is one that is broken--humble, contrite, and in need of God's grace. When we are broken, the blessings of heaven are released--a supernatural, abundant life in Christ, deeper love and deeper worship, and anointing to minister in a fresh, mighty way.
I recommend Brokenness: The Heart God Revives to anyone who wants to have a fresh encounter with God. Brokenness: The Heart God Revives is published in the Philippines by Church Strengthening Ministry. Available at CSM Bookstore.
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
The world continues to be in shock and fear as events around the world unfold before us by the minute through news channels and social media. Japan faces a tragedy unequaled in the country’s history after it was hit by an 8.9 earthquake last March 11, followed minutes later by a tsunami that destroyed areas on the east coast, particularly Sendai. As an aftermath, Japan is now under threat of radiation after separate fires broke out in the Fukushima nuclear plant. On the other side of the globe, other life-threatening events are also taking place, as pro-Qaddafi forces and rebels wage a civil war and Bahrain, on the other hand, tries to quell protests that has gone violent.
Where do we turn for comfort and safety during this time? How do we make sense of all that is happening?
I make it a habit to read everyday even a small portion of the Scripture, not only to guide me as I make daily decisions, but also to find comfort in light of what’s happening around me. I admit, I do not find all the answers I need and want to know in the Bible. But as I read, I gain a perspective that enlightens me.
This day, March 17, the verse to be read listed in my daily Bible reading guide is Psalm 46. As I read, I realized how fitting the words of the psalmist are. Let me share with you a contemporary rendering of Psalm 46 written by Leslie F. Brandt way back in 1973 in his book PSALMS/NOW.
Our great God is still our Refuge and Strength;
He is ever aware of our problems and fears.
Thus we have no business doubting Him,
Even though the earth is convulsed in tragedy
or its human masses are threatened
by nuclear annihilation.
God continues to reign as all-wise
and as almighty as ever.
His eternal plan is not canceled
by the whims of men
or the freakish accidents of nature.
Nations will destroy each other;
civilizations will perish;
the earth itself may one day become
a smoking cinder, but God will not leave us.
He is forever our sure Refuge and Strength.
Just look about you; read the pages of history.
Refresh your flagging spirits with the reminder
of His great feats throughout the ages.
And you will again hear Him speaking:
“Relax, stop fretting, and
Remember that I am still Your God;
I still hold the reins on this world of yours.”
God is here among us;
He continues to be our Refuge and Strength.
During these troubled times, we can turn to God for He alone can save us. To quote Cindy Hess Kasper in Our Daily Bread, “When we experience tragedy, we may wonder about God’s goodness. Is God always good? Yes, He is. He doesn’t promise that bad things will never happen to us, but He does promise to be “our refuge and strength”.
Most of all, we must remember that God’s plan for us does not only cover our life here on this fragile earth but even life after death. This is an opportune time to think about our mortality and God’s offer of eternity with Him.
Sunday, February 13, 2011
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Friday, January 21, 2011
Ten years ago, I started teaching English in a school for would-be missionaries. Today, I had a chat with one of my former students who now teach basic English to elementary students in Paraguay. She reminded me that in her last exam, she wrote a brief note at the back of the paper to tell me that, like me, she would also like to teach English one day. I've forgotten about her letter, but God certainly took note and gave her the assignment. I am so happy to have been a part of her destiny.
What we do today could impact people beyond our borders. What are you doing today that could someday impact people and the ones in their sphere of influence? You may not have an idea yet, and you'll probably never know until ten weeks or ten years later. But today, you have an opportunity to do the best you can in all that you do. As we start the year, let's resolve to give our best in everything that we do. In the end, the rewards may just surprise us.
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. Colossians 3:23-24