Not your ordinary League…..CBL!

It was in July 2011 wherea group of Christian Friends dreamed of having a basketball league for the Christian Youth in QC. They started to visualize and plan for the basketball league, they were excited of course and was full of hope. The league didn’t materialize that same year, but the group decided to form a simple Basketball every Sunday ministry just to “test the waters” and see if indeed they can push through with the league. The Basketball every Sunday ministry was a regular basketball fellowship for the Youth (UMYF) and the Young adults (UMYAF) every Sunday at different basketball courts around Quezon city. The ministry drew many attendees, it grew in numbers that even Youth and Young adults outside QC even joined the fellowship. After many months, the group finally realized that their vision of having a basketball league may happen. After all, it happened many years back through the Christian Basketball Ministry or CBM, so why not continue it and strengthen it further, so the Christian Basketball League or CBL was born.

With a sole aim of discipling Boys in and outside the church through Basketball, the group of Christian Friends now known as the CBL Board of Governors formulated rules that are based on our Christian Values and policies formulated by higher basketball entities like FIBA, PBA and the NBA. Some of the UNIQUE rules that the board formulated are;

*Every team must have a Small group session before the game. Either days before the game or minutes/hours before the game. Failure to have a small group session before the game will cause the team, automatic default.

* Each team must have 2 reps to share their small group session to the other team and vice-versa.

* A 1.5k quota for each team (The normal quota for a league is around 5-10k).

Headed by its Commissioner Pastor Floyd Alcantara, the CBL Board of Governors officially launched the CBL last March 31 2012 at the Mapayapa Village 2 court, with all 11 teams (named after the 12 disciples) composed of almost all churches in QCPACE, the teams made a covenant to each other and to God that CBL will be a Christ-centered league and that Discipleship, Sportsmanship and Fellowship will be its mandate.

After 3 months of CBL, the Lord has been good to this ministry that He provided the league with sufficient funds to push through; also it had a great impact to those who participated.
One significant impact is that the number of UMYF boys in Churches grew, as one UMYF from Tala UMC shared;
“Sobrang salamat po sa Lord sa buhay ng mga organizers ng CBL, dahil sa CBL, dumami po ang kabataan namin at marami ang nagiging active sa Church”.

Not only that the number of UMYF boys in Churches grew, but also the unity and bonding of the UMYF became stronger;

“Dahil sa CBL naging ka-close ko yung ibang UMYF sa church, yung mga dating di sumasama sa activities ngayon sumasama na dahil naging friends na namin dahil sa CBL” – UMYF from Deparo UMC.

What’s amazing as well is on how CBL helped some of the UMYF to learn things that are valuable to our characters, one UMYF from Goodsam UMC shared that;

“Grabe yung CBL, kala ko laro-laro lan or parang Liga lang na normal, pero hindi pala, ibang klaseng league siya kasi ang dami kong natutunan physically, mentally, emotinally at sPIRITUALLY. Naturuan ako na mag-take ng responsibility at maging humble talaga. Praise God sa CBL”

The Lord really works in ways that we can’t imagine, who could have imagined that He can use a Basketball League to touch lives in the youth today? God is truly amazing.

With the victorious CBL, the board of governors is now planning to further strengthen this ministry in its Season 2 next year and with God’s grace, CBL will be much bigger and stronger on its 2nd season!

BOLA NA!

To God be the Glory!

Ace C. Acosta (Board of Governor – CBL)

Greatest Steals in the PBA Draft history

Sam Bowie over Michael Jordan or Vitaly Potapenko, Erick Dampier over Kobe Bryant?? MVPs Karl Malone, Steve Nash and Dirk Nowitzki with the 13th pick, 15th pick,and 8th pick respectively? or Career Assist and Steals Leader John Stockton with the 16th pick?

These are just some of the Greatest Steals in the Draft history of the NBA.
The draft order is really not the basis of greatness in the NBA and that is also evident in the PBA as well, so let’s take a look at some of the greatest steals in the PBA Draft.

1. Ato agustin (1989) 12th overall

- A virtual unknown in his collegiate days because he played for a non-NCAA, non-UAAP team. The Atom Bomb was picked at the bottom of the draft surpassed by the likes of Dindo Pumaren, Bobby Jose and RicRic Marata. But Ato, wasted no time in proving his worth, because after winning the most improved player award during his sophomore year, he won the the MVP award a year after. Not only did Ato Agustin made a mark as a player, because just recently he made history by winning a PBA crown as a coach. Truly, Ato can be considered as the greatest steal in the draft.

Resume:

PBA MVP (1992)
Most Improved Player (1991)
25 greatest players
NCAA and PBA champion coach

2. Jimmy Alapag (2003) 10th overall

- The “mighty mouse” was picked late maybe because of his small frame (standing only at 5″9″) and his unknown basketball background in the states. Mike Cortez, Rommel Adducul, Eddie Laure,  Marlon Legazpi (sino to?!) and even teammate Harvey Carey were some of the names that were picked ahead of the one-time PBA MVP and consistent member of the Philippine National team.

Resume:

PBA MVP (2011)
9x All-star
All star game MVP
Rookie of the year (2003)
2x Finals MVP (co MVP w/ Jason Castro)
FIBA Asia  Silver Medalist (GILAS)

3. Kenneth Duremdes (1995) 3rd overall

- “Captain Marvel” was a college stand-out in Adamson, that’s why he was the top 3 over-all in the PBA draft but the reason why I considered him a steal in the draft
was because of the name that was picked ahead of him, (just imagine Sam Bowie – no.2 over Michael Jordan – no.3) the disapponting EJ Feihl.
The PBA Legend, wasn’t picked by Ginebra because they were amazed at the 7foot tall Feihl, but this turned out to be one of the most “controversial” moves in the history of Ginebra and in the PBA. Duremdes turned out to be even greater than #1 pick Dennis Espino and was considered the greatest of his class.

Resume:

PBA MVP (1998)
10x All star
3x member of the Philippine National team
25 greatest players
Finals MVP (1998)

4. Mark Caguioa (2001) 3rd overall

- “EJ Feihl and Kenneth Duremdes all-over gain!”. Mark Caguiao was chosen after Shell picked up Mike Hrabak, this time Ginebra benefiting from the “bust” that
Shell Made. Mike Hrabak turned out to be a fine player, but his play didn’t last long compared to Caguioa who became one of the Legitimate Superstars the PBA
has ever had. The “Spark” went on to  become a multiple champion w/ Ginebra and a Mythical team member for numerous times.

Resume:
10 x All-star
1 x Philippine National team Member
Rookie of the year (2001)
Multiple member of the Mythical Team
3x Best player of the conference
1x MVP (2012)

5. Gary David (2004) 10th overall,

- The current “best player of the conference” and the “hottest player” in the PBA right now, wasn’t actually a “heralded” player when he came to PBA even though he
was the PBL MVP before entering the draft. This is because of the more “marquee” players that time, namely; Rich Alvarez, James Yap, Marc Pingris, Ranidel de Ocampo and Sonny Thoss who were picked 1-5 respectively. The first 5 players were actually good picks but from 6-9, you would just really wonder why they were picked ahead of “El Granada”. Denver Lopez, Ervin Sotto, Nelbert Omolon, Wesley Gonzales were picked ahead of Gary David, so it is just fitting that we put Gary David on the list of the “greatest steals in the PBA Draft history”

Resume:

2x Scoring Champion (2010,2011)
2x All Star
Most improved Player (2007)
Best player of the conference (2011)
FIBA Asia Silver medalist (GILAS)

Honorable mentions: Cyrus Baguio 14th (2003), Larry Fonacier 14th (2005), Ronald Tubid 16th (2003), Peter June Simon 43rd (2001)

Tell me what you think of this list! Do you have a better list than this?

Comment now!

LINcredible! “A testimony of Patience and Humilty”


For the past two Sundays, I have been teaching about the Life of Jesus Christ and how He exhibited

great humility and patience during His life here on earth and when I started to reflect upon those

two traits, I realized that Patience and Humility are probably two of the hardest traits that a person can exude.

Well, just look at the news today or just look around, People bragging, people complaining and

whining about the in-efficiency of things. That’s just how the world it is today,

Humility and Patience is so difficult to find nowadays, but “BOOM!” out of nowhere, a new name popped out in the news, in FB’s timeline, in the sports world, in the NBA, an unlikely guy an unlikely hero, his name is Jeremy Lin.

Well at first, I wasn’t that interested to this guy, because maybe what he did was a fluke, maybe

he was just getting attention because he is Chinese (Hello Floyd Mayweather!), and I thought people are just looking for the next Yao Ming. But 3,4,5,6 games passed by and this guy is just playing amazing, not only does his stats are amazing, but he is making his team amazing as well (without Melo and Amare!) Wow!

Then after that, I started to be interested in this guy, what’s with Jeremy Lin? Why he’s making

waves? What’s different about him?

The answers are 1. He is a CHRISTIAN and, 2. He exudes HUMILITY and PATIENCE. What HUMILITY and

PATIENCE? In the NBA? HUMILITY and PATIENCE? Yes HUMILITY and PATIENCE in the NBA.

Its ultra rare to find those traits in the NBA, well HUMILITY is not really evident, just look at Lebron, Kobe, Dwight, even past stars like Bird, Jordan, Barkley, Shaq. They just don’t have

it…Especially when it comes to their accomplishments.

Patience?hmmmm… Lebron, Bosh, CP3, Dwight, Melo and some other stars just can’t wait to have

a championship ring and are/were continually asking for a trade, is that Patience? At least there’s Dirk,

MJ, Hakeem who were patient to have that ring.

J-Lin, has both traits, that really says how great this person is. It is evident in his story,

his background of racism, of being overlooked by Division 1 college teams, NBA teams (Hello

Dallas, Houston and Golden State!) and almost being cut by the Knicks (thanks to Mike d’Antoni who

gambled on Lin). Seriously the story of this guy is just amazing, is just phenomenal, it is just LINpossible that you can’t stop on taking a peek at this guy!

How often can you see a player in the NBA or in any other league or in any other event praised

and thanked God? How often do you see a player be so humble in thanking his team or other people

in his success or how often do you see a player emerge from the end of the bench to be the star?

J-Lin was just an exceptional testimony on how amazing God works in

our Lives.

Who would have thought that J-Lin was a homeless NBA player? Who would have thought that a D-League Player an ASIAN D-League player would really make waves (TIDAL WAVES) in the NBA. I don’t know, but J-Lin’s story is just LINSANE, probable the most LINSANE story that I have ever heard in the history of the NBA!

I was just reminded of this verse in Romans 5:3-4 “More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope”

J-Lin endured a lot of sufferings – Racism, Rejection, Failures; and I believed with those sufferings his endurance really grew that produced his winning attitude his character of never saying die, and just pursuing the goal. He stayed true to his faith to his goal even though it is hard (“And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” – Galatians 6:9). J-Lin could have just said NO to basketball and then went on to pursue another career, after all HE is a HARVARD Economics graduate. He could have worked in big offices in New York but he stayed to basketball and continued to pursue his dream. He did not give up, instead he worked even more. He treated his journey in basketball as a blessing from God, he looked at the failed try-outs, disappointing games, unguaranteed contracts (because of his race or school or stats) as something else)..J-Lin treated all of this as a blessing, a journey that eventually led him to his dream.

I am so blessed with J-Lin and I truly Praise God for his life, because I know HE really inspired a LOT especially millions of Christians who feel that they don’t have a place in this world, who are getting hopeless with the situation that we are in right now. I just really pray that most of us get a thing or two from Mr. LINcredible, that we too should never give up, should never stop Praising God and should never stop hoping for the BEST. “But now, Lord, what do I look for? My hope is in you” – Psalm 39:7

LINsanity may end (after 10 years pa!hahaha!just hoping.hehe!), his amazing plays may stop but his story, his testimony will live forever in the hearts of many.

“I am so thankful to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for this, this is my dream right here, this

journey is just a blessing from God”Jeremy Lin # 17, Starting PG of New York Knicks


The Big Shift — “What now?”

“Ang SAYA!” “Nakaka-bless!” “BOOM!” “PANALO” “THE BEST!” –> These were just some
of the reactions from the delegates, BS Leaders, Volunteers/Staff and even workers
from the 1st QCPACE CI – “The BIG SHIFT”.

Truly the recent CI is one of a kind, many “FIRST” happened, the GLORY and GRACE of GOD was truly
evident and it touched lives and hearts during  CI. Personally, right now when I recall
the events I can’t help but cry out of JOY and GRATEFULNESS to our LORD who truly worked during
the CI, and what’s really overwhelming was that HE used us (the volunteers) to fulfill HIS plans for the CI.

GOD IS REALLY GREAT!

I am really planning to write a blog after CI, I will either narrate what happened and recall the
memories or write a message for the youth regarding how GREAT the LORD is during the CI. But as I
was thinking of something to write, a thought/reflection came into my mind, actually it is a
question. “Anong mas importante yung CI o yung PAGKATAPOS ng CI?”.

Siyempre parehong importante yun pero as I was really thinking hard, I realized (and most of you will agree)
mas importante yung PAGKATPOS NG CI, because CI was made to equip the MYF after and outside the CI.
Like what we learned during the CI, “Hindi porket nakapag-CI ka na, OK NA YUN”, “Hindi porket  
naging active ka na sa MYF after ng CI, OK NA YUN”, “Hindi porket, nagbago ka na ng onte after ng  
CI, OK NA YUN”.

Masakit mang isipin, pero the BIG SHIFT is not yet happening, the BIG SHIFT didn’t end at CI but
rather the BIG SHIFT is just STARTING. TRUE CHANGE can’t happen overnight, it is an everyday
process, it is an everyday COMMITTMENT to JESUS and ONLY THROUGH JESUS.
So ang magandang tanong cguro pagkagising natin sa  umaga eh “IS MY LIFE committed to CHRIST?”.

Being committed for me is not a onetime big time  event like CI it is an everyday event.

Isa pang naisip ko eh, “ano ba ang kinasaya ko/natin sa CI?” “Yung nakakilala ako ng bagong friends?” “Yung  
naging ka-close ko si Crush?” “Yung naging Officer ako?” “Yung finally naging staff o BS Leader na ako?” 
“Yung finally nakasama ka na ng CI?”

Ano nga ba?
YES valid lahat ng kasiyahan na yan, pero di ba nakakalungkot na yang mga yan ang nangingibabaw
na kasiyahan? Na tipong pag tinanong ka, yan ang sagot mo at magiging testimony. Hindi ba mas ok
na kaya ka masaya sa CI ay Dahil “Na-realize mo na kailngang magbago, na kailangang mag-commit  
kay Lord, na kailangan ko si Lord, na tinanggap ko si Lord bilang tagapagligtas at Panginoon”.

Bakit ko sinasabi itong mga ito?! Kasi KAILANGAN nating mapapalalahanan.
KAILANGAN nating malaman 
yung DAPAT.

I know a lot of people who have attended lots of CI, but still didn’t experienced the BIG SHIFT.
I  also know a lot of people who haven’t attended any CI but is experiencing the BIG SHIFT in their
lives.

The BIG SHIFT is not about CI, it is not about the MYF or the CHURCH, it’s about JESUS, and US  
accepting and dedicating our LIVES to HIM. So let us all be reminded that our CHANGE doesn’t end
nor happens all at once during CI, it is a DAY to DAY event.

Dati nagreflect kaming District officers sa cycle ng pagiging active ng mga MYF at eto yung na-discover namin.

January – on FIRE! (kasi kakatapos lang ng CI)
February – Mejo on FIRE na lang! (busy sa mga ka-date at school)
March – WALA NA! (busy na sa school)
April – Mejo paparamdam at active na ulit (lapit na summer camp eh!)
May – SUMMER CAMP NA, ACTIVE na ulit.
June – July – ACTIVE, BIBO yan! (xmpre after ng summer camp on fire eh)
August – October – Walang paramdam…. (busy na sa school)
November – Mejo balik loob (lapit na CI eh!)
December – ayan ACTIVE na!

Pag may work: BUSY all year round!hehe.

Na-tamaan ka ba? Ako kasi OO, minsan o madalas gnyan din ang cycle ko, gumagamit ako
ng iba’t-ibang dahilan para di mag-church, di maging active at mag-serve at di mag-dedicate
ng time, talent and resources ko kay Lord. Pero sana mag-BIG SHIFT na tayo..
Sana talagang yung pinakita natin nung CI ma-apply natin ngayon at sa susunod pa at sa buong buhay natin.

Bago ko tapusin itong post na to, I just would like to share yung objectives nung CI (na dapat alam natin)
at sana mag-reflect tayo at gawin natin itong objectives sa ating buhay:

1. To really know Christ
2. To learn to apply CHRIST-like attitudes in today’s time
3. To learn how to maintain a life styled in Christ

AT! alalahanin natin na… “True Change is through Christ!”

So mga Tropa….BIG SHIFT na!

Romans 12:2

“….Let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect – Romans 12:2 (NLT)”

To God be the Glory!

Ang Buhay Kristiyano!

“Ang Buhay Kristiyano ay Kain Tulog lang, Kain Tulog lang” -> This is a line from a “funny” song called ang Buhay ng Kristiyano. I don’t know who made that or pakulo lang ata ng MYF yan or I don’t even know if that was the title of that song!hehe.

But actually that song made me realize something, yes it is a song meant for fun or for joking around, but actually it means something, it conveys a deeper meaning that we Christians should look into.

Yes, Christian Life is soo fun and soo beautiful, that it feels like na parang “Kain, Tulog” ka lang talaga, but actually “kain tulog lang” also means that one is LAZY or doesn’t work at all, and maybe this was the message that the song is trying to convey, that often times we Christians ay “Kumakain at Natutulog lang”..
That we Christians are not working at all or are being LAZY at being Christians..

I can’t speak for everyone, nor am I judging others, but oftentimes most Christians (including myself) STOP at one level in being a Christian,

What do I mean about this?

An example would be like this:
When I accepted Jesus as my personal Savior 10 years ago at a youth camp I was really on fire but then after, as years went by, I went to High School and College, I was a little bit contented with my Christian life;
I was Attending Sunday School every Sunday, Attending Church, Doing Ministry in the Church and Doing good deeds but sometimes I do drink, attend parties, have “Flings”, do “cool” stuff,  with knowledge that these things would not really hurt my Salvation or would not really hurt my relationship with Christ, because I was so contented with accepting Him and was also a bit satisfied with what I have done helping the Church especially I was one of the Youth Leaders (Sikat na Leader pa!hahaha!), and was part of the worship team.
I knew that time that, that was ENOUGH, that it was OK, sabi ko pa nga sa sarili ko, “Ok na cguro yun, tutal mabait naman ako, di naman ako perwisyo sa iba in fact matulungin pa nga ako eh,minsan nag-ququiet time at devotion naman ako (take note MINSAN!) saka karamihan din ng ibang Christians na kilala ko ganun din eh, di hamak na MAS OK AKO sa IBA”.

What’s wrong with me that time? Some may look at it na “Ok naman na siya eh”, Christian na siya saka Active naman”.. But you know what’s wrong?

I stopped growing in Faith, I stopped yearning for the Word, the FIRE was there but it was not ENOUGH to lighten up my LIFE my THOUGHTS, definitely I was a BETTER PERSON after accepting Christ but not a NEW PERSON, ( 2 Corinthians 5:17:  Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come:The old has gone, the new is here! )

I was LAZY na tipong “Kain Tulog”  lang ang buhay Kristiyano ko, I stopped working.

Being a Christian is ACCEPTING JESUS as your SAvior, yes it is very essential and it is very important, but that doesn’t stop there. Being a Christian at Ang Buhay Kristiyano ay hindi isang gabi lang na iiyak ka maglulupasay tapos luluhod ka at itataas mo ang kamay tapos ok na. Di lang din siya na, attend ng Church every Sunday at maging part ng Praise and Worship team, maging Sunday School teacher, maging Choir member, maging biggest tither, maging Church Council Leader in short maging one most active member ng Church. I tell you, it doesn’t stop there, it shouldn’t stop there.

Ang BUHAY Kristiyano ay ang PAMUMUHAY KRISTIYANO,.. ano daw? Ang BUHAY mo ay dapat parang Kay KRISTO.
1 Corinthians 11:1:  Be imitators of me, just as I am of Christ

Now let me ask you, does your life only revolve around the Church and the Praise worship team or the Church council? Does your life only revolve around revival nights? Does your life only happens every Sunday?  Of course not, your life also revolves around your School, your Work, your Family, your Parties, your Past-time, your Leisure,  your Day and Night, your Relationships and many others.
Your LIFE is everything about YOU of course, sa tagalong IKAW ang Buhay mo, at ang BUHAY mo ay IKAW.

Now let’s ask ourselves from the ones that listed above, is our being Christian practiced to those things? Or is it only present in our family but not in our past-time and relationships, or present at work but not when we wake up and go to sleep. Ang Buhay Kristiyano ay hindi lang kain tulog, ang Buhay Kristiyano ay pagtatrabaho at hindi pagtigil sa pagpuri at pag-glorify kay LORD sa KAHIT ANONG BAGAY na ginagawa mo:

“So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” – 1 Corinthians 10:31

Remember KAHIT ANO!

It is really hard to live a Christian Life in this world, as John 15:19 says ” If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.”

Pero it can be less hard for us to live in this world, if we delight ourselves in the presence of the Lord, if we always seek His presence, His Holy Spirit because Philippians 4:!3 says ” I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” and let us also be reminded that Jesus overcame the world, John 16:33 says “In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

Kayang Kaya nating mamuhay ng isang TUNAY na KRISTIYANO, wag tayong tumugil wag tayong mawalan ng pag-asa kung ang paligid natin ay nagiging hindi na ok, bagkos dapat talagang magpatuloy tayo at palakasin natin ang bawat isa. Remember palakasin at wag SILIPIN!hehe.

Isang dahilan ng downfall ng isang Kristiyano ay ang pag-compare/pag-silip ng buhay niya sa kapwa Kristiyano o kahit sa ibang tao. “Ay bakit ako ang bait bait ko, active active ko pero siya na puro inom gimik at kasalanan mas ok pa yung buhay”, “ay bakit ako na talagang tunay na nagseserve ay ganito pero siya na active din pero may iba pang lifestyle, ganito ganyan”
WAG na WAG nating hayaan na maging ganun ang thinking natin, kaso inggit at pag-doubt sa kabaitan ni Lord ang mangingibabaw sa atin.

Alalahanin natin na ksama sa pamumuhay Kristiyano ang ating pagtingin sa ating kapwa. Wag tayong mainggit, mag-judge basta basta, dapat tayo ay mag-dasal at mag-encourage sa bawat isa.

Gaya nga ng sabi dba, ang BUHAY KRISTIYANO ay sa Pananalita, Pagkilos, Pagkain, Paglalaro, Pagporma, Pagiisip, Pagmamahal in short sa LAHAT!

Let’s start living TRUE CHRISTIAN LIVES!

To God be the Glory!

 

Simple and short letter for Manny Pacquiao: Pacquiao vs. Marquez III

Dear Manny,

“Hindi na sa akin importante kung panalo o talo ka talaga, ang mas importante ay alam kong lumaban ka ng PATAS, di ka tumakbo o umilag lang, bagkos ikaw pa ang naging mas agresibo kahit ikaw ang CHAMPION, nagensayo ka ng mas MATAGAL kesa sa mga dati mong laban at higit sa LAHAT di mo nakalimutang PASALAMATAN ang DIYOS bago at pagkatapos ng LABAN Mo”

Pagdadasal kita Manny dahil alam kong masakit ang PUSO lalo ngayon na kahit ang kapwa PINOY na iyong binigyang karangalan at kasiyahan ay binabatikos ka.

salamat Manny “PacMan” Pacquiao at
Naway pagpalain ka ng ating Panginoon!

- Iyong malaking tagapaghanga,

Ace

Don’t let anyone look down on you!: A Sermon on 1 Timothy 4:12

Praise God, because last Oct.23 I was invited to speak at the YOUTH Sunday of the PUMC MASA Mission Center.
What’s funny was that a little like sometime in September, I had a strong feeling that I will be a speaker to one of the Methodist Churches in QC to speak
about the youth, and actually when I had that feeling, I was already thinking of what topic, or where will I get my sermon, funny niya no? Kasi wala pa yung actual invitation eh nagpeprepare na ako,hehe! But God really works in ways you don’t know.

So after a week before that feeling came, Pastor Gilbert Cedillo messaged me at FB, but I though it was just regarding
one of the main concerns of the youth because Pastor Gilbert is one of our youth advisers, but he invited me to speak at their Church, and then boom, my feeling was right, right there I knew that God gave me that feeling.hehe!

Anyway, I just would like to share to you my sermon script about ” The Real essence of 1 Timothy 4:12″

Enjoy and spread the Love of Christ!

I.

4:12 Huwag hamakin ng sinoman ang iyong kabataan; kundi ikaw ay maging uliran ng mga

nagsisisampalataya, sa pananalita, sa pamumuhay, sa pagibig, sa pananampalataya, sa kalinisan.

4:12 Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young but set an example for the believers in speech, conduct, love, faith and purity.

Napaka-popular ng verse na ito sa mga kabataan ngayon, actually parang every MYF sunday or summer

camp or ci eh ito ang madalas nagiging verse.. Dahil siguro talagang akmang akma ito sa ating mga kabataan sa ating mga myf.

Pero madalas sa ating mga kabataan, ang nagiging focus natin sa verse na ito ay ang first part na:  “Don’t let anyone look down”, sarap pakinggan dba? “Don’t let anyone look down!”, tipong nakataas pa kilay mo may pilantik pa pag sinasabi. Hehe!

Tayong mga kabataan ay ngkakaroon ng sense of pride, ng sense of “Yes, KABATAAN AKO!” pag naririnig natin to, although totoo naman na talagang ineempower tayong mga kabataan sa verse na ito, pero minsan o madalas ay naooverlook natin ang MAS IMPORTANTE na part, yung DAPAT maging focus talaga which is yung 2nd part:

kundi ikaw ay maging uliran ng mga nagsisisampalataya, sa pananalita, sa pamumuhay, sa pagibig, sa pananampalataya, sa kalinisan”

“but set an example for the believers in speech, conduct, love, faith and purity”

Bakit ko nasabi na mas focused tayo sa “don’t look down”, what’s my basis ba?

Panoorin natin tong video na to: (statistics)

6.8 Billion World population (as of 2009) –>More than 50% are YOUTH

- 47% Are smokers

- 9.2% Are out of school

- 21% are involved in violence

- 27% have sex before they marry

- 70% drink alcohol (half got drunk last week)

- 5.3% induce illegal drugs

-4 out of 5 watch pornography

-2 out of 5 have attempted killing themselves

Let Us Pray:

Panginoon, hipuin nyo ang bawat tengang makikinig ang bawat matang makakita at ang bawat puso na bubukas sa bawat magandang salita na manggaling sa inyo. Gamitin niyo po ako Panginoon, para kayo’y mapapurihan at Makita ngayong umaga.Ito an gaming samo’t dalangin sa matamis na pangalan ng aming tagapagligtas na si Hesu Kristo. Amen

Diba talagang we don’t let anyone look down on us? Talagang hinde!

Tignan mo naman bata pa lang eh natututo na ng mga bagay bagay na ganyan. Na actually, parang dati mga matanda lang ang gumgawa actually dapat HINDI ginagawa at all!

Now yan ba yung point ni Paul kay Timothy? Example ba yan?
Kahit sa ating mga myf na: talaga bang we set an example?
Tayo ba ay nagiging modelo ng Panginoon?

Isa isahin nating ang 1 Timothy 4:12

Ginagwa nga ba natin ang dapat para maging mabuting ehemplo?

1. In Speech

- Normal na ang pagmumura, normal na ang “green” words/jokes, normal na ang magalit at

magsabi ng masama sa kapwa na kahit ang facebook ginagamit na natin para sa mga salitang yan, na minsan mapapa-“tsk tsk” ka nlng eh.

Ngayon isa ba tayo sa mga normal na yan? Sa bawat salita ba na ating sinsabi, sinusulat o pinopost

example  ba Tayo? ng Panginoon? O example sa kalokohan at kabulastugan?hehehe.

Ephesians 4:29

Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building
others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.

“There is power in words” gaya ng madalas sabihin. Kaya dapat we should use our mouth in glorifying GOD, na dapat bawat bitaw ng ating bibig iisipin natin pleasing ba to kay Lord?

Psalm 19:14

May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O LORD, my

Rock and my Redeemer.

2. In Conduct

- Merong kasabihan na we should “Act according to our Age” kung bata ka act na bata ka, or kung matanda ka act na seryoso ka pero di ba mas ok kung we

“Act according to our Faith”

- “Action speaks louder than words” ika nga nila. Kaya ang ating bawat kilos ay dapat maging ehemplo ng Panginoon.

- Sa bawat “pag-cut ng klase o pangongopya, sa bawat bote at upos ng sigarilyo, sa bawat suntukan

at sabunutan, sa bawat porma at kilos, tayo ba ay example?

Romans 13:13

Because we belong to the day, we must live decent lives for all to see. Don’t participate in the darkness of wild parties and drunkenness, or in sexual promiscuity and immoral living, or in quarreling and jealousy

Ang isa sa pinaka-masaklap na tanong na maaring marinig ng isang kristyano sa kanyang kapwa, mapa-kristyano man o hinde ay:

Ayyyy Kristiyano ka pala? Talaga Kristiyano ka?weh di nga?!

Si Mahatma Gandhi, isa sa pinakam-magaling, matalinong tao na isang bayani sa India at buong mundo ay actually nagbigay ng comment sa mga Kristiyano, ang sabi niya:

“I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.”

Matthew 5:16

In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven

Dapat sa Kilos pa lang kita na kagad si Lord.

3. In Love

Alam nyo ba na ang 1st and 2nd greatest commandment ay tungkol sa LOVE?

Matthew 22:36-39

36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” 37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’[a] 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’

Do we really love GOD with our all? Does it reflect in our devotion, our service, our tithes and

most especially our love for others (family,friends etc.)? Or ang devotion ba ay pag Band practice lang at CI?

Or ang tithes ay pagka may sobra lang? Or tayo ba ay madaming kaaway at kagalit at kahit si kuya si ate o si nanay at tatay ay sinusuway? Ako po minsan ay ganyan..mahirap pero kailngan nating magmahal ng tapat kahit sa hindi kaibig-ibig, commandment eh, 2nd Greatest pa!

1 Corinthians 13: 6-7
6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

4. In Faith

Do we really carry our FAITH or do we compromise it according to our needs?
Are we true to our convictions?

Ang ating pananampalatay ba ay suot natin pagka nagkakayayaan ng mag-cutting at mag-DOTA nlng? O pagka may sobra sa

baon na binigay ni tatay? Kahit sa relationships natin, icocompromise ba nating ang ating Faith para sa ating mamahalin?

Naalala nyo ba si Shamcey? Willing ba tayong i-let go ang lahat para sa Faith natin. sabi nga dba

FAITHNESS First!

1 Timothy 6:12

Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.

We should stand up for our FAITH at whatever cause!

1 Thessalonians 5:8

let us be self-controlled, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet.

And lastly…

5. Purity

In thoughts, actions and words

Sa pagseserve sa Church, pure ba ang intentions natin?
Sa pananalita at pag-iisip pure ba ito? Oh laman ito ng intriga, ng pangungutya, ng bitterness, ng

kalokohan at ano pa.

Sa pagkakaroon ng relationship pure ba yung intentions or kahit ikaw na nasa relationship na, pure ba

ang nagiging actions nyo?

Colossians 3:5

Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.

Alam nyo naisip ko…

Kaya minsan talagang ilulook down talaga tayo di dahil sa age natin pero dahil sa actions

natin..

“ah kasi bata pa xa eh kaya ganyan ah kasi matanda na yan”.

Dba mas ok pakinggan kung

“Ah kasi Kristiyano xa”

Verse:

1 Peter 2:12

Be careful to live properly among your unbelieving neighbors. Then even if they accuse you of doing wrong, they will see your honorable behavior, and they will give honor to God when he judges the world

At madalas ginagawa nating dahilan ang ating edad para gumawa ng bagay na di kaayaaya, di ba lagi

nating dahilan:

“Bata pa naman ako, hayaan kong magenjoy muna, ok lang wag mag-seryoso” pero pagtanda naman natin eh halos gnun din ang linya  “matanda na ako eenjoyin ko na ang buhay, at gawin ang  lahat ng gusto kong gawin”

Proverbs 22:6

Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it

So Parents, train your Child.. Sorry for my example, but I remember my parents kung paano nila

kami trinain.. Yung tatay ko po, ever since na ngkaisip ako, lagi kaming pinapakain ng gulay, as in

sapilitan yan, tlgang isa isa kaming nilalagyan ng ampalaya, okra, malunggay at kung ano pa every

meal, and tlgang kailngang ubusin mo yun.. xmpre as a kid ayaw mo yun eh, pangit ng lasa eh pero

alam niyo po, I am so thankful for that training dahil hannggang ngayon tlgang mahilig ako sa

gulay na it really helps my health and my diet.

Now imagine, if ngayong myf plang tayo, or ngayon pa lang whether matanda bata, mejo matanda we start training ourselves to a TRUE

Christian LIFE, imagine what will be the outcome of that in the next 5-10 years,

Sabi nga nila:

“Practice makes permanent”

1 Timothy 4:7 “train yourself to be godly”.

Titus 2:12

Training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age

Now is the time to start, reading our bibles and praying everyday, now is the time to start to

serve the church and be good stewards, now is the time to be upright in speech and conduct, now is

the time to exercise our faith and be pure.

Now is the time to be GOOD EXAMPLES of our LORD Jesus Christ.

Pastor Joey said in his sermon last anniversary, that

“Your/Our life is the most powerful sermon”

Sino po dito ang gustong maka-inspire ng iba? Sino po dito ang gustong maka-touch ng iba?

Lahat tayo gusto natin yan, pero alam mo kung paano mo magagawa yun?
Maging superhero o bayani? Pwede. ,
Maging politiko at mamudmod ng relief goods? Pwede na din

Maging pastor or teacher at laging mag-sermon? Pwede pwede yan.

MAmigay ng pera? PWedeng PWede.. hehe!

Pero alam nyo yung madali at talagang effective?

Yun ay yung mamuhay ng tama, ng wasto, alagaan ang Lifestyle at maging Good Examples. Tiyak yan

mga kapatid, maraming maiinspire na kagad.

Before I end the message of our Lord, gusto ko lang mag-share ng isang kwento:

There was this young person (a girl), na bata pa lang ay hindi nagsawang maglingkod sa Panginoon.
At hindi lang siya naglilingkod sa Panginoon, siya din mismo ay isang magandang ehemplo sa kanyang

School, in Fact Masipag, at matalino siya at naging scholar pa sa isang Magaling na University. at

hindi lang siya isang magaling na estudyante, magaling din siyang Anak at Kapatid sa kanyang

pamilya, isa siyang example tlga at hindi niya hinayaan na kahit 19 lang siya ay tumutulong siya,

mabait at faithful na servant ni Lord through the Church, her family, friends and society. Naging

good example siya at naging significant sa maraming tao. Kaya’t nung siya ay biglaang napunta na sa piling ni Lord, marami ang nalungkot, marami ang nanghinayang sa buhay, at mahigit 6,000 ang nakiramay sa young girl na ito na ang pangalan ay Given Grace Cebanico.

Psalm 90:12

Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom

Given Grace was a great example, hindi nya sinayang ang kabataan nya, She didn’t let others

look down on her because she was a Great example, a Great example of how to live like a Christian.

Mga Kapatid “Now is the time” (whether MYF, WSCS, UMM, MYA ka) to be examples for the believers in Speech, conduct, love, faith and purity.

Remember , HINDI “pag-nakagraduate ka na, or  naka-graduate na ang panganay mo, o pagka mayaman ka na, Remember NOW NA”

Let us Pray

Panginoon, patawarin niyo po kami sa aming pagkakasala, sa aming pagiging hindi magandang ehemplo, sa aming pamumuhay na minsan o madalas ay hindi buhay Kristiyano, at mula ngayon whether ako’y bata o matanda, magiging ehemplo kami at aming sisikapin na ilagay ka sa bawat kilos, salita o gawa na aming gagawin, manguna ka Panginoon at ikaw ang humawak sa aming mga buhay. DAkila ka Panginoon, Salamat po at sa iyo ang papuri magpakailan pa man. Sa ngalan ni Hesus. Amen

To GOD be the GLORY

CILT 2011: The BIG Shift has already begun!

I can’t even write the right type or amount of words to describe the GREATNESS of our LORD during the recent CILT at the Masa Mission Center (Thank you Ptr. Gilbert for accommodating us). I am so overwhelmed with JOY  as in OVERWHELMED!

I know that this year’s CILT will be different from the past CILTs that I have attended, because the Directors (Ate Tin,  Ate Kat, Ime, Pau, Net, Gilbert, Jervey, Gracezl, Dandan) really conceptualized it to be different from the usual, a SHIFT from the normal, a CHANGE sa nakasanayan na, but you know what honestly, I didn’t expect it to be that BIG of a SHIFT to be that BIG of a CHANGE.
I can’t speak for everybody who have attended it, but I know many were really blown away by the GRACE of GOD that was so evident in the CILT.

From the Team building session (Thank you Bong, Kuya Eboy, Ate Beng and Ate France) to the challenging message by Ptr. Floyd, up until the “brainstorming”  sessions with the Directors about the “Like” and “dislike” activity. Even up to the  ” all night kwentuhan” with Mike, Wes and RR and can I just also add the CG with the Program Comm People and the powerful sharing and “iyakan” sessions with ALAB Judah (Glenn, Martin, Buboy, Thei, Cam, Rusty, Aaron, Mike, RR, Wes, Divine, Jessi) during BS and add to that the lessons from Ate Jen, Ate Joy, and Kuya Ryan.
But wait, who can forget the last night with Kuya Nante and the rest of ALAB (Kuya Mars, Kuya Mark, Ptr.Jay-r, Ptr. Floyd, Kuya Eboy) making a surprise visit to lead the worship ++  Aaron’s testimony and the Sharing/Exhortation of Kuya Nante.

There’s a lot more to mention, because every moment in the CILT was precious, the “tawanan” and the “kulitan” was obviously there, xmpre hindi naman mawawala sa MYF yun eh, but what’s really amazing was that a COMMITMENT TO CHANGE really happenend in those 2 days, the HOLY SPIRIT really moved in the CILT.

Some people say, “ay mejo paubos na ang mga metodista”, “ay ang gulo na ng methodist church di na kasi siya SPIRIT Filled”, “ay kanya kanya nang agenda”, “ay mga MYF natin di na good role models”.. Possibly true, maybe it really is the case, but you know what after the CILT,
I felt a strong sense of HOPE, that a BIG CHANGE will happen a BIG SHIFT will occur and I believed it is already happening and CILT was a big evidence to it…

Lamentations 3:21 – “Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope”

Just a bit of a background, when the program comm together with some directors were formulating the Theme, Title, Thrust etc.. What’s really amazing was that we all agreed right away with everything, we were all on the same page, we all had that longing for CHANGE and I strongly believe God was with us during all the meetings and conceptualization and I realized all of that during the last night of CILT, where Kuya Nante was sharing his thoughts, observations. I was crying almost the entire time that night, because I was just so amazed at how God works, at kung gaano ginawang SAKTO ni Lord ang mga bagay bagay on how everything fell into place.

I believe everyone who have attended the entire 2 days of CILT were blessed but REMEMBERCHANGE doesn’t happen overnight, it is an everyday COMMITMENT, it is an everyday DESIRE to CHANGE for the LORD, an everyday CRAVING to turn and not look back to the SINFUL LIVES we USED to LIVE and an everyday LONGING to be with the PRESENCE of GOD.

Romans 12:2 – “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will”

I challenge everyone who have read this, to write, to share, to tweet or even to preach the CHANGE that is happening in your LIVES and to proclaim of how GREAT our GOD is. EXERCISE THAT CHANGE KAPATID!

*”clap clap clap” HATAW NA!*

To God be the GLORY!

So good I can’t contain it, So blessed I got to give it away!

Ever felt the need to spread something? That’s what the QCPACE-MYF headed by Tin Amador , CNF Dept. of NWD headed by Ace C. Acosta in coordination with the MASA Mission Church of Rev. Gilbert Cedillo thought of when they spearheaded  “Contagious” last August 19 at the MASA Mission Church. Like what the lyrics of the song One day by Hillsong (So good I can’t contain, so blessed I got to give it away) says, the QCPACE MYF was so filled with the Love of the Lord that a need for an event where people will just sing and dance and have fellowship with one another was created.

Last August 19, people from different ages (MYF, MYAF, UMM, WSCS) graced the event, where the praise and worship was lead by ALAB Judah (QCPACE BAND) and the message of the Lord was given through Pastor Adelbert Frejas of PUMC. It truly was a blessed night where lives were touched and spirits were filled. Not only did the people get to praise and worship the Lord that night, they also met different people from the different churches in QCPACE, it was truly an all-in-one event that will truly bless anyone that will attend to it. It really felt like an epidemic spreading rapidly.

                 Want to catch the epidemic? Want to be filled and blessed? Don’t worry because Contagious is not a one-time big time event, because through the grace of the Lord, Contagious will be a regular event happening every 1st and 3rd Friday of the month at the MASA Mission Church beginning 6:30

You can Join the Contagious Facebook Group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/192876357446594/) or the the NWD-QCPACE MYF Group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/139141832774555/) for more info.

On Relationship and Faith: Shamcey a true role model

September 13  brought HONOR and JOY again for the Philippines, because our very own Shamcey Supsup was 3rd Runner-up at the Ms. Universe pageant. It truly brought pride, honor and joy to our beloved Philippines, because we were once again included in the countries that have the Most Beautiful Individuals.

Apart from the joy of winning 3rd Runner-up, was the joy of Shamcey’s answer to the Q&A portion of the pageant. For me it was one of the best answers that I have heard in my entire life because she did not compromised her faith, she did what she felt was the right thing to do and that is to honor God.

Nowadays so much emphasis is given on LOVE, and to be specific ROMANTIC LOVE. TV Shows, Movies, Books all show how LOVE is very powerful, how it change things and how it can have an impact to a person’s life. Yes it is true, LOVE is really powerful. GOD even said that LOVE is the greatest (1 Corinthians 13:13 “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” ), but sadly that power is not properly used, where PEOPLE will really do anything for LOVE, for ROMANTIC LOVE.

The question on Shamcey ( “Would you change your religious beliefs to marry the person that you love why or why not?”) was really very timely, because nowadays that’s the norm where people will just do anything for the person they love. From FAITH switching, to CRIMES, to ADULTERY, to SUICIDE..they will really do everything.

Doing bad things for love, is not TRUE LOVE, compromising things for love is not TRUE LOVE. Jesus said in 1Corinthians 13:6-7 that ” Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres”.

Shamcey was really right when she said that “If I had to change my religious beliefs I will not marry the person that I love because the first person that I love is God who created me, and I have my faith, my principles, and this is what makes me who I am, and that person that loves me, should love my God too.”.

God 1st loved us, God is our ONE great LOVE and our TRUE LOVE so why compromise HIM? The Bible says in Matthew 6:33 “Seek ye first the Kingdom of God”, so in Romantic LOVE we should seek God FIRST, we should put ALWAYS put HIM FIRST.

Shamcey showed us in that short answer how we should deal with relationships. That we should keep the faith no matter what, we should stand by our principles because that’s who we are and we should all LOVE the LORD 1st before loving others.

I am not a big fan of the Miss Universe Pageant, but I see to it that I give full support  to the candidate of the Philippines every year, but actually this time I really felt that something is different in Shamcey, that she is one of a kind, that she can probably win it, so I voted for her online, was updated via Twitter and FB and somehow participated in discussions about her.

I was right about Shamcey, she is really something, she is really one of a kind. Although she didn’t win it all, but she truly captured everyone’s heart especially Christians all over the universe, because she kept the Faith and Honored God even if it means not winning the title.

“Question: Would you change your religious beliefs to marry the person that you love why or why not?

Shamcey’s Answer: “If I had to change my religious beliefs I will not marry the person that I love because the first person that I love is God who created me, and I have my faith, my principles, and this is what makes me who I am, and that person that loves me, should love my God too.”

To GOD be the GLORY!