Purpose of Sky Lantern

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My small group leader invited me to attend to his wedding in Laiya, Batangas. Being I’m a resident in Manila, Laiya, Batangas is a 2 hours drive from my place if you have your own car.
Aside from working in a training Company, I’m also a passionate Wedding Photographer and I love to cover beach weddings. The invited guest is no less than 200 participants consist of family of the groom and bride, and their spiritual family. In this time of my age most of my friends are getting married and for me it’s my first time to witness a wedding ceremony that will starts at 5:00 AM in the morning (usually morning around 9am, lunch or afternoon). In my mind maybe they want to capture the sunrise scene in their wedding ceremony that’s why they pick this time of the day. The Groom advice me not to take pictures on their wedding day, they want us to enjoy the ceremony and they hire professionals to take over the entire ceremony.

Before the wedding ceremony start the coordinator (which was also my friend) asked us to play an important role during the ceremony. They want us to light the flying lantern in the walkway to the altar and we must let it go when the bride comes. Due to limited number of participants we have to light three sky lantern. Each team requires 3 people to perform the lighting part. After lighting all the sky lantern there was this last lantern that we need to light. I ask my friend (Val) do you think this lantern will fly even it has a hole at the bottom part of it? He said yes. The realization take place…….

Our true identity

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1 The purpose of the flying lantern when lighted was to fly.

The purpose of flying lantern when lighted is to fly and reach the skies. The creator intention and objective is fullfill when it reach the sky and watch the light in the darkness of night.

My question right now is what is your ultimate purpose here on earth?
Who & why are we created for?

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”
Jeremiah 1:5 ESV

One thing I know about is that just like here on earth we have great inventors, mechanic, carpenter, builder, engineer, & craftsman that created things but the greatest among them is our God the Creator of everything here on earth. Every creation has a concept and has a purpose why it is created.

We are all dead “flying lantern” before Jesus Christ enter in our life, we are a mess until we are touched by the fire of Jesus Christ when we decided to die on ourself and start to follow Him as our Lord and Savior. We are now have the burning fire through Jesus Christ so we can fly and fulfill our creator’s purpose for our life.

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The hole in the bottom of the lantern is our sin or imperfection.

As company, inventor & creator we assure that our product is in his best shape but there will always be a failure at some point 99% out of 100% are in best shape thats why we have warranty.

Warranty a written guarantee, issued to the purchaser of an article by its manufacturer, promising to repair or replace it if necessary within a specified period of time.

On our story we are the lantern, we are not perfect that’s why we have holes that represent our sins. As christians we are sometimes condemned with the sin we have done in the past & present that paralyze us from doing what God has plan for our lives. It’s ok for awhile to think our sins but not forever so that we don’t take sin lightly and it’s already done and finish when Jesus Christ died in the cross for our sins.
Our warranty is Jesus Christ because He is the ultimate exchange that we have so that our sins are forgiven. It is not a liscence to sin but He gives us the grace to conquer our sins.

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just an will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness 1 John 1:9 (NIV)

but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8 (ESV)

YouAreTheLightOfTheWorld

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3 The light inside the lantern is Jesus Christ, He is the light of the world.

Because Jesus Christ is inside us we are now His ambassador to other people. We are called the salt and light of this nation.

“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. Matthew 5:14-16 ESV

You have a role to play folk!

………………………..(Continuation of the Story)…………………………………

What happen was when we lighted the last lantern with a hole, it did fly but not that high. At first we are scared that it might burn somebody or something but we have faith that it will fly because it is its purpose. When the warm air continue to build up in the lantern it increase and fly high.

Kudos! Thanks for reading this article hope I got to encourage you at my simple thought in mind.

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Growing a Good Corn Principle

good cornA story told of a farmer who grew award-winning corn.
Each year he entered his corn in the state fair, and won a blue ribbon.
i-download“A newspaper reporter interviewed him and learn how he grew it.
He discovered that the farmer shared his seed corn with his neighbors.

“How can you afford to share your best seed corn with your neighbors when they are entering in the competition with you each year?” The reporter asked.

“Why sir” said the farmer, didn’t you know? The wind picks up pollen from the ripening corn and swirls it from the field to field, If my neighbors grow inferior corn, cross pollination will steadily degrade the quality of my corn.
If I am to grow good corn I must help my neighbors grow good corn.

So it is with our lives, those who choose to live well help others live well, for the value of life is measured by the lives it touches

YOU… Branding that Lasts

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I am blessed to attend this event organized by Saddleback Manila that talks about branding. Who and What is Saddleback? Here’s a little history of it.

When Rick and Kay Warren first arrived in the Saddleback Valley in December of 1979,

All they had was what they could fit in the back of a U-haul truck. Fresh out of seminary, the young pastor and his bride dreamed of planting a church that would be “a place where the hurting, the depressed, the confused can find love, acceptance, help, hope, forgiveness and encouragement.”

With many good Bible-teaching churches already in Southern California, Pastor Rick turned his attention to those who didn’t attend church regularly. Two weeks after Pastor Rick and Kay arrived in the Saddleback Valley, they began with a small Bible study, meeting with one other family in the Warrens’ small condo.

On Easter of 1980, Saddleback Valley Community Church held its very first public service and 205 people, most of who had never been to church, showed up. That began one of the most exciting journeys of growth that any church has experienced in American history. In more than two decades of ministry in South Orange County, God has continued to expand the church’s influence. Currently, Saddleback Church has more than 200 ministries serving the church and community. One in nine people in the area call Saddleback their church home.

God has also expanded the church’s ministry both nationally and internationally. Pastor Rick’s 1995 book The Purpose Driven Church put the principles that led to the church’s success in print, namely its focus on the five biblical purposes of the church: worship, fellowship, discipleship, ministry and evangelism. Now, more than 200,000 church leaders from around the world have been trained in Saddleback’s purpose-driven philosophy. Pastor Rick’s latest book, The Purpose Driven Life, focuses on the truth that life is “not about you,” and shows how God can enable each of us to live for His purposes.

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 I got a Certificate thanks to all the speakers for empowering us with that nice talk. Well said indeed 🙂

purpose_driven_life_rick_warren_paperback_I already have this book, I suggest to get a copy of  this book cause it helps me a lot to understand God’s purpose to my life: I am created to worship, fellowship, discipleship, minister and evangelism

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Here are the attendee of this event..

Here are some of the Speakers:

Anton Luga

With over 10 years of design experience, servicing clients both in the Philippines and abroad. Anton Luga is the creative brains behind some of the flourishing graphic design businesses online. His attention to detail and desire to deliver the best output to clients is second to none. Blessed with a creative mind, communication and leadership skills, he has been and is still an integral part of many start-up web based graphic and web development businesses that grew to be market leaders in their own right.

Mae Young

Mae T. Young continually expands the boundaries of her own personal development agenda. Before pursuing her passion to be a corporate trainer, she was employed in multinational companies for twenty years, across the fields of client service, marketing, advertising, logistics and brand management. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Broadcasting from the University of the Philippines, Diliman.

Boris Joaquin

One of the country’s top-ranked speakers and trainers for leadership programs and other soft skills, he is a Master Trainer and Accredited Facilitator for Servant Leadership, Leading Without the Title, Power to Persuade, Moving into Management among others.

Dave Clinton

P.E.A.C.E. Pastor of Saddleback Church in Manila, Philippines. I love my wife Michele, my children, you, and most of all I love Jesus! We (Dave and Michele) have been serving in the Philippines with First Love Int’l since 2005. As a family we minister to the very poor through church based outreaches such as feeding programs, medical clinics, and care for the fatherless and widows.

Miriam Quiambao

Finally, to give a testimony on what personal branding brings we have invited a special speaker Ms. Miriam Quiambao. A beauty queen, entrepreneur, and an achiever of her own Miriam complement her “end-in-mind” goals through learning God’s word. Sharing to us her success story and some valued insights will indeed help us in creating our identity and brand.

Samuel Respond!

In our ordinary life may be God is calling us to get out of our work place, comfort zone, our relationships, business and etc. but what will be our response to this?
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I just love the attitude of Samuel we he responded to the call without hesitation and fear. “Speak Lord, for your servant is listening”. 

Confused of Making the Right Decision?

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Sometimes I ask God why do people have to undergo hardship and trials? It may came to a point that you need to decide not only for yourself but for a team or a department or considering it would affect your family how will you do it?

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Getting Started on the Road to Right Decision Making

So how do you get started working with God so you can begin making right decisions and showing good judgment?

1. Before make a decision surrender to Him first.

We as human being we view the right things to do when it is favorable to us or we will have a benefit on it. This is one of the famous line when it comes to decision making “what ever you do follow your heart”. 
Our heart is wicked as it was describe. 

Jeremiah 17:9
 “The human heart is the most deceitful of all things,
 and desperately wicked.

What does God have to say to that? My question to you right now does it Glorify Him? Do you have peace in your heart? These are the questions you need to consider when making a decision. No Compromise and Justification you can not correct a mistake with another mistake. 

Proverbs 16:1
 We can make our own plans,
 but the Lord gives the right answer.

2. Before make a decision Read & illuminate on God’s word.

The only way you’re going to get to know God and his character is to study His word. To be more Christ like meaning to build your relationship with Him. He is our creator and we are His creation. He left us a manual which is I believe in every problem we have, there will always be a solution. Read your manual (Bible) daily as advice.

Joshua 1:8 New International Version (NIV)

Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day andnight, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. 
Then you will be prosperous and successful.

Here  is the promise of God to us if we continuously read His word we will never get wrong. All the solution to our problem the bible is applicable

3. Before make a decision Pray & Wrestle with God. Talk to God

Our way of communicating to Him is by the means of praying. If we never speak to our spouse or never listen to anything our spouse might have to say to us, our marriage relationship will quickly deteriorate. It is the same way with God. Prayer is a communication with God that helps us grow closer and more intimately connected with God. You can always ask the Holy Spirit for Guidance and Wisdom in decision making. Talk to him don’t stop unless He give you the answer. God see’s the heart 

Matthew 26:41 New International Version (NIV)
“Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. 
The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
Romans 8:26-27 New International Version (NIV)
In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us 
through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the 
mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.

4. Surround yourself with people who are further along in the journey.

This is I call my spiritual family. These are the people who can give biblical advice  not worldly advice to something that you are burdened with. These are the people that will encourage you to stand up and keep up the fight. We know if we are alone we are weak but if you have companion it is much easier to decide. Find a mentor that suits your personality and you can get along with.

Ecclesiastes 4:12 New International Version (NIV)
Though one may be overpowered,two can defend themselves. A cord of 
three strands is not quickly broken.

Star Trek Into Darkness

Done watching Star Trek Into Darkness at Lucky China Mall. ws_Star_Trek_Into_Darkness_Poster_1920x1080

I love action movies but about space movie or what I call futuristic earth, nah its not my taste. But a friend of mine ask me to watch that movie and I said ok I will try it out.

After watching I felt glad. Its not that bad after all and I illuminate something and I want to share it to you guys. This scene has given me a great impact and a lot of insights and leadership principle to take home. If I had a pen and paper I would list it down. I believe in the saying Ink is better than Think. Our brain can think of a thousand ideas but you will also forget it in just a while. So better write it down before it flew away

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1. We are called to do the right thing ( Mentoring Session)

Before becoming a good leader you will first undergo to following a Mentor. Everything he is teaching and instructing means a lot cause he knows what will be the consequence if you don’t follow him.

Being a leader we have the authority over people under us. We need to follow strictly the rules and regulation of your territory. You can command them because you are superior but be wise and be careful every decision you make will affect them. Always do the right thing and pleasing to God, He is the real Commander-in-Chief.

James 4:7 ESV 
Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will
flee from you.

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2. When someone says goodbye you give importance to what He is trying to say.

This was always a reminder to us because by human nature we are “Pasaway”. We don’t listen to what the mentors are trying to tell us but you came to realize it when its too late. Why wait for someone to say goodbye for you to learn. I’m telling you it wasn’t easy. Follow Now and Regret Never!

One of the famous last line of Jesus when He is on the cross that hits me a lot is the phrase “It is finished.” (John 19:30) Every time I do things that is not glorifying Him I feel condemn but I always go back to the cross because again
It is finished.

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3. Sacrifice yourself for your people not people for yourself.

True leadership is being a servanthood. Serve them the way it should be and they will do it in return. Mold & push them to lead. Trust them like your family and try to develop their full potentials and trust them that they can do it. Encourage and Empower them.

One issue in leadership is to know how your people submit their selves under your authority. Check yourself and reflect how your leadership works.

John 15:13 ESV 
Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.

Sir Abraham Lincoln has something to say about it…
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We paid the movie house for P225.00 (P 175.00 for the movie and P 50.00 for snack)
But for the insights is cheap. Everyday is a Learning process. Everybody needs an improvement.

Am I Qualified to be a Disciple?

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There are time in my life that I stay in bed, walking alone the street, and just doing nothing I kind a question God “Do I qualify to be one of your Disciple?” I’m just an ordinary person with just an ordinary life. I’m not a teacher in profession and did not study theology subject back when I’m still at school.

You Qualify If you are an Ordinary Person

An ordinary person like you can change the world not because you are intelligent or good but God is good and full of wisdom. You don’t have to perform anything just let God use you mightily in His presence and ask the Holy Spirit for guidance and Protection. A living vessel that God can use to minister to people.

1 Corinthians 1:27-28 New Living Translation (NLT)
Instead, God chose things the world considers foolish in order to 
shame those who think they are wise. And he choose things that are 
powerless to shame those who are powerful. God chose things despised by the world, things counted as nothing at all, and used them to 
bring to nothing what the world considers important. 

God sometimes use foolish people to change the world. Like the 12 Apostles here are some of them like Peter, Andrew, James, John are Fishermen and Matthew is a Tax Collector, Simon is a Political Activist.

You Qualify If You Obey His Command even if it is Uncomfortable.

Sometimes it is easy to follow God’s instruction when it is favorable to ourselves or we can benefit from it but what if it would take your salary, or would take too much of your time or it would take your life would you consider doing it anyways?

Best example of being obedient is Jesus when he is going to wash the feet of His disciples, Imagine the Kings of Kings and the Lords or Lord would humble himself to wash the feet of an ordinary people. Do you think its is comfortable to Jesus?

John 13:6-8 NLT
When Jesus came to Simon Peter, Peter said to him, “Lord, are you 
going to wash my feet?”
Jesus replied, “You don’t understand now what I am doing, but someday you will.”
“No,” Peter protested, “you will never ever wash my feet!”
Jesus replied, “Unless I wash you, you won’t belong to me.”


You Qualify if you Believe that God’s Standard is far more better than the World’s Standard

Base on Worldly view yes you are not qualified to be a Minister or Disciple because of the sin you have done before up until now but God’s grace is sufficient and all you have to do is to accept Him as your personal Lord and savior. It is God who Qualifies you not because you are nice or good or among other person you are far better than him/her,but it is by the grace of God that you are qualified.

John 15:16 New Living Translation (NLT)
You didn’t choose me. I chose you. I appointed you to go and produce lasting fruit, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask for, using my name.

Do you have a Spiritual Family?

ghostbustersheaderMost of us when we hear the word Spiritual Family the first thing come to our mind is “Ghost” or any relative that is already dead because of the word Spirit and Family.

As I continue my walk with Jesus Christ I met different people in church and have fellowship with them. Some shares their passion, some open up their story on how they met Jesus, some of them share their experience in their work place, family issue and relationships. If you have your own family at home you should have a spiritual family in Christ.

Why do you need a Spiritual Family?

1. Someone has the authority to rebuke you because by human nature we are sinful.

Sometimes we as Christians  we can do things that is not pleasing to God the Father or does not bring glory to Him. Having a Spiritual Family is like someone is accountable of what is happening to you and can overview your growth as a Christian.

Matthew 18:15-17 New International Version (NIV)
 “If your brother or sister sins, go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over. But if they will not listen, take one or two others along, so that ‘every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses. If they still refuse to listen, tell it to the church; and if they refuse to listen even to the church, treat them as you would a pagan or a tax collector.

2. Learn from the mistakes of others. You are both accountable to each other.

One of my favorite financial speaker is “Chinkee Tan”. Great wisdom by this man and every time I had the opportunity to listen to him I still learn many things and his favorite saying “Experience is the best teacher?” No. “Experience of others is the best teacher”

Proverbs 27:17 New International Version (NIV)
 As iron sharpens iron,
 so one person sharpens another.

3. Burning coal!

Often we hear an illustration of a Burning Coal. When we fill we are not worthy for God we tend to isolate ourselves like a burning coal remove from other coals tendency is that your fire will die. These are what I like about Spiritual Family; they follow up on you, keep in touch with you, concern about you, and you could feel you are a family. On my perspective God use this people as an catalyst that would ignite your love to God.

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 ESV (English Standard Version)
Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone? And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken.