Battle Mode

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Before i continue with my blog, just want to put a disclaimer for those who haven’t watched the movie yet, this blog contains some spoilers about Battleships.

I am a fanatic of anything that moves in the ocean or seas like submarine, torpedos, naval fleets, canyons, navy seals, sea men, aircraft carrier, jet plane, etc. Must see movies are Titanic, Pearl Harbor,  and many more because it gives me new persperctive or new horizon of thinking. It gives me giggles and new discoveries.

As I watch this movie again who was first shown last 2012 I saw some great insights that we can apply as a believer of the Lord to ponder for a while.

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1. WE ARE IN A BATTLE

We are on the battle everyday of our life whether we like it or not, the question is are you ready? Waking up early in the morning is already a battle between discipline if you are a:

Parent who needs to wake up early in able to cook breakfast for your family everyday, or a Student who face challenges going to school and learning so many things and doing a lot of unnecessary stuff, or a Working person who needs to face his/her dominant boss.

Whether it is a loss of a job, taking on a new job and new responsibilities, financial problems, declining health, broken relationships, loss of loved ones, uncertain tomorrows, or a host of other challenges, each of us experiences times of doubt, fear and discouragement.

As a Christian, our greatest battle is doing sins over and over again. Battle of the flesh, the quick satisfaction that we get on sinning and feeling sorry or guilty after doing it. My mentors once said that “Our sins did not started first in a physical manifestation but the battle starts at the head”. If you let sin win in your head then the physical action comes in.

I think God knows this battle would happen and that is why he gave us clear instructions in Joshua 1:7-8. MSG version says:

…make sure you carry out The Revelation that Moses commanded you, every bit of it. Don’t get off track, either left or right, so as to make sure you get to where you’re going. And don’t for a minute let this book of Revelation be out of mind, Ponder and meditate on it day and night, making sure you practice everything written in it. Then you’ll get where you’re going; then you’ll succeed. Haven’t I commanded you? Strength! Courage! Don’t be timid; don’t get discourage. God, your God, is with you every step you take.”

I was curious how many times the phrase “Be strong and courageous” shows up in the Bible. For the NIV 1984, the answer is 10 times. Moses to Joshua, God to Joshua, and the people to Joshua are some of its initial uses.

Be strong and courageous because our world needs to raise up Christ followers who are strong and courageous.

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2. WE ARE ALL IN A POSITION OF LEADERSHIP

Maybe you are in a season of asking yourself Am I a Leader?
Afraid of big task and tons of responsibility?
Thinking medeocrity in your workplace like you don’t have the chance to get a promotion or your skill is at this level so my salary is only up to this level only.

Just like the character in the movie BATTLESHIP, Alex Hopper (Tactical Action Officer of the USS John Paul Jones) was in the battle field.
When his brother was killed by the aliens attacked. The Sampson and Myoko, was destroyed, USS John Paul Jones was damage and in the processes killed the commanding and executive officers, including his brother Stone Hopper. Alex sees his brother die and returns to their ship, where he is forced to take command. Although his crew never believed in him, as the only senior officer left on the ship, he is now in full command. At first he doesn’t know what he needs to do or whether it is the right decision to make.

Whether you are an introvert or an extrovert, you are a Leader!
It is ok to experience mistakes in our lifetime. We can’t improve ourselves if we don’t commit mistakes. Better to try than never at all.

Be strong and courageous when you identify with the pain of Jesus’ cry, “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me.”

Be strong and courageous when you identify with the victory of Jesus’ cry, “It is finished.”

Be strong and courageous not because you are full of yourself, but because you are filled with the Spirit.

“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7)

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3. WE NEED A MENTOR

As a man we take pride on the things that we know and we’re best at, we never let learning get in the picture.

Like the illustration of the Zen Master who pours the tea on the cup until it over flows, then his student said, “Master the tea is overflowing.” Then the master said, “This is like you. I can’t teach you any new technique because you already know many things.” Be an empty cup and Listen first then Lead.

Who are you following right now?
Does he/she have a big impact in your life?
Does he/she brings out the potential in you?
Do you consider a person in your life to be your life mentor?

There is no success without a successor.
-Francis J. Kong

Me, I have a lot of mentors in different areas of my life that I am accountable to. I have a mentor in my finances and being generous, another mentor in leadership and in relationship. I also have a mentor in my ministry, and lastly, a mentor in speaking.

My challenge for you today after you read this blog is to look for a mentor not only will make you a great person but will help you walk with God.
Looking inside the church is one of the best ways you can find great mentors. I found mine in a christian church in Greenhills, San Juan.
First, they must have a relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ and they are readers and doers of the Word. You can never go wrong with the wisdom of God by your side and applying it in your life. The Bible is not only the do’s and dont’s but it also gives us practical advice in our day to day lives..

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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.