You Are Not An Accident

I was reading Purpose-driven life and it really struck me. Let me share to you what God wants to tell you
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You are not an Accident!

Your birth was no mistake or mishap, and your life is no fluke of nature. Your parents may not have planned you, but God did.

He was not at all surprised by your birth. In fact, he expected it. Long before you were conceived by your parents, you were conceived in the mind of God. He thought of you first. It is not fate, nor chance, nor luck, nor coincidence that you are breathing at this very moment. You are alive because God wanted to create you!

God prescribe every single detail of your body. He deliberately chose your race, the color of your skin, your hair, and every other feature. He custom-made your body just the way he wanted it. He also determined the natural talents you would posses and uniqueness of your personality.

  • “The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me”
  • You know me inside and out, you know every bone in my body; You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit, how I was sculpted from nothing into something.
  • You saw me before I was born and scheduled each day of my life before I began to breath. Everyday was recorded in your Book!
  • While there are illegitimate parents, there are no illegitimate children.
  • God never does anything accidentally, and he never makes mistake.
  • Long before he laid down earth’s foundations, He had us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of His love.
  • The only accurate way to understand ourselves is by what God is and by what He does for us
  •  I have carried you since you were born; I have taken care of you from your birth. Even when you are old, I will be the same. Even when your hair has turned gray, I will take care of you. I made you and will take care of you.
Isaiah 44:2
I am your Creator. You were in my care even before you were born

By Russell Kelfer

You are who you are for a reason.
You’re part of an intricate plan.
You’re a precious and perfect unique design,
Called God’s special woman or man.

You look like you look for a reason.
Our God make no mistake.
He knit you together within the womb,
You’re just what He wanted to make.

The parents you had were the ones He chose,
And no matter how you may feel,
They were custom-designed with God’s plan in mind.
And they bear the Master’s seal.

No, that trauma you faced was not easy.
And God wept that it hurts you so;
But it was allowed to shape your heart
So that into His likeness you’d grow.

You are who you are for a reason,
You’ve been formed by the Master’s rod.
You are who you are, beloved,
Because there is God!

From Chapter 2 of Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren…

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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.