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A Eulogy to Zig Ziglar

Zig Ziglar brought so much passion and encouragement into his books. If there is a gift where he is most sure to have, that is the gift of encouragement. In a world where people are pressed, deadlines have to be met, quotas have to be accomplished, Zig's words brought life, passion, excellence and purpose again to our workplace. The world with so much of life going on needed Zig Ziglar's voice. He served us well just by imparting his gift of encouragement to people in the marketplace. We have you to thank for changing our perspective and our approach to life and our careers.

Zig Ziglar is a winner till the end. The blessing of the Lord is with Him forever. God bless you Sir! 

"Those the Lord blesses He blesses forever" 
                                     - Sharon Gerlac, Marketplace Leaders 



"Now you have been pleased to bless the house of your servant, that it may continue forever in your sight; for you, Lord, have blessed it, and it will be blessed forever.” 
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God Confirms Our Call

Yesterday, I was reading this verse and I sense that God is confirming the call for my life. Please read James 5:7-11. "Be patient, then, brothers and sisters, until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop, patiently waiting for the autumn and spring rains.You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near. Don’t grumble against one another, brothers and sisters, or you will be judged. The Judge is standing at the door!
Brothers and sisters, as an example of patience in the face of suffering, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord.As you know, we count as blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job’s perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy."
When I read this part, "Brothers and sisters, as an example of patience in the face of suffering, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord," it comes to me as a surpr…

Thanksgiving

Thank you to my Church who has supported my writing all the way. Thank you to my leaders who believed in me to pull me out of a black hole of depression and together helped me overcome my hardest circumstances. Thankful to my company for providing for me the resources to write and the inspiration to keep sharing Christ to people. Thank you to my family who made me laugh all the way throughout the year. Thank you for their support and understanding. They give me a good reason to get up in the morning so I can look at their beautiful faces before I go to work.

Thank you to people who accepted Christ in one way or another through the words that Jesus shared with me. Thank you for your openness and acceptance in spite of my imperfections. Thank you to a broad group of people who supported and confirmed my writing with wonderful stories of hope, change and love. Thank you to people who continue to partner with us in this ministry to share Christ to a lot more. Thank you to my victory grou…

God Partners with Imperfect People

I think one of the reasons why things don't often go as fast as we want them to be is because, realize it or not, GOD wants imperfect human beings to be involved. He could have changed all the economic turmoil, the wars, the crime rates, the poverty, education, and everything in an instant Himself without our help. But the thing is God wants to partner with us. God wants to partner with imperfect governments, imperfect systems, imperfect families, and imperfect people to bring the change and glory that He desires His children to have.

God waited till He died and resurrected into heaven before Peter was finally ready to take on his call to lead the Jewish church. God waited till the first 3,000 believers can come together in the same place to hear the gospel of Christ that Peter preached for salvation to finally come to the Jews.

God waited for Moses' 40 years of preparation before He could use him to deliver the Israelites from Pharaoh's hand.

God could have delivered Jac…

The Refining but Unconditional Love of God

My leader once told me, "The more you know God, the more you see how sinful we really are." That was in 2010 and I was undergoing a Refiner's Fire moment where God was dealing with my heart. Deep inside I wish she wasn't right. Like I said in my past blog post, I thought I was a good person. I don't commit crimes. I don't steal. I don't borrow and not repay. I try to do the right things which include alms for the poor, etc. etc.

But you know what, she was right. The more we know God, the more we see where we miss His mark. The more we see where we do not meet His standard. Let us not be discouraged when God gives such high standards that we feel we fail and cannot comply. We are supposed to acknowledge that without the grace of God, we are sinners and need help for God to work in our lives and change us.

It takes God's humility to work in us so that we avoid feeling self-righteous to be labeled in the same category as "sinners." But that…

God Loves Me

Been watching this two-month old baby for days. He's so cute. His mommy just keeps telling him "I Love You." That's so sweet and so natural for human mothers to delight in their child.

Every part of a parent wants to show their love to their children. It is the very nature of parental love. We even call it "unconditional love."

If there is one reason to believe God loves you, it's with this little baby and his mommy. Even before we have the ability to comprehend God's love (which takes more than a lifetime), God showed His undying love for us.

He created the earth to provide a home for the object of his affection, Adam and Eve. He created trees, birds, the great seas, all of creation. When we wake up in the morning and the sun greets us, it's as if God is saying again and again, "I Love You My Child, I have prepared for your day. I have prepared food. I give you shelter. I have wonderful things for you today."

When we sleep, God still…

Verses on Fairness

"When your judgments come upon the earth, the people of the world learn righteousness" (Isaiah 26:9)

We need to revisit our view of righteousness. The following verses will be helpful for people in law, police officers, corporate people, and other organizations:

"When you are on the witness stand, do not be swayed in your testimony by the opinion of the majority. And do not slant your testimony in favor of a person just because that person is poor" (Exodus 23:2-3).
"Always judge your neighbors fairly, neither favoring the poor nor showing deference to the rich" (Leviticus 19:15).
"The ones who can live here are those who are honest and fair, who reject making a profit by fraud, who stay far away from bribes, who refuse to listen to those who plot murder, who shut their eyes to all enticement to do wrong" (Isaiah 33:15). 
"You must never twist justice or show partiality. Never accept a bribe, for bribes blind the eyes of the wise and corrupt the …

Empowered People: Unlocking Change in our Nation

It is said in the Bible that "Where there isnovision, the peopleare unrestrained, buthappy is he who keeps the law" (Proverbs 29:18, NASB). People need a vision of change, of hope and a good future for their country. Otherwise, they cast off restraint, get into all sorts of get-rich quick schemes, which includes unlawful ones such as stealing and bribery. The problem is they don't believe things will get better for them. They make excuses that there other people who do the same things. Why? Because they have no vision. They think the country will always be run that way, up to the generation of their sons or daughters.
In the mercy of God, we don't have to believe that anymore. We can choose not to accept lies that our country will not get better. We can choose to believe the opposite.

What makes good governments good? Part of it is vision. We have to be run by a vision. God's vision. A long-lasting vision. A vision that will surpass our generation and will only get…

The Gospel-Shaped Marriage

I wrote last week about the changes that we individually and personally have to go through for us to make an impact and change our nation (See blog post). This time the Lord is leading me to share about changing our families through Christ, in Christ and for Christ as well. As I was thinking on the topic, I really did not know where to start. What do I know about marriage, family life and planning? I only know that God brought change in me and I am continually being changed for my family. I do know that God's vision for the family includes marriage. And that is where this topic becomes shady for me.

But thankfully, we have the body of Christ. Others have worked on this area and I just have to share their learnings about God's vision for marriage. Pastor Colin S. Smith talked about The Gospel Shaped Marriage in his sermon during his congregation's Family Month. As I listened to his preaching, I gained a lot of insight even as a single person. I know his message will shape y…

Eulogy for Dr. Julieson Tun, Brother and Friend

News of someone's passing reached us yesterday. It was someone I knew when I first started in Church. 

Dr. Julieson Tun was in his early 30s. He had worked industriously for years at his own dental clinic near the Far Eastern University in the Philippines. Many of his clients were also from Church. He was a graduate of Centro Escolar University. Unmarried, single but his life was full of relationships and purpose in the service of others in his victory groups, service ministry, singles, and others. 
His death is a message to the living to continue on in their race. His may have ended last Saturday but the fruit of his work will remain for all eternity.

May you rest well from your sacrifices and toil here on earth and join the Lamb as He gives you your reward - peace, joy, glory, sanctified, victorious, triumphant, loved, and holy with eternal life in heaven. 
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The Philippines 114 Years After Its Independence

Yesterday, I spent some time going back to our nation's roots. I had to. I had trouble with the crimes that as child would watch on TV and got me scared of life. The sad part is there are still traces today close to 20 years after. What a sad reality. And it is not like it's any one person's fault. The enemy does steal, kill and destroy (John 10:10). Our war is not against flesh and blood but against the rulers, the principalities of the dark forces of evil (Ephesians 6:12).
Yesterday, I might have a clue as to the root of such crimes. God led me in my research. The enemy still has strongholds in this nation that needs to be broken by the blood of the Lamb. 
I recall that our nation's history was the fruit of a number of conquests in the land that left us battle-torn. A power struggle existed between the natives and those who conquered us. There was a deep oppression and a spirit of corruption that prevailed when the Spaniards conquered our islands. People were oppres…

False Prophecies vs True

The Spirit of prophecy is from God.
"For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit" ( 2 Peter 1:21).
However, today I learned that there can also be false prophecies. My verses are in Jeremiah, Chapters 28 to 32. 
These are just my learnings, starting from number 1:

Learning # 1: False Prophecies sound like true ones.

One thing we have to learn about false teachings is that they sound like the truth but they're not. The prophet Hananiah's false prophecy: "This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: 'I will break the yoke of the king of Babylon. Within two years I will bring back to this place all the articles of the Lord's house that Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon removed from here and took to Babylon. I will also bring back to this place Jehoiachin son of Jehoiakim king of Judah and all the other exiles from Judah who went to Babylon,' declares the Lord, 'for I …