LAUSANNE DAY 3: CULTIVATING GOD’S WORD

We began our day with scripture exposition by Richard Chin, a Malaysian-born Chinese Australian who is the National Director of the Australian Fellowship of Evangelical Students. This was followed by a 10-minute reflection with our connect groups, where we discussed application questions on the Character of God, Humanity’s Purpose and the Blessing of Creation.


Today we also had our first Leadership Panel featuring Kristina Alikhanyan (Lausanne Catalyst for Tentmaking and Postdoctoral Fellow at the DKFZ German Cancer Research Center), Ole-Magnus Olafsrud (Senior Coordinator for YLG2016) and Mutua Mahiaini (International President of the Navigators). If you look at their titles, you would be intimidated but I truly appreciated their transparency on the realities and challenges of leadership. Continue reading

LAUSANNE DAY 2: ENTERING GOD’S STORY

Today we entered God’s Story, starting off the morning with a Bible exposition from David Benson. We then went off to meet with our Connect Group wherein our mentors shared their own life maps.


Molly Wall and Jason Mandryk spoke on the State of the World followed by the regional gathering. After dinner, we heard wonderful messages and testimonies from Tracy Trinita, Nick Hall and respected speaker and apologist, Ravi Zacharias.

PUNISHMENT

WHAT IS PUNISHMENT

In response to the Daily Challenge, I am writing about PUNISHMENT. Now all around the world, we all have different associations and experiences with the word. Punishment for me, brings back memories of when I was a disobedient kid and I had to be grounded or whacked with my dad’s leather belt (sinturon, in Tagalog). I understand that for some cultures, spanking and the use of sinturon is a bit extreme, but I’d have to say I’m grateful for the discipline. Values have indeed been instilled in me and I know that my parents were only doing their job of correcting me.

On the spiritual aspect, PUNISHMENT would mean eternal separation from the Lord. God is overflowing with grace and mercy, He gives us so many chances to repent of our sins and come into His presence with repentant, humble hearts. A lot of people think that humbling oneself before the Lord is out-dated, will take away freedom and is overly boring. It is so easy to be enticed by the world and it’s attractions but we have to constantly remind ourselves that these attractions will pass away. In the end, what matters is where you are going to spend the rest of eternity–will it be in the presence of God or will it be in punishment–far away from His presence, His grace and glory?

 

Speaking Engagement at St. Mary’s School

It is such a delight for me to be able to speak to students, share my experiences and life lessons. What began as a prayer request years ago is coming into fruition. How the Lord continues to open these doors still astounds me. He may not have given me an instant answer, it did take years but I know that His timing is perfect. I believe the Lord has allowed me to learn more and grow my faith–whatever it is that I share to students is a product of the Lord’s constant training and refinement. Below is a video of my speaking engagement at St. Mary’s Meycauyan, Bulacan.

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The girls get busy filling out the sheets

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Had to take a picture with everyone after speaking

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Another group photo

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The cute kids and their Charmee bags

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Everyone squeeze in!

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They were such a lively bunch!

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Aika is one of their student achievers who hosted the talk.😀

JUAN KARLOS LABAJO on Stage 1

I can’t believe two years just flew by so fast. One minute you’re watching TV and seeing all these talented youngsters belt it out on The Voice Kids, the next minute you’re interviewing them and they don’t sound like kids anymore. JK Labajo was on the first season of the Voice Kids under Team Bamboo. Alth0ugh he didn’t win the competition, doors kept opening left and right for the young singer and actor.

JK dropped by The Afternoon Cruise to perform songs from his album under MCA Music. During his stint on The Voice Kids, he usually sang old songs–Frank Sinatra, love ballads and jazz standards. You’d be thinking for someone his age, he’d appreciate more of Justin Timberlake, Greyson Chance or Nathan Sykes but he grew up loving the classics. With the release of his album, JK embraces more of his generation’s music, making fans swoon with his covers an original tracks.
Check out the videos from his Stage 1 performance below: