REFORM PODCAST

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Several asked me for the link for the podcast of the last message in our series, Lupang Hinirang entitled “REFORM”, a study on the book of Nehemiah – drawing out principles on how to rebuild a nation.

Here it is….

RAISE THEIR ARMS

While Pastor Joey was out for an international trip, in one of our Fort Staff Meetings, we talked about the lessons that can be learned from Aaron and Hur.  While Joshua and the Israelites were fighting the Amalekites, Moses, Aaron and Hur went on a mountain.

The Bible says that while Moses’ arms were raised, the Israelites were winning.  When he would grow tired and put them down, they would lose.

So Aaron and Hur devised a plan.

Exodus 17:12  says, “When Moses’ hands grew tired, they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held his hands up—one on one side, one on the other—so that his hands remained steady till sunset.”

As a result, they won.

We wanted to be Aarons and Hurs to Pastor Joey and wanted to encourage him when he came back from his trip.  Thus, we came up with this video which was the spark that birthed the idea to Pastor Steve’s birthday video.

(click here to watch Pastor Steve’s birthday video)

We all are a ‘second man’ to someone.  Learning to encouraging and ‘raising the arms’ of your leader is critical to see your team win any battle.

SOMETHING HUGE…

bk_Refresh1_1280-fullFort pastors met this morning (first of a series of meetings every Thursday morning) to talk about how we can refresh, reboot, recharge, revitalize, re… something our small group ministry (need a thesaurus for more “re” words).

Since last week, we’ve been thinking of our rallying cry for the next 12 months which is “SMALL IS BIG.” What does this actually mean?

In our context, it means, small group ministry is HUGE for us. Small groups is a BIG deal for us.

Why? Because we know that at this moment, we believe that small group ministry still is the best vehicle to be discipled and make disciples.

I wrote about why we feel it’s the most effective vehicle several blogs ago. Click here to read.

Genesis 2:18 tells us that “it is not good for man to be alone.” Yes, this was written in the context of marriage but it certainly goes beyond just the marriage relationship. It is a principle that is applicable to building community.

“Sheep are never attacked in herds. They are often attacked when they become isolated from the rest of the flock.” (Andy Stanley)

Small is big. It’s so HUGE for us that we are planning something MAJOR… as in BIG in the next few months.

Watch out for that.

VICTORY @ 25 NEWS FLASH

Because of the overwhelming response, we are going to have an afternoon celebration on July 24, 2009, Friday at 3 pm.  Same program, same excitement, same celebration!

CHANCE TO KNOW HIM

Saw this prayer request from one of our church goers at the 7 pm service. Blessed my socks off! Love his heart and attitude…

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ANSWERED PRAYER: “I’m just glad I have the chance to get to know Him!”

What heart!

My prayer: “Lord, let it be like this for ME every single day.  Let there be freshness in my relationship with you so that I am “JUST GLAD I HAVE THE CHANCE TO GET TO KNOW YOU!”

A BIT OVERRATED

20940_logoIt’s been said that you have to be relevant to connect with your audience.  While I definitely agree with that concept, relevance has become a bit too overrated.

As a result, we see preachers try to dress like a teenager when he’s actually 40, using terms young people use when it’s not something they use in everyday language, ‘evolving’ into someone else other than themselves … just to be relevant…

Jesus didn’t just try to be relevant, He connected.  And there’s a HUGE difference.  For what reason?  To bring them to a relationship with the Father through His word.

Bottomline, it’s the Word.  Be yourself.  Live for Jesus.  Speak His Word.   And people will see Jesus in you and through you.

In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father. (Matt. 5:16)



WHOLE WORLD IN HIS HANDS

in his handsHe’s got you and me, baby, in His hands…

He’s got the whole world in His hands!

… with a mighty hand and outstretched arm; His love endures forever. (Psa. 136:12)

SMALL IS BIG…

4638_90858898290_605023290_1787355_4103019_nJust got back from a whole day strategic meeting with all our pastors, campus ministers and staff at the Fort.

Carlos Antonio helped us so much as he went through “ESTABLISHING A THEMATIC GOAL ROADMAP” inspired by the book “Silos, Politics and Turf Wars” by Patrick Lencioni.  So much help in figuring out what’s our “scoreboard” and what are the steps we need to take to get to where we need to go.

A few thoughts….

  • The bigger the organization, the more the people focus on the parts and not the whole.
  • As in a football team, there are defense coaches and offense coaches.  They can spin off into their own worlds but what will unite them is the scoreboard.  Them being on top is at the end of the day their goal.
  • “If everything is important, then nothing is important.”  We lose the power when we’re not focused.

After a very, very, very long discussion, we discussed what’s the single, temporary and qualitative rallying cry that we can all share as members of one team.  It had to be clear, concise, achievable and measurable.

What we value, we measure.

So, at the end of our loooooooonnnnnngggggg discussion, our rallying cry for the next 12 months at the Fort is…

….. SMALL IS BIG…….
A commitment to re-emphasize the importance and value of small group ministry…

Will share more about this in the coming days…

HOMEMADE OREO COMMERCIAL

Our home made OREO commercial when Nathan was about 7 years old and Janina was just about 4.

I love making family videos!  Super fun watching it after so many years…

Enjoy!

VICTORY @ 25 REGISTRATION

You can’t miss this celebration!  Victory @ 25 on July 24, 2009, Friday at 8 pm.

Because of an overwhelming response, there will also be an afternoon celebration on the same day, July 24 at 3 pm.  Tickets will start selling this coming Monday, June 15 at 10 am by phone and at TicketNet outlets.

Reason for this, 4 hours after TicketNet opened, 8,000 people already bought tickets and the only available seats by then were only from the General Admission section.

See you then as we celebrate 25 years of God’s faithfulness to Victory.