SAME TREATEMENT

doctor_lawyerA doctor and a lawyer were standing together at a party.  As they were talking, a woman comes over and begins asking the doctor some questions about a pain in her leg.  Being a nice man, the doctor gives her some advice.  After she leaves, the doctor turns to the lawyer and asks, “I just gave her fifteen minutes of my time.  Can I bill her for the professional services I just rendered?”

“Certainly,” the lawyer replies.  “She asked you the same questions a patient would ask her doctor, and you gave her advice.”

The next morning the doctor writes out a bill for the woman.  At the same time, the lawyer writes a bill for the doctor, charging him for the legal counsel he gave him.

The lawyer taught the doctor something that day: Treat others as you yourself would like to be treated.

NOT ALL THAT COUNTS CAN BE COUNTED

In a 2 day strategic planning for our discipleship ministry at Victory.  All 13 churches in the Metro together with the Senior Pastors and other lead pastors seeking God to find out what’s next.

At the front end, Ferdie Cabiling, the senior pastor from our Ortigas church, shared something powerful.  While numbers are important, it is not the primary indicator of success.  It’s awesome that we are growing, but growth is never just about numbers.

There were 4 questions he posted to all of us to ask as a ministry, church and individuals.

1. ARE YOU BEING FAITHFUL?

Matthew 25:23 tells us “Well done, good and FAITHFUL servant…”  He didn’t say well done, good and successful servant or good and numerous servants.

God’s called us to be faithful to what we’ve been called to do.

2. ARE YOU BEING FRUITFUL?

Jesus says in John 15:8, “This is to my Father’s glory that you bear much fruit.”  When we bear fruit, God is glorified.

Fruit is not just about numbers.  When Paul wrote about fruitfulness in Galatians 5:22, he spoke about love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

Am I moving in love?  How about in joy and peace?  Or how about patience and kindness?  Fruitfulness in this area brings the Father glory.

3. ARE YOU FULFILLED?

When the master commended the servant as good and faithful, he was asked to enter into the joy of the Lord.  When we submit to God and obey what we’ve been called to do, joy is a natural result.

Whatever you do, as you do it in accordance to His will, will result in greater fulfillment.

4. ARE YOU MAKING JESUS FAMOUS?

At the end of the day, it is the name of Jesus that we’re lifting up.  It’s never been about Steve Murrell, Joey Bonifacio, Manny Carlos, Juray Mora, Ferdie Cabiling nor Jun Escosar. Neither it’s been about Victory or Every Nation.  Jesus is who we want to exalt.  It is He who is the head of the church.  It is He alone is worthy of all our praise, honor and worship.

As Ferdie ended his message, he quoted a statement Albert Einstein delivered years ago which says…

NOT ALL THAT COUNTS CAN BE COUNTED.
BUT NOT ALL THAT CAN BE COUNTED COUNTS.

I’M AN IDIOT!

idiot2One of my most favorite verses in the Bible is found in Acts 4:13.


“When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.”

I’ve always marveled at this verse because I can so relate. The only reason I am able to do what I do is because of the His grace and power over my life. He clearly articulates that in John 15 when He said, “Apart from Me, you can do nothing.” In fact, apart from Him, I am nothing.

It’s easy to get cocky. When you hit a goal, score a point, achieve a particular target, you and I quickly think we’re big shots. There’s only one Big Shot.

As we go about our business this week, remember, the power behind all that we are able to accomplish is the fact that “we had been with Jesus.”

Oh, by the way, the word “ordinary” in Acts 4:13 is translated from the word ‘idiotes’ where we get our English word ‘idiot’.

Does a lot to your ego, doesn’t it?

WHAT BREAKS TRUST

broken trustAs a leader, trust is the primary currency you and I have.

People can follow because of titles.  They can follow because of incentives.  Others will follow because they might get fired.  Some will follow because of your position.  But people love to follow people they trust.

Daniel was trustworthy.  People falsely accused him and did their best to discredit him yet they couldn’t.

Daniel 6:4 says that “he was trustworthy… neither corrupt nor negligent.”

2 Things that break trust:

1. Saying one thing and doing another.

Corruption in not just about taking someone’s wealth.  The dictionary defines it as someone who is dishonest, unprincipled and crooked.

When we say one thing, do we do something different hoping people won’t notice?  When we do that, we break trust.  The truth is, it’s in the little things that people see that actually erode trust.

2. Saying one thing and not doing it.

Daniel did what he always did.

In fact, King Darius’ question showed Daniel’s consistency.

“Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, WHOM YOU SERVE CONTINUALLY, been able to rescue from the lions?”

When we say one thing and not follow through, that too breaks trust.

Daniel was trustworthy because he was neither corrupt nor negligent.

As a result, the Bible says that he “prospered during the reign of Darius and the reign of Cyrus the Persian.”

VICTORY@25 HIGHLIGHTS

What an amazing celebration!  Revisit what happened last July 24, 2009 through this short video.  Happy birthday, Victory!

THE INCONVENIENCE OF TRUTH

truthI learned a leadership lesson years ago from Ferdie Cabiling.

He told it through a story.

“I was about to meet a man who was rich and powerful.  He came to church with his family.  However, our meeting wasn’t just for fellowship.  It was counseling  wherein I needed to say certain things – truth coupled with love, nevertheless, serious and poignant truth.

I got to the restaurant early, gave my credit card to the waiter, giving stringent instructions that I was to pay for the bill.

Why did I do that?  The man I am about to meet with is used to paying for all the bills whenever he would meet with people.  I wanted to have the freedom to be straightforward and pointblank if I needed to not feeling the need to walk on eggs.

And straightforward I was.

Thereafter, I prayed for him, signed the bill (to his surprise) and left our meeting.”

This I heard years ago and stuck with me for the longest time.

Daniel was faced with a similar scenario.

King Belshazzar had a dream… handwriting on the wall that none of the magicians and astrologers could interpret.

The queen remembered Daniel, that he was one in the time of King Nebuchadnezzar that could interpret the most difficult of dreams.

The King called for Daniel, offered him the purple robe, gold chain around his neck, and position to be the third highest ruler in the kingdom.

Daniel’s response?

“You may keep your gifts for yourself and give your rewards to someone else.  Nevertheless, I will read the writing for the king and tell him what it means.”

After which, Daniel told the plain simple truth that the writing meant that the King was going to be judged for all he had done and that time was short.  No qualms, no hesitations, reluctance.

As His people, God has called to tell the truth, represent truth and live truth without equivocation nor ambivalence.  Because HE is the WAY, the TRUTH and the LIFE, we are to live it, share it and speak it when necessary.  That probably would be every single day…

WONDERFUL WALKER

07262009061Walter Walker shared an amazing message tonight at the 5 pm service at the Fort.

Amazing is the word.

It was simple yet heartfelt and powerful!  I loved the way he spoke – conversational and relaxed.  It was like sitting in his kitchen table and listening him talk about Steve and Rice when they were in University.’

A few thoughts from his message…

Do what only you can do.  We’ve been wired a certain way and there are things only you can do in His kingdom.  Never say that your contribution is very small.  No one can judge that.  Time can only tell.

From a church of 30 people came some of the best of the best – Rice and Steve included.

Do not esteem what is worthy and not worthy.  You and I will never know which situation or event or person will become significant in the future.

Walter Walker exemplified this.  He did what he felt God called him to do.  He did it with all his heart and boom!  You get some of the finest men of God in the kingdom of God today.  They weren’t always like that but because of the foundations that have been set, these men are who they are today.

90% of success is showing up.  Love this.  Just keep moving forward.  Never get tired or weary.  Just show up everytime and God will show up in your situation.

Rootedness is exclusive. You can’t be rooted and grounded in God’s word while at the same time being rooted in bitterness, lust, greed, pride or fear.  As Jesus said in the Parable of the Sower, one type of root (the weeds) will choke out the other type of root (the Word).
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Below are some of the very interesting pictures of Steve, Rice and Walter together with the other men he discipled back in the 70’s.

Walter's Discipleship Group
Walter's Discipleship Group

Steve as a University Student

Steve as a University Student
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No Clue About What God's About To Do

WHAT’S THE “IT” FACTOR?

6412_108194389038_518889038_2321235_1166167_nRead Dennis Sy’s blog about “What’s It?”

Great blog!  Here’s an excerpt…

I was being interviewed last Thursday and was asked “What is the IT factor of Victory?”, “What is the magic that keeps this movement alive and growing?”

The answer I gave was “THE CULTURE THAT THE LEADERS CREATE”

1. Leadership is not positional.

2. Empowered leaders

3. Humility.

4. Multi-generational thinking.

To read the whole article, click here.

NO NEED TO BE DEFENSIVE

accusedlogoOne of the toughest things in the world to face is when you are falsely accused.

Not sure if that has ever happened to you.  It has to me.

I’ve learned a principle years ago to never become defensive.  Before I share the principle, let me tell you first what I read this morning.

Scenario: People who were upset with the 3 Hebrew boys (Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego) wanted to take them out… literally to take them out.

They tricked King Neby to issue a decree that everyone should bow down to the statue he built.  Non-compliance would result in death.

But because the 3 Hebrew boys served God and God alone and not any other gods, they refused to bow down.

This made King Neby ‘furious with rage’ (Dan. 3:13).  He sounded pretty mad.  He gave them another chance to do so but they once again refused.

Their response?

“O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter.
If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to save us from it and he will rescue us from your hand.
But even if he does not, we want you to know, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.” (Dan. 3:16-18)

What courage!

Where did that courage come from?

Came from a confidence that God was their Defender – Someone bigger and more powerful.

The principle?

If I am in the wrong, no need to defend myself.  I AM WRONG!  Can’t be defensive.

If I am in the right, no need to defend myself.  Someone bigger and more powerful can vindicate me.

Plus, sooner or later, people will know the truth and that very truth will set me free.

BUT GOD CAN…

Picture 2Have you ever been asked the question, “Can you…?”

Let me recount a real life scene.

The scenario: Daniel together with all the wise men were about to be executed because the astrologers and ‘wise men’ couldn’t interpret the King’s dream. (Daniel 2)

Daniel steps forward and tells the king not to go ahead with the execution for his dream will get interpreted.

Daniel stands in front of the King of Babylon.

The king asks a question,
ARE YOU ABLE TO
tell me what I saw in my dream and interpret it?”

Daniel responds, “No wise man, enchanter, magician or diviner can explain to the king the mystery he was asked about BUT THERE IS A GOD IN HEAVEN who reveals mysteries.”

Daniel, in humble estimation, declares a principle in life,

I CAN’T BUT GOD CAN!

As you and I go about this day, we need to speak this over and over,

“I CAN’T BUT GOD CAN… I CAN’T BUT GOD CAN… I CAN’T BUT GOD CAN…”

And guess what, He’ll surprise you and all the more you’ll be convinced that you can’t but He definitely can!