WISHING CONFLICT AWAY

Thought I’ve learned this lesson many years ago, I still need to keep learning it…

Conflict doesn’t just go away when we ignore it.  Unfortunately sometimes, when left unaddressed, it even gets worse.

A couple of days ago, I had to sit down with a few people to work on a specific situation.  No biggie.  But it was snowballing and unless it was confronted, things will get out of hand.

That awesome part was that everyone had a great heart.  That’s a big plus when dealing with conflict.  Both wanted to honor God in their lives and in this particular situation and decided to resolve the issue.  It ended with the situation getting fixed.

Another lesson re-learned…  We can’t wish conflict away.  There’s no other way but to confront lovingly and truthfully in the hopes that God by the Holy Spirit will step in to soften hearts and allow us to understand the situation for what it really is.

NO ONE’S INDISPENSABLE

I missed preaching 2 consecutive weeks at our 5 and 7 pm services. The other week, I was in Cebu with my family for our vacation. Last week, for Mother’s Day, Ms. Coney Reyes shared from her heart a message for mothers, fathers and even children.

I’m glad that our church is not built on personalities. We’re not trying to build the ministry on a person but on JESUS alone!

The kingdom of God will continue to grow with or without us. So much for egotistic ministers. In fact, the funny thing is, the Kingdom of God will continue to advance INSPITE of us. Inspite of our dum decisions and mistakes, God’s grace is greater than all that… swallows up all our shortcomings and silliness.

Rememeber, it’s His name we’re lifting up, not ours, the church’s or anyone’s name at all.

LUPANG HINIRANG

Our new series with the title “LUPANG HINIRANG” (Chosen Nation) is amazing. I can just feel it. Many lives are going to be touched by God through His word.

It is a series on the book of Nehemiah. It was God who incited a burden on his heart and it is only He who can do the same to us. During his time, Israel was a nation ‘in great trouble and disgrace.’ Know any other nation of the same description? I know one. I live in one.

But that’s not going to remain the way it is. What didn’t happen 141 years can happen in 52 days. The nation of Israel in ruins for 141 years yet Nehemiah was able to accomplish the rebuilding of the wall in 52 days.

God is bigger than our situations.  God is bigger than our nation’s problems. He can and He will if we humble ourselves and pray!

HI-5

While everyone is lining up for the David Concert (Cook and Archuleta), we were watching the biggest concert of the year (for toddlers, haha)... HIGH 5!
While everyone is lining up for the David Concert (Cook and Archuleta), we were watching the biggest concert of the year (for toddlers, haha)... HI-5!

FOCUSED ON WHAT?

“Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” (1 Cor. 10:31)

God’s first commitment is to His own glory and that this is the basis for ours.

Why is it important to be stunned by the God-centeredness of God? Because many people are willing to be God-centered as long as they feel that God is man-centered. It is a subtle danger. We may think we are centering our lives on God, when we are really making Him a means to self-esteem.

By John Piper, “Brothers, We Are Not Professionals”

ME AND MY DAD!

day 1 of me and my dad was awesome! miss my kids though… first time i don’t have one of my kids with me (one’s too old, the other too young)

EXCITING DAY

up early for our me and my dad camp! almost 300 participants! exciting!

ONE LIFE TO LIVE

The new series starts this Sunday in all of Victory in Metro Manila. This Sunday we will talk about “LIVE PASSIONATELY”. Get ready to read blogs from Pastors Joey, Jun, RIch, Joseph and many others. There will also be a centralized blog we will be putting up where there will be a lesson and a practical application for the day.

CONSOLIDATING

consolidate-sign.gifHi. I am consolidating all my articles regarding the next generation in my blogspot account.

paolopunzalan.blogspot.com

It’s much easier to maintain it and easier to consolidate.

I will keep my Multiply blogsite for Random Thoughts. It will be at

punzalan.multiply.com.

You can also check my website at

www.paolopunzalan.com

God bless you.

WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY?

picture-1.pngLast August 2007, NBC News reported that young people aged 13-24 were asked the question, “What makes you happy?” Guess what might be some of the answers? Xbox 360? iPod? Friends? High grades in school? Parties? More allowance? If you guessed one of these, well, it wasn’t the top answer.

So what was the top answer? Spending time with family! This survey was conducted by MTV! They were interested to know what makes young people happy. I wonder if they’ll come up with more family friendly music videos?

LESSON: Never underestimate the time we spend with our families no matter how long or short it may be.