GETTING RID OF MONEY

Ryan, our 7 year old, had a few hundred pesos one time and wanted to buy several toys – from Bey Blade to Action Figures.  He realized he only had a limited budget and was wanting to have more.

My wife, Jenn, tried to explain to Ryan to guard his heart and be watchful because ‘the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil.’ (1 Tim. 6:10)

To this Ryan answered, “That’s why want to spend it all!  I want to get rid of money.”

Kids are too smart these days…

P.S. Our OVERFLOW series has been amazing these past couple of weeks all over the Metro.  In case you missed last weekend’s message because you had an important “appointment” with Manny, you can log on Victory Fort’s Livestream or download podcasts from Victory Pastors Metro wide.

HOW BIG IS YOUR GOD?

I’m excited about our new series.  It will help us grab a better perspective about the BIGNESS of our God – that He is unchanging, all knowing, all powerful and ever present.

Here’s an intro video for this series.

NEW SERIES: DOUBLE CALLS

What do you do when God calls your attention?

Watch out for our new series this coming weekend.  See you in one of our Victory venues all over the city.

EMPTY CROSS, EMPTY GRAVE FOR WHAT?

I was having merienda with my friend Edwin one afternoon at the Javier-Royola Clubhouse. He made a comment that made me thinking.

“My perspective has changed since I met Christ. I grew up somber and sad every holy week.  But understanding what Jesus accomplished on the cross, things have taken a new light.”

No disrespect to those observing the Holy Week with a somber disposition.  People can go overboard by not even thinking about why we observe Holy Week.

But Holy Week without Sunday is virtually incomplete.

It’s not just about the suffering of Jesus.  The suffering led to what happened on Sunday – His victory over death and the grave.

Paul the apostle makes a declaration in his letter to the church in Colossae.

“When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your sinful nature, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the written code, with its regulations, that was against us and that stood opposed to us; he took it away, nailing it to the cross.  And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.” (Col. 3:13-17)

What did Jesus accomplish that Sunday morning?

1. God made us alive with Christ.

We are not just alive in Christ.  We were made alive with Christ.

Through Him, death no longer has a hold on us.

2. God forgave us from our sins.

Sin separates us from God.  Sin causes death.  Death is two pronged – cessation of life and separation from God.

By His sacrifice at the cross, we no longer have to suffer the penalty.  It should have been us nailed there.

3. God disarmed the powers and authority.

Hebrews 2:14 tells us that “Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might destroy him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil…”

The devil has been disarmed with what Jesus did that Easter morning.  He has won over death and the grave.

Because of that, we know that victory can be achieved in this life as much as in the life after.


“Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting? The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.  But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Cor. 15:55-57)

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.

VICTORY @ 25 TEASER 2

This one you can’t miss!  This is our 25th Anniversary as a church.

Registration starts 9:00 am through TicketNet, SM branches and Araneta Coliseum.  Php 150.00.

See you there!