Yesterday’s fight was indeed a great win for Manny and the Filipino people. I am always appreciative of how it unites us as a nation. Quoting what Quest said after the fight, “Manny, I truly believe THIS IS WHAT YOU’RE MEANT TO DO. Not basketball, not politics. When you’re in the ring we’re united. When you fight, we shine.. When you win, we find hope. This is why millions of people look up to you. Its an honor, Sir!”

But what inspired me more was not the win but how he responded to Max Kellerman’s question about the much awaited Pacquiao-Mayweather fight if it’s ever going to push through. He responds with a cheerful attitude saying, “He’s going to fight me? Yes! Yes!” quoting his line from Foot Locker’s recent commercial on “Week of Greatness.”

The book of Proverbs says, “A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” (Prov. 17:22)

Thanks Manny. You make us proud. And you make us laugh.

And to all of us, I pray that as we start this week, we will continue to approach life with cheer and joy for the joy of the Lord is our strength.

Here’s the Foot Locker commercial followed by the Max Kellerman interview.






“I deserve to be happy.”

As a pastor, I’ve sat down with many people and heard this statement countless times.

Is it possible that we have set our sights on the wrong goal?
We have interchanged the goal and the result.

Hebrews 10:10 says, “For God’s will was for us to be made holy by the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ, once for all time.”

1 Peter 1:15. “But as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct.”

God’s goal for you is not your happiness but your holiness.
Now because you are pleasing God, then one of the possible results of that is your happiness.
But that’s not that goal.

How does this translate to life, then? I’m glad you asked.

Paul says in the book of 2 Corinthians to make it our goal to please Him. Therefore, our pursuit of holiness goes beyond just being in church. Gospel driven holiness is applied in the office, your campus, at home, in the kitchen, while driving, or while in the mall.

The result may or may not be happiness. The one sure result that the fruit of the Holy Spirit brings is the fruit of joy. This goes beyond circumstances and happenings (same root word as happiness).

God is working not to bring ease and comfort to you but to bring growth and maturity.
And in that, there is unspeakable joy.


This is too funny.

Just a little something in the middle of the week to make us smile. Hopefully this does it.

A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. (Proverbs 17:22)

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. (Phil. 4:4)



Frozen © Disney. Content property of Disney, 2013.
Written by Frances (
Sung by Razel and Lenina Guerra

G ka ba to build a snowman?
Tara let’s make laro outside
So sad na I don’t see you na
Stop making tago there
It’s like you made layas
Dati we’re super best friends
But now, deins na
I wish you could spill kung why
G ka ba to build a snowman?
Steady lang if not a snowman
(Make chupi, A)
Mmkay, bye.
G ka ba to build a snowman?
Or make padyak our bicycles
Kasi we don’t hang out na much
I make kwento tuloy
Sa selfies on our walls
(Hang in there, J!)
It gets a bit mej lonely
Kwartos are empty eh
I waste my time making tambay
(Tick-tock tick-tock tick-tock)
Please, I know you’re there lang
People are making chismis na
They say be tapang, and I’m trying to
Nandito me for you, just let me in.
We’re tayong two nalang nga
It’s just me and you
Do we have plano ba?
G ka ba to build a snowman?



“I don’t feel joyful today!”
“I feel miserable this morning.”
“I just want to sulk in my cave.”

Did you know that you can choose joy?

When we wake up in the morning, we can choose to be joyful or choose to be miserable.

That’s the main difference between joy and happiness.

Happiness is hinged on ‘happenings’. But joy is so much deeper.

It is not based on a circumstance but on a Person.

Jesus said, “I’ve told you this so that my peace will be with you. In the world you’ll have trouble. But cheer up! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33, GWT)

There will be trouble in the world. But in the midst of trouble, there can be peace and joy.

Those 2 (peace and joy) are not dependent on WHAT is going on in your life but on WHO is in your life.

This is the very reason why it is your choice to rejoice – you have a relationship with the One who created the heavens and the earth. And this Creator is your Father.

A few reasons why I can choose joy? (There’s about 10 of them.)

I am God’s child. John 1:12
I am a friend of Jesus Christ. John 15:15
I belong to God. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
I have been forgiven of all my sins. Colossians 1:13-14
I am free from condemnation. Romans 8:1-2
I am assured that God works for my good in all circumstances. Romans 8:28
I cannot be separated from the love of God. Romans 8:31-39
I am confident that God will complete the good work He started in me. Philippians 1:6
I may approach God with freedom and confidence. Ephesians 3:12
I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13

We spend a lot of time desiring every little thing we don’t have rather than rejoice on every huge thing we do have in Christ.

Choose to be joyful today.

It’s your choice to rejoice.



Many of us have been touched by the life of Dolphy in one way or another.

From John and Marsha to Home Along Da Riles and everything else in between, watching and listening to him has been an absolute joy.

Why has he touched so many lives?

Proverbs tells us that, “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit saps a person’s strength.” (Proverbs 17:22)

Laughter plays a major role in our lives.

“A day without laughter is a day wasted.” (Charlie Chaplin)
“If we couldn’t laugh we would all go insane.” (Robert Frost)
“There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humor.” (Charles Dickens)
“The human race has only one really effective weapon and that is laughter.” (Mark Twain)
“It is cheerful to God when you rejoice or laugh from the bottom of your heart.” (Martin Luther King Jr.)
“You have as much laughter as you have faith.” (Martin Luther)

But ultimately, it is God, the source of all joy, who brings laughter and cheer to our hearts. The Bible says that “He will yet fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with shouts of joy.” (Job 8:21)

The end result? It actually brings God glory.

“Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. Then it was said among the nations, “The LORD has done great things for them.” (Psalm 126:2)


We had our Ryan checked by a doctor yesterday. Intermittently, he has been having severe pain. He’s still under observation period to see what’s the problem. Hopefully it’s not appendicitis but really just hyperacidity or even hyperactivity (because he really is super active… just can’t sit still :)).

Pain has a way of alerting us to something we need to address – a problem, an issue, an obstacle.

Ryan took antacid. We’re not sure if that’s the solution yet but at least we are aware of the problem.

For many of us, we want pain to go away… or better yet, to never experience any at all.

But God designed pain for a few reasons…

  • To tell us something is wrong.  When there’s pain, we then make the necessary adjustments to address the situation.
  • To teach us a lesson. Touching a hot stove once will teach us not to do it again. Pain does have a way to show us which ones to avoid.
  • To remind us that we need God’s grace… everyday!

C.S. Lewis once said, “God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks to us in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: It is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world.”

Psalm 30:5 says, “…Weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.”

What a comfort! What a relief!

Pain is inevitable but misery is optional. Which is why we need to plug into the real source of joy – Jesus.

His joy… our strength.



This question has been asked time and time again.

It’s a valid question that deserves a valid answer.

Different people approach it in different ways.

… Getting an upgrade for their iPhone 4.
… Finding a relationship that would make them feel significant.
… Relaxing through a nice movie with people you enjoy being with.
… Eating chocolates and ice cream. (haha, that’s me!)
… Receiving a promotion at work.
… Finally conceiving and having their first baby.

The list goes on and on and on AND on.

The problem though, which I myself have discovered, is that it doesn’t last very long.

Soon, there’s a new upgrade
… the relationship you’ve longed for isn’t working out so well.
… the movie didn’t turn out as nice as says.
… you feel bad because the chocolate and ice cream gained you a few more pounds (haha, that’s me again)
… the promotion was great but soon enough, you want a better job.

Satisfaction seems elusive. Contentment becomes noncommital.

I was reading Colossians 2 this morning and it all went back to the basics of life.

Sin has always and will continue to be the problem.
Greed. Pride. Lust. Selfishness. Doubt. Unbelief.
These will continue to plague us unless we deal with it.

“But how”, you may ask.

Listen to what the Apostle Paul says,

When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken 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. (Colossians 2:13-15)

Key thoughts on this…


Sin has a way of ending life.



Two amazing words.

Only through Jesus can this happen. He is the resurrection and the life. Whatever is dead in your life, He is able to make it come back to life.


The greatest need of man today is not more stuff, more friends, or more money.

The greatest need of man is to be forgiven.

We owed a debt we couldn’t pay.
He paid a debt He didn’t owe.


Imagine if you were in debt 20M pesos. Then the bank says, your debts have been cancelled.

How would you feel?

Our debt was more than 20M pesos. It was going to cost us our very life… life in hell for eternity.


The offended paying for the offense of the offender?
Unheard of.

But it was done.


There’s stuff we don’t see. There are those happening behind the scenes we don’t observe with our naked eyes.Jesus disarmed all these. No longer do these have power over us.


We are no longer victims but victors.
We are no longer whiners but winners.
We can now believe burdens to become blessings.
We are able to turn trials into triumphs.

All because of Jesus.

Yup, Jesus.

To feel good?

Well, that’s not the right question to ask.

Ride in the wave of His grace.
Nothing you can do but all about what He has done.

Feelings will just follow.