Trending: Sacred vs. Secular
Today, we are living in an “instant” world. So what becomes trend in this era is becoming “instant” in everything. Nowadays people tend to seek everything in instant to pursue time eficiency and complications in achieving their goals. However, there is always positive and negative sides in everything, including this “instant” trend. In one side, this trend brings some advantages such as time reduction, ease, comfort, etc. But in the other side these advantages can also lead people to disadvantages such as moral negligence and becoming secular. What should we do as Christians? Should we avoid the world we are living now? Or should we accept this world as the way it is?
In John Chapter 17:14-19 Jesus prayed: “I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. I pray not that you should take them out of the world, but that you should keep them from the evil. They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. Sanctify them through your truth: Your word is truth. As you have sent me to the world, even so have I also sent them into the world. And for the sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.”
From these verses, we know that as the children of God are not from this world. However, Jesus did not ask His Father to protect or take out us from the world we are living right now. He just asked His Father to protect or keep us from the evil. What does it mean to us? It means that we as inhabitants of this world may accept all trends that this world has offered to us until now. However, we as the children of God are demanded to be able to filterize what is good and what is bad for us and all people around the world so that we can be the salt and the light of the world that can lead astray people to God.
However, living in this world is like a man who is diving into the sea. The man is not a sea creature, so he cannot live in the sea for a long time. He needs oxygen from the air that only exists above the sea. So when he is diving inside the sea, he will need some special utensils like scuba tank and special suit for divers in order to survive in the sea. Even so, these utensils cannot be used for a long time. In this world there are many trends that are unsyncronized with God’s teachings through the Holy Bible. Therefore, we as the children of God need to protect yourselves at all times. As in Ephesians 6:13 says that we have to use the whole armor of God, that we may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. There are three main ways for us as the children of God to remain standing in this tempted and wicked world:
1. Being planted in the House of the Lord
Nowadays many Christian communities are growing and nourishing everywhere. We can freely choose which community we want to be involved in. However, there are a main requirement that every Christian community must fulfil. As in Psalm 92:13-15 says: “Those that be planted in the house of the LORD shall flourish in the courts of our God. They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing; To show that the LORD is upright; he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in Him.” From the verses we can conclude that the right community in God’s eyes is the community that can help and lead you to become an overflowing person. We know that fruit is the result of overflowing food and nutritions received by a plant. After we are suitable in a certain community, try to stay in that community. Try to have a stong commitment in that community. Do not try to jump from one community to other communities so that you will not feel confused of the teachings you have received. In that way, we can be overflowing people by the God’s love, we can easily produce the fruits of the Holy Spirits, and we can share those fruits to bless other people around us.
2. Having strong fundamental.
God has given all of His words to us through the Holy Bible. As Christians, we have to make the Holy Bible one of our strong fundamentals to be able to survive in this world. Catholic Church has three strong fundamentals: Holy Bible, traditions, and Vatican Consili. Therefore, we have to read the Holy Bible everyday, understand it, and apply the teachings to our daily life. As in Mathew 7: 24-27 Jesus said: “Therefore whoever hears these sayings of mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man, which built his house on a rock; and the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat on that house; and it fell not; for it was founded on a rock. And every one that hears these sayings of mine, and does them not, shall be likened to a foolish man, which built his house on the sand: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat on that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.”
3. Living a purpose driven life.
We as the children of God are demanded to be overflowing because we have been overflowed by God’s love on the cross. Because of that, we are also demanded to produce fruits of the Holy Spirit such as love, forgiveness, patient, etc. In order to be able to produce the fruits of the Holy Spirit, we have to be down to earth and ask for the help and guidance of the Holy Spirit so we could share the fruit to people around us.
In brief, should we avoid the world’s trendings or we should accept the trendings all the way it is? The answer is in 1 Corinthians 10:23-24. Paul said: “All things are lawful to me, but all things are not expedient: all things ar lawful to me, but all things edify not. Let no man seek his own, but every man another wealth.” It means all things in this world are permitted for us by God. However, we have to be able to determine which things are useful for us and other people, for not all things in this world is useful. Moreover, after we have gained what are useful for us, we should also think about other people’s need, so that we can be the salt and light of the world.
Speaker : David. Writer: Albert. Translation and editor: Adel
Grand Feast “UNSHAKEABLE” 2016
With Bro Bo Sanchez & Bro George Gabriel
Bro George Gabriel open the session with a verse from Hebrews 12:28 “So since we are receiving an unshakable kingdom, let us give thanks, and through this let us offer worship pleasing to God in devotion and awe.” To understand this better, he gave an example in a story. He has an experience being in an upper level of a building and suddenly earthquake happened, the upper level were shaken harder than the lower level. Why? Because it is further from the foundation. It’s the same as our spiritual life, the foundation is Lord Jesus our unshakeable ground, if we are close to Him, then anything that happen in our life will not be shaken too much. Let us stay close to Jesus.
The Bro George invited Bo Sanchez as the main speaker to come up to the stage and Bo Sanchez opened the talk with story about an old lady in crowded bus, no seat and she has to hold on to something so she didn’t fall. The bus is going through a road with many turns and in desperation she held on to the nearest pole. After a while, a young man said to the old lady that he had to go down. This old lady didn’t understand why the young man has to ask for her permission. Turns out, the pole that she held on all this time is a curtain rod that the man bought. If our lives just like a ride in that bus, maybe we have been holding on to something wrong – whether it’s our spouse, our parents, who eventually disappoint us because they are merely human. Let’s hold on to one unshakeable thing that is Lord Jesus.
Bo Sanchez told us more about 4 types of person:
1. GO PERSON: someone who always says yes, a generous person, all he/she has (energy, talents, wealth) is always shared to other people around him/her. But because he/she always gives, he/she ends up empty, doesn’t have enough time, doesn’t have enough energy and strength and finally too tired to give more.
There are 3 signs when you give more than you receive:
- You become stressful
- You get sick
- You tend to sin because you are weak to temptation
The truth is, you can’t give what you don’t have. Then Bo Sanchez shared his experience when he is 50 years old, what he prayed for is different from when he is younger. In his older age, he prayed for balance in life. Why? Because without balance, passion will not last. I advise you to have a balanced life so you can love Jesus until the end. As an example, even though his schedule is busy, Bo always gives time once a week to date his wife and children.
2. NO PERSON: someone who tend to refuse sharing. He/she tends to be a selfish person. He/she were given talents, passion, but he/she refuses to serve. Maybe it is because the value of sharing is not taught to him/her since childhood time, or he/she might be an ex-GO PERSON who felt tired, or hurt deeply that he wouldn’t share anymore and close himself. This kind of person is pathetic.
3. FLOW PERSON: someone who faced so many crisis and storm finally is allowed by God to fall and become broken. But, God has healed him/her already. Why God use a broken person? Because when you are broken, your selfishness is broken too that you have no pride left. And when in crisis, our heart tends to look for God all the time. You can understand what other broken people feels too. When you are down to nothing, God is up to something in your life. Your biggest blessing comes from your biggest problem. And when God fills you, you can share it to other through your brokenness. But this type of person, at some point in his life can feel dryness and emptiness.
4. OVERFLOW PERSON: this type of person has experienced God’s love overflowing in his life. Just like a glass with overflowing water, he/she shares a lot to others but he/she will never be empty or dry because God has been the center of his life.
God wants us to be the 4th person with few ways as following:
1. Balance your time
Give time to God besides to your family, friends, yourself, and your community. Never let ourselves be empty of God’s love. Because we can’t give what we don’t have. When we are close to God, then we will not be afraid to face our problems in life. We might be limited and has our own weakness, but we have God who is unlimited.
2. Balance your friendship
In life there are 2 types of friends: those who nourishing us and those who absorb our energy because they are toxic and even ruin our lives. Doesn’t mean that we can’t befriend those who are toxic, but allocate 80% of your time with nourishing friends rather than with your toxic friends.
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On the last Feast, we learnt to commit to pay all of our debts. This time, we will learn to cast away our doubt of God’s words and promises and exchange it with faith.
Also, every man to whom God has given riches and possessions, and the power to enjoy them and to accept his appointed lot and to rejoice in his toil--this is the gift of God (Ecclesiastes 5:18)
After reading above verse, then people often ask “What is God’s plan for me? Become a rich or poor man? On the above verses, clearly stated that God is willing to bless you with riches and possessions. Not only that, we are even given the power to enjoy it. In fact, in this world many rich men cannot enjoy their riches.
Wealth is created in Mind
Wealth is not based on what we do, because the truth is that what we do comes from minds. Like is written in Ephesians 4:23 “And be constantly renewed in the spirit of your mind”
Thus, we need to learn on how to reprogram our mind because mind power will affect our actions. Every human being has limitation but we also believe that God has no limitations. He is able to do impossible things. God’s words might not directly turn problems to solutions, instead it leads us to realize that we need to change our mindset. There are financial problems that comes from our mind and thus it might lead us to have the wrong mindset. These 2 wrong mindsets are:
1. We think that God wants us to be poor
And solemnly lifting up His eyes on His disciples, He said: Blessed are you poor and lowly and afflicted, for the kingdom of God is yours! (Luke 6:20)
The meaning of poor in the Greek is not poor financially, but poor in spirit. Because we have sinned, we became poor in spirit. Thus, we need God’s salvation. The fact is, everyman is destined to be blessings for others. It’s true that some people choose to be poor to love and bless people more. It’s not a wrong decision as long the main purpose is to love and bless others
2. Money is everything
Many people think, if they are rich they can do everything they want. Even, they can leave God.
Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to go into the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 19:24)
The parable was made based on what happened that time. A city was surrounded by fortress, and it was only open in the morning and afternoon for entrance and exit gate. In the evening, everybody would use the small door because the gate was closed. That’s is why when the riches ride a camel, they should come down from their camel and took down his belongings from the camel in order to enter the city. Nowadays, the riches must leave his status and power in order to come to the Lord, just as like the riches took down his belongings from the camel to enter the city.
For the love of money is a root of all evils; it is through this craving that some have been led astray and have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves through with many acute pangs. (I Timothy 6:10)
It’s not written that the root of all evils is become rich man or has possessions, but rather the root of the evil is to love money than God, family and others. Sometimes we think that others can be successful and doesn’t necessarily close to God. Just believe that God will differentiate those who seek Him and those who don’t. The question is, can we patiently wait God’s promises to be revealed in our lives?
To change the wrong mindsets, we must do 3 things like following:
1. Detach from your wealth, be a good steward
Don’t be attached to the possessions we have. Everything we have is God’s, and we only the borrower and the manager. When we learn to give since we were young, then when God entrusted us with a bigger blessing, we are still capable to give joyfully because we’ve already have generous hearts.
2. Humble yourself before the Lord
3. Acknowledge that God is the Master. Trust Him!
Let us keep doing our part, use every potentials, wisdoms and brightness that we have and let God do His part.
And my God will liberally supply your every need according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:19)
God will fulfill all of our needs not what we want. Sometimes, what we ask is what we want not what we need. Wants are never been satisfied, it keep asking for more.
The Lord shall open to you His good treasury, the heavens, to give the rain of your land in its season and to bless all the work of your hands; and you shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow. (Deuteronomy 28:12)
This is God’s promises what will save our lives. Logically, we might have been done everything we can to make it better, but there’s still things beyond human’s capability. So, let us learn to surrender our lives in God’s hand.
Translator & Editor: Mei Ling
The Voice - Keys to Hearing God
The last Feast discussed on how to hear God’s voice. This time, we will learn on how to recognize His voice.
“When God speaks, you will know” – Mother Theresa
The sheep that are My own hear and are listening to My voice; and I know them, and they follow Me (John 10:27)
The truth is, if we are willing to spare time to listening to God’s voice, God will always speak to us. He always cares on everything that happens to us. The problem is not many people can differentiate the voice they hear, is it God’s voice, our own or even the evil’s. There are 6 ways that we will learn to review it, like:
1. Is it consistent with the Bible?
Does our decision or action consistent with the Bible? Spare time to read the Word of God review does our decisions are consistent with the truth written in the Bible. We need to realize that reading God’s Word should be completely and comprehensive, not reading it in piece of verses to justify ourselves.
2. Will it make me more like Jesus?
Inasmuch as we refute arguments and theories and reasonings and every proud and lofty thing that sets itself up against the knowledge of God; and we lead every thought and purpose away captive into the obedience of Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5)
Does our actions or decision will make us closer to God or become more like Jesus? The purpose of the Christianity is to be like Jesus. So, before we make any decision we need to review the basic thinking underneath. For sure, it’s shouldn’t be against our knowledge of God and not based on our pride.
3. Does my church family confirm it?
Does your church or community confirm your decision? Guidance from our church members can help us. We can ask people who have the same faith with us, or live in Christ or have higher spiritual level than us.
4. Is it consistent with how God shaped me?
For we are God`s handiwork, recreated in Christ Jesus, that we may do those good works which God predestined for us, that we should walk in them – Ephesians 2:10
Does our decision consistent with how God’s works in our lives? We need to know how God worls in our lives and how He shapes our lives so far. In this stage, we need to ponder what He has done in our lives, is doing now and what His plans for us in the future.
5. Is it convicting rather than condemning?
Does the voice you hear convince you or condemn you more? God’s voice always gives hope and enlighten us, but the evil’s voice always judging and condemn. If God reprimands us, it will be uncomfortable but it will make us to be a better person. Condemnation is not from God.
6. Do I sense God’s peace about it?
We night pass 5 stages above but maybe our hearts are still not at peace. If this happens, then we fail this stage and the answer is no because if we follow His plans, the result is peace in our hearts.
Speaker : Phakist | Writer : Lenny | Translator & Editor : Mei Ling
Simple Life - Toys
“What good does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and he loses his soul.” Mark 8:36
Law of Reciprocity : you will receive more than you give
Do you want to be blessed? Definitely everybody will answer “Yes!” but the problems is, are you ready? In fact, God never holding His blessings for us. It is us who need spiritual readiness to receive abundant blessings from Him. If we receive the blessings before we’re ready, those blessings will become our burden. So, be prepared for your answered prayer.
There are 4 prescriptions to prepare ourselves
1. Delight : Simplify your rules of happiness.
When God bless us more, we are tempted to raise our standard of happiness. For example when we have limited money, we are already happy to go to Bandung. But when we have more money, going to Bandung is no longer fun for us. We want to go abroad. In fact, we don’t need to harden our happiness. Why make it so difficult to be happy? Don’t get rid of your old joys. Focus on what you have, not on what you don’t have.
There are 2 ways to get enough: One is to accumulate more. The other is to desire less.
-G. K. Chesterton-
In order to be happy is simply by experiencing God in a simple life.
2. Define : You are not owner, but borrower.
“The land must not be sold permanently, because the land is mine and you are but aliens and my tenants.” Leviticus 25:23
In Israelites tradition, there’s a year called Jubilee year. It’s a big celebration when all debts will be restored and all borrowed land will be returned to its owners. When we have the borrower mentality, God will bless us abundantly because He believes we can manage it very well.
3. Detach : Don’t let the money possess you.
No matter how much treasures we have in this world, in heaven your treasure is merely dust. It’s useless. So why we have to attached to all of our treasuries? To be wealthy is good but, God blesses us abundantly so that we can bless others. The problems is when we are attached to that wealth.
4. Diversify : Exchange earthly currency to eternal currency.
Value of money is change overtime. Then, we need to change our investment to the eternal currency. What is that eternal currency? LOVE! The only toys that you will keep are the toys that you give away. So if we give away love, just love and love. We invest in the only eternal currency that we will bring until the day we die. So focus on love. Love God. Love yourself. Love your friends. Love your family. Love every people around you
Keep the simple life. And just give away love.
Speaker: Steven | Writer: Hilda | Translator & Editor: Mei Ling
Simple Life - Treasure
Everything was so simple. Along the way, we face bigger and bigger challenges. Maybe we are stress now, because the demand is higher and it demands us to think harder on how to cover up out living cost. This feast discusses about on how we can have a -less stress more joy –life.
Do not gather and heap up and store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust and worm consume and destroy, and where thieves break through and steal. But gather and heap up and store for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust nor worm consume and destroy, and where thieves do not break through and steal; For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. (Matthew 6:19-21)
Treasures represents something that is very valuable and important so that we are willing to sacrifice everything for it. The question is, what is our treasures? Since in the verse above, it mentions that your heart is where your treasure is. That is why it is important for us to define our core.
Core is something deep (deepest) within our heart because core drives people in doing something. For example, if our core is money, we will do everything and even willing to sacrifice everything to get it.
Simple life is an inner attitude not a set of things to do.
Simple life is an attitude, the way we think. One of it is the security blanket. Everyone has his own security blanket. It is something that makes us feel safe, worthy, and enable us to stand up among the crowds. What is our security blanket? So that when we lose it, we become unconfident, can’t do anything, lost track or even stress? Here are some security blankets that are exist in our lives:
Everyone needs money to live, but what is being discussed here, does money become your core? It seems we don’t need someone else as long we have money. We feel secure when we have money and we can do everything because we have it.
What is our position now? Does this position make us feel secure? What if we lose our job? Can we still joyful and grateful to God? Can we live normally like nothing happens?
For some people, beauty is everything. Even, some women think that men look for beautiful women. Women feel secure when they are acknowledge beautiful by others. This world imposes so many beauty standards for people, and when they can’t meet this expectations people feel insecure and unhappy.
We are happy when we have spouse/boyfriend/girlfriend. Our partners make us feel secure, happy and accepted by our friends.
Make God’s Love Your Core.
The only security blanket /core in our live must be God. When we make God our core, then we will be able to see His promises prevail in our lives.
Speaker : David / Writer, Translator and Editor : Mei Ling
Jesus Entrepreneur - MULTIPLY
For which of you, wishing to build a farm building, does not first sit down and calculate the cost whether he has sufficient means to finish it? Otherwise, when he has laid the foundation and is unable to complete, all who see it will begin to mock and jeer at him, Saying, This man began to build and was not able to finish. (Luke 14:28-30)
Is there anyone who doesn’t want to have their own businesses? Certainly, we want to be successful in whatever business we do. But, there are 2 questions that we should answer before we start a business:
- What’s the price tag of your dream?
- Are you willing to pay the price?
The things is, many people start their business with a brilliant idea but when they started the business, but along the way they can’t pay the price that it destroys the business. So, to make a sustainable business the biggest question is how will you multiply your business? The answer is : multiply your service! Give the best service, then the money will come.
There are 4 ways to increase your service:
1. Increase scale
Scale means how many people you serve. Like Facebook, now it serves 1,5 billion people which are bigger than China’s populations. That’s amazing. How can we increase our scale? By using technology and supported with great team. Mark Zuckerberg won’t be as successful as now if he didn’t use the great technology and supported with the great team.
There are so many great people who can be successful because you think they are genius, but the thing is, we need to keep it in mind that: If they can do it, why can’t I?
2. Increase satisfaction
Satisfaction is related to quality. Satisfaction means how many people like your services. If people are satisfied with your service, they will do the referral marketing. They will refer/introduce you to their families, relatives etc.
3. Increase symbiosis
Symbiosis means how many customers have become your friend? Business is about relations, thus the greatest business strategy is love. Like mentioned in 1 Peter 4:8 “above all things have intense and unfailing love for one another, for love covers a multitude of sins.”
4. Increase savings
Savings means how much money you reinvested in the business. The common rule is take 40% of the profit for your personal expense and reinvested 60% of it to the business.
Above all the rules, we need to focus on Jesus. We are gifted with so many talents, and we need to use and improve our talents. Don’t chase after the money, but rather serves first and the money will come.
Speaker : Steven / Writer : Hilda / Translator & Editor : Mei Ling
Jesus Entrepreneur - ADD
Is not this the Carpenter, the son of Mary and the brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon? And are not His sisters here among us? And they took offense at Him. (Mark 6:3)
Before Jesus started His ministry, he was a carpenter. That is why don’t think that Jesus was here to do the ministry, because He was prepared for His ministry through His works.
This world thinks that the fruit of the business is profit. The truth is, the fruit of the business is love. In business, we won’t be able to fulfill our customers’ need if we don’t love them. It we want to have a great team, we also have to love our staffs. There are 5 groups that we must love in doing our business, which are: customers, staffs, government, suppliers, and business partners.
The secret of winning is winning the battle before the battle begins.
David said to Saul, Let no man`s heart fail because of this Philistine; your servant will go out and fight with him. And Saul said to David, You are not able to go to fight against this Philistine. You are only an adolescent, and he has been a warrior from his youth. And David said to Saul, Your servant kept his father`s sheep. And when there came a lion or again a bear and took a lamb out of the flock, I went out after it and smote it and delivered the lamb out of its mouth; and when it arose against me, I caught it by its beard and smote it and killed it. (1 Samuel 17:32-35)
When David wanted to fight Goliath, David said to Saul that he is a well-trained person and he proved it. If we want to be successful, we have to become well-trained people. David had been prepared by numerous fights before he faced Goliath. You might have prepared yourself, just like David who had prepared himself before he faced Goliath.
There are 5 things we need to add in doing the business:
The better teacher is reflected experience. Make yourself get use to ask: what can we learn from this experience? How can we do better for the next?
We need mentor. Many people do their businesses long before we do. Talk to them, ask them for suggestions and feedback. The failure of a business is due to the pride that lead us to feel that we are the best and it hinders ourselves to learn from the experts. The previous lessons are the experiences, but learning from someone else’s experience will save us a lot of time and energies.
A pupil is not superior to his teacher, but everyone completely trained will be like his teacher. (Luke 6:40)
Focus on our expertise so that we can be excellent.
Maybe we have dreams and have plans about it. We also pray for those dreams and plans, but it won’t work until we act on it. In James 2:26 it is written that “For as the human body apart from the spirit is lifeless, so faith apart from works of obedience is also dead.”
Excellence is not a skill, it’s an attitude. We are called to be excellent in everything we do, like mentioned in Colossians 3:23. So, don’t just connect to God in spiritual matters only, but do everything for God and not for others.
Speaker : David / Writer : Lenny / Translator & Editor : Mei Ling
Album Cover Design Competition
Light Of Jesus Worship Indonesia (LOJWI) is a Praise & Worship team of the Light Of Jesus Family (LOJF), a Catholic community under BPK PKK Keuskupan Katolik Jakarta. To raise a generation of light in the marketplace is the vision of LOJF.
Following the success of the first album, “Champions Arise” and phenomenal performance in both national and international stage, the second album, “Higher” is ready to be launched.
Inspired by these verses,
• Isaiah 6:1 "..I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple"
• John 12:32 “And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.”
ten Praise & Worship songs in “Higher” are modern, with up to date beats that is very suitable for young generations, who want to worship God according to the latest music trend.
Contestants are free to translate the verses above into a cover design.
TERMS & CONDITION:
- We are only judging the design of the album cover only. However, contestants are welcome to submit a design booklet, CD design and the back side of the CD case.
- The dimension of design cover is 118 x 188 mm with 330dpi of resolution.
- Every contestant is welcome to submit several finishing concepts to support the design.
- The design is submitted in jpeg format, along with the supporting finishing concept to email@example.com
- One contestant is allowed to submit a maximum of 3 designs.
- Submission deadline is 5 October 2015.
- One winner will get a cash prize of IDR 1,500,000.-
- The winner announcement will be officially announced through LOJF Indonesia’s Facebook account, and the committee will contact the winner through email address used in submission.
- If necessary, the winner will work together with LOJWI to adjust the design.
- This competition is FREE OF CHARGE.
- The judge’s decision is final and cannot be contested.
- The copyright (including the ownership right) of all the designs submitted to this competition is fully the right of LOJF and can be used by LOJF for a marketing purposes.
Advance Your Life`s Victory
Feast Central - 4 July 2015
In life there is a law of reap and sow. We are going to learn 5 principles of reap and sow law:
1. The seed must lead
When we are facing a problem, often we get drown in our own fears and problems. Actually when we are in needs and feel distress it’s the best time to sow, even though we feel more like being served than serving / to be helped than helping / to be taken care of than taking care.
Sometimes when we are waiting for God to answer our prayer, instead He gives us the necessity to sow. Actually, there might be a seed in those needs than can be the answer of our prayer. That’s why if we want to be happy, we should also help others to be happy.
2. Sowing is our job, reaping is also our job, but growing is God’s job
Most of us feel stress in our life because we try to control the growing part. If we want to live happily, focus on sowing even though the result cannot be seen just yet.
3.You reap what you sow
If we sow mango seed, we will reap mango fruit. Likewise seed of life. We will reap what we sow in life.
4.You reap much more than you sow
A small seed can produce many fruits, similar to coconut seed, we can get a lot of coconut from that seed. Just as we sow life seed, we will reap more than what we sow.
“The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.” (2 Corinthians 9:6)
5.You reap in different season than you sow
If we plant a paddy today, we can’t harvest it today but few months later (when the time comes). Similarly we also can’t instantly reap what we sow, but we need persistence to keep sowing.
“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” (Galatians 6:9)
Keep on sowing the seed! Actually God already knows what we need and we often get too busy telling God what we want and need, meanwhile God wants us to focus on sowing and share blessings to others around us.
“And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work; You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.” (2 Corinthians 9:8,11)
Speaker : Steven | Written by : Lenny | Translated by: Tessy
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Feast Gading, March 7th, 2014
Character is developed based on your habit.
Whatever your problem is, God still hold control in your life, and He knows each page of your problem. He knows your strength to face a problem, because He is training you to become a better person with a better character.
24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”
The verse above is an ending to few analogies that has been told by Jesus to His listeners. Jesus is telling them to have a new more precise habit. One of the basic things to build your life’s foundation is your daily habit.
When you consider changing your life, then you have to start by changing a small thing that becomes your habit, because that small thing has a great impact in your life. What is your bad habit?
Not all of us can do great things but all of us can do small things (Mother Teresa)
Human’s habit circular pattern:
SIGN – ROUTINE – REWARD
Every habit starts with a sign, which will push you to do a routine action and will bring youreward.
Reward is something you gain for a reason. It is different with gift, which you gain for free.
For example is when a woman saw a “SALE” sign, it’s a sign for woman to do their shopping routine, so the reward she gets is satisfaction for gaining a profit because she can buy the thing with a reduced price.
Here is another example, a smoker will get a sign of bitter mouth taste, not feeling well if they haven’t smoke for a whole day. Then he will start his smoking routine, and the reward is emotional satisfaction, but it didn’t close the chance of having a reward that his health is also affected.
Three small things that has great impact on your future: (3S)
Make your routine to ask for something.
24 Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete. (John 16:24)
Start making prayer as your habit. Let it be done unto you according to your faith. Heavenly father is a responsible Father, who will surely be responsible to fulfill your need ever since the day you were born. Try to ask for bigger thing that you need because all your needs will surely be fulfilled without you even ask.
You will get what you pray for.
People have their own requirement to obtain happiness. Those things are situations that definitely have to occur to obtain happiness. Starting from now simplify your life and your requirement to happiness. Be happy for God loves you. It’s a sign that you are abundance in your simplicity.
Make simplicity as your habit.
26 Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, 27 and whoever wants to be first must be your slave— 28 just as the Son of Mandid not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Matthew 20:26-28)
Jesus has taught that if you want to be great then you have to serve. The higher the level of a restaurant and hotel, the better is the service given. Even everyone is competing to improve the service. The higher the level you show start from your service. Make service as your habit.
Start from doing small thing as your routine that can bring great impact for your future.
Speaker : Fernando/Writer : Stevia/Translator : Anastasia/Editor : Cilia
His and Her
A. Mr. Right and Miss Right
The Lord God said, “ It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.” (Genesis 2:18)
Do you know that the word suitable doesn’t mean the same, instead it means opposite. It’s like a magnet which the north pole doesn’t attract the same pole, but rather it attracts the south pole. So does man and woman; and that way they can compliment each other.
“The purpose of life isn’t to be single or to be married; the purpose of life is to love. If you’re not happy as a single person, you’ll never be happy as a married person.”
Before you look for Mr. Right, be Miss Right, or before you look for Miss. Right, be Mr. Right.
So...how to be Mr. Right?
A decisive man is a man who takes decision confidently and quickly based on his principles. That is why a woman will feel safe when she know that he can decide something very well.
A consistent man is a man who does what he says.
The desire of a man is his kindness (Proverbs 19:22a). The strength of a man is when he is gentle and kind.
And how to be Miss Right?
Like what is written in Genesis 2:18 that God created woman to help and support man. But what is the truly woman’s nature since the beginning?
Genesis Chapter 3 explained how human sinned for the first time. The interesting part is that the devil didn’t come to man first. Instead, it came to woman and offered 4 interesting things that symbolized by the tree :
That is why women are attracted to men who can give provision.
Like written in Genesis 3:5 “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” That is why women like knowledge and why women like men who have knowledge.
This is why women like to be famous and always want a clear status.
In Genesis 3:5 .....you will be like God....This is why women attracted to powerful men.
After Eve ate the fruit, she gave it to Adam. The truth is, it is a woman’s instinct to share good things. She thought the forbidden fruit is a good since it offered good things to her. Here, Adam made mistakes since he took the wrong decision.
B. The dynamics of Man and Woman.
Genesis 3:16 says
To the women He said, “ I will make your pains in childbearing very severe; with painful labor you will give birth to children. Your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you.”
The word “desire” originated from Hebrews which means has desire to control her husband. When Eve tasted the fruit, she felt she had the power. That’s become the dynamic of men and women until now, that women have tendency to control men. That is why men must be able make decision, consistent, and strong because when they do, naturally women will respect and appreciate them.
Speaker : David & Yolanda/Writer : Lenny/Translator & Editor : Mei Ling
Scandal of Grace
Scandal of Grace
Feast Gading, Dec 6th 2014
In the advent period, the grace of God is pouredout in an extraordinary way. The figure in the New Testament, who received God’s grace and love was Mother Mary. The grace received by Mother Mary is passed on to all of us.
However, Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. (Luke 2: 19)
There were some cases occurred in her life, but Mary just treasured up all these things and pondered, without complaining.
The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.” Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. (Luke 1: 28-30)
During ancient times, Mary was the first person in the New Testament that was chosen by God to receive the concept of grace and the anointment of the Holy Spirit in a direct way. At that time, Mary was about 14-16 years old, a young lady, and received the shocking news from the angel that she would receive the grace of God, in which she would have to conceive a child who would be the Saviour of all mankind.
Some people believe that when their life is touched by the grace of God, then their entire life would be easy. Is this true?
You can see the life of Mary after being visited by an angel who gave her grace.
Mary had to conceive a child, yet, she did not have a husband. At that time, the punishment for those who committed adultery before having a husband was stoned. Maria risked her life for the sake of the Lord`s birth. However, she immediately accepted what God has given to her with a humble heart.
It did not stop there, she had to walk 3 days during pregnancy to do registration during the time of Caesar Augustus. Furthermore, when Mary gave birth, she had to give birth in the worst place which was in a manger in a cave.
Where was the angel Gabriel and God who has chosen her to receive the grace of God? Was that God`s grace upon Mary?
So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. (Luke 2:16)
The word “they” was referring to the Kings. They came to worship Mary and Jesus, even bringing gold, frankincense, and myrrh which were luxury goods during that time. Why was this verse inserted in the Gospel?
God wants to remind us that there is always a blessing behind every trouble. There is no such thing as a problem in life unless you give a meaning or a lesson to this problem. Problems arise depending on your point of view towards it, or it will just be God’s way to shape you. Nothing has a deep meaning unless you give it. What kind of meaning would you give to your problem?
When his parents saw him, they were astonished. His mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I have been anxiously searching for you.” “Why were you searching for me?” he asked. “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?” But they did not understand what he was saying to them. Then he went down to Nazareth with them and was obedient to them. But his mother treasured all these things in her heart. (Luke 2: 48-51)
After registering, Mary, Joseph and Jesus traveled back and Jesus was lost on the way, so they had to search for Jesus for 3 days. How do the parents feel when they are searching for their kids and after finding them, the kids just answered rudely?
But once again, Mary treasured up all these things in her heart.
Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. (John 19:25)
The only son who was born and raised for 33 years, whom had been promised to be the King and Savior, but in fact this Son was tortured and crucified in front of the eyes of the Virgin Mary. Was this the grace of God which was promised to the Virgin Mary?
All things experienced by Mary gives a remarkable result now. Her loyalty had been tested and got a great mark in the eyes of God.
There will be a very great gift that God will give to you for your faithfulness to the grace of God. Remain faithful and keep waiting for God`s promise that He has provided.
Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. (2 Cor 4: 16-18)
The grace of God is already within you ever since you were baptized. The grace of God will never leave you for a moment. The grace of God never left you even when you`re in a trouble. Probably the problem is testing your faith to continue fighting for the grace that has been given to you.
All the suffering and problems that God has allowed to happen is for your good and abundance.
Be grateful for everything that happens in your life, and let the hand of the Lord himself give you a very great reward for your loyalty.
What is your answer to God`s grace?
Speaker : Fernando/Writer : Stevia/ Translator : Verina/ Editor : Cilia
Controversial God - Part 1
Controversial God - Part 1
Feast Central, December 6th, 2014
Why Jesus is known as a controversial figure? His controversy began since the day he was born. We know Jesus as the King of all kings, but in modesty, He was born in the sheepfold. Beyond His modesty, there are some controversial facts :
1. His birth uproared the nation because Herod ordered to kill all the baby boys who were born around that time.
2. The Magi from the East came to Him and presented gold, frankincense, and myrrh. At that time, those gifts were only presented to King’s descendant.
13:3 Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under His power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God. 13:4 so He got up from the meal, took off His outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around His waist. 13:5 After that, He poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around Him. (John 13:3-5).
Above verses are also another example of Jesus’s controversy. He knew that Father has granted Him all the power, yet with His humility, He still washed His disciples’ feet.
Other than Jesus’ figure who had been a controversy since He was born, there’s another controversial figure of Jesus. He is also known as the Lion of the Judah. Lion is known as the king of the forest, however, in the other side, Jesus is also knows as the Lamb of God. (John 1:29).
2:5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: 2:6 Who, being in very nature of God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; 2:7 Rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. 2:8 And being found in appearence as a man he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death – even death on a cross! (Philippians 2:5-8)
Why Jesus who is equal to God was willing to take the form of the servant and became man? As king, if He keeps His appearance as king, it would be impossible for Him to do the dirty work of the servant. Because of His love, Jesus was willing to emptied Himself and took the form of servant so that He can cleanse humans’ sins.
Based on the above pericope, we can learn that Jesus is not selfish, He’s not just thinking of Himself. In the present time, often we become a selfish human being, who only focus on ourselves. We can learn from the Philippians 2:5-8 so that we will not be selfish and remember that Jesus would like us to serve others.
Let us learn to have a servant’s heart but has a mentality of the children of the King. So that even we have the power granted by God, we are still willing to serve others.
Speaker : David/Writer : Lenny/Translator : Mei Ling/Editor : Siska
Hope of Glory
HOPE OF GLORY
Feast Gading, Nov 15th 2014
Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, “So shall your offspring be.” Without weakening in his faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead—since he was about a hundred years old—and that Sarah’s womb was also dead. Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised.
A Christian reaches his/her dream not only because of his/her actions, but also because faith brings him/her to the dream. What you dream of, that’s what will happen.
You are only as great as what you dream of.
The size of your hope decides your future.
Like Abraham’s words in Romans, even when there was no basis for hope, Abraham still hoped and believed that he would become the Father of many nations, and indeed he became what he hoped for.
Dream and hope as big as possible.
What are your dreams and hopes in your life?
The answer to your dream and hope can come anytime, now, tomorrow, or one day in the future, as long as your hope is still there.
In the book of Genesis, Abraham was sent by God at the age of 75 to leave everything he owned, with all the physical limitation of a human who is no longer young, to go to a new land that God will show, Abraham himself did not know where and how far that land was.
Abraham only went by looking at the direction that God pointed out.
He himself did not know where the way led to, but when Abraham had already walked with faith, slowly the way that he went through began to appear.
4 facts about Abraham :
1. Abraham, who according to the apostle Paul had an amazing faith, had lied and sold Sara, his wife, for his own safety. In Genesis 12, when Abraham was walking, it turned out that Abraham found starvation and had to evacuate to Egypt. Once he got to Egypt, Abraham sold Sara to Egyptians so that he would not be killed and would be given food. The way that God prepares is not always easy, but with strong faith, God will show a way out from the difficulty that He allows to happen.
2. Abraham, as a person who had always been praised by the apostle Paul, had doubted God’s promise, because until he was 85 years old, Abraham did not have a child, even though Abraham was someone to whom God had promised to have descendants as many as the stars in the sky. In Genesis 15, God once again reassured Abraham, that Abraham’s heir would still be Abraham’s biological child. Abraham still came to God when his hope of God’s promise almost disappeared. God is always the only solution to every of your problem.
3. Abraham, at the age of 99, cheated with Hagar, Sara’s servant, with Sara’s permission, so that Abraham could have descendant.
4. Abraham laughed at God’s face in Genesis 17:15-17, God gave new identity to Abraham’s wife, there was a change of name from Sarai to Sara, who at that time was already 90 years old, and God blessed Sara and Abraham in abundance including about their descendants, but Abraham again doubted God’s blessing and laughed at God instead.
Abraham had experienced `insecurity`, the loss of the ability to hope.
Abraham did not have basis to hope, because of all the reality that Abraham had experienced all his life. Hoping for something big, does not mean that you turn a blind eye to your dark past.
Abraham’s past was so evil and disobedient to God, but God still fulfilled His promise in Abraham’s life, because Abraham still had a hope in God and Abraham focused on that promise of God.
Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised. (Romans 4:20-21)
Abraham still gave glory to God after the sins that he had committed. The word “strengthened” in that phrase, in Hebrew was translated as"weight" into the English Bible, which means adding burden. God allows all suffering, bad things, wrong things, things that make you sad, happen in your life so that your life’s burden increases and hence your faith may be strengthened to keep it strong in God.
The bigger your faith is, the bigger God’s glory that will enter your life.
I can do all this through him who gives me strength. (Philipians 4:13)
All the good things that happen in your life are the reflections of your faith and hope, not only coincidence. You don’t get what you want because you don’t really know what you really want, or that you don’t really want what you think you want.
Know your dream, focus on your dream and the way that God has prepared for you. Fiat Lux!
Speaker : Fernando/ Writer : Stevia/Translator: Chitra/Editor : Cilia
Stress (part 2)
Feast Notes 15 November 2014
Stress (part 2)
It’s not the problem that causes us to be stressed but how do we react towards the problem that is important.
Everyone must have a problem in life. If we focus too much on that problem, then we will become stressed. But if we switch our focus to our dream behind all those problems and stress, it is called hope. Hope is bigger than every stress we experienced. Focus on hope rather than problem.
The Lord delights in those who fear Him, who put their hope in His unfailing love. (Psalm 147:11)
Right now we might experience many problems, it might be financial problem, family, and so on. We even often ask God what we should do. But God always remind us to keep on relying in Him and we won’t be disappointed.
The bible’s figure we are going to discuss is Joseph. Joseph is one of twelve Jacob’s child. His brother envy him because he was treated special compared to the others. Jacob gave a special clothing for
Joseph, even when his brothers were working he was only given the task to look after them and told Jacob if they didn’t work well.
In the bible, Joseph is called a dreamer. His brother became more angry and envy him when he told his dream that one day all of them will obey Joseph. Finally they planned to sold Joseph as a slave.
One day a chief prison, named Potiphar bought Joseph and trust him to work at his house. Potiphar had a wife and she was attracted to Joseph, but he rejected her. Therefore, Potiphar’s wife hate him and slander Joseph that he was attracted to her and try to seduced her. Potiphar was angry and put Joseph into prison.
Joseph’s life was really sad, from a darling who was always given a special treatment, he was sold, became a slave, and put into a prison for a mistake he didn’t commit.
We often face many problems, just like Joseph. But Joseph’s life story give us an example that it’s not the problem that causes us to be stressed, but how do we react towards the problem that is important and will make a difference.
How do we react towards a problem?
There are 3 things we could do when facing a problems:
1. Be Still
“Be still and know that I am God! I will be exalted among the nations,I will be exalted in the earth.” (Psalm 46:10)
We better keep calm when facing a problem then we can examine our problem objectively. The problem often comes from outside, not inside. So when our inner self experience a chaos, we will only make the situation worse.
2. Look for God’s grace
Always look for God’s grace because if God is on our side, there is nothing can come against us. No problem is bigger than God. Thus, when we face a problem, keep on praying until something happen.
3. Act kindness
When Joseph was inside the prison, Joseph didn’t focus on himself but he still heard and cheered other prisoner who was more stressed than him. Because of his kindness, when one of the two prisoners hear that Pharaoh was looking for a dream interpreter in all over the country, he told Joseph. Then he tried to interpret Pharaoh’s dream without even hearing the story. God really worked in Joseph, he can interpret the dream precisely and Pharaoh was really delighted so he made Joseph his confidant.
Sometimes when we face a problem, we become ignorant to other people because we focused too much on our problem. But if we want to turn our focus for other people even keep on serving God, we will find out that other people also have a problem and even bigger. From the story of Joseph, we can get a lesson that God is able to change our position instantly from the lowest to the top, because in God there is always hope. Whatever the problem is, God teach us to be joyful in hope,patient in affliction, and faithful in prayer! (Romans 12:12)
Speaker : Kunardi/ Writer : Lenny/Translator : Anastasia/Editor : Ariani
Feast Central, 1 November 2014
Who has never been strangled by problems? It can be a light problems to an “acute” one. Let’s us see the example in our daily life. We often get upset by the careless drivers who drive as they pleased. Many other simple examples that unconciously make us stress.
There’s a small test to assess our stress level :
- I hate Monday syndrom (Yes/No)
- Can’t stand to hear others’ problems (Yes/No)
- Asking a closed question to end conversation (Yes/No)
- Avoiding people as much as possible (Yes/No)
- Having trouble in our relations with others (Yes/No)
- Feeling trapped in the life situation (Yes/No)
- Don’t have a hope (Yes/No)
One thing you need to know is we’re not living in a problem free life. When we die, that’s when we no longer have problems. It is so true, so be grateful for being alive and have problems.
Job was an example of a man who was fear of God. He lived abundantly, possessed many cattles and had great children. But, trials came down on him and eveyrthing he had was taken away one by one.
Job 1:21 says “And said, naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart,the Lord gave and the Lord has taken away, may the name of the Lord be praised.”
As a test form God, his wealth was taken away slowly. Even Job suffered a disease until his wife told him to curse God.
In Job 2:10 “He replied, “you are talking like a foolish woman. Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?” In all this, Job did not sin in what he said.”
When he no longer could bear his situation, he cursed himself and not even once blamed God because he was a virtuous man. His best friends came and comfort him.
Job 4:6 “Should not your piety be your confidence and your blameless ways your hope?”
This verse reminds us that the fear of God should become the basic of our lives, our faith, our trust to God, our hope and strenghts.
The true meaning of stress is inability to overcome the real or imaginary threat to our well beng that produces responds and adjustment of our bodies. In other words, strress means our bodies inabilities to overcome threats, disturbances, problems that happend or just yet to happen. Often we are worried for something that haven’t happened. It only occurs when we depends on ourselves. Aren’t we have God in our side?
Actually what differentiate us, people who believe in God, and others is how we responds to the problems we have in our lives.
Based on the research, stress will cause a disease, so we need to be cautious with our stress level. There are three stress level, which are :
- Light stress, like when we are late for work because the lateness of the mass transportation.
- Medium stress, like when people are preparing their wedding, or the target are not yet achieved, or keep working to fulfill target that makes us far from God.
- Acute/cronic stress, like when people are broken up from a relationship, or going through a divorce.
Then, how should we handle the stress?
- We need to realize that nobody’s perfect. Each person has a unique character and not always fit with us
- Love and try to understand others while give them time to change. You are born to be real not to be perfect
- Make the right priorities.
Stress happens because as human beings, we have manys thing that we want and we are rarely be satisfied. In our lives, we nee to make the right priorities, we can do anything but we can do it all.
Good things happen when you get your priorities straight - Scott Can
Maybe this guidance can hel you make the right priorities :
- Relations with God
- Family, it’s better to prioritize our family to keep the closeness and have a harmonious family rather than actively involve in ministry.
- Work, we are destined to work and give the best in our work.
- Ministry, this acitivity can help us to care more towards others. We can see that there are bigger problems than what we’re facing.
- Community. Strees, get drunk and having a night life will not do anything to our problems. The problems will still be there. In the community, we can share to each other, pray for another and give God’s love (that we received) to others.
We need to understand that our lives are like a wheel, we need to do the whole acitivites according to its portion. We need to pray and give thanks everyday so that we are getting far from stress.
Phillipians 4:6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
Feast Gading, 1 November 2014
“I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Your works are wonderful. I know that full well.” (Psalm 139:14)
The verse above describes how David was so grateful for all events of his life. David is not being proud of himself but because he knows God’s plan is so great in his life. David knows that his life is awesome and amazing, not only because he saw it happened and after that he admired his God, but he trusts God completely. He sees life through the same lens with God. If you run into things like how David felt, then you will not feel any anxiety.
Hope is the belief that something good will happen.
While insecurity (worries) is the loss of the ability to hope.
People who worry always felt the lack of something. He never felt safe and peaceful in his life.
Try searching in the deepest part of your heart, what is robbing you of hope and a feeling of security, try to find out what makes you uncomfortable and dissatisfied.
Moses is one of the biblical figure who was a worrier. However, God works in a very exceptional way in removing fears of Moses, and to make him completely surrender to God, and since then the miracle began to happen in his life.
In Exodus 3, Moses expressed his struggles that are concerned with the great task entrusted by God. In Exodus 3 verse 11, Moses asked God, "Who am I?"
The question is not from modesty but from low self-esteem and worries form of Moses. The Lord had prepared a great way if Moses followed God`s commands and tasks. But, Moses was not ready. Though God has prepared a great reward for Moses.
Exodus 2 told about the background and the reasons behind his worries. Moses was a Hebrew who was raised in the Egyptian. When the Hebrews were tortured by the Egyptians, Moses became angry and killed the Egyptian. After that Moses became afraid of the actions and escape from the pursuit of Pharaoh, and he married a local girl in the place and was given a job by his father in law for herding sheep.
Moses was a murderer and a fugitive (running from problems). Both of these things that make him feel insecure (worried).
Insecurity comes from 3 things in our lives, namely:
Just like the last time he wanted to hide, then fears will continue to pursue her.
What event in the past life (sin or attachment) that make you feel worried?
The events of your past will make you fall if you do not submit them to God. You should reflect on the incident and make peace with your past through confession.
Insecurity arises because you compare your life with others. You have plenty of reason to all your failures. Like Moses, who compares himself to Aaron, when God gives a special task to him that he did not know how to talk like a brother.
Stop comparing yourself with your surroundings and remove all your worries.
He never doubted God can do great things in his life. Just like you, that you believe that God will never leave you. You believe that God is good. You believe in the promises of God. But you do not believe in your life, especially at yourself.
God believes in you, why don’t you believe in yourself. The main problem is not in God, but in yourself. Confidence is what you need to change a habit and attachment in your life.
The biggest insult to God is when you do not believe in yourself, because you are the image of God and God`s creation.
If you doubt the product, then you insult the author. If you doubt your life, then you are insulting God. Believe in the infinite potential that God has entrusted in your life.
In Exodus 3:13, God says "I am I".
God wanted to say that I am I, the creator of nature, I am I, the only God. If you believe that then you are one with God. Moses` encountered with God, and with God`s approval, Moses made one with God, and it changes his entire life and change the entire future into something extraordinary. So believe that Jesus lives in you, you become one with the Creator.
If you want to change your entire life, accept the Lord and surrender yourself to God, He is able to do all the parts that have never been touched even by your own. God is the solution of all problems and concerns.
Entrust your life to God, surrendering more deeply in The One who is knitting your future that is so amazing. The union of your life with God will make your life more extraordinary.
Speaker : Fernanci/ Writer : Stevia/Translator : Hanny/Editor : Cilia
Haunted House: Freaky Siblings
Haunted House: Freaky Siblings
Feast Central - October 18th, 2014
The unity of the heart and a harmonious life with our brothers and sisters are the trigger of God’s blessing and eternal life.
We can choose our friends but God chooses our parents and siblings. Having a very close friend is wonderful, but we have to remember that family is forever.
If we already have a harmonious family, we should be grateful. However, if we do not have a harmonious relationship yet, we are not alone. God still gives us life as an opportunity to grow and to feel the love of God through our siblings. There are some stories in the Bible that are talking about conflict among siblings such as the story of Cain and Abel, Esau and Jacob, Joseph and his brothers.
"1. How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity! 3. For there the Lord bestows his blessing, even life forevermore." (Psalm 133: 1 & 3)
"Anyone who hates a brother or sister is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life residing in him." (1 John 3: 15)
What we can learn is that the unity of the heart is the trigger of God’s blessing and eternal life. 3 things we can do to improve our relationship with our siblings:
1. Make peace with your siblings
Time will not automatically heal a relationship. In the Bible, the person who is heavily affected and do not get the blessing is the one who still hold revenge. What Jacob did by stealing the blessing from Esau was not a right thing to do, yet, Esau held revenge which caused him having a messed up family and descendants.On the other hand, Joseph who had been sold by his brothers decided to forgive his brothers and it is written in the Bible that Joseph lived in abundance.
2. Pray for your siblings
There is great power in prayer. The United States has a divorce rate of 67%, which means that in every three married couples, there will be two divorced couples and only one couple stays. Therefore, there is a study showing three things to keep a family stays together:
a. Family Vacation, lowering the divorce rate from 67% to 50%
b. Family dinner, lowering the divorce rate from 67% to 35%
c. Praying session with family, lowering the divorce rate from 67% to 5%. A family that prays together stays together forever.
3. Love your siblings
By loving our siblings, we are probably the closest person to them to feel the love of God.
Speaker: Steven/Writer: Lenny/Translator: Verina/Editor: Ariani
Haunted House: Horror Parents
Haunted House: Horror Parents
Feast Central & Gading, October 4, 2014
Some of us may wonder, “Why do I have this kind of parents?” They might receive a bad treatment from their parents some even face violence, sexual abuse, torment and verbal insults. This type of home that is haunted by past hurt, traumatic events that haven’t healed, absence of love or difficulties to forgive family members, is something that often happened and without us realizing, they become a spiritual wound for us. If this keeps happening, then it will become a very terrifying thing someday.
“Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord” Colossians 3:20
“Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you.” (Exodus 20:12)
Honoring is different from obeying. If we compare and read those two verses, we can conclude that it is children who have to obey their parents. There’s a big difference between an adult and a child. Maturity can’t be determined by age only. A child can be categorized as an adult when they have their own autonomy, when they are capable to earn for their living and be responsible for themselves. That is why, when we become an adult we need to make our own decision. When we make our own decision, it doesn’t mean we stop giving respect to our parents. Sometimes our decisions might disappoint them, but it doesn’t mean we don’t honor them. No matter what our conditions are, we still need to honor them because it is One of God’s commands in the Ten Commandments. God’s Word doesn’t say to honor your father and mother if they are perfect, or if they never do a mistake. God’s Word doesn’t contain terms and conditions. The command says to honor your father and mother, no matter their conditions are. Honor your father and mother, because it pleases God.
Every parent is a part time horror parent.
Adolf Hitler is one of the cruelest people in the world’s history. He killed 6 millions innocent Jews.
A group of psychologists said that Hitler’s cruelty came from his miserable childhood. Little Hitler often experienced cruel and consistent physical violence done by his father. Grudge towards his parents rooted deep in his heart.
Past hurt is difficult to disappear. Subconsciously, anger and hurt that you received in your childhood will be passed onto your children. Since you couldn’t get even with your parents, your descendants will suffer from your grudge. Hitler didn’t have children. That’s why he vented his grudge, anger and hurt onto the people he conquered.
The feel of wanting revenge is the trigger of this terrifying cycle’s creation.
Our parents made mistake. It gets worse when our parents have past wounds. Those who are hurt tend to hurt others. So, if your parents have past wounds, they might have the tendency to hurt and become terrifying parents. Often, our parents force their will onto us and we feel what they want doesn’t match with our thoughts or goal. That’s why some people can feel that they don’t belong at their own home. Home is no longer become a pleasant place. This Feast expects us to be able to go home with a new spirit and to be a brand new person who brings a positive influence in each family.
4 general types of common Horror Parents in this world:
Ghost is a parent that is not physically present. They don’t spare time to interact with their children, never see their growth. They are busy and keep working because they think that their children only need money and possessions. Even though they are never physically present for us, we have to keep loving and respecting them.
Zombie is the opposite of ghost. The parents are physically present, but do not have emotional bond with their children. They don’t care with the children and they are busy with other things, like work, business or their friends. They are passive, never involved, never give instruction, do not have relation, never spend time with their children and never discipline them.
Vampire is a parent who is dominant and absolute. They are overprotective, too controlling, too overwhelming and too guarding until we can’t decide anything by ourselves. Every decision in our life is set and controlled by our parents. We become like a doll, which only do their wishes and commands. The positive thing is that they do that because they love you.
Werewolf is an abusive parent or those who are emotionally unstable. Abusive in this context includes verbal abuse, emotional abuse, spiritual abuse and sexual abuse.
When we make a mistake, they say bad things about you. Even when we do something right and good, they never praise us. Verbal abuse is lethal. Because there is power in words and those words create your world.
"The Cycle Stops With Me!"
Forgiveness is the only way to stop this cycle. If we fight violence with violence, the cycle continues. If we fight violence with God’s love, the cycle stops. Let’s allow God to heal us with His love. Open your heart to receive His healing and let His love roots in your hearts.
Let us stop all the abuse we received from our parents in our generation, with us. Let us decide that we have to break those hurting chain. Yes, this cycle must stop in our generation. Don’t keep that wounds, leave it to God and accept His genuine love. We have to forgive our parents who hurt us, and respond their hurting action towards us with love.
“If someone curses their father or mother, their lamp will be snuffed out in pitch darkness“ Proverbs 20:20
You cannot choose your parents but you can choose what kind of parents you want to be.
Speaker: Fernando & David/Writer: Stevia & Joan/ Translator: Chitra & Mei Ling/Editor: Cilia & Siska
More Than Words: Your Word Create Your World - Talk 2
More Than Words: Your Word Create Your World - Talk 2
Feast Central, September 20th, 2014
How your words can create your world?
In the story of the creation heaven and earth, 3God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 6And God said, “Let there be vault between the waters to separate water from water.” 7So God made the vault and separated the water under the vault from the water above it. And it was so. 9And God said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear.” And it was so. 11Then God said, ”Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.” And it was so. 24And God said, “Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: the livestock, the creatures that move along the ground, and the wild animals, each according to its kind.” And it was so.
In the bible it is not written that God start to think or God keep everything inside His heart and so everything happens according to His will. But, from the bible it is written that God speak what He wanted then it all happens as what He said. In other word, God’s word has the power to build something.
Then God said: ”Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” (Genesis 1:26).This verse is also stating that humans are created accordingly to God’s form and image. So if God’s word has the power to create something, then the words that come out from our mouth also have the same power.
Don’t use your words to describe your situation. Use your words to change your situation.
Are you questioning about your future? And do you know that words can bless or curse our future? If we want to know our future, let’s start by paying attention to our words now. Be careful with our words.
Many people live their life by saying words like: ”Now the economy situation is bad so our business is suffering.” or ”The weather is not so good so we often get ill.” Then we keep on asking: “Why my life is so unfortunateand there is no change happening?” Do you know that actually every word we say is the same as recalling the experience in our life? Our words can curse or bless our life. As the story of the creation of heaven and earth, God use His words to say what He wants to create. Do you realize that mostly the words that you said is only describing a bad situation that is currently going instead of describing what do you want to happen?
Let’s try to create the day that we wish for by saying that today will be a wonderful day, doors will be opened, miracles will happened and He already prepare a better future. When we say these words then we are already blessing our future. Therefore, don’t use your word to describe your situation but use your word to change your situation.
In Psalm 107:2 said, ”Let the redeemed of the Lord say so ...” In God’s word it is not said think so, hear so or see so but say so. Then say everything you want by words, not only just saying it inside your heart. By saying it, we are giving life to whatever we wanted.
This doesn’t mean we have to live in rejection or lie to ourselves. If we are feeling depressed over our life, it is normal. We can express every bad feelingthatwe feel, but don’t stop there. We have to believe in God’s promises.
Tell your problem about how big our God is
There is one main character in the bible, it is Zerubbabel who is given the task to rebuild God’s temple. He had many challenges ahead but he said, “What are you, mighty mountain? Before Zerubbabel you will become level ground.” (Zechariah 4:7). At the end of the story, Zerubbabel succeeded to build God’s temple. We often say to God about how big our problem is, but we forget to say to our problem about how big our God is.
Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; for he is faithful that promised.
Some people might ask that they already did everything right but nothing change. God’s word from Hebrews 10:23 encourage us to not give up when nothing has changed. We will sow what we reap because He who promised is faithful.
... call the things that do not yet exist as though they already do (Romans 4:17)
In Mark 11:12-14 is told that one day during Jesus’ journey to a town, He felt hungry and can’t find any fruit from a fig tree He passed by. Then He said to the tree to no longer bear any fruit forever and His disciples heard Him say it but they can’t see anything happen yet.
When Jesus and His disciples were on their way back from that town they passed by the same fig tree, then Peter remembered and said to Jesus, “Rabbi, look! The fig tree you cursed has withered!Jesus answered, “Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them (Mark 11:21,23). When Jesus cursed the fig tree actually its root already withered in an unseen place. Therefore, the same things apply to us. When we start talking about something, actually it is already happened in an unseen place.
As it is written in Romans 4:17 that God made something that doesn’t exist into something exist by His words. When we say something and believe it then it will happens, but if we didn’t believe it then it won’t happen.
Let us speak about victory over and over again until the time comes when the victory becomes reality.
There is always 2 kinds of thoughts that compete in our mind. On one side, there is a voice saying that we are not worthy or other people are better than us or we already committed sins or did a lot of mistakes.lots of sins. But if we take a look again deep inside, there is another voice saying we are precious. Despite of all our mistakes or sins, God still love us. And also there might be other voice saying that we are a blessing from God and we are here on earth not by mistake.
In our life, there is 2 types of voice that always compete and try to get our attention. Which voice we want to live in by saying it out loud? We have the power to choose which one we want to bring into life and nothing will happen until we say it through our words.
We can’t hope for a victory when we always talk about failure or we can’t hope for health if we always talk about sickness. We have to keep on talking about victory over and over again until the time comes and the victory becomes real. With our words, we are allowing God to fight for us.
More Than Words: Change Your Words, Change Your Life
More Than Words: Change Your Words, Change Your Life
Feast Central, September 6, 2014
Who will not be despised and sad when the person of your dream says “ It’s better for us to be friends”. Obviously that words mean something for us, that is why words become very important and has deep meanings. So does God’s Words. Today we will see that the Word of God is the one which strengthens and helps your life.
Matthew 12:33-37 says “Make a tree good and its fruit will be good, or make a tree bad and its fruit will be bad, for a tree is recognized by its fruit. Your brood of vipers, how can you who are evil say anything good? For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of. A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him. But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken. For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.”
There’s power in words. In our daily life, we have seen many examples on how words havedeep meaning to us. Often, when we are mad at someone and become emotional, we speakwords thathurt people. As the consequence, our relationship with others turns sour. It can lead to misunderstandings or arguments, in some cases we might end up in the hospital because we had a fight. As for leaders, their words are verypowerfulthat it can be tools to encourage people to achieve their goals.
Certain words have enormous power. That is why we are able to know God from His Words. Yes, the Words themselves turned out to be a human being. John 1:1-5 says “ In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made, without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
1. Knowing God is knowing His Words
Living in His presence, doesn’t mean we are miles away from our daily activities and being away from negative words around us. But, it’s because we understand His Words, it is His words that become our strength to stay positive in our minds and words. Alas, we also need to bless others and ourselves like written in Isaiah 55:11 “so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.“
2. In God, there’s no vain because His Words are powerful.
His words are definite and never fail. When He destined someone to do things, no matter who they are (even when they are not too religious), His words will prevail . Like written in John 8:31-32, To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “if you hold to My teaching, You are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
To be a positive person with a positive words, we need to go through some processes. At this point, His Words become the strengths for us to keep going. So, let’s start from now, let’s be careful with the words we say.
God bless you.
Speaker: David/Writer: Joan/ Translator: Mei Ling / Editor: Siska
NASIONAL.IS.ME : SAVIOUR
Feast Gading, August 30, 2014
In Acts 2, on the day of Pentecost, the disciples were scared when they were being chased. However, miraculouslywhen they were praying, they were filled by the Holy Spirit. Then what happened after that? They became courageous.
Right now, maybe we often face fear. Either about work, future or love life, everything feels scary. There is only one solution that is to pray and let the Holy Spirit works in your life. Why? Because God lets those things happen so that we can grow and become courageous. Therefore, God is our solution for every fear that occurs in our lives.
Genesis 1: 31, “God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.”
God said this verse when He finished creating humans.He was veryamazed by human being as His creation. Therefore, the whole universe that God created is really good.
There are 4 main truths that exist in the Bible. What are they?
God wants to love you. God has made the most beautiful plan for us. Why? Because God loves you.
2. Humans have problems
Isaiah 59:2, “But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear.”
Problems are sins. They are the things that make God cannot hear us, and finally become barrier between God and us. Sin and holiness do not work hand in hand, which is why sometimes we see that life is hard to live in.However, God never creates sorrow in human’s life, but it is a consequence of our sins. Sins are the ones that make humans suffer.
3. God’s Answer
The solution to problems that humans face is to seek God. This is for ourselves that only God can help us in facing each of our problems. Even the prophets always say that we have to go back to God. However, humans often do not want to hear the prophets. Consequently, Jesus came down to earth to become human so that humans can see the real God’s love.
Like John 3:16 says,“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
4. Humans’ Response
We have found out that God’s plan is to make us happy, but the problem that still appears among humans is sin, which separates God and humans. In the third truth, God answered that He loves us. Therefore, in this fourth truth is how we respond to God’s call. Do we want to accept God as the one and only savior?
Even though we run from God, He will always chase after us.
Revelation 3:20, “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.”
Everyday God knocks on the door to our hearts. However, what is our response? God cannot break down the door, because there is no handleon that door, we have to open it from the inside so that God can enter. So, what is our response? Do we want to accept God as our savior? There are many people out there who need God’s love, but why are they not here? Because no one tells them. So, what is our response?
Speaker : Fernando/Writer : Irene/Translator : Chitra/Editor : Cilia
Feast Gading August 9th 2014
What comes to your mind when you hear the word “hero”? Who is “hero” to you? Who deserves to be a “hero” in your life?
They said to me, “Those who survived the exile and are back in the province are in great trouble and disgrace. The wall of Jerusalem is broken down, and its gates have been burned with fire.”When I heard these things, I sat down and wept. For some days I mourned and fasted and prayed before the God of heaven.” Nehemiah 1:3-4(NIV)
Nehemiah was a cup-bearer to the king, who had a responsibility to taste every drink before serving it to the king. That being said, Nehemiah must be regarded as thoroughly trustworthy to hold such responsibility. As the king’s cup-bearer, Nehemiah lived with sufficient possession both financially and physically. He also had a peaceful life in the king’s palace. However, when he heard the news about Israel’s destruction, his heart goes out and he went on fasting and praying to God.
Nehemiah took a lot of concerns towards his relatives who lived outside the palace. When your sympathy towards others went beyond your self-respect, that what makes you a hero, just like Nehemiah. You don’t have to possess supernatural power to be a hero. You just need to give sympathy to others.
Nowadays, people pay attention more to themselves than to others. When you put yourself above everybody else, you won’t feel the joy, as you always want to have more. In fact, when you put others’ needs above yours, you will be fulfilled and aware of your purpose to live.
There are four aspects in your life, in which God has to “interfere” with in order for you to be a hero:
To be a hero, you have to change the way you pray and what you pray for. Your quality of life is a reflection of your quality of prayer. Pray for something bigger. Pray not only for your own prosperity, but for others as well. Ask for God’s amazing blessings, so that you can bless other people. When you pray for something small, you put a limit for God’s miracle in your life. We have to learn from the small kids, as they don’t think before they ask. So ask for something great in your prayer!
Always put God first in your routine. You have to invest your time in the right instrument, which is God. This is the kind of investment that will never fail you. Some people are afraid to put God as priority, because they are afraid that they are going to run out of time for something else, such as career, life partner, health, family, etc. God will not disappoint you, as He knows what you need, and He will make you live in abundance.
Empathy is feeling what other people feels, so that the desire to help arises. More often than before, , people do not have a strong sense of empathy, making them unaware of others’ situation. A psychology study stated that most people only feel empathy when other people start it first. Sharpen your sense empathy every day. Feel the burden that God feels, so that you are moved to help Him.
Your faith to God has to be followed by your action. Mother Theresa said, “Do small things with great love.” Not everyone in this world could do great things, but everyone can do a small things. Nothing is worthless in front of God. You could start with your ‘small’ talent and surrender it to God, so that He could turn it into something great. God will use you, even with all of your weaknesses, if you do things with great love.
Are you ready to be God’s hero?
Speaker: Fernando/Writer: Stevia/Translator/Editor: Cilia
NASIONAL.IS.ME - Talk 1
NASIONAL.IS.ME -Talk 1
Feast Central - 9 Agustus 2014
1. Grateful for the right time and the right place
When we look back to World War II period, we would know about Hitler’s atrocities that did not consider human life. Those days, life seemed to be mere numbers. Hitler did not care about how precious the lives of soldiers who had died.He would easily train again someone else to replace soldiers who were dead. He was also very racist. He only gave good treatment to the German race and exterminated the Jews until only 2.6% remained. European synagogues were destroyed except in Prague because he already had the intention to make it as Jews museum.
Switching from Hitler atrocities, there is a house in the Netherlands that has been a silent witness of a family life story happened during the World War II. Now the house becomes one of the famous museums in the Netherlands, known as the Anne Frank Museum.
Anne Frank`s family was Jewish. During World War II, the Jews were threatened so they had to stay on the roof of a house to avoid being caught. They lived on the roof for 3 years before finally getting caught. Their family consisted of 8 people. In the morning, they should shower before 07.30, before the workers came to work. Meanwhile, during the day, they could only sit still and did not move at all because if they move the floor would make sound and workers in the house could know that there were people on the roof. They could only rely on the help of others to eat, and even with the limited food supplies, mother of Anne Frank should give in her meal so that the children could eat.
In those 3 years time, Anne Frank wrote her story and described what she felt in a diary. Fragments of her work are:
"I long to ride a bike, dance, whistle, look at the world, feel young and know that I`m free"
“I know what I want, I have a goal, an opinion, I have a religion and love"
If we compare it with the current situation when we live now, we should be very grateful because we can live comfortably at the right time and place, not in the year when Indonesia was not yet independent or not in a war-torn or famine place. We are also need to be grateful in order to enjoy our freedom today. We`ve been through a period of fairly secure General Election.
In the life of Anne Frank, when there was no freedom, she already knew what she wanted, what the purpose of her life was, what her opinion was, and she also had faith and love. Unlike us who live in a rich country, perhaps we’re still don’t know what we want, or what we aim for, skeptical of what we believe, or we don’t know just yet what our opinion is or can’t love our brothers and sisters.
2. Meaning of the word National.is.me
Nat: be born.
Nation: be born as brother and sister.
National: be born and united as brother and sister.
National.is.me: I am born and united as brother and sister.
If we read Matthew 25: 31-48, this Word tells us about what will happen in life afterwards. It also tells us the criteria will be applied in the judgment day. It is not about whether we have followed all the rules of the liturgy, not how obedient we are to the 10 commandments or how often we go to mass. However, the criterion is what have we done for our brothers and sister? In other words, have we become national.is.me?
Often, because we get used to what we have, we take what we have and what we can easily enjoy for granted without feeling the need to be grateful for all that. While actually there are other people who may need what we have, there are others who wish to have a job like ours, or anyone else who dreams to live the lives we live.
3. Great matter starts from a very small matter.
"Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much." - Luke 16:10
Nationalism doesn’t mean we have to do great or extraordinary matter, but it’s about how we learn to be faithful in small matters.
If we come to Israel, we can see the home of Jesus in Israel that was only 100 meters away from the Constitutional Court in those days, but He never bothered to criticize the government. He just came out and then did the healing, taught and encouraged people. He was only doing small matters, that were what He has given to our neighbor and that was His call for us.
Rather than we just talked at length about nationalism, let`s start out and become national.is.me.
Journalist: Lenny/Translator: Siska/Editor: Mei Ling
How to Build a Happy Family
Mission Feast Couple, 20 Juli 2014
One of main problems in the society came from family relationship. Your happiness adn success are based on your relationship.
"Love one another with brotherly affection [as members of one family], giving precedence and showing honor to one another.” (Romans 12:10)
There are 7 steps to build happy family relationship:
1. Renewal. You need to renew your marriage life as much as you can, no need of waiting years of marriage in order to renew your marriage life. Maybe every once a week you can spend time to date your spouse or if necessary renew it through ceremonial of renewing your marriage vow.
2. Forgiveness. As human being, you are not dismissed of the opportunity making mistakes. Therefore in relationship, we should be able to forgive each other.
3. Love yourself. You can’t give others what you don’t have yet. If you are not able to love yourself yet, your love to your spouse become a conditional love.
4. Gratitude. Give thanks for the spouse that you are blessed of and stop trying to fix him/her because the more you try to fix him/her, there will be no changes at all. What you can do is to love him/her even more. Your spouse is a gift. You are a lover, not a repair man.
5. Time. Someone who becomes more successful in business tend to be lacking of time in which grew distance in their relationship with their spouse. This happens often in Jakarta where couples are still living together but only speak of their own obligations and tasks, no longer asking “how are you today?” This is important especially for woman which has love language of affection.
6. Service. The real love is to be willing to do the menial things. Real love is about dirty hands, not only beating heart. To serve is one of the fruit of real love.
7. Celebration. To strengthen relationship among family members, do celebrate as a whole family such as family night together, spending time going somewhere together.
As a closing quote, the speaker said “love the perfection of his/her imperfections”.
Speaker: Phakist/Writer, Translator, Editor: Ariani
Reform - Jail Break
Feast Gading, 19 Juli 2014
Reform - Jail Break
As has been discussed in the previous Feast, our brain is composed of 10-20% conscious and 20% -80% subconscious. Basically, our lives are driven by the subconscious and not the conscious mind. Thus, sometimes it is hard to do what we want to do and that turns us to be prisoners of our own fears that hinder us from achieving our dreams.
Therefore, in this Feast, our Feast Builder, Brother Nando, providing some tips on how to free ourselves from the prison that we create.
Proverbs 4:23 says, “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”
Pope John Paul the 2nd once said that our hearts are the source of the love battle. At the time of Adam and Eve were created, they were holy and had no sin. However, when men fell into sin, their lives were soon filled with many attachments so they become scared and embarrassed.
From that explanation, we see that our prisons come from our hearts. That is why Solomon warned us to guard our hearts. Then how is it to destroy our prisons?
Our lives are basically controlled by the subconscious, between the conscious and subconscious there is a bridge that connects them. To open the bridge there is only one key, which is our emotion.
When we put a bunch of emotions into our subconscious, the emotion goes into our subconscious in an instant. Thus, it is not the main logic that drives our actions, but rather our emotions. To control your subconscious, then you must learn to control your emotions.
There are two ways that we can do to control these emotions:
Our imagination will be something that will create a state of emotion in us. Emotional state determines our actions and behavior. One example is when we plan a project. If we imagine failure as a bad thing, that will drive our behavior and we will see failure as a very bad thing.
One thing we can do to control our emotions is to alter the meaning of `our prisons`, whether it`s failure or refusal. Try this....when you wake up, take 10-15 minutes to visualize our dreams and add emotion into your memory.
Do not let emotions dictate our behavior, but let our actions dictate our emotions. By doing so, we will be able to get out of our prisons more easily. When a lot of people told us “you can’t”, then show them that we can.
Reflection question for us is:
Is there a belief that inherent in the subconscious inside us that limits our potential? Fiat Lux!
Speaker : Fernando/Writer: Irene/Translator: Hanny/Editor: Mei Ling
Futuristic: Paint the Future
Feast Central, 19 Juli 2014
Futuristic - Paint the Future
Let’s Paint the Future!
Awaken the sleeping Giant within you.
There is a story about Stanislavski Lech. He was a Jewish descendant in World War II. That time, the Germans came to his area and captured all the Jewish, including his family. He saw that one by one the prisoners was taken and killed, the corpses were thrown into a hole in the ground. In his heart, Stanislavski Lech asked: “How can I free my people?!” and “How can I escape from there?”. If he ran, he knew he would be shot right away. One day, he was taking a walk and the answer to his question appeared when he saw a big truck carrying the corpses of the prisoners that were going to be thrown away. He said to himself, “I have to take off all my clothes and get in there pretending to be a corpse.” Then, he waited in that pile until finally the corpses were thrown into the hole, and not only that, the corpses were shot by the Germans. Fortunately, he didn’t get shot. Finally, after waiting for a long time until the guards were gone, he could run away.
This story tells us that we have to ‘ask’ to God for the future that we want.
“That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord.8 Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.” James 1:7-8
“Ask, and it will be given to you,” Matthew 7:7
Keep asking ourselves “What do I want for my life?” From there we can see what we have to keep improving.
Following is a list of the things that we can improve in the aspects of our lives:
- Business & Career
- Recreation and Rest
- Health & Good condition
- Relationships with Family and Friends
- Contribution / Legacy
To see further about the stories about how we have to think and act positively, let’s us see the stories from the following experiments:
A coronary heart surgeon, Dr. Randolph C. Byrd, USA, had 393 coronary heart patients. He did an experiment for a treatment methodfrom all of his patients. He divided the patients into 2 big groups. The first group is the patients with the usual medical care. And in the second group, he did a joint activity.
Following are the results from the patients of the second group:
- Antibiotic treatment decreased 5x
- The fluid in the lungs were 3x lesser
- “Intubation” was no longer needed
- No one died in the treatment process
Do you know what the doctor did? He added an activity of praying for each other for the patients. That was his newest treatment method. Prayer is the key of success when we want to paint our future.
2. Words that are used
A Japanese experimented by putting rice into two containers, one he labeled “I LOVE YOU” and the other he labeled “I HATE YOU”. After a while, he inspected the containers. And the result: Container with the first label, the rice was still white while the second had started to blacken.
From this experiment, it can be concluded that our words are very powerful to paint our future. We have to be careful when speaking even when speaking to our friends.
3. Visualize what we can do.
In an experiment of someone playing basketball, people were divided into 3 groups.
First group – No practice for 30 days
Second group – “foul shot” practice for 30 days
Third group – Practice by visualizing doing “foul shot” for 30 days
Following are the results:
First group – No practice for 30 days – 10% improvement
Second group – “foul shot” practice for 30 days – 24% improvement
Third group – Practice by visualizing doing “foul shot” for 30 days – 23% improvement.
The third message is to visualize your dream.
Let’s us start to paint ourfuture and our dream in prayer and God’s care. Fiat Lux!
Speaker : Jojo Apollo/Writer : Joan/Translator : Chitra/Editor : Siska
God in 4D - Touch
Feast Central 28 Juni 2014
God in 4D – Touch
God says “when you search for Me you will find Me, if you seek Me with all your heart I will let you find Me says the LORD and i will restore your fortunes - Jeremiah 29:13-14
Maybe many of us feel depressed and frustrated when everything doesn’t work accordingly. We may grew distant from God’s presence and to feel like God has disappeared from our lives, even when we pray. Then we start to doubt His love to us. Don’t be discouraged, but rather keep seeking God . Certainly He wants us to find Him. If at this moment we haven’t found His presence yet, there are two possibilities. First is we have not really tried good enough to find Him. Second is, we may be hiding ourselves from Him. No matter what our condition is, if we persistent enough to seek Him, He will grant us His presence.
The questions are how can we make God to touch us and how can we touch His heart? How can we see Him, hear Him and touch Him? We can find the answer through signs and symbols, like our words or mimes. As human beings we aren’t separable from these signs. Even our names are also signs of us. That is why when people discredit our names, we become offended. The clothes we wear, which also part of signs and symbols, also reflect who we are. Currencies and flags are another example of signs and symbols which there’s value in it that inseparable from their physical existence. Because of these reasons, God also communicates with us using signs and symbols. Let us look on how God has communicated with us:
1. God’s creations, are God’s first sign that He loves us (His creations is the first signs of how much He loves us).
A priest said that our current Bible is not the first one. Our Bible is the second one. The first Bible is the nature. If you want to find God, simply go and see the nature. If you see it long enough and enjoy the silence in the nature, surely you will find God in the midst of it.
2. God speaks through our bodies.
Our bodies are His masterpieces. Often, we are not confident with our bodies, while God uses them to say how much He loves us.
3. People around us
Parents, families or friends are our closest people to us. They are our most valuable treasure and through them, they can be God’s instrument to speak with us.
4. Religious signs
Catholic Church is full of signs and symbols and we must be grateful for these because God uses these to touch us. Even, Catholic Church is closely related to these signs, like the sign of the cross, sacraments, or ointment oil.
a. Sign of the cross
Sign of the cross has deep meaning for us. It means we surrender our lives to God’s blessings by being part of the unity of Father, Son and Holy Spirit. When we put our hand in the forehead, it means we bless our minds. Hands in our chest means we bless our spirit and hand on both shoulders mean we bless our entire lives.
b. Images (Pictures and Statues)
About the statues, like written in Exodus 20:4 “You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below.”
If you read it, it seems Catholic Church is completely wrong. In Number 21:8 “ The Lord said to Moses, “make a snake and put it up on a pole; anyone who is bitten can look at it and live.” It is God Himself ordered Moses to make a statue. Here we can see that it’s not the statues that become problem, instead what is the real purpose? Will it be used to exalt God or to disrespect Him?
Only Catholic Church has sacraments and they are also properties that should be thanked fore. In the sacrament, God really presents and gives opportunities for us to touch Him and Catholic Church has 7 (seven) sacraments. According to Baltimore Catechism, sacrament defines as an appeared sign defined by Christ to give blessings. Through sign and symbol, God speaks to us. We believe we can see Him, hear Him, and speak to Him through it.
Here’s the message for you: THAT GOD IS IN THE ORDINARY (God is present is ordinary and small things in our daily life). His presence is not merely in mystic and extraordinary things.
There was a woman who was subject to bleeding for twelve years and no one could heal her. Then she stepped and touch Jesus’ cloak from behind. Her bleeding stop at that instant. Then Jesus asked “Who touched Me? And since no one admit it, Peter said : Master, people are crowding and pressing against you.” But Jesus said “Someone touched Me; I know the power has gone out from Me. When the woman saw that she couldn’t go unnoticed, she came trembling and fell at his feet. In the presence of all the people, she told why she had touched him and how she had been instantly healed. (Luke 8:43-47)
That woman only touched the edge of Jesus’ cloak and she got healed from her bleeding. Was the cloak miraculous? No, but it is Jesus who wore the cloak is. So is sacrament, it takes form in ordinary things like water, oil, bread, and wine. Sacraments use ordinary thing but if the power of Jesus behind it, it’s the one makes it remarkable and miraculous. The result of the sacrament is the power of Jesus which provides blessings, not because of ours or pastors’ works. It’s such an amazing thing that blessings come out from ordinary things and pour out to us and our spirit.
Moreover, the faith of the woman also took part in her healing because people also touched His edge of cloak at the same time with that woman and nothing happened to them. So, today’s lesson is to touch the ordinary with faith and put your faith in ordinary things.
Let us use the sign of the cross, receive the communion and other sacrament with more faith and let us also put more faith in our daily routines.
Speaker: Steven/ Writer : Joan/ Translator : Mei Ling/Editor : Erica
Singles Days Out: Haven`t Met You Yet - Part 3 Marriage Life
Debunking Marriage Myths That Drive You Crazy (Sis. Rissa)
1. Love will conquer all
When we believe this myth, we will overlook major obstacles in our relationship and we will overstay in toxic relationship. The example of major obstacle is drug addict or people who don’t want to work. If we think they will change in the future and in the time being we make excuses for their situations in front of our families and friends, we are definitely wrong. If they can’t change now, they won’t change in the future just because we think we love them and our love can change them.
2. When it’s true love we will know the moment we meet that person
During dating period and in relationship period, often we see something is wrong but it seems we get blinded by the reality just because we think they are the ‘one’ from the first time we met them. For example, during dating your partner often borrows money from you because his credit card is always over limit. We know there’s something wrong and if we keep going on we know bad thing will happen, but we just ignore that because we think they are the right partner just because we feel ‘something’ the moment we met them.
3. If it’s true love we will feel this way for each other forever
Love and its sparks are only there for a certain period of time. All that we dislike from our partner will remain within them and it will never change. At first, maybe we think their snore is cute just because we are newlyweds and we have high tolerance level. After sometimes we will be annoyed with that because love fades along with time. That is why when we decide to get married, we must realize that marriage should be based on commitment and not only based on feeling. So that when the feeling fades, the commitments that will make us stay in marriage life.
Often when the love fades or gone, we tend to blame our partner while it is not anyone’s fault. The stage of love shifts from falling in love to disillusionment then true love. Falling in love is when we think everything is perfect, good, flawless, amazing. While disillusionment reflects a stage where two people recognize and learn each other’s weaknesses, thinking and habits and so they start having problems and disagreement. When they can accept their partner as they are with the good and bad, be able to compromise and start to find solution about the differences, it is when they are entering the true love stage. This is why to get married it is advised for two people being in relationship for at least 2 years so that they can go through all the 3 stages above and really decided to get married based on the commitment instead of feeling only.
4. Our partner will fulfill us completely
We might fail to recognize a good relationship because actually we need to fulfill our need first instead of putting the responsibility in our partners’ shoulders. The right partner will fulfill many of our needs but not all of them. In fact, they are only capable of fulfilling 15% of our entire needs and the rest is up to us. Other than our partner, we still need our friends and family and they too can be the source of our happiness. We must be a happy person and choose a happy partner too because happy couple will each contribute to the marriage itself.
5. If it’s true love we won’t be attracted to someone else
Commitment is the one who can keep us staying in the marriage, so even when we are attracted to someone else we won’t leave our marriage. We will remember why we chose our spouse long time ago, it was when we think they are the best for us. How do we know, our partner is the ‘one’? It is when we choose a person, that person is the ‘one’ and when they choose us; we, too, become their ‘one’ and God unites these two people.
Lesson Learned From Marriage Life (Bro. George)
Adjustment can be in either direction, forward or backward. Sometimes we don’t want to adjust because we think we are more superior (better person or smarter) and we want everyone to adjust with us rather than we adjust to others. While in marriage we need to adjust to each other, our adjustment can be either forward or backward to catch up without partner. The most important requirement before we get married is that we are willing to leave our single ways. If we’re not willing to let it go, it’s better not to get married. That is why we need dating period, so that during the dating we know what kind of person our partner is and what kind of person we are and from that we can decide whether or not to stand with our partner.
Sometimes we need to let go what we are holding because if we’re still holding back we won’t be able to receive something’s better and we need to empty ourselves in some ways so that we are ready to receive new and bigger blessings. The more we resist to a change, the more we are distant from our partner and it applies vice versa.
Sometimes we expect people to think, act and do thing the way we do. It’s difficult to do so because we have different ways of thinking, education background and ways of upbringing, even if we talk the same language and like the same thing. We need to clarify few things so that our partners have the same perception with us.
Assure means affirm or tell something verbally. In marriage we need to tell someone about their positive things or tell them something to erase their doubts. Men and women both need different kind of assurance. Women need to be assured about their appearance, how beautiful they are, how good their looks are. While men need to be assured about their achievement and hard work and how good they’ve done the job. But remember, besides telling it verbally, we need to do some actions too.
Journalist/Translator: Mei Ling / Editor: Ariani, Erica
Singles Days Out: Haven`t Met You Yet - Part 2
Singles Days Out: Haven’t Met You Yet - Part 2
Continuing the Part 1 review of our Singles Days Out Retreat, let us check what has been delivered to single men and women of LOJF in separate session by Brother George Gabriel and Sister Rissa Singson – Kawpeng. Click the link below for the details.
Feast Central - 5 Juli 2014
Your Future Starts Now
Our futures do not start from tomorrow or next year or next two years. What we do now will determine what we will get in the future just as what we did in our past has shaped us to be who we are right now. In this discussion, we will see that it is our habit that will determine our future.
Survey has proved that 40% of humans’ lives are comprised of their habits. Therefore, our habit becomes an important thing.
The secret of your future is hidden in your daily routine. - Mike Murdock
Romans 12:2 says: “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” Moreover, in Jeremiah 29:11, God says: “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” From these verses, we know that God actually already prepares a future full of hope, blessings and joy. However, in Romans 12 :2, it is said that God also always wants a continuous renewal of our minds so that we can discern God’s will with the Holy Spirit’s light guide, so that God’s peaceful plans will happen.
To change our lives, we need to change our habits. Basically, as humans we want an improvement in life. From our average life, we yearn to be given abundance in God. Abundance is not only about wealth but also includes: life quality, faith, and joy. When we experience an increase in our relationship with God then all aspects of our life will also increase.
According to Charles Duhigg in his book, “The Power of Habit”, there are 3 components that are important in shaping habits:
1. Cue : a sign, signal or trigger that makes us do something.
There are 5 cues, which are:
- Presence of certain people
- Something we just got
2. Routine : an activity that we do again and again as an effect of cue
3. Reward : a benefit or pleasure received as a result of routine that is done.
When we repeat these 3 processes, this is what is called the habit loop. To change bad habits, we have to keep the old cue and reward but add/change old habit with new good habit.
In 1 Corinthians 15:33, it is said, “Do not be deceived: Bad company ruins good morals.” In other words, good company will result in good habit. We need friends around us who are positive and have the intention to be changed to better people with God.
Often, we blame God for dreams that we cannot achieve. However, what we need to know is that there is a part that is done by God but there is also a part that has to be done by us. Therefore, do not always use God as a scapegoat in our lives.
What is our bad habit? Let’s ask the Holy Spirit to enlighten us so that we know what is our cue in doing something and what we want to get as a reward from that activity so that we can change our bad routines and turn it to good ones in God.
Speaker: David / Writer: Lenny / Translator: Chitra / Editor : Hanny
REFORM : PRISONER
Feast Gading - 5 July 2014
Life often becomes a prison and very binding. The prison here can be either sin or negative thing that hold us back from being a complete person. Common things that binds you are your habits, wrong beliefs, fear of past trauma, fear of the future, attachment with financial needs, and so on. Unfortunately, you never realize that you are being a prisoner.
For the good which I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I practice. (Romans 7:19)
Often, you keep doing the wrong things even you know that such things are wrong, and vice versa. You don’t do what you are supposed to do even you know that that’s the right thing to do. You try not to see your bad habit and wrong action. The main reason of why you keep doing it is because you are a weak and fragile creature and there are few broken aspects in your life.
There is something inside you which holds you back to do and achieve what is best for your life.
There are 2 ways to break your prison:
1. Reprogram your subconscious
Your brain consists of conscious and subconscious part. The conscious part is only 10%, while the subconscious occupies 80-90% of your brain. The reason why you don’t do what you want is because your life is driven by your subconscious instead of the conscious part.
You don’t get what you deserve but you get what you THINK you deserve. There is a gate between conscious and subconscious. When you want to put something into your subconscious, you have to go through your conscious first, open the gate, then you will be able to put it inside your subconscious.
However, it’s not that easy to open the gate because most of the times, your conscious and subconscious work oppositely. You often don’t get what you deserve because your subconscious is leading you.
2. Reprogram your belief system
There is a system in your brain that works automatically and lead each of your routine. In this belief system, your brain cannot differentiate right from wrong, good from bad. The formation of your belief could be analogize as a table and its leg. The table is belief, meanwhile its leg is the supporting proof so your belief can stood firmly. To create a belief, it needs few supporting proof from your past experience, closest people, and your current environment.
Your current belief can take you higher or bring you down. Think about of your belief for a while, which one is incorrect that limiting you to work maximum and barring your potential to comes out.
When your subconscious and belief is filled with positive things, you will attract all the good and positive energy into your life, and vice versa.
God’s word in Corinthians says, “For my strength is made perfect in weakness.” This verse reassures us again of God’s power. Leave all your wrong beliefs to God and let Him takes place in reprogramming your belief. Let God refines and renews your life.
When you honor and prioritize God in your life, then God will give His right hand to act in your life and believe that something big and overflowing will happen in your life. God is able to turn your vulnerability and weakness into blessings in the future. Make sure you are ready to receive God’s blessing to help you come out from your own prison.
Speaker: Fernando/Writer:Stevia/Translator:Anastasia/Editor:Mei Ling
God in 4D: Hear
God in 4D: Hear
Feast Central - 7 June 2014
God has given us five senses and we use our senses to experience God. We may often forget how we learn to listen.
Mother Teresa said:
“God speaks in the silence of the heart, listening is the beginning of prayer. Listening is a communication tool for family and business. We often forget to listen."
Hebrew 5:11-14 says:
About this we have much to say, and it is hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing. For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the basic principles of the oracles of God. You need milk, not solid food, for everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a child. But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.
This Word of God says that a child do not understand the word of righteousness because he is still a child, but adult eat solid food because his senses are trained. The senses need to be trained to distinguish good and evil.
The power of listening
How does listening become important?
Igor Stravinsky, a composer from Australia who was influential in 20th century, said: To listen needs an effort, while to hear has no merit. He even said that even duck can also hear, but it cannot listen.
Hearing is when our ears receive sound waves. Listening is when we receive sound waves, we will get perception, evaluation, and understanding.
According to Professor Sharon Miller 2-3 decades ago, she found patients in America suing a doctor because the doctor wrote the prescription incorrectly. After it was investigated, it turned out that the doctor only wrote the prescription without listening to his patients’ complaints. Whereas a good doctor is a doctor who asks about his patients’ complaints, and only then the doctor will write a prescription and diagnosis from his conclusion based on the patients’ complaints.
Listening needs interpretation, evaluation, understanding, attention, memory and response.
When we give full attention when talking to others then that means we respect that person. It turns out that the most important communication skill is 80% listening. Lately, life in big cities is prone to make us into individualist. Listening is one of the ways to show that we pay attention to someone.
Every communication starts from how we listen well.
“When we talk, we can only say something that we already know, but when we listen, we learn what someone else knows.” –Zig Ziglar
Listening is a learning process. Listening will enrich our knowledge.
Catholic Church is identical with contemplation because the Church knows full well that we will listen to God’s voice better when we are in a calm state. We often wonder whether we can listen to God’s voice? The Word of God says:
Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says, "Today, if you hear his voice, (Hebrew 3:7), and
He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. (Revelation 2:7a)
From both verses above, it is clearly stated that we can listen to God’s voice. God can use anyone to speak to us, but let us maintain our private time with God. When we are in silence, we will listen to God’s voice easier.
Three advantages of listening are:
1. Listening is a form of love.
When a friend or our parent is speaking and we are listening to them well, then that person will be more open. Listening becomes difficult when we practice it.
If we really listen to God’s Words, then our lives will be changed.
2. Listening is a sign of respect.
3. By listening we can find out a person’s life principle or values.
Financial Blessing: Monopoly
Financial Blessing: Monopoly
Feast Gading - 7 Juni 2014
Continuing the theme of the previous Feast about Financial Blessing, this time Feast Kelapa Gading discussed about how can we feel the financial blessings in our lives. Also clarify the definition of rich people are not those who have a lot of money to buy everything. . They are ones with ability to be spiritually and materially rich. And what is this ability? They can be thankful. They can appreciate and take care of what they have instead of focusing on what they do not have.
Did not God already gave His blessings for us? However, the question is whether we already take good care of His blessings for us?
Proverbs 11:24 said, "One person gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty.”
This verse is trying to teach us to diversify, utilize different investment instruments to to spread our blessing However, the next question is how we can make an investment but remains a good workers of God? Is it a sin to multiply money?
We can find the answer in Matthew 25: 14-30. One of the verse says, "Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things." This means, God has given to us according to our capacity, so we do not need to envy others. If God entrusted us a small matter, then we need to believe in it. How? By doing these 3 things:
- Want: we must have the desire to want to be a successful and prosperous servant of God.
- Able: we must satisfy ourselves with sufficient knowledge.
- Shame: we should be ashamed if we are poor because we want to be a blessed and prosperous servant of God.
Well now, before making an investment, we need to know the following five:
- Scale of amount: How much money are we willing to invest?
- Time horizon: Will we use the money for long term or short term investment?
- Depth of knowledge: Is our knowledge to run an investment is already sufficient?
- Experience to the game: Do we have the experience to make these investments? If not, then look for a mentor.
- Time to manage. Do we have time to manage and monitor our own investments?
If we already can answer these five things, then the next are 10 wise investment steps that we can do. What are they?
1. Tithe and saving than spending
The first time we need to do is tithing or offering. Whatever the amount, set aside for God first. Then, set aside money for saving. For example, 10% for offering then 20% -30% for savings then use the rest for our spending.
2. Small is beautiful to start instead of none
Set aside money for saving first. Do not touch or think about interest that we get. Save in other places beside bank such as “koperasi” or BPA.
3. Accumulate capital, optimizing the gain
We have the opportunity to invest in foreign currency. If the dollar rises, the value of the rupiah depressed. In addition to the foreign currency, we could invest in gold. If we do not understand, contact the nearest bank to help us.
4. The game of high risk high return
We used to go to stock exchange to buy stocks. Now, we can do it at home. However, because the risk is high then we need to know everything about the stocks well and this will require a lot of time to study them and see which stocks are best for us. But, if we do not have time for that, we can look for companies that can help us or through mutual funds.
5. Manage your portfolio regularly
Diversify. We should not put all of our investments in one basket. We need to spread to several sectors such as, stocks, time deposits or gold.
6. Long-run investors, not speculators
If our investment is decreasing / falling, do not panic. We can try another strategy. For example, if the stock price fell from Rp 1,000 to Rp 150, we can try to buy again. So, when we`ve decided to start investing in the stock, we know that this is a long term investment. If we still do not understand, we can leave this to the experts.
7. It`s time to look at the real sector
If we`ve got enough money then we need investment to the sector that is always rising. One type is property instead of the car, because the property will continue to rise while the car will continue to fall.
8. Take a bank loan to grow yoiur assets
If we want to invest into property, do not be ashamed to borrow from banks. However, we still need to adjust the amount of the loan with our ability. It is better to buy a house to live in and do not leave it empty to remain productive. For example, buy a house to be used as a boarding house or for rent.
9. Building from small to big
Do not be afraid to move to a bigger house. If the money we collected is enough, we can buy a bigger house.
10. Balance your life
Besides work, we also need to have time to refresh. Do not think about money and work every day, but make time for ourselves to go away from the routine. For example, go for a walk or hangout with family.
Feast 17 Mei 2014
Feast Increase -The Laws of Wealth (Work)
The Feast theme for this month is increase and it discussed about 4 laws to be wealthy, which are worth, work, worship and wisdom. This time the talk is about work because by working we will experience increase and to achieve it there are several concretes steps that we can apply in our daily lives.
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters (Colossians 3:23)
Working is the father of our success because success comes from our hard work and smart work. Base on the statistic report, 96% of the lottery winners will be poor again, even poorer than before. It’s like what many people say, easy come easy go. That is why working isn’t a curse, it’s truly is a blessing. Further, based on what written in Psalm 128:2 that says “You will eat the fruit of your labor; blessings and prosperity will be yours,” we can be certain that we will reap the fruit of our hard work, which are blessings and prosperity. If the working is the father of our success, then the mother of it is integrity. Integrity can be defined by keep working on the right thing even if nobody is watching.
Increase Law #2: Work
The secret is to increase the quantity of our wealth by enhancing the quality of our work. Therefore, if we want to have an increase, we should pay attention on delivering the best outcome of our work. Here, are some steps we can do to increase the quality of our work.
1. Have an entrepreneurial mindset
It doesn’t mean you have to be a business owner. Each people’s calling is different. Some people become successful businessmen, professionals, authors, or preachers. Maybe if a professional set up his own business, he might be failed. But if he works the best he can in his core, he will be successful. That is why no matter what our professions are, we still can have entrepreneurial mindset. Why? Because whether we own businesses or not, one thing we definitely own is “ourselves”
Precious and worthy is a bit different. Precious, you are precious before God because He anointed you to be His children that are precious in His sight. So let’s discuss on how to be someone that’s worthy. We will learn how to increase your value because when you do so, the number of your wealth will also follow. For example, someone works all day long for the entire month and he only gets a minimum paycheck, while others might work for short period of time yet he has a very high paycheck and being fought in the industry.
2. Begin with an End in Mind, and Work Backwards
Often, our biggest mistake is only thinking about the next step and not thinking on our ultimate goal. For example, if we know we’re going somewhere, we will go to the travel agent to buy the ticket. The moment we get there, we will be confused if we don’t know where exactly we’re going. Certainly the travel agent can’t book us a ticket. It might sound silly but that’s very likely to happens; we’re only focusing on our next step until we forget what is our real goal is. It doesn’t matter how fast your speed is, but if you’re taking the wrong direction, you are NOT moving forward.
Create Milestones, and Focus on it
After we think about our goal, we need to create milestone and focus on it. For example, when a person want to depart from point A to point E, he needs to pass the D,C,B points. That’s what he should have in mind, he needs to find way to go to point B,C and E in order to achieve point E. Thus, we will forget what has passed and we will set our focus on the finish line.
Invest vs. Expense
No matter how much our spending is, it will falls only to two categories, either investment or expense. Investment is when we get return from the spending/investment we made, while expense provides no return on the spending we made. The truth is, it’s the basic financial knowledge which we often don’t realize and thus, our financial condition isn’t going anywhere. When we’ve known this, let us learn to invest.
Invest in Your Time = Experience
Investing in time is important, because time is a very valuable commodity in life. When you invest in time, you will get experiences and relationships with others.
Invest in Your Talent = Being an expert
When you invest in the talent, that talent will stays with you forever since money and asset can be stolen but your talent will stay there. So, find a mentor and start investing in your talents.
Invest in your Money = the 10-20-70 rule
Invest in your money is crucial, too. There are 10-20-70 rule about investing money.
Our offerings to God must be based on our big love towards Him. That’s the best thing we can give to because we wouldn’t be able to give unless He gives it to us first.
Build an investment portfolio, like time deposit, bonds, stocks, land, apartment or insurance.
The last 70% is our expense.
The rule 10, 20, and 70 represents priority, which means we should put the first priority for God, next for the investment and last is our expense.
4. Stay in your core
The common mistake that people do is that we think we can be good in every aspects and everything else. Don’t ignore your weaknesses but at the same time stay focus on your strengths. If we focus on our weaknesses, we will be indifferent and become average person. On the contrary, if we focus on our strengths, we will be the master.
5. Never give up
Winners Never Quit, Quitters Never Win – Winston Churchill
The enemy of the success isn’t failure but it’s when we give up and quit. We need to remember that being success and wealthy is like a marathon. We can’t be a marathon runner in an instant; instead we have to keep practicing intensely and with integrity. Don’t just try, but start practicing.
A faithful person will be richly blessed, but one eager to get rich will not go unpunished. (Proverbs 28:20)
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters (Colossians 3:23)
God Bless! Fiat Lux!
Preacher: Steven Wijaya / Journalist: Joan / Translator: Mei Ling / Editor: Ariani, Erica
Feast Gading, May 10th, 2014
By Brother Fernando Sonah
Your self-worth determines the worth of your blessings.
Self-worth is your view of yourself. Your self-worth influences God’s capacity in blessing you. Can you see yourself as a successful person in every aspect of your life? Because when you have become a successful person in your mind, then the success will come in reality.
“And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” (Phi 4:19)
How rich is our God? Immeasurable. God is able to bless you in abundance because our God is a rich God and the blessings that He has prepared for you are immeasurable.
"Why do I always lack blessings?"
There are some people who are always abundant in blessings and success in every aspect of life without any failure, but there are some other people who never seem to be free of hardship and always become magnet for trouble. Why? Is the problem lies in God?
When there is a Word of God that is not fulfilled in your life, the problem does not lie in the God who provides (the Provider), but the problem is in something inside of you (the receiver) that hinders it. God’s ability to give is far greater than our ability to receive God’s blessings. The capacity to receive blessing is determined by yourself, while God gives blessings that are the same in abundance to everyone. Your tank of blessings is limited by your own mind.
You have to increase the capacity inside of you, before you increase your capacity outside. You have to multiply your wallet of psychology, before increasing your wealth. Wallet of psychology is your level of comfort with a certain amount of money.
Ways to multiply wallet of psychology:
1. Increase your self-image
When you reflect, what do you see in the mirror? How do you define yourself?
Some people define themselves so lowly and full of problems.
If you want to reach all of your dreams, then you have to increase your self-worth, you have to define and visualize yourself as a person that you want to be in the future.
2. Increase your financial IQ
Some people cannot imagine themselves as rich people, because they don’t feel comfortable with wealth that is greater than their wallet of psychology. Be a rich person and bless the world with all of your wealth. Increase your knowledge about finance and business. The easiest way is to find your financial mentor.
3. Find your identity in God
Some people place their identity in money, lifestyle, and success, and then when all of the standards that they set have been reached, they will still feel emptiness. Some people make money and success as idols. Money is not the measure of your happiness, but money is one of the medium to reach happiness.
Don’t be a person who always chases after blessings, but be a person who is always chased by blessings. When you place your identity in God, you will always find that God’s abundance and blessings are the ones that will chase you.
Who are you in God’s view?
“knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot.” (1 Peter 1 : 18-19)
Maybe for the world, you must have money, lifestyle, a certain job position to get recognition. However, God’s Word has said that you really are precious in God’s eyes, Jesus who never sins has redeemed you from all the sins you have done not with silver or gold but with a precious blood on the cross. God never sees your sins and mistakes, He sees your future, He accepts you unconditionally, He loves you.
Restore your self-image and find your identity in God’s eyes, then the worth of your blessings will automatically increase and God’s blessings will chase your life.
Preacher: Brother Nando / Journalist : Stevia / English Translation : Chitra / Editor : Hanny
Feast Central, 3 Mei 2014
Increase : Generousity
How can we increase anything in our life?
Law 1: Generousity
Are you one of the people who keep the principle of “efficiency precedes wealth?” God’s Word speaks in contrary. Proverbs 11:24-25 says,
One person gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty. A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed. (Proverbs 11:24, 25 NIV)
This Scriptures contain a controversy, where God orders us to give and those who give will prosper. This is not about Prosperity Theology but it is the truth in God’s Word.
He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? (Romans 8:32 NIV)
The above verse tells us that God did not spare his own son. We have a very generous Father. Have you ever seen any other Father who gives up His Son or give up His best part for us than our Heavenly Father? Consider this question: Who are you that God is willing to give up His Son to save your soul? So, if God the Father was willing to give up Jesus to redeem our sins, how would not God give us anything we ask? Often we ask for “worldly” things like a life-partner or prosperity. If we ask it and want to use those things for God’s glory, then we need to have this confidence: God who has given us Lord Jesus will also give us whatever we ask to Him.
In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ ” (Acts 20:35 NIV)
Are you the type of people who likes to give? Giving is not always about money, but how can we share our time to our loved ones, blessing others with our positive words, or encourage our friends in their time of needs.
When we learn to give and to love, we are actually investing. By blessing and loving others sincerely, we will have people to support and help us in our time of needs. But if we don’t start to give now while we are in our current situation, don’t expect we can give later, when God entrusts us prosperity. Giving is not about sharing what we have on hand. It’s more about you than it is about what your hand can give.
Sometimes, people follow God with a wrong perception. They merely believe if they sow, they will eventually reap. But this is not the way God uses to bless us. It’s also not in the line with the Catholic Church. The Church teaches us to give with a sincere heart.
Prosperity is only the effect, not the purpose of the generous.
Our God is awesome. He is very generous. He even gave up His only Son for us. Prosperity is only the effect because God knows the people who are really generous and give without expecting things in return. God will see and pour out His blessings upon us so we can share it with others.
“A generous person gives with a giving heart not a getting heart.”
In the second year of King Darius, on the first day of the sixth month, the word of the Lord came through the prophet Haggai to Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and to Joshua son of Jozadak, the high priest: This is what the Lord Almighty says: “These people say, ‘The time has not yet come to rebuild the Lord ’s house.’ ” Then the word of the Lord came through the prophet Haggai: “Is it a time for you yourselves to be living in your paneled houses, while this house remains a ruin?” Now this is what the Lord Almighty says: “Give careful thought to your ways. You have planted much, but harvested little. You eat, but never have enough. You drink, but never have your fill. You put on clothes, but are not warm. You earn wages, only to put them in a purse with holes in it.” This is what the Lord Almighty says: “Give careful thought to your ways. (Haggai 1:1-7 NIV)
At that time, the house of God was a ruin. But the Israelites only thought about their own condition and delayed the rebuilding of the House of God. The same things may happen to us. What we consider important things are our job, our family, how we can eat, how we can prosper, how we can live in luxury, but we dismiss our service to God. But the Word of God teaches us differently than the world teaches us, that is we must give.
Stewardship: manage or look after another’s property.
God has entrusted us to manage what God has given us. What we have on hand are the properties God has entrusted to us, not solely the result of our own hard work.
“Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches? And if you have not been trustworthy with someone else’s property, who will give you property of your own? (Luke 16:10-12 NIV)
Trust and God’s favor walk together. If God sees us as a trustful person (that is being generous), God’s favor will follow us. The poor is one who works only to preserve his comfort life. But he will always want more because man is hardly satisfied by nature. Sometimes, we promise to start giving when we prosper. But generosity talks about a giving heart that doesn’t wait until we have more or become rich, because he who gives is the rich. Fiat Lux!
Preacher: David / Journalist: Lenny / English Translation & Editor: Erica
Singles Days Out: Haven`t Met You Yet
Haven’t Met You Yet
Singles Days Out Review – Part 1
Fun and Impressive! Those are the right words to describe the whole event of this Haven’t Met You Yet retreat.This retreat, designed to know oneself as well as to know the opposite sex more, was joined by 300 participants where 40% of them were men. Held on 29th – 31stlast March, this was quite a packed 3 days and 2 nights retreat. All materials were packaged interestingly by splitting them into a few sessions which were intended to explain how we, either as man or woman, have a solid personality and also a way of thinking and acting that fits what God wants.
Sometimes we as young generations are carried away by the worldly way of thinking that in the end always makes us chase after what we want. It is the surrounding environment that educates us to follow what people say. So sometimes a person bumps into a problem, like an instant wish to get a prospective life partner, and feels anxious for not getting one. As a result, we forget the values that are basically more important in the period of waiting and chasing. In this retreat, we were invited to understand the meaning of life as an individual and what values we should have as provisions to be a single that is ready whenever God unites us with the right person. Not only that, we were also provisioned with basic values that we should be able to find in our partner.
LOJF Indonesia was really blessed because we could invite Brother George Gabriel as a Feast Builder from Phillipines, also Sister Rissa Singson Kawpeng, editor-in-chief for Kerygma Shepherd`s Voice Publication magazine from Phillipines to be the speakers in the Haven’t Met You Yet retreat. It is important to know that both of them are figures that are considered mature in their spiritual life, career, and also family life.
The first day, departure from Jakarta was around 7 am and all of us arrived at Pelangi Resort dan Villa –Gunung Geulis around 9 am. Thankfully on that Saturday, all of us did not meet significant traffic because all participants could arrive on designated time. Once we arrived, we were welcomed by the married couples who became the committees of the event. With praise songs, we started the first session, delivered by Bro George, about activities that should be done by a single, as follows:
1. Learn= Work on making yourself the best you can be for others. Work on making yourself the best gift you can be for others. Improve yourself and discover how all that make your become a better person and better gift for your spouse and the world.
2. Burn= Your identity is not defined by your work, religion or life partner.Your identity is in Christ.
3. Return= Life is a gift God gave, so your greatest gift is to giving your life back to God.
This first session was then continued with a session to understand each role as a true man or woman. Therefore, all the retreat participants were divided into two big groups based on gender and delivered separately, where the women session was delivered by Sister Rissa and men session by Bro George. In the session special for women, we were invited to see what a man looks for in a woman and then how we have to have the nature and characteristic of Mother Mary that become examples for Catholic women which are:
- Service : the nature of a woman is to serve her family
- Meditation : by meditating we pray and live our life in God’s presence fully and in surrender
- Intercession : a woman in family is ought to be intercessor. Praying for others is the duty of a woman.
While in the session special for men, it began with the words “Live Intentionally”. The men were invited to exchange practical advices, as according to nature, man is a problem solver. The meaning of being a man itself is responsibility, that he must be responsible in every aspect including time. Then, how to know if a man is well-prepared? The answer’s to “live intentionally”, that a man must live with a goal and spending most of the time he hasto pursue after that goal.
After lunch, the groups of women and men were merged again. This session taught about how we have to deal with the opposite sex, what basic roles are for woman and man, also what are the right attitudes when waiting for the right person. The closing of this session was a testimony by sister Furi who made us carried away in her story, how Furi was guided by God to be faithful in her waiting.
After given time to rest and bath, all retreat participants celebrated Eucharistand Holy Mass. At night, around 9 pm, a pool party was held. Everyone dressed in beach style and casual. Frangipani flower on ears, Bali fabric tied, and for satisfying hunger, roasted corn and roasted sweet potatoes were provided. Even more fun, there was a free tattoo booth to enhance the atmosphere of this pool party. Games that were colored with laughter that time did not make the drizzle and the cool of the night disturb our noises. The night of the first day were really closed with fun activities.
The morning of the second day, about 9 am, was the time we prepared for outdoor activity. We were required to find 7 people in 7 posts with limited clues. We were alsorequired togive yells in every post before the challenge was started. Other than torush adrenaline, the challenges were each equipped with implied meanings so that the outdoor activityleft a deep impression on our lives, especially for our private lives, family lives, or even social lives. Wet clothes and scratched feet did not become problems because the togetherness and joy already dispelled all of that.
The outdoor activity was then continued with The Ugly Truth session, where we were given 5 points that can be used as references during dating period. These applied for woman as well as man.
Those 5 points were:
- Chivalry: how someone has the nature of a “gentleman”, for example a man opens the door or pulls the chair for a woman
- Clarity: where someone must be able to give clarity about relationship status
- Character: because beauty, talents, and memories will fade away, but true character will not. That is why we should find out the true character of our partner.
- Connection: find the same values. Connection will be formed if a couple has the same life values
- Comedy: whether he/she can make you laugh, especially when you’re sad.
After that, there was a session for Questions & Answers, where the women were asked about their ideal men. One of them, that caused all the participants to cheer, for example, was the answer from sister Chicha: On first date, it’s the man who should have the initiative to pay the bill, even if the woman refuses and wants to pay for her own portion. Also the answer from Sister Stevia, the man should at least wait for his girlfriend (even if he can’t pick her up) who goes home at night and makes sure that the women arrives safely at her house. Yes, this was an enlightenment for the men to be a true men. (in the eyes of approximately 180 women, wasn’t that representative enough?)
Then, the awaitedtime came, after finishing dinner, all the participants rushed into their rooms to prepare and dress up. For that moment, it should be noted that not only the women who dressed up, because Sunday Night Fever themed 70s alsorequired the men to dressed up fashionably in the style of vintage era. Atexactly 8.30 pm, we gathered in front of the hall, filled with laughter and admiration for the fashion style of teenagers in the 70s; just imagine, Elvis clothes with frizzy hairstyle was the theme that brother Agung chose at that night. Brother George with Sister Rissa and all the committees did not miss to join “partying” in the style of70s. In this session, Q&A with the retreat participants was inserted to dig deep enough about dating and marriage life. This event was closed with choosing the winners of best costume for man and woman.
Love Actually, became the theme for the last day session, where we learned the meaning of love, how love is supposed to be expressed in actions. Sharing from the couple Brother Anthony and Sister Evy in their marriage life became an example of a Catholic family that were blessed by God because of their wish to bless others. In this nearing-end session, it was emphasized once again about who we are, when in the waiting period in God, we have tosurrender. Waiting does not mean not doing anything. On the third day, we were invited to have a praying partner in the same community.
This experience of the single retreat is really super, full of meanings and inspirations to understand the life of single and dating. Make sure you will not miss joining the next single retreat by LOJF Indonesia. Fiat Lux!
Journalist: Joan / English Translation: Chitra / Editor: Siska
Feast Gading, April 26, 2014
God created human extraordinarily. The organs of the human body contain millions of cells undergoing regeneration and re-manufactured every day. Since you were born, God has made you become the people who are always experiencing renewal every day.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” (2 Corinthians 5:17)
When you receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, you allow Him to renew and transform every situation of your life. The first thing you need to do is to prepare ourselves to receive God`s abundance.
Do you know the difference between FATE and DESTINY?
Many people think both words have the same meaning. But in reality, those words have a big difference and very distinctive in meanings. We cannot change our destiny but we can control our fate. Born as a man and grew up in your family is a destiny. But, what would you do as a man and how you live your life is your fate.
There are 3 types of people on earth:
1. The Watcher
These are the kind of people who always look on others. They like to compare their life with others and feel pity on themselves. You don’t need to follow their style because this is the most pitiful type of people. Know that you have been given the power to become a history maker, not only a history watcher.
2. The Actors
These are the people who know that they are the superstar of their life. They understand that people around them will see everything they do. But as actors, they don’t not have the authority to create and determine how their story will end. They believe that their future is in God’s hand. They consider God as a detailed God and has preordained every single second of their life.
In the book of Ecclesiastes, King of Solomon said, “everything will be beautiful in its time.”` The word “its” in this verse is written in small cap, which indicates that he talked about humanly timeline, not Godly time .
Our God is mighty and He is not limited by space and time. He can be anywhere and at anytime, because He alone is The Creator of time and space. As human, we are limited by time and space. Though so, God is always ready at any moment to bless us with His abundance whenever we are ready to be blessed. If you consider yourself as the actor, know today that you have the power to create your life, not just living the routine.
3. The Script writer
The third type is the people who believe they are the actor and script writer of their life. They possess the ability to write and create their dream future and they know which path to follow. Take responsible of your own life. You cannot blame others or God for your life, because your present situation is just the result of your past decisions. Have a positive perspective and have a clear picture of your future. Don’t do it because you want to surpass God but do it because you know and appreciate that God has given you the creativity and the authority to create your own future. Put God as The Producer of your life. When you were born, you were given a blank bank note to create the abundance can dream of.
How to become the script writer? Follow these four steps:
1. Write each of your dreams
Write your dreams in your private journal and describe each dream in every aspect of your life, such as financial, health, relationships with family, spouses, spiritual, community, social services, or else. Write the steps you can take in order to achieve it.
2. Read your dream every day
Make sure you can bring that journal and read it everywhere, every day. Soon you will be busy pursuing your dreams every day.
3. Use the power of focus
The law of focus has the same power with the law of gravity. Even if you do not believe in the law of gravity, but you cannot fight it. In the same way, what you focus your mind on will eventually find its way to grow and manifest in your life. In other words, when you set yourself to focus on your dreams, then you will release all the resources in the world to fulfill your dream in the shortest time.
4. Declare your dreams every day in prayer
Eventually you will receive what you ask for in life. A special formula you can do to realizing your dream: keep thanking God for dreams though they’re still on the way, be happy for your life, and declare your dreams in prayer every day.
Be a scriptwriter of your life today! By believe so, you can be a better person and are prepared for your future. Learn to be grateful for your destiny and learn to use your ability to create your future and change your destiny. Fiat Lux!
Preacher: Brother Fernando Sonah / Journalist: Stevia / English Translation: Hanny / Editor: Erica
Feast Gading 12 April 2014
"Jumping changes the jumper, hoping changes the hoper."
Jump has the same characteristic with hope. When we jump then fall on the spot, it seems useless and does not cause any effect. However, when we do those jumps routinely and diligently every day, even though we don’t move from our place, it turns out that jumping has a lot of unrealized benefits, like reduces our body weight and fastens the process of skin regeneration. Similar to jumping, we often don’t feel any change when we put our hope in God; we feel that there is no answer to our prayers. Our God is not a blind and deaf God. He listens and knows all the problems we’re having. All of our faithful waiting and hope in God, without our realization, has shaped our character, loyalty, and trust in God.
“But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:31)
Eagle is one of the natural enemies of crow. Physically, crow has a lot smaller body but is more agile and nimble than eagle. When an eagle flies, a crow often disturbs and pecks on the eagle, but what the eagle does is to fly to a higher place where the crow cannot reach. There are many ‘crows’ that show up in our lives, trying to disturb us and always trying to make us stay under so we can’t jump to a higher place where we are supposed to be. Let’s learn how to be like an eagle, to choose which voice is worth listening because it builds us and which voice is to ignore because destructive. Hope focuses on what’s good and shift away the focus on what’s bad.
There are 4 ‘crows’ that often make you fall:
1. People`s opinion
Humans are created with unique characteristics for every individual, and of course have different opinions and views on various things. You can’t please and follow everyone’s opinion. Learn to stop focusing on everyone’s opinion, because others’ opinion will not hurt you; what will hurt you is if you fail because of focusing too much on other people’s opinion. You only need to keep walking and do what’s important for your life. Start learning to accept yourself the way you are, also start focusing to please God.
2. Uncontrollable frustration
Sometimes we are trapped in a situation and condition that is frustrating that goes beyond control to change.
“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)
God emphasizes in his Word that you learn to give thanks for every unpleasing situation that you are experiencing. There is always something to be thankful for in your life. You only need the right perspective and point of view to see your life.
3. Negative people
Negative people are always around us and they can suck our energy. Other people have the right to have any opinion, but you also have the right to keep your joy. You can’t change other people, only God can. Surrender all of your worries about negative people to God. Let’s socialize with people that can bring positive impacts to you. If you can’t avoid negative people, believe that there is a purpose that will bring goodness behind their presence in your life.
4. Past Failures
Past is something that no one can change. Stop spending your time to regret mistakes and failures in the past and start building up your future. Your past does not determine your future because your future is brighter than your past. Our God is a God that is in the past, the present, and the future. Make peace with your past, make peace with yourself, and then give thanks for your past.
“For to the one who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance, but from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away.” (Matthew 13:12)
At a glance, the verse above seems weird, but if we examine it further, the meaning of that verse is about someone who has or lacking of gratitude. This verse could become more perfect by putting the word ‘thanks’ inside it, because since the beginning God always promise a door to abundance when we learn to give thanks from now on. When you give thanks, then you will be happy.
It is not because you live in abundance, so you give thanks, but because you always give thanks then God’s abundance will descend and pursue your life. Let’s start giving thanks more from now on and feel the change in your life from ordinary to extraordinary.
LOJF Famgath: Proud to be Catholic
Proud to be Catholic
Family Gathering LOJF March 8, 2014
By: Fr. Nilo
We should be proud and happy as we have been chosen by God to be a Catholic citizen. The Catholic Church has really rich traditions, with the holy sacrament, and Eucharist being the most important aspect. Unfortunately, many of us do not understand the true meaning of the Eucharist. The Holy Eucharist that we receive each week should not be a mere mandatory and routine for us, but we should really see it as a need, to meet with God and enjoy His love.
Why do we need to be proud being Catholic?
Because the Catholic Church is an institution created by Jesus Himself, and we all are His chosen members. We are truly loved and blessed by our Father. Maybe some of us often feel lazy to come to the Eucharist, feel bored with the church, or even think to leave the Catholic church. This following living testimony of Fr. Nilo can open our eyes that Catholicism is something very precious if we can understand it correctly.
A choice to live in God.
In the past, Fr . Nilo was once an "unchurch". He was very lazy to go to church. He even did not believe in the greatness of God. Never crossed his mind that one day he would become a priest. Until one time when he went to mass, he felt joy at greetings of peace. "Peace be with you". These words brought him to feel accepted and he felt so alive. Sometimes, we think of not going to church because we feel that we have so many sins. But actually, we do not need to be ashamed. Church is built for us to always be one with the Lord. The Church always opens the door widely for sinners who long for God.
Although initially he was very anti-church, but when he was away from the church and away from God, he felt threatened, scared, and empty. For two years, he tried to become an atheist. He denied anything related to God and Church. He became a person who committed many sins, rude, and arrogant. But then he began to read the Bible, in Philippians 4:6-7,
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
This verse really touched him. He felt though he had sinned but God still loves him.
God`s love that overcomes our sin.
It was also the Love of God who made him realize to stay humble. Father Nilo shared his experience related to this. In one occasion, he got the signature of Pope Benedict. It becomes a pride for him. One day when he was reading, accidentally a glass of orange juice was spilled above the Pope’s signed paper. Quickly, the paper got wet and the valuable Pope`s signature faded. At that time he felt the Lord reprimanded him, "There is no reason to be arrogant."
In the same way, you who are younger, submit yourselves to your elders. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because,”God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble” (1 Peter 5:5)
God also helped him to overcome his every difficulties. He tells about his two weaknesses that he wrestled with God:
He always demanded others to perfection, for example, others must be timely. However, when he became a priest, he learned to be patient. He remembered Word of God in James 1:2-4, "Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything”. He finally concluded "patience makes it perfect".
He often repaid back crimes committed by others on him. As he entered the seminary, he met with a brother and had a problem with him. He hated this brother so much that he felt sick at the sound of his voice. He lived with this anger for three years. But then the Church taught him to forgive others. Word of God in Luke 17:3-4 said, "So watch yourselves. If your brother or sister sins against you, rebuke them; and if they repent, forgive them. Even if they sin against you seven times in a day and seven times come back to you saying ‘I repent,’ you must forgive them.”
All of us deserve to feel happy. Although we sin, we still have to keep going (while improving ourselves). Because if we stop, we will be stuck in that sin. We must have a positive attitude, because we are part of the Church. Being part of the church and the community is an opportunity for us to learn to behave positively. And that`s all we will learn in the Church .
"[Let us] fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart." (Hebrews 12 : 2-3)
From a unchurch to a priest.
Before becoming a priest, Father Nilo had big dreams, to be rich, to have family life with a beautiful wife, and to have a successful career. Although all of the dream faded away with him becoming a priest, he really feels happy now and he does not know why. "It is God’s miracle that I could be a priest," he said. He feels the presence of God always with him and bless his life in an extraordinary way. "I feel the Church is always present. The Church has been waiting for me for a long time" he added. Since then he thinks "It`s cool to be in the Church. "
There are two reasons that drive Father Nilo to study at the seminary until he became a priest:
1. His girlfriend at the time was the person that encouraged him to enter the seminary. He was very impressed with her. "She was the one who let me in (to seminary). "For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11)
2 . He wanted to go back to the memories of "Greetings of Peace" that he experienced as a child. He wanted to feel accepted by the Church, to feel its love and its warmth.
It is not easy to welcome each person warmly since there are a lot of members of the Catholic Church. Many people think they are far away from the Church. But this should not be a reason for us to reach to them to a church life and have close relationship with God.
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. (John 14:6)
Living with God and serving Him is a calling. Do not ever think that we cannot save others. We can start with simple thing, a smile hello. Trust me, with God we can do it.
Being Catholic is very cool ! Fiat Lux !
Preacher: Father Nilo / Journalist: Ditta / Editor: Erica
POWER UP: Everyone is Number One
Feast Gading, March 22, 2014
Power Up: Everyone is Number One
Feast Gading looked different this time. According to the topic Power Up: Everyone is number one, the decoration at Feast were set as a track field. Why? It’s because in this Feast we learned how to achieve our dream.
This world might demand us to be perfect first, and then we will look precious. In a race, a winner is one who in the first position and there will be only one person. Meanwhile, the second position and forth will be considered as a loser. But, in God’s eye we are all precious no matter where we are.
“What do you think? There was a man who had two sons. He went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work today in the vineyard.’ ‘I will not’ he answered, but later he changed his mind and went. “Then the father went to the other son and said the same thing. He answered, ‘I will, sir,’ but he did not go. “Which of the two did what his father wanted?” “The first,” they answered. Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God ahead of you. (Matthew 21:28-31)
Often, many of us just do a day-dream. We don’t even try to make a real effort. Talking about dreaming, there are three types of dreamers according to a survey in Google. What are those?
1. People who like to say “I Wish”
The probability of success for this type is 0.00000 something percent. Why? Because they only like to dream but don’t do anything. For example, they want a house or car but they just stay still and wait for miracles to come.
2. People who like to say “I Want”
The probability of success for this type is only 50%. They do something, but they don’t do it wholeheartedly and have so many excuses not to fulfill it.
3. People who like to say “I Commit”
This type will definitely achieve success because he will do anything to achieve his dream.
A pessimist said what we dream of will never come true. But, an optimist is confident that his dream will come true.
Actually there is only one key to achieve what we want, it is by action. Our actions drive us and encourage us to do something to achieve our dream. If you want see abundance, then you need to start doing something. How? There are 5 steps to achieve our dream:
1. Make a mess
Those who are afraid to fail will find it very hard to achieve their goals because they always wait for everything to be perfect. As a result, they will complain every day. If you want to be successful, you have to make a lot of mistakes first so you can learn from your failure to achieve success.
2. Be a fool
To become success, we cannot be afraid of being laughed or be taunted. If we are often taunted by many people, it means we are close to our success. When we are at the top, there will be many people who tried to take us down. But, don’t let those thing draw us backward.
3. Eat your frog
Frog here means our duty or heavy load. This is an illustration. There is an empty aquarium we want to fill with a stone, rock, sand, and water. To make everything fits inside, we have to fill it started from the stone, then rock, sand, and the last is water. This pictures our dream. To achieve it, we have to start from the hardest thing first. When we did what we fear the most, we will be stronger.
4. Do your thing
A successful person will always do something they like. Like Bo Sanchez said, “Do your passion and money will follows. Give your talents to the world then God’s blessings will be poured out into your life.”
5. Make a mess again
Usually an athlete will stop when they have reached the top. That is why their life after will be mediocre. Why? Because man usually stops when he reaches his success and he refuse to do anything to improve their success. Meanwhile, we have to renew our dream to achieve next success.
So the question is, do we want to make an action to achieve our dreams? If there is no chance yet, we have to keep looking for that chance. And the most important thing is we should not be afraid of failure. Remember that failure is our key to achieve success.
Preacher: Bro Nando / Journalist: Irene / Editor: Erica / English Translation: Tessy
3rd Anniversary LOJF Indonesia
3rd Anniversary LOJF Indonesia
March 15, 2014
Discipleship is Cool. Discipleship is Relationship. Discipleship is Mentorship. This was not only a nice quote, but also a mission statement that became a passion and a soul of LOJF Indonesia.
From the front side of the venue, the atmosphere was made unordinary and youthful, where the photo booth with funny attributes was provided for people who wanted to take pictures together at this special moment. (Photos can be viewed on www.facebook.com/LOJF.Indonesia).
On March 15, 2014, LOJF celebrated the 3rd anniversary, which was the celebration of its historic day, establishment and the birthday of LOJF Indonesia. Festive celebration was attended by more than 300 people at Diaspora, 6th floor, Thamrin City. In the celebration of gratitude, we were reminded the core service of LOJF in Indonesia, which was to become the light of the world by reaching out and restore the lost (unchurch) to God.
The celebration started with a thanksgiving mass led by 2 pastors, Pastor Antara (the auspice of LOJF) and Pastor Andang (Vicar General of KAJ). The mass celebration was full of praise and worship songs by LOJ Worship. During the homily session, Pastor Andang asked the difference between a Mass and a Eucharistic. Everyone was silent. Then he said that the Eucharist meant a thanksgiving whilst the Mass meant a mission. Pastor Andang also reminded us that spiritual life was like people who were getting ready to climb a mountain, in which they should carry light load in order to achieve the goal, the summit. This parable could be an example of our spiritual life with God in the sense that we should be willing to leave all that was attached to us so that we could achieve our ultimate goal to get close to God.
After the Mass finished, a video was played. It was about God’s great blessing along the LOJF’s journey, together with some impressions from LOJF members. Looking back to 3 years ago, precisely on March 12, 2011, LOJF Indonesia were only a group of 14 committed people who shared passion in building a community where people can give their best, serve others and grow together according to the model from Bo Sanchez, the founder of LOJF International, in the Philippines.
Commitment and faith yielded in a remarkable result whereby in 3 years, Feast has been growing into 2 Feasts (Feast Central, Feast Gading) and 1 Mission Feast (Feast South), and also the growth of 21 Care Group which covered the whole Jakarta area. Tremendous growth was a blessing from God. LOJF has a mission that each of its members could be a light wherever they are and in their own professions. LOJF also longs to continue attracting the `unchurch` in order to bless young people who long to know God more deeply or those who have left the church.
To complete this festive celebration, Sister Ela shared how LOJF had impressed her so deeply. Sister Ela was very talented in music and had a dream and a plan to deepen her study. When things did not go as planned, she was disappointed and felt down. Her acquaintance with LOJF has led her to see the big picture of God on herself. She ended her sharing with singing a song, accompanied by the harmonious and magnificent harp melodies "Beautiful Savior". This was a form of gratitude in her life, although things might have not worked according to her plan, but she was restored since serving the Lord together with LOJ Worship. It was a remarkable musical talent by Sister Ela, which was not only entertaining but also blessing the audience who came to this celebration.
The 3rd anniversary celebration of LOJF was then closed by the management who cut the birthday cake together on stage: Brother Phakist as the Feast Builder, Brother Anthony as the Feast South Builder, Brother David as the Feast Central Builder, Brother Nando as the Feast Gading Builder and Mr. Ronald Moniaga as the Chairman of the BPK.
Writer: Joan / Editor: Erica/Ariani / English Translation: Verina
POWER UP: Mission Possible
POWER UP: Mission Possible
Feast Gading, 8 Maret, 2014
”DREAM THE IMPOSSIBLE BECAUSE EVERYTHING IS POSSIBLE WITH GOD”
Dream is an inner drive to become a better man. When was the last time you have dreams and pursue them?
He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” (Matthew 17:20)
Human life is never free from various problems. As written in the paragraph above, simply by faith as a mustard seed, the smallest seed of all the seeds of plants, humans have the 2 options which are, to go through the mountain of life issues with God or walk without God. Choosing to walk with God is not enough; we also have to dare to believe that God is bigger than our mountain of problems.
The pattern of this world allows us to only have small dreams, not too big ones because it will be painful if we fail to achieve it. As people of faith, have courage to have BIG dreams because our God is a BIG God.
Some of young people have no dreams at all. In fact, your dreams will determine who you are in the future. A point of concern is when we as young people do not dare to take steps to have big dreams just because of fear and the influence of the surrounding environment.
For example, we assume our lives now is on number 0 and we have the dream to reach number 10, then it is better to try and fall in number 7 position, rather than if we do not dare to dream and remain silent on number 0.
Often we`ve been trying and dreaming but not all aspects of our lives succeed. Does this mean that God limits our dreams? The answer lies in you, whether you have asked God enough?
Many believers pray and ask God to be blessed extraordinarily in a particular aspect of life but do not ask for a blessing for other aspects of life. Their energy was to focus on one aspect of life and finally heed other important aspects.
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you." (Matthew 7:7)
The Word of God clearly stated that you will only be given what you ask for. The Lord our God is the God of giving, merciful and full of love. Because of God`s great love to us, He is always thinking about how to bless us, and He has prepared a special blessings box for each of us. But what happened is that God does not have a chance to give the blessings box that he has prepared for men who never asked.
Man isinconsistent. Often when we are praying for a dream, our special box were on its way to our lives; but when we become less consistent and stop praying, the blessings will stop moving to our direction.
Often we have asked and prayed but blessings still haven’t come in our life yet. The key of success in asking is to be faithful in prayer, with the right way and to the right God.
The quality of our dreams must be based on the following three points:
1. Massive – very big
Big dreams are much better and interesting than small dreams. Our dreams have a relationship that is directly proportional to the capacity of faith and our relationship with God. Your dreams have to be massive and should make you afraid so that you can depend on God as the foundation. Dream big but start small and grow-up bit by bit.
2. Magnetic – pulling out all resources
A big dream will become a magnet and attract all the people, wealth, connections, a great experience to enter into your life. The best resource that you can pull is your brain. The brain is divided into two components, namely 10-20% and 80-90% consciousness consists of the subconscious. Consciousness serves to provide direction while the subconscious shows how to realize your big dreams. Your subconscious mind is to be filled with faith and a great confidence that the entire universe has been provided by the Lord to help you so that all blessings come into your life. Therefore, your greatest asset to achieve your dreams is your brain and you just need to use it.
3. Measurable – clear and detailed
You should be able to visualize your dream with great detail. Dare to imagine in your dreams. It is important to be able to write in detail all your dreams, and pray for it every day faithfully.
Having big dreams are important and they have great impacts on ourselves, family, community, and the entire universe.
Dare to dream big, have the courage to make it happen.
So, what is your dream?
Preacher: Bro Nando / Journalist: Stevia / English Translation: Hanny / Editor : Erica
Bigger Opportunity: Keys to Improve Your Work, Love and Life
Bigger Opportunity: Keys to Improve Your Work, Love and Life
Feast Central, March 1, 2014
This first of March, Feast titled Bigger Opportunity brought such a blessing for LOJFam, as this theme lead to awareness of a crucial thing that we need to have which can lead us to bigger opportunity, yet we often ignore because of our feeling.
Opportunity does not knock, it presents itself when you beat down the door - Kyle Chandler.
Commit everything you do to the LORD Trust Him, and He will help you – Psalm 37:5
A lot of people want to contribute but they don’t want to have a commitment. Contribution is similar to a chicken that produces eggs. The chicken has to sacrifice itself to produces fried chicken. The chicken has to give all that it has. That’s what we call commitment. Giving all.
Commitment is more than just a feeling
Take this example, a husband said “eventually I lose all my old feelings towards my wife. My special feeling is now for someone else”. If this man decides to leave his wife and follows his feeling to be with other woman, this feelings will disappear some time later and this cycle will most likely to continue.
This is because our feeling changes easily. It turns up and down. Environment can influences our feeling. And our feeling depends on our mood. But commitment doesn’t depend on what happens to you or what you feel.
We ought to have commitment to get bigger and better opportunity. If you rely and believe on your feeling, we can easily quit and escape. So, you must have commitment in whatever you do (job, ministry, family, marriage)! If your job demands you to give bigger effort to achieve its goal, you should do it with full commitment and don’t give up easily.
“But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry.For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time for my departure is near. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith”.(2 Tim 4:5-7)
In this verse, Jesus has kept His faith because He has commitment. Jesus and Paul are the role model for people with commitment. Jesus is determined to save human being. He was tortured, slandered, mocked, but He stayed loyal until His death in the cross.
Paul the apostle was also a person wih commitment. When he was in jail, the community faced a lot of problems but he still kept his faith.
What’s our benefit if we keep our commitment:
1. Commitment gives you peaceful heart
A fully committed husband to his family will bring peace of mind to his wife and his family.
2. Commitment leads to trust.
We have to commit on whatever we do, either for small or big matter. Because only continuous commitment that will lead to trust.
“Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.” (Luke 16:10)
Commitment surely will lead you to bigger opportunity.
Don’t you want to get that bigger opportunity? Let us learn to have commitment!
Preacher: Bro David / Journalist: Joan / Editor: Siska
S.E.X. in Family Life: Pleasure or pressure?
S.E.X. in Family Life: Pleasure or pressure?
Feast South, February 23, 2014
Is S.E.X the most important thing in marriage?
It’s not easy to recognize whether someone is married or not on the first sight. Even, there is no obvious difference in the appearance of people who do the premarital sex and those who don’t. It’s getting common to find unmarried couples who live together and do the premarital sex.
Premarital sex that once considered as a dishonor has now become a social value in the modern people especially in the young. It has also become a means to satisfy the desire of those who don’t want commit in a marriage. Marriage is considered to be a mere symbol of legality, and has lost its function as a “fence” to do sexual intercourse.
Sex does have a purpose, which is to give pleasure for both partners. But, a good marriage supposedly has two main purposes, which are a unification of love and procreation. Both purposes can be achieved with marital relation or sex. Sex itself as a part, is not the most important thing in marriage if it’s be done only to achieve physical pleasure without love and joyfulness.
Pleasure or pressure?
Although a person has married, he can still be unhappy or unsatisfied when he does sexual intercourse with his partner. A healthy sex can occur when each partner in a committed marriage are willing to do it together. However, there are people who push their partners to do sexual intercourse – though their partner are unwilling – just because they think they have the right to do so because they have already married. Consequently, sex becomes a two-edged sword: it can give pleasure yet it can give pressure.
So I will very gladly spend for you everything I have and expend myself as well. If I love you more, will you love me less? (2 Corinthians 12:15)
This Scripture reminds us to appreciate sex more than just a marital behavior or physical interaction. It also teaches us the SEX we can practically apply in our daily activities. When we can place this SEX properly, we will find pleasure and happiness with our spouse in every aspect of our marriage life.
God wants the husband to fulfill his duty to his wife, and likewise also wife to her husband. The wife does not have authority over her own body, but the husband does; and likewise also the husband does not have authority over his body, but the wife does. (2 Corinthians 7:3-4)
God doesn’t wants husband and wife withdraws themselves for each other except by agreement for a time, so that each can devote themselves to prayer. Soon after, God wants them to come together again so that Satan can’t tempt them because they lack of self-control. (See 2 Corinthians 7:5)
The Word of God encourages us to understand sex as a form of communication with our spouse with these three steps:
1. S - Sacrificing yourself for others
Jesus teaches us to love each other, where to love is also mean to sacrifice. To sacrifice doesn’t only mean the willingness to share something but it also mean to be willing to act unselfishly not to take something. In reality, married people who do sexual intercourse have a bigger tendency to have sex. However, we also need to consider the condition and the willingness of our spouse. A two-way understanding is always required not only in the sex life but also in other marriage aspects.
2. E - Encouraging other to do better
Unwillingly, the tendency to speak negative words to our partner is increasing as the marriage getting longer. Negative words can slowly transform the character of people. It’s better to stop negative words and start the habit of speak positive to our spouse. Negative words can kill ideas and creativities while positive words can encourage and build up people.
3. X - EXcuse as many times you can do
It’s not easy to forgive people. In marriage life, you cannot prevent your spouse to make mistakes. Sometimes, your spouse may do the same mistake again and again. Marriage is a lifetime commitment. Therefore we are challenged to find a way out to overcome the problems without quitting the marriage. Forgiveness is the only way through for us along with the council on how to fix the mistakes our spouse made. Likewise, we need to apologize for the mistake we make and try not to repeat it again in the future.
Together, sex and S.E.X in marriage can be a way to honor God for married couples. Through both things we can bless and be a blessing to our spouse. But it’s all in your hand. If we put sex as the most important thing in our marriage, it means we choose to achieve the purpose of the marriage only for our own interest. However, if we put S.E.X as the most important thing in our marriage, it means we choose to achieve the purpose of our marriage together with our spouse.
A marriage that is supported by the willingness to sacrifice and to forgive, as Christ does, will stand firm through all situations till the end.
Feast South / Journalist: Lydia / Editor and English Translation: Erica
Stupid Kindness No More : Limited Kindness
Stupid Kindness No More
Talk 2: Limited Kindness
Feast Central 22 February 2014
We know that we live in an environment guided with rules. For example, traffic rules that we tend to overlook. Actually rules are made for our own safety. Therefore, in this Feast we are learning what are our boundaries?
Apparently, we also ought to have boundaries for all the kindness that we share. The question would be why? Catholic church taught us to share kindness with everyone, even like Jesus who gave His life on the cross for us. So what does it mean “Limited Kindness” for each of us to limit ourselves?
Build your boundaries and you build your blessing ability
Love your neighbors as you love yourselves. The point here is to love ourselves, to see ourselves precious. Before we love ourselves, we will not be able to love others. We cannot give to others what we don’t have. Let us be similar to Samaritans, who can give out kindness through money and income they earn. God also gave us limit when we provide help to others.
“And then a certain lawyer arose to try (test, tempt) Him, saying, Teacher, what am I to do to inherit everlasting life? Jesus said to him, What is written in the Law? How do you read it? And he replied, You must love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.” (Luke 10: 25-27)
On this Feast, Bro David gave the opportunity for our sister, Yolanda to testify. She admitted that before she is a person who likes to please everyone, concern of what other thinks of her and having difficulty to say NO. Delegating tasks is something challenging for her to perform because she does not want to burden other people and would like to be seen kind. To her, being disliked by others is worrisome and mentally draining. Up to a point she felt physically and mentally exhausted. She then realized that what she has been doing was wrong. Slowly she started to change and learn not to please everyone.
Lesson #1: When you are helping other people, remember to also help yourselves
When we gave out our time and efforts beyond our capacity, we will be drained, become sick and tired. This is the signs that we do not love ourselves.
Lesson #2: When you are helping others, do it with a team
Often people follow their own standards so they become afraid of delegating the task. What happen is no team building, only perfection based on certain people’s standard. Without team and delegation, we will easily feel burnt out.
Do not spend most of your times serving others up to a point you neglect your own needs such as our own job and responsibilities. Give proper portion to our part of life (job and serving the Lord) that we have. Good job will lead to better service to the Lord.
3 things we must limit:
There are people out there who have the habit of borrowing money. Helping other people in this context does not mean we have to lend our money to people who like to borrow it without returning it. That’s why we have to have boundaries, and see our own financial condition. Put away some part of our income for our family, but also remember for ourselves. Having enough money for our old age / retirement is also important.
2. Physical condition
For parents who has children, they tend to overlook their own health. All efforts are given to the child, forgot about their own health and become stressful. Therefore give it a time to rest, eat healthy, do sport, and refreshing. So parents’ personal needs become fulfilled and we can return to our children with full love and share the love.
When we socialize with pessimistic and negative people, we tend to get carried away. This doesn’t mean we withdraw completely from the unchurch friends. But the portion should be divided more properly. The 80% of our time should be spent with friends who can give positive perspective of the future where we can nourish our personal growth, the friends who can give positive feedback, remind us on God’s words – nourishing friends. The remaining 20% of our time can be given out to our negative friends. Why? We don’t want to be impacted by their negativity, instead we would like to bring positive impacts to their lives.
Bear (endure, carry) one another`s burdens and troublesome moral faults, and in this way fulfill and observe perfectly the law of Christ and complete what is lacking. For every person will have to bear his own load. (Galatia 6:2,5)
In the translation of Greek,“Carry each other’s BOULDER……for each one should carry his own KNAPSACK.”
This verse means that we have to help the friends who are willing to put the effort but are not yet able. Don’t help those who have the capacity, but won’t. Let us be grateful that God has created us for who we are, be the best person you could possibly be, and limit yourselves to be a blessing for others. Give your best in your portion to serve God, your family and other people surround you. Be the best worker and give the best!
Preacher: Bro David / Writer: Joan / Editor: Ariani
How to Find Your One True Love: Love vs. Lust
How to Find Your One true Love
Part 2: Love vs. Lust
Feast Gading, February 22, 2014
On this special Valentine theme, Feast Gading brought the atmosphere of love into the air. An enchanting ambience was created through round table settings for the congregation. Warming up the heat, the Feast was opened by a romantic song of “Just the way you are” and was continued with song “More than enough” by the worship team. Soon the room was filled with joy and excitement. Continuing the theme of previous Feast, this Feast, Brother Nando barely revealed the difference between love and lust.
If you want to be loved, be loveable!
Many young people who are in relationship don’t understand the real definition of love. What is love? How can we have love? If you want to be loved, be loveable person by becoming friendly, sincere, and outspoken. This is one of the ways you can take to find your one true love. Your one true love, or your soul mate, is one who keeps falling in love to the same person, you.
So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs and then closed up the place with flesh. Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man. The man said,
“This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh;
she shall be called ‘woman,’ for she was taken out of man.” (Genesis 2:21-23)
Adam perceived woman not as an object but as a subject because he saw Eve with a heart full of true love. This regard was shown by Adam since the first time he saw Eve. Though Eve was naked but he wasn’t tempted with lust.
“The ‘heart’ has become a battlefield between love and concupiscence.” – Pope John Paul II
When we talk about true love, we must firstly understand the difference between the original meaning of love God introduced to us and the meaning of love in our modern society. Initially, Adam was able to see Eve with true love when he knew no sin. By the time man fell into sin, their eyes were open and they knew they were naked (Genesis 3). Sin started enter man’s life and caused our heart to be filthy and hardly recognize the difference between love and lust. Incautiously, lust can potentially dominate man’s heart and makes man easily dishonor the true sacred meaning of the body in marriage God has created.
“The greater the feeling of responsibility for the person, the more true love there is.”– Pope John Paul II
Love always gives. Love is a feeling of responsibility to take care our loved one from ourselves. True love refers to someone who entrust their relationship needs into our hand. To love that person means we are in charge of his/her happiness, emotional balance, and virginity. Love gives unconditionally while lust always take and seek for personal pleasure.
The modern paradigm in our society considers passion as negative thing. But passion itself is good when we use it in Godly way. Passion contains large amount of energy. We can’t resist energy but we can drive it into something more positive.
“Infatuation can blind you, but when its beauty faints, only true character will remain.” – Fernando Sonah
Man often measures his love to a woman by the amount of passion he got through visual stimulation while the measure of love to a woman is mostly determined by audio stimulation. Many couples decided to get married based by merely emotion they considered as true love. Infatuation is fragile and has no strong root. Therefore if a marriage is based solely by emotional feeling of love, it can hardly survive the waves and the storm in its journey
There are three stages in love.
- Love is an emotion.
- Love is a decision to remain love regardless the difference and the conflict arise.
- Love is a commitment to pass through any situation together, either in joy and sorrow, prosper and poor, health and sick.
The desire to be in a relationship comes from God. But we need to be able to distinguish between love and lust in a godly way. God said He wants us to have a suitable, faith-filled, and equal partner. Suitable means balance, aim to reach the same destination, and have the same vision.
Your one true love is one who is connected to the source of love, God Himself. He or she must firstly love God and put Him first in his or her life before he or she can possess a true love. It’s important to be content and become emotionally and spiritually healthy before decide to love and be loved.
God never intervene the details of our life.
God doesn’t determine whose our true love is. As the His ultimate creation, God gives man a freewill to choose. You choose your one true love and God bless your relationship. That means all of your opposite sex have the same chance to be your one true love. Though so, we can only share true love when we put God first in our relationship.
After the sermon, the Feast was closed with a short talk show. Some people asked about given teaching from the clear line between love and passion and the signs of a healthy dating. The talk show we got a conclusion, if someone really loves us then he or she will honor us. But if he or she dates us for a temporary excitement then he or she will intentionally use any way to keep us satisfy his or her needs.
In the end of the celebration, Brother Nando reminded the congregation his message from the previous Feast that if we want to be with the person we desire, we need to know him or her first before we engaged with him or her in a deeper relationship. Make sure that our soul mate puts God first. Therefore God can bless the rest of our relationship. Fiat Lux!
Preacher: Brother Nando / Journalist: Irene/Stevia / English translation & Editor: Erica
Stupid Kindness No More! : Five Stupidities
Stupid Kindness No More!
Part 1: Five Stupidities
Feast Central: Saturday, 8 February 2014
Some people think loving yourself is easy. It’s not. The reason why some people think it’s easy is because they confuse “selfishness” with “self-love”.
The Difference between Selfishness And Self-Love
“Selfishness” and “Self-Love” look alike but they’re very different from each other. “Selfishness” is loving yourself alone, meeting your own needs and your own needs only. It’s always only me and me. “Self-love” is meeting your needs so that you can meet the needs of others even more. Thus because of God’s Love in my life, I want to share it to others.
Within you is a Love Tank. And your Love Tank has a faucet. We give and spread our love, and without receiving the true love, your Love Tank would be empty. And the result? You become easily hurt, easily irritated. What we can learn is, don’t do anything extremely.
The only way for love to flow out of that faucet is if your Love Tank is full. If you don’t receive love, you won’t be able to give love. You can’t give what you don’t have. You can’t love anyone if you don’t love yourself. You can’t even love God if you don’t love yourself.
Even Jesus honored his needs.
“Yet the news about him spread all the more, so that crowds of people came to hear him and to be healed of their sicknesses. But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed. (Luke 5:15–16)
Often we heard what other’s said its right until sometimes we don’t even know our own needs anymore. We are so overwhelmed by the needs of other people, and don’t have time to listen to their own needs. Other’s perception could be a barrier to us. Early on, we’re brainwashed our needs weren’t important. Correction: We were brainwashed that WE were not important.
Here we’re going to learn about healthy self-love. It’s by honoring your needs and conscious not to do anything extremely, because it can burden us. Thus, we need wisdom.
Five stupid things
We neglect many of our needs, and these are five stupid things that we may still believe in.
1. Rest is Wasting Time.
Since young, we work hard over and over to achieve our target. We give up our time, mind, and effort at the price of our health. As written on the success books, resting is useless. Success people sleep less. That’s wrong! Love yourself. Get some rest.
Tiredness is an epidemic. Many people are Chronically Tired. This epidemic is caused by one virus: The virus of Prolonged Stress. If you wake up in the morning already tired that’s sign that you’ve got this disease: That means your sleep didn’t refresh you. That means there’s something wrong—you’re not addressing your need to rest. So, you need rest. Stop before you get sick, and listen to your body’s signal.
2. Stop Dreaming. Be Real.
Don’t dream too high, the higher you dream, the more you get hurts when you fall. Be real. That what others tell you, right? Yes, of course we have to be real, but we must have dreams. However, dreams create hopes. Sometimes being too real makes us being trapped, so we lose our hope. Expect the best and prepare for the worst.
3. Do What Other Tells You.
Since our childhood, parents will make us do what they want. The truth is, the hardest thing in this world is to become what other said about you. Everywhere, everything that you do, people will always have a word about you. So if we listen to what they say, you will be nothing. Love yourself. Be you. You need to be yourself. You need to be faithful to how God made you to be. Learn and take positive side from others and still, be yourself.
4. Money is Evil.
No, money is not evil. The love of money is the root of all evil. We need money to bless ourselves, to fulfill the needs of your family and others, and to serve God. Yes, we need money. So you can use money to benefit you.
5. Love Hurts.
You heard this often. “It’s okay to be hurt, because love hurts.” But that’s wrong. In the process, love may bring sorrow. Love can make us hurt. But in the end of the day, love will always give you happiness. It’s like mother with her little baby who often cries out in the midnight. It’s hurting and tiring to wake up from midnight sleep. But after years, they will grow up and you will see them with a happy smile.
Do you think you have one or two of those stupidities? It’s time to learn how to love yourself and have a healthy self-love.
Preacher: Brother Phakist / Journalist : Joan / Editor : Erica / English Translation : Website Team
How to Find Your One True Love : Take Me Out
HOW TO FIND YOUR ONE TRUE LOVE?
Part 1: Take Me Out
Feast Gading February 8, 2014
Finding your one true love becomes a dream for every single. Though, you don’t need to be worry while waiting for the right person to come your way. Love will eventually find you when you are ready for her. In Genesis 2 : 17 God spoke: “Now the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper meet for him.”
God spoke about life partner when Adam was still single. Adam didn’t have anyone else but God. Therefore, it’s impossible for God to say that loneliness is good for you. In the next verse, God said “I will make him a helper meet for him” (Genesis 2:18).
This verse is God’s promise for us. A helper means someone who will support you in your other side. So , it’s a promise that He will provide the right person to accompany us. Just as a saying speaks, “Behind every great man there’s a great woman.”
If today you are still searching and haven’t found the right one yet, then you need to find out the reason why. Basically there are 2 reasons why you havent’t found your lifetime partner yet:
1. You don’t know what you want
The most important thing for you to know as a single is, you have to know what you want and what you don’t want from your one. List down a criteria of both like and dislike, and have a strong principle about it.
Don’t compromise with the things you don’t want from your one. For example, you don’t want to have a high temper partner. Then, say “no” to someone who is high temper. Don’t make any excuse on what you don’t want just to have a marriage. Remember that being single and happy is better than married to the wrong person. So, make sure you know exactly what you want.
2. You don’t want it badly enough
Take a full responsible to meet the the one of your dream. How?
- Don’t rely too much on God.
Pray and do something to meet your one. Don’t just sit back, pray, fasting and do nothing. For example, go to places where you can meet the person of your dream. Surely, it’s also important to pray so that you will feel God’s guidance in every step you take.
- Develop your character
Develop your character. Physical blessings like beauty may boost you faster to find your true one. But, it’s your character that enables you maintaining the relationship with your one.
- Becoming emotionally healthy
Before start a relationship, we must be a contend person. Know who you are and what is your vision and mission in life.
Infatuation may blind you. But when beauty faints, only true character will remain. (Fernando Sonah)
Then, how to find your one true love? There are four-“tion” that can be done :
Befriend with as many people as you can. Befriends with the opposite sex and expect nothing from them. Expand your friendship territory so that you can find a lot of choices.
After encountering many friends, it’s time to pick up your selection. Choose the person who deserves you best and go for a “friendship date”. Dating here means you take your time to get to know each other well. Don’t expecting something, it’s just a friendship.
After few selections, you can now move forward to relationship step. Build a healthy relationship and make sure both of you are pursuing the same goal, which is marriage.
After passing through three previous phases above, then it’s time for you to build a happy marriage with your partner.
So, prepare yourself carefully so in every step, you are getting close with your one true love.
Firman: Brother Fernando/ Journalist: Irene / Editor: Erica /Translator : Mei Ling
Move On 3 Bye Bye Worry
Bye Bye Worry! Change Your Worry Into Worship.
Feast Central January 25, 2014
In this Feast, we will learn how to turn our worry into our worship. Too often we worry too much. As result, we become possessive and underestimate our own capabilities and then we easily relying on shortcuts such as bribing.
In the book of Matthew, Jesus talked about worry:
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? (Matthew 6:25-27)
Sometimes, we think too far out. We consider our matters down to the very detail. Our mind is easily influenced by bad news. But we have God who surpasses what the world can say and determine. So, is it okay to feel worry? Worry itself is not a sin. God gives us the grace to be able to feel worry. But having it too much is like digging a bottomless pit. We’ll get exhausted and can only find ourselves trapped with no way out.
The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit. (Proverbs 18:21)
Too often we think when we have wealth, position, and social status; we can do all things because we have all the power we need. But do you realized? Even without those earthly crowns, we have already been given a power through our words.
Your words create your world
When we speak about something, our words are like a signal with certain frequency that attracts something to come our way, whether we want it or not. It’s like a radio frequency. We will get tuned into the frequency that broadcasts songs and shows that match our personality.
Therefore, if a businessman says “life is hard,” then he has greater tendency to meet other businessmen who keep the same principles of “life is hard,” and “business is tough.” At the end of the day, he will find himself between a group consists of difficult-business businessmen. Their own words create their world. Their business and their life are getting tougher. But the truth is God is able to give us victory and a way out to success though the world is not on our side. The same way with us, when we speak something we unintentionally will attract the people in the same frequency as ours. This is what it means with “your words create your world.”
And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. And God said, “Let there be a vault between the waters to separate water from water.” So God made the vault and separated the water under the vault from the water above it. And it was so. Then God said, “Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.” And it was so. (Genesis 1:3, 6, 7, 11)
When God speaks, something happens. How much more it will be when God promises.
Have you ever found in the Scriptures where God speaks and nothing happens? The answer is no. God’s Word will never return to Him empty because God is always true to His Word and He will accomplish His promises.
So is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. (Isaiah 55:11)
In the New Testament, Lord Jesus performed many miracles. When He spoke healing, people were healed. Lord Jesus has all the power and is able to give us a bright future through His Word. It is us who often under confidence. Our defeated and doubtful thoughts limit God to work in our life and it can even destroy us. Surely, there are many temptations out there that can drown us into worry. We cannot let it swallows us, but instead we put our trust in God who is able to preserve our life, protect our loved ones, our business, and able to bringing us the best reward.
But they were childless because Elizabeth was not able to conceive, and they were both very old. But the angel said to him: “Do not be afraid, Zechariah; your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you are to call him John. Zechariah asked the angel, “How can I be sure of this? I am an old man and my wife is well along in years.” The angel said to him, “I am Gabriel. I stand in the presence of God, and I have been sent to speak to you and to tell you this good news. (Luke 1: 7, 13, 18, 19)
According to the passage, we know that Elizabeth has passed the child-bearing age. She was already old, about 65 years old, and it was extremely impossible for her to conceive a child. No surprise, her husband Zechariah could hardly believe in the good news brought by the angel of God. In truth, man cannot always keep his promises because man is imperfect. But it’s not the same with God. His Word will prevail. Therefore don’t put your trust upon man’s word but put your trust upon God who has all the power to fulfill His promises.
God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill? I have received a command to bless; he has blessed, and I cannot change it. (Numbers 23:19, 20)
God’s Word is full of power and will prevail. As His children, we were created according to His image. Therefore our words, either positive or negative, have power as well. When we speak defeat, our mind is soon be filled with negative thoughts. When our heart is full with negativity then our attitudes and our deeds will become negative as well.
Early in the morning, as Jesus was on his way back to the city, he was hungry. Seeing a fig tree by the road, he went up to it but found nothing on it except leaves. Then he said to it, “May you never bear fruit again!” Immediately the tree withered. When the disciples saw this, they were amazed. “How did the fig tree wither so quickly?” they asked. Jesus replied, “Truly I tell you, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and it will be done. If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.” (Matthew 21:18-22)
Worry only means we don’t put our trust in God. However, God said it clear, if we believe and has no single doubt, we will receive what we ask for in prayer. We pray and we ask God in our prayer. But often we doubt our prayer. That’s way we need to put our heart and our mouth in line when we pray. Our words and our deeds that are in line with the Word of God will generate power and bring real impact to our life.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (John 1:1)
There are two approaches in casting out worry and become a positive person:
1. Think positive
The Word of God gives us hope and nurtures our faith to God. By understanding the character of God, we will find out what He has in store for us. Therefore we can be free from worry and fear and can think positive.
2. Speak positive
Our words create our world. When dealing with problems, don’t talk yourself out of it. Instead, speak hope. Find solutions from books, mentors, communities, or successful people. Don’t easily give up to problems and speak defeat that will only eventually lead you to giving up.
No matter what kind of conditions you are in, believe that God’s plan is the best plan. If we become persevere and faithful, we will see the God’s big picture for our life. A worrier focuses on things around him while a worshipper focuses on things above because he believes God is in control of his life. Turn your worry into worship. Worshipping God is not only by singing gospel songs, or praying in tongue, but by righteous deeds toward God. Righteous attitude, like avoiding bribing, being faithful to your spouse, is the most beautiful worship we can present to God.
Let’s turn our worry into our worship. God is good, so don’t give up!
Preacher: Brother David / Journalist: Joan / Editor and English translation: Erica
9 Curses 11 Blessings
9 Curses 11 Blessings: From Glory to History, from Hero to Zero
Feast South, January 26, 2014
New year, new month, new day, new problem?
Indonesia entered 2014 with various natural disasters. Some people unconsciously consider the number of disasters as a prediction of the coming troubles in 2014. With numerous negative reports around us, it is easy for us to be discouraged to move on. Traumatic past can also destroy our passion and dismiss us from moving forward to the future.
Since the beginning, man can’t be separated with problems due to the curse from the first sin. However, God, who is rich in mercy, has given us grace through the atonement of Jesus on the cross. God’s grace surpasses sin. By God’s grace, we supposedly have more blessings than curses. But, why do we feel we have more problems than more blessings? What is wrong?
Often, we are easily amazed by the beauty of the world, such us wealth, position, and honor. When life brings us up to the top, we easily forget to thank God for His blessings. We claim that the blessings come as the result of our own hard work. It seems like we don’t really need God’s council. We decide things according to our own desire on how we live, what is right, and what is wrong.
“The eyes of the arrogant will be humbled and human pride brought low; the Lord alone will be exalted in that day.” (Isaiah 2:11)
This verse emphasizes that only God alone will be exalted and He hates pride. Pride is a curse or a dead-end because it leads us to the sinful path, which is contrary to Godly path. Furthermore, from Isaiah 2:11-17 we can find 9 things God cursed:
- The eyes of the arrogant
- Human pride
- All the lofty
- All that is exalted
- All the tall and lofty trees
- All the towering mountains and all the high hills
- Every lofty tower
- Every fortified wall
- Every trading ship and every stately vessel
“The arrogance of man will be brought low and human pride humbled; the Lord alone will be exalted in that day.” (Isaiah 2:17)
If we take a look at the passage in the book of Isaiah 2:11-17, there is a repetition of the Words in verses 11 and 17. Given the repetition, this passage emphasizes the earnest of our humility before God. Every success we achieve must be accompanied with gratitude to God, not to dismiss God and seek honor for ourselves.
In the judgment day, when God punishes the pride, we won`t be able to do anything than just begging God for His mercy and forgiveness. God can wipe out all of our hard work in the blink of an eye.
From glory into history, from hero to zero.
So, how can we claim our blessings? The problems arise caused by our pride often blinds our eyes from seeing the blessings of God in our life. The only way to claim back our blessings is to completely leave the 9 curses. Then, we will be able to feel God’s great blessings upon us.
God sets before us two things, life and death, blessings and curses. If we fully obey God and carefully follow his command, God will cause His blessings to come and give us life. God’s blessings come in two forms, physical and spiritual. In Proverbs 15:1-33, there are 11 spiritual blessings God gives us:
It is easy to lose our temper when we’re dealing with anger. Wrathful responds may cause both sides to ignite the tension. But, a gentle responds can reconcile and bring restoration.
2. Tongue with knowledge
Fool people talk a lot to cover up their lack of knowledge. However, their folly talk (it’s like they know about everything) dishonors themselves before the wise. If we don’t have the required knowledge, it will be better for us to remain silent, admit ignorance, and accept teaching.
Often our own pride prevents us from receiving correction to fix our mistakes or weaknesses. Actually, correction is a positive feedback that helps us to become a better person.
4. Wise lip
A wise man doesn’t use his words carelessly. He uses his mouth to speak positive and encouraging words and to praise and worship God, and not to speak negative words and curse others.
5. The pursuit of truth or honesty
The world pushes us to justify the means. In truth, when we choose to pursue the truth, God`s love is the real blessings for us.
6. A happy heart and shining eyes
A happy heart and shining eyes are simple things that have a fabulous effect. A joyful spirit attracts blessings and bless those around us.
7. Fear of God
When God becomes the top priority in our lives, we do not need to fear anything except the fear of God. Our faith leads us to believe that God takes care of our lives.
8. Love and patience
Love is the main thing that God teaches us. When others hurt us, it is easy for us to take revenge. However, God asks us to pray for those people with patience because vengeance is God`s right, not ours. God`s love fills the heart of those who shares love to others.
9. Openness to advice
Receiving advice from others is good, but it’s not enough. We are also required to actively seeking advice and knowledge. Therefore we prevent ourselves from making bigger mistake.
Humility is the main key to fight pride. A humble man receives honor and appreciation from others because he appreciates and honors others as well.
Being wise means being able to distinguish what is right and what is wrong. A wise man lives in God and God is in him. It is God who guides his thoughts, words, and deeds.
We are given the power to choose between curse and blessings. But, leaving curses and choosing blessings doesn’t mean we can be free from problems. As long as we live, we still may encounter problems. But through God’s grace and blessings we can overcome our problems.
You may not realize it now, but sometimes problems can turn to be a blessing in disguise. For example, someone who has just lost his job may feel depressed and worthless at first. After a while he finds another opportunity to move forward to a better job or even starting their own business. So, let’s not be discouraged by the size of our problems but look forward to God’s blessings.
Life`s greatest problem is life`s greatest blessing in disguise.
Preacher: Brother Anthony / Journalist: Lydia / Editor: Erica / English translation: Lydia
Move On 2 - Bye Bye Bitterness
Feast Gading January 11, 2014
Have you ever experienced a victory? Day where all good things happen in our lives? For example, when we find someone we like also likes us. We started dating him and enjoy wonderful days with him. But after some time, we are no longer with him. Our relationship ended, but we kept remembering all the memories with him. We want to move on, but we get caught up in the beautiful memories of the past.
“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is - his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:2
Your mind is the real battlefield.
It`s true you cannot stop negative thoughts from entering your mind. But you can prevent them from building mansions in the real estate of your mind. In this Feast we learnt how to remove those negativity and make new patterns of thought in our mind.
From this verse, we can see that we often repeat the same patterns of thought in our lives. However, the question is whether the patterns we have today is good (positive impact) or it is not good (negative impact)? If we are still resist to change, then maybe, we will repeat the pattern that is not good. Basically, the world is a reflection of our thoughts. However, our minds are often poisoned by the attitude of unforgiveness caused by pain in the past. Attitudes like this will make it hard to move forward.
You are too big to be bothered by small things.
The first negativity that we will delete from ou my mind is unforgiveness. And unforgiveness come in two toxins:
Bitterness happens when we refuse to forgive to big things. It is the one that happenned 20 years ago, so to speak. For example, as a child, we fought with our brother. When we were arguing he said some painful words from his mouth. Hurtful words that are remembered cause wounds in our hearts.
When we refuse to forgive small things in our lives, this is called pettiness. For instance, we accidentally made a mistake at work. This error turned out to make our bosses became angry and threw the words that make us irritable. We feel hurt, but only for a short time, maybe 20 minutes.
Then how to be able to move one? We need to forgive the wounds that we have in our life, big and small matters.
Seven incredible reasons of being wiseful in forgiving.
1. You’re bigger than those who hurt you
Do you really believe that God loves you? If your answer is yes, that means you are a GIANT. A Giant is the one with the biggest love in the room. A giant would not bother with small matters. Why? Because they are overflowed with so much love from God
2. People who hurt you are hurting too
Hurt people, hurt people. Sarcastic people were people who are desperately crying for love. But because of their brokenness in the past they can only give this tiny love to you. In fact, we only can give what we have. If we got hurt, we have the tendency to hurt others. That’s why we need to forgive. We are great people, filled with so much love from God so it is mandatory to forgive and pray for the ones who have hurt us.
3. You were hurting before you got hurt
Before you angry toward people, you were hurting. The anger you have today toward the people is rooted from the anger towards your parents. You need to let go off of this anger.
4. Anger is hazardous for your future
Anger causes mistakes. Anything you have today could be destroyed instantly because of your anger. Therefore, if we don’t forgive we harm our own future. Proverbs 14:29 says, “Whoever is patient has great understanding, but one who is quick-tempered displays folly.”
5. Your Father is a Peacemaker - And so are you
Matthew 5:9 says, “Happy are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” Because God is a peacemaker, then His children is also peacemakers. Two signs of peacemakers: avoid arguments and overlook the offenses. Admit you`re angry, but love anyway.
6. You can’t divide your heart
We have only one heart and you cannot divide your heart. Your bitterness will hurt the people around you. If our heart is filled with anger, then other people will feel that anger. If we are filled with love, people around us will feel the love from us.
7. Everything bounces back to you
When we say negative words to other people, that negative thing can bounce back to us. Whatever we do to others, good or bad, it can be returned to us. When we love, we will be loved in return. What you plant is what you reap.
If we ever get hurt, it would be good if we don’t reply to hurt back. Luke 6:27-28 says, “But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.”
You deserve to be happy. Forgive people with no condition. And everything will bounce back to you. Fiat Lux!
Preacher: Brother Fernando Sonah / Journalist: Irene / Editor: Erica & Ariani / English Translation : Hanny
Move On - Hopelessness to Hope
Feast Central January 11, 2014
The first Feast in the beginning of 2014 was celebrated in a joyous Christmas atmosphere. The title of this Feast was “Move On: Hopelessness to Hope. This theme is very relevant to those who have made their New Year resolution with hope they will move forward and become a better person than they were in the previous year.
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord,“plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. - Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)
This is a story from Steven Furtick, an American. One day, he travelled to Australia. As he arrived there, he called his little son through video conference. His son had not understood yet about the time difference between continents. Therefore, the boy was very confused why his father had already in the daylight while he was still in the dark of night. While trying to understand this new thing, the boy asked his father, “Daddy, is it mean that you’re already in tomorrow?”
Furtick replied, “Yes, Son. I am in tomorrow.”
“Is tomorrow beautiful, Daddy?” the boy continued.
Patiently Furtick replied, “Of course, Son. Tomorrow is beautiful and amazing.”
This little story gives us an insight about the relationship between God and our future. God is already in our future. He has prepared us a bright and prosperous future.
“Our tomorrow is fantastic, awesome, great and fabulous”
Move on: Moving on from hopelessness to hope.
There are two poisons of hopelessness:
- Poison of Despair / Hopeless, which is an external factor.
- Poison of Insecurity / Worthless, which is an internal factor.
Hope is the most important thing in your life.
To proof this, a group of experts conducted an experiment with two laboratory rats called “Hope Experiment”. These rats were forced to swim in enclosed jar in two different rooms. The first rat was forced to swim in a completely dark room. The second rat was forced to swim in a dimmed room with one little source of light. The experts purposed to compare the amount of time needed for each rat to swim before they drowned. As result, the first rat could only swim for 3 minutes, while the second rat could swim for 36 hours. Through this experiment we can conclude, if hope can give a great impact to a rat, then it can also greatly empower us, the children of God who are created according to God’s own image.
The same thing happened in the time of Holocaust (a systematic persecution and murder of Jews by the Nazi regime). A reporter conducted an interview to a group of Jew survivors and found a similarity between them. These survivors could manage to survive because they continually pictured in their mind the day when they could finally gather with their own family. This hope gave them great power to their survival.
There are three things we can do to overcome hopelessness
1. Feel your feelings
Now Ahab told Jezebel everything Elijah had done and how he had killed all the prophets with the sword. So Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah to say, "May the gods deal with me, be it ever so severely, if by this time tomorrow I do not make your life like that of one of them." - 1 Kings 19:1-2
While he himself went a day`s journey into the desert. He came to a broom tree, sat down under it and prayed that he might die. "I have had enough, LORD," he said. "Take my life; I am no better than my ancestors." - 1 Kings 19:4
There he went into a cave and spent the night. And the word of the LORD came to him: "What are you doing here, Elijah?" He replied, "I have been very zealous for the LORD God Almighty. The Israelites have rejected your covenant, broken down your altars, and put your prophets to death with the sword. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me too." - 1 Kings 19:9-10
Too often we complain to God. We have tried and worked so hard but we haven’t got any result yet. The good news is you can express your feelings to God. Feel your feelings. You can honestly talk to God without any mean to pretending before Him.
2. Bless your body
Then he lay down under the tree and fell asleep. All at once an angel touched him and said, "Get up and eat." He looked around, and there by his head was a cake of bread baked over hot coals, and a jar of water. He ate and drank and then lay down again. The angel of the LORD came back a second time and touched him and said, "Get up and eat, for the journey is too much for you." So he got up and ate and drank. Strengthened by that food, he traveled forty days and forty nights until he reached Horeb, the mountain of God. 1 Kings 19:5-8
Through these verses, we are reminded to bless our body in three ways, take a rest, eat, and exercise.
3. Follow your faith
Follow your faith is to fix our eyes to our Father and believe who God said we are.
Learning to have faith is like a little child who learns to walk by his own foot. His father stands a little far from the child, waiting with open arms for the child to come to him. The child starts walking toward him slowly. Sometimes his little feet are slipped and make him to fall, but he rises up and walks again. But again, he falls, harder than before, and he starts to cry. The father quickly runs to hug and comfort the child. This is what God does when we are learning to follow our faith.
To follow your faith doesn’t mean you need to be perfect or you can’t fail or fall. God understands we are imperfect. Before we fall, God has already known we will fall when we are learning to follow our faith. But when we fall, our heavenly Father will run to us and comfort us. Our Heavenly Father will empower and lift us up. We just need to focus on Him and believe in what He says about us.
The world often belittles us. The mass media tells us business is low. People discourage us by telling us we will not going to succeed. We don’t see any opportunity to get promoted or we’ve been praying for a lifetime partner but we have found no one. Despite it all, know that only God who really knows us. He has known us even when we were still in our mothers’ womb.
Regardless all the bad reports, God gives us good reports. God has promised He will give us blessings bigger than we’ve ever thought or prayed for. He delights in His children and cares about their future. In Jeremiah 29:11 God says He has prepared a prosperous future for us. If we believe this good news, we will be strengthened to embrace God’s divine calling in our lives. We will also be enabled to move on and to overcome our troubles.
In the beginning of this year, we are reminded to write resolution and prepare ourselves to say “Yes” to a better positive change. Perhaps it’s becoming more patient, investing in your time with God and with your family, investing in your own financial growth, or anything positive.
Do you know what is God’s calling in your life? Are you ready to move on and answer “Yes” to God’s calling in your life this year?
Preacher: Brother Steven / Journalist: Mei Ling & Joan / Editor: Erica & Ariani / English translation: Erica
Feast Why Am I Suffering
Feast “Why Am I Suffering”
21 Dec 2013
This Feast was the second part of the “Toughest Question Answered” series in December 2013. In this session, Brother Phakist revealed the reasons behind suffering.
The greater the pullback the greater the comeback
Life is like an arrow fired from a bow. The more the bow is bent, the farther the arrow can go. It is also like someone who wants to make the highest jump. He takes a start by pulling back his body and then uses this move to create a greater power to jump higher.
Proverbs 20:30 (ESV) says “Blows that wound cleanse away evil; strokes make clean the innermost parts.”
There are times when we must experience suffering and distress before coming back to the right path. Though it was unpleasing, you need to believe that God is still working to bring goodness to you even in your most discouraging moments.
The enemy of big success is small success.
Too often we don’t realize that our pride towards our small success can delay a greater success coming into our life. This is because we already feel comfortable and unwilling to move out from this little success to achieve greater successes. We need to avoid this. Don’t be easily satisfied with what you’ve achieved. Keep thanking God but don’t get trapped in your comfort zone. Insisting to be in your comfort zone also means you refuse to be blessed more.
Use your trials and tribulations as your turning point. Maybe you’ve been wondering why you cannot be as successful as others. But, at the right amount, comparing yourself to others can serve as a means to motivate yourself becoming a better person than you are now.
Then, does it mean that God wants us to suffer?
The answer is “No!”
God allows us going through trials so that we may bear fruits from our suffering. Discouraging moments help us to keep growing and bear fruits. There are five possible fruits of suffering:
Positive hunger will drive us doing our best to achieve a positive goal. If it’s only us who suffer, maybe we still can bear the pain. But if we see our loved ones suffer, we will do anything to take away their burden. This is called the “hunger.”
Pride is the biggest obstacle toward growth. Too often we feel a bit over confidence in what we know and we become proud. We get used to everything surround us and refused to learn new things. However, if we keep being humble, there are many new things we can learn. God’s way is humility and God chooses the humble ones.
Teacher Trial and Teacher Triumph
In fact, triumph is not the best teacher. It cannot teach us a lot but lead us to pride. On the other side, through trials and tribulation, we can learn a lot of good things that will benefit us. Discouraging moments give us valuable lessons to become a better person.
Your trials can make you a wounded healer.
We all have been wounded. But if we can get out from our tribulations then it becomes possible for us to heal others. We can share our sufferings and how God has strengthened us in between. Through sharing, we become a healer to others who suffer from the same trials.
Trials and troubles bring us closer to God. An intimate relationship with God will only lead us into holiness. That’s why you need to come to God at any time, not only in time of troubles.
Saint Peter reminded us that the sufferings in this world are temporary and can be passed by. One day, we will be on Heaven where there is no more suffering.
“And after you suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and established you.” (1 Peter 5:10)
To be with God in His Heaven forever is can’t be compared to the years of suffering we need to pass through in this world. Let’s reconsider our question about why we are suffering. Keep on believing that you will see His unfailing love and His presence with you through any trials. Keep on believing that you will harvest the fruits of your suffering. And keep on believing that in the end we will live happily ever after with God in Heaven.
Talk by: Brother Phakist / Journalist: Joan / English Translation: Erica / Editor: Erica
GRAND FEAST Champion Arise
Champions Arise: You Are The Champion!
The first GRAND FEAST in Indonesia with Bo Sanchez, featuring the launching of Light of Jesus Worship Indonesia’s first album
After about 6 months of preparation, this long-been-waited-for celebration finally came. A crowd of thousands Catholic youth from all over Indonesia gathered enthusiastically in Mega Glodok Kemayoran, Jakarta on Tuesday 5th November 2013. It was the Grand Feast celebration presented by Light of Jesus Family featuring Bo Sanchez as speaker. Bo Sanchez is worldly known as the founder of Light Jesus community, best-selling author, entrepreneur, lay preacher and leading-spiritual motivator. The excitement of this celebration begun hours before the celebration started. Eager audience arrived hours before the hall’s gate opened. Though, they peacefully stayed in the lines and waiting patiently to enter the arena. At the time the door was finally opened, they spontaneously shouted for joy and enthusiastically rushed in. A greeting note was displayed on the big screens “We’re Glad You Are Here!”
Since the very beginning of the celebration, the audiences seemed very eager and cheerful. The Overture music was played by the orchestra. It presented a combination of well-known Catholic-church songs, such as Ave Maria (click here too see videos). Soon, the atmosphere turned majestic and mesmerized. The excitement arose as the Light of Jesus Worship (LOJW) came out of the dark. Ten singers and two worship leaders, collaborated with full band and orchestra players thrilled the audience with uplifting opening praise song “Yesus Kau Dahsyat” (Jesus, You are Awesome).
Igniting the hype, LOJW continued leading people joyfully praise the Lord with two energetic songs “More Than Enough” and “Not Afraid.” Afterwards, the light was again turned to dark and a spotlight sharply directed to a harp-player. The twang of the harp broke the splendid silent with a song “Wonderful Lord”. Continued the worship ambience, the singers sang “Kudatang Tuhan” (God I come to you) which led the audience to lift their heart to God and to feel the presence of God. With these worship songs, audiences were prepared to receive the Words of God delivered by Bo Sanchez.
After praise and worship sessions, Brother Bo Sanchez was invited to the stage. With a charming big smile and vibrant voice, he asked the audience: “Who wants to be upgraded?” Obviously the whole audiences raised their hands. He started his talk by giving a practical tip on how we can invite God’s blessings every day. “See yourself in the mirror every morning before we start our activities and tell to ourselves that today we will be blessed! It may sounds simple but it can bring a great impact because by doing so, we invite God’s blessing to come in our lives.”
This statement is supported by his personal experience when he wanted to take his wife to stay at 5-star hotel before he went on for business trip. His wife refused because she knew it would be expensive to stay there, but he convinced her “I will ask for a discount. I expect to be blessed today.”
And what happened? Bo entered the hotel, put on a big smile on his face and asked to the receptionist of how much would it cost to stay one night there. The receptionist replied “$200.” And he asked politely “Can i get a discount?” The receptionist then gave him only 10% discount. Bo quickly calculated it and found$180 per night was still quite expensive for him. But somehow “miracle” happened. Bo’s friend showed up from the back of the receptionist and greeted him. Apparently he is the hotel’s manager. After short conversation with Bo, he crossed the initial price of $200++ and wrote $80 per night (without the “++”). Adding more favor, the manager also upgraded his room to a twice bigger room than Bo’s first room.
God’s blessings didn’t stop there. When Bo travelled to Hongkong to minister, his seat was upgraded to business class by the lady in the check-in counter. Well, such things do not happen everyday, but it also not a mere coincidence. It must be God’s great blessings upon His people. God’s upgrade can only take place if we are willing to trust Him and go through the process along with Him.
This was what happened to Elisha in 1 Kings 19:19-21. “So Elijah went from there and found Elisha son of Shaphat. He was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen, and he himself was driving the twelfth pair. Elijah went up to him and threw his cloak around him. He left the oxen and ran after Elijah and said, “Let me kiss my father and mother, and then I will follow you.” And he said, “Go on back. What have I done to you?” Elisha took his yoke of oxen and slaughtered them. He burned the plowing equipment to cook the meat and gave it to the people, and they ate. Then he set out to follow Elijah and became his servant.”
There are two messages from this story. First, when Elisha was still a farmer, he was suddenly received the anointing while he was plowing. Why did it happen? Because Elisha was devoted to what he did as a farmer. When we are devoted to small matters, God notices us. He gives us bigger blessings. God’s anointing and blessings come when we work devotedly and faithfully. Secondly, Bo told us not to see ourselves as mediocre and ordinary. God is calling us. The work we are currently doing won’t be just ordinary for Him as long we are faithfully doing it.
Stop waiting for what you want and start working with what you’ve got. Eventually you’ll get what you want.
Maybe you have been holding your plow and have waited for God’s promotion patiently. But when the anointing comes, Bo reminded us to burn the plow. Why? It’s because we need to move to something new. We can no longer look back. We must prepare to receive God’s new blessings.
How to experience an upgrade?
To answer this question, Bo shared his personal experience. His wife asked Francis (his son) to count from 1 to 10. After he reached 10, her mother asked him to continue counting to 20 and so on. What happened next? At first, Francis told his mother that he couldn’t. But his mother told him that eleven is at the same level with 10 it and he only needs to repeat it from 1.
This simple story made all the audience laugh because it was truly has an important meaning. It often happens in our lives. When we reached 10, we become comfortable and not willing to move any further. That is why we need to take a step to achieve higher than 10. For example, if we achieved 10, we should start to move one level higher than 10. It means we have to go through the eleventh, twelfth and so forth of phases. It also means we need to develop humility to learn new things. We humbly admit we don’t understand everything well. We need to stay eager learning new knowledge. Eventually, the anointing will come and thrust us to a new level.
After a fascinating hour of sharing his blissful experience, Bo summarized his talk. The point was be faithful and devoted to God in all we do, because He will reward us. Pursue improvements then we will be able to do bigger things.
Bo’s talk then closed with a beautiful song of “Jesus I Love you.” The heart-touching lyrics and beautiful melody encouraged the audience to worship God deeper and to feel His love in their life. The sound of the violin was heard along with the song of “Allah Yang Pasti” (God of Certainty). This song reminded the audience that God is always faithful and always near us.
For almost two and half hours, the audience was thrilled with God’s presence along the occasion. They showed their gratitude by bringing their offerings to the Lord. In the last session, Bo requested the audience to write three things they’d been expecting for, along with their name and their email (if they wished so) in the back of an origami paper provided by the event’s coordinators. Unexpectedly, Bo requested the audience to fold the written paper into a paper plane. Then he ordered the audience to fly the plane to the crowd around them while the singers sang an upbeat praise song. With his laid-back attitude, Bo teased the audience, who were mostly young people, “One of you might find girlfriend/boyfriend here.”The multicolor flying paper plane contained with hopes and prayer made the Grand Feast hall become merrier and festive. When the song stopped, the audience was asked to keep the left-over plane and bring it home. They would pray for those who wrote their hopes on the paper.
At the end of the celebration, the singers sang an uplifting closing song of “Generasi Pemenang” (Generation of Victory). Hundreds of blue balloons were released from the top of the Grand Feast arena as the symbol of hope and God’s blessings for this young generation to stand up as Christ’s champion.
Now, it is the time for us to take one step further to improve and faithfully work in His field. So are you ready to be a champion now? Let us upgrade ourselves and spread the blessing around us!
Original article by Irene
Translated by Mei Ling
Edited by Erica, Furi
Toughest Question Answered
The Feast - Toughest Question Answered
Most of us are probably dealing with difficulties and tough issues. Unavoidably, we are facing tough questions we can hardly answer. Questions arise in every area of life, such in relationship “When will I get married?” Or in your career life “Should I start a new business?” “Should I take this job?”
You don’t need to be the smartest person to find the will of God upon these questions. Understanding God’s will in your life is apparently a journey where you need to unite your heart with God. The Scripture says in Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.”
What is the key point of this verse? It is in acknowledging God in all our ways then He will make our paths straight. Frankly the will of God is the inevitable evidence of God’s great love upon us. Therefore, the will of God is not only about thoughts but also about heart.
Then, how does God show His way to us? There are three common ways God uses to communicate with us:
1. Inner Voice
God can speak to you through your inner voice. There are times when God speaks directly to you through your heart. But there are also times when God speaks to you through someone else. Though, it doesn’t mean you can easily trust those who come to you and tell that the Lord has sent him/her to you and you are requested to do certain things. But when someone does come to you and tell you so, you need to confirm it to God first. Ask God and inquire His sign to confirm that the message truly comes from Him. God hears you and will answer you.
2. Inner Value
God can also speak to you through your conscience when you need to take a decision. When you are tempted to do something bad like stealing money, so to speak, your conscience will counsel you, “Don’t steal!” Or perhaps when you are tempted to cheat on exam, your conscience will warn you “Don’t cheat!”
Our conscience is like an alarm that counsels us how to act according to God’s will. How can consciousness be formed? It can be formed through several ways, from the way our parents raise us, from our teachers, or the books we read.
However, we might lose our conscience once a while. Conscience is like a mobile phone. When its’ power drains off, we need to recharge its battery before using it. That is why, we need to continually maintain our consciousness to allow God speaks to us though prayer, join the Feast, learning the Church’s teaching, reading the Bible, or any activities that draw us closer to God. Through teachings, our consciousness will help us to develop clearer and stronger inner values inside us. Thus it will become easier for us to understand God’s way before taking decisions.
3. Inner Vision
Do you know your purpose of life? What is your life’s mission? Do you know why did God create you? If you know the answer of these questions, then you will find it easy to know God’s will in your life. God may not tell you in detail His purpose in your life. He will not tell us “This is My Will,” or “Do this!” What God will tell you is “I will hold your hand and I will walk with you. I will show you the way. Let’s do this together.”
Life is like God giving us a new canvas where we can draw anything we want on it. He gives us the chance to be anything we want, but He never leaves us alone in the process. Instead, He holds our hand and helps us to achieve our dreams. When God calls you, God will make sure His calling will suit your deepest desire. In fact, God’s will is found in your deepest desire. If you are called to be a mother, then be a great mother. Whatever your callings is, remember that God’s will is God’s love.
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The Feast “Positive Mind”
What comes across your mind first when you wake up every day in the morning? Will it be positive thoughts or negative thoughts? Most people unintentionally think negative thoughts. As soon as they wake up, they remember how the traffic will be so lame, or how they fear to meet their irritating manager at work.
Let’s understand more about having a positive mind through a story about an owner of a shoe factory. With his rapid-growing business, he was about to expand his business. He had heard about a business opportunity in one city and he decided to send his man investigating the city. His man found that the people there didn’t wear any shoe. Reluctantly, he returned to his master and reported “If we build a shoe factory in that city you will lose your money. The people there don’t wear any shoe.” Unsatisfied the first report, the businessman sent another man the same city. Out of the blue, the second man returned and reported “This city is a perfect location to build a shoe factory. I’m sure you will earn big profit because the people there don’t wear any shoe. We can sell our shoes to them.” Which report was taken by the owner? The owner took his second man’s report and eventually his business earned a lot of profit.
We can see from the story above that positive mind precede positive things. Our world is a reflection of our mind. That’s why the Apostle Paul urged us to always think positive. in Philippians 4:8, Paul wrote "Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable-if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think about such things."
How to develop a positive mind?
1. Change Our Focus
The first thing we can do is to change our focus. If we keep focusing on negative things, then all those negative thoughts will happen in our life. Meanwhile, if we keep focusing on positive thing then we will experience all those positive thoughts in our life. Don`t focus on your problems. Instead, focus on the positive so you can find solutions. Focus on our victory and our heart will give us the answer.
Bo Sanchez said, "If you keep focusing on your problems then your problem will get bigger and bigger. Therefore, you’d better focus on your upcoming blessing."
2. Change Our Words
There is a saying, "Failed people use words to describe the situation. Successful people use words to change the situation." What does it mean?
To achieve success we need to change our words. When you say negative things over yourself or your life like, “I’m so stupid,” “I can`t do it,” you actually prevent success to come into your life. But when you change your words into positive words like "I can do it! I will be the winner!" then you will eventually achieve success.
The world is like a big lavish restaurant. You get what you order. That’s why you need to keep on saying our blessings. Change our complaints into grateful words. Declare your blessings. Claim God`s promises in your life. You will soon realize the abundant blessings God has given you.
3. Change Your Belief
Sometimes your closest people discourage you the most. Perhaps one of them is your parent. Maybe they said you were stupid or you were slow. Unavoidably, their words have made us believe that we are they said about us. Soon after you regain your own confidence, you may realize they didn’t speak truth. You are not as stupid or as slow as they said.
In this world, there are two beliefs. The first belief is you believe you don’t deserve to be blessed. The second belief is you believe you deserve to be blessed. Which one will you choose? Choose to believe that you deserve to be blessed. Trust yourself. You can do something to achieve your dreams. Someday God will open the door and will let you achieve your dreams.
There are two kinds of tree that grow in our mind. The first tree is the tree that produces positive fruit (positive thoughts). The second tree is the tree that produces negative fruit (negative thoughts). Both trees are always in our mind. But we can choose which tree we want to grow. Grow the positive tree, water it, fertilize it, nurture it until it is rooted, grow and generate positive fruit in our life. While for the negative tree, take a decision to stop nurturing it until it withers and finally dies.
"We can`t prohibit birds to fly above our head. But we can prohibit birds to make a nest on our head."
The Feast “Positive Mind” presented by Brother Nando.
Notes by Irene
English Translated by Tessy
Edited by Erica
Full Tank-Scandalous Grace
The Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard
“For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire workers for his vineyard. 2 He agreed to pay them a denarius for the day and sent them into his vineyard.3 “About nine in the morning he went out and saw others standing in the marketplace doing nothing. 4 He told them, ‘You also go and work in my vineyard, and I will pay you whatever is right.’ 5 So they went.
“He went out again about noon and about three in the afternoon and did the same thing. 6 About five in the afternoon he went out and found still others standing around. He asked them, ‘Why have you been standing here all day long doing nothing?’ 7 “‘Because no one has hired us,’ they answered.
“He said to them, ‘You also go and work in my vineyard.’
8 “When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman, ‘Call the workers and pay them their wages, beginning with the last ones hired and going on to the first.’
9 “The workers who were hired about five in the afternoon came and each received a denarius. 10 So when those came who were hired first, they expected to receive more. But each one of them also received a denarius. 11 When they received it, they began to grumble against the landowner. 12 ‘These who were hired last worked only one hour,’ they said, ‘and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the work and the heat of the day.’
13 “But he answered one of them, ‘I am not being unfair to you, friend. Didn’t you agree to work for a denarius? 14 Take your pay and go. I want to give the one who was hired last the same as I gave you. 15 Don’t I have the right to do what I want with my own money? Or are you envious because I am generous.`
This Feast’s theme was based on the gospel of Matthew 20:1-15 about the parable of the workers in the vineyard. In this passage, “the vineyard” represents God’s working field, while “the landowner” represents God who cultivates the vineyard and does anything needed to keep it grows. Since there were a lot of works to do in the vineyard, the landowner then asked every man he met to work there. Without workers, the landowner can suffer from loss of his entire year’s crop in just a few days. Therefore, there is a mutual relation between the landowner and his workers.
Later on the passage, the first group of worker grumbled when they received their salary, which was a denarius a day. If you notice, they actually received what they deserved, according to their deal with the landowner earlier that day. Did they get what they had been promised? Yes. So why did they still grumble? Was it because of the equal amount of money they got as the later workers with less working hours or because of the generosity of the landowner?
The landowner paid his employee based on the deal they made. That’s why he said “I am not being unfair to you, friend”. But the twelve hours workers expected more than just a denarius a day, due to their logical calculation.
According to the passage, the later groups of worker didn`t make any deal with the landowner. They simply worked and got paid based on their trust an expectation that the landowner will pay them justly as they deserve. When the Landowner called them during the day, these workers simply said yes and did the job. They didn`t bother to ask how much they would receive at the end of the day because they trust the landowner’s wisdom. Then what did they get? A full-day payment. It was all because of the generous heart of the landowner.
This parable also applies with our own personal life. When we only ask proper amount of his grace, the parable announces that he will give us his overflowing goodness. If we think we are among the deserving few, the parable announces God’s judgment against envy. For this is the same God who declares, “I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy!”
As Catholics, sometimes we "make a deal" with God. Admitted or not, most of us at least once have the thought of comparing our life with someone else. Most of the time, we consider others have better luck than us. Then we start to compare our life with others’. "They don`t serve God as well as I do, but look at their life, they have same the blessing as I have, or even more than I have? WHY GOD??
Or maybe we ask God “Why do I have to go through such pain while those who don`t serve you seemed to have a better life?" By having this thought, it is like we want to say: "Oh God, please? I have served you! Surely I deserve better! "
Questions above reveal another significant question: who deserves to receive the favor of God? Through his teachings, Jesus made it clear that God calls and welcomes everyone who comes to him. He has generously made places for everyone in his kingdom—just as the generous landowner who hired the unemployed workers in the streets.
Don`t Get What You Deserve (to what we think it is just right). This Feast’s theme invited us to reconsider ourselves. When our attitude is like the first group of workers, we might end up being querulous just like them. But when you expect nothing and eventually you get more than what you’ve been expecting for, how would you feel? You must be very grateful. Imagine what God can do to you when you serve him sincerely. No matter what may happen in your life, let’s be grateful at all times and not being jealous with what others. Believe that God will bless you abundantly. This is what we called: SCANDALOUS GRACE! Grace is not just or fair or logical. Grace is scandalous, irrational, and insane.
After all, my friend, there`s no such deserve when we talk about God`s grace. None of us deserve anything. It is only by His grace we receive. Period. No questions follow. So the choice is in us: counting what we think we deserve, or feel blessed, do God`s work sincerely and get the scandalous grace anytime ;)
The best thing about God’s scandalous grace is, it is something we will get as a present.
Have a blessed one!
Full Tank-How To Undo Curses of Love
FEAST Notes "Full Tank"
October 5th, 2013
What will happen if we try to love, but we don`t have enough of it to share?It’s like an empty bottle, we won`t be able to share the drink with other people. When our heart is empty, we will not be able to share any love. We will feel a great emptiness that transforms us into a needy and emotional person.
When we are needy, we will do almost everything trying to please other people, evenwhen it means losing our personality. . The feeling of emptiness could also make us emotionally unstable, unable to feel happy with our life. How could we love another if we cannot even love ourselves?
The thing is, our Creator has created us according to HIS Image. It has been written in the book of Genesis 1:26-28 (ESV) that: “…God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them". There are twotruth that can be found on these passages:
1. That we are created in the image of God (You look like God)
We are truly created in HIS Image. Like HIM, we possess the capacity to love and to share them with other people. However, that love will be lose its meaning if we are unable to love ourselves in the first place.
2. You can`t dominate God look-alike
Just like us, everyone around us, be it our children, our friends or our spouse arealso created in HIS image. We cannot dominate them for the will of the God alsoreside within them We cannot control their dreams and desire in life. Often times as a parent we would try to enforce our will to our children so they will do whatever we want them to do. However, we need to remember: they also have their own free will to decide their own life.
Only the weak would feel the need to dominate. In our life, if we have tried to control or manipulate a relationship, we need to sit back and reflect on it. Is what we do is truly a relationship, or is it actually a rulership? The one main difference can be wrapped in a single word: trust. Trust is the solid foundation of any relationship, not control. We would feel content if we learn to trust, and when we trust someone, we would feel less inclined to control them.
There are 5 things that could destroy a relationship:
For example, a parent might demand their children to be the “perfect children” they’ve always been dreamed of. Because of this, the children are forced to do what their parents want, which could make them unable to decide for themselves later on. This controlling habit made us a dominant person in a relationship. If this continues, this habit wouldbe passed on to our grand children later on. Over controlling is the same as undermining the trust in our relationship. Remember: the foundation of any solid relationship is trust, not control or domination.
Most of the times, it is very easy to remember the mistake of those around us, even to the smallest detail. If we keep on saving and storing each tiny detail of those mistakes, our life would soon be full of burdens. Because of this, we need to learn to forgive, as it has been written on the book of Ephesus 4:32: “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you”
We often became reactive when we are experiencing an emotional turmoil. We just got back from the office, tired, and then our parent come and gave us an advice. Rather than listening to them, we became agitated and got angry at them. This reaction happened often when we are running out of God’s love. We became emotionallyunstable and impatient.
Sometimes we made a comparison, we might think of it as a harmless thing, but most of the times, we end up shaming our friend / spouse / children. For example, a parent might be comparing his/her children to an impossible standard, even going as far as saying that “my children is not as good/smart as yours”. While it might seem minor this actually hurt their children’s emotions. It made them to grow up as a negativethinking person.
Egoist is one of the basic characteristic of a human. We often see everything solely relying on our own point-of-view. Everything is about me and the most important thing is my happiness.
If someone has an empty love tank, they have the tendency to hurt those around them, to demand much more than what is given. If someone around you is having this tendency, our advice is: Stop. Don’t try to fix them. For the only one who could refill their love tank is God and themselves No oneelse.
For the couples out there, do not think that when you are married, you will automatically become much happier. Your partner could only fulfill about 30% of your emotional needs.
Live in the love and grace of the God, and remember: don’t try to fix and shape other people according to what we want. For the only one who could do it is God Himself. Our role is simply to love and pray for them.
Jesus In Blue Jeans - The Image of God
The way we perceive God will determine the quality of life we’re living in. Let’s put it this way: “What kind of quality do you want to have in your life? Do you want a live full of threat, difficulties and pressures? Or do you want a live full of peace, joy, and abundance? Surely, all of us will pick the second option primarybecause each of us wants to have a happy life.
In Mark 4:10, Jesus said “Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.” This Scripture really emphasizes that the only God we can worship and serve is The Lord himself. But it doesn’t mean that God is self-centered or smug. By the time The Scripture was written, about 2000 years ago, people worshiped false idols, such as trees, fire, sea, and many more. Unfortunately these false idols are still in our society, but they come in different forms such us sports, social media, or technologies.
Saint August once said, “Inside every person, there is an emptiness that can only be filled by the love of God.”Thus when we are not fulfilled with the love of God, then we will always feel empty. Try to fill this sentence “I can’t even live in five minutes without….” The word you put to complete this sentence could be the person or the thing you worship most.
To avoid worshiping false idols means we need to truly understand who our God is. There are wrong imagespeople may perceive about God:
1. Long Distance God
For some people, God is perceived as someone faraway. God is unreachable. They consider God not as a Living Being but as a great force. The truth is God is near and always on our side because God is omni-presence. He is where we are.
2. Old Fashioned God
For young people, doing service for the Church is for the weirdos, nerds, obsolete, or old-fashioned people. It is so out-dated because they perceived God is old-fashioned. However this is so wrong. God follows the latest trend and is so fashionable. Today, many young professionals and successful entrepreneurs, like Bo Sanchez, are servants of God. In the middle of their tight schedule, they intentionally give their time to serve God.
3. Policeman God
Some other people perceived God as a policeman who hides in the bush, ready to catches us if we make a mistake or a sin and then condemns us for our sins by giving bad breaks and difficulties in our daily life. This is also a wrong perception. God loves us endlessly and never condemn us because he wants the best for each of us.
4. Accounting God
On the other side, there are people who perceive God as an accountant. In their limited minds, they believe God sends his angels to over watch people and to record their good and bad attitudes. They think when they die God will first ask their names, observe their record book, summarize the number of good things and bad things they perform while they live on earth to determine whether they can go to heaven or to hell. But the truth is God is full of mercy. He forgives all of our sins. He provides his mercy when we come to him and repent all of our sins.
5. Emergency God
Some other people perceived God as a money machine like the ATM (Automatic Teller Machine). They only seek God when they are in a need of certain amount of money. Others only pray when they sick and need healing and miracle. They perceive God as a Doctor God. Those are the kind of people who seek God when they are dealing with emergency scene. But soon after receiving restoration and healing, they forget to give thanks to God. They even stop praying because they consider the emergency situation has passed them by.
Nevertheless, let us put God as our purpose of life, not as a merely means in our life. We should always involve God in every aspect of our life and not intentionally exploit God.
6. Santa Clause God
Another group of people may consider God like a Santa Clause. God is perceived to come only once a year when Christmas. Therefore, they come to the church only on Christmas with a lengthy list of wishes and hoping that God will somehow fulfill it all.
The Scripture indeed says “ask and you shall receive,” but God also says “seek and you shall find.” Therefore we also need to act, not only ask.
We really need to carefully understand those wrong images of God for it will determine our life’s quality. Remember that “you will become more alike to God you worship.” However, the true image of God is:
A Happy God
Our God is full of joy and love. We don’t need to do any certain thing to make God happy because he is happy with us, the way we are. "The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.”(Zephaniah 3:17) We don`t need to be perfect for God to loves us and considers us worthy. We are worthy and wonderful in the eyes of God from the beginning of time.
Jesus in Blue Jeans
The gospel of John 4:20-21,24 recorded the conversation between Jesus and a Samaritan lady in the Jacob`s well. At the time when Jesus lived, Jews did not associate themselves with Samaritans. But Jesus did something that preceded His time. He didn`t only speak one or two words to this lady, he explained how to truly worship God.
Back to the old time, Jews claimed that the right place to worship God was only in Jerusalem. Different people had different privilege to the temple of God. Either Jews or Gentiles, men or women, Priest, or the High Priest, each group had their certain place to worship God in the temple. The place that closer to the centre was considered more holy than the outer place.
Right at the centre, it was The Ark of the Covenant. It was God`s presence for people of those days. It was kept inside the Holy of Holiest, and was covered by a curtain. Only a few selected people can enter this sacred place, usually the high priest. But for most common people, they couldn`t not enter this holy place. It was too holy that anyone who approached it could have die (for they had sinned). Therefore people those days considered holy as something terrible, causing death, and full of horror. God was in such a high holy place, far away from us, sinner. But Jesus told the woman in the Jacob`s well that there would be the day when people could come to the Father not in the mountain nor in Jerusalem, but directly to Him.
In Hebrews 10:19-20 immediately after the death of Jesus, the curtain that covered the Ark of the Covenant was torn in two. Now everyone can see God. Jesus has died so we may have direct access to meet God in His Most Holy place. Jesus has become the living way for us to the Father.
Now we know we can meet God directly but where to connect with God? And how to connect to God?
1. Connecting with God.
God can be found both in worldly places and worship places. God can be found inside the church, in the chapel, in the adoration chamber, and other sacred places. Yet He can also be found everywhere place in the world. You can find God in the school, at the workplace, even in the most unexpected place like the clubs. At work, for example: you meet God when you deal with your annoying colleagues, your fierce boss, or your kind best friend at work. God is everywhere. It means you can pray and connect with Him everywhere. But surely you need to watch over your surroundings before praying. Simply pray in your heart, God still hears it.
However, praying everywhere doesn`t mean that we no longer need going to the church. It is still very important that we go to church, receive the Holy Communion, go to adoration, and other activities in church. Why? Because praying in church reminds us that the world is a holy place.
Brother and sister, let`s think about this. When you spend at least 8 hours a day at work or at home working, do not forget that "Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters…"(Collosians 3:23). Having a conversation with God in the middle of our activities means we stay connected to God, everywhere.
The second question is How to Connect with God? There are 2 things we can do in order to answer this question.
1. Awareness of God:
We have to be able to identify God`s presence around us. In 1 Thessalonian 5:17 Saint Paul reminded us to "pray without ceasing." We need to continually pray because prayer helps us to be more aware to the presence of God in our life. Sometimes people just seek God in the highest place, while at the same time, God can be found sitting next to us. Psalm 139:7-8 tells us that God is always near us. Even when sometimes we try to run away from Him, He is faithfully waiting for us.
2. Appointments with God:
We should set up a particular time to meet God regularly. For example, when you wake up in the morning, spend 10 times to speak to God. God is always at wait for us. He`s ready to meet you anytime you can. Matt 6:6 encourages us to pray anytime despite of other people are watching you praying. Because God sees things we do in hidden place and He will reward us for it.
Brother Lawrence, the author of "The Practice of the Presence of God once said, "the time of business makes no difference from the time of prayer to me. In the noise and clatter of my kitchen, while several persons are at the same time calling for different things, I possess God inside me as a great tranquility as if I were upon my knees at the Blessed Sacrament.”
Through Jesus, God is available anytime, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. He takes the night shift, watching over us endlessly. He is faithful and will meet you wherever you are. So connect with him now, He is always be there for you.
FEAST "The Biggest Winner"
Winner is identical with high position or wealth. Those who do not possess them are not considers as a winner. In such a way, it lead people to ask blessings on those things while God’s blessings can take various forms, like oxygen or health. The one which we often forget is health. We are able to pursue many things in lives because we have health. To have a healthy body is not merely depend on what we eat or exercise we have, but is also has something to do with our thinking. That is why it is important to change our minds, like written in Proverbs 17:22 “a happy heart is good medicine and a cheerful mind works healing, but a broken spirit dries up the bones.”
To achieve a happy heart and cheerful minds, we need to change our mindset. Thus, there are seven powerful-healing mindset that can be applied in our daily life, like following:
- Trust more.
Stress, difficult situations, demanding works and people put pressure in our lives. In the end pressures create worries in our heart. To overcome it, we need to trust God more. In Matthew 6:25-27, God says that we do not need to be worried because God will take care of us. When we believe that God is always with us and works in our lives, we will not be worried because there is nothing God cannot do.
- Forgive more.
Angry is one of human’s emotions. It is acceptable that people sometimes get angry. The thing that should be kept in mind is that keeping the anger for such a long time will poison our hearts. Before it poisons us, the anger should be taken out. The only way to discharge it from our heart is by forgiving those who hurt us.
- Love more.
The greatest needs of all human being are being loved. Often ,when we have accomplished everything , we feel emptiness. This emptiness can be filled with the love from God and others. Many people around us desperately need love. That is why we should learn to love others.
- Expect more.
Some people believes life is like a roller coaster, sometimes we are up and sometimes we are down. When people receive blessings and good things, people expect bad things occur the next turn. As children of God, we should expect blessings and not the bad thing. When we receive blessings, then we can expect more blessings will come.
- Laugh more.
God destines us to be happy, positive and joyful people. We should be happy no matter what struggle we are facing now. The struggles and problems we face are God’s tools to strengthen us.
- Vacation more.
What it means by vacation, is not the holiday when we are out of town. What it means is the time to draw ourselves from the problems, reflect our lives, and pray to God.
- Serve more.
The world we are living in, is a selfish world. We are more concern about us, and indifferent about others. The selfishness lead us to see that our problems are the hardest compare to others. Jesus, on the contrary teaches us to think about others and volunteer ourselves to serve them. By doing so, we are able to see that many people face harder problems. As the result, we are no longer focus on our problems and concern about others more.
Feast "Follow Me - Clarity"
When somebody has a great leadership style and hence potentially influences the surrounding, people will tend to follow him. To be a great leader, first we must have clarity. What is Clarity? It’s about knowing your “What, Why and How to achieve your goal”.
There may be only a few of people with these characteristics and the world is still hungry for that type of people: someone who is clear about his vision (what is his desired goal), values (why he wants to reach the vision/the drivers of the vision), and vehicles (how he is going to reach his vision).
We can learn to be a great leader and influencer by being clear about three important elements:
People who do not have the picture of their futures will tend to always look at their past. And much of leadership is about giving HOPE. Hope involves the will to get the future, and different ways to get there.
“Where there is no vision, the people perish.” (Proverbs 29:18)
Although we are sinners, but God’s love has transformed us so that we may have a future that is full of hope. “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” (1 Corinthians 13: 13)
When we believe in God’s promise for our future, we will then be able to stop looking at the past and to start looking forward and we finally be able to picture our future. God’s love will make our future become clearer and we will have faith and hope to walk towards it.
Walking towards our vision may not be smooth. We may face some challenges that may drag us into hopeless situation. However, in order to face all the challenges, we should know our values. By knowing the values, we will then be confirmed that ‘the show must go on’. In other words, whatever challenges we may face, we will not become indecisive because we have decided the reason of reaching our vision.
Decision making will be difficult only when we are not clear about what is important, or when we do not know why we should have walked towards our vision.
We need to be clear about our vehicles. These vehicles, for example people, tools and all related things, those will help and support us walking towards our vision.
Briefly, when we are clear with our vision, values and vehicles, people will naturally follow us. To be a leader is an attitude; let us become a leader in accordance with what the Lord wants us to be.
Feast "Take a Break"
There are two types of person:
1. Irresponsible Person
Is one who act directly towards what he/she feels.
2. Responsible Person;
Is one who takes time, a gap, before expressing his/her emotion
But how if you are an expressive person? Does it mean that you are an irresponsible person? Of course not! Having emotion is a gift. Having emotion means having the ability to love, to hate, to be angry, to be sad, to feel the joy, to feel happy, to be hurt, to have empathy. Having emotion shows that we’re human.
However, showing our feeling just like that without first analyzing could harm others and therefore makes us as an irresponsible person. Imagine tired parents who scold very hard on their nagging two years old son, the scar given to the son might be for a long term. What about spreading bad gossip of your best friend the moment you get angry with his/her attitude toward you? Another bad example a wife who cheat after she found her husband is cheating after her.
When we don’t control of our emotion wisely, we might do something irresponsible that might harm others and society as a whole in a long term. If we keep on doing this, the idea of “making the world a better place” will definitely banish.
Jesus, our role model of life, was writing on sand when everyone pushed him to do something on a woman who caught committed adultery (John 8: 6-7). What He wanted to tell us by this scripture is the ability to forgive. Another important message would be: To take a gap between your emotion and your action. Jesus might feel annoyed with those people who pushed him to do condemn, to said something against the “sinful” woman. Despite preaching those people loudly on the spot and told them the DO’s and DON’T’s of life, He took His time silently and wrote on the sand then finally said this simple words: “Let anyone of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.”
Holding our emotion is not easy, we all know that. It is not easy at all to bite our tongue when somebody snaps us. It is not cool at all to stay quiet when your surrounding feels like playing a drum of war. But this kind of pain, the pain to hold it back, calls pain of restrain. This pain of restrain is better than pain of regret. Why? Think about it this way, when holding your emotion and having pain of restrain, you won’t hurt others, save the society and make the world a better place. By spilling all the anger at once for example, you can probably hurt others. The pain you caused will probably stay linger in somebody`s heart and become his burden. Moreover, keeping anger can caused you to damage your own life and the people around you.
After hurting people, you might feel sorry about it. Then it causes you to feel the pain of regret. How many times people say: I wish I could turn back time and take my words. The purpose of gap is emotional detachment, not emotional denial. As it is mentioned above, being responsible and controlling emotion doesn`t mean we deny our feelings. It is natural to feel angry. It`s natural to be sad. But we shouldn`t drift into emotion and use it as an excuse of those irresponsible actions we take.
By having a gap between the emotion and the action, we are expected to draw ourselves back in peace and then we can consider things objectively. It also means that we detach ourselves from those negative emotions. Soon after, we will be able to see and think clearer of the situations we are dealing with. We can analyze what has just happened, what will happen next, or how our attitude will determine our opponent`s attitiude.
How to do this? Try these tips:
After feel your feelings, take a moment and imagine the scenarios of what will happen next in three steps:
1. Fantasize your difficult situation in black and white → quickly draw back, detach yourself from the emotion and do quick analysis. As the example of tired parents who scold very hard on the nagging two years old son. This stage would be holding ourselves and see the situation objectively: is it my spoiled son or is it me who has been tired and stress?
2. Fast forward your fantasy → What happen if I release my emotion? How it will impact my opponent and myself? What will happen to my son if I scold him very hard? Will he be ok? Will he get the bitterness of life?
3. Imagine God`s dream in your life --> Everything happens for a reason. God`s will should be the centre of the reasons in our life. Consider your emotions. By having this emotion, would my actions accommodate God`s plan? By scolding my son very hard, will God`s plan be fulfilled in me?
Last but not least, avoid making major decisions during moments of "desolation" and/or "consolation". Moments of desolation are those moments of your life when you feel so down, some people call these moments as the lowest level of their life. Whereas moments of consolation are those moments in your life when you feel overwhelm, feeling so up there, like you want to live for another 10,000 years.
When we are full of emotions, whether it is positive or negative, our emotion take the most part of the activity of the brain. Therefore, we need to take a break before making decision so we will be able to see things clearly and consider our situations better. As the result, we will be able to make better accountable decisions. God gives us the ability to think, to analyze, and to control our feelings so that we can live our life according to His love and guidance. So, let`s live life wisely :)
Feast "GPS to Happiness"
There are three effective methods to live beyond our feelings, which are changing rules, setting your focus, and giving reward. Maybe we never have realized before that we make certain conditions for ourselves that keep us away from being happy. We limit ourselves from happiness by making condition "if." For example, "I will only be happy, if..." This is pathetic. Making condition only avoid us from the true happiness.
To be happy easily, we need to make things simpler. Thanksgiving is the key that open the gate of happiness. By giving thanks in all things, we are reminded with the blessings we have already received. Therefore, it will be easier for us to feel happy. Yet, it is easier said than done. Too often we are controlled by our feelings than our mind. Therefore, setting our mind to certain focus has become everyday challenge we need to do on and on.
First Principle : Don`t live according to your feelings, but manage your focus
As believers, we should not let our feelings reign over our lives. Don`t live according to your feelings. Instead, set your mind and keep it set. Don`t do or act according to what your feelings tell you to do, but do what you have already set in your mind and then let your feelings follow your action.
The Scriptures tell us to set our mind to higher things than bring the goodness of God into our live. In Phillipians 4:8, Saint Paul said
"Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—
if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—THINK about such things."
Your focus creates your reality.
Whatever good or bad, you will eventually get what you focus your mind into. If you want more happiness in your life, focus your mind into things that yield happiness to us. Thus, it will be easy for us to be happy regardless the circumstances around us.
In Nehemiah 8:10, “Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is sacred to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength."
Second Principle: Action precedes Emotion.
Your action will determine your feelings. When your actions reflect happiness, you feel joy and your spirit is lifted up. No more waiting for good mood to do a work. Do things that make you happy, and happiness will follow.
Third principle : Convince yourself.
What we say to ourselves determines what we will feel. Remember the first principle to remove the conditions to be happy. Develop a set of simple rules to replace the former rules. Make sure the new rules are more attainable and convince yourself with the new rules. For instance:
Former rule : "I will only be happy if I have achieved my goal."
New rule : "I`m happy because I know I am one step closer to my goal."
Former rule : "I will be happy if all things work according to my will"
New rule : "I`m happy because all things work together for my good."
When we maintain these three principle, happiness is near. Say goodbye to "live according to your feelings." Start today, take control of your live and live beyond your feelings by manage your focus and your actions, and let your feelings follow you. God bless you.
To be an individual, who wants to be recognized by a lot of people is not wrong or taboo. It is fine to be like that, but not too much, because our existence has already guaranteed by Jesus Christ, who showed his unconditional love, He died on the cross and rose from the death. All of us human beings were already redeemed and guaranteed in every single moment in ourlives. As written in the Gospel of John 19:30, that before giving His life, Jesus said, “It has finished.” That was His guarantee for us, so that we do not have to worry about anything that will happen in our lives, as it all is guaranteed by our Lord, himself.
Do you know what God has promised to guarantee our life? God has promised 3S: Supply, Solution, and Significance.
God’s promise is always real and will never fail. He will supply not just reaching a level of adequate blessing, but up to the level of abundance. However, what do you do whenyour dreams are bigger than your resources? When you tried and then failed so many times, and in the end lead you to stress, what can you have to do with this situation? You will be given two options, those are:
- Adjust your dreams to your resources (lessen your dreams)
- Improve your resources to match your big dreams
To determine which of these two options that you should choose, it is necessary to do discernment to know whether your dream comes from your pride or from God.
If your dream comes from your pride, then you will always try hard to look good, so that people would recognize you, which eventually will lead to stressful condition, beingworkaholic, and misery. Because of this wrong motivation, you hardly feel the satisfaction of what you do and less likely to feel happy. Moreover, you might become arrogant when you reach the success. Remember that being confident and being arrogant are two similar things yet very different.
Meanwhile, to know if your dream comes from God, you need to ask to your heart if it is truly God`s will. When you know that your dreams come from God, He Himself will supply everything for you to achieve your dreams.
It often happens, a condition in which there is no solution to your problems. However, what you have to do is believe in God that He will provide the way out. No matter what the problems and conditions are, God solution is always better than the others.
Related to what is stated in Proverb 3:5, do not lean on our own understanding as human beings, because God has promised the best solution for whatever we will face in life. God provides guarantee and our lives are guaranteed for a lifetime!
Some people who are really spiritual (being too religious) tend to be the passive ones, because they think that God had promised everything, so they could just ask without having to put any effort at all. This is a wrong concept and incorrect perception of what constitutes God`s promise to us. Sometimes you just want the problem to instantly vanish. The right attitude towards the problems is to wait for God’s time, not yours.
God wants you to be a part of the solution. That is why God gives you the seeds instead of the fruits. God wants you to grow to be a better person. God is never in hurry. You could never know when the perfect time is, because it is a mystery of God. Don’t just focus on your problems, but you should focus on the reasoning behind your problems, in which sometimessolution could be found outside the problems.
What`s the difference between being successful and being significance? Beingsuccessful is about achieving your dreams, while being significance means helping others to achieve their dreams. In the relation to success, sometimes people are afraid that when they reach the top, they would be alone. However, how can we be significant for others when we are afraid to be alone? Remember that you can only share the success that you have already achieved. As written in Luke 12:16-21 with Parable about success, significance is stored up for the righteous, with some conditions as follows:
- A life of success is filling your barn
- A life of selfishness is filling your barn in period
- A life of significance is helping others to fill their barn
- Let your success overflow for your barn
According to Proverbs 13:22, a good person leaves an inheritance for their offspring, but a sinner’s wealth is stored up for the righteous. Give and bless those who cannot give you back anything but prayer. Because you give not to receive back from them, but to receive way more that you could imagine from God in heaven.
Maybe now you are having a hard time because of your own problems, no matter how big or small they are. The good news is that our life has been completely guaranteed by our Father when He gave His only Son to die on the cross.
Interview with Father Antonius Antara Pr
A young, cheerful priest, happy in God`s services and a technology enthusiast. This is a short description of "Father Antonius Suhardi Antara Pr", also known as Father Aan. Born on 13th april 1972 in Sleman, Father Aan currently is working as the economist of the archdiocese of Jakarta. He is the advising priest of Light of Jesus Family (LOJF).
Due to his new role in LOJF, we has conducted an interview with Father Aan as follows:
Q: Starting from November 2012, Father Aan has become the moderator priest for LoJF. How you find this attractive, working together with Light Of Jesus Family?
A: What makes this chance is so interesting is because I work together with a team of enthusiast young people who are so eager to serve The Lord. I fell that we share the same dream : to be able to care for the people who have been "missing" from the Church for a long time and to bring them back to the Church, through Light Of Jesus Family community.
Q: In your opinion, what makes Light of Jesus Family attractive as a Catholic community?
A: I`ve found that LOJF`s activities which are separated in prayer groups and ministries make this community more attractive. It makes the services become more effective and build a stronger brotherhood. The weekly prayer meetings provide the opportunities for the member to share their daily actual issues to each other. I sincerely hope that it will attract more young people to join the community, as well they may find the answer to their questions of life.
Q: In Light of Jesus Family, we celebrate mass in "HOLY FEAST". How do you think about it?
A: HOLY FEAST is uniquely different from other liturgical mass, mostly because its combination of upbeat charismatic song and official church liturgy. The result is a vibrant and jubilant celebration without diminishing the liturgical value of the mass itself.
Q: Does the Catholic Church support the charismatic movement like one we start in HOLY FEAST?
A: The Catholic Church definitely supports the charismatic movement through various means. Therefore the Church assist such communities, council them to be align with the visions of the Catholic Church. Our concern is in the capability of the preacher. Thus, we provide evangelism courses for people who want to develop their faith through the Bible Studies.
Q: What do you expect for Light Of Jesus Family with their activities in the coming time?
A: I hope that the young generation of the Church will be willing to take more responsibilities in building the Church. They can do their part by being active in their parish, local church committee, and involve themselves by living as witnesses of the Gospel as well being part of sharing the Gospel to the society.
Beloved LOJFams, it is our role and responsibility to give our best God, who has given everything for our salvation. Let us be more proactive in realizing the vision and mission of our beloved Church.
LOJF "Miracle Worker"
Miracle can happen to anyone at anytime. As written on the Bible 1 Kings 18:41-45, miracle happened when Elijah prayed to God to send heavy rain on the land of Israel They needed water because of the drought happening for 3.5 year. After his 7th attempts request to God, there was a small cloud appeared in the clear blue sky. Finally, there is a sign of heavy rain to come.
This verse is showing us that nothing impossible for our God. What happened can happen due to Elijah’s faith, finally the heavy rain come. We also need to have faith, the same faith in order to make our dreams come true through:
- Conceive: we need to visualize our dream first before it could become reality, as there’s a saying: “your fantasy creates your future”. We should protect our dream/vision because if our vision is limited, our life is limited.
- Receive: always expect for the best. God wants to bless us more than what we expect.
- Achieve: when we want to achieve our dream, we need to act upon our faith, just like that woman who suffer for 12 years from bleeding (Mark 5:24-29). Action is the best expression of our faith, as faith with no action is useless.
There are two kinds of attitude of experiencing miracles:
- When God gives us miracles (we are a miracle waiter): when the Israelites were in the desert, they received manna everyday for forty years without doing anything
- When God gives us the power to produce miracle (we become a miracle worker): when the Israelites entered the Promised Land, God gave them the power to develop the land so that they can produce something out of it
Now the question is: are you a miracle waiter or miracle worker? How could we become miracle workers?
How do we become a miracle worker? We should do 4A:
- Ask – even though God knows exactly what we want, we still need to ask Him.
- Act – as miracles are produced by faithful action.
- Advise – seek for advices from: the world (feedback from reality), the wise (feedback from the elders, more experienced, and expert ones), and the Word of God (listen to God’s word)
- Adjust – just like a technology, we also need to adjust ourselves with the current situations.
Do you want miracle to happen in your life? Let’s us be the most incredible God’s miracle workers, because if God wants to give the best for us, we need to give the best for Him as well! God Bless you!
Holy Feast 19 January 2013 CANCELED
Dear fams, please be advised that our Holy Feast 19 January 2013 at Diaspora Thamrin City is CANCELED due to flood in Jakarta. Let`s pray instead for Jakarta 3 days in a row starting Jan 18-20 @ 10pm. May God bless our city.
FEAST Don`t Focus on Pain, Focus on Reward
Once, some scientists engaged in a psychological project to study the relevance between the self-retrain and success. They called the project as "The Marshmallow Experiment." The scientists prepared a customized room for their experiment. Children, as the subject of research, were told by the scientists, if they were able not to eat the marshmallow for 20 minutes, then they would receivedanother marshmallow.
At the end of research, the scientists got two groups of children. The first group consisted of those who able to wait for 20 minutes, and the second group consisted of children who were not able to wait and ate all themarshmallow.
The research continued twenty years later where the children that followed the project were interviewed. The result was surprising. Those who were able to wait are more success than those who were not able to wait.
The scientists concluded, those who have self-restrain and focus to the final purpose are those who have the ability to be successful.
Why do we need to focus on the reward?
Because rewards is more powerful than punishment.
In Galatians 6:7, the Scriptures teach us about the Law of Farm. This law is as strong and as sure as the law of gravity. There are 3 points on this law.
1. You reap what you sow.
Rewards don’t come instantly, but in time. God has a fix, precise time. He never too late and never too early. So learn to wait patiently, because your reward will eventually come at His proper time.
2. God will reward you even if others don’t. In John 16:33
, God says that even if you suffer in this world, God has conquered it all for you. So don`t be discourage. Though your closest people can`t appreciate you properly, God is fair. He is a Rewarder for those who diligently seek Him.
3. Sow generously and you will reap generously. If you plant 1 seed of mango tree you will have 1 mango tree. If you want to harvest abundantly, start sow more seeds.
There are two kinds of reward. First is "Eternal Reward" and second is "Earthy Reward." Eternal reward refers to the reward we get when we enter eternal life, which is Jesus Christ Himself. Earthly reward refers to the rewards we receive while we`re still living on earth.
Commonly, people only think God will give us only heavenly reward. But the truth is this: God is please to reward you while you still in earth.
A. Earthly Reward
How can we obtain earthly reward? There are two things we need to ask ourselves.
1. Are you planting it?
There is no mango that can grow out from a papaya seed. If we try hard enough, the result will eventually show. Thus, do what is good and right repetitively. Repetition is the mother of all skills.
2. Are you harvesting?
Not only planting, we have to remember also to harvest it. Many people work hard constantly, but forget to enjoy it, not appreciating their own hard work. God also wants us to appreciate and be grateful of our own hard work.
B. Eternal Reward
Matthew 6:1 reminds us to always seek for blessings in Heaven. Why? Because earthly rewards will never fulfill us. Only heavenly rewards that is able to provide you eternal happiness.
When you do something to others or when you sow, remember this:
Be careful not to do your ‘acts of righteousness’ before men, to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. (Matthew 6:1)
These are three things that will you find in heaven:
Eternal reward #1: You will be fulfilled perfectly
Eternal reward #2: You will be loved perfectly
Eternal reward #3: You will love perfectly
While we’re now living on earth, just keep in mind that the Earth is a training camp for heaven. Sometimes it will feel like a marathon champion, which is feel so hard
“But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”(Philippians 3:13-14
Blessing be with you! Fiat Lux!
Since our childhood, we’ve acknowledged that there is a supreme power God. His sovereignty and His will are for sure. So it means that “for with God nothing shall be impossible” - Luke 1:37. But apparently there are 3 things God cannot do for us.
God is not a man, so he does not lie. He is not human, so he does not change his mind. Has he ever spoken and failed to act? Has he ever promised and not carried it through?(Numbers 23:19)
1. God cannot lie
The truth that God is not a human makes He cannot lie. Let us read carefully on this verse when Elisha asked to inherit a double portion of Elijah spirit, God fulfilled His promise, even Elisha had already died. Because God’s word is a promise and he will never let it fail.
When they had crossed, Elijah said to Elisha, "Tell me, what can I do for you before I am taken from you?" "Let me inherit a double portion of your spirit," Elisha replied. (2 Kings 2:9)
Once while some Israelites were burying a man, suddenly they saw a band of raiders; so they threw the man`s body into Elisha`s tomb. When the body touched Elisha`s bones, the man came to life and stood up on his feet. (2 Kings 13:21)
#Lesson 1: Be Firm With your Dream
There always been a struggle but amazingly God will provide and never lie. He will give in the right time, considering that God’s time maybe different from our time, but believe, that will be the best for you. Yes we are human and less than perfect, but Our God is amazingly perfect and powerful. No matter how difficult your problem is, what you’re now struggling with, God will make a way, His way that may not come earlier, but precise. So keep be firm with your dream.
#Lesson 2: Be Flexible With Your Deadline
What we want is: dream a little but we want to have it as soon as possible. What God will provide with His grace is big and maybe works slowly. So do our portion as best as we can and God will do the rest. Dream, pray for it, and leave it to Him.
#Lesson 3: Be Free From Your Details
Seeing is believing. We only believe what we have seen. Details that we have set are good, but God knows better, God has His own details that way better for us.
2. God Cannot Change
The bible was written with a journey. From Genesis into Revelation, it took 3000 years to be finished. But the Holy Spirit companion to the writer and disciples remains the same. The love of God will never change to human and His creation.
But love itself has two sided: 1) function to gently love and favor, 2) function to control.
Jesus is the same yesterday, and today, and forever. (Hebrews 13:8)
I am the Lord and I change not. (Malachi 3:6)
God is Love. (1 John 4:16)
Your unfailing love will last forever. Your faithfulness is as enduring as the heavens. (Psalm 89:2)
Do you know that everything will change? Let’s point out what that might change in this life:
a) Fame changes: like actress or actor
b) Cool changes: like technology
c) Body changes
d) People changes
You cannot do anything to hold the change. But one thing for sure from what you cannot do is You can’t do anything to make God love you less.
3. God Cannot Fail
Failure is Temporary, but Victory is Permanent— because God cannot fail.
For the Lord your God is He who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies, to give you the victory. (Deuteronomy 20:4).
Do you want to move from one victory to another? These are the rules:
- When you play your games, Always play doubles.
- When you play your games, Always give your best
- When you play your games, Always trust your partners
- Give your best and let your Partner do the rest.
Remember that your partner is God. When God really gives His dream to you, just said Yes and Amen. World thinks the result is everything, but God loves the development and process.
Be the light of Jesus.
Feast "Get The Right Bite"
For most Asian, saying “no” to someone’s offers is as hard as the rejection itself. We are taught to feel guilty by rejecting someone’s request. The culture teaches us that being a good person means we are expected to always able to help and even sacrifice for others. But this is not always true. The ability to refuse is apparently will help us to bless more people than we could. When we refuse and say “no” we make psychological boundaries to protect us from people who may hurt us, or from bad influences.
The Scripture says in Luke 5:15-16, Jesus withdrew himself from people. It seemed like Jesus refused people who were looking for Him. Jesus set boundaries for himself. He knew He needed a time just to be with himself. For many people, being alone is almost similar to loneliness and depression. But by taking a time alone, one is expected to recognize and understand oneself better.
In the Good Samaritan Story (Luke 10:37), God teaches us, when we are about to help people, we should not forget to make decision of how far we are able to help him. That Good Samaritan in the story made his boundaries by involving the inn keeper to help him took care of the sick man. Making boundaries is important because it will avoid us from being dragged into their problems which later can turn into our problem as well.
There are two types of people who find it hard to refuse things. First, they are approval addict. These people have a common need to be recognized as ‘a good person.” Refusing is an impolite manner. To maintain the image as ‘good person’ these people hardly refuse requests. The second type is people pleaser. These are the people who put others’ needs before their own at the expense of their own sacrifice.
Sometimes, saying “no” is required. Making psychological boundaries to ourselves help us to have a more peaceful life. Making boundaries is like making fences for our house. With fences around the house, we may feel secured, protected, and help us build a healthy self image. Even during safe instruction on the plane, we are instructed to help ourselves first before we help others.
There are two lessons we can learn from this Good Samaritan. First, when we help others, we have to help ourselves as well. We take care of ourselves so we are able to give the best for others. Second lesson, when we help others, do it on team. Too many people are trapped in ‘savior’ mentality. We want to save people from their problems. But our only true Savior is Jesus Christ.
There are four areas where our psychological fences are easily broken.
1. Financial fences
Even religious people have problems with money. The first problem is they die too soon and the second problem is they live too long. We should start to take the financial responsibility over our life by managing our finance.
2. Body fences
After getting married, most people are being careless with their body shape. Some others only put a few attentions on their health. They work hard and have lack sleep. Physical fatigue drives us to emotional fatigue. We should learn to maintain our physical condition and manage our emotion healthily.
3. Relation fences
You should be aware whom you are going around with. People may influence us. Nourishing friends will support us to become a better person. Destructive friends will drive us far from our track. We may become worse than we used to be.
4. Helping fences
Most people say we should not help people half way. Again, this is not always true. We are not the True Helper (who is Jesus Christ). We should differ selfish from self-love. Selfish means everything rotates on one self. While in self-love, we take care of ourselves. We understand our needs and we fulfill ourselves with God’s love before we serve others. We can’t give what we don’t have.
There are five needs we often neglect.
1. We need rest
We need to take care of ourselves. We need to rest. We need proper healthy food to keep our body healthy so we can serve others.
2. We need dreams
We need dreams to keep our passion in life. God puts our divine purpose within us, in our heart. We are given interests, talents, and dreams. Following our divine purpose means we follow God through developing our talents to the utmost.
3. We need to be ourselves
Pressure from people, families, or work, often makes us forget to become ourselves. We are expected to become someone we’re not. Of course this is hard. We are created to be ourselves, not to become imitation of somebody else.
4. We need money
We need to take care of ourselves not only for today, but for tomorrow and our future. We are responsible for our own life. Take that responsibility now!.
5. We need love
Everyone needs love. God is love. Heaven is a place where love is in its perfect form. Our purpose is to fill ourselves with love of God as much as it enables us to bring down heaven to earth.
Feast "Find Your Candy"
In the midst of your daily routine, do you feel that your days have become dull and flat? Have you lost your enjoyment of living day to day? Find your life savor and be refreshed at:
Light of Jesus Family (LOJF) Feast
Catholic Charismatic Worship Celebration
FEAST “Life Savor: Find Your Candy”
Saturday, 14 July 2012, 5 pm
The Hub, Menara Standard Chartered 3rd Floor
(next to Sampoerna Strategic Square building)
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Have you ever felt living in the darkness? Perhaps too much humiliation, problems, and pain? Have you ever dreamed that this would end? Learn how and get ready to bounce at:
Light of Jesus Family (LOJF) charismatic worship celebration,
Saturday, June 09th, 5PM
The Hub, Menara Standard Chartered 3rd Fl
(next to Sampoerna Strategic Square Building)
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Last month we were honored to be visited by Brother Obet at The Feast `The Fighter` and also at The Gents` Day. And now Brother Arun to speak at the Family Gathering (LOJFam Only). Both are Feast Builders from Philippine under Bo Sanchez.
Brother Arun is Feast Builder at Feast Alabang. He is a great speaker with a sense of humor yet always delivering sharp messages.
At this Family Gathering, LOJFams are going to learn about Servant-hood, the essence of it, and many more (the teaser is only that much :p) only at:
FAMILY GATHERING - SERVANTHOOD
The Hub, Menara Standard Chartered 3rd Floor
Saturday, 2 June - 5pm
There are many chances for us, LOJFam, to be visited by both great local and abroad speakers. Are you not yet an LOJFam? Well u should be, so u won`t miss many exclusive chances.
How? Here`s how: Contact your nearest Care Group or call Edward at 0819-0896-0859.
Holy Feast, 26 May 2012
`And in the last days`, God says, `I will pour out my spirit upon every sort of flesh, and your sons and your daughters will prophesy and your young men will see visions and your old men will dream dreams.` – Acts 2:17
It’s the week of Pentecost - Birthday of the Church, which Pentecost commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit. Let’s celebrate a Catholic Charismatic Mass and the presence of God & Holy Spirit in:
Light of Jesus Family’s (LOJF) HOLY FEAST
Saturday, May 26th, 5PM
The Hub, Menara Standard Chartered 3rd Fl
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Young Billionaire Seminar With Merry Riana & Danny Oei
”What is the recipe for success for those young people these days who have become Indonesian billionaires in Indonesia and South-East Asia? The Young Billionaire Seminar with Merrry Riana and Danny Oei, presented by LOJF (Light of Jesus Family) has found the answer”.
From the beginning I was curious about this seminar, not only because the speakers are well-known, but also because of the great enthusiasm from participants, with 700 tickets sold well before the day of the seminar.
One step into the 9th floor of ICC Kemayoran on Saturday, 5 May 2012, and I was greeted by the organizers and directed to the seminar room. At the front door of the seminar room, I was asked to pose as an attractive billionaire for a door prize to win a Rp 100,000 voucher for MAP,- hmmm…. with Rp 50,000,- and Rp 100,000,- fake notes, if it were real I would’ve taken them home J I thought “Not bad, I can put this photo on my vision board at home…visualizing myself as a Young Billionaire.”
The event began with a slow song from the opening band, Rainy Afternoon, with the sweet sound of Sisi Idol’s voice. Of course it was in line with the theme: “I Wanna Be a Billionaire - Bruno Mars”
I sat there, waiting with bated breath for these two amazing young people to talk. Both of the speakers for the Young Billionaire seminar indeed represent Young Indonesian Billionaires, where Merry Riana, by the age of 26, had made her first billion and received the `Great Woman of Our Time Award` from the Strait Times. Her books “A Gift From A Friend” and “Mimpi Sejuta Dollar” have also become best sellers. Whereas Danny Oei, Chief Marketing Officer of Kaskus, founder of SemutApi Colony, CEO of Mind Talk, CEO of Klix Digital and also Chairman of Merah Putih, has also become an energetic inspiration for the 700 youth that attended.
They are both excellent role models because they have both worked hard to achieve their success. These two billionaires have lived simple lives and even went through great struggles at times, just to get by.
Merry Riana was a student who lived on only Rp 10,000 a day to live in Singapore. The desire to change this fact was the reason she started to look for part-time work while studying. On her 20th birthday, she promised herself that she would attain financial freedom before she was 30. She needed to have three things: capital, contacts and capability and use vision, action and passion in her work in order to attain success.
Danny Oei started work as an Office Boy when he was studying in America. “Take care of your office boy, who knows, some day he may become CEO” joked Danny. His hard work and savings finally paid off. Returning to Indonesia, he started Semut Api Colony and from then on moved around the Indonesian creative industry, where he met Andrew Darwis, his partner in creating kaskus.us.
Just a short description of their lives that have not been easy, but with passion, hard work and never give up attitudes, they both now have bright careers and have achieved amazing financial success.
I still remember Danny Oei’s words, “The power of imagination makes us infinite”. His main concept is that accountability, dedication, having fun in our work and aiming for quality will produce amazing work. Just like Merry Riana says, “There’s no growth in a comfort zone and there’s no comfort in a growth zone.” – so true!
Listening to the success stories of others has motivated me and made me dream. Yes, we need to dream, so long as it is not daydreaming! By taking part in this motivating seminar, I have started to look at where I am now, where I want to be and what I want to do from now on. Working hard, being disciplined and believing in God is the model for success. “WE CAN DO IT!! said Merry Riana, motivating and bringing the dreams of the participants to life.