Pinoys are Stormproof

Pinoys are Stormproof

Ayon sa PAG-ASA o Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Space Administration (for long), labingsiyam (19) pataas na bagyo ang pumapasok sa Philippine Area of Responsibility kada taon at anim hanggan siyam ang nagla-land fall. Noong taóng 2013, nagging seryoso ang mood nang humagupit si Typhoon Haiyan o mas kilala sa tawag na “Yolanda.” Libu-libong tao ang nasawi. Marami ang nasalanta at nawalan ng ari-arian. Gayunpaman, nakabangon tayo. Kung may adjective man na madalas ikinakabit sa ating mga Pinoy, ito ‘yung resilient. Sabi ng kaibigan kong si Merriam Webster, ang ibig sabihin daw…

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Are Great Leaders Discovered or Developed?

Are Great Leaders Discovered or Developed?

Victory Manila’s rapid growth revealed an urgent leadership shortage that forced us to revisit our leadership-development strategy. Nevertheless, even in our leadership-crisis phase, we still had more leaders than some. I realized this fact when pastors from around the world would visit our church and inevitably comment on the number and quality of our leaders. We thought we had a leadership shortage, but our visitors saw leaders everywhere. Visiting leaders would often ask where we found so many leaders, as if leaders are simply waiting around to be discovered. Others,…

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Grappling, Struggling, and Obeying

Grappling, Struggling, and Obeying

(An excerpt from The One Lesson That Changed My Marriage by Joey Bonifacio) My wife often complained that I was insensitive and not very good at empathizing. So every time I was with her, I grappled with the question, “How, in this moment, would I love Marie just as Christ loved His Church and gave Himself up for her?” But over the years, I learned that there’s something about faith and trusting in the Word of God that makes loving your spouse not as difficult or burdensome. Whether you are…

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Enjoy CSM’s ‘all out blowout’ at the 37th Manila International Book Fair

Enjoy CSM’s ‘all out blowout’ at the 37th Manila International Book Fair

Book launches, book signings, meet the authors, massive bargains and an exclusive cache of hard-to-find books are some of what you will surely enjoy when you step inside the book fair. As the country’s biggest annual book gathering event, the Manila International Book Fair is also a great opportunity for publishers and book sellers to showcase new titles and gain exposure among readers. The MIBF just gets better each year! It is evident that Filipinos’ enthusiasm for printed books has increased in spite of the available options in digital format….

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CSM launches Books & Blessings Mobile Bookstore at Marikina

CSM launches Books & Blessings Mobile Bookstore at Marikina

With the challenge in people’s mobilization nowadays because of the heavy traffic that people in the metro face on a daily basis, it was a timely move for CSM to finally launch its mobile bookstore called BOOKS & BLESSINGS. The project came to mind as Church Strengthening Ministry’s (CSM) way to minister and bless our brethren in areas where they are forced to travel significant distances just to acquire the needed resources for their church ministries or personal growth studies. BOOKS & BLESSINGS’ official first-stop will be at Marikina Christian…

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A Cry for Reconciliation

A Cry for Reconciliation

Humankind has an amazing capacity to forgive. I remember a number of years ago visiting the town of Coventry, England. I stood in the shell cathedral that had been bombed by the Nazis in the Second World War. I listened as the guide told the story of the new cathedral that rose beside the ruins. Some years after the war, a group of Germans had come and helped build the new cathedral as an act of contrition for the damages their fellow countrymen had inflicted. Everyone had agreed to allow…

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Meaningful Mothering

Meaningful Mothering

An excerpt from Family Life 101: Relasyong Mister at Misis ni Clem E. Guillermo at Usapang Daddy at Mommy ni Bessie A. Rios "Inay ko po!" Isa itong familiar expression na nababanggit sa oras ng kagipitan, takot, o kaya naman kabiglaan. Bakit nga ba si Inay ang tinatawag sa mga panahong ganyan? Ano kaya kung "Itay ko po!"? Naku, parang hindi bagay. Si Nanay talaga ang tatawagin. Bakit nga ba? Ang dahilan ay batay sa papel ng isang ina na madalas ay nagbibigay ng kagaanan o pagkalinga. Mommies are noted for…

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God Has Prepared a Garden for Every Man

God Has Prepared a Garden for Every Man

An excerpt from the book Keeper of His Garden: Breakthrough Principles for Life and Business written by Jose Feron "Dodong" Cacanando Cultivating the garden was part of the responsibility God gave to man. From this, I realized that work is an essential part of man's life because through it, God is able to train him and grow his abilities. Work is necessary so that he can live out his purpose and become fruitful for Him. I believe that as man grows in his abilities, God will give him a bigger garden to…

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Marvin Germo to give a seminar and release new book on investing

Marvin Germo to give a seminar and release new book on investing

"With so many investment options out there, has the question of where you should invest your money ever crossed your mind?” It’s time to get a heads-up on creating, maximizing, and preserving your wealth as you move toward financial freedom through a free seminar by Marvin Germo, entitled Where Should You Invest. You will benefit from this learning event by gaining a better perspective on different investments out there, along with the strategies and types of investment that will work best in what phase. Germo is the bestselling author of…

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Raising a Proverbs 31 Woman

Raising a Proverbs 31 Woman

Raising a Proverbs 31 Woman Cherry Ann P. Chua An article taken from Heirlooms: Timeless Truths for Daughters She shops around for the best yarns and cottons,     and enjoys knitting and sewing. She’s like a trading ship that sails to faraway places     and brings back exotic surprises. She’s up before dawn, preparing breakfast     for her family and organizing her day. She looks over a field and buys it,     then, with money she’s put aside, plants a garden. First thing in the morning, she dresses for work,     rolls up her sleeves,…

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