It’s the Journey, Not the Destination, or Is It the Other Way Around?

It’s the Journey, Not the Destination, or Is It the Other Way Around?

YOLO, YODO YOLO. You Only Live Once. I learned the meaning of that acronym from M, a high school friend. M travels around the world, climbs mountains, skydives, scuba dives, bikes, and indulges in other adventures. “YOLO?” I asked her once when she posted this acronym on Facebook. “You only live once, Marlene.”The acronym is akin to the Latin expression carpe diem, a call to seize the day, to use an opportunity to do something that you want and not to worry about the future. Others find inspiration from the…

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Experience CSM’s Book Buffet at the 38th MIBF

Experience CSM’s Book Buffet at the 38th MIBF

Church Strengthening Ministry (CSM Publishing) is preparing a delectable spread of reading resources for you at this year’s Manila International Book Fair (MIBF)! Get ready to feast on a buy-all-you-can, read-all-you-can buffet of books that inspire, encourage, enlighten, strengthen your faith, and help you align your life to biblical truths. CSM Publishing has been participating in the MIBF for almost ten years. Known in MIBF circles as the Christian publisher that ushered in the P100 Lahat book sale (which set a precedent for other exhibitors to offer quality books at…

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Why Does Sleep Matter?

Why Does Sleep Matter?

A recent study in the United States found out that one in five youngsters ages 12-15 years old lose sleep over social media. They even wake up in the night to send or check messages on social media! As expected, they are three times more likely to feel constantly tired at school. One-fifth of the 900 respondents reported “almost always” waking up to log on, with girls much more likely to access their social media accounts during the night than boys.1 In my seminar talks in schools, I always advise…

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Become a Better Man

Become a Better Man

One amazing truth about life is quite simple: you can change. God created you with an inner capacity to make radical and progressive advancements in your life, and there is almost nothing you cannot change if you have the will to make the adjustments. The most significant and profound changes occur when you are in partnership with God. From the time I accepted Christ as my personal Lord and Savior, I learned that God would always be with me. I discovered that the power of repentance, when accompanied with faith,…

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The Danger of Entitlement

The Danger of Entitlement

Entitlement (I Deserve This…) For centuries, theologians and philosophers have tried to explain why a religious king, who had everything he could want, would have a “one night stand” with his neighbor’s wife. King David had it made. He was winning all the battles, had amassed great wealth, had a strong family, but wanted someone who belonged to someone else: “…when she came to him, he lay with her…” (2 Sam. 11:4). It could have been lust; possibly a weak moment. Or the real possibility of thinking, I’m the king,…

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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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