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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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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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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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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