Idiotes

Leadership of the unlearned.

December 18, 2014

Can church take a break?

Church doesn’t take a break. We are the church and the church goes where you go. But if we’re talking about a church “service”, well, why not?

On the last Sunday of 2014, on December 28, after a tiring but enjoyable and fulfilling year, we’re honoring our volunteers who work really hard in serving people for Jesus. We’re giving them a weekend break to recharge and prepare for another exciting year ahead.

Here’s our holiday schedules, Lifers:

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December 17, 2014

Learn it, Live it, Loan it!

December 2014 marks the launch of a series and will be an on-going training for our leaders and potential leaders in our leadership pool. We’re going to invest in their growth as leaders, not just at church but also in their families, work places and community as a whole.

A few thoughts that summarises the learnings we had for the past 3 weeks:

Being Before Doing
– Leadership is as simple as “Learn it, Live it, Loan it”
– Learn it: grow, learn, receive feeding from other leaders and feed yourself
– Live it: best way to exercise leadership is to become a living example. Live out what you’re learning.
– Loan it: You just need to be a step ahead to teach someone about leadership

To apply these:
– We’ll study and grow together by undergoing BibleX.
– Everyone should have a mentor and everyone should be mentoring someone.

Vision is a Team Sport
– all vision casters are vision carriers
– all vision carriers are vision casters
– for us to grow, we should all embrace the vision and be vision casters
– ask yourself, “what did I do today to cast the vision of our church (or organization)”
– every little thing you do or communicate matters and contribute to the pursuit of the vision
– stories are one of the best ways to cast vision. gather stories of the “wins”

Dream Big
– Death of a big dream is like idolatry. We change focus from the God that can accomplish our big dreams to our own selves that can accomplish small dreams.
– Big dreams honor God and builds our faith.
– God loves it when we dream big. He gets the glory, we receive the benefits.
– 120 in 2015!

Team learns.

December 10, 2014

If You Can Tame the Tongue, You Can Tame Anything

What power our words contain! James focuses on the little muscle inside our mouths, called the tongue, a little thing that dispenses both blessing and cursing. Leaders must pay close attention, for they communicate often and carry great influence when they speak. James lists four functions of the tongue:

Function One: to gauge (vv. 1, 2). The tongue is a spiritual meter. If we can bridle it, we can bridle the whole body. It becomes the gauge for our maturity. Our faith will never register higher than our words.

Function Two: to guide (vv. 3–5). The tongue is like a horse’s bit, a ship’s rudder, or kindling wood. It starts things in motion. If we can control it, we can guide our lives, just as a bit directs a horse or a rudder steers a ship.

Function Three: to gird (vv. 6–8). The tongue is powerful. Like a huge fire, it can ruin or bless our entire lives. This power was meant to send us down the right path, not to kill us.

Function Four: to guard (vv. 9–18). The tongue can reveal what sort of wisdom we harbor inside. A good tongue protects our integrity. James asks: Is yours a good guard or a bad one? Does it create peace or reveal hypocrisy?

(John Maxwell)

Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly. 2We all stumble in many ways. Anyone who is never at fault in what they say is perfect, able to keep their whole body in check. 3When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal.

4 Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go. 5Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. 6The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.

7All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and sea creatures are being tamed and have been tamed by mankind, 8but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. 9With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. 10Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be. 11Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? 12My brothers and sisters, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water.

13Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. 14But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. 15Such “wisdom” does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. 16For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.

17But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. 18Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.

James 3

October 20, 2014

The Good News

I like it to be simple and focus on the main thing. And for me, the gospel is the main thing. Even how common we hear about the gospel, we often miss it out by cluttering it with the trivial things and religion itself.

So, here’s what I believe is the pure gospel. Everything that I do, everything that I believe in, everything that I dream of doing in the future — it all revolves around and decided within the framework of this simple truth about the gospel.

September 1, 2014

Clarity

Are you burdened with problems right now? Instead of praying for solutions to your problems, why not try praying for clarity instead?

I believe that God can help us solve our problems, why not! But when we pray for clarity, we assume the posture of submission to His will instead of ours. Our solution might not be his. So, ask him to give you a clear vision, an open mind and a submissive heart. The solution is already there. It might just not be the one we’re hoping for.

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April 7, 2014

A few words about loneliness

It is a well-known fact that ministry can be a very lonely place. I know this first hand. It was that feeling of being alone, even if you’re really not alone.

Yes, I do have my very supportive wife, our leadership team and volunteers that are passionately pursuing the vision with me. But in some seasons, it felt like I’m all alone. Sunday nights and Monday mornings are particularly hard. The emotional roller coaster ride kicks in. - Read More -

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February 11, 2014

LifeChurch Makati relaunch recap

Last Sunday, February 9, 2014, LifeChurch Makati relaunched in our new location at the new Holiday Inn & Suites Makati (Glorietta 1 Mall). This  deserves a longer post — more pictures, videos, and everything in between. In the meantime, here’s a quick recap:

  • 2 Experiences. First time we did this in my entire life doing church. And it’s a different dynamics all together.
  • 152 in attendance
  •  25 commitments to Christ. And, it’s embarrassing to say that it’s probably not the correct number. 25 was our conservative estimate, there’s probably more. Things went crazy and we’re not ready.
  • Needless to say, this is the reason why we’re doing what we’re doing. 25 people crossed that line of faith, Jesus changes their lives and starts following him. I can do this all the time and never get tired.

Special shout out to the launch team. The passion, the love towards people, the energy and undivided focus they placed towards this relaunch — I’m speechless. This will not happen if not for them. Thank you, Lifers. I’m so blessed to be enjoying this journey with you.

More when pictures and videos arrive.

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January 3, 2014

What’s your “one word” New Year focus?

Happy 2014!

I know you have started working on your new year’s resolution. But, I’m about to burst the bubble (sorry!) — according to studies, most people drop out of their new year’s resolution by the 3rd week of January. That’s the reason why, if you’re a member of a gym club, the worst time to go to the gym is on the first 3 weeks. Go back on the 4th week — when the new year resolutions died down.

Why do most people drop out of their resolutions? Because resolutions are too complicated. You would list down 5, or 3 goals that would set yourself for failure.

Here’s my suggestion: instead of a list of things to do, why not make it one? And instead of a sentence, make it a word? Yes, a single word.

Let’s call it “focus” instead of “resolution.”

What would be the focus of your year? That word will describe the theme of the year?

I’ve seen people set their eyes on “growth”, or focused on being “strengthened”. Some use the words “family”, or “expose.” Each of them have reason why they chose those words to represent their year’s focus.

What would be your “one word” focus for this year?

Mine is “Go!”

Just like how God commanded Abraham to go to an unknown land while trusting him along the way, I sense that my year will be filled with going and trusting.

No, I’m not going somewhere, locality-wise. However, there are areas of life that I need to “go” and explore that needs a whole lot of trusting God as a result.

There will be new things to explore professionally. There needs to be some changes in the way we handle our finances financially. And God is leading us to re-launch LifeChurch Makati next month — in a whole new, different way.

New things to explore. “Going” that needs trusting. That’s going to be the focus of my year for 2014.

What’s your “one word” focus for this year?

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