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Ignite 2013 Day 3 (Part 3)

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This picture is not mine.

For the last session of Ignite 2013, Pastor Steve Murrell. I was really expecting for him to speak on stage because I saw him during Day 2 from where I was seated (since I’m on the bleachers at the top, I could see almost everyone). He preached about Paul. We all know who Paul is. If not, read Acts (?) because his life can be read there (from what I know, but I can’t trust my memory, so I don’t know if you’d trust me or GOOGLE). But I apologize because I think I can’t say much about Paul with Pastor Steve’s preaching because honestly, I wasn’t able to focus very well (though I did my best). But let Acts 20:22-24 be our guide for his preaching (since it was really the main Scriptures he emphasized).

Pastor Steve told us the three principles: Race, Task, and Gospel. God has set a race for us to run. In every race, we must finish it. In every race, God has also given us a “buddy”. But let us be careful. In Galatians 5:7, “You were doing so well until someone made you turn from the truth.” In every race lies obstacles too. We must keep that in mind. In this race, we have a task to accomplish. What’s the task given to you? But each of us are given the same Gospel to preach to the people. Let us be guided by the Spirit of God, and move according to His will. Now, with the Gospel. All throughout the race that we went through, were we shaped by the Gospel? Let us be reminded that He finished the race for us. “It is finished”. It’s all about His grace that we’re about to finish the race and the task He has for us. Actually, it’s all finished! But we’re still running. What does it mean? Grace. We could still run this race, and finish the task because of His grace. But isn’t it all finished? Yes. Now we have to share and experience the Gospel of Grace that Jesus lived; the Gospel of Grace that teaches us how to run the race and to finish the task.

At the end of Ignite 2013, we were given a dog tag with the word SOLD on it and a Bible verse, and declared! Sorry, I wasn’t able to take a picture of it, but the declaration could be seen at ignite.ph.

IGNITE 2013. A fun and memorable experience indeed. Spiritual, emotional, physical, and even the mental being was really touched by God! At the end of the day, my buddy even treated me squid (?) balls and a bottle of water at the end of the day. I was so blessed by God through His presence and His people around me. Thank You, God! You’re so amazing.

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The view of the stage (now I was able to go to the lowest section/area, not at the top anymore)

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At the end of the day, I was blessed with food and water by God through my awesome friend.

This was my Ignite 2013 Experience. Thank you for reading!

 

Ignite 2013 Day 3 (Part 2)

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After the first session of Ignite 2013’s Day 3, I’m sure that everyone in the venue were so fired up with their passion to spread the Gospel to where God will place them.

The next session was so heated up as well when Pastor Jackie Su preached on stage! He’s Chinese, and he’s really funny when he speaks. You could feel the power of the message he’s preaching. Anyway, he focused this time on Jonah. In his story (found in the book of Jonah), he ran from God when he was called to tell something to the people of Nineveh. In Jonah 1:5, Pastor Su emphasized Jonah deeply asleep below the deck of the ship (going to Spain) where he was. He compared it when Jesus was also in a ship with his disciples (Matt. 8:23-27). In Jonah’s case, he slept as an attempt to “run away” from his problems. In Jesus’s case, He rested with a peaceful heart.

Pastor Su then focused on Jonah 3:1 that God is a God of second chances (more than second chances, actually). He called Jonah again, and this time, Jonah responded. When God has called you “again” to do something, how will you respond? Here we could also see God’s compassion for ALL PEOPLE (Jonah 3:10). He’s gracious. Pastor Su’s words were stuck in my mind, “We are caught (in His grace) and we are called for a CAUSE.” He has a plan in mind. Like how God has used Jonah to speak to the people and to turn back to Him again, let us respond to His calling. He will surely use us in an extraordinary and unimaginable way.

Hurray! Such powerful sessions so far~ After those sessions, we had a half-time show again, and I had so much fun cheering for La Salle! *cheers. There was a Kinect game for the universities. Plus, the finalists were asked to make pick-ups to know who will be the winner by the claps and shouts of the crowd. When finally, someone won, Ogie Alcasid suddenly showed up (Boy Pick-up)! His testimony was so inspiring too. I never knew that he was a believer.

I was amazed when intercessors went up on stage to pray for every nation and campus! I was truly in awe when a girl interceded to the different nations too. I think she spoke in her language because I wasn’t able to understand her with some of her words, and it gave me goosebumps. It felt like she spoke in tongues!

Let the rest of the third day be posted at the last part, Part 3! Thanks for reading my blog posts about Ignite 2013, my Ignite Experience, up to this point. 🙂

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Here’s a picture of the colorful crowd! Colorful = Alive (yeah!)

Ignite 2013 Day 3 (Part 1)

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At last, the last day of Ignite 2013. I have to admit, I didn’t go to my two classes this day to attend, but thank God I was really at Ignite 2013 for a purpose (hashtag: Know Your Priorities “again”). The classes I missed didn’t have any quizzes or anything. I could catch up with the lessons missed, anyway.

On Day 3, since we were all fired up from Days 1 to 2, it focused more about going out there, and win souls for Christ. We were all equipped and prepared to go out of Cuneta Astrodome and to go to our respective schools (High School, College, and Universities everywhere)! Every Nation, Every Campus!

Pastor Dan Monterde was the first one to speak for Day 3. He talked about Ananias who’s also a “follower” of Christ. Ananias is a mere follower, a disciple who was called by God through a vision to talk to Saul and to place his hands on Saul because God had a plan (Acts 9:10-12). Ananias was called, and he responded to God’s calling in his life, even though he has some complaints that Saul did lots of terrible things to God’s followers in Jerusalem (Acts 9:13). God told Ananias instead to “Go!” (Acts 9:15). It may be really too scary to approach a man like Saul who persecuted the LORD’s followers before! But instead, Ananias heed God’s calling (“Go!”). As His followers, let us be ready to be used by God.

As what we’ve seen, Ananias was afraid about the terrible things that Saul did to God’s followers in Jerusalem. He looked at Saul’s present condition. He didn’t focus on what God will do to Saul. Well, after his cry and complaints about what the other people said about Saul, God assured him in Acts 9:15-16. When we reach out to the people, let us not look into their present condition (this is what Pastor Dan preached). Instead, let’s look at what God can do to this person once we shared the Gospel to him/her.

Pastor Dan preached, “To make disciples, you have to be a disciple.” Of course! How can you make one, if you’re not one? It’s like “How can you give food to someone who’s hungry when you don’t have food with you?” or whatever that is. I hope you got the point. In Acts 9:11, God told Ananias to go to a certain place where Saul was. Pastor Dan also said, “To make disciples, you need to go where the people are.” Wherever God has placed you, be confident that you were placed there for a reason. Take it as an opportunity, as what Ms. Liane Silla said, “Every situation is an opportunity to be used by God.”

And for his last words for that session on stage, “The motivation to make disciples is to honor God. It’s not because someone else told you (to do it), but because we want to honor God.” (I copied this quote from ignite.ph) True. Let this be our motivation: to Honor God.

“When you eat or drink or do anything else, always do it to honor God.”

-1 Corinthians 10:31 (CEV)

Church: Keep Afloat

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“Church is exactly the place for you to endure through disagreement and discontent: because it teaches us patience when nothing goes ‘your way.’ ”

J.S. Park: Hospital Chaplain, Skeptical Christian



Your church can be ridiculously frustrating, and you’ll want to give up and walk out and say you were right about them the whole time.

I know you’ve probably had a million ideas they didn’t listen to, and you want worship to be deeper, the Bible studies to be harder, the activities to tone down, the atmosphere more gracious, people more real, the pastor to be more serious or more in-depth or more thoughtful or more attentive. You want more missions, more conviction, more change, more open dialogue.

But please, please, please hang in there.

You’ve probably been trying for a while. I know it hurts to not be heard, to see others halfway committed, to hear the stories of two-faced lives.

Please consider that the “hypocrite” might be someone on their first lap of faith, and they just don’t know yet, and not everyone is paced at your speed…

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Quote: Sovereign Grace

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Learn to reflect where you came from

J.S. Park: Hospital Chaplain, Skeptical Christian

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Trying To Witness Vs. How You Really Are

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J.S. Park: Hospital Chaplain, Skeptical Christian


In Bible study, sometimes a well-meaning gentleman will use this logic:

If you don’t have joy and peace and compassion in your life, what does that say to others about Jesus?

I understand this sort of thinking.  I know we’re supposed to be witnesses to the world about how God flexes His power through us, and often our lack of unity looks like God doesn’t make us any different than anyone else.

But some days — I just want to flip a table and kick a trashcan and race a cop car and jump out a window and tell everyone that I hate my life right now and I don’t really feel like repping Jesus everyday, and that it probably won’t get better if you tell me that I need to be a “better witness.”

I totally get that we’re called to bear fruits and endure patiently and other Christianese…

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Quote: In Delight

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True. This is cool. :-bd

J.S. Park: Hospital Chaplain, Skeptical Christian



— E. Stanley Jones

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