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Ignite 2013 Day 3 (Part 3)

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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)

Ignite 2013 Day 2 (part 2)

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I almost forgot to include this statement from Ignite 2013 Day 2 Part 1: “Resolve rather than dissolve”. It’s better to stand in righteousness than to dissolve in a culture wherein everything already seems to be OKAY when it should not be. Let us be reminded that our most valued treasure (yes, I need to exaggerate this) is our relationship with God. Don’t let the temporary pleasures offered by the world lead you astray from God because without Him, we can do nothing.

Only one session left yet I separated my post for this last session for Day 2 because this session really struck me. I was moved by Pastor CJ Nunag’s preaching about purity and holiness through Samson’s life. What I remembered when I heard about Samson was “Love at First Sight” because during the Love Series before, he was the topic. This time, the preaching was about the same person, but a different perspective about him.

True, Samson was so special and gifted. It’s like he has everything (too exaggerated). Plus, he’s a Nazarite (Google Search!). I could remember the term the pastor told us, “gifted since birth”. But even though he’s gifted and it seemed like he has everything (plus the unbelievable strength), due to the wrong decisions he made (I may say that one would say that a decision is wrong when it’s against his belief of what is right), he was put into the wrong track. It’s a matter of DECISIONS. But gladly, before he died, he was able to do his purpose in life (I need to study his life through the Word to explain this sentence). It’s really weird when he went to the territory of the enemy (if I’m not mistaken), and found the “girl of her dreams” where he shouldn’t find one (Judges 14:3).

Pastor CJ stressed the words “for me”.  Samson said in Judges 14:3, “Get her for me. She’s the right one for me.” “Do not trade your birthright for what feels right.” is what Pastor CJ said (maybe not the exact words but hope you got the idea) about it. He focused on sexual sins. Since the youth today seems to be so open about sex as if virginity is not a big deal these days, and the youth engage into relationships after relationships, this preaching really is suitable for each and every one of us in the conference.

He said that the people he talked with about premarital sex gave him same reasons and comments, “It seems right. It feels right.” but the Word of God says do not engage into sexual immorality (1 Cor. 6:18, and a lot more verses). I was also reminded about the illustration of a speaker I heard before in a retreat. It was about how hunters trap wolves by using a bloodsicle. In that bloodsicle lies a dagger after they lick it. They will be so focused on the blood they were licking without noticing that their tongues are already wounded because of the dagger, and it will slowly kill them. Like sexual sin, it may be pleasurable and enticing, but in the end, it will leave us helpless, broken, and dirty. Sin is always like that.

We should not trade our relationship with God with the temporary pleasures the world has to offer. That’s what I learned. I am grateful that God’s grace is sufficient for us (and even more than enough for us). I am grateful that God is so generous and merciful that whatever we did in the past, how stupid we may be for doing such things, He still loved us from the beginning, and continues to do so until now.

Credits to Ignite. I don't own this picture.

Credits to Ignite. I don’t own this picture.

I don't own this picture.

I don’t own this picture.

Good thing I’m continuing to learn how to value God as my supreme treasure. 🙂 Learning is a process, indeed. Undergoing that process, there may be pain and trials, but be reminded that He’s there with us… All the time.

 

Ignite 2013 Day 2 (Part 1)

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My blog posts about Ignite are in accordance with the ignite.ph blogs. The blogs from the said website serve as my guide in making my posts.

I was not late at the second day of the conference! Hahaha (proud laugh)! I was with my church buddies, gladly, and got an unpleasant view from where we were seated because we couldn’t see the screen so we couldn’t sing with the lyrics shown. But when a video was shown on the screen, the four of us would go near the exit since the screen could be seen on that spot.

Ignite 2013 Day 2 started with a message from Pastor (?) Edrei Canda about going back to school, knowing that there will be your peers who will tempt you from doing what is opposing to God’s Word. He mainly talked about Daniel who took a stand for what he believed is right. A freshman student from Ateneo de Manila University was called on stage to share his testimony to his co-students present in the conference. It was so cool to know that he’s a mere freshman student used by God mightily in his campus. I was reminded that we should learn how to stand on what we believe is right. Our beliefs should be in harmony with God’s Word. We really need to know when to say “NO”.

After that, we were asked to take a picture of our friends and leaders with a caption or hashtag, “Don’t Stand Alone”. We’re not alone in this battle of temptation. God has given us someone who will be there for us: to pray with us, and to help us in our walk with Him. Oh, I almost forgot that we were also asked to grab a partner to pray with us about our struggles for sin in the present.

 

Don't Stand Alone!

Don’t Stand Alone!

At last!! A lady speaker shared after all those~ Whenever I’d see a lady speaking on stage, I’d be so inspired to study God’s Word more to share Him to the people on stage too. I’d like to speak in front of people, but I’m too shy. Anyway, she shared the life of Esther. Until now, I could still apply what she said that we should not think that where we are now is only a coincidence. We should view our situation as an opportunity from God. If God placed you in a situation wherein you’re the only believer in your family, God has a reason. It’s an opportunity for you.

There was a break in between sessions 3 and 4 for a Half-time show. I never expected for Christian Bautista to be there! He’s my brother’s favorite, and I find him so handsome that’s why I squealed so loud when he was on stage. Their testimonies were so encouraging, and Rachelle’s testimony was the one that’s imprinted on my mind because of what she said that she wanted to become a professional and famous singer in the future when she was still a child. Dreams do come true. And also on what she said about performing and achieving accomplishments as a singer yet she felt empty. I realized that it’s really not about feeling empty when one already achieved one’s dream. Yes, there may be a feeling of emptiness, but it’s actually about your reason and motivation for doing what you were already doing. For her, it’s singing, but after achieving her dream of becoming a singer, what’s her reason for wanting it? After that, now what? Then she met God, and He became the reason for her everything. ❤ There were four local artists who performed during the Half-time show: Rachelle Ann Go, Quest, Yeng Constantino, and Christian Bautista.

Thank you for Ate Erica (Security) for volunteering to take a picture of him near the stage

Thank you for Ate Erica (Security) for volunteering to take a picture of him near the stage

 

Ignite 2013 DAY 1

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I thank God for giving me the opportunity to be part of the Three-Day Every Nation Asia Campus Conference (though mostly are still Filipinos), Ignite 2013. I was able to attend the Ignite 2011, and it was fun, as usual. But this time, GOD revealed Himself in a different way “again”.

I was late for the First session because it started at 6PM but I went there at 6:45PM. I went there from school, so I finished all my classes before going there (hashtag: Know Your Priorities). The moment I entered Cuneta Astrodome, I was overwhelmed with the great number of crowd in front and beside me. I was informed that there were more than 9,600 people present during that time that would hear God’s Word. Different campuses from different nations worshiping and praising God is simply overwhelming.

From where I sit, these are the people beside me on the left.

On the first day of Ignite 2013, from what I could remember when I got there, seeing every arms raised when praising Him made me gaze at the crowd in awe. I could feel the excitement within me, and my thoughts running, “All of us will truly encounter God in a spectacular way during this three-day conference!” And I was right because God is truly amazing.

On this day of the conference, everyone was asked to kneel in accordance with the verse in Exodus 3:5 – “God replied, ‘Don’t come any closer. Take off your sandals – the ground where you are standing is holy.'” then the “Revelation Song” was played by the Music Team while we’re all kneeling. The feeling of being in His presence is so indescribable. As I closed my eyes, I imagined God seated on His throne while I’m in awe and in a humbled state, knowing His holiness that surpasses my wicked and sinful being.

I remembered these words (not the EXACT words) from Pastor Olajide Pariola (he talked about Joshua) that you being holy is not only about being in a state of holiness, but also we should remember that holiness can be seen through our actions. We are consecrated. Holiness is lived. It is who we are by faith.

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Thank God He has given us our new identity (which I suddenly thought that it was and should really be our identity that’s found in Him): Holy and Righteous in His sight. Thank You, Jesus!