When You Feel Like Giving Up, Don’t Put Your Faith on Your Feelings

I have been doing my Master’s thesis for the past 16 months. I usually do it in the wee hours of the night since I have my corporate job and ministry schedules. When there is a deadline, I would only get around 2 to 3 hours of sleep in preparation for another day’s grind. So I would be lying if I told you that doing … Continue reading When You Feel Like Giving Up, Don’t Put Your Faith on Your Feelings

Surrendering My Tennis Player Identity

I recently shared my athletic background to a group of highschoolers I am Bible-studying with. I am not sure how the conversation got stirred towards that direction but I think it was because we were talking about  career development concerns (e.g., which Senior High School strand should they take, which school should they consider studying at next year). After I shared with them that memorable … Continue reading Surrendering My Tennis Player Identity

Prayer and Fasting Gone Wrong

I had the concept of fasting growing up. Back then, in the religious Catholic setting, I was taught that fasting is about self-control in order to earn God’s favor. I was taught that I have the option to fast on meat, desserts and/or a favorite leisure during a “holy” week/season so I can be “holy” too. As a child then teen, I complied to fasting … Continue reading Prayer and Fasting Gone Wrong

No Longer Afraid of Losing People

In Titus 1:10-16, Paul details the detestable actions and characteristics of the rebellious people around Titus in Crete (e.g., full of meaningless talk and deception, teaches things that should not be taught, seeks dishonest gain, follows deceptive myths and human commands, corrupted thus impure, claims to know God but their actions deny Him, and disobedient to God). Paul then urges Titus to rebuke them sharply not only … Continue reading No Longer Afraid of Losing People

Keep Going: Realizations From The 2018 LDI Graduation Ceremony

I recently attended this year’s LDI Graduation Ceremony. It was really a celebration of God’s goodness. Another set of graduates from all over the Philippines and even from Japan committed their lives to Jesus on another level. Last year, I was sitting at the graduates’ area, tearing up thankful for the opportunity and excited for the journey of following Jesus’ pattern of ministry. But this … Continue reading Keep Going: Realizations From The 2018 LDI Graduation Ceremony