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Posted: January 30th, 2012 | Blog, GOD | Comments (0)

The often asked question is "Why do I have to suffer anyway?" The reality is given the prevalence of sin we most likely will all experience some measure of suffering in our lives. This reality forces us to ask the right question, "How can I accept and somehow rejoice in my suffering, specially when I find the reason for it to be senseless?"

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Posted: January 29th, 2012 | Blog, Maximizing Monday, Videos | Comments (0)

Since last year our Asian leadership team has been helping our Every Nation Hong Kong Church. The picture above shows the Tung Chung congregation's core members. This babe of a church was started with some of the cast and crew of Hong Kong Disneyland. Extreme left is Pastor David Russell who leads the church. Marie and I visited with our friends, pastor Bernhard Wewege and his wife Colleen from Christchurch New Zealand. The video below shows the worship service that is held Monday evenings at the apartment of some of the members.


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Posted: January 23rd, 2012 | Blog, GOD | Comments (0)

Third in a four part post on Tim Keller's book King's Cross: "Christina Kelly was a successful editor of young women's magazines; over a period of several years she was on staff of Elle Girl, YM, Jane, and Sassy. Some years back she wrote a confessional piece in which she asked: Why do we crave celebrities? 'Here's my theory. to be human is to feel inconsequential. So we worship celebrities and we seek to look like them. All the great things they have done we identify with in order to escape our own inconsequential lives. But is's so dumb. With this stream of perfectly airbrushed, implanted, liposuctioned stars, you would have to be an absolute powerhouse of self-esteem already not feel totally inferior before them. So we worship them because we feel inconsequential, but doing it makes us feel even worse. We make them stars, but then their fame makes us feel insignificant. I am a part of the whole process as an editor. No wonder I feel soiled at the end of the day.'

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Posted: January 17th, 2012 | Blog | Comments (1)

This is my first trip to Hing Kong this year. Picture above is from pastor Sam Ng of Every Nation church in Hong Kong. Sam is the one kneeling extreme left wearing a red t-shirt. He has had major inroads in Lingnan University - one of the lodest universities in Hong Kong. This event is his way of engaging the students on campus.

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Posted: January 16th, 2012 | Blog, GOD | Comments (0)

In page 78 of Tim Keller's King's Cross, he writes: "In her book Creed and Chaos? Sayers said that over the previous century and more, politics had operated on the following basis: What was wrong with human society was not in the human heart. it lay in our social structures, in a lack of education. It was a lack of applying what we know through science. Therefoe, if we could just fill in those gaps, human society would achieve greatness. But modern history is littered with disillusioned people who thought capitalism would make us better or socialism would make us better. The sins of the human heart just express themselves differently in each of these systems. Politics is another outside-in approach that does not change the heart."

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Posted: January 14th, 2012 | Blog | Comments (0)

The city of Iloilo is the site of one of the fastest growing Victory church in the Philippines. Tucked away in one of the islands of Panay in the Visayas.

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Posted: January 14th, 2012 | Blog | Comments (0)

Victory Malate started the year with an early kick-off. My flight from Iloilo landed on time to make a quick change and head for the meeting.

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Posted: January 12th, 2012 | Blog | Comments (0)

Steve Ruetschle is the senior pastor of the Union Church of Manila. I invited him to speak to us during our last day of prayer and fasting. The day we designated for personal breakthroughs.

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Posted: January 10th, 2012 | Blog | Comments (0)

Every year Every Nation churches worldwide start the year with seven days of prayer and fasting. For more than a decade now the Lord has graced my family to enjoy this long lost spiritual discipline - interestingly over the years the practice has become something we look forward to. That's not to say that we have become experts at it but it is to say that there is something far more beautiful and beneficial that we receive every time we do it. And this year is no different.

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Posted: January 9th, 2012 | Blog | Comments (0)

Day four of the fast was spent praying for the nation of the Philippines. Picture above shows former congressman Ruffy Biazon, who recently became the Director of the Bureau of Customs, a seriously tough post. Ruffy is a long time member of Victory, long before he went into politics. The other person in the picture praying with me is councilor Julian Coseteng of Quezon City.

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