Wednesday, June 11, 2014

06.11.14 Hillsong United Welcome Zion in Manila

Oh yes! As expected, an amazing worship night led by Hillsong United tonight at SMART Araneta Coliseum. The experience brought me back to their June 2011 concert... I actually went alone that time but I enjoyed it so much because of God's joy! [See related post here.]

I'm really blessed to be part of this concert again and to bring some of my churchmates with me. Such an unforgettable night of our lives plus this was their first time to attend a big concert! Yes, we got good seats but we never sat again since they played the first song up to the finale hehe! 

All glory to God for placing us tonight in His great dance floor!

Also, great concert lighting design! I can't help myself but appreciate every movement of lights!
God's art indeed! :D
The concert started past 8PM. And here's tonight's setlist for Welcome Zion Asia - Manila, June 11 2014.

1. Relentless
2. Go (Yes, at last, got to witness JD on megaphone hehe!)
3. Break Free
4. Hosanna
5. From the Inside Out
6. Scandal of Grace

7. Stay and Wait
8. Love is War 
(One of the songs I love the most from their Zion album... and I actually cried while singing this a while ago. The Lord spoke to me through the lyrics as if the words were my prayer and made me remember His sacrifice for me, thank You Jesus!)
9. Aftermath
10. Freedom is Here
11. Shout Unto God
12. Mighty to Save
(Tonight, most cellphones were twinkling like stars, we also did this at Youth Factor 7)

13. All I Need Is You
14. Nothing Like Your Love

And then JD led the acceptance prayer. He also mentioned Romans 10:9: If you declare with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

Indeed a very beautiful moment when thousands of people surrendered their lives to Jesus and accepted Him as their Lord and Savior. And because of this, surely there was rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God. We were all sinners, we need Jesus who is mighty to save.

15. Oceans (of course, Taya Smith's voice and how she sang it-- really astounding)
16. The Stand
and the lights were off with...
17. With Everything

After that, they left the stage and the crowd continued to sing "Whoah...oh... Looord.. oh.." 
and of course, Hillsong United members were back and JD led...
18. Your Name High 
then Taya sang..
19. Wake [from Young&Free album] 
then they performed...
20. Alive [also from Young&Free album]
and the finale... tada!!!
21. One Way (we just couldn't finish the night without shouting Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life, we live by FAITH and not by sight... we're living all for You, Jesus!)

**If some correction with the setlist should be made, of course -- you may leave a comment anytime! ^_^

Some words by Joel Houston:

I'm not lying when we tell that Philippines is our favorite.
(Don't worry brother, I believe in you. It's shown by giving us the 2-night concert this week.)

And you are God's favorite as well.
(Thanks God He is full of love. He loves every nation that obey Him and bring glory to His Name.)

We can't change you, we can't save you. Only Jesus can change you. The Name above all names.
(That's really true!)

(Astig nga!)

Believe. The songs are more than just words. And if we truly believe - we live like it. Jesus did what He said. 
How you view God dictates everything in your life.

And Jad Gillies also quoted Romans 8:31-39.

What, then, shall we say in response to these things? 
If God is for us, who can be against us?  
He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?
Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? 
It is God who justifies.
Who then is the one who condemns? No one. 
Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?
As it is written:  “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

If you'll ask me - what do i like the most about #WelcomeZion concert?

Once again, I love that Hillsong United members do not need to mention their names one by one. They don't want to bring glory to themselves but just surrender their all to God Almighty. They are talented, skilled, gifted and famous around the globe yet they are humble before the Lord, passionate, compassionate and really inspiring. Now this is ASTIG!

I hope there'll be more and more Christian bands/artists to rise up and lead big worship events like this to share God's Word and His love for everyone. Oh hey, Saved Festival 2014 will happen this October!

By the way, have you heard about Hillsong Live changing their name to Hillsong Worship? I think, this was a good move since their ministry is all about giving glory to Jesus through their gifts in music. And they will release their new album "No Other Name" next month. Another...a must hear and must have worship album!

photo via Hillsong Website

Truly, NO OTHER NAME but Jesus!

Thank you very much to all ministries who made this event happened and continue to happen. God bless you all for your hard work. (Becca Music, Positively Pinoy, House of Praise, and many more.)

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Youth Factor 7: STANDOUT

Alright, an amazing youth event again happened just yesterday (April 26) at the Cuneta Astrodome!!! Thousands of young people with Pastors and church leaders all gathered not just to see great programs but to make a stand surrendering our lives to God. Our nation needs God, badly especially when the highest and fastest technology are snatching our attention to temporary things. Thanks God for PCEC-NYC, special thanks to Pastor Ronnie, and all who prayed and financed Youth Factor. God bless your ministry more and more!

Youth Factor 7 Poster
Featured speakers were Bishop Noel Pantoja (Conservative Baptist Assoc. of the Phils), Pastor Herrera (Victory Calooocan), Pastor Roman Guevara (Rise Up) and DZAS' Attorney Winnie and Protips' Maloi Salumbides
Our youths have the energy to move and spread God's Word through fun ways but if we do not let them be closer to our Almighty God, their paths will surely go nowhere. Integrity is a must have for every person for it will protect us from making ungodly decisions/doings.

Anyway, I'll update this post later. I'm excited to share our experiences to everyone. I think yesterday was my 5th Youth Factor to attend to and I'm very grateful to witness its growth.

with some of our youths from God is Sovereign Church - Assemblies of God,
actually they were also our students from Sunday School few years ago! lumilipad ang oras sa bilis!

For the mean time, PCEC-NYC is surely amazed by how God moved at the coliseum yesterday, they even announced Youth Factor 8's schedule last night, agad-agad!!! We're all thrilled for another moment to praise and worship Jesus with bigger venue and larger crowd! Let's keep praying for the organizers, OK? :)

screen captured via Youth Factor 7 official Facebook page

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Hillsong United in Manila 2014: 2 Nights this June!

Yey! at last, I was able to purchase tickets this morning at Ticketnet booth, SMART Araneta Coliseum for the Hillsong United in Manila 2014 concert (June 11: Day 1 slash 2nd Night at 7:30PM). I'm really thankful to God for this second chance!

I actually managed to reserve some tickets via email last March 22 but I failed to read some texts carefully that's why I did not notice the instruction that I have to call Becca Music Inc.'s office ASAP for the reservation. I really thought I already secured some tickets for purchase. It was only last April 21 that I learned that tickets for their June 13 concert night were already gone! Huhuhu and there were plenty of online posts regarding how disappointed/sad/mad/saddened/shocked/blahblah they were. I looked, and looked, and looked for available tickets online and via phone: Ticketnet's not selling anymore while BMI had remaining tickets but for Gen Ad only and have to buy and get directly from their office. Huhu I felt really sad for few days until I just prayed to God for His will be done, I moved on (I think), and got over with my regrets. I tried to understand what went wrong and chose to be content instead. But I was still praying for a second night. Just like what happened with Passion Conference in Manila this March. Winning free tickets was really an amazing blessing and what I experienced there was unforgettable! (Check out my blog post about Passion Manila 2014 here.) 

But last Friday night, I checked my Facebook wall and saw House of Praise's post regarding the possibility of Hillsong United to hold two nights here. 

I was ecstatic and hopeful! I saw somebody's Twitter post with photo of purchased tickets and said that she received an email from BMI confirming the opening a second night. And so I checked mine and yes I also got an email about priority ticket purchase, see details below. 

Woohoo! Here was my quick reaction that night :D

And this early morning, my young churchmates and I went to Cuneta Astrodome to attend Youth Factor 7 event (I will post about this wonderful event soon). Right after we found our seats, I went back to Cubao to buy the tickets! Eeee! I really thank the Lord for this moment. 

The things I learned and relearned from this happening: 
We really have to let go and let God ALWAYS.
P.U.S.H. Pray Until Something Happens ALWAYS.
He answers our prayers and checks the desires of our hearts  ALWAYS. And His answer is either yes or no or to just wait patiently.
MBe thankful for everything ALWAYS.
Give your energy to focus on details ALWAYS!!!

Many prayed for this another night to happen and we were answered by the Lord so go, buy your tickets starting tomorrow April 27 at 10AM at Ticketnet! ^_^ 

screen captured from Ticketnet's page

Anyway I think the seat plan for June 11 is just the same as June 13's.

Seat plan for June 13 via Becca Music's Official Facebook page

See you all on June 11! I expect Hillsong United to play "One Way" again hehe!

To God be the glory!

*Related post: Check out my quick review about Zion album last year and some of my graphic artworks featuring few lines from Mercy,Mercy and Oceans here. Thanks!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

7 Days of Positivity

Sharing my 7 Days of Positivity. I posted these inspiring messages on my Facebook wall from March 10 up to 16. I thank God for good feedbacks; some of my friends even sent me a message of how they were encouraged by these everyday posts. All glory to God! So friends, let's choose good words rather than senseless stuffs, be a blessing... we'll never know who could be touched by our simple online posts :)

Day 1: Have the attitude of gratitude.

"Napansin mong di marunong magsabi THANK YOU ang friend mo. Anong sasabihin mo sa kanya?" (Q via ROAD TRIP)

Naku, mainisin ako sa ganito... pero sabi nga nung isang sumagot, "Magsabi ka na agad ng You're Welcome! then mag-smile"

Tip naman ni Pastor Ru dela torre 
(1) Model it (be an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity [1Tim 4:12])
(2) Speak to him/her life in love (if open rebuke is better than secret love [Prov.27:5] then teach him/her the importance of giving thanks to the Lord and of counting our blessings [Lk 17:17-18])

Day 2: DREAM GREAT dreams and RENEW the old ones

words from Holley Maher's I Do song

Francis Kong quoted,

Whether it’s business or ministries; none can become great without dreamers. 

The successful people are those who dare to dream great dreams and persistently set their eyes on the goal. 

But dreamers make their dreams come true when there is faith and courage. And these 2 indispensable qualities are provided for when there is a life partner who gives her full support. (from Dream Great Dreams)

Dreams are renewable. They need not expire like an over-due library book. 

No matter our age, we can breathe new life into old dreams. I believe that the best age is the age you are, but something even better awaits just ahead for those with the courage to dream and to act. 

Are you renewing your dreams?

Feeling old?

Age is something that doesn't matter unless you are cheese.

It’s not how old you are, but how you are old. 

from Are You Renewing Your Dreams?)

Day 3: Have faith in Jesus, your storm will soon pass away.

John Bevere quoted from his Relentless book,
"God will never lead us into a storm that He doesn't give us the power to overcome."

We must remember what Jesus did on Mark 4:35-41 (NLV) - when the wind and waves Obey Jesus.

[ It was evening of that same day. Jesus said to them, “Let us go over to the other side.” After sending the people away, they took Jesus with them in a boat. It was the same boat He used when He taught them. Other little boats went along with them. 

A bad wind storm came up. The waves were coming over the side of the boat. It was filling up with water. Jesus was in the back part of the boat sleeping on a pillow. They woke Him up, crying out, “Teacher, do You not care that we are about to die?” 

He got up and spoke sharp words to the wind. He said to the sea, “Be quiet! Be still.” At once the wind stopped blowing. There were no more waves. 

He said to His followers, “Why are you so full of fear? Do you not have faith?” 

They were very much afraid and said to each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and waves obey Him!” ]

Day 4: Have Integrity

Whatever work you do, do it with all your heart. Do it for the Lord and not for men. (Colossians 3:23)

Kapag mayroon kang integridad (katapatan, karangalan, kaganapan sa gawain o kalinisan ng kalooban), naniniwala akong lagi kang may kapayapaan dahil hindi ka nag-aalala na baka may makahuli ng mali mong ginagawa.

He that is faithful with little things is faithful with big things also. He that is not honest with little things is not honest with big things. (Luke 16:10)

Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but whoever takes crooked paths will be found out. (Proverbs 10:9)

Ngunit kung wala namang nakakapansin sa kasipagan at paghihirap mo, huwag mag-alala... ang gantimpala mo ay siguradong magmumula sa mabuting Diyos.

The Lord will pay each man for being right and good and faithful. (1 Samuel 26:23)

Sabi nga ni Pastor David Sumrall ng Cathedral of Praise, "Live by your ethics... Integrity with protect you."

Day 5: Spend quality time with your family

(photo via

Ito yung priceless! Di kailangang i-explain.

Day 6: Pray more

Spend time with God through prayers. Then hear Him through His Word. 

"When we pray, we open the door for God to come into our problems and situations and work on them." ~Joyce Meyer

Day 7: Walk by faith and not by sight

The hardest in our faith is the WAITING TIME. 
Remember that God is ALWAYS WITH US "since" the time He "called" us. (Ptra. Terry Broqueza quoted in her preaching.)

311 days... ganito pala katagal akong naghintay para sa panibagong chapter na ito. Kala ko noon may authentic faith ako kay Lord, yun pala, feeling ko lang yun. Pride ko lang yun. Nagplano ako nang marami na hindi Sya ang Master... siningit ko lang Sya.

My faith was really tested and just like a clay - the Potter made me into another pot that pleases Him. I struggled a lot but I learned so much. Now I understand what humility is and how to surrender my all to the Him. Nabanat talaga ng husto ang pasensya ko sa paghihintay, nabawasan na rin ang pagrereklamo ko kasi wala na rin naman akong magawa noon... di na kinaya ng powers ko... si Lord lang talaga makakasagot at makakatulong. Kailangan ko na lang sumunod.

Ang hirap kaya! Pero sa tuwing maaalala ko ang journey na ito, dito ako lumago spiritually at dito ako nabago. At tunay ngang ang Panginoong Diyos ay hindi ka iiwan at hindi ka pababayaan. At ang pagbabasa ng Kanyang Salita at sa pamamagitan ng panalangin ay lalo mong malalaman ang kalooban Nya.

Moses spoke: "Be strong and have strength of heart. Do not be afraid or shake with fear because of them. For the Lord your God is the One Who goes with you. He will be faithful to you. He will not leave you alone." (Deuteronomy 31:6)

It's not easy to let go and let God nor do the walking by faith while your eyes are closed but if you're confident that the Lord is with you... it'd be like the person who's walking by the seashore who thought Jesus had left her/him; realizing then that the Lord had carried him/her all the way.

Our powerful God can change our lives "suddenly" but sometimes His will is for our transformation to take time: slowly but surely.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Passion Manila 2014 on God's great dance floor

I feel alive
I come alive
I am alive on God's great dance floor

"Passion (Conference) is about one Savior and one God." ~Kristian Stanfillsee his Instagram post below.

Aaaaahhh!!!! It was indeed an amazing night for everyone who attended Passion Manila 2014 at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Present na present si Lord, sigurado marami ang bumalik ang "passion" nila to serve the Lord as best as they can do, kasama na ko doon!

At di pa rin ako makapaniwalang nakapunta ako tonight with my niece! I just won the tickets by downloading the latest app of Positively Pinoy Online Radio a couple of weeks ago. And then last week, I was informed via text message that I actually won, woohoo! thanks God talaga! also thanks to Positively Pinoy / The Edge and Becca Music Inc. Salamat din for making it easier for us to claim the tickets. God bless your ministries :)

photo via Positively Pinoy website

Actually, since I've heard about Passion Manila last December, nasa prayer list ko na ang makapunta dito lalo na kasama si Kristian Stanfill ^_^ Nagkaroon ako ng budget para makabili agad kaso nagamit ko for other purposes then early January, sold out na ang March 28. Mabuti na lang nag-open ng isa pang gabi kaso sa dami ng interested, mabilis din nawala ang Patron and Upper A seats. Nalungkot na ko, gusto ko kasi talaga sa ganitong areas. Kaya ito, answered prayer na naman ako! So blessed!

Well here are what we've heard and enjoyed so much tonight. Thanks to the Passion band, Kristian Stanfill and David Crowder. Galing at ramdam mo ang heart of worship!

Worship Songs Lineup (March 27, 2014)

1. God's Great Dance Floor (led by K. Stanfill)
2. Don't Ever Stop (led by K. Stanfill)
3. O Praise Him (led by D. Crowder)
4. 10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord) (led by K. Stanfill)
5. Burning In My Soul (led by Brett Younker?)
6. Our God is Greater (led by K. Stanfill)
7. Amazing Grace (My Chains are Gone) (led by K. Stanfill)
8. How He Loves (led by D. Crowder)
9. One Thing Remains (led by K. Stanfill)
10. My Heart is Yours (led by K. Stanfill)
11. How Great is Our God  (led by K. Stanfill)
12. I Am (led by D. Crowder)
13. The Lord Our God (led by K. Stanfill)
14. God Of This City (led by K. Stanfill)
15. God's Great Dance Floor (led by K. Stanfill) again and again ^_^

Pastor Louie Giglio of Passion City Church started his message by quoting Romans 8:38-39that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord

“Start to be a non-dancer who dances.” Pastor Giglio said before giving us the theology behind their song God’s Great Dance Floor. 

He then shared his honeymoon experience way back many years ago when he was actually tricked by the brochure convincing them to go to a place somewhere in the Caribbean based at the picture he saw – perfect scenery and a beautiful  half cove. But then he became disappointed much to discover what’s in the other half of the cove. At first he was feeling so amazing by excitement and his impression but just like a cropped photo where you were not able to see the missing part – Satan is also cropping our freedom plans and always bring disasters to our lives. And when we experience freedom fail (deciding every plan in own way and own time) where our freedom plans not working anymore, and we want to come home – we can always go back to our Father in Heaven’s embrace (just like the story of the lost Son in the Bible), for He is full of grace and mercy and will even prepare a feast for us and this rejoicing in heaven will happen as well (Luke 15:7). This is God’s great dance floor, a holy party.

Thanks God for the other two parables (the lost sheep and the lost coin) that teach us about God’s compassion for man are also written in His Word.

"Sin makes us spiritually dead: no improvement in conditions, cut off from God, spiritually done. But God the Father sent Jesus Christ not to make bad people good people but to make them alive again. We were dead but alive again, this is spiritual death to spiritual life. Our testimony of our faith is how God’s mercy brought us back to life. He is greater than how far we can run… deeper than how deep we can go."

Everyone is welcome in God’s great dance floor, even the other son of the rich man who got mad when he heard about how his father accepted his brother again and the fattened calf was killed for the feast. This son worked too hard for a long time and this is why he missed the fact that he already has what his father has, even his love for him, yet he also got too busy trying to earn it. 

Self-effort is not needed for this for God already gave Christ for us – this is real love. And He wants us to work for Him because we love Him not to gain His love because we already have it, already proven.

After this message, I found myself not so different from the other son. Yes, I was lost before but God found me again yet I stored up too many ugly things inside of me: bitterness, hatred, anger, jealousy, pride, etc. The Lord even rebuked me by making me realize that I sometimes didn't feel happy when others were experiencing good things. A busy-me at ministries don’t actually reflect my genuine faith in God because just like that son – I was trying too hard to earn God’s attention. I often forget that He already gave me Christ and there’s nothing I can do to make God love me more that He is already doing now. He is love.

So tonight I was blessed, forgiven, refreshed, strengthened, inspired and encouraged by God again. Thank you Lord.

Isama pa ang super nakaka-amaze na mashup ng singing stars and whales. Narinig ko na ito dati through a Youtube video, (watch Louie Giglio: Symphony (I Lift My Hands) online) pero mas iba pa rin pag live maririnig tapos ang ganda pa ng sound system sa Araneta kanina. Totoo, wala nang makakapantay sa kapangyarihan at husay ng ating Panginoong Diyos. He is our Creator and He deserves all the glory and honor. There’s no excuse to give the best worship and praise to Him for even His non-human creatures can give beautiful sound for Him.

Overall, this experience is God's will for me and everyone who came to this event. The Lord is not finished with us yet, He continue to mold us and change our hearts. We just need to make a decision to let Him in and make Him our real Lord and Savior.

Once again, thank You God for this blessing! Can't thank you enough :)

If you are going to make memories, make the ones that last. Oh well, this event will surely last on my heart for this was an answered prayer. 

God bless you Passion Team. May God give you more strength, faith, wisdom and joy for tomorrow's another event. Philippines' so blessed to have you back :)

Sa mga pupunta naman para bukas: please bring clean towels (request ng Operation Blessing). Meron silang mga tao doon na nagko-collect, kanina mukhang marami ang di nakapagdala so sana makarami bukas :) 

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