Sunday, August 3, 2014

POEMATIC 08.03.14 Seven days


Seven days could be too long 
For an impatient heart of greed 
But because of Your Word 
I received calmness each day 
Your soft whisper gave more impact 
It silenced my crowded mind 
I put my hope in Your Word [a] 
Do as You promised [b] 
Seven days could not be too long
For a changed heart 
You continue to mold 
I am here waiting for Your promise to come true 
The days are coming [c]
Do as You promised 
Nothing is too hard for You [d]

 ~Madz Madaje, 08/03/14 1:16PM

It’s been a while since I wrote something in here specially a literary piece. But few minutes ago, my heart’s so overwhelmed with excitement for God’s promises to happen in my life. I’m in my current journey with Him and I know He won’t let go of me no matter what. So I encourage you my dear readers to continue to walk by faith and not by sight. It’s really hard to wait for something you don’t even know what it is but trust in Him more and more, read His Word, He’ll find you, He’ll guide you.

What I wrote above were the result of my devotions since I started my new journey with the Lord. Remember these Bible verses and hold on to His promises for He is ever-faithful.
 [a]  Psalm 119:74
 [b]  2 Samuel 7:25
 [c]  Jeremiah 33:14
 [d]  Jeremiah 32:17

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!
(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.
(Amen!)

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!

P.S.
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!!!


P.S
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 designlap.com)

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. 
but...
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.

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