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Biblical Leadership Wed, 08 Oct 2014 06:09:20 +0000 Leadership Development is one of our core values as a ministry and as a movement. Where we are today would be impossible if those before us never valued raising the next generation of leaders. I remember this quote emphasizing the importance of leadership: 

“Humanity currently faces three extraordinary threats: the threat of annihilation as a result of a nuclear accident or war, the threat of a worldwide plague or ecological catastrophe, and deepening leadership crisis in most of our institutions. Unlike the possibility of plague or nuclear holocaust, the leadership crisis will probably not become the basis for a best-seller or a blockbuster movie, but in many ways it is the most urgent and dangerous of the threats we face today, if only because it is insufficiently recognized and little understood.” - Warren Bennis, founder of the Leadership Institute at the University of Southern California

Crisis of leadership is serious. It can make or break a nation. The world needs leaders who are brave enough to take on the challenge. But what makes a great leader? How do we lead people in a way that honors God? Here are some insights that could help us put leadership in the right perspective:

Leaders lead by following God’s lead.

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The foundation of leadership is being under God’s governance. Leaders who are conscious to follow God’s leadership in their lives rely on His wisdom and not on their wits, His heart and not their interests and lastly, His example and never their preference. As Henry Blackaby defines it, “Spiritual leadership is moving people to God’s agenda”. A good question to ask is,”what does God want me to do as I lead others?” Whether it’s leading a family, a group of classmates for a project or running a company, leaders should always be sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit. There is no dichotomy between organizational and spiritual leadership. We can only work powerfully when we act prayerfully.

Is everything preceded and followed-through by prayer? Or is prayer merely a last resort when things go out of hand?

Leaders lead by serving others.

At the heart of leadership is service. John Maxwell said, “people don’t care how much you know, unless they know how much you care”. Leaders easily make the common mistake of sacrificing the benefit of the people they lead in order to conform to policy. It should be the other way around. Policies and systems are crafted so we could serve people better.

Consider Joseph, who was sold as a slave yet was entitled to be an heir. For him, it was function first, before position. In his years of slavery, he served in the prison cell and was eventually called to serve an ungodly ruler, Potiphar. In his faithful service, God used him to save an entire nation from famine. Imagine what we can do when our focus is never on ourselves but on how we can serve others!

How far would you go to serve a purpose or a need other than yours? Are you willing to go the extra mile even if it is not called for?

Leaders lead 24/7.

Leadership is not about position or title, but influence. Just because it’s no longer my team, nor my responsibility, doesn’t give me an excuse to “clock out” of leadership. We are constantly influencing people everywhere we go – on the streets, under pressure and most especially, at home. It’s not about what you do but who you are. We don’t have to wait for a leadership position just to lead. By following the example of Jesus, we are influencing others wherever you are today.

What kind of influence do you bring with you? How can your life (not just your role or position) positively affect the world around you?

Leaders lead by example.

Many leaders would make others do things they wouldn’t do themselves. On the contrary, leaders should set the example. Pastor Steve once shared how his son learned to ice skate after seeing kids his age skate on their own. The same thing happened when bought Alonzo’s first bike. We wanted to show him how it’s done, and made sure he’d practice first with training wheels. But when we saw kids bike without smaller wheels, he said “I can do it, dad. If these kids can do it, I can do it too.” True enough, to our surprise, he drove his bike on his own just like those kids did.

Paul wrote about this in the book of Corinthians, “Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ”(1 Corinthians 1:11). Ultimately, people can trust our leadership knowing that we are following the example of Christ.

What kind of example are you setting to those who are following your lead?

Leadership is challenging, but fulfilling. When we see people discovering the purpose and plan of God while they are under our leadership, the joys are insurmountable.  As we respond to the call of leadership, whether it be leading the home, leading a Victory Group or an organization, my prayer is that we would be filled with God’s grace. May we be filled with wisdom and courage to make the right decisions in leading God’s people according to God’s agenda.

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(Storyboard) Leader’s Convergence: God’s Not Dead Tue, 07 Oct 2014 10:27:26 +0000 Not all stories are told by words alone.

Storyboard is our attempt to tell a story in 7 pictures. Can you describe ‘the story’ of this month’s Leaders Convergence?





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Since 1984 Sun, 05 Oct 2014 08:05:58 +0000 Since throwbacks are popular nowadays, allow me to paint a picture of 1984 in your mind. What’s so special about that year anyway?

1984 was the year when…

Apple launched the first Macintosh personal computer.
“Time After Time”, “When Doves Cry” and “Footloose” topped the music charts.
Ghostbusters became a top-grossing film.
Manila’s LRT Line 1 began operating.
Aga Muhlach was one of the country’s newest heartthrobs.

But that same year was also a chaotic time in the Philippines.
Activism was part of the daily scene, especially in Manila. People fearlessly fought for what they believed in. Rallies were held left and right. Tear gas and pillbox were throws by rallyists as they cry out for a change in government.

But while everyone else was fighting for political change 30 years ago, a particular group of students had a different battle cry: “Honor God and make disciples”.

Victory was “born” in 1984 at the heart of the University Belt.

Sixty-five American students went to Manila to share the Gospel to Filipino students in the at the height of student activism and political unrest. Little did they know that their mission trip will ignite a radical movement that will sweep through the nation, one soul at a time.

Manny Muleta in 1984

with Manny Muleta and his wife, Joy Muleta A student who was reached out during that time was Manny Muleta. Manny was an undergraduate student at the Technological Institute of the Philippines (TIP) when he experienced a turning point in his life.

It was through a “mime show” that Manny encountered Jesus. During those days, mime performances were used by people from Victory to engage students.

It was an attraction to the youth of that time. Students, together with the American missionaries, performed 15-minute mime shows at the streets of University Belt around 5 p.m. By the end of the skit, an “open-air” preaching will be done by a student or missionary.

Those who stood by to watch the performance and listen to the preaching were invited to a “rock and roll seminar” at Tandem Cinema’s basement. The “rock and roll seminar” was like a youth service. It was held every night on the month of July 1984.

On July 16, 1984, Manny was one of the students who came to watch the mime show. He heard the Gospel and received Jesus as his Lord and Savior that day. The next day, July 17, Manny joined the mime group and proclaimed the Gospel on the streets!

When I asked why he was suddenly bold enough to do it during that time, Manny replied, “There was no shame. Hindi kami nahihiya. We were radically transformed by God. Because of what he did in our lives, we were willing to do anything to please Him.”

Before Manny came to know Jesus, he was a sick drug addict who didn’t have a sense of direction in life. Jesus offered him hope, purpose, health, love, salvation, and many more. Jesus radically changed his life, hence, he responded radically as well.

According to Manny, he had a strong desire to share his encounter with Jesus so that others can experience it too. He was ready to forsake everything to make the Gospel known to others. He had no other explanation for this kind of response. It was the radical work of Jesus alone that compelled students like him to do extraordinary things.

Manny Muleta in 2014

Thirty years later, God’s love is still driving Manny to do radical feats. Manny is currently a pastor at Victory Fort. Although he is no longer a student, he is still proclaiming the Gospel to many people in different ways.

A few years ago, Manny spearheaded a ministry for taxi drivers. He started to share the Gospel with just one taxi driver. Now, there are over one hundred taxi drivers who participate in the ministry that Manny pioneered.

Manny’s love for God and people is also evident in the life of his son, Mark Muleta. Mark is currently a college student. In 2011, he was able to speak to four thousand students at the Ignite conference. Recently, Mark preached in five services on one Sunday at Victory Fort. It’s amazing how Manny was able to pass on the radical spirit to his son. He admitted that he is now concerned with teaching the next generation to be radical for Jesus.

Picture of Mark Muleta preaching at Ignite 2011

Picture of Mark Muleta preaching at Ignite 2011

Living Radically

Manny Muleta’s life shows that being radical is the apt response when we truly understand what Jesus did for us. A person who was transformed by God cannot help but express gratitude by giving up everything for Him.

His life also tells us that being radical isn’t a one time thing. It’s a lifestyle. Manny boldly proclaimed the name of Jesus through mime performances back in 1984. Now, he declares God’s Word by preaching every Sunday.

The methods for engaging people and sharing the Gospel may change, but the Spirit behind it remains the same. Before, they had “rock and roll seminars”, now, we have youth services. Nevertheless, the Holy Spirit who moved mightily in 1984 is the same Spirit who is ready to empower us today.

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Giving Fully & Giving Completely Sun, 05 Oct 2014 05:10:41 +0000 krish post

Romans 6:13 (ESV)

Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness.

What motivates us to do what we do? For a performer, it is the applause at the curtain call. For the hit maker singer, it is the record sales and to be at the top of the charts. For the teacher, it is the performance of his class. But for the Christian, it will never be for the applause of man, nor the promise of success and lastly nor the rewards of the performance.

In the first place we were already dead; thus, there was no point for anything.

Because sin reigned in us and the wages of our sin is death, nothing we would do would amount nor merit to anything. None of the world’s definition of success would matter for eternity. We can store up all the wealth from the bonuses, stock up all the medals and compile all our achievements in vain. Sin has already disqualified us from any good in this world and the life thereafter.

But that doesn’t mean we were meant to live in utter meaninglessness

Jesus came to die the death we should have died. Now because of him, we live. Life takes on a new different meaning with Christ. We have not only gained access to heaven, we have a relationship that is never measured by performance and always unconditional. In Christ, we are also given a purpose and destiny. Life now revolves according to His pleasure and will.

Now we live, in the giving of ourselves fully and completely

With Christ, we can do great things that are of eternal value. Our fields or profession are no longer just jobs, but a callings. Submitting to earthly masters or bosses are not out of position but out of reverence for a heavenly master who sees what our earthly bosses don’t. Instead of working according to our capacity, we are now daily fueled by the working of His grace. Work is no longer work, but a privilege and a delight. No longer should a workman compete against others or compete against himself, because competition is no longer a driving force — service is the passion behind work.

One of my most favorite scriptures has always been Colossians 3:23 – Whatever you do, do it excellently, because it is for no one other than God. There is now no part-time job or half-cooked job, and just like Paul, we can “work harder because God’s grace is never without effect “.

Everyday we face countless opportunities to give ourselves more, regardless of the incentives, the credit or the ultimate reward.  Sacrifice is never so much a sacrifice because the perspective is not how much of “us” is required but how much mercy has been granted to a sinner like me. If we only decided according to mercy, then there is no point considering workload, salary, incentives and the likes. Everything is a privilege and a joy for those whose heart is to fully obey and keep in step with the will of Christ. In context of grace and mercy, there is still so much more to give and offer.

1 Corinthians 15:58 (NIV)

Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.

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A Trip Down Memory Lane Sun, 17 Aug 2014 11:33:54 +0000 ferdie post

It only seemed like yesterday when Victory was born in the Philippines, beginning with its very first congregation at the University-Belt.

I have so many fond memories during my early years of my Christian faith at Victory U-Belt.

While time travel is not possible in any way, allow me to take you through a trip down the memory lane in celebration of Victory’s 30th anniversary this 2014.

The Place

The very first Victory was located at the basement of the old Tandem Cinema along Claro M. Recto Avenue, Manila. 

Unlike today’s modern Victory centers, the very first Victory had no air conditioning unit. Only noisy industrial fans, dirty ceiling, leaking pipes and no restroom. 

But the passion for the Lord and the warm fellowship among the students was what caught my attention during my first visit at Victory U-Belt. 

The Tandem basement was Victory’s first-ever place of worship. 

And that’s the place where I encountered the Lord, gave my life completely to Him (on August 3, 1986), eventually got baptized, and was added to the church. 

I was baptized in a baptismal pool measured one meter high, two meters wide, and three meters long at the Tandem basement. 

The People

Passionate worship marked the services, with students full of joy and love for God. 

They were also bold in sharing their respective personal testimonies and in preaching the Gospel. 

Every new invite were warmly welcomed at the venue, treating them like “VIPs”.

Personally, I was treated like a “VIP”, too when I attended Victory for the very first time. My classmate, who invited me, introduced me to students from other schools, then to his circle of friends in church, as well as to first wave of ministry volunteers. 

Later on, I became part of the same ministry. We experienced genuine friendships, treating each other as brothers and sisters. We enjoyed sharing our faith and lives together.

The culture of discipleship and leadership was also very strong. 

As young believers, we were immediately included in small groups and were given opportunities to lead in our campuses. 

Being “too young” was not an issue for us as we were encouraged to be radically involved in starting our campus ministry at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines in 1986, under the leadership of Ramil Abanilla (an engineering student) and the guidance of Ptr. Jun Escosar. 

Other students who led their respective campuses during those times were Winston Reyes (Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila), Ferdie Cabiling (Adamson), Jonathan Bocobo (Mapua), Manny Muleta(Technological Instritute of the Philippines).

Today, they serve as our pastors and leaders in the movement.

The Preaching

If radicalism and cry for change (in our government at that time) was the norm in the streets of Metro Manila and inside the campuses in the ’80’s, students, whose lives were transformed by the gospel, also radically shared the message in the street of Recto as well as inside the campuses. 

I vividly remembered inviting students to attend the “Hells Bells Rock and Roll seminar, an expose on the evil influences of selected rock and roll music. 

Towards the end of the seminar, a clear, systematic and bold Gospel presentation was used to challenge students to surrender their lives to God and turn from their old ways.

This is where I first heard a clear explanation of the gospel.

We also had room-to-room evangelism (in the campuses), did open-air preaching, and the 1980s version of the 1-2-1 booklet, the “Are you going to heaven?” booklet, in sharing the gospel. These were done not just by Pastors and full time staff, but by students as well. 

Students who radically surrendered their lives to Christ brought the gospel to their respective families.

I remember one particular student preached the gospel to his Buddhist parent. But his mother, in utter disgust after learning that her son is now a Christian, burned his Bible and threw him out of their house. 

But this student remained steadfast in his faith, praying for his mother to come to know Christ and reaching out to her in love. As a result, his mother radically surrendered her life to Christ and started going to church with him.

The Purpose

But after all is said and done, everything we did back then, and everything we will continue to do centers around “honoring God and advancing His kingdom”.  

Everything is done for God and in obedience to His command.

We were fully convinced that God called us for His purpose to disciple people and nations, to be the “salt and light” of the world; to advance His Kingdom in every sphere of the society. 

And only by His grace can we achieve all these. 

But after giving our lives to Christ, we were also not remiss of our responsibilities in honoring God through our academics.

For while we serve God through ushering ministry, we also took our studies seriously, even as we took opportunities to join the local outreach and church planting efforts.

As students, we would raise our own support and would join a one-week outreach/vacation in Pangasinan, which paved the way for the first church plant in Dagupan City. Eventually, the very first church planting work in Dagupan became like a lid that just popped, creating a powerful move that saw more young people go to various cities, campuses and nations to preach the gospel.

Today, most of the students of Victory during the ’80’s are now serving as leaders in our society. 

Some became business leaders, others serve as government leaders, church leaders, missionaries, responsible family men, among others. 

As Victory celebrates its first 30 years in the Philippines, I hope and pray that today’s generation of believers will continue to walk by faith, continue to serve as a light and salt in their own campuses and continue to make disciples.

To 30 years and beyond, for Victory!

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(Storyboard) Kita-kita sa Trenta Sun, 17 Aug 2014 02:58:24 +0000 Not all stories are told by words alone.

Storyboard is our attempt to tell a story in 7 pictures. Can you describe KITA-KITA SA TRENTA’s story through the pictures below?

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(Doodle Verse) “It’s All Good” Tue, 05 Aug 2014 06:33:16 +0000 artwork 005

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VIBE: Life’s a Party Tue, 05 Aug 2014 04:57:30 +0000 As we move to the second half of 2014, LifeBox U-Belt is also gearing up for more after unveiling our Youth series called, “Vibe: Life’s a Party” last July. 

We added more lights and invited disc jockeys during the three-week series to recreate U-Belt’s main hall with an ambience of a club party.


An average of 5,000 college and high school students came in attendance at the youth service (check out #ubeltvibe for more posts), leaving the venue with a better understanding that life only becomes a “real, enjoyable party” when they embrace the beautiful plan of God in their lives.

The series, which touched on the Book of Ecclesiastes, has helped the students to understand that even at their age, they can start living and aligning their lives according to God’s purpose.

Below is a breakdown of the Vibe series for you to understand better:


We launched this new series with the question: Is there any reason for us to be happy? ” 

YOLO means You Only Live OnceIt has become one of young people’s favorite expressions nowadays, where they take enjoying life to the extreme by taking risks and doing something that can only rash at times. However, the author of the book, King Solomon, summed up his inquiries and even the experiences he had in life by saying, “life is meaningless”.

In the end, everything we do “under the sun” is empty and pointless apart from a relationship with God. 


In the second week of the series, we asked the question: Is there a way for us to be truly happy? People consider amassing wealth or material things as a way to achieving true happiness. Others thought relationship with the opposite sex is the way to lasting happiness. While still, others think that getting good grades can make them really happy.

Yet, at the end of it all, the pursuit of pleasure only leads to pain, while the pursuit of God results to ultimate pleasure.  


And finally, we wrapped up the series by talking about the uncertainty of our future, with the question: “Is there a way to control my future?” 

People try to do so many things in the hope of securing their future. Yet, our best effort to take control our future is in vain unless we go back to God.

While we all may have a lot of questions in life, questions that may shock us, cause us to be anxious or even be left puzzled, may we all find encouragement from Jesus, who told His disciples in John 16:33 (NIV), “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

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Tears of the Son Sun, 27 Jul 2014 12:09:33 +0000 danny post

The year 1988 was supposed to be my final year as an engineering student at Mapua Institute of Technology. That year turned out to be a turbulent one as the prospect of not being able to graduate hit me like a sledgehammer in the face.  Our family was struggling finally considering that three of us enrolled in in college at the same time.  My parents were looking forward to my graduation, expecting me to at least help out with the expenses or maybe, not be an additional financial burden.  But it just wasn’t meant to be.

At a loss for direction and in search for answers, my friends Richard and Noel invited me to join a meeting at the campus canteen on a Wednesday afternoon after class.  I had nowhere to go then, so I thought I might as well join them.  They were excited because they had two guests coming over.  One was a Vietnamese American named Hugh and the other one was a Filipino, a slender young man, not much older than me.  He was the “guest speaker” and my friends were excited to hear him.

I was hooked the moment he started talking. He was so certain about his challenge that everyone in the room were so pumped up.

Although what he was presenting was larger than life, his message was simple, “Change the Campus, Change the World.”  His message started to stir up something inside of me.  I suddenly realized that the reason I was not passionate about anything was because I lacked purpose in my life.  As he went on, I started believing that I was not insignificant, that I could make a difference.  I could make a difference in my campus and make an impact to the nations.  However, it was the final challenge that caught me by surprise.  It was a challenge for a relationship to the One who could make all this possible.  It was a challenge to make Jesus Christ my Lord and Savior.  I consider myself fairly religious, growing up and serving in a local church as an acolyte. Thus, his message was something foreign to me.

I came into that meeting lost and without a purpose, but it didn’t stop me from believing.  That evening, I responded to the challenge of being a “world changer”.  I made the decision to make Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior.  I hope I could say that the rest was history, but it was only the beginning.

I found out soon enough that for me to live out this purpose. I had to learn and unlearn, hold on to certain things and let others go.  As the saying goes, “You can talk the talk, but can you walk the talk?”

On Sunday of that same week, my friends brought me to a meeting at the second level of 1881 C.M. Recto Avenue, Manila. A ragtag bunch of young people was there, less than a thousand but all passionate for Jesus.  I became a part of this ministry ever since.

Through the years, we heard the familiar challenge: “Grab your Bible and pen, get your passport ready because we are going to the nations!”  As a young man, I didn’t know how it will happen but I started believing.  So when given the chance, I took part in various local mission trips like Tarlac, Urdaneta, San Fernando, Cabanatuan, Cebu City, Iloilo and Tuguegarao.  I even accepted a job in Cagayan de Oro City so that I could stay long-term and be part of the church plant.

When our ministry started believing God for our building at the Fort, I was one of those, who were tapped to help out in raising the building fund.  I had the opportunity to work with the leaders of our ministry in this endeavor to establish a facility where we could train and prepare teams to go to the nations.

When the building was into its final phase and the Auditorium was going to be used for the first time, my team did an ocular inspection of the facility.  I was grateful to God for being given the chance to be part of this venture.  As we were about to leave the building, I saw someone at the parking lot. He rolled down his window and called out to me, “Are you open to go to the mission field?”

We were in the thick of fundraising activities, while the building was in the final phase, but I still told him “Sure, I would love to.”

After a few words with the other person on the phone, he went out of the car and approached me.  These were his words, “we’re sending a team to in a month’s time.  Be ready, you’re going with them.

Honestly, I was taken aback because all this time, I had been waiting to go to the nations, and I would at least have a few months or maybe a year to prepare for it.  So I asked him if it would be alright to have some time to pray about it.  His answer in so many words was that he was leaving for Hawaii that night and that I had up to the next morning to make a decision.

Everything was a blur or so it seems.  I went to the Makati Cinema Square because I needed to clear my mind before I started praying.  It was an advanced screening of the movie, “Tears of the Sun”starring Bruce Willis.  If you’re familiar with the story, that alone was enough for me to settle the issue in my mind.  But what hit me was a quote highlighted in the closing credits:

“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” – Edward Burke

That was all I needed.  I said to myself, “Here I am Lord, send me!”

Then my phone rang.  It was from my department head.  She gave me her blessings and told me that if I decided to go to the mission field, she won’t hinder me.  As I hang up, it rang again and this time it was the head of missions, he was excited to find out that I was now part of the team.  He told me to bring my passport the next morning; they were sending it to the for visa application as we prepare to leave in a few weeks.

In April 2003, we left.  This was to be my first international missions trip.  There were 15 of us in the team and I was the last addition.  We were supposed to be back in four months, but after eight months, I was left behind.

Since then, it’s been more than a decade of God’s faithfulness.  I am now married to my beautiful wife, with two wonderful kids.  But the  same passion still burns in my heart, “Change the Campus, Change the World.”

Right now, I am back home remembering God’s faithfulness as I took a leap of faith to answer a seemingly impossible call. Victory U-Belt was where the “original fire” for missions was birthed.  I believe that as I go prepare for the field, it would do well with me to rekindle the flame for missions.

As I look at the  young people, young professionals and the families, who are all part of the U-Belt church, I can see the the fire in you, the passion that drives you and the grace that abounds in you.

These all serve to inspire me wherever God calls me to be.

Together, let us pray to the Lord of the harvest to send more workers to the harvest field because the nations are waiting.

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