Victory U-Belt Every Nation. Every Campus. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 10:36:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Nation. Every Campus. Victory U-Belt no Every Nation. Every Campus. Victory U-Belt Change the Campus, Change the World Sun, 20 Jul 2014 08:30:52 +0000 In the Philippines, the month of July is considered as one of the busiest and craziest months for every person of every field, age and occupation. 

It is that time of the year when the rainy season is in high gear, where just as one storm is about to leave the Philippine Area of Responsibility, another one is set to make landfall at the PRA.

Students also begin to adjust better to the new school year, while most business people and professionals adjust to their workload and work flow. 

But in the perspective of the church, July offers a wide gate of countless opportunities.

The Value of Young People

Since Victory started as a movement, reaching the younger generation through campus ministry has been one of its top priorities. It also happens to be one of the most prolific and thriving focal points, among other things. 

Being under the spiritual umbrella of Every Nation, Victory puts its emphasis in reaching the youth, being convinced that it is one of the most strategic harvest fields.

For one, the youth represent a social group, whose mind is easily cultivated and influenced.

Young people also represent the future leaders of the nation. And again, by reaching them out today, you are also reaching out to their families and their circle of influence.

At Victory U-Belt, young people represent a major bloc in its overall service attendance.

In 2005, there were only 300 students attending the youth service. But nine years later, Victory U-Belt has seen an exponential increase in the number of attendees, especially in our youth services – and all these are attributed to God’s faithfulness to His promise as well as the hard work of our volunteers and staff. 

This year, LifeBox is aiming to reach 5000 students as the 17-man strong campus missionaries work hand-in-hand with the pastoral team, administrative staff as well as the hundreds of Victory group leaders, who are totally committed to seeing this vision become a reality.

Each year, July is always considered as “outreach month”, where leaders are encouraged to invite their family members, classmates, friends, business partners and friends who haven’t heard the of the Good News. 

This initiative has proven to be effective as we see hundreds of people come to know God in a personal and powerful way.

In celebration of Victory’s 30th year anniversary, Victory U-Belt has compiled four personal testimonies of students who were reached out during the outreach month and whose lives have been radically changed since:

Jane Catherine Villanueva, UST

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JC, as she is called by most people, is a fresh graduate of Medical Technology from the University of Santo Tomas. She is currently reviewing for the board exam. 

JC entered UST as a freshman in 2010, deeply influenced by her family’s devotion to Roman Catholicism after starting their own charismatic church community. Ever since she was young, there was this yearning inside her heart to know God more, to not just be a person who has knowledge of God, but a person who knows God in a personal way.

Everyday, JC recounted going to the UST Chapel, hoping to find what her heart was searching for. 

But one day, she was invited by her roommate and friend (who happens to be a Christian) to a July outreach series in 2010, at Victory U-Belt’s Youth service called “Eclipse”. 

Being a first-timer, she had no idea what she went to. JC initially thought it was a  mere simple youth gathering. But upon experiencing the warmth of the people, the passionate worship and just the spiritual atmosphere that prevailed during the youth service, she started longing to have that kind of an experience with God.

Her spiritual yearning intensified from there as she started attending the youth service, thinking that it would be a great supplement for her in her search for a spiritual satisfaction. 

Her regular attendance eventually moved a step further when she was finally introduced by some UST LifeBox student leaders to 1-2-1 and Victory group.

Initially, she wasn’t really sold out in attending the 1-2-1 discipleship and Victory group meetings. But because she was afraid to say no to those who invited her, she started attending.

As weeks turned into months, something happened: her boyfriend broke up with her. She was devastated all the more when she found out that her ex-boyfriend guy entered into another relationship just a week after their break-up. 

By then, she had a realization, “Your worth is not based on how people define it, but on what God has already done for you”. 

But what radically changed her outlook in life was the reality that Jesus died for all her sins, while realizing that Christ’s sacrifices was a clear message that “she was worth dying for”. It was also during this time when she started to realize that she doesn’t have to please others by giving in to their requests, or just to be able to win their approval.

Instead, she realized that the goodness and unconditional love of God was all she needed. God’s approval was all she needed. 

Eventually, she participated at Victory Weekend.  In 2012, she joined the church’s Leaders’ Camp. By then,  all the confusion, the selfishness and the longing for love from others dissipated. 

Her walk with Christ helped her become more selfless while appreciating God’s genuine love more. 

As she started discipling others, she started to experience a newfound love and passion in reaching out to people who are spiritually lost. She wanted them to experience the same love and life-changing moment she had with God.

And while her family initially questioned her personal relationship with God, eventually, that turned to acceptance and support. 

Today, JC is one of LifeBox UST’s fruitful Victory group leaders, 1-2-1 facilitator and coach. She is also a keyboardist in the music ministry and even had the opportunity to perform at Victory’s IGNITE Youth Conference last 2013. 

Avan Tan, San Beda College

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Avan seems to be an average guy at first glance. But there’s something more to him than meets the eye. 

During his high school days, Avan used to be an athlete and a mountain biker. And like most athletes, Avan lived a disciplined life, something he brought with him when he reached college. 

When he entered college at San Beda, he experienced conflict with his block mates due to opposing interests. His block mates wanted him to join them in drinking alcohol, partying, smoking and in doing drugs, but he refused. 

Being an athlete, Avan used it as an excuse to “escape” from his block mates’ whims. But due to the rising misunderstanding between him and his block mates, and Avan not wanting to see the conflict worsen, he finally gave in to curiosity and peer pressure.

So he started doing what his block mates have been doing – smoking, drinking, partying and taking drugs. His whole lifestyle changed, becoming an alcoholic.

Growing up in a family without a hint of closeness and bond in their relationship, no one could stop him from doing what he started doing. 

But ever since he engaged in vices, a part of him wanted to withdraw from the lifestyle change, but somehow, he was powerless to do so.

Eventually, there came a point in his life where alcohol gave him that “temporary euphoria”, which he soon realized as short lived once the feeling faded.

One day, Avan got invited to the youth service at Victory U-Belt where he was introduced to Cyrillus Maaño, a campus missionary in LifeBox-Mendiola. It was their first meeting and Avan felt no uneasiness at all,  convinced that he could trust Cyrillus. 

Yet, his meeting with Cyrillus hardly changed his current situation ad he continued on his vices. When Avan got invited to become a member of a fraternity, that’s when he realized that he dug a deep hole for himself, while he felt helpless to climb out of it.

He lost his sense of identity as well as lost his sense of conviction and direction as he started following various people’s “invitations”.

Avan longed for love, acceptance and family. Deep inside, Avan was no longer the same promising athlete as he felt broken and destroyed inside. 

Fed up with how his life had spiraled down into depths, Avan took a step towards the right direction when he reconnected with Cyrillus the campus minister.  But in the course of their connection, Avan received his letter of dismissal from the school.

Still, he just didn’t want to give up and put his two-year stint in college to waste. He mustered up all the courage he had and took a leap of faith by persistently going to the office of the school’s officials and pleaded his case for 10 days straight.

Avan did everything he could, asking for recommendations from priests and organizations. Eventually, things changed for the better, so on the last day, when he pleaded for his case, he was finally approved for readmission. 

He shifted from his original course of Entrepreneurship to Marketing and found a friend to accompany him in his new course. 

Despite shifting to Marketing, his academic struggle didn’t seem to go away, though on a positive note, his regular meeting with Cyrillus continued.

One time, his classmate invited him again to attend the outreach series of the Youth service, “The Voice”. 

Feeling a sense of freedom for the first time after being accepted by a new set of friends, Avan’s life started to make a 180-degree turn.

Avan no longer felt powerless after giving up his vices. His grades got better, while undergoing regular discipleship meeting as well.

On September 2013, he went through Victory Weekend, which became the turning point of his life. Avan said he experienced true freedom in Jesus Christ. His life started to change for the better, having found his identity and security in Christ. 

And by understanding that God is for him and not against him, he regained the confidence to face the life and its challenges again.

As his personal life started to change for the better, God also started to heal his relationship with his family. As a family, they started to pray and showed their love to each other.

Today, Avan is one of Lifebox Mendiola’s 121 Facilitator, Victory group leader and an Ushering volunteer in the church. 

Brian Flores, FEU

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Brian grew up in Dubai, UAE for years so when he finally studied high school in the Philippines, he was culture shocked by what he saw.  For one, he was not used to seeing an environment so different from where he came from. 

Being a product of a broken family, he started living with his grandparents in Pampanga and attended the local high school there. At such a young age, he was exposed to the wrong crowd, people who were addicted to smoking, drinking and drugs. 

Out of curiosity and peer pressure, Brian fell into their trap. Not only did he start doing vices, he was also exposed to the dangerous pleasures of sexual immorality. Time passed and he graduated high school. He was one of the few students who went to college in the capital city. 

He enrolled at the Far Eastern University in Manila, where he found himself falling into the same situation, only worse. 

However, as a college freshman, one of his classmates invited him to Victory U-Belt’s youth outreach series in 2012 entitled “Cats, Monsters and Broken Hearts”. 

At first, he had no idea that he was attending a youth service. Towards the end of the service, he didn’t take the message seriously, though by the time the pastor was challenging the people to surrender their lives to Christ, he simply raised his hand, even though he didn’t really know the reason. 

He did join the 121 discipleship and even regularly attended the Victory group and other LifeBox event, but he continued to do what he did since his high school days – continuing his lifestyle of vices, and simultaneous relationships with the opposite sex.

But in 2013, everything started to change. 

During the time he was introduced to Christ, there was always a part of him that said, “let’s change”.  However, he would usually find himself bouncing back to his old ways.

But one rainy night, just as the Philippines was battered by the strong monsoon rain, Brian, along with his housemates who were Christians, was forced to stay at the house they were resting. 

One of his housemates was reading the Bible that time, and at that, he was convicted. He wanted to change, and he longed for it. Brian knew that there was something wrong inside of him – his grades were failing, he was spending his money unwisely, he couldn’t stop his vices, he would lie almost always and, he was emotionally drained and longing for real love and acceptance. 

But by mustering the courage to read and meditate on the Bible, something started to change from within. He started taking the Victory group and 121 discipleship seriously. 

He also started to appreciate the people who patiently discipled him and understood him during moments that he was stubborn. He was able to overcome his vices. 

As Brian started to take baby steps to spiritual freedom, more and more, he appreciated what God had done for him, and how through His unfailing love, he was able to overcome his personal struggles. In the end, he was thankful that he became part of a spiritual family. 

Today, Brian is one of LifeBox-FEU’s most promising Victory group leaders, a 121 facilitator and an active volunteer in the Ushering ministry. He has also led an event for LifeBox-FEU.    

Clarissa Galvan, TUP

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Clarissa seemed to be a quiet, college girl, who lives an ordinary life, when you meet her for the first time. 

But when you carefully examine her, Clarissa has been exposed to the harsh realities of life. During her high school days, her parents argued much of the time, leading to a failed marriage.

Her father and her brothers were also drug addicts. When Clarissa discovered that they were into drugs, she confronted them. 

Tension rose and soon, her father, during one heated moment, accidentally killed her brother. This sad event changed Clarissa and her family completely. 

In search of acceptance and love, Clarissa looked to satisfy it through someone. On her senior year in high school, she had a crush on a guy, who eventually became close to her. But she soon found out that he only played with her emotions, leaving her heartbroken.

Clarissa became emotionally drained after what happened to her family and with her guy friend. A few months later, Clarissa was then invited by a friend to attend a youth service at Victory U-Belt in March 2012.

After her very first “accidental” youth service attendance, Clarissa did not return again till the third week of July when she attended again during the series “The Voice”. 

Bitter with life after all that she had gone through, she doubted if God really existed. But through the message during the youth service, she took a bold step in accepting Jesus Christ as her personal Lord and Savior. 

She started attending 121 sessions and Victory group meetings. In the process, she started to know Christ in a personal way. All the pain, the trauma and the hurt she was harboring throughout those years were finally washed away by the peace, forgiveness and love that God provided. 

In God, she found a Father, a friend, and a comforter. God displayed His faithfulness in Clarissa’s life. In prayer, she lifted up her family, which God eventually answered as  her father and mother were reunited later on, in a harmonious and loving relationship along with the rest of her siblings. 

What had been a cold family relationship, was replaced by warmth and love, a radical turn from what she grew up with.

Clarissa has since learned to let go of all the burdens of her past and started looking forward to a brighter future in God. Today, Clarissa is one of LifeBox-TUP’s strong and fruitful 121 facilitators, a Victory group leader and an active volunteer in the church. She continues to spread God’s love by sharing His word to others. 

Four students from different walks of life.  All have gone through different situations but only one God changed their lives. 

An encounter with God radically transformed their lives.

There are thousands of students out there who also need to hear the Gospel and have a personal encounter with Christ. 

This July, Victory’s outreach month, provides the best avenue for people to hear the good news and receive Christ in their lives. 

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RADICAL GIVING: A Lesson from the Macedonians Sun, 13 Jul 2014 09:15:21 +0000 alvin post

Let’s face it – it is difficult to give regardless of our years of being a believer.

This reality flows naturally from our desire to provide, preserve and protect what is ours. This difficulty actually intensifies as we age and our income increases. Why? Because deep inside, we want to have a better life.

Consider a young professional regularly giving to the Lord. When he gets a spot promotion, his income increases and so are his perceived needs and wants. But that is normal.

Another case is when you get a windfall income – like an unexpected bonus or a special gift. The challenge in the mind is that we always believe that we deserve the blessings and it is ours.

Again, this is not necessarily bad, nor is it a sin. It simply puts into perspective the challenge that we face as God prospers us. To help us guard our attitude of giving, let us look at the lessons on how the Apostle Paul emulated the Macedonians in 2 Corinthians.

First, giving is part of grace – the unlimited and undeserved favour from God (see 2 Cor. 8:1). This proves to us that it is really natural for us to avoid giving. Without the grace of God, any giving is really forced and obligatory. True giving is out of gratitude and faith that it is God who blesses us, thus, He deserves our all.

Second, giving is not connected to what you have – but it is based on who you believe. Paul’s example of the Macedonians provides this context.

The Macedonians at that time were experiencing severe trials as Christians. They were being persecuted and living in extreme poverty. In spite of the difficulties, Paul said the Macedonians are overflowing with joy.

Come to think of this, Paul’s example was more like comparing the Macedonians to the people living in the slum areas as well as to those who have been impoverished by war. But amazingly, Paul said the Macedonians were still overflowing with joy! What is more, they were very willing to share whatever is left for them to other people!

Clearly, their extreme poverty is not a hindrance to give and share because their joy of knowing Jesus radically transformed them inside out! It is their faith in the person of Jesus, which allowed them to give beyond what they can.

Third, giving joyfully is a privilege. Paul described the Macedonians as volunteering to give. Verse 4 says “they urgently pleaded to share”. This attitude is something that is so unnatural even among Christians in general, today.

It’s as if, in our most difficult situation, we are still asking people what their needs are and how we can help them. But doing so only goes to show our understanding that it is more blessed to give to others!

In summarizing what I just shared, it is clear that giving goes beyond our natural capacities.

Usually, people who have an extra amount to give, struggle to give. How much more difficult it is to give when you have nothing? As such, unless a person experiences God’s grace, he cannot experience a radical transformation from the inside.



Let me share my personal experience that helped me recognized the “Macedonian giving”.

During one of the Sunday services while I was worshiping God, I heard the Lord impress to me to give everything I have in my coin purse.

That Sunday, I did not bring my wallet. But I decided to obey and emptied my purse when the offering bag came. I was extremely at peace and happy to obey what God said.

If I recall, my coin purse had about more than P400. The next day, God gave back more than P2,000! How did that happen, you might ask? I went to a briefing where I was one of the resource persons and I was so surprised that I was given an honorarium! Praise be to God! This was the time I understood why we give. Any giving is actually radical giving – a kind of giving based on the extravagant love of Jesus Christ.

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A Dummy’s Guide to Single Life Sun, 13 Jul 2014 09:15:18 +0000 The season of life between college graduation and marriage could be more confusing than the identity crisis teenagers usually go through.

As a single, you’re free to spend your money, manage your own time, explore and do a lot more.

However, life as a single also provides us great opportunities to learn so much.

singlesprepAs such, Victory U-Belt’s Singles Ministry recently launched the first of its Singles Prep Series. The series was designed to provide single professionals with the “best tools” they need to maximize their single life.

The first of the series was held on May 25, 2014 at Victory U-Belt’s Main Hall with several experienced speakers like Ptr. Gilbert Foliente, Ptr. Dennis Sy and his wife Tammy, as well as Ptr. Joe Bonifacio with his wife Carla talk on the subjects of Finances, Manhood and Womanhood, respectively.

More than 500 single professionals gathered together for fellowship, get to hang out with new friends while at the same time, gain valuable insights from the speakers.

While there are tons of insights that are worth sharing to your followers on Twitter or Facebook account, here’s a recap that on the first part of the Singles Prep Series, which could serve as your guide as you enjoy your life as a single.

Faith in Your Finances

Generally, people experience the excitement (or sometimes the shock) of having to earn and manage their own money. But we all have to remember that despite the hard work to earn our paycheck every month, every peso still comes from God. As such, every “money matters” in our life requires faith – faith to earn, faith in budgeting our income, faith in paying our debts, faith in saving for the future and faith investing to build our wealth.

There is Nothing Wrong with Being Single

The fact of the matter is, one of the greatest fears among single professionals today is the fear of not being able to find a lifetime partner. However, instead of focusing on the possibility of not finding a lifetime partner in the future, we have to understand that our season of life as a single provides us with opportunities to grow – from relationships with our peers, establishing new friendship with the people we meet along the way, and most of all, growing in our relationship with God. These stages of single life, coupled by a consistent, thriving relationship with God, prepares us in many ways for marriage.

Do Not Base Your Confidence on the Externals

Sure, there is nothing wrong with looking like a model or a showbiz personality, but we have to remind ourselves that we should not base our confidence on these. Instead, let us put our confidence on the One who created us, who intends to fulfil His purpose in our lives. In fact, you don’t have to look like a macho or super model to accomplish great things, but you just simply need to be secure and be assured in we can “ all things through Christ who strengthens us” (Philippians 4:13).

Let Men Lead

God called men to lead. In fact, God gave men the responsibility to provide, protect and lead people. On the other hand, women should give way for men to exemplify leadership especially when we talk about the relationship process – from friendship, to courtship and eventually marriage. In this way, we are able to build foundations on marriage and families that will honor God in the future.

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As singles, some will have the time of their lives, while some will probably go through this season and somewhat struggle. But if there is one thing that we needs to be established during this season – it is our security in God. Being secured that God has given this season to grow professionally, financially and even emotionally, even as discover new things and build friendships.

By doing so, we would eventually be able to transition from single life to married life.

So go ahead, enjoy your season of life as a single, build wonderful memories, save, bless, invest. Time well spent this season could eventually yield greater result, knowing that God will fulfill the purpose He has for our life.


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Leaders’ Camp’s Domino Effect Sun, 13 Jul 2014 09:15:16 +0000 nina post

The three-day Leaders’ Camp kicked off at a high gear as expected from May 30-June 1 at the Caliraya Resort Club in Laguna.

Held every two years to jumpstart the new school year, the Leaders’ Camp aims at refreshing and equipping LifeBox U-Belt’s student leaders.

Participated by more than 600 student leaders, the camp is geared towards leadership development as LifeBox U-Belt positions itself to saturate every campus in the University Belt area with the gospel.

To know more about the purpose of Leaders’ Camp, click here.

Everybody who joined the camp surely enjoyed the water gun fights, the eat-all-you-can buffets, passionate corporate worship, and life-changing sessions. But one thing is sure, the students’ can’t help but share their experiences from the camp.

Nikki Ojerio, one of the student leaders in the High School ministry of LifeBox U-Belt shared her “take-home” from the camp:

Months before the Leaders’ Camp, I was instructed by my leader to do One 2 One with another high school student. I immediately hesitated when my leader said this because I thought I wasn’t qualified to do it. I felt inadequate and had many excuses at that time. In my mind, I was saying to myself, “Sino ba ko para mag-lead at mag-disciple ng tao? Hindi naman ako magaling. Hindi ko kayang gawin ‘yon.” But when I heard Ptr. Ferdie Cabiling’s message about leadership during the first day of the Leaders’ Camp, I was convinced that God destined me to lead and that He qualified me because of His purpose in my life. Ptr. Faythe Santiago’s preaching encouraged me to become more compassionate. Her message gave me a better understanding of God’s love for other people. After the Leaders’ Camp, I’m ready to step out of my comfort zone and take the lead. I know this is what God wants me to do. He will guide me along the way, so there’s no need to hesitate and be afraid.

Nikki just led her non-Christian classmates recently to the youth service, and she is now excited to do One2One.

The Leaders’ Camp didn’t just make an impact among the students at an individual level, but it also changed the dynamics of the campuses as a team.

In fact, the vision of the LifeBox leaders went beyond their own campus.

Student leaders of LifeBox in Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (PLM) initiated a prayer walk for their campus the day after the Leaders’ Camp.

After doing this, a student leader suggested to pray not only for PLM, but also for the rest of the campuses in the Intramuros area where they are located.

Recently, they invited LifeBox leaders from campuses like Lyceum of the Philippines and Colegio de San Juan de Letran to join them for a prayer “jog” around Intramuros.

The student leaders are not just fighting for their campus because they saw the value of fighting for their generation hand-in-hand with people from other campuses.

Truly, the Leaders’ Camp was used by God to start a movement that will turn this nation right-side-up.

But the camp is just the beginning – the beginning of a radical and godly generation rising up to lead this nation to righteousness through a personal relationship with Jesus.

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Careful But Sure Tue, 17 Jun 2014 09:22:24 +0000 cza post

Have you ever experienced being in front of a four, five or six-storey building? Have you ever felt so small after seeing such an enormous sight? Have you ever wondered how could that thing possibly be? 

As a child, I have always marveled at the beauty of places and massive buildings. A sense of astonishment captivates me whenever there is a new site being built, and a sense of curiosity immediately gets into me. How will this building look like? Who owns this skyscraper? How tall would this building be? 

More like, questions like these  also pop in our heads. Aside from Makati and Taguig, the University Belt is no exemption to this trend. Condominiums are on the rise in vicinity of the U-Belt while commercial establishments are also increasing in number. 

But amidst all these fascinating personal musings, questions litter my mind, likeHow strong will this building’s foundation going to be? How will its foundation look like? Will the building stand strong when natural calamities strike?


Unless you are a civil engineer, most probably, you wouldn’t even mind the things that are happening beyond the high fences blocking the site. But as a church, each one of us is called to consider our foundation.

Jesus speaks of the importance of building on the right foundation.  Here is a passage where Jesus gave a brief discourse on the importance of foundation - Matthew 7: 24-27 (NIV)

24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”

Here is the reality, storms of life will come no matter what, but where we build our foundation on is what we need to consider.

When we come into a relationship with Christ, it does not guarantee a storm-free life. However, Jesus guarantees a storm-proof life. 

And since foundation is import, Victory has designed a course that is suited for the need of every believer so that he can build his or her foundation on the Rock. 


Foundation for Victory is a six-week class intended to help you establish a solid biblical foundation necessary to build a storm-proof Christian life.

Topics Include:
- Jesus: The Foundation
- Church: The Spiritual Family
- Discipleship: The Call
- Trinity: The Godhead
- God’s Word: The Bible
- Resurrection and Judgment: The End

This class of Foundation for Victory kicked of on April 27 and ended on May 25. Over a hundred participants took part in the Foundation for Victory class. And this June, we are holding the third batch on Sunday, June 22.


Questions concerning the topics in the 12 chapters of the Purple Book are discussed and answered. For a minimum registration fee of PhP 300.00, Foundation for Victory  provides an avenue wherein every participant is given a chance to understand in-depth how and on Whom we are to build our foundation.

As Ptr. Rodnel Gascon, our Discipleship Pastor, puts it, “Foundation predicts future. It is not just building, but it is CAREFULLY building.” The question is: “How deep is your foundation? How careful are you in building your foundation?

It is good to know that, in building our foundation, it is not how fast we build, but it is about how strong our foundation is. As we carefully build our faith on the One and Only Cornerstone, we can be assured that no storm can bring our house down.

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Beauty That Never Fades Tue, 17 Jun 2014 09:22:20 +0000 jing post

As a young girl, I often watched the fairy tale Snow White. 

One of the most famous lines came from the evil queen as she faces the magic mirror, “Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all?” 

As I grow up, that fairy tale has somewhat influenced the way I think because every time I look at the mirror, I would wonder if I was indeed, beautiful.  And honestly, I would think that I am not beautiful enough. 

But truth is, there are times when we allow a “magic mirror” to define what beauty is.

But there is one verse in the Bible that caught my attention on beauty, which we can find in Isaiah 61:3. It says:

“And provide for those who grieve in Zion— to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor.”

The phrase “crown of beauty” reveals a powerful truth, which reminds us that God gives us beauty. Being a child of God merits his approval. We’ve already earned the “crown” without even joining a beauty contest. You don’t need to earn a beauty contest title to take pride that you are the most beautiful girl. 

We are designed in the image of God so He wants us to be a reflection of His beauty in relation to His nature and greatness. We need to value who we are because of God who loves us so much and He gives so much attention to us.

And amid storms in life, that we can still exude confidence and courage, knowing that God is leading us. 

Interestingly, the phrase “oaks of righteousness” likens us to a tree. Like a sturdy oak tree, God makes us strong. We can withstand any trial. Whatever He has planted, He ensures that it will flourish. 

God wants us to display His strength and to have the courage to do what is right. 

His grace is very much available even under pressure. We can come out strong and resilient in the midst of challenges, pains and tears. We don’t need cosmetic surgery to stay beautiful because Christ gives us a kind of beauty that will never fade. We are beautiful inside and out.

Through Christ’s finished work on the cross, God is pleased with us. By standing on that truth, we can walk in confidence in Him. And regardless when there are days that we may become a disappointment to Him, be secure that He loves us anyway.  

Instead, continue to abide in Him as we pursue His will. In Christ, He has given us the grace and strength that so we can say “No” to sin and not compromise our conviction.

God created a woman with a particular purpose in mind. When He looks at us, it is about representing who He is by embracing our womanhood. It is one that cannot be fulfilled without His grace and His Word hidden deep in our hearts. Becoming a woman of God is about pursuing Him in all that we do. 

Learn to embrace who you are. You are a woman who is purpose. You are called to be a dear sister, a committed student, a responsible single, a doting wife, a wonderful mother and definitely a lover of God. You can be a great leader who can be an influence to the people around you. You can live a life that would honor God. 

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Meeting with the Former President Tue, 17 Jun 2014 09:22:15 +0000 tito post

I was doing my sermon on the topic of “Araw Ng Kagitingan”, when a friend phoned me for an opportunity to visit the former president, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo at the Veterans Medical Memorial Center (VMMC). 

By then, I imagined that meeting her would involve a slew of cabinet members and department heads from different sectors. But all the apprehension and perception vanished when I finally came face to face with the former president because the mood was just casual– just like visiting a friend, without her title – the former Philippine president

I was given the privilege to pray for her. It was a pleasant visit, although a bit interesting because she asked me to pray for her freedom, instead of her healing. And I did. I thought, perhaps, she still wants to continue her work in the public service.

That visit brought to my mind a couple of insights: a.) we can choose our leaders but we cannot choose the way they lead; and b.) we expect much from our leaders, but what about their expectations of us?


The outcome of past Philippine elections has always been decided by popularity and credentials. 

While credentials and popularity are not bad in themselves, yes, a lot of Filipinos today, often forget the most vital trait: character– the trait that is crucial to every decision-making and ability to practice good governance. 

Every voter has the power to give a candidate the power to make decisions when elected to public office

Can you imagine the weight of our electoral choices? Our choice determines good or bad governance.


On the other hand, the second insight came to mind because Filipinos (me included) have the tendency to expect perfection from our leaders, without placing none on ourselves. 

Just like our leaders, we have our own roles to play in our society. It is not just their governance, but our practice of everyday leadership that will contribute to create positive change in our nation. 

We may be incapable of changing the hearts and minds of our leaders – that’s God’s role. But we can start the change in us through self-governance.

At the end of the day, brothers and sisters, whether we experience good or bad administration, the destiny of our nation is in the hands of God. 

In 1 Timothy 2:1-3, the apostle Paul wrote to Timothy (who was then a newbie in the ministry) concerning the affairs of the church in civil government:

“I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— 2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. 3 This is good, and pleases God our Savior”

Remember, when we work, we work; but when we pray, God works. Can you imagine us and God working together through our prayers? 

I remember a powerful statement that is attributed to Irish statesman, orator and philosopher Edmund Burke:

“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing. Do not allow evil to triumph. Do not do sit by and do nothing.”

We can always look forward to what God can do to our nation and what God can do through us. Let us pray for our nation. Let us pray for all our leaders.

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Leaders Camp 2014 – Recap Video Sun, 08 Jun 2014 08:30:49 +0000

Here’s a recap of Lifebox U-Belt’s Leaders Camp last May 30 – June 1 at Caliraya Resort Club Laguna.

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(Doodle Verse) “Overcome the World” Thu, 22 May 2014 06:24:50 +0000 artwork 003

View the entire gallery here.



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