CFFL #TVM20 Released!

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This issue’s cover is designed by Bro. Gilbert Sioson of CFFL Sharjah.
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– Editor’s Note –

Hello brothers and sisters! We are now up with our 20th issue! How amazing is that!?!

Over the past seven (7) months, we have gathered a humongous response from our brethren all over the Emirates sharing their time and talent. Praise GOD tayo dyan!

Indeed, the Holy Spirit has been working in each of us. For He gave us the courage to put out our skills, stories and hearts through your submissions. I can’t thank you enough for all your efforts and love. On behalf of the whole CFFL-TVM team, THANK YOU from the very bottom of my heart! You are indeed a blessing to us and to our community.

As we continue to gather your inspiring stories and encounter with God and our neighbors within and outside the community; in this issue we have a full-packed personal sharings from our KFL Coordinators in Abu Dhabi, major photos submission too! 🙂 Covering many of this year’s KPA (Kids Possible Assembly) events. We also have a sister whose prayer was answered. Bro. Paul’s sharing of his recent visit/mission here in the UAE. A question on how’s our vineyard life. A thought provoking throwback article from Tito Frank Padilla. Plus IBC delegates sharing –  on their experiences last March.

Poetry overload too on the Poetic side. Of course, regular favorites on #FotoQuoteToh & Selfie or Groupie w/ TVM. And finally loads and loads of photos on our photo gallery.

Above all, we hope that this 20th issue is another addition to your collection of our community magazine that has touched and inspired you over the years. God bless!

 

 

Praying for you and your family!

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CFFL #TVM19 Released!

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This issue’s cover is designed by Bro. Gilbert Sioson of CFFL Sharjah.

Note: Starting this issue, I will be sharing the cover of CFFL – The Vineyard Magazine and recognize the talented people behind each issue’s cover. For the past issues’ covers, click here > TVM issues # 01 – 18 covers. Also, visit and like like, thumbs, up, vote icon our Facebook Page as well. 🙂 Finally, I’ll also put on my letter, the “Editor’s Note” too!


#TVM19

– Editor’s Note –

 

I have been out of the country for the past five (5) months, in fact I missed the Destined for Greatness Echo conference. I was back home in Cebu right before New Year and I was a spectator of all the events happening inside the community via social media. Even though I was there, I see to it to always take a glimpse of what are the current teachings and happenings – – – to – of course use them to be a part for this issue.  I have to mention though that #TVM19 was supposed to be released during our June CFFL 37th Anniversary Sportsfest, but due to lack of entries it is moved this month of August (now Sept for LP schedule). Praise God we made it!

Another important announcement too, is that from this year, we are releasing the issues every National GA. Therefore – expect 3 issues per year from March – which is usually our Echo Conference season, June – anniversary month & finally November – which is the pastoral month.

In this issue, expect loads of photos from the past 3 conferences from HFL, SvFL & SFL ministries. Our Photo Gallery too has much more, plus the a special space for the successfully concluded IBC Meeting – to which we had the privilege to host.

Sharings, personal lesson learned and take homes, a movie review, a sister’s journey to becoming or being beyond 30, more poetry and simply the very core realization of being blessed beyond measure.

So, wait no more! Dig in and be inspired!

May God be praised.

 

 

Praying for you and your family!

 

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VW Series 002 – WATER

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Spiritual Need no. 2 : Appreciation of Oneself

 

– Remedy –

WATER – aka Self-awareness & confidence of the truth that you are God’s son/daughter.

 

Water is the most consumed liquid in the world. It helps us with our survival and sustains our body needs to continue circulating blood as the cells and other organs have to do their bodily functions. 

Like water, our spiritual need #2 – Appreciation of Oneself – has such requirements to continuously replenish and rehydrate our self-confidence. But don’t get this in the wrong side of the coin… This is the opposite of that narcissistic thought about “me-me-me“…

This is more of the FACT that YOU are a CHILD of GOD.

Self-awareness is an essential value a person has to have. Many people nowadays experience depression and brokenness because they feel alone and probably misunderstood by others. This is because they are unaware of how precious they are. Plus the truth that their brokenness actually comes from within. Majority of us do not have self-identity. At times we identify ourselves because of the influence of our friends and mostly from the feeds of those “#goals” (of whatever kind) we see on social media. Unaware of our strengths and weaknesses, the only way of knowing who we are is to actually, take that time to get to know ourself.

How? By knowing what we are good at! And what we aren’t good at too.

Knowing what we are capable of, on what we are good at and the opposite of it, – will enable us to excel and admit our weaknesses, thus will allow us to improve and accept who we are. 

 

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When you don’t feel you are enough, understand that you can conquer doubt by knowing who you are in Jesus.

– Tim Tebow

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In order to process this, try to get a pen and a paper and answer these guide questions: (Note: These are the guide questions from the talk itself.)

  1. Think of someone (same sex) whom you admire most.
  2. What are the qualities I like about him/her which I think I don’t have?
  3. What are the qualities I love most about myself?
  4. What are the qualities I think he/she loves about me?
  5. What are the qualities I have which I think he/she doesn’t have?

Alternatively, I have created two (2) additional activities that may somehow help you dig deeper of your strengths and weakness. You can either use your own notebook/journal/diary/paper or download this free activity sheets.

  • Activity 1 – TALK Guide Questions
  • Activity 2 – WHO ARE THEY? #GOALS
  • Activity 3 – I AM . . . 
Download the above activity sheets here > VW Series 002 – WATER (Activity Sheets).

 

Finally, allow me to impart this inspiring and empowering scripture from our community’s theme this year:

But you are ‘a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people of his own

(1 Peter 2:9)

So who are you!? 🙂 

 

I hope  you make time to do these activities and that this one helps. Let me know in the comments below or drop me an email on hello@iamjmkayne.com.

 

Be blessed and be God’s blessings!

 

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TakeHome-ily: Open up for the Lord

From yesterday’s Gospel – I’d like to share a few reflections.

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Jesus reveals himself as the “bread of life”.  Majority of us have a hard time accepting this. But let us try to be open to the mysteries of God. Let us be open especially when it comes to our faith. 

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Kahit gaano ka ka-“ganda” (ang tao o bagay man) kapag sarado ka – hindi tutuloy sa atin ang biyaya ng Diyos. However good or beautiful you are (as a person/things/situation) if you are closed and not willing to share your life. You would not see the blessings of the Lord.

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Be OPEN for the LORD.

Open up – starting with these three concepts.

1 – Open up even your questions, even your doubts.

“Bulong ng bulong, kapag tinatanong ayaw naman mag open”. You keep on whispering/saying this and that – but when asked you don’t share and open up. Only to end up – you, start to share it to the wrong person causing it to become a “gossip”. Open it up to someone whom you think worth trusting and sharing. If you are a member of a community – open it to your servant/leaders or elders.

Open up not only your joys but even the dark sides of your life. Joy shared is happiness shared. Worries shared are lesser worries because someone else is praying for you.

 

 

2 – Open up and God will teach you

How will the Lord teach? Listen. Listen. Listen

Silent when written the opposite way is LISTEN. You can’t listen without silence. When you allow the avalanche of sounds and noise your emotions and thoughts – you might miss the message from God. A message that sometimes revealed through the silence of our heart. Stay open to silent moments. To prayer times – prayer time in just simply listening. Go to adoration chapels or have your silent prayer time.

 

 

3 – Be open that God is contemporary

Contemporarymeaning – belonging to or occurring in the present. (NOW. PRESENT HERE)

God is contemporary. He is present. He is with us. He is in our journey. He knows what we have; what’s our thoughts, our prayers and what’s in our heart.

Don’t look too far.

Don’t look far behind.

Because He is walking with us. He is here. He might even be using someone for you to open up. For you to share your life at. He could be the priest to whom you confess to. He could be that stranger in the metro, bus or somewhere else in an unexpected moment. Or He could simply be that family member, a brother/sister that both friendly or difficult to you. Step back and look at the situation in a new pair of eyes (the eyes of faith) – that God is contemporary. Everyday. Every. Moment.

 

 

By being open, just like opening your hand – you allow blessings to fall into it. You allow God to give you what you are supposed to receive.

Question: What is the “bread” that God is asking you to eat (or receive) today?

 

 

Whatever it is – look at it in the eyes of faith. Be open, be blessed and be God’s blessings!

 

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VW Series 001 – The SUN (Sunlight)

From VW Series Intro, comes series 001 – The SUN (or Sunlight)

Out of the original outline, I have personally came up with the concept of “how to take care a plant”… and thought of ways/words to compare it to the theme of being in a vineyard or farm. Questions like: how to make it grow? What will it take from being planted? to being pruned, rooted and eventually bear fruits…?

So I came up with these: the basics include the sun/sunlight, water, fertilizer and human. Praise God for guiding me and that I somehow managed to relate it similarly to the SFL Life verse from John 15.

This VW Series will now be focusing on these “remedy/cure” or ways on how to take care our own seeds: our spiritual needs.

Spiritual Need no. 1 : The Experience of the Healing & Empowering Love of God.

 

– Remedy –

SUN / Sunlight – aka GOD

 

How?

A. HOLY MASS

According to the latest survey – churchgoers tend to decline in the recent years. Majority of Catholics would opt to be  “Sunday Christians” and thus try to make Sundays (or Fridays for our case in the UAE) a date with God. Sunday/Friday Christian – how about the others days of our lives? A challenge to all Christians then is –  how are we going to maintain this relationship and commitment to Christ?

As much as possible, being physically present in the church is important – but in the event that you aren’t able, these Youtube channel will get us through:

Sambuhay TV Mass – they publish Sunday masses and other important mass days.

JesCom TV: The Word Exposed. Cardinal Antonio Tagle breaks down the First Reading, Second Reading & the Gospel + some reflections. 

Both channels also help us to get ready & be prepared once we are in the church. As they both give us ideas and overview on the day’s readings. But then again – let us all try to be in church and not just a TV/laptop viewer.

/// #InMyHeart💚 – In our case, we do both. A Saturday/Sunday mass + Sambuhay/The Word Exposed. 

 


B. PRAYER

Aside from our daily morning “Thank you Lord for this new day” and evening – “Thank you for today Lord”… do we actually spend time talking to Him? Are we able to protect that time to be with our creator? I’d like to suggest to find a time:

  • At least start with 5 minutes a day.
  • Put an alarm if necessary.
  • Show up and set it as another date/time with God.
  • From 5, build up to 10 minutes… Don’t know how to start? Use the ACTS method.

A – Adoration , open your prayer with adoration to God. Say your words of admiration for Him. That “Lord you are Great, you are faithful, you are a great provider” and more.
C – Contrition , follow it with a sorry – asking for forgiveness of our shortcomings, say: “Father, I am sorry for the things I failed to do for your glory. For missing the Sunday mass, for not following your commandments” . . . etc.
T – Thanksgiving. This time say your gratefulness. “Thank you Lord for this life. For my job, for the good health of my family” . . . and so on.
S – Supplication. Finally – here ask for the things you hope to have. Pray what your heart desires. “Lord, help me to be a good Christian, build my faith stronger. May you allow me to see you in every person I meet”. Or you may go specific with things like our daily needs. “Father please provide us with our daily food, keep my family safe”. . . 

And simply close it with Amen or a Glory be  . . .

/// #InMyHeart💚 – the Daily Gospel is a must – it has been a habit every since I joined the community. My very first social posts on social media is always about it. I get them on these links:

Kerygma Readings and Daily Gospel.

Make this a habit. Make this a daily affair not just when we need Him.

 

 


C. TEACHINGS/REFLECTIONS/RETREATS

Being in a community like CFFL (Catholics for Family & Life) or CFC-FFL gives us a constant session of teachings, reflections and retreats. It is indeed a blessing to be a part of this kind of family. There is joy in community life and there is a constant reminder of faith and love as we continue to grow in His vineyard.  So why not give community life a try?! 🙂

If you aren’t a member of a community yet – for sure our parish has some formation teachings – so why not grab that opportunity. Again, this one needs commitment for us to get nourished.,,, But if I am you – join CFFL 🙂

/// #InMyHeart💚 – I have been in the community for the past 8 and half or 9 years now and although it’s not one easy – bed of roses life – we chose to stay because we are patients that needs the Physician. In our early community days/years – we have literally followed the teachings by heart, even the hard ones. So far – God has been faithful ( I mean He is always faithful) – so probably _ I’ll just say and also  my constant prayer – is that Lord – may you see me and Kokobear faithful till the end of our days” Amen.

 

 

 


D. Other SPIRITUAL ACTIVITIES

  • D2 – Listen to the Radio/Podcasts :
    • Podcast: Catholic Answers  
    • FM Station : Spirit 105.3
  • D3 – Websites/FB/Youtube Channels/Pages :
    • Website: Catholicism Series 
    • Youtube & FB
      • Kape’t Pandasal,
      • Ascension Presents,
      • Jescom TV,
      • CFC-FFL Fliq Media,
      • Live Pure/ LP Tambayan
      • One Billion Stories
      • Hugot Krisyano (Bisaya)
    • Pureflix (it’s a Netflix version of Faithbased movies and series)
    • and there are more to come… (Will keep this post updated.)
  • D4 – Books & Magazines
    • Tito Frank Padilla’s books: 40 days with Mary, Stories from Prison, Evangelization, 40 days of Servanthood, El Camino de Santiago, Fishers of Men and more.
    • CFFL The Vineyard Magazine (our Official Community magazine)
    • CCC (Book) – Catholicism of the Catholic Church
    • Why We are Catholic and other Catholic based books.
    • Of course – The BIBLE

/// #InMyHeart💚 – The above list are my personal list. 

All these will remain just an advise unless you ACT OUT! 🙂 Staying connected with God requires us to be faithful in being under the sun/sunlight for us to grow.
He is the sun. So we must keep on being shined upon his grace & love. Always, everyday & forever.

 

 

 

God bless,

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List of Christian Movies

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Yesterday, was the feast of St. Ignacio de Loyola and JesCom TV Youtube channel just played live his movie (with the same title) that was released in 2016. Coincidence or not – my thoughts keep on telling me to search for it yesterday and I end up watching the last 1/3 part of the movie. What a beautiful, inspiring and moving film! I can’t even find the exact words to describe it. I was in awe – my eyes watered. Now I wanna watch it from the top! (Crossing fingers to find the link)…


LINK OF THE TRAILER below… if you happen to know the full movie link, please share it 😀

IGNACIO DE LOYOLA (2016) TRAILER


And so therefore – I find it really important to share this list of Christian movies that is worth our time. There’s bunch and long long list of Christian Films that might not be on this list, but of course – it’s open for editing. 😉

This list has two (2) parts:

One (1) – movies that I have watched and then two (2) is another list of movies, I haven’t watch yet. 🙂

And – – – (cue in film clapper 🎬 ) in 3 – 2 – 1 – Action!

(Note: This list is on no particular order)

DONE WATCHING:

  1. Ignacio de Loyola (2016)
  2. Miracles from Heaven (my favorite Jennifer Garner is in this movie! ❤ )
  3. The Passion of Christ
  4. Son of God
  5. War Room
  6. Heaven is Real
  7. Silenced
  8. Risen
  9. Letters to God
  10. Facing the Giant
  11. Fireproof
  12. The Case for Christ
  13. God’s Not Dead 1 & 2
  14. Faith in Potatoes
  15. The Encounter
  16. The Encounter 2 (Lost Paradise)
  17. The Resurrection of Gavin Stone
  18. I can only Imagine
  19. PAUL: The Apostle of Christ
  20. The Letters (Mother Theresa’s Story)

📝 On the TO WATCH List 🙂

  1. Courageous
  2. A Question of Faith
  3. Where Hope Grows
  4. Woodlawn
  5. Touched by Grace
  6. Let There be Light
  7. Same Kind of Different as Me
  8. All Saints
  9. The Shack
  10. 90 Minutes in Heaven
  11. King’s Faith
  12. Faith’s Song
  13. Prayer Never Fails
  14. Only God Can
  15. What Dreams May Come (Robin Williams)
  16. Soul Surfer

I may forgot some of the other movies I’ve watched, so if you got something to add, let me know.

Will add it on my to watch list/done list.

Enjoy watching!

God bless!

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PS: I made this list as a part of the Resources page 🙂

This Week: Reminder

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Every person we meet in life is in a way or another a TEACHER. Some teaches us with the simple acts that will leave us thinking and wondering. Some teaches us lessons the hard way. #LearningToSeeWhatsTheLesson Click To Tweet

 

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Life's rejection is God's protection. #ABetterPlan Click To Tweet

 

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“Where can I run from your love? If I climb to heavens You are there”.
“If I fly to the sunrise or sail beyond the sea, Still I find you there”.

You Are Near, page 236, CFC-FFL Sound of Trumpets songbook”

#GodIsWithUs #LSS

 

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The above thoughts and reflections (also became my Facebook status) and tweetable are only three of the many “REMINDERS” God has bestowed upon me within this week. Made me think that there seemed to be a pattern for the whole 7 days. As I was contemplating on what to pray and be grateful for – for my nearly similar day-to-day housewife life, on a certain moment I get to be whispered by the Holy Spirit of these tap on the shoulder reminding me of these simple yet powerful prompts of God’s goodness. 

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He uses people to teach us something. 

There’s been a few encounters and I wanna share this simple one. I’m on in my 3rd week  love affair with Dubai Metro – a struggle to learn how to for a newbie Dubai resident like methat I even dreamt of this while I was on the airplane! When I saw 2 labourers asking for instructions where to go. They clearly had struggles. Good thing the person they asked was accommodating enough. Most people would snob them and probably ignore too. Thank God the man was helpful. Poor men, but then as one of the beatitudes in the scriptures says, “blessed are the poor, for theirs is the kingdom of God.” This simple spectator moment got me thinking. To be better understand, deal nicely and look at them in the eyes of grace. Continue to care even when they are difficult to love.

 

Refused for a better one

Life has so many rejections. Lately I’ve been receiving a lot of it. To be specific, job application rejections. Month after month after month I have piled emails of refusal emails saying a I’m not qualified or in a better tense saying they have hired someone else. But then this quote clearly shouted in my head “Life’s Rejection is God’s Protection” and indeed proven. I have a story to tell. In perfect time I’d be sharing it. For now let’s just savor the fact that He has a better plan for whatever “NO” that life throws at us.

 

To cap the week, comes our household meeting where once again another nudge came in.

Hey, JM I’m with you!

Sounds like a lyrics of a song right? But it is more than that. So there goes the lyrics of the song YOU ARE NEAR. Wherever we go, we may look up or down or sideways – God is here.  He is with us. If only we look at life in the eyes of faith, we will recognize God in the simplest things. “There is beauty in the ordinary.” Where are you now? Is a very manifestation that He is with you – for life is still yours. Mornings are my favorite examples of God’s presence. Seemed ordinary but actually a glory.

I thought this will be short, ending me to write a not-so-little sharing… 🙂

So, last week? 16 – 22 June 2018 – is a #REMINDERSweek

 

What do you have in store for me this week Lord?

 

#ExcitingRevelations

#Faith

 

 

God bless you!

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