CFFL #TVM20 Released!

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This issue’s cover is designed by Bro. Gilbert Sioson of CFFL Sharjah.
#TVM20

– 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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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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Faith : Misconceptions of Christianity

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I’ve intentionally prepared this blog for Easter Sunday!

When everyone else thinks of Easter egg hunts and parties or just simply going to church and complete an obligation, I on the other hand – have been contemplating another “faith-based” post that I haven’t done for a while.

A week ago I had a chance to deliver a talk (for the 2nd time with this topic) – CLS Talk #2 – What it means to be a Christian.

I want to focus more on the facts of misconceptions for all Christians/Catholics that many of us fall into the trap of understanding barely the actions, without contemplating what it really meant. So, the talk enumerates four (4) of them as follows:

[MISCONCEPTIONS] – Christianity is a:

  1.  A mere Religious system
  2. A mere Moral system
  3. A Social/Humanitarian system
  4. An Escape

Above misconceptions have been misunderstood, misjudged or shall we say a wrong thought that needs to be corrected.

Let me start by explaining why these are incomplete notions of our faith:

First, Religious System.

Majority of Christians nowadays think that our faith is a set of doctrines to believe in, some thing that requires memorization such as the Apostles Creed, Our Father, Hail Mary, etc. Sets of religious practices like going to mass, doing novenas, rosaries. Others do readings about God. Gaining knowledge about the religion or some do a lot for God. But the real question is, while all of these are correct and there is no wrong about them, do we actually understand why we are doing them? When we memorize a prayer yet not applying them in real life, knowledge becomes only up to our intellectual level. When we go to mass, yet an hour later we find ourselves angy, disappointed and wants to start a fight because of taxi or bus problems.

How do we align ourselves into this trap? These are incomplete labels for us – followers of Christ, that what we believe/do should be translated into our lives. These religious practices are ought to be “expressions of our faith” and not just a mere religious system. We do them, because in every relationship we have ways express that love. In our relationship with God, we pray, go to mass, do something for God because that is our expression of faith.

Second, Moral System.

People think of what is right or wrong. Don’t do this or that; do this, do that! Thou shall not kill, thou shall not steal, thou shall not lie – – – and the list goes on and on. When we look at our religion into this image – we see it as a legalistic faith. But it should not be! We do what is right and wrong because we are “expressing our love for God and His people”. Our religion should be life giving. That we do what pleases God and/or what makes our family, friends and brethren happy.

Third, Social/Humanitarian System.

Christianity most of the time is equated to being Humanitarian [Humanitarian – people/system that works to make other people’s lives better]. Also equals to people are good, kind, never get angry, all smiles and pleases everyone. While it is true, that Christians posess those qualities, we are also just human. Yes, we envisions our people to be better in all aspects of our lives and be able to claim that we are happy, good, kind people – we also have our own limitations that sometimes we fall into sin and not being able to cope up with this misconception and thus needs the Holy Spirit to guide us. We are not only the faithful in this earth, other religions or shall we say non-Christians are also good. Infact for us OFWs who have faced many different nationalities/religious people – they too are good.

Finally, an Escape.

Christianity is an escape in the realities in life, that this kind of faith is only for the poor, the weak and those who couldn’t cope up with life. But the truth is, we Christians are the strongest among many faithful, because our identity comes from someone who is indeed tough and faithful. That is none other than our Saviour Jesus Christ who has won our salvation right before we asked for it!

“This Easter, let us recall why we become Christians. Let us go deeper on meanings of these rituals/religious practices and understand that there is mission at hand. This reminder applies not only in this season but at all times, especially when we claim to be a follower of Christ. We are His warriors – His missionaries in helping our fellow Christians.”


Get a copy of my talk’s slide on this link: CLS Talk # 2.

God bless!!!


 

SCG3 – Serve with Perseverance

CFFL 3rd Senior Core Group (SCG)

(To be published on #TVM12)
 
You’re so “maingay!” (You’re so noisy!) – I shouted these words to the fellow attendees during a “crucial” start of a team game that we played for the 3rd SCG at St. Paul’s Church room FFO2. Then I heard the crowd laughing!
I was focused; I was on a game face and turned on my leadership skills. Our target is to beat 2 minutes and 47 seconds to accomplish the task at hand.
The crowd starts to speculate what the game was all about.
Group 1 – did it in 7 minutes
Group 2 in 3 minutes
Group 3 in 2.47 minutes
 
Me in action with my team mates…
Everything went smoothly until it’s time to put down the ball on the top of the bottle. Spectators were curious, all eyes are on the ball and when it hit the tip of the bottle . . .  my team mates tend to hear the outside noise that somehow the web moved a bit that the ball was off! (Oh no!!! worry strikes, I can hear a bell – like that of the end sound of a boxing match! – A losing feeling inside me. . ) . . .
 
The ball went outside its ring for around 2 inches. How do we go? My mind screaming, ashamed, afraid of judgment, afraid of losing… Out of shame (without my team mates knowing it, I “innocently” asked Sis Mavic, can I move it back? (…to its ring) – And I can loudly hear her say “NO” it sounded like a rejection! Then she said, “Kaya pa yan” – just continue.
 
The crowd speculating,
 
The crowd was getting noisier than ever.
 
I look around, my teammates – clueless.
 
I see familiar faces, I see strangers, and I see fellow servants…
 
I look around, I see my teammate – having no idea what’s happening. I pursue! I hear the people around, go do it! I see myself battling like a life and death situation…
The next thing I know, the ball is back into the ring! Yeah!!! I can hear the crowd cheering like that of a basketball game when a player shoots 3 points. I hear victory even if the ball wasn’t on the tip of the bottle yet. I pursued the journey together with my mates and ends up with the ball on the tip of the bottle in a split of a second and then another victory sound is what I hear! My team mates hurriedly took off their blindfolds and the fell off! 
 
What did I learn?
 
This game is a representation game.
·         The ball is God.
·         The tip of the bottle is heaven.
·         I was the servant.
·         My teammates were my members.
 
All of us aim to be in Heaven with God; inside each individual is the desire to walk with Him. In that game, my mates are the people with the desire to be with God (ball) yet somehow, they walk in the dark (blindfolded) like a sheep that needs a shepherd. I was the privileged to be the shepherd (servant) anointed to help them, guide them to the goal.
 
As we walk, the noise of the world distracts us (observers & other group members). As we go closer to heaven (bottle tip) which usually happens to all of us – we are being harassed! A challenge came up (ball being out of its ring). In our spiritual journey as servants, often we see the pictures of our members are having a hard time – the fact is:  Servants as well go through it.
 
As I lead the team and faced the test, I found myself weak – when Sis Mavic’s “NO” sounded like a rejection (the things we thought we can do, but the world limits us) the more I found myself fragile. Nevertheless amidst the boisterous world (crowd) I hear positive people, people who somehow said that I can still go on (this could be fellow servants, friends, encouraging scriptures, posts, talks, praise songs etc.) that says “Don’t Give up!”
 
Once again I look around, I see my team mates, having no idea, smiling yet felt & heard the pressure of the crowd and I feel the need, the responsibility, and so I responded to the call to bring them up! I took the leap and continued the battle!
 
As Vivian Greene’s quote says:
Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass. It’s about learning how to dance in the rain.”
 
Finally, the most important lesson of the day :
 Let us all choose to Remove the Give up button 
 

Photo credits to : Bro Royelle & Sis Ruby!

 

Tribute

Tribute! Hats off to my SFL Life!

This year a new journey begins and that is another story to tell.
This time let me share about my SFL Life …!
Lately I have been working to renew the style of my blog and while browsing I found my very first blog about CFC-FFL. You can find it on this link : http://i-am-jmhkayne.blogspot.ae/#!/2011/02/repost-faith.html
From the very moment I have published the above post, I have never changed my stand about my faith. Struggles, disappointment, lousiness and all negative things have come their way both big and small but I have kept my feet on the ground. I have come a long way.

 

We started with 6 as the CORE Group of SFL (not counting the 2 “men” standing when they all started here: Ate Amie & Randy!!!)

< < < Flashback: Randy, he was my flat mate who invited and somehow “forced me” to join CLS… hehehe 🙂


The six were – Ate Amie and Randy, Ate Ash, Ate Lou, Darrelle & I.
We somehow have another set of SFL from Khalifa City that includes the next set of Servants: Ate Elnor; Followed by Sis Sasa, Kuya Mervin and Bro. Christian. Then the new breeds Rusty, Ron & Arlene.

 

See the photos below to know their faces.. 

 
After HH kainan!

 

Our Conference ID!

 

Super Throwback thin photos! ha ha ha

 

The first 4 SFL sisters in Abu Dhabi!

 

Chillin outside while waiting for the activity to start.
 
My very first HH! 

 

As for me, I started having my own HH (Household) – with Ate Amie (was & still my Servant). My first HH group is with 3 beautiful sisters: Sis Kath, Sis Lee Ann & Sis Tere…

Sis Kath got married and even have a beautiful adorable son, Nathan.
Sis Lee Ann tied the knot too!
While Sis Tere has her family as well.
Technically all of my first HH are now couples.

 

Household night with HH Group 2!


Here comes HH group 2 – while Sis Kath was waiting for Bro. Mike – new faces joined us: Sis Rochelle, and Sis Rose (Mylen). Some chose to rest, some left Abu Dhabi and finally Kath tied the knot.

So I was left alone. God, asked me to restart the button.

 

First HH with LHH Group 3

 

First Big Weekend with HH Group 3.


HH Group 3 comprises of Sis Jourjini, Sis Bhel & Sis Meann. Sis Meann stepped up and got her own Lower HH of 7 persons. But in less than a month or two; some went home, others a cold body, one got married. So she has Sis Cath & Sis Mari left. UHH (Upper HH) decided to merge us and while re-shuffling was happening at that time, Sis Mae becomes part of us too.

 

2014 Christmas Party! At nabuo din ang # H-H-L-O-V-E !!!

 

HH Group 4 becomes the latest Household. 4 for L-O-V-E. #HHLOVE – coined by the ever “given active” heheh Sis Cath! Because Household is love! At present this group comprises 7 that represents each letter off HHLOVE , not to forget the “hashtag” . Mari-Meann-Cath-Bhel-Mae-me and hashtag – new Sis from PH – Sis Bevz!
Our own elevator moment.

 

Regular HH days with Sis Emie!

 

Ramadan dinner courtesy of Ate Amie with #HHLove

 

Complete Service team for Discovery Weekend 2014

 

Christmas Party 2013 with #HHLove with Sis Jean.


A salute to this group is worth giving… with respect to all my past 3 HH groups, I have learned from them about the challenges of being a HH-Servant. God saw me, so he allowed me to feel blessed after sometime of keeping my faith.

Let me “alsa ng banko” a little J hehehe for the glory of God naman.
#HHLove has been actively visible to the community, helpful to me as a Servant in many ways. I honor these ladies for the contribution they have given to the SFL Ministry. I know once lang kami naging assigned to work on a certain weekend, but all these girls have proven that they have given their all to make it the best we could and we are all hopeful that we were able to make it a memorable one.
SFL UHH Sisters dine out!

 

This is one of my favorite SFL Weekend activity!

 

I’m gonna miss those Elevator Selfie moments!

 

One of the Teaching Nights for Servants. Ate Elnor in grey (Left side)

 

The last set of UHH Servants I worked with as SFL.
L-R : Bro Ron, Ate Lou, Ate Ash, Ate Amie, Kokobear , Bro Ryan  & Sis Arlene.

For my UHH – Upper Household, I would like to say Thank you for everything. Tried and tested din ang group na ito. I know I had my own fall and set-backs, but they were simply understanding. Ideas & opinion clashes at times but we still end up realizing that this is for the Lord. It feels like they are a family away from home. May tampuhan, iyakan, sayahan… and most of all we all know what is our goal and that is to work in HIS vineyard.

Here is a photo of our first UHH Group with Kuya Pong & Ate Nancy!

 

 

If I am to travel back in time and re-do my Abu Dhabi life for the past 6 years, I would say I will do the same thing again. As I have said, I am a better person because of the community. I am able to do what I want, what I wish I could.

 

Extreme Adventure 2015



The community allowed me to do what I do best (in my  opinion lang po, pwede namang mag object.. hehehe). It allows me to do my passion.

1.  My passion in teaching (through the talks and through the one-on-one relationship with the brethren… Ay! Don’t get me wrong, I can’t do that without God’s grace!… ,

During one of the Covenant Recollection…
Delivering CLS Talk 4.

 

CLS Talk 6 this time.



2.     My passion of hosting: in fact baka sawa na sa mukha ko ang mga bros & sis natin.. hahaha been doing that thing a year after being active…



3.  To Dance – presentations and all other required activities allows me to show that talent… (meron naman ng konti…)

Dancing 90s song during 2012 Live Pure Conference!

 

4.     To Sing!!!!! – Aha! You read it right. I’m no choir but I claim to be one of the members of the Choral who took the first SFL awards in the yearly Christmas Party contest!

5.     To Write – Often I share that I am a struggling writer, I have shared that I applied to be a part of our school paper but got rejected… But praise God! He allowed me to become EIC! (Editor in Chief) of The Vineyard! (Sinong mag-aakala na I would be able to share my simple words to the community? Thank you Lord!)

 

With the help of all contributors, praise God for giving me the strength to complete 4 issues! 🙂

 

6.     Finally TO SERVE! – Among all these opportunity, the most worth it, is of Service to our brethren, thus accomplishing God’s commandment of Loving our neighbor.

This year, 2015 – a new chapter of my life’s book starts to unfold as we cross over to CFL. A new challenge a new life! I will surely miss the life of being SFL but life goes on… I continue to pray that God be my shield and inspiration to continue the service we have started.

Becoming a part of Fraternal HH…
An elevator scene with the Fraternal Household

 

Cheers to the new service for 2015! Cheers to my SFL Life!
 
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Credits to the owners of the photos… you know who you are! Tenkyu po!
#SFLBestLifeEver

Evangelization Rally: A Spiritual Re-Charge!

It’s been a while since we had a break in our weekly household & all for the yuletide season & as an Opening Salvo for the New Year here’s Evangelization Rally as an opener!
 
So here are some of the captured photos of this year’s Spiritual Re-charge! 2012
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
Personally, it’s a very helpful session for me. It allows me to reflect & bring myself back to the true raise of life!
 
 
May this year be as fruitful as last year!
 
TO GOD BE THE GLORY!