Starting 2011 in full faith

Before 2011 started, Ganns and I believed in faith that this year will be a year of refreshing and deliverance. We both prayed that 2011 will be a time when the Lord will equip us for his greater work. With the help of our church, Victory Christian Fellowship, we are starting the year in faith and anticipation for what the Lord will do in our lives through the Seven Days of Prayer and Fasting. Continue reading

A Father’s Role

[Updated Post] I never thought that a simple passage about Zechariah would contain so much wisdom about the role of fathers. But then again, the Bible never cease to amaze me.

Ps. Joey Bonifacio of Victory Christian Fellowship expressed that Zechariah‘s story reveals the role of fathers. These roles include the following: Intimacy , Instruction, Influence and Identity. With the pressure of providing for their children’s needs, many fathers unconsciously de-prioritize these roles. Fatherhood is truly challenging but with God’s help, successful fathering is possible.

Ganns and Nathan

My Dad with his grandchild, Nicki

Happy Father’s Day to the 2 fathers in my life. My beloved father, Mr. Rufino Tan, who also celebrates his birthday tomorrow and my husband, Ganns Deen. Both practice the art of fathering everyday.

Is anyone listening to you?

John Maxwell mentioned that leaders earn the right to be heard. He further expressed that true leaders are the ones whose words are waited for by others. He is the person whose inputs, comments and opinions are anticipated. Is anyone listening to you?

The One with New Wine

Passage: Luke 5:36-39
Praise: Great is Thy Faithfulness

What is good about living a Christian life is that each day is a new beginning. No matter how tired we are, God can give us new strength every day. One of the joys of walking with Jesus is the anticipation for His return. Even if the world is full of darkness, the hope of Jesus’ return allows for us to continue in faith.

The one with Joshua and Gaining Influence

Passage: Joshua 1: 1-18
Praise: Trust and obey

When Joshua and Caleb gave a good report of what they saw at Canaan, the Israelites did not heed their word because they lacked influence. With the other 10 spies giving a bad report, the Israelites did not believe in 2 uninfluencial spies. It is good to learn how Joshua was able to turn things around and prove himself worthy to be Moses’ successor. Joshua is a good example of a man who built a strong relationship with God. He prayed a lot and he meditated on God’s word. Joshua also obeyed God’s specific instructions (i.e., Attach of Jericho) and has shown faith and commitment. Because of his good example, the Israelites started to see him as a leader. He gained influence from his character and not his appointed position.

From Joshua’s story, I learned that keeping a relationship with God is very important in gaining influence. If one is in partnership with God, it is not difficult to do the right things and to make the right decisions. Using God’s word as a lens, decision-making becomes so much easier.

In many of my old entries, I mentioned having some problems at work. Indeed, God is good because after I trusted him with the situation, He turned it around in the best possible way. I never even thought it would be possible but the Lord ways are truly higher than ours.

The one with Christian Service

Passage: 1 Timothy 6:1-2
Worship: Make Me a Servant

It is amazing how theories on leadership has evolved from ideas of absolute authority (Authoritarianism) to ideas of service (Servant Leadership). This revolution from leading by position to leading by example and service is a welcome change in the understanding of leadership. It makes me feel proud that how the idea of leading by serving has been exemplified by Jesus way before these theories were proposed. In John 13:1-17, an account of Jesus washing the feet of his disciples shows the spirit of servant leadership. It is no wonder why Jesus is the prime example of servant leadership to this day.

The passage today teaches me about Christian service. The value of excellence in service is emphasized whether my master (a.k.a. “boss”) is a believer of not. In this passage, the Lord teaches me to be an example of his love even in the workplace. I can do this by striving to be an excellent worker who does not work for my own advancement but for the delight of the Lord.