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VALENTINE HANGOVEr

A Catholic Prayer Meeting of the LIGHT OF JESUS FAMILY March 03, 2013
AT THE PHILIPPINE INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION CENTER

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cant. So every day, youre like a walking zombie going to work. Or how do you 4 FEASTS TODAY! handle despair that you 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. may never get married First Feast Session, and end up like your Lola Plenary Hall Neneng living alone in 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. her wheelchair, in a small, Second Feast Session, dinky room who no Reception Hall one visits? 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Or how do you manage crushing on someone? I Third Feast Session, was just talking to a 45-year-old married guy who was Plenary Hall falling head-over-heels for his business partners wife. 3:45 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. This guy is a Eucharistic lay minister, sometimes a Mass Fourth Feast Session, reader, and all-around nice guy. But there are mornings Plenary Hall when he wakes up like a high school kid who is crushing Have Fun and Be Blessed on a dimpled girl he saw in the college cafeteria. Every in the Happiest Place on Earth! day, he has this giddy feeling inside. His feet arent touching the ground. IN THIS ISSUE He asked me, Bo, what should I do? I know what youre going to tell me, Give it upbut what do I do with these crazy feelings I have for her? This month, well open the Pandora Box of Emotions. Youll learn how to handle your feelings -- Gods way. Today, we examine your Rules of Happiness. Many have made such an insanely difficult set of Rules. No wonder, theyre happier so infrequently! Today, youll learn how to make your Rules of Happiness skewed towards your favor. Get lifted at the Feast today! May your dreams come true,

Today, I receive all of Gods love for me. Today, I open myself to the unbounded, limitless, overflowing abundance of Gods universe. Today, I open myself to Gods blessings, healing, and miracles. Today, I open myself to Gods Word so I would become more like Jesus every day. Today, I proclaim that I am Gods beloved, I am Gods servant, I am Gods powerful champion. And because I am blessed, I am blessing the world. In Jesus name. Amen.

YOU need this teaching series on Emo. Face it: There is very little teaching in church about emotions. Were taught to pray. Read the Bible. And attend church. Oh yes, salvation, forgiveness, and all that great, wonderful stuff. But how do you handle brewing anger towards your Boss who screamed at you for a mistake he thought you made (but in reality was his mistake)? Or how do you handle nagging and constant frustration over rising bills, rising tuition fees, but also a rising inner dissatisfaction in your job? You so want to resign but obviously

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LAST WEEK

Are You a Hunter


Excerpts from Talk 4: Hunter or Rancher of the series Happy, Healthy, Holy Money By Bro. BO SANCHEZ From experience, Ive found out that there are only two financial systems: You are either a Hunter or a Rancher. If youre a Hunter, youre following the Hunters System. If youre a Rancher, youre following the Ranchers System. Are You a Hunter? A Hunter goes out of his cave when hes hungry. When theres nothing to eat, he goes to the forest, looks for a wild boar, kills it, brings the carcass back to the cave, and eats the meat for a few days. He has to eat quickly because the meat spoils. When the meat is gone, he goes out of his cave and looks for another animal to hunt. Does this sound familiar? Many, in this Digital Age, are still Hunters. They could be employees or entrepreneurs. They could be a janitor making P10,000 a month or an NBA player earning one million dollars. It doesnt matter. Heres a fact: 60% of NBA players file for bankruptcy five years after retirement. Why? Because theyre Hunters. Are You a rancher? Whats the biggest difference between a Hunter and a Rancher? Hunters eat everything they capture. Ranchers dont. Ranchers keep some animals to breed other animals. Unlike Hunters who go hungry every once in awhile, Ranchers will never be hungry. Ranchers will always have food to eat because they grow their own food. How do you become a Rancher in your finances? The only way to get rid of a System is to acquire a new System. You can never be Systemless. Theres no such thing. If you want to get rid of your Hunters System, youve got to switch now to a Ranchers System.

After six days Jesus took with him Peter, James, and John the brother of James, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light... Peter said to Jesus, Lord, it is good for us to be here. If you wish, I will put up three sheltersone for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah. While he was still speaking, a bright cloud covered them, and a voice from the cloud said, This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!--Luke 9:18-36 Fr. Eric Santos said like Peter, we tell the Lord that we want to be with Him but we fail to vigil with Him or we fall asleep spiritually. Fr. Eric said all mountains are special for letting us experience a different kind of peace. He said there will always be a kind of temptation for us to remain in the mountain for what it gives us peace of mind and as a refuge. Peter did not want to leave the mountain for he knew they will face challenges, sufferings, and death if they do. The life of ease can hinder us from considering the challenging or disturbing demands of Christ. Fr. Eric encourages us to face our challenges and sufferings for we will only feel more strengthened after that. The Lord wants to reveal His glory to us, His beloved disciples. Do you seek his presence with faith and reverence? Lord, keep me always alert and awake to You, to Your word, Your action, and Your daily presence in my life. Let me see Your glory. -- Regiele Anne Cruz Photo by Alex Uy Yco

The Transfiguration

...or a rancher?
Follow this 7-Jar Strategy 7-Jar Strategy Imagine you have seven jars in front of you. Every time you receive your salary or commission or profit, always divide your money into these seven jars. Jar 7: Emancipation Fund (20% or More) Your Emancipation Fund is for your Retirement. Others call this the Freedom Fund. When do you know if youre financially free? Simple: If you stop working today, will your passive income support your lifestyle for the rest of your life? If it can, youre financially free. Can you live on the interest of your investments? I recommend putting 20% of your monthly income into your Emancipation Fund. I encourage people to invest that 20% in paper

assets, or business, or real estate. I love the stock market because you can partly own gigantic companies and earn when they earn. Each month, just keep adding to your Emancipation Fund. And never withdraw from it. Dont touch it. Ever! Until you stop working. The Bible says, Precious treasure and oil are in a wise mans dwelling, but a foolish man devours it. (Proverbs 21:20) Jar 6: Emergency Fund How much should it be? Make it reach about three to six months of your salary. So you can pay for leaking roofs, car repairs, chipped teeth, and hospital trips without touching your Emancipation Fund. Put your Emergency Fund in the Bankso you can withdraw it anytime. NOTE: The older you get, the bigger your Emergency Fund is. For example, a 60-year old person who is still working but who has fully invested in the stock market should have a big Emergency Fund that can support him for an entire year. Jar 5: Everyday Fund (70% Or Less) This is your regular monthly expense for food, water, electricity, phone, fuel I urge you to live simply so that you can live within this range. If your income increases, your Everyday Fund should decrease. But this will happen if you stick to your standard of livingor at least, increase it only gradually. Today, my Everyday Fund is down to 10% of my income. How did I do that? If my income was growing at 50 kilometers an hour, my expenses were growing, yes, but only at 10 kilometers. Jar 4: Empower Fund (5% to 10%) This is for short-term savings for specific dreams. Perhaps youre saving for the downpayment for a new house. Or your new car. Or a new laptop. Or the college fund for your kids. Or a Holy Land pilgrimage. You can set aside a specific amount every month for this special project. Jar 3: Enjoyment Fund (5%) God wants you to enjoy life. The Bible says: put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. (1 Timothy 6:17) The Enjoyment Fund is for your wants. Theyre not necessities. You can live without

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Talk 1: rules Changing Your Rules of Happiness

TODAY

John 10:10 The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance. Psalms 81:2-4 Start the music and beat the tambourines; play pleasant music on the harps and the lyres. Blow the trumpet for the festival, when the moon is new and when the moon is full. This is the law in Israel, an order from the God of Jacob. Luke 19:37-40 When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen: Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest! Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, Teacher, rebuke your disciples! I tell you, he replied, if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.

them. It could be eating in a favorite restaurant. Or watching a movie. Or having a massage. Or going on a vacation. Why this Fund? There are two extremes you want to avoid. First is the Spender. The impulsive buyer. The shopaholic. The other extreme is the Miser. The Scrooge. The penny pincher. The person who hasnt bought a new shirt since President Marcos declared Martial Law. Note: I suggest you start doing this when your finances are no longer in crisis mode. For example, when all your major debts have been paid. Jar 2: Education Fund (5%) Heres one of the most important wealth principles: Grow your wealth by growing your self. But talent isnt enough. Read carefully: Its not your abilities that will bring financial abundance but your attitude. Specifically, your attitude of being an eternal student. Be teachable. Be a student and work on your humility. The Bible says, Plans go wrong for lack of advice; many advisers bring success. (Proverbs 15:22) Invest in Yourself Do you want to earn more money? Double your learning to double your earning. The best investment, aside from Tithing, is investing in YOURSELF. Grow your self, grow your wealth. And finally Jar 1: Eternity Fund (10% or more) This is your Tithe. Some people consider Tithe a loss. Nope. Tithing is

your ultimate investment with the greatest returns possible that no other investment can match. No business, real estate, or stock market can match investing in Heaven. Why is it the ultimate investment? First of all, tithing is your longest-term investment. God will remember whatever you give to Him, and He will reward you for all eternityeven after you die, even after Planet Earth dies, even every star of the universe explodes and dies. Your ROI will continue for all eternity. Second, tithing is your safest investment in the world; Why? When you tithe, youre shipping your money to an offshore account, moving your wealth from a highly volatile, unstable place called Planet Earthto the most stable place the Kingdom of Heavena place so rich, its roads are paved in gold. The moment you receive your salary, set aside 10% of your income to God. Always make your tithe your first expense. And see how God will supply your every need. Friend, God is your Business Partner. When you tithe, youre declaring that everything you own really belongs to God. And that you want to continue your Business Partnership with Him! The Bible says, Honor the LORD with your wealth and with the best part of everything you produce. Then he will fill your barns with grain, and your vats will overflow with good wine. (Proverbs 3:9-10) Be a Rancher, not a Hunter. --With reporting by Ces Arcilla Photos by ELS

Personal Reflection and Group Discussion: What are your Rules of Happiness? Should you subtract, add, and edit any of these Rules that arent working in your favor? ___________________________________________ ___________________________________________ ___________________________________________ ___________________________________________ __________________________________________ __________________________________________ __________________________________________ ___________________________________________ ___________________________________________ ___________________________________________ ___________________________________________ ___________________________________________ ___________________________________________ __________________________________________ ___________________________________________ ___________________________________________
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CAN love be good the second time around? Some say Nope! Walang pangalawang gloria. In love, there is no second glory. Last February 16, we saw that love is great the second time around. That is, love for your One True Love. And its great not only the second time around-but again and again, and again. Did we say again and again? The Feast PICC Couples Ministry proved that love is always better the second time around-- and again and again-- during the Ministrys Valentine Barn Dance held at the Cowboy Grill Timog, Quezon City, last February 16, 2013. Dressed in cowboy outfits, complete with hats, scarves, and boots, the Couples Ministry members danced

to the beat of country music as they rekindled their love with their spouses and, of course, with God. Five Connect Groups participated in an exciting barn dance competition. If you and your spouse want to deepen your marriage and your relationship with God --and to join the fun Couples Ministry fellowships-come and join the Lighten Up Couples Retreat to be held at the Good Shepherd retreat Center, Antipolo City, March 9-10, 2013. Sign up now at the Couples Ministry table at the Plenary Hall lobby! Jesus said in Mark 10:9: Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate. So, lighten up, couples and stay together forever! Yee haw!

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LEADErS ASSEMBLY
YOUVE heard about the Good News -- as in our Salvation guaranteed by our Lord Jesus Christ as the Holy Bible tells us. Now, hear this other Good News: Feast PICC has received big, big blessings in 2012 and has big, big plans for 2013-- as discussed during the Feast PICC Leaders Assembly last Sunday. Our Feast Founder, Bro. Bo Sanchez, graced the assembly, extolling our leaders for their untiring service. Bro. Rolly Espaa, Feast PICC Council head, presented the Councils 2012 Accomplishment Report which highlighted remarkable increases: four Sunday Feasts; 10,000 attendees; over 1,000 servants! Bro. Rolly also presented the Feast PICC Council 2013 Plan. He said the Model of Service for Feast PICC servants is the Good Samaritan. In the Bible, the Good Samaritan helped a wounded stranger. In the same manner, Bro. Rolly said, Feast PICC servants offer their time, talent, and treasure to serve the Feast attendees. He said the Feast PICC is encouraging a Culture of Generosity among the ministries. The Dream is for each ministry to become self-supporting so that the funds used for the ministry expenses may be used instead to build more Feasts. Bro. Rolly announced another Good News: our leaders will be given more indepth courses on the Holy Bible every Sunday right in PICC. Dubbed The Great Adventure, the Bible courses are being conducted by the Feast PICC Formation Ministry headed by Bro. Albert Zabala who hosted the Leaders Ministry. Yes, your leaders are undergoing intensive spiritual and skills formation to be able to serve you better and make the Feast the happier happiest place for you!
LIGHTENING UP, from top: Feast PICC Council head Bro. Rolly Espaa and wife Donna gracing the Valentine night; and awardees receiving their certificates. BIG BLESSINGS, from top: The graduates of last years Bible Study; Bro. Bo lauding the leaders for their untiring service; Bro. Rolly Espaa reporting the Feast PICC 2012 Accomplishments and 2013 Plans.-- Photos by ELS
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Good News!

CONNECT GrOUPS

Multimedia, Bowling and a CG


By BETHANY DECHAVEZ

And of course, they talk about multimedia, their common interest. The group also goes out to celebrate birthdays and Christmas or joins bowling fellowships of the Singles Ministry. They also go out for their phototrips. James explains that in a phototrip, you go to a place and take pictures of landmarks and interesting sites that can only be found in that place. You can make a documentation from that or create a travelogue for that, James adds. James describes his experience in joining a CG. He says, At first, you think nothing unusual happens to you when you join a CG. No earth-shaking change at all. But as time goes by, the bond in the CG develops. You begin to feel your co-members accept you without condition, and that they will always be there for you when you need help. The members assure each other of Gods steadfast love for them. James shares to his CG members a Bible verse from Joshua 1:9: ...Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go. To those who are yet to sign up for a CG, James is telling you, Please join a Connect Group and experience what you dont experience by just being an attendee of the Feast. *In a recent meeting with the Feast PICC leaders, Bro. Bo Sanchez announced that the Feast Council of Elders decided to change the term Caring Group into Connect Group. Bro. Bo explained that Caring Group does not sit well with the people we hope to share this fantastic blessing-especially the men who are after connections -- just like James and his group connect with their shared passions for multimedia and sports. What are you passionate about? Get connected with people with the same interests. Join a CG!

SHARING THE SAME INTERESTS, from left: John Paul and Angelo Merced; James playing bowling.

BEING in a Connect Group* is one of the greatest blessings that we receive in the Feast. Not only do we get to spend time with friends to share our stories, blessings, and reflections in the Feast. But we also meet people who share the same interests with us in sports, music, or anything we feel passionate about. An example is the Connect Group that James Joseph Bardos belongs to. James works as a video production/ creative staff at Shepherds Voice Radio and TV Foundation. And his CG is a group of multimedia enthusiasts like him. My members are not actually experts but we all have an interest

in multimedia, James shared. The group includes a website developer, online marketer, government employee, entrepreneur, and real estate marketer. They have 10 regular members. The CG meets every Sunday after the second session and every Tuesday night. During their meetings, they share and reflect on what they feel is Gods message for them on that day. Also, they share their blessings and pray for each members prayer requests. They also discuss Love Someone Today, a pamphlet on discipleship by Bro. Bo Sanchez.

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BLESSING BLOGS

That Perfect Date

By KrISTINE ANNE MUTUC Photos by AUDEE VILLArAZA BEING single on Valentines can be a bummer whether one admits it or not. It has been three years since my last relationship and since then, Ive never looked at Valentines Day the same way. This year, I knew February 14 was just going to be another day. And since work had been stressful, I didnt plan on going out or doing anything special. But as always, God had a better plan in mind. Two nights before Valentines, I saw on Facebook a promotion of a Valentine fund raising event for Feast Bonifacio Global City (BGC) titled Seasons of Love supported by Feast PICC leaders and servants. Having no plans at all on February 14, I thought of supporting the fund raising event. Something fruitful, I told myself. I bought tickets for my parents and me. I had no Valentine date, so my parents had no choice but to accompany me. Ha-ha! February 14 came. I had lots of meetings and loads of work to do so I didnt really expect to feel the love in the air. That morning, my mother surprised me with a Valentine gift-- a blouse. And a client gave me a big box of chocolates. After that dizzying work day, my mother picked me up from my office and together we went to see Seasons of Love with my dad. The program included love songs and lovers sharing their love stories-- the

usual stuff youd expect from a Valentines Day event. But that day, something unexpected happened to me. As I listened to one love song, I closed my eyes, and then, I distinctly heard a Voice telling me: I gave you a beautiful blouse this morning. Did you like it? Oh, and I also delivered that big box of chocolates. I thought you might want some since work had been stressful lately. I hope you like it. And lastly, thank you for accepting my invitation to be with me tonight. I wanted you to be with the most loving people so you can feel my love through them. Happy Valentines! Whoa! I knew then it was God who was speaking to me-- deep in my mind and in my heart. The thought of God trying to please me on that day of love was overwhelming. Throughout the day, He was telling me one thing: I love you. But I was too busy to notice that. I was too busy thinking about work and too busy thinking that I couldnt be happy because I was single. I was too busy being envious of others who had dates when all this time I was receiving the greatest love the world has ever known. February 14, 2013, I must say was the best Valentines Day Ive ever had. I was on a date with God Himself. That night, I was reminded of a perfect loving God. I didnt need anyone else.

LOVE SCENE, clockwise, from top: Bro. Bo Sanchez with wife Marowe; heart to heart; George Gabriel and Rissa Kawpeng telling love stories; Mike Vias, Audee Villaraza, Migs Ramirez belting out love songs; George in an intimate moment with wife Dina; Kristine, happily single.

Editors Note: Have you a similar story how you have received blessings from God? Share! and let the world know miracles still do happen today to give hope especially to the lost. For details, email feasteditor@gmail.com, or call 09399044065.
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ONE MOrE MIrACLE

By CES ArCILLA Illustration by CANDICE MANAOG I SERVE both as writer and photographer for the Feast PICC Media Ministry. One Feast Sunday, I was to cover the second session scheduled to start at 9:30 a.m., with Apple, a co-member. The night before, we agreed that I would be the writer and she would be the photographer. Sunday morning, we were in constant communication, excited to serve together. When Bro. Bo Sanchez was about to start his talk, I received a message from Apple. She said her camera was already low bat. And, she inadvertently left her battery charger at home! Since we agreed I would be the writer, I didnt bother to bring a camera. No one else was covering the 9:30 a.m. session because most of our other Feast Media members were attending a meeting of the Ministry. Apple and I had cell phones with camera, but we knew the quality of the photos from our cell phones wouldnt be good enough for the quality our printer requires. Apple dashed to the Feast Media Ministry meeting to borrow a camera from our photographers attending the meeting.

No Camera, No Problem

But then, Bro. Bo had already started his talk. I stood on tenterhooks, worried sick that Apple might not come back with the camera we needed on time. I uttered desperately, Lord, please provide. Just then, I noticed Shay, my officemate. She was sitting right next to me and she was holding a digital camera phone. A high tech one! Mustering enough courage, I asked Shay, May I borrow your phone? Gladly, Shay handed me her camera phone, and I clicked away. A couple of minutes later, Apple was back, waving a Pentax DSLR. I borrowed it from Bro. James, she grinned from ear to ear. So we thought our problem was solved. But wait theres more. It so happened that Jamess camera was set in black and white. Apple and I are Canon and Nikon users, so we didnt know how to navigate a digital Pentax camera.

Never mind, I told Apple. Lets just take photos. Better to have black and white photos than none at all. But Apple, mustering enough faith, relentlessly tinkered with the Pentax until she was able to crack the navigation and discovered how to transform the setting into full color! I marveled at Apple for being such a smart techie. But then, I knew she got big help from the Lord who promptly answered my desperate call for help. After all, who knows more than anyone else about the Digital Age, but Jesus, the Rock of Ages! Got One More Miracle? A mysterious, inexplicable experiencea miracle God has allowed to happen to let you know He loves you? Share! Email your article with your picture to feasteditor@gmail.com.

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