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Feast Bay Area Morning Bulletin for Feb 10, 2018

LOUD Series Talk 2: Expression

LOUD LISTEN TO THE VOICE

LOUD LISTEN TO THE VOICE OF TODAY’S GENERATION TALK 2: EXPRESSION “Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ.” –Ephesians 4:15 NIV “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” –Galatians 5:22-23 NIV “When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her and he ate it.” –Genesis 3:6 NIV PERSONAL REFLECTION AND GROUP DISCUSSION: Review the elements of emotional maturity. Which area do you think you need to grow in? “Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.” –Proverbs 22:6 NIV “A man without self-control is as defenseless as a city with broken-down walls.” –Proverbs 25:28 TLB “It is better to have self-control than to control an army.” –Proverbs 16:32 TLB BLESSING BLOG For some time, 34-year-old Neph Louie Nicolas, a civil engineer from Imus, Cavite, thought he’d never find his ideal woman. But, all it took was a matter of time and a change of perspective. Ed Bananal writes his story. “Bro. Neph, walang ligawan sa LG ha,” Joanne Hamili, my LG head then, told me off. (Light Group or LG is composed of Feasters who meet once a week for prayer and fellowship.) I had a crush on one of our LG sisters so I courted her. My LG head advised me not to rush and give in to my feelings. But I was hardheaded and pursued our pretty sis. That’s when Joanne put her foot down and gave the stern warning. Unfortunately, the girl I was physically attracted to didn’t feel the same way for me. I felt bad. So bad, I’d look at my pictures and like a lovesick teenager I’d ask, “Ano ba talaga ang problema sa akin? Bakit ba ako ganito?” “GOD, HELP ME” SHE’S THE ONE Neph Louie Nicolas and his girlfriend Marissa Dela Cruz I looked for answers and prayed to God for guidance. Good thing, at The Feast, singles like me don’t just learn about God’s love but also love life tips. As I listened to the teachings, I realized two important things: for me to love others, I need to love myself first and I don’t have to depend on others for my happiness. True happiness comes from knowing that Jesus loves me. NEW OUTLOOK I started to see myself in a different light. Looking myself in the mirror, I’d tell myself, “Ang guwapo-guwapo ko!” A useful trick I learned from Bro. Jon Escoto, Feast builder of Laguna. It may seem silly but it reminded me that as God’s child, I am priceless and I am made in His image and likeness. How can I not be pogi? Even with this new understanding, I chose to put my search for love on hold. I focused my energy on service. I signed up for the Intercessory Ministry without any agenda but just to be useful to the community. There, I met, Marissa. We became friends and texted each other regularly. As time went by, our friendship grew. At times, I’d ask God, “Lord, siya na ba?” MOMENT OF TRUTH I wanted to court her but because of my past rejections, I hesitated. Then the words of Bro. Obet Cabrillas, Feast builder of Pasig Valle Verde, came to mind. He said, “Don’t be afraid of rejection in love for it is God redirecting us to something better.” With that, I found the courage to express my deep affection for Marissa when I asked her out for coffee. Last December 30, Marissa and I celebrated our second anniversary as a couple. Now, I fully understand Bro. Bo Sanchez when he said, “Love is a decision, not an emotion.” Got a love story made at The Feast? Email us at iamblessedatthefeast@gmail.com with your photo for a chance to share your story on The Feast Bulletin. Interested to serve with us? Be an FBA servant. See the ad on P4. FBA Bulletin 021118.indd 2 2/8/2018 11:34:34 PM

SCENES FROM LAST SUNDAY “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise—“so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth. Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.” –Ephesians 6:1-4 Understanding our youth. Bro. Audee tells Feasters, ”The millennials have been singled out to be a problem generation. But if we look at the Bible, we’ve been having similar issues with the youth for 2,000 years. To close the generation gap, let the old and the young walk with each other.” ◀ ◀ How can the youth relate to the older generation? “Be humble, gentle and loving when you express your opinion,” Bro. Tony Valenzuela, Youth High builder, tells his young audience. RECAP Series: LOUD Listening to the Voices of Today Talk 1: Evolution Gospel Reading According to Mark 1:29-39 > Jesus Heals Many “God is so big that His love fills the entire universe, yet small enough to cuddle up in the deepest part of your heart.” –Fr. Bob McConaghy “The Lord’s will is what’s best for you.” –Fr. Titus Mananzan “Through prayer, He gives us the strength to carry on.” –Fr. Ryan Barrios Big message: Can I walk with you? For the older generation, here are seven steps you can show love to the young people around you using Jesus’ Walk to Emmaus as guide: 1. Join the journey. Jesus did not talk down to His disciples when they didn’t recognize Him. Instead, He drew close to them and walked with them. We can do the same by entering their world – get to know the youth more and their interests. 2. Be patient with their process. When the disciples didn’t acknowledge Jesus, He didn’t make a big deal of it. Young people will always act like young people. Don’t overreact. Give them time to mature. 3. Listen before you lecture. Jesus let His disciples tell Him ◀ Camp Calye. This year, the exciting summer youth gathering, is happening on April 19-22 and May 10-13 in Nasugbu, Batangas. Register today at Youth High, PICC Meeting Room 1. Limited slots available. about His death and resurrection. People tend to listen, not to understand but to respond. Why not genuinely listen for the sake of understanding? 4. Tell the truth. Before giving an advice, follow steps 1 -3 first. Gain their friendship and trust. How to tell the truth? Tell stories of your own, from the Bible, and those of others around you. 5. Invite, not impose. Don’t impose, wait to be invited. Jesus waited until the disciples invited Him to stay. Great leaders love and care for the people such that people naturally want to follow them. 6. Let go and Let God. The ultimate goal of a leader is to die to himself. We must raise the young to the point that they do not need us anymore. 7. Let the young lead the young. When the youth experience Jesus, they will be fired up to tell their friends about Him and lead their peers. For the youth, here are three effective ways to understand the older generation: 1. Listen. Too much noise in the world can confuse us. Learn to recognize His voice and bask in His presence. Listen to understand what’s truly happening around us and what’s inside our hearts. 2. Say Yes to Him. God invites us to a personal relationship with Him. From this relationship comes the response of love that can impact and change the whole world. When we are intimate with Jesus, we will have peace despite problems in life because we know He’s got our back. 3. I am what God says I am. Don’t listen to what the world is telling you. Believe only in the truth – that you are God’s child and that you are loved. The young need the older generation and vice versa. The youth can benefit from the wisdom of their elders and the latter should pass on their teachings to the former. To close the generation gap, all we have to do is walk with each other. FBA Bulletin 021118.indd 3 2/8/2018 11:34:38 PM

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