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A powerful insight about grace

Early this year, I had the privilege of seeing and hearing philosopher, professor, and author Dallas Willard speak in person at the Catalyst West 2010 conference, where he was interviewed on stage by one of my favorite authors and speakers, John Ortberg. This session was one of the highlights of the conference for me. Willard is not only brilliant and deep, he’s incredibly funny and witty, too. A guy named Jake Ishmael even tweeted: “Dallas Willard makes Yoda look like...

Tell Me Thursday: What has been speaking to your heart lately?

It’s Thursday, and you know what that means! Tell me: Is there a quote, verse, song, poem, or word that’s been resonating with you lately? What is it? For me, it’s this: “The LORD will fulfill his purpose for me…” -Psalm 138:8 Your turn! :) * * * If you want to receive updates when I publish new blog posts, you can subscribe via RSS or e-mail. You can also follow me on Twitter....

10 Awesome Things About Catalyst West 2010 (Part 2)

In case you missed it, here’s the first half of my list of 10 Awesome Things About Catalyst West. And as for the rest, I’m just going to dive right in! 6) Seeing the power of social media. Catalyst is a forward-thinking movement, and they really found ways to encourage everybody to go on their mobile devices to interact and connect with each other. People were tweeting and sharing photos, videos, and quotes from the speakers as the talks were...

10 Awesome Things About Catalyst West 2010 (Part 1)

Disclaimer: This post is a little long, but it’s my attempt to capture and share as much as I can about what I experienced and learned last week, especially for the folks back home in the Philippines who wanted to be at the conference. I wanted you all to be there too, so this is for you. I hope it inspires you in some way too! It’s tough to talk about my first Catalyst West conference experience without using the...

Catalyst West Labs 2010

What do you do when you get the chance to watch your favorite authors, bloggers, and leaders speak all in one day? If you’re like me, you listen and you furiously take down notes…lots of them! Yesterday was the first day of my 3-day Catalyst West adventure. I first discovered Catalyst two years ago on the INJOY website when we were planning a youth leadership event in the Philippines. I wanted to research on what other programs were out there,...

Focusing on the present

I’m currently reading Just Enough Light for the Step I’m On: Trusting God in the Tough Times by Stormie Omartian. It’s a nice book to read, and I’m already down to the last chapter. Today’s notable quote from the book: “Along with not looking back, it’s not good to look too far ahead, either. Doing so may cause you to worry about where you think you should be, and that can be overwhelming too. Looking back, you see all that...

Superhero series: C.S. Lewis

From time to time, I feature some people or groups that I think are pretty awesome. It’s called the SUPERHERO SERIES! When I was growing up, I was so captivated by C.S. Lewis‘ The Chronicles of Narnia. I first discovered it when I was in 2nd or 3rd grade through my brother. When I was at home, I would sneak into his room and borrow his books, and when I got to school, I would look for the books, then...

On stewardship.

I’m pretty sure that one of the best ways I learn is through reading. I love reading. I love the feel of new books, and I nearly get goosebumps every time I enter large bookstores. I also make it a point to read as many books as I can on topics like strengths development/maximization and purpose discovery (I gravitate towards those that are Bible-based), because these are topics I use most often when I do talks and workshops. Right now,...

Wise words from Bayless Conley

“…God does do repeat performances! He is faithful! What He has done in your life He can do again. And that’s a good reason to hold fast… to keep believing… and to hold on today to the promise that God has put in your heart!”...