Quezon City, What is stopping you from taking that next step?

The great enemy is sameness... What do I mean by that? We simply get stuck in the daily routine of life and before you realize it, you are no longer choosing life, instead it is choosing you.

Things like expansion, growth, purpose, passion are turned into passivity and survival. Most of us get lost in the sameness of our daily lives not realizing the possibilities that await us.

We are meant for more... God help us all.  God gave a mandate to Adam and Eve to subdue and dominate, that sounds pretty pro-active to me.  God is all about growth, expansion and purpose. God has placed His very own DNA as it were into our lives which tells us that we were created and made for more.

Thrilla in Manila – Grace Empowered Conference

GRACE EMPOWERED LIVING MANILA CONFERENCE

ScottDebraNSAMy wife Debra and I are excited about an opportunity to do something we have dreamed of for years. It all began thirty years ago when we left with our infant son Daniel to live and work in the Philippines.

debrasuccessnlifeWhile there we we held crusades, spoke to school faculties and students in the university district, spoke in prisons, and filled in as a Pastor in Mindanao. I created materials that were distributed to over 100,000 people. We were filled with vision and purpose to make a difference in that country. Unfortunately our time was cut short because of lack of finances, and over the years we have had a compelling desire to go back to that mission field. We spent three years as Pastors in one denomination who promised that they would fund our efforts in the Philippines, but sadly, we left their organization disappointed.

All In God's Timing!

scott_phRecently a Pastor in the Manila area reached out to us. He has been watching our ministry videos for two years. He loves the Grace message and what it can do in the lives of people. He and a group of pastors, are coordinating together to host a GRACE EMPOWERED LIVING Manila Conference. They have already acquired use of a building that will hold 400 people. We will not only hold this conference in Manila but it will be repeated in CAVITE, Laguna and near the Davao, Mindanao area. Alejandro Flores will be our host in Digos City, Mindanao at his church "Jesus is Our Lord Ministries Int."

We both feel strongly that this is a kairos moment. From the moment Pastor Paul reached out to us and started communicating, I became overwhelmed by the presence of God. In many ways it is like a full circle from where we began so many years ago in 1987. Thirty years of desire to reconnect with the Philippines are coming to fruition. God's wonderful GPS system always, always, always works to brings us back to His purpose that he places in our hearts.

I can't tell you how stirred we are about this trip. I have no doubts whatsoever about the impact that our efforts will have in working with these ministry leaders. We want to use our time wisely, and are looking to invest ourselves into these people for up to one month. We are leaving the last week in June and will return, the end of July.

These people need to hear a message of freedom and love. Religion has bound so many in this culture. It instigates a message of fear, which dis-empowers them from experiencing God's blueprint for their lives. Debra and I have a passion for connecting people to their true identity and blueprint and showing them what is possible for their lives.

We want to give our friends and family the opportunity to seed into this wonderful opportunity. Can you help us? I believe that God will stir and will bring the full amount that we need, which is about $5,000! God is our source but he uses the relationships of those around us to work through.  To that we both say thank you in advance.

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The Philippines

 

PeoplePowerRevolutionAquino1986It is sometimes difficult for us as westerners to grasp a clear understanding of the Philippines or her people. There has always seemed to be a clash of cultures, with abject poverty in the provinces on the more than 7,000 islands and children seen begging on the streets streets of Manila, and at the same time an industrious people seeking to lift themselves up. They are a family and relationship-based people who are committed and dedicated to the things in which they believe. They are proud of their heritage of standing tall, even though they, as a culture, have suffered greatly. I have sat across the table listening to a Filipino describe themselves as being like a strong bamboo tree that bends with the winds and storms, but never breaks. We were there during the People Power Revolution starting in 1983. The country was represented by half of the population being under the age of 18. We saw the youth as a huge opportunity and reached out to them in the University belt area. Our desire was to print and distribute a magazine called “The Student Prober”. It was a huge vision but we knew that it would open doors into the hearts and minds of the youth of that country. Our maiden issue was to include an article called, Who Are The Supermen of Our Generation?

whatifIt addressed our need as a society to look for saviors, superheros as it were. At that time many young people saw Cory Aquino as that one person who would save their country from the previous years of the Marcos regime. Obviously we understand that there is only one who saves and it is He who has given us the mandate to bring answers to our world around us.

Incredible times to be sure. The challenge remains and the needs are just as large today. We believe that God has called us to help....

The Gospel – What is it?

 

what-is-the-gospelAs someone who grew up in church I learned as a small boy that the gospel was the first four books in the New Testament. Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. In the four gospels we discover the amazing story of Christ showing up on Earth and being lived out for thirty three years. It is a story of God's immense love for his creation and His willingness to restore that which had been lost.

"But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us." Romans 5:8

This has exciting implications, not only are we restored into relationship with our father God but he adopts us as His very own. In a sentence the Gospel is the revealed knowledge of God about who you are, your identity and what is possible for your life. He restored and connects us to our true purpose as sons and daughters and extends grace (His very self) to live out his presence on the Earth.

Grace is the empowering presence of God that enables us to be all that we are created to be and all that we are created to do!

It is important to point out that it wasn't until the Apostle Paul showed up on the scenes, almost forty years after Jesus' resurrection that the message of the Gospel was completely revealed and understood. The twelve Apostles were still entrenched in a limited understanding about what the true meaning of the Gospel.

The Gospel was something that was for all and not just limited to the Jew alone and certainly not based on the keeping of he law. It was no longer about what you must or must not do, it was about what Jesus has completed. Our salvation  was no longer based on our ability to obey moral laws but a dependence on the free gift of righteousness.

What is the outcome of the Gospel?

Bottom line, what does this mean for us what results can we expect in our own lives if we are reconnected to our true purpose and blueprint?

  1. Gods love sets me free to live a life of significance that is not dependent on outside influences. Like it or not, we have learned to habitually walk according the course of this world. If from a child you learned that love and significance was dependent on relationships, possessions and titles you become in a sense a prisoner. Man's need to be loved is a powerful force that keeps us dependent and needy.  We are now discovering that we are fully and unconditionally loved by God Himself that has nothing to do with  behavior.
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  2. We are no longer wandering throughout our lives looking for someone to fill our empty cup. Instead, because we understand that we half-empty-half-fullare completely loved our cup is not just full, it is running over full. We are now free to live life not out of emptiness but out of God's unrestricted fullness!
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  3. I am now a complete person who functions from an entirely different perspective. I am able to live from the inside out versus outside in where most of the world lives. I live a life that is able to love others more unconditionally without strings attached.
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  4. I become more intentional about my larger purpose and can now draw strength from an awareness that God is in me both to will and to do for His good pleasure.
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  5. I can now trust more fully on the inspiration and directions I choose in life come from God.
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  6.  My identity and who I thought I was has now completely changed. The old fears of the past have dropped off from my life and I am now tapping into the gifts and callings of God for my life. I have learned that I am not an orphan dropped off at the corner of unwanted and unloved. I have a keen sense of fulfillment and purpose and as a result live a life of positive influence in the lives of others around me.

It is God's desire that we each come into the full knowledge what the Gospel  is all about. Our personal definitions about our own lives determine the level of success and failure we will experience in our lives. But it all starts with realizing the unmovable and threatened union we now have in Him. We are God's dream come true, now discover it!

Jesus is God's grace embrace of the entire human race.

 

 

 

Top 20 Questions About Overcoming Obtacles In life – Overcoming Loneliness

Question #4 How can I attract someone to me so that I am not lonely any more.

Loneliness is a huge obstacle for many people. In the above video I talk about connecting on your passion and personal blueprint.  Your focus changes from self to serving others and living life big! Getting a vision for life and getting excited about your direction in life is simply magnetic. You will discover a new network of people attracted to you who are moving in the same directions as you.

This is the fourth video in the series which outlines the top 20 questions people ask about achievement and overcoming obstacles in life. To subscribe and receive all 20 simply click here and you will start receiving one per week. http://graceempoweredliving.com/free

Top 20 Questions About Overcoming Obtacles In life – Staying Motivated

Question #1 How Do I Stay Motivated Regarding My Goals?

Staying motivated is easy once a person connects with their core desires. Getting in touch with a compelling future excites and motivates you. Take Chelsie in the above video. At a young age she was impacted by wolves and as a result found a career in wolf biology. She is now feels "compelled" to move forward and do whatever it takes to achieve her goals.

This is the first video in the series which outlines the top 20 questions people ask about achievement and overcoming obstacles in life. To subscribe and receive all 20 simply click here and you will start receiving one per week. http://graceempoweredliving.com/free