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2/23/12

Happy Anniversary Babe!

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY DARLING! 





 5 years ago today you and I said our vows and entered into this thing called marriage. I remember that day like it was yesterday. Everything went absolutely perfect and I had never seen you look you so beautiful. You were absolutely stunning and you had this Christ-Like glow. We were surrounded by close friends and family, it was the greatest day of my life. 


 5 years later here we are. While I am writing this I am just overwhelmed on how good God is. You are still as beautiful as ever, but our love has grown so deep. We have shared countless memories together. We have done so many things. I don't what I did to deserve a woman like you. You are absolutely incredible. You inspire me everyday to a be a better man. I can only imagine what the next 5 years of our marriage life together will be. I am so proud to be called your husband.

 Happy Anniversary My Love, 


 Mahal Kita, Robert 


 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aLc1mZF_LYg

2/10/12

LIN-SANITY



I first heard of him through my lil bro, Zack Tabrani; another Asian Sensation who is balling at a premier sports academy called Sports Quest, in Virginia.  I worked with Zack in the Philippines and last summer he had the opportunity to train with Jeremy Lin.  He told me that Lin had a big time game, but was more impressed by his solid faith and character.


Lin was another guy who rose up from obscurity.  Being Asian in America isn't necessary the coolest thing , and it's pretty obvious why he got overlooked.  Look him up if you want to read up on him.  People love this guy, and has been a breath of fresh air to the struggling Knickerbockers.


I personally like the guy a lot.  Love his maturity, humility, and I really like the way he plays the game.  I believe Lin has the opportunity to impact more people for the Kingdom than Tim Tebow. But here is why. Not trying to really compare them because I think it's dumb, but just wanted to give a perspective to think about, and also how we can be praying for him.


1.  Basketball is global, more people around the world play and watch basketball.  For instance, basketball is the national sport in the Philippines, and football is pretty much non-existent.  Same thing goes for most of the rest of the world.  You don't hear people talking much about football in Asia, Africa, Australia, South America, etc. Only in America is football big.  The kind with helmets and shoulder pads anyways:-)


2.  China has 1.4 billion people alone.  Not to mention the Koreans, Japanese, Taiwanese, Thai, Filipinos, etc...Asians are probably the most loyal people to each other.


3.  Under-Dog Lin-had zero hype. No Division 1 scholarship offers, undrafted, cut from NBA teams. Not too many haters.  Everyone loves the underdog story.  It is pretty fascinating.


There are a lot more, but those three first come to mind.


Is God up to something?  Is Tebow and now Lin just a coincidence?   I choose to believe that God is raising up an army of people who is not ashamed of Him.  I think it's pretty exciting.


This world is need of some good role models in this generation.  I am grateful for athletes like Tebow and Lin...In the same breath I am just as thankful for people like you, who are doing the same thing, but maybe not on the national T.V.


"A true test to a man's character is when you give him power." 


Obviously this kid can play!  But, the most impressive thing that I have seen in Lin is his first interview after his breakout game after the NJ Nets.


 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jm08XE4XLZY if you don't want to watch the highlights fast forward to  about 6 minutes.  And listen to his interview.  Mind you, no one was paying any attention to him prior to this game.  He didn't have time to rehearse his speech.  It came so natural, and is highly impressive.


Are you Lin or are you out?  As for me, I'm All Lin:-)











1/1/12

Give Yo' Self: 2012 Edition

2012 is officially 7 hours 31 minutes and 30 seconds old. I remember when I was a kid I would ask a silly question to pretty much everyone I knew. 




Depending on what year and what day it was, I would always ask the age of the year. The question was so dumb, that no one really understood it. 


And I would always laugh so hard. I thought I was so clever!


Anyways, I am sitting in InTown Suites Hotel in Jacksonville, Florida.  Samantha is on the bed next to me doing a devotional on her iPad.  


I am using a wired (it still exists!) "high-speed" Internet connection, trying to listen to my theme song this past year.  "God is Able" by Hillsong United and it keeps on skipping, because the connection is sooooooooooooooooooooo slow. 


This past year, I have made only handful of blog posts. I will blog at least once a week this new year.  


Last night Samantha and I had some great conversation regarding this past year. I actually did most of the listening as she shared her heart, her perspective this past year.  


There wasn't much laughing, but mostly tears. The conclusion was that it was one of the toughest years of our lives.  


On so many different levels, from suddenly moving to Nashville and adjusting to a new culture, environment, church, ministry... etc.  


Every year we normally plan and discuss our goals. This year was different.  


Not much planning. More of me listening and getting my soul challenged in ways like it has never been.


Samantha has made the biggest sacrifice and I have the most selfless wife.  She is absolutely incredible.  


After our conversation and prayer... I had mixed feelings.  


1.  I never felt so challenged as a man.
2.  I never felt so loved by my wife.




My personal goal is that I will not put God first this year. Yeah you read it right, I will NOT put Him first.


My goal is to put Him in the center.  


In the center of my everything.  
In the center of my marriage.  
In the center of every relationship that I have.  
In the center of every aspect in my life.  


I think this past year I tried to put Him first, and I failed in so many areas.  I did not purposely fail, but I think I was a lot like Martha this year (read Luke 10:38-42).


With so many changes that was going on, and being stretched in ways I have never had to experience before, I tried to do, and do, and do, and strive... and if I am being really honest, I got in the disease of trying to please others and not God alone. 


Now don't get me wrong, this year has also been amazing. We love Nashville, I love what I do, and my marriage is the strongest it has ever been.  


I look forward to this upcoming year. New experiences, new challenges, new everything.


The busier I get, the more I need God.  The more I need to spend with Him.


This year, by the grace of God, I will be more like Mary. Sit at the feet of Jesus.  


Resting, trusting, and worshipping Him like I have never before.


I want to give all of myself to Him in 2012!


Signing off:  2012 is officially 8 hours, 12 minutes, and 17 seconds old. 







11/4/11

Tebowing All Day!





I have been on a blogging hiatus and felt moved to blog.  So here is my two cents on "Tebowing."

But before I get into Tebowing,  I have to give a shout out to the plankers out there.  When planking came on the scene, I wasn't a huge fan.  


I thought it was dumb, and it just gave people an excuse do something to get attention and try to be cool.  Then I asked myself "Why am I not a fan?"  


I had to search my heart and what I discovered it was PRIDE.  My biggest adversary.


So without going into exhausting detail, I mustered enough courage to do my first plank.  


Planking at The Parthenon


Then came owling. My wife and I's personal favorite.  For some reason, I just think it's hilarious.


Owling at The Parthenon with Samantha


Then coning... hmmmm.  I have searched my heart about this one, but I still came to the conclusion, not a huge fan.  

Now it's Tebowing.  I personally think it's just great.  


I know many people out there to mock Tim Tebow.  But I love the attention it is getting, whether positive or negative.  


Why?  One of the things I respect about Tebow is that he carries Romans 1:16 on his sleeve, but more importantly in his heart.  


I admire his courage.  He never forgets to give God glory in everything he does.  


Even when he interviews, it's not the cliched "I wanna thank God" speech. You can tell it's sincere, countless times I have heard him say I wanna give glory to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  


It's real... it's authentic. I am drawn to authenticity.

My prayer first for Tebow. That he will continue to proclaim the name of Jesus Christ with boldness.  I cover him with my prayers, that God would protect him and his testimony.  

But my other hope and prayer is that while most are mocking Tebow, which is so biblical by the way if you consider yourself as a follower of Christ. If they persecute and mocked Jesus, they will do you as well.  


It comes with the territory, it's part of the job description: John 15:18-25.

But my hope is that someone would wonder about Tebowing and do some research on who Tim Tebow is and why he does what he does. And they too would be drawn to the Gospel.  


The greatest message and the most important message anyone could ever hear.  


So with that said, I'm sure it won't be long until there is another trend, but until then happy "tebowing" to all of you out there.  I haven't yet done my first
"tebow".  But I'm sure it won't be long....



~Much Love~

4/19/11

Finished our first series

We finished our last topic on our first series called S.T.A.R.T.  I knew all the students were at different places of each of their walks with the Lord.  Many have had different religious and theological backgrounds.    I felt it was important to get off to the right start as we began Rush Franklin youth group.

Here is a recap of our topics.

S. Stop trusting in yourself and your own good works and start trusting in Christ alone for Salvation.
T. Turn away from everything the bible calls sin.
A. Attend a weekly gathering for personal and group discipleship.
R. Read and Obey your Bible.
T. Tell others about your faith in Christ.

Our final topic was about telling others about our faith in Christ.  A few verses that I shared was.

Romans 1:16, I am not ashamed of the Gospel, for it is the power of God that brings salvation to those who believe.

I also mentioned I believe it was a heart issue.  Does Jesus really rule and reign in our hearts.  Because if so, I believe we should be actively sharing our faith.  It should be a part of our life.  I believe as believers we should anticipate opportunities to share Christ.  Not being obnoxious about it, but we should always be prepared for an answer of why we live the our lives the way we do.

Matthew 12:34, Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.

I then asked 5 of our students to share a quick 1 minute testimony of what Christ was doing in their lives right now.

I was so encouraged to see the realness of each one of their faiths.

Please keep us in your prayers this week as we celebrate Easter.  We will be having our first Easter BBQ.

RUSH BUNNY BBQ- For all you animal lovers, we will NOT be roasting any bunnies:-)

I'm fired up to see what God has in store for us at Rush Franklin.

Rush 3rd Week.

Another solid night last night at RUSH.  Learning and growing so much.  Really excited about seeing God build this and the relationships that students are going to have.

It was pretty cold outside so we stayed inside.  We had some McDonald's for everyone.

We were in 2nd week of our S.T.A.R.T series.  The main point was that as believers we must Turn away from the what the Bible calls sin.

But before I got into the word, I asked Moriah Ongoy if she could share her testimony.  She is one of our faithful leaders who is doing an amazing job with the girls.  It was so powerful and her story resinated with everyone.

Moriah's testimony
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IGy19OtPSjI

Nevertheless, God's solid foundation stands firm, sealed with this inscription:  "The Lord knows those who are his," and, "Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness.  2 Timothy 2:19.

I challenged everyone who is a confessing Christian that we must turn away from sin.  I said it is impossible for God's spirit to live inside of us and tolerate sin.  Not saying that we will never fall into sin, but actively engage in it without a repentant heart.  I just said we should all examine our hearts.


After 3 weeks, 3 things that I am learning that is important and that I need to work on.

1.  Excellence- We must always be prepared and be detail oriented.   A great way to communicate that they matter is if we are well prepared.

2.  Challenging-I believe the students want to be challenged in a loving way.

3.  Simple-Keep it clear, and simple.

4/6/11

Campus Harvest 2011

Campus Harvest 2011.  

Change the Campus, Change the World.

This was the first year that I have ever been to Campus Harvest.  I really had no expectations and when I finally found out I was going, I got pretty excited!

Reuniting with my friends I met in the Philippines-Ron and Pastor Dan Monterde.


With Jared Green.  Love this guy, God has huge plans for him.

had to get a picture with these guys:-)

With Jorel, another friend from the Philippines currently studying at Berkley School of Music.  Jorel was part of our worship team in Manila.

Friends from Eastern Carolina football team.  So fired up about what God is going to do in and through them.

I had the most amazing time and God gave me a vision while I was there.

Over 2,000 college students from all across North America came together for one Person.

Transformation!   

The theme of the conference was Transform.  


Some highlights:

Worship. Jon Owens and the team did an amazing job ushering us into God's presence.

Arts. There was a young lady who did spoken word.  She was awesome and she did, like, 3 of them.  Also D.O.C. performed.  They were a step team.  I believe it stands for Disciples of Christ.

Testimonies. There were a lot of testimonies that were shared.  I always love hearing people's stories how Jesus changed their life.

Word. All the speakers were excellent and all the messages were encouraging and challenging.

Salvation. My favorite part was just seeing all the people who gave their lives to Christ.  It was a very emotional weekend.

During the conference, I immediately thought how we need to do this for high school and junior high students.  I get fired up thinking about it.