This weekend’s one of those tiring ones, but it’s worth it. Let me share some of the details.
LIVEtheLIFE magazine launching
The newest teen magazine — LIVEtheLIFE, relevant reading for lifestyle with purpose — to which I am blessed to have contributed a portion of, was launched at Greenbelt 1 last Saturday at 12:30 PM. Some interesting stuff:
So that’s Kitchie Nadal. Being the magazine cover for its debut issue, she was invited by Ganns to sing 3 songs. She’s cool. Her music is cool. Though I had to admit I didn’t actually know who she was until Ganns announced she’ll be the cover. Not that I am old — I’m 29. It’s just that I’m stucked with Hillsongs and Crossover/Jazz music. Hers is more like the alternative rock of Barbie’s Cradle with a “Britney Spear-ish” voice. Ok, I may have not accurately described her and her music. Sorry, fans. But, really, she’s great.
I was late. I don’t know what happened before I arrived for the last song. But anyway, the best thing is I got to meet some bloggers. There’s Ricky and JM — both of which are starstrucked. :) One claimed to have a crush on Kitchie Nadal already. hehehe.. sige lang boys.
There’s Dax. I have been in touch with this guy thru email before. Hey! we should have a cup of coffee sometimes. Washington ka lang naman pala.
And Riz with her churchmates. I told her I was a fan of her blog. Every post is a reflexion of a deep relationship with God. She’ll be featured in the next LIVEtheLIVE magazine issue. By the way, Riz, I’m sorry i forgot to sign your mag. I was in real hurry to had my ailing left foot fixed at the nearby clinic, I totally forgot your request. Anyway, I’m no Kitchie Nadal. I can always have it signed later. :)
And the other guys Noel Ison, Ariel and another CCF member (I forgot his name). Nice meeting you all.
It was indeed a wonderful event. We should have more of this. Blogsphere is huge, if we can reduce it to a cup of coffee, that would be nice.
Kuya Prudy’s birthday party
In the evening, we celebrated Kuya Prudy’s birthday. Everything went well except for that unwanted thing that happened — we were late. And the food’s with us. So all the guests waited for more than an hour before having their stomach filled with real birthday food. One thing I learned, never underestimate Manila traffic.
Sunday at Grace Place
At Grace Place, we had a special visitor — a former OFW. He attended New Creation Church while in Singapore. He came to know us thru our website. He said has been trying out several Christian churches after he arrived from Singapore last October. Incidentally, their pastor Joseph Prince, has been ministering to Kuya Prudy and myself thru his tapes. His discussion of what he call “radical grace” is sooo wonderful we can’t help but miss Richard Tamayo, our spiritual mentor.
Anyway, our visitor said he has been missing Pastor Prince and the grace-oriented approach to the gospel. He also mentioned that he tried several born again churches in Metro Manila and failed to find one. I am sure Christian churches in Metro Manila are grace-centered. But what he means, I think, is that most Christian churches’ focus is the call for people to repent, be baptized and be discipled. He was looking for a church that preaches the wonderful grace of God which will lead people to repent and be discipled. I have nothing against other churches’ emphasis on repentance and discipleship. But I always think that they will only repent and be willing to be discipled if they will hear how God longs to see them in His arms. That has been our mission. That’s why Grace Place’s mission statement is “To let people understand and experience God’s grace.”
When we started Grace Place 3 months ago, we were asked by a friend how different we were with other born again churches. I said, we don’t have any reasons to be different — we preach the same gospel, the same God, the same savior. But if you will insist, I said, I think we are different in a sense that we focus on GRACE — God’s unconditional forgiveness. We focus more on the character of God and less on what people need to do (we believe that “what-to-do” comes out naturaly — coupled with guidance we typically call discipleship — if one is immersed with God’s grace).
I hope he will be comfortable with our church family.