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The Jordan: Crossing the Promised Land

Filipinos are a breed of sentimental people. They seldom like goodbyes. But there was one goodbye from this place a thousand years ago that was equally heavy emotionally: Moses who has fought and prayed and fasted to reach the Promise Land is a few kilometers of his goal but God says, this is as far as you can go. From the thick air which blurs out the whole valley, we could see miles and miles of endless sand, glimmering in the morning sun while cool breeze blow through my face.

This is Mount Nebo in Jordan.

How we ended there? is a long story. This how its happened.

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We set out our journey in the Philippines, excited for a long adventure. We made a rendezvous in the City of Gold – Dubai en route to Jordan. Not the man who flies but the place with men of thick beard and accent. In its capital is a strange sight you will find it mysterious.

The Airport of Amman is a striking contrast to Dubai’s. While Dubai gave its tune of modern architecture (I am sorry guys, I’m an architect by profession and a teacher once before) by using chrome and metal at every oppurtunity, Amman’s Airport exuded truthfulness. The light colors matched the structure to its sandy landscape. It’s walls were textured concrete, unadorned. And yet, the arches and curves gave the superstructure its distinct identity. In the interior, you will find Islamic resonance with geometric forms softened by curves on the triangular corners.

We were here. It is quite interesting how we cam through faster than their locals, as they were thouroughly checked for contraband material. Was it the charm of our Jordanian host or as most will think, there could be a real threat of attacks from their population?

From the capital, we rode the bus that took us around the countryside. Not much surprise, the only plants growing were olives and, if properly watered: bananas. The popular sport in the area is growing sheep and goats, also known as herding. . .

We climbed through the mountainside onto this early christian church which was built to commemorate where the Israelites would have stayed. At this time of year, it wasn’t this hot, but surely during summer, it would have been hard to feed a million angry shouting Israelites clamoring for fine cheese and shawarma from Egypt.

The early Christian Church was adorned with mosaic, the early expression of architecture details of their time. Mosaics are an artwork composted of inter laying materials such as stone or pottery of different shades to create an overall painting when viewed as a whole. The whole ancient structure was well preserved, considering that it is now 1,400 years old! Another factor for its preservation is the dry and cool climate, which you can see the stones still have a light earth color.

Outside the church, there was a newly installed pole. They say this was supposedly where Moses placed a staff with a snake sculpture, the emblem that stuck through the ages for doctors. It represented healing for those in the medicine profession. This can be seen on my solo picture.

We arrived to this isolated mountain area where it was rumored that Moses shed a tear over the place where he would be able to behold the promise land but never set foot on it. It could have been gruelling to spend out most of your life building and taking care to 1 million people only to find out you wouldn’t be there to enjoy success.

There will be seasons in our life where we feel we deserved what we work for and yet our dreams are not yet within reach. There have been seasons of my life where I felt I deserve better. And yet the more I struggled, the farther away I stray from my dream.

Life is a reflection of ourselves. How much we give her is how much she would also give back. In the end, our ability to trust God in any season of our life and rest in His hands, will prove to be the best oppurtunity for God’s provision. Impatience and anger is a reflection of our rawness and that our harvest is not yet ripe.

See you when we get to Galilee!


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In the past 10 years I have made comitments, no, piled comitments also known as Faith Goals ^insert current year.
What I’ve found is that those commitments that I was most excited and felt fearless were most easily granted no matter how obscure the odds.

There you have it. Make it challenging and make it inspiring.

What further solidified commitment and resolve was addition the clarity of prayer and fasting at the first week of the year.

#theroadtofaithgoals2017

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The Making of a Hero


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The Making of a Hero

Children Reading Books - not me.

Children Reading Books – not me.

I will admit a personal truth. It may be uncomfortable and awkward to share, but here it is:

“I had trouble starting to read at grade 2.” Ian B.

My difficulties in Reading

My difficulties in Reading

It’s not that I was dull, (now I am making excuses) it’s just that I didn’t stay long enough or thought long enough to completely, normally read. And I was happy there were 2 other guys who were grade 3! (now I am finding others to blame. 🙂 I remember that my mom had to enroll me to a reading class because I was “slow” to learn reading. Continue reading


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Fasting Your Way to Success. Does it really Work? Part 1


Archian - Life, Bacolod, Architecture, Finances & DubaiFasting Your Way to Success. Does it really Work?

Me and a lot of my friends are corporately going to fast here in Bacolod City. Probably 300 of us, some from one-meal-days to liquid-and-water- only for 7 days.

Why? We have different answers. We have our reasons, some for health, but most of us are Fasting our Way to a Successful Year.

This is not about hitting yourself on the back like in April (Penitence – it’s much too early for that and we definitely have not lost our sense of time) I believe Fasting is a Time of connecting to a Higher Greater Being knowing that for Continue reading


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Fasting Your Way to Success. Does it really Work? Part 2


Archian - Life, Bacolod, Architecture, Finances & DubaiFasting Your Way to Success. Does it really Work? (2nd of 3 Parts)

Bob Rogers told this story. “I used to be a wrestler. I learned about wrestling because I lived in the worst part of town. So I wrestled in a 95-pound-weight class. Then next year, I wrested at the 103 pound weight class, the next year I moved to 112 and the next year I have one state in a University in a 139 pound weight class. I went on and on and tried out for the Olympic Team. Then one year, as I was training I changed to 154-weight class. I gained some weight to make it to that weight.”

Wrestling in the 400 Pound Class

Wrestling in the 400 Pound Class

In that level, there were guys that weight at 175 pounds and they pulled down and competed on 154 pounds. It was a lot tougher at 154 so the next year I lost weight and Continue reading


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Fasting Your Way to Success. Does it really Work? Part 3


Archian - Life, Bacolod, Architecture, Finances & DubaiFasting Your Way to Success. Does it really Work? (3rd and Final of 3 Parts)

I am speaking tonight a Prophetic Word for some people in this room. “You have a desire to serve God and when you’re around the fire you are very very hot. But when you go to the market place, you got areas of your life that you have some weaknesses. Now if you don’t learn how to add fasting as the disciplines in your life.

You’ll fall into sin. Your wife will leave you. There will be an adulterous situation that will take place.

“Every person take heed lest they fall.”

Fasting and the Word

Fasting and the Word

There is an empowerment that comes when people Fast that doesn’t come in any other way. Fasting doesn’t take the place of reading the Bible. But the word of God take the place of Fasting. There is the Power of the Holy Ghost! But if you don’t give, I don’t care how much you Speak in Tongues. So the Holy Ghost doesn’t take the place of giving, and Continue reading


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25 Teach Me to Pray: Praying People are Warriors الناس يصلون ووريورز


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Section 5: People Who Pray
Lesson Twenty-Five:  Praying People are Warriors

Two hundred forty-five times in two hundred thirty-five verses of Scripture God is described as the “Lord of Hosts,” which means the “Lord of heaven’s army.”

John described Jesus as a warrior when he wrote, “The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work” (1 John 3:8).

Jesus sends us as warriors into the work of His kingdom when He said, “As the Father has sent me, I am sending you” (John 20:21).

We might say that Jesus is in the “building and wrecking business.” He is wrecking the devil’s kingdom, and He is building Continue reading