Divine Interruption

A sign warning of a detour on the road ahead, due to roadworks.

A sign warning of a detour on the road ahead, due to roadworks.

Have you ever encountered being rudely interrupted; you are gaining traction, this is it, never had this momentum before then in an instant you are abruptly halted and everything had to come to a stop. Now everything is in a standstill and you are caught off guard. What do you do? Where do you go? How would you respond?

The Bible says in Proverbs 19:21 “Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails.” I know almost all of us can attest that ultimately it is God’s will that would prevail over our own plans. So what do we do now, how do we respond?

In Proverbs 3:5-6, It says “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.”

Yes, that’s all we have to do is to trust Him and submit to His authority. Submit to God, our Creator, who created the heavens & the earth. Who loves us so much that He sent His one & only Son, Jesus to die for us in the Cross.

In all our ways praise Him and be expectant that God is and will be glorified as he uses our life to be a testament of His faithfulness & majesty.

You may never know, but maybe it’s not an interruption but it’s God checking the condition of your heart?


Why I thank God for Mondays!


We just finished a series in Victory on work entitled “Thank God It’s Monday”. Interestingly here are some facts on work; an average person will spend 90,000 hours at work over his/her lifetime. But reality is a lot of people are not happy with work. In this series we went through the Biblical truth on work.

From the very first chapter, in the very first book of the Bible (the book of Genesis) you would already read about work. In the onset, you would see that God, Himself worked. God as the Creator of all things could have commanded the angels to create earth from nothing but as it is said in Genesis 1:1 In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.

We should then take our cue from God. Often times you would hear people relate to work as curse and there are even times that they would actually quote Genesis 3:17, the sin of Adam to justify work as curse. But when you actually read a chapter earlier you would understand how God intended work to be.

Genesis 2:15 The LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it.

Since God commanded Adam to work before Adam had committed any sin, work did not come as a result of sin. Productive work is part of God’s good purpose for humans.

This truth is not only for those who are employed and working. This is for every one whatever your life stage maybe; whether you are an employer, homemaker, student or employee this is for all of us.

Now that it is established that work is from God, our motivation to work then should be to please God & to give Him glory. Do we actually do that? Do we Work For God or do we work for ourselves or for our family?

Don’t get me wrong, it is admirable to work for our family and it is encouraging to see people very motivated & diligent in their work. But if you are not working for God sooner or later you will be disappointed. God has to be in the centre of our lives, in everything that we do. It is to give Him glory. We can work for the worldly pursuit: accolade & praises from your family; acknowledgement & recognitions from your peers or bosses but true fulfillment is only when we work for God. Proverbs 16:3 says Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established. When we understand and adhere to this Biblical truth the Lord shall establish and bless the work of our hands. As God fearing & discipled Christ followers we are Christ’s ambassador in the work place. Do we reflect this? Are we being salt & light or are we deflecting the nature of Christ?

The last point is that we should Work With God. The Bible says in Psalm 121:2-3 “My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth. He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber” As we commit our lives and our work to Him, He shall guide us and be our source of strength, wisdom & help.

Rick Warren says in The Purpose Driven Life  “Work becomes worship when you dedicate it to God and perform it with an awareness of his presence.”

Let us then view work as a blessing from God. To excel in what we do so as to please God we need to Work For God and Work With God.

52 Days To Change The World


It was an honor for me to have led a team that equipped our Every Nation Hong Kong church. It was actually quite surreal because ten days after my wife and I accepted Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior back in 2006. We actually got to visit our church there and it was named Morning Star back then, it was also that time that I got to meet Pastor Sam for the first time. Fast-forward to the present, who would’ve known that I will be able to be used by God to help our church there.

I was able to preach in their Sunday service, they just started a series “52 Days To Change The World” from the book of Nehemiah. I love this series because it talked a bout Nehemiah, an ordinary person that was called by God to do an extra ordinary thing and by God’s grace he was able to re-build Jerusalem.

The thing that really struck me is how Nehemiah obeyed even though the task is big. He can actually just turn his back on this because he is already comfortable as the king’s cupbearer but he didn’t.

He knew his identity, as a Jew and as a son of God. He defied different odds even oppositions, asserted his right and earned favor from the Lord by even providing him materials and men to re-build. All because he trusted God and he knew all along his calling, what he is called to do. You don’t need to be an extraordinary person to change the world all you need is to trust and believe that God can use you to fulfill His purpose.

What season are you in right now? What things God has been asking you to do? Do you know that you are precious to God? He has a destiny for you and He provides grace to those who believes and accepts His Son Jesus as their Lord and Savior.

To know more about our church in Every Nation Hong Kong visit… http://www.everynation.org.hkENHK

Preparing V.I.P.’s


Gave a talk for fathers in a Me & My Dad Camp where I talked about the our role in preparing the next generation. Use the acronym V.I.P. for retention and also to emphasize the value of our children. I based my message from the Bible on how David prepared Solomon from 1 Chronicles 17 to 22.

-V is for Vision   As the fathers we are the captains of our ships and as captains we chart the course of our ships. There is often a misconception that the captain steers or is in command of manoeuvring a ship. This is not true; a helmsman is in charge of steering the ship. The major tasks or responsibility of a captain is to chart the course of their journey.

In our home that responsibility is upon my shoulder as the father. Even though my wife, Yet, spends more time with our children, as she is a homemaker, she would still look to me for major directions. I would even at times discuss with my two boys how I navigate or strategise just to show them the importance of fathers charting the course.

God gives this responsibility to us, how he designed a family and we should not delegate this task to our wives.

Here are some basic tips in how I chart my family’s direction: First, I use the Bible as my map. You will never go wrong with the Bible, It has withstood the test of time. It is relevant yesterday, today & tomorrow. Second, make sure to align your plans to God’s Will. The Bible says, that many are the plans of man but it is the purpose of the Lord that would prevail. Third is to let God direct your steps. Seek God for His grace because vision casting takes a lot of faith plus prayer plus patience….

-I is for Instruction To instruct is to encourage, to teach, to warn & to counsel…. Bible says in Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it. Dads’, instructions take a lot of time and patience. Yes we need to prepare them well but we need to instruct with love and not by fear. Build upon trust & relationship and as the Bible said do not lord over so we don’t exasperate them. I want to share my S.O.P. in giving instructions, which means: Be Specific, Be Observant, Be Patient. I know this part takes a lot of time and we often want to shortcut it. But you would see the difference with the end result if you cut corners.

A practical tip that works for me is that I often give specific instructions to every child. Why, it’s because children are not all the same. You have to consider their maturity level and how God wired them because each one is unique.

 -P is for Participation   Parenting is a divine calling and God gives us the grace to be parents. From casting vision to giving instructions, our presence is very much required. I remember what Barbara Johnson said that: “To be in your children’s memories tomorrow, you have to be in their lives today.”  imagesYou cannot expect to be absent or inactive all throughout your child’s life then suddenly show up and start commanding or taking charge. Especially in the day and age we are in now, we have to be pro-active as fathers.

We are accountable to God as fathers because He has entrusted these children to us. I remember the very first parenting lesson I ever had in church, which is: “No amount of success can compensate with your failure at home. 

I believe that as fathers when we face God in heaven we would be accountable to how we have raised up our children & prepared the next generation.

Me & My Dad Camp


A week ago I was invited to speak in our Me & My Dad Camp hosted by our three Victory churches: Victory Ortigas, Metro East and Greenhills. I’ve been to many Me & My Dad Camp before as a volunteer, as an organizer and participant but it was my first time to minister to daddies.

I had to acknowledge & appreciate all the dads who were there, who really took time to be with their children. Investments like these lasts a lifetime. I remember the very first parenting lesson I learned in church “no amount of success can compensate for failure in the home”. And that’s true, most of the time we blame so many factors in our children’s lives when he or she fails but are we honest in assessing our failures as parents especially as fathers.

As fathers God placed us as the head of our home and we are responsible and eventually accountable to Him. David says in “Psalm 127:3 Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb a reward.” This very verse reminds us that our children are from the Lord, they are our rewards and that we have a responsibility to nurture, teach and instruct them in the ways of the Lord.

We have to look to God as Our Father and not just to our earthly father to be successful in being a parent to our children. Our earthly father can fail us in so many ways but when we look to God who gave His everything to us, we will the see His perspective on parenting. The world says that parenting is not for the faint of heart but the Bible says in “Psalm 28:7 The LORD is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him.” He gives us grace and ability if we completely trust and obey Him.10632876_10152729980695894_1861765809914806807_n


Larry Uy for Waze…


wazeBeen a fan of this new app in my smartphone “WAZE” that made navigational gadgets a thing of the past. I can argue with anyone in how precise it is, not just in giving directions but it can even calculate your estimated time of arrival.

I can compare Waze to the Bible, that when we follow or obey it, we can reach our destination fast and with less hassle. But at times when we doubt it and go on our own way, we can get lost or it will take us longer to get to where we need to go.
I know some people who have tried using Waze that ended up not following it’s directions because the road it was leading them is unfamiliar. Same as in obeying the very Word of God, we do tend do things our way rather than obeying it because we thought we know better.
But then again just like Waze, if you would go back and follow it again, it renavigates your path & can redirect you again.
This Holy Week, whether travelling or just enjoying your vacation at home grab your Bible and let it direct your way to the Lord.
Psalm 119:105 Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.

Live Life To The Full or Live Life As A Fool


I was shocked to hear that one of my favorite Hollywood comedians Robert Williams passed away tragically by ending his own life. Followed this guy from Mork & Mindy (nanu-nanu), Good Morning Vietnam, Dead Poet Society, iconic Mrs. Doubtfire or as Teddy Roosevelt in Night In The Museum. Sad to hear that he had lifelong bouts with depressions & history of substance abuse not withstanding his fame & fortune.

We need not look far to Hollywood for tragic stories like this from the lifestyles of the rich & famous because stories like this are rampant even in the society that we live in today. So timely is our current series in Victory “Holeheartted”, talking about that big gap in our heart and how we as humans have been searching for the true meaning of life.

As we study the questions that King Solomon posted to us in the Book of Ecclesiastes, the clearer it is that the answer to life’s challenging questions are not in the tangible things in life like relationships, money, fame or work.

King Solomon had it all, great intellect, power & wealth. He started well, accomplished a lot but success got to his head and he eventually lost control. Don’t get me wrong, success like having a healthy relationship, earning money & gaining fame is not bad at all but we should not make good things the ultimate things.

Look at how King Solomon view all his successes in Ecclesiastes 1:2 “Meaningless! Meaningless!” says the Teacher. “Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless.” Indeed, life is meaningless apart from a relationship with Christ.

Mark 8:36 For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?

We Are Family



Took some notes last Sunday as we wrapped up our 30th anniversary series “Radical Since 1984” in Victory. P. Ferdie Cabiling senior pastor of our church in Victory Ortigas  preached in our 9 & 11am services while our very own P.Dennis Sy of   Victory Greenhills preached in our 2, 4 & 6pm services.

Hebrews 11:7 By faith Noah, being warned by God concerning oevents as yet unseen, in reverent fear constructed an ark for the saving of his household. By this he condemned the world and became an heir of the righteousness that comes by faith. 

1. Let the Gospel work not just in the world out there but even in our living room.

2. You can’t delegate building your family.

3.  Our goal is not to have perfect family but right priorities.

3.  It’s easy to compromise when you have wrong priorities.

4. Do not sacrifice family in the altar of success.

5. No amount of success can compensate in the failure at home.

6. We as parents are to point kids back to fear of God & not to perform for men.

I have been married to my wife Yet for 15 years and a father of 3. I appreciate so much how Family is one of the 5 core values of our church in Victory. It is not just preached or taught but by the grace of God we actually live by it.

Happy 30th Anniversary Victory, click to watch video of  Victory @ 30.










R.O.I. of Lordship is Discipleship

Happy Birthday Tatang

We in Victory celebrate 30 years of God’s goodness & faithfulness this month. God has blessed us with exponential growth these past three decades but more than just focusing on the number of church attendants it is the changed lives that we celebrate through discipleship because of God’s “radical” love for us in Jesus Christ.

It was March 2006 when I finally gave my life to the Lord after 33 years of trying to play hide & seek with Him. Yes, I almost did give up my life to the Lord three times before. First, when elementary friends brought me to a youth service 1986; then when I studied four years in a Christian high school when I was “exiled” in the States and then when I was doing a “Bible-Roulette” when I was deep in debt as a businessman 2002.

Radical, is God’s plan in my life that it wasn’t in those circumstances that I came to know the Lord. But I praise God for the faith & heart for the lost that He has given this man I want to honor today, on his birthday, Edwin Uy.

I looked up to this guy ever since we were young because he was always cool, being years ahead of me. A varsity basketball player, a jock, and the others to harsh to mention when your are honoring somebody. We were golf buddies and then became business partners 2002.

But ever since my wife and I knew that Edwin plus his wife Margot were more than just business partners because they were investing more in our lives and with no R.O.I. (return of investment) in mind. Seven years into our marriage with two cute boys (Gelo 6, Monty 4), a storm hit in 2006. With no visible solution in sight, we were going to call it quits.

I remember vividly the conversation I had with Edwin and he never promised me anything about my marriage or how to save it. All he was pointing out is how I needed to let go of the reigns & let God take control. He pointed to me how I was lord over my life that’s why everything was in shambles and that I needed God to put everything to its proper place, according to His Will. What he told me still resonates in my head today, “You need Jesus as your Lord & Savior”.

The day after, Yet & I talked and agreed to try to work things out. It was like you and me against the world because nobody in our family supported our decision. Three days after, we were in the 4pm service at Victory Alabang and both of us gave our lives to the Lord. We did responded to the altar call together, but the decision was made individually. And we started our own separate journey with the Lord.Happy Birthday Tatang

All throughout our journey as “baby Christians”, Edwin was there with me, pushing me to read the Bible; buying a pen & notebook for taking notes, teaching/showing me how to value my quiet time with God and even coaching me how to disciple men. I can never forget the Bible verse that he first taught me: Matthew 6:33But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

As a Christ follower, a pastor & one who make disciples, I would always look up to you, “Tatang”, as I fondly call Edwin. Thank you for showing me how to honor God & make disciples, thank you for teaching me the value of hard work and most of all thank you for showing me how to put God in the center of my family.

Love you Bro! Happy Birthday!!!!!