For the past three years, Feast Alabang had blossomed into a rich landscape of glorious experiences, inexplicable spiritual renewal, and monumental leaps of faith.
July 22, 2012 – People from all walks of life gathered to celebrate the third anniversary of the Feast Alabang. Filled with awe and joy, God’s people enthusiastically waited for the many surprises that await them.
Fr. Joseph Skelton ignited the fire in everybody’s heart as he led the people into a glorious moment of worship and prayer. Hearts were filled with the Holy Spirit, and souls were moved into dancing and merry-making as he uttered these powerful words: "You’re at the right place, at the right time, because of God.”
Emcees Lella Santiago, Velden Lim, and Francis Miranda ushered the Alabang attendees with motivating sharing of how they started at The Feast.
Bro. Arun opened Talk 2 (Like) of the Tagged Series with a verse from Matthew 7:24–27, stressing the significance of “building relationships on the Word.” He tickled everyone’s funny bone with a laughter-filled story of The Three Little Pigs. With the story, he reminded all attendees to take care of their relationships. The houses inside which the pigs stayed are representations of our relationships: some may collapse, some stand forever. He shared the three bases of relationships: Charm (the first wolf’s straw house), Convenience (the second wolf’s stick house), and Character (the third pig’s house of brick). Of the three, it is Character that is timeless and eternal.
The two wolves that attacked the pigs are the same wolves that attack our relationships: the Wolf of Temptation and the Wolf of Trial. Sin easily destroys a weak relationship, but relationships flourish when they are built on love and forgiveness. Adversity can cause broken relationships, but if we “walk by faith, not by sight,” as the scripture says, our greatest trials will become our greatest blessings. We only have to hold on to Jesus, for God is always with us as we fight against these wolves.
Bro. Arun finished strong with these lines: "God knows what you will do in the future. He knows what sin you will be committing today and tomorrow, but He still blesses you and loves you anyway." A powerful and touching reflection song followed.
Associate Feast Builders Bro. J and Bro. James were also present to join in the massive celebration. They led the congregation in offering their tithes to further grow our home at the Feast, inviting everyone to be a blessing to others. During the third session, Bro. James even sang “Kahit Maputi na ang Buhok Ko,” while Bro. Jay shared how he “looks forward to more miracles that are yet to come.” An AVP of significant events that transpired for the past three years was later on shown much to the delight of the Alabangers.
Bro. Hermie Morelos, South District Head of Light of Jesus (LOJ), congratulated the Feast Alabang on three years of unwavering faithfulness to God. He termed Feast Alabang as the “PICC Feast of the South,” with Feast Alabang being the benchmark of neighboring Feasts.
LOJ Founder Bo Sanchez, appearing in a video during the first two sessions, greeted the Alabangers with great joy and amazement at the growth of Feast Alabang. He prayed for the Feast Alabang to continue to be the vineyard of the Lord.
But the video message didn't seem to be enough. Come 5pm session, Bo surprised the Alabang crowd, as he came striding onstage to personally congratulate us. “You have mounted the banner of God. Feast Alabang is a territory of the Lord. My prophecy is that God will bless you more. Keep doing what you are doing; other Feasts are looking up to you as a model.” He then prayed over the Feast Alabang builders, pillars, ministry heads, CG heads, and servants. He concluded with this message: “God has given you a prophet by the name of Bro. Arun Gogna. He’s a big gift to me, and I know that he’s such a big gift to you. I love you, and I pray for you. God bless you.”
Fr. Joseph capped each session with fantastic closing worship, one that is filled with fun, joy, and excitement for the next three years—and more—of the Feast Alabang.
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