Monday, November 15, 2010

How To Visit Our 9 Ministries

By Bo Sanchez

Don’t just send money. Come and be part of the work of the Lord. Visit us.
Here’s how:
1. Anawim, home for the abandoned elderly. Located in Montalban, Rizal, just 30 minutes away from Commonwealth Avenue in QC. You can visit anytime, any day. But if you plan to sponsor a lunch or dinner for the elderly and staff, we need to know your preferred date in advance so we could block that day for your group.

2. Tahanan ng Pagmamahal, an orphanage for kids aged 4 - 15. Located in Oranbo, Pasig, just 3 blocks away from ULTRA. The kids go to school in the morning, so you can visit at 4 - 6 PM on weekdays, or anytime on Saturdays. The kids go to church and children's ministry on Sundays, so you can visit after lunch on Sundays. If you plan to treat the kids to lunch, we need to know your planned date in advance, to avoid conflict with other groups.

3. Grace To Be Born, a ministry for saving the unborn from abortion, an orphanage for abandoned babies, and shelter for unwed pregnant mothers. Located in Pasig poblacion, just a block away from the Pasig cathedral. You can visit anytime, any day, Monday to Sunday. However, we limit visitors to the nursery only as we keep the identities of the mothers confidential.
Our staff can receive you in the conference room and show you the nursery.

4. He Cares ministry for streetchildren, located in Proj. 6, Quezon City. The ministry serves streetkids, provides micro-lending program for housewives' livelihood, feeding program twice a week for the kids, and shelter for boys and girls. You may visit anytime, any day but inform us in advance as the kids go to school on weekdays. Saturdays and Sundays are okay.

5. Counseling Center - located in the Lighthouse, 60 Chicago St., Cubao, QC., provides counseling 24 hours a day, thru telephone, internet, and face-to-face counseling. For more information, call us up at (02) 7259999.

6. Shepherd's Voice - serves the Lord by proclaiming the Word of God through creative use of print, TV, radio, and the internet. We publish 7 magazines and books. We produce radio programs for Radio Veritas and TV shows that are broadcasted on TV5 and various cable channels. The office is located also in the Lighthouse building, 60 Chicago St., Cubao, QC.
7. Prison Ministry - serves the inmates in Correctional Institute for Women in Mandaluyong with prayer meetings, recollections. Big Plan: We’re setting up a volunteer Legal team who will help inmates who should have been freed years ago—but because no one is guiding them through our legal maze—they remain in prison.

8. Pag-asa ng Pamilya scholarship program - provides moral and financial support to poor schoolchildren, mostly in college and high school levels all over the country. Among our present scholars are seminarians, novice sisters, deaf students, children of farmers, fishermen, laborers, etc.

9. Light of Jesus Family. We want to build 1000 Feasts all over the world. The Feasts are the weekly prayer gatherings of the Light of Jesus family. Our goal? To reach out to the unchurched.

You are welcome to visit us anytime.

May your dreams come true,

Bo Sanchez

Monday, November 1, 2010

Heroes Helping Other Heroes

By Bo Sanchez

We never planned for this.
We thought this was not our charism, not our “expertise” (Haha, as if we had any before we began these ministries!).
We thought that some other charitable institutions, not us, ought to handle concerns like this.
But God had other plans.
We just said yes to Him.
And God surprised us.
As of today, two of our ministries for the poor are caring for seven – yes, seven! - victims of rape and child sexual abuse.
Grace To Be Born is providing sanctuary to 3 rape victims who are pregnant. And Tahanan ng Pagmamahal (Home of Love) is caring for 2 other rape victims and 2 victims of child sexual abuse whose experience did not result in unwanted pregnancy.
Grace To Be Born is our home for pregnant mothers in crisis and orphanage for abandoned babies, while Tahanan ng Pagmamahal is our orphanage for children aged 4 to 13. These are 2 of 9 ministries supported by KergymaFamily.
The pregnant rape victims thought of abortion. (Who wouldn’t?)
In their confused and desperate situation, they thought that they should not carry “tangible proof” of the misfortune they suffered. Even their own parents didn’t want to have anything to do with their unwanted babies.
Some of their friends and classmates encouraged these mothers to solve their problems by having their pregnancies aborted, erroneously reasoning out that the one month old or two month old fetus is “not yet a human being.”
But we know that abortion doesn’t solve anything.
Rape is terrible, one of the most horrible crimes on this earth.
But abortion solves nothing. It creates another horrible problem for the mother. We believe it will never bring the healing she desires.
Because our faith says that the fetus, even just a day old, is a fully alive human being created in the image of God, complete with soul and spirit.
These mothers chose instead to come to us and seek refuge in our shelters. They took the heroic path. I admire them so much! To carry a child in your womb who is a fruit of a horrible violation.
In our Grace shelter and Tahanan orphanage, we welcomed them and supported them in the difficult path they chose.
Friend, what you’re doing is heroic, too!
Thank you for supporting our heroic ministry.
May your dreams come true,

Bo Sanchez

PS. Hope to see you this Kcon! I’m talking about our Kerygma Conference 2010 on November 26, 27, and 28, 2010. For more details, click here now.
PS2. Thank you so much for being our partners. We can’t do what we do without your support. To give your monthly donation, click here now.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Handling Control Freaks

By Francis Kong

Ever worked for a boss who has developed a wonderful reputation of being a “jerk” over a period of time? Ever experience being micro-managed by control freaks?

Every time I ask this question in my seminars: “How many among you have been offended, hurt and negatively and permanently affected by a boss sometime in your past employment life?” A high 30% or more of the hands will quickly shoot up into the air. I guess the remaining 70% did not because they were with their bosses in the seminar. Control freaks are everywhere. They’re in the work place, they’re in your business partnerships, and they’re operating in churches and institutions too.

Most relationships between bosses and direct reports are hostile and adversarial and good company initiatives are hampered because there is bad chemistry between bosses and their people.

This is why there are questions like:

* “What is the difference between your boss and a dengue-carrying mosquito?”

Answer: “One is a bacteria-infested blood sucking animal while the other one is an insect!”

* “What is the difference between your boss and time?”

Answer: “You can kill time….”

I’ve known of leaders who have made their life career making other people miserable. They micro-managing and they over control. Some of them are bombastic while others have the charm of Jack the Ripper. They exhibit the grace and compassion of a chainsaw killer.

If you happen to be working for one, life can be a living hell for you so here are a couple of suggestions:


There are some good things you can get out of the relationship. There are good qualities you can learn from the obsessive-compulsive control freak. Pick up the good stuff and learn from it. People of controlling nature are usually hard workers. Learn to compartmentalize the good you should pick up and the bad you should discard. Otherwise you run the risk of being held ransom by an emotional blackmailer.

Give the control freak the benefit of the doubt. Speak to the person in private. Choose the right words, the right time and the right spirit and say: “You are wonderful in many ways and I am learning a lot from you however I find that you keep trying to control me and boss me around. Can you possibly control this tendency, please? I will give you my best and I won’t let you down” Some control freaks really don’t know how dictatorial they are until it’s pointed out.


You will never gain anything by arguing your case because most control freaks are good with justifying why they do what they do. They’ve been doing this for years. They have earned the world championship for being “right!”

State your case and do not argue.

Suppose the Control Freak comes to you and say, “You know what? Why don’t you use the brand I am using because it would be better for you?”

So what do you do?

Just say, “Hmmm. No. I like this brand better. You may not get away that easy. I suppose the control freak would say: “You should get the other laptop brand because it has better value for money!”

You respond: “I know, but I like this brand the best!”

The Control Freak will say: “the other brand is of a better quality and it will last you longer.”

You respond: “I know, but I just like the other brand better!”

The Control Freak might say: “The brand I am recommending is more popular!”

You respond: “I know, but I really like this other brand!”

The Control Freak at this moment would probably roll his or her eyes and say: “You know what? Why don’t you get your brand, then?”


Most people are afraid to do this and then they wonder why they are always being pushed around. This is simply because they have never stood on their principles and convictions. In a world that is dictated by the dictatorial leader, you will always find a company of fearful yes-men (and women) who would kowtow to every whim and wish of the control freak. They will never earn the respect they are longing for. When you stick to your position, the control freak had to do all the work while you just had one reason you stuck with which he couldn’t really argue. This eventually builds your reputation as someone who sticks to principles and convictions. But the key here is that you have to be respectful. Smile at all times.


When the control freak is obsessed with what collides with your personal values in life, be prepared to walk away because it’s just not worth it.

“What? Walk away?” You’re probably asking.

I did. Ask me and I’ve got tons of stories to tell. It is not my job to control the control freak. When demands, attitudes and behaviors collided with Biblical principles and threatened to violate my personal values, I walked away. In hindsight, it was the best decision I made.

The danger with control freaks is that without opposition, they easily go to the dark side. And there will be no one there strong and honest enough to point out his or her sins and mistakes.

It is through Christ that God has set me free. Should I allow a jerk to take hold of my life? Believe me. I’ve got better things to do.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Household Tips

Great household tips to everybody !!!

Ants Problem : Ants hate cucumbers. Keep the skin of cucumbers near the place or ant hole.

To get pure and clean ice : Boil water first before freezing.

To make the mirror shine : Clean with spirit

To remove chewing gum from clothes : Keep the cloth in the freezer for an hour.

To whiten white clothes : Soak white clothes in hot water with a slice of lemon for 10 minutes

To give a shine to hair : Add one teaspoon of vinegar to hair, then wash hair.

To get maximum juice out of lemons : Soak lemons in hot water for one hour, and then juice them.

To avoid smell of cabbage while cooking : Keep a piece of bread on the cabbage in the vessel while cooking.

To avoid tears while cutting onions : Chew gum.

To boil potatoes quickly : Skin one potato from one side only before boiling.

To remove ink from clothes : Put toothpaste on the ink spots generously and let it dry completely, then wash.

To skin sweet potatoes quickly : Soak in cold water immediately after boiling.

To get rid of mice or rats : sprinkle black pepper in places where you find mice or rats. They will run away.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Best Nutrition Secrets

25 Best Nutrition Secrets
By David Zinczenko
Sep 02, 2010

Sarah Palin is on a diet. So is Barack Obama, Glenn Beck, Oprah Winfrey, Lady Gaga, Peyton Manning, the pitching staff of the Texas Rangers, all the judges on America’s Got Talent, and the entire cast of Glee. In fact, from Chris Rock to Kid Rock to The Rock, everyone you can name is on a diet.
And so are you.
How can I be so sure? Because a “diet” isn’t something you go on and go off of, like a prescription. A diet is what you eat, day in and day out, whether you planned to eat that way or not. So when people ask me what kind of “diet” they should follow, I always tell them to follow the one they’re already on—the way you like to eat is the way you should eat. In researching the Eat This, Not That! book series and seeing people lose 10, 20, 30 pounds or more effortlessly, I've learned that if you want to make big changes to your health, forget about following somebody else’s diet. Just make a bunch of little changes to the diet you’re already following. Believe me, it’s the best way to get results. Below, I’ve listed the 25 best new nutritional tweaks you can make that will improve the way you look and feel—fast and forever!
1. Drink a second cup of coffee. It might lower your risk of adult-onset diabetes, according to a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
2. Keep serving dishes off the table. Researchers have found that when people are served individual plates, as opposed to empty plates with a platter of food in the middle of the table, they eat up to 35 percent less!
3. Think before you drink. The average person drinks more than 400 calories a day--double what he or she used to--and alone gets around 10 teaspoons of added sugar every single day from soft drinks. Swap out sweetened teas and sodas for no-cal drinks and you could lose up to 40 pounds in a single year! (To see more proof of how wayward beverages can utterly destroy your diet, check out the 20 Worst Drinks in America. Many of these drinks contain more than a day's worth of calories, sugar and fat!)
4. Practice total recall. British scientists found that people who thought about their last meal before snacking ate 30 percent fewer calories that those who didn't stop to think. The theory: Remembering what you had for lunch might remind you of how satiating the food was, which then makes you less likely to binge on your afternoon snack.
5. Eat protein at every meal. Dieters who eat the most protein tend to lose more weight while feeling less deprived than those who eat the least protein. It appears that protein is the best nutrient for jumpstarting your metabolism, squashing your appetite, and helping you eat less at subsequent meals.

6. Choose whole-grain bread. Eating whole grains (versus refined-grain or white bread) has been linked to lower risks of cancer and heart disease.
7. Think fish. Consuming two 4- to 6-ounce servings of oily fish a week will sharpen your mind. Among the best: salmon, tuna, herring, mackerel, and trout. They're high in docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), which may reduce your risk of Alzheimer's. Study participants who had high blood levels of DHA also performed better on noverbal reasoning tests and showed better mental flexibility, working memory, and vocabulary than those with lower levels.
8. Sign up for weight-loss e-mails. Daily e-mails (or tweets) that contain weight-loss advice remind you of your goals and help you drop pounds, researchers from Canada found. We're partial to our own Eat This, Not That! newsletter, and to the instant weight-loss secrets you'll get when you follow me on Twitter here.
9. Cut portions by a quarter. Pennsylvania State University researchers discovered that by simply reducing meal portions 25 percent, people ate 10 percent fewer calories—without feeling any hungrier. Serving yourself? Think about what looks like a reasonable portion, then take at least one-quarter less than that. (By the way, studies show today's restaurant servings are 2 to 5 times bigger than what the government recommends!)
10. Turn off the TV. Scientists at the University of Massachusetts found that people who watch TV during a meal consume, on average, 288 more calories than those who don't eat with the tube on.
11. Put your fork down when you chew. Or take a sip of water between each bite—eating slowly can boost levels of two hormones that make you feel fuller, Greek researchers found.
12. Choose rye (not wheat) bread for breakfast toast. Swedish researchers found that rye eaters were more full 8 hours after breakfast than wheat-bread eaters, thanks to rye's high fiber content and minimal effect on blood sugar. As a result you'll want to snack less and eat less for lunch.
13. Eat a handful of fruit and vegetables a day. In one study, people who ate four or five servings scored higher on cognitive tests than those who consumed less than one serving. (Remember: Salad isn't always the healthy choice. Check out 20 Salads Worse Than a Whopper to see what I mean. You'll be shocked.)
14. Sip green tea. It might help you build a strong skeleton, say researchers in China, and help protect you from broken bones when you're older. And one study found that it helps fight bad breath, too.
15. Work out before lunch or dinner. Doing so will make the meals you eat right afterward more filling, according to British researchers—meaning you'll eat fewer calories throughout the day.
16. Hung over? Choose asparagus. When South Korean researchers exposed a group of human liver cells to asparagus extract, it suppressed free radicals and more than doubled the activity of two enzymes that metabolize alcohol. That means you'll feel like yourself again twice as quickly.
17. Sleep 8 hours a night. Too much or too little shut-eye can add extra pounds, say Wake Forest University researchers. Not there yet? Try these 7 simple strategies for longer, deeper sleep.
18 Discover miso soup. Brown wakame seaweed (used in miso soup) can help lower your blood pressure, especially if your levels are already high, say researchers at the University of North Carolina.
19. Drink two glasses of milk daily. People who drink the most milk have about a 16 percent lower risk of heart disease than people who drink the least. (I recommend nonfat or 1 percent milk.)
20. Take a zinc supplement. Just 15 milligrams of zinc a day (the amount found in a Centrum Ultra multivitamin, for example) will motivate your immune cells to produce more of a protein that fights off bacterial infections.
21. Go ahead, eat your favorite foods. Good eating doesn't need to be about deprivation—it's about making smart choices. Why eat a 1,000-calorie cheeseburger if a 500-calorie burger will satisfy you just the same? The bottom line: Eat foods that you enjoy, just not too much of them.
22. Choose foods with the fewest ingredients. There are now more than 3,000 ingredients on the FDA's list of safe food additives—and any of these preservatives, artificial sweeteners and colorings and flavor enhancers could end up on your plate. Do you really know what these chemicals will do to your waistline or health? Of course not. Here's a rule of thumb: If a 7-year-old can't pronounce it, you don't want to eat it.
23. Snack on popcorn. In a 2009 study, people who ate 1 cup of microwave popcorn 30 minutes before lunch consumed 105 fewer calories at the meal. Just choose the kind without butter.
24. Or snack on walnuts. Eating a handful of walnuts each day may boost your HDL (good) cholesterol fastest, while lowering your LDL (bad) cholesterol.
25. Scramble your breakfast. People who ate eggs in the morning instead of a bagel consumed 264 fewer calories the rest of the day, according to a Saint Louis University study. That’s because protein is more filling than carbs.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Giant start with baby steps

By Francis Kong

There are celebrity sales people who bring in tons and tons of sales and as a result they make tons and tons of money. These are the giants in the industry. And then there are those who would make a sale once in a while and then wonder, what is it with these people that make them continually rake in the sales and make the money?

Is it luck? But no one gets lucky all the time they way they do. Is it connection? Maybe. But how do I get myself to increase my own netwok too? There must be something behind it. And so the question pops out in your mind. “How do these people continue to make six or seven figures and here I am struggling month by month just to reach my quota and make ends meet?”

I have been in the human potential development for so long I see things in common among all successful performers whether they be people in sales or in any field of business.

First of all, successful professionals see themselves as who and what they really are. They are professionals and they hold their craft. They have confidence and they know they can achieve greater things.

Secondly, these giants of the industry continue to learn and stretch themselves. They network with people. They serve in their community. They join service clubs, they serve in church and the more they are in touch with people the more they build their network of friends who may just become their clients one day.

I have handled sales people, I have a network of people who are in sales. And it’s extremely rare for me to find person in this chosen field to actually read a lot of books. Rarer still do I find sales people who would invest in attending non-company sponsored seminars. And in many occasion, the same people who do not perform well are the same people who complain that their companies are not providing them support. Amateurs carry this kind of mindset. They have mastered the art of blamestorming.

Not so the giants because they are professionals. Professionals are of a different breed. They’ve got classy upbringing because they bring themselves up. (pun intended) Sales professionals invest in knowledge, they read magazines, they can’t get enough of web portals dedicated to sales and they do invest in attending seminars and conferences. They buy books and they actually read them. And then a wonderful thing happens. They sell more, they earn more and they are more fulfilled. Here’s the common thread woven in the fabric of the professional’s success journey. They work harder on themselves than they do on their jobs. The hungrier you are for knowledge, the wiser you become. Your self-respect increases, your confidence built and opportunities come by your door waiting for you to open.

Your desire to be successful has to be bigger than a 9-5 job. Giants begin with baby steps and you should begin right now. Invest in knowledge; put the seeds in the small steps and continue to water your skills with actual experiences and information you seek. And when the time of harvesting comes, you will have the fruits of your efforts in front of you. Do not waste time. Always find something to do that would add value to what you want to achieve in life. Whatsoever you sow, you shall reap. This is Scripture Truth that continues to operate everyday of our lives.

Never forget. The road to success is marked with many tempting parking places. Say this to yourself all the time: “NO PARKING!”

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Soft is Hard and Hard is Soft

By Francis Kong

Tom Peters is one business guru who does not mince words. I remember attending his seminar many years ago when I saw him and heard him rants about the need to “Innovate or Evaporate.” His background is engineering and therefore logic, analysis, synthesis, mathematics and measurement are important to him. And to read his latest orange colored thick and pricy hard bound book entitled: “Little Big Things” becomes quite of a shocker to me.

Peters says that the one of the most important things for business people to know today is that “Soft is hard and hard is soft.”

For so long soft skills training has been undermined and undervalued by many hard-nosed business executives who stick to hard skills training. And as I have been saying all along, how could anyone invest on training that covers subject matters branded as “soft?”

As I attended the latest World Business Forum held in Radio Music Hall in New York Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, every single speaker extols the virtue of leadership, innovation, teamwork and team play as highest need for business organizations to survive the current atmosphere.

Jim Collins, author of best selling books like Built to Last, Good to Great and his latest “How the Mighty Falls” worked on empirical data and pointed out to the audience that one of the main reasons why businesses fail is that the leader exhibits arrogance due to his successes. The same Collins also mentioned that what his date revealed is that successful companies that have stayed successful through the years exhibited the irrefutable fact that the leader demonstrated humility and that the same virtue carried the companies through prosperous as well as difficult times.

The Illustrious former chairman of GE Jack Welch, evidently older now is like good wine becoming even better with age. Welch is feisty. Welch speaks his mind maybe because he has nothing to prove. Welch says “My main job as a CEO is to develop talent.” He says just like a baseball team, the team with the best players win.

At one point he became serious and quiet and then with a pathos I can identify with, looked straight at the four thousand leaders and executives gathered from 126 countries all over the world and said: It is unbelievable that leadership development is still very low in many company’s priority even today.” And then he cited cases after cases of businesses that are failing and pointed straight to the fact that the same companies do not invest in leadership training on their people.

Rio de Janeiro born Carlo Brito of Anheuser-Busch Indev was emphatic when he said that the success of his companies even after going through five major mergers is to develop and build a performance culture. He says something simple yet profound. “Companies are built by people and he has never heard of great performing companies say, “We are here to hire average people.”

And I have been doing leadership training all over the country and some abroad but what I heard from him made a lot of sense for me. Brito says: “When you have complacent people in your organization, great people walk out of the door.”

Charlene Li, author of the famous book “Ground Swell” talked about the impact of Social Networks today and its effect on business. Li lamented the fact that most businesses still do not know how to mine the potential of social networks while those who do are reaping in the profits.

Martin Lindstrom made a pitch for his book “buyology,” came up with slides after slides and film after film that are cleverly and expensively produced emphasizing the need to understand how the human brain responds to buying and marketing. Bill McDermott, Joseph Grenny, David Gergen completed the line up of the speakers for the first day.

The second day featured Steve Levitt of “Freakonomics” fame, Joseph Stiglitz, former US vice president Al Gore, A.G. Lafley of P&G, Renee Mauborgne, Vijay Govindarajan, Luca Majocchi, Nando Parrado and James Cameron of Avatar fame. I don’t even have enough space to share what I learned from the second day of the seminar.

Filled with fresh and new information and my mind spinning with new ideas, I walked back to my hotel in Manhattan and realized that the money invested in the learning is just too little compared to the benefits of what I have learned. And I just can’t wait to work on the information, process them and apply them to my trainings back home.

Soft is hard and Hard is soft. Things like values, attitude, behavioral, motivation, inspiration and other “soul” issues do count these days and guess what my conclusion is? They have always mattered through the ages.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Attitude with Gratitude

By Mac Anderson

It gave me goose bumps...

The date was July 16, 2008. It was late in the afternoon and I was sitting in my hotel room in Louisville, Kentucky. I was scheduled to speak that evening for the Kentucky Association of School Administrators (KASA).
I was a little "down in the dumps." I hadn't gotten to exercise lately because of my traveling schedule and recently I'd experienced some mild bouts of vertigo (that inner ear condition that can cause the room to start spinning.) You got it...speaking and "spinning" are not good partners!
My keynote presentation was scheduled for 7:00 PM, but I had been invited to show up at 6:00 to see a performance they said I'd enjoy. Little did I know that I was about to see something I would never forget.
They introduced the young musician. Welcome...Mr. Patrick Henry Hughes. He was rolled onto the stage in his wheelchair, and began to play the piano. His fingers danced across the keys as he made beautiful music.
He then began to sing as he played, and it was even more beautiful. For some reason, however, I knew that I was seeing something special. There was this aura about him that I really can't explain and the smile...his smile was magic!
About ten minutes into Patrick's performance, someone came on the stage and said..."I'd like to share a 7-minute video titled, The Patrick Henry Hughes story." And the lights went dim.
Patrick Henry Hughes was born with no eyes, and a tightening of the joints which left him crippled for life. However, as a child, he was fitted with artificial eyes and placed in a wheelchair. Before his first birthday, he discovered the piano. His mom said, "I could hit any note on the piano, and within one or two tries, he'd get it." By his second birthday, he was playing requests (You Are My Sunshine, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star). His father was ecstatic. "We might not play baseball, but we can play music together."
Today, Patrick is a junior at the University of Louisville. His father attends classes with him and he's made nearly all A's, with the exception of 3 B's He's also a part of the 214 member marching band. You read it right...the marching band! He's a blind, wheelchair-bound trumpet player; and he and his father do it together. They attend all the band practices and the half-time performance in front of thousands. His father rolls and rotates his son around the field to the cheers of Patrick's fans. In order to attend Patrick's classes and every band practice, his father works the graveyard shift at UPS. Patrick said..."My dad's my hero."
But even more than his unbelievable musical talent, it was Patrick's "attitude of gratitude" that touched my soul. On stage, between songs, he would talk to the audience about his life and about how blessed he was. He said, "God made me blind and unable to walk. BIG DEAL! He gave me the ability...the musical gifts I have...the great opportunity to meet new people."
When his performance was over, Patrick and his father were on the stage together. The crowd rose to their feet and cheered for over five minutes. It gave me giant goose bumps!
My life was ready to meet Patrick Henry Hughes. I needed a hero, and I found one for the ages. If I live to be a hundred, I'll never forget that night, that smile, that music, but most importantly, that wonderful "attitude of gratitude."
I returned to Chicago and shared Patrick's story with my wife, my friends, and our team at Simple Truths. About two weeks later, I received a letter from a friend. He said, "Mac, here is a quote from Vivian Greene that I think you'll love!"
"Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass...
it's about learning how to dance in the rain!"
I thought...that's it! We all face adversity in our life. However, it's not the adversity, but how we react to it that will determine the joy and happiness in our life. During tough times, do we spend too much time feeling sorry for ourselves, or, can we, with gratitude...learn how to dance in the rain?
It almost sounds too simple to feel important, but one word...gratitude, can change your attitude, thus, your life, forever. Sarah Breathnach said it best...
"When we choose not to focus on what is missing from our lives but are grateful for the abundance that's present....we experience heaven on earth."

What I just shared is the introduction to my book, Learning to Dance in the Rain...The Power of Gratitude. My co-author is BJ Gallagher and she is one of the most talented and creative writers I've every known. It was an honor to work with her on this beautiful book that can truly change the way you think about life.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

A Lesson from the Tea Business

By Francis Kong

There’s a sign on a small-time lemonade stand:

"Lemonade 25 cents a glass. Special offer: 10 cents a glass only if you bring it back fast enough so I can use the ice again." Well it looks like this boy knows how to do cost cutting at his young and tender age.

Let me share with you another story.

Benny had told all his friends about the delicious steak he'd eaten in the newly opened restaurant the day before. So they decided to go down there and see if it was really as large and delicious as he said. But much to their disappointment, the waiter brought them the tiniest steak they'd ever seen.

"Hey waiter!" Benny barked. "I was in this restaurant yesterday and you served me a big juicy steak, and now today, when I've organized a party, you serve such a small one." Why is your business so inconsistent?

"Yes, sir," replied the waiter. "It is true that yesterday we gave you a large and juicy piece of steak. But you see sir, yesterday; you were sitting by the window. And today you’re not!”

Many eating-places would love to bring you to their window seats because they want people passing to see that their business is always full. But here’s the problem. This technique could augment business but the one principle they need to understand is that they can have all the marketing techniques they want and employ it but if their products are not good and their services not excellent, they may as well kiss their business goodbye. In all things, especially in business, you and I need to be honest all the time.

Driving home from her office one summer day, a woman noted that there were four places within two blocks of her home where she could stop and buy a five-cent glass of iced tea. Each little stand had two or three youngsters behind it, all eager to serve any customer who came their way. During the next two weeks, the woman managed to stop at each of the stands to encourage the kids. In each case the tea was very good. Small talk revealed that all the youngsters were selling tea made by their mothers, who used tea leaves and real lemons in making the tea.

One day the woman discovered that only one stand was operating. Behind it was the new kid on the block. She stopped and ordered a glass of tea. It was served in a paper cup and it cost 10 cents. Some conversation brought out the fact that the young man's father was a lawyer who specialized in charging, which had inspired the boy to buy out his competitors, bartering with baseball cards, marbles, and stuff he had laying around in his garage.

His first act, he explained, was to raise the price of the iced tea, and cut costs. He was using a powdered tea mix from the supermarket, he said, which eliminated buying real lemons as well as the bother of squeezing them or putting them in the charges.

He didn't have to charge real tea either, he pointed out. He had plans to cut costs further, he said, and with his competitors out of the market, he expected sales to grow.

Intrigued, the woman made a half dozen more stops at the stand and became aware that the tea was getting weaker and weaker. One day the young man confessed that sales were dropping and he attributed this to the fact that he was using less and less of the chariot mix.

Then one day he went out of business, as attempts to turn things around failed. The moral of this story is: HONEST TEA IS THE BEST POLICY.[1]

Charge accordingly but deliver quality. This is being honest. Even if you cut on prices but deliver sub-standard quality, your business will not be sustainable. Respect your customers. Be honest and serve them well.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Seeds of Thought

by anthony fernando

One of the most important principals for achieving success is to understand that your mind is like a garden bed where you cultivate and grow the seeds of thought.

When you plant a positive seed of thought in your mind and nurture it carefully, it germinates and grows until it leads you to take action.

As soon as you begin acting on your idea, your seed of positive thought becomes a seedling of positive action.

If you continue to feed and encourage this seedling, it gradually develops into a tree of positive habit.

Once this habit has become solid and immovable, it is then only a matter of time before it blossoms to produce the fruits of success.

However it is important to be aware that the garden of your mind does not discriminate between positive and negative seeds of thought.

A negative seed of thought planted within your mind often leads you to take negative actions. These actions gradually develop into negative habits that will inevitably produce the fruits of failure.

When you understand that your thoughts lead to actions and your actions develop into habits and that it is your habits that determine your results in life, then you’ll appreciate why it’s so important to be careful about the seeds of thought that you plant within your mind.

One of the real secrets of success is to become a watchful caretaker over the garden of your mind and make sure that you only plant and cultivate thoughts that will develop into the positive habits necessary for making your dreams a reality.

So what does this mean in the real world?

It means that you should carefully monitor the thoughts that you are planting within your mind each day. Whenever you catch yourself planting or nurturing a negative thought, make the conscious decision to uproot and discard it.

For example, when Andrew went to see his doctor, he was told that he had high cholesterol and needed to lose 10kg. In response to this advice, Andrew joined his local gym and started exercising three days a week.

A few weeks later Andrew stood in front of his bed room mirror and assessed his reflection.

His first thought was, “I look exactly the same! All that hard work and I don’t look any different. This isn’t working at all.”

Then he stopped and realized that this was a negative seed of thought.

He knew that if he continued to nurture this negative perspective it wouldn’t be long before he started skipping sessions and pretty soon his exercise program would be a thing of the past.

Having recognized his negative seed of thought, Andrew made the conscious decision to uproot and discard it before it took hold in his mind.

He took a second look at his reflection and told himself, “Every training session is making me fitter.” This was a positive seed of thought that made him feel good about the action he was taking.

Over time, Andrew continued his training program while protecting his mind from the disempowering seeds of negativity. Eventually he reached his goal weight and brought his cholesterol level down to a healthy level.

So today I’d like to encourage you to become a watchful caretaker of your mind. Whenever you identify a seed of negative thought, uproot and discard it.

Remember, it is much easier to uproot a seed of negative thought than it is to chop down a tree of negative habit that has taken root over many years.

By planting and cultivating seeds of positive thought, you will set in motion a truly remarkable process.

In the same way that a tiny acorn develops into a mighty oak tree, your positive seeds of thought will germinate into the actions and habits that will ultimately lead you to success.

Until next time,
Dare to Dream!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Are Your Wishes Powerful?

By Bo Sanchez

The hilarious (sometimes crazy) Fr. Eric Santos is a good friend of mine.
One day, he told me this story.
Fr. Eric said that he grew up in a very poor family, so poor that sometimes, they had nothing to eat.
But even if they were poor, his mother taught him the power of wishing.
He remembered the first time he blew his birthday candle.
His mother said, “Eric, make a wish before you blow the candle.”
So little Eric closed his eyes, made a wish, and blew his candle.
Later on, his mother asked him, “Eric, what wish did you make?”

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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Your Family Is Under Attack

By Bo Sanchez

I remember my first big fight with my Marowe.
We were about one year into our married life.
We were in the car, driving to a prayer meeting, of all things.
And then something I said—something very small (at least in my mind)—triggered World War III.
She began to cry. I began to shout.
It was awful.
By the time we arrived in the parking lot, we were still fighting. “I can’t go to the prayer meeting,” she said, her voice filled with pain.
“Let’s go home!” I said loudly, turning the car around.
We drove back to our house in dead silence. I was seething in anger. And she was too. The air was heavy with tension.
When we arrived home, the fighting continued. We threw hurting words at each other.
After more than two hours of accusations, counter-accusations, we were totally exhausted.
I asked her, “So what do you want to happen?”
“Happen to what?” she asked.
“What do you want to happen to this marriage?” I said.
“What do you want happen?” she asked.
Both of us were bringing up the possibility of separation.
That was when something supernatural happened…

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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Dengue Update

Public warned: Perfume attracts dengue mosquitoes
By Cynthia Balana
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 05:12:00 09/22/2010

Filed Under: Dengue, Health, Diseases, Health and Beauty Products
MANILA, Philippines—Perfume, which people use to attract the opposite sex, also attracts dengue and malaria-transmitting mosquitoes, according to a medical scientist who studies the behavior and biological life of insects.
Dr. Estrella Cruz, an entomologist at the Research Institute of Tropical Medicine (RITM), Tuesday said mosquitoes were attracted to people who sprayed too much perfume or cologne, who sweated profusely, and who wore dark, sleeveless clothing and shorts.
“Mosquitoes are attracted to hundreds of stimuli. They can smell humans, more so when you spray perfume or when you sweat,” Cruz said at a health forum on “Balancing the Department of Health’s Actions on Dengue” sponsored by the Philippine College of Physicians in Quezon City.
The Department of Health said that dengue, a mosquito-borne disease, has afflicted more than 50,000 people, and has killed at least 500 people.
The disease usually affects children and those whose immune system is weak. A mosquito transmits the disease by biting an infected person and then biting someone else.
2 types of mosquitoes
There are two types of dengue mosquitoes in the Philippines—the Aedes aegypti and the Aedes albopictus. The former dwells inside the house, mostly in dark places like the closet, under the bed and under the table, while the latter lives outdoors, mostly in drums and places with stagnant, clean or rain water, as well as in plants.
Although dengue mosquitoes are day-biting insects, they also bite at night, although at a very low density level, Cruz said.
Peak biting time is early morning between 6 a.m. and 8 a.m. and late afternoon or sunset between 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Cruz said it was important to know the peak biting time of mosquitoes for effective control measures like fogging.
She also warned against fogging when it’s raining or during hot days as the chemical used to kill the mosquitoes would not be as effective.
4 strains of dengue
Dr. Hazel Galang, an RITM virologist, or one who studies the viral strains and their activities in a laboratory, said there were four strains of dengue virus in the Philippines.
There were news of a possible fifth strain in the country but Galang said this had not been proven by research as there were not enough samples to date.
Since 2005, the RITM has been trying to determine which specific strain of dengue virus is unique to the Philippines and which is transmitted by mosquitoes from other countries, Galang said.
Blood transfusion
There is no specific treatment for dengue.
Dr. Allan Racho, a pediatric hematologist at St. Luke’s Medical Center, said patients with Grade 1 and 2 dengue should rest, drink plenty of fluids and take a paracetamol. Or they can go to health centers where they can be administered with IV fluids or dextrose.
He said only patients with Grade 3 and 4 dengue should get a blood transfusion.
It’s complicated
“Dengue is primarily a transient disease, meaning it follows its own clinical course. The problem with dengue is the complications,” Racho stressed.
He said the virus can affect the vascular system, the liver and the bone marrow. In some instances, the virus can attack the heart, brain and other parts of the body which could lead to death.
If after three days, the fever does not dissipate, Racho said the patient must go to a doctor for a blood test.
Dark mosquito trap
Nuna Almanzar of the Industrial Development Institute-Department of Science and Technology has developed a dark mosquito trap with a specially formulated solution that attracts female mosquitoes.
Almanzar said in the forum that the trap was being tested in 500 homes in “hot spot” barangays in Marikina City and another 500 homes in Quezon City.
A female mosquito, Almanzar said, can lay eggs three to four times in one cycle, and could breed 200 eggs or 800 eggs in one cycle.
Of these eggs, about 80 percent develop into female mosquitoes.

Monday, September 20, 2010

How You Can Be A Blesing Magnet


The Bible says, “Be thankful in all circumstances.”
You see, some people put “conditions” to their happiness:
I’ll be thankful if I find a boyfriend who is as cute as Enchong and has the body of Derek.
I’ll be thankful if my husband changes.
I’ll be thankful if my friend apologizes to me.
I’ll be thankful if I get promoted in my job.
I’ll be thankful if I have a baby.
I’ll be thankful if I graduate from school.
I’ll be thankful if I buy a new cellphone.
Friend, don’t do that. Don’t be unfair to yourself!
Or you’ll never be happy.
Don’t wait for something to happen before you become thankful. Make a decision to be thankful for the blessings that you have right now!
And you’ll be happy forever.
Follow Psalms 77:11 when it says, I will remember your great deeds, Lord; I will recall the wonders you did in the past.
Do you know what will happen?
By being thankful, you’ll become a blessing magnet.
If you want to increase your blessings, you’ve got to be thankful for the blessings that are already there.
Being Thankful Is Dynamite
Being thankful is powerful.
It has explosive power.
When you’re thankful, you unlock your happiness. You unlock your peace. You unlock the storeroom of God’s blessings. And you unlock your wealth.
Let me explain.
Wealth is not your money. Wealth is not your land. Wealth is not your jewelry. Why? Because wealth is a feeling.
Because wealth is not measured by how much money you have. Or how much land you own. Or how much jewelry you possess. Wealth is measured by how thankful you are.
Let me tell you a story.
Two years ago, a man came up to me, asking for prayers.
Irritation was written all over his face.
With much anger, he said, “Please pray for me, Brother Bo. My heart is so heavy. I’m a salesman. I got P350,000 in commission…”
I looked at him in a funny way. I wondered, So what’s so bad about that?
He shakes his head, “I know that seems big, Brother Bo, but it should have been P500,000! But I didn’t reach my quota by just a few pesos. Because of that technicality, I didn’t get half a million. I got P350,000 only…”
He felt so bad.
I prayed over him and asked God to heal his hurt.
After praying for him, I went backstage.
A friend of mine was waiting for me there.
When I saw her, she was smiling from ear to ear. She said, “Bo, I’m so happy. I just received a P3000 increase in my salary!”
I began to laugh. Her gratitude was so refreshing.
Tell me. Who was richer among the two? The one who got P350,000? Or the one who got the P3000?
Answer: The one who got the P3000.
Because wealth is not measured by how much money you have. It’s measured by how thankful you are.
Be Thankful Even When It’s Difficult
I know.
Some of you might be saying, “But Bo, it’s so difficult to be thankful now. You don’t know what I’m going through. My problems are over my head.”
Perhaps you’re buried in debt.
Perhaps your relationships are broken.
Perhaps sickness is ravaging your body.
Friend, if you want more miracles in your life, you’ve got to be thankful not only for what you see, but for what you do not see.
Being thankful in all circumstances means penetrating the physical realm and going into the spiritual realm. Entering into the sphere of the invisible. And thanking God that He is working behind the shadows. That He is working behind the storms of your life.
I remember the story of my friend, Aiai de las Alas.
Is It Storming In Your Life?
She was telling me how nervous she was when her first major movie was about to be released—the first movie where she was the main star.
Before it’s opening day, she prayed to God that it wouldn’t rain. So that a lot of people will watch her movie. She even went to Baclaran, knelt down, and implored that there be no rain.
When she woke up on her movie’s opening day, it wasn’t raining. She looked out the window and it was storming!
She switched on the radio. The radio reporter said, “Today, Pagasa has declared Signal Number 3 over Metro Manila…”
Her heart sunk. That day, Aiai cried buckets of tears. She asked God why He didn’t answer her prayer. She felt abandoned by God.
But a few days later, she learned what really happened. Because of the storm, school was cancelled. And all the students went to the malls. And just on the opening day, her movie grossed P13 Million.
And her movie became the top grossing film of that year!
The storm became her biggest blessing.
Friend, are there violent storms raging in your life right now?
Don’t give up. Don’t lose hope. Because God will turn that storm into your biggest blessing.
Let me end with one last instruction on being thankful…
Being Thankful On Credit
This is big.
This will impact your life in a powerful way.
Awhile ago, I told you to be thankful for the blessings that you already have. But you also have to learn to be thankful for the blessings that are yet to come.
Instead of praying with fear, “Lord, please give me a house. Please give me a house. Please give me house!” say instead with confidence, “Lord, I thank you for my house that is on it’s way!”
Thank God in advance for what He will do.
In the words of T.D. Jakes, Thank God on credit. (In other words, may utang pa si Lord sa iyo.)
Start thanking God in advance for the fulfillment of your dreams!

May your dreams come true,

Bo Sanchez
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• “But Bo, I know many who got burned in the Stock Market.”
• “But Bo, isn’t the Stock Market for rich people only?”
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• You’re not going to “trade” the Stock Market. (That’s why 85% of people lose their money—because they trade.) You’re going to “invest” in the Stock Market. That’s totally different. I’ll teach you how to do this. If you follow my simple strategy, you’ll retire a multimillionaire.

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Thursday, September 16, 2010

Conquer Your Fears And Start Wishing

By Bo Sanchez

Imagine that you just arrived in a foreign country.
And you got lost.
And worse, when you checked your wallet, you ran out of money.
And you’re starving.
You haven’t had food the whole day.
So you walk into to a giant food area.
Around you are various food stalls selling hot congee, steaming noodles, and giant sandwiches.
Your mouth waters.
So you decide to ask for free food.
You rehearse your speech: “I’m from the Philippines. I just arrived yesterday. I’m lost. Can you spare me some food? I don’t have money with me.”
But then something stops you.
It’s an emotion you know very well.
You think to yourself, “What if they don’t believe me? What if they think I’m just fooling them? What if they think I’m just a con artist looking for a free meal?”
So you throw away the plan.
You try to find your way home instead, leaving the food stalls, overflowing with food.

Three Fears That Can Stop You From Success

Fear is a powerful thing.
The reason why you don’t ask is because various fears:

1. You fear rejection.
Rejection stings.
Someone says, “I can’t help you.”
But instead, you hear the words, “I don’t like you.”

2. You fear disappointment.
Disappointment can crush you.
So you lower your expectations by not asking.

3. You fear you’re not worthy.
A poor self-image will keep you from asking.
You think you don’t deserve to be helped by others.

But here’s a basic Law of life: If you want to get what you want, you have to conquer your fears.

What Happens When You Ask

Let’s go back to the example above.
You decide to feel your fear—and ask anyway!
You approach ten food stalls one after another.
Nine food stalls owners drive you away and curse you in three different languages you don’t understand.
But the last one, a kindly old man named Mr. Chan said “yes”. He gives you food with a gentle grandfatherly smile.
You slurp it up like a dog.
Mr. Chan was moved with pity, he even gives you bus money and directions how to go back to where you are staying.
The next day, you come back to pay him.
He declines, saying he really likes helping people.
He then introduces you to the other Store Owners who are now apologizing to you. You brush your hand and say it was nothing.
You gain a few friends in the giant food center.
You tell them that you cook delicious adobo and wondered if they could sell it for you. Three storeowners agreed.
You make your first delivery and it was a big hit.
After one year, you also marry Mr. Chan’s handsome son named Jackie, but that’s another story altogether.
It pays to ask.
Being rejected nine times out of ten is okay, hmm?

Join Me At The Feast

If you want to learn the power of wishing and how to fulfill your hearts desires, join me.
We’re starting a new 4-part series called Wish! at our weekly gathering, The Feast.
Join me and change your life forever.
I’m personally inviting you to get into this new series and redirect your destiny.
Where is The Feast?
I lead the one in PICC, Plenary Hall, every Sunday.
We’ve got two sessions to choose from: 8am and 10:45am.
By the way, you don’t pay anything to get in.
Nada. Nothing. Zero. Zilcho.
Except your presence, your time, and your openness to the exciting things that God will do in your life.

Other Feasts In Metro Manila
and Beyond

There are other Feasts that are held in various places in Metro Manila and suburbs, led by my dearest friends and the most fantastic lay preachers in the country. They too will be giving the series, Wish!, starting this week.
For information on times and places, email Annie at Or call up (02) 7259999.
Friend, join me at The Feast.
And get ready for a slam-bang, out-of-the-world, inspiring, life-altering series that will bless you forever.

May your dreams come true,

Bo Sanchez

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Sunday, September 12, 2010

What,s Wheatgrass?

What's Wheatgrass


During the early 1900's, a man named Edmund Bordeaux Szekely discovered an ancient biblical which he subsequently translated. It was a remarkable discovery and Szekely was so..
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Wheatgrass & Grains

Wheatgrass is the YOUNG GRASS sprouted from wheat grains, which has been allowed to grow for 7 to 8 days. Wheat grains, on the other hand, are the seeds of the wheat plant..
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King of Alkaline Food

"Wheat sprouts contain more alkaline minerals than any other sprouts or green vegetables. The iron content of wheat sprouts is higher than that of spinach."

The Super Food

In the book The Perricone Promise by Dr. Nicholas Perricone he cited Wheatgrass as one of the super foods.

Indeed, Wheatgrass is considered as a life-sustaining complete food. Just take a look at the cattle. With their muscular built and might, they are able to survive just by eating grass.

The Green Blood

"Wheat sprouts are the highest in chlorophyll of any plant source."
~ The Acid-Alkaline Diet for Optimum Health by Christopher Vassey

Wheatgrass is called the Green Blood. Chlorophyll is the green pigment of the plant that resembles the structure of the hemoglobin of the red blood cells. Dr. Hans Fischer, a German chemist and a group of associates won a nobel prize for this discovery. Like the human blood, chlorophyll carries energy, nutrients and oxygen to the different parts of the plants. It is the blood of the plant. Interestingly, chlorophyll in the human body also delivers nutrition and oxygen to the blood and more so, studies have shown that it can stimulate production of healthy red blood cells and prevents anemia and different blood disorders.

I Love Living Life. I Am Happy - Nick Vujicic

Very inspiring !

Thanks Nick

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