Author: mikeduco

Let God be God.

Read: Chapters 37-41 of the book of Job “Who then is he who can stand before me? Who has first given to me, that I should repay him? Whatever is under the whole heaven is mine.” (Job 41:10b-11) Let me give you a simple challenge. Slowly read Job 37 until 41 in one sitting. Rest briefly, then read the passage a second time. Try to chew on every word, and you’ll notice your heart begin to throb. After all the characters’ exchanges and speculations, God could no longer remain silent! He could not be stopped! For every question that God asks in return, the only way we could respond is to keep our heads low, and say the exact same words that Job uttered: “Behold, I am of small account; what shall I answer you? I lay my hand on my mouth. I have spoken once, and I will not answer; twice, but I will proceed no further.” (Job 40:4-5) Suffering as if drains every ounce of strength from us. We cry out in our anguish. We weep in our prayers. In every sobbing, we hold on to our bosom to somehow alleviate the lingering pain. But have we ever considered to pause and begin listening to God? Have we been letting God be truly God in our lives? Or, have we been putting all the burden upon ourselves?...

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Pain is Gain

Read: Chapters 32-36 of the book of Job “Behold, God is exalted in his power; who is a teacher like him? Who has prescribed for him his way, or who can say, ‘You have done wrong’?” (Job 36:22-23) In Elihu’s speeches in this discourse, he introduced a different dimension in understanding suffering. He somehow communicated this big idea that God has things to teach his people which they can only learn through pain. Elihu also described God in terms of suggesting that he may have had a more realistic and fuller concept of God than Job’s three friends did. The former presented God as a wise teacher, while the latter emphasized God’s character of being a judge. Both parties have presented their cases well, but for today, let us dwell a bit more on what Elihu had to share. Jeff Manion, lead pastor of a thriving church in the United States, described God’s discipline as “inflicting pain for redemptive purposes”. Now, think with me for a moment, and let’s do an honest introspection: “What is the most recent event that God has used to discipline me? What did God change in me through that process?” Elihu may have had an incomplete understanding of what Job was experiencing, and he most probably have a limited view of what God was doing in Job’s life. However, it is good and wise...

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Redefining Wisdom

Read: Chapters of 28-31 of the book of Job “Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom, and to turn away from evil is understanding.” (Job 28:28) After a few months, we can buy a new gadget. In a few years, we can begin investing on a house of our own. But when we think deeply about what we really need in life, we must gradually accept the fact that the most valuable things are those that money can never buy – one of them is godly wisdom. “Man does not know its worth, and it is not found in the land of the living.” (Job 28:13) Secular wisdom can be gained over time through a vast repertoire of human experience. Though that is of value, we must understand that true godly wisdom begins, first and foremost, in a posture of reverential fear of the Lord. It is a kind of fear that is birthed out of love and of utter respect to the One who has been pursuing us right from the very beginning. Since there is a sense of reverential awe and fear towards God, we turn our eyes from wickedness then seek to abide and obey what God so desires. How can we discern God’s will today? We go to his Word – his revealed will to man. “All Scripture is breathed out by God...

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20170521 Focus PDF from Mike Duco   Introduction: Believe it or not, our values shape our decisions. They offer clearer answers to why we do what we do. Yes, external factors are to be considered, but ultimately, our choices are largely based on the values that lie deep within the core of our being. Our actions are expressions of an inward reality. Therefore, there is a critical call for us to have a constant, honest check of the heart.   Summary: If the lordship of Jesus Christ of utmost importance in our lives, then two things become warranted: we walk with Jesus with undivided devotion, which results in wholehearted obedience. It is always from the inside going out! An undivided devotion to Jesus must be our prime motivation. A wholehearted obedience to Jesus must be our prime response.    Application: How do we develop our FOCUS? Face the constant reality that we need Jesus. Organize your private world. (Get your values and priorities right!) Constantly evaluate your life. Use your time, treasures, and talents wisely. Share your life and serve together with a Christ-centered community.   [Note: “Focus!” is a message I gave at GCF South Metro’s Youth Worship, dated May 21,...

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Living a Purpose-Driven Life

20170519 A Purpose Driven Life – PDF from Mike Duco   This slideshow was from a talk I gave at the Philippine Dental Association – Cavite Chapter on May 19, 2017. This event was held at The Junction Inn, Tagaytay. The big idea behind the message was anchored upon the critical need for people to make a daily deliberate choice of living a life with a sense of purpose. While this shows only snippets of the whole content, I hope it would help and provoke your thinking. Should you be interested to invite me so I can give a similar talk to your team or organization, click this link so you can learn more about the topics I speak/teach on, and know how to get in touch with me. Thanks for taking the time to visit my website. God...

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