Gary Valenciano and his Faith

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I dreamt I was walking in a long white corridor. It seemed an endlessly long hallway with many rooms on either side with Roman numerals posted on their brown doors. I could faintly hear a song being played but I wasn’t sure what it was. As soon as I entered a room with a high ceiling, the words of the song reverberated within its confines. The words became unmistakable. I was hearing the chorus of ‘”I Will Be Here” by Gary Valenciano being played over and over again. As I looked around the room, I couldn’t find Gary V. Neither could I find the source from where it was coming. It was as if it was being played from above or somewhere unseen.

As soon as I woke up, I couldn’t shake off the dream from my head, but there was no denying that in my  heart I know what it was, and to where I was taken. I tried to make sense of it more and to piece together the details and what it could possibly mean.

But what does this have to do with music, you ask? It is everything. Because it was the song of Gary V being played and hearing those immortal words that have comforted the hearts of Filipinos–those who are longing for their loved ones–whether they are abroad working as OFW’s, a broken-hearted teen missing his significant other, and those dearly departed. In my opinion, this song has some of the most meaningful lyrics behind it. No matter what the situation is, the dire straits you are experiencing and the challenges you are facing, this song speaks to you.

I have always considered Gary V to be exemplary, upright, and a true professional. You don’t hear anything bad about him. He is a true role model for Fillipinos, not only for aspiring singers or active singers, but essentially for everyone regardless of profession . Gary Valenciano’s name has never been tainted by “chismis”, unsavory rumor, and scandal.

Who doesn’t know any of the works of Gary Valenciano? Has there ever been a time wherein we haven’t heard  any of his songs being played in our life? While Gary V. has gone by the alias of Mr. Pure Energy! I honestly think there is more to him than just being an excellent singer and an agile dancer. There is something that makes him special, that makes him “rise above the rest”, and which perhaps that has contributed significantly to him lasting for so long in the recording industry. That is FAITH. Yep, you heard it right. That is what I believe he has a lot of.
Having a deep abiding faith, that is something I consider to be special that Gary V. has.

I think we all need a little more of that. For some, they need to have that. And for a few, they just need to continue to have faith. Gary Valenciano to me will always represent a positive light when it comes to music. His songs have become a source of comfort to many when they needed it, and I am not the only Filipino who thinks highly of him, and the positive impact he has had over the years !

Below are the words I kept hearing in my dream, being played over and over again. It was the second chorus of “I Will Be Here”.

“I will be here
You can cry on my shoulder
When the mirror tells us we’re older
I will hold you
And I will be here
To watch you grow in beauty
And tell you all the things you are to me
I will be here”

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  • fibromyalgia

    “Gary Valenciano’s name has never been tainted by “chismis”, unsavory rumor, and scandal.” – Not really. There was a time when he had to weather very unsavory criticism because he had ended his relationship with his girlfriend, to live with his girlfriend’s sister, who later on became his wife. He and Angeli were pilloried heavily in media because of what happened.

    This was before they became Born Again Christians.

    You must be less than 40 years old, if you don’t know/recall any of that. Just putting things in perspective.

    • Baruk1

      What do you mean by Born Again Christians?

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/RDDM5UQ45HLPPKM66KYEBCMTCE dave

        Baruk1 someday you’ll understand what it means. Hopefully it won’t be that late!

      • Baruk1

        Thanks.
         
        I do hope you don’t mean the main Christian Born Again which is very much different from the answer of Jesus Christ when asked  by Nicodemus regarding Born Again.
         
        “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.” (John 3:5-8)
         

      • fibromyalgia

        I am now unchurched, so this definition I am providing is the one that is from the beliefs of people who profess to be Born Again Christians: they are people who have gone through spiritual rebirth, based on the bible verse John 3:5-8.

        Related to my reply, a small clarification, please – being unchurched, I do not side one way or the other with any organized religion or system of belief/faith. My belief in, and relationship with God is independent of any organized system. However, I respect the right of others to practice or hold on to their beliefs.

        I mentioned the fact of Gary V.’s being a Born Again Christian as a matter of reference to his life’s timeline.

      • Baruk1

        Thank you very much.
         
        I just thought Gary V already gone into the process of Born Again as per discussion of Jesus Christ and Nicodemus on John 3:5-6.
         
        Jesus said that He was talking about a completely different kind of birth. He showed that there are two kinds of birth—one physical, the other spiritual—the physical being a type of the spiritual. When you were born of your mother, you were composed of flesh. But “That which is born of the Spirit is spirit”—no longer composed of flesh, but of spirit! (v. 6).

        One composed of spirit will not need to breathe air to exist. When “born again”—born of the Spirit of God—we will be invisible to mortal eyes, like the wind (v.8). The wind’s effects are easily discerned, but it cannot itself be seen.
         
        Jesus Christ preached the Gospel of the Kingdom of God (Mark1 14-15). Those people mentioned who profess to be Born Again Christians are deceiving others as well and moving them away from the true gospel.

      • fibromyalgia

        You’re welcome.

        For some time now, I’ve been leaning towards the same thoughts you expounded on (which is one of the reasons I became unchurched, another being I couldn’t stand all the arguments and fighting over whose religion/faith is the best, the true one, etc.), but have received much flak about it, and told I was crazy. lol

        Well, maybe I am, but if I am, it’s a happy-crazy kind of thing, not homicidal-crazy, thank God for small mercies. :D

        Peace to you and all you love. :)

      • Baruk1

        I really like your style of communication.
         
        It is your decision to be unchurched for the good reason you yourself knew. No one can force you otherwise. Christ preached the kingdom of God in parable not to be understood by every one at that time (Luke 8:10).
         
        God is now preparing those who will be in the First Resurrection to be with Christ in the millennium (Rev 20:06). Spirit Born Again Christians can complete the process at that time.
         
        All those who have no chance of understanding the Truth about the Kingdom of God that Jesus Christ preached will be given their time accordingly (Rev 20:12).
         
        Fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom (Prov 9:10). I can see you have this. That is a good start.
         
         
         

      • fibromyalgia

        Thank you again, your tone and words are matter-of-fact and not condemnatory or incendiary.

        I talk to God about being unchurched, and ask to be led to one that will help me grow in faith and spiritual wisdom. I believe in God’s time, it will happen.

        In the meantime, there is Prov. 3:5-6. I reflect on it, it makes me happy, encourages me, and greatly helps me avoid being a cumbersome wisea**, although I must admit that the temptation is always there.

        Ah, well… :)

      • Baruk1

        A person like you who is unchurched but has that diligences on studying the Bible and have full trust and confidence in God is very encouraging.
         
        Have you considered baptism being a part in the process to be in the Kingdom of God, as per Gospel that Jesus Christ preached?
         
        “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins. (Acts 2:3)

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VPSXDLCQEZGZDJSX32G7PYHNCI Noel

        Even the original form of baptism was changed by the Catholic Church.  The Bible clearly teaches that baptism is by immersion in the water.  The Catholic Church changed it to sprinkling of water explaining the reason was for convenience.

      • Baruk1

        The main reason for baptism is for remission of sins.

        “Sin is the transgression of the law “(1 John 3:4).– Against the Ten Commandments

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VPSXDLCQEZGZDJSX32G7PYHNCI Noel

        Pls don’t divert the issue.  Baptism is immersion in water not sprinkling of water.

      • Baruk1

        Not diverting the issue but totally agree with you on the subject of Baptism by immersion in water as what John the Baptist did to Jesus Christ. In addition to it is the reason why this need to be done for enlightenment to others who may need help..

      • fibromyalgia

        The bible awareness – I suppose it is because of my background.

        I work in media and there was a time when I used to be a catechist when I was still in the Roman Catholic Church, having been trained for media evangelization on the side.

        After some years, I became the writer/associate producer for a non-Catholic evangelical church’s TV progra.

        As such, there was much opportunity to learn about the bible’s contents, both ways.

        However, I was very mercenary in those days, and didn’t pay heed to whether or not the teachings of either faith or church/religion collided with each other.

        They liked my work, the pay was good, no problem – that was how I thought back then, fool that I was… lol

        But yeah, God moves in mysterious ways, so even in the face of such greed, things changed for the better, specifically my relationship with God. (Btw, I have come clean with both sides, and apologized. Amazingly, although they both kept me out of their evangelization work after, we are still friends and I still help them in their other outreach ministries. I think that is a very huge blessing, given how self-serving I was.)

        Anyway, for personal reasons, I drifted away from membership in any organized religion/church and eventually became unchurched. But as I mentioned in an earlier reply, despite being unchurched, I love God.

        Actually, I am kind of embarrassed having to talk about myself, as I have done my best to maintain a very low profile in recent years. I also feel that I am “hijacking” the focus from the original article writer’s topic.

        So, Baruk1, thank you so much for your questions, comments and suggestions. I will talk with God about them, and in God’s time, whatever God wills, I am sure will happen.

        Peace. :)

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VPSXDLCQEZGZDJSX32G7PYHNCI Noel

        Would it be okay just to believe in the Creator or one Supreme Being?

      • Baruk1

        Even the devil believed.
         
        True Christians must believe and follow Jesus Christ. Apostle Paul said, Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ (1 Cor 11:1). Live like Jesus Christ.
         
        In the beginning was the Word, (Logos, Spokesman, Jesus Christ), and the Word was with God (Father). The word is God. Everything was made through Jesus Christ. (John 1:1-14). There are two God head revealed.
         
        When Jesus Christ once prayed, “they may be one just as We are one” (John 17:22) The Father and Jesus Christ have one Godly mind, one Godly thinking.
         
        True Christians must preached the Gospel that Jesus Christ preached, the Gospel of the Kingdom of God. (Mark 1:14-15)
         
        True Christians must aim to be in the First Resurrection. “Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection. Over such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years. (Rev 20:6)

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VPSXDLCQEZGZDJSX32G7PYHNCI Noel

        Even the Devil believes in God and trembles.

        John 1:1, the word refers to a concept that was fulfilled in Christ Jesus when God sent Him to this world.

        John 17:22, the Father and Christ are One in what?  In One accord.

      • Baruk1

        Even the Devil believes in God and trembles.

        —Believing is not enough. Christians must work on what they believed

        John 1:1, the word refers to a concept that was fulfilled in Christ Jesus when God sent Him to this world.

        — Word (Jesus Christ) became flesh “”And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth (John1:14). Jesus  Christ is the Word

        John 17:22, the Father and Christ are One in what? In One accord.

        — The whole Chapter 17 shows how the Father and Jesus Christ are one

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VPSXDLCQEZGZDJSX32G7PYHNCI Noel

        Does it say Father and Christ are one God?

      • Baruk1

        One God:

        Comment on top

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VPSXDLCQEZGZDJSX32G7PYHNCI Noel

        There was a time when I even doubted the existence of God.  Religions were created to cause fear among people which is partly good.  Because this fear would prevent people from committing crimes.  It’s a way to put things in order.  By having the laws of God even if these were invented, people would have that abstract fear.  Just imagine if there’s no religion and people believe there’s no God.  What becomes of this world?

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/SPLUBLEOSERDBOIJTDOC6XIWGU mxsclxmxn

        …doubted. And you easily believe in pastors who studied the bible only yesterday! 

      • fibromyalgia

        I have observed how religion can really make a positive difference in the lives of some.

        At the same time, there are instances when religion and/or religious affiliations can also lead to a sense of self-entitlement, bigotry, and condemnation of others, which is sad, as such attitudes strongly contradict what God asks us to do (love our fellowmen).

        On the other hand, I have also experienced both kindness and harshness from people who do not believe in God, or who doubt God’s existence.

        And then of course, there are also people who define God according to human terms and behavior (e.g., that God gets hurt by what people do or don’t do).

        As for my relationship with God, I know God to be supreme above all, to be the spirit of pure love (the kind of love that if described using human terms, would be woefully inadequate), that God is the creator, and I, like everything else, am just a creature.

        This may sound very simplistic, but I believe that if people cling to God instead of religion, and ask for grace to know God on God’s terms, not ours, we would all be the better for it.

        Pardon my awkward response, I am still a work in progress. But I do hope I was able to make some sense, somehow. :)

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VPSXDLCQEZGZDJSX32G7PYHNCI Noel

        I wish there’s only one religion, one church.  Unfortunately, there are so many  these days with different teachings, doctrines, practices.

      • fibromyalgia

        Your reply made me think of how there are plenty of people who warn about the imminent establishment of a one-world religion.

        I believe I understand what you meant by your wish (peace and solidarity strengthened by belief in a single, universal spiritual truth that enables all of human existence to live God-centered lives…? I hope I understood you correctly.)

        Still, there are various church groups that teach that the imminent arrival of a one-world church and what has been called as the New World Order go hand-in-hand.

        I do not think that humanity, on its own, can go beyond its self-absorption.

        That being the case, there will always be church/religion or faith-based disputes… until God decides that enough is enough.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VPSXDLCQEZGZDJSX32G7PYHNCI Noel

        There’s now called the “New World”.

      • Baruk1

        God has a plan. He allow this to happen now.

        Jesus Christ preached the Gospel of the coming Kingdom of God. (Mark 1:14-15).

        All your wish will be realized when it come.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VPSXDLCQEZGZDJSX32G7PYHNCI Noel

        Are you saying unchurched because you don’t belong to any religious group?  That your faith is based on your relationship with the Lord not organized religion?  Sometimes, it’s better than joining church groups because the latter are becoming more commercialized and money making organizations.

      • fibromyalgia

        Yes, to both of your questions. My discomfiture with organized religion (institutional church) includes what you mentioned about materialism, among other things.

        More than that, though, is how organized religions and/or churches of various persuasions generally promote a collective ego and self-interest(e.g., “ours if the true religion, everything else is of/from the devil”), while in denial of the harm they do to others of God’s creation. This is what really gets my goat, in a manner of speaking. :D

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VPSXDLCQEZGZDJSX32G7PYHNCI Noel

        Agree.  So many religious groups claiming to be of God and the only true church.  Scare tactics are being applied to members.  At the end of the day, it’s the person who’s accountable to God; not any group, any Pastor or any Saint.

      • fibromyalgia

        Yes, exactly. And it’s not only in recent times that these things have happened. Reviewing history, we can easily find that religious fervor has been the rationale given for so much grief caused to others who don’t share the same religion or beliefs, whatever and wherever they may be.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VPSXDLCQEZGZDJSX32G7PYHNCI Noel

        To be Born Again is biblical.  But one does not just claim he’s Born Again.  The bible also says the leopard does not change its skin.  The problem today’s that there are so many self-proclaimed Christians.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/SPLUBLEOSERDBOIJTDOC6XIWGU mxsclxmxn

        …you are only baptized once, that is to be born again of water and Spirit!
         
        …your pastors fooled you on this as being usual protestant interpreting the bible according to his liking!

        …you should be born again of water and SPIRIT! …and not just say born again missing one important element which is the SPIRIT!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/SPLUBLEOSERDBOIJTDOC6XIWGU mxsclxmxn

    ndifferentists, going to one extreme, claim that it makes no difference what church one belongs to. Certain radical traditionalists, going to the other extreme, claim that unless one is a full-fledged, baptized member of the Catholic Church, one will be damned. 

    Ignatius of Antioch

    “Be not deceived, my brethren: If anyone follows a maker of schism [i.e., is a schismatic], he does not inherit the kingdom of God; if anyone walks in strange doctrine [i.e., is a heretic], he has no part in the passion [of Christ]. Take care, then, to use one Eucharist, so that whatever you do, you do according to God: For there is one flesh of our Lord Jesus Christ, and one cup in the union of his blood; one altar, as there is one bishop, with the presbytery and my fellow servants, the deacons” (Letter to the Philadelphians 3:3–4:1 [A.D. 110]). 

    Jerome”Heretics bring sentence upon themselves since they by their own choice withdraw from the Church, a withdrawal which, since they are aware of it, constitutes damnation. Between heresy and schism there is this difference: that heresy involves perverse doctrine, while schism separates one from the Church on account of disagreement with the bishop. Nevertheless, there is no schism which does not trump up a heresy to justify its departure from the Church” (Commentary on Titus 3:10–11 [A.D. 386]).

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/EP6GZIMVLAHETQ6GNP5O2P45GE Dominic

      Hu-humm. Are you trying to convince yourself? The Catholics, the Baptists, the Protestants and other Christian sects are all using the bible to justify their so-called ‘faith’. Since no one seem to be standing firm on his belief, why cant we just respect each other. Keep your homilies in your churches. Meanwhile, lets enjoy Gary V’s music. Very inspiring indeed, gets us closer to God without the burden of being bound in Church doctrines, which are all debatable anyway.

      • Baruk1

        Those “Christians” mention above are all practicing most of the Catholic pagan practices anyhow.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VPSXDLCQEZGZDJSX32G7PYHNCI Noel

        Agree. Please take note and examine Catholic teachings most of which are not bible based but based on man-made doctrines and pagan traditions.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/SPLUBLEOSERDBOIJTDOC6XIWGU mxsclxmxn

        God exist before the bible. The apostles were there before the bible (ie new testament part). Teachings and tradition were done by the apostles before the bible. So how can you based your faith on the bible alone when there was no bible yet! How  can you quote the gospels when there was no written gospels yet!

        …dont be fooled by your pastors!

      • Baruk1

        and most main stream Christians of today follow the pagan practices like Christmas, Easter, Haloween, Sunday (day of the sun), etc

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VPSXDLCQEZGZDJSX32G7PYHNCI Noel

        There’s so called true faith and false faith.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VPSXDLCQEZGZDJSX32G7PYHNCI Noel

        The Catholics using the Bible?  Nah.  Catholic teachings are mostly based on man-made doctrines and human traditions many of which are of pagan origins.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/SPLUBLEOSERDBOIJTDOC6XIWGU mxsclxmxn

        …simply saying, separate from Christ there is no salvation…separate from His Church he founded/established there is no salvation!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/SPLUBLEOSERDBOIJTDOC6XIWGU mxsclxmxn

    However, for those who knowingly and deliberately (that is, not out of innocent ignorance) commit the sins of heresy (rejecting divinely revealed doctrine) or schism (separating from the Catholic Church and/or joining a schismatic church), no salvation would be possible until they repented and returned to live in Catholic unity. 

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/276L22SZM5ZUQGV24IL4ZEF6UA Edward

      well said…

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VPSXDLCQEZGZDJSX32G7PYHNCI Noel

      What Catholic unity?  It’s this lack of Catholic unity, division among the flock and leaders that drive away Catholics many of whom join other groups.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/G2UFL7BAIFFUU6TIW4FFAPTVV4 Ghost

    Religion is just superstition and mythology, but admittedly sometimes is a good thing. Just like a corporate mission and vision and any noble aspiration. But it doesnt have to be anchored on the belief on the existence of a super immortal being that exists everywhere and everytime.
    .

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VPSXDLCQEZGZDJSX32G7PYHNCI Noel

      All religions are good.  They teach love and good works.  But history tells us that religion also destroys.  It caused wars and conflicts.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/SPLUBLEOSERDBOIJTDOC6XIWGU mxsclxmxn

        Wrong! Christ only founded one Church, His True Church (which creates Love, Peace and Unity) of course! Religions/faith/belief founded by other men were of course FAKE!  Lutherans, Calvinist, Baptist, Methodist, INC, Bagong Daan, JIL, Mormons, Jehovah, Aglipay, Born Again etc are of course FAKE. All were founded by human!

        …on this rock, I will build my Church! Church not churches! Peter the apostle leads Christ Church after His death! From Peter to the pope, Christ Church is alive from centuries surviving wars, persecution, schism, protestant reformation, etc. As He kept His promise, His Church will not be destroyed by evil…even the gates of hell can destroy it!

        True so true! 

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/SPLUBLEOSERDBOIJTDOC6XIWGU mxsclxmxn

        sorry…cannot destroy it…correction : )

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/G2UFL7BAIFFUU6TIW4FFAPTVV4 Ghost

        All religions are founded by human.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VPSXDLCQEZGZDJSX32G7PYHNCI Noel

        How sure are you that the Roman Catholic Church is the only true church?  Is Peter the rock referred to in the verse “on this rock I will build my church”?  No.  And Peter’s successor is the Pope?  No.  To identify the true church, examine her teachings if these are the words of God written in the Holy Scriptures.  Examine the Catholic teachings.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VPSXDLCQEZGZDJSX32G7PYHNCI Noel

    Gary is a family man.  He’s God fearing.  We seldom see entertainers like him who stay this long living a clean life.

  • Baruk1

    In reply to Noel re: One God

    One God:

    The Father and the Son comprise the “Godhead.” There is one God (1 Corinthians 8:4 and Deuteronomy 6:4). Scripture shows that God is a divine Family which began with two, God the Father and the Word (Genesis 1:26; Ephesians 2:19; 3:15; Hebrews 2:10-11)

    God is Spirit and is Eternal:

    The Father is the Supreme Being in the Godhead. Jesus Christ said that He was sent to reveal the Father (Matthew 11:27; John 1:18; 17:24-26) and acknowledged that His Father was greater than He (John 10:29; 14:28).

    The Son, Jesus Christ, is the “Word” (Greek logos), through whom the Father created all things (John 1:1-3), the “only begotten Son” of the Father (John 1:14, 18; 3:16, 18) and Savior of all mankind (1 John 4:14). He died for our sins and was resurrected that we might be saved from eternal death (Acts 4:10-12). He now sits at the Father’s right hand and acts as our High Priest and as the Living Head of the Church (Ephesians 1:22-23; Hebrews 4:14-16).

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