Trending Up



Welcome to Trending Up, where we speak of practical faith-principles and seek to apply them to our every day life. Brought to you by two friends, Edgar de Leon and Sebastian Lopez.


  • T12 - Perspective

    21/05/2019 Duración: 38min

    Join us as Edgar and I talk about the importance of our perspective and how the Bible helps us to have a good outlook in life despite what may be happening around us.  Perspective is important because it is how you view life and that around you. Differentiation of self “The ability to be in emotional contact with others yet still autonomous in one’s own emotional functioning is the essence of the concept of differentiation.” (Kerr & Bowen. 1988) “Differentiation is a product of a way of thinking that translates into a way of being….Such changes are reflected in the ability to be in emotional contact with a difficult, emotionally charged problem and not feel compelled to preach about what others “should” do, not rush in to “fix” the problem and not pretend to be detached by emotionally insulating oneself.” (Kerr & Bowen 1988) Understanding the conflict context you can have joy in the midst of uncertainty and troubles. If you know God’s character, you can hope that He has good plans for you (Jere

  • T11.2 - The Conflict (part 2)

    13/05/2019 Duración: 35min

    Edgar and I continue our dialogue about conflict but we discuss it from a biblical viewpoint and see how the Bible paints this conflict.  We can find a battle between good & evil in almost every corner of culture; we see it in movies, books, and religions. In looking at these battles between good & evil, there are casualities and unfortunate events that occur simply because of the fact that the context is that of a conflict. In the Bible, we also find that there is a major conflict between good & evil, namely, God and Satan. A fundamental principle for God is that He does not force you to do anything, because He knows that love cannot be forced. In this conflict, we find that God has to navigate through His ideal will and remedial will to help each and everyone of us in our best interest in light of the context of conflict. History between God and Satan (Genesis 3, Revelation 12, 13 -14, 17, 19) Satan wants Gods position, power, and prominence - Isaiah 14, Ezekiel 28 Satan is cast out fr

  • T11 - The Conflict (part 1)

    07/05/2019 Duración: 29min

    Conflict is seen all around us in culture, religion, and everyday life. Join us as we seek to navigate our faith through the reality of conflict around us. 

  • T10 - The Struggle

    30/04/2019 Duración: 44min

    Life is a roller coaster, it’s full of ups and downs; in the same way our spiritual life is full of ups and downs. Proverbs 24:16 "For though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again, but the wicked stumble when calamity strikes." Just as a child, when learning how to walk, falls often, so we in out journeys fall - but we are encouraged to get up and keep going. The truth is that the struggle is itself a sign of life. In our struggle we can call out to God and cast our cares on Him because He cares for us (1 Peter 5:7). Many Bible characters struggled, including Job, David, and Joseph. In their struggles and confusion, they continued to trust in God though they did not understand why they were in their predicament. Jesus also struggled in Gethsemane (Matthew 26:38) and at the cross (Matthew 27:46) and he shows us that it is okay to express our pain, emotions and feelings when we are going through the struggle. It's okay to have questions. The reality is that God wants us to find Him sufficient in the m

  • Trender 1 - Bec Reid

    23/04/2019 Duración: 49min

    Check out our 1st episode of the Trender Series. We talk with Bec Reid about her journey with God, her growth, family, and how her faith and work relate. 

  • T09 - What is Worship

    16/04/2019 Duración: 40min

    Edgar and I wrestle with the concept of Worship and translate it to a modern, more-practical understanding. Worship is anything we see is worthy of our: time, affection, money, energy, desire; meaning that we worship that which takes our time, money, affection, etc. Worship tends to be seen as an event that occurs once a week, but in reality, worship is every single day. Joseph Kidder in his book Majesty: Experiencing Authentic Worship, says: "Worship is an encounter with God. It happens when our hearts touch the heart of God... Worship is finding ourselves engulfed with the grace, mercy, and warmth of God’s presence. Thus worship can take place anytime, anywhere, under any circumstance, when we meet God and desire to be changed by Him... Worship is an active response to God whereby we declare His worth. Instead of being passive, it is participative. Nor is it simply a mood or feeling, but a declaration of our awe and wonder." We worship God in response to what He is done and-because He is worth our worship.

  • T08 - Quality Time

    09/04/2019 Duración: 35min

    Quality time is essential to a healthy relationship. We explore how that looks in our relationship with God. It's about spending valuable and intentional time with God, listening (Bible & Meditating) and talking (Prayer) with Him. We do it to keep our relationship alive, because any relationship without communication and quality time fail and fall apart. Location is crucial! Find a place where you go and automatically know this is where I spend time with God; rid of distractions and can be outside, in your car, in your closet, in your room, on the floor. Devotional Ideas: My Utmost for His Highest Sabbath School Quarterly Ellen G White books Remember to dive into the Bible for yourself. Think of The story: When you read, try to understand where you are in the story (chronology) and what is happening at that time (History). Your Study (Proposed) Spend time in 1 passage of the Bible. Wrestle with it. Ask questions. Reread it and highlight what jumps out at you Pray for the Holy Spirit to teach y

  • T07 - Love Languages

    02/04/2019 Duración: 41min

    Understanding your love language will help your relationship with Jesus. Find your love languages: [Quality Time, Acts of Service, Gifts, Words of Affirmation, Physical Touch] Jesus to Us Words of Affirmation - Jer 31:3 - Everlasting love; Joshua 1:9 - Do not fear; Psalm 139:14 - Fearfully and wonderfully made; Jer 29:11; Jer 1 - set apart from birth Gifts - John 10:10 - Life abundantly; Matt 11:29 - Rest; Eph 2:8-10 - salvation Service - John 13 - Washes disciples feet; Mark 10:45 - Serve and Give life Quality time - John 14 - Be where Jesus is; Rev 21:3 - We will be with Jesus; Zeph 3:17 - God is with you - Sabbath -- made for quality time -- “date night” Physical touch - Luke 5:13 - Jesus touched people; Rev 21:4 - Wipe every tear away Us to Jesus Words of Affirmation - New song of praise each day - for His mercies are new. Thank God for His love, goodness, and mercy Gifts - Give of ourselves to Him - Tithe and your time - Trust Him for everything is His (Mal 3:10 - Test God'

  • T06 - Extremes

    26/03/2019 Duración: 45min

    We speak of the Christchurch shooting in New Zealand that took the lives of 50 individuals and injured others who were worshipping at two mosques during Friday prayer, on March, 15, 2019. We fear what we don't understand, therefore it is necessary to take time to understand and learn for ourselves. It is important to take the counsel of James 1:19 to heart. “Quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger.” - Take time to listen - To understand - Show empathy Be a bridge builder - Commit to helping others understand and see from a different point of view

  • T05 - Community

    19/03/2019 Duración: 44min

    We all crave community and being with others. It may look different, but at the end of the day we need each other.  We are all a part of community, whether that be through sports, music, politics, religion, or even our careers. Bible Passages: Genesis 1:28, 2:18, 29; Ecclesiastes 4:9-12; Hebrews 10:24-25; Psalm 133:1; Acts 2:42-47; Romans 12:4-5; Mark 2:17; Matthew 5:3-4 A faith community serves as a support group where broken and real people can come together to journey with each other and draw closer to God. Sebastians cousins triplets: Annie - May Triplets Fernando - Rigacci Triplets Bible and Community: 1. Community is encouraging -- you learn from others and you are able to help others grow. 2. Community is fun -- engaging with others who love the same as you is energizing 3. Community helps ones spiritual journey -- learning from others' past experiences and through dialogue and discussion helps you to move in the right direction. 4. Community fosters love -- you learn to love others and to be love

  • T04 - Communicate

    12/03/2019 Duración: 30min

    Prayer is opening your heart to God. Raw and real. Daily. Prayer is opening your heart to God. Raw and real. Daily. Bible Passages: Matthew 6: 7-13; Proverbs 16:3 PRAY = Praise, Repent, Ask, Yield ACTS = Acknowledge, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication "Prayer is the openings of the heart to God as to a friend, not that it is necessary in order to make known to God what we are, but in order to enable us to receive Him. Prayer does not bring God down to us, but brings us up to Him." (Steps to Christ pg. 93)

  • T03 - The Story

    05/03/2019 Duración: 34min

    The Bible is the story of God leading us back home.  *Minute 19:04 — Book of Judges, not Genesis. Bible Passages: John 5:39; Psalm 119:105 Resources: [Click on Name - it is linked to website] 1. Bible Project - Youtube channel - Podcast 2. Streetlights Bible (Found in Youtube + Spotify) - Phil 2 - Col 3 3. YouVersion 4. BibleHub 5. Bible Gateway 6. EGW App - Website - Apple - Google 7. Sabbath School App (Quarterly) - Website - Apple - Google

  • T02 - Relationship

    26/02/2019 Duración: 43min

    Everyone in some way, shape, or form has relationships.  All the basics of relationships apply to our relationship with God. 1. Choices vs Feelings - In relationships you are faced with the decision to life daily based off of your choices or feelings. Will you choose to love your partner even when you do not feel it? 2. Different works for different people - Different techniques, tools, and actions work for different people. You must seek to find what works best for your situation and relationship. 3. Goal = INTIMACY - The goal of every relationship is to grow in intimacy - to get to know each other in a deeper level and wave-length. Bible Passages: Isaiah 1:18; Matthew 7:21-23; John 17:3; Proverbs 3:5-6; Psalm 55:22; 1 Peter 5:7

  • T01 - Trending Up?

    19/02/2019 Duración: 15min

    Welcome to Trending Up! This is our first episode talking about who we are and what we're all about.  Find us at:

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