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An Ambitious New Year

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With the New Year right around the corner, I wanted to do a quick post on my New Years Resolutions (if you want to call them that). I've hinted at a few of them in previous posts but i'll go into a bit more detail as to why I chose them. Looking at the list, it does seem quite ambitious and I really don't know how well i'll keep up with them especially with how it didn't go so well last year, but who knows, its good to reflect and think ahead right? Delete Instagram (a year at least?) Social media is taking the world by storm, its connecting people from all over the world but at the same time its disconnecting people from face to face interactions. The double taps, the temporary snapshots, the likes, and the shares are almost on every app available. I'm on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, and thinking on my interactions with these apps, I think I am slowly getting caught up with all the likes and the attention of it all. I thought through the diffe

Christmas Changes

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It's been a rattling season this year and the last. The idea of Christmas has been on my mind a lot lately. Last year I came to the revelation of how Christmas is not Giftmas (as I called it). Coming from my faith, I realized that the Christmas season isn't all about giving one another gifts. You can read about it HERE . Christmas is a time to remember and celebrate the birth of the LORD Jesus Christ, the Messiah who was prophesied to come, the redeemer, the Son of God, the Saving one. With that in mind this year, a new rattling question came to mind. What does celebrating the birth of Christ really look like practically? Thinking through it, it isn't as applicable as putting up a Christmas tree or wrapping presents for other people. This morning at service we talked about the wise men in Matthew 2:1-12, and how the three of them brought gifts to the King they had sought after, whom they thought and believed was worth worshipping though they did not know Him. It made me

Lessons of 2014

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Considering I haven't posted since February, I've decided to give 2014 another post or two before we ring in the new year. The blog may not have been active, but let me tell you, my spiritual suitcase has not been neglected; this year has been filled with lessons and challenges i'd love to record, remember and share if you'd like to hear more. So here are the three main lessons i've gotten out of 2014, it definitely isn't extensive, but these are the big ones. Obey Boldly and Faithfully This past year, I have felt God call me into a position of leadership that I personally have found quite fearful and intimidating. Ever since joining the Guelph Asian Christian Fellowship 2-3 years ago, for some reason I could always see myself in the position of being chair one day, and it wasn't until around February that I actually started to consider it. Being chair, or as some put it, "President", was a big role to fill, I struggled with (and definitely

An Urn & Two Kingdoms

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Going home to home and relative to relative this Chinese New Year, my mom suggested that we go visit my grandfather since it was just on the way home. We drove up to the columbarium, got out of the car and walked up to his glass cremation niche. And while we stood there in silence, God revealed something to me. I realized that in that glass case, was just a plaque, my grandfather's watch, his picture and an urn with his ashes. There was no life and no soul in there. My eyes re-focused on the glass and in the reflection I could see my family and I standing there, lives and souls on this earthly kingdom and on the other side, my grandfather's soul which was no longer here but in heaven, living a perfect life with God in His eternal kingdom. For the first time, I could see the magnitude of it all. Standing there, I stepped back and I could see how small, wretched and frail we are here on earth. I saw the vast distance between us and a perfect, righteous and good God who sits

Sharper Than A Double-Edged Sword

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It's just a day of reflection and blogging it looks like! Not only have I seen God work in my resolution to fear the Lord, but I have seen him work wonders in just two weeks time when it comes to memorizing scripture and storing up His word in my heart (Psalm 119:11). I made the resolution to memorize a passage or scripture every week this year (and hopefully for years to come) and I have realize the power and strength that comes with knowing God's truth and promises. I've been reviewing my weekly memory verse in my head on the bus, walking to class, in class, doing home, during quiet time, while cooking, and without even knowing it I was immersed in scripture. Thus far, this practical application has helped me realize the value in memorizing scripture and John Piper discusses eight wonderful points, which some I have (so far) realized and can relate to. First, "memorizing scripture makes God's word more accessible when it comes to overcoming temptation to si

Kyrie Eleison

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"Kyrie Elesion" is Greek for "Lord, have mercy".  Its fourteen days into the new year and it's been absolutely amazing to see how God has been working in my life, answering prayers and helping me in my new years resolutions. If you haven't read about my resolutions, click HERE . Fearing God was the one of the three in 2014, and I personally had no idea how to work on this, especially from a practical perspective. Fearing the Lord means to (ask Jerry Bridges puts it) "be in awe of god and who is he; justice, holy, merciful and forgiving, while comprehending his love, mercy and forgiveness". I have been praying for a heart and mind that fears the Lord and I think today in class I caught a glimpse of it. To understand and fully see the Lord's goodness and righteousness, one must recognize their wretchedness and sinfulness. For some reason in my biostatistics class today, I starting thinking of how unworthy and underserving I am as a sinner.

The Mysterious Thumping Noise

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One night over the break as I was trying to sleep, my brother came knocking on my door asking if I heard a thumping noise. Disrupting my attempt to rest, I said no. I hadn't heard it either. He came in two or three times and eventually, I heard a massive boom, as if a tree had falling into my house or the fridge somehow managed to topple over. I got up and told my brother that I heard it. Both of us rather suspicious and cautious, he decided to ask if he could stay in my room that night, which was fine by me. Rewind a few days of so, I had spent some time talking to my other friend, catching up on how our lives have been and we both shared about our struggles with our families; communicating with each other and just being a role model for our younger siblings. I personally haven't had the best relationships with my family members but I have to say that things have been getting better. But with my brother, I knew I wasn't doing much as an older brother when it comes to c

2014: Onto The Next Chapter

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With the new year upon us, I took some time not just to reflect on the past, but also what is to come. How do I want to grow closer to God this year? How will I accomplish this? I thought of three areas that I would specifically like to work on, build up and grow in spiritually for 2014. Fearing God I've always read about fearing God, and i've never fully understood what it meant. I don't think I can necessarily learn to fear God, but I hope that these next twelve months I can grow to fear the Lord more by knowing Him more. I looked into the concept of biblical fear, and I found some insight form Jerry Bridges, John Piper and Tim Keller. There are two aspects to fearing God; one is to fear who his is, by understanding his power, righteousness, and holiness, but at the same time one must find joy in his mercy, forgiveness and love. Jerry Bridges (the author of The Pursuit of Holiness ) explained fear with the physics concept, centripetal force; like when you spin a ro