Showing posts from March, 2015

Journeying Into Theology - Pt.1

This mini series is something i've been wanting to write about for a while now. It's a ongoing journey that's been happening in the background, and I want to write about it not just so I can document it and reflect on how I've grown and wrestled with it, but also so people can be more aware of it. This is a journey i've been on that I haven't fully figured out and don't have all the answers to, and I think that's totally normal, God often takes us on journeys that take some time, and although I feel inclined to only write about it when i've completed the journey and have some sort of lesson to share, but this time I decided that i'll write as I go, so there will be many open-ended questions I have not answered. You could say this series is a walk through my thought process as I journey on. It all started in the summer of 2012, I had just graduated from high school and within two months I would be in a completely new area with unfamiliar fac

A Sapling of Sanctification

Over the past few weeks, there have been two things that I think I've seen progress in my spiritual walk which I'm proud of and am quite surprised by as well. Singleness A few weeks back, I wrote a post on how singleness is not to be seen as a curse, but as a gift. You can read that HERE . Since then, I think my mentality towards singleness has been transforming, and i've been able to truly embrace this gift (or perhaps this stage of life in this moment in time). I've been able to see from a much more positive lens, all the benefits, such as complete and undivided devotion to God. It's quite freeing to think that i'm able to do whatever I want and can for the LORD without anything holding me back. I think I can say for the most of it that I am quite content with my singleness. Praise God! Speaking From The Word Thinking back on the past year or so, i've always admired those individuals who could just pull bible verses out of their head like the multi

A Week of Whispers

I've been learning that sometimes God may speak loudly in one occasion and sometimes God whispers throughout several. This week was one of constant whisper, and there were many lessons I was learning throughout my week. Let me to take you through them! Sunday March 8th 2015 We (me and my parents) were heading off for my first job interview for this upcoming summer, for the role of Animal Handler and Educator down in Etobicoke. As it was scheduled for the evening at 6:30pm, we made sure we headed out without enough time to get there punctually. As we drove down the 404, traffic was good. We hit the Don Valley Parkway, which apparently is also known as the Don Valley Parking Lot (because of the poor traffic)?, we were still moving although there were many cars alongside us. We hit the Gardiner Expressway by the waterfront and behold! We came to a standstill. It was about 5:50pm at that time, and the GPS estimated our arrival time to be about 6:14pm. We were sitting ducks, and my

From Generation To Generation

"after Joshua had dismissed the Israelites, they went to take possession of the land, each to his own inheritance. The people served the LORD throughout the lifetime of Joshua and of the elders who outlived him and who had seen all the great things that LORD has done for Israel. Joshua, son of Nun, the servant of the LORD, died at the age of a hundred and ten. And they buried him in the land of his inheritance, at Timnath Heres in the hill country of Ephraim, north of Mount Gassh. After that whole generation had been gathered to their fathers, another generation grew up, who knew neither the LORD nor what he had done for Israel. Then the Israelites did evil in the eyes of the LORD and served the Baals." - Judges 2:6-11 "it only takes one generation to forget the Story of God." Dan Kimball from Vintage Faith Church in Santa Cruz came up to speak at the missions conference at my church this weekend, and this morning's sermon was one that struck my heart, mad

Do You Feel The Word of God?

Open your bible to an on-the-edge-of-your-seat story about two measly young men, one bearing armour and the other, a sword, both with a bold and confident faith in an Almighty LORD, going to fight an army of three thousand chariots, six thousand charioteers and soldiers as numerous as the sand on the seashore. What will go down? Turn to 1 Samuel 13:24-14:23 to see how it all unfolds. I've always found diving into scripture with a group of people to be fascinating; to hear the insights of others, to bounce and discuss ideas, and to respond to one another's questions and curiosities. Tonight as we read about the story of Jonathan, his armour bearer and the Philistines, it was a ride I was not ready to get on. As we went through the passage a few verses at a time, I could feel the tension of the story build, I could feel the suspense while we waited for people to share their observations, what would happen next? Who would win the fight? Why did they do this? So in the passag

Sovereign Shambles

Well this might just be a ramble, but rambling can be good sometimes; just to let out your thoughts or to organize them. So here we go, this past week was a struggle. Actually, thinking back the month of February was a ride in itself! Where do I even begin?  So this past week was filled with school work, I had three midterms to write, and in the back of my mind I was thinking about what was to come in March, three papers, a massive final group project, and two other midterms. On top of that, I think I was having a bit of a tough time transitioning back to Guelph from home; I was missing my parents, and I had realized how much they love me through their provision and care, from the bbq pork I had in the fridge, to the long drives they were willing to take to drop me off back in Guelph (of course, this is only realized when they aren't around). And on top of that, as the planner I am, I had already been thinking of the future, plans for next year, new fellowship program ideas, t