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The Need for One Another

  Photo by Tehilla Music       According to the Myers-Briggs personality tests, I am labeled as a ENTJ. People have recommended that another person who knows you well to take the test on your behalf. Christina took the test and answered the questions as if she was trying to describe me. I don’t know if I am a big fan of labeling people because we are complex people and there are experiences that...

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The Simplicity of Life

  Photo by Michael Flippo       Our family has been in the “get-rid-of-things-that-we-don’t-need” mode as we have been trying to pack for our one-year move to Indonesia. It is incredible to see all the “stuff” that a person can accumulate over a period of time. Several weeks ago, I went through my closet. It was hard to believe that I had some stuff from 10+ years ago. I don’t know what it is,...

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20th Anniversary of Tiananmen Square Massacre

  AP Photo by Jeff Widener       This picture will be forever etched in people’s minds. It was a powerful statement made by an unknown person, who stood up against the tanks that rolled into Tiananmen Square in Beijing to dismantle the pro-democracy gatherings. Tiananmen Square was known as the epicenter of the student-led movement back in 1989. Twenty years ago on June 4th, the Chinese military came in and crushed the revolution...

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Celebrating 13 Years

  Photo by Mississippi Family Law       Today I am celebrating 13 years of marriage with Christina. It has been quite an adventure with all its ups and downs. It is hard to believe that after 3 kids and doing ministry together that we are still trying our best to grow in love for one another and even charting new territories. I am definitely a man who is so blessed. As I say...

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Delayed Gratification and Faith

      First watch this quick video by Joachim de Posada. He gives an interesting principle that is really a biblical principle which can be applied in all areas of life and it can really transform your life.       What did you think of the video? What an interesting experiment, huh? I couldn’t help but to laugh at the faces of the children. Some of them were trying really hard not to...

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The Bad and the Wasted Life

  Photo by Mary’s Comfort       There was a quote that I read this morning that spoke to me. Phillips Brooks, a clergyman and author in the 19th century said, “Bad will be the day for every man when he becomes absolutely contented with the life he is leading, with the thoughts he is thinking, with the deeds he is doing; when there is not forever beating at the doors of his soul...

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Cynicism in the Ministry

  Photo by Newswise       The famous evangelist D. L. Moody was often noted to have prayed the prayer, “Lord, keep me from ever losing the wonder.” I have always wondered (no pun intended) what causes a person in ministry to lose the sense of wonder. Do you remember the last time you had the sense wonder or awe in light of what God was doing in a person’s life? There is just...

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A Deeper Appreciation for Routine

  Photo by Fitness Walking Guide       Routine and I have a love-hate relationship. I am an enigma when it comes to routine, structure and order. There is a side of me that desperately cries out for things to be put nicely into “systems.” But there is another side of me that despises anything that remotely reminds me of monotony. In fact, I find myself being more spontaneous than anything else. This of...

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The Purpose of Pain

  Photo by Photobucket       As some of you probably heard by now, the last few months have been some of the most difficult times for me. I have always prided myself in being a person who has a high tolerance for pain. Weakness was not an option. Even though theologically, I know that God delights in weaknesses and uses it to receive glory for Himself, it is something that I always have...

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Returning to the Grid

  It has been about two weeks since I have written in my blog (and Twitter). In the first couple of days, I felt like an addict going through withdrawal symptoms and having a nervous breakdown (half-joking). But it has been good for my soul. The last few months have been one of toughest periods of my life. There have been trials and testing before in my life, but this period has been especially difficult....

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Blog Writing Sabbatical

  I have told people that one trait of an effective leader is the ability to communicate. Whether it is through speaking or writing, it really doesn’t matter, just as long as they are communicating. The reason for this is because in the words of the leadership guru, John Maxwell, “Leadership is influence, nothing more and nothing less.” Sometimes we get so caught up with influencing and leading others that we fail to lead ourselves...

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Breaking the Routine with CityServe 2009

      After being a Christian for some time, it is easy to forget that some of the greatest lessons are the really simple ones. It is easy to take “worship” for granted and just make it about “our songs” and the “preaching” when we gather together on Sundays. It is interesting that the Hebrew word for “to worship” (‘abad) can be translated as “to serve” or “to work” (Ex 3:12; Dt 6:13; 11:13;...

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Breaking the Routine

  There is always something powerful that happens to us when we realize that we have been going through life in a mundane way. Sometimes we miss out on the joys of life and even in the little simple pleasures that brings a smile to our face. It is always good to have a heart check like these people did at a train station in Belgium. Check it out and let your day be filled...

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Underestimated But Undeterred

  I don’t know if you have ever been underestimated for anything, but it is the best position to be in at times. The reason? Well, just watch this video first (CLICK TWICE).           Some observations: 1) We all judge things by the externals and sometimes we don’t get it completely right. Just check out the girl’s face at the 1:24 time mark… it probably expresses what everyone was feeling in...

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