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A Father’s Influence

  Photo from youwall.com       With every Father’s Day that rolls around, I am constantly reminded about the power of a father’s influence in a home. Whether it is a positive or negative influence, the father in the home affects their wife and their kids. This is a humbling thought as I am trying to make positive influences on my family. I may not get it right all the time, but I definitely...

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Awareness

  Awareness [uh-wair-nis]: the state of having or showing realization, perception, or knowledge of something. When we do not expose darkness with the light of Christ, then things go on as business as usual. The part of being aware of something requires some realization or knowledge and this can only come by people constantly exposing the darkness. Once something is brought to our awareness, then we have a choice to make. We can either choose...

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We Need Another William Wilberforce

  Photo on wikipedia.org       It is interesting that throughout history, God always highlights an issue of injustice in which He desires the Church to take on with truth and love. With each issue, God raises up a person to become the “prophetic voice” to speak to the sleeping Church and to the world. One such person in history was William Wilberforce, a member of the British parliament and a social reformer. He...

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Mother’s Day 2012

  When I saw this video, I couldn’t help but to think about Christina and what an incredible mother she is to our kids. I am constantly amazed at her selflessness, sacrifice and servanthood. It always humbles me and inspires me to be a better father and husband. On this Mother’s Day, I want to recognize my beautiful wife for showing me that being a mom just might be one of the highest callings. Thank...

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Money CAN Buy Happiness

  Photo from power-of-giving.com       Yup, you read the title correctly. When I first heard this statement from Michael Norton, it caught my attention because everyone knows the famous adage, “money CAN’T buy happiness.” Michael Norton is a professor at the Harvard Business School and he gave a TED talk titled, “Money Can Buy Happiness.” Norton shares an interesting research that he conducted to show how money can buy happiness but the big...

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Attitudes Toward Money

  Photo from boston.com       In the last several months, I have been very blessed to see the generosity of our church members. There were specific needs within the church and people stepped up in their giving so that we can accomplish what God has called us to do. Whether it has been with their time, talents or treasures, people have been giving faithfully and fervently. Back in January (in the hype of...

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The Crazy Life

  Photo from gdefon.com       I realized that when someone calls another person “crazy,” it is all relative. Something that may be crazy for one person just might be normal for another. When you look at Christ and some of the things that He was teaching and doing, people thought He was crazy. When the disciples and the early Church lived out their faith, people called them radicals. This morning I was wondering...

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The Proof of a Vision

  Photo from asianaccess.org       One day we will all die. I have learned that the sooner we accept this fact, the sooner we will be able to live our lives with purpose. Even though many of us might know our end destination, it is interesting to see how many people are not living their lives with a clear vision. Some people cannot even see what their lives will be like a year...

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African-American Churches

        Recently, I had an opportunity to speak at Canton Christian Fellowship, an African-American church lead by Pastor David Washington. He has an awesome church that is transforming lives. Pastor David also has a ministry that is even going beyond his local church. In the past, I had a handful of other opportunities to speak at various African-American churches and every single time, I came away with the same sentiment – I...

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2012 Easter Sunday Reflections

  Photo by Maila Kue       Even though it is the day after the Easter Celebration, I am still glowing from the blessings that God poured out to our church. We hit a lot of key markers at this Easter. We have seen the highest number of people attending an Easter Celebration in our 15 year history. We have seen the largest number of newcomers in any church gathering we have had in...

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Church Hater?

  Photo from windows8update.com       Are you a church hater? It might not seem obvious at first, but there are a lot of preconceived notions that many of us hold about the church, which causes us to be in direct opposition to what the Bible teaches. Over the years, I had to address a lot of people regarding some of their faulty views about the church. I also had to talk with leaders...

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A Dream Come True

      There are times when we long for something so badly that it hurts. If you talk to any die-hard Chicago Cubs fan, they will tell you about their longing to see the Cubs win a world championship. The last time they won a championship was back in 1908 – a 103 year drought, which by the way is the longest for any MLB team. It would be a dream come true if...

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2012 Global Access Retreat

  Photo by Zhi-Jun Loh       It is hard to believe that little over 10 years ago a handful of people gathered together to talk about the possibility of starting an international ministry at our church. Back in 2001, we started to notice that God was bringing many international students to our ministry. Honestly, even to this day, I really don’t know why they started coming out. I definitely spoke to fast during...

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Invite Me In

  Photo on thexroads.org       We are about 4 weeks away from Easter. Usually for churches, Christmas and Easter are big moments in a church’s calendar. In particular, for us here at HMCC, Easter is our biggest Sunday Celebration gathering every year. Due to the fact that we are on a college campus, we don’t have as many people come out to our Christmas Sunday Celebration compared to our Easter Sunday Celebration. Therefore,...

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