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Problem of the Human Heart

  Photo by kean.edu       It has been interesting to read up on the cheating scandals of teachers from Atlanta to Philadelphia. It was reported that 178 principals in Atlanta were accused of cheating. Also, schools in Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington D.C. are under investigation. You would never imagine a teacher whose main purpose is to educate children would help their students cheat on a standardized test. Was I that surprised? Well, not...

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Are We on Standby?

  Photo on topnews.us       One of the frustrating things that I experience on my travels is when I have to wait for a delayed flight. Sometimes I am waiting at the gate to board, but there are no signs that we are going to board soon. I have also been in situations where I am on the plane and waiting on the tarmac (the record time has been 1.5 hours so far)....

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The Gospel Choir Version

  There is something about a gospel choir that just makes a song reach a whole new level. My first time hearing a gospel choir was when I was in college. I still remember how I got goose bumps as I heard different gospel songs at the concert. After this experience, I got hooked. Now, my mp3 playlist is filled with various gospel songs. I don’t know what it is – maybe it is the...

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Daddy & Daughter

  It has been interesting to see the reactions of my two boys and my daughter when I came back from my 5 week missions trip. Even though Josiah and Elliot were happy to have me back, the outward expression of Karissa has been different from the boys. Maybe this is why people say that there is a usually a special connection between a dad and his daughter. Often times I look at KiKi and...

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Asia Update #3 – 7.2011

  Pastor Andrew and I finally found an internet cafe here in Lampung. I keep on forgetting how loud internet cafes are, especially when there are a lot of internet gaming going on. Even as I am writing this blog post, I am surrounded by all these young people (10-14 year olds) playing online shooting games. Oh how the world has become globalized! As I am reflecting in our one week here in Indonesia, God...

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Worship Leaders’ Reflections

  The great thing about being on this Asia Missions Team is hanging out with people from the different HMCC churches. As people were resting, I had some downtime with the worship leaders of HMCC-AA and HMCC-JKT. Worship is definitely a passion of mine therefore; it was great talking about various things related to worship. I asked them to share some of their thoughts on worship during HMCC !gnite Conference and also what they are...

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Coffee and Jesus

  Photo on allposters.com       Recently, my wife asked me when I started drinking coffee. The more I thought about it, the more I realized that I started drinking it at a very early age – at the age of 10 years old. Now, before all of you start judging my parents, let me qualify the statement. I remember going into my parents’ store which was located in the South Side Chicago (the...

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What is God Looking For?

  Photo from visualphotos.com       I still remember the talk that I had with our associate pastor at HMCC of Ann Arbor. We were in the midst of trying to finalize a list of candidates for our leadership team, but then we went on a rabbit trail. Yes, I confess. Rabbit trails are usually instigated by yours truly, but eventually I try to bring everything back to the main thing. In the middle...

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Painful Process of Transformation

  Photo from oldpathspaved.org       I confess that I am one of those people that do not take things readily at face value. You can call me cynical or skeptical, but it takes a lot of cold hard facts and a good logical argument for me to believe. This has been a weakness in my character. This is why, when it comes to the topic of transformation, I struggle to comprehend the full...

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The Reward of Reading

  Photo on backtothebestbooks.com       Recently, the kids and I had a talk. We decided that throughout the summer they will read a handful of key books in exchange for their allowance. I first got this idea from John Maxwell, the leadership guru. I heard a talk that he gave about how his parents gave him money for reading books when he was growing up. I will never forget how he shared personally...

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Why New York City?

        Some of you might have already heard about the possibility of starting a HMCC LIFE Group in New York City this summer, which will hopefully turn into a church plant one day. One thing I value very highly is the dissemination of information. To be more exact, I value the dissemination of correct and timely information. In this way, there are less misunderstandings, as well as less assumptions, which often times...

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A Sinner’s Song

  Back in 2008, I was introduced to a song called, “Healer” by our worship team. When I first heard the song, there was something about it that gripped me. Not only was the words of the song powerful, but I realized that there was an anointing on it. Therefore, I told the worship team to sing it for one of our major events in our church. But shortly afterwards, it was brought to my...

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Paramount Sermon Series

  Photo by HMCC-AA Publication Team       I am so excited to start a whole new sermon series on the Book of Colossians throughout the months of May through August. It has been awhile since we have systematically studied a whole book together on Sundays. But the more I began to pray through things, I realized that this is something that we need to do at this juncture of our church. As the...

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The Pomp, Pageantry, and Preparation?

  TIME Magazine Cover       It is that time of the year again – the weather gets warmer, the flowers start to bloom, and the winter clothes are put away. This is when you know the spring season has officially arrived in Michigan (people in Michigan have been conditioned not to think it is spring until May). Another thing that indicates the change of the seasons is when there are a lot of...

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