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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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Drifting Away

  As a pastor, it is always hard to see one of your members “drifting” away. There is this tension of wanting to help them and just letting them go. But how can you help someone when they do not want help or see the need for help? How can you just let them go and watch them fall deeper into sin and experience the unnecessary heartache and pain of sin? Regardless of whether you...

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Lessons from Peyton Manning’s Release

  Photo on inquisitr.com       The Indianapolis Colts ended up releasing Peyton Manning as their quarterback today. To those of you who are not familiar with the story, Manning was the Colts’ franchise quarterback. He was selected as the overall number one pick in the 1998 NFL draft. He had a brilliant career with the Colts. Manning will definitely be ranked as one of the all-time best quarterbacks in the NFL. But in...

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Asia Medical Missions 2012 Update 3

  The trip out to Jogja and Gungan Village was a great experience, especially because we had 3 of the HMCC churches working together. The importance of meeting the physical needs of people was reinforced as I saw our medical team open up the hearts of the people through their medical care. This is definitely something we want to do again in other missions projects. I am thankful for every person on the team. They...

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Lent 2012

  Photo on pimeusa.wordpress.com       Another Lenten season has quickly approached us, but for some reason, this year feels a bit different. So much has happened so far in 2012 that it is hard to believe only 2 months have passed. It is truly by God’s grace that we have witnessed numerous testimonies of life transformations. We are excited about all that God is going to do for the rest of the year....

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It Starts With Our Minds

  Photo by HMCC-AA Publications Team       All throughout the One Desire fast and even with the weeks following after the fast, there has been a lot of spiritual warfare. People started to struggle with sins from the past, which started to have strongholds in their lives. This is one of the reasons why we started the “Battleground” sermon series on Sundays. It is my hope and prayer that we will keep on...

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Keep Growing and Learning

  Not too long ago, I realized that I have logged in more than 25,000+ hours of sermon preparation and preaching within the last 20 years. On top of that, I have probably logged in more than 15,000+ hours of counseling sessions ever since HMCC of Ann Arbor got started in 1996. As I was doing the calculations, I had to pause for a second. It is a bit striking to realize that a big...

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Aurora Borealis

  One of my dreams is to experience the Aurora Borealis in person, either in Alaska, Norway or Finland. There is something fascinating about these “dancing lights.” It just reminds me of God’s incredible creativity when He created the world. It just leaves you in awe. Recently this year, on January 24th, there was a massive radiation storm which was produced from an intense solar flare that erupted from the sun. It unleashed a wave...

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True Test of Brokenness

  Photo from ransomfellowship.org       As some of you know, we are doing M’Cheyne’s One Year Bible Reading Plan. But many of you might not know who he is and what impact he made in history. Robert Murray M’Cheyne was born in 1813 in Edinburgh, Scotland. He was a pastor in the Church of Scotland starting from the young age of 22 until his death in 1843. It is humbling to know that...

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2012 HMCC Revival Meeting

  Photo by HMCC-AA Documentation Team       It was a tremendous joy to host Pastor James and Faith Cha, as they spoke at our church’s congregational revival meeting this past weekend. Normally, we would have a retreat at this time, but we felt that God was calling us to have a revival meeting instead. The whole church came together to seek after God and it was a powerful time of experiencing God’s presence...

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Blueprint Series

  Photo by HMCC-AA Publications Team     We started a new series for our Access gathering this past Friday. It will be a semester-long series where we will cover some of the basics of the Old Testament and the New Testament. As the campus ministry executive team and I prayed about what to address in this season of ministry, we felt convicted that we had to help our college students have a strong biblical...

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2012 New Year

  Photo on wikipedia.org     With each and every passing year, I am constantly reminded of two things: God’s faithfulness for the past year and the realization that I am closer to my death (I know, a bit morbid, but it is reality – one day closer to seeing Jesus face-to-face). With these two things in mind, in the new year there are two things that I always try to do. First, I spend...

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Asia Update 11 – 12.2011

  It is always encouraging to see people who have experienced God’s work of transformation at HMCC-AA and are now placed at different parts of the world. I am constantly humbled and amazed at God’s work in people’s lives. There is something special about meeting up with people who want to stay connected to the HMCC vision after graduation. Not only do they want to know what God is doing in our church, but we...

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