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Independence 2009

        Since I am an Asian-American, I try my best to walk in between the two cultures. But sometimes I find myself identifying more with the American culture… I guess it depends on the situation. Even when Korea was playing the United States in the FIFA World Cup in 2002, I found myself rooting for the United States to the chagrin of many Korean-Americans in our church. I think when I started...

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To Be a Man

  Photo by Warners Bro. 300 Movie       In our society we have been conditioned to define manhood by all the wrong factors. If you ask some people to define manhood, you would be amazed to see some of the responses. Some people would define manhood by their first sexual encounter or their first drink and the list goes on and on. But Ed Cole, the father of all of men’s ministry defines...

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God’s Unborn Child

  Photo by Michael Clancy       The above picture is a powerful image which was taken in August 19th, 1999 during an open fetal surgery for spina bifida. The unborn baby was little over 5 months in the womb when the surgical procedure was performed. You will notice the small little hands that grasped for the surgeon’s hand. It is pretty breathtaking. This is not only another reminder of God’s miracle of life,...

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Greener on the Other Side

  Photo by Panoramio       I couldn’t help but to overhear a conversation at a cafe the other day. I was working on my paper and even with the music in the background their voices carried over to my ear. I was not eavesdropping… they just had very loud voices 🙂 One guy was talking about how he wanted to live out in NYC. Apparently, he visited NYC and he ended up becoming...

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Thoughts on Michael Jackson and His Death

  Photo by Sony BMG       It has been pretty incredible to see all the tribute and remembrance to a man that was known as, “The King of Pop.” In the last few days, you cannot turn a channel without seeing something on Michael Jackson and the impact he has made on the music industry. He was simply a music icon. It has been a trip down memory lane for me, as I...

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The New Revolution in Iran

  Photo by Getty       When we hear of the words “Iran” and “Revolution” some will go back to the year 1979. Iran went through a revolution where monarchy rule was overthrown to become an Islamic Republic. This was a significance moment in history and reverberating went throughout other nations. Twenty years later, we are possibly on a brink of another revolution. On June 12th of this year, Iran’s presidential election was held...

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Father’s Day 2009 Reflection

        I have always wished that there was a manual on how to be a good dad. Well, in fact there are many books out there and I have read a few of them, but my conclusion has always been – it is always easier reading about being a good dad than being one! Most men learn about fathering from what they have experienced with their fathers. Some men had great examples...

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Lessons from the Movie “UP”

  Photo by Pixar       Let me first start off and say that if you have not watched the movie UP and you are planning on watching it soon, then you want to stop reading this post (this is a spoiler alert).           I don’t know about you but when I first saw the commercials for the movie, I was a bit skeptical. How can a movie about an...

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Hope Restored

  Photo by Everyday Necessities       We live in a world where hope is so desperately needed. There is a longing and an ache in the hearts of humans to live with hope. It has been said, “A person can live 40 days without food… 3 days without water… 5 minutes without air, but not one second without hope.” Whenever you meet someone without hope, you can tell that the life is sucked...

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Midway Point in Life

  Photo by Strength For Today       Today I celebrated my 40 year birthday. I was trying really hard to allow it to slip under the radar, but to no avail because Christina threw a big 40th B-Day party with some people in church the other day. It was humbling, not only to see all the people there, but to be reminded that we have some awesome people in our church. I don’t...

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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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Setbacks and Obstacles

  Photo by Stanley Bronstein       Life sometimes gets frustrating when there are unending setbacks. It is like taking a step forward and then realizing that you are two steps back. This can easily produce discouragement, pessimism, despair, and apathy. Recently, I have been experiencing a wide range of emotions. With our departure date for Indonesia quickly approaching, there have been a lot of ups and downs. One day, we can be elated...

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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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