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Exercise and Mood

        Christina has always been an advocate about exercise. She has even tried to convince me about the correlation between exercise and mood. She constantly reminds me of the importance of exercise – not only does she want me to live a long time, but she always references my mood and attitude with my unfaithfulness in exercising. She uses herself as an example. She says, “Whenever I exercise, I feel so much...

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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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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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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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Facebook and Lower Grades

  Photo by Xinhuanet     OK, all you Facebook lovers out there, I was reading up on this article about how a survey found out that people who use Facebook have lower overall grades. Hmm… I don’t know if there is a direct one-to-one correlation (the researcher is from OSU so we have to look at this more carefully… ha!). But the funny thing is that those same exact people surveyed also said that...

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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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2009 Easter Reflections

  What a great Easter weekend we had at HMCC! It really began from Maundy Thursday as we focused on the last days of Christ on this earth and then His crucifixion on Friday. As I am getting older, I am reminded of the need of grace and mercy that much more in my life. Usually after a big weekend like Easter, it take the morning after or in this case, a few days after...

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Optimism on Good Friday

  Photo by “The Passion of the Christ”     I have always wondered why they call one of the most gruesome days in history “Good Friday.” How about calling it “Shocking Friday” or “Horrific Friday”? Maybe that will put more of an emphasis on what Christ went through for us on the cross. I am truly an enigma. People have called me a “pessimistic optimist.” No matter how oxymoronic it might sounds, I think...

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The Power of Music

  I have been a strong advocate of the universality of music and how it is an incredible medium to communicate a message. There is something powerful about music and how it speaks to the heart. It really does supersede culture, language and nationality. This is why I believe that the next great evangelist of the future might be an artist – a musical artist. I came across this video of an a cappella group...

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Cultural Faux Pas

PA Photo     Many of the British news outlets caught it right away, while some of the other foreign journalists did not notice it at all. Now, talk is circulating in the media that Michelle Obama made a huge cultural faux pas, when she placed her hand on the back of Queen Elizabeth II as they were talking together. You can check out the video here. Supposedly, it is understood in British culture that...

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Discipleship in Action?

  Hmm… well, maybe you should check out the video first and then I can comment.         As you can tell, here is a guy trying to teach the world how to use chopsticks. Now, it really doesn’t matter to me that this person is from the lighter hue (a.k.a. Caucasian), but I guess what is important is that he is trying to apply a principle in life. There are probably a...

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Staying True to Your Roots

  I don’t know how many of you are Honest Tea fans, but I had some for the first time when I was down in Texas; and it tasted really good. They jumped out into the market with their branding of using organic ingredients and some funky combinations of flavors. This kind of explains their higher prices. Now I will confess that I have never really cared that much if something that I ate was...

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From Lifestage to Lifestage

  I was refreshed this week as I met up with some of our church members. One conversation in particular stuck out for me. As I was meeting with the member, we talked about going through various lifestages; and he shared some of his perspective on “how” he decided to go through the transition for this coming year. As I was listening, I was blessed to hear some of the steps he was going to...

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