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Leaving Indonesia

  The day is finally here. It is hard to believe that our family has been here for 12 months. As we were eating our final meal in Indonesia, the family and I spent some time sharing some memories throughout this past year. We laughed a lot and we felt so blessed that God gave us the privilege of experiencing His goodness here in Indonesia. God has truly been faithful. With all the packing and...

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Learning through Interviews

  Photo on buzzle.com       With the remaining time I have left in Asia, I have been trying to squeeze in as my interviews as I can for my doctoral dissertation. I am trying to examine the importance of starting an international church with the alumni from our HMCC churches back in the States. It has been an interesting journey of discovery for me. I am so thankful for our alumni and the...

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Transitioning the Teams

  Photo by worldofstock.com       It has been great having the new Jakarta Team here in Indonesia. Even though we have been together for only a week, we have been able to bond quickly together. Recently, our team, along with the new team went away to a retreat center to pray together and prepare for the next chapter in our church. For the next two weeks, we will be transitioning the various responsibilities...

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Identity Theft Sermon Series

  Photo by HMCC of Jakarta Publications       I am excited to share our next Sunday Celebration sermon series called, “Identity Theft.” In the last 11 months, I have to come to the stark realization that one of the biggest issues for people in Indonesia is their struggle with their God-given identity. I think this struggle is prevalent in most Asian cultures. The dilemma with trying to address the identity issue is that...

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Reminders from the Fishing Story

  Photo on oceanchampions.org       This week, I re-read a portion of Max Lucado’s book, He Still Moves Stones: Everyone Needs a Miracle. It was a good reminder of several principles that I try to live by. Here is a excerpt from Lucado’s book: Most mornings Peter and his partners would sell their fish, repair their nets, and head home to rest with a bag of money and a feeling of satisfaction. This...

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Myths About Marriage

  Photo by nara.gov of the Gores, May 19th, 1970       In light of the shocking news of Al and Tipper Gore’s divorce, I was thinking, “how can a couple get a divorce after 40 years of marriage?!” In all news accounts and some personal testimonies from people who know the Gores well, they have mentioned that the Gores just “grew apart over the years.” No couple enters into a marriage thinking, “We...

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Read the Fine Print

  Photo by Dot Communications       I don’t know about you, but I have zero tolerance for false advertisement. Some companies and corporations are very sneaky to put it mildly. They will advertise in their eye-catching ads about a huge sale or a real bargain, but when you walk in to the store, you quickly come to realize that there are “terms and conditions.” In other words, “read the fine print.” Even though...

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Dr. Wayne Grudem

  I had the privilege of studying under Dr. Wayne Grudem while I attended seminary at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. Not only did I study all my Systematic Theology with him, but I also took some elective classes that he taught in different semesters. There are two fond memories of him that increased my respect and admiration of him. First, I remember how we would sing a song or two before we...

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Reflections on Asia Trip 05.2010

  Photo on WordPress       Last week was an eventful week as I made a trip out to Hong Kong and Singapore. In Hong Kong, I reconnected with some of our alumni and met up with some pastors and ministry leaders. It was an eye-opening trip as I heard about some of the great things that God is doing in Hong Kong. Even though I visited Hong Kong a few times before, for...

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Keeping Things Fresh

  As we are preparing for our return to the States, Christina and I have realized that there are a lot of things that we need to get in order. For one thing, we need to purchase a car. Right before we moved out to Indonesia, we sold our Honda Odyssey. I thought I would be done with the days of a mini-van since our kids are getting older, but after seeing this video I...

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The Greater Witness

        One thing great about Indonesia is the amount of holidays they have here due to religious observances. There is definitely a lot of tolerance for the various religions because everyone is trying to live in peace with one another. Couple of days ago was Ascension Day (commemorating the day that Jesus went up to heaven after His resurrection), therefore it was a national holiday. With the relationships that I have been...

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Differences in Christianity and Islam?

  Whenever discussions revolve around religion, it is always a heated and charged discussion. The reason behind this is simple: Religion is something personal. Therefore whenever our faith is attacked, a religious person will do everything in order to protect and defend the basic tenets of their faith. In this way, religion has been one of the catalysts for some of the wars throughout history. It is usually not a very pretty picture. This notion...

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Appealing to Our Pride and Ambition

  Photo by gbcdecatur.org       Recently I received an e-mail that I found very interesting. Here is the content of the e-mail: You were recently chosen as a potential candidate to represent your professional community in the 2010/2011 Edition of The Global Directory of Who’s Who Online. We are please to inform you that your candidacy was formally approved April 15th, 2010. Congratulations. The Publishing Committee selected you as a potential candidate based...

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Words of Wisdom from Steve Jobs

  I don’t know how many of you have heard or seen Steve Jobs’ 2005 Stanford University Commencement speech. Usually graduates, who sit under the hot sun, rarely remember the content of the speech that is normally given by a famous person during their commencement. Honestly, I don’t even remember the graduation commencement speech of my graduation. But there is something about what Steve Jobs shared in his speech that really espoused some important principles...

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