September 2007

Sixth Year Anniversary of 9/11

It is hard to believe that it has been 6 years since the 9/11 attacks. With the busyness of life it is easy to forget. But today as I was driving my kids to school, when I heard the song, I Can Only Imagine by Mercy Me. They added a montage of various recordings of actual conversations of people during the 9/11 tragedy and various snippets of speeches by people and the president. For some...

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A New Velocity

As this new school year started, we have added a junior school ministry to our church. It is hard to believe that what started off just as a college focused church has now expanded to various other ministries. This is truly a testimony to God’s grace and faithfulness. Within the month of August we were racking our brains to come up with a new name for this ministry. I have been teaching in our church...

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Missions at Every Life Stage

It was a blessing to see the single adults in the FOCUS ministry and the high school students in our Latitude ministry give their missions update. It has always been a dream of ours to see every single person in our church, regardless of their life stage to get involved somehow in missions. This was the first time we sent out a whole team of high school students as well as a whole team of...

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Congregation Meeting Sept 07

Tomorrow we will have our congregational meeting with all our covenant signing members in our church. I really look forward to these meetings because I have the opportunity to share about the current situation in our church and even cast some vision for the coming year. It is kind of like the State of the Union Address. We are going to look back to a lot of things that God has accomplished through us this...

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Firstfruits Theology

After the staff and I had a discussion on the first-fruits offering, it got me thinking about the validity of it. The first-fruits offering was something that the Israelites practiced in their relationship with God. It was an offering that was to be brought to the Lord in the beginning of the harvest season to express their thankfulness and their trust in God for His Provisions. In the book of Leviticus and the book of...

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The Opera Legend

Today is a sad day. When I checked the news this morning, I found out that Luciano Pavarotti passed away early this morning. He was one of the godfathers of opera. Music is such a powerful medium to communicate a message. He used his tenor voice to dazzle the crowds, especially with his international crowds. He currently holds two Guinness World Records for receiving the most curtain calls. Do you know how many? One hundred...

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Alumni Network

After I got back from my whirlwind summer tour, I was convinced that what we are trying to do here in Ann Arbor is really worth it. God reignited my heart for investing in the alumni who are now making ripples throughout the world. One morning, I was in Singapore’s airport having an early breakfast with a handful of former members. It was so encouraging to hear some of the things that they were doing...

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A Clean Office

It was awesome walking into a clean church office this morning, especially my office. The blessing part of this whole thing is that someone anonymously cleaned it. I am trying to dust off fingerprints on the guilty party. It is such a blessing to lead a church that has people who know how to serve and they do it anonymously. In this world of “getting ahead,” it is encouraging to know that there are some...

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Covenant Retreat 07 Update

We just came back from our Covenant Retreat. It was awesome spending time with the other married couples in our church. Our focus for this retreat was on “Oneness.” It is easy for couples to go through their married life without experiencing oneness in their marriage. Emotional oneness, spiritual oneness and physical oneness are things that couples need to experience. It was interesting because in one of our discussions we started to see the difference...

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Covenant Retreat 2007

        Today, the Covenant group, which is our married couples’ group in our church, will be heading out for a retreat. We usually have a great time of just chillin’ and fellowshipping together. Most of the families bring their kids so it is good time even for the kids to play together. In this retreat, we are going to focus on “oneness” in our marriage. With the busyness of work, raising kids...

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New Encounter 2007

Yesterday, we had our New Encounter event. It was great seeing all the new students join us for worship experience. We were able to give people a glimpse of our worship style and also share about different aspects of our church, especially our small group ministry. There was great interaction with one another as we played games and had fellowship with some food that was donated by the married couples in our church. It is...

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A Lesson from Heartbreak

Urgh! A principle that we will constantly be confronted with is – when we get too comfortable or have an over-estimation of ourselves, we will be humbled. Michigan Wolverines were ranked #5 in the nation and Appalachian State who?! Jesus said, “For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted” (Lk 14:11). This principle not only applies to football but especially in ministry and our personal relationship with...

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