May 2009

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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40 Days and Counting

        It is hard to believe that our departure date for Jakarta is approaching so quickly – July 7th, 2009. It just seems like yesterday that Christina and I were praying about whether to take this step of faith to plant our first international church. Things have moved along so quickly within the past 9 months. We have taken steps to prepare our family and the team as best as we can...

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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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Cynicism in the Ministry

  Photo by Newswise       The famous evangelist D. L. Moody was often noted to have prayed the prayer, “Lord, keep me from ever losing the wonder.” I have always wondered (no pun intended) what causes a person in ministry to lose the sense of wonder. Do you remember the last time you had the sense wonder or awe in light of what God was doing in a person’s life? There is just...

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A Deeper Appreciation for Routine

  Photo by Fitness Walking Guide       Routine and I have a love-hate relationship. I am an enigma when it comes to routine, structure and order. There is a side of me that desperately cries out for things to be put nicely into “systems.” But there is another side of me that despises anything that remotely reminds me of monotony. In fact, I find myself being more spontaneous than anything else. This of...

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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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Conference in Chicago 5.20.09

  I am currently in Chicago for a Leadership Network conference for Asian-American pastors. It is a small cohort that started back in May 2008 and it will finish out in November 2009. There are some incredible mentors in this cohort. They have all been tested and put through the fire and now their ministry shows that good leadership always allows God to do great things. It is going to be an awesome conference as...

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Jakarta Update 5.17.09

  Christina and I are in transit right now in Singapore. We are getting ready to board our flight from SIN-NRT-DTW. As I sit here in Singapore’s airport, I am realizing that the last 5 days have been a whirlwind experience. Our times have been filled with meetings with people. Each one of the meetings have played a significance role in strengthening the conviction that God wants to do start this international church here in...

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Jakarta Update 5.16.09

  It has been weird here in Karawaci because even though I am getting a few hours of sleep, I feel pretty rested. Maybe it is all the high pace of meetings and trying to get everything done before we leave on Sunday. Early this morning, I was awakened by the Muslim call to prayer. There is a mosque several hundred yards away. The night before, I slept right through it, but this morning I...

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Jakarta Update 5.15.09

  It has been great coming out to Indonesia. It is hard to believe in about 55 days we will be here with the whole family. Yesterday, we just reconnected with a few of the UM alumni over dinner. There is nothing better than food, fellowship and good conversation. This morning Christina and I started off the day at a café drinking some coffee and talking about our future move to Karawaci (expatriate town west...

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Reconnecting with Alumni in Singapore 5.13.09

  Even though I was struggling a bit with jetlag, I was able to get a few hours of sleep. Christina and I started off the morning by reconnecting with some of the alumni here in Singapore. We went out for brunch and just ended up talking together. We also checked out a retreat center in the afternoon. With our Jakarta church planting team first flying into Singapore in July, we want to make sure...

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The Infamous Mask

  This whole Swine Flu has taken over all of Asia. It is incredible how “fear” can drive people to do anything. After we landed and taxied to the gate, we had to wait in the plane until the quarantine team came and checked everyone to see if anyone had the flu. We literally sat in the plane for one hour. We thought we were going to miss our connecting flight… but our flight to...

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Trip to S.E. Asia 5.11.09

  I am getting ready to leave for my trip with Christina to Singapore and Jakarta. We are leaving today. Christina is already packed and I have still yet to pack (what else is new). I don’t know why but for some reason I have never understood the philosophy of packing ahead of time, but Christina reminds me of the importance when I forget to pack something in my rush to catch the flight 🙂...

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Returning to the Grid

  It has been about two weeks since I have written in my blog (and Twitter). In the first couple of days, I felt like an addict going through withdrawal symptoms and having a nervous breakdown (half-joking). But it has been good for my soul. The last few months have been one of toughest periods of my life. There have been trials and testing before in my life, but this period has been especially difficult....

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