February 2010

Do They See Jesus in Me

  Christina and I went to Karissa’s school assembly in the morning. All the first graders were participating as they did various presentations. One part really got to me. The school has been trying to teach the young kids about reaching out to people and having a compassionate heart. They did a specific project, where they invited other students from various local schools to their school. Their goal was to tangible show the other student...

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Leaders Love Challenges

  Photo from wanderhotels       I realized that there is something comforting about being safe and secure. It is a basic human need that we all seek after (and desire gets stronger, as we get older). But with a lot of things in life, when something goes to the extreme, it might not be the best for us. We live in a society, where we wince at the thought suffering, hardships, and challenges....

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Cognitive Dissonance

  Photo from saidaonline.com       Cognitive dissonance is a term that I studied in college as a psychology major. In fact, it is probably one of the greatest tools to help us to look at things differently, as well as to bring forth change in our lives. Usually “cognitive dissonance” is defined as, “the feeling of discomfort or pain when new evidence conflicts with a current belief or perspective, which causes a discrepancy...

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Communicating Visually

  You have probably heard of the phrase, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” There are times when one simple and poignant picture can tell a story just as well as, if not better, than a story with a thousand words. There is something about visually seeing things that captures the imagination. Since we are all so different, we will focus in on different parts of the picture or video. We will interpret things...

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The First Follower

  I was introduced to this video by Pete Dahlem. I was reminded of an important principle in good leadership. Not only do we need the leader to show by example, but in order to start a movement one of the key components is the “first follower.” Without this person, there will be no momentum or movement. But if a leader has their first follower, then slowly others will follow – more people will join...

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Ministers of the Gospel

  Photo on www.ssa.gov       I will never forget an experience that shaped a lot of my passion and focus on the whole Transformasphere Movement. Some years ago, I was at a conference with a lot of college students. A pastor who was leading the conference gave an altar call for people who felt like God was calling them into “full-time ministry.” One side comment: I have never been a fan of calling...

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The Youth of Indonesia

  Photo by euromonitor       This past week, God has been putting an enormous burden on my heart for the youth of Indonesia. I had the privilege of speaking to the 11th graders of Sekolah Pelita Harapan (SPH). After some of my sessions, some of the students wanted to talk with me and receive prayer. It was heart wrenching to hear some of their struggles and the situations that they were facing in...

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Student Volunteer Movement 2.0

  Photo by The Traveling Team       I have always been inspired and fascinated with the Student Volunteer Movement. The foundation was laid in the summer of 1886 at a conference where were 251 people gathered from 89 different universities. It was the first international and interdenominational conference for students of that magnitude. After receiving the challenge of committing to foreign missions, one hundred people pledged themselves to participate in God’s mission. Then...

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The Boy Girl Thing

  Photo by HMCC Publications       I was shocked to see the influence of the Korean dramas here in Indonesia. In fact, I have heard about the K-Drama’s influence throughout Asia, but the reality and the magnitude of its influence didn’t hit me until I got to Indonesia. It was interesting to find Indonesians who spoke better Korean, than some of the Koreans-Americans that I know. The Indonesians pick up various Korean phrases...

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Our Insecurities Fuel Our Distortions

  Photo from wordpress.com       I read an article by Carolyn Arends titled, “Our Divine Distortion.” Arends’ honest sharing triggered an insight. Let me first have you read a portion of her article. Arends writes, “When I found a brand new lap-top for half price on eBay, I told my friend and musical colleague Spencer about my bargain of a find. He was worried: ‘Usually when something’s too good to be true…’ ‘I...

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