April 2010

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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If We Only Knew What We Know Now

  Photo on about.com       As Christina and I are preparing the family, the team and the church for the transition that is coming up in July, we started to talk about what it would be like if we stayed longer in Indonesia – like 5 years or even 10 years longer. This sparked a good discussion. I shared from my perspective that if we stayed longer in Indonesia, our relationships with people...

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The Revelatory Nature of Trials

  Photo from hubpages.com       Many of you have probably heard of the axiom, “Trials will make you more like Christ.” But the more I think about it, I realized that this is not necessarily the case. In fact, I have been guilty of preaching this misnomer for years. Even in my counseling sessions, I have encouraged people to have the perspective of enduring through trials because it will produce Christ-likeness. It is...

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The Heart of Child

  Photo on pixdaus.com       This past week, I had the privilege of speaking at Karissa’s chapel. The best part of it was being introduced by my little girl. Not only did she do an excellent job, but I was so humbled by her joy and excitement when she saw me. Before I went up to speak, Karissa and some of her classmates were leading the praise time. Well, let’s just say that...

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Evolution of Things

  Before I share some thoughts, check out this video. For those of you born in the late 80’s and 90’s, this will not have much significance to you. But for those of us who lived our younger years in the 80’s this video will make a lot of sense. It might even bring back some warn fuzzy feelings.         It is amazing how things evolve, especially in the area of technology...

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The Irony of Finding Oneself

  Photo on Flickr.com       I have been working on my message for the Sunday Celebration sermon series called, “The Price.” This Sunday I will be covering “The Price of Freedom” by preaching on Romans 6. It has been an interesting study for me because it reminded me of a principle that has been proven true over the years, not only in my life but also in the lives of people that I...

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Easter in Indonesia

  Photo on WordPress       What an awesome weekend we had here in Indonesia! As I was giving more thought to it, I realized that this was the first Easter we celebrated outside of Ann Arbor in 14 years. It just felt different – in a good way. Last week, we were busy getting ready for Good Friday and Easter weekend. But in the midst of all the busy preparations, one thing we...

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Good Friday Reflection 4.2.10

  Photo by Webpage Development       John Stott in his book, What Christ Thinks of the Church writes, “The cross is the blazing fire at which the flame of our love is kindled, but we have to get near enough to it for its sparks to fall on us.” This quote by Stott helped me to visualize the need for God’s sparks from the cross to fall on me once again. After so...

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