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Repenting of…
March 21, 2007, 11:40 pm
Filed under: Church, Life in general, Relationships

I think after tonight I will start a small series (which could turn into a bigger one…) called “Repenting of…”.

Taking after Tim Keller’s article called “Life is Repentance” I think I need to do a bit of blog repentance.

In this blog I think I need to take some time to repent of some of my current faux-pas’.  Something that hit me hard was just in talking with my uncle tonight.  I think my tone has grown pretty arrogant at times.  My “confidence” that I exhibit at times becomes a sign of arrogance to people and I think after tonight I really do have to repent of that.  I’m a kind of person who needs to be SURE, wants to SOUND sure and wants to LEAD sure.  I’m starting to realize I need to pay attention to my own advice in terms of putting myself in other people’s shoes and hearing how I speak.

Going into ministry has put me in a lot of ackward situations that I’m still trying to deal with.  I’ve been laughed at, attacked, criticized, chastised and sometimes even simply shot down just because I’m leading a ministry at a large church.  I think it’s been quite the learning experience up til now, and I don’t think it’s as much an issue of humility or attitude re-adjustment…  but I think more of one to listen longer and respond slower.

I think I’m slowly realizing, even with my “take action” approach, the only way the action God wants to come out, will only happen if I repent of my sins/faults and let God mold me and work in my inabilities…

Lord I repent of these things and ask for your living water to restore my soul.


Good words…
March 20, 2007, 11:24 am
Filed under: Church, Missions, Worship


“Give me a hundred men who love God with all their hearts and fear nothing but sin, and I will move the world.”

-John Wesley (*ht:reformissionary)

I’ve been thinking about some fresher ideas as of late… what to implement at RHCCC and I know I can’t do it alone. But I came across this quote and I agree with Wesley 100%… I just need to work with people who love God with all their hearts and fear sin. We will shake this area for God… and like this past sunday’s sermon so “eloquently” said… go out and speak peace to the people around us, not restricting to our own Christian family.

Peace and God bless.

Three Kinds of Men
March 14, 2007, 4:41 pm
Filed under: Church, Life in general

I was listening to a video interview of Tim Keller at DesiringGod07 Conference and I was reminded to check out a book by C.S. Lewis called “Three Kinds of Men”.  The topic of the interview was called “The Gospel, Moralism and Irreligion”.  I am very thankful to be reminded of this:

“There are three kinds of people in the world. The first class is of those who live simply for their own sake and pleasure, regarding Man and Nature as so much raw material to be cut up into whatever shape may serve them. In the second class are those who acknowledge some other claim upon them – the will of God, the categorical imperative, or the good of society – and honestly try to pursue their own interests no further than this claim will allow. They try to surrender to the higher claim as much as it demands, like men paying a tax, but hope, like other taxpayers, that what is left over will be enough for them to live on. Their life is divided, like a soldier’s or a schoolboy’s life, into time 'on parade' and 'off parade', 'in school' and 'out of school'. But the third class is of those who can say like St Paul that for them 'to live is Christ'. These people have got rid of the tiresome business of adjusting those rival claims of Self and God by the simple expedient of rejecting the claims of Self altogether. The old egoistical will has been turned round, reconditioned, and made into a new thing. The will of Christ no longer limits theirs; it is theirs. All their time, in belonging to Him, belongs also to them, for they are His.” (Three Kinds of Men)

I hope God can open up my eyes and make me into the third man…

The History of My Acoustic Guitars
March 3, 2007, 3:23 am
Filed under: Church, Guitars, Worship

So I’ve decided to take some time to blog about my Guitar history so for those uninterested in guitar lingo and my excellent adventures with ebay purchases, you can stop now 😉


Simon & Patrick Rosewood (1995-Present)

When I first decided to pick up the guitar for church, I was Grade 10 (around 1995-1996). I slowly stole away my dad’s trusty guitar, that he usually only played at Adult Fellowship Retreats and started to use it full time. Good ol’ Simon & Patrick Rosewood Guitar that I still own (but is currently being lent out to Dan Gam who graciously provided this picture of it), I used a external dean markeley pickup that really sounded bad and something I don’t suggest anyone to use! (Ken Foo still has that pickup btw!)


Taylor 310ce (2001-2006)

At the peak of my guitar development in 2001, I decided to purchase my first guitar with the money I had earned from working at Mitchell Family Books. The guitar I set my sights on was a Taylor 310ce which I purchased for about a great price off EBay. This Mahogany, Dreadnought beaut gave me a good reason to invest my time into practicing the guitar and especially to keep my passion for leading worship through playing guitar as well. This guitar came with a standard Fishman Prefix pickup and served me so well for 5 years until I wore down the first few frets and decided I needed a change…


Washburn J12S (2002-Present)
But in the during that time, I felt I also needed a new beat around guitar that I could bring to retreats and outdoors but one that would still have a pickup as my “backup” guitar for worship service. Again, Ebay didn’t do me wrong as I bought a Washburn J12S that was priced only under 500$US. The Small Jumbo/Grand Auditorium, solid top spruce guitar is still in my possession and over that period I decided to fit it with a Fishman Natural II pickup for the undersaddle. Then, the Fishman Ellipse came out and I decided to add it to the guitar to give it a dual source to improve its sound in amps/soundsystems. It’s still serving me well up to this day (when it’s not in Matt Mark’s house, haha).


Martin DC-16GTE (2006-2007)

During my brief one-year tenure at SBTS in Louisville, KY, I decided to sell my longtime friend, the Taylor 310ce after the last setup did not help the guitar improve from its fret deterioration. It was time for a new guitar! The Martin DC-16GTE found its way into my collection after a quick selling of my 310ce and a thrilling bid off… you guessed it… EBAY again! Mr. Chihymn Chan helped me bid on it while I was in class and also tricked me by saying we lost :p But anyways, this Mahogany Dread and glossed top ended up being my main axe for the past year. It had great reviews online and it was served its purpose, but I never truly got the kind of response I really wanted to get from it… so… I sold it to Joon Jae James recently and he’s enjoying it 😉


Martin J-40 (2007 and beyond)

This has brought me to (hopefully) the end of my history of guitar ownership. I have finally got my dream guitar! The guitar I was first inspired by (from the playing of Shane Barnard) and the “responsive” and awesome toned sound I’ve been looking for. The Martin J-40 is one of the higher-end guitars made by C.F. Martin Co. and it has a Jumbo body (but uniquely Grand Auditorium at the top with Jumbo waist). I got it for a STEAL of a price by getting it AGAIN off Ebay! This time around, Matt bid on the guitar for me while I was helping to lead Uncovered Service at Tyndale Sunday Night… and SURPRISINGLY my bid won! 2400$ off the suggested retail price!!! The guitar, although used, is still in amazing condition for a guitar that was bought in 1999 (original owner). After meeting John Baik this year at Tyndale and hearing his Larrivee D-10 going through a LR Baggs M1 Active pickup, I decided to get one as well and got a good deal off craigslist Toronto. Thus, the history of my guitars is at an end. I hope this will be the guitar I keep the rest of my life and I hope I take good care of ol… GUMBO… haha (Guitar + Jumbo = Gumbo). Probably not the best name for the guitar… haha! Btw, I just knocked it off my guitar stand and it got nicked some… *sigh*, I better take care of it better :p


Here are two Youtube links towards the best two inspirations of guitar playing I’ve had… and they are both playing the nice Martin J-40 😉

John Mayer w/J-40


Shane & Shane (Barnard with J-40 and Everett with Taylor 310ce)