Growth: Uncertain belief still counts as knowledge…


Shu-Ling Li Fan Club
June 16, 2007, 4:10 pm
Filed under: Life in general, Shu-Ling

So Chevy, at his hardworking job, had the time to send me this site that he googled

http://asia.groups.yahoo.com/group/shuling-fc/

looks like Shu-Ling Li is an asian superstar :p

enjoy!



Ministry… Taken over…
May 30, 2007, 2:38 pm
Filed under: Church, Life in general

I have to confess I have not posted in a while and it is because I am thoroughly busy with ministry at RHCCC! Sometimes I’ve been finding that it has been tough just to “live life” outside of ministry and not letting it be a more organic thing. I just hope God can show me a better balance so I can still have a good time of rest and regeneration so I can better care for others…

I also hope I’m not falling into the trap of only talking about church ministry but also about other relevant issues in life such as relationships, culture, current issues and etc.

I’ll leave y’all with a quote from one of my favorite preachers, Tim Keller, on ministry:

“We in ministry, he said, tend to mistake spiritual gifts with spiritual fruit, maturity, and character. It’s one of our most deadly mistakes. … There are three basic clusters within ministries: public speaking, pastoring/counseling, and leading. Nobody does all three well.” (5/16/07)

…This is the part I let out a nice sigh of relief…. *siiiigggggghhh*!

BTW, I am currently writing a new song, hope to show it online soon!  Peace 😉



Something new [Kainos]…
May 9, 2007, 6:17 pm
Filed under: Church, Emerging, Kainos, Life in general, Prayer, Relationships, Worship

So after a long blog hiatus, I’ve some some stuff to share…

I’ve officially changed my position at RHCCC from part-time Worship Director to Full-Time Summer Intern (College/Worship).  I’ve taken up the task to help guide and direct the college/young adult group at Richmond Hill Chinese Community Church.

As the fellowship formerly known as “Kainos Fellowship”, I’ve changed the name slightly to its current identity, the”Kainos Gathering”.  The meaning of “Kainos” (Greek word) means “New” and it is quite fitting that this ministry is restarting NEW at this church.  I’ve tried to give the group a little facelift cosmetically with the help of the WONDERFUL Deborah Lau 😉  She helped design a pretty spiffy logo and schedule layout for the group!

Anyways, it is my sincere hope that this group may very well know the faith, hope and love that we share in Jesus.  I also hope this summer can help them be bold enough to make friends with people who aren’t christian and yet still grow in their faith (and hopefully sharing it).  Simple enough, but to help stimulate this growing process, we’ll be praying a lot and waiting on the Spirit to move us 😉

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Here’s another [Kainos] new thing…

I just talked to my good friend Vince Fung.  He’s someone who’s worked hard for his degree, who has tried hard to follow God, yet is still going through some of the hardest times in life.   THE GRADUATED.

My prayer for Him, and for my other friends in similar situations (and boy do I have many) is that God can somehow turn their bitterness, their confusion and their S.A.D. stories… into something more beautiful than they could imagine.  Nothing ever turns out all dandy and “happily ever after…” as we see it.  I just know that God is Jehovah-Jireh, the great provider.  I believe THAT over all the “reality” that people say is more realistic than Christian “tunnelvision”.  I hope none of them can ever say aloud that the only way they could “succeed” was through their own means.  I just pray so earnestly that God will do… something?…

Lord God, change their hearts, transform their minds, not so other people (like me) can just fix their solutions with words, but so that they may know why you made them in this life…

In Jesus name, Amen.



Clergy – Most Satisfying Job?
April 21, 2007, 12:54 am
Filed under: Church, Life in general

Looks like statistics say having a vocation as a Clergy is the most satisfying job people look forward to going to.

Which jobs provide the most satisfaction?

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Looking more and more forward to it 😉 haha!

In a connecting note, I have unofficially (which means the paperwork is in, the registrar has ok’d, but still waiting upon official documentation) transferred into Tyndale’s MDiv in Worship Program.  It was once cancelled, but it is still available to take if I take worship courses in conjunction with Robert Webber’s Institute for Worship Studies in Florida.   So I am FINALLY getting to do what I felt God was calling me to ALL ALONG!

Big ups to John Baik for showing me how to get this going!  Hallelujah!

Peace!



Some ROCKIN’ Christian Music!
April 2, 2007, 2:11 am
Filed under: Church, Guitars, Life in general, Songwriting, Worship

I subscribe to the Mars Hill Church (Seattle, Mark Driscoll) podcast and sometimes they also send some of their worship bands audio recordings from live services.  I have to admit, after listening to some of the bands more, I am thoroughly impressed!  I just wanted to give a quick plug to media section at Mars Hill where you can download the bands live service mixes and sermons and stuff if you’re down with Driscoll 😉

Mars Hill Church Media Library

Anyways, there is one song called “Emphasis” that I want to DESPERATELY give props to because of its great biblical lyrics but also awesome rock…  not “christian” rock, but LEGIT rock!  At least how I would say it!  There are two versions, one done by the original writers, Team Strikeforce (yes I know, awesome church band names!) and the other done by E-Pop (something I like just as much if not more).

Team Strikeforce – Emphasis

E-Pop – Emphasis

Just right-click to save.

This song just has this soaring chorus that evokes Ephesians 5:14 “Wake Up O Sleeper, rise from the dead and Christ will shine on you”.

I think it might be possible for me to lead this song someday 😀

If you like their stuff, download more of it on the site 😉

Hallelujah indeed.



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.



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…