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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.



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.



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

*update*

“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.



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 😉

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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!)

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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…

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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).

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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 😉

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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

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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)



Life of A Sem Student…
January 17, 2007, 4:16 pm
Filed under: Church, Life in general, Relationships, Worship

I apologize for this long overdue post, but I’ve been super busy…

I have actually created two new blogs, one for RHCCC English Celebration Ministry and one for my critique on the local chinese church. I will refrain from telling you the rhccc site because it has some senstive material for the church, but here is the new blog I just started up:

From Chinese To Church

My hope is that I can post some good thoughts on the chinese church and hopefully shed some light towards its renewal of the spirit, structure and understanding. I’m not trying to be prideful in trying to create solutions, but to at least start SOMETHING… we’ll see…

Anyways, this term I am taking 4 classes at Tyndale and continuing my job at RHCCC as the worship co-ordinator. I am already dying :p but God still finds a way to affirming I am where I’m supposed to be.

I had a recent talk with Jesse (Suridigo) and I told him that I always make time for my friends when we can meet because the relationships in ministry are more important than simply the service in the ministry. So if any of you want to just meet up and chat, I’d be more than happy to make time to just catch up and talk again.

Lastly, I want to give props to Pastor Sam Chan at RHCCC for laying the SMACKDOWN on all the congregations about coming on time for worship. I think I blogged a little while ago about how we treat worship as a service to us (Gas Station, HT: Dan Kimball), but we need to change that mentality. Our sunday mornings are in dire need to be understood as a WORSHIP GATHERING, we gather to worship the One True God. We want to be on time to worship God together, to not keep HIM waiting, not primarily for the sake of the worship service planners (even though that is important) but it is for Him and Him firstly. He paralleled it to going to work on time…. most people would not go to work late, but why do we gather to worship late? Corporate worship to God is part of a life of worship and that cannot we brushed aside for our comfort. Anyways, here is the respects to Pastor Sam for setting the record straight 😉

Until next post!



Shane & Shane
November 7, 2006, 3:42 am
Filed under: Church, Life in general, Worship

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If it had not been for these guys, I don’t think I would’ve practiced my guitar so much in my formative years of guitar playing a decade ago. I thank God for the music of Shane & Shane that have been a catalyst to my improvement as a guitar player (even tho they don’t even know what they’re playing musical theory wise, haha) and for their constant spurring to know the true sovereign God and the lover of our souls, Jesus Christ. I was blessed to see them in concert in Lexington, KY with my SBTS floormate Jeremy and I will ne’er forget it 😉 Especially getting hooked up by a Mr. Todd Cromwell (their bassist whom I met from the WorshipTogether Conference when he was the bassist with Charlie Hall Band) to the backstage and talking a bit with Shane E 😀

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Worship Resolution
October 20, 2006, 3:22 pm
Filed under: Church, Emerging, Worship

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Just some random rantings about worship…

As much as I would like to improve worship in its physical changes, and organizational methodology, I have always known worship is about the heart.

I once ran a “praise night” of the old school back in the day called “Worship Resolution”. It was meant for worship as a means to keep our vows to worship God properly forever. I used the passage “How can I repay the lord for all his goodness to me?… I will fulfill my vows to the lord in the presence of all his people.” (Psalm 116:12, 14). I’ve realized more and more that this passage (while it is still a great passage from the Bible) was miused in my context. I did not use verse 13 because I didn’t understand it’s implication.

“I will lift the cup of salvation and call on the name of the Lord” (v.13).

I missed that passage and I and I am so grateful that God has graciously shown me what I missed. I am more convicted than ever that our worship needs to always be in rememberance of Jesus. We need to remember to call on the name of the Lord.

Furthermore…

As much as I am very much for the improvement and the excellence of our worship services in execution and musical training, I think that is a distant second from the main goal of worship: The Glorifying of God. At my church, I admit I am very much interested in this newer term “mutli-sensory” worship, but I am also quite concerned with our understanding of worship in this day and age.

On one hand, in my parents generation, there was a huge need to uphold tradition and denominational loyalty. Our methods of “doing church” was to uphold what we have “always done” and even though we did what was biblical, our “passing down” of this knowledge to the next generation has been sketchy at best. I think more and more, this next generation needs a new kind of teaching of worship. Not one that is based on a kind of classroom lecture. Not one that is based on tradition for the sake of keeping to cultural norms… but one that is more closely aligned to what Jesus modeled for us. How Jesus taught us to worship God.

I’ve been sharing to many people as of late that I feel the church needs to be an area of “counter-culture” and to re-think its methodology in engaging the congregation.

We need to teach that church is not the building, not the weekend service. Church is wherever the disciples of Jesus gather. We need to teach that Christ is the not just a “catch phrase” for a better life, but THE sustenance of it. I can tell you right now, if people are not yearning to Love God and Love our neighbors as oneself…

Questions NEED to be asked.

All I can do, and want to do at the moment is share what God is putting in my heart, speak the truth in love, walk with those who God is giving me opportunity to, help people use their gifts of music for the Lord to be their most excellent, pray pray pray.

Lord, give me a purpose that is beyond my own wanting, and help me share with others the mission that you have called us to in faith, love and hope.