isaiah 40:31

A Fun Ride call Life (on Earth)

Get ready for a wild ride.  Through poetry in prose format Wilson explains the world around us and leads us to the conclusion that an Author to this story must exist and His love for us.  He wittingly uses philosophy and sneaks in science and math to support each step.  However, it is his use of every day life that we can relate to pull it together.  This is how he adds fun to a wild ride of a complex topic.  Pick it up and soak in the...

Certainty of Hope

In business, we hear that the “only certainty is change.”  It is true that change can be expected, it is certainly not constant.  However, there is indeed one certainty in life.  It is not only constant, but guaranteed!  It is with God’s love!  We can place our hope in Him. I lift up my eyes to the mountains— where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. He will not let your foot slip— he who watches over you will not slumber; indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord watches over you— the Lord is your shade at your right hand; the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord will keep you from all harm— he will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.  (Psalm...

Best Place to Catch Fish

While attending my parents’ church in New York, the guest pastor spoke on the importance of “Evangelism: Jesus Style”.  Jesus did not stay in a church building waiting for people to come to hear the message.  Instead, He went to the people where they are desperately seeking the answer.  Just as fisherman goes to where the fishes are, so too must we go where the lost are. However, our need to go where the lost are not just an act in the physical sense.  We need to go in terms of consciousness and emotions.  Often times we rely too much on our actions alone and/or have avoided speaking of God’s love because of fear of its impact to our relationship.  As parents, how many times do we know our children dislike our disciplining them, but know how important it is because of our love for them?  People may have already rejected or may not like to hear it, but because of our love for them, we must share the Good News. We must go where the lost are.  After all, we cannot expect to help many by hoping people would find us where we may be so we can help them find their way.  We must go to them...

Praying from Your Heart

Our church, Five Stones, is currently in a series based on Mark Batterson’s book The Circle Maker.  It is about being bold in our prayers.  During our last small group meeting, the question of how specific we should be in our prayer request came up.  This has always been a struggle for me.  Is it appropriate for me to pray asking for a specific job?  Or should my prayers be generic and ask for a job that is best suited for me? Pastor Greg asked if we have prayed in the past for something bold, but then ended with “if it is you will Lord.”  Yes, we should always seek God first and pray for things in His will (Matthew 6:33), but in general there is a problem with that specific statement.  The word “if” usually speaks one of two things: either we haven’t sought God first or we doubt our prayer.  If we truly sought God first and have faith in God’s abilities, then is the statement required? However, there still remains the nagging issue of how detailed should our prayer request be.  Yes, we can seek God first and have faith in Him, but we don’t always have God whisper in our ears specifically about what prayers...

Secret Identity

If you have been keeping up with the latest news in technology, there are some exciting news such as Apple’s introduction of iBooks2 and iAuthor.  We will finally see the next evolution of what eBooks should be.  However, the latest news is flooded with concerning privacy issue.  Even government has been very much involved with the controversial issue with the introduction of the Stop Online Privacy Act (SOPA) and Protect IP Act (PIPA) bills.  Even major companies such as Facebook with requiring all users to switch to Timeline and Google’s new privacy policy are getting major headlines. With such concern for privacy, there are many discussions and recommendations to protect your privacy.  Several articles recommend the separation of your personal and professional account.  Such separation would help minimize risk of privacy exposure and minimize impact of identity theft in the event of a compromise.  Even prior to these privacy issues, companies have always recommended keeping personal lives at home.  With technology, we may be able to separate our accounts, but can we truly compartmentalize our different lives?  More importantly, should we? Even in politics today, there is a question of whether digging up a politician’s personal life is important in the selection of officials, especially the President.  While I understand it is a public position serving the community, it...
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