Category Archives: God

Travels in Siberia

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I’m sitting alone in a corner booth seat at the new Ten Ren, because Dad got an emergency call to pick up his mom from the cardiologist. She’s not sick or anything; she just needed a ride. I’m nearly halfway through┬áTravels in Siberia, by Ian Frazier, about his inexplicable Russia-love, his discovery of the strikingly close proximity of Russia to Alaska, and his attempt to drive across the vast stretches of Siberia. Continue reading

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The Easter Story (as told to toddlers)

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This past Sunday was Easter Sunday, and I got recruited to play a part in a short skit that Priscilla and Sabrina planned for the little ones about the Resurrection. The boys are nothing if not naughty, but it’s still refreshing to see their childlike reaction to Jesus being raised from the dead and appearing to Jesus’ followers and disciples. And, of course, we had a blast dressing up, sheets, pipe cleaners and all. Continue reading

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completed.

No, not that sappy “you complete me” Jerry Maguire line (I’ve never even seen the movie). But complete as in, “He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Christ” (Philippians 1:6). I’ve been thinking a lot about why Paul wrote to the Philippians, and what he wanted to get across in his letter to his fellow Believers.

I keep wondering, “What is this good work that God began in them, and what does it look like for it to be brought to completion?” A few verses later, Paul says:

And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ to the glory and praise of God (Phil 1:9-11, ESV).

What began to stick out to me was Paul’s emphasis on “the day of Christ” — this future day to which he is looking forward so expectantly. With that as the common thread, it seems like Paul’s image of completion is for Believers to be pure, blameless and filled with the fruit of righteousness (which became possible when God granted us salvation and started His “good work” in us).

The assurance, the hope, and the goal, then, all revolve around the day of Christ. But how often, though, do I think about that day? I get so focused on getting through the next day, the next week, with all its anxiety and trials and to do’s. When do I think about eternity and what really matters in this life? Continue reading

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a disciple.

I’ve sat down in front of this screen maybe twenty times over the last few weeks. Every time I feel like I have something to say, the words just seem to escape me and I can’t finish a single post. I set out with the purpose of being consistent in my blogging, but somehow, that never happens.

I’m beginning to wonder if I’m only allowed to blog when the words and thoughts are on the brink of bursting, when I feel like I’m going to explode if I don’t get them out. With that being said, there are some things that I wanted to say, no matter what.

As an aside: what follows is based on my own observations and interpretation. Rather than simply accepting my words, I suggest that you read the passage and study it for yourself to see if what I say makes sense. Continue reading

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good.

“Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise Him, my salvation and my God.” Psalm 42:5

I always struggle with what to blog. There are things that are too personal to put into the public sphere, and I don’t want my blog to be over-spiritualized (contrary to popular belief, being a Christian is not about posting Bible verses and holy-sounding quotes on all your social networking sites).

But every once in awhile, God shows me something that I can’t keep to myself — things that are too good not to share. And I’ve come to realize, those things are as much a part of my life as what I ate yesterday or a funny mishap from this morning. Continue reading

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