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American pride has been taken the wrong way

One of my problems that I have always had is that as much as I love the United States, it seems that people who proclaim it only care for it.

Songs like “God Bless America” really bother me. Well, first of all, if you believe in God, then you know that God blesses the world, not just America. And it seems that we in America forget that. I keep hearing “God Bless America” everywhere. How about God bless the world? After all, we believe in a God who is totally capable of that.

I don’t know. I think we’re spoiled here in America. We care so much about ourselves we forget that we aren’t the only people that are important in the world.

Shane is one of the most respected people in the world and a lot of this views on things are similar to mine. This one is right on.

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What is a community?

During a conversation last night, the question of community was brought up: What is it?

I had always believed that a good community is a gathering of people who share the same interests, that we help and look out for each other because of the common interest.

When the conversation about what it meant to support one another within a community, I started talking without thinking. But somehow, I believe God spoke to me and gave this description.

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My afternoon with MC Jin was a huge blessing from God

It all started with a simple question. And any other Sunday, I would have missed the question.

This past weekend was very busy for me. I was running around from my new job, to V3con’s opening awards ceremony, to an all day adventure with more V3con and the Back to the Future screening. Physically I was drained. So the very next morning, I wasn’t feeling all too energetic. I decided to just take it easy in the morning, not rush out of the house for the men’s Sunday School at 9:30am. I knew I would just show up a little later, but I needed to just rest a little bit more in the morning.

As I was looking through Facebook, I saw the above post. Had I left my house at 9:30 like I normally do, I would have not seen it. But I did see this post and I dropped MC Jin an email.

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Life’s Good

Samuel:

Something I wrote. It means a lot to me to remember that Life’s Good with God.

Originally posted on Love God, Love People, Change the World:

By Samuel Lam

The perfect slogan.

LG Electronics Inc. years ago adopted the backronym slogan “Life’s Good” and I’ve actually been a fan of it. It’s a simple slogan and it’s memorable. Everytime I see their commercial with their smiley face logo, that slogan pops into my mind. It really sticks to me.

Life is good.

It’s a hard concept to grasp at times. After all, there is a bunch of things that happen in life that aren’t good. Job losses, broken relationships, car accidents, bills to pay and food to buy. There are so many other things that happen that make you think that life isn’t good. We worry and we stress out about it. Can we not have these bad things happen to us?

Jesus reminded us about these tough times and told us about the good things in life.

Matthew 6:25-33 (NIV)

25 “Therefore I tell you, do not…

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Uncertainty again!

I think one of the craziest things about my career is that it’s ever changing. Whether or not it’s my position or the assignments I do, it’s always changing. Most times these things are unpredictable but that’s what I love about my job. It’s not your M-F, 9-5 kind of deal. Every day is different. The hours are different. It’s fun.

So I sit here wondering what is my next step. I’ve gotten real far and I know I got the skills. But where do I go from here? I think that maybe I’ll figure it out soon. But until then, I know where I stand and where I’ll go.

To be continued and onward and upward. Life’s good because God is good.

BTW, I can’t wait to head back to the Bay this weekend. Oh yeah!!!

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Happy Easter!

He is Risen!

The people need the resurrected Jesus. A Jesus who walks around and does miracles but lives on a normal life afterward is not the Jesus the people need.

The people need a Messiah. They need a Savior. The people need a Jesus to break the chains of sin that was holding all from God.

The people need a Jesus who had to conquer sin. The people need a Jesus who lived among us, suffered among us and died for all of us.

Without the death and resurrection, there would be no eternal salvation. We would still be lost and have no connection with God.

Jesus brought that. He fulfilled that promise with His resurrection. That is what we needed. We have it. We celebrate it.

Happy Easter! It’s a celebration of our eternal salvation in God. Thank you Jesus for dying for us.

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Good Friday: Jesus wants you no matter how much you’ve screwed up

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Today is Good Friday and we remember the death of Jesus Christ. But also, it’s a celebration because it is Jesus fulfilling His promise to give us eternal life. It’s a good day. That’s why we call it Good Friday.

One of my favorite parts of the Good Friday story actually is Jesus’ conversation with two criminals that hung with Him on the cross. It’s a simple story, but a powerful one that still sticks with me to this day.

While onlookers hurled insults at Jesus, mocking Him for proclaiming to be the Messiah, one of the criminals spoke to Jesus.

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How Michael Jordan will always remind me about Easter Sunday

Samuel:

My faith would never be the same after that weekend.

Originally posted on Love God, Love People, Change the World:

By Samuel Lam

Jesus Jordan is the best ever.

With Easter approaching in two weeks, I want to share a story of an Easter Sunday I celebrated almost 10 years ago.

When I was a freshman in college, I started attending this start-up church in the area. It was a great community of people who loved Jesus and weren’t afraid to be different. In fact, the pastor embodied the identity of the church perfectly. Pastor Elton Lin wasn’t the kind of guy that felt that structure had to dictate our faith. If we felt like dancing, then dance. If we wanted to express our love of Jesus through art, then go draw. If you felt like hugging one another, then hug. It was a big change for me because I grew up believing and understanding that church had to be structured and controlled at all times.

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Arguments and debates: John 3:23-25

Samuel:

This is so refreshing to read. My mom would always tell me that “One who argues with a fool, is the fool.”

Originally posted on The River Walk:

Debate Edit

At this time John the Baptist was baptizing at Aenon, near Salim, because there was plenty of water there; and people kept coming to him for baptism. (This was before John was thrown into prison.) A debate broke out between John’s disciples and a certain Jew over ceremonial cleansing. (John 3:23-25)

Daily Bible Reading: Numbers 14:1 – 15:41

Relate: Neal Stephenson said that “arguing with anonymous strangers on the internet is a sucker’s game because they always turn out to be (or to be indistinguishable from) self-righteous sixteen-year-olds possessing infinite amounts of free time.” They say that being argumentative is a typical trait of being a teenager and if that is true then I took “being a teenager” to the extreme. I shudder to think what I would have done were the internet as commonplace in the nineties as it is now. Even in my college days when I did not…

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The ‘Son of God’ movie gave us the swaggiest Jesus ever seen on the silver screen

It’s not easy creating a Jesus movie and having it be real good. Especially since the story of Jesus has so many layers to it, you can’t cover all of them in a film. And since the last major motion Jesus film came out 10 years ago (“The Passion of the Christ”) it was a big deal to see how this one would do.

With that said, I have been a major critic of how Jesus has been portrayed in film in the past. In fact, I am fascinated about how the world views Him. So entering into this film, I was afraid that the Jesus we were going to get would be a boring one like the many ones we’ve seen in movies past. Instead, this Jesus had an edge to him, a swag that I wasn’t ready to see. And because of this, this was the side of Jesus in film that I had never seen before.

As mentioned earlier, there were a lot of things from Jesus’ life that could not be fit into the movie. His baptism, various miracles were delegated to the ending credits. The movie was told from the perspective of the apostle John and throughout the entire movie, a follower named Mary (not Martha’s sister, possibly Magdalene?) actually hung out with Jesus along with the 12 disciples. (I guess total factual accuracies were sacrificed to make the Hollywood film, well, Hollywood.) Throughout the first part of the movie, it feels that they had to condense and rush through some key miracles and messages before they got to the Last Supper — but it’s understandable. But I was impressed with one scene from it.

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