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How We Reject Those We Love

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Love must be sincere. Romans 12:9 We have all experienced rejection and those experiences could have left us deeply wounded, even years after the experience. According the US Surgeon General’s 2001 report, it has been shown “Rejection is a greater risk for adolescent violence than...

Look Upward and Outward

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It is uncomfortable getting stuck "in-between normals." The inability to see the future feels like a lingering low-grade fever that never goes away, reminding us of our predicament and needs. This often drives us to look inward. The only thing we can think of is "me." But it doesn't need to be...

In-Between Normal

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The “normal” we are so familiar with no longer exists. Many hope and pray to "go back to normal" soon. We miss the comfort and routine that we are so used to; work, school, hobbies, church, social life ... Others talk about a "new normal," a new world that is very different from...

Who Are You blessing?

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Our society has become more and more individualistic. "Everyone for themselves" seems to be the modus operandi. It's all about me. It's my right. This, however, is anything but Jesus' teaching. Jesus says, "by this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another." (John...

Lesson from Ps. John Sung Shang Chieh

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While teaching a class on Philippians, we studied how Paul’s view of life has changed to such an extend that he said, “For to me to live is Christ and to die is gain.” Philippians 1:21 This reminds me of the Chinese evangelist Sung Shang Chieh (宋尙節), or...

From Duty to Delight

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In my upbringing, the concept of "duty" is important. It's not about whether I like it or not, it's about "our" well-being. Mom started working after dinner, it's my duty to do the dishes. My sister will mop the floor.“Duty” is not a popular word. It implies an obligation. Somebody...

From Constraint to Blessing

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In 1975, 17-year-old Vera Brandes organized a late-night concert at the Opera House in Cologne, Germany, featuring the pianist Keith Jarrett. Due to some mistakes, on the concert night, the requested Bösendorfer 290 Imperial concert grand piano wasn’t prepared! To everybody’s...

20/20 Vision

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Imagine with me: It is now December 31, 2020. (Yes, 2020. Not 2019.) You are hanging out with a group of friends. Since you guys have known one another for years and you trust one another, your sharing is usually deep and honest. Now, it is your turn for your annual “year-end game.&rdquo...

Carry Each Other's Burden

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Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfil the law of Christ. Galatians 6:2 In Galatians 6:5, Paul teaches that “each one should carry his own load.” The idea here is that we should all be responsible for our own burdens. This is a hallmark of mature adults...

 

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