Doing Life

UncleNinoPosterAfter watching, Uncle Nino, a movie about doing life with more concern for the people in our lives.  I was prompted to post.

What a great message to some of those living in the United States of America.  Those of us chasing the American Dream.

In the movie, we see the father of the family, too busy to take care of his family.  His heart is good.  He is working hard to provide good things for his family.  But, what the family also needs is his presence.  They need his leadership.  They need his love. (more…)

Corruption

Here on Guam, the front page news is sometimes quite often corruption in the government.

It’s always a shocker, but I’m here to say that our world has long been corrupted.  It’s pretty much all marked to be destroyed in God’s fire at the end of the age.

Is there anything safe from this fire?  No, sadly no…wait!  There is…

(joking)

The spirits of men that have been faithful to the LORD Jesus.  The souls of men that are in the Spirit of Christ.

This is not to say that true believers should give up on the world.  Sure, its not perfect.  But its the only one we’ve got for now.  Let’s do the best we can with what we have.

On a different note, look around.  Have you been looking through rose-colored glasses?  Corruption and impurity may lie where you least expect.  Ask GOD to give you wisdom, and to open the eyes and ears of your heart.

What can you do to help?  Again, ask GOD.  He knows all the answers.

Spiritual Songs

Colossians 3:16

16Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.

I’ve heard the voice of the Spirit when someone preaches.  I’ve also ‘heard’ the voice of the Spirit reading someone’s blog.  Might it be possible to hear the voice of the Spirit during a musical performance?  I did while listening to the music of Planetshakers, from Australia.

The Spirit is GOD, and He is like the wind.  So I don’t think the Spirit is captured by medium.  How the Spirit works is amazing.  He works with spiritual men and women.

The Spirit is truth.  And those who like to hear the truth and love the truth will be attracted to His voice.

Lyrics from Planetshakers, ‘I’m Yours’:

Oh Lord, when I think of all you’ve done,

my heart sings of your love that saved my soul and made me whole.

My life is yours.

Cause you paid the price.  I give you my life.  I’m yours. *2

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So no matter what the cost, I will go for you.

No matter what it takes, I’m yours.

Because you paid the price at Calvary,

I give you my whole life, I’m yours.

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Oh Lord, my everything.  To you I give My heart and soul.

I live for you alone.  I’m not my own.

My life is yours.

Cause you paid the price.  I give you my life.  I’m yours. *2

– – – – –  – – – – –  – – –

So no matter what the cost, I will go for you.

No matter what it takes, I’m yours.

Because you paid the price at Calvary,

I give you my whole life, I’m yours. *2

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Cause you paid the price.  I give you my life.  I’m yours. *4

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So no matter what the cost, I will go for you.

No matter what it takes, I’m yours.

Because you paid the price at Calvary,

I give you my whole life, I’m yours. *2

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I’m yours.  Jesus I’m yours. *2

Nuances of Taiwanese Culture

I just came back from a trip to Taiwan and I am Taiwanese, so Taiwan is on my mind right now.

Just some of my observations about Taiwanese:

1)Some Taiwanese don’t like cold, cold drinks.  It goes back to the belief that you have ‘heat’ or energy in your body.  Drinking cold drinks would extinguish the fire within you.  Not good for your health according to some sources.  In the US, most everyone likes ice cold drinks.  It’s refreshing!  I went to Taiwan when it was hot.  Its a dry heat.  And that makes your throat drier.  When I desperately wanted a cold, refreshing drink, I sometimes got a meagerly cool one.

2) Taiwanese are on the whole thin people.  I weigh 250+ pounds.  So I stood out like a sore thumb.  Mainly, its diet.  Taiwanese eat small portions.  They eat a little rice, mostly veggies and tofu.  Taiwanese also like to walk a lot.  Many Taiwanese like to go to parks in their free time and ‘sanpo’ (walk around).  They also drink a lot of tea.  Black tea and green tea.  Although there are soft drinks galore in Taiwan, the local taste is still iced teas.  There are many shops that serve refreshments including iced teas, iced drinks, shaved ice, and ice cream.  Tea ups your metabolism, curbs appetite, and also is generally good for your health.

3) I did not know that the cost of living in Taiwan is much lower than the U.S.  Salaries are lower too.  The average salary is about $1000 USD per month.  You can have a meal for $1-2 dollars.  Rents are about half the cost in the U.S.  The lower tier workers usually make about $4-$5 dollars/hour.  In my opinion, this makes Taiwan a good place to own a business.  Even commercial rents are low.  There are a lot of people in Taiwan.  Lot of competition, but lots of people.

4) Taiwanese families like to live together.  I think Filipino and Mexican families are a like.  It is not strange that a 30 year old unmarried person would still be living at home.  It is expected that you take in your aged parents.  They raised you and took care of you, so when they are old its time to return the favor.  These can be a cause of tension.  Usually, say if a 30+ unmarried man is living at home (confession: that was me), the Dad usually wants him out as soon as possible.  About grandpas and grandmas living in a home, sometimes husbands and wives will fight over whose parents will live with them.  Usually wives (daughters) want to be ‘shao’  (孝, a Chinese virtue) or ‘good, honoring kids’ so she wants to take care of the parents.  Women are so good. 

5) Taiwanese love David Hasselhoff.  Oh wait…that’s the Germans.  :)

Chinese (Taiwanese) Culture, p2

bowing

If you’re following along, I posted mainly on bowing last time.  Have you mastered that yet?  No?  Don’t worry, it takes a while.  I believe there is an ‘art’ to bowing.  Ha-ha.  I’m half joking.

Today I’d like to talk about drinking at meals.  I am reminded of this because just recently I returned from a trip to Taiwan, where I had some drinks at a meal with my wife’s relatives.

It’s really rather interesting and in my opinion considerate.  Here’s how it goes. (more…)

Superpost, Matthew 25 – Be prepared, be working, be helpful, To Be p.3

home-hungry

Remember, I’ve been thinking of what we might be doing while we’re waiting on the LORD.  I posted ‘Be the Salt’ and ‘Be Religious’.  Now we have a superpost.  Hope you’ll follow along.  Matthew 24 talks about waiting for Jesus Christ to return.  We will not know when.   JC will come ‘like a thief in the night’.  Our LORD and GOD, Jesus Christ, will come in power!  It will be a glorious scene with Him and his angels coming to harvest the world.  He’ll be in the sky, and his angels will come wisk you away.  So JC wants us not to be decieved.  When He returns you’ll know how and there will be no confusion that, yup, that’s GOD!

SO before then what else are we supposed to be doing? (more…)

The Law of the Tithe

I feel this information is so important so I’m posting.  And I’ll regularly repost this material.  I have an e-book on tithing that is downloadable to the right.  It was very well written by Graeme Carle from New Zealand.  And don’t worry I got permission for him/his wife to host it.

Have you ever been confused about the tithe?  Then let’s look at Deuteronomy 14:22 -29. (more…)

Be Religious, To Be p2

What does it mean to be religious?

Does it mean you go to church, say ‘Praise the LORD’, raise your hands in church, sing hymns, and Bible study like a maniac?  Those things are good, but can also be abused? 

I think religion has to do more with how you live your life?  Everyday things.  In my experience, it is through your everyday life that GOD shapes you.

After searching Biblegateway for ‘religion’, here is what I came up with: (more…)

Be the Salt of the Earth, To Be p1

SaltOfTheEarth1

Lately I’ve been wondering…what are we supposed to be doing here on earth while our LORD is gone.  Is it to be religiously going to church and doing Bible studies?  That’s part of it.  But let’s look at the words of our LORD.  He said during His Sermon on the Mount, ‘You are the salt of the earth’.

What does that mean?

After doing a keword search for ‘salt’ on Biblegateway.com, I found numerous uses for salt. (more…)

Motherhood, My New Perspective

I realized that for some time now, I’ve been underappreciating what my wife does as a mother.

Somewhere down the line, our culture has devalued the role of mother, and instead elevating the role of careerwoman.  There is nothing wrong with women working alongside men in the workplace.  Some single mothers need to work to support their families.  But, what I’m talking about is the reaction you get at parties…

“So what do you do?”

“I’m a stay-at-home mom”

“Oh”

*End of conversation*

I know that often people don’t understand this role, and thus the reaction.  So I’d like to try to fill in the gaps and show how much work I’ve seen my wife do for our little son.

6am – Baby (hes now 20 months) wakes up.  No sleeping in.  Baby sleeps at 8 or 9pm so hes up now. 

6:15 – Make baby breakfast, usu. some cereal or bread and warm milk.

Wait…

7:00am – change poopy diaper.

fr. 7-11:30 – Playtime, time to teach him something, maybe they go out.  But keep in mind, where ever baby goes, he makes a mess.  He touches things.  There are snacks and drink times within this period.  Where there’s eating…there’s pooping and peeing.  Baby goes through 6-8 diaper changes a day. 

11:30 – 12:30: Lunch.  Mom usually makes lunch for baby.  That means clean ups from the floor, on the baby, and dishes to be cleaned.

12:30 -2pm: Naptime.  Babies don’t usually nap on their own.  They need to be put down.  Mom has to sleep with him.    But she doesn’t actually sleep.  She waits til he sleeps.  Dad watches him, and Mom goes out to try to get something done for herself.

2-6pm: Playtime, teaching, maybe playdate or just going out.  It’s easiest if there are two watching him at all times.  I help my wife, b/c I have a very flexible job as a resident manager.  But it must be very difficult for wife when husband goes to work, if mom’s mom doesn’t help out.  Then the mom is stuck at home basically.  The mom also has to try to squeeze in time to clean the house and do laundry, and do dishes.  Very difficult when you have to watch the kid.  They can get into all kinds of trouble.  So the house is usually a mess.  Something to get used to.  You also learn to read your baby.  If he’s cranky, hes either hungry, thirsty, needs a potty change, sleepy, or wants something else.  All the crying and misbehaving is trying.  Something else to get used to.

6-7: Dinner.  Mom makes it usually.  We don’t usually buy food, it’s cheaper and healthier to make dinner.  That means more cleanups.

8pm: Time to put baby to bed again.  This mean making warm milk, singing to baby or telling him a story. 

By this time, mom is exhausted, mentally as well as physically.  The house is usually still a mess.  And mom hasn’t had time for herself all day.  My wife usually claims the tv as her ‘me time’ til ten.  She tries to clean, and then goes to bed by 10:00pm.  Mom doesn’t have time for nice clothes, makeup, exercise, spas, nails, pedicures, much time for her old friends anymore.  Sad.  It’s a big sacrifice to be a mom.