Why is this important?

Thank you Christina Perri,

5000 B.C. – GOD, Son of GOD, and Adam,

4000 B.C. – Jared, Enoch (Fu Xi?), and Methuselah,

3000 B.C. – Lamech, Noah, and Shem,

2200 B.C. – Peleg, Reu, and Serug,

2000 B.C. – Terah, Abraham, and Issac,

1800 B.C. – Judah, Perez, and Hezron,

1600 B.C. – Amminadab, Nahshon, and Salmon,

1400 B.C. – Moses, Joshua, and Caleb,

1200 B.C. – Salmon, Boaz, and Obed,

1000 B.C. – David, Solomon, and Menelik,

00000000 – Joseph, Jesus, and Gebiyah,

200 A.D. – (The dates on St. Augustine are wrong b/c he was contemporary w/ Pliny)

Monica, Augustine, and Adeodatus,

400 A.D. – Merovech, Childerich, and Clovis

600 A.D. – King Suddhodana (Lao Tzi), Siddhartha Gautama, and Joshua Hsueh Chen,

1000 A.D. – Earl of Ibelin, Bailian, and Helvis,

1200 A.D. – King Charles II and Maria of Hungary, Charles Martel of Anjou, and Charles Robert,

1400 A.D. – Vlad II, Vlad Tepes & Mina, and the Mihai,

1600 A.D. – Medmed III, Ahmed I, and Osman II,

1800 A.D. – King Rama III, King Rama IV, and Prince Chitchareon

2000 A.D. – Jaime and Brenda 4ever

Confessions, p.3

I smoked it, and I did inhale.  If you know what I mean.  That was a long time ago.  I smoked marijuana in college.  Does that make me a druggie, maybe.  But I stopped more than ten years ago.  Do I crave it?  No.  Did I enjoy it?  Yes, I remember I did.  But, I needed it at the time as I had problems.  Understand if you can.  In light of the Prop 8 in California, I’m wondering why do some things like Prop 8, marijuana get made into big things?  They really are big, people have a lot to say about them.  But they really are small things too aren’t they?  Those of us who live in America, we are free.  Maybe the free-est nation in the world?  So if you want to be with someone, then be with them.  If you want to eat or smoke something, then eat or smoke.  The consequences will always ensue if it’s a wrong choice.  Like gravity which is a certainty, the justice of GOD (maybe we can describe it as kharma) always follows and is unavoidable.

Manliness is next to Godliness

There currently are ‘movements’ (think hard on that one) that seek to ‘dewimpify’ the Christian guy. But in their efforts to uplift the macho, burly, blue-collar Jesus, they slap the normal, artistic, gentle, maybe homeosexual guy around like. Curiously, those who preach the MMA or Macho Christ, are usually themselves macho types. Is that exeJesus or isoJesus? I think it is iamJesus.

I have nothing against men being men, and women being women. I’m for it, personally. But defintions of ‘biblical’ masculinity that involves the following don’t jive with me:

1) putting down others
2) promoting violence
3) trash talking (by this I mean talk that doesn’t help)
4) thinking your way is the way (mywayhighway)
5) dominating others
6) objectifying women
7) overstepping one’s bounds
8) never admitting one’s mistakes
9) rudeness
10) being inconsiderate
11) being unappreciative
12) not giving credit where credit is due
13) taking other’s things – seizing
14) empty promises
15) unfaithfulness
16) not being under authority (loose canons)

That’s not the entire list, but it’s a start.

So You Want to Be a Pastor?

I’m going to sound a little harsh in this post, so please bear with me.  Seekers and born-again a-like need to be discerning when choosing a church body to attend or join.

I understand because for years, it was the desire of my heart to serve the LORD as a M.Div carrying, denominationally ordained official pastor.  It never happened, and after a trip to Seattle that ended in 2009, the LORD made it clear to me that wasn’t the path He had for me.  To say the least, I was disappointed.

Now after a year,  I happened on some versus in Ezekial. First of all, really quickly, what is a pastor?  Today a pastor is a catch-all term for the leader, teacher, and most often than not chief administrator of the church organization.  But in the strict definition of a pastor, a pastor is simply a shepherd.  He leads the sheep who do not know any better.  He or she takes care of them and loves them.  When they wander off, the shepherd goes after them.  He searches high and low relentlessly for the lost sheep.

Just as there are good and bad people.  There are good and bad pastors.  Yes, bad pastors with positions in card carrying churches all across the world.  Here is what GOD had to say to these pastors in Ezekial:

Ezekial 34:

Woe to the shepherds of Israel who only take care of themselves! Should not shepherds take care of the flock? 3 You eat the curds, clothe yourselves with the wool and slaughter the choice animals, but you do not take care of the flock. 45 So they were scattered because there was no shepherd, and when they were scattered they became food for all the wild animals. 6 My sheep wandered over all the mountains and on every high hill. They were scattered over the whole earth, and no one searched or looked for them. You have not strengthened the weak or healed the sick or bound up the injured. You have not brought back the strays or searched for the lost. You have ruled them harshly and brutally.

A good pastors really loves the people in his/her church.  It’s best if the pastor is a person of means and is self-supporting.  That way he does not feed on the flock itself.  I can’t say I’ve ever joined a church where the pastor really knew me by name and cared for me in a genuine relationship.  There have been great pastors that taught me many things from the Bible, but that didn’t really help me at those times.  I really needed someone to care and understand me.

That brings me to my last points.  Well, some pastors might say, the church is too large for me to care for everyone.  Then perhaps your ministry is too large.  It’s been said often that a pastor is not the dictator of the church but simply one of the elders with the responsibility of feeding the flock with GOD’s word (able to teach).  I don’t know the situations church bodies are in around the world, but from my experience that model would have worked better in the churches I attended before.  I’ve also been to churches where pastors were ordained but they did not have families or did not prove to rule their families well.  Disqualified, in my book, your book, everyone’s Bible.  The man of the house is the ‘little pastor’ behind Christ.  The family unit is foundational.  If your own household is not loved, ruled well, directed, provided for you have not reached the point to pastor a church.  And to those who grew up in harsh, tough, family environments such as myself,  I’ve had to re-learn how to rule my kids in a loving, gentle yet firm and effective way.  Chinese parents often yell, guilt, intimidate, demean, and withhold from their kids in order to better control them.  I’ve had to throw these experiences out, call them wrong according to the Word of GOD, forgive my parents, and re-learn better, truly effective ways of parenting.  One ‘tip’ is to give your kids the most freedom you can, and see yourself as helping your kids grow. They are people from day one just like you.  They don’t have all the powers and abilities that you do, but that doesn’t mean they are stupid and useless.  When you ‘serve’ them and help them grow up well into who GOD wants them to be, they will be thankful to you and will help you back.  Isn’t that really what we want anyways?

Women Pastors, Why Not?

There are many houses of worship that do not allow women to take the pulpit.  Why not?  Are the men of these churches so threatened by women?  Do they hate women?  Sorry, a little harsh but that’s a Jesus-ism.  Why not?  Because the Apostle Paul said not to let women speak or teach in churches?  I personally do not believe that the Spirit-filled, loving Paul would not allow a woman, able to teach to teach.  

About the topic of women teaching over men.  Paul wasn’t saying women can’t teach men.  That’s macho-b.s. to think that.  What I think Paul was saying is if there is a man that can teach and a woman who can teach, pick the man to teach.  Why?  Because of the intrinsic order of nature.  Man came before woman, just as most High GOD came before His love.  But if there are no men who are able to teach, only women, then of course one would have the women teach.  It’s common sense people…c’mon.

Believe it or not, there were people who used to believe women were dumb.  Dumber than men.  And if they showed signs of being smart, don’t let them go to school.  Oppress them.  Devils!  Since we’ve changed our minds (mostly) about women, we’ve seen them take the highest positions in the world, using their beautiful GOD-given minds. 

We, as a body, in my humble opinion, must put aside the He-Man woman hating stuff and embrace the woman as our other halves.  Really.  Unite.  In our culture there is so much violence against women.  Men should love women.  And women should love men.  Value women.  Even though they think and do things differently.  Seek to understand them.  Women aren’t just men with dresses on.  They’re special.  Even though they think and do different things, that doesn’t make them worth less or even worthless as some guys think.

This equality that so many pastors talk about.  What does it mean that men and women are equal in GOD’s eyes.  I’m sure many women in churches don’t feel equal to men.  So how are we falling short?  Honestly, I don’t really know.  But I’d like to take a crack at some guesses.  One, since church is all about the Bible and being priest, prophet, and king of GOD, where do we see women being priestesses, prophetesses, and Queens?  Does GOD only talk and anoint men to leadership?  No, I don’t believe so.  We see many prophetesses mentioned in the Bible, so GOD talks to women.  Sorry.  Actually GOD talks to everybody, even the animals and the plants.  Everything in the universe is directed by the big G.O.D.  We have to remember that GOD works with us imperfect people in an imperfect world.  The Hebrews were a very macho-culture.  Most cultures are, its crazy.

Second, we can admit that their are at least feminine aspects of GOD.  We see in Proverbs that wisdom and perhaps wealth are described as women.   

As Christians, I’d like to say, maybe we should consider practicing oneness in our marriages.  And I echo the sentiment that anything a man can do, a woman can do better…for now.  Men and women can do everything, for through Christ we can do anything.  So, perhaps men and women should work together in everything, big and small.  That means perhaps also sharing everything if possible.  Decisions should be made jointly.  My wife and I try not to move ahead in any big decisions without prayer, time, and both of us agreeing.  If we don’t both agree we wait.  All our possessions we share, because fundamentally everything we have is from the LORD.  And don’t forget to submit (serve) one another. 

Back to the topic of women pastors.  I applaud them.  But, wouldn’t it be even more beautiful to see male and female teaching side by side in harmony?

Be the light, To Be p.5

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Jesus Christ, told us to be the salt and the light.  I’d like to talk about being light this post.  What do the scriptures say?  Let’s see:

14“You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. 15Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven. -Matthew 5:14

also:

3Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4In him was life, and that life was the light of men. 5The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.

6There came a man who was sent from God; his name was John. 7He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all men might believe. 8He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light. 9The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world. – John 1:3-9

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

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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…)

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.

Our new President Obama!

A new president is in the White House.  President Barack Obama!  I’m full of hope for this new administration.  President Obama seems like a strong, intelligent, upright, and passionate leader.  Time will tell.  I’m not sure that I really have anything to add.  There is so much conversation going on about our new president right now.  Just do a google search and you’ll see.  This monumental event should be recorded even in my humble little blog.  I’ll be praying for you, Mr. President.