Do you hear that? I hear the sound of water splashing! That must mean one thing…
Come on! Let’s go!
I’m diving in
I’m going deep
In o’er my head I want to be
Caught in the rush
Lost in the flow
In o’er my head I want to go
The river’s deep
The river’s wide
The river’s water is alive
So sink or swim
I’m diving in
A few of you out there in Xanga-land may have been wondering, “How do I live out loud?” It’s not something that will just come to you like a dog to a fire hydrant. You must abide in our Lord first. Abide in who He is and in His word. So saddle up your horses and dive on in! You got to so we can live out loud!
I’ve got a crazy Saturday planned. I’ll be going up to NorCal for my friend Yoshio‘s birthday party. The “plan” is to leave fairly early Saturday morning for NorCal. After the party, I’ll try to drive back down to SoCal Saturday night/Sunday morning to make it back for church. Yoshio and I have been good friends since Kindergarten at Pilgrim School. I still say he’s the best friend I had in school all those years.
On Tuesday night, I had an AWESOME time with Scott Hall from InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. It was great hearing and sharing about what God’s doing in our lives and learning of how I can support him and his wife, Jenny, in the ministry God’s entrusted them with and things they want to be able to mobilize people for to spread His name and fame through all the earth. Thank You, Lord, for what You did in my life through InterVarsity Trojan Christian Fellowship during my time at USC. You deserve all the glory, honor, and praise! May You continue to do wonders in the lives of these people that You can use to ultimately make a tremendous impact and difference in this world in a positive way for You.
Come on! Let’s go!
Wake the neighbors! Get the word out! Come on, crank up the music! Climb a mountain and shout! This is life we’ve been given – made to be lived out! So la, la, la, la LIVE OUT LOUD!
As I was reading Luke 7-9 tonight, I started thinking, “Why aren’t we believers going around like college mascots going nuts and proclaiming how great our God is at all times in all places?” We’ve become: 1) calloused 2) embarassed 3) ashamed. Those Jesus had affected went nuts proclaiming God’s glory after their interactions with Him. What’s keeping us from doing the same? He has raised us, He has saved us from the grave – hasn’t He? Where’s the extra bounce in our step – the joy that’s unspeakable (1 Peter 1:8)? Why aren’t we blaring a song of praise to Him in we’re riding along in our automobiles with a hand/arm or two fervently trying to express the praise we are trying to give Him…maybe even out the window for all to see. I believe the problem is conditioning.
This lost world we live in has conditioned us not to be zealous for our God. It says it’s wrong to be “religious” and “intolerant.” I don’t know how we’re going to shake this thinking, but I want to challenge ya’ll to do it! Through the power of the Holy Spirit, I’m gonna rely on Him to make me overflow in this way! (Romans 15:13) It’s time to wake the neighbors and get the word out!!! Can I get an AMEN?!
Shifting gears, I received word that Geoff’s new albums – that’s right ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, I said “albums” plural – will be released on April 5, 2005. These will actually be simultaneous independent releases. I’m guessing is that this “Every Single One” albums are an emphasis on how much God loves and values all people. I came to this conclusion because Geoff has been a long-time supporter, sponsor, and spokesperson for Compassional International and his family has adopted two girls from China, Anna Grace and Ashley Rose. At $9.47 each, I encourage you to consider making a fine investment in music that God has used to make a positive difference in my life. Who knows if He can use it to make an impact on your life as well?
Every Single One – Part I – http://www.freshreleases.com/albums/1850.html
1. Your Day
2. Good To Be Alive
3. Every Single One
4. If You Could See What I See
5. A Friend Like You
6. That’s When I’ll Know I’m Home
7. This Is My Father’s World
8. Passionate Man
9. Only A Fool
Every Single One – Part II – http://www.freshreleases.com/albums/1913.html
1. Every Single One
3. The Vow
4. Listen To Our Hearts
5. Heart and Soul
6. Home Run
8. That’s What Love Will Do
9. The Everlasting
10. When All Is Said and Done
Live Out Loud from the album Declaration (Steven Curtis Chapman)
Words and music by Steven Curtis Chapman and Geoff Moore
(©2001 Sparrow Records)
Imagine this: I get a phone call from Regis
He says, “Do you want to be a millionaire?”
They put me on the show
And I win with two lifelines to spare
Now picture this: I act like nothing ever happened
Bury all my money in a coffee can
Well I’ve been given more than Regis ever gave away
I was a dead man who was called to come out of my grave
I think it’s time for making some noise
Wake the neighbors get the word out
Come on crank up the music climb a mountain and shout
This is life we’ve been given made to be lived out
So la, la, la, la live out loud
Think about this: try to keep a bird from singing
After it’s soared up in the sky
Give the sun a cloudless day and tell it not to shine
Now think about this: if we really have been given
The gift of new life that will never end
If we have been filled with living hope we’re going to overflow
And if God’s love is burning in our hearts, we’re going to glow
There’s just no way to keeping it in
Every corner of creation
Is a living declaration
Come join the song we were made to sing
JESUS IS RISEN! HE IS RISEN INDEED! Raise the roof, ya’ll!
Have an AWESOME spring break/Easter recess those of you who have this upcoming week off! May you all spend some quality time abiding in our great God!!!
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I was hoping to score as white/Caucasian/haole. That’s a negative. I’m more Latino than Black? That ain’t right, yo! As James Brown would say, “Say it loud!” I’m black and I’m proud! W3rd to ya’ll out there in Xanga-land!
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Some lighter stuff:
Think. Feel. Drive.
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A newspaper clipping from April 26, 2001
Thank You, God, that there is no need to explain! We remember You and what You did on the cross for us, Jesus, especially this weekend. Thank You for forgiving us of our sin and reconciling us to the Father. Holy Spirit, fall fresh on us. Saddle up your horses!!!
Words and music by Geoff Moore & The Distance
from the album “Threads” (©1997 ForeFront Records)
I was guilty as sin
There was blood on my hands
I was waiting to be condemned
And you pay for what you do
How could the Judge be talking to me
When He looked down and said
And there is no need to explain
And there is nothing you could ever say
To change the way I feel for you
How can this be true
What kind of place is this
Where the guilty are forgiven
Where the blind can see
And losers win
And slaves go free at will
And there is nothing we could ever say
To change the way He feels
Where there are debts that have been paid
And there’s a stone that has been rolled away
To say there is no need
Drop your stuff, grab your friends
Take everyone we can
Together, we’ll find mercy for all
We’ll walk, we’ll run, we’ll crawl
Unbelievable, but undeniable, inconceivable
And yet so true
There is no need to explain
And there is nothing we could ever say
To change the way He feels
And there are debts that have been paid
And there’s a rolled stone at an empty grave
To say there is no need
No need to explain
Dan received a brand new good-sized ding/scratch in the driver side front door courtesy of the passenger side front door of a late-model brown Chevrolet/GMC Suburban at church this afternoon. I’ll get over it soon enough because Dan’s already got other dings, knicks, and scratches in other places. What bugs me is that the person who did it didn’t even leave a note out of common courtesy…and this is in the church parking lot! I had a bad feeling when I parked my car next to the vehicle, but knew I left an ample amount of room that any normal person should be able to make a normal ingress into the vehicle just fine. Oh well! Dan’s just a car and not a person. In some ways, I think of how all the lil ways my car has gotten scratched, knicked, or dinged remind me of how I as a person am so imperfect-how I, as well as all of us-that is We, All Need God. After all, “Daniel” means “God is my judge.” That’s why I named my car that and our God is most definitely my judge! He’s my Lord!
Another long day at church…
-Fairway was good…I love it when Lisa (well, just about anyone leads) ’cause she tries to get things rockin’ in a good way! Steve preached from Nehemiah 8:8-12 on delighting in God’s word, which I suppose is the second of eight core values of our church. I actually think it would be AWESOME if we literally stood for six hours while God’s word is being read and preached. One day, that is something I would LOVE to experience!
-Sunday School was nice. We only had 10 high school seniors in class today and Jerry thought it’d be nice to change things up a lil bit; we all sat in a rectangle just the 12 of us. Jerry taught about the will of God and how it pertains to relationships and marriage. Being someone who’s been single my entire life and has heard what he taught before, it still was great and refreshing to hear again!
After Sunday School, I moved Dan off the street and into the church parking lot before getting some lunch and going to TTP (our church’s Sunday School Teacher Training Program).
-TTP – I can’t remember the last time (if ever?) I was told I was being disruptive or being a distraction in class. Well, Auntie Lily said this to Jonathan Ng and me this afternoon. After all, he’s a good friend and I love the guy! I am grateful that he helps keep me awake in class and is someone I can bounce some thoughts off of. Sometimes, he’ll try to explain something to me that I can’t understand. Half the time, I still don’t understand the words that are coming out of his mouth, but maybe it’s because I’m tired. My plan now is to sit next to Uncle Ray and get us in trouble next time!
– After finishing that, I went to Stephanie Low’s, a.k.a. “SLow” (fellow USC AACFer – c/o 2003), birthday party down in Cerritos at her brother and sister-in-law’s (Albert and Jean) residence. She turned 24 last Friday. It was great seeing her and catching up a little bit with her (sharing about ministries she’s involved in as well as her plan to go on a three-week missions trip this summer) before I left to drive back to Monterey Park not too long after I got there. Erwin and Michelle (Yuen), she said so many great things about you two (Erwin, please pass this onto Michelle for me)!
Broomball this Saturday, March 26, 2005! I’m so excited! And I just can’t hide it! I’m going to check fools into last week! If you see a blur of cardinal red on the ice, that, my friends, would be me scoring on your team…unless you’re on my team. I LOVE broomball so much! Who wants to help me lobby for it to become an official Winter Olympic sport? High school seniors, ya’ll can come for FREE!!! So come one, come all! We will be meeting at church at 2:30 PM. Pain time…I mean game time at the Norwalk Ice Arena is 4 PM! Just bring it!!!
On a much more serious and important note, today is Palm Sunday. Jesus Christ made His triumphal entry into Jerusalem on this day many, many years ago. He was being cheered and praised by men as He came in. Sadly, those cheers turn into insults and mockery as our Lord and Savior went through His passion week. This is why I always associate “Unsung Hero” with Palm Sunday and Jesus’ passion week. The lines “to be praised and cheered” and “He was mocked and scorned” really stand out in my mind, heart, and soul. I would like to encourage ya’ll out there to read the different accounts (starting at Matthew 21, Mark 11, and Luke 19) of Jesus’ passion throughout this week to not only remember what He did, but who He is-the King of Glory!
Earlier tonight (Saturday night), I eclipsed the 25,000-mile barrier on Devoted Dan on my way to Walnut High School. It’s amazing how many miles I’ve put on him since taking delivery of him on January 3, 2004. We’ve had some great times together!
For those who may not have heard already, Subaru was highly heralded in the latest Consumer Reports annual auto issue. The marque took honors in having the best reliability for the model year 2004 vehicles, the number 4 spot for projected reliability of new vehicles, the best small SUV (Forester), and the most fun to drive (Impreza WRX/WRX STi) categories. Read below for more information.
SUBARU TOPS CONSUMER REPORTS RELIABILITY TEST
YONKERS, NY – Consumer Reports’ annual auto reliability survey shows that the reliability of domestic cars and trucks continued to improve last year, while those from European automakers declined. Japanese and Korean automakers once again produced the most trouble-free vehicles overall.
The 2004 Hyundai Sonata had only 2 problems per 100 vehicles, further establishing Hyundai’s remarkable turnaround from one of the least reliable brands to one of the best. The previous-generation 2004 Ford Mustang emerged as the most reliable car made by a U.S. manufacturer with just five problems per 100. The most reliable European model for 2004 was the last-generation Volvo S40/V40.
Among 2004 models, the most reliable brand overall is now Subaru, which averaged 8 problems per 100 vehicles. Honda, long a reliability leader, averaged 9 problems per 100.
Consumer Reports’ survey is the largest of its kind to gauge automotive reliability. CR surveyed subscribers to its magazine and web site, http://www.ConsumerReports.org, in 2004 and received reliability data on a record 810,000 privately owned or leased cars, trucks, minivans, and sport-utility vehicles. Survey findings are published in CR’s Annual April Auto Issue, which is on sale beginning March 8. The Auto Issue is available wherever magazines are sold and may also be ordered online at http://www.ConsumerReports.org. Free highlights from the April Auto Issue will be available at http://www.ConsumerReports.org/autos2005.
In the reliability survey, subscribers were asked to report serious problems they have experienced with their cars, vans, SUVs, or trucks during the previous 12 months. The survey covers 17 different trouble areas, ranging from the engine and transmission to body hardware and electrical systems for vehicles up to eight years old. The responses allow CR to calculate problem rates for 1997 through 2004 vehicles and to predict reliability for 2005 models. CR also uses the reliability data in determining which vehicles to recommend to its subscribers.
Consumer Reports’ analysis for each manufacturer is based upon the number of problems per 100 vehicles. The average problem rate for all 2004 vehicles covered in the survey (including domestic, European, and Asian brands) was 16 problems per 100, down from the 2003 rate of 17 problems per 100.
DaimlerChrysler, Ford, and General Motors inched a little closer to Asian automakers with an overall problem rate of 17 per 100. Last year, U.S. automakers had a combined problem rate of 18 per 100.
The problem rate for European automakers rose slightly, to 21 per 100 from 20 per 100 last year. BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Volkswagen had more than their share of problems. Only Audi came out better than the industry-wide average, with a problem rate of 12 per 100 for the two Audi models covered in CR’s survey.
The Asian manufacturers (Japanese and Korean) once again produced the most trouble-free vehicles, with an overall problem rate of 12 per 100 for the 2004 model year. That rate has not changed in the past three surveys.
The survey also showed that hybrid cars are proving to be very reliable. The second-generation Toyota Prius and the Honda Civic Hybrid were among the most trouble-free 2004 models, both with 5 problems per 100 vehicles.
The worst makes continued to be luxury nameplates such as Lincoln (with an average of 26 problems per 100 vehicles), Mercedes-Benz (25 problems per 100), and BMW (21 problems per 100). Also in this bottom group were Volkswagen (23 problems per 100), and Saturn and Nissan—both with 19 problems per 100 vehicles.
How Automakers Fared for 2004 Models
Here’s a look at how manufacturers fared in CR’s reliability survey:
- Ford’s reliability varied substantially between models. Some Ford vehicles have proven to be very reliable while others have been extremely trouble-prone. The previous-generation, 2004 Ford Mustang, for example, was the most reliable domestic car in CR’s survey with a problem rate of 5 per 100—putting that vehicle on a par with the best from Toyota and Honda. The Ford Focus and Escape continue to improve and are now among the more reliable domestic products. But the Lincoln Navigator, with 49 problems per 100, was tied with the redesigned Nissan Quest as the least reliable vehicle.
- DaimlerChrysler’s overall reliability has been close to the overall industry average, albeit with some highs and lows. The PT Cruiser continued to shine as Chrysler’s most reliable vehicle, with only 8 problems per 100. The four-wheel-drive Dodge Ram pickup was a close second with 9. But the four-wheel-drive Dodge Dakota—in its last year before a redesign— had 33 problems per 100.
- General Motors has made overall improvements, although the results haven’t been uniformly good. Cadillac and Buick illustrate the company’s showing. The Cadillac CTS sedan, which was one of the least reliable GM products in CR’s 2003 survey, is now one of the best—at 10 problems per 100. But the new Cadillac SRX SUV, with 19 problems per 100, has been subpar. Buick, the most reliable domestic brand in Consumer Reports’ 2003 survey, is now worse than average at 18 problems per 100. One reason for the poor showing from Buick stems from the fact that CR did not have enough survey responses to properly assess the quality of the now-discontinued Buick Regal; the Regal had been very reliable in previous surveys.
- European automakers didn’t fare well in CR’s survey. Volkswagen’s Touareg SUV turned in one of the worst records in the 2004 survey, with 48 problems per 100; the Porsche Cayenne, built on the same platform, was little better at 41 problems per 100. European SUVs in general have had a lot of problems. The BMW X5 and Mercedes-Benz M-Class were also worse than average. The Mercedes-Benz E Class and the turbo version of the VW New Beetle were worse than average too, with 30 or more problems per 100. Among the few bright spots are the V6-powered Audi A4 and the 2.0-liter, four-cylinder versions of the Volkswagen Golf and Jetta, with only 11 problems per 100, and the all-wheel-drive BMW 3 Series and Volvo XC70 with 13.
- Asian automakers had a generally positive showing in the survey, although there were some exceptions. Subaru showed considerable improvement across its product line. This year, with just 8 problems per 100 cars, it had the best reliability record of any manufacturer in 2004. It suffered last year, largely because of the poor showing of its new Baja truck. Honda, with 9 problems per 100, and Toyota, and Acura, both with an average of 10 problems per 100, were close behind Subaru this year. Lexus finished fourth, tied with Infiniti and Hyundai with a problem rate of just 11 per 100. Nissan’s 2004 showing was disappointing because its new or redesigned models have had high problem rates. The redesigned 2004 Quest minivan and the full-size Armada SUV were among the worst this year. But the Titan pickup was better. Although Hyundai makes the single most reliable vehicle in CR’s survey, other Hyundais trailed. Worst was the XG350, with 19 problems per 100.
Brand Problems per 100 vehicles
Consumer Reports is one of the most trusted sources for information and advice on consumer products and services. CR has the most comprehensive auto-test program and reliability survey data of any U.S. publication; its auto experts have decades of experience in driving, testing, and reporting on cars.
In closing, I will make a small public service announcement. Subarus are not Australian vehicles. Years of seeing Paul Hogan, a.k.a. Mick Dundee, in Subaru’s TV commercials may have led you to believe that. Subaru is a Japanese automobile manufacturer under the company Fuji Heavy Industries (of which GM owns 19 percent of if I remember correctly).
THE ORIGIN OF SUBARU
“SUBARU” is a Japanese word meaning “unite,” as well as a term identifying a cluster of six stars which the Greeks called the Pleiades – part of the Taurus constellation. According to Greek mythology, Atlas’ daughters turned into this group of stars.
In 1953, five Japanese companies merged to form Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. The new corporation adopted the “Subaru” cluster of stars as its official logo for its line of automobiles. Today, Fuji Heavy Industries is a global transportation conglomerate.
With that said, let’s come together…right now…over me!
God must be butter ’cause He’s on a roll!!!
More to come later!
In the meantime, thanks to Hanley for reminding me of a wonderful song!
In Christ Alone (sung by Geoff Moore and Adrienne Liesching)
In Christ alone my hope is found
He is my light, my strength, my song
This Cornerstone, this solid ground
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm
What heights of love, what depths of peace
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease
My Comforter, my All in All
Here in the love of Christ I stand
In Christ alone, who took on flesh
Fullness of God in helpless babe
This gift of love and righteousness
Scorned by the ones He came to save
‘Til on that cross as Jesus died
The wrath of God was satisfied
For every sin on Him was laid
Here in the death of Christ I live
There in the ground His body lay
Light of the world by darkness slain
Then bursting forth in glorious Day
Up from the grave He rose again
And as He stands in victory
Sin’s curse has lost its grip on me
For I am His and He is mine
Bought with the precious blood of Christ
No guilt of life, no fear in death
This is the power of Christ in me
From life’s first cry to final breath
Jesus commands my destiny
No power of hell, no scheme of man
Can ever pluck me from His hand
‘til He returns or calls me home
Here in the power of Christ I’ll stand
My Auntie Karen in Hawai’i (dad’s sister) celebrated her birthday yesterday (March 15)! She also just purchased a 2003 Subaru Impreza WRX Sedan (press photo shown above) to replace her Toyota Celica GT!
Above is a picture of the 2004 (Japanese Domestic Market, or JDM) Subaru Impreza WRX STi Spec C taken at the Nurburgring Nordschleife in Germany. Each lap at this track is almost 13 miles long and 73 turns! In 2004, this car in stock form turned a lap of 7:59.41 around the ‘Ring. Earlier tonight (March 15, 2005), I set out to accomplish the same feat in Gran Turismo 4 (GT4) using the same car at the same track. After almost 90 minutes of hard “work” and concentration, I was able to reel off a best lap of 7:59.386! Note: my lap was achieved using a rolling start instead of a standing start, however the car and track depictions in GT4 may not necessarily be 100% accurate. Notice here (GTPlanet.net’s Nurburgring Nordschleife real-life vehicle lap time database) how well the Subaru Impreza WRX STi Spec C compares to some of the finest automobiles ever created.
If you could experience any time in history, when would it be?
I finished reading the book of Matthew on Monday night. As I was reading Matthew 28, I thought, “It must’ve been so awesome for people to be with Jesus after He resurrected!” I came to the conclusion that for me personally, that would be the greatest period of time I’d like to imagine traveling back to experience. I don’t know if I would have like to have been around during His crucifixion. I doubt it to be honest. Just imagine how cool it’d be to see someone who was dead now alive and well right before your very eyes, much less your Lord and Savior! It also reminds me of how awesome it will be to see our dearly departed again when we enter into His presence and see each other in heaven while all joining together to worship the King!
Church prayer meeting tonight at 7:30 PM in room 214! Ryan Chan and Lisa Lee will be sharing their testimonies of their experience at our church tonight as well!