Archive | June 2005

Good times tonight!  I went to high school small groups with Hanley, Gene Ikeda, Lawton Chung, David Wong, Vincent Chow, and Andy Szeto.  Hanley led the discussion through the first few verses of Philippians chapter 2.  The whole chapter is excellent!  Well, all of God’s word is most excellent!!!


Philippians 2


Be Like Christ

   1Therefore if there is any encouragement in Christ, if there is any consolation of love, if there is any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and compassion,


   2make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose.


   3Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves;


   4do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.


   5Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus,


   6who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped,


   7but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men.


   8Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.


   9For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name,


   10so that at the name of Jesus EVERY KNEE WILL BOW, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth,


   11and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.


   12So then, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your salvation with fear and trembling;


   13for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.


   14Do all things without grumbling or disputing;


   15so that you will prove yourselves to be blameless and innocent, children of God above reproach in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you appear as lights in the world,


   16holding fast the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I will have reason to glory because I did not run in vain nor toil in vain.


   17But even if I am being poured out as a drink offering upon the sacrifice and service of your faith, I rejoice and share my joy with you all.


   18You too, I urge you, rejoice in the same way and share your joy with me.


Softball game
My team won by three runs (not points, my friends) tonight!  We are now 1-1.  We almost gave the game away in one inning, but had one big inning offensively to get back on top.  I went 2-for-3 with two singles and one pop up and 1 RBI (run batted in).  I slid into second and third base the first time I was on the base paths to get my dirtiness fix!  I was thrown out at third when the batter grounded back to the pitcher.  One guy on the team has dubbed me “Wheels” since he thinks I run fast.  That’s cool!  Please pray I can be a light to this team during this short season throughout July (playoff games are on August 3rd but I’ll be in Ensenada).

Thanks to everyone for your birthday well wishes and support!  After 24 years of living in God’s grace and mercy, I thank and praise God for each and everyone of you!  I don’t think birthdays aren’t about thinking you’re the boss for the day.  Rather, I think they should be all about celebrating the life God’s given a person and the wonderful people He’s placed in his or her life to share in that person’s “great adventure.”  A birthday is an occasion not to make much of me/you, but to make much of our Lord Jesus Christ who is the giver of true life and freedom!


From those I was totally surprised to see and wish me a happy birthday to those who knew it was Sunday and let others know so I could be embarassed, thanks again!


I didn’t get to go karting on Sunday.  Adam’s Kart Track was too busy (they said the time my group would be able to race would be well into the night as in after 10 PM) and I think I might just go to Dromo1 from now on.  I had a good dinner at California Pizza Kitchen in Rancho Cucamonga with Matt Quan and Steve Quon from USC’s AACF, David – Matt’s younger brother and 2003 WRX driver who will be a 4th year student at UCI, and Tim Seargeant from my church high school senior Sunday School class.  I’m still itching to get my karting fix so if anyone is going anytime soon, please let me know!  Time in the batting cage would be an acceptable alternative for the most part as well.  It’s not really much fun doing those alone, although it still is a good amount of fun.  It’s just a lot more fun when there are others around to share in the excitement!



On a different note, he’s baaaa-aaack!  Mark’s back and he pitched well on Sunday.  For those of you unaware of my allegiances, I’m a huge Mark Prior fan because he was in a few of my classes at USC.  He went on the disabled list at the end of May after he suffered a hairline fracture to his right elbow when a hit ball came right back at him.  The last time he pitched on my birthday was June 26, 2003 when he dominated the Milwaukee Brewers and racked up a career-high 15 strikeouts if I remember correctly.  On Sunday, he beat the Chicago White Sox and their pitching ace of the season to date by pitching 6 strong innings without giving up any runs, without walking an batter, and striking out three.


The San Diego Padres are currently struggling to hold onto a lead against the Los Angeles Dodgers as I write this.  Here’s hoping the Pads snap out of their funk soon!  UPDATE: The Padres won!  The Angels are on a roll right now!  I think they definitely can make a very strong postseason run provided their players stay healthy.



My dealership’s (Pacific BMW) service director took me to lunch on Thursday for my birthday.  I didn’t know how that was going to go because I didn’t know if he was going to talk about work much or what not.  I asked him what his interests were and he mentioned NHRA drag racing!  My mom’s cousin just so happens to be Roland Leong who used to drive “The Hawaiian” top fuel dragster and later the Hawaiian Punch funny car.  He was the first funny car driver to go over 290 mph in 1991!  My service director totally knew who he is and used to hang around him and the other OG drag racing people in Southern California in the early 1970s.  We spent the rest of the entire lunch time just talking about drag racing…REAL drag racing, folks!  I’m talking running a 1/4 mile in less than 8 seconds (Pro Stock).  Funny cars and Top Fuel dragsters run the quarter in less than 5!



I hit 30,000 miles on “Devoted Dan” on June 17th.  I’ll try to take him in for his 30,000 mile service to Irvine Subaru early Saturday morning unless Steve’s high school basketball team has a game in the morning.  If that’s the case, I’ll have to reschedule Dan’s service for some other time.  I’ve got about 5 quarts of Mobil 1 5W-30, oil filter, air filter, and a fuel filter ready to go in!  All of my filters were purchased from Jamie Thomas a.k.a. “Subie Gal” – www.subiegal.com.  She’s the internet parts manager at Chaplin’s Subaru in Washington.  And she also does a little of this on some weekends…


Not to us, but to Your name be the glory!  All glory, honor, and praise!  It’s all for You, Lord!

Go Karting!



www.adamskarttrack.com
Adam’s Kart Track
5292 24th Street
Riverside, CA 92509


Here’s the plan.  I will head out to Riverside to go karting on Sunday after I’m done with my Teacher Training Program class at 4:30 PM.  I’m aiming to get out to the track around 5:30 to 6:00 PM.  My offer still stands to all my high school seniors from church – I’m buying if you’re interested!  The provision is that you need to be over 18 (and at least 4’8″) or have your parent/legal guardian come along.  The price to race the full track is $35.00.  The more people who can come and join me, the more fun I think we’d all have!  I’m excited because I’ve never been to Adam’s before and I heard it’s way better than Dromo1!  Note: Closed-toe shoes are a MUST!!!







Rules & Regulations.
Racing karts requires knowing and following all of Race-A-Kart’s rules and regulations. These exist for your safety. Never forget; outdoor kart racing is real. Accidents are possible. The only fun racing is safe racing. You can greatly increase your fun and safety by listening to Race-A-Kart staff instructions, paying attention to flags and lights on the track, and not driving aggressively or beyond your ability level. As you will be required to sign a liability waiver stating you have read and agree to abide by these regulations, we ask that you familiarize yourself with all of them at your earliest convenience.







Regulations.



  • You must sign a full release and waiver of liability regarding possible injury to race. If you are under 18 years of age, your accompanying parent or legal guardian must sign for you.
  • All children and adults must be at least 56” in height to race in our “Arrive & Drive” racing format.
  • You must be a licensed driver 18 years or older to race, unless accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
  • Proper dress is required – By this we mean comfortable clothing (casual pants are recommended) but NO OPEN TOED SHOES. We’ll provide the rest.

More info: http://www.adamskarttrack.com/race-a-kart/rules.shtml


On a different note, my church men’s small group started Don’t Waste Your Life by John Piper.  Just about everything in the book makes me think about the song “Much of You” off Steven Curtis Chapman’s All Things New album.  If you’ve read and/or are a little familiar with this book, please listen closely.  May you be inspired to make much of Jesus…make much of His love, mercy, and cross!!!


“Steven Curtis Chapman – Much of You”
How could I stand here
And watch the sun rise
Follow the mountains
Where they touch the sky
Ponder the vastness
And the depths of the sea
And think for a moment
The point of it all was to make
Much of me
Cause I’m just a whisper
And You are the thunder and …

Chorus
I want to make much of You, Jesus
I want to make much of Your love
I want to live today and give You the
praise
That You alone are so worthy of
I want to make much of Your mercy
I want to make much of Your cross
I give You my life
Take it and let it be used
To make much of You

And how can I kneel here
And think of the cross
The thorns and the whip and the
Nails and the spear
The infinite cost
To purchase my pardon
And bear all my shame
To think I have anything worthy boasting in
Except for Your name
Cause I am a sinner
And You are the Savior and…

Chorus

This is Your love, oh, God
Not to make much of me
But to send Your own Son
So that we could make much of You
For all eternity

Chorus

Music to my ears!


When I walked into church today, I heard “This Is My Father’s World.”  Thanks to Geoff, I was familiar with the song.  Now you can be too!


During the service, I was moved almost to tears twice.  The first time was when the Compassional International video was played.  The second time was when Steve (Xanga: rice4krxst) shared his father’s (Uncle Wally’s) reaction to Steve telling him that God was calling him into full-time ministry.  Steve said Uncle Wally’s response was something along the lines of, “Very well, Steven.  You have my blessing.”  Steve must’ve been so overjoyed hearing that!  I only hope my parents’ reaction will be the same when God shows me it’s “game time.”



Yesterday, I wrote to my sponsored child, Tiago Sodré da Silva, and sent Compassion International a monetary gift to go toward him and his family for his birthday.  He’s a young boy in Brazil who will turn six years old on June 26th.  Here’s some information about him:












Child Information
















Child Number: BR_________ (edited for privacy)
Personal Name: Tiago
Gender: M
Birthdate: 6/26/1999
Information last updated: 6/1/2004

Schooling









US School Grade Equivalent: K
School Performance: Average
Child is attending school

Health



Child does not have any health issues.

Christian Activities



Bible Class

Family Duties



Running errands

Hobbies and Sports













  • Group games


  • Soccer/Football


  • Hide-and-Seek


  • Cars


  • Running

Guardians







  • Stepfather


  • Mother

Natural Parents












Marital status of parents: Were Never Married


  • Father is alive


  • Mother is alive


  • Mother is living with child


  • Mother is supporting child

Employment








Mother/Female Guardian is a laborer: Cleaning Lady


  • Father/Male Guardian unemployed


  • Mother/Female Guardian is at times employed









 



















Project Information for Tiago Sodré da Silva

















Name:  Instituto Presbiteriano Alvaro Reis
Program Type:  Student Center
Project Opening Date:  3/14/1990
Month school year begins:  February
Information last updated:  9/27/2002








Program Description:
Your sponsored child lives in the mountainous community of Cidade de Deus, home to approximately 62,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement and have tile roofs. The most commonly spoken language is Portuguese. The regional diet consists of beans, rice, bananas, chicken, fish, bread, cassava and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include pneumonia, bronchitis, asthma, viruses and worms. Most adults in Cidade de Deus work in domestic services and earn the equivalent of $83 per month. This community needs proper sanitation, food supplies and employment opportunities. Your sponsorship allows the staff of Instituto Presbiteriano Alvaro Reis Student Center to provide your sponsored child with Bible teaching, medical exams, hygiene education, social events, recreational activities, educational classes and tutoring. The center staff will also provide medical exams and educational workshops for the parents or guardians of your sponsored child.


You can watch a similar Compassional International video here: http://www.compassion.com/mwsvideo/


Everyone reading this, please ask yourself this question…


No, it’s not if you were a hot dog and you were starving, would you eat yourself?


And no, it’s not is Rhode Island a road or an island?


It’s what does God, my Father, want me (me being YOU) to do?  That is my prayer for all of you who may stumble upon this page as well as for myself.


In other news…

Michelin cars pull off track after warmups
Bewildered fans want restitution

After getting home today, I watched a tape of today’s United States Grand Prix.  Let’s just say I couldn’t believe what happened.  All of the Michelin-shod race cars (14 out of 20 race cars) pulled out of the race due to safety concerns and the Bridgestone cars just has a “race” among themselves.  To say that it wasn’t entertaining would be an understatement.


This Is My Father’s World
Words: Maltbie D. Bab­cock, 1901, alt. While a pastor in Lockport, New York, Bab­cock liked to hike in an ar­ea called “the es­carp­ment,” an an­cient up­thrust ledge near Lock­port. It has a mar­vel­ous view of farms, or­chards, and Lake On­tar­io, about 15 miles dis­tant. It is said those walks in the woods in­spired these lyr­ics. The ti­tle re­calls an ex­press­ion Bab­cock used when start­ing a walk: “I’m go­ing out to see my Fa­ther’s world.”


Music: “Terra Beata,” tra­di­tion­al Eng­lish mel­o­dy, ar­ranged by Frank­lin L. Shep­pard in his Al­le­lu­ia, 1915.


This is my Father’s world, and to my listening ears
All nature sings, and round me rings the music of the spheres.


This is my Father’s world, the birds their carols raise,
The morning light, the lily white, declare their Maker’s praise.


This is my Father’s world: I rest me in the thought
Of rocks and trees, of skies and seas;
His hand the wonders wrought.


This is my Father’s world, and to my listening ears
All nature sings, and round me rings the music of the spheres.


This is my Father’s world: He shines in all that’s fair;
In the rustling grass I hear Him pass;
He speaks to me everywhere.


This is my Father’s world. And let me ne’er forget
That though the wrong seems oft so strong, God is the ruler yet.
This is my Father’s world: the battle is not done
Jesus who died; will be satisfied
And earth and heaven be one
Jesus who died; will be satisfied
And earth and heaven be one

Busy weekend filled with…


Best friends, God’s love, and great times!


Lord, please make me a “passionate man.”


It’s growing on me…

This is proof that even something ugly can look beautiful when viewed from the right angle!


I still prefer the 2004-2005 Subaru Impreza exterior to all the rest though!

My family friend, Jermaine Ma, is trying to get a softball team put together for the JEMS softball tournament on Saturday, August 20, 2005.  Please let me (or her – if you need her contact information, just ask) know ASAP if you are interested.  We need both ladies and gentlemen!


UPDATE: My team lost by four tonight (Wednesday night).  We tied the game in the top of the 6th inning and then it got away from us.  I went 1-for-2 with a single, groundout, 1 run scored, and a walk.  Defensively, I played first base the entire game.  It seemed like we could get the first out of a half-inning without too much difficulty, but couldn’t get the rest of ’em as easily.  Next Wednesday night my team has a bye.  It’s good to be playing something again.  I also slid going into third and home when I was on the bases the first time after my single, so I got to get dirty too…twice!   Don’t worry though, I now have some baseball pants to get dirty in so I won’t be tearing up my right shin like I have in years past.  I also go with the old school high socks as well for the classic, traditional look.  Please pray that I can be a light to this team and have it be part of my ongoing ministry lifestyle.


Go-karting!!!

I’m trying to round up people to go go-karting with me at dromo1 in Orange (www.dromo1.com) on Saturday, June 25th.  It’s just north of the intersection of Katella and Main.  The cost of it is $25 for one race.  However, for all of my high school seniors, I’m treating if you would like to feel the thrill!  Please let me know ASAP if you’re interested.  You’re also more than welcome to invite anyone you think may be interested as well!  There’s a chili’s across the street that we can try to get dinner afterward.

I just HAD to bring this back!!!  I like big Bibles and I cannot lie!  You Christian brothers can’t deny!
http://www.whiteboydj.com/babygotbook/ (broadband only.  sorry, dial-up users, see you next year!)


Calling all engineers!


What I’m about to describe has been bugging me a little bit lately.  Is there any significant benefit to mounting an automobile brake caliper to the rear of the brake disc (also known as “rotor”) versus the front of it.  I think the former is more aesthetically pleasing that the latter.  However, I would like to know which design is more functional, if either of them are.  Then again, Formula 1 race cars have the caliper mounted at the bottom of the rotor for a lower center-of-gravity I suppose.


Some examples of the caliper mounted at the rear of the brake disc (Subaru Impreza WRX Sedan)

Right front brake caliper and rotor



Right rear brake caliper and rotor


Some examples of the brake caliper mounted to the front of the rotor (Nissan 350Z Track Model)

Nissan 350Z Track Model with Brembo brakes – left front brake caliper and rotor (picture from Zeckhausen Racing – www.zeckhausen.com, a long-time Pacific BMW Parts Department customer  )



Right front Brembo™ brake caliper and rotor



StopTech™ right front brake caliper and rotor


Here’s my reasoning, if you’re braking, the weight is being shifted forward and thus more stress would be placed on the caliper if it were mounted at the front of the rotor.  However, would this also provide increased friction and stopping power?  The Subaru Impreza WRC rally car has the front caliper mounted at the rear of the front brake disc and the rear caliper mounted at the front of the rear brake disc (See here – Warning: photograph is about 2.86 MB).


On a different note, I joined my co-worker’s Wednesday night softball team.  We will be playing on Wednesday nights at Barnes Park usually in the later games.  We had our first practice tonight (Tuesday night).  I had a good number of balls pop out of my outfielder’s baseball glove.  The team manager said my glove’s web is probably too soft.  I’m pretty rusty too.  Although I got some good swings in when I went to the batting cage last week to brush up.  The thing I hate about slow-pitch softball is waiting for the pitch to come down and having to generate the power myself when hitting the ball.  In baseball, the pitcher already supplies so much of the power for you.  Remember kids, the harder he or she throws, the farther the ball goes (provided you make contact with it first).  Playing softball also screws up my baseball hitting timing royally.  Hopefully, I won’t get too messed up.  First game is tonight (Wednesday night) at 9:30 PM at Barnes Park in Monterey Park.  I’m excited to play again and get dirty!


The downside is I don’t know how many of the summer high school Wednesday night small groups I’ll be able to make.  Our team might is pretty tight on numbers right now, and having me there as a body helps.  It also is a great opportunity for me to meet new people who may share similar interests (softball/baseball) but may have different beliefs and values.  Hopefully, I’ll get to know them a little bit better as the season progresses.  I already gave one fellow a huge bruise on his right inner thigh on the first pitch I hit in batting practice which was a line drive right at him.   I hope he’ll be all right and can still walk okay over the next few days.


It’s time to get out there and play ball!  Go get ’em!  God bless you guys and gals!

Congratulations to all you recent graduates out there!


This post is dedicated to all of you who have graduated from high school or college.


The song I put up is “I Believe in You” by Steven Curtis Chapman from his All Things New album.  It is a song he originally wrote for his daughter Emily who graduated from high school in 2004 if I remember correctly.


I Believe in You
by Steven Curtis Chapman


Aren’t you the little one
That hid in my arms afraid of the thunder?
Are these the little hands
That held so tight to mine?
Didn’t we both agree you’d never grow up
And now here we are
And here you go
Of all the things I want to say
The thing you really need to know is…


I believe in you
Yeah, I believe in you
Everything you are
Everything you are becoming


And I believe in you
Yeah, I believe in you
So spread your wings and fly
On the winds of knowing I
Always believe in you


So many prayers we’ve prayed
So many dreams to get to this moment
Now this is where we stay
While you go change the world
But I’ll be where I have always been
Up in the stands cheering you on and
Singing this song
A song the very God who made you
Has been singing all along


I believe in you
Yeah, I believe in you
So spread your wings and fly
On the winds of knowing I
Will always believe in you


And when you rise and when you fall
I’ll still believe in you
Just close your eyes and hear me calling
I believe in you
Oh, I believe in you


Fight on and God bless!


On a lighter note, here is a web page with vehicles of the Bible: http://www.highrock.com/personal/WWJD/


Standing on the edge of Yosemite’s Half Dome on July 31, 2001

Do Two Forty-Two!!!


The message Jerry shared in Unikoi on Friday night was from Acts 2:42-47.  You can read it here.


This is my encouragement for all of you in Xanga-land to come and take your place among the threads.


Threads
Sung by Geoff Moore & Toby MacKeehan (formerly of dc Talk, now has his group tobyMac)


There is a thread running between us
The first and last breath that we breathe
In this strand of flesh and bone
Reside the hopes and dreams we call our own


There’s a hand that sews the threads together
Around one strand of saving scarlet thread
Come as you are
Weary, worn, and tattered
Come and take your place
Among the threads


There is a thread sometimes unseen
Moving through life’s tapestry
And when this strand enters a soul
It’s woven to the One that makes us whole


And there’s a hand that sews the threads together
Around one strand of saving scarlet thread
Come as you are
Weary, worn, and tattered
Come and take your place
Among the threads
Come and take your place
Among the threads


Live to Tell
by Geoff Moore & Steven Curtis Chapman
off the Geoff Moore & The Distance album Ev-O-Lu-Tion (©1993 ForeFront Records)
DC/LA 1994 theme song


We’ve all heard it said
That actions speak louder than words
And love that is seen
Means much more than love that’s just heard
That’s the way that it was with our Savior
Whose life told a story of love


Someone was watching
Someone was listening
Dying to know
What He knew so well
It helped them believe
If they could just see it
That’s why Jesus lived to tell


Now this is my prayer
Lord, help me to live what I say
So many times
I know that my actions betray
Let it be like it was with my Savior
And my life tell His story of love


Someone is watching
Someone is listening
Dying to know
What we know so well
It will help them believe
If in us they see Him
That’s why we must live


Chorus
I will live to tell
Of the One who has rescued my heart
I will live to tell
Of the One who can bring a new start
Take my life and let it be
A reflection of You for the whole world to see
For that God is alive and well
I will live to tell


Someone is watching
Someone is listening


Someone is watching
Someone is listening
Could be your neighbor
Your brother, your friend
It will help them believe
If in you they see Him
So what will you do


Chorus