Archive | November 2005

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!  And I’m not talking about the Christmas season (after all, Jesus is to be celebrated during every season!)!


SEVEN in a row, baby!


U-C-L-A ______!


Thank You, Lord, for being an awesome and sovereign God!  Not to us, but to Your name be the glory!!!  I need everyone out there to CRANK UP THE VOLUME!!!  More to come later…


Okay, I can’t wait so I’ll try to put a condensed version here.


1. I applied for a job back in Summer of 2004 with Nissan North America down in Gardena.  I went two rounds and didn’t get it.  Some of you may remember me asking you to pray not for me to get it, but for God’s will to be done.  I was disappointed I didn’t get the job because I thought I was a shoe-in for the job.  Well, it was announced about three weeks ago that Nissan North America is relocating its national headquarters to Tennessee.


2. For those of you who read Nick Lui’s Xanga (sup_cuz), he recently ran into someone he met at a track day he went to with me at The Streets of Willow Springs on September 23rd.  On the 10 West driving home last night from Bible Study Fellowship, a person I met at that track day pulled up alongside me and waved.  His name is Jeff and he drives a red late 80’s Honda CRX.  He’s also a technician at Longo Toyota in El Monte.  I’m pretty sure he recognized me because of my license plate!  So praise God for something as simple as that being used by Him as I had intended it to be a little light in this world.


3. I’ve been going to Bible Study Fellowship in Arcadia on Tuesday nights for the last weeks after having been invited by Nathan and Aaron Lee.  To be honest, some things there are still weird for me (teaching styles, people sharing their own personal interpretations of Scripture which has the potential to be off-base, and so on and so forth).  Overall, it’s been a really great experience except for the homework (ugh!).  What is also amazing is how this is not a small world, but God’s world.  Three of the people there who are regular attendees are people I had previously known to some extent or met.


The first is Danny Leung, driver of a 2002 Subaru Impreza WRX Sedan (World Rally Blue Pearl in color of course).  I started e-mailing Danny and talking to him over AIM before I even got Devoted Dan, the 2004 Subaru Impreza WRX Sedan I drive, asking for advice and information about the ReX.  Even though, he’s a Bruin, he’s a pretty cool and funny guy.  In Januay 2004 shortly after I had got the car, I met him at the Fry’s off Crossroads Parkway on a Sunday afternoon after church.  I let him drive my car and also had him ride with me to give me some tips.


The second is Brian Tung.  Brian, also a Bruin, was the core coordinator of UCLA’s Asian American Christian Fellowship (AACF) for the 2003-2004 school year.  He attends Mandarin Baptist Church “Los Angeles”.  I had a cool talk about five-point Calvinism with him last night.  He’s also a five-pointer thanks to being around some people at chuch like Victor Hwang (USC’s AACF core coordinator for the 2001-2002 school year).  Since he was a fellow core coordinator, it’s nice to be able to talk to him since he’s “been there, done that.”


The third is Paul (I think Goh is his last name).  He went to USC and knows some of the older AACFers that were around like Khai Taing (Xanga: khai123), who was the USC AACF core coordinator for the 2000-2001 school year.


4. I went to a wedding on Saturday and ran into two former USC AACFers (Hubert Chan, worship leader for the 1999-2000 school year and serving at Epicentre church now) and Carolyn Quach.  I wasn’t expecting to know anyone there, but thanks to God for arranging things the way He did!


Again, it’s not a small world after all, it’s God’s world!!!


So join Reggie (AFAIK, Reggie’s stepdad is a pastor.  I don’t know if he’s a committed believer, but I know he definitely believes his ability is God-given.) and me and let’s give our God the glory!



Thanks to JT², a.k.a. Jeff Ton, USC’s AACF core coordinator for the 2003-2004 school year (Xanga: jton23), for the awesome picture link!


After talking to Brian, ya’ll could also be praying for the general state of AACF!  It needs prayer, folks!!!


Not to Us
by Chris Tomlin


The cross before me the world behind
No turning back
Raise the banner high
It’s not for me
It’s all for You


Let the heavens shake and split the sky
Let the people clap their hands and cry
It’s not for us
It’s all for You


CHORUS:
Not to us
But to Your name be the glory
Not to us
But to Your name be the glory


Our hearts unfold before Your throne
The only place for those who know
It’s not for us
It’s all for You


Send Your holy fire on this offering
Let our worship burn for the world to see
It’s not for us
It’s all for You
For You


CHORUS


The earth is shaking
The mountains shouting
It’s all for You
The waves are crashing
The sun is raging
It’s all for You


The universe is spinning and singing
It’s all for You
Your children dancing
Dancing
Dancing
It’s all for You
It’s all for You


CHORUS


All glory and honor and praise
All glory and honor and praise
All glory and honor and praise
All glory and honor and praise


FIGHT ON and BEAT THE BRUINS!!!   Victory signs up!


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You know you’ve been working too hard when…


you walked to where you parked your car the previous day!


After I was done with work on Friday, I walked to where I parked it on Thursday!


You know you love college football when…


you dreamt you hung out with Kirk Herbstreit.


It’s true, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, I dreamt on Saturday night/Sunday morning that I got to hang out with Kirk Herbstreit and even play some NCAA Football 06 against him.  Herbie’s a cool guy!  Lee Corso thinks the Texas Longhorns are the best team in the country right now.  NOT SO FAST, MY FRIEND!!!


Here’s a preview of what USC will do on December 3, 2005 (from TrojanFB.com):







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It’s driving me a lil nuts!


STEVE, it’s infinitesimal!!!


http://dictionary.reference.com/search?r=2&q=infinitesimal


3 entries found for infinitesimal.






in·fin·i·tes·i·mal   Audio pronunciation of "infinitesimal" ( P )  Pronunciation Key  (nfn--ts-ml)
adj.

  1. Immeasurably or incalculably minute.
  2. Mathematics. Capable of having values approaching zero as a limit.

n.

  1. An immeasurably or incalculably minute amount or quantity.
  2. Mathematics. A function or variable continuously approaching zero as a limit.




[From New Latin nfntsimus, infinite in rank, from Latin nfntus, infinite. See infinite.]


infin·i·tesi·mal·ly adv.

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Source: The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
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infinitesimal


adj : infinitely or immeasurably small; “two minute whiplike threads of protoplasm”; “reduced to a microscopic scale” [syn: minute, microscopic]







Source: WordNet ® 2.0, © 2003 Princeton University


infinitesimal


infinitesimal: in CancerWEB’s On-line Medical Dictionary







Source: On-line Medical Dictionary, © 1997-98 Academic Medical Publishing & CancerWEB

I’m saving today’s The Los Angeles Times Sports section!!!   Was I the only one that saw it coming?


UCLA is 6th in the Pac-10 in average points allowed per game (30.1… to be exact).  I knew it was going to happen.  Ya’ll knew it was going to happen.  Case closed.


I NEED TO GET RID OF MY CAL GAME TICKET ASAP!!!  YOU CAN WITNESS THE BACK-TO-BACK NATIONAL CHAMPION USC TROJANS GO BEAR HUNTING THIS SATURDAY IF YOU ACT QUICKLY!!!  I was asked to work this Saturday because we’re going live with our new computer software on Monday, November 14, 2005.


FIGHT ON AND BEAT THE BEARS!!!


On a different note, I went with some of the high school seniors from my church to Saturday night’s stop of Passion’s Indescribable tour with Chris Tomlin, Matt Redman, and Louie Giglio.  Let me just say that our God is so amazing!!!  YEAH!!!


From http://hubblesite.org/gallery/album/exotic_collection/pr1992017a/:
“X” Structure at Core of M51 Whirlpool Galaxy

Indescribable


From http://hubblesite.org/newscenter/newsdesk/archive/releases/1992/17/text/:
NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope Resolves a Dark “x” Across the Nucleus of M51



Full press release text:











NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has provided astronomers with what may be their first direct view of an immense ring of dust which fuels a massive black hole at the heart of the spiral galaxy M51, located 20 million light-years away. Surprisingly, they found that the ring is standing almost perpendicular to the relatively flat spiral galaxy, like a top spinning on its side with respect to the floor. Even more surprising is the discovery of a secondary ring or dust lane which is contrary to all expectations.


These observations are being reported by Dr. Holland Ford (Johns Hopkins University and Space Telescope Science Institute), and his Faint Object Spectrograph Team co-investigators at the 180th meeting of the American Astronomical Society in Columbus, Ohio.


“Pictures of M5l taken with the [Hubble] Planetary Camera show a striking, dark “X” silhouetted across the nucleus. The “X” is due to absorption by dust and marks the exact position of the nuclear black hole,” says Ford. “If these ideas are correct, M51 provides the first direct view of a torus [ring] which both fuels a massive black hole and hides the hole from direct view from anyone outside the ionization cone [narrow cone of light emitted from the near-vicinity of the black hole]


Commonly called the Whirlpool Galaxy, M51 is one of the nearest and brightest galaxies, having an angular diameter 1/3rd the width of the Full Moon. The galaxy is spectacular because it is tilted nearly face-on to Earth, allowing for an unobstructed view of its the bright core. M51 is especially noteworthy because its well-defined spiral arms are unusually bright, and the end of one of the spiral arms projects across a small, dusty and distorted satellite galaxy.


Previous observations made with both radio and optical telescopes have revealed energetic activity in the core of the galaxy. Hot ionized gas in the center of M51 is moving at speeds of up to two million miles per hour. Ground-based observations also show a pair of radio and corresponding optical “bubbles” which form a double-lobed structure across the nucleus.


The new HST images now offer the best glimpse yet of the near-vicinity of the “powerhouse” driving these fireworks. The pictures reveal an hour-glass structure formed by two bright beacons of light that are so energetic they cause interstellar gas caught in their beams to glow through ionization. This double cone “searchlight” is bisected by the widest bar of the dark “X”. “This suggests that the dark band in the ‘X’, which is perpendicular to the ionization cone, may be a rotating torus of cold gas and dust seen edge-on,” says Ford.


The second bar of the “X” is both interesting and puzzling. The dust in this linear feature could be a second disk seen edge on, or possibly rotating gas and dust in M5l interacting with the jets and ionization cones. “The safest interpretation is that the slash is a caution sign, showing that we do not yet fully understand what is happening in the center of M51,” says Ford.


The edge-on torus, estimated to be 100 light-years across, hides the black hole and its disk of infalling hot gas. This accretion disk buried deep inside the torus is presumably the source of the ionizing radiation. The dusty ring confines the radiation from the accretion disk so that it can only escape through the “donut hole” of the torus as a pair of oppositely-directed cones of light.


The ring also determines the axis of a jet of material being accelerated away from the black hole. The dust ring is tilted so that it is perpendicular to the plane of M51. The high-speed jet thus lies in the galaxy’s plane and plows into the gas and dust in M51 disk. The jet inflates a bubble of hot gas on either side of the black hole. This is analogous to a fire hose directed against a large pile of sand. The fire hose inflates a cavity of water and sand which expands and advances into the sandpile.


The resulting optical and radio emission from this “blowtorch” in M5l is several times brighter than the radio emission in the center of our Milky Way Galaxy. This means that the M51 black hole is more energetic than the million-solar mass black hole suspected to lie at the center of our Galaxy.


The power produced by the M51 black hole is still a hundred times fainter than the nuclei of bright Seyfert galaxies (a class of active galaxy having a brilliant point-like nucleus) which are thought to harbor 100 million solar mass black holes. Ford suggests the M51 core may be classified as a “miniature Seyfert nucleus.”


A black hole’s level of activity is determined not only by its mass, but the rate at which surrounding material falls into it. The gravitational interaction between M51 and its companion is likely causing gas to fall into the nucleus.


Astronomers will attempt to confirm the existence of the dusty torus and the black hole by using spectroscopy to measure the rotation velocity of the ring. Just as the orbital speed of the planets in our solar system can be used to estimate the mass of our Sun, the black hole’s mass can be estimated by the rotation velocity of the torus.


Release Date: 9:30AM (EDT) June 8, 1992
Release Number: STScI-1992-17





Oh the wonderful cross
Oh the wonderful cross
Bids me come and die
And find that I may truly live


Oh the wonderful cross
Oh the wonderful cross
All who gather here
By grace draw near
And bless Your name


Love so amazing, so divine
Demands my soul, my life, my all…

Getting this song up on here has been long overdue!  Enjoy!  However, I want you to more than enjoy it.  I want you to meditate on it and check your pulse!


In the first line of the chorus, just imagine being like Eric Liddell from “Chariots of Fire” and real-life acclaim who would simply run for God.  Think of those who have given their lives for the sake of the call like Jim Elliot, Nate Saint, Pete Fleming, Ed McCully, and Roger Youdarian.  Think of their wives Elisabeth Elliot, Marjorie Saint (USC Trojan alumnus!), Olive Fleming, Marilou McCully, and Barbara Youdarian who pressed and fought on(!) despite the loss of their dear husbands.  Think of God’s conversion of the Auca Indians (Auca – “The Savages”) in Ecuador who killed these men and have now become His people, His God Followers.  They are now known as the Waodani, “The People”, and now are doing God’s work in telling other tribes about Him.



Children of the Burning Heart
By Steven Curtis Chapman from the album Signs of Life (©1996 Sparrow Records)


We were the dreamers, the boys on the wild frontier
The new believers with nothing in the world to fear
We had discovered the treasure of
the love and the grace of God
And it burned like a fire in
our hearts and we would…


CHORUS:
Throw back our heads and run with the passion
Through the fields of forgiveness and grace
We carried the eternal flame
With an undying hope and a blazing conviction
Of a truth that would never fade
We were glowing in the dark
Children of the burning herat


And now for the dreamers, and
those who have dared to believe
The flames call us deeper into the great mystery
For as we draw near to the Father
we are lost in this one desire
To be wholy consumed by His fire, so let us..


CHORUS


So come on let’s
Keep on glowing in the dark
Children of the burning heart