Archive | February 2006

Chances are your automobile isn’t this safe!!!  And I don’t plan on vouching for it anytime soon!  It’s just nice to know!




In closing, I LOVE driving in the rain!  I love the fact that I can turn the radio off when it’s raining (I highly recommend this) to focus more intently on everything going on.  It makes me feel like I’m in the “zone.”  I love the confidence Subaru full-time all-wheel drive instills in the vehicle’s driver.  It’s “The Beauty of Subaru All-Wheel Drive. (2002-2003)” Or it’s “Driven by What’s Inside. (2004 Lance Armstrong commercials” (Both of those are former Subaru slogans.)



2003 Subaru Impreza WRX Sedan commercial
from http://subaru.acn.waw.pl/filmy/foto/filmy.htm (.avi format, DivX required)


Edmunds.com’s Tips & Techniques for Driving in the Rain


The BEST thing to come out of Austin, Texas EVER (or “evAr” for you “l337” folks)…I’m not talking about the University of Texas at Austin Longhorns.  I’m talking about the sounds and voices of worship to our great God from Chris Tomlin’s “Live from Austin Music Hall”!!!  I love live albums and/or renditions of songs because it feels like you’re there united in one voice singing along with the band and the crown and in this case, worshiping the Lord!


I picked up this gem from Lighthouse Christian Bookstore on Orange & Wilson in Glendale, CA on Saturday after work.  It’s only $9.99 plus sales tax until the end of the month at Parable Christian Stores (Lighthouse Christian Bookstores in the Greater Los Angeles area and New Life Christian Bookstore in Alhambra, CA).  There are few things out there your money could be spent on imo (in my opinion)!  The few other things being anything else that gives God glory and/or advances His kingdom.


Song listing
1. Indescribable
2. Forever
3. Kindness
4. Unchanging (Raise Up Holy Hands)
5. On Our Side
6. This Is Our God
7. How Great Is Our God (with a little “How Great Thou Art” thrown in at the end!)
8. Famous One


So let us infinitesimal beings raise our holy (how can we even call them holy?!  it is by God’s GRACE) hands to this, our great, unchaning, and indescribable God who is forever faithful, strong, and with us…the Famous One whose name is great in all the earth and fame extends beyond it and brings us to repentance through His kindness poured out through His wide love and grace to those whose side He is on!


Then sings my soul, my Savior God to Thee
How great Thou art
How great Thou art
Then sings my soul, my Savior God to Thee
How great Thou art
How great Thou art


What an awesome taste of heaven where we will be with Him giving Him all glory, honor, and praise!


If you don’t get anything else from this entry, purchase this CD!!!


EDIT: If you already have a decent sample of these songs already, I still would recommend this CD.  I have The Noise We Make, Not to Us, and Arriving and still encourage ya’ll to get this one as well!  The only “shortcoming” of this CD is that there are only 8 songs.  Live versions of “Holy Is the Lord”, “We Fall Down”, “Not to Us”, and “The Wonderful Cross” would really put this over the top!!!

I’ll try to update a few things here:


My Uncle Milton returned home Saturday night.  Some of you may have saw him at church on Sunday.  Please continue to pray for him.  Thanks!





Before February 21, 2006 is over Pacific Standard Time, I would like to take some time to give thanks and praise to God for my mom’s __th birthday today!  For all 24-1/2 years of my life, she has given so much and received so little.  I LOVE MY MOM!



(Picture quality is so-so because it was a scan of a photo I printed on plain paper)





Tomorrow (February 22, 2006) is Geoff Moore’s 44th birthday!  Since I had some pics of me and him on my web space (but none of my mom and me ), here’s a few I’ve taken with him over the years.  I haven’t seen him since July 2003 and have no idea when the next time I’ll see him will be!  All thanks and praise go to God for using Geoff to touch my life and many other people’s lives!



February 13, 1999 – Geoff with First Chinese Baptist Church, Walnut youth at a True Love Waits rally held at Six Flags Magic Mountain.  I’m not in the photo because I shot it. (Please note some of the people in the picture who are no longer in our midst.  Please keep praying for these people!)



June 26, 2000 – Geoff and me on my 19th birthday at the LA Convention Center during DC/LA 2000



May 26, 2002 – Geoff and me at Bayside Church in Granite Bay, CA



July 11, 2003 – Geoff, me, and his guitarist, Dana Weaver, at the Sacramento Convention Center for DCLA (no slash) 2003





This is for Thea (Xanga: SeeYaThea) – The People’s Eye Brow courtesy of The People’s Champion





And now for one of the greatest songs of all time… Aaron Lee says “Be Thou My Vision” is up there.  However, I would have to cast my vote for the song below


Listen To Our Hearts
words & music by Geoff Moore & Steven Curtis Chapman

How do you explain, how do you describe
A love that goes from east to west
And runs as deep as it is wide
You know all our hopes, You know all our fears
Words cannot express the love we feel
But we long for You to hear

Chorus
So listen to our hearts, and hear our spirits sing
A song of praise that flows
From those You have redeemed
We will use the words we know
To tell You what an awesome God You are
Words are not enough to tell You of our love
So listen to our hearts

If words could fall like rain
From these lips of mine
And if I had a thousand years
I would still run out of time
So if You listen to my heart
Every beat would say
Thank You for the life, thank You for the truth
Thank You for the way

*Chorus*

Thanks to God and everyone who’s been praying for my Uncle Milton!  For those of you who don’t know, he came to know God a few years ago through a friend of his (David) who actually was a stranger until he shared Christ with my uncle cold turkey-style in Hawai’i.


What’s been on my heart in particular for my uncle the last couple of days is for the Holy Spirit to speak to him even in his current state.  I totally believe He can do it and I will not relent in believing!





When I got home from Bible Study Fellowship in Arcadia tonight (Genesis 24-25:18, ESV, was the topic of discussion), I performed a simple repair to “Devoted Dan.”  I noticed last Monday night (February 6, 2006) when I was changing Dan’s wheels (1 hour, 20 minutes to do by myself versus approximately 40 minutes with my uncle’s help – my sequence – both rear wheels and then one front wheel and then the other front wheel – I can jack the rear up at once by the rear differential, but the front is too low to roll my jack under so I have to jack up the left front by itself and then the right front by itself or vice-versa) that I was missing the flap that formed part of the rudimentary brake duct for the left front of the car.  I think it probably came off during one of my two spins off course into the mud at Buttonwillow Raceway on January 14, 2006.



I ordered the part and the clips needed to support it from Jamie Thomas (pictured above behind the wheel of her race car, “Burnsie” – your eyes aren’t playing tricks on you, that’s a WAGON! ), a.k.a. Subie Gal, at Chaplin’s Subaru (SubaruGenuineParts.com) in Washington last week.  The parts came today and I went to work after I got home for the night.  It was a really simple repair to perform.  I simply placed the part (#10 in the diagram below) where it’s supposed to go and pressed the 4 support clips (#11) down (well actually, up).  The repair took me easily less than 5 minutes to do.






And now for my Valentine’s Day-related comment…which doesn’t really have anything to do with Valentine’s Day.  What do I know?  After all, I’ve never had a girlfriend or serious relationship in the 24-1/2 years of my life so far.


Here’s what I will say…


Thank you, Lord, for loving me (all people) just the way that I (we) are and loving me (us) so much that You don’t want me (us) to remain that way.


Remember, folks, we were meant to live for so much more…that more involves Jesus as the new way to be human!

Please pray for my Uncle Milton. 


He was born with bipolar disorder (WebMD.com – What is bipolar disorder?) when he was born prematurely from my maternal grandmother.  We think he wasn’t taking his medication for the last few days and lately he wasn’t sleeping and started to get aggressive/violent this morning.  Around 3 AM PST Sunday morning, my mom and dad took him to the hospital.  My mom said he got more violent there and needed to restrained by several people and tied to a hospital bed just to get a blood sample and insert an IV tube.  It looks like from here on out, his life will be drastically different.  My mom just came home a few minutes ago after our doctor visited Milton.  A psychiatric team is scheduled to evaluate him tomorrow and he told my mom that Milton will most likely have to be admitted/committed to an institution.


My mom thinks a couple of things may have triggered all of this.  One of Milton’s friends from the senior center, Monterey Park’s Langley Center, passed away a couple of weeks ago.  Also, the dog of one of Milton’s friends was accidentally run over by Milton’s friend’s wife backing a vehicle up.  Because of this, he brought our family dog into a house a couple of times and even put his chain with a cross on it on our dog.  My mom said he also had been losing control of some of his bodily functions lately and acting irrationally, even compared to what we were accustomed to.


On late Friday night/Saturday morning, I got home from dinner at Applebee’s with Hanley, Tim Seargeant, Christi Wong, May & David Pan, and Dann Chen a little after 1 AM.  I was pretty tired after the whole day (work & church) and was pretty comfortable in the sport bucket seat of my car, so I figured I’d just sleep there.  I work up around 4:30 AM and figured I probably should go into the house because the only other time I slept in the car, I got locked out because the interior door to our garage was locked by Milton who I guess figured it’d be good to lock it.  So I walked around to the front door and rang the doorbell and Milton let me in.  If you’re wondering, we normally only use the garage door opener for entry and exit at home and I didn’t have a key for the front door on me.  Anyway, as I was about to enter the house after opening the garage door, I heard and saw my uncle’s red 1992 Toyota pickup truck start up.  I was puzzled why my mom or dad would be going anywhere at that time, but didn’t think too much of it initially probably due to fatigue.  The driver (my uncle) paused to try to close the garage but I think he saw that I was going in and didn’t close it.  At that time, I stared with quizzical look and then watched the driver drive off.  (EDIT: My uncle isn’t supposed to drive because he has an expired Hawai’i driver’s license, no auto insurance, and his vision and reaction times aren’t that good.)  Once I got into the house, the first thing I thought was that my parents probably wouldn’t be going anywhere at that time and that it was probably my uncle.  I went to his room and he wasn’t there.  He left the light out and his boom box was left on playing a tape of some Hawaiian music.  I told my mom and my mom, dad, and I went looking for him.  We located him around 5:15 AM Saturday morning at the senior center in the parking lot with the truck.  My dad and I brought him home in the car and my mom drove the truck back home.  My mom tried to put him to sleep, but he woke back up in an hour or two.


Later Saturday morning, my mom took him to the senior center where he usually volunteers and helps out.  Things took a turn last night when he didn’t return home.  My mom filed a report with the police notifying them of his condition and provided them with a picture.  Just as my mom and one of the workers of the senior center were going to go look for him, the police picked him up at the senior center and brought him home.  My mom again tucked him in and tried to get him to go to sleep to no avail.  Around 2 something this morning, he started acting up again.  My mom called the doctor and he instructed my mom to take Milton to the hospital.  I thought my mom had told me they were going to Arcadia Memorial Hospital, my dad, mom, and uncle actually went to Arcadia Methodist Hospital.  I fell asleep sometime between the time they left (I was trying to work on a Sunday School lesson for Philippians 4:1-9 the whole time.  Yes, I know it’s not the best time to work on it.  I would love to start on it earlier, I just haven’t mastered working on it much earlier during the week with everything else going on/not spending my little free time as wisely as I probably could.  Although we can praise God I’ve been getting into His word more lately!) and woke up around 7 AM.  When I woke up, I looked around the house for my mom and dad and didn’t locate them.  I called both of their cell phones and got dumped to their voice mailboxes (T-Mobile didn’t get any reception in the ER).  I then tried to look up “Arcadia Memorial Hospital” on Google and only came up with results for a hospital in Arcadia, FL.  I then searched for “Arcadia Hospital” (yes, someone here knows how to use “teh Internet”) and came up with Arcadia Methodist Hospital.  I called the number for patient information and gave the lady on the other end my uncle’s last name.  She then told me that he was in the ER and I told the next lady that I would like to speak to my mother.  She told me what had happened to that point and that was pretty much it.


Thanks to you all out there for reading along!  I/we would greatly appreciate your prayers for my Uncle Milton.  Those of you from church whose parents know my mom are free to inform them of what’s going on and I don’t think my mom would mind if they tried getting in touch with her to help her through all of this in the Lord.


What blows me away about all of this is that I’ve never had to take to heart so quickly something I was studying from God’s word.  What has ministered to me so much throughout the day is Philippians 4:6-7 (Philippians 4:1-9 ESV/NASB).  Going well beyond my memorization of this many years ago and the simple understanding that I should turn over all my worries to God, my study of this passage gave me a greater understanding of what the apostle Paul was trying to share with the Philippian believers–mainly that they should be rejoicing always and giving over their anxieties and worries over to God with thanksgiving.  That may not initially make sense “with thanksgiving?!” for something that would normally induce anxiety and worry in a person.  But it makes so much sense when you look further into some of the text around it.  In Phil. 4:4, the apostle Paul says to rejoice always, and not just once, but twice.  In John MacArthur, Jr.’s commentary on Paul’s letter to the Philippians, he makes the distinction that a believer’s joy is not a feeling or tied to emotion–it is basically an inner confidence that God has taken care of and will take care of everything in the big picture of things–definitely something to have joy about!  Tying in this joy with being thankful for things you would be inclined to be anything but thankful for, the reader can understand that Paul is not saying so much that one should be thankful for the worrying things one may have to face, but rather should be thankful again for who God is and what He’s already made provision for even in light or in the midst of the things going on that would cause anxiety in those who lack spiritual stability (what Philippians 4:1-9 is pretty much about).  Through everything that has happened today, I know I can say I’ve experienced the peace of God which surpasses all (human) understanding/comprehension that is only available to those who are in Christ Jesus.  It is His peace that is able to guard/stand firm/defend my heart and mind from the anxiety and worry trying to break its way in.  I’ll be honest in saying that I’ve been completely worry-free throughout the day, but I know God is at work.  I’m concerned the most about my mom (yeah, I guess you could say I’m a momma’s boy…not Joe’s momma though), but thanks to God, I know He has been faithful in the past to help her endured through her older brother’s (Winston) death in 2000 when we had to bring Milton from Hawai’i to live with us and mother’s (Patsy) death in 2004.  She took both better than I imagined she would and we definitely attribute that all to God.  I am confident in our great and glorious God to get us through all of this somehow in a way that will give Him glory.  That, my friends, I am sure of – Praise the Lord!  (Think the lyrics “Let Everything That Has Breath” here)


Philippians 4:4-7
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.




Changing gears, I would like to publicly say that it is a good thing that Michelle Kwan withdrew.  Yeah, I’m a hater because she used to be a Bruin.  More importantly though, I don’t think it was right that she was allowed to compete for a third time long after she had gone pro.  As far as I know (PLEASE correct me if I’m wrong), in figure skating, if you go pro, you are ineligible from participating in the Olympics.  After winning a silver medal at Nagano and a bronze medal at Salt Lake City, she definitely has had a great career including 9 national and 5 world titles.  Let me make it clear that I wouldn’t have a problem with her trying for the gold a third time if she never went pro.  Now Emily Hughes has to find her “A” game in less time than she very well could have had (if the USOC didn’t grant Michelle Kwan an exemption to compete in Torino) to best represent the good ol’ red, white, and blue.

EDIT: I know NBA and NHL players have been allowed to compete for a while.  I found the excerpt below from http://www.faqs.org/faqs/sports/skating/ice/figure/rules/


[6] Are professional skaters allowed to compete in the Olympics?  Are
amateurs allowed to be paid for skating?

    The policy of the international governing body for skating, the ISU,
    has been that any skater who takes part in a competition that is not
    sanctioned by the ISU (or one of its national governing bodies, such
    as the USFSA) loses eligibility to compete in future “amateur”
    events.

    Loss of eligibility isn’t tied to competing professionally in a
    particular discipline of skating, or with a particular partner.  A
    skater who competes as a pro in singles is ineligible to compete in
    ISU competitions in pairs as well as singles; and members of pro pair
    and dance teams who subsequently change partners can’t become
    eligible again, even if their new partner is still eligible.

    The ISU offered professional skaters a one-time option to reinstate
    as eligible competitors between 1992 and 1995.  However, this
    opportunity has closed, and professionals may no longer reinstate or
    compete internationally as Olympic-eligible skaters.

    Sometimes professional skaters talk about wanting to reinstate to
    compete in the Olympics again, but they cannot do so unless ISU
    changes the rules again, and this is unlikely to happen.  Many people
    consider reinstatement to be a failed policy because it did not have
    the intended effect of bringing all skaters back into ISU-sponsored
    competitions on a permanent basis.  The ISU’s current policy is aimed
    at encouraging skaters to retain their eligibility by offering prize
    money and other financial incentives.

    Appearing in an unsanctioned professional competition is the only
    activity that the ISU now defines as being off-limits for eligible
    skaters.  As long as they have the permission of their national
    federations, so-called amateur skaters can now be paid for doing
    tours and iceshows, competitions, endorsements, TV appearances, and
    the like, as well as coaching.  It is more accurate to refer to their
    status as “eligible” than “amateur”.

    For example, skaters may appear with Stars on Ice without losing
    their eligible status.  The reason why eligible skaters typically do
    not appear on the US tour is that its schedule conflicts with the
    eligible competitive season, but a number of active competitors have
    appeared in their spring and summer tours of Canada, Europe and Asia.

    Since there’s very little practical difference any more between
    “eligible” and “ineligible” skaters, many people wonder why the ISU
    doesn’t do away with the distinction entirely and open up all
    competitions to all skaters.  The ISU’s monopoly over the World
    Championships and Olympic Games is both the reason for their policy,
    and the means they have of enforcing it.  For example, the fact that
    they can ban people who take part in unsanctioned competitions
    discourages skaters from taking part in (and hence lending
    credibility to) any other supposed “world championships” which might
    be put on by private promoters or by a breakaway federation or
    skater’s union, and which might conceivably rival or displace the
    ISU’s own World Championships if such a check were not in place.


After further research, it looks like Tom is correct (See comments) in that Michelle Kwan never turned pro.  I was wrong.  So now that my main reason she shouldn’t compete is invalid, I still am not nuts about the exemption she was given because of her injury.  Emily Hughes may still do very well at Torino, but her experience there may be “incomplete” because she missed the opening ceremony (did you all see the Ferrari Formula 1 car (it looked like a 2001 or 2002 chassis) do tasty donuts?) and so on and so forth.  Yeah, I’m probably too hung up on the Bruin thing. Did she ever graduate?

Anyway, I’m not a big fan of figure skating.  I think I like the winter games more than the summer games because of some of the sports in it–mainly sports that involve speed.  Bobsledding, luge, some skiing events, and speed skating are all very, very cool to watch in my opinion.  All they need for 2010 is broomball, snowmobile racing, and rally racing and then I’d be happier than a pig in its own filth.

Who wouldn’t want to see this in the Winter Olympics?  (from Subaru.co.jp’s Impreza wallpaper gallery)

Grace to you,
Loren

Happy Birthday wishes (“birthday greetings today” – LOL for those who know what’s up) go out to Andrew Hsu!  This guy reminds me a good bit of myself.  Left-handed…fairly humble..still not possessing a driver’s license (not that I’m aware of) senior year of high school…


More importantly, I am thankful to God and praise Him for Andrew because he has shared life, that is, his life in Christ, with others around him.  If I have my facts straight, it is through ‘Drew that God revealed Himself to Benson Lau, who has undoubtedly injected a lot of new life into the senior class and high school fellowship the last couple of years.  It’s because of this, Benson’s mom started going to our church and joined it last year if I remember correctly.


This reminds me of a song sung by Geoff Moore called “Pass It On” off an album of the same name put out by Focus On the Family.  The chorus goes a little something like this:


We’ve got a life worth living
A gift worth giving
A faith worth sharing
We’ve got to pass it on
Just like a river rolling
The good keeps going
The love keeps growing
When we pass it on


To everyone out there who identifies himself or herself with Christ, keep passing it on…and FIGHTING ON!!!  This victory sign goes up for Andrew Hsu, my fellow God follower!  The victory is the Lord’s!


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FIGHT ON FOR OL’ JC!
FIGHT ON TO VICTORY!
FIGHT ON!!!