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Funk the Food & Fun Fair

I’m probably going to get some flak for this Xanga entry, but I’m not going to let the imminent onslaught keep me from telling it like it is.

Here’s some food (pun intended) for thought.

This summer, my church, First Chinese Baptist Church, Walnut, is going to have its third annual Food (& Fun – new this year ) Fair to raise support (prayer and financial) for its short-term missionaries.  There isn’t anything wrong with that.  Right?

I submit to you that people shouldn’t need to be fed or entertained in order to gain their support in sharing the great news of Jesus Christ with those who don’t have a relationship with God the Father through Him.

I believe that all that needs to be done is for people going on missions to ask for people’s support via written form such as a letter or personally in the flesh.

Wining, dining, and entertaining people just reinforces the consumerism that is rampant within the church, particularly mine.  Church isn’t about the people first; it’s about God first.

Don’t get me wrong.  I’ll still help out with things at the fair.  I’m obligated to.  After all, it’s for Jerry’s kids. j/k  I’ll sincerely help because I want to help my fellow laborers in Christ.

EDIT: I am *not* saying that God can’t use this fair for His good and His glory.  What I am suggesting is that the fair isn’t necessary to begin with.

What might help me the most and possibly lead me to retract from my position is to know the truth why the fair was started in 2006.  Was it a “ploy” to get people to give because short-term projects were in desperate need?  Or was it a genuine idea to inform people of short-term missions trips and ask for their support?

If that’s the case, why not have a missions fair without food and games?  I’m totally down with that!  People could learn about where the short-term missionaries are going and the people that they will be trying to minister to.

But if you want my prayer and financial support.  Don’t feed me and try to get me to play games.  Just ask me for it.  That’s the way it should be (in my opinion).

He must increase and we must decrease.  More of Him, less of us.

If you smel-l-l-l-l-l-l-l-l-l-l what The Rock The LORD is cooking!

Not to us, O LORD, but to Your name be the glory.

Danger is my middle name

Question of the Day: What is the main difference between the photos below?

Before

After

On Sunday afternoon, the mod, as in modification, bug bit me again.  I purchased a red hazard switch from Subaru Genuine Parts a few months ago, but never got around to installing it.  Late last week, I contemplated installing the switch and finally decided I would attempt to do it last weekend.  What held me back so long was the concern that I would break or scratch an interior trim piece in the process.

What’s the big deal about a red hazard switch?  It’s a JDM item.  That’s what!  JDM stands for “Japanese Domestic Market.”  If you don’t understand the JDM craze, you won’t understand why something this retrofit is cool.  The red hazard switch made its first appearance on the Japanese 2004 Subaru Impreza WRX STI S203.  Since then, Subaru limited its use to the Japanese STi/STI models until the 2007 Subaru Impreza WRX STI Limited was released in North America.  Because of that model’s introduction, the switch became readily available on this side of the Pacific.

To retrofit the new red hazard switch, here are the methods to the madness:

  1. Remove the upper cupholder.  On USDM (United States Domestic Market) MY2002-2004 Imprezas, the cupholder is located under the right center A/C vent.  To remove it, one must open the cupholder, unscrew and remove the two screws that secure it, and carefully extract the cupholder from the dash.
  2. Pull out the upper vent assembly.  This was the trickiest step because the lower left corner of the assembly didn’t want to come out.  I was really afraid I was going to break something.  It got to a point where I stopped what I was doing to return to the computer to make sure I was following my friend’s directions properly.  After rereading what I already knew, I was determined to get the vent assembly out!  I finally finagled the assembly out after a few more minutes.  It would be smooth sailing from that point forward.
  3. Disconnect the wiring harness from the hazard switch.  All I had to do here was unplug the wiring harness from the switch.  Doing this releases the entire assembly into one’s hand(s).
  4. Pop the hazard switch out of the vent assembly.  To free the hazard switch from the vent assembly, its top and bottom need to be unlatched from the vent assembly.  I unlatched the top with a finger and the bottom using a small flathead screwdriver.  The screwdriver isn’t absolutely necessary but made the task easier.  Once free, the hazard switch will come out from the front of the vent assembly.
  5. Press the new hazard switch into the vent assembly.  Just push the new switch into the hole where the old one was located until you hear and feel a faint “click.”
  6. Plug the wiring harness into the new hazard switch.
  7. Re-insert the vent assembly.
  8. Re-install the cupholder.

Now, I and everyone who rides in my car will clearly know which button is the “panic” button!



On Friday night and Saturday, I attended the Passion L.A. regional conference.  God really convicted me of how much I live for me instead of living for Him, His name and fame, and His glory.  There isn’t much more to say.  The song that came to my mind Friday night was “Much of You” by Steven Curtis Chapman from his All Things New album (©2004 Sparrow Records).

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

I want to make much of You, Jesus
I want to make much of Your love
I want to live today to 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 worth boasting in except for Your name
Cause I am a sinner
And You are the Savior

I want to make much of You, Jesus
I want to make much of Your love
I want to live today to 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

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

I want to make much of You, Jesus
I want to make much of Your love
I want to live today to 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

I want to make much of You
Much of You, Jesus

My Magnificent Obsession (Part 1 of 2)

Here’s my magnificent obsession…

Edmunds.com Inside Line‘s Comparison Test of the 2008 Subaru Impreza WRX STI, 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution GSR, and 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution MR (Click on the image to see the article and video)

NOT!


My real magnificent obsession lies in God’s call to love Him with all my heart, mind, soul, and strength — a humanly impossible feat.

Hanley preached from James 3:13-18 (link to BibleGateway.com James Chapter 3 – NASB) many Friday nights ago (September 7, 2007 to be exact).  God really convicted me of my selfish ambition.  I should want what God wants–not what I want.

Wisdom from Above

 13 Who among you is wise and understanding? Let him show by his good behavior his deeds in the gentleness of wisdom.

 14 But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your heart, do not be arrogant and so lie against the truth.

 15 This wisdom is not that which comes down from above, but is earthly, natural, demonic.

 16 For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every evil thing.

 17 But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy.

 18 And the seed whose fruit is righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.

A few weeks later (September 23, 2007), God convicted me through Pastor Jackson’s message on the Triumphal Entry in Matthew 21.  He mentioned that Jesus Christ wasn’t who the Israelites hoped He would be as the Messiah.  He used a cross reference from Isaiah 55:8-9 which says that God’s thoughts and ways are higher (Thanks, Nick!) than people’s.  This reminded me I need to have the proper perspective of God and not try to make Him who I want Him to be.

When I went with Steve (Xanga: rice4krxst), Hanley (Xanga: randomranting), and Don (Xanga: udonoogen) to see Steven Curtis Chapman, Sanctus Real, and Bethany Dillon perform live on the evening of October 28, 2007, God convicted me that I had not been placing Him entirely first in my life when SCC and his band featuring his two sons played “Magnificent Obsession”.

Last month, I applied for an Associate Editor position in Edmunds.com’s editorial department.  The thought of getting it would be a dream come true (since becoming a professional race car driver or fighter pilot is very unlikely at my ripe old age of 26) as I would get to write about (it’s hard work, but it’s a lot of fun, too) and evaluate automobiles for a living.  Last week, I started getting anxious that I was probably not going to get the position.  God used His Word (Philippians 4:6-7) to remove the anxiety and replaced it with a sense of contentment.  I knew His perfect will will be done.  And in that, I rejoiced!  I probably will find out in a few weeks where I am in that process.  I would appreciate your prayers for God’s will to be done, not that I would simply get the job.

With that said, I’ll post Part 2 of “My Magnificent Obsession” in His time.

In closing, here’s a clip of SCC performing “Magnificent Obsession” live along with the song’s lyrics (from www.hughchou.org).

 

Magnificent Obsession
Written by Steven Curtis Chapman
From the recording: Declaration, Track #9.

Matt. 13:44-46; Heb. 12:2; Phil. 3:8-10

Lord, You know how much
I want to know so much
In the way of answers and explanations
I have cried and prayed
And still I seem to stay
In the middle of life’s complications
All this pursuing leaves me feeling like I’m chasing down the wind
But now it’s brought me back to You
And I can see again

This is everything I want
This is everything I need
I want this to be my one consuming passion
Everything my heart desires
Lord, I want it all to be for You, Jesus
Be my magnificent obsession

So capture my heart again
Take me to depths I’ve never been
Into the riches of Your grace and Your mercy
Return me to the cross
And let me be completely lost
In the wonder of the love
That You’ve shown me
Cut through these chains that tie me down to so many lesser things
Let all my dreams fall to the ground
Until this one remains

You are everything I want
And You are everything I need
Lord, You are all my heart desires
You are everything to me

You are everything I want
You are everything I need
I want You to be my one consuming passion
Everything my heart desires
Lord, I want it all to be for You
I want it all to be for You

Copyright Information
©2001 Sparrow Songs / Peach Hill Songs / BMI / Admin. by EMI Christian Music Publishing

Children of God

Children of God
by Steven Curtis Chapman from the upcoming album, This Moment

Who are the treasured and the prized?
Who is the apple of God’s eye?
Who is?
We are, We are, We are

Who are the ones who bear His name
Who are the children He has claimed?
As His?
We are, We are, We are

We are the ones God has sent His Son to rescue
And now He calls us His own

We are the children of God
We are the children of God
We are the sons and the daughters
Almighty God is our Father

We are the children of God
We are the children of God
How can we can keep from singing?
We are the children of God

La La La La La La, La La La La
La La La La La La, La La La La

Who’ll keep the rocks from crying out?
Who are the voices that will shout
His praise?
We are, We are, We are

Who are the ones who bear His name?
Who are the children He has claimed?
As His?
We are, We are, We are

How great the love the Father has shown us
That He would call us His own

We are the children of God
We are the children of God
We are the sons and the daughters
Almighty God is our Father

We are the children of God
We are the children of God
How can we can keep from singing?
We are the children

And we will sing for joy
For the God on His throne
He has come for us
And called us His own

And we will sing for joy
As the dearly loved children of God
Come on, let’s sing!

La La La La La La, La La La La
La La La La La La, La La La La
La La La La La La, La La La La
La La La La La La, La La La La

We are the children of God
We are the children of God
We are the sons and the daughters
Almighty God is our Father

We are the children of God
We are the children of God
How can we can keep from singing?
We are the children of God

La La La La La La, La La La La
La La La La La La, La La La La
La La La La La La, La La La La
La La La La La La, La La La La

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I’ll be singing along on Sunday night! The guitarist/vocalist to Steven’s right is his son, Caleb.

Prayer for God’s delivery

Please pray for my co-worker, Jeff Hester, and his wife, Rebecca, tomorrow (Friday, October 12, 2007) as doctors perform a casesarian section to deliver their first child, Justin Jeffry (no, the middle name is not misspelled) Hester.  Jeff is a good friend from the Edmunds.com production department and also the shortstop of our Monday night softball team.  Thanks, everyone!

UPDATE: It’s a boy! LOL

Something Fishy Happened Yesterday

This was my favorite song yesterday.  The clip below is from the 2007 Gospel Music Association Dove Awards.

My Savior, My God
by Aaron Shust

I am not skilled to understand
What God has willed, what God has planned
I only know at His right hand
Stands one who is my Savior

I take Him at His word and deed
Christ died to save me this I read
And in my heart I find a need
Of Him to be my Savior

That He would leave His place on high
And come for sinful man to die
You count it strange, so once did I
Before I knew my Savior

My Savior loves, my Savior lives
My Savior’s always there for me
My God He was, my God He is
My God He’s always gonna be

Yes, living, dying; let me bring
My strength, my solace from this spring
That He who lives to be my King
Once died to be my Savior

That He would leave His place on high
And come for sinful man to die
You count it strange, so once did I
Before I knew my Savior

My Savior loves, my Savior lives
My Savior’s always there for me
My God He was, My God He is
My God He’s always gonna be


More to come later!  God is so awesome!

True Worship


John 4:23-24 – True Worship
AWESOME message from God’s Word I heard Thursday morning!

Filled with the Spirit + Filled with the Word = Become a worshiper

All Spirit + No Word = You blow up
All Word + No Spirit = You dry up
Spirit + Word = You grow up