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New year, new goal

Posted 1/16/2018

Happy 2018!  The beginning of a new year is always exciting, as we make new year resolutions, set new goals, and enjoy new blessings from God.  What is your resolution for 2018?  One of mine is to be worry-free as I faithful entrust my life to God.  Sounds difficult to achieve, doesn't it?


This is a goal that I wouldn't dare to make last year, as I had lots of worries and doubts about God's plan for my life.  Will I, if ever, be in a lasting relationship?  Will my living standards improve?  Will I be a contributing member to the church?  What about my career path?  Thankfully, God addressed some of my concerns and He comforted me on the rest by reminding of His fervent and unchanging love towards me.


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Farewell 2017

Posted 12/27/2017

As Christmas has come and gone, we are just days away from saying goodbye to 2017.  While news and sports media reveal their top ten stories of the year, I also took the time to reflect and review on the year.  This has been my personal tradition for many years.


The  older I got, the faster the years have passed me by.  Most days seemed like a blur to me at best, if I can recall them at all.  It fees like summer had ended two weeks ago, when the haze from the seemingly unstoppable wildfire in interior BC dimmed the sky on the supposedly sunny days.  Not too long before that, we almost thought that summer would be cancelled because of the relentless snowfalls and cold snaps during the winter and early spring.  And now, winter is back and it's snowing again.


Personally, this year was marked by changes, both externally and internally.  Writing and publishing blog posts, for example, is a task that I thought I would never be doing before this year, and I will elaborate on that and more below.   All the changes were possible because of God's grace and guidance in my life, and none of them were my goals or resolutions for the year, which I didn't make aside from being closer to God. 


Here is a list of top five changes in my life in 2017.


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Merry Christmas

Posted 12/19/2017

From festive decorations in shopping malls to Christmas tunes on the radio, the joyous celebration of Christmas is within a week away.  As I am writing this blog at my home in Vancouver, Canada, it is snowing.


Most of us celebrate Christmas, regardless of religious or cultural backgrounds.  It is a time for families and friends to get together over a meal and to exchange gifts to show love and appreciations for one another.  It is also the opportunity for companies to throw a party to reward workers for their hard labour throughout the year, and for them to be more acquainted with one another. 


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Happy Thanksgiving Part 2

Posted 11/21/2017

First off, I would like to wish my American friends Happy Thanksgiving!  We celebrated Thanksgiving here in Canada back in early October.  Now it's your turn!


As you gather around with your loved ones over a feast--or multiple feasts--of a well-stuffed turkey and treats while watching the NFL or catching up with one another, may you also remember God's blessings on you throughout the year.


As for me, I have a lot to be thankful for.  Most notably is for writing and publishing my first book: Joe Faith Gives Thanks It was truly God's grace that had made this a reality, and you may know from reading my bio.

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We Are All Precious

Posted 11/14/2017

The past few days were emotional.  First, it was Remembrance Day this past Saturday, when we remembered and saluted those who fought and sacrificed for our freedom.  Then, it was yesterday, where friends, family, and some of the notables from the baseball world to recall fond memories and celebrate the life of all-star pitcher Roy Halladay, who was killed at a plane crash last week at the age of 40.  In both occasions, people reminisced about the past and times they spent with the person.  Such memories will resonate with those around them for the rest of their lifetime.


These tributes were emotional because, behind their duties or fame, they had their own personal life stories to share.  Even if they would share similar journeys in combat or in sports, their background, upbringing, and lives away from their duties or profession made up most of the memories.

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Always Remember

Posted 11/7/2017

Photo by Yoal Desurmont on UnsplashPhoto by Yoal Desurmont on Unsplash

Remembrance Day is upon us.  It is a day to show our appreciation and tribute to the brave soldiers and other military veterans who have fought--or are fighting--for our freedom.  They make the ultimate sacrifice for the good of the people, no matter how people react to the war operations. 


Yes, wars and military operations have their implications that are mostly negative.  Cities are ruined.  Innocents are killed.  Resources exhausted.  Prices of minerals like oil are usually being driven up as a result.  Surviving veterans suffer along with those around them as they battle the internal battle called PTSD upon returning from military assignments.  It seems that wars are pointless as they do more harm than good.  After all, "good" wars don't exist.

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To Be Content in Life

Posted 10/31/2017

How are you doing?  Are you feeling satisfied with your possessions, your current life stage, and your loved ones?  Have you ever wanted more or asked God for ways to upgrade your life or standard of living?


I have.  Many times.


Not that I am greedy or doubt God--as revealed in my previous posts that I have had doubts in God regarding my personal desires and whether He will fulfill them for me--but, like everyone else, we are affected by the world.  I believe not many of us are fully satisfied with all aspects of our lives, as we always strive to improve.  Isn't it in us to desire better things?  I often wonder about that.


However, I was reminded at a charity presentation last Friday to be grateful and content with my life and possessions. 


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My Thoughts on Halloween

Posted 10/24/2017

The pumpkin cloth I made in grade sevenThe pumpkin cloth I made in grade seven

My first Halloween celebration was over twenty years ago.  I was in grade seven, having been in Canada for about half a year.  At school, I sewed (I don't remember how exactly) a pumpkin-shaped orange cloth onto a squared black cloth.  I still have it to this day.


After dinner that evening, my parents took my siblings and I out for Trick-o-treating.  My siblings and I each wore a mask probably purchased at a nearby discounted store.  We collected candies of all sorts and visited some nicely-decorated "haunted houses"--which were actually the front lawn--with gloomy lighting, vapor, and inflatable Jack-o-lanterns or ghostly figures.  It was a fascinating experience.


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Be a Wise Person

Posted 10/17/2017

Last week, we explored God's Beautiful Plan, where we discussed God's eternal plan on us, and how He has made everything beautiful in its time.  This week, we will talk about one of the greatest blessings from God--perhaps a privilege that we arguably mishandle the most--the privilege of free will.


Free will is the choice to do whatever we want.  For instance, we chose to accept the Lord after someone preached the gospel to us because we wanted or needed to, not being forced to.  God wouldn't force us to believe in Him or to love Him--we can freely choose to accept or deny God.  It's just that there are consequences or implications in whatever choice or decision that we make.

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God's Beautiful Plan

Posted 10/11/2017

So it was Thanksgiving Day in Canada on Monday.  On one hand, it felt like a special occasion, as I spent that holiday visiting Victoria, BC.  On the other hand, it was just another day of the year: another day to be alive, another day to eat, commute, and sleep.  It was just a day like many others and with many more days to come.


For a short while on that day, however, I reminisced on a church gathering from last week when we discussed about God's strategies on us humans.  Why do certain events or situations occur, and where is God when we need Him the most?


We ask these and other related questions frequently, but at the end of that bible study, I realized I still had work to do.  The following points are what I've learned and my realizations.  

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Happy Thanksgiving

Posted 10/3/2017

It's October.  For a sports fan like myself, this is one of my favourite months because, depending on the sport, it is either the start of a new season or the playoffs.  It is almost just as an exciting time as Christmas when we'd receive many gifts.


Speaking of special occasions, Thanksgiving Day in Canada falls on the second Monday of October.  As Christians, we have a lot to be thankful for, as described in my book, Joe Faith Gives Thanks.  But as soon as we turn on the news or read updates on social media, it seems that there is nothing but negativity: a terrorist attack here, a shooting massacre there, and protests against inequality elsewhere.  What is there to be thankful for nowadays?


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The Lord's Love Towards Us

Posted 9/26/2017

In the midst of fighting a cold, I managed to read some touching Bible passages since last Thursday.  these passages have a common theme: the Lord's love towards us.  It's also known as the love between Christ and the Church as His bride.  They are as follows:

  1. Genesis 2:18-25 - the forming of Eve
  2. Ephesians 5:22-33 - A husband loves his wife as Christ loves the church

For the longest time, such Bible passages would give me chills, especially the last one.  Why do I need to know how husband and wife should love one another when I am not married?  I was okay with the first two passages as they were part of history, as we exist because they once existed (although not of direct linage, of course).  But as I read them this past week, I felt touched and found them very related to me.  And now, I would like to share my gains with you


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A New Journey Has Begun!

Posted 9/19/2017

Hello, my name is John Leung, an author of contemporary Christian fiction that gives you faith and hope in your life and journey with God.  My short stories collections, such as the newly-released "Joe Faith Gives Thanks", include stories with a specific theme and are mostly based on my personal experiences as a Christian.  


Since it is difficult to include every step of my journey with God in books, just as not everything is recorded in the Bible, I would like to inspire you by sharing my worship gains or realizations on my walks with God here once a week.


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