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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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