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Mere Christianity… by jen1255
February 27, 2009, 11:39 pm
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the following is an excerpt from c.s. lewis’ mere christianity. i wanted to share this with one particular individual (you know who you are) but i thought i would post it up for all to read. some of you may already be familiar with this book and author (Will has already shared with us a passage/poem from mr. lewis) but i thought this excerpt from ‘mere christianity’ really illustrated…_________. (you fill in the blank!!..hehe)  

“..When a man who accepts the Christian doctrine lives unworthily of it, it is much clearer to say he is a bad Christian than to say he is not a Christian.

I hope no reader will suppose that ‘mere’ Christianity is here put forward as an alternative to the creeds of the existing communions – as if a man could adopt it in preference to Congregationalism or Greek Orthodoxy or anything else.

It is more like a hall out of which doors open into several rooms. If I can bring anyone into that hall I shall have done what I attempted. But it is in the rooms, not in the hall, that there are fires and chairs and meals. The hall is a place to wait in, a place from which to try the various doors, not a place to live in. For that purpose the worst of the rooms (whichever that may be) is, I think, preferable. It is true that some people may find they have to wait in the hall for a considerable time, while others feel certain almost at once which door they must knock at. I do not know why there is this difference, but I am sure God keeps no one waiting unless He sees that it is good for him to wait. When you do get into your room you will find that the long wait has done you some kind of good which you would not have had otherwise. But you must regard it as waiting, not as camping. You must keep on praying for light: and, of course, even in the hall, you must begin trying to obey the rules which are common to the whole house. And above all you must be asking which door is the true one; not which pleases you best by its paint and panelling. In plain language, the question should never be: ‘Do I like that kind of service?’ but ‘Are these doctrines true: Is holiness here? Does my conscience move me towards this? Is my reluctance to knock at this door due to my pride, or my mere taste, or my personal dislike of this particular doorkeeper?’

When you have reached your own room, be kind to those who have chosen different doors and to those who are still In the hall. If they are wrong they need your prayers all the more; and if they are your enemies, then you are under orders to pray for them. That is one of the rules common to the whole house.” –C.S. Lewis

-jen



pat buchanan (I am the problem) by tigerlky
February 25, 2009, 1:44 am
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I spend a lot of time reflecting. I like to consider myself a self-aware person. But I’ve recently discovered that in my reflections, I just feel like an idiot. I spend a lot of time feeling like an idiot. Worse still, sometimes I feel like pat buchanan…

I’m still in the process of thinking but I had to get something written.

All this flashy rhetoric about loving you.
I never had a selfless thought since I was born.
I am mercenary and self-seeking through and through;
I want God, you, all friends, merely to serve my turn.

Peace, reassurance, pleasure, are the goals I seek,
I cannot crawl one inch outside my proper skin;
I talk of love–a scholar’s parrot may talk Greek–
But, self-imprisoned, always end where I begin.

C.S. Lewis

-wl.



“test” of faith by 1nv35t3df41th
February 24, 2009, 11:49 pm
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it’s sunday night, i wake up from my nap after young adult service, too sick to go to adult bible study. thinking to myself, “hmmm, what am i going to do about my test tomorrow that i was supposed to prepare for all week but ended up reading nothing”. i start reading the first out of 8 articles and continue to read until i get a little past the second article. i decide i’ll go to sleep because im still feeling really bad and i check my class sylabus to make sure the test is in fact the next day…it is.

in the morning i sleep in and miss my morning class still feeling drained and loathing the test that i have for my next class. i get up start reading. i continue calculating “3pm is when the class starts i have x amount of time before i need to start getting ready and then i will study while traveling to my class”..i call a friend to just to see if i’m in luck and the date is wrong. unfortunately it is right. at this point i start thinking to myself, “hmmm faith, will faith pass my test”. i start thinking about last semester and the amazing marks that i got and reassure myself by saying, “it wasn’t all me anyway so he’ll help me out of this one too…multiple guess it is”

my cell rings (vibrates…same thing).

aimee- “hey nathaniel, i just got a call from sadia. she say’s she was wrong and the test is tomorrow”

me- “thank God! (its what i really said) i’ve been reading like crazy trying to catch up i guess i’ll have some more time now!”

aimee- “well dont stop because it is still tomorrow! (knowing how i like to procrastinate)”

me- “thanks i’ll see you later”

i hang up the phone (press end…same thing) and think to myself, ” God’s not going to let me get away with doing nothing, but how will i read all those articles still? at least i will have some time to do more than i did!”……….i finish a day of school and come home still trying to get over my sickness. i read (not much more but i try my best). i sleep.

the next day. i wake up i read (still not getting close to eight articles). feeling exhausted (this sickness keeps making me feel tired and congested in my nose and neck glands)  i take a quick nap before having to get ready for my 2pm class. i dont end up reading on the bus again……. i finish my test not knowing how well i did, especially because the whole way through i had to use the washroom but its 45 min test and i had to use the washroom for at least 10 of those minutes if you know what i mean. on the way home i think to myself…

“God wants me to have faith in Him but He also wants me to work hard for what i want. i did not accomplish much more than i had before but He wants to see me put some kind of effort in. i know even if i do good or bad He was there with me the whole time and i still have faith that i will reach my goal.”

ultimately what will my mark reflect…

good mark= motivation to work harder

bad mark= motivation to work harder

if i get a good mark i will post it, but if my mark is under 70% you will not be reminded of this post….

all of this reminds me of Han MSN sermon + matthew 7:7+8

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone wo asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.”

– we must act first in faith and confidence before God will reveal himself to us.

(sorry for the LOOONNNNGG post again) daeshin

ps: joseph this is just an example and if you look at the other posts there are shorter and better examples…



Hillsong concert 2009 by sangzee
February 21, 2009, 11:51 pm
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SO i heard hillsong is coming back once again this summer, woohoo~

saturday june 6, (christian heritage day i believe)

at the ontario place.

Except this time, you cant just buy the concert tickets alone, but have to buy an all day

pass to the ontario place as well -_- . Also, they made it so that prices vary according

to which row you want to sit in (classy…. without the “cl”)

this year the opening is Bluetree… anyone heard?

and it starts at 5

i am not quite sure if i’m in for sure, but if majority goes, there are group rates available.

tickets were up for grabs as of feb 16, so im sure its selling out fast,

anyone interested?

check out the link for prices



the importance of rest by jennynotjen
February 19, 2009, 10:33 pm
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This week, I was off from school because of reading week. During this time, I’ve learned that rest is a God-given gift.

I tried to organize my time as best as possible with week I was given, but still, I didn’t achieve everything I wanted to. I of course put priority on my rather floundering social life, which was really satisfying, but also, tiring.

So guess what? I got a cold. I could blame my sister for getting me sick (she’s sick because she was walking around outside without a jacket), but I didn’t really spend much time with her. So I really have no clue as to how I got ill.

But with being sick comes the need to rest. And this is when I realized that God gave us one body. One chance at living life with God’s purpose in mind, which can be done best if we are physically and mentally able. With the incessant tiredness that comes with being sick, came the realization that I need to stop freaking about all the things that need to be done and just focus on the basics. After all, God provides.

Really, He does. I was accepted to one of the schools I’ve applied for, and am still waiting on the others. But still, I know that God has a plan for me, and that I won’t feel completely stranded once I graduate.

All this, and all I’ve been doing is sleeping and playing Rockband. Thank God (literally).

-jimin



life hiatus, and 2 tickets to mexico please! by sangzee
February 13, 2009, 12:25 am
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wow.. too many times have i landed on a thursday thinking, where did all the days go?

i gotta admit, i’ve been quite lost in the world these days; i havent got a clue in what i’m to do with my present issues, future, and other stuff… i wish to escape, but its not like i could put my life on hold and go off to somewhere like mexico or something.

i’ve been thinking a lot about what to do in life and what roads i should take. it wasnt too bad just thinking about it until other problems started trickling in. my envisioned future that seemed so great eventually became blurry and now, almost hard to see.  i try to deal with smaller issues first to get it out of the way, but all that creates is newer ones making it harder to turn to its beginning.

i recently had a light fight with my mom regarding school and my behaviour these days. and as a typical 18 year old, or should i say a child, no one really wants to hear your parents’ scolding. so she’s yelling at me.. well first of all, our convo started with me just mentioning how i wont be able to go to korea (exchange program) if i do get into the concurrent education program, which then ended up with her criticizing me on how un- yul-shim-hee i was living life and how unloving i’ve become towards her. it’s not that she’s not important or not a priority, but i really wanted to get some things out of the way first, and i hoped that she understood my present situation, but i guess she saw things differently.

i probably do have attitude problems or some sort of anger-management issues, or i’m just a very ‘an eye for an eye’ person. i know han msn/The Bible says to not be like the pharisees and like only those who like you back and hate those who hate you, but boy-oh-boy when i see that grimace on my mom, my bad-attitude just comes popping out. it’s so hard for me to fake a smile infront of her or be the first to change the direction of the mood. i really hope and i pray to God to help me become the person i was back then and i hope you’d all pray for me as well. ( But um please dont put me on the spot for a prayer session, but to keep me in the back of your minds)

btw, i do love my mom with all my heart and all my soul its just that if she only knew how lost i was, i’m sure she’d  understand everything too.

-sj



Googling God by jennynotjen
February 12, 2009, 12:10 pm
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I should be writing my essay that’s due tomorrow (and that I haven’t started yet!!) BUT…

My friend posted an excerpt from a book called “Googling God” by John Cox on Facebook, and I thought I’d share it with you all. I think that it’s something that we can all relate to in a society where logic determines everything.

In fact I was deep into a multifaceted learning curve discovering that knowing something is far more worthwhile than knowing about something. However, the process involved in knowing was more of a boot camp than I had anticipated. I learned that the intellect is merely one component of a greater whole in the quest for assurance in matters of faith.

Other key elements that need to be aligned with intellectual integrity are personal emotions (and that gut feeling about something/ someone), morality and lifestyle (practicing what you believe – that is, does it work in real life?), and taking risks of faith and prayer and seeing what happens (does God actually answer or make a difference when I take his promises and guidelines seriously?)

Initially I thought that if studied and earned a bunch of degrees and gained intellectual credibility then people would respond to reasonable discussions about God and embrace Christianity with open arms. Of course people do engage in such discussions (otherwise I wouldn’t be writing this book), but I also learned during more than 20 years of putting it into practice that facts and rational reasoning are not the major decision-making factor in most of our lives.

I would dare to suggest that maybe an embarrassing percentage of worldviews, whether science, faith, or both, usually reflect more about the emotional and cultural background of the individual than they do about deep rational thinking. Which makes complete sense to me. I would argue that our core priority or need is actually relational and not intellectual. Which is why doubt and certainty will emerge from an integration of both factors working together toward that very commendable goal called “faith”.

I hope this made you think (or…procrastinate somehow).

-jimin