yay i did something

funny story.. you know that thing called, “facebook?” it has this feature called, “groups.” it’s pretty cool: you can add a bunch of people to one main bulletin board-esque page where you can post stuff, and everyone can see what you post.

so i had this brilliant idea.

you know the feeling trying to get a ride to the airport? like time is slowly creeping on you the closer and closer your departure date is? and when you finally do get around to getting someone to drive you to the airport, they suddenly drop out? so you’re frantically looking around, texting people, calling people, writing to people, sending flares, morse coding?

well, i should hope not cause you’re a responsible human with good, dependable friends.

how about this:

“Ever drove 40 minutes on the highway to pick up some friends from their ministry trip? Ever wondered why you were being stalked by a car behind you for the past half hour? All of a sudden, you realize that it’s your best friend’s roommate’s small group leader, and it dawns on you: you’re both going to the airport at the same time! Wondering why they would try to compete with picking up your friends that arrived from their ministry trip, you give the car some gas (to go the speed limit; i don’t condone speeding) to get to the airport before anyone else can. You (carefully) swerve around vehicles in your way, and finally get to MCI. Your best friend’s roommate’s small group leader is no where to be seen. You will finally earn the title of ‘Best Car Driver’ around the circle of friends returning from their trip. You see them, but lo, and behold! Your co-worship team member’s vocal coach’s son is there too! As you are wondering how they know each other, your best friend’s roommate’s small group leader pulls behind you, and your co-worship team member’s vocal coach’s son jumps in the car. You are confused, agitated, relieved, happy, and still more confused as you wave to the departing vehicle and welcome your friends from the ministry trip into your car.”

“All this could have been easier if I would have known what times people were going to be at the airport.” ~You (from a parallel universe)

^see, that’s the head catcher for my brilliant plan. i’d invite a lot of people around the ihopkc community, post my manifesto, then see what would happen next.

unfortunately, after i had thought out my masterplan, facebook decided to mess me up.

you see, there’s this thing called, “error, the thing you’re trying to accomplish isn’t working; sorry, try again another time,” and then there’s the other thing called, “it may look like there’s an error, but actually it’s working.”

so i try to post it. guess what thing happened.

i hope you now understand why i was in my room for the past 84 years. i had to individually select each member of each group to boot them out of the page that should not have existed because there’s no easy, “delete group” button.

i made seven to nine groups of mainly 50+ people. because if you don’t succeed at first, mash that “create group” button.

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Some bullet points…

Wherever you look on the internet these days (especially Facebook™), you are blasted with various posts that range from being confusing to just stupid. Many do not share things that are beneficial in any way, while others who try to get their point across do not describe their thoughts in a way that makes sense.

Here are some things that can be fixed to have a happier internet experience if everyone followed:

-The transferring of your idea in your message to your audience is far more important than any other point. Though grammar and spelling are important, remember to prioritize the main reason you are writing. Form ever follows function (Louis Sullivan).

Read what you type out loud to find words that are misspelled or words that clog the sentence flow. Your idea can be easily dismissed due to the shifting of focus from understanding your point to guessing what the sentence with the misspelled word is trying to say.

Be chivalrous & respectful. Do onto others as you want them to do onto you. Love others.

-Remember you are not the wisest person. You are going to be wrong in at least one thing, so be mindful. Have an open mind (Proverbs 26:12). Some say don’t be so open minded that your brains fall out, but also don’t be so closed minded you never gain any knowledge. We are made to grow together. We may go faster alone, but we go farther together in the long run (Some saying that I did not make up, but I don’t know first said it).

-If you are talking about the Bible, use it! Cite different verses from where you are referencing, rather than letting your audience interpret your ideas. So many people drive their ideas in the right direction at the beginning, but then they let go of the steering wheel at the end. Where things can go wrong, it will go wrong (Murphy’s law), so be sure that there is little room for misinterpretation.

-Even if you are not using a source, research anyways. So much of the internet is just trash to get noticed, so be sure you know what you are talking about before you post or share things.

-Keep it concise; people have short attention spans, so get your point across clearly and quickly.

-Yah. The end.

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A Tale of Two Cities and Tommorrowland

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way” (Dickens 3). If there was one who lived a millennia in the future, he or she could easily identify this decade to be the start of a decline in the overall society, from political to economical to environmental. People became more complacent, apathetic, lethargic, aggressive, passive, violent, scared, and different. They lived differently than how they said one ought to live. Many nations spent more than they had while the other nations did not have anything to spend. Money became worthless again. The environment became worse exponentially. The church became dull, yet some became brighter. Although the majority of the world says that we need to preserve the world because it is the best thing we can give to the future, the truth still remains that God desires that all people may know him, not that all people would save what is going to perish.

In the science-fiction film Tommorowland, there is a place that is made by the imagination of creators. One invention made by a main character told when one would die. This invention had many deaths on the same day: the end of the world. At the end of the film, the main “villain” Nix, portrayed by Hugh Laurie, gives a rather lengthy but quite accurate speech of the world. Summarized, Nix says that if one saw a great tragedy, he or she may go to the politicians and try to convince them of the upcoming danger. Yet pointed out the “captains of industry” (Laurie) would not do anything to stop the gradual income of money. Nix then said that that one would try to skip the step of trying to get the message through the government and other middlemen. So that one did show the public their doom. What happened instead was that people enjoyed it. They loved the idea so much that they sold the idea into mainstream. The world was looking forward to the apocalypse. Meanwhile global warming is escalating, the trees are being destroyed and the ozone layer is diminishing, no one is doing anything. People say preserve the environment, but they do not.

Francis Chan once said, “Simon says, ‘Pat your head.’ We pat our heads. Jesus says, ‘Go therefore and make disciples.’ We memorize the verse” (Chan). Jesus said very specific things that are easy to find if one simply reads the Bible. Such things are, love one another as Jesus loves us (John 15:12), make Jesus’s name known throughout the earth (Acts 1:8), pure and undefiled religion before God’s eyes is to visit orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself unstained from the world. (James 1:27), and the timeless 10 commandments found in Exodus 20:1-17. There is no Bible verse about prioritizing recycling, giving huge amounts to organizations that plant trees, or to put bumper stickers on cars that say, “i ❤ earth.” One can deduce the importance concerning the environment looking at the numerous verses about God’s love for the marginalized, broken, weak, and hurt.

Even so, there will be people who will argue against the truth because they do not know the truth. They may say, “We are humans, and humans need oxygen to live. Trees produce oxygen, so we should save trees.” One should rightly say, “God told us to look after the poor, widow and orphans. We look after trees. They aren’t going to last forever. People’s souls are.” They may state, “The beauty of nature is degrading exponentially. We should save it so that what makes our world different is saved.” Again, one should say, “Look at the most beautiful things: God’s children. He saved us from our miserable, poor, foolish, selfish, and dark lives to bring many into His kingdom. We ought to do what He says to: make His name known throughout the world, to make His beauty known.” They may still say, “We are going to die soon. We have to look after the generations to come.” A smart person would say, “We are going to die soon. We have to look after the generations to come.”

It’s very clear that this is about what one’s goals in life are: to live for today and for everyone’s todays in the future or to live for the future and so living in Jesus today and forever. Although the world may fade away, God will be faithful to do what he says. He’s going to have the New Jerusalem come down and make all things new.


Chan, Francis. n.d.

Dickens, Charles. A Tale of Two Cities. New York: Penguin Group, 2009. Print.

English Standard Version. Bible Gateway. Web. 14 September 2015.

Laurie, Hugh, perf. Tommorowland. Walt Disney Pictures, 2015. Film.


image collage of Disney image and harmony central image

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What is Taught to the Sons and Daughters

Have you watched post-apocalyptic movies of new governments that test their citizens to establish something that would solve problems? One of the main problems is the sociological problem within a culture that would demise itself in accordance to what one would think it to be. What usually happens is that the government that tries to help society by being the dictator gets overturned, much like Julius Caesar. Education is an experiment that has shifted from something good to something bad.

I love movies. I could go on and on concerning why, but instead I will just tell you about what one type of genre conveys to me. This genre is quite new, and it is the one mentioned above, post-apocalyptic. What happens in each usually follow the same format, which I can see in my own experiences of education. I have been in various schools, and I can say that each of them do not fail in failing to teach their students correctly. Each school believes that if one student simply tries their hardest they can succeed, so they discriminate against those who seem to not get with the program. What is wrong is that they do not understand that humans speak many languages. Not literal languages such as English, Chinese, or Portuguese, but languages in how they understand things. One may learn by images, another may learn by sounds. Education systems have realized this, and they say, “But, wait. We already did help those who learned by images. Look here, we have a colored map on this history page.” What many do not realize is that language is composed of may components: the words, the grammar, and different skills. So for the one who learns by images, the “colored map” that is randomly placed on the history page is just as distracting as a misspelled word, a fragment, and drawings all on the same page. Education needs to get better, but I am sure that it will not be perfect.

What God instructed to people a long, long time ago was very simple: teach your children the ways of God. I am not a parent; I am just a teenager. But I know that the majority of the world has not done this. Looking at the abortions, the human trafficking, the fatherless and orphans of the world, and looking at the apathetic church and lethargic culture that it spreads, I am pretty sure that this is not what God desires. He states explicitly in James that, “pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world” (James 1:27 NKJV).

Compare and contrast the world and the church. It does not look different. And that’s sad.

The end.

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Different Turn

This post is going to be about my take on a movie, so don’t be waiting for something super profound reading this; just so you are informed. Have a nice day 🙂


Peter Jackson’s rendition of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Two Towers is possibly one of my favorite movies because of various things.

First of all, it is in the middle of a grand trilogy, which is where the quality of a trilogy is often defined. For example, the Star Wars movies episodes IV-VI were defined as being great by the climatic second episode, but the Star Wars episodes I-III were considered terrible (I liked Jar-Jar Binks guys; he’s the odd side of comic relief). The Hunger Games “trilogy” (based off the books) was interesting because it could have been something awesome, due to the epicness of the second book/movie, but the last one is pretty bad (not ending happy or cool)… The Dark Knight trilogy (another of my favorites) was of course defined by the second movie which holds the title of the series. It is where the raw character of Batman meets the raw darkness of Gotham, the Joker. Other trilogies are Bourne(neutral), X-men(pretty bad), Spiderman(haven’t watched), Maze Runner(haven’t read), a bunch of horror movies (haven’t read/watched), a bunch of young adult books (mostly bad).

I also loved how the coloring, music, and angles of the shots convey certain emotions of the people on the screen with the people on the couch (breaking the 4th wall as some would say). For example, when Pippin talks with Merry about going back to the Shire, it has happy Shire music, but when Merry gives Pippin a verbal slap in the face, the lack of the music gives an ominous tone foreshadowing future days of darkness. This scene is coupled with a strange bluish tone for color that seems like a normal night but is then like dread. Another scene is in the extended edition with Boromir putting the Gondor flag up in Osgiliath it is all happy (camera angled slightly above eye level with him), but when he rides out to Rivendell, you see the flag again from Faramir’s view (same coloring) that seems like something is wrong.

Also, it has interesting characters: dark enemies, weak good guys, and ones on the border. You get to see the corruption of Saruman, a once talkative fellow that no one listens to in the Hobbit trilogy (but seriously, why doesn’t anybody listen to this guy?) to a guy who makes a giant army of Uruk-hai that makes goblins look like potatoes (boil ’em, smash ’em, stick ’em in a stew). You see the swaying of Gollum from being good to bad. The frailty of the people of Rohan is easily seen, Frodo is becoming more vulnerable (annoying) due to the ring, Aragorn is easily beat up by a Uruk-hai wrestler (while Legolas shoots like a dozen), and the elves lose their power. The movie is filled with people and creatures that in their eyes try to do good for their people but end up differently (Faramir v Boromir, Aragorn & Co., Theoden, etc.).

Finally, it has good speeches that summarize the parts you don’t understand. There is a lot of random rumblings that proceed from Gimli, the ents, and strange phrases from Aragorn and others, but once there is a soliloquy, you finally get the feelings of humor in the battles (Legolas and Gimli), of despair in the wake of evil (Theoden), of joy in the confusion (Gandalf), of love in the pain (Arwen and Elrond), and of hope in the darkness (Sam).

To leave you on your merry way (no pun intended), here’s Samwise the Brave’s speech like 20 minutes from the end:

Frodo: I can’t do this, Sam.

Sam: I know. It’s all wrong. By rights we shouldn’t even be here. But we are. It’s like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger, they were. And sometimes you didn’t want to know the end. Because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened? But in the end, it’s only a passing thing, this shadow. Even darkness must pass. A new day will come. And when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer. Those were the stories that stayed with you. That meant something, even if you were too small to understand why. But I think, Mr. Frodo, I do understand. I know now. Folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back, only they didn’t. They kept going. Because they were holding on to something.

Frodo: What are we holding onto, Sam?

Sam: That there’s some good in this world, Mr. Frodo… and it’s worth fighting for.”

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For His Children

Abortion legal. Foster care systems overflowing. Legalized prostitution palpable. Where are the ones who value God’s children?

Now these days, it seems as though human life is not regarded as it ought to. Sin runs rampant, and sin’s joint partners in crime goes with it: destruction and death. Killing children that Jesus died for is not okay at all. God sees those babies crying out for justice in the womb, the fatherless that nobody sees or cares about, the oppressed girls beaten and fighting for their lives.

The world is so concerned about their own “rights,” pleasure and “What I can get.” The “rights” of pregnant mothers to abort their babies and the “rights” of women to be in prostitution paint over the bruises and blood of those who cannot cry out. The pleasure and comfort of men to just not care for their children and run off with another woman adds another chapter to the problems of society. What one may do for his or her own gain, a child is often left alone to the state (and for the majority of children outside of first world countries, they are super vulnerable to violence and abuse). No one is there to care for this child. Who is there to teach the boy to be a true man, when his father abandoned him to a teenager who cannot provide for him? Who is there to teach the girl to be a true woman, when the world screams at her that in order for her to be accepted, she has to do what she doesn’t want to do?

We are so broken. So in need.


He will arise. He will raise up His church from their apathy to save these ones because we are these ones; we just cover our brokenness with props.

Let us be ones who partner with Him for His children. For His Bride.


[pics from google images]

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Companion

Recently, I was at the prayer room, and over and over I was reminded of the yearning that God wants to share his heart.

He is looking for those who share his burning heart. Yes, in joy and in gratitude and in love, but not limited to these.

He wants us to know his burdened heart. The heart that has the most reasons to be faint and weary, but God is not weary nor faint. (Isiaiah 40:28-31)

He doesn’t rest. Day and night. Night and day. Constantly praying over each and everyone of us. He sees. He knows. He acts.

Yet He waits for us still. His friends. Those who tarry with Him. Those who travail with Him.


And let’s not forget the privilege we have to pray. We don’t deserve to come before Him. But by His blood. He died for all of humanity, but how many return to thank Him for healing us? (Luke 17:11-19)


“I want to be your companion
Just like in the garden
So if you’re searching for Eden
Find it in Me”

Misty Edwards // “Companion” // Little Bird

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