Saturday, May 29, 2004

Happy Birthday Di!

And many more to come!

Tuesday, May 25, 2004

Hello All,
It's us! Man, it seems like we've been here forever. We've never
seen so much stuff in so short time. I don't even think we'll
remember where we went when we return if it weren't for digital
photography. Anyways, we spent some time in beijing and xi'an, some
some interesting things that our people have created. You wonder
sometimes how much mankind can do if it's focused and dedicated on
something. Food seems really good around here. Not Beijing though,
either that or the tour guy sent us to unedible places.
We'll be heading to Shanghai soon, and back home shortly. We miss
all you cell group and can't wait to get back.. sigh! :)

Wednesday, May 19, 2004

Small Group Tonight!

We're meeting tonight at 6:30pm at Chiu's.
See you there!

greetings from guangzhou!

Hello there CG,
Alice and Jason are now in the depths of China and have experienced
the awesomeness and wonder of the motherland. We were at the Mah
Village yesterday and have seen what little our people still have
today. We are truly blessed with everything we have. We miss you
guys, we'll write you later! (Somehow though they still have
internet!)

Jason & Alice

Thursday, May 13, 2004

complicated...

Hi Group! Technically this is my 2nD time writINg in this BLOggER thing. The first tIME I tried it..nothin' happened. Anyways..to be honest...I wouldn't be using this if Lon didn't tell me to scOPe out the pics first. I USed to be a constant emailer/chat person..but now I'm not. I guEss IF I really wanted to say something..I would probably choose the phone or even better..FAce to FAce--my personal preferences. Anyhow..I thought that the walk was good..even though I was SOOO TirED!! Diane, too bad you MIssed OUt! HEhee. That's all for now folks.

Life Together Rocks!

Hope everyone had a good time last night, I sure did! I just posted some of the pictures below. My apologies to those who were somewhat injured during the fence hopping incident. As I watched some of the faces wincing in pain, I felt like a general sending my men out to die.

I read from Philippians 4 in my readings this morning and among many other powerful words, Paul says...
"Rejoice in the Lord Always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near."
I often hear of Christian's who are incredibly experiencing incredible blessing, and they follow it with 'but...' all the time. I'm not sure if it is becuase we don't want to get our hopes up, but I think what Paul is doing here is stating things for what they are, and not to take away from what God has richly blessed us with. I rejoice because I know God is moving and shaping our group! Rejoice because He is so very good!

TenRen's after an unexpected hour long walk down Yonge Street

Can't quite center the picture

Fence Hopping - We sent Jon first in case dogs were let loose...

Chiu Follows... pressing onwards, pushing every hindrance aside... While Michell points out there must be a better way, turns out there was

Too tired to walk...

Lost in the woods...

Past Midnight, and still climbing mountains

Another Fantastic Life2Gether Small Group Night!

Tuesday, May 11, 2004

Unreasonable Love

God spoke to me in this excerpt from "My Utmost" today...
The first thing God does is remove any insincerity, pride, and vanity from my life. And the Holy Spirit reveals to me that God loved me not because I was lovable, but because it was in His nature to do so. Now He commands me to show the same love to others by saying “…love one another as I have loved you” (John 15:12). He is saying, “I will bring a number of people around you whom you cannot respect, but you must exhibit My love to them, just as I have exhibited it to you.”

This kind of love is not a patronizing love for the unlovable –it is His love, and it will not be evidenced in us overnight. Some of us may have tried to force it, but we were soon tired and frustrated…. Neither natural love nor God’s divine love will remain and grow in me unless it is nurtured. Love is spontaneous, but it has to be maintained through discipline.
It's crazy how I find I need to be reminded to love people, especially those who aren't easily loved. Yet it was this same unreasonable love that captured me when the creator of the universe broke into my life. God found me in the gutters of life, self-absorbed and aimless, and somehow as Paul says in the Bible, "while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans 5:8) It's so easy to lose sight of this and get wrapped up in the non-essentials of life - we reject the call of God to love others - and we wonder why His voice quietly seems to fade from our lives.

I find it so interesting that while we as humans spend our lives trying to fill ourselves only to find ourselves empty, Jesus emptied himself and lived the fullest life possible. I pray that all of us this week have the opportunity to give ourselves to those the world sees as unlovable.

Monday, May 10, 2004

HAPPY BIRTHDAY CHIU!

It is your birthday right? Hope you didn't write down the wrong date like i did.

Check out the new template!

There's others we can try as well... Happy Monday everyone! It's going to be a great week! Don't forget the Spring Missions Cafe this Saturday at 6:30 !

Friday, May 07, 2004

CBC Television - Screw the Vote

I'm interested to hear what they've got to say..
CBC Television - Screw the Vote

Wednesday, May 05, 2004

How about a RAK day for your social?

So sorry the AJs are heading out next wednesday, so y'alls have fun.

What I mean is pair up in teams and see who can rack up the most RAKs in one evening.

Monday, May 03, 2004

Cool, we're starting to see some posts here. That's awesome Jason. I think all of us could move into being more active in many of the things we just discuss. Even more awesome if we can do it together in unity as a small group. I'm actually already very encouraged that our small group regularly helps out at Yonge Street Mission (I know with little help from me so far), participate in church community events together, and even joined in on the city wide clean up event. I hope we as a group can continue growing in this area and really impact the community around us. There's just so much we've been blessed with whenever i stop thinking about acquiring and gaining... On the topic of google, I thought this link was interesting as it mentions how people are selling gmail accounts now on ebay for profit, and this guy decided to give it away to the highest donator to an AIDs cause instead. I hope we as a community following after Christ can be just as creative in sacrifically giving and in doing so we might touch the world around us with the love of God.

strength in numbers

Today's thought of the day. A cell is great, but an organ is better. "For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them." Matthew 18:20.


I was on this walmart site wondering what can be done about labor issues, and the whole notion of how can us as Christians be responsible in the coorporate world and not let these sort of things result from the natural tendencies of growth/revenue/market share. Case in point, google. We love it, we wish we invented it, and now we wish to own it. But can commandment number 6 "You can make money without doing evil." resist the pressures of shareholder greed when it goes public? Just because the common user might agree with it, would you buy a share and continue to uphold these values?

Well I don't specifically believe the verse above refers to praying exclusively, it is important to let our voice be heard as one body. Not in terms of criticism, or philosophical arguments of discussion, but in terms of action and ways that actually make a difference. Sign a petition, vote, share with others how they can help one another, there are plenty of ways!