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Next Saturday, Sep. 5, the IHOP basketball league will resume.  The games go from 6pm-12am and 20 minute halves with a running clock.  I will be playing for the first time in a league and am looking forward to it.  My team is the “Orange” team and I’ll be posting blogs about our games with stats and highlights every week.  So be sure to look for them!

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One of my friends called me yesterday telling me that there is a fire that is pervading my old homeown, La Canada.  I spent most of my younger life through high school in this quiet, suburban town.  And upon hearing that there is a fire that has burned up about 20,000 acres of land already was astounding. 

As I looked at the pictures of the fire, and heard that evacuations were being conducted with my old high school being used as a safety center was very shocking.  I could not even imagine what it would be like for my old hometown to be burned down.  All I can say is, “Lord have mercy.”

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Last week on my night off, I decided to find a new book to read and I saw Healing the Masculine Soul by Gordon Dalby on my roommate’s shelf.  I picked it and and it was so riveting that I finished it in five days.  I was particularly gripped by the challenge to not “feminize” Jesus and God like much of the Western church has done.  Many times, the virtues that are highlighted by the church are humility, meekness, compassion, which are all good things, but more naturally inclined for women.  But the masculine traits of strength, integrity, willingness to fight on behalf of others are not highlighted as much in the church.  And honestly, I do not want to be known as “a nice guy,” but as one who is strong and has the courage to be like the Lion of the tribe of Judah and roar.  To not be afraid of difficulties and challenges that characterize this present evil age and to be an agent of God’s kingdom on the earth.

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biking to school

Recently, my roommate fixed a used bicycle for me and decided to ride it to school.  I was inspired by my visit to Chicago, where I saw a plethora of bikers in downtown.  This now is my second week riding a little over a mile to school.  It only takes me about 15-20 minutes and is a great way for me to exercise and enjoy being in nature.

I’ve discovered that I feel like a kid again being able to go to school on my bike.  I used to envy kids in elementary school who lived close enough to school to walk or bike there. (more…)

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Well, summer break is almost over for me.  This will most likely be my last summer break as I enter my final year of schooling at FSM.  So here were some highlights:

AFF (Antioch Forerunner Foundation) – For about two and a half weeks in July, a group of about 7 young Asian American students came to IHOP to get trained in intimacy with God and church planting.  It was a great challenge and excitement to teach them about God’s heart towards them and practicals in how to grow in relationship with God.  The students were very eager and hungry to grow and it was a lot of fun running together.

Summer small group – For most of the summer, I got the chance to lead a small group which met weekly at my house.  Around 10-12 of us met on Wednesdays to worship, talk about the Scriptures, encourage one another, and take communion.  I wanted to set up a summer community for FSM students who stayed in Kansas city over the summer.  One particular time together, we were talking about the Incarnation of Jesus, and we entered a time where the Spirit was really moving in our group and multiple people began to weep at the same time.  We were struck at the great mystery of God taking on flesh for the sake of humanity.  The times that we spent together were very precious to me.

Chicago – Lastly, I went to Chicago for 10 days to visit my mom and sister.  Man it was so fun!  We did a lot of touristy stuff like an architecture boat tour of chi-town, concerts at Millenium park, taking the Chi-town buses, and eating a lot of great food.  It was really nice just to be around family again.  What a blessing it is!  Anyways, on my bus ride back to Kansas City, I began to get homesick, and I found that to be interesting because my hometown is in LA.  But I guess home is really whenever you’re with family and close friends.

Posing after the Chicago architecture boat tour

Posing after the Chicago architecture boat tour

Chicago taxi...yeah!

Chicago taxi...yeah!

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