“If heaven were by merit, it would never be heaven to me, for if I were in it I should say, ‘I am sure I am here by mistake; I am sure this is not my place; I have no claim to it.’ But if it be of grace and not of works, then we may walk into heaven with boldness.”

Charles Spurgeon


All That My Searching Heart Has Longed For Can Be Found



“shortly after they arrived in his birth province on Day 2, the mood shifted. At lunch, Keyuan suddenly went quiet and put his head down on the table.

“I thought he was just tired, but then I saw a tear roll down his face. I realised that he was just really sad. I think all the excitement seemed overwhelming,” said Dr Lim.

“They try so hard to be lovable,” said Dr Lim. But “part of being in a family is knowing that people will love you no matter how you feel.””



Two First Reads of the Year (and Two Quotes from each read for those who dislike reading Reads)

1) A brief history of time by Stephen Curry Redeemer Presbyterian Church


Starting a church in New York City was something not just beyond my talent and ability, but pretty much beyond [the] talent or ability [of anybody] that I knew,” Keller said in a Redeemer video. “Therefore, if God was going to do it, he would not be doing it through the talent of the minister, but through . . . a person who loved and depended on him… I realized, ultimately—yes, I didn’t have the prayer life I should have, I didn’t have the love of God I should have—but ultimately, to not go was just simply cowardice. And it was not being faithful to the One who had the bravery to come from heaven to earth and go to the cross for me.


The preacher has to anticipate questions and objections to the evangelical message that would be raised by Jewish persons, socialists, Wall Street brokers, aspiring actors, gay rights activists, politically correct graduate students, and young second-generation Asian-American professionals,” he wrote in Center City Churches in 1993. “If we always preached as if these kinds of people were present, they would come or be brought.


2) A challenge to my habits and creature comforts


“If you go to church with people who are always easy to talk to, always fun to be around, and always closely aligned with your opinions, tastes, and preferences, your Christianity is too comfortable.

One of the glorious things about the gospel is that it creates a new community out of disparate types of people who, in many cases, wouldn’t otherwise choose to spend time together.


Uncomfortable Christianity, however, leads to life and transformation. It leads us to rely on God and not on ourselves; to serve rather than be served; to live lives marked by sacrifice. It leads us to do hard things, to embrace hard truths, to do life with hard people for the sake and glory of the One who did the hardest thing. It may be uncomfortable, but it will be worth it. On the other side of discomfort is delight in Christ.”

Two reads that I will continue to chew on as the day plods on.. to come as I am, with nothing except my love for and utter dependence on Jesus, yet to be wholly anticipating the challenge and discomfort and call of the Cross, that as I walk with Jesus I will not remain as I am, but will be more like Him – more of a servant, more humble, more giving, more able to bring hope and love to this world and to its people.

“If you’re feeling rejected, excluded, a stranger, Remember the one who came down to the manger.”


That’s who Jesus has come for. Are we doing all that we can for those that the Father loves?

Christmas is one of many beautiful reminders that I was miles away from where I wanted / needed to be, but that with one homeward step, I the far-off prodigal had a Father who ran to me and brought me in.

That is the message of the season: that however far away, worn out, beaten down, you are, however loudly you might scream inside at the seeming hopelessness of it all, there is a shepherd and a Father who is still looking, who is still searching high and low, who does not give up on the worst of hearts. This is the truth that makes me weep and sing. The one who would heal every aching heart has come.. how can my life bring His peace to a hurting world?

(from Christmas 2016 :-) )


Hello friends :–) This is a small something that I wrote to encourage myself and others as !! Christmas !! makes its annual visit to my church and my wallet.

Being a Christian today can feel like a very complicated thing. We sort of want to be loved by society and the world, to be warmly embraced and held up as blessings to the society that we live in. We long to have the sort of life that Acts 2:47 writes about, where we ‘praise God and enjoy the favor of all the people”. Yet – many of us remain unaware of or unwilling to embrace the life of the apostles in Acts, where their possessions and goods (and land and homes) were sold and distributed to all who had need.

Now I know that the proper appointed time for resolutions and wishes does not arrive till Gurmit Singh yells out Happy New Year on some floating platform and startled birds try to avoid the sudden flurry of fireworks that follows after.

But it is my hope, in this festive season, that as 2017 comes around, I me myself and all others who call themselves Christians, or followers-of-Christ, will choose to lovingly be to their societies and communities what Jesus was to his. Not that we must literally march towards death via Roman crucifixion, but that we will learn to die to the selfish ‘I’ who is ever insisting on its own proud way.

Over and over again in the Bible, God identifies Himself as the defender of widows, the Father to the fatherless, one who looks after the alien and the sojourner.

If we love Jesus, we cannot avoid this truth – that God identifies Himself with the helpless, the disenfranchised, and He says to those who would call themselves ‘Christians’: You feed them. Remember the poor! Do not reap your fields to the edges – always leave some for those in need.

We speak often of ‘love’. So did Jesus. But true love will always cost us dearly. The gospels tell us that the birds of the air had their nest, foxes their holes, but as He ran from those who sought to arrest Him, the Son of Man had no place to rest his head. As they cast garments for his clothes, he hung on the cross, naked and in deep thirst. Naked, hungry, homeless, thirsty. This is the example of Christ. This is our Jesus, and we so often pray “God, make us more like Jesus. teach us to be like Him.”

Many of us – not all, but many of us live very comfortably. May the love of Christ free us from self-occupation and selfishness so that others might not suffer for us to keep our comfort. Jesus has set us free – may our freedom not lead to fleshly indulgence, but humble and loving service to others (Galatians 5:13) 🙂

So as we join in public festivity over the birth of Christ, here is an aged article about Jesus, the world’s most super baby, and how His obedience and His life brings to us new hope.


It is a touch long at times, and a bit of a theological thought twister, yes, but just like the 1977 Star Wars release!! It reminds us that wherever we are, we have an everlasting and New Hope, because the mercy and love of Christ pursues us and wants to be known by us.

Because of that love, Christmas, however funny its origins and however commercial its celebrations, still represents the hope of something new – in our lives, if parts of us are dead or dying, in the lives of those we care dearly for, and in our world. There is a true and better King than all rulers past, and He has come, and He will return again to rule one day.”

Blessed Christmas friends 🙂

also he was p good in The Mask

Christ on the cross suffered terribly and was broken by it to the point of doubt and feeling of absolute abandonment. Then a decision was made – to look upon the people who were causing that suffering, with compassion and with forgiveness. And that’s what opens the gates of heaven for all of us.

Not the most precise doctrine, but what an incredible sharing from JIM CARREY?? Loved him in Ace Ventura and Bruce Almighty, and after watching a 2016 Golden Globe speech (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a9J8GaeDqVc&ab_) I went down the rabbit hole for a bit.

Really really interesting!

that’s pretty NEAT

“so there’s what I call ‘NEAT freaks’, or Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis freaks, and they are jumpy, they are twitchy, and they are burning a lot of calories outside of the gym. 
Any caloric surplus that they consume gets eaten up by all their twitching and moving around and non-exercise activity, anywhere between 500 – 1000 calories more than their daily maintenance.”
– Alan Aragon, on the Food for Fitness podcast
Some of you may know about NEAT – I didn’t till a few months back, and while it’s rather simple (move more, burn more), the literature suggests that the impact that it has on how much I can eat and how that changes my weight is quite immense.
And it goes a long way towards explaining why I could eat on exchange with the abandon of a secondary school boy approaching his first Sakae Sushi buffet and not gain weight. Just an interesting tidbit to.. snack on 🙂

also remember to drink water so you don’t dehydr8 m8

one thought that i had this week was – it’s good and important to want to be excellent at your work (especially if you are new and novicey like i am)!! but don’t lose sight of the Big Picture – if at the day’s end, no matter the outcome, your boss and your client will both go home to their families and be fine – if losing the case won’f crush them and leave them on the streets – then you should go home to your family and loved ones too and not beat yourself up over work. lay the ego aside, scoop off some of the stress that has piled up, and go give your parents and your bolster a hug (or two). PEACE 🙂