Google Simply Katherine, a Christian on campus: November 2012

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Thank You Note: A Time for the Lord and the Body Life

These past two weeks have been hectic. I'm a person who can only do one thing at a time, but it seems like life is always a whirlwind of simultaneous happenings. Now when things get busy, it's very easy to shortchange my personal time with the Lord, my Bible reading, my spiritual nourishment. Not a good thing.

Yet thanks to the training I have received from FTTA, regardless of my current condition, deep within I always know where I need to be. I need to MAKE TIME for the Lord, to be in His presence. So everyday, I would be pressed with desperation to make time, even if it's only few minutes, to stop everything else and be before the Lord, in His word.

Also, I thank the believers whom I am practically related with in many different ways. This morning when I woke up, I received seven text messages from multiple friends. All of them were Bible verses that these ones had enjoyed early in the morning. I couldn't help but use these verses to utter prayers back to the Lord.

A Christian couple has graciously offered me a place to stay when I was homeless due to some complications with my living arrangement. These ones have always opened their home to shepherd others. Even right now, a family with three little children are staying with us for a week while their house is going under major renovation. My mother asked me, "This couple, what kind of people are they?"

You may think this whole thing is not a big deal, but when you become so related to a fellow member of the Body of Christ, you'd begin to realize that this is not a mere charity, it's the Body life. We are not individualistic, isolated members. We are members one of another.

If our right pinky toe is injured, spontaneously our whole body would rise up to care for it because that member is part of the body. This is the body life in the physical realm, a clear parallel to the Body life in the Body of Christ.

So I answered my mother, "These ones are different because they've seen the vision and the burden." I didn't have to explain further, my mom understood. When we've seen the vision and received the burden to practically live in the Body life, we cannot help but live for and according to the principle of the Body of Christ.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Four Kinds of History

Earlier this week, I visited the Full-time Training in Anaheim, a post-graduate program of Biblical truths and character training. It was Monday evening and Andrew Yu, one of their trainers, was teaching on the importance of seasons, or appointed times.

Ecclesiastes 3:1 says,
"To everything there is a season, and a time for every matter or purpose under heaven"
I only caught the latter part of the session, but I thought I would share with you my notes on the four kinds of history mentioned that evening.

1. Human History or World History

According to the Bible, Abraham followed the Lord to leave his country and his people. By taking this step, he actually ushered in a new race and became the father of faith to the earthly and the heavenly people of God. By this seemingly small step, Abraham made human history. Actually, on the human level, there exist four kinds of people in society: 
  • Ones who have no sense of history and are not interested in history.
  • Ones who study and pay extra attention to history.
  • Ones who partake in history, who are in the midst of that history-making, e.g., eyewitnesses.
  • Ones who make history.
Impressive, isn't it? Imagine if you could be a person who made history, but our brother, Andrew Yu, quickly responded to our gasps of awe, "Why, don't be so impressed. After all, this is still only the world history."

world leaders

Monday, November 5, 2012

Vote on Election Day 2012

Well, I'm not an expert in politics, but tomorrow will be a big day. 

Election Day 2012 is TOMORROW!

Since I haven't been faithful in being informed about the presidential candidates, I have no clue which one would be the best person in the office. But I was recently touched that although I don't have to be pro-this or pro-that, for the Lord's interest, I must be saved from passivity.

Vote ballot

In recent years, it has been as if the country is plagued with lawlessness, abnormality, and immorality. I don't feel the need to expound further. You can just grab a newspaper and check out the headlines, you'll know what I'm talking about.

If you consider deeper the current situation of the nation, you'll soon find that relativism is so prevalent. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy defines:
"Relativism is not a single doctrine but a family of views whose common theme is that some central aspect of experience, thought, evaluation, or even reality is somehow relative to something else. 
For example standards of justification, moral principles or truth are sometimes said to be relative to language, culture, or biological makeup. 
Although relativistic lines of thought often lead to very implausible conclusions, there is something seductive about them, and they have captivated a wide range of thinkers from a wide range of traditions."
So truth relativism would mean that there is no absolute truth, that truth is relative to individuals, their backgrounds, their beliefs, etc. On one hand, this notion attempts to justify that anything can be the truth, it just depends. Ironically, on the flip side, this might as well mean that there is no truth.

Twisted, I'd say. What's really happening is the enemy has gathered forces to launch attacks toward the absolute truth- the word of God.

Yes, we need to exercise the right to vote because whether we physically vote or not vote, the truth is we have voted for a person. If we do not vote, technically we have voted for "the opponent," the person who otherwise not voted for.

Vote Election Day 2012

However, the chief need right now is TO PRAY, to intercede for the nation. 

Isaiah 59:15-16 says,
"And truth is lacking, and he who turns from evil becomes plunder. And Jehovah saw it, and it was evil in His sight that there is no justice. 
And He saw that there was no man, and He was appalled that there was no intercessor. Therefore His arm accomplished salvation for Him, and His righteousness sustained Him."
Dear all, let us be not silent. Let us all fervently pray that the Lord would put the man of His choice in the office, that He would bless and preserve this country from degradation and desolation, that He would bless us all with a quiet and tranquil life for the gospel (i.e., for all men to be saved and come to the full knowledge of the truth.)

1 Timothy 2:1-4 is timely:
"I exhort therefore, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercessions, thanksgivings be made on behalf of all men; 
On behalf of kings and all who are in high position, that we may lead a quiet and tranquil life in all godliness and gravity.
This is good and acceptable in the sight of our Savior God, 
Who desires all men to be saved and to come to the full knowledge of the truth.

"Lord, Your kingdom come! Your will be done! On earth as it is in heaven."