25 December 2010

Time quote of the day.

"You got so strong. You used to be chicken, now you're prime rib." -- Mom, talking about my brother, who recently graduated from marine boot camp, to the rest of my family.

14 December 2010

This is how I know I want to be a preacher.

When I have the most powerful nightmares, as if I was in Helm's Deep with my back against the wall and surrounded on all sides by the enemy, I come out swinging the Gospel. I have this deep belief that armed to the teeth with the Truth, nothing can stop me.

I had a most heinous nightmare.

But I woke up in tears because of the Gospel.

"Because there's grace!"

The cry of my heart, as I preached the Good News to those I loved (and didn't even know I could love) and to myself (who needed it most), was so powerful that it transported me from sleeping to waking, and I lost almost all self control at the revelation of the sight of the knowledge of the Truth that "Because there's grace!" We are saved from all sin, no matter how heinous, shameful, or wicked and we can cry out to Jesus, "Abba! Father! Thank you, Lord!"

"Because there's grace!"

I can wake up from a nightmare filled with my depraved, dark crime against the Righteous, Holy God and still be assured of my salvation, and the hope for all because of God's unending, incorruptible, steadfast, never relenting Love.

13 December 2010

Ideas are a dime a dozen.

It's the person, who thinks them up and executes them well, that you want.

My facebook newsfeed is full of status word clouds. I wanted to do that (and of course, better). But that project is now on hold for want of a greater project. Let's hope this is all worth it. I think it would've been fun analyzing people's statuses, chats, tweets, blog posts, etc.

I both look forward to and dread what my life is going to be like for the next six months: Coding all day, every day. It's the indie band on tour equivalent of a computer programmer. Haha.

11 December 2010

Narnia.

From Wikipedia. Lewis's words:
Since Narnia is a world of Talking Beasts, I thought He [Christ] would become a Talking Beast there, as He became a man here. I pictured Him becoming a lion there because (a) the lion is supposed to be the king of beasts; (b) Christ is called "The Lion of Judah" in the Bible; (c) I'd been having strange dreams about lions when I began writing the work. The whole series works out like this.

The Magician's Nephew tells the Creation and how evil entered Narnia.
The Lion etc the Crucifixion and Resurrection.
Prince Caspian restoration of the true religion after corruption.
The Horse and His Boy the calling and conversion of a heathen.
The Voyage of the "Dawn Treader" the spiritual life (especially in Reepicheep).
The Silver Chair the continuing war with the powers of darkness
The Last Battle the coming of the Antichrist (the Ape), the end of the world and the Last Judgement.
I really want to watch the latest movie, the Voyage of the Dawn Treader. I think that it is such an appropriate choice for a metaphor of the spiritual life. And I find it funny that for many people this is their least favorite of the books and/or movies.

I actually remember having the distinct impression, as a sixth grader first encountering this magic place, that this was my favorite and most beloved among all the books. I think it was the dashing and adventurous nature of the story that captured my imagination the most.

I wonder how I'd feel about this book if I read it again, now, almost all grown up.

01 December 2010

To elaborate on my last post.

I've been praying and deliberating for the past few weeks about moving to New Haven, Connecticut to live with my good friend Amos. I have two main objectives to complete while out there: Learn Greek in preparation for seminary (I want to become a pastor and missionary someday), and work on various projects, like really work, with Amos. This means that I will be putting my iChat log analyzer on hold for now, but I'm glad I started it because it was great practice for what's to come.

I was torn for quite a bit, but I've finally come to a decision, and that is to go to the East Coast and be an adventurer for once.

I had a lot of considerations and hesitations. For example, practical ones: how will I make money and survive, will this set back my resume and job hunting, how will I adjust to life on the east coast, am I going on a fool's errand? Also, spiritual ones: Am I taking a step of faith or am I running away? Is pursuing this antagonistic to pursuing God? What do I do with my impure motives like selfish ambition and vain conceit?

After seeking the advice of friends and family, I think I'm ready to venture out into the world relying purely on the promise, provision and grace of God. Whether in good times or in bad, whether successful or unsuccessful, I am confident that God will lead me and guide me to His clear waters. I am willing to try and fail, rather than not try at all. As long as trying doesn't mean disobedience to my Lord.

Dear readers, please pray for me. And I'd love to talk about this more in depth if you'd contact me: gchat me, call me, email me, etc. Also, I'm set to leave mid January early next year, so that means... If we can, let's hang out before I go! :D

In about 1.5 months...

New Haven will be my new haven. :)

Ha. Ha.