faith, culture, and musings

In reading Kelly Marie Tran’s op-ed in the New York Times today, I can’t help but think about my childhood as well. I was born and raised in the US, but I’m not sure I’ve ever felt comfortable saying I’m American because people have always put a qualifier in front of that. I’m Chinese American. […]

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daughter day one

“Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace.” – Luke 8:48 “Daughter.” In a time and culture where fathers advocated for their daughters, this woman came to Jesus alone and ashamed. She was known to all as unclean, and there was no father to defend her or speak on her behalf. Upon touching […]

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love your neighbor (redux)

We hear it all the time. Love your neighbor. Jesus tells us to love. Jesus is love, and He wants us to love like Him. What is that supposed to look like? Do we “love” someone by tolerating them? Do we love someone by doing our best not to offend them? Do we love someone […]

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you keep using that word

Words are powerful little creatures, made up of as little as one letter. They have the ability to lift up and tear down, encourage and demoralize. Humanity is fascinated by the strength of words. We seek to wield its potentials as a weapon, using it to cut our enemies down and defend our loved ones. But […]

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your Savior has come

I was looking through some prayers and messages I’d written down in my notebook in the course of the last year or so, and I came across this that I honestly don’t even remember writing down. But it was the word that I received from God at the time, and it’s an encouraging one: Your […]

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Do you wish to get well?

Jesus asked the man at the pool if he wanted to get well. The man made lots of excuses in his response: no one would help him; people keep getting in front of him (John 5:1-17). Jesus asked a simple “yes or no” question. And I think the message underlying it is, “Say ‘yes,’ and I’ll […]

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broken cisterns

There came a woman of Samaria to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give Me a drink.” For His disciples had gone away into the city to buy food. Therefore the Samaritan woman said to Him, “How is it that You, being a Jew, ask me for a drink since I am a Samaritan woman?” […]

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It’s a Wonderful Life

I could have died when I was fourteen. No, I didn’t run up against any near death accidents or get kidnapped by a maniac or anything that dramatic. No one was threatening my life either. Except me. My dear reader, I know by now you’ve picked up a bit on how traumatic my childhood and […]

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I have hope for a unified Body

I came across an article today from LifeWay, and my soul smiled. Dr. Thom Rainer, the current CEO and president of LifeWay Christian Resources, issued a formal apology for VBS material that was released 10 years ago called, “Far Out Rickshaw Rally – Racing Towards the Son.” The material was the subject of major controversy, utilizing […]

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above the ashes

God has given me a powerful name: “the appearance, the bearing, of a phoenix.” It’s this name that the devil must destroy in order to defeat me. Names make one strong, mighty, significant, but they can also make one vulnerable. It is at the name of Jesus that every knee will bow, that expels devils […]

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