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I’ve Already Made It (Pt. I)

I’ve Already Made It (Pt. I)

“Therefore, since the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us be careful that none of you be found to have fallen short of it. For we also have had the gospel preached to us, just as they did; but the message they heard was of no value to them, because those who heard did not combine it with faith. Now we who have believed enter that rest…” Hebrews 4:1-3 I have already “made it”. I get to live from…

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God Sees Everything, And That’s Good!

God Sees Everything, And That’s Good!

Usually when people say “God sees everything”, it’s in the context of God seeing all the bad stuff you do behind closed doors when you think no one else is looking. This thought often strikes fear into the hearts of whoever might hear it. We’ve done some pretty awful things that we wish no one would ever know about. As far as I know, God does see everything. And that’s only a bad thing if you don’t understand how He…

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Original Glory?

Original Glory?

“I daresay we’ve heard a bit about original sin, but not nearly enough about original glory, which comes before sin and is deeper to our nature.” – John Eldredge in “Waking the Dead” As a landscape architect, I’ve sometimes worked on restoration projects. A few years ago, I worked on restoring an old rundown industrial site along the river in Shanghai.  These types of projects are a lot of work. Knowing ahead of time how much time and effort goes into such…

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Am I Saved?

Am I Saved?

I thought freedom came through making enough money to do what I wanted when I wanted. I thought security and protection came through having enough money saved up in a bank or an insurance company. I thought my significance came from collecting and earning life’s trophies and climbing ladders higher than people around me. I thought love came through securing women’s affection and men’s approval. It was never enough. To others, it must’ve looked like I was doing a pretty good job. Sometimes…

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Standing Before the Authorities

Standing Before the Authorities

By way of contrast, I’ve noticed how much easier it is to obey the law in the US than it is in China. Especially when it comes to the workplace. In the US, the typical employee has all the taxes and social security taken right out of their paycheck automatically. As far as I can tell, it’s usually done in most workplaces as prescribed by the law of the governing authorities. It’s not something most employees have to make much of a conscious…

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Laws When at Table

Laws When at Table

“And if you are seated in your high chair, or in a chair such as a greater person might use, keep your legs and feet below you as they were. Neither raise up your knees, nor place your feet upon the table, for that is an abomination to me. Yes, even when you have an interesting bandage to show, your feet upon the table are an abomination, and worthy of rebuke. Drink your milk as it is given you, neither…

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Looking for the Good

Looking for the Good

I was looking through my most recent sketchbook today and realized something. I like it. It’s fun to remember where I’ve been, seeing the sketches, reading what I was thinking about or listening to. The way I draw and layout the pages of the sketchbook has come a long way since I first started. The reason that the feeling of liking it stood out to me was because I don’t always like it as much. Sometimes I’ll look at other people’s…

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The Path to Greatness

The Path to Greatness

It would seem much easier to be known for your greatness in the way the world thinks about greatness than it is in the way God sees greatness. There’s always been a big part of me that has wanted everyone to see how great I am according to all the “great” things I have done, the talents I have, the lack of anything bad in me. But this desire causes me to put myself before others. To make myself look good at…

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Why Even Try?

Why Even Try?

Who am I trying to be? Am I trying to be like a certain movie star, athlete or entrepreneur? Am I trying to be more like Mother Teresa or Billy Graham? Am I trying to be more like Jesus? I don’t think we should try to be like any of those people. What does trying to be someone else gain me if I’m not that person? I think that anytime we’re trying to be any certain way, it’s a sign that something…

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