October 1, 2014

Shoot Your Ladders: A Lesson on Judging Others (By Jessica Hong)

So as I’ve been in NYC for close to three months, I’ve come to an existential crisis. Haha, okay I only half kid. I’ve met many new, neat, cool folks but there is a dread in meeting new people in NYC because the conversation, without fail, always goes to…

Person A: “Where are you from?”
Me: I’m from Philly (Good conversation starter since “Fresh Prince of Belair” is often brought up. Sometimes people just start singing the song, “in West Philadelphia born and raised…” It stops there b/c they don’t know the rest of the words, haha – it’s okay, neither do I.)

Person A: “What do you do?”
Me: (Here is where my heart dreads the question) – I am an intern at a church.
Person A: “Oh…that’s awesome!” (The last part is to cover up the initial “oh,” haha).

Person A: “Part-time or full-time intern?”
Me: Part-time
Person A: “Oh.” (No “that’s awesome,” haha)

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Video: Christian Man was Born with No Arms and No Legs – Absolutely Inspiring

If you are going through some tough times in your life, I’d like to introduce you to Nick Vujicic. A friend of mine shared this video with me, and I just couldn’t help but to share this inspiring video with the Konnect Magazine readership.

If you feel as if you are at the end of the road, perhaps Nick’s story could bring you back to the narrow.

Simply inspiring. I understand that this has nothing to do with Asians, but I just couldn’t help it.

(A special thanks to a Konnect Magazine reader/guest contributor who shared this with us) 

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Sacred Parenting (By Teresa Armor)

(By Teresa Armor - with references to the book Sacred Parenting by Gary L. Thomas)

One of the most important responsibilities we have as parents, yet might take lightly, is that of raising our children to know, love, and accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior. But just telling them about God, or even regularly attending worship isn’t enough. The Bible tells parents that we should, “[R]aise [our children] with Christian discipline and instruction.” (Ephesians 6:4). When each of my kids were baptized, some of the promises I made were to faithfully bring them to church, have them attend Sunday School, and eventually get confirmed. Until recently, I often felt overwhelmed (even frustrated) when I thought about this huge responsibility. Because of this, there were many times when I would avoid weekly worship services and some of the ministries I enjoyed.

It’s possible many of you reading this article may have felt something similar at one time or another. Maybe you also chose to sleep in on a Sunday morning, in lieu of going to worship. Maybe you have also sat bleary-eyed and oblivious to the lesson of the day in a church pew while your pastor sermonized. Maybe you have also watched other families who seem to have their act together on a Sunday morning and have prayed for the day when that might be you someday.
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Why I Decided to Stop Reading this Bible on Sundays (By Moses Yoon)

(By Moses Yoon) I love church.

There is nothing better than people coming together to worship Christ, fellowship with others, and reflect upon one’s inner self. It is some deep, profound stuff I’m talking about here.

I also love the iPhone.

It is probably the most important digital gadget that I need and depend on the most – a to-do list, calendar, email, texting capabilities, internet, and  the bible app.

Recently, I’ve been noticing a very disruptive trend during the Sunday worship service. The pastor would ask the congregation to open the bible to a particular chapter and verse(s). So I do – I’d turn on my spify iPhone and click on my Bible app.

(Bible app is loading) Pastor begins to read the verses.

(Halfway through his reading, the bible app finally takes me to the book via the iPhone app.) I then click on the chapter. [Read more...]

Jesus’ Love for the World and the Mystery of his view of Osama Bin Laden

(By Moses Yoon) This morning, I woke up to the news of the death of Osama Bin Laden, the mastermind of the historic September 11th, 2001 attacks on the United States. Every one of us remembers that fateful day, and I was reminded of the terror that occurred a decade back.

My initial reaction when reading Facebook feeds and CNN.com about Bin Laden’s death was of relief and a sense of closure that many people are feeling today. Indeed, it is a chapter that is closed but the United States and the world continues its fight against terror. [Read more...]