“(On the fruit of the Spirit)
It has been pointed out that all of those qualities really are manifestations of the first one, love — that, after all, joy is love enjoying itself; peace is love resting; patience is love waiting;kindness is love reacting; goodness is love choosing; faithfulness is love keeping its word; gentleness is love empathizing; and self-control is love resisting temptation.”—Ray Stedman
In light of the 12th Anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, we remember the families and friends of those that lost their lives. We recognize the great sacrifice of the police and firefighters that day.
Yet, did you know that a 3rd tower fell? Chances are you’ve never heard of it. Did you know that tower 1 and 2 had secondary explosions within and all throughout the building after the planes hit? Did a plane really hit the pentagon? Google “Pentagon 911”, and try to convince yourself a plane went into that building.
Some things we do know: American freedom and security have been used to push numerous wars and legislation upon the American people. We don’t have the whole story, but we have less security and freedom then we did 12 years prior. The Patriot Act passed overnight, NSA, TSA, War against Terror, are still in effect, pushing legality even today.
The victims, the families, the world deserves the answers, the 9/11 commission was never good or thorough enough.
…then again he felt somewhat guilty about deceiving (the missionaries) by pretending to be a believer. Gradually, his attitude softened. After a while, as he murmured the words of the prayer, he felt the comfort he had not enjoyed since his early childhood when he recited a poem about Kim Il-sung and had something greater to believe in.
Only this time when he said “Uri Abogi” our father, he meant God, not Kim Il-sung, and when he spoke of the son, he meant Jesus, not Kim Jong-il.
”—Excerpt from “Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea” by Barbara Demick
A.That I am not my own,1 but belong-body and soul in life and in death—2 to my faithful Savior Jesus Christ.3
He has fully paid for all my sins with his precious blood,4 and has set me free from the tyranny of the devil. He also watches over me in such a way6 that not a hair can fall from my head without the will of my Father in heaven:7 in fact, all things must work together for my salvation.8
Because I belong to him, Christ, by his Holy Spirit, assures me of eternal life9 and makes me wholeheartedly willing and ready from now on to live for him.10
Las Palmas: Some stuff that caught more of my attention.
Few things are more popular in the food world than Coca-Cola and Mcdonald’s. It’s funny that this tiny island off the coast of the Morocco would have a better version of these two iconic brands than in the US.
-Glass bottles are common, drinks taste better in a glass. Heck even ice water in a glass jar tastes better than the flimsy thin plastic bottles. In the US you pay extra for glass, IF YOU CAN EVEN FIND THEM.
Here? Glass bottle Coca-Cola, Water, Nestea, Fanta, Sprite: Standard issue.
"Mcdonald’s is pretty much same around the world" is a sentiment that is NOT TRUE. I’d argue Asian Mcdonald’s are better (Bulgogi Burgers and Taro Pies [google it]) and now I’m convinced so are European Mcdonald’s. The sandwiches are better, fresh and well crafted, they actually resemble the picture on the bright LCD menu, not the toppled, spin cycle mess of an American Big Mac. But that’s not my point today; let me introduce to you the delicacy known as McCafe International. (From this point on, I’ll just label things, no other words are needed.)
Coffee con Leche
Waffle Cone to hold the magical Mcdonald’s Icecream.
Creme Fresh Double Chocolate Cake with Nuts NY Cheesecake with a Chocolate Syrup New Age Art happening, the smudge was Mr. Kweon’s sleeve (but it’s like the imperfection that makes it perfect, like Cindy Crawford’s mole)
and Macaroons…at freakin Mcdonald’s.
Mind you, refreshing and delicious. Sigh* I’ll miss it. More to come.
European Expresso Coffee: Nothing at a European Cafe is served by means of a spicket. Spicket, that little lever thing you pull on a tin canister to get Sweet Tea at Mcdonald’s or at Starbucks when you ask for a Blonde roast. Las Palmas literally doesn’t have spickets for drinks ever. Orange juice, squeezed to order. European coffee, done to order, expresso machine, no filter, always. Love it.
This little contraption is “Waiter, come hither!” device. Basically the staff leave you alone until you need something. You push the orange bell to signal a waiter to service your table, get you extra napkins etc, but in the US getting the attention of a waiter can feel like that guy with the ear muffs with the glowing sticks trying to woo in a 747 at the airport terminal. A button will do efficiency and consumer satisfaction a favor. And if you don’t push that button, they literally do not show up haha. They leave you alone and don’t badger you until you push the button and are ready with your order, they also don’t check in and say “how are things?” an overridiculousamount (which is cool the first time, but not the sixth, seventh, fifteenth time they visit le table for two.) You push the “E” when you want your check or are about to leave.
Charlotte Bacon was 6 Daniel Barden was 7 Rachel Davino was 29 Olivia Engel was 6 Josephine Gay was 7 Ana Marquez-Greene was 6 Dylan Hockley was 6 Dawn Hocksprung was 47 Madeline Hsu was 6 Catherine Hubbard was 6
Chase Kowalski was 7 Jesse Lewis was 6 James Mattioli was 6 Grace McDonnell was 7 Anne Marie Murphy was 52 Emilie Parker was 6 Jack Pinto was 6 Noah Pozner was 6 Caroline Previdi was 6 Jessica Rekos was 6 Avielle Richman was 6 Lauren Russeau was 30 Mary Sherlach was 56 Victoria Soto was 27 Benjamin Wheeler was 6 Allison Wyatt was 6
Pray for these dear children’s parents and families, teacher’s families and the community.
These are the precious names to remember. They aren’t just numbers, they are people. Some of the future died yesterday, it’s about time we know their names.
Jeremy Lin the NBA Basketball player that was center of Linsanity nearly half a year ago. He was the poster boy of New York and is now in Houston. This sudden rallying effect of Asians is cultural phenomenon, catalyzed with his success and sudden rise to stardom.
This cultural trend has theological implications in the "corporate solidarity" surrounding Jeremy Lin and the Asian community. This can shed some truth about Christ’s representation of us.
Corporate Solidarityis the concept of a figure that is representative of a community or/of values in a people. Asian have strong pride in their heritage! When someone of Asian descent succeeds or fails there is pride and shame; For better or worse it represents the whole of the Asian community. With a world of so much interconnection, this concept of representation by one person is becoming more and more inevitable. NBA TV ratings in Asia went up nearly 400% during the 25 games he started for the Knicks (my parent’s didn’t have cable so they went to the YMCA to watch). China, Taiwan, the U.S. started saying that he was “their” product. Lin jerseys sold out in record numbers. He was the pride of Asia domestic and abroad! When we misses a layup it feels like we all do, when he hits a buzzer beater for the win, we literally rejoice and take ownership of him because He is our ambassador. His success is our success, his injury is ours.
Christ though is the “better” Jeremy Lin, Jesus is our hope and stay. He is our corporate solidarity in that He is our representative that acts on our behalf, He conquers sin and is our high priest with God the Father. And unlike Mr. Lin, He conquered His injury of death, thereby eradicating any chance of injury thereafter. Jesus chose to represent us, all of us. He chose to pour himself out and accomplish His mission for us, even when we “didn’t jump on the bandwagon” of success and of conquering victory, some of which is still yet to come.
Jeremy Lin does represents the Asian community but that’s not the end all point, Jesus is the loving, caring, better, sacrificial, representative for us. That is good news and it’s bigger than Linsanity will ever be, or has yet to be.
“The most mature Christian leaders want to absorb an additional share of sufferings so that their flocks may correspondingly be spared some suffering. In this, they imitate Christ… The more the leaders are afflicted with weakness, suffering, perplexity, and persecution, the more it is evident that their vitality is nothing other than the life of Jesus. This has enormously positive spiritual effects on the rest of the church. The leaders’ death means the church’s life. This is why the best Christian leadership cannot simply be appointed. It is forged by God himself in the fires of suffering, taught in the school of tears. There are no shortcuts.”—D.A. Carson, from “How Long, O Lord?”