Faith †

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Medical records

The second day of volunteering at the hospital was so boring... I was in medical records today for four hours.... I basically had to lookup some doctors' names in the packet and write the name to mail the patient forms to. The pile of paper was about 5 inches thick and it took me the entire 4 hours to finish the whole thing. My head was throbbing and I have this horrible headache now. :( The only good part was the free lunch... I got a Sobe drink, fries, and some chips. Oh yeah, my teeth still hurts from the powerchain I got yesterday.. so I couldn't eat the chips. Hopefully I can feel better.

There was a snake in my backyard

At around 10:30 AM yesterday, my dad found a snake in the backyard... he didn't know if the snake was poisonous or not but he used a shovel to kill it... doesn't a snake represent Satan?

Below are some pictures and a video:

Monday, July 10, 2006

First day of volunteering at the hospital

After helping my dad buy a 12' ladder and fasten it onto the roof of the mini van, I had to get ready to volunteer at the hospital. My job was to escort patients that are in wheelchairs. I was kind of nervous at first because I didn't know anyone there but then I found out that there's a kid who goes to my school and was in my history class. I also made some new friends during the 4 hours. Overall, I had to basically help out at the front desk, answer phone calls, escort patients in wheelchairs, take forms to different departments, and other errands. From 4pm - 7pm was really busy but from 7pm- 8pm, the hospital wasn't as busy. I felt that today was a good learning experience and it wasn't TOO boring at least because I met some new people who are pretty cool.

Sunday, July 09, 2006

What is faith? †

Sunday Sermon

Galatians 3

Faith or Observance of the Law

1You foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? Before your very eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed as crucified. 2I would like to learn just one thing from you: Did you receive the Spirit by observing the law, or by believing what you heard? 3Are you so foolish? After beginning with the Spirit, are you now trying to attain your goal by human effort? 4Have you suffered so much for nothing--if it really was for nothing? 5Does God give you his Spirit and work miracles among you because you observe the law, or because you believe what you heard?

The speaker today talked about how in our lives, there are times where we have highs and lows in our faith. Many times, we don't have that passion and desire for God and we are dry in our faith like a desert. However, it's still important to admit our vulnerability and SEEK for this passion.

The speaker also talked about what is faith. In our youth group, we said that faith is not only a noun but also a verb and action. Belief & faith is action because if we're not working for the Lord, our faith is in trouble.

Faith is also doing something we're not comfortable with, taking gigantic steps that are out of our comfort zone, such as evangelizing to non-believers. However, should we just sit there and ask for the Spirit to fill us? Remember: the Holy Spirit is a helper, enabler, and encourager. It is by taking gigantic steps by faith that we are then filled with the Spirit.

Faith is something we can't see but when we have faith, we have an eternal perspective instead of only a temporary one. When we have faith, we rely on God's provision and we give our lives to God instead of relying on our own ability...instead, we look to God to give us strength and we trust in Him with everything in our lives. We can have faith in even the little events in our lives and not only the "major" events. Faith and believing is also a relationship with God because as we walk with Him, our faith grows and we begin to trust Him more and more and not have that doubt and uncertainity from lack of faith.

An important part of the verse today was whether we receive the Spirit by observing the law and following the rules or do we take action and believe what we hear? (Galatians 3:3) It's important to know many verses of the Bible and God's rules...however, they don't mean anything if there is no action involved based on our faith. Overall, a question to ask ourselves is that are we willing to stand up and fight for what we believe in by faith or just sit there on the couch and wait for the Spirit to fill us before we take action?

The speaker also talked about some aspects we need to work on:
  1. Prayer- Do we have faith in our prayer?
  2. Wisdom- Do we come to God for wisdom?
  3. Salvation- Active faith, allowing Holy spirit to come into us
  4. Prosperity- Physical & Spiritual prosperity (leadership, leading the people around us)
  5. Evangelism- To those who do and don't know
  6. Service- Are we helping the poor, those in need?

Saturday, July 08, 2006

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My One Truth T-shirt came!

The One Truth t-shirt that I ordered finally came today... it was pretty quick and it only took 3 days to deliver. The shirt is black and it has a logo with Jesus' hand and underneath it says love. The reason why I bought this shirt is because Jesus' death on the cross cleansed our sin and because of Him dying for our sins, we can stand righteous before God. I just also want to wear this shirt so if someone asks me what my shirt means, I can talk to them about Christianity. Here's what the card that came with the shirt says:
and this is love: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers. dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth. (1 John 3:16, 18)

according to the Bible, love is laying down your life for someone, we are commanded to lay down our lives for our brothers, and in humility to consider others better than ourselves, (Philippians 2:3) love is not just a feeling, it's a choice, a choice to deny ourselves and look to someone else before we look to ourselves, and this is what Christ has called us to, to look to Him, on the cross He set us free from our selfishness and brought us into the law of love, love many times is painful, i'm sure Christ's flesh revolted at the idea of his laying his life down for us, but it brought salvation, love brings salvation: from spiritual death, from sin, from our flesh, from our pride, love, it's all we have to do, love God. All our actions should be a manifestation of the love of Christ in us, of the aching desire that burns in our soul to give ourselves wholly and solely to on thing: the worship of the One True God.

First day of volunteering

So I had to volunteer at a thrift store near my house today from 2:00 - 5:00. To my surprise, my sister had taken the car since she had to go to work. I was frustrated because that would mean I would have to ride my bike to the store. Unfortunately, I couldn't find my key for the lock... err. and I couldn't find my bike lock either! So I called the volunteer place and asked if I could leave my bike in the store and they said yes. So at around 1:20, I left the house and rode my bike for 15 minutes to the store. At the store, I helped them move boxes, throw away garbage, pick up clothes that were on the floor, and vacuum the entire store. My feet are really sore and my legs are tired... which isn't good for my sprained ankle that still hasn't healed yet. Anyway, it wasn't that bad today and I thank God that I didn't get run over by a car or fall off my bike or something.

Thursday, July 06, 2006

I am ready to volunteer

Yeah, I'm going to be volunteering at a hospital for the next month or so... I think I'm going to get around 100 hours of volunteer work done this summer. :)

So I have to basically escort patients that are in wheelchairs and do something with medical records... Here's my schedule:

  • Mon. (4pm - 8pm) - Escort
  • Tues. (8am - 12pm) - Med. Records
  • Thurs. (4pm - 8pm) - Med. Records
  • Sat. (8am - 12pm) - Escort
Sounds like fun huh? I'm also volunteering at a thrift store on Saturdays... probably for around 3 hours each week.

Summer school is over!

So today was the last day of summer school! However, the night before was tiring because my printer didn't have ink so I had to wake up at 5:30 and go to Kinko's and print out my review guide. It was supposed to cost $0.50 per sheet and I had 6 sheets so that would be $3. However it only ended up costing $0.54 total because of a sale. So that went pretty smoothly. I had two tests left. One of which was open notes and we could work in a group. I ended up getting 100% on that! Praise the Lord!

The last test was the final exam. I was kind of nervous about this test and studied a bit for it, but in my mind, I knew that God would help me do well... and I did! I got an A on the final exam and an A for the class. I'm really relieved and joyful. Now, I have to begin doing some volunteer work and get a job now that summer school is over. Hopefully I can find a job...

Thursday, June 29, 2006

Sprained ankle

Seems like my sprained ankle is getting worse? It appeared to be healing but I was dumb and I decided to shoot some hoops before it was fully healed. So, it got swollen again and I had to go to Wal-Mart to get some Icy-hot cream and a brace for my ankle. Hopefully my ankle will fully heal with a lot of prayer and care. :)

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Summer School Update

There's only 4 more days of summers school! The entire course is only 15 days which isn't that bad but there's so many powerpoint slides and notes each day. Today, we took notes on a presentation that was 29 slides long! Also, there are so many videos about health that we have to watch. The class is monotonous and overall, boring. However, even though the class is boring, I do enjoy it because it gives me something to do and makes the day go by faster. My performance in that class has been pretty good and I think I have an A right now. Praise the Lord for helping me in that class, and I hope I do well on the final exam.