6 more days.
Mark your calendars. August 28th, 2012. #CrazyLoveRidiculousFaith
6 more days.
Mark your calendars. August 28th, 2012. #CrazyLoveRidiculousFaith
This lovely drawing is courtesy of @fefanator_ Thanks sis!
Final stretch! Crazy Love Ridiculous Faith is officially in the mixing and mastering phase.
I am extremely excited to share this music with you all. It is a unique and dear project to me for several reasons..
Technically, the last English album I released was 6 years ago.
What a journey it’s been in this span of time. I’ve experienced God’s favor and blessings like never before while working in Hong Kong the past 4 years. I’ve married an amazing woman in my wife Carol. We recently welcomed our precious Chance into the family. What’s most encouraging and humbling of all is that the Lord continues to shower me with unwavering patience, grace and love.
My only desire when you listen to this album is that my love for God and desire to grow in my faith is evident in every lyric and melody heard.
I pray that by God’s grace, you will experience the same Crazy Love Ridiculous Faith as I have.
Greetings brothers and sisters… from Hong Kong.
Yes, I’m back in the 852, but only for a quick 4 day stint. In fact, by the time you’re reading this I will most likely be in New York and reunited with The Wife and Baby Chance. He turns one month on July 1st btw! Exciting times.
Back then when I would have to be away from The Wife, 4 days would feel like 4 months. Now with Chance added to the equation, 4 days might as well be 4 years! Thus, I’m extremely looking forward to the 15 hr flight back home mainly because that means I will only be 15 hours away from seeing mommy and baby in the flesh.
In the meantime, I do believe we have some catching up to do…
Let’s start with this masterpiece I like to call #JesusIsLove
I don’t recall exactly what inspired me to draw this in my notebook, but I can say that I’m a big fan of hugging and what would be more fulfilling and full of love than a nice big hug from Jesus.
The day before I left for HK, I had a great lunch with a young pastor by the name of @ChrisDurso who serves at @ChristTabernacle in Queens, NY. He oversees the youth ministry and has an undeniable passion to see this generation encounter God in great ways. A few weeks ago he played a big role in the success of http://MISFiTtheconference.com. I was only able to make it for the closing of one of the evenings but it was absolutely clear that God is stirring up something in the hearts of the young people in the Big Apple.
If you’re ever in this neck of the woods looking for an awesome time of worship and receiving the Word, definitely check out http://www.christtabernacle.org/
If you read my entry about what an amazing experience this past Easter Sunday was you’ll know that I couldn’t leave HK without paying a visit to TheVineHK.
Pastor @JohnSnelgrove gave an eye opening and extremely insightful sermon on the Parable of the Sower and the Seed. Mark 4:1-20
How’s your heart?
Soften my heart. Deepen my faith. Focus my attention. Produce your fruit. Amen.
See you on the US side.
Recognize this guy?
This was roughly 6-7 years ago.
I was battling this guy,
If you’ve been following my blog you’ll know that I’ve been eager to return to NY for the past few months.
After living in Hong Kong for 4 years, it felt like my experience there was nearing it’s end and it was time to transition into the next chapter of whatever God has in store for me. One sure sign that it was a time for a change of environment was the soon to be arrival of me and my wife’s first born. Literally, any day now!
God blows my mind once again and here’s how..
Back in February, in my first blog post on this site, I mentioned that I’d be releasing a track called “Brand New Me”.
Brothers and sisters, the time has arrived.
I typed a little rant on my twitter after uploading the song today sharing my thoughts regarding this particular track and it’s release. For those who missed it (and for my own future reference) I shall do a recap here as well.
Long story short..
Since a young age I’ve had the dream of becoming a world famous rap artist. My motivation?
That was the best I could do for the blog title..lol
I promise you won’t be disappointed by the video though.
Hope this can encourage you on your road to recovery. Get well soon brother!
Eggs are for the kiddies!
It’s safe to say my Easter Sunday experience this year was like none before..
Those of you who have heard me share my testimony know that although I was exposed to God’s love and the Christian faith at a young age courtesy of my Aunt Cathy<3, it’s only in recent years since moving to Hong Kong that I’ve come into an actual relationship with the Lord, welcoming Him into my life fully.
As well, it’s only since this newfound chapter that I’ve actually established somewhat of a church life. I’ll admit, there are those Sundays that just slip thru the cracks. Need to check myself on that!
The church family that I can say has really been essential in nourishing my growth during this walk is The Vine in Hong Kong. When I first started attending, service was held on the 2nd floor of a business type building near Central. It was cozy and welcoming. Focusing on English based sermons and worship, it was an ideal environment for me to soak up some awesome fellowship time and to receive The Word.
Since then, The Vine has relocated to Wan Chai into a much larger independent structure. Along with the multiple floors and general increase in size, the mission statement has grown as well.. to really be a church that can serve the Wan Chai community.
Since the last few Sundays, it’s been announced during the weekly news bulletins that there would be a special Easter Sunday service that would be held in both Cantonese and English. Along with that announcement, members of the church were encouraged to invite friends and family (particularly individuals who may not have experienced attending church before) to come celebrate Easter Sunday at The Vine.
24 hours before Easter Sunday, that encouragement struck a nerve in me. However I thought to myself, well aside from “friends and family” who else could I invite?
Which led me to post on my Facebook wall, “If anyone would like to join me for Easter Sunday at church tomorrow, send me an email at email@example.com”
Then I let God do the work.
I’ll be honest, after I set the ball in motion, there was a moment of clarity that made me really question what my motives were in arranging all of this? Aside from that, other concerns crossed my mind as well. For example, what if someone attends church for the first time and doesn’t have a positive experience? That would be a setback..
Eventually, I did what was the natural thing to do in such a scenario.. I got down on my knees and prayed.. hard.
I really begged God to check my heart in this decision. To make sure it was pure and that my only objective was to encourage and uplift these folks, hopefully for them to have an encounter with the Lord. I declared that if none of this was according to God’s will, that all my plans be cancelled and no one even replies or emails me.
Quite honestly, there was no telling if anyone would even email me..
Of course, God’s orchestration is always perfect and ideal.
I did get some emails. I made some calls. “3 o clock let’s meet at the train station exit and we’ll walk over to the church together.”
Meet the FCC! Facebook Church Crew LOL
It was an amazing service. Powerful, yet simple message. Heart touching worship. The guest speaker, Dr. Hugo Chan, provided just the right amount of entertaining and captivating sharing without compromising the Word that God wanted to share today.
I broke down in tears during the opening worship. There was a realization that all these years I’ve been blatantly disobedient and not living according to the Lord’s instructions. Acknowledging these truths made me feel sorrow and shame that felt like daggers to my heart. The joy that immediately followed was just as intense though. Even in knowing how imperfect I am, not only did He never abandon me but He’s also showered me with blessing upon blessing.
Family. Health. Peace of mind. My wife. Our expected child. Encouragement from brothers and sisters who are experiencing this same love of God. The list goes on.. These are all elements of my life that I cherish so dearly and am so thankful for.
Yet, the ultimate reward is simply being able to say “I love you Father”.
In the end, I was approached by all those who decided to join me today with a sincere “thank you for inviting me”. Praise God.
John 13:35 Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.
When the Spirit hits, it hits. I had to reach out to him asap..
I do believe this is a topic that many of us fellas can find common ground on. Just sharing some insight..
Let us all encourage and uplift each other!
But because of who You are.