Pastor Blog

175. Importance of Private Discipline

North Point Ministries have conducted focused research on how people grow in faith. As expected, they found that everyone grew in faith in so many different ways. But they found repeating categories of responses, so they have summarized and called them, “5P”: Private Discipline, Practical Teaching, Personal Ministry, Providential Relationship, and Pivotal Circumstances. Out of these five, there is only one we can fully control and do it consistently anywhere, anytime: Private Discipline. Many Christians complain that they are not…

174. COVID-19 Response Guide

New Corona Virus (Corona 19) seems to be spreading all over the world. However, we need to understand that its mortality rate is much lower than SARS and other viruses that cause the common cold, though it seems to be much more contagious. So, there is no need for excessive fear. However, we, as a church, feel the need to do due diligence to prevent any potential spread. Thus, upon considering the official recommendation from the presbytery and Ontario church…

173. Sunday Is Game-Time

Many Christians come to church on Sunday, expecting to hear a “deep” message. But I try to give a “clear” message. It is because I see Sunday as “Game Time.” In professional sports, Game Time is when so many things are on the line. Professional athletes play for the playoff, awards, TV-rating, and, most importantly, for better contracts. For viewers, it might be just another game, but for players, their future is on the line. Because there are so many…

172. Power of Productive Disagreement

Disagreement often produces conflicts and anxiety. No wonder why many people try to avoid conflict at all costs. But in a book called “Why are we yelling?”, Buster Benson argues that disagreement is unavoidable and is a sign of a healthy relationship. What is detrimental is “unproductive” disagreement. Political polarization and many social issues arose not from disagreement but unproductive disagreement that led to quick social imagination and name-calling, which only escalated existing anxieties. To first learn how to engage…

171. Better Filter

We are now living in a hyper-connected world. No wonder many people confess feeling overwhelmed and distracted. What distracts us might not be bad things in and of themselves. But what it can cost us might be enormous. Dr. Cal Newport, in his book “Deep Work,” says that for modern knowledge workers, shallow work has replaced deep work. He defines Shallow Work as “non-cognitive, logistical or minor duties performed in a state of distraction,” such as replying to emails, using…

170. Do Today’s Work Today

Jesus told us not to worry about tomorrow because tomorrow will brings its own worries. (Matthew 6:34) It is certainly not a message of “empty your worries.” It is a message to correctly assess the things that are given for us to do today and do them faithfully, while not being concerned about tomorrow, which is out of our control. However, many people find themselves busy catching up on their yesterday’s work because they never finish their yesterday’s work. I…