Pastor Blog

181. Championship “Calibre” Team

One news that got me excited was NBA basketball resuming. They created a “Bubble” in Disney World resort, where it is is free of COVID-19 and only allows players and staff who are free of the virus. So far, there have been zero confirmed cases in the bubble. As the teams started playing again, many fans are excitedly debating about who will win the championship. Winning a championship is a “once-in-a-lifetime” type of achievement. So, many teams sacrifice everything to…

180. Forms Change, Spirit Doesn’t

Crisis speeds up innovation The Covid-19 crisis has taught us many things. But one of the main things is this: Forms change, spirit doesn’t. One said, “crisis is a cradle for innovation.” Some even say, “crisis speeds up civilization.” Unfortunately, church is often very reluctant or late to change. Many pastors had a different opinion about digital church ministry, and online preaching before the pandemic. Some were very against it, quoting scriptures to back up their argument. But once the…

179. God Delights In You

What God really enjoys It was great news to me that many of our members are picking up the habit of doing QT (Quiet Time) during the quarantine. However, with every habit-formation, there is a challenge, and QT is not an exception. If you struggle with this habit and you don’t feel it is as special or meaningful on many days, remembering this will help: God enjoys our presence every time. We might not enjoy it every time, but God…

178. Priority Muscle

Some people think the order of what they need to do in their day doesn’t matter, as long as they get them done. But I disagree. There is power in the order in which we do things. It is because our life is not random fragments of unrelated decisions. Each decision is not only related, but they affect one another. Order matters For example, doing administrative work and creative work seem unrelated. But one affects the other. I always do…

177. How To Increase Self-esteem? Be Useful

Relationship is transactional. (yes, even family relationship) Some people get uncomfortable about this because they want a personal relationship to be unconditional and pure, unlike business relationships. But, in case you are wondering, try this: Stop giving to a specific relationship and see what happens. Stop giving time, stop giving attention and care. And see what happens to that relationship. It is not hard to guess that the relationship won’t be the same. Then you realize, your relationship was transactional…

176. Timid or Reckless?

Pastor blog was replaced with pastor “email” for the last three months and now we are back to it! If what gripped people when entering into COVID-19 was “fear,” I feel that it is “timidity” as we are moving out of it. As a pastor leading a missional community through the unsafe period, I also struggle with this. It is easy to view safety and mission as two different things and believe one has be to sacrificed for the other.…