• How to Grow in Faith with Auto Updates

    By Justin Chen

    Every electronic device owner knows that software updates are a bit of a necessary evil. Sure, they’re inconvenient and disruptive and if you’re not careful about connecting to Wi-Fi they can consume your mobile data, but if you don’t download them, you are stuck using an old version of whatever application needs an update. Your identity or privacy might also be at risk if you prefer not keeping apps up to date. Going from Manual to Automatic For some of us, our faith is like that. We like to just check in every once in a while, make sure things are still going okay, then check out again. It shouldn’t be like that. Like app updates, it should be automatic. Our connection to God must in turn be the same. Instead of a manual process, one that we have to …

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  • Peace in Times of Conflict

    By Justin Chen

    Peace in Times of Turmoil The holidays can be a stressful time of year. Relatives coming to visit, traveling to visit relatives, spending time with family, last second Christmas shopping and all that entails, and all of these other things can place a lot of demand on both our attention and our patience. That seems to be the way the holiday season is nowadays. A Bit of History There was a time, more than a hundred years ago, when groups of men fighting on two different sides of the Western Front in World War I decided that Christmas of 1914 was the day there would be peace, even if it was just for a short time. These men, far from home, decided that Christmas would not be sullied by violence. Some men exchanged gifts, others sang carols, and still others …

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  • What’s with the Attitude, Jesus?

    By Justin Chen

    What do people think we stand for? The first word many people think of when they think of Christians is ‘judgmental’. It’s easy to see why that is, since it seems like a fairly common theme in the media that Christians are recognized by what they stand against. If you tune in to televangelists, what you frequently hear from them is how God is against any number of things when in reality, what they present is their own personal opinion. I think we’ve let this judgmental reputation hold us back for far too long. Should we not strive to be known instead for our compassion? For our willingness to reach out to people in need and give them our help? For the Love of the God who commands us?  Shouldn’t we be known for more than condemnation? Should we not …

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