By Samuel Lam
Thank you cards.
Yesterday I wrapped up my final shift at the workplace I’ve been for two years. It was bittersweet because I didn’t want to leave but I was forced to leave due to some contract dispute. I left on good terms, but it was kind of hard to accept it. After all, the whole reason why I moved to Southern California was for this job. Now the reason for me being here was over. I don’t know where my sports media career will go from here.
I did want to at least make a proper farewell and I decided to write some thank you notes to some co-workers who have meant a lot to me during my two years. I went to Target and bought the cards you see above. I was finished writing my first card and as I was about to sign it, I hesitated.
How do I sign off on a thank you card? If this is the last impression I was going to make, how should I send it off?
I thought a simple Thank You with my signature would do. But I also thought about how much these people were a blessing to me. Clearly these people were put in my lives by God and I wanted to express that.
Pastor Johnny shares his perspective on the new “Noah” movie. From where he’s coming from, it’s not something to be mad about, but instead an opportunity to reflect on the bigness of God.
Catterfly Still Processing
Confusion. Wickedness. Violence. Death. New Life. All the things you would expect from any film realistically based on anything that happens in this world. But there are few stories that describe the human condition and its consequences quite like those in the Bible. Lies. Rape. Murder. The very vilest acts conceivable. And redemption more beautiful than you would think possible.
It is to that world, primitive though not totally unlike our world today, that we are introduced in “Noah,” the big-budget film starring Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Emma Watson, and Sir Anthony Hopkins. And without going into too much analysis, or dropping spoilers (in case you don’t already know the ending), I just want to express what I took away from the movie. For someone who has read and heard stories from the Bible since my earliest memories, it gave me a fresh look at a story I have encountered…
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Then the King will say to those on His right, “Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.”
Then the righteous will answer Him, “Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give You something to drink? And when did we see You a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe You? When did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?”
The King will answer and say to them, “Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.”
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In this social experiment, unsuspecting people walked by relatives pretending to be homeless. Would they notice their family members? Or have the homeless become invisible? Watch how each person reacts after the big reveal in the video below.
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I’m a sucker for a movie with an intriguing science fiction premiss. Even if, almost without fail, the premiss is better than the movie itself. Because a good sci-fi premiss is more than a plot device, it’s a moral question.
One premiss I sometimes come back to is the set-up for the Box. If you haven’t seen it, I won’t spoil the ending , but the movie asks a simple question: Would you cause a stranger’s death if it meant you would be richly rewarded?
Yesterday was Easter, and Trinity Church members came together early in the morning to try something that we hadn’t done before: We took over a corner of George E. Elder Park and held a Community Egg Hunt. For staff members and volunteers alike, it was a busy morning, but oh so fulfilling to watch kids and parents thoroughly enjoy themselves. I mean, almost any kid would love playing with bubbles and hunting for eggs filled with candy, but even the grownups got excited to see both the fire and police department there to join in the fun. Then, gathering back together at Trinity Church for our worship celebration was the perfect way to direct our attention to the reason for the special day: Jesus is alive.
Let the egg hunt BEGIN!
After the dust settled and I was able to collect my thoughts, a few different things came to mind. First, I was thankful. I was thankful for the friends at Trinity who spent their morning helping to make this event happen. None of it would have happened without them. Second, I was humbled. Though putting together the Community Egg Hunt was no small task for the staff members, I can genuinely say for myself that all the effort I gave was the least I could do, for Jesus who gave all of himself.
Thank you to everyone who joined us for Easter on Sunday. It was a tremendous day of fun and celebration and it was such a blessing to have Mayor Anthony Wong, firefighters and police officers join us for our Easter Egg Hunt. The children loved playing around in the park.
Our service was very exciting and we loved seeing new faces. The message of Jesus being the way to God is one that we hope will stay in your heart.
We love our community and we are so grateful to share the message of Jesus Christ’s resurrection with the people we love. We’ve uploaded many pictures from yesterday onto our Facebook. Give us a like and check out the photos.
May God bless you all and we hope to see you again real soon.
By Samuel Lam
Today is Good Friday and we remember the death of Jesus Christ. But also, it’s a celebration because it is Jesus fulfilling His promise to give us eternal life. It’s a good day. That’s why we call it Good Friday.
One of my favorite parts of the Good Friday story actually is Jesus’ conversation with two criminals that hung with Him on the cross. It’s a simple story, but a powerful one that still sticks with me to this day.
While onlookers hurled insults at Jesus, mocking Him for proclaiming to be the Messiah, one of the criminals spoke to Jesus.
One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself and us!”
But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence? We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.”
Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”
Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”
— Luke 23:39-43 (NIV)
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You may have seen these postcards around the neighborhood inviting everyone to join us on Easter.
I grew up in a church my entire life and I had an idea of what to expect when attending church. But sometimes when I visit new churches, I still wonder if it’s going to be the same as before. Some people have never had that experience and visiting a church for the first time could be an uncertain experience.
We here at Trinity hope to be able to provide all visitors a welcoming experience when visiting us. But we know that there might be some questions about us that you might have.
Taking a page out of Ron Edmondson’s post, we think a FAQ page for Easter might help you out. And if you have any more questions, feel free to leave it in the comment section and we’ll get to it. Someone on our staff will make sure you get the answers you need.
Thanks and we look forward to seeing you on Sunday!
By Samuel Lam
Michael Jordan and Jesus are forever linked together for me.
With Easter approaching in two weeks, I want to share a story of an Easter Sunday I celebrated almost 10 years ago.
When I was a freshman in college, I started attending this start-up church in the area. It was a great community of people who loved Jesus and weren’t afraid to be different. In fact, the pastor embodied the identity of the church perfectly. Pastor Elton Lin wasn’t the kind of guy that felt that structure had to dictate our faith. If we felt like dancing, then dance. If we wanted to express our love of Jesus through art, then go draw. If you felt like hugging one another, then hug. It was a big change for me because I grew up believing and understanding that church had to be structured and controlled at all times.
(After a few years, I returned back with the church group in my final year living in the Bay Area and it rekindled my love of Jesus and the group that taught me how to love the world. That was church.)
Reflections on Albert Hung’s Sermon “The Sinner’s Friend”
By Juan Zung
Sometimes being right isn’t really the point. Sometimes being right isn’t even right.
In the case of gay rights, the fight is already over. Americans, ever devoted to the principles of freedom and opportunity, have reached a tipping point. Larger systems will take time to work out the details. But we see, in pure numbers, even among evangelical and conservative young people, the change has already happened. People accept that LGBT Americans deserve the same rights as straight ones.  This, I believe, is the right position.
The problem, and it’s a big problem, is that a lot of people that we still love still aren’t there yet, and might never get there. They still hold what many of us consider to be wrong and bigoted ideas.
I’m actually lucky. My parents have a “live-and-let-live” approach to other peoples’ love lives. They’d never interfere with who’s marrying who. It’s not a moral position, but, as they’ve told me, they just don’t want to be responsible for someone else’s future.
But other folks, like my spouse, have overtly anti-gay activist parents. Parents that lament her pro-gay positions and have engaged her in emotional debates on the politics, theology and morality of homosexuality. It’s easy for me to just write them off.