Devotional: Peace to all

Jeff Cao, our pastor of administration, shares this devotional about peace. It is fitting given the time of divide our country is in right now.

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I have been enjoying some peace and quiet in the office today which led me to meditate on the word peace. This reminded me of a section of Scripture that the Bridge [Life Group] recently went over in Luke:

“Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!”

“Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”

Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!”

“I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.”

As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it and said, “If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace.”

I think it is safe to say that the country as a whole is aching for peace. Some find peace in the government, some in laws and rules, some in faith, and still others in just things. As Jesus-followers, we know that the peace that our country is clamoring for can only be found in Him. Jesus wept over Jerusalem as he saw it knowing full-well that he will soon be walking to the cross. I pray that each of us will know what would bring peace, not just for ourselves but also for those we come into contact with.

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Comfortable Pajamas

A different take on pajamas and how it correlates with our faith in Christ. Jesus awaits us to get out of our pajamas and into the new clothes He has set forth for us.

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5 Tips to Help You (and Your Kids) Survive Daylight Savings Time

By Jeff Cao

Daylight Savings is coming up this Sunday, and if you’re like me you struggle to get all the restful sleep humanly possible. Losing an hour of sleep doesn’t make it any easier.  If it’s hard for you, imagine what it would be like for your kids! You know what a change in schedule can do to their routines. Lets face it, losing an hour of sleep isn’t something most people choose to sign up for. (Learn more about Daylight Savings Time)

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Here are are five simple tips that might help you and your family survive the switch to daylight savings time this Sunday.

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11 Steps to Becoming Mr. or Mrs. Right

By Jeff Cao

This is Part 2 in a series dealing with Love, Sex, Dating, and Marriage. You can find Part 1, The Right Person, here.

I know a few casual daters out there. I know some serious ones out there too. And there are also those that just like the thrill of the chase and even more still that just like having a good time. #YOLO am I right? I’m sure you know that YOLO, You Only Live Once, came from a very popular phrase dating back to 23 BC, penned by a Latin poet name Horace. This phrase is Carpe Diem, or seize the day. Oh, how I really dislike things being taken out of context.

Here’s the phrase in it’s entirety: carpe diem, quam mimimum credula postero, or seize the day, trusting as little as possible in the next day.

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6 Steps to Get You Through a Bad Day

by Jeff Cao 

I had a bad day recently.

It threw me off my groove so much that I got nothing accomplished that I wanted to accomplish for the day.

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I have a deep dislike for days like that. Chances are you do too. But they’re inevitable. You have a conflict with a co-worker, unexpected bad news comes knocking, you get a text or an email that really gets your blood boiling, maybe a crisis takes over the day that you were going to spend to get something significant done (like a project). It happens.

When these things to get to me, I experience a bad day, and not knowing what to do in those circumstances really affected more than just me. I would sometimes say things I regretted, occasionally took my frustrations out on people around me by being really short and cold. It showed up at home too when the atmosphere gets brought down by the scowl on my face.

Funny things about bad days like that, they don’t stay within the day! It’s not all sunshine and daisies the next morning. The consequences of what we do during our bad days runs into the next day, sometimes turning bad days into bad weeks, bad months, so on and so forth.

So how do you handle a bad day so that you can start the next day on a good note?

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Cuddle Season: I Need You Now

By Jeff Cao

It’s getting colder. Hot chocolate will fill mugs instead of coffee soon. Fall fashion is getting into full swing, scarves are laying on necks. ‘Tis the season to give thanks, to get together with family and old friends, to give gifts to those who occupy our minds and lives. It’s also the start of cuddle season.

But wait! What if you’re single!? Crap. Another winter of looking at “happy” couples walking arm in arm down the street with their cheeks nearly touching just to “keep warm”.

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Taken from itsyourwallpaper.blogspot.com

Look familiar?

For all you singles out there, you may relate pretty darn well with the opening lyrics to the song “Busted Heart” by for King and Country:

Winter has come back again
Feels like the season won’t end
My faith is tired tonight,
And I won’t try to pretend,
I’ve got it all figured out,
That I don’t have any doubts,
I’ve got a busted heart
I need You now
Yeah I need You now

I feel for those of you who can relate to these opening lyrics. I struggle with singleness quite often. Most of the time it’s a fleeting thought, doesn’t bother me much. But other times it feels like I’ve got a busted heart. How do you cope? Let’s look at the next part of the song, maybe there’s some redemption coming.

I am the wandering son
Enough is never enough
I keep chasing the wind
Instead of chasing Your love
I’m screaming out Your name,
Don’t let me fall on my face
I’ve got a busted heart
I’m in need of a change
Yeah, I’m desperate for grace

Did you catch the redemption in there? Did you look hard enough? Well, I don’t see it. The first four lines remind me of an awesome teaching of Jesus Christ. It’s recounted by Luke, the physician, in Luke 15.

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Jeff is in a young man in his 20′s, living on the west coast of the U.S, just trying to experience life to the fullest while attempting to help others along the way. He offers up some advice on getting through your 20′s alive, passes around some hope while doing so, and throws in a few “life hacks” here and there which will, he’s sure, be entertaining to us all. Everything from finances, to family, to spirituality; you suggest it, he’ll blog about it. Check out his blog at: seecao.wordpress.com

Marriage Isn’t For Two

Jeff is in a young man in his 20′s, living on the west coast of the U.S, just trying to experience life to the fullest while attempting to help others along the way. He offers up some advice on getting through your 20′s alive, passes around some hope while doing so, and throws in a few “life hacks” here and there which will, he’s sure, be entertaining to us all. Everything from finances, to family, to spirituality; you suggest it, he’ll blog about it. Check out his blog at: seecao.wordpress.com

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MarriageI’m scared of marriage. Chances are, if you are reading this, you are too. (or you just like reading about what makes people scared)

Now, there are plenty of articles and blog posts out there that explain why young men these days are afraid of commitment, marriage, saying ‘I Do’, etc. From wanting to establish a financial foothold in society first, to not wanting the added pressure of having children, to there not being any real advantages of getting married in the first place due to cohabitation.

None of these apply to me.

Now before you go calling me a self-loving, hippie that doesn’t want to be wealthy or have kids, let me tell you why I am scared of marriage.

What I am truly scared of, is losing my identity.

The Back Story

I know a lot of couples, married and unmarried, who really love each other. They’d catch…

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 4th Generation

By Jeff Kepeli

We are at war.

No, not a war to garner resources from other countries or to fight “terrorism”, but a war that is being fought on such a subtle level that we don’t even realize that we’re losing! How pathetic is that?! I’ll explain more later, but first I’d like to invite you on a journey that I’ve been taking.

I’ve been struggling, ever since I became a Christian late 2009, to understand what it means to be a man of God and how that looks in everyday life and within the church itself. To understand what it means to be a man in the church you need to understand the reality in which we find ourselves and in which the church finds itself.mw4-modern-warfare-4-wallpaper-1

Men these days, especially young men, spend a lot of time in the virtual world; virtual reality if you will. A strong addiction to video games, computer games, console games (such as the one this blog post title is not-so-subtly referencing), and pornography is plaguing men and drawing us away from the goodness that is actual reality. Maybe you aren’t a game or porn addict, but perhaps you fall into the more subtle and even scarier category of technology addict. Can’t go more than 30 seconds without some form of technology near your face? That’s an addiction to technology my friend. But it’s okay, let’s join reality together shall we?

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You are Killing Your Loved Ones

 

By Jeff Kepeli

Your loved ones may be slowly killing you. How you ask? By loving you too much.

Wait, what?! Yes, your loved ones may be slowly killing you by loving you too much. We’ve all heard about, or have experienced loved ones, (fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, husbands, wives, boyfriends, girlfriends, friends, etc.), that are a little too overprotective or show favoritism in one way or another. Sometimes we are on the receiving end of that favoritism and we do not even realize what’s happening. But what if I told you that your loved ones are actually keeping you from a world of riches by loving you just a little TOO much?

Pictured below is a small book that I have been reading for the past year or so, Jesus Calling by Sarah YoungIt is a Christian Devotional book written from the perspective of Jesus speaking to you. Here is what Jesus said the other day:

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ENTRUST YOUR LOVED ONES TO ME; release them into My protective care. They are much safer with Me than in your clinging Hands. If you let a loved one become an idol in your heart, you endanger that one–as well as yourself. Joseph suffered terribly, as did his father, Jacob, because the father loved Joseph more than any of his other sons and they knew it! They hated Joseph and plotted against him. Ultimately, I used that situation for good, but Jacob and Joseph endured years of separation and suffering as a result of the father’s undisciplined favoritism. [CONTINUE READING HERE]

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Jeff Kepeli is in his 20′s living on the west coast of the U.S just trying to experience life to the fullest while attempting to help others along the way. He offers up some advice on getting through your 20′s alive, passes around some hope while doing so, and throws in a few “life hacks” here and there which will, he’s sure, be entertaining to us all. Everything from finances, to family, to spirituality; you suggest it, he’ll blog about it.

Check out his blog at seecao.wordpress.com