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When Empathy is not enough (a missionary musing)

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Before coming to Uganda with my wife as missionaries, I served in Singapore for 2 ½ years.   Singapore was the first place where I served as a long term missionary.   Given that Singapore is well developed, you would think it was easy for me to transit, right?   Unfortunately, my experience was far from smooth.   My wife had to spend many nights listening...

A Lesson on Obeying Godly Authority

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This week is the first week our Bible School is starting classes for 2015.  It is a joy to see some new faces and old faces (from last year’s class). Wai Jia and I spent a considerable time this week teaching on leadership and what it means to be a good ministers.  The students attending the Bible School varies from Pastors, Apostle to young people preparing for ministry.  We even have a...

Soda Money

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Since we are serving in Uganda for one year, we decided not to hop in and out of the country just to extend our visas.  Instead, we decided to go with an agency to help obtain a work visa for Wai Jia and a dependent pass for me.  Doing things the right way is sometimes long and expensive.  It took five months here and nine months in Singapore beforehand to compile all the necessary documents.  I...

Missing Home?

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The other day, Wai Jia asked me if I miss home. I replied and asked which home? She gave me three options: Hong Kong – where I was born and lived until I was 8 Canada – where I lived for more than 20 years Singapore – where I was living for 2.5 years prior coming to Uganda I answered I don’t miss any of these places. When I was living in Singapore serving with OMF International, there were many...

Parable of the Good Samaritan in Uganda

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“Cliff, I think there is a man lying on the road.” Wai Jia said this morning as we were driving to church. Last month I preached on loving your neighbours using the Parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10).  I ended off the sermon describing how I avoided someone who needed help with his car because I was rushing back to church in Canada. It was deja vu all over again. Except this time...

How can we have free will if God is Soverign?

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If God is Soverign, how can we have free will?  If God is in control of everything, doesn’t that mean we really don’t have free will? How do we answer to that? God is Soverign and He is in control of everything.  At the same time, we all have free will and we can make our own decision whether to follow Him or not. Does it sound irrational?  Doesn’t make sense?  Or even a bit...

How to go

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This is taken from Oswald Chambers’ So I send You & Workmen of God. How to go – Acts 1:8 There is always the danger of starting up false enthusiasm in missionary work. “Oh yes, I will go; where shall I go?” That is like making a false start in a race and having to go back to the starting point. Our Lord’s word go simply means live, and Acts 1:8 describes the...

Dress to Impress

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I remember when I was younger, when I was still in University. As a guy, 90% the time we think about is how to impress girls. What to wear. What to say. How to act. In fact, my friend and I bought this eBook on how to get the girl of our dreams. It is all about how to act like the alpha male in the room. The book gives every detail from what to say, what to wear, what flowers to get, how to play...

My Experience with Prophecy

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This post will make some Christians feel uncomfortable.  I like to talk about my experiences with prophecy. To some Christians, especially Evangelicals, they believe that with the death of the Apostles, certain gifts of the Holy Spirit creased.  They are known as Cessationism.   If you are Charismatic, you will believe that the gifts ain’t cease and miracles still happen today (known as...

The Call

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I packed Oswald Chambers’ two books in one, So Send I You and Workmen of God, with us to Uganda. One of the joyful moments we have every morning is reading one chapter for devotion. Since following his devotion’s My Utmost for His Highest, I enjoyed reading Oswald Chambers’ writings. His words bring clarity to Spiritual truths in such a profound way I don’t get from reading other authors. I am...

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