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Green Race Pottinger 2017

First in male pair category. Streak of first place finishes continues. The result was surprising since I had thought some other runners had formed the fastest team. Haha. Praise God.
A leisure run with one of my training partners. Good to run with him and spur him on, literally, shouting at him and pushing him for the last kilometer. I was happy to see other runners, including my church brothers. The organizers are key for my joining: friendly, low key and innovative! Green race is a worthwhile community. God bless us.
I felt surprisingly good in this 15K race, given I took the week off and don't train on trails anymore. I went out hard on the nine kilometer flat, bounded hard down the steps, and took it relatively easy on two uphill with my partner. My goal had been to beat my church brother, and surpass another rival, which I had accomplished up to the first checkpoint at nine kilometers. I had quite a lot left in my tank on the final kilometer uphill. The relatively cool condi…
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For you, God, have heard my vows; you have given me the heritage of those who fear your name. -- Psalm 61:5

After I had met YB at the retreat, and digested our encounter, I vowed to God that I would ask her out if I saw her again. God showed her to me again, fleetingly, on a subsequent Sunday at Starbucks and then by the sanctuary bathroom, and finally by the sanctuary altar area during my altar call! Then I see her sitting and chatting two days ago with a sister in another fleeting moment while I am off to another meeting on another floor. And like that, with no opportune moment -- or has every moment been opportune with faith!? -- God has a laugh with me.

After yesterday's third service -- at which service I had seen her last -- I spotted her again. She had stayed behind. I would not let this opportunity go, not least because I vowed to God! I was excited and nervous. My two dearest sisters were at the service and they were excited for me. I rinsed my mouth and grabbed my phone an…

Food Distribution X

Wow, God answered my prayer last year and it's hard to believe that my one year anniversary serving YWAM is coming soon. I wonder what will come first: my thesis submission; or this anniversary milestone!

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Last Friday, I arrived early and experienced Sham Shing and my neighbors in the daylight. That was cool. I got to treat Peter to a coffee. Thank God!

Last Friday I received destructive comments for the first time at Sham Shing. From an acquaintance who shares with me the same mutual friend Peter. I knew something was wrong when he engaged me with a know-don't-know paradigm. He corrected me on the difference in Cantonese between a Christ…

Sense of Urgency

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My godson without warning, as he alighted from the MTR, said, "I love you," and I told him the same. That was special. Praise God.
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Spartan Race Hong Kong April 2017

I passed on the inaugural race because the genre seems too try-hard. This time, I wanted to try because my church brothers and sisters were organizing a team.
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2017 Morning Retreat Thoughts and Trance

Do you think the gates of heaven are like that threshold? Balloons and streamers? Do the angels stand guard, dressed as clowns? Can you imagine 20-foot tall angels with face paint, dressed in polkadots? God has a sense of humor. He can do this!
And I saw heaven's gates as long as the eye could see. Bright. Big. What a border wall! People outside the gates as far the eye can see. Milling around. The gates open suddenly. Suddenly the angels as clowns go into the crowd to grab people to bring them in. 
Could heaven be like the border between the mainland and Hong Kong. Such massive crowds surging forward, from wide gates to very narrow gates. Each person judged in a booth with a fingerprint. The un-saved escorted out of the gates at that point. 

In hell, Jesus did not need a human form. He was probably blindingly bright, with a cool sword. If He wanted to, He could shoot fireballs. He easily kicked ass. Power level 3000!