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14 Ways To Handle A Christian Introvert

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…if you do, we are loyal to you for life.

J.S. Park: Hospital Chaplain, Skeptical Christian

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If you ever met me, you would think I was an extrovert — I preach, I lead praise, I talk to everyone, I talk too much, and you can hear me laughing from across the street — but I am a full-blooded introvert.

If it were up to me, I’d rather be in my boxers all day eating Godiva while browsing food photo blogs and bothering my dog and cracking up at YouTube videos of Whose Line Is ItAnyway and leaving dry ironic comments all over Facebook while reading the latest theory on how Sherlock survived the second season finale. 

I intensely guard my personal space and my private life.  It takes a herculean effort to step outside my comfort zone and interact with messy, fleshy, real live human beings.

Here’s how you handle us.

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Giving A Person More Attention Because They’re Attractive: And We All Do It

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We all, indeed, do it!

J.S. Park: Hospital Chaplain, Skeptical Christian



Ever prayed more for someone just because they’re hot?

Come on, I’ve done that too. Let’s not act like we’re above judging looks here. We give more cred to someone based on their defined jawline and thinner waist than their less tangible patience and hospitality and compassion.

A very fleshy part of our human nature presumes that good-looking people are also just good, or that less good-looking people don’t really count somehow.

In church it’s easy to ask for prayer requests from the well-off, well-dressed, clean-cut, easily approachable mid-twenties demographic. Not the weird cat lady off the street, not the dude with the one rotten tooth who talks up a storm, not the pale socially awkward kid who says dorky things.

Most Christian books have the same problem: they’re geared to that same easygoing group of believers who attend the same megachurch in a crimeless suburban gated neighborhood with the…

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1,000-Year Old Prayer

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I was preparing my lesson for Sunday School class tomorrow when I stumbled upon this 1,000-year old prayer. It’s indeed the words of St. Francis of Asisi.

Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace.

Where there is hatred, let me sow love;

Where there is injury, pardon;

Where there is doubt, faith;

Where there is despair, hope;

Where there is darkness, light;

Where there is sadness, joy.

Oh Divine Mster, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;

To be understood as to understand;

To be loved as to love;

For it is in giving that we receive.

It is in pardoning that weare pardoned.

It is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

It is in dying… that we are born to eternal life.

Amen.

Klaine’s Wedding

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red-equal-symbolThe word “wedding” in regarding to a tweet by Mr Ryan Murphy keeps on ringing in my head in fact it stopped me from my work that I assume need to be addressed in my personal online diary, this blog.

Be warned that there are some offensive and discriminative views ahead. They are my own and you can feel free to disagree with them. It is a free world, but please respect my free opinion and do so on your own blog. I welcome all open minded people to join my thoughts and continue reading. 🙂

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April 2, 2013 at 10:56 PM

There is no darkness at all

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Do you prefer to sleep with lights off or with lights on?

Well, for certain I am the later one. I don’t  like to be in the darkness. Especially darkness which I cannot control. Among those darkness are black out and eclipse. But the most terrifying darkness for me is the total and eternal darkness of  sin. That’s why, as a Christian, I am longing to be in The House of The Lord when there is no darkness at all.

Last Sunday was the first Sunday in the new year. I had an awful start of this year. So I came reluctantly and almost without hope. Almost. There I was, when  I thought nothing could cheer me up. His Words soaked in my mind, a short and simple sermon from 1 John 1-4. 

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…isn’t Christmas, till it happens in your heart.

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Christmas

When the lights are off and the trees are gone,

When there’s no more gifts and no more feasts,

When the doors are closed and guests have left,

When the holiday is over and more bills to cover,

When there’s no more carols and the night came silent,

When the time starts ticking and the mind starts wandering,

When the hearts starts knowing and starts feeling,

That’s when you know that you just had a true Christmas in your heart.

Merry Christmas! 

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December 26, 2012 at 12:27 AM

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