Hi Everyone! My name is Ryan Ma, I’m 18 years old and a senior in high school, and I was born in Plano, Texas. Today I’m going to share with you my baptism testimony. Like many of the youth in this church, I grew up attending SJCAC and attended VBS and Sunday school throughout my childhood. Throughout most of my elementary school years, I had fun coming to church, learning the songs, the Bible stories, and meeting friends. However, I didn’t take my faith seriously, nor did I understand the depth of Christ’s love for me until middle school and high school. Read more
by Peter Chow
Frances Hui is a college student at Emerson College in Boston. Recently, an article she wrote made it to the Washington Post. Unfortunately, it also generated much backlash against her. Her column was titled “I am from Hong Kong, not China.” It tells of how a conversation with a fellow bus passenger turned heated when she adamantly wouldn’t identify herself as from China. That passenger then told her she needed to fix her identity. The article spurred two very polarized views. Those siding with Frances praised her for standing up to her identity and for encouraging citizens to fight for political independence from China. The other side of the camp argued that all are Chinese and the need to identify with the rich philosophical and historical heritage that belongs to China. No matter what your opinion on this topic may be, there is much to learn from this. Read more
By Wilson Lee
In my work at Cityteam, I think a lot about addiction and the mystery of recovery. I wonder why some people are more prone to addiction than others? And what does it take for an addict to recover without relapsing? I don’t know all the answers, but I have learned to see the divine image in those struggling with addiction, and to believe that they are worthy of respect and love from above. In turn, those who are ready to be saved find hope, freedom, and a place they can redeem their lives, sometimes more than once.
Addiction is a multi-faceted, multi-dimensional malady. Beyond a mere failure of the will, addiction has psychological, biological, and social causes brought about by physical cravings, genetic dispositions, familial upbringing and societal pressures. It embodies the experience of Romans 7:18b-19, “For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. Read more