Testimony of the Week: Josephine Wang

Josephine.jpgJosephine is a fourth year psychology major who wants to seek a career in occupational therapy. During her free time, you can find her jamming out on her ukulele, seizing every opportunity to make a lame pun, and eating every kind of dessert!

Growing up, my brother was quite rebellious, he often got suspended from school and ran away from home. As a result, my parents constantly kept a close eye on him because they were worried about the mischievous behavior he would get himself into. My brother’s deviance left my mother feeling hopeless, resulting in a depression that lasted for about thirteen years during my childhood. I was aware of the difficulty my parents were going through, so I did my best to be the face of my family. I obeyed everything asked of me and tried to be as easy to take care of as possible. However, though it seemed I was an ideal daughter on the outside, I constantly held pity parties for myself and played the victim card on my situation. What did I do to deserve him as my brother? Why does my mom have a chronic mental illness preventing her from functioning like a normal human being? Why is my family so broken? These were the types of questions that filled my thoughts, leaving me and my heart blinded and ungrateful.

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A Beautiful Reflection

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written by Leah Cheng

If you asked, “What is one thing you feel very convicted about?” I would say that it’s the importance of the family unit.

Scripture clearly states God’s original design for humankind in the covenant of marriage (Gen 2:24) and the roles of men and women (Eph 5:22-33; 1 Peter 3:1-7). God has certainly gifted some individuals to remain single or has ordained some women to marry, but unable to bear children. However, the principle of Titus 2 is just as important. Why? Because husband, wife, marriage, family, etc. is a beautiful witness to the story of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and His church-bride. Ultimately, it’s not about you. It’s about God and giving God the utmost glory, honor and worship in the world we live in today.

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Testimony of the Week: Bethany Hom

DSC_0282.jpgBethany is a second year psychology major, who gets overly excited about food, loves being crafty (in terms of DIY projects, not being sneaky) and enjoys speaking fondly of her days working at Jamba Juice.

By the grace of God I was raised in a Christian home. I am extremely thankful for this, as from the beginning, my life was characterized by running away from God. I learned about the Gospel in Sunday school, but the only thing that stuck out to me and continued to haunt me was my sin that could only be punished by hell. I distinctly remember so many of my nights as a kid, praying over and over asking for God to forgive my sins and not send me to hell. So while I understood the depth of my sin, that God is a God of forgiveness and Jesus died to save me from my sins, I failed to understand true grace, and that it is by grace alone that we are saved (Ephesians 2:8). As a result, I attempted to accept Christ multiple times as a kid, each time worrying that Christ’s sacrifice was not enough to save me. Two times occurred at my church’s VBS (Vacation Bible School) when I was about 3 and 4 years old, and the final time was with my mom, when I was 6. During the final time, I had accepted Christ as Savior, understanding that Jesus’ death on the cross was enough to atone for all of my sins and that when God looks upon me, He sees Christ in my place.

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What is your life: A Call for Self-Examination

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written by Matthew Kim 

“What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.” – James 4:14

This passage does not ask, “What is life,” but rather “what is your life?” If someone asked you this question, how would you respond?

There are many different ways you can respond. You could say your life is all about getting good grades, investing into different social organizations/frats at UCLA, evangelizing, or even hanging out with people and “fellowshipping.” But in the end, what is your answer?

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Testimony of the Week: David Pu

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David is a delicate flower who enjoys playing games on his mobile phone. However, his love for God is greater than his love for said games.

I believed myself to be a fairly tolerant person. I felt that each individual was entitled to live however they pleased as long as they lived without troubling others. This mentality led my to clash with Christian ideology on a few occasions growing up, especially in high school. The media made Christians appear intolerant and hateful. I looked down on them for their closed-mindedness and dogmatic beliefs that they insisted were truth and I hated how they imposed that truth on the world.

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Honoring God Inside & Out: On Handling Emotions Biblically

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written by Grace Trinh 

Too often, I’ve realized, I follow my emotions more carefully than I follow Christ.

I’d flit between states of happiness, regret, excitement, and discouragement in the span of a few hours. Frustration would lead to lashing out, indignation to bitterness against others, sorrow to hopeless unproductivity. Sometimes, I struggle tremendously just to smile.

Fighting to reign in my own emotions often exhausts me. But an improper handling of them leads easily to sin, both against God and against others. So how can we feel, display, and respond to our affections in ways that please the Lord?

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