Nathan Chau is a first year Peach player in Smash, second year mechanical engineering student, third year movie actor wannabe, fourth year volleyball fan, and nineteenth year germaphobe.
I grew up attending various Roman Catholic churches near San Francisco that shaped my spiritual beliefs for the first eighteen years of my life. I believed heaven existed, but that it was attainable through my own merit—by my human effort to refrain from wrongdoing. And that was such good news to me because in my own ignorance, I believed that I was a righteous and moral person. I undoubtedly thought that God reserved my spot in heaven because I would never do anything wrong enough to condemn myself to hell. I fed myself this comforting lie so much that nothing I ever did became “wrong enough” in my own eyes, let alone God’s eyes. This pride of mine justified no need for God in my life, and so for eighteen years I shamelessly paraded around as god of my own life. The reality is that my hard and impenitent heart was storing up an unfathomable wrath for myself on the day of God’s righteous judgment (Romans 2:5). I did not know my Creator, much less love and fear Him.
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Written by Joe Wan
Do I love God? As Christians, we should often ask ourselves this question to examine our hearts and see whether we are in the faith. Scripture commands us to examine and test ourselves to determine whether or not we are believers (2 Cor. 13:5). This is important because it is possible for someone to claim to be a follower of Christ but not be saved. Matthew 7:21-23 says,
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written by Austin Chiang
In case you missed it, last year marked the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. It was half a millennium ago when Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the doors of the Wittenberg church and galvanized the effort to recover the true gospel of Jesus Christ from the clutches of a corrupt Roman Catholic system. There was much excitement and attention, and rightly so, given to remembering one of the most important events in church history.
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written by Alex Mastrolonardo
Perspective changes everything. A student may panic from receiving a C+ on their latest exam, but knowing that they’ve already been accepted into their favorite grad school can lessen the blow. A person may freak out at seeing a $500 credit card balance, but knowing that a $2,000 check is coming in the mail may alleviate some of that stress. And a guy planning on proposing to his girlfriend can feel a lot less anxious if he knows that she’s been eagerly waiting for him to pop the question.
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written by Leiana Barreyro
“You’re just not good enough.” These words, though not often explicitly spoken aloud, can frequently wander through our thoughts and seem to become true the longer they are there. We often try to compensate for these feelings of inadequacies through finding affirmation from others or seeking after temporary joys to distract ourselves. Romans 8:16-17 reminds us that, as Christians, we have been adopted into the family of God, we have become children of light and more wonderfully, we are now co-heirs with Christ. Yet our mind still chooses to compare ourselves to standards that are set around us and convinces us that we are still not good enough. What can we do when these superficial comparisons come up? What do we do when being “not good enough” overrules our thoughts?
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Patrick is a second year History major who wishes to pursue a career in dentistry. Outside of class, he enjoys playing mobile games and watching anime/Korean-dramas.
Although I called myself a Christian, I wasn’t much of one when I was younger. On the outside, I seemed like the good kid: I went to church every Sunday, I worked hard in school to get good grades, and I was nice to the people around me. But on the inside, I remember that these were the days when my world was consumed by two things: myself and myself relative to other people. For the former, it was a question of self-worth that was only further emphasized by how the world had defined success. As for the latter, it was most visible at home—arguing with parents over my sister. Nothing frustrated me more than having her get the upper hand. My troubles usually involved those two problems together in a series of steps. 1. Get in a conflict with my sister. 2. Get in a larger conflict with parents over the said issue. 3. Complained that my parents didn’t love me at all and mope about the reasons for my existence. This involved questions like, “God, I don’t think I’m good enough, I need to be good so that my parents like me more, so that I can enjoy the good things life has to offer.” 4. Get lost in some other reality like video games and movies 5. Repeat. And although, this entire process wasn’t obvious to anyone else except my parents since everyone thought it was a “good kid”, the cycle consumed much of my ambition until the end of middle school. Continue reading “Testimony of the Week: Patrick Yu”
Estelle is a second year, pre human biology major. She loves deep conversations and traveling. She is down to try new things…except chocolate!
“In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength.” (Isaiah 30:15)
God’s master plan of salvation is unfathomable. How amazing it is that I, undeserving of God’s grace, can be part of it. His plan can be traced long before I was born (Jeremiah 1:5). He first saved my parents who are both first generation Christians, growing up in traditional Taiwanese households that solely practiced ancestor and idol worship. Although in face of trials from family members and the hostile environment in Taiwan, where the Christian population is less than five percent, my parents persisted in their walk of faith. Their faithfulness allowed me to grow up with Christian values and Biblical truth. Because it is only by God’s grace that I can be saved, I bear marks of God’s grace manifested in different stages in my life. These marks of grace strengthen my faith, fix my eyes on Christ, and sustain me through this journey of grace.
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