Saturday, December 5, 2015

September 2015

Fall season of ESL classes started with a new student from China at the Morris Literacy Project on Wednesday (2nd). It was a good way to start the new season after a slow summer. However, I had to leave early since I had rehearsals still for the Aladdin musical. We had a day off from rehearsals on the 4th (Friday) and it was the "last" Friday of no work for the summer season. I took advantage of the "last Friday off" by visiting a friend in Lino Lakes Prison with a friend, which it was a "life lesson" (map reading) adventure.

The next day (Saturday 5th), I attended the once a month community worship called Real Ministries. One of the guest speakers (Jenny) shared about J.O.Y, which I tied to my character (Jafar) in the musical play I was in and wrote this blog-> Disney Character: Jafar-"Why M-E?". I used this Labor Day weekend to not only write this blog, but to do other fun activities (e.g. biked to Pomme De Terre Park).

We had our last week of rehearsals before our two performances at the end of the week on the 4th (Friday) & 5th (Saturday). I did a lot of mental, physical, and spiritual preparations (see Music: Tips for singers with “dry” throats?). It turned out to be a great personal experience for me and a self-confidence booster.

I would continue my bike contest (e.g. going to Pomme De Terre Park) throughout the rest of the month as it was the last month of this competition.

I attended the 2nd annual "Storm the Planet Conference" at my local church. I would later share the importance of taking "notes" and now applying it in our daily lives the following Sunday during shares. During the conference, I was thrown a "curve ball" (unexpected life circumstance), which was just another faith builder challenge. I would later share this at church too -> Visiting those “sick” in the hospital .

On Thursday (24th), I attended my once a month worship practice for my local church in preparation for Sunday's worship team service. I was inspired to write this parody after practice..

I would try to ride my bike as much as I can towards the last days of the month and here were the results of this summer long competition..

1 comment:

Steve Finnell said...


The teaching of most in the Southern Baptist denomination is that water baptism is not essential to salvation because it is a work and works cannot save. They quote Ephesians 2:8-9 as their proof-text.

Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is a gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast.(NKJV)

The gift men receive because of God's grace is salvation. We do not receive salvation because of any meritorious works, we are not saved because of our good deeds. We are not saved because we have lived a good and perfect life. The short answer is we are not saved because of "our works".

The question remains, is allowing someone to baptize you in water, a work, is it a good deed, is it a meritorious work? Of course not, it is simply obeying the command of Jesus to be baptized in order to be saved. (Mark 16:16...and is baptized shall be saved...NKJV)

If being baptized in water is a work, (the person being baptized does nothing but submit to baptism) then why is having faith not a work. Why is confessing Jesus as Lord and the Son of God not a work? Why is believing that God raised Jesus from the dead not a work.

OBEYING THE GOSPEL PLAN OF SALVATION IS NOT A WORK. Faith John 3:16, Repentance Acts 3:19, Confession Romans 10:9, Immersion in water Acts 2:38, 1 Peter 3:21, Acts 22:16, Mark 16:16.

What do you want to trust for your salvation, Southern Baptist doctrine or the Bible?