Tuesday, December 30, 2003

Day 23

Happy birthday, Dooj. Now he's only one year away from... uh... hmm... well nothing, really.

I went shopping for new clothes yesterday for the first time in YEARS. My theory is, since trends come and go and come back, I can just keep wearing old clothes until they become "cool" again. But wait, who wants to be trendy? CERTAINLY NOT I! Bring on the new stuff!

My DVD collection for your stalking viewing pleasure. I need to get more.

fortune cookie of the day: Plan to have some fun. With your mom?

Wristbands. I saw a kid wearing three on one arm. He couldn't have been more than 8 years old. You people are out of control.


Point to Ponder: It is never too late to start growing.

Verse to Remember: "Let God transform you inwardly by a complete change of your mind. Then you will be able to know the will of God -- what is good and is pleasing to him and is perfect." Romans 12:2b (TEV)

Question to Consider: What is one are where you need to stop thinking your way and start thinking God's way?

Saturday, December 27, 2003

Day 22

Happy belated birthday, Big J.

I hate the holidays, but I sure don't mind the presents. Thanks to Minhee for the DVD, it's one of my favorite movies, so naturally I love it. Thanks to the Wench for rekindling my childhood memories with the big yellow thing, and I freakin' love the jacket. It's AWESOME. Thanks to Steve's parents for the sweatshirt, it's very nice. Thanks to Doojin for his voicemail on Christmas Eve, it may not have seemed like much, but it was probably my favorite "gift." And finally thanks to myself for 512 megs of more RAM for the computer, now for the total of 1 gig.

It's funny how now that I have enough money to get presents for friends, I don't have any time to go shop for them. Next year guys, I swear.

Point to Ponder: You were created to become like Christ.

Verse to Remember: "As the Spirit of the Lord works within us, we become more and more like him and reflect his glory even more." 2 Corinthians 3:18b (NLT)

Question to Consider: In what area of your life do you need to ask for the Spirit's power to be like Christ today?

Wednesday, December 24, 2003

Day 21

Nothing to really write about. My life is dull.

Point to Ponder: It is your responsibility to protect the unity of your church.

Verse to Remember: "Let us concentrate on the things which make for harmony and the growth of our fellowship together." Romans 14:19 (Ph)

Question to Consider: What are you personally doing to protect unity in your church family right now?

Tuesday, December 23, 2003

Day 20

Halfway there.

Few kids from church came by the store. It was nice.

I've been here everyday since last Tuesday. My next day off is Thursday. That's NINE straight days of work. In. Sane.

Point to Ponder: Relationships are always worth restoring.

Verse to Remember: "Do everything possible on your part to live in peace with everybody." Romans 12:18 (TEV)

Question to Consider: Who do you need to restore a broken relationship with today?
Your mom.

Monday, December 22, 2003

Day 19

I'm kinda getting bored of this book.

O Life, where art thou?

Point to Ponder: Community requires commitment.

Verse to Remember: "We understand what love is when we realize that Christ gave his life for us. That means we must give our lives for other believers." 1 John 3:16 (GWT)

Question to Consider: How can you help cultivate today the characteristics of real community in your small group and your church?

Friday, December 19, 2003

Day 18

Feel better. I love Nyquil. Nyquil love me. He my friend.

Point to Ponder: You need others in your life.

Verse to Remember: "Share each other's troubles and problems, and in this way obey the law of Christ." Galatians 6:2 (NLT)

Question to Consider: What one step can you take today to connect with another believer at a more genuine, heart-to-heart level?

Thursday, December 18, 2003

Day 17

I have the flu. I hate you all.

*WARNING: mild spoilers below*

The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King

"And here we have the game of Lord of the Rings checkers -- normally played indoors by 9-year-olds."

Went to the midnight show on Tuesday. Line started forming at 9:30, John was there at that time. The rest of us met up around 10. We killed about an hour in the cold, then they let us in at 11.

Things I liked:
- The battles. They make Helm's Deep look like a playground fight.
- Legolas taking down something... big, singlehandedly.
- "That only counts as one!"
- Gandalf knocking out Denethor.
- Gandalf using "blind."
- He's also pretty good with that sword and staff, isn't he?
- The Witch King and his giant spiked mace. I would like to see him fight Go Go Yubari from Kill Bill.
- Shelob.
- "You bow to no one."
- Gollum's "ending." So happies.
- The camera shot following a huge rock hurled into a crowd of orcs. Think Pearl Harbor, minus the suck.
- The Army of the Dead.
- Pippen singing to Denethor while Faramir leads a charge towards Osgiliath.
- Samwise. His reaction after Frodo's "order" is... yeah.
- The pub scene at the Shire.
- The ending(s). I was tempted to put this under the "Things I didn't like" category, but it ultimately goes here. Most people will complain that it's too long, and I agreed at the time of viewing since I was sick and was sleepy as hell. But the more I think about it, the more I like it. Remember, they are wrapping up 3 films here. Or one 10 hour movie. It should have a long ending.

Things I didn't like:
- Stuff that doesn't make sense if you haven't seen the extended versions of the previous films. For example, Frodo using the "light" against Shelob. Also the stuff with Denethor.
- Again, Faramir is highly underused.
- Frodo's "Gaaaaannnndaaaaallllf" line. Dooj and Keisuke cracked up at that. Score one for unintentional comedy.
- The "gay" stuff between Frodo and Sam. Yes, people have been making fun of it since the first film, and this one will not help it end. It doesn't really bother me since they're supposed to be best friends, but I totally see why people would get worked up about it. At least there's no kissing (on the lips). It'll be in the extended version.
- No Saruman. Peter Jackson explained that he cut out Saruman's scene because he has no importance in this movie, but I think they should have done more than just gloss over the wizard in the beginning. He'll be in the extended version for sure, but they should actually put the scene back in the end of The Two Towers.
- It's over. No more "I can't wait till next year." Unless they make The Hobbit, but there's some rights issues that's hindering the project.
- No movie trailers before the show. No Spider-Man 2 (which is awesome btw, you can see it here), no Riddick, none whatsoever. Irrelevant to the movie, yes, but it still irked me.
- Having to work the next same day.

Yes, I'm nitpicking. That's what geeks do. All these will probably change anyway when I watch it 30 more times.

*End of LOTR stuff*

Point to Ponder: You are called to belong, not just believe.

Verse to Remember: "In Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others." Romans 12:5 (NIV)

Question to Consider: Does your level of involvement in your local church demonstrate that you love and are committed to God's family?

Sunday, December 14, 2003

Day 16

"Gandaaaalf! Noooooo!"

Last night's talent show was great. Everyone did a good job, but I was most impressed with F4CE, the "chick band," as Mark called them. They did "Now That You're Near," complete with the drum and bass intro by Susan and Lola. And they actually wrote a song themselves, which they also performed. Awesome job, chicks. Paul and Heidi brought the house down (again) with their pantomime act. I've said it before and I'll say it again, they will definitely be in my movie if I ever make one. J. Lo truly earned his name with his "performance" on the senior class skit. Thanks for the free show, J. Lo. Wait, not totally free. I had to pay $4, actually $5. Still, well worth it. Can't leave without mentioning SWAB -- Sufring Without A Board. These guys rocked. They can't sing in key to save their lives, but they were highly entertaining, which is all that matters in the end. I could go on and on, but that's enough. Everyone did well. Bravo.

Can someone please do a soundcheck and adjust the volumes in the back for the next talent show? I don't want to sound like an old man, but I thought my ears were gonna pop. Turn down the instruments, turn up the vocals. Thanks.

I wasn't involed in the show this time (obviously). I wanted to do something with Adrian again, but we're working now and we didn't have any time to prepare anything. Mike and J. Lo asked me to do a song with them, but again, no time. Next time, ladies and gentlemen. Next time.

Point to Ponder: Life is all about love.

Verse to Remember: "The entire law is summed up in a single command: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' " Galatians 5:14 (NIV)

Question to Consider: Honestly, are relationships your first priority? How can you ensure that they are?

Saturday, December 13, 2003

Day 15

Tamara is playing FFXI on her laptop right next to me as I'm writing this. So tempting. I wish I could play. Then I would actually look forward to coming to work every day. She's a level 10 Mithra red mage. Her boyfriend is a level 15 Taru Taru black mage. Oh and he's female (in the game). She said he chose female so he could flirt with male characters to get free stuff.

In other words, he's a little Taru Taru whore.

Point to Ponder: You were formed for God's family.

Verse to Remember: "His unchanging plan has always been to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ." Ephesians 1:5a (NLT)

Question to Consider: How can you start treating other believers like members of your own family?

Friday, December 12, 2003

Day 14

Today is the longest day of my life.


dealing with pissy customers = pissy me

Point to Ponder: God is real, no matter how you feel.

Verse to Remember: "For God has said, 'I will never leave you; I will never abandon you.' " Hebrews 13:5 (TEV)

Question to Consider: How can you stay focused on God's presence, especially when he feels distant?

Thursday, December 11, 2003

Day 13

"Heart of Worship"

I'll bring you more than a song,
because the song in itself is now what You've required.
You search much deeper within
than the way things appear.
You're looking into my heart.

Point to Ponder: God wants all of you.

Verse to Remember: "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength." Mark 12:30 (NIV)

Question to Consider: Which is more pleasing to God right now -- your public worship or your private worship? What will you do about this?

Wednesday, December 10, 2003

Day 12

Fortune Cookie of the Day: What, no fortune?! How dare they!

I'm so addicted to FFXI. It's all I think about. At work, all I do is read and "research" on the forums. Doosuan started playing it yesterday, after John got him a world pass so he can play with us on our server. He's a level 5 white mage. He has a lot of free time now that he's done with finals, so he should catch up to us in no time.

Point to Ponder: You are as close to God as you choose to be.

Verse to Remember: "Draw close to God, and God will draw close to you." James 4:8a (NLT)

Question to Consider: What practical choices will you make today in order to grow closer to God?

Tuesday, December 09, 2003

Day 11

I went to church on Sunday, first time in three weeks I believe. It was nice, actually. Leading praise felt a bit awkward, but I got through it. Lots of stuff going on this month -- talent show, Christmas service, College retreat, Xiao and Shelley's wedding, then youth group retreat in January -- all of which I won't participate in. I won't be back at church until 2004 due to working six days a week. Let's see how long it takes before I snap and go on a shooting spree in Amerige Heights.

Point to Ponder: God wants to be your best friend.

Verse to Remember: "Friendship with God is reserved for those who reverence him." Psalm 25:14a (LB)

Question to Consider: What can you do to remind yourself to think about God and talk to him more often throughout the day?

Saturday, December 06, 2003

Day 10

With the ups come the downs. Well I'm not sure what the ups are, but I definitely know about the downs. Looks like my license is going to be suspended. Not like I was using it much, but damn. Also looks like I owe Grand Resort some money. It could be... no, it probably is the final month's rent. I haven't even thought about it since it's been a year, but Adrian called me about it yesterday when he did a credit check for a car. Now that I think about it, I kinda bailed. But $3000?! That's like three months' worth of rent. Unless it's from interest. They could have just sold off the furniture I left, it was probably worth over $1000. Whatever it is, Adrian is without a car, and it looks like it's my fault. Again, damn.

Watch how I segue oh so smoothly into The Purpose Driven Life, aka The Book I've Been Reading For a Friggin' Month.

Point to Ponder: The heart of worship is surrender.

Verse to Remember: "Surrender your whole being to him to be used for righteous purposes." Romans 6:12b (TEV)

Question to Consider: What area of your life are you holding back from God?

Thursday, December 04, 2003

Day 9

Yeah, I know.

My daily routine these days goes like this: wake up, get ready for work, work until 9 pm, play FFXI until my eyes are ready to fall out, sleep, repeat. Currently Adrian, John, and I have been playing that game nonstop for a week. We die a lot (mostly because of John), but it's so fun. Some hilarious things happen while we play, but it'll be useless to recount them here 'cause, well, you had to be there to understand. Doosuan is getting it next week so he can join in on the madness.

Point to Ponder: God smiles when you trust him.

Verse to Remember: "The Lord is pleased with those who worship him and trust his love." Psalm 147:11 (CEV)

Question to Consider: Since God knows what is best, in what areas of your life do you need to trust him most?

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