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Rise Above the storms

Posted by Aldo Sidartawan on

“Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he dies, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die.” – John 11:23-24a Last night a storm blew through our city with such force that it woke the whole neighborhood. We all headed out in the morning to go about our business, and the evidence of the lightning strike was burned onto the bark of a tree close to our house. The Thunder literally rocked our world. Massive thunderstorms like that one, or heavy snowfall, or blazing...

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Starve your Distractions, Feed your Focus.

Posted by Aldo Sidartawan on

Facebook, Netflix, sports, games, kids, jobs: the list of the things that keep us busy all day could go on and on. If we aren't careful, our lives will be run by these things without us even noticing.  If you go to the settings on your phone, you can literally see what percentage of the day you are being distracted. 20% to Facebook, 8% to texting, 12% to Hulu... If we had a percentage of the day given to what amount of time we spend giving to God, what it would be? I know I'm guilty of other things coming...

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God Built Creation to Reflect His Greatness – Psalm 8:1-9

Posted by Aldo Sidartawan on

Another day at work, another afternoon of mindless labor, another half-hour-wait to get on the freeway. We get sick of the songs on the radio, of the bumper stickers in front of us, and the person who won’t stop riding our tail as we all try to make it home for the night. It’s easy to get caught up in these thoughts and forget what lies just beyond the pavement of the streets, or just above our windshields. God has put beauty all around us. Evidence of His creative work, testimony to who He is. This creation, which is beautiful...

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Without Faith, It is impossible to please God. - Hebrews 11:6

Posted by Aldo Sidartawan on

We have the opportunity for faith everyday. When we get out of bed, we have the certainty that our cars will be outside, that our job will be there, that our kids are in their room-even though we aren’t able to see it in that moment. In life’s biggest moments, there’s gotta be faith involved to accomplish anything. Faith that the love of your life will certainly say yes to your marriage proposal, that you will get hired at the job you’ve been so aspiring towards, that your beautiful baby will take their first step. Of course, there are moments when...

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And if not, He's still Good.

Posted by Aldo Sidartawan on

There were so many times in my life when I measure God's love for me based on the things that He blessed me with or the things that He will do for me. And if God doesn't help me get out of this problem, He must not love me.  I often push God away when pain come into my life. I'm confident that I'm not the only one. On the other hand, Sadrach, Meschach and Abednego had an utmost confidence in God that He will deliver them and save them from the fiery furnace. But they know if they died,...

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