Tuesday, December 18, 2007

gentleness

There is nothing stronger in the world than gentleness. --Han Suyin

i'd actually agree with that. people would much rather a gentle reminder than a severe yelling. gentleness is also much more convincing than force. i really should remember that...

btw, please vote in my poll at the bottom of the page... only six days to go!

Thursday, December 13, 2007

faith

And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. --Hebrews 11:6

In my apologetics, I wonder, "how am i supposed to communicate Christ and how on earth can i convince them in 6 minutes???!!!" i really get worked up over this. i want so much to able to make sense and tell people about the hope that comes with being a Christian, but i tend to end up saying things in an unconvincing way.

but with this verse, i'm realizing that people aren't going to come to Christ because of something i've said, but because of God working in them. No matter what i say to prove the truth of the Bible and our need for salvation, it is all in vain until my audience is at a point of tension. they themselves need to realize that they need God. i can't just tell them. it won't be enough. faith is the first step to Christianity. if they will believe God exists and will seek Him, then, as a Christian, God promises to help them understand what He wants. People really have to believe it for themselves for Christianity to work. The best I can do is show them that God does exist and what he has said. It is up to my audience to believe in Jesus's words. It is up to them to have faith in Jesus's work.

This is such a comfort. I am not alone in my aspirations to win people to Christ. Jesus is right there making sure that His words accomplish his purpose:
"So is my word that goes out from my mouth:
It will not return to me empty,
but will accomplish what I desire
and achieve the purpose for which I sent it." (Isaiah 55:11)


spelling... ahhhhh

"A synonym is a word you use when you can't spell the word you first thought of." --Burt Bacharach

Yes! i'd agree! i do that all the time! does anybody else do that?

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

public speaking

For we do not preach ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus' sake. -- 2 Cor 4:5

today i gave mom my practice speech about "my CFC experience." it made me feel so annoyed at myself. i wonder why i can't ever just talk and sound good too!!! i mean i should be learning something from debate, right? but that's not how it works. i'm relying on myself to speak well and it just isn't happening. i feel like i have to rely on God all the time. i wonder, "shouldn't i learn how to speak well on my own?" maybe i'm afraid God's not always going to be there for me... i really am looking at this the wrong way. the point isn't to sound good, but to glorify God. however He wants to do it, is fine with me.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

democracy

"Democracy is the recurrent suspicion that more than half of the people are right more than half the time." --E. B. White

hehe. yes, that's one of its main flaws. truth never changes, but people's opinions sure do!

yesterday, today, tomorrow

"Look not mournfully into the past. It comes not back again. Wisely improve the present. It is thine. Go forth to meet the shadowy future, without fear." --Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

i thought this was a nice quote. however, coupled with this verse, the point is much stronger:

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. --Matt 6:33

We cannot "improve the present" by ourselves. we ought to seek to please God in everything we do. in the past are things that we cannot change. now, we have the opportunity, and the mandate in fact, to alter the present in order to glorify God. if all our actions are focused on Him, we don't have to worry about the future either.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

active

“For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” --hebrews 4:12

i find this to be one of the most vivid yet abstract verses in the Bible. the Word of God isn't just a book; this verse means much more: it includes everything God says. the verses is talking about how God speaks to us through the Holy Spirit. God does direct all our paths and discerns right from wrong. there isn't a thought i can hide from him, because he knows it before i think it.

God's Word and God's words are so powerful in apologetics. the Bible really can speak to someone's heart. when i did apol on saturday, i realized my jumbled words and disjointed ideas weren't tumbling from from my mouth like they do in impromptu. instead, God was speaking through me and giving me the words to say and use to explain my point. what i thought were my points and my outlines actually are God directing me to say what best explains my knowledge of God's nature. i thought it would be just me there trying to show the judges what i meant, but he walked me through the whole thing. i am so thankful that i have such a trustworthy Master who guides me all the way!

i am learning that i cannot speak my words or do apol for self-gain(2 cor 4:5) and that i must trust God, for nobody else is a powerful and able as he is. (prov 3:5-6)

Monday, November 12, 2007

lifesavers

"lifesaver wrappers are like eraser dust: they just disappear; or at least that's what people think." --me

yes, i said that. at the round robin, my sister found six lifesaver wrappers on the table where we ate lunch. we didn't even eat any lifesavers either!
my sister says that she wants to buy the lifesaver company and use them to promote abortion alternatives. then the livesavers would actually help save lives and not just look like life preservers. cool, huh?

Sunday, November 4, 2007

what happens when non-english speakers write in english

"Total Carbohydrates: 13 g, 4% of daily value...
Dietary Fiber: less than 0g, 2% of daily value" --Pretz Salad Biscuit Sticks

My sister read this today on a box of food we had in the cold room....hehe.

criticism

"If you are not criticized, you may not be doing much." -- Donald H. Rumsfeld

what he says is true. i wonder why people have so many ideas for us to improve our duo. i'm like: "will it ever be good enough?" constructive criticism is so much help though. when i was debating at CfC, the comments i got have indeed helped me alot, but they were so hard to take at the time. i guess in one way "the more you do, the more criticism you get." but that's no so bad, if the criticism is administered in love. =)

p.s. when i read that this quote was from rumsfeld, i got really excited. i was like: "i know you!" oh, it brought back memories of the NATO days... good times...meeting awesome debaters and speechers, becoming a speecher myself, running bad args like "NATO is good!!!!" in case you're wondering, rumsfeld is the former US secretary of defense or something like that. he said all sorts of awesome things about NATO and the transatlantic link.

hmmmm. i wonder if this applies to debate... "if you don't loose any rounds, you aren't much of a debater" hehe. i don't think so. too bad, cuz i'm pretty good at loosing rounds.


Monday, October 29, 2007

sleep-walker

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. --Colossians 3:23,24

For we do not preach ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus' sake. --2 Cor 4:5


these both run along the same lines: we must serve others. i think that's so important to remember. now, i'm realizing i am always communicating; the question is: for whom? if i want to speak for Christ, i can't be "preaching myself." i have to serve the people around me and not my selfish ways. i find this pretty difficult. it is so much easier to be self-serving. not that i don't want to serve others, but i have to actually think how i can. simply put, it doesn't come naturally. to serve myself, i could just as well be sleep-walking.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

wisdom

Proverbs 9:10 - “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.”

now i like this one because it reminds me, no matter how much research i do, without God, my knowledge is nothing. its really great to think about that when i doing apologetics or debate. they are big topics, but it is actually the fear of the LORD that is the beginning of wisdom (not a Blue Book!) =D

Monday, October 22, 2007

another one?

“A man finds joy in giving an apt reply— and how good is a timely word!”--Proverbs 15:23

woah. i didn't know there was another verse about apt words! i like this one even better i think.

Saturday, October 20, 2007

ummmm.....

"Indecision may or may not be my problem." -- Jimmy Buffett

edit- jimmy buffett is a guy who writes songs about margaritas, just so you know. i don't really consider him a trustworthy source either. check out this wikipedia (i know, i know) article for more info.

"Originality is the fine art of remembering what you hear but forgetting where you heard it." --Laurence J. Peter

i totally agree with that. last year, i was writing a short paper about some person in history (i don't remember who, isn't that terrible?). i had just read the encyclopedia entry on him and although the book was closed, my paper started to sound strangely reminiscent.... i guess you can tell i decided to re-write the paper.

"ummm" --me, at debate class

i got 8 "umm"s. i really need to work on that.

“Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth.” -- Proverbs 27:1

this is always a good verse for me. i like to plan. i schedule my life...alot. i planned today's activities on wednesday. as my mom said, "humans are terminal."

"Now listen, you who say, 'Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.' Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, 'If it is the Lord's will, we will live and do this or that.'" --James 4:13 - 15

Friday, October 19, 2007

there are two types of people...

"There are two kinds of people, those who finish what they start and so on." --Robert Byrne

nice, huh?

also: "A good novel tells us the truth about its hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author." --G.K. Chesterton

this seems pretty true. recently my mom read "
thus spake zarathusa" by Friedrich Nietzsche. he was a pretty depressed guy and he was nearly an invalid too. all that shows through his book.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

i am unspiritual

We know that the law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin. I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.

So I find this law at work: When I want to do good, evil is right there with me. For in my inner being I delight in God's law; but I see another law at work in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within my members. What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God—through Jesus Christ our Lord!

So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God's law, but in the sinful nature a slave to the law of sin.

I came across this passage (Romans 7: 14 - 25) today. isn't it powerful? normally, i'd say to myself "oh i don't struggle with sin. i have to work more on finding God's will." but when i think about it, i really cannot escape my sin nature. i always have to check myself before i answer my sisters. (pr. 15:1 - A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.) you know, i'm trying to do something and they are distracting me and annoying me by asking reasonable questions. i know it honors God to respond kindly, but i certainly can't say i always do. can you?


Monday, October 15, 2007

the LORD's will

Ephesians 4: 15 - 17
Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise,
making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord's will is.

understanding what the will of the LORD = rather difficult. it is so much easier to be "foolish." but we cannot, as Christians. we must make the most of
every opportunity. now that takes commitment!

Friday, October 12, 2007

flip-flops

"You get fifteen democrats in a room, and you get twenty opinions." -- Senator Patrick Leahy
hehe. =D

Thursday, October 11, 2007

salvete! (that's latin, you know)

Hello! Welcome to my blog. this blog's main purpose is to share my favorite quotes and bible verses with all of you. i love quotes (esp in impromptu!). I have named by blog "an aptly spoken word" from Proverbs 25:11 (NIV)-
A word aptly spoken
is like apples of gold in settings of silver.
i named it that because i really want my words not to be meaningless jabber, but seasoned with salt. (tho truthfully, i've never heard of apples of gold in settings of silver. i imagine apples were pretty rare in bible times and gold and silver have always been precious.)
Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. - Colossians 4:6

So for today, i have one quote: from Joseph Joubert: the aim of an argument or discussion should not be victory, but progress.
this quote reminds me about one of the (many) goals of debate: to find truth. it's always good to remember that i don't debate to win, but for progress or truth. there's so much i can learn from debate and i really don't have to worry about winning. as my mom says: "debate is not an end in itself; it's a tool." and she's absolutely correct.

come back soon! i'll have more quotes to post before long =)
{and hope does not put us to shame}