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What a wonderful day!

It's unseasonably warm outside today! I've been enjoying my time between meetings by reading a pretty good book. The Life of Pi is about this young boy that follows all these different faiths (from Christianity, Muslim, Buddhism, and Islam). I recommend a pick-up.

One of the things that has made this season of my life interesting is the ability to now read books...for enjoyment! Before, I couldn't pick up a book like Harry Potter without having to stop and study. I think I'm going to try to read more during my attempts to flee from my computer life. ;-)

In an unrelated note and as by way of reminder, I will be blogging more from my personal website http://www.mikesoh.com. Please visit it for all the latest pictures, blog entries, editorials, and whatever else I think of.
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Interesting conversation point: 100 pennies is actually worth LESS than a dollar bill

A group of us went to Hard Times Cafe to do their 25-cent wings (which I highly recommend). We had a conversation about equity investments and market fluxuations when we came upon the topic of coins. What came out of the conversation was that a dollar bill is worth more than 100 pennies.

Have you ever tried to pay something with pennies? Seriously, get 1,000 pennies and go to a 7-Eleven or any other store and try to buy something with pennies. Do you realize that they will not take your money? Even though you have the same amount in pennies, they will not take it because they don't want to spend the time to count it.

So the value of the penny has gone down. It would be interesting to see how much and the ratios. Because most people are willing to count, say, 10-20 pennies. But not 1,000!
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Computer crash recovered...now running a new distro!

It's been a pretty eventful week. In my attempt to do a simple re-install turned into a crash, coupled with data loss, turning into a distro change. I was running Fedora Core and now I'm running a debian-based system called ubuntu linux.

For the most part, I like this MUCH better than Fedora. With Fedora, I constantly had to reinstall the whole distro because they would come out with a new version. Even though ubuntu is still bleeding edge, it supports older versions.

I've also found the community of support for ubuntu much nicer and more supportive than that of the Fedora community. Not really sure what the difference is, but for the most part, I'm finding the speed to be pretty impressive.

I've copied everything over and now about to reinstall windows...so that I can play The Matrix Online.

So that's it for now. You can all thank epiphanyofhope for reminding me to post. Just as an FYI, I will be making a transition to start blogging on my personal website: http://www.mikesoh.com.

That's all for now!
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IT'S OFFICIAL!!!!

After 6 intense months of support raising, I've officially been released to assignment! I'm very excited to be on staff with GCM here at Maryland Christian Fellowship. And I'm already getting my feet wet. :-)

Next stop, the presidency.
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vacation coming to an end...

I've spent the past 7 days taking it really easy...Watching TV and movies for the most part. Today, I'm going to take a break from all that and soak in some of the culture of Washington, D.C. I'm going to spend the majority of today in DC, going from one museum to another. I'm hoping to make this a light day, but with a lot of reading.

I really need to get away from my computer...

Happy new year!
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The lies we believe

I've started reading a book about Theophostic ministry. The book, for the most part, covers why people act the way they do and how do you free yourself, and others, from lie-based thinking.

I'm finding it to be my cup of tea. Some of the basic principles are those of which I already know: people react not based on the circumstances but because of how we interpret and process the circumstances.

What I'm finding amazing is the book's honesty toward the spiritual realm.

All of us have things in our lives that we're not proud of. Myself included. And the idea behind theophostic ministry is to reveal the truth behind the experience that haunt us, that keeps up from being more Christ-like.

And I think one of the biggest lies we believe are the ones that we create ourselves. I have found that we, as a people, are very stubborn people. Stubborn not out of the sake of being right, but stubborn out of the sake of being wrong. Rarely have I met a person who was willing to be wrong, but more than willing to be right.

This mentality has, unfortunately, not only crossed into the culture, but has become twisted so that we feel that it is wrong to tell someone else that they were wrong. Unless, of course, we are right.

One of the greatest examples of this is the case of homosexuality. Proponents of the idea that homosexuality is "okay" argue that people should have the right to have sex however they want, without regard to social consequences. Most of these proponents negate the widely available facts. When asked for further information, most retreat to, "What gives you the right to tell someone how and how not they should act?"

Hidden behind these words is the lie: we cannot tell someone else is wrong, unless they disagree with me.

This happened once to me about two years ago now. Several other R.A. candidates and I sat a table, discussing this very issue. The topic immediately turned to "tolerance." As the night went on, I continue to express my view with facts and data, that no one else at the table was either willing to debate or refute. Finally, someone asked me, "Mike, I don't know if I can have a decent conversation with you if you can be tolerant of people who don't believe the same things you do."

My reply was, "You see, that's the problem. I'm still willing to have the conversation, even though I may never agree with you. I'm still willing to sit down with you, have coffee with you, treat you as a human being. Why can't you live up to the same standard you hold me to?"

Reluctantly, there was no reply.

The conversation wasn't about homosexuality. It wasn't even about tolerance. If it was, the other R.A. should have been able to understand her mistake.

The battle we fight is not of these things. It is a much deeper issue. I believe we all long to be accepted. But only under our terms. We want to be loved, but only under certain conditions.

That, my friends, is the biggest lie. We can't have it both ways. We can't want acceptance a certain way and demand we get it that way. We can't give someone the trust in controlled experiments. By doing so we are guilty of the very thing we are trying to avoid.

Those who have been successfully married will tell you that the success to their relationship was honest communication. I believe that marriage is not about love. It's about trust. It's about vulnerability. It's about giving someone the ability to completely tear you apart. Love is found when that vulnerability and trust are embraced, not taken advantage of.

It is true that love never fails. But people do. And I beginning to wonder if we are confusing the two.
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YAY for decisions!!

After two long weeks of prayer, number crunching, getting advice and counsel, I'm beginning to realize that God wants me back on campus sooner. In order to accomplish this, I've lowered my support goal substantially. Now that my goal is lowered, I'm literally less than $100 a month away from coming back to ministry, full-time!

Its really exciting for me because I get to live out my dream! Thank you all for your prayers and your support! You can still use the Support Mike! button, which can download at my donor web site.

That's all for now...I'm hoping to do a real update soon. :-)