Reading Highlights: 7/24/2014 – 8/16/2014

You may be singing ‘Holy, holy, holy,’ but if you aren’t thinking about God while singing it, you are not worshiping. —Donald Whitney (via Challies)

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Reading Highlights: 6/3/2014 – 7/11/2014

I’m engaged!!! Wooooooooo!!! I can’t wait to marry my koala!

 “To be loved but not known is comforting but superficial. To be known and not loved is our greatest fear. But to be fully known and truly loved is, well, a lot like being loved by God. It is what we need more than anything. It liberates us from pretense, humbles us out of our self-righteousness, and fortifies us for any difficulty life can throw at us.”
― Timothy KellerThe Meaning of Marriage: Facing the Complexities of Commitment with the Wisdom of God

Misc:

Technology:

  • How the Heartbleed Bug Works – A great xkcd comic that simply explains what’s going on.
  • New Emoji – The unicode council is introducing a lot of new emoji. It should be in the next software releases depending on the software companies like Apple and Google.
  • Living Life Off The Grid – Interesting stories of people who have gone off the grid. I don’t think that’s a lifestyle for me; I like having community.
  • Mercedes’ semi-autonomous truck – More cars will probably go this direction. If every car was able to do this, then commuting between SF and LA could be an overnight thing [: Make a car with a bed!!
  • Largest Cruise Ship on Google Street View – Definitely huge!

Christian:

  • Rebuke Letter Against Fuller Theological Seminary – A well-thought out letter on the same concerns I have for students at Fuller, and why I’d have major reservations for a pastor coming out of there with these same views to shepherd a flock.

Bodybuilding:

Reading Highlights: 5/22/2014 – 5/30/2014

“The grace of contentment is an excellent grace: there is much beauty, much strength in it, there is a great deal of worth in this grace, and therefore be in love with it.” – Burroughs, Jeremiah (2012-09-18). The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment (p. 51).

This is an excellent book I’ve been reading! Get it on Kindle for $0.99!

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Bodybuilding:

  • 22 Transformations – This is the competition I entered, not expecting to come close to these hard workers, and I dropped out because of my shoulder strain, but most people can make these same transformations in 12 weeks. No excuses.

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Reading Highlights: 4/23/2014 – 5/15/2014

Ephesians 5:16, Paul puts it this way: “making the most of your time.”  Making the most of your time because the days are, well, what are you doing with your life?  What are you doing with your time?  Frittering it away with a bunch of nonsense that doesn’t matter.  I love that we’re in the “we” here.  That elevates the whole idea, doesn’t it?  As long as it is day, listen Christian, clean up your life, get moving, get the sin out, the worldliness out, the trivial stuff out, the compromise.  Stop wasting time.  Stop flirting with the world.  Stop doing those things that have no value at all in the future, and get at it, hand-in-hand with the Lord, hand-in-hand with the Father.  What an incredible thing to work with the One who is able to do exceeding, abundantly above all we can ask or think.  Get to work.” – Dr. John MacArthur from this sermon

I apologize for having been off the grid for awhile; been busy at my new job as an iOS App Developer!

Technology:

Christian:

  • The False Teachers: Benny Hinn – A good article from Challies, although I wish he would elaborate more. There are a lot of documentaries showing Benny Hinn to be a fraud through investigation, of which I’ve only seen one. Hinn is a huge hindrance to the true Gospel of the Bible.
  • Liberating Our Teens from Sexual Lies – I feel like adults in our culture also need to learn these things. “Our culture believes that sex is all about me. My desires. My satisfaction. It’s about using others, not serving them. But the Bible tells us that sex is all about God and his glorious work in bringing us into relationship with him.” (via Challies)
  • Equip Your Kids To “Say No” To Porn – And another via Challies. This was a really good article on tackling the training of your kids to respond rightly towards sexual topics.

Bodybuilding:

  • Bodybuilding.com 6 Week Challenge – So I injured my shoulder around week 8 of the 100k BodySpace challenge, so I’ll try out this challenge to get back into a workout routine. Work has made me stop working out -_- gotta get over my post-work laziness!
  • The Handful Diet – Macronutrient portioning made easy.
  • 10 Tips For Faster Fatloss – Most of these are good for short term but not as much for long term, as your eating habits highly affect your hormones and metabolism.

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Reading Highlights: 2/25/2014 – 3/19/2014

“To be loved but not known is comforting but superficial. To be known and not loved is our greatest fear. But to be fully known and truly loved is, well, a lot like being loved by God. It is what we need more than anything. It liberates us from pretense, humbles us out of our self-righteousness, and fortifies us for any difficulty life can throw at us.” ― Timothy Keller, The Meaning of Marriage: Facing the Complexities of Commitment with the Wisdom of God

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Here are some articles I’ve read this week that I found pretty good:

  • Boost Your Bench Press – Definitely helps the chest when you build out the back. The body wants equilibrium, so it your chest won’t want to be out of balance compared to your back.
  • Mass Class Training – A lot of science behind the different aspects that cause hypertrophy of the muscles. The article is basically a transcript of this video:

Reading Highlights: 2/13/2014 – 2/25/2014

Bodybuilding Quote: “Though [Arnold] was a big believer in compliments to motivate, his contrarian approach also allowed free use of negative feedback. You’d never cut corners with Arnold or, God forbid, not finish. “If he did his 15 reps and you didn’t do your 15 reps,” recalls Danny Padilla, “it was like, ‘Vat’s wrong, I got to do your reps now?’ What’s up with that? If you can’t hang, go back to something else!'” – Arnold Schwarzenegger

Technology:

Christian:

  • Michael Brown, Authentic Fire, & John 14:12 – A good rebuttal from a TMS professor to Michael Brown’s response to MacArthur’s Strange Fire book.
  • Writing Checks to Mel Gibson – Challies tries to make sure the approach to the upcoming film, Son of God, is balanced. “Remember that God promises to bless the preaching of his Word, not the display of that Word on the silver screen. Don’t expect a movie to do the Word’s work.”
  • Does God Exist? 4 Arguments – Youtube clip of the late Frank Pastore. I watched this when it first came out more than a year ago, and he by no means fleshes out the arguments, but they are sound.

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Reflections at 29 Years Old

I enjoyed today, as busy at it felt. Got a deep cleaning from Dr. Moniaga (she did an amazing job, had to go deep, but still didn’t hurt even after the numbing dissipated a few hours later), went to Costco and got 6.5lbs of boneless skinless chicken thighs, cleaned out a lot of my car, cooked a whole tray of chicken thighs, had chest and tri day with Eric, dinner with both uncles and aunts on mom’s side, got gas at Costco on the way home, then quality time with my significant other. For my birthday, I got myself a WaterPik Water Flosser ($20 off at Costco), since Dr. Moniaga said I needed to floss deeper, haha!

Well, what’s new at 29? My life took a turn right before Christmas. Liferay let me go, gave me 2 weeks severance, and so I spend a lot of my time studying new coding platforms to make myself marketable to software companies. So far I’ve learned Lau/CoronaSDK and some Ruby on Rails.

At this point, I’ve learned more about grace than anything else. God has been gracious and we realize it more and more as we are broken by life events and the Holy Scriptures. It’s very unique to become unemployed and still be able to live decently, and in the context of the rest of the world, rather rich, given the fact that I have a bed, a car, and good food, while in Scripture, we are only promised food and clothing.

With the other parts of my free time, I’ve been hitting up the gym quite often, trying to put on a lot of lean mass. I’m aiming to hit 170lbs @ 10%bf, and I imaging that may take quite awhile to reach. I’ve also been reading a bit more and listening to sermons often, all while looking for work.

The one piece of advice I would present is to not ever let your reading and praying life waver. It’s very blinding and feeding yourself with junk food instead of spiritual truth will make you still feel alright even if you aren’t. It’s like having cancer but thinking you are in pristine shape. If you read 10 chapters of Scripture each day, very soon after, you can find yourself 400 chapters behind (which has happened to me), so make it a morning priority. In terms of prayer, I’ve also started using Evernote and created a journal called “Prayer Journal”. Each entry is just formatted “Prayer Journal: Feb 4, 2014”, and I literally write out my prayers, but to make it easy to read, before each topic I pray about, I write the topic, followed by a colon, then start praying, like the following:

“Bob: I ask for Bob’s heart to continually be softened, as he used to be so passionate for you, but with the busyness of business, he has not prioritized his praying and reading, thus changing his demeanor. He used to mentor so well, but the worries of the world have taken him away from you, the King of Kings…”

and so forth. As for reading, I am trying to continue Professor Horner’s Bible Reading Plan. It’s 10 chapters a day and quite enriching. Here’s a good article about his system. Prof. Horner, a Master’s College professor, has been doing it for 20 years or so and knows his bible extremely well. He was even hired because Dr. MacArthur saw how used his Bible was!

“How you regard Scripture is how you regard the Lord Jesus Christ” – Tim Keller (since John 1 attests to Jesus being the full essence and content of the Word in flesh)

“The less you’re in the Truth, the more prone you will be to believe lies, taking them as truth” – Lecrae

Be blessed by being a blessing unto our God, Yahweh!

Reading Highlights: 1/30/2014 – 2/7/2014

“The soul of a human being is meant to be infused with the very character of God, the moral grandeur of glory of which is outlined in the Ten Commandments. They talk about integrity and nobility and courage and love and truth and peace.” – Dr. Timothy Keller

“Sin is what you do when your heart is not satisfied with God.” —John Piper

I loved this quote from John Piper and the graphic from Challies! How often we are not satisfied…

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Reading Highlights: 1/9/2014 – 1/28/2014

Without the doctrines of God’s grace, I don’t know where I would be. I beg you make it the source of your life!

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Bodybuilding:

  • Damage, Inc. – This is a really good primer on damaging your muscle tissue in the workout for the sake of more muscle growth, especially for those who have been training for years and rarely get sore anymore.

Reading Highlights: 1/1/2014 – 1/8/2014

Happy new year! As this year starts, I’m going to try to be more consistent in my daily disciplines!

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Bodybuilding:

  • Fate, fitness, and fortitude – After a car accident that mangled James, he pushed through everyone telling him he could not, and through discipline, built a great physique even with all the rods, plates, and pain he experiences everyday. Even though he has a totally different world view, I’m very impressed with this man’s discipline!