Category Archives: Faith

Making the Most out of Lent

“Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.” (Hebrews 13:16)

Ask someone what he might be doing for Lent, and you’ll likely get responses along the lines of:  “I’m giving up Facebook” or “I’m giving up eating chocolate.”

Granted, these may be noble notions on their own, but people – young and old – often get too caught up in what they might be “giving up” for Lent instead of why they are doing it.

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Podcast Appearance on “Living it Catholic”

My friend Mary Helen Moes has launched a brand new podcast-based website called “Living it Catholic“.  With a tagline of “Not just on Sunday, but 7 days a week”, she hopes to introduce listeners to everyday people who share how they are Living It Catholic.

I was blessed to be Mary Helen’s first-ever interview. In
“my” episode, I share how I witness to my faith with my family, at work, in my ministry, and even in my Canucks fandom.

Check it out here.

Matt Maher – Lord, I Need You (COVER)

“Without You, I fall apart; You’re the one that guides my heart.”

Check out our cover of Matt Maher‘s “Lord, I Need You” featuring  Maria Legayada.

As we enter 2018, we offer our entire selves to our everlasting God.

Serving up Hope at the Union Gospel Mission

Recently, I was blessed with the opportunity to serve at the Union Gospel Mission’s annual Christmas Meal.  On Saturday, December 9, UGM staff, donors, and volunteers served over 2,600 meals to anyone who needed some warm food or a place to sit for a while.

When my good friend Mavic (who works for UGM) invited me to serve at the 77th annual Christmas Dinner, I re-arranged a couple of things on my schedule so I could do it.  As someone who preaches “walking the talk”, it’s very important for me to serve in addition to inviting others to do so.

Truth be told, Mavic invited me as a “social media influencer” so I could post reflections about my experience afterwards to help spread the word about UGM’s good work.

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Youth Ministry is so Advent

Advent is about waiting.  Anticipating.  Expecting.  Preparing.  Hoping.

This sounds a lot like youth ministry to me.

We wait for youth to commit their lives to Jesus.  We wait for them to arrive so we can start our youth gatherings.  We wait for their parents to come pick them up at the end of our events.

We anticipate the arrival of youth at our gatherings with our eyes fixated on the door.  We anticipate their confusion or their silence when we are preparing small group discussions.  We anticipate their excitement when we announce the dates of retreats and rallies.

We expect the youth to behave when they are at Church.  We expect that more youth will come out to social events than teaching nights.  We expect that Father will ask us “So how many people came to youth ministry last night?”

We prepare prayer services, social justice excursions, and skits.  We prepare snacks to serve the youth either before, during, or after the gathering.  We prepare them to be able to share their testimonies with a world that so desperately needs to hear them.

We hope that we are making a difference in the youths’ lives.  We hope that they make good decisions especially in the face of temptation.  We hope that their homes are stable and that their friends are good.

Most of all, we love them where they are at and we lead them to an encounter with Jesus Christ.

Just as Christ entered the world to love and encounter us.