Remember Me App Review

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Remember Me App Review

3/8/2017

“… do this in remembrance of me.” Luke 22:19

I have been trying to memorize scriptures in the Bible, however, it is harder than it seems. It’s not easy nor is it efficient to just crack open the Bible and start memorizing lines. I have to find the correct verses and it can be a pain. Searching online for Bible verses is better but there is no review, no follow up. Enter Remember Me.

This Bible app is amazing. It keeps track of the Bible verses you selected and reminds you to review them after a certain amount of time is up and is based on levels. For the Bible verses, you can select multiple versions of the Bible and they even have the 1984 New International Version! Selecting the right version on a verse is important because I feel each version may portray the truth or clarity of a verse differently.

The app also contains a repository where you can select verses to remember. It also contains a cloud where you can sign in to store your data. I find this feature very useful because just a few days ago, I had to factory reset my phone but, thank God, my progress is saved.

But it is the testing and the infographic on the scores that makes the app fun. For testing, the app feature modes such as multiple choice, line by line, fill-in-the-blank, and keyboard input. And for each verse that you master for the day, you earn a score based on how many words are in the verse. You can check your progress and all time-best in the scores section.

This app is very motivational, versatile, easy-to-use, and helpful for anyone wanting to memorize Scriptures. Below are some screenshots of the app.

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Remember Me App Website:
http://www.remem.me/

Download for Android:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.bible.remember_me

Download for iPhone
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/remember-me/id504171445?mt=8

Other Downloads
http://www.remem.me/download-app

11/29/2016: Helen-Class Cruiser

11/29/2016: Helen-Class Cruiser

5:08pm – 5:55pm  edited 10:03pm

Sometimes, in the war-games that I play, I liken my life in the spirit to a fleet of ships. How I seek Him, how I love Him, how I pursue and follow and obey Him, is reflected on the condition of my ships. When I am weak spiritually, my fleet is, naturally, very weak. However, there are other ships, and technologies from others, that I incorporate into my fleet to make it stronger.

Throughout my life, there have been people and organizations who, in the spirit, influenced me greatly, whom I admire, and whom I spent a lot of time with. Those people or groups may come through my life and leave, but the memories of them, the influence they have on me, is imprinted in my life for at least a very long time.

I admire those people or groups, and I begin to copy them, to emulate their strengths, their personalities, their desires and will, from what I know of them. I build a cruiser, a destroyer, using their technology. Some people and groups have stand-alone ships, some are incorporated into the rest of my fleet, and others have both.

In the Army, one of the people I admired spiritually was Endora. I saw her as someone who loves God, who has a passion, a deep love for Him. So I began to seek God using, to the best of my knowledge, of her worship to God. I jokingly told myself that I have an Endora-class cruiser.

Now, before I continue, I want to let everyone know that the root of all cruisers is God. The root of all Endora-class cruisers, Helen-class cruisers, Bethel technology, is God. To worship anyone else is idolatry. But each of us have different spiritual strengths of seeking Him and it is learning from others, of how they worship God, their mindset, their knowledge, their learnings, that I get to grow and enrich my experience with God and to help me to be closer to Him.

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Many times, when I struggle in my faith, it is those ships, those special classes of ships, that can effectively fight against the enemy. Just like in the Bible when God ordered that Judah go first to fight against his brother Benjamin, sometimes it is those ships, that go first to fight against the enemy, because the rest of my fleet, the ones mostly built by me, are too weak or they lack the weaponry that these other ships have.

When I’m weak in spirit, sometimes I think of other Christian heroes and they inspire me to continue or fight on.  The songs from Bethel, Hillsongs, and the many artists from K-Love, the preachings from Ignite, the leaders and disciples that I get to mingle and grow with, all gave me their influence, their technology, their knowledge and wisdom, their passion, their mindset, their reasons, to worship, love, and seek God.  I would not get far in my relationship with God if I were to just seek Him alone, using my own mindsets and technology.  As Christian brothers and sisters, we need to learn from each other, to share our discoveries with God, so we can collectively be empowered to fight against the enemy.

 

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2016.1.20: Sacrifice / Playing Poker with God

2016.1.20: Sacrifice / Playing Poker with God

1:50am – 2:23am

I know it’s really late and I started school, but I just want to write a few things.. on my discovery.

Preparation can compensate sacrifice. As what General Patton said, “An ounce of sweat will save a gallon of blood.” No, perhaps both preparation and sacrifice are needed. Preparation will help someone go further than another person who does not prepare. For that other person to reach the same distance as the first person, that person will have to make sacrifices. If I go to sleep early, if I prepare myself, I don’t have to work as hard. In a way, both are sacrifices. One is sacrificing before the battle, while the other is sacrificing during the battle. If a person does both, he or she can go very far. God sees sacrifice, yes.

In attack, we want a breakthrough. In defense, we want a counter-attack.

Ugh, in writing all this, I forgot what I really wanted to write about. :( I should have made scaffolds.

I remember now. I love how when I spend time with God again, my mind remembers things. :)

I feel like sometimes, I’m playing poker with God. I’m willing to put most of my chips in, but not all, but with God, it’s an all-or-nothing. God keeps raising the stakes and I put more and more of my chips, my life, in. I need to follow God completely. I need to obey Him completely. I can’t say “Okay God, you can have control over my finances, my career, but this.., this is mine.” No. If I refuse to follow God completely, then I will have to fold. And if I fold, I lose out on God’s promises for this life. The best case, my spirit is still saved, yes, but I will be troubled and not be delivered. The worse case, well, I backslide and sin more and more, and I lose my name in the Book of Life. I think that is the case. Yet, if I go all-in, if I am willing to give my whole life to Jesus, if I trust in His promises, all of them, then I will reap a huge reward both in this life and the next. I’ve seen miracles and healing and testimonies. Why do I still doubt? Why am I still telling myself “Most for God but some for myself?” I will not reach my full potential like this. I need to trust God completely, that He is real and that He does not disappoint. Apostle Paul said that if Christ was not resurrected, if He is fake, then we Christians are most to be pitied (1 Corinthians 15:17-19).

No wonder so many people backslide and reject God. Because they never finished the race. They are not willing to make the all-in sacrifice. But without the all-in, their lives will be mediocre at best. Thus, many of them decide to go all-in the other way and thus enjoy the pleasures of life, of sin, for a while. They left Egypt but they gave up in the desert. In the desert, life is hard, but God still feeds the people with manna. If they go back to Egypt, then they may prosper, and have good food to eat (Exodus 16:3), but they lose out on eternal life.

I’ve left Egypt, but I’m still in the desert. Trying to follow God’s will, trying to follow that cloud by day and fire by night, trusting that, in the end, He will lead me to my promised land.

5/23/2011: The dangers of false predictions

5/23/2011: The dangers of false predictions

S: 7:56pm
E: 8:44pm

Few months ago, when I was still in Camp Arifjan in Kuwait, I read the Army newspaper titled something like “End of the World.” It caught my attention so I flipped to that section and began to read it. It says that the world is going to end on May 21, 2011. I saw other soldiers reading the same page and I wondered if the world really is going to end. I know, intuitively, that we are living in the end times and that Jesus is coming back within my lifetime, however, is it this soon?

As the predicted Judgment Day comes closer and closer, I began to be a bit afraid, and I did some research to find out whether that day is correct. It was inconclusive, but I felt that it is unlikely for Jesus to come on May 21. What about the Arab-Russian invasion of Israel (Ezekiel 38:2-23)? What about the two witnesses (Rev. 11:3)? What about the one-world government and money system (Rev. 13:7,8)? What about the mark of the beast on the unbeliever’s foreheads (Rev. 13:16)? What about the two hundred million army from the kings of the East (Rev. 9:16)? What about the “abomination that causes desolation?” (Matthew 24:15).

In Matthew 24:36, Jesus said that “no one knows about that day or hour… but only the Father.” How then can man know? I looked to their website http://worldwide.familyradio.org/en/ and they claimed that a secret book in Daniel (Daniel 12:4,9) was sealed until the time of the end. And though that book, and various calculations and assumptions, they managed to find the date.

Some soldiers, before the Judgment Day, asked me if it really is going to happen. They know I’m spiritual and they asked me for advice. I told them that although I cannot give a definite answer, most likely, it is not going to happen. But, I told them that what’s more important than knowing when is to be prepared. Are you prepared for the end? It’s sad that these soldiers say, “no, I’m not prepared, but it’s too late for me.” Some soldiers say that the predicted day is just a scam; that it will just be like the Y2K scare. Thus, I want to describe the dangers of a false prediction:

1) Unbelievers may think that the Bible is wrong.

The Bible is never wrong. It is some misguided Christians who are wrong. By boldly proclaiming a date in God’s name and for it not to come true, they become false prophets. People don’t see that. They see it as Christianity is wrong, that the Bible is wrong in the end times. One of the soldiers loudly said, “Jesus is wrong!” It hurts for me to hear these words but they were tricked. They were told by Christians that the world is going to end and it didn’t happen.

2) Unbelievers may increase their wickedness just before the end

It was Friday, May 20 2011, the last day before the supposed end will come. I heard remarks from soldiers that “the world is going to end anyways. I might as well party and have some fun before the end.” Instead of using the end date as a reason to be saved, they will use it as an excuse to be more wicked. I heard everything from soldiers going to wild parties and getting drunk, to having sex, drugs, and rock-and-roll. If more false predictions come, non-believers will not take these end dates seriously and will just use that as an excuse to sin more.

3) It will be harder to convert people to Christ

To non-believers, this will just be another reason why not to be a Christian. Why? Because they are wrong. It never happened. The Bible is full of errors and mistakes. It is written by man, not God. It’s very sad that one of the side-effects of well-intentioned Christians proclaiming a false date is a more stony ground to sow seeds for Christ.

It is very dangerous for Christians, or anyone, to prophesize something and be wrong. It hurts the gospel; it hurts everyone involved. It is better not to say anything than to say something falsely. That is why the Bible gives false prophets the punishment of death (Deuteronomy 18:22).

5/8/2011: Steven Spiritual Exchange

5/8/2011: Steven Spiritual Exchange

S: 8:14pm
E: 9:07pm

I have not been writing a lot on my blog because, well, there has been no reason for me to write. No revelation and no desire. But I feel I need to write this one.

I have not been active a lot because I did a lot of evil things; I just underwent a season of sin. That is why on April 29, I decided to start my spiritual exchange, similar to the stock exchanges of the world. I use my intuition to determine how the day went spiritually and adjust the values accordingly.

It’s hard. I’m still trying to satisfy my desires through God and not through the world. That is why today, I also made a list of “If you’s” I will share after this post.

I sin. I mess up, but God’s mercy is very great. He knows my heart and He will be my Judge.

Other less-important things I want to share. Tomorrow our battery is doing a special training. Some platoons are going scuba-diving but my platoon is going to play paintball! Woot, I’m so excited! I received the rest of my IDF uniform from my dad earlier last week but I’m apprehensive about wearing it for paintball.. When I drove back to base today from church, I was randomly selected to undergo a vehicle inspection. I was never stopped before but I had courage because God tells me to and He is in control. I turned off my car, opened up all the doors and hatches and stood aside. When I opened the back hood, I saw my car sticker that reads “Be strong and courageous” in both Hebrew and English in blue and white and I grew a bit embarrassed. I’m planning to one day post it just above the driver side door handle so I can be encouraged every time I drive and take a picture to make it my profile picture. I’m still using the wisdom from God to find the right time.


I did not go to my church last Sunday or the youth fellowship last Friday. One of my friends called me but I chose not the answer him. Sometimes I get depressed and want to give up on God because of my sins but I always turn back to Him in the end. Praise God that I always come back to Him.

Today is Mother’s Day!! I tried calling my mom yesterday and today but she did not answer. I will try every day until I can reach her. For the sermon today, my pastor, Pastor Olan, talked about the “Wife of Noble Character” which is in Proverbs 31. His intent in sharing this is not to reprimand mothers for not being like her, but as an encouragement to fathers and mothers; to be “all you can be” (kind of like an Army commercial haha).

To start, he recited “The love of a mother” written by Helen Steiner Rice

~ The Love of A Mother ~

It takes a Mother’s love
to make a house a home,
A place to be remembered,
no matter where we roam…

It takes a Mother’s patience
to bring a child up right,
And her courage and her cheerfulness
to make a dark day bright…

It takes a Mother’s thoughtfulness
to mend the heart’s deep “hurts,”
And her skill and her endurance
to mend little socks and shirts…

It takes a Mother’s kindness
to forgive us when we err,
To sympathize in trouble
and bow her head in prayer…

It takes a Mother’s wisdom
to recognize our needs
And to give us reassurance
by her loving words and deeds…

It takes a Mother’s endless faith,
her confidence and trust
To guide us through the pitfalls
of selfishness and lust…

And that is why in all this world
there could not be another
Who could fulfill God’s purpose
as completely as a Mother!

Helen Steiner Rice
http://www.peacefulhush.com/pagessecond/07/78motherlove.php

One of the funny things my pastor shared is that it’s hard to be a mother. About a year and half ago, his wife went out of state. He tried doing the chores of a mother and ended up lying down exhausted! He said that mothers have to do the same things everyday! Mothers truly are a gift from God.

[from notes] The wisdom of the Proverbs begins with a command to fear the Lord (Provb 1:7) and ends with a mother with strong character, wisdom, and great compassion. God allows you to become who you are today.

Proverbs 31 may not be describing one woman but a picture of ideal motherhood. Her qualities include:

Hard work
Fear of God
Respect for husband
Planning for future
Encouragement
Care for others
Wisdom in handling money

Her strength and dignity does not come from accomplishments but from her reverence of God. It’s also interesting to mention that her appearance was never mentioned. Her beauty comes from her character.

After describing the characteristics of each, he ended by saying that this is the kind of wife every guy should pray for “if and when God brings her to him.”

The children choir came and sang “Blessed am I” words and music by Susan Noyes Anderson: http://www.kerbymusic.org/vocal/blessed-am-i. When the children sang, I closed my eyes and tried to remember memories of my mom.

Blessed am I

4/22/2011: At Heaven’s Gate – My guest pastor’s sermon

4/22/2011: At Heaven’s Gate – My guest pastor’s sermon

S: 10:23pm

E: 11:16pm

I’ve just decided to write a discovery because while reading the news on Yahoo!, I read a lot of hateful comments.

Last Sunday, we had a guest pastor for our church. He is Chinese who can also speak Spanish :) . He titled his sermon “At Heaven’s Gate”.

In Spanish, El Paso literally means “the pass,” but is more accurately translated as “gate of entrance.” It is worthy of that name because the city of El Paso is a major transit point between Mexico and the United States.  A gate, as everyone knows, is not an easy place to get into. Only those who are authorized can enter.

Many Mexicans, when they look across the border into the United States, what do they think? In Mexico, living standards are poor, but in the US, it is much better. Some of them have a longing to enter in the US, but what if they legally can’t? What do they do? Some in the congregation said “dig a hole.” Yes, those seekers may choose to dig a hole to enter into the United States, but digging a hole is hard work and can take many years. Many may start digging, but as the hard labor and time goes on, many quit. They resign and decided that they could endure living in Mexico, but a few still chooses to not give up. The hole took many years of hard labor, but in the end, those men were able to enter into the US.

When you look at heaven, do you have a longing to go there? If you do, it is because Jesus is knocking on the door of your heart. Many people may disagree here. They may say going to church is a waste of time but that is because “they are fascinated by the rainbow lights of the world but they don’t see the true light” (John 1:9). The Bible says Jesus is the gate (John 10:9). In order to reach heaven, you must have longing to get there. We must have a desire to make time for God and to obey His Word no matter what the cost because if you have no time for God, you will be very susceptible to the world. Like the diggers who dug a hole in order to reach the US, we must have the same longing and desire to get to heaven and, if you are faithful to the end, you will get there.

The pastor gave our congregation some pointers on how to get there. First, we must love because God is love. We need to share love to other people. We need to believe with our hearts and confess with our mouths (Romans 10:9) that Jesus is Lord. We need to have time daily for God because without it, we would be very susceptible to the pleasures of this world. We must have a longing heart to invite people to church. Even if they say bad things about you, you must have a willing heart to the Lord. We must continue to dig our tunnel.

He ended by telling us not to worry if you lack strength. Just follow God and do things with love. All our effort will not be in vain. Just follow and walk with God. One day the gate will close but no one knows except the Father.

I took notes during his sermon and that is my effort in retelling what he taught us. He mentioned that a “Christian life is love because God is love.” While reading those comments on Yahoo! I feel that the end of the world is near because the Bible says towards the end, the “love of most will grow cold” (Matthew 24:12). Why do I feel that the love of most is growing cold? Because people are becoming more selfish; they are worrying more about themselves and disregarding others.

The right answer would be to love others regardless of circumstances because God loves us no matter what we do. Even if we have nothing, even when hardships come, we must still love because God is love (1 John 4:8).

4/16/2011: Spiritual Gifts

4/16/2011: Spiritual Gifts

S: 12:00pm

E: 12:13pm

Yesterday night, I was reading “The Gifts and Ministries of the Holy Spirit” by Lester Sumrall because my tuff-box from Kuwait has arrived! While skimming and reading the entire book, I grew afraid that I may not have any spiritual gifts and that even if we do have these gifts, we obviously should not brag about it. These spiritual gifts are mostly to be a blessing to others, also to the receiver, but mostly for others. They are gifts given by God’s Holy Spirit to every believer to build up the Kingdom of God on earth.

Towards the end of my reading, the author quoted 1 Corinthians 12:31:

Do all have gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues? Do all interpret? But eagerly desire the greater gifts. And now I will show you the most excellent way (1 Corinthians 12:30).

The author told me to pray and seek God for these spiritual gifts. Encouraged, I went to that verse and began to read. The latter part of the verse says “and now I will show you the most excellent way”. What way? How? Then it all came to me like a boom. The best way to receive spiritual gifts is to love. We are to love God and one another and, by asking God, He will give us spiritual gifts. Without love, all the spiritual gifts are nothing (1 Corinthians 13:1-3).

Praise God, now I know the most excellent way. :)

4/6/2011: Protecting Her

4/6/2011: Protecting Her

S: 6:41pm

E: 7:29pm

On Tuesday, my section (Relay) had a new member. She is white, eighteen years-old, engaged, and fresh out of AIT. Her face features reminds me somewhat of the girl I used to love. Looking at her and knowing what my section does the past few days made me want to protect her.

It’s sad, but today after lunch, I almost couldn’t handle it. I left the relay office and stayed at the empty hallway. It had almost come to a point where I either step forward and attack (as sometimes I did in Kuwait), or take a step back and withdraw (in the Army before Kuwait). I know the consequences of stepping back and withdrawing. My light grows dim; I would not fully express what the normal Christian life with nonbelievers (peace, love, forgive, pray) should be. I would be a bad example of a role-model to them if I just slink away and withdraw myself. No! When battle comes, when darkness comes, I must not retreat; I must fight! Yet, stepping forward and attacking made me very nervous. What if I mess up? What if I say something that is unwise and they capitalize on it (ex. Kuwait)? What if they ask a question that I couldn’t answer? What if? The only way I can step forward and attack (not attack them but the evil that comes from them) is if God’s Presence is with me. I need what Moses had when he led the Israelites: That he won’t go another step without the presence of God. If God is for me, then yes, I can fight. I prayed for strength, courage, but above all, for wisdom. I need God’s wisdom in this situation. I was thinking about bursting inside the office and trying to start a revival, but I know I must ask God for wisdom first. The call for revival must be clear; I can’t do it just because I feel like it.

Why did it come to this? Because almost everyone in my section (they all come from Qutar; I came from Kuwait), delights in evil. They love to joke around talking about anything regardless if it’s evil or not. They demean women and calling them “bit*hes” or “wh*res.” They talk about doing all sorts of evil things not only to women, but to almost everyone. They discuss evil plans just because it’s “funny.” Sure, if you ask them, they will just say they are joking around. Can’t they joke around and have some fun? I’m not against joking, in fact if it is pure, I’m all for it. I love to laugh, smile, and have a good time, but only if it is within the framework of the Bible, for I know that ultimate pleasure comes from God. There is one person in particular that is causing this mess, two soldiers that say evil and feed off each other. Almost every word he says in the office is a joke and almost every other sentence he says is offensive. He loves to talk and he talks the whole time. These people in my office don’t like silence. I love silence because I can listen to my inner voice and to God’s voice. His roommate, when I used to know him, was a quiet, nice, helpful person. Now, he still has these qualities, but with the troublemaker, he became similar to him. They love to joke and anything that is funny, regardless if it is wrong or not, they will say. There is no boundary that they will not say. Actually, there is, and only because society limits them and not from themselves. It’s sad. I know these people have hard lives in the past, but that’s still no excuse for their behavior.

In the office, there is so much evil talk that I can’t focus. I either try to sleep or pray. Some people, when they talk, they talk as if they had authority, and it’s sad that in my case, it is the troublemakers. I decided, at one time this morning, to get a sheet of paper and write over and over “Give me strength, give me courage, and above all, give me wisdom.” I have to fight against this evil from infecting my mind. Sometimes I laugh at their evil jokes but only because I’m human. When possible, I always try to pray for these people. I pray that they can have hope because I remember that it is hope that kept me alive and have a close relationship with Him. I pray that they can have the gift of salvation because my pastor at church told us that the feeling of repentance is a gift of salvation and comes from God. Praise God that I have this gift so I may have hope. I also pray that God can write His Law into their hearts. God will do that to the Israeli people and they will seek Him.

For my battle plan, I need to continue to pray for them, in and out of work, that they can have hope. I also need to continue to love them and help them if they need help. For their conversations, I will try to join in but to remain blameless before God. We cannot be silent in the face of evil. I will still be their friend and develop positive relationships. Hopefully, with God’s help, I can someday bring them to repentance. I told the troublemaker yesterday riding in his car that “the pleasure of girls is nothing compared to the pleasures of God.”

Praise God that yesterday, she came to me in the DFAC, and asked for more information. The conversation developed into getting mailboxes since we both need them. I talked to her along the way and we discussed about our lives. Her husband-to-be is also in the military and she wanted to be a nurse. She asked more questions about going to college in the Army and I told her my experiences with online college while in Kuwait. I also warned her about the jokes our section makes and especially about the troublemaker. She seemed sweet, nice, but also innocent.

This weekend, most of my section is going to a theme park to play. I’ve been there before with the battery, so I know that it’s clean. Even though I cannot join in with them when they are talking evil, I still need to love them and be with them because God loves them. I pray that they can have hope. Hopefully, they will have hope.

Lessons in Narnia: End of the world

4/2/2011: Lessons in Narnia: End of the world

S: 8:50pm

E: 10:02pm

I was reading Genesis 6 according to the Bible study plan put in place by my church and I decided to use this moment to write about Narnia.

In C.S. Lewis’ first Chronicle of Narnia book, The Magician’s Nephew, Digory and Polly used the ring Uncle Andrew made to stumble into the world of Charn. In the great hall, they saw kings sitting on rows of chairs. At first, the kings looked “kind and wise.” As they walked further down, the expression on their faces changed. The kings there no longer looked happy or kind but were very solemn. Further down, the faces became “very strong and proud and happy.” The children did not like those faces. As they go still further, they saw faces that looked cruel but no longer happy. Towards the end, the faces had a despairing look. At the very end, however, was a tall woman with a fierce look of pride that “took your breath away.” Digory and Polly did not like this place and decided to leave but as they are leaving, they encountered a bell and a hammer. Digory was curious and decided to sound the bell. At first the melody was sweet but it ended with a disastrous tone. The world of Charn is ending.

The Bible also talked about the ending of a world: The ending of the first world of men. Gone were the Nephilim, “heroes of old, men of renown” (Genesis 6:4). Nearly gone also were the race of men and the animals. Just like in the world of Charn, as the faces grew more evil, as men become more wicked, the end of the world is near. God decided to end the first world because of men’s “wickedness…, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time” (Genesis 6:5). God started a flood and destroyed that water-incased world. Only Noah, who “walked with God,” (Genesis 6:9) his sons, and their wives, survived. I’m surprised that very little about that world is shared in the Bible. Where are the stories of the Nephilim? How about the cities and history of these ancient, long-life people? The fact is, these information are not important. Their world has already been destroyed due to wickedness.  May the destruction of the first world serve as a warning for this one.

Jesus prophesied when the ending of this world will be near. In His Olivet Prophecy, Jesus said in Matthew 24 that there will be great wars, famines, earthquakes, and persecution (Matthew 24:7-9). He also added: “Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved” (Matthew 24:12). Wickedness will also be a determining factor of when this world will end.

Our world is ending, Jesus is coming back and the third world will come when heaven meets earth.

Lessons in Narnia: A Mysterious Horror

3/19/2010: A Mysterious Horror

S: 3:16pm

E: 3:55pm

Today, I went to the OneThing event in Pasadena and one of the things I’ve learned in the morning session is that God can satisfy our need for pleasure much better than anything else, that the pleasures this world can give is secondary compared to the pleasures of God.

After the session, I brought the “Intimacy With God” collection which included “7 Longings of the Human Heart” by Mike Bickle. While reading the conclusion and then the introduction of the book (I tend to start reading books from the end.. don’t know why :) ), the author tells the reader that each human being has seven basic longings: The longing to be enjoyed by God, longing for fascination, for beauty, greatness, longing for intimacy without shame, longing to be wholehearted, and the longing to make a deep and lasting impact. I agree that I have a longing for each of these.

I thought about my military friends and how they are trying to satisfy their longings the wrong way and how much they can enjoy life if they satisfy their longings in God. God created these longings and wants us to fulfill it in Him. However, when I visualized telling my friends about this amazing discovery, I realized that my friends hate hearing the word “God,” which brings me to write this lesson about Narnia.

In the world of Narnia, the word “Aslan” is not a completely welcomed name. While some cheered and rejoiced that Aslan (the great Lion who created their world) is coming, others grew to hate and shun it. Edmund and Eustace, for example, when they first heard the word Aslan, grew afraid although they didn’t quite know why. To them, Aslan provokes a sense of dread or “a mysterious horror”. I find from reading Narnia that those who love Aslan the most tend to be good-hearted (like Lucy) and those who hate him without ever seeing him tend to be evil.

In this world, people don’t fear Aslan; they fear God. As with the name of Aslan, some people are afraid of hearing the word God. To them, it inspires a sense of hatred, dread, or, likewise, a mysterious horror. And, also likewise, I find that people who love God the most without ever seeing Him tend to be good-hearted while the opposite is true for those who fear (not holy fear but fear as in dread) his Name.