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Last call for anyone interested in coming to Summit Retreat.

Deadline for registration is this Wednesday, June 1st.

May I STRESS that the $100 cost is a FLEXIBLE fee (i.e., you only have to pay as much as you think you can pay for the retreat; the rest will be subsidized).

Lemme throw in an ultimatum: I'm currently unsure of my status for TYF Camp o_O …

Re: Summit Retreat by Richard KirkRichard Kirk, 29 May 2011 23:09

Members of TYF (especially grads) and Fellowship 2.0:

I cordially invite you all to Summit Retreat:

  • Friday, July 29th - Monday, August 1st (long weekend)
  • HI-Nordegg Shunda Creek Hostel (3 hours SW of Edmonton)
  • Click here to register (deadline Wednesday, June 1st)
  • Please make cheques payable to Benjamin Lam
  • Maximum cost $100 (will accept $20 deposit for now)
  • Subsidies available

Direct all questions/concerns to Phil Chow at 780-708-1728 or moc.liamg|namkitsdepakeht#moc.liamg|namkitsdepakeht.

Summit Retreat by Richard KirkRichard Kirk, 24 May 2011 05:50

Sorry about today's Adult Sunday School. The following song is what I wanted to share:

Hopefully this will be an anthem for you, the body and ECAC, for now and future generations.

The CCLI lyrics is missing a word, so I stuck it in as indicated.

She's probably my favourite female CCM artist, but you're free to try and change my mind XP …)

Legacy - Nichole Nordeman by Richard KirkRichard Kirk, 27 Mar 2011 21:57

A melancholic, beautiful piece from one of my favorite composers, Yoko Kanno.

Gravity - Wolf's Rain by csyipcsyip, 08 Mar 2011 07:20

I thought they had bacon jam too XP …

Re: G&G Appreciation 2011 by Richard KirkRichard Kirk, 05 Mar 2011 19:16

Puzzle pieces, toilet paper, and such encouraging words…
One of the greatest gifts I have ever received.
A pursuit of godliness, knowing you are children of God…
Our sisters, beautiful "As You Are."

I prayed that God's will would be done in our fellowship before the night began; that we would, above all, be God-focused, and that He would grant us the Holy Spirit to mediate, to facilitate, and to guide.
By His blessing, tonight was one of my most memorable nights in all of TYF.

My time has come,
But what a time it has been,
And what a blessing is His family.

Praise God. May His will be done in this fellowship.

G&G Appreciation 2011 by csyipcsyip, 05 Mar 2011 08:41

I just noticed something cool today! I was looking through the google analytics stats of the TYF wiki, and was wondering why the purpose vision mission page had so many hits! Apparently, if you search "Purpose Vision Mission" on google image search, the TYF Purpose Vision and Mission logo pops up as the first hit! Cool eh?


Casting Crowns also sang this at Breakforth just as it started hitting the airwaves. I eagerly await the day we sing this in worship. It's the gospel message, as simple as necessary.

Found this on Youtube while listening to Pastor Mark…
Ever wondered? This isn't the only answer, but I think it's a darn good place to start.

The part that really hits home for me is at 6:33:

"…And here's the big idea. Where you serve feels like family. Look back:
The people that you felt closest to, that knew you the best, that you knew the best, that you were connected to,
Those relationships that were helpful and enduring and endearing…

You weren't a consumer.

You were a servant. You did something with people. "

Any folk song with chanting is The Best.
Credit to Jenn and John Lim for introducing me to Ms. Fraser's music.

For those of us who were at Breakforth the last time Casting Crowns was here, you'll recall Mark Hall sharing the same story (with a few details added and omitted here and there).

I still remember twelfth grade after Wednesday Vocal Jazz practises, waiting at Westmount Centre for the bus, listening to my Walkman cassette/radio and singing along to this song. That was the year Shine FM Edmonton first came on air, and "Voice of Truth" was one of the first Christian Contemporary songs I had ever heard on the station. I never looked back ^_^ .

This year at BreakForth, Mark Hall, the lead singer of Casting Crowns, gave a powerful sharing on this song. Mark told us of his struggles with the voice of the enemy: how it continued to taunt him to that very day, telling him he was not good enough or able to praise God. I was astonished by how his struggle resonated with my own.

Mark then shared on the Voice of Truth, which is God's voice and the Bible's teachings. He said that listening to the Voice of Truth allows us to be free from the enemy and free to pursue God with all our heart.

What an amazing freedom that is. I must choose to listen to the Voice of Truth.

Voice of Truth - Casting Crowns by csyipcsyip, 31 Jan 2011 05:41

I fell in love with the soundtrack in High School when I saw it in theatres. Another song in the movie, "Bim Bam Smash," is one of my favorite action sequence songs ever. You just feel like ol' Matt Damon running around, ya know?

Goa - The Bourne Supremacy by csyipcsyip, 26 Jan 2011 06:12

Pastor Mark Driscoll is the founder of Mars Hill Church in Seattle, one of the fastest growing churches in the US. He has been an inspiration and a great example for me as a Christian and a leader.

Pastor Mark will be offering an online coaching video blog for 2011 starting this month.

Check it out. If you're interested in church leadership, this might be the tool for you.

- For the church website, I put the TYF wiki address.

Title of book: Mere Christianity

Author: C.S. Lewis

Year: 1952

Summary of content:
A forceful and accessible discussion of Christian belief that has become one of the most popular introductions to Christianity and one of the most popular of Lewis's books. Uncovers common ground upon which all Christians can stand together.

Personal thoughts and response:
I've been wanting to read this book for a long time, but never got around to it. I now have a greater understanding of why this book is viewed as one of the most influential books in modern Christian theology. Written over 50 years ago, the english does not read as easily as modern texts and C.S. Lewis constantly uses metaphors and analogies to help bring is arguments to light. I've had to re-read sections, chapters at a time because of its density. It does deal with major foundational principles of the faith and each chapter builds upon the last. If you don't agree with the first few, the latter will be of less importance to you. It can be a good tool for introducing Christianity to non-believers and to stir up discussion. This book has stood the test of time for good reason.

Re: Guy's Group Book Club by matt-hiasmatt-hias, 21 Jan 2011 18:11

Title of book: Revolution in World Missions

Author: K. P. Yohannan

Year: 2004 (a new edition has come out since)

Summary of content:
Do you long to let go of self-centeredness and be more eternally minded? Do you desire to make a difference in the lost world but aren't sure how to go about it? Based on the testimony of thousands who have read Revolution in World Missions, this gripping message can radically change your life.

In this exciting and fast-moving narrative, K.P. Yohannan shares how God brought him from his remote Indian village to become the founder of Gospel for Asia. Drawing form fascinating true stories and eye-opening statistics, K.P. challenges Christians to examine and change their lifestyles in view of millions who have never heard the Gospel.

Personal thoughts and response:
This book is a great eye-opener, particulary for North American Christian churches for the way in which we view missions overseas. The astonishing real-life examples that K.P. describes makes you re-evaluate our priorities for how we do church, evangelism, and global missions. I would recommend this book whether or not you are interested in missions because it gives a different perspective as to the real heart of missions both at home and abroad. It's also interesting to read about how such a huge organization like Gospel for Asia came to be. (btw, did I mention that you can get a copy for free?)

Re: Guy's Group Book Club by matt-hiasmatt-hias, 21 Jan 2011 17:39

A wonderful song shared with me by Jenn through Michelle.
According to Michelle, the band plays in Hong Kong, but is native to Australia. Cool, huh?

Ashes to Beauty - The Vine Band by csyipcsyip, 14 Jan 2011 06:30

I would also recommend this book, especially to young men who are beginning to explore their personal faith.
I did a bit of research after reading it and came upon this article:

The article points out two problematic points where Eldredge strays from scripture. It does not invalidate the entire book, but it is very important: the focus of the Christian walk is on God's strength and God's knowing all, not ours. The Gospel is so incredibly vast that it is difficult to fit all of its points into one piece (how can we include all of God's facets?), but that is why we must point out that God is all-encompassing, be it the strength of man or the gears of our future.

I continue to recommend Wild at Heart because it is a good introduction to men's ability to seek God's strength. I thought its section on wounds was a real eye-opener; it completely changed my perspective on my situation. It is an empowering and encouraging book that asks for men to steer back towards strength and courage, something I believe is invaluable to godly manhood.

Re: Book Club: Wild At Heart by csyipcsyip, 11 Jan 2011 22:12

You might wanna put a space between your hyphens and the immediately-adjacent words. Because if you don't well you get that XP …

I presume you're looking forward to Jon Eldredge speaking at Breakforth ^_^ …and that you re-read the book in preparation/anticipation of his coming to Breakforth XD …

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