What If I'm the Sinner, Not the Saint?

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Do you ever wonder who Jesus would be hanging out with if He were with us in the flesh today? Who are the “outsiders” that we’d be astonished to see Him with? The down-on-their-luck, left-behind and forgotten, sick and outcast whom He’d notice with compassion?

5 Ways My Non-Christian Dad Showed Me Who God Is

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I did not have the best relationship with my father when I was growing up. Like most Chinese fathers of his generation, my dad provided financially for the family and brought us on outings and holiday trips. However, I did not find him to be very emotionally present or expressive. In my head, I knew he must love me, but in my heart, I did not feel that he delighted over me or enjoyed my company.

3 Tips for Managing Life's Transitions

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The three years I spent as a student in Canberra were some of the best years of my life. And then, I found out that my student visa was expiring, and it was time for me to head back to my home country, Malaysia. I tried applying to further my stay in Australia, but it was rejected twice. I was heartbroken, but reluctantly packed up my belongings and made my way “home”.

4 Ways to Reignite Joy When Life Feels Disappointing

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“Sian . . . I had to cancel my travel plans.” That is probably one of the most frequent complaints I’ve heard from both friends and even myself in light of the COVID-19 situation. While a cancelled holiday is a first-world problem that I’m not proud to be fussing over, especially when many others are struggling to stay afloat, I had been looking forward to a nice holiday after months of working hard, and that disappointment in seeing my plans fall apart is real.

4 Ways to Relate to Someone Who Thinks Differently From You

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It’s been an eventful year, and unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve surely noticed that everyone around you has a different, often heated, opinion about ongoing events.

3 Ways to Live by Faith in the Midst of Opposition

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Let’s face it . . . being a Christian can be hard in the current climate of hostility—where Christians around the world face physical oppression and persecutions, and the Church is labelled “archaic” and “irrelevant” in its stand on modern issues. This hit home for me as a university student, when a professor whom I highly respected stopped mid-lecture, having seen me with a cross necklace, to call me out and attack me for my faith.

How I Learned to Give up Control of My Life

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As I prodded through those six months of painful waiting, I realized that throughout my previous experiences, I had not sought God’s guidance for my life, but leaned on my own understanding (Proverbs 3:5-6). Discontented with my circumstances, I had barged ahead and did what I thought best for myself—which led me down a path of unnecessary pain and meaningless striving.

Wait, God?! I Thought You Called Me to This?

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Ten years ago, when I was graduating high school and facing the prospect of starting college at a public university located in the middle of a cornfield in western Michigan, I had a plan. The primary issue with the Plan, (though, looking at it objectively, there are numerous), was that it was mine.

When Covid-19 Interrupted My Post-Graduation Plans

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I finally did it! After two years of struggling with my research on lipid-protein interactions and writing my thesis on it, I graduated from National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) in Taiwan in January 2020. I was excited about this achievement and had been thinking about the next step of my journey post-graduation. But I soon realized that God had different plans for me when Covid-19 threw my plans into uncertainty.