Monday, August 8, 2016

The Balaamian Pastor: Pastor for Hire

 22 But God’s anger was kindled because he went, and the angel of the Lord took his stand in the way as his adversary. Now he was riding on the donkey, and his two servants were with him. 23 And the donkey saw the angel of the Lord standing in the road, with a drawn sword in his hand. And the donkey turned aside out of the road and went into the field. And Balaam struck the donkey, to turn her into the road. 24 Then the angel of the Lord stood in a narrow path between the vineyards, with a wall on either side. 25 And when the donkey saw the angel of the Lord, she pushed against the wall and pressed Balaam’s foot against the wall. So he struck her again. 26 Then the angel of the Lord went ahead and stood in a narrow place, where there was no way to turn either to the right or to the left. 27 When the donkey saw the angel of the Lord, she lay down under Balaam. And Balaam’s anger was kindled, and he struck the donkey with his staff. 28 Then the Lord opened the mouth of the donkey, and she said to Balaam, “What have I done to you, that you have struck me these three times?” 29 And Balaam said to the donkey, “Because you have made a fool of me. I wish I had a sword in my hand, for then I would kill you.” 30 And the donkey said to Balaam, “Am I not your donkey, on which you have ridden all your life long to this day? Is it my habit to treat you this way?” And he said, “No.”
31 Then the Lord opened the eyes of Balaam, and he saw the angel of the Lord standing in the way, with his drawn sword in his hand. And he bowed down and fell on his face. 32 And the angel of the Lord said to him, “Why have you struck your donkey these three times? Behold, I have come out to oppose you because your way is perverse before me. 33 The donkey saw me and turned aside before me these three times. If she had not turned aside from me, surely just now I would have killed you and let her live.”
Numbers 22:22-33

Friday, May 27, 2016

Learning Progression: A Historical Perspective

Way before the digital age, learning relied heavily on the oral communication of knowledge.  Difficult concepts, stories, legends, even detailed information on how to do things, were passed on orally and personally.  There was no paper available.  Recording information was quite expensive and difficult.  About 4000 years ago, recording of information had to be done on either stones or some kind of leaves.  To prep the materials were already difficult.  To record the information on them proved to be more difficult.  Skillful people were needed to carve on a tablet of stone.  And it took a long time to carve a sentence on a tablet of stone.  Therefore only the most important information was recorded.  Often there were no stones available, so they could not record it in that way.  It took a special “ink” to write on a piece of leaf.  If one was to write on a leaf, he would want the writing to stay.  So he had to find a certain substance that would be flexible enough to be used on a leaf and that would stay permanently.  Preparing for the leaf, the “ink,” and the tool to write would be difficult to do.  Wet leaves were not good writing material candidates.  So, one would need to dry up the leaves first before they were ready to be used for writing.  No stones, no leaves, no carvers, no tools to carve, no time, and so on.  This made information recording difficult to do.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Green Education for Green Life

As the awareness of the global warming, the energy depletion, the gradual destruction of our natural world such as the air condition, the almost extinction of many species, etc., is rising, people of the world need to go beyond curing what has been damaged. Besides curing, we also need to effectively prevent further damage. Discovery Channel, CNN, many independent authors, and many more people have reported that the degradation of our natural world is intensifying. Yet we all know that despite the effort to open the mind of the people, most of us find it hard to simply believe their testimony, how much more changing our habits. Isn’t it always difficult to depart from our comfort zone? For example, for those who have the habit of smoking, to quit might mean stop breathing. How do you ask people to stop breathing? Now, how about those who do horrible things because they are poor? For example, those who cut down trees and sell the logs just because they need to feed their families. Of course there are some who do horrible things simply for money or power, such as the massive killing of sharks just for the sake of the fins, or the brutal hunting of elephants just to snap their tusks to sell them for the expense of war. There is this question: how do we stop all the degradation of our natural world? Just like what Al Gore said: “We have to do something about it.”

Friday, May 20, 2016

Guiding Our Children Series/Seri Membimbing Anak

Yang Academy menerima undangan untuk membawakan topik-topik Seri Membimbing Anak.

Yang Academy opens for invitation to speak about these Guiding Our Children Series

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Child Development Series/Seri Perkembangan Anak #1 - 4

Yang Academy menerima undangan untuk membawakan topik-topik Seri Perkembangan Anak.

Yang Academy opens for invitation to speak about these Child Development Series

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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Following Jesus 3: Take Up Our Cross

24 Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. 25 For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. 26 For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul?
Matthew 16:24-26
Dead to sin is an important starting point for the followers of Christ.  We do not acquire its realization right away even though we are cosmically have been made dead to sin through the death of Christ on the cross.  As soon as we believe in Christ’s redemptive work, we are immediately entering into an eternal relationship with Jesus Christ.  And this eternal relationship with Christ is signified with what Paul called as being baptized into Christ’s death (Romans 6:3).  The implication is that we then are dead to sin, which means that sin has no eternal effect on us anymore,

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Public Speaking Course for Kids and Teens

Last time Yang Academy had an opportunity to work with 2 groups of children ages 7 - 15 for public speaking course.
It is important for the children to trust the teacher when they are learning. Children need time to get to know the teacher and feel comfortable with the teacher. The teacher has to build bridges to develop conversation with the children and to encourage them to speak comfortably in front of public. In this case smaller audience is helpful for beginners.The teacher has to be able to set healthy environment so every kid will be respected by his/her peers when he/she is learning to speak in front of public. What a precious experience for Yang Academy to teach these wonderful children of God. We enjoy the interaction with them during this first course and admire how God put unique personality in each of them.