Category Archives: Personal

Life for Leaders: Daily devotional resource

I’m a new guest contributor to this fantastic resource called Life for Leaders. You can sign up for this daily devotional and be encouraged by a team of incredible leaders including Dr. Mark Roberts and Uli Chi. As we head into this … Continue reading

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Knowing God’s Will

Our church in downtown Los Angeles has been reflecting on Romans 12 to discern some spiritual habits that might help position ourselves to be shaped into the likeness of Christ, which is the destiny of every believer (Romans 8:29). Habits … Continue reading

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What Solar Panels Have to do With Following Jesus

I tend to lean on the frugal side growing up in a modest Asian-American family. Perhaps I inherited it from my grandpa Lim who used to twist off the stems of pears before the grocery clerk weighed it because, “Every … Continue reading

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Updated with new details: Miracle Moments Amidst the Trial

[UPDATED WITH NEW DETAILS!] Last June, Martin came to the Bridge at Union Church to help at our worship service, just as he’s been doing the past several months with us in downtown L.A. I met Martin after he entered … Continue reading

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A Great Birthday Gift: The Story of the Bridge

Today I turn 42 and I’m sitting in LAX on my birthday waiting for a flight to Pittsburgh. The Bridge in downtown Los Angeles is being recognized at our annual national convention for its innovative partnerships as it seeks to … Continue reading

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Something to Smile About

Avery drew her first picture of her “Papa” all by herself with just a little encouragement from yours truly (that’s a belly button on my body in case you were wondering if she was drawing a mole of some kind). … Continue reading

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Entrepreneur. Social Justice Advocate. World Changer. Survivor.

That describes my friend, Steve Hardgrave, who’ll be speaking at a luncheon in downtown L.A. hosted by the church I work for, Union Church. Six times a year we bring together those who live, love or work in downtown L.A. … Continue reading

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Christmas Worship in Downtown L.A.

This Sunday morning I will be at Union Church leading our Bridge Service on Christmas Day, the culmination of our Advent season. It will be a special day not only because it’s Christmas morning and my parents, sister and in-laws … Continue reading

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A Word for Kiersten and Blake

I had the privilege of officiating the wedding for Blake Robertson and Kiersten Johnson last week. Using the Colossians 2 passage they chose, I shaped a message about the new song they would be writing with God’s help as they … Continue reading

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Fridays are for Fun: Avery Planking 2.0

I’ve neglected adding a more personal touch to LApastor.com so here is an un-coerced photo of my two-year-old “planking” on our magazine console. She just decided to do it and I caught it on camera this time. Perhaps photos of … Continue reading

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