Hillsong NYC Church

Today, I had the privilege to visit the Hillsong NYC Church in Manhattan! The excursion happened with a friend, my lovely fiance, and future sister in-law. Although traffic made us a bit late- it was all well worth it. The place was packed! Especially, since it was the third service of the day. The service lasted about 2 hours— and when we were leaving there was a long line of people waiting outside for the next service. It was really great to see how many people are getting involved! It definitely won’t be my last time 😀

Manhattan Campus

If you haven’t been back to the Manhattan campus yet, you’re in for quite a few treats! The campus has seen quite a few upgrades, including shiny new Mac computers. Not bad, huh?

We also have “The Haven,” a part of the building the college recently obtained. Recognize it from the photo? It used to be what students termed “the futon store.”

If you needed a tiny bit more of a spur to get excited about this upcoming semester… well, you’re welcome. Also, look out for a post about the new student orientation that took place last Thursday, coming soon.

Irene: Bane for Some, Blessing for Others

What are some of the inconveniences of having a hurricane in the busiest city in existence? Property loss. Death and other injuries. Progress grounding to a halt. Being grounded by the weather and forced to stay home.

It turned out that the last “inconvenient” wasn’t so bad after all, at least for me and my family. The hurricane canceled my morning meeting and all-day registration solicitation for an upcoming event (more about that later), but it also left me with my family all day for the first time since I can remember.

My brother and I beat Portal 2 during Hurricane Irene

On Saturday, I ate lunch with my family (unheard of!), hung out with my little sister, and played video games with my little brother, including Portal 2. We had a great time, and I also went to bed at a decent hour.

Not a bad way to spend a hurricane, huh?

Lessons from Jewish People

Many jobs and careers will cause you to interact with several different races and social circles. Not too long ago, I spent a couple of weeks helping a lady of Jewish descent with a project. She was unorthodox, and dabbled in music, poetry, and comedy. Although she has to be at least in her mid seventies, if you closed your eyes and heard her speech and mannerism, you would most likely come to the conclusion that she was in her early forties tops.

When I realized the project was heading into two-week territory, I was dismayed—I originally anticipated that it would take two days. Somewhere near the end of the first week, she informed me, “there’s a Jewish proverb that says a fool will think what is hard is easy, but a wise person knows that what is easy is hard. But you’re smart, you knew this was going to be difficult,” she mused while gazing at the newspaper layout on the computer screen. I arched my brows, acknowledging her statement and feeling no need to convince her otherwise.

Not a week later while waiting for a bus, a team of two Jewish men—who later revealed that they were salesmen—walked up to a Q113 bus stop in my neighborhood. For those of you who don’t know, this bus line is pretty much hood, so it was an unusual sight. But this atmosphere obstruction was lost on them, and they had no difficulty asking people what time the bus came. “If you want,” I said to one, taking a chance, “you can take the dollar cab.”

“Dollar cab…?”

“Well, it’s two dollars now. But yeah, they’re pretty fast.”

“Two dollars… no, I have an unlimited metro card, that is not worth it.”

Many of us know that God has and continues to bless the Jewish people as he said he would (Genesis 12:3, Psalms 67, Numbers 6:23-26). I am under the impression that a part of the blessing included wisdom, including financial wisdom—in this case, when to spend, and what to spend on. I mulled over these two encounters for a while, and started applying them to my life. After all, work ethic and money management are skills we all can use improvement in.

When I asked the same man how he was managing with a full black coat and suit in the heat, he replied while keeping his eyes on the road, “I am immune.”

Trying To Get In Shape?

Here’s a hint for those trying to get in shape: five extra pounds can make all the difference!

Lately I’ve been exercising on a regular basis (as a part of my list of summer activities). But my workout changed completely when I finally shelled out some cash to invest in 15 pound weights. After a certain amount of time, lifting the 10 pound weights in certain angles became more like lifting two tv remotes. But 15? Everything changed; I was sore for the next three days the first time I tried it.

Now I know some of you readers may be like, “15 pound weights!? Pfft, I lift that with my thumb toe.” But keep in mind that I’m a poster boy for fast metabolism, I work (a.k.a., deteriorate) behind a desk for a living, and my exercise prior to Tony Horton’s Power 90 regimen was to do pushups, lunges, and jumping jacks to the 3 verses of Lecrae’s 40 Deep. This exercise regimen is good for all body types though; my mom does it too. You can trust Tony, he’s been instructing fitness since before I was born.

Your health is an investment! A worthy one. Don’t be afraid to come up with a way to get in tip-top shape! Your present or future significant other will appreciate it.

And by the way, P90x2 debuts Fall 2011… I’m anticipating that almost as much as I did Spiderman 3 in 2007.


So I’ve been on a bit of a personal vacation—I’ve had the past nine days off from work (Left early Friday, vacation till next Friday, vacation over the following Sunday), and I used all of the free time to hang out with my girlfriend in celebration of her birthday. We went to so many different places, including the movies, Governor’s Island, several parks, three concerts, our relatives’ houses, a museum, a restaurant, and the beach.

I would drag myself home after every night, pleased, then wake up and do it all over again. Naturally, a few things fell out of order; namely, my room, contact with a few friends, and my regularly scheduled blog posts. But I’m here to stay! I’m already back in work mode, as I woke up at 6:25 this morning. So stay tuned, there’s plenty to blog about.

Also, shout out to Team Nyack for setting up an information table at the Reach Records Man Up Tour and helping sponsor the event! I’m never surprised when I run into this crew.

Fighting Temptations (Not the Movie)

Summer reading (on the list of things to do) kicked off with “Every Young Man’s Battle,” an 18-chapter book that couldn’t have caught my interest on the library shelf at a better time. While most of you readers may have a handle on guarding your eyes in every aspect of life, I was not so fortunate. However, I determined that God’s way was worth learning how to fight lust in all forms, so I grabbed the book and took plenty of notes.

I was pleased to discover that several of the tactics I thought I made up were actually in the book; this was a nice confirmation and pat on the back. But there were plenty of riveting and motivational facts to digest. Here are a few of the things I learned while reading this book:

– We want to be able to look on at our future wives, be gratified, and desire them sexually, looking forward to nights and not seeking satisfaction elsewhere. That’s the outcome of remaining sexually pure.
– Remember that the women you look at who dress “scantily clad” are created by God, and are, or can be, His children.
– The enemy does his best to get men to have relations with their girlfriends before marriage—and to not have relations with their wives after marriage.
– Sexual purity is hard work. It takes more than just prayer, but also resolve and action.
– The less ammuniton we feed ourselves through our eye gate, the easier it will be for us to practice self control—and vice versa.
– You’re sexually pure when sexual gratification only comes from your wife.
– Use Job 31:1 as an attack verse to fight temptation: “I have made a covenant with my eyes.”
– Once you get some momentum going in the right direction, you’ll notice how much better you feel about yourself on those victorious days.

To learn about how to bounce your eyes, recognize what causes you to lust in order to set up defenses, and even fight temptation for people of the same gender, check out this book! Ladies, there’s an edition for you too. Getting yourself a copy may be a decision that will put your relationship with God from “eh” to a path to a healthy recovery.

And why go so hard for purity? Well, here’s the short version: The more you draw closer to God, the more you want to please Him. But something like completely ignoring verses like Ephesians 5:3 which says, “But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people,” can be a real hindrance to that progress. “It’s impossible!” Some may say. “It’s not that serious; everyone’s giving into some form of lust, we can’t win. Might as well get comfortable,” others may say. But this book stymies all excuses, takes your hand, and helps you through the process. And trust me, the end result is greatly satisfying, although it doesn’t come overnight.

So hit up your Barnes & Nobles, your Amazon.com, your CBD.com, or your local library, and take care of that ASAP! Put a smile on God’s face and put up a fight against lust—don’t wait for winter to help you.

Meet the President

Last week it was back to Nyack College!

A certain prospective student (ok, my girlfriend) asked me to attend last Wednesday’s Meet the President of Nyack College event at its Worth street facility. Sure, definitely, why not? We met up and went in, heard plenty of good news about the upcoming semesters, and sat with a very diverse table in all fields—especially majors.

Ok: so I the Business Admin major and my girlfriend the Early Childhood Education prospective major met Maria the Psychology major and her friend Gloria the advent Criminal Justice Major as well as Javier the Pastoral Ministries major and his guest, Isaac. Got it?

With all these different backgrounds and destinies, there was plenty to talk about—we never ran out of conversation. The food was great too! One of the most prevalent conversations was about the school; the currently enrolled students raved about its unique culture and their adventures therein, and encouraged the prospective students to enjoy their college experience at Nyack to the fullest.

If I wasn’t psyched to return after Summer Vacation is over, I sure am now! Thanks everyone for agreeing to take the picture even though it was a spur of the moment ordeal.

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