Impact 2010 – Day 2 recap

We woke up to a magnificent view of the sun peering over the Pacific Ocean. We've been staying with a kind and gracious host family who have a beautiful house in Haumoana, right by the beachfront. It's a home full of character: poster-sized family photo prints across the walls, ornate bronze tap fittings, a cosy [...]

Impact 2010 – Day 1 recap

It's been a long but rewarding day for me and Cheryl. We're mentally decompressing from an awesome first day at Impact 2010 Bible Conference, sitting here reflecting on the day just gone. The drive down was relatively uneventful- we left at 7 a.m., had a filling lunch at Pizza Hut, and made it to Riverbend [...]

Impact 2010 – Looking forward to the long weekend

I'm looking forward to the upcoming long weekend because Cheryl and I are heading down for this year's Impact Bible Conference, hosted at Riverbend Bible Church in Hastings, New Zealand. Last year I had the privilege of going with a large contingent from HBC (I blogged about it here), and this will be Cheryl's first time [...]

Songs to suffer well

  Our home church has been going through a preaching series on suffering and the sovereignty of God. Before the series began, Pastor Peter and the rest of the worship leaders agreed that the congregational songs during this time needed to help the church to worship and praise God amidst trials and sufferings, in a [...]

On marriage and the name game

One of the questions Cheryl and I worked through soon after our marriage was the issue of changing her name. We talked and prayed it through for a couple of days during our honeymoon, before she eventually decided to adopt my family name and become a "Chong". Thankfully In New Zealand it's pretty convenient to [...]

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