Stephen Tong on Various Worship style (i.e. contemporary Christian music, etc.)

In his Daniel Servitude series, video 3, @36:47.

要紧:对象,内容,动机
不要紧:形式,日子,外表

对象 - 创造天地赐我五谷丰收的上帝来做感恩的祭,圣道的内容,纯正敬拜上帝的动机

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On Chinese Musicology

On Video 3 of Pak Tong's Daniel series (4 total), in video #3, history of Chinese music was mentioned: Tong explained how 12 pitches were reduced to only 5 pentatonic (gōng 宫, shāng 商, jué 角, zhǐ 徵 and yǔ 羽) now. There appears to be a few interesting information on Chinese musicology online.

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There's no need to always clear cache/cookies for the entire browser

We can do it per site. This is the instruction for Chrome. However I don't doubt Firefox/Edge will be behind.

For cookies:

Delete specific cookies

Delete cookies from a site

  1. On your computer, open Chrome Chrome.
  2. At the top right, click More More and then Settings Settings.
  3. Click Privacy and security and then Cookies and other site data.
  4. Click See all site data and permissions.
  5. At the top right, search for the website's name.
  6. To the right of the site, click Remove Remove.
  7. To confirm, click Clear.

For Cache:

  1. Open the Website you want to clear in the cache
  2. Press Ctrl + F5
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On What Apologetics Is

After Tim Keller, after Stephen Tong, here's my definition:

The art of persuasion against (active)/for (passive) those in bondage. Not by evidence but by God's revelation.

Tong: 护教这个字原先的意思是被控诉的时候进行申辨。护教学的意思就是对那些反对我们信仰,不了解我们信仰的人,给我们基督徒攻击的时候,我们为所信的做出申辨。这样护教学就具有积极性和消极性两方面的作用。积极作用是护教学和宣教学配合起来,积极的向世人介绍信仰。消极作用是去消除世人对基督教的疑惑,释放人的心灵。

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Weekly Reflections

2/2/2023 - If you misrepresent the other side's view, that's the prime indication of narrow mindedness, low IQ.

Instant Pho $2 DIY:


Recipe below:
  1. Noodles. You need quick cook noodles or else cooking it for 8-10 minutes defeats the whole purpose of instant pho. You want to walk in your kitchen and walk out in 5 minutes with a delicious steaming bowl of pho.
  2. It needs to have a beefy broth and somewhat resembles pho broth.
  3. It needs to have real beef that is tender.
  4. It needs to have a lime flavor
  5. It should have basil but in a pinch, you could leave it out.

So I think the most essential parts of this recipe is 1-4 and possibly 5.

Here is the recipe for the broth:
1/2 Star Anise (whole or powdered for all spices ok)
1/2 Clove (optional)
About a dime size of cinnamon (optional)
A teaspoon of sesame oil
1 tbspn of fish sauce (should do more like 2 tspn to lower salt content)
4oz fresh ground beef (add more or less to your liking, 3oz minimum)
1 pack of quick cook rice noodle
1/3 lime
2-3 springs of Basil

  1. Pulverize the spices and put them in 2 cups water. Add sesame oil and fish sauce.
  2. Cook rice noodles for 3 mins or whatever the package says. Drain and dip in cold water for 2-3 seconds and drain to stop cooking. Put in large bowl and add in basil leaves
  3. Separate ground beef into tiny nuggets like the size of sausage pieces on a pizza on a separate plate.
  4. Let instant broth boil. Add in beef all at once. Turn off heat immediately. Stir for 2-3 seconds.
  5. Add the instant broth into the noodles.
  6. ENJOY!

1/31/2023 - FB post made me revisit "God's decree of the Fall". D.A. Carson has a great article. I'll copy it in the comment. We cannot say God "authored" evil without assigning culpability to God, so we say God ORDAINED evil. God DECREED the Fall. Because in compatibilism, the blame (culpability) goes to men alone between God and men.

1/30/2023 - So after a week or two of testing with Unistellar costumer emails on my EVSCOPE not charging anymore, we have come to the conclusion that because I haven't charged the battery every month, the battery is now dead, despite the suggested 72+ hour charging and constantly replugging the charger as well as replugging the internal battery. Bought in March 2020 for $3k including the backpack, this is now almost junk because of the battery. The replacement battery is said to be around $70. I'm going DIY on the battery myself while waiting for their customer support to respond back about the replacement battery.

The specs on the battery blue package are:
Great Power - ICR 18650 15Ah 3.7V 55.5Wh Configuration: 1S6P 2019.09.19

Learned out to comment out/disable reftagger plugin for tagging everything that looks like Bible quotes in WordPress journal: Edit the file in wp-content/plugins/reftagger/RefTagger.php, look for $default_nosearch = array('h1' => "1", ... and add your own tag, in my case, I appended 'noreftagger' => "1". Reactivate the plugin. So any words in the <noreftagger></noreftagger> tag will not be tagged.

New Truth is Old Heresy ~ Steve Lawson. There's nothing new under the sun, as mentioned in Ecclesiastes. This is a good quote against those pursuing new revelations today.

Or we can refer to Packer / Owen's quote.

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Bible Study: Daniel

It's interesting John Calvin expounded on this.

Stephen Tong also did a specific character analysis on Daniel: https://www.fuyin.tv/content/view/movid/2212

This study will be a compendium of my church's Bible study as well as my own.

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Neo-Calvinism

Reformed Forum had a live interview today with the two authors (Cory Brock, Nathaniel Sutanto) of their book, Neo-Calvinism, My question posted in the meet did not get answered:

Hopefully not going too off topic, but since we mentioned "Eschatology precedes soteriology", what is the view on pre-fall Adam's body? Corruptible? mortal? limited in lifespan until perfection?

So I'll leave this an open question and a new chapter on Neo-Calvinism.

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Weekly Reflection

1/23/2023 Vos: 'Eschatology Precedes Soteriology' - Protology (pre-fall state) is Eschatological, as protology is not eternal life. ~David Tong

1/21/23 Looking for a Routine/Habit tracker, but also accessible via web, not only using the app (i.e. Roubit is the one I am using) on smart phone. https://www.habitify.me/ seems to be a good one, but its free version has limitations such as 3 habits a day, 15 check-ins only, etc. I think I'll just stick to Roubit until I design my own app.

I know what cultural dish to bring to American church fellowship meal: 湯圓 - 含芝麻糊, thanks to this video below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yx5jXK0CmFg

A pastor at MERF (Messiah Reformed NYC) once bragged that how his ministry was blessed because he knew to ask a very rich guy for money to start his ministry in NYC. The rich guy was so generous that he basically gave him a blank check. He has since justified certain kinds of lies & white lies, etc. in one of his sermon.

From this and James 5:2-4, I suppose there is a lesson to be learned: Is our source of power from God or from men? (Stephen Tong was clear on this specifically in his series on Daniel's servitude).

Came across this on facebook, and my comment:

這很簡單: 华理克說他話的目的是用他人的功勞和力量來批評美南浸信會不按立女牧師的教會。 唐崇榮說他話的目的是叫華人、亞洲人,不需要氣餒,能力是靠上帝,不是靠人。 有耳聼,就應當聼。

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Christianity in Chinese Characters/Words (nonsense)

I've done it before in brief (against 遠志明's ministry nonsense on this matter) but after coming across this, I shall thoroughly expose this false 中國基督徒荒謬的拆字傳教遊戲。

And here are the research debunking the above video:

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Aquarium Update - 1/16/2023

After a few months of certain downloaded light program from the manufacturer site, I believe I picked David Saxby's preset, and maybe overfeeding? from feeder, without caring much of what's going on, not even doing much observation, the tank is now flourished with green hair algae as shown in video below. I've also uploaded what I've seen in the microscope from some sample of the algae. I used some sites for identification (1, 2, 3).

Diatoms
Green Hair Algae
Cyanobacteria
Rhodomonas

I have not been checking back on this tank other than making sure the feeder is working and that I tried to do water changes usually 50% or less every month or so. A rather lazy approach. At this point, I think only 1 observable coral (duncans) left. The Duncans seems to do well. GSP seems to bloom for a while but now probably extinct, possibly caused by green hair algae, as shown in video above.

3 main fish left: 2 x Three Stripe Damselfish & Clarkii clown.
Splendid Dottyback is possibly still around. Seen from time to time.
Mandarin Dragonet Goby is likely hiding somewhere as well.

The yellow belly Hippo Tang jumped out some months ago and died. As did the Bluestreak Cleaner Wrasse even earlier. I will be building a cover for this tank.
The Chromis all died off, either jumped out or caused by bullies in the tank (those damsels). I really need to get rid of these stripe damselfish, and maybe the Clarkii as well until the tamer fish have been introduced first.

Current parameters prior to water change:

Temperature: (Ideal 73-84 F)
sticker: 72 F = 22 C

Salinity: (Ideal 34-36ppt / 1.023 to 1.028sg)
43 ppt / 1.0326 specific gravity (Converter)

Ammonia: (Ideal 0 ppm)
Not tested

Nitrite: (Ideal < 0.2 ppm)
Tetra Strip test: 0

Nitrate: (Ideal <5 ppm)
Tetra Strip test: < 10ish ppm

Alkalinity: (Ideal 8 - 12 dkH)
Hanna: 129 ppm = 7.224 dkH

pH: (Ideal 7.8 and 8.5)
Hanna: 8.4

Calcium: (Ideal between 380-450ppm)
Hanna: 531 ppm

Phosphate: (Ideal SPS 0.01-0.05ppm, stony corals <0.1ppm, generally <0.25ppm)
Hanna: 0.97 ppm

Coral Pro Salt Water change (50%) done right after measurement taken.

30 mins after water change:
Salinity: (Ideal 34-36ppt / 1.023 to 1.028sg)
35 ppt (Converter)

I have since consider adding more water flow in the tank. But the well loved Vortech M10, M40 are just too expensive ($300, $400). Some suggestions on FB: Octo Pulse 2 (1,600 GPH) appears to be a good rival to M40. Jebao brand just seems too bulky (I bought 2 x TW40, each the size of my fist, never really used in the tank, due to not just size but weight). It also looks like if I get any of these, I need to buy (or make myself) those 3D guards to prevent fish killing.

As far as water purity goes, I'm still not sold on RO/DI over my dehumidifier waste water. I just power prayed its water bucket to clean the interior, so that when I do a TDS test later, it will give an accurate result, which should be less than 21ppm if not 12ppm (I forget the test result I just did, it's either 12 or 21). Online forums suggest zero ppm with RO/DI or less than 1ppm is doable I suppose. We shall see.

A good read on Reefing 101: Apparently, Lee Chin Eng (Indonesian) is the founding father of reef aquarium.

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