#CoCinCANVID, Day 7

Today was an early wake-up at 6:30 a.m. We gathered together at the meeting hall and then hiked up Table Rock, which was roughly a 40 minute hike. This is the first time I’ve gone on an early morning hike, so it was a pretty cool experience. Luckily, the trail was not muddy and the weather was perfect! On my way up, I got to talk with Jacob, a brother living in Boise. I didn’t realize how much people could enjoy hiking— he goes hiking once a week and had already hiked up the trail that we went on twenty times! It was really nice to talk with him, to get to know his interests, and to hear a little about his experience in the church life at Boise. After the hike, we went on a campus tour. Th

#CoCinCANVID, Day 6

When I told people that I would be going to Boise, Idaho over spring break, the immediate reaction wasn’t so much “wow, tfti to that paradise vacation” or “dang, I’m so jealous of your dream getaway.” More commonly, I’d get questionable looks and responses like— “what even is there to do in Boise?” or “where even is Boise? All I can think of when I think about Boise is potatoes.” It was hard to also not feel that way at first— when we arrived in Boise, I looked around and felt like there didn’t seem to be much to do here at all. Today, I was reminded that not only is that not true (Boise is full of things to do!), but that it’s also not the most important thing. My highlight of today wasn’

#CoCinCANVID, Day 5

Today our itinerary included some driving. Well, actually, a lot of driving. In total, it took us about 7 hours to get from Reno to Boise (not including the breaks we took along the way). While we were on the road, I passed the time by talking to the other brothers, sleeping, singing, and listening to people’s testimonies. We made two pit stops along the way— McDonald’s for lunch, and a gas station for gas / a bathroom break. Some notable moments along the way: cutting it close while driving in the opposite lane to pass slow-moving trucks, admiring the beautiful plains and mountains surrounding us, and noticing a big rainbow amidst the rain. Although the drive was long, we spent lots of qu

#CoCinCANVID, Day 4

Hello from Reno! Our morning began with a nostalgic Denny’s breakfast that consisted of perfectly browned hash browns and an unending supply of coffee that climaxed at the immediate filling of our once half-empty to-go cups on our way out the door. Our next stop was Putnam House—the home base of Christian Students at UNR (University of Nevada, Reno)! There we enjoyed that in the book of Numbers, God desires for all His people to be today’s Nazarites, ones who make a special vow to separate themselves to God. —Caleb C Afternoon from Reno! After lunch, I decided to blend more with the saints in our sister club by joining their Bible study! It was really nice to spend time with other fellow b

#CoCinCANVID, Day 3

We spent most of our time on the road. The rides were filled with singing and praising as we head out from Sacramento to Reno. Our morning started with a warm corporate breakfast prepared by the brothers and sisters in Sacramento. They had to begin preparing the meal for us at 5 am. Their joyful heart and labor really cherished us and strengthened us to continue our journey. After about 2.5 hours of driving, we stopped by Pope Beach, South Lake Tahoe and had lunch on the shore. The weather was so nice, the sun was warm, and Pope Beach was so beautiful! The view was amazing, snow was right by the seashore and we could play with both the snow and the sand. The waves were calm and the sun was

#CoCinCANVID, Day 2

Day two of our Spring Break trip was the Lord's Day and there was no better way to spend our only full day in Sacramento than worshipping with the local saints! We had a hearty home-cooked breakfast with our hospitality and enjoyed the Lord with a time of singing together before heading over to the meeting hall for the Lord's Table meeting at 10 am. The saints in Sacramento were very welcoming to us and made us feel entirely at home. I really enjoyed the Lord's Table meeting and had a fresh appreciation for the communion of saints! Our Sacramento brothers and sisters gave all the Berkeley visitors an opportunity to introduce themselves and also to share something they had recently been enjoy

#CoCinCANVID, Day 1

Today was the first day of our spring break trip! This year, our club is going on a road trip to Sacramento, Reno, and Boise. We started off meeting together in Berkeley, and I appreciated that we all split into small groups so that every person could pray for this trip. Then we left for the first leg of our trip to Sacramento! My van had 13 girls, and on the way up we had a good time singing lots of songs and hymns and trying some exciting snacks (spicy gushers!). After lunch in Handle District, we got to explore the California State Capitol. I was surprised how nice the capitol building and the park around it was. We got to see where the California State Assembly meets, as well as the offi

Remembering Him!

“Last night's Fellowship Night was definitely one of the most enjoyable for me this semester! I really enjoyed that the Lord wants us to remember Him. In the Bible, the Lord made the ultimate sacrifice— He died on our behalf that we might live. 1 Corinthians 11:26 says that we should ‘declare the Lord's death until He comes.’ This is because His death means that we live! This sacrifice that God made as a man is such a sweet one, and our God, as we see in that verse, only asked for one thing before His death— that we would remember Him as one Body. This is why we should realize the significance of His table on Sundays. That time is for Him and Him only. In this way, we can love the Lord with

Idolatry and the Lord’s Jealousy

In 1 Corinthians 10, there is a section on idolatry from verses 14 to 22. In our Bible study group, we talked about what it means for something to be an idol. Most often, we think of an idol as some kind of image set up in a temple or a home that people worship. However, what makes an idol an idol is not just its physical structure or appearance; we probably would not consider all carvings or statues to be idols. So what is an idol? Idols are oftentimes very detailed carvings made of valuable materials, and people gather around them to pray to them and worship them. So, the primary characteristic of an idol is that it is something people put a lot of care into, and something they put their h

The Four Basic Principles

“All things are lawful, but not all things are profitable; all things are lawful, but not all things build up.” – 1 Cor 10:23 One thing that I got from the last Bible study session is the four basic principles for regulating the New Testament believers’ conduct. The Bible says that whatever we do, as to the thing itself, must be profitable; as to ourselves, must not bring us under the power of anything; as to others, must build up in love; and as to God, must glorify Him. Many times in my experience, even though I do things that are lawful, not sinful, and legitimate, these things may not necessarily be profitable. At other times, things that I do enslave me, bringing me under its power. I h

College Conference Enjoyments!

“When I would read Genesis before this past college conference, sometimes I would be surprised at how short the account of creation is in the first two chapters, given that it was something so monumental. But this past weekend, I learned that while the first chapters of Genesis do give an account of creation, the main point in these chapters is actually to unveil God's purpose in creation and His heart's desire to us. Starting at Genesis 2:18, we see that Adam was shown all the animals that were made according to their kind and yet, he could not find a match for himself. As such, God created a counterpart for him by building a woman from his rib. Genesis 2:18 says, ‘...It is not good for man

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