“Hello, I’m Timothy Hoang. Thank you for giving me this opportunity to share with you the story how I came to know Christ.”
And that was how I typed my testimony on baptism day. So this is going to be the start of my religious blogs? I know that I said that I’d make Christian blog posts, like, a month ago? Soooorryyyyy. (Time to make my futile excuse) It’s just that (with an overly dramatic tone), it’s hard to start a long-term habit. Starting large projects or ideas is always the difficult part because you want it to be productive and worthwhile. (I hope this excuse was believable; because it’s true, the beginning is the hardest part). So, as an introduction to Christian blogs on Second-Hand Sermons, I’ll be using the speech I wrote on baptism day, combined with my present-day terrible sense of humor! 😀 (P.S. This testimony was written on May 13th of 2012, so of course I have to tweak it a little bit). Also, if you’re not a Christian, you don’t have to read this blog post. You are given a choice whether to read on or not; I’m just putting my Christian belief on the web for people interested to read this. Alrighty then, Here we go:
“I was born into a Christian family, meaning I have been going to Church with my parents ever since I was a deformed fetus that was doomed destined to become the person I am today. The first Church I went to was in Garden Grove, but I don’t have many memories of that old Church. Then on one shining Sunday morning in May of 2002, my parents brought me and my younger sister (just who was only 1 year old at that time) to Anaheim Church and it became my second family.
When I was around 6 or 7, a very influential Sunday School teacher taught my class of 6 students that it’s really important to talk to God and confess that He is our only God. As I try to grasp any floating memories in my head, that same Sunday night, I might have privately confessed my faith in my bed. However, it took me about 6 or 7 more years to really know about Jesus Christ and to realize that I needed Him as my Lord and Saviour. On February, 2012, my family was on vacation at Lake Gregory; which was a very bad idea because I hate the cold and I get really cranky being forced to wake up at 8AM, on a no-school day to spend time with humans that have blood relation to me.
On the Sunday morning of February 12, 2012, our family had a worship time in our cabin. My dad was giving a Bible lesson in John 3:1-17, with very broken English I may add, and the theme was ‘Jesus Christ is our Savior.’ Then, we started talking about accepting Christ into our lives. My parents and I were unsure if I had personally accepted Jesus Christ yet (I’m good at keeping secrets from my parents :D, not sure if I should be praised for that though!). So I ended up confessing my faith in the cabin. I put it frankly in text, but I treasured every moment of it, even if after the Bible lesson I got my foot drenched in freezing lake water. My dad told me to pray and repeat a prayer after him. At that moment, I felt… elated, jubilant, ecstatic (basically, any professional synonym of ‘happy’) and filled with hope.
I believe with all my heart (wow, I wrote such cheesy lines when I was in 8th grade) that Jesus is the Son of God and God Himself. He was already there with God the Father and the Holy Spirit when this whole universe was created. But, He came into this world in human flesh to deliver everyone, including myself, from our sinful, purposeless, and hopeless lives. I know for certain that all the sins I have committed in the past, the present, and the future will be forgiven because Jesus had died on the cross and shed His blood to pay for the price of my sins. I need Jesus because there is no way I can save myself by myself. I know that Jesus rose from the grave and now He is in heaven with God and intercedes for me. What Jesus had done for me was giving me a new life. With His help, I understand the Word more. Now I can live a pleasing life for God. With my faith in Jesus Christ, I am brought into a wonderful and loving community for my faith to grow stronger and prosper in the Lord. With God on my side, my life is now complete. I’m totally confident in the salvation and its victory that God had promised me.
I want to thank God, above all, for giving me a new life. I also want to thank my father (with a Vietnamese accent) and mother (with her constant nagging of telling us to eat vegetables) for encouraging me in living a faithful life to God. I’d like to thank my baptism teacher, Lily Aboubakare, and the Teens staff for teaching me about God. Last, but not least I’d like to thank Anaheim church for being such a wonderful supportive community of God’s people.” [Fin Testimony!]
After reciting my speech with a shaking microphone in my hand, I was taken to the boiling water I was supposed to be baptized. And of course, I lost my balance on the wet ladder leading to the bottom of the water and nearly tripped and splashed my pastor. Thankfully, my friends who were going to be baptized as well caught my arm and saved me from a would-be mortifying experience. Once we were all soaked in boiling water, I think we took a wet Selfie in dripping gowns, but I can’t remember.
If you guys didn’t see the blog bomb I did last month under the category of “Timothy’s Letters to the Church” (clever right? :P), I moved from Anaheim Church to Long Beach Church, where I have also made new friends. Well, this is my introduction to Church blogs. Yaaay? I realize that I’m going to have to be careful of what I say in order to 1. not offend people, 2. make sure what I talk about is affirmed Biblically, and 3. keep things light hearted and serious at the same time. I’m a very energetic person and I can’t stay focused on monotonous sermons that may go on for an hour and put people to sleep (first-hand experience, sorry!). But, whenever I go to Church camp, the pastors are always giving amazing speeches in lively environments with sermons filled with humorous anecdotes. That’s what I want to do with these Christian blog posts: to bring people’s attention to God with entertainment. People say that Christians don’t have fun because of all the strict rules and what-not. Well then, I shall prove this common misconception wrong !!!!!!
I hope I’ll be able to help other people and answer some questions with these blog posts. And if you’re a Christian blogger I’d like some feedback on how I should better my blog posts. Thanks for reading!
Oh! And this is my current, favorite Christian song, Breath by The Brilliance: