vincent chough
  I have been a member of ChristianBlog.Com for 11 years, 6 months and 25 days.

  I have published 111 blogs and 640 comments.

 My most recent blog was published: Jun 06 2012 03:12:50pm

 I currently live in: Argentina.
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Welcome to the real world
Vincent Chough
published . 1 min read
You are a miner. You dig for precious diamonds. You pick and hammer away and as you get closer to the goal the rock gets harder, denser and darker. The workload increases exponentially. So you take a deep breath and swing away, THWACK! And another... THWACK! For hours, again and again, you chip away. When the day is done your hands are calloused and bleeding. Your shoulders ache, and your eyes are filled with dust and tears. Looking at your work you’ve barely made a dent in the obsidian rock that blocks you from your goal. You go home to rest. And before the sun rises you descend back into the mine to toil and ruin yourself searching for that precious gem. Welcome to the real world. If you are trying to share the Gospel message you will encounter every type of hard obstacle.........
Heroes need not apply
Vincent Chough
published . 3 min read
The world sells us heroism. We have the Avengers and Spider Man and all sorts of other Saturday morning characters that overcome evil through heroic acts. Every young boy wants to grow up and be a super-man and defend the weak. Is this what God wants from us? What about David – giant killer and victorious in battle – he was a hero wasn’t he? Not exactly as we might imagine. When Saul threw spears at David what did David do? Did he return fire? No. In our lives how often are we unnecessarily returning fire at the spears launched against us? Do we defend ourselves or let God be our strength? At one point David had a chance to kill Saul, end the threat against his life and claim the throne. But David did not want any of that. He only wanted to obey and accept God’s......
One cigarette a day, oh my precious!
Vincent Chough
published . 2 min read
I’m reading by JRR Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings. One of the most compelling themes is the Ring itself. It possesses its owner and generates a psychotic jealousy. Many desire the ring and are willing to do anything to have it. One particularly loathsome character, Gollum, calls the Ring “My Precious”. It makes me recall the rings in my life. I remember when I used to smoke cigarettes. I cut way back after a while, but I still smoked one before bedtime. Just one. Meanwhile I would preach the dangers of tobacco to my children. I was so desperate to have that smoke that I would hurry my children anxiously or even aggressively to bed. The Marlboro Man waited for me. But it’s just one lousy smoke, what’s the big deal? Beyond the fact that even just one......
Why are we sad?
Vincent Chough
published . 2 min read
Even though those of us living in developed nations live longer and healthier we are more depressed than those living in poor countries. Why is this? World Health Organization (WHO) research shows that mental illness (depression, etc.) is the leading factor in disease burden for high income nations. Depression leads to more loss of quality of life upon society as a whole than does heart disease or cancer. So as science advances in maintaining our biological health a more profound illness rises to the surface. Sadness remains our basic ailment when other sicknesses and needs are resolved. Quite simply we are rich, healthy… and sad (by healthy I mean that we do not face illness due to respiratory infections and diarrheal disease like they do in Bhutan, Haiti or Ghana). The WHO also......
A broken heart
Vincent Chough
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How do we respond when we make a mistake? When our actions are repulsive? Ironically it is a chance to receive the grace to contemplate Jesus. Our tiny drop of revulsion is multiplied infinitely and placed upon the Lamb of God. How did God the Father let His Son take the blame? It’s placing the blame and punishment on the innocent. Only God can do such a thing. Only His Son could have satisfied this role. Only God can create such an act of mercy and perfection. Perfect justice. All debts paid at once. But when we reject this truth we let our pride and insecurity win. We keep repeating the same hurtful behavior over and over again. We let our bad habits control us. We refuse to let old wounds heal. We can choose how these circumstances form us. One option is the “Why me?”......
Little boy fishing
Vincent Chough
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So we went fishing son with primitive tackle to the wide river plate. You so still and intent so quiet for your nearly eight years old. And this father watched you as you sat waiting. And my heavenly Father sits watching me. Am I so still? Am I so content? To fill His eyes As my son fills mine? ... Grace to you, Vincent H Chough The River Plate or "Rio de la Plata" is the widest river in the world. The port cities of Buenos Aires, Argentina and Montevideo, Uruguay are located on its shores. Below is an aerial photo of the river. Source: Wikipedia....
The giant killer
Vincent Chough
published . 2 min read
Are you facing giants in your life? Is there a big ugly monster standing between you and where you want to be? How do we face down the giants? You gotta have attitude the attitude of a giant killer. A giant is something bigger than us. It scares us. It makes our gut wrench in fear of defeat and failure, maybe even death. On Sunday in church the giant grabbed me by the entrails and twisted hard. "Little man, the giant growled, let's just play nice now. Forget about all your hopes and dreams. It's all too much for you to handle. Look at me. Look at me I said! Do you really want to go toe-to-toe with this badness? Just keep quiet and keep to yourself. You are making a nuisance of yourself and kidding yourself. This thing called faith? Yes, it sounds all nice and cozy, but in my......
Via crucis; he is never ashamed of us
Vincent Chough
published . 2 min read
On Good Friday we walked the Stations of the Cross on the outskirts of the villa . Given the delicate situation, the parish priest decided that it was best not to go into the heart of the slum. As many know, the Stations depict different stages in the Passion of Jesus Christ starting in the Garden of Gethsemane and ending with Jesus entombed or resurrected depending on which version one uses. While I was walking and praying someone asked me if I wanted to carry the cross during part of the procession. I accepted. Then we came to Station Four: Jesus denied by Peter. Here in Argentina, each station is read at the doorstep of a neighbor's home... We recall from Luke 22 that while Jesus was being handed over to the authorities Peter denied knowing Him: Peter replied, "Man, I......
Misa clandestina; betrayal and redemption
Vincent Chough
published . 2 min read
Why is betrayal so painful? Because it is born of love. One can not betray one's enemy. We can only betray those who trust us. During Easter week we contemplated Judas betrayal of Jesus. How do we adopt the Savior's loving arms and make them our own? In the villa (Argentine slum) I have been attending the "Misa Clandestina " or Underground Mass. It s not really underground, but it is at an unusual time, Tuesdays at 4pm. The priest chose this time because it is meant to be a mass for the common people, for the excluded. Even in the villa the specter of religiosity rears its ugly head. The middle class borders the villa and some consider themselves the owners of the parish. Others feel left out. So the priest set up what he jokingly calls the Misa Clandestina . Last week......
The hardest part; 70 times 7
Vincent Chough
published . 4 min read
I had planned to take a breather, hoping to lighten up and even inject some humor here. Apparently the Lord had other plans... even tragic ones. The killings at Oikos University bring back horrible memories of the Va. Tech massacre in 2007. All murder is pain, and killing spurred by vengeance doubles the suffering. There is a common thread between these two perpetrators and me... we are Koreans. SeungHui Cho, who bears my last name, and One L. Goh were/are killers... and victims. Cho committed suicide, and Goh is now in custody. They were victims of discrimination and bullying. I remember vividly being teased as a youth. Born in the USA, I never had an accent, thankfully. It is difficult to imagine the humiliation if my speaking voice called as much attention as my straight black hair and......
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