Outside of seeing my family recently, I've really just been studying and hanging out with my friends. I have also had the opportunity to join a baseball team. The team is comprised of all Koreans who are going to college here in China. They are all new to the game which makes games really interesting. Outside of me and another guy on our team all of them started playing a year ago. We play every Saturday as a part of league. We've qualified for playoffs and will be starting those in two weeks. If we keep winning we'll finish sometime in the middle of May. So, hopefully I'll be able to play ball with them for about another month.
The last "text" study I had, I decided to just have everyone ask about things they wanted to know about Christianity. I thought this would be better than me teaching about a specific topic or grouping of verses as I don't feel that teaching like that is one of my gifts and most of the people who come are really just exploring Christianity and are really curious. This worked out really well I really feel like I got to clear up some misconceptions. In conversation one of the people said that she had talked to her mother about perhaps becoming a Christian and her mother told her she didn't think she should because of the pressure that comes with it. This question made me really think about the emphasis some people tend to put on works within the Christian life. I think what people tend to forget is that works are supposed to flow out of us in worship. In other words our good works are supposed to be fruits of the spirit, therefore these good works should simply flow out of our love for God. When we put emphasis on works we often tend to take the grace and love out of the Christian walk, therefore taking away the biggest thing that separates Christianity from other religions, our savior's grace. If we put our emphasis on loving God, we take the "pressure" out of the Christian life and the rest will be taken care of in our process of loving God.
Hope everyone is doing well back in the states, and