Thursday, November 30, 2006
After reading ‘Guidance and the voice of God’ by Philip Jensen and Tony Payne, I have a clearer picture in the importance of go to church and deciding a church. Church is a meeting or gathering of Christians. In Hebrews 10:24-25 it clearly states that Christians should gather together, being edified and edify others. We are imperfect and need each other’s fellowship to be rebuked and corrected and encouraged to persevere. To choose a church, we can only have fellowship with real Christians instead of counterfeits.How to determine if the church is consists of real Christians?
1. Justification by faith (Galatians 1:1-10)
3. The Apostles' Words (1 John 4:6)
Wednesday, November 29, 2006
“God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him” says John Piper. This has challenged me a lot. I never see God in this way before. “Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” (Psalm 37:4) Delight, rejoice, satisfy in the lord, and seek His kingdom first… As humans we have the desires to be satisfied, the problem comes when we pursuing the wrong things to satisfy our desires. We thought when we gain this or that we can be happy, but we missed out the greatest joy and what we created for: to desire and glorify God. We could not see that if we keep ourselves occupied with pursuing temporary happiness and satisfaction from worldly means, or being anxious. God is good, he created us for his glory, and at the same time he wants us to be happy. We can have greatest joy and satisfaction when we our greatest desire is to glorify God. Pursuing joy and glorify God can be one passion, according to Piper. What is this one passion? To Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. (Deuteronomy 6:5) Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. (1 Corinthians 13:6) How to love? By rejoices with the truth. How to know the truth? By reading and meditating upon the word of God, be truthful, and obey the truth. These are just my little thoughts.
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
For me, knowing God’s promises and knowing the way God could bless me did not help me much in my spiritual growth. Only by knowing who God is (His character/attribute), and what He did through relationship with Him (prayers and meditating upon His Word), my life has changed since then.
But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people. (2 Timothy 3:1-5)
These people are referred to people in the church, I myself and my parents have met these people, and God wants us to avoid them. Does that mean that do not go to church? But God wants us to serve. I am hurted, and confused, really confused.
Sunday, November 26, 2006
“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.” (Philippians 4:8-9)
Yet I still have to fight, or more correctly, stand firm in my faith in Christ.
“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.” (Ephesians 6:10-18)
And from 2 Timothy Chapter 2, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus, as a soldier who wants to please his commanding officer, as an athlete that competes according to the rules, as a hardworking farmer, an approved workman, a clean vessel, and a faithful servant.
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
That guy asked me a question: Why Christians always say heaven is up there in the sky, and hell is down there in the earth?
Monday, November 13, 2006
Sunday, November 12, 2006
Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.” (Matthew 13:44-46)
I cannot wait to go to SLC (student leadership conference), and I urged people try their best to go if they can. However, I got annoyed when people do not seem understand why going to conference is so important. I don’t usually force people to do something, except this time. I got really frustrated when I knew that a person have the chance to go but refuse to go for whole week. It is like: putting a mountain of treasures in front of you, and you just take some of it, because you leave your arms for something that is less valuable. If only you know who God is!
It is not about what the conference about, yes indeed you going to learn heaps there about God. But for me, it is about being in the Kingdom of God, being in a place where everyone has the same focus, same belief, same God. I never regret went to conferences, everytime I went I feel refreshed and strengthen again. I knew it is good for me, and I know it is essential for me, as I can put my focus back on to God himself and put my perspectives on the right place again. I enjoy the fellowship with other Christians, encouraging each other and pray for each other. I’ll try my best to go even I do not have sufficient money. People think I am mad because I would have done something else and save some money. But no… it’s not about self-enjoyment. It is about being equipped by God, so that I can do his work better, so that I do not waste any opportunity in life. Why I am still on earth after I accepted Jesus Christ in my life? There must be a purpose: to be His disciple.
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I will be with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19-20)
So you know being a disciple and making others disciple is Jesus’s command. But how do you do it? That’s why SLC is a good place to learn how to do it, yes you can learn through other ways, but here is the place and specially designed for you to equip you. But it means nothing for you if you do not have the passion for God and being a disciple is not the focus of your life.
Last year I went to SLC, and met Auntie Gloria there, I told her that it was too wonderful that I do not want to leave. I told her that I wish I could be like that: study God’s word, praise and worship God, do everything for God everyday. She told me: “don’t worry; you’ll be like that when you go to heaven.” Yes, experiencing God is the most wonderful thing that you can get, it satisfying me so much, because it is why I am created for: to experience God and to worship Him.
This morning’s passage is Hebrews 12:1-2: “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
Yes, throw off everything that hinders! Run! With perseverance! Fix our eyes on Jesus! Got it?!
"I may be able to speak the languages of human being and even of angels, but if I have no love, my speech is no more than a noisy gong or a clanging bell. I may have the gift of inspired preaching; I may have all knowledge and understand all secrets; I may have all the faith needed to move mountains – but if I have no love, I am nothing. I may give away everything I have, and even give up my body to be burnt – but if I have no love, this does me no good."(1 Corinthians 13:1-3)
One day when I was studying with a friend about world hunger, she was despairing and told me that love is the only way that works. And I told her confidently that the bible says God is love, the world needs God. (But do I really know either God or love?)
“Dear friends, let us love one another, because love comes from God. Whoever loves is a child of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love.”(1 John 4:7-8)
No wonder I could not grasp God, I could not even recognise Him anymore, because I do not love. At this point, I asked for God’s forgiveness.
“Love is patient and kind; it is not jealous or conceited or proud; love is not ill mannered or selfish or irritable; love does not keep a record of wrongs; love is not happy with evil, but is happy with the truth. Love never gives up; and its faith, hope, and patience never fail.” (1 Corinthians 13:4-7)
“Meanwhile these three remain: faith, hope, and love; and the greatest of these is love.” (1 Corinthians 13:13)
“And God showed his love by sending his only Son into the world, so that we might have life through him. This is what love is: it is not that we have loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the means by which our sins are forgiven.” (1 John 4:9-10)
Love is the hardest thing to learn and understand. But God is love, to imitate God, we have to imitate His love. I pray that I can love my friends even they are not Christian, and share with them the good news of Jesus, not just to obey God. I love them, because God loves them.
Tuesday, November 07, 2006
1 more week I will: finish all exams + go to SLC
2 more weeks I will: reunite with my family in my home land! Woohoo!
Things I am going to do in Malaysia:
1. Find a good church
2. Get a job
3. Try different foods everyday and every meal
5. Road trip to KL from Singapore
6. As a tour guide for my uncle’s family and a friend
7. Meet up with my friends
9. Update my blog
10. Share the gospel (great challenge!)
11. Share with my family about God and OCF (yeah!)
12. Cook for my family at least once
13. Drive a car
14. Visit aquarium in KLCC
15. Volunteer in health sector
16. Watch TV
17. Go Pasar Malam (Night market)
18. Buy Souvenirs for friends
19. Mail postcards to friends around the world
20. Travel by LRT/Monorail
21. Hang out with friends at Mamak stall until late night
22. Read a “meaningful” book
23. Take photos
24. Practice Bahasa Melayu, Cantonese, and Hokkien languages
25. Buy a new cellphone
26. Jungle trekking?
27. Visit my school?
28. Eat durian by the street?
These will keep me going until I finish my exams!!!
Sunday, November 05, 2006
Let my walk speak loud
And my words be true
Let my life be whole
With my eyes on you
Lord I'm stepping out
From the comfort zone
Letting go of me,
Holding onto You
When I call You Lord
You are Lord my God
You are the centre of it all,
The universe declares in awe
I surrender all
I make you the centre of my life
Lord, I respond with all I am
you placed in me the song
Of heavens melody
Your Majesty I live to sing Your song
I have found Your peace
It replaces any fear
You have done it all
I can trust in you
So I'm stepping out
From the comfort zone
Letting go of me
Holding onto you
This is your song not mine
It is your song that bring healing to this land
This is your song not mine
It is your song that brings feedom
Freedom comes, when I call you Lord
Freedom comes, when I call you Lord
You are Lord, my God
You are the song
You are the majesty
I live to sing your song
I live to sing Your song