Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Forgiveness and Restoration

Forgiveness and restoration are completely different things.

One allows the possibility of another.

Both have to mutually work at each stage to make anything possible.

Restoration can't occur until forgiveness is mutually sought.

Be real.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Mission Madness

So many cross-cultural missions happening this coming month! Please pray for:

1. The SDBC Team going to Tokyo, Japan

They still need 3 homestays and time is ticking before they leave. Please pray for this! Please also pray that God will make divine appointments with the Japanese people through the team. Pray for sensitivity to the Japanese culture, and for relationships to grow during their stay.

2. Pray for the CCCB Team going to Cambodia

Praise God for the young team of CCCB guys and girls going to Cambodia! The country is so in need of God's unconditional love. Pray for the kids programs, the english learning classes, and all the conversations that the team has with the Cambodian people, that everything will be done for the glory of God.

3. Pray for the Taiwan Missions team

Praise God for the ministry that has been consolidated over the past years, and the relationships that have been made with the taiwanese people. Praise God for the new members on the team going to Taiwan and on missions for the first time. Pray that God will continue to move within the taiwanese people and that people will come to faith.

4. Pray for the TBC team going to India

Praise God for this unique experience for Zee Zhang and the others going! Praise God for the work that missionaries have been doing in India for the past century. Pray for continued support for the christian movement in such a hindu stronghold, that God will break the chains of Satan that are holding the Indian people down.

Its such an encouragement to see God's name go out to the ends of the earth!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Maybe a miracle is actually required..

Found this gem on my Iphone from my visit to Malaysia and staying in my cousin's old room... but reading it from a totally opposite perspective than before...

The Miracle of Friendship

There's a "Miracle called Friendship"
that dwells within the heart,
And if you don't know
how it happens
or when it gets its start...
But the happiness it brings you
always gives a special lift,
And you realise that "friendship"
God's most precious gift!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Christian Hypocrites

"Christians are a bunch of hypocrites"

I have heard this strong phrase many times while speaking to non-Christian workmates and friends, and wished they would look deeper into Christianity. I wish they would look at the real Christians, the ones who are actually following God and living a life for Christ. I mean, there are so many of them out there!

This is probably the way I have thought about Christians and hypocrites until the past few years. Now when I hear this statement, my feelings are sadness and disappointment. After experiencing more of life, looking at people, Christians, and 'Christians', I am just at a loss looking at 'Christians' who live the life of the world. I am saddened looking at Christians who put themselves out as good, nice, and Christ-like, but deep down they can be the total opposite, without any guilt or regret. Where has the honesty, humility and sincerity gone? Then I revisit this common secular phrase again, the stumbling block for many people looking into Christianity, and think again - "Yes, it could be their lack of interest or their uniquely bad experience, but maybe its a wake up call for us too".

Maybe its time for all of us to look honestly, humbly and objectively at ourselves, and really ask ourselves the hard questions: Am I being Christ-like in all my life? Or am I just 50% there, or whatever it is. Am I holding this part of my life ransom and not giving it up to Christ, and why am I doing this? Sure life is busy, but life shouldn't be busy enough that you can't even think about where you're at with life. We need to examine ourselves, monthly, weekly, daily, and continue to move towards Christ-likeness, so that our lives can be a witness to the one God who is sovereign and has saved us from our inequities.

Monday, October 25, 2010

The Modern Demographic

Today's modern world celebrates sin, immorality, foolishness and the like.

Christ calls us to live a life of no compromise, wisdom and self control. A life that celebrates Faith, Hope and Love. Faith in the only one who can save. Hope of a future of eternal joy. Love, like the one who loved us so much that He would sacrifice His son for us.

People around us celebrate their sinfulness, boast about their immorality, pride in their shortcomings, laugh in their foolishness.

The only thing we can celebrate is Christ crucified for us.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010


Over the past few years, I have learnt these important lessons in life:

1. No one and nothing is worth my trust, my time, my effort, except for Jesus.

2. All of my plans are epic fail compared to God's plans.

3. Satan is real. He is swift and subtle, but dangerous and destructive.

4. Satan loves to see me fail. He hates to see me stand up and fight back.

5. Jesus has overcome. My future is secure in His hands, and no other.

But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.

Soli Deo Gloria

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Boys 2 Men

Over the past few months, I've had a number of conversations with people about the state of of young men within the church. Most of us have come to a conclusion that there are many 'old' boys but not many young 'real men' in the church today. What sets apart boys from men? Is it the tonka toys they play with compared to big boys toys? Or is it the state of their singleness or relationship? Is it if they are living at home or moved out? Is it the fact that they are in leadership positions or not? Some of these may be relevant in minor ways, but the quality that separates boys and men is maturity.

Here is a pretty good article I saw which talks about the qualities of manhood - written by a solid teacher that I would trust:

We need more leaders like this

Here is a trustworthy saying: If anyone sets his heart on being an overseer, he desires a noble task.

Now the overseer must be above reproach, the husband of but one wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him with proper respect.(If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God's church?) He must not be a recent convert, or he may become conceited and fall under the same judgment as the devil. He must also have a good reputation with outsiders, so that he will not fall into disgrace and into the devil's trap.

Deacons, likewise, are to be men worthy of respect, sincere, not indulging in much wine, and not pursuing dishonest gain. They must keep hold of the deep truths of the faith with a clear conscience. They must first be tested; and then if there is nothing against them, let them serve as deacons.

We need more leaders who have these qualities displayed within and throughout their lives....

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

What a Cop Out

He had the opportunity to make a stand on Jesus...

I can't believe his response...

And over 50000 people get fed from this guy every week...

Biblical Conflict Resolution

15"If your brother sins against you, go and show him his fault, just between the two of you. If he listens to you, you have won your brother over. 16But if he will not listen, take one or two others along, so that 'every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.' 17If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if he refuses to listen even to the church, treat him as you would a pagan or a tax collector.

19Do not entertain an accusation against an elder unless it is brought by two or three witnesses. 20Those who sin are to be rebuked publicly, so that the others may take warning.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

The Thing

The thing that allows us to be saved....

The thing that we are commanded to show in love...

The thing most if not all of us fail to demonstrate to others...

The thing that can begin or end restoration of relationships, start or end wars, free or take captive one's mind...

The thing that humbles oneself towards another...

f o r g i v e n e s s.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

What if...

Everyone says that there will be light at the end of the tunnel...

But what if there's no end? What if the tunnel keeps going and going...

Such is life...

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Take my Life

When there's so much to think about, so much to worry about, so much to do...
When life is just getting too big for one person to carry...
The only response is surrender it all to God...

Take my life, and let it be consecrated, Lord, to Thee.

Take my moments and my days; let them flow in ceaseless praise.

Take my hands, and let them move at the impulse of Thy love.

Take my feet, and let them be swift and beautiful for Thee.

Take my voice, and let me sing always, only, for my King.

Take my lips, and let them be filled with messages from Thee.

Take my silver and my gold; not a mite would I withhold.

Take my intellect, and use every power as Thou shalt choose.

Take my will, and make it Thine; it shall be no longer mine.

Take my heart, it is Thine own; it shall be Thy royal throne.

Take my love, my Lord, I pour at Thy feet its treasure store.

Take myself, and I will be ever, only, all for Thee.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Only You

- I call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised, and I am saved from my enemies.

- I will give to the LORD the thanks due to his righteousness, and I will sing praise to the name of the LORD, the Most High.

- that my glory may sing your praise and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give thanks to you forever!

- I will bless the LORD at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth.

- Then my tongue shall tell of your righteousness and of your praise all the day long.

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Friday, September 10, 2010

And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.

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Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Response to a certain news in Florida...

Been following a tab over the past few months about a 'church' in the USA who is planning to burn Korans on September 11.

I have read a bit about this church.... I think something has gone wrong in the outworking of Christian principles. Their beliefs statement seems to show that they must have skipped or totally misinterpreted a lot of Scripture. They believe Jesus is the only way to God (John 14:6) but then that has outworked in a way of opposition against people who do not believe Jesus is the only way to God (i.e. Muslims).

Lets just get things straight:

1. Jesus came to save the lost, not to condemn the lost. Jesus reaches out to the lost and brings them the gospel of salvation. Jesus in his great commission tells us to do likewise and make disciples in all nations.

2. God loves all people, saved or unsaved. All people are marred by the same sin. God loves all of us. God wants all of us to turn back to Him through Jesus. Now lets think about it. Does a church setting fire to korans allow them to turn back to God, or does it oppress them and victimise them more? Would God burn them in a consuming fire right now? No - He sent Jesus to save them.

3. Jesus tells us to be the light of the world. He tells us to imitate Him. He tells us to love one another, just as God loves us. We are to be role models of the Word so that all peoples, including Muslims, can see the love of Jesus in our lives and turn to Him as their saviour.

Jesus gives us this command:

"A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another."

I think this church has interpreted the gospel totally incorrect. Lets not oppress the lost. Lets save them by displaying the glory and the love of God to them.

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Morning Show Disappointment

Every morning I watch the news while eating breakfast. I put up with talkshow-style segments between each news update, even though half of the stuff they talk about is nonsense. But sometimes, I am just flabbergasted by how brainless these show hosts are.

Among many other examples, I don't understand how one can formally 'apologise' about accidentally calling someone a retard, but then openly and purposely make fun of Christianity and religious people (I think P Jensen was on the show).

The nonsense coming from show hosts from Sunrise, The Today Show, Today Tonight, A Current Affair, and the like is just so sad and disappointing...

Sunday, September 05, 2010

Privelaged Teaching...

I think its only in the past few weeks and especially today, that I have realised how privileged we are to have solid, meaty and challenging sermons almost week in week out for the past 7 or so years. Rarely in this time, have we left Sunday morning without being truly opened deeply into the Word of God and challenged to live for Jesus. We are truly blessed...

Thanks Big D.

Thursday, September 02, 2010

Classic Facebook Convo

Saw this convo flying around via Sydney connections...

[Person A]: Everyone is sick! What's with that.
[Person B]: I blame Adam for listening to his wife...
5 hours ago
[Person A]: Adam...So dumb. That's the last time we should ever listen to women, look where it got us!

Friday, August 27, 2010

The Stand

I’ll stand
With arms high and heart abandoned
In awe of the one who gave it all

I’ll stand
My soul longs to you surrender it all
I am is yours

Thursday, August 26, 2010

To my friend

To my friend undergoing a special diet at the moment..




This is what I ate last night..




Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Heal my heart and make it clean
Open up my eyes to the things unseen
Show me how to love like you have loved me

Break my heart from what breaks yours
Everything I am for your kingdoms cause
As I go from nothing to eternity

Footsteps of the Past

Footsteps of the past
Like figures in the sand.
We think they disappear and blow away
But really they are etched, engraved in the land.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Make your vote count!

For those who were at BLT+, this magazine was given out at church with information about perspectives of the major parties on specific issues.

However, if you donkey vote, don't waste it on Rudd.

Vote me :)

Sunday, August 08, 2010

A Japanese Proverb

"The nail that sticks up is hammered down"

Will you be the nail that stands up for God in the sea of other people, ready to stand out and be hammered by the world and its earthly standards?

Jesus says: "You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden"

Saturday, August 07, 2010

"Its all about people" - Dangers of the Cliche of the Year

This year in ministry, I have seen a big push in this idea of "Programs vs People" and the idea of structure/events against people ministry. It has been the generator of many books by solid evangelical organisations, themes of camps and conventions, and in general, the hot topic amongst christian ministry circles.

The big idea of this push is based on the assumption that all churches of today are being focused too much on program and the more relationship people ministry is being neglected. All of the publications about this topic is pushing towards people ministry and follow up. This is well and good - people ministry is where the rubber hits the road, people ministry is where lives are won and lost for Christ, and people ministry is what we are called to in the great commission. However, I think there are some things I think we need to keep in mind as we think about this issue.

1. The push towards people ministry does not mean that structures and programs should be neglected and ignored

In a good model, structures and programs are meant to supplement people ministry, and allow people ministry to happen and happen in a more effective way. For example, an organised youth ministry is much more effective than a spontaneous and clueless youth ministry. A church plant is much more effective when demographic and background analysis is done. In the illustration of the trellis and the vine, the trellis holds the vine up. The trellis still plays a part, but the trellis doesn't dominate or take over from the vine. A good balance of how we view the trellis and the vine is necessary for an optimum ministry. The danger of having a big focus on program is that it overtakes the importance of people ministry. The danger on the flip-side of only focusing on people ministry without thinking about structure and organisation is a ineffective and inefficient ministry.

2. The push towards people ministry is a general statement of churches looking from one extreme (solely program ministry) perspective

When reading to articles and books on this issue, and also listening to people talking about it, we must be discerning and think through the matter objectively rather than blindly take in everything people are saying. These publications about the issue of program vs people are often looking at it from the extreme and general perspective that 'all churches are focusing too much on programs and neglecting people ministry'. Also the publications polarise the issue by painting a picture of the other extreme (of an idealised and fully focused people/follow up ministry) in an attempt to provoke the reader to change his/her perspective. I found this when I was reading "Trellis and the Vine". I found that the authors sometimes spent so much time talking about people ministry and follow up that they were almost putting forward the proposition that structure and programs were not needed. The authors were not saying this, but they were just focusing on the issue of 'how can a church be more people focused'. We only understand this by understanding the perspective and position of the authors. Maybe your church is not like the stereotype that these books and publications are painting. I must say majority of churches I know do have this issue to deal with, but there may be a couple who do have a good balance of people/programs, or even be too focused on people and neglecting programs. We must think through this issue objectively and with discernment.

3. The push towards people ministry in a church should be a church-wide initiative

To be able to have a successful change towards focusing on people ministry, there needs to be a shift in mindsets of the church body as a whole. Follow up, discipleship and training are hopefully things that are on the forefront of the minds of church leaders, elders and pastors. These people are the visionaries for this change. If the leaders believe in it, model it and inspire their team members about people ministry and follow up, the church as a whole will be geared up to make this change. Funnily enough, the process of follow up and discipleship is a structure and program - which demonstrates in itself that programs and structure are still necessary for follow up and people ministry.

Just to clarify, I am all for people ministry. This is what Jesus has commissioned us to do - to love God, love others and to make disciples. In turn, disciples will become disciple makers, and a lovely cycle of training and follow up begins. However, I think that rather than shifting from one extreme of 'mainly program ministry' to the other extreme of 'mainly people ministry' is not the solution to this problem within churches of today. We need to find the balance where programs and structures allow effective follow up and discipleship; where programs are created in order to support a vibrant and growing people ministry. Lets not swing from one problem to another - but rather think and make changes rationally, objectively and using God's wisdom.

Sunday, August 01, 2010

A Franciscan Benediction

May God bless us with discomfort at easy answers, half-truths, and superficial relationships, so that we may live deep within our hearts.

May God bless us with anger at injustice, oppression, and exploitation of people, so that we may work for justice, freedom and peace.

May God bless us with tears to shed for those who suffer from pain, rejection, starvation and war, so that we may reach out our hands to comfort them and turn their pain into joy.

And may God bless us with enough foolishness to believe that we can make a difference in this world, so that we can do what others claim cannot be done.

Food For Thought...

"To love is to risk not being loved in return. To hope is to risk pain. To try is to risk failure, but risk must be taken because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing"

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Small Things

Just like how a small insignificant ant can cause you so much pain if you get bitten...

Its always the small, insignificant, 'chance' situations that can make a seemingly good day go downhill :(

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Cliques, Groups, And all that Jazz

Friendship groups happen in every situation. In school, in university, in socials, events, where-ever people congregate, there is usually a dominant or a number of distinct groups. How are these groups formed? Well there are a number of reasons, the main being a sense of commonality between a group of people. Everyone shares something in common, may it be a physical, personality, skill, or whatever kind of trait, characteristic or mindset it is.
There is nothing wrong with this in itself, but quite often, these groups can become 'cliques' or an 'in-group' or groups which set themselves apart from other people. The trail of devastation behind these groups are marginalised people who are left out and behind.

This is quite damaging in secular society, but this is so much more damaging in a Christian context. Cliques can often linger due to reasons such as ignorance, lack of awareness, purpose distancing, gossip, and other reasons.

Firstly, this mentality does not promote Christian ideals such as love, grace and acceptance. If we are meant to be ambassadors of Christ and examples of Christ in this world, having these cliques do not communicate the right message.

Secondly, cliques do opposite of our call to be disciple makers. If we are called to share the gospel and evangelise to the world, having groups which repel people is a paradox to our goals. Cliques do not allow us to be an 'inclusive' movement, but rather an 'exclusive' movement.

Thirdly, cliques and the damage it causes are usually silent and rarely evident. It is rarely something that is tackled or confronted. But its consequences are Kingdom-impacting.

Have a think about the groups or ministries you are in. Are they like cliques? Is there an in group and out group? Are people being hurt because of this? I know that many, if not every church and church group I have seen is impacted in some way by this. We as God's people need to send the right message to each other so that we can be 'wise in behaviour towards the outsiders' who want to become a Christ follower.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Xiao Lung Bao

These are sooooo good!

So good, that I bought them for lunch today. I was halfway through lunch when I went out to get something.

I came back and mum and dad had eaten it all!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Fighting Stereotypes

"Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus."

I know I'm not perfect, but I know I'm not what some people think I am

No matter, I will keep doing my best and running the race for Jesus' sake.

I'll do my best. God will look after the rest.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Judgemental Christians

I was once a very judgemental person. I probably still am in some ways, but its been a journey of growing and learning through many happy and sad life experiences over many years that I have come to this shift in perspective and orientation in my thoughts.

I find that as a Christian, it can be easy to fall into this judgemental mindset, whether consciously or subconsciously, natural or trained, purposely or accidental. Here are some reasons that I can think of in regards to how we can become judgemental:

- When we make statements about specific people and issues based on subjective, perspective, unfounded or false evidence (on a whimp)
- When we make general and broad statements or stereotypes about people and issues without realising that general and individual are two different ball parks
- When we try to help people but do it in a way which condemns them and puts them down instead
- When we jump into issues and discussions without gaining the big picture perspective on the actual issue
- When we lose control mentally and our temper/anger/frustration takes over (and we usually say really stupid things about people that we regret later)
- When we are so focused on rebuking and admonishing that we forget the aspect of Christlike love and forgiveness

We are not in a position to judge and condemn anyone We are all sinners alike and fall short of the glory of God. I might be able to see the speck in my brother or sister's eye, but I know there is a log in my own! We are not taught to judge in a view to condemn but we are taught to love each other and spur each other on to do good works - to be Christlike. We are to love, to forgive, to encourage, to teach and to grow so that we can all finish the race and hear God say "well done, good and faithful servant".

Sunday, July 18, 2010


Tonight while talking to some friends, the issue of stereotypes came up in my mind, and its something I've thought about on and off for a while...

Basically I think that a lot of us lump people into various 'stereotype' groups without letting them show their true selves (either in a serious or joking manner). In a sense, by doing this, we are subconsciously judging each other when we are probably not looking impartially or objectively at a person. We aren't really in a position to give judgement, especially unfounded judgement on people. Rather, we should be trying to find out one's true character and personality, and also encouraging and spurring each other on to be more Christlike. Unfounded judgement towards someone can destroy one's self esteem and be hurtful towards our brothers and sisters in Christ. Lets be positive, uplifting and encouraging, instead of negative, stubborn and critical in our actions towards others.

"And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching."

Saturday, July 17, 2010

The Karate Kid... with no Karate...

Quite ironic that the movie titled "The Karate Kid" is about Kung Fu and has nothing to do with Karate... Biggest cop out of a otherwise decent movie.

By far my favourite quote of the movie and something that I hold true to in life is:

‎"Life will knock us down but we can choose whether or not to get back up."

What this means is that, whatever happens in life, the most important thing is how we respond to happenings in life. In a fight or spire, your opponent will have times where they will knock you over to the ground. The thing to worry about is not that you are on the ground, but what will you do next? This has parallels to life. There will always be times of joy, but also times of sadness, suffering and hardship. What makes someone who they are is not what kind of 'times' they are in, but moreso how they respond to life's situations as they come and go. This shows one's true character and heart.

This is just like humans and sin. Sin has knocked us all over. Satan is knocking us over as we speak. But God has given us the opportunity to get back up. Its our choice, and our response is the most important decision we make in this life. This response defines where our true heart lies, and where our eternal security is.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Thought of the Day

Forgiveness is the:

But Now...



Even Though...

Its God telling us that our slate of sin is wiped clear. Its all God. We can do nothing to be forgiven.

But forgiveness demands a response. God wants us to respond by putting Him as Lord of our lives. Otherwise, does God's forgiveness really mean anything to you if you don't respond to this massive gesture from God?

Also, Jesus teaches us that because God has forgiven us, we must forgive others. He teaches this plainly, through parables and through the Lord's Prayer. Its not because other people are worth forgiving (they may, but that is not the point) but because God has set the example of love by forgiving us of all our sins against God - our creator and ultimate judge.

Satan may be wrecking havoc in our world still, but we know that through Jesus' death and ressurection, God's love reigns over Satan's sinfulness. God's plan reigns Satan's schemes. God's Kingdom reigns over Satan's demonic powers. We will have troubles in this world, we will do stupid things and stupid things will be done to us. But God is always at work.

Joseph's example in Genesis rings to bell. His brothers despised him and one day, they captured him and sold him as a slave. What an act of injustice! But God still works. Years later, Joseph was elevated to a high position in the Egyptian palace and manages to bump into his brothers, who were poor because of the famine. By nature and knowing what his brothers did to him, Joseph could have reacted badly and had the power to do anything to his brothers. But how does Joseph respond?

But Joseph said to them, "Don't be afraid. Am I in the place of God? You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives."

How much more true is that today?

Monday, June 28, 2010

Thought of the Day

Life is but a moment,
Every second's like a brand new day.
Love, friendships, people who make you who you are,
Tell them they matter, tell them today.
Don't put it off, busy not an excuse,
Time is short, one second, time could pass away.


Thursday, June 24, 2010

A Dignified Exit

Kevin Rudd...

One day PM, next day out...

Politics aside, I have sympathy for the man...

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Interesting thoughts on the iPad...

The brilliance of the iPad is that it's the anytime-anywhere computer. On the subway. In the hall waiting for the elevator. In a car on the way to the airport. Any free moment becomes a potential iPad moment.

The iPhone can do roughly the same thing, but not exactly. Who wants to watch a movie in bed on an iPhone?

So why is this a problem? It sounds like I was super-productive. Every extra minute, I was either producing or consuming.

But something — more than just sleep, though that's critical too — is lost in the busyness. Something too valuable to lose.


Being bored is a precious thing, a state of mind we should pursue. Once boredom sets in, our minds begin to wander, looking for something exciting, something interesting to land on. And that's where creativity arises.

My best ideas come to me when I am unproductive. When I am running but not listening to my iPod. When I am sitting, doing nothing, waiting for someone. When I am lying in bed as my mind wanders before falling to sleep. These "wasted" moments, moments not filled with anything in particular, are vital.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

World Cup Fever: Day 3, 4, 5, 6 Summary

Venue: Home

Snacks Involved: V, Ice Break, Coffee (I'll tell you why later)

Games Watched: Aus vs Germany, Holland vs Denmark, Cameroon vs Japan, Portugal vs
Ivory Coast, Brazil vs North Korea, Spain vs Switzerland

Time Slept: 4am each night.....

Best Play: Germany demolishing Australia has been the most exciting game to watch so far...

Low Points: 1. the stupid horns
2. Cahill's red card
3. New Zealand scoring a goal
4. Spain's failure to score with 60+% possession and 22 shots on goal
5. Lack of sleep

Other Comments:

I don't know how I fitted in watching or listening to all these games while doing my design folio...

This is all I want to do now....

Sunday, June 13, 2010

World Cup Fever: Day 2

Venue: Ping Mao's Place, then at home

Snacks Involved: Cherios at midnight

Games Watched: South Korea vs Greece, Argentina vs Nigeria, a bit of England vs USA

Time Slept: 3am

Best Play: Watching the best player in the world, Lionel Messi (Argentina), on the ball and
mesmerising the Nigerian Defence (too bad he didn't score, but in that game, he by himself has more shots on target than every other whole team in the world cup so far)

Highlight: Park Ji Sung's goal celebration..... and beating Alice & Lisa in Scramble between the games

Low Point: Robert Green's blunder for USA to score

Other Comments:

My Saturday Night to Sunday Night-
6:30pm - Dinner @ Red Hut
9:00pm - Dessert @ Just Soy
10:00pm - World Cup @ Pings
1:00am - Home doing work and watching world cup
3:00am - Sleep
6:30am - Wake up
7:30am - 845 music practice
8:45am - Church
10:00am - 1030 music practice
10:30am - Church
1:00pm - Lunch @ Rasa Malaysia
3:00pm - Soccer @ Mansfield
6:00pm - Dinner at home
Now - Looking at my crazy list of work to do tonight......

Saturday, June 12, 2010

World Cup Fever: Day 1

Venue: Ping Mao's Place

Snacks Involved: Pizza, Softdrinks, Chocolate, Chicken Nuggets

Games Watched: South Africa Vs Mexico

Best Play: Shabalala's Goal...... what a strike placed at top corner to open the World Cup... unstoppable effort...

Highlight: Dilsy's head as the best footrest ever

Low Point: 37 year old players on the field (2 of them for Mexico) including the shortest goalkeeper ever!

Other Comments: Opening ceremony wasn't great, and the most entertaining part of the night was probably the pro evo game we played to warm up (Mexico vs RSA), Heard the France vs Uruguay game was pretty boring...

Monday, June 07, 2010

Battling Betrayal

Our lives are so busy, with so much happening, and so much taking our focus and time. One thing that really kicks the momentum out of something is an action called betrayal. It happens in our friendships, in our workplaces and in ministry. Betrayal happens when you put your trust and expectation to deliver in something or someone, and not only do they 'not fulfil' the task, but rather its like they turn their back and go against what was originally asked of them. It means to 'break trust'. Its almost like giving them your trust, and them just ripping it up and throwing your trust away.

Betrayal hurts in all situations, sometimes it can never be mended, especially if one or both parties do not show forgiveness and becomes hard-hearted over the situation.

Here are some ways I have thought of (in the past 30 minutes) that would help stop this potentially hurting situation from occurring:

1. Keep reminding yourself of the bigger picture. If someone is genuine, they are in a friendship/work/ministry situation where everyone believes in the common vision. Betrayal can occur when someone loses sight of this big vision, either through forgetfulness or being bogged down on smaller issues.

2. Be genuine and work with each other. Don't gossip to others about it, but deal with the issue directly with the person who is involved. Again, if both parties do have that common vision, then both parties should be willing to work with each other in order to stop betrayal from occurring.

3. Actively seek and show forgiveness. Betrayal can be something that one does not purposely intend to do, but for one reason or another, has escalated to that situation. Both parties have to be mature enough to 1. seek forgiveness in the 'betraying' party and 2. show forgiveness for the 'betrayed' party. If both do not occur, there will never be closure in the situation, and this can cause continued friction and distance.

Relationships with friends, workmates and co-workers in the Kingdom of God are fragile and not perfect by any means. Satan will always hone in and agitate these things to see how much damage he can cause. Lets fight against this on all fronts, by focusing on our common vision, being genuine and working with each other, and seeking/showing forgiveness to our brothers and sisters in Christ.

Sunday, June 06, 2010

Life is but a weaving...

My life is but a weaving, between my God and me,

I do not choose the colours, He worketh steadily.

Oft times he weaveth sorrow, and I in foolish pride

Forget He sees the upper, and I the underside.

Not till the loom is silent, and the shuttles cease to fly,

Will God unroll the canvas, and explain the reasons why

The dark threads are as needful in the skilful weaver's hand

As threads of gold and silver in the pattern He has planned.

He knows, He loves, He cares,

Nothing this truth can dim.

He gives His very best to those

Who leave the choice with Him.

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Young vs Elderly

Young people should respect those older than them.

The older people should not look down on the young people.

It only works well when both sides are doing their bit...

In the meantime... keep plodding...

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Youtube Artists....

Been recently listening to some artists who have made it 'big' through youtube... this is a new one that got released a few days ago... Maybe you'll see me on youtube soon... :)

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Focus on the Elephant

So often we as people, just like the blind men in the analogy of the blind men and the elephant, get so bogged down with our own perspectives and point of views, that we forget to seek the big picture and the full story. Like the first blind man who feels the elephant's legs and deduces that it is a tree trunk, or the second blind man, who feels the tail and concludes that its a rope, or the third blind man, who feels the trunk and says that it is a snake, we often are far too fast to make supposedly objective conclusions and become ignorant of the wider picture.

Before making decisions or conclusions, please go out and analyse the wider context of the issue at hand. Who knows, you might have missed something, or you might ascertain more information which will change the whole situation altogether. Not doing this can lead to rash decisions, hurt for other people affected, and awkward situations and circumstances that could have been totally avoided. Decisions have consequences. You don't want to unintentionally walk all over other people and cause them headaches and heartaches. Focus on the elephant... Go out of your way to look at it, elephants are big and easy to find.

If you haven't heard of the story of the blind men and the elephant, I would encourage you to google it and have a read.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Sold Out

I belong to Jesus, I'm sold out for God.

I will do my best and run the race.

learning on my way how to show love and grace.

If you're with me or against me, its up to you.

But my purpose, my existance, is to worship God alone.

Saturday, May 08, 2010

Wise Wishes for the World

1. Don't be a hypocrite lip-service Christian. If you can talk the talk, then walk the talk.

"Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says."

2. Don't be a gossip. True friends will communicate with each other about any disagreements or conflicts, however big or small. If you are a friend, you would not just listen to gossip but confirm/investigate/talk to the person about the issue at hand. Practice love and forgiveness to your friends who are your brothers and sisters in Christ.

“A gossip betrays a confidence; so avoid a man [or woman] who talks too much”

“a perverse man stirs up dissension, and a gossip separates close friends”

"If your brother sins against you, go and show him his fault, just between the two of you. If he listens to you, you have won your brother over."

3. Love and Respect - They go hand in hand. Love without respect can be like an uncontrolled burning passion which is let free to roam and burn, while respect without love is like building up a foundation with no Sydney Opera House, no exquisite building. Both need to work hand in hand, simultaneously, and people are going to fail because we are human. But we have to keep at it and grow and mature as men and women of God.

"...each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband."

4. Life - is not always a smooth sail. There are always going to be things that pop up that you have to tackle face on. God is at work in the good and the bad times. When its good its easy to follow God. When its hard, its easy for us to run away or give up. We have to learn to trust God, be patient with Him, and be content wherever He has put us.

"I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty..... I can do everything through him who gives me strength."

5. Disagreements between brothers - confront lovingly, discuss honestly, resolve graciously. When there is tension between people, without closure, issues can bubble on for days, weeks, months, years. We think we have dealt with them by sidestepping and letting it slip, but really its always there on the sidelines waiting to come up again. That is not closure. Anger that is not dealt with properly, whether explosive or implosive, is equally dangerous. How we deal with and react to anger is what causes us to sin or not sin. We need to learn to be open, seek a definitive and objective perspective, and forgive and show grace. Don't let things bubble over.

"In your anger do not sin: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry"

My two cents for today...

Life is....

Life is not like a series of compartments. Its not segmented into different parts such as church, study, work, friends, different groups of people, etc. etc.
Rather it is like a single bottle. The big rocks may be the big things in your life. The smaller rocks which fill the gaps are the other things that are in your life. Either way, it is only one life, one compartment. You take a rock out, add a rock in, and things will change. Its impossible to take a rock out without it impacting the others. If I get a new job, get fired, get a parking fine, eat out for dinner, it impacts the rest of my life. I might need to find a new job, be tighter on spending, or get more exercise.

One of the analogies that has been on my mind lately when thinking about priorities and new possibilities.... Hope it may stimulate your thoughts :)

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Extreme Measures

Some people are thick and stubborn.... like a brick wall...

When all else fails... dynamite is necessary :)

The question is.. what is the 'dynamite' ?

Monday, April 26, 2010

Mission 1 Complete

Thanks God and everyone who has helped and encouraged me on the way... feeling so good today!

Now to address other issues that gotta be dealt with, and continue striving towards bigger and greater goals God has put in front of me! There's still greater things to be done.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Motions of Life

Most of us are familiar with Newton's laws of Motion - or at least heard about it before....

i) Every object in a state of uniform motion tends to remain in that state of motion unless an external force is applied to it.

iii) For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.

I believe these 'scientific' ideas can be applied into all areas of life....

For example, whatever you do or decide, there will be some kind of reaction or consequence. You push someone, they will fall down. You speed and you will get a letter from the cops with a nice fine. You do good things and people will appreciate you... etc. etc. Its like the analogy that if you go back in time, even if you step on a little ant, it could change the whole course of the future. Or the analogy of your life being a glass jug... and the rocks and pebbles inside are all the different parts of you and your life. If you take a bit out, add a bit in, or disturb it in any way, it will cause reactions to the rest of your life, and other people's lives too. Life isn't compartmentalised, its a conglomeration of everything you are.

Recently I've been thinking and I've listened to a couple of good talks on Romans. A good preacher, Martyn Lloyd-Jones, in one of his sermons, stated that if he could summarise Christianity in two words, he would pick 'But Now'. Why? Jesus has intervened in the course of history. He has impacted the 'uniform motion' perceived by the world and the consequence is that we have to respond to Him. Tomorrow's sermon at church is "Jesus' impact on the world". How did Jesus impact the world? Was he just another man, a good man, a prophet, or is He the King, the Messiah, the saviour of the world?

Friday, April 16, 2010

No Time To Procrastinate!

We as Christians should be living in a sense of urgency - there are lives to be saved, a gospel to proclaim, and time is running out!

For greater things have yet to come
And greater things are still to be done in this City

God has greater things in store for us all! Let's not get bogged down with the stumbling blocks life throws... Lets get on with it!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Jesus' Last Words

Been pondering over a passage in the last week.. here's a quick overview...

Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 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 am with you always, to the very end of the age."

Jesus makes 4 points - two actions sandwiched by two statements about Jesus:

1. Jesus has been given all authority in heaven and earth (statement) - Jesus is the King who is in control

2. Go and make disciples of all nations (action) - Why? Because Jesus is the King! We have to spread the news to all nations.

3. Teach them to obey His commands (action) - If Jesus is King and we are telling others that He is King, we need to tell them how to submit to Him or how to live a life for this King.

4. Jesus will be with us to the end of the age (statement) - Jesus promises us something no other prophet, king or ruler can. Jesus' kingship is eternal - He will be our King forever, to the ends of the ages, and His kingship will never perish.

Jesus is the everlasting King, He has authority over heaven and earth. We must spread the news, and tell others that He is King, and that we have to submit to Him and live our lives for Him.

Thursday, April 08, 2010

Blessing God

Just reflecting on a couple of things I have noticed recently at church and in people I know... This is a familiar tune and a familiar idea...
Blessed be Your name
In the land that is plentiful
Where Your streams of abundance flow
Blessed be Your name
Then we come to the fourth verse. Will we sing this truthfully? Or will we be singing a tune that we don't even model in our lives?
Blessed be Your name
On the road marked with suffering
Where there's pain in the offering
Blessed be Your name
Jesus describes what it means to follow Him: "...he must deny himself, take up his cross and follow me". Following Christ is during the good times and the bad times. Its not when we feel like it we follow Him, but rather we choose to follow Him with all of our lives. It is a path of self denial and putting Jesus first at all times.

Will we be a people who choose to bless God's name through all our lives?

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Words and Actions

Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like.
Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by what I do.
Lets not be Christ followers only by title or by word of mouth, but by demonstration through our entire lives. No rock is left unturned - Jesus demands all of our lives, and 99% is not sufficient. He wants us to deny ourselves, take up our cross - die to our selfish nature, and to live a life which wholeheartedly follows Him.

We need to listen to what the Bible says AND to do what it says; to have our faith in Jesus AND show it outworking in all of our lives. One without the other just doesn't work.

Are you following Christ 100%? Can you humble yourself to handing all your 'crowns' to God and living a Christ-centred life? Our lives are a testimony to the world which, in all aspects of our lives, should point to the impact of the cross of Christ in our lives.

Saturday, April 03, 2010

Your Easter Song

I hope and pray that this will be your song this Easter

I’m forgiven because You were forsaken
I’m accepted, You were condemned
I’m alive and well, Your Spirit lives within me
Because You died and rose again