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    Thu, May 25th - 10:33PM

    Sing to Him a New Song...



     1 Sing to the LORD a new song,
           for he has done marvelous things; 
           His right hand and His Holy arm
           have worked salvation for Him.

     2 The LORD has made His salvation known
           and revealed his righteousness to the nations.

     3 He has remembered His love
           and his faithfulness to the house of Israel;
           all the ends of the earth have seen
           the salvation of our God.

     4 Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth,
           burst into jubilant song with music;

     5 make music to the LORD with the harp,
           with the harp and the sound of singing,

     6 with trumpets and the blast of the ram's horn—
           shout for joy before the LORD, the King.

     7 Let the sea resound, and everything in it,
           the world, and all who live in it.

     8 Let the rivers clap their hands,
          Let the mountains sing together for joy; 9 let them sing before the LORD,
           for he comes to judge the earth.
           He will judge the world in righteousness
           and the peoples with equity.
    - Ps. 98

    Hmmm, I feel that this Psalm sum up the whole main stories, even the New Testament in the Holy Bible. What I mean? Let's see...

     1) God's Love and Faithfulness leads to His Salvation and Righteousness - verses 1 - 3

    2) God's means of Salvation and Righteousness - Verse 1

    His right hand... - Jesus Christ (as the Holy Bible always describe Jesus as God's right hand)

    His Holy arm... - The Holy Spirit

    3) The Holy Commission been done - Verse 2 - 3 especially...

     3 He has remembered His love
           and his faithfulness to the house of Israel;
           all the ends of the earth have seen
           the salvation of our God.

    All the ends of the earth... To the Gentiles and beyond.

    4) Our Life after been saved... to worship and praise Him - Verse 4 - 9a

    5) Judgement Day...

    for he comes to judge the earth.
           He will judge the world in righteousness
           and the peoples with equity.
    - Verse 9b

    Looks like the summary of the whole Holy Bible, you think?

    And so, let's sing to Him a New Song for our King. As one of the song sung by a local band has the words:

    Put a new song in my heart

    Sing a new song for my King

    You are the Song that I sing...

    God bless



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    Wed, May 24th - 2:34AM

    Are we the hands or the legs?



    "4 There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit. 5There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. 6 There are different kinds of working, but the same God works all of them in all men.

     7 Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. 8 To one there is given through the Spirit the message of wisdom, to another the message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, 10 to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues. 11 All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he gives them to each one, just as he determines.

     12 The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ. 13 For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body—whether Jews or Greeks, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink."

    And it continues...

     "27 Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. 28 And in the church God has appointed first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then workers of miracles, also those having gifts of healing, those able to help others, those with gifts of administration, and those speaking in different kinds of tongues. 29Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? 30 Do all have gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues? Do all interpret? 31 But eagerly desire the greater gifts.
          And now I will show you the most excellent way."

    (1 Corinthians 12:4-13, 27-31)

    We, as servants of God, are like the hands and the legs of the Church. Hmmm, what I mean?

    Hands are the outreaching part of the body to other humans. We shake hands, give hugs and even pat on each other's back using our hands. During this process, we outreach to our friends, strangers and relatives, giving the human touch which all humans desire, the love language and in turn, we can counsel, give advices and touch lives for the Glory of God. Hands of the Church, hence, are the evangelistic part of the Christian Body.

    Legs allow us to stand firm and have a firm foundation. Without the legs, we will fall and cannot walk forward. Then imagine, with only our hands, can we go forward and reach out to others? Hence, the foundation of the Church is very important. What give the foundation? We need to have a strong knowledge of God's Word and know and act strongly on God's Will, building up the Church in the process. This is internal development of the Body of Christ, the discipleship, the service in the church ministries, the everyday worship aspect of our lives.  

    Then for a church, can we, as Body of Christ, grow without only one of these body parts? No... without our hands, how can we advance Christ's Kingdom by growing only internally and yet, we are not growing from strength to strength? Without our legs, how can we have a firm knowledge on evangelistic skills and set a good example to the rest so that they can follow?

    Of course, God gives different gifts to each of us, making us either the hand of the Church, or the leg of the Church, or even both. My thoughts are that are we doing what God wants us to do with our talents? The Church needs to grow and if one or more do not grow in strength with their talents God give, then how can we move? We are one Body, so do encourage each other to move along us in the service and Glory of the Lord. Let's do it, ya?

    Paul also said this to the Romans:

    "6 We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man's gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. 7 If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; 8 if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully." - Romans 12:6-8

    God bless.



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    Sun, May 21st - 5:07AM

    Study? Revelant to us?



    This thought came about when I was talking to one sister in Christ. She did question whether studies would be relevant to the Second Coming. I guess the only way to answer this question is to look at the time between now and the Coming: This life on earth is to prepare us to eternity in Heaven.

    Our quest to labour for our food started with God's punishment to Adam when he sinned:

    17 To Adam he said, "Because you listened to your wife and ate from the tree about which I commanded you, 'You must not eat of it,'
           "Cursed is the ground because of you;
           through painful toil you will eat of it
           all the days of your life.

     18 It will produce thorns and thistles for you,
           and you will eat the plants of the field.

     19 By the sweat of your brow
           you will eat your food
           until you return to the ground,
           since from it you were taken;
           for dust you are
           and to dust you will return."
      - Genesis 3:17-19

    However, this was not all an accident; It is God's Plan that man sins and has to labour. As the Apostle Paul put it,

    "3 Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4 perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us." - Romans 5:3-5

    The Hope that Paul mentioned is the same Hope that he also thanked God for the Colossians' faithfulness:

    "4 because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all the saints5 the faith and love that spring from the hope that is stored up for you in heaven and that you have already heard about in the word of truth, the gospel" - Colossians 1:4-5

    As the Heavenly Father, God wants us to develop Christ's character and traits so that we will be all ready to join Him in the Heavenly Garden.

    So, how will study apply here?

    1. Study = Character Building, Reading Textbooks, helpbooks = Reading the Bible?

    Well, we have to endure the hours of studying, mugging and examinations, which produces perseverance, tolerance and character inside us.

    Like studying, we need to spend time reading the Holy Bible to learn about God's Word and Will. This looks like a good comparation, doesn't it?

    2. For the Glory of God... Go closer in relationship with the Lord.

    I prayed before examinations to ask God to give me wisdom and strength during the papers. God wants that, because He wants us to talk to Him, improve our relationship with Him.

    Then when we score well for exams, people will start to look at us Christians at a different light. Isn't it wonderful if you can share Your God's love and guidance during your trials and preparations for studies and let you be a living testimony of God's everlasting Love for us?

    3. Praise God for the wonderful things you learn through the subjects.

    Imagine, your body is such a wonderful ecosystem (as in biology), the many wonderful colourful reactions in the science lab (for chemisty), the simplified formula and equations you can use (in maths) etc. The beautiful things that are all around us, isn't it made by God from Genesis?

    Then we can smile at His Creations and praise Him for the things He has made and done.

    Last of all, are all these among the 5 purposes we are commissioned to do in God's Will?

    Let's look at the Book of Hebrews, Chapter 1...

    Perhaps we can look study as a race, and run it with the endurance with many witnesses (The saints, our friends etc)

    "1 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. 2 Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and 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. 3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart" .

    Always remember our Father in Heaven cares for us, that's why...

    5 And you have forgotten that word of encouragement that addresses you as sons:
       "My son, do not make light of the Lord's discipline,
          and do not lose heart when he rebukes you,
     6 because the Lord disciplines those he loves,
          and he punishes everyone he accepts as a son."

     7 Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as sons. For what son is not disciplined by his father? 8 If you are not disciplined (and everyone undergoes discipline), then you are illegitimate children and not true sons.

     Perhaps Paul's example is one very good role model to follow...

    "7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8 Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing." - 2 Timothy 4:7-8

    God bless



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    Thu, May 18th - 5:54AM

    Da Vinci Code, good or bad?



    This week, the conspiracy theory The Da Vinci Code opens worldwide. There is a worldwide movement among the Church (both Catholics and Christians) to call for a ban to screen this movie in their countries or even encouraged their members not to watch it.

    I thought of whether the emergence of the Da Vinci Code has created a better or worse situation for Christians as well as those who yet to know Christ.

    Argument 1: It is bad...

    Well, this is going to be apologetic for Christians! We need to defend our brief to the world that:

    1. Jesus is Divine, not "commissioned" by the Roman Emperor Constantine to be divine for politcal reasons

    2. Our Lord, Jesus Christ and Mary Magdalene are not married and had a child, as protrayed as the Holy Grail in the story.

    3. The Apostle Peter was not outraged with jealousy when Mary Magdalene was chosen to lead the newly established church (which was also not true) and that his original opposition to Mary Magdalene triggered centuries anti-female policies by the Roman Catholic Church.

    4. The Gnostic (Knowledge) Gospels were not suppressed by Costantine, too.

    and etc etc...

    The world will be corrupted by these "false" teachings that the Evil One is trying to protray, which many a times these belief were already in existence many years ago. People will start questioning about the purity of Jesus Christ (which, already in some Gnostic Gospel like the Gospel of Mary Magdalene, He was protrayed as a "god", who made a clay turned into doves or said some chants and killed one child when He was angry with the latter in a game).

    Our Lord, Jesus Mary, the Apostle Peter and Mary Magdalene are framed here. The claims are false. And so, people call for ban of the movie, discourage followers not to get Dan Brown richer by seeing the movie or reading the book.

    However, I have another argument here:

    2. It is good...

    If it is not the emergence of the Da Vinci Code will millions of Christians relay into the world to educate the world about such false teachings? Will workshops, books, even documentaries by both Christians and non-Christians emerged, debating about the "facts" against reality objectively. I have seen quite alot of such documentations and all concluded that Dan Brown's theories are not true and are in Christ's defence.

    Amazingly, many people now are very curious about Jesus Christ through this, isn't it? Then, as Christians, we can defend our faith as well as to let them know more about Christ. From apologetic to evangelistic, isn't it a wonderful God's plan?

    In fact, I will say, read the book (but borrow it, do not let Dan Brown be encouraged through our contribution to his pocket money!), see the movie (if only there are free screening, then the director will not also benefit from the earnings) then use the "facts" against the creator, the Devil's plot for the Glory of God. I believe that for such things, we should go to where the Devil plot and counter him with God's truth and Word.

    Perhaps, the world can benefit from the Da Vinci Code... More will get to know Him, isn't it wonderful? Just my thoughts...

    For it is written,

    "But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them—bringing swift destruction on themselves. Many will follow their shameful ways and will bring the way of truth into disrepute. In their greed these teachers will exploit you with stories they have made up. Their condemnation has long been hanging over them, and their destruction has not been sleeping." - 2 Peter 2:1-3

    "Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world." - 1 John 4:1

    Go out and educate the world, bring more to Christ through this... Let us pray.

    God bless.



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    Sun, May 14th - 4:33AM

    Be Strong, friends...



    Passage: Joshua 1:3-9

    In serving God in whatever ways we are, be strong and courageous because our Lord God is with us till eternality. What we need to remember is:

    1. Wherever God place us in, this is the platform for our Ministry

    "3 I will give you every place where you set your foot, as I promised Moses. 4 Your territory will extend from the desert to Lebanon, and from the great river, the Euphrates—all the Hittite country—to the Great Sea on the west."

    2. God will always be with us

    "5 No one will be able to stand up against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you... 9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go."

    3. Obey God's Word

    "7 Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. 8 Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful."

    Therefore...

    "6 Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their forefathers to give them."  God bless



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    Wed, May 10th - 8:27AM

    Poem "I am a Christian"



    I kind of like this poem, so I am posting it for us Christian brothers and sisters to share with all of us. God bless you!

    When I say, I am a Christian
    Im not shouting, I am saved
    Im whispering, I was lost
    That is why I chose His way

    When I say, I am a Christian
    I dont speak of this with pride
    Im confessing that I stumble
    Needing God to be my guide

    When I say, I am a Christian
    Im not trying to be strong
    Im professing that Im weak
    And pray for strength to carry on

    When I say, I am a Christian
    Im not bragging of success
    Im admitting I have failed
    And cannot ever pay the debt

    When I say, I am a Christian
    I dont think I know it all
    I submit to my confusion
    Asking humbly to be taught

    When I say, I am a Christian
    Im not claiming to be perfect
    My flaws are too visible
    But God believes Im worth it

    When I say, I am a Christian
    I still feel the sting of pain
    I have my share of heartaches
    Which is why I seek His name

    When I say, I am a Christian
    I do not wish to judge
    I have no authority
    I only know Im loved



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    Mon, May 8th - 9:27AM

    Worship... what's the right way?



    This is just food-for-thoughts, not meant to be biased towards any belief or people. Hope no one will be offended by my thoughts...

    Recently, there has been a commotion that happened during my church youth service. One of the youth worship leader seemingly decided to do the worship a little different and make the youth service worship so hype up and rock by doing songs like "Tell the world" by Hillsongs. As expected, the youths are not ready for such a different service and did not go upstage (as the leader invited us to)or jump and praise. Quite a revolution, too much of a change, I will say.

    Then my mentor did say to me something like, "This is like a rock concert, like a performance. I cannot comment further. It is between him and God." I get the hint: is he trying to make a different and seemingly better worship experience for the youths to praise God alone or is the worship leader trying to get himself and the crowd to feel "high", making it a performance just like another concert?

    Guess that comes to the different belief of worship nowadays. Let me touch on two schools of thoughts with regards to worship:

    1. Worship is for God alone, not us to get or feel too personal and "high"

    I guess my (and I believe some more too) church has been doing such worships. The worship leader will just lead the songs, but it will be each of the people who will worship to God alone. Hence, probably the whole worship will be quite quiet as compared to worship following the 2nd school of thought. You usually do not see much of things like jumping, speaking of tongues, showing of emotions openly. So, it is much of an individual worshipping deeply to God alone in the midth of people leading the songs.

    2. God wants us to be jumping, praising, speaking in tongues for Him openly and He is pleased because we are enthuasiastic in worshipping Him

    I am not sure if this statement sounds right, but the meaning is roughly there. It means it is like the recent trend of worship, especially among youth worships, when people get to jump, praise, speak in tongues. The emotional side of the human spirit will come, because we are showing our emotions openly to God while worshipping Him. "Nothing wrong, right? We are youths, energetic and use our youthful enthuasiasm to worship and praise God." Someone did tell me this, when we were talking about the differences between her and my church. I did go to her church before. Wow, while they were worshipping, you can feel the whole floor shaking because all (or most) were jumping, praising and I know that this church is a charismatic church. There was open expressions of their prayers, in tongues.  

    Then comes the problem: is the second school of thought breeding individuals to be emotionally "high" in order to worship God? Does it sound like self satisfaction rather than God satisfaction?

    I do not wish to answer these questions, because like my mentor said, it is between each of us and God. However, I looked at Paul's first reply to the Corinthians regarding worship and probably God want to bring across some message regarding orderly and true worship:

    1. Is speaking in tongues correct in worship, especially when we invite non-Christians in our midth?

    For this reason anyone who speaks in a tongue should pray that he may interpret what he says. For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my mind is unfruitful. So what shall I do? I will pray with my spirit, but I will also pray with my mind; I will sing with my spirit, but I will also sing with my mind. If you are praising God with your spirit, how can one who finds himself among those who do not understand say "Amen" to your thanksgiving, since he does not know what you are saying? You may be giving thanks well enough, but the other man is not edified...

    Tongues, then, are a sign, not for believers but for unbelievers; prophecy, however, is for believers, not for unbelievers. So if the whole church comes together and everyone speaks in tongues, and some who do not understand or some unbelievers come in, will they not say that you are out of your mind? But if an unbeliever or someone who does not understand comes in while everybody is prophesying, he will be convinced by all that he is a sinner and will be judged by all, and the secrets of his heart will be laid bare. So he will fall down and worship God, exclaiming, "God is really among you!" - 1 Corinthians 14:13-17, 22-25

    2. Is trying out another type of worship inside a church correct?

    What then shall we say, brothers? When you come together, everyone has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation. All of these must be done for the strengthening of the church. If anyone speaks in a tongue, twoor at the most threeshould speak, one at a time, and someone must interpret. If there is no interpreter, the speaker should keep quiet in the church and speak to himself and God.

    Two or three prophets should speak, and the others should weigh carefully what is said. And if a revelation comes to someone who is sitting down, the first speaker should stop. For you can all prophesy in turn so that everyone may be instructed and encouraged. The spirits of prophets are subject to the control of prophets. For God is not a God of disorder but of peace. - 1 Corinthians 14:26-33

    Jesus did highlighted the meaning of true worship when He said,

    "Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth." - John 4:23-24

    God bless



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    Fri, May 5th - 12:51AM

    Still... in Birthdays



    "I will be still, know You are God..."

    This verse of the song, Still by Hillsong has been in my head these few days. My 21st birthday is today, and I thank God for His guidance on my road to adulthood. Praise the Lord! Hence, I pondered about the meaning of birthday to say in my welcome words to my friends and relatives.

    Then I remembered the verse, Psalms 46:10:

          "Be still, and know that I am God;
           I will be exalted among the nations,
           I will be exalted in the earth."

    Well, everyone is rushing for something these days, rushing for work, rushing to get things done etc. There is little thing left to really be still and ponder about the meaning of life.

    I guess the only time (beside public holidays) is really our birthday. Many people already do not celebrate theirs because they think it is a routine only, nothing more. However, the most important element of birthdays is celebration. This is a celebration of our parents bringing us, our victories through experiences and trials and our purpose in coming to this world.

     Have we lost the meaning of birthdays? I guess the rushing world forces us to think so. However, God wants us to be still in our birthdays and celebrate His glory through our friends, family, relatives and experience gained. Will we not celebrate His special purpose in birthdays?

    God bless



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