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A choice we made today…

May 27th, 2007

Hi guys, finally, my first blog entry here =p

And honestly, I’m so excited to share of God’s goodness towards me. It has really taught be alot and I pray that those who will read this would be blessed too.

Here i go then:

It was a Sunday, the 27th of May, what started out to be like a typical Sunday at church turned out to be rather eventful! After church, and after our various meetings and choir practices, the 3 of us, Gwyneth, Hannah, and myself decided to just do some catching up, and to just take a walk around Jurong Point. Having a car with us, we drove there and came to a decision to park at this make shift car park, since it offered free parking and was conveniently located just opposite Jurong Point . This particular carpark had no allocated markings for the lots, so we simply picked a spot and went off to Jp.

Hours later, we returned to where our car was parked – it was noticeably more packed, and it didn’t help that streams of cars were continually entering an already “crammed” car park. So we started our car and began reversing out….a couple of minutes later, we were nearing the end of the car park, but there was something that stood in the way – a car that obstructed the way by parking near the exit.  We had to negotiate a really tight turn..we started moving really slowly, “inching” our way through..Seconds passed and all of a sudden, we heard this tapping sound on the car. I paused and thought to myself, what was that? I don’t see anyone tapping the car boot… I did not realise what had happened, but to my horror, I had actually scratched the rear bumber of the car that stood in the way.

We were faced with a decision, a choice…to siam or not to siam( siam : evade any form of trouble) .

What would you do if you were faced with such a situation? Honestly, I was in a dilemma, at the back of my head, I knew that being a Christian, it certainly wouldn’t be right to just leave without leaving a note – for fear of incurring any additional repair bills. And on the other hand, I was thinking that if that car owner could actually choose to park in a position that obstructed the way, he might actually turn out to be quite an unreasonable person. One who may even take advantage of the situation to get a “free car – make over” probably a change of car-bumber, or maybe even a new coat of paint.

We were at a lost, not knowing what to do…we were “weighing the cost” – but what were at the end of the 2 scales?

I thank God for the 2 Christian friends Gwyneth and Hannah who were there at that point of time. They provided such good and sound advice too, and showed love through their patience, help towards me. While we were contemplating and “weighing the cost”, Hannah suggested with a soft, but firm voice, saying “I think we should leave a note”. Though that may seem naive of her (of not realising how cruel the world may be), at the back of my mind, I knew that she was right, and what struck me was the kind of faith she had in God when faced with adversity..how could I choose to flee, stumbling her with my decision especially since Hannah was a relatively new believer, and it was also so timely, that the topic my pri 5 Sunday school class and I were on happened to be decision making, choosing to honor God just as Abraham did..I seriously thought to myself, how could I be teaching others, but not even practicing it myself?

 

Indeed our God is always there when we need Him, so real and so true, and how everything fell in place so perfectly. We prayed together..and i thank God for showing us things in a different light – instead of having “extra expenses incurred” on 1 side of the scale, and “driving off – maybe even without the owner himself realising that extra scratch on his car bumber” we weighed the cost differently – one side being “losing money, an earthly possession”  and the other being “our testimony we leave for others as Christians”

So we finally came to a decision, we chose to honour God, by leaving a note for the car owner with my mobile number on it.

Minutes slipped past, perhaps even an hour, the sky was dark by then and it started raining really heavily too, so we decided to enclose the note within a plastic bag -> that was coincidentally from life book shop! I’m sure nothing happens by chance and I thank God that the three of us chose to honor God with our decision. Even though we knew not of what would happen, we left, with this peace in our hearts knowing that God will honour those who honour Him.

As I got home, I started praying, pleading with God to show himself real, so that we may glorify Him through this..just at that moment, my hand phone rang, it was an unknown number…

I picked it up and true enough, it was the car owner..

Our God is truly awesome, and sovereign! The owner kindly said that he had read the note and would settle any fees incurred from the damages on his own” 

What a mighty God we serve, indeed I feel so privileged that we as Christians can turn to Him whenever we need Him, whatever the time, wherever the place.

Indeed, i pray that i will always be reminded of this incident when i make future decisions in life. That having a child-like faith is all it takes, to trust in God to make decisions simply based on what God has instructed us ad Christians to do, and not to rely on our own intelligence. (just like in the incident of worrying whether or not the car owner would take advantage of us)

All praise and glory be unto our wonderful God, our councillor and marvellous friend. J

Pray for us!

May 22nd, 2007

Please continue to pray for us as our departure date draws near. Pray that God will go before us and to prepare our hearts fully for what is to come. Thank God for His provisions thus far and we believe that God will continue to provide for His work.

😀

Instructions to the priests of God

May 14th, 2007

As I studied the book of Kings and Chronicles, I’m now at the reign of King Hezekiah of Judah who just took over the throne from Ahaz, his father, who worshipped idols and sacrificed his children in the fire. At this period, the northern kingdom of Israel has already been invaded by Assyria and the people have been forcefully displaced and scattered to lands far away from Israel, while Israel was being repopulated by people from other nations conquered by Assyria because of the sins of Israel in disobeying God, worshipping other gods and practicing sexual and moral impurity.

The state of Israel was very very bad. But then came along a king who resolved to bring all the people back to seek after God. This was to be Hezekiah, at 25 years of age, he sought to honour God and bring not just Judah but all Israel back to seek God. But to do that, he had to first walk steadfastly with God and have an intimate knowledge of His word.

The 1st thing that Hezekiah did on the 1st day of the 1st month of the 1st year of his reign(in short, immediately), was to call all the Levite priests together to consecrate themselves and consecrate the house of God and restore it back to order.

2 Chronicles 29:10 “Now it is in my heart to make a covenant with the LORD God of Israel, that His burning anger may turn away from us. 11 “My sons, do not be negligent now, for the LORD has chosen you to stand before Him, to minister to Him, and to be His ministers and burn incense.” (NASB)

As I read Hezekiah’s words to the priests, these words struct a deep chord in my heart. It was as if I could hear King Hezekiah speaking directly to me. It was then that I was reminded that in 2 Peter 2:8 as a believer I am called God’s “royal priesthood”. These were indeed words for me, that I needed to hear, know and act upon in obedience.

do not be negligent

the hebrew word means “to be at ease”, “being quiet”. Basically all comfortable and snuggled up, having no impact or influence in the lives of people around you or the society about you to speak of. Taking reassurance in the security of my daily routine or being comfortable of not doing what I’m suppose to be doing after a while of ignoring it. A few examples i could think of were, obeying the great commission of evangelism and discipleship to the world, unceasing prayer and quiet time, diligence in studying the word of God. But most importantly to sum it all up, I felt that “obeying every word of God” was difficult and sometimes I can become negligent in it after a while of not making it my priority to obey.

the Lord has chosen you to stand before Him

Can I even begin to understand what it means to be chosen by God to stand before Him? To be chosen out of billions of people whose lives are eventually as the Bible says like “chaff” or a “mist”(blown away in an instant, gone in a flash), by a God who exists from eternity to eternity, who spoke and all things came to be, who spread the stars out in the night sky and set their courses above. How tall an order for a man! Except to bow down and worship and desire to withdraw from the presence of God lest I be consumed for being a man of unclean lips(Isa 6:5), can there be any other response? Yet, I don’t frequently find myself in such an understanding of my God. May God have mercy on me.

In light of this truth, my testimony unto all man is highly important. What do I wish to be known for? A man just like any other man? Or a man of godly charactor, integrity, unwavering in the midst of a wicked and perverse generation? Just like Hezekiah, who was willing to stand up to the truth of God’s word and zealous of honouring Him despite the scorn and mockery he got from telling people to follow him in worshipping God. I think my decision here is easy, though the path is much more difficult. No pain no gain… without much trial and testing, I cannot be refined as gold.

to minister to Him and to be His ministers

Hebrews 12:28 Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe; 29 for our God is a consuming fire. (NASB)

Ephesians 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. (KJV)

By calling us into salvation, God has called us into serving Him! From these verses what was most direct to me was that to be saved, Scripture presents us no other option really but to serve God. And not just ministering to God, but we are to be His ministers – to His people and to the world! Other then being called to serve God, we are also called to serve man. To point people back to our God and His message to all men in the Bible.

Every Christian is gifted and called to ministry. -John MacArthur

burn incense

To burn incense to God. What does it mean?

Psalm 141:2 Let my prayer be set forth before thee as incense; and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice. (KJV)

Revelations 8:3 And another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer; and there was given unto him much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne. 4 And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel’s hand. (KJV)

Incense was God’s metaphor in the tabarnacle to signify prayer! It’s a timely reminder again and again to get out of my laurels and negligence and devote myself to burning incense(okay, prayer)! In all things pray! Prayer as much a part of my life as breathing is. A natural response to any circumstance! That’s what God is telling me.

I pray, what God has taught me this week will have spoken to you as directly as it felt to me. Every believer a part of the royal priesthood, called out from darkness to live a life of worship and service to our King. At 25 years of age, Hezekiah was a great leader for God. Often, it makes me wonder at 23 years of age, what am I for the Lord? Is it time to step out of negligence and step into a life that is yielded to be used by God mightily? If yes, am I aware and fully prepared for the cost of dying to self, picking up the cross and following after Jesus?

p.s. If you’re are keen to study the word of God for yourself and see it mold and change your life with great power, do join us (I say this because the whole team is in it 😛 ) on Monday nights, Precepts Class at 7.45pm. -okay, there ends my advert.

Prayer requests

May 10th, 2007

Thailand

  1. Missionaries – Nat & Pat
    • More effective ministry as Nat starts a new yr teaching theology students.
    • To keep close to the Lord.
    • Strength for Pat to look after the family and to support Nat in his ministry.
  2. Apple, Gade, Koi
    • To keep close to the Lord.
    • To continue steadfast in service to the Lord.
  3. Students
    • Holy spirit will soften their hearts to the Gospel as they study God’s word.
  4. Lighthouse BP
    • To grow in the knowledge of God.
    • That the church will be a lighthouse in the vicinity and beyond.

OPCM team

  1. Team spirit – oneness of heart to work towards the mission goal.
  2. To put aside all differences to fulfill our responsibilities towards the trip.
  3. To seriously consider the great commission and what it means to each of us and what it requires of us.
  4. To renew our commitment towards this mission trip to the Lord.
  5. To have the desire to reach out to the lost.
  6. To have Christ-like love and patience towards each other.
  7. Protection against the Devil.

Trip

  1. Suitable, safe, within budget accommodation.
  2. God to provide all finances.
  3. Possibility of renting a car.

Encouragement for today – 10 May

May 10th, 2007

Dear Lord, Forgive me for settling for less than You offer. I am guilty of allowing the things of earth, my family, preoccupations, challenges, and struggles to get in the way of my climb to the ultimate high. You are the place I want to go. Keep me moving until I reach You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

“From the end of the earth I call to You when my heart is faint;
Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.” Psalm 61:2 (NASB
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Read this from Crosswalk today. Made me reflect if I had allowed my focus on Christ to be shifted, especially now when we are preparing for the mission trip to Chiang Mai. I’m guilty as charged. May God be merciful and strengthen the team as we continue preparations.

Mission Seminar – 12 May

May 10th, 2007

Just a note to those who would like to join us on sat: the seminar for this sat will start at 230pm instead of the usual 1pm.

Details are:

Date : 12 May 07
Time : 2.30pm – 4 pm
Venue : Level 4 Music Room
Topic : Evangelism

Speaker: Dn Jonathan Teo

For the glory of God – 5 May

May 10th, 2007

We had an enjoyable time listening to Elder John share with the team the history of missions and biographies of some men and women who have “one track mind”, a life dedicated to serve God and impact the world for Christ. Having read some of the biographies of these people myself, the few that had made an impact on my life were 1) George Muller 2) Corrie Ten Boom 3) Amy Carmichael 4) Ida Scudder. I encourage you to read their life stories (and many others too…and our church library has lots!!! =) ) Truly, they were normal people like you and me, yet their lives were different, for only one reason: they took that step of faith and entrusted their lives to Christ. And their normal and mundane lives were turned around. I shall not reveal the spoilers.. 😛

I had just finished reading “Into the ends of the world”, an autobiography of Sumei Yokouchi, a Japanese woman who has a heart for Malaysia and Singapore. This one caught my attention firstly because she is a Japanese and secondly, she came to Singapore! It gives a different perspective to be on the receiving end for once. It’s a good read.. so I encourage you to read this one too. And yes.. this is from the church library too. 😀

Why Eagles Fly and Chickens Flutter

May 2nd, 2007

Once upon a time in the long, long ago the Eagle and The Chicken were very good friends. One day while flying, the Chicken said to the Eagle: “Let’s drop down and get a bite to eat. My stomach is growling.” “Sounds like a good idea to me,” replied the Eagle. So the two birds glided down to earth, saw several animals eating, and decided to join them. The Cow was busy eating corn, but noticed that the Eagle and the Chicken were soon sitting on the ground next to her. “Welcome,” said the Cow. “Help yourself to the corn.”

This took the two birds by surprise. They were not accustomed to having other animals share their food quite so readily. “Why are you willing to share your corn with us?” asked the Eagle. “Oh, we have plenty to eat here. Mr. Farmer gives us all we want,” replied the Cow. With that invitation, the Eagle and The Chicken jumped in and ate their fill. When they finished, the Chicken asked more about Mr. Farmer. “Well,” said the Cow, “he grows all our food. We don’t have to work for the food at all.”

“You mean,” said the Chicken, “that Mr. Farmer simply gives you all you want to eat?” “That’s right,” said the Cow. “Not only that, but he gives us a place to live.” The Chicken and the Eagle were shocked! They had always had to search for food and work for shelter.

When it came time to leave, the Chicken and the Eagle began to discuss the situation. “Maybe we should just stay here,” said the Chicken. “We can have all the food we want without working. And that barn over there sure beats those nests we have been building. Besides, I’m getting tired of always having to work for a living.”

“I don’t know about all this,” said the Eagle. “It sounds too good to be true. I find it hard to believe that one can get something for nothing. Besides, I kinda like flying high and free through the air. And providing for food and shelter isn’t so bad. In fact, I find it quite challenging.”

Everything went fine for the Chicken. He ate all he wanted. He never worked. But then one day he heard the farmer say to his wife that the preacher was coming to visit the next day and they should have fried chicken for dinner. Hearing that, the Chicken decided it was time to check out and rejoin his good friend Mr. Eagle. But when he attempted to fly he found that he had grown too fat and lazy. Instead of being able to fly, he could only flutter. So the next day the farmer’s family and the preacher sat down to fried Chicken.

When you give up the challenges of life in pursuit of “security,” you may give up your freedom.

“A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest, and your poverty will come like a robber, your need, like a bandit.” Proverbs 24: 33-34 (HCSB)

Dan Miller – www.crosswalk.com

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I read this article on Crosswalk and thought it was quite thought provoking. Am I being “secure” and losing my freedom? Am I just contented with the feeding that I’m getting on God’s word but am unwilling to serve God?

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