Christian leaders inviting Muslim leaders to love God and one another.

30 11 2007

Reported on Moriel: Christian Leaders Invite Muslims to Love God, Neighbors Together

As Christians ought to live peacefully as commanded in 1 Tim 2:1-2,

 1I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone— 2for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.

We need to remember that the pre-requisite for peace is central in our daily pursuit in fellowship and in relationship with God through Jesus, empowered by the Holy Spirit. That we are urged, to pray for peace for those in authority, SO we can live peaceful and quiet lives IN ALL GODLINESS AND HOLINESS. While i see and be convicted now that I ought to live a life in peace with Muslims or even other faiths, but there is a difference in compromising our reasons for peace, with Muslims. As much as i stressed the importance of living in peace with the muslims, there is an irreconcilable difference between Christians and Muslims being, Jesus is God, our Lord and Saviour, through whom our redemption to God is possible, that Muslims will never accept. So i ask, on what basis can such Ecumenical movement advance the Kingdom of God, of which Jesus is the Cornerstone?


Audio House – Cheapskate marketing gimmick?

28 11 2007

A Digital SLR going for S$519 is too good to be true, but until I was directed to a SMALL FINE print on the brochure, that says, only if you can guess the first number of the 4D Lottery, then you are entitled to the special price on a rebate in terms of an Audio House Voucher to buy something else from the store. Another customer walked past saying SCAM.

SCAM indeed as Audio House tries to compete in such underhanded marketing gimmicks just sickened me to the core. You can be sure, with these cheapskate tactics to draw crowds, the reputation of the store will suffer significantly to another long list of SCAM store that cheats and deliberately misdirect information on its products and price to swindle customers.

The golden compass – movie that kills god.

28 11 2007

“The Golden Compass” is a movie that introduces children to a series of books. The author said “my books are about killing God.” He wants to “kill God in the minds of children.” The movie’s website allows visitors to answer a set of questions and create their own “daemons” that journey alongside them in life. Please consider getting these and giving them out at theaters that screen the film. – Way of the Master

Please spread the word on this movie ” The Golden Compass ” that we should see how another waves of atheism spreading to kill ‘God’ by attacking the children, just like how Harry Potter movies introduce Occult to the minds of our children. 

Ken Behr and ECFA on the Financial probe of the churches

28 11 2007

It is interesting to note that, through the interview transcript of Ken Behr from ECFA (Evangelical Council of Financial Accountability) that NONE of these six ministries are part of ECFA.

Ken brought out some of the key pointers from the investigations that includes the available financial gain through the church and ministries should be first for the community in fulfilling the great commission and the Great Commandment to love God and each other. And why Grassley has decided to investigate these ministries is that many of these people got rich through perhaps illegal means via the tax exempted laws and maybe it is not illegal, but when called to the stand under oath, a $35,000 conference table and a $12,000 toilet would be hugely embarrassing to the ministers. In the eyes of the laws, they might be ‘clear’ but how will they account to God and to those who gave their money when they are struggling for a meal a day for their family when these ministers travel in private jet, live in a multi million dollar mansion, driving an expensive car, and dine in fine restaurants? I cannot see how these ministers now can preach about servanthood, or carrying their cross on the pulpit.

One more thing is that it is a tragedy that we need the secular government to ‘judge’ these ministers when the Church has failed on the whole to do it in the first place. Is the Church too dead to greed, monetary fixation to even recognize the yeast of the pharisees in these ministries?

5 kinds of Christians –

27 11 2007

The above chart is a survey of Christians who attend Church in America. It is not very clear what’s the level of participation in being ‘Christianness’ are the Americans and what it means by involving in Church beyond Worship? I wonder how the chart will look like for Singapore Christians?

Active Christians 19%

  • Believe salvation comes through Jesus Christ
  • Committed churchgoers
  • Bible readers
  • Accept leadership positions
  • Invest in personal faith development through the church
  • Feel obligated to share faith; 79% do so.

Professing Christians 20%

  • Believe salvation comes through Jesus Christ
  • Focus on personal relationship with God and Jesus
  • Similar beliefs to Active Christians, different actions
  • Less involved in church, both attending and serving
  • Less commitment to Bible reading or sharing faith

Liturgical Christians 16%

  • Predominantly Catholic and Lutheran
  • Regular churchgoers
  • High level of spiritual activity, mostly expressed by serving in church and/or community
  • Recognize authority of the church

Private Christians 24%

  • Largest and youngest segment
  • Believe in God and doing good things
  • Own a Bible, but don’t read it
  • Spiritual interest, but not within church context
  • Only about a third attend church at all
  • Almost none are church leaders

Cultural Christians 21%

  • Little outward religious behavior or attitudes
  • God aware, but little personal involvement with God
  • Do not view Jesus as essential to salvation
  • Affirm many ways to God
  • Favor universality theology

The Bible spoke of 4 types of Christians too! Matthew 13:18-23

 18“Listen then to what the parable of the sower means: 19When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is the seed sown along the path. 20The one who received the seed that fell on rocky places is the man who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. 21But since he has no root, he lasts only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, he quickly falls away. 22The one who received the seed that fell among the thorns is the man who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke it, making it unfruitful. 23But the one who received the seed that fell on good soil is the man who hears the word and understands it. He produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.”

Predominately, the scriptures identify the 4 types of people which the Word was sowed.

Faith in the Death of Reason

26 11 2007

Some said, we are not living to the full abundance until we know why we are here, and what God has intended for us to do in this life, as in our call. That’s why there’s always an urge to search for our calling, or the question, “Why we are here on earth?”

It was interesting just a couple of days ago, when Mercy asked me if i can hold a talk on Evolution in the Youth Service, quite hesitatingly i agreed to it. However, with where the world is heading in these apathy towards faith, i can see where the next battlefield Christianity will face in the area of intellectualism, the ideal fitting front where the walls of Christian faith is beginning to show cracks with Atheism and Evolution taking up arms against a faith as alien to the darkened minds.

Well do look out for more info on the date i will be sharing with the youth and i will welcome all to join in for discussion, I hate to see myself as teaching but more of sharing will be more appropriate.

In a taxi

26 11 2007

On my way home last night from Mercy’s place, the weather was extremely warm, humid and it was really uncomfortable. Waited a couple of minutes for a cab but none showed up, (well two of them went off on the opposite side of the road), and until this cab showed up out of nowhere, and it was all frosted up!

In a taxi

I was like “WOW” i love it. I love the cold freezing temperature inside the cab, and for once, i enjoyed a cab ride. I even give the uncle tips! Then i realized, hey God knows how uncomfortable i was at that moment and He sent this cab out of nowhere to pick me up? It is perhaps one of those reminders that God does care, it is just that I am too short sighted, that i would only see what i want to see ahead, but the bigger picture is usually, much more beautiful than what we see in front of us.