As an old scottish preacher has long ago said…

30 04 2008

The old Scottish preacher Henry Drummond was right on target when he said, “[Jesus] built no church [buildings], wrote no book, left no money, and erected no monuments, yet show me ten square miles in the whole earth without Christianity where the life of man and the purity of women are respected and I will give up Christianity.”

Pastor Rachel sent me an email of how Atheism has invaded the youtube space in challenging the Christian faith with questions like can God heal an amputated patient? While the question is totally legitimate, i would hold on to answer the question without exploring what world view in which this question is asked.

I am attempting to present our side of statement, not necessarily an argument, from a point view of a world view that’s consistent with God’s Words. The problem of SIN extends far beyond the damage of our relationship with God, but ultimately in our view towards problems, and in ourselves – a perverted and distorted perception that is not only consistent with what God said about them in the Book of Romans, but define the darkness that exudes from the Atheist mindset.

It was not a coincidence when we talked about Sin in the foundation class with Boon Wan last Sunday and Pastor Sally’s message is on the Sin and the mindset of the Flesh, and in the issue of Christians walking in the flesh or in the Spirit. I believe it is a wake up call from God especially in my life, in the various areas of my flesh, i need to particularly look out for and stay humble.

It is time to walk the talk, and not just talk the talk


Is this the gospel?

24 04 2008

A friend wrote on facebook notes

You are writing a Gospel,
A chapter each day

By the deeds that you do
And the words that you say

Men read what you write
whether faithful or true

Just what is the Gospel
according to you?

– Anonymous

Can this be the gospel? Our lives? Our words? What we write? Our life is a testament, a reflection of the Gospel and its work on our lives. Can what we write or how we live it be really the gospel? Then, this is consistent with the Emerging Church doctrines that we are indeed can be god. The scriptures spoke plainly of the Gospel which is the good news of Jesus coming down from heaven, dying for our sins on the Cross, and through faith in Him we are justified, and He is coming back soon. That’s the gospel and Apostle Paul urged us to continue to be faithful to the message of the Gospel. Do not change the message of the gospel thinking we are the message.

Lab grown meat is the buzz

24 04 2008

It’s part contest, part science and definitely a good PR stunt; the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is offering a $1-million prize to the first person who can develop a way to produce meat in a lab without killing any animals. Digital Journal

Producing meat in a lab without killing any animals, now that sounds weird in a sacrilegious manner. The irony of human achievements to be like God to create food from the natural order from animals and plants, that we think we held the power to ‘create’ food in a controlled environment. The sheer audacity reminds me of the generation that thought they could reach heaven by their architecture. If human race can create meat in a lab, what is next? Babies? And what’s the significance of that? It keeps me wondering will the human race destroy themselves through their arrogance to think they can be like God?

Hi I am flawed, and my name is humbled

18 04 2008

LOL just another thoughts of what I’ve learnt for the past few days. In the midst of being swarmed by work these days, and always making conscious effort to recognize God and the relationship I need so desperately in the swirl of a chaotic and busy life. For one, i think i am taking major strides in connecting with people especially over Facebook where i have re-connected with people i have lost contact with for such a long time, be it from the Officers School, or childhood friends, and more recently, beginning to talk to more people in church. And all these, with no less than what Mercy has tried to do in my life, and she is such a great lady.

I went to the cell group last night and well, they talked about Giving away yourselves as an act of Love. With a long list of verses and things that we are supposed to be asking in which area we are struggling with. For me, a glance through the list, i realised i am struggling with every single one of them. And i guess showing Love is the ultimate expression of our faith. And in exercising the act of selfless love, through the Eyes of Christ, we show ourselves as a disciple of Christ. Ok i will put up the list when Isaac emailed it over.

For a little side track, i have just removed someone i can’t help but feel totally disgusted and at the same time, a little pity. A hint of lost and disgust, but no regrets in doing so.

In the Friday’s rat race, where a feeling of something slipping beyond the grasp is unbelievably real, i wonder what is in store in the next few months. I hate to think i am tossed in the wind of circumstances, and i thirst for the solidarity in a rock.

My verse for today, as from yesterday’s cell group.

Therefore accept one another, just as the Messiah also accepted you, to the glory of God. Romans 15:7

An absolutely priceless picture of a man united fan.

15 04 2008

Man United fan with a chi hua hua

Ok Arsenal don’t deserve to win after a hand assisted goal from Adebayor and of course a former Chelski reject Gallas handball (of which he looked shocked and innocent), Arsenal lost to a way better team (I hate to say this). But that’s NOT the point, the point is that Football Channel was having a EPL Viewing Party of Man United fans and Arsenal fans, of which one of the interview during half time, I saw a BOY stroking a CHI HUA HUA! I mean…… hey only GIRLS do that! But hey, i can’t blame him, he is a MAN UNITED FAN, they tend to be weird.

Planetshakers @ Singapore Expo Pavillion

11 04 2008

Went to the Planetshakers concert at Singapore Expo last night. Mercy and I were late and I ain’t in a mood to be late for something so there was something really wrong with my attitude i guess. As soon as we got it, i felt like it is another of these concerts where people get so hyped up and all, but i think God gently rebuked me and I began to repent and started worshiping.

Man, it has to be the best worship I have ever been to for a long long time, and frankly, no churches in Singapore can ever be compared to this. No regards of personal decorum, just outburst of expressions in worship and I was almost dancing, except for the short gap between the chairs that i am ‘stuck’ to the ground.

It was totally engaging, totally outpouring of ourselves in adoration to the Lord, to the Cross, and as we ‘surveyed the Cross’, let our pride be smashed at the foot of the Cross where the expression of God’s love in shown and demonstrated!

There is a new site WORSHIP CENTRAL, a resource for all worshipers, musicians, and worship leaders by the Planetshakers Ministry

Call to Love as the process of our salvation

9 04 2008

“For you know that you were redeemed from your empty way of life inherited from the fathers, not with perishable things, like silver or god, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without defect or blemish. He was destined before the foundation of the world, but was revealed at the end of the times for you who through Him are believers in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God. By obedience to the truth having purified yourselves for sincere love of the brothers, love one another earnestly from a pure heart, since you have been born again – not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the Living and Enduring Word of God. For All flesh is like grass, and all its glory like a flower of the grass. The grass withers, and the flower drops off, but the Word of the Lord endures forever. And this is the Word that was preached as the gospel to you.” 1 Peter 1:18-25

What is the one thing that makes the Christian faith so unique? It is in its simplicity of the Gospel. I’ve been to many great wonders of the World like the Eiffel Tower, the Taj Mahal, or the skyscrapers of Singapore and one may even wonder in awe of great men like Donald Trump, Lee Kwan Yew, Bill Gates etc, but in reality these achievements or people are only like a fleeting moment, but the Word of the Lord shines above these achievements and have we put the same amount if not more importance on the Word of God than what we have so willingly admired?

It is a good saying that the Gospel is Love, as Mercy has always believed and that without Love, the Gospel is rendered worthless, for it is Love that Christ died for us, while we were yet sinners. (Romans 5:8). For the Gospel is preached from a haughty and unabashed is not gospel at all, unless from a servant heart and from a point of love submitted to the Lordship of Christ that’s characterized by humility and self sacrificing.