Monthly Archives: November 2008

Gunmen Attacks Mumbai, Malaysians asked to Take Pictures and Email

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(If you are Malaysian in Mumbai, tell us about the situation in the City. Send your e-mails and pictures to feedback@thestar.com.my)

Maybe I’m getting the message wrongly, but I figure that advising Malaysians to contact the embassy or to stay away from danger would be more appropriate in this situation rather than “Tell us about the situation” or “Send your emails and pictures”

Follow the latest updates on the Mumbai Attacks, partly brought to you by brave Malaysians at theStar online.

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On Blessings and Revelations

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Daddy God must have been tremendously busy lately as I’m hearing stories of my friends being blessed left, right and centre while I’m not receiving any less myself! It’s so awesome to hear of testimonies of His faithfulness and even more so when people are directing all the praise and glory to Him. While I used to feel somewhat left out when hearing of others’ testimonies, I now find myself rejoicing with them and even sincerely praying for them, in turn I feel loved and affirmed by the Father like never before. It’s exciting to see what God has in store for us and I’m looking forward to discover more and more of You, one revelation at a time together with the amazing brothers and sisters You’ve given me. As GenRev, the new name for New Creation Church’s young single working adult ministry implies, truly we are a a Generation with Revelation.

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You’re Awesome!

 

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I never really had the confidence to pass my french exam. I didn’t like the language and wanted to change my language classes this semester but couldn’t, so here I am in French 3 or as they call it ‘Advanced French’. Don’t let the name fool you, its nowhere near advanced, in fact its quite the contrary. I had no motivation whatsoever to progress in a language I was forced to take. I could barely make up 30 percent of what the teacher is saying and made no attempt to understand. I did try to prepare for the exam simply because I did not want to have a fail on my midterm grades, unfortunately the exam was not quite what I expected and I found myself answering each question with a prayer. 

Earlier this week, we received a feedback from our French teacher that not everyone passed and she refused to give names telling us that we’ll know soon enough when we get our midterm grades on Thursday (today). After allowing her feedback to sink in, I found myself preparing for the worst. I kept thinking “Die, must be me, I had no idea what I was doing”. I felt disappointed even though I never had much confidence in passing anyway, I hated the thought of failing a relatively simple exam (for people who know French, I don’t). Thank God for the awesome teaching and testimonies I’ve heard, reminding me not to worry but instead leaving everything to Him, and for the next few days I did. I told Jesus that I’d trust Him to take care of it, that even though I ‘tembak-ed’ most questions He’s gonna miraculously make them all count. I didn’t even allow condemnation to creep in as I affirmed myself in Romans 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus. My results are not going to be dependant on my efforts but simply by His Finished Work. I concluded that no matter what happens, what the results will be, Jesus is still and always will be Good and Faithful. 

Thursday came and as I waited in line to collect my grades I found myself feeling anxious. Just hours ago I was filled with confidence but when the rubber meets the road (Pastor Mark’s awesome analogy) I found myself anxious. All the ‘protective barriers’ of trusting, believing and no condemnation came crumbling down. I felt vulnerable standing at the office door, mere moments away from collecting my grades and as I prepared to enter I scretly cried out one last prayer… Jesus!

I passed my French exam and it wasn’t simply a boderline pass of 70 but I received an average of 83! Also, I passed every module for my midterm.

All these simply because of You, Jesus. I’m certainly not the most hardworking or brightest student in class and clearly I did not achieve these results neither by my own faith or effort. Pray and affirm myself as much as I may, but when I was faced with the storm, I did no better than Your disciples two thousand years ago. I wavered in my self-built faith and You showed me how insignificant my faith is compared to Your faithfulness. Now don’t get me wrong, praying and meditating in the Word does help, alot, but ultimately it isn’t our faith that saves but Jesus. 

My French result is a small matter compared to what many others are facing in life, however this is not about my French results but a testament to His faithfulness. What Jesus did for me today, He will undoubtedly do for you too. This may be a tiny blessing compared to the many huge ones You have and will bless me with but a blessing it remains nonetheless, and for this Abba, I love You cause You’re simply Awesome!

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Swiss Friends


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I never thought I’d get to know my Swiss friends really well. By ‘Swiss Friends’ I mean the Hong Kong and Korean friends I’ve made while studying in Switzerland. We’re only together for 5 months per semester and when its over we’ll be leaving to our respective destinations for our internships. If we’re lucky we’ll meet again for the next semester or else it may just be the last time we meet each other. To be honest I’ve never made much effort to get to know my ‘Swiss’ friends better, thinking I’d only be with them for that moment in life. 

Today’s the birthday of 2 of my closest Swiss friends. I’ve been with them for 3 semesters and they’re arguably the most familiar friends I have in Switzerland yet there’s so little I know about them, until tonight. We celebrated their birthday at a pub nearby with the typical tradition of getting the birthday boys drunk. After many shots of Rum, Tequila and Martini my friends inevitably got ‘high’, and ironically this is when people start being honest. One of the birthday boy came to me and started saying how much he feels sorry for having me correct his grammar and assisting him on his assignments. He kept saying how much he feels that he owes me and even told me how bad he feels for disappointing his mother. I didn’t know what to think, I felt touch and at the same time my heart broke. This was a friend whom I’ve knew for 3 semesters and all these while he seemed to be a carefree person, little did I know the burdens he had inside him. I told him it’s okay and I never thought of helping him as a huge favour, I did it simply because we were friends. I also went on telling him how proud his mother would be to know how much he’s progress and change throughout these years, knowing that he may not remember a word I said when he wakes up the next morning.

I feel really grateful and blessed to know I have a Daddy God whom I could be 100% honest with. I don’t have to hide behind a charade looking happy all the time while carrying huge burdens within me. Looking at what happened tonight, I believe that deep inside everyone is a desire to be loved, to seek approval from those we love and respect. Many feel depressed and disappointed but are unable to express these emotions, hiding them beneath that fragile smile of theirs only to let it out unknowingly after one too many drinks. 

Daddy, I pray that my friend gets to know how much You love him and how precious he is to you. Beneath every person is that same desire You’ve created us with, the desire to be loved by You. Be it friends of 5 months or 50 years, they aren’t so different after all. While all of us are indeed unique,with our own characteristics and preferences, we remain His creation, created by that same loving God. Abba, I wanna see past the imperfection and flaws of others and seeing them for who they really are, Your precious child. Daddy God, make me a blessing to everyone I meet, not by my works or kindness but by your grace. 

Abba, thank you for blessing me with brothers and sisters that are way beyond what I deserve, thank You for revealing all these to me. Tonight Abba, although under a little influence of alcohol, I want you to know that I love You.

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Makan @ Bedok

I’ve been obsessively reading food reviews from ieatishootipost.sg, a blog on Singapore’s best hawker food and realized that Bedok (with 27 entries under the Bedok category and a number of posts under ‘The Really Must Try List’) seems to be home to some of Singapore’s best hawker food. Man, what have I been missing during my 1 week stay Bedok North Street 3 back in February!

I remember walking past the many hawker stalls at the MRT/bus interchange but never stopped for a meal. That’s not to say I never ate at Bedok. I’ve had a few meals at the mamak stall opposite my uncle’s apartment and supper once at a hawker center few blocks away, which I regrettably ate awfully little cause I think I wasted my precious stomach real estate over Pizza Hut or some other junk. I would say my most memorable makan experience at Bedok would have to be lunch at Botak Jones. It’s hard not to be excited over large portions of food at a reasonably cheap price, and hey you could ask for larger portion of fries for no extra charge! Disregarding my uncle’s advice, Kin Wai and I ordered the LARGE fish & which was indeed, large. Kin Wai gave up halfway while memories of the cold hungry nights in Switzerland had me determined to clear my plate.

Fish & Chips

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*Yatta*

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Kin Wai & his unfinished Fish. (Notice the smug look on moi)

How I miss Bedok… the food, the old uncle who sells tissue paper at the MRT escalator, the walks at the playground below my uncle’s place and of course my Mac loving, recently promoted uncle.

Abba, I’m so looking forward to the makan trip, the employment, the cup of Starbucks coffee at Suntec, the fellowship, the worship, the service… You make my dreams come true.

P.S.
Happy Birthday Cynthia, have fun driving around in your brand new Vios.

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Spirit of Enterprise (Interview with Ps. Benjamin)

While sending a Pastor Benjamin sermon to my friend, I got a little random and searched for ‘Lim Chin Wah’ on Google. The first link that came up was a 2004 award nomination interview of Pastor Benjamin by a site called Spirit of Enterprise. It’s a really long interview but it’s worth spending time to go through the whole thing. What I love most was how direct and open Pastor Benjamin was about Jesus being his provider. I’ll list some of my favourite answers here.

 
10. Who/What motivates you?
Jesus motivates me. Many people told me, “You have a lot of passion in what you do,” but I said to them, “Passion is an emotion I display. Enthusiasm is an attitude but faith is the substance.” What drives my passion and enthusiasm is my belief in a God who desires to prosper my path and give me success. You can call it religious motivation but that is my sole motivation and inspiration.

 

18. Who or what inspires you?
I guess if you ask me who inspired me; it would be the Lord Jesus.

 

25. What advice would you give young people who want to start their own business?
My advice is: write down your dream on a piece of paper, give it a period of time, visit the paper in the future and ask yourself whether what is written down is something they still want to do. If they do, count the cost, get the support of some friends, have an inquiring mind and keep inquiring, and do not give up easily. And ask for the blessing of God. This is the end of the interview. Thank you for your time to share.

 

26. Please assist me in coming up with 2 lines synopsis. These 2 lines will highlight the interview for viewer who be reading this synopsis before the entire interview.
Mr Lim Chin Wah, a passionate dreamer who strives to change peoples’ lives through education, is the CEO of Genesis Holding Pte Ltd. For Mr Lim, to become a successful entrepreneur, the greatest challenge is to overcome yourself and the greatest secret is to know the heart of the Lord.

Read more at Spirit of Enterprise

 
This is so encouraging! I’m hoping that when it’s my turn in the spotlight, I too will be able to redirect the attention to He who truly deserves it.

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The Election, The Economy & Him

The US election is over and most are rejoicing over this pivotal moment in US history. Many are setting their hopes in the newly elected president, expectantly waiting for positive changes. A number of Christian bloggers/writers on the other hand have a different view on the election, one that is impervious to the outcome.

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Put not your trust in princes,
In a son of man, in whom there is no salvation.
When his breath departs he returns to the earth;
On that very day his plans perish. (Ps 146:3–4)

Replace “princes” with “presidents” and “plans” with “policies,” and you have a picture of what the psalmist might say today. The fact is, whoever takes office will eventually die, and our hopes in him or her will perish because the deceased cannot influence legislation.

 

The prophet Isaiah makes a similar statement:

O LORD our God,
Other lords beside you have ruled over us….
They are dead, they will not live;
They are shades, they will not arise. (Isa 26:13–14)

Neither of these passages say, “Don’t exercise your citizen responsibility to vote even though you’re given the opportunity to influence positions of power.” But they emphatically say not to put your trust in rulers and politicians

Instead, we are to hope in God, and in contrast with the prince who “returns to the earth,” God is the one “who made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, who keeps faith forever” (Ps 146:5–6). God has power over the earth that will swallow up the human ruler.

Read more at Boundless, God and the Election

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Here are some questions that have been floated my way…

#1 – Do you think the results of this election will lead to the end of the world as we know it?

NO!  It really bothered me when some loony Christian wingnut called into a local talk show yesterday and talked about how the Bible predicted this would happen…

Now I’m no scholar…but I’ve read it from cover to cover on multiple occasions and I’ve never even seen Obama’s name!!!

The president of the United States does not hold the universe in His hands!!!  God does–period!

#2 – If I don’t like the results of the election, what should I do?

I personally believe the Scriptures tell us to pray for our government leaders–whether we agree with them or not.  We live in a country where we have the right to express our opinions…but I think it is hypocritical for a follower of Jesus to slam someone in a leadership position if they haven’t sincerely sought the Lord on their behalf.

#3 – What do you think will happen over the next four years?

Uh…I think I will eat some ice cream and watch some football games…other than that I am really not sure…and neither is anyone else.

Read more at PerryNoble.com, Questions About The Election

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My friend Lisa in Oregon just reminded me though that there’s a law that says all Christian bloggers have to write one of the following two posts the day after an election:

1. If your candidate lost, you have to write:
God is sovereign and will provide. He is still in control. Everything is going to be alright.

2. If your candidate won, you have to write:
God is good and has provided. He is still in control. Everything is going to be alright.

Since both those things are true about God and Wednesday is going to be a pretty busy day, I thought I would get my mandatory Christian blogger post election entry out of the way.

God is sovereign. God is good. He will provide and He has provided. Everything is going to be alright.

More at Stuff Christians Like, The Election Post You Have to Write

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These posts and many more suggest that the election isn’t as big and significant as portrayed. There is no denying that the election will indeed bring forth changes, for better or worst I can’t say. But we as believers are not to hope in the election or the leader but in Jesus and The Written Word. 

Speaking about change, the recession comes to mind. The article Teacher By Day, Bar Dancer By Night focuses on how some Singaporeans are being put under stress by the economic recession. The article goes on to say that within the next 12-18 months, jobs will be the biggest worry and how fresh grads will be hunting for work at a critical time. 

While this is a fact, I do not believe it to be the truth. The truth is as Daddy God tells us not to worry in Matthew 6:25

 

25 “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing?
26 Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are?
27 Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?
28 “And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing,
29 yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are.
30 And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?
31 “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’
32 These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs.
33 Seek the Kingdom of God* above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.

 

I’m not downplaying the election or the recession, but there’s no hope in looking at the circumstances. I’m going to be looking for a job in Singapore upon graduation, when the job market will still be at an all time low and I’m gonna trust in Him to provide. I’m not speaking out of my own faith, but faith in His Written Word cause like JianZhong says ‘The Written Word Works’

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