Happy 7th Anniversary To Us

February 23, 2010

It’s exactly 7 years since Su and I first started going out. I was in my last six months of uni in London. And Su had just graduated and went home to KL from Melbourne. Fast forward seven years and here we are today!

Its really the bestest quarter (7 years out of 28) of my life and I have grown and developed in so many ways I could not have imagined. And I owe so much of it to my wonderful wife. Its incredible how many people have mentioned that God speaks to them through their wives. And looking back to the past seven years, I can see just how God has used Su to build me up and speak into my life. Awesome!

I would say ‘Wow! Seven years, that was fast!’
On one hand, it does seem fast because it seemed like only yesterday that we first held hands and went on dates together.
But on the other hand, when I look back at all the stuff we have done together over the years, I don’t believe we did all that in just seven years! Amongst other things-
– we got engaged, married, had our wedding
– we bought a home, had an awesome renovation and moved into it
– we grew up with the wonderful people of Caleb cell group for five years
– we went to japan, australia, US, canada, london, tunisia, italy, hongkong, austria
– we planned, organised and attended church events, games and outings
– we had many dinners and met many people outside our group of friends
– we changed jobs / roles a couple of times and moved up in our careers
– we were part of the beginning of a new church.

One thing for sure, its been a great 7 years with no regrets. And in almost all of those 2500+ days, God’s hand upon our life has made the difference. There were many days where we had to just hang on and rely on God to help us. And there were equally many days where God just abundantly blessed us with His favour.

Well, Happy 7th Anniversary to Us!
And God bless us!
Haha 🙂

New Church

December 7, 2009

From the first day dad shared his prophecy, it was excitement all the way. I was excited that God was speaking to us, moving us and guiding us. I would miss seeing everyone in church on Sunday morning but we’d all still be friends.

It was a quite a lot of hard work all the way till 1 November, when we started our first service. I didn’t do all that much (compared to some others), but it was a lot more than what I was doing before. However, all the stuff I did (sound system, PC) was interesting to me.

I was most worried about our youth DG (cell group). We’ve been together for 5 years and shared and went through a lot together. I know we won’t be meeting every Saturday and Sunday – but we’d still be friends and with everyone going to college, surely we’d meet up even more often!

However, the past month was not as easy as I thought it was going to be.

1. While focusing on church, I lost focus on God. I lost touch of the deep two-way communication that I had with God. I stopped hearing from Him, stopped being guided by Him. I did things with my own mind and strength

2. I was struggling with my sense of purpose. It was pretty simple for me before. I had my marriage, my family, my youth group, my friends. I looked forward to helping others. With the new church coming through, I began to focus on the physical church and less of its people (the true church). Not seeing my youth group for a good month plus was more difficult that I thought it would be. I felt distant from them and irrelevant. Suddenly, it seemed like I lost my purpose in their lives.

I could sense the lost connection with Jesus but couldn’t really put my finger on what I needed to do. It was simple – I just had to trust Him more, turn to Him more and involve Him more in my life.

In the past two days, I began to rediscover and reaffirm my position in God and His purpose for my life:
1. I am a part of God’s story and plan.
2. God has wonderful and detailed plans for my life
3. God values me and my communication with Him above other things
4. My purpose is to be a good husband, son, father, leader and friend
5. I am here to demonstrate the wonderful love and goodness of my God and help others live the same.
6. I am here to give hope to those who have none and be a friend to the lonely.

I now feel revived, energised, full, at peace and most of all – purposeful! Thank you Lord for being there for me once again when I call unto You.

A Plan and a Purpose

December 1, 2009

Went on biblegateway’s reading plan today and was referred to Ezekiel 40.
Ezekiel chapters 40-49 is Ezekiel’s vision of what the Future Temple of Israel will look like.
Check out
http://bible.ag/en/enEzekielTranscript.htm
In these Chapters, God lays out very very detailed plans of what the temple will look like. Well, we don’t even know who is going to build it or when or exactly where its going to be built – but God already knows how its going to be – and that was revealed to Ezekiel more than 2000 years ago. AMAZING!

I am once again reminded that:
1. God has a plan and purpose for each of our lives. He sees and knows what lies ahead – things that we cannot imagine, cannot predict.
2. The plans that God have for us are not vague and weak. They are plans that are rock solid and can be very detailed.
3. The plans that He has for us are Grand – just like the temple.

So, when will we live out God’s plans?
Next year? in ten year’s time?
– I can’t say for sure. But I would say NOW!
I believe He has plans for each and every day of our lives – and we might not live all of them out, but we should not regret – for there is always a GREAT future to look forward to and TOMORO is a brand new day where we can live out His wonderful plan for us.

so, if you feel like things have not been going well for you …
LOOK FORWARD TO A GREAT TOMORROW living out GOD’S GREAT GRAND PLAN!!

attitude is everything – we play our part by just looking forward to it, being mindful of this and hanging on to God .. and that’s almost all the battle won, God will work out the rest =)

Amazing Living

October 13, 2009

I have gone thru a few seasons thinking about ‘Enjoying God’, ‘God wanting the best for us’, ‘The Life God wants us to lead’… and now, I’m coming back to it again =)

I can’t help but feel that God indeeds want us to lead amazing, fulfilled lives that are focused on Him. Lives that are purposeful and powerful.

Here are some tips on how to ‘live amazingly’ in 2 different areas

1. Our own lives
One thing we can do is to learn to appreciate everything in our lives more and make the most of the situations we are in as well as take joy in our relationship with God.
We can learn to enjoy the tress, the sun, the buildings, the weather. We can start to look at the good things people have done in our lives, how they have cared for us .. and enjoy that. We can take great pleasure in the good times we spend with our friends and family. We can learn to smile and just look ahead to better days in times of trouble and difficulties. Above all, we can think about God throughout the day and just smile to ourselves as we remind ourselves of his wonderful love and the amazing relationship we have in Him.
– isn’t this a wonderful way to live life? =)

 2. In our relationships with others
We can also do wonderful things for/to others. We can show our appreciation for others more. We can be more forgiving of others and point out their good points as opposed to their faults. We can go all out and do/say/plan/give something nice to them. We can encourage them in the things they do or simply encourage them in everything. We can show that we value them and our relationship with them.
– Imagine the smile/joy that u can bring to them. Surely nothing can be more satisfying than to bring joy to others. Can u imagine if everyone lived in this manner. We would be encouraging, appreciating, valuing one another everyday … how wonderful would that be? =)

Sermon, 13 Sep 2009

September 14, 2009

Malachi 1:2
“I have loved you,” says the LORD.

Malachi, a prophet, carried the burden of a heavy message for the people of Jerusalem. His prophecy shows that God still speaks. God was also speaking to Israel and not against Israel. The message was a personal message from God to His people that “God loves His people & wants them to return to Him” (This is the same message that God has for us today – that He loves us and wants us to return to Him. In what way can we return to Him today?)

The people at that time were indifferent, passionless, weary and in spiritual decay. There was no true worship and no zeal to serve the Lord. There was also social and moral decay e.g. divorce and marrying heathens. The people were also complaining all the time.

At that time, the Jews had returned to Jerusalem from captivity for about 100 years or more. Yet, they were still to see Jerusalem return to its former splendour (like in the time of David).

The people at that time did not see the condition of their hearts. They even questioned God
How have you loved us?
How have we shown contempt?
How have we defiled you?
Why does the Lord no longer pay attention to our offering?
How have we wearied him?
How are we to return?
How do we rob God?
What have we said against you?

Yet, it is revealed in Malachi that the people have disrespected God, offered defiled sacrifices, performed false sacrifices, questioned God. They were not genuine before God and yet, despite all this, God still loves them.

1. God’s love is sovereign

Isaiah 43:4
Since you are precious and honored in my sight,
and because I love you,
I will give men in exchange for you,
and people in exchange for your life.

Jeremiah 31:3
The LORD appeared to us in the past, saying:
“I have loved you with an everlasting love;
I have drawn you with loving-kindness.

2. God’s love is unconditional

“There is nothing we can do to make God love us more. And there is nothing we can do to make God love us less.”
Philip Yancey

“The perfect friend – one who knows the worst about you and is still your friend.”
– Just like how God is to us.

3. God’s love is personal

Disclaimer: The above summary does contain (in small amounts) my own thoughts and reflections and was written based on whatever notes I could take with my pen and paper. It should not be taken as a word for word transcript of what was spoken by the speaker.

Breakthrough

August 28, 2009

I’ve been kinda tired for the past few months ever since we started working on renovations for our place – and over time, the physical fatigue kinda affected my spirit as well. And i guess I haven’t been all that on top of things and at my best for the past few months. But last weekend, i just felt a breakthrough during church.

Had a really great feeling even before church and I just felt so refreshed – so motivated and so ready to move with God. I felt so optimistic about everything. Went up for prayer after service (doesn’t hurt right – hadn’t done it for over a year. Thank God for His even more encouraging words).

I feel it all coming back! Getting ready to build up my spiritual momentum – and get into gear for what God is going to do. Few things to share

Putting it down in words
Having transitioned into this ‘new life’ – i have decided to write down what being here means for me (so that when i fall out of it, i can immediately refer to this and immediately know – and work towards bouncing back up). Here goes:

1. I am content with my job, where I am and everything that is happening in my life. If God is going to move me, He will in His time. No point being unsatisfied.

2. I am not judging others, criticising them or jealous of them – I want the best for people, just like how God wants the best for everyone. Its not a competition. We’re all in this world for each other and not just ourselves.

3. I make the most of every situation. No matter how bad things are or what obstacles come – I look out for the best in everything – try to remedy the situation – and live with as much positive enthusiasm and optimism as possible.

4. I smile more and am pleasant to be around. I look to make every minute of my life a great one – no matter what I am doing.

5. I can give of myself to others willingly – in time, money, strength, energy, resources – and not feel like I miss out or am on the losing end. After all, I can receive from God who can give limitlessly!

6. I am chilled out, confident and not tense or tired. Confident in God, finding strength in Him, trusting Him and not working with my own strength i.e. leaving everything in God’s hands – how cool is that.

7. I am enjoying God – every minute of life – because I know He loves me, watches over me, is my father, holds my future in His hands – AND Wants me to live in His love & JOY! Awesomeness!! How not to enjoy Him?

Ok, gotta go home now!!! 🙂

Note: There was no powerpoint or slideshow during the sermon and everything may seem a little disjointed. But i’m sure it’ll still be able to speak to you in some way =) Enjoy.

Ephesians 5:15-21
 15Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, 16making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. 17Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. 18Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit. 19Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, 20always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
 21Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.

Do not be foolish but understand what the Lord’s will is. We live in Him & Him in us. We live in the power and presence of God

Genesis 1:26-27
 26 Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, [b] and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”
 27 So God created man in his own image,
       in the image of God he created him;
       male and female he created them.

“Let us make man in our image, in our likeness” – we were created according to a plan (the image of God). We are not accidentally made. We are created exactly as God determined.

Ezekiel 43:5,10
Then the Spirit lifted me up and brought me into the inner court, and the glory of the LORD filled the temple.
“Son of man, describe the temple to the people of Israel, that they may be ashamed of their sins. Let them consider the plan,

Revelation 4:1-3 
1After this I looked, and there before me was a door standing open in heaven. And the voice I had first heard speaking to me like a trumpet said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this.” 2At once I was in the Spirit, and there before me was a throne in heaven with someone sitting on it. 3And the one who sat there had the appearance of jasper and carnelian. A rainbow, resembling an emerald, encircled the throne.

God wants us to walk under the influence of the Holy Spirit. He doesn’t want us to just wander around but He wants to leads us from A to Z. He wants us to be focused and have a vision.  Be honest with God. Be transparent, be open. He will give you the power of the Holy Spirit which will change you.

What is the role of the church?
To fill the world with the glory of God. We need to start taking steps to be active in seeing the nation filled with the glory of God. Don’t just sit back.

The story of Kublai Khan & The Church
Kublai Khan, the great ruler of the vast Mongolian empire, once asked the Church to send 100 Christian teachers to Mongolia. But the Church was afraid and only sent 2 people, who turned back halfway. This was a great opportunity to have a huge empire & millions come to know and worship Jesus. But it was an opportunity that was missed out. Let us not miss out on the opporunities that we have. We need to respond and be a part of what God is doing in the world.

“Know Jesus, know life
No Jesus, no life.”

Getting to know Jesus is the most exciting & purposeful journey – He will expand your potential.  Consider the amazing things that Jesus did in His time on earth – healing, walking on water, multiplying fish & bread – this is the potential.

God bless! 🙂