Sunday, March 22, 2009

Today's Message: Tearing Down "our" Walls & Building Bridges

Well, today's message is entitled "Spread Out by Tearing Down Walls and Building Bridges". Scripture is taken from Isaiah 54:3 which goes "For you will spread out to the right and to the left; your descendants will dispossess nations and settle in their desolate cities."

Pastor has been focusing with this title "Tearing Down Walls and Building Bridges" in order to spread out to the community.

A quote/perception towards Christians are as follow:-
"Christians are a lot like fertilizer. Piled up in one place they will burn a hole in the ground beneath them. But spread out over a large field, they can do a lot of good." Evangelist Luis Palau

4 Principles in order for us to Tear Down our walls and to build bridges are:-

1) Redefine the Perception of Christianity by Serving the Community.

Question: "What kind of perception are from the general public towards Christianity?"
* Just another religion?
* Another good teaching?

Matthew 25:40 clearly states that "The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.' "

Therefore, "People don't care how much you KNOW but they will know how much you CARE."

2) The concept of "Pastoring the Community".

The word pastoring indeed "freaks" a lot of christian, but in this context it meant = looking over, taking care off...etc. Instead of the literal profession by pastoring a church.

This famous scripture(Matthew 5:13-14) has been quoted many times, here now the verse goes like "You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men. You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden."

So, the church doesn't not exist for the sake of the church, it exist for the sake of the World.

3) Doing the message Precedes telling the message.

What is our traditional way of evangelism = telling the message + caling for response. (No doubt this is being used occasionally and it still works for certain individuals)

"More people ever are hungry for God. But if we come to unbelievers with a message of "Get right with God or else", we may be forcing them out."

"When strangers start acting like neighbours, communities are reinvigorated."

4) Be DIFFERENT so that we can ma e a DIFFERENCE.

Remember! "You are in the world, but you are not of the world."

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Prayer Before I Start my Work

This particular prayer was sent to me back in 2006. When I first read this prayer, it strucks me straight. Why? Coz while I'm reading it, I've realised that I'm praying it instead of reading it. Partly, I felt that his prayer was really written directly from the heart. Only now that I know it is written by someone named Kenneth Fernandes. And if I really have the chance to meet him, I really wanna thank him for writting such a beautiful prayer in a work place for everyone to meditate upon it.

One most important aspect of this prayer is that I do not feel a sense of self-centeredness in it at all. (which is awesome!!)

Alright, the truth is, I use to pray this prayer before I start my work daily. Usually, I start-off with "The Lord's Prayer"(very important horr...) then only this prayer comes along. Believe me, this prayer has brought me lots and lots of miracles in my life which words can't even described.

So, let's pray:

My Heavenly Father, as I enter this work place, I bring Your presence with me. I seek Your peace, Your grace, Your mercy and Your perfect order into this office. I acknowledge Your power over all that will be spoken, thought, decided and done within these walls.

Lord, I thank You for the gifts You have blessed me with. I commit to using them responsibly in Your honour, give me a fresh supply of strength to do my job. Annoint my projects, ideas and energy so that even my smallest accomplishments may bring You glory.

Lord, when I am confused, guide me.When I am weary, energize me. When I am burned out, infuse me with the light of the Holy Spirit. May the work that I do and the way I do it bring faith, joy and a smile to all that I come in contact with today.

And Oh Lord, when I leave this place, give me travelling mercy. Bless my family and home to be in order as I left it. Lord I thank You for everything You've done, everything You're doing, and everything You're going to do.

In the Name of Jesus I pray, with much love and Thanksgiving... Amen.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Today's Message: Inculcating Mindsets about challenges

I was attending this morning service, and the today's message entitled "Think Big - Even when the Chips are Down." (Philippians 4:10-13)

With such economic & financial turmoil, a question is being asked, which is "Is anything UP?" By that, the answer is a definite "YES". Here's why:-

*The opportunities for exploration, resourcefulness and creativity is up.
*The opportunity to serve people in need is going up.
*The opportunity to learn to trust God is going up.
*The opportunity to build a strong faith when the storms of life hit is going up.

2 things that we should do are as proposed below:-

1. Pray More. Complain Less.

See, in Ephesians 6:18 says: "And pray in the Spirit on all occasions wil all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints".

Therefore, complain less when all circumstances are coming our way.

2. Inculcate 4 mindsets about challenges (<-- In my opinion, this is really cool) a) No Pain. No Pearl. (James 1:2-4)
Why Pearl? What does pain has to do with the result of being a pearl?

Here's how jewel is being defined.
"the tiny jewel was conceived through irritation, born of adversity and nursed by adjustments."

A depiction of Charles W. Colson's life who was once the chief counsel for the American President Richard Nixon which brought him to prison (on a watergate scandal) which moulded him to be one of the most sought after Christian author to day. "Born Again" was being written in 1976, which by then also founded a non-profit organisation called Prison Fellowship.

b) No Wind. No Strength (Psalm 1:1-5)

"Character and substance are shaped in the crucible of adversity. Show me someone who lives a carefree life with no problems or trials or dark nights of the soul and I'll show you a shallow person." Pastor David Jeremiah's, A Bend in the Road

c) No Wilderness. No Promised Land (Isaiah 51:3)

"The only way OUT is THROUGH; and when you are through, you bring with you the goodies of the land".

d) No Brokenness. No Wholeness. (Psalm 51:17)

* One person faces circumstances and has PEACE; another foes to PIECES.
* One man builds CASTLES; another digs CAVES.
* One man's WEED is another man's FLOWER.
* One man's TRASH is another man's TREASURE.
* The secret of success lies in what people do when they are BROKEN - not in how many BREAKS they get!
* It is wonderful to know Jesus Christ as our Saviour. But we could never know Him as our SAVIOUR if we had not been SINNERS.
* We could not be SAVED if we were never LOST.
* We could not be HEALED if we were never SICK.
* We appreciate the DAWN because there has been a NIGH.
* We do not know VICTORY unless we have known DEFEAT.
* Experiencing POVERTY makes us appreciate PROSPERITY.

Monday, March 09, 2009

My dream phone for the year 2010 - Nokia N97

We've been hearing over and over again on the very new Nokia's innovation towards 3rd & 4th Quarter of 2008. Yet again, no one seems to know the exact phone specifications, design and capabilities.

This was a prediction of how Nokia N97 looks like back 2008. What a disappointment when I see it, heck.... Eeeeww:-

To all Nokia lovers, this very beauty was unleashed at the Nokia World Conference 2008 back in Spain. It is a true beauty(well to me it is).
There's only one thing that bothers me, which is the camera's density which remains still at 5 Megapixel (however that 5MP comes with the Carl-Zeiss optics and autofocus [ok la.... very sui liao]) if it is going to be compared with the coming Sony Ericsson Idou's camera.. whoa...pah ling dao... Yet I still like Nokia. Ranting is not part of my nature, so I'll stop here.

(Drum roll)
Ladies & Gentleman, let me unveil this true beauty for your crave towards Nokia...Peace out!

Windows 7 Desktop

I heard many good reviews and reports about the new Windows Operating system that is supposed to be an upgrade from Windows XP instead of Vista.

Here's a glimpse on how the desktop might look.

and there's more

Sunday, March 08, 2009

Current office situation...

Well, I have to confess that the current financial turmoil is not doing any organisations any good. People are afraid that they might lose their jobs without pre-warnings and preparation or even a small discussion with the management so-to-speak.

I got a message from my boss one day saying that our department has come to a point with excess of staffs. Volume is plunging to a verge of at least 60%, which causes many redundancy in the department. Extra cost has been incurred and the term "cutting-cost" is in place for the department's sake.

When these thing happens, load-sharing of from other departments are being involved. Why in the first place, our Boss did not do anything to prevent these things from happening. He should have done something to prevent from the upper management to bring out the excess staff (which is never easy to be trained) to load share to a department which needed help.

Is the future in the office that fragile? Let's pray and commit this to the Lord.

Today's Message: Our thoughts becomes our DESTINY

This morning Pastor has preached on a message on "To Think Big - Change Your Mind".

He quoted something from other sources which really did brings forth some revelations to it. Here goes:-


1) Heal our thoughts (Psalm 51:6)
2) Guard our thoughts (Isaiah 26:3-)
3) Align your thoughts (Isaiah 55:7-9; Romans 8:5-7; Matthew 16:23)

The message ended with Paul's Journey:

--> The preaching of Christ was the business of Paul's life.
--> The presence of Christ was the good news of Paul's life.
--> The image of Christ was the crown of his life.
--> The will of Christ was the law of his life.
--> The glory of Christ was the end of his life.
--> The ressurection of Christ was the proof of his life.
--> When he travelled it was on Christ's errands.
--> When he suffered it was in Christ's service.

... everything we do is to align ourselves with the focus on Jesus Christ. Amen!