Tuesday, October 24, 2006

I wanna blog....

I had a great LOOONG weekend the past few days... I caught 4 movies... I think....

Exiled was not bad, but I din really like the ending... I dun like endings when everybody dies... But still quite interesting and entertaining to watch... I think I have been watching quite a few HK traids movies lately...

Actually not really. The last one I watched was the Election 2.

Then I watched The Prestige on Sunday night. I thought it was good. The bad thing is that I already knew the ending before I watched, so it's not so nice. But still I enjoyed the process entirely. However, not all my friends enjoyed the show... Some prefered something more light hearted.

Watched The Black Dahlia on Monday morning.. This is the 3rd thing I saw Scarlet Johanson this month... Which means she's the BIG thing now... Not a bad show... except that its another mind twister... My friend was still a bit blur when we came out of the theatre. But all in all it was quite good.

Death Note. Now that was the best movie. The character "L" was totally cool... although a bit weird... I think the actor captured the essence of "L" from the comic very well.. Which is why I was totally captivated in the show. Death Note 2 will be out in Dec... Will definitely catch it.

In addition, I also managed to tour the entire Vivo City on monday. All I can say is that I am not impressed. Such a big shopping centre and they do not a any shops dedicated t0 comics or guitars... so disappointing...

I spend the whole of today in cell group and the Lijiang meeting.. nothing much to report there...

All in all I had a wonderful weekend.. And Death Note was the best part of it...

Thats all... back to work tomolo.... Yeah!!!!!!!!!!

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Revisiting Lijiang

Happen to chance on a documentary on Channel U today on the City of Lijiang in China. The documentary talks about how it came about and how it is surviving now.. And it brings back many memories of the trip that I made last year.

If you check out my enties in December last year, you will see a section where I talked about my trip to Lijiang. The scenes I saw on TV is just like that which I saw in the place itself...

Ahhh..... Memories memories....

The good news is....

I'm going again this year!!! Yes! I will be going to Lijiang again, to teach the kids there some English.. just like last year...

I thank God for this opportunity to go again, because I had seen many many beauitful sights there, and I so want to see it again. Lijiang is very much different for Shanghai, which is so urbanised. Lijiang is more rual and scenic..

More beautiful.

Lijiang is significant for me. It was my 1st step to China (not including Taiwan). It was my 1st service/ humanitarian trip. It marks my 1st night under the stars for a long long time. It was so beautiful. The trip was filled with God's love and joy.

I can't wait to see the Lijiang stars again.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

The ninth Tuesday

Wanted to blog.... But again, I can't sit down long enough to churn out a decent blog. People complain either I never blog or my blog is too short.

Being reading Tuesday with Morrie for a while now. Read quite slowly cos of the lack of time, and also to absorb all this messages. Really nice book to read, especially for people who are searching for something more to their life than just working for money and acumulating worldly possessions.

On this particular chapter, Morrie talks about spending time with your love ones, and giving them all your attention when you are with them. It struck me cos I realise that I always get distracted easily when I spent time with people. Most of the time, I get bored after a while and start taking my handphone out and start playing games.

I always get distracted and almost never give my fully attention to somebody. So I should try and start to change.

We learn something new everyday, dun we?

Thanks to Kenneth for lending me the book.

Tuesdays are for reflections... Issit? Hee...

The haze is really bad nowadays. And it irks me that I am not able to go for my running. Its been 2 weeks since I last ran... And I cannot continue because of the haze. Maybe I will just go into the gym and run the treadmill the next time.

Actually I'm not a running person. My feelings for running borderlines on hate and dislike. Maybe its because I can't run fast. That's why I hate it. Or maybe it's because I hate running, that's why I can't run fast. It's a chicken or egg thing...

Today is Tuesday. Time for cell group. Hope I have more time to churn out entries like this. Cheers

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Of Wars and Rumours of Wars

Had a hard time trying to log into blogger. But now that I am here, I'm not sure what to blog...


I guess most of us are aware of the N.Korea issue with the rest of the whole. N.Korea basically set itself up against the rest of the whole by sturbbonly went ahead with her Nuclear bomb testing. Really, I cannot comprehend what they are thinking in their heads. What do they hope to achieve by making itself the enemy of the rest of the world?

N.Koreans should read the sermon that I wrote earlier.. And maybe so should US.

This is in church, Pastor talked about the reality of the end times. The possiblity of having a device implanted in our hands or forehead, as predicted by the Bible 2000 years ago. So that we can use the device to buy all the things we need, not unlike the EZ-link or Cash Card. The infamous mark of the devil: 666...

Many things are happening as the Bible has predicted. Wars and rumours or wars, earthquakes, mark of the devil.. All these are realities. Of course, many chose not to believe, and expect logical/ scientific explanations to discount the facts. And of course, the mother of all explanations: its all a coincidence.

But there is no more urgent a time than now. To decide for yourself: If what Jesus said was not true, he would be a lunatic and a liar. Such a man has no authority to found a great religion. If what Jesus said was true, then repent. The end is near.

Sorry, I a bit the "religion fanatic" today, but that's what I'm feeling now...

Monday, October 09, 2006

Hey!!! Leave your comments in my blog leh.... Dun comment in my Msn/ SMS/ email leh... Sigh...

Watched Scoop yesterday after church... OK lah... quite interesting... but the ending fell flat... like the conclusion of my sermon like that.... Haha... Can't wait for Death Note to come out next week... Heehee

"Genius vesus Genius"

That basically sums up the movie. Sounds good, no?

Sunday, October 08, 2006

My 1st Sermon on blog...

Spent the most of last week preparing for my sermon, which I delivered today as part of my Sunday class training in church. This is the 2nd time I delivered a sermon. The 1st time was in the church's Young Preacher's competition sometime last month. (where I got axed in the 1st round. Haha)

Thanks to all the people who helped me in the crafting out of the message. (I received good comments in regards to the content itself.) The people who helped are, in no order of merit: Juni, Joshua Chu, Kenneth Loh, Shishan, Sophia Tan, Theresa Seetoh, Huiling, Ailing, Hong Pin, Denise, Jiahui, Kelly, and Pastor Jeffery (although I din manage to talk to him in the end. Heehee)

Hope I din miss anybody out...

I delivered my sermon in class this morning and after that allowed the rest of the class to critic my sermon.

Good Points about my sermon:
Very good content (from Ps Seng Lee leh!!)
Interesting delivery
Excellent one-liners (from PS Hee Jhee)
Good projection in voice.
Effort put in is evident (from Ps Seng Lee also...)
Examples are great and relevent

Points to be improved: (all from PS Seng Lee...)
Reading from paper...
Posture/ body language
re-state important/ good points
Need to link the intro and main points
Conclusion fell flat

Ok, for those who have time to spare, can read the sermon that I spend the last week preparing. Feel free to leave comments if you have any. Thanks!!

George W Bush announced earlier this morning:

“The United States of America will, from this very moment onwards, stop all her offenses against Al Qaeda and the terrorists. From today onwards, we will allow them to bomb us, cut off our heads and kill us. We will not retaliate, and neither will we run away. We will pray for them. And they have done all their killings, they will realize that they are in the wrong, and we will win the war.

Because we believe that the strongest offense is to have no defense.”

How many of you think that that was not true and I made it up?

Ya, its not true. But turn with me to Matthew Chapter 5 verse 38 – 48

"You have heard that it was said, 'Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.' But I tell you, Do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if someone wants to sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. If someone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.

‘You have heard that it was said, “Love your neighbour and hate your enemy.” But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.’

In those few verses, Jesus told us not to resist an evil person, to love our enemies and be perfect. Because our heavenly Father is perfect.

In the verse, the Greek verb for resist comes from the root word ‘stasis’, which means ‘violent rebellion’ or ‘armed revolt’. And Jesus showed us how not to do it. Turn the other cheek, give him more than he asked for, and do not turn away anyone who wants to borrow money from you. These are all the examples that Jesus gave. But when I talked all the people around me. And they all had reservations as to how literal are we to take this verses.

In other words, do we really let them strike the other cheek?

Of all the strategies of battles and wars, there is none as simple and effective as this:

That the best defense is a strong offense.

Meaning to say, in a battle, the best form of defense one can have to attack the enemy with a strong offense.
But I suspect that Jesus preached other wise, that to advance the kingdom of God, the best offense is no defense.

Let me give you some examples:

In the 1960s, Martin Luther King Jr. unwittingly became the leader of the American Civil Rights movement. At that time, the Blacks in America have no civil rights whatsoever in the country. They are not allowed to go to restaurants, toilets or even churches meant for white people. And Martin Luther King Jr fought for the rights of these people. He took the teachings of Jesus literally when He said “If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also.”

And this is how he fought his war. Day and night, he and his followers endured beatings, jail terms and even death threats for the cause they believed in. During the entire time, King and his men took all the evil thrown to them without hitting back. Many had died during that time, eventually including King himself.

One thing that one of his followers said summed up their whole belief: ‘I will let them kick me and kick me until they have kicked all hatred out of themselves and into my own body where I will transform it into love.’ This is how they fought the war.

But in 1965, they finally won the war. And the blacks became equal citizens in America with equal rights to vote.

Gandhi, too, used the same methods to free half a billion Indians from British rule in the early 1900s. He too took the words of Jesus literally when he read the verses that was shared.

When asked about his interpretation of the verse, he said this:

"I suspect he (Jesus) meant you must show courage - be willing to take a blow, several blows, to show that you will not hit back or turn aside. And when you do that, it calls on something in human nature, something that makes his hated decrease and his respect increase... and I have seen it work"

Of course, I believe that when Jesus talked about these things, they are far from being passive and resigned responses to violence and injustice. Neither do we suffer senseless violence without any reason or purpose.

Jesus himself responded firmly to an unjust blow to the face in John 18:22—23. When he is being questioned by the High Priest, an officer strikes him. Jesus responds by saying ‘If I have spoken wrongly, bear witness to the wrong; but if I have spoken rightly, why do you strike me?

Being struck on the cheek, being sued for your shirt, All these are examples of humiliation, of someone being stripped of their dignity. Jesus taught that We shouldn’t avenge our ‘honour’ — that by freely offering our other cheek or offering our inner shirt, we show that we are secure in our status before God and therefore do not value human honour. At the same time, this response forces the aggressor, to see the dignity of his victim. The aggressor’s power trip is rendered meaningless when what he demands is offered freely. The victim’s dignity is restored and at the same time the aggressor is shown the injustice of his actions. Then they are given a choice whether to continue or cease their violent behaviour. This model offers a way of breaking out of the cycle of violent relationships. It also gives power to the powerless and gives a chance for repentance to the oppressor.

We all demand justice, for it is right of God. Justice that law gives is a punishment. But Justice that love gives is a surrender

I know I have shared something that is immensely difficult. Even as I speak, The US is preparing to go to war to N Korea, Thailand just witness a coup and the rest of the world is still fighting the war against terrorists.

But we can be the change that we want to see in the world. We can start with ourselves. Jesus said, “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you” I know this is something that is not easy. In fact, it is very difficult. CS Lewis said “Forgiveness is a swell idea, until you have somebody that you have to forgive.” But God says love your enemies. Because God loves them. For He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. So we must love them as God loves them.

Jesus gave us a clue in the last part of the verse: “Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” By our own strength, it is impossible. But with God, everything is possible. We love because He 1st loved us, and gave us the strength to love. Therefore, we can look to God for strength and wisdom, to show us how we can love our enemies.

Abraham Lincoln, the great American president said this: “Am I not destroying my enemies when I made friends of them?”

Who is your enemies? Who do you find it hardest to love? We all need to look deep into our hearts with full honesty to find those that we find difficult to love, or even those we self-righteously enjoy hating. They may be your tyrant boss, your evil colleagues, your wicked teachers, your irritating relatives, or even your loud and noisy neighbours. These are the people around us that we cannot imagine changing. These are our greatest enemy.

Now you have heard the message. God’s call is for us to love our enemies. Is there an enemy in your life that you need to love? Is there somebody that you need to forgive? Come and repent. And ask for God’s strength for you to love them.

Thursday, October 05, 2006


Most people who saw my blog complained that my entry was too short.

Well, here's another short one....

I'm going to Lijiang again this Dec!! thank God that I am able to go... Initially was thinking I was not able to go because it clashes with my work. But now the LJ trip was brought forward and I can go again!

Praise the Lord!

I think my retirement plan is to set up an English school in China and teach the kids there....

Cool or not?

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

I'm back... ...

Hey... I'm back... after so many weeks...

What have I been doing? Lots of stuff.. One thing is the SM2 Camp, cell groups and stuff.. Joined a young preacher's competition... And many stuff that I cannot remember...

I sincerely appreciate and thank all that has been constantly checking my blog for updates and asking me about it.

1 thing I have learnt this period of time: and that is I really spent a lot of my time on urgent but unimportant matters. That is why I cannot remember so many of the stuff that I did in the past month.

Last Sat I had some time, cos I went back to office only to find that I was not able work. So I have a free Sat morning. I can't remember when is the last time I had a free Sat morning. i.e. I can't remember the last time I watched cartoons on a sat morning. Ha!

The other question is: What has God done in my life?

A few things actually. Some stuff in my personal growth, some towards my destiny in Him. Most of all, God helped me forgive some people that I should have forgiven long time ago.

I just wanna say that I'm glad to be back. Will blog more in time to come. Hee.... Thanks everyone for waiting....