February 16, 2006
for the first time in quite awhile, I'm in camp on a weeknight.
Boss stayed till late, and decidedly I did too, since tomorrow's a friday. may I say 'yay'? work has been tiring, but I can't say it's unfulfilling. it's rather true I'm doing what most soldiers have never done, and admittedly the job scope is a whole lot different. having an office job would seem like the best thing to have in the military, then again the paperwork and ad-hoc 'missions' can get quite daunting. and draining.
take today for example. I've just ended an 11-hour workday! and there's still work to be done! (cue intense agonised groaning and squealing) I went to take a shower, and lo and behold, here I am back at the office, again! somehow, I feel exorably drawn to the stillness and quiet that I've grown to both love and loathe..
the past two weeks have been h-e-c-t-i-c. more outings, dinners, movies, people, giving Bible Study classes, zone meetings, leadership classes, running to and fro and work, work and more work. but I'm not complaining. I like an active life.
I feel kind of spaced out now. abbreviations crowd, cloud and reduce my mind to mush.
what am I even saying?
pardon the exclamations.
oh. the realisation that my office has tivo just flew right smack into my face. american idol sounds good.
CHC.E310 posted at 20:35
February 05, 2006
A EXCITING NEW BEGINNING!
today, 5th of feb marks a important occasion for W265 & E310. the two cell groups by God's grace came together as one big spiritual family. E310- A exciting new beginning for the near 30 of us.
as we stepped into the beautiful house, everyone is filled with excitment. thanks sister deora and deorine for letting us use your house! the round of introduction began, so has the fun. moving on to the games. wow. it was WAY FUN. and definitely a very memorable one. everyone laughed joyfully. and of course the usual blur ones make each one's day brighter with smiles. (e.g pam and jo and mel) haha.
and the praise was AWESOME. indeed. the place of agreement is the place of power. the near 30 saints joined in one songs pulled down the mighty presence of God. the sermon was extraordinary too. RELATIONAL EVANGELISM!. E310! lets really run with the fire of God in our hands to the highways and the byways to reach out! =D it is a TEAM EFFORT.
and offering marks the end of cell group. but fellowship has began!! haha. we went to
a nearby coffeshop for lunch. 3 tables! haha. wow. fellowship was good. i believe we really gotta to know each other better today. but of course with the weeks to come, we gonna grow stronger as a cell!
E310 - the future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. let us as one march towards our dream. of coz with awesome leaders like sister deora and jolene as well as everyone in the cell grp i believe we can do it.
you guys rocks my world. u are the best cell grp anyone can have!
CHC.E310 posted at 23:38
November 02, 2005
Quick Info on Solomon.
Son of David and Bathsheba, the 3rd king of Israel. His history is narrated in 1 Kings 1-11 and 2Chron1-9. Under his brilliant reign the power of the kingdom reached its zenith. He stood on friendly terms with Edypt, and married a daughter of the Pharaoh. He maintained his authority over all the lands won by David and subjugated all the non-Israelites inhabitants of Palestine.His greatest achievement was the building of the Temple. He built a palace for himself, and another for his Egyptian queen.Not until all these works had been finished, in the 24th year of his reign, was the Temple consecrated. He was led into Idolatry under the influence of his heathen wives.
God gave Solomon a "understanding heart" like what Solomon asked from Him in 1Kings 3:9 , "And God gave Solomon wisdom and exceedingly great understanding, and largeness of heart like the sand on the seashore." 1Kings 4:29
Now, What is this "understanding heart" that Solomon asked?
1 Kings 3:9 ( The Message )
"Here's what I want: Give me a God-listening heart so I can lead your people well, discerning the difference between good and evil. For who on their own is capable of leading your glorious people?"
1Kings 3:9 ( GOD's WORD Translation)
"Give me a heart that listens so that I can judge your people and tell the difference between good and evil. After all, who can judge this great people of yours?""
1 Kings 3:9 ( NCV)
"I ask that you give me an obedient heart so I can rule the people in the right way and will know the difference between right and wrong. Otherwise, it is impossible to rule this great people of yours."
1kings 3:9 ( Good News Translatation)
"So give me the wisdom I need to rule your people with justice and to know the difference between good and evil. Otherwise, how would I ever be able to rule this great people of yours?"
Solomon asked for a heart that listens to God. a heart that is obedient. and a heart that is understanding and a heart of wisdom.
God was well pleased with Solomon's answer.
1 Kings 3
v10 "The speech pleased the Lord, that Solomon had asked this thing. "
v11 "Then God said to him: "Because you have asked this thing, and have not asked long life for yourself, nor have asked riches for yourself, nor have asked the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern justice,"
V 12 "behold, I have done according to your words; see, I have given you a wise and understanding heart, so that there has not been anyone like you before you, nor shall any like you arise after you. "
V13 "And I have also given you what you have not asked: both riches and honor, so that there shall not be anyone like you among the kings all your days".
v14 "So if you walk in My ways, to keep My statutes and My commandments, as your father David walked, then I will lengthen your days."
However, though Solomon might be the wisest king of all. but his heart turned away from God under the influence of his wives.
1 Kings 11
v3 "And he had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines; and his wives turned away his heart. "
v4 "For it was so, when Solomon was old, that his wives turned his heart after other gods; and his heart was not loyal to the Lord his God, as was the heart of his father David"
Let us be like Solomon who desires a heart that is discerning,understanding,wise,listening and obedient to God.
but let us not be like Solomon who turned away from God and let us also therefore guard our heart. and do not let our heart be turned away from God. for without God we can do nothing. "I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing." Jn 15:5.
CHC.E310 posted at 16:21
November 01, 2005
Someone asked me this recently. Who do i love?
and my reply was "Jesus"
den come the question "Why do you love Him so much?"
That got me thinking. Why do i love the one i called my Saviour. my Lord. and my God so much?
"We love Him because He first loved us." 1 Jn 4:19
the answer is pretty simple huh? yes i love Him because He first loved me.
He love me enough to go to the cross of calvary and died for me.
That's how much He loves me. and all i can repay this love for me. is to love Him back.
a heart that says "God i love You, i love You and i love You"
What does loving God means?
it doesn't just mean saying a simple "i love You" to Him.
it means a heart that is devoted to Him and Him only. A mind that is devoted to Him and Him only. and loving Him with all our strength. "Jesus said to him, "'You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.'" Mt 22:37
Now you may wonder who is this God i'm talking about?
if you ever need someone to love you. to bring peace to you. to be like a counselor to you.
the answer can be found all within one person.
"...God is love...." 1 Jn 4:16
"For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." Isa 4:9
Isn't He beautiful? why don't you open up your heart to receive this love that is waiting for you. a love that says "Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." Mt 11:28. and this is God for you.. a God that loves you enough to die for you. a God that loves you enough to give you rest. a God that is a comforter to you. a God that is a prince of peace.
It's not because of who i am
but because of what He have done
it's not because of what i've done.
but because of who He is.
today i declare my everlasting love for this wonderful,beautiful God.
wont't you? =D
- Loving God wholeheartedly. and His people fervently
CHC.E310 posted at 12:53
October 31, 2005
Jesus loves you, just like you are.
The power of God, is the result of the glory of God.
God's power is the fruit of God's presence.
God's anointing proceeds out of God's presence.
The presence of God deals with God's ways.
How many times have we been awed by the power of God.
That people fall under the power of God, that people are filled with the Holy Spirit that they break out in Holy laughter, or the times when new tongues are given and interpretation follows?
How many times have we looked at the miracle works of God and got consumed by God's enormousity? How many times have we looked at that pastor who is so anointed that he moved so powerfully in the gifts of the Holy Spirit and we think to ourselves that we, one day, want to become like that?
So, we go home and worshipped alot, read the bible alot, want to walk closely with God, only with this motive in mind, that we, if we walk closely, can enjoy the power of God. True, this principle holds, because the closer you walk with God, the more faithful you are in the little things, the more God can entrust you with His power.
But hold it before your thoughts run far, do you do all this for the sake of wanting God's power? Or do you do this because you love God, and God only? That even without His anointing, without the working of miraculous God-given gifts through your hands, you would still want to walk with Him?
Are you contented by just walking this walk with Him?
The passage in Mark 8:27-30 when Jesus asked Peter who he thinks He is, peter did not waver or have second thoughts about who Jesus is. He simply said "You are the Christ." This 4 simple words holds so much truth in it, because from it, we can see the sincerity of Peter's heart. That he do not need affirmation from the world to confirm Jesus's identity, because he knew Jesus. Because Peter walked with Him.
Notice this fact, the presence of God can change a person.
Its in the presence of God, that people's hearts melt.
Saul, also known as Paul, was persecuting the church like mad. He know God, in his mind, all the traditions and such.
But on the damascus road, God revealed the Person of Jesus to him.
Lo and behold, his life changed completely.
Saul heard about the power of God, for all we know, he may have seen the workings of God through the disciples, but the power of God didnt change his mind about everything. He continued persecuting the church.
But Jesus' presence changes everything. When Jesus spoke, He spoke to Saul's heart.
That changed his life forever.
Paul found his destiny in God, preaching about His kingdom to become the apostle of the gentiles. His destiny is so great that without him, the gospel may not have reached us.
When you seek Jesus, you seek the key to life itself. Because the key, is Jesus, the Son of God.
Dont seek the power of God, when Jesus walks in, everything else comes in with Him.
His love comes in, His power comes in, His mercy comes in.
Dont seek life, seek the life-giver. John 4:13-14, John 7:37-38
Dont seek forgiveness, seek the One who forgives. Luke 5:24
Start seeking Jesus today.
CHC.E310 posted at 16:17
October 02, 2005
Lily of the valley; He's there.
was looking up on dengue, and came across this:
"The dengue virus has four strains called serotypes 1, 2, 3 and 4. Getting infected with one serotype does not protect you against the other serotypes. In fact, getting a second dengue infection, particularly with serotype 2, leads to an even worse infection such as Dengue Haemorrhagic Fever and Dengue Shock Syndrome which can be fatal.
Symptoms of dengue hemorrhagic fever include all of the symptoms of classic dengue, plus:
Marked damage to blood and lymph vessels
Bleeding from the nose, gums, or under the skin, causing purplish bruises
This form of dengue disease causes some deaths.
Symptoms of dengue shock syndrome, the most severe form of dengue disease, include all of the symptoms of classic dengue and dengue hemorrhagic fever, plus:
Fluids leaking outside of blood vessels
This form of the disease usually occurs in children (sometimes adults) experiencing their second dengue infection. The fatality rate is 5 to 15 percent."
which effectively means, I'd been through Dengue Shock Syndrome and survived.
not many have.
it was my first dengue infection, and I wasn't exactly a child then. with the poison pulsing in my veins, I went for a field trip to Australia. battling with the virus for days, thinking it was simplya headache and fever. sent to a nearby clinic after two days, was rushed to Geraldton. appendix was removed, silly doctors thinking it was appendicitis that caused the abdominal pains. massive (and excessive) bleeding occured. flown to the Royal Perth Hospital, put on drips and undergoing blood transfusions, numerous medical examinations (doctor, professor, microbiologist, medical study team, the likes), x-rays, medication, morphine (ahh.), not to mention going through all that with having to bleed every 15 minutes. indescribable pain: imagine having a knife plunged repeatedly into your tummy, 24/7.
it took me three weeks to get out of hospital. and a lot longer to fully recover.
five years down the road, I still thank God for His saving grace. had it not been for Him, (you've heard this from many before) I really wouldn't be here today. 'been through literal hell and high water. and survived, because Jesus was there with me in the deepest, darkest valley I'd ever experienced.
what more can I say.
Wonderful God. =)
CHC.E310 posted at 00:34
September 28, 2005
it's isn't really a bad thing, in some instances, I daresay. mortality serves to remind us of our human selves, destructible, corruptible, vulnerable. and as much as one may be successful and at the pinnacle of his life, he is but susceptible to mortality. he is but like any one of us.
the many paths in life diverge and wind around countless mountains and valleys, giving each and every one of us a unique and individual experience. very often, we are the result of our experiences, and that also is the basis for the gamut of human character. yet, even as all paths diverge, they all end up at one place. and that is where the end beckons, and mortality triumphs. or does it?
I learnt about Mark's cousin's passing the other day, and the first thing I thought to myself, "Was he a believer?". also, "How did he lead his life? Fulfillingly?" now, isn't that what's most important? it is. I've come to realise that it's not about what you haven't done, but what you have. we've all heard the stories about how death claims a person, and he/she refuses to pass on, because "there are so many things I [the person] haven't done." interesting, I would say, because the things you haven't done are very possibly the same things you wouldn't do should you have another ten years. it probably is because of your own mortality, that you are suddenly hit with the realisation that you are going to be taken away from the things that you apparently treasure, and find out that you've been foolishly searching for the wrong things all these while.
one thing beautiful about Jesus: He came to the world as a mortal man, showing how one can love and be loved with the short time he has. 33 years isn't a long time. many of you will pass that age hale and hearty. but to live with the understanding of contentment and personal victory is another thing.
mortality isn't the deciding factor. it isn't factor. but your character; who you are and what you do, counts for eternity.
maybe, just maybe, you never really needed more. you've had everything you need. but perhaps you never stopped to look.
CHC.E310 posted at 19:57