Wednesday, September 30, 2009

The Gift of Forgiveness

"To forgive is to set the prisoner free and discover that the prisoner is you"

Lewis B. Smedes

How true is this statement. Often times, we are prisoner of our unforgiveness. It eats us up when we do not let go. We are literally our own prisoner,locked up by our unforgiveness. Once we forgive the other person,we will feel the release from this feeling of being held like a prisoner.

"Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, just as in Christ God forgave you". Ephesian 4:31-32(NIV)

Mom Song

This video contributed by Sister Sarah. Her advice:

Dear all,
Enjoy this hilariously funny video! However, remember not to nag our kids that way if we're moms/ dads. God bless all of you.


Infact, this video was shown by Pastor Yao when he made a presentation about relationship last Saturday at Goodnews Fellowship Church where a few of us attended.
Enjoy the hilarious video!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Embracing God's Forgiveness

In this period of pain that our Church is going through, let us forgive and also pray for forgiveness to start the process of healing. "Jesus wept" (Shortest verse in the Bible John 11:35)for us all,because we all contribute to some kind of hurt to ourselves and others. This video speaks volume on the personal front about forgiveness as well as corporately in Church.

Forgiveness is a way to love. No one can give Christ-love without forgiving others.

Monday, September 28, 2009

The Choice by Max Lucado

On Sunday while leading worship, Brother Chiew shared on a statement written by Rev Max Lucado. I looked through his book "When God Whispers Your Name"(Ch 11 )and found the passage. Here is the inspiring "poem":

No occasion justifies hatred; no injustice warrants bitterness.
I choose love. Today I will love God and what God loves.

I will invite my God to be the God of circumstance. I will
refuse the temptation to be cynical...the tool of the lazy
thinker. I will refuse to see people as anything less than human
beings, created by God. I will refuse to see any problem as
anything less than an opportunity to see God.

I will live forgiven. I will forgive so that I may live.

I will overlook the inconveniences of the world. Rather than
complaining that the wait is too long, I will thank God for a
moment to pray. Instead of clinching my fist at new assignments,
I will face them with joy and courage.

I will be kind to the poor, for they are alone. Kind to the
rich, for they are afraid. And kind to the unkind, for such is
how God has treated me.

I will go without a dollar before I take a dishonest one. I will
see the good in others when it is hard to find. I will confess
before I will accuse. I choose goodness.

Today I will keep my promises. My debtors will not regret their
trust. My associates will not question my word. My wife will not
question my love. And my children will never fear that their
father will not come home.

Nothing is won by force. I choose to be gentle. If I raise my
voice, may it be only in praise. If I clench my fist, may it be
only in prayer. If I make a demand, may it be only of myself.

I am a spiritual being. After this body is dead, my spirit will
soar. I refuse to let what will rot rule the eternal. I choose

To these I commit my day. If I succeed, I will give thanks.
If I fail, I will seek God's face.
And then when this day is done, I will place my head on my
pillow and rest.

Source: When God Whispers Your Name" by Max Lucado

Chuck Colson Denounces Therapeutic Church Model

Friday, Sep. 25, 2009 Posted: 3:13:29PM HKT
The church has fallen into a therapeutic model, says one prominent evangelical.

In an interview with Time magazine, Prison Fellowship founder Chuck Colson denounced the "feel-good kind of Christianity" he sees being promoted in churches.

"It believes its job is to make people happy and take care of their problems," said Colson, also author of The Faith: What Christians Believe, Why They Believe It, and Why It Matters.

But the church's job, he noted, is to make people holy.

The well-known evangelical and former aide to President Richard Nixon launched the Chuck Colson Center this month to provide resources that would help train people in biblical worldview. His aim to help Christians live in obedience to and for the honor of Jesus Christ in every area of their lives and to help them transform their communities through biblical truth.

After more than 30 years of working with inmates through Prison Fellowship, Colson told Time that many of the prisoners were "products of a failed worldview – that modernity would make everything better."

The purpose of the Colson Center, he explained, is to penetrate culture and expose "the Lie."

"The frontal assault over the last several years has proven inadequate," Colson said. "What we must do now is be salt and light, rubbed into the culture so to speak, in such a way that the people and institutions around us slowly begin to understand that they have embraced the Lie. Our job is to expose the Lie and replace it with the Truth of a biblical understanding of all of reality."

His articles addressing cultural questions and tackling current news and trends from a Christian perspective have been made available on his new Colson Center website.

He hopes the center will be the capstone of his career and maybe his greatest legacy.

Colson became a born-again Christian before pleading guilty to Watergate-related charges. After serving seven months in Alabama's Maxwell Prison in 1974, he founded Prison Fellowship Ministries and wrote 20 books which have collectively sold more than 5 million copies.

Note: Colson Center website:


Saturday, September 26, 2009

Love is the Greatest

Last night at our Cell meeting we were discussing about family conflicts, and the subject of love was also deliberated. Brother Ching Nam shared on 1 Cor 13:4-7 “Love is patient. Love is kind…. He shared that if we replace the word “Love” with “Jesus”, we can see a different and profound meaning of this passage. Personally I felt that it really helped me to understand the passage well, and to see the sacrifice of Jesus in loving us. By grace of God, this morning as I read Cor Ch 13:4-7 as well as the devotion on this chapter, it says the same thing.

Read the extract below:

“Or take this chapter (13) a step further: Add the phrase “with me” or “to me”. For instance, instead of praying, “Love is patient,” pray “God (Jesus) is patient with me.” Do you sometime come to prayer feeling dull and cold inside, fearful and apprehensive: God is patient with you. He is not irritated that you are dull and lifeless. Let him love you for a while. Don’t try to speak until you’ve let his love warm your heart and banish your fear. God is patient with you. He is not easily angered. He keeps no record of wrongs.”

This is the kind of love that we should give to our love ones. To add on what Brother Ching Nam said, just imagine “What would Jesus do”(WWJD) if He is in your position? Profound right?

“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” 1 Cor 13:13

Friday, September 25, 2009

Revive Us Again

“Will you not revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you?”

Psalm 85:6

As I was reading through my devotional Bible, I came upon a devotion that spoke to me about our Church situation. Read an extract below:

It happens in marriages and between friends, in families and in Churches. Love grows cold and passion fades, and what once was personal and intimate becomes rote and formal. But if even memory of what once was remains,it can be enough to spur renewal, or revival.It is especially the case with God’s people.

What is revival? The prayer itself provides the definition and the goal: “that your people may rejoice in you”. As in marriage, to be revived in faith is to be renewed in love and joy. To have a powerful faith that can move mountains and courage that will be willingly consumed by fire, but to have no love, is to have a dead religion. Far from being honoured by mere empty obedience, God is insulted. No, as John Piper says, God is glorified in us only as we are satisfied in Him.

This psalm provides a lovely picture of revival, very much in keeping with its definition: “Love and faithfulness meet together; righteousness and peace kiss each other” (Psalm 85:10). Could anyone wish for anything more ? The quality of life takes on a kind of marital bliss, and heaven and earth meet, as “Faithfulness springs forth from the earth, and righteousness looks down from heaven”. (Verse 11 )

The history of God’s people seems to be a history of recurrent spiritual decline
( See Judges 2:10-19). That’s the bad news. The good news is that God is always ready to hear his people pray, “Will you not revive us again, that our people may rejoice in you?”

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Blessed Be Your Name

Watermelon, the new Viagra?

A recent survey claims that watermelon can produce the same effect as Viagra.

A recent study in the US has discovered that eating watermelon can have a similar effect on the human body as Viagra does. It is said to be caused by the chemical citrulline. Citrulline is an organic compound that which has a similar effect as the sexual activity enhancement pill has on the body’s blood vessels. The research was conducted by the US’ Texas Fruit and Vegetable Improvement Centre.

One thing that will stop men rushing out to the supermarkets and stocking up on watermelon is that it is not as organ specific as Viagra. It is a good method of relaxing the body’s blood vessels without any side-effects, claim the researchers.92% of watermelons are made up of water, but the remaining 8%is full of the anti-oxidant lycopene, which is claimed to be good for your skin.

So if you see the watermelon shelves empty, just wonder who is having a good time that night!


Monday, September 21, 2009

Sunday Service - 20th Sept 2009

This was the first service after the shock that we all felt after Pastor's annoucement last Sunday. It was heartening to see many of our members returning despite their anguish and pain over the situation of our Church. Deep in my heart, I believe those who return look towards our One and Only God, the Lord Almighty as the ultimate and not any human. Because He is the reason for our being, of our worship of our praises and we glorify Him alone. With due respect to the Church leaders,it is really about Jesus and no one else. From the atmosphere of the worship, I sensed that healing is beginning. Like Dr.Tiong said, over the ages even theologians cannot agree on certain principles, therefore let us begin to rebuild our Church. Hurts, pains, and disappointments beside, let us arise to rebuild our Church. I believe that all of us want also to extend our welcome to those who chose "the other side"(for lack of words to discribe the situation),with love, compassion and undestanding because we are One in our Lord. In 1 Corinthians 3:3-6 Paul advised the Christians not to follow personalities, but to look towards God as He makes things grow. My prayers are for all of our members of our Church, and pray that we unite our hearts, minds, and deeds to build a stronger Church that glorifies His Name. Amen.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

FBC - Current Situation

After the shocker last Sunday, many would have realised the extent of the crisis. Neverthless,things that happened cannot be undone, the best thing to do is to look forward and to work towards rebuilding our Church. We may have been distracted by side issues and the many reasons why things happened, but the bottom line is that as a body of Christ we are to be in One accord. If we are in One accord and we direct our focus on God and not man, things can be worked out. God does not make mistake,we do. When we are right with God, we will be right with man. Let us come and rebuild our Church.

Trust God - by Poet Helen Steiner Rice

Take heart and meet each minute
With faith in God's great love,
Aware that every day of life
is controlled by God above
And never dred tomorrow
or what the future brings
Just pray for strength and courage
and trust God in all things.

Friday, September 18, 2009

A DrinkTthat Is Good For Your Blood Sugar

By RealAge
There are powerful little chemical compounds in tea -- called polysaccharides -- that may do your blood sugar a bit of good.
And one of the best ways to get them? Black tea. Researchers recently discovered that the polysaccharides in black tea may be tops over those in green or oolong teas. Make mine black!
Power in the Polysaccharides
People in Japan and China have long touted black tea's blood sugar benefits. And now, researchers are taking a look at the components of black tea that may play a role. When researchers extracted the polysaccharides in black tea and examined their effects on a cellular level, something interesting happened. The black tea polysaccharides exhibited blood sugar stabilizing properties -- even more so than the polysaccharides in both green and oolong teas. Researchers suspect there may be something unique about the chemical composition of black tea polysaccharides that boosts their blood sugar benefits.

Because the researchers were doing a cell study, it's not clear if drinking brewed tea will have the same benefits. But researchers already know that black tea is bursting with health-promoting antioxidants. So there's no reason to sit on the sidelines tapping your foot. Drink up! And here are some additional strategies for controlling blood sugar.

Christ Eyes

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Meeting with Pastor John

Yesterday evening at the invitation of Brother Alfred I attended a Cell leader meeting with Pastor John at the Church office. He was his usual self and he wanted to know what is the progress of each DOMAIN cell, and what are to be done going forward. Most Cell leaders were in attendance and I was the only assistant Cell leader there. Each member made their respective report. Pastor John advised that the most important thing is to continue what we are doing in particular the social work carried out by several cells as these work impacted people in our society. All agreed that these work will be continued.

It was a good meeting, and I believe the work will continue.

Over 50

When I was a kid, adults used to bore me to tears with their tedious diatribes about how hard things were when they were growing up; what with walking twenty-five miles to school every morning uphill... barefoot... BOTH ways!

Yadda, yadda, yadda

And I remember promising myself that when I grew up, there was no way in hell I was going to lay a bunch of crap like that on kids about how hard I had it and how easy they've got it!

But now that I'm over the ripe old age of fifty, I can't help but look around and notice the youth of today.

You've got it so easy! I mean, compared to my childhood, you live in a damn Utopia! And I hate to say it but you kids today - you don't know how good you've got it!

I mean, when I was a kid we didn't have The Internet. If we wanted to know something, We had to go to the damn library and look it up ourselves, in the card catalogue!!

There was no email!! We had to actually write somebody a letter, with a pen! Then you had to walk all the way across the street and put it in the mailbox and it would take like a week to get there! Stamps were 10 cents!

Child Protective Services didn't care if our parents beat us. As a matter of fact, the parents of all my friends also had permission to kick our ass! No where was safe!

There were no MP3' s or Napsters! You wanted to steal music, you had to hitchhike to the damn record store and shoplift it yourself!

Or you had to wait around all day to tape it off the radio and the DJ would usually talk over the beginning and screw it all up! There were no CD players! We had tape decks in our car. We'd play our favorite tape and eject it when finished and the tape would come undone.....because that's how we rolled it!

We didn't have fancy crap like Call Waiting! If you were on the phone and somebody else called, they got a busy signal, that's it! And we didn't have fancy Caller ID either! When the phone rang, you had no idea who it was! It could be your school,your mom, your boss, your Bookie, a collections agent, your parole officer, you just didn't know!!! You had to pick it up and take your chances, mister!

We didn't have any fancy Sony Playstation videogames with high-resolution 3-D graphics! We had Monopoly, the board game. If you didn’t like that, too bad. It was either play that, or get off your lazy ass & go outside and play sports with the kids that lived nearby.

You had to use a little book called a TV Guide to find out what was on! You were screwed when it came to channel surfing! You had to get offyour ass and walk over to the TV to change the channel! There was no Cartoon Network either! You could only get cartoons on Saturday morning. Do you hear what I'm saying!?! We had to wait ALL WEEK for cartoons, you spoiled little mutant brats.

And we didn't have microwaves. If we wanted to heat something up we had to use the stove ... Imagine that!

That's exactly what I'm talking about! You kids today have got it too easy. You're spoiled. You guys wouldn't have lasted five minutes back in 1970 or before!


The Over-50 Crowd


Monday, September 14, 2009

Gold Dust in Church

This story is related by Pastor Kenny Chee< Pentecostal Church, Singapore. Amazing, nothing is difficult for God, even producing gold dust or whatever materials. However, it is important to focus on God rather than the miracle. Read on:

This morning, Chua Seng Lee, an ex-FCBC pastor, preached a sermon on knowing God. At the end of the sermon he explained about a manifestation of the Spirit we have heard about but have not experienced as a church. We wiped our hands on our clothes and took a good look at them and verified that our palms were clean and dry. After prayer, a few members went up to the front to show tiny particles on their palm that sparkled. Later on, even more people, including my wife and sceptical ones, observed the phenomenon on their palms and even on their dress. It did not fall from above but just appeared on the hands. One sister said she found that even after washing some remained on the palm. Another brother, a new convert, came to church with pains in his body but after observing the gold on his hand, also experienced a release from his pain. It is called “gold dust” but they were not gold but minute sparkling particles that glinted in the light. Someone said the angels were sweeping the floors of heaven’s gold streets.

We Pentecostals are comfortable with phenomena such as these. We have passed the stage where we get overboard in our reactions to them, either rejecting them as of the devil, or trying to bottle them to sell away. We now receive them with a mixture of welcome and discernment. Although we do not seek them, we feel a sense of wonder, of awe, and see in it a token of His presence. The preacher was careful to tell us not to seek the supernatural sign, nor to build a tabernacle around it, but to look beyond the sign to the source, to God himself.

I googled about this phenomena and there was good said about it and there was an article that said such was the work of the devil. However, when this happened this morning in the worship service, there was great peace, a witness of the Spirit, some doubts(remember the apostles at Jesus’ resurrection) and a ripple of wonder. For us who have experienced revival phenomena from weeping, laughing, dancing, prophesying, public confession of sins, resting in the Spirit, visions, etc. this is just an additional one to the list. We are not going to collect the dust because the price of gold has risen, nor are we going to label it as the work of the devil. We will just give thanks to God for giving as a token of His love and concern for us and continue to grow in grace and the knowledge of God.

Is there lasting fruit from this experience? Who knows? it just happened this morning. For the time being what I have observed is a heightened sense of expectation of God’s activity. Church members are talking about it with a sense of wonder and some debate, and God and his word is getting people’s attention instead of the stock market!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Pastor's Annoucement Today

Indeed it is a sad day for many today. Pastor annouced his resignation from FBC effective 1 st Oct 2009 after leading this Church for over 20 years. He gave a very honest and humble speech in which he asked for forgiveness of things he done wrong either real or perceived. I can see that deep in his heart he wants the best for FBC, and he does not want it to be splitted due to difference in the Church. All Churches face their own problems some may be resolved quickly and some may not. I admire him that he stand on his own, and because he felt that he did not want the troubling issues to drag on any longer, he resigned. Although he said that he is rested in the spirit but I believe it hurts him to have to resign in this manner. Just imaging leading a Church for more than 20 years, and now you have to go.

I believe many members were not clear what went on for the past two months,and when the news came many were shocked. Many shedded tears for him and for the Church I suppose. Mostly stunned speechless because many members lingered around after the ending prayer by Brother Steven.

A number of our members when up front to hug Pastor John. It was very emotional and tears just flowed. I believe he is in the good hands of our Lord.

Whatever it is, let us pray for Pastor John as Brothers and Sisters in Christ. He may have his own ideas and opinion, but he is a good pastor. May our Lord guide him in his coming days. I pray all these in Jesus Most precious Name Amen.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Chasing Life

Health Tips
1. Stop eating when you’re 80% full. There are NO obese centenarians.
2. Opt for a plant-based diet that includes nuts and whole grains.
3. Treat yourself to a glass or two of red wine a day. Asians prefer tea. It is a good anti-oxidant too.
4. Know your purpose in life and be driven by it.
5. Have in place a belief system - spiritual or religious.
6. Learn to relax and enjoy life.
7. Keep physically active.
8. Be part of a healthy social network.
9. Maintain good family ties.

Friday, September 11, 2009

911- September 11, 2001

Today mark the 8th anniversary of the twin tower bombing in New York where 3,000 people perished. It was the day that the world was changed forever. I still remember that day, my family and I were staying in KL. That night at around 10.30pm my sister in law called my wife from Kuching asking us to watch the TV showing the bombing. We tuned in and thought it must be some kind of a movie, but it was real. We watched in awe and fear of what was going on. It is sad that so many innocence people died that day. Our prayers go to the victims family, may the peace of God be with all of them.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Got a Dream but no Cash? Internet can help.

Perhaps this is a lucky day for some - 090909! One can experience this once in a life time. So if you have a dream but no cash, what do you do? Yeah! go to the internet perhaps you get lucky. A website can help you. You pitch your idea on this site and interested people donate to your cause. Sound easy? Well, according to the news some people have got money to fund their ventures on this website. Read the full news here :

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Old Age

On Sunday afternoon, my wife and I visited an old aunt(my father's elder sister) at her daughter's house where she is staying. A few months ago she fell ill and was admitted to Norma ICU a few times. However, she recovered well enough to stay home. Doctors could not do anything esle for her and asked her children to send her home. She is already 80 plus years. I kind of pity her because she could not do anything by herself, and hired nurses have to take care of her. It is rather sad to see her in that state. Nevertheless, my wife and I felt that we just wanted to be there for her. It took a while for her to recognise us and after that she called me. It was a touching moments for us when I holded her hand and I saw she cried because she asked for tissue to wipe her tears. We really could not do anything for her but be there to say we care. Sometimes it is better not to say so much, but be with someone who is in need. Be there to show we care, that is better than alot of words.

Here is Helen Steiner Rice's poem:

Growing Older is Part of God's Plan

You can't hold back the dawn
or stop the tides from flowing
or keep a rose from withering
or still a wind that's blowing
And time cannot be halted
in its swift and candles flight
For age is sure to follow youth
like day comes after night
For He who set our span of years
and watches from above
Replaces youth and beauty
with peace and truth and love
And then our souls are privileged
to see a hidden treasure
That in youth escapes our eyes
in our pursuit of pleasure
So passing years are but blessings
that open up the way
To the everlasting beauty
of God's eternal day.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Helen Steiner Rice Poem

On Sundat 6 th Sept 2009, Brother Chiew led worship in Church. He prayed fervently for our Church. He also shared a meaningful poem by Helen Steiner Rice. I have always been inspired by her poems. Several years ago I bought a her books of poem and have been fascinated by her inspirational Christian poem. For those who missed the poem which he showed on the overhead please read below:

Bend In The Road

Helen Steiner Rice

When we feel we have nothing left to give
And we are sure that the song has ended,
When our day seems over and the shadows fall
And the darkness of night has descended,
Where can we go to find the strength
To valiantly keep on trying?
Where can we find the hand that will dry
The tears that the heart is crying?
There's but one place to go and that is to God,
And dropping all pretence and pride,
We can pour out our problems without restraint
And gain strength with Him at our side.
And together we stand at life's cross roads
And view what we think is the end,
But God has a much bigger vision,
And He tells us it's only a bend.

For the road goes on and is smoother,
And the pause in the song is a rest,
And the part that's unsung and unfinished
Is the sweetest and richest and best.
So rest and relax and grow stronger
Let go and let God share your load.
Your work is not finished or ended
You've just come to a bend in the road.

Focus o the Family

On Sunday 6th Sept 2009 Brother Alfred and Brother Alwin attended a meeting hosted by Pastor Matthew Ling at his house to discussed about matters relating to Focus on the Family, Kuching(FOF). The meeting was also attended by several other local Church Pastors. He wanted to find out whether FOF is contributing to the Churches here. He advised that he is assessing whether there is a need to keep a full time staff for FOF here in Kuching. One Pastor shared that he finds FOF important in helping the Churches with family issues. He also related how the youth in his Church in Miri benefitted from FOF courses like "NO Aplogies". All agreed that FOF is doing a good job and it is required in Kuching.
Pastor Matthew, Brother Alfred and another follow pastor will be conducting "Smart Start" program at Kingwood Inn in October.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

5 year old sings Above All

She appeared on America Got Talent.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Money, Sex and Power

This is a timely article about three subjects that many struggle over. On one hand some Christians say money, sex and power are bad, some say good. However, in the final analysis in indulgencing in all three are we focusing on God or on our human needs? God created all these things for our convenient, but on our part we are to honour Him and not make these as idols. If we know the Bible well,and live according to Jesus's teaching we will be able to decide for ourselves. Rightly said, we do not need many physical things to live. God provides. Read on:

Money, Sex and Power

Tuesday, Sep. 1, 2009 Posted: 1:13:29PM HKT

There are basically two groups in the Church: on one hand, there are those that say that money, sex and power are evil. On the other, there are those that say that they are good.

The problem is that there is a serious lack of biblical examination of them in many churches today. No, money, sex and power are not evil. Yes, they are good things. But is that it?

Neither a poverty nor prosperity theology is biblical, simply because God does not think that the material world and the things in it are of any ultimate importance.

The Bible does not say that God created money, sex and power as the crowning glory of His creation; it is humankind alone that can take that place of dignity.

If money, sex and power were indeed evil, why did He create them or at least approve of their use? Could God not have created a world without money, sex and power? For one thing, it would be a very disorganised world, certainly not what the God of order would want.

The evil lies not in the worldly things per se. It lies in the way they are perceived and the use to which they are put.

The Bible is clear that from page one that all things come from God, including the money, sex and power that each person enjoys to some extent.

It is equally clear that God created and entrusted them to Man out of His love to help them live in the physical world just as a loving couple prepares the baby’s room and food for the child to come into the world.

Without money, or for that matter without physical food, it would be impossible to live. Sex is an important part of being human, a reproductive race. Without power, there would be confusion and disorder.

While money, sex and power can satisfy Man’s physical needs and order the world so that they can continue to be satisfied, they are not quite capable of satisfying their wants, or their spiritual needs.

Beneath the thin, deceptive and self-deceptive veneer of confidence, every individual in the world is an insecure and nervous wreck constantly on the look out for the approval and admiration of others.

Perhaps this is what is meant by original sin, or better yet original dependence. Man is not an island. They were not created to be self-confident, practical atheists.

Without the reality of God’s grace – emphasis intended – in people’s lives, they will forever be restless, even if they be called ‘Revs’ or ‘Drs’ or ‘Professors’ or ‘Apostles’ or ‘Prophets’ or ‘Canons’ or even ‘Right Revs’ or ‘Most Revs’ or ‘His Beatitudes’ or ‘His Holinesses’.

If they are businessmen, they will be greedy for money and success. If they are pastors, they will be greedy for membership and influence. As Paul would put it, Jew or Gentile, there is no difference; all need Christ, and not a Christ contained within a ‘sinner’s prayer’, as a discerning presiding bishop put it recently, but a Christ in all His glory and power of love.

Physical things can never satisfy Man’s wants. Jimmy Carter said it well that in every person there is a God-shaped vacuum that only Jesus Christ can fill. Famous sociologist Emile Durkheim talked about how Man that is not restricted in their physical wants will go crazy and die.

Man does not need many physical things to live, yes, even in Singapore. But they need all of God’s grace.

They need to live daily in the awareness that they are in the presence of a Creator and Shepherd who loves and values them unconditionally and leads them along paths of righteousness.


Wednesday, September 2, 2009