Thursday, December 14, 2006
Monday, November 27, 2006
Thursday, November 16, 2006
For the things that you really want in life, giving a 100% isn't quite enough.
Today's food for thought. 100% would mean to fulfill requirement. 100% prayer isn't quite enough, and just making sure you meet the deadlines and turn in all that is needed isn't quite enough. 110%, 150% maybe even 300%.
Learning and growth. Perhaps part of truly taking ownership over my own growth, is to recognise that, meeting requirements isn't enough. Passion to do more and expose myself is part of it all.
Friday, October 20, 2006
Sunday, October 15, 2006
Thursday, October 12, 2006
God willing, will He bring alongside like-minded Galileans to serve in His harvest field, to grasp how far and wide the harvest is, and how little the labourers are.
this mission trip like the one to Japan has so many unknowns and honestly, I'm not very adventurous. If given a choice, I would probably remain in Singapore. I've never been to Chiang Mai before, and this would be the smallest group that I'm going to travel the furthest with. But I'm mindful tonight as it was shared during crusade discipleship training, that it is all about obedience and application.
Luke6:46 Why do you call me Lord, Lord, and not do what I tell you? 47 Everyone who comes to me and hears my words and does them, I will show you what he is like: 48 he is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when a flood arose, the stream broke against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well built. 49 But the one who hears and does not do them is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. When the stream broke against it, immediately it fell, and the ruin of that house was great.Obedience to the will of God, and doing what we have each been called to do - to fulfill that Great Comission.
A man who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock? or one who builts on the ground without a foundation? sober reminder to live the walk and walk the talk, moment by moment.
Tuesday, October 10, 2006
27The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life,
that one may turn away from the snares of death.
28In a multitude of people is the glory of a king,
but without people a prince is ruined.
29Whoever is slow to anger has great understanding,
but he who has a hasty temper exalts folly.
wisdom for life.. some application each day.
Monday, October 09, 2006
This was shot on the 8th. The day after the lantern festival, when the moon reaches it's "peak". It was so red, it looked like mars. Why is the moon red? the evening's haze index hit 150PSI at 9pm. That's the cause. It's a 'lil scary as the Bible talks about the moon turning red at the end of days. And I think I just caught a glimpse of how is that even possible.
The moon has always been a facination of many, including some people talking about how a full moon makes people act "funny". I think we're just trying to find a good excuse ;) And what better then the moon who is always around to point fingers at and not able to excuse itself :)
Anyway tonight, I'm exhausted. Even hitting a mild depressive state. You know, the feeling that there is so much things to do, but you don't want to do anything anymore... too tired, too emotionally drained to care or bother anymore. A desire to recluse into a secret hideout, all nicely tugged and sheltered away from even the drizzles of life. All these have been a culmanation of events, sequences and deprivation of rest. If I've made anyone upset or displeasured over me... please forgive me. I am not able to care anymore. The Lord is my refuge, my fortress in time of need. Perhaps I need a personal retreat.(but it's definitely not the moon...)
Easier to relate to God... then it is with all men... I just want You to be my portion.
Monday, September 25, 2006
Pray for God to use this camp as part of His process to find people whose lifes and hearts are dedicated to the Lord.
Pray for the camp comm and all who are helping in one way or another.
For me, please pray that I will enjoy the process of being a servant leader as my Lord did in His time on earth. For He is my strength, the horn of my salvation... and in all things -- to God be the glory!
Tuesday, September 19, 2006
Saturday, August 19, 2006
P. Ramlee, Bujang Lapok, 1957
Eric Khoo, 12 Storeys, 1997
Glenn Goei, Forever Fever, 1998
Jack Neo, Money No Enough, 1998
Kelvin Tong, Eating Air, 1999
Djinn, Perth, 2004
Royston Tan, 15, 2003
Friday, August 18, 2006
whose "love" hurts,
whose "love" is conditional,
whose "love" is selfish,
whose "love" changes,
whose "love" lusts
whose "love" is temporal,
whose "love" is impatiant,
whose "love" is violent,
whose "love" is proud,
whose "love" fails,
whose "love" I can never seem to give without growing weary...
But rather, I be found in the arms of the One who loves perfectly. In whom, all love is not tiring, but like a stream of pure crystal waters that renews my life and quenches that thirst that I once thought would never be satisfied.
O come, Thou Fount!
O come, Thou Rock!
O come, Thou Cornerstone that was thrown away!
O come, Thou Son of David!
O come, Thou Son of Man!
O come, Thou second Adam!
O come, Thou King of kings!
O come, Thou Lord of lords!
O come, Thou worthiest Lamb that was slain for my sins!
O come, Thou Prince of peace!
O come, Thou Mediator between man and God!
O come, Thou Way and the Truth and the Light!
O come, O come, Thou Emmanuel (God with us)!
O come! Please come... For surely, You come quickly...
Monday, August 14, 2006
Anyway, I was at the Marina Promenade yesterday to catch the last round of fireworks for the SIngapore Fireworks Festival. Last night, it was team France who were lighting up the sky. It was not too bad. My first try at fireworks. I realise I don't really like shooting fireworks quite as much as people and objects and landscapes. Hope you like them
Friday, August 11, 2006
God has been merciful and I actually got all my modules this time round by round 2A! I couldn't believe it Japanese 3 at 1 point. And even Singapore Film module a pretty hot module i would think given that we mainly watch movies ;) haha.. 1 point.
National day has been great, this past week has been fireworks and movie(The fast and furious: Tokyo Drift. Of which I still preferred Too fast Too furious).
Have committed photography into God's hands. To glorify God with it. To acknowledge God in my photographic journey, and I am sure, He will show me how best to use this gift for His purposes. (Prov 3:5-6)
Tomorrow, I'm heading out to shoot some fireworks... really anticipating my 1st real shoot after awhile.
Recieved my free MacArthur Study Bible today... it's pretty cool! detailed, maps, timelines and many cross references, really an invaluable tool for Bible study
Wednesday, July 26, 2006
Well, I'm glad to be alive and kicking. God has really blessed the Crusade Blast Off camp and I'm very thankful to all the friends made in my group and also for all the freshies and their enthusiasm to be involved in Crusade activities. Youth Worship Service was good also. I knew that God was working through me.
My Lord saw me through last week and for that, I'm thankful.
My camera remains unsold. Can't seem to fetch a reasonable price for it. And when I could(and i even lowered the price further), the buyer did not get back to me. The other 70-300mm lens has no reasonable offers either. This is really odd. It's like God doesn't want me to sell the rest anymore. But I remain unconvinced. I pray that God will show me what He wants me to do, not what I would do.
Monday, July 17, 2006
please pray for me (oh and it'll help a lot if you not ask me to be involved in more things too :) ).
Wednesday, July 12, 2006
5 At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night; and God
said, "Ask! What shall I give you?"
9 Therefore give to Your servant an understanding heart to judge Your
people, that I may discern between good and evil. For who is able to judge this
great people of Yours?" 10 The speech pleased the Lord, that Solomon had
asked this thing. 11 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, 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.
13 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.
14 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."
Another verse came to mind when reading what Solomon asked of the Lord.
If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. (Jam 1:5 KJVR)
God is well pleased at our requests to ask for wisdom, discernment of heart, understanding of justice. Is a lesson further reinforced into my heart. Is it possible that a God so great as ours is interested in giving a man wisdom in life and judgement of all things? I cannot begin to understand how God is interested in even this aspect of my life.
I used to think wisdom came with age(of course until I realise how some old people behave childishly). I used to think that wisdom came about faster for some people who were more observant and intelligent then others(until i met intelligent but foolish men).
Now I know all good wisdom is from above. From the LORD, who alone can give and is willing to give unabraidedly. Being well-pleased that we should even ask for wisdom above life and riches.
Friday, July 07, 2006
Am packing my 50mm f/1.8 lens... and I really am going to miss it... it really hurts to part with photography indefinitely... 3 years ago I wouldn't be saying this or even understand what it means..
The world was created beautiful and much of its beauty lies to be discovered. I pray the Lord wills that one day I'll see the world through those lenses again... yet not my will, but His.
Wednesday, July 05, 2006
Adonijah tries to establish himself as king when David was old, by roping in Joab the commander of the army and Abiathar the priest. It's never wise to put yourself in opposition of God's word, as God had already told David to appoint Solomon as king and how God Himself would be a father to Solomon... As the story goes, Solomon was anointed as king by Nathan the prophet and Adonijah's coup attempt failed, as his "friends" left him terrified at what Solomon would do to them. And Adonijah himself was so afraid to return home as well.
What was most interesting that Solomon said "If he is a worthy man, not one of his hairs will faill to the ground; but if wickedness is found in him, he will die"1kings1:52
and finally when Adonijah the mastermind-of-the-failed-coup was brought before Solomon, he only had these words for Adonijah, his brother, "Go to your house." Such wisdom Solomon has exhibited from the start. Sounds much more interesting to come...
Please come and join me in Precepts class every Monday Night 7.45pm-10pm @ my church in pandan gardens if you stay in the west ya? I have so greatly benefited from this Precept study, that I cannot begin to express my desire to share this with more people, to see more of God's people be rooted in His wonderful word for us and seeing lives changed in accordance to the word with all prosperity and victory in living the life we've been called to in Christ Jesus.
Finally, want to praise God thus far that He has indeed been my provider by allowing pretty good offers for the various camera parts. But thus far the main body and another lens are not recieving good offers to sell... but it's good to wait upon the will of God even in this area.
Saturday, July 01, 2006
Just recieved in my mail box an invitation to attend the SYPA(Singapore Young Photographers' Award) prize presentation and photo exhibitition on 27th July evening. In it there was no announcements of results. The website did not include results either... so did I win or not?
Haiz.. I was so happy when I saw the invitation card when opening the envelope, I thought I had won! but i don't know...
Realise that I need to commit this to the LORD too. And not just commit it to Him to win. But also to give thanks for not winning, for it would be the good and perfect will of God also! Given that I think there are tons of people taking better photos then me in Singapore who are younger then me even... my chances are... slim to say the least.. but I can still hope!
So, I'll say in advance... if I did not win... "Thank You Lord!"
Wednesday, June 28, 2006
Tuesday, June 27, 2006
Sunday, June 25, 2006
Tuesday, June 20, 2006
Thursday, June 15, 2006
Friday, April 07, 2006
posted a latest update in there. Also, you can pray for us as we prepare and make ready plans for Tokyo.
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Thursday, March 23, 2006
I'm finally a proud owner of a Nikon DSLR - D70!!! together with a 24-120mm Vibration Reduction lens.
Now I'm terribly poor... please don't ask me out the next few months... haha :P
Wednesday, February 22, 2006
Tuesday, February 07, 2006
I think of how much you have helped me;
I sing for joy in the shadow of your protecting wings.
I follow close behind you;
your strong right hands hold me securely.
But those plotting to destroy me will come to ruin,
They will go down into the depths of the earth.
They will die by the sword
and become the food of jackals.
But the king will rejoice in God.
All who trust in him will praise him,
while liars will be silenced.
- Psa 63:6-11
How much more to think of God...?
"Oh my soul, much much more..."
Sunday, January 22, 2006
A miracle is what God does that separates us from disaster.
that's a pretty good definition. If I could in anyway have saved myself in my situation, then what God had done would not have been a miracle.
Had dinner to say farewell to Joel and Benjamin... Gave both of them an NASB inductive study Bible from the combined counsellors group. Seeing many brothers and sister off to Australia these days.
I pray that these few years would be time where they will grow ever closer to the Lord and greater in faith as they trust the providences of God in a foreign land.
Reminded of Daniel, when he was held captive in Babylon, a land foreign and hostile to him. Many Israelites forgot the Lord and worshipped the Babylonian gods. When we are separated and in foreign lands, only 2 things can happen... either we slip away from God as we no longer feel accountable to anyone or like Daniel, we can purpose in our hearts to honour God... in a foreign land when we are out of our comfort zone or even where God's name is scarcely mentioned, we thirst more for our God. To honour Him yet higher and greater then we ever did.
Tuesday, January 17, 2006
Perhaps the reality of going through this semester with only 3 modules could not be any nearer, but that night I was reminded of God's grace to the Israelites despite disobeying Him. For His name's sake that the nation of Egypt will not mock at God because God who led His people out of Egypt, destroyed the people in the wilderness instead. God spared the nation of Israel for it's rebellion time and again, for His name's sake. I prayed that night, afraid of the uncertainty, that for His name's sake that He would preserve me... Nevermind if I don't get what I want, just don't let me be put to shame because I trust in Him...
Psa 119:31 I have stuck unto thy testimonies: O LORD, put me not to shame.God is true to His word... and the whole time Psa50:15 kept ringing in my head and was spoken to me by 3 different people...
In thee, O LORD, do I put my trust; let me never be ashamed: deliver me in thy righteousness. (Psalms 31:1)
Psa 50:15 And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.Am glad that I did call... And it was putting my faith in who God is to the test... when head knowledge will become heart knowledge...
Monday morning, quiet time reading was on Numbers. The nation of Israel was ready to stone Caleb and Joshua for trusting God to give them the land of canaan. Then the Lord spoke and said He would disown Israel and send a plague to destroy all of them and through Moses will He make an even greater nation. Yet Moses pleaded with the Lord to spare Israel so that the Egyptians would not say that God destroyed them because He was not able to give them the promised land. And God relented, but punished them to roam the wilderness for 40 years. Wow! Yes, we can plead to God for His name's sake.. and for the 1st time I really did...
Reading Joy's blog at12pm in the noon and again I saw Psa50:15. God's promise to deliver me in the day of trouble... that in so doing I will glorify Him... and not be put to shame...
Amazing... isn't it? I've never really known of the existence of Psa50:15 until this experience...
Thereafter I checked my cors website and noticed that I had japanese 2 and intro to jap studies tutorials to bid for! wow!! can't believe my eyes! that means I got them both by appeal!! 110+ pts for japanese 2 and 349 points for Jap studies!! that's real cheap!
Praise God most high! His word is true... and I know it.. because I've experienced it. Those who trust in the Lord will never be ashamed. He will deliver thee. that's a promised that's true because it is said by God who doesn't change and is able and wanting to keep His promises.
Yes, God opened another 2 doors to Japan. This time perhaps the most difficult 2 doors thus far... I wonder what's ahead? but I take delight in knowing my God is ever present, guiding me in the way everlasting!
My God is so good, so strong and so mighty,
there's nothing my God cannot do.
Kids song- thanks to Allvina for teaching.
Monday, January 16, 2006
Praise You for being the One that I run to, sorry for what I've done.
Praise You for when words and reason are better left unsaid, that yet You know.
Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
Friday, January 06, 2006
I was out-bidded in this module(which is unusually popular this semester) for the past few rounds as some rounds even chalked this up til 1000+ pts. But God is good, and He was to give it to me at the last stage of round 2 for a whopping 1 point only!
I have 3 modules now and 2 more to go. Japanese studies and Japanese Language 2 (this i was outbidded this round). can trust God to give what He would want me to take.
She gave me a gift that can only be from God! Operation Japan, a detailed prayer book covering a comprehensive list of prayer items for Japan all year round! Though the book was published in 1997, it's still the best material there is for detailed prayer for the country. So glad I can now pray more intelligently.
Yes, God opened another door! and I just marvel.
Thursday, January 05, 2006
Modules continue to be a "nagging dull pain at my neck" as I've still got 3 more to get.
I thank God for allowing me to get 2 modules already! He's able and in fact more then able. It is at times like these in the new year ahead that I believe this year's church theme verse will ring with ever greater comfort, awe and anticipation.
"Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not "
Go to the Lord 1st in prayer. That what I learnt from the study of Jonah, when the sailors tried to unload their cargo to save them from the storm, it did not help. Neither did calling out ot their own gods. And not even desperate rowing. It was only when they called out to God to spare their lives and do what He wanted them to do(which was to throw Jonah off the ship) that the storm stopped. I used to be like them... 1st thing is to try to solve it on my own.. then look for friends to help.. then anybody... the last thing I do is pray.. when I realise that I cannot do it in my own strength... How wrong. God wants me to do all things His way and thru His resources. Phi4:6 "Be careful(anxious) for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God."
So now I pray first before I do anything like appeal or bid.
He is indeed Jehovah Jireh, God my Provider.
And yes, He is in control.
Wednesday, January 04, 2006
Now, finishing up "I kiss dating goodbye", will soon start on 2 mentoring books.
Am also desiring to read some John Maxwell Leadership books.
Dinner with Gwyneth and Allvina was cool... Allvina leaves for Chiang Mai today. Makes me think of Gen12ii that will come in a twinkle of an eye. Time to sleep.. zzz...
Monday, January 02, 2006
Well, thank God for grace to still wake up early to be in church today and later for the prayer dedication at 5pm.
God's great as I recount my blessings over the year. It's felt like 3 years squeezed into 1. Got my license to drive, Church Camp, ORD!!!, led 2 souls to Christ!, kept an important promise, went into university, made tons of new friends, took Japanese, started Bible-study with Liz and Joy, finished 1st Sem in uni, SUnday School Camp, Combined Youth Leaders' Camp, Campus Crusade Metamorphosis and Gen12ii. And that's just a small portion of the highlights...
2006 holds greater challenges for me. With Junior Worship Service, Gen12ii and more Bible study. Looking forward... many more thanksgiving and praises to give to God!