Archive for January, 2009

Affirmations

January 30, 2009

Affirmation without basis, is nothing.

As much we can affirm, say nice things, lift things up, but if the person/situation does not have what it takes to be lifted up, affirmation are just empty words.

Likewise, we are not made up of the affirmation people say of us.

With or without, we are who we are.

Do you know who you really are? Or are you waiting for the next set of nice words to lift you up. Or to wait for another person to tell you who you feel you are?

I think appreciate kinds words and affirmation in my life, but they are not the most important things to keep me going.

At my lowest of low, what picks me up, is the value of my existence that is in Christ Jesus.

When music transcends language

January 29, 2009

I don’t understand a single word, except for “Hallelujah”, but I think it’s beautiful.

Fighting temptations

January 28, 2009

“I heard there was a secret chord
that david played and it pleased the lord
but you don’t really care for music, do you
well it goes like this the fourth, the fifth
the minor fall and the major lift
the baffled king composing hallelujah…

well your faith was strong but you needed proof
you saw her bathing on the roof
her beauty and the moonlight overthrew you
she tied you to her kitchen chair
she broke your throne and she cut your hair
and from your lips she drew the hallelujah

hallelujah…

We often talked about David and Goliath, David the man after God’s heart. How about David and Bathsheba? Listening to the song “Hallelujah” it reminded me of the vulnerability of man towards sin.

David didn’t commit adultery and murder intentionally, all he did was to stay away from his usual responsibilities and decides to idle for a while. The issue is not so much whether, we love God or not. Even the man after God’s heart stumbles at the feet of temptation that cause him to sin. Hence to “love alot” does not naturally omit temptations.

Samson and Delilah. Samson was blessed by God with great strength, a mighty warrior, but a moment of love/lust, he allowed Delilah to cut his hair, thus disobeying God, which eventually caused him a painful death.

Hence, the whole point of loving God and honoring God,
is not so much on composing great music,
or winning many battles (though all this are good),
it’s not relative to the talents and giftings that God has given us.
Essentially, it’s all about a pure heart.

“A heart that hides your word so that sin will not come in”

In a exam, the worst a student can do is to cheat.
In a marriage, the worst thing a spouse can do is adultery.
In a country in times of war, the worst thing a citizen can do is treachery.

Betrayal of trust, is one of the most immoral and hurtful thing one can commit.

Who are the Bathshebas and Delilahs in our life?

I must not allow momentary (carnal) pleasures to rob me of my relationships, especially, my relationship with God.
Temptations leads to sin. Temptations can be fought.

“13 Now all has been heard;
here is the conclusion of the matter:
Fear God and keep his commandments,
for this is the whole duty of man.

14 For God will bring every deed into judgment,
including every hidden thing,
whether it is good or evil.” Ecclesiastes 12:12-14

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January 26, 2009

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Kids say the darnest thing

January 13, 2009

We wanted to get married and so we just thought, “Let’s go there.”

Anna-Bell, a 6-year-old German girl, on trying to elope to Africa with her 5-year-old boyfriend; they were picked up by the police at a railway station near her home (Times)

Hur….Hur…Hur…

What are some of the outrageous things you did when you were six?

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January 13, 2009

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January 11, 2009

“Our resources are finite, but our will is infinite”

Barack Obama

My believe is this, that should the God that we believe in is an all powerful God, then when it comes to scaling heights for him, sky is the limit.

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January 6, 2009

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Perceived Realities

January 6, 2009

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“The lunatic, the lover, and the poet
Are of imagination all compact:
One sees more devils than vast hell can hold,
That is, the madman: the lover, all as frantic,
Sees Helen’s beauty in a brow of Egypt:
The poet’s eye, in a fine frenzy rolling,
Doth glance from heaven to earth, from earth to heaven;
And as imagination bodies forth
The forms of things unknown, the poet’s pen
Turns them to shapes, and gives to airy nothing

A local habitation and a name.
Such tricks hath strong imagination,
That if it would but apprehend some joy,
It comprehends some bringer of that joy;
Or in the night, imagining some fear,
How easy is a bush supposed a bear!”A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Act v. Sc. 1.

I see, I thought, I presumed.
Our perceived reality exposed by true reality would come to a naught. Assumptions and make believes are nothing but fogs that blurs the vision to look ahead. Should I continually dwell in that reality that I have made, I am nothing but living a lie.
Thus there is a need to seek and know truth, and live by it.
Life is to short, to live in a lie.

Walking out

January 3, 2009

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In my years of ministry, I see people entering and leaving church. From members to leaders. From the obvious “not doing well” to the sudden “missing in action.” I too see constant “strugglers” who struggle with the same issues for years.

My observation had me to conclude that,

The reason for leaving is not really because

one doesn’t have friends in church
-there is no one in the church who loves them
-there is a constant struggle

It’s because he/she had already made a decision to walk out on God.

It’s impossible to love God and forsake his church.Unless you have a very warped idea of God. To walk out on God because of human flaws is simply unreasonable and silly.

There can be many philosophies, but only one God and one way.

Tonight, at the back of my mind, I heard the Holy Spirit call, “I just want to talk to you for a while, is it that hard to make time for me?”

I stopped and pray in the spirit.

I know, I need to always be ready to listen.