Sunday, March 28, 2010
I read about why God placed the Tree of Knowledge in the Garden of Eden.
The author wrote (paraphrased):
"God placed the tree so that we have a choice. And because he LOVES us, God could not deny us the right to make a choice - because of that love."
I like that.
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Authorities asked to release 15,000 seized Bibles
By SHAILA KOSHYKUALA LUMPUR: The Christian Federation of Malaysia (CFM) has called for the immediate release of the 15,000 Bahasa Malaysia Bibles being withheld by the authorities.
It said the seizure contravened Article 11 of the Federal Constitution which gives all Malaysians the right to profess and practise his faith.
“This constitutional right is rendered illusory if Christians in Malaysia are denied access to Bibles in a language with which they are familiar,” said its chairman Bishop Ng Moon Hing and executive committee in a statement Wednesday.
They said withholding the Bibles deprived Christians in Sabah, Sarawak and in the peninsula, a large majority of whom use Bahasa Malaysia, “the right to use the Holy Scriptures in Bahasa Malaysia, to practise and profess their faith and to nourish themselves spiritually.”
They said it was baseless to withhold the Bibles on the ground that they were prejudicial to public order since they had been in existence before independence and had never caused public disorder.
“Since the 1970s and in consonance with the Government’s policies in education and the national language, Christians in Malaysia have received their education in Bahasa Malaysia.
“To deny the same Christians the right to read and study the Bible in Bahasa Malaysia is thus ridiculous and offensive. In fact, it is this action by the authorities themselves which is an affront to good public order.
“We call on the relevant government officials who have neither the authority nor the right to act in this unconscionable manner to explain their action to the church leaders and to the public,” they said, adding that churches stood to their commitment to Bahasa Malaysia as the national language.
They said the Government had in an agreement in 2005 stated Bahasa Malaysia Bibles could be distributed so long as the symbol of the cross and the words “A Christian publication” were printed on the front page.
They called on the Government to walk the talk of its 1Malaysia policy and not impose conditions on the freedom of citizens to worship, pray and read the Holy Scriptures in Bahasa Malaysia.
“How can the first pillar of the Rukunegara, that is, ‘Belief In God,’ be made a living reality if the Government imposes restrictions and conditions on the constitutional and fundamental right of citizens to freedom of religion?” they said.
Published in TheStarOnline: Wednesday November 4, 2009 MYT 1:26:00 PM
Friday, August 7, 2009
- 1 Corinthians 13:6, New International Version
Like oil and water, good and evil, black and white - love dictates how you act.
Love for God, love for your spouse, love for one another.
We claim that 'love is lacking' in a person, thus he/she acts so indifferent or angry or unhelpful.
But we always forget that the root of such love is from God. We tell the person straight in his/her face that "HEY! YOU DON'T HAVE GOD'S LOVE!"
Not the most tactful way of telling. But nobody likes to acknowledge the fact that they don't love God enough.
We all WANT to and KNOW that we need to love God with all our heart, with all our mind and with all our soul.
Decisions are hard to make, but making the decision to love God is essential to start loving God.
Love will change our perspective on so many things in life that hurt us and disappoint us. Love will cause us to look at people through God's eyes. Love will fuel us to do what is right and good.
Let us make the decision to think about the love God has for us since the beginning of time.
It will change your life forever...
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
A man was polishing his new car..., his 6 yr. old son picked up a stone and scratched on the side of the car. In anger, the furious man took his child's hand and hit it many times, not realizing he was using a wrench.
At the hospital, the child lost all his fingers due to multiple fractures.
When the child saw his father, with painful eyes he asked:
'Dad when will my fingers grow back?'
The man was so hurt and speechless. He went back to the car and kicked it many times. Devastated by his own actions, sitting in front of the car he looked at the scratches; his son had written:
'LOVE YOU DAD'.
Next day, that man committed suicide.
Remember, Anger and Love have no limits . . .
Always remember... "Things are to be used and people are to be loved"
But the problem in today's world is....
"People are being USED & Things are being LOVED"
Friday, July 24, 2009
A grandmother and a little girl whose face was sprinkled with bright red freckles spent the day at the zoo.
The children were waiting in line to get their cheeks painted by a local artist who was decorating them with tiger paws.
"You've got so many freckles, there's no place to paint!" a boy in the line cried.
Embarrassed, the little girl dropped her head. Her grandmother knelt down next to her. "I love your freckles," she said.
"Not me," the girl replied.
"Well, when I was a little girl I always wanted freckles" she said, tracing her finger across the child's cheek. "Freckles are beautiful!"
The girl looked up. "Really?" "Of course," said the grandmother. "Why, just name me one thing that's prettier than freckles."
The little girl peered into the old woman's smiling face. "Wrinkles," she answered softly.
God created a family because it is in our nature to require communication and a sense of belonging.
Since we broke that sense of belonging with God by sinning, God gave us the ability to create children so that we can have a community to belong to.
It was from the beginning that God separated us into tribes and clans. Starting from Cain founded a city, naming the city after his son, Enoch.
We find comfort and security in our family. When the secure bond between God and us broke, God gave us our family to reflect what we had, and what we can have, with God our Father.
Psychologists have observed and tested and verified that people who grow up without a family, as orphans, tend to be more defensive, they don't trust easily and the percentage of being mentally and emotionally unstable is higher.
Humans are made to love. Humans are made to have communion with others. Humans are made to have a relationship with God.
Without love (whether from other people or from God), we feel lonely and depressed and our other emotions become very extreme.
Without contact with other humans, we become isolated and many 'good' and 'healthy' characteristics such as kindness, gentleness or even generosity will not be learnt and portrayed.
Without a relationship with God, we feel empty. It is best described as empty because that is exactly how we feel. There is always a spiritual element in us that has been evident from since the stone ages, when people have worshiped almost anything and everything.
God our Father, gave us our family.
Despite all that has been done to wreck or destroy our relationship with our family, where we are and who we are in our family is God-appointed. Hence, let's not blame God for anything, but in all things, know that God has good plans for all of us.
Monday, July 13, 2009
Distraction is such a common occurrence that we do not even realise we are being distracted.
To be able to focus on one thing and one thing only is slowly becoming impossible.
Information is easily available and our minds are being opened to all forms of ideas and facts - both good and bad.
That is why I am always reminded to think about Him and all he has done.
At a recent dinner, there was a speaker who mentioned about copying great leaders and reading about their biography. To emulate successful people.
For us, we copy Jesus. His biography is the bible's new testament, written by Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.
From leadership skills, to character building and personality enhancements - we use Christ as our benchmark.
Some say it's a benchmark too high to attain. But if it's easily attainable, then Jesus would not be called the Son of God.
Therefore, let's continue to focus on one thing only - Jesus.
Saturday, July 4, 2009
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
We shall be having our church camp at Sri Malaysia Hotel at Genting Highlands.
With the theme:
MATURITY in CHRIST
The place is old and in the middle of the highlands, making it not as cool as people would like it. There's no fun facilities like the theme park or beautiful garden or a golf course or arcade games.
Sometimes, we are so pampered by holidays and vacations that we squirm and complain and go 'eewwww' when we go into a room and find the paint peeling off the wall.
Yes, we would like to have SOME comfort.
If it was about general cleanliness, by all means, say it out.
But if it were because the TV wasn't working. Or if it was because the cup had a crack. Or if the toilet didn't have those free shampoo. Does it warrant a big complaint and telling yourself, "I won't go for another church camp. Such lousy lodgings."
In order to appease all parties in the church, we go to all measures to find a cheap and good place. Serviceable, affordable and comfortable enough.
We should be thankful. For some who did not know. Several trips were personally made and TONNES of phonecalls made to the hotel to confirm and to ensure that they give us everything that we want.
Thanking God is in order...
Fellowship with God is not determined by the venue. Fellowship with people is not deterred by surroundings.
Each individual plays a part in making the whole camp successful. God will already be there, to welcome us with open arms and to tell each of His child: