Saturday, May 24, 2008

Spiritual Disciplines

Dr. AR Bernard preached the message of Spiritual Disciplines in Aug 07.

The only way to engage culture successfully without compromising our spiritual integrity is by the maintaining our spiritual disciplines.

"But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king's delicacies, nor with the wine which he drank; therefore he requested of the chief of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself." -Daniel 1:8

Food & drinks generally represents the lifestyle of the society.

The world feeds on Envy, Jealously, Greed -> Pride, ego, fear, lust, selfish ambitions.

And the bible tells us not to feed on what feeds the world. Like Daniel, we can be taught in the sciences, arts, languages and have a name of the world, and yet maintain a holy and a life that is set-apart for God.

The spiritual disciplines that Christians need to exercise regularly:-
1) Praying
2) Reading the bible
3) Bible study
4) Fasting
5) Thanksgiving
->Acknowledging God's grace in our life
->Prevents Discontentment in our lives, discontentment arises from Lust.
-> Greed doesn't get into a thankful heart
6) Solitude
-> A season of being apart from people to seek wisdom from God.
7) Repentance
8) Forgiveness / Confession
-> Confession precedes repentance.
-> Without confession = Denial
-> Confession is taking responsibility for actions, allowing God's healing and redemption.

Joshua's bday + 22 May CG

We celebrate Joshua's xth birthday in n116, his 1st with his spiritual family..

Gabriel sharing his word of encouragement to the Joshua..

Amanda with her "The 1st time I saw you" poem..

The present is presented by Jennifer, Joshua exclaims "It's exactly what I needed!" much to Jen's surprise. Our birthday co-ordinator has got a special anointing for her task.

And Daniel prepared a yummy blueberry-cream birthday cake, beautifully and creatively decorated.


Another feast prepared by our Chef Daniel Ang

A galore of Lasagne, baked rice, roasted chicken and fruit tart.

Friday, May 23, 2008

3 Year Old Solves Rubik's Cube in 114 seconds

This is God's given talent...

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Famous Saying

Famous Phrases from Pastor Kong Hee:

Use sparingly to impress your friends, but if you are a girl... don't use the last one.

1. "Champions are not those who never fails but those who never quits."

2. "Skill can get u to the top but it is characters that keep u there."

3. "Yesterday's Excellence is Today's Mediocrity."

4. "Your attitude will determine your altitude."

5. "The heart of the matter is the matter of the heart."

6. "We are male by birth but Men by choice." (applies to men only)

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Why bad things happen to good people

We live in a broken world were lives are broken around us, we see divorce, death, sickness, etc all the times.

There are 4 basic facts if life:
Understanding the 4 facts of life, we will be mentally prepared for crisis.

When bad things happen, we must have faith, with faith in the Lord, believing that He will preserve us no matter what happens.

Suffering is a good cure for PRIDE;
"I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven. Whether it was in the body or out of the body I do not know—God knows. And I know that this man—whether in the body or apart from the body I do not know, but God knows— was caught up to paradise. He heard inexpressible things, things that man is not permitted to tell.
(2 Cor 12:2-4)

-We must humble ourselves so to receive further blessing
-We must NOT exalt ourselves
-Don't be proud... be like Jesus

Suffering presses us onto God's grace;
Grace is God's supernatural strength to do what we cannot do by ourselves.

-When things happen we lean on God's will and trust God's word

Suffering is a training ground for strength.
It helps to build faith.

"You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus."
(2 Tim 2:1)

"To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps."
(1Peter 2:21)

Suffering reveals the true nature of our faith.
-will you still follow God's word/Jesus if you are suffering?
-God uses suffering to find His real followers.


Wednesday, May 7, 2008

May Day Game

Labour Day - The day the government declared for all her citizens to have the rest day from all the labour in a year.

Thankfully, we were able to have the day off and gather at Dorin's house to recharge both spiritually and physically, rest (well, if you read on, we didn't exactly laze around and do nothing), do some exercise and have some fun together.

After cg, we gathered at the park behind Dorin's house to have some games organised by Benny.

All set and ready to start the games - Captain Ball / Banana, Dog & Bone(or rather Balls).

To prevent any injuries, please do sufficient stretching exercises as demonstrated by Daniel, Othniel, Sky & Angeline.

*Ting Ting* Round One

Amanda, Joy & Yubing: "Angeline!! We love you!!"

And was expressed by wrestling hugging her till she's on the floor.
Not to be outdone by the ladies, the guys expressed their love as well.

The N116 version of "Catch Me If You Can"

What joy a ball brings to everyone.......

.....Happy Dance

Everyone can't wait to have a share of the "joy"..

Watch "Captain Banana" here

The "Victim" - Squashed and lifeless.
Gab gets some Banana Treatment - on his shoulder.

The Champs
What is more rewarding than a good dinner and fellowship after so much hard work?