Thursday, October 30, 2008
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Friday, October 10, 2008
Song of Commitment was actually a sequel to this song. Song of Commitment touches more on a personal level in worship. There is a separate kind of anointing that flows when we start declaring and proclaiming as a church as a body of Christ.
If one of us can reach out to 10, imagine what 100 of us could do. I’m not talking about hit and run evangelism or hit and run mentoring, I’m talking about really investing your time and effort for the Kingdom of God. Always remember, the Kingdom is not about you, it’s never been and never will be about you. It’s all about God and God alone.
When you reach out (again I’m talking about investing your time and effort), you’re not doing God a favor. In fact, it’s the other way round. When you reach out, He reveals a little more of His Kingdom and Himself to us. Think about it! It’s when you invest your time and effort doing something for God that you begin to see miracles happen, you begin to see hope in the hopeless, you begin to get excited for the things of God and that excitement will rub off on the person next to ya. Now you have 2, then it produces 4 and so forth. You think all these are for God’s benefit? NO! NO! and NO! It’s for you! You get to experience a little more of Him and His Kingdom on earth. That’s such an amazing gift.
Therefore, I want to challenge you to reach out. Start off slow, one non-Christian friend and one new Christian to mentor. Invest a year into their lives and see the Kingdom of God revealed to you. I look forward to hearing good reports. Onward Christian soldiers. Amen!
I wrote this many moons ago when I completed a leadership-training course. But it has never been more real to me than such a time as this. I really feel that God has a plan for me here in Perth and find myself getting drawn closer to serving Him full-time ever so much more.
I’ve been listening to people talk about the world’s financial crisis, as my cousin Joshua Ong (he’s a very reputable manager in a financial institution), put it “It’s not a recession, it’s more like a depression coming”. Thank God I’m pretty much oblivious about things like that. I’m probably the least academic one among all my cousins. But hey! If God can use a donkey, I’m pretty sure I’m one step up from that :P As Joe would say to me ‘We hope!’ :D
Anyways, I feel that as Christians, now is the time to shine. Let the world know that he/she who puts their trust in the Lord, will have no fear but have perfect peace. Therefore I say to you … SHINE! SHINE FOR CHRIST! Let the world experience His Love, His perfect peace! SHINE!
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
This praise song was birth out of a revelation that God gave me. One night during cellgroup, I was having a conversation with Joe Ong (The Preacher) and Psalm 23 was brought up. It was the week that he spoke about our birthright as a child of God. I can’t remember why Psalm 23 was brought up, but as we were getting excited about God’s Word, suddenly a revelation came upon me. I looked at Joe and said “I don’t think people know the full extend of this chapter”.
Psalm 23 is not a solemn, prayerful, meditative song that David wrote. I was a Psalm of victory, freedom and somewhat cocky. David was so confident in God and knew God so well. Not only he takes comfort in God’s discipline (just imagine your dad slaps ya on the face and ya go ‘Yeah! I’m so comforted by that’) but also he knew his God is bigger than anything in the world. That’s why he said ‘You prepare a meal before my enemies’. Who in their right mind would have a feast in front of his enemies? What a slap on the devil’s face! Amen.
As if that slap on the enemy’s face is not enough, David added salt to the wound by saying ‘You anoint my head with oil and fill my cup to overflowing’ … all these were done in front of his enemies. It’s hard for me to get into details cause there’s just too many levels to that verse, but in a nutshell, David was taunting his enemies. He was so confident that his Abba Father will look over him and bless him despite the circumstances.
I would encourage you to read Psalm 23 again and ask God to open your hearts and spiritual eyes to receive His revelation. For those of you that’s not a Christian and would like to know more, don’t hesitate to leave me a note. By faith, I would like to send ya a bible. Doesn’t matter where you are. May God continue to reveal more to us. Amen!
P.S. I just realized that the lyrics doc has no chords included. If you want the chords, leave me a comment (don't forget to leave your email addy), I'll email it to ya. God Bless!
Friday, October 3, 2008
There was this girl back in my YWAM (Youth with a Mission) days that I got to know. She had a rough past and she doesn’t seem to be able to forget. She was living a very reckless life and her parents thought sending her to a ‘Bible school’ would help. Well, it didn’t!
My heart went out for her. One day during my work duty (my job in the Christian Uni was to wash plates, all 3 thousand of them and cups, cutleries, well, you get what I mean. So I do have a lot of time to think and ponder) I started lifting her up in prayer. Asking God what can I say to help her change. God’s reply to me was “NOTHING!”. I was kinda taken back for awhile, then I begin to understand … With all the knowledge and understanding of the bible, there’s nothing I say can that will ever change her. It is not words that she needed, it’s an encounter with God Himself. She needed to know what God thinks of her. Many of us are clueless what God thinks of us. So after washing up, I sat down with my guitar and ask God to show me His heart towards her and hence the song was birthed.
I never shared this song much cause I felt that it was so personal. But I believe now is the right time. I pray that all that has lost hope in people and in the world, that you’ll find it in Christ Jesus.
Personally, I feel that every Christian should take time off daily just to rest in Him. If my memory did not fail me, I remember Kent Henry once said, we should all have our praise vacation. I pray that this worship song will help you rest. Be refreshed and renewed.