Sunday, August 6, 2017

CCF: Turn Disappointments to Blessings: Trust God

Pastor Peter Tan-Chi

How can you trust God if you don't know Him?
If your not happy being single then marry another unhappy single. This will only lead to double unhappiness.

To believe and not to obey is purely head knowledge. If you believe that Bible is the Word of God but haven't read the entire Bible, that is a BIG disconnect. How can you claim the promises of God if you don't read His word. Similarly if you believe that spiritual disciplines like quiet time, bible reading, fasting, prayer and the like are critical to your Christian growth but is not regularly practicing it, that is a BIG question mark as well.

People are meant to experience disappointments but there's one person who will never disappoint us - God.
Intimacy with God is the ultimate blessing.

Devils theology:
If God loves you He will bless you and you will have no problem. Since you have problem then God does not love you.

1 Peter 1:6-7
In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

Trials are not forever.
Trials are for your own sake, so you would know if you have a genuine faith in God.

The book of John chapter 11 accounts the death and resurrection of Lazarus where we learned few things:

1. Believe God loves you
Trust on God loves for you, not your love for Him.

2. Wait on the Lord
Trust God's timetable.
Waiting is God's ways of making you the person He wants you to be.

John 11:14-16
So Jesus then said to them plainly, “Lazarus is dead, and I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, so that you may believe; but let us go to him.”

Even in the worst disappointed(death) of man, God is still in control. He has a purpose
With God there is no such things as hopeless or helpless situation

Have you ever thanked the Lord for whatever you are going through? Even in difficult times or circumstances that you don't understand.

In everything give thanks!

John 11:25-26
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die.

Islam - Mohammed never claim he is the resurrection and life
Buddhism - Buddha never claimed he is God
Hinduism - Believes in karma
Christianity - Jesus claimed He is the resurrection; claimed He is the son of God; He died and rose again

Christianity is the only religion where Jesus claimed He is God, died and was resurrected. Christianity cannot be moderately important if its true.

To Trust God means to Believe and Obey.

Christianity is always present tense. How can you say you're a follower of Jesus if you don't follow Him.

Obedience to God is always the best option.
Only God can turn a Mess into a Message.
Victim into Victor.
Test into Testimony.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Music: Two Less Lonely People in the World by KZ Tandingan

Exceeding its expectation. Spring Field's "Kita Kita" featuring Alessandra de Rossi and Empoy brings us a novelty, touching and playful rom-com movie that is overall delightful to watch. Hearing good feedbacks not only from netizens but also friends there are few things this movie excites me - first watch the movie, go to Sapporo, Japan and listen to its official soundtrack "Two Less Lonely People in the World."

I didn't realize this song could be that classy and emotional. Kudos to Kz Tandingan's cover of Air Supply's "Two Less Lonely People in the World."
This is my new LSS this week. Enjoy!




I was down my dreams were wearing thin
When you're lost where do you begin
My heart always seemed to drift from day to day
Looking for the love that never came my way

Then you smiled and I reached out to you
I could tell you were lonely too
One look and then it all began for you and me
The moment that we touched I knew that there would be

Two less lonely people in the world
And it's gonna be fine
Out of all the people in the world
I just can't believe you're mine
In my life where everything was wrong
Something finally went right
Now there's two less lonely people
In the world tonight

Just to think what I might have missed
Looking back how did I exist
I dreamed, still I never thought I'd come this far
But miracles come true, I know 'cause here we are

Two less lonely people in the world
And it's gonna be fine
Out of all the people in the world
I just can't believe you're mine
In my life where everything was wrong
Something finally went right
Now there's two less lonely people
In the world tonight

Tonight I fell in love with you
And all the things I never knew
Seemed to come to me somehow
Baby, love is here and now there's

Two less lonely people in the world
And it's gonna be fine
Out of all the people in the world
I just can't believe you're mine
In my life where everything was wrong
Something finally went right
Now there's two less lonely people
In the world tonight

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Hair for Hope 2017

Last weekend, July 29-30, 2017 The Children's Cancer Foundation had their 15th annual head shaving event Hair for Hope in Vivo City. This is the only head-shaving event in Singapore that serves to raise funds and awareness of childhood cancer. Every shaven head represents an understanding by an individual of the ordeals that a child with cancer is subjected. It is encouraging every single child with cancer by making a statement that it is okay to be bald and they are not alone in their fight with cancer.



Day one alone, there were more than 1300 shavees both registered and walk-in who made the event a success. Different kinds of people from different walks of life - kids at least 7 years old, students, young adults, parents, aunties and uncles, men and even women had their hair shaved to show support to children with cancer. Out of 1300++ shavees on first day less than 300 of them were brave women who did not hesitated to sacrifice their crowning glory which they took care for many years to grow, their hair.





Vivo city central court was filled with warmhearted and courageous souls who participated in shaving and big hearted sponsors and volunteers who gave more than their time but their heart for this event. Kudos to everyone who made this event possible! Thank you for the opportunity to be part and witness this heartwarming charitable cause.




Visa volunteers
 



Thursday, July 13, 2017

CCF: Do You Have 20/20 Vision?

Seeing Jesus for Who He is: John 9:1-41
Brother Kiddit Afable

At the moment there are 39 Million blind people in the world, and 90% of them are living in low income countries. By 2050, 1 Billion people are at risk of becoming blind. But aside from physical blindness, humanity is suffering from moral and spiritual blindness. The book of John was written to shed light by declaring who Jesus is and revealing his deity to mankind. He is The Great I Am who heals the blind man in the pool of Siloam. 

John Chapter 9 accounts the story about the man born blind who was healed by Jesus through spitting on the ground, applying the clay on the man’s eyes and asking him to wash himself in the pool of Siloam. Miraculously the man was able to see and his neighbours were greatly amazed. But the Pharisees questioned him several times trying to deny the divinity of Jesus for it was Sabbath when the man was healed, but as the story progress we witness how the formerly blind man was radically transformed and worshipped Jesus as the Son of God. And towards the end of the chapter Jesus affirms His Deity. 

This miracle teaches us to see our Divine Purpose rooted in Redemption that leads to Radical Transformation and ends with Worship.

Divine Purpose (John 9:1-5)
Momentary suffering is incomparable to God’s eternal glory

Suffering is real. Human suffering started after the fall of man in Genesis 3, while adversity is evident as in the life of the man who was born blind, we can always choose to shift from causality to the purposes and plans of God.
Jesus is the light of the world. Just like how He gave light to the dark world of the blind man.
Momentary affliction is incomparable to the eternity God has planned.
God has an amazing end-game. Whatever you are going through, learn to trust the process.

Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day. For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.  2 Corinthians 4:16-18

Redemption (John 9:6-12, 13-17)
Jesus is the only source of the deep peace we seek

Sovereign grace and sovereign will dominate the miracle.
Jesus meets us at the place of our greatest need. Without Jesus all we know is darkness unless He seeks us out.
Jesus is the Lord of the Sabbath. As a response we should learn to delight in His design and find peace and rest with our Maker. Allow Jesus to heal you on the day of rest so you can have rest.
The Sabbath is for God extending His blessing to the broken and weary.
Jesus is the source of the deep rest and peace that we need.

Radical Transformation (John 9:18-24, 24-34)
God’s truth pierces through our spiritual darkness

A powerful personal testimony trumps self-righteousness.
Truth gives rise to full-blown courage.
The Gospel vs. religion – shattering the religious status quo
The Gospel vs. religion – there is great tragedy to unbelief
God pierces through our spiritual darkness 


The main question you have to ask yourself is, where do you stand? Light or darkness?

Worship
There is a profound response to truly seeing Jesus

In the story we can see the progression of how the blind man recognise Jesus. First as a Man in verse 11, then as a Prophet in verse 17 and finally the Son of God in verse 38.

v11 He answered, “The man who is called Jesus made clay, and anointed my eyes, and said to me, ‘Go to Siloam and wash’; so I went away and washed, and I received sight.” 
v17 So they *said to the blind man again, “What do you say about Him, since He opened your eyes?” And he said, “He is a prophet.”
v38 And he said, “Lord, I believe.” And he worshiped Him. 

Because there is a profound response in truly seeing Jesus.

As believers of God, what should be our proper response:  


Ultimately, we should be a courageous worshipper of Jesus!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Australia: The Pinnacles

On our attempt to explore the west coast Australia, we found ourselves driving more than 220km from Southern River WA all the way up to the Pinnacles Desert located in Nambung National Park for almost three hours.

Pinnacles Desert is world famous for its stromatolites and strombalites - the oldest living fossils on earth.




Ever wondered how this thousands of strange looking limestone pillars in different sizes were formed?

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The coast of Western Australia, from Shark Bay nearly to Albany, has a near continuous belt of Tamala Limestone (probably more accurately called) aerolian calcarenite - ie. wind blown calcium carbonate - which has been produced by the combination of wind, rain and the cementing agent of calcium.
A set of unique circumstances produced the pinnacles. Firstly the huge sand dunes stabilised. The rains which fell on the dunes leached down through the sand carrying the calcium. This resulted in the lower levels of the dune solidifying into a soft limestone. As this stabilisation occurred a layer of soil formed on top of the dune which allowed plants to grow and further cemented the limestone below. Gradually the lowest layer of soil, which lay between the surface and the limestone, formed into a hard cap which resulted in the old dunes having three levels - a soil and plant level near the surface, a hard cap below the surface, and a thick layer of soft limestone at the bottom of the dune.
Inevitably the roots from the plants on the top level found cracks and broke up the hard cap and the layer of soft limestone. The result was that under a surface covered with plants and soil the pinnacles developed. No one knows for sure how long ago this process occurred. It may have started as long ago as 500 000 years but equally it may only be a few thousand years old and it may still be continuing today. The Western Australian Museum has opted for some time in the last 80 000 years.
Anyway the advent of drier weather in the region resulted in the top layer of plants and soil being removed and gradually the pinnacles were exposed so that today they stand like strange sentinels on a plain of wind blown sand.
*** Excerpts from www.visitpinnaclescountry.com.au
Amazing as the nature, these phenomenal rock formations formed over million of years ago is not only educational but also a perfect backdrop for crazy pictorials.



Sunday, June 11, 2017

US: Seven Things I Learned in my First Long Haul Flight

The longest airplane flight I had till March, 2017 was 7hours, 15min Singapore-Dubai flight during my Holy Land tour in 2016. So my mind cannot comprehend how a person can stay inside an aircraft for more than 10 hours until I am left without choice as I have to travel to United States April this year. We have option for a direct flight from Singapore to San Francisco via Singapore Airlines but my heart was anxious imagining I will be up the air for 15 long hours. Instead we took Cathay Airlines with connecting flight from Singapore to Hong Kong(3 hours, 33 mins) then finally Hong Kong to San Francisco(12 hours, 45 mins). It may took us two more hours to reach San Francisco but at least I get to step my feet on the ground in between flights.

Flying up in the air for extended amount of time requires both physical and psychological preparations. At least for me, as I am not like the gifted travellers who can easily sleep through the entire flight, I am wide awake for the most of it. I do strive to have a pleasant and restful journey up there, but its a learning process. Here are some of the things I want to share with you on my first long-haul flight experience this year.

Image courtesy of bonappetour.com

1. Dress for comfort more than fashion.
This is not the time to impress as the clothes you're wearing will be your companion for the next 15 hours in an economy seat and you do want a comfortable trip. Choose breathable fabrics, loose attire like cotton t-shirts and drape pants. Heels are definitely a no no, you want comfy flats or flip flops. Reserve your contact lenses when you land, it's uncomfortable to wear them as your eyes tends to be dry during long flight.

2. Stay hydrated and moisturise.
Hydrate yourself night before the flight. Being inside an enclosed cabin for long hours without fresh air and little amount of oxygen easily dries your skin. It is essential to know the right skincare regime that will keep your skin fresh and glowing by the time you reach your destination.

3. Select the best seats for you.
If you're the kind of passenger who goes to toilet every now and then(like me), strategically select aisle seats which are accessible to the toilets. If you're a sleepy-head-kind-of-passenger, window seats will be the best choice.

4. Avoid caffeine and alcohol.
Coffee and soft drinks which both contain caffeine are diuretic which means it increases the amount of urine produced in your body causing you to visit the toilet often and prevents good sleep.

5. Keep your blood flowing by occasionally moving.
Stretch you arms and legs every now and then, stand or walk if you need to.

6. Bring necessities with you.
Pen is a must when travelling. Have yourself an eye mask, noise cancelling ear plugs and travel pillow to promote sleep environment. Place your meds and supplements in your hand-carry in case you'll need them.

7. Pack your entertainment
Long flights tends to be boring as you are contained in a limited space. Make sure to bring any gadget that will keep your sanity while flying like book or kindle, your-kind-of-music, your favourite tv series or movies in your mobile phone.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Australia: Biking Rottnest Island

This getaway is a perfect escape to soft white-sand beach, glorious marine life, panoramic views, safari of wild animals and tranquil ambiance. Rottnest island is located 11 miles west of Perth, Australia facing the Indian Ocean.


We booked our day tour ferry tickets via Rottnest Express which have three accessible departure points -- B-Shed Fremantle, Northporth and Barrack St., Perth. We reached B-Shed Fremantle around 9AM for our 9:30AM boarding time via Rottnest ferrry and travelled 45 minutes.



We docked at the Rottnest arrival port at around 10:15AM and we are welcomed with radiant weather, crisp air and thin, wispy strands of clouds. We have to find the bike rental and explore a little bit of the port area to know where we can find things we need.



There is so much activity you can do in Rottnest Island Reserve so prepare yourself for fun and adventure. You can bike your heart out to tour this amazing island, until your legs hurt. But trust me its going to be worth it. There are three suggested bike routes in varying distances - 4km, 10km and 22km.  We did the second route which allowed us to sightsee almost half the island mostly the eastern part of it. The route was a bit tiring because of the uphill, downhill slopes but altogether it was an exciting adventure.

Don't forget to kiss the sun and savour the fresh air.



You also get to meet new friends in the wild who will amuse and entertain you for free. Remember not to feed them 😂😜 as you are not doing them any better if you do that.


You can also find two mighty lighthouse within the island. The Wadjemup lighthouse standing tall and strong in a mountain top and the Bathurst lighthouse lying beside the sea shore watching the bay.


 


The landscape views were breathtaking and spectacular. See the fine line where the light blue skies meets the aqua sea and the waves touches the sand. It tells me, we have an amazing Creator.






Aside from biking tourists can do swimming in some of the best beach bay locations around the island, have a closer encounter with marine life by snorkeling and diving, be refreshed as you surf your mind through the waves, enjoy whale watching, bring out your fishing rods to catch some seafood, hop in various shops for unique souvenirs, experience dinner or lunch by the sea with different cafe and restaurants options or simply grab any spot in the island to appreciate the view and people.



Oops did I mention doing pictorials in different spots and sides of Rottnest is also a great way to capture the best angles of this peninsula. Even the most rigid rocks by the beach can give your photo a different tone and emotion. With so many incredible backdrops, you will surely run out of poses. Remember to be creative and always have fun. Jump shots for sure. 😎😜