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Sarah

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/6220523.stm

This piece of news article reminds me of a miracle God has done in Sarah's womb. If you are not sure what happened, feel free to go and read Genesis and find out what happened.

Anyway, age seems not a factor to this woman...

New Year Resolutions

Now for New Year resolutions, here they are:

1) To become a better person, physically, emotionally, intellectually and spiritually
2) To obtain an average cap of 4.2 - 4.5
3) To expand YP Bukit Panjang Branch and be more involved in YP
4) To expand the YRC, or at least let it grow
5) To make more new friends
6) To be able to help my friends in times they need my help
7) To lose weight
8) To complete half marathon

All in all, one sentence to sum up all: I want 2006 to be a more happening year than 2005. Oh, let me list down the things which I dun want myself to be caught doing in 2006:

1) Drinking myself dead drunk and committing a two-piece mistake
2) Slacking and ending up knowing nothing about lecture
3) Got obsessively involved in BGR, though if it comes, I can't help
4) Spend 300 points for a module which cost 1 point for others.

I made some reslolutions in the beginning of the year. Now, let's see how much I have achieved. For number 1, I have certainly become a better person for sure,…

Charlotte's Web

When a promise is made, it will not be broken....

I went to watch Charlotte's Web yesterday together with the CG. To make the long story short, it's about the struggle of this pig who had made friends in a barn to avoid his slaughter in the smokehouse for Christmas. In the process, he received help from this spider called Charlotte, who promised that she will not allow Wilbur the pig to end up in the dining table. How she exactly did it, I will leave it to you to find out. But it was touching in the end. The ending really reminds me of a friend who will never break his promise, whatever promises that he made. It was very touching. Perhaps the dramatic impact can only be felt when you watch it. Witness the friendship between an unlikely pig and unlikely spider - a friendship which eventually changed the way the people around them live.

It's movie that really touched my heart a lot and I'm sure it will touch your heart too.

Every Time - by Hillsongs United

Jesus, I love You,…

Thank God for that

I was checking my grades for the last exam. It was a heart-nerving experience. But anyway, here's what I saw in the sms by NUS:

HY2217 B
HY2243 A-
HY2246 A-
MNO1001 A-
TR2202 A

CAP: 4.23

Quite a surprise. HY2217 was the module which I know has the least chance of getting an A, cos of my project, but it will still remain my fav mod of the sem. TR2202 was a surprise, cos I expected a B+ the most, given my relative quietness in the forum... or maybe if I have been more active, it would have been an A+. The rest was sort of a bonus. I didn't expect an A- for HY2246 too, though HY2243 was quite expected and hoped for. MNO1001 was a difficult one to gauge, cos I didn't really know how I do as compared to the rest. The final paper was a bit of a disaster to me, cos I had a stomachache and I can't concentrate on the paper properly.

The score for this sem is 4.4, a 0.1 improvement from last sem, only a difference between a B and B-. Quite sianz could have made it to the Dean's lis…

Something to share

After everything, maybe it's time to be a bit more sensitive and post something more encouraging:

Read this

Confession of a politically-incorrect person

Well, some of the posts for the past few days had been politically incorrect, or maybe even sounded extreme. And probably, some of you have read it and might get offended by it.

Firstly, I have to confess that it is normally not myself to post such politically incorrect comments.

Secondly, I would like to say sorry if you are offended.

Perhaps even these posts may turn you off from God.

It may seem that I am not a good testimony to God.

Perhaps so.

How can I say that I'm a good testimony to God?

Perhaps after a year, I realise that I am still unable to share my joy effectively with the people I want to share that joy with, how can it be a good testimony?

For one year plus, my growth can only be observed by myself, God and the brothers and sisters closest to me and not other people, how can that be a good testimony?

For one year, people are still avoiding me, and I am still unable to communicate effectively, how can this be a good testimony?

Maybe I should repent about it.

Actually, I h…

Gift - the real Christmas story

Today is Christmas Day. It's a day of giving and receiving. But it's the day people find joy more in giving. And of course, Christmas Day is such an appropriate day for giving gift, because it commemorates the coming of a gift larger than life.

To start the real Christmas story, I'll go back in time, to about... the beginning.

In the beginning, God created everything that we see around us, in 5 days, and He created Man on the 6th day, ie Adam and Eve. And it was all very good. Then sin came in and separated Man away from God. (For more details, please read Genesis 1 - 3) As a result of sin, Man was banished from the Garden of Eden. However, God wanted always to have a personal relationship with man, because man was created precisely to have a personal relationship with God. Because of sin, man can't have a personal relationship with God anymore... until one day...

A few millennium after the fall of man, in a little town called Nazareth, there was this virgin girl called …

Gloria Inexcelsis Deo

Christmas Eve

It has been a good Christmas Eve. We went caroling in the evening around the town area. We went to One Raffles Link, followed by Marina Square, followed by Raffles City, followed by Esplanade. We ended off with Esplanade with a bang, and everyone was so high lah.

We sang:

White Christmas

I'm dreaming of a white Christmas
Just like the ones I used to know
Where the treetops glisten
and children listen
To hear sleigh bells in the snow.

I'm dreaming of a white Christmas
With every Christmas card I write
May your days be merry and bright
And may all your Christmases be white.

Mary's Boy Child

Long time ago in Bethlehem,
so the Holy Bible said,
Mary's boy child Jesus Christ,
was born on Christmas Day.

Hark, now hear the angels sing,
a king was born today,
And man will live for evermore,
because of Christmas Day.

Trumpets sound and angels sing,
listen to what they say,
Mary's boy child Jesus Christ
was born on Christmas Day.

Hark the herald angels sing

Hark! The herald angels si…

Not in vain

I was very disappointed just now in the afternoon when I left my house. Apparently, Yanwei and Eric did not manage to make time to come for the Christmas special, which turned out to be very good, exceeding all my expectation, but then... what do you expect, it's God, you know.

Then, God reminded me of this verse:

Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.
- 1 Corinthians 15:58

I meditated upon this verse for a while. I realise that our labor for the past few days will not go in vain, cos nothing, no labor that we have put in the Lord, in God will ever go in vain, if we continue to stand firm, and allow nothing to move our hearts. The main thing is that we need to continually give ourselves to His work. I seem to be paraphrasing the verse, but then, it's true. Maybe the seeds that we planted we may not be harvesting them, but as long as someone ha…

I'm shocked

I was looking out to my kitchen window just now when I was having a hot cup of milk. And I was surprised that there was a pasar malam out there in the opposite block. I have not seen the set up for the past few days. It's either I have not looked out that window for a long time, or it just happens. It has been raining cats and dogs for the past few days and I didn't expect that there was to be a pasar malam.

By the way, the rain has made the climate so cold that I didn't even need to switch on my air con in the night.

And I was listening to my brother's conversation with his girlfriend again. It's not to say that I like to eavesdrop on his conversation but then, what do you expect when you are living under the same roof with someone who chooses to stay in his room (which you happens to share) to talk to his girlfriend on the phone while playing his FM2006. Upon his phone conversations these few days, it was inevitable that I'm getting a bit judgmental on his gi…

Weekly wisdom from Christnote

If you're not choosing to spend regular time with God, then you're choosing to die spiritually.

In many cultures, life is centered around food. Very few people in the western world would go for more than 10 or 12 hours without food or drink. Besides the fact that food is built into culture, doing so would make one very hungry.

Many people wouldn't dare going physically hungry; yet they starve themselves spiritually. If you ate food only once a week, you'd certainly die of starvation and malnutrition. Yet countless Christians do exactly that in their spiritual lives.

It is no wonder that Jesus called himself the bread of life (John 6:35). In order to grow spiritually, you must feed on spiritual food -- God's word.

Have the attitude found in Isaiah 26:8: Yes, Lord, walking in the way of your laws, we wait for you; your name and renown are the desire of our hearts. Make it your desire to know God better.

When you regularly spend time with God -- praying, seeking him, and s…

Walking with three wise men

Yesterday's message was about walking with the three wise men as recorded in the Bible.

After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, "Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him."

When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. When he had called together all the people's chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Christ was to be born. "In Bethlehem in Judea," they replied, "for this is what the prophet has written:
" 'But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;
for out of you will come a ruler
who will be the shepherd of my people Israel.'"

Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. He sent them to Bethlehem and said, "Go and make…

A great Saturday

It was a good Saturday yesterday.

The afternoon gave a me a big scare. Apparently, something cocked up in the NUS server and results were released prematurely. Everyone began checking their result and Kian Choon actually called me to complain that he got a B+ for his film and history. I was praying then and before he called me in the midst of prayer, I felt a sense of uneasiness. So it was he who has to unsettle me... Well, morning I had already got a scare when Robert called me to ask me for my result.... And I decided to make a trip to Mac to log online to check out my result also. I was praying to God, not to let me go through this at this stage.... and I think He answered my prayer. The NUS website took forever to load and I decided to give up and live and let live.

The afternoon service was also a good one. We see a lot of visitors, in the cg and in the whole unit and in the whole NUS. I sat beside this guy, he used to belong to Hope and he was in the same cg as Jessie and appare…

Skeptic to Receptive

I used to be a skeptic in this thing that I am so passionate now: Christianity. I was skeptical. I asked myself questions why must I just believe in one God and why can't I just stick to my own beliefs. I asked, why should I believe in Jesus? I asked, if Jesus is so good, then why this why that. In short, I was really closed off.

I think a skeptic-turned-convert is pretty powerful. It takes a lot to convince a skeptic, but once convinced, a skeptic can become God's powerful tool. Take Paul for example. When he was Saul, he persecuted Christians, and perhaps was the greatest skeptic of his time. But he saw Christ, and became one of the most powerful tools to be ever used by God. The bulk of the NT was written by him and today, a lot of churches have their origins in him.

I think maybe that's why I can be so passionate now. Once my skepticism get transformed into beliefs, it doesn't take much to cement my faith. In fact, I wanted to get into the action. The most powerful…

One Man who can change the world - part 2

There is something that I felt that I have not elaborated well in my previous post and I hope to elaborate more about point 3,as it has been an important point that I have gained from the session yesterday and to mention it in just one sentence would not do any justice to it.

Basically, 100% input from man and 100% input from God. What does it mean?

Let's put it in a simple perspective. We need to be saved and reborn of the Spirit. God has already put in His 100% by sending down His One and Only Son (watch Nativity Story). But we on ourselves need to do our part also. We need to believe and confess with our mouth that Jesus is Lord, before the whole 'contract' can be worked out (John 1:12, Romans 10:9).

Put it in the other perspective: Holy Spirit Baptism. When we pray for someone to be baptised by the Holy Spirit, we do our part by praying and interceding, God provides His Holy Spirit for the baptism, but it still requires the person to be baptised to cooperate and open up …

Nativity Story - one Man who changed the world

I watched Nativity Story with Edwin, Ceyang, Jessie, Shuyi and Yanwei yesterday. It was a good movie about the birth of Christ, right from the beginning with his conception in Mary's womb. The movie basically combined the beginning of Matthew and Luke and tried to fill in the gaps in between with 'made-up scenes' but these scenes are generally considered biblically possible. The movie revealed the on-route journey of Joseph and Mary towards the manger, and in between scenes actually showed comical scenes of the three wise men setting out to search for the Messiah. I shall not elaborate the movie too much, but if you want to read about the original story, go to this site: watkins.gospelcom.net/cmasstory.htm.

However, what I want to talk about is the 'quiet climax' of the whole movie - the birth of Christ. Certainly the scene where it touches me a lot personally and somehow I felt touched by that entire scene, with the birth, to the gathering of the shepherds, to the …

XGL

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After screwing up my Linux twice, resulting in the need to reinstall the OS twice yesterday, I finally managed to install Beryl and XGL into my Linux. Now my Linux desktop looks cool and may even be better than a OSX desktop (ok, that's daydreaming) but certainly as cool as Window Vista now. Ubuntu thus becomes my answer to Vista.





And now, this is how the desktop looks like when I switch workspaces

Happy Day, happy feet

Thursday

Watched Happy feet with Benaiah on Thursday. I must say that it's nice show about how someone who appears so different is to be the one who eventually saves. Basically, to cut the whole story short, it's about this penguin called Mumbai Happy Feet who was born without the ability to sing, contrary to his own kind, but with the ability to dance extremely well, and he went on to interact with human beings through his dance and eventually stopped a fish crisis and get the world to stop fishing in the north/south pole. Vaguely speaking, the storyline informs us that God sometimes creates us so uniquely, that it doesn't matter that we are different from others, cos He made us with a purpose. It also shows the power of change in a community, how changing mindset and practices can powerfully bring about a form of different result. The storyline, especially the penguin community which Mumbai comes from, also vaguely reminds me of a conservative Christian society, just look…

Ubuntu

This is so cool.

I'm blogging in my laptop, using Linux OS, the Ubuntu version. It took me a few days to get a hang on how it works. But this is so cool. I only have a few complaints - that is Gaim is a bit too primitive that I have to download aMSN, and even so, it can't support all my chinese wordings. But I'll figure that out. Also quite scared me, cos initially I can't connect to the net, and I can't play my mp3s... now I finally get them settled. Still exploring the platform.

Ok, finally confirmed going to Bangkok. Better book the ticket soon, otherwise, I would need to pay huge amount of money just to fly...

I can't believe

sometimes i just wondered why people want to put religion in between of relationships. like someone go ahead lah! talk about religion for what f*** sia~ say what, "God has prepared one for me", "it's a sin", blah blah blah. Let me tell you the real sin: to like someone but not going for her because of your religion or whatever reasons. to love someone but your religion says it's a sin coz she is a non-believer. that's the real sin. and you know what, you already said God has prepared one. how you know the one is a believer? you mean God only favours the believers lah? Pui~ All are equal, at least that's what i believe, when God created mankind. and you know what? because of that, your destiny can be anyone, anywhere.

I can't believe that I said that this is good thinking on 08/10/2005... Religion in between relationships? Why not put it this way, it's about relationships in between relationship. The real sin, is not liking someone and not goi…

I finished exam

Finally done with my examinations....

It has been a tiring three weeks in school, camping over and being the guard duty personnel for the classroom and as well as the PR personnel for the security guards. Certainly I won't miss sleeping in the sleeping bags although I know I will be doing so in every exam period as long as we enjoy good relations with the security guards at E1A.

Our classroom is certainly the most famous study room in E1A this period. People walked outside the classroom and were amazed by our food... Think they may be envious of what we have... They also saw the sign the Lord is with us, and were amazed. I was also quite amazed to know of the Cellulites who studied at the other classroom near ours. They are a group of Christians also.

Certainly, the memories of this exam would be precious to all, especially those who will be moving on, since this is the last time they will ever experience life as a student in E1A. Closer relationships were also fostered, thanks to th…

Run

You know what happen when you run a 21km half marathon with an unprepared body and a blister 3km into the run? You get an ached up body and a pair of limping legs. Yeah, that's what happened to me. It was only by God's grace that I was able to complete the race in under 4.

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.

Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air. No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.
- 1 Corinthians 9:24-27

Silent Night

I was listening to the song Silent Night, the song, somehow just provides a tranquilizing feeling in my heart. I feel that I just want to sit down and just relax, and not think about anything, look at the stars, and marvel at God's wonder.

It's gonna be my last paper on monday, 4/12/2006. It seems as if yesterday that I was sitting with Claramae and Robert at the BP Mac arguing about Christ. I remembered last year the exam ended a bit earlier. But this year, it was to end late... but who cares, I just want to enjoy my Christmas.

Christmas is perhaps the most celebrated 'religious' festival in Singapore as far as I see, if you want to see Christmas as a day when Christians celebrate the coming of Christ. Christ was not born on Christmas Day but He was not born on 25/12. If you are confused, check it out yourself. However, the main point remains that a lot more Singaporeans celebrate Christmas than celebrate other festivals around, although you can say that all of the fes…