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Interesting ways in how Americans viewed God

Americans who described God as "Friend" in 1984: 29 percent

Americans who did so in 2008: 18 percent

Americans who described God as "King" in 1984: 18 percent

Americans who did so in 2008: 23 percent

In korean....

A penny for your decision?

Everything is permissible—but not everything is beneficial. Everything is permissible —but not everything is constructive. - 1 Cor 10:23
Paul said this in the context of decision making. I have been thinking about this since the shepherd meeting on Monday and I think I have some views into this verse regarding how we make our decision.

Permissible? One question we often want to ask is whether the decision that we are going to make is permissible under the authority of God's word. The bible listed in the OT and the NT that there are certain things that are not permissible Yet Paul said that everything is permissible. A lot of times, even as I listened to the teaching about deciding what is beneficial, I wondered why Paul said this, that everything is permissible. My only explanation is, in very summarised form, that under the covering of the new covenant through the sacrifice of Jesus, everything that we do is being covered by His grace and mercy. That's why 'everything is …

Moving ahead

However, I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the gospel of God's grace.
I was reflecting upon this verse while I ran the marathon on Sunday. As I enter into my 4th year in Christ, I realised that this verse applies a lot to my own spiritual life and my own philosophy as a believer and a disciple of Christ.

I consider my life worth nothing to me. I have a tendency to think about my own life and all that I can do and achieve in my career, even as I start my career in MOH, if I ever have a career there. I was thinking what's my CEP and how far I can go in MOH or even the civil service. Yet, I have to keep reminding myself that my own life is worth nothing and I need to consider all things rubbish. Coming 4 years, I have to admit that compared to God and His presence in my life, the rest seems rubbish in comparison with that. It often came across my mind what I could have …

Sentuh Hatiku - touch my heart

I love this worship song. It's in Malay, and I think it's better than most English worship song that I have heard. And it's meaningful.

Betapa kumencintai
How I love
Segala yang t'lah terjadi
All that has happened
Tak pernah sendiri jalani hidup ini
I have never been alone in this walk of life
Selalu menyertai
But always protected

Betapa kumenyadari
How I realised
Di dalam hidupku ini
In my life
Kau slalu memberi rancangan terbaik
You have a wonderful plan
Oleh karena kasih
Because of love

REFF (CHORUS):

Bapa, sentuh hatiku, ubah hidupku
Father, touch my heart, change my life
Menjadi yang baru
To be anew
Bagai emas yang murni
Just like pure gold
Kau membentuk bejana hatiku
You have shaped my heart

Bapa, ajarku mengerti sebuah kasih
Father, teach me to understand a kind of love
Yang selalu memberi
That always gives
Bagai air mengalir
Let it be like a flowing stream of water
Yang tiada pernah berhenti
That never ends

Thoughts from the GC

I have been going for our Hope international conferences and this time, it had been no exception. The conference was held in Putrajaya, at PICC, and I had the privilege of attending it with 1700 other brothers and sisters from other Hope churches all over the world. I met quite a lot of old friends from Hope Malaysia, it was only a pity that none from Hope HK appears. It has been an inspiring few days. I would not blog what happened in the conference, but I will want to share some thoughts here that I have been thinking about.

The first thought from the conference is that there is no way I can settle down in God's presence. Let me explain that. It was during the first PnW when I just felt overwhelmed by God's presence. Just then, I realised that no matter what I do, this sense of being overwhelmed is always there, regardless where I am, just that I was a bit more overwhelmed in this instance. Just like David likes to dwell in His presence, I realised that I can never get too …