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Invictus (Christ version)

After watching the movie, I took a look at the poem. Although I agree that the story and the poem is inspiring, I thought I might want to try modifying the poem so that it can be edifying as well:

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank God for who He is,
For my unworthy soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have winced and cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody and bowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
Cos' Jesus is the master of my fate:
Jesus is the captain of my soul.

God's wrath - wisdom from Christ Notes

In an effort to make the Gospel more seeker-friendly, some Christians avoid talking about God's wrath, anger, and hatred toward those who have sinned against him. By watering down the wrath of God such people cheapen and diminish the love of God.

Such a faith void of God's wrath was characterized in the early 1900s by a movement called Protestant Liberalism. In 1937, H. Richard Niebuhr, professor at Yale Divinity School, gave this description of Protestant Liberalism's theology: "A God without wrath brought men without sin into a kingdom without judgment through a Christ without a cross."

As Niebuhr pungently demonstrated, eliminating God's wrath minimizes the cross, which is the ultimate manifestation of God's love (see Romans 5:6-8).

Because God is holy, perfect, and sinless, he deserves all glory, honor, fame, praise, and exaltation. However, when we sin—and every one of us sins—we insult God's holiness. Sin is fundamentally an offense against God,…

ID2010

I honestly felt inspired to post up some thoughts about today's sermon on Intentional Discipleship. I agree with the issues raised by Ps Jeff over the sermon about us being the disciple and the disciple maker.

Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations...
When Jesus gave the Great Commission to the disciples, He asked them to go and make disciples. I am not going to say a lot about this, but I note that He did not ask them to go out and convert people. Disciple is the keyword. Discipleship is the key thing, though salvation is the first step. But our Christian walk does not stop with salvation, it continues with discipleship.

I was just thinking, how does discipleship link to relationship with God? Many things but I think it shall suffice for the purpose of this post to mention that discipleship is a direct reflection of our relationship with God through Jesus Christ. As believers, we can choose to or not to be discipled and just live our lives as just a believer. But the bi…

Rethinking relationship

Recent events have prompted me to think more about relationships with the opposite genders, aka BGR. For those who know me, I am not planning to go into a romantic relationship yet, at least not in the next 5 years. This is an area that I am leaving to God to settle for me. And yeah, I do have some criteria that I am looking for, but that's for another day.

As I reflect on different issues and stuff, I realise that people can use thousand and one reasons to justify their relationship, but as believers, there is one reason that can never stand. I was reminded of one passage in the bible, and perhaps it's an obscure passage that little would bother to look at it when it comes to relationship.

When Esau was forty years old, he married Judith daughter of Beeri the Hittite, and also Basemath daughter of Elon the Hittite. They were a source of grief to Isaac and Rebekah. - Genesis 26:34-35
There is something peculiar about this passage. The question remains, why did Esau's acti…

Read this

Read this.

This article intrigued me on what exactly is a local church. I have been thinking about Christians engaging in work with parachurches and campus communities such as Campus Crusade and Christian Fellowship, etc. And I seriously think this article does address some of the concerns that are similar to that of the parachurches also.

It's another new year!!!

So another year is coming to an end and it's that time of the year again when I will once again take stock of my past year. I am thinking whether should I do it differently this time but I shall stick with what I have done earlier and integrate what I want to do in the later part of this post. So, as usual:

January
I have not much memory about January, except that it was a month when I thought there was increasing dynamics in the cg, with the latest addition in the cg. I also saw the death of an acquaintance whom I serve with in the ALIVE programme. If you remember, he passed away as a result of the relapse of his cancer. It was sad, and it prompted me to send in a lot of emo emails to my cg and reflect a lot about life and spreading the word also. This month also marked the beginning of the end of my years in NUS and I also began to think about what am I going to do with my life after that. It prompted a lot of hard questioning of myself, and also prompted me to think much more ab…