Wednesday, June 29

The Gold Rush of June (*_______*) I am anointed and zombified *pant pant* Part I

OH ME GOSH...It has been quite sometime since I've piece a part of my life in this blog. Not that I don't want to journal any longer, more of thinking what and how should I write my life stories down!
People has come up to me telling me how my blog has been an encouragement to them and I was really joyful. I sincerely do not know that such simple notes of my life can be set into encouraging notions *ian blushing in amazement* I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the good persons who has come by here. It is an honour to have you here (^______^)^

God is going to bring me thru another chapter of my life where another set of faith is needed. A higher intimacy with him is needed to fulfill great things in knowledge of Him. Will share with you and all what is going to happen and how it all happened.

June has been a "RUSH" with Indonesia Mission Trip then the Last June Camp to Church Camp and lastly Conferences. Before June, I was preparing my heart and spirit that I do not go Indonesia with wrong motives. I mean Indonesia is a place filled with good food, good friends and good comfort, hence I was afraid that I may just lose focus! But God being God directed my spiritual mind, eyes and ears to the passion of the the indonesian church. This is my second time touching indonesian soil and it is somehow different. The last time with Isaac was more of receiving blessings from Heavenly Father, but in this trip is really making Him known and blessing Him. I enjoyed myself with the joy of making my Father known and going about doing His business. Never felt that joyfully pushed before.

You see, you can never put monetary terms on things that touches your heart or a life changing experience that moves the masses to a whole new life approach. My Father's business is that exclusive and special. I need to know that and establish who I am really in front of Him before going about doing His business, which is an extension of Heaven's hand unto the earthly soil! With prayers and passion rubbed off from the passionate brothers and sisters of Jakarta (Tangerang) a fresh anointing we bring back to Singapore. Lord here i am to BLESS you!

oh yeah...Spirit of God flowing thru the dynamic duo,one of the sessions of preaching and here is Gereja Kalederes, message was "What Are We Tuning To?" look at my God given passion! Posted by Hello
abang daniel (left) & pastor roy (right) together posing for the camera just have a hang loose kinda look so "goofy" abang daniel hahahaha :O Posted by Hello
the woman in pink is the pastor of Jakarta(tangerang),a powerful woman she is.Here is a place she brought us to so that we know what kind of people God also loves besides the comfort of Singapore which is away from much poverty and sickness.  Posted by Hello
sharon doing a miss singapore bidding here...obviously trying to get attention that she can do a Mcnugget commercial...NOT going to happen Missy hehehe...God loves you! Posted by Hello
yes we are worshipping the Lord of Lords! just look at us smile from ear to ear...Jesus is smiling back too, i am sure :) Posted by Hello
preparing to sing an item to bless the Bekasi church people "dalam Yesus kita bersaudara" Hallelujah BEKASI CHURCH GKII Posted by Hello
we are so preparing ourselves to take flight to Jakarta Bekasi,God is to reveal Himself in the blessings we bring and vice versa (^____^) (there is me in bright green, right smack in the middle) Posted by Hello
there will be a new influx of pictures as june passed by excitingly so watch out for the photos and short blogs about mission trip to Indo, Youth Camp and Church Camp. Catch them my ardent friends :) Posted by Hello

Monday, June 27

Everyday Christianity Part III

On ending I give you three things to SEEK FIRST, how to be an EVERYDAY CHRISTIAN:

1) ASKING (Matthew 6:11) – He teach us how to pray and Jesus say “Give us this day our daily bread”
Jesus is really serious about this everyday issue. He wants this everyday.

How to make God my daily top priority? Ask God for help during your day. I am talking about people who want to make a difference. I share with you my vision; my vision is to see 800 youths from all over Singapore worshipping God in ten years, and that’s where our faith going to bring us.

But sometimes the flesh will reply “tomorrow” I have work today! I’ll pray tomorrow, tomorrow I’ll have my prayer time. In ten years, we will have our vision. I’ll pray tomorrow. This is Christianity procrastinating.

But if you really want to make a difference, what did I share in the introduction?

You got to find meaning in the routine exercises of daily life. During the day, ask God to help you! How do I do that ian? I give you an example. “Hey God, could you help me right now?” I go to work with that, everyday with that. God I need you right now as I am waiting for the bus. Have conversation with Him. He listens. Ask God for help daily.

God don’t really mind you talking to Him agitated as well. Like me with me mom I say, “God, I need grace right now!” and God probably to deal with me, “Son, shut up and calm down, I’ll give you your grace” Asking of Him during the day.

2) Thinking about God in His word and talk about Him (Matthew 6:33) Seek ye first the kingdom of God.

Just think about Him, think! What values you have learnt about Jesus from the word, think about it, think about Him. Let’s think about Him for 20 seconds … That is going to help you to be an everyday Christian.

What else going to help you? Hebrews 10:24

24And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. 25Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. (Daily)

You know what the word is trying to say? If you see a fellow Christian brother or sister, talk to him or her. Or talk to God about him or her, it is fine. Instead of talking about Aloysius who is sitting three rows away from you who is a HOTTIE, talk about God! Think and talk about God daily.

3) Casting our Cares (1 Peter 5:7) 6Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. 7Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

Same word here, Maremna. Casting meaning we need to give our cares, worries, distractions and issues to God the moment it comes to our mind. Asking God to take them daily.

One thing I learn from Ps Tiak is to “pray about everything” about everyday Christianity here.
I am not talking about preparing for a sermon or preparing to be worship leader then you pray. I am talking about an average 17 year old in this youth ministry, how am I going to be an everyday Christian? When you start getting worried about things, say “God I need you help right now, cos I am really worried and I am concern about some things in my life, will you help me?” And He will help.

I am going to conclude. Have you have you ever have that thought when you sit on the bus, or in the corner of the room, our during camp or right now in this conference,

“I really want to be a Christian”
“I want to be an everyday Christian for you God” Have you ever thought about that?
“I just want to be a Brightonyouth Christian”
“I just want to be a Christian everyday”

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Luke 9
23Then he (Jesus) said to them all: “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.


Tuesday, June 21

Everyday Christianity Part II

I am talking about Everyday Christianity. What does Jesus have to say about Everyday Christianity? Two things He said:

1) Jesus said DAILY - >Luke 9 “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself (get rid of self centered living) and take up his cross daily and follow me.

So of our spirituality is so watered down by the society of today that we are contented with
Weekly Christianity
Monthly Christianity
Bi Monthly Christianity
Yearly Christianity

But Jesus our man, I mean our God says I want this to be “daily”.

Now when that “daily” includes combined youth conferences where everyone is wearing the Brightonyouth T-shirts, Hillsongs are playing on the amplifiers like there’s no tomorrow, the worship band is playing and everyone is just hanging out. It is like “Everyday it’s you I live for!” It is so COOL! But when the music fades and all is stripped away, all you will hear is that consistent voice of your mama, “Do your homework!” I like that weekly kind of Christianity because today I am taking a break because I need to break my little brother!

How safe are we? How Christian are we?

Matthew 13
7Other seed (preaching) fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants.

What is Jesus trying to say here? Jesus explain verse 7 in verse 22
He explains about the thorns
22The one who received the seed that fell among the thorns is the man who hears* the word (*Ian preaching or Ps Danny preaching, you hear the msg, you hear Ps Tiak on Sundays but when you go home), but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke it, making it unfruitful.

Focus on word “Worries”
Matthew 13:22 the word “worries” in Greek means Maremna means “to divide in the mind” which relates to distractions and anxieties, worries and distractions, Maremna means to be anxious before hand about daily life. That Greek word literally means worries of daily life.

You know what happens to young people, Christians? You come to church and hear preaching. I am talking about everyday Christianity. You just started school. I am talking Everyday Christianity. If you are going make a difference, we cannot afford weekly, monthly or bi monthly, your grandma, your mama to be a Christian for you; you need to do this everyday.

The bible says those they come to church they hear the message or preaching but when they go home, the worries of daily life, the rigidity and schedules of daily life, the things they have to do chokes away the word of God which is supposed to be planted in their heart and bear fruit.

They sit in church, they hear a great msg like this one, and they are thinking in their minds of daily worries and concerns which suffocate the spirituality of their lives.

Some interpret the thorns as big sin like Murder, Marijuana, Beer, Cigarettes, Mini Skirts. Cares of this world? This is talking about everyday life. The day I have shared with you about the 17 year old, there is nothing wrong with that or any blatant sin, and it is a 17 year old Brightonyouth who attends Brighton church. But the bible says if we are not careful, if we don’t take deliberate action and concern to seek after God? Or daily routine can eliminate our Christianity.

What is your Christianity?
Going to a right church
Being involved in ministry
To have bible lessons
Going to church function

I am not saying you go home and smoke a cigarette! I am talking about you having to do this, to do that and all this. Did you ever spend time thinking about God, asking God to help you in this, talking to Him, speaking about Him. I am talking about when you have a bad time, do you actually turn to Him? Everyday Christianity.

2) Jesus said DO NOT WORRYMatt 6 31So do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' 32For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough (sufficient) trouble of its own.

This is what I like about Jesus because He is real person (read verse) he talks about daily life here. Is he saying don’t ever think about eating or don’t ever think about drinking or about clothes? No, He knows you need clothes, so don’t run around naked goodness sake, Jesus knows your needs

Jesus says don’t worry about it, the same word Maremna! He is saying don’t be consumed by
the daily issues, cares and worries that you forget Hello I am God, I am here! He is talking about everyday Christianity. Jesus says look at the birds, am I not able to clothe the bird that I am also able to clothe you?

The no1 hindrance for you to be the man or woman God wants you to be is not gross horrible sin! It is the pre-occupation of allowing consuming thoughts of daily worries and issues to consume you.

“Will she be my friend today?”
“Will she sit by me?”
“Will she talk to me?”
You know daily issues like a soap opera girls and girls like I talk to bob so because of that she isn’t your friend anymore and you worry about this about that that you be lonely and stuff, and you are so concern about these petty temporal little things and thoughts.

Some of you are paralyzed by the thoughts of you have to get good grades, “I have to I have to” Some of you DO have to focus on your grades but the others? And when you have homework that is little and you aren’t done with it, you skipped church and house of God for it. Next time I dare you, when you have homework on Friday Saturday, you go to the house of God and then you go back home and see if God doesn’t help you with your homework. Why? Because Matthew 6:33 says BUT

Don’t worry about your hair?
Don’t worry what clothes you wear?
Don’t worry what you going to have for dinner after conference?

Jesus is not saying that you can’t seek a nice haircut or seek nice tees to wear or cannot seek good food! What He is trying to say is seek first…put a priority on me…On God! Jesus is giving the ultimate answer to EVERYDAY CHRISTIANITY! ... Put a priority on me.

Talking about everyday Christianity…everyday put priority on God.

Have you ever looked up to people who are spiritual?

Like pastor Tiak, for me, I had a thought that when he goes shopping at the super market, will he be like prophesizing over Kellogg’s, saying ,"you will prosper in twenty years or Vitasoy, because you have been humble in your packaging, more people will drink you."

Or some look up to Angela, thinking when you are with her walking thru the malls maybe perhaps she can sense like three shops away a young person is in deep sin. *Grasp*

If only I can hang out with them and see what is it like…but look! This is not everyday Christianity. This conference and people are great but it is not everyday and it isn’t reality. Everyday life is what happens Monday to Sunday in our mundane ordinary lives!

How much of God, do you put in that reality of ordinary, routine life? I am not talking about how much you pray for a day, I know people who pray half an hour a day and do not acknowledge God for the rest of the day. Can you hear me?

to be continued...