Category Archives: Christian

The Noble Wife

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last thursday marked our 4th wedding anniversary, how time flies. the walk down the aisle is still fresh on my mind ūüôā

so i was reading up on what the Bible has to say (more like a reminder) about wives, these are just some of the many verses i found in my New Living Translation.

Eph 5:22 – You wives will submit to your husbands as you do to the Lord. 24 As the church submits to Christ, so you wives must submit to your husbands in everything.

Titus 2:4 – These older women must train the younger women to love their husbands and their children, 5 to live wisely and be pure, to take care of their homes, to do good and to be submissive to their husbands. Then they will not bring shame on the word of God.

Prov 12:4 – A worthy wife is her husband’s joy and crown; a shameful wife saps his strength.

Prov 18:22 – The man who finds a wife finds a treasure and receives favour from the Lord.

Prov 21:19 – It is better to live alone in the desert than with a crabby, complaining wife.

and more… but the verse that caught me most of all is this one here.

Prov 31:10-31 – Who can find a virtuous and capable wife? She is worth more than precious rubies. 11 Her husband can trust her, and she will greatly enrich his life. 12 She will no hinder him but help him all her life. 13 She finds wool and flax and busily spins it. 14 She is like a merchant’s ship; she brings her food from afar. 15 She gets up before dawn to prepare breakfast for her household and plan the day’s work for her servant girls. 16 She goes out to inspect a field and buys it; with her earnings she plants a vineyard.

17 She is energetic and strong, a hard worker. 18 She watches for bargains; her lights burn late into the night. 19 Her hands are busy spinning thread, her fingers twisting fiber. 20 She extends a helping hand to the poor and opens her arms to the needy. 21 She has no fear of winter for her household because all of them have warm clothes.

22 She quilts her own bedspreads. She dresses like royalty in gowns of finest cloth. 23 Her husband is well known, for he sits in the council meeting with the other civic leaders. 24 She makes belted linen garments and sashes to sell to the merchants. 25 She is clothes with strength and dignity, and she laughs with no fear of the future.

26 When she speaks, her words are wise, and kindness is the rule when she gives instructions. 27 She carefully watches all that goes on in her household and does not have to bear the consequences of laziness. 28 Her children stand and bless her. Her husband praises her: 29 “There are many virtuous and capable women in the world, but you surpass them all!”

30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised. 31 Reward her for all she has done. Let her deeds publicly declare her praise.

One word –> SUPAWOMAN!!!

this lady gets up before the sun and sleeps late at night; she manages the house & servants; she knows about trading & currency; she threads and sews; she even plants her own vineyard; etc; all of these and she doesn’t blow up and go crazy on the kids and husband from all the stress.

OR maybe, she doesn’t have 2 really young and demanding ¬†kids like i do… aaaaannnnd, it doesn’t say that she has to make dinner every night before the husband gets home from work. ūüôā

there, now i feel a little comforted.

Mercy

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Here’s a little promo to kick off this post; get your hands on The Bible Experience. Essentially it’s an audio bible that I’ve been listening to for the past 2 weeks. What makes this audio bible different, to me, is because it doesn’t make me fall asleep listening to it, unlike other audio bibles do (trust me, you want to be awake while driving 1 hour to work and back everyday). This audio bible is read by a huge cast, unlike¬†other audio bibles which is voiced by 1¬†guy with the same monotonous tone¬†throughout. ‘Nuff said.

So far I’m up to the book of Leviticus. That’s amazing for me, because in reading, this book contains so much details and I have to be honest, I skim through it all the time. But listening to it is something else. I felt the burden of the law as it is being read out. Just hearing it made me think,¬†“It’s¬†impossible¬†to keep it! It’s a huge task just to remember it.”. ¬†

My attention were drawn to Leviticus 26, which made me realize just how generous and long suffering our God is.

Lev 26: 3 –¬†12 (ASV)

If ye walk in My statutes, and keep my commandments, and do them; then I will give your rains in their season, and the land shall yield its increase, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit. And your threshing shall reach unto the vintage, and the vintage shall reach unto the sowing time; and ye sall eat your bread to the full, and dwell in your land safely. And I will give peace in the land, and ye shall lie down, and none shall make you afraid; and Iwill cause evil beasts to cease out of the land, neither shall the sword go through your land… And I will set My tabernacle among you; and My soul shall not abhor you. And I will walk among you, and will be your God, and ye shall be My people.

That’s God’s blessings for obedience. At first hearing, it sounded like any other over-the-top promises that God make, revealing His riches and His everlasting love for His people. But when God announces His discipline for disobedience, I see His mercy and grace.

v18 And if ye will not yet for these things hearken unto Me…

v21 And if ye walk contrary unto Me…

vs23 And if by these things ye will not be reformed…

v27 And if ye will not for all this hearken unto Me…

In His blessings, He holds nothing back. His provision, His protection and His presence He promises unto His people if they walk with Him and obey His commandments.

In His discipline, He holds back lest we are consumed by His wrath. Chances after chances are offered in the hope that the people will realize their mistake and turn away from it, that they may be restored and walk in His favor again. If God ever decided to unleash all of His wrath in one go, in the words of my friend, “We’d be toast”.

“My son, despise not the chastening of Jehovah, neither be weary of His reproof. For whom Jehovah loveth He reproveth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth…” Pro 3:11-12

Thank You Father, for relenting, for putting up with our many faults and shortcomings.

 

Protein

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For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.

Colossians 1: 16 – 20

So just how amazing is this Jesus whom we serve? Just when I thought I’ve seen enough to be wowed by God’s wisdom and creativity, He goes and reveals more things that makes me want to do backflips.

I was watching some sermons from Louie Giglio on Youtube, when the suggested sites kept on suggesting one his sermon entitled ‘Laminin’. So I thought, why not, it’s just a ten-minute video. But my word, what I heard and saw totally blew my mind away. I will not attempt to explain what it is; suffice to say the video itself will be self-explanatory.

And here’s the diagram of the protein.

In Him all things hold together

In Him all things hold together

In Him all things hold together. IN HIM ALL THINGS HOLD TOGETHER!!!! Laminin!!! Woohoo!!

You are Holy – Nicole Nordeman

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Our church has been singing this awesome song; thought I’d share it. Enjoy and be blessed!

Capo 1

D

VERSE 1
              D             Bm
Praise Father God, giver of life
          G                   Asus
Power and might, goodness and light
         D
Ruler of all

              D               Bm
Praise to the Son, the living Christ
         G                Asus
Body and blood, mercy and love
           D
Sweet sacrifice

CHORUS
        G D   Asus Bm
You are holy, ho - ly
        G D   Asus A
You are holy, ho - ly

VERSE 2
            D                   Bm
Praise Holy Ghost, voice in the dark
           G                Asus
Healer and friend, fire and wind
            D
Lord of our hearts

              D                  Bm
Praise Father God; praise to the Son
            G                     Asus
Praise Holy Ghost; Praise Father, Son
         D
And Holy Ghost

CHORUS

D Bm G Asus D

        G D   Asus Bm
You are holy, ho - ly
        G D   Asus Bm
You are holy, ho - ly

CHORUS

A
Be thou my vision, oh Lord of my heart
* Lyrics and tabs taken fom www.higherpraise.com

Celestial Relative?

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I recall this story that happened during university days in our Christian fellowship, and I thought that I’d share it with you since I think it’s pretty hillarious.

But first of all, let me begin by stating that Malaysia’s national language is Bahasa Malaysia, and the second language is English. I went to a school in which the medium of instruction is Bahasa Malaysia, and there are schools where the medium of instruction is English, or for the vernacular schools, in Mandarin or Tamil.¬†

The university I went to was University Kebangsaan Malaysia (thereafter UKM), a government-owned university. There, many students from all parts of Malaysia (we’ve also international students) come to take up the many courses on offer. And of course, universities anywhere would have the clubs and the extra activities on the sides that makes up the part and parcel of the lives of the student.¬†

As a Christian, naturally I would join the Christian fellowship in UKM, named PERKEB (God bless them, hope they are doing well in UKM). In this fellowship, students would take turns to do various things, like preparing the flyers, bringing the necessary equipments, saying a word of opening prayer, leading the brief period of singspiration, cleaning up, etc…¬†

Now here comes the funny part. I remember a guy (an ex-housemate of mine actually) who, in all his Christian life, only prayed in English. PERKEB, however, conducts its fellowship in Bahasa Malaysia. But all members, as far as I can recall, are game to try to participate as much as possible in it, prayer included. Of course, you lose the natural flow of praying in the language you know best, but in respect to the national language, we don’t see it as a big problem.

So back to this friend of mine. He was chosen to start one of the weekly sessions with a word of prayer (he was informed a week before). ¬†If my memory serves me well, that week, he was walking about in the house practising his prayer in Bahasa Malaysia; obviously he was nervous and wouldn’t want to make any silly statement at the start of the session. It was great anyway, that he didn’t back down from the ‘challenge’.¬†

Then the day arrived. Students started coming to the hall where we gathered every week; everyone was happy and buzzing because it was Friday and the weekend is near. This friend of mine arrived early, took his place at one of the seats, smiling and grinning, and I can see that he is still going through the prayer in his mind.

Time to start the session. The president of the fellowship announced to all to be seated, and then invited my friend to begin the session with a word of thanksgiving. He stood up, walked towards the lectern, faced the crowd, and then started with… BAPA SAUDARA-KU DI SYURGA… (Our Uncle in heaven).¬†

The rest, they say, is history.

The Christian Tongue

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Note: This post is specifically directed to my Christian, Jesus-loving professing brothers and sisters.

With all honesty, I don’t have any data to back-up this post of mine, but I have heard enough with my own ears to note that the Christian tongue of the younger generations are getting more loose, almost to the point that I cannot differentiate between them and the world.¬†

Back at my homechurch in Malaysia (for the sake of anonymity, I will not mention the name, but you know who you are), I hear (and it always, without fail, annoys me to no end) the youth frequently using the word ‘DAMN’; damn this, damn that, damn good… etc. It irks me every time I hear it; I mean, come on, there are other better (and more civil) words to use other than what is commonly heard today. And another favorite is the word S**T (faeces). This thing that should only come out from the backside of man is coming out from the mouth of man. No wonder Jesus says in Matt 15: 18 “But the things which come out from the mouth come from the heart, and they defile the man“. Is this how far we have slidden? In the facade of coming together for prayer meetings, worship, of blessing one another in church, proclaiming that we love Jesus among the congregation, yet in our private (and dare I say our online lives), we subject the Spirit of God who is in us to such filth and decadence! I’ve seen it on Facebook, how some younger ones that I know to be the leaders in church, are using these words simply on their status updates. Christians you say? Sure don’t sound like one.¬†

Brothers, sisters, I deeply appeal to you, for the sake of our risen King, think before you speak (or type), put a guard on that tongue; be sure that the words we use does not compromise the position of Christ in our lives. I leave you with a reminder from the book of James 3: 8 Р13.

But no one can tame the tongue, it is an unruly evil, full of deadly posion. By this we bless God, even the Father. And by this we curse men, who have come into being according to the image of God. Out of the same mouth proceeds blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so. Does a fountaion send forth at the same hole the sweet and the bitter? Can the fig tree, my brothers, bear olive berries; or a vine, figs? So no fountain can yield both salt water and fresh.  

You are that fountain. Pls give it some consideration, for the cause of the kingdom.