Woah this blog’s pretty dead, isn’t it? I know its not exactly the mood right now… but yeahh do post when you feel like it yeah?

And I hope that’s soon. (:

Off to Korea I go! Don’t miss me! And await the kimchi and seaweed too!

Till next sunday!

– Kelvin

e 10 commandments

this blog seems rather dead… lol. anyway… just wanna share with u all mi QT material for today. thought it answers why God gave us e 10 commandments when it brings about death. 🙂

Have you ever wondered why God made rules?

It would be easy to think that at some point long ago God contemplated how He could make life difficult for us and thus made up the Tem Commandments. On the contrary, they are not arbituary rules given by a malicious, detached divine being, They are the revelations of God’s righteousness in human terms (Romans 3:21). They reflect what it means to be like God in the sphere of our existence.

For example, we are not to commit adultery, because God is a faithful God and is loyal to His covenants and promises. Lying is wrong, because God is a God of truth and cannot lie. If He was here, He would not covet, because He is a self-contained entity and needs nothing; so we should not covet, because He is always with us, ready to supply our needs (Phillippians 4:19, Hebrews 13:5-6). God is righteous, so He is our standard for right living. His commandments reflect the standards of His character and therefore serve as strategic goals for character in our lives.

God’s commandments are also given for our personal safety and prosperity (Deuteronomy 5:33; 1 John 5:3-4). Because God created us, He knows what works and what doesn’t. His commandments keep us on track. They keep us safe and out of trouble – like hedges of protection.

The tremendous outbreak of social diseases today is a clear illustration of this truth. God knows that sexual promiscuity, unfaithfulness, and homosexuality will cause severe medical problems. He knows that our chemical makeup cannot cope with the perversion of His creation, so He gave us laws for our own protection. Loving our neighbour and not coveting his prosperity keeps us from experiencing self-inflicted, eroded relationships. Truth-telling builds trust.

God’s laws are an expression of His love. Satan – who “is a liar and the father of lies” (john 8:44) – has always told us that rules are oppressive and restrictive. But we can rejoice that Jesus teaches us the truth – that rules can make us truly free!

– Hedges of protection (Joe Stowell), Our Journey Sep-Nov 2007 issue, Oct 9-

I think tt it is an interesting way to look at e existence of e 10 commandments, never really looked at it tt way. lol… but if u all have any other views or questions pls do comment. this blog is so dead its rather sad…

~puiki~

My God, My God, why have You forsaken me?

hmmm…  i know this is kinda long due, but was kinda busy with sch (not fun when u have 2 tests, 1 full lab report, 1 proposal all due on e same week when e rest of e weeks are kinda empty -_-)

this is requested as i think there were some problems with explaining this part, but… i also have no conclusion or definite ans so its open for discussion. but i think its something we can ponder but this shld not affect the fact tt lives have to be reached out to or the fact tt Jesus did indeed die for us.

i think e qn posted to u all was: Why did Jesus say that God had forsaken him? (Matt 27:46) 

i suppose at 1st glance its kinda weird, how can God forsake Himself? arent They one? so did Jesus lie since He said it? i think Jesus didnt lie, He cant. so how and y did God forsake Him?

you will find the exact same verse in Psa 22:1. i definitely cant answer how God forsook Jesus, but i guess for the period on the cross Jesus somehow was seperated from the presence of God. being together for all eternity, i guess the pain for Jesus to be separated from God is akin to us losing a limb or two at a much greater scale.

what is the price for our sins? what exactly are the consequences of our sins? it is the eternal separation from God. and to pay tt price, Jesus was separated from God for tt period of time on the cross.

im quoting this from my daily bread. Our Journey:

“Now, for the only time in eternity, that unity is impossibly broken. Jesus has become sin. The Father must look away (Habakkuk 1:13). The horror heard in a hundred laments in the psalms, the terror of being forsaken by Go, belongs to Jesus alone. He is a God-forsaken God” -Michael Card-

i dunno if kelvin asked y this cry is a cry of hope instead of a cry of despair. dun really wanna go through this coz im not really convinced miself. but if u are really interested u can ask mi to lend u mi daily bread and draw ur own conclusions on this. 🙂

hope this post helps… 🙂

puiki

Assurance of salvation

hey!

i think we had an interesting lesson today but sadly did not have enuff time to go through everything. for those of u who are unsure of ur salvation i really do encourage u all to pray for God to give u all something to assure u of ur salvation and do come to us leaders and tok to us abt it. i cant begin to explain how this something is important, esp when u are struggling with sin or under a trial. i realise tt when im struggling and really feel like giving up, it is that something that reminds me of God’s grace and gave mi the strength to struggle on. 🙂

here are e links i promised u all: 

http://www.vtaide.com/gleanings/belief-reality.htm 

http://centerfield.campuscrusadeforchrist.com/downloads/crucomm/The%20Basics/2thatyoumayknowa.pdf

a question for u all to ponder: is it possible to accept Jesus Christ as ur Saviour but there is no change in e way u live? y and y not? (think its sam yew’s qn also)

the comments area is open for u all to discuss and say ur opinions abt this. or u can always ask any qns regarding salvation and we can discuss abt this. 🙂

have a blessed week ahead!

puiki 

Just wanna share a song that has something to do with this Sunday’s lesson.

And its a beautiful song too. I wanna learn the piano part 🙂

Corrinne May – On The Side Of Me

I’m not the easiest person to love
I’m often the one who lets things go unresolved

Yet you choose to be
on the side of me
on the side of me
Yet you choose to be on the side of me
on the side of me

I’m not too proud of some things
I’ve done in my life
The skeletons in my closet
Are too big for me to hide

Yet you choose to be
on the side of me
on the side of me
Blessed Charity
You’re on the side of me
on the side of me

Everyone needs a friend to hold
when it’s cold outside
and there’s no place to go
Everyone needs a friend to hold
all alone I cried
there was no place to go
I remember when nobody cared
but you

I’m not the easiest person to love
But you, you’ve opened your heart to show me what I’m worth

‘Cause you choose to be
on the side of me
on the side of me
What a mystery
You’re on the side of me
on the side of me

Everyone needs a friend to hold
when it’s cold outside
and there’s no place to go
Everyone needs a friend to hold
all alone I cried
there was no place to go

I remember when nobody cared
Nobody cared
But you…

Yeah you choose to be
on the side of me
on the side of me

Sweet, meaningful, yeah? To be loved no matter what.

If you want the song you can ask me on msn or me cos I have it in my phone 🙂

Seeya next post!

Kelvin

E next 2 weeks

hey…

this is what is going on for e next 2 weeks:

2/9: Sharing/Fellowship

9/9: Cross-Shaped Love 

this will only apply for group 3, there are changes as alot of u all will be gg for  OneJAM appreciation on e 2nd and i dun wan u all to miss e last lesson (i also have to change it as kelvin who is leading would be gg too… lol)

as we have sorta approached e end of this series of lessons on this book, for those of u all who have peer led or been led, i want u all to think of these few qns (however, i do not know when i would ask u all tt):

– what are the difficulties u faced while preparing e lesson and leading e lesson itself? 

– what are some of e things that whoever led did well?

– what are the ways some of them who led can improve on?

– any other thing u might wish to raise up

~puiki~

Extreme forgiveness

hey all,

we have finally reached the last session of the current bible study materials tt we are doing. i really hope that during e week u all would take some time to read Mark 14:66-15:41 and Luke 23:26-42, this is in some sense a follow-up passage from today’s lesson (Extreme Forgiveness) and a prelude to the lesson to follow which is kelvin’s lesson on Cross-Shaped Love.

i hope and pray that from reading these 2 passages that u all will realise Jesus felt not only physical but also emotional hurt before He died as His disciple all betrayed and fled from Him (Mark 14:27, 51), and people who did not know Him personally like the Pharisees, Roman soldiers and the people He came to die for but yet He forgave them all (Luke 23). it is easy to quote biblical scriptures and truth, but what happens when u are betrayed or hurt by someone u are trying to help or save? i think tt tt is e hardest n most difficult hurt to forgive compared to all other betrayals n hurt. however, do remember tt Jesus understands n has gone through it all and place ur hurts upon Him.

i kinda like what yipeng raised up today, are enemies something we pple brand/call for hurting us? how do we define enemies?

have a blessed week ahead

~puiki~