The Servant King

Matthew 2:2 Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, 2 saying, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him.”

3 When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.

Herod the king was afraid. He imagined an earthly king arising to challenge his rule and dominion. The people were unsettled too…don’t we all feel the same way during the elections? What would become of us at the arrival of a new ruler?

But Jesus didn’t come to establish a Kingdom on earth like they thought.

John 18:36 Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, My servants would fight, so that I should not be delivered to the Jews; but now My kingdom is not from here.”

Jesus was a King, but He chose to be a Servant.

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I love games. Computer, Console, Mobile Phone… I love them all! Especially RTS and RPG ones. In the last game I played, I was a mogul of a chicken empire… Earning 139 quazillion dollars every second selling quantum-fuelled eggs with the ability to power cities from not less than 125,000 chickens in my nuclear-powered farm.
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*Mwahahaha* Imagine what I could do with all those EGGS!!!! Hush, I’m busy hatching a plot to rule the world!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Okay that’s enough for now, time to delete the game. #self-control

 

 

 

Amused

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Teacher Moment. This always happens… You’re staring at a pair of students mid-joke… One of them notices, stares straight ahead and tries to pull a straight face. The other is still oblivious and finishes the joke animatedly. The joke ends – one of them is laughing. the other’s insides are flipping trying to hold back the laughter. Hahahaha.

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“Aiyoh, 为什么你晒到哪吗黑?”

I get that a lot, and I tell them I was born with it. Now here’s the picture to end the debate.

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Love this picture.

I recalled this because earlier today my mum was trying to give me some traditional dessert, and mentioned that she drank it lots when she was expecting me. Thanks ma, for giving birth to me and taking care of me. Happy Mother’s Day! (:

On The Overhead Bridge

I was crossing the overhead bridge to work when I found myself blocked by two boys. They both had their wallets out and were whispering intently to one another. One boy took some coins from his bright blue purse and put them in his friend’s palm. It was awkward of them to stop in the middle of the crowded passageway like that – maybe they were chipping in to buy something together.

To my surprise, I saw them turn around to a man sitting by the bridge. The man had a leg in a cast and was asking for alms. The boys slipped the money into the man’s hands before scurrying off.

They were little people with big hearts.

Taking Time

It’s the third month of the year and we’re Marching right in… Oh, how time flies!

Sometimes I wished maybe time would go slower… But trying to make time go slower is like trying to hold water in your hands. It just slips away… Before you know it, another day, week, month, year has gone by. Time is precious, and I want to make this year count.

So… How’s this year not going to be just another year past? What makes this year different from last? What’s so special about 2016?

Is it that gleaming new Macbook that boots in 0.3911 seconds faster than the old one?

Perhaps it’s discovering food eaten no longer magically disappears, but has begun to find residence on the tummy – burying the existence of any six-pack.

Maybe a relationship has ended, or a new one begun… Some have new additions to their family, while others have lost their loved ones.

All these changes in our lives are peripheral to our existence… What really makes me different from the past year? Will I be different if I hold on to my past victories and failures? Will I change if I cling on to the familiar fear and bitterness from yesteryear? No.

The only way to change things is to change myself. Take a walk into any bookstore and you’ll know it’s true… Shelves upon shelves of motivational and self-help books. Everybody wants to grow into someone better, a better version of themselves – whether in character or effectiveness – we have an innate nature to want to make our lives count. It’s time to grow, and we’ve got to take it.

During the message in Heart of God Church last weekend, Pastor Lia shared how “Change is Inevitable, but Growth is Intentional”.

That’s why I love going to church. It’s one of the ways I take time out every weekend to grow. The world around us is constantly changing, but every weekend I choose to learn, I choose to grow. Church is not just some emotional jing-a-ling feel good session.

Since the start of the 2016, Pastor How and Pastor Lia have put in so much time into preparing the messages. And I’m so thankful because each one pushes me and brings me further in my life. Each message helps me draw closer to God and being who I want to be. It’s not a repeated motivational talk, or get rich quick scheme. Every week’s message is carefully prayed and thought through, tailored to each of our lives.

The year started with PHD. When was the last time you did something for the first time? Are you still struggling with the same problems you were last year?

Then, Pastor How taught us about the difference between unbelief and disbelief. God is doubt-tolerant, but there is a difference between wanting and not-wanting to believe. But through it all, God is faithful to us.

Followed by Pastor Lia sharing with us that it’s a New Season in all of our lives. Don’t get stuck in the past! If you’ve felt like most part of your life has been a battlefield, it’s a new season – opportunity comes next. You don’t get what you want in life, but what you prepare for.

Oh, did I forget to mention we moved into the Imaginarium? That’s our new stage and auditorium. (:

More than anything, I love the presence of God found in His house.

Matthew 11:28 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

See you in church this weekend!

The Miracle Maker

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Note: The following is my detailed account of Pastor How‘s message over the weekend of 4th & 5th December. Pastor Tan Seow How & Pastor Cecilia Chan, more affectionately known as Pastor How & Pastor Lia are the senior pastors of Heart of God Church – my spiritual home.

Miracles – we all need them.

Be it in the small or big things, we find ourselves constantly hoping for miracles to happen. That sickness, that result slip, that crush. Haha whatever it is, considered legitimate or not, these “miracles” are a part of our lives. In fact for some, being alive every single day is a miracle by itself. But away with our own concept of miracles. It’s time to know what the Bible says about them.

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Pastor How takes the stage the very weekend he’s back from a short break. And literally the first thing he says blows my mind:

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