Archive for December 2010

Quote of the Day

Hmm, I have been planning to publish this post since long ago…

I guess Jiraiya’s quote best reflects my thought…

Tsunade-Jiraiya-b

Continually rejected by Tsunade…

Orochimaru Jiraiya-2

Unable to stop my friend…

Fourth Hokage Third Hokage Jiraiya-2

And unable to protect both my mentor and student…

Pain Jiraiya-2

In the end I failed in that selection too..

Jiraiya's First Novel-2

How pitiful… What a worthless story…

Posted December 31, 2010 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Quote of the Day

Back in Singapore

Hello, my dear readers.

Here I am back to Singapore.

It’s time to publish more crunchy posts! Smile

Posted December 30, 2010 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Thought

Sermon Review IV: Sermon on the Mount CD4: Blessed are Those Who Hunger and Thirst for Righteousness

I love Sermon on The Mount!!

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Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness. These are the people who love to seek the Lord. Some people feel dry in the inside in the midst of God’s spectacular work. The key to tackle this dryness is by being hungry of God. Are we hungry for more of God? Do we wait on the Lord? God’s work moves from one glory to another bigger glory. Do I have the holy dissatisfaction? Do we love more God than we did last year? While ministry is good, we need to put more attention in drawing closer to God in prayer and fasting. Just like losing natural food appetite is worrying, so is losing spiritual appetite. How to be hungry for God? First, we need to be in right environment, in God’s house. Second, we need to show respect for the things of God. Third, we need to wait for the Holy Spirit. Fourth, we need draw our heart near to God. Fifth, we need to experience God for ourselves. Sixth, we need to regularly encounter God again and again.

Self Reflection

Quiet time is important. No matter how busy I am, I need to regularly meet God and stay ready for God’s greater move.
Do grab a copy of this sermon album in Attributes today Smile

Posted December 30, 2010 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Bible Study, Sermon

Sermon Review III: Sermon on the Mount CD3: Blessed are the Meek

My third sermon review. Whoa, my holiday is pretty fruitful.

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Blessed are the meek. Meekness here means gentleness, humility and being considerate. In the Bible, Moses and Lord Jesus stood out in the area of meekness. Meekness is not lack of personality or lack of opinion. It is not being naïve or weak either. It is not easy to have the attitude of humility. Humility is not the denial of strength, it is the acknowledgement of weakness. Meekness is showing respect to other people and treat them in good manners. Meek people do not retaliate threat and reviling and can always control themselves. They refused to get provoked and sometimes, under the leading of the Spirit, they forego their right. Meek people keep their emotion in check because they understand that retaliation belongs to God. When we let go, God defends us. In addition, meekness is shown when we serve others and we submit to Father’s will.

Self Reflection

Hmm, a part of meekness is foregoing right under the leading of the Holy Spirit. It may not be an easy job. Yet, with God’s help, I can practice it again and again.
Do get a copy of Sermon on the Mount in Attributes today. Smile

Posted December 30, 2010 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Bible Study, Sermon

Sermon Review II: Sermon on the Mount CD 2: The Power of Brokenness

My second sermon review. Hope you enjoy it and we all live by this part of  God’s  word.Smile

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Our CHC members have this Sermon-on-the-Mount flavor. No wonder we all walk under God’s favor and approval in life Smile

Blessed are those who mourn. It is one thing to confess I am poor in spirit, it is another thing to mourn over it. Mourn is defined as grief over sin in our life. Even Apostle Paul mourned; whenever he wanted to do good, he did evil thing. Me too, I need to long for holiness. I may fall into temptation once in a while. Hence, I need to have godly sorrows. Godly sorrows involve conviction of sin like how David repented and contrition because of sin. We have selfish nature in us and God has to break this nature before He can use us. This breaking, however, is very inconvenient and uncomfortable for us as God uses a few little trials and sudden breaking. In the end of the process, the fragrance of Christ in us spreads out.

Self Reflection

Pastor Kong always mentions: “God is more interested in your character than in your comfort.” Well, I need to be ready whenever difficulties come because they may be meant to break my selfish and sinful nature and shape my character.

Do get a copy of Sermon on the Mount in Attributes today Smile

Posted December 30, 2010 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Uncategorized

Sermon Review: Sermon on the Mount CD1: Blessed are the Poor in Spirit

Pastor Kong once conducted a church wide Bible study on Sermon on the Mount. We can find this sermon in Matt 5-Matt 7. I remember I attended all the services and listened to all of the sermon. The church passed around the sermon notes. Yet, I prefer some kind of softcopy so I  can refer back to it anytime I want. So, here I am, posting my very first sermon review Smile

Lord Jesus preached this important sermon which we can read from Matt 5-Matt 7. This sermon works like a or MRI or X-Ray machine. As we study it, we will realize how far we are in the journey of Christlikeness. Sermon on the Mount is more than just social-gospel; it does not only teach us how to become better citizens. It is not meant to abolish Mosaic Law as Lord Jesus Himself obeyed it. It shows the non-Christians the God’s moral standard which they can never achieve with their own strength. This leads to justification. It also shows the Christians how to live like Christ. This leads to sanctification. It is applicable to both the Jews in His time and to us at this present time.

Sermon on the Mount starts with the Beatitudes. It shows who we are, not what we do. God is more interested in our being, not our doing. My attitude is my responsibility, not God’s because God never touches my free will. Beatitudes edifies us in our attitude toward God and neighbor.  With our own capability, there is no way we can live by the Beatitudes; only with the help of the Holy Spirit. As we live by it, God’s smile and favor are upon us.

Poor in spirit is not the same as having low self esteem, showy humility, or shyness. Our value is high in God’s eyes that Lord Jesus Himself gave Himself yet we are not to be proud of ourselves. Poor means begging or bankrupt. Poor in spirit means greater desperation for God’s spiritual breakthrough, God’s move in our life. We beg for God’s move in our conscience that we may make the right decision in life, in our intuition that we may receive revelation of God’s Word or rhema, in our communion that we may relate with God intimately.

Interesting message, isn’t it? Do look forward to the next sermon review, ok?
Do get the copy of Sermon on the Mount in Attributes today Smile

Posted December 25, 2010 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Bible Study, Sermon

Verse of the Day: God is in Control

A nice statement from today’s quiet time.

The day is yours, and yours also the night; you established the sun and the moon.” (Ps 74:16)
“The night of affliction is as much under the arrangement and control of the Lord of Love as the bright summer days when all is bliss.” (Evening by Evening, page 366)

The context of the verse is about physical creation. Yet, we can also extend the verse beyond the context.
When things are good, God is in control. When things are bad, God is also in control.
God is good in both good and bad situation.
The question is: do we have faith in God’s goodness?
(Get a copy of Evening by Evening in Attributes today Smile)

Posted December 23, 2010 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Verse of the Day

Book Review VIII: Foxe’s Christian Martyrs

My main reading during vacation period in Indonesia.

Big disclaimer: do NOT hate your Catholic friends after reading this book. This book is an account of what happened in the past when there was error in doctrine and unwillingness to correct the error. Past means past, ok? (you will understand it after reading the summary below or reading the book yourself…)

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They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb,
and by the word of their testimony:
and they loved not their lives unto the death.
(Rev 12:11)

Background of the Author (taken from the Introduction)
John Foxe was born in 1516 In Boston, Lincolnshire, England. He received his bachelor’s degree in 1537 and master in 1543. Under the harsh persecution by Catholic Queen Mary,  he left the country. He then began to compile the manuscript and eyewitness account of the martyrs. In March 1563, he printed the completed and translated manuscript under the title Acts and Monuments of These Latter and Perilous Days (also known as The Book of Martyrs). John Foxe passed away in April 1587.

Summary of the Book
This book records the persecution of the Christians under three different sections: Roman empire, non-Roman and non-England, and England kingdom. In all of the sections, the Christians were mostly tortured to death by all sorts of cruel means: crucified, stoned, disemboweled, torn apart, strangled, eaten by wild animals, hung, tossed on the horns of the bulls, stabbed to death, beheaded, burned or roasted alive, drowned in the ocean, and others. One Christian was dragged by horses on stony road until he died, another was poured with honey and was left to death under the stings of wasps.  Despite all the persecution, “the church continued to grow, deeply rooted at the doctrine of the apostles and watered with the blood of the saints.” (page 18)

a.) Persecution during Roman empire regime
The Romans worshipped idols and really hated Christians. Whenever there was famine or disaster, they always blamed the Christians who refused to worship the idols. In addition to that, the Romans did not understand that Christ’s kingdom is not temporal kingdom. There were 10 persecutions and Nero started the first. Occasionally, there were some leaders who did not persecute Christian. Constantine, for example, even established Christians’ right to worship God.

b.) Persecution by non-Romans and non-England
There are not many martyrs recorded in this section. Notably, the persecutions were done by the Goths (barbarians) and the Vandals (who were of the Arian sect).

c.) Persecution during England kingdom
Persecution during this period makes the bulk of this book. At that time, the church was in error in its doctrine and the monks/priests only lived for themselves. Worse still, the lay people were not allowed to read the Bible for themselves. The Protestants arose and corrected the church in several points… at the cost of their lives:

– The holy eucharist, after consecration, is not the actual body of Christ.
– The church of Rome is no more important than any other church, and Peter had no more power given to him by Christ than any other apostle.
– The pope has no more power than any other priest.
-The Gospel is enough for any man, without the rules of men, which add nothing to the Gospel.
– Neither pope nor any other church official has the power or right to punish the transgressors.
– That men should not worship images, or other idolatrous paintings, or the saints.
– Mary is an ordinary and sinful human being despite her privilege to be the mother of Jesus Christ. So, there is no need to pray to her.
– Denial of the value of pilgrimage.
-Lay people need to read the Scripture for themselves.

Some heroes of faith appeared during this period: William Tyndale, who translated Latin Bible into English; Martin Luther, who came up with doctrines of Sola Gratia, Sola Scriptura, Sola Fide (salvation is only by grace through faith-pope has no right to forgive sins-and the Bible alone is enough); Ulric Zwingle, who played a large part in the reformation of the church in Zurich.

Queen Mary initially promised to do the Protestants no harm. Yet, at the end she spilled so much blood of the martyrs during her time as she sided with the Catholic Church. Her life ended tragically: had no children, “unable to win the favor of God, the hearts of her subjects and the love of her husband” (page 202). After she had passed away, Protestants shouted with joy as there was no more blood shedding: the successor, Queen Elizabeth, was not a cruel person though she loved power.

Self Reflection
There are several lessons I have learned after reading this book:

– God prevented Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah (also known as Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego) from being burned alive and Daniel (also known as Belteshazzar) from being torn by the lions. Yet, God chose not to deliver the martyrs from death. For us, this seems unfair yet for the martyrs, they counted the persecution as their joy for they knew their reward is big in heaven. This may seem inconsistent too, yet we need to remember that our lives is God’s to begin with. So, God has the right to do whatever He wants. But all in all, faith in God’s goodness is the essence for He always knows the best for our lives.
– Not all Christians are called to be martyrs. Yet, when God chooses a Christian to martyr for Him, He will graciously provide faith and fortitude to go through the persecution.
– If the martyrs can obey the Lord even unto death, I can do the same too with the help of the Holy Spirit.

I bought this book long time ago in Attributes. I am not sure if Attributes still has it. But if it does, do grab a copy of it, ok?

Posted December 18, 2010 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Book Review

Book Review VII: Moving in the Spirit

Seventh book review. Hmm, it is not that I am so free to read. It is just that I need some sources to relax my mind from stress in lab Smile

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Pastor Phil is definitely not a stranger for all of us. He has become the Advisory Pastor for our church and he comes at least once a month to preach in the service. As such, Attributes makes sure to display his products in the bookstore all the time.

Summary

Spiritual atmosphere is all around us and we may or may not be aware of it. Spiritual world has certain influence on our physical world. As Christians, we should be aware of God’s presence wherever we are. The key to this awareness is by spending time with the Holy Spirit in prayer, praise and worship (Chapter 1). The Holy Spirit is not just a biblical truth. He is a Person, God Himself. We can relate and communicate with Him. As He empowers us, we can be more effective in our ministry to Him and to others (Chapter 2). One important requirement for us to move in the Spirit is faith. As we hear a word (rhema) from God, we need to act on it. Again, this rhema word only comes when we be still in prayer (Chapter 3).  It is important for us to be clothed/empowered by the Holy Spirit. It is impossible to carry out supernatural work with natural abilities (Chapter 4).

As we draw close to God, God communicates His will to us through many means. One of the means is by vision and dream. We may not understand the meaning so we ask God for the meaning too (Chapter 5). Spiritual empowerment may come in the form of spiritual gifts, be they power gifts (miracle, healing, faith), vocal gift (prophecy, toungue, interpretation of tounge) or revelation gift (word of knowledge, word of wisdom, discerning of the spirits). All these spiritual gifts have to be motivated with love and used for the edification of the church members (Chapter 6). Following the Holy Spirit means we need to keep a holy life (Chapter 7) and be patient as the Holy Spirit has His own timing (Chapter 8). Another form of spiritual empowerment is through anointing. Anointing from the Holy Spirit is like oil which lubricates, moisturizes and burns. Keys of receiving the anointing include hunger for God, coming to the ministers of God, expecting the power of God, and being open to whatever the Holy Spirit might do (Chapter 9).

Lastly, this book discusses about people falling under the power of the Spirit when there is an impartation of the anointing, a kind of experience God wants us to enjoy. For all of the above wonderful things to apply to us, we need to be first baptized in the Holy Spirit.

Self-Reflection

Many times I can be so busy with my own life that I forget to pray. Life can be too noisy at times that I can’t hear God’s voice, the Holy Spirit’s leading. I guess I should really just go out to quiet place and meet with God there.
What are you waiting for? Get a copy of Moving in the Spirit in Attributes today!

Posted December 16, 2010 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Book Review

Saturday’s Quotes [11, December, 2010]

Last Saturday was pretty memorable. During the praise and worship session, the leader read some passage from Psalm 34 to us. Somehow, I felt the Lord speaking to me through them.

Verse 15: The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their cry.
Verse 17: The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles.
Verse 18: The Lord is close to the broken-hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
Verse 19: A righteous man may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all.
(taken from NIV)

Life is tough. But, I know I can always run to God.
Pastor Phil preached about giving birth to future.  Part of the giving birth to it is when God stretches our heart. It is definitely painful and we are so tempted to backslide. Following Lord Jesus is tough, not many people can do it. However, as God stretches our heart, God shapes our character too. At the end of the process, we become more people-loving, more like Christ.

What a great session in God’s House!

Posted December 15, 2010 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Verse of the Day