Archive for February 2012

Because of Love, 7 Years = a Few Days

“So Jacob served seven years to get Rachel, but they seemed like only a few days to him because of his love for her.”
– (Genesis 29:20) –

Some time back I wrote about Jacob’s life which was full of suffering.
But now, let’s focus on a small part of his life. It was during the time he worked for the first seven years.

Jacob fell in love with Rachel. He longed to marry her.
Laban, his father in law, gave a condition: Jacob had to work for seven years.
So, Jacob agreed. He endured all the hardship.
He lacked of sleep, suffered the heat of the day and the cold of the night.
He made sure no animal came to kill the sheep or thief to steal the lambs.
Once in a while he had chance to talk to Rachel, but most of the time he could only see her from afar.
7 years of hardship but it felt like a few days to him… because of love.

In the past, I did plenty unimaginable things in the name of love.
This journey I have now is a hard one.
I experience stress, need to fulfill requirement and sometimes I lack of sleep too.
Hopefully, I can have finished it by August next year.
Nevertheless, do I need to find my “Rachel” to make this journey seem like a few days?

Posted February 29, 2012 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Thought

Paster Bayless Conley’s Sermon 25, February, 2012

2 Tim 1:15, 4:10, 4:14.

It must have been tough for Apostle Paul.
He was alone in prison, chained for Christ’s sake.
There were many of his fellow workers who had deserted Christ and left him alone.
He felt betrayed and deserted.

When those whom we love forsake us, what should we do?
From the life of Apostle Paul, we learn:
1.) Don’t be surprised when betrayal comes.
2.) Don’t let bad people hinder our eyes from seeing good people around us.
3.) Forgive those who have deserted us. A quote by him: “Forgiveness sets prisoners free and very often, we are the prisoners.”
4.) When others leave, Christ stands with us. The Lord is always with us in any crisis we face.

This journey of studying, by definition, is a lonely war.
Many times, I am the only soldier, fighting all the enemies.
But, Lord Jesus is with me. So, I need to keep believing.
Keep the faith and keep trying.

Posted February 28, 2012 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Sermon

CG Meeting 23, February, 2012

James 1:12-15
It was a sermon about temptation. Temptation may come in many forms: anger, lust, porn, gambling, alcoholism, etc.
From this passage, we learn 4 things about it:
1.) Temptation will come. It is inevitable.
2.) Temptation does not come from God.
3.) Temptation is individual due to a person’s weakness.
4.) Temptation eventually leads to death, unless he/she does something about it.

There are things we can do to overcome temptation:
1.) Accountability friends. Sin is fueled by secrecy.
2.) Find reasons to pursue purity.
3.) Advance planning before temptation comes.
4.) Do the above weeks after weeks.

Indeed, we should keep our heart pure before the Lord.

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Refreshment time over biscuit.
Thanks a lot, Gerald!

Posted February 27, 2012 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Cell Group

216 Lab

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Some illustration for CBC216 students.
It was an easy and fast experiment.
Hopefully, they’ve learnt a lot, both in terms science and report writing.

Posted February 26, 2012 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in NTU Stuff, Photo of the Day

Attributes Dinner 25, February, 2012

Hungry after duty.
So, it was time to fill in the tummy.

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Yummy.

Posted February 26, 2012 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Attributes, Food

Will of Fire.. Will of Stone

“What essential here is the will inside you.
But if you don’t pay attention enough, you will lose that will at the end.
Yes, if you hit a wall!
If you forsake you will while hitting against that wall..
You will begin to make excuses and obtained hatred in exchange of your determination.
Listen now..
You have to step forward without abandoning your will!!”

– Shodaime Tsuchikage (Naruto)-

It was initially Will of Fire: protecting those we love.
That’s how we should relate with others.
However, when it comes to ourselves, we should adopt Will of Stone: stay determined, stay enduring.
Perseverance in the midst of adversity.
Life is tough, but we gotta be tougher.
Will of Stone.. Will of Stone..

Posted February 24, 2012 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Thought

Pastor Tan’s Sermon: God is the God of New Things

Isa 43:18-21
Don’t dwell in the past as God is about to do new things.
It was said to Israelites who were living in captivity.
For us, even though we are walking in the midst of trouble, God will bring us to mountains as long as we keep walking with Him.

Three things we can learn from this passage:
1.) Forget the former things.
— Be them bad or victorious things. God wants us to look ahead, move forward with Him.
      Even when we can only see seas of obstacle around us, God will make a path through the seas.
      God has prepared a lane for us to run for. We must not get distracted by things on the left, right or behind.
2.) Get a vision of future from God.
— A condemned crime was crucified with Lord Jesus. Yet, even in the last moment of his life, he put his trust in Jesus.
      His faith was rewarded: Lord Jesus saved him.
      No matter how bad the situation, we should always see the future in God.
      There are always greater and even greater things in God.
      Since God wants to bless us, our family members, friends and colleagues will be blessed through us too.
      We should think positive things, according to God’s Word, and confess them times and again.
      Let’s make a plan to achieve goals in this year.
      God often speaks to us way in advance things which will happen in the future. He wants to strengthen our faith muscle.
3.) We give thanks and praise to Him.
— From Paul Potts’s life, we learn how God can use a very unlikely person to declare His praise.

Hmm, for me, God has been telling me one special thing.
Until now, it has not come to pass.
Yet, I will confess again and again until it does.

Posted February 23, 2012 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Sermon