Archive for April 2013

Our Sovereign God

Sovereign.God is sovereign.
Somehow, this song by Chris Tomlin echoes in my mind. It really represents my situation now.
Bleak past, stressful present and uncertain future.
Yet, in all these things, God is still in control. He always is.
A reminder for me to keep trusting God no matter what happens.

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Posted April 30, 2013 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Video

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Headphone

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Purchased a headphone today for 20 bucks at NTU. Very affordable.
Not because I like music that much.
I need the headphone to protect my ears as I have been using ultrasound-sonicator often.
I used to just bear with the noise.
But nowadays, I would rather spend some money to protect my ear from the sound.
After all, I can also use it to listen to music too whenever there are people around me.
;)Winking smile

Posted April 29, 2013 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Photo of the Day

Camera-phone is Baaaaack!!!!

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Some time back, my camera phone was down for no apparent reason.
The camera function went haywire and I could not take nicely focused images.
One month ago I purchased a real digital camera to take pictures. No choice.

A few days ago, my digital camera was down for no apparent reason.
I switched it on but the screen was still dark.
Then… a miracle happened! My camera phone is back!!!
Again, for no apparent reason, the lens worked fine.

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Yup, a nicely focused image.
Honestly, I prefer my old camera phone to digital camera.
Praise the LORD! It is revived! Open-mouthed smile

Posted April 28, 2013 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Photo of the Day

Book Review XVIII: Marriage From Surviving to Thriving

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Yoo, another post on book review! Haven’t posted any review in a while!
A book I purchased during Dec sale season.
Yeah, this is another book on relationship. Not bad, I have invested a lot on this matter.

Charles and Cynthia have been married for more than 50 years. Their marriage has gone from surviving to thriving.
Here, Charles shares some insight on a thriving marriage.

Chapter 1
The world has changed so much that the role of husband and wife blurred.
Sense of right and wrong has been weakened through continual display of lawlessness in the media.
Nevertheless, there is a key to survive: our relationship with God. Let us apply our relationship with God in our marriage.

Chapter 2
Marriage is God’s idea when He created Adam and Eve. Adam was so overjoyed as Eve complimented his weakness.
In His design, the couple should put and rely on each other more than their parents. The couple should be permanently married to each other.
In God’s design, the couple do not lose their individual personality. Instead, their personality move in harmony.
The couple then enjoy intimacy, which is shared joy, grief and commitment.
Unfortunately, sin ruins God’s design. The couple became self conscious and self absorbed, they withdrew from each other and they ran from God.
A couple lose their intimacy as they shift blame on one another.
Nevertheless, they can regain it by confessing the truth and taking responsibility.

Chapter 3
The key to a permanent marriage is commitment.
Commitment helps the couple last through the difficult circumstance, difficult consequence of wrong decision, or big conflict.
Finally, Christ has to be in the center of marriage.

Chapter 4
To make a marriage stick, the couple should cultivate honesty,
express anger in a appropriate way at the right time, give to spouse what is rightfully his/hers, guard our speech, and be nice.

Chapter 5
While commitment keeps the couple side by side, love is the glue which bonds them.
It is not just any kind of eros (taking) love, it should be a kind of agape (giving) love.
In practice, we should write down the love action, risk it often and do it now.

Chapter 6
Characteristics of a healthy family include:
(1) the members of household are committed to one another,
(2) they spend time together,
(3) they enjoy open and frequent communication,
(4) they turn inward during a time of crisis,
(5) the members express affirmation and encouragement,
(6) they share spiritual commitment,
(7) they trust each other,
(8) they enjoy freedom and grace.
The last 3 chapters of Ephesians provide guidelines on building a healthy family.

Chapter 7
Many marriage start strong.
However, as time goes by, little marital erosion may occur here and there until eventually marriage collapses.
It is important for the couple to fix every little erosion to prevent its harmful accumulation.

Chapter 8
Old age doesn’t necessarily remove sense of fun from any marriage.
Aging is often accompanied with sense of uselessness, self pity, fear and inappropriate remorse.
However, we don’t have to succumb to those negative feelings even when we are old.
We can always choose to keep exercising our mind, enjoying life, developing strength, pursuing opportunities, and seeking God.

I am not sure if The Ink Room still carries this book in stock.
If it does, do grab a copy of it, ok? Winking smile

Posted April 27, 2013 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Book Review, Charles R. Swindoll

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SPMS Fire Drill 23, April, 2013

The very first fire drill in school which was held during exam period.
I bet the undergrad students felt irritated as they had to stop their study Smile with tongue out

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Yup, their study was interrupted as they had to evacuate from the building.

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Luckily the assembly area was not sunny at all.

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Briefing on safety in case of fire.

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Finally it ended. We went back to our respective labs…. grumbling Smile with tongue out Smile with tongue out

Posted April 26, 2013 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in School

Pastor Kong’s Sermon 20, April, 2013: Take Off Your Shoes

Eph 3:18-19
God’s love is the longest, widest, highest and deepest.

Ex 3:2
Moses was a somebody for the first 40 years. In the next 40 years, Moses was a nobody.
He was very broken. All the zeal of a prince faded away.
Moses saw a burning bush. Are we like Moses, worn out and lost sight of vision?

Ex 3:4-5
God is everywhere. However, He chose to show up on Mt. Horeb.
All of sudden the ground became holy. When Moses took off the shoes, he felt God.

1.) Touch Me.
Touch God and see God is still with us. Taking off shoes is a sign of humility.
Ex 33:19.
We touch His goodness and grace and compassion. Something happened when we touch God.

2.) Trust Me.
Joshua 5:13
Joshua was about to war against Jericho. The Commander wanted Joshua to take off his shoes.
Joshua was ready to make war as he had put on his shoes. By commanding him to take off his shoes, God wanted Joshua to trust Him.
Do not be afraid, we should just believe.

3.) Take all of me.
Ruth was in love with Boaz.
Ruth 4:7.
The nearest kinsman redeemer took off his shoe and pass it to Boaz. That was a sign of surrender to Boaz.
By taking off our shoes and passing them to God, we surrender our lives to God.

You can download his sermon here:
http://theinkroom.com.sg/2013-take-off-your-shoes-20-april-2013.html

Posted April 25, 2013 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Sermon

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CG Sermon 18, April, 2013: The Power of Forgiveness

2 Cor 2:5-11

There was an offender doing very big mistake.
Apostle Paul initially talked about punishment then forgiveness.
In godly leadership, discipline is always followed with restoration.

Love seeks to forgive and forget.
In the Lord’s prayer, we learn to forgive those who sin against us.
We forgive ’70 times 7′, in Jewish idiom it means ‘infinity’ or ‘all the time’.
To forgive simply means to let go, to release.

We should never hold a prolonged anger.
We decide first to forgive even before the offence comes.

1.) v5-6. Forgiveness releases God’s mercy.
2.) v7. Forgiveness restores the offender
3.) v9. forgiveness reflects through obedience.
4.) v10. Forgiveness refreshes us in the presence of Christ.
5.) v11. Forgiveness results in spiritual victory.

All Satan needs to do is to divide the church.
In particular, in the season like this, Satan is trying to divide CHC.
It doesn’t mean we literally forget the offence.
It means the incident doesn’t haunt us back anymore.

Posted April 24, 2013 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Cell Group, Sermon