Archive for January 24, 2014

Dr. Bernard’s Sermon 19, January, 2014: Focus

Marriage’s goal is oneness.
Money, companionship, sharing are benefits of marriage, not goal.
Some people love others conditionally: as long as others do not offend them. True unconditional love: loving for no reason.

OT prophets prophesied the coming of Messiah who would deliver Israelites from oppression.
God promised Abraham’s Seed to become blessing to other nations.
God promised king David that his descendant would be the Messiah.
Lord Jesus’ first ministry was to the Jews. Yet, the Jews rejected Him.

Luke 9:51
The time of His ascension to heaven.
Lord Jesus focused on Jerusalem for the Feast of Tabernacle, Crucifixion and resurrection. He resolutely steeled Himself to go to Jerusalem.
Focus.
Nowadays, people are easily distracted. Lord Jesus focused on what He had to do.
When I am focused, it doesn’t mean all other problems go away. I still have to deal with them.
Lord Jesus was focused. Yet, He still dealed with everyday lives: sending 70, meeting Mary and Martha, etc.
Focus: aligning mind and emotion and will on what I have to do. It doesn’t mean I don’t talk to people.

Focus is:
1.) a wondrous sensation of clarity and alertness.
2.) fearlessness in the face of opposition. There are obstacles but I don’t fear them as I want to reach my destination.
3.) confidence beyone the shadow of doubt that you can do whatever you set your mind to.
4.) keeping your head erect, your eye on the ball and knocking it out of the park.
5.) getting in the zone, keeping on your toes, staying on target, staying on top of things.
6.) power.
7.) taking hold of life and not letting go until your dreams become reality
8.) knowing that if God be for you, who can be against you.

We can’t focus without discipline. It is a bridge between thought and accomplishment.
All of us will have low point in life. It is different for different people.
When I am in low point, I will say enough is enough. I will engage discipline necessary to change my life.
After practicing discipline, I will reach high point. I may want to take a break then I will reach low point.
It isn’t God’s best. God wants us to stay focused. I need to maintain discipline to keep myself moving upward.

You can purchase his sermon here:
http://www.theinkroom.com.sg/understanding-grace-18-jan-2014.html

Posted January 24, 2014 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in A. R. Bernard, Sermon

CHC Trial 23, January, 2014 (Day 35-Day 9 Tranche 3): Details and more Details

http://www.citynews.sg/2014/01/chc-trial-all-investments-and-funds-returned-with-interest-to-chc-by-2010/

http://www.citynews.sg/2014/01/chc-trial-defense-clears-the-air-over-unusual-transactions-that-didnt-make-sense/

No church money was lost.
It was returned to the church with interest. This evidence echoes Pastor Aries’ statement before: no church money was lost.
Indeed, the leaders had ensured their investment was well done. Building fund + interest = bigger building fund.
I really don’t see any evidence of round-tripping at all.
Perhaps the prosecutors will insist that there is round tripping when their turn comes?

Non-sensible transaction?
Now with more details, they have become sensible.

Some time back, Pastor Kong mentioned that the details are just a matter before the court and he could not reveal much at that time.
Now, more details are revealed. Slowly they are unfolded.
I see that defense has managed to refute prosecutors point by point.
Victory and vindication are coming ~ ~ ~ ~