Archive for June 2014

Verse of the Day: Proverb 21:13

“Whoever shuts his ears to the cry of the poor
Will also cry himself and not be heard.”
-Proverb 21:13-

Overheard a sermon by Pastor Benny Hinn on how to get a prayer answered.
He shared many points. Yet, the one that I caught the most was the verse above.
If I do not help the poor, God won’t answer my prayer.
Reminder to self: do charity as much as I can.

God’s Creativity in the Midst of Bad Things

Saw this story online.
I shall just quote a portion of it. You can continue reading this story in the provided link.

http://admiral-joraxx.hubpages.com/hub/The-King-and-his-Assistant

Once there was a king who has an intimate assistant. This assistant has been the king’s dearest and closest friend for a very long time. He has his assistant along with him in all of his journeys and struggles. This assistant has a weird habit of saying “Praise the Lord! God is good all the time and all the time God is good”. Whatever happens to them, be it good or bad, he never fails to acclaim “Praise the Lord! God is good all the time! And all the time God is good!” Whenever they win, when they survived an attack of mountain bandits or when they were caught outside in a terrible storm in the night, the assistant acclaims “Praise the Lord! God is good all the time and all the time God is good.” The king kept on noticing this but just didn’t mind it at all. He just thought his assistant is a little crazy.

One day as they were traveling across the desert, the king accidentally fell down from his horse, to which the assistant smiled and acclaimed “Praise the Lord! God is good all the time! And all the time God is good!” the king felt upset and reprimanded his assistant thinking that he was mocking him.

Bad things.
Who likes bad things to happen to them?
Hence, we plan. We strategize. We can consider different factors in any circumstance to make sure bad things do not happen.
Alas, sometimes, bad things still can happen no matter how careful we are.
We live in a fallen, cursed world. Bad things happen even beyond our control.
God is the good God.
He never planned any bad things to happen in His original design.
Due to sin, this world is cursed. He allowed bad things to happen to everyone.
Nevertheless, God is the creative God.
Although He never needs any bad thing to accomplish His plan, He can still use bad thing to do so.
The king and his assistant in the story above experienced bad thing.
Yet, in the end they understood God’s creativity in the midst of bad thing.

Trust God. Trust God always.
Even in the midst of bad thing.

Posted June 26, 2014 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Thought

Dinner 22, June, 2014

Fantastic dinner my god-mommy prepared last Sunday!

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Too bad I had had dinner outside. In the end, others finished the food.
Well, at least I enjoyed the soup and salad Smile with tongue out

Posted June 24, 2014 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Family, Food

Dinner After Service 21, June, 2014

Had dinner last Saturday with CG after the service.
The brought me to Soup Restaurant, a Chinese restaurant near Fountain of Wealth.

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The drink and the rice came first.
Well, since I was hungry, I ate a bit of the rice.
Even plain rice tastes nice for an empty tummy.

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Finally!! The dish came!!
A friend suggested that I should wrap the chicken in the cabbage and eat it like a hamburger.
Well, actually, I eat hamburger piece by piece: the bread then the lettuce then the patty then the tomato/cucumber then the bread again.
In the end, I really took the chicken and cabbage individually.

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The tofu tasted really sweet! I like!
That long bean was there to balance the meal. Can’t be all meat, correct?
Luckily a friend used his OCBC credit card… free salmon!!! It tasted nice too!!

I am looking forward to having dinner with CG people again!

Posted June 23, 2014 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Cell Group, Food

Dinner 20, June, 2014

Finally!! Managed to catch up with my big sister from Malaysia!
(Oh yes, I have a few big sisters from different countries)
Good thing she was in town as the next day she had to head back to Malaysia.
She recommended this Claypot House in Jurong Point

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The chicken was pretty nice. With ginger taste to sooth my little sore throat.
The veggie was there to balance the meal.
I am health-conscious, ok?

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But I think the best part was this tea. Dried fruit tea.
The aroma was really sweet!

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Summary of our dinner.
As usual, we talked about many things under the sun… except politics, perhaps Smile with tongue out Smile with tongue out Smile with tongue out
See ya again when you are back in Singapore, jie!

Posted June 22, 2014 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Food, Friends

It Feels Great To Be A Master…

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Because I can torture my disciples Smile with tongue out
Well, a teacher does have the responsibility to ensure his students succeed in learning.
Many times, he has to keep pressurizing the students.
They may not understand the purpose of such hard training. Yet, one day they will enjoy the fruit of their labors.
I am looking forward to weekly tuition session.
I often ‘torture’ my students by making them do long and tedious calculation without using calculator.
Not to mention I have set tricky questions too.
One day, I am sure they will pass their school with flying color because of my training.
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Posted June 20, 2014 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Photo of the Day, Thought

Dr. Robi’s Teaching 14, June, 2014: Noah’s Ark

Genesis 6:12-15, 17-19, 22
God instructed Noah the detail of the ark. Sometimes we need to linger longer to get instruction from God.
What if Noah had built a park instead of ark? He would experienced much discouragement.

People experience hopelessness due to lack of vision.
People without vision perish.
Counterfeit hope comes in response to being sure what we can see.

When God tells us what to do and how to do, we should not give up.
When we do things contrary to God’s plan, we should just give up.
Sometimes God gives idea which we can’t think of. We should just obey that.
We shouldn’t carry out God’s plan using our own strategy.
Abraham used a human way to fulfill God’s plan. He ended up with Ishmael.
Joshua obeyed God’s instruction to encircle Jericho.

2 Kings 6:8-23
The importance of seeing in spirit.
Spiritual blindness is your inability to see how much God cares for us.
The greatest insult: saying God doesn’t care after all Lord Jesus has done.
Elisha had the ability to see through God’s eyes. He could see the fire horses in the supernatural.
To see things through God’s eyes, we sometimes have to close our own.

Posted June 18, 2014 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Robi Sonderegger, Sermon

CG Sermon 12, June, 2014: Daily Encounter with God Part 1

Gen 3:9
When was the last time we encountered God?
Sometimes we are so occupied with life and busyness that we forget God has taken care of our needs.
Do we want to meet God?

Phil 3:8,10-11
Whatever education or career, Apostle Paul counted it as nothing. He wanted to know God.

Why do we need personal encounter with God?
1.) we were created for personal relationship with God
God made us in His image so we can relate to Him.
2.) personal encounter will strengthen and revive us.
1 King 19:1-8
God, through an angel, touched Elijah. God’s presence is the source of strength.
3.) a personal encounter will change us forever.
Lord Jesus met Saul. Saul then became Paul.

Without experiencing God,
1.) we’ll feel hollow
2.) we’ll feel lethargic
3.) we will not grow to become like Christ

Posted June 17, 2014 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Cell Group, Sermon

Birthday Celebration June 2014

Yaaaaayyyy! Celebrated my birthday last week! Received plenty presents and had a good fellowship with friends too!

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Birthday cake during CG meeting. Very nice one from Bengawan Solo.
There was this biscuit ice cream too!

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Had dinner after church service on Saturday.
My CG dispersed after the service, so I had dinner with another CG.
Nam Nam. A very nice Vietnamese food at Raffles City.

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Surprise!!! They got a cheese cake for me!! So nice of them!!

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A birthday present from a friend in the bookstore ministry.
Gonna read this next month! Winking smile

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Waaaaahhhhh! An exclusive watch from Armani Exchange.
Birthday present from CG. Praise the LORD!!!

Posted June 16, 2014 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Birthday

KINDNESS: A UNIVERSAL LANGUAGE

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by Serina Perera

We can all afford to exercise little kindness towards others each day.
Kindness Day SG falls on May 30-why not make the whole month of May Kindness Month.

The world we live in has grown increasingly stressful through the years.
There are deadlines to meet, meetings to attend, deals to close, money to earn…
And time is almost never on our side. What that leaves us with is a society characterized by a high level of impatience and a low level of tolerance.

Deep in our hearts and at the back of our minds, we intend to be kind, patient and understanding…
but the hustle and bustle of life often gets the better of us.

The Bible reveals the secret to being kind- 1 John 3:18 (NKJV) says,
“… let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and truth.”
We have to practice being kind (doing the deed) until it becomes second nature-truth-to us.

We all have differing personalities and backgrounds. While being kind and tolerant is easy for some, it is a real challenge for others.
As Christians, we are called to develop the fruit of the Spirit, including kindness and patience; and fruit is cultivated by choice.
Yes, we can choose to be kind! We just have to practice until it comes easily to us.

“But I don’t want to be a doormat for others to trample upon!”
“Why should benefit others at the expense of myself or my family?”
“Am I not entitled as well?”
Such thoughts often flash through our minds just as we are deciding to exercise kindness.

But the Word of God is one step ahead!

Proverbs 11:17 (MSG) says that when “you’re kind to others, you help yourself.”
The TLB version of the same Bible verse says that “your soul is nourished when you are kind.”
The NKJV version says, “The merciful man does good for his own soul.”

We often think that when we are kind to others, they benefit at our expense.
But that is the farthest from truth.
Being kind, exercising patience and tolerance enriches our own life and makes living meaningful-for others and even more so for ourselves.

Kindness is a gift that keeps on giving, and passes from one person to another.
It grows into respect in how we treat people on a daily basis.

Kindness is something achievable, but it has to start with us. And there’s no better place than to begin at home.
In line with Kindness Day SG on May 30 (kindness.sg), let’s make the month of May a month
where we consciously make an effort to be kind, friendly, tolerant and show preference to one another here at City Harvest Church.

Here are some ways to spread a little kindness in church:

1. Always share a smile with someone in church. You never know if you might make a difference to someone who is having a bad day.

2. Thank and appreciate the greeter who welcomes you, or the usher who shows you to your seat.

3. Do not reserve seat for someone who is not there. Rather, give preference to those who make it a point to arrive early for service.

4. The elderly, as well as those with strollers or on the wheelchairs should always have priority when it comes to taking the elevators.

5. Lend a helping hand to children, pregnant women, the elderly or someone with a stroller when traveling up or down the escalators.

6. Be sure to walk briskly once you step off the escalators, so as to prevent the dangers of congestion.

7. Spare a thought for others! Ensure that the toilets are clean after use.

8. Dispose of your food and drink after consumption. Treat our church property/furniture as your own. Our church is our home!

9. If there is a long line of cars waiting to exit the car park, take turns to move off and always give way to others.
If someone give way to you, wave your hand and say “Thank you!”

Posted June 15, 2014 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Inflections