Archive for June 2014

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

Pastor Phil Pringle’s Sermon 7, June, 2014

It isn’t difficult situation that makes us perish. We perish when we lose vision.
Discouragement makes us look down. Guilty makes us avoid eye contact.
God gives us vision to see bigger thing than our present. The devil will come with bad imagination to discourage us.
A vision is where we are going

John 4:35
Lift up your eyes
We may not see high or far enough. But, Lord Jesus asked us to lift up our eyes.
The context of this verse: Lord Jesus had a conversation with a woman by the well.
She eventually started the revival in her city.
The disciples came and were surprised by the conversation. Lord Jesus told them to lift up their eyes to see the harvest.

1 Cor 10:24
1.) We see others too for their well being.

2.) We see positive
Heb 12:1-2
No matter how difficult the situation is, we should see Jesus. We should stop looking at problems.
Ps 5:3
When we pray, we look up.

3.) See a new perspective
There is always opportunity accompanied with problems. Sometimes a  good thing can come out of a bad thing.

4.) See God your source
Phil 4:19
Mark 6:35-44
John 6:5-6
God takes our finance, blesses it and returns it to us abundantly.

5.) See bigger
Gen 13:14-16
What we can see, God can bring into our lives.

6.) see abundance
Gen 15:5
When we lift up our eyes toward God, we discover limitless possibilities.

7.) See transformation
Gen 31:12
Our vision can transform the world.

8.) See unashamed
Ps 3:1-3
There are days we can’t lift up our head. God comes and lifts us up.
Rm 8:30-34
God is for us, He is on our side.

You can purchase his sermon here:
http://www.theinkroom.com.sg/http-sermon-weekly-english-s3-amazonaws-com-2014-25-liftupyoureyes-pp-mp3.html

Posted June 11, 2014 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Phil Pringle, Sermon

Gugu’s Birthday Celebration 8, June, 2014

Yeah! Another birthday celebration in the family!!!
A good thing of having a big god-relatives: plenty birthday celebration and happy occasion.

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I did a good job by stuffing some of them into my tummy.

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Very yummy birthday cake from Bakerzin. The mango syrup was really thick and sweet!!!

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I have a very biiiiig relatives. Hmm, I shall remember their names too ~ ~ ~ ~

Posted June 10, 2014 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Family, Food

Dinner After Service 7, June, 2014

Another dinner time with CG after service.
We went to Menzo Butao Marina Square and ordered ramen there.
It was my first time tasting ramen since I had eaten udon before.

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Guess which one is my ramen????

Posted June 9, 2014 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Cell Group, Food

Irony of Furtherance of the Gospel

An insightful message from Pastor Tan Ye Peng during the Bible Study on the book Philippians.
Apostle Paul was in house arrest. He heard many trouble regarding the churches in different regions.
So, he wrote letters to the churches to address those issues.

Now, I really believe Apostle Paul’s house arrest was not God’s initiative.
It sounds more like the devil was preventing Apostle Paul from doing mission.
Yet, somehow God turned it into good, furthering the sake of the gospel.
An irony. Really an irony.
If Apostle Paul had not been in house arrest, he would have come to those churches and solving their problems face to face.
However, if that had been the case, he would not have the Epistles in the Bible.
Because of the house arrest, we have Epistles now.

God can reverse the devil’s plan for Apostle Paul.
Similarly, whatever bad situation now, God can turn it into something good.
A wonderful irony.

Hmm, when will God turn the situation around for CHC leaders during this trying time…?
Soon, hopefully.

Posted June 8, 2014 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Sermon, Tan Ye Peng, Thought