Archive for February 2015

Chinese New Year 22, February, 2015

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After a few days of celebration of the New Year with my god-relatives, finally I had Chinese New Year celebration with friends!!
Had a sumptuous dinner a few moments ago at Hougang.
Luckily we chose Ala Carte instead of set meal. We managed to save about 6 dollars per person.
Nice food and fantastic fellowship.
Not to mention we were the noisiest due to the following video.

Glad to have a superb celebration these past few days Open-mouthed smile Open-mouthed smile

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Posted February 23, 2015 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Food, Friends

Book Review XXV: When God Writes Your Love Story

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You continue to get your heart broken because you are holding the pen of your life and trying to write your own story.
I am the Author of true love. I am the Creator of romance. I know your heart’s every desire.
I want to script a beautiful tale just for you, but first you must give the pen to Me.
You must let Me become the center of your existence.
You must let Me have total control of your love life and every other area of your life as well.

– God speaking to Leslie –

I bought this book a few months ago during church anniversary sale. Hadn’t read this book until last December.
When I read the first few pages, I was skeptical.
What will happen if I surrender the pen to God? When will God show me the right one?
What if God matches me with someone whom i do not like? What if God wants me to stay single for the rest of my life?
It turns out that I am not the only who struggled with these questions. The authors themselves initially struggled.
Yet, in the end each of them said the following prayer even before they met each other.

"I’m willing, almighty God, to be single if that’s what You desire for me.
And, Lord, if You desire me to someday get married, then the next girl I date and give my heart to
will be the one You show me is to be my wife!"
– Eric –

"Lord, it’s so hard to give my love life to You. I desperately want to hold on to it and do things my way.
Yet, I know You are asking me to lay it in Your hands, to let You take charge of it. So, now, I give it to You.
No matter what You choose to do with this area of my life, even if it’s something I never would have chosen for myself,
I give it to You. Do with me what You will. I am Yours."

– Leslie –

Surrendering the pen to God is just the initial step. It doesn’t mean that we passively wait until God brings the right one.
We need to let God write our entire life story.
So, instead of inserting God in our planning, we need to let God be the center of our lives and build our lives around Him.
We can start doing so by surrendering our interests to God. Our interests may not be wrong in themselves.
However, we should be careful not let interest take God’s place.
More importantly, we should devote time and effort to know God more through meditating on His word, serving His people
and reaching out to the lost. As a result, we will experience His peace: we will truly delight in Him.

Before God shows us the right partner, He is more interested in molding our character.
There are a few things we can improve on ourselves before He does so:
– As singles, do we have a good intimacy with God? Is God truly the source of our happiness?
– As singles, do we have a good relationship with our parents and siblings?
If we don’t have it, most likely we will not have a happy marriage life in the future.
Ladies, the way you treat your fathers and brothers will be the way you treat your husbands.
Gentlemen, the way you treat your mothers and sisters will be the way you rreat your wives.
– As singles, do we have a good money and hygiene management?
Do we have some practical life skills such as doing housework, basic manners and respect?
– As singles, do we have good accountability with more spiritually mature Christians?
– As singles, do we compromise in sin, especially the area of sexuality?
God forbids premarital sex to protect us from heartache and to enable us to enjoy His highest and best.

Waiting and following God’s leading can be painful, especially when God seems to delay in bringing the right partner to us.
However, we should not snatch back the pen which we have surrendered to God.
We should keep believing that God is interested in this area of romance.
He went all the way to redeem us from sin through Lord Jesus’ blood. Certainly, He will not leave us high and dry in romance.

Some have compromised their sexual integrity.
We need to understand that God does not take any sin lightly, no matter how small it is.
At the same time, we need to understand that His forgiveness is available to us and we should stop sinning.

Letting God write our love story does not end on the wedding day.
Some say romance dies down a few years into marriage.
However, when God writes our lives story, romance will never fade away through ups and downs of marriage life.

What do we do if we are attracted to an opposite gender? Following are the steps recommended by Eric:
– Don’t be in a hurry.
God is still molding your character and that person’s. If that person isn’t meant for us, God will simply close the door.
– Pray about it.
It isn’t just a casual bedtime prayer. We should really seek God’s will.
– Ask counsel from spiritually more mature Christians.
They can impart some divine wisdom to us.
– Ladies should let the gentlemen do the chasing.
That way, the gentlemen will learn to treasure the ladies.
As for the gentlemen, they should pace their chasing wisely. Otherwise, they will scare the ladies away.

In closing, how do we know if that person is Mr. or Miss Right?
"Ask God," Leslie suggested.
After all, He is the One who writes our love story.

(You can purchase this book at The Ink Room)

Posted February 22, 2015 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Book Review

Lunch After Service 22, February, 2015

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Sunday service today. The only church service during Chinese New Year weekend.
The hall was really packed as it was combined services of 2 English and 1 Chinese services.
After attending church service, we had lunch at…. Burger Bar!
Their serving of patty is really thick and big. Really value for money!
Most likely we will go there again as we are guaranteed free fries upon the next burger purchase.
Stay tuned!

Posted February 22, 2015 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Cell Group, Food

Church Service-Ah Boys to Men Frogmen 22, February, 2015

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A special performance by the cast of Ah Boys to Men 3 Frogmen!!!
We are lucky to have Jack Neo as our church member.
So, this morning the guys from his latest movie sang on the stage.
Soon, Pastor Kong interviewed Jack and the cast.
Not sure what they were talking about as they spoke in Chinese.
After the service, there was a special phototaking session with the cast of the movie.
It was a super looooong queue.
I did not join the queue, though Smile with tongue out Smile with tongue out Smile with tongue out
All the best for the coming movies, Jack!!!

Chinese New Year 20, February, 2015

Another family reunion on Friday!
I came late as I had stuff to do at home before reaching the venue.
Once I reached there….

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Yummy steamboat was waiting for me!!! I ate a lot.
The soup was more sour than spicy. Yesh!
More importantly, there was…

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family photo taking session!!! Well, good thing I was there so could take photos for them ~~~
(since I am not directly part of the Leow family Smile with tongue outSmile with tongue outSmile with tongue out)

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Congratulate me, everyone. Not a bad income during this season.

Posted February 22, 2015 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Family, Food

Pastor Kong’s Sermon 14, February, 2015

Eph 5:25
The love Lord Jesus gives us is the model we love others.
We can see His love through His last 7 sentences on the Cross.

1.) Love forgives. Jesus forgives.
Judas Iscariot betrayed Him. Peter denied Him. The people chose a criminal rather than Him. (Luke 23:24)
For any relationship to work, we need to forgive. We should not store the offense into our memory.
So, we won’t retaliate. Every time we rehearse the offense, we commit emotional suicide.
Job 18:4, Mark 11:25
It is not that we act like nothing happened. We simply move on with life.

2.) Love assures. Jesus assures.
Luke 23:39-43
Lord Jesus assures the repentant criminal they would be in paradise.
1 Cor 13:7
Love is ready to make allowances
Bear all things: Cover with roof.
Love shelters. Loving people cover. Unloving people expose.
Rm 15:7
Love accepts but not approves.

3.) Love honors. Jesus honors.
4 people stood beneath the cross.
John 19:26
Lord Jesus entrusted His mother (Mary) to John.
Exodus 20:12
Two blessings: God gives us the land and long age to enjoy the land. To honor: To esteem others better than ourselves.
Proverb 20:20
We must never demean parents and spouse in public.

4.) Love perseveres. Jesus perseveres.
Matt 27:46
The pain of separation between the Father and the Son was so unbearable.
Perseverance can be passive or active.
While waiting for God’s intervention, we do our best to prosper where we are planted. Love never gives up.

5.) Love communicates. Jesus communicates.
John 19:28
Communication is the key to intimacy. We should be honest to others.

6.) Love believes.
John 19:30
He believed everything needed for salvation was done. He trusted the Father.
1 Cor 13:7
The more love we have, the more faith we have.

7.) Love commits. Jesus commits
Luke,23:46
Jesus committed even His final breath to the Father.

Marriage is built on 3 things:
– passion: Intense longing for union.
– intimacy: The desire to know and be known.
– commitment: The decision to remain steadfast.

Passion alone gives infatuation.
Intimacy alone gives friendship.
Commitment alone gives empty love.

Passion+intimacy= romance.
Passion+commitment= shallow love
Intimacy+commitment=companionship.

We need the three of them.

Posted February 21, 2015 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in City Harvest Church, Kong Hee, Sermon

CG Sermon 12, February, 2015

Throughout our lives, we will see His goodness.
We need to be resolute:

Step 1: To hear God’s voice.
Step 2: In spiritual disciplines.
Step 3: To hold fast to our confession
Step 4: To draw near in boldness.
Step 5: To be spiritually mature.

Heb 10:19-22
Step 6: Be resolute to draw near to God Himself.
The presence of God is represented by the Holy of Hollies. We need to meet God there, to know the Blesser.
We need to commune with God with our heart, not just our head. We simply open our hearts to Him.
Full assurance of faith: We come with faith in God’s faithfulness. Even when we are faithless, He remains faithful.
God always accepts us every time we draw near to Him.
Having our hearts sprinkled from evil conscience: God can speak through our conscience.
Our bodies are washed with pure water. Pure water speaks of God’s word.

Heb 10:23
Step 7: Be resolute to keep confessing the promises.
We should not waver in confessing the word as the devil will come and attack us.

1 Tim 6:12
Fight the good faith. As we speak God’s word, we activate the sword of the Spirit. The word we say is important.

Posted February 21, 2015 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Cell Group, Sermon