Archive for April 2015

CHC Trial 28, April, 2015 (Day 123-Day 2 Tranche 7)

City News 28 Apr 2015 Morning 1

http://www.citynews.sg/2015/04/city-harvest-trial-it-never-crossed-my-mind-that-what-we-did-could-be-illegal-says-wee/

It is good to hear more and more clarification.
Sometimes, the detail is not always recorded in the email, most likely because it is communicated directly.
For examples, Serina mentioned “Nothing left for any bidding project” and “arbitrary figure”.
Anyone without the knowledge of the detail can easily misunderstand her for a wrongdoing.
After all this clarification, there seems to be nothing wrong at all.

A reminder: give people the benefit of doubt when things look unusual. Ask for clarification before concluding anything.

CHC Trial 27, April, 2015 (Day 122-Day 1 Tranche 7)

City News 27 Apr 2015 Morning 1City News 27 Apr 2015 Morning 2

City News 27 Apr 2015 Afternoon 1

http://www.citynews.sg/2015/04/city-harvest-trial-wahju-hanafi-asked-me-to-keep-track-of-funds-for-the-crossover-project-says-wee/

The longer this trial gets, the clearer it is to me that prosecution’s case is getting weaker and weaker.
That Firna bond, for instance. Prosecution say it is sham.
However, Serina kept track of Wahju’s money whereas Firna kept track of CHC’s money.
How can it be sham then? If it is sham, the leaders would be shooting themselves as the auditors could see the flow of money too.

All the best, Serina!

Dinner After Service 18, April, 2015

A very late post.
Yet, it is still a good idea to celebrate moment by moment of togetherness with cg people.
And so, we had it at Astons (again).

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Somehow, the group was split into two: my left and my right.
The people on my right talked about foods and selfie photos.
The people on my left, well, I can’t remember what we talked about.
Nevertheless….

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We were united in talking about souvenirs from Taiwan and Japan.
Thanks, Conan and Jass!

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Group photo we took.
A reminder to self: need to take photo with them as often as possible.

Posted April 28, 2015 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Cell Group, Food

Pastor Kong’s Sermon 18, April, 2015

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ENJOY.

Is it alright to pursue happiness? The pursuit is even enshrined in national pledge.
Money only affects so much in life.

Ecclesiastes 3:12-13
If we can, we should find enjoyment. In the state of pleasure and satisfaction. God doesn’t want Christians to be without satisfaction.
Matt 11:19
Lord Jesus enjoyed life.
John 2:10
Real wine. Strong drink. God isn’t against us drinking, He is against us getting drunk.
Lord Jesus wanted the wedding celebration to be fun.
Luke 5:29-30
Banquet: Social gathering with food, drink and entertainment.
Luke 14:13-14
He had no problem with party. Nevertheless, even in the midst party, He was spiritual. The happier we are, the easier for God to touch us.
Luke 15:22-23
Our Heavenly Father gave a great party.
While we obey God, we should enjoy it too. Lord Jesus was criticized as drunkard and glutton even though He was not one.
Even little children liked to draw near to Him as He was good with kids.

Proverbs 8:27, 30
Delight. Enjoyment. Pleasure. Rejoicing. Laughing. Playing. What is His delight? To share His joys with us all while we are alive.
Psalms 16:11
God invented pleasure, not Satan. God commanded us to celebrate.
Matt 25:21
Master Jesus wanted to celebrate even though the servant’s work load increased.
Lord Jesus knew His destination and was focused on His ministry.
Luke 13:33, Luke 19:28
It is not just destination. It is about the journey too. Lord Jesus still preached along the journey and enjoyed company of Mary, Martha, Lazarus and Zaccheus. Lord Jesus knew persecution was coming.
Gal 5:1
We stand firm in the freedom He has given.

How to enjoy?

1. Engage with positive people.
Spend time with people I like. More social support, the happier we are. The ability to love and to be loved is what makes us happy.

2. Nurture.
Happy people are busy but not feeling stressed. God wants us to be productive.
We should be nurturing our strength so our hardwork doesn’t become burden.

3. Jesus.
Jesus is the center of our joy. John 15:11, John 16:22
The joy of the Lord is our strength. The closer we are to Jesus, the happier we are.
We should be conscious of Him always, we should spend time talking to Jesus.

4. Others
When there is purpose, we become healthier. Happiness: Pleasure + significance.

5. Yourself.
We mustn’t feel guilty loving ourselves. We should forgive ourselves.
Our physical well being is important. Soul: Perhaps we should listen to music.

You can purchase his sermon here:
http://www.theinkroom.com.sg/digital/http-sermon-weekly-english-s3-amazonaws-com-2015-18-life-part6-enjoy-kh-mp3.html

Receiving and Letting Go

Job had great wealth and wonderful family.
Yet, in one day, his wealth and family was forcefully taken away from him.
Such a great loss.
In the midst of grief, he uttered one powerful statement.

The LORD gave.
The LORD hath taken away.
Blessed be the name of the LORD

As Christians, there are times when God seemingly blesses us something… Only for it to leave us a few moments later.
For whatever reason, it leaves us.
When it happens, can we still say the same thing as Job?

Job’s wealth and family were indeed restored to him in the end.
However, he didn’t know all this restoration in the beginning.
Similarly, even when we feel much loss and grief without being able to see any restoration, can we still declare the same statement as Job?

The LORD gives and takes away.
Blessed be His name.

Posted April 25, 2015 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Thought

Pastor Kong’s Sermon 11, April, 2015

Matt 18:21-35
Seventy times seven. Unlimited number of forgiveness. There is no need to keep score.
The first servant squandered 250 million dollars. This man can never pay off his debt.

Why do we forgive?

1. Because we have been forgiven
Once we realize how much we are forgiven, we will be more gracious toward others.
Jesus has forgiven us of all our sins. We always forgive then. Col 3:13
2 Sam 16:5-13
King David surrendered his situation to God. He let Shimei alone.
It is hard to forgive when we demand justice. However, we must never avenge as God will ensure justice prevails.
2 Sam 19:23
David still forgave him.
King Solomon put Shimei in the city of refuge, a city of grace and forgiveness.
Shimei, however, went out of the city. The king then executed him.

2. Unforgiveness brings torment.
Matt 18:34
Tormentor. When we do not forgive, we will enter into invisible chamber of torture. Emotional and physiological prison.
Job 21:23, 25
We should let it go. The moment we forgive, we walk out of that chamber.

3. Because we will need forgiveness in future.
We must forgive from our heart. It is not just lip service.
Even if the person is unrepentant, we still forgive.
We may not trust the person again. We may need to keep distance from that person. Yet, we let it go.

You can purchase his sermon here:
http://www.theinkroom.com.sg/digital/http-sermon-weekly-english-s3-amazonaws-com-2015-16-life-part5-forgive-2-mp3.html

Posted April 24, 2015 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Kong Hee, Sermon

Cg sermon 16, April, 2015

Beautitudes
Be poor in the Spirit: Always feel the lack of the things of God. We need to always ask for more revelation.
Mourn: Christian tears. Godly sorrow. We should never take God’s grace for granted.
Blessed are the meek: Meekness is the ability to control temper and mood.
Hunger and thirst for righteousness: To do the right things are never easy.

Matt 5:7
Blessed are the merciful. God is the Father of mercy. We need to show mercy.
The final piece of the furniture of the Tabernacles is the Mercy Seat.
Exo 34:5-7
To be merciful: Gracious (take it easy, cut some slack), to be longsuffering/patient (give people,time), to be kind
(to do good to people), forgiving. We need to be merciful toward others as well.
Matt 9:13, Heb 5:1-2
For us to learn mercy, we are subject to temptation and weakness. We can then sympathize with them.

Blessed are the pure in heart: The responsibility to be pure lies within us believers.
Pure heart: A heart of singleness. A heart with undivided loyalty.
Ps 86:11
Saul’s heart was divided. His obedience was halfhearted. David, on the other hand, had a heart for God.
God is looking for complete obedience. They shall see God: Experience God in remarkably clear way.
2 Chr 16:9
God definitely notices us if our heart is loyal to Him.

Posted April 23, 2015 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Cell Group, Sermon

CG Sermon 9, April, 2015

Matt 5-7
Beautitudes: Attitudes of the citizen of the kingdom of God.

1 Sam 16:7, Matt 5:1-12
The first 4 beatitudes focus on relationship with God. Beautitudes: Supreme blessedness.

1. Blessed is the poor in spirit.
Poor here doesn’t mean low self esteem. Poor here means bankrupt in the inside.
Based on our own merit, we are poor in the inside. Hence, we rely on God.
Poor also means we are desperate enough to have daily personal encounter with God.
Phil 3:10
Not just to know, we should also experience God daily.

2. Blessed are those who mourn
Lord Jesus wept over the city of Jerusalem. We need to learn to mourn over our, friends’ and family’s sins.
2 Cor 7:10
Godly sorrow. We weep over our sin and we repent from it. We are not guilt conscious, we are God conscious.

3. Blessed are the meek.
Meekness isn’t weakness. Meekness is controlling emotion.
Number 12:1-3
Moses could have easily retaliated. Lord Jesus could have come down from the cross.
Matt 11:28-29
We learn meekness by staying connected with Lord Jesus.

4. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness.
We need to have appetite for the things of God. Without appetite, we will not have the strength to walk with God.

Posted April 22, 2015 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Cell Group, Sermon

CHC Trial 17, April, 2015 (Day 121-Day 33 Tranche 6)

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City News 17 April 2015 Afternoon 1

http://www.citynews.sg/2015/04/city-harvest-trial-everything-done-must-be-in-interest-of-chc-advised-auditor/

According to prosecution, Serina Wee should have consulted a lawyer when it came to legality of the bond instead of just relying on auditor Foong Daw Ching.
Hmmm, it now boils down to Foong Daw Ching himself.
Serina asked him if the bond was legal.
Did Foong tell Serina to consult a lawyer?
If yes, then prosecution had a point.
If no, then prosecution should not have charged her with wrong doing since she really had no idea she was obligated to consult a lawyer.

Just like Pastor Tan, I really believe Serina will do just fine ~~~

CHC Trial 16, April, 2015 (Day 120-Day 32 Tranche 6)

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http://www.citynews.sg/2015/04/city-harvest-trial-auditors-knew-about-had-no-issue-with-chc-staff-handling-xtron-matters-says-finance-manager/

And so, it was the first day of Serina Wee taking the stand.
She elaborated on some practices which may look unusual like preparing minutes of meeting even when there was no meeting.
Perhaps in days to come she will also elaborate about the back dating of some of the minutes?
Anyway, jiayou, Serina!