Archive for July 2016

July Birthday Dinner Connexion 27, July, 2016

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(Thanks, Jeronn, for the fantastic photo!)

Awesome dinner time with the awesome Connexion members!!!
Early this month there was dinner outing. On Wednesday we had another one.
Olive Vine Marina Square. Close enough to church.
After sharing about life, we… celebrated birthday!!
Nancy and Jason, happy belated birthday!!

Stay tuned! More exciting outing in the upcoming months!!

Posted July 29, 2016 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Birthday, City Connexion

Measuring Up to God’s Love

"Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.”
– (1 Cor 13:4-7) –

A familiar passage.
Yet, there is another way of reading this passage. 
What will happen if we change "love" with our respective name? 
Can we recite the same passage out loud with our name in there?

[Name] is patient
[Name] is kind
[Name] is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude
[Name] does not demand its own way
[Name] is not irritable
[Name] keeps no record of being wronged
[Name] does not rejoice about injustice
[Name] rejoices when the truth wins out
[Name] never gives up
[Name] never loses faith
[Name] is always hopeful
[Name] endures through every circumstance

From such recital, we can ask ourselves.
How is the progress of our Christlikeness so far?

Posted July 28, 2016 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Verse of the Day

Pastor Bobby’s Sermon 23, July, 2016

1 Pet 2:9
We are chosen and made holy for God that we may declare His praises.
We do not just wait to return to heaven.
To be servants of God, the prerequisite is holiness.

Heb 12:14
Priests are holy. Without holiness, no one can see God.
The greatest privilege of priest is the presence of God.

Genesis 2:1-3, Exodus 20:8-10
God made the 7th day holy.
The first day until the the 5th day was declared good. The sixth day was declared very good.
The seventh day was made holy. God stopped from all His busyness.
Holiness was first related to a day. It is about time, not about what to do and not to do.
When we set apart certain time to pray or quiet time, that is our holy moment.
It is not about which day is holy day.

Why is holy moment important?
Gen 2:3. 1:22, 1:28
God blessed the animals with power to procreate.
God blessed humans with power to procreate and dominion.
Whenever we have our holy quiet moment, God blesses us with power and authority.
Without God’s blessing, we will labor in vain.
Holiness is power.

When king David was in trouble, he spent holy moment with God.
Ps 27:12-14, 37:7-9
We rest in the LORD and give God time.
When we do quiet time, something happens in the realm of the spirit.

Isaiah 40:29-31
Those who wait = those who do quiet time.
When we come to the holy moment, life + power + authority from God comes.
Spiritual transaction happens.

Success in life is not achieved by human ability.
It is  God’s grace.

Work = Melakhah.
An act which shows man’s mastery over the world by constructive exercise of his intelligence and skill.
We should not forget that God is the One who gives life and sustains us.
Without God, we would have been RIP a long time ago.

Ex 16:3-5, 19-20, 23-30
The people first did not believe. They kept until morning. It turned bad.
On the sixth day, they kept until morning. It did not turn bad.
On the seventh day, there was no bread. Yet, some people still tried to find bread.
Lesson here: the power is in the Provider of the bread, not in the bread.
If we follow bread, we may not find bread.

There are spectacular times during quiet time.
But, at other times, quiet time goes per normal.
Nevertheless, we should still appreciate quiet time.

The second time the concept of holiness was mentioned was Exo 3.
Moses lived for 40 years in Egypt. One day he killed an Egyptian.
He ran away for his life. He lived another 40 years as a shepherd.
Ex 3:2-5
On the 80th year of his life, he encountered God.
He was busy at work. Yet, he turned aside to see a burning bush.
It was a holy ground as God manifested His presence.

Where God is, there is holiness. Holiness has to do with place.
When the presence of God manifests in our heart, we become holy vessel.
When the presence of God manifests in our home, it becomes holy ground.

We give God place.

To surrender sandal means we surrender our man-made stuffs.
Pro 3:5-6
We give place to God in our eyes, ears, mouth, feet and hands.
We learn to surrender our family, business and ministry to the LORD.
When God shows up, there is conferment of power and authority.

Ex 32:4, 33:2-3, 15-16
Israel kicked God out of the camp.They did not want God.
However, Moses would rather have God than the promised land.

The reason of our success is God alone.
We need to remember the Sabbath and keep it holy.
We are royal priesthood unto the LORD.

Posted July 27, 2016 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Bobby Chaw, Sermon

Disciplining The Mind

“But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.”
– 1 Cor 9:27 (NKJV) –

Let us first put aside the meaning of disqualification.
Here we see apostle Paul disciplined his body and brought it to subjection.
We can learn the same thing too from him: disciplining our body.
That includes disciplining our mind too.

Have we encountered this before?
In the midst of prayer or quiet time or worship session, all of sudden our mind wanders around.
Imagine this, we already start to sense God as we pray in the Spirit… then suddenly our mind wanders to food, work problem, relationship issue, money, email or text messages we have not replied or any other worries.
Before we know it, we lose focus and cannot sense God anymore.

It does not mean we do not bring our burdens to the LORD at all.
It simply means there are times we must not be distracted by the burdens.
When it is the time, we can talk to the LORD about the burdens and still sense Him.

Part of disciplining the mind is to ensure we are not distracted by these burdens when it is not the time to think about them.
How can we do that? By meaning what we say and saying what we mean.

Prayer must never be a mere chant. Instead, we talk to God as if He is right in front of us.
Praise and worship must never be a mere recital of the lyrics. Instead, we can turn the lyrics into a prayer.
There are times we read the Bible casually. There are times when we study the Bible seriously and meditate word by word.

Even when the distraction arises, we must quickly halt it  and then force our mind to   return to sensing God.

Let’s discipline our mind and bring it into subjection, shall we?

Posted July 26, 2016 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Verse of the Day

More Fairy Tail Soundtracks

Latest addition to Fairy Tail soundtracks.
A good companion for my work out sessions.
Well, I need some adrenaline pump ups.

Enjoy!

My favorite at the moment!!! Fight between father and son!!

My second favorite. Somehow it is good to hear some unusual notes.

My third favorite.

And some other cool soundtracks.

 

 

 

Posted July 24, 2016 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Video

Supersteam KTV 16, July, 2016

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Time to sing your heart out! 
Time to eat to your heart’s content!
Free flow of beer!!!

Nah, didn’t get chance to sing a lot.
Nevertheless, I did eat a lot~~~

Posted July 23, 2016 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Work

Patience and Soft Speech

“Patience can persuade a prince, and soft speech can break bones.”
– Proverb 25:15 (NLT) –

The Spirit fruit of patience.
How should one cultivate this particular Spirit fruit? It is through waiting.

Many times we need to wait until God’s promise comes to pass.
As a human being, we have our own timing.
However, God is the Creator and He has His own timing too.
We should follow His timing, not the other way round.
Trying to rush God to follow our timing is the same as trying to make ourselves more superior than God.
Ridiculous, isn’t it? Yet many times we do rush God.

In times of peace, waiting for God to move is one thing.
In times of suffering and persecution for Christ’s sake, waiting for God is completely different thing!
We need patience all the more!
What is patience? Long suffering.
In other words, we are willing to suffer long until God sends help.

We need to wait too when it comes to love.
”Do not stir up nor awaken love until it pleases” (Songs 2:7)
But, let’s talk about it some other time.

Soft speech. Being tactful.
It is about what we say (i.e. choice of words) and how we say it (i.e. gesture).
We need to be wise with choice of words as some words may carry double meaning.
In addition, at times body language speaks louder than words.

In the midst of heated argument, we need to practice soft speech the most.
Certainly, replying harsh word with harsh word is not gonna do any good.
In contrast, replying harsh word with soft speech is like pouring water onto fire.
Soft speech can break bones. It can melt even a hardened heart.

With God’s help, we can definitely develop patience and soft speech.

Posted July 21, 2016 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Verse of the Day

When God Stops The Blessing

“Do you like honey? Don’t eat too much, or it will make you sick!”
– Proverb 25:16 (NLT) –

Many times in the Bible, honey represents delight as it is sweet.
However, the verse above teaches that too much delight will make one sick.

Likewise, blessing from God is sweet and desirable.
However, too much blessing will make one sick.
Therefore, there are times when God refrains from blessing us.
Why does He do that? There are at least 5 possible reasons.

1. Because there may be sin in our lives

God cannot bless us when we sin. Deuteronomy 28 lists down curses God allows to happen in our lives if we disobey Him.
Now, imagine this: what would happen if God blessed us when we sin against Him?
That would mean God approved our wrongdoing.
God is love and love has to be tough. When we sin, God will definitely discipline us.
Hence, God stops His blessing that we may introspect ourselves.

2. Because we may be easily tempted by blessing

Blesser vs blessing.
Do we love God more than His blessing? Or, do we love blessing more than God?
God’s blessing must never distract us from God Himself.
God won’t bless us until we are sure we love God more than His blessing.

3. Because we may not have increased our capacity

Imagine if our capacity is 250 ml.
God will only bless us with 250 ml blessing. There is no way He will give us 1 litre blessing.
Why? Because we cannot handle additional 750 ml blessing.
In fact, that additional blessing will just create a mess in our lives.
So, how do we increase our capacity? We have body, soul and spirit capacity. We can increase our
– body capacity by exercising and staying healthy.
– soul capacity by learning new skills.
– spirit capacity by practicing spiritual disciplines (prayer, reading the Bible, etc)

4. Because it may not be the right time to bless us.

God makes everything beautiful in its time (Ecc 3:11).
Waiting is part of God’s spiritual exercise too for His children.
Abraham had to wait for 100 years before he had a son.
Why does God make us wait? Because it helps us to produce the Spirit fruit of patience.
”I wait for the LORD, my soul waits” (Psalm 130:5)

5. Because God may have other reasons

There are times when God does not give certain blessing at all due to certain reason.
It happened to apostle Paul.
He had visions after visions. In order to prevent him from pride, he was given thorn in the flesh.
He prayed 3 times. Yet, God did not take away the thorn at all.
Likewise, there may be specific reason for us individually why God never blesses us in a specific way.

Anyway, whether or not God blesses us,
let’s follow Him all the days of our lives, shall we?

Posted July 20, 2016 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Verse of the Day

Faithful Employees

“Trustworthy messengers refresh like snow in summer. They revive the spirit of their employer.”
– Proverb 25:13 (NLT) –

According to NLT Life Application Study Bible, the word ‘messenger’ can also mean ‘employee’
So, this verse highlights the importance of trustworthy employees to help their employers.

What are the criteria of trustworthy employees?
Some criteria include: they are punctual, they fulfil job description and they meet deadline.

Why should we be trustworthy employees?
Simply put, we are grateful for the job.

Let’s just face it. This year is recession year.
Many bosses try their best to bring in sales and cut cost by freezing hiring.
There are plenty job cuts all around.

Let’s imagine ourselves as jobless people.
No job means no money. No money means no hon—– never mind, let us not go there.
In short, life is tough without a job.
Thank God we are still employed.

As Christians, we are called to be a blessing.
That includes blessing our respective employer too.
How do we do that? By becoming a trustworthy staff.

Let’s bless our bosses and revive their spirit, shall we?.

Posted July 19, 2016 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Verse of the Day

Handling Criticism

“To one who listens, valid criticism is like a gold earring or other gold jewelry.”
– Proverb 25:12 (NLT) –

Criticism. Who liked to be criticized?
It directly steps on our ego.
It feels bitter. Some may even be offended due to criticism.

But some criticism are valid as they are constructive.
”Iron sharpens iron”.
We sharpen one another by offering constructive criticism.
After all, none of is perfect. All of us, without exception, have blind spots and make mistakes.
In fact, giving valid criticism is one criteria of true friends.
”Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.”

Love has to be tough.
We need to be grateful for the friends who have shown tough love to us by criticizing us constructively.

Sometimes, valid criticism comes in the form of rebuke.
Let’s compare king David and king Uzziah.
King David committed adultery and murder. Prophet Nathan rebuked him (2 Sam 12).
King Uzziah burned incense in the temple of the LORD, something he should not have done. The priest Azariah rebuked him (2 Chr 26)

How should one accept valid criticism? Through humility.
It takes humility to acknowledge our mistake and our weakness.
King David confessed his mistake.
King Uzziah became proud (2 Chr 26:16) and refused to acknowledge his mistake. The LORD punished him with leprosy.

Let’s learn from king David.
Do we have the humility to acknowledge our mistake and accept valid criticism?

Posted July 18, 2016 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Verse of the Day