Archive for June 2017

Bishop Dale Bronner’s Sermon 24, June, 2017 Look at The Birds

Matt 6:25-34
Part of the sermon on the mount.
Lord Jesus told us to look at the birds.
We must never worry. If God takes care of birds, He takes care of us even more as we are more precious to Him than birds.
No matter what we issue we face, God is saying, “I have got you.”

Birds don’t stress.
Birds get up early.
They find foods for their young.
They live carefree life. God who fed them yesterday is the same God who feeds them today.

Whenever we feel stress, it is a call to prayer.

Birds don’t stress over time!
Whenever we have deadline, we feel stress over time.
Time is subjective.
Time is slow when we are waiting.
Time is fast when we are late.

Birds self sacrifice for their young.

Consider the ants.
They moved the speck of dirt little by little until they build ant mound.
A little begins the process.
Little prayer begins the process of prayer.
Little talk about Jesus.
Little porn begins the process of porn addiction.
Little alcohol begins the process of alcoholism.
We must be diligent in whatever God calls us to do.

Don’t expect to possess the promise if you cannot embrace the process.
We won’t possess what we don’t pursue.
A desire without discipline becomes a delusion.
Success does not happen overnight. It happens over time.

The greatest enemy to goal is not adversity.
It is clear path to lesser goal.

Most of our stress comes from trying to meet the expectation of others.

Relationship account for 80% of our happiness.
On death bed, people look for relationship, not  money or car or diploma certificate.
If relationship matters later, shouldn’t it matter now?

How wealthy we are is not determined by how much we have but how little we need.

Let’s take care of relationship in church. It is family of family.

When we put our cares in God’s hand, He puts His peace in our heart.

Happiness means stop worrying over things beyond our control.

There is no finish line.
We can never say, “I have finished reading the Bible.” Or “I have prayed.”

God is making glorious story in our life.
However, just like any other act, there are enemies along the way.
Nevertheless, all things, good and bad, work together for our good.

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Posted June 28, 2017 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Dale C. Bronner, Sermon

Lunch Connexion 26, June, 2017

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Fantastic guild meet up yesterday! Thanks, Clara and Darren, for organizing it.
Enjoyed Gyoza at Plaza Singapura.
Caught up with them about life too.
In particular, I advised one participant not to do sales as sales job does not match that person’s personality.

See ya in the next guild meet up!

Posted June 27, 2017 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in City Connexion

Men’s Meeting 23, June, 2017 Bishop Dale Bronner

God did great things for us in the past.
Nevertheless, He is not done yet.
He is going to do even greater things in our lives now.

Past does not define us.
Past prepares us.
We develop perspective even if we made mistakes in the past.

If we have not known sorrow, we would not know joy.
Failure teaches us much more than success.

Power is in where we have been, where we have wrestled.
Moses’ power was when he he had been with God before the burning bush, not when he met Pharaoh.

Our evangelism must be based on the seeds we sow, not the harvest.
In the whole plan of God, our assignment may be to sow or to water.

Our power is in the place of prayer, where we have been.
The devil discourages us from praying, for example, by sending us sleepiness.

Our power is in the place of pain.
God won’t do through us what He can’t do in us.
Our ministry flows from our past.
There are people who just like we were whom we can minister to.

We must never lose appetite for prayer or for the word of God.
Are the people around us stimulating or suppressing our appetite?

When we fall on our knees in prayer, it stabilizes our lives.
The devil makes us so busy on our feet that we may forget to fall on our knees.
Anxiety, frustration and stress are actually call to prayer.

Stay honest.
Give a man power and we will know his character.

Stay hungry. Stay humble. Stay honest.

The Shunemite woman built a room and placed furniture for Elisha.
Table = place of food and fellowship.
Bed = place of rest.
Chair = place to study.
Lamp = light of the Holy Spirit that we may understand the Bible.

Change our lives by changing our HAT: Habit-Association-Thought

Habit
Secret of succes is found in our daily routine.

Association
Our life is the average of 5 people closest to us.
Is God the closest among those 5?
Don’t just change action without changing association.

Thought.
One God-thought can change our lives forever.

Jabez was more honorable than his brothers.
Jabez = he who causes pain.
Jabez’ mother called him ‘pain in the neck’ all the pain.
Rachel had painful childbirth. She named the baby Ben Oni (son of my pain).
Jacob refused the name. He named the baby Benjamin (son of my strength).

Abrakadabra = I create while I speak.
Words create.
We are made in the image of God.
Since God creates, we too can create.
Lord Jesus said we can have what we say.

When God blesses us, 
Blessing does not stop when we lose job.
Blessing does not mean exemption from problem.
Blessing does not depend on where we are.

Prayer of Jabez:
Enlarge territory = opportunity 
The hand of God with us = hand of favor.
Keep me from evil = not keep evil from me. God does not remove evil.
Yet, God strengthens us to overcome evil.
Bless me = do something great in me.

We cannot export what we cannot produce.

Let this be our prayer:
God, transform something in my heart.

Posted June 26, 2017 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Dale C. Bronner, Sermon

Prayer Life: Lesson from Incense

Exodus 30

“Aaron shall burn on it sweet incense every morning; when he tends the lamps, he shall burn incense on it. And when Aaron lights the lamps at twilight, he shall burn incense on it, a perpetual incense before the Lord throughout your generations.”
V7-8

One of the daily routine for the High Priest back then was to burn incense on the Altar of Incense.
Every morning and evening, he would use the censer/fire pan to collect hot coal from the Altar of Burnt Offering.
He then placed the burning coal on the Altar of Incense and added incense powder onto it.
The burnt incense produced sweet smelling aroma which filled the entire room.

And the Lord said to Moses: “Take sweet spices, stacte and onycha and galbanum, and pure frankincense with these sweet spices; there shall be equal amounts of each.
And you shall beat some of it very fine, and put some of it before the Testimony in the tabernacle of meeting where I will meet with you. It shall be most holy to you.”
V34, 36

Of particular interest was the incense.
It was mixture of stacte, onycha, galbanum and frankincense ground into fine powder.
In the Bible, incense represents prayer (Psalm 141:2).

What lesson can we learn from incense that we may have a great prayer life?

Leaving aside stacte and onycha as their exact identity is not known, we can learn from galbanum and frankincense.
How do we get incense from galbanum and frankincense?
First, part of the plant has to be slashed or cut down. Then, the resin will ooze out and harden.
This hardened resin is often called “tear”.

Now, a plant does not have nervous system to register tissue damage as pain.
Nevertheless, let us imagine for a moment: if the plant could speak and feel, wouldn’t it scream in pain when it is slashed or cut down?

What does it have to do with our prayer life?

Many times when life is smooth and easy, we tend to slack in our prayer.
Or perhaps, we may stop praying altogether as we are too busy with life.
God may then allow us experience hardship that we may stir up our prayer life.
The hardship can be so painful that we even pray in “tears”
Difficulty can be God’s way of reminding us to pray, and pray more earnestly.

“You shall not offer strange incense on it, or a burnt offering, or a grain offering; nor shall you pour a drink offering on it.”
V9

God ordered Israelites to prepare the right kind of incense.
He clearly forbid strange incense which could mean incense with the wrong or missing composition or if there was a strange ingredient on the incense.

Just like God forbid and would not accept strange incense, there are prayers which God will not accept.
While there maybe various reasons for that, one absolute reason God will not heed prayer is when we mix our prayer life with sinful life (Ps 66:18).

How is our prayer life?
Do we pray earnestly?
Do we pray out of pure heart?

Posted June 25, 2017 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Verse of the Day

Dinner Connexion 20, June, 2017

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(thanks, An Xian, for this marvellous photo!)

Another awesome guild gathering!!
Great dinner at Just Acia Dhoby Ghaut.
Since the group is really big, I gotta spend more time to get to know the members better.
Talked about PCF kids and their study life.
Conclusion? Tuition center is an amazing business idea!

See ya in the next outing! :D

Posted June 24, 2017 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in City Connexion

Pastor Aries’ Sermon 17, June, 2017

Father’s Day.

We often neglect father’s day as compared to mother’s day.
Father’s day is only a day. Fatherhood is lifetime.

There is need for father and mother to work together at home.
In Heroes of Faith, we read about Isaac.
He entered into the hall of Faith list

Heb 11:20
Isaac’s great act of faith was nothing spectacular.
He simply became a good father for his two sons.
Jacob and Esau were not easy children.
Jacob was swindler, Esau was masculine and temperamental.

Father, you are a hero of faith by believing the best for your family and children.
Your children need you to believe in them.

Two areas father needs to believe.

Father needs to believe in himself.
Many fathers are intimidated by the responsibility of fatherhood.
Some fathers see themselves as losers.
However, do our children  see us the same way as we see ourselves?

Many men feel they have failed as fathers hence they do not exercise their authority as fathers.
Children see their parents as father and mother, not husband and wife.
Even if the couple is divorced, father should not stop being a father, unless the father is physically or emotionally abusive.
Their criticism of you comes from immaturity and not their real self.

Every father needs to believe in his children.
If God Heavenly Father can believe in us, fathers should believe in their children.
God has not stopped working, hence fathers should continue believing.
Children see fathers as authority figure.
Children feel mothers love children no matter what.
Children feel they have to earn love from dad’s

Fathers are great figures in the eyes of children.
Hence, more than anyone else, children want to please their fathers.
Father’s influence for good in children’s life is enormous
Children are watching fathers, studying fathers’ body language and words.

Children are shaped by both the presence and absence of fathers
Don’t give up.
Just because you think you are not a good husband, does not qualify you from becoming a good father.

Abraham made a mistake by sleeping with Hagar to help God, he did not pray.
Abraham must have regretted his mistake.
Nevertheless, he passed on the lesson to Isaac.
Hence, when Rebecca was barren, Isaac prayed instead of helping God.

Your children are looking for a model of quiet strength, calm confidence and self control.

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Posted June 22, 2017 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Aries Zulkarnain, Sermon

Learning Katakana!!

Finished learning Katakana!! Awesome!!
JapanesePod101 is really a superb resource to study Japanese.
So, readers, if you want to learn Katakana too, do check out these videos, ok?
Enjoy!! ^_____^

Posted June 21, 2017 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in JapanesePod101, Video