Saturday, May 22, 2010

Interview with Satan

Sunday, May 16, 2010

How Great is Our God

Sunday, March 7, 2010

a video dedicated to God.

This is a video that I have made last year for my 21st birthday to thank God for all that He has done in my life. Hope you enjoy this video!

Saturday, March 6, 2010

let Me teach you... Part 6

Matthew 11:28-30
"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light"

Why should we learn from Jesus?
3. "For my yoke is easy and my burden is light"

What is a yoke? As a noun, it is a device used for joining together a pair of draft animals, especially oxen, usually consisting of a crosspiece with two bow-shaped pieces, each enclosing the head of an animal. As a verb, it means to join, couple, link, or unite. Verb or noun, yoke signifies linkage, and in the bible, a desire for Jesus to be united with us as one and hence this offer to all who believe: "For my yoke is easy".

Indeed, the very heart of God is for every single one of us to return back to Him and this is the very reason why Christianity is so different from other religions. In Jesus, we have a way to God. In religions of the world, one has to do good deeds, work his way towards his gods, toil for his life, and even then, the question: "Am I good enough to make it?" remains unanswered.

You see, God in His complexity has made things easy for us - just believe with all your heart, and confess with your mouth that Jesus is your savior and you will be saved. It's that simple. No strings attached. No hidden terms and conditions. And in this case, He has made it so easy to come before Him so that we can have rest, so that we can learn and grow in Him. There is absolutely no hidden clause at all.

"...and my burden is light" just gives us another reason to come to God. We are all burdened by all areas of our lives and Jesus carried all that burdens and nail all of them to the Cross. Jesus held on to the weight of this world so that we can be free, so that when we come to Him feeling heavy, we will walk away WITH Him feeling light.

Dear all, God's heart is not for us to carry unnecessary stress and loads in our lives, but to live out His plans for our lives. It is definitely not His will for us to be burdened and tired, but for us to be free and living every second of our lives being amazed by what He has done. His invitation is for you to come and be connected with Him so that you will begin to see things in His perspective, so that learning and growth will take place, so that you and I will become more and more like Jesus each day.

So why not come and accept this invitation from Jesus today???

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

let Me teach you... Part 5

Matthew 11:28-30
"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light"

Why should we learn from Jesus?
2. "...and you will find rest for your souls"

How often have we leaned on our own understanding when things didn't go our way? And how often have we tried to do things our ways thinking that we know what's best for ourselves? What about the times when we cracked our head to come up with a solution to a difficulty? Oh, and not forgetting the times when we tried to act smart and end up eating a big humble pie.

Don't you think that something is very wrong here? It seems that "We/I" have become the most important priority of our lives. We have replaced God with us, His plans with our dreams, His blessings with our failures. We thought we could do it all, and we all end up driving to a dead end. A missing God is the reason for our insecurities, our worries, our restlessness, and that is why we never got to have the rest we needed.

And this is also why God wants us to learn from Him - so that we can find rest, not just physically, but spiritually. There are so many ways to learn from Him: Pray, seek, read the bible, surrender, be patient, act, and more prayers. God will teach us how to handle all sorts of situations, if we decide to let go and let God. And when our faith is in the Solid Rock, the One who never fails, there is nothing that will create anxieties and insecurities in us, and we will be able to be more and more like Him!

So for all those of you who have yet to rest, God is giving the invitation now!

The only way to rest is not through the world, but through the security we have in Jesus Christ.

Coming Soon: let Me teach you... Part 6

Friday, February 26, 2010

let Me teach you... Part 4

Matthew 11:28-30
"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light"

So, back to this question: Why should we learn from Jesus?
1. "...for I am gentle and humble in heart"

Imagine learning from a person who is aggressive and short-tempered, who believes in physical punishment for any mistakes made, whose anger is spelt on their faces. How many times would you have gotten scolded and punished, with cane marks all over your body? And imagine learning from a person who is proud, who sees only himself and none around him. What will you be learning from him? Arrogance? Probably so.

You see, to be able to learn from someone, the person must first be approachable. Jesus himself has encompassed 2 very important characteristics that made Him so easily approachable. God wants you to know that He is not the fearsome, intimidating, and frightening God that some of us imagined Him to be. He is far from that. Just like how a baby response with pleasure to gentle and friendly handling, God wants us, as His children, to come to Him and ENJOY His presence, knowing that He is in control of everything that has happened thus far. And by gentle, believe me, just like how a parent will be so gentle to his newborn child, God does even better, even gentler because we are His precious creation, His beloved sons and daughters.

And how humble can Jesus be? Well, let's take a look at Philippians 2:6-8.

"Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death - even death on a cross!"

Yes, Jesus being God, knew of the path that was set before him, and instead of finding a way to escape the cross, He chose to humble himself so that His death will give us hope. And this, is true humility. Indeed, there is so much to learn from a God so humble, because no matter how humble we say/think we are, we aren't comparable to Jesus, not even a bit.

As a saying goes, "the moment we think that we are humble, we have become proud."

Coming Soon: let Me teach you... Part 5

Monday, February 15, 2010

let Me teach you... Part 3

What about the fairness of God?

Think about this:
If God had been fair, He would have let us go--all of us. He would have allow us to continue with our sins, and not provide a way for us to return to Him. If God is fair, He would not have sent Jesus--the sign of God's unfairness, for our sake.

Jesus died--so that we can be saved. Who are we that we deserved God's attention? Unfair.
The prodigal son left the family and squandered all his assests--His father called for a celebration when he returned. Unfair.
The workers employed at the last hour gets the same pay--the one employed earlier on gets the same too. Unfair.
To the murderer who repents--No need for a sacrifice, no need for a price--God hears and forgives. Unfair.
To the lost sheep--God is willing to find you. Unfair.
Jesus paid everything--All you need to do is, to believe. Unfair.

Yet, through the unfairness of Christ, we receive a grace that this world can never give.
A God who gives His everything for the completely undeserved-- you and I.

As Henri Nouwen points out, "God rejoices. Not because the problems of the world have been resolved, not because all human pain and suffering have come to an end, nor because thousands of people have been converted and are now praising him for his goodness. No, God rejoices because ONE of his children who was lost has been found."

God didn't have to do all these. You and I know that.

let Me teach you... Part 2

Let me first address the issue of the existence of God by drawing your attention to this webpage:

If the above doesn't convince you that God is real, then history should.

An excerpt from "More Than A Carpenter" by Josh McDowell

We can appreciate the tremendous wealth of manuscript authority for the New Testament by comparing it to textual material available to support other notable ancient writings.

The history of Thucydides (460-400 BC) is available to us from only 8 manuscripts dated about AD 900, almost thirteen hundred years after he wrote. The manuscripts of the history of Herodotus are likewise late and scarce. And yet, as F.F.Bruce, Rylands Professor of Biblical Criticism and Exegesis at the University of Manchester, concludes, "No classical scholar would listen to an argument that the authencity of Herodotus or Thucydides is in doubt because the earliest manuscripts of their works which are of use to us are over 1,300 years later than the originals."

Aristotle wrote his poetics around 343 BC, and yet the earliest copy we have is dated AD 1100 (a gap of almost fourteen hundred years), and only five manuscripts exist.

Caesar composed his history of the Gallic Wars between 58 and 50 BC, and its manuscript authority rests on nine or ten copies dating one thousand years after his death.

"Consider Tacitus," says Bruce Metzger, author or editor of fifty books on manuscript authority of the New Testament, "the Roman historian who wrote his Annals of Imperial Rome in about AD 116. His first six books exist today in only one manuscript, and it was copied about AD 850. Books eleven through sixteen are in another manuscript dating from the eleventh century. Books seven through ten are lost. So there is a long gap between the time that Tacitus sought his information and wrote it down and the only existing copies.

"The quantity of the New Testament material," confesses Metzger, "is almost embarrasing in comparison with other works of antiquity."

When I first wrote this book in 1981, I was able to document 4600 Greek manuscripts of the Bible, abundantly more source material that exists than for any other book written in antiquity. However, as of this writing (2007), even more Greek manuscripts have been found, and I can now document more than 5600 of them.

Jewish scholar Jacob Klausner said, "If we had ancient sources like those in the Gospels for the history of Alexander or Caesar, we should not cast any doubt upon them whatsoever."

Anglican bishop and New Testament historian Stephen Neill argues that "we have a far better and more reliable text of the New Testament than of any other ancient work whatever."

New Testament Greek Scholar J. Harold Greenlee adds: "Since scholars accept as generally trustworthy the writings of the ancient classics even though the earliest manuscripts were written so long after the original writings and the number of extant manuscripts is in many instances so small, it is clear that the reliability of the text of the New Testament is likewise assured."

If you are still unconvinced, allow me to challenge you to pray this: "Dear Lord Jesus, I have doubts about your existence. If you really are God, then please open my eyes and let me see, so that I may believe. In Jesus' Name I pray, Amen."

Trust me, God hears and understands. Accept this challenge and you will see God's power in your life.