Archive | December 2007

The Promise of the Gift of Salvation

But what does it say? “The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,” that is, the word of faith we are proclaiming:

That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.

Romans 10:8-10 (NIV)

The Impact of God’s Love

If you didn’t get to read X-Hooker, Annie Lobert’s testimony, here’s an interview with her open sharing how she got trapped into prostitution in the sex industry.

But the incredible part is where she shares with tears on how she got out from that lifestyle after 11 years!

♥ GOD LOVES YOU! ♥

Christianity’s Forgotten Impact

December 15, 2007
The Straits Times

By Roland Chia

The CrossIN RECENT years, there has been a spate of anti-religion literature authored by atheists who are either crusading for religion to be privatised or abolished.

The titles of their books openly declare their basic agendas: The God Delusion (Richard Dawkins), God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything (Christopher Hitchens), The End Of Faith (Sam Harris) and Breaking The Spell (Daniel Dennett). These authors champion atheism and the ideology that it has spawned, namely, secularism.

They argue that religion is responsible for some of the worst atrocities in history and that society’s future lies in a secularism that would keep religion out of the public square.

These authors often quote stark examples in history of the chaos and bloodshed for which religion was allegedly responsible. And one of their favourites is…. (cont’d)

Read the full article here

My Doodling:

When Jesus was questioned by the Pharisees on why he eats with tax collectors and ‘sinners’? Jesus’ reply was simple: For I have not come to call the righteous, but the sinners. Isn’t it amazing to know that Jesus showed love to the ‘outcasts’ such as tax-collectors, lepers, sick, murderers and prostitutes???

For many of us who might not be able to identify with prostitutes, here’s a wonderful and insightful testimony of Annie Lobert, a self-confessed ex-hooker who started Hookers For Jesus Ministry.

What Christmas Means to Me…

Significance of ChristmasFor me, Christmas is about remembering the significance of the Gift of eternal life with God’s Son, Jesus Christ.

My Christmas 2007

During this year’s Christmas celebration service, I was brought back to the time when I was lost (yet I didn’t know then) in darkness- leading an aimless life of wild living pierced with vices.

And somehow, God graciously intercepted my spiral path towards total destruction and condemnation. He sought me and saved me.

If that was not enough, He brought me into His Family- Hope Church- to be loved and taken care of. And now, I have a new identity and purpose in Him; His new creation (c.f. 2 Corinthians 5:17)!

But above all that He has done for me, I am deeply grateful with this fact that though I was once lost, but now I’m found!

My Christmas prayer

In response to His love and mercy upon me, I earnestly pray that my loved and close ones or everyone for that matter who are lost will experience His goodness and power in their own lives.

I pray that God would be merciful and snatch them from the clutches of darkness just as He did with me.

Amen. 

Merry Christmas to You!

Enjoy the falling of snow flakes in sunny Singapore only on this site!

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow….

Unit Christmas 2007

Picture taken with Unit group- NG5A from Hope Church Singapore.

An Interview with MDIS Horizon

Recently, I was featured in an interview story that was published in MDIS bi-monthly magazine- HORIZON (Nov/Dec 2007) issue.

Horizon's Interview

* Click over this image for a larger version of the interview page.

Walking the Talk

“As I grow older, I pay less attention to what men say.
I just watch what they do.”

Andrew Carnegie

For Self-interest or People’s Interest?

After announcing the ministerial’s salaries hike for MPs and administrative officers – the elite of the civil service- last week, Senior Minister Goh Chong Tong was reported saying that “the latest civil service pay hike is aimed at retaining and attracting younger officers.”

Ministerial Pay Rise This is despite the fact that Ministers at the starting grade will take home $1.94 million next year – an increase of 21 per cent over this year’s $1.6 million under the revised salary package.

SM Goh further explained that the increase was necessary and emphasised that the Ministers were less concerned about their own salaries because their salaries were actually quite attractive.

“But we are concerned about the civil servants now and the next generation of people whom we are trying to target to become Ministers,” he said. 

Read the report here>>>

For Money or for people

Personally, I am flabbergasted over SM Goh’s comments and reasons for proceeding with the hike.

Notwithstanding that the retaining of Ministers is a valid reason for expediting the hike despite the increasing inflation, but it seems to send out a very wrong signal to the public.

For once, I am concern and question the agenda of any Minister taking up his/her role in our public service by using money as a “carrot” to retain and lure young officers.

Would he/she be in a ministerial role for the money or is he/she truly passionate about serving fellow Singaporeans?

The answer, I believe makes a lot of difference in how Singapore will be led. This would eventually affect the livelihood of us Singaporeans with the kind of policies rolled out for “nation-building”.

Nevetheless, I believe there are more others reasons to leave the public service apart from not having a high salary package. The other possible reasons surely cannot be any much different from us non-elites which should include having a lousy boss, not having opportunities for personal development or a dislike of the working culture.

So would increasing the salary package really solve the problem? Or is the increment really meant to solve that problem?

The sort of leaders we need

Ideally speaking, we need more leaders that will lead with their heart and soul especially if one who is in a role of a Minister.

If one steps up to become a Minister, it should be a calling rather than a career.

The reason why they serve makes a difference because in the face of great adversity, we can be sure that those who serve with passion will stick to the end of their duties even if it costs them their lives.

For those who are in for the money, we can expect them to leech on the people’s resources and lives. And like a hired hand, we can expect them to elope at the sight of danger.

Therefore, it is up to us to decide which one of these two types of leaders would we rather have lead us.

I really dread to think how Singapore will be run with the young and new Ministers in office who are in for self-interest rather than the people’s initerest.

But probably it is not too hard to imagine when we just have to look at our present state.

Read related TOC article here>>>

Ironman MP: Mr Teo Ser Luck

Teo Ser Luck and me

Picture taken with Mr Teo Ser Luck, Parliamentry Secretary for Community Development, Youth and Sports (MCYS) at the launch of Youth Network and Young Business Leaders.

Held at the TCC@Clarke Quay on 14 December 2007 and organised by National Youth Council (NYC).

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