Over the weekend, I finally caught up with my defense lawyer, Ms Teo Soh Lung who represented me during my criminal appeal case. She is also my family’s friend.
This meet-up was long overdue since it has been 12 years since we last met. And now she has retired from law practice.
Though looking petite and harmless, don’t mess with this spunky lady beside me as she packs a punch!
If she’s in the mood, she will sue your pants off until you pok kai (bankrupt in Cantonese)! Ha ha…
Oops… I think that description should belong to another retired lawyer who is now a MM =p
But on a serious note, it was over this session that I had learnt (for the first time) she actually took my case without asking a single cent!
I thank God that I was able to share with her my side of the story during the case and also to sincerely thank her for being an instrument of God in winning my appeal case.
Read the newspaper article on my appeal here>>>
Announcements to Hope members ONLY!!! If you are working in Raffles Place area, there’s a sister- Jona, who would like to invite you to be part of a weekly Wednesday lunch
CHIC fellowship group. If you are interested, please drop her an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Recently, I am attending a seminar called Healthy Relationships Essentials organised by Hope Church Singapore. This will be running for three nights within this week.
Against a backdrop where I grew up learning to fend for myself in the real world for most part of my life, sometimes it is mind-boggling how I can actually put myself through such sessions to re-learn about doing life all over again.
But of cos I do know the reasons why I want to re-learn everything again lar…
My desire to follow God
After living my past life that was apart from God and now with my new life being a part of God, I just want to live it in His way and not my way.
Therefore, as I have experienced so far, understanding from scripture does provide the essential principles in which one can truly experience sustainable success in living a FULL life.
In the real world, we are pretty much left to grope through life in this dog-eat-dog world. Even if they teach it is to get something out in return.
And in my personal opinion, no other organisation/instituition besides His Church has the holsitic capabilities to teach us (regardless of background or education) how to succeed in life- from the cradle to the grave.
My love for His Church
I’m grateful for all the efforts invested in organising such sessions (even on holidays) for the members of Hope Church, in order that we might benefit in our personal development and being equipped to face life with God.
Hence, I am thankful and always amazed how God works through His Church (in Hope Singapore). In spite of Hope’s imperfection, at least there is one thing that she’s doing right which is the teaching of the word of God uncompromisingly.
His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms, according to his eternal purpose which he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord.
The Church is the Answer
Even though I came from a dysfunctional family background, God in His mercy and wisdom gave me His Church as a spiritual family where I can experience His love and learn about true life.
As a victim of God’s wonderful love, I am convinced and convicted that His Church carrys the answer to all of mankind’s problems.
My prayer is for those who need a touch of God’s love be with His Church and for His Church to grow to her fullest potential to love more people even more.
Chanced upon this online igod thingy where one gets to talk to “God” via MSN chat.
I think this is perfect for those who need an immediate answer from “Him”. But of course, it is not real lar…
It comes with a caution though, that “igod is meant to be used for fun, a sense of humour is recommended.”
Try igod here>>>
Check out “God’s” answer when you type: Are you a male or female?
Ha ha ha….
“He gives strength to the weary
and increases the power of the weak.
Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall;
but those who hope in the LORD
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.”
Isaiah 40:29-31 (NIV)
Jan 3rd 2008
From The Economist print edition
It looks unlikely that medical science will abolish the process of ageing. But it no longer looks impossible.
“IN THE long run,” as John Maynard Keynes observed, “we are all dead.” True. But can the short run be elongated in a way that makes the long run longer? And if so, how, and at what cost?
People have dreamt of immortality since time immemorial. They have sought it since the first alchemist put an elixir of life on the same shopping list as a way to turn lead into gold. They have written about it in fiction, from Rider Haggard’s “She” to Frank Herbert’s “Dune”. And now, with the growth of biological knowledge that has marked the past few decades, a few researchers believe it might be within reach.
To think about the question, it is important to understand why organisms—people included—age in the first place. People are like machines: they wear out. That much is obvious.
However a machine can always be repaired. A good mechanic with a stock of spare parts can keep it going indefinitely. Eventually, no part of the original may remain, but it still carries on, like Lincoln’s famous axe that had had three new handles and two new blades…. (cont’d)
Read the full article here>>>
My Read of the Month:
Title: Disciples Are Made, Not Born
Author: Walter A. Henrichsen
Genre: Christianity- Discipleship
If you are not sure what discipleship is all about or how to disciple. Then this is the book to start reading!
Besides it being a very insightful book to beef up one’s spiritual growth, the author also provides lots of useful lessons in guiding a spiritual mentor or mentor-to-be in discipling someone in Christ. Every chapter presents a step by step process in laying the biblical framework in mentoring a disciple.
But just as how I might be describing this read, this book can get a little draggy because of its teachy-style. Otherwise, it is still a handy book to read and keep to use in discipleship training.
Who should read it: Aspiring spirtual mentors-to-be and spiritual mentors
I think most of us (Christians) know the importance of prayer, but not many of us actually adopt a lifestyle that centres around prayer.
And I must confess that I am one of the guilty ones.
Some of the common reasons can be how unpractical prayer may appear to us or the busyness that steals us away from a time of prayer.
Jesus our role model
Despite prayer being simply conversing with God, it has always remain a challenge for many of us especially in a urbanised age with so many forms of distractions.
Jesus was the best role model for prayer. He not only taught His disciples how to pray, but He also led as an example of a power prayerful life (c.f. Mark 1:35)
With prayer playing a strategic role in our spiritual growth and for the advancement of His Kingdom, it is precisely why our enemy want us not to pray.
When we do not pray, we become spiritually weak and ineffective.
Our need to pray
Just as how we breathe to live, we need to pray to sustain our spiritual life. Prayer is our spiritual input to give us life for our inner man.
Incidentally, our indifference towards prayer also reveals our independent spirit from God; that we do not rely on Him. And it can also suggests our depth of intimacy with Him.
Hence, it is clear that we need to rely on Him and immerse ourselves in prayer to draw His strength.
The end of all things is near. Therefore be clear minded and self-controlled so that you can pray
1 Peter 4:7
It is with His strength (not ours) that we have power to live a victorious life over temptations and to tear down the enemy’s strongholds in this world we live!