My Easter Tribute to God

Andrew Ong's Easter TestimonyDuring Easter Service on 23 March 2008, I was given the opportunity to share about my 8-year journey with God since the day I made a commitment to follow Him whole-heartedly.

This was my third time being able to testify of God’s love and power in my life to the congregation. And despite having to serve my reservist over that weekend, I was divinely granted permission to leave for that particular Sunday.

I recalled that my first time was sharing my conversion story through “The Time is Now” brochure in 2001. The second time was told by one of the Pastors through his sermon about living a life in God’s purpose with my testimony about my studies in 2006.

However, this third time was done with me sharing live on stage. It was special and I took it as a personal tribute to give God all glory as my Saviour and Lord.

Below is the recorded version of my Easter Testimony:

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About andrewong2024

I'm just your regular guy who is in pursuit of his purpose in life. And life it seems, is a spiritual journey towards self-completion that ultimately leads one towards a lifestyle of service for the betterment of our society. This blog is entails that journey.

10 responses to “My Easter Tribute to God”

  1. joe says :

    Andrew,
    I’m sure the boys under the MCYS Juvenile Homes- Singapore Boys’ Complex, Boys Town etc, will be encouraged by your testimony.

    Jesus answered them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”
    Luke5.31-32

    Sorry, btw, how is easter(Ishtar) related to LORD JESUS?

    http://www.albatrus.org/english/festivals/easter/is_easter_pagan.htm

    Shalom!

  2. yeuann says :

    Hey Andrew!

    It’s really a very heartwarming testimony, very real… =D

    Hee! really, the Lord has done great things indeed!!! :D yes and amen!

  3. andrewong2024 says :

    joe:

    Ya I agree that Easter has nothing to do with Jesus.

    I guess it so happens that Easter day is the third day that Jesus resurrected, and that is what most churches (I hope) is communicating and correcting about Easter; that it is not about the easter bunny but about Jesus- the life and resurrection.

    I think it is contextualising Christ to our culture just as how we chinese Christians also celebrate chinese new year with hong baos with its other pagan traditions or practices.

    But we celebrate CNY with the spirit of loving and honoring our family and relatives, using it as a good opportunity to catch up with family members over reunions.

    Do you think this approach is acceptable? For Easter and CNY.

    yeuann:

    Thanks for your encouragement.

    I still believe the Lord’s work on me has only began and I’m looking forward to even more greater things.

    Let’s press on together! :)

  4. joe says :

    Andrew,
    You will realize that 3 days after Friday is Monday. DO we celebrate CNY festival together with Christ, or say the names of pagan taoist idols when giving hongbaos?

    Why do you believe the things you believe, and do the things you do? Can you really give a tribute with a pagan name to the Lord???

    Have a Blessed Passover!

    Exodus 23:13
    “Be careful to do everything I have said to you. Do not invoke the names of other gods; do not let them be heard on your lips.

    But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils. Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table, and of the table of devils. Do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? are we stronger than he? All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not. 1 Cor10.20-23

  5. andrewong2024 says :

    Hey joe

    I think I know where you’re coming from and your views on this matter.

    Now I understand why God told me to change my name from Kelvin to Andrew… cos Kelvin was a pagan name… Ha ha…

    Just kidding on that one, but the part abt God asking me to change my name is true :)

  6. joe says :

    Origin and Meaning of the Name Kelvin

    Kelvin is a Scottish Male Nature name meaning “narrow water” derived from the river Clyde, and Glasgow as an area, Kelvinside, named after it.The form of the name has probably been influenced by Melvin.

    The Name Origin and Meaning of Andrew
    Origin: Greek
    Meaning: Man, warrior
    From the Greek name Ανδρεας (Andreas), which derives from ανηρ (aner) “man” (genitive ανδρος (andros) “of a man”). The Greek name Andrew means – strong; manly; courageous.
    Bible: one of the Twelve Apostles
    In the New Testament the apostle Andrew was the brother of the apostle Simon Peter, both were fishermen. Andrew was a disciple of Jesus and of John the Baptist, and was martyred by being crucified on a cross in the shape of an “X”.


    In 300 AD, when Christianity became the state religion by Constantine, even pagan religions & festivals like Ishtar, the Roman Saturnalia and the great Yule-log of the Norsemen were embraced wholeheartedly to bring more converts in double quick time. Maggi mee in 3 minutes?

    Likewise, the keeping of the Sun Day was changed by Emperor Aurelian with his new Sun cult. (274 A.D.). That’s why it always fall on Sundays!

    http://www.aloha.net/~mikesch/sunday.htm

    Why do you believe the things you believe, and do the things you do which is not even found in the Bible(Word of GOD)?

    Mark 7:8
    You have let go of the commands of God and are holding on to the traditions of men.”

    Daniel7.25 He will speak against the Most High and oppress his saints and try to change the set times and the laws. The saints will be handed over to him for a time, times and half a time.

  7. andrewong2024 says :

    joe:

    Wow… you amaze me… Ha ha…

    Really grateful for providing the research on my names. Really :)

  8. tobeme says :

    I am very moved by your speech! I feel your love and the energy that you radiate! You are a beautiful speaker. Thanks so much for sharing.

  9. bertha chavira says :

    thanks for your beautiful testimony i will show others what you have shown me JEHOVAH GOD AND JESUS CHRIST HAVE DELIVERED ME FROM A NINE MONTH DRUG ADDICTION ON SLEEPING PILLS AND I AM FREE sometimes i fall and i cry on knees cause i don’t have a husband now i made my sins i am sorry i have been single for nine BLESSED MONTHS please give me some advice i will take anything thanks but i know JEHOVAH GOD AND JESUS CHRIST ARE THE LOVE OF MY LIFE AND MY ONLY TRUE FRIENDS I DON’T NEED ANOTHER MAN i just want one if OUR LORD JEHOVAH GOD AND JESUS CHRIST WILL AND WANT ME TO but it is a responsibility the last boyfriend i had i felt we were married but after three months it ended so here i am just keep PRAYING PRAYING PRAYING I KNOW THERE ARE PEOPLE WITH MUCH GREATER NEEDS THAN THESE SO TO ALL OF YOU OUT THERE I AM SORRY FOR BEIING SO STUPID WELL JEHOVAH GOD AND JESUS CHRIST HOLD THE BROKEN HEARTED AND I WAS FOR AWHILE AND THE TEARS WE CRY JEHOVAH GOD AND JESUS CHRIST WIPE THEM AWAY AND THIS IS THE TRUTH CAUSE I KNOW IT YOU CAN ASK ME AT TWO IN THE MORNING MY SEARCH HAS ALWAYS BEEN FOR a husband i think if i don’t search so hard maybe he will come after all i am waiting on a young man to cal l me right now well peace

  10. G.M.f says :

    I’m so thankful to here a heavy testimony. This give give more hope and faith that my son will truly turn his life around. He will be giong to prison and I’m believing God to take full control of the courts April 13/09. My son life is similar to what you went though and if God can deliver you he can do the same for my son. Pray for him (andrew).

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