Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Fame...

I first heard of this singer called Katy Perry sometime in January last year. I recalled I was then in KTM with my friends. Seeing me so restless sitting there alone, this friend of mine approached me with her MP3 player.

“Hey, hear this song, really nice, by Katy Perry!”

“Katy what?”

“Katy Perry la, you don’t know meh? Nah, listen, bet you’ll like it.”

She stuffed the ear phone into my ears.

The song sounded really cool, the beat was very catchy, but…I Kissed A Girl?

“This singer is a He or a She?”

“She la!”

Okay, I knew this singer was not one whom I should look up to. I passed the earphones back to my friend.

“Not for me, sorry!”

After more than 1.5 years have gone by, the name Katy Perry came back to my ears. Heard that she became really famous after she sang “I Kissed A Girl”. Everybody is talking about her, everybody is falling in love with her songs. I didn’t care much until one of my friends told me she’s a pastor’s daughter. I was like “What!”…

I googled her and I found out that both her parents are pastors from California (Now I know why she sang “California Girls”). Before that, she sang in church and even released a gospel album before.

Haih…no words can describe how disappointed I am.

She could have used her fame to testify about God’s goodness. She could have become a great role model to many Christian youths outside there, and an inspiration to pastor’s kids like me. I guess she really forgot to count her blessings - the singing talent, the gift of dancing, and even the pretty look she possesses.

It’s not wrong to become famous. We can use our fame to draw people’s attention to hear our testimonies, like what some HK celebrities are doing now. However, when popularity goes over the top, if not handled properly, it kills! Britney Spears, Miley Cyrus, Christina Aguilera all started singing in church, but they took for granted of their God-given gifts. See how they have become.

We should pray for these celebrities, so that they will turn back to God. Perhaps they have not experienced God in their lives; they just believe what their parents believe. That’s saddening. Like mum said before, “Your parents’ salvation does not earn you a place in heaven.”

The decision to believe in Jesus Christ is a personal choice and making right choices are indeed so crucial.


Sunday, September 12, 2010

I'm gonna miss that.

I love gatherings.

I love fellowship with my friends.

But, I'm gonna miss that soon.

" Friendship isn't a big thing - it's a million little things. "

Thank you, I appreciate it lots.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

I always have no idea on titles...

Life is no brief candle to me.

It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got a hold of for a moment,

And I want to make it burn as brightly as possible

Before handling it on to future generations.

- George Bernard Shaw

I have passed the baton. But,

Did I achieve the goal? Did I manage to pass down the legacy?

Well, it's a matter of time and we'll see as everything takes its course.
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Things change, people change,

It doesn't mean you forget the past or try to cover it up.

It also doesn't mean you dwell in the past and keep whining about it.

It simply means that you move on and treasure all the memories.

That was me few days ago.
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I learned NMR from youtube today. Thank God at least I got the rough idea about it.
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It's only through life's bends and turns

That we can truly GROW and learn.

Yea, I'm really growing now. Forced to grow like a plant being given auxin continuously.

Like today, my dad gave me money and asked me to eat in McD.

They are trying to "fatten" me up.

How about that?

It feels good to be underweight sometimes. Hahahaha....
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I am getting crazier each day. Maegy influenced me.

I guess it is one of the ways of de-stressing myself.
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Friday, September 3, 2010

For the persecuted bros & sis...

I could vividly remember Open Doors came to minister in Living Water. They came and shared with us during Good Friday and Easter Sunday service last year. Open Doors is a movement that provides news and information about the persecuted churches worldwide. Today as I was browsing through some books, I came across the bulletin from Open Doors in between my abandoned Form 5 revision books, or chucked away to be accurate. I did not plan to read it actually. However the sudden thought of "I have to improve my English" came to my mind. So I took and read it.

Guess what, it's not a coincidence that I had that thought at that instant.

As I read through page after page, seeing Christians all around the world receiving relentless persecution - threatened, imprisoned, executed for the sake of the gospel, my heart was filled with deep compassion.

I thought, "Perhaps this is why Open Doors exists."

This critical point made by Al Jassen, co-author of Light Force and Secret Believers struck me .

"Our ministry is to strengthen the church under persecution, not to eliminate persecution."

In Uzbekistan, Marina, the wife of David Shestakov, who was arrested and sentenced to 4 years detention for what the authorities called "illegal religious activities", made her testimony.

"While David's imprisonment has been very traumatic for us, there have been some real benefits. We started to pray more as a family. My girls are getting kinder, they are good to each other and they comfort each other. Sometimes I brought the girls along to see their dad. It is important to for them to see dad in prison, knowing he is not a criminal, but suffers for Jesus."

How more powerful can that statement be?

As I read further, it seemed that Christians from China were under strict surveillance too. I admire their passion and perseverance, not to forget the optimism that they possessed during those difficult times. They even said that they liked persecution because it brought them closer to God and also gave them the opportunity to share the Good News with others.

Aren't we so so so much blessed than them?

Still don't feel blessed enough?

- Christians in North Korea are persecuted constantly and some are even executed secretly.
- In Saudi Arabia & Iran, conversion is punishable by death if the accused does not recant.
- There is no visible church in Afghanistan.
- A very tiny minority of ethnic Somalis are practising their faith in secret.
- It's impossible to open a church in Maldives. Only a handful of indigenous believers who live their faith in complete secrecy.
- In Laos, from time to time believers are arrested; many are tortured to renounce their faith.
- In Eritrea, Eritrean church leaders told Open Doors that almost 3000 Christians had been incarcerated for Christ.

These things are still happening today. Yes, today, in this "civilized" and "democratic" world.

Yet His Grace will be sufficient for us to go through whatever challenges or situations that he may put us in.

And you'll be amazed how real God really is to our hearts.