Sunday, March 27, 2011

He's coming back again!

It saddens us each time we see disasters and pestilences happening around us. From the newspapers we hear that many lives are sacrificed and of course, hearing many miraculous stories of survivors. But to me, it clearly confirms us that the end is near.

Today's sermon was about the second coming of Jesus Christ.

Why do I believe Jesus is coming again?
1. Because the Bible says so.
2. Because of the signs around that fulfill what the Bible says.


As many of us know, the Bible predicts about the signs of the end times. One of the most obvious signs is of course earthquakes. The recent earthquake in Japan had really shook the whole world, and I thought that's all. No, it wasn't over yet. Nuclear plants exploded, causing harmful radiation & many more adverse effects. And a few days ago, Myanmar had a 6.8 earthquake.

Matthew 24:6-7
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You will hear of wars and rumors of w
ars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. 7 Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places.

Luke 21:10-11

10 Then he said to them: “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. 11 There will be great earthquakes, famines and pestilences in various places, and fearful events and great signs from heaven.

Not only that, the Bible also says the all these will also increase in magnitude and occur more frequently.
And I was surprised when I got to know the statistics of earthquakes (major & minor).

1st century - 15
13th century - 115
14th century - 132
15th century - 194
17th century - 378
18th century - 640
19th century - 2119
20th century (up to 1970) - 18000

I was taken aback. It's an exponential increase!!!

Not only the number, the occurrence of major ones had also increased. (6.0 and above on the Ritcher scale is considered as a major earthquake). Before the 1800, there were 2 or 3 major ones. But in 1970, there were 24 major earthquakes. And from 2000 to 2011, in a matter of not even 11 years, there were already 220 major earthquakes.

Not just earthquakes, wars, bizarre diseases and the fulfillment of so many prophecies in the Bible all pointing to what Jesus had said, that He's coming soon.


Looking at all the recent disasters, I guess you have to agree with me that no man can have control of his own life. It just displays the shortcomings of mankind and the fragility of life.


God warns us again and again. Are we taking heed of what He said? Are we responding to His call?

Time and tide waits for no man. Have you made that decision to believe and follow Christ?

Or if you have not, will you consider committing your life to Him?

1 Peter 4:7 -10
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The end of all things is near. Therefore be alert and of sober mind so that you may pray. 8 Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. 9 Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. 10 Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.

There is a song taken from this scripture. It's a mandarin song. We sang it in our Sunday service today.

7 万物的结局近了。所以,你们要谨慎自守,儆醒祷告。8最要紧的是彼此切实相爱,因为爱能遮掩许多的罪。9你们要互相款待,不发怨言. 10各人要照所得的恩赐彼此服事,作神百般恩赐的好管家。

Eternity awaits us, but are we ready?

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Happiness...

“It has been my observation that people are just about happy as they make up their minds to be.”

Abraham Lincoln

Happiness is a state of mind. It can never be found in material things such as wealth, position or power. What a depressing sight to see most people who spend a lifetime harvesting and accumulating riches more than they need, only to discover it’s too late. These disillusioned beings end up only to realize that all the money in the world won’t buy a grain of happiness.

There is a difference between happiness and pleasure. Pleasures can be purchased, but not happiness.

So a question we should ponder is, “Have we found happiness yet?” or “Are we merely seeking pleasures of this earth?”

Happiness is an expression of appreciating the things which we have now. Happiness is thankfulness. How happy are those who find contentment in everything they do. Happy are those who are enriching people’s lives, contributing something to make this world a better place.

For me, the most vital lesson learned is, happy are those who know and love God. And happy am I to be in the Know-And-Love-God group.

Friday, March 11, 2011

During the choir finals...

Somebody actually posted the videos of the finals in Youtube!

A very big thanks to that somebody!

At least I get to watch myself, haha...

My RED Team


The YELLOW Team

Sunday, March 6, 2011

A Crocs Curse? lol

Vanakkam!

Yes, I just started my Yindian Course last week. Basically for Hindi & Kannada classes, it's all about writing. Kannada's alphabets are harder to write, because they look like clouds(they curve a lot). And I have a very hard time memorising them because all of them look similar. For Tamil, it involves a lot of speaking. Twisting my tongue a lot but I kinda like twisting it. lol.

I joined the Red Dragons Choir last Friday too. I was the keyboardist and I can say this choir team had the most talented people in this college. No, I'm not exaggerating. It's true. The first time I heard them singing really WOWed me. They sang so beautifully and harmoniously. Even during each practice, no one tried to overpower the other. Although we practiced until about 1am for two consecutive days, but it's relaxing to actually hear them singing in the middle of the night.

So we gave our best shot in the finals. I thought we did awesomely well. In fact, I was quite sure at first that this choir team of mine would definitely be the champion. But the fact was, we got second.

It reminded me of the same incident which happened last year during our choir finals. Crocs choir, my beloved Crocs choir team members who gave their 100% in every practice ended in defeat. I recalled for the finals, we increased the number of songs from 5 to 9, Loon Han broke his record not going back on weekends just to practise, we changed the dance moves and I even composed a song called "Green Team" just for the finals. We did all we could just to achieve number 1. In the end, we felt devastated, felt that our effort went down the drain.


That was how I felt last year. And this year, I was sad as well, not because we lost, but knowing that these juniors of mine would feel the same how I felt last year. You know, disappointments are dissatisfactions that arise when your expectations are not met by outcomes. And sometimes it's painful.

After the results, lying on my bed, still wide awake, I thought

A Crocs Curse perhaps?

Then I laughed. Or maybe it's me who brought the curse into the group. Suddenly I was being superstitious.

Now, thank God I realized, winning only brings short term happiness. On the other hand, while losing brings short term pain, it also signals an opportunity for progress. Most importantly, it's the experience we will treasure at the end of the day.

Talking about experience, I told myself I had to go KLCC again because I almost forgot how it looks like. I'm so ashamed to tell you this, that I had only gone to KLCC 3 times.

A shot of Petronas Twin Towers - the pride of every Malaysian. I wonder will I ever see sky scrapers in India?