this saturday...
Friday, October 28, 2005

.: ONE@ONE

Hey ppl!! It's that time of the week again :) Musicians (aspiring ones also very welcomed), come down at 1245h to setup - please be punctual so that we have enough time to practice between then and 1430h.

For everything and everyone else - the fun begins at 1430h!

Seeya there!



Wednesday, October 19, 2005

i was reading this book. called Hannah's Gift. its about this lady who found out that her 3yr old daughter, Hannah has contacted cancer. She's christian and she writes bout her last year with her kid, and how her faith weavied and all... but how she found a renewed faith too...

these are some quotes which i think is really good:

-Faith is the substance of things hoped for , the evidence of things not seen.

-Hope, i realise now, was the irrespressible substance of faith. It welled up naturally in response to fear and uncertainty, returning again and again, like a living thing.

-Joy, i realised then, is not concerned about being messy, mismatched, or unloved. If i was serious about living life more fully, i was going to have to let go of my need for everything, including myself and others, to be perfect. [authour was having fun with Hannah (that cancered kid) with paint... all dirty, but fun.]

-Every time that we say "Thy will be done," we should have in mind all possible misfortunes added together

-"Thy will be done," i prayed from the bottom of my heat, knowing even as I said it that what I was really trusting was that His will was also my own.

-"God is capable of working a miracle, right here, right now"
This was excatly what i'd been afraid of. Our faith was being hikackedl it was all on the line. I breathed deeply into my rising panic, and let myself hear Rick's words.
"... Love," he said, "is the source of all healing."


that last phrase... (: really touched my heart. it was when the author had been given a "healing service" specially for her family, her daughter. but ... she was afraid that HEALING might not literally be a HEALING. as in... cancer and tumour taken out of the kid. after all, healing service in church... hmm... sometimes god doesnt give us what WE want. cause its not OUR PLAN, but His. she was scared that others would think that God wasnt real if he didnt heal Hannah. however, that quote was said by one of their frens, at the healing service.

.:: good food for the thought? ::.



.: Integrity worship seminar
Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Hey ppl!

There's going to be a worship seminar this saturday from 0900 - 1300h at Faith MC. Click here for details :)

For those interested in going, please email me at mahchernwei[AT]yahoo.com BY TONIGHT with the following details...
Name:
Address:
Home Tel:
h/p:
email:

Yup! That's about it!

Blessings,
chernwei



music, anyone?
Saturday, October 15, 2005

hello everyone! (:

it has become apparent that most of your exams are over and that it's becoming extremely dangerous right now. so, in order to save as many lives as possible (no kidding), also aware that there are many aspiring musicians in our midst (not forgetting auntymich who's taking drum lessons -cheers-), i thought it'd be cool if i introduced a really good music school to you guys...

it's called Believer Music Initiative and that's where i learnt how to play the guitar (teach the keyboard and do vocal training as well). and well, the reason why i’m actually advertising for them over here is simply this: their courses are designed to equip musicians for the purpose of worshipping God.

that’s right, all courses (they cater for beginners, intermediate and even more pro musicians as well) is taught by Christians who know what it means not only to play well, but to play for God.

in fact, every lesson in itself is dedicated as a time of worship, where prayer and the reading/study of scriptures accompany the learning of your chosen instrument.

you will learn how to play Christian songs and it’s an excellent opportunity to meet other believers, both young and old (this is for aunties and uncles too!), from other churches, who share in the same desire of using their talents for God too!

their convenient location (International Plaza) beside the Tanjong Pagar MRT station, which is like one stop from Raffles Place interchange, is a plus point. plus, no worries abt not being able to make your lessons coz you can schedule make-up lessons online. they even send out devotions by email during the week and stuff as well! not like it’s really important, but hey, they also offer members special discounts on selected Christian books and CDs too.

it’s not that i’m trying to say that there’s no one in church who will be willing to teach you how to play these instruments or whatever, but yes, it’s definitely a great way to learn. i enjoyed my beginner course so much that i went back for more of their high level ones. with Believer Music, i think i not only learnt how to play the guitar, but how to really use the instrument to enrich my personal walk with God as well. it really helped me grow spiritually.

so yes, think abt it. i think only the registration for guitar course in the holidays are still open, but hey, do give them a call if you’re really interested. their classes may not actually be full and stuff. but yeah, even then, try to act fast. like rope in as many people as you can in church/school/wherever to do the course with you as well, it would sure make your experience more enjoyable (not like it isn’t already).

anyhow, i have said more than enough already. really time for me to get back to my studies as well. don’t mind me, but please help me pray for my exams... yeah? timetable's on my blog. thanks! and yes, i shall not keep this to myself anymore : http://www.believermusic.com/
really hope you do consider and that it’ll bless you as it has for me...



Wednesday, October 12, 2005

ONE@SAT!!!

PEOPLE!!! Tis saturday, we r BACK in business. Musicians and those who want to sing come at 1PM. uncle shawn, pls hv ur team set up the AV equipment by then. THANK U uncle :)

For everyone else, its PARTAE!!!!! COME AT 2:30PM and bring FOOOD n DRINKS!!! we go potluck in the blind! dunno how many are turning up but i got a feeling its gonna break our previously held records here. everybody, start rumbling and call people n get everyone down!!! ALL IN OC! YES!

God is Goot!



psalm 23 - revised student version
Monday, October 10, 2005

hi! since everyone's studying hard for the exams now, thought i should just share this with you guys. have a good laugh and dont forget to take time off to relax in between studying! and good luck for all your exams!
PSALM 23 (Revised Student Version- RSV)
The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not flunk;
He keepeth me from lying down when I should be studying.
He leadeth me beside the water cooler for a study break;
He restoreth my faith in research websites,
He leads me to better reading habits
For my grade's sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of overpiled assignments in such a short time,
I will not have a nervous breakdown;
For thou art with me.
My prayers and my friends, they comfort me.
Thou givest me answers in moments of blankness;
Thou anointest my head with understanding.
My paper runneth over with ideas I recognise.
Surely passing grades and flying colours shall follow me
All the days of my exams and assignments,
And I shall not have to dwell in this school forever,
Amen!

=)



The Room
Sunday, October 09, 2005

I saw this thing a long long time ago (NOT in a galaxy far, far away...hahaha) and i wanted to share this so bad that i ran a million Google searches to find it...So here it is...(yeah, i know it's long but it's a great story)


The Room

By Brian Keith Moore

In that place between wakefulness and dreams, I found myself in the room. There were no distinguishing features save for the one wall covered with small index card files. They were like the ones in libraries that list titles by author or subject in alphabetical order. But these files, which stretched from floor to ceiling and right to left as far as the eye could see, had very different headings.

As I walked up to the wall of files, the first to catch my attention was one that read, "People I Have Liked." I opened it and began flipping through the cards. I quickly shut it, shocked to realize that I recognized the names written on each one. And then, without being told, I knew exactly where I was. This lifeless room with its small files was a crude catalog system for my entire life. The actions of my every moment, big and small, were written in detail my memory couldn't match. A sense of wonder and curiosity, mixed with horror, stirred within me as I began randomly opening files and exploring their content. Some brought joy and sweet memories, others a sense of shame and regret so intense that I would look over my shoulder to see if anyone was watching. A file named "Friends" was next to one marked "Friends I have betrayed". The titles ranged from common, everyday things to the not-so-common-"Books I Have Read", "Lies I Have Told", "Comfort I Have Given", and “Jokes I Have Laughed At". Some were almost hilarious in their exactness: "Things I Have Yelled at My Brothers and Sisters." Others I couldn't laugh at: "Things I Have Done in Anger", "Things I Have Muttered Under My Breath at My Parents".

I never ceased to be surprised by the contents. Often there were many more cards than I expected. Sometimes less than I had hoped. The sheer volume of the life I had lived overwhelmed me. Could it be possible that I had time in my 17 years to write each of these thousands or millions of cards? But each card confirmed the truth. Each card was written in my own handwriting. Each card was signed with my signature. When I pulled out the file marked "Songs I Have Listened To", I realized the files grew to contain their contents. The cards were packed tightly and yet after two or three yards, I hadn't found the end of the file. I shut it, shamed, not so much by the quality of music, but more by the vast amount of time I knew that file represented. When I came to the file marked "Lustful Thoughts"; I felt a chill run through my body. I pulled the file out only an inch, not willing to test its size, and drew out a card. I shuddered at its detailed content. I felt sick to think such a moment had been recorded. A feeling of humiliation and anger ran through my body. One thought dominated my mind: "No one must ever see these cards! No one must ever see this room! I have to destroy them!" In an insane frenzy, I yanked the file out. Its size didn't matter now. I had to empty it and burn the cards. But as I took the file at one end and began pounding it on the floor, I could not dislodge a single card. I became desperate and pulled out a card, only to find it as strong as steel when I tried to tear it. Defeated and utterly helpless, I returned the file to its slot.

Leaning my forehead against the wall, I let out a long, self-pitying sigh. That was when I saw it. The file bore "People I Have Shared the Gospel With". The handle was brighter than those around it, newer, almost unused. I pulled on its handle and a small box not more than 3 inches long fell into my hands. I could count the cards it contained on one hand. And then the tears came. I began to weep. Sobs so deep that the hurt started in my stomach and shook through me. I fell on my knees and cried. I cried out in shame, from the overwhelming shame of it all.

The rows of file shelves swirled in my tear-filled eyes. No one must ever, ever know of this room. I must lock it up and hide the key. Then as I looked up through my tears, I saw Him enter the room.

No, please not Him. Not here. Anyone but Jesus.

I watched helplessly as He began to open the files and read the cards. I couldn't bear to watch His response. The few times I looked at His face I saw such sadness that it tore at my heart. He seemed to intuitively go to the worst boxes. Why did he have to read every one?

Finally, He turned and looked at me from across the room. He looked at me with pity in His eyes. But this was a pity that didn't anger me. I dropped my head, covered my face with my hands and began to cry again. He walked over and put his arm around me. He could have said so many things. But He didn’t say a word. He just cried with me.

Then He got up and walked back to the wall of files. Starting at one end of the room, He took out a file, and, one by one began to sign His name over mine on each card. "No!" I shouted, rushing to Him. All I could find to say was "No, no", as I pulled the card from Him. His name shouldn't be on these cards. But there it was, written in red so rich, so dark, and so alive. The name of Jesus covered mine. It was written in blood. He gently took the card back. He smiled a sad smile and began to sign the cards. I don't think I'll ever understand how He did it so quickly, but the next instant it seemed I heard Him close the last file and walk back to my side. He placed His hand on my shoulder and said, "It is finished." I stood up, and He led me out of the room. There was no lock on the door. There were still cards to be written.



Friday, October 07, 2005

ONE@SAT@FREEEEEEEEEE!!!

ok folks, i told cherns lets take a break for this saturday tmr since we r right smack in the middle of exam week. So yeah , lets not meet tmr. chill for one sat. its freeeee!!!

but since i will be doing worship this sun, i will still need to go down and prep. i will be there from 1:30pm to about maybe 3pm. for those free or brave birds who wants to come down n join me, you r welcome :) if not, see u all on sunday. can't wait!



I may get stoned for daring to suggest this...

eh guys, i thought of something....why don't we use UNIFORMS as the next dress code? Seeing that we're all having exams, i thought it'd be pretty cool for us to come to church dressed as if we were going ot school. Badges, ties, socks...whatever.

It'd be pretty neat...right? *ducks tomatoes and eggs*



you CAN

well, even though it's pretty obvious....

before the the exam:
work as hard as you can
get as much sleep as you can
pray as often as you can
worry as little as you can

during the exam:
understand the questions as best as you can
recall as much as you can
organise your thoughts and plan your answers as well as you can
write them down as fast as you can (legibly of course)
check as often as you can
even if you think you're gonna do badly, i think it actually helps to be as positive as you can: smile as widely as you can =D
if you're really really overwhelmed (and even if you aren't actually), take a minute's break and seek God as earnestly as you can

after the exam:
thank God it's over as heartily as you can
don't think/worry/brag/boast/talk abt it as much as you can
continue to study for the rest of your papers as hard as you can

once all your exams are over(like she who is atop the coconut tree):
praise God with all that you can
celebrate as hard as you can (just don't go paint the town red)
don't forget to pray for those still having exams as often as you can


And even if you can't for any one them,
Know that with Jesus, you CAN
coz everything is in His hands (:

it's gonna be alright!



Monday, October 03, 2005

hello world, here's the link of the video of pei jun playing at acts, she looks suppppeerrr pro (:
www.iproed.com/~mokyjx1/hosting/PeiJunplayingguzhen).asf



Sunday, October 02, 2005

Hi everyone,
Seeing as how most of us are in the thick of exams, and the rest of us will soon be too, I thought I'd share something which God revealed to me.

One fine night, the 28th of August, actually, I was slacking..and trying to regain my focus. I prayed and asked God, "What is my purpose in studying?" And suddenly I recalled David, the shepherd boy turned king. Shepherding must have been pretty mundane, but David stuck by it faithfully and ultimately God chose him to be king over His nation. So I decided to jot down this nifty insight in my prayer-journal thingy. I took up the pen, and began to write, words pre-formed in my mind, but what I wrote was completely different from what I planned-I let go and let a warm, wise, comforting presence form the letters. This is a blessing I have felt drawn to share with all of you, and truly, nobody says it better than God:

Many would acquire my knowledge, but I know their hearts. Glorify and honour me, like David as shepherd boy, and, like David, I will do a great work through you. Trust me. And live by my will.

May God bless you in the week ahead!



PEI JUN @ ACTS

Hey guys!

Chern & I missed OC this morning because we were at ACTS church and guess what!?? When I was sitting all alone in the midst of the fellowshipping congregation, I saw our very own PEI JUN! Wah! So happy! Then we realised she was going to play the "gu zheng" for us! Wahh...so cool! Here're the pictures. Seeing her play was like seeing a different person altogether! Hey Pei Jun, it was awesome! It was inspirational! *Clap*clap*clap*

We even have a short video recording of her performance! Will be getting Cherz to post it up soon! Woohoooo....!Check out the "Quivering plucks of ten thousand feathers"! Hee...kidding. But man, it was gooooood...Thanks for blessing us Pei Jun!



a prayer for examinations

hello BASICs, mingying shared this prayer. (:

A Prayer for Examination
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>Lord grant me the right attitude towards my examination,
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>That even when I study, I want to glorify your name.
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>Give me the strength that I may press on,
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>Perseverance that I can endure,
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>Good health that I may study effectively.
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>Help me to be single-minded when I study,
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>Remove all other thoughts, distractions and anxieties,
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>Give me the power to concentrate,
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>The ability to understand and to remember.
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>Show me the way to study intelligently,
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>To know what is important and what is not.
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>Provide me Lord with quality time in my studies,
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>Remove all tensions and fears within me.
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>Fill me with Thy confidence,
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>Teach me to draw strength from you each day.
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>Let me learn to trust you in such times.
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>In the examination hall, be with me Lord.
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>Grant me the clarity and sharpness of thoughts.
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>Let me not get distracted by things around me.
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>Give me concentration and calmness Lord.
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>Help me to gather my thoughts of what I've learnt.
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>Grant me the discipline to space out time equally on all questions.
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>Most of all, help me to complete the question on time.
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>Despite examination Lord, continue to grant me
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>Quality time with you, let me not neglect You.
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>Give me a balanced diet between my studies and my service for you.
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>I just want to commit the whole examination into your hands,
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>knowing that You are a God who cares and answers prayers.
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>THANK YOU



Saturday, October 01, 2005

SUNDAYHUDDLE

peeps! for service tomorrow, lets sit together again. 1st level, in the front to the right. it will be more fun that way. and of course after service, the SUNDAYHUDDLE!!!! it starts right after the service. be there!



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