Monday, 27 August 2012

Continuation of Survival Series! =)

Hey people! It's been a few days since my last update so yes, I'm going to update myself! But if you were busy, you may skip through the first 3 paragraphs and go straight to the sermon! Remember I was having trouble with my accommodation in London? I was contemplating whether to take up Sir John Cass Hall or Liberty Hall, in which I eventually settled down on Liberty Hall. The rushing of deadline for online payment (to secure the room) was stressful particularly when I had only a few days left before the deadline (24th of August). I kept myself busy dealing with emails from Liberty Hall Management and City University. Also, since the money involved are huge in amount (everything is in GBP), paying such amount is not possible with debit or credit card due to the exchange control policy imposed by the Central Bank since the 1997 South East Asian Currency Crisis, to circumvent speculation from international currency traders.

Apparently the only viable way is via bank transfer, and the whole process is a bit tedious for me (someone who has yet to get exposed to anything about banking). The amount of payment was not only large, but quite confusing as well. Also, I was required to send 2 passport sized photos to Liberty Hall for their security system. I was searching all over the Express Mail and Air Mail hoping to send the photos and reach there by the deadline, but to no avail. Thank God my mom came into rescue! She called up Liberty Hall Management for clarification, and everything is in order now. She also manage to send 2 passport sized photos of mine! I have paid the deposit of £200 by credit card via the online payment system to secure the room, and my mom has just carried out the bank transfer today! So all is well! Praise the Lord for such a wonderful mom! :)

Oh yes, I have done my medical checkup as well! Everything seemed to be smooth so far, praise the Lord! Tomorrow will be a busy day for me as I will be going to different places to settle everything in a day. I will be going to the Bank to collect my scholarship contract and relevant documents, KL Sentral to collect my medical report, and college to collect my statement of result. I shall sleep early tonight to store energy for tomorrow! But wait, I'm going to Quinnie's house tonight for PE1 BBQ class gathering! Wooohooo can't wait! :) 

Alright, since the title of this post is about survival series, I shall not digress too much from the main topic! Yesterday it was an awesome Sunday (every Sunday is an awesome day for me hahaha! :p) and once again Pastor Kenneth was the speaker! To be honest, whenever Pastor Kenneth is preaching, I will be extra alert to listen the sermon and it is almost certain that I would get something new. Pastor even said in Twitter later yesterday: 
Enjoy myself too much delivering God's message today. Totally lost track of time. Thank God for His presence and power... & people's patience. 
Thank you so much Pastor for delivering such a wonderful Word! Definitely looking forward to more of it! Excited for the sermon yet? Here you go! :) 

- Church is an agent for transformation. 
- Greatest test in our life is success. 
- People tend to forget God amidst of success, not in hardship. 
- You don't have to do something external to solve internal issue. 
- Word of God is like mirror to reflect who we are. 
- Sometimes something that irks us is just a testing from God on us. 
- People don't turn into who they are in just days, but due to various circumstances around. 
- God has made it easy for us to follow His ways; He works in the principles of THREE (3). 
- Body, Soul & Spirit; we focus so much on body, but God is interested in our spirit! 
- Father, Son & Holy Spirit want to help us. 
- Learn 3 things from God: Jesus's Testimony, Teachings & Telling Off. 
- Teachings: Sometimes we just need to be taught. 
- Jesus: I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. 
- Faith, Hope & Love -> All these 3 are internal. 
- If faith doesn't do it, hope will & if hope doesn't do it, love will. 
- Steal, Kill & Destroy -> Principles of Devil. 
- When reading Scripture, understand the process that we are in. 
- Worship God in Spirit & Truth. 
- Live in life of power that comes from the inside. 
- Where your marriage stands now? Has something been stolen? It's not too late to restore!  
- When a woman can no longer stand a marriage and give up, that show something deep has occur;
  a deep cut. 
- Even if you come from a divorce home, do not worry about your future. 
- While your body is still okay, make sure you invest in your soul & spirit. 
- Soul & Spirit are longing, therefore the body will react. 
- Sometimes a girl devoids of father's love, will keep searching for different male partners, in hope   
  of searching something to fill the hole inside her heart. What can truly cease her from giving away 
  her body to different guys, is Father's love; when soul & spirit is dealt with! 
- Come to a place with faith, hope & love, again! 
- Don't put value on internal from the external. 
- Lust of the Eyes, Lust of the Flesh, & Pride of Life.
- Searching ourself can lead to condemnation & confusion; God wants conviction. 
- Don't let Devil to keep deceiving us from external. 
- Be a beauty from the inside, like Christ from the inside.
- Never fought over money, as we rule over money, not otherwise. 
- Don't put our confidence on external things that society treasures, such as: 
  1) Sustenance: Never bow to it! God will provide our immediate needs. 
  2) Success: Success is not your God; at the top of pinnacle? so what? 
      At top positions, temptation not to be held accountable, will come; eg: I will do what I want to 
      do, don't tell me what to do! 
      Don't test God, you have knowledge of God? Good, take it to draw yourself closer to God. 
      Don't tempt, don't take God's mercy and grace for granted, as God can call you home any 
      second He wants. 
      Be under authority, do what your God says, be a top man in God's eyes.
  3) Security: Security is not your God; find your security in God. 
- It's not your weight, your height, or your background to give you authority, but how you find 
  yourself in Christ.  

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

August Updates! =)

Hello people! Sorry for the 2-week hiatus as I was a little bit busy with accommodation stuffs and all. I was trying to find an accommodation cheaper than my own university hall in London. Oh by the way, if you have yet to know, my A-Levels result has finally been revealed! Praise the Lord that I've achieved 3A* 1A! As predicted, I've gotten an A (88 percentile) for my Economics. But still I thank God for it! A* for Maths, Further Maths and Physics are not easy to be attained! What more, I wasn't putting any hope on Physics to get A* since I've got only 90 for my AS. Enough with tears flowing and regrets, I shall be grateful that I'm still going to Cass Business School! All glory to God! Wooohooo~ :D
So what's with the accommodation? Apparently Liberty Hall (the university residence that I've applied for) costs £180 per week, which I think is quite expensive. It will then cost £720 per month just for the accommodation alone, out of £1056 monthly allowance sponsored by the Bank. In fact, I found another cheaper alternative, i.e. Sir John Cass Hall, which costs only £120 per week, but it's 10-20 minutes away by bus. Added to the monthly bus pass which cost £10 per week, it would roughly cost around £130 per week; at least £200 will be saved monthly. The only downside: It's located in Hackney area, which is densely populated with Muslim and African, indirectly signifying higher crime rate, thus a more dangerous place to live at. Eventually after discussing with my friends, I decided that I shall just live at Liberty Hall. It's nearer to the university (5 mins walk) and can bond with my university friends better. The first year is a crucial year for me to settle down, so I shall settle for a safer and better (although more expensive) option. Also, the time and energy spent on commuting might not worth the £50 saved per week.

Anyway, here's the sermon preached on the past Sunday Service (19/8/12) by Pastor Kenneth Chin! The sermon was so powerful and my heart was so touched throughout the whole service. Oh some updates on serving God through Revo Store! So far I've done MTG order and Sales, and they are not really that easy, considering the complication that might arise during closing. We are required to recount the T-shirts and other items (closing stocks - opening stocks = sales quantity), to make sure that it's tally with the record of cash counter. Anyway, everything was quite fun and personally I enjoy serving the Lord! Definitely looking forward to this Sunday for more! =)

Without further ado, here's the God-inspired Word! =)

Bible Verses: Psalm 139:23-24, 1 Samuel 16:7, Proverbs 16:32, Proverbs 25:28, Matthew 4:1-10

- We grow up in different types of packages.
- Jesus values what's growing on in our mind and heart.
- External bondage (Egypt) -> Wilderness (internal breakthroughs) -> External blessing.
- Changes can start from you, then maybe everything else will flow smoothly.
- It's not only how to manage tough times, but also tough thoughts!
- Let go of anger and deal with other internal elemets.
- There are some people with nothing yet get everything.
- We can search our hearts, but in the light of God.
- Only God can search and review wickedness in our hearts, to go for everlasting.
- Search ourself without God will only cause condemnation and comparison.
- In God, there will be no condemnation and comparison, but only conviction.
- You will have reward if invest in external beauty (compliments from people); if invest in internal
  beauty, you will have reward of eternity.
- When you want to know how great a man is, ask his wife first! xD
- God's protection is so much safer than having the most secured army camp/police station next to
  your house.
- Control your own spirit, rule your self control, & you will be bigger than the ruler of a nation!
- If you have problem, ask God.
- Lie of the enemy/devil: External leads to internal.
- Surrender all your appetites to God.
- Don't sell your destiny short. I don't need anything, I have everything that God gives me.
- A good name is to be desired than great riches.
- Goal: Be like Christ.
- You are, before you do; so invest in who you truly are.
- Sow a thought, reap a desire; sow a desire, reap an action.
- Sow a habit, reap a character; sow a character, ripe a destiny; sow a destiny, reap an eternity.
- Respond (not only react), take responsibility on our thoughts.
- Fear & guilt.
- Something might fall apart without you, but don't let the guilt continues to get you.
- Why am I stuck this way? Is it because of family?
- Commit your burden to God!
- The day you release burden is the day you have your life.
- You don't have control over others' life, but God has.
- What's driving you on, is your guilt and fear. Don't sink on the weight of guilt.
- Come to a decision, resolve internally in your heart.
- Something has to die inside, for something else to live.
- Sometimes you need to be hurt, before you can be healed.
- Sometimes you have to let go, before let God to take control.
- Let go of your burden and God will take care of it!
- Don't put burden on your children (as this will kill them on the inside), but rather let them live &
  dream high! =)

Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Eventful Sunday! =)

Hello people! Some of you might be wondering why you are being tagged and linked to this blog. Not so much on promoting my site, but to share the good news and testimonies available all over my blog (particularly the last few posts prior to this, so if you had time, why not just read through those posts?). If you have been following my blog faithfully since the beginning of the moment I decided to share the notes I've written down on the sermons preached on Sunday services, you will know I have had tagged quite a number of people to read the Word but that didn't last long. Sooner or later I found out that not everyone that I tagged viewed the post, some of them did not even bother to read. I felt discouraged to tag people anymore on the post, sooner or later I did not even bother to tag anymore. I felt that, if God really wants to touch a specific person's heart, Holy Spirit will nudge the person, while he/she was scrolling through the FB newsfeed, to check out the post I've shared. So I thought I had done my part well and surrender the rest to God.

Just a few days ago, I was having a conversation with Tricia, one of a few friends sharing the same birthday with me haha! xD In her case, same day same year! Anyway, we bumped on the topic regarding the sermons I've been sharing. I told her about the discouragement I was facing and she recommended me to continue tagging people. Credits to Tricia, Romans 10:13-15 depicts very well on this matter, just the right verse to solve my problem. I believe changes should come from within, from the inside out. I shouldn't gauge based on the result and focus solely on that. Instead, I should have focused more on the primary objective and the goal of the action. So yeah, I will continue to tag people! Also, thanks to her, I'm able to start serving in Revo Store in less than a week time after my registration. I wasn't expecting that coming so fast but really want to thank God for this great opportunity! 

For the first time I served in the Revo Store. My first task: MTG order. I wasn't sure what is MTG at first, but after my friends explained it to me, finally I understood. MTG is a voice recording of sermons in DVD form, used for self purpose or to bless someone else. Not only the sermons from Acts Central, but you can also obtain sermons from other plants like Acts Ampang, Acts Nilai, Acts Mandarin and so on. The task was easy, to facilitate church members on MTG ordering, in filling up the form and asking them to pay at the counter. Later after the serving, one of the team leaders Jamie had an informal interview with me, along with 2 other friends who are serving in Revo Store. It might seem formal but it wasn't. She told me everything about the Revo Store. 

Here's what I understood: Revo Store is a ministry in church, just like any other ministries. It was created to sell accessories that can bring people closer to God. Revo Store is not profit orientated, but rather God-centered. The reason why people in Revo Store continue to serve there is due to the satisfaction gained when you realised things from Revo Store are distributed out to spread the good news, to bless someone, to draw people to Christ and bring people closer to God. Badges, books, MTG, worship songs discs etc. All these are meant for one and only one purpose - to draw people to God. Not only for non-Christians, even Christians can be blessed by Revo Store, by consolidating their faith or even transform backsliders back to the right track. In short, Revo Store is a platform to complement people's faith in God. Pastor Kenneth also mentioned about church's plan to plant a new church (Acts London) in the UK, so I'm going to undergo intensive 7-week training about operating Revo Store and be a team leader. The responsibility seems really heavy, but I believe I can do it by drawing strength and ability to learn fast from God! =) 

Here is the sermon that Pastor Kenneth has preached on the past Sunday. It was the continuation of the series that he has started last week, on the theme of breaking internal bondage. As usual he made jokes while he was preaching sermons, one of which that I found it interesting was a watch that he was wearing, that can measure calories burnt! Guess what, by the end of the sermon, he has burnt more than 555 kcal! OMG! Preaching a sermon is even more effective in burning calories than running on a treadmill for 15 minutes. :O Wow! 

Theme: Beautiful People Series    Bible Verses: Proverbs 22:2; Matthew 5:20; Galatians 4:9; 
                                                                     Matthew 15:8-12, 23:23-27, 6:1-2, 6:5-6, 7:3-4, 
                                                                     7:24-25, 7:28-29; Psalm 34:6 

- Promise land needs beautiful people to live in it, to be beautiful. 
- Let's embrace this wilderness. 
- Offences are bound to come, and inevitable. 
- Don't live according to other people's standards. 
- Don't let others to bring you down to their standards, making you less beautiful. 
- It's about mindset, change from the inside out. 
- Most of the victories are found in the internal exams/internal bondage. 
- Everyone has problem, but we don't have to remain there. 
- Every creator will create something that goes back to him/her. 
- What sets you apart from the rest is the internal strength. 
- We don't wait for the world to be beautiful, we can be the starting agent. 
- Poor in spirit is defenceless, for his only defence line is Christ. 
- Choose to be defenceless, dependent. 
- Most of us start up being rich in spirit (independent). 
- It's the internal victory that leads to external victory. 
- B coming and relying to God, you inherit everything, from nothing. 
- Pharisees are of righteousness to the highest level, but in external form. 
- Your righteousness can surpass that of Pharisees, by focusing on the inside. 
- It's easier to cast out demons than bad habits. 
- Be wise, by listening to spirit of the Word, and obey! 
- Become beautiful, by changing the spirit inside.

After the Sunday service, it was time for me to play badminton with my churchmates! It had been 2 weeks since the last time of me playing badminton! Badminton has been one of my favourite sports and I really enjoy playing it! It was fun! =) After playing badminton, we went to Silva Restaurant at SS15 (near my college) and had dinner! We planned to watch the Final match between Lee Chong Wei and Lin Dan too! The game finally started and both were really good! After playing really hard, Lee Chong Wei managed to win the first set. Most of the people screamed in joy, and that was really the first time I've witnessed on my own the unity of our people! I was exposed to the unity between races since primary school, but never had the chance to witness and feel it. Yesterday was my first time. 

For the first time with me in it, people from different races sat down together, and supported our national athlete Dato' Lee Chong Wei. We literally overjoyed for every score LCW managed to score! People from all walks of life, regardless of races, religons, political parties etc, sat down and supported our national player! It was an ineffable feeling, only people who were there could feel that. It was such a exciting moment when Lin Dan won the second set, and they were set to play the third game - the determining game of London Olympic gold medal for badminton man's single. It was a nail biting moment when Chong Wei and Lin Dan tightly fought against each other until 19-19, due to certain element in randomness, in the end Lin Dan won. It was indeed a heartwrenching moment to see Chong Wei being defeated, but he was incredibly amazing! 

Dato' Lee Chong Wei was all over Facebook posts and trending worldwide in Twitter. Despite his defeat, he is viewed as the national hero! He has fought his very best and managed to exert such a pressure to Lin Dan, the world no.1 badminton man's single player. Nobody has the ability to do that to Lin Dan, only Chong Wei does. Most Malaysians went into saddening moment when he even apologised to Malaysians on Twitter, and cried on the podium during victory ceremony. What he wanted was not the gold medal, but Negaraku being played in London's Wembley Arena for the first time in the Olympic Games history! He is a really great man, well respected national hero that has brought our people to unity! For the first time that I'm so so proud to be a Malaysian. As what this trending quote stated, "Lee Chong Wei is such a great guy while Lin Dan is a bit arrogant. Skills win medals, attitude wins hearts", by ESPN commentator. 

I even respect Lee Chong Wei for his persistence and determination! He was injured early this year in Thomas Cup during his match with Lin Dan, on his ankles. Directly after his recovery (he has not fully recovered yet at the moment), he went to play Olympic Games after training of mere 2 weeks. He had to eat a painkiller before each match that he was playing. His determination and skills has also once again proven by his ability to enter the Final and the tight match with Lin Dan. At such a moment of 19-19 on the third set, nobody can actually know who will win. It was all based on psychology and luck, in other word, randomness. Just so the element of randomness kicked in, Lee Chong Wei got defeated. But he did not lose! He won a silver medal! Indeed, he deserved every single bit of it!

Nobody in the entire universe has the ability to recover from a severe ankle injury, only trained for 2 weeks, managed to enter the Olympic final and almost defeat the world no.1 player, except Dato' Lee Chong Wei. For Lin Dan it was to retain his title, but for Chong Wei it was the whole country counting on him; with such a heavy burden, it wasn't easy to perform yet he carried it exceptionally well despite his injuries, for that he has already won a gold. He has fought greatly and made the nation proud! Very proud. I'm really happy for being a Malaysian, and for Malaysia having such a great sportsman. Really thank God for Dato' Lee Chong Wei! I hope he will be able to cheer up and continue to make contributions to the country, and I believe he will! The greater plan has yet to come! =) 

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