[ ᴃᴚiפʜᴌ ᵴᴌᴗᴆiᴏ ]: June 2010

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

4. How to get calibrated? [ Romans 12:2 ]

[ CF comm retreat 10 April 2010 ]

So here's what I want you to do, God helping you:
Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don't become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You'll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you. (Romans 12:2 - The Message)

I lay it all down again; less Martha, more Mary; grace, wisdom, strength, but most importantly, You;

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Random:
For the sake of world cup fever, in conjunction with taking up spanish language... Spain FTW. :)))

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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Life Manual [ Matthew 7 ]

Matthew 7(The Message)

A Simple Guide for Behavior
1-5 "Don't pick on people, jump on their failures, criticize their faults— unless, of course, you want the same treatment. That critical spirit has a way of boomeranging. It's easy to see a smudge on your neighbor's face and be oblivious to the ugly sneer on your own. Do you have the nerve to say, 'Let me wash your face for you,' when your own face is distorted by contempt? It's this whole traveling road-show mentality all over again, playing a holier-than-thou part instead of just living your part. Wipe that ugly sneer off your own face, and you might be fit to offer a washcloth to your neighbor.

6"Don't be flip with the sacred. Banter and silliness give no honor to God. Don't reduce holy mysteries to slogans. In trying to be relevant, you're only being cute and inviting sacrilege.

7-11"Don't bargain with God. Be direct. Ask for what you need. This isn't a cat-and-mouse, hide-and-seek game we're in. If your child asks for bread, do you trick him with sawdust? If he asks for fish, do you scare him with a live snake on his plate? As bad as you are, you wouldn't think of such a thing. You're at least decent to your own children. So don't you think the God who conceived you in love will be even better?

12"Here is a simple, rule-of-thumb guide for behavior: Ask yourself what you want people to do for you, then grab the initiative and do it for them. Add up God's Law and Prophets and this is what you get.

Being and Doing
13-14"Don't look for shortcuts to God. The market is flooded with surefire, easygoing formulas for a successful life that can be practiced in your spare time. Don't fall for that stuff, even though crowds of people do. The way to life—to God!—is vigorous and requires total attention.

15-20"Be wary of false preachers who smile a lot, dripping with practiced sincerity. Chances are they are out to rip you off some way or other. Don't be impressed with charisma; look for character. Who preachers are is the main thing, not what they say. A genuine leader will never exploit your emotions or your pocketbook. These diseased trees with their bad apples are going to be chopped down and burned.

21-23"Knowing the correct password—saying 'Master, Master,' for instance— isn't going to get you anywhere with me. What is required is serious obedience—doing what my Father wills. I can see it now—at the Final Judgment thousands strutting up to me and saying, 'Master, we preached the Message, we bashed the demons, our God-sponsored projects had everyone talking.' And do you know what I am going to say? 'You missed the boat. All you did was use me to make yourselves important. You don't impress me one bit. You're out of here.'

24-25"These words I speak to you are not incidental additions to your life, homeowner improvements to your standard of living. They are foundational words, words to build a life on. If you work these words into your life, you are like a smart carpenter who built his house on solid rock. Rain poured down, the river flooded, a tornado hit—but nothing moved that house. It was fixed to the rock.

26-27"But if you just use my words in Bible studies and don't work them into your life, you are like a stupid carpenter who built his house on the sandy beach. When a storm rolled in and the waves came up, it collapsed like a house of cards."

28-29When Jesus concluded his address, the crowd burst into applause. They had never heard teaching like this. It was apparent that he was living everything he was saying—quite a contrast to their religion teachers! This was the best teaching they had ever heard.

Teach me, change me, guide me. Amen.



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Sunday, June 20, 2010

Words of Encouragement [ Hebrews 12 ]

Hebrews 12
Discipline in a Long-Distance Race
1-3Do you see what this means—all these pioneers who blazed the way, all these veterans cheering us on? It means we'd better get on with it. Strip down, start running—and never quit! No extra spiritual fat, no parasitic sins. Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we're in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever. And now he's there, in the place of honor, right alongside God. When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls!

4-11In this all-out match against sin, others have suffered far worse than you, to say nothing of what Jesus went through—all that bloodshed! So don't feel sorry for yourselves. Or have you forgotten how good parents treat children, and that God regards you as his children?

My dear child, don't shrug off God's discipline,
but don't be crushed by it either.
It's the child he loves that he disciplines;
the child he embraces, he also corrects.
God is educating you; that's why you must never drop out. He's treating you as dear children. This trouble you're in isn't punishment; it's training, the normal experience of children. Only irresponsible parents leave children to fend for themselves. Would you prefer an irresponsible God? We respect our own parents for training and not spoiling us, so why not embrace God's training so we can truly live? While we were children, our parents did what seemed best to them. But God is doing what is best for us, training us to live God's holy best. At the time, discipline isn't much fun. It always feels like it's going against the grain. Later, of course, it pays off handsomely, for it's the well-trained who find themselves mature in their relationship with God.

12-13So don't sit around on your hands! No more dragging your feet! Clear the path for long-distance runners so no one will trip and fall, so no one will step in a hole and sprain an ankle. Help each other out. And run for it!

14-17Work at getting along with each other and with God. Otherwise you'll never get so much as a glimpse of God. Make sure no one gets left out of God's generosity. Keep a sharp eye out for weeds of bitter discontent. A thistle or two gone to seed can ruin a whole garden in no time. Watch out for the Esau syndrome: trading away God's lifelong gift in order to satisfy a short-term appetite. You well know how Esau later regretted that impulsive act and wanted God's blessing—but by then it was too late, tears or no tears.
An Unshakable Kingdom
18-21Unlike your ancestors, you didn't come to Mount Sinai—all that volcanic blaze and earthshaking rumble—to hear God speak. The earsplitting words and soul-shaking message terrified them and they begged him to stop. When they heard the words—"If an animal touches the Mountain, it's as good as dead"—they were afraid to move. Even Moses was terrified.

22-24No, that's not your experience at all. You've come to Mount Zion, the city where the living God resides. The invisible Jerusalem is populated by throngs of festive angels and Christian citizens. It is the city where God is Judge, with judgments that make us just. You've come to Jesus, who presents us with a new covenant, a fresh charter from God. He is the Mediator of this covenant. The murder of Jesus, unlike Abel's—a homicide that cried out for vengeance—became a proclamation of grace.

25-27So don't turn a deaf ear to these gracious words. If those who ignored earthly warnings didn't get away with it, what will happen to us if we turn our backs on heavenly warnings? His voice that time shook the earth to its foundations; this time—he's told us this quite plainly—he'll also rock the heavens: "One last shaking, from top to bottom, stem to stern." The phrase "one last shaking" means a thorough housecleaning, getting rid of all the historical and religious junk so that the unshakable essentials stand clear and uncluttered.

28-29Do you see what we've got? An unshakable kingdom! And do you see how thankful we must be? Not only thankful, but brimming with worship, deeply reverent before God. For God is not an indifferent bystander. He's actively cleaning house, torching all that needs to burn, and he won't quit until it's all cleansed. God himself is Fire!

May the Word of God bless and guide you. Amen.


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Thursday, June 17, 2010

Graduation!

Last Monday, i graduated from the "Six Months School"

Well, technically there wasn't any school.. but i was under a period of medication, after medication, after medication, for 6 months due to the TB virus that i caught (or did it catch me? lol) anyways, yea... so i went for my checkup on Monday..

As usual, i placed in my appointment card and waited for my turn to 'take number' ... eventually, i went for the X-ray and sputum test.

Results of the Sputum test goes like this: "Direct Smear of AFB: No ____ Seen" (i forgot what's the word there edi.. lol)

But yea.. it's a good news.. :D

Next up, i went for the x-ray test.. and walla! Clear lungs, and if i'm not mistaken, i did not see any hole left~! Wohoo... despite doctors saying the hole might remain there because lung cells doesn't grow and patch back.. I placed my trust in God, and yes.. awesomeness!!

Too bad my camera wasn't with me, else, i would have taken a shot of it as a prove. The 'good news' is that i would still have another checkup appointment in September, hopefully, i would remember to bring my camera with me the next time i go.

Praise God... i'm off from medications, i don't have to constantly remind myself to take my meds on certain days or certain hours... but i guess it made me a better man throughout the entire 6 months training.

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This new semester has been awesome thus far. Despite me saying that i would be choosing the simpler subjects for this semester, i did some changes to my timetable, i decided to take up Java instead of Multimedia presentation and management...

Along with that, the other elective subject that i'm taking looks rather simple (Software Engineering) in terms of it's content, but yet, the given assignment is rather challenging.. which is awesome, IMHO.. i'd get the chance to learn PHP, ASP, or even JSP depending the language that i wanna use.. and i get to learn MySQL and all those 'important' languages needed to be a web developer... which is AWESOME!! :D

Asides from studies, CF has been great too. Thank God for all the new comers, i pray that they'll feel belonged and welcomed. But most importantly that they will constantly walk with You even throughout their university life here in Cyberjaya.

My first committee planning last weekend was nice. It's great to know that God is moving among us. It's just such a great assurance, and better still, on Sunday, the sunday message was rather similar to what the theme of CF was for this coming year.

Praise God for He is all knowing and mighty, yet mysterious in His ways. But that's just plain awesomeness, rite? :D

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Stop striving with your own strength. Flow with the grace of God. Favor and revelations are gonna keep pouring in, sufficient for all the good works planned ahead. With God, nothing is impossible.

Fellow readers, God bless you! He's all you would need, in fact, more than you imagine. Seek and you shall find :)

Have a blessed week ahead!

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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

was i wrong?

was it wrong for me to walk away when the cashier miscalculate the total amount and ensured me its the right amount after i told him he gave me the extras?

i think i was wrong.. but i needed the toilet badly -.-

to the cashier.. im sorry but i think you'd have to come up with that extra RM30 u gave me -.-

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anyways, im back from my UK - Europe trip..

its was fun.. yet very very long..

i loved the weather, and trying to re-adjust back to the Msian weather..

photos? plenty... Q: why didnt upload?

cuz they're not with me now..

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Oh yea, my results came out... almost as what i anticipated. Praise God, i manage to get my first A+ in MMU..xD

i had 3 A(s) [ specifically A+,A and A- ]
1 B- and a C+

Thank God i made it through (better than i thought) even with the 4 day final-exam-combo..

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the new sem has started.. i thought i was quite settled with the timetable that i arranged and registered...

but im now in the dilemma of wheter or not to continue on with a certain subject cuz i think im not gonna enjoy the semester with a particular lecturer teaching..

i dun hate him/her.. i just find the way he/she teaches ineffective and rather dull..

God, lead me .. i guess thats it...
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