Tuesday, May 31, 2005
"You are learning your lesson. You are being led out into a large place. Talk to Me day and night. Look up into My face - I reveal Myself to you in the most ordinary ways, even as you are talking with friends, doing your daily chore or just looking at birds flying. A look of love and care, a feeling of security, a thrill of joy at the sense of the nearness of My Presence - these are your best prayers. You don't have to use big words, just chat with me as you go about your day and business (busy-ness). Let these smooth the day's work. Prayer is of many kinds, but of whatever kind, prayer is the linking up of the soul and mind and heart to God."
Because the soul, being linked to God, united to Him, receives in and through Him all things. This is how prayers are answered.
Father God, goodnight! Thank you for showing yourself to me through the people and friends that I meet, through the little things that happen daily, and through sensing the nearness of Your awesome and wonderful Presence! I just want to tell you that I love you Lord!
Monday, May 30, 2005
- "Prayerise": a daily system of creative prayer. Talk it over with God very simply and directly in prayer.
This guy "prayerised" his daily life by conceiving of God as being with him in his office, in his home, on the street, in his car, always nearby as a partner, and as a close friend. He interprets it as meaning that he should go about every day discussing with God in a natural, normal manner the questions that had to be decided and dealt with. He fills his daily life full of prayer - "pray without ceasing".
- "Picturise": have a vision of what will happen. The basic factor in psychology is the relisable wish.
The man who assumes success tends already to have success. People who assume failure tend to have failure.
- "Actualise": When either failure or success is picturised or visualised in one's mind, it strongly tends to actulise in terms equivalent to the mental image pictured.
He claims that to assure something worth while happening, first pray about it and test it according to God's will: then print a picture of it on the mind as happening, holding the picture firmly in consciousness. Continue to surrender the picture to God and follow His guidance. That which you have prayerised and picturised will actualise in God's power.
What do you think of this three-point prayer method? I think I will try it. How about you?
Sunday, May 29, 2005
In our lives we 'collide' with many people,
Some move towards us, others away from us.
Some we choose to remember, others to forget.
Some we connect for a while, others for life.
These special few we are entrusted with,
for each has made an impact on the other,
and their memory will live on forever.
Not coincidence, but divine guidance!
Saturday, May 28, 2005
Throughout history, there are different concepts of worship. The Hebrew concepts of worship consider themes like priesthood and God’s covenant with Israel. The Greek concepts describe our relationship with God through faith in Jesus Christ. Contemporary concepts of worship indicate that our everyday-life is worship and service to God; all members of the church have access to God (Romans 5:2) and a share in the Holy Spirit. Despite the differences in the concepts during various eras, God desires us to continually have an attitude of worship in all that we do and say. Worship is our reason for being. Therefore, I believe that although music / singing can be used as a great expression of worship, it is really not the only form like many people think. There are many other wonderful expressions of worship other than music. I have been really enjoying alternative experiential worship, and basically contemplating and intentionally living a worshipful life.
What do you reckon?
Friday, May 27, 2005
- Thou shalt NOT be perfect, nor try to be.
- Thou shalt NOT try to be all things to all people.
- Thou shalt leave things undone that ought to be done.
- Thous shalt NOT spread thyself too thin.
- Thou shalt learn to say NO.
- Thou shalt schedule time for thyself, and thy supportive network.
- Thou shalt switch off, do nothing, regularly.
- Thou shalt be boring, untidy, inelegant and unattractive at times.
- Thou shalt NOT even feel guilty!
- Especially, thou shalt NOT be thine own worst enemy, but be thy best friend.
Wise words hey? I particularly like number 8, which one do you like best?
Thursday, May 26, 2005
Wednesday, May 25, 2005
Week 1 - logistics & expectations for the group
Week 2 - revisiting the core values of LivingRoom
Week 3-5 - three themes / topics to explore
eg: spirituality tour, reflective night, bible focus, real life spirituality, topical night, mission & the outer journey
Thinking back the last few months since I joined LR, it's been a refreshing experience to say the least. To me personally, out of the three points that we discussed as a group in terms of how to split the group (missional, relational and logistics), I think missional focus is most important to me personally. I will be in a creative/arts type group and pray that we will walk the outer journey together as a 'tribe' (God willing).
I'm really interested in knowing how other churches have been through similar types of processes with their faith communities.
Tuesday, May 24, 2005
Puppetry is one of the most ancient forms of entertainment in the world. Besides providing entertainment, this visual art form is also used for conveying meaningful messages. Over the years, Puppetry has developed into a powerful media of communication. Puppetry offers a real challenge to the imagination and creative ability of the individual and of all art mediums, it is probably the least restricted in its form, design, colour and movement and the least expensive of all animated visual art forms.
Monday, May 23, 2005
I just found a photocopy article called "For Single Men & Women" from a book called "Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood", which is very interesting. It talks about 8 important theses on singleness when we tune in to Jesus and His contemporary single followers:
(1) Marriage, as we know it in this age, is not the final destiny of any human.
(2) Jesus Christ, the most fully human person who ever lived, was not married.
(3) The Bible celebrates celibacy because it gives extraordinary opportunity for single-minded investment in ministry for Christ.
(4) The Apostle Paul and a lot of great missionaries after him have renounced marriage for the sake of the kingdom of God.
(5) The Apostle Paul calls singleness a gift from God.
(6) Jesus promises that forsaking family for the sake of the kingdom will be repaid with a new family, the church.
(7) God is sovereign over who gets married and who doesn't. And He can be trusted to do what is good for those who hope in Him.
(8) Mature manhood and womanhood are not dependent on being married.
Sunday, May 22, 2005
This morning we watched a vcd, and I was translating the sermon called "Is there life after death?" The preacher talked about a story of a person who has had a near-death experience which is recorded here .
It's really interesting how he experienced heaven and hell, and got a glimpse of eternity. To me though, I have had many glimpses of eternity because Jesus lives in me.
Saturday, May 21, 2005
I read that her dazzling technique and heart-felt renditions have earned her over 100 first-place awards in competitions. She is a four-time South Pacific Champion, 7-time Australian National Champion, and she maintains an illustrious concert schedule. Bernadette has an amazing repertoire, which ranges from classical, to jazz, pop and various folk and ethnic music; and she is never afraid to try something new. Astounding her professors in Russia with her amazing technique, she built on her already mature and sensitive musical style, resulting in a unique mastery of the instrument with a western approach, upon which she added her unique Russian teachings. Bernadette is famed for her own intricate orchestral arrangements, some of which appear on the six CD's she has released. Some of these arrangements have never been considered on accordion before.
Two weeks ago, while she was playing, on my way home, I gathered courage to approach her and spoke to her. She gave me her details, and tonight I went to see her again hoping to set up a time for coffee. I just feel that I really want to get to know her. Praise God that we are going to meet up soon.
Friday, May 20, 2005
Thursday, May 19, 2005
To me personally, I feel that my spirituality is sustained through maintaining a daily walk with God (and time alone with God), prayer and reflections (especially through journalling and writing blogs), getting into the Bible, spending time with mature Christians that I respect (spiritual mentors), keeping my life in perspective and to have a balanced lifestyle, having prayer partners, taking rest breaks, doing things that are relaxing, going out with friends, building in retreat time every year. I also think that a more holistic form of spirituality needs to be encouraged - with a love of nature, love and respect for art and poetry etc, the Incarnation of Christ, no boundaries between the sacred and the secular etc.
So how do you sustain your spirituality?
Wednesday, May 18, 2005
in the image of God he created him;
male and female he created them."
- The creative talent that God has created in us as human beings is amazing!
- Bringing together the various elements, how do we perceive ourselves as creative beings in God’s space?
- In the beginning God created: God creates and calls us to discover the space he makes.
- The first artist is God. The first masterpiece God creates is “space”. Then God fills it out.
- How do we see our creativity….is it a gift from God?….what should we do with it?
- Is there a space to concentrate on creative process? Are there adequate strengths in relationship to creative collaboration?
Tuesday, May 17, 2005
Monday, May 16, 2005
"Painting is a way of expression as well as an act of worship ... I discovered about five years ago that I enjoyed BIG painting particularly painting to music, not necessarily painting anything other than the rhythm and feel of the music, mind you I also liked to paint and draw from still life thru to abstract, but depicting movement has always captured my imagination. I found as I was using worship songs while I was painting I would start to worship along with painting and I started to hear the Lord speaking to me as I worked. It's a big leap from painting the words and rhythm of a song to painting God's heartbeat and His kisses I found that trust waas the bridge. I love hearing the Lord speak and some times when I paint in worship I have absolutely no idea what the picture will be I just listen to the Lord and obey. I tell you what I get such a kick out of seeing the picture especially when I start painting it and THEN the worship team sing it without being able to see what I am drawing. I also love to capture the impressions of worship and offer it back to the Lord. There's also prophetic art which is often very considered and prayed over before it is delivered."
Do you agree?
Sunday, May 15, 2005
It's my prayer that gO! can truly become a catalyst to connect people to God's global purpose.
Friday, May 13, 2005
Thursday, May 12, 2005
- Jesus was the Word made flesh.
- Jesus was God's self revelation in the form of the perfect human.
- Christ's life, death and resurrection is how God provided salvation and forgiveness for us.
Since my time at Tabor, I had been pondering about the concept of Incarnation / Incarnationl Mission, which is a controversial theology / theology of mission. I believe that if I am to follow Jesus' incarational mission, I am actually a missionary and that Christian life is a 24-7 matter, not just something that happens in our 'church meetings'. Our engagement with the world ought to be all encompassing.
Jesus said to His disciples, who seemed indifferent to the needs of their neighbours, "open your eyes and take a good look at what is right in front of you" (John 4 The Message). This really presents a challenge for me personally to be involved in incanational mission.
Wednesday, May 11, 2005
Tuesday, May 10, 2005
What do you reckon?
Monday, May 09, 2005
The Micah Call:
This is a moment in history of unique potential,when the stated intentions of world leaders echo something of the mind of the Biblical prophets and the teachings of Jesus concerning the poor, and when we have the means to dramatically reduce poverty.We commit ourselves, as followers of Jesus,to work together for the holistic transformation of our communities, to pursue justice, be passionate about kindness and to walk humbly with God.We call on international and national decision-makersof both rich and poor nations, to fulfil their public promiseto achieve the Millennium Development Goalsand so halve absolute global poverty by 2015.We call on Christians everywhere to be agents of hope for and with the poor, and to work with others to hold our national and global leaders accountablein securing a more just and merciful world."
I signed up the Micah call for a while now, but it wasn't until I read Tear Australia's magazine today (thanks to my mate Stephen Said ) that I got a more comprehensive understanding of what the Micah challenge and the millennium development goals are. I'd like to encourage you to take up the challenge and sign up to the Micah call at www.micahchallenge.org
Sunday, May 08, 2005
"Proverbs 31:25 She is clothed with strength and dignity;
she can laugh at the days to come.
Pr 31:26 She speaks with wisdom,
and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
Pr 31:27 She watches over the affairs of her household
and does not eat the bread of idleness.
Pr 31:28 Her children arise and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praises her:
Pr 31:29 "Many women do noble things,
but you surpass them all."
Pr 31:30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.
Pr 31:31 Give her the reward she has earned,
and let her works bring her praise at the city gate."
Saturday, May 07, 2005
I got thinking about this today, and really our yearning for relationship shouldn't surprise us! The Bible tells us that God created us all for relationship; with Him and with eacn other. Me made us to relate! The Bible says that our deepest human longing for love, acceptance and meaning can only be met as a person re-connects with their Creator God (our loving Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ our Saviour and Holy Spirit our comforter).
Friday, May 06, 2005
Thursday, May 05, 2005
Some photos of the Focus MissioNight are here.
Wednesday, May 04, 2005
Having considered the relationship of the community members, missional focus and logistics of location, we decided to start a second and third group. Towards the end of the discussion, three groups were proposed and we decided that we will each pray about it for two weeks before we make the final decision. There was also a suggestion that all three groups come together every now and then regularly for a larger gathering.
Tuesday, May 03, 2005
Do you agree that how we react to what happens to us (attitude) is more important than what actually happens to us, and that we are in charge of our attitudes?
Monday, May 02, 2005
Hope to see you there!
More details here!