God is Good

The goodness of God is an attribute of God that never changes and it extends to all creations, including you and I. The goodness of God created the world. His creation is a reflection of that goodness. However, man chooses to turn away from God. God restored the goodness in our lives and broke the power of sin and death by dying on the cross for you and I. The goodness of God is who God is.

The first truth is that God’s goodness draws us to him. That restoration of who we are begin when we start to repent and know the importance of repentance and God’s forgiveness in our lives.

Romans 2:4 Or do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, forbearance and patience, not realizing that God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repentance?

God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance in areas of sin, anger, bitterness, greed or lust. God is not here to condemn you but to receive you in his arms of love.

Psalm 145:9 The Lord is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made.

Psalm 34:8 Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.

Because of God’s goodness, we can come to him without fear. The goodness of God tells us to put aside every mask and every wall. Don’t be afraid, so that God’s goodness can flood us from inside out. Because of his goodness, we can trust him implicitly and explicitly. We can trust God completely. God is good not because of what he has done, he’s good because of who he is.

The second truth is that God’s goodness requires our praise. We praise and worship God because of who he is. We give thanks to the Lord for he is good; his mercy endures forever.

Ezra 3:11 With praise and thanksgiving they sang to the Lord: “He is good; his love toward Israel endures forever.” And all the people gave a great shout of praise to the Lord, because the foundation of the house of the Lord was laid.

Psalm 145:5-7 They shall utter the memory of your great goodness and shall sing of your righteousness.

Be thankful to God and bless this day. Praising God is not dependent on what is happening in our lives, but when we experience his goodness, we praise him and worship him all the days of our lives.

The third truth is that God’s goodness is still at work in our lives.

Psalm 23:6 Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

Matthew 7:11 Your father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him.

Psalm 69:16 Answer me, Lord, out of the goodness of your love; in your great mercy turn to me.

Psalm 31:19-20 How abundant are the good things that you have stored up for those who fear you, that you bestow in the sight of all, on those who take refuge in you. In the shelter of your presence you hide them from all human intrigues; you keep them safe in your dwelling from accusing tongues.

God’s goodness still follows us. God’s goodness will work a miracle in our lives and we will experience that healing, that breakthrough, and that turning of circumstances.

God’s goodness will never fail. We trust in the goodness of God. No matter what happens, God’s goodness will take you and see you through with his grace and love. God will bring life and hope into our situations. Keep believing. God is good. Amen!

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The Private Museum: Ian de Souza: Clear Light

Homecoming: Ian de Souza’s Debut Singapore Exhibition at The Private Museum to Explore his Eastern Heritage, Spirituality and Harmony Through Abstract Ink

The Private Museum is delighted to present Clear Light by Australian artist, Ian de Souza. The exhibition marks the artist’s homecoming debut in Singapore and will run from 10 October 2019 to 8 December 2019.

Born in 1939 in then-Malaya, Ian spent his childhood in Singapore under colonial British rule and the Japanese occupation before moving to New South Wales, Australia. He briefly studied to be a Redemptorist missionary priest and went on to study art at Perth Technical College. Through the 1960s and 70s, he toured the world widely as a musician, performed alongside pop music icons such as the Bee Gees, before transitioning into a full time artist in 1980.

Clear Light showcases Ian returning to his land and heritage and coming home to his self. Considering that all visual experiences start with light, Clear Light offers an experience of a new beginning marked by clarity. Says Ian, “Just let it be and feel it.”

Clear Light is a response to Ian’s lifelong pursuit of passion, knowledge and technical mastery, and the realization that comes from years of thoughtful introspection. Ian’s arts practice spans more than 35 years. He is experienced in all mediums, with water-based colours and inks being his preference.

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In Christ

Today, let’s remind ourselves to live according to the identity that Christ has given us; and we’ll see our faith life expand.

Made Alive in Christ

Ephesians 2:1-7 As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions – it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.

IN CHRIST I HAVE POWER AND AUTHORITY

Because of God’s grace for us, he has made us alive with Christ, raised us up with Christ and seated us with Christ in the heavenly realms. We were previously under darkness and destruction, Satan and the bondage to sin and slavery. But now we are made spiritually alive in Christ to experience this newness of life.

Ephesians 1:18-22 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church.

Christ was appointed to be the head over everything for the church in every way. God has given Christ the supreme power and authority; everything is under the feet of Christ.

God appointed Christ; the believers are seated with Christ. With the position that Christ has given to us comes power and authority – believers can participate and walk and exercise in the power and authority that Christ has given. This power is for us, for all who believe. It’s a truth to be lived out in our life. God is the ruler of the kingdom. We are now free from the enemy, our sinful nature and desires and attitudes that do not please God, and those forces that intimidate us and lure us into temptations, bondages and control. We serve a powerful God; we have power over the enemy. Don’t accept the lies of the enemy. Exercise our power and authority. Boldly declare that God is above all. Boldly declare godly practices and values.

We have the power and the authority. Remember your place of victory. Remember where Christ has positioned you. You’re seated with Christ. You’re bigger than the lie and deceptions of the enemy. We’ve power and dominion. Pray over your children and declare that they belong to God and they will walk in the ways of the lord.

Salvation by Grace

Ephesians 2:8-10 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

IN CHRIST I CAN DO GOOD WORKS

Good works will never earn us salvation but it should be a natural consequence that come out from us. Good works are a result of salvation. We are God’s masterpiece. When we do good works, we showcase a God who is good and we are pointing them to Jesus Christ. Good works are indispensable to salvation not as its grounds or means but as its consequences and evidence. To reflect this new identity with Christ, we display good works as an evidence of our salvation. Many people have been impacted by the good works of Christians. Let your good deeds be known so that people will praise your father in heaven and that others may know Christ through us.

God’s Community

Ephesians 2:19-22 Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.

IN CHRIST I BELONG TO GOD’S COMMUNITY

I’m a fellow citizen of God. I’m a member of God’s household. We’re joined together as one holy temple. When God brought us out from the kingdom of darkness, there are many diverse groups of people from different backgrounds, economic status, and ethnic groups but the same truth applies – don’t let all these differences divide the church and create disunity. Whether you like it or not, you’re a member of God’s household and you belong to God’s community. We are all now sons and daughters of God and we share the same right. This new identity is joined and tied to being in God’s community. Everyone plays a part. Make every effort to keep the unity.

In Christ I have power and authority. I can do good works. I belong to God’s community; therefore I will serve the lord. I belong, I participate, I involve. I want to build the sense of belonging and relationship with God and his people. I can do it, and so can you!

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Encountering God as Your Father

The Lord’s Prayer starts with us acknowledging God as “Our father in heaven…”

So yes, God is our father; he’s your father and he’s my father.

Galatians 4:4-7 But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship. Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.” So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir.

You’re God’s child. I’m a child of God. God is my father. Do we really believe God is our father? (1 John 3:1 See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.)

We wait for God’s will. We have a living hope because we trust in a living God. (Lamentations 3:25-26 The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.)

Learn to wait quietly. Be patient. (Romans 8:25 But if we hope for what we do not have yet, we wait for it patiently.)

Patience deals with hope and waiting involves a hope and an unshakable faith in a mighty loving Father God. (Psalm 37:9 For those who are evil will be destroyed, but those who hope in the Lord will inherit the land.)

Don’t stumble in your situation. Job chose to focus on the future with a renewed hope that God would never forsake him. (Job 13:15 Though he slay me, yet will I hope in him; I will surely defend my ways to his face.)

1 Peter 2:21-23 To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps. “He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth.” When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly.

As children of God, we submit to God’s will and his timing. We wait in submission to God. (Romans 8:28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.)

We wait in faith. Nothing happens to us without the knowledge of God. God wants us to endure misfortune patiently. God our Father does not punish us with problems or sickness. He created us to rise up above the storms in our lives.

Jesus is the prince of peace and he’s living inside of us. We cannot escape trouble and disappointment but Jesus has overcome the world. Take heart, do not be discouraged, Jesus came and died and overcame the world for you and I. (John 16:33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”)

We’ve had delays but God will breakthrough it for you. God’s words never fail. (Psalm 37:7 Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes.) Let’s not fret over others and trust the Lord. God knows right where you are and will give you the breakthrough that you need. Let’s stop asking God, why me? Let’s say God, is with me. Be still and quiet.

God is everlasting, everywhere and all powerful. God your father gives power to the weak. (Isaiah 40:28-30) It doesn’t matter what we have done or how far we are from God, God loves you regardless and his love is unconditional.

Our posture towards God must be one of waiting with expectation. Waiting with divine activity that brings about a victory. The priority is having an intimacy with God and develop a maturity inside of us. (John 15:5 I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing)

Let’s stay connected to God and cling onto him and he will enable us to bear fruits. We wait, and hold on strong. God will restore our hope and remove the weariness. God renews our expectations. Trust in God’s timing. All things are part of God’s divine purposes and he helps those whose hearts are genuine to him.

To trust the Lord is to look into him as your source of security, be it business, family, finances or health, and putting our faith in the grace, love, power, and protection of God. Even when everything comes crushing upon us, we continue to hold steady for God’s timing and wait upon him. The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases. Great is thy faithfulness.

Father I love you; Father I receive you. I want to care and connect with and pray for others, and be renewed in strength. I’ll hope with certainty, wait with patience and rest with trust. I’ve great assurance of who you’re today and that the promises in you are yes and amen.

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My Running Events Over The Years

1) PASSION NORTH RUN (18 October 2014)

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My very first running event in 2014! I won a Rilakkuma puzzle from a game. I also got myself a cute hello kitty balloon bracelet! All for free of course. Hehe. Thanks to my passionate running kakis for making running so much more fun and easier!

2) RUN FOR HOPE (16 November 2014)


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I’m finally starting to exercise even though it’s just 3.5km but better than nothing!!!!!!!!! Forever thankful to my friends for jio-ing me……………

3) Keep Fit K-Pop X Edition (20 March 2015)

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2 hours of dancing and exercising to K POP songs – fantastic baby~ I’m a good boy~ bo peep bo peep~ nobody nobody but you~

4) Runninghour (22 March 2015)

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Hip hip hurray to a healthy PCY who conquered a 5km run shortly after kpop dances!

I will update more in time to come…………..

Fit for Financial Freedom

How do we walk in financial freedom?

Matthew 25:14-30

The Parable of the Bags of Gold

“Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his wealth to them. To one he gave five bags of gold, to another two bags, and to another one bag, each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey. The man who had received five bags of gold went at once and put his money to work and gained five bags more. So also, the one with two bags of gold gained two more. But the man who had received one bag went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money.

“After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them. The man who had received five bags of gold brought the other five. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with five bags of gold. See, I have gained five more.’

“His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’

“The man with two bags of gold also came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with two bags of gold; see, I have gained two more.’

“His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’

“Then the man who had received one bag of gold came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. So I was afraid and went out and hid your gold in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.’

“His master replied, ‘You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed? Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest.

“So take the bag of gold from him and give it to the one who has ten bags. For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

Father bless the reading of your words.

God is our master; we are his servants. The resources we have belong to God, not us. God entrusted us by giving over these resources for us to keep, use, take over or manage them.

The key to walking in financial freedom is stewardship.

Psalms 24:1 The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.

The pre requisite to the below 5 key truths is that we must embrace the understanding that we are stewards of God’s resources and all that we have today belong to God.

#1 – Be contented in God’s grace of provisions according to our abilities today

What is talent?

Talent is a measurement of weight such as silver or gold. It can be bags of gold between 20 and 50 kg. One talent is a lot of money!

What is ability?

God doesn’t give us equally; God is fair, just and right; he gives us equitably. Your ability will grow in time as you’re faithful to God. God will give you more.

A young son could have easily squandered his father’s wealth away if he insisted on getting all of his inheritance way before he could handle it properly. (Luke 15:11-32)

Be content.

#2 – Be diligent in generating productive income

It is God who gives us the ability to produce wealth. Don’t idle. Work hard and earn your own living. Be diligent in producing your own income. Sometimes, we do just good enough not to be noticed as bad. However, God wants us to stretch our ability and not to idle.

Our promotion comes from the Lord, not system, not man. To succeed in life doesn’t depend just on our intellectual ability, it also depends greatly in the heart. For instance, homemakers are tremendously diligent! A diligent wife enables the husband to produce diligent income outside.

Are you committed and diligent in your work even if it’s just one talent?

#3 – Be wise in borrowing, spending, saving, and investing

Grow the resources that God has given to you. It’s normal for reasonable borrowing for housing and cars. What about lifestyle borrowing? Do you need it? Does it make any significance in the child’s future if parents succumb to social pressure and go all out or pay lots of money just to get near to a good school? I constantly remind myself of God’s words in Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. So don’t over worry and let God be God.

Let’s live according to God’s words and not fall into temptations. Do we really need so many credit cards? Are we spending and spending and don’t know what we are spending on? So what if the offer ends soon? Are we constantly experiencing the fear of missing out?

Proverbs 21:20 The wise store up choice food and olive oil, but fools gulp theirs down. Feasts and famines are real. We must save up for rainy days.

Invest wisely and not speculate. Don’t invest into something you don’t understand.

#4 – Be focused on the long term and delay gratifications

There’s no such thing as get rich quick scheme. The plans of the diligent leads to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty. Let’s think long term, and not instant gratifications.

#5 – Be assured of God’s goodness to bless us

God is a Heavenly Father that truly loves and blesses us. He’s our heart driven benevolent master. In life, there are hard choices you need to make. But God is still a faithful God who will rescue us in our mistakes. God will strengthen those who gave their hearts to him.

2 Chronicles 16:9 For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him. You have done a foolish thing, and from now on you will be at war.

What is your view of God?

Is it God’s desire to bless you?

What is your choice?
Possession or Peace?
Fortune or Family?
God or Money?

Dear Lord, help me to get out of this trap. I know you will be there for me and I want to live a life full of your provisions and blessings. In Jesus name, amen.

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The Call to Discipleship

“Follow me and I will make you fishers of men.” – Jesus

Matthew 4:18-22 (NIV) As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” At once they left their nets and followed him. Going on from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John. They were in a boat with their father Zebedee, preparing their nets. Jesus called them, and immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him.

Here’s the three callings to discipleship.

The First Call – The Call to Follow Jesus

The call to discipleship begins with following Jesus. You and I need to follow Jesus so closely that when people see us they will automatically know who we are following. Is there an identification with Jesus that people can easily catch?

What follows afterwards is that you will be keenly observing everything that Jesus is doing, in seeing his heart, how he ministers and pours himself out to the people around him and how he heals. Let’s catch why he is doing what he is doing so that he can be reflected in our lives. We observe and imitate the pursuit of following Christ and what Christ has called us to do.

At all times, we must have the readiness to hear the instructions of Jesus and to act on them in our lives. Obey him so that we can grow in this aspect of following Christ.

The heart of discipleship is to follow Jesus. Jesus gives clear instructions and commands to follow behind him closely. Our posture of following Jesus is following closely; it’s a personal commitment to commit ourselves into this life of following Jesus closely behind as he commands us.

The Second Call – The Call to Make Disciples

Making disciples is the natural result of following Jesus. We evangelize, share Christ and bring salvation. Two challenges to make disciples include not following Jesus closely enough in identification, observation and readiness and doing it as a pure command and task and instruction that we are to fulfill. We get drained and lose that zeal to keep going out and make disciples.

Matthew 28:19 (NIV) Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

Making disciples is a mandate but it doesn’t have to be a task that we are so burdened by. It’s about a journey you’re taking. As you’re going in the journey of your lives, make disciples.

The Third Call – The Call into a Community

Jesus did not call Peter as a solo person; he also called Andrew, James, John, and several others. Discipleship always happens in a context of community. We need one another as we are going in our journey of discipleship. I need you, and you need me. Discipling happens in the context of community with the fellowship of the believers.

Acts 2:42-47 (NIV) They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teachings and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.

We grow, we pray, we build faith and meet each other needs. This is the call into a biblical community. You and I have the privilege to establish this community even within our homes.

However, we need to be wary of the hindrances to building community such as a lack of unity. Disagreement doesn’t mean disunity; disunity only comes when we allow the disagreement to become a gap between us. We must have unity in faith and our love of Jesus Christ and love for one another. Even though we have our own perspectives, own experiences, and own understanding of things, our common ground is that we all love Jesus and we are committed to grow together united in vision, heart and strength.

As such, we must also refrain from having our personal agenda. How can we grow in Christ together if all we think about is what do I gain from connecting with you? Cut that out, and start supporting each other to build each other up in faith, love and community.

Don’t let our past hurts hinder us. We may struggle in finding a community among us because we worry we will be hurt again. Know this, we are vulnerable, but God is the one that heals our heart and restores us.

It is a truth that we can grow together because we love God. Community is where we truly experience our purpose and meaning in life. We are growing together as a community of believers in what the Lord desires for us. We make disciples, touch and build lives, and in turn impact and transform our world. We can be that community that God wants us to be.

Are we perfect? No. But we will pick one another up and press on.

God wants to see the church bring the kingdom to the ends of the world.

This call to discipleship is for all of us. Are you willing to follow Jesus?

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