The Power of Confession

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Here’s a powerful sharing on the power of confession. Be awed!

Confession brings possession.

Proverbs 18:20-21 tells us that From the fruit of their mouth a person’s stomach is filled; with the harvest of their lips they are satisfied. The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” This is the spiritual nourishment and refreshment that God wants to give to his people. This has to come through our mouth through our confession and the words we speak. The filling of our soul and satisfaction is dependent on our confession of our lips. Words that we speak can snare us into limitations or set us into a place of abundance of God.

As a child of God, you and I experience two kinds of life, i.e. eternal life and abundant life. When we invite Jesus into our life, we experience eternal life. The blessings of God we experience while we are on earth include supernatural encounters in our lives and tremendous favors of God to bless us with an abundant life. Abundant life is not guaranteed, hence the “might”.  God has given us the free will to choose, and we can have the truth that will unlock abundant life. This is why we need to understand the power of confession to experience abundant life. Positive confession in the word of God brings abundant life. Wake up everyday and tell yourself, today is going to be awesome! 2 Corinthians 4:13 tells us that “It is written: “I believed; therefore I have spoken.” Since we have that same spirit of faith, we also believe and therefore speak,” Confession brings possession; speaking is important.

Romans 10:9-10 reminds us that If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.” God has all along embedded the principle of confession. If you confess Chirst is Lord, you will be saved. Without confession, there is no salvation. Believing in your heart is insufficient, you need to confess and speak forth, declare and profess to activate faith! It is upon confession that salvation comes into you life. There must be confession first. So just confess!

Mark 11:20-23 tells us that In the morning, as they went along, they saw the fig tree withered from the roots. Peter remembered and said to Jesus, “Rabbi, look! The fig tree you cursed has withered!” “Have faith in God,” Jesus answered. “Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them.” We need to believe and declare through our lips. If you say, it will be done. So just say!

The bible also teaches us to ask God. Sometimes, we do not have because we do not ask God. Asking is confession. James 4:2-3 reminds us thatYou desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.” We need to come to God, declare who God is so that God can begin to provide for us. Ask, seek and knock. If you do not seek, you will not find. So just ask!

I cannot possess abundant life until I confess. I must first confess and give God’s words the proper place. The declaration of my confession subjects eternity into my life. Confess the reality and miracles of God into our life to overcome! God promised in John 10:10 that “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” The devil steals, kills and destroys. It puts pressure on us and dilute our faith. So how did Jesus disarm the devil? Jesus confessed that which is written – Jesus confessed the word! Confess the word to possess victory. Until you confess, there is no possession. Don’t let the devil take us. God has promised us abundant life and that choice we have to make is a confession.

Confession shapes your life.

James 3:3-6: “When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal. Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go. Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.” James gives us 3 illustrations of the power of confession. The tongue uses word and is a declarative confession with great power to shape life. The tongue is a declaration instrument of confession. We use words of blessings to become positive. However, when sin comes into our life, we become naturally negative. Remind yourself that if you scold yourself, it may impact others too! So, don’t speak negativism into your life. Words frame us and words have impact on us. Confession shapes your life, the being and the destination point of your life. In fact, confession shapes you by controlling your life. Confession will take you into your destiny. God has a destination point for you but it will come through the confession of your lips. Confess in your speech, confess who you are, where God is taking you and begin to say “My future is great” so that hope comes into your life. Confession also speaks into legacy because the right confession in God creates the legacy that God has for you.

Let your confession be strong. As you confess, believe. Strip the devil out of your life.

The word of God declares that I’m whole, in spirit, soul and body, that my mind and emotions lines up with the word of God, that I’m healed of all diseases and free of all pain. The son has set me free, I possess absolute freedom that the love of God is in my heart. I have the ability to love everyone; I’m strong and not weak; I’m a success and not a failure. I suffer no lack and all my needs will be met. God will supply all my needs. I’ve favor with God and man; I’m above and not beneath; I’m more than a conqueror; and I’m the head and not the tail. I’m blessed. The word of God declares that I’m an overcomer. Amen.

Confession releases heaven into your life.

Philippians 4:6-7 reminds us “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Prayer is the confession of our lips and thanksgiving is the confession of our gratitude to what God has done. And the peace of God shall guard our hearts and minds. Peace is the ambiance of heaven. Peace is heaven coming into our life. We must speak and confess peace into our life. Confess and profess. Confession moves the hand of God and gives permission to God to act for us. God is so gentle and he will not invade our life unless we allow him to. God created humanity with the free will to exercise whether or not we want God to come into our life. Will your will to God’s will before God can act for us. That said, a wrong confession could hinder the work of the Holy Spirit in our life. For instance, if you say “I’m stupid”, it is a negative confession that hinders the word of God, and puts you into the hands of the evil one. Don’t confess negatively as it leads to unbelief.

Faith comes by hearing the word of God. Similarly, death comes by hearing the negativism out of our mouth. Confess weakness and weakness comes to you. If you confess sickness, you will be held bondage by it. Isaiah 53:5: “But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.” A mother’s love for his dying son is displayed when she continued to believe in God when all else fails. She only wants her son to hear only positive things from anyone that is around him. And the son miraculously survived! Wow! Indeed, by his stripes, we are healed. Confession can shape death into life. Just confess, and believe.

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POLAND Shiok! Festival 2019

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Celebrating the 50th anniversary of Singapore and Poland’s diplomatic ties, the POLAND Shiok! Festival returns this year with dance, sports, food, entertainment, nightlife, beauty and technology.

The POLAND Shiok! Festival kick starts with Polish Weekend at Our Tampines Hub (OTH), held from Friday, 12th April to Sunday, 14th April. Expect colorful Polish folk dances, free movie screening of award-winning ‘Breaking the Limits’, cultural performances, nifty craft workshops, family-friendly recreational fun and an exceptional Polish Market showcasing traditional Polish dumplings PIEROGI, beef sausages, pickles, mushrooms, eco-beauty products, amber and natural stone jewelry, crafts and more. You may even get your hands on Boleslawiec Pottery – one of the best-known products of Poland with its centuries-long, ceramic traditions and revel in Polish cosmetics which stem from the same Eastern Europe beauty tradition.

Indulge in all things Polish right here in Singapore! It’s an eye-opening cultural experience for me. I loved it!

Coming all the way from Ziemia Bolestawiecka in Southern Poland and cultivating rich traditions of Polish folk music and dance for over 40 years, I was indeed mesmerized by the Polish folk ensemble’s very first performance in Singapore and in Asia. The ensemble members will also run fun dance workshops as well as present Polish Easter traditions during art and craft sessions this Polish weekend.

Get ready to see and taste healthy products from RL9 and Food by Ann brands, founded by famous Polish footballer Robert Lewandowski and his wife Anna Lewandowska – a fitness coach and healthy eating enthusiast.

For the soccer fanatics, be awed by the freestyle showcase of Krzysztof Golonka – YouTube sensation from Poland with more than 500K followers and winner of World Open Championship 2011 in freestyle football. As seen in FIFA Street Football video game and among whose training session featured Polish international striker Robert Lewandowski, bring your kids to learn tricks from Golonka and cheer for them in a Poland-Singapore friendly football match! It’s gonna be fun!

Also, don’t miss the spectacular cross cultural performance by the Polish Folk Ensemble and the Maya Dance Theatre. See you there!

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I’m a Work in Progress

As Christians, we want to be holy (to sanctify, consecrate and set apart). Sanctify means to make holy, to be separate from profane and ungodly things, to be set apart for God, to purify, cleanse and to renew within.

Sanctification is the continuing work of God in the life of believers to make us holy. In fact, God has DESIGNED us to be holy, God has MADE us to be holy and God has EMPOWERED us to be holy.

To be holy is to be removed from common use. (Leviticus 10:10)

Here’s a short sharing of 3 easy principles on how to be holy.

Firstly, we need to LIVE OUT THE WORD. John 17:17 teaches us “Sanctify them by the truth, your Word is truth.” We all know that God’s words are the living truth, the way and the life. On our part, we need to make an effort to read the bible, meditate upon the words of God and LIVE IT OUT and apply them into our daily lives. In essence, sanctification takes place when we read, meditate and apply the Word in our lives.

Psalm 119:9-16 fully supports us to LIVE OUT THE WORD.

9 – How can a young person stay on the path of purity? By living according to your word.

10 – I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands.

11 – I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.

12 – Praise be to you, Lord; teach me your decrees.

13 – With my lips I recount all the laws that come from your mouth.

14 – I rejoice in following your statutes as one rejoices in great riches.

15 – I meditate on your precepts and consider your ways.

16 – I delight in your decrees; I will not neglect your word.

Secondly, we can be CHANGED THROUGH PRAYER. In Luke 11:2-4, “He said to them, “When you pray, say: ‘Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread. Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us. And lead us not into temptation.” We need to recognize that we are all imperfect human beings and when we pray, we need to acknowledge that our God is a holy God, a God most high where we call him Father. Instead of always presenting to God a whole long list of prayer requests, we should seek God first and establish that very personal relationship with him first. God always wants to know us deeper. Prayer allows us to come in repentance to God on our sinful nature and allows God to change and transform us and move us into our destiny.

Lastly, as Christians, it is never about ONE, it is always important to be INVOLVED IN COMMUNITY LIFE. In Hebrews 10: 24-25, “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” Christianity is about faith community. We need a community of believers to spur one another on. As iron sharpens iron, one man sharpens another. It is so true especially in cell groups! Don’t you think so? You meet all sorts of people in your cell group and there’s where we can show love, kindness, patience and tolerance to one another. God loves us first, and we need to love one another. Throughout the rough times, God will mold and shape our characters to be more Christ like as we obey him and glorify him.

Don’t forget that we are all work-in-progress!

MOVING FORWARD, LET’S LEARN TO LIVE OUT THE WORD, BE CHANGED THROUGH PRAYER AND GET INVOLVED IN COMMUNITY LIFE!

AMEN!

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The Private Museum: From Lost Roots to Urban Meadows by Madhvi Subrahmanian and Nandita Mukand (22 Mar to 5 May 2019)

In celebration of International Women’s Day 2019, The Private Museum (TPM) presents From Lost Roots to Urban Meadows by Singapore-based artists, Madhvi Subrahmanian and Nandita Mukand. As part of TPM’s Women Artists series, this joint exhibition follows the most recent developments of the artists’ practices, featuring installation and sculptural works informed by their ongoing explorations into nature and how it responds to our everyday life in the urban city.

“Works such as the Window and Floor Plan series are abstract distillations and amalgamations of city structures, space layouts and archaeological sites. I see the window as a key architectural component that facilitates sight and perspective. Juxtaposed against the Windows is the ‘forest of shadows’, created by form, material and the play of light and shadow. The shape-shifting shadows and the displacement of object by its shadow and vice verse, speaks of the temporality and transience, of life and nature.” – Madhvi Subrahmanian

Based in Singapore, Madhvi Subrahmanian is an artist, curator and writer. Her initial training in ceramics was with Ray Meeker and Deborah Smith at the Golden Bridge Pottery in Pondicherry India and she attained her Masters in Fine Arts from Meadows School of the Arts, Dallas, TX.

Subrahmanian reflects on the fluid interconnectedness of nature and urban cultures. Bringing together conceptual and sensory experiences, her works are often participatory and / or immersive in nature. Her contemplative process attempts to trace the imprints of the intangible through her investigations into city structures, space layouts, archaeological sites and the displacement of objects by shape-shifting shadows.

“How often do we set aside our devices to be alone inside Nature, to let ourselves be surrounded by it? When outside city walls, we often view Nature through screens: through car windows, camera lenses, phone screens. For me, these screens and our urban monster are The Urban Veil. It separates us from Nature. We no longer see ourselves as a art of the natural world.” – Nandita Mukand

Nandita Mukand is a Singapore-based artist whose practice encompasses sculpture, installation and painting. She graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (First Class) from Goldsmiths, College of London via LASELLE College of the Arts, Singapore.

Drawing upon her interests in metaphysics and its abstract concepts such as being, knowing, identity, time, space and neuroplasticity (the brain’s ability to reorganize itself by forming new neural connections throughout life), Mukand’s practice observed the deep intricacies of nature, mingled and merged with the workings of the urban mind. Through the amalgamation of synthetic and organic materials, her works ruminate upon citified mindsets and illuminate urban veils that separate us from nature.

Through the inquisitive lens of both the artists, From Lost Roots to Urban Meadows seems to challenge our perceptions of nature and life – inviting the viewer to delve deeper and engage in new conversations about our urban existence – with or without – nature.

The Private Museum (TPM) is a non-profit private museum in Singapore founded by Singaporean philanthropist, art collector and real estate developer, Daniel Teo, together with his daughter Rachel Teo in 2010. Fuelled by passionate patronage for the arts, the museum aims to be an alternative platform to bridge the gap between the private and the public. It supports the exchange of ideas across cultures, educational initiatives, artistic and curatorial collaborations with collectors and practitioners of the arts. With a vision to promote art appreciation, the independent arts space engages local, regional and international audiences from all walks of life. TPM is a registered charity and Institution of a Public Character (IPC) since 2010 and 2015 respectively.

The Private Museum Ltd

Registered Institution of a Public Character

51 Waterloo Street #02-06 Singapore 187969

Tel: +65 6738 2872

Email: mail@theprivatemuseum.org

Website: http://www.theprivatemuseum.org

Opening Hours: Mon – Fri 10am to 7pm and Sat – Sun 11am to 5pm

Public Holidays and other timings by appointment only

In conjunction with the launch of the exhibition catalogue, Madhvi Subrahmanian and Nandita Mukand will share a dialogue about their practices, the themes presented in the exhibition and the processes behind their works.

Date: Saturday, 6 April 2019

Time: 3pm

Venue: The Private Museum, 51 Waterloo Street #02-06 Singapore 187969

RSVP to Catalogue Launch + Artists Talk by 4 April 2019 by email

mail@theprivatemuseum.org or call +65 6738 2872

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1 Day JB Trip 2019

Hi guys! I had the most fulfilling day trip ever to JB as I did soooooooo many things in just one day. Gosh!

My day started as early as 7am-ish and I was already indulging in Soon Fa Bak Kut Teh for breakfast!!!! The soup is generally quite clear and light. The claypot sesame oil chicken is a good one. The food vibes here emits a homely taste and suits my palette. Loved it!

As it was still early, I dropped by Forest City for a short stroll along the man-made beach before heading to my favorite JPO and happily shopped all I want. I brought back some good steals from Armani Exchange, Swarovski, La Senza and Chaps! Shiok!!!!!! Thereafter, I dropped by a church for service and then skipped lunch to head straight to the zoooooooo!!!!!!!!

Even though the sun was scorching hot, I really enjoyed myself at Zoo Johor! There are more than 100 species of animals and the entrance fee is only RM2. Oh my God, this has got to be the cheapest and most worthy zoo of it all.

The animals are damn well-fed. The zoo is clean and has sufficient safety distances from the animals. Over at Zoo Johor, I loved the tigers and camels most.

Young children can ride on the cute ponies too. You will generally see many families with their kids strolling leisurely around the zoo. To me, such simple outings can bring lots of happy bonding times together.

Feeling famished and drained after the zoo trip, I stuffed myself with freshly made banana cakes. It’s soooooo yummy!

Dinner was settled at a kway chap place which turned out to be decently light and not bad. It rained a little thereafter and so I went for my manicure and pedicure at AEON Bukit Indah and randomly shopped and bought ice bear sandals while waiting for the rain to come to a complete stop.

The best part of the night happened when I shopped until I dropped at one of the largest night markets nearby Bukit Indah and ate all sorts of street food. Shiok to the max. I even indulged in lots of lok lok for supper before heading back to Singapore!!!!!!!

Tired die me, fat die me, happy die me!

I had my most amazing day trip to JB this 2019.

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Annual Charity Gala Dinner and Installation Ceremony 2019 by Registered Arts Charity Musical Theatre Limited

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Established in 2006, Musical Theatre Limited (MTL) is a registered arts charity in Singapore with a mission of creating original local social musicals to empower people with special needs, prisoners, talented individuals with traumatic life experiences or those who faced adversity in life. While focused on developing musicals with meaningful social causes, MTL aims to enrich the arts scene by bringing people of diverse backgrounds together to build the future of musical theatre in Singapore. Through musicals, MTL hopes to promote inclusiveness, social cohesion and provide opportunities to showcase outstanding home-grown talents and promote gifted individuals who may have faced challenges in their lives.

MTL has recently hosted its annual Charity Gala dinner at Resorts World Sentosa Singapore on 14 March 2019. MINDS Taiko Drum Troupe performed during the gala dinner. This fundraising event aims to raise $350,000 to support its mission of reaching out to underprivileged beneficiaries including the disabled community, prisoners and the needy through creative art programmes, as well as to fund the first ever original local musical portraying the distinguished life of Singapore Pioneer Dr. Lim Boon Keng (1869 – 1957), a national figure during the settlement times.

Visually handicapped performers Robert Tan and Wan Wai Yee, lead singers of ‘My Love is Blind’ musical sang a very touching song together during the charity gala dinner!

Guest-of-honor, Halimah Yacob, President of the Republic of Singapore and Patron of Musical Theatre Limited graced the event alongside esteemed philanthropists, guests and/or beneficiaries from Sian Chau Medical Institution, Singapore Association of the Visually Handicapped (SAVH), Brain Tumor Society Singapore (BTSS), Singapore Association for Continuing Education (SACE) and Harun Ghani Education Fund (HGEF). Sean Wong, an accomplished social entrepreneur, standing at the right of Halimah Yacob, is currently serving as Chairman and President of MTL.

“It is significant for us to understand our past and remember our roots and history as we celebrate Singapore Bicentennial and mark the 200th anniversary of Raffles’ arrival in Singapore. Moreover, the telling of the story of my great-grandfather makes it even closer to my heart.”, says Dr Lim Boon Keng’s great-granddaughter, i.e. established playwright Stella Kon. Stella is one of the co-founders of MTL and has recently handed over her position of Chairman and President to local singer-songwriter Sean Wong, to fully concentrate on playwrighting. Her best-known work is often the produced monodrama “Emily of Emerald Hill”. Stella finds the writing of musicals collaborative, complex, challenging, demanding and enormously rewarding in final expression.

Lim Boon Keng, The Musical is proudly written by Stella Kon herself, to honor the legacy of her great-grandfather. Dr Lim Boon Keng was a physician, legislator, scholar, educator, entrepreneur, community leader, social reformer and philanthropist that promoted social and education reformations in the early 20th century Singapore. He held positions within the Colonial government and numerous memberships with civic organizations. Dr Lim played an active part in the politics of China, serving as President of the Singapore Kuomintang as well as Sun Yat Sen’s confidential secretary and personal physician shortly. He co-founded and had stakes in many businesses such as the Overseas Chinese Bank, Ho Hong Bank, Straits Trading Co., United Saw Mills of Singapore, Overseas Assurance Company, Chinese Commercial Bank Ltd, etc.

Stay tuned for the upcoming Lim Boon Keng musical that will be presented by MTL at Victoria Theatre on 10-13 October 2019, in conjunction with Singapore’s Bicentennial celebration this year.

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3 Best Japanese Restaurants in Singapore

Hi guys! Choosing the best of the best can be quite subjective especially in terms of food, and here I’m sharing my recent favorites Japanese restaurants in 2019. Yes, one of them is Teru Sushi!

1) Teru Sushi

What I like most about Teru Sushi is that it is satisfying, comforting, healthy and affordable. You must try their SHIOK MAKI!!!!! I was nested in a private room, and I felt total exclusivity.

Teru Sushi
50 Tiong Bahru Road #01-01 Singapore 168733
Tel: +6568428484
Opening Hours: Mon to Sat 12pm to 2.30pm and 6pm to 12am: Sun 12pm to 2.30pm and 6pm to 10.30pm

Go go go!!!!!!!!!!!

2) Genki Sushi

Genki Sushi has been my all time favorite, and it still is one of my favorites now. The coolest part of Genki Sushi is that the food will be intelligently delivered to diners’ tables via a fully functional Kousoku Express system. It’s fun to see the “sports car” stop at your table and then you collect your food from it before pressing the button to release it! Technology is so cool!

Genki Sushi
391 Orchard Road #B2-25/26 Takashimaya Shopping Centre Ngee Ann City Singapore 238872
Tel: +65 6694 1110
Opening Hours: 11am to 10pm daily

Vroom vroom vroom!!!!!!

3) The Sushi Bar

You will never go wrong with a classic chirashi don. Good quality and authenticity.

The Sushi Bar
391B Orchard Road #05-35 Singapore 238874
Tel: 88183535
Opening Hours: Mon to Sun 11.30am to 9.45pm

I am looking to update my list soon, so stay tuned!

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