LOAVES + FISHES
MICA (P) No: 104/03/2013
The Covenant Community Methodist Church Magazine
Your Children in
The Proverbs 31
Ling Kin Yew
A simple, no-fuss recipe to make mouth-watering Char Siew
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THERE IS NONE LIKE YOU
There is none like You,
No one else can touch my heart like You do,
I can search for all eternity long,
And find, there is none like You.
There is none like You.
No one else can touch my heart like You do,
I can search for all eternity long,
And find, there is none like You.
Your mercy flows like a river wide,
And healing comes from Your hand.
Suffering children are safe in Your arms,
There is none like You.
There is none like You,
(There is none like You, Lord)
There is none like You.
I can search for all eternity long
There is none like You.
I can search for all eternity long
There is none, (there is none,)
There is none, Lord,
There is none like You.
Continue steadfastly in prayer,
being watchful in it with thanksgiving.
LET’S RESPOND AND GATHER TO PRAY
Church Prayer Meeting
22 October, 22 November
8 pm, Youth Hall
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SURE & STEADFAST
Pastor Ling Kin Yew
The new LCEC
A cross-cultural union
Bishop Emeritus Robert Solomon
24 & 31 October 2013
7.30 to 9.30 pm
SO MUCH MORE
Doing Better than Best
THE PROVERBS 31
Is It Possible?
ROLE OF CHRISTIAN
Ask Abigail 33
Crafts for Kids (pull out)
Good Things 40
Manga Hero 38
News Bites 35
Songs & Singers 32
Food for Thought 34
To the Point 13
OUR CHILDREN IN THE
WILD WIDE WEB
Engage, Teach, Communicate
Punctuality of our congregation boils down
to whether each of us is punctual. How many
times did you get to church on time in the last
Practise these tips regularly, especially on
Sundays, so we can honour God with the time
He has given us.
1. Make a commitment to arrive slightly
ahead of time.
2. Plan for real world delays and give yourself time to spare.
3. Find creative ways to use pockets of time
created by being early.
Good and Faithful 12
Well done! 10
A bit more effort, please 9
don't be complacent 6
Prepare breakfast on 3
Get a new alarm clock 0
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MICA (P) No: 104/03/2013
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Rev John Benedict Foo
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Goh Eck Kheng
Chong Cheh Hoon
Koh Siang Kiang
Lim Kim Pong
Nah Miao Chay
Yap Kian Seng
Yeo Hwee Lan
ON THE COVER (from left)
Ps Ling Kin Yew, his wife Pamela,
and their daughters, Joyanne (left)
like how the Word of God from 1 Peter 2:9-10 describes
God’s people being set apart from this world: But you are
a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s
special possession, that you may declare the praises of him
who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. Once
you were not a people, but now you are the people of God;
once you had not received mercy, but now you have received
I like this passage because it talks about community – God’s
community – Covenant Community. Yes, God has chosen us to
be His special possession. He has taken us out of darkness into
his wonderful light so that we may show His goodness and
love to others. By His mercy, He has made us to be His people
and placed us into a special covenant relationship with Him
and a special covenant community with one another. And it
is to that latter end that the various issues of Loaves + Fishes
have been testifying to – that, as a Body of Christ here at CCMC,
we are constantly living out our lives together in faith, truth
and love. As a covenant community, God has provided us with
genuine companionship and mutual support for one another.
We acknowledge our dependence on God, but we also recognise that we are created for community, to give and to take,
to love and be loved, to care and be cared for. My prayer for
our church is that we may become a loving and caring community, where deep, authentic and wholesome relationships
are built with one another. We are called to be devoted to one
another in brotherly (and sisterly) love, and to honour one another above ourselves (Romans 12:10). So let us strive to keep
the true light of Christ shining brightly in our lives as we seek
to light up another’s life with the wonderful light of Christ.
As you read this issue, may you sense the pleasure and delight we have in being the Covenant Community here at CCMC.
Rev John Benedict Foo
on’t just let anything be
your everything.” These
are words that Pastor
Ling Kin Yew, Covenant
Church’s new Assistant Pastor,
lives by. It reminds him of the
need to place God, rather than
material things or even earthly
relationships, at the centre of his life.
Explaining further, Pastor Ling
shared how he has encountered
many people who derive their selfworth from their careers, status or
possessions. However, once these
are taken away by circumstances,
they find themselves broken and
shaken to the core. Instead, he has
learnt that having eternal things
at the centre of one’s life provides
a firm bedrock to buffer life’s
Pastor Ling Kin Yew
by LESTER NG
Born into a non-Christian family,
Pastor Ling’s first exposure to
Christianity was at an early age
when he joined The Boys’ Brigade
at Katong Presbyterian Church
while at Tao Nan Primary School.
Having a firm anchor in heavenly
things is something that is key to
the motto of The Boys’ Brigade:
‘Sure and Steadfast’. It comes from
Hebrews 6:19, “Which hope we
have as an anchor of the soul,
both sure and stedfast, and which
entereth into that within the veil”.
His conversion to Christianity
in primary school took place at
around the same time as that of his
mother’s. This lent him the support
needed to pursue his new-found
faith. Over time, and with much
prayer and persistence, the entire
Ling family eventually started
attending church and they ended
up worshipping together at Bedok
While growing up at Bedok
Methodist Church, he served in
various capacities including cell
group leader, youth worship leader
and eventually youth chairperson.
Ps Kin Yew with his parents
on his first birthday.
(( he has learnt
at the centre
of one's life
to BUFFER life's
Passion for Missions
Pastor Ling got his first taste of
missions in 1998 when he went
on a mission trip to Cambodia as a
Reflecting on that first trip, he
shared that it was then that he felt
“a tugging of the heart and a passion
for the people” he met in Cambodia.
This led him to develop a heart
for missions even as he pursued
his undergraduate studies at the
National University of Singapore.
After graduating with an
Honours in English on a teaching
scholarship, he returned to a junior
college as a teacher in General Paper
(GP) and Project Work. Ironically,
during his own junior college days,
he had to attend remedial classes
On hindsight, God was preparing
him for ministry through the choice
of subjects he took at university
and his first career as a teacher. By
gaining experience in teaching, he
would be well-positioned to pursue
his passion for missions in overseas
countries such as Thailand where
qualified English teachers were
In 2009, after completing
his scholarship bond, he left the
Education Service to serve fulltime at the Methodist Missions
Society (MMS) where he was
the coordinator for missions in
To this day, Pastor Ling still has
not lost his passion for missions.
Last year, he even took the
opportunity to travel with his wife
and two young girls, Janine, 7, and
Joyanne, 4, to Venezuela for a month
to gain “exposure to missions as a
With the experience of having
served in different countries, he
also takes a broader perspective
of the opportunities to reach
pre-believers, expressing that
“Singapore itself is a mission field;
people from all countries are now
coming to us!”
Not surprisingly, missions is one
of the areas that Pastor Ling will be
serving in while at CCMC.
Having graduated with a Masters
in Divinity from Trinity Theological
College in May this year, other areas
which Pastor Ling will be involved
in at CCMC include the Small
Group Ministry, Youth Ministry and
Baptism & Membership.
Even as he takes on his new role
at CCMC, one of the Bible passages
that continues to speak to him is the
prayer Jesus prayed for all believers
in John 17:20-23,
“My prayer is not for them alone.
I pray also for those who will believe
in me through their message, that
all of them may be one. Father, just
as you are in me and I am in you.
May they also be in us so that the
world may believe that you have
sent me. I have given them the glory
that you gave me, that they may be
one as we are one – I in them and
you in me – so that they may be
brought to complete unity. Then the
world will know that you sent me
and have loved them even as you
have loved me.”
Jesus’ words spur his belief in
the power of a Church united. At
the heart of this belief is that with
God at the centre of the ‘universe’,
whether in personal or corporate
terms, the urgency of the Church’s
mission and purpose here on earth
will take precedence over other
agendas that one may have.
This view is also shaped by
his experiences in the mission
field where different Christian
denominations readily set aside
differences to work together as
one to effectively reach out to
unchurched peoples such as the
Chin tribe in Myanmar.
“If Christians truly love God
with all their hearts and love our
neighbours as ourselves, this unity
will allow us to act together and
achieve great things for the Lord.”
What ministries have you been
involved in in CCMC?
Marlene and I used to run the
toddlers' Sunday School class for
about 4 years. Then we joined the
Family Life Ministry where we
continue to serve.
What do you think are the strengths
of the CCMC congregation and how
would you build on it?
There is a lot of talent and resources in our congregation. The challenge is to get everyone on board
to serve, and to channel all to ministries where they can contribute
to their fullest.
(( IF CHRISTIANS
TRULY LOVE GOD
WITH ALL THEIR
HEARTS AND LOVE
THIS UNITY WILL
ALLOW US TO ACT
THINGS FOR THE
(Top) Ps Kin Yew with his
wife Pamela and daughters
Janine (aged 7) and Joyanne
(Below) During a mission
trip to Cambodia.
Loaves & Fishes speaks to CCMC's
new Local Church Executive Committee Chairman, David Koh (48), a
career Army officer in MINDEF. He
is marrried to Marlene, and they
have three children, Daniel (17),
Rachel (13) and Michael (11).
David enjoys playing golf and
spending time with his family.
How would you describe yourself?
A systems-thinker. I like to understand the big picture, what we are
trying to achieve, and why, before I
embark on doing actual work. This
prevents confusion and unnecessary work.
When and why did you start
We started attending CCMC in
1997 when Daniel was 6 months
old. We used to attend Wesley,
but it was just too leceh with a
pram and to have to deal with all
the steps – so we moved to CCMC
where the parking and access were
much easier! [Call us shallow, but
that's the truth!]
There have been jokes about Stand
By Bed, salutes and BMT (basic
ministry training). How would your
background as a military man benefit the carrying out of your role as
Ha ha. Actually, there are a lot of
similarities in how the military is
run and how the Methodist church
is run. Both have a clear hierarchy;
systems and structures in place;
procedures to follow; an overall
"rule-book"; and strong governance oversight. And the instincts of
both organisations are the same –
when in doubt, form a committee!
In your observation, how far has the
church come? And what next?
In my view, CCMC has come a long
way. We're a young church, but we
have a grown to be a good-sized
congregation in only 18 years.
The next step, in my view, is
to move towards adulthood. Just
as a child is primarily focused on
himself, and must learn to think
beyond himself as he becomes an
adult, so we, too, need to look beyond ourselves and reach beyond
I believe as CCMC comes of age,
we should similarly start to look
beyond ourselves and see where
God wants us to serve His Kingdom's needs.
The following were elected into
the church leadership at the Last
Local Conference of CCMC held
on 10 September 2013.
BG David Koh
Dr Tan Buck Chye
Mr Edward Chye
Mrs Elizabeth Chua
Mr Nicholas Au-Yong
Mrs April Ong
Mrs April Ong
Discipleship & Nurture
Mrs Tan Ming Ying
Mr Mason Tan
Church School Superintendent
Mrs Hau Yin Siau
Mr Goh Eck Kheng
Mrs Marlene Koh
Dr Chung Kong Mun
Outreach & Social Concerns
Mr Leslie Wong
Mr Manfred Seah
Witness & Evangelism
Dr Ronald Lim
Worship & Music
Dr Calvin Chong
Ms Adeline Ee
Ms Louise Wong
Dr Wu Dar Ching
Ms Jacqueline Khoo
& Staff Committee
BG David Koh
Dr Tan Buck Chye
Mrs Elizabeth Chua
Dr Wu Dar Ching
MRs Tan Ming Ying
Mr Nicholas Au-Yong
Mr Mason Tan
(( MY GIRL
MY WIFE) TOOK
ME TO A CHURCH
CASUALLY IN 2005.…
I WASN'T REALLY
JUST WENT ALONG
WITH HER AS A
YUTAKA IMANISHI & STEFANIE LIM
Facing (from left):
Stefanie and Emy.
Japanese people are generally
confused by many religions. My
birth was typically celebrated
in a Shinto shrine. During my
youth, periodical rites of passage
ceremonies were held in a shrine
and Buddhist temple. (You usually
find a shrine near every temple.)
Many modern Japanese couples
these days get married in a
Christian-style wedding. I tend to
think that the reason for such a
mixture of religion is due to the
Japanese – and for that matter,
humanity's – keen interest in
the spiritual realm (because God
My first encounter with Christ
was in 1976. My host family in Los
Angeles was a devout Christian
family. The host brother who is
now a senior pastor in Kansas
bought me a Japanese Bible which
I still have, and he took me to every
youth Bible study. But I had no idea
and was simply having fun playing
tennis in L.A. with long hair. I
recently found out that he had
prayed for me to be saved.
My second exposure was during
secondary and tertiary schools
in the early and mid-Eighties. I
somehow kept running into a
group of Christians. The odds
of meeting so many Christians
must have been very small as the
percentage of Christians in Japan
was less than 0.5%. Still, I was
having fun playing golf.
The third time was when my
girl friend (now my wife) took me
to a church casually in 2005. At
that time, I was quite involved in
Thai Buddhism. I was critical of
Christianity and thought it was
one of the ways to reach a spiritual
goal just like the other religions.
I wasn’t really interested, but just
went along with her as a date.
After casually going to the church
for a few months, I was suddenly
struck by the Word of God one
Sunday morning and felt a warm
and compelling feeling during the
sermon. I raised my hands in front
of thousands of people for prayer.
I was surprised at myself and still
remember the look of surprise on
I’m still amazed that the Lord
did not push me all those years. He
kept offering me a chance while
respecting my choice. I used
to view religion
as a means of
Jesus is the
and the Life
(John 14: 6).
I had been lost
for 45 years, but now
I’m found. I am glad that I got to
experience other religions before
so that I can now share my newfound faith with those who have
yet to be saved and are confused.
As a child, I was raised to believe
in material gains, and thought that
achievements were the keys to
success and happiness. I felt tired
During college, my friends from
school invited me to a church and
I attended some church camps
where I learnt about Jesus. I found
love, peace and joy. I was set free
from the bondage of myself and
allowed the Holy Spirit to work
within me. Jesus loves, Jesus
comforts, Jesus protects, and Jesus
heals. Jesus is a friend, too.
I was baptized in Faith
Community Baptist Church on 19
MAKE CHRISTIAN SYMBOLS WITH ORIGAMI
A square or strip
of paper is all you
need, then follow the
instructions on this and
the following pages to
fold a heart, a dove, a
cross and a sheep.
MAKE A HEART
The symbol of
On 11 March 2011, the Lord
showed my family and me
undeserving grace and love. We
were living in Japan. There was
a strong earthquake. We lived in
Shin-Urayasu, Chiba, on reclaimed
land. The ground cracked up on
three sides of the house due to
liquefaction. My children Emy, then
aged 5, and Tomoko, aged 3, were
huddled under our dining table
and we prayed. Miraculously, our
front porch did not crack up and
the entrance was not destroyed so
we could drive out for supplies.
Yutaka managed to return home
at 11 pm after travelling 25 km
for 4-5 hours on foot and on an
abandoned, punctured bicycle. It
was very frightening as all modes
of communication were down. We
cast all our cares to the Lord and
He remained faithful and loving.
We arrived in Singapore safely
three days after the quake. We are
blessed as we learned to lean on
YUTAKA & STEFANIE'S STORY
Before our marriage, going to
church to worship on Sunday
became an important part of
our life. We were happy at New
Creation Church (NCC). The girls
joined the Sunday School and
we belonged to a small group. In
mid-2009, we relocated to Japan
for Yutaka’s new role to set up a
Tokyo office for his company. For
Stefanie and the two young girls, it
was their first experience living in
a foreign country with an unknown
language. The first thing we did
was to find a church where we
would feel safe and comfortable
(though I learnt later that that is
not the standard for choosing a
church). However, after visiting
many churches – sometimes
driving 50 km one way – we were
unable to find a suitable one. We
ended up ordering sermon CDs
and DVDs from Singapore.
Three days after the major
earthquakes in Japan on 11 March
2011, we fled back to Singapore
with three suitcases and decided
to stay permanently due to fear
of radiation leakage for the young
girls. We naturally thought of
eventually sending our daughters
to Raffles Girls' Primary School,
Stefanie’s old school. So we settled
our home along Bukit Timah Road
at Maplewoods condominium. And
we returned to NCC.
One day, when we were driving
on Blackmore Drive, we realized
that there was a church next door
to our home with a primary and
secondary school attached (not
the other way around)! We were
curious about a smaller church
setting where everyone ought to
know each other as we had since
then found NCC almost too big.
When we first visited CCMC, we
were positively surprised to find
it full of Christ. All the members
were so nice and welcoming. Then
we visited the second time and
found it the same. And the third
time and fourth time, and so on,
even now we find it the same. We
also noticed there’s a strong sense
of humility which we would like
our girls to have in their lives.
Emy Christina who is now in
P1 at MGS and Tomoko Sarah both
really enjoy CK. We were also
accepted by the Blessed West Tree
small group. We now feel a part of
CCMC. We feel what matters is not
only learning the Word of God but
also serving and worshipping God
as a family of Christ. Yutaka enjoys
this aspect in the CK band.
3 Your paper should
now look like this.
6 Fold on dotted line
so the top edges
meet in the centre.
9 Fold on dotted
lines so you
end up with a
1 With the back
side facing up,
fold vertically and
4 Fold on dotted lines
so both sides meet
2 Fold up on
5 Your paper should
now look like this.
Fold top corner
7 to bottom corner
without folding the
white triangles on
the side. The flap will
fold inside the white
on dotted line
to the centre.
10 Your heart should
now look like this.
Fold on dotted lines.
MAKE A CROSS
The symbol of
MAKE A DOVE
The symbol of the
1 Fold over
to make a
Cut a strip of paper
to about 0.7 x 30 cm.
to make a
Fold on the
to make a
Fold one-third down
5 Lift the flap.
Bring the corner
of the triangle
nearest to you
to the middle of
the the side of
the triangle away
Fold the end
Fold around the back past
the centre and loop back,
making sure that each side
of the crossbar is of equal
length as indicated.
Crease to flatten.
Pull bottom of
strip through and
up the centre of
Crease to make
Flip over and repeat
steps 5, 6 and 7 to
make the second wing
Crease both sides for the beak
and fold inward to make the
beak. Crease both sides for the
tail along the dotted line.
10 Fold inward to make
Fold down along the
dotted line and thread
through the centre again.
Fold up behind the cross
and tuck the end into
the centre of the cross.
Turn over and the
cross is complete.
To The Point
Prayer = Meditation
Create in me a pure heart, O
God, and renew a steadfast
spirit within me.
MAKE A SHEEP
The symbol of
1 Thessalonians 5:17
Pray all the time.
Search me, God, and know
my heart; test me and know
my anxious thoughts. See if
there is any offensive way in
me, and lead me in the way
Prayer engages you to have an intimate relationship with our Heavenly
Father. It is a two-way communication with God – we need to learn to listen
to as well as talk to God. – by Mason Tan
HOW OFTEN TO PRAY
Investigate my life, O God,
find out everything about
me; cross-examine and
test me, get a clear picture
of what I’m about; see for
yourself whether I’ve done
anything wrong — then
guide me on the road to
But when you pray, go into
your room, close the door
and pray to your Father, who
is unseen. Then your Father,
who sees what is done in
secret, will reward you.
And pray in the Spirit on all
occasions with all kinds of
prayers and requests. With
this in mind, be alert and
always keep on praying for
all the Lord’s people.
Prayer = LovING God
Because I love Zion,
I will not keep still. Because
my heart yearns for Jerusalem, I cannot remain silent.
I will not stop praying for
her until her righteousness
shines like the dawn, and
her salvation blazes like a
1 Corinthians 16: 22
If anyone has no love for the
Lord, let him be accursed.
Our Lord, come!
Praying = Listening
"Be still before the Lord and
wait patiently for him."
He says, “Be still, and know
that I am God; I will be
exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.”
How to Pray?
2 Chronicles 7:14
if my people, who are called
by my name, will humble
themselves and pray and
seek my face and turn from
their wicked ways, then I
will hear from heaven, and I
will forgive their sin and will
heal their land.
“This, then, is how you
should pray: ‘Our Father in
heaven, hallowed be your
name, your kingdom come,
your will be done, on earth
as it is in heaven. Give us
today our daily bread. And
forgive us our debts, as
we also have forgiven our
debtors. And lead us not
into temptation, but deliver
us from the evil one.’
SO MUCH MORE
Is doing your best the best you can do in serving God?
If not, what is better than best?
LIM KIM PONG
Lim Kim Pong is married to his
childhood sweetheart, Choon, and
together they have four beautiful
children in Ken (22), Dan (20),
Ashley (18) and Kelley (16). Family
also includes Buddy the shih tzu,
Keko the terrier and Cat Cat the cat.
Pong was the Chair of CCMC
Youths and Young Adults ministry.
Today, he is still deeply involved
with the OC and the young adults
ministry as a speaker and mentor.
He is currently the Master
Coach for Halftime in Asia where he
speaks, facilitates and coaches. He
is also a passionate strengths advocate through his role as a Gallup
Strengths Coach and Speaker.
erving in church is hard.
Not just that it is hard
to serve people, it is
sometimes just hard to
see ourselves in the
roles that are available in church.
Three of my friends, a banker, a
real estate developer and a CFO all
wanted to avail themselves to their
church to serve.
The banker was asked to count
Sunday offering. The real estate
developer was asked to join the car
park team. The CFO was asked to
audit the church accounts. All three
are willing servants but wondered
if there is more that they can do.
I have known many others like
them. They are men and women in
the marketplace. They are successful, love God, are humble and
are willing to serve. Many are key
contributors, movers and shakers
of the businesses they are in. But in
church, they are the silent majority as they either have nowhere to
serve or they don’t know how and
where to give their best contribution. As a result, we have many of
them sitting in the pews – waiting.
For many, the bus that they are
waiting for never quite turned up.
Church has become just Sunday
sermons, worship, and fellowship.
"The harvest is plentiful but
the labourers are few." When Jesus
said that, I don’t think it is because
there is a lack of people to send but
rather, a lack of people with a sense
The Baby Boomer generation
of the Sixties and Seventies belong
to a generation that is healthier,
wealthier and more educated than
any other generation in recent
memory. The average lifespan
a hundred years ago was about
48 years old compared to the 80
plus years we have today. This is a
generation with immense marketplace impact and success but with
comparatively little or no Kingdom
impact. Churches all over today
have become huge pent up store-
houses of latent Christian energy
that are locked up and shut down.
If we can find ways to release
this latent energy, it is potentially
an unstoppable force that God can
use to change the world.
I have the incredible privilege in
the past three years of serving men
and women in the marketplace in
helping them find their callings and
purposes in God through my role
as a speaker, facilitator and coach
with the Halftime movement. As I
serve these individuals in moving
from success to significance, I notice almost everyone struggles with
the same thing.
It is the status quo of responsibilities and obligations that have
built up over the years – something
that we can't seem to shake off
easily. Its gravitational pull locks us
into a paralysis mode. We seemed
to be doing many things – old
things, same old things – and yet
nothing. The excitement of building
our career and net worth has lost
its shine and life no longer seems
to be an adventure with God or
with the people we love. It has lost
its thrill and yet we hang on to our
status quo. Somehow, it lulls us
into a false sense of security in the
familiar comfort of a life making a
living and postponing indefinitely a
living making a life.
I am reminded of the question
asked by my three friends, "Is there
more?" Fortunately, there is.
Yet, you have made him a little
lower than God, And you crown
him with glory and majesty!
- Psalms 8:5 NASB
In God's mind, we are meant to
be glorious by destiny. The reality
is that many of us don't claim that
destiny but continue to live our
lives in status quo by default. It is
just easier. Many of my friends feel
that we have past the prime of our
want to claim
tailored for us
to be our very
youth and days of glory, and we
just cannot see how we can become glorious and great according
to God's plan. But we are meant to
be more. So much more.
For we are His workmanship,
created in Christ Jesus for good
works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk
- Ephesians 2:10 NASB
We have been fearfully and
wonderfully made for a purpose
– for good works. And God has prepared the good works way beforehand, in advance and ahead of us.
Good works not just in church but
also outside of church. Good works
in the family, in the marketplace,
in the world. Good works that are
both spiritual and physical. Good
works that can do. God planned it
in such a way that we can do them.
We are meant to be so much more.
And in God’s time frame, it is for
eternity. It is never too late to take
up what God has prepared for us.
And we want to claim this
destiny that God has for us. Why
wouldn't we? Why wouldn't we
want to claim something that is
especially tailored for us to be our
very best? By all logic, we definitely would! But we need to look up
from our status quo, lock eyes with
God and allow Him to break us free
from the pull of paralysis and into
His calling. We want to lock eyes
and give Him full permission to
re-invent us all over again.
When my daughter, Ashley, was
three years old, she would cry like
any other child. And I learned a
way to soothe her. I would hold
her face in the palms of my hands,
look her in the eyes and say,
"Shhh.... It's okay, Daddy is here."
I would then see her eyes darting
around and after a short while, she
would lock eyes with me. Then I
will say it again, "Shhh.... It's okay,
Daddy is here." Shortly after, her
cries became a whimper, and the
whimper became silence. The tears
stopped flowing and then there
was peace again. All Ashley knew
at three years old was that I am her
father. Besides that, she knew next
to nothing about me. She does not
know what I am thinking, where I
came from, or what I have planned
for her. But at that point in time,
she knew she could trust me.
Locking eyes with God is
just like that. We may not know
everything that He knows or see
everything that He sees, or hear
everything that He has planned for
us, but all we know is that we can
And if we say we trust Him,
then you and I would want to do
something about it. Paul said:
Make a careful exploration of
who you are and the work you
have been given, and then sink
yourself into that. Don’t be
impressed with yourself. Don’t
compare yourself with others.
Each of you must take responsibility for doing the creative best
you can with your own life.
- Galatians 6:4-5 The Message
I love The Message Bible in
the way it puts the truth across
so plainly. If you want to break
free from your status quo and
into God's calling, spend time and
thought (careful exploration) to
find out your perfect design (who
you are) for the perfect purpose
(work you have been given). And
when you do, immerse your life
completely into living it out (sink
yourself, take responsibility).
Howard Thurman, an African
American theologian, gave us a
helpful hint on discovering who we
are and what we have been given
when he said, "Don't ask what the
world (or church) needs and go
do that. Ask what makes you come
alive and go do that. What the
world (or church) needs is men
and women who have come alive."
When we put together the way
God made us and the what He gives
us, it makes us come alive because
we are living our being and doing
our calling. He has given you and
I a specific personality, a specific
family, a specific experience, a
specific set of talents and strengths
for a specific purpose. All these
He prepared way in advance. And
when we discover them, we would
want to do what He says. And Paul
exhorts us to do our creative best
with this life!
I asked a group of 15-year-olds
why is 'best' not good enough in
Paul's exhortation. Why must it be
our 'creative best'? Ryan Ong, the
son of May San and Kheng Kok,
said that to do our best is simply
to do a good job to the best of our
abilities. But the word 'creative'
is from the word 'creation' which
is about life. So, to do our creative
best is to do what makes us come
alive so that it brings about more
life around us. And he is spot on.
Ryan's comments made me realize why the silent majority in our
churches remains silent and the
Christian energy remains latent. I
believe it is not because people do
not care. I believe people remain
silent because they either are not
excited about what the church
needs or, in whatever they are doing, it is done only to the their best
of their abilities – and not by their
Paul also mentioned two
obstacles faced by people who do
not do their creative best. Don’t
be impressed with yourself. Don’t
compare yourself with others. If
pride does not get you out, selfdoubt will. Pride makes us unwilling to test drive God's calling while
self-doubt makes us think we are
unworthy to even get into His car.
Either outcome is a result of not
really knowing how God made us
and what He has planned for us.
We sing the song about God:
(( each of
us must take
to find out who
we are, what we
have been given,
into them and
go give our
lives away in
best to fulfill
There Is None Like You. In the same
way, though we are all made in the
image of God, there is none like us.
Everyone of us is unique. We bear
a special part of God's thumbprint.
We cannot find anyone that is anywhere quite like us on this planet.
And if God does not deviate from
the blueprint of His design, why
should we? He has been preparing
us since the day we were born to
show us off to the world.
So, it is totally unrealistic to
force fit ourselves into ministries
that happen to be there or expect ourselves to be like another
person in a church ministry or to
be as passionate as she is. It is also
totally irresponsible and reckless
of us to remain in status quo and
not lock eyes with God and check
out what He has planned for us.
But each of us must take responsibility to find out who we are, what
we have been given, sink ourselves
into them and go give our lives
away in our creative best to fulfill
our God-given purpose.
My banker friend eventually stopped counting money for
the church and found her calling
in ministering to people in pain
through the prayer ministry in
church. My real estate developer
friend responded to the deeper
yearnings of his heart and did not
settle for what was available in
church. He eventually went on to
become the global spokesman for
the Halftime movement. And what
about my friend who is the CFO?
He has still not found his calling,
but he is sinking himself into what
God is showing him in this season. He feels that God wants him
to pour his life intentionally and
tangibly into loving his beautiful
wife and five children. And he is
doing exactly just that. Today, he is
still auditing the church accounts
but with his head lifted up and
eyes locked on to God, he waits
expectantly for God to reveal his
assignment in His time.
tired of being a
overwhelmed by all
at work and at
home that demand
TARA LEE SHARES
Tara Lee is blissfully married
to Colin Wan. They have two
children, Elizabeth and Seth,
aged 7 and 6 respectively.
When Tara is not working or
tutoring kids, she spends most
of her time baking, surfing the
Internet, cycling and sipping a
cup of coffee with Colin.
WHile the clock is ticking away, here I am typing
this article, rushing my kids to bathe and at the same
time running in and out of the kitchen to stir my pot
of curry in preparation for the family gathering at my
In this dynamic and ever-changing society, I am
very confident that my situation is not unique and,
in fact, could be very familiar to all women.
It is not surprising that each individual, both at
work and at home, has multiple roles to assume
and perform in tandem. One then has to deal and
struggle with multiple commitments, challenges,
competitions and constraints.
More often than not, despite the
demanding roles, uphill tasks and
critical deadlines, performing ‘good
enough’ is really not good enough
and, for some, may not even be
acceptable! The self-expectation
to be the best in all realms or to
continuously strive to be perfect
when compounded with other
common stressors for working
mums – such as demanding bosses,
competitive colleagues, limited time,
insufficient sleep, tight finances,
sick kids and other family members,
exam periods and an insensitive
spouse – can really drive me to self
destruction had God not been in my
In the cost-cutting environment
and a society where the fittest
survive, it is hardly astonishing to
learn that one needs to deliver more
using less and at a faster pace! The
busyness of life and the difficulty
to say ‘no’ naturally lead women to
assume the role as a multi-tasker
who aims to climb up the corporate
ladder whilst aiming to actively serve
in the Church or community, raise
brilliant kids, be a filial daughter/
daughter-in-law and look like a
goddess to the husband.
Preoccupied with never-ending
to-do lists and jammed packed
meeting schedules, rarely do I have
time to be still and calm before I
head home. Very often, the inability
to distance work emotions from
family life causes me to bring the
unhappiness and tensions of the
office back home. More often than
not, I find myself complaining and
pouring out my grievances to my
husband who tries to be empathetic
while having to concentrate on
bad traffic as we head home.
Other times, I choose to indulge in
retail therapy, massages or even
desserts. Over the years, I learned
that these outbursts only soothe
me momentarily and I will be like a
broken record once history repeats
itself at work.
But the predicament of women
today is not new. Proverbs 31, is a
description of a virtuous woman of
Biblical days, but also describes the
women of today.
She plays multiple roles and bears
various traits including a God-fearing
woman (v30b), trustworthy and
submissive wife (v11-12, 22b, 23),
caring and loving mother (v15, 21,
27), a kind samaritan who provides
for the poor and needy (v20),
resourceful and diligent business
woman who has a sharp business
acumen and the ability to manage
vastly different businesses (sells
handmade linen garment, supplies
sashes to the merchants and planting
a vineyard, v13, 14, 16, 18 & 24), a
caring and hands on boss (v13, 15b,
17, 19) and a prudent investor (out
of her earnings, she buys a field and
plants a vineyard, v16).
This can definitely be achievable
if the priorities and expectations
are set right upfront and, most
importantly, if Christ is in the center
of all. If not, women risk being like
an over-stretched rubber band which
easily snaps or a rubber band that
has lost elasticity because it was left
too long in the sun.
I can now better appreciate the
need for personal quiet time. My
timeout is not a luxury and selfish
act but instead an essential break,
greatly needed for recharging my
spiritual, emotional and physical
health. In fact, it is when I am
spiritually, emotionally and physically
rejuvenated that I can be a better
caregiver, productive worker and
having more possibility of being a
Timeouts are now mostly spent
in the kitchen baking or testing
new recipes with the song ‘In Christ
Alone’ played on repeat mode in the
background, researching Bible verses
Truly, God is my source of
strength and hope and is indeed the
One whom I turn to when I am in a
deep valley or a dark hour of my life.
Do you enjoy receiving bad news
or downside surprises at work?
Has anyone ever looked forward
to hearing recommendations for
improvement in their personal
workspace? Will anyone ever take
delight in having a third party
question their job functions/
processes/empowerment that they
hold dearly to?
(( truly, god
is my source of
hope, and is
indeed the one
whom i turn to
when i am in a
deep valley or a
dark hour in my
My job as an internal auditor
requires me to deliver all of
the above and these indeed
create a significant amount of
stress for me, particularly before
delivering negative messages to
auditees. Taking a few minutes
to pray for tactfulness, Senior
Management’s objectivity and right
opportunities to speak always helps!
My colleagues and boss are often
amazed by the end results of the
There are two verses that never
fail to lead and sustain me. Matt 7:7
– Ask and you will receive, seek and
you will find, knock and the door will
be opened to you. 1 Thes 5:16-18 –
Rejoice always, pray continually, give
thanks in all circumstances; for this is
God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
by Dr Koh Siang Kiang
A Biblical Pattern
The biblical imperative for parenting in Deuteronomy 6:4-9 is not
a new idea for our consideration.
Rather, it should be seen as a reminder to return to a long-neglected biblical pattern.
The earlier verses sets the background to our text. In verse 1, God
called His people to know His commandments so they would know
how to act when they entered the
promised land. Verse 2 identifies
the “sons and grandsons” as the
target, and their “fear of Him, to
keep His law” as the reason for this
Known as the shema from the
first Hebrew word “hear”, the writer first declared the focus of their
worship: “The LORD is our God, the
LORD is one.” The word “hear” implies both listening and acting on
what is heard. What were they to
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The Biblical Role of
picture of an NS man with
his maid carrying his backpack posted on facebook
brought reactions of disbelief. Together with ongoing discussions was a forum article entitled,
“NS does not make men, parents
do”, prompting this article.
For more than 200 years the
evangelical Sunday School movement has been trying its best to
provide Christian Education to do
Proverbs 22:6. Besides this, many
other children’s programme were
developed to enable the children’s
Despite the teaching, these second and third generation Christian
children and youths are not responding. What has gone wrong?
How can the situation be rectified?
Whatever changes might be suggested, Christian Education in the
church still MUST continue to play
an important role. But, the purpose
here is to examine an earlier imperative given to caring for the next
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that the task
of passing on
the 'faith of the
the lord uses
but this is
hear and act on?
Four specific action areas are indicated in this passage:
1) Personal response to the love
of God (v5);
2) Personal response to the
Word of God (v6);
3) Personal participation in the
life of the next generation (v7);
4) Personal symbols to teach the
next generation (v8-9).
Why ‘personal’? In the New
American Standard Bible (NASB)
the pronoun “you” is used nine
times, and “your” eleven times. That
would suggest that this injunction
is given directly to someone. If it is
to those who have “sons and grandsons, the “you” and “your” would
have to be parents and grandparents. Also, note the sequence of
parenting. Verses 5 and 6 begins
with asking the parents to make a
personal response to God and His
Word. Only when that is done can
the next two steps of teaching the
next generation take place.
This means that the task of passing on the “faith of the fathers” must
come from the parents. No doubt,
the Lord uses other sources, but
this is a personal responsibility. In
Exodus 12:24 and Joshua 4:6, when
Moses and Joshua instructed the Israelites to build memorials, it was
to enable the parents to teach “your
The Book of Proverbs records
communication of life-principles
from a father to a son. In the New
Testament, in several of his epistles,
Paul wrote specifically to Christian
fathers concerning working with
Principles and Applications
Now, let me go back to explain and
make present day applications of
the above four principles from our
text in Deuteronomy.
1) There must be personal response to the love of God (v5). The
Hebrew people were commanded
TELL SOMEONE ELSE
TO LOVE GOD IF
WE OURSELVES DO
NOT RESPOND TO
HIS LOVE. WE MUST
SHOW THEM HOW
TO LOVE GOD, NOT
JUST TELL THEM.
occur naturally when you are together. In other words, it is not a
classroom setting but a normal interaction of life.
The following are suggestions
for contemporary day-to-day application of this principle in the life of
the next generation:
a) Make it a point to eat with
the family. Table talk is good for the
body, the mind, and you can make it
good for the soul. Also, when your
children watch a TV programme, be
there with them so that you can discuss the pros and cons of the show;
b) Make deliberate plans to
“walk by the way.” Not only is it
good exercise, it gives you a chance
to connect with your family. In Singapore we have many parks that
make it very conducive for this;
c) Unlike the Hebrew family,
today’s social order promotes the
luxury of separate bedrooms which
robs us of relaxed time together. TV
and computer games may fill the
mind and emotions with worldly
values until fatigue drives us to seek
a night of sleep. Thus we miss our
pillow talk. Therefore, it is important for us to reexamine our priorities and learn to tie spiritual truth
to the ordinary affairs of daily life;
d) “When you rise up” – this can
be very early for families, with some
school children having to leave at
5:30 am. This may be considered a
sacrifice for tired parents to wake
up to be with their children to set
the direction for the day. Preparing and eating breakfast with them
gives opportunity to talk about the
day. Even a short prayer before setting off for school will remind them
that God and His Word are to be
central in all they do that day.
Relating to the children takes
time. We cannot have quality time
without quantity time. This can become a challenge considering how
busy people are, and many more
mothers returning to the workforce
4) Personal symbols used to
teach the next generation. The
binding of the Word “as a sign on
your hand and … on your forehead” (v8) became a literal Jewish
custom. It indicated that their conduct and contemplation must be
totally subjected to God. “You shall
write them on the door post of your
house and on your gates” (v9). Even
as they entered and departed from
their home they were to be reminded that the Word is their guard and
In modern homes, what does
one see upon entering? Is the Bible visible? Are there any Christian
plaques? Do you hear Christian
hymns and songs? Are Christian
books invitingly displayed? Sadly many homes advertise worldly
things almost to the exclusion of
Deuteronomy 6:4-9 was addressed
to a particular people in a particular place at a particular time. But, as
with all of the Scripture, the principles may be applied to all the people of God, whatever their circumstances, in the 21st century.
Parents, grandparents, aunties
and uncles, we have a God-given
responsibility to the next generation. As the world bombards them
with glitzy images, we must rise to
the responsibility of showing them,
as well as telling them, how to love,
fear and obey God in the day-to-day
activities and complexities of life.
They need to see faith in action in the
pursuits and pleasures of daily life.
By your example, determine to stimulate them to love and good works.
Dr Koh Siang Kiang is Associate Professor, Christian Education; Director, Field Education; and Director,
Centre for Continuing Theological
Education (English). She is also an
executive member of Mayfair Park
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(( WE CANNOT
as individuals to love God with “all
your heart, with all your soul and
with all your might.” In the Gospels,
Jesus affirmed that this was “the
great commandment” (Matt 22:3738). Love for God must begin with
the individual. And it must permeate the whole person. We cannot
tell someone else to love God if we
ourselves do not respond to His
love. We must show them how to
love God, not just tell them.
2) There must be personal response to the Word of God (v6).
When the words “love God…” are
acted upon, lives are changed. In
the Great Commission (Matt. 28:1920) Jesus commanded that our task
include “…teaching them to OBEY
everything I have commanded
you….” We are to teach the Word of
God expecting that it will change
lives. But first, the Word must
change our own lives. It reminds
me of Ezra 7:10 where we are told
“Ezra set his heart to study, PRACTICE and teach the Word.” Our willingness to practice what we have
learned will help our children (and
others) see the truth in action.
3) There must be personal participation in the life of the next generation (v7). The Word which has
been practiced must now be taught
“diligently” in all of the normal interactions of daily life. This would
require effort and time. This verse
provides practical suggestions to
help a parent know when to “pass
on” the love of God and the Word of
God. In the devoted Jewish home,
parents talk to their children a)
when you sit in your house; b)
When you walk by the way; c) When
you lie down; d) When you rise up.
In other words, they take advantage
of the ordinary occasions for interaction at a higher level .
Here we see that it is not a matter of “setting aside time” to spend
with the children for a concentrated
period. Rather, it involves optimizing the teachable moments which
Luke 2:52 says that Jesus grew in wisdom
and stature, and in favor with God
Thus, it can be said that children grow
and develop in a number of aspects:
Wisdom. Children grow mentally,
in the way they think and what they
Stature. Children grow physically,
in size, strength and coordination.
In favour with man. Children grow socially and
learn to get along with others.
In favour with God. Children grow spiritually in
what he knows about God and how he responds to Him.
What follows is a rule-of-thumb guide to the stages of the
spiritual growth of children.
Age 4 to 5: Believer
Think of the Lord in a personal way.
Can be taught to talk to God, to thank God.
Understands that willful disobedience is sin.
Can believe and receive Christ.
Age 6-8: Discerner
Discerns between right and wrong.
Quick to receive Jesus as saviour.
Can learn to pray and live for the Lord.
Needs spiritually mature examples.
Age 9-11: Worshipper
Responds to teaching or spiritual growth.
Can understand doctrinal truths.
Asks questions about Christianity.
Have an interest in people; can be good witness.
Age 12-14: Challanger
Asks why, where, what and how.
Sincere and serious in their desire to know more about God.
Desperately needs guidance.
Needs to be involved in church or youth fellowship activities.
BY GOH ECK KHENG
he rapid development
of computer technology
continues to revolutionise culture, commerce and communications.
As Quentin J. Schultze states
in his book, Internet for Christians: Everything You Need to Start
Cruising the Net Today, "These are
the two faces of the 'Net' – one
repulsive and one attractive, one
that reflects goodness and grace,
and the other that displays human sinfulness.” Christians must
therefore understand and use the
World Wide Web in ways that are
pleasing to the Lord.
As the Internet allows people
to become anonymous and to take
on different persona and behave in
ways they would not in the physical world, it is key that Christians
maintain our identity as children
of God in cyberspace.
God’s omniscience extends to
this disembodied world. We are
the same person to Him whether
we use our real name or a screen
name. We are never anonymous
nor invisible to God.
Our Christian testimony includes how we live via social media
and our Christian life can be influenced by how we use the seemingly limitless resources online.
What we post and how we interact with others on social media
platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram directly impacts
our role as Christ's ambassadors in
Do THINK before you post. Ask
yourself, is what I am thinking of
posting True? Is it Helpful? Does
it Inspire Confidence? Is it Necessary? Is it Kind? In the spirit of the
test that is in the heart of Charles
Sheldon's book, In His Steps, ask:
Would Jesus post this?
This would include testing your
own motivation for putting up
what is on the face of it, a harmless
There are those who collect followers for the sake of just having
more and more followers, rather
than for true appreciation of what
they share. This habit belies vanity,
insecurity and the deep hunger
for affirmation so much so that we
crave it from total strangers.
Turn instead to God who calls
us his sons and daughters; what
more affirmation do we need?
Even if social media is not used
as a crutch but used to advantage
to connect and keep us in touch
with friends, family and those in
the mission field, it could be at the
expense of people immediately
Sadly, it is not uncommon today
to see family members around the
dining table more connected to
others through their mobile devices than to each other in conversation. This is but one form of cyber
Internet Addiction Disorder
was proposed as a satirical hoax in
1995. Today, this and the related
Communications Addiction Disorder and Online Gaming Addiction
have become realities.
The tool of the Internet must
not be allowed to become our
master. An easy test to find out if
we are being held captive in the
cyberworld is to see if we suffer
from withdrawl symptoms when
we stop using it for a day.
This, of course, would not
include the use of the Internet for
research, for the most universal
value of the World Wide Web is the
ease of finding information.
There is a seemingly limitless
amount of knowledge available
with just a few clicks and keystrokes. Among this is a vast
ecclesiastical library of Christian
material from Sunday School
resources, to online Bible studies, commentaries and websites
created by cyber preachers. This
range reflects the wide spectrum
of spiritual views, including those
which are Biblically unsound.
Misinformation and disinformation
is as common as true, real, valuable
information in both secular and
Thus, when referring to Christian resources online or engaging
in Christian discussion groups, it
is important to test the soundness
of views being shared. Ask these
questions: Who is the author of the
article and creator of the website?
Is background information about
the author/creator available? What
are the author’s qualifications and
experiences? What is the purpose
of the site? Is the information and
teaching Biblically sound?
A good rule of thumb is, when
extends to this
are the same
person to him
use our real
name or a
we are never
there is the slightest doubt, do not
rely on the resource until you are
given assurance by someone who
is well-versed in Biblical theology
that the resource is sound and
This brief survey of godly use of
the Internet would not be complete
without a discussion on the perils
of online pornography.
The ease of access and the cloak
of anonyminity makes it a real
A common sense and effective measure is to subscribe to a
filtered Internet access service to
block the bulk of the dangerous
material. Avoidance is the first line
of defence. As Proverbs 4:14-15
says: "Enter not into the path of
the wicked, and go not in the way
of evil men. Avoid it, pass not by it,
turn from it, and pass away."
Although the Internet did not
exist in Bible times, a biblical
model for dealing with online
pornography is when Joseph fled
from the seduction of Potiphar's
wife. Flirting with temptation is
dangerous and will result in falling
A practical way of fleeing is
when temptation comes, immediately turn off the computer and
pray or read the Bible for a while.
Accountability is another effective way of providing a safeguard.
It could be as simple as positioning the computer so that others
can see what is on the sceeen, or
signing up with a Christian filtering and accountability service such
as Covenant Eyes (www.covenanteyes.com).
Just as we do not compartmentalise our life in church, at home
and at work in the way we live for
God, we must also not have different values on the Internet and
other parts of our daily lives. God is
the Lord of all. He wants to be the
Lord of every aspect of our lives,
and that includes how we bear
witness for him in cyberspace.
our children IN
THE WILD WIDE WEB
Engage, Teach, Communicate
BY GOH ECK KHENG
eeping your children
safe on the Internet
requires that you review
your own habits on the
web. You are your kids’ ultimate
To be aware of children’s
online lives, stay involved as
much you can depending on their
ages and injecting sound values
to counteract the less desirable
aspects of the World Wide Web.
Surf with your children and show
each other what you like to do
online. Foremost, teach your kids
about online safety.
Start by establishing a code of
conduct for cyberspace: if they
know it’s wrong to say something
to someone face-to-face, they
shouldn’t text it, tweet it, or post it.
Use the THINK acronym (see page
24). What would Jesus do if he used
the Internet? The Golden Rule also
applies: You should treat others as
you would like others to treat you.
Help your child grow to become a
good digital citizen.
Learn about the types of
networks and situations your teen
is experiencing online so that you
can identify pitfalls, solutions and
encourage critical thinking.
Teens should question who
posted something and why. They
should also think critically about
their own posts: “Why am I posting
this? Who will see it? Could it be
Just as you have taught your
children not to walk down
dark alleys alone at night, they
need to know how to avoid
threatening places online. Like
in the real world, staying in safe
neighbourhoods will keep one out
Another key point is to keep
channels of communication
open. Teenagers may feel that
parents are disconnected from
their perspective and dislike
conversations about online safety.
Create an environment where
your children will come to you
when they face any strange or
unusual activity on the Net. Fear of
punishment is a major deterrent
to openness. Thus, don’t punish
your child for revealing such
Keep an open dialogue about
online safety. The more you talk
about this, the easier it will get;
don’t be discouraged if they don’t
seem to want to respond. Ask
non-judgmental questions such as:
What are your favorite things to do
online? What could you do to be
There are a number of basic
strategies to stay safe on the
Internet, not just for children but
for people of all ages.
Computers that have Internet
connection ought to be placed in a
place at home where there is free
access to the whole family. Young
children should not be allowed
to use the Internet unsupervised.
Monitoring your child’s Internet
habits is not a violation of their
privacy anymore than watching
out for them in real life would
be. If teens complain that you
are treating them like children,
remind them that most employers
monitor Internet and email usage
Advise your children to take
care when choosing a user or
screen name. As those names will
become as identifiable with them
as their given names, hopefully
it will not be an embarrassment
to them in years to come. More
importantly, a screen name should
not include personal information
like surname or date of birth.
Make sure that children
understand they should never
give out any personal information
over the Net. Also, make sure they
understand that they should never
meet anyone they met online
face-to-face without parental
(( Just as you
not to walk
at night, they
need to know
how to avoid
Like in the
staying in safe
will keep one out
permission, or give up their
privacy by allowing strangers to
identify who or where they are.
Take their online relationships
seriously. Warn your children and
teens that online predators use
false names and fake profile photos
to lead others to believe they are
someone they are not.
Recognise that the anonyminity
that the Internet gives also allows
your child to take on a different
persona to her real self. This in
itself is unhealthy even if they are
not pretending to be someone
more beautiful, more popular or
rich. Being true to herself on the
Net is a measure of your child's
Cyberbullying is real. Never
send hurtful messages or
respond to any such messages
is a good rule. Instruct your
child to “block” bullies or delete
your child’s current account and
open a new one when faced with
cyberbullying. Tell your children
that they can count on your help if
they encounter a bully online. Save
the evidence by taking screenshots
of the comments and images, and
take note of the date and time
of the harassment. Contact your
Internet service provider or cell
phone provider to remove the
content created to hurt your child.
Passwords should not be
shared with anyone but parents.
Remind your children that they
must log out of their accounts each
time they leave a public computer,
even if just to use the washroom.
Many social networking
websites and blog hosting websites
have minimum age requirements
for signup. These requirements are
there to protect your children so
don’t start an account for them if
they are not of age.
Before children are allowed to
use the Internet, rules about what
content they are allowed to access
should be laid down. Children
may not tell you about something
they have seen because they are
afraid that their Internet time will
be taken away. The best way is
to openly discuss inappropriate
content before problems arise. Also
keep in mind that children may
come across inappropriate content
Discuss your family values and
be clear about what content aligns
and does not align with those
Installing blocking, filtering, and
monitoring software is a sensible
approach, and do this before you
introduce any child to the Web.
Teach them to leave the site
immediately when they encounter
inappropriate content and tell you
what had happened.
In practice, there’s no such thing as
online privacy. Anything posted can
be seen by or forwarded to anyone:
strangers, university admissions
officers, and potential employers.
So, it is even more important
to have an agreement with your
children about what is acceptable
to post as what they post will
reflect well or poorly on them.
Remnants of digital footprints
can remain online for a very long
time, something that children
don’t realize. So, a post put on
the Internet in a moment of
indiscretion can come back to
haunt them years down the line.
Even if they take it down, the
electronic record still remains.
Keep also in mind that the quick
response and the nature of the
Internet allow what is posted in
public to be copied and broadcast
to thousands and thousands of
people before a post is regretted
and taken down.
This has become part and parcel
of engagement in cyberspace for
people of every generation. It can
benefit children by allowing them
to explore new interests and meet
like-minded people online.
Some talking points you can use
with your kids are: What kinds of
things do your post on your page?
How do you decide who to add as a
friend? Would you feel comfortable
if I checked your profile?
(( MANY SOCIAL
WEBSITES AND BLOG
FOR SIGNUP. THESE
THERE TO PROTECT
YOUR CHILDREN SO
DON'T START AN
ACCOUNT FOR THEM
IF THEY ARE NOT OF
A sensible approach is to advise
you child never to post anything
that he or she would not want to
share with everyone they know.
Ensure that your child is using
Talking points: Do you keep a
blog? Could I read it? Who do you
think is reading your blog? Would
you feel comfortable letting anyone
read your blog? What do you think
your blog says about you? Can you
show me some of your favorite
This networking service, open to
membership for anyone 13 years
and up, allows users to share
photos and apply a variety of filters
Note that Instagram photos are
accessible to the public by default
and allows users to view public
photos posted by others and by
those they follow.
Instruct children to make their
Instagram profile private so that
users have to send a request to
connect to them.
However, setting Instagram to
private may not be enough. Any
account connected to Twitter,
Facebook or other social media
platforms will share photos
uploaded. To ensure real privacy,
each of those programs must also
be set to private.
Your teenager should select an
appropriate profile photo that you
both agree on. It is best to not use a
personal photo but use an object or
scene that represents his interests.
Join Instagram yourself to be
aware of its processes and terms
in practice. Follow your teen so
that you can see what others have
YouTube allows users to upload
and share original and bootlegged
videos, anything from the
wonderful to the unacceptable. It’s
the place to go to watch the latest
viral video that everyone’s talking
about or a favorite music video.
Thanks to YouTube, kids can
access millions of videos instantly,
and they can very easily post a
video for the world to see. But note
that the site says that teenagers 13
to 17 are welcome with permission
from a parent or guardian. It's up
to you if you think your kids are
ready for it.
Go explore YouTube to see
for yourself what subject are
available on its channels and
who the popular YouTube
personalities are. You will be able
to have a much more open and
informed discussion with your
children once you’ve seen for
yourself what is available. Keep a
lively conversation about what's
current, popular and going viral on
Talking points: Do you watch
YouTube (stupid question, really)?
What do you like about it? Have you
ever posted anything? If so, what?
This is a public space messaging
system which delivers short
bursts of information known as
Tweets. Each Tweet is limited to
a maximum of 140 characters,
but can also carry links, photos
and videos. Users can conduct
conversations directly by Tweets.
Although Tweets can be
configured so that only approved
followers can read them, most
users share their Tweets freely
with everyone on Twitter.
As these short messages
encourage impulsive behavior,
remind your kids that if they
wouldn't say it to the person's face
or out loud, they shouldn't say
it via Twitter too. THINK before
Talking points: Can you trust all
the people that see the information
on your profile? How could your
Tweet be interpreted?
Tumblr is a streamlined blogging
platform that allows users to create
and re-blog (share from others'
posts) photo, video and audio files.
Although users can post traditional
blog articles, what attracts the
youngsters to Tumblr is the ability
to create a collage of material that
represent their individuality in the
context of a community.
Tumblr keeps safety simple.
In the process of signing up,
you’re asked for your age, and if
you type in anything below 13
Tumblr automatically rejects
your registration. However, many
children (and parents on their
behalf) lie about age and the
computer knows no better.
Talking points: What
communities do you belong to?
What subjects do you search for?
How many people are following
The Big Picture
A time will come when your child's
engagement with the Internet will
go beyond your control. What you
can depend on then is the value
system and self-discipline you
have inculcated in them from their
Pray for wisdom and discernment and safety for yourself and
your children. Continue to keep a
lively and interesting conversations
in your family about online activity.
In this way, we can effectively teach
each other by example.
A YEAR IN
By YEO HWEE LAN
n 2012, CCMC’s partnership
with Methodist Mission
Society (MMS) in Cambodia
reached another phase. Our
church was to help build a
church building for Chress Methodist Church. I was involved in
this project since the beginning,
and was stationed in Cambodia
to help facilitate the construction
work from February 2012. The
project team of CCMC volunteers
comprised a lawyer, an architect,
a quantity surveryor, a developer,
and our Church Mission Committee
members. Praise God for His provision of talent!
As a team, we worked diligently
and prayerfully since mid-2011,
drafting the tender documents,
interviewing the contractors, and
finally awarding the contract in
March 2012. The construction
work started in July as there was
a delay in getting the construction
permit from the relevant authority.
But thanks be to God, everything
was completed within the contract
time! I would have liked to contribute much more to the building
team, but due to my lack of expertise, all I could do was to help with
logistics when the team visited
the work site, to keep track of the
progress and update them regularly. It was on-the-job training for
me most of the time! Thank God
that He provided me with a patient
team and friendly local engineers
who took time to explain to me the
work progress and the floor plan
which, at times, I really did not
Besides the construction work, I
coordinated and planned the three
short-term mission trips from our
church. This was much easier for
me. Much of 2012 was spent in
getting to know the Chress church
members better, especially the
church youth. I also taught God’s
Word during the youth fellowship,
helped out with the church’s learning center for children held Mon-
days to Fridays in the afternoons,
and the children ministry on Saturday mornings. All these took place
in a rented house while the new
building was under construction.
In early 2013, as the building
neared completion, I was busy with
the furnishing of the new church.
Most time was spent shopping for
furniture, meeting with the carpenter, viewing samples etc. It was like
furnishing my own house all over
again just that this time it was 100
times bigger! Towards the end of
my posting, I helped the church set
up a Children’s Club for kids in the
neighborhood village. I was thrilled
to see over 80 children streaming
into the church building with the
proper facilities in place, to use the
library, activities room and attend
English classes. The Chress youth
were excited as well as they helped
with the running of the club, led
the children in songs and told them
When I was posted to Cambodia, I had served CCMC’s Covenant
Kids ministry for almost 5 years.
I had yearned for a change and
sought God for new directions.
Thus, I felt that this posting was an
answer to prayer. I was excited to
discover what God had in store for
me in this journey of self-discovery.
Although I had been to Cambodia in numerous short mission
trips, staying for such a long period
was a different ball game. It was
not only a change in ministry but
also a great change in culture,
living conditions, social life, eating
habits and working partners. I had
to totally uproot myself to another
To be very honest, it was overwhelming in the beginning, as I
not only needed to deal with the
day-to-day chores such as making
sure that there was clean drinking
water in the house and cooking my
own meals, I also had to learn to
take the local transport to Chress
church and master basic conver-
sational Khmer. I also had to learn
to work with the local pastor, the
MMS missionaries and to learn
the Cambodian work system and
On top of that, I had to help
with the building project, lead mission teams and help with Chress
Church ministry. I realized that I
had to adapt to this totally new environment very quickly. Everything
was happening at the same time
so I just had to figure out how to
cope with all the changes. I thank
God for His provision that I could
cope and adapt to the changes
with the help of the missionaries and through the many prayer
supporters from our church whom
I “ran” to for comfort when I was
down and stressed. (Thank God for
technology! Skype, chat, whatsapp,
I would like to share a few valuable lessons that God taught me in
1) Be sensitive and respectful
of the local culture. Try to understand why the locals do what they
do. Their belief system and worldview are very different from ours.
I taught this lesson many times to
different mission teams but when
living out this principle myself, I
would falter and would be in need
of constant reminder.
2) Having a strong support
team in the home church is crucial when in the field. We all need
friends and family to support us
– in particular through prayer –
especially when we are down and
3) Self-knowledge is essential. Knowing what works for you
and your coping mechanism will
make the transition easier.
4) Be always in step with the
Spirit. God’s work can only be done
in God’s way and in God’s power.
Trying to do otherwise will always
lead to miserable failure.
And in all things, may God be
Songs & Singers
Lenny LeBlanc will be
featured with Don Moen
in Give Thanks
on 7 Nov 2013.
Tickets from SISTIC.
THERE IS NONE LIKE YOU
BY GOH ECK KHENG
Lenny LeBlanc's successful pop career, beginning in the mid-1970s, is perhaps most remembered for the 1977 single Falling recorded with Pete Carr.
For the rest of the decade LeBlanc's career continued to peak.
In 1981, he got a call from a good friend, a drug smuggler, who excitedly
said that "he got saved". LeBlanc had no idea what ‘saved’ meant; he hadn’t
been inside church in 20 years and the church that he’d grown up in never
talked about salvation. His friend sent him a Bible. The words on the pages
spoke to his life; he cried out to God for forgiveness and became a Christian.
At that time, LeBlanc was contracted to Capitol Records with one more
record committed. However, as he got down to write that album, praise
and worship songs instead of pop lyrics poured out. He called his manager
and asked if Capitol would release him from the deal. His manager thought
LeBlanc had gone completely crazy.
Crazy or not, Capitol Records did agree to suspend the contract on condition that he couldn’t record for another label unless they bought out the
contract. Finding himself in an early retirement from the music industry,
LeBlanc used his other talent and started making stained glass. This led to
creating windows for a church and receiving an invitation to give his testimony and sing. He also continued to write songs – songs about the things
of God. By the time LeBlanc had written more than a dozen Christian songs,
God began to open new doors as well as shut old ones.
LeBlanc began to meet key figures in Christian music circles and Capitol
Records released him from his contract. He recorded his own albums for
small Christian labels but industry shake-ups and financial considerations
often interfered with his releases, leaving a sour taste in his mouth. So he
retreated from the music industry and started to lead worship at his home
church. It was then that he realised that there was a need for more strong
praise and worship music and started asking God to give him some songs
that would relate to his generation. God did.
At that time, LeBlanc met leaders of Maranatha! Music, and they started using some of his songs and voice on their albums. In the early 1990s,
Integrity Music asked him for a worship CD. There Is None Like You was one
of the songs written for that project, Pure Heart, in 1994.
LeBlanc shared: “I had a deadline. A lot of times… I’ll sing words that
don’t make any sense to anyone else, but I’m trying to stir up an idea. But
that morning I started singing, ‘There is none like you….’”
It was after he had completed the chorus and fine tuned it that the
weight of it hit him: here was a song that was going to have a huge impact
all over the world. He got on his face and started weeping. He couldn’t believe that God would give him something that great. “Then I started writing
the verse, and the verse took me down, too. It was just a weeping morning.”
He realised that God touches us – in our hearts, in our spirits, – like
nobody else can. “No one else can touch my heart like You do. No person, no
thing, no amount of money, no fame. I don’t care what you put up against it,
it doesn’t even hold up.”
My girl loves Sunday School. Besides
learning about God, because she
goes to church every week in MGS
and sees the interesting drawings
and decorations in the classrooms,
she has her heart really set on
becoming an MG girl.
I am not an old girl of MGS
myself, but I have been a CCMC
member even before I got married.
I know I qualify for Phase 2B, but I
am worried that with the new rules
of P1 registration announced by
MOE recently, my daughter may not
get into MGS. I really, really want
my daughter to get the values and
spiritual life of the school.
Since CCMC is in MGS, do CCMC
members have extra priority for a P1
place in the school?
A Brigadier General has become the
Chairman of our LCEC. I hear rumours
that to get us to come to church on
time, there will be stand by PEW.
I am so very sorry to tell you that
CCMC members do not have any
extra priority for P1 registration in
MGS just because the church uses
the school's facilities.
I do understand your motivation for wanting your daughter to
be an MG girl.
So rejoice and be glad, for your
daughter is already on her way to
being a Methodist Girl. Your bringing her to Sunday School regularly
is giving her a grounding about
God. And as you continue to nuture
her relationship with God at home,
she will benefit from the sound
values and true spirituality that
you are giving her.
So, do not worry even if your
daughter does not get into MGS for
she is already a MG girl – a Methodist Girl. The way you are bringing
her up will teach her to master,
grow and serve. And as you show
her by example these values, she
will grow up into a Godly woman of
excellence with a heart of love.
From another Methodist Girl,
Yah Yah Papaya
Dear Yah Yah Papaya,
Stand by PEW? Not possible
because Pastor Edwin Wong is
now pastor-in-charge of Toa Payoh
On the ball Abigail
It's embarassing to ask, but what is
the church 19th anniversary gift for?
It is a bag of tricks which can be
(1) a small mammal cage
(2) a portable sieve
(3) a two-bottle carrier
(4) a beansprout germinator
(5) a large-print Bible tote
Who were the greatest financiers in
Noah and Pharaoh's daughter: He
floated his stock while everyone
else was in liquidation. She went
to the Nile and picked up a little
THE SEED OF LIFE
BY YAP KIAN SENG
Why are prayer meetings
more well attended during a
-------------------Prayer is a movement of
trusting, gradually moving
from the doubts of "why" to
the faith of "why not?"
-------------------Prayer is not about spending
hours just talking and talking and talking. It is about
coming into the presence of
God, talking when there is a
need to talk, listening when
there is a need to listen,
asking when there is a need
to ask, pleading, crying,
arguing, disputing, recollecting, discussing, and above
all, presenting our whole
selves before God. It is waiting for that special moment;
for that spark that gets the
fire of love going; for that
utterance that may come
loudly or softly, quickly or
slowly; for that whisper that
may otherwise be missed
when we fail to pray.
Someone asked me about what
defines a person in life? In one of
my shoot-off-the-hip replies, I said:
“Failure. Failure defines the contours
of my life.” I then rattled off some of
my failures, academic, social, career,
and relational. Come to think of it,
behind every crest of success is a
trough of failure.
Football fans will be familiar with
the runaway success of Manchester
United. Currently the richest and
deemed the most successful club in
Britain, it was till recently helmed by
Sir Alex Ferguson, whom many has
called the most successful manager
in Britain. Behind this success, it is
humbling to note that it is failure
that had provided the seeds of hard
work, competitiveness, and grit.
Nearly sacked in 1990, seeing their
rival Liverpool rake in more trophies
only made Ferguson more determined to climb out of the pit. Ten
years later, Ferguson led Manchester
United to become the first English
team to win three prestigious titles:
The Premier League, the FA Cup, and
the Champions League. More than
twenty years later, Manchester United has won more Premier League
titles than any other English club.
What if a failure is not the end of
a dream, but the beginning of another? One friend of mine failed miserably in his business, only to find that it
saved his marriage. Another became
more humble through failure. Still
others found their calling when their
original plan failed. Many notable
inventions flourished out of a fertile
ground of failures, like the story of
Edison’s famous electric light device.
Perhaps, we may be frustrated when
our Plan A fail to take off. Instead,
we may seem resigned to frequently
fall back on Plan B. Perhaps life is like
that. It is not the success of Plan A
that shapes us. It is how we respond
to failures that molds us. Life in
many ways is like that. When our top
choice crumbles, we do not fall back
but push ahead with Plan B or even
C. Perhaps, Plan B is actually God’s
‘Plan A’ for us.
My friends, do not fret or be
afraid of failure. Even the Bible is
replete with examples of people who
often begin imperfectly as failures
rather than perfect heroes. Moses
was a murderer. David committed
adultery. Peter denied Christ thrice.
Elijah fell into depression. Jonah fled
from God. Abraham lied about his
wife. Noah got drunk. Paul persecuted Christians. The list goes on.
Yet, they are all recipients of God’s
grace. Failures tried to break them.
God’s grace saved them. God’s love
touched them. God’s persistence
moved them and gave them life. Failure, after all, is a seed of life, not a
death sentence. God’s grace provides
the sunshine, the moisture, the nutrients, and the love to make it grow. I
too have been branded a failure, but
in God’s eyes, I am always a potential
for goodness and success. In his good
time, I will be made whole. In the
promise of God, there is no failure,
only constant grace in action. The
words of John Newton aptly capture
our life’s struggles. “I once was lost,
but now am found. Was blind but
now I see.”
Yap Kian Seng has wide interest in
theology and spirituality. He serves as
an associate pastor in a local Church
in Vancouver, BC.
RAINDROPMEMORY BY CC BY-ND 3.0
Food for Thought
WORSHIP BANDS WORKSHOP
The CCMC Fellowship Retreat was
held over the Hari Raya Puasa and
National Day long weekend (8-10
August 2013) at Tanjong Puteri
Golf Club in Johor.
Rev Dr Norman Wong was the
Retreat Director and the age range
of the 32 participants was 10 to
91 years old, the eldest being Cecil
Wong, Rev Wong's father.
The reatreat gave the
opportunity to play at all three
courses of Tanjong Puteri: the
Straits Course, Plantation Course
(Championship) and Village
Course, and was anchored by three
1. Playing G.O.L.F (Game of Life
First), a study of Psalm 37 and 139
on rediscovering life's purpose. We
are human "beings" not "doings".
2. Jesus as the Ultimate
Mulligan*, where Jesus through His
perfect life and sacrifice provides
all that we lack. Following Jesus
is not about a set of rules but
developing a personal relationship.
3. Unlimited Mulligans. God
offers us unlimited grace and
forgiveness. When that happens,
we tend to play better – in golf as
well as in life.
Snippets of Ultimate Mulligan
videos based on a book by Ken
Blanchard (author of The One
Minute Manager) and Wally
Armstrong were screened.
There were also break-out
groups of four to six, and afterdinner gatherings which saw
deeper fellowship and spontaneous
The 10 family members who
didn't play golf enjoyed the
bowling alley, pool and nearby
Anton Chan ably scheduled the
22 golfers (including Cecil Wong
who played all three games) into
4–5 flights. A friendly competition
was held on Day 2 with prizes
sponsored by Terry Ng.
The winners were:
• Handicap 0 -18: Solomon Fang
• Handicap 18.1-24: Kim Hyunjin
• Ladies: Oh Ming Choo
* A mulligan is when someone gets a
second chance to perform a certain
move or action.
The worship bands attended a
workshop on Contemporary Band
Dynamics conducted by Mervin
John from Grace Methodist Chuch
on 10 and 17 June at CCMC.
The band members were given a
football analogy where the defence
are the percussion, drums and
base; midfielders are the acoustic
guitar, second keyboard and
rhythm electric guitar; attacking
midfielders are the main kyboard
and lead electric guitar; while the
strikers are the vocalists.
The role of the music director is
to give direction and arrangement
to the team. The strategy is to play
off each other and not fight against
One of the fundamental takeaways was that a worship musician
must have technical skills and the
ability to bring what is applicable
and appropriate to worship.
Eleven youth leaders from the
One Community (OC) attended
the Global Leadership Summit
(Emerging Leaders) on Saturday,
13 July at Bethel Assembly of
God Church. Together with about
500 other leaders from different
churches and denominations
in Singapore, they gathered to
sharpen their leadership edge.
The summit challenged the
young leaders – from the ages of
13 to 30 – to bold leadership. The
theme was “Dare to Lead”. Pastor
Steven Furtick, from Elevation
Church in the United States, called
the young leaders to have an
audacious faith. He shared that it
is a bold faith that takes us from
inspiration to implementation.
Screened via video, other
summit speakers included Pastor
Craig Groeschel, founder and
senior pastor of LifeChurch.tv, and
Catherine Rohr of Defy Ventures
that offers former criminals a new
lease of life by training them to run
their own businesses.
What was especially helpful
was the discussion time after each
session. Participants were guided
through reflection and discussion
questions by a Singaporean
facilitator. This helped them
unpack what they learnt and turn
it into positive action.
During the lunch break, a few
of the OC youth leaders joined
a networking lunch with Youth
Pastors, Youth Workers and
Youth Leaders. Organised by
Ignite Singapore – a network of
youth pastors and leaders across
denominations – the lunch was
anchored by youth pastors who
shared their experiences and
fielded questions about youth
ministry. It was an invaluable time
where our OC leaders gleaned
practical wisdom from the pastors’
years of youth ministry experience.
The summit closed with a
powerful time of worship and
exhortation of our young leaders to
arise and dare to lead.
May our younger generation
step up to lead boldly – not just
in the future, but also right now,
where they are!
BAPTISM AND CONFIRMATION
(Above) Jacqueline Khoo with
her children, Catelin and Joshua.
(Below) Laureen Chan, Jody and
Julian witness Justin's baptism.
On Saturday, 10 August 2013, four
children and four adults were
baptised in a service attended by
their family a friends held in the
The children were: Joshua
Khoo Yao Ming, son of Jacqueline
Khoo. Jody Chan Yunn Tyng, Justin
Chan Zi Kin and Julian Chan Zi Yin,
children of Henry and Laureen
The adults who were baptised
were: Tan Ngian Chin, Nah Miao
Chay, Lee E Shyen and Laureen Lee.
The next day, new members
were confirmed and received by
transfer from other churches.
At the 9 am service, Laureen
Lee, Anton Chan En Liang, Joseph
Anandan S P Sebastian, Jovina Lim
Soon Peck and Annie Cher Poh Yoke
were confrimed, while Tan Seng
Hock and Galen Tan Kok Kheng
were received by transfer.
Shaun Nguee Zhixian and Jamie
Tong Mei Jin were confirmed at the
11 am service.
CHRESS CHURCH DEDICATION
On the morning of 7 September
2013, the new building of our
partner church in Cambodia,
Chress Methodist Church (CMC),
was opened and dedicated
by Bishop Dr Wee Boon Hup.
Our pastors, Rev John Foo and
Rev Khoo Kay Huat, and some
church leaders and members
also attended this joyous
occasion. In addition, a team of
15 mission trippers was there to
assist in hosting the dedication
service. Several senior pastors
from the Methodist Church of
Cambodia (MCC) took part in the
dedication service and served
Holy Communion together with
our pastors. It was a very special
occasion as two different groups
of leaders and church members
came together to partake of Holy
Communion. We are all children
of God regardless of the different
backgrounds we come from.
Rev Hongly, the District
Superintendent of MCC Phnom
Penh, expressed her gratitude and
sincere appreciation to CCMC for
helping with the church building
and ministry of CMC. She was very
touched by our love and generosity
for her country.
The next day, on 8 September
2013, CMC held a carnival at the
church. Three hundred invitation
cards had been given to the people
in the neighbourhood to draw
attention to the church.
Touy Ay, one of the youths of
CMC, shared: “I am very happy to
see my neighbour coming to the
church.” Her sister, Touy Euy added
“I am also very happy because we
very seldom have the chance to go
to a carnival like this.”
Regina Wong, a CCMC mission
tripper, commented: “The carnival
was a success! We managed to
attract more adults and families to
come into the church compound
compared to the past.”
Lidiang, a Methodist Mission
Society missionary, also shared:
“This carnival is a good follow-up
after the dedication service. It is
a great joy to see many smiles on
the faces of the newcomers as they
leave with bags filled with gifts and
food. It is my prayer that many will
return to the church to know of
God's saving grace.”
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God sent Elijah to Mt Horeb where He promised to meet
him. After a mighty wind, earthquake and fire, God spoke
to Elijah in a still, small voice. (1 Kings 19:11-12)
God sent the prophet Elijah during
the reign of the seven kings of
Israel. They were all wicked men who
rebelled against God. The last of
these kings was Ahab. His wife was
Jezebel. (1 Kings 16, 1 Kings 17:1)
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Elijah foretold that there will be a great
drought. God sent him to a ravine where ravens
provided him meat and bread. Water was supplied
by a brook until it dried up. (1 Kings 17:2-6)
God then sent Elijah to a poor widow where the prophet
multiplied the little flour and oil she had. Later, the
widow's son died and Elijah raised him from the dead.
(1 Kings 17:7-24)
Elijah challenged the prophets of
Baal on Mount Carmel. The prophets
of Baal could not call down fire
to burn the offerings but God
answered Elijah and his offerings
that were soaked in water were
burnt up by the fire sent by God.
(1 Kings 18:18-40)
Elijah foretold the end of
the drought and a small
cloud grew to bring heavy
rain. (1 Kings 18:41-46)
Despite the mountaintop experiences, Elijah
sank to despair when
to kill him. He ran to
the wilderness, sat
beneath a bush and
asked God to let him
die. (1 Kings 19:1-5)
King Ahab wanted
and Ahab's wife,
to get the land.
Elijah told Ahab
that for this, his
be wiped out. Ahab
God delayed the
(1 Kings 21)
Ahab died and his son, Ahaziah,
became king. He hurt himself and
sent messengers to ask the god
of Ekron if he would get well. God
told Elijah to tell Ahaziah that
because he looked to a false god
instead of the true God, he would
die. And so he did. (2 Kings 1)
A chariot of fire and horses of fire came
down from heaven and took Elijah to heaven.
(2 Kings 2:11)
SIMPLE, BEAUTIFUL TREASURES
If you are looking for a meaningful
yet affordable gift for someone
special – male or female – go to
Lisa Skinner's Christian jewellry
web stores. There, you will find
over 200 simply elegant bangles,
rings, pendant and crosses handmade in copper, brass and sterling
silver. Her designs use different
techniques: cut, hammered, textured, sculpted, melted, patinated,
Lisa is an artist – drawing,
painting, sculpting and making
jewellry with her heart and hands,
using what she testifies as a gift
from our Creator God. Making
things has been a passion since her
childhood, and she loves discovering new mediums for creative
ideas that continually come to her.
|| Goh Eck Kheng
PRIVATE DINING WITH SOUL
Fancy a private dining experience
in a quiet, exclusive dining room?
Then Soul Food is well worth
considering. The simple yet
tastefully decorated dining room
is opened only for private lunch
and dinners for a minimum of 8
and a maximum of 16 persons.
You can design your own menu
from its signature dishes including
mushroom soup with porcini
oil, pumpkin shrimp chowder,
minestrone, peach clafoutis,
sherry trifle, and chocolate
What makes Soul Food even
more special is that it is a social
enterprise to teach young people
with special needs cooking
methods and techniques. With
these skills, they produce high
quality soups, sauces and desserts
that feature in the restaurant's
menu and are sold as ready-toserve products to other eateries.
Since full operation began in
March 2010, seven of nine trainees
have attained the basic food
hygiene certification through Soul
Food's one-on-one training and
A 3-course lunch plus coffee
or tea starts from $35 nett and a
4-course dinner from $45 nett.
Soul Food is located at Blk 78
Commonwealth Drive, #01-575
Singapore 140078. For enquiries
and reservations, call 98234455.
|| Chong Cheh Hoon
In 2006, Joanna Tan with the parish of the Church of St Mary of the
Angels founded Heartspace Open
Studio as a safe and healing space
for people to discover and express
their inner selves through art.
As no prior experience with art
is required, many people of diverse
backgrounds and ages have found
a haven in the quiet little basement room of the beautiful Catholic Church on a hillock of Bukit
Batok. Some have found they could
explore their personal potential
and problems through art, while,
for others, Heartspace launched
meaningful excursions and whole
odysseys. Most have fun and enjoy
just painting what their hearts
desire. Participants work with
mediums of their choice: Clay, oils,
watercolours, coloured pencils.
Get an insight of the activity of
Heartscape at www.youtube.com/
A trained art therapist, Joanna
runs the open studio twice a week
at the Church of St Mary of the
Angels. Registration is required
through the Heartspace website:
|| Goh Eck Kheng
THE BIBLE MADE EASY
Phil Vischer, the creator of the
popular Christian cartoon series,
VeggieTales, has launched another
13 fast-paced and fun-filled DVD
series called Buck Denver asks…
What's in the Bible?
Hosted by Buck Denver, the
intrepid news reporter of Jelly
News, and featuring a host of cute
characters, the package presents
God's entire redemptive plan by
showing how the Bible narratives
from the Old to New Testaments
fit together. Though it seems to be
made for young children, it's fun
viewing for the whole family.
The website (http://
whatsinthebible.com/) sells the
videos and has lots of activities for
free download, including colouring
pages, popsicle stick puppetry, and
family activities. Available too is a
CD of the 18 most singable songs
from the series.
|| Goh Eck Kheng
SKS Books Warehouse has one
of the widest range of Christian
resources at a single location: 315
Outram Road, Tan Boon Liat Building, #09-03.
The 20-year-old shop offers
more than 90,000 titles, including
the latest Christian books, DVD and
|| Chong Cheh Hoon
BAKERIES in A ROW
You will be spoilt for choice for
baked goods when you stroll along
the corridor of blocks 105 and 109
fronting Sunset Way off Clementi
Road. This is because Swisslink
Bakery, Drips Baker's Playground
and Balmoral Bakery are lined up
there within a 100-meter stretch.
Swisslink Bakery is famous for
their wholesome homemade style
Apple Pie, Beef Shepherd's Pie and
Chicken Pie. These pies are available
in slices and whole.
Drips brings artisanal baking
to the mix with more bread than
pastries. Their Butter Brioche,
Rosemary Chicken Bun and the
Singapore fusion Sambal Prawn Bun
are worth trying. This is also where
you can get freshly baked baguettes,
multi-grains and dark rye.
To round up the trio is the oldschool Balmoral Bakery established
in 1965. Head right to there for
cakes that take you back to your
childhood: Rum Balls, Custard Puffs,
Swiss Rolls and those charming
cream-filled swans fashioned from
Wait! There's a bonus: a short
drive down to Clementi Arcade
will bring you to Classic Cakes (41
Sunset Way #01-06) famous for its
Mille Crêpe Cake and Yam Cake!
|| Goh Eck Kheng
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