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Seek and Set Your Mind on Things Above

September 6, 2011 2 comments

Most of us go through life not knowing where we’re going. Yes, we know where we’re going, but we don’t know ultimately where we’re “going”.

Ask yourself, what is your purpose in life, if you have any.

If you have not found a purpose, we invite you to come to our Gospel Meeting with the Klang Church of Christ, and consider a things which are above, which can give you a true purpose in life. Come and listen, and learn how to seek and set your mind on things above.

Date: 23-25 Sept 2011
Venue: Klang Church of Christ Building
Theme: Seek and Set Your Mind on Things Above
Lessons:
1. 23rd, 8pm –  Set your mind on the power of God
2. 24th, 8pm – Set your mind and seek the promises of God
3. 25th, 9.15am – Christ – Our Life
4. 25th, 10.30am – Set your mind and seek the nature of God

For more information like directions to the place or more about the speaker, visit the website of the Klang Church of Christ here or drop an email at klangcocmy@gmail.com!

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Categories: Happenings, Religion

God & Suffering & Tsunami Pt. II

April 16, 2011 Leave a comment

I think something that we need to keep in mind is that ultimately despite what happens, God continues to be in control. We often blame God when bad things happen to us, but when good things happen we give credit to ourselves. So some of us live our lives with the mentality that when bad things happen, blame God. When good things happen, praise yourself. But really, is this right?

The people today are not the only ones blaming God for the suffering in this world today. Job himself did that millenniums ago.  In Job 29,30 and 31, Job was accusing God of not doing His job right. He was practically saying, “God, this is not how You should be doing things.” Sounds familiar, eh? Yup. Today, we tend to do the same. We often blame God. We ask, “Why me?” and we accuse God of not being the loving God that He is supposed to be. Well then, what was God’s response? Let’s consider.

Job 38:1-3 reads, “Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said: “Who is this who darkens counsel by words without knowledge? Now prepare yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer Me.” Job felt that he knew how God should run this world.  So God came out of hiding, so to speak, and presented His case to Job, with the intention of showing him that he is in no place to question God.

God started of with the inanimate objects of the universe, like the foundations of the earth (vs. 4), the “morning stars” (vs. 7), the motion of the waves (vs. 8-11), the “doors of the shadow of death” (vs. 17), the “treasury of the snow” (vs. 22), the “path of the thunderbolt” (vs. 25), and so many others. Then God asked Job to consider the animate objects – the living things of the earth, how mysterious their behaviors are – so orderly, yet till today, we still cannot explain why. He used the example of how the behavior of an ostrich (Job 39:13-18), the strength of a horse (vs. 19-25), the flight patterns of a hawk (vs. 26), etc. God revealed to Job His infinite wisdom, proving to Job that he is but a small fry in the whole scheme of things. After all this, Job still held his ground. He said in Job 40:4-5, “Behold, I am vile; what shall I answer You? I lay my hand over my mouth. Once I have spoken, but I will not answer; yes, twice, but I will proceed no further.”

So God proceeded to reveal to him His two majestic creatures – the behemoth (Job 40:15-24), a creature of the land, and Leviathan, a creature of the sea (Job 41). God challenged Job to consider his creations, and know his place in all this.

Finally Job conceded, saying, “I know that You can do everything, and that no purpose of Yours can be withheld from You.” What do we learn from this then?

One lesson we can draw from this whole account is that we should never question the way God governs the world. Yes, there are some things we cannot understand, but ultimately, we are in no position to challenge God, but to be obedient and humble in His presence. Isaiah 55:8-9 tells us that God’s ways are higher than our ways, and so are His thoughts than ours.

So then we do not say, “Tsunami is God’s warning to ALL”, for nowhere in the Bible is that revealed, nor do we say, “God caused the tsunami, ” for we do not know if God caused it. Yes, He may have allowed it, but we do not know if He caused it, just like how we can make the decisions we make, and face its consequences – God allows it, but He is not responsible for it.

The conclusion thus, is this – God allows suffering in this world, but He isn’t necessarily responsible for it. He has set in place laws of nature, and if we try to go against it, we suffer the consequences. God will not suspend the laws just so things like natural disasters or terrorist attacks can be stopped, simply because that will cause chaos in this world, we would lose our faith in the laws of nature, in science itself! So let us not blame God for suffering, nor do we blame ourselves, but accept it as part and parcel of life, and get on with it!

Falcon, OUT~

God & Suffering & Tsunami

Currently there’s an earthquake happening in Japan. A second one. A tsunami has been triggered as well. It is at times like these that people ask, “If God is so good, then why does He allow such things to happen?” There are also people who say that tsunami happens because of people’s own actions. Who then is right and who is not? Some believers of the Bible say that “tsunami is God’s warning to all”. What’s THAT supposed to mean? The truth, in fact, lies somewhere between these two extremities.

A great place to start addressing this issue is the Bible. But where? The answer is clear. Where else has someone ever suffered so much in his life? That’s right – we go to Job.

Job, a servant of God, was praised so much by God in the presence of Satan. Satan challenged God, saying that if God were to take away all his blessings, Job will surely “curse You to Your face.” (Job 1:11; 2:5).

And so it was – the scene was set for Job to, within literal seconds, lose everything he ever had. And he did – his possessions, his children, even the support of his wife. Job was then accompanied by his three friends – Eliphaz, Bildad and Zophar. They came to comfort and mourn with him (Job 2:11-13).

So now comes the discussion – why did Job suffer? Similarly, why do we suffer? In those days it was generally accepted that we suffer if we sin.  Conversely, if we suffer, it was because we sinned. That was the thought in the days of Job. Today, some people believe the same thing. That is why when evil befalls anyone, they think that it is punishment for that person for their sins. But is this the case? We do not have to be rocket scientists to know that this is a completely false statement.

Consider the 911 attacks. You say that the people within that tower on that day paid because of THEIR sins?!?! That’s outrageous! If so, then what about their families? They sinned too? Well, maybe so, but the whole thing makes no sense! 911 happened because of the terrorists! They lost their lives that day because of the terrorists! Not because of themselves! Therefore we see that suffering happens not entirely because of our own actions, but it is sometimes due to the decisions of others.

So what about natural disasters then? Did someone caused that?

…Continued in part II…

Of Bagpipes, Starfruits and Resource Strategists

December 23, 2010 Leave a comment

Yup. Those three phrases best sums up my experience in this year’s (26th?) annual Youth Development Program. It’s been explosive in every sense of the word. Neither the rain nor the night deterred us from having a great time there.

Highlights of the camp include:
1. Huh I’m a resource strategist?!?!
2. How can a guy live without ever watching cartoons, AXN and have Koh Tsu Koon as their role model? Furthermore, his favourite musical instrument is the bagpipe and what people think is funny he thinks is weird, what he thinks is funny others think is weird. Hmm…
3.  A synonym for bagpipe is starfruit. Seriously? No.
4.  This song was on my mind throughout the YDP.

Just a cup of cold water. Just the little things you do, that make up to a lot. Awesome.

Anymore and I’ll post it up soon.

Falcon, OUT!

Categories: Religion