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A GEEKY CHRISTMAS

23 12 2009

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Hey GEEEKS!

Here’s a short update! After the week in Thailand, our dreamtrippers are back, safe and sound, all with truckloads of stories to tell! (Ask Glen about his girlfriends and Justus about the puppy and P.Top for instance!)

It’s Christmas time and we are having a party tomorrow, which is Christmas Eve by the way, at our MMC! It is called ‘A GEEKY CHRISTMAS’ for a reason; dress your geeeekiest! Winner gets a prize! If you haven’t already, please RSVP to Peter Chew.

Love,
DR





10 Habits of Highly Effective Believers (10/10)

5 12 2009

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by Pastor Simon Ang, 30th Nov 2009

Habit #10: Be Content!

Exodus 20:17

17 “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his manservant or maidservant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.”

  • The sin of covetousness
    …does not mean we should not have goals or strive for success. It means we need balance.
    To covet in Hebrew means to strongly desire something (like a craving) and it also means desiring for something you have no right to possess.
  • The source of covetousness
    Cult of consumerism – advertisements create a dissatisfaction in us. Suddenly, we “need” things that people never needed a few years ago.
    The eye and the heart – outward attraction, followed by inward lust. We see, we desire, we take.
    Our dissatisfaction with God – this can either mean we are dissatisfied with what God has given us, or dissatisfied by the way God blesses us.
  • The sorrow of covetousness
    It causes unhappiness and misery. Read their stories: Lot (Genesis 13); Achan (Joshua 7); Ahab (1 Kings 21).
  • The solution?
    Contentment! Avoid covetousness, be contented, have confidence in God!

Resist from comparing with others
Rejoice in what God has given
Rely on Christ’s power
Release what you have to help others
Refocus on what’s going to last

Something to think about: How are you living with relation to your means?
Above – you spend more than you have
With – you spend all that you have; often running dry at the end of the month
Within – you spend within your means and have leftovers to save
Below – you choose to spend less than what you can afford

Which ‘tent’ are you in now? ConTENT or disconTENT? πŸ™‚

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Announcements:

  • There is no youth service this Sunday! We’ll be over at the carnival organised for Club Rainbow, together with Boscombe Life Church.
  • There is also no youth service next Sunday because the majority of us will be over in Thailand! Do head down to the MMC on Saturday instead for a combined, bilingual service with our Mandarin service.
  • DREAM trippers, this Monday is our final practice/briefing sesh before we meet at 5am sharp at Changi on Tuesday. Everyone of you must be present; if not you should have a very good reason.

Love,
DR





10 Habits of Highly Effective Believers (9/10)

2 12 2009

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by Pastor Simon Ang, 21 Nov 2009

Lies!

Exodus 20:16

16 You shall not give false testimony against your neighbour.

Lying – speaking an untruth with an intent to deceive. The different kinds of lies: obvious lie, white lie, gossip, sinister lie, jovial lie, half lie, hypocrisy, exaggeration, face-saving lie, advertisement claims, demonic lies, slander, flattery.

Source of lies? The devil. Think about it; when was the first lie made? The garden! Where did it come from? The devil.

God hates liars. Proverbs 6:16-19; 12:22; Revelation 21:8; Psalms 5:6

Are there exceptions? Yes. Read Exodus 1:15-19; Joshua 2:4; 1 Samuel 20:28

Then there’s absolute truth and situational truth. Absolute stands regardless of situations while situational, well, is as its name suggests; is based on situation. That’s the problem some people have with Christianity; that it is absolute.

Three kinds of people:
Truth Avoiders: John 18:28-40; people who don’t want to deal with the truth.
Truth Twisters: We need discernment when listening to people; they’ll most likely tell their side of the story, which of course is for themselves.
Truth Bashers: Bash people up with the Word. Never do this. Speak truth in LOVE.

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Announcements:

  • Countdown: Exactly one week before we fly to Thailand. This week is intensive preparations week! We’ll be cleaning up the skit, going through storytelling and tying up as many loose ends as we can! You guys know the dates and times so please be on time for them all. Continue praying!!!
  • Friday night is OP night! All DREAM trippers are expected to attend. Prayer is power! πŸ™‚
  • There is no youth service this Sunday as we will be at the Club Rainbow carnival! Do not turn up at the MMC! Come join us for main service at Vivo! πŸ™‚




10 Habits of Highly Effective Believers (8/10)

19 11 2009

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by Pastor Simon Ang, 15th Nov 2009

Habit #8: Live Honestly; Prosper Honourably!

15 “You shall not steal.

Exodus 20:15

Another interesting/interactive session! Read on and you’ll find out why.

Ephesians 4:28 – He who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with his own hands, that he may have something to share with those in need.

First thing we must know: God wants us to prosper. But His plans for us to prosper does not include crooked or corrupted ways; theft. Theft is taking wrongfully from another, something that’s not yours.

3 types of theft:

  1. Direct theft
    Stealing aggressively or mailciously – this includes embezzlement, kidnapping, robbery, burglary.
  2. Cheating, fraud
    Here’s where it got kind of exciting! Pastor posed a question: What about downloading/sharing music? Or skipping classes and getting other to help us mark our attendance? It was a rather defensive time of sharing, as we tried to justify our actions with reasons. Obviously that’s stealing too!
  3. Religious Robbery aka “Sanctified stealing”
    Not paying our tithes. We pay our tithes and give our offerings.

So what do we do?

  • Restitution
    Read: Exodus 22:1-9; Luke 19:8-10
  • Transformation
    Steal no more!

Prospering honourably involves:

  • Integrity
    God will provide all we need if we go after prosperity with integrity.
    Read: 1 Chronicles 29:17; Psalm 15:1-5
  • Industry
    Work hard! Don’t steal; but work has so that you can give to others!
    Luke 10:30-37 – 3 attitudes: What’s yours is mine (robber), what’s mine is mine (priest and levite), what’s mine is yours! (good Samaritan)
    Also, make money work for you! Matthew 25:20-21

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Announcement:

  • There is DREAM prep as per normal this Sunday, 4.30-6.30. Let’s continue praying for the trip as it gets closer! Just 18 days away!

Love,
DR





What’s Next? p2

13 11 2009

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O’s are Over! πŸ™‚ Time to party!

Once, you’re done with the celebration (hey, ask me out too okay!), it’s time to get thinking. What should be my next step? JC or Poly; which course, what subjects…?

It is important that you do your research, whether it is asking people who have been there done that, or gathering information of different courses and comparing them – it is important that you make an informed decision! (Not flip a coin or eenymeenyminymo!) Of course, God must be in your decision-making too! Ultimately, it is in His hands remember? (James’ sharing)

As promised, here’s the other article.

Don’t Rush After your β€˜O’ Levels.
From Mechatronics to Mass Communications!

by Yang H.Y.

I did not decide wisely after my β€˜O’ levels; I took up a course in Mechatronics and it was neither productive nor rewarding. I realized that handling wires, doing hands on work in the lab, and having to do mathematics again was not my cup of tea. I have never been a math lover, so going through the same subject I thought I had left behind was quite frustrating. Furthermore, I had no interest in the course I was studying in, which left me struggling there for a year. I decided to quit and pursue what really interested me, something different from wires and breadboards.

I was not sure what was available so I went to career fairs to do some research on what courses private institutions offered. This served as a good place to start as bountiful information was available at one place, and I could easily compare and contrast the options available to me. I considered doing casino management as I though it would be a promising prospect for me in the future as the integrated resort will be launched in Singapore in a couple of years time. I also thought it sounded really cool and fun to work in a casino and watch all the action happen. However, I did not enroll in that course because I thought the institution was not very recognized and was afraid that after graduation, my certificate might not be accepted in Singapore, so I decided to look for other options.

To me, a recognized certificate is very important, as I do not want to waste my time studying a course and later find out that the piece of paper will not help me further my studies or get me a job. After looking through many advertisements of courses available from the newspapers and going to seminars to find out what the various institutions was all about, a friend of mine who was previously from MDIS suggested I look it up. I was a little skeptical about it at first but was convinced after he told me all the benefits about that school. It was more cost effective, was recognized by the private sector in Singapore, and I could get an advanced diploma in a year and a half. I decided to enroll in that school and my choice was Mass Communications as I thought it would be fun and interesting to learn about it and can give me a deeper understanding about the media industry, since I wanted a career in a media related environment. Most importantly, with an advanced diploma certificate from MDIS, I would be able to continue my studies in a local university and pursue a degree if I wanted to. I am already mid-way through my course and am very glad I chose Mass Communications in MDIS. It was a struggle for me before but now going to lessons is a joy and everyday provides a good learning experience.

– contributed by HY Yang, he is now 19 yrs old (September 2006).

Announcements:

  • Christmas, Christmas time is here! Time for the Christmas tree to be up in the MMC! We’ll need some help, especially from all the macho boys, so holler at Janine if you’re availing your muscles! πŸ™‚

Love,
DR





10 Habits of Highly Effective Believers (7/10)

11 11 2009

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by Pastor Simon Ang, 8th November 2009

Let’s talk about sex!

14 “You shall not commit adultery.

Exodus 20:14

For all who were not present on Sunday’s youth service to experience this, you missed out on a very interesting and fun sermon. Well, it was more interactive and we kinda had small groups simultaneously.

First, “how far will you go with your bf/gf?” was discussed, and it was concluded that most, if not all, guys leave it to the girls to decide and set the boundaries. That is being non-committal!

There are 3 different views of sex:

  • Playboy view
    Human beings are evolved animals; our sexual appetite should be gratified as long as it doesn’t cause harm to anyone.
  • Victorian (Puritan) view
    Sex is dirty; you can’t talk about sex. It is an invention of the devil. Even within marriage it is a sin!
  • Biblical view
    Gen 1:27
    Sex is good; it was created for pleasure, but the world corrupted it. Read the below verses for more details.
    Leviticus 18:22; 20:13; Romans 1:26-27; Hebrews 13:4

Physical beauty should not be the only basis of our choice; what happens when you age and lose hair, and teeth and get more wrinkles?

Lust :: Adultery begins in the mind. Read 2 Samuel 11, see how David committed adultery. He was not where he was supposed to be; he kept his gaze on Bathsheba; he proceeded to inquire about her and even planned and arranged for Uriah to get killed. Boundaries were violated.

So… what’s the game plan then?

  • Accept that God’s plan is perfect!
    For singles: remain sexually pure.
    For married couples: have a fulfilling sex life.
  • Establish limits now!
    Do not wait until situations arise before you start to think, it will be too late!
  • Guard your heart and mind.
  • Flee temptation!
    Don’t put yourself in situations where you allow yourself to get tempted. Hang out in crowded areas!
  • Avoid dangerous liaisons
  • Be accountable
    Let someone who is spiritual more mature than you (like Pastor) in on your relationships.

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Announcements:

  • There is a talk on menopause this Friday night at 7.30pm in our MMC. Though it may not be relevant now for most of us, you might want to consider attending this talk to help you in future. We all have mothers and either will have to go through it or have wives who will go through it. So… πŸ™‚

Love,
DR