Archive for December, 2008

KISS

09/12/2008

KISS = Keep It Simple Stupid!

That’s how I was reminded to make things uncomplicated! I have another version of this which I’ll save to the end. First, let’s look at our next nuggget.

2 Corinthians 1:12 tells us about Paul living in simplicity “For our boasting is this: the testimony of our conscience that we conducted ourselves in the world in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom but by the grace of God, and more abundantly toward you”

When we approach this Christmas season and see the shopping complexes get all decked out in their best finery which they have planned months for, there are three possible approaches we can take.
One is to get all excited and hyped up that Christmas is coming. In two weeks time, Christians and so-called Christians will be gathering to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. It would appear that the commercial world is celebrating together with us! Look at all the sales!

The second approach is to get irritated by this commercialism. It is hardly befitting the celebration of the Messiah born in a lowly manger. “He would never condone such blatant exploitation of his birth“, we could say. “In fact, it is most likely that His birth was not even in December“! Or even, “Christmas has pagan origins – check it out“.

Another approach could be of total indifference. So what if there are people out there who want to make money from this event? Let them. They have to eat. So what if they deck out the places to encourage people to buy buy buy. Time are hard and we need some good cheer. What are you getting so wound up about? Don’t be a spoilsport.

And so it could go on.

But

Let’s have another take to this. In some ways, all three approaches are right. There is truth in each of them. A balance is needed.

More importantly, a focus is essential. When you have a focus, then the balance can be struck.

For Paul, he kept it simple. He was more focused on getting the gospel message out, to see lives saved, to finish the task he felt God had given him. So he was not interested in the trimmings and trappings. He lived simply. His abundance was exhibited towards the people he was ministering to. Not to himself.

Paul had his focus clearly before him as he lived the latter part of his life. Many of us lack that.

One little boy can give us a good example. Meet Brendan Foster. Brendan died of leukemia, aged 11 years, on November 21 2008. His dying wish was to see the homeless fed. All across America, people heard about this and did so. His little short life made an impact. Turn up your sound.

More about him in THIS.

Folks, let’s keep the main thing the main thing.

Let’s Keep It Simply Simple.

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Christmas Gifts?

06/12/2008
Christmas gifts.
At the risk of being branded as succumbing to the commercial hype, yes, I am going to blog about this. Read on!

Unlike other years, I not turned my thoughts to this topic until recently.Normally I would be looking into this during the middle of the year!
What would I give to so-and-so?
Should it be home-made?
Hand-made?
If I give to so-and-so, what about so-and-so?
What is my budget?
And the list goes on. You know what it’s like.
As if the Lord knew my thoughts, a friend came on skype. Perhaps he was also going through the same dilemma.
This is what he sent me –
Christmas gift suggestions:
To your enemy, forgiveness.
To an opponent, tolerance.
To a friend, your heart.
To a customer, service.
To all, charity.
To every child, a good example.
To yourself, respect.
Happy Christmas
Yes, He came to us as our best gift from God.

Above all else, let’s demonstrate this Gift this Christmas.

Jazz Rock Christmas Special!

05/12/2008

This sounds good! Famous touch guitarist Roger Wang is top billing. The Jonathan Trio, Radix and Sabah Institute of Arts, amongst others, are also taking part, as will 7 churches. This will be the third time the Jazz & Rock event will be held.

What’s more the RM12 entrance ticket also entitles you to food and drink.
Where is this going to be held? In Asia City, at the 3 Colour Tea Court, in front of the Cowboy Bar.
No idea what I am talking about but you would like to go?
Call 013 871 5662
or 016 804 8765
or 019 580 3063
Hosted by GANG – God’s Anointed New Generation – this promises to be a time of fun, fellowship and making new friends with similar interests.

Conquering Fear

02/12/2008

I was on the phone. Suddenly a movement caught the corner of my eye.

To the left, I saw my friend walking on tip toes to the shoes. She looked left. She looked right. She picked up a slipper and tiptoed behind me.

Distracted but still having to continue with my conversation, I wondered what she was up to.

Then I saw her to my right. She had walked around behind me.

OMIGOSH! She was standing on top of chairs! She walked on top of the chairs from one to the other until she reached a corner of the room. The slipper in her hand was held above her head!

OMIGOSH! She is going to hit SOMETHING!

“Come one J, you can do it, J,” I could hear her telling herself. I am amazed that I managed to maintain a serious conversation on the telephone….. I could feel my eyes growing bigger!

SMACK~!!!
She did it!
The evidence of the cockroach that had plagued her for the latter part of the morning. She had asked others to help get rid of it without success, making her wonder if she would have to go to sleep later that night and have it crawl all over her….. yucks!

Meet J who seems to be a magnet for cockroaches and lizards. They really want to get to know her and her things better. But she doesnt seem to be as keen to make friends with them somehow…..