Wednesday, March 24, 2010

More Than Conquerors

I've added more pics to my previous post God Encounter.


If you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth htat you confess and are saved.

Romans 10:9-10


I think it answers the question in CG discussion last Sunday. Read also Revelation 3:16.

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Dad left his Bible in my car. I happened to flip it open while I was getting my bag out of the car before school. And behold! Romans 8:37. It gave me reassurance of the love of God the whole day.

I read Romans 8:28-39 that night. How could I keep from falling asleep with a smile?

V28: And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

V35: Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?

V37: No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.

V38-39: For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Times of difficulty may come, but, God's love is always present. Situations may blind us to is, thus, we must always keep ourselves in God's love (Jude 21)!

If neither death nor life can keep me from His love, STPM will not hinder me! Unfavourable situations will not hinder me!

Because of His love, I am more than a conqueror. I shall conquer you, STPM!


I like this. Coffee. Joshua? :)


With Your love so great, heal these hands that serve you; wash away the pain. Heal these feet that are used for Your purpose. They hurt, they hurt so much.

Monday, March 15, 2010

God Encounter

As promised, I added pics! Photo courtesy of Dr. Chang and Harvey.

The highly-anticipated Change Your World Concert by 1a.m. Relent or the Worship & Music Workshop in church? Well, the workshop won. And I've no regrets.

I was drained after an exhilarating sports day, followed by my 3-hour Math Marathon. The thought of "worship and sharing" wasn't appealing and my mind was drifting to thoughts of STPM during free worship. But, the guitar trio were good.



The anointed team of 12 from Church of Our Saviour (COOS) Singapore was lead by Pastor Eunice Shum and Uncle Paul Seow, who was once a member of CGMC. Their band's pretty tight and there's a lot of variety of styles. I particularly like the 'dragged' Glory chorus.

The worship that morning with the complete band was awesome, though I can't recall what we sang. Everlasting God? We were streamed into our workshops; I in drums under 20-year-old Zhong Guo. He's quite good for someone who doesn't own a set. Clean and neat styles although not as fanciful as QV, but he's a good teacher; managed to cater to a us of different levels. Chris is dexterous on the guitar and Harvey (who reminds me of Mr. Moon from Enid Blyton's Faraway Tree) is very solid.

The team did worship on Saturday night. Great! Their unplugged worship on Sunday's conservative service was... *thumbs up!*

Adelyn and I headed to town to Kong Heng for lunch with the team. Unfortunately, the old limo decided to break down in the middle of a busy intersection. Radiator burst. Problem resolved and to lunch where the S'poreans enjoyed Malaysian food and Ipoh coffee immensely.

Particularly good was the Worship Simulation Session on Sunday where we simulated a worship practice. The audio guy - John Heng (one of the guitar trio as well) - taught us how to do proper sound checks laced with straight-faced jokes. Under the adult band, I was in the first batch together with Patrick. We were quite tensed, because Harvey and Zhong Guo were hovering around us. We did Paul Baloche's Hosanna and it was good. Corrected many errors in my drumming and learnt accents, dynamics and the awesome rimshot! Sean called me a drum warrior. Haha. Roar.



Enthusiasm: Hands moving a sonic speed!


After dinner, we had a Spiritual Spa. Massages? None of that sort. It was a time where we just soaked in God's presence and love. Five stations were set up -

1. Soaking in God's presence
2. Kneeling at the foot of the cross where Bible verses were available
3. Communion with Jesus at the table - just two of you
4. Prophetic words, drawings and prayer
5. Having music sung over you (outpouring)

Psalm 27:10 was what I got. 'Though my father and mother forsake me, the LORD will receive me.' Immensely comforting.

God really spoke to me through the two prophecies. Makes me ponder.

'God will expand your creativity in due time.'
'...living in someone else's shadow. Don't compare. God made you unique.'

And when Zhong Guo prayed over us, he said something like, "...you will be warriors for God." Coincidence? I don't think so.

Truly, He is God. That night, I experienced God like never before. :)

I really enjoyed the whole workshop and I'm expanding my music exploration to jazz and I'm currently hooked on to the contemporary jazz quartet Fourplay and Lee Ritenour, recommended by Zhong Guo. (I went 'huh?' when he mentioned the former.) Bob James' piano solo in Restoration was amazing and the bass riff in 101 Eastbound is funky. ;)

I wish it was longer so that we could've learn more things. But I do pray that this will be a stepping stone to propel our worship to soar to greater heights! Praise the Lord for this blessing!



P/S: I'm planning on getting a new drumstick case (mine split open), rods and a digital metronome for drums with headphone jacks. Any recommendations? Might be tripping to KL for a musical shopping extravaganza! But not anytime soon. Pooh.

Cheerio. God bless. :)

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Affinity

My 300th post! Since June 29th 2007. :)

I'm going to write about my latest music discovery - Tim Hughes.

Yup, I've posted his song Everything from the Holding Nothing Back album. But just recently, I've been exploring his other music.

The verdict: AWESOME.



Hughes, a Christian worship leader and songwriter, is the Director of Worship at Holy Trinity Brompton. The Londoner was asked to lead worship at the Soul Survivor festivals at only the age of 19! He started and leads Worship Central - a school of worship - which has a vision to 'encounter God, equip the worshipper & empower the church'. His song Here I Am to Worship which we sing ever-so-frequently, received a Dove Award.

I like his songs for the powerful and relevant lyrics. Musically, it's good and it has lots of variety, especially the drums. Most of his songs have strong bass. Comparatively, I prefer his worship songs to his upbeat praise songs, but that's because I have not been able to explore them.

Some of my favourites are Everything, of course, God of Justice and Clinging to the Cross which features New Zealander Brooke Fraser who contributes songs to Hillsong Church. (Something Jon might be interested in.)

Hughes plays the guitar pretty well and his vocals are clear and pleasant to the ears too. :)

Do check Tim Hughes's songs; they really are worth listening to. Good for personal praise and worship.





Something random:
I think I have an affinity for anything British.

I like
-Tim Hughes - Londoner.

-Ben Barnes - Londoner.



-The Eurofile column in The Star by Choi Tuck Wo which sadly, ended on Sunday.

-British movies. They're pretty different from American movies and unfortunately, are rarely shown in Malaysia. And the accents, the accents!

-British tidbits. And M&S cereal!



-British accents! (Makes one sound smarter if it's not fake)
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