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Goodbye 2006

The last day of the year I would usually feel a little bit Of every kind of emotion Of fear, joy, gratitude, guilt Grateful for the Lord's guidance For what he has begun Sorrowful for what I have And what I have not done Blessed for all The great friends I have made Pained that some of them Have not stayed Assured of the faithfulness Of the Lord Fearful of where and how Tomorrow I will trod Thankful, that I am For the trials and the thorns Regretful though That I have not much grown I am thankful but yet I am still so perplexed Is this all of 2006? Is this all? O God have mercy on me O God my hope is in You O Lord have mercy on me O Lord my salvation is in You I hope, I delight in You I fear, I depend on You O God, I love You O God, I do Copyright © 2006 Pearlie Ng

Noodles, sleep and fantasy

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The best Pan Mee in the world! We usually drive about 20km almost every Saturday morning to this our most favourite eating place for a bowl of noodles. Read more about it here . Just thinking about it now makes me hungry for some! Then I spent most of the day sleeping while catching a couple of hours working on the Role of the Holy Spirit and enjoying myself reading Paolini's, Eldest . I was not so much of a fan for this genre of fiction but I think I am now. I used to try to read a borrowed copy of Raymond Feist's The Magician many years ago but gave up just after several chapters. I am thinking of getting myself a copy after I am done with Eldest . Noodles, sleep and fantasy - quite a good combination for a good day. Maeghan

The Role of the Holy Spirit

The role that the Holy Spirit played in Acts of the Apostle is unique to the empowerment of believer for witness, unlike Paul's theology of the Holy Spirit which is mainly related to His intimate relation and work in the believers. Luke give 20 references to the Holy Spirit in the Gospel (compared with just 6 in Mark and 12 in Matthew) and a further 60 in Acts. His role in Acts has to do with the Spirit of Prophecy, as shown by the quotation of Joel in Acts 2. The Holy Spirit in Acts: 1. Driving force of "salvation history" and mission (1:8; 4:31; 9:17,31) 2. Initiator of mission (2:4; 8:29; 10:19,44; 11:12;13:2,4, etc) 3. Guide in significant decisions (16:6,7; 19:21; 20:22-23) 4. Legitimator of the whole endeavour (5:32; 8:17-18; 10:44-45,47; 11:15-18; 15:28) ~ Max Turner, "The Work of the Holy Spirit in Luke-Acts", Word and World 23.02, p.146-53 The Holy Spirit in the rest of Scripture: 1. Rest on Christ as a representation of his Messiahship and m

Today is still 2006!

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I hadn’t expected very much of a day today but it turned out quite good. From the moment I woke up I thought about what I need to do for work – yes, even though I am on leave, there is this report I still need to work on and to send out as soon as possible. However, I procrastinated and spent the day painting the front gate and packing and cleaning up the storeroom. Documents, bags and books – I accumulate a lot of things and I sometimes dump them in the storeroom to my usual regret. It was at about 4.30pm that my day really started. I found a book, the only one so far, which is a “double purchase” – Paul Copan’s How Do You Know You’re Not Wrong?: Responding to Objections That Leave Christians Speechless . I must have bought it some months back, forgot about it and bought another copy just before Christmas. So I thought since I have been so hard working the whole day at home, though I have not even thought much about the report let alone work on it, I decided to give myself a treat

The Holy Spirit: A Personal Being

But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you. ~ John 14:26 (ESV) I need to buck up and get working on my paper on the role of the Holy Spirit in Acts. I am beginning to worry about choosing the assignment on the Holy Spirit. With a 2000-word limit, I will definitely run into problems. I plan to approach it this way: The role of the Holy Spirit in Acts - in comparison to His role in the Scriptures - in comparison to the various views held by believers Who is the Holy Spirit? According to Hammond, some people take the Holy Spirit as a divine "mode of action" - i.e. that scriptural references to "the Spirit" may be simply symbolic expression for an action of God in a spiritually creative manner. But if we look in the New Testament, references of Him would prove otherwise. The Holy Spirit is a personal being just as the Father and the Son. The Spirit is

A Thousand Words #16

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I have been catching up on sleep most of the day. Maeghan Picture by Jason Kastanje

Christmas Day

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Christmas is about His glory Christmas is about His grace Christmas is a gift of love our Father gave us More than just another story About a special time and place Christmas is time to lift a song of praise For God is with us And we celebrate the glory of His presence Christ has come to fill our hearts with love He came to save us King of kings and Lord of lords His name is Jesus God with us Emmanuel has come Angels fill the night with singing God is reaching out to man Bringing us a gift of hope In Christ our Saviour More than just a time of giving This is God's eternal plan Christmas is the reason we can sing again. ~ Don Moen Maeghan Picture by Gerla Brakkee

Christmas Eve

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The tree is finally up! We had some relatives and friends over for dinner. It was great fellowship. Maeghan

DugALug

We remember Doug in our prayers. Maeghan

Waiting, waiting and waiting

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The day is kind of wasteful - wasting time, that is. We spent almost half the day waiting and waiting and waiting in the Immigration Department in the process of getting Calvin a passport. As a result I did not get much done. I spent the morning in a client's meeting which was fruitful. Then it was the entire afternoon in the Immigration Department. Which isn't that bad really because I brought a book along to keep me entertained. I am reading Paolini's Eragon . I felt I must read it after watching the movie (the same thing that happened after I watched The Fellowship of the Ring!) We went for dinner with my husband's parent. Today is the Chinese festival celebrated one month before the Chinese New Year, called Gor Tong : literally crossing into the winter solstice, not that we have winter here but since it is a Chinese festival ... We are supposed to have tong yuen but this year, after my father-in-law was diagnosed to have the Parkinson's, I guess my mother

Plans for the week

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I will be off from work from today until the New Year. I have all my days, at least those before Christmas, lined up with activities and errands to run. Today I spent the entire day painting the walls outside the house and got the roof fixed as well. The paint was peeling off the walls. I had to scrape them off before putting on a new coat. Scraping is hard work, more tedious than painting, in my opinion. Not that I meant to spiritualise everything that I do but while doing the walls I did think about it being akin to the removing of the ingrained sin and habits that are etched deep in our lives - hard and painful but something that needs to be done. The roof has been leaking for awhile and I am glad I got it fixed finally. I guess I was waiting for my husband to do something about it but since I have the time now, I called the repairman and got it fixed in no time. I almost got the air-conditioner in the hall fixed as well but was advised against having to spend too much replacing

Out of order

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We have not yet put the tree up and so the minute I got home from work yesterday, I dragged it all out all eager to prop it up with lights and balls and garlands … but the lights didn’t work. The tree is now sitting bare. Reflecting on it, just how lighted up am I for God? Maeghan Picture by Agzu

Deep calls to deep

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Psalm 42:5-8 Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God. My soul is cast down within me; therefore I remember you from the land of Jordan and of Hermon, from Mount Mizar. Deep calls to deep at the roar of your waterfalls; all your breakers and your waves have gone over me. By day the LORD commands his steadfast love, and at night his song is with me, a prayer to the God of my life. Maeghan Picture by Quil

Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands

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I received a Christmas gift from a good friend (I am guilty of opening it before Christmas!) - a daily devotional series by Charles Spurgeon, which happens to be one of my favourite people. I read the devotional for today and was blown away by his words: "Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands." ~ Isa 49:16 No doubt a part of the wonder which is concentrated in the word "Behold", is excited by the unbelieving lamentation of the preceding sentence. Zion said, "The Lord hath forsaken me, and my God hath forgotten me." How amazed the divine mind seems to be at this wicked unbelief! What can be more astounding than the unfounded doubts and fears of God’s favoured people? The Lord’s loving word of rebuke should make us blush; he cries, "How can I have forgotten thee, when I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands? How darest thou doubt my constant remembrance, when the memorial is set upon my very flesh?" O unbelief, how strange

Joseph, the husband of Mary, of whom Jesus was born, who is called Christ

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I posted about Mary several days ago and Dugalug brought up several good points about Joseph. I have commented on it but decided to give it a post status. Much has been focused on the mother of Jesus, most probably because she physically bore Him whereas Joseph is somehow seen as playing a lesser role. I (and Dugalug) beg to differ. Interestingly, our Christmas Musical this year featured a full length song for Joseph, for the first time, with a monologue Joseph addressing Baby Jesus. If you read Matthew with Luke, and the sequence of events, Mary had already met Gabriel and told Joseph about her being pregnant from the Holy Spirit. Mary told Joseph about her encounter with the angel. Joseph was disturbed and mulled over it so much so that he thought with Mary being pregnant with the Holy Spirit, he must be out of the picture now and decided to divorce her but quietly to preserve her dignity. Then he must have fell asleep. He had a dream of an angel saying that it was okay for him

Everlasting Light, A Christmas Musical: The Second Night

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We were more steady this time round having had experienced it in full swing last night. We had time to pray, to relax and to mingle. The sound system was improved though it could still have been better. I have a descant part in two of the songs and I did better this time as well. Arise and shine, for your light has come, Ring in the season of light. Hail the birth of the Holy One, Bring in the season of light. Arise and shine, for His joy has come, Ring in the season of light. God, the Father has sent His Son, Bring in the season of light. Christ has come to the heart that’s waiting, Now the dark of the night is fading. Come with songs of celebrating, Ring in the season, bring in the season, Ring in the season of light! Maeghan Picture by Patrick Lim (I'd prefer to post a choir photo but my photographer friend sent me this one! )

Everlasting Light, a Christmas Musical: The First Night

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After 4 months of practice, today is finally the day: Everlasting Light, a Christmas Musical. Like how we usually work in our church, a small team of planners automatically just assembled to get things in place and put it all in place. Putting up the musical in a different place makes it more complicated with more things to do, but we managed to pull it off by God’s grace. We did well despite the problems we had with the sound and sound system. Like what the Choir Director shared with us, no matter what happens, God’s work is done. He ensures His work is done. He is the Everlasting Light who has come into our world to light our lives to shine for Him. To God be the glory, good will on earth and peace towards all people. Maeghan Picture by Roman Teng, the night before the night (i.e. our final rehearsal on Thursday)

Happy Birthday Dad!

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It is my dad's 68th birthday today! Happy Birthday Dad! Thank you for your love, for everything! I love you! Maeghan Picture by MissCGlass

Mary, the mother of my Lord

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Luke 1: 26-45 26 In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, 27 to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin's name was Mary. 28 And he came to her and said, "Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!" 29 But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be. 30 And the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end." 34 And Mary said to the angel, "How will this be, since I am a virgin?" 35 And the angel answered her, "The Holy Spirit wi

A Thousand Words #15

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Maeghan Picture by Heather Foley

Slow days

Jewels was talking about slow days and that is exactly what I am going through lately. I am going a long period of self-examination, or so I realize when I took a personality test and read about my personality. For one, reading the results made me feel a bit weird but I keep nodding as I read because I almost agree with everything in there except the part where it says that I may be psychic! No way. The odd thing is that the very reason that I took the personality is because of my personality, since I am a person who “direct their insight and inspiration toward the understanding of themselves and thereby human nature,” and “if they do not marshal their resources, externalized their feelings, and take risks to move on, they may experience a long periods of self-examination.” The test is found here if you are interested. I am an INFJ. Maeghan

Milly's Fun Book Thing

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Milly blogged about this and here's mine: The rules are: 1. Grab the nearest book. 2. Open the book to page 123. 3. Find the fifth sentence. 4. Post the text of the next four sentences on your blog, along with these instructions. 5. Don’t you dare dig for that “cool” or “intellectual” book in your closet! I know you were thinking about it! Just pick up whatever is closest! HERE LIE THE EARTHLY REMAINS OF JOHN BERRIDGE, Late Vicar of Everton, and an Itinerant Servant of Jesus Christ, who loved His Master and His Work, and after running on his errands many years was called to wait on Him above. READER, Art thou born again? No salvation without new birth! I was born in sin, February 1716. John Stott, Christ the Controversialist Maeghan Picture by Benjamin Earwicker

No time to be

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I have not been very pedagogical in my postings for a long while already. It is hard to be so at the end of the year when I am all tied up in church activities and work. I look forward to a time I can think again and post my thoughts but that would have to wait. Maeghan Picture by Thad Zajdowicz

Oh dear ...

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We had our first rehearsal at the main church where we will be having our Christmas musical and it was not easy. We have been practicing since August and we were doing okay until trying it out for the first time here. Having just renovated the church, the acoustics of the church have caused quite a lot of feedback causing delays - the choir and the musicians simply could not hear each other on time. Maeghan Picture by Andy Ridgway

A Thousand Words #14

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Maeghan Picture by Sarp Sencer

My Favourite Christmas Songs

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Missy cyber tagged me, which is good in a way because I am at the moment again involved in giving training off-site that runs late into the night. Having nothing much in mind to post, it is nice to be tagged then. However, my list is gonna be boring - only because we aren't exposed to much spiritual songs other than during church service and the choir. 1. Drummer Boy - I still remember the first time I sang this during a Christmas presentation when I was a kid. It was fun singing it - pa rum papa pum. 2. O Little Town of Bethlehem - of all the Christmas hymns, this has to be my favourite. The birth of Christ into our small world is a miracle. That He would choose to come to be born man in humanity's little town is too profound for words. 3. Come Thou Long Expected Jesus - an Advent song. Lovely tune and it requires quite some skill singing it especially when it comes to phrasing. Singing is telling a story, delivering a message - there are proper places to pause or take

A Thousand Words #13

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I'll catch up with your blogs soon ... I have just caught up with your comments here. Been really down and out ... but God is good ... I'll remember that. Maeghan Picture by Mario Alberto Magallanes Trejo

The Meaning of Life

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I was thinking about life (and death, if you noticed) when I happen to read this sermon by Edward Increase Bosworth (what a great name!) in Treasury of the World’s Great Sermons edited by Warren Wiersbe, which by the way is a wonderful and treasure of a book – if you happen to need something to read, you will most probably find just what you need here. I had wanted to put a summary here but I don’t think I will give it justice if I do – and so here’s all of it. The Meaning of Life by Edward Increase Bosworth "If a son, then an heir." - Gal. 4:7. There is one story that never fails to interest men. It is the story of the real experiences of a human life. If an old man should rise in any audience and describe with absolute frankness the most vitally important experiences of his life, he would hold the attention of his audience to the end. He would describe his earliest recollections of home, parents, brothers and sisters. He would tell of his first boy friend, he would

You have died ...

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Col 3:1-4 1 If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. 3 For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. Maeghan Picture by Kristin Smith

I Bow My Knee

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I bow my knee before Your throne, I know my life is not my own; I offer up a song of praise, to bring You pleasure, Lord. I seek the Giver, not the gift, my heart's desire is to lift You high above all earthly kings; To bring You pleasure, Lord. Hallelujah, hallelujah, Hallelujah, glory to the King; Hallelujah, hallelujah, Hallelujah, glory to the King. Bonnie Deuschle ©1990 Integrity's Hosanna! Music Maeghan Picture by Andrea Andrea

Timeless Prayer

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Codepoke has started a group blog: Timeless Prayer . It is a good place to pray the psalms together. My OT lecturer used to encourage us to appropriate the psalms for ourselves. It makes it so personal to pray to God with the psalms using our own words but sometimes, we need to just pray the psalms as they are, when we cannot find the words at all to pray. Do come and visit or better yet, join us as contributors. And would you believe it, it is already December - my favourite month but not without its feeling of nostalgia. It is a time to reflect, a time to give, a time to receive and a time to refresh in the love and presence of our Emmanuel. John 1:1-5, 9-14 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it .