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So tiring

It is a very tiring week. Managing all the procedures and tests, the doctor visits and all. But I thank God that all is going on well and Calvin is getting better. I also get some time at night to work on my assignment on the Holy Spirit since I do not get a very comfortable sleeping place and as a result I can't sleep too well. But then, I am so tired anyway, I am resting and sleeping quite well, surprisingly. The doctor has indicated that we will be discharged tomorrow. Yippee! pearlie

It will be longer than I thought it will be

I managed to catch hold of the doctor today. I missed her yesterday while SH stayed with Calvin as I went home to pack some things. We went to the hospital straight from the clinic yesterday and had nothing on us. The doctor told us that most probably Calvin will have to stay on until Thursday or Friday until his nasal congestion is all cleared. Meanwhile, he is getting used to the poking and jabbing. He had a rough night yesterday demanding to go home but now he is getting along quite willingly, though it may change again tonight. I will not have much time to attend to your blogs and comments, but I am thinking of you. God bless and keep y'all. pearlie

Got admitted

We went to the doctor's again today and we were advised to get Calvin admitted to get further tests and further observation. It has been a long day and we were finally admitted at 4 in the evening. I hope it will only be a short stay. pearlie

Still down

Calvin is still sick and we did not get to go to church today. It's staying-home-and-rest-day for all three of us. pearlie

Poor thing

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Our sweetie-pie fell sick 2 days ago and he is still quite sick. He has been complaining about a headache and tummyache. He is having quite a high fever too. We have brought him to visit the doctor two times already. We hope he will be well soon. pearlie p/s Oh! I forgot, today is the 7th day of the Chinese New Year - it's People's Day, i.e. everybody's birthday. Happy Birthday everyone!

Psalm 86: For great is your steadfast love

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Psalm 86 (ESV) A Prayer of David. 1 Incline your ear, O LORD, ..... and answer me, ..... for I am poor and needy. 2 Preserve my life, for I am godly; ..... save your servant, who trusts in you-- ..... you are my God. 3 Be gracious to me, O Lord, ..... for to you do I cry all the day. 4 Gladden the soul of your servant, ..... for to you, O Lord, do I lift up my soul. 5 For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving, ..... abounding in steadfast love ..... to all who call upon you. 6 Give ear, O LORD, to my prayer; ..... listen to my plea for grace. 7 In the day of my trouble I call upon you, ..... for you answer me. 8 There is none like you among the gods, ..... O Lord, nor are there any works like yours. 9 All the nations you have made shall come ..... and worship before you, O Lord, ..... and shall glorify your name. 10 For you are great and do wondrous things; ..... you alone are God. 11 Teach me your way, O LORD, ..... that I may walk in your truth; ..... unite my heart to f

The Role of the Holy Spirit in Acts

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I am back to working on my Holy Spirit paper and feeling panicky. I have 3 weeks to complete it and the more I work on it, the more I feel inadequate to do it. Looking back to my previous post on this topic, it already took a different turn, mainly because the assignment has to discuss the role of the Holy Spirit in Acts . I am thinking I need to talk about its role being the Spirit of prophecy with Peter appealing to the prophet Joel in Acts 2. The question that arises is: does Acts only has to do with Joel and not the other OT prophets, particularly Ezekiel? How about then its role in salvation and sanctification? What about baptism and its related issues of conversion-initiation and donum superadditum ? I think I am okay with working out its role as the Spirit of prophecy but I cannot see how baptism can be a role he played in Acts. Does the Spirit has a function to play in baptism? The debate and argument centers on when the filling of the Holy Spirit takes place - during con

Chinese New Year: Day 4

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My adorable niece, the only one in my family with dimples! pearlie

Happy Birthday!

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Calvin turns 9 today. Being the 3rd day of Chinese New Year, a no school day and everyone out of town, it is going to be a quiet birthday with just his daddy and mommy. So, it is a Calvin-day and he gets to do and go where he wants to go. We were at the mall, he wanted to go to Ikea for meatballs. We also went to the bookstore, he got a book of magic tricks, and the art supplies store to get some stuff he wanted: paints and PVA glue. For his birthday dinner, he discovered escargot not long ago and so we brought him to a restaurant promising as much escargot as he wants. Happy Birthday Calvin! pearlie

Chinese New Year: Day 2

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One boring day but nobody is complaining. pearlie

Chinese New Year: Day 1

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It is the first day of the Chinese New Year : Gong Xi Fa Cai! We are celebrating Chinese New Year for 15 days. We went to church this morning, after which it was visiting time, an important thing to do during the New Year. For a start, we were back at SH's parents house to greet and wish them in this new year of the boar. We then went to a friend's home and also to my uncle's. It wasn’t much but we had a great time. We did not get too many hong bau today and I didn’t give out too many either. Well, there are 14 days more to do that. Calvin has his 2 best friends staying over for the first time tonight. He is both happy and excited. I was called up to his room to straigthen things out between the three of them like five to six times. It was alright, because it was fun for SH and I too to have 2 more kids! I asked Calvin if having brothers and sisters would be a good thing. His reply? " It is and it is not ." This morning's sermon was taken from Philippians

Reunion dinner

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It was such a quiet day today, and we practically rotted at home! But even though we had nothing to do, the day still went by just as fast and before we knew it, it was time to go to my in-laws home for our annual reunion dinner. After dinner, Calvin spent time at the computer with his cousins and I found out to my delight that we can blog using SH's new cellphone. I tried it and ended up created a new blog unique to the cellphone. So now SH has started blogging, but I wonder how long he will be at it before it becomes a " been there, done that " thing to him! Check his photo blog here . pearlie Picture by Emel Isitan

Honour your father and your mother

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It is going to be the Chinese New Year on Sunday, and following its tradition, we must return home to our parents on New Year’s Eve for a reunion dinner. We will be going for a reunion dinner on Saturday with SH’s parents but this evening, we are going to have an “unofficial” one with my parents. The event has been small and quiet ever since the demise of my grandmother. Those were the times when all her sons, daughter-in-laws and grandchildren will gather together for a meal. She would cook a wonderful meal and the kids (including me!) would have a gala time with fire crackers and fire works. We are now segregated into our own family units. We have all grown up and things became, well, boring as compared to the kind of fun we had. Nevertheless, I look forward to a time of sharing a meal together. I found these verses which holds profound meaning in honouring and respecting our parents. God bless them. Save my own family, they are the most important people in my life. I hadn't

His eyes are on the righteous

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1 Peter 3:9-20 9 Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called,that you may obtain a blessing. 10 For "Whoever desires to love life and see good days, let him keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit; 11 let him turn away from evil and do good; let him seek peace and pursue it. 12 For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their prayer.But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil." 13 Now who is there to harm you if you are zealous for what is good? 14 But even if you should suffer for righteousness' sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled, 15 but in your hearts regard Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; 16 yet do it with gentleness and respect, having a good conscience,so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good b

The season of lurve ...

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It makes quite a difference working (temporarily) in KLCC during Valentine's Day: the stores are packed with people looking for the perfect Valentines gift, gifts shop with never seen before long queues and girls selling flowers at every turn, at every corner, and at exorbitant prices. We are too practical for Valentine's Day. I spent dinner with my parents and my son. SH and I will be going out for supper soon - not too romantic though, but I don't mind. We are just going to have what SH calls romantic porridge (or as some call it congee) in some night stalls about 3 minutes drive away. Happy Valentine's Day! Wishing you all the mushiest love ever! pearlie Picture by Mike Goodwin (one of my favouritest picture from sxc.hu. Thanks Mike!)

Toothless

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I got my molar extracted. I weighed all factors and decided that rather than having it go through a root canal and crowning, I decided to just remove it. Having one less tooth is not a big problem though now I am reading that I might lose some of my memory and may risk losing other teeth due to drifting. I slept through the whole afternoon today. It must be the antibiotics because it is so unlike me. So, nothing much done today. pearlie Picture by Joel Marie Kubassek

Romans 12:1-15:13

In relation to the previous 11 chapters 1. The first 11 chapters already made it clear that the life, which according to 1:17, For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, "The righteous shall live by faith," is the destiny of the man who is righteous by faith, is a life of obedience to God. 2. From chapter 3 to 6, it is clearly laid out that how can those whom God has mercifully decided to see as having died to sin go on living in it contently? 3. And as long as we remain in the flesh, we remain in a real sense the slave of sin - For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am of the flesh, sold under sin (7:14) - but God has give us a righteous status in Christ and we are thus bound in his conscience to God's holy law. 4. In chapter 8, the necessity of obedience is set forth in terms of the gift of the Spirit. To be in Christ is to be indwelt by His Spirit, the Holy Spirit. One cannot have Christ without also having His Sp

How Beautiful are the Feet

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Today's sermon is based on Romans 10:12-15, focussing on the topic of mission. Romans 10:12-15 (NASB) 12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, abounding in riches for all who call on Him; 13 for "WHOEVER WILL CALL ON THE NAME OF THE LORD WILL BE SAVED." 14 How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher? 15 How will they preach unless they are sent? Just as it is written, "HOW BEAUTIFUL ARE THE FEET OF THOSE WHO BRING GOOD NEWS OF GOOD THINGS!" Verse 13 comes from Joel 2:32 and v.15 from Isaiah 52:7. Joel 2:32 "And it will come about that whoever calls on the name of the LORD Will be delivered; For on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem There will be those who escape, As the LORD has said, Even among the survivors whom the LORD calls. Isaiah 52:7 How lovely on the mountains Are the feet of him who br

Ouch ...

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I have been having a toothache for a couple of days. I visited the dentist this afternoon, became poorer, given another appointment, that will lead to more appointments, which will make me even poorer. Ouch. pearlie Picture by Bianca de Blok

Been feeling lazy lately

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Pro 6:6-11 (ESV) 6 Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise. 7 Without having any chief, officer, or ruler, 8 she prepares her bread in summer and gathers her food in harvest. 9 How long will you lie there, O sluggard? When will you arise from your sleep? 10 A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest, 11 and poverty will come upon you like a robber, and want like an armed man. pearlie Picture by Mooncross

A Thousand Words #21

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pearlie Picture by Vasant Dave

The poor in spirit

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Halfway down the week in my recent change of routine, this painting, The Poor Poet by Carl Spitzweg (1839) appeals to me. A distressed poet has apparently found refuge in a miserable attic, where he can get away from everyday life and its pain, the material shortages, to be an Idealist and indulge the psychical aspects of life. Matthew 5:2-12 2 And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying: 3 "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 4 "Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. 5 "Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. 6 "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. 7 "Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy. 8 "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. 9 "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. 10 "Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs

The Interpretation of Parables

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As I delved further into Pentecost's The Parables of Jesus , there are many things I never knew. I found these principles or reading and interpreting parables important. (1) The parables concerned "the kingdom of heaven" It is important to note that a great body of Christ's teaching through parables concerns itself with the kingdom of heaven. Many of the Lord's parables begin with these words: the kingdom of heaven is like ... indicating further that the theocratic kingdom programme is primarily in view in the parables. More often than not, we erroneously applied the parables directly to the church (as though they were primarily applicable to the church). We must remember that the parables were spoken to reveal truth concerning the broader theocratic kingdom programme. (2) Observe the immediate context This is one good lesson for me as I almost always read the parables in isolation and apply them in the current context. Parables were never spoken in a vacuum

What is: A Parable

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I will be using the train for the coming several months going to work in our client's office and morning devotion will be a challenge. The train this morning was packed to the brim and I had no chance to a seat. I needed 40 winks but got none; I wanted a read but can't. But I managed to do a little reading on the way back: The Parables of Jesus by J. Dwight Pentecost. According to Pentecost, "the parables of Jesus have long challenged expositors and stimulated preachers, for in their simple form the deepest truths have been revealed. But the very simplicity has been a deceptive snare to the interpreter." And I like this: "They are the means by which abstract ideas are communicated. By transfering ideas from the known realm to the unknown realm, truth in learned in the unknown realm by what is known in the known realm." In the swaying train, I had to read this twice to comprehend it! In the New Testament, the word "parable" is used of many diff

Jesus said, Come to me ...

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Matt 11:28-30 Come to me, all who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. Today's sermon is an invitation to God's call to come to him. The call is made to those who labour and are heavy laden, the former an active, the latter a passive participle, covering both the active and passive sides of human misery. We are all called to come to him. What I find enthralling is the reason for going to God - it is for rest but in the form of taking up the yoke. Now isn't that a paradox? Albert Barnes (1798-1870) shed some light: Take my yoke - This is a figure taken from the use of oxen, and hence signifying to labor for one, or in the service of anyone. The "yoke" is used in the Bible as an emblem: (1) of bondage or slavery, Lev 26:13; Deu 28:38. (2) of afflictions or crosses, Lam 3:27. (3) of t

A Thousand Words #20

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pearlie Picture by Carlo Scherer

Do we care?

God said, "it is not good for man to be alone." We are social creatures and how ever hard we try, it is just not pleasant or comfortable, nor agreeable to our nature to be alone. We are made in the image of God. God is the Holy Community of Three and God is one God. We are made to be the body of Christ to uphold and encourage one another. We may not admit it at times but we need each other, and oh how we need each other. However, sometimes we are set in a system and we are expected to operate like clockwork. If it works don't fix it. But just like any gear or mechanism in any system, if there is no servicing, no oiling, no maintenance check, no tuning, it will breakdown - sometimes even to the point of no return. Just take the example of something almost all of us own or use - our cars. At the point of purchase, we expect it to be reliable and we know we can depend on it to run as long as we give it enough fuel. We wash it, we tend to it, we bring it for frequent servic

Politics 101

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Some of us sparked off a very interesting conversation about politics in Codepoke's blog. Politics is the incredibly complex art of learning what everyone's needs are, and figuring out a way to meet them all - including your own. The Two Great Laws of Politics: (1) Love the Lord with all your heart, soul, mind and strength and (2) Love your neighbor as yourself. ~ Kevin Knox (aka Codepoke) Check it out here . pearlie Picture by Hortongrou