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Band Practice: in Bond Service to God

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L-R: Addison , Esther , Daphne , Angel , James Our church has an amazing group of youth - they are lively, full of life and of joy, eager to go for the Lord and an inspiration to the poorer in spirit. We had band practice today, and I must say it was one of the best and most enjoyable one I have had in a long time. Trying different arrangements, teaching each other, playfully nudging each other to move along and most of all making music and songs as one voice in adoration for our Lord. Addison was on the drums, this was the first time he played in my worship lead and I enjoyed his playing tremendously. Angel was on the bass, and even though I could not much hear the bass distinctly, bass being bass, she gave the crucial support for the entire team. Daphne was on the piano. She is one bright pianist. If Randy can say it, so can I: Daphne can play the phonebook, just write in the chords. It is rare to have a team who can just sense how you want it played. I only had to sing, and the

It's not about John the Baptist

We studied John 1:19-28 today. A passage we all acknowledge we had not paid much attention to. On the outset, it appears very straightforward but on closer look, there are important lessons to be learnt. It was never about John Right from the start, when John the Baptist was questioned by the Jews representatives who he was up to the end when the Pharisees asked about the authority by whom he were baptising. Take note of John's answers: Who are you? I am not the Christ. Then who are you? Are you Elijah? I am not. Are you the Prophet? No. Who are you? Give us an answer to take back to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?" I am the voice of one calling in the desert, 'Make straight the way for the Lord.' Why then do you baptize if you are not the Christ, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet? I baptize with water, but among you stands one you do not know. He is the one who comes after me, the thongs of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. Every q

An excellent exposition on Ps 119

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I have found Dick Lucas ' expository sessions so well done and enormously beneficial. In my efforts to understand the bible and put God's commands into practice, I find his sessions a joy to listen to, with many things to learn. I was listening in these couple of days to his exposition on Psalm 119. He reminded us that there are those who paints a picture of a Christian life or standards for the church that would be too ideal and unreal. What we can gain from Psalm 119 though is a realistic model of Christian spirituality for every age and every person - not something that is too ideal or unrealistic to be followed. He gave a clue or key to the reading of Psalm 119. It is one, unlike most psalms, that has no logical flow, no argument that leads to a conclusion, no melodic line, and it even ends with a sad anti-climax. Refering to Alexan Alexander, he said that Psalm 119 is intended as a "storehouse of material for pious meditation rather than a discourse of continuo

A Thousand Words #66

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pearlie Photo © 2008 Pearlie Ng

Psalm 31: a much needed one

For the choir director. A Psalm of David. 1 In You, O LORD, I have taken refuge; Let me never be ashamed; In Your righteousness deliver me. 2 Incline Your ear to me, rescue me quickly; Be to me a rock of strength, A stronghold to save me. 3 For You are my rock and my fortress; For Your name's sake You will lead me and guide me. 4 You will pull me out of the net which they have secretly laid for me, For You are my strength. 5 Into Your hand I commit my spirit; You have ransomed me, O LORD, God of truth. 6 I hate those who regard vain idols, But I trust in the LORD. 7 I will rejoice and be glad in Your lovingkindness, Because You have seen my affliction; You have known the troubles of my soul, 8 And You have not given me over into the hand of the enemy; You have set my feet in a large place. 9 Be gracious to me, O LORD, for I am in distress; My eye is wasted away from grief, my soul and my body also. 10 For my life is spent with sorrow And my years with sighing;

Church Camp Day 3
A Vision for the Church

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We had a workshop session yesterday where we were broken into 4 groups. We were required to created a banner depicting what the church's vision ought to be. Group 1 Their vision is for the church to grow through prayer and the movement of the Holy Spirit from a mustard seed into fruit bearing trees, from a small church to a big one on a hill. Group 2 Their vision is for the church to be united in love upholding one another in the Spirit. Group 3 Their vision is to be rooted in the Word of God and strengthened in love for one another in the Lord. Group 4 Their vision is to be a beacon to reach out to all nations, the Gospel of Christ, being rooted to the message of the cross. What are yours? By the way, I was in Group 4, and I came up with the banner design and we all pitched in with the colours and the glitters. pearlie

Church Camp Day 2
Faith, Love and Hope

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The second day of camp began at 6.30am with dawn prayer. I did not sleep too well but we made it to dawn prayer. Mr Goh continued with his session on Colossians and I with my sentence diagramming. Click here to enlarge. Faith, love and hope in Colossians are always of a qualified kind. They are not just "faith, love and hope" but: faith in Christ Jesus love for all the saints, i.e. for all in the body of Christ hope that is stored up for you in heaven, where faith and hope spring from , i.e. the source of the faith and hope Is it not interesting that the hope that is stored for us in heaven has already sprung for us faith in Christ Jesus and love for our brothers and sisters in the Lord? Click here to enlarge. We are called to: live a life worthy of the Lord - do I bring Him honour in the things I think, say and do? Do I spend my time worthily? Does my life have worth or merit or value in His eyes? Do I have a character or qualities that merit recognition in God&#

Church Camp Day 1
And a New Toy!

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It only dawn upon me yesterday that church camp is happening today. Therefore, if I were to get a DSLR camera, it is now. Thankfully, Boon Ho was free and offered to go with me to the camera shop last night. I had planned to get the Canon 450D – a very good camera for its price. But to my dismay, it was out of stock until next Thursday. It is a now or never kind of situation. I do not want to go feeling how close I would have been to taking that “perfect” shot. I decided to go for broke. I got the Canon 40D. Here I was with my new camera at the shop. And here I was posing in happiness. Calvin snapped the picture. Not bad for a budding photographer to have captured a rather good shot of his unphotogenic mommy. I am not much of a poser anyway. We were off today for church camp to Bukit Merah Laketown Resort. We stopped by Yong Kee in OUG for breakfast and this is my first of my better looking food shots, of one of town's best beef noodles. The Church Camp was in Bukit Merah

Is feeling sorry for yourself a sin?

pearlie

My First DSLR pictures

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Boon Ho has sent me the pictures I have taken with his Canon 450D. I only took 17, but I don't think I had the camera for more than 5 minutes! I do not think they are very good. So I have got lots to learn. My favourite boy, my silly cow and the BSITW. Amanda, with her dad and sister in the background. Kajang satay sauce! Thanks Boon Ho, for letting me try this out! pearlie Photos © 2008 Pearlie Ng

Done with John and onto Psalms

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Finally, I am done with my John assignments. I do not want to think about it anymore. I did not even give it another read before I popped them into the envelope and sealed it. I will be heading to the post-office tomorrow to get it mailed. (And what do you know, I cannot even remember when I last posted something!) I have started a bit on my two Psalm assignments. There are four to choose from: 1. Herman Gunkel's form criticism 2. Metaphors used for God, the psalter and the enemies 3. Shape and structure of the Psalter 4. Exegesis of Ps 19, 30 or 42 As I have noted in my side panel on Monday, I thought I should not be pharisaical about it and so I broke my book-fast with a purchase. The order of Gerald Wilson's dissertation on the Psalter's shape and structure will set me on to tackle Q3. Shipment has already commenced and I am expected to get it on June 26. I am hoping it will arrive sooner though. Then, I was deciding between Q2 and Q4. I gave Q2 a try to see what

Pachebel's Canon in D

I fell in love with Pachebel's Canon in D a long time ago, but recently I have been hearing it in a lot of places and in a lot of ways. I have once posted in our Grace Notes blog this cool electric guitar version. But when Angel posted this one she found, I have become Trace Bundy 's newest fan! Simply amazing. I not only can listen to this over and over again, I can watch it many times over too. His website is a must-visit, super cool! And here he is playing with 5 capos! Whoa! The Love Song with 3 capos - I am utterly mesmerised just watching him. Wonder if the black capo is a special one. pearlie

Hutan Lipur Sungai Gabai

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It is a public holiday today, being the Vesak Day. SH has made plans to go golfing with his friends in Kampung Kuantan and so, when Heng Yew asked if Calvin and I would like to join them for a picnic in the Sungai Gabai waterfalls, we jumped at the chance. Calvin has not been to a waterfall before and off we went. We arrived at the foot of the hill at about 8am. Or was it 9? Heng Yew told me that there will be two flight of steps to climb and therefore to minimise whatever I needed to bring. I thought, "Two flights of stair? Ah! No sweat!" It turned out to be the longest "two" flights of stairs in the world. As I was walking up the TWO flights of stairs, I was panting badly. The steps were uneven and most of them were big ones. So I stopped every now and then, on the pre-text of taking photographs! But I had no proper camera. The compact digital camera I purchased more than a year ago, had been renounced to cold storage. I found that I cannot do anything with i

Questions asked, questions answered

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We had a testimony as sermon today, and I was discussing it over with Ann and with Melissa . I can only say I do not know how I can blog it. I had too many questions. However, it was also the Sunday where I was scheduled to lead the youth in continuation of the study on the Gospel of Mark. I was given about one and a half hours - not a lot of time for a monthly bible study but it will have to do. I took them through the five conflict stories in Mark 2:1-3:6 . Leading the youth in bible study has proven to be both quite interesting and challenging for me. I cannot go too deep into the details or there will be yawns but I cannot merely graze the surface either or they will have their knowledge of the Word of God barely scratched. I have to look for a niche, pitch in and take a home run. This round I got them to role play one of the conflict stories: the healing of the paralytic man. In our lectures last year, we did not quite have the role play in full blown but we somewhat assumed

Today is Food Day
Yuen Garden Dim Sum,
D'lish and Ma Maison

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Today is indeed a food day. It started with really delicious dim sum in Yuen Garden in Bandar Puchong Jaya. For someone who does not quite fancy dim sum , I really like it here. Photos by Chan Siew Soo in Photoblog In the afternoon, I drove Calvin to Boys Brigade and stopped over at D’lish in Midvalley for a latte, a wi-fi connection and a place where I can get some work done. As I walked into the deli, I found Noel walking in front of me, going towards the table I spotted right from when I walked through the door. He was quite surprised to see me. We talked a bit, catching up on things, since I have not seen him for awhile. D'lish is a great place to be, except when there are teenage girls around. I could not understand why they need to talk on top of their voices. And their topics of discussion and choice of words left nothing to be desired - absolutely atrocious, coming from the mouths of 16 to 18 year old girls. Mind you, this is not the first I am encountering