Showing posts from September, 2009

It also takes a village to kill a child

Reading this piece of news in BBC stirs my anger. Bullying is evil and it must be stopped, be it bullying in school where my son suffers from or workplace bullying where I have seen and experienced as well. How can it be stopped. I always wonder what causes a person to bully. Their own upbringing? Their own lack of love? What do you think? Why do you think people bully? It is rampant in school and in the workplace too. Wikipedia has an excellent piece on workplace bullying here . pearlie

Our Committed Heavenly Father

I was listening to Dick Lucas' sermon on Psalm 23 today on my way back from work and it was an encouragement. In his own words, it is good to be reacquainted with an old friend. And here is Psalm 23 in the good ol' king's English: Psalm 23 (KJV) The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever. Dick Lucas emphasised that even though this psalm is quite an individualistic one, it focuses on God - He is the shepherd, He makes,

Feel like a grasshopper?

I was reading Deuteronomy in my daily bible reading and remembered this account in the book of Numbers, where God told Moses to send out men to explore the land of Canaan, which He is giving to the Israelites. I do wonder why God did what He did because 10 out of the 12 men came back in jitters. Numbers 13 (NLT) The Lord now said to Moses, “Send out men to explore the land of Canaan, the land I am giving to the Israelites. Send one leader from each of the twelve ancestral tribes.” So Moses did as the Lord commanded him. He sent out twelve men, all tribal leaders of Israel, from their camp in the wilderness of Paran. These were the tribes and the names of their leaders: Tribe — Leader Reuben — Shammua son of Zaccur Simeon — Shaphat son of Hori Judah — Caleb son of Jephunneh Issachar — Igal son of Joseph Ephraim — Hoshea son of Nun Benjamin — Palti son of Raphu Zebulun — Gaddiel son of Sodi Manasseh son of Joseph — Gaddi son of Susi Dan — Ammiel son of Gemalli Asher

The right to complain in the Internet

I am not sure if I have blogged about HR-related issues before and so this might be the first. This news article was published and I think is it in our interest to be mindful of what we do in the Internet. I have seen people's gripes about work and people in the workplace quite often and have read numerous articles about people getting dismissed or not hired because of the things they say online. This recent article in the Business Week was about a group of prison guards dubbed the Facebook Five who has gone to an Australian court to fight for the right to complain about their boss on the Internet. For more, read it here . pearlie

Grace Notes in Concert with the Petaling Jaya Youth Chamber Orchestra

Jen May and I did this showcase slide together. I first had it all in the center but Jen May gave it a nice effect by rearranging it. Some of the cellist in the orchestra. Brings me back to the time when I was one of them. Playing in the orchestra is an amazing experience. Joanna conducting both the choral group and the orchestra - a tough job definitely. I am amazed at her skills in being able to handle so many things at one go. Lee Mei's solo piece - Light of a Million Mornings ... wonderful, beautiful song. I get goose bumps singing it. Sin Yun looking great in her gown intently singing her alto part in the second round of songs. This is an excellent shot - too bad someone was meddling with the powerpoint settings. The boys (minus one tenor, my dad): Alex, Heng Yew, Boon Ho and Paul. All made up and face painted in face powder, rouge and lip gloss! Aren't they having so much fun? Part of the Grace Notes team: (Front L-R) Christine, Wei Chiew, Sin Yun, Lee Me

I will not wither

He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, Which yields its fruit in its season And its leaf does not wither; And in whatever he does, he prospers (Psalm 1:3 NASB) This verse in the psalms encouraged me tremendously this morning. I have just started a new job - as much as I am enjoying myself, I am pretty much exhausted ... and I am only at it about 3 weeks now. Which was why when I read Psalm 1 and verse 3, it lifted my spirit. I am being assured that I am like a tree planted by streams of water, I will yield fruits in season, I will not wither and in whatever I do, I will prosper (with the "whatever I do" and everything else in verse 3 dependent on verse 1 and 2 of course). I thank the Lord for his goodness. pearlie

No longer a daily

I have been contemplating it for a long time and as of today, I have finally made up my mind that Pearlie Gates will no longer be a daily. Two reasons: one being lack of resources (i.e. I have less time now that I have taken up a new job! But I am actually enjoying myself ... so far ...) and two, lack of content (i.e. I am running out of profound things to say, having less time to mull and think and I do not want to resort to reducing Pearlie Gates into a today-I-did-this-and-today-I-did-that. That would be boring). It is sad because I have been blogging almost daily since March 2006 and it is a shame that I have to do this now. However, Pearlie Gates will still be here. I will be blogging when I feel I have something of worth to say, hoping that I will soon settle down and get back to thinking and mulling and blogging again. pearlie Photo (c) 2009 Gabriella Fabbri

Grace Notes in Concert #2

We are more familiarised with what to do and expect, but we still had to be there at 1.30pm today. However, the day was less stressful as we already have most of the things in place. We had our warm-ups and rehearsals, and spent rest of the time fellowshipping with one another, which was wonderful. This evening's concert was to raise funds for the KL Chinese Methodist Cantonese Church's mission fund. This is a larger church and the attendance was bigger and I heard they raised quite a fair bit. We were told that our make-up was too light the night before and so this time, Bee Yeow and Chee Ling went for the kill. We all ended up seriously looking like birds! But apparently we look almost normal on stage with the bright lights. We shall see when the photographs are ready. I felt we more confident this round and I think we did pretty well. And I enjoyed myself tremendously. All praise and thanks to our Almighty God and Lord Jesus Christ, the reason of our being, the author an

Grace Notes in Concert #1

I do not have any pictures to show for now as I did not bring my camera along, since it will be difficult for me to manage so many things at one time. We had the event in Bukit Jalil Golf and Country Club and since we did not have any rehearsals held there before, we were required to be there as early as 12.30pm. It was a mad rush for most of us, to get all things done for the weekend in just one morning to make the 12.30 cut. Not all of us were on time. Today's concert was to help Shah Alam Chinese Methodist Church raise their building fund. They are currently worshiping in the third floor of a shop lot and it is most inconducive. Their church entrance is just a side door of the shop lot, with a Chinese altar at the side belonging to the car mechanic shop that is operating on the ground floor. We do hope they will manage to raise the funds needed to build their church in a piece of land which they have successfully acquired. The day was long and there was so much to do, war

There will be new songs

Days are at the moment Filled with only two things Work Songs The work just began The songs will soon end But there will be new songs To sing pearlie

A Thousand Words #115

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Grace Notes in Concert
We Will Keep Our Faith Alive

Grace Notes will be performing this coming weekend. We have been working so very hard to ensure that we are almost tip top in our presentation, though I still think we have so much space for improvement. But I believe it will be our best. We have been working on it for the past one year and have enjoyed the experience so much. It is my prayer that hearts will be touched by the love and grace of God through the songs we sing. One of the most heartfelt song for me is this one entitled, We Will Keep Our Faith Alive. The chorus goes: And we will keep our faith alive God will always be our guide Through the darkness night We will see God's light We will keep our faith alive No matter what happens in our lives, it is our commitment to the Lord that our faith will be kept alive in Him. pearlie

Psalm 62

Psalm 62 (New American Standard Bible) God Alone a Refuge from Treachery and Oppression. For the choir director; according to Jeduthun. A Psalm of David. 1 My soul waits in silence for God only;     From Him is my salvation. 2 He only is my rock and my salvation,     My stronghold; I shall not be greatly shaken. 3 How long will you assail a man,     That you may murder him, all of you,     Like a leaning wall, like a tottering fence? 4 They have counseled only to thrust him down from his high position;     They delight in falsehood;     They bless with their mouth,     But inwardly they curse. Selah. 5 My soul, wait in silence for God only,     For my hope is from Him. 6 He only is my rock and my salvation,     My stronghold; I shall not be shaken. 7 On God my salvation and my glory rest;     The rock of my strength, my refuge is in God. 8 Trust in Him at

A Thousand Words #114

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The Blood of Christ

Today's sermon was one of those that spoke to me in so many different levels that it would be hard to verbalise it. I did not even take notes, I was so absorbed in it. The speaker was Rev Dr Chew Tow Yow and he spoke on the Blood of Christ from Hebrew 9:11-22. He reminded us of the importance of blood - I think we have been talking about it, singing of it and using the word so much so that its significance is lost on us. We must be made to realise again that blood signifies life, and Scripture has this "trail of blood" beginning from the blood of animals, right up to the blood of Jesus that brings us eternal redemption as well as the blood of the saints, which represents the participation in the blood of Christ. There is a necessity of the blood of Christ because without it there can be no approach to God, no fellowship with God by faith, no enjoyment of God's favour. The blood of Christ is the life of Christ. When we pray for the covering of the blood of Christ, we

Do you know this song?

I was practising for worship tomorrow with a very young and talented pianist. During a short break, I shared with her some stories and songs of the good ol' days. I sang her this song. How many of you actually know it? I can't even find it on! Christ is the Lord Christ is the Lord of the smallest atom, Christ is the Lord of outer space, Christ is the Lord of the constellations, Christ is the Lord of every place; Of the furthest star, Of the coffee bar, Of the length of the Berlin Wall; Of the village green, Of the Asian scene Christ is the Lord of all; Christ is the Lord of the human heart beat, Christ is the Lord of every breath, Christ is the Lord of a man's existence, Christ is the Lord of Life and death. Christ is the Lord of our thoughts and feelings, Christ is the Lord of all we plan, Christ is the Lord of man's decision, Christ is the Lord of total man; In the local street, Where the people meet, In the church or the nearby hal

They said, he said, but then it was said ...

I said they said , "Without duty, life is sort of boneless; it cannot hold itself together" Whereupon he said, The Hedonese said, "Without delight; our lives will be meatless" But then it was said, Kansas Bob said, "Without love, duty is empty; and delight, a farce" Ah! Who can deny that. pearlie

It was spot on

I have to confess that I have not been disciplined in my prayers and reading of Scripture, and so before I retire to bed today, I went to Spurgeon's Evening Devotion to read and meditate on God's truth. It was spot on. Here's a caption of it: Our Lord in His infinite wisdom and superabundant love, sets so high a value upon His people's faith that He will not screen them from those trials by which faith is strengthened. You would never have possessed the precious faith which now supports you if the trial of your faith had not been like unto fire. You are a tree that never would have rooted so well if the wind had not rocked you to and fro, and made you take firm hold upon the precious truths of the covenant grace. Here's the whole thing: Thursday, September 03, 2009 This Evening's Meditation C. H. Spurgeon "The Lord trieth the righteous."—Psalm 11:5. All events are under the control of Providence; consequently all the trials of our outward life

They said, he said ...

I said they said , "Without duty, life is sort of boneless; it cannot hold itself together". Whereupon he said, The Hedonese said, "Without delight; our lives will be meatless". It held true for me today. pearlie

A Thousand Words #113

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