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Perseverance, wisdom and faith

No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it. 1 Corinthians 10:13 (English Standard Version) The word, "temptation" translated into English comes from the Greek work peirasmos . It originates from the stem word peira , which means try or test. While it is used in the negative sense of temptation in other parts of Scripture, here in 1 Corinthians 10, it takes on the meaning of "burdening". As such, it brings great comfort to have Paul tell us that the problems and difficulties that we encounter in our lives are common -- if not the kind, at least the experience -- and if it has been overcome by others, we too will be able to overcome it. And more than that, God is faithful and he will ensure that we will not be burdened beyond what we can bear. If you think that you have reached yo

Sing a song of Christmas

This is my favourite Christmas passage, and particularly in this version. It is because when I was younger I sang in the choir a Christmas piece that used the passage from the King James Version word for word (except those in parentheses). I can still sing these words, except that I just cannot remember what the title of the music is though. Luke 2:1-15 1And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed. 2(And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) 3And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. 4And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) 5To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. 6And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. 7And she brought forth her firstbor

We begin to carol

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We began carolling today. Time again to let the songs of Christmas fill the air and announce the glorious birth of Jesus. That "for to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." pearlie Photo (c) 2009 Stephanie Berghaeuser

How has the year been for you?

The year is about to come to an end How has it been for you? I know I should not even complain Only it had been kind of blue But all in all I thank the Lord He has led me to see That through all the things untoward He had been disciplining me I do not think he is done with it Though I am crying, "enough, enough!" He knows what's best so I submit But please don't get too tough But when has life been easy When has it been ever perfect You may try till you are queasy You may even have it wrecked Until I have surrendered all I will never have that peace That my life is His first of all This I, me and my must decrease To You I must release control I belong to You, my God, my King You are the author of this soul To You, my Saviour so I will cling So, help me God. (c) 2009 Pearlie Ng All Rights Reserved

Now here, then gone

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Man who is born of a woman is few of days and full of trouble. He comes out like a flower and withers; he flees like a shadow and continues not. Job 14:1-2 pearlie Photo (c) 2009 Pearlie Ng

Time?

To denote the day today, I wanted to write about time - the concept of time in the Old Testament and the New Testament in relation to how I understand time - but I have no time. pearlie

And lay thy foundations with sapphires

I have not much to think about these few days, or weeks. I have been reading a bit, listening to mp3 sermons, praying but the mind is not quite geared for much analyses. In short, I have nothing much to write about - proven by the great amount of pictures and photos posted here lately. Spurgeon is always here though, to the rescue. Today's reading really encouraged me: ____________________________________ Evening, December 15 “And lay thy foundations with sapphires.” Isaiah 54:11 Not only that which is seen of the church of God, but that which is unseen, is fair and precious. Foundations are out of sight, and so long as they are firm it is not expected that they should be valuable; but in Jehovah’s work everything is of a piece, nothing slurred, nothing mean. The deep foundations of the work of grace are as sapphires for preciousness, no human mind is able to measure their glory. We build upon the covenant of grace, which is firmer than adamant, and as enduring as jewels upon

A Thousand Words #120

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BTW, what an excellent shot. pearlie Photo (c) 2008 PI (Unresolved)

At the Hilltop

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My brother took us for dinner at this place I never knew existed - a hill in the fringe of the city nicknamed "Little Genting". The food there is nothing to shout about but the view is fantastic. It is our little way to celebrate my dad's and brother's birthday, on the 14th and 6th of this month. My brother did not tell me about the view before we packed and go and so I did not bring my camera and had to settle with the one I have with me - my iPhone: pearlie

Movies, movies, movies

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Continued my lazying away today ... which is rare lately and therefore deserved! according to me, that is. I watched 3 movies - from the collection of DVDs I bought but never watched. Adventureland I won't recommend this if you can't stand expletives - this movie is full of it. And the plot isn't so great either. Music and Lyrics You may not understand it but I have watched this at least 4 times! Twice in Astro but missing the front, both times and twice on DVD. I am one person who can watch a favourite movie many times over, savouring it differently at different times. I love the plot, the songs and the actors. My favourite scene is when Hugh Grant sang Drew Barrymore the song - Don't Write Me Off Just Yet. What's Eating Gilbert Grape This DVD was on sale and I thought it might not be that good but I got it anyway because Johnny Depp is one of my favourite and he is one cool actor. I finally watched it today and it was exceptional. I soon checked Rotten

A Thousand Words #119

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I took the day off today because no one is around to watch my kid. So both of us ended up rotting at home. Yawn ... pearlie Photo (c) 2008 Radek Bednařík

I am dead wrong

I am wrong. It is quite rare that I'd readily admit that. Reluctantly maybe but this time I am dead wrong. To my shame, I am wrong about what contemplation is. How basic can you get? I suppose it is how we, or maybe it is just I , learn language. We listen, we understand, we learn, we speak. And I never did check out what contemplation actually meant. To me, it is always a synonym of meditation. Now this word "meditation" is another ballgame altogether. So to set things straight, when I use the word, meditation, in general, without tagging any explanation to it, I clearly mean Christian or Biblical meditation, not New-Age, i.e. I meditate on the Word of God, mulling and ruminating on it over and over again. And this I equate to contemplation. Several people already told me that I am a very contemplative person and I readily agreed with them. But now that eureka has happened, i.e. I finally realised what contemplation is, I am absolutely NOT a contemplative per

Now clear off!

Too many voices None of them mine You would have just one I have them all in line Some condemning Others berating Some are laughing And others judging But these voices I've let them come near Now clear off! You've no place here I've only one Voice One Judge One King One Lord In Him I live In Him I move In Him alone I have my being This Voice will speak My Lord will judge He has taken place In my life, my heart (c) 2009 Pearlie Ng All rights reserved

This is brilliant: Piano Stairs by Volkswagen

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A Thousand Words #118

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pearlie Photo (c)2008 Litandmore

I forget ... to eat

I forget To eat Too much Stuff To do I find that Eating A chore Food A bore Better not Torture Myself Eat I must pearlie

Busy, busy, busy

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It was a very, very busy day today. 1. Preaching Folio 46r from the Syriac Bible of Paris (Bibliothèque Nationale, MS syr. 341), Job First, I was to preach today. I told my good friend I am a "ganti" preacher, or replacement preacher. All the three times I preached over the last few years have been to replace someone in the last minute. Not that I mind. I am only glad I am able to fill in for them. I did ask the question recently - How do you know what to preach? I ended up preaching on Job 1. Don't ask me why - somehow I felt God tugging me there and so I did. I preached it the expository way, though someone commented that I gave them a bible study. Well ... 2. Opening Ceremony Then we attended a friend and his wife's opening ceremony of their music school. 3. Pre-Christmas Party In the evening, Calvin and I went to a pre-Christmas party with some kids from a home. The kids really had fun. Would you like to have more ice cream? The cut

Our night out

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There is a PC Fair in KLCC and so we decided to drop in for a visit. We kinda regretted it because the crowd was too much for us. But I managed to get these shots of the Petronas Twin Towers. Too bad I did not have my Canon 40D with me, but as this person once said, the best camera is the camera you have with you! It is always warm and humid here but it is still nice to sit and enjoy the open air with great scenery and sounds. With the crowd, we are glad we are getting out of there! pearlie Photos (c) 2009 Pearlie Ng

Human is a complicated lot

Human is a complicated lot. Just when you think you have deciphered the mystery of humankind, you'd be surprised to find that you didn't. When God created man and woman, and all of creation, He said it was good. But this man and woman had other ideas in mind and turned it all bad. In fact, we are very good at turning things bad, and most of the time, we do not even realise it by the thoughts that we think, the words that we say and the things that we do. Would God have made us any different? Would we be better off not being individuals but existing in a collective like that of the Borgs? So that all collectives would act in consensus and obedience to the one head, i.e. God. There would be unity and comradeship. The collective segregated by personalities or trade or skill, will be enterprising in all they do together and all will be in agreement in a collective. Or would they? Or would we be better off being a force with no bodily attachments and no connection or communicat

I'd love to read this book

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Ryken, Leland. Understanding English Bible Translation: The Case for an Essentially Literal Approach . Wheaton: Crossway Books, 2009. 208 pp. Review from Christian Book Notes Introduction Leland Ryken has been professor of English at Wheaton College since 1968 and has written over 30 books. Most notably, he was the literary stylist for the English Standard Version translation of the Bible published by Crossway as well as the coeditor of the ESV Literary Study Bible. Review When you ask the typical Christian why they read the particular Bible translation they are reading they usually give an answer like, “I understand it” or “I was raised with it” or “It was given to me when I became a Christian.” When you ask the typical Christian what translation of the Bible they study, they more than likely offer similar responses. Read more . pearlie

Words from the Good Book

This was published in The Star today. Wednesday December 2, 2009 Words from the Good Book Mind Our English by LUCILLE DASS Everyday words and phrases that originated from the Bible. ACCORDING to The Bible In Facts And Figures, the Old Testament contains 592,493 words; 23,214 verses, 929 chapters and 39 books; the New Testament contains 181,253 words, 7,959 verses, 260 chapters and 27 books. This totals 773,746 words, 31,173 verses, 1,189 chapters and 66 books. Wow! Expansively impressive. Little wonder that it’s been described as the world’s “greatest book”. This “library of books” (Biblia in Greek) is said to be written by at least 40 authors and took about 1,000 years to compile. Read more . pearlie

How do you know what to preach?

If you preach, how do you know what to preach? I know that we are just a mouthpiece for the LORD, and we preach what He wants us to preach. But that does not answer the question. How do you know what to preach? pearlie