Sunday, February 26, 2006

Sensitive mature stuff.

Lately, I've just been reminded how the world has perverted one of God's sweetest creations- sex.

Yeah, I bet even me mentioning it in such a candid way is bound to you sit up a little bit more. Why? Cuz sex has been portayed in such a perverted way by everything around that it's no longer viewed by even us Christians as something good to talk about. That's really sad.

All the mixed-up values they propose in sex-ed classes don't quite help either. Those values such as "masturbation is natural- studies have shown that many animals do it" (well, many animals kill their own kind for food too... the "natural" argument is about the stupidest I've heard.) Or the "have no more than one sex partner- of course abstain if you can" (Like saying, "Well, try not too steal too much, best not to steal if you can"

Any wonder why values are eroding? Any wonder why there was the most recent sex video controversy? Any wonder why sex is a subject treated either with crudity and vulgar expression amongst the youth who belong to the world or with shame amongst the more "refined" and conservative ones?

Been reading this book I borrowed from Joseph- Boy Meets Girl. By Joshua Harris. It contains advice on when to start courtship and what to consider before getting married, in a very God-centred way. Why does it interest me? Cuz one day I AM going to do be in love and get married and have kids, God-willing.

The discussion in that book is rather mature. Especially in the last few pages. I would recommend it to all who are say, 15 and above.

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Hey everyone. I'm still alive!

I'm amazed I'm still alive.

Why God, do you keep me alive?

Guess there must be some reason as to why I still walk on this planet. A God-given destiny. Ah, Lord, I really do enjoy every moment of my life with you right now. As your plan unravels slowly in my life. Bit by bit. Lectures and tutorials sometimes get a wee bit tiring, but then what really keeps me going is when I remind myself to ,"concentrate. This is for God's glory and honour. Tahan!" ODAC hours are long. I came home tonight at 9 p.m. Sure, some CCAs are even longer, but thank you Lord, for understanding exactly how I feel.

Thank you Lord.

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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Had impromtu speech on Monday. Proverbs 27:2 says to "Let another praise you, not your own mouth, someone else, not your own lips". So as I say this, please bear in mind that I am not trying to sing my own praises, rather, just sharing this experience with all of you, my beloved bros and sis in Christ. Any praise goes to God.
Speech was excellent. 6 speakers from Arts Fac. I think the whole Arts Fac was in audi. I kind of did some research on the topic, which was "Politics". Then came along and saw that the question was "Politics- Should the old make way for the young?" So I promptly decided to hijack the question and twist it so that old referred to the ruling party and young to opposition. Then I'm not quite sure what got into me.
(At this point, some background info. My class has a joke. All began when one of my buddies saw a documentary which claimed that dragons were real. Ever since then, we've been raising our hands in tutorials (let's say, C maths) halfway through, poker-faced, only to ask the beleaguered tutor. "Ma'm, did you know that dragons are real?". Heehee)
So I went up, and I went something like "Good morning everyone. Did you know that dragons are real? ... And if you're thinking what this has to do with politics... well, nothing, actually."
And yup, I just had fun throughout the whole speech, criticizing the opposition (let's face it, they're really really terrible).
Really want to thank God, cuz I was praying that I'd simply enjoy the experience. In the end the whole LT enjoyed it. Many came up to me to tell me that I'd done a great job. Something that's never ever happened to me before.
And after that, I just went to be by myself and pray, that God would guard me against pride- I was feeling the opening for such an attack.
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Tuesday. Yesterday. Went through school as per normal. Came home for C maths tuition, really tired at the end of all that. Outside my house some construction stuff is going on. No idea why they have to power drill the entire playground to bits so that they can redo it and still end up with a playground.
Talked to Daniel Yim over the phone last night. Real glad to have him as one of my bros in Christ.
Oh dear, look at the time. 10:53 p.m. Time to sleep soon. Use the com for less than 2 hours a week these days, so it's really great to be able to sit down and blog- and read other's blog. Sorry all who read, this post must be really long once published. Tai Yong just happens to be in the grandfather-telling-story-mode.
Well, off to read one or two more blogs. Then sleep. Still a looong way to go tomorrow. QT in the morn... then ODAC meeting 7a.m. ... then my longest school day...
What am I still doing here.
No idea.
Aargh. Just publish the post man!
click.

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Life can only get more interesting from this point.

Ah.

What a week. Last week was most... blessed. Life gets so much more interesting when God is involved. The surprise tests and oppurtunities God throws into my life went pretty well last week.

Saturday. After the pot luck at YPM, I headed home. 2130 hrs. I got down bus 55. Walked about 200m to the traffic light... which was when I discovered that "Man. I just lost my handphone". My reflex action was to run back to the bus-stop where I alighted. Boarded the next 55 and sat on it all the way to Bishan interchange, near Junction 8. The real amazing thing was that I never panicked through it all. Just kept praying and thanking God that He could work through the circumstances. I asked the Lord to take control and make something of my situation. I think that the reason why I could find so much peace in God was that I've been spending time consistently with the Lord in my morning QT as of late.

And, you will see how God used my situation.

Approx. 2200. Reached the interchange. Went to talk with the nice uncle at the control station, who checked on his computer and told me that, "小弟啊。要等到十一点四十五那辆巴士才会转一圈回来。你要等吗?" (bus will be back at 11-45pm. You want to wait?)

To which I replied yes. Called my parents to tell them, assured them that I'd be able to find a way home, no problem bout that. And then I took the uncle's advice to "先去喝杯咖啡吧!" (go for a kopi). Went to get some stuff from KFC. And then I sat at the stone bench outside the control station.

Since I had so much time... I decided to do some street-evangelism. (Some people say that they need the Lord's prompting before they evangelize. I strongly disagree.) Looked to my side and saw this Indian man drinking a beer and with a pack of cigarettes next to him... that seemed like a good place to start.

So I prayed. Told God that I'd do it and asked for help.

And I shared Christ with him. He was a Malaysian Indian. A Hindu. I spoke plainly to him. No fancy words. Plain, simple English. He told me that "many people also tell me Jesus (is) good"

He accepted Christ. Wow. What never fails to amaze me is how God's Spirit works even when I am so limited. It wasn't my words which convinced the man's heart. It was God's Spirit. No glory to me. All glory to God. I simply obeyed.

And then the buses came at 2345. I searched them. No handphone- even though I prayed that I'd find it on the bus. So I went home, still praising God. Hey! Losing a handphone was worth it all, y'know. Took a taxi to my alighting point. Spent a good 15 min combing the area. No handphone. So I got home at around 0030 hrs- when my parents told me that a nice lady had found the phone and would return it the next day.

Wow. The wonders of a mighty God.

Sunday. Rusty Russell came. A prophet. A very very hilarious speaker who is as unpredictable as the weather. I'd asked for a prophecy from God for some time. And I'd been hoping to get one- though I still asked for God's will to be done. I was very disappointed- I told God on the spot. Caleb Lim, my close friend knew I was disappointed. Think Joseph Tiew knew too. Ah, Caleb always seems to get a prophecy from Rusty Russell. The last time was simply hilarious- just as he was heading to the toilet. Caleb Lim. (It's gone!. Thought you'd stop by to check, bro. Haha.). May God use you strongly bro. Joseph Tiew. A man hungry for God. God sees your hunger!

And guess what God told me. Not audibly, but clear enough.

"Tai Yong. Do you really need a prophecy? What do you lack? You have me"

Ah, the wonders of a mighty God. It seems that God never seems to do things I want them done. Lord ah, always like that one. So I bo pian* lor. You are God what.

And then as Rusty Russell prayed over me. He started praying in tongues. The interpretation?- "Take heart, my son". Then he prayed for fire and annointing. Just what I'd been asking God for the week before during my QT.

So yeah, more than yes, I received something from that ministry.

Went with Caleb Lim to Junction 8 to find the new brother from the last night. Passed him a bible and some stuff from our church- got it from Matthew Chern.

And then school reopened on Monday.

Nope, nothing too miraculous for the past 2 days. Tried to share Christ with my tuition teacher. Found out that someone had already brought him to church. Oh well, may God work in him.

Today, Wenesday. Bouldered for like 3 hours. Been some time since I last climbed. Had to tape my fingers halfway through the training to prevent blisters.

March hols there's a 5 day overseas expedition. Trekking up Mt. Tapis in Kuantan (I think), M'sia.

Considering taking an advanced lifesaving course in June. Bronze cross. Beach rescue. Something like Baywatch... but then all lifeguards seem to think Baywatch is trash. Deciding whether or not to go, cuz June there's one more expedition coming up. Mt. Rinjani (that should be how it's spelled). Indonesia, if I'm not wrong.

And my life can only get more interesting from this point.

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Today

Today I feel

A little bit tired- Spiritually and Physically. Wondering whether I'm pushing myself a bit too hard in my studies. God teach me!

A little teeny weeny bit of backache- Which I pray will not get any worse.

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I need fresh fire, Lord. It's just so easy to succumb to attacks of worry... fear.

Christian group here. Things seem to be moving rather slowly. But Lord, you are King over all this.

Rusty Russell coming to church this Sunday. To Childrens' min. I ask and pray for some word from God... yet not my will but His be done.

One verse I found today. And I really love it (esp the way ASV puts it)

Jehovah upholdeth all that fall, And raiseth up all those that are bowed down.
-Psalms 145:14.

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(And here Tai Yong goes into cryptic mode again.)
One issue that's been at the back of my mind for the last 3 days.
Beauty in a woman without discretion is like a gold ring in a pig's snout.
-Proverbs 11:22
Your beauty should not be one of outward adornment, of gold jewellery and of braided hair and the wearing of fine clothes. Instead, it should be one of the inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great value in God's sight.
-1 Peter 3:3-4
... stumbling block to the weak.
- Romans 8:9
Ah. That should be more than enough. Go figure.