Thursday, April 28, 2016
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Sunday, April 24, 2016
Saturday, April 23, 2016
It has been a fascinating couple of days as I attempt to write an essay in Malay on the topic the One and Triune God. In this essay I try to show how the New Testament God is also the Old Testament God, the God of Israel is the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ and how the oneness of God is not compromised by what Christians believe in the Triune God. I have reached 3,200 words which I try to limit to at most 3,500 words given that it will be delivered over two sessions of 40 mins each, perhaps 40 mins on the oneness of God and 40 mins on the Triune God.
Friday, April 22, 2016
All good things come in twos. I checked the SBL program book online and saw my name appears twice, once in Writings (Psalms) and the second under Apocalyptic Literature. I thought my paper on Psalms just missed the deadline as I did not get a response from the organizers. Now I have two papers to write instead of one. In the past two days I have been busying myself in writing two lectures in Malay on "the One and Triune God" for the College Open Day on 21st May. If you are nearby or can fly to Sabah for the holiday weekend, 21st and 22nd May, please take this as my open invitation to our Open Day and College's 51st Anniversary.
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Friday, April 15, 2016
The burden of leadership could be a crushing one. One can be left totally devastated emotionally and spiritually. No wonder Moses asked God to send some one else, perhaps knowing what he was getting himself into with the rowdy group of Israelites. Even 40 years in the wilderness could not erase the pain of rejection when he was a young man of 40 years old and trying to help his fellow countrymen but terribly let down. What Moses was getting into in his final 40 years is perhaps 100 fold more painful as individuals and groups of individuals continued to challenge his authority and leadership despite seeing all the great works which God accomplished through Moses' hands.
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
I am always surprised by the fact that some people are too eager to assume positions of leadership. Leaders are called by God to lead His people. This morning I preached from Isaiah 55,3-4 on the new David as witness to the nations and a leader and commander of God's people. I prayed the opening prayer at 7.52am and forthwith preached my 20mins sermon without the usual opening songs. Twice I had instructed the worship team to be ready by 7.50am sharp when no one went up by 7.52am I stepped up and preached. The burden of leadership could be a crushing one.
Saturday, April 9, 2016
Tuesday, April 5, 2016
I have been preaching every Tuesday morning at Chapel. Often the message goes beyond the 15 mins allocated and we break late for lectures. I felt strongly in the beginning of my term that I needed to speak regularly to the whole College community. Today I spoke from Ezekiel 17:22-24 about the parable of a young shoot taken from a tall cedar and planted by God on a high mountain. I took this parable to represent most students at College here. Some are barely into their 20s and most are under 30 years old. They are young shoots which God took from their villages and now they are planted at Namaus, spiritually a high place though we are on a plain.
Saturday, April 2, 2016
Sometimes I think it might be just coincidence but how often times the Lord will speak a timely word to me when I open my Bible for morning devotions. For the first time my wife and I slept in my college room last night and when I woke up at 5am it was all quiet. During weekdays I would hear students singing at 5am, but today on Saturday it was dead quiet and dark at 5am. So I went out to the hall outside my room so as not to disturb my wife. I opened my Bible and it fell to Matt 8.
Friday, April 1, 2016
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