Posted by: weewingkuen | December 24, 2010

A Christmas Present for You

This is a message especially to anyone who knows me. I would like to take this opportunity to shed some light of this festive period.

Christmas is the day where Jesus Christ was born into this world, the greatest gift that was given to mankind. This is the gift that I would love to share with the loved ones who I can share this Christmas day with, friends who know me, you who are reading this and the people I will meet. That is where the spirit of giving came about, because of Christ who came, to spread the joy and hope to the world.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn, but to save the world through him.” – John 3:16-17

Dearly beloved, I don’t profess to know your current beliefs or circumstances that you are facing. But I can stand under God’s word that life has never been the same for me since the day I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Saviour. Every challenges that has come my way has because of my hope in God.  For all the change and transformation in my life, all glory goes to my heavenly Father.

“This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose LIFE, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him.” Deuteronomy.” – 30:19-20a.

During this festive season, it is my prayer that each and every one of you get to know the story of Jesus Christ. Glory to God in the highest.

 

In His Glorious Love,

Wing Kuen

Posted by: weewingkuen | October 30, 2010

Golden Oldies from the 50s

I have always had a liking for old classics, this was brought about by listening to dad’s music as he cleans the house every Saturday afternoon. Must admit i have lost touched to the current songs on radio. Enjoy the videos i have added, fans of Michael Buble will better relate to these gold classics.

Birth Of the Blues – The Rat Pack (Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr. and Joey Bishop)

Something Stupid – By Good Ol’ Frank Sinatra

That’s Amore – Dean Martin’s Signature Song (Amore means love in italian)

Strangers in the night – Another class from Frank Sinatra

Magic Moments – Perry Como. Reminds me of an old TV commercial (Courts) from Singapore.

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Posted by: weewingkuen | October 23, 2010

God-Substitutes

We either worship a creator God or created things. In the current climate that we are in, most people have a brief idea of their beliefs.

Some definitions from Merriam Webster Dictionary:

Agnostic: A person who holds the view that any ultimate reality (as God) is unknown and probably unknowable; broadly : one who is not committed to believing in either the existence or the nonexistence of God or a god.

Atheist: One who believes that there is no deity (God).

If you don’t think you fall into any category as yet, below are some God-substitutes (these are from Tim Keller’s notes in “The Reason For God”, summarized from Soren Kierkegaard’s book “The Sickness Unto Death”, 1849) :

  1. If you centre your life and identity on your spouse or partner, you will be emotionally dependent, jealous and controlling. The other person’s problems will be overwhelming to you.
  2. If you centre your life and identity on your family and children, you will try to live your life through your children until they resent you or have no self of their own. At worst, you may abuse them when they displease you.
  3. If you centre your life and identity on your work and career, you will be a driven workaholic and a boring, shallow person. At worst you will lose family and friends and, if your career goes poorly, develop deep depression.
  4. If you centre your life and identity on money and possessions, you’ll be eaten up by worry or jealousy about money. You’ll be willing to do unethical things to maintain your lifestyle, which will eventually blow up your life.
  5. If you centre your life and identity on pleasure, gratification and comfort, you will find yourself getting addicted to something. You will become chained to the ‘escape strategies’ by which you avoid the hardness of life.
  6. If you centre your life and identity on relationships and approval, you will be constantly overly hurt by criticism and thus always losing friends. You will fear confronting others and therefore will be a useless friend.
  7. If you centre your life and identity on a ‘noble cause‘, you will divide the world into ‘good’ and ‘bad’ and demonise your opponents. Ironically, you will be controlled by your enemies. Without them, you have no purpose.
  8. If you centre your life and identity on religion and morality, you will, if you are living up to your moral standards, be proud, self-righteous and cruel. If you don’t live up to your standards, your guilt will be utterly devastating.

For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also – Matthew 6:21 (NIV Bible)

To those who have read thus far till here, where does your heart lies ? Is it found in some of these points ? I can see my weakness. Do not despair but be encouraged.

“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well” – Matthew 6:33

There is always hope and assurance in Jesus Christ, who died on the cross for all our transgressions, past, present and future.

But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all. – Isaiah 53:5-6. (NIV Bible)

Dearly beloved, run to the arms of God and not into the ways of the world that will bring about death and destruction. Shalom.

 

 

 

Posted by: weewingkuen | October 17, 2010

Fatherhood

Some definitions of “Father” by Merriam Webster Dictionary:

1.     A man who has begotten a child

2.     God: The first person of the Trinity

3.     One that originates or institutes

4.     One of the leading men (as of a city)

In my point of view, as a man, having the opportunity to be a father would be of the highest role I can ever be in here on this earth. Greater than all jobs and all titles that the secular world can offer. Of late, have been reading and listening to teachings on the importance of fathers and that has changed my perspective. Rather than letting the views of parenthood be tainted by what the world portrays, spare me your precious time and hear out why I say so.

You get to be in a full time role for the rest of your life from the day you receive your baby in your arms. Nurturing, teaching, discipling, shepherding and initiating your children into the men and women that God wants them to be. Fathers and mothers have been bestowed the role of shepherding their children.

Like a shepherd, a father will need to carry out discipline when the children goes astray, and guide them when they need support. No other role would be as rewarding, to see your flesh and blood grow up, mature and serve out the plan and purposes that God has placed on their hearts.

As men, we are called to be the head of the household, not to be sexist or abuse this role, but to lead in making important family decisions, worship, devotion, be the provider,  exemplifying what their sons should be like when they grow up and the kind of man their daughters are to marry.

Though many would say to raise kids, we need to spend quality time with them. I would quote Pastor Mark Driscoll of Mars Hill Church, who mentioned it is through quantity and not quality, that we get to know children at a deeper level. The glimpses of what is on their heart, what they are thinking, the moments of success that they have, can only be observed when we spend a long enough time with them. Just like marriage, no one can truly say after 50 years they know their other half entirely. It is through the time spent with one another that we get to learn and understand each other more.

Having had the opportunity to teach in schools and see how children interact and behave, there is a deep innate desire for children to want to be disciplined, want to have a role model in their life, want to be loved. When these are not in place, you tend to have a wayward child.

We can never be great parents, I will be the first to admit I won’t. We did not have great role models of parenting to learn from; hence we will have deficiencies in raising our kids. But let everyday be a teachable moment for us to learn from. Only by the grace of God that parents are able to love their kids unconditionally.

Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb a reward. – Psalm 127:3

My dear brothers out there, are you ready for fatherhood that is looming ahead in the not so distant future? Or would you rather have a “great” single life till your last dying breather? If you are not, what is hindering you? I am referring to what is the intention of your heart not about whether you have a girlfriend or not. If you are, get equipped now, it will be one great adventure that you will never regret choosing.

Posted by: weewingkuen | October 11, 2010

Fathered

The theme of a fatherless generation has been in my thoughts, conversations i’ve had, discussions i am in, life group i am part of. My pastor mentioned how in our lives we have many teachers but few fathers. A recent lunch time chat with two ladies from church has also raised the issue of a lack of good male role models.

Wives getting abused by their husbands, daughters getting sexually abused by their dads, men viewing ladies as meat, boyfriends taking advantage of their girlfriends, girls being teased by boys. Boys in a grown man’s body, boys having to grow up too quickly to be the sole bread winner – living that lost childhood in later years, passive dads, a long list of painful scenarios that keeps repeated goes on.

A need to be fathered is essential in our everyday walk. Have you been initiated to complete the journey we are meant to finish as men ?

Who are the men/or man that you can identify in your life that is fathering you ?

Lending the theme from John Eldridge’s “Fathered By God”, we can only be truly fathered by God.

I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.” – 2 Corinthian 6:18

Because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.” – Galatians 4:6.

Men its high time we wake up and man up, learn the ropes of how to serve our sisters with honor and dignity, pursue purity in relationships, father our children well and love our wives as how Christ loves the church.

Interesting read from America on the importance of fathers,”http://fellowshipofminds.wordpress.com/2010/06/20/the-pathology-of-the-fatherless/“.

Posted by: weewingkuen | October 2, 2010

Stewards of God’s money

The concept of tithes and offering has been one that confuses, offends, misled Christians and non-Christians alike on what the fuss is all about. Am thankful in getting my hands on Randy Alcorn’s book on Money, Eternity and Possession. The reality of earning a large sum of money came to me as i looked at my calender a while ago and realized i am finishing up my time in university soon. Shortly, i will start work soon. A question i asked myself was, “What will i do with the finances that God places in my hands ?”

The bible states: “”No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.” (Matthew 6:23-25 & Luke 16:12-14). Money should be seen as a tool and not an end to all means.

Randy Alcorn writes that there are twice as many verses devoted to money (about 2,350 of them) than to faith and prayer combined. This caught my attention and hence began my journey to understand what the bible says about money and how i am to handle it.

Back to tithing, scripture states, ” A tithe of everything from the land, whether grain from the soil or fruit from the trees, belongs to the Lord; it is holy to the Lord” (Leviticus 27:30).

The meaning of the word tithe is “a tenth part”, anything after is a “freewill offering”. One would ask, “Why should i give a tenth of what i earn, can’t i give 7% or even why should i give at all, it seems legalistic.”I would then say if we acknowledge that God is sovereign, all knowing, all powerful, He who created the Earth, set the stars in its place, who wonderfully created us, don’t you think He is the owner of our finances as well ? Yes it is a foreign concept to some of us, but look at what God promises.

“Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.” – Malachi 3:8-10.

God blesses us not to hoard but to bless others that are around us. When we receive blessings in our life, do we increase our standard of giving or our standard of living ? It is important to note that our money and possessions here on earth are meant to be used on earth, we can’t take a single dime of it when we breathe our last breath.

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” – Matthew 6:19-21.

Beloved, do urge you to lay up treasures in Heaven for our life on earth is just the starting point, our life truly starts in heaven, where it last an eternity.

Randy’s book is a good starting point to understand on how to be a good steward, it also covers other details with regards to handling our finances. This is not the only resource out there, but my point is for us to get starting to know more about being good stewards. Anybody who is keen to borrow it from me, it will be my great pleasure.

For a preview on Amazon here is the weblink

http://www.amazon.com/Money-Possessions-Eternity-Randy-Alcorn/dp/0842353607

Posted by: weewingkuen | September 18, 2010

When life can’t be paused, rewind, fast forward, only push play

We have 1 life to live, experiencing all human emotions that life here on earth throws at you. Reality hit me today while on the train back, people do move on. Sometimes i wish i can travel in their direction, but am anchored down because of personal convictions.

Being back in Singapore a week ago was a reality check as well, cousin getting married, dearest brother blessed with a girlfriend, while mum and dad are slowly aging. Pace of life in Singapore is pretty fast to say the least, though most areas were packed, felt everyone was living in an air bubble of their own, caught up with the latest gadgets. Speaking of which, I was the only person with a non-iphone mobile, during my cousin’s after wedding get together. Was grateful that i could finally connect with one of my aunties who can’t hear and speak, highlight of my time there. Think i can count with my 2 hands of the times i have met her.

While in Perth, making the decision to stay also means that i will have to see friends leave, international students that is. Can’t envision what their life will turn out to be in the next decade, do hope that they will stand firm and entrenched in God’s Word, pursuing righteousness, be a world changer where they are at.

“But how can people call for help if they don’t know who to trust? And how can they know who to trust if they haven’t heard of the One who can be trusted? And how can they hear if nobody tells them? And how is anyone going to tell them, unless someone is sent to do it?” – Romans 10:14-15 (The Message)

Anyway guess its time to keep journeying on the road ahead, a career in teaching awaits. Teaching to change lives, that will be my approach. Not to just score well in tests or be the best in sports, but to reach their fullest potential in life, through the talents that God has blessed them with.

Posted by: weewingkuen | September 16, 2010

Giving up everything for the sake of others

Have been blessed to witness the beautiful marriage of my dearest cousin back in Singapore. Would like to take this opportunity to highlight more insights from Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the German Lutheran martyr who came out from the comforts of his church in London and went back home to confront the Nazis and heading an illegal seminary during the World War. He was eventually arrested and hanged.

A view of why he did what he did and as the title of this post goes, “Giving up everything for the sake of others”.

“It is not a religious act that makes the Christian, but participation in the sufferings of God in the secular life. That is metanoia [repentance]: not in the first place thinking about one’s own needs, problems, sins and fears, but allowing oneself to be caught up into the way of Jesus Christ…. Pain is a holy angel…. Through him men have become greater than through all the joys of the world. The pain of longing, which often can be felt physically, must be there, and we shall not and need not talk it away. But it needs to be overcome every time, and thus there is an even holier angel than the one of pain, that is the one of joy in God.”

(Quoted from: Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Letters and Papers from Prison: Enlarged Edition, Macmillian, 1971, p.418.)

For God made Jesus who knew no sin to be sin for us, a perfect sacrifice, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

What is our response then to the path that Jesus Christ has laid for us and as well as the many martyrs who have laid down their lives ?

Posted by: weewingkuen | August 6, 2010

A Wedding Sermon From A Prison Cell

In this day and age where the sacredness of marriage has deteriorated and taken lightly, would like to highlight what Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote from his Nazi prison cell for his niece’s wedding.

A brief background: Dietrich Bonhoeffer ( February 4, 1906 – April 9, 1945) was a German Lutheran pastor and theologian. He was also a participant in the German Resistance movement against Nazism, a founding member of the Confessing Church. His involvement in plans by members of the Abwehr (the German Military Intelligence Office) to assassinate Adolf Hitler resulted in his arrest in April 1943 and his subsequent execution by hanging in April 1945, shortly before the war’s end (retrieved from http://www.christianity.com.

A Wedding Sermon From A Prison Cell by Dietrich Bonhoeffer

May 1943

Eph. 1.12: “We who … have been desined and appointed to live for the praise of His glory”

It is right and proper for a bride and bridegroom to welcome and celebrate their wedding day with a unique sense of triumph. When all the difficulties, obstacles, hindrances, doubts, and misgivings have been, not made light of, but honestly faced and overcome – and it is certainly better not to take everything for granted – then both parties have indeed achieved the most important triumph of their lives. With the ‘Yes’ that they have said to each other, they have by their free choice given a new direction to their lives; they have cheerfully and confidently defied all the uncertainties and hesitations with which, as they know, a lifelong partnership between two people is faced; and by their own free and responsible action they have conquered a new land to live in. Every wedding must be an occasion of joy that human beings can do such great things, that they have been given such immense freedom and power to take the helm in their life’s journey. The children of the earth are rightly proud of being allowed to take a hand in shaping their own destinies, and something of this pride must contribute to the happiness of a bride and bridegroom. We ought not to be in too much of a hurry here to speak piously of God’s will and guidance. It is obvious, and it should not be ignored, that it is your own very human wills that are at work here, celebrating their triumph; the course that you are taking at the outset is one that you have chosen for yourselves; what you have done and are doing is not in the first place, something religious, but something quite secular. So you yourselves, and you alone, bear the responsibility for what no one can take from you; or, to put it more exactly, you, Eberhard, have all the responsibility for the success of your venture, with all the happiness that such responsibility involves, and you, Renate, will help your husband and make it easy for him to bear that responsibility, and find your happiness in that. Unless you can boldly say today: ‘That is our resolve, our love, our way’, you are taking refuge in false piety. ‘Iron and steel may pass away, but our love shall abide for ever.’ That desire for earthly bliss, which you want to find in one another, and in which to quote the medieval song, one is the comfort of the other both in body and in soul – that desire is justified before God and man.

Certainly you two, of all people, have every reason to look back with special thankfulness on your lives up to now. The beautiful things and joys of life have been showered on you, you have succeeded in everything, and you have been surrounded by love and friendship. Your ways have, for the most part, been smoothed before you took them, and you have always been able to count on the support of your families and friends. Everyone has wished you well, and now it has been given to you to find each other and to reach the goal of your desires. You yourselves know that no one can create and assume such a life from his own strength, but that what is given to one is withheld from another; and that is what we call God’s guidance. So today, however much you rejoice that you have reached your goal, you will be just as thankful that God’s will and God’s way have brought you here; and however confidently you accept responsibility for your action today, you may and will put it today with equal confidence into God’s hands.

As God today adds His ‘Yes’ to your ‘Yes’, as He confirms your will with His will, and as He allows you, and approves of, your triumph and rejoicing and pride, He makes you at the same time instruments of His will and purpose both for yourselves and for others. In His unfathomable condescension God does add His ‘Yes’ to yours; but by doing so, He creates out of your love something quite new – the holy estate of matrimony.

God is guiding your marriage. Marriage is more than your love for each other. It has a higher dignity and power, for it is God’s holy ordinance, through which He wills to perpetuate the human race till the end of time. In your love you see only your two selves in the world, but in marriage you are a link in the chain of the generations, which God causes to come and to pass away to His glory, and calls into His kingdom. In your love you see only the heaven of your own happiness, but in marriage you are placed at a post of responsibility towards the world and mankind. Your love is your own private possession, but marriage is more that something personal – it is a status, an office. Just as it is the crown, and not merely the will to rule, that makes the king, so it is marriage, and not merely your love for each other, that joins you together in the sight of God and man. As you first gave the ring to one another and have now received it a second time from the hand of the pastor, so love comes from you, but marriage from above, from God. As high as God is above man, so high are the sanctity the rights, and the promise of marriage above the sanctity, the rights, and the promise of love. It is not your love that sustains the marriage, but from now on, the marriage that sustains your love.

God makes your marriage indissoluble. ‘What therefore God has joined together, let no man put asunder’ (Matthew 19:6) God joins you together in marriage; it is His act, not yours. Do not confound your love for one another with God. God makes your marriage indissoluble, and protects it from every danger that may threaten it from within and without; He wills to be the guarantor of its indissolubility. It is a blessed thing to know that no power on earth, no temptation, no human frailty can dissolve what God holds together; indeed, anyone who knows that may say confidently: What God has joined together, can no man put asunder. Free from all anxiety that is always a characteristic of love, you can now say to each other with complete and confident assurance: We can never lose each other now; by the will of God we belong to each other till death.

God establishes a rule of life by which you can live together in wedlock. ‘Wives, be subject to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. Husbands, love your wives’ (Colossians 3:18-19) With your marriage you are founding a home. That needs a rule of life, and this rule of life is so important that God establishes it Himself, because without it everything would get out of joint. You may order your home as you like, except in one thing: the wife is to be subject to her husband, and the husband is to love his wife. In this way God gives to husband and wife the honor that is due to each. The wife’s honor is to serve the husband, to be a ‘help meet for him’, as the creation story has it (Genesis 2:18); and the husband’s honor is to love his wife with all his heart. He will ‘leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife’ (Matthew 19:5), and will ‘love her as his own flesh’. A wife who wants to dominate her husband dishonors herself and him, just as a husband who does not love his wife as he should dishonors himself and her; and both dishonor the glory of God that is meant to rest on the estate of matrimony. It is an unhealthy state of affairs when the wife’s ambition is to be like the husband, and the husband regards the wife merely as the plaything of his own lust for power and license; and is a sign of social disintegration when the wife’s service is felt to be degrading or beneath her dignity, and when the husband who is faithful to his wife is looked on as a weakling or even a fool.

The place where God has put the wife is the husband’s home. Most people have forgotten nowadays what a home can mean, though some of us have come to realize it as never before. It is a kingdom of its own in the midst of the world, a stronghold amid life’s storms and stresses, a refuge, even a sanctuary. It is not founded on the shifting sands of outward or public life, but it has its peace in God, for it is God who gives it its special meaning and value, its own nature and privilege, its own destiny and dignity. It is an ordinance of God in the world, the place in which – whatever may happen in the world – peace, quietness, joy, love, purity, discipline, respect, obedience, tradition, and with it all, happiness may dwell. It is the wife’s calling and her happiness, to build up for her husband this world with the world and to do her life’s work there. How happy she is if she realizes how great and rich a task and destiny she has. Not novelty, but permanence; not change, but constancy; not noisiness, but peace; not words, but deeds; not commands, but persuasion; not desire, but possession – and all these things inspired and sustained by her love for her husband – that is the wife’s kingdom. In the Book of Proverbs we read (31:11ff.): ‘The heart of her husband trust in her, and he will have no lack of gain. She does him good, and not harm, all the days of her life. She seeks wool and flax, and works with willing hands… She rises while it is yet night and provides food for her household and tasks for her maidens… She opens her hand to the poor, and reaches out her hands to the need… Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come… Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her… Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all.’ Again and again the Bible praises, as the supreme earthly happiness, the fortune of a man who finds a true, or as the Bible put it, a ‘virtuous’ or ‘wise’ woman. ‘She is far more precious that jewels’ (Proverb 31:10). ‘A virtuous woman is the crown of her husband’ (Proverb 12:4). But the Bible speaks just as frankly of the mischief that a perverse, ‘foolish’ woman brings on her husband and her home.

Now when the husband is called ‘the head of the wife’, and it goes on to say ‘as Christ is the head of the church’ (Ephesians 5:23), something of the divine splendor is reflected in our earthly relationships, and this reflection we should recognize and honor. The dignity that is here ascribed to the man lies, not in any capacities or qualities of his own, but in the office conferred on him by his marriage. The wife should see her husband clothed in this dignity. But for him it is a supreme responsibility. As the head, it is he who is responsible for his wife, for their marriage, and for their home. On him falls the care and protection of the family; he represents it to the outside world; he is its mainstay and comfort; he is the master of the house, who exhorts, punishes, helps, and comforts, and stands for it before God. It is a good thing, for it is a divine ordinance when the wife honors the husband for his office’s sake, and when the husband properly performs the duties of his office. The husband and wife who acknowledge and observe God’s ordinance are ‘wise’, but those who think to replace it by another of their own devising are ‘foolish’.

God has laid on marriage a blessing and a burden. The blessing is the promise of children. God allows man to share in His continual work of creation; but it is always God Himself who blesses marriage with children. ‘Children are a heritage of the Lord’ (Psalm 127:3), and they should be acknowledge as such. It is from God that parents receive their children, and it is to God that they should lead them. Parents therefore have divine authority in respect of their children. Luther speaks of the ‘golden chain’ with which God invests parents; and scripture adds to the fifth commandment the special promise of long life on earth. Since men live on earth, God has given them a lasting reminder that this earth stands under the curse of sin and is not itself the ultimate reality. Over the destiny of woman and of man lies the dark shadow of a word of God’s wrath, a burden from God, which they must carry. The woman must bear her children in pain, and in providing for his family the man must reap many thorns and thistles, and labor in the sweat of his brow. This burden should cause both man and wife to call on God, and should remind them of their eternal destiny in his kingdom. Earthly society is only the beginning of the heavenly society, the earthly home an image of the heavenly home, the earthly family a symbol of the fatherhood of God over all men, for they are His children.

God gives you Christ as the foundation of your marriage. ‘Welcome one another, therefore, as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God’ (Romans 15:7). In a word, live together in the forgiveness of your sins, for without it no human fellowship, least of all a marriage, can survive. Don’t insist on your rights, don’t blame each other, don’t judge or condemn each other, don’t fault with each other, but accept each other as you are, and forgive each other every day from the bottom of your hearts.

Your home will be a pastor’s home. From it, light and strength will have to go out into many other homes. The pastor undertakes a life of special discipline. The husband must bear alone much that belongs to his ministry, since the ministry is his and must, for the sake of God, be a silent one. So his love for his wife must be all the greater, and he must be all the more concerned to share with her what he may. And as a result the wife will be able to lighten the husband’s burden all the more, stand by his side, give him help. As fallible human beings, how can they live and work in Christ’s community if they do not persevere in constant prayer and forgiveness, if they do not help each other to live as Christians? The right beginning and daily practice are very important indeed.

From the first day of your wedding till the last the rule must be: ‘Welcome one another… for the glory of God’.

That is God’s word for your marriage. Thank Him for it; thank Him for leading you thus far; ask Him to establish your marriage, to confirm it, sanctify it, and preserve it. So your marriage will be ‘for the praise of His glory’. Amen.

Posted by: weewingkuen | August 4, 2010

Toy Story 3

Finally back to blogging, where else to gain motivation to restart but in another foreign land, Manila, Philippines. Yes was back again in this lovely country after close to a 6 months hiatus. Back to the topic proper, finally caught the Toy Story 3 on my last day in Singapore before flying out to Manila.

Ha! Strangely enough, I did not find myself out of place watching Toy Story 3 alone among many group of families in the cinema. I must say it brought back many fond memories of my childhood, playing with toys (Masak Masak). Toy Story was my first ever 3-D cartoon movie, when it started way back in 1995. I was at a tender age of 11, still in primary school. I loved the creative tension, funny dialogue and misadventures of Woody & Buzz Lightyear. Have not grown tired to listening to the OST, “You’ve got a friend in me”, I have attached a clip below, it the opening intro to the first Toy Story movie, enjoy it!

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Guess the nostalgic recollections when we were kids will not be forgotten so easily. This current instalment evoked the wonderful memories I had with my imagination and toys. The struggle that Andy had as he thought of having to put away the toys he grew up with in the attic or give them away before he left home to go to college, that was something I can associate with. Toys were a premium for me as I had a couple of hand me downs from my brother, but I kept the significant ones, which I had to buy from my own pocket money. Surprise surprise, after all these years I have kept it tucked away in my storeroom back home in Singapore.

The opening short clip cartoon “Day & Night” was equally enjoyable. Such wonderful storytelling without the use of any dialogue from either characters, but yet so vividly expressed their ever-changing emotions.

I would think the tearjerker for most viewers in the audience was when Andy hesitated as Bonnie asked for Woody. One could feel the many thoughts that flooded Andy’s head. As I was watching, I could hear a few sniffs plus the sound of tissues, was wondering how many guys had tears welled up. Was close for me, but nahhhh … To those who have yet to watch it, I do encourage you to do so. As for those who have watched it, do give me a buzz if you are contemplating of watching it again, in cinema or renting it.

Note to self: This is probably my first movie review.

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