10,000

Wow.

This is the first time my blog got 10k unique hits in less than 2 years.

Thank you readers, whoever you are. 🙂

 

Issuu

I am very impressed with this online website:

ISSUU (http://www.issuu.com)

I like the Graphical User Interface (GUI) employed. Finally, something that I would not mind using to read online. I’m wondering whether they’ll bring it into the mobile applications? I believe this is the way forward.

Click on the “Open Publication” Button below for a demo. (WordPress cannot seem to embed this into the page 🙁 *saddening!!!!)

Rise of the Smart (PDA) Phones

The battle is raging on. Full steam ahead this time, what with Openmoko’s Neo Freerunner officially launched today!

5 distributors are selling them.

Check out the new website (www.openmoko.com), with new product featured! I’m really fired up. Wish the whole thing could be ported to my O2 Stealth.

Speaking of which, Google’s Android is also bearing down on the competitors (of the mobile OS scene). Here is a very nice write up on Android and what Google wants to do with it:

http://www.wired.com/techbiz/media/magazine/16-07/ff_android?currentPage=all

What use is there in Smart Phones (or PDA phones)? Plenty. For one, we will see the change of computers, from desktop to mobile ones. Seriously. Games? People will be playing more casual ones, than the dedicated games (actions, adventure, RPG). Phones will help us in our chores and organising our daily routines. And Internet access… I’m sure of it. It’s coming. 🙂

Maybe that’ll affect commerce too.

Just maybe.

Profound

Psalms 18:25-26 

With the merciful you show yourself merciful;
with the blameless man you show yourself blameless; 
with the purified you show yourself pure;
and with the crooked you make yourself seem tortuous.

How true.

How It Started!

Oh… I didn’t even know…

Hahahaha. I’m not mad, it’s just this: I was reading my very first on http://Smileyguy.blogspot.com and found that the blog was actually connected to my discontinued e-mail newsletters which I sent out during the OCF days in Caulfield.

Backstory: I was leading a bible study group (As I recall in the year 2001) then, and being the ‘media’ person, I had it in my mind to write a gentle reminder about the occasion, and to ‘market’ it a bit. I ended up putting some reflections into each newsletter (which I still have them archived in digital format… Yes, I have them around :P) and called it “Short Bread”. Hahaha… funny… yes. I was younger then.

Everyweek, without fail, I would write something about the lesson that we were going to learn, or on the activity that we would be doing. I remember writing a pretty nice fiction for the “Gladiator” screening which we were going to watch together. Hahaha… fond memories.

Oh no… I’m in nostalgia mode!!!! 0_0

Really uncle indeed…. 😛

Repost from 15 September 2002

I had to admit it… there was a slight smile as I re-read this post that I made here from my old blog. Yes, I have been blogging since 2002, in the days when there were no Kenny Sia’s and Jeff Ooi… 😛

Anyway… just a repost of an old, and very memorable event then. (I was still in Melbourne then).

Party, Piano and Priorities
Lessons I learn today about church priorities and personal service

I couldnt sleep last night because my neighbours decided to throw a party for who-knows-what-occasion. It was terrible. So terrible that I could only get an hour of uninterrupted sleep only after 5 in the morning. Bravo! I got up at 6.30. As some of you guys would know I need to go to church for practice since I am playing the piano. However, only having an hour plus worth of sleep, I dont know whether it was wise. On one hand, I recognised the necessity of my presence there. If not me, then I doubt there would be anyone else who would be able to play the piano at such short notice. I could force myself to church and get it over with. And I was almost going to toilet with that intention. But then something nagged at me. What would God want?

It is Sunday after all. And I have been around long enough to know that most Christians have lost the true meaning of church worship. Two years ago, I would definitely go and not think about ‘abandoning’ my so-called ministry at church. However, there are bigger issues to that than just fulfilling our responsibility in ‘ministry’. The first is what is the whole purpose of a church and getting up in the morning to ‘worship collectively’. As you can see, I NEVER will use the word ‘worship’ in reference to just the Sunday service. It is much bigger than that. Anyway, I know in my heart that a church functions as a means to provide believers a place to fellowship, learn, pray and communion (Acts 2:42). In all these, the focus is on loving one another by building each other spiritually.

Now, if I were to go to church for the sake of playing the piano, just because it is my ‘responsibility’ (or ministry as some would put it or see it) and will not be attentive to the sermon AND not being focused in my personal prayer and during collective prayer, what use is that to God? True, one part of me wants to argue that this is part of loving other’s by producing music, etc. But come on, no where in the NT did God even hinted on the necessity of music in any ministry!!! What gives power to the collective singing of praises in any church comes not from the melody of any instruments, but lies in the depths of the lyrics! Even if the music is horrible, the words that are uttered are recognised and comprehended in our minds and in turn speaks to our hearts. Anyway… if I care more about the music rather than how my listening to God’s word is going to be affected, something is dreadfully wrong.

Getting my priority right is not easy. I have been helping out in providing music for in churches for so long that I have lost count. It is never easy to make a decision that people might perceive to be otherwise. Some of you may think that serving in our ministry is of utmost importance, even to the extend of not being able to properly commune to God. We like to think that the ‘serving’ we do would subsitute the necessity of our listening to His eternal Words. Not so with God. As Samuel told King Saul: Obedience is better than Sacrifice.

The result of that brief (but it seemed long though) struggle with my heart, I called up Craig and told him that I could not make it. I had 2 extra hours of sleep and went to church. Surprise surprise. God blessed me in very unexpected ways. I came just 2 minutes before 10 (which is the starting time of the service) and I agreed to play the music. I made very little mistakes (which is a miracle :P) and plus the fact that although I only had in total 3.5 hours sleep, I was totally attentive during sermon and communion.

My writing style hasn’t change much, no? Hahahahaha… LT was no longer there in Melbourne since that time… Wow… It has been years!!! Thank God I blogged!

Laurence Chaderton

This is an excerpt from an excellently written short biography on Laurence Chaderton, a Puritan who was not well-known, but should have been known for his role in the early days of reformation zeal. I have shorten this, as it was just published in the latest edition (June) of the Banner of Truth Magazine.

(May I encourage you to http://www.banneroftruth.org/ and subscribe to the electronic edition? It is dirt cheap. I got mine for RM70+ for 2 years! The electronic edition has more features in it, furthermore! Hint, go to the American site to subscribe, conversion to RM is much cheaper.)

Laurence Chaderton was born the son of Edmund Chaderton in the parish of Oldham, Lancashire, around the year 1536. The Chadertons were a wellto-do family of Catholic persuasion. Edmund was a most fervent papist and to ensure that Laurence followed in his footsteps he employed a priest to educate his son. The boy showed much promise, especially in Latin and Greek. He was sent to the Inns of Court in London to embark on the study of law. Soon after leaving home, Chaderton was first exposed to the evangelical faith, which he was shortly to adopt as his own. Upon this he abandoned all thought of a legal career, and in 1564 he was admitted to Christ’s College, Cambridge, for the study of divinity. His father did not respond well to these changes in his son. He ceased all further financial support for his studies and disinherited him.

Yet through divine providence Chaderton was able to continue his academic pursuits unabated. In addition to theology, he devoted himself to the study of Hebrew, quickly becoming proficient in that language. To elucidate the Old Testament text he enlisted the help of the traditional rabbinic commentaries (virtually the only aid to the study of the Hebrew text at the time), which he read in the original mediaeval Hebrew.

He graduated in 1567 and the following year was elected a fellow of the college. He engaged in tutoring. He was subsequently also appointed ‘lecturer’ (a Bible teacher) at St Clement’s Church in Cambridge. Here his weekly sermons earned him a reputation as a solid expositor of the Word of God. He also regularly journeyed into London where he preached at St Paul’s Cross and the Middle Temple.

On one occasion, when he had already spoken for two hours, he apologized for trying his congregation’s patience; but they called out, ‘For God’s sake, Sir, go on!’ Much to their satisfaction he went on for another hour! When, at the age of eighty-two, he decided it was time to retire from public preaching, to his amazement he received letters from forty other ministers of the Word urging him to continue, many of them attributing their own conversions to his ministry.

All the while he was serving as tutor and lecturer, Chaderton applied himself to on-going study. He was awarded the Master of Arts in 1571 and the Bachelor of Divinity in 1578. Much later in life, when in his seventies, he was created Doctor of Divinity.

Throughout his life Chaderton was a staunch advocate of Calvinistic orthodoxy. In 1576, he held a public disputation with Peter Baro, the Lady Margaret Professor of Divinity, over the latter’s leanings towards Arminianism. According to witnesses, Chaderton advocated his position, not only with greater ability and with a greater demonstration of learning than his opponent, but also with a better temper. While firm in his own Calvinistic beliefs, Chaderton was moderate by nature. He was gracious towards those with whom he differed and could never be accused of extremism. Nor was his Christianity merely doctrinal or cerebral. One of his contemporaries commented, ‘How good a man Mr Chaderton is, who hath such a living affection to the poor, which is a certain token of a sound Christian.’ He commended practical acts of Christian piety, even shaming his hearers on one occasion by claiming that the good deeds of the Papists often put the Protestants to shame.

Moreover, as he conducted himself in public, so he was in private. His household servants testified of his personal godliness in the confines of his own home. He was anxious that they should attend public worship, and used to say, ‘I desire as much to have my servants to know the Lord, as myself.’

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Get the June edition for the full article. But for me, the best part was that last paragraph on his own servants testimony on their master! What Christian testimony to have even the lowest of those in your household to acknowledge the Creator’s touch in your life!

Faking It

Some are fake in the way they act around you and others.

Their personality is as unpredictable as their own convictions.

They like to be in control of what they want, when they want it, and the way they want it. It is all based on what they want.

E.g. Acting all submissive and nice in the presence of ‘respectable’ people who would pet them on their back for the show of such goodness. But once in the presence of ‘peers’, they tend to throw their weight on whatever they are feeling at that time (having that, ‘this is me, take it or leave it’ attitude), knowing that it is the peers who are more forgiving than the ‘respectable’ people.

I frankly am a bit sick of such hypocrisy. For that is exactly what it is.

Carson gave a very fine line on this: Happy is the family that has few pretensions and high performance, than those who are high in pretensions and low in performance.

This is never a new observation nor is the problem something confined to our generation; the Jewish people and Roman Gentiles were filled with these views, during the time of Jesus (e.g. be different in your secular post, and relaxed in your personal one). I believe the right term (besides hypocrisy) is spiritual schizophrenia.

As a note of disclaimer: I am not referring to the gestures and mannerism in life. Where one is in Rome, you do as the Romans do, is true. But you do not act out of character. Too often, we just let these things pass, citing the ‘age’ factor and ‘background’. But if we are not true to our character and to the ones around us, how can we ever be sure of your profession of faith?

Would that also be conditioned by your excuses to the former problem?

I wonder.