Another day of Youth Devotional with fun, games, and spirituality. This week, after our songs and games, we had our youth draw out what the word “future” means to them. They were to use only red and black paint. At the end of their drawing, they were to explain the meaning of their art.
In the bible lesson, Calvin, our youth leader, described that the two colours characterised relationship and friendship. As for the word “future”, it was to teach a point about the type of friendships that we form today; our friendships will strongly affect our future, whether good or bad.
- Proverbs 12:26 One who is righteous is a guide to his neighbor, but the way of the wicked leads them astray.
- Proverbs 13:20 Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.
- Proverbs 17:17 A friend is always loyal, and a brother is born to help in time of need.
- Proverbs 18:24 There are “friends” who destroy each other, but a real friend sticks closer than a brother.
I first met Mr. Lau last year through a mutual friend. One of the things that struck me was his love for God and kindness toward the less fortunate.. He constantly shares his faith and talks about ways to help the needy around him. We visited a number of orphanages together and he has been very supportive of our community work.
In his humility, Mr. Lau decided to study the bible. After studying for about 8 months, he realised that he did not fully understand many things about Christ and the bible, including repentance of major sins in his life. Recognising this, he decided to repent fully of his sins and was baptised on June 7th with a full understanding of who Christ is and what it takes to follow Him..
To view photos, please click Photo Gallery of Mr Lau’s baptism
“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” 2 Cor 4:16-18
Ubud, natural paradise that is high up in the mountains of Bali. Tourists throng to this place every year for serenity, beauty, peace, and a little spirituality. Some come to her rivers for wild waters experience. Others just sit quietly as they meditate in her terraces of green paddy fields. Some others soak in her soft cultural music, dances, and activities that surround them. Others are busy buying beautifully crafted handiworks and delicate paintings.
I too went to Ubud with my family this December holiday. On our way up there, we were caught in a traffic jam in the town area of Ubud. For a short 1 to 2 km, we took more than an hour to travel through the one lane traffic. The roads were congested with motorbikes, cars, bicycles, and people – all wanting to experience Ubud. In the jam, I was feeling frustrated, stressed, and a little impatient. I could not believe the amount of people and vehicles on this tiny road. Yet, in the midst of my frustration, I still pushed on cheerfully because I wanted to see Ubud. I was eager to experience all the culture and nature that she could offer.
This reminded me of our own journey to heaven. It is not always smooth. In fact, it is not smooth at all. It is completely filled with traffic jams of troubles, distractions, temptations, worries, and challenges. But the scripture in 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 gives us encouragement on how to push on our arduous journey. Paul says, “Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”
I wanted to see Ubud. Though I was uncomfortable, I cheerfully endured the momentary troubles of the heavy traffic I was in.
Heaven is more beautiful than Ubud. One hundred times more glorious than Ubud. A thousand times more cultural than Ubud. A million times more natural than Ubud. I want to be in that heaven. On our way up there, to this wonderful place, there will be momentary troubles and traffic jams that we will have to face while on this earth. Just as I fixed my eyes on the unseen – the beauty of Ubud, I too need to fix my eyes on the unseen eternal glory that is waiting for me. My momentary troubles will come and go, but that destination, my final destination, heaven, will always be there waiting for me.
We are really rejoicing in Ipoh to see these two women added to our church family. Belle and Sue Yi have deep convictions about following God. Both of them have put their hearts into studying God’s word over the past few months. It is such a joy to see them making their commitment to Christ in their baptism.
To view the photos, click on photo link: Belle and Sue Yi’s Baptisms Photo Album
Malaysia Youth Retreat Dec 2014 at Tanjung Malim. To view photos, please click on the photo below:
Malaysia Youth Retreat: Baptism! Nothing feels more special than watching one of the teens make Jesus the Lord of his life.
Andrew Ling (16 years old) from Ipoh, on 6 December 2014, did just that. He has been studying the bible for about eight months. I appreciate Andrew. He is someone who has deep conviction about what he believes in. He knew when he first started studying the bible, that he was not yet willing to follow Christ as the Lord of his life. He was very open about his lack of belief. Yet, he was not deterred by it but was still very eager to investigate and to find out how to get the type of faith that he needed.
In August this year, he came down to Singapore to attend the International Leadership Conference. This conference was attended by participants from all over the world. Through the fellowship, the lessons, and the lives of the disciples, Andrew was inspired that he can get the faith that he needs to be a disciple. After that, Andrew became even more eager to learn and within a few months, he made Jesus the Lord of his life.
It was so special to watch him baptize in the river at Tanjung Malim during the Malaysia Youth Retreat this past weekend.
As I was in Bangkok, last weekend, I was amazed by the sight of hundreds of electrical wires looping around poles, hanging in plain sight, and chaotically supplying power to the city.
Bangkok is a city that never sleeps. Millions of homes, televisions, computers, traffic lights, street lamps, shopping centers, giant malls, office towers, government buildings, and retail shops are powered by tons of heavy electrical wires hanging on sturdy concrete poles. Without this myriad of wires, the city would be in total darkness. Chaos would run wild. People are so dependent on electrical power.
These electrical wires reminded me of Jesus, the vine, the eternal source that supplies life, energy, strength, and convictions to us. Our lives are so dependent on Him. Through His Spirit, invisible to our human eyes just as electricity is, He supplies the needed life resources to us. These life essential resources zap back and forth through the Spirit’s wire to us. Without Him, the vine, the power running through these wires into our lives, we too will be in total darkness. Chaos would run through our lives.