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18 May 2013 @ 01:25 am
Thank God I survived one week of volleyball! Squash doesn't really count cos our coach was sick for the first two sessions so she canceled them. BUT thank God even more that I survived one day of full Squash + Volleyball training!

It's been crazyyyy when you think about the fact that I've been having 12 hours of exercise this entire week when I haven't exercised for.. months.

AND next week I will have to go for the full 18 hours. Crazy huh.

So far it's been terrible but thank God for small mercies. I don't really like the Volleyball instructor but thank God today he was quite nice to me, not as condescending (though I could still notice the Pygmalion effect). The main blessing is that I've started to get to know my other coursemates, all 11 or 12 of them. There's Felicia, Okta, Yiting, Louise, Peiwen, Cenhui, Siqin, sometimes Shiying, and me for the girls. And for the guys there's Yansong, Jiajun (I think), Junming and Ben. Who is hilarious. They've all been reaaaaaaalllllllyyyyyyy encouraging and sweet and not at all snobby or ugh to me though I'm the lousiest in class and fat to boot.

Thank God!

For Squash, I thought it'd be a little easier than Volleyball but nah I'm having a lot of trouble controlling the movement of the racket such that I can actually do backhand and forehand bouncing. Sad. Oh well. Thank God that I made friends with Agneta! She's bouncy and cheery and super encouraging and sweet and we're both a bit worried about sports so it's nice to have someone to !!!!!! with :)

All in all it has been a relatively crazy but amazing week. I would not want to relive it again but thank God I haven't fainted at all.


Also my arms hurt like crazy and I bent my fourth finger (left) so I can't really type/play the piano now. Bleargh.

2013-05-17 22.13.26
The bruise on my right wrist actually looks like an upside down heart from the right angle. HAHA.

I think quite a few people will think I have been abused, or something. Time to wear long sleeves!

Tomorrow I will be quite busy - there's choir meeting at 2, and I gotta buy the ingredients after that, then at night I'm the zhuxi (eeeeksssss!!) and then we have to teach people different things so I'm stressed. Then tomorrow I am teaching Sunday School.

Sigh I really need wisdom for this - tried brainstorming for what to teach this Sunday, but I don't really have many ideas. It's not such an application based excerpt - 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 is about the order of the Rapture, in which the dead in Jesus will rise first and subsequently we living Christians will also be snatched up and together we will meet Jesus in the clouds. There will be trumpeting, an archangel's voice, and shouting. The point of this passage was to clarify for the Thessalonians - it appears that they had thought the dead would probably miss out on getting raptured and seeing Christ, or would be at a disadvantage. Probably they were confused because Paul had had to leave hurriedly, so he didn't really have time to teach them that. So Paul wanted to clarify here so that they didn't need to grieve like the people who have no hope i.e. the non-believers and pagans. Instead, they would know for sure that they would meet those already dead in Christ, in the future, AND even better, that they were all going to be together with Christ.

In this passage we see that death is no longer something to be feared - it has been transformed for us by Christ into something to be looked forward to.

In death, we as Christians have saved up our treasures in heaven and will therefore reap its rewards, while in death the nonbelievers lose whatever worldly treasures they have worked for - their results, fame, etc.

Death to us is rest, because we can go to be with Jesus and rest in Him, while to nonbelievers, to die is to perish, with no chances left, to go straight to hell.

We wait for resurrection, wait for rewards, wait to be king with Jesus, while they wait for eternal condemnation, for God's divine judgement, they wait to be thrown into the lake of fire.

Death is like migrating, but even better. Death is like going home :)

Things different
- Where we go to: heaven vs. hell
- What we wait for: rewards, to be king, resurrection vs. God's judgment, getting thrown into the lake of fire
- What we gain/lose: "claim" heavenly treasures vs. lose worldly treasures
- Who we are with: God, all our loved ones in Christ vs. alone

Which view of death do we hold? Jesus has already overcome death for us, are we willing to accept this gift of salvation? All we need to do is..?

To be IN Him. The famous verse - Romans 10:9 - not tou nao xiang xin, but xin li. HEART. "Believe in thy heart".

Belief leads to action. If you truly believe that Jesus IS God, what should you do? Surrender to Him! If you believe that the chair is solid, but you don't dare to sit in it, what does it mean? Do you truly believe?

Which side do you see?


I think after all the positive comments last week I felt very happy and pleased with myself to the extent of forgetting what God did for me and how He really helped me so I guess I really need to surrender this to God.. and then try my best to do this well and leave the rest to Him.

Lesson Plan

1) Lead-in: Ask the students their views and feelings towards death
So what do you think of death? Do you think it's something very far from you? Are you scared of it? Maybe not of your own, but are you scared of your loved ones dying? What's so scary about death?

2) Link: Well, the Thessalonians had some misconceptions
- What they thought
- Why they thought that way: Paul's hurried departure

So today we'll be looking at what Paul says about the dead, about the Rapture, about death.

3) Structure:
a) Okay I'm going to tell you this so you won't be too sad (v13)
b) Actual message (v14-17)
c) Okay so use this to comfort each other (v18)

3) Why did he tell them?
- So they won't grieve like those without hope
- When your mom goes to sleep, do you cry?! NO. That is SO weird. Are you scared of sleeping? NO.
- Paul says here that death = sleep, the dead = the sleeping, because that IS what death is like for us - we know we definitely will wake up (resurrect), we know where we will be when we wake up (in heaven!), and it's resting
- Okay fine you say, but we sleep only for awhile! Death is for a long, long time. My best friend went away to the UK to study for four years - when she left, I cried. Is that normal? Yes it's normal! We all feel sad to be separated from people for a long time, sometimes at graduation, etc. When we know we won't see them any longer - okay now we have Facebook etc to keep in contact, but still. But do I cry like OMG :'( and can't stop crying? No! Why? I should be happy for her right? She's going off to somewhere good. She will be happy there. AND best of all? I will see her again!
- Paul isn't saying here that we can't grieve, but we should not grieve WITHOUT HOPE

4) So that's why he clarifies. What does he say? Summarize! I don't want reading off the text. A series of events right? Name them. Like a story, first X happens, then Y. List!

1) Jesus will come from heaven: with shouting, trumpets, archangel's voice
2) The dead in Christ will be resurrected - remember it's those IN CHRIST (remind them if they omit)
3) Living Christians + the resurrected will be snatched up into the clouds together
4) We will meet Jesus there, and be with Him forever

5) In that case, do Christians need to be afraid of death? NO! Why not? What is death to us?
- Draw a picture like this:

Okay it looks terrible but yes that's kind of what I mean. How do non-Christians, and how do Christians see death? Get the students to list out.

- Like results release: For students with good marks, they aren't scared. They wait for their rewards (the good marks). For students who didn't study, how do they feel? Hurray? NAH. Links to what they wait for (rewards vs. punishment) + where they go.
- When I was in school before, everyone was looking forward to the end of school one day, except for me. I wished the day would drag on forever. Why? Because once the school day ended, I would have to retake my NAPFA. Do you have a similar experience in which you dreaded something coming which everyone was hoping for, cos it meant something else for you? Death // the end of school.
- Currency - when you go to your home country, what currency do you use? The currency of that country right? Assuming SGD is worthless in that country, and you want to go back, would you still save your SGD, or try to work hard to get the currency of that country? Remember the banana notes? Assuming you know it's going to become invalid the next day, would you still save it up, or would you try to get the currency which is in use? For us, death is the moment where our currency and investments in heaven become valid, but for the non-christians it is the moment their currency of earth becomes invalid and void.
- Some people like to say, it's okay la I want to go to hell, all my relatives and friends are there. But what does the story of Lazarus and the rich man tell us? We are alone in hell, but together in heaven.

Write on a piece of paper, one side non-christian, one side christian. Ask them, to them, which is their view of death? Are they saved yet?

Get them to come up to the board, and mark where they think they are, on the line, left, or right?

6) If they aren't saved yet, let them know that all they need to do is to believe in God. What did the Bible say? Those IN CHRIST. Roman 10:9 also tells us that as long as we believe in our hearts that Jesus is our Saviour we are saved.

Does this mean that oh y'know, I just believe in Jesus so I can go to heaven, then the rest of the time I do my own thing?

NO! Real belief will always result in action - if you believe the chair is real, that the chair is stable, you sit on it. If you believe your friend is really trustworthy, then you trust your friend with secrets.

How do we know if you really believe? Through your actions.

And also, why wouldn't you want to 1) save currency in God's kingdom and 2) thank the Lord who saved you and died for you so that you could go there?

For those who wish to talk about their faith - feel free to approach me, Huaili Laoshi or Yuanjie Laoshi, or any of the SNTQ teachers/aids.

THANK GOD :))))))))))) I FINISHED THIS LESSON PLAN! THANK GOD! Now to pray for wisdom to convey the right message to them, with the right tone, so that it is serious enough and honest/open enough. And for their open hearts, of course.
01 September 2011 @ 01:51 am
Heart be kind and sign the release
As the trees their loss approve.
Learn as leaves must learn to fall
Out of danger, out of love.

What belongs to frost and thaw
Sullen winter will not harm.
What belongs to wind and rain
Is out of danger from the storm.

Jealous passion, cruel need
Betray the heart they feed upon.
But what belongs to earth and death
Is out of danger from the sun.

I was cruel, I was wrong -
Hard to say and hard to know.
You do not belong to me.
You are out of danger now -

Out of danger from the wind,
Out of danger from the wave,
Out of danger from the heart
Falling, falling out of love.

- Out of Danger, by James Fenton
25 December 2007 @ 10:45 am

I guess a lot of times we celebrate Christmas without really thinking about what it all means, why we even celebrate it, and how we should celebrate it. Christmas is all about giving, of loving and showing that you care, but where did it all come from? From the greatest carer, the most loving God ever, who gave us the greatest gift ever - Jesus. Who else would give up an only son to be abused, trampled upon, scolded, to be murdered? Only God. It isn't even about Santa Claus, or elves, or the North Pole. Why do we go drinking, go clubbing, go partying and all on Christmas? Even if we don't think about God the whole year, the least we can do is think about Him on the day He was given to us?

I got this a few days ago. It is fictional, but very much true. I hope it makes all of us think.

As you well know, we are getting closer to my birthday. Every year there's a celebration in my honor and I think that this year the celebration will be repeated.

During this time there are many people shopping for gifts, there are many radio announcements, TV commercials, and in every part of the world everyone is saying that my birthday is getting closer and closer.
It is really very nice to know, that at least once a year, some people think of me.

As you know, the celebration of my birthday began many years ago.

At first people seemed to understand and be thankful of all that I did for them, but in these times, no one seems to know the reason for the celebration.

Family and friends get together and have a lot of fun, but they don't know the meaning of the celebration. I remember that last year there was a great feast in my honor. The dinner table was full of delicious foods, pastries, fruits, assorted nuts and chocolates. The decorations were exquisite and there were many, many beautifully wrapped gifts.

But, do you want to know something? I wasn't invited.

I was the guest of honor, and they didn't remember to send me an invitation.

The party was for me, but when that great day came, I was left outside. They closed the door in my face.. and I wanted to be with them and share their table.

In truth, that didn't surprise me because in the last few years, all close their doors to me. Since I wasn't invited, I decided to enter the party without making any noise. I went in and stood in a corner.

They were all drinking; there were some who were drunk and telling jokes and laughing at everything. They were having a grand time. To top it all, this big fat man all dressed in red wearing a long white beard entered the room yelling Ho-Ho-Ho! He seemed drunk. He sat on the sofa and all the children ran to him, saying, "Santa Claus! Santa Claus!" as if the party was in his honor!

At midnight, all the people began to hug one another; I extended my arms waiting for someone to hug me, and do you know - no one hugged me.

Suddenly they all began to share gifts. They opened them one by one with great expectation. When all had been opened, I looked to see if, maybe, there was one for me. What would you feel if on your birthday everybody shared gifts and you did not get one?

I then understood that I was unwanted at that party and quietly left.

Every year it gets worse. People only remember the gifts, the parties, to eat and drink, and nobody remembers me.

I would like this Christmas that you allow me to enter into your life.

I would like that you recognise the fact that almost 2000 years ago I came to this world to give my life for you, on the cross, to save you.

Today, I only want that you believe this with all your heart.

I want to share something with you. As many didn't invite me to their parties, I will have my own celebration, a grandiose party that no one has ever imagined, a spectacular party. I'm still making the final arrangements.

Today I am sending out many invitations and there is an invitation for you. I want to know if you wish to attend and I will make a reservation for you and write your name with golden letters in my great guest book.
Only those on the guest list will be invited to the party.

Those who don't answer the invite will be left outside. Be prepared because when all is ready you will be part of my great party.

See you soon. I love you!

- Jesus.

Merry Christmas, everyone <3 God bless.
11 October 2007 @ 07:33 pm
HELLO PEOPLE! Please answer this question? (:

This year I think I've changed quite a lot, what with going to JC and everything, BUT!

I'm not sure if it's a good or bad change, and I'm not sure how exactly I've changed! So, the question -

How do you think I have changed this year, and what do you think of the change?

You can comment anonymously, whatever, but just, please comment? And be HONEST!

Thank you <3