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The only thing you can bring to heaven is: your character
8 September, 2010, 6:15 pm
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After watching these two similar yet contrasting videos, it reminded me to stay in this journey of being more Christ-like. Having my character to be moulded towards Christ-likeness not only pleases God, it also makes you shine. I said the videos are similar because both were badly sung auditions. However, the contrast is in the crowd’s reaction. People were turned off by the first, and were delighted by the second.

God does not force us like a master forcing his donkey to be on this path of Godliness. Instead, He gives us the choice and let us know that this path gives us a much-more life than just a great life. He wants us to be on this path because He loves us. He moulds us from a selfish person to a selfless person. From a greedy person to a giving person. From a worried person to a joyful person. And the list goes on.

Philippians 3:14 “I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”



Thinking of getting a pet?
30 October, 2008, 2:12 pm
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Have you ever wondered where the animals in the pet stores come from? Always check the origin before getting a pet. Ignoring so will just support the doings of the unpleasant puppy mills. Puppy mills are like dog factories where females just get locked up in cages and make dozens of puppies their whole life. It is just inhuman. A better choice will be to get a pet from a shelter than a pet store. Shelters are usually supported purely based on donations and they are usually limited financially and geographically. If they have used up all resources, they are left with no choice but to resort to euthanasia. Man, it is just unbelievable.

 

 

Learnt about Puppy Mills from Oprah Winfrey’s show. This is a clip from the show. Please watch from 4:42 onwards.

 

 

 

Reference: Puppy Mills



Is actually quite simple
8 October, 2008, 12:34 am
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Sick of eating boring take-aways that are filled with excessive oil and salt? Why not cook up a meal by yourself? You do not have to worry if it will turn out bad because no one else will bear the cost of such undesirable taste except for yourself. Also, you could try ANY method without any nagging from more experienced people. So much freer and flexible.

 

I successfully did so yesterday afternoon. (It turned out great except I think the beef was alittle hard due to overcooking.) It was a simple 45 minutes job. Furthermore, it was a relaxation from my intensive mugging. All the ingredients I needed were just basic ones which can be found in the supermarket. – Beef, pasta, onions, oyster sauce. That’s all! Whatever extras you can add them yourself. As I said, no one will nag at you.

 

As what I’ve always wished for, to cut onions into circular shapes! The experienced one, my mum, always discourage me from doing so. Since she was not going to eat it, why not?

 

Lovely isn’t it?

 

The penne I used

 

The bigger rings went it first as they needed more time to cook. Had a weird analogy that fat NS boys get enlisted first too.

 

Next that went in were the rest of the onions followed by the beef and oyster sauce – Is it not simple?

(I think the beef looks overcooked here already. Apologise for this being my first attempt)

 

The only downside of this whole cooking thing – Washing up

 

Yay! It turned out great! 🙂 It is like a mix of Chinese and Italian dish. Sounds srange but I love it.

(Something random, but that is the cup of coke light I drank while cooking. Felt like Jamie Oliver, who drinks wine while cooking.)

 

Why not you try it yourself? 🙂



Seven Deadly Sins: Pride
29 September, 2008, 12:27 am
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What constitutes a “proud” person? The negative sense points to a sinful individual who shifts ultimate confidence from God to self. In the Wisdom literature, “the proud” are distinct from “the righteous” and “the humble.”

Proverbs 16:18 

“Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.”

Pride often cause us to refuse the right way in order to prevent embarassment and people’s disappointment in us from happening. For example, a simple “I’m sorry” will be difficult for a prideful person to mouth. If he says so, embarassment will flood in and his “entourage” who looks up to his “authority” will be disappointed in his apologetic action. However, this action of his towards the one who got offended will release emotional and spiritual burdens upon the both of them. Something that is weighing both parties’ relationship down will miraculously break when the pride element is removed. If such honest yet difficult act is not carried out, the consequences will be far more bigger than the effects of embarassment. So think twice before you make the wrong move towards pride.

Reference: Pride



Seven Deadly Sins: Envy
28 September, 2008, 1:24 am
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Exodus 20:17

“You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his manservant or maidservant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.”

It’s important to make the distinction between desiring something someone else has, and envying them because of something they have. Envy relates to negative feelings toward a person because of something that person possesses.

Reference: Envy



Seven Deadly Sins: Wrath
27 September, 2008, 12:21 am
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Exodus 20:13

“You shall not murder.”

Matthew 5:21-22

“You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘Do not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.’ 22But I tell you that anyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to his brother, ‘Raca,’ is answerable to the Sanhedrin. But anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell.”

Therefore, anger is actually committing murder in your heart.

 

The right way:

Matthew 5:23-26

“Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift. Settle matters quickly with your adversary who is taking you to court. Do it while you are still with him on the way, or he may hand you over to the judge, and the judge may hand you over to the officer, and you may be thrown into prison. I tell you the truth, you will not get out until you have paid the last penny.”

Reference: Christian Homicide



Seven Deadly Sins: Sloth
25 September, 2008, 11:04 pm
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Proverbs 6:6-11

“Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest. How long will you lie there, you sluggard? When will you get up from your sleep? A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest- and poverty will come on you like a bandit and scarcity like an armed man.”

Even the ant which is so tiny and insignificant knows the importance of putting in effort. Yes, laziness is sure enjoyable but it is only for that moment. Once you have decided to be back on the job or the situation, it may be too late and time will not turn back for you. So, never make compromises and give in to the slightest temptation. If not, each step into temptation will just get larger and easier. Before you realise, you are caught in a tangle. Therefore, work hard with strength deriving from God. Never rely on the flesh for it will one day give way to the daily temptations around.