Text 28 Apr 1 note Finally a Meaty Meal

Today, I decided to buy food back to eat… To my pleasant surprise I manage to find a shop selling chicken and duck. Well, they are really the chicken and duck we had in Singapore!!! I bought home a Chicken Drumstick for RMB 10 dollars and 1 whole duck for RMB 15. Total Cost — 5 SGD!! It had been the longest time since i had meat….

Text 26 Apr 1 note (26th April) Roman 5: Adam vs Jesus

Romans 5 is a chapter where the bible did a direct comparison of Adam and Jesus

    17For if because of one man’s trespass (lapse, offense) death reigned through that one, much more surely will those who receive [God’s] overflowing grace (unmerited favor) and the free gift of righteousness [putting them into right standing with Himself] reign as kings in life through the one Man Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One).

    18Well then, as one man’s trespass [one man’s false step and falling away led] to condemnation for all men, so one Man’s act of righteousness [leads] to acquittal and right standing with God and life for all men.

    19For just as by one man’s disobedience (failing to hear, [k]heedlessness, and carelessness) the many were constituted sinners, so by one Man’s obedience the many will be constituted righteous (made acceptable to God, brought into right standing with Him).

Have you even wonder why God wants to choose become man, come to the earth and save us of our sin? He is God, He really can choose another easier way out. After all He is God. He make the rules, how this game should be played with Satan. The only sound reason i can think of is his never changing charecter. God is love. He is always faithful.

His view on how one man cause death, it must be one man responsibility to give life. After all we are always taught that it is our charecter that God is interested in. How one man decision casue his life to messed up. God wants the same man decision to clear the mess.

This has always been the principle of God, the way God wants things to be. But becasue of our fallen nature, we tend to bend the rules, make an easier way out of our situation, our problem. It is certainly easier for God to bend the rules and change the situation for Himself. 

Think about it… If God didnt change the rules to make it easier for himself… would he do it for us when our prayers are always God. Change this for me, Do this for me. Should our prayers be use me to change the situationm strengthen me! God. 

Text 25 Apr 2 notes Best Meal in China

Today i was forced to go out and have my meal as the staff canteen close on sunday. I went to on the stall about 100m away from my campus. It was the stall the administrator brought me eat when i first reach Shan Dong. Well it turn out to be one of the best meal i had in china. Total bill 25RMB, about 5 SGD.

This is Pai Gu Wang! The most expensive dish in the menu 12RMB! When i put on piece in my mouth, i was shocked… It was cold. It is one of their cold dish. Gosshhhh

This is hot dish- Guo Tie. quite nice… only 3RMB. But the shape a bit funny thou.

This is the main dish! WAN TON MEE!! My gosh. I use a smaller bowl to eat. And i scope at least 5 times before i can clear everything, and every bowl is like at least 3 to 4 Wanton and countless mee. 10RMB. this is very nice. I should be going back to eat this next sunday!

Cheers!!

Text 24 Apr 1 note Shopping Spee

Yesterday was a mad day. When to shopping and lunch with 4 of my students. They wanted to bring me to KTV again. But i would rather go online to catch Dr Kim.

Below i managed to capture our team leader Michelle and CGL Cindy.

Great service again!!! It was an happy day!

Well back to my shopping spee, i spent about 250 RMB = 50 SGD which is quite a lot spent in CHINA.

First, i got my guitar bag finally, when i got it, i got a shock… it actually quite nice although my wife said it looks like a er hu bag. I also got a couple of guitar picks and a guitar tunner. This bag and a guitar sling is a gift.

Next, i went to the computer mall in china, it is the sim lim of Shandong. There, i bought my headset cum mic. I bought the most expensive the best available. It is really good. I chatted for the first time with tiffany over msn! If you want, let me know. It cost me SGD 7 dollars only.

Finally, i got myself a new shoe. By leather shoes gave way. So no choice this shoe cost me about 32 SGD. It was really a grab!

Text 22 Apr (Devotion- 22nd April 2010) Romans 4

Romans 4 Focuses on Abraham and how God promises Abraham that he will be fathers of nations and like what verse 22 says, why his faith was credited to him as righteousness (right standing with God).

It was promised to Abraham. But that promise from God didnt happen until it is impossible for Man to achieve (Thats when God’s name is glorified). Both Abraham and Sarah had become old and would be impossible for them to have a baby.

19He did not weaken in faith when he considered the [utter] impotence of his own body, which was as good as dead because he was about a hundred years old, or [when he considered] the barrenness of Sarah’s [deadened] womb.(F)

    20No unbelief or distrust made him waver (doubtingly question) concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong and was empowered by faith as he gave praise and glory to God.

Verse 20 is very powerful. ”No unbelief or distrust made him waver (doubtingly question) concerning the promise of God”

Does Abraham has unbelief and distrust? YES he has!! plenty but he ability to prevent these to waver his faith in God, make him the father of many nations!

Text 22 Apr Qinghai (Yu Shu) Earthquake

Here in China, The Earthquake is really a big news. Everyday there are reports and updates on the suvivors and the situation. Today i came across the most touching story yet, when i heard this story, i almost cried in the classroom.

There was this man who is in his 30s, he was working when the earthquake happen, he wasn’t hurt in the quake, but he had lost all his family members. His parents were buried in the rubbers. Among the rubbers was also his wife, and their unborn baby due next month.

When i heard that. My heart immediately sank… touch wood but i cannot imagine that happening to me or even the people around me. It is really unthinkable!

Upon hearing the news of the lost, he wanted to immediately end his life. If i am not wrong he did try to and end up in hospital. When he wakes up in the hospital alive, he heard that there is a 3 yrs old survivor in the quake who had lost all his family members and needed someone to take care of him. He decided to take up the responsiblilty.

Now, the two of them are bonded just like blood father and son. I believe each of them are God’s gift to one another. What a story. In the midst of such mishap, there is a silver lining.   

Text 21 Apr Rainy day in Taian (21 April 2010)

Today is a rainy day in the whole of Shan Dong about 8 degree. Just to clarify, i am in one part of Shan Dong call Taian.

Today, the whole of China moans for the earthquake victim in QingHai. They even did a Music Video for that. There was a 3 min of silence to pay respect for the dead in QingHai. All Flags were half raised. Same goes to the one in the school campus.

The sky were really dark. This is the best i can take from inside the bus which i am one (look like a old photo taken in the 60s). On the way to school i had also took a 3 wheel car/truck which is really common in this part of China. i didnt have a chance to take a 3 wheel taxi which is really cute. Once i have the chance i will take and post in my blog. The picture i took below is a 3 wheel truck. 

China traffic is also very crazy, the motorist esp. i think they can hold things much more that what our Singapore Car can hold. Cheers!!!

Text 21 Apr Taishan!

Last Saturday, after lunch with my student’s (Bluent) family, we went to the famous Taishan. This tourist attraction had attracted even chinese from other provinces come here to visit this place. My students will be bring me to conquer Taishan when the temperature in china allows us to do so. Estimated time to climb up is about 4 hours. So before i conquer that, i also taken some photos some the bottom of the big rock. 

 

After spending about 30 mins there, we went to the famous Alibaba KTV. It has 6 storey of KTV rooms. The whole building belongs to ALIBABA. When i enter the room, i got a pleasant surprise. It was big. The screen is projected and the system which we choose songs, is sooo much better than the ones we have in Singapore and is touch screen, just beside the table. The price??!?! 100 RMB about 20 SGD. 6 of us sang from 2.30pm to 7pm. CHEAPPP

Finally after almost 5 hours of KTV, we went for dinner. 2 of my students, their 3 other friends (students from another school). We went to eat ROU WAN. similar to the ones i ate in malacca with my cell group members. fullllllllllllll!!! + Cheapppppp

Does the one is the centre reminds you of Terance’s Wife? Yiling?

Fruitful day!

Text 21 Apr (21st April Devotion) Roman 3 : JUST TRUST

Today, i read on Roman 3. Some of God’s works again jump on me. Knowing God in this way truely is truely refreshing…

20For no person will be justified (made righteous, acquitted, and judged acceptable) in His sight by observing the works prescribed by the Law. For [the real function of] the Law is to make men recognize and be conscious of sin [[a]not mere perception, but an acquaintance with sin which works toward repentance, faith, and holy character].

Back in the old testimony, we were given laws and the ways of the prophets. This passage mention, we are not justified, we are not make righteous by following rules, and law of the prohphet. The real purpose of this laws is so that man recoignises and be conscious sin.

   21But now the righteousness of God has been revealed independently and altogether apart from the Law, although actually it is attested by the Law and the Prophets,

    22Namely, the righteousness of God which comes by believing with personal trust and confident reliance on Jesus Christ (the Messiah). [And it is meant] for all who believe. For there is no distinction,

    23Since all have sinned and are falling short of the honor and glory [b]which God bestows and receives.

    24[All] are justified and made upright and in right standing with God, freely and gratuitously by His grace (His unmerited favor and mercy), through the redemption which is [provided] in Christ Jesus.

Verse 23 actually states one of the reason why God sent Jesus to come to this earth. For all had fallen short of the Glory of God. That why in verse 21, God righteousness was reveal separately from the Laws of the prophet. But the key of this passage is in Verse 27, 28

27Then what becomes of [our] pride and [our] boasting? It is excluded (banished, ruled out entirely). On what principle? [On the principle] of doing good deeds? No, but on the principle of faith.

    28For we hold that a man is justified and made upright by faith independent of and distinctly apart from good deeds (works of the Law). [The observance of the Law has nothing to do with justification.]

This passage is actually for 2 kinds of people. When we are justified by faith, what is there to boast about? When all our works cannot be justified what is there to fear or worried about. JUST TRUST

Text 20 Apr Grace misused.. 20th April 2010 -53 more days (Romans 2)

Today, i read on Romans Chapter 2. Again God is faithful, passage that dont normally stuck me just jump out on me this time. Maybe this is what it meant by ‘People has different needs/focus in different phrase of their life.’ And our bible is really for all people from different walks of life and at different point of their life. Anyway, if our bible dont, then it will not called the Word of God.

Passage 1: Rom 2:4

4Or are you [so blind as to] trifle with and presume upon and despise and underestimate the wealth of His kindness and forbearance and long-suffering patience? Are you unmindful or actually ignorant [of the fact] that God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repent ([a]to change your mind and inner man to accept God’s will)?

A lot of people take God’s kindness for granted. They want to test the water and see how far God’s Grace and Kindness can be stretched in their life. From this passage, God Grace and Kindness is unlimited as long as it is used intended to lead us to repent.

Same thing applies to us. A lot of us cannot say no. We keep giving grace to others. Yes is Okay. No problem. Are we giving others a false impression what God’s grace is? Are we doing more harm than good when we say it is ok. No worries! Have we, as the victim, fully understand the purpose of giving Grace?  


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