Campus Alive

April 7, 2008

A Walk To Remember

Filed under: CA Service,CA Updates — campusalive @ 1:59 pm

On the 3rd of April, Campus Alive gathered together once again for another great session of passionate worship and an inspiring sermon entitled “A Walk To Remember”. Today, we may speak of many walks in life; nevertheless, our speaker for this week, Joash Tan-Loh broadened our perspective to see beyond that. There is only one walk that surpasses all other walks in life, and it is none other than our devotion to the Lord Jesus Christ.

CA started a little different this week. For a change, our emcees, Andersen and Pei Ling got the crowd warmed up with a song entitled “Salvation Is Here”. The song is a declaration that God has made a way for mankind to attain salvation. Praise the Lord!

After that, we had a games session taken charge by Jia Jeng. The crowd was divided into three groups, and each person received a small piece of paper with a number written on it and highlighted with a color (green, blue or orange). One color represents one group and the objective of the game is to arrange the group members from the smallest number to the biggest number into one queue. The catch is, no one is allowed to speak or show their number using their fingers. Other methods like stomping feet, clapping etc are allowed. The game got the crowd all warmed up and ready to enter the worship atmosphere.
Grace, an ALG senior and the worship team facilitated the praise and worship session to the Lord. The congregation sang several songs entitled Majesty, Adonai, Your Love Goes On Forever, Indescribable, and Consuming Fire. Truly, our God is majestic, loving, and indescribable and we will always declare His goodness.
Moving on, the Word was taken by Joash and he spoke of devotion. He gave an illustration of a runner throughout the sermon and he focused on 3 main points concerning devotion, namely the purpose of the devotion, the price of the devotion, and the dedication. A walk to remember. What walks do we remember? Yes, significant ones. Achievements, relationships, once in a life time experience. Those walks are worth remembering. How about our walk with God? Our ups and downs in the Christian faith. Times when we are so passionate and times when we slack, times when he Lord picks us up and cleanse us and welcome us children as a loving Father. These significant events in life can be so heart warming, touching and encouraging because they show the unfailing love of God, and glorifies Him completely.

What is a devotion? We can see it as a race where we are all runners whose goal is the finish line. As runners we look forward, not to the side nor to the back. We set our eyes to the prize, the goal, the finish line. So, there is a purpose in our walk. We are devoted to become more like Christ.

How about warming up and preparations? There is a price to a devotion. Lots of effort and energy need to be put in when we’re devoted to something. Training and discipline are also necessities to a devotion. A runner needs to maintain a balanced diet, have loads of intensive training and refrain from drugs, smoking etc while preparing for a race. The more disciplined and well prepared a runner is, he has a higher chance of winning the race. In other words, we have to be prepared to sacrifice when we are devoted.

Lastly, dedication is also vital to devotion whereby one must have the focus and a strong spirits that will never say “I give up”. A runner who gives up easily will not win a race. There are several reasons that cause people to give up. Firstly, the journey is too long, so they are unable to see the end, thus they lose focus and end up giving up. Also, people fall out of the race because they are not prepared enough for it.

That was an outline of Joash’s sharing. The point to ponder is what are we devoted to? It may be to score good grades, to be the top student, to be successful in life, in relationships, and so on. These are so common to us and they compel us to strive for excellence and to try harder. But at many times, because of all these factors, we tend to forget or even deliberately put away our devotion to our Lord and Savior. So, the challenge is to give God a chance to reveal Himself to us and to work in our lives.

Finally, we had a short time of prayer and refreshment prepared by Sze Yin and Hui Theng.

In His service,
Chewie

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6 Comments »

  1. thx 4 the report!! CA rocks!!

    Comment by Dann~ — April 8, 2008 @ 2:46 am

  2. thanz chewie!!!nice sharing… a good reminder for believers to get into God in a really serious manner – devotion

    Comment by Pat — April 8, 2008 @ 7:14 am

  3. joash!! man i’ve only had the chance to listen to one of ur “sermons” exclusing all the time you “preached” in cell..

    Comment by Eu Jeen — April 10, 2008 @ 1:45 am

  4. EJ… “exclusing” your chicken dance and Ian-bashing Easter antics, your own sermons at your personal devotion blog is preacher-like too… PTL! You should link there when you comment at CA blog… GBU

    Comment by EG — April 10, 2008 @ 1:27 pm

  5. that blog was actually also meant for people to post up their own prayer requests so i could help pray for them. maybe i should state that in my general blog.

    Comment by Eu Jeen — April 11, 2008 @ 4:25 am

  6. wat’s ur other blog name again? sorry i lost the link…

    Comment by Pat — April 21, 2008 @ 5:30 am


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