Campus Alive

April 29, 2009

Senior’s Farewell 2009

Filed under: CA Reports — campusalive @ 1:19 am

On 22/4/2009, Campus Alive organised a simple yet memorable farewell party at Dataran Cemara exclusively for seniors who will soon be leaving Intec after respective external examinations.

At 7.30pm, the court was filled with chatters, laughters and anticipations of seniors and juniors gradually. Party kicked off at 8.00pm with a mouth-watering feast, served with Pak Li’s Golden Fried Rice, sausages, potato salad, fried chicken, icy cool soft drink and juniors’ home-prepared spaghetti and two bowls of pasta sauce. For the first and last time, both juniors and seniors had dinner together, where both parties could get a last insight into the personalities and interest of one another. Food was simply fantastic as 2 pots of pasta sauce were wiped out in a short while, leaving some people eating plain spaghetti, though it was still finger licking good.

At approximately 9.20pm, when people had pampered their stomachs, the game started. It was a Crime Solving Game, flavoured with some intellectual elements along with a mysterious plot to be unveiled. The Game was ingeniously, cautiously and wickedly plotted by Samantha, who was the game master and the narrator of that night. The main objective was to devise a theory in explaining the motive and a series of events, as well as identifying the murderer, which led to the death of Prof. Plum. 8 pre-selected people had to take up the role of 7 characters as listed below.

Characters : Prof. Plum, the wife Scarlet, secret wife Penelope, secret son Henry, Family Doctor, butler, maid and detective.

In aid of crime solving, each group was provided with suspects’ profiles. Additional information was presented verbally by suspects themselves while groups of investigators must link and eliminate any misleading information or lies. Before time was up, each group presented their own theory in hilarious ways. Only Samuel’s team succeeded in capturing the murderer.

At 10.20pm, participants sat in a circle and had their heart set for sharing. Fortunately, all the seniors made it in time to share their feelings and thoughts, whether if it was a life changing experience or some pieces of advice for future CA leaders, which they had encountered in these 2 years. Sincere wishes and advices were given to the juniors to lead CA well and be blessed in the coming next few semesters life. Seniors expressed their gratitude towards the juniors and all the seniors who once entered their lives, while some testified how CA and God altered their lives in Intec, the journey to knowing God, their faith and trust in God. Sharing session ended with praying.

At 11.10pm, photo session was on. Participants were instructed to snap some photographs of them. With a heavy heart, everyone lined up along the stage and presented the most cheerful face to the camera. To their surprise, two buckets of water were hurled and splashed onto the organised photo parade by some cheeky juniors (Cedric, Tze Jun, Esmund, and Graham). A cooling photo session would never be too bad. While the cameras were flashing, another gush of water was splashed to the juniors by seniors (ALG seniors). Nonetheless, everyone had oodles of fun. Signs of satisfaction were vividly portrayed on participants’ face. CA flag was officially passed on to the younger generation leaders.

At 11.30pm, round headed river stones with seniors’ names written on them were given out. The party ended with souvenir giving to seniors in commemorating their effort done to CA.

1. Organising more of these activities can strengthen the bond between two generations.

2. Special thanks to CA committee for all the hard work and time.

3. Special thanks to juniors and van driver who travelled from Cendana.

4. Special thanks to those in charge of dinner.

5. Special thanks to Game Master for designing such creative game.

6. Deepest gratitude to those in charge of souvenir.

7. Deepest gratitude to God.

Reported by Derrick Chow (ALM – MMMC)

April 22, 2009

A Mustard Seed Today, A Legend Tomorrow.

Filed under: CA Reports — campusalive @ 4:17 am

Deep thoughts playing in minds, memory had started to occupy the atmosphere. This very night, the Atmosphere was not the atmosphere; it gave out a unique smell due to some indescribable emotion combination. Perhaps, you never notice the smell, it does exist. It was there when the first time it opened its door for us. Perhaps, you never know, every time you walked out the door, you carry a trace of the smell with you. This smell was a memory, telling me that I was there. Yet, the smell was a whisper in my ears, telling me that He was there too. No eyes could see but hearts could feel. Let your imaginations go wild at the moment: if carpet was not what we used but sand, maybe we could see many footprints on it. Left by His children, batch after batch, every footprint had their own journey walked with Him, and none of them ever walked alone. And the best part is: there is more to come.

The door was opened, like a father’s arms always ready to embrace those who come to Him. However, it was not alive without His children. The ushers who offered the warmest smile to every children of God who stepped into His Temple, truly showed the glitter of Christ’s love. Believe it or not, a smile can melt the wall and a hand shake can join the friendship bond, even far more effective than a thousand sermons preached about His amazing love. Though some may think ushering was the easiest ministry, I could tell you that it was so wrong. Observing the ushers in a close distance, it was not difficult to hunt down the overdose adrenaline in their bloodstream: the excitement of seeing His children coming in triggered the stimulation, every faces they met caused their hearts to skip a beat. Might they wonder had they given their sweetest smile and the firmest hand shake and whether the comers felt welcomed. It was the biggest challenge for the ushers, undoubtedly.

Time passed, and people started filling up the space in the Atmosphere. Never expect a rest for your eardrums, when two or three people come together. How much more they could rock the atmosphere when there were around 70 of His children filling the place with laughter, updating each other, or introducing themselves to newly-met brothers and sisters in Christ. Taken a glimpse at the people, it was not difficult to identified different clique in the midst. God’s creation is too unique in terms of biological and chemical, the variation among them was a barrier to cross. Thus, it was when the 21st century ice-breaker intervened, to break the ice and shorten the gap. It was a simple one, but good enough to get everyone shouted at top of their lungs and got crazy for a few minutes. I would never cease to stand in awe of Him; by the way He inspired His children in bonding each other together in such a creative way. My heart in Him has taught me to see thing through His eyes: to recognize the treasure in the simple; be it a hug, a golden sunset, a gentle tap, or a simple game.

There was a bunch of new faces in the crowd, wearing black t-shirt with very eye-catchy words on it: I CAN’T SAVE LIVES, BUT GOD CAN. These people are definitely Christ addicts and living their everyday on Christ’s injection, not difficult to picture how they go around asking someone to try Jesus. They might small in number but big enough to make a difference in the world, they might look cool but actually they are very HOT. The passion burns in their hearts are contagious, their crazy love for Christ is not confidential, and their hearts are driven to tell the world that Jesus lives! Their heart of worship was clearly unfolded in the light of His Spirit and their sacrificed dinner, spiritually ushering His children into His presence with their hearts. What they gave to Him was more than songs and music, I reckoned.

To the brothers and sisters in Christ whom they know not their names, these HOT people from KTT had prepared a lovely song for them. “You will never walk alone” was echoing in the cold atmosphere, giving a trace of warmth to the hearts that heard. What they did is to give a cup of cold water in Jesus’ name, to offer a word of encouragement to struggling hearts, quietly and anonymously pray for wounded souls, and to share the message of Christ with people who need eternity. I am amazed by His love through His children.

When it came to History, it was definitely not my cup of tea. However, His Story would be a different story. He quietened down the over-exciting hearts and sat His children down at His feet, guiding them to collect the pearls of His words when Holy Spirit was guiding Pastor David to bring us back to the His Story written about Campus Alive. Expected, it was not a smooth-sailing process yet one sure thing was God’s hands never leave. Hudson Taylor once said:” God’s work done in God’s way will not lack of God’s support.” It was exactly a reflection on the evolution of Campus Alive! It started small in the size of a mustard seed yet its potential to grow into the biggest tree of legacy couldn’t be hidden, for little is much when God is in it. A seed which was constantly showered in prayers, faithfully taken care by His children, would eventually grow into a biggest harvest in His own timing. Imagine every branch of it would have to leave a vibration in the world, how terrifying Campus Alive could rock the world? Unquestionably, God rises up capable leaders every years, it does not mean that people without a leader tag were to be any lesser in His Kingdom.

Campus Alive can’t be Campus Alive due to only two super-duper leaders, for the interest of God will never lie in the strongest horses or the bravest soldiers, yet He looks into the hearts which trust in Him. No one would be too small to serve Him; after all, it is the heart that matter most. What else, if it is not the unity of God’s children in oneness in Him that blossoms Campus Alive into a sweet-smelling place?

Time slipped out of the room as His Story was finish poured. As the chairpersons wrapped up the event, I realized something that I never realized. It was the TWO chairpersons who caught my attention, not their good looks, or the eloquent speeches, but it was simply the number. It is always TWO, if you notice that. Have you ever think of why it is TWO not ONE? The answer given by Him made me giggled. Will it made you feel much better when you have someone to run the race with you? Will it made you feel secure when someone can cover up for you when you bite your tongue?

A definitely “yes” from me, and truly God understands us the most. No wonder God sent a companion for Jesus when He was hung on the cross, and the whole world had forsaken Him- Alone. Before calling off the day, once again we came before His throne as a family in Christ, to ask of His presence with us and favor upon us. It was true as what Moses said” If God’s presence is not with us, we are not going anywhere.” It is always wise to march into the world with God’s presence and His promises in our hearts.

After feeding our spirit, it was time to fill our stomach. The excess hydrochloric acids in the stomachs did not leave any survival chance for the yummy pieces to stay any longer in the plates. God’s children are hunger for His Words and their hunger for food would not be any lesser! Growing in Christ and growing in size at the same time. Not bad. I chuckled to myself as I looked at the food. Don’t get me wrong, the food doesn’t look funny at all. It was the off-stage people who drew the smile. I bet that not many of you had noticed that there were three ladies busy importing water from Atmosphere to Welcome Centre before the event started. I myself would not have known this if I didn’t accidentally bang into them. There were so many of them who had been staying off-stage serving Him silently while the spotlight was focused on the stage. While we were so engrossed in His presence during worship, do remember that the slides would never jump by itself; it was the finger of His little servant who did the things!

When we were comfortably resting ourselves in the van, the driver was actually killing his/her energy throughout the journey in order to drive us safety to the church. Not surprised if he/she was praying like mad at the moment. Not to forget the transport coordinator who had to oversee the bigger picture and cracking his/her heads to fit everyone into cars within the minimum number of trips. It was not easy, I would say. Imagine all these were done after a long exhausting day, when their energy level was almost dropped to zero. It was Him, who was, and is their strength that kept them going.

It was 10:45pm, signified that it was time to say good-bye. One last beat on the drum to tell Him: I have promised I would do better than this, one day. The music faded in the air, the light was turned off, and the atmosphere was clouded in dark, waiting for its next time to be turned on. I took a deep breath of the Atmosphere before the door was closed. It was the closing chapter for us seniors in Campus Alive. The smell helps me to retain the fragments of memory which I wish not to lose. It wouldn’t be the same when we seniors come back, there’ll be more footprints on it, more stories to tell.

I flipped through the pages of the booklet named “God driven, Heart given”, it was full with answered prayers, and stories of faith and love. Though my heart was heavy, but He said ”More and more of these stories will be told, for I have written it for all of you. Trust Me, for no eyes has seen, no ears has heard, no mind has conceived, what I has prepared for those who love Me.”

A little mustard seed that had been planted today; will be a legacy for tomorrow…
Amen.

Names were not mentioned not because you were not important, for He said they were already been beautifully written in His Book. Don’t worry, man will overlook you for thousands times, but He never will. Not even once.

A mustard seed,
Leoz

P/S: We really thank Zoe for her wonderful rendition of the CA on 16th April 2009. :) For the more conventional report, please do read on.

The ushers for that night were Kenlee, Pei Ling and various others whose name hasn’t quite popped into mind yet. They stuck on stickers onto our shirts to indicate our group for the team later. The stickers were written – Laos, Japan, Alien, Sri Lanka, and err. Two something else. :P

Games was handled by Krystal, the game mistress for that night, and the game played was actually, “Bomb!” Or something like that. All of us were separated into teams as indicated by the stickers. And yes, the team had to shout, “Alien bomb, alien bomb, alien bomb Sri Lanka bomb!” And Sri Lanka had to retaliate by bombing someone else. There was a twist somewhere in the game, and in the end, Game Mistress Krystal decided that Japan was the quickest and loudest – they won, naturally. :)

After that was worship. KTT was wonderful, with Su Ting as the lead. It was really a heart-warming worship, and God’s presence was definitely surrounding us.

It was then time for Pastor David to speak. He actually spoke on the history of Campus Alive and how it came to be. There were also many interesting stories and pictures that accompanied them. Mandy and Joash were also there that night, and their pictures graced the projector that night as well. :)

After that, Andrew from KTT came up to share about the history of KTT as well, and we were very blessed to see how God has truly worked in both campuses. God truly works in wonderful ways, even sending two angels, as KTT called them, from INTEC to KTT.

Refreshments was then served after some phototaking session. Refreshments was done up by J-Cyn.

April 16, 2009

God of All Things.

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在一場船難中,唯一的生存者隨著潮水,
漂流到了一座無人島上。
The only survivor of a shipwreck
was washed up on a small, uninhabited island.

他天天激動地祈禱神救他 能夠早日離開此處,回到 家鄉。
他還每天注視著海上有否可搭救他的人,
但卻是除了汪洋一片,什麼也沒有。
He prayed feverishly for God to rescue him,
and every day he scanned the horizon for help,
but none seemed forthcoming.

後來,他決定用那片帶他到小島的木頭造一個簡陋的小木屋
以保護他在這險惡的環境中生存,並且保存他所有剩下的東西。
Exhausted, he eventually managed to build a little hut
out of driftwood to protect him from the elements,
and to store his few possessions.

但有一天,在他捕完食物後,準備回小屋時,
突然發現他的小屋竟然陷在熊熊烈火之中,
大火引起的濃煙不斷向天上竄。
But then one day, after scavenging for food,
he arrived home to find his little hut in flames,
the smoke rolling up to the sky.

最悲慘的是:他所有的一切東西,在這一瞬間,
通通化為烏有了。悲痛的他,氣憤的對天吶喊著:
「神啊!你怎 么可以這樣對待我!」
頓時,眼 淚 從他的眼角中流出。
The worst had happened; everything was lost.
He was stunned with grief and anger.
“God, how could you do this to me!” he cried.

第二天一早,他被一艘正靠近小島的船隻的鳴笛聲所吵醒。
是的,有人來救他了。
Early the next day, however, he was awakened
by the sound of a ship that was approaching the island.
It had come to rescue him.

到了船上時,他問那些船員 說:「你怎麼知道我在這裡?」
“How did you know I was here?”
asked the weary man of his rescuers.

「因為我們看到了信號般的濃煙。」他們回答 說。
“We saw your smoke signal,” they replied.

人在碰到困難時,很容易會沮喪。
不過,無論受到折磨或者痛苦,都不用因此失去信心,
因為神一直在我們心裡面做著奇妙的工作。
It is easy to get discouraged when things are going bad.
But we shouldn’t lose heart, because God is at work in our lives,
even in the midst of pain and suffering.

記著:當下一次你的小木屋著火時,
那可能只是神美妙恩典的表 徵而已。
Remember, next time your little hut is burning to the ground
it just may be a smoke signal that summons the grace of God.

在所有我們所認為負面的事情,神都是有正面答案的。
For all the negative things we have to say to ourselves,
God has a positive answer.

你說:「我累了。」
神說:「我讓你休息。 」(太11:28-30)
You say: “I’m too tired”
God says: I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28-30)

你 說:「沒有人愛我。」
神 說:「我愛你。」 (約 3:16 & 約 3:34)
You say: “Nobody really loves me”
God says: I love you (John 3:16 & John 3:34)

你說:「我做不下去了。」
神說:「我的恩典 夠你支持下去。」
(林後 12:9 & 詩 91:15)
You say: “I can’t go on”
God says: My grace is sufficient (II Corinthians 12:9 & Psalm 91:15)

你說:「我想不通。」
神說:「我引領你前行。 」(箴 3:5-6)
You say: “I can’t figure things out”
God says: I will direct your steps (Proverbs 3:5-6)

你說:「我做不到。」
神說:「你什麼都做得到 。」(腓 4:13)
You say: “I can’t do it”
God says: You can do all things (Philippians 4:13)

你說:「我不配。」
神說:「你配。」 (林後 9:8)
You say: “I’m not able”
God says: I am able (II Corinthians 9:8)

你說:「這麼做不 值得。」
神說:「做了,你馬上就會覺得 值得了。」 (羅 8:28)
You say: “It’s not worth it”
God says: It will be worth it (Roman 8:28)

你說:「我無法原諒自己。」
神說:「我原諒你。」 (約壹 1:9 & 羅 8:1)
You say: “I can’t forgive myself”
God says: I Forgive you (I John 1:9 & Romans 8:1)

你說:「我是窮苦的。」
神說:「我供應你一切所需。」 ( 腓 4:19)
You say: “I’m poor”
God says: I will supply all your needs (Philippians 4:19)

你說:「我害怕。」
神說:「我所賜給你的不是膽怯的心。」 (提後 1:7)
You say: “I’m afraid”
God says: I have not given you a spirit of fear (II Timothy 1:7)

你說:「我常常在擔憂、受挫。」
神說:「放下你的重擔,我為你承擔。」 ( 彼後 5:7)
You say: “I’m always worried and frustrated”
God says: Cast all your cares on ME (I Peter 5:7)

Note: This message was extracted from an email. I thought it was encouraging, and so, decided to post it up. As for the Chinese version of it, I left it there, as some of us prefer reading Chinese. ;) God bless your day ahead.

April 15, 2009

Risen from the Dead!

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The pain was unbearable as the hammer fell upon the iron nail that pierced by right hand. I couldn’t look. I screamed. It was beyond comprehension. I was angry at the world, angry at myself, angry at Ezer, who hung on the other side of the man in the middle. The man in the middle. I’d heard of him before. Jesus of Nazereth, that’s what they called him. Who was he again? I couldn’t remember through my pain and fatigue. His face had been so disfigured after the beating the Roman soldiers, his body covered in his blood; and here I was, with a few bruises on my body. A crown of thorns bit into his head, motionless, even as they slapped him.

Someone grabbed my two legs. I struggled. “Stop moving, you brute!” shouted the soldier, raising his whip. I wouldn’t make it through this one. One huge nail hung over my face, the taunting image of the soldier as he mouthed the words, “This goes through both your legs”.

I closed my eyes and prayed that this would stop. Prayed. Ah, many years ago, I’d been pious. I’d tried my hand at religion. I’d tried following the laws. Then came the injustice. The pain caused upon my family, and me. Mother used to tell me that the Romans would do this to those who disobeyed the highest laws. She’d warned me to stop my ways. No one could control them. They had taken over our country. We’d have to serve them. God’s punishment upon us, declared Grandma Eva, for the sins of our forefathers. I refused to heed, nor obey authority. I was an angry young man who had seen my beloved Rachel taken away by the local governor to be his wife. All for what? Ten years of assured wealth for her parents and family and relatives! Those greedy people.

“AHHHH!!!!!!” Pain ripped through my legs as the nail went it. I closed my eyes. The sun still shone through. It was hot. The stones crackled beneath the feet of the soldiers. I could hear Ezer chuckling as he hung far to my right. “The pain only gets worse, Eli. These bastards are really out to kill us,” he shouted. Was that encouragement? Or taunting?

To my right, I heard the commotion of voices, the shifting of stones, the rising dust, as the soldiers began raising the cross bearing the man Jesus. I heard a groan. Gasps emerged from the crowd of people gathered. I could see a young man, his eyes teary as he looked up at Jesus. He clutched the arm of an older woman, who must have been his mother. No, no, how could it be, for my mother refused to acknowledge me anymore. I was alone, and the only man I knew was hanging with me for our robbery crimes. How did it come to this?

I opened my eyes, and found them blurry. Suddenly I felt tired. Tired. Unable to hang. Unable to go on. “Please…” I whispered. No one could hear. Suddenly, the wood beneath me moved. They were hoisting me. The pain returned, in such a large magnitude that I began to struggle to regain a painless position. But the nails went in and out of my body. Nothing could remove them. With every inch of hoisting, I cried, I prayed to a God I never knew, I whimpered, I regretted every single evil I’d done, every murder, every extortation, every assault. Anything to get me off.

They say the hours pass, and you get too numb to think of the pain. The blood runs dry, and you drift off into death. What lay beyond death? For a man like me, I knew that whatever lay beyond such a realm was more punishment. I was, after all, a thief. Nothing like the religious teachers who stood below, hurling insults at Jesus.

“You say you are the Son of God! Save yourself, just like you saved others!”

Through the blurness, I could see Jerusalem, the holy city, the almost noon sun. I saw the silhouette of the birds that flew overhead. I saw the people, small creatures in my eyes, going about their activities. Suddenly, we heard Jesus speak.

“Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do…”

I turned and looked at Ezer incredulously. Ezer laughed painfully. His chest heaved as he struggled to compensate the pain. “You rea-lly…think you’re the Saviour eh?” he chortled, looking at Jesus. “Well if you are, save yourself and get us down while you’re at it! This thing is freaking painful! Prove youself, man!”
Suddenly I knew Jesus. Our eyes met for a split second before he looked away. Don’t be afraid of what lays beyond…for you are loved. I turned and watched his mother as she tore her outer robe in anguish. I’d heard of his miracles, his healings, his willingness to touch lepers. I’d seen the way people had loved and hated him. No, something was different about him.

“Ezer, this man is sharing our sentence, yet he’s done nothing wrong! Don’t you fear God? We deserved this, he didn’t.” Ezer laughed again, scoffing at my words. “You fool! We’re all going to hell, and this man can do nothing to save us. So just accept it!”

Silently, I pondered the reality of hell. I guessed he was right. I was receiving my due punishment. The gates of hell stood just hours away from my soul. Yet what had the voice in my heart spoken? Love? I was loved? How could anyone love me? This man knew nothing about me.

“Jesus?” I sputtered between the blood in my mouth. “Remember me, when you enter into your Kingdom.” I couldn’t do anything else, but believe, for if he really was the man he claimed to be, maybe, just maybe, I’d be in a better place. “Eli,” Jesus started. How did he know my name?

“I assure you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”

His words took a while to set in my heart full of a broken past. Then, as the first sun ray hits earth after long nights, sudden warmth filled my heart. I smiled inside. Something had assured me beyond reason, that my destination had been secured.

The sun left us moments after that. The sky grew dark. I drifted in between consciousness and unconsciousness. Somewhere, in that river of darkness, in the blur of time, in the regret and hope intertwined, in his words and my assurance of a home I was finally coming to, I left. I left the stones, the lashes of whips, the cross, the life I’d led, the pain, the tears, the anger, the confusion, the pride, the lust, the loved ones, the victims of my hands.

And there it was, just moments after what seemed like a blink of time beyond my last human breath. A white light, and there He was, gleaming in His nature, a smile so wonderful it penetrated my battered soul, and he held me, hand in hand, as he led me home.

This isn’t an exact story, since I made up the names of the characters. But everything else is accurate, based on Luke 23:26-43, the story of Jesus’ crucifixion. I just felt that a story could be written from the angle of the thief hanging on Jesus’ side, of how he found forgiveness at the cross, at his final moments of death. Of course, we don’t need to wait for our dying moments to seek assurance, but it’s never too late. Happy Easter, everyone!

3 days later.
“Why are you looking among the dead for someone who is alive? He isn’t here. He is risen from the dead!”

Note: This story was extracted from Larry’s blog. If you’d like to see the original post, or ask the writer anything, click this. :)

April 12, 2009

@live in C@!

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Hey all! It’s the last Campus Alive meet of the year, and a truly eventful one. Our friends from KTT Fellowship will be here and it’s going to be the last CA for many of our seniors (ACTP and ALM)…sobs!!! Pastor David of New Life will be speaking on that night on how we make our campus alive (no word pun intended…lol)! : )

But don’t worry, CA’s not going anywhere, because next next Thursday will be a farewell for the seniors. Location and time will be informed.

Happy Easter! Have a blessed day as we celebrate our risen Saviour Jesus and spread His love! See y’all!

Love, Larry. : )

@LIVE IN C@!

Filed under: CA Updates — campusalive @ 2:30 am

Hey all! It’s the last Campus Alive meet of the year, and a truly eventful one. Our friends from KTT Fellowship will be here and it’s going to be the last CA for many of our seniors (ACTP and ALM)…sobs!!! Pastor David of New Life will be speaking on that night on how we make our campus alive (no word pun intended…lol)! : )

But don’t worry, CA’s not going anywhere, because next next Thursday will be a farewell for the seniors. Location and time will be informed.

Happy Easter! Have a blessed day as we celebrate our risen Saviour Jesus and spread His love! See y’all!

– Larry : )

April 10, 2009

Hello again!

Filed under: Others — campusalive @ 8:04 am

I say, the new blog’s feeling lonely without much comments! :D And there’s an article from a wonderful Samantha Sii about Easter too!

It would totally, and I mean it, totally awesome if you would link to the new blog, and yes, spread the word! (So that, you know, it would be like, totally widespread – more people can find it, etc?)

And yes, due to some misunderstanding or so, the latest report was posted up both places. But, do do do visit the new blog.

And that’s all from me now. :)

Easter and Fasting.

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IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE COMING EASTER CELEBRATION, believers all around the world have already begun to fast in various ways. Why do Christians fast and what is the significance of fasting before Easter?

Historically, fasting before Easter has been practiced since the 4th Century. This period of fast is also called Lent and is observed for 40 days. However, different Christian denominations fast in different ways. Protestants fast for approximately 7 weeks until Easter on Sunday, when they will celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Roman Catholics also fast in a similar way, but their fast officially stops at sundown on Holy Thursday. However, not all Christians fast before Easter, as some Protestants do not practice fasting before Easter.

Fasting is not an obligation for every believer. Normally, we fast for the following reasons.

Repentance and turning back to God
1 Samuel 7: 6 recorded the act of fasting by all Israel to show their repentance to God in Mizpah, where the Prophet Samuel interceded for Israel.


Obedience to God’s commands
Isaiah 58:6 recorded what Prophet Isaiah said about fasting as an act of obeying God and living godly lives for Him.



Asking God for a change

The bible reveals King David’s plea for God to spare his son from death by fasting in 1 Sam 12:22-23.

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As part of mourning
Nehemiah 1:4 tells us about prophet Nehemiah fasting to mourn for the destruction of Jerusalem.

To prepare ourselves when temptations come
Fasting helps believers get ready when temptations come our way. Jesus fasted for 40 days in the desert before being tempted by the Devil, as recorded in Luke 4.

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Why fast before Easter?

Easter is a celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, God’s only son who died on the cross for our sins and rose from the dead after three days. As believers, His resurrection is the mark of our victory over sin and death. Fasting before Easter can be interpreted in many ways. Some scholars believe it has to do with what Jesus said in Matthew 9: 15
Jesus answered: “How can the guest of the bridegroom mourn when He is still with them? The time will come when the bridegroom will be taken away, then they will mourn and fast.”

In this verse, the guest refers to Jesus’s disciples and the bridegroom refers to Jesus. Jesus who foreknew His death believes that there is no need for His disciples to fast until He returns to the Father. Until then, His disciples should rejoice since Jesus is still on earth with them. Hence, it is believed that Christians fast since that day to commerate Jesus’s death and resurrection.

While fasting before Easter is more like a custom that has been practiced since decades ago, I believe there are meanings and truths to fasting before Easter, which is the revelation of the Holy Spirit who still speaks, even today.

I believe that fasting before Easter is an act of thanksgiving to God for what He has done for us. Psalms 136 is a beautiful psalm which highlights the psalmist’s thanksgiving and praise for God. The phrase “His love endures forever” is highlighted 25 times after each verse of thanksgiving. Clearly, the greatest thing you and I have to thank God for is indeed, His love, which makes all the difference in the world today.

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With His great love, came Amazing grace and forgiveness, who shook the core of hearts as He left His heavenly glories and gave all He could give-His life so that we might have abundant life in Him, in addition to everlasting life.

John 10:10 The thief comes to steal, kill and destroy but I came that they may have life, and have it more abundantly.

I also believe that fasting before Easter is a symbol of yielding to God’s works and believing for a radical change in which we hope for. If we are facing a circumstance today, in which we need a change, whether it might be sickness, financial needs, broken relationships, or anything which might haunt us for a long time, we just need to remember that He died so that we can be victorious over these circumstances by GRACE as Isaiah as prophesied in Luke 3:18-19, that essentially He came to “heal the broken hearted and set the captives free”. Hence, fasting at this moment is timely as we remember what God has already done for us on the cross and claim those promises for our lives.

This coming Easter, whether you are fasting or not, He sees you and knows your needs. The blessings of the Good News of Jesus Christ is right here for you to claim, when you invite Him to be your personal Lord and Saviour.

In a world where people are dying to search for genuine LOVE, HOPE and a someone to have FAITH in, or an ultimate purpose to live for, He is the answer, and the Only Person who can fill the longing and seeking.
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten son, whoever believes in Him will not perish but have everlasting life.”

Happy Easter, Everybody.



This was written by Samantha Sii.

April 8, 2009

The Night We Broke the Walls…

Filed under: CA Pictures,CA Reports — campusalive @ 3:44 am

CA this week was quite a unique one. Those who came were greeted by an all-male ushering team. Some stopped in their tracks to stare. There was Ivan, Tze Jun and Graham. Next, the meeting of the night was started off with the two MCs, Esmond and Krystal. They forgot to introduce themselves at first, and only much later did they recall that not everyone might have remembered their names. It brought about much laughter and a renewed sense of fellowship among those who attended that night. A few announcements were made then, about the coming CG where it would be movie night. The movie, ‘End of the Spear’ was to be shown this coming CG.

The time was then passed to Samantha for the games. We played an interesting game of Tic-Tac-Toe and what made it more interesting is the fact that it was a battle of the sexes! With the boys lined up on one side and the girls on the other, Samantha called out numbers (the rows of the boys and the girls were numbered first) and the person whose number got called would run to save a strategic seat so that they could form a line of four in a row. What was the outcome of the game? Well, let’s just say that it proved why males engineer battles and are addicted to online strategy games.

After the games, it was then time to worship. Worship that night was done a little differently. It was led by Joy and only had Chewie and Larry as guitarists with no other instruments for the night. Joy had a brilliant idea of making it acoustic. Samantha and Katherine sang beautifully for back-up. The songs, Yesus Pokokku was sang with much animation and truly, it set the mood for the time of worship. The next few songs sang were Oh Happy Day, Lord of Lords, You’ll Come and Everything. It was a meaningful time of worship and was a good transition to the time for the speaker.

The speaker of the night was Brother Michael from the Fellowship of Evangelical Students, (FES). He is no stranger to those who have come for CA before. His message was on ‘Prejudice’. He first began with asking us to get into groups of threes to discuss the things that we were prejudiced against, and the prejudices against ourselves we were most hurt at. Ee Heng mentioned that he had prejudices against people who were a head taller than he was. There was also prejudices against people who cannot speak English. And Cedric spoke up to mention that he was hurt mostly by prejudices against him unable to speak Chinese (so we shall avoid calling them bananas, yeah?).

Brother Michael encouraged us to stop having prejudices against our brothers and sisters of different races here in Malaysia. He even elaborated on the parable of the good Samaritan, Luke 10:25-37. He spoke on how we should not only be Christians Christian but to be Malaysian Christians, understanding of other people and their beliefs. We must not only do our duty to God, but do His pleasing work by helping those He has placed in our paths to help. This is so that we can reach out to them and not be complacent in our Christian lives. He then spoke on how to break the walls of prejudice. “If we realize that all things given to us are from God, then we truly have nothing to lose as we break those walls and reach out.” Such a sharing was thought-provoking, challenging, and refreshing. For at the end of the day, indeed all we have are two hands and a heart, to make a difference in our land and home.

Then it was time for refreshments which were prepared by Pei Ling and Maritha. It was a good time of fellowship and food, coupled with laughter and excitement that ended yet another wonderful meet.

April 7, 2009

The day we broke the walls!

Filed under: Please Note — campusalive @ 12:51 pm

CA this week was quite a unique one. Those who came were greeted by an all-male ushering team. Some stopped in their tracks to stare. There was Ivan, Tze Jun and Graham. Next, the meeting of the night was started off with the two MCs, Esmond and Krystal. They forgot to introduce themselves at first, and only much later did they recall that not everyone might have remembered their names. It brought about much laughter and a renewed sense of fellowship among those who attended that night. A few announcements were made then, about the coming CG where it would be movie night. The movie, ‘End of the Spear’ was to be shown this coming CG.


The time was then passed to Samantha for the games. We played an interesting game of Tic-Tac-Toe and what made it more interesting is the fact that it was a battle of the sexes! With the boys lined up on one side and the girls on the other, Samantha called out numbers (the rows of the boys and the girls were numbered first) and the person whose number got called would run to save a strategic seat so that they could form a line of four in a row. What was the outcome of the game? Well, let’s just say that it proved why males engineer battles and are addicted to online strategy games.

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After the games, it was then time to worship. Worship that night was done a little differently. It was led by Joy and only had Chewie and Larry as guitarists with no other instruments for the night. Joy had a brilliant idea of making it acoustic. Samantha and Katherine sang beautifully for back-up. The songs, Yesus Pokokku was sang with much animation and truly, it set the mood for the time of worship. The next few songs sang were Oh Happy Day, Lord of Lords, You’ll Come and Everything. It was a meaningful time of worship and was a good transition to the time for the speaker.



The speaker of the night was Brother Michael from the Fellowship of Evangelical Students, (FES). He is no stranger to those who have come for CA before. His message was on ‘Prejudice’. He first began with asking us to get into groups of threes to discuss the things that we were prejudiced against, and the prejudices against ourselves we were most hurt at. Ee Heng mentioned that he had prejudices against people who were a head taller than he was. There was also prejudices against people who cannot speak English. And Cedric spoke up to mention that he was hurt mostly by prejudices against him unable to speak Chinese (so we shall avoid calling them bananas, yeah?). Brother Michael encouraged us to stop having prejudices against our brothers and sisters of different races here in Malaysia. He even elaborated on the parable of the good Samaritan, Luke 10:25-37. He spoke on how we should not only be Christians Christian but to be Malaysian Christians, understanding of other people and their beliefs. We must not only do our duty to God, but do His pleasing work by helping those He has placed in our paths to help. This is so that we can reach out to them and not be complacent in our Christian lives. He then spoke on how to break the walls of prejudice.

“If we realize that all things given to us are from God, then we truly have nothing to lose as we break those walls and reach out.”

Such a sharing was thought-provoking, challenging, and refreshing. For at the end of the day, indeed all we have are two hands and a heart, to make a difference in our land and home.



Then it was time for refreshments which were prepared by Pei Ling and Maritha. It was a good time of fellowship and food, coupled with laughter and excitement that ended yet another wonderful meet.

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