Campus Alive

February 28, 2010

Loving with All Our Soul…just as He has LOVED us

Filed under: CA Pictures,CA Reports,CA Service,CA Updates,Please Note,Testimony — campusalive @ 10:14 am

...exchanging-stories time ^_^...

Yeah…another gathering with our beloved family in Christ!

It was pretty rush-y that evening because ALM juniors had Chemistry test and the Ausmatians finished class at 6 p.m. His heavenly blessing was the reason everything went so smoothly on that night.

As the tradition of Campus Alive, the Core team and everybody that served on that night had a group prayer led by Cedric. The fellowship kick-started by a warm welcome from the emcees—Ming Kai and Grace—and opening prayer. Then it was time for game. The game masters were Daniel and Vincent (super seniors ^_^). We were divided into four groups. The leader from each group was asked to order the members to follow what they did—which was joining anything that they had or can find to make the longest bridge. In the end, everybody was a winner since each one of us was ‘awarded’ with chocolates from Germany!

Game Masters

CA bridges

"time to re-dress!"

After that, our (way) super, super, duper senior—that’s how Steffie described him—, Zhang Zhi shared his testimony on the journey he had to go through while studying in Germany. He had just completed his degree and going to take Master soon (wow!).

(Super, super, duper senior) Zhang Zhi sharing his testimony about the journey climbing up the ladder of success

The sermon from Pastor Mike Ngui was awesome! It was about how to love God with all our soul, how to love others just as God has loved us and on top of all, to love ourselves for who we really are. We do not have to put on a mask, just be yourselves (^_^). Let’s hear what my fellow friends said about what they have learned from the night of Loving with All Our Soul

Carol_JC

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Indeed the last CA was yet another blast for me. Though the attendance was fewer than expected, I was really encouraged to see people devoting that Thursday night for Campus Alive despite their hectic schedule in school. It felt good to see the ALG super super seniors back, as well as some super seniors from IMU. To me, it really is a blessing for us to have these seniors, uncle and aunties, and pastor Mike Ngui to be in CA to minister to us, both directly and indirectly.

Pastor Mike Ngui ^_^

When pastor started off by saying that it is simple to just say ‘I love you with my… everything lah’. I totally agreed with him and thought that it is easy to love a person, or to be loved by someone. As he continues his sermon, one particular phrase that caught my attention the most is ‘Do you really, really love me? Do you really, genuinely, and authentically love me? Or do you love my mask? (with his left hand moved across his face)’.  Immediately the thing that came through my mind is – have we been living a life which we are being our true self? Or have we been putting on a mask, so that we can please others, or so that others can please us more?

It is time to remove that mask. Jesus said ‘love me with all your soul’. It is time for us to really, genuinely, and authentically love Him and his people, not because it is the right thing to do, not because our masks requires us to do so, nor is it because by doing so, it will complement our masks,  but because it what the ‘true us’ really want to do.

♣brother Howard♣

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“and thou shall love Jehovah thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be upon thy heart;”
Deuteronomy 6:5-6

The recent Campus Alive gathering wouldn’t be great without all of our brothers and sisters that came with their faith to be there and lay their hands upon receiving the blessing they deserve. With that, I praised the Lord for this recent Campus alive as it was a remarkable and enjoyful night to have!

The main focus for every single CA meeting is that there will be guests and speakers that been invited and served to God, to come and gave us a brief of Christianity stories, Love, power and faith that we always have towards our Lord Jesus. In this CA meeting, we welcomed one of our seniors from German that had just finished his degree and he came just to share with us his testimony of his life, where he encountered lots of barriers and difficulties that can cause his carrier to be vanquished. His testimony makes me felt energetic once again and at the same time, to keep have faith to ourselves that we can just do it no matter what obstacles we faced, yet of course we need to always have faith towards our Lord Jesus because He can soften our heart when we’re down, and He’s the one who can answer our prayers for everything that involves tough decisions. From that testimony we heard also, we’ve learn to always pray for our studies and keep remain faithful to God wherever we are!

Our Seniors & Super, Super, Duper Seniors! Wonderful People... ^_^

Our speaker on that CA meeting had given a talk to us about faith, love and soul. Here, we learn that to have faith, we need strength, we need confidence especially our soul to worship God and we must know that for every reason, there will be answers and for every love that we had, there will always happiness and sadness among us. Although we have love towards our friends, our husband/wife, our fiancée even to life, there is always one Love that we can’t cherish just by saying it. It is the love towards our God and religion. surely this time around I learned a lot about love, and be faithful to our God with our soul by just hearing what the pastor had given us. Thank You!

The CA meeting ended when we sang a worship song, Amazed. Yes, its true that Lord, I’m amazed by you and every blessing you pour out, I turn back to praise… Blessed be your glorious name! Amen!

Worship Team, Led by Jan

♣ brother MORGAN♣

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There’s nothing as wonderful as meeting our brothers and sisters in Christ! CA is where we get to be revived in the Lord together. This week’s CA has been a blessing for me, as always. The worship and the teaching and not to forget the fellowship we have is just wonderful. It’s just great to see how we have the chance to celebrate God’s love! I believe God has a plan for us together. Let’s continue in loving and serving Him! Hots for Jesus…

Zombie-man & His Assistant (eyes massage, very effective to revive your eyes) O_o

♣sister Abigail♣

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My mouth fell open and consternation filled my soul as Abigail and Ivy told me what an emcee’s job was. “It’s the master of ceremony, “ Abigail said as I stood rooted to the ground, not knowing what to do and say. When both of them came and asked me whether I could be the emcee for the CA this week, somehow because of my poor English I had misunderstood and I thought that they were asking me to be the usher for the night. So without much hesitation, I agreed. I wanted to turn down the offer later as I was never a good speaker. The last time I spoke on stage was in a story-telling competition when I was seven, which I failed miserably. However, I knew that there must be reasons why God had let me accept this task and that He would only give us tasks that we could handle.

Ms & Mr Emcees

To be frank, I had always envied those emcees in CA who could speak fluently and calmly on stage and I prayed to God that some day I would have the courage and be given the chance to be one, but I never thought that my prayers would be answered so quickly. “No, not this week. I have my English presentation and Chemistry test at the same day and I would never be able to pull all these through, “I quipped to myself but I was immediately reminded that with God, all things are possible. Many times in a day I had the thought to chicken out but had decided against it, and I was glad I didn’t.

Rachel sent me the flow of the event and later I met up with Grace (another emcee for the night) to discuss about the details. She was so fun to work with. I prayed hard and several times a day and I doubted God had listened to my prayers as I was still very nervous. That night when I got off the stage, Abigail told me that it was much better than my English presentation that morning, and phew—relief. When the song “Amazed” was performed by the worship team led by Jan, it suddenly dawned on me that God always listened whenever we prayed.

“You dance over me

While I am unaware

You sing all around

But I never hear the sound”

I was really touched by the love of God and I hated myself for even doubting the presence of God with me. He was there with me all along and I myself did not realize it. I thought I couldn’t make it through tonight but He proved me wrong. I had learnt so much from Him on that night. He had His plans for every one of us and sometimes, He might work in ways that we could not fully understand, but He would always be faithful and be there for us to guide us through all the challenges and obstacles in our lives.

The sermon later by Ps. Mike Ngui was wonderful as he said that we should love our God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength. He really had a sense of humour and everyone burst into bouts of laughter every now and then. A special thank to Ghai Xiong and Jonathan for the great refreshments after the CA.

“The Lord my God commanded me to be strong and courageous. I will not be terrified; not be discouraged, for the Lord my God will be with me wherever I go.”

Joshua 1:9

♣brother MING KAI♣

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The last Campus Alive, themed “Loving God with All Your Soul” was another awesome gathering. I could really see God’s hand in this CA as in every CA. Even more inspiring, was when I saw people who were committed and willing to come on a Thursday night despite how tired they were.

That night, our invited guest, Pastor Mike gave a fantastic sermon on loving God with all our souls. After his message, I began to ponder on many things. I realized that in everything that we have achieved, we can see God’s love for us; and in everything that we possess, we can see God’s blessings for us. Sometimes, however, we do not give enough credit and gratitude to God.

In Romans 5:8, “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” There are no conditions placed on God’s love for us. He created us to have a loving relationship with Him, and He sacrificed His own Son (who also willingly died for us) to restore that relationship. Indeed, we can see how great our God is. Thus, it is time to truly love God with all our souls, shine for God and show others how much God has loved us.

As for those who served in the last CA, you guys were brilliant. The emcees, Grace and Ming Khai did a superb job even though they were both nervous wrecks before CA (:P). The games were marvelously carried out by the ALG seniors – thanks to them we all had chocolates! The worship was beautifully led by Jan and the rest of the music team. PA system was splendid. Ushers were fab. Refreshments were great. And also, thank you, Zhang Zhi for your wonderful testimony that encouraged us all to stay faithful to God.

Woship Team!

Most importantly, a big THANK YOU to you, Jesus for touching all our lives! :)

♣sister Rachel♣

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