Campus Alive

October 22, 2011

Reaching Out

Filed under: CA Reports — campusalive @ 12:09 pm

I believe we are all drama kings and queens.

We complain way too much and we are never satisfied with life. We are seldom grateful for what we have and instead, we question why we are not given more. We whine about how life is terrible and how unfair life is for us. Whether it is a test that is coming up, or a pile of untouched assignments, we complain. But have we actually thought about how fortunate we already are? What about the people out there who doesn’t even get the opportunity for education? Next, we complain about our parents being too strict and not understanding enough. What about those people out there who are orphans and who would die to have parents who can nag them and care for them? To us, life may suck. But that’s only because we haven’t seen the lives of those less fortunate. Why compare ourselves to those that are rich and live lavishly? We should instead look at those who are less fortunate and reflect on how lucky we are.

That is the message I got from the sharing from Pastor Elisha last Thursday. He shared with us about stories of people who are grateful just to have a place to stay, people who are so poor that their entire house is the size of some of our living room, and also people whose parents are drug addicts. Upon hearing this, most peoples’ first thought would be that these situations are probably happening in all the poorer countries such as the rural parts of India or perhaps Africa.

But no, it is in fact happening right in front of us, right here in Kuala Lumpur.

This brings us to a call. This calling may not have to be a calling for us to give up all we have to be the next Mother Theresa or to give up our comfortable life and become a volunteer in some remote place in Africa. Instead, this calling is to ask us to do what we can for those in need. It may be in the form of money, help or just time. It also need not be only limited to visiting crisis homes or orphanages. I believe that even simple gestures like sharing your food with your poorer friends who can’t afford to eat a good meal or encouraging someone who has family problems are ways of giving back to society. It is all these small things that touch peoples’ hearts in a big way.

Start reaching out to those next to you! Care for the less fortunate and most importantly, ask the Lord for guidance always as we ask him to break our hearts for what breaks His. =)

Hannah Chen

Break My Heart for What Breaks Yours

Filed under: CA Reports — campusalive @ 12:03 pm
What an inspiring and touching sermon! I can feel the Spirit moving around the place, moving everyone’s heart, moving me… For the past few weeks, I had been carried away by the hectic schedule and events. I really had a bad month, emotionally and spiritually. I felt that I am losing heart for God, no longer placing Him first in my heart. Before I came to CA tonight, I stared at my calendar, wondering how much time I had allocated for God. The answer was disappointing, He was not my priority. I felt sad, really bad. But God was so real, He spoke to me through the message!
“The choice of life is in my hands.”
It really struck me that I can actually do something to fix the problem I was facing. It refreshed my mind, reminding me on what my purpose is in INTEC, my calling in my future career. I want to make a difference for Him! Actions speak louder than words, please do pray one another and me as well that we will focus on God and finish our race here, and also encourage and support each other.
God bless,
Rachel Chong

October 15, 2011

Break My Heart for What Breaks Yours…

Filed under: CA Reports — campusalive @ 7:36 am

As I write this, it has officially been a week since I’ve answered the call to be CA guy leader-in-waiting. The past week has been a time of learning, both about CA and how it works, as well as the people who I will be working with.

Thursday’s CA was a real eye-opener.

It is not the first time that I have listened to Pr. Elisha’s stories but I am touched each time I hear them. Coming to CA and hearing his stories on how he has encountered the marginalized has awoken in me again this desire to just do something for the people in need. Pr. Elisha really challenges me. How many times as a student I gripe about what I have? I complain when it is to hot in the hostels. I complain when my lecturers are not very good. I complain when the food is not nice. But, have I ever thought about those who don’t even have food? Have I thought about those who don’t even have a proper place to stay like I do? Have I thought about those who don’t even have a chance to learn to read and write?

It is really an eye-opening session where I started to realize that, I am blessed beyond measure by God.

What am I doing with what I have been blessed with? Am I changing lives? Am I impacting lives? What am I doing for those who encounter injustice? God’s heart breaks for those who are treated unjustly. Does my heart break when I see injustice? Personally, yes it does. But what am I doing with it? Am I acting on these feelings where my heart is broken because of this injustice that I see?

I came out of that sharing with a heart, a will to make a conscious effort to help out those who are treated unjustly or those who are marginalized.

Hopefully this is one way I can do it: To continue on with what Zhong Xiang has been doing, which is, to visit homes like Shelter, Crisis Home and so on. There was this discussion when I was with Pr. Elisha, chatting with him as he ate. He asked Zhong Xiang what he has been doing concerning reaching out to the marginalized this semester. Zhong Xiang explained what CA has been doing in the visitation of homes. Pr. Elisha commented back and asked, “So, is this just a one off thing?” At that point in time, I knew that I was to continue on what Zhong Xiang has been doing. Hopefully I will be able to continue this activity of bringing CA members to visit homes to learn more about the marginalized and to show them how they live in order that they might come to know God’s heart for the marginalized.

I think another thing that impacted me was the fact that Pr. Elisha said we will be the generation that will help these people. It’s a long hard journey to do so but I believe that if I am commit my heart to it, by God’s strength I will.

Will you join me in helping these people who are less fortunate than us?

Matthew Chan

September 10, 2011

Reaching out

Filed under: CA Reports — campusalive @ 10:59 am

After awaiting for so many weeks, Campus Alive was back again this week. It supposed to be a ‘normal’ fellowship to me, but you know what, it was just awesome! Actually I’ve already looking forward for this CA since the week before we had our Raya Break. What to say more when I got to know there’s CA for this week although at first I thought there will not be one because not all of the INTEC-ians are back here yet.

The challenging part is when, on Saturday afternoon, the worship leader, Shiau Xian texted me asking me whether to be the pianist or not. I was pretty excited and in fact, I remembered how I prayed for it because I wanna learn more through serving the Lord in this Ministry. Yeah, so I accepted the ‘request’ after knowing Fiona and Sharon were joining too. That’s why from Saturday I already looking forward for the CA!

After long waiting for 3days, finally it came to Thursday! I was so excited. For the past three days I remembered how 3 of us (me, Sharon and Fiona) keep on calling and inviting the people around us to join this week’s CA. Although people seemed to be reluctant when we called them, they had actually turned up on the CA night itself including our coursemates! It was just so relieved and amazed by God’s grace when we saw them coming out from the lift. I really will not forget that moment I saw them, it was just, so amazing and can’t be described by words.

The CA carried on as usual. We signed up to different ministries. I was attracted to everything, seriously. But then, I think I better make some choices. So I had three, hoped that it’s not too ‘greedy’. And after the signing up to ministries we had the praise and worship carried on. I was quite nervous because I did not really good during the practices I had. Furthermore this is the first time I’m serving in CA, which I suggested that I’m not really familiar with. Thank God that everything went on smoothly, at least better than what I’ve expected. This really reminded me a saying where I saw my friend posted in on facebook:

God doesn’t call the qualified. He qualifies the CALLED.

He’s just awesome, right?

The message brought by the speaker was very inspiring too. I don’t know why, while He was giving his message I just simply, thought of all my classmates. He touched about the yeast story, where we, as Christian, should be like a yeast, not expecting someone sent by God as tasks for us, but to go out and make disciples as what is written in Matthew 28:19. It knocked me, hard, asking myself whether which type of ‘method’ was I using before this.

Sometimes we really tend to be waiting for God to do His work, but was it an excuse from preventing us to really reach out to people around us who doesn’t really know who our dearest Christ Jesus is.

There’s a story he shared which inspired me the most, where he said that a person will go 39792137871290 kilometres away to another country to reach out to the people in that country but just ignore the people who are staying in the next street.

What challenge is bigger than physical distance and spiritual distance? The main cause, I guess, is the discrimination to each other.

Think about it, people.

What to say anymore, Campus Alive is just awesome. No, it should be: GOD IS JUST AWESOME! The Almighty that blessed me so much. I had never thought that I’ll experience this kind of LOVE in my college life. May God continue to build each and everyone of us to grow in Him and bring out His love in our Campus, and next bringing more impact to our lives.

Kar Suan

CA Movie Week

Filed under: CA Reports,Please Note — campusalive @ 10:41 am
On the 11th of August, our much anticipated CA finally arrived and on that week we had MOVIE WEEK! I felt really excited because we can loosen up a bit and leave our academic stuffs aside for a while besides the fact that topic test was really around the corner that time. Besides, we also get to meet new friends, worship God, listen to His words and taste delicious food as well…
Gadoh – That was the movie we watched.
It described the scenario of our society and way of life of many people in our country nowadays, especially the youngsters.
It was the very common problem that happened in school, especially secondary school. The movie was somehow relevant and seems so real to us. It really touched the inner side of me especially when the innocent, lovely Indian boy (sorry! i kinda forgot his name) talked about his feelings towards the entire school and society. It gave me a sudden spasm that our society today is really ill, and honestly how many of us really dare to say that we are not even 1% racism? Like what Beatrice shared at the end of the movie, that we are actually indirectly acting in that way (being racist) without realization. We tend to stick among the people with the same race! Since young, it have been planted in our mind set that we are living in this unfair society, that life is just unfair and we need to live with it. This perception is so strong that it is actually very hard to get rid of because we were building this wall and barriers since young. We had wrong perceptions, incorrect paradigms and misleading rumours around us. These walls are the major factors that cause the racial tension that we had today.
After watching that movie, I really felt that we need to appreciate the unity and love among us. It’s not because moral studies teaches us to do so or even our parents want us to do that way. It’s actually a way of life that Jesus wants us to live. 
Several times in the Bible we are told to love our neighbour — one of the Bible’s most repeated commands. Loving our neighbour is the opposite of selfishness. However, who are our neighbours? When Jesus was asked by someone who his neighbour was (Luke 10:29), Jesus responded by telling the story of the good Samaritan — who helped a stranger in need by the roadside. Then, in verse 37, Jesus told the man to go and do like the good Samaritan. A neighbour is someone who is near-by wherever you are.
It really makes me to ponder at this issue – RACIAL RECONCILIATION. Why are we doing this? Why do we need to break the barriers between different races? Isn’t it just enough to be like this? Does God really want us to do that? Yes! As stated above, God wants us to LOVE everyone, every singlehomosapien no matter what race, creed, religion colour of skin, gender etc. of the person is. Love is just simply loving and caring the person the God has created because everyone is unique and is God’s creation. God loves them, so we as the children of God should love them too.
One of the things that really knocked me was what described by the Indian boy in the movie. He told us that we really ignore the Indians in this country. “Korang Malay dan Cina asyik gaduh sahaja. Macam mana dengan saya? Saya hanya mahu berkawan…” Apparently, it’s so true because we always see Malays wanting their rights to be back and Chinese keep fighting for the betterment in their rights as well. So, like what Dr. Living Lee told us in the previous week in the testimony he shared, that the Indians in this country seem so small, quarrels always happen between Chinese and Malays. What we usually see in the news papers, in the politic arena are between the two majority races. Even in CA, there are really few Indians. It makes me ponder more…Towards the end of the movie, they actually showed us how their relationships can be rebuild and reconciled by simply forgiveness and acceptance. I think that’s the most basic things that we need to practise now.
Basically that was what i felt after CA that week. Oh ya, i was really exultant that my housemates were willing to join us that week. Back at our hostel, i asked them how do they feel about the whole CA and they replied by saying “It’s just awesome! I don’t know why…” I felt that God has really touched them in His way and i will continue to pray hard for them because I believe in the power of prayers! ^^
Last but not least, I would like to thanks the CA commitee for giving me the chance to share my testimony although it seems a bit not organised. Special thanks to Kar Suan for helping me up and also shared her testimony with me. Anyhow, life still have to go on and i pray that we can get closer to God each day, renewing ourselves and shine for Him everyday! P.T.L!!!
Julia Lim

March 28, 2011

A Different Approach : John 5

Filed under: CA Pictures,CA Reports — campusalive @ 6:08 pm

Bible Passage

We did bible study this ca, being lead by Miss Beatrice who has been faithfully serving in ca. She guided us through the scripture (John 5:1-15) in a different and creative manner, helping us to visualize and understand more about the background of the few verses. She started of by getting a few members to read the scriptures out loud, followed by a few rounds of sketches, acting out the scene as described in the bible. This bible passage basically speaks about an invalid man, lying by the pool of Bethesda, and how Jesus approached him and healed him. We were encouraged to think and put ourselves in the shoe of that invalid man and discussed about what do we see and feel.

The Invalid Man

Being in a place where all sick people gathered for 38 years, the man would have most probably gave up hope of trying to get healed or might have felt comfortable with his current life. When Jesus approached him and asked if he wants to get well, I think he must have felt that Jesus was different in a way, that he took the trouble to talk to him as he might not being given any attention for a very long time. He was healed. Pharisees who were there confronted him as it was a Sabbath and he was not suppose to carry his mat (he picked up his mat and walk and was healed just as Jesus told him to). After that, Jesus went up to him in the temple again and told him not to sin again.

From this passage of scripture, we can basically see the heart of Jesus that was just so devoted to the needs of his people. He cared more for the people and not so much of the laws. He gave attention and care and healed a man most people wouldn’t even notice of. Besides that, he even took an extra mile to warn that man against sinning as physical healing is not the same as spiritual healing. He wants us to be found in him and grow not just at some point of our life but throughout our whole journey of life. This is the heart of our God, who loves and goes all out to care for his people even if they are non believers. Looking at the heart of our creator, will we stop and spend time investing in the lives of others and look out for the needs of others? We are called to love and loving is simply just by caring and taking interest in the needs of others. Reflecting at our lives, in what ways are we similar to the invalid man? Are there any areas of our life that needs the touch of God or in what ways are we too comfortable in life? We have to make our own decision whether to get well or not before our God can truly move in of our lives. Risk it and surrender the areas of life that needs to be changed, be it the growth of your spiritual walk with god, relationships with people or even as simple as stop complaining and see things from a different perspective? It will surely cost you something but I’m sure God is going to pour out so much more and bring us into a higher level of experiencing Him when you let go and let him take control.

God bless =D

 

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Noticeably, attendance was reduced this week – might be affected by competitions that was, is and will be held.

:D :D :D

On the contrary however, the spirit to worship God wasn’t affected one bit at all. And, the ice-breaking game was bonding and gluing – literally – each and every one together.

Getting REAL with Jesus was the focus this week. And of this purpose as well, John 5:1 – 15 was chosen as the subject for the bible study.

I’m a WORD ESSENTIAL Christian – Let the word investigate you!

‘What is God’s word asking of me today?’


Often, we wonder what does the stories in the Bible tells us and how can they be related to us, right now, at this point of our lives.

The story of the invalid man – simple but of much meaning it contains – tells us of the things that we never realized was there before. In a way, we are so much different physically when compared to the invalid man, yet mentally and emotionally we do not differ much from him.

The four questions put forth to those present that day, leave each and every one of them with something to really think about – of the things that we have been struggling with, up to the extent we chuck it aside to one far corner of the brain in the ‘Deal Later’ section or the fact that some of us might have lost hope and just given up on the things that was once one of the priority in life.

It wasn’t a dead end, as so we’ve discovered. Things are to be done, and this shows how much we want it, how sincere we are about it and how real we are towards it.

We know God is always there to help us – guiding us as we take our first step in attending the long-forgotten issue. This is a big relief isn’t it? To know there is someone who’ll be there to catch us along the way when we fall. With the comfort we find in his words, we will always find the strong point to carry oneself up and start again.

Praise Him for that :)

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Hannah Wee

It’s blessed when everyone come together before the Lord to worship and adore Him.

Actually I had been delaying my serving as pianist for a couple of times due to some reasons, until the latest CA which was on the 24th, I said to God, that I’ll put Him first, I’ll serve Him, I know He’ll lead me in my studies. So I came, and believe me, it’s amazing. God really showed me that He is able, as long as we trust in Him and put Him first. So amazing that my German exam was on Thursday itself, so it doesn’t affect anything. Glory to God!

Thank God we really had a powerful prayer together, touching worship, and good bible study.

From the bible study led by Miss Beatrice, there’s one question from her that struck my heart, which is “How am I like the invalid man?”
Indeed at times when we are so helpless, it’s the one word of God, that give us strength to stand up again, it’s His very word that comfort us and bring light into our life. Praise to HIM!

Thank God we ended with warm supper from some sisters. May God bless you. =)


March 14, 2011

Jesus Christ, Lord of our Time, Money and Goals.

Filed under: CA Reports — campusalive @ 12:13 am

Just as the Bible says that our God is omniscient, omnipotent and omnipresent, our God is definitely relevant in every aspect of our life. Hence, He is the Lord of our Time, Money, Goals, as the theme for this week CA suggests. Our God is a God who never goes out of fashion nor will He be obsolete that He deserves to be cast aside and thrown into the trash bin.

This week, we are truly blessed to have Mr Rajen Devadason as our speaker for CA.  First off, he started it with a rather depressing question that sparked a feeling of apprehension among all who were present. The question goes like this, ‘Statistics showed that 2/3 of young Christians who were very passionate in Christ tend to distant themselves from God after 20 to 30 years. Those who stayed strong and walk in God’s way is merely 1/3 of the original number. If this statistic is true, then 20 to 30 years from now, among those who are serving here in CA, only a few remains while others will leave the flock. Who is certain that he or she will be among the 1/3 of the faithful sheep?’

some looked skeptical and uncertain, some find it scary and inconceivable, me inclusive. He somehow shook my confidence. i asked myself if I am able to stay strong in God and follow Jesus for as long as I live? As my heart says yes, I love my Father and I want to hold His right hand forever, I could feel the confidence that God gave me, the assurance. at that instance, i raised my hand and there was no feeling of uncertainty. i could feel that God is making a promise with me that He will stay with me forever, how can I abandon Him and break His heart? No I cant do that, we all Can’t.

He then went on and talked about the definition of success. Men have been defining success based on their own intellectual, which is why this word centers around wealth and luxury. But what really is success? Mr Rajen defined it as such, ‘ Success is knowing Jesus and making Him known‘. Indeed, success is not about us, our comfort or even our own satisfaction. But success is about fulfilling a purpose God has given to us in our lives. To live a life without God’s purpose is empty and void. However, to live up to God’s purpose, making His name and love famous, bringing glory to His name, knowing that He will be smiling from Heaven above, pleased by His children, I say, that is a success, an eternal success.

Mr Rajen also touched on aligning our lives to what the bible says. What the bible does not say, that is not the truth. People often blame on money for being the root of all evils, but mind you, the bible says the love for money is the root of all evils. (in 1 Timothy 6:10) So people, read your bibles hehe.

Sorry that my words could not contain all that he had said, somehow some information is lost while it is being transferred here. Get yourself on the first-hand sermon in the next CA, refreshing and rejuvenating for your souls. Yes i’m inviting you hahaha come!!! =D

For God is gracious,

Anonymous.

 

CA was awesome this week! Our speaker Mr. Rajen came and spoke a lot of truth about life. On a personal level, I had been pondering about money and what God thought about it….dreams of making big buck, investing successfully and what not over the last holidays…and the more I thought about it, the more disenchanted I became with the thought of being wealthy. By the end of the holiday, I lost interest on learning what terms such as stocks, bonds etc and how Forex or the stock market worked.

Starting off with how Jesus came that we would have a life that is abundant, he came to speak of how money is not the root of evil, but love of money is. A minor difference word-wise which translates to oceans of difference when you consider the meaning. So it’s ok to be rich? Apparently, yes as long as your priorities are in place.

He then went on to speak on a lot of things, including the purpose of life, which was to know Jesus and to make Him known. This makes sense, since if you know what your purpose of life is, it’s cool to live out your life, make it big, and still know what you’re doing and why you’re here. Being poor and being rich makes no difference if you don’t know your purpose in life.

He also spoke of the importance of tithing. It doesn’t matter if you’re making three, four, five, (and maybe perhaps six) figures a month. Just tithe and give to God what belongs to Him (before tax of course, ahem), and He shower you with lots and lots of blessings. Awesome right? Indeed.

Then came the repeat of the statistics that only 1 out of 3 active church-going youngsters will still be in church in their adulthood. Well, that’s the truth and its scary. But I believe that if we make a stand now to stay in church, chances are, we’ll be part of the 1 out of 3.

That’s about all from me. Somehow, what the speaker spoke to us made some sense. I mean, God didn’t give us life to spend it thinking we’re not meant to be rich or wealthy. Why live low if you could maximize? Well, God has different callings for each of us, not everyone was meant to be rich (I think) but God blesses us in His own way, and I believe that if we take the initiative, we’ll be at least, well off.

Now for that read up on how the stock market works..…

=D

-Anonymous-

 

March 1, 2011

Get REAL!

Filed under: CA Reports — campusalive @ 8:09 am

Get real… That’s a pretty common phrase used by today’s Y generation. But during tonight’s CA, the term took on a much deeper meaning as we delved into the question of who we really are in Christ.

The attendance in CA was noticeably reduced tonight due to the ongoing test season in several programmes. Nevertheless, it was clear that for those present, the passion and hunger for more of Him was not the least bit diminished.

CA started off on a slightly different note this time, with everyone gathering together to pray and commit the rest of the evening into God’s hands. It was a really powerful prayer session for as it is said in Matthew 18:20, “Where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them.”

After that, we played an energetic game of Bingo where names from the bible were used instead of numbers. God’s presence was so evident during the awesome time of worship that followed.

Games Session

The speaker of the night was Rev. Kenneth Chin, the Senior Minister of Acts Church. Sharing from Matthew 16:13, Pastor Kenneth impressed upon us that getting real is about getting revelation. He challenged us to start thinking about who we really are in life and how much we think we’re worth.

Pastor Kenneth sharing

Everyone was listening with rapt attention to this anointed, energetic (and hilarious =P) speaker as he shared from his own life experiences and encouraged us to be the best at being ourselves. He also shared that one of the most dangerous words in the English language is ‘they’ and that we should stop living by what ‘they’ say.

Everyone received loads of encouragement that night. There were even a handful of salvations and rededications. Truly, the smaller numbers did nothing to make this week’s CA any less special or God’s presence any less powerful.

Rather than conforming to the ‘they’s in our lives, we should get real and get that revelation about who we are in Christ. God will come upon those who know who they are. All He needs is for us to surrender to Him and say, “That’s all I have, use me, Lord.”

As for how much do we think we are worth? Well, God thinks you’re worth the death of His Son.

=)

Fern

October 4, 2010

Reaching Out – the event which IMPACTED lives

Filed under: CA Pictures,CA Reports,CA Service,Challenge,Testimony — campusalive @ 3:33 pm

“Lets have faith that right makes might; and in that faith let us, to the end, dare to do our duty as we understand it.”

– Abraham Lincoln –

Campus Alive that night was indeed an inspiring one. Here are the insights from some of the attendees of last week’s CA:

Rekindling the Passion for Christ

Good tidings to all! :)

Today was my first time experiencing Campus Alive, despite being constantly hounded by my more enthusiastic classmates ( Shu Yoong and Caryn) to attend. And after feeding them with many different excuses I could possibly think of, I finally decided to give it a try. I did not expect much to be honest, but once I got to the venue, and after I had seen the amount of attendees and the beautiful place, I realized that this was something bigger and much more significant than what I had given it credit for.

Energetic game masters giving a brief description on the game

The evening’s event started out rather vibrantly, with a clever ice breaking session and lively young souls communing in hymn and praise. But the highlight of the evening was listening to the testimony of an outstanding God-fearing woman. Her honest and compelling testimony was just as inspiring as it was witty. I truly felt His presence in the crowd, as we all looked on as she shared her tale of total obedience, responsibility, and trust in the Lord. I believe we all walked away with a rekindled urge to carry out our noble duty as Christians, at least I did.

All in all, I truly enjoyed myself today. I wish I hadn’t missed the previous CA meetings prior to this. But I guess it’s never to late to realise what God has in store for us. And I’m quite positive that the Lord has more great things in store for this group and its following. Thank you once again to all who made today’s event the meaningful experience it was for me. :)

With Christ at heart, Isaac. :)

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Yes Lord, I’m Listening!

Thursday came knocking again and I found myself sitting in a van headed off to….yes, Campus Alive!

It’s amazing how fast time flies in INTEC. So Thursday is always an awesome chance to slow down a bit. I mean, it’s true what people say, you miss out on a lot when you’re rushing all the time. Quote Joash “Take some time to look at the sky”. Or did he say “weather”…?

Well, yes, Thursday, 630pm, sitting around a table eating Chinese food, catching up with various friends from other programmes. Awesome. That’s the word for it. Fellowship and food, you cant have one without the other. I like it, it reminds me of my hometown Kuching, where kopitiam sessions occur on a regular basis.

Bubbly ushers welcoming the students

7.30 pm, we go to the Atmosphere. There were lots of people this CA.

The activity was a talk from a special someone. She shared her story, her testimony on how she came to Christ. It was really interesting and heart warming. God came to her when she was at the lowest point of her life. Imagine that!

I can’t imagine a better way to experience God’s love. I mean, you’ve got to feel loved when someone loves you when you don’t love yourself. Then, she shared how God became real to her and how she learned to trust God and depend on God in making big decisions in life. At the end of it, she challenged us to really walk with God.

I really gained a lot from it. But the two main things were, first, I learned I’ve got to get closer to God and really learn to listen to His voice. Secondly, her talk really motivated me to work hard, I mean, her schedule is packed and crazy, and she believes in working for a God who is constantly working. It really pushed me to think that yes, I’ve got to work harder. Of course breaks are still necessary!

September babies! <3

End of CA, refreshments and back to Cendana! Good night!

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Faithful Servant of God

Again another Campus Alive that impacted me! Today an inspiring godly woman shared with us on how God has worked in her life, and how HE can do the same with ours.

“The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few”.

These words reminded me that sometimes, we are so comforted with just scoring good grades and attending Christian fellowships, but we forgot that we are all called to do his work. Not by ourselves, but to work together with him. Today I was reminded that He is always walking and working with us. All we need to do is to faithfully do His work with boldness and courage.

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, have faith!

– Howard –

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Ground Breakers. Mountain Movers.

When everything ended, we were leaving towards the refreshment room. She was there, standing at the door. My friends all stopped to shake hands with her and thanked her for the awesome session. I was next. Her firm handshake and the aura of confidence in her really amazed me. Such a small-sized lady in her early thirties, how could she have gone through so many ups and downs? The answer is simple: God.

It’s not the first time I heard her sharing about her walk of life with God. Previously, she shared about how God has guided her as she joined politics. Tonight, in CA once again, with the theme ‘Reaching Out’, she shared with us how God brought blessings in her life. Simple, straight-forward, and heart-moving. That’s all that I could say about her session with us. And most important of all, I am blessed once again, to be able to learn more about God.

I was really tired that day, having been worrying about presentations and loads of unfinished work. I was confused and I guess I just resorted to avoid thinking about it. Yet, God is with me all the while! Listening to what she had to say, my questions were answered. Expectations. That’s the word. Many times we have high expectations of others, but when that person did not live up to our expectations we end up feeling discouraged. Expectations from others and on our ourselves also make us feel disillusioned. This godly woman went through the same phase, too, and without doubt, her main support is Him, the Lord.

We have expectations of God as well, but we mustn’t forget that He does what He knows is best for us. So a challenge by the speaker: pray and have faith in Him, go through life close to God. For me, it is not a challenge, though, it is a matter of choice. True enough, life without God, in university, at work, is meaningless.

One last thing, from Matthew 9:37-38:

Then Jesus said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into His harvest field.”

A close walk with God is not only following Him alone, but also to spread the good news to others. Reaching out, as an act of love to our loved ones, and also to God, the almighty. I hope this testimony  is able to reach out to someone out there. =) And I’m sure glad that I attended CA!!!

August 1, 2010

Juniors, Seniors & Super Seniors! Second Half of 2010 begins…

Filed under: CA Pictures,CA Reports,CA Service,CA Updates,Sharing,Testimony — campusalive @ 4:01 pm

First Campus Alive for the juniors! We (the seniors) were looking forward for this day to come. A year ago, it was our first and finally it was time for us to organize the first Campus Alive for our dear juniors…

The participation from our juniors, seniors and fellow batch mates was AWESOME! Managing the transport to Kota Kemuning was not (always) an easy task. Thankfully we have the amazing transport ministry to make sure nobody misses the opportunity to come and celebrate our first CA for this semester. Thank God also as the new highway LKSA (or also known as LAKSA) was officially open and the journey to Kota Kemuning was shorter.

mr super senior :)

As usual, the event started with games to increase the bond between the newcomers, the juniors, seniors as well as SUPER seniors!

It was indeed a very special night. Campus Alive committees performed a short sketch ala-musical. The theme of the sketch was about how a new college student (Harry Kettle, Royston) struggle to fit in into the different cliques in college. However, in the end, he realized that he does not have to pretend to be someone else in Campus Alive. This is because, God loves us equally and unconditionally and here in CA, we accept one another despite our difference, capabilities or even weaknesses. Later on, the praise and worship was led by Abigail and Bryan. It was really touching to hear the voices of more than 160 people who came, sang along and worshiped him. It was a record to have that number of people came to Campus Alive. Our Campus Alive is growing. Praise the Lord!

another emo dude...

cool dude and emo dude

The sermon “Loving Your Family” was given by Pastor David Yeow. It was a very interesting sermon especially for juniors who have just left their home to further their study. The bubbly Pastor sure knew how to grab the attentions of the students that came that night with his funny and hilarious actions.

sermon time :)

Last but not least, before the refreshment was served, we also celebrated the birthday for July babies. Thanks to ACTS church for helping to prepare some snacks for refreshment. The curry puffs was tastilicious! Finally it was time to say goodbye. It was a really memorable night, not just for the juniors but also for the seniors for organizing the first CA without our beloved seniors.

Now, lets hear what they have to say…

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Campus Alive is very fun and exiting! It makes me feel that I’m home with my family. I realized that wherever I go, I will never feel lonely because I have a very big family in Christ. I can make friends with a lot of people and we have a great time together. There are fun activities such as games and sing along. We are truly brothers and sisters in Jesus. The sharing by the pastor was also very touching. Thank you to the seniors who made all this things happened.  The refreshments are very nice too. I’m really looking forward to attend the next Campus Alive gatherings.

ushers :)

Haszura Senghie

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Last Thursday, I was given to the opportunity to Co-lead worship in CA. At first, I was quite scared and nervous to co-lead when Abigail told me to do so. But then, I took courage to take this task when I remembered a verse in the bible that says love the Lord with all your heart, and to me, serving God in music is a good way to express my love for Him.

praise and worship team

guitar-men (morgan & howard) and bryan

I was actually reminded again last Thursday that serving God is not a burden but instead, a way to please Him. In fact, serving God is also a thing that I can be joyful in. I remembered despite finishing late for practice (and had lots of homework to finish), I found great delight and refreshed in all worries and cares.

praise and worship team

Everyone should involve themselves in serving God (in any ways). Believe me, those who serve will be even closer to God. Serving God should also be something that is from a person’s heart. God will remember what you did for Him, and indeed, will bless you with more blessing. PROVE: Matthew 6:33 “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”

music or singing...praise Him at all times :)

Bryan

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To start with, INTEC is definitely not what I expected it to be! I knew that it would be a totally new experience for me but it turns out that the short time I have spent here is much more enjoyable than what I had imagined, and it goes beyond the average life of a student. Of course lessons are getting tougher and assignments are piling up but with so many great friends and sporting seniors, the days just fly by! Plus, not only is there arranged transport to church, there are also gatherings and the best of all is CAMPUS ALIVE! I had so much fun! Seriously, u guys rock!!! It was truly an amazing experience and it felt so good to belong in such a wonderful community. Praise the Lord for that! Keep it up, guys! Can’t wait for the next CA! :)

Simrenjit Singh

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When Steven came and asked me whether I would like to serve God, my first thought was actually, “yeah! ushering!”, as I really like to meet up with new people, make all guests feel like pampered in their homes.

“Can you please write a blog about today’s CA, and can you please send it to me once you have finished, erm, before next week?” and, yup, I accepted the request, without any hesitation, and I really don’t know why I accepted it at the first place. I always believe that God will put me at the right place, at the right time, to serve Him, the one almighty God.

(And sorry for being such a lazy writer. I was busy on parade until I can’t really stay awake every time I tried to open my laptop to continue my blog.)

XD :P and this blog will become one of my testimony for Campus Alive, and just as its name sounds, it’s alive. God Bless.

Game was fun, albeit torturing, as I wasn’t really good at running, but we did have lots of fun together with each other. Little game bonds us together, and we can always learn something even better through games, and I discover that, “smile is always be the best encouragement/gift a person can received.” and laughters filled up the hall as we witnessed the winners’ aesthetic calligraphy of “CA” with their butts. (Dickson, awesome buttwriting. in cursive). LOLZ. ><

Praise and worship has been one of my most favorite part during a fellowship. Voices arose among everyone, either you are a believer, or a non-believer, and we enjoyed every moment singing together. Combining both fantastic concert-like band and diva-ish lead singers like Bryan Goh, praise and worship is a success. God will surely be delighted with the worship we have for him. What He loves more is seeing us stand up united, singing in one voice with melodious notes flying all over the hall without distinction among ourselves. Praise the Lord!

“and God Loves Us, the way you are.” Isn’t that what CA is all about? Everyone is welcome to join CA despite your origins, your background, your race, your religions. We are here, in God’s grace, learning together, and having fun together. Through the funny sketch by all CA committee members, I discover that in CA, nobody will feel lonely. We are here to care for each other. They have sincere smiles on their face. Listen to lots of sharing, chit-chat with friends. X)

Love is always a crucial part in life, but sometime after doing a reality check, we may find it hard to have love nourish in between a relationship, and one of the world hardest relationship to be well taken care of is parents- kids relationship. As scholars who just get themselves a total freedom from their family, we felt homesick; no matter how much we dislike our family, the feeling will still traumatize us. Having their first time to study away from home, most of the juniors, I believe, will find today’s sermon meaningful as they begin to embark a new journey of life without the accompany from their parents.

Pastor Dave Yeoh from Acts Church (yeepee, I love him. I cried in his last sermon given in last year. Do refer back to Campusalive website for more information) gave an excellent sermon on how we should love our parents. In other words, how we show our love to them by replying them politely when things get ugly between parents and kids. COOL! (I really need something like that now. ) It’s true that loving our parents is easy, but showing our love to them is hard for a number of people. After the sermon, I missed them so badly. Daddy, Mommy, are you ok>?

(It shows how wonderful our holy bible is as well: it proves our Holy Bible isn’t as doctrinaire as they thought. XD)

Overall, it’s an awesome experience to know my new juniors, share my experience with my juniors, have a wonderful fellowship with friends from different programs, states, religions, family background.

and sorry to all my juniors whose names have always been forgotten by me. I will try my best to remember all my friends’ names in CA.

Campus Alive is a wonderful melange of  lively campus students who are interested in make a difference in the campus. By having faith in God, we believe we can have a wonderful time with everyone who joins CA. We are a big family, that’s why we smile when we saw you… …

“Home Sweet Home, my church brothers and sisters.”

Akira

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Well, it’s been two years since I left my school days, I’m pretty sure being a super senior in my primary school (yep, I’m talking about you two, Sharellena and Sandra) and super senior in secondary school was quite uneasy.. I prefer being humble and be friends with them, rather than acting as if you’re clever type of senior and pretended you knew more than them..Hehe

the emo dude...

To tell you all, I wrote this note not because I want to boast about my life, nor being proud of myself being better than the others… It’s about a ‘call’ from God that wants me to tell all of you about my life… I felt there is a presence of Him kept telling me to write this note to all of you, I felt God wants me to do this because He cares all of us, and He shows His love towards us. Being alone in the dark, sad is not the choice that God wants us to do, instead being satisfied with your life, happy and have faith is all what it takes to be the sons of God, the Christians and even the non-believers because He believe someday, all of us will step in front and committing our life towards Him, be there with Him forever and always..Amen…

Here, I would like to tell all of you about my life after adolescence era, because I’m scared when I turned 20 years old next year, I wouldn’t be able to remember all of this and God must be quite upset not telling you all…hehe well, where should i start? I’ve grown up, have a life, eat what I like and sleep whenever I want…=) i swear if i’m telling you this, i would have lied, because all things gets tougher and tougher sometimes and u may not discovered when that moment comes to you that may bring you down.

I discovered myself being in that situation number of times… Being stress easily lower down your confidence and that’s the moment when you realized you’re down and felt the melancholy melody after all the problems you’ve faced through. There’s one time where I found myself being foolish for what I’ve done, and I regret for not being the best of the best as I promised… seriously i let my tears out for all the problems i’ve created in studies, relationship with family, relationship with friends and relationship with my love one, i put all the burden on my shoulder for that moment because i know i made a mistake i shouldn’t have done in the first place.

I made people annoyed sometimes, and the most painful of all, I made my love ones disappointed. At that time, I felt as if I want to punish myself for what I did, every time I slept I felt sad and I realized I’ve lost my way. My mind start playing with tricks on me, telling me to just gave up and keep disappointing until the end. I felt if I’m given another chance, I would turn back the time and fix all the problems I’ve created. I will say ‘I’m sorry’ not caring how many times I would say up that word as long as the ones I’m hurting accept my apology. That’s when I felt down not knowing what to do.

All of a sudden, I realized that when I lost the way, I lost the way that connects me towards the only one that cares about me, that always be there to support me, always be there to make me happy and always be there to lay His precious hand to support the burden I’ve always carry. So at that moment I closed my eyes and I prayed:

“Dear heavenly father Lord, I would like to thank You for so many times, that You never let me sad, You never left me when I’m down and You never let me lost the way to You as long as I kept You inside my heart. I would like to committed myself to You and I realized for all the problems I faced, it’s all about Your plans and Your obstacles that made me strong. I believe I would be fine under your guidance Father Lord and I pray and I hope that You would soften the hearts of all the people around me to accept my apology and for the truth, I love the ones I hurt and I promise not to made all of you disappointed under Lord’s guidance..Amen…”

Once I finished the last sentence of the prayer, I’ve setting up my plans and my promises to all of those who felt hurt for what I’ve done to them, and under Lord’s guidance I would never do anything that can make all of my love ones disappointed. Deep in my heart I’m sorry and I promise I will be better and better for the days to come. That’s my promise and my life holds with it until the end…

Morgan

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