Campus Alive

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!!!

April 14, 2010

Prayer Request: Let’s Do Great Things For Him!

Filed under: Challenge,Please Note,Prayer — Nicole @ 6:31 pm

Hello everyone! :D This has already been posted in Facebook, but let’s just spread the word around. :)

I sensed God telling me to keep praying about this, so I’d like to ask everyone to pray with me?

Some of us seniors are planning to make bookmarks for the entire school = ACTP, ADFP, ALM9/10, AUSMATS, ALUK, ALG…. You get the drift. These bookmarks are bookmarks of love, encouragement and support for the coming exams WHICH ARE VERY VERY CLOSE.

I wanted to get the bookmarks done by tonight but God tells me not to be hasty and to pray about it. Because this bookmarks shall go to non-believers as well, and we want to bless them with God’s love!

So let’s pray that a revival will come upon INTEC and that they’ll be so blessed even with little things like these bookmarks.

If you’re willing, pray for a verse, or just send me an sms about a verse that God has placed in your heart that you want to share with the people in INTEC. I can make different versions of the bookmark as well. Verses have to come before Friday though. :)

So come on people! Let’s pray for a breakthrough even with small things, glorifying and honoring His name!

To be even more motivated, go add Campus Revo and read the amazing testimonies there of little things done in college, in the name of spreading God’s love. Because He doesn’t just love us Christians. HE LOVES EVERYONE.

That’s how awesome our God is.

Let’s pray together! Prayers move the hands of God.

:) :) :)

Pray for:
1. Breakthroughs!
2. Inspiration for designs.
3. Verses
4. Open willing hearts to seek more of Him.
5. Curious minds to find out more about Jesus when they receive the cards.
6. Wisdom to spread the Good Word.
7. Courage!
8. People to help make them. :D :D

Yeay. Thank you!

Spread the word ya!! :D

October 8, 2009

Campus Revolution!

Filed under: Challenge,Message,Objective,Please Note — campusalive @ 2:23 pm

How many of you know about Campus Revolution? It’s been a while since the CampusRevo prayer group has been going on in Ausmat Cafe at 1pm every Wednesday but I’m pretty sure that there are many of those who have been to CA, do not know about CampusRevo.

What exactly is CampusRevo? Why should we have a prayer meeting for it? What’s the point? These questions may be running through your mind even as you’re reading this, but have no fear! For Brother Dave Yeow from ACTs Church has provided us with an awesome sharing/message about CampusRevo and it’s an excellent read.

Without further ado, I present to you Campus Revolution!

Campus Revolution

Campus Revolution is a movement/mobilization of young people who desire to maximize their time in colleges and universities by making a stand for their faith and to bring about positive change (Revolution!) on their campuses. It is a coming together of like-minded and like-spirited individuals who believe that it’s “biblical to be radical”. It is not about students walking around and thumping their bibles on non-believers or being “mean street preachers”. Rather its about students being unashamed of the gospel and living a transparent life that showcases their faith for all to see.  It’s about young people bringing their friends to Christ, by making Christ’s love tangible on campus.

“How do we do this?”


Start “prayer Groups with a purpose”. Students coming together to pray on campus is neither something new, nor something outdated.

However, it is also very common for prayer groups to mushroom on campus and then wither out as assignments, exams, tutorials and other extra-curricular activity kicks in. Many times, this happens because there is a lack of focus, vision and purpose. We go about thinking that we pray because it’s the Christian thing to do. Unknowingly, we can end up praying about everything underneath the sky, thinking we’ve accomplished a lot but in actuality missing the mark God has set. It’s time to put purpose and targets back into our prayer.

This is what you do:

Step 1:   Strengthen Yourself in Prayer

Start the prayer group off by praying for everyone gathered. We all have needs (exams, personal walk, etc). So it is completely alright, in fact essential that you cover one another in prayer. This can usually be done by asking the group for personal prayer requests, followed by everyone praying for the person on their right (for example).

Step 2:   Have an Outward Looking Faith

After ‘Step 1′, get everyone to take the next five minutes praying for your unsaved classmates or course-mates. Because this is a campus prayer group, we need to target our prayers at our unsaved friends that God has placed us around with. Name them, pray for them and prophesy by faith for their salvation. Intercede for your campuses and ask God to open their spiritual eyes, spiritual ears and soften the hearts of your friends.

Step 3:   Faith + Action = Life.

Dare to do something radical! End the prayer time by getting everyone in your group to seek the Holy Spirit for the next five minutes on what HE wants you to do that week. It could be an act of kindness or even an evangelism opportunity. Ask God for specific instructions and then spend the next 5 minutes listening. After that, share with the entire group and encourage each other to get moving and doing what God has placed in their hearts!


In Campus Revolution we are guided by the principles of: Conviction, Courage, Commitment and Continuity.


Conviction:

-We are convinced that God’s word is true, and that we are a chosen generation, separated from a young age to preach the gospel and declare God’s love to the world.

-We are convinced that we are born for such a time as this. And that he has placed students in their respective campuses not by fluke, but for them to be the salt and light there.

-We are convinced that when we lift the name of Jesus up on campus, He will draw all men unto Him.

Courage:

-We believe that conviction and courage go hand in hand. Conviction without action is a dead faith; and action cannot come without courage.

-We believe that if Christians are serious about taking “campus ground” for God, it is only logical that they need to be strong and courageous.

-We believe that Conviction + Courage = Passion. And it takes nothing short of true passion to win a lost generation.

Commitment:

-We believe that God is bigger than exams. And it’s time to make a stand that as exams draw near, students should draw closer to God. Not the other way around.

-We believe that Campus Revolution is something God has started. And what God has called us to do, we are committed to pay the price to see it come into fruition.

– We are committed to show up, stand up and speak up on our campuses, even if we are the only ones to do so, because God can save by many or few (even through one).

Continuity:

-We believe that if we are committed to live out our convictions courageously, we will finally say goodbye to a fluctuating Christian presence on campus and hello to revival.

-We believe that no tree bears fruit overnight. Therefore, we are in this for the long run. If we only have one month left on campus, we will shine for God; if we have 5 years left on campus, we will still shine for God. However long it takes, we will give our all to build the wall.

-We believe in passing on good legacies to the younger generation and the raising of new leaders to fight the good fight and continue the revolution.

I hope that even as you read this, I do hope that you will be encouraged. :) Let’s gear up for a revival in INTEC!

P/S: If you would like to receive the Campus Revolution Mail, with testimonies of how CampusRevo has changed lives in colleges all around Subang Jaya and even to Penang, give the admin a buzz through e-mail, Facebook or even sms. :D

October 3, 2009

Call for Testimonies

Filed under: Challenge,Please Note — campusalive @ 8:48 am

A testimony is a personal account of what God has done in our lives and could be anything as simple as an experience of knowing God or an event where God has provided for our needs or healed our sicknesses. It could be anything that comes from the heart, as long as we are willing to share these amazing stories out in the open. There is also no such thing as a BIG testimony or a SMALL testimony. All testimonies work to put a smile upon God’s face and see Him glorified in our lives.

If you have a story to share, or an experience with God to encourage others with, just pen them down, and it all works in the end to encourage someone who might be going through a tough situation or waiting for God to answer them. Your stories have the power to inspire, encourage and uplift those who are broken hearted or in need. In fact, some people’s lives are changed through hearing these stories.

And you also must testify, for you have been with me from the very beginning. John 15: 27

If you are wondering and thinking whether you ever have a testimony in life, you are not alone. Many of us think that we can hear testimonies from others but do not believe that we can have our own testimonies. Probably we think that we are not as religious as others or that we are not God’s ‘chosen ones’.

“Sicknesses being healed, lives being changed? Nah, I am not capable of having a story like that. Only pastors, leaders and devout people have these stories.”

Sadly, these are the lies which are chosen by the Devil to block us from receiving God’s promises in our lives. Once we do not believe and have faith that God is going to intervene in our lives,our lives would be a pattern of “ whatever will be will be” and we will miss out on God’s best.

If you are going through a rough time in your life now, or if you are seeking for something desperately, this could be a moment when God is knocking on the door of your heart to let Him take control in your life. He wants to be the person who will fill that empty spot when you could turn to no one.

Will you trust him to handle the broken pieces of your life and piece them back together? Let’s not just stand at the sidelines and let life be without faith in God. I encourage all of us to let faith step into our difficult times and trust God even though sometimes we may not understand how things are going to work out. After all, He is a God of all impossibilities. As long as we root ourselves in Him, He will write an amazing story for us everyday because truly, His mercies are new everyday.

I challenge each of us to not let each day go by without living a life of faith. Let everyday be a day of testimony, a day for an amazing story to be written. All of us have these stories. Your story might be one prayer away from you.



“Don’t settle for less when we can have God’s best”

God bless.

Don’t worry about not being able to write well. Because the heart is what matters. In fact, if you worry about that, pray for wisdom, and for God to guide you to write the words that He will use to plant the seed for a revival here.

If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. James 1: 5

The dateline for submitting in testimonies  is on the 16th of October. Please send it to her through e-mail. If you’ve sent in a testimony before, for the last publication, it’s okay to send in another awesome testimony of how God is working in your life. You could also write a follow-up of your last testimony.

P/S: I think that some of us are afraid to give testimonies. But I say now, that each testimony is just an amazing statement of how God has been so good to you, how God has moved in your life, and how He loves us so much. No matter how boring you think your testimony is, God can use that to work in someone’s life. Someone might say, “Hey! I go through the same things, but I didn’t see God working like that before. Maybe if I placed more trust in Him, amazing things might happen to me like her!”

Praise God for changing her then! Things like that could happen. The seed that you have planted in her through your testimony will be used by God to bring her to Him. He will bring to completion her growth in Him. But we, as his children, can start and help by writing testimonies of His awesome-ness in our lives.

I say, step up and just write. It will be amazing.

Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. John 8: 32

September 27, 2009

Intercessory Prayer

Filed under: Challenge,Message,Please Note,Sharing — campusalive @ 11:43 am

I do implore you to take some time to read this blog post. If you find it too troublesome, scroll until you reach the heading, The Challenge. Read that at least. :) This post is all about prayer, and if you’d like to find out more about prayer, you can check out the blog post about a CG session we did on prayer and read the brief notes and bible verses. Or you could ask any CA leader to help you out. :) Oh, and you could also comment on prayers that has changed your life. Sam has placed a wonderful comment on reaching out. Read that too. :D

We Begin With The Story

Have you ever felt that compelling urge to pray for someone? Have you ever felt the Holy Spirit tug at you gently, to go and just pray for that someone, who could be your father, mother, sister, brother, classmate, friend.

It’s a strange thing to do sometimes, when you don’t usually pray. Or when your own situation seems bleak, and you don’t want to pray for someone else. God help me first, you think. But God calls, and you listen and you answer.

Recently, I felt convicted by God to just pick up the phone and call someone, asking them, “Do you want me to pray for you?” It doesn’t matter if their problems are small or big, I just sat there, opening God’s work and knowing that although I do not know what to say, God will give me the words (Matthew 10: 19b – 20) and He will work in His way.

I nearly cried when the conversation ended, because though the words were simple, “For He is faithful, even when we are faithless. Though we stray, God, lead us back on the road to you. God, thank you. Help us.” It was powerful. It felt as though God had his hand on my back even as I spoke the words. It was at a time when even I felt low, but praying for that other someone, made me feel even more alive in Christ.

That even in my own troubles, I know that God works. He moves. There are times when prayer so powerful not only changes us, but it changes situation.

And this is where I begin talking about Intercessory Prayer.

What Is Intercessory Prayer

It’s when you begin to start praying for someone else’s needs. It’s a prayer for others. It is a prayer with the real intent for God to step in their lives and work in their lives. It is with the trust that God will act, even if its not in the manner or timing that we seek and expect. God wants us to ask, even urgently. It is casting our weakness before God’s strength, and (at its best) having a bit of God’s passion burn in us.

The Biblical Foundation of Intercessory Prayer

The Biblical basis for the New Testament believer’s ministry of intercessory prayer is our calling as priests unto God. The Word of God declares that we are a holy priesthood (1 Peter 2:5), a royal priesthood (1 Peter 2:9), and a kingdom of priests (Revelation 1:5).

The background for understanding this calling to priestly intercession is found in the Old Testament example of the Levitical priesthood. The priest’s responsibility was to stand before and between. He stood before God to minister to Him with sacrifices and offerings. The priests also stood between a righteous God and sinful man bringing them together at the place of the blood sacrifice.

Hebrews 7:11-19 explains the difference between the Old and New Testament ministries of the priest. The Old Testament Levitical priesthood was passed on from generation to generation through the descendants of the tribe of Levi. “The Melchizedek priesthood” spoken of in this passage, is the “new order” of spiritual priests of whom the Lord Jesus is the High Priest. It is passed on to us through His blood and our spiritual birth as new creatures in Christ.

Where To Go Now?

The biblical reference above is taken from a website. If you’d like to read more about Intercessory Prayer, this place is good to go. I’d like to emphasize on what’s said there as well. It doesn’t matter how well you phrase your words. It doesn’t matter if you’re more comfortable in another tongue. When you pray with all your heart, and allow the Holy Spirit to just speak on your behalf, when you earnestly seek the Lord as you pray, you’ll know that it’s just an amazing experience of experiencing His love all over again.

It is best to always be aware that you never really pray alone. For when the honest love in you for other people causes you to ask God to act to strengthen, heal, defend, change, or bless them, there is someone else praying with you: the Holy Spirit. The Spirit is leading you to pray.

The Challenge

And right now, I’d like to put this challenge up for you to step forward and be part of God’s work in this world.

Why don’t you just take that small time at night, after praying for yourself, or even in the morning, to seek Him. Earnestly ask God to lead you to that one person whom He wants you to touch. It could be someone you haven’t spoken to in a while. It could be a close friend of yours.

And listen to what He says. Perhaps you should give a call, or even just a simple sms. Your simple gesture can mean a whole lot when God’s guiding you every step of the way.

Take up that phone, and reach out to someone through prayer today.

P/S: I usually say to my non-believer friends, “I know this could be awkward, but I’d really like to pray for you. Are you willing to listen to me pray for you?” And when they say “Yes,” I know great things will happen in God’s timing.

On Another Note

I think that it is also true that when we pray for someone, it may not be what the situation calls for. For instance, you might be praying to lift a burden, but the Lord might be using the burden to prepare them to do something for God.

Then again, your prayer might be what God wants to happen. Thus, we are to pray listening for the Spirit, and pray that God’s will be done.

None of us are fully aligned with God’s purposes. There will always be a difference between the two. It’s okay to ask for what you want from the situation; that’s a part of being honest with God. You can pray that your request somehow be found in the divine purposes, and pray for doorways to a better way if it can’t be.

God may have other plans, and your part is to trust that God’s plans will be best.

God, in giving us all free will, said to us: “Your will be done.” Some of us turn back to him and say: “My will is that your will be done.” That is obedience to the first and greatest commandment. Then, when we do that, he turns to us and says: “And now, your will be done.” And then he writes the story of our lives with the pen strokes of our own free choices.

~ Peter Kreeft

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