Campus Alive

October 23, 2009

Campus Revolution #18

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Dear Campus Revolutionaries!

Do you ‘twit’ or facebook about Campus Revo? God has been teaching and pushing me towards “making mountains out of (spiritual) mole hills” lately. This week, I want to speak specifically to the so-called “smaller” Campus Revo groups. Week after week, you receive a Campus Revo Mail from this guy called Dave who just can’t seem to shut up about the various testimonies of campus students gettings saved, blessed and making waves on campus. And maybe for some of you, the more you read, the more you get discouraged. Thinking that your Campus Revo is lousy or weak. Perhaps you’ve even thought about shutting it down because you don’t seem to be making a difference.

I’m writing to tell you that you have never been more wrong!

Many times we judge our own spiritual walk by the same standard that our mom and dads judge us, i.e: the better our grades are, the better our report cards are, the higher our marks are; the more they approve of us and love us. But that is not how our Heavenly  Father sees us.

Do you know that you can be a one guy or one girl Campus Revo group and God will still be proud of you?

Do you know that God still loves you even if your Campus Revo hasn’t yield any fruits or results yet, despite meeting weekly for the last 3 months?

Do you know that even if your Campus Revo group has dwindled in numbers, God still has faith in you?

The bible teaches tells us not to despise the day of small beginnings and that’s what I mean by “making mountains out of mole hills”. What you have now in your hands might seem small or insignificant compared to other Campus Revo groups

but don’t give up.

First of all, Campus Revo is not a competition, it’s a revival movement. Secondly, if your group is small, so what? Do you know that you can be the only Christian praying for your campus but God is still being glorified? When you call upon the name of Jesus in your campuses, you’re acknowledging HIS Lordship over the land.

Matthew 10:32 reads,

“Whoever acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge him before my Father in heaven.”

Instead of buying into the lies of the enemy, why don’t you prophesy that your Campus Revo will grow over Twitter or Facebook? Why don’t you reply to this mail with an “Amen” and claim that testimonies will soon be birthed in your campus? Why don’t you register at www.urtherevolution.com and join with your fellow Campus Revolutionaries in “making a mountain, out of a mole hill”.

So coming back to my first question: Will you tweet or Facebook about Campus Revo?

(e.g: Just met for Campus Revo. We might be small now but watch out world, we’re gonna get you!”)

I pray that you will! Besides, maybe more people will find out about Campus Revo after you tweet or Facebook about it.

So what are you waiting for? Get out there and do great exploits for God.

Conviction. Courage. Commitment. Continuity.
Dave Yeow (www.twitter.com/daveyeow)
Pastoral Intern for Acts Campus (www.twitter.com/actscampus)

P/S: If you’re wondering why the CA blog is posting this up, I’d like to just say that this e-mail is a great encouragement for us who are still going strong at the CampusRevo prayers every Wednesday. And truly, we are so blessed to be able to come together and glorify Him as we pray. Just like to encourage all the rest as well, to be part of the Revolution. Would post up further truly encouraging e-mails by Dave. Want them all? E-mail me or go to their website. :)

October 14, 2009

Reflection #2

Filed under: Message — campusalive @ 6:13 pm

“Those who believe they believe in God but without the passion in the heart,

without anguish of mind,

without uncertainty,

without doubt,

and even at times without despair,

believe only in the idea of God,

and not in God himself. ”

~ Madeleine L’Eagle.

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

September 27, 2009

When We Struggle…

Filed under: Message,Sharing — campusalive @ 10:12 pm

A few days ago I was watching “Fireproof”, a movie about a man who struggles to save a burning marriage and discovers God’s love along the way (You all should go and get the movie!). There was a scene that struck me so much, as a guy, that it has changed my perspective of the very issue of pornography. I’m here to give a fresh insight, which I hope may help you.

In this scene, the main character is sitting at his desktop computer. His wife is away at work and not due to come home yet. He’s surfing some websites for vacations and boats, planning a getaway for the two of them I suppose, when suddenly a pop-up appears of a girl’s face and in large red letters, “Wanna See Me?” Our main character stares at it for a few seconds (relating here?), then looks away, then looks back, then looks at his wife’s photo next to the computer, then looks back AGAIN. He gets up, walks away, then turns around again. And looks at the icon. Should he click it? Then, with an exasperated sigh, he declares, “WHY IS THIS SO HARD?”

Indeed, why is it so hard, guys? I have to admit, that I myself struggled terribly with it before. And who doesn’t, when so much of our lives are filled with that three-letter word? Music, media, even our jokes are based on such a topic. Now, I’m sure you all have heard that we’re too abstain from sex before marriage, not to go beyond first base in our relationships, etc. But why do so many people fail? Why do even Christians fail?

For one thing, being a Christian doesn’t make you immune from temptations. In fact, sometimes more temptations come your way when the evil one wants to bring you down. So what is our solution? Here’s what happens in the movie.

In the next scene, the man is carrying his desktop and monitor out to the backyard. He sets it on a rubbish bin, and then, with a baseball bat, smashes his computer apart (much to the awestruck expressions of his neighbor).

Sometimes we have to root the problem out. Delete all those internet bookmarks, torrents, files and folders; whatever that you always go back to when you’re tempted or weak or bored. Get rid of them. But that’s not enough.

The third scene shows his wife coming back from work. She notices the computer is missing. But what is in its place? There is a vase of flowers and a card, saying “I love you more” alongside her picture (he didn’t smash that one up, if you’re wondering).

“I LOVE YOU MORE”. Guys, here’s what I got from the movie. Think of your future wife. Pornography is unrealistic and overblown. The more of it you get, the more dull you become. Are you going to compromise your future with her? Many years down the road, I want to tell my wife, that I left pornography a long time ago, because I want to love her so much more, and wouldn’t want anything to stand in between us. It’s a long way to marriage, but the promise starts now. I pray you’ll do the same.

Thoughts to Ponder:

Do we love God more, or pornography? Is it worth the few hours of viewing, and the few moments of pleasure, to do something that makes him angry and sad at us? Remember that He is a holy God, a God who doesn’t condone sin. In all of this, we really need His grace, because without it, we’re all fallen. It is by grace that we gain victory, because of what Jesus did when He bore our sins and made us righteous before God. Inside, we’re fighting a war.

But God sees you and me, as his children, and as it says in:

1 Corinthians 10:13 “The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so you can endure.”

Further reading: Romans 7, 8

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

September 23, 2009

Reflection #1

Filed under: Message,Please Note — campusalive @ 9:30 pm

Two Turtles

On my door, there’s a cartoon of two turtles. One says, “Sometimes I’d like to ask why He allows poverty, famine and injustice when He could do something about it.” The other turtle says, “I’m afraid God might ask me the same question.”

Those who have Jesus’ heart toward hurting people need to live out their faith by alleviating suffering where they can, by making a difference by embodying His love in practical ways.

~ Peter John Kreeft

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 10, 2009

Easter and Fasting.

Filed under: Message,Sharing — campusalive @ 7:41 am
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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.

November 5, 2008

V-Day: Barack Obama, The 1st African-American President of the USA

Filed under: Message — campusalive @ 1:56 pm

My friends will tell you that I stay at home most of the time and I don’t join any events. That’s partially true (hey, I don’t even have a facebook) but in reality, I don’t join those events because they are trivial stuff. If important things are happening around me, I make it a point to show up.

This is exactly the scenario today. While some people study for the coming exams and whatnot, I went to witness the most historic day of US, the 2008 election day. I was there since the beginning, when Sen. John McCain won Kentucky and Sen. Barack Obama won Vermont. Once Obama was announced as the projected winner, I, like many other people around me in the dining hall, cheered loudly.

Why do I care when I am not even a US citizen? Why do I go to this event when others choose to study at home? This is because I believe in a change. I believe in miracle. I believe that America is the land of opportunity. Sen. Obama proves to me today that miracle can still happens. African-Americans, who were once denied equal treatment, fought their way through and today, we have our first African-American president.

It opens my eyes to the opportunities lying in my country. Yes, we are minorities. Yes, inequality is everywhere. But we can make a change. Yes, We Can. It is such a touching moment to see everyone (literally) from all colors gather in Grant Park, Chicago cheering and hugging one another for Sen. Obama. It is such a privilege to encounter so many white people who rejoice over an African-American’s winning.

Will the same thing happen in our country in the near future? America takes 222 years for an African-American to become a president? How long will we have to wait for our country to elect a Chinese or Indian Prime Minister?

No matter what the answer is, today is still a historic day of mankind. It is an inspiration and a miracle.

Friends, we shall pray hard for our country. UMNO just had their party nomination. MCA just chose their new leaders. PKR leader is pressing into the government. Who is right? Who is wrong? Let us not be ignorant toward our country and start praying for God anointed leader now. Prayerfully, He will extend His grace and perhaps one day, we will see miracle in our land too.

God bless America…. and Malaysia.

P/S: I do realize that in the near future, my opinion toward this guy will change but for now, he is still making history. ^___^

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