Campus Alive

August 9, 2010

Experiencing His Love

Filed under: Sharing,Testimony — campusalive @ 12:02 am

The following testimony is written from a very dear senior of ours, Theng Theng. She desires that her story be told, because of the amazing grace and love of God she has experienced. And so, we are sharing this with you in hopes that you will be blessed by it…

Dear all,

I’m writing this to you, because I think it’s important for you to learn from my experience before you fly. And I believe this is what God wants me to tell you, my dear juniors :) I know it’s a bit long, but please make sure you read till the end ya? :p

I came to Melbourne in February this year. Unluckily, I fell down and twisted my left knee on the 3rd day of my arrival. That’s the reason I gave many people when they asked me why I was back in Malaysia for the past 3 months (May, June until mid of July). Yes, I actually deferred my studies for 1 semester and took a break in Malaysia. But to come back for knee treatment was only part of the reason I went back. I didn’t tell many the true story behind it because it’s hard for me to explain to them, and I myself was struggling to tell the truth.

To start the story, we would have to go back to my last semester in INTEC. Frankly speaking, that semester was an extremely tough and challenging one for me. Not only due to SAMSA exams, but I wasn’t really in good condition mentally. I had serious self-rejection issues until the point that it affected my social life. And because of past experiences of disappointment and rejection from others, I fell into a deep hole of depression which no one knows, except my mom.

This problem of mine brought forth many chain-reaction effects because it wasn’t handled properly. After a few weeks back home after AUSMAT, my mom probably thought I was fine again. But the fact is, if this issue is not seriously looked into and proper treatment isn’t provided at all, it would never disappear by itself. Soon, I started to have many conflicts with my family members. I became very bitter at heart. I thought of myself as a person who is worth totally nothing at all. And slowly, because I was over-protective of myself from any possible disappointments, hurts and rejections, I never opened myself up to anybody until the point that I started talking to myself.

I gave no serious thought about this and off I flew to Melbourne. After the fall, my life became even more miserable. I wasn’t able to listen to God’s word at all. To me the Word is just a collection of some repetitive letters I’ve been studying all the years. The love my parents showed to me after the injury was nothing but a burden. I even prayed to God so that they would stop loving me. I felt hopeless, helpless, guilty yet unable to react in any way. I went to lectures just to find that my concentration level had dropped to zero level. My mind was totally blank in lecture theatres and tutorials. I had panic attacks whenever I was surrounded by many people, even in church. I couldn’t socialise at all. In fact, I disliked everybody around me. I hated it when they laughed in front of me, when they smiled at me. It was this bitter, this ugly.

When I slowly found out that something was wrong with me, I consulted a mental health doctor in the university. She concluded that I’ve been showing symptoms of Anxiety Disorder. That was the true reason I deferred my studies. It was nonetheless a hard decision to make.

I went back to Malaysia with a heavy heart. I didn’t know what was ahead of me, how long would it take for me to be healthy again. But that’s the only leap of faith I took throughout my stay in Melbourne: to let go of everything and let Him take me to wherever He wants me to be.

Throughout the 3 months back home, my family has been a great support to me. Through their prayers, God brought me to the realisation that I’m a gift to my parents, someone they love and treasure very much; that the guilt I have for making them worry due to my injury and all wasn’t necessary at all, because their love for me is unconditional, just like His love for me. My pastor and elders in church showed me their concern by constantly keeping me in prayer and encouraging me with testimonies. I never felt so loved by so many people before. I found my sense of belonging at home, and in His home. I never knew that I would have such value in the eyes of those people I respect so much. He makes all things new for me. I spent time reading some books from my pastor. Only then I realised that all this while I was blindfolded by Satan’s deception, to make me feel that I’m not worthy of any love at all, holding me back from receiving blessings from Him. That 3 months, He opened up my eyes and ears to see and hear the truth. He showed me that, every pain I go through, He feels it himself.

If there’s one most important lesson that He’s taught me, that would be LOVE. God was telling me that His love can fulfill all my needs. The fear that I had in my heart, the only way to cast them out was to fill my heart with His love. Rejection, disappointment and hurt that’ve left so many scars in my heart, the only thing I needed to free myself from that pain, was His love that brings about true forgiveness. He, is LOVE. And because of that, He promised to give me a future, a plan to prosper me and not to harm me, without looking at my ugly past. He said, no matter how dark your past was, you’ll still shine like stars in the future, because He doesn’t care at all about your past. I just needed to know how MUCH He loves me. He sent Jesus down to take away all my sins even before I was born, there’s no greater love than this. And yes, you and I are this VALUABLE to Him.

I’m now back to Melbourne, and I’ve just started university. Everything that happens to me now is a sweet blessing from Him. I’m counting my blessings each day, and learning to love myself as well as everybody around me. I’m filled with His heavenly joy and peace that tears would just roll down my cheeks every night I give thanks to Him, looking back at what He’s done with my life. More is to come, He says.

My dear juniors, I’m writing these to tell you how BIG our Mighty Creator of Universe is. Now when I flip through the pages of my diary, I see a process, a process of how God is moulding a daughter of His for His great work on earth. From depression, to anxiety, and now to faith, hope and love, He’s the only one that can make this possible.
REMEMBER to guard your hearts and thoughts well, people. Never ever open any doors for Satan to stay in your mind and build his temple there. Fill your mind with positive thoughts, knowing that you’re VICTORIOUS and RIGHTEOUS in His name. I’ve wasted much time dwelling in my negative thoughts, undervaluing myself when I could actually do so much for His kingdom. Don’t follow my footsteps, but always dwell in His presence. Wherever you are, whichever country you’re headed to, remember that you’re there for a purpose. He CARES about every aspect of your life more than you actually do.

I love you all, and hope that you’ll be an ambassador of Christ even now. You guys are an awesome bunch of people I so dearly miss. :)

~*Colossians 1: 10-12*~

Love,
Theng Theng

If anyone is experiencing something similar to what Theng Theng went through, please let someone know. We are more than willing to help out or give advice and to pray for you. Remember, Jesus loves you and we love you too. :)

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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

March 21, 2010

Think Less, Pray More…

Filed under: CA Pictures,CA Reports,CA Service,CA Updates,Please Note,Sharing,Testimony — campusalive @ 1:14 pm

11 March CA 2010 is one of the most exciting CAs so far this year for me. Firstly because the speaker, Bro. Calvin Tay is from my church (Harvest Generation Church Subang) and secondly is because so many AUSMATians came for CA this week which is a totally rare thing! Maybe it was because we just finished our biology test on Wednesday night and the coming week will be our mid-semester break. There were so many AUSMAT newcomers and overall there were slightly more than ten newcomers which is quite a big number! And almost all of them are non-believers, really praise God for that! => We really pray that seeds have been sown and one day these people will know how blessed is it to know our great and awesome God!

As usual CA started with icebreaker, then praise and worship, then sermon, then fellowshipping while enjoying refreshments. Icebreaker was led by Bobby (unsure of spelling). The game tested on our faith. I did not play the game and I was watching them play at the back. It was so funny to see their reactions when they found out that the thumbtacks were actually not on the floor and they worried for nothing. The game master then explained the meaning behind the game. Many times we lose faith towards God, we are always distracted by what the world says and forget to go back to God. Every time when there is a problem we forgot to bring our request to God and trust in Him that He will pull us through. We prefer to consult the people around us and not follow what God says. And then we worry and worry so much not knowing that God has actually taken care of these problems. So even through games we all learnt something that day.

the blinds

the 'eyes'

After that we proceeded to praise and worship led by Abigail and the team. Then, Calvin Tay spoke on ‘Loving God with Our Minds’ in accordance to the CA theme this year to love God and then love our neighbours. There are two things that caught my attention. Firstly is ‘think less and pray more’ and secondly is ‘as a man thinks, so is he’. ‘Think less and pray more’ really speaks about me sometimes. Many times when I’m face with a difficulty or just about any problem, I tend to worry and worry and worry. I will think of so many ‘what ifs’ and then I’ll complain to my friends but very seldom I’ll talk to God first. This shouldn’t be the way as our God is the one that has everything under His control, not our friends, not our parents, not even ourselves. So let’s all learn to ‘think less and pray more’! ‘As a man thinks, so is he’ also speaks of the mind, what we input into our minds will determine what will be the output. As Christians, we should input good, positive and godly things into our minds. We should think of good things like think of what we want our future to be in say 2 years time, think and pray about what is God’s purpose for me in this life instead of constantly filling our minds with things of the world e.g. TV series, money, porn?, good-looking guys, etc.  It is not that these things are bad but if we don’t have a balance then it won’t be good for us. BUT porn is definitely a no-no!

After the sermon ended, Bro. Nick Chan, also from Harvest Generation Church shared with us a short testimony. He was one of those faithful servants of God that started CA some 7 years ago with a few other friends. He was an AUSMAT senior from AUSMAT 14!! (This June/July we will see the coming of AUSMAT 22 juniors!). He shared with us some history of CA as well as encouraging us to keep doing what we do because he said that through CA seeds have been sown and that some people have accepted Christ later while studying overseas! After that we had some refreshments as well as fellowshipping with each other. The team from Harvest Generation stayed back to fellowship with some of us. Then, slowly we all left for our respective hostels and we all made it on time as CA ended really early that day.

♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦Loving with Your Mind♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦

It was a hectic week, I’ll admit that. But I was looking forward to CA. It meant a break from assignments and also that the holidays were approaching rapidly.

The night started off with the welcoming of the newcomers. Abigail, Sarah and I pulled off a quaint little so-called performance to welcome all those present in CA for the very first time. It was a joy and delight to have so many newcomers that night. Straight after that, announcements were given and the time was passed to Bobby, the game master of the night. He introduced a game, which got half of the people screaming their lungs out at another half of the people who were blindfolded and absolutely clueless of what was going on. They were to give directions as to avoid the blindfolded from getting into harm’s way (Bobby had put thumb tacks on the ground). In the end, after all was over, we were informed that the tacks had been taken away already. So in the same way, when we know there are troubles and obstacles ahead in life, we need to listen carefully to the voice of One and obey Him. =)

imagine a world with no light...(or blinded with rubbish bag?) you can only depend on Him to guide you...no worries people!

worship team

The praise and worship session led by Abigail followed the game and we were led into a time of worship. After which, our speaker for the night – Calvin Tay delivered a message, sharing with us the meaning of ‘loving God with our mind’. He gave us three points on how we can love God with all our minds:

  1. Think less, pray more
  2. Stop thinking that we know everything
  3. Start thinking with God’s purpose in mind

bro Calvin Tay

I learnt that it’s important to keep our minds pure and to set it on righteousness because our actions portray what is in our minds. And also, with so much to do and so little time, we tend to forget that God is in control and start pulling our hair and losing our cool. It’s important, in fact, not to worry so much and just pray more, talk to God more. That was a very good reminder for me to just be still and know that He is God.

After the message, Nick Chan, who was one of the students who first started CA, shared a little about himself and encouraged all of us to remain strong in our faith and to keep on spreading God’s love through CA. Following that, we celebrated the birthdays of those born in March and with that, CA was adjourned over light-hearted chatter and some refreshments (prepared by Ivy and Carmen =)).

Blessed holidays,

Jan =)

October 23, 2009

Campus Revolution #18

Filed under: Message,Sharing — campusalive @ 1:38 pm

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. :)

And Now My Lifesong Sings

Filed under: Sharing,Testimony — campusalive @ 12:37 am

I wanted to say this just now. But when I went up, I guess the slight fear I have of speaking in front of crowds made me forget exactly why I wanted to go up and speak. :) And then I start saying funny things. Hee.

Anyway, I just wanted to say that I had a trying time doing the Booklet yet again. I used new programmes this time, and learning exactly how to use them was a little complicating. I spent the entire night after Biology exam molding it to completion.

But what I wanted to say was not how I spent the entire night, and next morning finishing it up for today. (I took less than 24 hours doing it! Shocker!) What I really want to say is how God is the one who was truly in control of it all. I couldn’t have done all this without Him. There wouldn’t be any testimonies if He didn’t step in to take control. There wouldn’t be this booklet if it weren’t for the fact that He helped me through the production.

He is truly awesome.

And hey, if you weren’t here today, and want the testimony booklet, I could send you the softcopy version. :) Just drop me a line.

My Lifesong

It looks like that by the way. The front and back page. Hee. :) So happy God helped me through it. Wheee!

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

August 25, 2009

Question!

Filed under: Sharing — campusalive @ 6:04 pm

Hey everyone! I do hope you’re enjoying a one week break!

Now here’s the question, have you been keeping up with your quiet time with God?

It’s a thought to ponder as you answer another! How’s your holiday been? And what have you been up to? Resting well at home after a grueling week of tests? More tests to come? Gasp! Or just going around and meeting old friends eventhough H1N1’s death toll is on the rise?

Do share with us what you’ve done, or things you’ve learned, even during this one week. :)

June 9, 2009

The Miracle Zone Experience…a mission trip to Indonesia

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We had just endured a 12-journey, over endless potholes, bumps, hills and valleys that had left a layer of dust on our faces, numb behinds, backaches and headaches in the sweltering May heat. It was a welcome sight, then, when we finally entered the half-completed entry gates. We were in Manggala, Indonesia, now part of the new Malawi province. As our bus faithfully rumbled alone, we caught the first glimpse of the landscape around the place, and we were astounded. Hills and valleys surrounded us, as we were located on the high spot of the area. My only reaction was to say, Lord your creation is so beautiful. And that’s when we spotted the sign by the side of the road.

Beware! You are entering a miracle zone.

We had arrived in Living Waters Village, a place of second chances, hope and miracles for God’s beloved children.

If you’ve never heard of the place, it’s a 200-hectare sanctuary for Indonesian children who have been orphaned, abused, or come from poor backgrounds. It started when God called a man, Pastor Ronny and his family to reach out to the tribes in Indonesia. What began as one house and not more than 50 kids more than a decade ago; has now evolved to a village-like area of hostels, planned schools, radio station, airstrip, praise and worship centre, and many more. Pastor Ronny is preparing for what God had told him; that 2500 kids would soon worship Him in the place.

The children get there in many ways; some of which are even tragic. Some children were abandoned and found. Some were brought there by their parents or village people. These people are willing to travel for days just to get to the place. Upon arrival, the children are immediately assimilated into the group. What amazed us, was the transformation of the children’s lives. When we got there, we could not tell that these children were from such terrible backgrounds, for indeed, quoting Pastor Ronny, “It is the work of the Holy Spirit in these children”. Of course, Pastor Ronny is like a father to them, reprimanding them verbally for their mistakes and constantly advising them during mealtimes; but in all things, these children are changed and healed through their encounters with God.

We arrived on Saturday evening, and were due to experience God in a big way the next morning. Before the morning service, we assembled for prayer. That was a moment to be remembered. For when the children opened their lips to pray, their hearts cried out to God in a way that ripped through our very souls. Many of us from the mission team could not hold back our tears. God’s presence was overwhelming in the place. Were their prayers elaborate? No! It was simply sincere before the Lord. The children were able to pray aloud and worship openly; and many of them were just 5 or 6 years old. Indeed, it is true, “blessed are you who are poor, for the Kingdom of God is yours”. All that these kids have in their lives are blessings from God, and with such thankful hearts they have experienced God in such a way that many of us in the city don’t.

You may be wondering what sort of missions we did there. Well, in Living Waters, missionaries serve and bless others mostly through work and helping. Every morning and afternoon, the guys did physical work under the sun. As I mentioned earlier, there are plans for so many buildings and facilities. The areas that we covered were laying pipes for water in the stream, construction site work, brick making, and a bit of gardening. Do the kids work? Yes, those who are new don’t go to school for a year, so their daily duty is in the vegetable farm, construction, cleaning and so on. It’s really pretty much like a whole community doing work together. The women in the team spent time teaching the kids English, colouring, Mandarin and one sister even taught piano and singing. The kids enjoyed it thoroughly. In fact, all the kids actually needed was someone to spend time with them.

Brick-making

This is where I learnt something. I was intending to go and teach guitar, which I did, but only to a few, because they were already so talented! Most of them had developed a good ear, which surprised me, and needed only to understand the theory of playing. Half of my guitar notes were useless the moment I went there. I was also pleased to see that a Singapore church group had donated an almost complete set of guitars, piano and equipment for worship. The children were very grateful.

Another aspect was the food. Mealtimes were the best moments of the day, and I never knew that just eating rice and vegetables could taste so good. Indeed, the Indonesians are master chefs. Missionaries are supposed to eat together, but by the second day I found myself with the kids at mealtimes. It was indeed a joy to share their food and talk, and interact and learn and also bless them. Before every meal, there would be Bible reading. For dinner, Pastor Ronny would give a short devotion. All the kids would obediently listen and learn.

Sometimes we as Christians are too afraid to ‘over-spiritualize’. We say short prayers before meals, zoom through our day, work and come home and that’s it. Do we spend time investing God’s word into our children and family? I like the way Pastor Ronny briefs the children every morning before work. He says, do this work for the Lord, because this is our ministry. And indeed, even the trash-collectors considered their work as a way of serving God. Can we see our studies and careers in God’s light? I’m sure we can.

Discipline was an essential part of life there. Devotion began at 5.45, and by 5 the children had got up to bathe. No one was late for anything, except occasionally us missionaries! And of course, Pastor Ronny was always the earliest. He is a man of prayer, because one day I asked him what time he got up for his own personal moment with God. “Oh, today was 4.30, but yesterday I started praying at 2.30”. Prayer, an essential part of God’s work. The more we work for Him, the substantial Indonesian and was able to relate to them because I was an Iban. I felt that one week wasn’t enough, that in this sort of mission work, it is a lifelong investment.

There was Joni, a young boy of 12, small sized yet with eyes that shone with hope. He followed me around when I was done with work, learnt guitar from me, and asked me many questions about my life here. He had an older brother that lived at the river in Living Waters village, taking care of the sand pump. He was happy, he said, to live there.

There was Joja, who’s 18 this year, and headed for his last years in school. He intends to be an English teacher. Life in school has taught him substantial English, a hope for a better life for his peers and the importance of education.

There was Lia, a cute girl of 12, Iban-Chinese by parentage. She was talkative, eager to mix with us missionaries, eager to know about our lives. Then there was Sudi, an Indonesian girl with dimples and a lovely voice. She dutifully carried an exercise book around so that she could learn English words from us.

These are precious lives. And the stories are endless. I can only fit four here. But each child has a story to tell, has a hope that he or she carries, and has a love for Jesus. I was overwhelmed.                                                                

LESSONS LEARNT

  1. 1. God loves everyone, therefore everyone deserves the best.

Many of us are guilty of segregating, of being bitter towards people who aren’t like us, of forgetting that God equally loves each soul. Pastor Ronny built houses for his construction workers, of brick and stone, tiles, equipped with proper facilities. How many contractors in Malaysia treat their foreign workers as such? The children sleep on the same pillows as the missionaries, using pillow covers that he brought from Australia. They wear only first hand clothes and good quality second hand clothes. In fact, there is a policy of discouraging donation of second hand clothes. The kids deserve the best. The question for each of us here; do we treat our Indonesian maids with respect at home? Do they eat at our table, just as the kids of Living Waters ate with us there?

  1. 2. Fast and Pray – so very important!

Pastor Ronny does so when faced with a tough decision. In fact, all of his plans were of God’s. The Praise and Worship Centre was realised out of a vision given from God when he climbed a hill one day. Such intimacy with the Father demands a level of commitment to spend time with Him. If we are to see revival come to INTEC and see our friends get saved, we need to pray hard! For with God, nothing is impossible!

  1. 3. People, Wake Up!

We all are faced with this very crucial question. Why is it that we need to go out of our lives in the city, to leave behind our careers and handphones and emails to go to a place where God is there in His greatness and love, experience it, and feel all fired up? Could it be, that in our lives we have been so distracted that we forget how meaningful Jesus is to us? Is it so, that in our lives we have become so blinded by the comforts of technology and wealth and meaningless conversation that we have neglected our true faith? Or even sadder, why is it that so many people are unwilling to go out?

I don’t share this blindly. Joja, the boy I mentioned above, once asked me when I’d be back. Immediately my own mind flew to my family commitments, my studies, my friends in Kuching, church activities, and I replied, “I don’t know really.” It’s a safe answer, fine. But his reply impacted me. “Tidak apa. Mungkin kamu sibuk di sana ya?” (Maybe you are busy there in the city?)

I’m saddened to say this, but many youth, even Christians have been weakened by the world. More youth doubt God, doubting who He is, and what He has done or CAN do in their lives. Many years ago, I myself was complacent once. It took a personal experience and losing something so valuable in my life for me to realise God was there for me.

After seeing lives transformed in Living Waters Village, I believe that all believers are in constant need of heart, passion and power. Hearts that are willing to seek Him. Passion for the lost. Power to change the lives of the lost, hurt and broken.

Where We Go From Here

Since January, we’ve been talking about revival in INTEC. Touching lives. Reaching out. If there’s one thing I learned from Pastor Ronny and his team, it is boldness. He’s been to jail. His whole family was in danger of a villager mob once. He’s operating in the world’s largest population of Muslims! People, don’t see you something? God is real. And nothing can stand in His way. This is a call for us, that in our lives we need to stop fearing, we need to stop saying that we’re weak, because when we are with Jesus and Jesus with us, none can separate us from His love (that’s a verse, by the way).

As we enter a new semester, let’s strive to make Jesus known. There are people who need His love. It’s a pity when we become complacent and forget to share something so precious inside of us. We’re all in this together, guys and girls!

Living Waters Village is always in constant need of spiritual and physical blessings. Let’s pray for Pastor Ronny and family, the few missionary couples who are also serving there, many of whom gave up their lives to come over, and also for the kids, that they may grow in faith and influence the world’s largest Muslim populated country. We are praying over the possibility of organising a CA mission trip if anyone is interested to go to Living Waters. Possible dates are end year 2009, or mid-year 2010.

Physical needs are finances (but Pastor Ronny encourages people to go, not just give), expertise like doctors, engineers, dentists and so forth to help out in building the place. Maybe even a missionary pilot in the future, when the airstrip is completed! The possibilities of serving are endless there.

Many people think that, well, if God doesn’t call me to go, I stay. I beg to digress. Jesus commanded that we go into the world and make disciples. In Isaiah 58, we are exhorted to help the needy and poor. It’s a duty of every Christian to pay the debt of love that we have. We’ve been given this love so great, and it is time to give back and bless others who need it. God bless you.

(If you are interested in going, helping, contributing in any way, please contact me at larryen90@yahoo.com so I can get in touch with Ps. Ronny) Written by: Larry, ALM 9

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. :)

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