Thursday, 31 December 2009

Malaysia Christians entitled to Allah: Court

KUALA LUMPUR – After months of wrangling, a Malaysian court ruled on Thursday, December 31, that Christians are entitled to use the world "Allah" in their publications to refer to God, overturning a government ban.

"The applicant has the constitutional right to use the word 'Allah'," High Court Judge Lau Bee Lan told a packed courtroom, Agence France Presse (AFP) reported.

The use of the word Allah in Christian publications in the local Malay language has triggered a controversy in the Muslim-majority Southeast Asian country since a local Catholic weekly, The Herald, used it in its Malay-language edition.

The government threatened to revoke the weekly's license if it continued printing the word.

It later allowed Christian publications to use some Muslim words, including Allah, as long as the phrase "For Christians" is printed on the cover.

However, the government backtracked after some scholars said this might offend Muslims, who make up more than 60 percent of the population.
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Youth EE (Evangelism Equipping)

We ended the year conducting a Youth EE training course for 11 participants, of which 9 of them graduated, including 5 youths and 4 leaders. It was a rigorous 4-day course which included 3 OJTs (On-the-Job Training where 1 trainee paired with 1 trainer to do street evangelism using EE), mid-term and final written tests and an oral examination where they were tested on the 90-point EE gospel presentation, which they had to score at least 70% to pass the course.

I was personally really encouraged, firstly with our dedicated and passionated main trainers, Adeline and Vera, who took time and effort to conduct most of the 4-day training sessions. Others came to conduct some sessions, including our senior pastor, myself and 1 more leader. Still another 4 others came to help with the OJTs. The trainees got to share the entire gospel with 35 youths over 3 afternoons, and 5 of them prayed to receive Christ! They were really blessed and encouraged, and finished the course with a renewed sense of passion and conviction to win souls, after being equipped to share the gospel comprehensively and clearly.

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Saturday, 26 December 2009

Sermon evaluation question

Quote from White Horse Inn, 22 Nov 2009
Whenever you hear someone preach, ask yourself this question: Why did Christ need to suffer and die on a cross in order for this sermon to make sense? And pastors, it wouldn't hurt for you to ask yourselves the same question.

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Saturday, 19 December 2009

Five things I need to remember as a pastor today

Thabiti writes an interesting entry reflecting on Heb 13:20-21.
  1. I need to remember the resurrection of our Lord (Eph 2:14; 2 Cor 1:8-9).
  2. I need to remember that Jesus is the great shepherd of the sheep at ____ (your church) (Eze 34:14-16).
  3. I need to remember that God equips me with everything I need to do His will (2 Pet 1:3-4a; 2 Tim 3:16-17).
  4. I need to remember that I not only want to please God but He is the one working in me so that I will please Him through Christ (Eph 2:10; Gal 2:20).
  5. I need to remember God gets all the glory (Ps 115:1).
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Saturday, 12 December 2009

Powlinson on the biblical counselling movement: history and context

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Saturday, 5 December 2009

Song - Let us adore by Hillsong

1. The heavens declare the glory of God
And all of the world will join the praise
His wonders proclaim
The oceans and skies, lift up their voice
And all He has made will rise to bless
The King of all kings

Let us adore Him (x2)
Jesus Christ is the Lord

2. Eternity’s King is coming again
Through all of the earth will fade away
His truth will remain

Let us adore Him (x2)
Jesus Christ is the Lord
Come and behold Him
Bow down before Him
Jesus Christ is the Lord

Hallelujah (x2)
You are worthy alone of all praise

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Friday, 4 December 2009

More than merely (Youth Camp)

Just completed my first Youth Camp since overseeing our youth ministry. After much prayer and seeking the Lord, we arrived at the theme of worship, what it means to worship as a lifestyle, and to glorify God with our lives.

The camp committee creatively came up with the title "More than merely," a word-play of "me" and "rely," that life is more than just "me", as well as that worship is "more than merely" or just going to church or youth group on weekends, or more than just praise and songs, more than just going through the motions of doing our QT, reading our Bibles or praying. Lastly, it also meant instead of focusing on ourselves, that we needed to "rely" on God. Hence = "More than merely."

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