Sunday, 30 January 2011

新年蒙恩 (Blessed New Year!)

The Chinese Lunar New Year, or 春节 (chun1 jie2), normally celebrated in February, is traditionally tied to the arrival of spring, where everything starts to grow again and birds and animals return, symbolizing the new life that is about to spring forth. Some even suggest that an ancient myth involving a beast called 年 (nian2), may have had its origins from the Israel's Passover (Ex 12:1-30). Have you ever stopped to wonder why we celebrate or remember customs and traditions, particularly Chinese New Year, for those in our midst who are ethnically Chinese? Do our ethnic roots, beliefs and practices conflict with our Christian faith and testimony? It's interesting that our sermon passage for today begins, “See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ.” (Col 2:8)
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Thursday, 6 January 2011

Youth EE training (3-6 Jan 11)

Did our 3rd run of Youth EE training from 3-6 Jan. 7 youths and 1 young adult graduated from the course, making 77 contacts, sharing the full gospel with 50 people, and seeing 7 come to salvation and 3 reassurances of faith. Praise God for His blessings and favour!

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Wednesday, 5 January 2011

Sarah through the looking glass

A videologue* of one of my youth leaders, Sarah, who used the opportunity of her 21st birthday to share her birthday wishes, reflect on her life and friendships, and reach out to her non-Christian friends.
*video produced by another youth leader, Germaine

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