Temporarily Under Construction
Thank you, Father God, for Your perfect love and restoring us to wholeness once again. Thank You for giving us Your only Son, Jesus Christ, to be our Saviour, who fully bore our sins on the cross once and for all. And thank You for Your Holy Spirit, who resides and dwells in our hearts, and who will guide and lead us as we navigate the treacherous waters of this world. In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
Temporarily Under Construction
26 November 2017
by Pastor Tak Meng
One of the things I love about the Church Calendar is that it marks out the year not by the weather or the different sales that come our way, but in terms of God’s great acts of love to save us from sin and bring us home to Himself—from the birth of Christ, to His life, death and resurrection, and His coming again to be King forever.
Very soon, next Sunday in fact, we are going to start a brand new Church Year with the season of Advent. We will remember how dark, broken and empty our lives were when we were far away from God. Against that backdrop, we will recapture each week God’s light breaking through to give us hope—the hope of Love, Joy and Peace.
This year, Rev Martin has prepared a wonderful Advent sermon series around those three wonderful words—Love, Joy and Peace—and the cry of all the saints, “Come, Jesus, Come!”.
That’s why I am writing this Pre-Advent Pastoral Letter, to encourage you to make this Advent and Christmas not just a season of busyness, festivities and consumption, but one of spiritual growth. Not just for yourself, but also your family—children and grandchildren together.
How can we do that?
4 February 2018
“Gong Xi Fa Cai! Ang Pau Nah Lai !!”
I am sure many of you, who are young parents now, or maybe not-so-young parents also, will remember this delightful pidgin Mandarin chant.
Your parents might have eagerly taught you to use this cute greeting every Chinese New Year. It was to coax your aunties, uncles and other adults to part with their little red packets of money gifts.
For many of us, as children then, this would be our first encounter with fairly large sums of money – and ALL belonging to us. (Never mind that our parents had to “pay” something up front as well.)
The money felt so good in our little hands, then. It still does, now. I am sure you will agree.
But it is often said that money is the root of all evil. It sows discord and destroys relationships. It easily becomes an obsession. And it draws you away from God and your faith in Him to provide for you.
In the 1987 movie, Wall Street, the main protagonist declared: ”Greed is …good.”
Strikingly, that same greed stoked the Stock Market Crash in the same year the movie was screened, the Asia Crisis in 1997, and the Global Financial Crisis in 2007.
Naturally, almost everyone started anticipating another supernova crash in 2017, last year. But the Big One did not come visiting. The year passed with barely a financial whimper.
Will the Big One ever happen, then? Of course, it will. There will always be one, around the corner!
And when it does come and cause havoc, mayhem and pain in our lives, people will knowingly say, “Didn’t the Bible say all along that money is the root of all evil?”
Yet, if truth be told, the Bible never said this.