Thursday, October 29, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
RM3,000 is poverty line for the urban poor
By LESTER KONG and IZATUN SHAARI
Friday, October 23, 2009
Thursday, October 22, 2009
I have finished this Sunday's sermon ... and I will not look at it again till Saturday night! :-)
GIFTS (Spiritual). This is a blessing that comes with the gift of eternal life and is experienced daily. I cannot help but be in awe every time I see the gifts at work - both in my life and in the lives of others (but especially in my life as I am often pretty aware that something out of the ordinary is happening).
For example, I led a Bible study the other night and as we wrestled with a tough question, I gave an illustration (through a testimony- story) and it was a holy moment for me to see some "eyes light up" with comprehension and appreciation (and an audio exclamation as well!). God's gift to me at work again! This was not an illustration that I had prepared (I had others I had prepared as I suspected the question would come up!) I do not think I am exaggerating or over spiritualizing. I have listened to my own sermons and I find some of my speaking "idiosyncrasies irritating! :-) I also know many have a problem with my accent etc so the ability to cross these communication barriers (and more) to impart spiritual truth has to via the Spirit giving His gifts.
I also sometimes sit back and reflect in awe how no matter how we may struggle as a local church (with so many leaders, up and coming leaders and active serving members having had to move on), other people just seem to step up (of course with lots of prayer and encouragement too!) and then as they take steps of faith to serve, they seem to have the right spiritual gifts for the necessary situations.
GMAIL/ GOOGLE. I have been using gmail almost from the time it was first launched. I still remember that it was in the beta testing stage and Sivin sent me an invitation to join (in those days an invitation was so precious :-). Very quickly, gmail replaced even my local accounts (also I never liked hotmail). What I find interesting is I recently discovered that I could not remember how to set up outlook express! I find gmail as a web based e-mail so convenient. I also like google. It must be almost 10 years (if not it does seem at least 10 years) since I used any other search engine. And since I have already done "B", might as well throw in blogger since they are part of the same company. I like it very much :-)
GARDENING. I still have a black thumb and I do not spend much time gardening. My "gardening" is mostly working on my vegetable plants. BUT it is becoming something of a blessing to see my plants and trees grow (at least some). Puttering about in the garden a couple of hours a week has been good for me. Plucked my first (only one was ripe!) strawberry and ate it. It was GOOD! I think it is helping me appreciate the general blessings of nature.
HOUSE / HOME. What a blessing it is to own a house. I will ignore the fact that technically the bank owns our house till the mortgage is paid off :-) I still have not gotten over the wonderful feeling of gratitude in my heart that God has blessed us so much in just 18 months of being in NZ that we dared to consider buying a house.
HEALTH. Of late it has become more apparent that my physical body is getting older :-) But despite a growing list of ailments like headaches (sometimes migraine), joint stiffness and sometimes pain, high cholesterol, irritable bowel syndrome, acid in the stomach, eye problems, dust and pollen allergies bad back ... I am actually VERY HEALTHY!
Even when I am "sick" I am generally able to go about as usual (albeit at a reduced energy level). Compared to so many who suffer so many more serious illnesses or disabilities, I am indeed very blessed!
HARMONICA. I kinda suck at it but it is a nice occasional distraction. And it does have that nice "blues" sound that helps express certain moods. Music has a special way of expressing the mood of my soul and the harmonica is not too hard to play (BTW I can't read notes) especially for basic hymns. Of course I only play it for myself and not in public :-) It's even easier to carry around compared to my ukulele (which I will blog about under "U"). Only drawback its that it can be "loud" LOL
Okay got to go. Other things to do ...
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Scot McKnight's Top 10 Leadership Books
The best books for leaders you won't find at your next ministry conference.
by Scot McKnight
What makes a leader? Ideas. Courage. Contact with great thinkers. What makes a Christian leader? Great ideas, courage, and contact with great thinkers shaped by the gospel. So, I offer to you a list of my top ten books for leaders, and none of the titles of these books have the word “leader” or “leadership” in it. Some of these are overtly Christian classics; others are not. These books have the ability to swell the chest, flood the mind, and reshape how we see the world around us – and a gospel-reshaping of these great works can inspire a leader to new levels.
From the classical world, though one could choose all sorts of great works, I recommend a soaking in Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics, to see how the great philosopher constructed a set of ethics that shaped the Western world. Homer told the story of Odysseus and Virgil in The Aeneid. Homer’s story came into the Roman world and gave to all of us the power of a journey into ideas and ideals, sanctifying place and history. Dante took Homer and Virgil to the next level in his Divine Comedy, and if you follow him all the way down into the inferno, up through purgatory and then climb into the swirling glorious presence of God you will find new dimensions to life’s journey.
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Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
3. COMICS. Ah, it is a regular blessing to be able to reserve online then pick up and enjoy a good com book is so nice. The local library system is great and the librarians don't give me funny looks when they see me regularly coming to pick up and check out comic books. :-) For the uninitiated, the PC term for the comics I read is "graphic novels".Comics both fuel my imagination and helps me to relax!
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Shes wondering what clothes to wear
She puts on her make up
And brushes her long blonde hair
And then she asks me
Do I look alright
And I say yes, you look wonderful tonight
We go a party
And everyone turns to see
This beautiful lady
Thats walking around with me
And then she asks me
Do you feel alright
And I say yes, I feel wonderful tonight
I feel wonderful
Because I see the love light in your eyes
And the wonder of it all
Is that you just dont realize
How much I love you
Its time to go home now
And Ive got an aching head
So I give her the car keys
She helps me to bed
And then I tell her
As I turn out the light
I say my darling, you were wonderful tonight
Oh my darling, you were wonderful tonight
Monday, October 12, 2009
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Thursday, October 8, 2009
The figure 1 shows where the latest earthquake struck. Map / Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre
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New Zealanders are being warned to stay off beaches and out of boats after a tsunami warning was triggered by a large earthquake off Vanuatu.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre has issued a warning for Pacific Islands and Papua New Guinea after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck off Vanuatu.
New Zealand, Samoa and Australia are among places on tsunami watch.
The centre says it is not known whether a tsunami has been generated but an earthquake of this size has the potential to generate a destructive wave that can strike coastlines near the epicentre within minutes and more distant coastlines within hours.
An advisory is being sent to all responding agencies, including Fire, Police, Coastguard, local authorities and others to put them on standby.
The Ministry of Civil Defence has advised of the potential tsunami threat to New Zealand. The public is advised to not be on beaches or in boats near the coast.
The quake struck 294km northwest of the Vanuatu island of Santo and 596km northwest of the capital of Port Vila at a depth of 35km.
There were no immediate reports of injury or damage from officials in Vanuatu, a collection of nearly 200 islands.
The latest warning comes just two weeks after a quake of magnitude 8.3 rocked the South Pacific near Samoa, sparking tsunami waves that killed at least 180 people and devastated coastal villages in Samoa, American Samoa and in northern Tonga.
Tsunami warning is in effect for:
Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Tuvalu, New Caledonia, Fiji, Kiribati, Kosrae, Wallis-Futuna, Howland-Baker
At tsunami watch is in effect for:
Various countries including New Zealand, Samoa, American Samoa, Tonga, Australia
- AP, NEWSTALK ZB, NZ HERALD STAFF