Thursday, August 31

Ambassadors for Christ

2 Corinthians 5:20
"Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ..."

First, an ambassador is a high ranking minister of state, often chosen from the royal family, sent to another country to represent his own nation.
We are all members of the royal family of God. There is no higher family in the universe and no greater royalty than God's family. We are chosen from the best family to represent the Lord Jesus Christ.

Second, an ambassador does not become a citizen of the country in which he is living but remains a citizen of the country he came from.
Philippians 3:20 says, "Our citizenship is in heaven." The moment, we were born again, our citizenship was changed from this world to heaven. We are truly in this world, but not of it. When Satan tries to put the sickness, disease and poverty of this world on us, we can claim diplomatic immunity.

Third, an ambassador's needs are not met by the economy of the country he is in but by the country he is from.
An ambassador does not care if the economy of the country he is in collapses; his needs are supplied from his home country. Our needs are not supplied by the KLSE or Bank Negara, but by God's riches in glory. Just like God supplies for the birds (Matt. 6:25-26). He supplies for us. Birds are not concerned about the stock averages. The did not even know the Asian Economic Crisis occurred. They ate just as well. So can we.

Fourth, ambassadors do not live under the law of the country they are in, but live by the laws of the country are from.
Our law is the "Law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus" and not the "Law of Sin and Death" which is kept by the rest of mankind. The only way we can be put under the law of the world is to be ignorant of God's promises. Satan can only deceive us when we are ignorant of who we are in Christ and what our privileges are.

Sunday, August 27

4 Things You Never Knew Your Cellphone Could Do

**This Infomation was Copied & Pasted from a Forwarded E-mail**

There are a few things that can be done in times of grave emergencies.

Your mobile phone can actually be a life saver or an emergency tool for survival.

Check out the 4 things that you can do with it:

ONE : The Emergency Number worldwide for **Mobile** is 112
If you find yourself out of coverage area of your mobile network and there is an emergency, dial 112 and the mobile will search any existing network to establish the emergency number for you, and interestingly this number 112 can be dialled even if the keypad is locked.



TWO : Have you locked your keys in the car? Does you car use a remote key?
This may come in handy someday. Good reason to own a cell phone.
If you lock your keys in the car and the spare keys are at home, call someone at home on their cell phone from your cell phone.
Hold your cell phone about a foot from your car door and have the person at your home press the unlock button, holding it near the mobile phone on their end. Your car will unlock.

Saves someone the trouble of having to drive your keys to you. Distance is no object. You could be hundreds of miles away, and if you can reach someone who has the other "remote" for your car, you can unlock the doors (or the trunk).


THREE : Hidden Battery power
Imagine your cell battery is very low, you are expecting an important call and you don't have a charger. Nokia phones come with a reserve battery.

To activate, press the keys: *3370#
Your cell will restart with this reserve and the instrument will show a 50% increase in battery. This reserve will get charged when you charge your cell next time.


FOUR : How to disable a STOLEN mobile phone?
To check your Mobile phone's serial number, key in the following on your phone: *#06#

A 15 digit code will appear on the screen. This number is unique to your handset. Write it down and keep it somewhere safe.

When your phone gets stolen, you can call your service provider and give them this code. They will then be able to lock your handset even if the thief changes the SIM card.

You might not get your phone back, but at least you know that whoever stole it can't use/sell it either. If everybody does this, there would be no point in people stealing mobile phones.

**Hope this post was a blessing to some ppl!**

Monday, August 14

Dont It Feel Good 2 Express Urself?

My first test was on the night right after i got back from camp...

I was busy on my computer catching up with wad went on online while i was gone, reading blogs, commenting, friendster & etc...

When a neighbour came in to my room & proceeded to make stupid/vulgar jokes & use me for some of those jokes.
I laughed & joined in at first but I stopped participating after a while because it was getting lame & nonsence was not my cup of tea...
Then, he redecorated my carpet with fragments of chips tat he accidently spilled.

The drama happened soon after that...
Nesa said, "sorry Jarod I'll clean it up."
I said, "It's ok mate..."
I looked at my neighbour, at the mess, said his name, stopped, turned around & let out a big sigh...
Then i focused my attention to my laptop.

But my neighbour saught to provoke me even more...
He said, "You know.. I hate it when ppl wana say things bt dont... Wad u wana say Jarod?"
I said, "wad? it makes no difference... the rubbish will still be there..."
He said, "i hate it when ppl r like tat... wad u wana say? Say it to my face..."
Then i gt angry & i let myself loose...
I pointed at the mess while constantly raising my voice saying, "Bro, next time becareful when you do things! Becareful when u eat chips in my room! Also becareful with the words you say man... stop crapping you fucker!"
He responded, "whoa... why u curse at me? hey, u go to church... u shudnt curse..."
I said with a defeated voice, "yeah, ur right... sorry... i shudnt hav cursed at u..."
He responded, "it's ok man... see? dont it feel good when you express urself? huh?"
I said, "nah... it only makes me more & more angry & it wont change things..."
He said, "nah, bro.. u shud express urself more... u feel better man."

There was no fault in his reasoning. He was absolutely right by saying that it feels good to let urself loose... get angry... beat sum1 up... kiss his butt... follow ur desires...

But why did i feel like i did such a wrong thing by lashing out at him?
After spending some time thinking & reflecting...
I found out tat my intentions were wrong.
I lashed out at him cz he hurt me a while ago wif his stupid jokes & i wanted to hurt him back using tat opportuniy...

Why was it wrong for me to wana return the favour?
It's not because i go to church..
It's not because the bible says i cannot..
It's because i live for more than myself..
I wana live a life tat is different...
A life tat means something more...
If i live only for myself... i am no different from anyone else...
Therefore, I shudnt hav one wad i did...

Sorry bro...
Forgive me...

James 1:2-4
"Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything."

Sunday, August 13

City Church Wellington 2006 Camp

*note: there will not be any pictures on this post tat i hav taken myself because i hav, on an occasion of exhaustion, deleted them...*

Abstract

It was an encounter weekend with God...
Along with 500 other ppl, i came with expectations...
I knew that God was gona move mightily during the camp...
& He did...
Read on if u wana be AMAZED!


Friday, 11 August 2006

After rushing back from class on a Friday afternoon, I quickly got into my room. I grabbed by packed-last-night bag, checked my cuteness at the mirror, did some "target practice" over the toilet bowl & rushed to the lift as my kind driver gave me a missed call.

John Newton was at the carpark right outside Cumberland in a hot dark coloured sports car waiting to take me to El Rancho, Waikanae.

On our way to Waikanae, we stopped at 2 places... the first one was the Nyco Chocolate Factory i visited previously during my sponsored trip to Paraparaumu during the Easter holidays. I bought myself a pack of chocolate covered peanuts & a pack of chocolate covered coffee beans! Yum! John, got himself some dark chocolate with mint filling... It was really good quality chocolate...
Good stuff! RECOMMENDED!

The second place we stopped was the house of John's friend... The special thing about this house is tat it has a "lifestyle" concept. This means tat it is a cottage style house with a small farm of one pig, a goat & some chicken. The purpose for the farm is jz for the lifestyle, not economy. I do not hav any pics but believe me the place is jz so beautiful! They have a mini Japanese Zen concept garden, a pond complete with row boat & the house is adorable as well! Although Im more of an appartment person, bt this place was really impressive and is a good concept to model!

We got to the camp site early so we used our manly muscles to help out with the set-up of the large barn aka main-hall. Then when it was time for registration, 6.30pm, we marked our attendences & got assigned our rooms & team colour. Then, we left our stuff in our rooms & left the campsite in search for dinner, stopping at KFC for some chicken.

The meeting that nite was awesome!
The worship was awesome as usual... & the preaching of the word was done by Pastor Paul de Jong from Christian Life Centre Auckland. He spoke about attitude during trials... we gota learn to face situations of difficulty with a different attitude... one tat is not negative, which gives way to depression & more pain, but one tat is supernatural... pure joy... with praises to our God... believe tat we can overcome... & prepare ourselves for the breakthrough to happen...

After the meeting everyone was supposed to go for some tea & subsequently to bed. But a few guys started playing football on the streets! & i was one of them! soon there were 2 teams of 8 ppl! we played till security came and told us to go to bed.
IT WAS AWESOME!


Saturday, 12 August 2006

Woke up at 7am energized due to 7 full hrs of sleep! Got myself ready & walked down the hill form my bunkrooms to the dining hall for breakfast. Breakfast was better than expected! They had 4 kinds of cereal, all sorts of bread & spread plus fresh fruit! I took a bowl of museli with milk & toast with butter & marmite.

Soon we were on our way to the main-hall for the next session. Ps Paul spoke again... it was kinda like a follow-up of last nite's message... He spoke about breakthrough against trials... First, you need to learn to praise God when tried. Then, you raise a song against the trial. Then, u rise up with an even greater might to combat the trial. In this way, it can & will be overcome.

Then we had lunch. After that we headed back into the hall for the next session where Ps Brent Cameron, who is planting City Church Christchurch in Christchurch spoke. Me spoke about the power of one day. How one day can make a great difference... therefore, we gota make the best of each day we have!

Then we had a long break for us to prepare for TRIBAL WARS, some competitive outdoor team games, in the late afternoon. We played team relay, jigsaw, human bowling & 4-legged soccer. It was AWESOME! After that we had time to play some touch, shower & hav dinner b4 the session at nite.

Tat nite Ps Paul de Jong spoke about the future, faith & vision. We hava great God tat is able to do all things... & He has good plans for us... plans to prosper us... plans to giv us abundant life. The only limitation is our faith... how much are we willing to believe will happen in our lives? God wants to giv us all those good things tat we want... Do we dare to dream big?

While he was sharing his message... God reminded me of His desire for Malaysia... It was a strange feeling... as if Malaysia was the place for me... Malaysia is where my harvest is... Where my work for Him shall start...

I was filled with His Spirit... His passion... His vision... I was challenged... How much do i dare dream? How much do i dare to believe? I believe in His power & He will do great things thru me in this world... May this power & passion within me never leave me...

After that session we hada short break b4 the talent quest! During the talent quest, the International Students present at the camp performed a medley that we came up with afta dinner. we sang a Korean song followed by a Malay song and a Mandrin song accompanied simultaneously by a simple dance. It was an amazing performance, not because we did very well but, because when we asked the audience to stand up & join our simple actions...
THEY ALL DID!
IT WAS SIMPLY AWESOME!!!

Later tat nite, it was football in the streets again...


Sunday, 13 August 2006

After breakfast the next day, we had the last session at El Rancho... Ps Paul spoke.
After that we had a massive group fotography session.
Then we were dismissed from El Rancho.

The last session of camp was held back at church during the 6.30pm serivce.

The atmosphere was absolutely different!
I cud sense something in the air...
A sense of expectation...
A sense of knowing God is real & He is going to do something mighty!

All generations were seen lifting their hands worshiping God...
The young children were jumping & singing...
The youth were vibrant in worship...
The adults laid themselves bare before God...
The golden generation had their hands lifted while tears of joy streamed down their faces...

From the front to the back of the hall...
hands were raised...
it was like a sea of hands...
a sign of surrender to God...

Camp was AWESOME!!!
God moved in many ways!

The Best Thing at Camp

To me, the best thing tat happened at camp was the healing of a crippled man.
Gabriel is a friend who i met through a mutual fren while waiting for the church van to pick us up for church at Unicomm.

A few week before camp, he slipped on a hill while taking some pictures of nature for an assignment & twisted his knee. The doctor scheduled him for surgery a week after camp & said that he would not be walking for at least 6 months. He has been on crutches ever since.

The afternoon that everybody was dismissed from El Rancho, he was in a hall with the youth & Levi, the youth pastor, waiting for a bus to come pick them up & bring them to the city. Levi stepped up and told all the youth, "Cumon' let's pray for Gabriel. & when you pray, pray with faith really believing that God will heal Gabriel through us."
And they did...

After a while, Levi asked Gabe, "Do you feel any different?"
Gabe felt something different & with some encouragement from the crowd tried to walk a little. Then he happily threw his crutches away & started jogging around the hall!

A week later, during his pre-surgery appointment with the doctor, he walked into the doctor's office without the help of crutches & handed them to the doctor. The doctor said, "Please do not do that, you will only delay ur healing!"

But Gabe said he was fine. He doctor didnt believe him. So the doctor tested him by asking him to do a full squat.
which he did...
The doctor said in a relaxed tone, "well, this must be..."
and he stopped & cudnt continue his sentence!

GOD IS AWESOME!!!Such power is available for your benefit as well!
Just accept Jesus into ur life & love Him with all ur heart...
You will never go wrong...

Thursday, August 10

A Refiner and Purifier of Silver

I found this forwarded email very interesting...
Hava read...


Malachi 3:3 says: "He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver."

*This verse puzzled some women in a Bible study and they wondered what this statement meant about the character and nature of God.*

*One of the women offered to find out the process of refining silver and get back to the group at their next Bible Study.*

*That week, the woman called a silversmith and made an appointment to watch him at work. She didn't mention anything about the reason for her interest beyond her curiosity about the process of refining silver.*

*As she watched the silversmith, he held a piece of silver over the fire and
let it heat up. He explained that in refining silver, one needed to hold the
silver in the middle of the fire where the flames were hottest as to burn
away all the impurities.*

*The woman thought about God holding us in such a hot spot; then she thought
again about the verse that says: "He sits as a refiner and purifier of
silver." She asked the silversmith if it was true that he had to sit there
in front of the fire the whole time the silver was being refined.*

*The man answered that yes, he not only had to sit there holding the silver,
but he had to keep his eyes on the silver the entire time it was in the
fire. If the silver was left a moment too long in the flames, it would be
destroyed.*

*The woman was silent for a moment. Then she asked the silversmith, "How do
you know when the silver is fully refined?" He smiled at her and answered, "Oh, that's easy --
when I see my image in it"

*If today you are feeling the heat of the fire, remember that God has his
eye on you and will keep watching you until He sees His image in you.

Wednesday, August 9

Auzzie Here I Come!


It's official guys!
Im headed for Auzzie for the summer!

Arriving at Brisbane on Thursday, 14 Dec, 8.05AM!!!

Look out Brissies, Siddies & Melbees!!!
Looking forward to gud sight-seeing, catching up wif gud ol' frens & gud ol' SHOPPING!

The Plan:
1. Brisbane = visit the 3 worlds, do sum afta Christmas shopping at Gold Coast!
2. Sydney = visit sum monkeys
3. Melbourne = visit Dewinta
4. New Zealand = Might go to Auckie afta tat... unconfirmed...

Companions:
1. Tam Suet Yet
2. Nesaghanth Rachenamothy
3. Tan Sue Fin

Tuesday, August 1

NZ 18+ Card

I finally handed in my 18+ card application form in today!

With the 18+ card, i hav a legal form of identification which i can put in my wallet and carry around conviniently with me all the time.
Therefore, whenever my identification is required...
be it during the purchase of alcohol/cigarettes/party-pills or before entering a club/bar...
i dont need to bring my bulky passport with me nor risk losing it.

How to get your hands on an 18+ card?It takes around 30mins to apply for one.
Bring with you:
- Passport
- 1 passport-sized headshot photo
- Proof of address (ur printed address on anly formal letter will do; ie: bank statement)
- NZ$20


1. Look for the many PostShop/KiwiBank branches in NZ.
click here to find one near you!

2. Join da usually long line, wait ur turn & ask the person behind the counter for an 18+ card application form.

3. Leave the counter & fill the form up.

4. Look for a Justice of Peace & get him/her to certify tat u r truly 18 years old or above.
The Yellow Pages is very useful...
-or-
a Mr Thomas Evens can be found at the Wellington Central Library.

5. Go back to a PostShop/KiwiBank & hand in ur form with the NZ$20.

6. Wait for your card to arrive at ur stated address!

It usually takes 2 weeks.

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