Friday, December 31, 2010

Warna Warna TOP - Christmas with the Community 2

Warna Warna (means Colours) of Tabernacle of Praise Christmas with the Community.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Warna Warna TOP - Christmas with the Community

It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words. Enjoy some of the photos from Christmas with the Community project.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Stepping out of the boat

I notice that I have not updated my blog for a period of time. Been going through a busy month with lots of projects that require my time and attention. One particluar project that I am working on with a group of fantastic people is the "Christmas with the Community" project. It is something new and something that we have never done before but we believe this is the heartbeat of God for the community. The whole project is a step of faith - leaving what was familiar and safe and secure, and stepping out into God's great adventure. As Jesus invites Peter to step out of the boat and walk on water with him, I realize just how often Jesus invites us out of the boat and into doing something risky, scary, faith-expanding.

Putting our faith into action is all about taking the first step on an uncertain journey. As others who have made this journey will tell us, it’s not the actual going that is difficult. It is “going without knowing” that is a bit unnerving. There are no maps on a journey of faith. We navigate by the starlight of God’s provision. It’s an off-road adventure that leads us to places we cannot see from the main highway of life. It took great faith for the in preparing for this project. I believe God will honor us when we decide to take that step of faith.

There are times when God wants to take us to the next level in our Christian walk, but we hesitate because of fear and uncertainty. At these moments, we are between two worlds - one in which we understand, and the other that is beyond our comprehension. Instead of launching out in faith, we tend to linger where we feel comfortable and secure. In doing so, we miss the exciting destiny that God has for us. We can never grasp the future blessings if we are still clasping on to past achievements. I realize one of the key of stepping out is to put our dependence totally on HIM. The problem most Christians run into when facing this critical decision of stepping out, is that instead of tapping into the Lord's power for a breakthrough, they depend on their own limited strength, and end up in a breakdown.

Stepping out requires us to put our focus on Jesus. As we step out, the noise, the waves and the wind will distract us but as long as we focus our eyes on Jesus, HE will lead us towards HIM.

Be Blessed.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Christmas with the Community

A Love Jelutong Project by Tabernacle of Praise

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Are you knocking?

1 Peter 3:12 For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and His ears are open to their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.

I came across a short illustration that I believe will bless you.

“Teacher”, said a young boy, “why is it that so many prayers are unanswered? I do not understand. The Bible says, ‘Ask, and you shall receive; seek, and you shall find; knock and the door shall be opened unto you.’ But it seems to me a great many knock and are not admitted.

The teacher answered, “Did you ever sit by your fireplace on some dark evening and hear a loud knocking at the door? Going to answer the knock, have you not sometimes looked out in the darkness, seeing nothing, but hearing the pattering feet of some mischievous boy, who knocked but did not wish to enter, and therefore ran away? It is often so with us. We ask for blessings but do not really expect them. We knock but do not mean to enter. We fear that Jesus will not hear us, will not fulfill His promises, will not admit us. And so we go way.”

“Ah I see,” said the boy, his eyes shining with the new light dawning in his soul. “Jesus can’t be expected to answer runaway knocks. He has never promised it. I mean to keep knocking and knocking until He can’t help opening the door.”

Let’s become persistent in our prayer life and expect God to open the door!