Saturday, September 24, 2011

Knowing your weakness is half the battle

Yesterday afternoon, I had a lunch together with a colleague. I recently learned that she was a fellow believer and we started to discuss about our belief.

The day before, she shared a verse with me:
For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want. (Galatians 5:17 NIV)
Initially I didn't know what did she mean by sharing it with me. But yesterday she told me that sometimes she struggled to follow God's will because of her human's weaknesses.

She also told me that she had been reading some articles about this. There was one particular part that had my interest, because it described the innate weaknesses of each of the four temperaments that could drag us to commit sins. It was like a coincidence it struck me, since I just wrote a blog post about these four temperaments a few days ago.

I forgot to ask her where to get the article, but basically I think I got the basic idea to reproduce them.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Pharaoh's Dreams

"Pharaoh's Dreams" is the title of the passage (Genesis 41:1-39) that we discussed during the cell group meeting this evening.

Although we have a rather big cell group — or Life Group as the people at Hope Church call it — of more than 20 people, normally we split into smaller groups during discussions. Today I was in the same group with Hady (discussion leader), Yohana (Hady's girlfriend), Nia, and Chin.

I like today's discussion format since we got to study the bible interactively, not just listening to someone who talks all the time without even reading a single bible verse. At first, we read the whole passage individually.

Pharaoh's Dreams, source:
Since it's quite long, I'd like to summarize it instead of quoting the whole passage.
It began with the dreams of Pharaoh (the ruler of Egypt). His first dream was about seven healthy and fat cows that were eaten by seven ugly and gaunt cows. The second dream was about seven healthy and good heads of grain that were swallowed up by seven ugly and thin heads of grain.

Joseph, with God's guidance, interpreted that the dreams told about the coming of seven years of great abundance, followed by seven years of famine.

Joseph suggested that Pharaoh saved the food during the good years to be prepared for the famines. Amazed by Joseph's godliness, Pharaoh appointed Joseph as his right hand to take care about this matter.
Then we shared what we learned as follows:

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

What is my temperament?

I found this is one topic that keeps popping out during discussions with different groups of friends (or people). I used to be able to answer it very readily: choleric. In recent years, however, I've been thinking, am I still one? Do I still want to be one?

Before I continue, I've put together a small infographics to give you a bit perspective about the 4 different temperaments, check it out:

Click the image to enlarge
If you think the above diagram is too complicated, I know (I can't remember the source) a good one-sentence summary that represents these 4 temperaments:
A choleric does things my way, sanguine the fun way, phlegmatic the easy way, and melancholic the right way.
I don't understand why people (including me) like to put label on others. Perhaps it's just for fun, or to make fun of others (I know I do that sometimes, shame on me). Actually, the label that we assign to someone doesn't mean anything. Why?

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Christianity is beyond what I do

This is the third and last part of Hope Church’s “Losing My Religion” series. Unfortunately, I didn't attend the second part. A friend has written the first part and the summary of the series, so go check her blog before continuing reading. I know her blog is nice and all, but please, please come back here and read the rest of this post :p


Losing My Religion - Part 3
Christianity is beyond what I do

Summarized from a sermon by Pastor Jo on 18 Sep 2011 at Hope Church Singapore

You go to church very week, attend cell group meeting every week, attend prayer meeting 3 times a week, serve as worship leader in every service, and you think you're Christian. People think you are a truly devoted Christian. Your family or loved ones think you spend too much time at church — just kidding. But do you know or care what God thinks about you?