Friday, December 21, 2012

Life in carnality

"Choosing to live in carnality is like getting caught in a whirlpool. Wickedness gets more treacherous as one goes deeper."

Christianity?

Is not about telling them about everything in the Bible.
It is about showing them the person Jesus Christ whom they can trust. 

Friday, October 19, 2012

At last

I installed Ubuntu on my laptop. After years of hesitating and considering, I've decided to give Ubuntu a try. Heard so many comments, good comments about Linux especially of it being more secure than Windows.

Now that it is already installed on my laptop, I'm game to explore what Ubuntu has to offer. Hopefully what I read about Ubuntu are true. How I wish that all the games that are currently offered in the shop can be played on Linux. Will be waiting for that time.

Rain rain go away

Come again after 1am till 7am.

Yes, it's been raining for the past few days. And I'm grateful for the cool breeze that comes with it. The air is cleaner, now that there won't be any open burning by the village folks in Sumatera. And it is much nicer and comfortable to sleep at night.

Yet, it also brings the gloomy atmosphere to mind. Stuck at home, having less choices to do. Makes you want to eat more especially the warm or hot food. Slows down my body's metabolism. Doesn't help in my effort to reduce weight.

Not good for the business too. Customers not able to come and play. Low sales, less income, more sighing, more financial constraints and budget cuts for the family.

Why am I so downcast? Put your hope on God. He will lift you up and carry you on His wings above the storms (rain).


Thursday, October 18, 2012

Time to upgrade again

I am not sure why I always have this feeling at the end of the year. There is always the urge for me to upgrade the computers in my internet cafe. Either it is to upgrade the hardware of the existing computers or to add in next computers. These urges do not occur in the first three quarters of the year, but only in the fourth quarter of the year.

I wonder whether it is because I started my business in the fourth quarter of the year and as such there is that tendency to feel the urges to think of buying new computers during this time of the year. It is as though it has become a routine. And because of that the business has grown and I am grateful to God for that. The only setback I faced when having these urges to improve my business is the lack of money to do so.

There are many ways to overcome this problem. I have the privilege of purchasing the equipments and paying it in installments. Of course there are other ways like getting a title loan. That is when you use your car to take out a short term loanYou can do this at Auto Title loan Regional Offices in Arlington. If your brothers and sisters are rich, you might want to borrow from them without paying interest or with low interest.

As for me, I will trust that God will provide the necessary money through the sales. In God I trust.

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

2nd Chance by Pastor Park, Yong Gyu

In 1987, Reverend Park had died from high blood pressure. But by the grace of God, his life was extended for another 20 years. However, for the first four years, he was not able to speak due to his condition. He was about 50 years old when he had come back to life. During his death, the Lord showed him Heaven and Hell.

I want you to know if you are arrogant and prideful, you will bring curses upon yourself. I had a mega church of 5000 members but I was struck down by God due to my arrogance. Now I fear God. (James 4:6)

I used to own property worth about 150 million US dollars. I owned five luxury cars. But after my death experience, I gave it all away. Please remember, salvation cannot be achieved by your possessions but through faith. And now I plead to the deacons, elders, and the other leaders in their churches to serve your pastors with all your heart.

On December 19, 1987, after I had finished my lunch and while I was resting, I began to feel excruciating pain, it was so unbearable that I felt as though I was going to die. Then I lost consciousness. I woke up four months later in a vegetated state, and my doctor told me that I would eventually die. All my body parts were mangled very badly from the paralysis. And my family had never allowed any of the church members to visit due to my horrible appearance. Then I finally died.

When I died, I saw two people enter my room. But these people had entered into my room through the wall. I screamed, “Who, who are you!! My house will crumble down if you do that!!” Then one said, “We are angels descended from Heaven. We are from God’s kingdom.” A brilliant light shinned from the angels.

The angel to my right introduced himself. “I run errands for Jesus in His kingdom. Jesus called me and commanded me to go down to the Earth. He commanded me to take you to Heaven. You are dead. But since your family cries out with so much sadness, He desires to grant you a little more time to live. But for now, He desires to show you Heaven and Hell. He will show you and you will witness to the people of the Earth. May the number of people who end up in Hell be decreased and the number of people going to Heaven increased through your testimony. This will be your mission. God instructed us to tell you not to delay. If you delay, you will not be able to visit Heaven and Hell.”

Then the angel to my left said, “The moment you were born and until the moment you had died, I had been with you.” At that time, I did not understand what the angel had meant. Now I know. He was my guardian angel. So I said, “I cannot go! I will not go! I am a pastor! I cannot meet the Lord in this physical condition. I want to see Him as a healthy person. I would probably be receiving more rebukes than compliments from the Lord. I am prideful and arrogant and now I am cursed and sick. How am I able to enter Heaven? I am so scared. Please go back to Heaven and ask the Lord to heal me. Then come back and take me to Heaven through my dream. Please ask for mercy on my behalf.”

But the angels were not listening to my arguments. They took my clothes off and said that they were too filthy to be wearing in Heaven. They then clothed me in a white gown. (Zech 3:4)

They grabbed my hands and we flew straight up to Heaven. We flew through the clouds and as I looked down, I saw the Earth becoming smaller. They let me go near an endless Golden Street. I saw a brilliant shining light, too bright to look directly at. I said, “Where is the light coming from?” “It is from Heaven” the angel responded.

I thought, “Wow! It is huge!” I saw groups of people in white gowns flying ahead. “Who are they?” I asked.

The angel replied, “They are the ones who had served God faithfully and trusted in Jesus by obeying and following the lead of the Holy Spirit with all their heart. Their bodies are dead on Earth. They are now the souls heading toward Heaven.”

The other angel continued, “There are twelve gates in Heaven. When a saved soul comes to Heaven, they must enter through one of those gates.” We were standing in the south gate but it was closed. As we were waiting, I asked the angel, “Angels, why is this gate not opening?”

The angel replied, “It is because you are not singing the Heavenly worship song.” (Psalms 100:4)

I asked, “Angels, I was very prideful and arrogant and as a result I was cursed with sickness. I am not good at singing Earthly worship songs. How am I able to sing Heavenly worship songs when I had never heard it before?”

The angel replied, “You are correct. But you must still prepare yourself to worship. You are a prideful person but prepare to sing.” The angels began to sing. As they sang, I began to sing with them. It became natural to me, and we entered in.

The scene of Heaven was indescribable. I can’t describe Heaven with my Earthly words. I said, “Lord! Thank you so much! Even though, I was very prideful and arrogant and cursed with a sickness, You have still brought me to Heaven to show me around.”

I then heard the voice of God, “My beloved Pastor Park, Yong Gyu, I welcome you. You have made a long journey here.” His voice was overflowing with love and tenderness.

I replied back crying in tears, “Lord,….” The angels immediately said, “you have been a pastor for 20 years. Do you not know your scriptures? There are no tears in Heaven. Please stop it!” I was not even able to cry. (Rev. 21:4)

The Lord then asked me five questions. “How much time did you spend reading the Word (bible)? How much did you give of offerings? How many times have you evangelized to people? Did you tithe properly? How much time did you spend in prayer?”

I could not answer the fifth question. The Lord rebuked me for the fifth question. “After you had become a mega church pastor, you had become very lazy with prayer. Being busy is no excuse to Me!” I had to repent of it later. “The angels will show you many places in Heaven and of Hell. Look around as much as you desire. You will leave after witnessing many different places in Heaven and Hell.” But the Lord did not allow me to see His appearance.

The angels first took me to three different places in Heaven. In the first place, I saw little children living together. The second place was where the adults lived. The third place was where the souls had barely made it to Heaven. Even though they made it to Heaven, they had made it shamefully.

Many people had asked me how old the little children were. They appeared like kindergartens. They were not the little boys or girls as we would know of gender. Each child had their own angel to accompany them.

In Heaven, most of the souls will have their own individual home. (John 14:2) However, there were some who did not have homes. I will explain this later. Moreover, the children did not have their own individual homes either. I asked, “The children are also souls, why do they not have their own homes?”

The angel replied, “Just as the people on Earth require materials to build their homes, we in Heaven also need materials to build here. When a person serves the church and others faithfully unto the Lord, those deeds will become materials for a person’s home in Heaven.

When the materials are provided, the angels assigned to build a saint’s home will go to work on constructing it. The children who are below the accountability age have not built up any materials to build a home. In other words, they did not have the time or chance to earn their rewards/materials. This is why they do not have homes.”

I continued with my questions, “What shall I do on Earth to provide more materials for my home?”

The angels replied, “There are seven things one must do to build up their materials to build their home. The first is their accumulation of worship and praise to God. The second is their time spent reading the bible. Third, their time spent praying. Fourth, their time spent evangelizing to people. Fifth, one’s offering to the Lord. Sixth, their obedient tithes to God. Lastly, their time spent serving the church in any way.”

These are the deeds or works of obedience in which one accumulates materials for their Heavenly home. If one is lacking in these areas, they will have no materials to build their home.”

There were numerous people in Heaven without homes. Many who did not have homes were actually pastors, deacons, deaconesses, elders, etc. I asked out of curiosity, “Where do the children live then?”

The angels replied, “They live here.” As I looked around, they were gathered throughout the garden of flowers. The garden of flowers was so beautiful and the fragrance was out of this world. The scene was beyond what I could describe with my words.

The second place was for faithful adults. There is a difference between salvation and rewards. This place had so many homes. The homes were built with beautiful gems and rare stones. Some of the homes were as high as the highest skyscrapers on Earth. Those people who had faithfully served the Lord while living on Earth had their homes built with beautiful gems and rare stones. In this particular place, all the people looked around the age of 20 to 30 years old. There were no men or women in regards to gender. There are no sick, old, or lame people.

I once knew an elder named, Oh, Im Myung. He had died at the age of 65 years old. He was a very short man, as tall as 2nd graders in elementary school. He had suffered from a rare disease called rickets. However, when it came to the bible, he was a PHD. He had written many commentaries. I met him in Heaven, and there he was tall and handsome. He was no longer sick but healthy. Heaven is a very wonderful place!! I am so full of expectations! Please believe what I am saying beloved people!

The third place was for those who were shamefully saved. (1 Cor. 3:15) This particular village was enormous in size, several times bigger than the second place, where the homes were made of gems and rare stones. I arrived at this place at great speed, riding a golden chariot. It was very far from the other beautiful places I saw in Heaven.

I asked the angels, “I see great wilderness and fields. Why do I not see homes?” The angel replied, “What you are seeing are homes.”

I saw huge wide flat houses, which reminded me of a large chicken coop or some type of warehouse. These homes were not glorious, but shabby. This village and homes were for the souls who were shamefully saved. There were numerous large sized shabby looking homes. This village is several times bigger than the place where rewarded souls reside.

The angel said, “Do you see the two large homes, one to your right and one to your left? I answered, “Yes, I do see them.”

The angel said that he wanted to show me those two houses specifically. He said, “The right home is for those who were pastors on the Earth. The left home is for those who were elders on the Earth.” As we arrived to the front of the two homes, I noticed they were humongous. My jaw dropped. When we opened the door and entered, my first impression was, ‘chicken coop.’ Instead of thousands of chickens living in their coop, I saw souls. The angels advised me to observe very carefully because I would recognize some famous pastors from history. It was true. I recognized many pastors from history. I specifically picked out one pastor and asked the angel, “I know that Korean pastor! I know how famous he was and the work he had done for the Lord. Why is he here? I do not understand.”

The angels answered, “He never provided any building materials for his home. This is why he is living in a community home.”

I asked out of curiosity, “How did this happen? Why did he not have any materials?” The angel answered, “While he was a pastor performing the functions as a pastor, he had loved to be complimented by the people. He had loved to be honored. He had loved to be served. There was no sacrifice and servitude on his part.” This particular pastor was greatly honored in Korea and is an icon within the Korean Christian history. But he had no reward!!

You Pastors out there, please listen! You have to lead people to more than just Sunday morning services. You must visit them in their homes. You must take care of the poor, the lame and old. The pastors who have served without sacrificing their lives and loved to be honored have no reward in Heaven. (Matt 23:5-12)

After I had witnessed this scene in Heaven and after I had come back to the Earth, I immediately gave all of my possessions away including my five luxury vehicles. Our life is but a moment. In the bible, the average life is about 70 to 80 years old. But it is only God who knows when a person will die. Anyone can die before the age of 70 or 80 years old. I had decided to give everything away, even my clothes. The people I saw had received salvation in shame. They were pastors, elders, deacons, and lay believers. There were multitudes of elders and deacons in this flat shabby home. But of course, it is much better than Hell. However, why would anyone want to enter Heaven in such a way? I will not end up in that shameful place. Their clothes were even shabby.

What are the requirements for Christians to receive such beautiful homes in Heaven? First, we have to evangelize to as many people as possible. How should we evangelize? The angel told me, “Assume there is an unbeliever who does not know the Lord. The moment you decide to evangelize to that particular person, the building materials for your homes will be provided. As you unceasingly pray for their salvation, more building materials are provided. You must continue to check up on them, visiting them and continue your evangelizing. This will add more materials to your home. If a person says he/she cannot make it to church because they do not have nice clothes, then you must provide them with some. If the person says he/she does not have a bible, you must provide one. If a person says he/she does not have glasses to read, you must provide it for them. You must provide whatever you are able too so this person can be led to the Lord. Those who live in the best homes are those who had evangelized many times.”

The angel then escorted me to the place where the saints lived in nice homes. This is where saints who had evangelized much lived. It felt like downtown Heaven.

In Christian history, there are four people who have the biggest and most beautiful homes. The angel showed me the home of American evangelist D.L. Moody, British Pastor John Wesley, an Italian evangelist, and Korean Evangelist Pastor Choi, Gun Nung. These four people have the largest homes in Heaven. These four had spent their whole lives evangelizing to people even through up to the time of their deaths.

Within the Korean believers, there was a lay believer who had a large home. This lay believer had built many church buildings with his all his possessions. He had given three thousand bags of rice to the poor. He secretly helped thousands of pastors and leaders with their finance. He helped students studying theology or in bible school with their tuitions. He had also taken in a pastor (65 years old) into his home and took good care of him. His own church had kicked him out.

I heard an angel shout, “The materials are coming!” I questioned the angel to my right about the materials and he told me, “These materials are for a deaconess from a small church who is from the country. In fact, she receives materials every day. Even though she is poor, she comes to early morning service each day. She prays for 87 church members daily. When she finishes praying, she cleans up the church.”

I heard another angel shout, “Special delivery! The daughter of the deaconess has given what little money she had to her mother. However, the deaconess did not spend it on herself. She bought five eggs and two pairs of socks for the church pastor. Even though it may appear to be a small offering, she had given all she had for the day. This became special materials for her home in Heaven.”

Second, those who also have a large home are those who have built church buildings or other buildings for Kingdom purpose with their possessions and resources.

In Heaven, I also met an elder named Choi. Among all the Korean elders and deacons who are in Heaven, he had the most beautiful home. His home was much higher than the tallest building in Korea. Choi had built many churches in Korea with his wealth.

I asked the angel, “How about my house? Is it in the process of being built? The angel said, “Yes it is.” I begged to see my house. But they told me it was not allowed. I continued to beg and after some persistent begging, the angels said that the Lord will now allow it.

We entered the chariot and traveled very far to another place. I was full of expectation. I asked, “Where is my house?” The angel replied, “It is over there!” But it looked as though the place was only a foundation, only ready for development. I cried out, “How could you do this to me? How could this be happening? How can my house be in a developing zone? Surviving the Korean War, I sold my only home to build a church. This church eventually grew to five thousand members. I wrote many books inspired by the Holy Spirit. One book became a best seller. With the proceeds from the books, I built Christian schools. The school birthed 240 pastors. During tenure as the dean, I had given out over 400 scholarships to over 400 poor children. I have built homes for the widows to live in. This all cost huge amounts of money. So how could this be? Why is my home in a land development? I am so upset!”

The angel replied sternly, “You do not deserve to live in such a beautiful nice home in Heaven because you have been honored by people countless times. Every time you had built or done something good, you were praised by people. You were even honored by the secular news. Therefore, all your works are in vain.” (Matt 6:1)

I looked at my home in the development zone. It was located in the middle of three other homes. It only had three stories. The house had many small rooms on the first two floors. I asked the angel, “Why do I have such small rooms?” The angel answered, “These rooms are for your sons and daughters.”

“I only have four children,” I replied. The angel responded, “No, they are not for your Earthy children, but for the ones you had evangelized and are saved.”

I loved it! I asked, “Where is my master bedroom?” The angel said that it was on the roof. That bothered me. My room was not even finished. In an angry tone I said, “It is so small! Why is it so difficult to finish?” The angel replied, “You are not even dead. We cannot finish your home or rooms because we do not know if more materials will be provided. Do you understand?”

When we entered my room, I saw two certificates hanging on my wall, so I went to read them. The first certificate described when I was 18 years old living in an orphanage. On Christmas day, I was on my way back to the early morning church service. I had seen an elderly man shivering on the street. I took my jacket off and gave it to him. That deed had given me a reward in Heaven. The second certificate described the same incident but it was for buying some bread with the little money I had for the elderly man. The amount is not the issue. The act must be accompanied by genuine faith. The dollar amount has no significance.

We left the place and headed back out. During the ride, one of the angels asked, “Are you sad? I will tell you how to have a beautiful home built. The Lord said when you go back to the Earth, you must go to tell the people about Heaven and Hell as you have witnessed. Second, the Lord desires you to build a place to gather elderly female pastors and evangelists who do not have places to go or live. If you truly faithfully do these things, you will have a beautiful home.”

Hell

The two angels escorted me to Hell. They said, “Now you will visit Hell.” You have no idea the enormity of Hell. I kept shouting, “It is so big! It is so big!” This is the place where souls who are cursed and receive eternal damnation are placed. It felt like Hell was a thousand times larger than the Earth. Half of Hell was colored red and the other half was pitch dark black. I asked the angels, “Why is this part red?”

The angels replied, “Do you not know? It is burning sulfur. The other half is darkness. When people sin and end up here, they will be tormented from both sides…There are multitudes of churches on the Earth and many of the churches are filled with many people. However, most of them are not true Christians. They are but church attendants. The true churches will firmly believe in Heaven and a Hell. The lives of many Christians are in chaos because they do not firmly believe in Heaven and Hell. When one soul enters Heaven, one thousand cursed souls enter Hell. The rate of Heaven and Hell is 1 to 1000.” (Matt 7:14)

I am a Presbyterian pastor and a well-known speaker. I have graduated from one of the largest theological school in Korea. I never believed those Heaven and Hell stories. But now, I am one who writes such experiences to testify to others. Although you may believe you are a Christian, if you live your life according to the will of demons, you will end up in Hell!

The first place I saw was a place of burning sulfur. You can’t even imagine how hot the fires of Hell are. No one can bear the intense heat.

People in Hell say three statements. First, it is too hot and they feel like dying. (Luke 16:24) Second, they are so thirsty and feel like dying. Third, you will hear many asking for water. (Zech 9:11)

It is eternal! Many people say we are free in Christ and they live their lives as they desire. I asked the angel, “Those who are in here, what have they done?” The angel answered, “The first group is unbelievers.” Those who had not evangelized to their own family must repent!

The angel continued, “The second group is those who believed in Jesus, but did not repent of their sins.” We must repent of our sins and must confess to the Lord. We must not sin. Just giving lip service is not repenting. With a contrite and earnest heart, we must repent!

Christians in Hell

I then saw many pastors, elders, and deacons in Hell. I asked the angel, “I know them. They had served God faithfully while on the Earth. They had died some time ago. We all had thought they were in Heaven with God. But now, I see them all in Hell and they are crying out that it is so hot! Why are they here?” There were so many pastors, elders, deacons and all other lay believers.

The angel answered, “Pastor Park Yong Gyu, a person can appear to be a true follower of Christ on the outside but God knows the heart. THEY DID NOT KEEP SUNDAYS HOLY. IN FACT, THEY HAD LOVED TO MAKE MONEY ON SUNDAYS. (Jer. 17:27) Many of the deacons and elders had criticized the sermon of their pastors. (PS. 105:15) (Num 12:8-9) THEY DID NOT TITHE PROPERLY. (Malachi 3:9) THEY DID NOT PRAY. They had not evangelized to people at all. (Ezekiel 33:6) Many of these elders and deacons had harassed their pastors and would come against their authority. They had interfered with the pastor’s duty and business. (Num. 16) On their death beds, they thought they had done a good job so they did not repent of those things. This is why they were thrown in the fires of Hell.”

I then saw a king and a prince who were had first persecuted Christians in Korea. This king and prince beheaded many of the first believers in Korea. They were placed in the center, which was the hottest place of all. I also saw Hitler, Stalin, Mao Zedong, and a famous pastor from North Korea named Pastor Kang, and a famous Japanese hero, and many more.

Then we arrived at an extremely dark place, too dart to see where to step. I shouted, “Angels! Angels! It is so dark! How can I see anything?” The angels patted my shoulder and said, “Just wait a little bit.”

Within a few moments, I was able to see a countless number of naked people. All of them had insects crawling all over their bodies. Not an inch was spared as their whole bodies were completely covered with insects. The naked people attempted to drive the insects away gnashing their teeth. I asked, “What did these people do as they lived on Earth?”

“They are those who have criticized and back stabbed each other. They were not careful of what they had said to one another.” (Matt 5:22)

I saw the demons piercing and stabbing the stomachs of the people with sickles. Their screams were unbearable to me. I asked my escort, “Angels, what did these people do as they had lived on the Earth?

“These people had jobs, houses, and families but they did not give to God. They did not help the poor, their churches, or other Godly purposes. They were very stingy and greedy. Even as they encountered the poor, they ignored them and did not care. They only cared for themselves and their families. They were well clothed, fed, and had a comfortable life. This is why their stomachs are pierced for their bellies were full of greed.” (Proverbs 28:27)

It was a very frightening scene. After witnessing such a scene, when I got back to the Earth, I gave all of my money and possessions to others. Salvation cannot be earned with money or property. It is by faith. Hell is an unbearable and miserable place. It is eternal torment!

I also saw people who had their heads hacked off by a very sharp saw. I asked the angel, “What did these people do to deserve such awful torment?” The angel replied, “Their brains were given by God to think good and beneficial things. But these people had thought of filthy things. They thought of lustful things.” (Matt 5:28)

Next I saw people being stabbed and cut into pieces. The sight was horrible. I asked, “What about these people? What did they do to be tormented in such a way?” The Angel replied, “These were elders and deacons who did not serve their churches. In fact, they did not even want to work or serve! The only things they had loved were to receive and receive from the flock.” (Zech 11:17) (Hosea 6:5)

I saw the elders, deacons, and other lay believers tormented by the demons. The demons made a hole in their tongues and placed wires through the tongues of one another. Then the demons dragged the people with the wire. I asked again, “What did they do on Earth?” The angel answered, “They had committed four different types of sin.

First, they had criticized their pastors. They would speak negative things about their pastors. They were back biting and ridiculing their pastors.” (James 3:6) (Matt 12:37)

I plead with those who have committed such acts to REPENT, REPENT!!

The angel continued, “Second, they insulted the church with their words. They had harassed other Christians to the point where even the faithful ones were affected and they stopped attending church and even caused some to stop believing. They did all they could to stop faithful Christians from doing God’s work. These wicked ones caused many faithful to stumble. Lastly, there are spouses who drank alcohol and were abusive to their family members.”

I saw demons piercing men and women in their stomachs with a very huge sharp nail. I asked, “What did they do?” The Angel replied, “These are men and women who had lived with one another but were not married. These are guilty of abortions as they also got pregnant. They had never repented.”

I saw another group of people. The demons were slicing their lips as if one thinly slicing meat or vegetables. I asked, “Why are these people tormented in such a way?” The angel said, “These are sons, daughters, son in laws, and daughter in laws who had talked back to their parents. All they had to do was say, ‘I’m sorry’ instead of making things worse. Many of them had used abusive language. They had attacked their parents with harsh language. They were rebellious. This is why their lips are being sliced.”

Brethren, we are all going to die one day, but we don’t know when that will be. Please be prepared. Being prepared is to go to Heaven. When we go is not the issue. Please forgive each other as frequently as necessary if you need too. Repent and repent and do it all day long if you have too.

My beloved brethren, I used to ignore such testimonies. I was a conservative Presbyterian pastor who ignored such things. But now, I must witness and testify to you what I have seen. Please do not hesitate to live a holy life. Please avoid this miserable torment and judgment. Be saved! Do not live for your flesh but submit to the Kingdom of God. Please pray for those who do not know Jesus. Evangelize and bear fruit. Please pray early in the morning and keep Sundays HOLY. Please tithe to the Lord properly. Accumulate your rewards in Heaven and not in this Earth. I pray and bless you in the Almighty Name of JESUS!

By Pastor Park, Yong Gyu

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Brotherly kindred spirit

 The Joy of Childhood.

Ezra Bong & Barnabas Bong on 15 July 2012.
In the background - Annabelle Bong & Mother (Yap Nya Pin)

Me and my world

Rebekah Bong on 15 July 2012.

I wonder what is in her mind.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

How to measure success in Christian events?

"The success of an event is not how smooth the meeting went or how many people attended it. The success of an event is measured by the "thickness" of the presence of God in that meeting." - Pastor Goh Lee Neo, GBM Gateway, Melaka, Malaysia.

Today Is a Beautiful Day but I Cannot See It

A blind boy sat on the steps of a building with a hat by his feet. He held up a sign which said: "I am blind, please help." There were only a few coins in the hat. A man was walking by. He took a few coins from his pocket and dropped them into the hat. He then took the sign, turned it around, and wrote some words. He put the sign back so that everyone who walked by would see the new words. Soon the hat began to fill up. A lot more people were giving money to the blind boy.

That afternoon the man who had changed the sign came to see how things were. The boy recognized his footsteps and asked, "Were you the one who changed my sign this morning? What did you write?" The man said, "I only wrote the truth. I said what you said but in a different way." I wrote: "Today is a beautiful day but I cannot see it."

Both signs told people that the boy was blind. But the first sign simply said the boy was blind. The second sign told people that they were so lucky that they were not blind.

- (author unknown)

Saturday, July 07, 2012

Hope & Restoration Seminar, Sandakan Sabah.

Youth Seminar
"Hope & Restoration"
 Sandakan, Sabah
29 - 30 June 2012
 Covenant Sanctuary Church.


 
 GBM team with Lucien
The participants

Worship time



                                                           Icebreaking time

 
 Group Discussion time
 
Listening to the participants discussing.
Closing prayer for the group
God time


The Team n the organizing committees.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Represent Christ or Being Christ

Paul’s words in 2 Corinthians: “For God was in Christ reconciling the world to himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them, and has committed unto us the word of reconciliation.”  

How many times we think it’s committed unto us to condemn sin, to preach against sin, or even to forgive sins! But it’s not. We preach Christ, who reconciles people to God. There’s a difference between representing Christ and unconsciously trying to be Christ. 

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Pride led to his downfall

Was reading the story of King Asa in 2 Chronicles 16. It is a powerful life testimony of how one can be so successful in his early days but descended into total abandonment of God later in his life. I've preached on King Asa's life before and as I read again King Asa's life, the Lord spoke to me in His own gentle way. King Asa's success in defeating the vast Cushites and Libyans army has been the result of his total dependence on God. And God honored King Asa's total reverence and fear of Him. King Asa removed all the idols in the land and deposed his own grandmother. His heart is right before God. It is a Biblical principle that God honors those whose heart is set on Him. Even in our relationship with our children, we tend to show more of our love, care and guidance to the ones whose heart is right with us. And there's peace for 35 years after the war for King Asa. Then a smaller problem happened to King Asa. This time the response is totally different. Instead of relying on God and trusting on God's power, King Asa depended on his own cleverness, and following the ways of the heathen, he made a pact with an ungodly king. That led to tremendous problems to his kingdom. Even when he is sick, he did not seek help from God. Total abandonment of God at the end of his life. He started well but failed miserably in the end. As I reflected on King Asa's life, I realized that pride has also come into my life. I started my internet cafe with no experience, no know-how at all. I've never worked in a internet cafe before and I don't even have any paper qualification on computer networking or programming. I started the business with total dependence on God to provide and to bless the business. I've tried to follow the ways of the world by opening the business on Sundays but that is not pleasing to God. He challenged me to close the business on Sundays (even though in the eyes of the world, business on Sundays will bring in the highest income). After struggling with that challenge for a month, I decided to trust God and close my business on Sundays. God has blessed the business ever since. A year ago, I bought over another internet cafe business. The business in this new shop has not been doing well. As I reflect back on King Asa's story, I was made to realize that I too have pride in my life. Since the first business is doing well, pride comes to my life and it is shown in my attitude. Unconsciously, I felt that I too played a role in the success of the business. And that pride is shown in how I tried to manage the new internet cafe. Depending more on my own "intelligence" and experience rather than depending on God. Forgive me Father and help me to be humble before you. Help me to remember that unless You builds the business, I labor in vain. Help me to check my attitude towards the business and remind me that it is You that is in total control. Even in managing this business, help me to depend totally on You. Help me to set my heart right before You in every areas of my life. Amen.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Five minutes before falling asleep.

If you wake up as weary as you were when you went to bed the night before, try to recall what you were thinking about during the last five minutes before you went to sleep. What you think about in that five minutes impacts how well you sleep, which determines what kind of day the following day will be. When you sleep, your conscious mind is at rest, but your subconscious mind remains active. Psychologists call the subconscious the “assistant manager of life.” When the conscious mind is “off duty”, the subconscious mind takes over. The subconscious carries out the orders that are given to it even though you are not aware of it. For example, if the last minutes before going to sleep are spent worrying, the subconscious records and categorizes that as fear and acts as if the fear is reality. Thus muscles remain tense, nerves are on edge, and the body’s organs are upset which means the body is not really at rest. However, if those last five minutes are spent contemplating some great idea, an inspiring verse, or a calm and reassuring thought, it will signal to the nervous system, “All is well” and then put the entire body in a relaxed, peaceful state. Many of the days that begin badly started out that way because of the night before, during those critical last five minutes of conscious thought. You can input positive healthy thoughts into your conscious mind and pave the way for quiet, restful sleep by simply meditating on God’s Word as you drop off to sleep. For example, Psalm 91:1-2(NKJV): He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; my God, in Him I will trust.”

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Dear Math

Dear Math, Stop asking us to find your X. She's not coming back and don't ask Y either.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Forgot my son

Went to fetch my children from school yesterday. My son Barnabas is in the kindergarten at the same school. After my two girls came inside the car, I drove back. Before reaching home, I suddenly realized that I've forgotten to fetch my son. *Sigh. How on earthy could I forgot to fetch my son.

Furthermore, my two girls didn't even reminded me to fetch Barnabas. They too have forgotten their brother. So, I've to go back to the school and look for my son. While waiting for me, he went to look for his sister but couldn't find them. He told me that he is not worried though I'm not sure of that. Anyway, I'm glad that he is okay.

I'm reminded of God's love where He said that though a mother would forget her own son, God would not forget His people.

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Keeping the Faith

2 Tim. 4:6–8
For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come. [7] I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith; [8] in the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day; and not only to me, but also to all who have loved His appearing. 
How wonderful it will be to be able to say with sincerity what Paul said above. I wonder whether I'll be truly able to say it when the time comes. Will it come a time when I can truly look back at my life and remember all the trials that I faced and overcame. When problems seems to flood me and wants to drown me but I hang on to God and rise above it all. When sickness trouble me not just physically but mentally, emotionally and spiritually but I still hang on to God. When people criticized me in my ministry but I still persevere on. When the words uttered by inconsiderate people hurts like a sharp blade slicing my heart. When there is no words of encouragement being heard for the hard effort put in to serve. When God seems silent and distant at times. 
Would I allowed myself to be poured out as a drink offering? To be used by God to serve others, will I allow such things? Did I continue to fight on even when everything seems hopeless and so difficult? Will I continue to run the race when I feel tired and out of breath and the only thing that comes to mind is the thought of giving up.
Paul has said it and he has received the award, the crown of righteousness from the Lord. 
As for me, I'm still in the race. I must keep my focus on the finishing line. I may stop for a while to catch my breath but I'll still be moving forward towards the finishing line. God, help me.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Marriage quote

"When it comes to your marriage, if the grass looks greener somewhere else, it's time to water your own yard!"
- Craig Groeschel

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Where to print A3 size documents in Melaka?

If you need to print your documents in A3 size in Melaka, you can do so at Starhawk Internet Cafe. It is located at Taman Bacang Utama, Melaka, just outside of the main Giant Hypermarket. Not many internet cafes offer printing services but you can print, photocopy, scan, laminate and even do binding for your school or campus assignment in Starhawk Internet Cafe. Previously, printing can be done in A4 size only but now with the new printer, Starhawk Internet Cafe offers this service of printing in A3 size. The price is reasonable depending on the size of your picture and normally it ranges between RM5.00 to RM9.00 per A3 size page.

So, if you want to print A3 size documents or A3 size pictures in Melaka, go to Starhawk Internet Cafe. Call them at 06-2814308 if you have any inquiries.

Monday, April 16, 2012

What does a man really want?

He wants a beautiful woman, but not the beautiful woman you might think. If you as a woman wish to see beauty then go and take off the makeup. Look in the mirror. This is the face of beauty, but you must learn to see it in yourself. See yourself without the blinders of this world’s definition. See yourself as God intended you to be. Act as though you are as beautiful as anyone else around you. The man who recognizes that beauty in you is the one who knows what he wants and will strive to meet your needs with what he has to offer you. (There is a caveat to this whole argument: many men in today’s society are completely blind to true beauty, but you’re better off ignoring them. That man will only cause you pain.) *thoughts by Dan Bode

Friday, April 06, 2012

The Greatest Resume

The Resume of Jesus Christ Address: Ephesians 1:20 Phone: Romans 10:13 Website: The Bible . Keywords: Christ, Lord, Savior and Jesus _____________________________________________________ Objective My name is Jesus -The Christ. Many call me Lord! I've sent you my resume because I'm seeking the top management position in your heart. Please consider my accomplishments as set forth in my resume. _____________________________________________________________________ Qualifications I founded the earth and established the heavens, (See Proverbs 3:19) I formed man from the dust of the ground, (See Genesis 2:7) I breathed into man the breath of life, (See Genesis 2:7) I redeemed man from the curse of the law, (See Galatians 3:13) The blessings of the Abrahamic Covenant comes upon your life through me, (See Galatians 3:14) _____________________________________________________________________ Occupational Background I've only had one employer, (See Luke 2:49 ). I've never been tardy, absent, disobedient, slothful or disrespectful. My employer has nothing but rave reviews for me, (See Matthew 3:15 -17) _____________________________________________________________________ Skills Work Experiences Some of my skills and work experiences include: empowering the poor to be poor no more, healing the brokenhearted, setting the captives free, healing the sick, restoring sight to the blind and setting at liberty them that are bruised, (See Luke 4:18). I am a Wonderful Counselor, (See Isaiah 9:6). People who listen to me shall dwell safely and shall not fear evil, (See Proverbs 1:33 ). Most importantly, I have the authority, ability and power to cleanse you of your sins, (See I John 1:7-9) _____________________________________________________________________ Educational Background I encompass the entire breadth and length of knowledge, wisdom and understanding, (See Proverbs 2:6). In me are hid all of the treasures of wisdom and knowledge, (See Colossians 2:3). My Word is so powerful; it has been described as being a lamp unto your feet and a light unto your path, (See Psalms 119:105). I can even tell you all of the secrets of your heart, (See Psalms 44:21). _____________________________________________________________________ Major Accomplishments I was an active participant in the greatest Summit Meeting of all times, (See Genesis 1:26 ). I laid down my life so that you may live, (See II Corinthians 5:15 ). I defeated the arch enemy of God and mankind and made a show of them openly, (See Colossians 2:15 ). I've miraculously fed the poor, healed the sick and raised the dead! There are many more major accomplishments, too many to mention here. You can read them on my website, which is located at: www dot - the BIBLE. You don't need an Internet connection or computer to access my website. _____________________________________________________________________ References Believers and followers worldwide will testify to my divine healing, salvation, deliverance, miracles, restoration and supernatural guidance. _____________________________________________________________________ In Summation Now that you've read my resume, I'm confident that I'm the only candidate uniquely qualified to fill this vital position in your heart. In summation, I will properly direct your paths, (See Proverbs 3:5-6), and lead you into everlasting life, (See John 6:47 ). When can I start? Time is of the essence, (See Hebrews 3:15 ).

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Yosef Bong

Yosef Bong. Born 27 March 2012 at 1pm. Weighed 2.6kg.

Progress despite opposition

Christians are often depicted in Scripture as on a journey through the wilderness of this world to the Kingdom of God. In Ephesians 4:14, the apostle Paul places this journey on the turbulent waters of a sea, where the winds can rise to blow us off course. However, contrary winds can be weathered by tacking against them, allowing us to make forward progress toward our destination despite the opposition.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Wisdom camouflaged as a fool

A little boy named David used to hang out at the local corner market. The other boys teased him constantly, saying that Johnny was two bricks shy of a load or two pickles short of a barrel. Puzzled about their behavior, the store owner eavesdropped on their conversation one day.

David stood silently as the boys offered him a choice between a nickel or a dime. David took the nickel. The boys immediately laughed, saying he was too dumb to know that the bigger coin was worthless. The store owner took him aside and said, “David, those boys are making fun of you. They think you don’t know a dime is worth more than a nickel. Are you really grabbing the nickel because it’s bigger?”

David turned to the store owner and with a big grin on his face, he said, “Well, if I took the dime, they’d stop playing the game. And so far, I’ve saved twenty dollars!” The other boys in the neighborhood may think that Johnny is a fool, but David certainly is wiser than them all.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Big Promotion

Thanks to Lemuel Craft
I work in a doctor’s office and was recently promoted to office manager. I’m nervous about how I will perform and have been driving myself crazy. I have never worked in a leadership role before, so I know I have a lot to learn. I was the assistant to the previous office manager and she trained me well, so I hope things will go smoothly. My first big assignment is to change our cable package for the waiting room. My boss and I went through all of the office’s financial documents when I took over this position and he can’t believe we are paying so much when the TV usually stays on the same channel for hours. People are generally happy if the TV is on a news channel, and they rarely ever change it. I searched cable tv for business and immediately found some cheaper packages that will be more well suited to our needs. I hope that my boss is happy with the decision and that he starts to trust me. I would hate to let him down after he gave me such a great opportunity.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

What is a miracle?

A Miracle is not the suspension of natural law, but the operation of a higher law.

A Tree Planted By The Water

A pastor and a farmer were talking one day in a local cafĂ© about the farmer’s soybean and corn crops. Rain had been abundant in recent weeks, and the results were evident. The soybeans and corn were shooting up dramatically. “All of this rain must be a great relief to you,” the pastor said. The farmer replied, “My crops are especially vulnerable now.” ‘What do you mean?” the pastor asked. The farmer replied, “Even a short drought could have a devastating effect.” “Why is that?” the pastor asked. The farmer explained, “When it rains so much, the plants are not required to push their roots deeper into the earth in search of water. All of the roots remain near the surface. If a drought hits and begins to dry out the earth, it also dries out those shallow roots. The plants then die quickly.” He concluded, “A good plant needs deep roots that can withstand what happens above the ground.”

Monday, March 05, 2012

Citizens to Pendatangs

By Ice Cream Seller I am no science buff but remember reading about putting frogs in cold water and then slowly putting the water to boil. The frogs (unlike the Perak species) will die as they will be unaware of the change in temperature that will ultimately prove fatal. Dear Malaysian brethren of whatever ilk - we will suffer the same fate as the innocent frogs if we let the country spiral to another Iran or Pakistan . I am - in today's parlance - a 3rd generation pendatang. Lets call it GENPENTIGA - Generasi Pendatang Tiga. I suppose it can't be that bad when a GENPENDUA became PM for 22 years. But then he metamorphosed into a Malay and cut his Indian roots - only to go back to Kerala recently to see if there were any offshoots, I suppose, or perhaps some trait of mortality dictated that he visit his roots in his autumn days. I look at my children GENPEMPAT - Generasi Pendatang Empat and wonder what place they have left under our sun. Should I leave them in the water where they are comfortable or kick them out of their 'comfort water'? Old frogs like me might as well die in the Malaysian water anyway - we are fast reaching our 'sell by' date. I would like to share, if I may, some developments and events that have brought me to this juncture and by doing so, hope that the GENPEMPAT open their eyes wider and see beyond what meets the eye. These are in no order of priority - but illustrate the point to me nonetheless. FUAD STEPHENS I am no East Malaysian but I remember how he perished in a plane crash with a few others. What if his plane was sabotaged? What would have been if this did not happen? Would Sabah be the same as it is today - with millions of new Malaysians? Would he have stood up to the shenanigans in KL? would Sabah be 1 / 4 partner in Malaysia together with the Malaya, Singapore and Sarawak instead of being colonised into 1 / 13 and be submissive to Putrajaya ? Would Malaysia be the same today? Perak Heist What played out in the 'transfer' back to BN control opened my eyes as to what could happen on a Federal level. If the elected Speaker can be literally dragged out of his seat, what is there to suggest they can't drag you out of your house? Remember, you are a PENDATANG. Of course, his replacement could not be a Malay so they had to get another PENDATANG to be the puppet - to try and even the score. The new MB is also a PENDATANG but he has the right qualification as PM GENPENDUA - if you get my drift. Selangor The goings on currently in Selangor mirror Perak to some degree. The previous MB - also a GENPENDUA but with the deemed suitable qualifications ran the administration like a bandit in Java but still has not been brought to the 14th floor in Shah Alam to coerce some information from him about how he managed to have such a successful dental practice to be able to own a palace bigger than what he could have seen in Java. Teoh Beng Hock Pendatangs beware. If your children are getting married soon, even the next day, keep them under 'house arrest' for their own safety. Every time my kids go out, we worry till they are back safe. If you work for the 'wrong' boss, it could cost you your life. But then, if you work for the 'right ' boss, you may save your life and yet lose your soul. So PENDATANGS, choose between your life and your soul. Kugan I ask myself, if the same fate would have been met if it was someone with a fairer complexion or at least the same 'qualification' as the ex-MB of the same state in which he died. Kugan and his type are today seen as an 'inconvenience', pests, scroungers and lately even christened 'pariahs'. I suspect Kugan had deeper roots in Malaysia than the ex-MB. Whatever wrong he may have done, the video clips of his relatives barging into the mortuary and the outpouring of anguish left a lasting impression. In the same vein, when one of my staff was killed in a motor accident, the records at the mortuary showed that the cause of death was 'MABUK'. He was a teetotaller. On my insistence and with the timely arrival of the foreign pathologist who was employed there, the records were corrected. Just because he was of Indian origin, it was felt apt to put in 'MABUK"! History Syllabus In the school that I went to (VI), we were taught history only till Form 3 - unless you did Arts in Forms 4 & 5. My children were both Science stream students till Form 5 but they had to do History. I had a peek at their textbooks - seems like History has changed a fair bit. They are fed rubbish, to put it mildly. It is HIS STORY as told and imagined by a few bigots. My daughter's book had an image of a Sikh with a turban - but with the description Orang Bengali!. Don't they know that Bengalis are from Bengal and Sikhs are Punjabis - from Punjab ? I suppose this is is to be expected when many wear the mantle of 'Malay' despite coming from all corners of Asia - they have tried to lose trace of where they originate. Turks, Arabs, Chinese, Indians, Pakistanis, Bangladeshis, Cambodians, Thais are all re-badged? Malays. We now await the Africans, Caucasians and Eskimos to join ranks and be members of UMNO Baru. A relative of Obama might yet lead Malaysia . SPM Answer Scripts (I laugh so loud on this...) When my children sat for their SPM examinations a few years ago, they had to tick a box to indicate if they were Muslim or not. Was it because they were in need of divine intervention in the event they are not Muslim? Or were the scripts marked according to whether they were halal or not? Matriculation Courses It is widely accepted that the successor to the HSC - the STPM, is a tough examination. But stroll into an STPM class and you will observe that the Bumi students are conspicuously less. They are doing matriculation which we are led to believe is on par with STPM for entry to local universities. GENPEMPAT are likewise conspicuously less in matriculation courses. The intakes to universities are then claimed to be on merit - despite being based on different examinations. With all this, how does one unify a nation? ALLAH The very fact that there is an attempt to copyright this word shows acute insecurity. In Pakistan , I was greeted with 'Assalammulaikum' during my work visits there. To them, it was just being polite and civil. Here, it becomes 'confusing' and threatening. The fact that the Catholic church won a High Court case in this matter only to have it appealed with no hearing date in sight illustrates the insecurity and illuminates the deceit of the authorities. SABAH When they joined to form MALAYSIA , little did they realise that this majority Christian state was going to be swamped by aliens to the extent that the aliens outnumber the natives. The flushing in of these aliens over a concentrated period of time had a very sinister motive. Pendatangs should always be conscious of this. In Malay I call it NIAT JAHAT. The parallel that comes to mind for me is Ali Jinnah and his actions in carving out Pakistan (history as I learned many, many years after leaving school) from pre independence India . Till today, Pakistan knows no peace for a sustained time. Judiciary The man in the street seeks justice on earth in the courts. Our judicial system simply fails the test on perception alone. Our history books as they stand are not going to record how this institution degenerated into the sewers by the actions of 1 man principally. The AG has an image problem (and I am not referring to his face). The CJ is supposed to be on record as having admitted to bribing clerks or junior staff to get things moving during his time as a lawyer. Add to that he was an UMNO member. Pendatang - do you see the writing on the wall? Scaling Mt Everest 2 of the mountaineers who reached the summit were of Indian origin. Rumour has it that the premier at the time was dismayed that the leader couldn't be there instead due to blisters on his feet. The injured leader however, never begrudged them and shared in the joy of the conquest. One of the 2 has since died and his widow is still bewildered over the snatching of his body on claims that her husband had 'masuk Islam'. Pendatang, when you die, your wife may be subject to so many hassles you wonder if it was worth conquering Everest. Your carcass is more important than your conquest. (I use the term 'carcass' deliberately.) Jail for Lim Guan Eng This Pendatang is now a Chief Minister and doing a damn good job - in between ducking attacks form Utusan and Umno and their stooges. But remember he went to jail for speaking up for a victim of rape. From a perverse point of view, was it because he was a Pendatang and the alleged perpetrator was not? Pity there wasn't Wikileaks then. Cow head Incident Blatant, flagrant, insulting. But not as dangerous as a candlelight vigil with women taking part. Whilst the cow's head went on display in Shah Alam, the Home Minister went on display to show the cow brains over television. That the police allowed them to bring it all the way to the MB's office gate shows their partiality as far as I am concerned. Mark this episode, Pendatangs. RELA Malaysia 's own fifth column. Just observe how they move about like uniformed thugs - especially raiding foreign workers' quarters. They are just insecure bullies garbed in state sponsored uniforms. Many are not in it for love of country. More for love of money - from extortions. Close parallel to what exists in Iran . Ideal source for extra judicial activities - so Pendatangs, be wary. Also 'progressive/liberal/moderate Muslims need to be aware. Again, just like what happened over the years in Iran and Pakistan . PROTON A car I have vowed never to buy - for what it represents. Aggregate all the money to protect this deity, we could have used the same to fund a decent public transport system in the country. Like others taken for a ride, I beamed with 'pride' when the first car was launched. Now, it has become a mirror of the NEP implementation - overpriced, under-performing, waste of resources. I suspect the hidden agenda behind this project was to have a HALAL car. BUKA PUASA My Muslim friends tell me that Buka Puasa is a time to have a simple meal to break the fast. What we are having on display is an orgy of gluttony. Tables in hotels overflow onto passageways and corridors for this time of year. And many a time, the host of a table is a Pendatang. The guests come sometimes shamelessly comparing the offerings at different hotels in front of their paying hosts. Is there any meaning left in this supposedly holy month? Ivory Coast The person clinging to power in the Ivory Coast - at great cost to his country - is giving us a taste of what can happen in Malaysia . Please pay attention to what Laurent Gbagbo does. The same ingredients are here. UMNO will take heart from him, from the Burmese Junta, from Mahinda Rajapaksa in Sri Lanka , from Robert Mugabe in Zimbabwe . For Ibrahim Ali, these are angels sent from heaven and will be given honorary PERKASA membership. Legacy of Mahathir There is no denying his intellect. Unfortunately, I will remember him as the person who singularly destroyed what Malaysia was to me. No need to elucidate - it is there for all to see. The Malaysia as I knew and loved is no more. It died a slow death after battling cancer for 22 years but is there hope for resurrection in the horizon - not for me but for GENPEMPAT? As much as my heart tried to resist despairing over the state of being of this nation, it is fighting a losing battle. My hope is only in God that through all the destruction that is happening now, there is hope of change. - David Bong

Monday, February 20, 2012

They moved out finally

Had a tenant that always pay late even though we reminded her many times every month. It's very tiring to sms her about it but there would not be any reply. Even when she paid the rental money, we would not know about it. We will only know whether she paid the rental when we check our bank statement online. Some times she would pay less. Even the utility bills are not fully paid. I know that if she leaves, we will have to fork out extra money to pay for the outstanding bills. Even the deposits are not enough to cover the bills. Whatever it is, I'm more than happy to see her moves out. Yes, I'll lose out some money but I know this is much better than the hassle that I have to go through every month waiting for the rental money from her. I just want to move on and God willing, we will be able to find prompt paying tenants for our apartments.

I have not pack my bag yet

That is what my wife told me. She has not pack her bag yet. She is now near her 9 months pregnancy. We have been advised by the nurses to get all the necessary items for the delivery of the baby. All the items should be packed in a bag which we can just take and bring when the time comes. You will never know when the baby decided to come out to see our faces. I think wifey will pack whatever that she has for the time being. There are a few things that she need to buy. With this coming baby, the room will definitely be crowded. There will definitely be some "spring cleaning" done for this room. The only problem is that there are so many necessary things that we cannot simply throw away. Even to pack it and store them in another place would be a difficult task. No more spacious room to go back to until the baby is moved to another room. And that would be like another 2 - 3 years some more. Anyway, I'm really looking forward for this coming baby. I know God is blessing us with this precious gift and we will try our best to raise him up for His glory. Wifey, make sure you pack your bag okay.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

What can I do to save some cash around here?

Guest written by our friend Mason Abbott My family has never been one to preach about saving money or being frugal. As I was growing up my mom was always at the mall shopping and spending all of my dad’s hard earned money on shoes and handbags and of course adorable clothes for me and my two brothers. This was all great and awesome all the way through college when they were still paying for absolutely everything I needed including a very nice car. The problem is that now that I am an adult I have no clue what I am doing with money. As far as I know all I do with it is take it to the nearest high end department store and spend it like crazy. I quickly had to learn what it meant to save money and be a bit conservative. My apartment complex neighbor told me about Ambit Energy and how I can get special rates and shop around to find good rates on my electricity. This is something my mother never would have known. Good thing too because she would have spent the savings on a new wallet.

Monday, January 30, 2012

I ache too

Even though I have 5 children, it does not by any means that I am spared from the difficulties of raising up my children. They are human beings too and prone to sickness and problems.

My wife Google chat saying that my fourth child is sick. He complained about stomach ache and his temperature is high. My heart feels for him. His ache is my ache. Wish I could be there to be with him. A prayer goes to the Father, "Your healing touch O God to my child".

I ache too.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Bang, ada Panadol?

A customer just came in to my internet cafe and asked me, "Bang, ada Panadol?"(Brother, do you sell Panadol?). Shake my head and told him, "No".

Sometimes I donno whether these people use their brain or not. I will never in my right mind think of an internet cafe as a place to sell Panadol (paracetemol) and I will never ask such stupid question in an internet cafe. Haizzz. Furthermore, my next door neighbour is a clinic. Why don't he go inside the clinic and ask that question? Pelik betul lah diorang ni.

Rebuke and self determination

A 33-year-old woman in London lost 57kg over two years because a video game had indicated that she was overweight, Nanyang Siang Pau and China Press reported.

The woman, only known as Rose, who weighed 142kg then, had bought a Nintendo Wii home video game console for her daughters as a Christmas present in 2010.

She had also wanted to use the console, which reads body movements to execute moves in the games, to shed the pounds.

However, Rose got herself a rude shock when she stepped on the Wii Fit balance board to play one of the games for the first time.

The device told her “frankly” that she was overweight and her avatar on the screen exploded.
It was reported that Rose was determined from then on to lose weight.

She started replacing chips and cookies with fruits and juice and is now able to enjoy playing on the Wii with her two daughters.

Kudos to Rose for her self-determination. May others be inspired to be determined in their resolutions.
For illustration purposes only

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Heavy spirit

Had a heavy spirit today. Its one of those days where God is stirring me to pray and pray hard. Not really sure what it is but I need to pray, pray in the Spirit. Pray until this burden is lifted up.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Growing up believing a lie

On January 16, 2012, Historian Prof Emeritus Tan Sri Khoo Kay Kim said that there is no written proof of the existence of Puteri Hang Li Po and for that matter, the 5 legendary "Hang" warriors, Hang Tuah, Hang Jebat, Hang Kasturi, Hang Lekiu and Hang Lekir. 


WOW! And to think that I was told of the Hang's stories and being "educated" into believing the stories since I was young, this announcement by the qualified historian is almost "unbelievable". What would they claim next? I remember declaring myself as Hang Tuah when fighting with other kids when I was small. I am proud of being a Hang Tuah. But now, that pride vanishes into thin air. 


One thing for sure, the education system in Malaysia sucks badly. They have been spoonfeeding or brainwashing almost 3 generations of young children and youths into believing a LIE. The state government of Melaka even "approved" various cemeteries as purportedly belonging to the legendary warriors. There is even a state stadium named after Hang Jebat. The town main road is named Jalan Hang Tuah. Hahaha...what a fool we Malaysians have been made into. Even the State of Melaka also believes in such a lie. This is truly MALAYSIA BOLEH.


Now I wonder what other stories that I've been told and "educated" with when I was young that will be debunked in the future as lies. Oh ya, one very obvious one is the "Ketuanan Melayu truth" which the BN propaganda have been pushing very hard in order to win the votes of the Malays. 


Well, at least there is one thing that has stood the test of time which I can trust with my life, the Bible.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Rebekah Bong Wei Li

 Birthday Girl, Rebekah Bong 13 January 2012, a year old. Tomboyish looking until wifey had to put the head ribbon on her.



The siblings celebrating her 1st birthday. Someone on FB commented that 4 of them belong to me while one belongs to wifey. I mean the look.

Bong Ah Tan's clan

Taken on 16 December 2011. The United Nations of Bong Ah Tan

Friday, January 13, 2012

The Year of the Lord's favor

I'm excited! When Pastor Lee Neo shared about the theme for the church for the year 2012, it stirred my spirit. I believe that God is preparing something great for the church and the nation of Malaysia. Okay, I will not talk about the church or Malaysia, for I'm not "qualified" to share what is happening to our church or this nation. For the past few years many things are happening in Malaysia.

As for myself, I know God has been preparing me to serve Him more. He has given me revelations of what I should focus on. It has become clear that the things that I have been assuming is not what God has in mind. This revelation has made me more focus in my ministry. So this year I'm more focused on what I want to do in ministry. And also in my business. I hope and pray that the Lord's favor will be upon the church, my family and my business. It's time flow in God's direction rather than trying to figure out my own direction.

Many things will be happening in the year of the Lord's favor.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

I'm encouraged

Our church did a drama on the birth and crucifixion of Christ for Christmas 2011. It was a good act and I felt that many hearts are touched that night. I know that I was again touched by the suffering that Christ had to go through to redeem me. But I was very surprised that one of my daughters was touched by the Lord too.

Clarissa came and told me that she cried when she watched the drama. She said that she feels sad when she say Jesus on the cross. She also said that she cried a few times when she prays to Jesus. She asked me why it happened to her. Told her that God is touching her.

Indeed it was a surprised to me that my Clarissa felt the touch of God. She is only 7 years old and a little bit mischievous. But God always works in mysterious ways and not to our presumptions. I'm encouraged that God works in my children's lives even at a young age.

Lord, continue to be with Clarissa and all the other children. Let them know you in a deeper way. And please touch all my children always. Oh ya, my wife and me too. Thank you. Amen

HIGH DEFINITION

Posted by Gaylord Campbell

I went to giveadish.com and upgraded our television package to include HD. We have had flat screen televisions with HD capabilities for at least three years, but for some reason, I didn’t realize that you had to get in touch with the television company and that there were special high definition channels. Our kids came over the other day and were flipping through the channels. That thought that it was terribly funny that I didn’t know anything about it. So now that we can actually enjoy the capabilities of our televisions, I am really excited. The picture is really clear and the picture takes up the entire screen. I had no idea what we were missing. I don’t know why I never put two and two together, but my husband is just as to blame as I am, that’s for sure! I always thought that the HD television just meant that it was a flat screen television. They definitely look better than those old clunky televisions that filled our house in the eighties and nineties.

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Unfair Tax Deduction in Malaysia

"Our lives begin to end, the day we become silent about things that matter"
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
A person who risks nothing does nothing, has nothing, and is nothing. Only a person who risks is free.


MALAYSIANS ( CHINESE & INDIANS )
BEING TAKEN FOR A RIDE UNASHAMEDLY BY YOUR GOVT. WHO DO NOT SEEM TO HAVE AN OUNCE OF INTEGRITY.
WHAT A SORRY STATE OF AFFAIRS - MIGHT AS WELL BE RULED BY THE TYRANT MUGABE
M'sia tax deduction methods - Fair?
When non-Malays do their religious obligations, it is NOT tax deductable unless the Church or temple has applied and obtained the approval for tax exemption, which is normally very stringent and seldom approved..

Even if approved the donation is restriced to 7% of your aggregate income.
(This has been revised to 10% from YA 2009 for company.)
Whereas zakat qualifies for 100% and is deducted from the tax liability.

Example.
Ah Chong donate to temple : RM10,000.
His Annual income : RM100,000.
Tax Relief : RM 23,000 (For Individual) + RM 7,000 (For Donation)
Chargable income : RM70,000
Tax payable : RM7,125

Ahmad - same income and relief
Chargeable income : (RM100,000 – RM23,000) = RM77,000
Tax payable : (Rm7125 + 1680) = RM8,805
Less zakat : RM 10,000
Tax refundable : RM (1,195)

Ah Chong has the same annual income & donated the same amount, but he still needs to pay tax of RM7,125
Yet, Ahmad is entitled to a tax refund of RM1,195.
He is also deemed a dutiful tax payer and honours his religious obligations.

How do you like that?

THIS IS CRUDE BUT STRAIGHT TO THE POINT !

Do you know that 90% of the people paying income taxes in Malaysia are the non-Malays?
Yes, you are one of them.
Malays who are taxable usually prefer to contribute to Zakat (tax deductible

from NETT tax) and give to State Religious bodies (not Govt or Income Tax Dept)

PAY YOUR TAXES DUDE, SO THAT THE MALAYS CAN ENJOY THEIR LIVES n CALL YOU PENDATANGS !

13th GE is our last chance for CHANGE
If you don't protect your future generation, your children or grand-children may spit on your grave!

As Patrick Teoh exclaims, "Niamah!!!"

Which side are you on?

"At a White House dinner, a churchman offered a benediction and closed with the pious affirmation: "The Lord is on our side."

When President Lincoln did not respond to this sentiment, someone asked him, "Don't you believe, Mr. President, that the Lord is always on the side of the right?"

"I am not concerned about that," was Lincoln's answer, "for we know that the Lord is always on the side of the right. My concern is that I and this nation should be on the Lord's side."

Monday, January 02, 2012

New Year resolutions

As usual, a new year brings in new resolutions. Not that I remembered what my resolutions are for 2011. Can't even remember a bit of it. Now, my new year 2012 resolutions. Hmmm... a bit hazy lah.

Ok... lets try this.

1. Be more involved in ministry. Meaning, be available to preach more, song lead more, teach more, back-up singing more and hopefully be able to mentor 1 or 2 people.

2. Finish my 2nd Degree. One more paper to go. Which normally takes me about 6 months.

3. Build up my business. This one a bit hazy coz it all depends on God's blessings.

4. Be a good and godly husband and father in my family. Hope to be able to support my wife spiritually and teach my children godly principles in life.

Ok lah.... too many nanti tak boleh buat pulak.