PSALM 103 (Bridge Over Troubled Waters)

English: Bridge over Troubled Waters. The foot...
English: Bridge over Troubled Waters. The footbridge over Hurst Brook, which runs through Glossop golf course. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Praise the LORD, O my soul,

all my inmost being, 

praise his holy name.

Praise the LORD, O my soul,

and forgets not all his benefits-

who forgives all your sins

and heals all your diseases,

who redeems your life from the pit

and crowns you with with love and compassion,

who satisfies your desires with good things

so that your youth is renewed like the eagle.”

(Verses 1 – 5)

In this beautiful Psalm above, there are seven meaningful verbs, well chosen to instil a process of hope and positiveness . . . forgets, forgives, heals, redeems, crowns, satisfies and renewed.

When hurts roar, let your hope soar.

Your heart might be breaking,

A million pieces shattering.

Feeling’s such a delicate thing

It’s hard even with gentle mending.

A process and period of grieving

Is essential for healing.

The heart may grieve for all eternity

That’s when understanding can lift it but not pity.

Troubled waters roar with great muddy swells

Bridging it requires skill to break the spell.

For despair and despondency creep

Even while you sleep.

Your whole being becomes so engrossed

Nothing stimulates, enthusiasm’s lost.

A soothing word, a gentle hand

A listening heart and patience spent

Will calm the roar in the end.

To forgive is divine

To forget exceptionally fine.

Christ heals to redeem

Crowns and satisfies to extreme

Renewed spirit sets to spring.

© Paul Chong

Sunday, 30 May 1999

English: Bridge over non troubled waters The I...
English: Bridge over non troubled waters The Italianate gardens of Renishaw Hall. http://www.sitwell.co.uk/ (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Dafen Oil Painting Paradise to the World

Dafen Oil Painting Village

If you are not too serious an art collector, but would

like to pride yourself for having some “recognizable” oil paintings

by renown artists of an era gone by such as Leonardo di Vinci,

Vincent Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso or Gu Kaizhi (344 – 406 AD), one of the most famous artists of Chinese history, you have come upon the right place in China or perhaps the world.

The place is Dafen, a modern suburb of Shenzhen in southern China, with 10 million inhabitants northeast of Hong Kong, where you can enjoy affordably world classed hand-painted oil paintings of famous art & masterpieces. It has approximately 620 galleries and over 5,000 artists doing the creation, imitation, collection and export of oil paintings.

Southern China is the world’s leading center for mass-produced works of art. One village of artists exports about five million paintings every year — most of them copies of famous masterpieces. The fastest workers can paint up to 30 paintings a day.

A giant hand raises an impressive paintbrush into the sky at the entrance to the art village. The bronze sculpture of Gu Kaizhi outside the gates of Dafen in southern China leaves no visitor in doubt as to what the people do here and it has achieved unexpected fame and relative prosperity as “The McDonalds of the Art World”.

Dafen, with its artsy economic miracle, is running out of space. It’s a replica of Michelangelo’s David, flanked by flowerpots in front of the new “Dafen Louvre” where entrepreneurship is debated against bad taste. With creative skill & imagination Dafen can produce to your satisfaction any art masterpieces at a price you can afford.

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It’s Attitude More Than Aptitude That Scales The Altitude

By P Chong                                                                                       Wednesday, 6 April 2011

Mountain Scaling

For the word of God is living & active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul & spirit, joints & marrows; it judges the thoughts & attitudes of the heart.” ~ Hebrews 4:12

 

Whatever you wish to achieve or conquer it begins first in your mind, which comes about as a result of your feeling. So how do you feel about thingsor situation will determine largely the outcome of your action. Let’s illustrate this by a parabolic story.

Pastor Paul was deep in prayer & thought preparing for his sermon due for the following Sunday. He needed the peace and quiet to concentrate and kept himself in his study away from his wonderful active son, David.

However, this was not to be, for David was particularly most disruptive that afternoon. He kept coming and going out of his dad‘s study. “Dad, how long more before you could play football with me?” Dad assured him, “Not long son. Just give me some time to do my work. Don’t disturb me & I’ll be with you sooner than you’d realise.”

The beautiful afternoon was fading fast, so the boy thought. He was getting impatient as would any other youngster. Pastor Paul too was getting pretty annoyed. The father soon thought of a ingenious plan to keep his son occupied. “Hereson. This is a jigsaw puzzle of the world that we live in. You go quietly into your room and piece them altogether. By the time you finish, I’ll brfinished and we can then play. Agree?”

Yes, dad,” and he left reluctantly. “At last I shall have the peace to complete my sermon,” thought the jubilant father.

It seemed that David was hardly gone before he was once again standing happily in front of his dad presenting the finished jigsaw puzzle and was eagerly waiting for his reward. Taken aback, the father said, “You are a smart little fellow. How did you manage to finish it so quickly?”

Dad, the puzzle of the world is difficult to piece together. But on turning{problems are brought on & about over behind, I noticed that there is also a picture of a man. So I began to piece thaman together, and automatically the puzzle of the difficult world was set right.

Yes. That’s it! Set the man right and the world will be right! In any situation life, solutions are easy enough to find, and often it tantamount to just setting right the person involved. Whether it is a personal situation or a national one, for example, the country will be right when the politicians are set right. The next Sunday morning, Pastor Paul delivered one of his best sermons yet.

Problems are brought on & about by people in the way they feel, think

and accordingly act that will determine the outcome of any situation.

Let’s see what the Bible has to say on the magic wordattitude”:

Ephesians 4: 22-24

You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires., to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.”

Philippines 2:5

Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus.”

1 Peter4:1

Therefore since Christ suffered in his body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude, because he who has suffered in his body is done with sin.”

Your attitude will determine your spiritual well-being, as you can see. In the practical sense of our daily living, let me just show you what I mean by that “magic word”:

Take the case of two top flight sales-executives in Singapore. Tom had all the excellent academic credentials that secured him the job in the first place, whereas, Dick, was, as we say, “a street-wise kid without the privileged benefit and luxury of a tertiary education . . . a self-made man, a fighter and survivor.

When their company “Modern Bra” was gearing to set up a distributorship in Sabah (present East Malaysia), these two sales-executives were sent to survey the market. Off they flew and checked into a five-star hotel . . . good food and entertainment and all those wonderful commercial perks.

The week went past soon enough. Tom was the first to departed upon landing went reluctantly to report to his general Manager. “Sir,” he said, “personally, I don’t think it’s feasible to go ahead with the project in Sabah. All those native women and others don’t wear bras. They prefer to bare their bosoms.”

Dick however was very excited upon his return and even the General Manager could not contain his excitement & enthusiasm. He virtually shouted out his words, “Sir, what a golden opportunity we’ll have in Sabah. Hundreds and thousands of women there simply don’t wear bras!”

Well, he was of the opinion that all it took was to teach them the benefits of modesty and beauty of enhancing their physical appearance through the wearing of bras. The potential of that market was there waiting to be tapped!

So, who is likely to be promoted? Tom or Dick?

Well, what is the level of your spiritual growth? Are growing old or growing up? Are you scaling the spiritual altitude? It all depends on you. You can make it happen or you could sit and stare and wait on the outer comfort zone. Grow up and grow tall, for the spiritually weak will not be called, instead to them the devil will roar!

You hold the key to your own spiritual door which can only be opened by you from the inside. Jesus is knocking upon your door. You have to open it. He’ll not force His way in. He’ll come *& dwell in your heart and make you a new person, if you allow Him.

In the light of this, allow me to just share with you a poem. I simply like to express myself poetically, benches I can do so concisely and precisely with the minimum usage of words and the greatest expression of meaning. You have heard of the famous “Footprints” but here is the “Butt-prints in the Sand’:

Buttprints in the Sand

(A parody of Footprints in the Sand)

 

One night I had a dream

I dreamt I was with the Lord

We were on the beach

So blissful and at peace.

 

As I looked back along the sand

Only one set of footprints was seen at length

Along the way were also buttprints

Instead of another set of footprints.

 

Puzzled, I asked our Lord

Even if I was being carried, Lord

Shouldn’t there be just one set of footprints?

But why there a set of buttprints?”

 

Our Lord looked at me with much compassion

Stretch out His arms with elation

Not only you refused to walk with me,

You slept on me and was so lazy.”

 

I tried to motivate you without avail

So I struggled on along the trail.

I got quite tired in the end

So I set your butt down on the sand.”

 

 

Don’t ever say “No” or “Wait Lah!”

Wait till I am retired

Wait till I have solved my problems

Wait till I am Free

Right now I am too preoccupied!

 

RIGHT NOW IS THE TIME – FOR THERE IS NO OTHER TIME.

 

Time is but an illusion

It expands and contracts

To suit your own convenience.

 

Accept the Lord and be saved! Amen.

* (This article was written on 26 June 1999 and first delivered by P Chong as a sermon to a small church gathering of Potbless Ministries Inc.)


Whose Hands It’s In

Former basketball player Michael Jordan
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A basketball in my hands is worth about $19.

A basketball in Michael Jordan‘s hands is worth about $33 million.

It depends whose hands it’s in.

A baseball in my hands is worth about $6.

A baseball in Mark McGuire‘s hands is worth $19 million.

It depends on whose hands it’s in.

A tennis racket is useless in my hands.

A tennis racket in Roger Federer‘s’ hands is a championship winning.

It depends whose hands it’s in.

A rod in my hands will keep away a wild animal.

A rod in Moses‘ hands will part the mighty sea.

It depends whose hands it’s in.

A sling shot in my hands is a kid’s toy

A sling shot in David’s hand is a mighty weapon.

It depends whose hands it’s in.

Two fish and 5 loaves of bread in my hands is a couple of fish sandwiches.

Two fish and 5 loaves of bread in God‘s hands will feed thousands.

It depends whose hands it’s in.

Nails in my hands might produce a birdhouse

Nails in Jesus Christ‘s hands will produce salvation for the entire world.

It depends whose hands it’s in.

As you see now it depends whose hands it’s in.

So put your concerns, your worries, your fears, your

hopes, your dreams, your families and your

relationships in God’s hands because…

It depends whose hands it’s in.

This message is now in your hands.

What will YOU do with it?

It depends whose hands it’s in!

Source: Unknown

Considering Others Over And Above Self

By P Chong                    Thursday 31 December 2009

Self-centredness & gross individualism are undoubtedly two of the most grievous sins ever committed in our human relationship. We need others & to co-exist to create peace & harmony. The mind-set must be helping others to help ourselves.

Put God in your life for “Life without God is like an unsharpened pencil – it has no point.”

Forget Your Scar . . . Be A Star

. . . “I will not sacrifice to the Lord my God burnt offerings that cost me nothing.” ~ 2 Samuel 24:24

By the end of this day, a New Year will be born. Many will take pride upon looking back at the year 2009 while others will be filling their hearts with regrets & misgivings. Whatever the situation, today is the first day of the rest of your life. Undoubtedly, you will take steps to make resolutions that you will hopefully keep & attain. Policies are good but implementation is better & the way to go! Here’s a little something as “Food for Thought”.

Does it ever occur to you that the alphabet “I” is always spelt as a capital letter? All the other second or third person is only spelt in small letters e.g. we, you, he, she or they. Significantly, it goes to show the amount of importance that’s being attached to “I” and that importance denotes egoism, gross individualism and self-centredness.

 As a person, we tend to be selfish, caring more for self than others. We also tend to blame others than self. We can’t see our own faults or wouldn’t like to see. We place ourselves so high up on the pedestal that when we fall we fall hard. That’s when we’ll blame others even more with all kinds of self-justification, and rationalisation coming into play.

In any organisation, 20% are willing workers without personal motive or agenda, and 80% are onlookers, fence sitters and critics ever ready to complain and condemn. Genuinely, the 20% in reality are less than the stipulated figure. “What is it in it for me?” is the question that often come to mind. Can we ever be most willing to give to others without expecting anything in return? Jesus advocates serving others and to consider others more important than ourselves. Christians are expected to be Christ personified.

The above Biblical verse from 2 Samuel 24:24 shows David as a great giver, who understood the principle of giving. It ought to cost you something to be considered a sacrificial gift. Are you willing to sacrifice yourself not just in terms of money, but also time and effort, dedication, devotion and loyalty? Give of yourself as Jesus gave unto you. I like to stress that it’s not ability that God is looking for but your availability. Most importantly, it’s your attitude more than aptitude that will scale the altitude.

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