Wednesday, March 23, 2016

HEATWAVE RANT



by a Lump of Clay



Pheeew! I don’t know, but apparently it’s the equinox. What does that have to do with a country sitting smack at the equator? Beats me. But I’m told the heat has gone up to 39*C in some parts of this equatorial paradise where I live. And is expected to go even higher. (Probably in tandem with the local political temperature? I don’t know. Not really into politics. Too hot to handle). I don’t know about the *C, but I can tell you this. It has been blooming hot lately, that’s for sure.

The authorities assure me they are desperately trying to do something about it. I’m sure they are. After all they ARE the authorities, right?

Friday, March 18, 2016

OF ETHIOPIANS AND LEOPARDS



by Sam J Christopher



"Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots?" (Jer 13:23)


Well, thousands of years have passed since these rhetorical words were uttered. Today, both these "impossibilities" are actually possible, thanks to quantum leaps in the field of genetics in the last hundred years, that remained unavailable in the days of the prophet.. 


But be that as it may, the point of that rhetoric must not be lost in the ever-changing science-driven knowledge landscape.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

AN OLD HYMN (as sung by some "christians" these days)


Sam J Christopher



My hope is built on my witness
Not Jesus’ blood and righteousness;
I dare not trust His sweetest Name,
So also lean on my own name.

Refrain:
On Christ, the part-time Rock, I stand;
All my own ground can help me stand.
All my own ground can help me stand.

When darkness veils His lovely face,
I rest on my own strength and faith;
In every high and stormy gale,
My anchor holds within my sail.

His oath, His covenant, His blood
Is not enough in the whelming flood;
When all around my soul gives way,
My self-effort will be my stay.

When He shall come with trumpet sound,
Oh, in my strength may I be found;
Dressed in my righteousness alone,
My trumpet loud before the throne.
 



Epilogue:

You see, I have been pondering on some discussion relating to God's salvation plan. Some Christians hold that God's salvation plan comes in 2 separate parts - where God does His part and man does his part, in order for that salvation to be materialize effectively – like a glue plus hardener. I don't subscribe to that.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

THE CRY OF THE BLOOD OF THE INNOCENTS


a Facebook post by Rolley Haggard

 

58,000,000 babies have been aborted in America since January 22, 1973. Few of us have any idea how many “anythings” fifty-eight million is. Here's something I did that might help us all to grasp the enormity of that number.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

JUST TAKE THE GOOD AND LEAVE THE BAD

by Sam J Christopher
 

How often have you heard that? Whatever the issue, and whatever your personal persuasions, this is one ubiquitous advice you would have most certainly heard more than once in your life. “JUST TAKE THE GOOD AND LEAVE THE BAD.” And there seems to be no short supply of self-appointed personal and public advisers, to ensure that you don’t walk down life’s road without hearing repeated mouthfuls of this adage. It's as if this is the "golden rule" no.2 - handed down by the gods themselves. And it also is a handy tool to abruptly pull the rug from under the feet of a healthy challenge or even an earnest query. Its popularity is mostly because it provides the ideal instant smokescreen for someone who has just been caught with his pants down (...errr ...not literally of course.....), to coolly walk away without having to provide a rational justification for his claims or actions. This then leaves the other party no other choice but to raise their eyebrows, throw up their hands into the air and move on to contemplating more profound things, like ....hmmmm... did that Jenner feller really cut it off, or just flat-pack it?
But does it really end there?

Thursday, November 6, 2014

WAYFARING STANGER



by Sam J Christopher






I am just a wayfaring stranger
Just passing through this 1-Malaysia
I don't plan to be here for much longer
For I am heading to the land beyond the river
And there settle with my Jesus, forever and ever

Thursday, August 21, 2014

FREE WILL? NO, THANKS


by Sam J Christopher



"Life is all about your choices,
 with free-will to ride your own horses” 

That old song was blaring over the speakers as I had a whale of a time. In the cesspool. The cesspool here is the perfect choice for a fun-house paradise. Lazing in the slime, wallowing in the filth, tasting the stinky goo, as waves of frothy pleasure massage me all over. Spoilt for choice! What else could I want in life? A life of the free-will enterprise.

Monday, October 14, 2013

How much is the Lord's prayer worth?


excerpt from the book, Extreme Devotion



Six men and one widow were taken before the court for committing an extreme crime against the Church of England. They had taught their children the Lord’s Prayer and the Ten Commandments in the English language.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

MOTHER'S DAY

 by Sam J Christopher


So another "Mothers’ Day" has come and gone
One day we served her breakfast in bed
so Mom could enjoy the sunrise
One day we minded the children/grandchildren
so Mom could finish her favourite embroidery

Friday, February 1, 2013

ANGEL IN THE RUBBLE


by Nicola Menzie , Christian Post Reporter

 

 

Genelle Guzman-McMillan insists that it is not fear that keeps her from returning to Manhattan's ground zero. The Port Authority employee, now also an author, says that it is the ordeal of reliving how two hijacked planes 10 years ago sent the World Trade Center crumbling, burying her co-workers and herself beneath piles of rubble. As Guzman-McMillan lay buried alive for nearly 30 hours, the screams she heard in the darkness around her soon faded away. She was alone, she thought, and could think of only one thing to do – cry out to God.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

OH NO! IT'S CHRISTMAS AGAIN!

by S J Christopher



Dear Theophilus

Hope this letter finds you in perfect peace, by the enduring grace of the Only True God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
It’s that time of the year again Theo, when all over the world, people calling themselves “christians”,  join hands with Roman Catholics and the rest of the non-christian world, to indulge in the most expensive, hectic, flamboyant “christian” celebration of the year.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

BEWARE: THE BIBLE IS ABOUT TO THREATEN YOUR SMARTPHONE FOCUS


by John Piper


Are apps a threat to God-focus? Yes. But it works both ways. Fight fire with fire.
If you are reading your Bible on your computer or your smartphone or your iPad, the presence of the email app and the news apps and the Facebook app threaten every moment to drag your attention away from the word of God.

Monday, February 6, 2012

THE PRAYER THAT GETS DELIVERED

 by Chip Brogden




Click here for A modern prayer?? 

Foreword by Sam J Christopher:
With all the 24-hr prayers, all-night prayers, chain prayers, prayer runs,  fasting-and-prayer, 21-day prayers etc being excitedly organized in my church, I was collecting my thoughts to pen a few lines on prayer. Then, I came across the following article that just took the words right out of my  mouth. So here goes…..


 “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites… but when you pray, enter into your closet and pray in secret… and when you pray, do not use vain repetitions… after this manner therefore, pray… (Matthew 6:5-9).”

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

ANNOINTING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT....YEAH RIGHT!!


by late Rev  Larry Thomas




One of the growing crazes in the church today is the phenomenon of being "slain in the spirit." It is something that needs to be discussed because of its continued growth in the Charismatic and Pentecostal movements. This occurrence is so closely connected with the "laughing revival" it is becoming quite commonplace.
Before I get into the actual discussion of this experience, I want to clarify a few things.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

THE BLUE-EYED CUTIE

by Sam J Christopher





Recently, a stray cat had a litter of five kittens behind my house (in that place where I store all sorts of wonderful stuff that “may come in handy one fine day”). A few days later, I discovered that they had all moved out, except for this one grey-striped kitten. I left it alone thinking that its mommy would soon be back to carry it off when the coast was clear.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

THE THING ABOUT INDIAN CLASSICAL MUSIC – Part 1

by Sam J Christopher



 Tabla, mirdangam, veena, sitar……… Sigh! Gone are those glory days when I used to drool over melodious keerthanai sung in sweet Indian classical style to the accompaniment of intricate Indian classical percussion - offerings worthy of presenting to the Almighty Himself!

As much as my heart goes thaka-thina-thom at the mention of those long-gone days, I tend to shy away from opportunities that come knocking once in a while.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

GOOD OL' HYMNS - ABIDE WITH ME



Henry Francis Lyte
1793 to 1847
Henry Francis Lyte was born in Scotland on June 1, 1793. He was educated at Trinity College, of Dublin, Ireland, and was a member of the Church of England all his life. His health was always threatened by asthma and tuberculosis. Despite his bad health he was a tireless worker with the established reputation as a poet, musician and minister.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

GOOD OL' HYMNS: IT IS WELL WITH MY SOUL

 A Ministry of : www.biblestudycharts.com


 
Horatio Gates Spafford
Born: October 20, 1828, North Troy, New York.
Died: October 16, 1888, Jerusalem, Israel, of malaria.
This hymn was written by a Chicago lawyer, Horatio G. Spafford. You might think to write a worship song titled, 'It is well with my soul', you would indeed have to be a rich, successful Chicago lawyer. But the words, "When sorrows like sea billows roll ... It is well with my soul”, were not written during the happiest period of Spafford's life. On the contrary, they came from a man who had suffered almost unimaginable personal tragedy.

Friday, February 25, 2011

ENDING THE WORSHIP WAR WITHOUT A TRUCE


Ed Stetzer
 

 Back in August I sat down with Mike Harland, Director for Lifeway Worship, to talk through the issues of relevance and reverence in the gathered church's worship. Because I love the church, and hate it when we get distracted from what matters most to God, I decided to share more of my thoughts here on the blog concerning the perennial war over worship.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

2 INCREDIBLE STORIES

source unknown


STORY NO. 1 

 World War II produced many heroes. One such man was Butch O'Hare. He was a fighter pilot assigned to an aircraft carrier in the South Pacific.

One day his entire squadron was sent on a mission. After he was airborne, he looked at his fuel gauge and realized that someone had forgotten to top off his fuel tank. 

Sunday, January 23, 2011

SEEN THIS CHURCH?

by Sam J Christopher


Maybe it’s the unique triangular shape of the altar in my church, but I still can’t get over 2nd May 2010. That was the watershed Sunday when I had the misfortune of witnessing ordained clergymen in full uniform, jovially performing a blasphemous ritual of taking the Name of the Almighty God in vain, (with the symbols of the precious Blood and Flesh of His Annointed One just a few feet away).

Sunday, December 19, 2010

A GOD TOO MANY

by A Lump of Clay


A funny thing happened the other day. I was at the mamak stall having a relaxing chat with some friends. I needed that before going on the compulsory annual stress-test called Christmas shopping. As usual, (when I am lured into a conversation and teh-tarik lebih manis is within reach), the topic veered, like a car badly in need of alignment, towards the subject of the Supreme Being. As the banter rolled across the various definitions, forms and formulae of the various entities that are touted to be “god”, it eventually morphed into the inevitable “feverish debate” stage.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

OF GOLF BALLS AND MORALS - AS DANCED TO THE TWIST

by Sam J Christopher




I happened to catch an interesting piece of “trivia” on our TV3 prime-time news recently. Goes something like this:
 It seems one Joslyn James held a press conference to protest the use of her image on novelty golf balls. She argued that the balls would encourage violence against women.

Friday, October 22, 2010

CHRISTIANS URGED TO WAKE UP TO REALITY OF GLBT AGENDA


Lillian Kwon



Dr. Michael Brown (left) believes Christians have already lost the battle when it comes to public opinion on homosexuality and gender identity issues.
Pro-gay books are being read in elementary school classrooms, teachers are being mandated to use gender neutral language, gay activists have been welcomed in the White House, and young evangelicals see no problem with same-sex marriage.

THE COST OF GOING ALL THE WAY WITH GOD

by David Wilkerson


One of the fastest ways to lose friends is to go all the way with God. Once you become serious about spiritual matters, forsaking all your idols, taking your eyes off the things of this world, turning to Jesus with all your heart and hungering for more of Him---you suddenly become "a religious fanatic." And soon you'll experience the worst rejection of your lifetime.

Monday, October 11, 2010

A TALE OF 2 PRINCES – Final Part


by A Lump Of Clay



Chapter 9 – The Final Showdown

Meanwhile, back in the city, Bright Star was in hysterics at the scene of the open tomb. He was mad as hell at the cowardly city troops who had all run away without putting up a fight against the Palace Guard. He was furious that his plans to finish off the heir to the King’s Throne had fizzled out in such humiliation. Not only that, it had backfired on him.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

A LESSON IN CULTURAL RELATIVISM

by SGIME(Sand Gets In My Eyes)



My son attends my alma mater back in the States, a Christian, liberal arts college in a large and diverse urban center. It's a great - if somewhat socially left - school which lays down a fabulous foundation for accurate and critical thinking as well as what I call terminal curiosity. That more than anything, has prompted some interesting conversations between my son and I - and not a few opportunities for life lessons - like the one we had the other day.

OTHERS MAY, YOU CANNOT

by G. D. Watson


If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. Matthew 16:24-25

If God has called you to be truly like Jesus in all your spirit, He will draw you into a life of crucifixion and humility. He will put on you such demands of obedience that you will not be allowed to follow other Christians. In many ways, He seems to let other good people do things which He will not let you do.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

A TALE OF 2 PRINCES – Part 3

by A Lump Of Clay



Chapter 7 – The King makes his move

Shocked silence enveloped the Great Palace like a steel tomb, allowing the heart-rending cry of Beloved Son to echo endlessly within the walls of the once joyous Palace. 3 days ago, when the first desperate message from Beloved Son was delivered to the Throne room, the entire 72,000-strong Palace Guard had stood in full battle gear, swords drawn, horses chafing at the bit, waiting with bated breath for the word “GO” from their King. But no such command rang out from the Throne.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

WHAT IS SELF-EFFORT?

by Ron Block
Self-effort comes from a particular mindset — the thinking of fallen man, which really springs from the lie of Eden. “I am a self, by myself, for myself. I must take care of myself; I must do good and avoid evil; I must strive for self-improvement and self-actualization.”

THE LIVER FLUKE

by Sam J Christopher

The liver fluke is a tiny flat worm that commonly infects cattle. In the 50’s, one Wendell Krull discovered the very amazing lifestyle of this tiny parasite. It merrily lives in the liver of cattle where it dates, mates and lays eggs. The poor cow gets sick with liver disease and eventually dies. But before it dies, the fluke eggs pass through the cattle’s system and exits along with its faeces. Guess what happens next?

Friday, August 20, 2010

A TALE OF 2 PRINCES - Pt 2

by A Lump Of Clay


Chapter 5 – The Mission Begins

As soon as Beloved Son entered the city, exhausted and hungry from the 40-day, lonesome journey from the Glorious Palace, Bright Star tracked him down and sidled up to him.
“Look here. I know who you are and why you are here. You don’t need to go to all this trouble just to win over a few of these wretched fellows for your kingdom. I already have a kingdom here.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

ON RABBITS' FEET & CHRISTIAN RELICS


by Desert Rose


During the Raya holidays, I caught an interesting documentary on television. Two months before Princess Diana’s untimely death, she’d given permission for her gowns to be auctioned off and the proceeds given to charity. Each garment had been finely crafted and richly embellished - fit for royalty. The outfits sold for between USD 20K and USD 200k and followed their new owners to various parts of the world.

Monday, August 9, 2010

WATCH OUT FOR THAT TREEEE....!!


by A Lump Of Clay


2010 was barely into its second month, when a close friend suddenly took ill – strangely ill. She had hysterics, suffered amnesia, spoke different languages to different people at different times, developed hair loss and threw tantrums that nearly gave her father a heart-attack. She even changed her looks – from golden brown to shiny white!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

WORSHIP 101

by Desert Rose 
Another word I think that's worth reclaiming is 'WORSHIP'. Today worship is used to refer to the time of singing we have in our service. We ask, "Where do you worship?" or "Did you enjoy the time of worship?"

Interestingly, the first time we encounter the word worship in the Bible is in Genesis 22

Thursday, July 29, 2010

A TALE OF 2 PRINCES - Pt 1



by A Lump Of Clay


Chapter 1 – The Prince Gets Cocky

In the beginning of time, in a land far glorious than ours, there was a great and mighty King who ruled over a vast kingdom. This King had a prince called Bright Star who was a handsome man and grew to be a brave and mighty warrior. The King was proud of Bright Star and gave him a great army to command. So magnificent and powerful was Bright Star that the people of the Palace fell over each other to please him. Every time he walked the halls of the palace, it was like sweet music to their ears.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

PG 18 (Parental Guidance Recommended) - The Censored Edition


by A Lump Of Clay



My head was still spinning from the powerful words of the travelling preacher as I made my way out of the church. Wow! This collared-one dared to preach the Gospel Of Jesus Christ, even at the risk of not being invited again? That's a change. So I closed my eyes and told myself, "Enough said lah. Time for yours truly to just SHADDAP till Christmas."

CONTACT - EPISODE 02052010

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by A Lump Of Clay



I was out for some fresh air one Sunday morning and I again met the Thing-with-the-tail. This time it was sitting by the church entrance, it’s head bandaged, clutching an i-phone and moaning. Stooping, I asked the Thing-with-the-tail why it was crying.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

THE KINGS OF ORIENT-R


by Sam J Christopher



The characters in the traditional Christmas play that always has me puzzled are the 3 bearded chaps wrapped in bedspreads, singing “We 3 kings of Orient-R”. Never heard of a country called Orient-R. Doesn’t show up in Google Maps either.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST

THIS is the Gospel of Jesus Christ that was preached when I was a kid
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UiDkMlmgS3c

THIS is the Gospel that needs to be preached today especially INSIDE the church.
THIS is the one and only Gospel that carries life-changing power.
THIS is the one and only Gospel that makes Lucifer and his mighty army piss in their pants.
Where is the priority of THIS gospel in our "worship" services today? Replaced by all sorts of OTHER gospels - schemes, gimmicks, formulas and programs masquerading as "spiritual development"?
Take away THIS Gospel and jump straight to Acts 2, and the church will most surely perish while happily floating around blabbering mockeries in the name of GOD, Jesus, Holy Spirit, appa, aiyaa and what not.
If you and I are to survive in this deceitful church, if our kids are to survive in this deceitful world, it is desperatley imperative to expose ourselves and our children to THIS Gospel FIRST & FOREMOST, and it is THIS gospel ALONE that will guarantee our and our children's salvation to God's own glory!
And we better do this while we still can take back the Bible from the pulpit.

Sam J Christopher