May 17, 2013


Our media-driven culture has redefined the pursuit of happiness. Instant fame, endless riches, easy romance, and the blank-check promise are commonly portrayed  in today’s media. Reality television and the rise of the Internet are perhaps somewhat to blame for this phenomenon. But ultimately the problem lies in the human heart.

We were created to long for satisfaction, fulfillment, and joy, and those desires are good in and of themselves. But our fallen world tries to meet those desires through money, romance, fame, and other earthly pleasures. Yet temporal things can never bring lasting satisfaction to a heart that was created to find its ultimate joy in God.

King Solomon learned that lesson the hard way. After experimenting with everything the world could offer, Solomon finally concluded it was all vanity, and that without God, no one can have true enjoyment (Ecclesiastes 2:25-26, 11:9, 12:13-14).

Christians should not allow entertainment to define their understanding of happiness, romance, love, masculinity or femininity, sex, success, fulfillment, justice, or anything else. The Word and the Spirit should shape our worldview, not Hollywood.

Sadly, however, many Christians today are more affected by the movies they watch than the sermons they hear. They show more enthusiasm for video games or televised sporting events than they do for pursuing Christ-likeness. They fill their minds with the sounds of talk radio or the latest hit songs rather than letting the Word of God richly dwell within them. Deep down, they enjoy exploring the pleasures of the world—even if only just a tiny bit—as they watch actors play out scenes in which sinful desires are seemingly fulfilled with little or no consequences. The irony is, of course, that in real life those same actors are just as miserable as everyone else—a sobering reality that keeps supermarket tabloids in business.

Our priorities, passions, plans, and pursuits must be grounded in our love for Jesus Christ. Only in Him can we find true satisfaction (cf. Matthew 11:28, John 7:37). In serving Him we can lay up eternal treasure (Matthew 6:20). In pleasing and glorifying Him we fulfill life’s greatest purpose (cf. 2 Corinthians 5:9). He is to be the object of our affections, ambitions, and hopes (cf. Romans 14:7-8, Galatians 2:20, Philippians 1:20-21).

As the author of Hebrews exhorted his readers,
Let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews12:1-2)
*taken and edited from John McArthur’s blog

- Alex Tan

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May 16, 2013


Evelyn Tan
16TH MAY 2013

So .. the bunk isnt as small as I thought it was. There is actually walking space. My roommates consist of 3 Singaporeans, 1 Korean, 1 american, 1 Philippine and 1 trencherman person. Pretty diverse I would say. Also, I've met quite a few new people but remembering names is quite difficult. People here are nice though and you can really feel God's presence on the ship. Sorta. I don't have much to update about yet.

Oh and I'm working in the hospitality department, known as the Angels. Not exactly sure as to where I'm working in yet. Please let everyone in church know that I'm so grateful for all their contributions in getting here. Since internet here is super slow, we cant send videos.

May 10, 2013


Phil 4:6-7 NKJV
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Being a person who worries often, I would worry about numerous things in a day and my worries became so obvious that some of the Church members that I seldom interact could sense them.

After reading through the verse above many times, and went through some retreats that touched on the topics of “anxiousness”, “worry”, and “anxiety”, it has finally brought to my attention that I do not trust God
and insist that I would rather take things in my own hand.

Over the years, my worries has gotten worse and caused me to even worry about things that are unlikely to happen, forming out all sorts of imaginations in my mind. I realised that I tend to exaggerate things and cause little things to blow out of proportion.

When I started to work on my worries, I slowly understood what holy leisure means. Ever since then, I have been attempting to connect with God and bring my concerns to Him – to ask Him to help me to be willing to surrender my worries and to believe that He is in control of all things.

If it is your tendency to worry, may you bring it to God too! Cheers :)
Yit Mun

aka IP Man

p.s. “Holy leisure” is a specific term uses by Richard Foster in his book entitled “Celebration of
Discipline” and some of the young adults have attended a retreat entitled “Holy Leisure” last year.
It refers to how one can connect with God, despite the circumstances, and the connection with God
enables us to respond appropriately in all circumstances.

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