Saturday, July 19, 2014
The Eagles at football.
Rev Joel Yong
Wesley Methodist Church Singapore
20 July 2014
Soloist Lauren Yeo
Panis Angelicus fit panis hominum,
Dat panis coelicus figuris terminum.
O res mirabilis, manducat Dominum,
Pauper, pauper, servus et humilis.
Obstacles to life change
Pygmalion vs Golem
Pygmalion effect: greater expectations result in better performance .
Golem effect: lower expectation result in lower performance.
Students given IQ test.
Teachers given names of 20 said to have high IQ
After a year these 20 found to do well.
BUT their names had been choosen at random.
Thoughts determine deeds.
Bottom of class in Sec 2
Was told and believed
Unless you put your foot to the pedal you can't go
Studied and studied
Within a year reached near top of the class.
Eg Lot's wife
Longingly looked back expectantly at Sodom
"Good old times"
2) Don't let yesterday's give you an ingrained mindset
Having left Sodom and Gomorah
Lot lives in a cave with his daughters
But the past licentious incestous atmosphere of sexuality remained.
His daughters get him drunk in order to get pregnant by him.
They had an ingrained contaminated mindset, influenced by their yesterday.
3) Don't let your yesterday leave you with a narrow mindset,
Eg Israelites, free but hungry in the deser
Would rather be well fed slaves in Egypt.
Tunnel vision, microscopic view
Fail to see the big picture.
4) Don't let your yesterdays limit you:
Israelites saw the enemies as giants and felt like grasshoppers .
For their fear and failure , wandered in the desert for 40 years.
Fail to see, blinded, that you can do bigger things
One thing in common of these examples
Failure to reach destination
Failure to accomplish what God had wanted them to accomplish.
Our yesterday ended last night
"Yesterday" some church members were ugly
Late in registering for course/camp
Rude to staff/volunteers / Sunday school teachers
Come with consumer mindset demanding to be served rather than wishing to serve.
Bury that yesterday
May there be a new tomorrow
Rev Joel introduced football to a group of disadvantaged kids
Group of 28 grew to 100.
Entered under 16 competition
11+ year olds vs 15+
Held steadily to 0-0 at half time
Lost double digit but left field proud
Not influenced by their background but by what they decided to do.
Sunday, July 13, 2014
13 July 2014
Wesley Methodust Church
Pastor Yeoh Seng Eng
Pasir Panjang Hill Bretheren Church
Text Luke 10:1-12
The "other disciples" were sent "two by two" to "prepare the way"
Jesus is coming soon
We are the "other disciples "
We are to prepare the way.
A) Status update
i) Harvest PLENTIFUL
ii) Workers FEW
iii) You may be REJECTED
iv) You may be ACCEPTED
Even if you are rejected, it is not you that is being rejected, but God.
i) Go two by two
Or pair up with partners from other churches
Use what is in your hands
Moses used a stick
Seng Eng used dried flowers
Make greeting cards
Grew into a business to support 800 families
Odorless vegetarian pigs (feeding on Azolla)
iii) seek man of peace
iv) heal the sick & tell of the kingdom of God
Care Channels used
Dignified ways to get food on the table
These enabled connections with communities who are then willing to hear your message
With God's power
All things are possible
Ministry to migrant workers in Singapore
Lead to Telugu service
15-20 baptisms a year
Some will return to Bangaladesh and serve as pastors/ missionaries.
On a trip to Dacca
Pastor Yeoh got seriously injured in a traffic accident
13 micro fractures and a haemothorax
Finally returned to Singapore: needed to be drained (twice)
During healing process felt an unsuall warm sensation on chest: touch of an angel.
Friday, July 11, 2014
Hearers and doers
Foundation not seen except times of storms
The LKY tree stunted and unhealthy because roots could not grow
Church should be discipleship community
Salt to the earth
Light to the world
Discipleship needs to come from within
Unlike man who swam across shark infested pool only to ask
"Who pushed me"
Church united family
Three causes of tension
Need to work together
Think of one another
Think of self
Think of responsibility
Witness as a church family
Don't wait to go on mission trip
Taxi ride provides opportunities
Pray for Divine appointments
Take every opportunity
Not a parachute ministry
But ministry in community
Be part of the community