Wednesday, June 15, 2005

A taste of heaven...

I'd just came back from ARPC church camp at Putrajaya, KL. The 5 days camp was incredibly wonderful.. a great church camp i ever be...! It was really like what Chris Chia had said in the beginning of the camp... this is like a glimpse to heaven.. a taste of honey where God's people gathered together to listen to God's Word, praising God together and enjoyed the fellowship as brothers and sisters in Christ... and well the good foods and lodging in the five-stars Marriot hotel is just some extra perks.

The level of interactions is superd manz.. we can simply sit down at any table during meals and get to know one another.. There seems to have no barrier - everyone is relating with one another in love though we just gotta to know one another. I'm sure that the motivation is from the good understanding of God's word.

Christianity is indeed about relationships - r'ship b/w God and man, man and woman, & man and nature. God created us, human being to be a relational being, and He teaches us, thru His word of how to relate to one another as we are to be. God's word, esp being taught in this camp, made us wise in our everyday living when we relate to ppl.

This camp begun w Philips Jensen giving us a bird-eye view of what's wrong w the humanity and that how foolish is man thinking tt God doesnt exist.. thinking that they can suppress the truth.. thinking that they can live in anyway they like.. little do they know that they are under God's wrath when we live e way that we are not created to be. How foolish are we to live without God, whilst we tried to build some gods on our own to satisfy our need for God... whilst we tried to relate to ppl w our own ways.

[Rom 1:18-23] The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse. For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles.

Joshua Ng is the one who brought us thru the book of Proverbs, teaching us to live in wisdom in our marriage, our work, in our dealing w money.. in all aspect of our lives practically.. Proverbs is a book of a father imparting knowledge to his son so that the son can be wise.

[Proverbs 1:1-7]The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel:
for attaining wisdom and discipline; for understanding words of insight;
for acquiring a disciplined and prudent life, doing what is right and just and fair;
for giving prudence to the simple, knowledge and discretion to the young
let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance
for understanding proverbs and parables, the sayings and riddles of the wise.
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.

Chris Chia then rounded up the talks in encouraging us to continue to be wise. Life is about 2 choices - to live in wisdom or to live in foolishness. Wisdom is both a gift and task from God.

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding

I learnt a lot.. truly a lot. Now just have to pray that I will be able to live wisely each day whilst facing the hostile world.. especially in relating to ppl. Though fall i may... but trust will be on God forever till the days end.


hamster said...

I shall stress you out - I have found your blog!!! WAHAHAHA!!!


Hope we all put what we learnt at the camp into actual practice. God bless and see U and hopefully ur sis in church!

weez9al said...

hamster..??? ^-^" *shocked!* so you are not an australian..??? and you attend ARPC..!!???

umm...i think i may know who u are le.. but not very sure if i'm right or not... =p

hamster said...

Hmm. U sure U know who I am or not?? Why australian?!?! Blur lah U...

So what's new :P

How's ur flu? (hint hint)