Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Brethren 'Idol'?

A short report (hehe) on the recent Evangelistic Music Festival
(by one of the 'oldies').

We had the pleasure of attending the annual Evangelistic Music Festival (or EMF) at Port Klang Gospel Hall this past Saturday. From what is understood, the festival is a combination of an evangelistic event and a talent competition, or more apt, a 'battle of the bands'. This year there were three churches participating: Sunway GC, Shah Alam GC and BUC (woo hoo). Representing us and working ever so hard (months before the actual event, if I am not mistaken) were the Ho Ming brothers, Chung En (flown in from the UK) and Hui En (also flown in from UK/Europe for the event), our resident baby faced (but actually also very young-lah) drummer Jia Yein and a special import into BUC just for this event, Donny.

Our team practised weekly and put a lot of effort into it ... and creativity as well, as evident from the original composition (Little by Little BUC style) and the vocal arrangements for the unplugged number. More on that soon.

Those who were not participating (the wall flowers) made our way to Port Klang at about 545pm from elder Ho's home. We went in three cars (deaconess Yoke Kheng, elder Christopher Leong and Adrian) and stopped subsequently for an early dinner at a mamak/McDonalds (majority at McD's). After that it was off to the church.

The church was a pleasant looking building with a lot of land :). It had been renovated and it looked quite cosy within (this writer especially liked the slanted windows ... haha). There was already a crowd and the church was filled up nicely. We started at about 730pm (or was it? This was after our team H.I.S (Him I serve) wolfed down a lot of McD's stuff) with a worship session. All of the songs were more or less contemporary and the church was filled with praise and worship to our Lord Jesus.

Three judges were appointed, one of them being our very own worship ministry team leader: Ling Yoke Teen @ Mrs Lai @ momma to be.

The first act started soon after: Shah Alam GC. Please be informed that this is not intended to be a critique of the performances. For that you can ask our judge (or even better, allow me to introduce to you our brother Adrian :) ). I am merely highlighing the event. SAGC sang an original number ( a complex one) and also their unplugged song. They were good performers and good sports.

Our team, H.I.S followed up and started with the unplugged song, a classic Psalty the song (or is it hymn) book song: well done. I was told that Jia Ling layered their performance with parts: a nice touch, JL. The second song was From the Inside Out, followed by their original composition and ending with a very robust (if that is appropriate) performance (an equally creative medley). YT even remarked after that '... Well done. I thought I was in a rock concert ...'.

The last team, Sunway GC presented 'The Nazarene' and also Grace/Praise around the clock (very 50s sounding) and Little by Little, complete with dance moves (and a strong vocal).

Uncle Dexter then gave a message based on 'Welcome to my life' by Simple Plan and he tied it in to the SOS-es of life. Very inventive and well done. God the Holy Spirit clearly spoke that evening.

The evening ended with an encore performance by all three bands and eventually the winner was Sunway GC.

Uncle Hok Seng has an interesting suggestion (or was it Nai Kyn): next year BUC should send two teams: a junior team and a senior team. Hahah ...

Overall, The EMF is an excellent platform to invite pre believers to a musical event, that should be enjoyed by many, and to listen to the Gospel presented in a non threatening setting.

Conratulations to the winners and the other teams.

To H.I.S: please do not be discouraged. We'll get em next year ... :)

Thursday, August 23, 2007

EMF - Be Ye Transformed!

What's happening this Saturday (25 August 2007)?

The EMF "Evangelistic Music Festival" is on at 7 pm at Port Klang Gospel Hall. Our very own BUC band which consist of Chung En, Ming Han, Hui En, Ming Yue, Donny (MH's friend) and Jia Yein are taking part. They've been practising really hard this week.

Please support them in prayer, and, best still, be there to cheer them!

The King & I

By Chin Min Fook
28 July 2007

What is an earthly King?
1. In our modern worldly understanding, a king as mentioned in our dictionaries is termed as ‘a ruler or sovereign who inherits his position’.

2. Human kings are the ‘fortunate ones’ who are appointed by his fellow peers at first (better fighter, taller, craftiest etc) and then his children and the further generation will inherit that position as well, until they are overthrown by rebellion or when they have no more successors.

Divine Kingship

3. When it comes to God as King, the mystery is that no one appointed God as king (because God has no beginning and no end) and he is king by virtue of him being creator of all heaven and earth and because God is creator, God has the right to rule and his creation is the realm where His rule is exercised.

4. God has always been king even from eternity past (we call it time immemorial in law – don’t even know when it started but it did so long ago).

5. Unlike human kings which envisage as nobles who try to be ‘divine’ in their rule thus exercising attributes which are not natural to them (no control over things, powerless, sinful) (thus many human kings claim to be sons of heaven etc to gain divinity), God’s kingship is totally based on His unchanging divine character and divine attributes (not put on or pretend divinity or majesty).

The kingship of God according to the bible

6. The kingship of God according to the bible :

a) It is timeless because God is eternal – numerous scriptures demonstrate that God has always possessed absolute sovereignty over all his creation and that He rules as king eternally.

(Psalms 10 : 16 – The Lord is King forever & ever)
(Psalms 74: 12 – But you, O God, are my King from of old) (Jer 10:10 ¬– But the Lord is the true God, He is the living God, the eternal king)
(Psalm 145 : 13 – Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and Your dominion endures through all generation)
(Lam 5 : 19 – You, O Lord, reign forever, Your throne endures from generation to generation).

Therefore God’s kingship is timeless because God is eternal. (no problem if no successors/heir)

b) It is universal because God is omnipresent – since God is omnipresent, the bible clearly makes reference to the unlimited scope of God’s sovereignty over his kingdom.

(1 Chron 29 : 11-12 – Yours O Lord, is the greatness & the power & the glory & the majesty & the splendor, for everything in heaven & earth is Yours, Yours O Old is the kingdom. You are exalted as head over all)
(Psalms 103 : 19 – The Lord has established His throne in heaven & His kingdom rules over all)
(Psalms 139 : 7- 12 – Where can I go from your spirit?)
(Psalms 23 : 4 – Even though I walk thru the valley of shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me)

God the king rules over all, even hell itself. There is simply no realm outside of God’s authority & rule.
Therefore God’s rule is universal because God is omnipresent (no problem with war/conquerors – rules all things – no competitors – there is none like Him)

c) God is all knowing, so in His wisdom He may appoint representatives to administer his rule. (but because he is all knowing and all wise – omniscience – he is always in control)

God deals his sovereignty thru men, some of whom recognize it (David, Joseph), some reject it (Hitler), some are ignorant of it (most leaders are) but in all situations, he alone is all knowing and sovereign.
So therefore even if there is a good human king or even a bad one, God is still in control and in every situation and God’s will and purpose will be executed and fulfilled. Eg – used Pharoah for his purpose to deliver Israel out of Egypt, used Joseph to save lives in Egypt during famine (Gen 45 : 7-8).

d) God is sovereign and as King he can perform miracles (because he is sovereign)

(Psalms 135 : 6-10 – The Lord does whatever pleases Him, in the heavens and on earth)

Therefore God’s rule and authority cannot be diminished or eliminated by any rebellion. At the day of judgment, the status of God as the Eternal & Almighty king will never change.

The problem in recognizing God as King

7. A little story (respect is not fear). There was a pastor who shared that once he preached a sermon on the fear of the Lord as King. At the close of the service, he chatted with one member of the church, who said that he liked the sermon but in the light of the gospel of love in this modern time, maybe ‘respect’ would be a better word than ‘fear’. Of course the pastor didn’t agree to that because the word of God is clear. Yet it got him thinking even deeper on the issue of the fear of the Lord, and he came to understand that respect is appropriate between equals. For eg. he had a neighbour who is an ardent Roman Catholic and in many doctrinal issues, he disagrees with his neighbour but still, they remain good neighbours because of mutual respect. But when it comes to our God, it was different, he feared God and would not dare to disagree with God or do anything that will offend or displease God, at least not deliberately. It was much more than just respect, it was as if his whole life and his whole being depended solely on God’s grace, mercy and love (his whole existence and every and all aspect of life depended solely on God).

8. JI Packer says in his book knowing God that ‘our faith is feeble and our worship empty because we don’t understand the majesty of God.’ He also points out that ‘we are modern people, and modern people, though cherish great thoughts of themselves, have as a rule small thoughts of God. When the person in church, let alone the person in the street use the word ‘God’, the thought is rarely of divine majesty’.

9. Martin Luther told his disciple Erasmus – ‘Your thought of God are too human’. Someone said that, God has made man in His image and we are now returning the favour to him by confining God into our image. We perceive and tailor the image of our Lord to what we need him to do or what we want Him to be (the meek shepherd). Theologian Dr. Carl Henry observes that the church have too much tamed its fear and reverence for God, and it now seems as if Christ were serving us rather than we serving Him.

10. We also most of the time equate God the King to earthly kings and that really is no basis for comparison if you understand the difference between the 2. A weak, transient, powerless, ineffective and flawed human king compared to an eternal, infinite, almighty, all knowing yet perfectly good, gracious, merciful and loving King. There is no comparison between the 2.

2 suggestions

11. How to get right idea of God :

a) To remove from our thoughts of God’s limit that would make Him small. (look at Psalms 139, the view of God of the patriarch, the view of the apostle of our Lord Jesus & how they live in reverence and fear of the Lord).

b) To compare God the King with powers and forces which we might regard as great. (seeing nature – Isaiah 40)

Our King - Personal yet Majestic

12. Yet in spite of Lord’s majesty, our Lord has always been personal with His creation (look at his relationship with Adam from the beginning). (walking with Adam, conversing with Adam, asking questions etc in Genesis).

13. Man’s relationship with our Lord was broken after the fall and man’s sin caused the direct link to God to be temporary cut off. (that is why in the old testament they needed blood of animals sacrifice, only chosen people can approach God etc). (even Moses wasn’t allowed to see God’s face and glory because he will die if he did – Exodus 33).

14. Today we Christians are very blessed because our King, the Lord Jesus Christ in His grace, came down to redeemed us and took our sin and guilt by dying on the cross, so we do not need to fear the judgment of God and we can approach the throne of God with confidence and boldness, because of the redemptive and finished work of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Hebrews 10 : 19-24).

15. Our Lord Jesus even made us his sons, heirs and friends. (So we are all prince but do we live like one?) (but remember my point that he doesn’t actually need heir coz he is eternal – God is so gracious, so merciful).

What happens when we give reverence to our King?

17. This King of ours is not like the earthly kings we know. Our Lord Jesus came not to make us slaves (but to set us free) nor did He come to make us lose confidence of our standing with Him because God continues to grant us His overwhelming grace, mercy and love each day. Yet I believe that our Lord also wants us to understand and cultivate this fear and reverent for Him in our lives for our own good and benefit.

a) When we understand the majesty and greatness of God, it doesn’t stop our speech in silent fear but it is to releases our praises to God and it gives us a desire to share our Lord with others.

b) It is not the end of all hope but it is the beginning of hope (because we have a good King) – Psalms 147 : 1- 11. (it is like spring rather than autumn).

c) It doesn’t kill initiative and personal growth (an authoritarian ruler) but it stimulates it.

d) It doesn’t make people worry about punishment, judgment and brokenness, but it leads them to comfort, hope and reconciliation (with God & one another) and even much blessings.


18. Let’s understand that we can never put our Lord any higher than where He is. He has always been and will always be the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, whether you or anyone acknowledge it or not. (Phil 2) The only choice we have is whether to enthrone Jesus as King of our lives.

19. John the disciple, recorded as the disciple whom Jesus loved, and the one who rested on Jesus bosom as recorded in the gospel of John, was someone who was very close to our Lord Jesus. But yet in Revelation 1 : 17, this same John wrote that when he saw the glorified Christ, he fell at the Lord’s feet as though dead. (Do you stand in awe and reverence of our glorified Lord?)

20. Our Lord Jesus calls us his friends (but the full text is that only if we obey his commands). Anyway that is His prerogative but to us, He must always be our Lord, Master and King foremost.

21. The closer we get to Jesus, when we truly know him and experience Him, the more we will see His greatness and His majesty. His act of love, mercy, grace, goodness, kindness, faithfulness is all possible because of His greatness. No wonder John the Baptist can proclaim that ‘He must increase and I must decrease’ simply because he saw and understood the greatness and majesty of God. (Do we have such humility when approaching our Lord?)

22. I pray that in this short time we have, we are able to listen to the Holy Spirit prompting and telling us that we must get to know our Lord Jesus Christ as our Lord, Master and King once again as how he would want us to know Him from His word and His revelations to us.

23. Gen Sondhi (the coup general) is a close friend of the Thai King Bumipol, yet in meeting the King, he still crawls in the presence of the King and sit at the King’s feet when talking. (What about us, how do we approach our Lord and King?

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

The Battle of the Mind

(Prepared by Kuya Ken based on Pastor Richard Lee's Sunday sermon)


  • 2 Corinthians 10:3-6

  • Romans 12:1-2

2 Corinthians 10:3-6
3 For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does.
4 The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.
5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
6 And we will be ready to punish every act of disobedience, once your obedience is complete.

The Message says …(2 Corinthians 10:3-6)
The world is unprincipled. It’s dog-eat-dog out there! The world doesn’t fight fair. But we don’t live or fight our battles that way – never have and never will. The tools of our trade aren’t for marketing or manipulation, but they are for demolishing that entire massively corrupt culture. We use our powerful God-tools for smashing warped philosophies, tearing down barriers erected against the truth of God, fitting every loose thought and emotion and impulse into the structure of life shaped by Christ. Our tools are ready at hand for clearing the ground of every obstruction and building lives of obedience into maturity.

Romans 12:1-2
1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God – this is your spiritual act of worship.
2 Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is - His good, pleasing and perfect will.

The Message says …(Romans 12:1-2)
So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life – your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life – and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for Him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit in without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognise what He wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well formed maturity in you.

(i) The BATTLE for YOUR Mind

  • What is on your mind?

  • How is your thought life?

  • Is your mind constantly preoccupied?

  • Do you experience disturbing thoughts? Condemning thoughts? Over active mind?

  • As a result of this, what difficulties do you face as a Christian, a child of God, at home? At college? At church?

Words of wisdom …(Ps Richard)
‘Watch your thoughts, they become words,
Watch your words, they become actions,
Watch your actions, they become your character,
Watch your character, they become your destiny!’


The Battle BEGINS in YOUR mind!

(ii) The Law of Exposure

‘Exposure shapes things; Exposure shapes our minds’

  • What are you/college students exposed to?

  • What are you most exposed to?

  • Who/what is your ‘idol’?

  • What is the result of this exposure? Share an experience …

But wait ...
What about those who totally avoid all forms of negative exposure? Legalism? Over protected?

We need to pray for wisdom/discernment!

Hold on …

  • Exposure to the RIGHT things?

  • What are some of those things?

  • Are YOU exposing YOURSELF to these things???


  • The battle is won/lost in your minds!

  • The devil’s footholds can become STRONGHOLDS!

(iii) Divine weapons
What does the Bible tell us?

We are equipped with weapons that can DESTROY STRONGHOLDS! Were you aware of that?

God’s/the believer’s arsenal …

  • God the Holy Spirit

  • Praying/declaring/believing in Jesus’ Name

  • God’s Word (It is written …)

  • Prayer

  • Healing

  • Deliverance

But …

  • How do we ‘take captive’ our thoughts?

  • … make them obedient to Christ?

  • How do we ‘renew’ our minds?


  • Do NOT conform to the patterns of this world

  • Renew your mind …

Small group discussion

  • Which of your own thoughts need to be ‘taken captive’ (v 5) to obedience to Christ?

  • How to do so practically?

Pray and minister to one another …

Friday, July 6, 2007

Spiritual Warfare

Praise the Lord that our sister Yoke Kheng is settling down well in her new apartment. We will warm up her place with our energy soon.

Tomorrow, Saturday, 07/07/07, we will be having a combined worship with Youth Voltage, at Antioch Centre. Our worship leader is the energised Jia Hua.

After worship, the Campus Voltage! will discuss and share on Brother Richard Lee's Sunday sermon on Spiritual Warfare. The bible reference is 2 Corinthians 10.

Let's energise one another.

Friday, June 29, 2007

Prayer & Blessing of YK's Apartment

This Saturday, 30 June 2007, the Campus Voltage! will gather at Yoke Kheng's new apartment for “Prayer & Blessing”.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Electrifying Celebration of Praise

The Campus Voltage! and Youth Voltage had the first Celebration of Praise at Antioch Centre on Saturday, 23 June 2007.

What a way to kick off the Campus Voltage! Our beloved deaconess Yoke Kheng led the worship with powerful and awesome songs:

  • One way

  • Mighty to Save

  • Hosanna

  • You alone are God

  • How Great is our God

  • Here I am to Worship

Scriptures read included:
Isaiah 60:1-3
1“Arise, Jerusalem! Let your light shine for all the nations to see! For the glory of the LORD is shining upon you. 2 Darkness as black as night will cover all the nations of the earth, but the glory of the LORD will shine over you. 3 All nations will come to your light. Mighty kings will come to see your radiance.

Psalm 27:1
The LORD is my light and my salvation -
So why should I be afraid?
The LORD protects me from danger –
So why should I tremble?

2 Corinthians 4:6
For God, who said, “Let there be light in the darkness,” has made this light shine in our hearts so we could know the glory of God that is seen in the face of Jesus Christ.

John 8:12
Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.”


Who was the speaker? This is even more electrifying - Pastor Phil Dooley, Youth Pastor Hillsong Youth Ministries. Unbelievable, right? Eh...he was not here physically but we watched a DVD of his message entitled - "Generation of Light". Cool! We heard some encouraging responses from the Campus Voltage! and Youth Voltage after the message. The message has indeed started a spark in their heart, and God will create a flame, and they will be a Generation of Light - Carriers of God's Glory!

Let your Light shine forth!

Pastor Phil Dooley