Last Tuesday I attended the staff meeting of Victory Christian Fellowship (Ortigas). I shared with the staff the blog which I uploaded that morning – Prayer and Busy/Crazy - a blog about being overwhelmed. I then proceeded to ask: “what would be the top of mind picture of someone who is overwhelmed?” Two men said it was drowning. Many of us agreed.
I received a reply 3 days ago from a friend, about a month after I emailed him. He explained the reason for the delay in replying with the words “get my head over the water”, “it has been so busy/crazy”. On one side it sounded like a man who was bobbing up and down in the water. Busy/Crazy sounded like (well) CRAZY.
Dr. Thomas Welch, a physician and dentist by profession served his local church and was he was in charge of communion. He set out to find a way to provide the church’s members with good quality grape juice that did not ferment – his goal was to produce “unfermented wine”.
Plasmodium falciparum is the protozoan parasite that causes malaria. Malaria kills between 1 to 2 million annually. One of the most deadly forms of malaria is Cerebral Malaria (CM). If a person is not treated, CM is fatal in 24-72 hours. That’s what happened to Gordon Robertson who contracted the disease in the border of Burma.
One of the first movies I watched that had a Christian slant to it was the Hiding Place, based on the book by Corrie Ten Boom. Corrie was a Dutch Holocaust survivor who was responsible for hiding Jews from the Nazis. Corrie and her family were eventually caught and incarcerated. Her father and sister died in the war but Corrie lived to tell the story.
I am presently in Kuala Lumpur attending a conference of Asian leaders of Every Nation Ministries (Happy "Whew" Year!). To be among these men is a privilege. To hear their stories is life changing. I realize that as ministers we all have our own share of challenges, struggles and realities.
I live in a city that has over 12 million residents. It is not uncommon to wake up with the pressure of living in a big city, one reason why I have learned to pray. Prayer lifts me up. It gives me hope that the day will be blessed. More importantly it gives me courage to face whatever challenges the day has to offer.
Last month I preached a message to our Every Nation church in Singapore. The title of the message was Enjoying your fast. While the topic was about prayer and fasting the message is really more about enjoying God.