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Ipoh, Malaysia, the Youth Ministry had a devotional filled with fun, games, and spirituality. This week, after the songs and games, they had their youth draw out what the word “future” means to them. They were to use only red and black paint. At the end of their drawing, they were to explain the meaning of their art.

. In the bible lesson, Calvin, the youth leader, described that the two colours characterised relationship and friendship. As for the word “future”, it was to teach a point about the type of friendships that they form today; their friendships will strongly affect their future, whether good or bad. Proverbs 12:26 One who is righteous is a guide to his neighbor, but the way of the wicked leads them astray. Proverbs 13:20 Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm. Proverbs 17:17 A friend is always loyal, and a brother is born to help in time of need. Proverbs 18:24 There are “friends” who destroy each other, but a real friend sticks closer than a brother.

On 6th June 2015, David Lang and some of the Singaporean Christians went up to the small town of Ipoh, Malaysia to conduct a Family and Youth Workshop. David and Wai Yee taught a parenting talk that deals with “Building Character in Your Children,” while the Choon Lim and Roger conducted an activity based Youth workshop entitled “Character Through Adversity.” The workshop was a great success. The parents learned a lot and the youth had lots of fun and learning in their workshop.

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Photo Album of the “Building Character Workshop.”

Ephesians 6:4 Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.

Parenting is difficult. Most often, parents and their children have a lot of communication problems. Parents tend to exasperate their children, who in turn in their frustration express themselves in anger. What is the most important in any healthy parent child relationship is the ability repair and reconnect what was broken in the relationship.

Every quarter, in our Youth and Family ministry, we encourage our families in the church to come together to learn to be proficient in repairing and reconnecting their relationships.

CONFESSION_1If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9)

My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world. (1 John 2:1-2)

We are weak. We have weaknesses. We will fall. No matter how strong we are, we will still fall.

“Strong People” are lonely people for they do not allow others to come in and carry their burdens with them. They don’t have the courage and humility to be vulnerable to seek help – help from God our compassionate Father and help from their loving brothers. Like Adam and Eve, when they sinned, they hide for the fear of being discovered. Adam said, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.” (Gen 3:10) I don’t want you to see me in my shame. Yet God knew of their weaknesses. He knew of their sins. He did not stay away. He reached out His loving hands to guide them, teach them, discipline them, and clothed them in compassion and kindness.

Jesus does not want us to sin because He knows sins corrupts, harms, and hurts. Yet, He knows that our flesh is weak. And when we fall, He will be there to pick us up. Be vulnerable, confess your sins, and cry out to Him for help, and like lightning, in a flash, He will be there to forgive, stand by your side, and save.

Leave your shame with Him. Lighten your burden. It is already left on the cross. Why clamber to bring it down again? Repent, confess your sins, and walk in the freedom that He has given you.

 

Shame is an unspoken epidemic, the secret behind many forms of broken behavior. Brené Brown, whose earlier talk on vulnerability became a viral hit, explores what can happen when people confront their shame head-on. Her own humor, humanity and vulnerability shine through every word.

Video is from Ted Talk

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Patrice and I have been traveling up to Ipoh to help with the mission work there. We started our very first HOPE MY Reading program with the help of the KL HOPE team to reach out and serve the community. God was truly amazing, on the first session in April, we had 7 youth beneficiaries. On the second week, we had 11. Next week, 8 May, we are expecting 21 children to come. God opened the door for us to have wonderful volunteers from Sunway Ipoh College. We also managed to be sponsored by Tower Regency for the venue.

Sunrise is always remarkable. The rise of another brilliant new day.

Sunrise reminds me of our human lives. Through God’s grace, a new day slowly emerged. We have another day of life, another chance, glimmering to new adventures, brightening to new hopes, and glistening to new beginning, as the shimmering beauty of the light tells us that God has laid valuable things ahead of us. The scriptures reminds us that “because of the tender mercy of our God, by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven to shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the path of peace.” Luke 1:78-79

Photo taken by Lee Teck Ming

Photo taken by Lee Teck Ming

Katherine Britton wrote in her article “Christianized Karma” that Christians rely on the promise that “all things work for the good of those who love God” (Romans 8:28). We fight to believe that, while “no discipline seems pleasant at the time… later on it produces a harvest of righteousness” (Hebrews 12:11). Like Job, we may never know the reason for our earthly suffering. But we know that, because of grace, suffering is not a quid-pro-quo retaliation for our sins. Even our suffering has been redeemed by God’s grace through Christ’s supreme act of love.

Written by: Teck Ming

We are so delighted to see Jared’s baptism today. Jared is the eldest son of Wee Keong and Joyce, the campus and youth ministry leaders. Jared’s has been praying to be a Christian since he was three years old. He is very eager to know God and have a very soft heart towards God’s Words.

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