Our Father in heaven, you have said that of faith, hope and love, the greatest of these is love. Faith will become sight and hope will see realization when we finally meet you. Only love will last forever and forever. Help us grow and mature in love in the way you have taught us.
"Love never gives up.
Love cares more for others than for self.
Love doesn't want what it doesn't have.
Love doesn't strut,
Doesn't have a swelled head,
Doesn't force itself on others,
Isn't always "me first,"
Doesn't fly off the handle,
Doesn't keep score of the sins of others,
Doesn't revel when others grovel,
Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,
Puts up with anything,
Trusts God always,
Always looks for the best,
Never looks back,
But keeps going to the end.
When I was an infant at my mother’s breast, I gurgled and cooed like any infant. When I grew up, I left those infant ways for good. We don’t yet see things clearly. We’re squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. But it won’t be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright! We’ll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing him directly just as he knows us! But for right now, until that completeness, we have three things to do to lead us toward that consummation: Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly. And the best of the three is love."
(1 Cor 13:4-13, The Message)
I am still reading Dallas Willard's Hearing God but I have begun to love and appreciate Proverbs 20:27, and what Willard wrote about the still small voice, being one of the ways how God speaks to us. He said,
The final means through which God addresses us is our own spirits—our own thoughts and feelings toward ourselves as well as toward events and people around us. This, I believe, is the primary subjective way that God addresses us. Of all the ways in which a message comes from within the experience of the person addressed (such as dreams and visions or other mental states), the form of one’s own thoughts and attendant feelings is the most common path for hearing God for those who are living in harmony with God. Of all the possible subjective routes, this mode is best suited to the redemptive purposes of God because, once again, it most engages the faculties of free, intelligent beings involved in the work of God as his colaborers and friends.
Thus the familiar King James Version of Proverbs 20:27 says, “The spirit of man is the candle of the Lord, searching all the inward parts of the belly.” This is possibly better put in the Jerusalem Bible: “Man’s spirit is the lamp of Yahweh, searching his deepest self.”
In a passage of great importance to our exploration here, the apostle Paul makes a comparison between humans and God regarding self-knowledge: “For what human being knows what is truly human except the human spirit that is within? So also no one comprehends what is truly God’s except the Spirit of God” (1 Cor 2:11). Paul then points out that we have received the Spirit of God and concludes that we can therefore search out and know the very mind of God by means of his Spirit—in contrast to the proverb quoted earlier, which emphasizes the Lord’s use of our spirit. After quoting the question from Isaiah 40:13, “Who has directed the spirit of the Lord, or as his counselor has instructed him?” the apostle replies, “But we have the mind of Christ” (1 Cor 2:16).
So God uses our self-knowledge or self-awareness, which is heightened and given a special quality by his presence and direction, to search us out and reveal to us the truth about ourselves and our world. And we are able to use his knowledge of himself—made available to us in Christ and the Scriptures—to understand in some measure his thoughts and intentions toward us and to help us see his workings in our world.
Source: Dallas Willard, Hearing God: Developing a Conversational Relationship with God, IVP, 2012.
You came to give honour to the least, those forgotten, overlooked and misjudged.
You came to give first place to the last, those left behind, misunderstood and undervalued.
You came to give a warm welcome to the lost, those who are orphaned, abandoned and destitute.
Help us to be your ears to listen to their cries.
Help us to be your voice speaking out love and acceptance.
Help us to be your feet walking beside those in need.
Help us to be your hands to clothe, feed and shelter them.
You came for the least, the lost and last of this world.
Lord, hear our prayer.
Anyway something amusing happened this morning. I parked my car and walked to the lift. When the lift bell sounded, I started singing, "And with His stripes we are healed". It has exactly the same two notes to the start of the song, a mi and a re. I kept singing the first line in every floor it stopped.
Cook 12 min ∙ Makes 2 servings
4 - 6 chicken wings
1 tbsp oyster sauce
4 tbsp soya sauce
1/2 tbsp brown sugar
1. Marinate chicken in oyster sauce, soya sauce and brown sugar. (You could marinate it for a longer time or even over night. I only did it for about 20 minutes.)
2. Air fry it at 200 degrees C for 12 minutes. If you use a double rack, remove wings from the top rack and air fry the wings on the bottom for another 2 minutes or until they brown nicely.
3. Serve hot. I had them with Nando's Garlic Peri Peri Sauce. Yummy!
The place was really busy for lunch today, being the 4th day of CNY. I am not sure if it is just as busy on regular days
This is my 6th time having yee sang this CNY, and it is really good. The one I have yesterday was so bad that I am very happy with this. The good thing about Sek Yuen's yee sang is that it consist mostly of freshly julienne vegetables.
Beancurd with Soy Sauce and Spring Onions
Oh, this is the yummiest roast duck I have ever tasted. It was hot straight out of the oven, crunchy on the outside and tender on the inside. They made a mistake and served this really late, after we have finished all the other dishes. But it makes a very, very satisfying close to the meal. You should have seen the contented looks on our faces.
And here's where the ducks are hung to dry before going into the oven. Well, the kitchen, food preparation area and surroundings are not pleasing to the eye. So what you need to do is to just walk past without looking!
I thought I have enough of online courses after taking so many at the end of last year, but I found this I couldn't pass up: Philosophy and Film.
Since I love watching movies and I'm currently interested in the subject of philosophy, I quickly signed up.
It will be a 6-week course that examines several philosophical issues through the medium of film. It does not view film as merely entertainment but culture that is distilled into artistic works created to reflect both who we are and what we want to be. It will look into exploring thinkers such as Aristotle, Marx, and Kant; issues such as “Who am I?”, “What is the good life?” and “What is the role of government?”
There are 6 films to watch with its corresponding theme:
Nozick, Strawson, and Nagel: The Experience Machine and Free Will
The Birds (1963)
Sigmund Freud: Psychology and Desire
Match Point (2005)
David Hume: Ethical Subjectivism and Moral Luck
District 9 (2009)
Immanuel Kant: People aren't Objects - The Categorical Imperative
The Hunger Games (2012)
Karl Marx: Exploitation and Alienation
Groundhog Day (1993)
I have not watched The Birds, District 9 and Groundhog Day. This is going to be fun.
Christianity and Culture: compatible or incongruent? (Colossians 2:6-23)
~ Pastor Phillips Koh
This is my first attempt in sketching sermon notes. It's not great but I really had fun. And contrary to what I thought, it actually helped me keep better attention on the sermon. I did not drift (mentioning it means I usually do!) It also helped me understand and remember it better.
Cook 2 hr ∙ Makes 4 servings
3 to 4-pound chicken
Black pepper, ground fresh from the mill
2 rather small lemons
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Wash the chicken thoroughly in cold water, both inside and out. Remove all the bits of fat hanging loose. Let the bird sit for about 10 minutes on a slightly tilted plate to let all the water drain out of it. Pat it thoroughly dry all over with cloth or paper towels.
3. Sprinkle a generous amount of salt and black pepper on the chicken, rubbing it with your fingers over all its body and into its cavity.
4. Wash the lemons in cold water and dry them with a towel. Soften each lemon by placing it on a counter and rolling it back and forth as you put firm downward pressure on it with the palm of your hand. Puncture the lemons in at least 20 places each, using a sturdy round toothpick, a trussing needle, a sharp-pointed fork, or similar implement.
5. Place both lemons in the bird's cavity. Close up the opening with toothpicks or with trussing needle and string. Close it well, but don't make an absolutely airtight job of it because the chicken may burst. Run kitchen string from one leg to the other, tying it at both knuckle ends. Leave the legs in their natural position without pulling them tight. If the skin is unbroken, the chicken will puff up as it cooks, and the string serves only to keep the thighs from spreading apart and splitting the skin.
6. Put the chicken into a roasting pan, breast facing down. Do not add cooking fat of any kind. This bird is self-basting, so you need not fear it will stick to the pan. Place it in the upper third of the preheated oven. After 30 minutes, turn the chicken over to have the breast face up. When turning it, try not to puncture the skin. If kept intact, the chicken will swell like a balloon, which makes for an arresting presentation at the table later. Do not worry too much about it, however, because even if it fails to swell, the flavor will not be affected.
7. Cook for another 30 to 35 minutes, then turn the oven thermostat up to 400 degrees, and cook for an additional 20 minutes. Calculate between 20 and 25 minutes total cooking time for each pound. There is no need to turn the chicken again.
8. Whether your bird has puffed up or not, bring it to the table whole and leave the lemons inside until it is carved and opened. The juices that run out are perfectly delicious. Be sure to spoon them over the chicken slices. The lemons will have shriveled up, but they still contain some juice; do not squeeze them, they may squirt.
859 calories; 59 grams fat; 17 grams saturated fat; 0 grams trans fat; 24 grams monounsaturated fat; 12 grams polyunsaturated fat; 1 gram carbohydrates; 0 grams dietary fiber; 0 grams sugars; 74 grams protein; 297 milligrams cholesterol; 859 milligrams sodium