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the way of LOVE

[Extracted from ‘The Message’ translation; 1 Corinthians 13.]

“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.

Love never dies. Inspired speech will be over some day; praying in tongues will end; understanding will reach its limit. We know only a portion of the truth, and what we say about God is always incomplete. But when the Complete arrives, our incompletes will be canceled…

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.”

On a sidenote: Here’s one of my favourite love songs of all times – “The Book of Love” by Peter Gabriel in one of my favourite movies “Shall We Dance” starring Richard Gere and Susan Sarandon. I love how the beautiful lyrics complement the poignancy of the scenes.



This morning, we dropped by our local post office to pick up a registered mail. And now we are the proud owners of the ‘No One Else’ album (courtesy of David who sent it to us).

Needless to say, that was the CD that was playing in our car for the rest of the day as we ran our errands!

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is a soon-to-be-released album by R-AGE ministry – the youth ministry which has been such an integral part of our lives before our move here to Australia. To celebrate the inaugural album launch, there is going to be a concert in church tomorrow. And all 800+ concert tickets are sold out!

Below is extracted from “No One Else” Facebook Group:

“No One Else” is more than an album; it’s a vision.

“It’s a vision to see the lost, the hurt and the blind, come to the knowledge of our Lord, Jesus Christ. No One Else is about the battles fought, the lives transformed, and the chained, set free.

This August 1st, R-AGE Ministries will be releasing an album titled No One Else. In it are stories – stories that are told through songs written by our very own R-AGErs. Stories of God’s grace, mercy, strength, and undying love, stories that can reach out and touch people’s hearts like no spoken words can.

This August, pick up a copy of No One Else, and let your friends hear His Story – the story of the cross and our redemption.

Pricing for No One Else is as follows:
Album Only: S$18 per album

All proceeds from the sale of albums go to GRACE MISSIONS.

You can purchase your albums from the Grace Bookstore at both Grace I and Grace II from 1st August onwards.

What an incredible bunch of talented individuals committed to using their gifts for HIS glory. We’re so proud of all of YOU and can’t wait to receive the album in our letterbox soon!

listening to…

I heard this song at the end of a show last night and it brought back memories of when we left for Perth ‘cos I think that was when I first heard the song. It’s interesting how music often leads me down specific memory lanes…

I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day…

I first heard this song on Casting Crowns’ Christmas album which I bought recently and did a little research on this lesser known carol. It was actually based on a poem with the same title by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. When the poem was written in 1864, America was then in a civil war. Thus, his poem reflected the prior years of the war’s despair, yet ended with his confident hope of triumphant peace.

Fast forward to 2008, and our world is none the better. Terrorism and threats of terrorism are looming everywhere. Economic crises are happening across the world almost on a daily basis. Peace on earth seems more like a fairytale than an eventual reality. It is so easy for us to lose hope and question where is God in all this chaos. Yet, we must remind ourself just like the poet did, that surely God is not dead nor does he sleep.

I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old, familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet
The words repeat
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

And thought how, as the day had come,
The belfries of all Christendom
Had rolled along
The unbroken song
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

Till, ringing, singing on its way,
The world revolved from night to day,
A voice, a chime,
A chant sublime
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

Then from each black, accursed mouth
The cannon thundered in the South,
And with the sound
The carols drowned
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

It was as if an earthquake rent
The hearth-stones of a continent,
And made forlorn
The households born
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

And in despair I bowed my head;
“There is no peace on earth,” I said:
“For hate is strong,
And mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!”

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
“God is not dead; nor doth he sleep!
The Wrong shall fail,
The Right prevail,
With peace on earth, good-will to men!”

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882)

P/S: Our hearts are saddened as we received the much-dreaded news this morning that a dear pastor had gone home to be with the Lord after being taken ill suddenly 2.5 weeks ago. If you know the family, would you say a prayer for them right now?

listening to…

Look at me,
I’m as helpless as a kitten up a tree;
And I feel like I’m clingin’ to a cloud,
I can’ t understand
I get misty, just holding your hand.

Walk my way,
And a thousand violins begin to play,
Or it may be the sound of your hello,
That music I hear,
I get misty, whenever you’re near.

You can say that you’re leading me on
And it’s just what I want you to do,
Don’t you notice how hopelessly I’m lost
That’s why I’m following you.

On my own,
When I wander through this wonderland alone,
Never knowing my right foot from my left,
My hat from my glove
I’m too misty, and too much in love.
Too misty,
And too much
In love….

this time, next week

Beyond Appearances

Honestly, I had the ‘Simon Cowell’ look when I first saw Paul Potts: oh no, another ‘William Hung’ in the making?! And I thought the judges were going to have such a good time blasting him afterwards. Little did I know; narrow was my perception.

When he opened his mouth to sing, I vividly remembered having goosebumps almost instantaneously. I hardly understood a word he sang except that it was an oft-heard opera tune. But the passion he exuded was palpable; the feelings he emoted were raw. I was awestruck, dumbfounded but most of all, ashamed. For I had judged too quickly by outward appearances and thus, dismissed him away too quickly as well. He had me in tears by the time he finished. [Note: By the way, Paul went on to win “British Got Talent 2006”, sang for the Queen, and recently released his first album “One Chance”.]

And he set me thinking. How many ‘Paul Potts’ have I dismissed away in my life? Simply because they didn’t measure up to my standards; fit into my mould; live up to my pre-conceived ideas; have impressive credentials etc.

Contrast that with God’s perspective. “The Lord said to Samuel:’Don’t judge by his appearance or height, for I have rejected him.The Lord doesn’t make decisions the way you do! People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at a person’s thoughts and intentions.'” (1 Sam 16: 7)

THE PROMISE (Tracy Chapman)

If you wait for me
then I’ll come for you
Although I’ve traveled far
I always hold a place for you in my heart

If you think of me
If you miss me once in awhile
Then I’ll return to you
I’ll return and fill that space in your heart

Your touch
Your kiss
Your warm embrace
I’ll find my way back to you
If you’ll be waiting

If you dream of me
Like I dream of you
In a place that’s warm and dark
In a place where I can feel the beating of your heart

Your touch
Your kiss
Your warm embrace
I’ll find my way back to you
If you’ll be waiting

I’ve longed for you
And I have desired
To see your face your smile
To be with you wherever you are

Your touch
Your kiss
Your warm embrace
I’ll find my way back to you
Please say you’ll be waiting

Together again
It would feel so good to be
In your arms
Where all my journeys end
If you can make a promise
If it’s one that you can keep
I vow to come for you
If you wait for me

And say you’ll hold
A place for me
In your heart.

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