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    God help us! Hosanna!
    Sunday, 28 March 2010 @ 09:27 pm SGT
    Contributed by: Yinghuo Chong
    Views:: 8,271
    ChowTime Hosanna! Hosanna in the highest!

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    Sukkot, Mid-Autumn Festival, Family Time
    Saturday, 03 October 2009 @ 08:06 pm SGT
    Contributed by: Yinghuo Chong
    Views:: 9,392
    ChowTime How wonderful that this year the start of the Feast of Tabernacles (October 3) coincides with the Mid-Autumn Festival that the Chinese are celebrating. The date falls on the full moon of the seventh month in the Jewish calendar and the full moon of the eighth month for the Chinese lunar calendar.

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    Blessing the Sun
    Wednesday, 08 April 2009 @ 10:53 am SGT
    Contributed by: Yinghuo Chong
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    Agora Today is bikhat hachama. The day when observant Jews bless the sun.

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    Purim – Seek the Hidden
    Monday, 09 March 2009 @ 06:59 pm SGT
    Contributed by: Yinghuo Chong
    Views:: 8,856
    ChowTime Purim—which will be celebrated tomorrow—is a wonderful reminder of the sovereignty of God and an appropriate feast to be observed and understood in these difficult times.

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    FU: Happiness is … Being With The Lord!
    Monday, 05 January 2009 @ 10:44 pm SGT
    Contributed by: Admin
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    ChowTime The character “fu” stands for happiness and good fortune, something much desired by the Chinese, not only during Chinese New Year but all year round.

    From a Christian perspective, “fu” is also something to be grasped. It links-up with other characters to mean bless (zhu-fu), blessedness (fu-ze), good news and gospel (fu-yin), and evangelism (fu-yin zhu-yi). In the Beatitudes, the character (you-fu-le) appears nine times and means blessed is.

    Its radical on the left is the God or Spirit radical, and on the right, there is a one or first, a mouth (which represents a person), and a field or garden. God alone with the first man (Adam) in a garden (Eden) is certainly a good way to depict happiness.

    In the Book of Revelations, eternal blessing is promised when God Himself will dwell with His people in the new Jerusalem "laid out like a square" (garden). There will be true happiness—no more tears, death, mourning, crying or pain.

    The first man was alone with God soon after he was created. And the "last Adam"—Jesus Christ—in His last few hours as Man, was also alone with God in another garden, in Gethsemane. Although this was His most sorrowful moment, Jesus needed time alone with His Father. It prepared Him to die for us and set us free spiritually.

    Happiness is found in seeking and being with the Lord, whatever our circumstances may be. In Jeremiah 29, the Lord said: "You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all your heart." That is the heart of God: He is our Father; He longs for us to seek Him and to know Him. The best way of doing this is by spending time alone with Him, in our spiritual garden. That is the greatest place of blessedness.

    May the New Year bring you this blessing and happiness in your fellowship with the Lord.

    Yinghuo Chong

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    Chinese New Year and the Passover
    Monday, 05 January 2009 @ 10:42 pm SGT
    Contributed by: Admin
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    Gleanings May I share my observations about Chinese New Year with you? These came to me some years ago, right in the middle of Carlisle, PA, when I was talking about Spring Festival observance with my American sisters. I saw some things in these traditions I had never considered before.

    I found it thrilling that Chinese New Year and Passover shared a few things in common. They are both spring festivals, and both mark the beginning of the calendar year through lunar calculations. It is very important for the Chinese traditionally to clean our houses before New Year. It is called “Spring Cleaning.” New Year Day gives us the chance to start anew. Families bustle and clean and then no more cleaning is allowed on New Year’s Day. Is it something like the Jewish tradition of clearing the yeast out of the house?

    Many Chinese families place red banners over the top and sides of their main door to "ward off evil spirits." In Taiwan, they like to decorate their doors with seven-character couplets, gold characters over red strips. Why seven, the biblically perfect number? For the Jewish Passover, the blood of a lamb was applied to the top and posts of the main door so that the Angel of Death would "pass over" and spare the life of the firstborn. Why is red such an auspicious color for the Chinese anyway? Could it be because it is the color of blood, of redemption?

    Some Chinese anthropologists may well come up to me and give me some perfectly well researched reason for why these traditions are just so. But do you know what I think? I think, the Lord, being the Master Artist that He is, has left an indelible mark, His imprint, His signature, His legacy—call it what you like—in this culture, as He has probably done with many other cultures.

    I believe this because I know my God to be all-powerful, all-knowing, the ruler of ALL nations, and THE Creator of everything that is. One day, when the trumpets sound, and we are all “out of here”, we will meet Him face to face and finally see Him in His true light. Then He will tell us why these traditions are celebrated just so.

    Yinghuo Chong

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    Save, LORD!
    Thursday, 01 January 2009 @ 11:36 am SGT
    Contributed by: Yinghuo Chong
    Views:: 8,705
    ChowTime In the past weeks, months, yes, even for this whole year, have any of you felt a sense of despair just watching what is happening around you?

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    Passover and the completed work of Jesus
    Sunday, 20 April 2008 @ 05:10 am SGT
    Contributed by: Yinghuo Chong
    Views:: 9,736
    ChowTime It is very interesting that on this week of Passover, the parashas reading of the Torah for the week deals with the Day of Atonement and so many issues that we believers are taught relating to the crucifixion and death of our Messiah.

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    How to straddle two traditions? Mourn or make merry?
    Friday, 21 March 2008 @ 05:17 am SGT
    Contributed by: Yinghuo Chong
    Views:: 10,033
    ChowTime Tonight millions of Christians will be in vigil, remembering the pain, agony, grief and suffering of our beloved Savior.

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    Ming Ming - Assign a name
    Tuesday, 22 January 2008 @ 12:01 am SGT
    Contributed by: Admin
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    Gleanings 命名 ming ming - Assign a name.

    命 ming Have two meanings.
    1. Life 生命 sheng ming
    2. Command 命令 ming ling.

    生命 Life
    Up to now, scientist all over the world, still cannot have solid evidence that can convince everyone of us how life was form. One thing for sure how clever and advance they are, they still can not create a living thing that can breathe on earth. And for sure whatever they make, the material they used, has to come from earth. As God said ''It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment. The one who conquers will have this heritage, and I will be his God and he will be my son. But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexuality immoral, sorcerers, 施魔法者 idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.'' Revelation 21:6-8.

    In fact, all the answers are reflecting in the word 生命
    生 take out ) becomes 主 means The Lord. God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed ) into his nostrils the breath of life. 生 Genesis 2:7

    命 split into 人 man 一 one 口 mouth 卩 ear.
    Words are spoken from the mouth, 口 and Word is Jesus. John 1:1-5 In the beginning God only create one man, 一 人 God said to Adam, ''you shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die'' Adam did not listen 卩 and obey the command 命令 Genesis 3:3. But God is always merciful and faithful, He gave us another chance, ''For God love us, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not be perish but have eternal life.'' John 3:16. God give us another chance to be with Him, But what shall we do?

    命令 Command
    Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets, I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an tota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished. Therefore whoever releases one of the least of these commandments and teaches other to do the same will be called least in the Kingdom of heaven, but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the Kingdom of heaven. For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the Kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5:17.

    Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law? Jesus replied: Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments. Matthew 22:36-40. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept My Father's commandments and abide in Hs love. John 15:10

    We must have Life 生命 first before the name 名 can be given.

    名 Name
    When we were born, a name was given to us; we have no choice, whether we like it or not, the name is reflected in our birth certificate. It sticks with us for the rest of our life, although we can choose another name to our liking, but the first name can never be erased.

    名 split into 2 parts, 夕 eve 口 mouth, word come from mouth.
    In the beginning 夕 was the Word, 名 and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him was not any thing made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. John 1:1-5.

    Out of the ground the Lord formed every beast of the field and every bird of the heavens and brought them to Adam to see what he would call them. And whatever Adam called every living creature, that was its name 名. Genesis 2:19-20.

    How about Adam? I believed God gave it to him, ''And to Adam He said'' Genesis 3:17

    Adam gave his wife's name 'Eve', ''The man called his wife's name Eve, because she was the mother of all living.'' Genesis 3:20

    What is the will of My Father? The answer is stated in the last words of Jesus when He was on earth. "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." Matthew 28:18-20

    It is good to know the meaning of our name before God, as God gave the name of Abraham, which means 'Father of a multitude of nations'. Genesis 17:5. Same as Israel, 'Struggle with God and with men and have overcome' Genesis 32:28. Jesus also named as 'Immanuel' God with us Matthew 1:23

    We should never complain of our name, whether good or bad. Because in the first place, the Right of naming does not belong to us,as said in Isaiah 49:1 "The Lord called me from the womb, from the body of my mother He named my name." More importantly is how to make use of our name to spread the Gospel, to God be the Glory. Because not everyone who says to me, "Lord, Lord" will enter the Kingdom of Heaven, but the one whodoes the will of My Father, who is in heaven. Matthew 7:21

    So let us make sure we can "Rejoice that our names are written in heaven." Luke 10:20

    Our Father in heaven, we give You praise, we give You honor, and we give You thanks. You have given us, our name, from the day we were born, help us O Lord, tell us how we can use it to spray Your Gospel You have given to us, for the Kingdom, Power, Glory are Yours now and forever.

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