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沙漠 Desert

听到沙漠,你会想到什么?
很炎热?干燥?风沙滚滚?不舒服的感觉。。。
When you hear the mentioning of desert, what would you think of?
Scorching heat? Dryness? Sand and dust everywhere? Not a very comfortable feeling…

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我相信住在沙漠一定很辛苦,但给我们这些游客,就会大惊小怪,急着拍照片留念,然后再急忙找个阴凉处躲避强烈的太阳,几分钟都受不了。。。旅行车里的冷气真的是奢侈享受。
I believe it must be very tough to live in the desert, but for us tourists, we were like very excited and thrilled and in a hurry to take photos, but after that in a hurry to look for a cool shelter from the scorching sun, could not even stand a few minutes… the air-conditioner in the tour coach was such a luxury.

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所以,华语经典歌有一首叫“热情沙漠”。。。唱着“我的热情好像一盆火,燃烧了整个沙漠”。。。感觉这个热情一定叫人很难受,哈哈。。。
A classic Chinese song sings “my passion and love is like the fire burning up the entire desert”… feels like a very uncomfortable passion to me, haha!

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但是再炎热、干燥、不舒服,沙漠也还是有它独特的地方,也有它的美丽和用处。。。
至少它让我们这热带雨林来的游客很开心和赞赏!
But no matter how hot, dry or uncomfortable it is, the desert still has its uniqueness, beauty and usefulness…
At least it makes tourists from the tropical rainforests like us very happy and impressed!

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无法想像当初以色列人如何能在沙漠旷野漂流与生存四十年,上帝如何保守和供应给他们!神真的是又信实、又真实!
所以,神既然在那么恶劣的环境都能够照顾和赐福当时那超过百万人的百姓,更何况今天的你和我呢?
I cannot imagine how the Israelites could wander and survive in the desert wilderness for forty years, how God protected and provided for them! God is indeed very faithful and very true!
So if God could take care of and bless more than a million of His people then in such a hostile environment, all the more He could do the same for you and I today!

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因此,如果你现在正在处于一个艰难,仿佛走投无路的状况或环境,记得来到上帝面前歇一歇脚,再仰望祂的真实、信实和伟大!
Therefore, if you are currently in a very difficult and hopeless situation or condition, remember to come to God to rest and once again look upon His reality, faithfulness and greatness!

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只要你坚持相信,祂答应你必为你在旷野开道路,在沙漠开江河!
As long as you persevere in believing, He has promised to make a way in the desert and streams in the wilderness for you!

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祝福還是包袱? Blessing or burden?

這世界的東西,就跟人一樣,化妝了有時候一時看不出真相,真假難分;可是日子久了就比較看得出來了,所以不要急促下定論,搞不好把好人和壞人顛倒,祝福和包袱也搞亂。。。

Things of this world are just like human beings at times, once disguised or putting on make-up, you cannot really tell the originality immediately, hard to discern what is real or fake. However, as time goes by, it becomes easier to distinguish, so we must not be hasty to conclude as we might mistake and switch the good people from the bad, or confuse blessings from burdens…

 

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寫這個,我是有感而發。。。
因為我昨天才去處理掉一個本來是應該帶給我好處的“祝福”,可是後來這“祝福”對我來說卻變成一個壓力和包袱;這也讓我聯想到我們人生都常常面對這種狀況與抉擇。。。

I am writing this as inspired by my own encounter…
That is because yesterday I have just gone to settle some “blessing” that was supposedly to bring me some benefits, but this “blessing” later became a pressure and burden for me instead. It caused me to relate to the many situations and dilemma we have to face in life ever so often…

 

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其實我去解決的也不是甚麼大件事,也只不過是再平常不過的銀行戶頭和信用卡。。。
只因為推銷員的口才或朋友的介紹,我們很常就開了一些帶給我們很多“好處”的戶頭,或使用很多“好服務‘的信用卡。事實上,我是沒需要用到,只是被所謂的”祝福“吸引,人自然”貪小便宜“的心理作祟,就也接受了這些”好服務“。結果是,很正常的每個月收到提醒你這個、提醒你那個的提醒信,而我又是屬於那種拖欠人幾塊錢都會很不舒服和沒平安的人,所以這些銀行的提醒信對我來說是一個壓力和負擔。

最後我就狠下心腸,決定去把戶頭和服務關閉;但如同所預料的,服務職員又會讓你覺得你的決定會讓你失去”祝福“,或又介紹另一個”更好的祝福“給你!可是,我已經下定決心,不要就是不要了!
從銀行出來時,我感覺放下心頭大石,輕鬆無比,呵呵呵~

Actually what I went to settle was not any severe matter, it was just something so ordinary as a bank account and credit cards facilities…
Due to the good sales technique of the promoter or recommendation by some friends, we quite often opened some accounts with a lot of “benefits”, or started using some credit cards with a lot of “good services”. In actual fact, I had no need of such, but I was attracted by the so-called “blessings” and due to our human nature of “wanting to take advantage of some benefits”, I accepted those “good services”. Consequently, as in very normal, I received reminding letters reminding you of this and that every month, and I am that type of person who feels uneasy and not at rest even if I owe someone just a few dollars, so the reminding letter from the bank was to me a pressure and burden.

Finally, I determined in my heart to go and close my account and facilities. However, as expected, the servicing officer would make you feel your decision was causing you to lose some “blessings” or start introducing another “greater blessing” to you! But I have already made m firm decision, no means no!
As I emerged from the bank, I felt a heavy burden lifted from my chest, I was so free and relaxed, hehehe~

 

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你可能覺得我很小題大做,大驚小怪,那麼平常的事也把它當成那麼嚴重;但事實是,我們生活當中就是有那麼多小小的事沒解決,後來累積起來就越來越沉重,無形中成為每天的煩惱和壓力,最後就影響我們的情緒和甚至身體健康。。。

May be you think I am making a mountain out of a molehill or over-exaggerating as you think this is such a simple and ordinary matter, but I treated as if it was so serious; but the truth is, our daily living is full so many unresolved tiny little things that become heavier and heavier as they accumulate, and unconsciously they become our daily worries and stress and eventually affecting our emotional and even physical health…

 

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我改天還有一些例子可以跟你分享,甚麼是變成包袱的“祝福”或好處。。。改天也要跟你分享,相反的,看似包袱的,結果卻是帶來大祝福和好處。。。
你本身有這種經歷和例子可以分享嗎。。。?

I will share with you again some other day some other examples of “blessings or benefits” that end up becoming a burden… and I would also want to share with you something in reverse, that is the seemingly “burden” that ultimately brings great blessings and benefits…
Do you have such personal experiences and examples to share as well…?

 

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心情。。。 Mood…

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心情 - 甚麼是心情?就是心裡的感覺和情緒吧?
到底甚麼影響我們心情好還是壞?
從生理到心理,從環境到遭遇,從人際到東西。。。仿佛很多東西都可以影響一個人的心情。。。

Mood – what is it exactly? It is that emotion or feeling in your heart I guess?
What can affect our mood to be good or bad?
From biological to psychological, from environment to encounter, from human to things… it seems there are many things that can influence a person’s mood…

 

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一個美麗的風景、舒服的環境、自己喜歡的地方。。。都可以讓人有好心情。。。

A beautiful scenery, comfortable environment, and a place that you like… can all give a person good mood…

 

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適當的休息、可口美味的飲食、我們喜悅的禮物、舒暢人心的好消息與故事。。。

Good and proper rest, tasty and delicious food and drinks, gifts that we delight in, good news and stories…

 

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一個關心的問候、一個友善的笑容、一個意外的祝福、一個友好的陪伴。。。

A caring greeting and concern, a friendly smile, an unexpected blessing, the company of a good friend…

 

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其實很多東西都可以讓人有好心情,可是我們偏偏喜歡專注在破壞我們心情的事務上;更莫明其妙的,有時候一睡醒,都還沒甚麼事情發生,就已經壞心情了!

Actually many things can give us good mood but the trouble is, we tend to like to focus on things that spoil our mood; what is even more puzzling, sometimes upon waking up and even before anything happens, we are already in a bad mood!

 

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多年前,我也常很苦惱自己每早上醒來就心情不好的狀況,尤其是在大學時代。我也常常禱告求上帝幫助我及把我從這爛心情的問題釋放出來。。。

Many years back, I was often very disturbed by my upon-waking-up-bad-mood each morning, especially during my university years. I often prayed to God to help me and set me free from this lousy mood problem too…

 

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然後,不知曾幾何時,在我還沒察覺的情形之下,這問題已消失的無影無蹤!
我相信最大的原因就是不斷讓聖靈充滿。。。
我們的神是喜樂的神,如果祂的靈不斷充滿我們的心,我們怎麼能持續有壞心情呢?你說這有沒有道理?呵呵~

Then, I do not even remember or realize since when, this problem has disappeared and is gone a long time!
I believe the biggest reason is to be continually filled with the Holy Spirit…
Our God is a joyful God, so if His Spirit is always filling our hearts, then how can our hearts remain in a bad mood all the time? Does not this make sense to you? Haha~

 

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所以,只要又開始感覺心情不好,就要趕快開口禱告,求聖靈再來充滿,很快的就會雨過天晴,心情又漸漸變好了。。。
鼓勵你不妨也試試看。。。上帝賜福你~

Therefore, whenever I start to feel a bad mood rising, I will quickly open my mouth to pray and ask for the Holy Spirit to fill me, and very soon the sunlight will shine through the dark clouds, and my mood will improve again…
I encourage you to try this too… God bless you~

 

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那时我真的很落魄。。。 At that time, I was really down and out…

那时我落魄到什么地步呢?
说出来你也无法相信。。。
我落魄到被发现昏迷或沉睡在废墟里。。。
为什么会这样?到底发生什么事?

How down and out was I then?
You would not believe if I tell you…
I was so down and out till I was found unconscious in some abandoned and rundown house…
Why so? What actually happened?

 

 

是喝醉酒吗?昏迷吗?被人殴打抛弃吗?沉睡吗?
看到我的人脑子都浮现许多问题。。。
而且还是非常认识我的人看到我这落魄的情况,他们仔细看这似曾相识的脸孔,怎么有点像林义忠?

Was I drunk? Unconscious? Beaten up and abandoned here? In deep sleep?
Those who saw me had these few thoughts in their minds…
And it was people who know me well that saw me in such a downtrodden situation, as they were looking at this rather familiar face, why does this man look kind of like GT Lim?

 

可是他们又不太确定是不是我,因为从来没看过我这种模样,而且怎么会??
可是左看右看越来越确定是我。。。

But they were still not very certain it was me, because they had never seen me looking like this, and why would I be?
But as they looked from the left and the right, they were feeling more certain it was me…

 

后来他们百分之百确定是我了!
他们又怎么做呢?他们一点都没有要救我或帮助我,还觉得我这个样子很好看、很有感觉,就拿了相机猛拍照!!
你大概在想怎么会有这种人?!

Then they were a hundred per cent sure it was me!
So what did they do? They did not attempt to rescue or help me, instead they though I looked quite good like that, there was a lot of “feel”, so they started clicking at their cameras!!
You might be thinking why are there such people?!

 

原来我这落魄样根本都是他们设计的!
他们是我的三位摄影师和两位助手。。。
以上几张是其中一位摄影师,Alan Kiew所拍的,他是例外人丘历的大哥,怎样?他拍的还不错吧?
你们觉得我的落魄样如何?哈哈。。。

说真的,我们只是为拍艺术照而到这荒废的地方来装个样子,但事实上,还真有人生活在这种或甚至更落魄的情况。。。
真求主给我们怜悯的心和能力来帮助及拯救真正落魄的人,阿们!

In fact my such down and out condition was set up by them!
They were my three photographers and two assistants…
These few photos above were taken by one of the photographers, Alan Kiew, who is The Remnant Danny’s big brother. So how? What do you think of his skill?
And what do you think of my down and out look? Haha…

Seriously speaking, we went to that abandoned place and acted  just for taking some artistic photos, when in actual fact there are really people living in such or even worse down and out condition…
May God give us a heart of compassion and power to help and save people who are really down and out, Amen!

 

 

非同凡响的两天。。。 Unusual two days…

这两天很特别,证明了我们真的是创世纪的神的孩子。。。
These two days were very special, really proved that we are indeed children of the God of Genesis…

九月15日的青团创意无乐器合唱比赛。。。暂时手上没有当晚表演的照片,先给你们看其中一组“乞丐帮”的造型。。。
The Young-adults Creative No-instrument Choir Competition… At the moment I do not have any photos from the performances that night, so just show you one of the team’s stage image, “The Beggars”…

辛辛苦苦排练与准备的青团竟然让来踢馆的少团夺冠!唉。。。没关系,大的总是要让给小的。。。
After all the hard work and much preparation of the young adults, in the end they all lost to the youths who sent a team to challenge the young adults! Sigh… oh well, the older ones must always give way to the younger ones anyway…

除了15日,当然16日见证了上帝亲自呼召及栽培的例外人的签唱会。。。
Apart from the 15th, of course we also witnessed on the 16th, the album launch of The Remnant whom God raised and trained up Himself…

粉丝很多哦。。。教会与外面的都有。。。
They have many fans… both from the church and outside…

演唱过后粉丝挤着要签名和合照。。。
After performing, the fans squeezed to get their autographs and take photos with them…

15日和16日也打造了蒙福两位黑人明星,他们不止15日卖力在歌唱比赛勤学华语歌感动观众,帮小组拿分,更在16日也上台支持例外人,与例外人一起表演民族舞蹈。。。
The 15th and 16th also created two black stars of Blessed Church, not only did they learn to sing Chinese song to win marks for their group during the competition on the 15th, they even went up the stage in support of The Remnant on the 16th to dance with The Remnant a native dance…

我想约翰和回忆的大马留学生涯一定充满许多美好回忆。。。。
I believe John and Memory’s student life in Malaysia will be full of wonderful memories…

最让人意想不到的是,可成为大马办大型演唱会的“大哥大”,CMG公司的执行董事长竟然特地从吉隆坡飞来支持例外人的签唱会和做我们合唱比赛的评审。。。谢谢你,志明弟兄
What was most unexpected was the “big brother” of organizing major concerts in Malaysia, chief executive director of CMG, flew in specially from KL to support Remnant’s album launch and to be a judge for our choir competition… thanks, brother Chee Meng!

刚拿到这张,所以赶快加上来给你们看。。。看,我们年轻人这么认真,你能不爱这教会吗?
Just got this photo, so I quickly added this in for you to see… see how serious our young people are, can you not love this church?

葡萄牙。。。一年了吗? Portugal… has it been one year?

不知不觉去葡萄牙已是一年前的事了。。。还记得第一天抵达的情景。。。
Without realising, it has already been one year since we visited Portugal… I can still remember the first day there…

在当地的姐妹家里洗刷过后,到他们家附近的海边走走。。。
After washing ourselves at some sisters’ house there, we went for a walk by the sea near their house…

那天感觉很轻松,虽然有任务在身,也有点度假的心情,因为离马来西亚好远好远。。。
I was feeling rather relaxed that day, though I had a mission on me, I was feeling like on a vacation too because we were so far away from Malaysia…

当然有例外人同行也增添许多乐趣,虽然也会增添怒气。。。
Of course having The Remnant with me did add on to the fun too, though could also add on to the frustration…

随队也有两位很会照顾人的“阿姨”。。。
And we had two caring “aunties” on the team as well…

还记得第一晚我们一定要到百货公司,尤其去买四角内裤给田圣,因为他的行李没运到!
I remember we must go to the shopping centre that first night to especially buy some boxers for Daniel because his luggage did not arrive!

在葡萄牙认识了好一些朋友,他们都很热情的接待我们。。。陪我们逛街。。。
We got to know quite a number of friends in Portugal and they were very warm and hospitable… taking us out for a stroll…

请我们吃饭。。。
Treating us to meals…

当然还有好多位,无法一一上载照片,对不起咯。。。
Of course there are still many whom I cannot upload all your photos, sorry about that…

不知不觉一年了,一定经历了很多事情,葡萄牙的朋友,你们还好吗?
And it has been one year, many things must have happened, friends in Portugal, how are you getting on?

不知不觉一年了,葡萄牙的朋友,很想念你们,但你们还记得我们吗?
And it has been one year, friends in Portugal, we miss you very much, but do you still remember us?

不知不觉一年了,例外人,你们要感恩啊。。。
And it has been one year, The Remnant, you must be grateful…

你们没看过的形象。。。 The image you have not seen before…

我很确定你们很多都没见过我这个形象,就连我自己都几乎忘了有拍过这些照片。。。

最近都在整理书架、相簿等等,看到很多有趣和纪念性的相片,会陆续跟你们分享。。。

这造型嘛,应该是七、八年前拍的吧,最后也没被专辑封面采用;不知不觉又过了那么多年,有什么大改变吗?哈哈!

没什么重要啦,分享给你们看,只是觉得好玩,请不要再为我的形象开始什么大辩论,哈哈哈。。。

I am quite certain many of you have not seen this image of mine, even I myself have quite forgotten that I had taken these photos before…

Recently I have been tidying and clearing my shelves, photo albums etc and discovered many interesting and memorable photos, I will share with you all on and off…

As for this image, it must be about seven or eight years ago, in the end the photos were not used for my album too; and suddenly so many years have gone by, any major changes? Haha!

Nothing serious really, just sharing with you for fun, please do not start any great debate with regard my image again, hahaha…

我的声带坏了。。。感谢主?! My vocal cord is damaged… thank God?!

有位好朋友听了我1998年后的专辑,说过好几次,最近听了我的最新专辑又再重复:“你应该感谢主,你的声带坏了!”
对这种评语该怎么回应呢?
原来她不是幸灾乐祸、落井下石,或讽刺。。。她只是实话实说!

我1998年后声带就“坏”了,因着牧养需要常讲道、大声带领祷告、赶鬼等等,喉咙透支。。。
过后老朋友若听到我的声音(包括今天)都会问我的喉咙或声音怎么了。。。
还记得当时灌录第七张专辑“是不是今天?”里的“钉痕的手”时,第一句都唱不到,以至于录到气馁坐在地上哭出来了!当时录音师等人都吓了一跳。。。

坐在地上那一刻我以为没办法再录唱片了,我与上帝有一些沟通。。。
我说声音、才华、恩赐都是属于他的,若他打算不再让我出唱片了,我愿意顺服。。。
过后我又能唱了,而且到如今还刚发了第十六张专辑“这到底是谁”!神真的很奇妙!虽然声音跟以往已不一样了。。。

今天我的声音是沙哑式的,以前的如有位台湾歌迷说的:“你以前的声音很干净,现在的很有经历(不懂是什么意思)。。。”
今天我没办法唱假音,所以很羡慕“例外人”的丘历,他说唱假音很容易。。。
但虽然如此,刚才第一位好朋友的评语:“你应该感谢主,你的声带坏了!”,可是她的真心话,她是真的觉得我“坏而变沙哑”的声音很好听,哈哈!

所以我也只能说,万事都互相效力,让我们凡事都感恩吧!

A very good friend of mine, after listening to my albums recorded after 1998, said more than once, and again after listening to my latest album : “You should thank God that your vocal cord is spoilt!”
How should I respond to a comment like that?
In actual fact, she was not rubbing salt into wound, neither was she being sarcastic… she was telling the truth!

My vocal cord was “damaged” after 1998, due to much preaching as a pastor, leading very loud prayer meetings, casting out demons etc, my throat was stretched to the limit…
After that, whenever my “old” friends hear me speaking (including today), they will surely ask whatever happened to my throat or voice…
I can still recall I was recording the song “Nail-scarred Hands” from my 7th album “Is It Today?” then, I could not even sing the first line! I felt totally defeated and sat on the floor and literally cried! The recording engineer and others were shocked…

At that moment on the floor, I thought I could never record any album again, I had some conversation with God then…
I said my voice, talent, giftings are all from Him, if He should decide that I not release any more album, I will obey…
After that I could sing again, and I have just released my 16th album “Who Is This Really?” last week! God is really amazing! However my voice has become different from the earlier days…

Today my voice is coarse, my voice before was as what a Taiwanese fan once said : “Your voice used to be very clean, now it sounds very experienced (whatever that means)…”
I can’t sing falsetto nowadays, so I’m very envious of Remnant’s Danny who said singing falsetto is peanuts to him…
Despite all that, the comment of that very good friend : “You should thank God that your vocal cord is spoilt!”, was really sincerely from her heart. She really thinks that my “damaged coarse” voice is very nice, haha!

So what can I say but all things work for good and give thanks in all circumstances!

这到底是怎样的一张专辑。。。? What kind of an album is this one really…?

我本身很期待,希望你们也一样很期待。。。

简单形容这专辑一下:

这是一张集天后级歌手音乐总监、名导演电影配乐大师、最佳编曲奖得主、女皇和总统吉他手等等于一身的专辑。。。
多元化的音乐和演绎风格,但愿不止让你们听出耳油,更叫每位听歌的人藉此更认识神和亲近神,阿们!

I personally am really looking forward to it and hopefully you are too…

A simple description of this album:

This is an album that combines music directors of top artistes, arranger of famous directors’ movie scores, best arranger award winners, guitarist of queens and presidents etc…
Music of different genres and different styles of singing, hopefully not only entertaining to you, but will bring you into a deeper knowledge of and relationship with God, Amen!

那除不去的疤痕。。。 Scars that cannot be removed…

上次登了这照片,GN就问说这是不是封面照,然后她很善意的“提醒”说膝盖的疤痕还没经修图涂掉。。。
答案是,不是,这不是封面照,但也是在这一次拍封面照时同时拍的照片。。。
至于那疤痕嘛,我当然有看到啦。。。但你知道那疤痕是怎么来的吗?它是一个很好的提醒。。。

I published this photo the other time, and GN asked whether this was going to be my album cover photo, then she kindly reminded that the scar on my knee was not “removed” by photoshop…
The answer is, nope, this is not going to be my cover photo, but inded this photo wa taken at the same time when I was taking for photos for my latest album…
As for the scar(s), of course I do notice them… but do you know how I got the scars? They are a very good reminder for me…

看,双膝都有耶。。。哈哈。。。
Look, both knees have got them… haha…