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全国40天禁食:第一天 National 40-day fast: Day 1

 

 

今天是一年一度全国教会一起为国家禁食四十天的第一天,这一次我们没有“全禁”,我们教会选择每天只吃一餐,而那一餐也不吃我们通常爱吃的肉类与淀粉类食物。神没有强迫我们一定要禁食,禁食也跟个人救恩无关,所以尽管你今生从未禁食过一次,只要是真实悔改信主,你依然是得救的。

然而,圣经却也让我们清楚看到禁食的属灵原则,它仿佛是上帝预备给基督徒的其中一个特别福份与神迹,不强迫你一定要拿的额外好处,其属灵效果是无法否认的,耶稣也从没否决禁食的重要。所以,我们虽不强迫弟兄姊妹禁食,但会兴奋鼓励大家参与,它是一个特别的学习经历,当中可以有很多体会和领受。其中一个就是学习顺服神,以及拒绝自己的一些渴望和享受,这样遇到一些试探和考验时,也能靠上帝的恩典站得稳,当然对身体健康也很有帮助。。。

于是,耶稣对门徒说:“若有人要跟从我,就当舍己,背起他的十字架来跟从我。”
~太16:24~

Today is the first day of our annual national 40-day fast when we fast together with all the other churches in the country to pray for our nation. We are not on a “total fast” this time, our church has chosen to eat just a meal a day, and for that meal, we do not eat meat and starchy food which are normally our favourites. God does not compel us to go on a mandatory fast, fasting has nothing to do with your personal salvation as well. So even if you have not fasted once in your entire life, you are still saved as long as you have truly repented and believed in the Lord.

However, the Bible does show us clearly the spiritual principle too. It is as though one of the special blessings and miracles God has prepared for Christians, a bonus reserved for you though you are not forced to take. You cannot deny its spiritual impact, Jesus never disregarded the importance of fasting too. So, even though we do not compel brothers and sisters to fast, we excitedly encourage them to participate. It is a very special learning experience, we can have many realizations and revelations in the midst of it. One of which is to learn obedience to God, and to reject some of our own desires and enjoyment, so that by God’s grace we may be able to stand firm when trials and temptations come, and of course it is a great help to our health as well…

Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.”
~Matt 16:24~

讓我很被鼓勵的獎。。。 A trophy that encouraged me a lot…

在Facebook放了这张照片,让大家猜我得了什么奖,后一直没向大家公布。。。
I posted this photo on Facebook and asked you all to guess what award I won, but I have not told you the answer since…

 

 

那是第一年在纽西兰,高中进大学之前(Form 7),在我当时的中学,Hillmorton High School参加的一项比赛。
话说回来,在古晋时我已经很活跃于中英文演讲和辩论比赛一类的活动,可是到了纽西兰,虽然会讲英语,很多时候因着我们马来西亚的“腔调”,同学和老师都不太听得懂我们讲什么。。。难免会造成一点自卑。。。

That was my first year in New Zealand, when I was still in Form 7 before entering the university, I participated in a competition at the high school I was studying at, Hillmorton High School.
Before that, while I was in Kuching, I was already very actively involved in activities like speech and debating competitions in both Chinese and English, but when I arrived in New Zealand, though I could speak English, many times my classmates and teachers found it hard to understand me due to our Malaysian accent… inevitably that kind of made me feel a bit inferior…

 

 

自卑归自卑,兴趣归兴趣,所以当学校报告将举办常年关英语演讲比赛,我也报名参加了!我是唯一的外国参赛者,跟当地的学生比,很荣幸的我竟然得了冠军宝座,真是喜出望外,也让我对公众演说添加信心!

Feeling inferior is one thing, your interest is another thing, so when the school announced about an upcoming annual public-speaking competition, I registered for it! I was the only foreigner in the competition competing against the local students there, and I was very honoured to win the trophy, beyond my expectation. That also increased my confidence in public-speaking!

 

 

想鼓励大家的是,不要因着自卑而退缩,不要因着困难而放弃,只要肯努力和学习,一定会出人头地!
I would like to encourage you all not to withdraw because of feeling inferior, do not give up because of difficulty, as long as you are willing to work hard and learn, you can achieve something outstanding!

 

 

我接下來的行程-新加坡和巴淡島。。。 My upcoming schedule – Singapore and Batam…

 

 

過後,6月29日(五)至7月1日(日),我也會到柔佛新山服事,稍後再把聚會時間、地點等放上來。。。

After that, I will also be ministering in JB, Johor from June 29 (Fri) to July 1 (Sun), I’ll post the time and venues etc later…

後來我。。。 Finally I…

有時候聽到一些悲傷的事,我們會很震驚。。。
有時候聽到一些喜事,我們也會震驚。。。
原因是,兩者都沒預料到。

Sometimes upon hearing some sad news, we feel kind of shocked…
Sometimes upon hearing some good news, we can also feel kind of shocked…
Reason being, both are things you do not expect.

 

 

能平靜下來,和勝過“震驚”感,我想我們待人處事的態度很重要,從上帝的角度看事情和對上帝的信靠更是重要!
今天收到一個讓我很“震驚”的消息,其實是屬於“好消息”類,然而讓我真的有點始料未及。跟一些比較親密的同伴分享過後,大家都好像很擔心我會怎樣,他們的關心讓我感動,也讓我有點不好意思要他們操心。

To be able to calm down and overcome the “shock”, I think our attitude towards people and things is very important. Looking at things from God’s angle and our trust in God are even more important!
Today I received some news that really “shocked” me, actually it can be classified as a “good news”, but did really take me by great surprise. I shared with some closer companions, they all seem rather worried as to how I would feel, their concern touched me and also made me feel bad to cause them to worry.

 

但我這邊想跟大家說,我很好,放心。。。
我的上帝始終都會對我很好。。。
But here I would like to say to you all, all is well, don’t worry…
My God will always be very good to me…

 

 

後來我。。。我安靜下來。。。
後來我。。。抬起頭來,把腳步邁開,相信前方有美好日子在等待。。。

Finally I… I calmed down and…
Finally I… I looked to the sky, I moved on and I believe there are better days ahead for my life…

 

糟了!快被我吃光了! Oh dear! Just about eaten up by me!

 

 

(***先声明以下写的只是幽默好玩,你们不要太认真。。。这世界已经很沉重,放轻松一点!哈哈哈!!)

其实每当人送我吃的东西的时候,我不会特别兴奋,除非刚好是我非常喜欢的东西,但是那个的机率很渺茫。。。
原因并不是我很挑剔,而是因为。。。

通常不可能马上吃,或吃完,因此要收起来,而我储藏空间很有限。。。
然后收起来了,我就会忘记吃。。。
忘记吃了,过期了要丢掉又会很内疚。

 

(*** Let me stress first, what you read below is mainly for humour and fun, don’t be too serious… this world is already very heavy, relax a bit! Hahaha!!)

Actually when people give me food gifts, I would not be particularly excited, unless they happen to be something I really love to eat, but the chances of that are very slim…
Well, it is not because I am very fussy, but…

Normally I cannot eat it straight away or immediately finish eating it, therefore I need to keep it and my keeping space is very limited…
Then after keeping, I would forget to eat it…
After forgetting to eat, it will expire and I would feel very guilty to throw it away…

 

 

 

不特别兴奋也因为很常收到不是我很爱吃的东西,或者说很少东西是我爱吃的,或者说我就不爱吃东西,哈哈哈!真是多事!!

Not particularly excited because many times I would receive things I do not really love to eat, or rather there are very few things that I love to eat, or rather I just do not love to eat things, hahaha! So troublesome!!

 

 

有时也担心收到很喜欢吃的,因为我们这个年龄,吃一点点就会发胖,喜欢吃的东西又会没节制的吃不停。。。

Sometimes concerned too that I might receive things I really love to eat, because at our age, we can put on weight easily just eating a little, and I may not have the discipline to stop eating when it is something I love…

 

 

那天去西马布道回来,有人送我在安顺买的饼,我一看马上没兴趣,还很不领情的说"干嘛送我这样的东西?"。。。
但后来想想,这种东西老人家会喜欢,可以转送给妈妈,所以就收下来了。。。

That day when we came back from our mission trip to West Malaysia, someone gave me some cookies bought in Teluk Intan. As soon as I saw them,  I was totally not interested and even said very unappreciatively “Why give me something like that?”…
But then I thought, the elderly like this kind of things, so I could give them to mother instead, so I decided to receive the gift…

 

 

但送妈妈也不能乱送,因为她品味很高,不容易满足她的味觉!
所以本人一定要先品尝才可以送给母亲大人。

But I have to be careful in giving mother something to eat because she has high taste, it is not easy to satisfy her taste buds!
So I myself must first try it before I could give it to Her Highness.

 

 

但因为太忙,拖了又再拖,也因为自己不太愿意吃,结果一直没拿给妈妈。。。
直到有一天肚子太饿找东西吃,看到这饼就随便拿来吃。。。
天啊!不吃则已,一吃不可收拾!一片又一片不停的吃,真的太好吃了!
若不逼自己停止,妈就没得吃了!所以今天赶快拿过去给妈妈吃。。。

But because I was too busy, I kept delaying, and also because I was unwilling to eat the cookies, as a result I still had not given them to mother…
Until one day I was feeling very hungry and looking for something to eat, I saw these cookies and just simply took one to eat…
Oh dear, once I started eating, there was no return! One piece after another piece, I did not stop eating, they were too nice!
If I did not force myself to stop, mother would not have a chance to eat them! So I quickly brought them to mother today…

 

 

哈哈,通常我不太喜欢吃这些的,但这一次真的是一个惊喜,可惜就那么一包,但也好,要不然后果不堪设想。。。哈哈!
就是这饼啦!嗯。。。这里有安顺人吗?哈哈哈!

Haha, normally I do not like to eat such things, but this time I was really pleasantly surprised but what a shame only a packet, but just as well, otherwise there would be disastrous consequences… haha!
It is these cookies! Err… is there anyone from Teluk Intan here? Hahaha!!

 

我不是周杰伦。。。I’m not Jay Chou…

 

周杰伦是音乐才子,很蒙恩宠,我们都晓得。
周杰伦的粉丝和支持者之多可想而知,所以他的言行举止都可以影响很多人,无论正面或负面;所以那天在报章上读到(我也上载在我面子书)说,周杰伦已认真信主,并将在年底受洗,我们听了都雀跃万分,很是兴奋。

Jay Chou is a music prodigy and very well-favoured, we all know that.
So we can imagine the multitude of fans and supporters Jay has, so his every action and word can impact many people, whether positively or negatively. Therefore when I read from the paper that day (which I have posted on my Facebook too) that Jay Chou has seriously believed in Jesus and is going to be baptized end of this year, we were all very happy and excited to hear.

 

 

为着周杰伦信主受洗而高兴欢呼,当然没有错,也很应该,因为他毕竟是上帝所爱的。。。
但我们往往会忽略到的是“平常人”信主受洗时,我们仿佛没特别兴奋或激烈反应。事实上,不管是你、是我、或任何人,只要真心信主受洗,天父都一样开心和感动。。。

耶稣在路加福音15:10说:“我 告 诉 你 们 , 一 个 罪 人 悔 改 , 在 神 的 使 者 面 前 , 也 是 这 样 为 他 欢 喜 。”

Of course there is nothing wrong to rejoice and get excited because Jay Chou believes in Jesus and is baptized, and in fact we should, because he is someone God loves…
But what we often neglect is when “ordinary people” believe in Jesus and are baptized, we do not seem to be as excited or overjoyed. The truth is, whether it is you, or I, or anyone else, as long as we sincerely believe in Jesus and are baptized, our Father God is equally as happy and moved…

Jesus said in Luke 15:10 “In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”

 

 

给我本身,看到老人家信主受洗,我会异常的感动。。。
因为在他们年纪老迈时,还有机会回到上帝面前的确很感人。。。
刚刚过的礼拜六,我们给56个人施洗,其中有7位是六十岁以上,照片中的房伯伯是当晚最年长的,85岁高龄!

Personally for me, I feel especially touched when I see the elderly believing in the Lord and baptized…
Because to see them having a chance to return to God when they are advanced in age is indeed very touching…
Just last Saturday, we baptized 56 people, and among them, 7 are above the age of 60. Uncle Fang in the photo is the oldest that night at 85!

 

 

当晚56个人受洗,天上的使者就大庆祝56次!同样的周杰伦受洗的那一天,使者也会大庆祝!
所以要晓得,你我虽不是周杰伦,天上还是会为我们庆祝的;因此也让我们记得,无论是谁信主,我们都要一样的欢喜快乐!

That night, 56 were baptized and the angels of God celebrated 56 times in heaven! Similarly, the day when Jay Chou gets baptized, the angels will celebrate as well!
Therefore do remember, you and I may not be Jay Chou, there will still be celebration for us in heaven; and let us all remember too, whoever it is that believes in the Lord, let us all be as happy and excited!

 

 

老实说,那一晚,为着这56位欢喜时,我心里也有一丝丝的伤感,因为往往我们受洗的人数都接近100人以上。。。
主啊,我们是不是救灵魂退步了?求祢保守我们的心,如同祢爱罪人的心一样,救灵魂从不放松、从不冷淡,阿们!

Honestly, that night, while feeling happy for these 56 people, I was kind of sad too in my heart, because normally the number baptized is about 100 or more…
O Lord, have we gone backward in saving souls? Do guard our hearts to be like Yours, to love sinners and save souls always, never to slack or grow cold, Amen!

 

 

你想像的是甚麼? What do you imagine?

 

很多時候,有些人聽到我又出國佈道,感覺上我是去遊玩或旅遊。。。甚至有一些還會批評我常出去玩。。。
那你呢?你想像的是甚麼?

Many times, when some people hear that I’m going overseas for mission again, they feel that I’m going for a vacation… some would even criticize that I always go out to have fun…
What about you? What do you imagine?

 

 

事實是,很多時候,若聚會還沒結束,我都會待在飯店裡不出去因為我需要好好準備。。。儘管其他團員去逛街、去玩,我都極少出去,因為我的心思意念都會在聚會上,沒辦法放輕鬆。。。

The truth is, many times if the meetings are not over, I will stay in the hotel and not go out because I need to be well-prepared… Even if the other team members go out to shop or have fun, I very seldom join them as my thoughts and mind will be on the meetings and there is no way I can relax…

 

 

就連出去吃,我都會選擇在附近,我不太在乎吃甚麼,很多時候也只吩咐團員隨便打包甚麼給我都可以。。。

Even if I need to go out and eat, I will choose somewhere near, I don’t really mind what to eat, very often I would just ask the others to bring me back whatever takeaway food…

 

 

那,留在飯店準備甚麼呢?
當然要禱告啦、讀聖經啦、練歌啦、思想要分享甚麼啦等等。。。
當然也不能忽略外型如要穿甚麼衣服啦。。。哈哈!

Then, what do I need to prepare in the hotel?
Well, of course I need to pray, read the Bible, practise my songs, think about what to share, etc…
And of course I must not neglect my image too like what to wear… haha!

 

 

啊。。。還有。。。還有。。。
要把這變那,也需要一點時間。。。哈哈!
願我們靈、魂、體都興盛,阿們!

Ahh… one more thing…
To transform this into that takes a bit of time too… haha!
May we be blessed in our spirit, soul and body, Amen!

 

 

但有機會的話,特別是服事過後,還是會遊玩或休閒一下。。。因為我的上帝也是很疼愛我的爸爸~

But if there is a chance, especially after my ministry, I will take time to stroll around and relax too… because my God is also my dad who loves me a lot~

 

有時候心情會受影響。。。 Sometimes mood can get affected…

尽管已经很习惯的节目或活动,或有充足的预备,有时候因着某种原因还是会出一些状况,心情难免也会受一些影响。。。
Even if it is a very familiar programme or activity, or there is enough preparation, sometimes due to some reasons, certain situations might arise too, and unavoidably our mood can get somewhat affected…

 

 

 

有时候是赶时间,有时候是车程,有时候是身体状况。。。
当然还是一样要上台。。。
Sometimes it can be rushing for time, sometimes it is the journey, sometimes it is physical health…
Of course you still need to go on stage…

 

 

给唱歌的人,音响效果绝对会有一些影响。。。给讲说的人,台下的人的反应也会影响。。。
但再这么受影响还是要尽力的唱、尽力的讲。。。

For those who sing, the condition of the sound system wold definitely affect the mood… and for those who speak, the rapport of the audience…
But no matter how affected, we must still sing our best and speak with all our passion…

 

 

要做到完全坐怀不乱、心平气和、全然不受影响,的确是一门不容易的功课。
所以很多时候在台上的我,边唱边讲的时候,其实心里也一边祷告求主平静我的心,让我能够很专心。。。

To be totally unperturbed, completely calm, entirely not affected, is indeed a tough lesson to learn.
So many times while on stage singing and speaking simultaneously, I am at the same time praying in my heart for the Lord to calm my heart and to help me to concentrate…

 

 

在那笑容的背后,你们都看不出内心的挣扎和沮丧吧,特别是自己觉得无法完全平静或专注的时候,那时也会对自己灰心和失望。。。
但感恩的是,过后上帝都会亲自鼓励和安慰我,需要的时候,祂当然也会教导我一些该注意和改善的事情。我真有一个很好很好的上帝与父亲啊!

Behind that smile, you cannot really see the struggle and frustration inside, especially when I feel I could not completely calm my heart or fully concentrate, and I would be feeling discouraged and disappointed with myself…
But I am always grateful that God will always personally encourage and comfort me after that, and when necessary, of course to teach me when there are things I need to take note and improve. I really have a god good God and Father!

 

 

 

恭喜“他被拒絕了”得奬者! Congratulations to the winner of “He is rejected”!

那天在Facebook粉絲頁登了這個比賽,果然有人很準確的猜中而得獎了!
I posted this competition on my Facebook Fanspage that day and sure enough someone guessed right and won himself a prize!

 

“他被拒絕了。。。到底被拒絕甚麼?第一位在這裡留言猜對的,將獲得林義忠下個月推出的新專輯一張!趕快猜哦!(已經知道原因的人就不能“猜”!)
He is rejected… rejected for what? The 1st person to guess right by commenting here will receive a copy of GT Lim’s latest CD to be released next month! So come guess quickly! (Those who already know the answer are not allowed to “guess!)”

 

 

其實有幾位的答案蠻靠近的,所以我挑了最完整的一位,他是誰呢?
好,先看看以下的留言,我再公佈。。。
Actually there are a few answers that are quite close, so I chose the most complete one, and who is that?
Well, read all the comments below first and I will announce…

 

得奬者是。。。
And the winner is…

Chai Tze Joon!!!

恭喜!恭喜!會安排把新專輯交給你:)
Congratulations!! I’ll arrange for the new album to be handed to you 🙂

新加坡,我又來了!! Singapore, I’m coming again!!

2004 年到燈塔教會分享時影:
Taken in 2004 when I went to share at Lighthouse Evangelism:

 

很快的,不知不覺,我下個禮拜又來燈塔教會了,以下是我的行程:
Very fast, before you realized, I am coming to Lighthouse again next week, see below my schedule:

Lighthouse meetings: May 1-6, 2012

01/05/12 (二/Tue) : 
孝親午餐/Parents Appreciation Lunch. (英語與福建/English & Hokkien)
孝親晚餐/Parents Appreciation Dinner (英文與華語/English & Mandarin)
***非公開/Not open to public

03/05/12 (四/Thur) : 佈道會/Evangelistic Concert.
                                英文與福建/English & Hokkien.
7:30pm
                               – Lighthouse Tampines.

04/05/12 (五/Fri) : 佈道會/Evangelistic Concert.
                            華語與廣東/Mandarin & Cantonese. 7:30pm
                               – Lighthouse Tampines.       

05/05/12 (六/Sat) : 神蹟特會/Miracle Service. 英語/English. : 7:00pm
                             – Lighthouse Woodlands.

06/05/12 (四堂主日/Four Sunday services). 英語/English:

 1st service – 9am. Lighthouse Woodlands.                        

 2nd service – 11.15am. Lighthouse Woodlands.         

 3rd service – 3.15pm. Lighthouse Tampines.          

 4th service – 7pm. Lighthouse Tampines.          

   

去年來時是這樣,今年又會怎麼樣呢?哈哈。。。
That was how I looked like when I came last year, how would I look this year? Haha…
 
 
 
 
但最重要的還不是看起來怎樣,而是要看到靈魂得救,主的名得榮耀,阿們!
請多多為我禱告吧!謝謝你。
But the most important thing is not how I would look, but to see souls saved and God’s name be glorified, Amen!
So do seriously pray hard for me! Thank you.