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全国40天禁食:第三天 National 40-day fast: Day 3

 

圣经很清楚告诉我们,主耶稣已为我们立了榜样,叫我们学习他,跟随他的脚踪行。。。耶稣走过的路,也有崎岖和辛苦的,所以让我们不要被肉体和世界价值观给蒙蔽,以为十架的道路就是轻松舒服,以为遇到困难就是没有主的恩宠。反而,神的话清楚告诉我们绝对会有困难和考验,所以我们非常需要主的恩典和力量扶持我们渡过。

唯愿我们走这条路时,不要盲目的看到前面有脚踪就跟随,也可不要忘记时刻都抬头看看带路的还是不是主,还是我们已经偏行己路或跟错人了。。。

“你们蒙召原是为此,因基督也为你们受过苦,给你们留下榜样,叫你们跟随他的脚踪行。”
~ 彼前2:21 ~

The Bible very clearly tells us, the Lord Jesus had set an example for us to learn from Him and to follow His footsteps… The path that Jesus had walked on was not always easy and smooth, so let us not be deceived by our own flesh and worldly values to think that the journey of the cross is always light and easy, and misunderstanding that encountering difficulties means we have lost God’s favour. Instead the Word of God clearly tells us there will be difficulties and trials, that is why we so need God’s grace and strength to carry us through.

May we all as we walk on this journey, not to follow blindly just because we see footsteps in front, but rather always remember to lift up your head to see whether it is still Jesus leading the way, or we have already gone wayward to our own path or are actually following others…

“To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.”
~ 1 Peter 2:21 ~

美丽脸孔让你忘记疲惫。。。 Lovely faces that drive your weariness away…

11月27日傍晚从西马赶回来,那晚只睡了约四个小时,凌晨六点半就要赶到运动场主持蒙福欢乐家庭日。。。
拖着疲惫的身躯和半清醒的头脑,这不是很容易的一件事,我求神给我力量,能充满活力与兴奋的带领大家同欢乐!

I rushed back on the evening of Nov 27th from West Malaysia, slept for barely four hours that night, and had to rush to the sports ground at 6:30am to take charge of our Blessed Family Fun day…
Dragging my weary body and half asleep mind, it was no easy feat, I prayed to God for strength that I could be full of life and excitement to lead everyone to rejoice together!

老实说,要逼自己爬起来不是很容易的一件事;身体和精神都很累时,要兴奋起来也不简单。。。
可是当你抵达时,看到这些美丽的脸孔,你什么疲惫都会消失的无影无踪了!

Honestly, to force yourself to get up was not an easy thing; and to try to get excited when your body and mind were both exhausted was not a simple thing too…
But when you arrived there and saw these beautiful faces, all your weariness would vanish into thin air straight away!

我们教会可以算是“很忙碌”,很多节目与活动的教会。。。无论是给老人家、成人、青少年、小孩,我们都尽量举办一些活动让大家有归属感,有机会互相认识,开开心心成为一家人。。。
看大家天刚亮,就很兴奋的集聚等候。。。

Our church can be considered as one that is “very busy” with many programmes and activities… whether for the elderly, adults, youths and young people, children, we do try our best to organize some activities to make everyone feel belonged, to have an opportunity to know each other, and to joyfully become one family…
See everyone, at the break of dawn, gathering and waiting together excitedly…

 

有这样的教会,你能不感动而为他们努力吗?
With a church like this, can you not be touched and working hard for them?

考试奇景(2):乐龄也不放过。。。 Amazing Bible Test pictures (2): Not letting the elderly go too…

同样是老人家,为什么有些会患上老人痴呆症,而有些却不会?
你们有没有想过为什么有些学者、生意人、政治家等等,虽然年龄很大,却还头脑清晰、办事精明?反观有些闲在家,或“退休”无所事事的老人家记忆力极速衰退,甚至出现严重痴呆状况?

当然这有不同因素,但据我观察,其中一个很明显的原因是使用头脑的多与少所造成。。。
身为一个牧者,我其中一个心愿是看到教会的“老人痴呆”情况降低;所以我“逼”老人家也要考试,看起来很残忍,可是却对他们很有益,而且我们教会的老人家也乐于尝试。。。

All are equally elderly but why do some become senile while others not?
Have you ever thought as to why some scholars, business people, politicians etc, though elderly, their mind is still very clear and they are still very capable in doing things? In contrary, some who are very free at home or those already “retired” having nothing to do seem to suffer from severe memory losses, and even become seriously senile?

Of course there are many different reasons, but from my own observation, one of the most obvious reasons has to do with how much you are using your brains…
As a pastor, one of my desires is to see the “senile” condition of the church greatly reduced, that is why I “force” the elderly folks to sit for the test too! It might appear cruel, but it is really good for them, and our church’s elderly folks are very happy to participate too…

我们福建语和客家语团契基本上都是老人家。。。我们忠心的阿喜是福建团契团长,当晚他带领敬拜,右边为李肯尼弟兄翻译成客家语。。。他们都是我心爱与得力的助手。。。
The majority of the members in the Hokkien and Hakka Fellowships in our church are old people… Our faithful Ah Hee is the Hokkien Leader, he was leading the praise and worship that night, on his right is brother Kenny interpreting into Hakka… They are both my beloved and capable helpers…

我跟老人家说思想神的话语的老人就会头脑清晰,不容易痴呆;我也常常这样子告诉我妈,看我大哥在旁也很认真指示妈有关乐龄的特别考卷。。。
I told the old folks their mind will be clear if they meditate on the word of God, then it is not easy to become senile; I often tell my mum that too, see how serious my eldest brother was in instructing my mum concerning our special test paper for the elderly…

乐龄的是特别考卷,比较简单,再加上他们多数不识字,所以我需要把考题和答案一一的又读又演给他们看,他们才会哈哈大笑的回答。。。但有些还是会乱乱回答,因从来没读过书,对考试毫无概念可言。。。
The Senior Citizens’ Paper is simpler, and as many of them are illiterate, I had to recite and act out each question and answer so they could answer amidst their laughter… but some would still simply answer as they had never been to school and totally have no concept of what a test is whatsoever…

但看大家认真的神情,你就知道他们都是很看重神的话,和很谦卑与顺服的老人家了。。。
But seeing how serious they all were, you would know they value God’s word, and they are very humble and obedient old people…

这位是我们最忠心的福建语元老,颜叔叔,从一开始就在福建语团契服事了。。。
And this is Uncle Gan, our most faithful pioneer who was there at the Hokkien Fellowship from the very beginning…

这是他的爱人,我们称她颜姨姨。。。
And this is his beloved whom we call Aunty Gan…

不止福建语和客家语,这位可需要福州语的翻译。。。
Not just Hokkien and Hakka, this one needed Foochow interpretation…

84岁的月莲阿姨赞美时也常蹦蹦跳跳。。。
Aunty Yue Lian is 84 and she normally dances and jumps too during praise…

嗯。。。这两位是在互相帮忙吗?
Hmm… are these two helping each other?

个个专注的都不知道给人偷拍了。。。
All so focussed till they did not realize their photos were secretly taken…

下面还有一些。。。很感动吧?愿耶和华大大记念这些单纯的老人家,阿们!
Some more below… very touching, right? May the Lord greatly bless these innocent elderly folks, Amen!

考试奇景(1)。。。 Amazing Bible Test pictures (1)…

这教会有个奇特的现象,有时候小组聚会还没那么多人,怎么考试反而个个都到了?哈哈!
This church has an interesting phenomenon, sometimes there aren’t that many people coming to house group meetings, but how come all turned up for the test? Haha!

简直是座无虚席!
Really no space for everyone!

从台上考到台下。。。
From the stage to the ground…

从楼上到楼下。。。
From upstairs till downstairs…

楼下到楼上。。。
Downstairs to upstairs…

看哪,弟兄和睦同居,是何等地善,何等地美。。。老同学。。。
How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity… old classmates…

王看见写字的指头就变了脸色,心意惊惶。。。
The king watched the hand as it wrote. His face turned pale and he was so frightened…

哲士都不能读那文字,也不能把讲解告诉王。。。
All the wise men could not read the writing or tell the king what it meant…

你看那眼神,分明是在偷看旁边人的答案。。。
Look at the eyes, he was clearly peeping at the answers of his neighbour…

呃。。。这位就是厕所里的春天。。。
Err… this one is “The Spring” in the toilet…

还有很多感人及有趣照片,敬请期待。。。
There are many more touching and funny photos, please wait patiently…

好啦!圣经考试考题出完啦!!Alright!! All questions for the Bible Test set!!

用了很多天,绞尽脑汁,眼镜也换了几副。。。终于!!!圣经考试考题都出完了!!!
但我还要从头开始翻译成英语啊!!!有人自愿帮忙吗??
After so many days, squeezing my brain juice, changing so many pairs of glasses… finally!!! The Bible Test questions are all set!!!
But I still need to translate everything to English from the very beginning!!!! Anyone volunteers to help??

好啦,以下是便这次每课考题与分数的分配,以让你们最后的冲刺和温习晓得着重在哪几课。。。很好心吧?
但记得呀,神的话多读永远也不会亏损的!!!少读当然是大大吃亏啦!
Ok, below are the allocation of questions and marks for each lesson, so in your final effort and revision, you would know where to focus more… very kind, right?
But remember, you will never suffer any loss for reading more of God’s Word!!! But you will be losing much if you do not read enough!

这次选择题总共有80题,占80分:
This time there will be 80 multiple choice questions, total 80 marks:

(1) 大卫的音乐 / David’s music : 23 题/qns

(2) 墙上的字 / The writing on the wall : 25 题/qns

(3) 真正的成功 / True success : 21 题/qns

(4) 论财利 / With regard money and wealth : 4 题/qns

(5) 为复兴同心合意 / Join together with one heart for revival : 7 题/qns

(6) 剩下的20分是填充题,那20分简直是送的,福建人讲“容易到漏赛”。。。
The remaining 20 marks will be for the “fill-in-the-blanks” questions, those 20 marks are literally giveaway, as the Hokkien would say “easy till lau-sai”…

开心了吧?看吧,我变得又善良又慈祥了,哈哈哈。。。
Happy now? See, I’ve become so good and kind, hahaha…

很认真的对你说,有延期吗。。。? Very seriously telling you, is it postponed…?

这么认真的看着你,绝对有答案了。。。

其实,我很被你们感动!感动的是,无论要延期或不要延期的,都可以看到你们对考试的认真。。。
有好一些人的选择都是担心考的那一天他们没有在,这实在很难得!这种教会哪里找?
谢谢你们给我的鼓励,牧养你们真的很安慰!

但老实说,无论我怎样做决定,都会有人欢喜、有人愁。。。但我相信你们都是顺服的绵羊,一定像大卫一样不会攻击我,对不对?
那到底答案是。。。?

1)有一些人已经预备好了,若延期,对他们好像有点不公平。。。但这些已经预备好的会否动慈心去怜悯还没预备好的呢?

2)我们也不能全然怪还没预备的人,因为毕竟离考试还有一个星期,有些人太早预备也会忘记的。

3)从昨晚到下个星期几乎天天都有节目,而且我也希望你们绝对出席星期四和五在富丽华和 The Spring 的圣诞表演,当然还有星期六的祷告会等等。。。所以这星期我们真的会很忙,很难专心和影响温习的时间和心情,我们也要顾及到为这些节目日夜排练的弟兄姐妹的劳苦和摆上。。。

4)如果下星期二考,的确比较多人没有在,而且星期二不比星期五多人出席。

5)再加上我昨天才发现原来我们上一次考试是今年二月!所以今年已考过一次了,加上种种以上因素我才泛起延迟这次考试的念头。。。

6)我本身会认为延期反应、成绩、时间等等会比较理想。。。所以暂决定延迟到明年一月14日(五)才考。

7)至于那一天不方便或不能考的,非常抱歉,但你们可跟同工另作安排解决问题;至于已经为这次考试拿假的(我没想到你们会这么做),希望问题也能解决。。。

最后,希望大家能体谅,也但愿大家都是拥有大卫的心的绵羊。。。上帝赐福你!

Looking at you so seriously, surely there is an answer now…

Actually I am very touched by you all! Touched, because no matter you want postponement or not, I can see you all are very serious about the test…
Many of you are concerned because you are afraid that you might not be here on the day of the test, this is so precious!
Where can you find a church like this? Thanks for all your encouragement, it is really comforting shepherding all of you!

But honestly, whichever way I decide, some will be happy and some will be sad… but I believe you are all obedient sheep, you will be just like David and will not attack me, right?
Then the answer is…?

1) Some people have already prepared, it will be kind of unfair to them if we postpone… but will these people show compassion and mercy on those who have not prepared?

2) We cannot completely blame those who have not prepared because after all there is still another week before the test, and if prepare too early, some will forget what they have studied too.

3) Since last night till next week, we almost have programmes everyday, and I also hope you all will definitely attend our Christmas performances at Boulevard and The Spring on Thursday and Friday respectively, and of course Saturday prayer meeting etc… So this week, we will really be very busy. It will be hard to concentrate and will affect revision time and mood, plus we must consider those brothers and sisters who sacrifice and practise so hard day and night for these programmes…

4) If we have the test next Tuesday, indeed more people will not be around, and the turnout on Tuesday is not as good as Friday.

5) Also, I just realized yesterday that our last test was in February this year! So we already had a test this year, and together with all the other reasons above, I started thinking about postponing the test this time…

6) Personally, I think the response, result and time etc will be better if we postpone… so I have decided to postpone it tentatively to January 14th (Friday) next year.

7) As for those inconvenienced by this or who cannot come on that day, I sincerely apologize to you, but you can arrange with our staff to solve the problem; as for those who have already applied leave for this test (I didn’t expect that), I hope the problem can be solved too…

Finally, I hope you all understand and wish you all are sheep with David’s heart… God bless you!

你看,解释到头发都乱了!
See, my hair is all messed up after explaining!

你们的票不算!!哈哈!! Your votes are not counted!! Haha!!

你们考验不及格啦!

很过分咧,只为了考试延期才上我网站,然后什么都不看,匆匆留言就走开!!不行!!这样不算!!

你们一定也要去读我的博文“去机场,车坏了!”,和过后留言,这样你们的票才算数!!不管你们了!

哈哈哈哈哈!!!

You all have failed the trial!

You are really too much, visited my website only for the sake of postponing the test! Then hastily left a comment and left without looking at anything else!! No!! That won’t do!!

You must also read my story on “Car broke down on the way to airport” and leave a comment there, otherwise your vote will not be counted!! I don’t care!

Hahahahaha!!!

圣经考试应该延期吗。。。? Should the Bible Test date be postponed…?

坐在办公室正准备出考题,突然拿起今年的日历看看,发现原来今年二月我们才考过一次。。。
又想想,这几个礼拜大家都那么忙,会有时间或能很专心温习吗?

Sitting in my office preparing to set the test questions, I suddenly took up my calendar to have a look and realized we already had a test in February this year…
And I thought, these few weeks everyone has been so busy, will they have time or can they concentrate on their revision?

所以我在想是否该延期到明年1月14日再考?你们说呢?
So I’m thinking now whether I should postpone it till say January 14th next year? What say you?

好吧,我把决定交在你们手中,基于每一次都有至少1500人参与考试,那如果我今天(12月21日)午夜十二点之前收到10%,即150人的留言说“延期!”,我就延期。。。所以看你们了!不要延期的当然也可以留言说“不要延期!”,哈哈!!
要留言在这网站哦,Facebook 不算!

Alright, I’ll hand over the decision into your hand. Since we often have at least 1500 people sitting for the test, so if I receive 10% of the number i.e. 150 people leaving comments saying “Postpone!” before 12 midnight tonight (Dec 21st), then I will postpone… So it depends on you now! But of course if you don’t want it to be postponed, you can also leave a comment saying “Don’t postpone!”, haha!!
Must comment here in this website, Facebook not counted!

神要给我们新家。。。 God wants to give us a new home…

这就是神要给我们的新家。。。
This is the new home God wants to give us…

但至少也要等到2012年才能完全盖成。。。
But would have to wait till at least 2012 to complete building…

这极大的工程,酝酿了许多年。。。
This great project has been conceived for many years…

当然还需要很多同心的祷告,求神保守我们的心。。。求神供应等等。。。
Of course much prayer with one heart is still needed that God will always safe-guard our hearts… and also to provide etc…

愿作黑暗中的光芒。。。
May we be light in the darkness…

要盖那么大并非因为梦想做“大教会”的牧师,而是基于要不断拯救灵魂,所以需要更大的地方来容纳不断得救的灵魂,就这么单纯和简单。。。
Wanting to build such a big building is not because of dreaming to be a “mega church” pastor, but because we want to continue saving souls and therefore need a bigger place to house all these souls that will continue to be saved, as simple and basic as that….

你有感动奉献,与我们同心救灵魂吗?那就请期待更多这方面的消息吧。。。
Are you moved to donate and be of one heart with us to save souls? Then please wait for more information on this…

愿永远都荣耀主!
May we glorify the Lord forever!

这考试。。。真的太感动了。。。 This test… it is most touching…

每一次报告要全教会考试时都会“抗议声四起”,大家都会紧张、压力、害怕,总偷偷希望会延迟,甚至取消。。。
但大家也知道无法幸免。。。然后大家都会很用心准备,基本上大家还是都来了。。。
看看以下考试的画面,你哪能不惊叹?你哪能不感动?
。。。你哪能不爱这教会,这一群单纯可爱的羊?

Each time I announce there is going to be a Bible test for the whole church, there will be lots of “protests”,
everyone would feel nervous, under pressure, afraid, and secretly wish the test would be postponed or even cancelled…
But each time they all know they cannot escape this… then they would all study very hard, and basically all would turn up still…
Just look at the pictures below, how can you not be impressed? How can you not be touched?
… How can you not love this church, this bunch of innocent and adorable sheep?

大家都坐在地上考,所以要自己“乔”最舒服的姿势。。。
All sat on the floor for the test, so you had to adjust for yourself the most comfortable position…

有些脚都没地方放。。。
Some had no space to stretch their legs…

有些不知何故考到站起来,或没空间坐。。。?
Some don’t know why stood up half way through the test or they had no space to sit down…?

年长的有得坐。。。
The elderly had seats…

几乎全教会都来考了。。。有年长婆婆级的。。。
Just about the whole church came for the test… the elderly of grandma category…

也有公公级的。。。
and the grand-dad category…

做爸爸的。。。
the daddies…

也有做妈妈的。。。
and the mothers…

还有小孩。。。
and the kids…

身体不太舒服还是来考。。。
Even when not feeling well, they would still come…

顽皮的也乖乖来考。。。
The naughty ones would come obediently too…

他们可都是很认真哦,不会输给全国大考,都会仔细看清楚题目。。。
And they were all very serious, not unlike our national exam, they would read the questions carefully…

有些考到胡须都长出来了。。。
Some sat till their beard started to grow…

有些考到没脸见人。。。
Some till they couldn’t face anyone…

有些。。。咦?怎么这个的考卷跟大家的都不一样。。。?
And some… huh? How come this paper is different from the rest…?

考完了围着牧师看他改前面几张考卷。。。
After the exam, surrounding Pastor to see him mark the first few few papers…

然后非常在乎自己的成绩怎么样。。。
Then all very concerned about own results…

这么一个认真、顺服、同心、喜乐的教会。。。你告诉我,你能不爱这教会吗?
Such a serious, submissive, united, joyful church… you tell me, can you not love this church?