Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Bintulu Seminar

six of us from St Helen's Church set off for Bintulu on Friday 1st Oct 2010. Five of them traveled by car to Bintulu while I took the MasWings flight. The friday nite rally went well. The committee had expected some 30 to 40 people that night, but praise God, to their surprise, the church was full. I was addressing the crowd about overcoming difficulties in coming to God as we are. It was probably a new thing for them. But I was very direct and straight forward, not beating the bush!
The next day, I was invited to preach at the 7am English service by the priest in charge Rev. Jose Jol. I talked about the characteristics of the life of Abraham. His life is characterized by three things namely: Altar, Tent & Well. Everywhere he goes, Abraham has altar. Altar speaks of sacrifices, sanctification, self-denial. It is our attitude toward. Most of the sins we do these days can be traced to a single word of 'selfishness'. It reminds us of self-denial.
Tent - Abraham never lived in a permanent home. He lives in tent (something temporary). Life is like that, we are pilgrims and strangers in the world. It is our attitude toward change3. We need to change to flow with time.
Well - Abraham settles where there is water because water is life. Without water we cannot survive. We need the Holy Spirit. Dig your own well, don't borrow from others.

9.30am I ministed at the BM service, a small sized congregation but very hungry for God. Half of the people are of Toraja origin, from Sulawesi. They love praise & worship. I shared on topic of Three Judgments. Towards the end of the service we had anointing time. Many people went down under the anointing of the Holy Spirit. It was a wonderful service.
In the afternoon, I rested and had a talk with the leader of BM service, Bro. Armysan. We talked about many things pertaining issues involving BM ministry. After that, I was invited to a dinner at Jeremy's place. I got to try many different dishes, especially the spicy Toraja chicken, very nice! It was time to say good-bye and off to airport. Armysan drove his car the fastest possible and I managed to catch the 8.15 pm flight eventually. It was an enjoyable and blessed trip. looking forward to coming again when the time permits and opportunity presents itself. To God be the glory! Amen.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Abiding in Christ

In order for the Father to conform us to the image of His Son (see Romans 8:29), we must abide in Christ. What does it mean to abide? It means to remain, rest, stay, wait, and continue. Abiding in Christ, then, involves waiting upon the Lord and entering into His peace. "But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint" (Isaiah 40:31).

Abiding in Christ means the following:

  • Bearing spiritual fruit — "For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ ... Give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall" (II Peter 1:8-10).
  • Hearing the Word and keeping it in your heart — "But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience" (Luke 8:15).
  • Loving Jesus and doing what He says — "Jesus answered and said unto him, 'If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him'" (John 14:23). "He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked" (I John 2:6).
  • Loving others — "He that loveth his brother abideth in the light, and there is none occasion of stumbling in him. But he that hateth his brother is in darkness, and walketh in darkness, and knoweth not whither he goeth, because that darkness hath blinded his eyes" (I John 2:10-11).
  • Trusting God and making Him your refuge — "He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust" (Psalm 91:1-2).
  • Hating the world's system — "Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever" (I John 2:15-17).
  • Remaining steadfast in the faith of the Gospel — "Brethren, let every man, wherein he is called, therein abide with God" (I Corinthians 7:24). "Let that therefore abide in you, which ye have heard from the beginning. If that which ye have heard from the beginning shall remain in you, ye also shall continue in the Son, and in the Father" (I John 2:24).

Tuesday, August 10, 2010


American Idol, Malaysian Idol; we are all familiar with the term. Examine yourself, 'Have you become an idolater? Jesus said, "You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve" Luke 4:8

Spend some time alone with God to examine your heart. Anything can become idols! t.v. job, money etc..

An idol is anything that takes the place of God.
When you know Christ, you want others to know Him too.

The more you think about Jesus, the more you'll talk about Him

I find this to be true in life. The more we think about the Lord Jesus, the more we will talk about Him. He directs our thought.

I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. 1 Cor. 2:2

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

1st Anniversary of St. Boniface's Chapel, Kpg. Meboi

St. Boniface's Chapel, Kpg. Meboi celebrates it's 1st Anniversary this coming Sunday 1 August. The chapel was built on gotong-royong basis, dedicated and consecrated by Bishop Bolly last year. I was there on Friday last week conducting Holy Communion and it was great to see the brothers and sisters there. I rushed off immediately after the service (but did have a little time to nibble something) because I had to go to Tepin for another Holy Communion service. From Tepin, I had a bit of time, and I went on to go to Kpg. Bayor where Ugek, Geraman and his house group members were with the people. So it was three holy communions in one evening for me.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

As for man, his days are like grass; As a flower of the field, so he flourishes. For the wind passes over it and it is gone ... But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him.. Pslams 103:15-17

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Apai & Indai Daubline posing for camera after church service. "Eh lalu ke rumah"!

This is Indai Clau, in her beautiful light green shirt. She sings in the choir.
This is Indai Balenty in her beautiful Kebaya taken after church service. She sings in the choir.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Yugeka's first daughter, Lucia, got engaged to an army guy working in Semananjung. The ceremony was held in the Parish Hall. Relatives from both families were there to lend support and appreciation.

I was driving along Jalan Song - leading to 3rd mile the other day, and I saw this beautiful plant by the roadside. I took a photo of it.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Holy Communion Service di Kpg. Sungai Enkabang B

Pendaie orang Ng. Metong Skrang

Pendaie tauka Pengkalan rumah panjai Ng. Metong, Skrang. rumah panjai sida Francis Linggie.

2 Birthday Boys

Birthday Boys - Lipih & Yugeka about to blow their candles. Nyau liat manok, ka pansoh manah!

Pastor Kenneth

Pastor Kenneth preaching at St. Simon's Sebuyau.

Albert & Janet Zehr

A Canadian couple (missionaries) I met over a dinner hosted by Iban Methodist Kuching at Ecumenical Centre.

Grace & Glenn

Glenn is showing Grace something he found. Glenn had some rashes in his feet, so we thought of taking him to the beach to have a dip in the salty water hoping it can be cured. To our amazement, it worked!

Mildred, my wife, has something to smile about.

Gayle & Glad

Picture of Gayle and Glad in Siar Beach, enjoying something they found.

Mission trip to kpg. Ensebai Pelaie

I was at Kpg. Ensebang Pelaie a couple of weeks ago. People came with their paddy seedlings, knife, and other stuffs used in planting paddy. Lots of people waiting for us. We didn't expect it. We thought it was just a small gathering, at least that was communicated to me. I didn't even know that I had to share God's word, which I did, and it was good, people responded well. I found out later that these people were from Lubok Antu area, now settling in the kampong. They asked me to come back.

Rombongan dari Ng. Telinting

Rombongan from Ng. Telinting in the persons of TR. Anding, Chabi, Tukang, Benson, Anja were treated to a dinner by Augustine Tinggie at Batu Lintang.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Mission Amongst the Iban People

I have been asked by some Korean missionaries to share on Mission & Evangelism amongst the Iban. Being an Iban myself would be an advantage. I am going share my experiences going on mission trips to Lemanak; the challenges and problems we encountered and stuffs.

Mission trip ke Kpg. Merakai

Mission Trip to Kpg. Entanggor, Simunjan

Some 80 of us from St. Helen went on a mission to share the Gospel to Kpg. Entanggor, Simunjan. To get there, we had to walk for 3 hours or by boat for 4 hours. Because my wife and kids were coming on this trip, I had to be with them in the boat. Picture taken on the morning after Holy Communion service before we left. We had great time.

Sanctuary of St. Helen's Church, Serian

This is sanctuary of St Helen's church. Do you notice something? Of course you do, the diocesan crest is upside down!

Leading By Example

Lord, let me lead by example, that others may follow me out of respect and not out of fear.
I like this prayer, it's beautiful.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Stations of the Cross at St. Helen's Church, Serian

Me & Datuk Chua Jui Ming

Datuk Chua came to Kuching addressing us over an afternoon tea, so I took a picture with him. Nice man.

We Are Good Friends

Me and Timbol (known as Timothy at church), taken during Gawai St. Helen


Last Sunday 20th June, I spoke on Worship. Our theme for this year is "We have come to worship Him." We never think of ourselves as idol worshipers. We would never dream of bowing down before an idol or mortal. But let me ask, "Who is on the throne of our hearts?"

An idol is anything that takes the place of God. It can be t.v. money, facebook etc...


A couple of months ago, I preached at church on the topic of 'Brokenness'. I used the example of Jacob who was in the right place (alone with God) where God can use him. From the struggle he had with Jesus (I sincerely believe it was Jesus he wrestled with), he was broken and injured. For the rest of his life he had to use support; he had to rely and depend on God.

God, I said on that morning service, cannot use unbroken people. Psalm 51:17 says 'The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit and a contrite heart. There is a song written on this verse.

Indeed, spiritual wholeness begins with a broken heart.

God Loves Us

Sometimes I wonder whether God really loves us. And if He really does, why are all these things happening to me and to him or her? Doesn't God care?!

Romans 8:35 (this is one of my favourite passages) says "who shall separate us from the love of Christ?" The Bible is very firm, it is asking and challenging people to look for who can (can anybody finds who can separate?)

There is no greater joy than to know that God loves us. Amen and amen.

Talking About Jesus to People

Do you have difficulty talking about Jesus to people? Do you feel shy and unable to find the right words to say to people? Are you scared of offending people when talking about Jesus? As human being we all have the same feeling, some more others less. But we can always try and do our best. I am sure Jesus is glad. But one thing sure: The more you think about Jesus, the more you will talk about Him! Do you agree?


These days I have a bit of interest in politics. Some of my friends are actively involved in politics. I enjoy talking about politics from time to time. People complain about people saying they are not doing enough. This party talk bad about that party. No end to it!

In a day when government is often severely criticized, let us remember that "there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God" Rom 13:1

My prayer is: Lord grant wisdom & strength to our politicians. Let pray for all of them because those in power need the power of prayer.


Do you doubt? I do. Sometimes I doubt God, peoples and things. I cannot help it! Then I read Psalm 77:11 which says, "I will remember the works of the Lord." I think the best thing to do when we doubt is to remember that the Lord is good. Remembering God's goodness is a good cure for doubt. I believe so.

Rejoice Always

Rejoice, no matter what! Joy comes from the LORD who lives within us, not from what is happening around us. This daughter of mine (Glad Charisma Tinda) is always joyful.


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