Our first contact with a CAL seminar volunteer really impressed us and set a beautiful scene for the rest of the seminar. We were greeted at the airport by Deacon Mike Chun at 6am morning on Monday 21st March 2011. We were supposed to have exited the airport by 5:30am but due to some delays on our behalf going through customs it took us almost half an hour longer. Still Deacon Mike was very cheerful and welcomed us to Korea. We were very impressed by his humble service to pick us up so early from the airport.
On arrival at the Ansung retreat centre we were so impressed that the entire premise belonged to the Church. It is an enormous site that is built beautifully and purposely for Church conferences. The Worship room is large and well fitted out with lighting, projection and sound systems.
for doing all you could
to make life special for me.
Thanks for encouraging me
to do my best and try my hardest,
for making sure I knew
how much you loved me,
for being someone
I always looked up to...and specially, Mum,
for being someone
I'll always love.
Happy Mother's Day
When the idea is not right God says, "No."
No - when the idea is not the best.
No - when the idea is absolutely wrong.
No - when though it may help you, it could create problems for someone else.
When the time is not right, God says, "Slow."
What a catastrophe it would be if God answered every prayer at the snap of your finger.
Do you know what would happen?
God would become your servant, not your master.
Suddenly, God would be working for you instead of you working for God.
Remember: God's delays are not God's denials. God's timing is perfect. Patience is what we need in prayer.
When you are not right. God says, "Grow."
The selfish person has to grow in unselfishness.
The cautious person must grow courage.
The timid person must grow in confidence.
The dominating person must grow in sensitivity.
The critical person must grow in tolerance.
The nagative person must grow in positive attitudes.
The pleasure-seeking person must grow in compassion for suffering people.
"God didn't promise days without pain,
Laughter without sorrow,
Sun without rain,
But He did promise strength for the day,
Comfort for the tears, and light for the way."
READ: Deuteronomy 31: 1-8
I am with you always, even to the end of the age — Matthew 28:20
One of my earliest memories of hearing good music was when a male quartet rehearsed at our home. I was about 10 years old, and I was especially attentive to my dad, who sang first tenor. One of the quartet’s favorites was titled, “I Am With You.” Even at that tender age, I not only appreciated the music but I “got the message.”
Those words of Jesus to His disciples just before He ascended — “I am with you always” — became precious to me as the quartet sang, “In the sunlight, in the shadow, I am with you where you go.”
Life is precious to us all and we all strive to preserve it and enjoy it. We work hard to make money, we try to stay fit and healthy, we go on holidays and adventures, we avoid dangerous situations and we maintain healthy relationships with our friends and family.
Yet, doesn’t it seem like no matter how hard we try to counter it and avoid it, pain, sorrows and death is all around us? If it doesn’t happen to us, it happens to someone we know.