Archive for January, 2009

in case you missed out…

Posted in Reflections on January 18, 2009 by billymlam

thanks for all who attended last night’s talk on slander and judging others.  i do apologise if the audio’s a bit dodgy – although it is much, much better on headphones or computer speakers.

if you missed out, i’ll definitely encourage you to have a listen to the talk here.  fill in this worksheet [james-sermon-outline1] while you’re at it!

by the way, Pastor Roger has a LOT of talks uploaded at his church’s website.  It might not be the prettiest website around, but it’s an excellent resource and his talks are all relatively short (less than 40 minutes) – perfect for your morning commute!

also… have you done your Project 25?  bless someone by writing twenty five things you like/admire about them, then put it in a letter and send it to them!  let’s encourage each other to keep walking on the narrow path 🙂

lastly, please pray for the YFers and other Christians going to BLT this week.  we need your prayer!

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THIS WEEK AT YF

Posted in Events on January 15, 2009 by billymlam

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Christian Surfers

Posted in Reflections on January 12, 2009 by billymlam

How good was that!  Isn’t it awesome how we are pretty close geographically, yet culturally worlds apart but united by our faith in the same God?  Yep, praise God for bringing Abe and Lize to YF and speaking to us so clearly!  I trust that you guys all got something from the night, whether it’s conviction about the need to live a lifestyle of evangelism, a new realisation about how God is much bigger than what we sometimes think, or a new desire to really get involved in missions and evangelism, building relationships and being an example of Jesus to people who would otherwise never know who He is and what He is all about.  For me, what also struck me about Abe is how willing he is to relate to people… just his honesty and approchability and how “real” he is.  

So as I write, I have been thinking of ways by which we can emulate what CS has done (change it into our ABC context though) and really get into the community.  What are ABCs passionate about?  Bounce, Reiji and KK? Eating food? Basketball? Computer games?  In what ways can we get into our community and care for them, while showing them how God has changed us?  We’d love to hear your ideas.  “Missions” will be a new focus on the YF Team this year.  It’s not only about making overseas trips – which are awesome – but we also have a whole mission field right in front of our eyes, right here in Brissie. 

So post away.  We would love to hear your thoughts.

By the way, if you would like to continue to support Christian Surfers…

  • The awesomest thing would be to continue praying for them and the work that they do with surfies, in Gold Coast and also all around the world
  • If you would like to give financially, send me (billy) the money and I’ll pass it onto Abe and Lize!

2009: a new start

Posted in Reflections on January 6, 2009 by BillyL

Someone I chatted to during sat nite yf said that sometimes they feel as if we can be “cycling Christians” haha. not as in bike riding, but what they meant was sometimes as Christians it seems like we’re passionate about serving God and being fruitful for a short period of time, then after awhile we stop. Then after another period of time we become passionate again, and then it continues.   Another way of looking at it is that sometimes we get tooo comfortable, and complacent, and we reach a bit of a plateau and our growth as Christians stops for awhile. For me sometimes its tempting to go back to my old ways of thinking and living. After having a couple convos this wkend, i’ve realised that for so many of us, including many of our bros n sis’ at church and yf, its SOO easy to just ‘go with the flow’.

Its so true when the bible says that the path of the world is heaps wide, but the righteous path is long and narrow. I really thank God that he put you guys in my life. It is SO HARD to walk in this world as Christian, and even harder when you’re doing it alone!   For awhile i’ve thought the only priority was sharing the gospel with non-believers and getting them into church and yf. Yes, these are absolutely critical, but it doesn’t make a difference if there’s no change in there lives, if they’re just sunday Christians, or if they’re all goody goody infront of YFers, but inside the way they think and the things they strive for aren’t Godly at all.

I’ve had a real wake up call. It doesn’t matter what we ‘appear’ to do. It’s so true when its said that faith without action is a dead faith. How can we lead others to Christ when our lives aren’t Christlike at all? How can we ask ppl to come to Church or join YF when our brothers and sisters, and ourselves live lives no different to them??

I really want to build more friendships and relationships with other yfers this year. We need to remember that as Christians we’re ministering to ppl. Young ppl like us. Noones gonna care about what we stand for if we’re not their friend, if we don’t really care about them, if we just judge them, shut em out and outright disagree with how they’re living. In the end none of us deserve salvation, we don’t deserve God’s love. An old Anglican prayer reads that “we’re not worthy so much as to gather up the crumbs under His table, but His nature is the same, to always have mercy”. If it wasn’t for Jesus there wouldn’t be a difference between us and the rest of the world. I’m just hoping that together we can try to find a middleground with our bro n sis at yf this year. We need to earn ppls respect if we want to be able to make a serious impact on there lives.

But in the end, its not about us.

Instead of a new years resolution, I wanna have a new years prayer. Its my prayer that this year the holy spirit is gonna fill us, mould us, guide and use us, and give us wisdom for His Glory. It’s my prayer that the Lord will help each one of us change, grow, and realise our true potentials. That He’ll help us to become the very best we can be in all areas of our lives, whether it be in our work, uni, playing games, sports, cooking, how popular we are, being a member in our families and being a friend. Not because we can, but only because with God, nothing can stand against us. I pray that He’ll work through us, empty vessels. I pray that we’ll be THE BEST! for HIS GLORY ALONE:)

in case you missed out…

Posted in Reflections on January 5, 2009 by billymlam

Rich and Friz’s very random video about CHOICES…

PLUS… Talk Notes: Matthew 7
 

  • Many so-called “Christians” are caught up in the Christian Culture instead of focussing on the Word of God
  • Salvation is by faith alone, but preceded and followed by repentance

 

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this week: CHRISTIAN SURFERS

Posted in Events on January 5, 2009 by billymlam

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Matthew 7 Sermon

Posted in Uncategorized on January 5, 2009 by BillyL

So, what did you guys think?  It certainly impacted me a LOT and forced me to reexamine myself.  i think we really needed a wakeup call to see that salvation is not as guaranteed as what even some churches say.  reciting a prayer and accepting Jesus as Lord is meaningless if there is no corresponding action of repentance.  faith without works is dead!

2009 is a time for us to step out of our comfort zones.  will you join us?