Archive for February, 2009

你想聽我們講國語嗎?

Posted in Events on February 26, 2009 by BillyL

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If you want to know what the title means, please come and support the Taiwan Missions Team this Sunday (11:00am, Chinese Side CCCB) where they will use their lyrical skills to share about their mission experiences in their non native tongue of Mandarin!! This is  a once in a life time experience so I urge all of you to come. You will get a good laugh and also get to know what these five boys got up to in Yu-Chih village. Hope to see you all there!

再見!

International Outlook

Posted in Events on February 26, 2009 by BillyL

What will you be doing during the long holiday?

Would you like to use that time wisely and further God’s kingdom through missions?

If you are thinking or even slightly interested about missions, there are short and long term opportunities waiting for you!

Now is the time to look into what different organizations are offering this year! (13 – 15 March 2009 )

You will be surprised by the sheer number and different types of missions that different organizations will provide!

If you are interested please sign up at YF this week, or email i_ivanson@hotmail.com, write_to_ping@hotmail.com

We will sort out transport and hopefully car pool up there!

We are planning to do a day trip up there! So please come!!

For more information, visit http://www.outlook.org.au/

Hope to see you all there!

YF WALL PLANNERS ARE HERE!

Posted in Uncategorized on February 25, 2009 by billymlam

Yep that’s right… our very own custom-designed A1-sized YF wall planners have now arrived!!  It’s filled with small flags to help us to pray for other countries around the world.  It will also enhance the colour palette of your room… 🙂 And it has dates until February 2010, so you don’t get ripped off by the fact that it’s almost March!!

Here’s a picture of it on my own wall:

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You won’t find cool merch like this anywhere else 😛

More importantly, it’s very useful because it’ll help us to pray as a united group!  We shall be handing them out at YF LAUNCH.  Bring some money 🙂 Just as an indication, they cost about $5.60 each.  How much you’re willing to give is up to you…

The Wonderful Cross

Posted in Reflections with tags , , on February 25, 2009 by mdchwong

When it comes to a battle of the best lyrics, I find that old hymns usually come out on top of the contemporary Christian songs that have been produced in recent years. The words from these ancient songs are simple, profound and biblical. But, the problem is that the musical style of the song is a few hundred years out of date and not many of us really enjoy listening to organ music or Gregorian chants.

You’re probably aware of the fact that a lot of Christian artists have caught onto this and have attempted to modernize a lot of hymns by combining the golden lyrics of the past with music that we can connect with to produce some really great songs. We’ve spent the month of February at CCCB Coopers Plains singing “Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)” by Chris Tomlin. He took a classic hymn, changed the music a bit, added in a bridge part, and then stuck it at the end of one of his albums that’s since been certified Gold as of 2008 (according to wikipedia). Maybe it shows a lack of creativity to do a slightly modified song cover and stick your name behind it but it seems to be going on everywhere these days – especially in pop music. “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen, “Yesterday” by the Beatles, “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” by the ‘Stones, “I Got A Woman” by Ray Charles…the list goes on.

Anyway, I like hymns redux and “The Wonderful Cross” by Chris Tomlin, Jesse Reeves and JD Walt is no exception. It’s a cover of the old hymn written in 1707 by Issac Watts called “When I Survey The Wondrous Cross” and has a beautiful message centered on the cross.

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I was recently reminded by Bob Kauflin, a pastor from Sovereign Grace Ministries, that the central and foundational theme of our worship is the cross of Jesus Christ. Worship referring not only to the music we make or songs we sing, but what we do every moment of our lives – our glorifying response to God for all He has done, is doing, and will continue to do. This little symbol that so many people wear around their necks stands for something huge: the life, death and resurrection of the Son of God. As Bob puts it, “It focuses on His substitutionary death at Calvary…His incarnation, His life of perfect obedience, His suffering, His resurrection, His ascension, His present intercession and reign in glory, His triumphant return.”  It represents the only way to God, the only answer, and our only hope.

This song moves me every time I hear it and refocuses my often distracted attention on the awesomeness of the cross.

“The he said to them all: ‘If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will save it.'” – Luke 9:23-24 (NIV)

“He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed.” – 1 Peter 2:24

Click to give!

Posted in Uncategorized on February 24, 2009 by BillyL

Click on the links below to give towards food, bibles and bible translation! It’s free for you to click!

Make sure you bookmark them (or make them your homepage) and visit them daily. Simple clicks on websites can help people around the world.

Click to give out free Bibles!  – The Bible Site

Click to give to Bible Translation! – Wycliffe Bible Translators

Help Hunger!

YF LAUNCH IS READY…

Posted in Events on February 20, 2009 by billymlam

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For more info, email iggy

abort73 @ easterfest

Posted in Events on February 19, 2009 by billymlam

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here’s your chance to help take a stand against abortion!

Paul Hodge (our speaker from YF camp last year) is looking for YFers willing to STEP UP and head out to Easterfest in Toowoomba during Easter (april 10-12).  Easterfest is gonna be absolutely massive, so it’s an awesome opportunity for groups like Abort73 to make their message heard!  Our role will be to help out at the Abort73.com stall… It might not seem like a huge job, but it’ll be totally be worthwhile.  If you are keen, just leave a comment below or email billy!

note that there will be some cost involved for entry tickets… and that you can choose to join a daytrip or to stay the entire weekend.  if you are gonna stay the weekend, we’ll most probably need to find somewhere to camp out – it won’t be pretty… i’ll work my contacts and see if we can find a place to fit everyone who’s willing!

(sorry that my info is vague – trying to get a group together and then i will get in touch with Paul. but yeah, def commit within the next week so i can see how to arrange tickets and accom… price wise – vaguely i think around $150-$200 for a 3day camp. not cheap, but will be awesome i promise!)