Hands

Posted in Uncategorized on May 18, 2010 by billymlam

YFers – here’s a bulletin article which appeared at church last Sunday.  Just thought I’d repost it here for those who missed out.

Take a moment and have a look at your own hands. Whether rough or gentle, calloused or delicate, our hands – just as the rest of our bodies – were created to bring God glory. They are instruments of worship.

You may wonder why some people choose to lift their hands while singing to God.  Throughout the Bible, many references call on God’s people to outwardly express their praise, repentance, humility and dependance through lifting their hands. It is never rebuked by God, but is instead commended as an action. Here’s just a few:

» Psalm 28:2 – Hear the voice of my pleas for mercy, when I cry to you for help, when I lift up my hands toward your most holy sanctuary.

» Psalm 63:4 – So I will bless you as long as I live; in your name I will lift up my hands.

» Psalm 119:48 – I will lift up my hands toward your commandments, which I love, and I will meditate on your statutes.

» Psalm 134:2 – Lift up your hands to the holy place and bless the LORD!

» Psalm 141:2 – Let my prayer be counted as incense before you, and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice!

» Lamentations 3:41 – Let us lift up our hearts and hands to God in heaven…

Clapping is another outward expression by which we can praise God:

» Psalm 47:1 – Clap your hands, all peoples! Shout to God with loud songs of joy!

» Psalm 98:8 – Let the rivers clap their hands; let the hills sing for joy together

This is definitely not a requirement for you to lift your hands or clap while you sing. Rather, it’s an encouragement for you to freely express your love for God in any way the Spirit compels you to. Our body language allows us to express praise and exhortation. If you feel the call or desire to do so, then go for it – whether it means standing, sitting, clapping, closing your eyes, lifting your hands, getting on your knees, even dancing.

At the end of the day, worship is ultimately to God and for God. As you focus on Him, dignity and pride pale into insignificance – just have a look at how King David let go of his dignity and danced before God with all his might in the joyous scenes in 2 Samuel 6!

It also gives cause for us to carefully consider what we do with our hands, for though it was made for worship, in rebellion we have often used it for sin. We need to plead with God and ask that He’ll grant us renewal and forgiveness.

May we freely worship Him from the very cores of our being.

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Repost: Pebbles

Posted in Pebbles on May 16, 2010 by billymlam
It’s been a year since we’ve had time to make Pebbles, the YF magazine.  I thought that some of you new YF guys/girls may want to check it out!

PEBBLES

Access the full PDF here … but be patient – it’s a big PDF (maybe 3MB) so takes a while to load.  While it’s loading sometimes your screen looks frozen – wait for it!

What do you need to live?

Posted in Reflections on May 14, 2010 by iggz

Recently i’ve been doing my quiet times on the prophetic book of Amos in the Old Testament.  Today I came across a verse that really struck me and is something I’d like to share with you all..

“Behold, the days are coming,” declares the Lord GOD, “when I will send a famine on the land– not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD. They shall wander from sea to sea, and from north to east; they shall run to and fro, to seek the word of the LORD, but they shall not find it. – Amos 8:11-12


These verses are talking about the coming “day of the Lord” for the nation of Israel – a time of judgement for their sins, punishment for their rebellion against God.  There will be a great famine, but not of the fleshly necessities of food and water – but of something even more vital for life.  There will be a famine for the word of God.
If we were asked the question “what do you need to live?” – what would our answer be?  The basic answers would be food, water and air.  Perhaps others would answer friends, family, relationships.  The rest of world seems to be telling us  it should be sex, money and power.  Are these the things we thirst for?  Are they the things that give eternal life?
A true famine would be a world without the word of God.  A world that had no way of knowing the gospel.  A world that didn’t know the saving grace that was shown to us in Jesus Christ on the Cross.  A world with no hope…
So how much do you value the word of God?   we should be giving thanks to our God constantly because we have it. No amount of food and water can ever nourish our souls like the gospel.  So let’s soldier on in our faith, knowing that it is the only thing we need to truly live.
Do all things without grumbling or questioning, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world,  holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain – Phil 2:14-16

Are you a good person?

Posted in Uncategorized on April 28, 2010 by mikeytai

RECYKLE 2010

Posted in Uncategorized on April 7, 2010 by itscindyho

This year, YF has decided to participate in the Recykle event again!

For those of you who don’t know: ReCyKle is a fundraiser and a competition run by The Leprosy Mission Queensland. It is a fundraiser in that the team members involved collect donations for the Mission and it is a “Static Bike Race” competition where all the teams ride (race) one of our 14 exercise bikes to see which team can ride the most kilometres in 60 minutes. ReCyKle is open to teams from Schools, Churches, Sporting Groups and Businesses.

Each team has around 12 people, so hurry and sign up now either through the Facebook event: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=115135815169234 or emailing Ping Mao! 🙂 Even if you don’t wish to take part in the cycling itself, you can come along and support the team

For more details about Recykle, check out: http://people.aapt.net.au/~rednjude/3%20Event%20Details%20ReCyKle.html#fundraising

Date:
Saturday, May 29, 2010
Time:
5:00pm – 8:30pm
Location:
Aviation High (formally Hendra Secondary College) Auditorium, Widdop Street, Hendra. Near Toombul Shoppingtown, just off the Gateway Airport Exit

Video Sermon on Abortion

Posted in Uncategorized on April 4, 2010 by mikeytai

Over the weekend about 20 or so YF’ers went up to Easterfest (An Australian Gospel Music Festival) and besides having good fun and fellowship up there they also spent a majority of their time setting up and selling shirts for Abort73. (www.abort73.com)  By selling shirts for Abort73 we are getting the message out to people that abortion is wrong and that so many innocent lives are being murdered every year through abortion.

The YF’ers who were unable to go up to Easterfest listened and watched this sermon by Pastor Mark Driscoll about the topic of abortion.  Driscoll preaches from Luke 1:39-45 and speaks about Jesus in Mary’s womb and how from conception, life begins.  He speaks of the very real statistics out there, christian and non-christian women who forego abortions and sends a powerful message about how serious the matter is.  But don’t waste your time reading what I have to say, press play above!

I can assure you those who listened to this sermon went away that night a changed person with a clearer and convicted heart to fight against this injustice and to speak for those who don’t have a choice or a voice.

How horrifying is it to know that there are women in this world who use abortion as their method of birth control, murdering baby after baby.  But how wonderful is it to know that we have a gracious God and that we have Jesus who willingly has suffered for our sins. We are all murderers to some degree – it was our sin that nailed Jesus to the cross.

Click here to watch the video.

God’s delight in Jesus

Posted in Books, Reflections, Reviews on March 15, 2010 by mikeytai

Something that’s really hit home for me lately is how God the Father finds perfect delight in His Son Jesus.  True, God does love us too and He did send Jesus to die on the cross so we could be redeemed and have salvation. But God finds immense joy, happiness and delight in His own Son Jesus.

Passages such as Matt 11:27 “Noone knows the Son except the Father and noone knows the Father except the Son” and John 1:18 “Noone has ever seen God; the only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, he has made him known”.

We can see the intimacy in this perfect relationship: “The Father loves the Son, and shows him all that he himself is doing” John 5:20

We’ve been doing studies on the Glory of God and we read passages in Exodus that speaks about how God’s name brings him glory (Ex 9:13-16, 14:1-4,15-18).  But the glory of His name is magnified when Jesus is on the cross.  We see all the glory of God when He gives His Son over to death, and we see the fulfillment of His promises that all people can receive salvation.  At the cross, God’s glory and His name becomes absolutely amplified because Jesus has atoned for sin, on account of His name so that the glory returns to Him.  (1John2:12)

Something I want to leave you with on my readings of “The Pleasures of God” by John Piper is that God loves His Son with a love of delight and pleasure.  God loves us in a self-denying, sacrificial, merciful and of pity to the undeserving but He loves, cherishes, enjoys and admires everything He sees in Jesus.

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.  (John 1:14)

In a later study of YF, we’ll be going through a study titled, “The Glory of God in Jesus”. I know I’m looking forward to it!