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Archive for April, 2014

Job The Biblical Figure – The Way To Understand GodTalk


By:   pastor Joshua (Hong Kong)

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The following are the essence of reading the 42 chapters of JOB.

–  the whole thing about the debates between Job and his three friends is merely about Job vs Job.

–  deep down, all conversations between Job and his “friends” are indeed Job’s self rationalization of his relationship with God!

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–  the script of this old testament (JOB) is put into a format of poetry (dialogs) to illustrate how we human are so very capable of doing our own “rationalization work” within our faculty of Knowledge, Experience, Social Status and Self Consciousness!

–  we have lots of ways to explain why God let this or that happen to us or people around us… The Book of JOB illustrates to us that no matter how smart we are as human, there’s no way of explaining God. (Or act of God).

–  ultimately, we should simply come forward to God (as what Job’s “three friends” or actually himself) not carrying our own perception but to receive His revelation (GodTalk) and totally put aside our Acquired knowledge and experience; in order to receive greater blessing from God and allow us to be truly blessed.
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–  at the end of the Book, Job finally overcome all his own perception (which derived from his social status, acquired knowledge and experience) in order to listen to GodTalk. And with such revelation, Job could regain his senses as well as built upon his life’s encounters, “reborn” as a new Job (New Human). (Remember that in the Book of Job, he kept questioning about the purpose of his birth?)

Many Christians love the Book of Job, exactly because they fall into the syndrome of wanting desperately to understand the Whys about God. Why God wants to test Job? why God wants to “punish” such a most righteous man on earth? Why God could allow this and that happen to Christians…. the long list goes on and on….

But this is the wrong angle upon which we should read the Book of Job.
The whole episode upon Job had nothing to do with righteousness or evil. It is about how we should maintain the way we try to understand the holy and all-mighty God. Simply put, the only acceptable relationship with God is to come forward (or more correctly, turn back) to Him and Listen. Nothing more.
All reasoning, explanation and our own rationalization are to no avail at the end. There’s only one way. And Job was to go through the process to relearn about how he would further understand his God and be blessed, NOT BY HIS OWN ACT OF PERFECT RIGHTEOUSNESS!

Amen

Will Kong Hee & Team Be Acquitted?


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The latest Singapore news reporting extracts 10th Apr 2014

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The biggest church fund scam trial is coming to an end.
Many in town are excited about the following:

–  will the accused be acquitted? (The judge’s decision will be on 5 May 2014)
–  of not, will they win the case when proceed to face the charges?
–  if they are found guilty, will they go to jail or just a fine?

Look out for the Ultimate Episode soon…

Just Imagine That Singapore’s Tourism Industry Goes Without Singapore Tourism Board


Singapore Tourism Board Deleted Video (Full Origi…: http://youtu.be/OneiouCecbk

Observed & Commented by:  Roadside Busybody

Watch the above promotional video clip by the Singapore Tourism Board and you will think that it’s produced by a group of tourism school students on their final project.

One may think that the Tourism Board has run out of budget for their marketing drives.

On the other hand, in the marketing arena it is not necessary that big budget promotional campaigns will surely rip the intended benefits. Sometimes, the more you spend the more you waste. It is all about what makes your target group (s) thick? If this tourism video clip makes sense to the Philippines market, it makes sense! Though it may lack elegance.

Below is the news report extracts:

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In fact, some people may ask the following two questions,

1.  Do you think that the Key Slogan of “YourSingapore” (not mine?) has any real meaning other than just punching the air?

2.  Without the STB (Singapore Tourism Board) in existence, and save up probably hundreds of millions a year, is there any big impact on Singapore’s tourism industry? (On rather fixed regional markets).

To be frank, nobody can produce a satisfactory answer to the #2 question above…
Because there’s a need for an agency to take on leadership role in promoting Singapore and expending its brand influence in a highly competitive environment.
But for the first question, since day one of that “yours” campaign been rolled out, people on the professional field had already voiced about its lack of recognizable elements and focus.

What remains more critical is, STB should formulate a highly cohesive blueprint instead of fragmented marketing campaigns (that pieced together) to lead Singapore into the next lap of “integrated tourism” effort, at the watershed of IR casinos pulling power starts to cool off. In the next stage, more Asian countries are having newer and more attractive casino big resorts and new tourism attractions.

The saying goes, “When the going gets tough, the toughest get going.” So don’t give up on STB just yet. We can envisage that STB will soon to come up with well strategized master-plan for the next lap.

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