Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Typhoon Ketsana


Photos from Yahoo! news

Hi guys, I'm sure you are all aware of the Tropical Storm Ketsana, which hit the northern Philippines on Saturday and caused the country's worst flooding in four decades. Death toll had risen to 246 today with 2 million people displaced.

Antioch Network Community has been in partnership with Care Channels International for the past years we are supporting them to aid the disaster relief work there.

On top of existential funds from the church, we will be passing a second bag at Antioch Mosaic this Sat and House Church on Sunday for you to participate in this giving. Those who are writing cheques, please make them payable to Bandar Utama Chapel & ear-mark it for Philippines flood relief.

Thank you for your generous donations.

On another note, the Care Channels Livelihood calenders for year 2010 are up for sale! Drop us a note if you want one for your family and friends - these calendars are a vital for the livelihood of the poor in Filipino and Indonesian slums.


Dolly

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Sunday, September 6, 2009

Beth Rapha Camp - Healing Communities!


A Typical Healing Ritual at Antioch


Woooh, talk about a packed past few weeks. First the 6 hour worship session, where people ultimately got soaked to the bone, metaphorically speaking of course.

Now we’ve got our camp, with the theme of being a Healing Community. Woah, enough said, I could have easily gone there with expectations to be healed from all this lethargy.

But my, was the healing/recovery I expected was way different from what I expected. I received healing through a different way than I would have expected, but being taught about something I would in return gain the awareness about what I was doing wrong, and hence that was what causes me to think that I’m always worn out, and tired out…

There was one main point that I received from the sessions that we had, that ultimately spoke to me, and perhaps I believe spoke to many others.

Let my heart be broken for what breaks yours.

What does it take for us to sometimes feel the pain of a broken heart? I personally have, and although I strive to forget that pain, I won’t lie to you and say, “Nah, it doesn’t hurt…it’s just like a twinge in your chest.” It hurts A LOT, to say the least. Hehe, but still to think that there’s someone out there who’s heart is experiencing immense pain because of something I did, or something I DIDN’T do. Sometimes we may not be at the liberty of helping God’s heart heal, but we can try and share in His pain, and see what we can do to help the situation.

For example : The poor/needy in this country - does it hurt you, if you see your beloved family members, suddenly put out of their homes due to a bad snare in this economic crisis, and having to beg on the streets. PRECISELY…there ARE people on the streets, whom have people who love them, but perhaps do not have the power/resources to help them as much, which is why they need our help.

It’s easy to talk, for sure. I know that, for I myself sometimes feel and confess that I lack a people’s heart. I wish I had one, but I don’t. I want to nurture one, and with God’s help, I believe one day, my heart WILL be broken for what breaks His heart.

Prophetic evangelism for me, experiencing something like this, or participating in this was something I was not accustomed to. But by letting go of ourselves/myself, I found that by just meditating, you will feel the spirit of the Lord just entering your soul, and whatever the outcome of that, don’t cage it, let it out, be it in dancing, singing, shouting, praying, crying. And through that the encounter with God will just change you, as it did me.



Hui En


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Thursday, August 13, 2009

You will get wet: Soaking in the Rain

Well someone over at River of Christ, Kota Damansara must have had a real good vacation and came up with a crazy idea of: a 6-HOUR NON STOP worship music event. Yep.

We had a "all-star" styled practice for the opening and closing songs, and here's the trailer!


Can't see the video? Go to :
http://www.facebook.com/search/?q=events&init=quick#/video/video.php?v=134458730866&oid=237760330079

Come come come!
15 Aug, 10am-4pm, River of Christ, Kota Damansara.

Facebook event page

Monday, August 3, 2009

Prophetic Evangelism - Mixed Feelings



Two months ago we had a blast with Sarah Yang and her Singaporean posse discovering the great benefits of Prophetic Evangelism. :P I put it that way because obviously we all know there are many ways to live an evangelistic lifestyle - relational, etc etc.

Well I guess prophetic evangelism is very powerful especially for such a time as this - when people are tired of religious information, and they are looking for powerful experience. Don't misunderstand the word powerful, I'm not talking about the usual power we churches associate with loud music, in-your-face sermons, flashing spotlights, majestic theater seats or even an intimidating crowd of 10,000 worshipers.
The power that comes with prophetic evangelism is the invisible force that whacks you into the awakening that God knows you personally and suddenly you feel like you are in this great orb of spiritual confidence that everything else doesn't even matter.

Having said that, I was still compelled to put out a 'disclaimer' that receiving prophetic words from God demands us to rethink our lifestyle as well (as if you'd think otherwise), and not just be all excited for something supernatural without incorporating the essence of the gospel - love.

Here an excerpt from the post:

Let me ask you a question.
Is it easier to:
A. prophecy with extreme accuracy over someone and say "now you believe or not?", or
B. to demonstrate the selfless and sacrificial love of Christ, and thus showing the message of the gospel?

Hint: When Jesus saw the paralytic man on the mat, he said, 'Your sins are forgiven." Then to show the skeptics he's for real, he says "Get up and walk."
We are to offer the love of God, by loving people, before we move in our spiritual gifting to prove it's real.
Lost people don't want history lessons on Jesus, or a summary of Christianity, OR A MAGIC SHOW ON HOW YOU CAN PROPHESY. They want love - the love that only God can give.
Evangelism is not just preaching the gospel, but living the gospel, showing the gospel by love.

If we had shared the gospel, but that person did not experience love from it, it didn't get through.
If your "prophetic moves" does not relate the love of God - forget it. It is nothing.
Your prophetic evangelism is nothing.


For those who have facebook you can check out the post here with all the great comments from the rest.
http://www.facebook.com/inbox/?ref=mb#/note.php?note_id=94500091045
If you don't have Facebook, get facebook NOW!!! >:D - JL

PJGH Youth Drama - Six Who Died



Our friends over at Petaling Jaya Gospel Hall is putting up a drama performance over their place on Sat, August 15th.

Check out details HERE.

These guys always have some great stuff going on in their arts and drama ministries, so head over to check it out with your friends and family AFTER you leave Antioch Mosaic, of course. :P

Friday, July 31, 2009

Church Camp


Overwhelming things have happened - even before we start our camp - our invited camp speaker, Anthony Yeoh from Singapore has moved on to glory after a sudden diagnosis of leukemia. We pray God's comfort and strength will truly abide with his family.

Anthony was going to minister to us on issues of healing and restoration in our tumultuous time in our society - we are in desperate need of God's healing and deliverance.

By God's grace we have come to know about Pastor Joshua Krishnan from Melaka, who will now minister to us in our camp.

BETH-RAPHA: From Ashes to Roses
comes from the Hebrew words Beth - House and Rapha - Healing.
In Isaiah 61 verse 1-3:

Isa 61:1 The Spirit of GOD, the Master, is on me because GOD anointed me. He sent me to preach the good news to the poor, heal the heartbroken, Announce freedom to all captives, pardon all prisoners.

Isa 61:2 GOD sent me to announce the year of his grace-- a celebration of God's destruction of our enemies-- and to comfort all who mourn,

Isa 61:3 To care for the needs of all who mourn in Zion, give them bouquets of roses instead of ashes, Messages of joy instead of news of doom, a praising heart instead of a languid spirit. Rename them "Oaks of Righteousness" planted by GOD to display his glory.


We all have probably been guilty of "aggressive advertising" of the Gospel, and often we offer little comfort to those who really need the redemption that is the core of the Gospel. We are definitely going to be receiving God's healing and anointing and represent Him in our respective spaces.


Let's be thinking and praying for our friends who are in a broken situations right now, whether its financially, in relationships, in physical well being – anything at all, that they will encounter God's healing – regardless whether they will join us at camp or not. If you think they will really benefit from this camp, encourage them to come and be healed.

This camp is to help us be restful and restored, but be prepared for some 'extra' physical activities....!

ANC - A church we can dream for?

This is a little unorthodox, but we'd thought if we want to become a better church, we'd ask ourselves, (usually we ask God, of course.) and listen to what we already know and learned about God's community.

So my question to you guys is:
What do you dream church to be like?

Saturated by technology sophistication and modern (or more so, post-modern) culture, the church can get fairly complex. What does the Bible say about the Bride of Christ? Do we even recognize it?

One insight from a young lady is: Church CANNOT have discrimination, must be absolutely inviting to every person, regardless of how different they are and what their past resembles.

I think church should totally have movie nights.

Jia Ling