p.s. because this is an on-the-spot-thing, i didn't have time to find references and stuffs.. and i gotta go rush my assignments now! haha
read> Psalm 69:1-33
Let all who seek God’s help be encouraged (v.32).
more> Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with My victorious right hand (Isaiah 41:10).
Bog snorkeling is a popular sport in Wales. Competitors wear flippers and diving masks with snorkels attached and try to squirm through trenches cut through peat bogs without using their arms! While I have no idea how bog snorkeling got started, I know that getting “stuck in the mud” is nothing new.
David was in that spot—emotionally speaking—when he wrote, “Rescue me from the mud; don’t let me sink any deeper” (Psalm 69:14). If you’ve ever been depressed, you know what he was talking about. That struggle to stay above the mud can be overwhelming, frightening, and tiring.
David expressed feelings of hopelessness, but he also tried to encourage himself despite his despair. For example, he believed that he would eventually get out of the bog. He envisioned the end of his suffering as he wrote: “Then I will praise God’s name with singing, and I will honor Him with thanksgiving” (v.30). David believed God would set him free.
And check this out—David went on to say, “Let all who seek God’s help be encouraged” (v.32). The key phrase here is “seek God’s help.” Sometimes I think we’re too quick to outsource assistance to alcohol, advice from friends, or self-help books. Why are we so reluctant to beg for God’s help when we know He’s the only one who can truly rescue us?
After all, God “hears the cries of the needy” (v.33). He’s not going to dismiss our struggles and tell us to snap out of it. He’s “the God of compassion and mercy” (Exodus 34:6). He’s the One who is always available, always listening.
Do you know someone who’s sinking in the bog? Perhaps you’re that person. If so, remember that God can and will help you to stay above the mud. Seek Him today—no snorkel needed.
next> How can asking for God’s help revive a soul in despair? How does David’s example give you encouragement?
"1st, it's the little birthday celebration we made for Uncle Chin on the 30th of November (2008).But wait! WAIT!!
The reason it was 'little' is because apparently on that sunday, quite a number of youths were not around. And i'll credit Wen Yi here, for thinking of a last minute birthday surprise thingy the previous night. So on the 30th after the sunday service we got the youths to gather in the Annex hall with the cake ready, thanks to Ivan for buying the cake, and then Wen Yi went and 'baited' uncle by saying it was something about wanting to discuss about youth camp form. and bla bla bla just watch the video and the pics XD
And then, thanks to Aunty Ai Leng for the group pic:
Uncle and his "piece of cake"(get it? get it??):
Then in December there were Youth Camp, Carolling, Christmas and Baptism and Wen Yi's surprise(*gasp*) farewell! Which all the pictures taken can be found in Tammi's blog and in Facebooks of Tammi, Tanya, Wen Yi and Wen Yiing, if i did not leave out any, which i highly recommend you to join Facebook if you haven't! One thing i just realised is too bad i forgot to take pictures when Justin, Adrian, Sharon, Samuel, Wen Yiing, Tanya, Shelby and i sent Wen Yi off at the airport.
Oh and on the 23rd of December, some of the youths (which i suppose i won't list out but i'll list out) under the guidance of Justin, Angelica and Alison (haha), watched Yes Man starring Jim Carrey in Centre Point, then a bit of arcade and then for the very 1st time ever, went karaoke-ing at Karamunsing's KK Box! which included at very good buffet dinner at a very reasonable price for each person (rm20, exhorted by dear Angelica with evidence below XD).
I also regretted forgetting to take a group picture after the karaoke session and so there were only videos of the youths singing recorded using Samuel's and my phone. So the quality is not very good but oh well, here they go!"
Now the men of Sodom were wicked and were sinning against the LORDWell perhaps that wasn't clear enough what the men were wicked for but just before the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, God sent two angels to Sodom and both stayed with Lot and in Genesis 19:4-5:
4Before they had gone to bed, all the men from every part of the city of Sodom -- both young and old -- surrounded the house. 5They called to Lot, "where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us so that we can have sex with them."Ewww.. i guess that should be clear enough how the lifestyle of the men there was. And thus the word, 'Sodomy', anyone?
" 'Do not lie with a man as one lies with a woman; that is detestable.That should be homosexuality right? And God said it's detestable. Similar situation to what was done by the men of Sodom can be found in Judges 19:24 which will be better if you all read the whole chapter so i'm not gonna write it down here.
26Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. 27In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion.God allowed sin to run its course as an act of judgment. So apparently homosexuality has been around for a long time. Even though since then God has commanded through Moses that homosexuality is detestable, people still do it. And nowadays, those people are fighting back for what they called, is their rights as well as abortion. Those two are not natural!
Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's Will is -- His good, pleasing and perfect Will.Let us not conform to the ever-changing pattern of this world. Though now "rights" have been brought up, God IS Love and His Word still remains: Homosexuality has been, is now, and will still be, a sin. Man with man and woman with woman, though only the men were mentioned in the Bible, it's applicable to women just like how other verses of the Bible apply to women though only men were mentioned. i hope that clears up the confusion.