Hope in the Middle East

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Good Day, Beautiful People!
There is always hope. The world is indeed full of peril, and in it there are many dark places; but still there is much that is fair, and though in all lands love is now mingled with grief, it grows perhaps the greater.
-J.R.R. Tolkien, The Two Towers (The Lord of the Rings)
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. 1Cor13:13.

Is amazing that author of A Wind In The House Of Islam, David Garrison travelled long distance to interview more than 1000 former Muslims who have come to faith in Jesus Christ. Is a great book to read as record more than 1000 former Muslim converted and become followers of Jesus Christ. He provides us some understanding of the marvellous work of Holy Spirit in that regions and account of Muslim movements to Christ. You will find this book encouraging, inspiring, challenging and informative.
Dr. Sasan Tavassoli of Pars Theological Centre called Garrison’s book, “The most important and exciting book on the world of Islam that I have ever read!”
Dr. Dudley Woodberry, Dean Emeritus of the Fuller Seminary School of Intercultural Studies said, “This book is the most comprehensive analysis of Muslim movements to Christ that has ever been done.”

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Below are some interview links:
https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10154508322360393&id=140647865392

http://windinthehouse.org/
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Father’s Love [Father’s Day]

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In the South, we are celebrating Father’s Day, first Sunday in September, Spring. We honour and celebrate the men in our world, natural father, spiritual father and Heavenly Father for how they love and shape us. I feel and pray for people who suffer the loss their dads through death or separated due to unforeseen circumstance or choose to remain absent in their lives. Pray for kids that lost their dads, have confident in God, their Heavenly Dad loves them and He deploys angels minister to them, watch over them, protect them and ensure they are safe from any harm cause by evil device. Pray that spiritual Dads will continue to stand in the gap for the spiritual children in their sphere.

The nostalgic side of me pops up especially on special occasion, I can’t help myself but think of my Dad and miss him daily. My Dad had promoted to eternity since 4th March 2004. [My prayer and hope is that he chose grace again before he walked into infinity. I stand in the hope and believe I’ll see you on the other side of eternality.] To the world, you are one nice person who work hard for your family. To us, you are the world.
My Dad, William Soh BT, was born 26th August 1941. Life was never easy and straight forward for him. His Dad died in Second World War. His Mom could not cope financially with three kids. Dad was the youngest and smallest child. Consequently, she gave my Dad up to a distance relative for adoption. Dad was kind, funny at times, generous, strongwill, determined, resilient, strong, serious and industrious man. He worked diligently in the day and persevering studied night classes to upgrade himself for better qualification. He worked his way up to the top of his profession as a Marine Engineer with PSA and SJSY. Looking back, vaguely that at one stage, he was given a great position in a huge company with lots of overseas assignment. He started to make decent money to provide for us. For few years, we hardly see him. He came back home for a short break bought us gifts and flew back to work. It did put a strain in term of long distance relationship between Dad and Mom and us, kids. What a huge sacrifice to ensure our family could move forward to a better standard of living and lifestyle. He missed family and our growing up moments and milestones. Eventually, he gave up the overseas work and chose to take a pay cut and work locally. Dad loved to contribute to community and grassroots level of volunteer serving. He never stop learning new things. He was learning computer course and studying to be Chinese Physician after he retired. He loved different cuisine, attempted to do french cooking and cooked for us special treats when he had free time and when he retired.

My favourite memories was Dad and Mom to bring us out to the parks, beach, movies, zoo and to the islands to visit grandparents (my mom’s parents) during our school holiday and weekend that Dad was available.

My fondest childhood memory was as a family, Dad, Mom and I went to church together. It was a small traditional church. In my flashback, I reminisce that I skip and prance down the aisle trying to choose a seating area at one of the solid mahogony pews. Dad was actively involved in serving as a choir member and as an usher. Dad always suit up, Sunday Best clothes when we headed to church Sunday morning regardless rain or shine. Oh, how we love Sundays! One day, we came back from church he was really upset. He told Mom “From now onward we are not going to church!” I could not remember the reason. I had asked Mom on various occasion she could not tell me the reason Dad got so offended. Mom has a shocking memory. All she said was it happened ages ago, so could not recollect the incident. As a young child, 3 or 4 years old, I didn’t know what was happening. I just knew my happy Sunday morning routine was squashed. Dad was not the same ever. He seemed more aloof, strict, discplinery then approachable. He also has some bad company who influenced him in alcohol and smoking. So thankful, he gave up smoking for us and reduced his alcohol intake later part of his life. I felt that I regained some part of my Dad back.

My Dad taught me to live life to the fullest. Despite of bad breaks, poverty and lousy situation you can rise above that, never give up, never stop learning new things, continual education, be generous to charities and be a contributor to society.

I made a promise myself never be so offended that I cannot forgive, let go and move on. The truth is people will disappoint, betray and offend us from time to time. I’m sure dad was not the only one that walked away from church and God due to offense. Sadly, we like to equated people especially leaders to God’s nature and behaviour.

Our Heavenly Dad is way more loving, caring, bigger, stronger, protective than any natural and spiritual dads can ever be. He loves us that much to give us His only son, Jesus and the freedom to choose whether to accept His love. Well knowing we may not love Him back at all. How deep is Heavenly Dad’s love! How vast is His love!

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God’s Not Dead

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I recently went to see the movie God’s not dead. God’s Not Dead is a 2014 Christian drama film directed by Harold Cronk, and stars Kevin Sorbo, Shane Harper, David A. R. White and Dean Cain. The film was released to theaters on March 21, 2014, by Pure Flix Entertainment. I know in the States it was released early 2014. In the South, we just have that showing on the big screen. Forget about all the aweful reviews critics give for this movie. Any good christian’s movie will be hated by the world critics full stop! Show me one world critic that mention any good review for any christian’s movie. That itself will be a miracle. Just do yourself a favour, go and watch with your loved ones, family and friends. If you’re brave enough to invite unbelievers for this movie. Get the dvd, if you miss it. On the whole, this is a light, clean, fun, drama, feel good movie with no violence, no sexual references, no foul language and not much offensive behaviour.

Love the plot, the debates between the professor and the first year freshman. How brave is the muslim girl that stand up for her new faith, being thrown out of her home and disowned by her father. Of course, the Duck Dynasty fans will be happy to see them. I was informed they’re great, down to earth and successful reality show in US. One of my favourite moment is the feature Newsboys’ concert and the theme song, God’s not dead. I’m not going to give away the plot too much in case you have not see the movie yet. The reality of life is full of up and down, it is not bias. It does not care if you are a believer or atheist. You can choose to face challenges by yourself or believe there is a God out there to watch over you when you are thown into situation bigger than you can handle.

At last I found one fair and good review of this movie.
http://www.pluggedin.com/videos/2014/q3/gods-not-dead.aspx
Well, if you’re atheist, happen to stumble on this blog, have some respect, simply move on and have a nice life. I’m not interested in your opinions or start a debate with you.

Honestly, love to hear from you, my followers, if you’ve seen this movie. Give me some feedback.
Below is the movie trailer:

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I’ll leave you with this song by Newsboys:

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No Worries, No Worries [MF]

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Good day, lovely people! 
I am sure you may be aware and concern about the recent catastrophe events around the globe.  I am concern, saddened and a bit overwhelm by the recent tragedies that happen around the world. The natural disaster, conflict regions in the world, Malaysia Airlines flight MH370,  MH17, TransAsia Airways flight GE222, Nepal Airlines flight RA-183 and Air Algerie plane. One cannot help but feel for the victims and the families and friends that have to go through grief in such extend. Let us be mindful, and prayerful for them.

If you happen to be the affected people who mourn due to these tragedies or loss someone you love. Please accept my condolence: “I cannot imagine what you are going through. Extending deepest sympathy, for you in your loss. And hoping, too, that comfort and peace may come to you. Hold on to your good memories, and let them guide you during this time of sadness.” Hope and pray you are able to get proper closure, support from your local church, community, see a good shrink or a superb counsellor help you to move forward in life.

My beautiful and creative mate, Mel has written this touching poem that is  appropriate for the above situation.

He said it in the bible there’d be terror in the sky

But doesn’t mean His will is for the innocent to die

What it shows is that there’s evil and we aren’t evolving apes

There is a sense of right and wrong across the human race

 

The tragedies unite us in the justice in the cause

It make us more aware of each other when we morn

The only good that comes from the tragedies we face

Is the singing at the funerals of the song Amazing Grace

 

Our Life can be so easy and familiar we become

Not realizing it’s all futile and that heaven is our home

But the only way to get there is to believe on Jesus Christ

For He is the only answer the way the truth the life

 

No worries no worries

Jesus is here

No worries no worries

Jesus is here

 

Here to bring love to the hate all around

Here to bring hope to the hopeless and bound

Here to bring joy to your sorrow my dear

No worries no worries Jesus is here

 

Life can seem so hard when we’re running to and fro

People let you down and your friends become your foes

But Jesus is the saviour just wanting us to see

That life here now is nothing to His plan for you and me

 

The cry of every heart is a sense we’re not alone

That God is really real and sitting on the throne

The hope is that he is watching and understands it all

And nothing will get by Him in the end the bad will fall

 

When everything seems hopeless and life seems so uncertain

It is Jesus who has died and has opened up the curtain

His love speaks so much louder than the hatred that is hurled

Jesus is the answer to the worries of the world

 

No worries no worries

Jesus is here

No worries no worries

Jesus is here

 

Here to bring comfort to the mourning

Here to bring life everlasting

Here to bring peace to dispel all the fear

No worries no worries Jesus is here

– By Melinda Fletcher

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You Make Me Brave

According to my Honey favourite saying, “some days you are the bird, some days you are the statue.” I say to myself  ‘bull’s eye.” Some days in life are just more challenging than others. You wish you can just finish the day quickly, go to sleep. Hopefully, wake up to see issue resolve,  witness a miracle and enjoy many more good days. As we know it does not always happen that way. Sometimes we need to go through the fire for character building. Ouch, sound so painful. Nobody like receiving dreadful news, lousy health report, financial crisis, job loss, loss of an significant account, business closure, bankruptcy, homeless, lose someone significant, betrayal, misunderstanding, death of loved ones, abusive boss, unreasonable partner, never ending meetings, mountain of paperwork from office to tackle, conflicts with colleagues or associates, demanding clients, heated debates with spouse and family members, endless home management, networking and other far too many commitment. Out of sudden, life may seem spun out of control.

The important thing is knowing WHO is still in control, the great “I AM”. Just tell yourself to stop whatever you are doing for a minute and get your composure. Simply focus on breathing deeply. Inhale Jesus love and exhale enemy stress, repeat. Count to Ten slowly before you response to whatever crisis. A good reminder from pastor Bobbie Houston, “Eat, sleep, pray and repeat. Eat, sleep, pray and repeat. Eat, sleep, pray and repeat.”  Of course, talk to someone you trust or call a hotline near you to unload. Listen to good music, songs and starts to praise and worship God in advance for your good outcome or miracle.

If you are feeling a bit under the weather, or facing overwhelming situation, just pause and listen to this heart rending song, You make me brave by Bethel Music. Soak in, let it ministers to your inner being.

http://www.ccmmagazine.com/article/you-make-me-brave/

VERSE 1:

I stand before You now
The greatness of your renown
I have heard of the majesty and wonder of you
King of Heaven, in humility, I bow

CHORUS:
As Your love, in wave after wave
Crashes over me, crashes over me
For You are for us
You are not against us
Champion of Heaven
You made a way for all to enter in

VERSE 2:
I have heard You calling my name
I have heard the song of love that You sing
So I will let You draw me out beyond the shore
Into Your grace
Into Your grace

BRIDGE:
You make me brave
You make me brave
You call me out beyond the shore into the waves
You make me brave
You make me brave
No fear can hinder now the love that made a way

You make me brave
You make me brave
You call me out beyond the shore into the waves
You make me brave
You make me brave
No fear can hinder now the promises you made

I leave you with the Living Word to ponder, “Be strong and courageous, for you are the one who will lead these people to possess all the land I swore to their ancestors I would give them.” Joshua1:6 (NLT)

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Moms’ Night Out

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Last month, my working sisterhood connect organised http://www.thea21campaign.org/index.php the A21 Campaign fundraising movie event. The ladies choice was http://momsnightoutmovie.com/ Moms’ Night Out. I pitched in to coodinate and rally the ladies out for fun and doing good deed at the same time. We are so stoked that we raised A$314 for the night. Honestly, is an excellent, heartwarming, entertaining comedy with a compelling message for single and family to watch. Seriously, you don’t have to be a mom to enjoy this movie. I am not a mom and I utterly love this movie. Personally, I don’t know why this movie has received many critics and bad reviews. I still don’t quite get it. Perhaps the saying is truth,”haters gonna hate, no matter you are doing good or bad. They still have something to say.”

Below are some good endorsement from some high profile people.

“I love this movie! I wish I could treat every mom to a bucket of popcorn just to watch her laugh.” Beth Moore, teacher and author

“It’s always great to find a movie that you can enjoy with your family. That’s what my friends the Erwin Brothers have created with Moms’ Night Out. Enjoy it with your whole family!”
Michael W. Smith, Grammy-Award Winning Singer / Songwriter

“I saw Moms’ Night Out with my friends and we started laughing during the opening credits. This movie is hilariously funny from beginning to end! Yet, there’s also a message of hope and love that’s encouraging and uplifting. Whether you’re single, married, a mom or a grandma, it’s an absolutely entertaining movie that girls of all ages will love. (And men will too!)” Stacy Burnett, Director of Communications, Gateway Church
“MOMS’ NIGHT OUT is laugh-out-loud funny for Moms AND Dads and yet completely kid-friendly. It’s the perfect representation of the ‘Beautiful Mess’ of family life with kids.” Sherry Surratt, CEO, MOPS International
“Motherhood might just be the highest calling on the planet. Moms, that’s why it’s important for you to take some time for yourselves to be celebrated. Grab your husbands, grab your friends, and go see Moms’ Night Out, a family comedy you are going to love!” Dave Ramsey
Moms’ Night Out is a fun movie with a powerful message. You don’t have to be perfect to be a good mom (or dad). You can’t resign from being a parent; so you may as well enjoy the journey. True-to-life comedy at its best.” Gary Chapman, Ph.D., Author, The Five Love Languages
Moms’ Night Out will make mothers everywhere laugh, cry, and remember that their work is hard not because they’re doing it wrong—but because mothering is HERO’S work! Grab your girls, a sitter, and treat yourself to this gift! You’ll leave refreshed, full of hope, and ready to jump back into battle!” Glennon Doyle Melton, Author of New York Times bestseller Carry On, Warrior; Founder, Momastery.com
“I’m thrilled to have my song featured in Moms’ Night Out. As a mom I can totally relate to this film, and I think every mom will feel like their life is being played out on the screen. It’s hilarious and heartwarming and a quality film that the whole family can enjoy together.” Natalie Grant, Recording Artist
Moms’ Night Out is the type of film we wish there were more of: fun and funny for the whole family, touching and sweet, with a simple reminder of God’s love for us. This isn’t just a Moms Night Out — this is a date night and family night all rolled into one.” Gary Smalley, Bestselling Author and Speaker
Moms’ Night Out is not only an incredibly funny and relatable film for moms, but SURPRISE: it’s a movie that the whole family will still be laughing about and quoting long after seeing it. Count our family in for a Family Movie Night on Mother’s Day weekend.” Pastors Matthew and Caroline Barnett, The Dream Center and Angelus Temple, Los Angeles
Moms’ Night Out is a game changer. I laughed out loud so many times, fell in love with the characters, saw myself in their real-life situations, and wept at how the film spoke directly to my heart. This is a must-see for every mom and just a fantastic, feel-good family comedy. We loved it so much!!!” Francesca Battistelli, Recording Artist
Moms’ Night Out was laugh-out-loud funny and yet a very sweet story that every person in any family (moms, dads and kids) can relate to. It’s fun to watch from beginning to end and something you never see in a comedy anymore: it’s clean and safe for all ages!”
Jackie Garner, Women’s Ministry Director, Lakewood Church
Moms’ Night Out is funny, heart-warming, and not just for moms. Head to the theater with your friends, your husband, your young kids, your teens, your parents—and be prepared to laugh ’til you cry! No need to worry about awkward scenes, questionable language or innuendo—just funny, real-life comedy. Don’t miss it!”  Brenda Bayliss, National Program Manager, American Heritage Girls
“I alternated between snort-laughing out loud and soft, silly sobs while watching this larger than life portrait of the fun, craziness, and beauty of the vocation of motherhood. The film entertains, but also enlightens, on the true value of every mom’s work and worth. A great film for the whole family!” Lisa Hendey, Founder, CatholicMom.com
“When a movie cracks you up, gives you a keener view on your wife’s gnarly job as a mom, and helps you celebrate your family, that’s a great date night with your wife. Go with another couple and multiply the laughs.”
Jeff Kemp, Former NFL Quarterback, Vice President Family Life
“We laughed from the beginning to the end.” Mike Young, President and Founder, Noble Warriors
Moms’ Night Out honors women—and in particular mothers—like no other film I’ve seen. It doesn’t paint a glossy picture of motherhood, but it shows moms for who they are: The unsung heroes of our day who sacrifice so much to shape the next generation.”
Patrick Novecosky, Editor of Legatus magazine
“A powerful and humorous look inside the everyday family. One that makes you stand and applaud women everywhere who embrace the role of ‘Mommy’!” Joe Pellegrino, President, Legacy Minded Men

Well, if you haven’t seen it on the big screen, get the DVD or rent the DVD to enjoy with family and friends.

Some of the better reviews:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3014666/

http://www.pluggedin.com/movies/intheaters/moms-night-out.aspx

http://www.christiancinema.com/catalog/newsdesk_info.php?newsdesk_id=2848

Trailer below:

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Celebrate the life of Dr Maya Angelou (April 4, 1928 – May 28, 2014)

Good Day, Beautiful People!

May 28 2014,  the world has lost a legendary poet, author, teacher and warrior of peace, equality and tolerence, Dr Maya Angelou. Heaven gains a great heroine. Her writing has inspired and encouraged multitude in America and around the world. Even though she led a kaleidoscopic  life, her writings was so soulful, sensible and pragmatic. Good night, Dr Maya Angelou. You will always live in our hearts. One day, we will meet in heaven.

In case for some reason you are not familiar with her handiwork, you are in for more than just a treat. It is encouraging, empowering, powerful and life changing. Sharing some of my all time favourites, Dr Maya Angelou’s poems.

Still I Rise

You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may tread me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I’ll rise.

Does my sassiness upset you?
Why are you beset with gloom?
‘Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells
Pumping in my living room.

Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I’ll rise.

Did you want to see me broken?
Bowed head and lowered eyes?
Shoulders falling down like teardrops.
Weakened by my soulful cries.

Does my haughtiness offend you?
Don’t you take it awful hard
‘Cause I laugh like I’ve got gold mines
Diggin’ in my own back yard.

You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I’ll rise.

Does my sexiness upset you?
Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like I’ve got diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs?

Out of the huts of history’s shame
I rise
Up from a past that’s rooted in pain
I rise
I’m a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.
Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
I rise
Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear
I rise
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
I rise
I rise
I rise.

Touched by Angel

We, unaccustomed to courage
exiles from delight
live coiled in shells of loneliness
until love leaves its high holy temple
and comes into our sight
to liberate us into life.Love arrives
and in its train come ecstasies
old memories of pleasure
ancient histories of pain.
Yet if we are bold,
love strikes away the chains of fear
from our souls.We are weaned from our timidity
In the flush of love’s light
we dare be brave
And suddenly we see
that love costs all we are
and will ever be.
Yet it is only love
which sets us free.

Phenomenal Woman

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I’m telling lies.
I say,
It’s in the reach of my arms
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.
Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees.
I say,
It’s the fire in my eyes,
And the flash of my teeth,
The swing in my waist,
And the joy in my feet.
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Men themselves have wondered
What they see in me.
They try so much
But they can’t touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them
They say they still can’t see.
I say,
It’s in the arch of my back,
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
I’m a woman

Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Now you understand
Just why my head’s not bowed.
I don’t shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.
When you see me passing
It ought to make you proud.
I say,
It’s in the click of my heels,
The bend of my hair,
the palm of my hand,
The need of my care,
‘Cause I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me. 

I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings

The free bird leaps
on the back of the wind
and floats downstream
till the current ends
and dips his wings
in the orange sun rays
and dares to claim the sky.

But a bird that stalks
down his narrow cage
can seldom see through
his bars of rage
his wings are clipped and
his feet are tied
so he opens his throat to sing.

The caged bird sings
with fearful trill
of the things unknown
but longed for still
and his tune is heard
on the distant hill
for the caged bird
sings of freedom

The free bird thinks of another breeze
and the trade winds soft through the sighing trees
and the fat worms waiting on a dawn-bright lawn
and he names the sky his own.

But a caged bird stands on the grave of dreams
his shadow shouts on a nightmare scream
his wings are clipped and his feet are tied
so he opens his throat to sing

The caged bird sings
with a fearful trill
of things unknown
but longed for still
and his tune is heard
on the distant hill
for the caged bird
sings of freedom.

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Below is a significant teeny portion of Dr Maya Angelou interview with Oprah Winfrey.


I will leave you with her last profound tweet, ” Listen to yourself and in that quietude you might hear the voice of God.” It is still resounding in my heart.

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