Title: Agape – Sacrificial Love
Speaker: Pastor Daniel Tan
Date: 2 / 8 / 2013

Pastor Daniel, who is involved in ministry to the “orang asal” of Malaysia, said that Malaysia is a place rich with revival. He shared a revival which happened in 1973 among the Kelabit in Bario, Sarawak.  Bario is in the Kelabit Highlands (Mount Murud). The Kelabit is a small tribe with just about 5,000 persons. The revival broke out after much prayer for revival among the young people in the Bario. The Holy Spirit came upon the people with great power and conviction. The young as well as the old began to repent of their sins. Those convicted had their lives greatly changed.

Agape came into reality through supernatural ways.
When agape transforms you, you become a transformer.
Only agape love is transformational, any other love is transactional.
Agape is not a noun, it is a verb. We cannot understand agape until we experience it.

Mark 10:46-52
Blind Bartimaeus Receives His Sight

46 Then they came to Jericho. As Jesus and his disciples, together with a large crowd, were leaving the city, a blind man, Bartimaeus (which means “son of Timaeus”), was sitting by the roadside begging. 47 When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”48 Many rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”49 Jesus stopped and said, “Call him. “So they called to the blind man, “Cheer up! On your feet! He’s calling you.” 50 Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped to his feet and came to Jesus.51 “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked him. The blind man said, “Rabbi, I want to see.”52 “Go,” said Jesus, “your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road.

Bartimaeus means Son of the Unclean. When blind Bartimaeus met Jesus, he cast aside his old identity (his beggar’s cloak) to receive a great life-changing miracle by faith. He was transformed. Bartimaeus represents all of us, steeped in our sin, sitting in inner darkness beside the road of life. Then one day we cry out to Messiah, the Son of God, to give us the light of life. We bow our hearts to the Master, and He gives us sight. And we follow Him, now walking with Him on the road to our destiny.

-Without bible, we are truthless Christian;
Without power of the Holy Spirit, we are toothless Christian. –


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Ready , Steady, GO !!!!!


Summary for the Great Commission (Ready, steady, GO!)
The Great Commandment – Matthew 22:36-40
The Great Commission – Matthew 28:18-20
They share the same principle – to Love God and other people

We need to learn to discern God’s voice – John 10.
As athletes need training, we need too and it requires discipline.
The way of the world gets us unprepared.
Hence, we need ‘spiritual disciplines’ (daily devotion, bible studies, prayers and etc.) to keep us ready.

Like in a race, athletes ‘steadies’ just before the gun goes off – requires a good posture which means submission.
To submit, we must know our identity, we must know who is God (we must know who we are submitting to).
By knowing who we are and who He is, we are able to submit to Him.
In any difficult situations, we will know that we ourselves are not enough, but He is sufficient.

The calling – may be for a short or a long period of time.
We may be called to attend to a person’s need or be called to raise funds for a cause or to reach out to the unreached parts of the world (parts of the world where the gospel have not reach).
When we are called, we are to finish it.

Often there are times when we are asked to ‘GO!’, but we are not ready and steady.
Hebrew 12, we are to:
Run with perseverance.
Be ready – ‘spiritual disciplines’
Have that posture – submission
Be obedient when called
Lastly, it’s not about what we do, but rather more of being who we are, Christians.

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Occupational hazards

occu hazard

A worker may be exposed to few types of hazards, depending upon his or her occupation, for example Physical Hazards, Chemical Hazards, Biological Hazards, Mechanical, Hazards & Psychosocial Hazards.

Is Idolizing our identity (studies / job) a hazard as well ?
How are we going to overcome it ?
Join us on this Friday, 1pm, 1.10, by Doctor Tan Gaik Cheng.

Embrace yourself

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IMUCF Camp Reunion 2013

camp reunion 2013

Yoyo guys XD
It’s time for camp reunion !! 😀
Let’s come back, reflect what we have learned throughout the camp and worship Him together on this coming Friday !!
we’ll play some games together and someone will share their testimonies. Besides, food will be provided as well ^^ yummy yummy~

For those who din join the camp, you are WELCOME to join us as well 😀 it’s a great opportunity for you to listen to their testimony and have a nice fellowship with the campers.

See you guys ^o< have fun~

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A great testimony by Ashwin during Easter

Hi, everyone. My name’s Ashwin and today, I’m here to share my testimony on how I came to accept Christ, and what Easter means to me. I come from a multiracial, multireligious family. I was brought up as a hindu by my dad, but he was never strict or devout. My mom’s Catholic, so I knew early on what Good Friday, Christmas etc was all about, instead of having the perceptions about Santa or the Easter Bunny. Anyway, during my teenage years, I became increasingly disillusioned with hinduism as I saw it as being very ritualistic in many aspects, with many rules and things that didn’t make sense. I also felt a lack of connection to God, as hinduism involved many deities that were never personal; it was all about praying to them, but there was no true link, and no sincere love. I questioned the reason for my existence, and why I am who I am, but there was no answer. For a time, I became agnostic without the knowledge of my family, before I began to look into a number of faiths. I did have Christian friends, both Protestant and Catholic, but they never tried to force me into listening to them; instead, they gave me the space I needed and were more than happy to answer my questions whenever I asked them about Christ. I guess that topic always fascinated me a lot, even if I didn’t realize it. But I still had my doubts and fears, especially regarding what my family would think of me, so I wasn’t ready to embrace Christ at the time. Shortly before coming to IMU, my paternal grandfather passed away. He and I were very close, and his death devastated me. In the aftermath, I prayed to whoever would answer me, and the only one who gave me solace was Christ, even though I was not yet saved. In my 1st sem in IMU, I tried to find the courage to take the step, as I was now on my own, away from my family, but I kept chickening out at the last minute. It wasn’t until Sem 2 when it finally happened. It was on Good Friday last year. CF had a special service which for reasons unknown to me at the time, I decided to attend, out of the blue. I arrived at the service not truly knowing why I had come, but I had no intention of leaving. As worship began, I realized the true significance of what Jesus had done for us, by dying on the cross. I had never seen the song lyrics prior to that, and I had never sung songs of praise before, but there I was singing as though I had been doing it all my life. Something moved me during that time, and I began to cry, and I knew that it was God moving me. As the speaker gave his message on how Jesus saved us, I hung onto every word. At the end of the service, when the speaker asked if there was anyone who wanted to know more about Christ, my hand was up before I could even comprehend the speaker’s question. It was at that moment that I realized what God was doing. A boy who was once a skeptic became a young man who knew that a miracle had just happened. A boy who did not know his purpose in life died while a young man whose purpose in life is to serve God was born. And I have never looked back ever since that day. All this happened on a Good Friday, and that’s why this season of Easter means so much to me. I hope my testimony will remind you all that God works wonders in ways we can never hope to understand. Thank you so much for listening, and God bless you all.

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Last Friday , we had a good Friday service together with the staff of IMU.
We had Pastor Josephine from FGA KL with us and this is a summary of what she has spoken in the service.
Pastor Josephine spoke about the importance of the spending time to abide in God.
Abiding in God simply means letting go of all agendas and connecting with Him. It is not a ritual.
It means to be in God’s will and to listen to him.
God wants to hear from us because he wants to connect with us.
Practicing obedience will be the foundation in the storm.
In Psalm 63, David earnestly sought God and he was transparent before God.
When we come before God,

Firstly, we need to lay down our ISAAC
Isaac means your own agenda or thoughts.
Abraham by faith was ready to sacrifice his son, Isaac , in total obedience to God.
We need to learn to let go and be obedient because God looks at our obedience.
Delayed obedience is also considered as disobedience.

Secondly, we need to step out of the boat.
In the story where the disciples were in the boat during the storm, only Peter stepped out of the boat when Jesus called out to them. And when he did that, he experienced a miracle.
Our life or growth in God should not be stagnant.
Stepping out into new things in God will always be tested and is never going to be as easy as it seems to be, it is totally fine for us to express whatever we are feeling to God or to ask questions.
In Luke 22:42, before Jesus went to the cross, he expressed whatever he was feeling to the Father, asking him to take away the cup of suffering. The agony to be separated from the father was like death for Jesus.
Yet, Jesus still wanted God’s will to be done.
It is crucial to always understand what is God’s will for us and this comes with connecting with God.
If we do not connect with God, many times, we will miss out on his will for us.
We struggle at times to be in God’s will, but God is more anxious for us to step into His will , therefore, we just need to step into his will with confidence , don’t look back and just keep doing His will, for God will definitely and wants to help us through.
Isaiah 53
Jesus is our mediator, He understands.

Thirdly, we need to lay strong foundation in God
This is through waiting on Him, and seeking Him.
We need to know our God intimately.
Matthew 7:21-25
We need to give God space and allow him to walk in our lives.

Whatever seem impossible is possible with God.
Let us not limit what God can do.
If we do not step out in faith, we will never reach our breakthrough

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Learning for Life


The topic has been changed from being a Christian Health Care Student to Learning for life~
Learning for Life by Prof Cheng Hwee Ming
The 3 main points or take home messages for today CF :
Learning to do good
Bible verse: Titus 3:14
“Let our people learn to apply themselves to good deeds … and not to be unfruitful.”
The bible says we should ‘learn’ to do good deeds, it shows that doing good deeds does not come naturally. We should always be sensitive and habitually remind ourselves of the needs of the others. What we belief is often expressed in our lives. May God’s words fill our heart and may we glorify Him in our thoughts and deeds.

Learning to be contented
Bible verse: Phil 4:11
“…for I have learned, in whatever state I am, to be content…”
Paul was in prison when he wrote this. More often than not, we think that we will be contented when something happen in our future. For instance, we might think: I will be contended if I receive this offer. But Paul has learned to be contended in whatever state he was in, even he was in prison. His spiritual contentment reflected his trust in God. He believed that God is in control of His life and all sovereign. He put his trust in God as he knew God can be trusted.

Learning to be Christ like
Bible verse: Eph4:20
“… You did not so learn Christ, assuming that you have heard about him and were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus.”
We should always strive to be Christ like. 2 Peter 1:5-7 says that: For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. Peter promised the people if they do these things, they will never stumble.

Spiritual contentment: Having specific vision and purpose in our life & believe that God is all sufficient
Prof Cheng encouraged the members to make time to study the words of God as it is the eternal words from God and has eternal values. Now we the social network, we are easily connected but this can be a distraction.

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