BE 6: The God Pursuit

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So we’ve come to the last B.E of the semester. Emi was our emcee for this week and as usual, we had our 5+1 session where each member is encouraged to give a high-five and greet 6 other people but they have to connect with the 6th person they greet. After that, we had a worship session led by David.

After worship, Emi handed the time over to Pastor Palan for our sharing session. Pastor Palan is the senior pastor of Reservoir Garden Baptist Church (RGBC) and he shared on the topic GOD CHASER.

Watch the full sermon below!

Pastor Palan started off with an introduction about biblical examples of God chasers.

  • Moses & Joshua: Joshua will wait outside the tent when Moses goes in and even after Moses comes out, Joshua still stands at the entrance. Why is this? Because Joshua wants to get a glimpse or an anointing from God, even though he knows he cannot go in the tent. Joshua was waiting on God
  • Back to this modern world, many of us don’t know how to wait. Now, everything needs to be fast an instant for us thanks to the how quickly technology advances. The danger of this is that we might miss things.

Characteristics of a God Chaser:

  • The person’s hunger for God
    • Psalm 42:1-3 : Deer was chosen as it needs water and water is crucial to prevent overheating so it cannot survive without water. ‘As the deer pants for water..’ shows the desperate need of the deer for water. The Psalmist was trying to say that no matter what happens, I’ll chase after You (God).
    • Is God the first thing that comes to our mind when we wake up or is it other things?
    • God is attracted to hunger
  • God chaser is a glory seeker and glory carrier
    • Psalm 63:2
    • We can chase God any time at our own choice. It’s not all about the environment. It does not matter where we are.
    • Truth does not transform. Truth sets you free. But, the truth applied transforms.
    • Many of us want to go to a place that is ‘happening’ (referring to churches). It is very easy to do that but instead, we should make it happen wherever we are.
  • God chaser makes sacrifices for the sake of God and His kingdom
    • Philippians 3:7,12
    • When we sacrifice to chase God, we become a winner, not a loser.
  • God chaser serves God with his gifts, talents & everything he has
    • Deuteronomy 10:12-13
    • ‘He gives, He takes, yet I’ll choose to bless His name’. – Job. That is the attitude of a God chaser.
    • Don’t wait. The time is NOW.
  • God chaser seeks for purity
    • 1 Timothy 4:12
  • God chaser is a Man of the Word of God
    • 1 Timothy 4:12 = ‘…example for the believers in speech’
    • What we put into ourselves will be our output
    • Be an example in our speech. Keep our word.
  • God chaser invariably seeks after God with an undiluted passion
    • Psalm 105:3
    • All eternity is not sufficient to know God. If we ever feel bored with God, it means our passion is diluted.
    • If we are truly a God seeker, our first priority will be God

So with all that said, how do we seek God?

  • David sought God EARLY
  • We seek God with OUR HEARTS
  • We seek God in the Place of the WORD OF GOD
  • We seek God in the PLACE OF WORSHIP
  • We seek God in PRAYER
  • We seek God in SERVICE
  • We seek God when we live HOLY LIVES

 

By Hannah

Picnic BE: Living Out Loud

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On 18th November 2016, we had our BE..OUTDOORS? *Gasp* It was held in the USM Stadium and the MC of the day was Sarah! :D Audrey and Team step up and lead wotship acoustic style! The Speaker of the day is Mr Michael Williams! :)

Click on the link below to watch the sermon! :)

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BynUnCjEh-u8M3ZRbnFFZjd3dU0/view?usp=sharing

Pictures

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Audrey and Team with Acoustic Worship

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Sarah is the MC of the Day

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Mr Michael Williams and Andrew Ting!

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First ever Picnic BE! Smiles all around!

By Ruben Lai

BE4: Who Am I?

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With hearts both excited and maybe a little drained from classes and assignments, we gathered once again at LWC last 11th November for our 4th BE. After a kicking off with our weekly 5+1 greet and pray session, worship leader, Emi Uchiyama took over for a truly blessed time of worship.

It was a privilege to have Pastor Reuben share with us the message entitled, “Who Am I?”  With Reference from Romans 8-12-19, Ps Reuben pointed out the difference of being “Child” and “Sons” of God, where a Child of God is referred to someone who is still young and immature to the faith and easily led by the flesh and one who serve out of performance identity. On the other hand, a Son of God, is a matured disciple who is led by the spirit and not by their own understanding or the opinions of man and a person who serve out of Relational Identity. Through Romans 8:29, Ps Reuben pointed out how the image we have of Christ determines the image we conform to as well as our identity, self-worth and self-esteem.

Ps Reuben stated how as Sons of God, we reveal and represent the ways of our Father in heaven, reveal and represent the ways of Christ in our fathers in Christ and also how a son leads, disciples and fathers, our of sonship (not performance or rewards)

It was truly a fresh insight into our identity in Christ, as sons and not mere children. It was also a challenge given to all of us to reflect and realign our lives and service to one of a Son. After receiving the week’s announcements, BE 4 concluded with the well loved and well anticipated lunch at Bakti :)

Watch the video below to watch the entire sermon! :)

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Ever Smiling MC: Kelly Chew

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Emi and Team!

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Ps Reuben talking about Sonship

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Our very own Jasmin Ho passing the love gift

BE3 : BE(LIVE)

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On the 4th of November, it was the 3rd edition of BE for the first semester of the 2016/2017 sidang! It was MC-ed by our very own Mariana Tan! “ELLO”:D With Bernice and Team handling worship, it was indeed a great start needed after the mid semester break. :)

The speaker of the day is non other than Father Campbell and he shares about his life and how he served as a Chaplain and how it put him in situations that helped him grow himself and those around him. Watch the video below to hear the entire sermon! :)

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OUR MC OF THE DAY!

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Bernice and Team giving God the praise He deserves.

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Father Campbell and Miss President

MOMENTS

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Moments took place two times throughout the first semester of the 2016/2017 sidang! It was held in CLC on Wednesdays, 8pm- 10pm.

To see a number of people gathered together, arms stretched out praising Him is a beautiful sight to see. To be a part of it was even better.

A community of worshippers; praying and seeking; surrendering and letting God do His thing is such a Blessing.

Perhaps the one thing that lingered on even after days that passed was the pure knowledge and assurance of Gods Joy being our strength in moments of weakness, in the tears that we shed, in the overwhelming life around us, His Joy is our strength to keep going.

Moments wasn’t just another night of prayer and worship. It was a night my own heart felt Gods Peace which surpasses understanding and Love which knows no end.

Psalm 26:10 “Be Still, and know that I am God”

By Miriam

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Let us come and soak in His Presence.

FRESHOUT! 2016

As we come to the end of a busy week filled with classes, assignments, and life in general, we decided to end the week with FRESHOUT. It is a picnic organised by PKA to help integrate the first year students into PKA and to also allow the seniors to associate themselves with the first year students and vice versa. This year, we went to Youth Park aka Penang Municipal Park for FRESHOUT. Our journey to Youth Park began at 8am and it took us roughly around 30 minutes to reach there. THANK GOD FOR THE CLEAR ROADS and the smooth journey.

When we arrived at Youth Park, we unpacked our personal belongings, food, drinks and bag packs. We started our session of FRESHOUT with games organised by Marianna Tan and Deborah Ooi. The games we played were the Shoe ID and Zombie. The objective of the Shoe ID game was to break the ice between the members especially for the first year students. How the game was played was by throwing a slipper or shoe into a big pile. After that, everyone has to grab a random shoe or slipper and find out 3 new facts about the owner of the shoe or slipper. So after returning everyone’s smelly shoes and slipper, we moved on to the next game which was the Zombie game. The objective of the Zombie game was to get everyone up and running. It is also to act as a warm up session for the Captain Ball session we were planning to have later on. So how the game was played is by dividing our members into 3 groups that consist of zombies, survivors and assistants. The zombies were supposed to catch the survivors while the assistants were tasked with guiding the survivors to a safe house (tree) while the survivors, well they had to survive obviously. So after a good 10 minutes of running and chasing one another, the zombies emerged victorious.

Next, we went on to have our picnic at a shaded location with tables and chairs. We had a wide array of food that consist of nasi lemak, sandwiches, an assortment of fried fish balls, biscuits and many more. My initial concern was there was not going to be enough food to feed all 50 of us but by the grace of God we had more than enough and this is all thanks to the members who so kindly brought food along with them to add to the amount that we already have and to also fill our hungry tummies. As we were eating, we had a great time of fellowship with one another especially with getting to know our juniors better. Just sitting down with one another and catching up with one another especially after such a busy week allowed us to learn more about one another and to also encourage each other through the struggles we were facing, to continue striving and pursuing God in everything we do.

After we had our fill of food, some of the members went to have a dip at the nearby swimming pool while some went to take photos of the scenic views at Youth Park. The rest of us went to play Captain Ball and it was good to see everyone taking part and adding to the joy and laughter but sadly all good moments have to come to an end and we had to depart back for USM at 12pm but not before taking loads of group pictures to commemorate the moment.

All in all, it was a successful event and everyone who attended it had a great time together.

Pictures!

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Smiles all around! :)

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Thank God for Human Tripods! :P

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Up Up We Go.. We in PKA..we take our Captain Ball very seriously

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Makan and Fellowship.. cause that’s the best kind of fellowship.

By: Matthew Wong!

 

MOVIE BE: WAR ROOM (16/17)

With Mid semester break approaching, it was time again for Movie BE! This time we watched a movie entitled War Room! It is a movie about Prayer being a powerful weapon.

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Movie Summary: With great jobs, a beautiful daughter (Alena Pitts) and a dream house, the Jordans seem to have it all. Appearances can be deceiving, however, as husband Tony (T.C. Stallings) flirts with temptation and wife Elizabeth (Priscilla Shirer) becomes increasingly bitter, crumbling under the strain of a failing marriage. Their lives take an unexpected turn for the better when Elizabeth meets her newest client, Miss Clara (Karen Abercrombie), who encourages the couple to find happiness through prayer.

Reflection

The movie truly challenges PKA members to lead a more prayerful life. There is a constant need to be discipline and set aside time to pray whatever our situation may be. There  is power in every prayer and if we choose to not surrender to God, we will surely fail or grow weary. We must not be affected by the lies that the Devil put into our life but walk in confidence knowing that God is bigger than those lies. So, we must arise in faith and lead a life that is prayerful not only for ourselves, but also to those around us.