Sunday, April 26, 2015

Learnings on the Sabbath #1

It has been a year since my last post. There has been many changes in my life, including graduating from college, beginning my life as a full-fledged working adult, and most of all, growing in the knowledge of God. At present, I can safely say that nothing matters more than God. I believe that as compared to my old self a year ago, my thoughts on what this blog serves to do is slightly different from what I think of it now. 

At present, this blog will be an avenue for me to pen down lessons/key points learnt from sermons heard, hymns that come into my mind, and all things Christian related. At times, it may include my hobbies (e.g. lessons from the kitchen/snail mailing), but that will not be too often as I simply do not have much time for them now (or rather, I do not have much time to document the process). 

Moving on, here are some lessons learnt today and a hymn that stuck with me all day. 

Sermon Notes: 

We are Presbyterians
Acts 14:21-23

1. Government
Church governance 
a. Episcopal
- Rule by one (bishop/archbishop)
- Anglican/Methodist


b. Congregational 
- Rule by all
- Both mature and immature believers can make decisions
- Brethren/Baptist

c. Presbyterian 
- Rule by some
- More mature believers (biblically qualified men) to make decisions
- Titus 1:5
- Acts 14:23
- Proverbs 24:6
- 1 Timothy 5:17 (Teaching and Ruling Elder)
- Acts 11, 14, 16, 20, 21

2. Doctrine
- Salvation by GRACE Alone
- 5 Solas
- Romans 1:17, Ephesians 2:8-9
- 16th Century Reformation
- 5 Fundamentals of the faith
Inerrancy of scripture
Virgin birth of Christ
Miracles of Christ
Substitutionary atonement of Christ
Resurrection of Christ

Verbal Plenary Presevation - God preserved His Word through the ages (Psalm 12:6-7)
Westminster Confession of Faith Chapter 1 Paragraph 8 

1 Corinthians 13:8-10 - signs and wonders have passed away as we have the complete Bible


3. History
- To remember our history, our b-p roots; to know how we came about. 


Fellowship with brethren:

1. God is Sovereign
- What does it then mean to me, knowing that God is in control of all things?
- Does my life reflect that so far?
- How does my life reflect that understanding?
- How should my life reflect that understanding this week? 

Hymns reminded : 'Fear not little flock' and 'All your anxiety'


Hymn in head: 


1 Jesus, keep me near the cross,
There a precious fountain,
Free to all, a healing stream,
Flows from Calvary's mountain.

Chorus:
In the cross, in the cross
Be my glory ever,
Till my ransomed soul shall find
Rest beyond the river.

2 Near the cross, a trembling soul,
Love and mercy found me;
There the Bright and Morning Star
Shed His beams around me.[Chorus]

3 Near the cross!
O Lamb of God,
Bring its scenes before me;
Help me walk from day to day
With its shadow o'er me.[Chorus]

4 Near the cross!
I'll watch and wait,
Hoping, trusting ever,
Till I reach the golden strand,
Just beyond the river.[Chorus]


Till we meet again. 

Monday, April 21, 2014

Mar/Apr Update - Scrapbooking, Snailmailing, Toss & Turn, Carpenter and Cook






























She swims in the dark, longing for the light to come. Time seems to have come to a standstill. She waits, soaking in the cool breeze, dancing and prancing in the black and calm. How long my friend, she asks. How long. The wind whispers:

Time flies, it really does.
Go through the motion, and it will pass.
Soak in the moment, 
And it may last.
Time flies, it really does. 

"

It has been a month since I last posted. Many things have happened during that period of time, mostly school and in turn, took a toll on my health. Alas, I am done with school for at least a good few years. Until, that is, I decide it is time to be back again. Being at crossroads is never an easy choice.

Here's some things I've been doing during my free time, mostly scrap-booking and snail-mailing. If you are interested in pen paling, let's talk!


Scrap-booking 

I love doing craft; it is therapeutic for me. During one of my modules on perspectives of care giving practices, I presented my data in the form of a scrapbook, no less. Here's a picture of my presentation piece in class.



After bringing my piece to class, I learnt an important point - always consider the presentation layout of the environment. My piece looks bare on the table top. It was something I did not pay much attention to while preparing for it, and this new learning is indeed helpful for future styling purposes.



Outgoing Mail

Nadine opens a crafting online emporium named lepetitpaperie . She sells some really cute stuff that I adore. I came across her website through Instagram, and followed her ever since. Recently, she started #thehappymailmovement , a move to encourage random strangers who are going through some tough times. When she shared it, I was touched. She tugged at my heartstrings, and her decision to do so is quite in line with what I love to do: encourage others through letters/paper crafting, that is. Seeing that she was a little ill the other day, I decided to pop her a mini package. I hope it reaches her safely..




































In the month of March, I also participated in a #bottleupsummer swap organized by Nadine and Nia. Here's what I sent over to the UK. I can't wait for my swap partner to unravel the goodies packed inside! (:































Here's what my parcel pal sent over! Swoon~ for she really knows how to pack a heart-melting punch.































Incoming Mail

Finally, an incoming mail on my final day of class. I've never been so happy to read words and thoughts. 






























Food

Last, but not the least - good tasting food from Toss & Turn and Carpenter & Cook.




























Toss & Turn is a on-the-go salad shop. On most days, especially peak hours, you eat, and leave. Not the kind of place you can relax and enjoy, unless you don't mind the noise level, and people looking at you for your about-to-vacate seat. For a salad set this large, be prepared to spend above $10. Otherwise, go easy on your pocket. (:






































Carpenter and Cook. Where do I even begin? It has got to be one of the prettiest, if not, the prettiest set up I have seen in my cafe hopping life. Not that I cafe hop daily, but this place, well-known to many, win hearts on aesthetics. Their service is impeccable at the time I went by, and the food is pretty good. Just one thing I couldn't get over though - there was a mini black spider navigating its way next to me, and tiny ants attracted to the sugar packets on the table. Too much of nature in a cafe I suppose. In my idealistic mind, insects belong to the wild, where the wild things are.


Till then, 

Olive