Event

Emotional Honesty Workshop

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Conflicts happen. Misunderstandings occur. Situations that trigger our painful emotions arise. Unfortunately, we as human beings tend to do things to control or avoid facing these emotional situations. We get angry. We comply unwillingly. We detach and sooth ourselves with harmful behaviours. We avoid dealing with our conflicts in fear of more conflicts. As a result, we end up exasperating ourselves more and add more frustration in our relationships with others.

This Emotional Honesty Workshop will teach us how to be vulnerable with ourselves and others so that we can reduce conflicts, draw closer, and be more honest with those who are important to us in life.

Event

Fun With Lanterns During Mid-Autumn Festival

Mid-Autumn Festival is celebrated on month 8 day 15 of China’s lunar calendar (in September or October). Mid-Autumn Festival 2016 is on September 15.  To many Chinese, it is still the second most important festival after Chinese New Year. It is a time where family members get together and be re-united with joy and laughter.

Lanterns are an important part of the Mid-Autumn Festival. Many children would go around the neighbourhood carrying their lanterns, which would light up the streets in beautiful colours. Our Church celebrated the Festival enjoying a wonderful time with our children ministry.

Walking around the dark streets with our lanterns reminded me of the scripture in Matthew 5:14-16 14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”

Lessons

Grief is a gift from God to heal our hearts

Ecclesiastes 7:3-4
3 Sorrow is better than laughter,
For when a face is sad a heart may be happy.
4 The mind of the wise is in the house of mourning.
While the mind of fools is in the house of pleasure. (NASB)

22994335Tears have the power to mend our afflicted heart. The healing power  comes not when we are in tears by ourselves, but when we are in sorrow in the comfort of others. Notice that the tear duct is located in the eye. Not anywhere else but the eye. Our eyes are meant for seeing. And when we grieve, we need to see someone else’s eyes. The other eyes that grieves with us. The other eyes that understand our sorrow. The other eyes that reflect tenderness in our time of weakness.

And when you grieve, who will you let into that grief, that tender moment of pain and sadness?

By TML

Event, Parenting

Creating Healthy Boundaries for Children

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Follow Up Talks:
Aug 5, 2016, 8pm: Roadblocks To Creating Healthy Boundaries for Children (English with Chinese Translation)
Venue: Central Christian Church Johor Baru
16A & 16B Jalan Sutera Tanjung 8/3, Taman Sutera Utama, 81300 Skudai, JB.

Sep 2, 2016, 8pm: Connection and Discipline (English with Chinese Translation)
Venue: Central Christian Church Johor Baru. 
16A & 16B Jalan Sutera Tanjung 8/3, Taman Sutera Utama, 81300 Skudai, JB.

 

Baptisms

Jovial’s Baptism 8 July 2016

Jovial, just like his name, is a youth who is full of joy and laughter. He has been studying the bible for almost a year to learn what it means to follow Jesus. The one thing that I appreciate about him is his humility. Whenever we point out to him things that he has to repent of, he quickly makes the effort to change.