015 One Life To Live

Posted May 9, 2011 by armsforbattle
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These were their last words before they died.

 “What have I done, there is something very wrong”

Anton LaVey
Founder of The Church of Satan

“I’m perplexed” and later on said, “sometimes I hate myself.”

Aleister Crowley
Founder of the religious philosophy of Thelema
He is considered as one of the top source of inspiration by many music artists.

“Until now I thought there was no God or hell. Now I know there is both, and I am doomed.”

Sir Thomas Scott
Consistent scourge of the Roman Catholics

“I am in the flames!”

David Hume
The atheist died in utter despair with an awful scene crying out.

Died insane, completely out of his mind.

Nietzsche
German philosopher, poet and classical philologist against religion.

“I am abandoned by God and man. I shall go to hell. Oh, Christ, oh, Jesus Christ!”

François-Marie Arouet also known as ‘Voltaire’
A French enlightenment writer that did not believe in any single religious text.

“What blood shed! What murders! What evil council I have followed! O my God, forgive me… I am lost! I am lost!”

Charles IX, King of France
Which reign was dominated by the Wars of Religion.

“I would give worlds, if I had them, if the Age of Reason (an anti-Christian book) had never been published. Oh Lord, help me. Christ, help me. Stay with me. It is hell to be left alone.”

Tom Paine
An author, pamphleteer, radical, inventor, intellectual, revolutionary.
At the time of his death, most American newspapers reprinted the obituary notice from the New York Citizen, which read in part: “He had lived long, did some good and much harm.”

Shortly after Darwin’s death, Lady Hope told a gathering that she had visited Darwin on his deathbed and that he had expressed regret over evolution and had accepted Christ.

Why is it in their deathbed they expressed so much remorse and regret? Why throw out a life’s work out the window, that they had worked so hard to prove or despised in their own time and ways?

Was it their life flashed before them? Did demons appear before them preparing the way to hell? Or was it just a sudden realization that they had not contributed for the better of the society that they had lived in but made it worse?

The truth is, I wouldn’t know since I am still alive and kicking. And one thing for sure, I am not in their team. But there is a very important issue thus a lesson that should be learnt out of these guys. They had devoted their lives, and most of them did not believe in Jesus Christ. Spent so much of their time on earth to debunk this thing we call Christianity, creation and etcetera.

Most of us wouldn’t go to the extra mile to do what they did. But most of us would prefer to live our lives the way we want and disregard the existence of God, disregard that our Saviour came for you and me. What I am saying is, a lot of us out there prefer to be an atheists (okay, I know there is a lot of factors why people prefer to be one but hear me out).

If you have only one life to live, would it harm you to at least seek God once? Keep in mind that your life depends on it, if there is really heaven and hell? Wouldn’t you want to save yourself? There is nothing to loose.

Now, these are some other last words,

“The consolations of God to such an unworthy wretch are so abundant that He leaves me nothing to pray for but a continuance of them. I enjoy heaven already in my soul.”

Augustus Toplady
Preacher and author of the hymn, “Rock of Ages”.

“If this is dying, it is the pleasantest thing imaginable.”

Lady Glenorchy
Patroness of evangelical missionary work in Scotland

“I know I am dying, but my deathbed is a bed of roses. I have no thorns planted upon my dying pillow. In Christ, heaven is already begun!”

John Pawson
Minister

“Can this be death? Why, it is better than living! Tell them I die happy in Jesus!”

John A. Lyth
Christian

“How bright the room! How full of angels!”

Martha McCrackin
Christian

“Oh, that I could tell you what joy I possess! The Lord does shine with such power upon my soul!”

Mary Frances
Christian

“I will see Jesus; I shall see Him as He is! I have had the light for many years. Oh how bright it is! I feel so safe and satisfied!”

Sir David Brewster
Scientist and inventor of the kaleidoscope.

“The particular love of God for His own is overwhelming and powerful. If you don’t stand in awe of it, then you don’t really grasp its significance. We ought to be in awe, and like Israel, humiliated before such love. He does not owe it to us. Yet He condescends to love us nonetheless. If our hearts aren’t stirred with love for God in return, then there’s something terribly wrong with us.” – John MacArthur, Pastor

You got one life. You decide how your deathbed going to be.


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014 Really? Are We Really Hypocrites?

Posted August 21, 2010 by armsforbattle
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Its 1 a.m. in the morning, and this is what’s on my mind. Why do we judge so much when Christians throws a concert, a party or a gathering? To make matters worst, why are we so skeptical or reluctant to go to a local Christian event slash tour but we would travel slash pay so far slash so much money for a concert that a foreign Christian group organize?

Yeah… you felt that pricks you? Good. Now give me this opportunity to say just some simple truth.

First, We just love to judge don’t we? Like we love to say concerts and events that Christians organize are just hype. Or how it shouldn’t have any hype. Okay, to a certain point I know where that is relevant, but you never say that to a circular concert that you go to do you?

Or to the movie trailer that you watched that made you look forward to watch it so much that you are willing to sacrifice late nights just to catch that movie. I never hear anyone complain to the amount of hype there. Don’t we provide indoor plumbing, comfortable chairs, and air-conditioned halls for our services? Are we not providing the necessary hype in order people feels welcome?

So why judge so much about an event that could be life altering? Why are we bias towards and accepts whatever the world have to offer but judge everything that is God given? Are we really that blind?

Second, Why are we reluctant to go to a concert slash tour that was locally done? But would break bones to go to a concert that was done by a foreign group. Now this one pricks me personally, a lot of us spend time just mocking, criticizing anything local, as if nothing good comes from our land, and praising everything outside.

And I hope anyone that is reading this are not that dumb to think that I am saying everything foreign is bad, it’s not. Well to be honest, if we think that way towards our land and everything in it, aren’t we talking, mocking and criticizing towards ourselves?

It’s like you are studying so hard to get that results that you wanted, but you kept on telling yourself “you will never make it!”

If we believe that nothing good comes from our land then how can we advance? If we believe that everything that was produced locally is bad then aren’t we saying we are nothing but worst?

If we believe we can change our world, we need to start believing in ourselves. Not condemning ourselves, because if we continue to do that, we are nothing but hypocrites.

013 Are We Blind?

Posted August 19, 2010 by armsforbattle
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So many would know, that the world is in a major crisis. In a state where injustice takes place in front of our doorstep but we are too lazy, complacent or blind to look through the peep hole to check it out or even though care of what is going on outside our door.

Are we really that blind or are we just indifferent; Do we really not care about it? About what happen to the kids that are kidnapped? Woman who was raped, countless times? A man that works more than 17 hours just to feed his family and get his pay below the minimum wage?

Talking to a lot of people, some would have compassion and be stoked to change all this injustice, but what I don’t comprehend was how come there are a lot of us out there refuse to do something about it? Even when you came to know of the issues?

Even when you know that a girl is getting rapped at your doorsteps, you kept silent. When you sing of hymns of love and mercy, aren’t your eyes open to give love and to see mercy? When you speak of truth and justice from the word, why are you still blind to see the injustice that is happening all around?

I am sticking this up into anyone that are just so occupied with being busy with life that refuse to see that there is someone that is in need, that if we do not do something, sooner or later that danger is coming to our doorstep. And just imagine, if you were enslaved, trafficked for sex, 20 times a day, work until you are so weak you barely can feel the pain at your fingertips because it’s numb, wouldn’t you want someone to rescue you? What if the role was reversed?

You might say you are busy; well you have time to facebook, email, chat, go to your favorite karaoke bar, watch a movie or even read this horrible blog. There is always time for things, but there must be time for more important things.

“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices—mint, dill and cummin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law—justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former.

Matthew 23:23 (New International Version)

We should have enough of message of blessings and prosperity; it’s time for a message of hope for the hopeless, a message of valor for those who can stand, because we are weak in our seclusion. It’s time to rise up from our grave that will kill us eventually to help. For sure we cannot help everyone, but the ones that we know, that we heard of, we must.

If you want to make that difference, come to Change Your World Tour KL, September 4th @ Sunway Convention Center, 6pm-10pm.

012 The Sobering Truth

Posted July 17, 2010 by armsforbattle
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* As many as 27 million people are victims of human trafficking.

* No country is immune from human trafficking. Each year, an estimated 600,000-800,000 men, women, and children are trafficked across international borders (some international and non-governmental organizations place the number far higher), and the trade is growing. This figure is in addition to a far larger yet indeterminate number of people trafficked within countries. Victims are forced into prostitution, or to work in quarries and sweatshops, on farms, as domestics, as child soldiers, and in many forms of involuntary servitude.

* 80 percent of the victims trafficked across international borders are female and 70 percent of those females are trafficked for sexual exploitation.

* The International Organization for Migration estimates that each year 500,000 women are sold (trafficked) to local prostitution markets in Europe.

* Sex trafficking is a modern-day form of slavery in which a commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform such an act is under the age of 18 years.

* Traffickers use psychological as well as physical coercion and bondage, and it defines coercion to include: threats of serious harm to or physical restraint against any person; any scheme, plan, or pattern intended to cause a person to believe that failure to perform an act would result in serious harm to or physical restraint against any person; or the abuse or threatened abuse of the legal process.

* Victims of sex trafficking can be women or men, girls or boys, but the majority are women and girls. There are a number of common patterns for luring victims into situations of sex trafficking, including:

– A promise of a good job in another country
- A false marriage proposal turned into a bondage situation
- Being sold into the sex trade by parents, husbands, boyfriends
- Being kidnapped by traffickers

* Sex traffickers frequently subject their victims to debt-bondage, an illegal practice in which the traffickers tell their victims that they owe money (often relating to the victims’ living expenses and transport into the country) and that they must pledge their personal services to repay the debt.

* Sex traffickers use a variety of methods to “condition” their victims including starvation, confinement, beatings, physical abuse, rape, gang rape, threats of violence to the victims and the victims’ families, forced drug use and the threat of shaming their victims by revealing their activities to their family and their families’ friends.

*Information taken from the Trafficking In Persons Report, 2004. For more information and statistics, visit www.state.gov/g/tip/rls/tiprpt/2004/

011 More Than To Be The First

Posted July 8, 2010 by armsforbattle
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I grew up in a culture that teaches us to always to be the first in everything, in our education, sports, in our opinions, in the way we live. There is always something that we want, and we want it first. Its like we are in this unspoken race of who is better, better than the rest of the world, better than our parents, better than who we really are.

It’s always about your honor and glory towards yourself isn’t it? To be an instrument to yourself and gaining fame and glory for yourself, to work so hard so you can bring back the bacon… for yourself.

But I’m going to talk about being the second man, to be the instrument, the tool for something bigger. And that something bigger isn’t you but God and His noble cause. To be the second man is to be the instrument to a higher power.

The problem here is, we always want to go our own way. To go out in the world without restrictions to do whatever we want, to pleasure ourselves.  Then again another problem arises, we, yes all of us will never ever get enough to satisfy our needs or what we want. Because it’s not newsflash that we always want more for ourselves, we know it.

I’m not here to give solutions, but don’t it eats you up inside to know that you know you were meant to do something bigger than yourselves, to help others that could not? Just think about it, until when will we live for things that is temporary, that will perish sooner or later, and when will we invest our time and resources in something that will leave an impact in the people that is around us, things that will change the course of history. Until when will we stop thinking inwardly?

I’m not saying we need to quit our job or school and become Bono, but are we aware of the things that are going on around us that need change, issues in our country that need change? And stepping out of our comfort zone and take heed of what God has called us to do.

Some of us will be called to lead, but to lead as the second man with God as the first, And most of us will be called to follow, to be the second man that carry the burden, the second man that will inspire others that failed to see in hope that they too will strip off the narcissism in them.

We are all called to be second, to humble ourselves and submit to the calling that God has given to you and me. To lead without gaining anything but His fame and glory. To follow and encourage each other to do our best for His glory that by His grace that we united as one will change the future.

Our job is to believe the best and plant good seed, not to play God and pluck the weeds. And I say this humbly, until you really get it inside of you, of what it means to live by the grace of God, you will live for no one but yourself.

010 Pain In The Eyes That I Have Yet To See

Posted June 22, 2010 by armsforbattle
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It’s been a heck of a week for me and the team; coming out with new ideas, ways to communicate, how to increase awareness on issues that we are passionate about in Change Your World.

We are all stoked for all that’s happening, Change Your World Quests are taking place real soon and we can’t help it but to be on fire about all this stuff, more reason to be busy to change the world.

But I ask myself this question, why am I doing what I am doing? Well to be frank, this all about this verse, and I has never been more real to me than these last few months.

The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion—to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor.

ISAIAH 61:1 – 3

I may talk a lot of smack, but really what tears me inside is the fact that the amount of injustice that is out there, increasingly in numbers and victims. It tears me to hear another kid missing, that a girl in Nepal had just been sold to prostitution by her aunt for a small amount of rupees, young boys and girls in Bangkok are being chained down, locked up like prisoners for sex tourist to use them for a night, repeatedly.

It makes me sick, chill to my bones that this is all happening while we as who we are, people that are blessed with opportunities, choices and resources refuse, refuse to make that choice to help, instead we go around doing things that wouldn’t even matter 10 minutes later.

I am not saying that life should not be enjoyed by the little things that we do, as some readers would think that way by now, but give me this opportunity to say, how about the joy in the little and big things that we do that matters? That matters to someone’s life? Isn’t it ignorant to say that ‘I am blessed’ and refuse to help those who are in need desperately? Ignorance is ugly; cover up with all the things that you wear but that what you wear will never be who you are.

Most of us wouldn’t know what pain that these boys and girls, men and women that was trafficked across the globe for labor, sex, beaten up and amusement for those who couldn’t care less for humanity, let me tell you, the pain that you through daily wouldn’t measure up to the pain and fear that they live on constantly by a second.

There is that joy that I wish to see one day, that we could hold that girl, that boy by their face and tell them that it’s all ok now, that you don’t have to go through tonight what you have just been through last night, that you now can live life as child that you ought to be.

To see the pain in their eyes to fade away little, knowing that they are safe now, knowing that there are actually people out there that care. That is willing to go out of their comfort zone to save them. That is willing to make a difference.

Almost every night before I go to sleep I think about these people, I think how these people go to bed tonight? Are their beds as comfortable as mine? Did they get to eat a good dinner as I did? Do they have clean clothes as we are throwing away clothes that just out of date? Did they cry just wishing that someone out there would come and rescue, cry because it hurts to be used but not loved, cry because the pain is no longer bearable to their physical being, tears that longs to have tears of joy instead of tears of suffering?

There is just so much anger in me, anger towards what happening to them, pain in me, pain for our culture that embraces richness, luxury, ignorance, indifferent towards things that matters.

We all have been a victim of ignorance; we need to rescue our mind, our thinking, and our heart before we become completely oblivious in which Isaiah 61:1 says.

Change your world to change the world. Because someone’s life depends on it.

009 My Bedtime Stories – Shall Your Feelings Be Your Master?

Posted June 10, 2010 by armsforbattle
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Have you ever wondered why there are some things that you do daily even when you don’t feel like doing it?

For an example, I wake every morning and brush my teeth, even I don’t feel like doing it. I shower every morning, even when I don’t feel like it. I shave my beard, even I never once feel like it.

Like seriously, there are practices in my life, beliefs that I have made, hold on to, and committed to do that have nothing to do with how I feel.

I have made decisions in all these areas no matter how high or low I feel in my life. I believe in Jesus whether I feel like it or not, I love my family whether I feel like it or not.

My feelings factor in my life, but they don’t master it.

There are days that I feel I can take on the world and there are days that I feel the world has taken over me. That’s how I feel – But what does the truth say?

There are days that I feel like reading the bible and there are days when I don’t, there are days that I feel like praying and there are days that I don’t. At all. But what does the truth says?

Don’t let your feelings master your daily lives. Let’s start reading and praying daily even when we don’t feel like it. It’s like brushing teeth.