Tuesday, 28 April 2009

Dinner at house 38 again....again....

Date: 19th April 2009
Venue: Kang Kang's house

It's time to bless the Malaysian students again with our
cooking AGAIN...... This time both Nelson and I had
to prepare and cook the dinner as too much to be cooked.

We really had a crazy night. House 38 was filled with
laughs......We teased Roger (he's a medical student)
to be specialized in :
1) hearts - have potential patients as people staying in house 38
always eat roasted meat or lamb.

2) E & T - have potential patients as people staying in house 38 always
eat roasted lamb (according to Kang & Nelson, if you consume too
much lamb, it will affect your hearing.... how true is that? check it out
yourself.....)

3) brain - have potential patients too as people staying in house 38
(especially Kang) studied too much and become not normal.......

haha..... speechless
!!!!


From left: Nelson, Kang, Terry, Wen Liang, Kris, &
come member (Roger)



Roaster Pork (prepared by Nelson & Kang)



Steam fish (prepared by Nelson)


Vege with Taofoo (ta pao by Terry)


Not a dish actually..... just some prawn heads..... yucksss


Prawn with cashew nuts (ta pao by Terry)


Stir fried cauliflower (prepared by Joyce)


Stir fried celery with chilli (prepared by Joyce)


Best dishes!!!!! Sambal seafood (prepared by Nelson)


Fried egg with mushroom (prepared by Joyce)

Saturday, 25 April 2009

I'm proud of you, Carrie!!!!!

Thanks to my husband who shared this news with me.....
Thanks to Jia Cheng who shared the report about this news
in Mandarin.

This news really made me think about myself in that situation....
will i stand firm for God's truth even if i'm challenged? Will
i forsake God and do something that will benefit myself?

Mark 8:38/Luke 9:26
"If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful
generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when he comes in
his Father's glory with the holy angels."







4月19日,2009年度美国小姐(Miss USA)竞选决赛
在拉斯韦加斯举行,全美各州与首都华盛顿特区的50名
参赛佳丽进行了一场激烈的角逐。其中,来自加州的佳丽
凯莉‧普里珍(Carrie Prejean)当场被问到如何看待同性
婚姻的看法的棘手问题,这位来自圣地亚哥基督徒学院的
虔诚姊妹坦诚表示,她认为婚姻应当是一男一女的结合。
虽然为 此她付上失去赢得“美国小姐”称号的代价,但是事
后她表示并不后悔。

当晚现场回答裁判提问环节,凯莉抽到了8号裁判好莱坞
著名博客主人佩雷兹‧希尔顿(Perez Hilton),这位同性恋人
士问到“最近佛尔蒙成为美国第四个同性婚姻合法化的州,
你认为每一个州是否要学习?如果是的话,为什么;
不是的话又是为什么?”

她回答说,“我想美国人能够选择同性婚姻或者异性婚姻,
这都很好。在美国,你既可以选择同性婚姻,也可选择不结婚....
但是我想在我的郡县、我的家庭, 我相信婚姻应该是一男一女结合
——我并不是攻击任何一个人——但是我是在这样的家庭中长大的,
我想婚姻应当是一男一女结合。”

对此答案,佩雷兹露出失望的表情,现场也有人抱以嘘声,
但更多人则给予鼓掌与欢呼。加州去年曾通过同性婚姻合法
化法案,但去年11月的公投中,加州选民通过八号提案而重新
禁止通行婚姻。

最后,美国小姐的桂冠落在了来自北卡、21岁的克丽丝汀‧戴顿
Kristen Dalton)手里,凯莉则屈居亚军。

事后凯莉在接受《福克斯》新闻访问时,坦言说出她的感受:
“透过在全国观众面临回答这个问题,上帝试验了我的品格和
我的信仰。我很高兴我保持了真我本色。”

对于因此而失去了赢得美国小姐桂冠是否存有遗憾,她在接受
NBC专访时表示不因此而后悔,并且再次明确表示她支持一男
一女的婚姻。她说:“我已经准备好了 回答问题。当我从佩雷兹
那里听到问题时,我知道当时我那样回答的话,我定不会赢得
美国小姐的......我所说的答案是从心底而来的,是从我的信仰
和我的 神而来的。我所给出的答案在政治上来不是正确的答案,
但是对我而言,这是个基于《圣经》的正确答案。”

对于凯莉坦诚给出的答案,佩雷兹事后透过博客、发放视频等
表示,凯莉没有赢得冠军是因为这个问题。他说,如果凯莉最
后赢得话,他会跳上台把她头上的桂冠夺下来,然后夺门而出。
他还在博客上称呼凯莉是“半边脑子哑了的人”,他还说她
“疏远了如此多的人”。

MSNBC的早间节目中,凯莉被问到如何看待佩雷兹这些
对于她的攻击,她说:“我只能对他说我会为他祷告的。
我对他感到抱歉,我真的感到抱歉,我想他感到愤怒,
我想他受伤了。每个人都有权说出自己的观点,他专门
问我对于这个事情的看法如何,我则给出了一个诚实的答案。”

凯莉目前在圣地亚哥基督徒学院就读,学习成为一名从
事特殊教育的小学教师,并且在一所美南浸信会的小区
教会的国际事工中心做义工,帮助一些难民学习英文。

凯莉的勇敢行为赢得了来自很多教会领袖的赞赏。圣地亚
哥一名美南浸信会积极推动八号提案的牧师Chris Clark说:
“她非常勇敢,特别是你想像在那种场景下。你望着佩雷兹‧
希尔顿的眼睛告诉他,没有攻击的意图,只是说出你相信的,
那真是勇敢的。这就是我 们所更多需要的,而且她是以一
种友好和很尊重对方的方式做出来的。她棒极了!”

Happy birthday, Ezra

Date: 24th April 2009
Venue: Ezra & Edith's house

Blessed bithrday to you!!!
He will be the sure foundation for your times,
a rich store of salvation and wisdom and knowledge;
the fear of the Lord is the key to this treasure.
(Isaiah 33:6)


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Many people always envy at Malaysian as we can
speak many many languages...... haha

Farewell for Grace

Date: 21st April 2009
Venue: Jill's house

It was a sudden that Grace wanted to go back to Singapore for good
with her husband. It was quite sad.....but God always has a great plan
for us wherever we will go and wherever we are.

Joshua 1:9
..... Be strong and courageous, for the Lord your God will be with you
wherever you go.

Grace, May God bless you and family abundatly in Singapore!!!


Pray for Grace


Manage to take a group photo.....
Back (from left): Susan, Grace (Korean), Jill, Edith (Malaysia)
Front (from left): Yoko (Japan), Joyce

Monday, 20 April 2009

全球祷告日 - 本届“全球祷告日”主题:转化 (transformation)

今年5月31日为“全球祷告日”,全球基督徒将再度联合到神
面前悔改祷告。全国祷告网络日前发出“全球祷告日
”主席葛理翰‧伯尔的邀请信,邀请各地基督教会在这
天同心寻求神。

邀请信上说,近年来,全球数以百万计的信徒在全球
祷告日这一天同心祷告,认罪悔改。去年2008年5月31日,
总共有来自214个国家的信徒参与全球祷告 日运动。
他们的恳切祈祷、呼求,在体育场、广场、小区
中心、居家等四处回响,这些祷告蕴有大能,
能更新转化我们的世界,使列国充满神的荣耀。

今年神再度呼召来自东、西、南、北的列国百姓,与神同工。
葛理翰‧伯尔表示,神威严的大能正在全地运行,祂正挑战
儿女在这祷告之旅中与祂同行。他邀请弟兄姊妹凭信心相信,
“今年全球会有220个国家参与,每个国家都有信徒起来为
他们的国家站在破口代求。”

“全球祷告日”运动分为三个阶段,从初期教会诞生的历程得
启示──十天的恒常祷告(直到五旬节),一天公开祷告聚会
(使全城百姓可以目睹),
接着是多日的蒙福日子。

今年从5月21日起到30日,为十天的恒常祷告;5月31日在
大体育馆或其它公众场合聚会;接着,从6月1日至8月29日,
进入为期九十天的祝福季。正如 在首个圣灵降临的五旬节后,
被更新转化的信徒献身服事,成为神响应
他们祷告的器皿,使他们所在之地因而得到更新一样,
“全球祷告日”运动期望牧者、教会机 构、职场领袖都能联合,
为所处的小区带来实际、转化的祝福 。

Hope Springs Europe Prayer Conference 2009

Dear Friends and Partners in prayer ministry

Greetings to you in Jesus’ Name.

We are pleased to announce the series of Hope Springs Europe
conference for 2009.

Since our series of prayer conferences in 2008, the world we live in
have been experiencing dramatic changes, the economic downturn,
the mass unemployment, bankruptcy of banks. Difficulties faced by
the financial institutions meant that we have to re-think or re-evaluate
our value system as Christian, on who or what our security on?
Could your faith remain firm and immoveable through these challenging
times? We seek to help you by training your to learn how to listen to
God to discern His voice, so that you can grow in your relationship
with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.

The theme for this year is ‘Surprise by the Voice of God.’. I am very thankful
to God that He has provided me with a core team of experienced personnel
to work together with me. I trust you will come along for our English prayer
conference in October and meet them. Children programme is available this
year. Our ministry is called Hope Springs Europe. The direction is based on
Isaiah 61:1-4.

http://www.hopespringseurope.com/


粵語禱告營

二零零九年七月廿七至廿九日(週一至週三)
主題: 神聲微語響徹心
講員: 有待確定
地點: King’s Park, Northampton, NN3 6LL

普通話禱告營

二零零九年七月三十一至八月二日(週五至週日)
主題: 神聲微語響徹心
講員: 有待確定
地點: Leicester Chinese Christian Church, 64 Clarendon
Park Road, Leicester, LE2 3AD


English Prayer Conference

9th to 11th October 2009 (Friday to Sunday)
Theme: Surprise By the Voice of God
Speaker: To be confirmed
Location: Bawtry Hall, Doncaster, UK

Single Fellowship

Date: 19th April 2009
Venue: Alex & Wendy's house

This was the first time we attended the Single Fellowship led by
Alex & Wendy. This fellowship is sepcially for those brothers &
sisters are still single & available (and also not available lah!!!!)
Sometimes, they do invite married couples to share about their
marrige life and give some advices and guidances. We enjoyed
the fellowship so much!!!!





Sharing time....

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BBQ with Tao Tao's family & Amy's family

Date: 18th April 2009
Venue: Tao Tao's house

We were very grateful to be invited to another Sunday School kid's
(Tao Tao) house for BBQ. Her mom is also a Sunday School teacher.
Beside than Nelson & I, they also invited another family. Both their
children (Amy & Andy) comes to Friday children class. We had a
lovely day.... The weather was really good for BBQ. Thanks Tao Tao's
dad & Nelson for their effort in BBQ all the food for us....


Lil Amy, Joyce & Tao Tao


Lil Amy, Nelson & Tao Tao



Nelson, Tao Tao's dad, Amy's dad


Doing stunt?


Nelson's favourtite kid...... haha....

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Friday, 17 April 2009

失敗!有獎!

失敗!有獎!

這些天,兒子怪怪的,蜘蛛似地整日粘在網上。我暗自納悶:
「他在聊天,玩線上遊戲,還是看影片?」下線之後,他也是若有所思,
跟他說話心不在焉,宛如走火入魔。這些年來,我們彼此信任相處的默契,
我在等待,他親口告訴我緣由。


他沒有辜負我,謎底終被揭開,他見我經常發表文章,便下定決心,
要與老媽比高低。
於是,將自己的作文,貼在一家兒童刊物的約稿網裏。
一次、兩次,不停地失敗,
可是他不服,得到了編輯的指導後,
又繼續衝刺。終於有一篇被留用,編輯說,文筆精彩,相當看好。


他說:「表現得那麼神秘,只是想給你一個驚喜。」收到這份驚喜的,
卻不只我一個。
到底是孩子,藏不住心事,幾乎要昭告全天下,
親朋好友、老師同學,無人不知。
班導師允諾,一看到雜誌,
就給他頒發「創作之星」獎。


可是,雜誌卻遲遲不來,兒子日日巴望著,郵差一來,他總最先迎上去,
然後落寞地走開。忽然有一天,他把自己關在屋子裏,很久才出來。
他告訴我,編輯在網上留言,那篇文章始終沒過終審。他默默地吃飯,
寫作業,洗漱。


我抱著一盒漫畫書,敲開他的門。這個禮物,是他夢寐以求的,
他卻倔強地扭過頭去不接。我說:「這是獎品,是失敗獎。」
他驚訝地睜大眼睛,薄薄的單
眼皮澀澀地重疊著,很顯然他哭過。
我誠懇地說:「我要獎勵你,你勇敢地向媽媽挑戰,又勤奮地練習寫作,
作文取得那麼大的進步,兒子,我真的為你驕傲。」他
抬起頭,
頓時眉宇舒展開來。


第二天放學,他開心極了,說大家都羡慕他有這麼酷的媽媽,
居然給孩子發失敗獎。
而那個失敗在孩子們眼裏,竟然也變得光彩奪目了。
我做飯,兒子翻看著桌上的
《讀者》,裏面轉載了我的
《親人節快樂》一文。


兒子發現雜誌設了一個<最受讀者歡迎的文章獎>,可以透過發訊投票。
他一下振奮起來,
預備在親朋好友間拉票,我忐忑不安地說:
「兒子,這不好吧,如此興師動眾,萬一失敗了,媽媽該多不好意思啊!」
他笑了:「媽媽,別怕失敗,失敗了,我也給你發獎!」我暗自慚愧,
我們這些大人指導起孩子來,個個都很權威,一旦遇到同樣的事,

最缺乏勇氣的往往是我們自己。

新一期《讀者》上市了,兒子拉著我,急急地去看獲獎名單,看一遍,
沒有我,再看一遍,仍然沒有。他呆住了,半晌才說:「媽媽,我們又
失敗了。」聽到這個脫口而出的「我們」,我心裏微微一暖,仿佛有早
春的陽光,灑落心底,原來,有愛的人在旁邊,連失敗都
有甜蜜的滋味。


第二天,我剛起床,兒子就高喊著口令進房來。他昂首挺胸、踢正步敬禮,
然後,
舉起一個紙筒,開始發表莊嚴的頒獎演說。可是,剛開頭就忘了詞,
他滿臉尷尬,

乾脆直接把獎品塞給我。那是一個金色的小球,用手指一捏,就有嬰兒
此起彼落地嬌憨、無邪笑聲,極富感染力,我們倆爭著去捏,?
那間笑聲滿屋。


兒子的生活,竟漸漸變得精彩紛呈,隔些時候就有最新消息播報──
數學測驗成績不佳、口語比賽獲獎、乒乓球賽慘遭淘汰、
競選音樂課代表大獲全勝
……勝了,由學校發獎,輸了,
由媽媽發獎。他愈戰愈勇,仿佛每一次挑戰,都有無窮樂趣。
他的班導師對我感嘆,你兒子變得好勇敢,愈來愈讓人刮目相看。


早餐桌上,我問道:「連班導師都刮目相看了,是你改寫了
金氏記錄,還是改變了全球
氣候?」他說:「我給老師發了一
個失敗獎。」失敗獎都給到老師去了,原來是這個舉動
引人側
目與驚嘆,我不禁戲謔著說:「如果下次你要給外星人發
失敗獎的話,一定要邀請我去做觀禮嘉賓喔。」


沒多久,我接到一個遠從珠海打來的電話。對方說,他去年
學校剛畢業,曾在兒子的班裏試教。某天早上由於扁桃體發炎、
高燒,再加上緊張,課上得一團糟,實在撐不下去,他狼狽
得想逃。他在學生們面前告解:「這節課太失敗了,我知道
自己不會被錄用,
我們提前下課吧。」說著,年輕的淚,
就那麼當眾落下。


忽然,我的兒子舉起了手,對新老師說:「我們家有個失敗獎,
無論誰失敗了,都可以領獎。因為每次失敗,都是一次獎勵,
收集很多的失敗,就可以換到一個成功。」新老師頓時傻了。



兒子給新老師的獎品,是首流行歌,歌名是──《我的麥克風》。
先是他一個人唱:
「是誰搶走了我的麥克風,沒關係,
我還有我的喉嚨,是誰看扁了我沒有觀眾,我自己,
第一個被感動。」後來,孩子們漸漸都站起來,跟他一起唱:
「有誰成功沒下過苦功,有誰出生就拿著麥克風?」


歌聲越來越響亮,連評委老師都不禁動容。而那位失敗者,
在向孩子們鞠躬時,
已是淚流滿面。他說,他得到了世上
最好的獎品,他發誓,一定要成為最好的老師。

臨走時,他記下了兒子的電話號碼。「現在,我是三年級的
班導師,我在班裏設了
一個失敗獎,所有的孩子都相信,
每次失敗都是一次獎勵,收集很多的失敗,就可以

換到一個成功。」

門鈴響了,郵差送信進來,是給我的一本雜誌和一張淺綠色的
匯款單,附註欄寫著
──「最受讀者歡迎文章獎」,
我急忙翻開書,我竟然是第一名,原來,

獲獎名單要隔兩期才會公佈。「我們都成功啦!」兒子用他的鼻尖,
緊緊抵住我的額頭。歲月綿長,成功、失敗我們都該好好地享受,
只要有顆勇敢的心,無論遇見的是什麼,都是生命一場又一場的豐
厚的恩賜。即使失敗也沒關係。


許多孩子有遇上一點挫折就垂頭喪氣的通病,對於這樣的孩子,
不論如何鼓勵或斥責,
都不太能夠發揮效果。要使孩子擺脫消極
內向的個性,必須先教導他們「失敗的價值」。父母可以跟孩子
分享自身的挫敗經驗,告訴他們自己從中學習到的事情,
促使孩子效法父母,慢慢不再畏懼挫折。

Wednesday, 15 April 2009

My redeemer is faithful & true

Indeed, my redeemer is faithful and true

Walk....

Date: 13th April 2009
Venue: Park (Selly Oak)

It was holiday, so we did not have to work. We went for a walk in a park
.
The weather was good but a bit windy.






I am a part time student in this college but never step into
this college before.... hahaha.....


Taken similar photos before back in Penang with my sis and Wooi.
So, tried it again in this park.... Thanks to my professional
photographer.....Nelson...good job!!!



Take #1


Take #2


Take #3


Em... Joyce... are you talking to a dog???



Later, i wanted to try to take that "jumping" style's photo.....
BUT!!!! unfortunately..... These were the results......Oh no!!!!!


Take #1 - Wanna fly but too heavy.....


Take #2 - Hopping with joy!!!!


Take #3 - em......

Lunch with Malaysians.....

Date: 11th April 2009
Venue: Spice Buffet

It was great to have lunch with all Malaysian during the Easter weekend.
It's so relaxing that we can gathere with Malaysians as we can speak
Malaysian's mandarin & Malaysian's English..... hahahahhaha


Monday, 13 April 2009

Good Friday & Easter

Wish to share with you message from Pastor Siew.

Christ Jesus declares,
"I am the good shepherd. The good shepehrd lays down his life for his sheep....No one takes my life from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have the authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again." (Jn.10:11,18)
"For the Son of Man came to seek and save what was lost." (Lk.19:10)
"For even the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve, and to give his life as aransom for many." (Mk.10:45)
The apostle Peter declares,
"He (Lord Jesus) himself bore our sins in his body on the tree (cross), so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed." (1 Pet.2:24)
Let's be grateful for what Christ has done for us by offering ourselves as living sacrifcies to live for him! (Rom.12;1-2)
Christos anesthe! Alethos anesthe!
Christ is risen! He is risen indeed!
Therefore apostle Paul encourages us saying,
"Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm! Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you now that you labor in the Lord is not in vain."
(1 Cor.15:58)

Saturday, 11 April 2009

Good Friday & Easter

Date: 10th April 2009
Venue: Elim Church

We had different style of Good Friday service this year. After the short
message by pastor Matt, we were given opportunity to walk around
to different stations to read the scriptures and ponder upon Jesus love
for us. We prayed with thankful heart.


The Lord's Supper (Mark 14: 12-26)

On the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, when it was
customary to sacrifice the Passover lamb, Jesus' disciples asked him,
"Where do you want us to go and make preparations for you to eat
the Passover?"
13So he sent two of his disciples,
telling them, "Go into the city, and a man carrying a jar of water
will meet you. Follow him. 14Say to the owner of the house he
enters, 'The Teacher asks: Where is my guest room, where I may
eat the Passover with my disciples?' 15He will show you a large
upper room, furnished and ready. Make preparations for us
there. 16 The disciples left, went into the city and found things just
as Jesus had told them. So they prepared the Passover.
17When evening came, Jesus arrived with the Twelve.
18While they were reclining at the table eating, he said,
"I tell you the truth, one of you will betray me—one who is eating
with me." 19They were saddened, and one by one they said to him,
"Surely not I?" 20"It is one of the Twelve," he replied, "one who dips
bread into the bowl with me. 21The Son of Man will go just as it is
written about him. But woe to that man who betrays the Son of Man!
It would be better for him if he had not been born." 22While they were
eating, Jesus took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to his
disciples, saying, "Take it; this is my body." 23Then he took the cup, gave
thanks and offered it to them, and they all drank from it. 24"This is my
blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many," he said to
them. 25"I tell you the truth, I will not drink again of the fruit of the
vine until that day when I drink it anew in the kingdom of God."
26When they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.



Jesus predicts Peter's denial (Mark 14: 27-31)



Jesus Predicts Peter's Denial 27 "You will all fall away," Jesus
told them, "for it is written: " 'I will strike the shepherd,
and the sheep will be scattered.' 28But after I have risen,
I will go ahead of you into Galilee."
29Peter declared, "Even if all fall away, I will not."
30"I tell you the truth," Jesus answered, "today—yes,

tonight—before the rooster crows twice you yourself will
disown me three times." 31But Peter insisted emphatically,
"Even if I have to die with you, I will never disown you." And
all the others said the same.


Gethsemane (Mark 14: 32-42)




They went to a place called Gethsemane, and Jesus said to his
disciples, "Sit here while I pray." 33He took Peter, James and
John along with him, and he began to be deeply distressed
and troubled. 34"My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the
point of death," he said to them. "Stay here and keep watch."

35Going a little farther, he fell to the ground and prayed that if
possible the hour might pass from him. 36"Abba, Father," he said,
"everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not
what I will, but what you will." 37Then he returned to his disciples
and found them sleeping.
"Simon," he said to Peter, "are you asleep? Could you not keep
watch for one hour? 38Watch and pray so that you will not fall into
temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak."
39Once more he went away and prayed the same thing. 40When
he came back, he again found them sleeping, because their eyes
were heavy. They did not know what to say to him.
41Returning the third time, he said to them, "Are you still sleeping
and resting? Enough! The hour has come. Look, the Son of Man is
betrayed into the hands of sinners. 42Rise! Let us go! Here comes
my betrayer!"


Jesus arrested (Mark 14: 43-51)
43Just as he was speaking, Judas, one of the Twelve, appeared.
With him was a crowd armed with swords and clubs, sent from the
chief priests, the teachers of the law, and the elders.
44Now the betrayer had arranged a signal with them: "The one
I kiss is the man; arrest him and lead him away under guard."
45Going at once to Jesus, Judas said, "Rabbi!" and kissed him.
46The men seized Jesus and arrested him. 47Then one of those
standing near drew his sword and struck the servant of the high
priest, cutting off his ear.
48"Am I leading a rebellion," said Jesus, "that you have
come out with swords and clubs to capture me? 49Every day
I was with you, teaching in the temple courts, and you did not
arrest me. But the Scriptures must be fulfilled." 50Then
everyone deserted him and fled. 51A young man, wearing
nothing but a linen garment, was following Jesus.
When they seized him, 52he fled naked, leaving his garment behind.


Before the Sanhedrin (Mark 14: 53 -65)



53They took Jesus to the high priest, and all the chief priests,
elders and teachers of the law came together. 54Peter followed him
at a distance, right into the courtyard of the high priest.
There he sat with the guards and warmed himself at the fire.

55The chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin were looking for
evidence against Jesus so that they could put him to death, but
they did not find any. 56Many testified falsely against him, but
their statements did not agree.
57Then some stood up and gave this
false testimony against him: 58"We heard him say, 'I will destroy this
man-made temple and in three days will build another, not made
by man.' " 59Yet even then their testimony did not agree.

60Then the high priest stood up before them and asked Jesus,
"Are you not going to answer? What is this testimony that these
men are bringing against you?" 61But Jesus remained silent and gave no
answer.
Again the high priest asked him, "Are you the Christ,
the Son of the Blessed One?"
62"I am," said Jesus. "And you will see
the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming
on the clouds of heaven."
63The high priest tore his clothes. "Why do we
need any more witnesses?" he asked. 64"You have heard the blasphemy.
What do you think?"
They all condemned him as worthy of death.
65
Then some began to spit at him; they blindfolded him, struck him with
their fists, and said, "Prophesy!" And the guards took him and beat him.



Jesus before pilate (Mark 15: 1 - 15)



1Very early in the morning, the chief priests, with the elders, the teachers
of the law and the whole Sanhedrin, reached a decision. They bound
Jesus, led him away and handed him over to Pilate.2"Are you the king
of the Jews?" asked Pilate.
"Yes, it is as you say," Jesus replied.
3
The chief priests accused him of many things. 4So again Pilate asked

him, "Aren't you going to answer? See how many things they areaccusing

you of."But Jesus still made no reply, and Pilate was amazed.
6
Now it was the custom at the Feast to release a prisoner whom
the people requested. 7A man called Barabbas was in prison with the
insurrectionists who had committed murder in the uprising.

8
The crowd came up and asked Pilate to do for them what he usually did.
9
"Do you want me to release to you the king of the Jews?" asked Pilate,
10
knowing it was out of envy that the chief priests had handed Jesus
over to him. 11But the chief priests stirred up the crowd to have Pilate

release Barabbas instead.
12"What shall I do, then, with the one you
call the king of the Jews?"
Pilate asked them. 13"Crucify him!" they shouted.
14
"Why? What crime has he committed?" asked Pilate. But they shouted

all the louder, "Crucify him!" 15Wanting to satisfy the crowd, Pilate
released Barabbas to them.
He had Jesus flogged, and handed him
over to be crucified.


The Soldiers Mock Jesus (Mark 15:16-20)
16The soldiers led Jesus away into the palace (that is, the Praetorium)
and called together the whole company of soldiers. 17They put a purple
robe on him, then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on him.
18
And they began to call out to him, "Hail, king of the Jews!" 19Again and
again they struck him on the head with a staff and spit on him. Falling on
their knees, they paid homage to him. 20And when they had mocked him,
they took off the purple robe and put his own clothes on him. Then they
led him out to crucify him.

The Crucifixion (Mark 15:21-32)
21A certain man from Cyrene, Simon, the father of Alexander and
Rufus, was passing by on his way in from the country, and they forced
him to carry the cross. 22They brought Jesus to the place called Golgotha
(which means The Place of the Skull). 23Then they offered him wine mixed
with myrrh, but he did not take it. 24And they crucified him.
Dividing up his clothes, they cast lots to see what each would get.

25It was the third hour when they crucified him. 26The written notice
of the charge against him read: THE KING OF THE JEWS. 27They crucified

two robbers with him, one on his right and one on his left.a]">[a] 29Those who
passed by hurled insults at him, shaking their heads and saying, "So! You
who are going to destroy the temple and build it in three days, 30come
down from the cross and save yourself!" 31In the same way the chief priests

and the teachers of the law mocked
him among themselves. "He saved others," they said, "but he can't save
himself! 32Let this Christ, this King of Israel, come down now from
the cross, that we may see and believe." Those crucified with him also
heaped insults on him.


The Death of Jesus (Mark 15:33-41)
33At the sixth hour darkness came over the whole land until the
ninth hour. 34And at the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice,
"Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?"—which means, "My God, my God,
why have you forsaken me?"c]">[c]

35When some of those standing near heard this, they said, "Listen,
he's calling Elijah."

36One man ran, filled a sponge with wine vinegar, put it on a stick,
and offered it to Jesus to drink. "Now leave him alone. Let's see if Elijah
comes to take him down," he said. 37With a loud cry, Jesus breathed his last.

38The curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom.

39And when the centurion, who stood there in front of Jesus, heard his
cry andd]">[d] saw how he died, he said, "Surely this man was the Sone]">[e]
of God!" 40Some women were watching from a distance. Among them
were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James the younger and of
Joses, and Salome. 41In Galilee these women had followed him and
cared for his needs. Many other women who had come up with him to
Jerusalem were also there.


The Burial of Jesus (Mark 15:42-47)


42It was Preparation Day (that is, the day before the Sabbath).
So as evening approached, 43Joseph of Arimathea, a prominent
member of the Council, who was himself waiting for the kingdom of God,
went boldly to Pilate and asked for Jesus' body. 44Pilate was surprised
to hear that he was already dead. Summoning the centurion, he asked him
if Jesus had already died. 45When he learned from the centurion that it was
so, he gave the body to Joseph. 46So Joseph bought some linen cloth, took
down the body, wrapped it in the linen, and placed it in a tomb cut out of rock.
Then he rolled a stone against the entrance of the tomb. 47Mary Magdalene
and Mary the mother of Joses saw where he was laid.



Take note!!!! the story did not stop here !!!!!
because Jesus is alive!!!


The Resurrection (Mark 16)
1When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother
of James, and Salome bought spices so that they might go to anoint
Jesus' body. 2Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise,
they were on their way to the tomb 3and they asked each other,
"Who will roll the stone away from the entrance of the tomb?"

4But when they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was
very large, had been rolled away. 5As they entered the tomb,
they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side,
and they were alarmed.

6"Don't be alarmed," he said. "You are looking for Jesus the

Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the
place where they laid him. 7But go, tell his disciples and Peter,
'He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him,
just as he told you.' " 8Trembling and bewildered, the women went out

and fled from
the tomb. They said nothing to anyone, because they were afraid.

9When Jesus rose early on the first day of the week, he appeared first
to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had driven seven demons.
10
She went and told those who had been with him and who were
mourning and weeping. 11When they heard that Jesus was alive and
that she had seen him, they did not believe it.

12Afterward Jesus appeared in a different form to two of them while
they were walking in the country. 13These returned and reported it
to the rest; but they did not believe them either. 14Later Jesus appeared

to the Eleven as they were eating; he rebuked
them for their lack of faith and their stubborn refusal to believe those
who had seen him after he had risen. 15He said to them, "Go into all the

world and preach the good news to
all creation. 16Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but
whoever does not believe will be condemned. 17And these signs will
accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons;

they will speak in new tongues; 18they will pick up snakes with their
hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all;
they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well."

19After the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, he was taken up into
heaven and he sat at the right hand of God. 20Then the disciples wentout

and preached everywhere, and the Lord worked with them and
confirmed his word by the signs that accompanied it.

Dinner at Jia Jia's house

Date: 9th April 2009
Venue: Jia Jia's house

We were very blessed to be invited to Jia Jia's house (a Sunday School
kid) for dinner. Her mom is also a Sunday School teacher. She cooked
a lot of delicious food.... Nelson was a happy boy and could not
stop eating
.......


Nelson & Jia Jia.... Liu Dan gave her mom a wok...
she's playing with the wok....


From left: Jia Jia's mom (China), Liu Dan, Liu Dan's friend
(both from Korea), Joyce & Jia Jia


We had duck soup, stir fried cucumber, stir fried mushroom
with celery, Korean style seaweed and mutton in spicy soup...