Where will you be my darling? Where will you be when the dark is rising?
Tuesday, August 7, 2007
Back to blog. Aye.
Anyhoo, here's what's happened since Friday.
Friday morning was amusing and unusual, yet interesting? I was going to work as usual, and at the checkpoint I needed to take out something, which my Bible was blocking. So I took out my Bible to rearrange the contents in my bag a bit and continued to walk off to the scanners. Then suddenly some guy came up beside me and said "Hi my name's Victor. I'd like you have this." Actually I didn't hear him clearly and I thought the paper he was passing me was my own which I dropped when I took out my Bible. I said thanks and didn't think of anything until I looked at the paper and noticed it was a devotion he had written. I turned and looked at him, and realized he had been talking. "You're not ashamed of showing that you're a Christian." Indeed I'm not, but how did he know? "You took out your Bible casually and didn't seem ashamed of showing it. Many Christians I know try to hide the Bible when they're outside." Well he's got great intro-ing skills because I don't usually get praised from a stranger about my faith when I've only known him 3 minutes. From checkpoint till we reached the MRT, we got to know each other better. He's studying in Singapore Polytechnic, and previously studied in Kuala Lumpur, where he got saved because City Harvest Church KL was holding something and he had checked it out. He's also attended the Festival of Praise and his favourite song is Breathe, just like mine. Interesting no? Making a new friend and knowing another brother in Christ just like that.
I read through his devotion on the way to work, and from what he wrote, I found out he's a Charismatic Seventh-Day Adventist. For those who don't know much about other denominations, SDA's place strong importance on the Sabbath, which they say is from Friday evening to Saturday evening. They also believe that unbelievers won't go to hell but will instead be destroyed upon judgement. I'm a Charismatic (Evangelical, to some). Confused? It gets better. There's 2 major denominations, the Protestants and the Catholics. Easy right? I'm sure you learned this in social studies in Singapore. Okay, now under Protestants, there's the Mainline Protestants, Seventh-Day Adventists, Methodists, Southern Baptists, Presbyterians, Anglicans, Lutherans, Calvinists, Quakers, Evangelicals, Pentecostals and of course, the Charismatics. Then for the Catholics, you mainly have the Catholics themselves, and the Christian Orthodox. And those are just the well-known ones. There's at least 300 denominations. But here's the thing... we're all Christians. And no, I don't include Mormons, Jehovah's Witnesses, Rastafari's or Unificationists. Still keeping up? Not bad.
Anyhoo work was dull, and after that I headed straight down to Kallang and reached the Singapore Indoor Stadium on time. A little late, but the Festival of Praise service was fantastic! Delirious and Don Moen were the musicians this year while Pastor Phil Pringle was the preacher. The presence of God was great, and being in a stadium full of people from 123 churches made the experience all the more enjoyable. The message was a humourous illustration of David's youth life, a hilarious yet so spiritual message that really struck home for all the youths involved. Had more praise and worship after that and went off. And just a sidenote, one noticeable church that didn't attend the FOP this year was New Creation Church. I'll let you guys think on what that means...
Saturday I went for work, which was the usual, except I slacked quite a bit. After that went off to Isabel's place to help out with the food. I'm so generous right Jingle Bell? Anyhoo, once the cellgroup arrived we had praise and worship (I'm doing the songsheets again) and played some games after. HA. 2 losers from each game would have to do a forfeit. Juswin and Jun Wei, Jonathan and Isabel, Joshua and I ended up doing the forfeits. Craps. Well to spare them their humiliation, I'll just make some comments: Isabel and Jonathan, you 2 are SOOO pretty! Juswin and Jun Wei, you 2 are SOOO gay! And what's "kua simi kua?"
Went off for the second night of the Festival of Praise and had another great night. This time the message was an illustration of Mary and Martha, and another hilarious message with great spiritual significance. The SIS was so packed that day we had to sit behind the stage! The atmosphere was noticeably greater and it was another great day for the 123 churches who participated.
Went back in a squeezy shuttle bus, while Cedric was making faces for Olivia and Isabel to see. Lmao. Stayed over in Juswin's place again and enjoyed the time just slacking and watching TV. Went off to sleep. At 3am.