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June 15, 2008 Posted by | School Life | Leave a comment

Jesus Does Really Love You

Every Sunday afternoon, after the morning service at their church, the Pastor and his 11-year-old son would go out into their town and hand out Gospel tracts. This particular Sunday afternoon, as it came time for the Pastor and his son to go to the streets with their tracts, it was very cold outside as well as pouring down rain. The boy bundled up in his warmest and driest clothes and said excitedly,

“Okay Dad, I’m ready!”

His Pastor Dad asked, “Ready for what?

“Dad, it’s time we gather our Bible tracts together and go out.”

Dad responds, “Son, it’s very cold outside and it’s really pouring down rain.”

The boy gave his Dad a surprised look, asking, “But Dad, aren’t people still going to Hell, even though it’s raining?”

Dad answered slowly, “Son, I am not going out in this weather.”

Despondently the boy asks, “Dad, can I go — Please? Come on Dad..”

His father hesitated for a moment then said, “Son, you can go.

Here’s the tracts; be careful son.”

“Thanks, Dad!” He jumped up and with that he was off and out the door dashing into the rain. This 11-year-old boy walked the streets of the town going door-to-door and handing everybody he met in the street a Gospel tract. After 2-hours of walking in the rain he was soaked to the bone-chilled wet and down to his very last Bible tract. He stopped on a corner and looked for someone to hand a tract to but the streets were totally deserted.

Then he turned toward the first home he saw and started up the sidewalk to the front door and rang the door bell. He rang the bell — but nobody answered. He rang it again and again bit still no one answered. He waited but still no answer. Finally, this 11-year-old trooper turned to leave but something stopped him. Again, he turned to the door and rang the bell and knocked loudly on the door with his fist. He waited, something holding him there on the front porch. He rang again, and this time the door slowly opened.

Standing in the doorway was a very sad looking elderly lady. She softly asked, “Yes? What can I do for you, son?”
With radiant eyes and a smile that lit up her world, this little boy said, “Ma’am, I’m sorry if I disturbed you, but I just want to tell you that, JESUS REALLY DOES LOVE YOU!

I came to give you my very last Gospel tract which will tell you all about Jesus and His great love.” With that he handed her his last tract, and turned to leave. She called to him as he departed, “Thank you, son! And God bless you!” he heard a cheerful uplift to her voice.

Well, the following Sunday morning in church, Pastor Dad was in the pulpit and as the service began he asked, “Does anybody have a testimony or want to say anything?”

Slowly, in the back row of the church, an elderly lady stood to her feet. As she began to speak, a look of glorious radiance came from her face. “None of you in this Church know me. I’ve never been here before. You see, before last Sunday I was not a Christian. My husband has passed on, some time ago, leaving me totally alone in this world. Last Sunday, being a particularly cold and rainy day, it was even more so in my heart . . . as I came to the end of the line where I no longer had any hope or will to live.

“So I took a rope and a chair and ascended the stairway into the attic of my home. I fastened the rope securely to a rafter in the roof then stood on the chair and fastened the other end of the rope around my neck. “Standing on that chair, so lonely and brokenhearted, I was about to leap off when suddenly the loud ringing of my doorbell downstairs startled me. I thought, ‘Wait, I’ll wait a minute, and whoever it is will go away.’

“I waited and waited– but the ringing doorbell seemed to get louder and more insistent and then the person ringing also started knocking loudly.

I thought to myself again, ‘Who on earth could this be?! Nobody ever rings my bell or comes to see me!’ “I loosened the rope from my neck and started for the front door, all the while the bell rang louder and louder. When I opened the door and looked I could hardly believe my eyes!

“There on my front porch was the most radiant and angelic little boy I had ever seen in my life! His smile! Oh, I could never describe it to you! And the words that came from his mouth caused my heart, that had long been dead, to leap to life again, as he exclaimed with cherub-like voice, ‘Ma’am, I just came to tell you that JESUS REALLY DOES LOVE YOU.’

“Then he gave me this Gospel tract that I now hold in my hand. As the little angel disappeared back out, into the damp cold and rain, I then closed my door and read slowly every word of this Gospel tract. Then I went up to my attic to get my rope and chair. I wouldn’t be needing them any more.

“You see, I am now a happy child of the KING, and since the address of your church was on the back of this Gospel tract I have come here to personally say, ‘Thank you to God’s little angel who came just in the nick of time, and by doing so, spared my soul from an eternity in Hell.'”

There were now no dry eyes in the church. As shouts of praise and honor to the KING resounded off the very rafters of the building, Pastor Dad descended from the pulpit to the front pew where the little angel was seated. He took him in his arms and sobbed uncontrollably.

Probably no church has had a more glorious moment and probably this Universe has never seen a Papa that was more filled with love and honor for his son, except for one: This Father, God, also allowed His Son, Jesus, to go out into a cold and dark world. He received His Son back with unspeakable, and as all of Heaven shouted praises and honor to the King, the Father sat His beloved Son on a throne far above all principality and power and every name that is named.

There may be someone, reading this, who is also going through a dark, cold and lonely time in your soul. You may be a Christian, for we are not without problems, or you may not yet know the King. Whatever the case, and whatever the problem or situation you find yourself in, and no matter how dark it may seem, I want you to know that I just came to tell you, “JESUS REALLY DOES LOVE YOU!”

May 22, 2008 Posted by | Touching Stories | 3 Comments

Ruth

Ruth went to her mailbox and there was only one letter. She picked it up and looked at it before opening, but then she looked at the envelope again. There was no stamp, no postmark, only her name and address. She read the letter: 

     Dear Ruth, 

     I’m going to be in your neighborhood Saturday afternoon and I’d like to stop      by for a visit. 

     Love Always,
     Jesus 

Her hands were shaking as she placed the letter on the table. “Why would the Lord want to visit me? I’m nobody special. I don’t have anything to offer.” With that thought, Ruth remembered her empty kitchen cabinets. “Oh my goodness, I really don’t have anything to offer. I’ll have to run down to the store and buy something for dinner.” 

She reached for her purse and counted out its contents. Five dollars and forty cents. “Well, I can get some bread and cold cuts, at least.” She threw on her coat and hurried out the door. A loaf of French bread, a half-pound of sliced turkey, and a carton of milk…leaving Ruth with a grand total of twelve cents to last her until Monday. 

Nonetheless, she felt as she headed home, her meager offerings tucked under her arm. “Hey lady, can you help us, lady?” Ruth had been so absorbed in her dinner plans, she hadn’t even noticed two figures huddled in the alleyway. A man and a woman, both of them dressed in little more than rags. 

Look lady, I ain’t got a job, ya know, and my wife and I have been living out here on the street, and, well, now it’s getting cold and we’re getting kinda hungry and, well, if you could help us, lady, we’d really appreciate it.” Ruth looked at them both. 

They were dirty, they smelled bad and, frankly, she was certain that they could get some kind of work if they really wanted to. “Sir, I’d like to help you, but I’m a poor woman myself. All I have is a few cold cuts and some bread, and I’m having an important guest for dinner tonight and I was planning on serving that to Him.” 

Yeah, well, OK lady, I understand. Thanks anyway.” 

The man put his arm around the woman’s shoulders, turned and headed back into the alley. As she watched them leave, Ruth felt a familiar twinge in her heart. “Sir, wait! The couple stopped and turned as she ran down the alley after them. “Look, why don’t you take this food. I’ll figure out something else to serve my guest.” She handed the man her grocery bag. “Thank you lady. Thank you very much!” “Yes, thank you!” It was the man’s wife, and Ruth could see now that she was shivering. 

You know, I’ve got another coat at home. Here, why don’t you take this one.” Ruth unbuttoned her jacket and slipped it over the woman’s shoulders. Then smiling, she turned and walked back to the street…without her coat and with nothing to serve her guest. “Thank you lady! Thank you very much!” 

Ruth was chilled by the time she reached her front door, and worried too. The Lord was coming to visit and she didn’t have anything to offer Him. She fumbled through her purse for the door key. But as she did, she noticed another envelope in her mailbox. “That’s odd. The mailman doesn’t usually come twice in one day.” She took the envelope out of the box and opened it. 

     Dear Ruth, 

     It was so good to see you again. Thank you for the lovely meal. And thank you, too, for the beautiful coat. 

     Love Always, 
     Jesus 

The air was still cold, but even without her coat, Ruth no longer noticed.

May 22, 2008 Posted by | Touching Stories | Leave a comment

Everything Happens Because of You

Warning: This post will be kinda spiritual xD

This year, I’ve really got to know GOD better. I feel much closer to Him than last time. Now, I feel that He has helped me in many ways. Everything happens for a reason. It’s His plan for me. He will guide me through what he threw at me. It’s all part of his plan for me.

When there isn’t a parking place, all I have to do is pray and POOF! There is a parking space waiting for me. When I’m hungry, He will provide food for me. If I’m tired and still have other obligations, somehow He will take the obligations away from me and allow me to go back home to crash. I feel that he is really good to me. I don’t really deserve this kind of help. But He doesn’t condemn me. I’m glad to have Him as a father, as a friend.

Today, I suddenly heard about a debate class for competition opening. By the time I knew it, it was kind of late. Maybe it’s me thinking too much, but I think that He wants me to know and join. Thus, anyway, against all odds, I joined. I’m kind of afraid of the thought of debating again. Past experience wasn’t that good. I still get stage fright. I want to overcome this phobia. I want to speak confidently and eloquently. I pray that He will guide me through everything. Let me get over this stage fright.

I, too, pray for the victims of both the earthquake and the cyclone. It’s very sad to lose their home. My heart goes out all to them. They are suffering there while we, on the better side of the land, are still complaining about petty stuff. I really really pity them. They will be in my prayers.

May 21, 2008 Posted by | School Life | Leave a comment

The Screaming Crew

Welcome onboard (It’s a car actually). In this very place, you will experience an experience you’ve never encountered before. Screaming so shrill and loud that your eardrums might burst. Guess who is the source?

XIAO WEI!!!!!!

She could get anything right by just screaming. While playing COD4, a game of shooting, when she sees an enemy, she will scream loudly while shooting. Take a wild guess who died. The enemy.

Today, I drove her car to Sunway Pyramid. On the way there, I wanted to cut into another lane. I started to cut when SHE screaming loudly. She thought I didn’t see the motorbike next to me. >.<|||

When we came back, she drove. This time, she was going on a straight road while a Merc on her left tried to cut into her lane into the next lane. The car was quite fast and Xiao Wei braked. The passengers (including me) and of course including her screamed. AND THEN… I saw a taxi on our right trying to cut into our lane too. Being ME, I calmly said to Xiao Wei “Look to the right”. She took a quick glance and screamed!!!!! Luckily the Merc has cut into the next lane. She floored the car. My friends and I laughed like mad behind.

Thus, we are now known as ‘The Screaming Crew’.

May 8, 2008 Posted by | School Life | 1 Comment

A long time ago…

There was once a guy called Raymond. He started blogging. And he got lazy. And he stopped blogging for a few months down the line. And he wants to continue to blog. But he is still too lazy. And he is now typing crap. Hehehehehehe~~~

Life have been kind of hectic for the past few months. Got to know many new people, got to fight with a few too. Well, life’s like that. What is life without ‘a few’ problems? However, I could never stand problems about friendship. If I fought with a friend, just a normal friend, I wouldn’t be able to sleep peacefully for days, at least until I or the person make the first move to say the magic word, which is ‘S-O-R-R-Y’. Just imagine if I fought with my best friends. That would be even worse. Not to mention gf. Heh heh….

Life gave me two paths to choose. I managed to choose the harder path. The path less trodden by people. I kinda regret choosing this path but I can’t turn back now. It’s too late. *It’s too late to apologize~~~ Too late~~~~ Whoa whoa~~~* I pray that GOD will be there next to me always guiding me to where I go. To be my light when it’s dark, guide when it’s bright. I guess I’ll just let fate unravel itself.

Today I went to ‘The Land of Lala(s) and SeeHam(s)’, aka Sungai Wang. The amount of lala and seeham was gigantuant (is there even this word in the dict?). It was kinda scary. Why would anyone in the right mind wear like that? No offence >.< Hehe~~~ Anyway, we went to Green Box for karaoke. It was quite fun. I miss singing a lot. Singing was once my passion and it’s still is. Anyway, we went for the 4-7pm package where they only provide drinks and tidbits. We sang and sang and sang. Quite fun la. Then, another friend and me went out at around 6.45 to grab more drinks. When we went out, we saw *drums roll pls* *Dum Dum Dum* FOOD!!!!! There were a lot of food! At that time, we had already paid but we could still continue to sing till 7pm. The food wasn’t part of the package and we actually knew it. We took our chances and sneaked 2 plates of food back. It was kinda scary. We walked quite fast trying not too look too suspicious. Once we got back to the room, we gobbled down all the food as soon as possible. Have to clear the evidence la. Next, we wanted to go for second round. But the people at Green Box kinda caught us. So, we said we dunno. Little did they know that we took 2 plates of food into the room, and the plates of evidence were still there. Calmly, we walked back to our room. After the door of the room closed, we quickly hid the plates on the other far end of the room, far away from the door. We quickly packed our bag and got ready to run anytime. But it would seem very suspicious if we went out at that time. With our hearts in our throats (just because we don’t want to pay), we continued to sing. About 7.10pm or so, a Green Box personnel came in and said he wanted to start clearing. Our expressions obviously said:” Oh crap. Time to beat it”. With a burst of inner strength, we quickly gathered our stuff and walked as fast as possible without looking suspicious out from the room. WE MANAGED TO GET AWAY!!! MUA HA HA HA HA!

FREE DINNER! WAHOO!!!

Anyway, wanna wish Tzi Jia and Valerie a very happy birthday!!! Cheers!

May 3, 2008 Posted by | School Life | 2 Comments

Random Incidents

I’ve gotten to know more friends in college. Finally, I don’t seem that lonely anymore. Everyday, my friend circle is getting bigger and bigger. Yay! Anyway, I just wanna blog about 2 friends in particular.

Friend number 1: Jessica

Incident: Well, it’s her incident actually. But, I felt it was really really funny. She is still an L license driver and she went for her 6th lesson yesterday. Normally, people in their 6th lesson could be considered ‘pro’ drivers. However, what she told me today was funny. It seems that she was driving at  new area yesterday. Suddenly, the car in front of her stopped and the driver opened his door to get out. It’s kinda normal in housing estates. She told us that she nearly crashed into that car. I asked her what was her speed and she said it was 80km/h. Whoa.

She totally blanked out and didn’t know how to break when the car in front stopped. Guess what she did? 1 million dollars say you can’t guess it. She switched the car engine off. Yup. You didn’t read wrongly. She switched the car engine off. Hahahahahahaha~~~ Note to self: Never sit her car. She even told us that the first time she drove, she killed a chicken. And there was once she even nearly knock down a cow. How extreme can you get? xD

 Friend number 2: Nicholas

Incident: I really have to admire his bravery, although it was only on the surface. Hehe. Anyway, this is what happened today. I was doing my english assignment in Starbucks with my group members. Charlene, an ‘auntie’ who is only 21 years old is also a member of my group. Anyway, she has a boyfriend and her boyfriend called her. To play a prank on her boyfriend, she asked Nicholas (who happens to wander into the shop) to pick the phone and the conversation went something like this:

Nick: Who are you?

BF: Who ARE YOU?

Nick: Who the f*** are you?

BF: Who the f*** are you? What are you doing with my girlfriend’s phone? And where is she?

Nick: She gave her phone to me and went away. Who are you?

BF: I’m her boyfriend. Who are you? What is your name? Want to fight issit?

Nick: I dunno who I am. I dunno what is my name. You want to fight issit? Come fight lar.

BF: Are you stupid?

Nick: Yeah. I’m stupid. I dunno why I’m stupid.

BF: Where are you now? Near INTI?

Nick: I dunno where I am now. Seriously. I can see INTI from here. It’s the south entrance.

Charlene and us were laughing like mad at this point.  Nick wanted to put down the phone already.

Nick: Oh wait! Charlene is here. Wait ar. *Puts the phone far away from his mouth* Charlene? *Puts down the phone on Charlene’s boyfriend*

How retarted can you be? Haha. But it was funny though. Nick was damn scared after that though. I wonder what would happen tomorrow…

February 20, 2008 Posted by | School Life | 2 Comments

A Whole Lot Of Randomness

Life is getting back to be a whole lot of boring stuff, yet again. So, I’ll just post some random thoughts.

1. Sunway Pyramid is a jinx place for me. Why? Because when I went there for the 1st time (w/o parents), I (and a few friends) forgot to look where we parked and we had to search for it for a long time. And the 2nd time (w/o parents yet again) I went there, I dropped my parking ticket. I only notice it when I was at the machine on my way out. I had to drive my way back (While breaking the one-way-street rule) to find my parking ticket which I found dropped at the parking lot. Bummer.

2. My Pasar Malam is invaded by ‘Lala’ clothes! Help!

3. I have to hide my face at college after what happened at Orientation Night.

4. I have no life.

5. I wanna go clubbing with my friends.

6. I hate assignments.

7. I wanna sleep.

January 19, 2008 Posted by | School Life | Leave a comment

Thanks For The Memories!

I’m officially 18! I thank everyone who gave me their wishes! WooHoo! I’m so happy!

Thanks for the BBQ. Thanks: Jun Wen, KKY, Valerie, Zhi Heng, Bi Yun, Xin Mei, Joshua and Jun Jie! Thanks for making this birthday a memorable one! Thank you for the present that you made yourselves! I’m very touched. Although I did not shed any tears, but deep in my heart, I’m touched by all of your efforts to make this a memorable day for me. Thank YOU!

Thanks for all the sms-es you guys sent me. Thank you MUN YEE! Although you’re in Aussie, you still took the initiative to send me a sms! Thanks! And of course, I thank the others too! Too many names to be listed down. But thank you all!!!!!

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January 14, 2008 Posted by | School Life | 2 Comments

It’s Gonna Be My DAY!!!

Guess what? My birthday is coming soon! WaHoo!

It’s my day and NO ONE is gonna SPOIL it!

January 11, 2008 Posted by | School Life | 1 Comment

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