"But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander." ~ 1 Peter 3:15-16
Last weekend, I was over at Scripture Union in Sentosa for the Alpha Course. Proved to be a tiring thing, once again, to ferry 26 people over from Harbour Front to the destination. Being street smart nowadays, I manage to request the bus driver stopping at a non-bus-stop area for us to alight. Thank God for his favour.

The small group discussions were nice and cozy as usual in any small group settings. Some interesting queries were raised and people were quite ready to ask questions when prompted. Nevertheless, it was quite a challenge to kill the Bear of Silence whenever it appeared with some jokes. The number of people in the small group discussion is also something to be better managed. The saturday evening discussion had an attendance that hits 12, which is a huge group, considering the fact that all came from different backgrounds and having various degree of openness. Anyway, I think most of us enjoyed ourselves and the fellowship.

Sincerely thank God too, for the privilege to pray for five of the sisters. Can't help but be amazed at how God has been leading me into this ministry with the chinese nursing students since a couple of years back. No formal establishment of ministry, not being ordained as if you need them, simply sent by the Lord to love His people and this group of people in particular. One of the sisters actually cried in a rather disgusting way to some when we prayed, with all the tears and nose running, dripping down to the floor. There is no tissue paper, only Jesus... May God be glorified.

I was also quite, or should I say much, discouraged when I stood in front to share some songs. I am not in particular interest to lead a worship, but since I was supposedly the one doing the job, I had the opportunity to view the folks from front. And as in any typical sunday services, I find the general folks getting used to being led in worship. I wonder if when the worship leader is taken away, will they really know how to worship? Or, better still, know what is worship? Too many christians have been passively poisoned to think that worship is something of a session, when it ought to be a lifestyle.

It cut my heart to see God's people being trapped in a box, and not functioning as they ought to. Church, often has not been reflected upon, and the mass of christians simply assume that because it has been around, it must be right. Little did they know that the present day average Protestant church only has a short history of 450 years since Reformation, and there are a lot of man-made traditions that are wholly unbiblical and without scriptural support to it. When will christians start to turn to Scripture and seek God's will there, instead of chasing after man's inventions? Wind, they are...

All in all, I still pretty much enjoyed myself over at Sentosa. But I must warn readers here, in case I mislead them to think of Alpha Course as orthodox. The original Alpha Course has its roots in Toronto, and has extreme and unbiblical charismatic flavour in it. And it denies the literal six days creation in Genesis, coupled with its high tolerance to Catholics, claiming that it is not much a difference between the two per se. Hopefully, discernment is exercised by readers here.