This was a hard hymn to sing

Posted in Uncategorized on April 10, 2013 by alex goh

Close to Thee

Thou my everlasting Portion, more than friend or life to me,
All along my pilgrim journey, Savior, let me walk with Thee.
Close to Thee, close to Thee, close to Thee, close to Thee,
All along my pilgrim journey, Savior, let me walk with Thee.

Not for ease or worldly pleasure, nor for fame my prayer shall be;
Gladly will I toil and suffer, only let me walk with Thee.
Close to Thee, close to Thee, close to Thee, close to Thee,
Gladly will I toil and suffer, only let me walk with Thee.

Lead me through the vale of shadows, bear me over life’s fitful sea;
Then the gate of life eternal may I enter, Lord, with Thee.
Close to Thee, close to Thee, close to Thee, close to Thee,
Then the gate of life eternal may I enter, Lord, with Thee.

See, What a morning!

Posted in Uncategorized on March 31, 2013 by alex goh

The gospel is only good news if it gets there in time

Posted in Uncategorized on April 23, 2011 by alex goh

I had converted one of the leading officers of a reformed Buddhist in Ningpo who had long sought for the truth like his father before him and had travelled near and far but without obtaining it.  A few nights after his conversion, he asked how long this gospel had been known in England. He was told that we had known it for some hundreds of years.

“What!” said he amazed. “is it possible that for hundreds of years you have had the knowledge of these glad tidings in your possession and yet have only now come to preach it to us? My father sought after the truth for more than 20 years and died without finding it. Oh, why did you not come sooner?”

A whole generation has passed away since that mournful inquiry was made; but how many, alas, might repeat the same question today? More than 200 million in the mean time have been swept into eternity without an offer of salvation. How long shall this continue, and the Master’s words, “to every creature”, remain unheeded?

– Hudson Taylor, in his autobiography, “To China with love”

As for God, His way is perfect.. Ps 18:30

Posted in Uncategorized on April 18, 2011 by alex goh

“I know you are all wondering how I am getting along.  I can only say that the peace I have literally passes all possible understanding. . . . ‘The Lord Jehovah is my strength and song.’  I have learned, I believe, the lesson which Amy Carmichael speaks of in her poem — ‘In acceptance lieth peace.’  How true.  I accept, gratefully, from the hand of God, this experience. . . . I think again of the lovely prayer of Phillips Brooks, given me by Grandpa years ago, ‘Lord, by all Thy dealings with us, whether of joy or pain (and this is both), of light or darkness, let us be brought to Thee.’”

– Elisabeth Elliot, in a letter to her parents, shortly after her husband Jim was murdered, with four other missionaries, in 1956.

O who am I, that for my sake, my Lord should take frail flesh and die?

Posted in Uncategorized on April 11, 2011 by alex goh

2 Cor 11:1-3

Posted in Uncategorized on April 3, 2011 by alex goh

Would to God ye could bear with me a little in my folly: and indeed bear with me.

For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.

But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.”

Pastor Heng preached from this passage today. At home, as I flipped thru Tozer’s book randomly, i came across this portion which i find very true.

Every age has its own characteristics. Right now we are in the age of religious complexity. The simplicity which is in Christ is rarely found among us. In its stead are programs, methods, organizations and a world of nervous activities which occupy time and attention but can never satisfy the longing of the heart – A.W Tozer

What is the gospel?

Posted in Uncategorized on March 26, 2011 by alex goh

When we say preach the gospel.. share it with our friends and loved ones.. what does it mean? how do we preach it?

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