One Move Left!

“According to legend, a chess champion visited the museum once and after studying the painting, noticed that the arrangement of the chess pieces were incorrect. According to him, the devil who thought he was winning, was in fact not winning. The man, who thought he was losing, was winning, because according to the pieces left on the chessboard, his king had one more move left, which would make him the winner of the game!

He called the curator and they determined that the title didn’t fit the scene because the forlorn-looking player actually has the ability to defeat his opponent, though he obviously doesn’t realize it. The painting is a lie. His king can still make another move!

– A little boy with two fishes and a few loafs of bread, sees that thousands of people needs food. It looks like checkmate, but it is a lie, our King has another move left! They collected twelve baskets of leftovers afterwards!

– Daniel gets thrown into a lion’s den full of hungry lions. It looks like checkmate, but it is a lie, our King has another move left!

– The woman by the well is about to be killed by angry men with stones. It looks like checkmate, but it is a lie, our King has another move left! He tells her to go and not sin anymore.

– The murderer next to Jesus on the cross thought it was the end, yet he still repented. It looks like checkmate, but it is a lie, because the King has a move left and says: Today you will be in Paradise with me.

– On Good Friday the people were screaming: Crucify Him! They mocked and hit Him, spit and tortured Him and nailed Him to the cross. They said He could save others, but not Himself. It is over. Checkmate. Satan smiles as everybody leaves thinking God is dead. But Jesus still has a move left! Come Sunday and Jesus rose from the dead! Our King had another move left!”

http://what-a-friend-an.blogspot.sg/2011/07/checkmate.html

Checkmate

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Mirror Mirror On The Wall

Dr Robi SondereggerPHOTO: Reuel Eugene Tay (Ipad2)

 

“Mirror mirror on the wall,
who is the greatest of them all,
who will save us from the fall?
And who are we becoming after all?

Well He says,
I am the Greatest of them all,
and I will save you from the fall.
You see, I love you!
In fact My unfailing love for you will not be shaken.
Nothing can separate the love that I have for you.
See, I will direct your steps, and you with Me can do all things for I will strengthen you.
In fact I will supply all of your needs, I will light a lamp onto your feet and I will show you the way.

You see, I am able.
And I will forgive you
And I will shelter you
I will comfort you
I will counsel you
I will correct you
I will restore you
I will inspire you
I will challenge you
I will read you
I will save you
I will educate you
I will heal you
I will cherish you
I will abide in you
I will never leave you nor forsake you for I am your Father and you are My child.

Mirror mirror on the wall,
I am the Fairest of them all,
and I am conforming you to be in My own image.”

The Fourth Men

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Sometimes, it’s difficult to hold on to our values when it differs so much from the world’s. But who could blame? After all, we are only but temporary residents in this world. I was reading the Book of Jeremiah last Thursday when I felt a sudden impression to flip to the Book of Daniel. I was once again inspired by the courage of Daniel to stand firm on his beliefs in Jehovah God and that God would not fail him. And just like what Pastor Phil said, how he turned things around for the Jews when he held on to his faith in God. I was also deeply moved by the story of the Fourth Men (Jesus Christ) when Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego was cast into the burning fiery furnace for refusing to bow down and worship other gods. (Daniel 3:8-30)

The fire was so strong that the king’s best soldiers were killed by the fire while going near it. It must had been so excruciatingly hot. When everything seemed bleak, the Fourth Men appeared and was with them in the heat of it all. In fact, the Fourth Men was possibly already there as they were drawing near to the furnace, for none of their clothes nor their hair was harmed by the fiery flames. The Fourth Men was Jesus. I thought about this and am reminded how in our situations and crisis, when there seems to be no way, God will make a way. And He has already done so even before the trial has taken place. I am reminded of the goodness of my Lord Jesus Christ, whose mercy and goodness will never fail [me].

Perhaps you are like Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, casted into a burning fiery furnace-of-a-trial and everything seems hopeless. You need a Fourth Men. Fret not, God is right there with you in the heat, and His hands are not short that He cannot save [you]. Jesus is your Fourth Men when everything seems hopeless.

Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness. 
– Lamentations 3:22

And as encouraged by Derrick, a fellow ministry member, I decided to come out with an entry on the idea and inspiration behind the painting.

 

First, I applied the principle layer on the canvas. Painting a color over the canvas more than I intended is fine as I can simply use the next color to overlap it. It will be more disastrous to not cover enough area and having to damage-control later on.

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Next, using a paint brush I pulled the yellow up into the flesh tint in a swing-up motion to emulate the movement of the flames. I added a few drops of yellow with those small paint brushes to make it more realistic. The flames should not be uniformed as a real flame is never uniformed, right?

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In the next motion, I threw a dash of mixed burnt sienna and white paint as the base layer for the bottom part of the canvas. Adding contrast, I added the burnt sienna onto the canvas to give the fire some ‘depth’.

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Following that, I thought about what was going on in Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego’s mind during the trial. From there, I moved on to think about what were they thinking? Were they full of faith? Were they scared? Were they dancing? Could they see the Fourth Men?

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The painting was completed, I pictured the Fourth Men Jesus to be in a robe of white just like the angel in my previous Abram painting. I imagined their locks of hair to be shining white (from God’s glory). One was lifting his hands in worship. One was moving towards the Fourth Men. One opened his arms to embrace Him. Yet I wasn’t satisfied by the color of the three men’s robes. I then played around with the leftover paint, mixing the colors here and there, and putting them on their robes.

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Now you can be a painter too. (Note that I have no prior experience and proper training in painting) If you have a revelation, why not paint it out? Immortalize it, help yourself to remember it. A picture speaks a thousand words.

P.S. I hope this painting and/or the inspiration behind it has encouraged you. 🙂

Conversations With Uncle Chandra (Part 2)

Paris BaguettePHOTO: Reuel Eugene Tay (Ipad2)

 

I met uncle Chandra again the following night as he was once again on night shift. He beckoned me to receive a gift; Bacon and egg croissant from Paris Baguette. It was a gift from a Korean girl to him just 15 minutes from the time I met uncle Chandra. I kindly refused, but he insisted and said he can’t eat it anyway since he is on vegetarian today.

I told him about the Facebook post, and how so many are blessed by his words. Continuing from where he left off yesterday, he said that God comes in many forms (people). Uncle Chandra would never leave home for work without first making and drinking a warm cup of premium coffee. But when there are days that he had to give that a miss, there will be residents who come to him with a can of coffee from convenience stores. He said, buying the $1.50 coffee is one thing, thinking about him when they were buying the coffee and carrying it here makes all the difference. Even days that he did not have dinner before work, there will be residents who would buy Punggol nasi lemak for him. He said, “How would they know I haven’t eaten?” There was even one occasion when he gave away food given to him from a resident to other colleagues, and gotten other stuff(coffee) from another resident.

I like that.

I saw how he was blessed, how he blessed others, giving away what others gave to him and getting more blessed in return. I saw how he knew almost all the residents who came back home by the side gate after a long day. Truly all things will work together for the good of those who love God (and people), even if the faiths may be a tad different.

Before I left, uncle Chandra said he was saving the food for someone special. Thank you uncle Chandra. Though I am not hungry, I will eat it heartily, knowing that my stomach and heart will be filled tonight.

10 Memorable Moments of 2012

photoPHOTO: Reuel Eugene Tay

 

So we raise a glass, and give thanks to God whose mercy and grace has taken us thus far. Here’s 10 moments of City Harvest Church in 2012 co-written by Mabel and myself.
Click 10 Memorable Moments of 2012

Thank You for a fulfilling 2012, believing 2013 will be even more glorious for the church and for us individually.

Soli Deo Gloria

Faithfulness

BuildingPHOTO: Reuel Eugene Tay – Building for Life

 

Was in Church last Saturday and witnessed a faithful Children’s Church worker donning the lovable Chicken mascot. And as we all know, ‘Chicken’ and all the other adorable mascots went on to lead the congregation in a cheery time of Praise during service as well as lending their looks over to photo-taking much to the delight of the children and the adults alike at the special Family Weekend service.

So blessed by the faithfulness of our CCH workers as well as all the other ministry members of City Harvest Church; ushers, security, CHCSA workers, TIR members, City Care members, ministry members involved in the weekly running of the Church services and many more too many to be named and adequately mentioned on this platform.

Faithfulness is an attribute – weighted lighter than its actual value and inadequately compensated by the measures of this world because the world do not know God and things God value thereafter. When we put on faithfulness, we put on God’s very own persona.

“Therefore know that the LORD your God, He is God, the faithful God..
Deuteronomy 7:9

Your mercy, O LORD, is in the heavens; Your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.
Psalm 36:5

Take heart, keep doing what we’re doing even when no one is watching, because Someone is. Our reward may not come in this lifetime, our contributions may not be recognized by man, but look up, for He knows, and He is a Rewarder to those who seek Him!
When that day comes, it will be glorious.

His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’
Matthew 25:21