Saturday, September 25, 2004

Issue 5 (23rd Sept 2004)

A great, all-knowing God

After a one week hiatus, Crossroads is back in action! We Crusaders gathered in LT6 for a session of Praise & Worship amidst yet another week of mounting project deadlines and *ominous music played*...the Exams!!! *Stress* Thus, it was comforting to be reminded that God knows what we are going through =)

Faye, our emcee for the night, pretended to read a book titled, '1001 things you have to know to be prepared for life.' Almost on cue, Chee Seng (also tonight's emcee) went up to her & encouraged her to ask God for help to see her through.

To get us Crusaders energized after a hectic days worth of lessons, we sang & did the actions to the song 'Shalom, my friend'. It was really heartening to see both girls & guys alike greeting each other with a handshake and funny dance moves.

Eileen, our Crusade staff delivered a thought-provoking sermon about how God is all-knowing (Isaiah 40:13-14, 1 John 3:20). God's knowledge is ABSOULTELY true, pure & never distorted! Many men have spent their lives trying and failing to fathom the mystery of life but to God, there's no mystery! He knows everything, never had to learn anything, doesn't need a computer and nothing surprises Him! So we can come before Him honestly and tell Him all our problems, with the knowledge that He is fully aware of everything that's going on in our lives (Psalms 139:1-6). How comforting!

Eileen also shared about God cared deeply enough to minister to her two little daughters Rachel & Naomi by answering their prayers and giving them new bicycles! Indeed, NO ONE is too insignificant in His sight. When we feel misunderstood, God cares deeply for us and knows our purpose and the reason why we undergo certain trials in our lives and grieves deeply when we refuse to allow Him into our lives & willfully choose to be mired in sin. Jesus chose to die on the cross so that we won't be slaves to sin forever more. We have to ask God to cleanse us & forgive of our sins and be willing to choose to live for Him through the little things in our daily lives. If not, we can’t shine for Jesus (Jeremiah 29:11).

'The 3 trees', an animated feature, reminded us not to give up on God no matter what failures we experience because He has a greater plan for you and does things in His own unique way & makes all things beautiful in His own timing. The dreams that we have pale in comparison to what God has in mind for us. Praise the Lord!

Kang Guan, our Prayer Comm I/C shared his testimony about how God helped him overcome his fear or public speaking and how he even got an A! He also introduced the P-Comm members and some items to urgently pray for: 1) Intercessions for our lecturers & grads 2) Pray for NTU 3) Prayer board. He reminded us that prayer isn’t a sacrifice but a privilege.

Yung, our E-Comm head prayed with all of us for the GIG weekend. Though it is difficult to get the Gigsters to come, God is still sovereign over what is going on and it is our responsibility to guard what God has entrusted to us & not do things in our own strength.

–Rachel

Quips & Quotes from the Crusaders
"Good that God is control of everything, especially after a week of horrible stress."
Jane, EEE, Yr 3
"I think the worship was very good...was ministered by the last 2 songs. The whole message that Eileen shared tied in with what I did for my quiet time ...if I desire to honor Him, He will honor me." Arlene, SBS, Yr3
"Enriching! ,'The 3 trees' clip was very nice and the songs were very nice!"
Christina, ACC, Yr2

Total number of people: 47
New attendees: 1

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