Saturday, 9 August 2008

dailyhebrew

or those who read biblical hebrew and wish to have something like the More Light for the Path (a book which contains a portion of biblical hebrew and biblical greek for each day's reading) but cannot afford the book (priced at US$ 25.00!), here is an online alternative:

http://www.dailyhebrew.com/

it used to be online some years back but stopped for a while. now that it is back sometime in june this year, it is worthwhile checking it out. for each day, a small portion of the hebrew text is provided with some notes of difficult ot new words and syntax notes. this is an extremely helpful way of reading a small portion of biblical hebrew each day to keep up with parsing and translation. and this is free!

want to learn aramaic? try this site:

http://www.introlessonsinaramaic.com/

Friday, 8 August 2008

stm day of prayer and fasting

if yesterday evening was stm's annual gotong-royong (community work together) to clean up the surrounding areas and the reb's pastoral group had to dig up and around the drains, today was stm's day of prayer and fasting.


we had a time of worship and a guest speaker, rev ray porter, from omf uk who shared 2 sessions about mission challenges today.


from 1.30-3.45pm, the different pastoral groups went out to the comunity to do work again. the reb's pastoral group went with 2 others to the infant jesus sisters tuition center at kampung pasir rahang to do a cleanup. from the pictures, you can see that the guys had to clean up the outside compound, especially removing a huge lump of soil and big stones so that there will be more parking space for cars. the girls cleaned the house compound and outside drains. it was indeed hard work as everyone had been fasting since morning. but we discovered who was probably the strongest guy in the seminary!


the children who come to the tuition center from the surrounding squatter areas showed their appreciation with some singing and we reciprocated with some songs. the sisters prepared light refreshments and so we broke fast 1 hour earlier. anyway, food was prepared for us and was not nice not to eat and drink something








recycle, cow dung and money

yesterday stm has its annual gotong royong day where students and staff cleaned up the compound of the areas surrounding stm. plenty of rubbish to collect and throw away. but there is money in the rubbish too. there is a lot of talk nowadays about recycling and not wasting valuable resources. here's is an article in today's new straits times about cow dung collection in seremban (the town where i am living in).






maybe stm students can go round collecting cow dung to sell to raise money for the seminary or for the publication costs of the graduation magazine (they are still short of rm 9k). there are plenty of cows around stm area, especially near taman layang-layang. there is an indian guy who let loose his cows to graze the grass and the cows 'dirty' the streets. instead of letting al these cowdung to waste, the cow dung on the road can be collected. after all, the reb and his wife used to collect them for the garden before during kuala lipis days:

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SEREMBAN: Cow dung compost collection centres will be set up to cater to the high demand for fertilisers.

Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan said the idea came about when the administration realised the need to maximise agriculture and animal husbandry products.The centres will be established by the state government through the Department of Veterinary Services in selected districts to collect and process the waste into fertiliser. Mohamad said with the use of cow dung, agricultural output could be increased without having to pay for expensive chemical fertilisers."We must look at transforming animal waste into something more valuable and not look at it as waste.

"Transforming waste into fertiliser is a lucrative business and it benefits the breeders as well." Mohamad was speaking after a ceremony to change the name of the Department of Animal Services to Department of Veterinary Services in Jalan Jelebu yesterday.He said cattle breeders should also start collecting cow dung and selling it instead of letting their animals dirty the streets.

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Tuesday, 5 August 2008

comic pics


here's another comic pic that tells a 1000 words. ever feel guilty about procrastinating? feeling guilty you wasted a whoel day without doing something substantial?

Monday, 4 August 2008

seminar on psalms in JB part 2

came back on sunday around 8pm. tired but it was a good weekend. the turnout at the 6 hours seminar was 58 persons (2 at the last minute were unable to come). the participants were from the host church, church of the good shepherd, and from wesley methodist, calvary charismatic centre and st christopher's. it was a very time of learning together.

the sunday services were bilingual and my interpreter, rev raymond au, was an old friend from kampar days. we last met in 1994-95 when i was staying in jb doing my mtheol from ttc in singapore. since then, we lost touch but it was good to meet him and his family again after all these years. he was a wonderful interpreter as he didn't even have to look at my notes, just what text i was preaching from. presently, he is helping not only the anglican churches in jb but kulai and others including presbyterian churches.

hopefully, this would be a good beginning between the reb and the anglican churches here in jb. we foresee that there will be future seminars like these, especially opened to other churches nearby.