新年快乐 万事如意

spring_festival_coupletsTo all Chinese friends, A Happy and Prosperous Lunar New Year and May the Blessing of Deuteronomy 28 be over you and your family throughout 2009.

To our non-chinese friends, today is the first day of the Chinese Lunar New Year. Chinese from all over the world celebrate this festive occasion. This is one of the most celebrated holidays amongst the chinese. The Lunar New Year is celebrated for 15 days. Over the next 15 days, chinese will spent time visiting families, relatives & friends. One of the most important event during the Chinese New Year is the Reunion Dinner. This dinner takes place on the eve of Chinese New Year. This is where family member gathers and have dinner together as a family.

The Lunar New Year is no difference to me after I became a believer, (more then 22 years ago) I still celebrate this special occasion with my family. However,being a believer, there is one thing that I notice that is practised by many chinese families is the display of SPRING FESTIVAL COUPLETS (pic on the right). Traditionally, the chinese will stick these RED couplets around the main door of the house. It is believe to bring luck and prosperity to the family.  I always wonder what is the story and origin behind this practise.

Remember in The Passover in the bible? 

Exodus 12:12-13 (New International Version)

 12 “On that same night I will pass through Egypt and strike down every firstborn—both men and animals—and I will bring judgment on all the gods of Egypt. I am the LORD. 13 The blood will be a sign for you on the houses where you are; and when I see the blood, I will pass over you. No destructive plague will touch you when I strike Egypt.

Isralistes are told to apply blood on the door post on the night over the passover. So when God sees the blood on the door post, he will passover over you.

Today, Jesus is our ‘blood’ he died on the cross and paid for our sins so that we will not be judged for our sins, for the wages of sin is death. God sent his only son to die on the cross for you and I. Today…we live and boldly declare that the blood has redeemed us from the wrath of God for our sins. Jesus is our passover Lamb! Thank God for his mercy! 

Some Background on Chinese Customs/Mythology: The Spring Festival Couplets(pic) is believed to be put up to ward off evil. It is believe that during the early days, there is the animal (known as ‘Nian’ which means year in chinese) that terrorise villagers. So in order to ward of this animal, the villagers display red cloth just to scare the animal away.

Is this pure co-incidence ? 

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Facing Your Giants

We all faces giants (challenges) in our daily lives. But how we response to it will either make us or break us. I encourage you to face your giants just like David did in bible story of David & Goliath. Just remember the “5 stones” and you will be able to deal with it and be set free from challenges in your life ahead. Enjoy the short video by Max Lucado.

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The Story of God’s Promise for All People (Video)

The Hope

This video consist of Introduction, 12 Chapters & Conclusion.

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1. at the video player, Click PLAY A CHAPTER to watch a particular chapter.

2. Click on the Study Guide for full detailed guide of that particular chapter (A new window will open).

Have you even asked this question… Why A Moral Life Won’t Get Us to Heaven ?

Answer is Right HERE (Click)