Saturday, June 18, 2022

Build Each Other Up


1. Principle 1: Focus on Relationships v19 “So then, let us aim for harmony in the church…” 

Harmony is not when there is no argument. Harmony is when people are pleased with each other and agree with each other, when people relate well with each other. 

Relate: Put yourself in the other person’s shoes. To relate is to understand the other person. The first step is to be a great listener. 

Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. (James 1:19 NLT) 

2. Principle 2: Invest In Others v19 “So then, let us aim for harmony in the church and try to build each other up.” 

Building each other up involves investing in others. God gave all of us 3 types of resources: Time, Energy, Money. 

We start by choosing 1-2 person whom you are close to, someone we can relate, and meet regularly to talk about 3 things: Personal life, Spiritual life, Organizational Life. 

3. Principle 3: Encourage Others v20 “Don't tear apart the work of God over what you eat…” 

The focus of this verse is not about eating, but about not tearing apart the work of God. The Work of God is faith building. We do so by encouraging others. 

“Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.” (Hebrews 10:24-25).

Adapted from Sermon by Rev Jonathan Chan on 11/6/22.

Sunday, May 29, 2022

Blessed are those who Mourn

Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.  Matthew 5:4.  From comfort comes happiness and joy.

The Kingdom of Heaven is here, but not yet is a common expression of the state we are at the moment on earth.  Jesus introduced the spiritual Kingdom of Heaven which resides in our hearts (body, mind and soul). 

When a person sins against God, the Holy Spirit convicts him.  Realising the sin committed the person mourns, repents and seek forgiveness.  

God will bless and comfort the sinful person who mourns about his inapt actions, and true repentance will bring about happiness.  Happiness then becomes joy, which has a deeper sense of fulfilment and contentment, when he is liberated from the sin which he had committed.

Bible verses:

James: 1:2-4

1 Peter 1: 6-9

John 15:11

Acts: 13:52

Hebrews 12:2

Friday, May 20, 2022

What happens when a Christ Believer sins?

A believer of Christ holds fast to the teachings of Christ.  Unfortunately he is tempted to do things which are sinful in the eyes of God.  Believers are still sinners (while in this world) who require a total cleansing from within and this cleansing is made possible by the presence of the Holy Spirit who continuously counsels the believer and corrects his inner character. 

When a believer sins there are consequences or punishments which may be meted according to moral, civil or God's Mosaic laws.  The Holy Spirit convicts a believer of wrong doing and continues to counsel him so as to bring the believer back to walk in the righteous, straight path again. 

The believers' only God is truly loving and ever faithful and will forgive the sins of the believers when they repent and turn away from their sins and repeat them no more.  

God forgives and saves, judges and rewards the believers.  There is no condemnation to hell for the believer as he is saved when he puts his faith in Christ, obeys his commands and live according to God's purpose and will.  His God's loves and keeps His promise of every lasting life for all who believe in Him. 

Cell group discussion on 18th May 2022. 


Romans 14:10-12

1 Corinthians 3:11 - 15

Galatians 2:16

Monday, April 25, 2022

Get Well message

 This Get Well message was made using Canva.  Several steps involved.  First to choose the background picture.  Selected a picture with many fruits as fruits are usually given when visiting ill persons.  Second comes the message and choosing the fonts and colours to go with it.  Then needed to frame the words with some added  transparency.  The signature came with a new tool just available in Canva.  Finally took some time to select an appropriate bible verse to go with the message.  Chose John 14:21.  Hope you like it!

Sunday, April 24, 2022

Managing Cough and Excessive Phlegm

 I have taken the liberty to split up the long virtual workshop on Managing Cough and Excessive Phlegm into several smaller video segments.  The segments contain information on how to perform home chest physiotherapy.  These videos are suitable for patients having chronic bronchitis, COPD, bronchiectasis, cystic fibrosis, lung infection etc.  

Sunday, April 17, 2022

The Passion of Christ and the Passion Fruit Flower


The Passion of Christ

This is a picture of the passion fruit flower. This flower is also known as the “flower of five wounds”. The purple flower is believed to resemble the wounds of Jesus Christ.

The Passion of Christ includes the time period from the night prior to the crucifixion of Jesus until his death upon the cross. Much emphasis has been placed on this time period to emphasize the sufferings of Jesus leading to his death and His ultimate sacrifice for sin. This time period is traditionally marked by His time in the Garden of Gethsemane, and includes His prayers, betrayal by Judas Iscariot, abandonment and denial by His disciples, arrest, trials, beatings, and period of time on the cross.

Jesus died on the cross and rose from the dead on the third day. His resurrected body was witnessed by many people, including His disciples. Jesus is alive today.

Before Jesus ascension to heaven he spoke of His Great Commission to His disciples. Jesus said in Matthew 28: 18-20. “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always to the very end of the age”.

Thursday, March 24, 2022

Heart failure with preserved ejection fraction.

This is an interesting topic. The ejection fraction is a measurement of left heart function obtained during echocardiography. The question is how does the heart fail when the measured EF is normal? 

Heart failure is an important cause of shortness of breath which has to be differentiated from lung causes of shortness of breath.  Often the distinction between the two conditions is not obvious clinically without further investigations. Relevant investigations include ECG, NT proBNP (blood test), echocardiography, chest x-ray and coronary angiography.  

Heart failure with preserved ejection fraction is a type of heart failure with normal or near normal ejection fraction and objective evidence of diastolic dysfunction.  

More than half of heart failure patients have heart failure with a maintained ejection fraction. The illness primarily affects the elderly, accounting for 4.9 percent of the population over the age of 60. It appears to be more common in women, and it is projected to become more widespread as people live longer. 

Link to this interesting article which I have read:

Heart failure with preserved ejection fraction | Radiology Reference Article |

Feger, J., Worsley, C. Heart failure with preserved ejection fraction. Reference article, (accessed on 24 Mar 2022)