Friday, May 27, 2005

Walking on the road

When we walk on the road nowadays we are always concerned about snatch thieves. But we should be more concerned about whether a motorist is going to hit and injure us.

Some suggestions. 1. Always walk on the side of the road with you facing on coming vehicles. In this way you can see the driver and the vehicle. Observe the speed and how near the vehicle is coming onto the side of the road. 2. Always walk on the allocated foot path when available. 3. Use overhead brigde when crossing roads. 4. Never cross a road near a junction. Cross a road at least 50 yards away from the junction. Motorist turning a sharp corner may not be able to brake on time 5. Face straight looking at on coming vehicles but beware of uncovered man holes. 6. Wear light coloured dress in the dark or flourescent belts.

Remember if a motorist can ram another vehicle much larger than us, beware, we are easier targets for accidents.

Sunday, May 22, 2005

Response to Motor Vehicle Accident

Often enough we do see a motor vehicle accident while we are on the road. What should be our response? Should we get off our cars to help? How can we help?

If we decide to help the first thing to do is actually to make sure that our vehicle is safely parked by the side of the road with hazard lights blinking. Next, before alighting make sure the occupants in the car are safe or are able to take care of themselves especially if there are children in the car.

Here are some of the things we can do in an accident scene.
1. Direct traffic. Make sure you are wearing clothes which are readily visible. A torch like and a reflective vest will be very useful at night.
2. Move injured away from further danger eg. on coming cars, possible fire. Make sure there is no neck injury otherwise movement may cause further damage of spinal cord resulting in paralysis. Splinting of injured parts maybe required. Wear gloves if you have. The scene can be very bloody.
3. Cardio-pulmonary resuscitation. Only if you know how.
4. Call for help with your handphone. Police, hospital, etc.
5. Transporting injured in your vehicle to nearest hospital maybe faster and life saving if there is uncontrollable bleeding or serious penetrating injuries. Be prepared to see blood, vomitus all over your car.
6. Pack and bandage areas of profuse bleeding. A tourniquette application may occasionally be required when a large artery is severed and bleeding profusely.

Saturday, May 21, 2005

Understanding Worship

Worship is far more than praising, singing, and praying to God. Worship is a lifestyle of enjoying God, loving him, and giving ourselves to be used for his purposes. When you use your life for God's glory, everything you do can become an act of worship. The Bible says, "Use your whole body as a tool to do what is right for the glory of God." ---- Rick Warren

I agree with him.

Friday, May 20, 2005

About Money

Something to ponder about what George Buttrick (pastor and writter) said, "Of all the masters the soul can choose, there are at last only two - God and money. All choices, however small, however the alternatives may be disguised, are but variants of this choice."

Thought provoking, huh!!

Thursday, May 19, 2005

Doing Our Part

Today's posting in Our Daily Bread is rather interesting. Read: 2 Kings 20:1-7.

Essentially, when we ask God for help, we must be willing to do whatever we can, using whatever means He gives.

I am still scouting for suitable candidates to form the Perak Chest Society. It has been rather disappointing day after day. Do let me know if you have someone who might me interested in doing some charitable works.

My old friend, Dr. Yoong Sao Chin will be giving a talk in CGMC this Saturday at 4.30 pm till 6.30 pm. The topic is about disaster relief work. He served under CREST for a week long missions aid programme in Nias (Indonesia) recently. All are welcomed.

Monday, May 9, 2005

A Small Church

A little girl stood near a small church from which she had been turned away because it was "too crowded." "I can't go to Sunday School," she sobbed to the pastor as he walked by. Seeing her shabby, unkempt appearance, the pastor guessed the reason and, taking her by the hand, took her inside and found a place for her in the Sunday school class. The child was so happy that they found room for her, and she went to bed that night thinking of the children who have no place to worship Jesus.
Some two years later, this child lay dead in one of the poor tenement buildings. Her parents called for the kindhearted pastor who had befriended their daughter to handle the final arrangements. As her poor little body was being moved, a worn and crumpled red purse was found which seemed to have been rummaged from some trash dump. Inside was found 57 cents and a note, scribbled in childish handwriting, which read: "This is to help build the little church bigger so more children can go to Sunday School."
For two years she had saved for this offering of love. When the pastor tearfully read that note, he knew instantly what he would do. Carrying this note and the cracked, red pocketbook to the pulpit, he told the story of her unselfish love and devotion. He challenged his deacons to get busy and raise enough money for the larger building.
But the story does not end there... A newspaper learned of the story and published It. It was read by a wealthy realtor who offered them a parcel of land worth many thousands. When told that the church could not pay so much, he offered to sell it to the little church for 57 cents.
Church members made large donations. Checks came from far and wide. Within five years the little girl's gift had increased to $250,000.00--a huge sum for that time (near the turn of the century). Her unselfish love had paid large dividends.
When you are in the city of Philadelphia, look up Temple Baptist Church, with a seating capacity of 3,300. And be sure to visit Temple University, where thousands of students are educated. Have a look, too, at the Good Samaritan Hospital and at a Sunday School building which houses hundreds of beautiful children, built so that no child in the area will ever need to be left outside during Sunday school time

Sunday, May 8, 2005

Seeing Life in God's View

The way we see our lives shape our lives. The bible offers 3 metaphors for life according to Rick Warren. The 3 metaphors are:- 1. Life on earth is a Test. 2. Life is a Trust. 3. Life is a Temporary Assignment.

Rick Warren went on to say money is both a test and a trust from God. Accordingly, God says there is a direct relationship between how we use our money and the quality of our spiritual lives. Jesus said, "From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked."

Question: Is the way we manage our money preventing God from doing more in our lives? Can we be trusted with spiritual riches?

Friday, May 6, 2005

Less sinful people?

CG meetings are interesting. Last night discussion on the book of Genesis was thought provoking. The great flood during Noah's time drowned alot of sinful people. That's great. But, is the situation today much better? No, I think not. So, what will happen next when we provoke the wrath of God again?