Sunday, December 30, 2012

[FCC ENGLISH SONG LIST] 28th-29th Dec 2012

Here is the last weekend's song list in both English services of FCC.

Gavin chose(and led) the songs for Saturday..

God is great (hillsong)
Did you feel the mountains tremble (delirious)
This Kingdom (hillsong)
With all I am (reuben morgan)

Response : 5th song
offering song : O come all ye faithful  (Gavin use this for heart preparing song too) 

Mike was the worship leader on Sunday.

Heart Preparing : B002 Be Still For The Presence Of The Lord

Today is the day ( (paul baloche/lincoln brewster)
Endless Light ( (hillsong)
We Have A Savior ( (hillsong)

Response: 5th song
Offering song : You Are Worthy (Jonathan Tse)

For closing in both services, since it's the last weekend of 2012 and it's thanksgiving service, Rev Chor Kee told us to sing this song to mark the occasion...

Yes.. the classic auld lang syne tune with different lyrics. Quite appropriate as we step onwards to 2013..

What a year 2012.. may 2013 be awesome for you! :)

Thursday, December 27, 2012

[FCC ENG songlist] CHRISTMAS song list

Led worship on Christmas day service..

Here was the songs chosen..

Heart Preparing : we have a saviour -

THEME : Majesty 
O come all ye faithful 
Come on and celebrate 

Response : (used back the heart preparing song) 
offering : Joy to the world - C
Closing : We wish You a merry Christmas 


Wednesday, December 26, 2012

boxing day thoughts

"The Son of God became a man to enable men to become sons of God" -- C. S. Lewis

O Come all ye faithful

How was your Christmas celebration?? Hope you had a great one!! :)

May God's blessings continue to shower upon you! Take a step of faith as we get ready to step into the year 2013!!

Santa photobomb!

Thanks to Cornerstone Ipoh for having me at your Christmas dinner.

Monday, December 24, 2012

[songsharing] Emmanuel

Always loop this song during Christmas season because of its worshipful and meaningful lyrics

Sunday, December 23, 2012

[FCC English service songlist] 23rd DEC 2012

There's only one English service on 23rd Sunday morning because we had a Christmas event on 22nd Dec and 24th Dec.

The songs :-

Heart Preparing : Silent Night 

Come now it's the time to worship
Great in Power (hillsong)
Hark the herald (christmas carol)Emmanuel (hillsong/Rueben Morgan)
Let the rain of Your presence (Danny Chambers)

Response : 5th
offering : Jesus Christ is the Lord of all
Closing : 3rd song

Saturday, December 22, 2012


First show done! What a night of creative arts.. using our gifts to share the story of Christmas.

2nd show is dec 24th 8pm so feel free to drop by for the repeat performance and remember bring your friends too!!

Friday, December 21, 2012

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Hobbit lesson

I recently watched Hobbit and I can't help to share some lessons I learn from it. Yes, Tokkien might have some subtle Christian theme there but let me point a few from my perspective..

Hobbits are small in size, gentle in their nature. With a large quest ahead, it seems that the right person in Gandalf's mind is Bilbo. Many cannot see the logic behind it.

When Gandalf was asked by Galadriel why he chose Bilbo, he said "“Simple acts of kindness and love keep dark things at bay… Perhaps it is because I am afraid, and he gives me courage"

It's amazing how simple things/people in life can make a huge difference. So never underestimate yourself. Never looked down on yourself.. who knows you can be a world-changer, someone who make a massive impact to this world.

It's true that it also says in the Bible :- "Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth." - Matthew 5:5

Bilbo always live a simple and happy life, in his own house and doesn't like people to bother him. Till Gandalf came and challenge him to follow him on an adventure. Not enough, Gandalf sets up a meeting at Bilbo's home.. much to Bilbo's annoyance. After much coaxing, Bilbo joined Gandalf and the Dwafts on their quest to reclaim their land.

It's a life lesson for some of us.. we are always comfortable with what we are doing. There will be times when God will challenge us to live a life that is beyond our comfort zone.

We can learn to put our faith and trust in God when we step out. Moreover, we have a God who is able!

The Dwarf king Thror has everything in his kingdom.. gold and jewelries.. so much that it drives him insane and greedy. Till Smaug the dragon came and wipe out everything.. including chasing the whole kingdom out. All of the sudden, the king has lost all his riches to the dragon who is actually as greedy as him.. choosing to dwell and bath in the riches of the king.

It just sad that it actually a true reflection of today's world. People are so into their riches that they don't care things around them and would do anything to get it.

"my preccccioussss"... seems like a haunting but fun quote. But really, in our lives, we have lots of things that we called "my precccciousss". When Gollum/Smeagol lost his ring to Bilbo, he just went nuts. Searching hi and low for it. Crying and cursing, depress and heartbroken. 
How clingy can we be to things of the world? I m not surprise sometimes seeing people get so depress when their priced procession is lost or taken away. 

Personally, I recommend this movie.. one of the top movies of 2012. The movie might be 3 hours but if you able to survive it, it's awesome stuff.

And the movie makes me wanna rewatch LOTR trilogy all over again... hehehe

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

lessons of today

Today I did a bit of vocal training with my pastor's wife who is a well-trained vocal teacher.

Besides the vocal skills and technical skills, I was blessed that I also learnt some spiritual input to be a worship leader and worshiper of our mighty God.

A lot of things to digest but let me sum it up like this. Pursuing God's presence is a never ending journey. I do relished the challenge of seeing the worship level of myself, the ministry, the church, the nation, the world going a notch higher than what we are. Never settle for 2nd best. All for His glory.

"as the deer pants for the water, so my soul longs after you" - PSALMS 42:1

Lots to learn about worship and yes, I relished that challenge to do great things for God.

So.. yes.. that's one of my 2013 hope/resolution..

Monday, December 17, 2012

Christmas @ FCC

Come join us for a night of creative arts in our FCC Christmas event.. called time of expectation...

Dates for our showing :-
22nd 6pm
24th 8pm

You can visit us at for more details.

See you!

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Christmas approaching soon..

I remembered my Friday dinner.. after watching Hobbit and looking to recommend Eric Fung to some porky burger, my gf asked me and Eric some very critical question..

"Why God allows evil?"

well.. I don't think she is the only person in the world asking that. In fact, everyone ask that.. right?

Critical questions like "is God actually that cruel to allow us humans to suffer?" "why didn't God destroy evil?"

Next day I wokeup in the morning, read the news online about the Connecticut shooting. I may be in Malaysia, but my heart just broke the moment I saw it. Not again America, not again world.

Past 24 hours been reading lots of articles posted by random people to news network to celebrities about what they think about it. I shall not add more what is out there.

One thing we need to remember why we are living in such fallen world. Because we humans sinned. Romans 3:23 says.. "all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God".

So.. NO.. God is not evil or cruel to let us suffer or has prompt Satan to do nasty things to us.

But let me say there's reason why we have Christmas. There's reason why Jesus came. There's reason God is giving us hope, joy, peace and grace.

"For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people." - Titus 2:11

Prayers to everyone out there.

[songsharing] angels from the realms of glory

Absobutely lovely version by Steven Curtis Chapman..

[FCC Eng services' song list] 15th-16th DEC 2012

Song list for this weekend..

Mike Lim's Saturday song list...

Theme: All Things Are Possible in God
Heart Preparing : Awesome in this place

Stir up the hunger (Paul Baloche) (
Rock of Ages (Paul Baloche) (
Nothing is impossible (planetshakers) (
Power Of Your Name (lincoln brewster) (
How great is our God (Chris Tomlin) (

I was leading on Sunday and the song list :-

Heart Preparing : It came upon the midnight clear 

THEME : Adoration
Angels from the realms of glory
We come to Your house Lord (by Paradise Church's Unspeakable Joy album)
Let us adore (hillsong/reuben morgan)

Saturday, December 15, 2012

[songsharing] We have a Saviour

What better reason to share Christmas theme songs here as we prepare for Christmas..

Love the meaning of this song.. Prepare for Christmas! :)

Friday, December 14, 2012

friday the 14th

Was reading some worship forum.. and i copy/quote a person who wrote this comment that I thought most worship leaders should ponder about.

I don't understand why people criticize chords, melodies, and word choices in this forum. It is not our job as worship leaders in the church who may or may not choose to use this piece of music to criticize the writers for their choices. (If you can do better, write your own. Or, simply don't use this song.) 
As worship leaders, it is our job to decide for our congregations 
1) Is the song sound in its theology? and 
2) Is it appropriate for my congregation (singability, style, etc.)? 
A song might be amazing both lyrically and stylistically, but not be right for my church. Conversely, I might think a song is "boring" but it could be powerful for my congregation when used in the right spot. What we choose to sing in our churches should not always be about what we like or dislike. 

I always remember advice given to me by

 my mentor many years ago when listening to a new song to determine whether or not it could be used in my church: listen to it at least 5 times before making a decision. A song you might immediately write off could grow on you over time and become a mainstay of your worship service. (Yes, I have experienced this.) You just never know, and every song deserves a chance. These people are writing for reasons that are bigger than you and me. They are writing and sharing their songs with us because God has given them a gift and they are compelled to use it for His glory. These songs glorify God - not the writer. When I think of it that way, it makes me less likely to level criticism, because I'm actually criticizing God. If He is inspiring the music, then it's His and we must be careful to remember to view it as such whether we like the song or not.

So true. May God filled us with wisdom as we prepare our worship sessions.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

24/7 worship

Today was reading a devotional article by Nicky Gumble on his website, he was sharing from Revelation 4:1-11.

Was reminded how awesome worship is in heaven. 24/7... now that's a big WOW!

Revelation is always about vision.. imagination can only take us far as we could. No one really can know what's really gonna happen, but what is certain, heaven is an awesome place.

And I always have this thought that how awesome when we all in heaven...gathered on the same platform with all the 'famous' worship leaders like Tim Hughes, Chris Tomlin, Paul Baloche, Darlene.. all there to sing and worship God. WOW. that's one big concert there.

He indeed display His majesty for the beginning till the end :- from Genesis till Revelation.

Even in that reading, it shows the majesty of our God.

So.. better get use to worship sessions coz in heaven, we are doing it 24/7.

"Lord, thank you that we don’t have to wait until the new heaven and the new earth to worship you.  Thank you that we can have a foretaste of worship now.  Help us to worship you today and every day for you are worthy, our Lord and our God, to receive glory, honour and power." 
-- (taken straight from Nicky Gumble's website)

Sunday, December 9, 2012

[FCC Eng services' song list] 8th-9th DEC 2012

Saturday was lead by me..

Heart Preparing  : It came upon the midnight clear

THEME : God with us
Everything to You  (hillsong)
What the world would take (hillsong)
Call Upon (city harevst)
Holy is the Lord (chris tomlin)

Response : 5th
offering : Hark the herald Closing : 3rd song

Mike Lim lead the worship on Sunday..

Theme: God of Hope
Heart Preparing :- Come and See The Beauty Of The Lord

Everlasting God (lincoln brewster)
Endless light (hillsong)
You are faithful (hillsong)
Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone) (chris tomlin)

Response : 4th
Offering : Angels We Have Heard On High 
Closing : 2nd


Friday, December 7, 2012

skill.. so?

Pardon me for little personal worship reflections or sharing from me. I know I only been sharing songs and song list only but I try my best to share more here.

Recently, I been taking a lot of time to reflect about the vision and direction I want for my worship team. I listed lots of stuff... then came to one particular point that got me pondering.

That is being skillful.

That brings lots of question in my mind.

Being pondering on few verses about giving my best to Lord. Singing and playing skillfully well.

So if someone doesn't sings well, will God "accepts" his worship? He sings from his heart right? We are not here to judge someone's worship or some team's worship... aren't we?

Then here is another situation. If the team just play "good music" but not worshipful, we failed too.

But is skillful important? Yes.

God bless each one of us with skills so we should honor Him with it. Doesn't matter if it is one or ten skills, as long as we use it for Him, I believe He will bless us and guide us more. Refer to Parable of talents.

What I learnt from there is the matter of heart when we have the gifts/skill from God.

I think the matter is finding the balance. And also giving the best to the Lord from the heart.

So encourage everyone to sharpen your skills so we can give our best to the Lord, who deserves the best.

‎"Worship is not some performance we do, but a presence we experience"-- A Z Tozer.

friday thoughts

‎"Worship is not some performance we do, but a presence we experience."
-- AW Tozer (The Purpose of Man)

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

CYW ambassador

Just want to share something I am supporting and part of.. a cause that I am standing up along with some people.. 

It's Change Your World, I am talking about..

And if you read it, heard it, yes.. I am part of CYW as their Creative Ambassador..

Anyway, come get to know Change Your World more and click on their website.

Monday, December 3, 2012

[song sharing] In Christ Alone by Owl City

There is this song written by Keith Getty and Stuart Townend was made popular few months ago by Adam Young aka Owl City. He decided to record this song after one of his devotional reflection.

Here is what he have to say (taken from online article) :-

"Something about this song makes me bawl like a baby," Young wrote. "If I were to count on one hand, the number of songs that have ever deeply moved me, this one would take the cake. Last night I probably spent more time actually crying at the piano than I did recording it. Such are the secret confessions of a shy boy from Minnesota . . .

"As I’m so often reminded what a priceless gift my life is, I ache with everything in me to make it count, so that when I finally cross the finish line, I’ll hear the words, 'Well done, good and faithful servant.'"

Young also noted that the spiritual meat of the song is not "intended to be 'crammed down the throat,' if you will. That is not my intention. This is what I wholeheartedly believe, and to that belief, I remain steadfast until He returns or calls me home."

I am truly blessed by his version. Am blessed to know an artist like him also able to use music to speak his faith.

Indeed in Christ alone, I will trust.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

[FCC Eng services' song list] 1st-2nd DEC 2012

This week, it's me and Gavin again.. but this time, he led Saturday while Sunday was led by me..

Heart Preparing : Jesus is here right now 

THEME : This is our God
Today is the day (Paul Baloche version)
I m not ashamed (Hillsong)
This is our God (Hillsong)

Offering: Angels we have heard on high
Closing: 2nd song

Meanwhile on Sunday..

Heart Preparing  : The first Noel

THEME : The Light of His love
Endless light (Hillsong)
Rise up and praise Him (Paul Baloche)
Let creation sing    (Reuben Morgan)
Our Father (Don Moen)
Jesus, God's righteousness revealed

R : 
o: Hark the herald angels sing
C: 3rd song

1st week of December marks the beginning of Advent week. Usually it starts 4 weeks before Christmas so this year, it begins this week.

Advent is observed in most church settings to reflect the 1st coming of Christ (as Saviour) and also the 2nd coming of Christ (as Judge). At this period, some of our songs will reflect that, which also means some of the Christmas carols being sung.

So yes, Christmas is more than just being merry and happy. It's all about HIM :)

Saturday, December 1, 2012


Sorry about lack of articles lately, been busy to sitdown and really share my devotional thoughts. I know I been sharing songs instead, well, just to keep things alive and yea, share some good stuff.

Just a short sharing about what advent is all about..

Advent usually observed in many churches as a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the Jesus at Christmas

The theme of readings and teachings during Advent is often to prepare for the Second Coming while commemorating the First Coming of Christ at Christmas. With the view of directing the thoughts of Christians to the first coming of Jesus Christ as savior and to his second coming as judge, special readings are prescribed for each of the four Sundays in Advent. Same goes with the worship songs usually.

Advent usually goes on for 4 weeks before Christmas so this year it begins on 1st-2nd Dec weekend.

So.. hopefully this season prepares everyone for Christmas as it is all about JESUS!

Friday, November 30, 2012

[song sharing] Take Everything by Seven Days Slumber

Recently was doing lots of reflection about life and this song played on my ipod. Immediately felt God was speaking, immediately felt the lyrics touched my heart.

Thought I should really share this song.

This song is sung by an American Christian rock band called Seven Days Slumber. Yes, they got their name based on Genesis 2:2 where God rested after He created the heaven and earth.

Read more about them on Wikipedia.

What touched my heart about this song is that it really challenge you to look into the mirror and asked yourself about your heart of worship. Is it just a show or really pure hearts' desire??

Hope this song bless you and inspire you to worship and love God.

Another melody
Another empty song
I tell myself that
I have praised you
And try and make believe
This is all you want
But once again
I know I've missed it
Praising you is not just the songs I sing
Jesus here I am
Take everything

Take the pain inside
Take the brokenness
Don't stop til there's nothing left
My arrogance
My pride
The loss of innocence
Jesus, take everything

[Repeat Verse 1/Chorus]

There's nothing left I need
That's when I feel alive
Holy Spirit fall
Fresh upon me
You can have it all

Thursday, November 29, 2012

TL albums =)

Greetings everyone!!

Time for some album promoe =P

I know this took some time but nevertheless, I am pleased to announce my albums are available out there in the Malaysian stores for your purchasing convenient.

Here are the list of stores where the albums are available..

THE BRANCHES @ khucai lama
Canaanland @ NZX, cheras, klcc
DOVECAST booksroom@ old klang road
Faith bookstore@ batu pahat
Renewal Christian church @bkt mertajam
Faith bookstore @ pulau pinang
Calvary bookstore @ damansara

Hopefully more will be made available soon.

Both 1st and 2nd albums are priced RM29.90 out there.

Feel free to contact me if you interested to know more on how you can get your hands on the albums.

At the same time, feel free to check out and for updates.

Songs can also be heard on

Spread the news around then! Much love!! =D

Monday, November 26, 2012

[FCC Eng services' song list] 24th-25th NOV2012

End of November already!

Saturday song list by yours truly...

Heart preparing - all creatures of our God and King

THEME : For all He has done
Forever (Chris Tomlin)
Endless light (Hillsong)
It's all about Jesus (Planetshakers)
God is able (Hillsong)
It is well with my soul (the HYMN, updated with Hillsong's bridge)
Response : 4th
offering : 1st song
Closing : Shine Like Stars (True Worshippers)

While on Sunday, Gavin led worship..

Heart preparing :- Majesty, worship His Majesty 

THEME : Forever
Forever (Chris Tomlin)
Your Grace is Enough (Matt Maher)
Open my Eyes (Hillsong)
Our Father (Don Moen)
Forever (Hillsong)

Respond: 5th
Offering: Jesus You are so good (Don Moen)
Closing: 1st song

And so.. Christmas is a month away..

Sunday, November 25, 2012

TL at FGT Sri Damansara

Today had a privilege to be invited to Ps Wah Lok's church to share a simple testimony, lead some worship songs and also sang some album songs.

Truly had a great time there. Thanks Ps Wah Lok and FGT Sri Damansara for having us.

More pics at FB

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Our God

What a powerful declaration song composed by Chris Tomlin.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

4 months

It's 4 months since THE DAY AFTER was launched.. and really thank God for the journey so far...

Remember me in your prayerrs as I journey on this solo project.. hopefully the albums continue to be a blessing to many...

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

MGM album -- ADORE

Just sharing this preview of a local Christian album compilation called ADORE.

It's an initiative by MGM (Malaysian Gospel Music) where they compiled the best local Christian songs over the years into one album. Their hope is to promote local Christian music and encourage more local Christian talents to rise up.

Check them out at

Monday, November 19, 2012

Ps Wah Lok's worship devotional page

Just want to share one page you can follow if you need a simple worship devotional articles..

It's written by my Tung Ling principal and well-known Malaysian songwriter Ps Wah Lok. It's an honour to meet a person of such caliber and certainly learn a lot from him.

Hope you find this page a blessing :)

Sunday, November 18, 2012

[FCC Eng services' song list] 17th-18th NOV2012

Led worship in both English services over the weekend and here was the song lists..


Heart Preparing  : I have decided to follow (HYMN)

THEME : Adoration
TODAY IS THE DAY by Lincoln Brewster
LET US ADORE by Reuben Morgan/Hillsong

Response : 5th
offering : 1st song
Closing : I M NOT ASHAMED by Hillsong

Ok.. I know that's a lot of Hillsong tracks there but personally I never look who is the artist. What is important in my selection is the teaching/message of the song.


Heart Preparing : what a friend we have in Jesus

THEME : God's goodness
Lord Your goodness (hillsong)
For all you've done (hillsong)
Endless Light (hillsong)
Jesus at Your name 
In Your presence (Lynn DeShazo)

Could not find the youtube links for 4th and 5th. They are quite old worship songs back in the 80s and 90s. Yes, I can go "old skol" sometimes but no matter which season and year, worship songs are always living and speaking. Look at hymns =)

Anyway, if you are familiar with them, well, good for you! :D

Because Bishop Vun was around, we had a difference twist to the whole ending part where we kept singing Trading my sorrow. All because the Spirit is moving ;)

That's the song list for the weekend ... yea...

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Monday, November 12, 2012

{song sharing} Faith Music

Time to highlight another music locally made.. more so from FCC itself...

Our album ministry called Faith Music.

Started few years ago by a group of members in Chinese service, the purpose of this album is to reach out to the community with their own composed song with heart to reclaim creativity for God. Our God Himself is creative so we want to use the gifts given to us to be a blessing to everyone out there.

The album ministry have produced 2 albums :- Dream and Life Enlivened.

Dream is a full-Mandarin album, the first ever album produced. Received lots of good reviews and it was produced by Jonathan Tse. The second album Life Enlivened was a partnership with local Christian chinese producing house Soulworks. This time around, we do have one song each from English and BM.

Lately we been laying low a bit to focus on our in-house ministry that building new members and training musicians.

Yes, again I say that all the tracks written by the members themselves so here is one track from the 2nd album..


代罪的羔羊耶稣 MV from Zermi on Vimeo.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

[FCC Eng services' song list] 10th-11th NOV2012

I led worship on Saturday night and here are the selected songs :-

Heart preparing : Trust and Obey

THEME : In Him, Through Him
EVERLASTING GOD (brenton brown) (although this is Lincoln Brewster's version)
BETTER IS ONE DAY (matt redman)
OCEAN WILL PART (hillsong)

R : 5th
O : 3rd song
C : 2nd song

Gavin meanwhile led on Sunday morning...

Heart preparing :  As we gather & the Steadfast of the Lord

Blessed be Your name(matt redman)
Holy is the Lord (chris tomlin)
Here I am to worship(tim hughes)

Offering: 2nd song
Closing: 1st song

Yes, again one song seems to be in both list -- Better is One day. We trying to sing this song again to remind everyone of Psalms 84 when we come into time of worship.

Hope you had a great time worshiping God no matter where you are! :D

Saturday, November 10, 2012

1 Corinthians 13:13

1 CORITHIANS 13:13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love..

Friday, November 9, 2012

TODAY (live performance from 2nd album launch)

Here is a footage from my 2nd album launch.. singing one of my favourite(and apparently a lot of people's favourite too) TODAY live.

ENJOY! Feel free to share it around!! =D

Thursday, November 8, 2012

{song sharing} planetshakers' limitless

Just want to share the latest song from well-known rocking Aussie worship band, Planetshakers.

I been listening to them for nearly 10 years, the days of Henry Seeley. Now the band has evolved and grown in one way or another.

I met Joth in person before so to see how he leads this team year in and out is tremendous stuff.

This song is taken from the new release, scheduled to be out in Jan 2013. Typical rocking planetshakers stuff so prepare to rock your speakers for this song.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Sunday, November 4, 2012

[FCC Eng services' song list] 3rd-4th NOV2012

Mike Lim lead worship on Saturday night ...

Theme: Live For God
Heart Preparing : To Live Is Christ

Response : 5
Closing: 3

While on Sunday, here is the song list, led by me.

Heart Preparing  : Holy Holy Holy (hymn) 

THEME : With all I am
I've got the joy (can't find the youtube but I managed to have the mp3 to send to my team, if you want, private message me)  
Sing shout clap your hands
Take my life and let it be (hymn)

Response : 5th song
offering :  God is good all the time (by Don Moen)
Closing : 1st song

One thing i find it amazing in this ministry is how God speak to each worship leaders. You will realized sometimes our song list have similiar songs, most of the time unintentionally. So God's spirit moving in His people!

Unless our pastors/preachers request same songs then it can happen.

4th NOV

Have a great SUNDAY! =)

Saturday, November 3, 2012

{article sharing} I hate all your show by Neil

Sharing an article written by my good friend Neil of RELENT/1am ministry

AMOS 5:21
21 “I hate, I despise your religious festivals;
your assemblies are a stench to me.
22 Even though you bring me burnt offerings and grain offerings,
I will not accept them. Though you bring choice fellowship offerings,
I will have no regard for them. 23 Away with the noise of your songs! I will not listen to the music of your harps.
24 But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!
We just had our 1a.m.Creative Night session at church the other day where our 1a.m. director shared this verse.

Kelvin, being the director of Change Your World as well, decided to share this verse where we in “1a.m. worship and creative ministry” are encourage to view worship differently or in other words, bring the art of worship to another level.
Just reading the verse above from the book of Amos caught my attention. In fact here’s the “Message” version
21-24“I can’t stand your religious meetings.
I’m fed up with your conferences and conventions.
I want nothing to do with your religion projects,
your pretentious slogans and goals.
I’m sick of your fund-raising schemes,
your public relations and image making.
I’ve had all I can take of your noisy ego-music.
When was the last time you sang to me?
Do you know what I want?
I want justice—oceans of it.
I want fairness—rivers of it.
That’s what I want. That’s all I want.
NIV version: Caught my attention. Message version or the “IN YO’ FACE” version: KILLED ME!

You see.. the faith I walk in has helped me to be a better man, no doubt, but has it help me to help others be better men or women?
As a worshiper, I know my purpose is to worship God in the way I live… in all I do. A time where I can be refreshed, recharged, fueled up to take down what ever challenges and temptation comes my way BUT when I think about it… is it just about me coming to church and hearing a message to have a feel good weekend? Is it just about me making sure that my life is o.k and that I’m still on the course to heaven when the world ends?
When I think about Jesus and how he lived his life on earth, he didn’t just preached the good news…. he did more than that. He walked the talk.
He had his own “tour” going on with 12 volunteers, His crowd would go by the 100′s and 1000′s. Both lovers and haters would come, see and hear. But he didn’t just talk about the good news… The book of Luke said it best:
Luke 7:22
So he replied to the messengers(John the Baptist disciples), “Go back and report to John what you have seen and heard: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is preached to the poor.
Worshiping God whether through music or coming to church is not a bad thing… but if we don’t do something beyond that, then there must be something wrong. Sharing the good news is one thing but what happens after people hear the good news? Go to church and worship? Is that all? Join bigger events, be spiritually filled, bless the church and that’s it?
Jesus thought of the poor, he healed people, he went to where they were… took time to hear them out, loved them even when they didn’t, saved everyone when everyone didn’t even deserve to be saved. He didn’t stay in one place to talk. He walked out and made a difference by acting on what he said.
Luke 4:18-21
“The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
because he has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
and recovery of sight for the blind,
to set the oppressed free,
19 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him. 21 He began by saying to them, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.
He was busy fulfilling His purpose.
I have a band (Relent). I play in 1a.m. too. It makes a lot of sense for me doing what I’m doing knowing that at the end of the day I go beyond the music.
The verse in Amos convicted me to search myself and look beyond what I currently do now whether in music or serving and change the lives of others.
God is not impress with the number of shows we do or attend but wants justice to take place in our land – Oceans of it!
You don’t have to be in a band to make things happen. Just be who you are and remember the poor… reach out to them. Set the oppress and prisoners free, pray and heal those who are broken.. like LITERALLY!
Let our actions sing to the one who listens and not make noise with our mouths.
Let our actions change the lives of others in our nation and not just say words blah, blah, blah, blah, blah…
Here’s a song from Jon Foreman of Switchfoot – Instead of a show (inspired by Amos 5:21)

AUTHOR : Neil is the lead singer of local band RELENT. Apart from rocking hard with them, he is also part of 1am ministry and Change Your World movement. A fellow Manchester United fan and an avid Superman fan.