Personal

June 3, 2011

Here is a song about how God knows all about each one of us, loves us anyway and desires to have a personal relationship with each one of us.

Personal

Chorus
You’re a personal God who desires to
Walk and talk with me
You’re an intimate God who adores to
Spend some time with me
You know when I sit and rise
You perceive my thoughts from afar
You delight in me your precious child

Verse 1
You’re not made of stone
You’re not made of wood no no
You’re not made of cold hard gold
But you are living breathing giving
With the most enormous heart
Dying for me to give me new life

Chorus
You’re a personal God who desires to
Walk and talk with me
You’re an intimate God who adores to
Spend some time with me
You know when I sit and rise
You perceive my thoughts from afar
You delight in me your precious child

Verse 2
You are not distant
You are not a million miles away
You are not a lifeless thing
But you are all around me
You’re spirit dwells within my heart
Step by step you lead me in your way

Bridge
You created me in your image
Knit me in my mother’s womb
Made me in a secret place
Wove me in the depths of the earth
So one day I could fellowship with You

Chorus
You’re a personal God who desires to
Walk and talk with me
You’re an intimate God who adores to
Spend some time with me
You know when I sit and rise
You perceive my thoughts from afar
You delight in me your precious child

Chorus
You’re a personal God who desires to
Walk and talk with me
You’re an intimate God who adores to
Spend some time with me
You know when I sit and rise
You perceive my thoughts from afar
You delight in me your precious child

Psalm 139:2,  13-15,  149:4,  Genesis 1:27

(c) Beverley Tang 2004

 

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Rest In Me

March 18, 2011

Are you seeking rest or peace within your soul? Here is a song where Jesus invites you to find rest in Him.

Rest In Me
Matthew 11:28

Verse 1
Are you weary from a burden
Do you find it hard to rest?
Are you chasing time
That keeps running away?
Is it like you’re in a dessert
Searching for a drop to drink?
Crawling to a place
That keeps moving away?

Pre-chorus
Is helping coming near?
A voice then called me loud & clear

Chorus
Come & rest in Me
Like a babe in a manger
Without a concern
In the world
Come & rest in Me
In a place that is peaceful
Where you’ll always find
Rest for your soul

Refrain
Rest in Me Rest in Me
Here you’ll find peace for your soul
Rest in Me Rest in Me
When you do you’ll become whole

Verse 2
Are you climbing up a ladder
Hoping soon to reach the top
Finding you were climbing
The wrong one?
Do you feel you’re on a treadmill
Going nowhere really fast?
Looking for a way
Out of this maze?

Pre-chorus
It may be all futile
Is it really all worthwhile?

Chorus

Bridge
This place of rest
Like a cosy small home
Safe & secure
You are never alone
You’re welcome now
To be a part
For I am gentle
And humble of heart

Verse 3
Do you feel there’s something missing
Deep within your inner soul?
Like a black hole in the universe?
Mister Miracle is waiting
To perform a wondrous act
Turning lives around
Is what He can do

Pre-chorus
If you realise you’re lost
Throw a life line to the cross

Chorus

Refrain

Refrain

(c) Beverley Tang 2003

[ Taken from the album “Transformation”]

Armour – Ephesians 6

March 6, 2011

Here is a song to encourage you when you need to do spiritual warfare:-

Armour
Ephesians 6

Verse 1
We face a struggle everyday
That’s not against flesh and blood
But against rulers, Satan’s authorities
Against the powers of this dark world

Pre-chorus
So put on the armour of God

Chorus I
Stand firm with the belt of truth
That’s buckled around your waist
Stand firm with the breastplate
Of righteousness in place
Feet fitted with the readiness
That comes from the gospel of peace
Stand firm by putting on the
Full armour of God

Verse 2
We also fight the spiritual forces of
Evil in heavenly realms
When the day of evil comes around
Need to be ready to stand firm

Pre-chorus

Chorus II
Stand firm with the shield of faith
To put out the arrows of the evil one
Stand firm with the helmet of salvation
Sword of the Spirit
That is the Word of God
Stand firm and pray in the Spirit
On all occasions

Bridge
The armour of God
Used to fight the forces of evil
The armour of God is ours to declare
To those who are losing the battle

Chorus I & II

© Beverley Tang 2004

You can listen to the song at :- http://www.soundclick.com/bevsnewworld

I’ll Carry You

March 4, 2011

Here is a song that was inspired by the poem “Footprints:. This poem reminds us that at times when we may feel forsaken by all, Jesus is still present to comfort us in our hour of need, so we are never really alone.

Carry You
Isaiah 46: 3-4, Psalm 121:5

Verse 1
When you feel down
And there’s no one around
I’ll carry you
When you’re feeling the pain
And all seems in vain
I’ll carry you
When you feel like the world
Is not on your side
I’ll carry you
When you’re feeling the bruise
Of the wound in your heart
I’ll carry you

Chorus
You are my child
The delight of my heart
The sun will not smite you by day
I’ll carry you
In the warmth of my arms
And the moon
Will not smite you by night

Verse 2
When hurts do arise
And your life flashes by
I’ll carry you
When others are smiling
But you’re crying inside
I’ll carry you
When injustice continues
And seems unresolved
I’ll carry you
When prayers seem unanswered
And nothing makes sense
I’ll carry you

Bridge
I’m here to comfort you
My precious child
You don’t have to hide
Your emotions from me
Like a young lamb
Running back to the shepherd
I’ll protect you
From the dangers you see

Chorus

Chorus

©  Beverley Tang 2004

FOOTPRINTS  (Original Poem)

One night a man had a dream. He dreamed He was walking along the beach with the LORD. Across the sky flashed scenes from His life. For each scene He noticed two sets of footprints in the sand. One belonging to Him and the other to the LORD.

When the last scene of His life flashed before Him, he looked back at the footprints in the sand. He noticed that many times along the path of His life there was only one set of footprints. He also noticed that it happened at the very lowest and saddest times of His life.

This really bothered Him and He questioned the LORD about it. LORD you said that once I decided to follow you, you’d walk with me all the way. But I have noticed that during the most troublesome times in my life there is only one set of footprints. I don’t understand why when I needed you most you would leave me.

The LORD replied, my precious, precious child, I Love you and I would never leave you! During your times of trial and suffering when you see only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you.


Carolyn Carty, 1963




New Blog Address

January 11, 2011

Dear Readers

I have recently changed my blog address.  You can now  access new blog posts at the following new blog address:-

http://beverleytang.wordpress.com

Happy New Year to you all
Love

Bev

 

2010 in review

January 7, 2011

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 6,600 times in 2010. That’s about 16 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 30 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 146 posts. There were 14 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 3mb. That’s about a picture per month.

The busiest day of the year was December 1st with 58 views. The most popular post that day was What is Emotional Abuse?.

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The top referring sites in 2010 were en.wordpress.com, search.aol.com, mail.yahoo.com, images.yandex.ru, and beverleysgospelmusic.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for knowing who you are in christ, stolen generation songs, how to manage loneliness, what is a prophet’s reward, and father heart of god.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

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What is Emotional Abuse? November 2009

2

How To Overcome Jealousy February 2009
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Song about the Stolen Generation November 2008

4

Knowing Who You Are In Christ July 2008

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A Prophet’s Reward Could be Your Reward April 2009

Media Watch

September 29, 2010

I believe everyone should watch the program “Media Watch” on ABC TV on a regular basis . It helps to make us aware  that whatever the media says is not always true and can instead be misleading. It is an important reminder to us that we should not believe everything we hear and read from all forms of media . It can teach us to be discerning about what we read and hear and to realise that much of what is presented to us from the media often has personal interest groups and financial backing from particular parties and media owners involved. It can also alert us to propaganda bias and untruths that can be perpetrated to us through the media.

Let us try to take a step back and think for ourselves instead of being automatically brainwashed by whatever the media says. It can also be wise to obtain our information or news from a variety of reputable sources and not just from sensationalised or commercial ones.

The program “Media Watch” can be viewed on ABC1 TV on Monday 9.20pm and repeated on Wed 12.25 am

Why We Suffer as Christians

September 17, 2010

I recently read an excellent book called “Broken Things – Why We Suffer”. This was a huge encouragement to me since it gives common sense reasons why many of us as Christians often go through great trials and suffering while on this earth. The following is a summary of the reasons stated in this book:-

1. Suffering Silences Satan – when we are willing to go through suffering without abandoning our faith, it proves to Satan that we are not just serving God for what He can do for us, but for who He is. This is demonstrated in the book of Job where Satan accuses Job of worshipping God only for the riches and blessings that God can give him. When Job was then greatly afflicted and all his good fortune was taken away, Job did not curse God, but remained faithful. This was shown in Job’s words “ The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away ; blessed be the name of the Lord”. Job 1:21

2. Suffering Enables us to Glorify God – many people have to go through excruciating trials eg. healing from childhood sexual abuse, severe racial injustices, marital abuse, a painful terminal illness etc. Some of these trials may continue for many years. However when God finally delivers us from them, His name can be praised and glorified. Even while we are going through these trials and have not received final or total deliverance, God can still give us the supernatural strength to endure so we are not totally defeated. In this way God is also glorified. This is shown in John 11:5 when after great sorrow at the death of Lazarus, Jesus came to raise him from the dead giving praise to God’s name.

3. Suffering Makes Us More Like Christ – God does not wish to save us just to forgive our sins so we’ll go to heaven. His dual purpose is to also make us more like Christ. As a result we can then reflect God’s glory to the rest of mankind and help make this world a better place. Romans 8:29 says that God’s intention is to conform us to the image of His Son. Often we can only be perfected through trials and suffering. Hebrews 2:10.

4. Suffering Makes Us Appreciative – often when we are in bed with a bad case of the flu, we begin to appreciate the blessing of having good health. While we are healthy we often take it for granted. When things are taken away from us we learn to appreciate them more & thank God for them. Without trials and suffering we may become self centered people who are always wanting more.

5. Suffering Teaches Us To Depend On God – when everything is going fine and rosy we often feel less need for God. We may tend to forget about Him and even survive by relying on our own strength and resources. However when we encounter suffering it compels us to cry out to Him for help. At these times we learn to trust and depend on Him. God desires this because he knows He can provide much better and way beyond what we can do for ourselves. He also wants close fellowship with us on a personal level. In Exodus 14:13 when the Israelites stood before the Red Sea with the Egyptians behind them and the desert and mountains on each side,  Moses said “ Stand firm  and you will see  the salvation the Lord will bring you today”.

6. Suffering Makes Us and Keeps Us Humble -Learning to depend on God requires us to be humble and can be a blow to our pride. God hates pride but exalts the humble. This is why Paul was given a “thorn in the flesh”. 2 Corinthians 12:7. We don’t know what this was. Some think it was a hunchback, speech impediment or a certain illness. However God allowed this so that Paul would remain humble and always acknowledge his need for God’s help.  Paul was a highly educated scholar from good breeding.  Perhaps God knew that Paul needed something to keep him humble.

7. In Suffering We Exercise Faith– In Hebrews 11:1 it says “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” While going through suffering – not knowing the outcome and when it will cease, it forces us to exercise our faith in God. This in turn helps our faith to grow. If we knew what will happen in the future & when, then we would not need faith. In learning to exercise faith we are learning to put our trust and security in God and his character rather than the things of this world. A faith that is not tested will never be strong. If you are suffering and asking “Why must I suffer? Why can’t I be like others?” remember God’s words in Romans 8:28 “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

8. Suffering Teaches Us Patience – Have any of you been waiting a very long time for an answer to prayer? Perhaps it is a healing, a loved one to come to Christ or a breakthrough in a certain area? The waiting time in this trial teaches us patience and this is one of the fruits of the spirit – Galatians 5:22. The more time we have to wait the more we will grow in patience. During this waiting time it compels us to seek God’s word for comfort & faith and learn to trust that God knows best for our situation. It also forces us to give up control of our own lives.

9. Suffering Makes Us Sympathetic – ever met people who are hard of heart, unmerciful and even condescending to the poor, marginalized and those going through trials? It may be because they have never had to go through suffering in their own lives to be able to empathize with those who do. There is nothing like a period of trial, to help give us true compassion and empathy for the hurting. Often it is only when we are humbled and broken in spirit from suffering, that we can begin to allow God to open up our hearts to the hurting people around us in society and take some action to help them out.

10. Suffering Teaches Us To Pray – only when we go through great suffering do we learn to pray with earnest from the depths of our soul and spirit – often because there is nothing left that we can do. In doing so we learn to commune with the heart of God and foster a closer and more intimate relationship with Him.

11. Suffering Brings Rewards – De Haan states that there is a “special crown, a special reward for those who suffer patiently for Him”. In 2 Timothy 2:12 Paul says that “ If we suffer we will also reign with Him”. This helps to make more sense of some of the deepest suffering that some Christians have to face. It also helps to bring a sense of justice into our lives here on earth”.

Conclusion

The above are the main points that DeHaan describes as to “Why We Suffer” as Christian believers. He also talks about the need for brokenness in our lives to be fully used by God for his purposes and gives more encouragement for those who suffer, throughout the book.

If you would like to obtain a copy of this thin paperback – “Broken Things – Why We Suffer” you can contact:-

Email : australia@rbc.org OR

Address: RBC Ministries South Pacific Ltd
PO Box 393
GLEN WAVERLY VIC 3150

The book is free or you can make a donation.

NB. The author M R DeHaan founded “Radio Bible Class”, now RBC Ministries who produce the free “Our Daily Bread” devotional booklets. They also publish other books teaching materials and online Christian courses.

Muslim’s Rights to Convert

September 13, 2010

The following is a brochure and flyer about the fight to allow Muslims the right to convert to Christianity or any other religion without being ostracised or harmed by their own Muslim community.   Even though the last flyer event has already passed it still provides some useful information.


Unemployment Encouragement

September 8, 2010

The following is an article from the Billy Graham Website offering encouragement & wisdom for those who are looking for work.  It offers some sound wisdom and advice to help those who are in this difficult situation.

http://www.billygraham.org/articlepage.asp?articleid=3951&BA=2080&QR=116