Archive for December, 2008

Unity of Christian Believers

December 30, 2008

At present I attend the “Servants of Jesus” christian community in Seven Hills.  It is a very friendly and loving church which focuses on becoming a true community of christian believers.  It is charismatic in style but also has solid biblical teaching which focuses on repentence and becoming more and more like Christ in our daily lives.  At present I am doing their 10 week course called “Formations”.  This goes through the important aspects of Christian living that we agree to follow in order to become a covenant member of the church.  This is where  at the end of the course we may choose to commit ourselves to the church for one year.

What is unique about this christian community is that they have a vision of bringing all christian believers no matter which denomination,  to come together to worship in unity as one body.  Hence in the morning people are allowed to attend their respective church services in their particular christian denominations.  There is also 2 services at 9.30am and 9.45am for people who do not already have a church to go to.  Then at 11am we all come together as one body to worship together in the big gathering.  This also is in the format of a normal church service which includes a sermon with praise and worship.

It is certainly a noble and biblical goal to unify all christian believers to worship together as one.  In one of Nicky Gumble’s Alpha course videos,  he mentions that in the protestant church there are about 38 000 different denominations around the world.  Often as christian we can focus too much on the differences between us like,  church format,  grey areas of doctrine and even church decor such as the colour of the carpet.  As long as we believe the basic gospel message and the obvious absolute truths like the 10 commandments in the bible,  perhaps we should focus more on what we do agree on and learn to love one another as our brothers and sisters in the Lord.  Often times our differences in opinion and preferences are attributed to what we have been used to in the past and what we have been brought up with. 

Instead it is God’s desire that we all live as One in love and unity,  so that the rest of the unbelieving world may know that Christ is truly real and through the power of his Holy Spirit it is possible to love one another despite our petty differences.    It is when  the unsaved see us working together and enjoying each other in unity,  that they will more likely sit back and realise that there is something special valuable and unique in knowing the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

God’s heart for all the believers in his family to become one in spirit and truth can be found in the following verses:-

Psalm 133:1 – How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity

John 17: 23 – I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one (Jesus and His Heavenly Father).  I in them and you in me.  May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.

Romans 15:5 – May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity amongst yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus, so that with one heart and mouth you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Ephesians 4:3,13 – Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace….until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.

Colossians 3:14 – And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

Let us today, make a decision to pray for and walk in unity with all our brothers and sister in Christ no matter what our differences may be and no matter what christian denomination we belong to.

The Bible According to Kids

December 30, 2008

The following statements about the Bible were written by children and have not been retouched or corrected (i.e., bad spelling has been left in.)

In the first book of the Bible, Guinesses, God got tired of creating the world, so he took the Sabbath off.

Adam and Eve were created from an apple tree.

Noah’s wife was called Joan of Ark because Noah built the ark, which the animals came to in pears.

Lot’s wife was a pillar of salt by day, but a ball of fire by night.

Samson was a strong man who let himself be led astray by a Jezebel like Delilah.

Samson slew the Philistines with the axe of the Apostles.

Moses led the Hebrews to the Red Sea, where they made unleavened bread, which is bread without any ingredients.

The Egyptians were all drowned in the dessert.

Afterwards, Moses went up to Mount Cyanide to find the ten amendments.

The first commandment was when Eve told Adam to eat the apple.

Moses died before he ever reached Canada.

Then Joshua led the Hebrews in the battle of Geritol.

The greatest miracle in the Bible is when Joshua told his son to stand still and he obeyed him.

David was a Hebrew king skilled at playing the liar. He fought with the Finkelsteins, a race of people who lived in Biblical times.

Solomon, one of David’s sons, had 300 wives and 700 porcupines.

When Mary heard that she was the mother of Jesus, she sang the Magna Carta.

Then the three Wise Guys from the east arrived and found Jesus in the manager.

Jesus was born because Mary had an Immaculate Contraption.

St. John, the blacksmith, dumped water on his head.

Jesus enunciated the Golden Rule, which says do one to others before they do one to you.

He also explained that “Man does not live by sweat alone”.

It was a miricle when Jesus rose from the dead and managed to get the tombstone off the entrance.

The people who followed Jesus were called the 12 decibles.

The epistles were the wives of the apostles.

One of the opossums was St. Matthew who was also a taximan.

St. Paul cavorted to Christianity. He preached the holy acrimony, which is another name for marriage.

A Christian should have only one spouse. This is called monotony.

Opportunity to Mentor a Child

December 30, 2008

I discovered a website the other day which was very interesting. It is called C.L.I.C.K which stands for “Creating Links and Independent Connections with Kids”. It is a community program run by “Catholic Care”. Basically it gives an adult the opportunity to spend 2 hours per fortnight with a child 9-16 years old from the Fairfield/Liverpool area. Naturally there is a training course and screening of potential mentors. The children usually come from poorer families in need of good role models. The mentor is not required to spend money for expensive outings or activities. The focus is more on building a safe, healthy, positive and motivating relationship with the child. This could be done through the creation of an art project, science project or perhaps reading out loud a good book or novel, just to name a few examples.

I thought this would be a great idea for single adults or couples who are not called to have children or cannot have children. It is a wonderful opportunity to give mature friendship and guidance to children who may be lacking this due to family circumstances.

You can find out more about C.L.I.C.K at http://www.click.org.au/

Corporations helping the Community

December 30, 2008

I saw an interesting documentary on the ABC’s 7.30 Report  It talked about an organisation called “The Australian Business & Community Network”. This began in 2005 and was originally established because the corporate sector realised they had to do something about the negative image they have with the community.

CEO’s of large corporations like the Commonwealth Bank and Optus decided to visit disadvantaged schools in South West Sydney to offer their expertise and experience. One school that was included in the program was a High School in Cabramatta. The program involved the school principal and senior teachers meeting with these key business people to learn from each other especially in terms of management skills. Time was also spent by these business people, with high school students to help them in areas such as goal setting and career development.

In return these key people in education were able to discover the real need for basic skills such as reading and writing that are needed and often lacking by people in the corporate sector.

This is a good way that the business world can give back to the community and open their eyes to the needs of the world around them. All the business contributors expressed what a great learning and fulfilling experience it has been to be involved in these community programs.

This also reflects the growing need for corporations to be aware of their social responsibility to the community instead of just having a profit centred focus.

To find out more about ABNC – The Australian Business & Community Network log into http://www.abcn.com.au/

Elizabeth I

December 30, 2008

I was watching the movie “Elizabeth” with Cate Blanchett the other day and I was reminded of why this is one of my favourite movies.  Firstly I think Cate Blanchett is brilliant in the leading role and I love the way the movie did her make up which looks so much like the image of this historical icon.  The costumes are also totally luschious.  The stunning and breathtaking cinematography is also a great treat as well. 

I also love the film score or music used in the background to create the whole drama.   The intricate orchestrations,  haunting melodies often performed by operatic singers as well as authentic choral arrangements help to bring the story to life in a starkly dramatic way.  Apparently one of the composers was David Herschfelder who used to play keyboards in John Farnham’s band. 

Parts of the film however are not historically accurate.  For instance I do not believe that  Lord Robert Dudley actually had physical relations with Queen Elizabeth.  This was clearly a modern interpretation to suit 21st Century audiences.  

Be that as it may,  it is still a great film which cleverly describes the tension danger and drama surrounding Elizabeth I’s  rise to the throne.

Song: God is the Answer

December 22, 2008

The following is a song I wrote called ” God is the Answer”. It talks about how God through (Jesus Christ) can give meaning purpose and fulfilment in our lives, especially when life seems baffling and filled with chaos at times.

GOD IS THE ANSWER
By Beverley Tang

Verse 1
I know it’s true we can’t know everything but
I really want to find the truth
I don’t understand why this has happened
What’s the sense in all of life’s events?

Chorus 1
I want an answer, I want an answer
to the questions that plague my mind
I want an answer, I want an answer
an answer I desperately want to find

Verse 2
What do I do where do go from here now?
Where do I turn how can I learn?
O give me the answers please
Someone come and quickly rescue me

Chorus 1

Verse 3
I met a man who showed me the way so (Jesus)
Now that I can find a love
I’m in His plan that’s already started
Found a hope, now I’ll let it grow

Chorus 2
God is the answer, God is the answer
To the questions that plague my mind
God is the answer, God is the answer
The answer I desperately want to find

Chorus 3
God is the answer, God is the answer
To the questions that plague my mind
God is the answer, God is the answer
The answer I desperately want to find

© Beverley Tang January 2008

To listen this song  :-

1. Go to http://mycrossfactor.com/Beverley/

2. Go to the “Songs” player on the right hand side

3.  Scroll down the song list to find “God is the Answer”

4.  Click the play button in the middle of the screen

 

Bye for now and Wishing all a Blessed Christmas Season
Beverley

Letter to Kevin Rudd

December 19, 2008

This is a letter that I wrote to Kevin Rudd the Australian Prime Minister some time ago.  It was submitted to his website at http://www.kevinpm.com.au/

22/11/08
Dear Mr Rudd

…….. As a committed Christian I pray that God will give you wisdom to help solve all the challenges that face our economy and society today.

 

I was given a video to watch a few weeks ago and thought I would share it with you.  It talks about how the banking system evolved throughout history and how the operation of usury became an acceptable and even legislated practice. It also reveals how Federal Banks can just create book entries to pay for Government bonds to create wealth for themselves, and hence do nothing to create anything of real value.  As a result the Federal Banks’  profits escalate while they have the ability to cause recessions by contracting or expanding the money supply to the general public.  It also states how a handful of these profiteering individuals control the World Bank and continue to enslave Third World nations  with insurmountable debt keeping people in poverty and starvation for the sake of their own greed.

 

I am not yet sure whether what the video says is entirely accurate. However I intend to seek out other opinions to see if this may really be an answer to the present World Economic Crisis and even World Poverty.   For instance the concept in the video applies to US banks but could also be applied to banks in each country of the world.

 

I would like to make a suggestion. Perhaps yourself & other  skilled economists could watch the video to see if it may offer a possible solution that world leaders are looking for at this present time.  You could then consider how to instigate the banking reforms that are suggested at the end of the video.

 

I have also made it a point to investigate the video myself to see if it offers some real solutions to help those who may be suffering in this world.

 

The video is  available on Utube at :- http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-515319560256183936 .  If you would like your own copy on CD I am happy to send this to you as well.

Thankyou for taking the time to listen to the community

 
 
 

 

Yours faithfully

Letter to Bill Gates

December 19, 2008

The following is a letter that I wrote to Bill Gates some time ago.  This was submitted to his website at http://www.gatesfoundation.org/Pages/home.aspx

Re: Solution to Recession & World Poverty
Dear Mr Gates,

I firstly want to congratulate you for the wonderful work you are doing with “The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation”.  It is certainly a noble calling to use your wealth so that the suffering of many individuals in this world can be alleviated. Your motto “All Lives Have Equal Value” I fully endorse wholeheartedly and I can see that you are already making progress to this effect.   This is why I have taken the liberty to write to you about a possible solution to this present World Economic Crisis and Third World Poverty. 

There is a video available on Utube entitled “The Money Masters” which I believe may have the necessary information to eradicate  the causes of recessions in society and even Third World Poverty.  See http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-515319560256183936

The video talks about how the banking system evolved throughout history, and how the operation of usury became an acceptable and even legislated practice. It also reveals how Federal Banks can just create book entries to pay for Government bonds to create wealth for themselves, and hence do nothing to create anything of real value.  As a result the Federal Banks’ profits escalate, while they have the ability to cause recessions by contracting or expanding the money supply to the general public.  It also states how a handful of these profiteering individuals control the World Bank, and how they continue to enslave Third World nations  with insurmountable debt keeping them  in poverty and starvation for the sake of their own greed.

 At the end of the video, there are practical steps to instigate necessary banking reform for the US Federal Reserve banking system.  However these principals can also be applied to the Federal Banks for countries all over the world.

The whole world recognises how you totally revolutionised the way we operate in the work place through your revolutionary software Windows. Because of your exceptional genius, and influence,   I felt the need to invite you to initiate another world revolution. This would involve eradicating the root causes of Economic Recessions and Third World Poverty once and for all.

 This could be achieved by implementing the following:-
1.  Obtain top economists to analyse the concepts in the video “The Money Masters” to confirm their validity.
2.  With the help of these top economists use, the suggested action points at the end of the video, to draft necessary legislation to reform  the US Federal Reserve banking system.  This would essentially consist of   taking  the power of printing currency, out of the hands of  a few private profiteers,  and putting it back into the hands of  responsible government. which has just been newly elected in the USA. 
3.  Help to lobby members of the Senate in Congress to pass this bill and educate members of the public as to the real causes of Recessions, Depressions and Third World Poverty.
4.  When control of the money supply is transferred ,  to lobby the US government and governments of other rich nations to create a method by which all Third World debt can be cancelled.   In so doing poorer nations will no longer be enslaved by poverty and starvation, to satisfy the greed of a handful of profiteering individuals. Also the income of these poorer nations could then  be invested to build their own infrastructure for their own survival. 
Aside:  the cancelling of debts for the poor was a biblical principal instigated for the Israelite people.  See Deuteronomy 15:1-2,  Nehemiah 10:31,  Luke 7:41-42.I trust that you will carefully consider these matters in great detail to possibly take action to help put an end to this World Economic Crisis and help deal with the root causes of Third World Poverty.  To achieve these goals would certainly be deserving of a Nobel Peace Prize.

Thankyou very much for your time and I wish you all the best with the work of your foundation.
 
The video entitled “The Money Masters”  is  available on Utube at :- http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-515319560256183936 .  It goes for three and a half hours.

Yours faithfully

Letter to Barack Obarma

December 19, 2008

The following is a letter that I wrote to President Barack Obarma some time ago. I submitted it to his website at : https://donate.barackobama.com/page/contribute/dnc08splashnd

Dear President Obarma,

I firstly want to congratulate you for your extraordinary victory in the recent US Presidential election. I was truly “barracking” for you at the time,( if you will excuse the pun). I realise that you are a man of God who aims to follow Christian principals, and desires to bring justice, equity and necessary reforms, for your nation and the world. This is why I have taken the liberty to write to you about a possible solution to this present World Economic Crisis.

There is a video available on Utube entitled “The Money Masters” which I believe may have the necessary information to eradicate the causes of recessions in society and even end Third World Poverty. See http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-515319560256183936

The video talks about how the banking system evolved throughout history, and how the operation of usury became an acceptable and even legislated practice. It also reveals how Federal Banks can just create book entries to pay for Government bonds to create wealth for themselves, and hence do nothing to create anything of real value. As a result the Federal Banks’ profits escalate, while they have the ability to cause recessions by contracting or expanding the money supply to the general public. It also states how a handful of these profiteering individuals control the World Bank and how they continue to enslave Third World nations with insurmountable debt keeping them in poverty and starvation for the sake of their own greed.

At the end of the video, there are practical steps to instigate necessary banking reform for the US Federal Reserve banking system. However these principals can also be applied to the Federal Banks for countries all over the world.

Since you are now in a position of power to influence the state of our society and economy for the greater good, I wish to request that you consider implementing these banking reforms by way of the following:-

1. Obtain top economists to analyse the concepts in the video to confirm their validity.

2. With the help of these top economists use, the suggested action points at the end of the video, to draft necessary legislation to reform the US Federal Reserve banking system. This would essentially consist of taking the power of printing currency, out of the hands of a few private profiteers, and putting it back into the hands of responsible government. which has just been newly elected in the USA.

3. Help to lobby members of the Senate in Congress to pass this bill and educate members of the public as to the real causes of Recessions, Depressions and Third World Poverty.

4. When control of the money supply is transferred , to lobby the US government and governments of other rich nations to create a method by which all Third World debt can be cancelled. In so doing poorer countries will no longer be enslaved by poverty and starvation, to satisfy the greed of a handful of profiteering individuals. Also the income of these poorer nations could then be invested to build their own infrastructure for their own survival.

Aside: the cancelling of debts for the poor was a biblical principal instigated by God for the Israelite people. See Deuteronomy 15:1-2, Nehemiah 10:31, Luke 7:41-42.

The video entitled “The Money Masters” is available on Utube at :- http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-515319560256183936 . It goes for three and a half hours.

I trust that you will prayerfully consider these matters in great detail to possibly take action to help put an end to this World Economic Crisis and help deal with the root causes of Third World Poverty.

I truly believe that with God’s help, progress can be achieved for the poor and under privileged in society which can be the mark of a new era in the 21st Century.

Thankyou for your time and consideration

Yours faithfully

Song about Forgiveness

December 15, 2008

The following is one of the main tracks from my first album . It’s called “Don’t Close Your Heart”. It encourages us to forgive others when they hurt or offend us.  It also describes how  God  can give us the power to go through this forgiveness process to cleanse us from all bitterness and resentment.

Here are the lyrics to the song:-

DON’T CLOSE YOUR HEART

                                                                         

By Beverley Tang

 

Verse 1

I know you have been hurt so many times before

The pain of past relationships have bruised you to the core

Thorns then grew around your heart to ward off future pain

But have you really changed since then or are you still the same?

 

 

Chorus

Don’t close your heart to people who want to love you

Don’t close your heart to those who want to care

There’s people who care and can be true

So don’t despair God’ll bring you through

So you can learn to love again

 

 

Verse 2

Maybe you need some healing, does unforgiveness lurk in your heart?

God can free you from that sin   He can help you on that path

He’ll embrace you in His arms as He cleanses you deep inside

And like shining diamond,  there’ll be no need to hide

 

Chorus

 

Bridge

And then one day you’ll see a real change

You’ll find that God has set you free

 

Verse 3

In your uniqueness you have just so much to give

But it’s all locked away inside have you begun to live

There’s beauty there inside you, but to many is unknown

God can help you open up so your richness can be shown

 

 

Chorus

 

© Beverley Tang  2008   

 

To listen to the song :-

 

1. Go to http://mycrossfactor.com/Beverley/

2. Go to the “Songs” player on the right hand side

3.  Scroll down the song list to find “Don’t Close Your Heart”

4.  Click the play button in the middle of the screen