Eld Lee Soo Ann

Transformed by God

When asked as to which is the greatest commandment in the law, Jesus answered,

 

‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind’.  And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself’.  All the law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.                                                                 (Matthew 22:37-40)

 

AS A MAN THINKS, SO IS HE

   

The tenth commandment is the only one of the ten which is on our thoughts.  Though the last of the commandments, it is the most powerful for it is our thoughts which determine our actions.  The other commandments tend to deal with our actions.  Hence, if we can follow the tenth commandment, it is much easier to follow the other nine.  Perhaps that is the reason God put it as the last.

 

A major Christian tradition splits the tenth into two parts:

An Exploding Middle Class and An Imploding Planet

           As I am a professional economist, many Christians have asked me whether there is a limit to economic growth in planet earth.  The answer is yes, but not if we think of everybody becoming middle class or rich.  Our planet is a gift from God and it had 100 million in it when Jesus was on earth.  There was just two at the beginning, Adam and Eve, and it took thousands of years before it reached 100 million.

Blessing of the First Born

          During the Chinese New Year (CNY), there is the customary CNY Eve dinner where the family gathers together for reunion.  The first-born needs to be present and on the following day, Chinese New Year’s Day, the first-born takes the lead in visiting one’s parents and so on.  The first-born is believed to be doubly-blessed: to be born itself is a blessing, and to be the first-born doubly so, especially when there are others also born thereafter.

Prinsep Senior Men in Prayer

The longest weekly prayer group in PSPC is that of senior men, meeting on Saturday morning at the unearthly hour of 7.30 am.  It was started by Rev Peter Poon when he was the Moderator, way back in 1990.  We are 24 years old!

 

In that year, it was at 9 am and Peter managed to get more than a dozen men to come.  The prayer was spontaneous with each person contributing their concerns and needs.  Over the course of time the numbers diminished but not the importance and urgency of prayer.

 

Global Mission by Prinsepians

Last month, I was privileged to visit London.  Apart from looking up two nieces and a nephew, I gave a talk at the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies (OCMS) located at the fringe of Oxford University.  I also spoke at the chapel service and gave a talk at the All Nations Christian College (ANCC) in Ware, to the north of London.

 

Bearing Fruit in Old Age

One of my favourite psalms is Psalm 92. It only became a favourite psalm after I turned 60, for it is a psalm for old people.  I define old age as after 60 for that is when I get my senior concession card for travel on the bus and MRT!

 

The phrase “old age” appears in that psalm and in the context of still bearing fruit for verse 14 says

 

“(the righteous) will still bear fruit in old age,

      they will still stay fresh and green.”

 

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