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Charlie Heng

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Global Economy Likely To Slow For The Rest Of The Year

Yesterday, I read from Channel News Asia that Singapore’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) barely grew by 0.5% compared with the same period last year, down from 9.3% growth achieved in Q1. In fact, the economy contracted 7.8% compared with Q1. This prompted many economists to warn of a bumpy ride for the rest of the year.

I remembered in Q4 last year with the release of the second economic package in US, there were many news reports predicting that this package would be consumed by the end of the first half of this year and forecasting a global economic slowdown into the second half of this year. At that time, the sovereign debts crisis had just begun. Least did we expect the earthquake to hit hard on New Zealand to be followed by the tsunami on Japan in Q1 this year. Recently, I met an IT consultant from Auckland in a technology event in Singapore. He told me that it would take up to 10 year to rebuild the city of Christchurch. The deadly tsunamic in Japan put the country into economic crisis again. The global supply chain suffered immediately. Japanese companies in Singapore and elsewhere will surely re-focused their resources to rebuild their country and repair their economy. This will take many years before Japan recovers from this crisis. Japan will come out stronger ultimately!

The crisis in euro zone continues to worsen with Greece, Ireland and Portugal struggling not to default on their debts. Spain and (hhmm…) Italy may set off more contagion shocks. All austerity measures that these European countries adopted will take some time to see results if ever – this could mean a protracted bumpy road ahead.

The US economy was reported ailing in recent months with lower employment and stagnated consumer spending. They are also facing a possible debt default soon. The Straits Times reported today of stormy crisis debt talks between President Obama and top Republicans turned acrimonious, increasing doubts that both sides could reach a deal to avert a potentially disastrous US debt default. A US default will surely cause a financial tsunami again.

So what was foretold in Q4 last year and taking stocks of current situation seem to point towards an increasingly gloomly second half of this year and into the beginning of next year. Looking forward, I wish inflation will ease and the protracted slowdown will not result in job loss. Job seekers are advised not to be overly adventurous and should exercise due care when evaluating a career move.

The Beauty of a Godly Woman

Titus 2:3-5, KJV

[3] The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things;

又劝老年妇人举止行动要恭敬, 不说馋言, 不给酒作奴仆, 用善道教训人,

[4] That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children,

好指教少年妇人, 爱丈夫, 爱儿女,

[5] To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.

谨守贞洁, 料理家务, 待人有恩, 顺服自己的丈夫, 免得神的道理被毁谤。

Verse [3] explains that older women are to exhibit behaviour fitting for those who are holy, not slandering, not slaves to excessive drinking (do not be a drunkard), but teaching what is good.

In this way, according to Verses [4] and [5], they will train the younger women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be self-controlled, pure, fulfilling their duties at home, kind, being subject to their own husbands, so that the message of God may not be discredited.

Paul was giving Titus counsel on how to help various types of people in ancient churches. The older people should teach the younger, by words and by example. Women who were new Christians were to learn how to have harmony in the home by watching older women who had been Christians for some time.

Today, women have this same need. Younger wives and mothers should learn to live in a Christian manner – loving their husbands and caring for their children – through observing exemplary women of God. If you are of an age or position where people look up to you, can you be confident that your example is motivating younger believers to live in a way that honors God?

Proverbs 31:10-31 also says a lot about women. From these verses, a godly woman has many outstanding abilities – strong character, great wisdom, many skills and great compassion. Her family’s social position is high. In fact, she may not be one woman at all – she may be a composite portrait of an ideal womanhood. Do not see her as a model to imitate in every detail; your days are not long enough to do everything she does! See her instead as an inspiration to be all you can be. We cannot be just like her, but we can learn from her industry, integrity and resourcefulness.

Proverbs 31:10, 30, KJV

[10] Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.

才德的妇人谁能得着呢? 她的价值远胜过珍珠。

[30] Favour (charm) is deceitful, and beauty is vain (fleeting): but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised.

艳丽是虚假的, 美容是虚浮的, 惟敬畏耶和华的妇女, 必得称赞。

Indeed, a woman’s attractiveness comes entirely from her character, attitude and spirit. Her strength and dignity are a result of her reverence for God.

In 1 Peter 3:1-7, Peter also instructed Christian wives to develop inner beauty rather than being overly concerned about their appearance. Their husbands would be won over by their love rather than by their looks. The value of a wife of noble character is priceless. Live your Christian faith quietly and consistently in your home, and your family will see Christ in you.

Women of today are no different from women of ancient days – continuing to be transformed in their inner person and be transparent in their outer person. In doing so, others will see Christ in them!

What is FAITH?

This morning I learnt that the word FAITH is an acronym. It stands for:

F: Forsaking

A: All

I: I

T: Trust

H: Him

so FAITH means Forsaking All, I Trust Him!

Raising Up Godly Men

Titus 2:1-2, KJV

[1] But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine:

但你所讲的, 总要合乎那纯正的道理。

[2] That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience.

劝老年人, 要有节制, 端庄, 自守, 在信心, 爱心, 忍耐上都要纯全无疵。

Verse [1] examines what you and I must believe. Notice the emphasis on “sound doctrine”. This is the content of the faith. Christians, like myself, must be founded in the truths in the Bible – then we won’t be swayed by the powerful oratory of false teachers, the devastation of tragic circumstances, or wide swings of emotion. We have to continue to learn the Word, apply biblical principles to our life, communicate the behaviour that goes with sound teaching, and more importantly walk what we have learnt and talked.

Verse [2] examines how we must behave. Older men are to be temperate, dignified, self-controlled, sound in faith, in love, and in endurance. Older people (inclusive of older women) are to exhibit the right behaviour and to teach the younger, by words and by example. In this verse, Paul was urging Titus (and to us as well) to be a good example to those around him so that others might see his good deeds and imitate him. His  (our) life would give his (our) words greater impact. If we want someone to act a certain way, be sure that we live that way ourself. Then we will earn the right to be heard.

CLS User Training

BOS conducting user training of School Management software solution developed and implemented for CLS International (1993) Pte Ltd. The training was conducted in BOSCH Building over 2 days on September 16, 2010.

CLS User Training, BOSCH Building, September 16, 2010, P01

CLS User Training, BOSCH Building, September 16, 2010, P02

CLS User Training, BOSCH Building, September 16, 2010, P03

CLS User Training, BOSCH Building, September 16, 2010, P04

My First Home Trip to Hainan

Photos of my first trip back to ancestor home in Hainan Island on 19 – 20 December 2009.

Hainan Holiday, 30-06.12.2013, P06

The road leading to the main entrance of my ancestor home, 19.12.2009

01_Main entrance to ancestor home, 海南 文昌市 谭牛镇, 城坡邢村, 19.12.2009

The main entrance to ancestor home, 海南 文昌市 谭牛镇, 城坡邢村

02_In front of ancestor home, 婶婶∶林凤汝, 堂弟∶邢益湃, 堂哥∶邢益明, 侄子∶邢增文, 19.12.2009

In front of ancestor home, 婶婶∶林凤汝, 堂弟∶邢益湃, 堂哥∶邢益明, 侄子∶邢增文.

First Hainan Trip, 19.12.2009_P03

The main door of my family home.

A tradition

A tradition.

Going through the tradition

Going through the tradition.

Getting ready for the feast

Getting ready for the feast.

The food not ready yet

The food not ready yet.

The feast starts

The feast starts.

The food

The food.

What is this egg for?

What is this egg for?

First Hainan Trip, 19.12.2009_P11

We are ready to feast.

Houses on the left. Kitchens on the right.

Houses on the left. Kitchens on the right.

The kitchen

Inside the kitchen.

Ladies checking out the toilet.

Ladies checking out the toilet.

Hainan Holiday, 30-06.12.2013, P08

Houses on the right. Kitchens on the left.

15_姨∶林月燕, 姨丈∶杨必荫, 20.12.2009

At my maternal grandma’s home, 姨∶林月燕, 姨丈∶杨必荫, 20.12.2009

16_表弟∶杨应精, 表哥∶杨应泉, 20.12.2009

My cousins, 表弟∶杨应精, 表哥∶杨应泉.

17_Grand nephew_ 20_12_2009

My grand nephew, 20.12.2009

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