tl sia
  I have been a member of ChristianBlog.Com for 10 years, 3 months and 1 day.

  I have published 45 blogs and 307 comments.

 My most recent blog was published: Dec 27 2011 10:42:46pm

 I currently live in: Malaysia.
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I forgave... and i liked it
TL Sia
published . 3 min read
Helping others to forgive is perhaps the most important thing we do in ministry for hurt people. I know this first hand. Many years ago, I went through an intense period of forgiving and it resulted in deep spiritual cleansing. For about two months, I would often suddenly recall the past and people who had hurt me. I would remember specific events. I remembered hurtful words, people who had failed me. I remembered betrayals and fights, even the smallest ones. Events I had forgotten were brought to mind. When I was in elementary school, probably seven or eight, a boy kicked me. I did not know I remembered but it must have been sitting in my subconscious because I know the Holy Spirit convicted me. Such encounters would come especially during my quiet times with God. I have had to pull over......
It is all about love - the right and wrong sort
TL Sia
published . 4 min read
In Malaysia, a family has been desperately seeking their son, a student who left home 8 years ago to pursue a degree in Medicine at the University of Dublin. In 2009 Ariff Alfian Rosli was reported missing to Malaysian authorities by his father. He is now 28. Controversy erupted over the past week when photos of Ariff surfaced on the internet. They were of him, dressed in traditional costume being wed to another man . He had gone missing because he feared the repercussions of his marriage. In a statement to The Irish Times he said, "Returning home under the current situation is untenable . . . as I fear for my safety there". In Malaysia, the penalty is apparently 20 years imprisonment not to mention the religious and public persecution he would face. Fear drove this man into......
My doubt led me to intimacy
TL Sia
published . 3 min read
I often discover areas of doubt lurking upon my canvas of faith. I find little things here and there where I have limited God. So much is possible through faith. In fact it would be more accurate to state that impossible is nothing - if we believe. I know about the miracles, signs and wonders in the Bible. I believe that all of it happened but maybe sometimes I doubt that all of it still happens today. A few weeks ago we were in Myanmar on a mission trip and a mother asked us to pray for her child who had a headache. Someone from our team shared later that his first impulse was to reach for the Paracetamol in his backpack. He stopped when felt the conviction that both the child and her mother had more faith than he did. In his mind, there was a limitation on God as a capable healer. That......
My struggle with religion, law and grace
TL Sia
published . 5 min read
Throughout our Christian walks we will struggle with holiness. We ought to be holy and blameless and I think that is something we all innately desire because it is seared into our hearts. I am sure we have all experienced First Love. The moment I became reborn in Christ I experienced a depth of joy, a breadth of peace and a wholeness of His love. It wasn't just a feeling. It enveloped me and completed me and I grinned silly from ear to ear. I couldn't wait to go to church to worship. I clung on to every essence of the Word that came from the Bible, the pulpit and books. I grabbed every opportunity to serve and to help. I jumped on every trip I could with pastors and evangelists. I had a really good time. No one knew me or cared who I was. I was just another happy Christian. I had......
Oh no... it's a test...
TL Sia
published . 2 min read
Life as we know it is never always smooth sailing. There are always pains and challenges we must face. Life is after all a mixture of the sweet and bitter that somehow works together to bring us balance and make us better. We may know people, perhaps yet youthful who have led sheltered lifestyles and have never faced difficulty. Perhaps such people are blessed in a way but we also know that the character of such a person has never been tested. In times of adversity, we cannot be certain if they would pull through. There is the old adage that says what doesn't break us will only makes us stronger and it would not be an adage if there weren't truth in it. Soldiers in training are put through rigorous trials where they are shoved into situations where they will literally fear for......
What does islam say about jesus?
TL Sia
published . 8 min read
Many Christians are aware that Jesus is mentioned in the Quran and that there is some common ground between both faiths. However, despite certain parallels, the way the Quran portrays Jesus is quite contrary to Christian faith. What are the similarities and differences in the Islamic portrayal? Jesus is specifically named in the Quran. There are indeed some similarities between the Muslim and Christian belief about Jesus. When Muslims discuss Jesus with Christians, these shared beliefs are often highlighted. Muslims will readily profess love for Jesus and recognise Mary as the virgin mother of Jesus (Quran 19: 16-21). It is held in the Muslim faith that Jesus was conceived miraculously (Quran 3:47) and performed miracles (Quran 5:110). Healing of the blind and leprosy are specifically......
Do muslims and christians worship the same god?
TL Sia
published . 9 min read
Many Christians subscribe to the notion that Muslims worship the same God we do and note with enthusiasm that Muslims also believe in the person of Jesus. However, is the Muslim portrait of God and Jesus the same as the Christian's? What are the differences? In this entry we will study the differences regarding God. A second instalment focusing on Jesus will follow. The god of Islam is often referred to as "Allah". "Allah" is actually a generic Arabic word for "god" that has been used since before the birth of Islam. Arabic Christians have always used the word "Allah" to refer to Lord God and still do today. The word "Allah" is not the personal name of the god of Islam although it is most often used within that context. We are going to......
Is islamic fundamentalism relevant?
TL Sia
published . 7 min read
Is Islam something Christians ought to take notice of? Should we try to understand it? Is it relevant, you might ask? Well, let me put it this way. The once seemingly closed and distant Islamic world is at our doorstep whether we like it or not. We just need to take a look around us. In urban areas especially, there are more Muslim immigrants and visitors now than there ever was. We only need to turn on the television to bring the world of Islam into our homes. Islam has taken centre stage on world news coverage. Several documentaries explain Muhammad and the Haj. Even popular TV series increasingly explore themes where Muslims are involved. In fact, I think there is more about Islam now on secular television than about Christianity. Islam is steadily seeping into our consciousness. Of......
Psst! it's gossip...
TL Sia
published . 7 min read
Have you ever been the subject of gossip? I have and I've been blown away by the scenarios that people can come up with. Wow! If it were left to gossips to write my story it would contain enough drama for a HBO series! Don't people get enough drama from TV already? Who is a gossip? Popular definitions describe a gossip as a person that habitually shares information about others. Some definitions narrow it down to the revealing of personal information about others with malicious intent. I think we ought to regard idle words about others as gossip and subscribe to a wider definition. We do after all have to give account of our idle words (Matthew 12:36). Few would deny that unintentional harm has been caused often enough by an unguarded tongue. Gossip is just wrong whether or not......
When we are feeling hard done by...
TL Sia
published . 2 min read
It would not be unfair to say that few of us are ever free of complaints within our heart. We may not voice it but there is probably something there if we search deeply in all honesty. Don’t we always wish for something to be better or different? Of course, there are certain things of God that we ought not to be satisfied with; to hunger after and desire but I’m not talking about holy discontent… When we read about the Israelites in the wilderness we find many instances of dissatisfaction. They complained about thirst, about hunger and they were tired of eating manna. They cursed Moses for having brought them out to the desert and reminisced about their lives in Egypt. At one point they even made an idol and worshipped it. Despite everything that God had done for them......
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