Imkelvin’s Blog

Looking to the cross

Posted in Uncategorized by imkelvin on April 24, 2014

Abba father, I was so tempted.

Forgive me. Let your spirit not depart from me.

Let me find peace and strengthen me in your ark.

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Gem

Posted in Uncategorized by imkelvin on April 15, 2014

Ellen is my gem.

She is a God-sent.

Being a nurse and born into a humble family, she has personally witnessed life and death – something that is totally out of my scope in my banking career.

In banking, we talk about profits, emphasize about numbers and constantly striving to make it big and wealthy. Common phrases like “financial freedom”, “comfortable retirement” and market technicals are constantly at the back of our heads.

Surely, there came a time when I questioned the meaning of acquiring all these numbers. And I was genuinely despondent for reasons unknown.

Ellen gave me a new perspective. She taught me that I mustn’t tease fat girls. She taught me kindness. She taught me to trust in God’s provision.

She taught me these by actions and demonstration.

Sometimes when I think about it, I’m left speechless.

God’s Whispers

Posted in Uncategorized by imkelvin on April 15, 2014

Going forward, this page will be used to document, as the title suggests ‘God’s whispers’ – thoughts which I believe are of God’s and from God.

Which is easier?

To be earning lots of money and gather much fame or to know God?

The latter, is my answer.

God cares about your happiness, your health, your future and many areas which a man, in his carnal nature, regards as important. But above all, God cares most about whether you know him – like King David who sought after his heart.

And whatever that we experience on earth is a journey for God to bring us to that destination. That may include events like a death of a loved one, a physical disability, retrenchment from a job, a family dispute or other terrible situations.

God does not see terrible situations the way we do. And he will faithfully provide for us in those situations.

What God ultimately desires is that through good or bad, easy or difficult times, we see that invisible Him moving in our lives. And throughout the doing, we begin to understand him on a very personal level. This level is one which mere text cannot described.

And that knowing, is what we retain when we ascend to heaven after our physical bodies perish.

So which is easier? To earn lots of money or to know him?

HAPPY (?) BIRTHDAY ALPHONSUS

Posted in Uncategorized by imkelvin on November 2, 2009

Good and bad things happen to people on their birthdays. Mine saw rotten eggs and expired milk. The zone supervisor of Murdoch certainly experienced his share of love.












RENEWING YOUR MIND

Posted in musings by imkelvin on August 15, 2009

I gave the edification for the very first time during cell group yesterday. It was exhilarating and fulfilling. Edification also means preaching the word. In literal terms, it is basically edifying someone through the use of biblical principles and teachings.

I spent the night before crafting out the message from scratch. It was like making curry from the raw ingredients as opposed to ready-made ones you buy from the supermarkets. Hence, there was a sense of self-satisfaction and also a greater sense of conviction as I gave the word. The message was about the renewing of the mind as based on Romans 12:1-2. It was a simple yet such a powerful message. And I’m eager to give a summary of what was spoken about yesterday.

The main idea of the message is to handle pressures and expectations in life the ‘God-way’ through embracing God’s word. I taught that an individual is faced with all sorts of pressures and temptations everyday and how he manages it will determine his thought life, decision making, response to situations, values & standards and self-esteem.

Three common pressures that most people face:

  1. The inclination to please people so as to obtain acceptance or love. In the midst of doing so, one often experience a conflict of interest amongst people who differ in their attitudes and beliefs.
  2. The inclination to look better than others (via physical appearance, work performances, fame) to obtain self-security. This becomes dangerous when one’s identity, life’s purpose, security are subjected to the perception of others.
  3. The inclination to acquire materials so as to obtain self-worth. This happens when one measures himself based on the fatness of his bank account. But Bill gates is worth forty billion.

How one handles these pressures are crucial because they will either:

  1. Make or break you in life
  2. Cause you to have a healthy perspective on life or a warped mindset
  3. Cause you to become vibrant, positive and passionate or miserable, depressed, easily upset and perpetually complaining

The solution is found in Romans 12:2 – Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

I expound on this verse and derive three main points:

  1. There is a pattern of the world. And it is important for the believer to identify it.
  2. Transformation is personal. It is a personal decision that not one cell leader, pastor or even Christ Jesus himself can make for the believer.
  3. A promise of blessing is awarded. The believer, having obeyed can testify to God’s good, pleasing and perfect will.

There are three parts to this verse – the problem (pattern of the world), the solution (transformation) and the reward (the blessings). It’s pretty straight forward isn’t it?

Transformation involves the renewing of one’s mind and can be summed in three steps.

  1. Knowing the word of God -not just the God of the word.
    You can’t develop the right thinking unless you first know exactly what you should be thinking right about. Hence the importance of devotional time.
  2. Embracing biblical principles and putting away negative qualities
    Use the word of God as a filter. What the world says that does not align itself to God’s principles is better off thrown away.
  3. Tap on the Holy Spirit
    An intellectual decision to change is not effective. You need a co-partnering with the Holy Spirit for genuine transformation to occur.

Some examples when dealing with pressures, temptations and expectations

  1. World says: You’ll never survive in this global economic crisis.
    You fend off this fallacy and lie with Philippians 4:19: Jehovah Jireh my provider – God will meet all my needs!
  2. World says: Nobody loves or care about you. You’re fat and ugly.
    You fend off this fallacy and lie with Jeremiah 31:3 and Pslam 139: God loves me with an everlasting love and I’m fearfully and wonderfully made.
  3. World says: You’ll never succeed. This task is too difficult for you.
    You fend off this fallacy and lie with 2 Timonthy 1:7 and Luke 18:27: God did not give us a spirit of timidity but a spirit of power, love and self-discipline. Things which are impossible with man is possible with God.

Well, that’s pretty much the main points which I spoke about. I was so encouraged when a member feedback to me that the message spoke to him. Then, I knew that all sacrifice spent on preparing this was worth it.

THE AUSSIE LIFE AGAIN

Posted in random photos by imkelvin on August 5, 2009

William reminded me that my blog is alive, hence I decided to put up this entry. As the title suggest, I’m back to the Aussie life again. Tonight is the warmest night ever – fourteen degrees Celsius. It was four when I arrived two weeks ago.

Anyhow, here are some of my favourite shots taken recently.

Charlene checking out my inbox.

Pizza at Alphonsus’s with the freshies.

With Cassie. Everyone thinks she’s darn hot but I think Charlene’s better.

Outside the bubble-tea store with the German freshies! A cup of bubble-tea here can cost four bucks.

Sneaky Jo with her King of Hearts. The game allows the bearer to issue a forfeit.

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SINGAPORE ESPLANADE

Posted in photoshoot by imkelvin on July 20, 2009

The term Photography is understood from photo, meaning light and graphy, painting. Hence, photography is also known as light painting. A couple of days ago, we went to the Esplanade to take some pictures at night. The equipments were my trusty Nikon D90, Nikon 18-200mm, Tamron 17-50mm and a twenty five dollar cheapo tripod which almost killed my camera.

I’ve been taking photos for over six months and these are what I’ve observed: Anyone with a budget and a good set of knowledge can take good photos. You do not need a tremendous pool of talent since skills are typically acquired through personal experience and individual learning. Of course, humility, diligence and the ability to exercise common sense are important traits to develop.


This shot was taken at the steps next to the outdoor stage. I used a 0.6 second exposure time which caused the waters to look pretty clear. The horizons were a little tilted though.


The same shot but with a zoom, an out-of-focus and sepia treatment applied. I usually employ a sepia effect when the colours are crappie. Trick!


A similar shot to the first but with a 20 second exposure time. Notice how the waters look different?
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STARING

Posted in blabber by imkelvin on July 18, 2009

This picture is hilarious!

NOT READY READING C DRIVE

Posted in random photos by imkelvin on July 14, 2009

A friend posted this photo on facebook and I thought I thought this was kinda funny! Picture was taken in a MRT station.

KELMO FAN SITE

Posted in music, musings by imkelvin on July 12, 2009

After many hours, I finally made some progress on facebook!

Join the KELMO fan site to hear some of my songs!

Ping has been pushing me to record more songs mainly because I’ve been pretty complacent after producing the first album. Ha. I promise myself that I must produce the next compilation before next year!

Some listings to anticipate:

  • Alan Chong Song
  • Bedtime Story
  • Seventeen
  • Gotta Ask Her
  • Christmas Gift
  • Guitar Instrumental (Untitled still)
  • And I Wonder
  • There I’ll Be

And I’m currently mastering Logic Express 8!