#236 church pastor paid 500K per year?

Fancy that..I read that New Creation Church pays her leaders — pastor, Joseph Prince — an annual sum of 500K and 2 others for sums of 100K each for work done in the church!

Mind you, when the pastor marries a couple in church, he gets an angpaw; at funeral wakes he is given an offering or gift; as a matter of fact for any occasion, even speaking engagements — a pastor receives extras! On top of that, he is given housing allowances, children’s education and transport allowance. Wow! Half a million dollars of pocket money! Does the pastor have to pay income tax for that he receives? All those gifts he receives — are these accounted for or these go into his own pocket?

Furthermore, the New Creation has to pay the venue used for Sunday services at Suntec City and other overhead costs. Where does this money come from?

I believe the money comes from the sacrificial giving of believers. Do believers know how much their pastor and some staff-workers are paid?

I thought the church ministers receive a stipend!

Is this what the Lord Jesus Christ taught His people to tithe — 10% of the monthly income — for the salaries of the pastor and senior church staff-workers or administrator or accountant?

This is sacrilegious! Is there judgment of God on this at the end of world? Can these ‘servants of God’ be at peace with God?

In the Old Testament book of Leviticus, God gave word on sin offering in chapter 4…

The Lord said to Moses, “Say to the Israelites: When anyone sins unintentionally and does what is forbidden in the Lord’s command —

If the anointed priest sins, bringing guilt on the people, he must bring…(v.3)

If the whole Israelite community sins unintentionally and does what is forbidden though the community is unaware of the matter, they are guilty (v.13)…when some become aware of the sin they committed…

When a leader sins unintentionally and does what is forbidden in any of the commands of the Lord his God, he is guilty (v.22)…

If a member of the community sins unintentionally and does what is forbidden in any of the Lord’s command, he is guilty (v.27)…

Is the church pastor not aware this portion of scriptures? Or these are not applicable today?

#227 abusers at sports stadium

Generally Singaporeans are fortunate to enjoy sports stadium where the public could use the stadium for free.

Today, to my great disgust, there was animal pooh on the wood-chips track at the Gombak stadium. The wood-chips track is specially designed for those athletes to exercise while recovering from injuries.

Unfortunately some users not only bring their animals to accompany them at the stadium but abused by allowing their animals pooh along the track! Shame on whoever this person…!

Whoever had done that obviously did not care about the worker responsible in maintaining the stadium! If there were complaints, who got the firing line? The worker!

I believe many young budding athletes do not know facilities available. They do not take pride to care for the facilities available to them. They expect the sports councils to hire staff worker to take care of the facilities.

Musicians take care of their instruments yet…athletes take for granted or do not?!

On occasions especially during school holidays, I found children playing on the long-jump sandpit…these children would intelligently use their hands to sweep the white sand into the drain while the mother exercised away nearby!

#210 school lessons boring

“How’s school?”

“It’s boring!” remarked a teenager from a good school.

Sadly students think that teachers can teach…but the truth is, many of us who had gone through the mill discovered the qualified teachers were average. They could hardly impart knowledge. Some teachers read through the text with us during lessons and they expect us to perform. We must be the intelligent to have gone through schooling with such teachers!

I recall in the past when teachers have time, they would gossip and naturally creating more and more discontents. Some teachers took their frustrations out on the students…I reckon that was abuse! This unhappy and cantankerous mood of teachers was resolved when the education ministry made teachers attend extracurricular courses and given opportunities for upgrading their skills.

However today, a new phenomenon has emerged. The young think they are smarter than the grown-ups…especially those in the primary schools!

There is seeming lack of humility and unwillingness to learn. If children resist learning in every situation or think they know more than adults, the society is heading for…I don’t know what! 

Is this the frog-in-the-well mentality…or, a little knowledge is a dangerous thing.

#197 amazing children saved mothers’ lives

Amazing what a child understands and does in times of emergency!

In England, James Cooke reports

A three-year-old boy came to his mother’s rescue by dialling 999 after she had an epileptic fit.

Jack Thomson called the emergency services from his mum’s mobile phone. When the line went dead he found another phone and dialled again.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7627938.stm.

Another,

Jakob Seviour saved his mother’s life by calling 999 when she had a fit and now he is being put forward for a national award.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/7568697.stm.

#122

Is working mother a blessing or a bane for a woman?

Is raising a child not a full-time job for a mother? Why the need to enter the workplace?

Is this the result of having better education? Receiving an education means that the woman’s self-worth is enhanced if she enters the workplace?

Yesterday, the generation born before World War II were able to set up a family when only the man of the house worked and yet able to raise up children of 2 or more.

Today, the woman has to work in order to jointly raise a child or 2 children at most.

Yesterday, the women had to work because the family is poor.

Today, a vogue, fashion or darn thing that women enter the workforce? Why has she burdened herself? Is the woman not juggling two jobs at the same time — at workplace and at home?

Is there a need for the woman to supplement income in order to raise a child?

Is this progress of the human race? Is this an advance society where women have to work in order to maintain a family?

Is having a house-maid to take care of the child a way of showing that one is of better standing in society? Just like having a car or living in a condominium to raise one’s status in society?

 

#44

“Arghhh…vandalism! I exclaimed when I saw the “O$P$ followed by a mobile phone number” while descending the public lift.

‘O$P$’ stands for ‘owe money pay money’ — a slogan of warning by the loan sharks.

Why go to loan sharks? Out of desperation? A result of overspending? Or a case where banks do not lend to those having little means?

There’d been situations when a new homeowner met with nasty words painted on the walls outside their door. Obviously the loan-sharks are not smart people who know not how to monitor their lenders! These loan-shark scoundrels want to make easy money yet fumble this folly and exploiting the weak!

In this day and age when at every turn we are bombarded to living on credit card. Unwisely many are sucked in and are never able to get out unless one receives a windfall!

Gone are the days when children are taught to put money in a piggy bank — save 5 cents for 10 cents given or, to set aside from pocket money received regularly.

Parents who live on credit cards will inevitably impart this same value to their children. So spins the sad tale of the have-nots. Eventually one puts the blame on society and bad governance and so forth and so forth!!!

Glad my parents taught me never live on borrowed money — if I don’t have, I must not hanker. Parents who had gone through war generation knew how to skim and save! Unfortunately today many are influenced and stimulated by being ‘in’ or follow the fashion and trend of the West or the US?! This one exposure I can do without…globalisation?!

#29

Currently there is this tv entertaininfo(?) program on ‘The Perfect Child’ — why ‘perfect’?

Can any human being be perfect? Does anyone want a perfect person around? Woe behold!

Why not a title like ‘My Child’? Every human being on earth is unique. There are no replicas!

If I have a child I would want this baby to grow up whole and be himself or herself…not an Einstein or Warhol or Leonardo or Confuscius! I would create a conducive place for the child to grow rather than being dictated by the media or pressured by those around me on how to raise a child.

I’ve known of mothers who having a little knowledge tend to be paranoid and in some cases the child was misdiagnosed as having mild autistism and so forth and so forth. Often times in all illness, there is a thin line one treads upon…which can be either way unless a clear-cut case.

A baby has his phases of growth. There will be a time when he/she will ask all the ‘why’ questions. Some parents get so antagonistic and often rebuked the child! If ever the child is curious, let that child discover. Channel or give the child things to see and touch. Naturally there are some difficult questions one cannot answer but let the child know that adults are not walking encyclopaedia!