Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Tooth Fairy - Review

Derek Thompson, played by Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson, is the clutch ‘go to’ offensive forward for a professional hockey team. That is the team goes to him when they want an opposing player's teeth knocked out and this has earned him the nickname 'The Tooth Fairy'.

However, it seems that this Tooth Fairy has long since stopped believing in dreams and is seen telling a young fan, who dreams of growing up to play in the NHL, to just 'lower his expectations'. This is the last straw for Lilly, Queen of the Fairies (Julie Andrews) who promptly orders him up to fairyland and sentences him to tooth fairy duty.

Now the biggest dream killer in the NHL needs to serve time as a tooth fairy over the next few weeks while trying to win over the reluctant teenage son of his girlfriend Carly (Ashley Judd), defend his place on the team against a better talented new kid and maybe recapture his own dream in the process.

Objectionable Content

Very minor. Language is limited to a few stern uses of “idiot” and mentions of “butt” and its English counterpart “bum”. When one of Derek’s assignments gets cancelled he starts to say bull__ when a horn interrupts the more offensive part of that expletive. The Lord’s name is not taken in vain making this a very clean film in that respect.

Violence, besides the on-ice clashes standard in hockey, is limited to his initial training as a fairy where, during flight training, he is pelted by tennis balls including the obligatory groin shot. There is also the comic peril of him during his first forays as a Tooth Fairy but none are overly threatening and clearly played for laughs.


As the movie begins Derek is at the top of his offensive game as well as a fan favorite. Unfortunately he has bought into accepting the loss of one’s dream and is not about to encourage anyone in theirs. The Word of God is clear on many occasions of not only the importance of encouraging each other but its purpose in strengthening us in this life:

“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up” (1 Thes. 5:11).

“…encourage others by sound doctrine” (Titus 1:9).

“But encourage one another daily…so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness” (Hebrews 3:13).

Derek’s rapport with Carly’s adorable 8-year old daughter Tess (Destiny Whitlock) seems as genuine and as wholesome as his feelings for Carly. Despite having a cynical outlook his dealing with being a tooth fairy matures him and we get to watch him actually moving towards the best definition of love:

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres” (1 Cor. 13:6-7).

Derek finds himself at one point in jail and a fellow inmate, not knowing the nature of his problem, tells him, “You just have to surrender to a higher power.” Although a reference to Alcoholics Anonymous’ twelve step program it was still a welcome bit of truth to hear in a film.

Final Thoughts

Julie Andrews is as enchanting as ever and Billy Crystal, in an all too short supporting role, supplies Derek with his protective fairy gear and gadgets and the film with some of its sharpest wit. The director really should have used him in more scenes as the movie was lighter than expected in the laugh department.

Fans of 'the Rock' expecting his portrayal of the self-assured, egotistical, cynical tough guy that discovers his heart through a series of comical misadventures won’t be disappointed. With more heart than outright comedy, The Tooth Fairy is a sweet film that promotes a single theme and it does it well: that of the importance of dreams and how you should never let them go. A moderately entertaining film it should delight primarily younger audiences and the parents that accompany them.

Taken from by Christian Spotlight™ on Entertainment

The Bear in the Cave

Two adventurous teenage boys who were good friends were out spelunking (exploring caves) when they found what appeared to be huge bear tracks deep inside a long, cavernous tunnel. They bravely decided to keep going, but they moved ahead slowly and with extreme caution, keeping their eyes and ears open in case they actually encountered a bear.

Suddenly, from the darkness behind a rock jumped the biggest, meanest-looking grizzly bear they had ever seen. Standing squarely in front of them, the bear beat on his chest and roared like a lion, sending a terrible sound echoing off the walls of the cave. Scared to death, the two boys decided they had better run for their lives. They immediately turned to make a dash for daylight.

Just then, one of the boys dropped to the floor and started untying his hiking boots. He whipped the boots off, jammed on his running shoes, and began tying the laces.

His exasperated friend yelled at him, "Come on, man! Let’s get out of here! Why in the world are you changing shoes? We don’t have much of a chance of outrunning that bear anyway!"

Lunging to his feet and starting to run, the first boy replied, "I don’t have to outrun the bear. All I have to do is outrun you."

Do you ever feel like your friends treat you like bear bait? When the going gets rough, they bail out on you. They remain friends with you until it costs them something - then they ditch you.

One of the great things about having Christ as your friend is knowing you that He will never leave you nor forsake you (see Matt. 28:20 and Heb.13:5). He is the friend who is not only willing to lay down His life for you, but He has done exactly that. “Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13)

Taken from Hot Illustrations For Youth Talks by Wayne Rice

Monday, January 25, 2010

The Battleship and the Lighthouse

In the darkest part of the night, a ship’s captain cautiously piloted his warship through the fog-shrouded waters. With straining eyes he scanned the hazy darkness, searching for dangers lurking just out of sight. His worst fears were realized when he saw a bright light straight ahead. It appeared to be a vessel on a collision course with his ship.

To avert disaster he quickly radioed the oncoming vessel. “This is Captain Jeremiah Smith,” his voiced crackled over the radio. "Please alter your course ten degrees south! Over."

To the captain’s amazement, the foggy image did not move. Instead, he heard back to the radio, "Captain Smith. This is Private Thomas Johnson. Please alter your course ten degrees north! Over."

Appalled at the audacity of the message, the captain shouted back over the radio, "Private Johnson, this is Captain Smith, and I order you to immediately alter your course ten degrees south! Over."

A second time the oncoming light did not budge. "With all due respect, Captain Smith," came the private’s voice again, "I order you to alter your course immediately ten degrees north! Over."

Angered and frustrated that this impudent sailor would endanger the lives of his men and crew, the captain growled back over the radio, "Private Johnson. I can have you court-martialed for this! For the last time, I command you on the authority of the United States government to alter your course ten degrees to the south! I am a battleship!"

The private’s final transmission was chilling: "Captain Smith, sir. Once again with all due respect, I command you to alter your course ten degrees to the north! I am a lighthouse!"

Many of us in today’s world have little respect for authority. We operate as if rules can be (or should be) changed to fit our personal needs and desires. Commercials egg us on: "Have it your way." In reality, we can’t always have it our way. We have to conform our lives to a higher truth, a higher authority - the Word of God.

God’s truth is like a lighthouse. It’s not going to change to accommodate us. We are the ones who must change to conform our lives to what God wants for us.

Jesus is also like a lighthouse. The Bible teaches that "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever" (Heb. 13:8). He will always be there for us. He is absolutely dependable. We Christians must conform our lives to His will for us. If He tells us to alter our courses, we have no choice but to obey. That’s what being a disciple is all about.

Taken from Hot Illustrations For Youth Talks by Wayne Rice

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Letters from Friends

Letter from Peter Lim (please click to enlarge)

Letter from Chung Wei (please click to enlarge)

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Awesome Obedience

A few centuries before Christ, Alexander the Great conquered almost all of the known world with his military strength, cleverness, and diplomacy. One day Alexander and a small company of soldiers approached a strongly defended, walled city. Alexander, standing outside the wall, raised his voice, demanding to see the king. The king, approaching the battlements above the invading army, agreed to hear Alexander’s demand.

"Surrender to me immediately," commanded Alexander.

The king laughed. "Why should I surrender to you?" he called down. "We have you far outnumbered. You are no treat to us!"

Alexander was ready to answer the challenge. "Allow me to demonstrate why you should surrender," he replied. Alexander ordered his men to line up single file and start marching. He marched them straight toward a sheer cliff that dropped hundreds of feet to rocks below.

The king and his soldiers watched in shocked disbelief as, one by one, Alexander’s soldiers marched without hesitation right off the cliff to their deaths. After ten soldiers had died, Alexander ordered the rest of his men to stop and to return to his side.

The king and his soldiers surrendered on the spot to Alexander the Great.

The king and his soldiers realized that nothing would stop the eventual victory of men actually willing to give their lives for their leader.

Are you as dedicated to obeying Christ’s commands as Alexander ’s soldiers were to obeying Alexander? Are you willing to be that committed to Christ? Think how much influence Christians could have in the world if they took seriously the commands of Jesus. "Be careful to obey…, so that it may always go well with you and your children after you, because you will be doing what is good and right in the eyes of the Lord your God" (Deut. 12:28)

Taken from Hot Illustrations For Youth Talks by Wayne Rice

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

An Answer to Prayer

A group of California high school students had spent three months preparing and planning to go to Mexico during Easter break to help the poor. They had prayed that God would use them in a mighty way. Anticipating an exciting week of ministry, they journeyed to a small church near Mexicali.

Upon arriving at the small rural village on a Sunday morning, the students saw that the church where they were going to serve had been badly burned. The roof had caved in, and only the four walls remained. They cautiously made their way into what was left of the building, while a hymn was being sang in Spanish. They were greeted by the puzzled stares of a weary, discouraged Mexican pastor and nine parishioners who were midway through their Sunday morning service. It was apparent that the congregation had never received the group’s letters explaining their plans to serve and had no idea that the group was coming to spend the weeks with them.

At the end of he hymn, the pastor stopped the service, walked back to the group of high school students and said, "Que pasa?" (which the group interpreted to mean, "What in the world are you rich white kids doing in our church?")

After a long silence, one of the students spoke:” We are Christians, and we are here to serve.”

On hearing this the pastor’s eyes brimmed with tears."Some people in the village burned down our church six months ago," he explained. "We’ve been praying that God would send help, but we had given up hope that help was ever coming. Praise be to God!"

The thirty-five high school students were stunned silent. They had heard many times that God wanted to use them; now they were experiencing it for the first time. Amazed, one of the students turned to another and said, "I can’t believe it. We’re an answer to a prayer!"

God does want to use us, and He will — if we will only obey Him and follow Christ’s example to be a servant. (See Philippians 2:3-11.) We can be the answer to someone’s prayer by moving out of our comfort zones to use the gifts God has given us to make a difference in the world.

Taken from Hot Illustrations For Youth Talks by Wayne Rice

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Face the Music

Have you ever heard the expression "Face the music"? Here's how that phrase came about:

Many years ago, a man wanted to play in the Imperial Orchestra, but he couldn't play a note. Since he was a person of great wealth and influence, however, he demanded to be allowed to join the orchestra so that he could perform in front of the king.

The conductor agreed to let him sit in the second row of the orchestra. Even though he couldn't read music, he was givena flute, and when a concert would begin, he would raise his instrument, pucker his lips, and move his fingers. He went through all the motions of playing, but he never made a sound.

The deception went on for two years. Then one day a new conductor took over the Imperial Orchestra. He told the orchestra that he wanted to personally audition all the players to see how well they could play. The audition would weed out all those who weren't able to meet his standards, and he would dismiss them from the orchestra.

One by one the players performed in his presence. Frantic with worry when it was his turn, the phony flutist pretended to be sick. The doctor who was ordered to examin him, however, declared that he was perfectly well. The conductor insisted that the man appear and demonstrate his skill.

Shamefacedly, the man had to confess that he was a fake. That was the day he had to "face the music".

Many of us go through the motions of the Christian life. We attend church or youth group, recite Bible verses, and say all the right things. In reality, though, we are fakes. A time is coming when all of us will be called to stand before the judge of heaven and earth and "face the music". No one will be able to hide in the crowd. The phonies will be separated from the true players. (See Matthew 12:36-37 and 25:31-46.)

Taken from Hot Illustrations For Youth Talks by Wayne Rice
Sorrow can cause us to doubt God’s plan. Even the writer Psalms wondered if God was still there and if he still cared:” Has his unfailing love vanished forever? Has his promise failed for all time? Has God forgotten to be merciful? Has he in anger withheld his compassion?” ( Psalm 77:8-9 ). Though we may face trouble and difficulties, sadness and pain, God is still in control, and he is always with us.

Life can sometimes leave us feeling completely crushed and lost. When terrible things happen, you may feel like you’re the only one who has ever felt so bad. It may help to remember that as long as there have been people, bad things have happened to them.

Satan went out from the presence of the Lord and afflicted Job with painful sores from the soles of his feet to the top of his head. …His wife said to him,” Are you still holding on to your integrity? Curse God and die!” He replied,” You are talking like a foolish woman. Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?” In all this, Job did not sin in what he said.
(Job 2:7, 9-10)

What should help even more is to know that God has been with all people who have suffered, comforting and caring for them in dark times.

The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
(Psalm 34:18)

The Lord has heard my cry for mercy; the Lord accepts my prayer.
(Psalm 6:9)

Even Jesus experienced deep sorrow while he was living on earth as one of us. In the Garden of Gethsemane, where he prayed the night before he died, the Bible says that Jesus was actually sweating blood because he was in such turmoil. Jesus did that for you, and when you experience deep sorrow, he’ll be there to see you through it. He’s been there and knows what it’s like.

Probably the deepest sorrow we’ll face in this life is losing people we love to death. But God reminds us that he is still in control. Death is not the master-God is!

Never again will they hunger; Never again will they thirst. The sun will not beat upon them, Nor any scorching heat. For the lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd; He will lead them to springs of living water. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.
(Revelation 7:16-17)

Jesus said,” I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.” (John 11:25-26)

I’m a college professor. Sometimes I ask my students,” What is the most evil thing that ever happened in human history? They always answer,” The crucifixion of Jesus! ” Then I ask,” What is the most wonderful thing that ever happened in human history?” The same students say,” The crucifixion of Jesus! ” This horrible event, which was the result of sin, was taken by God and transformed into something that has blessed people everywhere.

God doesn’t make bad things happen, but he is at work in the middle of all things, overcoming evil with good and turning tragedy into blessings. So, instead of asking,” Why does God allow bad things to happen?” we should be asking,” What can God do through this tragedy? How can I work with God to turn this into something good?”

~ Tony Compolo ~

Taken from Footprints for Teens by Margaret Fishback Powers

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Who was Cain's wife? Was Cain's wife his sister?

The Bible does not specifically say who Cain’s wife was. The only possible answer is that Cain's wife was his sister or niece or great-niece, etc. The Bible does not say how old Cain was when he killed Abel (Genesis 4:8). Since they were both farmers, they were likely both full-grown adults, possibly with families of their own. Adam and Eve surely had given birth to more children than just Cain and Abel at the time Abel was killed. They definitely had many more children later (Genesis 5:4). The fact that Cain was scared for his own life after he killed Abel (Genesis 4:14) indicates that there were likely many other children and perhaps even grandchildren of Adam and Eve already living at that time. Cain's wife (Genesis 4:17) was a daughter or granddaughter of Adam and Eve.

Since Adam and Eve were the first (and only) human beings, their children would have no other choice than to intermarry. God did not forbid inter-family marriage until much later when there were enough people to make intermarriage unnecessary (Leviticus 18:6-18). The reason that incest today often results in genetic abnormalities is that when two people of similar genetics (i.e., a brother and sister) have children together, there is a high risk of their recessive characteristics becoming dominant. When people from different families have children, it is highly unlikely that both parents will carry the same recessive traits. The human genetic code has become increasingly “polluted” over the centuries as genetic defects are multiplied, amplified, and passed down from generation to generation. Adam and Eve did not have any genetic defects, and that enabled them and the first few generations of their descendants to have a far greater quality of health than we do now. Adam and Eve’s children had few, if any, genetic defects. As a result, it was safe for them to intermarry.

Taken from by Got Questions Ministries

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Camp Reunion & First YF Session of 2010

Hey youths! Youth Fellowship will having its first session of 2010 soon! We'll be starting on the 16th of January at 4pm in The Life Chapel. To kick it all off we'll be having a Made to Last camp reunion! So invite your friends and make sure you're there too!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Bible Knowledge (9221/1)

Hey youths! Bible Knowledge (BK) (9221/1) class for SPM will start this Sunday, 10.01.2010!!! BK is an elective paper for SPM. The weekly classes will cover 2 books of the bible, firstly Luke and followed by Acts in a year. The class is open to all who wants to take BK as an elective paper for SPM and to all who wants to have an in-depth study of the 2 books. Studying the books of Luke and Acts will open your eyes to the life of Jesus and the growth of the church in early Christian history. Please contact us should you require more details.

Time: 11.00am
Venue: Dr Daniel Wong's home
Fee: FOC