Pokemon Go: Many Singaporeans Are Walking Around Like Zombies and Risking Their Lives to Catch Pokemon

According to media reports, Singaporeans are walking around like zombies and risking their lives for the sake of catching Pokemon.

Channel NewsAsia (CNA) visited three locations in Singapore from the late evening of Wednesday (Aug 10) to the wee hours of Thursday and spoke with avid Pokemon trainers armed with smartphones and power banks.

They spoke to 20-year-old Natalie Tan, who considered herself a Pokemon Go addict.

“I feel that everyone is like a walking zombie now,” she told CNA.

“I started playing about three or four days ago and I think I’m addicted already. It’s so late at night but I’m still out here, walking around to catch Pokemon,” she added.

“Before the introduction of this game, I’d prefer to just sleep at home. It’s crazy because I won’t call myself a gamer, but this is the first-ever handphone game that I’ve been addicted to.”

Meanwhile, The New Paper (TNP) reported that scores of Singaporeans had dashed across a road along Punggol Park after a rare and powerful Pokemon called Snorlax had been spotted at the park.

In their haste to try to catch a prized Pokemon, many ran across the road without checking for oncoming traffic first.

Ms Jasmine Wee, 30, a property agent who was at the scene, told TNP: “It was quite scary how people just dashed across the road with no regard for their own and other people’s safety.

“Cars had to brake suddenly to avoid knocking them down. It was crazy.”

A player, student Edwin Lim, 24, told TNP: “One group started running (towards Punggol Park), so everyone just followed.”

TNP also reported that Yishun Parkis another hotspot for Pokemon fans and that there are also concerns about road safety there.

A 36-year-old resident, who wanted to be known only as Mr Hairul, said: “I was just driving by the park and people were not looking at the traffic lights when they crossed the road.”

Another resident, Mr Peter Wang, 50, who was cycling with his two sons, said: “It can be quite dangerous when some of them play their games while riding scooters.”

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Pokemon Go Launched in Singapore… DURING the Chinese Ghost Festival. TOO COINCIDENTAL?

The eagerly-anticipated Pokemon Go mobile game was finally launched in Singapore yesterday, August 6th (Saturday).

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Judging from reports in The Sunday Times (“Pokemania hits Singapore“) and The New Paper (“APokelypse now: Pokemon Go hits Singapore“), the mobile game has been an instant hit among the Singaporean public.

Prior to the launch in Singapore, fans here have been waiting for more than a month to download the game since its inaugural launch in New Zealand and Australia on July 6, and have been complaining among themselves “Why the delay?”.

Meanwhile, one of the most significant religions festivals in Singapore – the Chinese Hungry Ghost month – started on Wednesday 3 August. The festival will last all the way until Wednesday, 31 August.

Many Chinese people in Singapore believe that during this festival, the gates of hell are opened to free the hungry ghosts, who wander across the Earth in search of food.

They also believe that if the hungry ghosts are deprived of food, they become vicious and bring bad luck or even cause calamity. To ward off evil, superstitious Chinese Singaporeans participate in the festival by burning incense sticks and paper offering outside their homes, as well as laying food on the ground, as an offerings to these ghosts.

As mentioned above, the festival started on Wednesday, and that evening, it was a common sight across Singapore to see Chinese people outside their homes praying to these ‘ghosts’, or demons (in Christian parlance).

Besides praying and making offerings to these demons, many Chinese people would adamantly refuse to get married or launch a new business during the Chinese Hungry Ghost month, believing it to be extremely inauspicious.

So – in stark contrast to normal business practice for launching a product in Singapore – it was really interesting that Pokemon Go was launched during the Chinese Hungry Ghost month, and even so, right at the beginning of the festival – the time when it is believed that the demons are most active.

We know that the occult are big on organising events based on special dates in their occultic calendar (see:  http://www.globaltruth.net/list-of-satanic-sacrificial-dayswhich-is-accurate/). So, the coincidence in the timing of the Pokemon Go launch and the Chinese Hungry Ghost month makes sense  (spiritual-wise) if you subscribe to the theory that they are ‘like’ in nature – both involve the introduction of demons from hell to human beings on earth.

A major difference, of course, is that superstitious Chinese people hope to ward off demons during the Chinese Hungry Ghost month, whereas unwitting Pokemon Go players try their best to ‘catch’ as many of them as possible!

Previously, Stephen Dollins, an ex-high priest in the Church of Satan gave an insightful presentation on The Prophecy Club, exposing Pokemon as demonic/Satanic.

In summary, there seem to be a number of signs to indicate that Pokemon Go is demonic in nature. This being the case, Christians should avoid involvement in it.

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Finally Understanding God’s Gift of Righteousness

For the sin of this one man, Adam, caused death to rule over many. But even greater is God’s wonderful grace and his gift of righteousness, for all who receive it will live in triumph over sin and death through this one man, Jesus Christ. (Romans 5:17; NLT)

God’s gift of righteousness is such a wonderful thing (hallelujah!), and we always rejoice when we hear of testimonies of people who have received this blessing.

Why is the receiving of God’s gift of righteousness such an exciting thing? Well, it is because “all who receive it will live in TRIUMPH OVER SIN AND DEATH through this one man” (Romans 5:17; NLT; emphasis mine). I constantly hear stories of people who upon learning of God’s gift of righteousness on their deathbeds lose all fear of their impending death, but instead look forward to it. I have also previously shared the true stories of a long-term alcoholic, as well as an Indian contruction worker in Singapore who had many sins in his life, who were set free from their vices and had their lives totally transformed — and these are just a handful of illustrations.

Now, read that verse again; it says “ALL who receive it…” (Romans 5:17; NLT). Yes, my friend — it doesn’t matter what your background or your former past is like. It doesn’t matter whether you are rich or poor, educated or poorly educated. It doesn’t matter whether you live in a wealthy suburb or in a ghetto. The bible says “ALL” — which means you too, my friend, can live in triumph over sin and death, if you so wish to.

And it is not motivational, airy-fairy, made-belief hype that the bible promises. 1 John 3:7 says “Little children, let no one deceive you: The one who practices righteousness is righteous, just as Jesus is righteous.” (NET bible translation). The bible promises real and tangible righteousness and victory — you can overcome because “the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds” (2 Corinthians 10:4, KJV), just as the people I had cited above too had overcome the demonic strongholds in their life, and are going on in their lives practising righteousness.

Do you wish to receive this gift of righteousness? It’s so simple! First, ask the Lord Jesus Christ to come into your life (if you haven’t already done so) and then ask Him for his free gift of righteousness. Yes, indeed; it is free — won’t cost you a thing (if you don’t believe me, read the English Standard version translation of Romans 5:17 yourself: “free gift of righteousness “). Why is it free? Because Jesus Christ paid for it all by dying for us on the cross on Calvary, and now, we receive this gift under “God’s abundant provision of grace” (Romans 5:17, NIV; with ‘grace’ here referring to God’s ‘unmerited favour’).

Christian Meditation: A Quck Start-up Guide

In my previous post, I attempted to give an overview of the subject of Christian meditation, based on the persepctives of Madame Jeanne Guyon, a Christian mystic, who lived in France between years 1648 to 1717, and who spent countless hours in prayer and meditation.

I also acknowledged that although what I shared was meant to be a primer of sorts, the reader might have found it to be very “cheem” (Hokkien expression to mean ‘very profound’ or ‘difficult to understand’).

Indeed, Christian meditation is a deeply spiritual practice, requiring hours to master, and an endeavour which many give up after awhile.

Nonetheless, in this post, I hope to provide the unintiated with a quick and easy start-up guide into Christian meditation.

I start by making this premise:  if God desires that all should meditate, why should things be so complicated?

Indeed, God (in His Word, the Bible) invites us all to meditate and promises blessings on those of us who are committed to doing it:

Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. (Joshua 1:9, NIV, emphasis mine)

Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lordand who meditates on his law day and night. (Psalm 1:1-2, NIV, emphasis mine)

Now — and please always bear this in mind — Scripture (otherwise known as God’s Word; that is, the words from the Bible) is central to practice of Christian meditation.

You see, this is because Christian meditation, is, at its essence, the uniterrupted contemplation of God’s Word.

To meditate is to be like a cow chewing its cud — the cow takes in a little grass at a time, and works on it slowly and patiently, so that it can derive maximum benefit from what it has ingested.

Ok, let’s now talk in practical terms.

Supposing you are in need of divine peace, what you should do is find a bible verse (or two) related to the subject of divine peace, and let the verse(s) play over in your mind.

Personal objection #1 to Christian meditation: But the bible is so thick, where do I find verses concerning’peace’?

Well, do a Google search (“bible verses on peace“), or better, do a keyword search in Bible Gateway (https://www.biblegateway.com).

This should yield a number of bible verses related to ‘peace’. Go through all of them and single out ONE or TWO that really ‘speak’ to you or your situation.

Memorize the verse(s) and spend time reflecting on it/them.

Consider how you can apply the verse(s) to your situation. If the verse(s) contain a promise, pray (and do so persistently!) and ask God to fulfil that promise in your life and situation (that is also what some Christians refer to as ‘claiming God’s promises‘).

Christian meditation isn’t something you can do just once and forget about it. Instead, it is something you endeavour to do throughout the day, wherever and whenever possible, until you attain what God has promised in His Word.

To this end, ponder on the verse(s) whenever you are doing tedious chores, like cleaning or cooking. Or, if you happen to be eating alone, reflect on the verse(s) while you eat.

Again — and please excuse me for belabouring the point — mull over the verse(s) you have singled out for mediation, throughout the day and whenever your mind is not preoccupied. (As an aside, I happen to take the view that that time-wasting mobile phone games and social apps are the devil’s tool to hinder meditation — so, if you are serious about Christian meditation, keep your phone out of reach wherever possible!)

Personal objection #2 to Christian meditation: “I don’t have a good memory. How am I supposed to remember the bible verse(s)?”

If you are poor at memorization, purchase scripture-memory songs, play them frequently, and sing along with the songs being played.

Here’s an example of a scripture-memory album that you can download from Amazon:  “Overcoming Anxiety: Integrity Music’s Scripture Memory Songs

So, supposing you are in need of divine peace, play the song in the Youtube link below frequently and whenever possible until the two verses that are featured in the song so take root in your heart. And yes, the song below does indeed contain two actual verses from the bible that are sung repeatedly in the song:  “And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (which is taken from Philippians 4:7 [KJV]) and “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee” (Isaiah 26:3a [KJV]).

I hope this helps.

If God is Good, Why Do Some Christians Suffer from Terminal Cancer — The True Testimony of the Late Singaporean Aesthetics Doctor, Dr Richard Teo Keng Seng

God is good. But some might scoff, “If God is good, why do some Christians suffer from terminal cancer?”

There are no easy answers to this question, and if you are a believer who does suffer from terminal cancer, you might take some comfort from the true story of the late Dr Richard Teo Keng Seng.

Dr Teo had everything that most Singaporeans could aspire to by the time he was in his 30s — wealth measured in millions of dollars, a thriving aesthetics practice, and sports cars, including a Ferrari 430.

“I’m a typical product of today’s society,” said Dr Teo in a speech in November 2011.

“From young, I’ve always been under the influence and impression that to be happy is to be successful. And to be successful, is to be wealthy. So I led my life according to this motto.”

Despite being born into a poor family, Dr Teo excelled in his studies and was accepted in medical school.

In medical school, he chose the quick way to big bucks — by switching from opthalmology to aesthetics.

The move paid handsomely for him, and in the first year, his cosmetic surgery clinic ‘was raking in millions’.

Dr Teo’s newly-made wealth opened the door to high-society life. He loved dinning at Michelin-rated restaurants and rubbing shoulders with celebrities.

Dr Teo also loved life in the fast lane and, at the pinnacle of his life, owned sports cars like the Honda S2000, Subaru WRX, Nissan GTR and a Ferrari 430

On how he would spend his weekends, Dr Teo said, “Typically, I’d have car club gatherings. I’d take out my track car and go up to Sepang in Malaysia for car racing. It was my life.”

Dr Teo had no time for God although he had been baptised many years earlier. When his friends experienced a personal revival, they advised Dr Teo to return to church with them, but their advice fell on stony ground.

“In my arrogance, I told them, “You know what? You go tell your pastor to change his sermon to 2pm and I will consider coming to church,” said Dr Teo.

In his arrogance, Dr Teo also uttered the following statement to his friends, “If God really wanted me to come back to church, He will give me a sign.”

It was a statement which he later said he would live to rue, because by the end of 3 weeks, he would — without first being diagnosed with terminal lung cancer — find himself back in church.

Said Dr Teo, “My whole world just turned upside down. I couldn’t accept it. I have a hundred relatives on both sides — my mom’s and my dad’s — and not a single one has cancer. To my mind, I have good genes, I’m not supposed to be having this! Some of my relatives are heavy chain smokers. Why am I having lung cancer? I was in denial.”

Dr Teo also fell into deep depression. He searched for answers. There weren’t any… until he heard an “inner voice”.

Said Dr Teo, “There I was lying on the operating table, staring blankly at the ceiling in a cold, quiet operating theatre. Suddenly, I heard an inner voice; it was not coming from the outside; it was inside. This small inner voice was one that I had never felt before. And it said very specifically: “This has to happen to you, at your prime, because it’s the only way you can understand.””

“I said, “Woah, where did that come from?” You know, when you speak to yourself, you’d say [something like] ‘what time should I leave this place?’ [or] ‘where shall I have dinner after this?’. You’d speak from a first person point of view…whereas the voice that came spoke as a third party. It said, “This has to happen to YOU, at YOUR prime, because this is the only way YOU can understand.” At that time, my emotions just overflowed and I broke down and cried alone there.”

Dr Teo did later understand why the ‘small inner voice’ had told him that this was the ‘only way’ he could be made to understand. Explained Dr Teo, “I was just so full of myself that there was no other way I could have turned back to God.”

God continued speaking to him.

Said Dr Teo, “I was in bed one afternoon, struggling and asking God, “Why? Why do I have to go through this suffering? Why do I have to endure this hardship, this struggle? Why me?”

“As I fell asleep, in my dreamy state, a vision came and said ‘Hebrews 12:7-8’.”

“Now, mind you, at this time, I had not read the bible [and] had no clue what’s Hebrews. I don’t even know how many chapters there are. Totally clueless.”

“But it (the vision) said ‘Hebrews 12:7-8’, very specifically.”

“I didn’t think too much of it [and] continued sleeping. After I woke up, and I said [to myself], “What’s there to lose? I’d check it out.” Danny (Dr Teo’s close friend, who had previously advised him to return to church) had bought me a bible; it’s still quite new… So I flipped to the Old Testament. Hebrews to me sounds like something ancient, so it should be in the Old Testament right? So I flipped through the Old Testament. No Hebrews there. I was so disappointed.”

“Then I said, “Maybe [it’s in the] New Testament; let’s have a look!”. WOW — New Testament; there’s Hebrew’s!! [And turning to] Hebrews 12:7-8, it said, “Endure hardship as discipline as God is treating you as His children.””

“I said, “WAH!! Where did that come from?” I was getting goose pimples all over my body. I said, “This can’t be, right?” I mean, what’s the chance of somebody who has never read the bible to have a vision of a chapter [and] a specific verse that answers my question directly?”

“So at that point, I was sold [and] said [to God], “YOU WIN! YOU WIN!!””

“From that day onwards, I started believing in my God. And the last time I heard that inner voice was [at] the end of April. And that inner voice — same thing, in the afternoon, as I was sleeping. In a dreamy state, I just heard Him say, “Help others in hardship.””

“It was more like a command, rather than a statement. And that’s when I embarked on this journey [of] helping others in hardship.”

Dr Teo obeyed the command up to the day of his death.  He reached out to numerous individuals, including single mothers, insurance agents, medical students, cancer patients and church members.

Mrs Teo, Dr Teo’s wife, told The New Paper, “He wanted to inspire those facing hardships, that life has more to offer than to be filled with hatred and emptiness”.

Dr Teo was adamant in getting his message across even as he lay sick and dying. According to Mrs Teo, a day before her husband died, his laptop was filled with new sets of photos to be shown to his audience. He had also been working on a new speech.

Dr Teo’s inspiring testimony of God’s dealing with him can be watched in the Youtube link below.

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Dr Richard Teo’s story was featured in the 28 October 2012 edition of The New Paper.

Is There Christian Television in Singapore?

Is there Christian television in Singapore?

No, there isn’t. This is in line with the government’s (Media Development Authority’s) policy that “television as a mass medium should be kept secular” and that “programmes of a proselytic nature should not be broadcast“.

Nevertheless, Christians in Singapore are not blocked from watching Christian television through the Internet.

For Christians fluent in Mandarin, one recommended Christian TV station is the Taiwanese Good TV, whose programme are broadcast ‘live’ on the Internet, just as they would appear on Taiwanese television.