Saturday, April 16, 2011

That “snaky” feeling again…

Remember that eerie, “snaky” feeling some of you felt when you first saw the design of the Calvary Convention Centre (CCC)? The cobra-head like design gave you the creeps, right?

To recap, read CT posting entitled CCC-A Matter of Concern” dated June 12, 2009

Now take a look at Calvary Church’s Easter poster and flyer for this year’s Easter program. If you get that same “snaky” feeling, you are not getting cuckoo. Look closely at the bottom section (circled in red) of the image of the crown of thorns. You will clearly see the semblance of the head of a snake! Creepy, right?

Click on the image to enlarge it.

It would be a wise thing to do for all church event organisers to pray and ask God for discernment and guidance while looking for materials to be used as church promotional tools. There may be things and images that skip our human eyes but nothing is hidden from God. God will reveal it to us if we ask Him for wisdom and guidance.

Moving on to more serious matters. Next week is the start of the Passion Week.

Last year, Berita Calvary posted articles on the series of events that took place during the Passion Week.
Click on the DAYS to read.

Palm Sunday

The Monday of the Passion Week

The Tuesday of the Passion Week

The Wednesday of the Passion Week

The Thursday of the Passion Week

Good Friday

The Saturday of the Passion Week

Easter Sunday


Just Added on 21.4.11.

We have relocated this Comment here in the main page as it is a timely reminder for us to rethink what Jesus did for us on the cross as we approach Good Friday tomorrow. God Bless.

 Anonymous said...

Just wanna share the article below, from the Senior Ministry Living website. Hope we will take this time to reflect and appreciate what Jesus had to endure when He died on the Cross for our sins.

And they crucified Him. --Mark 15:24
A medical doctor once gave a detailed description of what happens when someone is crucified:

"The cross is placed on the ground and the exhausted man is quickly thrown backwards with his shoulders again the wood. The legionnaire feels for the depression at the front of the wrist. He drives a heavy, square wrought-iron nail through the wrist and deep into the wood. Quickly he moves to the other side and repeats the action, being careful not to pull the arms too tightly, but to allow some flex and movement. The cross is then lifted into place.

"The left foot is pressed backward against the right foot, and with both feet extended, toes down, a nail is driven through the arch of each, leaving the knees flexed. The victim is now crucified. As he slowly sags down with more weight on the nails in the wrists, excruciating, fiery pain shoots along the fingers and up the arms to explode in the brain--the nails in the wrists are putting pressure on the median nerves. As he pushes himself upward to avoid the stretching torment, he places the full weight on the nail through his feet. Again he feels the searing agony of the nail tearing through the nerves between the bones of his feet.

"As the arms fatigue, cramps sweep through the muscles, knotting them in deep, relentless, throbbing pain. With these cramps comes the inability to push himself upward to breathe. Air can be drawn into the lungs but not exhaled. He fights to raise himself in order to get even one small breath. Finally carbon dioxide builds up in the lungs and in the blood stream. Spasmodically he is able to push himself upward to exhale and bring in life-giving oxygen. 
"Hours of this...pain, cycles of twisting, joint-rending cramps, intermittent partial asphyxiation, searing pain as tissue is torn from his lacerated back as he moves up and down against the rough timber. Then another agony begins: a deep, crushing pain deep in the chest as the pericardium slowly fills with serum and begins to compress the heart.

It is now almost over--the loss of tissue fluids has reached a critical level--the compressed heart is struggling to pump heavy, thick, sluggish blood into the tissues--the tortured lungs are making a frantic effort to gasp in small gulps of air. He can feel the chill of death creeping through his tissues...finally he can allow his body to die."

The Bible records this process of death by crucifixion in just a few simple words. How often we take for granted the pain and suffering Jesus endured when He died on the cross for you and me. Let us remember this Easter the sacrifice He made.

PRAYER CHALLENGE: Thank Jesus for the price He paid for your sins through His painful death on the cross.
April 21, 2011 8:50 AM


Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Outcome of the Court Hearing on 12 April 2011

The Originating Summons (OS) was heard by the High Court yesterday before a new Judge.

We were told that it was a full day hearing in chambers with submissions from both lawyers representing both parties.

The Judge will deliver his decision on the 18 May 2011 afternoon.

We were also informed that the OS was not converted to a Writ of Summons as the previous presiding Judge was not agreeable to the conversion. The Defendants' lawyers has also indicated that they will object to such an application. The Plaintiffs were  advised by the then presiding Judge to withdraw the OS and then file in a Writ instead.

The Plaintiff decided against doing so having come so far in this current OS action. Withdrawing this OS and filing a Writ would tantamount to starting the legal suit all over again.

For those who are new to the Calvary Church Crisis and are not aware of what this OS is for, please click here to read : Legal Action to Seek Fresh EGM

Please continue to pray that this new Judge will be fair in his judgement.

Note added on 15.04.11 : Following the query from a reader, CT checked with one of the 60 odd class action plaintiffs and was informed that PG did not turn up for the OS hearing. He was represented by Pastor Peter and Pastor Steven.


Monday, April 11, 2011

Pray For The Court Hearing on 12 April 2011

It has been a slow and uphill climb for the TTG brothers and sisters who have stood up against all odds to try to get the leadership of Calvary Church Kuala Lumpur to establish a system of Church Governance based on Truth, Transparency and Good Governance.

Since 2008, we have seen the Lord step by step guiding and leading the team to take one step at a time to reach to where we are today. All the records of the efforts made by the team are documented here in Calvary Today and Calvary Today 2.

We now seek the  prayers of all Calvary Church members including those who have been "axed" or have left voluntarily, to spend some time today to pray for the Court Hearing which has been set to take place tomorrow in the Jalan Duta High Court.

We understand that there will be a new judge who will be hearing the case tomorrow, 12th April 2011.

Prayer Items :

1.   We pray that the judge would read all the affidavits and submissions that both lawyers have presented to the Court and will take the time to understand the whole situation and purpose of why this case is in the Court for hearing.

2.   We pray that our Lord will give the judge the wisdom to make the right decision as according to His will to accomplish His plans and purposes for the Church and His people.

3.   We pray that our Lord will give the Plaintiffs' two lady lawyers the wisdom and a clear mind to say and do the right thing at the right time, and the boldness to speak in defense of truth, transparency and good
governance in the church.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

The History Of Calvary Church, Kuala Lumpur, Revisited

We reproduce below a Comment / Testimony posted by a pioneer member of Calvary Church, since the days of Calvary Church's humble beginnings in Jalan Sayor. It is good to remember our roots and to thank God for the way He led the pioneer Pastors of Calvary Church and to recognise the work of those Pastors who guided, encouraged and loved the members of the Church by living a godly example to the Church members back then.

Jalan Sayor migrant said...


Guynes was one of our pastors when we were in Jalan Sayor. He did not play a part in the building of CC DH (Calvary Church Damansara Heights).

Pastor Jones and Assistant Pastor Fred Abeysekera (Singaporean) were our pastors in Jalan Sayor who spearheaded CC at DH (Calvary Church at Damansara Heights). We were the English speaking congregation sharing First Assembly in Jalan Sayor.

They caught the vision to purchase DH (Damansara Heights) land at RM2.70 per sq foot, plans were drawn and we built our present church by stages. They shared their vision with us and assured us since God gave the vision, He (God) will supply the money.

This He did - Americans like Gene Martin, Katherine Kuffman foundation and various other people helped to raise funds. Our congregation then was 60-70 and only about 20 were working with limited income. We raised funds by selling cookies, kueh, sew clothes, wash cars - meagre sums but we were all happily doing what we could to contribute.

Mind you there were no faith promise, missions offering, pledges etc. We did what we could - Pastor Jones and family moved in to the back of CC DH (where the Visitor's lounge is) so that he can give his housing allowance for renting of a bungalow to the church offering.

WE MOVED IN DEBT FREE - this made a very strong impression on me - when God desires us to build any churches for His glory, He gives vision to one or two or three - they share, the rest will catch the vision. He provides the funds through others, through us and multiplies. There was no pressure - we sacrificed what we could - God did the rest.

Pastor Jones GAVE what others from abroad gave to Calvary Church for CC building fund.

What others give to PG for CCC from abroad, does he give All back to CCC or his personal account?

PG and PG2 were pastoring in the backwaters of Klang - sure, he did not contribute 1 single cent.

In fact when we employed them as pastors, they came in to a well established church because all of us love the Lord - we also loved the Guneratnams and even gave them an interest free loan to buy their BANDARAYA house and pay their instalments for them as housing allowance.

YET WHAT DID THEY DO? They axed some of the Jalan Sayor crowd. They bite the hand of those who feed them!!

MANY OF US FROM JALAN SAYOR can attest that this is what we went through.

Am sharing this with you because when you are not part and parcel of those who helped to raise funds for CC DH, you will have no qualms even to sell it to ensure CCC comes into being - HJK mentioned this during an EGM.

Wonder whether you guys are ever concerned that in KL it is extremely difficult to get a church land, let alone at DH?

It is where we begun, so we should hold tight to it and not chase after CCC which is really out of the way for many, especially the older ones.

For BOD - godliness with contentment is great gain - do not chase after the wind!!!

This was a Comment posted on April 8, 2011 11:16 AM in the previous artical on Calvaryland -Another Sad Tale


Monday, April 4, 2011

Calvaryland - Another Sad Tale

We reproduce below a Comment posted by a Calvarite on his/her personal experience with Calvaryland. 


Further to Thawed Brain's remarks on Calvaryland, we wish to share our true story about it. After Calvaryland materialised and became a reality, we thought it would be an excellent idea to transfer our aged mother to Calvaryland. We thought it would be the ideal place, full of fresh air and tranquility. Plus we thought it was run by CC, esp since it was supposedly managed by loving Christians.

We were simply shocked by the negative responses to our enquiries on in Calvaryland. Sister Sherren* told us there were no medically qualified staff at Calvaryland. Only periodic visits to governnment clinic far away from Calvaryland. She emphasised we must be self financing, that is, we must pay for all mum's expenses (which we were prepared to do so, in the first place).

Which brings us the the question: If all the ten inmates or less are self paying/self financing - why is Calvaryland being allocated RM300,000 - RM 500,000 every year ? Why need so much money for only ten inmates or less ?

How can the homeless, the single mothers, the drug addicts, the poor orphans, etc be self financing ? How can they pay for their expenses at Calvaryland ?

Why after costing RM 1o million to build and equip, Calvaryland only has ten or less inmates ?

Isn't it obviously not cost effective ? Not result oriented ? We at CC and the general public who contributed to this noble cause would have expected better results, right ?

BTW, we have not finished our true story.

The heart attack shocker we had was - When we were told by Sister Sherren*, "Calvaryland is too far away for your mother, sure you don't mind !"

Question : If Sister Sherren thinks Calvaryland is located too far, why in the fisrt place CC (through PG's grand vison) buy the land and build this RM 10,000,000.00 (RM 10 million) Calvaryland ? Really stupid and Illogical !

We could help being hurt and digusted by the turn off attitude of this person, attending to our enquiries. We had no choice but to conclude having the uncanny suspicion that she was trying very hard to shoo us away. She did not show any concern about accepting or even meeting our aged mother. She seemed to be firm about turning away our poor mother !

BTW we are CC members for decades.
Yet we received such harsh treatment. Thank God. We later found a very suitable nursing home for mum, a home where the staff show genuine concern and care for our mother. NOT Calvaryland.

We wonder whether Calvaryland serves its original purpose as proclaimed in CC by PG. Or has it deviated so much from it original good cause ?

We too were SUCKERED into believing the grand lies Calvaryland being the ideal place for aged people, homeless orphane, single mothers, drug addicts, poor and needy, etc. We also did our share of contributing to this "noble cause". BUT the truth exposed showed the opposite ! we also shared with our home life leader about our disappointment over Calvaryland BUT he said nothing.

No wonder Calvaryland got only ten VVIP extremely PRIVILEGED EXCLUSIVELY SELECTED INMATES !!!!!

We swear to Almighty God everything said in this blog is 100% true.

Another PG's lies exposed. Calvarites be warned NOT TO CONTRIBUTE ANYMORE to Calvaryland.
Wake up people. TOTT. TOTT. TOTT.
Until CC is cleaned of the sinful leadership it has now.
Posted by Anonymous on April 3, 2011 12:41 AM in the post titled PG Chickens Out Again.