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Mr. Bean Singing Modern Worship Song Watched Over 100,000 times

25 October 2022

Well,... not exactly.

Last month, Instagram user Manuel Daviid posted an Instagram (IG) reel video of himself playing and singing to Phil Wickham's "Living Hope" but what made the video most unusual was that he super-imposed Mr. Bean singing the "Hallelujahs", perfectly fitting into the chorus of the modern worship hit.

The Mr. Bean clip was actually taken from the pilot episode of the British comedy from 1990 (which definitely still holds up today).

"My brain everytime we sing Living Hope ?," Manuel wrote in the caption of his post.

The video has already been watched over 130,000 times at the time of writing.

"Oh my goodness thank you for this!!! I love it" one IG user said. "Maaaan ?? this is epic ??? ," said another.

We hope this little video puts a smile (and a laugh) on your face today. Watch it below:

Abraham Ewaldo Serumena

'The Voice' Indonesia Contestant Stuns Audience with Worship Song

08 September 2022

The name Abraham Ewaldo Serumena probably isn't a name that stands out as a familiar Christian music artiste.

Last month, however, Abraham took to stage as a contestant on 'The Voice All Stars' Indonesia and completely wow-ed both the live audience and audience on screen.

Abraham's song of choice was Bethel's 'Goodness of God' and he was accompanied by a theatrical set and a rather large choir but what blew the coaches (judges) away was his vocals.

Indonesian entertainment platform, Kapanlagi, reported that one of the coaches Isyana Sarasvati said Abraham's appearance was "very good and perfect."

To date, his performance on YouTube have now been watched almost half a million times.

In the comments, Abraham remarked: "Hopefully it can bless all who hear and watch my performance. God Bless you all!"

Watch his incredible performance here:

Once A Pawn, Always a Pawn?

20 July 2021

What is the least valuable piece in a chess set? The most common assignment of point value system esteems the pawn at one point, a far cry of the queen’s score of nine. It’s common knowledge that the pawn is perhaps the weakest piece in the chess game, hence the assigned number. Why wouldn’t it be? If quantity reflects the quality — the lesser the amount, the more valuable it is — the pawn is miles behind. Even if all the eight pawns decide to gang up together, they are still one point short of the queen.

The positioning of the pawn reflects its value significantly as well. Forming the frontline of all the pieces, they are the first ones ready to be sacrificed. Any player will be more willing to sacrifice a pawn, more than any other piece. Owh, the insignificance of a pawn when it’s given freely! How about the limitation of movements? A queen moves horizontally, vertically, diagonally at any number of boxes at any time. The rook is allowed horizontal and vertical moves, while the bishop diagonally, but still at any distance they wish. The knight, the most unique one of all, gets L-shape directions. The pawn? Only a step forward. With grace, two steps on your first move. Isn’t it clear that the pawn is indeed the weakest and least valuable piece of a chess game?

Here’s where I stop the train of thoughts to prove you wrong.

First, the pawn forms the frontline. In other words, the defense. Have you seen any player move all his/her pawns up on the first stance? Not even Beth Harmon in the Queen’s Gambit does it. You don’t do it because you’ll leave the backline exposed and vulnerable. A smiling opponent waiting to prowl like a lion, ever thankful to attack. They might not be attacking-minded, but a good strategy does not consist of attacking only. Using the analogy of a different sport, the great football manager Sir Alex Ferguson once said, “Attack wins you games, but defense wins you titles.”

Secondly, a pawn is ever willing to sacrifice himself. A pawn lost for a battle won. They are the most courageous ones, the bravest lots, and the most loyal soldiers. To sacrifice oneself for a better cause speaks nothing but faithfulness of the highest kind to the long term goal, to win. Here you have, though not the most powerful piece, but the one that’s first to raise his hand, one you couldn’t find in any other. I present to you, the most faithful Sir Pawn.

And if you ever noticed, there are two characteristics found in a pawn that are in no other.

A pawn only moves forward. A queen has the free pass to motion front and back. A rook retreats when being attacked. A bishop swirls up and down. A knight gallops in random directions. But the pawn, he only steps forward. Even with the risk of death, he marches forward. He never ever in a battle withdraws backwards. Talk about being single-focused, unswerving commitment, unyielding vision and uncompromisable mission. And he treads forward with one goal in mind, to reach the other end of the battleline.

Because unlike no other piece, a pawn can be transformed. A promotion, you may call it. A queen remains the pompous queen throughout the battle. The rook stands its shape as big as ever. A knight stays on his horse. A bishop can forget about being the pope. They endure their roles until they die. But a pawn? “Neh, boring. I’m different,” he said. A pawn can be changed into any other piece upon reaching the other end. Anything, even a queen? You bet. How about the king? Don’t go overboard.

A pawn will never exist as a pawn forever. The due reward for his faithful courage, willingly standing his line, and forcefully moving forward in the thick and thin of the battle. Towards the end of the battle, you’ll begin to see the importance of the pawn. When every other piece falls along the way, the player tries to keep his pawns in the combat, striding them forward until the end. Because he knows one thing, a pawn can metamorphosize like a butterfly. And what a change it can do to the contest. The one who seemed the weakest at the beginning, is now the strongest.

Once a pawn always a pawn, until you make it to the other end.

A Christian's Response:

Which one do you want to be? The prestigious queen? The rugged rook? The handsome knight? The cunning bishop? Or the lowly pawn? I know what I want to be.

A piece that guards the gospel and defends the very cause of my life. To form the defense line of the Christian faith. (2 Timothy 1:8–14)

A piece ever faithful, ever loyal. To be able to share in the suffering, to sacrifice for the cause of Christ. (2 Timothy 2:3–7)

A piece that moves forward. To stand firm in Scripture in perseverance against the grains of the world. (2 Timothy 3:14–17)

A piece with a goal in mind — to reach the end. To complete the Christian calling as I run the marathon journey of life. (2 Timothy 4:6–8)

A piece that one day will be transformed in God’s glory.

A piece that says: “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith.” (2 Timothy 4:7)

(published with permission)

Youth Pastor Justin Narayan Wins Masterchef Australia 2021

16 July 2021

West Australian-based youth pastor, Justin Narayan has been crowned Masterchef Australia 2021!

After a two-day grand finale whopper, Justin beat out two other worthy competitors (Pete & Kishwar), even receiving perfect scores for two of his dishes in the finale, to secure the title and take home the $250,000 (AUD) grand prize. 

"Captain Consistency" (as he was affectionately known to the judges and other contestants) endeared himself to audiences with his steady pace and calm demeanour throughout the season. His humour was also a breath of fresh air for a season that ran during the pandemic.

In an interview with Hope 103.2's Breakfast Show on the morning after his win, Justin shared how much his faith impacted his time at Masterchef.

"Just knowing that God’s in control of whatever happens… Being able to trust Him with what’s in front of me – He’s got a plan for it all. That takes a lot of the stress off yourself, and you want to do what is best with what you have in your hands," he told Hope Breakfast.

I, personally, thought Justin looked familiar when watching the series until I googled him and realised I had actually seen him before in-person -  my dad and I were thoroughly entertained by him when we attended the Hillsong Conferences in 2014 & 2015 in Sydney.

Justin had played a comedic character/altar-ego on stage named "Butter Chicken" at Hillsong Conference pre & post-show parties.

Now the question Justin has been asked the most is what's in store next. He told Hope 103.2:

“For me, I think life and youth pastoring and doing something in food has always been about helping people and serving them, so it would be awesome to be able to do something in the food space – that connects with people, and hopefully one day open up a space of my own.”

We can't wait to see what God has in store for this youth pastor-Masterchef! Watch Justin's winning moment below:

Carrie Underwood's Hymns Medley Wows 56th ACM Awards

05 May 2021

Carrie Underwood performed a brilliant medley of hymns at the 56th Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards.

The former American Idol winner's medley started with "Amazing Grace" and included other songs like "Great Is Thy Faithfulness," "Old Rugged Cross" and "How Great Thou Art."

Legendary Christian Contemporary Music artist, Cece Winans, also made a special appearance to cover a couple of hymns alongside the country star.

The entire act was in celebration of Carrie's eighth and latest studio album, "My Savior," which is collection hymns.

The video of her performance at the ACM Awards have already racked up over 2.5 million views on YouTube.

Watch it below:

Jinnyboy TV's Brandon Ho Talks About Faith

08 January 2021

In July 2019, our own Joel got to to interview Jinnyboy TV's Brandon Ho about his life, career and faith as part of Scripture Union's webseries, 'Bytes!'

Brandon is a 28 year-old Malaysian celebrity, who previously hosted 8tv Quickie, radio shows and also competed on Amazing Race Asia.

He currently contributes to Jinnyboy TV as well as publishes his own video on his own YouTube channel.

"​Having interviewed and chatted with some celebrities during my time with radio, I've always wished to see the day when young Christian celebrities discuss their faith and share their passion for Jesus so openly!" Joel said.

"Not that I have always been an avid follower of Brandon Ho but spending this time just chilling with and interviewing him was truly inspiring... The exuberance of his faith is infectious and it really brought a sense of gratitude that I get to carry stories like these. In the end, the lesson I learn is that whatever road we're on, we all have a mandate to use our platforms and roles to spread the ultimate light - that is Jesus! So grateful to be able to do what I do."

Watch the two part interview below: