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Recently, Pokemon Go (a mobile game app described as a “free-to-play, location-based augmented reality game”) was launched. This has viralled into a global craze of over 20 million daily users, with the app designers reporting earnings of over USD$200 million in revenue, with an average of USD$10 million a day. In Singapore, you might have noticed in the past 2 weeks, crowds of children, youths, and even adults staring at their mobile devices playing this game whilst walking, commuting, and even driving (dangerously). 2 young men were arrested for fighting allegedly due to the game, and the police were called in when residents complained of hordes of cars and crowds congregating in a public housing estate carpark in the middle of the night, causing much disturbance and noise, with the only aim of “catching” virtual monsters.Worldwide crazes and phenomenons have come and gone. Years back, it was the Hello Kitty collectibles from McDonald’s. I’m sure many of our young people in church have no doubtedly downloaded and are currently playing Pokemon Go. In and of itself, it’s just like any other computer or mobile game that is out there in the market. Parents and young people will need to exercise wisdom and discernment on whether or not it is advisable to play. I think the challenge is moderation, and when one crosses the line towards addiction and excessive playing. Also, we need to be mindful of how our behaviour changes when we are playing. Do we become reckless, foregoing safety, such as playing whilst crossing the road, or worse, when driving and suddenly pulling to the side and stopping abruptly just for the sake of the game? Or do we even become aggressive, anxious, depressed, and experience withdrawal symptoms when not playing or not being to get ahead of our friends or others in the game?

Romans 12 begins with the warning, “Do not be conformed to the pattern of this world.” Instead, Paul exhorts us to “be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” Many might laugh off this Pokemon Go craze as something trivial, but what are the other challenges, pressures and temptations for us to follow, to “conform” to worldly trends, patterns, thinking and behaviour? Are we only Sunday Christians, but the rest of the week, when we are out there in the world, no one can tell the difference between us and non-believers? Do we ever struggle with standing up to our biblical convictions, and risk being in conflict with our colleagues, our bosses, our companies, our schools, our friends, or maybe sometimes even our family members?

As we celebrate Young Adults Sunday today, my prayer is that God will continue to raise up faithful generations of young people who are rooted in God’s Word, filled and led by the Holy Spirit to be living sacrifices, godly examples and influencers in all spheres of society. May we truly be a community of spiritual support that loves sincerely and serves selflessly as we grow towards Christlike maturity, building each other up towards service and leadership, for the glory of God.


You know Singapore is…

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You know Singapore is… (interesting take on a recent news)

A fellow blogger wrote about a recent revival prayer meeting at ACS that commemorated what is known as the Clock Tower Revival of 1972, and also on the 80th anniversary of the exact date John Sung arrived in Singapore in 1935, triggering a massive revival among the overseas Chinese. The ACS Clock Tower at Barker Road has been an iconic symbol since the secondary school moved to Barker Road from 1950-1992, after which the campus was vacated briefly when the school went independent and moved to Dover Road in 1992. In 1994, ACS Barker Road was established as a full school, along with ACS Primary which used to be at Coleman Street. In 1999, the original clock tower was rebuilt when the school underwent a major rebuilding and “a replica now stands 20 metres from the old clock tower, with the original clock mechanism installed in the new tower”.1

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Starting a family and becoming a parent is challenging and fulfilling regardless of time period, yet as society and history enfolds, with the advancement of technology and continual development of our nation, the question one may ask is, is it easier to be a parent today in Singapore, compared to say 10-15 years ago?

This question can be examined from several different angles, and there may be differing views or perspectives on what makes parenthood easier or more difficult. As the African proverb goes, “It takes a village to raise a child.” Communities and societies can have both an indirect and direct influence and impact on parents raising children, specifically in a certain time and age. Such factors may include the average age people were getting married, or even when they starting to have children. These in turn could be affected or influenced by the family policies introduced or developed, as well as employment, education, childcare, baby bonus packages, etc. Yet at the same time, we cannot discount the impact of societal and technological advancements and developments.
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