Mindset of Hope in Crisis

At an online Chapel organised by the EAST Student Council on 25 March 2020, the President of EAST, Rev Dr Chan Chong Hiok or CCH as he is also known, spoke on “Mindset of Hope in Crisis.” He was on Zoom being broadcasted online to listeners who were observing safe distancing.

In the midst of COVID-19 pandemic, he spoke words of hope and encouragement to all present online. Quoting from Habakkuk 3, he exhorted all to continue trusting the LORD amidst challenging situations. The LORD is everpresent in our midst, and we can rejoice in Him. He also referred to Psalm 91 where the faithfulness of God is truly our shield and rampart in times of need. As we meditate on His Word, we will discover afresh that He is indeed our refuge.

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New Testament Resources Free During COVID-19

There are some generous publishers and resource providers who have made their books and journal articles available online for free during the present COVID-19 outbreak. See the listing below (valid as of 20 March 2020) or click this Google Doc link for the most updated list. The list is originally compiled by Steve Walton.

Anyone can also add more links to the list for other New Testament studies free resources. May this be a blessing to many during this challenging season.

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Frontline Healthcare Professionals

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Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. (Galatians 6:9)

Once again those of us in healthcare are at the frontline of a major health challenge. Again, the long hours, constantly updated circumstances and, though we are the ones who have to follow the strictest protective protocols, there is no running away from the fact that many of us are the ones closest to those who are ill. We remember the fatalities of the SARS epidemic, and the ultimate price paid by some of our colleagues in Wuhan. Surely this is at the back of our minds, when we have the energy and time to think. We have to decide how we should live to minimise risk and fear for those closest to us. This is a challenging time. A few things to bear in mind.

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For the full article, click here. It is authored by Dr Tan Soo Inn, Chaplain of the Christian Medical and Dental Fellowship, Singapore.

Fear, Faith, and Coronavirus

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There is a state of fear in people of many countries – countries which are far from the epicentre of the 2019-nCoV epidemic (also known as Coronavirus Disease 2019 or COVID-19) in Wuhan and Hubei Province, China. People scan the news media frequently (sometimes every few minutes) to see the latest tally of infected cases and death – as though one was following the Olympics medals tally. Fear is visceral and irrational, and some would rather believe the latest rumours or fake news than follow reputable websites or official announcements. Fear leads to mass hysteria, like hoarding of food and even toilet papers!

To deal with our fear of the outbreak, let us ask ourselves a few questions.

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To read the entire article by Dr Alex Tang, EAST Adjunct Faculty, click here. Thank you.


God is Our Deliverer

A song based on Psalm 91 to remind us TODAY that the Lord is our only refuge, our tower of strength, and our safety amidst this challenging season.

To hear the song, click the picture below.

Design by Blessed Ong.

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