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What in the world is a Laminin?

Do you know what’s a laminin?

Do you know what does a laminin do?

And do you know how does a laminin look like?

According to Wikipedia, it says, “…Basically, laminin is a protein found in the “extracellular matrix”, the sheets of protein that form the substrate of all internal organs also called the “basement membrane…. Laminin is vital to making sure overall body structures hold together. Improper production of laminin can cause muscles to form improperly, leading to a form of muscular dystrophy.  It can also cause progeria.”

In layman term, a laminin is like a foundation of a building, a chassis of a car.

In short, laminin is like the glue that holds us together.

But more importantly, do you know how does a laminin look like this?  Check this out:

A few thousand years ago, way before the word, ‘Science’ came about,  the Apostle Paul said, “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation; because by Him everything was created, in heaven and on earth, the visible and the invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities— all things have been created through Him and for Him.  He is before all things, and by Him all things hold together.” Col 1:15-17

Imagine, we all have millions of microscopic crosses holding our body together!  Is that cool or what?

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Engage in business until He comes back

“A nobleman travelled to a far country to receive for himself authority to be king and then return. He called 10 of his slaves, gave them 10 minas, and told them, ‘Engage in business until I come back.’Luk 19:12-13
It doesn’t take a Bible scholar to know that the nobleman our Lord Jesus Christ referred to was none other than Himself.

There are much talks recently about His 2nd coming.  As much as some of us would really love for Him to come back soon, are we really ready?  Are we confident that when He comes back, we will hear Him say what He said in Mat 25:21, “Well done, good and faith servant!” – or something we dread listening?s

Really, it’s not about how many talent one is given.  It’s about how one multiplies the talent(s) one has been endowed with.  As you can see in Mat:25-23, Jesus gave the same compliments to both servants who multiplied their talents; although one was given five and the other two.

Therefore, it’s possible that a housewife can get more praise and reward than a pastor when both ‘report’ to heaven – if she multiplies her talent more than the pastor – even if she’s been just given one talent.

Do you know your position in the body of Christ?  Could it be just where you are right now?  Or could it be something/somewhere else?  You don’t know?  Ask!

Yes, I believe God does have a will for us.  And I also believe that since He has a will for us, He’ll tell us – either directly or via another person/event.  He’s a loving God. Not a sadistic one as in hiding His will for us.  He’ll tell us.  If only we’d ask…

But while you’re asking and waiting, continue to do what you’re doing right now.  If you’re really called to a different thing, have faith that He’ll let you know.  Do not fall into the trap of the devil by doing nothing while waiting for God to tell you His will – because He won’t tell His will to a lazy and idle person.

So in the meantime, Engage in business until He comes back.

Shalom U’Bracha in Yeshua,
(Blessing and Peace in the Name of Jesus)
Melvin Neo


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God Says Wait!

Received this article from NLT Leadership Devotional.  Thought it was quite good.  So instead of my weekly ‘preaching’, here’s something fresh! [Read more...]

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God said, “Leave Me alone…”

The LORD also said to Moses: “I have seen this people, and they are indeed a stiff-necked people. Now leave Me alone, so that My anger can burn against them and I can destroy them. Then I will make you into a great nation.” Exo 32:9-10

Did you hear what God say to Moses? “Leave Me alone..”  Hey, I didn’t know we can actually NOT ‘leave’ God alone

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Think that God can’t change you? Think again!

Many people think that they’re so beyond hope that God can’t possibly change or use them. Do you know someone like that?

Are you like that?

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Did God cause them to forget?

“He (Adonijah, son of Haggith) replied, ‘Please speak to King Solomon since he won’t turn you down. Let him give me Abishag the Shunammite as a wife.’” 1 Kings 2:17

“So the king summoned Shimei and said to him, “Didn’t I make you swear by the LORD and warn you, saying, ‘On the day you leave and go anywhere else, know for sure that you will certainly die’? And you said to me, ‘The sentence is fair; I will obey.’” 1 Kings 2:42

To understand what I’m saying here, please read through 1 Kings 1 to 2.

In 1 Kings 1:5, Adonijah, son of Haggith kept exalting himself, saying, “I will be king!” But King David has said before he was not to be king. Soloman was! When he defied King David’s order and threw his own ‘kingship’ party, Soloman was not invited.

Later when Soloman was appointed king in the second half of chapter 1, Adonijah had no choice but to swallow his own ego and ‘step’ down.

In chapter 2, David died. Adonijah had the audacity to ask Soloman for Abishag, the beautiful lady who was David’s caregiver. What was he thinking? Has he forgotten his obnoxious behaviour in chapter 1? Didn’t he have the slightest tinge of remorse for his actions in chapter 1? Has he become forgetful?

As for Shimei, he was told by King Soloman specifically in 2:36-37 not to leave Jerusalem or else he would be killed by him. But three years later, because of concern for his own property (his slaves), he forgot about his life! Couldn’t he just get someone to go look for his slaves? Has he also become forgetful? How could a person, whose life was dependent on following a specific instruction, forget that instruction?

Really, did Adonijah and Shimei become forgetful?

Or did their sins (or maybe God) cause them to be forgetful and they got what they actually deserved?

I’d leave the ‘guessing’ to you. 8)

God bless,
Melvin Neo


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Rebuke, Lay hands, Confession, or See a Doctor?

“So He stood over her and rebuked the fever, and it left her…” Luke 4:39

“… As He laid His hands on each one of them, He would heal them.” Luke 4:40

“… Friend, your sins are forgiven you.” Luke 5:20

The above 3 verses tell of Jesus healing the sick. And they are all so different with each other. One moment Jesus rebuked Peter’s mother-in-law’s fever. The next He laid His hands on the sick. And the next, He forgave their sin. And at one time, He even spat on a person’s eye! (Mar 8:23)

Are you not confused as to when to do what? I am. Many a time.

So what are we to do when we fall sick or someone we know falls sick? Rebuke, lay hands, confession, or see a doctor?

To me, the answer is, “Pray.”

But when I said pray, I do not mean to pray over the sick. That will come later. What I mean is to pray to God and ask Him for wisdom on how to handle that particular situation and have faith that He’ll answer your prayer. In fact, according to Jam 1:5, He’ll answer your prayer for wisdom.

Wait a minute, did you also say, “See a doctor”? Yes, Jesus does acknowledge doctors. If not He wouldn’t have said in Luke 5:31, “The healthy don’t need a doctor, but the sick do.” Some of you may think I’m quoting out of context. But please remember, the book of Luke was written by Dr Luke.

However, as Christians, our subject of faith should rest on Jesus. Not doctors. Not anyone.

Therefore, next time when we fall sick or someone we know falls sick, the first Person we go to should be Jesus, our master Healer! He’ll tell us what to do.

Rebuke, lay hands, confession, or see a doctor? Ask Him. He’ll tell. You’ll know.

God bless,


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Why so unfair?

Have you guys ever wondered why was Zechariah struck dumb when he asked Gabriel in Luke 1:18, “How can I know this? For I am an old man, and my wife is well along in years?” But Mary wasn’t when she said in Luke 1:34, “How can this be, since I have not been intimate with a man?

Didn’t both kinda voice their unbelief? I used to think it was unfair on the part of Gabriel.

But when I read carefully what both of them said, and meditate on what Jesus said in Luke 12:48, “When someone has been given much, much will be required in return; and when someone has been entrusted with much, even more will be required., it started to make sense!

You see, Zechariah was a priest, and Mary wasn’t. Therefore, he was expected to know the things about God more than Mary. How could he have forgotten what God did to Abraham and Sarah? Furthermore, it had been both his and his wife prayer to have a child (Luke 1:13). And when God answered his prayer, he asked for a sign (“How can I know this?“)! Wasn’t he too much?

Therefore, I believe his turning dumb was a form of light rebuke for his lack of faith.

I used to believe the saying that Gabriel struck him dumb to prevent him from speaking out his unbelief and causing his wife Elizabeth not to become pregnant and thereby thwarting God’s plan. How naive. How can we mere mortals ever thwart God’s plan?

So, what can we learn from here? To whom much is given, much is expected. Do you know what special gift has been given to you? Find that out and use it to the max and glorify God!

But that’s one basic gift I know you who are reading this article have – the ability to read! Therefore, you’re expected to read the Word of God!

God bless,