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The Promise Of Protection – Truths From Psalm 91 (20 July 2014) by Pastor Joseph Prince (Sermon Summary Infographic)

This sermon preached on 20 July 2014 by Pastor Joseph Prince was powerful and it spoke to me deeply. As I listened to the CD, I thought of what would be a practical way to recall the sermon in the future. My first thought was to write sermon notes but brother Terence Yeo (in the past) and now GraceUnited.Sg summarise sermons in text format quickly in great detail. So I decided that it would be best to come up with a visual summary for a quick overview. This is my first attempt so please be kind. I’ll also include text notes and do use the links below to jump to sections that interest you the most: Summary in PDF or PNG Read full text of summary Sermon CD Giveaway Download Full Sermon Summary PDF Version Image Version Sermon Summary: The Promise Of Protection – Truths From Psalm 91 (20 July 2014) The sermon started off with Pastor Prince personally thanking a group of DARE youth for their practical evangelism and a prayer of comfort for the family members and loved ones of MH17 victims. Then he led the congregation to read Psalm 91 with one voice and one heart. Thanks to DARE Youth for Practical Evangelism Love: A group of DARE youth approached an old lady selling tissues with love and offered to buy her a meal. Help: They bought her dinner and then went back to her house the next day went to clean it. Shared Jesus: They led her to Christ and partook Holy Communion with her.   Prayer for Family Members of MH17 Victims Father God,...

Adam Ginsberg in Singapore: A Review

For 3 days straight (25-27 July 2014), my wife attended Adam Ginsberg’s seminar in Marina Bay Sands and I joined her on Saturday and Sunday as her guest. Here are my thoughts on Adam Ginsberg‘s eBay and Amazon seminar in Singapore: Main Teaching: Arbitrage Selling Adam stressed a lot on the research aspects of finding a good deal using some tools he has created like Auction Optimizer and Spy Rivals and then use his other tools like Template Optimizer to perfect your listings on eBay or IMM to develop an ecommerce website with data populated from Amazon. That’s his seminar in a nutshell. The basic steps are as follows: Find a product that is selling well. Check out its current prices in Amazon and eBay or other sites like Best Buy, Target, Walmart etc… Put it up for sale on eBay or other sites whichever is appropriate. Once the customer buys on eBay or other sites then go to Amazon (or wherever it is cheapest) and buy it. Then ship it to your customer. Keep the difference. Rinse and repeat to make more money. Demos Of The Tools Adam also did a fairly detailed but quick demos of the tools he has developed over the years: Template Optimizer: Creates templates for your items on eBay and the argument was that there will be more sales and conversions if your eBay listing stands out. Auction Optimizer: Optimises your eBay auction listing by telling you the best day and time to list, which keywords to use and the approximate selling price. Spy Rivals: An Amazon.com research tool. IMM: Either Internet Money...

Chapter 1: Weapons Of Influence (from Influence by Robert Cialdini)

I have started to reread Influence by Robert Cialdini, a seminal classic on the science of persuasion. These notes from Chapter 1: Weapons Of Influence are just for my recap and understanding. What can ethology teach us? Ethology – the study of animals in their natural habitat – has identified that many animals have “fixed-action patterns” usually activated by a simple trigger. For example, the maternal instincts of turkeys are activated primarily due to the “cheep-cheep” sound made by the young ones. Before we smirk at animal behaviour, remember we also have simple triggers that unleash a sequence of actions or a ritual. So what are our triggers? Two important things about “fixed-action patterns”: It works very well for animals most of the time. Humans have these patterns and usually it works in our favour but there are manipulators on the prowl that may misuse these patterns against us to get their way. “Because” Is A Powerful Word Ellen Langer from Harvard conducted an experiment to test a well-known human behaviour which states that we will be more successful in obtaining favours from people if we provide a reason. Scenario: Asking people for a favour to cut queue in a line of people waiting to use the copy machine in a library. Request 1: Excuse me, I have five pages. May I use the Xerox machine because I’m in a rush? (94% let her skip ahead of them) Request 2: Excuse me, I have five pages. May I use the Xerox machine? (60% let her skip ahead of them) Request 3: Excuse me, I have five pages. May I...

Watch World Cup 2014 in Singapore via Live Streaming

I recently shared on Facebook that I’ve been watching World Cup matches online via live streaming. A lot of friends asked how and so here’s a quick guide to watch the matches online for free even if you are outside of the US (like Singapore, for instance).   1. Download and Install A VPN (Virtual Private Network) There are a number of free and paid VPNs but I personally like and use CyberGhost which is affordable and reliable with great service. It costs about US$5.90 per month (payable on an annual basis). After the payment is done, a download link with username/password is sent. Just follow the simple step-by-step instructions to install.   2. Log on to a server in the US Start CyberGhost and you’ll see a screen as shown below. Change the “Simulated Country” to USA and choose an appropriate IP address (highlighted in red) Click the “Connect” button (highlighted in blue)   3. Log on to Univision Deportes Go to http://deportesenvivo.univision.com/, choose the match of your choice and watch.   4. Hook your computer or mobile device to the TV (optional) Optionally, use HDMI or Chromecast to hook your computer or mobile device to your TV for a big screen experience. Enjoy! PS: The commentary is in Spanish but the language of football is universal. I think you’ll love the Spanish commentators especially when they scream “goooooooooooooooooooaaaaaaaaaaallllllllllllllllll”   Warning!!! Beware of dodgy sites claiming to stream World Cup matches. Here’s an article on Washington Times on why you should avoid shady World Cup streaming...

30 Singapore Community Clubs (CCs) screening World Cup 2014 for FREE

Yesterday, I published a list of MacDonald’s outlets in Singapore screening World Cup 2014 matches and now here is a list of community clubs (CCs) or community centres that are screening the World Cup 2014 matches all over Singapore. Another good way to watch the World Cup 2014 football matches for free.   1. Ace the Place Community Club 120 Woodlands Avenue 1, Singapore 739069 Tel: 68913430 Map of Ace The Place Community Club   2. Bedok CC 850 New Upper Changi Road, Singapore 467352 Tel: 64425317 Map of Bedok CC   3. Bishan Community Club 51 Bishan Street 13, Singapore 579799 Tel: 62594720 Map of Bishan Community Club   4. Boon Lay Community Centre 10 Boon Lay Place, Singapore 649882 Tel: 62617184 Map of Boon Lay Community Centre   5. Braddel Heights CC 50 Serangoon Avenue 2 #01-01, Singapore 556129 Tel: 6288 1258 Map of Braddel Heights CC   6. Bukit Batok Community Club 21 Bukit Batok Central, Singapore 659959 Tel: 6564 6324 Map of Bukit Batok Community Club   7. Bukit Panjang CC 8 Pending Road, Singapore 678295 Tel: 6506 0900 Map of Bukit Panjang CC   8. Bukit Timah Community Club 20 Toh Yi Drive, Singapore 596569 Tel: 6466 6115 Map of Bukit Panjang CC   9. Buona Vista Community Centre 36 Holland Drive, Singapore 270036 Tel: 67731283 Map of Buona Vista Community Centre   10. Cheng San CC 6 Ang Mo Kio Street 53, Singapore 569205 Tel: 6458 8222 Map of Cheng San CC   11. Chong Pang Community Club 108 Yishun Ring Road, Singapore 760108 Tel: 6758 9695 Map of Chong Pang Community Club...

Watch World Cup 2014 matches at 41 Singapore McDonald’s outlets

Eager to watch the 2014 World Cup matches but don’t have cable at home? Or just want to munch on fries and sip on Coke? Join hundreds of football fans and fast food junkies at these 41 McDonald’s outlets in Singapore to catch the “live” World Cup 2104 matches. North Singapore South and Central Singapore East Singapore West Singapore   North Singapore 1. Ang Mo Kio Park 10 Ang Mo Kio Street 12 Singapore 567740 Tel: 64513365 Map and directions of Ang Mo Kio Park 2. Blk 51 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3 #01-04 51 @ AMK Singapore 569922 Tel: 64586218 Map and directions of Blk 51 Ang Mo Kio Ave 3 3. Blk 163 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 4 #01-438 Singapore 560163 Tel: 64555672 Map and directions of Blk 163 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 4 4. Blk 448 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 10 #01-1693 Singapore 560448 Tel: 64568781 Map and directions of Blk 448 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 10 5. McDonald’s Bishan Park 1378 Ang Mo Kio Ave 1 Singapore 569981 Tel: 64569839 Map and directions of McDonald’s Bishan Park 6. McDonald’s Hougang Blk 208 Hougang Street 21 #01-217 Singapore 530208 Tel: 62865219 Map and directions of McDonald’s Hougang 7. McDonald’s Hougang 8 Blk 684 Hougang Avenue 8 #01-999 Singapore 530684 Tel: 63852703 Map and directions of McDonald’s Hougang 8 8. McDonald’s Sengkang Rivervale Plaza 118 Rivervale Drive #01-32 Singapore 540118 Tel: 68810380 Map and directions of McDonald’s Sengkang Rivervale Plaza 9. McDonald’s Serangoon Avenue 3 Blk 267 Serangoon Ave 3 #01-37 Singapore 550267 Tel: 62812079 Map and directions of McDonald’s Blk 267 Serangoon Ave 3 10. McDonald’s...

WordPress Website: The Soul Travels

My latest WordPress project is a WP website, “The Soul Travels” for Jessica Kole Maney, a friend and a client. This WordPress website is based on the über flexible Divi WordPress theme by Elegant Themes. It is responsive which means mobile friendly and adjusts accordingly to any screen size for smart phones and tablets like iPads. Flexible Easy to edit as Jessica has been editing and adding content like a pro though she doesn’t have much WordPress experience. Clean design Image slideshow Blog with...

How To Win At The Sport Of Business By Mark Cuban in PDF. Read It For (Almost) Free!

I recently finished reading Mark Cuban‘s book (if you can call it a book) “How To Win At The Sport Of Business” and it was a good book if you are interested in entrepreneurship and business. The majority of content for the book is curated from his blog posts and I am sure Mark does not mind, right? So here’s the list of articles from his blog that made it to the book: Introduction: Head over to Amazon, click on the “look inside” link and read the intro for free. Part ONE: The Dream: Read this post from posts 1 to 3. Post 4 is Part TWO of the book and is linked below. Part TWO: Lessons Learned: My First Business Rules: This quote from Mark Cuban struck a chord with me deeply: “Everything I read was public. Anyone could buy the same books and magazines. The same information was available to anyone who wanted it. Turns out most people didn’t want it.” The Sport of Business: Mark Cuban is a huge basketball fan (why would he otherwise own Dallas Mavericks) and in this post he compares business to sports in terms of competitiveness. However, that’s where the comparison ends because business happens 24X7X365Xfovever. The real takeaway here is Mark’s (yes, we are on first name basis) list of factors that give you an “edge” in business. The One Thing in Life You Can Control: Effort: The takeaway here is you either make a commitment to get results or not. All other things are inconsequential. Scatterbrained and in College: Being Focused at 21 is Overrated: Mark’s advice for the...

Welcome To Subba.Org

I kept procrastinating about starting a personal blog. I made the usual excuses of too little time and too much effort. But better late than never. I finally got around to register this domain subba.org (awesome theme by P.J. Onori) and can’t wait to set up my email dipankar@subba.org. As if I don’t have too many existing email accounts. Hmmm but to think about it, this domain can serve generations to come. I plan to share the following: My faith. I am Christian and a Jesus follower. Tech tips and tricks. Online entrepreneurship and marketing thoughts. Book reviews and summaries, mostly non-fiction (business books). Sports as well as health and fitness stuff. That’s the essence of how I plan to use my blog but things may change. Nothing is cast in stone. I am often...