Listening to Jesus’ Word

Date: 22 May 2022

Speaker: Ps Daniel Tan

Sermon Text: Luke 8:1-56



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Introduction

Recently, I announced I was going for my evening walk, to which my wife Dawn handed me a cheque. It was with the instructions, to go and drop it off at the OCBC quick cheque deposit.


I set off for my walk and went to drop off the cheque.


1 week later, Dawn received the news from DBS, they could not honour the cheque that they were given. It then dawn on me that the cheque was to be placed in OCBC quick cheque deposit and not DBS.


Somehow, I had not heard the key word OCBC and that was critical. That costs lots of admin hassle and a delay in payment.


10 years ago, the doctor told me, you have high cholesterol, you need to do 2 things. Firstly, increase your exercise frequency and secondly, eat healthier. The doctor said, let’s attempt to improve it the natural way.


After 5 years, the results were still the same. The two habits I was supposed to form did not materialize. At the same time, I started to get chest tightness periodically.

Since I was hitting 50, the doctor told me, your treadmill ECG does not look good, you need to go for a CT Scan and since your cholesterol level is still in the danger zone, there is no choice now but to start you on cholesterol medication and that may be for life.


They sent me to the Polyclinic dietitian twice for consultation. When she asked what I normally eat, everything that I volunteered was on the list that said, eat once a year.


Those 2 consultations for me were truly depressing. And I’m sure for the dietitian, a confirmation that this is a stubborn uncle whom she will one day see admitted for heart issues.


Thank God that the CT scan results were okay and that my cholesterol levels are now within acceptable markers with medication.


As you can see, I’ve selective hearing issues and I’m disobedient to sound medical advice.