Bekerjalah Roh Kudus (GMS Live “I Declare”) Cover

I Declare

Alright, GMS Live “I Declare” Album has been out last Saturday. Feels like forever since I preordered that album. 😀 Here’s my rendition of “Bekerjalah Roh Kudus”, I’ve translated the song into English so for you who doesn’t speak Indonesian or want to know how this song looks like using English language, here it is. 🙂

Bekerjalah ya Roh Kudus

Roh Kudus hadir di sini
Pribadi yang menawan dan suci
Kurindu mendekat mengerti hatiMu
Berjalan dalam kehendakMu

Roh Kudus manis dan lembut
Penolong yang sejati dan suci
Kurindu mendekat mengerti hatiMu
Berjalan dalam kuasaMu

Bekerjalah ya Roh Kudus
Bertahtalah lebih lagi
UrapanMu, lawatanMu
Kaulah yang kuperlu
Kau terutama di hidupku

Holy Ghost You’re welcomed in this place
I stand in awe of Your glorious divine
How I long to draw near, and listen to Your heart
I want to walk my day in Your cause

Holy Ghost You captivate my heart
Divine Counselor You’re faithful and sincere
How I long to draw near, and listen to Your heart
I want to walk my life in Your power

Holy Spirit fall on this place
Be glorified and magnified
Your anointing overflows me
You are all that I need
Let You be the center of my life


Money Can’t Buy Everything — But Still Important


There’s an ongoing symptoms in the midst of Christian believers nowadays, and its name is Chrometophobia, or fear of money. In this case, it’s not actually fear, but rather, dislikes. The Christian is taught about “for the money is the root of all evil” law, therefore people tends to stay away from activity that can gave them label “money digger”. People feels guilty when they collect money more than what he thought he need. Sorry, did you notice that I wrote the law wrong? Correct. I was deliberately wrote it wrong. The correct one is “for the love of money is the root of all evil”. It’s not the money that is wrong, but it’s our attitude toward the money that can make it the root of all evil. People sometimes giving up opportunities and saying “I dislikes money. It’s the root of all evil,” kind of things. But actually, more often than not, it’s because they’re covering up for their lack of motivation by giving excuses that looks religious.

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Gong Xi Fa Cai, My Old Job, and My New Cover (Aku Percaya)

Gong Xi Fa Cai - Happy Chinese New Year!

Gong Xi Fa Cai – Happy Chinese New Year!

Hello everybody and Happy Chinese New Year! Or should I say, Gong Xi Fa Cai? And some people even say Zhongguo Xinnian (Zhongguo = Chinese, Xin = New, Nian = Year). I’m not that fluent in Chinese language, but I understand some common terms, and this is a very common terms between Chinese people, even if they can’t speak Chinese.

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Yet Another Cover for GMS Kupercaya Mujizat: Trima Kasih

Kupercaya Mujizat

Kupercaya Mujizat

Wow, this is the third cover for this GMS Kupercaya Mujizat album. This song is actually the first new song that I heard sung in the sunday service. So this song is the one that started to make me feel excited about this album. I actually have tried several times making the cover for this song, but always ended up in failure. I feel this song is harder to cover than the previous two songs. I don’t know, I guess I add too much complexity into the cover, and with this kind of traditional cover, once you do mistake, you have to re-roll the camera from the beginning, which is slightly annoying. I even tried to make cover using piano, but when I review it again, the sound of the piano was very loud, and my voice kind of drown in between the piano notes. So I fall back using the guitar again, as I emphasize on the lyric content for this cover. In this cover, as usual, I’ve translated the Indonesian lyric into English. But this time, it’s a loose translation. It means that it may not have the exact translation word per word, but I tried to capture the message of the lyrics, and use it to create English lyric with the same message, if not (I hope) more powerful. This one took me quite a while to make, so I hope you guys like it. 🙂 Continue reading

Another Cover for Kupercaya Mujizat: Holy Spirit

Kupercaya Mujizat

Kupercaya Mujizat

Well, well, well, who knows that I can be this hyped about this? I decided that I’m going to do another cover for the album Kupercaya Mujizat that’s just recently got released. This song is actually has already quite popular inside Mawar Sharon Church, as this song has been sung for approximately two years in the services. But it never quite made into an album, simply just because the previous albums’ theme is not match with this song. But for this album, it’s a perfect match. Even SiEn Vanessa empower this song with her awesome voice. She added chinese lyrics part to the song, and I think, why not Indonesian then? So I went to utilize my rusty brain to once again put together Indonesian lyric translation for this song. For you who still don’t have this album, buy it. It even accompanied with miracle testimony book with the same title. You’ll get so much from just one single purchase of this album. Yes, I kinda endorse this album, but not because I have monetary gain for it. I don’t, not even one penny. But I don’t want you to miss the blessing you’ll receive through this album. Continue reading

It’s Finally Out: Kupercaya Mujizat

It’s already here!

It's already here!

It’s already here!

Okay, I’m usually have normal level of excitement when it’s about new album from Mawar Sharon Church. But for this album, I’m super hyped. I’ve preorder this album since December last year, and I just got it last night! This album is about the songs that I bet will be sung a lot at Festival Kuasa Allah (God’s Power Festival), a healing crusade that’s regularly be held by Mawar Sharon Church. But I’m especially hyped for this album because album like this is usually hits home to me. This kind of all-worship album is awesome and matched to my preference. But it’s not just that. It’s also the theme that it brings, and the song list that I just love so much.

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The Origin of “Easter”

Easter Bunny

It’s 3.50pm. I was just finished the Easter Sunday Service in my local Church. I was coming from a non-English native language, and therefore, since Christianity was “imported” from western culture, many of the Christianity terms was imported without reexamined. In Indonesian language, the Easter holiday was called “Paskah”, even though I never know what’s the etymology behind the word “Paskah”.

And then, that message come. That one blackberry broadcast message that arrived in my phone which read, “Easter is not the same as Passover. The correct term is Passover, not Easter.”

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You call me at home
yelling about why I didn’t read
and reply your text messages
Look, I’m sorry, I said
I was watching the television
and didn’t hear the phone beeps
You ask me to pick you up
Because your tire just blown up
And then I’m on my way

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Valentine with Parents (id)

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Valentine with Parents.

Apakah itu terasa aneh kedengarannya?

Valentine biasanya dilakukan bersama dengan seseorang yang kita cintai. Bersama pacar atau pasangan kita, misalnya. Tapi bukankah orang tua kita juga adalah seseorang yang kita kasihi? Atau mungkin hubungan kita dengan orang tua kita tidaklah terlalu baik?

Saya hanya ingin membagikan kepadamu bahwa gereja saya, Gereja Mawar Sharon, memiliki sebuah event pada tanggal 12 Februari 2012 ini, untuk membantumu memperbaiki hubungan dengan orang tua, atau bahkan memperkuat hubungan yang sudah baik. Orang tua kita telah melakukan yang terbaik untuk membesarkan kita, dan mereka layak untuk menerima sesuatu hal yang sebenarnya simple, namun bila kita lakukan dengan kesungguhan hati, akan membawa dampak yang luar biasa. Kadang-kadang, kesempatan yang terbaik untuk mengatakan bahwa aku mengasihi papa dan mama, tidak datang setiap hari.

Bagi kalian yang tinggal di Surabaya, bawalah orang tuamu ke event ini di mall Sibec ITC, karena event ini didesain terutama untuk orang tuamu, untuk merasakan kado hari Valentine yang paling indah dari anak yang mereka kasihi: kamu.

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By Martin Tjandra Posted in Church

Valentine with Parents (en)

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Valentine with Parents.

Is that idea sounds so strange for you?

Valentine is usually spent with someone we love. Our soul mate, for instance. But isn’t that our parents also someone we love? Or maybe things are not going too smooth between you and your parents?

I just want to share to you that my church, Mawar Sharon Church, has an event at this February 12, 2012, to helps you reconcile with your parents, or even strengthen the bonds. Our parents have do the best that they can to raise us, that they deserve a little something from our heart. Sometimes the best chance to say that “I love you” to your dad and mom isn’t just come everyday.

For those of you who stay in Surabaya, bring your parents to this event at Sibec ITC mall, as this event is designed especially for your parents, to feel the Valentine’s Day greatest gift, from their lovely child: you.

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By Martin Tjandra Posted in Church