Thursday, May 30, 2013

Meeting Jesus in the last book

Yesterday I went through the 1st 11 chapters of the book of Revelation (the last book of the Holy Bible) and    I ran through the next 11 chapters earlier today.  From Chapter 4 onwards, the Apostle John carefully takes us through the sequence of events that must happen in the future as he was shown :-

Revelation 4:1

 After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven. And the first voice which I heard was like a trumpet speaking with me, saying, “Come up here, and I will show you things which must take place after this.”

You have to read the events for yourselves what the future is installed for us as recorded from Chapter 4 to 11. Read you must!
You and your family and your love ones do not want to be kept away from the truth and remain in the dark.
TIME IS RUNNING OUT!
http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+4&version=NKJV 

There are symbols & graphic descriptions which may present some difficulty for 1st time readers as you are not familiar with the Old Testament, but with the help of some useful books by Bible scholars on the topic, you will understand better.

 And I've found great help with this book written by Ed Hindson - Approaching Armageddon

ALL OF US without EXCEPTION, should be reconciled back to God ASAP!

If I may summerize, we see Jesus Christ our Lord & Savior through the chapters:-

Chapter 1          - The glorified, risen Savior
Chapter 2-3       - The Lord of the Church
Chapter 4-5       - The Lamb of God
Chapter 6-11     - The Judge of all Mankind
Chapter 12-13   - The miracle-born Man child
Chapter 14-19   - The Coming King
Chapter 20-22   - The Lord of heaven & earth

To God be the glory, He loves us, not wanting any should perish. He came in the person of Jesus Christ to search for us.
Let us be connected back to Him without further delay. Amen!




Wednesday, May 29, 2013

TOGETHER, Let us press on!

I usually spend  the last 2 days of the month reading the last book of the Holy Bible - The Apocalypse - The Revelations of Jesus Christ. http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+2&version=NKJV
This prophetic book never fails to fascinate me with new insights with each reading.

For example this morning when I was reading the 2nd & 3rd chapter about the 7 letters Apostle John was instructed to write to  the 7 churches, I was again brought to mind the spiritual or health status of each of the 7 churches. These churches make good representation of our churches TODAY. They all have their fair share of commendations and reprimands. But all in all, they are all work in progress, to be perfected in Christ Jesus our Lord and savior.

So until Jesus comes again, there is no such thing as a perfect church. You will discover that in every church, christians are growing at different stages in Christ. Some are growing very fast, some are moving at snail pace. Some have even momentarily stopped growing for some reasons. But all in all, we encourage everyone to press on to be more and more like Christ; helping one another with our gifts & talents; edifying one another with our life testimonies & experiences of successes and failures; praying for one another Etc Etc. Together we serve in gladness!

Don't go looking for or wait to join a perfect church, you will be soundly disappointed. Even if you manage to find one "perfect church", well it aint no perfect on more once YOU are in it!


Philippians 3 :12-14

Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. 

Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, 

I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus


So, Together let us press on. Amen!


Monday, May 27, 2013

I became a Christian



It always fascinates me to listen to how people have come to know Jesus Christ as their personal savior and the Lord of their life. I was told of one thief who once tried to break into an apartment in China but he was shocked that the owners have just returned before he could climb in through the window. In a panic, they were throwing things at him while he made his escape. The thief caught an object thrown at him and he ran away with it.
A few years later, in a house church meeting, a young pastor was sharing his faith with the congregation. He was so thankful that a copy of the New Testament was thrown at him when he was a thief. He read through it and was convicted of his sins and his need to give his life to Jesus. His life was changed completely. Extra ordinary conversion! Today, the daughter of that apartment owner, who threw that New Testament at him has become his wife. Glory be to God!
And this is my testimony:-
I came from a traditional Chinese family and my parents followed Taoist & Buddhist practice just like 99% of the people in Senai, Johor.When I was studying in London in the 70's I used to mock & sneer at my British Christian friends that they are so pitiful for having only one god to protect them. I boasted to them that we enjoy so much protection right from the front door to the back of our house, guarded by different gods. Jesus Christ to me then was simply a curse word that I use when I was on my nerve.
When I came back to work in a Financial institution in Malaysia in the mid 80's, I was surprised there were many Christian colleagues around me. I spared no time to scoff & gibe at them for being weak and betraying their ancestors to follow a western god. I even switched their food while they closed their eyes to give thanks to God. One day I told them that there really is a god. I showed them my hands and said success & failure are in my hands, therefore, I am god. Their patience was truly tested!
Then time came I'd chosen to move from internal audit to front line marketing which meant I needed a lot of contacts & prospects. I started to mix with people of all religions and happily joined as a member too so that I could win some clients. I was just wearing different masks to face different people to please them in order to achieve my own goal.
Then my darkest moment in life struck in 1989 and I was so depressed to the extend that I heard voices to take my own life. Life has turned pitch black!


One wee hour of an October morning as I arose to go to the toilet, I saw through the window that it was so  dark. I felt very bad & I asked a silly question "if there really is a god". Suddenly I saw the sky just lit up a few times before my eyes from the West to the East. As I pondered over it, 2 Alphabets came out from my mind - L & A.  I was quite taken aback by my earlier questioning about god and more now with this seemingly quick reply. I thought that "somebody out there I don't know who but may be god" wants me to go to Los Angeles! But the 2 Alphabets quickly became 2 words - Love & Affection. 
I cound not go back to sleep except for tossing & turning in bed strangely thinking about car alignment & wheel balance. 
It did flash upon my mind that may be it was the god that my mother prayed to most, the goddess of mercy has somehow intervened to stop me from spiralling down the depressing route. Soon after that I forgot all about the matter because of pressing works.
After 3 weeks, a Christian collegue invited me to his church promising to buy me a good "Dim Sum" lunch after the service. Well, I took the bait. The service was long and the visiting pastor's speech was so long I felt asleep a few times. At last I heard him saying that we have come to the end of the service but he said before we leave, he has this prompting by the Holy Spirit to speak. He said " God wants you to know, I don't know who you are but God wants you to remove your masks. He wants to you to have a vertical relationship with Him ( car alignment). He wants you to have a good horizontal relationship with fellow man ( Wheel balance). He wants you to do these with LOVE & AFFECTION!". After that people started to leave the church but I was struck. From that moment I realized that this Jesus that they worship had made a personal visitation on me. I was groping in the dark in life. He came as a light in darkness to teach me how to live a life of genuine love & affection. I could feel His love for me! It was not any goddess of mercy who intervened, it was God the creator of heavens and the earth, the God who made everyone of us, He Himself has reached out His hand to save me.
That morning, I became a follower of Jesus Christ. 
Jesus had touched me and He has saved a wretch, yes, even an unworthy wretch like me!
That was 24 years ago but it all seems like yesterday.
I here stand to testify that:-
1) God is real, God is one.
2) God loves everyone of us.
3) Jesus is here to find & seek & save the lost.
4) God wants you to link up with HIM and the only way is through Jesus Christ.


Amazing Grace... how sweet the sound....

Friday, April 26, 2013

Dream of 1990

14/05/2013
This was posted on 26/4/2013 but during the morning devotion session today, I was prompted by the Holy spirit that I have completely misinterpreted the dream. It was NOT a missionary appointment. It was a rebuttal on my indifferent attitude at the time.
Up until then, I had not told my parents that I have become a Christian fearing it may cause unnecessary family altercations.I thought it was best to leave everyone to their own religious belief and why rock the boat. To one he is fated to be a Christian like me, but to another a taoist etc etc. Why go against the current and be branded as being disrespectful of other religions?
God sent me this dream to refute my incorrect understanding. People are perishing by the multitude each day without the knowledge of and the connection back to their creator. They have been deceived into following something that can't really save them in the end. They have been taking the painkillers that only temporarily relieve the symptoms but not addressing the root cause permanently. The dream was a strong charge that I need to be bold to walk out to share the goodnews of Jesus Christ.
Thank God  for His prompt correction. Amen!  

In the dream I was driving my car down from Tebrau Highway passing Christine Place ( a good place for "Dim Sum" back in those days) on my right toward Singapore check point (then) along Jalan Tun Abdul Razak with the old train station on my left and Merlin Tower on my right. Merlin Tower was then the tallest building if I am not mistaken.

It was at about this point near Merlin Tower that I noticed something most bewildering was happening. There were other cars that began to over take me both on the left and on the right. No big deal given the driving mannerism of our fellow drivers in Malaysia. But the big grotesque difference was that these were no ordinary cars! They were all crushed, badly mangled up junks zooming pass at great speed. The most hair raising part was that those drivers to my best discernment could not be still alive judging from their crushed ,mutilated and disfigured conditions. It was a nauseating, horrifying and terrifying sight!

All too soon we found ourselves in a long queue in front of the Sultan Ibrahim building which houses all the government offices, I'm not sure the department which issues death certificates is also in that building. We were taking our turn to enter that building one by one after a brief inspection by two workers who were dressed in full white gowns.

After I walked into the building, the two workers kept looking at my feet as if they were suspecting something  had gone wrong with their admission procedure.

Soon, I found myself  alone  inside a large room or an auditorium I was not sure because the light was very dim. Some how from within I instictively sensed that it was more like a court room where judgements were soon be made on me. I was frightened! Just as instictively I kneeled down quickly to pray.

Soon, I began to see items starting to protrude out of the wall in front of me and I could clearly identify everyone of them because they were objects & images of all the gods that we have religiously followed by our Chinese traditions. I was shocked to the bones. It was judgement time. I was wrestling with myself arguing that surely I should not be judged here because I was already redeemed and saved by the blood of Jesus Christ and I was a righteous son of the living God through faith in Jesus Christ. But who was I to argue?
Suddenly, as I thought I was alone in the front that court room, I turned and looked behind me and to my utter surprise the whole room was packed with women, middle aged and old women!

Now, I can never and will never forget in my life, the very look on each of their faces.

First it was the look of extreme remorse. I could tell all of them were honest god loving and kind hearted believers of their own respective gods according to their traditions. All of them realised the truth now that there is only ONE God but it was too late for them. They were dead now and could only wait for the impending judgement. How they wished they had come to know Jesus Christ, the only one who could bring them savely to everlasting eternity. You have to be there to feel how they were feeling of outmost regret.

Second it was the look of  absolute desperation and hope. Even without a word spoken, I could read into their eyes and they mine and that we could understand each other perfectly well. Everyone of them, without exception, was urging me, pleading with me to go and tell about the saving grace of God, the redemption plan of God, the atoning blood of Jesus Christ, to their love ones who are still alive. I was only a very new Christian then so I argue, how could I take up such heavy load and responsibility? But, you just could not stop sensing that unmistakable, unceasing yearning from their look. They were casting their hope on me!

As I was making attempt to reason with them, all of a sudden, the two workers in white gowns entered the scene and called me out of that room. They said " look what you are wearing, you don't belong here, go your way".

And I woke up!
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I did not know at that time God can speak to us in dreams and vision should He chooses. All I have learned up to that time was we as Christians could cast out demons and lay hand to heal the sick in Jesus Name.

It was much later that I read from the Bible:-

Joel 2:28 
And it shall come to pass afterward that I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh;
Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions.

Isaiah 52:7
How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news,
Who proclaims peace, who brings glad tidings of good things, who proclaims salvation,


Ephesians 6:15 
and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.
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God has given me an appointment, a life long mission to share the saving goodnews of Jesus Christ that who so ever believe will not perish but will have everlasting life. 
I have walked through every single house in Bidor of her 23 gardens then, telling everyone about the grace and mercy of God. God wishes that none should perish but all should come to repentance and be reconciled with the one and only God, the God that created the heavens & the earth, the God that created you and me. He loves all of us.

How can I not share such great news? 
Again, I bring myself back to that court room, again I see the faces of remorse, again I see the faces of desperation, again I see the faces of hope.


Monday, August 27, 2012

The Key to Peace

Here is another sharing of the word from derek:-


Psalm 119:165
Great peace have they [O LORD] who love your law,

and nothing can make them stumble.

The Bible here promises not just peace, but great peace. In the world today we tend to have a very low view of peace. If two nations are not actually fighting one another with weapons of war we say there’s peace. There may be bitterness, hatred, fear, resentment, misrepresentation, but we still speak about peace.

I want to tell you that the Bible has a much higher standard of peace. The Hebrew word for “peace” is shalom; it is the greeting that is used in modern Hebrew. It really means more than just the absence of strife or war. It’s connected with a root that means completeness or wholeness. So peace is wholeness; it’s completeness. It’s not having anything lacking. It’s being a complete person. It’s living a full life. And this is promised to those who love God’s law.

You see, peace comes in our lives in abundance when we are living it out in accordance with the laws of God — His spiritual laws, His moral laws and His physical laws. When we live in accordance with the laws, then nothing makes us stumble; we are not easily offended; we are not discouraged. Opposition and difficulties do not overthrow us because something is stronger in us than anything we have to face: the outworking of God’s eternal laws.


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Monday, February 27, 2012

Tested by God’s Promise

Here is another precious sharing from Derek:-


Psalm 105:17-19
[God] sent a man before them, Joseph, who was sold as a slave. They afflicted his feet with fetters; he himself was laid in irons, until the time that his word came to pass, the word of the LORD tested him. 

   
The life of Joseph began with great promise. Earlier in his youth, the Lord gave him a dream that showed him that he would be elevated to a position of great authority. He would rule over his brothers. Even his father and mother would come bowing down before him. What happened next? The very opposite of what God had promised. His brothers betrayed him, sold him as a slave into Egypt, and, because he was faithful to his Egyptian master, he eventually ended up in prison. He was in fetters, his soul was in iron.

How did Joseph respond to that situation? Did he say to himself, “Everything’s gone wrong! The Lord’s promise will never come true”? No, I don’t believe that. It says, “Until the time that the promise came, the word of the Lord tested him.” How important it is to see that when the Lord gives us a promise, many times everything that happens next will seem to be the very opposite of what God has promised. It’s so important that at times like that we don’t give up on the promise, we don’t say, “God has forgotten; God has failed.”

You see, that promise that God gave us is testing us. It’s testing our faith and our constancy to see if we’ll hold on in the darkest hour. And when we pass the test, then, like Joseph, the promise will be fulfilled.


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Monday, January 30, 2012

The Appointed Time

Here is a timely sharing from Derek that we can actually look away from our problems, our distresses, our anxieties and look up to God. He is in absolute control. His grace is more than sufficient for us. Amen!
Psalm 102:11-13
My days are like the evening shadow; I wither away like grass. But you, O LORD, sit enthroned forever; your renown endures through all generations. You will arise and have compassion on Zion, for it is time to show favor to her; the appointed time has come. NIV


There’s a picture of a man in deep dejection, loneliness, despair. He feels his life is ebbing away like the evening shadows and there’s so little time left for him. He says, “I’m withering away like grass.” Have you ever felt like that? And what do you do if you ever feel like that? Do what that man did. He looked away from himself, his own situation, he lifted up his eyes to the Lord and he saw the Lord by faith, on His throne, and he realized that the Lord doesn’t change with our situations and circumstances. The Lord is always on His throne. He never abdicates; He’s always in total control.

And then he realizes that there’s going to come a time of compassion and mercy. He says, “It’s time to show favor to Zion; the appointed time has come.” I believe there’s a prophetic time. I believe we are living in that time when God is determined to show mercy to His people, to restore His people. So let’s look away from our problems, our distresses, our anxieties. Let’s look, like the psalmist, up to the throne of God, see God there on His throne and realize He’s ready to show mercy.


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Monday, January 09, 2012

A new song

I am ploughing through the Holy Bible chronologically and now I find myself at the time when God led Moses to bring out some 2 millions Hebrews from Egypt where they have been forced to serve as slaves. Soon after they were set free to the wilderness on the way to the promised land, Moses broke out in song of praise and so did his sister Miriam.  Exodus 15.

Its timely Derek also has a sharing with us on the subject of praising God in songs :-

Psalm 96:1-2
Sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all the earth. Sing to the LORD, praise his name; proclaim his salvation day after day. NIV



God exhorts us there to express our praise to Him in various ways. In particular, He says that we are to “sing to the LORD a new song.” God never wants His praise to become old, to become stale, to become just a matter of ritual and routine.

In the New Testament, the apostle Paul writes to Christians in the epistle to the Ephesians. He speaks about three different ways in which we can bring praise and worship to God. He speaks about psalms, hymns and spiritual songs.

Psalms, I understand to mean, are those which are recorded for us in the inspired words of Scripture.
Hymns are the great traditional songs of the Christian church which have been consecrated by age and usage and which express our faith and our worship.
But there are also spiritual songs. I believe that’s what the psalmist speaks about when he speaks about a “new song.” That’s not something that’s written down in advance. That’s something that’s given to us spontaneously by the Holy Spirit just as we enter God’s Holy Spirit and begin to worship Him, just as we recognize some new facet of His salvation.

So the Holy Spirit gives us a new song, maybe in our own words or it may be in a language given by the Holy Spirit, but it’s a spontaneous response to a fresh revelation of God’s ongoing salvation.


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Lets do some serious singing shall we? I mean songs of praise.......in spirit and in truth.

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

四海学踪

真诚的献给所有诲内外的游子学生们:-  四海学踪




Monday, January 02, 2012

Lend me your ears!

Here is another interesting sharing from Derek. Perhaps it comes timely in this brand new year 2012 that we can all start by learning to tune our ears (spiritual) to God.

Access through Worship

Psalm 95:1-2; 6-8

Come, let us sing for joy to the LORD; let us shout aloud to the Rock of or salvation. Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song. Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the LORD our Maker; for he is our God and we are the people of his pasture, the flock under his care. Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts… NIV


There’s a beautiful progression there that brings us into the immediate presence of God. It starts with loud and jubilant praise and thanksgiving: “Let us sing for joy to the LORD, let us shout aloud to the rock of our salvation.” God encourages us to express freely our praises, our thanksgiving. But then as we go further it says, “Let us bow down and worship, let us kneel before the LORD our Maker.” Praise and thanksgiving lead us on to worship. Worship is not so much an utterance as it is an attitude. It’s bowing down, it’s kneeling, it’s submitting ourselves to God. And when we come into that attitude of worship, then we qualify to hear God’s voice.

And so the psalmist says, “Today, if you hear his voice.” Alas, there are so many Christians and churchgoers who hardly know what it is to hear God’s voice, and yet that’s the key to all success in the spiritual life – is hearing God’s voice. And if we’ll follow the pathway of praise and thanksgiving leading us to worship, bringing us to an attitude where we can hear God’s voice, then we have the key to measureless blessings.


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So get ready a lot of singing songs of praise and thanksgiving and bowing at the feet of our Lord God Jesus Christ. Let us pursue a humble course of "kneelology". It can't go wrong. Amen!

Sunday, January 01, 2012

1st run in 2012


11:45 am Drizzling at 14°C (what a mild winter!)
Easy does it. 2km in 14min and 2km in 10 min. Drizzle broke into a rain and had to call it a day.
Thank God for such refreshing run!

EATING FRESH FRUITS




Someone sent me this through e mail I thought interesting and very informative!

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We all think eating fruit means just buying fruit, cutting it up and popping it into our mouths. It's not that easy. It's important to know how and when to eat fruit.

What's the correct way to eat fruit?

IT MEANS NOT EATING FRUIT AFTER A MEAL! FRUIT SHOULD BE EATEN ON AN EMPTYSTOMACH.

Eating fruit like that plays a major role in detoxifying your system, supplying you with a great deal of energy for weight loss and other life activities..

FRUIT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT FOOD.


Let's say you eat two slices of bread, then a slice of fruit. The slice of fruit is ready to go straight through the stomach into the intestines, but it's prevented from doing so.

In the meantime, the whole meal rots and ferments, and turns to acid. The minute the fruit comes into contact with the food in the stomach, and digestive juices, the entire mass of food begins to spoil.

Eat your fruit on an empty stomach, or before your meal! You've heard people complain: Every time I eat watermelon I burp, when I eat durian my stomach bloats, when I eat a banana I feel like running to the toilet, etc. This will not happen if you eat the fruit on an empty stomach. Fruit mixes with the putrefying other food and produces gas. Hence, you bloat!
Graying hair, balding, nervous outburst, and dark circles under the eyes -all of these will NOT happen if you eat fruit on an empty stomach.

There's no such thing as some fruits, like orange and lemon are acidic, because all fruit becomes alkaline in our body, according to Dr. Herbert Shelton who did research on this matter. If you have mastered the correct way of eating fruit, you have the Secret of Beauty, Longevity, Health, Energy, Happiness and normal weight.

When you need to drink fruit juice drink only fresh fruit juice, NOT from the cans. Don't drink juice that has been heated. Don't eat cooked fruit; you don't get the nutrients at all. You get only the taste... Cooking destroys all of the vitamins.


Eating a whole fruit is better than drinking the juice. If you should drink the juice, drink it mouthful by mouthful slowly, because you must let it mix with your saliva before swallowing it. You can go on a 3-day fruit-fast to cleanse your body.. Eat fruit and drink fruit juice for just 3 days, and you will be surprised when your friends say how radiant you look!

KIWI: Tiny but mighty, and a good source of potassium, magnesium, vitamin E & fiber. Its vitamin C content is twice that of an orange!

AN APPLE a day keeps the doctor away? Although an apple has a low vitamin C content, it has antioxidants & flavonoids which enhances the activity of vitamin C, thereby helping to lower the risk of colon cancer, heart attack & stroke.

STRAWBERRY: Protective Fruit. Strawberries have the highest total antioxidant power among major fruits & protect the body from cancer-causing, blood vessel-clogging free radicals.

EATING 2 - 4 ORANGES oranges a day may help keep colds away, lower cholesterol, prevent & dissolve kidney stones, and reduce the risk of colon cancer.


WATERMELON: Coolest thirst quencher. Composed of 92% water, it is also packed with a giant dose of glutathione, which helps boost our immune system. Also a key source of lycopene, the cancer-fighting oxidant. Also found in watermelon: Vitamin C & Potassium..

GUAVA & PAPAYA: Top awards for vitamin C. They are the clear winners for their high vitamin C content. Guava is also rich in fiber, which helps prevent constipation. Papaya is rich in carotene, good for your eyes..

What I thought interesting is when you read the creation account in the Holy Bible in that initially God had instructed man to eat vegetables and fruits -

Genesis 1:29 -30
And God said, “See, I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be for food.
Also, to every beast of the earth, to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, in which there is life, I have given every green herb for food”; and it was so.
And men easily lived hundreds of years.

But after the great Noah's flood, God instructed man to eat also moving things ie. meat -
Genesis 9:3-4
Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you. I have given you all things, even as the green herbs. But you shall not eat flesh with its life, that is, its blood.
Notice how men began to live shorter and shorter after the flood.

Now barring from the obvious man treacherous ways to add harmful chemicals into our food today and the pollution we have caused that clearly shorten our life, do you think making fruits and vegetables as our primary food intake instead of meat will have a bearing on our longevity?

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Parenting with the Lord’s Prayer: God Protects

Rick Warren continues with The Lord's prayer:-

Matthew 6:13
“… but deliver us from evil.”


There is no doubt that this world is becoming increasing unsafe for our children. It is less safe for my grandkids than it was for my kids. And it was less safe for my kids than it was for me when I was growing up. And it was less safe for me than it was for my parents when they were growing up. Remember when you could go outside and play without parental supervision? Ride your bike to the park by yourself?

There are all kinds of problems, sins … wackos, and weirdos out there. And there are all kinds of ways that evil can get to your child in your own home through the Internet, television, and things on their phones like sexting.

So how do you protect your children from evil? Well, unfortunately, you can’t always control everything that happens to your kids because they’re not in your sight all the time, and they won’t be.

But the things that are out of your control are not out of God’s control. So pray! That’s why prayer is so important. You need to pray for your children every day. You need to pray with them before they go to prom and you need to pray with them before the first day of school. You need to pray, “deliver us from evil,” because God’s answer to our fear is his power. He can deliver.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Parenting with the Lord’s Prayer: Do What’s Right

Rick Warren continues with the Lord's prayer:-

Matthew 6:13
“And lead us not into temptation ...”



It seems that oftentimes we think that God only makes requirements of us without giving us the ability or power to enable us to do it. But that’s not what the Bible says.

The Bible says that God will always give us a way to do the right thing when we are tempted to do the wrong thing. And it is so important that our children learn how to tap into God’s strength and power so they don’t go through life trying to change things by their willpower. Willpower works for the short-term, but God’s power works for the long-term.

“Lead us not into temptation …” (Matthew 6:13 NIV). Your kids are going to be tempted with the same temptations you had, do have, will have. The Bible says they are common to man; we all go through the same temptations – the lust of the flesh (pleasure), the lust of the eyes (possessions), and the pride of life.

You need to teach your children about these three basic temptations, because they are the foundation for everything our secular society builds on. I would encourage you and your children to memorize this verse: “Don’t love this evil world and all that it offers you, for when you love the world, you show that you don’t really have the love of the father in you” (1 John 2:15).

God is not saying, “Don’t love people.” He wants us to love the people of this world, no matter who they are, what they’ve done, or what they believe. But he does not want us to love the world’s value system. And that value system is this, “For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving or everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world” (1 John 2:16 NLT).

So how do we teach our kids to resist temptation after they identify it? Here is God’s way out, “No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful. He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. And when you are tempted he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it” (1 Corinthians 10:13 GNT).

So when your kids say, “Dad, Mom, I just couldn’t help it,” you can teach them that God will help them do what’s right if they will trust him.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Parenting with the Lord’s Prayer: Forgiveness

Rick Warren continues with The Lord's prayer:-

Matthew 6:12
“Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors.”

As a loving parent, you want to protect your kids and do as much for them as you can. But no matter what you do, you can’t prevent your kids from being hurt by others.

Our kids will be hurt by others because the world is full of imperfect human beings. And, as much as we don’t like it, we won’t be able to prevent our kids from hurting other people because they’re imperfect human beings as well.

Jesus has the answer: “Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors” (Matthew 6:12 NIV).

Notice there are two sides to this. First, “forgive us our debts.” No one is perfect, all of us sin, all of us have gone down a wrong path, made wrong choices, and, as a result, we live with guilt. We’ve disappointed ourselves, and we know we’ve disappointed God.

So how do we deal with guilt? We need to teach our children that the way to deal with guilt is to recognize the forgiveness that God gives us through Jesus Christ. We can confess our sins and know that he is faithful to forgive us.

Then we need to deal with the fact that other people have hurt us, which can leave us with feelings of resentment. God’s answer to that is to replace it with his peace – and that comes from forgiving others, just as God forgave us.

We never want to see our children get hurt, but in those moments we can teach them to forgive others. We can help them understand that, if they hold onto that resentment, it will eat away at their lives like an acid. So teach them to ask for God’s peace and to offer forgiveness to the person who hurt them.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Parenting with the Lord’s Prayer: Don’t Worry

Rick Warren continues with The Lord's prayer:-


Matthew 6:11
“Give us today our daily bread.”


In today’s society, our children have a lot to worry about. So it’s our duty to teach them how God can replace their worry with his provision.

Now our normal reaction to worry is to find a way to control the situation. That’s just our nature. We figure if we can control everything, then we’ll never have to worry. But when we try that approach, the opposite happens. We find out that we can’t control everything, so we end up worrying.

The real way to deal with worry is to pray, “Give us today our daily bread.” Praying for our “daily bread” includes everything we worry about on a daily basis – our health, our finances, our schedule, our future, all the things we have to deal with. God says, “If you want less stress in your life, then you have to relax in me and let me give you your daily bread.”

It’s important that we teach our children that it’s daily bread, not weekly or monthly. We want God to give us everything we need for the next five years, just put it in a bank account so we can see it’s there and not worry. But God doesn’t do it that way. He gives us just what we need one day at a time because he wants us to live in a daily relationship of trust in him.

So we need to teach our children three basic truths about God’s provision:

God can meet every need you’ll ever have because he’s God.
God wants to meet our needs, not our greeds, because he’s a loving father.
God will meet our needs as we trust in him moment-by-moment, day-by-day.


And remember parents, you need to practice what you preach!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Parenting with the Lord’s Prayer: Creating Stability

Rick Warren continues with The Lord's prayer:-

Matthew 6:10
“Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”


Study any psychological test and they’ll tell you the most insecure place for a kid to be is at the center of his or her family – controlling all the strings, getting their way in everything.

Kids instinctively know they do not belong in the center of the family; it creates great insecurity in their lives. Where kids find stability and security is in having boundaries. This is true from the moment they are born. We take little babies and wrap them up tightly. It’s called swaddling and being tightly bound gives the baby a feeling of security.

When you set boundaries with your children, they may push back, but they will also feel secure when those boundaries stand firm. They learn that you really do care about them. It’s when children don’t have those boundaries, and feel they can get away with anything, that they begin to question their parents’ love.

In the same way children need to know God’s purpose for their life is part of God’s larger plan. This creates boundaries of identity for them. It let’s them know that life is not all about them.

And in understanding God’s plan, they are able to find the answers to the basic questions of life: who am I? Why am I here? Where am I going? Where did I come from? Does my life have meaning? What is my purpose and how should I live it out? Why is this happening to me?

When you teach a child, “thy kingdom come, they will be done” you are teaching them that God has a master plan for history, but he also has a specific plan for their lives.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Parenting with the Lord’s Prayer: Honoring God

Rick Warren on the Lord's prayer:-


Matthew 6:9
“…hallowed be your name …”

In biblical times, your name represented your character. And, as you study the Bible, you’ll see that God has many names, each representing a benefit of what God promises to do you in your life.

For instance, Jehovah Jireh means “God will provide everything I need.” Jehovah Shalom means “God will be my peace.” And Jehovah Tsidkenu means “God will be my righteousness.”

Over and over in scripture, every name for God represents a basic problem, threat, or emotional illness you have in your life that God can take care of. He is omniscient (all-knowing) and omnipotent (all-powerful) and is “worthy to receive all glory and honor” (Revelation 4:11 NIV).

But one of the most violated commandments in our society today is number four: “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain” (Exodus 20:7 NKJV). Our society constantly takes the name of the Lord in vain. We hear it so often it doesn’t even offend us anymore. But it should! It bothers God.

I grew up in a family where we were not allowed to use God’s name in vain, but we also we weren’t allowed to use the subtle derivatives that are so common – gosh, jeez. I bet you didn’t even realize those are derivatives of God and Jesus. But my parents were firm that we not take God’s name in vain and that we wouldn’t even get close to it because they knew how serious it was to disrespect God in that way.

If we teach our children that God is able to meet all of our needs, then shouldn’t we also be teaching them to honor and respect him? His name included? He not only commands it, he deserves it.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Parenting with the Lord’s Prayer : Overcoming Insecurity

Here is pastor Rick Warren's sharing on the Lord's prayer:-

Matthew 6:9
“Our father in heaven …”

The number one problem kids have growing up is insecurity. Our society is trained to compete and compare instead of co-operate. So from the moment a child is born, he or she is taught to compare everything – appearance, achievement, affluence, even athletic ability (remember gym class?).

What we need to teach children from an early age, even before they get into school, is: God is my father, he loves me unconditionally, and he will never stop loving me.

If our children can understand and absorb that truth then, when they are confronted with someone who wants to diminish their self-worth, they can have the confidence to say, “If God likes me and I like me, but you don’t like me, what’s your problem?”

Unfortunately, most kids don’t grow up with that kind of confidence. They grow up under the cloud of comparison, constantly asking, “What does everybody else think of me?”

That’s why it is important to teach children that God is their ultimate, heavenly Father. And they need to understand that God is not like some earthly dads they may have encountered.

So what kind of Father is God? He’s …

Caring.

God is a caring Father who loves you and will never stop loving you. Some dads don’t care, but your heavenly Father cares about you all the time.

Close.
God is a close Father. Some dads are distant, but your heavenly Father has promised, “I will never fail you. I will never abandon you” (Hebrews 13:5 NLT).

Consistent.
God is a consistent Father. Some dads are fickle and moody, but your heavenly Father is never changing.

Capable.
God is a capable Father. Some dads are like Homer Simpson; they can’t do anything. But your heavenly Father is capable, able to do all things.

When you teach your children that God is their Father and they choose to become his children, then the issue of insecurity is settled because they will understand that they are loved by the person who controls the universe. And that puts everything else, even dodge ball, into perspective.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Call for Help!

Here is another lovely encouraging sharing from HIS servant Derek (Derek has gone to be with the Lord in 2003 but his sharings continue to minister to me today & I'm sure millions others). Thank God for giving us Derek!

Psalm 30:2
O LORD my God, I called to you for help and you healed me.


One of the things that blesses me about the Bible is its profound simplicity. It comes out with the most profound statements in the simplest and shortest words. What interests me as I glance at that verse that I’ve just presented to you, is that there is not a single word in it of more than one syllable. “O LORD my God, I called to you for help and you healed me.” And yet in those simple words of one syllable what tremendous truth is expressed.

I wonder if you realize that God is the healer of His people? In the second book of the Bible, Exodus, He says, ”I am the LORD that healeth thee”: I am the Lord, your doctor. And in the New Testament in the epistle of James, James writes, “Is there any sick among you? Let him call for the elders of the church, let them anoint him with oil and pray over him. The prayer of faith shall save the sick.” Are you carrying around some sickness, some physical oppression, some burden that the Lord would gladly relieve you of? Have you thought about calling to the Lord? Consider the simplicity of those words: “I called to you for help and you healed me.”

May I recommend that to you? May I say that I thank God for doctors and nurses and all who help the sick and infirm. But the ultimate healer is God. Why not take your case to Him? I’ve done it many times and He’s healed me. I believe He’ll do it for you.


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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

耶稣是谁?

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耶 稣 改 变 了 历 史。 每 天 报 纸 所 刊 印 的 日 期, 已 印 证 了 拿 撒 勒 人 耶 稣 在 二 千 年 前 曾 经 在 世 的 事 实。 公 元 前 (BC) 是 指, "耶 稣 之 前"。 公 元 (AD) 是 指 "主 的 年 代", 就 是 耶 稣 降 生 之 后 的 年 代。...............请按

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

女 儿 , 你 的 信 救 了 你 ( 患血漏的女人)

马 可 福 音 5:25-34

有 一 个 女 人 , 患 了 十 二 年 的 血 漏 ,在 好 些 医 生 手 里 , 受 了 许 多 的 苦 。 又 花 尽 了 她 所 有 的 , 一 点 也 不 见 好 , 病 势 反 倒 更 重 了 。

她 听 见 耶 稣 的 事 , 就 从 后 头 来 , 杂 在 众 人 中 间 , 摸 耶 稣 的 衣 裳 。意 思 说 , 我 只 摸 他 的 衣 裳 , 就 必 痊 愈 。于 是 她 血 漏 的 源 头 , 立 刻 干 了 。 她 便 觉 得 身 上 的 灾 病 好 了 。

耶 稣 顿 时 心 里 觉 得 有 能 力 从 自 己 身 上 出 去 , 就 在 众 人 中 间 转 过 来 说 , 谁 摸 我 的 衣 裳 。门 徒 对 他 说 , 你 看 众 人 拥 挤 你 , 还 说 谁 摸 我 吗 ?

耶 稣 周 围 观 看 , 要 见 作 这 事 的 女 人 。

那 女 人 知 道 在 自 己 身 上 所 成 的 事 , 就 恐 惧 战 兢 , 来 俯 伏 在 耶 稣 跟 前 , 将 实 情 全 告 诉 他 。耶 稣 对 她 说 , 女 儿 , 你 的 信 救 了 你 , 平 平 安 安 地 回 去 吧 。 你 的 灾 病 痊 愈 了 。

All-Sufficient Relationship

Here is Derek Prince sharing with us another precious message. So if you are going through some rough patches in life now, fret not, for God is with you :-

Psalm 23:1,4
The LORD is my shepherd, I shall lack nothing.


Then he speaks about all the provisions that come to him as being the one whom the Lord shepherds, and in verse 4 he says this:

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

You see, God does not guarantee His people that we will not walk through the valley of the shadow of death. In fact, the psalmist really assumes that at some time or another we will. I don't believe that valley is just dying physically. I believe there are many occasions in life when we walk through the valley of the shadow of death - occasions of bereavement, loneliness, sickness, poverty,discouragement. God does not promise that we will not walk through those valleys, but He does promise to be with us.

And in particular He promises that His rod and His staff will comfort us. For me, the rod represents discipline, the staff represents comfort. And I believe the implication is that if we want God's comfort we must submit to His discipline, and on that basis His presence with us is guaranteed even in the darkest valley. And His presence illuminates the darkness of the valley.

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Monday, February 14, 2011

Do you think you can deceive God?

Clearly some of us thought we can. Some even thought they can get away with murder!
But I have news for you. Here is another sharing from Derek:-

Psalm 18:25-26
To the faithful you show yourself faithful, to the blameless you show yourself blameless, to the pure you show yourself pure, but to the crooked you show yourself shrewd.

There's a deep, abiding principle there - that the way we deal with God is the way that God, in turn, will deal with us. If we are faithful to Him, He will be more than faithful to us. I want to say that I've proved that in my many years of my walk with God. God is faithful. He rewards the smallest act of faithfulness. He never passes by one single thing that we do in sincere faith and obedience.

To the faithful God shows Himself faithful. To the blameless God shows Himself blameless. If we are pure and upright in our walk with Him,then He will be the same to us. If we are pure, He will be pure towards us far purer than we can ever be. But it's the way we relate to Him that determines the way He relates to us.

But then there's that final word of warning: "To the crooked you show yourself shrewd." You know, I've met some people who thought that they could deceive God. Who thought that they could somehow pull the wool over God's eyes and get away with it. They were so taken up with their own shrewdness and their own smartness, but I just want to warn you, God is much shrewder than you are. So beware. Don't try to outwit God because it can't be done.
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Monday, February 07, 2011

Clothed in Righteousness

Here is a refreshing sharing from Derek:-

Psalm 17:15

As for me, I shall behold Thy face in righteousness; I will be satisfied with Thy likeness when I awake.

What beautiful words, what a beautiful expectation - the expectation of every true believer, one that extends beyond the end of time and out into eternity. We shall fall asleep in death, but one day we shall awake and when we awake we will be satisfied, satisfied with the likeness of the Lord. Awaking, clothed with His righteousness, putting on His likeness and beholding His face.

I just rejoice in that phrase, "I will be satisfied." I don't believe there's anything else that can fully satisfy the human heart but God Himself. At this time in this life we have contact with God. We know Him, we serve Him, we do His will. But there are gaps in the revelation, there's a veil in between, we are still creatures of flesh. Our ideas and our concepts are so limited and inadequate to apprehend God, but there's going to be a day when we awake in His righteousness, not in our own, clothed with His righteousness, faultless to stand before His throne, to see Him face to face. And then we will be satisfied.

Nothing else can take the place of that. That's the end of all living. It all ends in God Himself.

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Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Happy Chinese New Year 2011

Here is wishing all my friends & relatives a blessed & prosperous Chinese New Year 2011.

If you have to travel & drive, do take extra care!!!


Monday, November 22, 2010

Why you do what you do

Another sharing from Dick Warren:-

Learn to SUCCEED in Your Work

Our society has taught us to define success by a person's job title and financial status. But what does it take for God to have his blessing on your work? To him the motive, method and meaning of your work matters more than the money. That's because you only take your character to heaven, not your career.

This week I want to look at the seven keys to having God bless your work using the acrostic, SUCCEED.

If you want your work to be blessed by God, the first thing you must do is Start working enthusiastically.

Enthusiasm is not based on how fun your job is or how much it pays; it's based on why you do what you do. In fact, the word enthusiasm comes from the Greek words en theos which mean "in God."

If you want to be enthusiastic about your work, remember these three things:

Your work is a test from God.

He is testing you to see how much he can trust you with in eternity. "Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much ... But if you have not been trustworthy with someone else's property, who will give you property of your own?" (Luke 16:10-12 NIV).

God is watching what you do, even when no one else is.
Even if you have the most boring job in the world, God is watching to see your attitude. "Work hard so God can say to you, 'Well done.' Be a good workman, one who does not need to be ashamed when God examines your work" (2 Timothy 2:15 LB).

Your attitude determines your joy.
A lousy job is a lousy job, but it's even worse when you complain about it. "The diligent find freedom in their work; the lazy are oppressed by work" (Proverbs 12:24 MSG). It's all in your attitude.
You can't succeed in life until you change your attitude about the work you are doing right now. Romans 12:11 says, "Never be lazy in your work, but serve the Lord enthusiastically" (NLT). Why? Because God is watching, so serve him enthusiastically.



Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Grow in tranquility, trust, integrity, humility and generosity.

Another sharing from Rick Warren:

God's Prescription for Good Health

Keep my commands in your heart, for they will prolong your life many years and bring you prosperity.” Proverbs 3:1-2 (NIV)

If I had a pill that could promise to add years to your life, you’d probably pay a lot of money for it. But what if I told you, as a Christian, you already have the key to a long life and it’s free?

God has given all of the principles for health management in his Word, the Bible. The Bible is the owner’s manual for your body. As David says, “You made my body, Lord; now give me sense to heed your laws” (Psalm 119:73 LB). And in Deuteronomy, it says, “These instructions are not mere words – they are your life! By obeying them you will enjoy a long life in the land …” (Deuteronomy 32:47 NLT). God says, “If you do what I tell you to do with your health, you will enjoy a long life.”

Our key verse today says, “Keep my commands in your heart, for they will prolong your life …” (Proverbs 3:1 NIV). What are some of those commands? “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge him and he will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones. Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of your crops; then your barns will be filled to overflowing …” (Proverbs 3:5-10 NIV).

These verses highlight some factors that you probably don’t think about, but they will keep you healthy: tranquility, trust in God, integrity, humility, and generosity. These things will cause your health to be better because your physical health is influenced by your spiritual health.

Over the next few days we’ll look at four specific things the Bible says you should do for good health. For today, take some time to meditate on Proverbs 3:1-10 and ask God to show you ways you can grow in tranquility, trust, integrity, humility and generosity.

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

If you trust in a bank account

Jehovah Jireh, God is my provider. Amen!



Only God Can Give You Financial Security
Monday November 01 2010 12:00 AM
Posted by Rick Warren

Deuteronomy 8:18
But remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your forefathers, as it is today.

As you enter your Decade of Destiny, it is important that you trust God with your finances. If you want God to bless you financially, you must remain focused on the truth that he is the source of your finances and he is the one who supplies your needs.

What does that mean? It means I'm not looking to an employer for my security. I'm not looking to my savings for security. I'm not looking to anyone or anything other than God to supply my needs.

Let me illustrate it this way: When I turn on the water, I don't really think the water comes from the faucet. I know that the water really comes from a reservoir. It just comes to me through the faucet. In the same way, the income that God wants to give you may come through a job or through something else.
But the source is God.


If you trust in a bank account, the bank account can be taken away. If you trust in your savings, you can lose it. The only true security you can have is when you put your trust in God. He is the starting point of your finances. He is the one and only true source of your finances.

This means you don't need to worry about which faucet he uses to supply your needs. In a sense he says, 'If I turn off one faucet, I can just as easily turn on another. If you lose one job, I can give you another. I am your source, not your job. I am your source, not your bank account.'

Monday, October 25, 2010

Holding On

Hallelujah! God is speaking loud & clear to me through His servant.

Holding On, Praying Expectantly.
Saturday October 23 2010 12:00 AM
Posted by Rick Warren
Daily Hope



"God is always on the alert, constantly on the lookout for people who are totally committed to him. 2 Chronicles 16:9a (MSG)"

We've discussed cultural distractions, voices of doubt, and tempting shortcuts. The fourth pitfall you will face during your Decade of Destiny is discouraging delays.

The truth is, when God gives you a dream, there will be delays, difficulties, detours and dead ends along the way. These things are a natural part of life. But you can be ready for them.

The antidote to discouraging delays is to refuse to give up on the dream God gives you. As I said, a lot of people start out well, but they give up too quickly. They don't hope.

H-O-P-E: Holding On, Praying Expectantly.

Now if anybody had a right to be discouraged, it was Noah. Do you know how long it took Noah to build the arc? 120 years. Could you go 120 years on a project without one word of encouragement from anybody else in society? In fact, could you go 120 years with everybody ruthlessly ridiculing you and saying, "That guy is nuts. He thinks he hears from God."

Noah trusted God. And when he heard God's warning about the future, Noah believed him even though there was no sign of a flood. I bet there were many days that Noah didn't feel like going to work, but for 43,800 days, he went to the same place and he worked. He never gave up.

Now listen, the way you use the middle of your life has more influence on your end than the beginning. A lot of people think, 'Oh, I have to begin right or I won't end right.' No. It's what you do in the middle of your life -- when you don't give up even though you feel like it -- that determines the end.

You could have messed up a whole bunch in the beginning and you might be thinking, "I'm going to give up on a dream. I'm going to settle for second best." But if you hang on and refuse to give up, the rest of your life can be the best of your life. That's what Decade of Destiny is all about. The decisions that you make in the middle of your life will determine your end.

Don't give up on the dream. Don't give up on the marriage. Don't give up on your health. Don't, don't, don't give up. God is in control and the final chapter of your life, you haven't read yet. God's already written it, but you haven't read it yet.

The Bible says, "God is always on the alert, constantly on the lookout for people who are totally committed to him." God is looking for people that he can bless. I want you to be one of those people in the next ten years.

Pray -- Jesus, I know that in the days ahead there will be times of discouragement. But I want to do exactly what you tell me to do and I want to refuse to give up when I feel like giving up. I want to hold onto the dream that you give me. I want to be one of the people that you can use and bless in the next ten years.

Amen & Amen!