Sun, May 10, 2015
Even in their young minds, our kids have some clear understanding of how their mothers are great blessings to them from God. Personally, I praise the Lord because there’s a day in the U.S. designated to the recognition of all mothers. I know for a fact how easily they can be taken for granted and not be appreciated for all the sacrifices they do for their children. I hope all of our families will spend some quality time today celebrating Mother’s Day.
Sun, May 03, 2015
How open are you in getting advice from other people? I stumbled over this blog by Sam Shank, CEO and Co-Founder of HotelTonight.com, where he was talking about his experience 10 years earlier when he was just starting in his business venture. According to him, he was constantly seeking some advice from so many people because he wanted to make sure that he was doing the right thing. But the problem was, as he listened to other people’s advice, he became more confused because one trusted adviser would tell him one thing, and another the complete opposite. He said his situation only became better when one day he received this advice from two of his investors - As a founder, you’ll need to trust your own judgment and not rely on consensus opinions.
Sun, Apr 26, 2015
Speaking of teaching the Bible, the Lord Jesus Christ and His disciples are great examples of effective teachers. Every time they taught n the New Testament, they always presented their teachings with a good balance between the impartation of truths and the applications of these truths. For example, whenever the apostle Paul wrote an Epistle, he consistently divided them into these two major parts. If you take the book of Ephesians, chapters 1-3 would be impartation of critical doctrines and chapters 4-6 will be application. For Colossians, it’s the same. Chapters 1-2 will be the doctrinal teachings; chapters 3-4 will be the application part. So a good Bible teacher looks for ways to lead learners in making specific life applications.
Sun, Apr 19, 2015
Have you ever been guilty of making impulsive decisions? They are usually the decisions we make without carefully examining all the pros and the cons. The dangerous part with these decisions is the fact that once we have done them, though we regret making them, we often can no longer undo them. Good or bad, we have to live with whatever consequences they bring into our lives.
Sun, Apr 05, 2015
How many of us are afraid to die? I recognize the fact that even among born again Christians; it is still possible that many are still afraid of dying. However, if we go to the Bible especially in the New Testament, it is quite clear that faith in Christ and fear of death cannot co-exist. Do you know why? It is because one of the very reasons why Jesus died on the cross was to remove the fear of death.
Sun, Mar 22, 2015
When Jesus entered our world more than two thousand years ago, He came with a great promise to bring peace to a broken world filled with troubles and strife. If you remember, the angels who made the announcement about His birth, to the lowly shepherds in the field, mentioned about this peace saying, “Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests. (Luke 2:14)” And as we all know, Jesus even sacrificed His very own life on the cross to make this promise a reality. He Himself declared to His own disciples these words, Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives . . . (John 14:27)
Sun, Feb 15, 2015
How many of you have realized that whether you like it or not, your life is directly affecting someone else today? And with this truth, the critical question is: how are you affecting them? My prayer is that, if you are true disciples of Jesus Christ, you can effectively do these three things:
#1 You can turn skeptics into seekers (help people overcome their doubts about Jesus)
#2 You can turn seekers into believers (help people surrender their hearts to Jesus for salvation)
#3 You can turn believers into builders and achievers (help believers seriously follow Jesus in winning the world)
Sun, Feb 01, 2015
Throughout the Bible, God has never hidden His expectation that He demands complete loyalty from His people. As early as the Ten Commandments in Exodus 20, He already conveyed it.
However, despite the clarity of these commands, the people of God had repeatedly stumbled in giving Him their wholehearted devotion. It is sad to see that in their history this cycle didn’t just happen once or twice, it happened again and again. It seems that God’s people were not as responsive in learning from their past.
Sun, Jan 25, 2015
Last Sunday, we started looking at the life of Elijah because the Bible compares the last days with the days of Elijah. With this emphasis, I have plainly stated that if ever we are to thrive during these terrible days, we need to emulate the life of Elijah. And we kicked off the series talking about the courage of Elijah. This morning, we will continue by highlighting the faith of Elijah.
The truth is that our faith in God is critical if we are to thrive in the last days. Do you know why? It is because He alone together with His precious promises in the Bible will enable us to stand above all our challenges.
Sun, Jan 11, 2015
As we begin 2015, we who are believers of Jesus Christ should be filled with expectations because of all the wonderful things that God has in stored for us. Instead of approaching this year with so much worries or fears thinking about the possible problems that can come our way, our focus should be on our Almighty God who is committed in leading us into a brighter and better future. Is this your attitude today?