Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Prayer meeting - APRIL

"Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you" -- 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18


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It was a blessing to be part of this month's English zone prayer meeting. Love the faith level of the people. Looking forward to greater things with God. #ilovefcc

Friday, April 14, 2017

Good Friday

Yesterday, a worship team member asked me "why bad things always happen when we are around?"

I don't know why I promptly answered, "because we are the best, that's why we can handle bad and screw-up things."

Maybe that day itself, I went through a lot. A lot of things that could go wrong, went wrong! I nearly wanted to break down a few times. In fact, it's the story of my life at times.

Each time I have such questions of WHY, I am always meet with answers from God, who I believe also send some people to remind me too, with the message that sounds like - "because you are the best person for the role/job/in this season".

Hate to admit it but sometimes it's true in many ways. Yup, insert meme quote here : "win liao lor".

There's a reason why we are in the heat of the action when things can go south. Because God is preparing us for something good and have prepared us for such situation. He knows what's best and He know who can deal with it. The best part is, although often we forget, that if God put us there, He will bring us through it.

How David (in the Bible) able to face Goliath? Because he has faced many threats to his herd of sheep such as the bears and lions. 

That proves the sovereignty of God, which I learn again and again, to live it. It's not that I want trouble to happen, but that's God's way to mold us to be better for Him.

Today's Good Friday and we often associate the story of the Cross to this day. I am sure in those days, in the midst of noises asking for Jesus' death, there are questions from some parties that sounds like, "why such things happen to innocent people?" or "can't God do something about it?"

We lived in fallen world, and it takes the best to redeem us from eternal condemnation. That's why Jesus - son of God, son of man, the purest of Lamb - is the best offered to us so we can be restored in our relationship with God. Such selfless act for a world, people like you and I.

While the cross is symbol of death and suffering, what Jesus done on the Cross reminds us that it takes the good Lord to come to Earth to make people good again.

“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
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- Romans‬ ‭5:8‬


In the world we seems to always be lost of hope, let's look to the Cross. See the image of love, the amazing grace poured out for us.

My prayers to you all reading this is that whatever you are going through, God is with you. Remember His faithfulness and grace.

BLESSED GOOD FRIDAY!

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Maundy Thursday

I was supposed to prepare what I want to share with the school youths later and my mind was zeroed in on Maundy Thursday.

Past few hours I been attending to a lot of "ad hoc" issues. In fact, past few weeks and months, I have been doing so. I can't explain in details what it is about but those understand ministry life, it is what it is la.

Sometimes it's easy for me to say things, comment on everything, give reasons or point fingers at situation/people, etc etc but thinking from another perspective, I always think there's always reasons why all this happen. That's why we have to pray and seek God.

I always ask..pray..seek what's God's will for me, for the ministry, for the people, for the church and for the nation. The reason why I, or we, do so is not because we want things to go our way. The reason is because praying helps us to see things from His perspective.

There's a lot of reasons for us to pray. So keep calm and look to God.

Anyway, why and what Maundy Thursday is all about?

It's where Jesus celebrate His Last Supper with His disciples, asking them to remember His ministry. (Matthew 26:26-29)

This day also commemorates the story of Jesus washing the feet of His disciples. As He did so, He gave them this mandatum (thus, they called it Maundy) or command: ‘Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another's feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. I tell you the truth, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them'  - (John 13:14-17)

In the midst of craziness, Jesus told His disciples that never forget what they went through and will experience. Above it all, remember that God is sovereign. Be humble and be kind to one another.

So it's a life that we are to experience. A life of humbleness, knowing each day we live is always because of the grace of God.

May we find that grace and strength to live each day. I need that, we need that.

"Let the ruins come to life, in the beauty of Your name" - "Glorious Ruins by Hillsong"


Sunday, April 2, 2017

going

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Kairos moment. Accepting God's calling.

I think it's no coincidence that few weeks ago, I met this American missionary Gary Lansdowne, who is part of Youth with A Mission, and he shared his heart about "going" for God. His sharing was a wonderful reminder and encouragement to me. I guess it's all God's timing that I met him because it greatly set the tone on what I preached over the weekend.

Again, it's the "kairos" moment from God. We need to be aware of it and capture it.

Still learning but always amazed by what He is doing in my life, in everyone's and in the nations.