Sunday, September 30, 2012

Far End Of The Earth


You shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem,
and in all Judea and Samaria,
and to the end of the earth.
- Acts 1:8 -

This was Jesus’ final message to His disciples.

Every corner of our world, no matter how remote, must be touched by the message of the cross.

The Savior died for the world, and that includes people both near and far.

Each of us has the duty and opportunity to take the gospel to people in our end of the earth.

No matter where we are, we can tell someone about the love of Christ.

People can’t believe in Jesus if they don’t hear the gospel.

So we must proclaim its message to the world, both far and near.

Any place can be the right place to witness for Christ.

Monday, September 24, 2012

God Hears Prayer


In [Christ] we have boldness and 
access with confidence through faith in Him. 
- Ephesians 3:12 - 

Our words are heard in heavenly places whenever we pray.

The Almighty God listens to our prayers.

In Christ, we can approach God with freedom and confidence.

God is always available to hear the prayer of His child.

God listens to us when we pray to Him in Jesus' Name.
 

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Delight In God’s Word


I will delight myself in Your commandments, which I love. 
- Psalm 119:47 - 

Here, David told of his delight in God’s Word. It was not a burden for him to delight in God’s Word because he loved it. David’s close relationship with God had created in him a desire to know what God had to say.

We too, need to strengthen our relationship with God. When we know how much He loves and cherishes us, we will respond with love and delight to spend time with Him.

Let us make God’s Word our delight everyday.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Overcome Evil With Good



Beloved, do not imitate what is evil, but what is good.
He who does good is of God,
but he who does evil has not seen God.
- 3 John 1:11 -

Life is a painful mixture of good and bad. It is true in marriage, friendship, family, work, and church.

It can be very stressful, frustrating and disappointing when self-centeredness takes the center stage.

When apostle John wrote to his friend Gaius, he commended the truthful living and generous hospitality of those in his church (3 John 3-8). But Diotrephes, who loves to be first, had created an atmosphere of hostility in the Church. (3 John 9).

John promised to deal personally with Diotrephes on his next visit to the church. In the meantime, he urged the congregation not to imitate what is evil, but what is good.

We are to turn away from what is bad and follow what is good.
This is the pathway that honors our Savior.


Don’t fight fire with fire, but overcome evil with good.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Prayer From A Sincere Heart


I sat down and wept, and mourned for many days;
I was fasting and praying before the God of heaven.
- Nehemiah 1:4 -

Nehemiah’s heart was filled with concern for the welfare of Jerusalem, his homeland, when he heard that the people were in great distress and that the wall around the city was broken down (Neh. 1:3).

Wanting to do something, he talked to God about it.

He praised God for who He is (v.5), requested forgiveness for sin (v.6), reminded Him of His promise (v.9), and asked for mercy from the King (v.11).

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God watched over Nehemiah and His people through the whole rebuilding process.

The highest form of prayer comes from
the depths of a humble heart.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Understand The Bible


Every pastor and Bible teacher works hard to understand the meaning of the Bible.

They learn biblical languages, look up concordances, and consult commentaries, in the hope of shedding more light on the key questions of interpretation:
  • Who wrote this text and what did they mean by it?
  • Who initially read this text and what did they make of it?

But there is another tool that gives a key to the meaning of the scriptures: the persecuted church of today.

By interacting with them, we gain insights into the original meaning of the scriptures; we understand what life was like for the original New Testament community.

After all, most of the Bible was written by persecuted people for persecuted people.