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Friday 10 May 2013

discipline, perseverance of the saints, practising the Presence of God

discipline 

perseverance of the saints 

practising the Presence of God 

reflecting

praying

moving in the love & life

thinking

of God in Trinity, the Eternal

speaking

Essence of Love & life

acting

Whereas Babel is the parable of (human) pride which breeds inequity, division & confusion, such foretastes are also mini Pentecosts - acted parables (in every language, culture & place) in which God's redeeming grace, justice & shalom are revealed.

Tuesday 7 May 2013

The agony & the ecstasy...suffering and glory...dying and rising

The agony & the ecstasy 

Out of the Crucible of suffering comes truly joyful praise. 

Suffering and glory 

The true victory power & glory of love is always revealed in its vulnerability, its will and ability to risk, to give all for the sake/saving of others.

dying and rising 

He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose. [Incarnation] Christ wholly identifies with sinful humanity and its predicament and believers with Him in His total saving plan.

The cross of Christ is the greatest mystery in the world. It is a place of apparent defeat and yet unassailable victory.

(Rob Parsons) 

Monday 6 May 2013

Truth is not relative...

Truth is not relative but is to be found in a personal living relationship with the One who revealed/reveals Himself to be the Truth. 

John 18:37-38 

John 14:6 

John 8:31-32, 35

Sunday 5 May 2013

Can you see the connection...

Matthew 11:28-29 

Romans 3:9-11 

James 5:16 

Galatians 2:16 & 5:1-4 

Romans 5:6,15-21

Saturday 4 May 2013

①②③

① "[Now] the Lord is the Spirit and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom; and we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord's glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit."

2 Corinthians 3:17-18

② Dear friends, now we are children of God and what we will be has not yet been made known [but] we know that when (Jesus) he appears / and it is made known, we shall be like Him, for we shall see him as he is.

1 John 3:2

③ The Lord Jesus Christ, who by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.

Philippians  3:20-21

Monday 29 April 2013

Mission is...

Mission is ultimately not only about people but about the renewal of all things in Christ. The transformation of individuals by the good news of the gospel [Jesus] still is and always will be, central but the biblical gospel of Jesus Christ is also good news for every Creature [aspect of God's creation]. One helpful model to understand this wider definition of mission is the [Archbishop of the Anglican Communion]'s 'five marks of mission':

  • to proclaim [declare] the good news of the Kingdom
  • to teach, baptise & nurture new believers
  • to respond to human need by loving service
  • to seek to transform unjust structures of society
  • to strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain & renew the earth.
The first 2 marks cover the traditional understanding of Jesus' words...in Matthew 28:19-20. They are essentially about evangelism and discipleship. The third & fourth marks encompass the Christian response to the suffering in the world, our mission to the poor and marginalized and our commitment to challenging and changing injustice. The fifth mark is creation care, our mission towards the non-human creation.

Saturday 27 April 2013

THE UNIQUENESS & UNIVERSALITY of The Lord Jesus Christ

Some verses from the Gospel of St. John

These are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name. 20:31

HIS ETERNAL EXISTENCE
In the beginning was the Word 1:1
HIS DIVINE NATURE
And the Word was with God, and the Word was God 1:2
HIS CREATIVE FUNCTION
Through him all things were made 1:3
HIS LIFE-GIVING POWER
In him was life, and that life was the light of man 1:4
HIS REJECTION BY MAN
His own did not receive him 1:11
HIS INCARNATION
The Word became flesh 1:14
HIS SACRIFICIAL ROLE
The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world 1:29
HIS SPIRIT ANOINTING
I saw the Spirit come down from Heaven as a dove and remain on him 1:32
HIS DIVINE SONSHIP
This if the Son of God 1:34
HIS MESSIANIC ROLE
“We have found the Messiah” (that is the Christ) 1:41
HIS GOSPEL MESSAGE
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and
     Only
     Son that whoever believes in him shall not
     Perish but have
     Everlasting
     Life 3:16
HIS ROLE AS JUDGE
I judge only as I hear, and my judgement is just 5:30
HIS PLACE IN SCRIPTURE
These are the Scriptures that testify about me 5:39
HIS UNIVERSAL WAY TO THE FATHER
Trust in God; trust also in me. There are
many rooms in my Father’s house 14:1,2
HIS UNIQUE WAY TO THE FATHER
No one comes to the Father, except through me 14:6
HIS SPIRIT GIVING
The Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you 14:25
HIS PEACE GIVING
Peace I leave with you 14:27
HIS LIFE GIVING
No one has greater love than the one who lays down his life for his friend 15:13
HIS unity PRAYER
That all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you 17:21
HIS CRUCIFIXION
Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews 19:19
HIS RESURRECTION
I am returning to my Father and your Father, to my God 20:17
HIS ASSURANCE
These are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name 20:31

For further details visit a local Christian church

(If the first does not suit, try another church.)

These are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name. 20:31

Friday 26 April 2013

Prayer...


1 Timothy 2:1-2
Proverbs 21:1
John 7:37-38
Isaiah 35:6
Psalm 149:3,4
1 Peter 2:11-12
2 Timothy 1:7
2 Corinthians 5:20
Prayer for the government, nation, community and our personal and fellowship witness in mission for the growth of God's Kingdom in ever more hearts and lives.

Wednesday 24 April 2013

a personal perspective...

Deuteronomy 6:4-9    | Keywords
Psalm 78:14; 145:3-7 | Children, generations
2 Chronicles 16:9

Personal Aims in this & every year:

ⓐ To spend more time with God;

ⓑ To walk ever closer and deeper with God, abiding in His love, wisdom & power;

ⓒ To celebrate and to share on more of God's glory, goodness and grace.

A man is enslaved to whoever has mastered him.

"The truth will set you free...
If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed" 

John 8:31-32

"I have been crucified with Christ, it is no longer I who live but Christ who lives within me; the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in (on) Christ Jesus who loved/loves me and gave Himself/His life for me."

Galatians 2:20-21

Monday 22 April 2013

THE POWER OF BAPTISM

Forgiveness and Cleansing

"Repent and be baptised, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins..." 

Acts 2:38a (NIV)

Dying and Rising to New Life

"...don’t you know that all of us who were baptised into Christ Jesus were baptised into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life."

Romans 6:3,4 (NIV)

"...I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit."

John 3:5 (NIV)

'Putting On' Christ!

"You are all sons of god through faith in Christ Jesus, for all of you who were baptised into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ."

Galatians 3:26-27

Adopted into God's Family

"We were all baptised by one Spirit into one body.."

1 Corinthians 12:13

Empowered for Ministry

"...and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit."

Acts 2:38b (NIV)

"And now what are you waiting for? Get up, be baptised and wash your sins away, calling on His name!"

Acts 22:16 (NIV)

Friday 19 April 2013

God's ultimate plan

God's ultimate plan

Luke 19:10 The Son of man came to seek and save those who are lost and has entrusted graciously to us His ministry of reconciliation in/through Christ Jesus (2 Cor 5:16-21, Col 1:19-23)

We must understand our individual ministry in a body ("us") context/as the body of Christ. The Church's prime aim is to seek/work for those who are not (yet) its members.

the model of mission/outreach/reconciliation ministry as His ambassadors is Jesus' own approach to people as how where they are. Luke 19:10; 2 Cor 5:16-21

Pray and Do not Prayer or Do. Prayer needs to support/partner with outreach.

NB Keep close to Holy Spirit's promptings.

Have no fear/guilt in outreach; know & show God's grace & joy in outreach.

(NB Noah & the dove of Shalom)

  1. rejection
  2. Here more of this
  3. Believe
NB The great Key is knowing unsaved people enjoying our company.
NB Amazing/outrageous Grace (Salvation is from the Lord by grace/through faith/as God's gift)

Monday 8 April 2013

The prayer Jesus taught us...

Our Father in heaven, 

Holy/honoured is your Name, 

(May/Let) Your Kingdom come, 

(May/Let) Your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven 

Give us today our daily (spiritual/material) bread (all things truly needful for us) and Forgive us our sins/debts/trespasses as we forgive those who sin/trespass against us.  

[Lord, fully aware of our weakness and of our need for (dependence on) Your grace] (we pray) Lead us not into hard testing/the time of trial/temptation;

but deliver us from evil (the evil one) 

For Yours is the Kingdom, the power and the glory, now and forever. Amen.

 

In the Gospel account of Jesus' testing/temptation in the wilderness, we see the (all-powerful) Holy Spirit taking the initiative to unmask the devil/the evil one, for what/who he really is. We must - as Christ's disciples/body members, always be willing to let the Holy Spirit do the same in us. 

2 Corinthians 10:3-5; 11:14

Sunday 7 April 2013

The Trinity...

The mystery/uniqueness of each Person of the Trinity is revealed in the relationship to the other two Persons. ↓ (in the image of God in Trinity) ↓ The uniqueness/mystery of each human being/person (created by God in Trinity in His image) is revealed in the relationship(s) with/to others (family/friends/colleagues/society/community/nation).

Saturday 6 April 2013

Revelation from weakness...

God often blesses in surprising/unexpected ways. God sometimes sends his blessings in the strangest ways/disguises. Why? So rightly - He gets the glory!

Romans 8:28-29
2 Corinthians 12:9-10

I myself, for instance, am not specially gifted and am shy by nature but my gracious and merciful God and Father inclined Himself to me, who was weak in Faith. He strengthened while I was still young. He taught me in my helplessness to rest in Him and to pray even about little things in which another might have felt able to help himself.

(2 Chronicles 20:12)

J Hudson Taylor

Taste [believe/trust/obey/encounter/experience - actively/continuously] and see [understand] that the LORD is good... Psalm 34:8

In the light of God's/Love's revelation, believing is seeing [2 Corinthians 5:7]

Thursday 4 April 2013

To worship (in Spirit & Truth) is to change / to be changed

In Worship in Spirit & in Truth → in prayer conforming (by the Spirit of Truth) to the will of God, we are challenged and changed in our Spirit/lives, → to be restored / transformed re-created / transfigured more & more into Jesus' glorious likeness. In our weakness → the grace of God → reveals His Strength & patience "Give us this day, Lord" grace/bread/manna for the day. God's grace is always enough.

2 Corinthians 12:9-10

"Do in me whatever you need to do so that you can do through me whatever you want to do."

Ewan Roberts - early C20th Welsh revival leader

Isaiah 6:8

"The dignity of difference/variety (in the image of God) flows from the mystery / the nature / the essence of (Divine) Love."

"The eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him."

2 Chronicles 16:9(a)

"All the arts (and perhaps most deeply / powerfully music) are a vital way of understanding ourselves. They are God's gifts of grace to help us in this quest. For as we are made in the image of our Creator, yet estranged deeply from Him by the Fall, we are continually asking 'Who/what are we? Where do we come from? and where are we going? / D'où Venons Nous / Que Sommes Nous / Où Allons Nous?'"

In the final analysis what really matters is whether we have been faithful stewards of God's grace to us. God is just too gracious to be rejected, neglected or ignored.

The 4 dimensions/paradoxes of Christian faith strength - weakness; losing - saving; wisdom - folly; last - first.

We are made in God's image for exercising trust/faith in relationship. The model is God Himself 3 in 1, 1 in 3, in ultimate relationship both with(in) Himself and with all His creation. Thus it is never a question with any of us of faith or no faith - rather, the question always is "In what or in whom, do we put our faith?"

Romans 1:21&22&25, Hebrews 11:1&6, 2 Corinthians 5:7

Above all, let us remember the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ who though he was rich - yet for our sakes he became poor so that we through His poverty might become truly rich.

2 Corinthians 8:9

Tuesday 2 April 2013

Those who go down to the sea in ships.

Psalm 107:23

  1. Hebrews 1:1-3 
  2. Colossians 1:15-20 
  3. Matthew 28:18-20 
  4. Acts 1:6-11 
  5. John 14:12-15; 15:15-17 
  6. 1 Chronicles 29:11
  7. Psalm 24:7-10
  8. Philippians 2:5-11
  9. Ephesians 1:17-23; 2:10-12
  10. Revelation 5:5-14

Monday 1 April 2013

APOCRYPHA...

  1. Ecclesiasticus Chapter 38 vv 1-4
    In praise of healers, physicians etc.
  2. Sirach (Wisdom of Ben Syriach of "Solomon"
    Chapter 44:1-10

    In praise of a whole range of people / creative skills / wisdom etc. in public life. "Let us now praise famous men."

Saturday 30 March 2013

I am...

I am loved, therefore I am 

I exist, because God (Love) loves me


Love in
Holy Trinity
3 in 1, 1 in 3

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Father

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Loves me enough to create me

Son

Loves me enough to die for me

Holy Spirit

Loves me enough to yearn to love in me

In Jesus, God / Love loves me us completely / unconditionally so we can trust to Him all of ourselves / our future whatever comes, for He is wholly reliable all-wise faithful & true.

Father, bless us with Yourself:

  • to become more & in your likeness, to be ever better channels of your blessings to many others, in Jesus, for your greater glory, Amen.
  • so that more of your goodness grace, joy & glory are revealed in Jesus, Amen.

Friday 29 March 2013

Jesus...

Jesus: 

--- martyr - see following Christian martyrs / genuine martyrs follow His example
= sacrificial witness to the truth -|
= suffer(ed) for speaking out / declaring / proclaiming the Truth

John 14:6

John 8

Thursday 28 March 2013

Christian Prayer...

Christian Prayer is asking God [the Sovereign King of Love] to work in & through us by His (Sovereign) power to do His will. 

Thus for the Christian, prayer & life should be one in God.

John 16

John 5:14-15

Prayer is an active relationship / communion with God (Love) rooted & nurtured in deep simplicity which is child like faith - active trust.

2 Cor 5:7

Heb 11:1

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