Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Thursday, January 31, 2013
"Wait for me in Heaven” – these are the words spoken at the funeral wake by the mother of Nigel and Donavan who were killed by a cement-mixer truck (Straits Times report, 30 Jan 2013). As a Christian, the boys’ mother believes that they are in heaven right now (Straits Times report, 31 Jan 2013). The ST photo shows clearly part of a Bible verse: “He who believes in me will live even when he dies.”
The complete Bible verses in John 11:25-26 read:
I empathise with the boys’ parents. Not just sympathy for the heart-rending loss of two young lives. I believe, too, that all who believe in Christ go in heaven at the end of our earthly life and, there in heaven, we meet our departed loved ones who are believers.
“Dot let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.” (John 14:1-3)
I have hope – hope that my mother is now with Jesus Christ, waiting for me in Heaven. Whenever I grieve for the loss of my mother, I cherish this hope – that I will see her again. Death is not the end of all things; as believers in Christ, we have the hope and the expectation of life with Christ in Heaven. This hope is not wishful thinking; it is a certainty because we have faith in Christ, we trust and believe in what Christ says and promises.
Heaven is where Jesus is. Heaven is where our loves ones who believe in Jesus Christ go to when they die. Heaven is where I want to go when I die. Heaven is where I will meet my mother again.
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
“那是神的磐石”, my friend said to me in Ban Orn, nodding his head towards the mountain in front of us as we stood outside the mission house. “磐石 means rock, 神的磐石 is God’s rock, God’s mountain”, he explained when I protested that the mountain was not a stone (石). Indeed, the mountain rising from the picturesque padi fields down in the valley presents what I call “a million-dollar view”. It’s awesome just to gaze at it.
All around us in Ban Orn and Maetoh, we could see, hear and sense the marvel of God in the nature that He created. During a half-hour solitude (part of our silent retreat at the end of the missions trip in Maetoh), I had a heightened sense of the sight, sound and feel of the wonder of God’s creation :
The book of Genesis in the Bible records the beginning of the universe – how God created all things in six days. He created:
and to my listening ears
all nature sings, and round me rings
the music of the spheres.
This is my Father's world:
I rest me in the thought
of rocks and trees, of skies and seas;
his hand the wonders wrought.
This is my Father's world,
the birds their carols raise,
the morning light, the lily white,
declare their maker's praise.
This is my Father's world:
he shines in all that's fair;
in the rustling grass I hear him pass;
he speaks to me everywhere.
This is my Father's world.
O let me ne'er forget
that though the wrong seems oft so strong,
God is the ruler yet.
This is my Father's world:
why should my heart be sad?
The Lord is King; let the heavens ring!
God reigns; let the earth be glad!
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom.
29 He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.
30 Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall;
31 but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.”
Context of Bible Passage
· Beginning with Chapter 40 (till Chapter 66), the prophet Isaiah predicts that the Israelites in the kingdom of Judah will be taken into exile in Babylon.
· Isaiah gives God’s words of comfort and promise of deliverance from suffering and discouragement.
Who is this God who gives us strength?
Knock and the door will be opened to you.” (Matthew 7:7)
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
We are one in the Spirit, we are one in the Lord,
And we pray that our unity will one day be restored.
And together we’ll spread the news that God is in our land.
And we’ll guard each man’s dignity and save each man’s pride.
And all praise to the Spirit, who makes us one.
Thursday, January 3, 2013
Still, the book engaged me as before when I read it for the first time years ago. It tells in story-form the pledge made by a group of Christians to do everything in their daily lives after asking the question, “What Jesus would do?”, regardless of the result to them. What would a newspaper editor do when he considers the loss of revenue from ceasing advertisements on liquor and tobacco? What would a rich heiress do to help the needy with her wealth when she considers her family opposition and societal gossip? What would a railroad superintendent do with the discovery of a commercial breach of law when he considers the loss of his job after whistle-blowing? …..
Friday, December 28, 2012
Christmas is a time of giving. Do you find buying a perfect gift for someone difficult? Especially someone who is special in your life?
What makes it even tougher is the ability to find the right gift, from the right outlet and with the right price, and according to your budget.
1. It conveys a message about the giver’s economic, social status plus moral value in life. For example, an expensive gift generally gives the perception that the giver is rich. If a gift has religious bearing, we often think that the giver is a pious person.
3. Gifts are also given to strengthen relationships or to mend a broken one. A gift is a symbol of good will. The story of Jacob and Esau illustrates this point very clearly. In Genesis 32: 13-21, we find Jacob selecting precious gifts to be given to his brother to pacify his anger and ultimately restore their broken relationship.
The question is “What Makes a Gift the Right Gift?”
1. The gift of Jesus is, in fact, all the treasures of heaven given to the whole human race.
2. God’s gift is the perfect gift that offers the right solution to our sin problem. Romans 6:23 reminds us of our human condition. “For the wages of sin is death. But the gift of God is eternal life.”
As you see, regardless of the price tag, everything that we give is temporary. They don’t last for a long time. If today I gave you a new car, that car will break down a few years from now. The clothes that you receive will eventually wear out. Everything will pass in time. But the Bible tells us that God’s gift lasts forever. His gift through Jesus is eternal.
4. It is a gift given to restore our broken relationships not only with our loved ones, not only with our friends, but most important of all, with God.
Let me conclude this message with a story: