Jesus explains he is also the light of life. Jesus is the very light of God come among men; and Jesus is the light, which gives people life. A flower can never blossom when it never sees the sunlight. So our lives can never flower with the grace and beauty they ought to have until they are irradiated with the light of the presence of Jesus ChristRead More
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Our aim is to share the wisdom of the bible and experience, and what Jesus has done in our lives.
And he did not do many miracles there because of their lack of faith. Matthew 13:58
Matthew 13 records that Jesus did only a few miracles because the people who knew Jesus did not believe He was who He said He was. Think about the time before Pentecost. Those who walked with Jesus had doubts. Many were still waiting for the Messiah, even while Jesus was in their midst. Some worshipped while others doubted as Jesus ascended to Heaven. The one who proclaimed Jesus as the son of God, denied Jesus.
But after Pentecost, everything changes. Paul captures this in Romans
And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. Romans 5:5
Romans 5 connects agape love directly with being filled with the Holy Spirit. Paul sees this indwelling of the Holy Spirit as the ongoing work of Pentecost. The unrelenting and unconditional love of God is not just given to us, but is there to fill us to overflowing. The agape love of God sent Jesus to earth so that we might believe in Him and enjoy eternal life. For the follower of Jesus, we need to desire the filling of the Spirit, to be dwelt by agape love so that it may change us inside out.
Agape love fills us with the power of God and transforms us to effective witness. The starting point is rebirth, and being born of spirit and receiving a new heart. And into this new heart, the person of the Holy Spirit seeks to fill us with agape love. Only from agape, can we truely exercising His power. And it always reminds us that God always works from the inside out. God starts with our heart, we believe in His transforming power at work in us, and our witness of His love and power follows.
What is being filled with the Holy Spirit? It is being filled with agape Love - a love that must come from God and must continually come from God. This is what Jesus said when He use to remain in Him - He is the vine -the source of agape - and we are the branches - the carries and conduits of agape...
Being filled with the Holy Spirit is not unusual - it is to experience the way, to know the truth and live the life.
In Church, you should have daughters and sons but as an older generation, it is your responsibility to move first into motherhood. And because of this, in Church, you should have mothers. The natural and right response is to embrace mums! The Church is a place where woman are called to practice motherhood. Motherhood should be obvious, experienced and celebrated.Read More
My mother was capable, always made things look easy. Nothing was too hard. She knew the value of being a mother even when things were bleak, difficult or meaningless. She had a higher calling. Her God-given job as a mother was important.
I think of my mum as being sacrificial, selfless, caring, loving, mentor, guide and advice giver (even when not wanted), protector, shelter (through the storms of life), giving, and faithful in prayer.
Every time you say no to temptation and no to sin, you make a sacrifice. Every time you say yes to generous giving and giving up your time and resources to serve others, that is a spiritual sacrifice. Every time your actions 'cost' you something here on this earth, that is a sacrifice of spiritual consequence. So because of this, as ones who belong to this holy priesthood, what have a different value system and thought process about 'land' and 'wealth', We realise that for us, Jesus is our share, Jesus is our portion and our inheritance.Read More
The people knew that the authorities intended to kill Jesus. Earlier they declared him to be demon-possessed for expressing such thoughts! The Messiah was identifying himself as Saviour, yet the people refused to be saved. The opposition attempted to arrest Jesus. But their plans failed as his time had not yet come. The religious leaders were breaking the very laws they professed to upholdRead More
Think about a time when a new person entered into your world, someone who did not know you or your previous work or accomplishments. Someone who did not value your skills or experience or even desire to find out anything about you. The favour or history you have enjoyed, and perhaps rightfully so, disappears before your eyes.Read More
One day when I was riding in the back of the car beside my baby girl watching her staring up at me - again - constantly, it struck me. This is how Jesus wants us to look at him. Staring. Without blinking. It’s not rude. It’s not awkward. It’s a child looking up at its parent with total trust, a feeling of total comfort, confidence and reassurance.Read More
Jesus was attacked by the religious leaders for healing on the Sabbath. Then he was attacked for claiming to be the Son of God. Jesus explained his relationship with his Father. Jesus declared that he would judge the dead whom he would raise.But his (and our) work meanwhile is also to Wake the Dead (the spiritually dead).Read More
This is a well known miracle and the only one recorded in all four gospels. So our familiarity with it can tempt us to treat it rather glibly and miss out the extra detail that John provides.
Indeed, if we examine every verse and ask questions, the whole passage lights up like never before.
Whenever you have power, you should use it help a person - not withholding the good you can give through your power. Afterall, if we trust God, we are actually His agents at work in the world that needs help - and God is able to bring people across our paths who we can help.Read More
My mind had moved quickly from misplaced wallet to stolen wallet - i was already worrying about tomorrow, when really, there was no need. I was feeling stressed about tomorrow when it was all in my head. Today has enough troubles yet i had begun to fill my head with tomorrows troubles also.Read More
A great habit is to ask every day for wisdom - to ask God for help with your everyday things. And maybe you can avoid making decisions you didn't need to make, spending what you didnt need to spend, and giving time to things that never needed time.Read More
When Jesus invites us to follow Him, when you grasp that 'me' fully, you too will have a decision make - to give up your life and follow....or stay with the fish. These ordinary people followed because when the 'me' invites you, to follow is the only action that makes sense.Read More
Finding moments to engage in contemplative thinking has always been a challenge, but today more than ever, we struggle to create space in our lives for reflection. Instead, there are powerful media devices everywhere that promise unending entertainment and amusement.Read More
Today, we find ourselves watching more YouTube and Netflix than ever and picking up the iPad to surf the internet or listen to a podcast. Is there any place in your schedule left for that time to be still?Read More
But this is not about your face. The point is you can never reach the end of reflection or pin it down to a formula or an approach – and if you try, I suggest you will quickly become bored and stale in your sketch-life! Or worse, become too critical and self-righteous.Read More