Power & Limit

If Thou canst do any thing, have compassion on us, and help us ~ Mark 9:22

It has been lately in my mind and the devotion from Oswald Chambers today seems very apt. A lot of time I have struggle with my weaknesses and limitations. I want to do a lot things, but I am limited by time, knowledge, strength, and probably wisdom. And I thought if only I have better time management, clearer mind, greater strength, smarter brain, etc, then I would be able to achieve more.

And I was wondering what does ‘Power’ means when Jesus said when Holy Spirit comes you’ll be clothed with power from on high? Or what some writers talk about ‘Working from the place of Rest’? Or again what Isaiah said, “those who wait on the Lord will renew their strength like eagles?”

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Take Hold of What God has Promised

He has given us His very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. ~ 2Peter 1:4 (NIV)

This morning, as I read the story of Genesis 14, the above verse suddenly became very clear. And I’m so glad to understand how good God is. Here the account of Genesis 14 that I read:

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Jesus’ Comission to Peter

This week has been extra-ordinary in ways that I simply can’t put into words. The first response that I had was this Simon Peter response:

Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!” ~ Luke 5:8 (NIV)

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The Lord is good and His love endures forever

Yesterday afternoon, as I was having lunch and talking with a colleague, my phone rang. I didn’t believe the name that appear; it’s from my pastor from Singapore. I was wondering what is this call about? Did he press wrongly?

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What Are You Made For

But ask the animals, and they will teach you,
    or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you; ~Job 12:7 (NIV)

I am still pretty much shocked in awe and wonder when my girl shared with me about what she learnt about bird. She is probably would be a good teacher that impact her students.

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I have a dream

Last night I had the similar dream again, where I was repeating my high school and university days, frantically trying to pass weeks of exams. It felt so real. I could see the buildings, the friends, and even felt the tense atmosphere in the air. I also felt the tiredness of climbing up stairs and studying till late night. Continue reading

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True hearing

This morning as I read God’s word, the theme of Hearing God’s Word just everywhere. Here some the points that I gather:

All hears, but few bears fruit.

Was reading from Mark 4:1-20 where Jesus spoke in Parables and explained the meaning of the parable. There are 4 group of hearers. Everybody does hear. Some even receive it joyfully at once. But only few bears fruit at the end. Why is it so?

Hence it’s not a simplistic matter of hearing vs not hearing. It’s not even the comparison between accepting vs rejecting. What I think Jesus getting at is the fruitfulness as result of that hearing.

The good soil is differentiated with these verbs: welcome and bear. To welcome somebody or something has deeper involvement than simply accept or receive. It takes great effort to welcome. And to bear is definitely a very loaded word which indicate not only great effort, sacrifice, but also long endurance, with the eyes set on the outcome of that long bearing. It is a hard labor (though could be accepted joyfully).

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4 years old self talk

Today was a tiring day. From morning we’re out. As I’m resting and looking into what’s running in other friends life (lost of child, lost of trust over someone who claimed to be a Christian, anxious over loved one), I heard my girl’s talking to herself.

“Do you know how God loves you?”

“He sent Jesus.”

How sweet those words to my heavy hearts. I don’t have solution to all the world’s problems and pains. But God is definitely knows and He cares.

May God heal your hurts my friends, and fill your hearts with songs of gladness again.

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Rumbling thoughts (milestone year, uncertainties, and questions)

There has been many things going on in my life & thoughts at the moment. That I thought to write them down will help me to cool down 🙂 Continue reading

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New Year 2019

One thing I ask from the Lord,
this only do I seek:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
all the days of my life,
to gaze on the beauty of the Lord
and to seek Him in His temple. ~Ps 27:4 (NIV)

Last week we did a daring thing: camping. It was a wonderful and unforgettable experience for all of us. Our girls love it so much. At the end of the trip, they asked if we could do it again another time. My wife enjoyed the few days of worship and listening to good Bible teachings. At the end of the trip, she fell flat exhausted. I feel refreshed and recharged through the raw and soothing experience of camping and retreat from daily work. After we arrived, the next day I slept the best sleep of the whole year. Continue reading

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