Monthly Archives: November 2017

30 NOVEMBER 2017 – Romans 5:7-9 (NIV)

Scripture

Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him!

Reflection

Before we knew God, thought about God or much less loved God, He loved us. He showed us His love by making a way for us to return to Him even though it was uncertain we would ever take Him up on the offer. If God has invested this much to bring us back from the dead, then how much more will he deliver us from the troubles of today? In the words of the song writer, “He didn’t bring us this far to leave us, He didn’t teach us to swim to let us drown, He didn’t build his home in us to move away, He didn’t lift us up to let us down” (Ps. Dale).

Thoughts for the day

  • What does this passage tell us about God and people?
  • What stands out to you in this passage and why?
  • What action points can you take to apply this passage in your life?
  • Who can you encourage with this story/message?

Prayer

Pray for the spiritually lost among the global community in Shanghai; pray that they will be drawn to God by the Holy Spirit.

 

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By |2017-11-22T03:46:38+08:00November 30th, 2017|Week 4|0 Comments

29 NOVEMBER 2017 – 1 Corinthians 6:18-20 (AMP)

Scripture

18 Run away from sexual immorality [in any form, whether thought or behavior, whether visual or written]. Every other sin that a man commits is outside the body, but the one who is sexually immoral sins against his own body. 19 Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is within you, whom you have [received as a gift] from God, and that you are not your own [property]? 20 You were bought with a price [you were actually purchased with the precious blood of Jesus and made His own]. So then, honor and glorify God with your body.

Reflection

Some people think that spirituality is for the human spirit and therefore what happens to our bodies doesn’t matter. Most of us our well aware of the problems we have with our bodies and as we get older we experience an increasing number of concerns. What is so valuable about a body that has so many issues? But we don’t have a body, we ARE a body. God thinks so much of our bodies that he is going to resurrect each one. Take good care of the packaging, God will use it later! (Ps. Dale).

Thoughts for the day

  • What does this passage tell us about God and people?
  • What does this passage tell you?
  • What is one way you can apply this truth to your life this week?
  • Who can you encourage with this story/message?

Prayer

Pray for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit on SCF.

 

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By |2017-11-22T03:41:20+08:00November 29th, 2017|Week 4|0 Comments

28 NOVEMBER 2017 – 1 Peter 2:11-12 (ESV)

Scripture

11 Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul. 12 Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation.


Reflection

The evil one, Satan, is waging a war on the battlefield of our minds. He is regularly sending urges, fantasies and thoughts to stimulate the desires that take us away from our heavenly Father. The choices we make about the things we will think about, the places we will go, the things we will do or not do can help the Holy Spirit help us win the battle and give praise to God (Ps. Dale).

Thoughts for the day

  • What does this passage tell us about God and people?
  • What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
  • What would it look like if Christ-followers totally applied this passage in their lives today?
  • Who can you encourage with this story/message?

Prayer

Take a moment to pray for one person on your mind. Pray for your relationship with them; for their situation; for God to be near to them.

 

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By |2017-11-22T03:37:26+08:00November 28th, 2017|Week 4|0 Comments

27 NOVEMBER 2017 – Matthew 5:13-16 (NIV)

Scripture

13 “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.

14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.


Reflection

I have seen the remnants of Middle Eastern villages built on hilltops for protection. I have seen the same in modern times and the effect can be the same, one stands below and looks up to see the light coming from the village at night; you know you are almost home. The word “home” does not create the same feeling for everyone; those of us in the Father’s house must live in such a way that for at least the people who know us, they will see that the Father’s house is a good place and He is a good, good Father (Ps. Dale).

Thoughts for the day

  • What does this passage tell us about God and people?
  • What stands out to you in this passage and why?
  • What action points can you take to apply this passage in your life?
  • Who can you encourage with this story/message?

Prayer

Pray God’s presence into the place you’re in right now. Whether that’s your home, university or your local community.

 

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By |2017-11-22T03:32:20+08:00November 27th, 2017|Week 4|0 Comments

24 NOVEMBER 2017 – John 15:5 (NIV)

Scripture

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.

Reflection

A mentor once described what we do for Jesus with the words “fruitful and effective”, I never forgot it. Jesus clearly gives us the direction we need for being fruitful, it is to remain in Him. Think of all the things we can do for him, teach children, serve the poor, feed the hungry, or prophesy but none of if it adds up to anything if Jesus is not in those things and He will not be in those things if we are not in Him. One way to be in Christ is to be in His Word, that is the Bible. Jesus has chosen to reveal himself in the words of the Bible; the more we know it, read it, memorize it and let it transform our worldview the more we are in Him. We become “life giving” people because the life giving qualities of the vine are in us (Ps. Dale).

Thoughts for the day

  • What does this passage tell us about God and people?
  • What does this passage tell you?
  • What is one way you can apply this truth to your life this week?
  • Who can you encourage with this story/message?

Prayer

Pray for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon SCF

 

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By |2017-11-15T22:51:07+08:00November 24th, 2017|Week 3|0 Comments

23 NOVEMBER 2017 – James 1:17 (NIV)

Scripture

17 Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.

Reflection

Why is this so tempting? Why am I being tempted? I thought that when I become a Christian that I wouldn’t experience temptations. These are all good questions but one bad answer would be that God is tempting us or is causing the temptation. This is why James masterfully explains how we contribute to our own temptations. (James 1:13-15) Let’s not kid ourselves, not only is not God tempting us, rather he has given us a gift, the confidence that what we believe is true and first place among all that He loves (Ps. Dale).

Thoughts for the day

  • What does this passage tell us about God and people?
  • What stands out to you in this passage and why?
  • What action points can you take to apply this passage in your life?
  • Who can you encourage with this story/message?

Prayer

Our prayers matter – wherever you are, your prayers could change the destiny of a nation. Start with one nation; one that stirs your heart or catches your attention.

 

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By |2017-11-15T22:46:41+08:00November 23rd, 2017|Week 3|0 Comments

22 NOVEMBER 2017 – 1 Corinthians 10:31 (AMP)

Scripture

31 So then, whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of [our great] God.

Reflection

It is one of those inclusive statements where the meaning is hard to miss, “Whatever you do, “In everything you do” “Anything you do” do it all to the glory of God. In all that we do make it a praise to God aligned with his character and nature and His expressed will and purpose. Before this “all-purpose” statement is the statement, “Whether you eat or drink” in other words the writer moved from the specific to the general. Let’s not miss the specifics here. Some Christians were deeply troubled by things that their fellow Christians were eating, foods offered in pagan rituals, Can we eat these or no? It’s about connecting to the heart of God for each situation. I value my freedom, which is a gift from God, but I value the work of grace in someone else’s life even more. Think of it as “re-gifting”; the grace I received I re-wrap and give to you (Ps. Dale).

Thoughts for the day

  • What does this passage tell us about God and people?
  • What stands out to you in this passage and why?
  • What would it look like if Christ-followers totally applied this truth (or obeyed this principle) in their lives today?
  • Who can you encourage with this story/message?

Prayer

Pray for a renewed sense of God’s Presence. Allow yourself to stop and acknowledge God’s presence – pray “Holy Spirit Come ”.

 

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By |2017-11-15T22:41:00+08:00November 22nd, 2017|Week 3|0 Comments

21 NOVEMBER 2017 – 1 Corinthians 6:18-20 (ESV)

Scripture

18 Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin[a] a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body. 19 Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, 20 for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.

Reflection

You are a whole person and this of course includes our bodies, in other words we don’t just “have” a body we are a body. There is much that God has to say about why we are a body and here we see one of those reasons, our body is a sacred space for the Holy Spirit to dwell. We are a holistic offering to God; we belong to Him body, soul and spirit (Ps. Dale).

Thoughts for the day

  • What does this passage tell us about God and people?
  • What stands out to you in this passage and why?
  • What would it look like if Christ-followers totally applied this truth (or obeyed this principle) in their lives today?
  • Who can you encourage with this story/message?

Prayer

Pray for the Board of Elders, Ministry leaders and Admin staff at SCF.

 

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By |2017-11-15T22:35:55+08:00November 21st, 2017|Week 3|0 Comments

20 NOVEMBER 2017 – Matthew 5:14-16 (NIV)

Scripture

14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

Reflection

In ancient times people built towns on top of hills. If you were standing below the town at night against the dark sky you would see the light coming from the houses and shops clustered together, you couldn’t miss it. In modern times we approach cities from above in a plane; as we approach a city we also see the darkness settled across the land; the light emanating from the city stands out, you can’t miss it. When we turn on the light in a dark room we do it so that we can see but so can everyone else who enters the room, we all benefit from the light. When followers of Jesus do acts of kindness in Jesus name, light fills the room, we see Jesus and our Heavenly Father is glorified (Ps. Dale).

Thoughts for the day

  • What does this passage tell us about God and people?
  • What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
  • How can you apply this passage in your daily life?
  • Who can you encourage with this story/message?

Prayer

Pray for the people around you. Take a minute to pray for those you can see; or those who immediately spring to mind.

 

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By |2017-11-15T22:29:40+08:00November 20th, 2017|Week 3|0 Comments

17 NOVEMBER 2017 – 1 Samuel 24:16-22 (MSG)

Scripture

16-21 When David had finished saying all this, Saul said, “Can this be the voice of my son David?” and he wept in loud sobs. “You’re the one in the right, not me,” he continued. “You’ve heaped good on me; I’ve dumped evil on you. And now you’ve done it again—treated me generously. God put me in your hands and you didn’t kill me. Why? When a man meets his enemy, does he send him down the road with a blessing? May God give you a bonus of blessings for what you’ve done for me today! I know now beyond doubt that you will rule as king. The kingdom of Israel is already in your grasp! Now promise me under God that you will not kill off my family or wipe my name off the books.”

22 David promised Saul. Then Saul went home and David and his men went up to their wilderness refuge.

Reflection

David and Saul have a history together; Saul has known David since he was a young teenager. David gets more than he was asking for when Saul not only acknowledges that David is a “good-doer” but he is also Israel’s next king and that God is with David. It’s like a very rough and awkward succession plan that in the end will work but there are a still a few difficult things to settle before David is settled. In time, David will also yield his throne to one who will come after him and will exceed him in every way. (Ps. Dale).

Thoughts for the day

  • What does this passage tell us about God and people?
  • What stands out to you in this passage and why?
  • How can you apply this passage in your daily life?
  • Who can you encourage with this story/message?

Prayer

There are 7.5 billion people and 196 countries in the world. How do we start to pray for them? Start with one nation; one that stirs your heart or catches your attention.

 

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By |2017-11-08T11:24:52+08:00November 17th, 2017|Week 2|0 Comments