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01 February 2019 – Zechariah 4:6 (NIV)

Scripture

So he said to me, “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty.

Reflection

It is not easy to keep our faith in times of trouble and hardships. One person who can relate is Zerubbabel who rebuilt God’s temple that collapsed by the hands of the Assyrians. However, there was a time when the construction of the temple was suspended for 16 years due to all sorts of interferences. Yet, he managed to persevere. It was not out of his strength (might or power) but by God’s help (God’s Spirit). When you are faced with difficulties and hardships, do you try to persevere and overcome it by your own strength, plans, and wisdom, or do you look towards God for help? Do you turn to the Bible (God’s Word) for wisdom, and do you pray and seek God’s counsel? How do you keep your faith during hard times? (Woowon)

Thoughts for the day

  • What does this passage tell you about God, Jesus and man?
  • What do you feel God is telling you through these passages?
  • How can you apply this message in an area of your life that needs transformation?
  • Is there anyone you can share this message with?

Prayer

Pray (silently) for the people who are seated close to you as you read this.

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By |2019-01-29T12:26:45+08:00February 1st, 2019|Week 5|0 Comments

31 January 2019 – Mark 14:27 (NIV)

Scripture

27 “You will all fall away,” Jesus told them, “for it is written:

“‘I will strike the shepherd,
    and the sheep will be scattered.’

Reflection

Before, during, and after Jesus’s crucifixion his disciples forsook him. The very same people Jesus handpicked himself. People are fallible, weak and they can’t safe themselves. Hence the incredible act of love on the cross. However, when we look around us we see and realize our lives and situations aren’t stable, and our circumstances or will power can’t save us. Yet, many people (including ourselves) end up relying on money, people, and or even our careers instead of God. The Bible calls this “idol worship”.

Are you allowing “idol worships’ to steer you away from God, or does it make you even more so thankful that your salvation is not depended on circumstances, emotions or how well we do in our careers, but on Jesus’ precious blood (Woowon)

Thoughts for the day

  • What does this passage tell you about God, Jesus and man?
  • What do you feel God is telling you through these passages?
  • How can you apply this message in an area of your life that needs transformation?
  • Is there anyone you can share this message with?

Prayer

Pray for spiritual revolution; for God to soften the hearts of Bhutanese people and the King towards the gospel of Jesus. And pray for God to grant us boldness to share his Gospel.

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By |2019-01-29T12:23:10+08:00January 31st, 2019|Week 5|0 Comments

30 January 2019 – Revelation 1:7 (NIV)

Scripture

“Look, he is coming with the clouds,”
    and “every eye will see him,
even those who pierced him”;
    and all peoples on earth “will mourn because of him.”
So shall it be! Amen.

Reflection

When Jesus returns, “every eye” will see him – both Christians and non-Christian. However, when Jesus comes again to judge the world those who do not know him will mourn because of him. This is a very important point to note. For non-Christians, their possessions, their beliefs, what they love, and everything else that they place their value in will be meaningless on the day of Christ’s return. One tactic the enemy uses is to distort the importance or reality of that day. But if they don’t face the truth, they will mourn on the day when Jesus comes again.

What do you hold most valuable, your relationship with Jesus, or your earthly possessions/beliefs? Does this passage create a joy within you knowing your security is in Christ, or does it create a sense of sadness? (Woowon)

Thoughts for the day

  • What does this passage tell you about God, Jesus and man?
  • What do you feel God is telling you through these passages?
  • How can you apply this message in an area of your life that needs transformation?
  • Is there anyone you can share this message with?

Prayer

Pray for your home country.

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By |2019-01-29T12:19:17+08:00January 30th, 2019|Week 5|0 Comments

29 January 2019 – Matthew 27:9 (NIV)

Scripture

Then what was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet was fulfilled: “They took the thirty pieces of silver, the price set on him by the people of Israel,

Reflection

In Zechariah 11 we read how God ends the relationship with the Israelites due to their disobedience towards God. He accomplishes this by taking away two important elements he gave them. The one is His “Favour” (Zechariah 11:10), and the other is His “Union”(Zechariah 11:14) with them.

Thankfully, the book of Zechariah doesn’t end on such a dreadful note. The book continues to tell about the Messiah who will come back with the lost “Favour” and “Union” that were taken away by God, however it will come at an earthly cost of thirty pieces of silver as prophesied by Zechariah (Zechariah 11:13).

This costly act on Jesus’ behalf resulted in God’s “favour” and ‘union” to be restored to us today. Through this act of love it not only saved us but it also restored our relationship with God. With all this in mind, how does this impact the way you live your life today? (Woowon)

Thoughts for the day

  • What does this passage tell you about God, Jesus and man?
  • What do you feel God is telling you through these passages?
  • How can you apply this message in an area of your life that needs transformation?
  • Is there anyone you can share this message with?

Prayer

Pray for the refugees in Europe and in Hong Kong and those who serve them.

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By |2019-01-28T15:17:14+08:00January 29th, 2019|Week 5|0 Comments

28 January 2019 – John 12:15 (NIV)

Scripture

15 “Do not be afraid, Daughter Zion;
    see, your king is coming,
    seated on a donkey’s colt.”

Reflection

John 12 sets a scene in which Jesus is entering Jerusalem as he prepares for his time on the cross, the act through which we receive salvation. God had prophesied this coming of Christ through the prophet Zechariah in the Old Testament. At the time of Zechariah, Israelites thought the Messiah would be “the judge” and therefore, the coming of the Messiah was met with fear for the Israelites. If so, what does Christ’s second coming mean to us? Is it fear? Or, joy?

God calls His people “Daughter” in today’s text. This means that God regards us as his children. We, as children of God, do not have to fear Christ’s coming. Christ will come to us as a king, and the king restores justice and love to the world.

Through Jesus coming on the colt, we can see God’s will for salvation. When a king comes on a donkey, we see a king’s humility. God, the true King, is one who can lower himself sufficiently to save us. This strong will of God for salvation is the only basis for our salvation, not how good we are.

Jesus, the King, came to save the world and will return to complete salvation. How glad we should be today of this Good News! (Woowon).

Thoughts for the day

  • What does this passage tell you about God, Jesus and man?
  • What do you feel God is telling you through these passages?
  • How can you apply this message in an area of your life that needs transformation?
  • Is there anyone you can share this message with?

Prayer

Pray for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit on Shanghai Community Fellowship and all of Shanghai.

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By |2019-01-27T19:05:59+08:00January 28th, 2019|Week 5|0 Comments

25 January 2019 – Habakkuk 2:20 (NIV)

Scripture

20 The Lord is in his holy temple;
    let all the earth be silent before him

Reflection

Awe. Reverence. Who could make all the earth be silent before His Majesty and Holiness?

In Habakkuk chapter 2 we read about the Lord’s reply as He compares Himself with idols created by human hands. If kings and queens of countries with monarchic systems are greeted with reverence and jubilation, how much more should we revere the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords?

Through the blood of Jesus on the Christ we gained access to the Father. Yet, we shall not forget who He is. Godly fear is a quality of reverence and respect of God that truly reminds us of why our hands are raised high when we worship. This can only come through faith.

Hebrews 11:6

And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty” (Su).

Thoughts for the day

  • What does this passage tell you about God, Jesus and man?
  • What do you feel God is telling you through these passages?
  • How can you apply this message in an area of your life that needs transformation?
  • Is there anyone you can share this message with?

Prayer

Ask the Holy Spirit to help you create a space in your calendar and a place in your life for prayer. Where?

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By |2019-01-19T06:41:50+08:00January 25th, 2019|Week 4|0 Comments

24 January 2019 – Acts 13:41 (NIV)

Scripture

41 “‘Look, you scoffers,
    wonder and perish,
for I am going to do something in your days
    that you would never believe,
    even if someone told you.’”

Reflection

After the usual reading of the Torah and the prophets, Paul and Barnabas were given an opportunity to address those who came to the synagogue in Antioch of Pisidia. As they retold the story of Israel from the Old Testament they also shared about Jesus Christ as the fulfillment of the prophesies that they so often heard about, and how those who believed in Him were declared right with God, something that the Law of Moses could never do (Acts 13:39). After speaking they would warn those who were listening to not fall in unbelief but to continue to believe in Jesus Christ the Messiah.

Is there anyone close to you who have heard about the Good News but is still walking in unbelief? What do you sense God wants you to do and at the same time say a pray for them today (Su).

Thoughts for the day

  • What does this passage tell you about God, Jesus and man?
  • What do you feel God is telling you through these passages?
  • How can you apply this message in an area of your life that needs transformation?
  • Is there anyone you can share this message with?

Prayer

Pray for the leaders of SCF; Elders, Ministry leaders, Staff, Community Group Leaders and all those who serve.

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By |2019-01-19T06:36:25+08:00January 24th, 2019|Week 4|0 Comments

23 January 2019 – Hebrews 10:37-38 (NIV)

Scripture

37 For,

“In just a little while,
    he who is coming will come
    and will not delay.”

38 And,

“But my righteous one will live by faith.
    And I take no pleasure
    in the one who shrinks back.”

Reflection

Repetition is a well-known educational tool. Not only does it help us remember facts but from a hermeneutical point (the study of the Bible), repetition is a method authors use to stress the importance of a truth or fact. In the last couple of days we’ve seen Habakkuk 2:4 being quoted in 3 different New Testament passages – “The righteous will live by faith”. It is safe to say that this quote is important and we should remember it.

The letter of Hebrews is directed to Christians who had suffered for the Gospel. It reminds me of that second wind you get when you feel tired, when you don’t have the strength to keep going, but knowing the truth help powers you through to reach the goal.

Have you been tired and or weary lately? Wondering if it is all worth it? Don’t despair. Hope in the One who is coming and who will not delay. Live by faith. Don’t shrink back. Power through and keep going (Su).

Thoughts for the day

  • What does this passage tell you about God, Jesus and man?
  • What do you feel God is telling you through these passages?
  • How can you apply this message in an area of your life that needs transformation?
  • Is there anyone you can share this message with?

Prayer

Follow the ACTS acronym in prayer: Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication (Asking).

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By |2019-01-19T06:43:12+08:00January 23rd, 2019|Week 4|0 Comments

22 January 2019 – Galatians 3:11 (NIV)

Scripture

11 Clearly no one who relies on the law is justified before God, because “the righteous will live by faith.”

Reflection

Today’s verse not only helps us to take the weight off our shoulders by ‘trying’ to be perfect but it also serves as an immense assurance and hope for humanity. No amount of effort or work on our part will ever render us right before God. We eventually mess up, we sin and we miss the mark.

This verse serves as a reality check that there’s nothing we can do by ourselves to earn God’s favour. Even the self-righteous can not save themselves. However, faith is required to live a righteous life as stated in Galatians 3 “The righteous will live by faith”.

Take some time today and let God search your heart. Have you been relying on the law to be justified before God or perhaps you have employed the same lenses to judge others? Turn to Jesus; his yoke is easy and light. Have that weight taken off of your shoulders (Su).

Thoughts for the day

  • What does this passage tell you about God, Jesus and man?
  • What do you feel God is telling you through these passages?
  • How can you apply this message in an area of your life that needs transformation?
  • Is there anyone you can share this message with?

Prayer

Think of someone you know who could use a little joy in their lives and pray for presence of the Lord to rest on them. “In His presence there is fullness of Joy” Psalm 16:11.

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By |2019-01-19T06:07:08+08:00January 22nd, 2019|Week 4|0 Comments

21 January 2019 – Romans 1:17 (NIV)

Scripture

17 For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.”

Reflection

Have you ever found yourself wrestling with difficult questions? Have you ever thought about bringing them to God? Habakkuk was a man that looked for answers to very difficult questions. Questions that arose as he observed the world around him; the same questions we might be asking today as well namely;

“Why do you make me look at injustice?

Why do you tolerate wrongdoing?

Destruction and violence are before me;

there is strife, and conflict abounds” (Habakkuk 1:3).

In his book we read about the prophet’s questions and God’s answers. One of the revelations Habakkuk received during his encounter with God is  similarly to what Paul echoes in Romans 1: “The righteous will live by faith.” The Gospel reveals to us how righteous God is and how we are made righteous through Jesus Christ – a message that’s full of hope.

By faith, as we trust God, we are saved; we have life both now and forever more (Su).

Thoughts for the day

  • What does this passage tell you about God, Jesus and man?
  • What do you feel God is telling you through these passages?
  • How can you apply this message in an area of your life that needs transformation?
  • Is there anyone you can share this message with?

Prayer

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28. Be still and allow the presence of Jesus to bring you rest right now.

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By |2019-01-19T05:44:42+08:00January 21st, 2019|Week 4|0 Comments