Week 1

08 February 2019 – Colossians 1:17 (NIV)

Scripture

17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.

Reflection

Rev. Dr. John Polkinghorne was a particle physicist, and Professor of Mathematical Physics at Cambridge University. He had always been active in his Christian faith but when he reached his mid-forties he decided that he’d “done [his] bit for physics”, resigned from his university position, and began a second career in the Church. After a number of years as a parish priest he returned to the academic world and made a significant contribution to the field of science and religion. Polkinghorne describes the universe as a “multi-layered reality”, but what ties those layers together? Polkinghorne’s answer is that they reflect different aspects of God’s character: his rational mind, his joy in creation and his goodness. “You could say that the universe is a world shot through with signs of mind and, as a theist I think that it is indeed the mind of God that is revealed to us in this way.” Some physicists have searched for a ‘Grand Unified Theory’, or ‘Theory of Everything’. Polkinghorne says that “I actually believe that the grandest Unified Theory, the true Theory of Everything, is provided by belief in God.” (Ps. Dale)

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 focus; fix your eyes back to Jesus and acknowledge Him at the center of everything.

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By |2019-02-01T12:44:53+08:00February 8th, 2019|Week 1|0 Comments

07 February 2019 – 1 Thessalonians 2:19 (NIV)

Scripture

19 For what is our hope, our joy, or the crown in which we will glory in the presence of our Lord Jesus when he comes? Is it not you?

Reflection

Paul looks forward to the presence of the Lord Jesus which will be uncovered when he comes. Jesus is presently reigning as Lord at God’s right hand, sharing God’s throne. (Revelation 3:21) The power and the glory of Jesus will be revealed to everyone at that time. Yet, as awesome as that day will be, and taking nothing away from the glory of Jesus, Paul is thinking here of the incredible experience of being able to share that day with his friends. We wear the friendships we have in Christ, as crowns of joy. What a Jesus we have in our friends! (Ps. Dale)

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

Bring to mind some of the qualities of God that you know to be true, then spend time giving thanks to God for who He is.

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By |2019-02-01T12:43:19+08:00February 7th, 2019|Week 1|0 Comments

06 February 2019 – Hebrews 1:3 (NIV)

Scripture

The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.

Reflection

In this context the word, “glory” refers to God’s glory. It is unique to God alone and Jesus has it because he is the source of this glory and the light which radiates from him. . . . As the stamp of an image on a coin distinguishes the government behind the coin so Jesus has the distinguishing mark of divinity. . . . The seat at the “right hand” is a seat of honor, in fact, of highest honor. (Psalm 110:1) Finally, in the words of the children’s song we gain this last perspective change, “He’s got the whole world, in his hands, He’s got the whole world, in his hands, He’s got the little bitty babies, in his hands, He’s got you and me friend, in his hands, He’s got the whole world in his hands” (Ps. Dale)

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

Read the Bible verse above a few times, slowly, and note any words or phrases that jump out to you. Pray for wisdom and revelation as you take time in God’s presence.

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By |2019-02-01T12:41:41+08:00February 6th, 2019|Week 1|0 Comments

05 February 2019 – Hebrews 1:2 (NIV)

Scripture

but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe.

Reflection

“In these last days” it may seem awkward to say it this way but from the perspective of the New Testament, from the time of the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus we have been living in the “last days”. God, the Father would refer to Jesus as his son when he was baptized, “This is my Son in whom I am well pleased. Luke 3:22 and on the mountain when Jesus was seen by his friends in all of his glory. (Luke 9:35) What Jesus has made he also inherits as the Son. What he has received he also freely gives. (Hebrews 2:9-11) Those who love him can do no less. (Matthew 10:8) (Ps. Dale)

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

Grab a piece of paper and write down the different parts of your life where you want to rely on God more. Perhaps your work, time, money or relationships. Then pray through e ach one and invite God to be present.

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By |2019-02-01T12:40:06+08:00February 5th, 2019|Week 1|0 Comments

04 February 2019 – Hebrews 1:1 (NIV)

Scripture

In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways,

Reflection

As author Donald Guthrie has pointed out, the entire letter makes one large assumption, “God speaks”! God has communicated, he has revealed himself and is doing so today. In the past God spoke in a variety of ways; through dreams (Who can forget Pharaoh’s dream in Genesis 41), Visions (Ezekiel’s vision of a valley of dry bones coming to life in Ezekiel 37) and illustrations (Jeremiah’s visit to the Potter’s House in Jeremiah 18) and mostly through prophets. Individuals allowed God to speak through them what he would say to his people and to us who are living today. Yet God’s greatest revelation had not come; even so come Lord Jesus (Ps. Dale)

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

“Relying on God has to begin all over again every day, as if nothing had yet been done” – C S Lewis Today, take time to stop, pause and rely on God again.

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By |2019-02-01T12:38:03+08:00February 4th, 2019|Week 1|0 Comments

7 December 2018 – 1 Thessalonians 3:11-13 (NIV)

Scripture

11 Now may our God and Father himself and our Lord Jesus clear the way for us to come to you. 12 May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as ours does for you. 13 May he strengthen your hearts so that you will be blameless and holy in the presence of our God and Father when our Lord Jesus comes with all his holy ones.

Reflection

In the closing of this chapter we read a prayer Paul wrote to the Thessalonians (since Paul couldn’t have been there physically himself – see chapter 2:18). From this prayer we can learn two things that we can include in our daily prayers. Firstly, Paul prayers that God will make a way for him to visit the Thessalonians. Yes, Paul can as easily decide to visit them, however Paul understood the importance of prayer and the desire to do God’s will. For in God we live, and move, and have our being. The second point we can learn from this payer is that Paul desired for the Thessalonians (and something that we should desire for ourselves too) is to increase and abound in love towards one another (referring to the Thessalonians believers) and to all men (Con).

Thoughts for the day

  • When you have to make decisions, how often do you pray before you act?
  • When you pray, do you only pray for yourself and your needs or for the others (believers and non-believers?

Prayer

Pray for somewhere in the world that needs God’s attention. Flick to a news app or website, and pick a news story to pray for.

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By |2018-12-05T12:20:14+08:00December 7th, 2018|Week 1|0 Comments

6 December 2018 – Psalm 25:1-10 (NIV)

Scripture

In you, Lord my God,
    I put my trust.

I trust in you;
    do not let me be put to shame,
    nor let my enemies triumph over me.
No one who hopes in you
    will ever be put to shame,
but shame will come on those
    who are treacherous without cause.

Show me your ways, Lord,
    teach me your paths.
Guide me in your truth and teach me,
    for you are God my Savior,
    and my hope is in you all day long.
Remember, Lord, your great mercy and love,
    for they are from of old.
Do not remember the sins of my youth
    and my rebellious ways;
according to your love remember me,
    for you, Lord, are good.

Good and upright is the Lord;
    therefore he instructs sinners in his ways.
He guides the humble in what is right
    and teaches them his way.
10 All the ways of the Lord are loving and faithful
    toward those who keep the demands of his covenant.

Reflection

David, who wrote the Psalms, starts this psalm by declaring how he puts his trust in God. Not in circumstances, people or worldly things. It is because of this trust and confidence in God’s promises and His character, that David can say in verse 2 and 3; no shame will over take him. However it is worth noting that God isn’t a genie that one could ask certain favours and once it’s been granted you depart from God. We clearly see in the remaining of these verses how David is asking God to show and teach him God’s ways and commandments, to guide him in the truth and to remind him of God’s love and how impossible it is for David to achieve any of this on his own account. It’s because God saved David from his sins, that David can now have the confidence to put his faith and trust in God, who would also redeem him and rescue him from shame. What a great psalm to pray to God and praise His great name (Con).

Thoughts for the day

  • What do you define trust as and do you fully trust God with all of your life?
  • How often in your prayer time do you view God as a genie?
  • Do you worship God for who He is or what He can do or give to you?

Prayer

Grab your camera and go for a prayer walk with the intention of taking photos of the beauty you see in people, buildings and nature. As you pray, ask God to speak and reveal more of His creativity to you.

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By |2018-12-05T12:15:42+08:00December 6th, 2018|Week 1|0 Comments

5 December 2018 – Jeremiah 33:14-16 (NIV)

Scripture

14 “‘The days are coming,’ declares the Lord, ‘when I will fulfill the good promise I made to the people of Israel and Judah.

15 “‘In those days and at that time
    I will make a righteous Branch sprout from David’s line;
    he will do what is just and right in the land.
16 In those days Judah will be saved
    and Jerusalem will live in safety.
This is the name by which it will be called:
    The Lord Our Righteous Savior.’

Reflection

In these couple of verses we see a prophecy that is timeless. In chapter 33 the prophet Jeremiah prophesied what Judah and Jerusalem would experience once they’ve returned from captivity. He declares both these two kingdoms of Israel will see their country being rebuilt to its former glory, their sins being pardoned, and their country enjoy adequacy and joy, all for the glory of God.

In a similar manner, the prophet also continues by announcing this good news is not only for Israel, but also for all those who put their faith in Jesus Christ (the righteous Branch from David’ line). We too can be restored to out former glory (the way God made us before we sinned). Our sins can also be pardoned and our lives can also be joyful all for God’s glory.

As post New Testament believers we are in a very privilege position since we read Jeremiah’s words and we also get to see in the New Testament it being fulfilled. What an incredible surety we have in this marvelous book called the Bible (Con).

Thoughts for the day

  • Is there anything in the Bible that you doubt or causes you to fully trust in God’s love for you?
  • Do you live a life that reflects Jeremiah’s prophecy of Israel?

Prayer

Pray for courage; pray for opportunities to be courageously generous, loving and gracious to those around you today.

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By |2018-12-01T13:43:39+08:00December 5th, 2018|Week 1|0 Comments

4 December 2018 – Luke 21:34-36 (NIV)

Scripture

34 “Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you suddenly like a trap. 35 For it will come on all those who live on the face of the whole earth. 36 Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man.”

Reflection

These 3 verses follows yesterday’s parable of the second coming of Jesus Christ. Here Jesus is cautioning and counseling us at the same time that even though one will be able to realize the second coming is drawing near based on the signs. It is still very much possible to miss the signs based on everyday life issues. These verses also clearly state no one who lives on the earth will escape the second coming. Don’t be weighted down by life’s problems. Cast them on Christ so that you will know with surety (based on what Jesus did on the cross) that you will also stand one day before the Son of Man when he comes (Con).

Thoughts for the day

  • Are there any issues or problems that are currently weighing you down? Are you willing to cast it on Jesus?
  • Who do you know who should hear this message?

Prayer

Pray for focus; fix your eyes back to Jesus and acknowledge Him at the center of everything.

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By |2018-12-01T13:38:17+08:00December 4th, 2018|Week 1|0 Comments

3 December 2018 – Luke 21:29-33 (NIV)

Scripture

29 He told them this parable: “Look at the fig tree and all the trees. 30 When they sprout leaves, you can see for yourselves and know that summer is near. 31 Even so, when you see these things happening, you know that the kingdom of God is near.

32 “Truly I tell you, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened. 33 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.

Reflection

In these couple of verses Jesus uses a parable to explain the awereness of the second coming. In the same way one knows summer is near based on the the leaves of a fig tree that is sprouting. Similarly, one will also know the second coming of Jesus is near based on the end time signs that are happing. See Luke 21:25-28 for more information regarding the signs for the end times.

This parable also links up very well with the Advent season we are entering. Advent is a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus at Christmas as well as the return of Jesus at the second coming. Advent commences on the fourth Sunday before Christmas. This is a great way to start preparing your heart for what Christ has done for you on the cross and the surety that he will come again on a cloud with power and great glory (Con).

Thoughts for the day

  • In what way do you sense God wants you to prepare (either through prayer or fasting) in anticipation of Jesus’ birth?
  • Which areas of your life are you the most thankful for when it comes to the redemptive power of the cross?

Prayer

Pray for revelation: ask God to show you something of His character, presence or beauty where you are now.

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By |2018-12-01T13:34:50+08:00December 3rd, 2018|Week 1|0 Comments