Week 3

19 April 2019 – Philippians 2:6-11 (NIV)

Scripture

Who, being in very nature God,
    did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
rather, he made himself nothing
    by taking the very nature of a servant,
    being made in human likeness.
And being found in appearance as a man,
    he humbled himself
    by becoming obedient to death—
        even death on a cross!

Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
    and gave him the name that is above every name,
10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
    in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,
    to the glory of God the Father.

Reflection

Before becoming human, Jesus pre-existed in glory and in equality with God but unlike Adam and all of humanity who tried to seize equality with God, Jesus chose not to exploit his status as God rather he emptied himself of status, became human, he became a servant of humanity but even more he allowed himself to be humiliated by being obedient to the Father by going to his death through Roman execution. Through God’s power Jesus’ death has been reversed by his resurrection and now God has highly exalted Jesus as the king of all; giving him the name that is above all names. In the things that happened to Jesus we can know who he is and we can know who God is. We also have an example to follow – Jesus (thebibleproject.com) (Ps. Dale).

Thoughts for the day

  • What does this passage tell you about God and Jesus?
  • What does this passage tell you about people?
  • What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
  • How can you apply this message in an area of your life that needs transformation?
  • Is there anyone you think should hear or will benefit from this message? Go and tell them.

Prayer

Pray for people to join the work of proclaiming the good news, “Jesus is Risen”, to a lost and dying world.

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By |2019-04-12T12:05:32+08:00April 19th, 2019|Week 3|0 Comments

18 April 2019 – Psalm 31:5 (NIV)

Scripture

Into your hands I commit my spirit;
    deliver me, Lord, my faithful God.

Reflection

In the first four verses the psalmist, most likely David, is in some real trouble, like one caught in a net. What is also real is his trust in God; God’s commitment to see justice done and his ability to deliver. When Jesus quotes this verse from the cross, he only quotes the first half, “Into your hands I commit my spirit” The word “your” indicates the intimacy Jesus has with the heavenly Father, the one he calls “Abba”, a name of endearment. He does not ask his Father to deliver him, to save him from the cross. The Father and the Son have something altogether different in mind; the Father will not rescue him from the cross; he will raise him from the dead!  (Ps. Dale).

Thoughts for the day

  • What does this passage tell you about God and Jesus?
  • What does this passage tell you about people?
  • What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
  • How can you apply this message in an area of your life that needs transformation?
  • Is there anyone you think should hear or will benefit from this message? Go and tell them.

Prayer

ACKNOWLEDGE GOD’S POWER As humans, we can forget that ultimately, God has created the world and is not absent from it but all-powerful in it: “The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it. The world and all who live in it.” – Psalm 34.

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By |2019-04-12T11:59:41+08:00April 18th, 2019|Week 3|0 Comments

17 April 2019 – Luke 19:37-38 (NIV)

Scripture

37 When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen:

38 “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!”

“Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”

Reflection

Welcome to the Festival of the Passover! Bless you as you enter; we bless you with peace – hosanna! “What Jesus implied (Matthew 21:42, 45) the crowd enthusiastically embraces.” ‘Hosanna’ means save. The man who has fed them, healed them, delivered them and raised their dead is welcomed into the capital city as a Savior and rightfully so. He WILL save them but not the way they anticipate. He will save them by offering his life as a sacrifice, he will take their place and take on himself their/our penalty – the penalty is spiritual death and Jesus will pay it on our behalf. This a victors welcome but there is still price to be paid – Jesus knew it and so should we (Ps. Dale).

Thoughts for the day

  • Is Jesus the Savior in every part of your life?
  • What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
  • How can you apply this message in an area of your life that needs transformation?
  • Is there anyone you think should hear or will benefit from this message? Go and tell them.

Prayer

Pray for our sister international fellowships; AGIF, ICS, SWIF, TEF as we celebrate Easter on Sunday.

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By |2019-04-12T11:49:57+08:00April 17th, 2019|Week 3|0 Comments

16 April 2019 – Psalm 118:1-2 (19-29) (NIV)

Scripture

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
    his love endures forever.

Let Israel say:
    “His love endures forever.”

Reflection

The Servant has been told that hardship is coming, gross and inhumane hardship. (Mark 15:16-20) He is also told ahead of time that all of this This Psalm begins with a familiar and joyful call to worship and will end the same way it begins. (118:29) As the celebrants gather, their joy is anchored in the stirring memories of God’s great and mighty deeds; of rescue and battles won. It is a good thing that his “love endures forever” because our King will need this enduring love and a timely victory to win the day. Before the struggle is over he will have a new song of praise and we will sing it with him. Our King is exalted on high! (Ps. Dale).

Thoughts for the day

  • During difficult times do you remember God’s love endures forever?
  • What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
  • How can you apply this message in an area of your life that needs transformation?
  • Is there anyone you think should hear or will benefit from this message? Go and tell them.

Prayer

PRAY FOR THOSE IN POWER Leaders across our world are humans, just like us, who need prayer: “… for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way” – 1 Timothy 2:2-3.

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By |2019-04-12T11:41:14+08:00April 16th, 2019|Week 3|0 Comments

15 April 2019 – Isaiah 50:6-7 (NIV)

Scripture

I offered my back to those who beat me,
    my cheeks to those who pulled out my beard;
I did not hide my face
    from mocking and spitting.
Because the Sovereign Lord helps me,
    I will not be disgraced.
Therefore have I set my face like flint,
    and I know I will not be put to shame.

Reflection

The Servant has been told that hardship is coming, gross and inhumane hardship. (Mark 15:16-20) He is also told ahead of time that all of this will happen in a courtroom, the last place where the Servant or anyone for that matter, should have to experience this kind of humiliation. (Mark 15:3) Yet, someone, somewhere believes that they are doing the “right” thing. With the knowledge that he will stand before a higher court and be vindicated, the Servant endures the shame. Jesus once said, that we love darkness rather than the light. (John 3:19) Darkness is descending but we can still choose to love the light; it’s not too late. (Mark 15:39) (Ps. Dale).

Thoughts for the day

  • What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
  • How can you apply this message in an area of your life that needs transformation?
  • Is there anyone you think should hear or will benefit from this message? Go and tell them.

Prayer

Pray for the children of Cambodia and those who work with them.

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By |2019-04-12T11:36:36+08:00April 15th, 2019|Week 3|0 Comments

22 March 2019 – Luke 9:28-29 (NIV)

Scripture

28 About eight days after Jesus said this, he took Peter, John and James with him and went up onto a mountain to pray. 29 As he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became as bright as a flash of lightning

Reflection

What blows me away in this passage is that Peter (along with James and John) witnessed the amazing miracle of Jairus’ daughter being brought back to life and then now witnessing the transfiguration Jesus would eventually deny Jesus? Peter had witnessed all of Jesus’ ministry and yet in a desperate and stressful moment lied and then denied being one of Jesus’ disciples. I would like to think that I would be better in that moment than Peter, but honestly speaking, I don’t know! This is a good reminder for us that even the best fall and we all sin and fall short of the glory of God. We need the forgiveness of sins and the blood of Jesus to wash us clean and stand firm (Joshua).

Thoughts for the day

  • What does this passage tell you about God and Jesus?
  • What does this passage tell you about humanity?
  • What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
  • How can you apply this message in an area of your life that needs transformation?
  • Is there anyone you think should hear or will benefit from this message? Go and tell them.

Prayer

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

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By |2019-03-20T10:10:40+08:00March 22nd, 2019|Week 3|Comments Off on 22 March 2019 – Luke 9:28-29 (NIV)

21 March 2019 – Luke 13:34-35 (NIV)

Scripture

34 “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were not willing. 35 Look, your house is left to you desolate. I tell you, you will not see me again until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.’ ”

Reflection

How heartbroken Jesus must have been to see his beloved Holy City turn into something exactly opposite of its glorious intention? God longed for Jerusalem and Israel to rest under the shadow of His wings, but they were not willing. Instead, it had become a place notorious for killing and stoning the prophets God had sent to them! But God is so good. We know that He is patiently waiting for His people to come back. Oh, he’ll let Jerusalem learn a lesson or two that’s for sure, but God is still waiting for Israel’s return to Him. And when they do, His arms will be wide open (Joshua).

Thoughts for the day

  • What does this passage tell you about God and Jesus?
  • Do you feel there is an area in your life where even God’s open arms aren’t enough anymore?
  • What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
  • How can you apply this message in an area of your life that needs transformation?
  • Is there anyone you think should hear or will benefit from this message? Go and tell them.

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 |2019-03-20T10:06:48+08:00March 21st, 2019|Week 3|0 Comments

20 March 2019 – Luke 13:31-33 (NIV)

Scripture

31 At that time some Pharisees came to Jesus and said to him, “Leave this place and go somewhere else. Herod wants to kill you.” 32 He replied, “Go tell that fox, ‘I will keep on driving out demons and healing people today and tomorrow, and on the third day I will reach my goal.’ 33 In any case, I must press on today and tomorrow and the next day—for surely no prophet can die outside Jerusalem!

Reflection

Have you ever had unsolicited “advice” from people that you didn’t quite trust? Someone who had clearly made it known to you in earlier encounters that they did not like you, wanted you to be around or had ulterior agendas? And then sometime later, they came and tried to give you “friendly” advice? Jesus has a name for those people…Fox. Though Jesus is only addressing Herod as a fox in this passage, let it be known there were more than one in that den! The Pharisee’s came to Jesus as a “friend” to tell him of the possible (likely) scheme of Herod wanting to kill Jesus. They clearly had their own motives as well and as we know they too had blood on their hands. Jesus though, saw right through it. He had a mission and was set out to complete it. (Joshua).

Thoughts for the day

  • What does this passage tell you about God and Jesus?
  • What does this passage tell you about humanity?
  • What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
  • How can you apply this message in an area of your life that needs transformation?
  • Is there anyone you think should hear or will benefit from this message? Go and tell them.

Prayer

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

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By |2019-03-19T19:39:29+08:00March 20th, 2019|Week 3|0 Comments

19 March 2019 – Psalm 27:1 (NIV)

Scripture

The Lord is my light and my salvation—
    whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life—
    of whom shall I be afraid?

Reflection

It doesn’t matter who you are or how well put together you may be, sooner or later life catches up to you. And along with life comes difficulties, unexpected hardships and sometimes even enemies. Its easy to read this passage and declare it when you are in a good place, but the real test of faith is can you say this while being oppressed, persecuted, abandoned even? Thankfully, these are truths about God no matter the circumstance. All we have to do is believe and he will shine His light and salvation into our fearful hearts. All we have to do is trust and He will be a stronghold for you EVEN when you are afraid. I love how He works; we just have to believe, He does all the work! (Joshua).

Thoughts for the day

  • Are you going through hardships or difficulties and need to trust God to be your light and stronghold?
  • What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
  • How can you apply this message in an area of your life that needs transformation?
  • Is there anyone you think should hear or will benefit from this message? Go and tell them.

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 |2019-03-18T22:16:37+08:00March 19th, 2019|Week 3|0 Comments

18 March 2019 – Genesis 15:1 (NIV)

Scripture

After this, the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision:

“Do not be afraid, Abram.
    I am your shield,
    your very great reward.”

Reflection

In the preceding chapter we read how Abram found himself overpowering four kings. Chapter 15 starts where God puts Abram’s anxieties to rest, by telling him not to fear. Scholars assert this consolation on God’s part refers back to the possible retaliation the four kings might exert on Abram. Through making such a statement God is 1) telling Abram not to fear for He will take care of him and 2) God knows Abram so well that He even knows his fears.

This is great reminder to us today that God knows us very well. He even knows our fears, but He’s calling us to surrender our fears to Him who is our shield and great reward (Joshua).

Thoughts for the day

  • What do you fear currently and are you willing to surrender your fear/s to God?
  • What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
  • How can you apply this message in an area of your life that needs transformation?
  • Is there anyone you think should hear or will benefit from this message? Go and tell them.

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 |2019-03-17T20:12:34+08:00March 18th, 2019|Week 3|0 Comments