Week 5

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

4 January 2019 – Romans 12:1-2 (NIV)

Scripture

Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Reflection

In this passage we see again both the passive and the active role we play in our relationship with God and the imprint he makes upon us and in us. We are to “not be conformed to the pattern of this world.” This is a choice we make; to cease our conforming to a world in rebellion against the authority of God. Instead we are to “be transformed” a process whereby we are passive, the transformation is something that is happening to us by the Spirit. Both the choice of “non-conforming” and the passive “be transformed” happen in the renewing of our minds, the center of our thinking and reason. How? Fill your mind with the knowledge of God. Read the Bible, reflect on it and apply it to your life, every day. You will change your mind (Ps. Dale).

Thoughts for the day

  • In what ways do you feel you need to transform your mind?
  • Do you find it difficult to transform your mind into the likeness of Jesus?
  • Do you believe it’s sheer will power to transform a person or do you believe you need the help of the Holy Spirit?
  • Who can you share this passage with today?

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 |2018-12-29T05:07:18+08:00January 4th, 2019|Week 5|0 Comments

3 January 2019 – John 13:35 (NIV)

Scripture

35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

Reflection

I heard someone say once that God has many children, all unique and special to him. It doesn’t bother him that his children are different from each other, it only troubles him when they don’t love each other. It requires some effort on our part to love other disciples of Jesus, especially if we have been offended by them. Resolution to restore a broken relationship has many steps with the first one sometimes being to “overlook an offense”. (Proverbs 19:11) Love, after all, is patient! (1 Corinthians 13) (Ps. Dale).

Thoughts for the day

  • What does this passage tell us about God and people?
  • Do you believe ‘to love each other’ comes naturally or does it require an action?
  • How quick are you sometimes to take offense at someone or are you patient by overlooking their offense?
  • Who can you share this passage with today?

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 |2018-12-29T05:07:39+08:00January 3rd, 2019|Week 5|0 Comments

2 January 2019 – John 14:21 (NIV)

Scripture

21 Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.”

Reflection

Love is a song. Love is a feeling. Love is obedience. Jesus gave approximately forty-nine different commandments for us to obey. Follow the sequence Jesus is giving here; the one who obeys me is the one who loves me, the one who loves me is the one Father God loves. And . . . I will love them too. And . . . I will reveal myself to them, make myself visible in a clear and conspicuous way. Notice how Jesus is linking our obedience and our being able to see Jesus in a clear and conspicuous way. What is keeping you from seeing Jesus clearly? (Ps. Dale).

Thoughts for the day

  • What does this passage tell you about Jesus and people?
  • What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
  • How can you show Jesus’ love towards others?
  • Who can you share this passage with?

Prayer

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

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By |2018-12-29T04:57:02+08:00January 2nd, 2019|Week 5|0 Comments

1 January 2019 – Matthew 28:19-20 (NIV)

Scripture

19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Reflection

The main verb in these familiar words of Jesus is, “make disciples” the rest of the verbs support the main idea; go, baptize, and teach. Teaching others to obey everything Jesus commanded. There are approximately forty-nine different things Jesus commanded, including: Feed my sheep, Await my return, Watch and pray, Honor your parents, Forgive each other, Deny yourself, Fear not, Pray for more laborers in the kingdom of God, Ask, Seek, Knock. Of course, this commission from Jesus assumes that we are already obeying these things, this gives us the moral authority to teach others. Let’s go!!! (Ps. Dale).

Thoughts for the day

  • Are you already obeying the commandments Jesus asked us to do?
  • In which area do you feel you need to be more obedient?
  • Who can you share your journey of obedience to in order to encourage them to become disciples of Jesus?

Prayer

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

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By |2018-12-29T04:53:46+08:00January 1st, 2019|Week 5|0 Comments

31 December 2018 – Matthew 22:37-40 (NIV)

Scripture

37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.

Reflection

Jesus is not original when he says that “love of neighbor” is the greatest commandment (Leviticus 19:18) It is his combination of the commandment to “love God” put together with the commandment to love one’s neighbor that opens your eyes. Love will be the hallmark of Christianity and the greatest of all the virtues. Once, in response to this teaching, someone asked Jesus, “Who then is my neighbor”. Jesus answered by telling a great story (Luke 10:24-37) and finishing with a question of his own. “Will you be a (loving) neighbor? (Ps. Dale).

Thoughts for the day

  • What does this passage tell you about Jesus and people?
  • Do you think people can love each other out of their own capacity?
  • If yes, why do you think Jesus is commanding such a question?
  • If no, in what way do you need God’s help to love your neighbour as yourself?
  • Who can you share this passage with?

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 |2018-12-29T04:48:38+08:00December 31st, 2018|Week 5|0 Comments