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Devo2017-09-28T11:20:03+08:00

“Advent Again”

There is more than one way to measure the passing of a year, “Advent to Advent” for example. What could be more sobering than comparing the year we just lived from Christmas 2019 to Christmas 2020? I have friends, as you probably do too, who we used to see at least once every week but have not seen in almost a year!

We are ending an “unprecedented” year but without much clarity or assurance that the start of the new year will be any better or different. If we are feeling a little discouraged, just a little overwhelmed, who could blame us? Placing our hope in Moderna, BioNTech or Sinovac helps but still leaves us wanting for more.

We are starting a series this Sunday, an Advent series, about hope: informed hope which tells us where to look, who we are, who He is and how our “Yes” can make a difference.

May hope be reborn in us, on the earth as it is in heaven.

By |November 25th, 2020|Pastor|

25 November 2020 – 2 Corinthians 3:18 (NIV)

Scripture

And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.

Reflection

“but we all”

Anyone who turns to the Lord receive a new revelation that came through Jesus Christ. We are no longer under the law but under grace (Romans 6:14).

Jesus is the promised Messianic King and Son of God who came to the world in human form as a servant. By his death and resurrection, Jesus atoned for our sins and secured our justification by grace, not by works. It was on the Cross that Jesus broke the dominion of sin and evil over us.

As we look around we can’t deny the signs of the End of Times – and as believers we wait expectantly for Christ’s return to complete what He began, the regeneration of this world. In the meantime, it is through God’s grace and the indwelling presence of His Spirit in us that we are being transformed into His image.

Having a heart for disciple making is to become a tool in God’s hands to help others in their journey to be more like Christ. It doesn’t come from a place of superiority, but a place of humility (“for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” – Rm 3:23) and a servant heart.

Are you willing to become a tool in God’s hands? If you haven’t done yet through the course of the “Makers” Series, take some time today to pray and ask God who can you serve in this way.

Thoughts for the day

  •  What is God saying to you in this passage?
  • How can you apply what God is saying to you today?
  • Is there anyone you can share this truth with?

Prayer

Invite the Holy Spirit to show you something to rejoice over. Look beyond your current circumstances to the Lord of all Creation. Remember that you are fully, unconditionally loved. Take time to rejoice in the goodness of the God who has saved you.

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By |November 25th, 2020|Week 4|

24 November 2020 – John 15:16 (NIV)

Scripture

You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.

Reflection

2020 has been an interesting year – to think about the brevity of life, of how things can change rapidly, unexpectedly. In the light of Christ, have you ever thought about your priorities in life? What kind of legacy do you want to leave behind as a believer?

“(…), but I chose you and appointed you”

To be appointed is to be chosen for a particularly job/position. Jesus gave his disciples clear instructions to go and bear fruit- fruit that will last. This is not of our doing, with our own strength or merit.

In John 15 Jesus is explaining to his disciples about the importance of staying connected to Him.

In verse 5 He says: “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.”

In our sessions we talked about how God created us to be disciple makers, but what is truly empowering in that call is that He is the One empowering us to do it, in Him, through Him and for Him. We are not alone in it.

Thoughts for the day

  •  What is God saying to you in this passage?
  • How can you apply what God is saying to you today?
  • Is there anyone you can share this truth with?

Prayer

Today, take a moment, wherever you are, to REJOICE in God’s goodness: Read a Bible passage or listen to a song that helps you to connect with God

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By |November 24th, 2020|Week 4|

23 November 2020 – 1 Peter 2:21 (NIV)

Scripture

To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.

Reflection

In the book of 1 Peter, Peter addresses believers who are undergoing persecution. As we look in today’s verse, we cannot read it without wondering what is “this” that Peter is referring to. We have to read verse 20 to get a hint of it:

1 Peter 2:20

20 But how is it to your credit if you receive a beating for doing wrong and endure it? But if you suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before God.

We are coming to the end of the “Makers” Series. One of the words we heard often during this series was the word “INTENTIONALITY”. You are not an accident. God created each and every one of us uniquely and intentionally; there is purpose in our lives in this world.

For a first century Jew, to follow a rabbi meant to “be covered with the dust of his feet”, in other words, to follow him so closely that it implied the one being discipled would begin the process of becoming like him by following closely in his footsteps. As Christians we are called to follow in the footsteps of Jesus – to even be willing to suffer for doing good and endure it, like He did.

Withstanding suffering does not happen because we are masochists, or because we take pride in suffering, or because we need to prove something to someone. Like Jesus, withstanding suffering is a selfless act. “(…) because Christ suffered for you”. Jesus knew the why behind it all- He suffered so that we could be set free.

Are you suffering from doing good and/or because of your faith in Christ? Do not lose heart.

1 Peter 4:13

13 But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.

Thoughts for the day

  •  What is God saying to you in this passage?
  • How can you apply what God is saying to you today?
  • Is there anyone you can share this truth with?

Prayer

Think of another person in your life who needs God to move in their situation. Ask for God to be at work. Approach the Lord of all with boldness today, knowing that he delights in you, and those you love.

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By |November 23rd, 2020|Week 4|

20 November 2020 – Mark 1:17 (NKJV)

Scripture

Then Jesus said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you become fishers of men.”

Reflection

We end this week’s devotional with a parallel account of the same event, this time recounted by Mark.  The calling of Peter and Andrew was significant in that they were the first apostles whom Jesus called, reaching out to the common folk who were just going about their daily business.  As I was writing the devotionals this week, I focused more on my own thought process in response to the teachings that challenged me to “follow”.   By now, whether or not you have been persuaded, encouraged, or have made up your mind about becoming a disciple of Christ, or to disciple others, let’s focus on Jesus’ words: “I will.”

As Ps Dale said in the on-line message last Sunday, discipleship is about living a Christ-centered life and entering into a relationship with Jesus.   We would have to want this relationship, telling Jesus, “I will.”  Once we make this decision, we can rest in the promise that He will enable us and equip us.    A natural progression, or sign of maturity then is that we want to be obedient to God’s will, which includes discipling others. May it always be our will to do God’s will.

Thoughts for the day

  •  What is God saying to you in this passage?
  • Do you feel like you are living in God’s will?

Prayer

Invite the Holy Spirit to be present with you in this moment.  And then, wait. Allow God’s peace to draw near.

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By |November 20th, 2020|Week 3|

19 November 2020 -Matthew 9:9 (NKJV)

Scripture

As Jesus went on from there, He saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax office, and He said to him, “Follow Me!” So he got up and followed Him.

Reflection

The account of Matthew following Jesus was mentioned in three places in the bible by Mark (2:14), Luke (5:27-32), and by Matthew himself in today’s verse.  Look at how Luke recorded Matthew’s conversion:

After these things He went out and saw a tax collector named Levi [aka Matthew], sitting at the tax office. And He said to him, “Follow Me.”  So he left all, rose up, and followed Him.

Then Levi gave Him a great feast in his own house. And there were a great number of tax collectors and others who sat down with them.  And their scribes and the Pharisees complained against His disciples, saying, “Why do You eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?”

Jesus answered and said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick.  I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.”

Luke’s account gave more information about Matthew: who he was, and what happened after he accepted Christ.  Compare that with how Matthew recorded the same event about himself:  Jesus passed by his office, called out to Matthew to follow Him, and he got up and followed, just like that!  The simplicity of this account and the immediacy of Matthew’s action are significant.  From Luke we learn that Matthew was reviled by his own people because as a tax collector, he’s seen as a lackey of the Roman government.  Maybe you can identify with Matthew here: your job pays well, but you hate what you do.   Have you felt that way about your life: you can do whatever you want, but have no one to enjoy it with?  Or, you’re at the end of yourself and seem stuck, you don’t know how you got yourself into a mess or how to get out of it despite your best attempts.   Jesus’ invitation to follow Him must have been like a lifeline to Matthew, one that offered the hope of change, worthy to acknowledge and celebrate with a great feast.

It takes determination to want change, to make a change, to be changed.  Therefore, when Matthew recounted his own conversion, he told it simply and succinctly; he has resolved to “just do it” because he’s had enough.  If you need a change today, try following Jesus – no questions asked.

Thoughts for the day

  •  Even if you are a Christian, what might you be struggling with that is difficult to deal with or change on your own?  A certain habit, a mindset, your job, relationship…etc.
  • Where is Jesus in this struggle?  A judge looking down on you from his bench?  A silent observer?  A cheerleader on the sideline?  Someone throwing you a lifeline?

Prayer

Father God, help me to accept Jesus as my lifeline when I have no other recourse.  Give me the courage to take action rather than bearing the weight on my own.  Let me celebrate the hope that I have in Jesus.   Amen.

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By |November 19th, 2020|Week 3|