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Devotional2018-09-28T23:40:26+08:00

24 May 2019 – Revelation 1:17-18 (NIV)

Scripture

17 When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. Then he placed his right hand on me and said: “Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last. 18 I am the Living One; I was dead, and now look, I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.

Reflection

These two experiences go together; awesome fear in the presence of the divine being and his word of comfort to us. We must have some experience with this in our own story, the fear of the Lord and the word of his comfort. Not just comfort but the comfort that is given when we have been terrorized by his presence. Without this intimate experience of falling at Jesus’ feet and saying as Peter did once, “Go away from me Lord, I am a sinful man” we may never know the comfort of his reassuring words, “Do not be afraid”. They are unique words of comfort spoken in a specific context. They describe the comfort that comes when Jesus identifies himself to us, “It’s me. The First and the Last, the Living One! I have the keys to get you out of hell (Ps. Dale- Senior pastor).

Thoughts for the day

  • What does this passage tell you about God or 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 GOD’S KINGDOM TO COME The simplest prayer can be the most powerful: “Your Kingdom Come, Your Will be done, On earth as in heaven”.

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By |May 24th, 2019|Categories: Week 3|

23 May 2019 – Revelation 1:9-11 (NIV)

Scripture

I, John, your brother and companion in the suffering and kingdom and patient endurance that are ours in Jesus, was on the island of Patmos because of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus. 10 On the Lord’s Day I was in the Spirit, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet, 11 which said: “Write on a scroll what you see and send it to the seven churches: to Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea.”

Reflection

John is imprisoned on an island penal colony called Patmos; he is there because of his commitment to the risen Jesus Christ. What we read here is yet another example of heaven meeting earth. John is “in the Spirit” on the day that Jesus’ resurrection was remembered by his church which is to say, Sunday. The vision which will be given to him by the Holy Spirit (which is the rest of the book of Revelation) was for real people living in real cities. Think of all the Christians living in Shanghai receiving a uniquely crafted letter from Jesus which is His word to us (Ps. Dale- Senior pastor).

Thoughts for the day

  • What does this passage tell you about God or 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 the promises of God. Remind yourself of God’s character and power by finding a promise from God that speaks to you. Reflect and pray on it today.

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By |May 23rd, 2019|Categories: Week 3|

22 May 2019 – Revelation 1:7-8 (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.

“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.”

Reflection

These verses have multiple references to Old Testament passages, Daniel 7, Zechariah 12, Exodus 19. The attributes of God; eternal in nature, almighty and complete in himself are also in Christ; who is coming again. This same Jesus, who has touched us with his compassion, who has called us to himself to shepherd us in life is also the mighty God who will bring an end to the injustice, hold us all accountable and defeat his enemies. Finally! (Ps. Dale- Senior pastor).

Thoughts for the day

  • What does this passage tell you about God or 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

How can I show God to those around me? Ask for guidance or pray for an opportunity to share your relationship with God with the world today. “Look to the Lord and His strength; seek His face always” Psalm 105:4.

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By |May 22nd, 2019|Categories: Week 3|

21 May 2019 – Revelation 1:4-6 (NIV)

Scripture

John,

To the seven churches in the province of Asia:

Grace and peace to you from him who is, and who was, and who is to come, and from the seven spirits before his throne, and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth.

To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood, and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve his God and Father—to him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen.

Reflection

The entire book of Revelation, written to the seven churches and all of the church until Jesus returns, is all about Jesus. John doesn’t waste any time and gives us three things we should know about Jesus. He is, the “faithful witness” (Psalm 89:37), the “firstborn from the dead” (Psalm 89:27) and “the ruler of the kings of the earth” (Psalm 89:27). We must remind ourselves that while the nations seem to be ruled by people called kings, presidents and prime ministers, there is another ruler who is even greater than the rulers of the nations. His word will be final and he will rule until all things are submitted to him. Find your courage (Ps. Dale- Senior pastor).

Thoughts for the day

  • What does this passage tell you about God or 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

What is God saying to me at the moment? Take time to listen or to read through your journal for themes, promptings from the Holy Spirit. “Look to the Lord and His strength; seek His face always” Psalm 105:4.

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By |May 21st, 2019|Categories: Week 3|

20 May 2019 – Revelation 1:1-3 (NIV)

Scripture

The revelation from Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants what must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John, who testifies to everything he saw—that is, the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ. Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near.

Reflection

So the journey begins. It begins in the best place, with a revealing of Jesus. The Christians who received this were embarking on experiences that will challenge them in ways they could not possibly imagine, in other words, difficult. The clear and true picture of Jesus presented in His Word will show how Jesus is at work in a world that is “hell bent” on destroying God’s people and themselves. There are two blessings here; one for the person who “takes to heart” the message of this “revelation of Jesus” and one for the person who shares it (Ps. Dale- Senior pastor).

Thoughts for the day

  • What does this passage tell you about God or 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

“Look to the Lord and His strength; seek His face always” Psalm 105:4. Where is God working in my life? Take time to identify a place, area or relationship where you can see God’s presence at work.

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By |May 20th, 2019|Categories: Week 3|

17 May 2019 – Mark 1:1 (NIV)

Scripture

The beginning of the good news about Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God,

Reflection

The author of Mark begins his account of the gospel of Jesus with two goals in mind. The first intention is to announce that the gospel of salvation is only through Jesus Christ. There were a lot of good news/philosophies during Jesus’ time, which was said to solve life’s problems. Therefore, Mark had to stress the truth that salvation through Jesus Christ is the only real gospel that can save.

Mark’s second intention is to publicize the fact that there is no real salvation without the cross. A third of Mark’s Gospel focuses on Jesus’ crucifixion and death – that alone tells you it’s a very important message for the author. Without the cross and resurrection, Christianity would only be just another religion that doesn’t save.

Similiarly, today there are also many philosphies, relilgions and worldly ideas/concpets out there that aims at helping/saving people, but they are all humanistic centered. They all elminate the cruxificion and resurection. People can not save themselves – only Jesus can. Don’t fall in the trap that as people we can save ourselves. As humans we would like to think we are grand and powerful, but that is only a lie from the enemy. He’s trying to convince us like he did with Eve in the graden that we can be like God and that we don’t need him. That we can do it by ourselves (Woowon- Korean Community Group leader).

Thoughts for the day

  • How much do you demnpend on the cross for your salvation or do you feel you need to do something extra to be saved?
  • What does this passage tell you about God or 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 people to join the work of proclaiming the good news, “Jesus is Risen”, to a lost and dying world.

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By |May 17th, 2019|Categories: Week 2|