…therefore love is the fulfillment of the law. (Rom 13:10)
By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another. (Jn 13:35)
I recently read a blog post authored by a TJC member who hasn’t attended church in over two years. In the post, the author declares why they left church – because of love, or the lack thereof. Growing up in a church with roughly 800 members, I have heard this phrase many times: “There is no love in church.” Because of the nature of having a large congregation, it is natural that people form friendship groups; and as a result, people do inevitably get left out and feel as though they don’t belong. Coupled with the fact that the congregation predominately consists of an Asian community where the culture promotes and practices emotional restraint, it is true that youths growing up within the western society may feel the lack of emotional support from their church peers and elders.
It is evident that this mentality in the youths persists and, as a result, permeates through different churches around the world. Actually, through studying the Bible, we realise that this problem was evident since the ancient saints of the Old Testament. We find that the same principle is at work. Continue reading
Eyes falling upon the starlight
Thoughts like billows
Swelling in reflection
Wisping in contemplation
How could I have once been so foolish?
I was lost in the world
Away from home
Drawn to the luminosity
Unanchored upon the symphony of the city
Like a bee,
drawn to the radiance
Enticed by the fields
The efflorescence of temptation
To relieve the pain
How could I have been so blind?
So blind… Continue reading
During a discussion about faith, an anonymous member asked me about complacency in servitude and faith, and how to overcome it. Often, we find that as youths who begin to have responsibilities in church, or are becoming introduced to ‘leadership’ roles, it is very easy to develop a sense of self-confidence, or self-entitlement towards our faith. We may start to feel a sense of being slightly above others, or that we are ‘better’ than others simply because we have been appointed various roles within church and attend more activities in church. We feel as if we are fine in our faith, and that others should imitate us. Often if we allow complacency to stay in our hearts, it can take root and bear fruit as pride. Continue reading
Hastening into the square room
Seeking in desperation for a line of defence
Enemies howling at the door
In the centre, the perfect suit of Armour
Glimmering with hope
Shining with glory
A symbol of salvation against the wicked Continue reading
“We must through many tribulations enter the kingdom of God.” (Acts 14:22)
Everyone has problems. Maybe we’re encountering stress from university, being mistreated at work, facing emotional turmoil, loneliness, friends or family issues, physical illness or pain. Usually, we can overcome these problems through prayer and a bit of time. However, we find that every so often, there comes a problem so great that it pushes us to our limits and we feel like we just want to break down; and sometimes, it even cause us to slightly lose sight.
We find that actually, the Bible says we must through many tribulations enter the kingdom of God. We already know that the path to the heavenly kingdom will be difficult. Most of the time we actually know what we must do in order to overcome these difficulties. Things like constant prayer and constantly seeking counsel from the Bible. However, why is it that sometimes it doesn’t seem to work? Continue reading