But against none of the children of Israel shall a dog move its tongue, against man or beast, that you may know that the Lord does make a difference between the Egyptians and Israel. (Exodus 11:7)
During the last of the ten plagues, Moses spoke boldly against Pharoah: the Lord will go into the midst of Egypt and kill all the firstborn in the land of Egypt. This plague was the climax to the story of God’s deliverance of His people, after the Egyptians had undergone lengthy suffering and before Pharoah finally cast the Israelites out of his land in devastation from the loss of his firstborn. At the end, the Lord had gained victory and displayed His majestic powers. The Lord had shown that He does make a difference between the Egyptians and those who He calls His own.
Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. (Jas 1:21)
Do you ever feel that there is too much content when scrolling through Facebook posts? Every day Facebook is filled with numerous extra posts from friends’ unknown friends, political propaganda, and advertisements. This is a world of exponential information growth with social media and the Internet. We must be careful of what we absorb through social media, the web, and TV, as filthiness and immorality are common and overflow in today’s society.
In this life, we walk through a dark forest of evil in a world that has turned its back on God. However, the Bible can be our light to show us the way ahead so we won’t stumble as we walk. Continue reading
A woman came to Him having an alabaster flask of very costly fragrant oil, and she poured it on His head as He sat at the table. But when His disciples saw it, they were indignant, saying, “Why this waste?” (Mt 26:7-8)
Imagine that you are invited to a friend’s house for dinner one evening. Another friend at the dinner brings out a box of delicious, exotic, and costly desserts—just for you. And as you are enjoying the first bite, some of your closest friends at the party whisper among themselves: “Wow, that is super expensive, yet the other friend is giving it all to him?! Why this waste?” This would be hurtful, not to mention disrespectful.
In the eyes of the disciples, the value of the fragrant oil far exceeded that of Jesus. Continue reading
…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
“So the master commended the unjust steward because he had dealt shrewdly. For the sons of this world are more shrewd in their generation than the sons of light.” (Lk 16:8)
In the parable of the unjust servant, it was odd that the master commended the unjust steward who was facing imminent dismissal for his shrewdness. In light of his deceit, why did the master commend the steward? Why did Jesus use such a character as the unjust steward, and even tell of his commendation? Continue reading