He Chose Us to Bear Fruit

“You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you.” (Jhn 15:16)

Jesus wants us to bear much fruit, by which our heavenly Father might be glorified (John 15:8). Abiding in Christ is the key to all fruitfulness. We must remain in the Lord to be fruitful. Abiding in Christ involves letting His words abide in us. Bearing fruit means loving other people. If we bear fruit, we love people and win people to Christ. When we give to others out of love, it shows that we have embraced the gospel of Christ and lived out its message.

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He Lifted Me

“He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.” (Ps 40:2 NIV)

Seeing the injustice, unrest, and chaos of this society, we may have feelings of uncertainty, fear, anxiety, anger, helplessness, or even hopelessness. Is getting trampled on by ruthless scoundrels justifiable? Violence is not the answer – we need to come together, lift each other up, and ensure justice will be served. Most of us are going through the same storm, albeit in different boats. The storm may be uncertain, but we certainly are in our own boats and trying to learn how to navigate through this storm. When I am in despair, I look to King David and his words of wisdom in the book of Psalms.

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He Prepares for Us a Place

“In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.” (Jn 14:2)

The purpose of Jesus’ departure is to prepare a place for us in heaven where we will dwell with God in close communion with Him. In our journey of life, while we walk the pilgrim pathway, we definitely want to think of returning our heavenly home.

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Three Tips for the Spiritual Race

Our life is like a marathon to the heavenly kingdom. Just as the end of a matter is better than the beginning, we likewise have to persist to our final destination, where our heavenly Father awaits to take us home. What can we do to ensure that we continue forward in this heavenly journey? 

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Your Choice

The reign of King Ahab is often described as the “dark ages” of the history of the Israelites. Ahab did more to provoke the Lord to anger than all the kings of Israel that were before him, leading the entire nation deep into idolatry (1 Kings 16:33). When Elijah was finally sent to confront the entire Israelite congregation on Mount Carmel, however, he addressed not the king but the Israelites, with a deeper issue at hand. The root cause of their suffering was not solely the blame of faulty leadership; the true cause stemmed from their personal choices. 

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