It wasn’t going to be that kind of day.
I looked up at the sky and it was clouding over. I believed it was going to rain. Why was I hanging out my washing now? It could be a waste a time. I might hang it now and have to take it down in about half an hour’s time. The retired sister who was helping out in the church kitchen shouted, “No, it won’t rain. Even if it does, I can help you take your clothes in because I am cooking this afternoon.” And do you know what? She was right. It didn’t rain!
This obviously meant that she did not have to take down my washing. But it was her generous spirit that caught my attention. Continue reading
“For if there is first a willing mind, it is accepted according to what one has, and not according to what he does not have.” (2 Cor 8:12)
God bestows spiritual gifts and equips us for services. The list of services which we may apply our gifts include speaking, teaching, writing, interpreting, playing music, singing, cooking, cleaning, etc. The start point is having a willing heart to serve, learn, and grow. “For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away” (Mt 25:29). The challenge for each of us is to discover, develop, and use our personal gifts for God’s service. 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
“Those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the firmament, and those who turn many to righteousness like the stars forever and ever.” (Dan 12:3)
When we sang hymn 232 before the Sabbath morning service, the last sentence of the chorus caught my eyes. It read, “And they that turn many to His righteousness shall shine as the stars ever bright.” It reminded me of the afternoon Bible study topic, as we were going to study 1 Corinthians 3. In this chapter, Paul used the metaphor of building to illustrate the qualities of the holy workers’ works.
According to the Apostle Paul, the foundation of the building is Jesus Christ. There are two kinds of material that can be employed in the building. We are urged to examine how we build—with the valuable and lasting material (gold, silver, and precious stones) or with the worthless and fleeting material (wood, hay, and straw). Continue reading
“Who am I, O Lord God? And what is my house, that You have brought me this far?” (2 Sam 7:18)
King David, the second king of Israel – although not without fault, was a handsome man, a righteous leader, a mighty warrior, a conqueror of lands, a skilled musician and a poetic psalmist. There came a time in his life as king when he wished in his heart, with all good intention, to construct a beautiful temple for the Lord, a dwelling place for God where His prophets could live and teach, and a place where the people could learn and worship. He consulted the prophet Nathan, who replied, “Go, do all that is in your heart, for the Lord is with you.” However, we find that in the end, it wasn’t the will of God for David to do so, but rather, for his son Solomon. Later on, David went before the Lord, sat down, and poured his heart to God in thanksgiving. What can we learn from this story? Continue reading