The Short, the Weak, the Fat Fingered

(Eph 4:16) – “from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.”

Fellowship had finished and we stood around the notice board on the ground floor, ready to embark on our journey home. “You guys are tall! Can you help me pin these schedules up on the notice board?” Sister A asks. We respond with a chuckle, Brother A replies “I can’t do it, I’m way too short, sorry. The other two can do it!”. Sister A gives Brother B and I the schedules. “I cannot push the pins in!” I explain, as I use all my might to shove the pins into the notice board, “I’m far too weak! It’s up to you now!” Looking at Brother B.

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He Instructs Us to be Watchful

“Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming.” (Mt 24:42)

We are facing an unprecedented worldwide pandemic. Many countries have issued strong measures and advisories to combat the spread of the virus. We are advised to maintain high vigilance, exercise caution, practice good hygiene, and use social distancing as preventative measures to help prevent the spread of the virus. Many people heed the warnings and adhere to CDC guidelines. In times like this, we also ought to pay attention to Christ’s warnings about the end time.

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How We Hear

Oh, come to my heart, Lord Jesus! There is room in my heart for Thee. 
Oh, come to my heart, Lord Jesus, come! There is room in my heart for Thee. 

(Hymn 238, chorus)

As great crowds gathered around Lord Jesus, He spoke to them in a parable: “A sower went out to sow his seed…” (Lk 8:5). The point of Jesus’ parable was to remind His followers to examine their own hearts first. With what type of heart did they come to hear God’s words? 

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心裏的力量剛強起來了

“[14]因此,我在父面前屈膝[16]求他按著他豐盛的榮耀,藉著他的靈,叫你們心裡的力量剛強起來,”  (弗3:14,16)

保羅特別為以弗所教會的信徒祈禱,因為他知道活出心意更新的生活不是憑個人的意志力來維繫的。參加靈修活動所能達到的 “屬靈的熱心”, 必然會隨著時間的流逝而消退的。但是心中的熱心仍然須要繼續興旺。要如何做到呢?

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Strengthened in the Inner Man

I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man.” (Eph 3:14-16)

Paul especially prayed for the members of the church at Ephesus, knowing that maintaining a transformed life is not sustained by willpower alone. The “spiritual highs” attained in a cultivation event are bound to fade over time, but the inner self must continue to thrive. How?

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