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19 Nov

A common saying that is said in the evangelical church is this.

‘Make us more Christ-like’
‘Pray that I\we may know you more’

A couple of questions that came up after listening to a sermon.

If someone spends a day with you, do you think they will turn to you and go wow… I feel like I’ve hung out with Jesus?

Why do you want to know God more? Do you want to just know more about God or do you want to be known by God?

Knowledge of God is nothing, Knowledge of God knowing you… thats something special… so very special… Jeremiah 9:23-24

Edit: Please don’t take me as we shouldn’t know God. We do and should study the word and through the Bible see who God is and respond! (emphasis on the respond) But we should not boast in that, or see that (attaining knowledge) as our ‘christian duty’ or something to strive for.

Feel free to comment ! 🙂

Greetings from O\S

19 Nov

Hi All!

Was just wanting to share what God’s shown me in this past couple days here in Singapore in hopes that it will encourage you as it has for me.

The plane ride over was alright, the guy behind me kept shuffling which kept shaking my chair. I couldn’t really sleep much so I read ‘Worship by the Book’ by D.A. Carson fantastic book definitely worth a read

The books talks about the biblical basis of ‘worship’ redefining worship and has various other people from different denominations putting in their 2cents worth.

Also just praying to see where God is doing in terms of youth group and what his calling me personally and just kinda waiting for upon Him. I wish I do this more often, a calming down, forgetting about everything and just wanting to hear God, I too often get caught up in the ‘world’ in doing things the cycle of work, study, exams church

Because my body clock is quite out of whack still I’ve been waking up at 5am. With not much else to do I decided to go through Ephesians. A few points I want to flesh out (feel free to comment back and discuss)

1. Christian life is a constant Spiritual battle and we must be not only acknowledge it but be prepared aswell.
2. We need to realise the hope to which we have been called and live in hope of the return of Christ.
3. Christ reigns over all things… Christ reigns over all things…
4. Christ came down to save us, rescue us, redeem us from our sins, but he came down to have a relationship with us so that is why he gave up his life for us. An atoning Sacrifice for us. He dwelled amongst us
5. Christ died for all, that we may have unity with all people regardless of background, race, gender.
6. The Holy Spirit dwells in all who believe. The Church is a house of forgiven sinners.

We are individually and collectively a temple. And when we look back into the old Testament we see the Temple is also a place where God wants to display his love to the world. or Declare it aloud is another phrased used.

Declare is like a making known to all people. It is almost like a public announcement, that we are to declare God to all people.

We are his showcase of love to the world. It is a very weird thought and it makes me kind of giddy.

So as you go out this week, think how can I \ we display God’s love to the people we interact with.

Will catch you all when I return except for people on project and to those people GOOD LUCK!

Shalom

James

The Fire – Nate Pfeil

10 Oct

Thought for the day-

29 Sep

‘We have seconds to work, to serve Him, but eternity to rejoice.’

Amy Carmichael

Image of God

13 Sep

Hello All!

Nice new home we have here on WordPress, Good work to Alan for making the transition across!

Thought I would share a something nice and short.

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We belong to God

Matthew 22:15-22 (New International Version)

Paying Taxes to Caesar

15Then the Pharisees went out and laid plans to trap him in his words. 16They sent their disciples to him along with the Herodians. “Teacher,” they said, “we know you are a man of integrity and that you teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. You aren’t swayed by men, because you pay no attention to who they are. 17Tell us then, what is your opinion? Is it right to pay taxes to Caesar or not?”

18But Jesus, knowing their evil intent, said, “You hypocrites, why are you trying to trap me? 19Show me the coin used for paying the tax.” They brought him a denarius, 20and he asked them, “Whose portrait is this? And whose inscription?”

21″Caesar’s,” they replied.
Then he said to them, “Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.”

22When they heard this, they were amazed. So they left him and went away.

So the coins had Caesar’s face on it, so they belong to Caesar that makes sense.

But we are made in the Image of God so … we belong to God?

What does belonging to God mean?

God created us in His image, both male and female, Colossians  1:16  says ‘16For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him.

Here is the issue that a lot of people struggle with. How do we belong to God?

Is it an automatic inclusion if we are human, just because we bear God’s image? No because we are fallen. Sin has distorted our image of God, tainted and tarnished us. The image is still there, but it is flawed. I can expand on this but for brevity I will leave it here.

So let’s go back and think about the passage. Caesar’s face is on the denarius, but it is Man’s choice to pay the taxes back man could very well hold the money for himself. (in short it isn’t automatic!)

It is our responding to Christ’s love by accepting Jesus as God and savior, John 3:16-21.

It involves us:
1. Putting on a new self – Colossians 3:9-10
2. Keep being transformed into Christ likeness – 2 Corinthians 3:18
3. Hoping in Christ Return –Philippians 3:20-21

In this way we will belong to God.

Have a blessed week!

James

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