Saturday, November 10, 2012
To the one who conquers, overcomes, who follows the call of Luke 10:27 until the very end...
Revelation: The Apocalypse(revealing)of Jesus, by Jesus, about Jesus
Church of Ephesus
-Eat of the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God [2v7]
Church of Smyrna
-Crown of life
-Not hurt by the second death [2v10-11]
Church of Pergamum
-White stone (with a new name written on the stone) [2v17]
Church of Thyatira
-Authority over nations, rule with rod of iren (authority of Jesus)
-Given the morning star [2v26-29]
Church of Sadis
-Clothed in white garment [3v5]
-Names never blot out of the book of life
-Christ will confess his name before the Father and angels
Church of Philadelphia
-Be made a pillar in the Temple of God [3v12]
-Christ will write on him the name of God, name of God's city (New Jerusalem), Christ's own name.
Church of Laodicea
-Sit with Christ on his throne [3v21]
Thursday, September 27, 2012
Thursday, September 20, 2012
I am terribly sorry.
I know I could've helped you, but I didn't.
I know that I could have spent more time with you, but I didn't.
I know I am the only one left in your life, but I left as well.
I know each day is a painful blur to you and every night a frightful awake.
I know you needed me, but I didn't need you.
you were a burden to me, so I didn't carry you.
I know I cannot be your savoir, but I didn't point you to Him.
I failed you, my friend.
I await your return. I will struggle with you. I will do so now in prayers.
Bring healing oh powerful one. Bring your presence to where I cannot go. Empower me so I can be a true friend.
Again and again, I am sorry my brother, my friend.
Thursday, September 13, 2012
Sunday, October 16, 2011
DQ: Can faith and reason have a beneficial relationship? Does one always have to master the other?
Faith and reason, I believe, comes hand in hand and they do share in a beneficial relationship. It is undeniable that all human being, without any birth or genetic defect, are able to reason. Even with those who are developmentally challenged, they can reason to a certain extent. Thus, reason itself is innate in human being and in itself the potential to enhance our ability to understand creation, its laws and physics, and the attributes of the creator. The other side of the argument usually claims that reason under the influence of sin can lead one, if not closer to God, away from faith because after all isn't faith blind trust? Before we discuss the nature of faith, I want to suggest that reason in itself is neutral. It is our intentions behind employing our reasoning skills that determines whether reason is harmful or beneficial to the faith. For instance, money can be used for buying food or feeding the poor, but it can also be used for exploitation. As for faith, the definition usually quoted is from Hebrews Chapter 11: "Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see." I believe that this definition of faith and this verse is often taken out of context. I have heard many interpretations that simply suggest that one should not think about their faith but believe. That works! However, another question arises, why then does the rest of chapter 11 of Hebrews go through the hall of faith? It seems the writer is communicating that it is reasonable to put one's hope in a God who works powerfully in the lives of so many individuals. If you have already seen a living and active God at work, isn't it a good idea to put your faith in Him so that His works can be manifested in you? Wouldn't it be unwise to go against him? Therefore, the use of our mind, our reason, can help us in worshiping God and establish greater trust in him.
On the issue of whether one (faith or reason) always have to master the other, I would tend to lean on the side that faith is perhaps more important than reason. It is definitely possible to be obedient and love God without a high intellectual capacity. The gospel is highly relational and so simple that a child can understand. Thus, you do not need to be a master in reason to worship God. However, on a similar note, I also don’t think that faith is something that can be mastered. Is not Jesus the author and perfector of our faith? I believe to tie everything together, faith and reason can both be seen as gifts from God. We should therefore be careful and good stewards with them and not be so proud to think that we can be masters of them or can be master in them. Our calling is sure, to walk humbly before God and love him with our whole being (love, soul, mind and strength).
Saturday, June 4, 2011
Friday, December 3, 2010
I hope my future will be bright... I hope my future would be full of rainbows and unicorns and butterflies and candies and toys and .... so on.
I hope there will be no post nuclear fallout, 3rd world war, China taking over Taiwan, Japan and half of South Pacific..etc
Please refer to the post on what I hope to see 10 years from now. I don't want to repeat myself. *see post on Day 2