Friday, May 26, 2017

Today We Pray

Dear Heavenly Father, You welcomed us into Your kingdom, not because of who we are but because of who You are – our loving and merciful God. Help us to open our arms of fellowship to all who enter in. Restore me as You would have me, that I may better serve You and show Your Glory to all the world.

Thank You for the peace of mind that comes from knowing You are standing watch over the events of our lives. Help us to rest securely in Your protection. I depend on Your without any backup plan, Lord; for You and only You have the power to change me.

The God of peace, who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus Christ, the great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant; Make me perfect in every good work to do your will, working in me that which is well pleasing in your sight; through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever.


Today’s Godly Reminder - John 10:9

“I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.”

God is our door. In Him, there is hope. Anyone who enters through Him will be saved and will live forever. You will find security and freedom in Him.

Remember, He is the gate. Anyone who goes through Him will be cared for. You will freely go in and out. You will find pasture.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

The Daily Grace - Promoting Unity

The language of Proverbs 6:16-19 is strong. In the citing of seven things the Lord hates, sowing "discord among brethren" makes the list. The reason for naming this sin is that it spoils the unity that Christ desires for His followers (John 17:21-22). Those who sow discord may not initially set out to create divisions. They may be preoccupied instead with their personal needs or the interests of a group they belong to (James 4:1-10).

Consider how Lot's herdsmen argued with those of Abraham (Gen. 13:1-18); Christ's disciples argued about personal preeminence (Luke 9:46); and divisive groups in the church at Corinth elevated party factions above the unity of the Spirit (1 Cor. 3:1-7). So what is the best way to promote unity? It begins with the transformation of the heart. When we adopt the mind of Christ, we develop an attitude of humility and we focus on service toward others (Phil. 2:5-11).

Only in Him can we access the power to "look out not only for [our] own interests, but also for the interests of others" (v. 4). Soon the needs and hopes of others become more important to us than our own. With growing bonds of love among us, we find discord replaced with joy and unity (Ps. 133:1). We can accomplish more together than we can alone.

Today We Pray

Dear Lord, Your blessings every morning know no limit. Yet I often rush by not seeing them, I fear. Let me take a moment this and every morning, God, I pray, to remember all of them, and know that you are here.

Hold me in the palm of your hand. I pray that You will mold me into what you want me to be. May I joyfully fill the role you have given to me and feel your peace deep in my soul, today and always.

I bless and thank you for finding me, Lord. May I never more take a breath without a heart filled with your Spirit. This is all we ask, through Christ our Lord.


Today's Godly Reminder - 1 Peter 2:2

"As newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby."

Like newborn babies, you should long for the pure milk of the word. So that by it. you may be nurtured and grow in respect to salvation. You will know more about life's ultimate fulfillment. Make it a goal that you will really grow in Christ.

You’ve had a taste of God. Now, like infants at the breast, drink deep of God’s pure kindness. Then you’ll grow up mature and whole in God. Keep growing!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The Daily Grace - Pace Yourself

Not long ago I developed a physical problem. My left shoulders and arm were aching. I had a painful rash on my forearm and thumb, and I struggled daily with fatigue. When I finally went to do the doctor, I learned that I had a case of shingles. The doctor put me on antiviral medication and said it would take several weeks for the disease to run its course. Because of this illness, I had to force myself into a new routine. A short nap in the morning and one in the afternoon were necessary to give me the strength to be productive. Until I recovered, I had to learn to pace myself.

At one point when Jesus sent His representatives out to teach in His name, they were so excited with all they were doing that they neglected to take time to eat and rest properly. When they returned, Christ told them: "Come aside by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while" (Mark 6:31). Everyone needs rest, and if we go too long without it, we will suffer physically and emotionally. We also will be unable to carry out our responsibilities as well as we should.

Is the Lord encouraging you to "come aside. . . and rest a while"? Sometimes a few more rest stops with Him may be necessary. To avoid a breakdown, take a break for rest and prayer. The Lord is also encouraging us to rest.

Today We Pray

Dear Lord, I come before You today and I thank You for all the blessings that You have given me. Many times my life is so full of busy work that I neglect my relationship with You: for that I am truly sorry. I know that You never neglect me, for if You did my very life would cease to be. 

May it please You, my good Lord, that there may come a day when I can repay a little of my great debt to you. O Jesus, strengthen my soul, You who are good above all good; and since you have inclined my soul in this way, show me how I may act for you, whatever it may cost, O Lord. Here is my life, my honor and my will; I have given them all to you and they are yours: use me to do whatever you want.

Continue to pull me to Yourself, guide me in my journey, and hold me close in Your bosom until the day I come home to be with You forever. Be with me, and with those who pray with me, for although we are in different places around the world, we gather spiritually in Your name. May we feel your presence among us.


Today's Godly Reminder - James 5:16

Never stop praying. God hears your sincere cries to Him. He is listening to you. He may be silent, but His ears are always there for you to listen to your concerns.

Once you're sincere, He will answer your prayers. The prayer of a person living right with God is something powerful to be reckoned with. It is effective. So, pray without ceasing.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The Daily Grace - An Appropriate Name

The name of the Southeastern Asian nation of Indonesia is formed by combining two Greek words which together mean "island". That name is appropriate because Indonesia is made up of more than 17,500 islands spanning nearly 750,000 square miles. Indonesia - an appropriate name for a nation of islands.

In the Bible, we find that people were often given names - sometimes at birth, sometimes later - that made a statement about them or their character. Barnabas, whose name means "son of encouragement", continually encouraged those he encountered. Jacob, whose name means "schemer", repeatedly manipulated people and situations for his own selfish ends. And no one has ever been more appropriately named than Jesus. When the angel of the Lord spoke to Joseph about Mary's soon-to-be-born Son, he told Joseph, "You shall call His Name JESUS, for He will save His people from their sins" (Matt. 1:21).

Jesus means "the Lord saves" and defines both who Jesus is and why He came. He was also called Immanuel, which means "God with us" (Matt. 1:23). His name reveals our eternal hope! The name of Jesus is at the heart of our faith and our hope.

Today We Pray

Dear God, my soul longs for your presence. When I turn my thoughts to You, I find peace and contentment. You are indeed the Prince of Peace.

Grant that Your holy and life-giving Spirit may so move every human heart. Let those barriers which divide us may crumble, suspicions disappear and hatreds cease; that our divisions being healed, we may live together in justice and peace. Please build the heart of Christ into my heart that those around me will see Him clearly and desire to know Him too.

Now all glory to You, mighty God, who is able to keep me from falling away and will bring me with great joy into Your glorious presence without a single fault. All glory to You who alone are God, our Savior through Jesus Christ our Lord. All glory, majesty, power, and authority are yours before all time, and in the present, and beyond all time.


Today's Godly Reminder - Galatians 5:16

Walk habitually in the Holy Spirit. Seek Him and be responsive to His guidance. When you do this, you will certainly not carry out the desire of the sinful nature. This responds impulsively without regard for God and His precepts.

Live freely, animated and motivated by God’s Spirit. Then you won’t feed the compulsions of selfishness. For there is a root of sinful self-interest in us that is at odds with a free spirit, just as the free spirit is incompatible with selfishness. These two ways of life are antithetical, so that you cannot live at times one way and at times another way according to how you feel on any given day. 

Monday, May 22, 2017

The Daily Grace - High-Tech Communication

When it comes to communication, our world is becoming increasingly high-tech. The popularity of things like Twitter and Facebook might cause some to think the Bible is too old-school. The tech-savvy people of our world might feel deterred because there are no sounds and no nifty graphics in the Bible. But the truth is, there's more high-tech power in God's Word than in any cutting-edge communication tool our world will ever know.

It's not uncommon for a pastor to be told, "When you said that in your message, it was just what I needed". Somehow during the sermon, God spoke to the person's heart with a message tailor-made for him or her. If you've ever read the Bible and sensed God speaking directly to you, you know what I'm talking about. God has hard-wired you with His Spirit, who illumines your mind to understand His Word. Imagine getting a "text message" directly from the Creator of the universe telling you exactly what you need at exactly the right time. No matter how high-tech this world gets, you'll never experience a more powerful mode of communication!

Rejoice in the reality that "we have received . . . the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God" (1 Cor. 2:12). The Bible may be old, but its truths are always new. Ask the Lord to give you an insight as you hear His Word today. So that, you will truly understand His message and His way.

Today We Pray

Dear marvelous God, You are my light, my life, and my salvation. Grant to me, I pray, such fullness of faith and such a consciousness of Your love and goodness. Let Your blessed Spirit dwell within me, giving me healthy body, peace of mind, faithfulness of heart, and holiness of life and being.

Hold us all in your loving arms. Let us be comforted by the strength and peace You make available to us through the birth of Your son, Jesus. Thank You for all the many gifts You offer us, during our life on earth and for all eternity.

I dedicate this day to You, mighty God. I pray that your Spirit will lift me up this day. Let Your face shine upon me all the day long, that I might do Your will and lead a new life in Christ, reborn in the Spirit.


Today's Godly Reminder - Psalm 119:10

"With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from your commandments!"

Let us seek the Lord with all of our hearts. This heart of ours should be inquiring for God and longing for God. Let us not wander from His commandments. Neither through ignorance nor by willful disobedience, do not wander from His words.

Let us worship Him with all of our hearts. Don’t walk away from His commands. Try hard to find Him. Let us not be astray from His words.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

The Daily Grace - I Shall Not Want

Before they were a week old, the eaglets were fighting over food. Neither was strong enough to hold up his head for more than a few seconds, so the pair looked like fuzzballs with bobble-heads attached. But whenever the parents brought food to the nest, the bigger eaglet was quick to peek down his brother to keep him from getting a single bite.His aggression would have been understandable if food was scarce, or if the parents couldn't be trusted to supply what he needed. But nothing could be further from the truth. The eaglets were being fed fish many times their size; there was more than enough for both of them.

The greedy eaglet reminds me of our own foolishness when we try to get for ourselves something that belongs to someone else (James 4:1-5). Conflicts erupt because we want something that God has given to a friend, colleague, relative or neighbor. Instead of asking God for what we need, we try to get what He's given to someone else (v. 2). But God has something good for each of us. We don't need what belongs to anyone else. And, we certainly never need to harm anyone to get what we need.

Our loving heavenly Father has more than enough for everyone. Our needs will never exhaust God's supply. The secret of contentment is to let the Lord supply. Just do your part and put God first and rely on His Word.

Today We Pray

Dear Lord, thank You for the temporal blessings of this world. I bring my tribute of thanks for spiritual graces, the full warmth of faith, the cheering presence of our Spirit, the strength of Your restraining will, Your spiking of hell's artillery. Blessed be my sovereign Lord!

Do not allow me to be insensible to these daily mercies. Your hand bestows blessings. Your power averts evil.

As my lips pour forth Your praise, fill my heart with the peace You give to those who wait for Your salvation in Jesus Christ our Lord. Incline me, O God, to think humbly of myself, to be severe only in the examination of my own conduct, to consider my fellow creatures with kindness, and to judge of all they say and do with that charity that I would desire from them myself. In Christ's name I pray.


Today's Godly Reminder - James 4:6b

God will shower more grace unto us, it is His promise. It is through the power of the Holy Spirit to defy sin and live an obedient life that reflects both our faith and our gratitude for our salvation. But, He will only show grace to the humble. God defies proud and haughty people.

Thus, He loves people who are humble. He continually gives gift of grace to these kind of people. These are the people who turn away from self-righteousness. God goes against the willful proud. But, God gives grace to the willing humble.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

The Daily Grace - I, Me, Mine

In 1970, the Beatles began work on a documentary intended to show how their music was made. But instead of revealing the process of musical creativity, the film pulled the curtain back on a display of self-interest and bickering. The band members were more concerned about their own song than the advancement of the group. Shortly after the project was completed, the group dissolved in disharmony and broken friendships.

It's an age-old problem. In the first century AD, the apostle Paul feared that the believers in the church at Philippi would fall into the trap of selfishness. He knew that when the desire for personal advancement overrides concern for one another, attitudes quickly become disruptive and divisive. To counteract this dangerous tendency, Paul wrote, "Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others" (Phil. 2:3-4).

What would a documentary of your life reveal? Selfishness or selflessness? We must look out for one another, for selfless concern will prevent division and build unity in our church families. A heart that is focused on others will not be consumed with self.

Today We Pray

Dear Lord, take away from me my sins, and mercifully kindle in me the fire of Your Holy Spirit. Take away from me the heart of stone, and give me a heart of flesh, a heart to love and adore You, a heart to delight in You, to follow and to enjoy You, for Christ's sake. Have mercy on me, Oh Lord, for I am a humble and miserable sinner. 

I renounce all of these sins and repent of them. I promise to make every effort not to repeat them. Cleanse me, O Lord.

Have mercy on me, pardon me for these offences and any I might have omitted from forgetfulness or ignorance, I pray for forgiveness. And I pray that your Holy Spirit may dwell with me today and throughout the coming week, to comfort me, to give me strength against temptation, and to guide me into the path of righteousness. Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honor and glory for ever and ever.


Today's Godly Reminder - Philippians 2:3

"Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself."

Do nothing from factional motives or strife. But with an attitude of humility, regard others as more important than yourselves. Do not be arrogant nor self-righteous. Don't do anything out of selfishness or empty conceit.

Don’t push your way to the front. Don’t sweet-talk your way to the top. Put yourself aside, and help others get ahead. Don’t be obsessed with getting your own advantage. Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand.

Friday, May 19, 2017

The Daily Grace - Once Upon a Time

Some people say that the Bible is just a collection of fairy tales. A boy slaying a giant. A man swallowed by a big fish. Noah's bot-building experience. Even some religious people think that these events are just nice stories with a good moral.

Jesus Himself, however, spoke of Jonah and the giant fish and Noah and the flood as actual events: "As the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be" (Matt. 24:37-39). His return will happen when we're not expecting it. Jesus compared Jonah's three days inside the big fish to the three days He would experience in the grave before His resurrection (Matt. 12:40). And Peter talked about Noah and the flood when he equated it to a future day when Jesus comes back (2 Pet. 2:4-9).

God gave us His Word. It's a book that is filled with truth - not fairy tales. And one day, we will live happily ever after with Him when Jesus comes again and receives His children to Himself. We have reason for optimism if we're looking for Christ's return.

Today We Pray

Dear God, as I cross the threshold of this day, I commit myself Your care. Mold me in Your image. In everything I say and do, let my mind be on the eternal goodness of heaven rather than the vanities of earth, meaningless pride, or the anger and envy that tear apart my precious soul.

I dedicate myself to Your holiness and pray that You may be with me, to check my tongue before it can speak evil and to stop my hand when it seeks to sin. I come to You as a child. I will look to You for guidance and wisdom.

All through this day, O Lord, by the power of Your quickening Spirit, let me touch the lives of others for good, whether through the word I speak, the prayer I speak, or the life I live. Let me know the joyful feeling of having done something that pleased You; let me never feel the pain of knowing I have disappointed You. And let me live without fear, without confusion, always steady in the certainty of Your forgiveness and ultimate victory, I pray.


Today's Godly Reminder - Matthew 24:44

Jesus is coming real soon. His coming will be the least expected event in this world. Be prepared and be thrilled for his coming. Be excited to experience His Heavenly Kingdom, where there is no more pain and suffering. Be excited to see His Wonderful Face and worship Him mightily. Repent! For the Kingdom of Heaven is near!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

The Daily Grace - Interruptions

My sister and I were looking forward to our holiday in Taiwan. We had purchased our plane tickets and booked our hotel rooms. But two weeks before the trip, my sister learned she had to stay at home in Singapore to handle an emergency. We were disappointed that our plans were interrupted.

Jesus' disciples were accompanying Him on an urgent mission when their trip was interrupted (Mark 5:21-42). The daughter of Jairus, a ruler of the synagogue, was dying. Time was of the essence, and Jesus was on His way to their home. Then, suddenly, Jesus stopped and said, "Who touched My clothes?" (v. 30). The disciples seemed irritated by this, and said, "You see the multitude thronging You, and You say, 'Who touched Me?' " (v.31). But Jesus saw it as an opportunity to minister to a suffering woman. Her illness had made her ceremonially unclean and unable to participate in community life for twelve years! (see Lev. 15:25-27).

While Jesus was talking to this woman, Jairus' daughter died. It was too late - or so it seemed. But the delay allowed Jairus to experience an even deeper knowledge of Jesus and His power - even power over death! Sometimes our disappointment can be God's appointment. Look for God's purpose in your next interruption. 

Today We Pray

Dear Lord, You have commanded me to love others as myself. Yet it is so easy to find the faults in others, for I see their outside and compare it against what is inside me. I have inflated my goodness and importance in my own mind, but have judged others for the smallest shortcoming, and I am filled by foolish pride.

I vow by this prayer that I will strive to follow Your Word, to forgive all who have injured me, to turn loose the petty resentments and grudges that poison the world with hatred, and to overlook the faults of others; and I ask to be pardoned wherever I have done injury to my brothers and sisters, who are Your beloved children even though they, like me, are sinners. And I vow, when I fall short of Your commandment, to seek out and confess my wrongdoing. Forgive me, Holy Christ, and help me to ever amend my life with faith in the grace You have promised to the penitent sinner.

May the God of hope fill me and all of us with the joy and peace that comes from believing, so that we may abound in hope, by the power of the Holy Spirit. Open my eyes to behold Your gracious hand in all your works; that rejoicing in your whole creation, I may learn to serve you with gladness, faithfully managing your bounty; for the sake of him by whom all things were made, your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.


Today's Godly Reminder - Psalm 33:11

As always, His plans will always prevail. It is as strong as the building's foundation, or more than that. It will not be shaken and moved. It is because God is always there for You, the Mighty One.

His counsel will stand forever. It will not be gone. It is always there. Give thanks to the Lord, for He is always good in your lives.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

The Daily Grace - A New Bucket List

A friend told me he had recently accomplished one of the things on his "bucket list" (a list of things to do before you die) when he took his sister to Europe. Although he had traveled there many times, she had never been there. What struck me was the unselfish nature of having that goal on his "bucket list". It caused me to wonder how many of my dreams and goals are focused on others, not on myself.

Romans 12:6-21 speaks of God's gifts to us as members of the body of Christ and how we should use them in everyday life. All of them are outward in focus. Teaching, for example, is not for the teacher's self-fulfillment but for the benefit of others. So too with the other gifts mentioned in verses 6 through 8. Paul summarized this openhanded approach by urging us to "be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves" (v. 10).

Paul exemplified this attitude by including others in his ministry and investing his life in the next generation of believers. Generosity, hospitality, forgiveness and compassion guided his behavior. Our goals in life should include giving away the gifts of God has given to us. For a healthier spiritual life, exercise humility and care for others.

Today We Pray

Dear Lord, bless me this day to live with Your Spirit, to resist temptation to evil, and to show Your joy and love to all. Make Your home with me, that I might be truly blessed. I give You my love without reservation. 

Your words are sacred and I aspire to live by them, this day and always. I glorify You for Your sacrifice of pain and death. It was made out of Your love for us, that all who follow You might find salvation and eternal life.

I humbly pray You so to guide and govern me by Your Holy Spirit, that in all the joys, occupations, and cares of this day I may never forget You. But, remember that I am ever walking in Your sight. In Christ's name, I pray.


Today's Godly Reminder - Romans 12:10

"Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another"

Be devoted to one another with authentic brotherly affection. Be devoted like as one member of the family. Love each other as brothers and sisters and honor others more than you do yourself. Take delight in honoring each other.  Love each other with genuine affection. Treat each and everyone nicely. Be kind to them and care for them always.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

The Daily Grace - Many Advisors

The fifteenth-century theologian Thomas a Kempis said, "Who is so wise as to have perfect knowledge of all things? Therefore, trust not too much to your own opinion, but be ready also to hear the opinions of others. Though your own opinion be good, yet if for the love of God you forego it and follow that of another, you shall the more profit thereby". Thomas recognized the importance of seeking the opinions of trusted advisors when making plans for life.

In order to determine God's course for life, the wise person should open up to several avenues of counsel, through which God will bring His guiding wisdom. When a person seeks the wise counsel of others, he shows his realization that he might be overlooking some important factors in his decisions. Solomon, the wisest man in Israel, wrote about how important it is to have counsel from others: "Without counsel, plans go awry, but in the multitude of counselors they are established" (Prov. 15:22).

The Lord is the Wonderful Counselor (Isa. 9:6). He desires to protect us through wise advisors. Seek them out and thank God for them. Let them help you discover a clearer picture of His plan for your life. If you seek wise counsel, you multiply your chances for sound decisions.

Today We Pray

Dear God, I pray for commitment and enthusiasm in every good work, showing the happiness and cheerfulness that comes only when we work for You. Let me live in Your presence. Give me patience in difficulties, Lord, being happy and cheerful as I place my trust in You. 

Show me how to live in your presence. When difficulties arise, teach me to be patient. Let me break the cycle of evil, conquering it with goodness, for only with Your help and Your strength can I live fully in obedience to Your Word.

I bind myself to You this day, oh Christ, in Your truth and in Your sacrifice. I give to You my anxiety and my fear, my depression and my doubt, for You have promised to take them if we only ask; and I take upon myself Your burden, for it is light and Your way is gentle. May I keep this in my heart and mind all this day.


Today's Godly Reminder - Ephesians 2:10

"For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them."

We are God's own master work. We are His work of art. We are reborn from above—spiritually transformed, renewed and ready to be used for good works. He did this so that we will live the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us. He creates each of us by Christ Jesus to join him in the work he does, the good work he has gotten ready for us to do, work we had better be doing. God planned for us to do good things and to live as he has always wanted us to live. That’s why he sent Christ to make us what we are.

Monday, May 15, 2017

The Daily Grace - God's Origami

Not long ago, I attended a class in origami, where I learned that the term comes from two Japanese words that mean "folding paper". In this process, a piece of paper is transformed into a bird or other unique shape by a series of geometric folds and creases. Our facilitator was Hitoshiro Akehi, a Japanese brother in Christ. As we folded our paper into different shapes, Mr. Akehi shared some of his life experiences. The youngest of 11 children, he was raised by his mother after his father died during World War II. Through many twists and turns, his family came into contact with missionaries. As a result, many of his family members became Christians.

As I refashioned a simple piece of paper into a beautiful new form, I thought of how God shapes us. First, He uses circumstances to bring us to our knees and to Him. Then, by grace He continues to use life's twists and turns to reshape us into more Christlike persons, "conformed to the image of His Son" (Rom. 8:29). 

Has your life taken an unexpected turn? Remember, in the hands of our Creator and Redeemer, we are "[God's] workmanship, created in Christ Jesus" (Eph. 2:10). We are His unfinished works of art. God can use the twists and turns in our lives to make us more like His Son. Christians are God's work in progress.

Today We Pray

Dear God, open my eyes that I may see Your hand in all of Your works this day and most especially in those You have made in Your image. Open my heart that I may see Your holy presence surrounding me. Let me hear Your voice like the uninterrupted roar of a great waterfall that cannot be silenced and cannot be stopped and cannot be overcome by any temptation of flesh.

Draw my heart back to Your love the instant I begin to hate. If I am proud, drown my pride in Your glory. Teach me to be careful in nothing when it comes to You, Holy God, and let me know and shine forth the truth.

I pray to be filled with Your Holy Spirit for the rest of this day. Let me go forth, walking with Your Spirit in my heart, that I may be filled with the joy and energy and praise for Your entire creation, thankful in the many gifts you have given me, and showing forth Your light in my every word and deed. This I pray in Christ's name.


Today's Godly Reminder - Proverbs 15:22

Always ask for an advice from your trusted friends and trusted persons when life gets tough. It is because without consultation and wise advice, plans will just be frustrated. If in doubt, consult first. Do not let your plans or decisions fail by lack of advice. 

But, if you are surrounded with many counselors, plans will be established and succeed. There is nothing wrong in asking questions. If there is no counsel, purposes are frustrated. But with many counselors, they are indeed accomplished.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

The Daily Grace - He Navigates Our Lives

The navigator has a big responsibility. Its primary responsibility is to be aware of ship or aircraft position at all times. Responsibilities include planning the journey, advising the ship's captain or aircraft commander of estimated timing to destinations while en route, and ensuring hazards are avoided. It is a complicated task to do because they are in charge of everything in order for the vehicle to function to be able to reach their destinations safely.

In our daily lives, as we navigate the sea of life, we also have a reliable source of spiritual direction - the Bible. The psalmist wrote, "Oh, how I love Your law! It is my meditation all the day" (Ps. 199:97). Rather than occasionally glancing at God's Word, he spoke of pondering the Lord's directions throughout each day: "Your testimonies are my meditation" (v.99). This was coupled with a commitment to obey the Author: "I have sworn and confirmed that I will keep Your righteous judgments" (v. 106).

Like the mariners of old, we need a constant guide to help us find our way and stay on course. That's what happens when we seek the Lord day by day with an open heart and a willing spirit that says, "Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path". We need God's guidance from above, His daily leading and His love. As we trust Him for direction, to our course, He'll give correction. With God as your navigator, you're headed in the right direction.

Today We Pray

Dear Lord, we love You. Teach us the secret of loving, the love You are asking today. Then, help us to love one another, for this we most earnestly pray.

You gave me life and the gift of freedom, through Your love I exist in this world. May I never take the gift of life for granted. May I always respect the right to life of others.

Make me and all who confess your holy name people of this light. Make me faithful to your Word that I may bring your life to the waiting world. Grant this through Christ our Lord.


Today's Godly Reminder - Proverbs 23:22-25

"Listen to your father who gave you life, and do not despise your mother when she is old. Buy truth,and do not sell it; buy wisdom, instruction, and understanding. The father of the righteous will greatly rejoice; he who fathers a wise son will be glad in him. Let your father and mother be glad;let her who bore you rejoice."

Give respect to your Father and Mother. It is because of them that you are here. When they get old, love them do not despise them. Live in truthfulness full of wisdom and understanding. It will surely make your Father and Mother proud of you. Do things that can make them glad and joyous.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

The Daily Grace - Tangible Love

The Chester Beatty Library in Dublin, Ireland, houses a wonderful collection of ancient Bible fragments. One very small fragment is a portion of John 19. This piece of John's gospel describes the moment, as Jesus was being crucified, when He spoke to His mother in a display of love and concern for her. The words are from verse 26, where we read, "When Jesus therefore saw His mother, and he disciple whom He loved standing by, He said to His mother, 'Woman, behold our son!' "

As I stared at that ancient fragment, it struck me afresh how tangible Jesus' love was for His mother and friend. With clear words, He let the world know of His love and affection by showing His concern that Mary be cared for by His friend John when He was gone. Hanging on the cross, Jesus said to John, " 'Behold your mother!' And from that hour that disciple took her to his own home" (v. 27).

I think that today, on this Mother's Day, would be a wonderful time to declare publicly your love for your mom if you still have her - or to give thanks to the Lord for her if she is no longer with you. Then show in some tangible ways how much you love her and how much she has meant to you. As Abraham Lincoln quoted, "God bless my mother; all I am or hope to be, I owe to her". Since this priceless gift God gave us must from us one day depart, lavish her with love and kindness. Real true love, with all your heart.

Today We Pray

Dear God, Your love embraces everyone. Through the Resurrection of Your Son, You call me and all who pray with me into your wonderful light. Dispel our darkness and make us a people with one heart and one voice, forever singing Your praise.

O Lord, our majestic Maker, our hearts turn toward praise when we see snapshots of Your beautiful world. Thank You for creating us! Help us to rule Your world with wisdom.

Finally, let me go forth in thanks for the victory I have been given through our Lord Jesus Christ. May I be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, and always remembering that in the Lord our labor is not in vain. In Jesus, the Christ, our Lord we pray.


Today's Godly Reminder - Deuteronomy 5:16

"Honor your father and your mother, as the Lord your God has commanded you, that your days may be long, and that it may be well with you in the land which the Lord your God is giving you."

 Respect your father and mother. Obey them always and care for them. If you do so, you will live a long and successful life in the land God is giving you. You will be richly blessed by the Lord because it is His commandment.

This Mother's Day, appreciate your mother by respecting her, obeying her, and most of all, caring for her. From the beginning of our life, she is mostly taking care of us. Imagine her bearing us for nine months in her womb, it is not easy! So, this is the day to show our love to her. Not just this Mother's Day, but everyday. Make her happy always,

Friday, May 12, 2017

The Daily Grace - New Birth

What is there about babies that makes us smile? Many people will stop everything at the sight or sound of a baby and will flock to gaze at the little one. I noticed this when I visited my dad at a nursing home. Though most of the residents were wheelchair-bound and suffered from dementia, the visit of a family with a baby almost unfailingly brought a spark of joy to their eyes that - tentatively at first but then undoubtedly - became a smile. It was amazing to watch.

Perhaps babies bring a smile because of the wonder of a new life - so precious, tiny, and full of promise. Seeing a baby can remind us of our awesome God and the great love He has for us. He loved us so much that He gave us life and formed us in our mother's womb. "You formed my inwards parts", the psalmist says, "You covered me in my mother's womb" (Ps. 139:13). 

Not only does He give us physical life but He also offers us spiritual rebirth through Jesus (John 3:3-8). God promises believers new bodies and life eternal when Jesus returns (1 Cor. 15:50-52). Physical life and spiritual rebirth - gifts to celebrate from our Father's hand. Let us praise Him because His works are always marvelous.

Today We Pray

Dear God, the night has passed, the sun shines its light upon us, and the day lies open before me. As I rejoice in the gift of this new day, so may the light of your presence fill me with love for you and my fellow man, holy God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Abide with me, I pray, now and forever.

I ask You to help me to be generous when I think of the attitude and actions of others. Forgiving someone isn't an easy option, and I know that forgiveness isn't somehow pretending that something wrong hasn't happened; for what I have done wrong, forgive me Father. Let me remember Your words, that as we forgive others, so shall we be forgiven, and to live in obedience to Your word.

And now, as a little child, let me abide in You all this day, oh Christ. So that, when You appear, I may have confidence and not shrink from You in shame at Your coming. For I know that You are righteous, and I am sure that I will be made righteous only by my life in You.


Today's Godly Reminder - Ephesians 6:5-6

"Bondservants, obey your earthly masters with fear and trembling, with a sincere heart, as you would Christ, not by the way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but as bondservants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart."

Be obedient to those who are your earthly masters. Also, have the respect for authority. Seek to please them, as service o Christ with a sincere heart. Don't work only when someone is watching you and only to please men. But as slaves of Christ, do the will of God from your heart.

Respectfully obey your earthly masters but always with an eye to obeying the real master, Christ. Don’t just do what you have to do to get by, but work heartily, as Christ’s servants doing what God wants you to do. And work with a smile on your face, always keeping in mind that no matter who happens to be giving the orders, you’re really serving God. Good work will get you good pay from the Master, regardless of whether you are slave or free. You can serve the Lord with gladness with this act.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

The Daily Grace - Helping Your Church

A group of teenagers on a ministry trip in Jamaica were enjoying some downtime with a game of Ultimate Frisbee. But when someone noticed that a boat had overturned off a nearby beach, the game ended and the teens eagerly rushed to the water to help. There they found a small group of professional boat operators struggling with their craft - trying to turn it upright. That's where the teens could help. They waded in, put their young strength to work, and together they were able to right the boat.

What happened that day in the Caribbean Sea reminds me of what can happen in the church. The "professionals", the pastor and others who are trained to lead the church, face a task they can't do alone. It's often a struggle to get the work of the church done until lay people join in and work alongside the leadership. This was the situation in Acts 6. Some people in the church were being neglected, and the "professionals", the apostles who were leading the church, realized they couldn't do everything by themselves. Only when seven laypeople pitched in to help the leaders could the church proceed.

How can you come alongside your pastor and other leaders to help keep your church moving ahead? Think of some good things that you can help your church. Teamwork divides the effort and multiplies the effect. Be a part of a local church and utilize your service for God's glory.

Today We Pray

Dear Lord, be with me and all who love You, this day. Make Your presence become known to those who have turned away from You and do not seek You, so that none of them may be lost, but all may be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth. May all the earth praise Your holy Name, living in the true love and harmony You purchased for us by Your suffering.

Help me in every way to have a faithful heart. Teach me to love and serve Your church. Help me to always do my part for Your Kingdom.

The blessing of the Lord rest and remain upon all his people, in every land, of every tongue. The Lord meet in mercy all that seek him. The Lord comfort all who suffer and mourn. And, the Lord hasten his coming, and give us, his people, the blessing of peace, this day and always.


Today's Godly Reminder - 1 Peter 4:10

Each one of us has received a special gift. It is a gift of spiritual talent, an ability graciously given by God. Be generous with these different things God gave you, passing them around so all get in on it. We have been blessed with one of God’s many wonderful gifts to be used in the service of others. 

Use your gifts well. Use it appropriately and faithfully using the diverse, varied gifts and abilities granted to Christians by God’s unmerited favor. Use them well to serve one another. Employ it in good stewards of God’s multi-faceted grace.