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Entering 2009
December 31, 2008, 1:34 pm
Filed under: Believe, Mind Cloud, Shout

(email from my sister)

How will you spend the last few days of 2008?
Shopping? Sleeping?  Surfing (the web)?
Want to do something different? Something that may actually bring God pleasure?
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Here’s my suggestion – why not use the last few days of 2008 to say ‘Sorry’ to someone.
Or else, why not give someone the opportunity to say ‘Sorry’ to you?

In the bible it is very clear that Jesus was sent into the world not only to make peace between humanity and God but also to restore peace between those who are hostile towards each other.   Again and again those who are called God’s people, those who have been shown mercy and forgiveness are encouraged AND often warned (see especially Matthew 18:21-35) to likewise show mercy and forgiveness to others.

As Jesus himself says in Matthew 5:
21 “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder; and whoever murders will be liable to judgment.’  22 But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be liable to the hell of fire.  23 So if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, 24 leave your gift there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.

And as Paul also writes:

“Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and give no opportunity to the devil.” {Ephesians 4:26-27}

Brothers and sisters, with only a few days left in 2008 – the sun is well and truly about go down!  Who are the people that you need to forgive or to ask forgiveness from?  Your mother? Your father? Your brothers or sisters? Your grandparents? Your flatmate? Your classmate? Your neighbor? Your husband? Your wife? Your children? Your Christian brother or sister?

Or maybe you need to say ‘sorry’ to God?

As we approach the last few days of 2008 (ready to begin 2009), it is good for each of us to reflect again on God’s great offer of forgiveness that comes at the cost of his Son Jesus. Because no matter how often (or how terribly) we have failed God at various times this year, God makes the incredible promise that because of what his Son did by becoming man and dying  on the cross for us, his righteousness is now ours!

‘By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.’ {Romans 8:3b-4}

Forgiving someone is never easy – it costs.  And asking someone for forgiveness is also never easy – but brothers and sister, this delights God.
So why not make time in these next few days, before the sun goes down, to make sure 2009 begins as a wonderfully fresh new day!

22 The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end;
23 they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
{Lamentations 3:22-23}

God bless.

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Bad, Naughty, Cheeky
September 19, 2008, 2:38 pm
Filed under: Believe, Shout

BAD
Something is wrong. It should have been avoided, and it’s regreted. It’s a shame.

NAUGHTY
Something is wrong. Too bad, but it is the nature. Oh well, it just needs a bit of control to prevent big damage.

CHEEKY
Something is wrong. It’s not supposed to be, but he..he… it’s kinda funny. Nevermind, no harm was intended, anyway indeed it made a smile.

Now, do you see wrong things in its classes as well? Next time when you realize that something is wrong, which one of above is it in… or.. shall we compromise with wrong-doing by using those classes? Think about it; when a little boy flips little girl’s skirt, is it bad or naughty or cheeky? when a teenager boy flips his girl friend’s skirt, is it bad or naughty or cheeky? when a adult man flips a lady’s skirt…. ?

So, question is, when does exactly the same thing become bad or naughty or cheeky? Is it OK to make bad things sounds.. well, not so bad? Depends on who sees it, you say? Subjective? Depends on the point of view? What is something wrong in front of God?

SIN
Something is wrong. You do, you die.



Evangelism
September 2, 2008, 11:15 am
Filed under: Believe, Mind Cloud, Shout

Why do executives spend time playing golf even if they suck at golfing?
You don’t think it’s because they want to keep fit and healthy, do you? And some marketing managers have to spend time drinking with their clients, or some account managers trying to get you for coffee. And no… they do not sell during that. They don’t even talk about products or services, nor any proposals. They talk about football, about mobile phones, about family, they try to be your friend… erm, nope. They don’t care to be your friend. They don’t care about your family or whether your team go through to finals. They just want to know you.

When you know your client, you know what to sell to the client. And even if you don’t have a right thing to sell, you know how to sell what you have.

Simply,.. what you like, how you see things, how you make decision, and what can move you.
This is something I have learnt for sometime. Now, put this for evangelism.

Ermm… business and evangelism?

It’s not much different, you try to make someone think the way you want them to think, you want them to agree with your points, and you want them to move and make decision, at a point where it might change their life.

So get out there, and before you talk too much about your faith, get to know them better. Go play badminton with them, go shopping with them, go for dinner with them, watch soccer with them and let them see your new mobile phone. But beyond that, you care to be their friend, you care about their family or whether their team go through to finals. And that’s not all, let them know you too, let them come to you place, let them try your recipe, let them play with your children. Let them know how you live as a christian. Evangelism is not only words or writes.