Last Sunday, I wanted to go to evening service at Grace Community Church, an hour away from my house. It would kill 3 birds with one stone – take my daughter back to school, watch the baptism of her friend, and enjoy a time of worship since I was not able to attend the service […]

In the office devotion time this week, WT shared from Ephesians 3:20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever! […]

I always thought, if I were to be a missionary somewhere overseas, I would want to go to Taiwan. When I was there for vacation about 6-7 years ago, the impression I had was that it was a place I can possibly adjust to living there long term. Of course I was only there as […]

Consistent prayer is a challenge for me. Here are more quotes from A Praying Life by Paul Miller. You don’t create intimacy; you make room for it…In short, you can’t get to know God on the fly. (p. 47) Time in prayer makes you even more dependent on God because you don’t have as much […]

29
Mar

The Old Testament is full of rules and rituals that the Israelites are to follow. It seems like a religion of works but it really isn’t. As finite beings, how can we know an infinite God? God makes himself known by giving us these means or “tools” to know him. The end goal of all […]

Pastor H said in his sermon on Sunday that people shouldn’t be surprised when they find out you go to church. It’s not a good thing if they say, “Oh, I couldn’t tell you’re a Christian!” I like what Aaron says here about having a consistent lifestyle as a church leader. Actually all who call […]

Day 9 Matthew 2:3 I can be a child of God, be a follower of Jesus for years, and yet some days I can live as if he’s not there. “Let this Christmas be the time when you consider the Messiah and ponder what it is to worship him.” Day 5-8

Day 5 Luke 2:6-7 This is my favorite advent devotional so far. Jesus did not take any detours to Calvary. “For your sake he became poor.” (2 Cor 8:9) “Now if you would think that if God so rules the world…, he surely could have seen to it that a room was available in the inn…The […]

Day 4 Luke 2:1-5 God moves world affairs in order to fulfill his plan in the lives of two unknown ordinary people. He can both macro manage the world and micro manage my life. “For it is implicit in Scripture that all the mammoth political forces and all the giant industrial complexes, without them even […]

04
Dec

I started on December 1 to meditate on a daily advent devotional, following John Piper’s plan. Here are some of my thoughts. Day 1 Luke 1:16-17 Focusing on Jesus is not as easy as it seems. I am too familiar with the Christmas account that it has lost some of the grandeur and awe for me. […]

12
Aug

I heard this on the radio today that I want to remember: “Salvation is not just a decision for Christ; it’s continual dependency on Christ.” Everything about our Christian life is about Jesus. In the America culture where we value independence, we often live the Christian life by doing things for Jesus. I need to […]

Came across this article from Aaron’s blog. “Slow traffic, a sick child, or a costly home repair may not seem like important tools in our sanctification, but they are. We often overlook these interruptions and inconveniences and instead expect God to work in our lives through huge life-changing circumstances. But the reality is, we won’t often […]

From Jesus Calling by Sarah Young: “Walk by faith, not by sight…When I gave you My Spirit, I empowered you to live beyond your natural ability and strength. That’s why it is so wrong to measure your energy level against the challenges ahead of you. The issue is not your strength but Mine, which is […]

13
Jan

Job, in all his suffering, never denied God. Yet, something was missing. It wasn’t enough just to persevere in our believe in God. In his book on prayer, Tim Keller says, Throughout most of the great Old Testament book that bears his name, Job cries out to God in agonized prayer. For all his complaints, […]

12
Jan

If  you have the YouVersion Bible app, you know there’s a 14 Days devotional plan by Tim Keller. The selected readings are from his new book. I am on Day 9. “The question the book of Job is posed in it’s very beginning. Is it possible that a man or woman can come to love […]

Whenever we experience pain, from a minor headache to a broken rib to a life-threatening disease, our first prayer is for God to take away the pain. I don’t think that’s right. As I age, can I expect my life to be pain-free? If my knees hurt and my neck is stiff, isn’t that just […]

13
Nov

I want to remember this for myself in my Bible devotional reading. Matthew 17:1-13 Don’t be so quick to do things for God. The first response is to listen to God. Enjoy the glory and majesty of Jesus.      

I read this somewhere. Just want to post it here so I can remember it and look it up whenever I need to be reminded. Prayer is our greatest privilege and our most lasting legacy as parents. You’ll never be a perfect parent, but you can be a praying parent. Prayer turns ordinary parents into prophets […]

A blessing by Jean Vanier May all your expectations be frustrated. May all your plans be thwarted. May all your desires be withered into nothingness That you may experience the powerlessness and poverty of a child and sing and dance in the love of God the Father, the Son and the Spirit.    

“Why do you behave so well in Bible drill but not in worship?” I asked a fifth-grade boy. “Because I don’t want my mom to get mad at me in Bible drill.” He replied. Even as adults we are often motivated by external forces without any inner change. We can act good and proper in […]