I was walking in the mall when the tag line of an ad caught my eye: “Because you need to put on your face.” How often do we “put on our face”? Some may read this in the literal sense of putting on makeup, but so much more often we do this figuratively. We’ve scarcely finished… Continue reading Don’t Worry About “Putting On Your Face”
I used to live thinking that I’d never let anyone disappoint me. Well, that eventually failed. People will disappoint you. You will disappoint yourself. When we put our focus and our trust in man, even if it’s ourselves, we will always end up being disappointed. That’s why a church should never focus its people’s attention… Continue reading The Hope that Will Never Disappoint
What’s the difference between a “baby Christian” and a “mature Christian”? Ask anyone, believer or not, and you will likely get an answer along these lines: A “baby Christian” is – (i) someone who has just become a Christian for not very long, (ii) who doesn’t know much about the things of God or the… Continue reading What About Maturing in Christ?
Most kids believe in good news. Tell a child that you are taking them to the mall to get a new toy, or that there will be no school tomorrow, and you will likely be greeted with a happy face and a jubilant “Yaay!” Not only that, you’ll also likely trigger a looping replay of… Continue reading What Children Teach Us About What To Do With Good News
One of the biggest struggles I had in understanding God’s love was the concept of fearing God. God reminds us so many times in His Word to “Fear not” or “Be not afraid”. And His Word also clearly says there is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and… Continue reading The Difference Between Fearing God Then and Fearing God Now
It feels pretty scary to be living in the times we are now. It seems like every time we click on or flip open the news, fresh disasters and attacks dominate the headlines. Another plane down, another great earthquake or typhoon devastating many, another act of terror claiming innocent lives, another disease threatening populations. Even… Continue reading Living Fear-Free In the Age of Terror
A disappointment is when something you thought was going to happen and really wanted to happen doesn’t happen. It’s not a good feeling. In fact, most of the time it feels downright terrible, and is accompanied by a cloyingly sour aftertaste that is both immensely sad and empty. My most recent experience of a disappointment… Continue reading Can God Still Be Good In the Midst of Disappointment?
What you believe will change everything. Having spent the better part of a month watching the Euro Cup, I see this time and again match after match. If a team believes they can do it, they will win the game, regardless of how much more reputed or spirited their opponent is or if they have to… Continue reading If There’s Just One Thing You Absolutely Must Believe…
What do Wall-E and Christianity have in common? No, it’s not that they both have a character named Eve. Nor is it that they both address larger social issues on earth. What they have in common is this: in both, there is a hyperjump to the finish line. Okay, for those who need a bit of… Continue reading What Wall-E and Christianity Have in Common
What do we really mean when we talk about grace? Does it mean something you get for free, like a 10-min grace period for car parking? Or does it mean mercy or goodness from God, as used generally by Christians, like, “By God’s grace we will get through this”, or “We thank God for His grace”? All of… Continue reading What Grace Really Means