Does this sound in any way familiar to you? A pastor is conducting a healing service in his church. The church pianist, an elderly and kindly lady who has been serving faithfully since her youth, raises her hands yet again, hoping to receive healing for the painful rheumatoid arthritis that has beset her in the… Continue reading Why Do New Christians Seem So Much More Blessed?
Why do I love and follow Jesus? Because He brings a sure promise of positive change. I’ve seen Him work in my marriage, my job, and my family, things that are beyond me. I’ve seen Him work in my thoughts and perceptions of the world, my character and personality, things I could and would never… Continue reading Jesus Always Brings Positive Change
There is a hidden battle between forces of good and evil happening around us all the time that we don’t see or realise. But just because we don’t see something, doesn’t mean it isn’t there. Sound familiar? This is the main premise and line from the 2013 Blue Sky and 20th Century Fox animation Epic, which… Continue reading How Epic Reveals the Hidden Battle in Our Lives
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?