John Chapter 1

The Word is Near: Comparing Romans 10 and Deuteronomy 30

In this post, I compared Romans 10:4-13 and Deuteronomy 30:11-15 and made some observations. Both Moses and Paul said the word is near. it is in the mouth and in the heart. It is inside of us. Romans 10:4-13 4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes. 5 For Moses writes about the righteousness which is of the law, “The man who does those things shall live by them.”[b] 6 But the righteousness of faith speaks in this way, “Do not say in your…

Fruit of the Spirit

This post is about Galatians 5:22-23 – the fruit of the Spirit. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. 1. Singular Form Notice the use of the singular form for the word “fruit”. 9 items are listed but they are considered one fruit of the Holy Spirit? Does it matter? If it doesn’t, why did the bible not use the plural form? I think it does matter. Think about what it means if all…

Gigantic Fern

Protect the Soul and Prosper

This post contains notes on how to protect the soul and prosper that I took of Pastor Joseph Prince’s sermon preached on 27 November 2011. I am a spirit man who have a soul and live in a body. Before I knew Christ, my spirit is dead. When I accepted Him as Saviour, my spirit is born again. It is now righteous and the devil cannot touch it. Jesus has won that from him. That leaves the soul and the body. 3 John 1:2 says that as my soul prosper,…

Hugs and Embraces

The Importance of the Church

Why is the church important? Psalms 65:4 Blessed is the man whom thou choosest, and causest to approach unto thee, that he may dwell in thy courts: we shall be satisfied with the goodness of thy house, even of thy holy temple. The key phrase is “goodness of thy house”. A house is not made out of an individual but of a congregation. The temple too, isn’t for a single person. It is in the congregation that we shall be satisfied with his goodness. Ephesians 1:22-23 22 And hath put…

The Significance of the Dismissal of Hagar by Abraham

The dismissal of Hagar happened at Genesis 21:8-13. Paul interpreted the spiritual significance of this passage in Galatians 4:22-31. Genesis 21:8-13 8 The child grew and was weaned, and on the day Isaac was weaned Abraham held a great feast. 9 But Sarah saw that the son whom Hagar the Egyptian had borne to Abraham was mocking, 10 and she said to Abraham, “Get rid of that slave woman and her son, for that woman’s son will never share in the inheritance with my son Isaac.” 11 The matter distressed…

New Wine in Old Wineskins

What does “Old Wine in New Wineskins” mean?

Jesus told this parable at Luke 5:36-39 about the old and new garment and the old and new wine when he was at the reception threw by Levi the tax collector. At this reception, the Pharisees and scribes complained about 2 things regarding Jesus and his disciples. Why do Jesus mix around with the sinners and tax collectors Why do Jesus party all the time and not fast and offer prayers The reply to the first question is a familiar one. Jesus said that he has not come for those…

Child and dog praying

Pictures of prayer

What are some pictures that we typically use for prayer? An open receiving hand? Someone kneeling at the bedside with clasped hands, closed eyes and an earnest look? I recently came across this one which I thought was so sweet. But, however sweet, this image doesn’t help build my faith that Abba God will grant me my prayers. The most common image of prayer of supplication is the open receiving hand. It is a symbol of attentiveness and of waiting. The hands is open and empty, waiting for God to…

Anchor of the USS Arizona

Jesus, Anchor of My Soul

The sure promises of 2011 is an anchor of the soul. Hebrews 6: 13-20 13 For when God made the promise to Abraham, since He could swear by no one greater, He swore by Himself, 14 saying, “I WILL SURELY BLESS YOU AND I WILL SURELY MULTIPLY YOU.” 15 And so, having patiently waited, he obtained the promise. 16 For men swear by one greater than themselves, and with them an oath given as confirmation is an end of every dispute. 17 In the same way God, desiring even more…

Dwell on these things – true, honourable, right, pure, lovely, of good repute, excellence, worthy of praise

I woke up this morning with this thought in my head – what has been going into my mind lately? Lord Jesus reminded me of this verse in Philippians 4. Philippians 4:8-9 Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honourable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, *dwell on these things. *dwell on these things The mind is a powerful thing. It affects your feelings, moods and behaviour. Heard of the phrase…

A year of manifestation

No one will argue that the ultimate Christian life is a life filled with the fullness of God. Every area of our lives would be full and will manifest the fullness and glory of God. Ephesians 3:16-19 [16] that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man, [17] so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, [18] may be able to comprehend with all…

Thank You Jesus For The Promise Today

Blessed is Phoebe who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. But her delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law she meditates day and night. She is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever she does prospers. ~Psalm 1

The Disciple Whom Jesus Loves

The disciple whom Jesus loves… Familiar bible verse? Did you know that this verse appears 5 times in the gospel of John? Did you know that this verse appears only in the gospel of John? Why? Because only John calls himself the disciple whom Jesus loves. He has such a strong sense of God’s love for him that he calls himself such. How often do I remember that God so loves me. If I do, I think a lot of my angst can be resolved sooner.

Soup For My Spirit On 5 Oct 2008

It seems we have nothing but bad news this year. Earthquakes, diseases (dengue fever, foot and mouth disease, avian flu), floods, hurricanes, global warming, and stock markets disasters. I try not to think too much of these events because I know that if I ponder over these events seriously, it will surely depressed me. Yet these things are happening in the world. And they affect me. I can’t just stuck my head in the ground like an ostrich and pretend that they don’t exist. What should be my response? What…

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