Laymanointing

…. they were unschooled, ordinary men …. they had been with Jesus …. the crippled man healed standing with them – Acts 4:13,14

God did not throw away the clay, .. from a broken vessel to a vessel of honor

Isaiah describes our relationship with the Lord as, Yet you, Lord, are our Father.     We are the clay, you are the potter;     we are all the work of your hand. … Continue reading

April 14, 2017

How truly great is the everpresent power of God!

Who is this God we believe in? Psalm 128:4 (NIV) Our help is in the name of the Lord,     the Maker of heaven and earth. Job 9:4, 8-10 (NIV) 4 His … Continue reading

April 7, 2017

Trusting God’s plan .. when faith makes sense, .. & sight does not

In Hebrews 11,  there’s a key reminder for us … regarding the believers who walked by faith, Hebrews 11:32-34 (NIV) 32 And what more shall I say? I do not have … Continue reading

April 1, 2017

Don’t worry, … don’t be afraid, … God is with us

In times of change and uncertainty, or walking down an unfamiliar road, or trying something new, … its encouraging to know that God is faithful & unchanging … He is … Continue reading

March 20, 2017

Knowledge, Understanding, Wisdom in the Bible, what did Jesus mean?

In Jesus time, the religious leaders had knowledge of God’s word, … however, did they understand?  Were they wise? Why? Recently, came across a few verses that helped shed light … Continue reading

March 10, 2017

The wealth of contentment & godliness

Solomon’s highly impressive CV: 23 King Solomon was greater in riches and wisdom than all the other kings of the earth. 24 The whole world sought audience with Solomon to hear the … Continue reading

February 25, 2017

Lord, are you willing to heal? .. Is healing always immediate? .. Faith?

Why Jesus heals? How much faith do we need? Is healing always immediate? We’ll explore these questions in this post, … by looking at the healings of leprosy, and barrenness … Continue reading

February 22, 2017

Discerning true vs counterfeit — Simon meets Philip & Peter’s ministry (Acts 8)

There’s real money, … and there’s fake, counterfeit money, genuine goods, … and deceptive imitations, … all for a fast buck. Jesus warned about false prophets, “Beware of false prophets who come … Continue reading

February 12, 2017

You meant for evil, .. God turned it for good .. saving lives

As a six-year old boy, Brother Nathan witnessed an unthinkable attack on his father, a Christian pastor.  After the attack Nathan sought revenge and vowed to avenge his father. His … Continue reading

February 5, 2017

In the Lord’s secret service, .. worship, change from the inside out

Jesus teaching is simple and direct, the challenge is living out His Word in our daily lives. as we yield to His Word and the Holy Spirit. Devout, religious, … how’s it dfferent from worship that Jesus teaches? Devout, religious, … how’s it different from following Jesus? In Jesus’ sermon on the mount, there’s a […]

January 30, 2017

Where two gather in my name, I am there with them – in prison

Zhang RongLiang: 1976, Xihua, Henan Province, China One day I got word that Feng Jianguo, known as “Uncle Feng,” was going to be transferred to Xihua camp.  I was overjoyed … Continue reading

January 20, 2017

What’s ministry, serving God? Ministering Word or serving tables? Feeling weary, tired?

While reading Acts 6, found something interesting, that will hopefully clarify What’s ministry about? Is ministry, serving God, … ‘spiritual‘ stuff only? What did Jesus do, while He was on … Continue reading

January 7, 2017

To judge, or not to judge? .. When not to confront, argue?

“Do not judge so that you will not be judged. are Christians not to judge others ? Should we be accountable to one another? In this post, we’ll explore: ** The Law of … Continue reading

January 5, 2017

A new year, a new day, prayer of healing & hope

Dearest friends, We live in the midst of uncertainties, .. cracks, .. division, Great change And all the more, We need Jesus even more only He can heal our differences, … Continue reading

December 31, 2016

What’s really important about speaking in tongues, filled with the Holy Spirit?

Tommy Barnnett:  …  I find as I seek to live in the will of God, my dreams are His dreams, and He has the capacity to make those dreams come … Continue reading

December 23, 2016

Your pastor, … is he a good preacher?

Paul Borthwick: On a visit to Beijing, China, we went to church with a friend who teaches English and four of her university students.  These four young men were all … Continue reading

December 1, 2016 · Leave a comment

Cross culture keys, sharing gospel with people of other religions – Paul in Athens

While reading Acts 17, … of Paul sharing the gospel with the Greeks in Athens, found some interesting points on how Paul shared the light of the gospel to other cultures … Continue reading

November 15, 2016

Cross culture, sharing gospel: Jesus & the Samaritan woman at the well

How did Jesus bridge across culture, religious belief, race, gender in an environment of racial tension & animosity?  How did Jesus embrace people with an immoral, sinful past, and lead them … Continue reading

November 1, 2016

Worship Jesus in diversity – Native, Indigenous, Aborigine Cultures

After coming to know Jesus, … how should we view our own culture that we grew up in? What’s some principles we can use to navigate in a cross-cultural setting? … Continue reading

October 20, 2016

Speaking the universal Agape language … the Word of God

Brother Andrew, founder of Open Doors, was one of the first Western Christians to minister to believers behind the Iron Curtain. In Romania in the 1950s on one of his trips … Continue reading

October 11, 2016

The language of Love … builds bridges

Daphne Jacobs in Kashmir, India: One afternoon Betsy, a new worker in our team, asked my husband, “Anything special at the clinic this morning, Steve?” “Well, yes. The old Balti … Continue reading

October 1, 2016

Discerning Man’s plans & blessing, Fulfilling God’s Purposes & Prophecy – David & Nathan

Is a good idea with good intentions, …  synonymous with God’s will & purposes ? When the means and ability to execute a plan is available, and there is support from … Continue reading

September 24, 2016

How our Social, Cultural perspectives & Values influence Bible reading & Bible group study

In this post we’ll explore ** how views & interpretations are influenced, .. and sometimes swayed and virally propagated, .. particularly in a social media world of continuous information feeds. … Continue reading

September 10, 2016

Keeping our focus in Christ, .. praying Paul’s prayers

We’re probably the most informed generation, where information is readily available on our finger tips (literally), 24/7. Thanks to everyday, ubiquitous mobile technology, for any topic or field, there’s many opportunities for … Continue reading

September 2, 2016

Praise from men or Praise from God? .. Fame, or faithful ministry

While reading the story of Saul, a verse in the passage prompted me to pause, … and pray There Saul has set up a monument in his own honor In this … Continue reading

August 20, 2016

Preaching the cross … treasuring Christ’s cost

Lately, at church we’ve been worshipping the Lord with a beautiful Korean song, inspired by Paul’s words & example to Timothy 1 Timothy 1 :12-17 (NLT) 12 I thank Christ Jesus our … Continue reading

August 10, 2016

Seizing grace in the face of injustice – a servant girl & Naaman’s healing

Her name is unknown, … anonymous, Her life is recorded in just 2 verses in the Bible. What she did was extraordinary (in 2 verses 🙂 ) …. even Jesus … Continue reading

August 1, 2016

The fragrance of Christ revealed in suffering, persecution

2 stories from China in 1970s and 1980s. 1974, Fangcheng county, China Zhang RongLiang: By  May 11, I was still in shock.  Everything in me screamed with pain.  I had … Continue reading

July 10, 2016

A simple, easy way to share the gospel of Jesus with family & friends

How to  share the gospel, the good news of Jesus? How to introduce others to Jesus? How much training is required? Do we need a lot of Bible knowledge before … Continue reading

June 30, 2016

Everything for life’s journey — way, light, bread, water

William E Miller was a missionary in Iran for 43 years in the last century.  In one of his journeys in Iran, …. he shares Jesus with a fellow Middle … Continue reading

June 15, 2016

The disciples’ greatest argument, rivalry .. hushed by Jesus humility

There were 3 occasions when the 12 disciples had an argument in the gospels. On all 3 occasions, the issue was the same: Amongst them … “Who is the greatest?” … Continue reading

June 5, 2016

Why David prayed,”Take not your Holy Spirit from me”? How was he restored? What are the pitfalls?

“Take not your Holy Spirit from me” This prayer is found in David’s prayer of repentance in Psalm 51, after David was confronted by Nathan the prophet about what he … Continue reading

May 30, 2016

Jesus leadership style & principles — shepherdship, … shepherd sheep

Reading through the Bible,  perhaps Jesus’ leadership is better described as shepherdship or shepherd sheep 🙂 i.e. Leader = shepherd, … shepherd sheep leadership Shepherdship – the position, duty, or occupation of … Continue reading

May 20, 2016

Dealing with change, transitions, limitations … I won’t complain

Life’s filled with ups and downs. Unpredictable, unplanned things happen, unforseeable changes take place, disappointments occur, … the unexpected, the unknown knocks at our door. Change, … some temporary … … Continue reading

May 11, 2016

Deeper knowledge, Greater anointing, More faith. Abounding love

What’s the purpose or fruit of greater knowledge & understanding, greater faith & anointing? Sometime ago, had two interesting experiences which caused me to pause and think. (…. moments of … Continue reading

April 30, 2016

What did Jesus teach on law & grace, faith & works? – A fresh look

It helps to have a clear understanding of what Jesus taught about law, grace, faith & works, so that  we won’t be tossed and blown about by every wind of new … Continue reading

April 12, 2016

What did Jesus teach on Law? How Jesus fulfill the Law? The Law of Love

Is there Law in the New Covenant of grace ? This post addresses the following: ** What did Jesus teach about the Law? ** Why and how did Jesus fulfill … Continue reading

April 2, 2016

How did Paul interprete & respond to personal Prophecy for his life?

Paul received a personal prophecy from Agabus in Acts 21. By examining how this personal prophecy was interpreted, we can glean some principles to test, judge, and interpret personal prophecies … Continue reading

March 15, 2016

Walking by faith … hidden treasures in unexpected challenges

When we follow the Lord’s leading/direction, … does it mean a guaranteed smooth road? Free of challenges, trials, difficulties, delays, detours ? Let’s look at 3 situations in the Bible, … Continue reading

March 1, 2016

How to read & interprete the Bible confidently, …& enjoy reading God’s word daily

Reading and understanding God’s word each day can become more enriching and rewarding if we follow some simple steps and principles. At home, some folks don’t cook because they don’t … Continue reading

February 15, 2016

Useful free Internet tools to enrich your Bible reading anytime, anywhere

The best explanation of the Bible is the Bible itself. Let scripture explain scripture. “Its amazing how much light the Bible sheds on commentaries”  — Howard Hendrick Here’s some free … Continue reading

February 10, 2016

Test & discern Personal Prophecy, … from man or from God?

How does one discern whether a personal prophetic word is really a word from the Lord? (even if the word was given by a prophet) When a “The Lord said …” … Continue reading

February 1, 2016

Truth or deception? Discerning the 3 voices — Holy Spirit, the devil, human

One day while reading Matthew 16:13 to 17:8, saw something interesting in the 3 situations described in ths passage: Peter’s confession of Jesus, Jesus first prediction of his death, and … Continue reading

January 3, 2016

Building bridges of agreement in church ministry, & leadership transition

Dear brothers & sisters in Christ, Its been a joy serving the Lord with you. There is much to thank the Lord for what He has done in our midst … Continue reading

December 29, 2015

Jesus teaching method & message … inspiring, life changing, real

Did Jesus write a book ? Was the 4 gospels just an anthology of recorded sermons given in a lecture? Let’s look at Jesus, the master teacher. What method did … Continue reading

December 15, 2015

What is the gospel? … What’s the good news preached by the apostles?

While interacting with new followers of Jesus, … sometimes the question, “What is the gospel?” is asked. The reason being, in the English, “gospel” is not a common word. Also in the … Continue reading

October 15, 2015

Sustaining a growing, fruitful faith … the parable of the sower, seed & soil

Dear bro Bao 寶弟兄, Praise God! Its been truly a joy to see your progress since coming to Jesus recently. God is good!  God is at work 🙂 I guess by … Continue reading

September 28, 2015

Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors, Teachers … what’s the purpose of these ministries?

Some weeks back, was traveling, and felt the Lord drop a very simple definition of each of these ministry gifts, … a simple layman definition. A Prophet informs or directs … Continue reading

September 20, 2015

Why gold, frankincense and myrrh gifts from the wise men?

Was thinking about the gifts of the wise men. Like to suggest some practical reasons, and possible Biblical symbolism about the gifts brought by the magi, wise men at the birth … Continue reading

September 12, 2015

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