Laymanointing

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

How Jesus restored Peter: “Fisher of men, Shepherd My sheep, love Me, follow Me” (John 21)

How did Jesus restored Peter’s faith, confidence and love for the Lord, after his denial of Christ? How did Peter leaped from doubt & failure during Passover, … to the … Continue reading

August 25, 2017

Revival, reverence & Truth: Ananias & Sapphira’s deadly deception & fake worship (Acts 5)

What does it mean to worship God in truth? Is fake or false worship in church, … possible? Is the New Testament only about grace and mercy? What really happens … Continue reading

August 17, 2017

Not ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ .. to praise His name

Let’s explore what God is doing through His people who are not ashamed to proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ, … even to the remotest part of the earth. Acts 1:8 Paul … Continue reading

August 9, 2017

Bible study group: can technology engage & improve learning? Interactive Q/A Bible study

This post shares some shifts, and explores possibilities with a more educated and tech empowered Bible study group. Does your Bible study group look more like this, nowadays? In this … Continue reading

August 2, 2017

What Jesus mean: Many called, few chosen? Anything else we need?

  At the end of the  parable of the wedding banquet feast (Matthew 22:1-14), Jesus ends the parable with For many are called, but few are chosen. Matthew 22:14 What did Jesus mean? God’s … Continue reading

July 30, 2017 · Leave a comment

Rejected! Overcome opposition in opposite spirit & as opportunity to bless

What happens when we’ll face rejection, opposition, .. conspiracy? If we were ‘god’ … what would we do? Can opposition be turned into an opportunity? 🙂 What was Jesus’ experience? … Continue reading

July 20, 2017

What did Jesus mean: ‘The first will be last‘, Is God unjust? – Bible view

What is God’s view, perspective of the last will be first, and the first last.  the first will be last; and the last, first. Is this a reversal swap?  An upset – … Continue reading

July 14, 2017

Simple, everyday relationship, friendship with Jesus – Mark 2:17

Last Sunday, heard a memorable description of a Christian’s daily relationship with Jesus, … that’s easy to understand and explain to others. (more so, with growing interest in wellness and … Continue reading

June 28, 2017

A father’s prayer, a mother’s intecession, .. a little child’s petition

This week, received a message from a dear brother who sent a Chinese worship song which his mother loved very much, … in warm fond memory of her  (she went … Continue reading

June 5, 2017

Who’s the super greatest at the last supper? What’s a leader’s heart like? (John 13, Luke 22)

We’ll be exploring the last supper in Luke 22 & John 13. Luke 22:19, 20 (NIV) 19 And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, … Continue reading

June 1, 2017

Paul reasons why God exists & what’s God’s character like (Romans 1 & 2)

How did Paul reasoned to people without knowledge of Jewish history (i.e. Gentiles) that God exists, … and what’s God’s character like? Or as our children may ask us, … … Continue reading

May 21, 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

In the Lord’s secret service – worship from the heart, 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

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

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 ethnic diversity – Native, Indigenous Cultures & People

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

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 Social media, Cultural views & 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, immediate information … 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

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 the Bible’s examples, 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 a … Continue reading

May 20, 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

How to read & interpret 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

How to use free Internet Bible tools to enrich reading, study, 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

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

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

Why Paul chose to support his ministry through tentmaking?

Apostle Paul chose to support his ministry through tentmaking. However, … Paul did not subject his choice on other church leaders. 1 Timothy 5:17,18 17 The elders who direct the affairs … Continue reading

September 6, 2015

Marketplace ministry, from colleague to ministry partner – Paul, Aquila & Priscilla

Here’s an example of how Paul’s work in tentmaking brought propagating fruit as he shared the gospel and his life through the work of his hands. Acts 18:2,-4, 24-28 (NKJV) After … Continue reading

September 1, 2015

Defusing family dispute, discord

Growing up in any family, I’m sure we all have our fair share of times of tension with our family members.  No one is perfect … including ourselves. A harmonious … Continue reading

August 5, 2015

When a leader fails / falls, what then? Does God give a second chance?

In the last few years, there have been some dramatic scandals and moral/ethical failures by Christian leaders, sending the press and social media abuzz with a cauldron of strong emotions and responses. … Continue reading

July 30, 2015

What’s a disciple of Jesus, & example: the disciple who baptised Paul

What are the qualities, characteristics, walk and fruit of a disciple of Jesus ? What distinguishes a disciple ? Let’s look at an example, … someone like you and me. … Continue reading

July 15, 2015

From Word to Worship, Bible overview from Genesis to Revelation

What is the whole Bible about? Here’s a few inspiring overview of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation, through the lives of everyday people … framed upon the tapestry of human … Continue reading

July 7, 2015

If a child of mine is LGBT …

Lately, LGBT issues seem to pop up in conversations. How do Christians respond in a Christ-like way?   Dr Richard C. Halverson, former chaplain of the United States Senate wrote, … Continue reading

June 28, 2015

Teach & lead Bible study group: effective disciple making, how to?

In any single week in a year, tens of thousands of people attend bible study groups, in a quest to understand the Bible better … spawning a vast library of … Continue reading

June 20, 2015

God calls a layman

Henry Parsons Crowell was the founder of the Quaker Oats Company.  One day, the Lord spoke to him … The autumn months and winter passed without too much  difficulty.  Missing … Continue reading

June 18, 2015

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