Laymanointing

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

From Word … to Worship … Bible overview

Here’s 2 inspring overview of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation, through the lives of everyday people … framed upon the tapestry of human history … pointing us to the glorious … Continue reading

July 7, 2015

Are all disasters or sickness caused by sin?

Now and then, we may hear in some Christian circles, … ‘prophetic’ proclamations of God’s judgment because of some sin, … or statements correlating a disaster or humiliation with some sin or ‘sin’, … Continue reading

June 1, 2015

Statement of Faith, I believe

Dear friends, I had been eagerly planning to write to you about the salvation we all share. But now I find that I must write about something else, urging you … Continue reading

May 25, 2015

Have miracles, healings ceased? Are gifts of the Holy Spirit for today?

Once, a Chinese pastor shared with me about an enthusiastic new believer in his church.  One day, he came to the pastor and asked, “Pastor, I’ve come to know Jesus … Continue reading

April 12, 2015

Giving God only 70%?

Mike Yaconelli: For years I believed when people told me, ‘You either love God or you don’t.’ ‘You are either committed or you aren’t‘, ‘Give God 100 percent’. Sounds very … Continue reading

April 7, 2015

How extensive was Jesus’ 3-year ministry?

A geographical view of Jesus ministry, … parable of the yeast & the mustard seed While looking at maps of Jesus’ 3-year ministry, was pleasantly amazed that Jesus covered the length … Continue reading

March 24, 2015

When Lord? … Why Lord? … Walking by faith in delayed answers & perplex situations

We rejoice whenever God answers us in the way we prayed or expected.. However, when unplanned events, interruptions happen, or unexpected prayer outcomes/results happen, …. what then? Or perhaps there are … Continue reading

March 22, 2015

Messy Spirituality – Christianity for the rest of us

Hypocrisy, imperfections, messy people in church? Mike Yaconelli: I admit, messy spirituality sounds . . . well . . . unspiritual. Surely there are guidelines to follow, principles to live … Continue reading

March 20, 2015

Mark’s Gospel – oral storyteller version

Mark’s gospel is probably the easiest to read gospel.  Filled with action, miracles, interesting characters, snapshot stories … never a dull moment, … punctuated by ‘immediately‘ and ‘at once‘ (36 … Continue reading

March 20, 2015

Is believing in God, confessing Jesus, & bible study enough ?

One day while reading the book of Mark, found something interesting …. In the Gospel of Mark, when demons (unclean spirits) encountered Jesus, they recognised Jesus and confessed He is the Holy … Continue reading

March 17, 2015

I need you to survive

Recently had dinner with a dear friend who recently came to know the Lord.  Inspired by his new found faith, he found other believers in his office.  However, …. most of … Continue reading

March 15, 2015

Revival ? …. what does it means ?

The word ‘Revival’ does not appear in the Bible. As an author of a recent book on revival put it, “there are as many definitions of the word revival as there are books” … Continue reading

March 4, 2015

Knowing God’s word … missing God’s heart. Knowing Jesus intimately

In the Gospels, …  Jesus spoke God’s Word, and demonstrated God’s heart. In the Gospels, the religious leaders knew, studied, memorized and sang God’s word … but somehow, missed God’s heart.  … Continue reading

March 3, 2015

Following Jesus with a willing heart

A timeless song – our privilege of following Jesus,  and a sincere prayer for a willing heart to follow Him. The student is not above the teacher, but everyone who is fully … Continue reading

March 1, 2015

Rahab’s faith & legacy – God’s mercy & grace in judgment

Rahab’s faith is immortalized in Hebrews 11 and James 2. As a result of her faith, what happened to her house, her household and … her legacy. Hebrews 11:31 (NKJV, … Continue reading

February 28, 2015

5 C of developing Friendships & Fellowship in church

Dear bro Bao 寶弟兄, Glad you are having a regular time with the Lord, and experiencing His gracious hand upon your life, and your family and work. As you get to … Continue reading

December 28, 2014

Serving God daily, quietly … a worship lifestyle

How to serve God daily in our everyday lives ? When Jesus invited us to follow Him …. He did not invite us to follow a new set of rules, … Continue reading

October 13, 2014

Fruitfulness in uncertain times & our quiet time

Dear bro Bao 寶弟兄, Its great to see you growing in the knowledge of God, and enjoying His presence and blessing in your life, since coming to faith not long … Continue reading

August 9, 2014

Does God understand us? … when life is unfair

Does God understand us when we suffer, … when life’s unfair, unjust? Isaiah 53:3,4 (NIV) He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. … Continue reading

June 5, 2014

Follow up a new believer

My heart was beating faster, as I whispered a quick prayer and popped the question, “Would you like to receive Jesus today ?” “… Yes”, he said. I could almost hear … Continue reading

May 21, 2014

Rules or Relationship ?

Dear bro Bao 寶弟兄, I am so happy that you received Jesus into your life a fortnight ago together with your wife! 🙂 Its so good to hear you share … Continue reading

May 20, 2014

Man’s words or God’s words ?

Dear bro Bao 寶弟兄, It was good to see you last Sunday at church, and you are attending a believer’s class.  As you eagerly join various christian meetings/seminars, read or view … Continue reading

May 19, 2014

This church or That church ?

Dear bro Bao 寶弟兄, Its great to see you regularly coming to church and home group, and getting to know new friends, that’s wonderful 🙂  Happy for you. Heard that … Continue reading

May 18, 2014

Jesus, Immanuel … what is the meaning of His name?

The most powerful and important name in the Bible is Jesus.  Names of people and places in the bible have meaning, and it is good to understand their meanings. What … Continue reading

May 17, 2014

Save, sōzō … What are Christians saved from?

The meaning of  the word “save” seem obvious.  However, a careful study will reveal what Jesus meant. Last year, while reading the Bible on the story of Jesus ministering to … Continue reading

May 16, 2014

Eternal Life … now or in the future?

What is Eternal Life ? How do we obtain it ? When does it begin ?   Ecclesiastes 3:11 (NKJV) 11 … He has put eternity in their hearts … Throughout … Continue reading

May 15, 2014

Sin … & sharing the gospel

What is the meaning of sin in the Bible? Is it just evil deeds? How is sin overcome? For folks new to Christ, what is repentance? Some background first. It is … Continue reading

May 14, 2014

Christianese ?!?

This video humorously sums it well 🙂 We need to understand what we are talking about … so that others can understand us Oh, by the way … here’s one … Continue reading

May 13, 2014

Messiah, Christ & Christians … what do these words mean?

What does the word Christ mean ? John 1:41 (NIV) 41 The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, “We have found the Messiah” (that … Continue reading

May 12, 2014

Church

Here’s some thoughts on this activity we do on Sundays 🙂 This Church or That Church ? Which Church ? Christianese Guide | Stepping Stones

May 11, 2014

New Covenant, Israel of God

In the light of Jesus, What is the New Covenant ? Who are Israel of God?  Who is a Jew? Where is Jerusalem? Fig tree ? Let’s find out the … Continue reading

May 10, 2014