Laymanointing

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

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

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

Prophecy or self deception, presumption? God’s direction, or Our good intentions, ambitions?

As believers we readily acknowledge … trusting the Lord to direct us is part of walking with him daily. However, putting this into practice in decision making may not be … Continue reading

August 25, 2015

Good morning! … Thank God its Monday!

Uplifting Godly inspirations for the overcoming week ahead! Thank God … its Monday! This is the day the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm … Continue reading

August 10, 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

Together we stand … undivided

1After Jesus said this, he looked toward heaven and prayed: 17I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to … Continue reading

August 5, 2015

When a leader fails / falls … what then?

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

Is prayer a priority or afterthought?

Recently had a chat with a friend who was preparing for a missions trip to a developing nation.  As he detailed the busy preparations his group were making for the … Continue reading

July 25, 2015

Blessed are the meek … & responding in the opposite spirit

  In the Sermon on the Mount, one of the 8 blessings is ‘Blessed are the meek‘. What does meekness mean? Does meekness mean weakness in our highly competitive, sometimes … Continue reading

July 20, 2015

Getting Moses to say Yes!

A creative & amusing take on Moses conversation with God at the burning bush converting Moses to say Yes, by Ken Medema. Honestly, we’re very much like Moses … with … Continue reading

July 17, 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

Four key prayers … while waiting …

God answers prayers, and He heals. Sometimes, though … answers are not immediate, instant I find Joy Dawson’s prayer insight simple, refreshing & Godly, … when one’s walking with Him, … praying … Continue reading

July 4, 2015

A simple healing faith that’s within the reach of anyone

What kind of faith does the Lord require of us for Him to answer our requests or heal us? Sometimes sincere believers with challenges are told by others that ‘their faith … Continue reading

June 30, 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

God honors simple faith

There was an unknown woman whose faith stopped Jesus on his way to save a dying girl. Mark 5:21, 24-34 (NKJV) 21 Now when Jesus had crossed over again by boat to the … Continue reading

June 25, 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

The heart of a true prophet

Reading the Bible, we’ll find … true prophets carry the Word of God (Truth), and the heart of God by the Holy Spirit. True prophets are also intercessors, – one … Continue reading

June 10, 2015

A Centurion’s Faith in Jesus — Love in action

In the gospels, there are 2 people whom Jesus commended for great faith. One is the Syrophoenician Greek woman, and the other is the Roman Centurion … both Gentiles. Let’s examine … Continue reading

June 5, 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

The final Exam … the final judgment – Jesus’ sheep & goats parable

Its not been easy writing this blogpost, … but over the last few weeks instances of this Gospel parable keeps appearing. The parable is simple, … yet not easy to live … Continue reading

April 30, 2015

Amazing Grace .. amazing disgrace. Living & believing – Grace or Law?

From disgrace to His Grace ! Was reading Luke 18 about the parable of two men who offered prayer — a Pharisee & a tax collector. This parable succinctly summarises … Continue reading

April 23, 2015

Powerful Ministry of Children – 4/14 window

Mark 10:13-16 (NIV) 13 People were bringing little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them, but the disciples rebuked them. 14 When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. … Continue reading

April 20, 2015

A widow’s mite, .. an old woman’s bowl & chopsticks .. an old man’s £2 — faith & faithfulness

One day, at the temple, Jesus was teaching the people about the ways of the religious leaders, and their pursuit of honor and glory for themselves … bringing spotlight on themselves … Continue reading

April 15, 2015

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

Paul asked king Agrippa, “Why do you think it is hard to believe that God raises people from the dead?”  Acts 26:8 (NLV) Once, a Chinese pastor shared with me … Continue reading

April 12, 2015

How to increase our faith in Jesus to pray? How great a faith is required?

Probably, most of us have asked this question in our Christian journey … For some, … it may be how to believe for greater things from God … For others … Continue reading

April 10, 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

Wisdom & Humility

The Bible links wisdom with humility,  Proverbs 16:20 (NIV) Whoever gives heed to instruction prospers     and blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord. Psalm 25:9,10 (ESV) 9 He leads … Continue reading

April 6, 2015

Teaching Jesus accurately – Apollos, … & discerning deception

Like to share some thoughts on teaching Jesus accurately, and how to avoid deceptive teaching. We are all called to make disciples for Jesus (Matthew 28:19), hence we  all are … Continue reading

April 4, 2015

UnHeroic Christianity

Having grown up in the East, and spent some time living in the West, … there seems to be a difference in Christian attitude towards opposition, persecution and shifts in … Continue reading

April 3, 2015

We Need a Word from the Lord

So true … we really do.   We don’t need another political uprising We don’t need another conqueror on the scene What we need is a special word, that will … Continue reading

April 2, 2015

Teaching that speaks to hearts & touches lives – Ezra, Joshua, & Barnabas

Here’s what one minister shared about a fellow minister, after listening to his message, Francis Chan: I remember, years ago, sitting at a conference and being amazed and a bit jealous … Continue reading

April 2, 2015

Turn the other cheek – A businessman’s experience

What’s should our response in the marketplace be? How do we turn the other cheek? Marion E Wade: Despite my personal shortcomings, and the company’s hazardous beginnings, the fact remains … Continue reading

March 30, 2015

What’s our main priorities in ministry?

Been fellowshiping with 3 friends from different churches about their church’s challenges … In the midst of many things happening in the local church and the wider church world, some … Continue reading

March 27, 2015

How extensive was Jesus’ 3-year ministry?

A geographical view of Jesus ministry, … parable of the the mustard seed and yeast 31 He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a … 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

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