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  • Looking beyond ourselves
    Sunday, 16 October 2005 @ 09:23 AM SGT
    Contributed by: Benyamin
    Views:: 1,285
    Expressions Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. Mark 16 : 15

    The flesh, the world and Satan himself will keep us dealing in our own circle of vanity. When we are no longer telling people about Jesus and what He is doing in our lives, what glory can be given to our Lord Jesus?

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    Everything in perspective
    Saturday, 15 October 2005 @ 07:50 PM SGT
    Contributed by: Redeemed
    Views:: 1,418
    Expressions Gen 2:15 – 17

    Then the Lord God took the man and put him into the garden of Eden to cultivate it and keep it. And the Lord God commanded the man saying “From any tree of the garden, you may eat freely; but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you shall surely die.”

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    Please pray for us
    Thursday, 13 October 2005 @ 09:45 AM SGT
    Contributed by: Mieke
    Views:: 1,097
    Prayer Appeal Dear Brothers and Sisters, Please pray for me and my husband. My hubby has a gambling habit since childhood days. His gambling habit got worsens after we got married and we are in huge debts as years pass by. With all the credit cards, credit lines, money borrowed from friends and families, the amount came up to be a huge one. We are facing great financial problem now. Many times I've thought of divorce but God's love nourish me and our marriage. He showed me a cord of three strands is not quickly broken (Ecclesiastes 4:12) and that a marriage with God's presence will be protected from all harms. My hubby is not willing to open up himself to our church pastor for help. He is not even willing to open up himself to me, not willing to tell me the truth what he has been doing outside of incurring such a big debt. He feels guilty against me for not being able to provide for my basic needs and letting me going through all these emotional pains. I know he wanted to change badly but with all the creditors kept pushing for money, he has been in great stress. I don't not know how can I help him but I have always put him in my prayers. I realize I am into depression recently and the condition got worse. The other day when I was on my way back home, I was waiting for the train. As the train approach the station in high speed with its’ front light beaming brightly, suddenly I got blinded by the bright light. A great courage got onto me and there is a great joy in me if I will to just jump down the track. Within a second I got a shock when I came back to my sense. I ask myself what had happened to me. Shouldn’t I feel joyful with God inside my heart? I know the power of prayers and I know through my faith in God I will be able to pass this trial but I cannot do it alone. I need God's strength and all your prayers. God bless all of you.

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    The anointing that heals
    Tuesday, 11 October 2005 @ 06:59 PM SGT
    Contributed by: Benyamin
    Views:: 981
    Expressions Hurted, discouraged, angered, bitter, sick and crippled by physical disabilities....


    Many people struggled and stumbled in desperate conditions which need healing. As time goes by, its condition remains unchange. Hopelessness creeps in and the deceiver pours out lies into our soul.

    Whether Christians or the unbelievers, after seeing and knowing their desperate state will seek a doctor to help them. The difference between us and those who do not know the Lord is that we know the HEALER but they do not know as we know HIM.

    'But to you who fear My name. The Sun of Righteousness shall arise with healing in His wings; and you shall go out and grow fat like stall-fed calves. You shall trample the wicked, for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet. On the day that I do this, says the LORD of hosts.' Malachi 4 : 2 - 3

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    God's power and restoration
    Saturday, 24 September 2005 @ 06:16 PM SGT
    Contributed by: Benyamin
    Views:: 946
    Expressions Recently, when i was in my church's service, the place began to fill with God's power and a word ignited my heart. It was restoration. I know that without God's power and Spirit, it is impossible to restore lives, because it is His power that ignites restoration upon His people.

    Many lives have been ruined, damaged and hurted by the evil one, but God through His power will restore our lives.

    Jesus loves you!

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    Accountability in Christian charities and independent churches
    Sunday, 18 September 2005 @ 06:51 PM SGT
    Contributed by: Redeemed
    Views:: 1,316
    2 Samuel 12:1 – 9

    Then the Lord sent Nathan to David. And he came to him and said, “There were two men in one city, the one rich and the other poor. The rich man had a great many flocks and herds. But the poor man had nothing except one little ewe lamb which he bought and nourished; And it grew up together with him and his children. It would eat of his bread and drink of his cup and lie in his bosom, And was like a daughter to him. Now a traveler came to the rich man, And he was unwilling to take from his own flock or his own herd, to prepare for the wayfarer who had come to him; Rather he took the poor man’s ewe lamb and prepared it for the man who had come to him.” Then David’s anger burned greatly against the man, and he said to Nathan, “As the Lord lives, surely the man who has done this deserves to die. And he must make restitution for the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing and had no compassion.” Nathan then said to David, “You are the man ! Thus says the Lord God of Israel, “It is I who anointed you king of Israel and it is I who delivered you from the hand of Saul. I also gave you your master’s house and your master’s wives into your care, and I gave you the house of Israel and Judah; and if that had been too little, I would have added to you many more things like these ! Why have you despised the word of the Lord by doing evil in His sight ?” You have struck down Uriah the Hittite with the sword, have taken his wife to be your wife, and have killed him with the sword of the sons of Ammon.”

    This passage mentioned that God had given David all that had been Saul’s, even his wives. Yet he was not satisfied and he coveted another man’s wife. He even committed murder in the process.

    Let the leadership of Christian charitable organizations, para-Christian organizations and independent churches be warned also. As in the parable, although the rich man did not really covet the ewe of the poor man for his own, he did it for his own credit and glory. He had shown hospitality to the wayfarer although the wayfarer might not know of the means. And surely if word were to spread of the hospitality or even compassion, credit and honour would go to this rich man or the city.

    Let’s look at the parable in the light of accountability of the independent churches and Christian charities today. Although they may be “successful” in reaching out in saving souls or running successful charities, I am sure that fame and honour are usually credited to the leadership of these churches and charities (sad to note that most often God is seen as the minor partner instead), let the leadership be warned as in the parable - the end does not justify the means. They must not exploit the piety or generosity of the poor masses to pay for most of the expenses and unwilling to make similar sacrifice but enriching themselves in the process despite having the best vocation any Christian can have in such wonderful ministries. They should know that God’s grace is not only sufficient but overflowing for them.

    The consequence of David’s covetousness was disastrous but David was repentant. We prayed the excesses today in most of these organizations and independent churches do not go overboard till disaster strike hard.

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    The Presence of God and us
    Saturday, 17 September 2005 @ 10:42 AM SGT
    Contributed by: Benyamin
    Views:: 887
    Expressions The relationship between the Presence of God and us is a vital one for a Christian choosing to walk with God.

    Moses prayed, 'Lord, if Your Presence does not go with us, do not bring us out of this place.'

    It was the Presence of God in the life of Joshua, David, Saul, Samuel and our Lord Jesus that enabled them to live a victorious life against the evil one and walk close with God.

    Some may have mixed up the anointing of God and the Presence of God. Once the Spirit of God lives in us, every believer will have a measure of God's anointing (power of God) and the Presence of God in our lives.

    When we continue to sin against God, the Presence of God departs from us, like in the case of King Saul. The anointing of God can be classified into two kinds. The anointing in a believer's life when they receive the Holy Spirit.

    'You shall receive power when the Holy Spirit come upon you.'

    The second one can be considered under the nine gifts of the Holy Spirit in 1 Cor. 12.

    '... to another the working of miracles by means of the same Spirit ... to another gifts of healing by means of the same Spirit... 1 Cor. 12

    Obviously, the anointing of God in the believer's life varies, according to their walk with God and call from God.

    As much as God is drawing us back to His Presence in these last days, we need to learn and walk close with God, with His Presence with us and we ministering His Presence to others so as to draw others to Him.

    Jesus loves you!

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    New Testament Christianity
    Thursday, 15 September 2005 @ 10:01 AM SGT
    Contributed by: jeffreypeter
    Views:: 1,182
    Expressions Introduction

    A "system" is defined as " individual components working together to make the whole". The church established in AD 33 is a system established by God. The system may be divided into three categories: 1. Doctrine, 2. Work and 3. Worship.

    "13When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am? 14And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets. 15He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? 16And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. 17And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. 18And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. 19And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven." Matthew 16:13-19

    "Church"- "dêêëçóßá a calling out, that is, (concretely) a popular meeting, especially a religious congregation (Jewish synagogue, or Christian community of members on earth or saints in heaven or both):—assembly, church."

    The term is not unique to the religious institution established by Christ It is used in:

    A secular assembly- Acts 19:39

    "39But if ye inquire any thing concerning other matters, it shall be determined in a lawful assembly."

    Israel in the wilderness- Acts 7:38

    "38This is he, that was in the church in the wilderness with the angel which spake to him in the mount Sina, and with our fathers: who received the lively oracles to give unto us:"

    Because the term "church/assembly" is ambiguous, hence generic; and, the law of ambiguity states, "if a word is ambiguous let the context define it’s meaning". The term is used in a variety of senses in the context of the institution which Christ established: 1. Proper noun- Church of Christ, Church of God, etc. 2. general assembly in a specific geographical location- church at Colosse, church in Ephesus, etc and in general. In the context of this latter terminology; t

    Is used profusely in the New Testament but never standing alone as a proper noun. When the writers wrote, for example;

    "2To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ which are at Colosse:….." Col. 1:2

    It is understood which church was referred, if the proper noun was used it is the Church of Christ/ Church of God etc.. Proper nouns used were always those authorized by God with singularity in work, worship and doctrine. The "church" was never the building, but the people.

    "3Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; 5One Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all." Ephesians 4:2

    The verses of Matthew 16:13-19 has often been associated by the Catholic Church to vindicate their doctrine concerning the Papacy and the authority of the Pope over the church. Context refutes this created myth.

    Firstly, "Peter" was never the "rock" mentioned by Christ in which the foundation of the church is based on. The Koine Greek language is very specific; the subject will always agree with the gender and number of the subject with the object. The "rock" is in the neuter while "Peter" is masculine. Jesus was not referring to Peter as the foundation of the church, rather his declaration that He is the Christ the Son of God.

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    From gifts to the giver
    Saturday, 10 September 2005 @ 06:19 PM SGT
    Contributed by: Benyamin
    Views:: 924
    Expressions In the charismatic atmosphere where the gifts of the Holy Spirit are manifesting, the power of God overflowing, I have realized that people try to follow the manifestations and pursue the gifts more than the giver, more than loving God.

    'Pursue the way of love, and desire spiritual gifts.' 1 Cor. 14 : 1

    When the power of God begins to manifest and His gifts start to operate in people's life, instead of looking to God, we are looking up to the ministers who operate in these gifts. We have missed out on what God has initiated.

    1. Focus on God and on loving Him rather than gifts and talents.
    2. Put God first in whatever we do and He shall bless us with more.

    'I will not give to God something that causes me nothing.' King David.


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    Korean Christian Web - to share
    Sunday, 04 September 2005 @ 02:01 PM SGT
    Contributed by: redeemedbygrace
    Views:: 911

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