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Share Your Story: Jane Anor
Jul 13, 2016
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Jane was unable to attend church at first because she had to work on Sundays, but on the third renewal of her contract she asked for leave on Sundays. She found Filipino the Ministry to attend and Kids Club to serve at Island ECC, and she has really bonded with the community since. A very important part of her walk was getting to know a prayer partner and accountability. She has grown a lot in her spiritual walk and takes her responsibility to fulfil the Great Commission (Mt 28:16-20) seriously. A large draw for Filipinos is the dedication of the 11th floor to their ministry, which gives them a special place to invite newcomers and to love them in a language they connect with. Jane continues to serve the Lord with her passion and heart for outreach.

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Forgotten Power
Jun 25, 2016
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For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. Hebrews 4:12

Have you ever thought of asking yourself a question like “Can power be forgotten?” If not, try to ponder it for a moment. You might say, “What kind of power are you referring to?” I mean all kinds of power. Who or what would you consider powerful in your life? Did you see it as always being that way?

Lately, I have been repeatedly reminded of the power of God’s word that is often forgotten, neglected, despised, and taken lightly — you name it. A very good example is the passage above, which is full of great truths that and is so powerful. It tells us amazing facts about the powerful word of God, which is:

  1. Living
  2. Active
  3. Sharper than any two-edged sword
  4. Can pierce as far as dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow
  5. Able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart

Another powerful short passage in Romans 5:6-10 shows us how Christ died for us, the ungodly while we were still helpless, were yet sinners and were enemies of God. Read these passages carefully and let God point you to what you have been missing or forgetting in His word.

Has he not given us His precious and powerful word to fight and live and be victorious in this sinful world? Can you think of anyone around you who is not helpless, not sinners and not enemies with God? He has done everything to show us his unreserved love when he chose to die in a cruel way. There’s nothing he can’t do for his children and the lost! As stated in Romans 8:37, we’re more than conquerors!

Let us claim the often forgotten power of God by:

  • Praising and thanking Him for faithfully creating you and giving His precious word for your journey on earth until you see Him face to face.
  • Asking God to forgive you for not truly valuing His word; ask for His help and run to Jesus to learn and study his truths.

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Share Your Story: Alison Ma
Jun 22, 2016
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Alison was not brought up a Christian and held a constant sense of anxiety from a very young age. She went into paediatrics to pursue her heart for children but when her first patient passed away in front of her, she was shaken to the core. She couldn't shake her feelings of sadness and turmoil until friends started praying for her and an inexplicable peace came over her. She began to pursue God and begin to see Him throughout her story. She shares her story here as an invitation for others to know of the great God she serves.

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Share Your Story: Hannah Chuang
Jun 22, 2016
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Hannah was raised in a Christian family but she didn't really understand some of the fundamentals of the faith. As she grew into her teens, she began to have a lot of insecurities about herself and she had always noted a difference between her friends at church and at school. God spoke to her during a mission trip she went through in Cambodia and she began to see God more for who He is. Coming to know God's love, she is now eager to take this step of baptism to declare herself His.

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More Than A Passing Grade
Jun 17, 2016
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If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. Romans 10:9

I am an educator with the responsibility of inspiring the hearts and minds of the next generation of leaders. However, the primary concern of my students is invariably, “What is my grade?” In Hong Kong, students are immersed in the strong exam culture. The results of tests and exams can form the basis of young people’s self-worth, aspirations and fears.

I just completed the semester-end grading, which reminded me of my own school days when I was graded on the curve. This is based on the idea that grades like As, Bs, Cs etc., in a given class, should be distributed along the bell curve. Teachers who grade on the curve are feared for their “limited” offering of the “A” grade, which applies greater pressure on students to work even harder.

When it comes to our eternity, God grades us on the cross, not on the curve. Romans 10:9, lays down His non-bell curve grading criteria as: “If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” That’s it!

To everyone who sincerely states this promise, God gladly offers “limitless” A grade. Strangely though, there are no B or C grades. But, to those who fail this criterion, God sadly, but rightfully gives an F grade—eternal separation.

In God’s school, the singular question and the correct model answer, to get an A, is clearly spelt out in the Bible. There is no element of surprise, unlike our exams. The question in God’s school is always the same, while faith in Christ alone is the only correct answer.

Let us aim for grade A by:

  • Acknowledging and thanking God’s way of grading you. He is helping and not making it hard for you.
  • Asking God to show you who among your near and dear ones who have not yet received this grading and need God’s grace.

 

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