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Let Your Faith Shine In The Crisis

We all had been through many storms together and God has been faithful. From recovering from a global recession to transforming our nations and workplaces, God had brought us through. When we felt like the storms got us on our knees, God was with us.
Right now, our faith needs to shine once more. We are the salt and light of the earth, the lamp in the darkness, wherever we came from. The God who saved us from many difficulties, whether personal, nationwide, corporately, and globally will come through. And we need our faith to rise more than ever.
Just a month ago, during our leadership group, we were praying against COVID-19, and we believed that God has raised up modern-day Josephs of our time, people who would be able to come up with different solutions to save a people from perishing, to feed the hungry, and to preserve a generation from destruction. Many have already risen up and have acted with wisdom on the local levels. I continue to believe that more solutions are coming as each…
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More Fruitful Ways to Read the Bible

People have different approaches when reading their Bible. Some consider it as a love letter from God. Others are afraid of it. Others don't believe it.

Nevertheless, it lasted this far for a reason. When you are unsure how God may speak, look no further and search the written Word. The point of reading the Bible is to know the Word - in Jesus Christ.

Here are just some advice how to approach the Word of God:
1. Do not fear what it says. Fear is what can stop us from reading. We fear what we do not know. Or we have this picture in our mind of an always angry God like He is after the smallest mistake. The trouble may not be on what it says but on our view of God.

2. Treat His Words as instruction. The Bible contains many wise counsel for right living, keeping us from destructive patterns that will not be for our good.

3. Love the Word. Psalm 119 is a beautiful psalm of the treasure of the Word of God. It is described as more important than treasures of gold, and a lamp and a light to…

Know God through Relationship, Not Religion

Religion alone - the practices and rituals of spirituality to reach out to a god/gods - can't save us. We can be born into a religion but it does not make us true worshipers from the beginning. In fact, you will find that at an early age to our teen years, we had to grapple with certain habits - cursing, lying, selfishness, sexual perversions, unrestrained anger, rebellion, jealousy, and more - even though we know these violate God's standards. And yet we do them anyway. Why? Because religion alone cannot save nor change us. Self-discipline and rules are not enough to make us change.

"See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ...These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ...These rules, which have to do with things that are all destined to perish with use, are based on merely human com…

The Greatest Commandment

Our passage for reading is in Mark 12:28-31 about the two greatest commandments. It says:

"One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?” “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”

In another account in Matthew 22:34-40:

"Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together.One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question:“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment.And the sec…

Balloons

One morning God impressed to me a picture of Goofy, the character from Disney who's friends with Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, holding many colorful balloons in his hand. Then, as if to contrast the difference, my eyes instinctively went to a portion of the picture where the balloons, instead of held, are released and soaring up in the sky.

Sometimes letting go seems that way. Balloons are beautiful you want to keep them, in all colors if you wish. But then they become more wonderful and at times breathtaking when they just float up in the air, as high as balloons can fly the way they were designed to do. They bring a noticeable color that is in contrast to the sky which tends to remain in hues of blue, white, orange, or purple sometimes, which I just happened to witness last month.

Some things or people in our lives perhaps God is asking us to release - a loved one, property, sin, a child, or dreams. These things or people become more beautiful when our hands are free to loose …