Wednesday, July 15, 2020
God's plans are often beyond our understanding. Let us submit and follow.
Cornelius was a well-established man who is likely able to be comfortable in both wealth and power, but he sought God and was... [see more]
Monday, July 13, 2020
What do we agree with?
It reveals where our hearts lie. We may not take action to it, perhaps just say words... and that is all that is required to go against God or stand for Him.
We need the Holy ... [see more]
Saturday, July 11, 2020
This is a small group making decisions together.
One or few bring the idea to the group, and they like the idea and act on it. They all own the request and goes about selecting (and probably communic... [see more]
Tuesday, July 7, 2020
God is able to give us the heart and words to speak wonderful things about God
Whether we may be up on a podium to speak, or sharing a testimony to a person who is interested in hearing about God, o... [see more]
Saturday, July 4, 2020
It's ok to ask for proof.
Thomas was not scolded because he asked for proof. Rather, he did not believe hearsay and sought the Lord with curiosity. Jesus knew the curious heart of his disciple and sh... [see more]
Friday, July 3, 2020
Positions of kings come from God.
Those who are called to serve others by planning and executing are kings (all of us who may be in the marketplace). Their power, authority, and timing comes from God... [see more]
Thursday, July 2, 2020
Should we not go through pain, toils, and hardship if this is what God intends?
There are times when we don't want to finish the task or just don't feel like doing something...
To be missional like ... [see more]
Wednesday, July 1, 2020
Making the greatest impact.
There are times when God does things beyond any human control... then there are times when God uses skilled people. Here, it says Joshua chose 30,000 of his best warriors.... [see more]
Wednesday, July 1, 2020
Picture of discipleship.
V. 6 says there are some people that as re to be under our care. Our job may not be the world, but those few.
V. 12 says even though we may take them under our care, the res... [see more]
Tuesday, June 30, 2020
Loved by the Father that we can go to Him directly.
This is a great encourager in all circumstances... God loves us. Why? Simply because we believe in Jesus. We can go directly to God just as we are ... [see more]
Sunday, June 28, 2020
But I will do what the Father requires of me.
This can be trials, times of waiting, acts of personal discipline, or pursuits that are against the flesh. This is what it means to be missional, or a pe... [see more]
Wednesday, June 24, 2020
As we seek to be like Jesus, it may cause us to think we need to do "work" like Jesus.
Here, the translation for "work" is actually "doing." Jesus is simply doing as God guides Him. It does not equa... [see more]
Tuesday, June 23, 2020
As much as we want to pass by this verse assuming it is talking about people that may not know God (people certainly not like us), this message was given to the Pharisees, the people who thought they ... [see more]
Sunday, June 21, 2020
People who do not fear God and rely on business strategies such as marketers may tell you to get public. However, we need to hear from God. The brothers and sisters who love us too much hear from God ... [see more]
Thursday, June 18, 2020
In life, we too may need to go through places (of other people) that many people would avoid. Instead of hurrying through it, Jesus went through it restfully. Let us too not rush but be dependent on t... [see more]
Tuesday, June 16, 2020
Faith of people are fickle. They say they believe in Jesus, then turn back as circumstances change. That's why as believers, we must keep growing in faith, or grow in having constant, unshakable fait... [see more]
Sunday, June 14, 2020
Having fear of God means we protect others around us. We do right by them, and defend them when they do wrong.
The opposite are people that have no fear of God, to harm others and to cheat them with... [see more]
Sunday, June 14, 2020
Nonsense to the world may be where God calls us.
The world relies on what we see, and makes sense in the physical world.
For Christians, we believe in faith, even the things that do not make sense ... [see more]
Saturday, June 13, 2020
Our role is to provide for the needs of the poor. When someone borrows and cannot pay back, love the person and ask God to bless us with more. Give back what the person may need to stay safe and warm.... [see more]
Friday, June 12, 2020
Satan is like a virus, he can gain access to a person that is vulnerable from cycles of sin. He just needs a foothold then will continue to use the person in worse and worse ways and make his foothold... [see more]
Thursday, June 11, 2020
Giving all to Jesus matters.
God gave some more resources than others to fulfill their callings. Do not justify yourself by the amount that you give, as it all belongs to the Lord. What God gives, He... [see more]
Tuesday, June 9, 2020
Here, these verses may be seen as a negative thing as 1) priest can be a pawn to do whatever the "leadership" says, and 2) to always bless every battle (even though the Lord has n... [see more]
Sunday, June 7, 2020
Our standard is God's perfect standard.
It is not based on pleasing people, or even following man-made laws or trends.
We are to be perfectly holy as He is.
Thanks be to God that He enables us thr... [see more]
Sunday, June 7, 2020
To those whom God provides resources, may they provide for the needs of the Church including the members and leadership. God blesses so that we too may bless others with what He provides.
Wednesday, June 3, 2020
Special attention and fertilizer... can that mean that when a brother is struggling in faith, we give them love (special attention) and anything that is needed (fertilizer) to help the brother come ba... [see more]
Tuesday, May 26, 2020
Loving God does not equate to actions, especially the recurring acts.
God uses the word to love God instead of appeasing God specifically because God desires a relationship with us.
When a person re... [see more]
Thursday, May 21, 2020
Dont look at the circumstances, but rather look to God.
Even when the current situations seem impossible, don't stop believing in the promises God has shown you.
There is nothing God cannot do, and... [see more]
Wednesday, May 20, 2020
Reasons why marriage with people of same faith in Jesus is important.
It is a loss of blessing, fulfilling of God's purposes for your life (now joint life), and perhaps even a distraction to what God... [see more]
Saturday, May 16, 2020
Commitment, as we feel led by the Lord is good... but we must keep them.
Desires of the heart may come from our sinful-flesh side, but for those who are born again through the blood of Jesus, it may... [see more]
Friday, May 15, 2020
Two interesting points here...
1. Defeating 5 kings with no loss of men! This was a battle that God told Moses to execute (v.2-3) and there was only victory. Lesson for us is that when God says to go,... [see more]
Tuesday, May 12, 2020
We are all alike in God's eyes...
Some, especially certain cultures, have a high view of pastors and elevate them very highly possibly to become idolatrous. Many newly converted Christians feel they ... [see more]
Saturday, May 9, 2020
Attracting people to the right things
God created men and women to be attracted to each other and for pair of each to become one (marriage). The problem occurs when one leads another astray (and this... [see more]
Friday, May 8, 2020
Speaking only what God tells us...
Thats what Christians are to do. In order to do this, we must be able to discern the voice of God clearly so we know the words are not from us or Satan...
How can... [see more]
Monday, May 4, 2020
Blame occurs when we are not responsible
When we are on a journey through the unknown, there will be many times when we don't feel as well equipped and lacking in things that we need.
The people o... [see more]
Sunday, May 3, 2020
Cleaning up something dirty makes us dirty.
Imagine being responsible for cleaning up portapottys or any very dirty thing/place. You would become dirty too, and you should not touch your bed (or anyt... [see more]
Saturday, April 25, 2020
God connects us with people with whom our burdens can be shared.
God's great calling for each of us will likely require working together (definition of the Church, a community) with others to make th... [see more]
Friday, April 24, 2020
What makes a person a leader?
It is not because one is better than others, but it is because God called them to lead.
A levite may not have any special characteristics, perhaps may not be able to fi... [see more]
Wednesday, April 22, 2020
We are all clean and acceptable to God!
Think of working out in the field or in construction... we can get dirty and would need to remain that way during the work. While we are doing that another gro... [see more]
Sunday, April 19, 2020
Protect the heart
Here, the mission for the army of Israel was to protect thr things of God. They are to camp around it and protect it to their deaths if attacked.
Our tabernacle is our hearts, and... [see more]
Thursday, April 16, 2020
A person who has a high calling would have to say no to many things peers may go after. It may even seem like losing out to forgo certain opportunities, but that distinction is the mark of the high ca... [see more]
Wednesday, April 15, 2020
When God gives clear direction, let's follow them exactly!
I think this takes humility... Moses could perhaps see from his training under Pharoah tondo things differently, but he did it exactly as Go... [see more]
Sunday, April 12, 2020
Thats pretty huge!
1400 miles in all length, width, AND height.
3,119,885 sq miles (US, 48 states, excluding Alaska and Hawaii)
1,960,000 (1400 x 1400)
1400 sq miles is maybe 2/3 of United States,... [see more]
Saturday, April 11, 2020
People followed Him
They were genuinely interested in hearing more.
It says Jesus did two things
1. He taught
2. He healed
We too, let us not be afraid to speak up and to perform miracles including... [see more]
Thursday, April 9, 2020
God's economy is different than what we imagine.
World's view: store up riches and enjoy things on earth.
God's view: store up riches in heaven and enjoy them forever.
In the world, things are take... [see more]
Wednesday, April 8, 2020
What do prostitutes mean in Scriptures?
Old Testament has many references to prostitutes and the same definition follows in Revelation.
Prostitutes are people whose heart is not set on God (the gro... [see more]
Wednesday, April 8, 2020
What is the mark of the beast? (Or 666)
It is unclear exactly how the mark of the beast will look like, but we know one thing for sure... mark of the beast are accepted by (or given to) people that t... [see more]
Monday, April 6, 2020
We should some songs in our hearts. I think we may tend to shrink back and perhaps not want to sing when we are discouraged and look at things based on circumstances. Instead, God's children are able ... [see more]
Sunday, April 5, 2020
Many people would lose their faith in God when things get hard. This means we need to learn of God's ways when things are good so that we know how to distinguish from good/bad when most people turn aw... [see more]
Saturday, April 4, 2020
This is why there is suffering in this world... God allows it. It is because people that have faith in God are not worried about pain and suffering here on earth, but looks forward to the eternal life... [see more]
Friday, March 20, 2020
Establishing your kingdom without God's calling (approval, direction).
When we look at the way capitalism works, it is about doing whatever it takes to make the money, and it is competition between o... [see more]
Friday, March 20, 2020
A person that has a relationship with God has desire to meet with other believers and have fellowship (relationship) with them.
This is unlike our modern day trend of text/emails/phone calls/facebook... [see more]
Thursday, March 19, 2020
What is wrong with taking the census?
When younger, i thought a great businessman must have everything under control... all pertinent data must be available to the leader.
The problem is dependence... [see more]
Monday, March 16, 2020
Relationship with God and keeping our promises
I find it amazing that David was able to hear clearly that it was due to a broken promise/commitment that the famine has come. When we, too, are raised ... [see more]
Saturday, March 14, 2020
Grow in grace = recognize it is not by our accomplishments, but by God alone in everything (grades, future jobs, success in anything)
Grow in knowledge of Jesus = read and meditate on scriptures and ... [see more]
Friday, March 13, 2020
Need for Friends....
David was going through his greatest emotional times of need. He didnt know if he had to battle his own son (he actually said he intended to go into battle!) And losing his kingd... [see more]
Thursday, March 12, 2020
Welcome and be welcomed
Two thoughts came to mind...
1. It is good to have relationships so you can lean on them in times of trouble. When living a ruhed life going from task to task, we cannot have ... [see more]
Wednesday, March 11, 2020
Betrayal and Trickery
Two things comes to mind as I read about Ziva's trickery and betrayal.
1. Relationship means much. Though we may be betrayed by those closest to us, we probably wont believe i... [see more]
Tuesday, March 10, 2020
Let us serve one another with what God has given us
If we have a home, we should invite people, welcome and feed them.
If we have things, we should share w those that may need it.
If we have talent... [see more]
Tuesday, March 10, 2020
God knows what he is doing... humility before God
David was simply satisfied with whatever God is doing. If He is done, then great! If He has stuff left for me, He is faithful to finish it!
Tuesday, March 10, 2020
Winning even enemies over.
Things like this are when we dont even know it, but God has brought us thus far. Continuing thought from last time, Gath was where Goliath was from, and there were many tha... [see more]
Monday, March 9, 2020
Heart of the Father...
At times, our children may give us trouble that we want to stay away from them, but one thing is true for any father, that they love them. We would even risk our lives to see ... [see more]
Sunday, March 8, 2020
At work, school, church, etc.. let us take the role of a servant as Jesus demonstrated through His life. Trust God for the work we do. Love our bosses, superiors and endure even if they do wrong to us... [see more]
Sunday, March 8, 2020
The right way or the wrong way (one that doesnt last)
Christians look forward to heaven where there will be no more tears or pain, where things are not taken from us and we are filled w all our needs... [see more]
Saturday, March 7, 2020
Be different, bc our God is different
Holy means to be set apart, or different. The call is to live lives that are different than that of people that do not believe in Jesus.
In what way should we b... [see more]
Saturday, March 7, 2020
Giving thanks to God after things go bad.
David worshipped after his son died. He pled w God for many days while his son had an opportunity to live.
Likewise, though it may be hard, let us cling to ... [see more]
Saturday, March 7, 2020
Greed, Lust... the wrong things that drive us
For those whom God called to the marketplace, we must be alert and aware of when our motives go bad.
God can give us so much more (and he already has), ... [see more]
Friday, March 6, 2020
Fear leads to murder..
Two things come to mind thinking about this.
1. Satan uses our secret sins to cause us to sin more and more, leading to spiral of conscience we may have hard time accepting (le... [see more]
Thursday, March 5, 2020
God protects us from difficult battles
Let us not fear as God positions us in places that may seem unfamiliar. Joab, David's military commander had a difficult battle ahead and yet, God protected the... [see more]
Tuesday, March 3, 2020
Conquering your place of fear
Wow... was surprised when i read this... new nugget that i havent seen in past readings.
Gath is where Goliath came from... David was well hated there... yet bc Saul w... [see more]
Tuesday, March 3, 2020
Call to not being selfish
The example James provides points to how we may care for others when they may be of benefit to us.
When we show favoritism toward others, it is not pure agape love (love th... [see more]
Sunday, March 1, 2020
Lets continue to invite people to our home
The act of inviting people to our home is a way we can serve others. When we go to another person's home, we have to ask for simple things like water becaus... [see more]
Sunday, March 1, 2020
When God gives us great success.. what is the first thing that comes to mind? For David, it was making God known and thanking Him. He didn't do it in private, but brought out the best.... [see more]
Saturday, February 29, 2020
Wherever God leads us, let's believe maximum impact
There are times when i think, perhaps because Im not as prepared at this point of my life, it is ok if i make mistakes and not have maximum imp... [see more]
Saturday, February 29, 2020
Only those that receive training/discipline from God are able to make it in heaven. All things that can shaken out of us would be removed so that all that remain would be permanent and good.
Friday, February 28, 2020
God's calling goes beyond even our own lives. It is something much greater. He would lead us to accomplish something that great... the question remains... would we too, like the people of faith, go as... [see more]
Friday, February 28, 2020
David loved those that hated him (tried to hurt him, even kill him)
This too is our calling. Love for one another can only be practiced over time (love is patient), and I encourage all of us to fight... [see more]
Wednesday, February 26, 2020
Seeking the Lord for guidance, especially in times of quietness (not much happening, peace, rest)
Actions of David seem insignificant, so much that we may pass over these few verses; however, this... [see more]
Tuesday, February 25, 2020
David was not after power
The Amelekite went to David offering the crown, probably seeking a reward since that would probably be the desire of David. However, David was not after the power (or money,... [see more]
Monday, February 24, 2020
Commitment and loyalty in a "I do what i want" world
I appreciate the brotherhood in a world where "me" is all that people care about. Our ability to be there for each other gives us training to be c... [see more]
Sunday, February 23, 2020
What God has for us is better.
Last chapter, David was upset because he couldnt join the main battle... however, because he couldnt join that battle, he was able to get back in time to go after the r... [see more]
Saturday, February 22, 2020
As being the light of the world (Matthew 5), it begs the question, "how do others see you?" In this case, others still did not trust him, but the one that was close to him for year... [see more]
Friday, February 21, 2020
Cultivating a relationship with God at times of peace, to be ready for a time of war
Even at times of panic, we can make the right decisions when we have been familiar with conversing with God and r... [see more]
Thursday, February 20, 2020
Things kings would have to go through
We would think the worst may be happening to us, or something no one else would experience in their lifetime. Well, people God use aa kings would even live in en... [see more]
Wednesday, February 19, 2020
Leaving the results to God
Judgment belongs to the Lord. Results belong to Him.
Therefore, in all our dealings, let us give the best we can (while staying close to God seeking any further direction... [see more]
Tuesday, February 18, 2020
People who protect others.
The protected recognized the protection and felt at peace because of it. Those who are in the marketplace ought to consider what God has given to be used for protection of ... [see more]
Monday, February 17, 2020
Respect for things of God (or fear of the Lord) leads to recognition by others
Here is king Saul that has put 3000 elite military men to kill David that recognizes that David ought to be the king aft... [see more]
Monday, February 17, 2020
It is God that has given us all that we have today. Let us not be proud and rather give thanks to God for all He has done. Our families, work, businesses, studies belong to the Lord, and we would serv... [see more]
Sunday, February 16, 2020
Listening to God and going forward when it doesnt make sense.
To be a successful person in life (family, business/work, in all aspects), we must be able to recognize God's voice (that is, have a deep... [see more]
Sunday, February 16, 2020
In our off moments in life, we may feel nothing good is happening. However, there are probably things God is establishing in (through) you that you just don't see.
David probably was not aware that h... [see more]
Friday, February 14, 2020
Poverty, pulling out all stops for survival
Just because we run into temporary struggles does not mean God is not with us. It may mean God intends to use you in a mighty way.
Here, we see David sayi... [see more]
Thursday, February 13, 2020
Are you seen as a person with whom God walks?
Jonathan trusted his dad (much like our kids trust us or we trusted our dads), but he recognized that God was no longer with him ("as He used to be with ... [see more]
Tuesday, February 11, 2020
We can be strong because of grace of God.
Whenever we feel tired or lacking, we can simply go to God and ask, "give me strength" or "give me what i need" and because our God is gracious, He will sup... [see more]
Tuesday, February 11, 2020
______ (your name) continued to succeed in everything he did, for the Lord was with him.
When God is with us, He can enable us to
1. Do whatever is asked of us to be done successfully. (In sight of o... [see more]
Sunday, February 9, 2020
Our resumes go beyond professional experiences
Here, Saul asks for David's resume to verify there is a chance he may beat Goliath. The actual resume comes from beyond his professional career (if he h... [see more]
Saturday, February 8, 2020
In Difficult personal or business decisions...
We need to have a right relationship w God to be attentive and hear. Can you think of having to reject 7 employees for hire, or 7 client contracts, or d... [see more]
Friday, February 7, 2020
Love of money, then covering it up when caught
The Bible actually has stories that are similar to what we see in politics and celebrities' news. People do wrong in secret, they get caught and they ju... [see more]
Thursday, February 6, 2020
Are we responsible for our relatives?
In practical terms, Paul tells us to care for them if we are able. That way, as the church is able to help, they may focus their help on those that truly have no... [see more]
Wednesday, February 5, 2020
Greatest leadership (and impact) occurs only when we trust God
600 vs. 9000+ .. who would win?
Continuing from last chapter, Israel was a weak nation. Philistines were powerful... so powerful that t... [see more]
Wednesday, February 5, 2020
People (so-called Christians) that are not accepted by God are
1. Hypocrites... people who dont do what they say (or know is the right thing to do)
2. Liars... people that distort the truth for self g... [see more]
Tuesday, February 4, 2020
Elder (pastor, a person called by God) must...
Be faithful (to family)
Have good reputation
Enjoy having guests in our home
Be able to teach
Let us be like that...
Tuesday, February 4, 2020
At the end of our lives, may we, too, testify of all that He has done. May our last words to our loved ones be "now stand here quietly before the LORD as I remind you of all the great things the LORD ... [see more]
Monday, February 3, 2020
When things seem impossible, God can, and He would use us to do it
Here, a village in nation of Israel was giving into another country's request in despair because his nation (Israel) was not strong ... [see more]
Sunday, February 2, 2020
We need to know Scriptures for ourselves so that 1) we can stand in the midst of false/errant teachings and 2) so that we may influences others by living it out and teaching others.
Sunday, February 2, 2020
Before setting out for something great, we need the filling of the Holy Spirit
We are called for great things. Yet, the great things in our lives are only accomplished (fulfilled, initiated by) God... [see more]
Friday, January 31, 2020
Successful companies, but different by vision
This verse lets me think about what it truly means to be successful (and for marketplace leaders, what it means to build successful businesses).
When we... [see more]
Thursday, January 30, 2020
Our sufferings are for our good.
We have a good Father who is control of everything, and He loves us! Persevere brothers and sisters, as our current struggles are only for our good.
Monday, January 27, 2020
What our wives may look to us for as Men of God
Our wives look to our leadership in the family (and if you haven't been, you ought to take the lead as head of the family, c.f. Ephesians 5).
As rea... [see more]
Monday, January 27, 2020
Do people fear God because of you?
In our days, I don't think people fear God much. From (so-called) Christians that see God as a genie to do as they please, to people that do not see a powerful G... [see more]
Monday, January 27, 2020
Controlling God, or not!
"If we carry it to battle with us" v.3... (if we do X, such as attend church or read the Bible daily), then we will have control over God and have our way.
This is a very d... [see more]
Monday, January 27, 2020
Holy Living for Men of God
v. 7 points to our calling to live holy lives (holy = set apart or different from rest of the world). Without holiness, we become people of the world and certainly look tha... [see more]
Sunday, January 26, 2020
Be ready to be sent
These verses challenge me quite a bit. If people needed strengthening,
1) would others select me for it? (Am i generally an encourager that strengthens others)
2) would i be re... [see more]
Sunday, January 26, 2020
Effective Small Groups
God needs to be there!
In these passages, we read about a time when there were less people who could hear (commune with, speak with) from God. Even the high priest, who should... [see more]
Saturday, January 25, 2020
Offering and Money
These verses tell us how we should view offerings and money.
As pastors , elders and other church leaders,
We must remember our purpose is not to flatter or make ourselves l... [see more]
Saturday, January 25, 2020
God's perfect plans
I dont think any of our lives would be filled w constant success (i would even venture to say that no one is ever successful without multiple defeats). Let us be grateful whether ... [see more]
Friday, January 24, 2020
Our favorites.... teaches us about how God sees us and our relationship to God.
Elkanah loved Hannah more than other wives. I think even though we dont want to admit it, we too may have favorites b... [see more]
Friday, January 24, 2020
Prayer for one another occurs because of already-built deep relationships
The only reason people are able to pray for one another is because they know what the other person is up to, where s/he is h... [see more]
Thursday, January 23, 2020
Our employees are brothers and sisters whom God loves.
In a culture where more work is expected in understaffed environments, let us not follow the trends of overburdening the people that work for us... [see more]
Wednesday, January 22, 2020
Life transformation after meeting Christ leads to becoming like Jesus. It is available for anyone (whether Jew or Gentile, Korean, Chinese, Caucasian, or dark) all that matters is Christ.
Our highes... [see more]
Tuesday, January 21, 2020
Let us die for our wives and children. This is the call for those that are head of families, Jesus, the head of the Church, does the same.
We are to sacrifice to enable those in our care (make... [see more]
Friday, January 17, 2020
Our businesses, our families, all that we may treasure or hold personal.... they are built through Him and is for Him (v. 16)
He holds all things together for his purposes... they are less about our ... [see more]
Tuesday, January 14, 2020
Giving up our divine privileges (our skills, talents, resources) for others.
As imitators of Jesus, we can read v6-7 as,
Though I am blessed (substitute with what God has gifted you), I do not think... [see more]
Sunday, January 12, 2020
Our lives ought to be filled with joy in all we do, bc our purpose, our focus in life is to trust in His providence and walk w Him. Let us not allow our circumstances to dictate our outlook in life. I... [see more]
Saturday, January 11, 2020
We are called to live differently from people that do not believe in Jesus. If we are following Jesus, our lives would produce what is good. v.10.... and so examine yourself to 1) check that you are c... [see more]
Friday, January 10, 2020
It is a mistake to build an entrepreneurial empire for yourself if it is not in line with God's "One glorious hope for the future."
We align to God's plans. This is probably much bigger and grander t... [see more]
Monday, December 30, 2019
For 2020, let us rely on God for all providence.
After college, when i signed up and got accepted to officer training in USAF, i got my first taste in how a company (or government) can cover me when i... [see more]
Saturday, December 28, 2019
Dont fear others.... we have a greater calling from a great God.
There will always be opposition when you set out to do what is different. When following Gods calling, dont let others' discouragement ... [see more]
Wednesday, December 25, 2019
Merry Christmas everyone!
In today's Scripture, Jesus tells us the reason why He came, the reason for Christmas.... it is to be with us.
He died so that He may first handle the sin issue, so that He m... [see more]
Saturday, December 21, 2019
Dont be focused on count (quantity), but the impacts for individuals (quality).
Here, the pharisees (church leaders in our context) was upset because some guy was pulling people out of their church.
J... [see more]
Thursday, December 19, 2019
Our free will to give up for (serve) others...
Just like Jesus can lay it down and pick it up again... there are times when we may free up our resources (time, money, effort) for others then take the ... [see more]
Wednesday, December 18, 2019
On the way, as we are walking along, as we live on...
These are terms where we dont restrict time (like Sundays at church) for God to do amazing things, but rather to live with expectation that God ca... [see more]
Tuesday, December 17, 2019
Teaching in world of confusion
Back in Jesus' days, i imagine many were either unschooled or learned in the temple. If someone has some "knowledge" people would be willing to listen and "learn"
We liv... [see more]
Monday, December 16, 2019
Whether for ourselves or our businesses... its ok when we dont go after the recognition. It may not be the time, or it may not be what God wants you to do.
Dont worry about the what happens, even oppo... [see more]
Sunday, December 15, 2019
Dont be who others want you to be.
Also, dont be who the world aspires to be great... like an executive, director, etc (unless God calls you to them).
This verse shows Jesus in a strange light. He was... [see more]
Saturday, December 14, 2019
Seeing beyond the person's needs...
The lame man just wanted to jump into the water, as if he forgot that he actually just wanted to be healed.
1. For us, let us not be blinded by the tasks... [see more]
Friday, December 13, 2019
Fulfilling our call
Worthless shepherds are those that do not care about their roles and purpose. They do not care about their sheep (purpose) but get fat (pursuit of money, glory > care)
We can be ca... [see more]
Thursday, December 12, 2019
For those feeling thirsty (want more, seeking and waiting) ...
God restores and He provides. God intended to do so for people of Judah, but they were feeling lost. V.3 says it is because the leaders l... [see more]
Thursday, December 12, 2019
You will not be able to explain, but dont you understand?
When we have some knowledge (we understand something), shouldnt we also be able to teach it? But Jesus says that to a highly prestigious teach... [see more]
Tuesday, December 10, 2019
Our call may be to support others...
The education that we received tells us that we must be successful and that we must do whatever it takes for that purpose. However, in God's economy (in His purpos... [see more]
Sunday, December 8, 2019
Power of eating together...
When we meet through the rush of life then go straight into other agendas, we may not be able to settle, observe our surroundings, and even "get the message"....
Here, eat... [see more]
Saturday, December 7, 2019
Living with knowledge that God is here...
Luke describes that Joseph (a Jew) "was waiting for the Kingdom of God to come"... or, that he was unlike the other Jewish people. Or... that other Jewish peo... [see more]
Friday, December 6, 2019
Businessmen that has much can do this.
When younger, i thought Jesus was doing some mind tricks (jedi stuff) to cause some random person to provide a place for them. I think Jesus had precoordinated w... [see more]
Wednesday, December 4, 2019
In life, we may do things out of ordinary (this is what we call leadership and/or taking risks)... and we can do them without worrying about who authorized us to do so.
This also calls us to trust in ... [see more]
Tuesday, December 3, 2019
We are here because God's work (in us) is not completed yet. He has given us all the abilities, resources, and anything else we may need to complete the mission.
At first, i felt a bit discouraged won... [see more]
Monday, December 2, 2019
The entire chapter seems to go w a theme... let go of things of the world and be humble (like a child, and just ask God) and He will take care of all that we need (including desires in our hearts)
Tuesday, November 19, 2019
I find this interesting and cool...
V5 says when we are in trouble (assyrians break through our defenses), we will set up 7 rulers and 8 princes (we will set up adninistrations)... and they will rule ... [see more]
Sunday, November 17, 2019
Seeking a saviour from our current situation/circumstances....
People back then, especially the "crowds", or most people... they looked forward to some Messiah. They probably believed that this Messia... [see more]
Friday, November 15, 2019
When God speaks, He does so w intent for us to hear and come back to Him (trust, lean on, acknowledge).
He shared this sad news to Jerusalem and Samaria to let them know He is hurt by their thoughts a... [see more]
Friday, November 15, 2019
Modern concept of success may be money earned, or fame given... but God's views are often very different. When we think of John the Baptist, we often dont associate it w success. Ra... [see more]
Thursday, November 14, 2019
Interesting finding . "Go into all the world" is actually same greek tense/word used in Matthew 28.19... instead of "go"... better translation is "along the way" or "as u r going"... this is how i ma... [see more]
Tuesday, November 12, 2019
1. Gods providence. Where would you find, at a moments notice, a place to gather... especially one that has been fully furnished for you?
In every need, if God intends it, it will be available. Dont l... [see more]
Friday, November 8, 2019
Sabbath is for the heart (for us to reflect, let go, trust, seek God)...
But Amos has to speak in the way the world understands...an event, a task, something to get over w to put a check mark...
Sabba... [see more]
Friday, November 8, 2019
this rich man came to Jesus seeking advice. Rich man today may be Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, and the like... why would they come to Jesus for help? It is because of some influence Jesus had. We... [see more]
Thursday, November 7, 2019
Earn your living vs calling...
Two thoughts that affects Christian businessmen here...
1. The way that the world thinks may be that service of God (pastor, deacon, elder, missionary, people like us st... [see more]
Thursday, November 7, 2019
We are not alone...
First thought that came to mind was, how did they know the two men were Elijah and Moses?
But one thing that is true about Jesus or even the disciples... they were never alone. We ... [see more]
Wednesday, November 6, 2019
Whatever successes we may have had in life... even something greater may exist. We must
1. Let go of that success (give glory to God, dont hold that as point of pride)
2. Let God lead, then trust and ... [see more]
Wednesday, November 6, 2019
Do you ever get into a situation... maybe a very important interview (for a job of ur dreams), speech in front of thousands, or anything that may impact your future.... then you realize, shoot... i fo... [see more]
Tuesday, November 5, 2019
Seems to be pointing to concept of the tithe... here, survival of the tenth.
He can give fruitfully when we honor the tenth, he can take away leaving us the tenth. It reminds us that all belongs to th... [see more]
Monday, November 4, 2019
Chapter on faith... beginning w how Jesus was shocked/amazed/disappointed w lack of faith of the people, he tells his followers to be different.
He tells them to not do the business-wise thing, which ... [see more]
Saturday, November 2, 2019
As much as we like the good soil illustration of 30, 60, 100 fold of what was planted, many people fall into rocky or thorny soil.. that is, their faith does not last beyond the message, into their wo... [see more]
Friday, November 1, 2019
A shepherd gets the message... Though this certainly may not be true for all prophets, i am thinking about how shepherds are out in the wild and often have available time... time to hear God and commu... [see more]
Thursday, October 31, 2019
In book of judges, we saw the cycle of sin, ruin, repentance, restoration. Where r we now on that cycle?
In one sense, what Jesus has completed gives us access to the continued restoration. Anyone stu... [see more]
Thursday, October 31, 2019
We should invite and welcome everyone. We should also go wherever (or to whom) we are invited. This is how he made God known to them.
This also points to trusting God for who we meet throughout the da... [see more]
Wednesday, October 30, 2019
No matter our profitability or successes, God is the one that is in control of the fruits. Let us not put trust in things of the world (including our past successes), and trust in God alone for our ti... [see more]
Wednesday, October 30, 2019
We all have our jobs, specialties, businesses... and they are for the purposes of reaching out to others. There is no job that is too big or too small that God cannot use (or make fruitful).
Monday, October 28, 2019
Things that only businessmen/marketplace professionals are able to do.
Remember, each of us have a special calling where God has placed us. Take courage, trust, and keep going.
Sunday, October 27, 2019
Though this may not be as apparent, there may be times when we turn away from God because of money. One may be when we turn to busy work for sake of earning more to neglect our relationship w God. Ano... [see more]
Friday, October 25, 2019
When we are given lemons in life... where everything is terrible, horrifying, uncertain... we can turn to relying on our strength.
And the three kings here faced terrors ... and they did what they kne... [see more]
Thursday, October 24, 2019
Difficulty of being the Judge and Father.. i think we too are given the same human roles so we can see the difficulty. We want our children to be the best, yet they go stray, and our correction for th... [see more]
Thursday, October 24, 2019
Cool... now i have a Scriptural basis for what i tell my kids.
I tell my kids over and over that there will be people that demand certain things, including teachers, aunts, etc... i tell them just get... [see more]
Monday, October 21, 2019
Caution against pride..
When things are going well, we may think there is nothing that can stop us. We saw a powerful ram that seemed as if nothing is able to stop him, but then we get a floating goat... [see more]
Monday, October 21, 2019
Work is not everything that produces results...
Some of us, especially as we may be wired to think we should be compensated for everything we do, may think we need to do more work (or live better, be ... [see more]
Wednesday, October 16, 2019
Bringing the perfect sacrifice...
Abel gave his best sacrifice out of respect for God (in Genesis), and that ought to be our heart.
Here, the law demands perfect sacrifices, but frankly, where can we ... [see more]
Wednesday, October 16, 2019
Overflow of Flourishing Life
Some of us may need this today... and today's verses tell us that there is nothing impossible for our God.
V. 8 and 9 tells us of things that are dead (perishing, looks li... [see more]
Wednesday, October 16, 2019
Live a good moral life for eternal life (get to heaven)?
Unfortunately, this seems to be the most made up concept i hear today. When we ask a random stranger, chances are they will say they are Christ... [see more]
Tuesday, October 15, 2019
The authority God gives us, and His provision.
Let us not look to our abilities or experiences (or inabilities and inexperiences) to stop us from doing what God may be calling us to. The proceeding ve... [see more]
Monday, October 14, 2019
Procedures to slow us down and give respect are important. Worthiness to be there is also important. Only those that revere the Lord (and also circumcised, which is what Jesus' forgiveness of sins doe... [see more]
Sunday, October 13, 2019
If people want to find fault, they will.. its interesting how pharisees tried to nitpick an accusation toward someone who was hungry and ate as someone that "harvested" and worked.
We matter more to G... [see more]
Friday, October 11, 2019
God has the ability to raise dead things in our lives back to life. Things beyond our imagination can be done. Let us trust and acknowledge God, lean not on our own understanding (prov 3.5-6)
Thursday, October 10, 2019
People are waiting to follow someone. When that person comes and asks to follow, they may drop what they have been doing (which is often "just a job" or something they had to do to make a living), and... [see more]
Wednesday, October 9, 2019
Jesus, if you are willing.. and i believe and are willing to give up all i have to follow you
This chapter shows that there is nothing impossible for God. This can mean our sicknesses, but also fruitf... [see more]
Monday, October 7, 2019
Today, i think about size of our dreams, and what God has directed us for our lives.
I think most of us know what it takes to sustain a living (get the salary or wages to sustain family, etc)... and t... [see more]
Sunday, October 6, 2019
Some people are looking for teaching to help them with their struggles. We need to grow in influence so that people would hear, and also have righteousness (right things, especially about living) so t... [see more]
Thursday, October 3, 2019
God's plans are always fulfilled. His divine providence and protection is there.
Being aligned w God's will means that opposing/competing activities can be frustrated while we find success in our obed... [see more]
Thursday, October 3, 2019
Our ability to teach (and when God gives us a method we can use to teach) is valuable. The goal is to make it so that the people can understand it. As people who are educated, we hold that power (we h... [see more]
Friday, September 27, 2019
What if God called you to do something that is likely to take up good part of your time?
As we live on with many deadlines and packed days, i find it hard that we may also be able to hear Him and even... [see more]
Thursday, September 26, 2019
Iron pot (a place of perceived safety)... in modern terms, bc we have all the money, house, investments, insurance.. we are safe.
Just as in major cities like ny (and surrounding, where we live)... Go... [see more]
Tuesday, September 24, 2019
Pick and choose...
Interesting insights today. Though we have been reading about the sins of the "entire" nation, there are always few that God spares (few that is faithful to God even in darkest time... [see more]
Thursday, September 19, 2019
This passage talks about how God leads us, provides for us, and enables us to endure
V. 5... direction, something for us to obey... something that we can only hear when we are listening, and somethin... [see more]
Sunday, September 15, 2019
How to pray when we are uncertain how to pray:
State facts of what is in your heart in your reality.. such as "my kids do not listen to me, i feel lonely, my profits are declining"... then tell God ab... [see more]
Saturday, September 14, 2019
Grace for those God loves
Sodom was destroyed because of sin. However, people of God may be in ruins, but they are not destroyed. God wants them to come back to Him.
Our disciplines from God are His l... [see more]
Tuesday, September 10, 2019
We can lose it all.
As business owners/professionals, we can work hard to (try to) protect our businesses or our reputation, etc... Insurance is certainly one of those... Let us not put our dependence... [see more]
Monday, September 9, 2019
Pray for our enemies and those that persecute us.
We know that God is just and He will judge/handle those that wrong us. Knowing this, we can pray for their healing and their turning back to God.
Friday, August 30, 2019
Something beautiful defiled to be a stench, something people would avoid.
I think this is an image of what sin looks like. Here is a beautiful cistern that took much effort to build... because of corr... [see more]
Thursday, August 29, 2019
Our position as business leaders gives us the authority at times to help people go their way (it can be employees, it can be missionaries, it can be anyone with the influence, money and other resource... [see more]
Wednesday, August 28, 2019
One thing i notice about prophets of God is that even though people often hate their messages (that they go to jail, put in lions den, etc), they are respected. That too ought to be our positions in o... [see more]
Tuesday, August 27, 2019
Working w first generation Koreans, i get upset when they waste a lot of time and cause much rework (and they dont seem to feel they made a mistake)... maybe the problem is with me always seeking maxi... [see more]
Friday, August 23, 2019
As you do to your brothers (and sisters).. your neighbors
This verse sounds similar to Matthew 25:40... God is just and will pay back for the wrongs that we do to others (this is also a method of cor... [see more]
Thursday, August 22, 2019
God who fulfill His promises.
He who started a good work in us will be faithful to finish it. Things may not seem to go well and even disastrous at times... but if we are pursuing the calling God has ... [see more]
Friday, August 16, 2019
God provides a way. Perhaps being satisfied is the way to go.
Alternative could have been death of all people of Israel, but God gave the people of Israel an option for survival and "living as usual."... [see more]
Thursday, August 15, 2019
Going against our education (our learnings and experiences) out of obedience.
Jeremiah went against what he was taught from youth... things of God are sacred and that God will protect it. It is the sa... [see more]
Thursday, August 8, 2019
Not afraid to ask...
How often are we afraid to ask our clients to follow us (buy from us, do X, etc)... yet here Jeremiah transcribed this command because (i assume) he did what God told him. The pri... [see more]
Saturday, August 3, 2019
Learned about dog training from a book... opposite of praise/reward is not punishment, it is no attention. When we experience hardships, we can be grateful asking God what we can learn from them. Our ... [see more]
Saturday, July 27, 2019
Life's paradox -- how to not be legalistic? look above.
How to stop being selfish and die to self? Stop trying -- look above.
How to be humble? Stop thinking about it -- look above.
Let your focuses i... [see more]
Thursday, July 25, 2019
Today i think about how stubborn i can be... i love God with all my heart and want to quickly be available to Him (and others too) in all circumstances... but i start thinking about times when i am an... [see more]
Friday, July 19, 2019
Gents, i want to share something about the importance of what we are doing as we gather together and encourage one another...
Here, men gathered together, and God spoke through one of them (Peter), an... [see more]
Friday, July 12, 2019
For some time, i have been thinking about the message of humility. It is not easy to come by today... as our education system and individualistic society has taught us that WE must become smarter, bet... [see more]
Thursday, July 4, 2019
1. There is nothing that our God cannot do. We should pray when we face what-seems-like obstacles and hold faith that God can break through.
2. Be careful of pride... when u r doing well with your ski... [see more]
Friday, June 21, 2019
Lately, ive been focus on the topic of pride and humility...
Pride = focus on self
Humility = focus on other than self (others, God)
Even when we face troubles, if we are proud, we would look at our c... [see more]
Wednesday, June 12, 2019
Some construction terms.
Cornerstone = foundation. We have one that we can build on, and it is something that stands over time, not something that may crumble at any moment to become a waste.
We are m... [see more]
Tuesday, June 11, 2019
Grace of God
Believers (Jews, Christians-alike) may be foolish and stupid (because they are proud, believe they can manage their businesses, lives, relationships on their own will, experiences, knowle... [see more]
Monday, June 3, 2019
Unexpected people, including those that hurt us, are loved by God and may be people whom God redeems. When our views become small (when we start looking inwardly to focus on our pains), maybe we need ... [see more]
Thursday, May 30, 2019
Made me to think about why fears grab us. When we watch war movies, we see some fighting men to be full of energy and without fear... here, we see a passage that says the bravest warriors will be "hel... [see more]
Thursday, May 16, 2019
As i read this passage, i feel like a punch in the face ... how can i learn to do good and seek justice? Based on my everyday (generally busy) life, how can i help the oppressed,
orphans, widows? I fe... [see more]
Monday, May 13, 2019
Here is the husband (Jesus) that chooses us (the Church)... same simile pointing to our relationship with our wives. Heres some descriptions... favorite one, dearly loved, praised by others.
We owe ou... [see more]
Sunday, May 12, 2019
Happy mothers day everyone. Though i recognize this is the woman speaking, she speaks of her love as better than ten thousand others. When we fell in love with our wives, it probably was the same... n... [see more]
Friday, May 10, 2019
Yearning for God... I think busyness is a distraction that prevents this. (Same w distraction from our wives and children)...
She (the Church, us) longed for him so much that she went out looking and ... [see more]
Tuesday, May 7, 2019
Studies and work are things that we do here on Earth... Important and necessary, but they themselves should not overwhelm our relationship with God (fear of the Lord) and obeying His commands.
Monday, April 29, 2019
Saw this verse in NLT for the first time. It shows a weakness in humans to have eyes only on one side (front). We have a blindside.... In another words, in order to be victorious, we need each other. ... [see more]
Sunday, April 28, 2019
I think this is a message for those stressed out from work... work is important, but in bigger picture, it is less important (or necessary).. we are to fear God (v14). So don't be stressed and rather ... [see more]
Monday, April 22, 2019
V1 is about boldness for those that have a direction in life. When we feel that we are shrinking back, maybe it is time to consider our relationship with God and the purposes for why He set us where w... [see more]
Sunday, April 21, 2019
Heart = passion, pursuits
This morning i woke up with words being uttered asking God to ensure i do the things i do for His kingdom and righteousness. I think this was a wake up call as i went from da... [see more]
Thursday, April 18, 2019
This is why we need each other. For now, it may seem we are all working separately from each other, but there is a reason for our having met... it is to strengthen one another to fulfill (win/be victo... [see more]
Monday, April 15, 2019
May be a paraphrase of Matthew 6.33....
Seek first His kingdom (unfailing love) and righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. They include life, righteousness, and honor.
Sunday, April 14, 2019
We may want God to draw out a map for exactly where we are going in our lives... but since the Holy Spirit guides us daily, we dont need to worry... and this daily walk is what God calls us to, as opp... [see more]
Thursday, April 11, 2019
As parents, perhaps we need to help our children to want to learn. Help them build curiosities and help them gain confidence in pursuing them and obtaining learnings from their actions.
Friday, April 5, 2019
Premise of this chapter is that people after riches for themselves with conclude with just that (probably with a desire for more, but never having enough), while those after the Kingdom of God (Gods p... [see more]
Thursday, April 4, 2019
Just a thought... if we, businessmen/professionals want to help the youths (that are yet without wisdom, or foolish)... maybe coming up with list of (or dialoging through) wise living may be helpful. ... [see more]
Saturday, March 30, 2019
Oh the difficulty, we talked about lady wisdom two chapters ago... now we have lady immorality. It says her lips are sweet as honey... how difficult it must be at time to tell them apart. We must keep... [see more]
Friday, March 29, 2019
As much as i want to claim to be a good listener, listening is not easy at times. I think one way we can gauge if we are listening well (to others, and even God), ask our wives. I think they are our g... [see more]
Saturday, March 23, 2019
As i was reading Scriptures, here is something that stuck out to me...
Isaiah 58:10 (NIV) and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then y... [see more]
Thursday, March 21, 2019
I think verses like this causes us to think that we should talk less and be more silent (and yes, there are verses like that)... i think it points to importance of with what we fill our hearts. If goo... [see more]
Friday, February 22, 2019
I just remembered... psalm 88 is unique because it just ends in sadness and despair. Other psalms we read may talk about difficulties, but ends with praise to God (because of faith that He will delive... [see more]
Thursday, February 14, 2019
I thought passages like this sound like a conditional worship... i will worship you if you make me successful... but the heart here is to say when God gives us success, we will not be proud and believ... [see more]
Sunday, January 13, 2019
This is something that a person that fears the Lord is able to say.
Despite the many troubles and persecutions in life, he believes that God is just and will make all things right. So he holds hope th... [see more]
Wednesday, January 9, 2019
Thinking of the word meditating.... i have seen many Korean Christians in seminaries that didnt know what to do with life thinking that maybe they can find a calling and a job as a pastor (of course t... [see more]
Monday, January 7, 2019
Here, these rhetorical questions show that while the answer is no for us, God is able.
When we ever need a mighty creature to bow at our feet to make something happen, God is able to make it so.
We sh... [see more]
Sunday, December 23, 2018
This is some heavy-weight words for Christians and pastors alike. How sad it would be if we gave powerless, meaningless, worthless advice to a person (or even friends) that are seeking God? I love wha... [see more]
Saturday, December 22, 2018
Doing family readings in Psalms, i ran into this verse this morning.
Psalms 8:4 (NLT) what are mere mortals that you should think about them, human beings that you should care for them? ptents.com/s/P... [see more]
Friday, December 21, 2018
This chapter reads like one of David's Psalms. Job begins with a mourning about how he is in suffering (like David was in persecution) and it seems like the bad people (wicked) are getting the upperha... [see more]
Wednesday, December 19, 2018
God is not distant to us, but He lives in us today. This was fulfilled as God came to earth to dwell amongst us and be Immanuel (defined "God with us").
God is distant to sin, but we are cleansed by H... [see more]
Tuesday, December 18, 2018
We can hear the right theology as Job speaks against prosperity theology that his friend just spoke of.... but one thing that i am personally learning is how we see God as our friend (which is good, a... [see more]
Saturday, December 15, 2018
Right theology, and something to be said to help a friend going in the wrong direction (but again, with Job's friends, wrong diagnosis).
Todays reflection on Psalm 2 (very related to this verse), we c... [see more]
Friday, December 14, 2018
I find this interesting... when people are depressed (crushed in spirit and feeling without hope), they may just go along with what others are saying around them (especially from friends and family)..... [see more]
Saturday, December 8, 2018
I get this sense of authority (not from same level) and demand... less acceptance and care as people called "friends" of job. Contrasting with what Jesus says about friendship (and discipleship, and H... [see more]
Friday, December 7, 2018
Perhaps beneficial words for those that are in depression (even considering suicide)...
We know when we are down, we question like this... i am worthless, why do i live, i have no purpose... but we kn... [see more]
Wednesday, December 5, 2018
Similar to beliefs of many (so-called) "Christians" (and people who do not believe in Jesus as well), Christianity may be thought of as success on earth. Believe in God and you will be well (also call... [see more]
Tuesday, December 4, 2018
Here's some good news.
There may be times when things go wrong (and continually!), but we can rest assured that it is temporary, only for a moment! Job too felt this depression during this period of h... [see more]
Monday, December 3, 2018
When i think of growing and fruitful small groups (just like our group), i think one word best describes it... friendship.
Thinking back to past two chapters, eliphaz spoke as a person of authority an... [see more]
Sunday, December 2, 2018
Its difficult to tell which parts of what Eliphaz says is true because he also shares in incorrect theology (and point of these passages is just that... we too will hear mixed theology, and we need to... [see more]
Saturday, December 1, 2018
This may be bad theology [understanding about God], perhaps because earth was created relatively recently...
Yet, from what we know about our God today, He doesnt want us to live in fear wondering if ... [see more]
Saturday, November 24, 2018
As businessmen, or as kings God has established, we have certain authorities that may not exist for others. We must use them (what God has given us) well.
Here, the king had the authority to spare or ... [see more]
Monday, November 19, 2018
Attorneys, real estate experts, consultants, musicians, and other business leaders... pleasing a client, too, is something that God allows. We may be able to control what we do or say (or not do and n... [see more]
Sunday, November 18, 2018
Our culture teaches that we must do things well (get a degree, be skillful, talk well, etc) to be successful, but we must recognize God is in control over things that are beyond our control. Some may ... [see more]
Saturday, November 17, 2018
Many things in todays reading that would be a case for a lawsuit today! I think we can learn about passion for God and His holiness... that we too, as kings, may need to step over boundaries to make t... [see more]
Saturday, November 10, 2018
We need to discern... even in our tired moments when we just want to rely on others' advice. Note also that the prophet that gave advice was not a friend (one that has built relationship over time) wi... [see more]
Thursday, November 8, 2018
Here we see someone taking action as they trust God.
Many times when we face confusion and uncertainty, we may shrink back and just say if certain things happen, we'll move... but here, we see that Ne... [see more]
Sunday, November 4, 2018
A matter that is taken very lightly (or not at all) in modern context.
God's people (you and me) were taken to people of other cultures (like America, etc) and they just became like the people that li... [see more]
Friday, November 2, 2018
I'd like to throw down a challenge to anyone that would accept.
Normal challenge: tell yourself (and believe) during the course of the day "because the gracious hand of God was upon me xyz happened"
T... [see more]
Thursday, November 1, 2018
Its awesome when the gracious hand of the Lord our God is on us.. and it seems to be coupled with zeal for some action or cause. Ezra heard God and obeyed to see things come to fruition. We may need t... [see more]
Wednesday, October 24, 2018
How was he to know? That God would speak to someone that can be an enemy?
This is one of those ? sections.
A good king falls in battle all of a sudden without forewarning.
Possible learning for us is ... [see more]
Monday, October 15, 2018
As kings, we have been given great responsibilities to even direct the priests to bring people together for the Lord... but that power can directed wrongly toward even those trying to help us... [see more]
Sunday, October 14, 2018
Wholeheartedly... true, loyal hearts (other translations)...
As people in the marketplace, this is what we may struggle with. Money and politics are things we need to be mindful of in our activities..... [see more]
Saturday, October 13, 2018
In today's chapter, I think much can be said about how it ended, but I think the first part relates with much of our conversation today.
Note the various parties that carried out God's plan.
The king ... [see more]
Tuesday, October 9, 2018
I'm grateful for today's reading. Accidentally, I had the setting on NKJV, and one of words stood out to me. Jehoshaphat "feared"... (v. 3)
What do we do when we hear of news that shock us and put us ... [see more]
Saturday, October 6, 2018
Success (even earthly) does not have to do with our intellect, skills, experiences, opportunities, or anything that the world/education system teaches us. Seeking God first allows us wealth and statur... [see more]
Friday, October 5, 2018
What an interesting passage today. Yesterday, we enjoyed how Asa was devoted to God and we see him turning away today.
As I was reading, I was thinking about how countries also negotiate with each oth... [see more]
Tuesday, September 25, 2018
We too can build a temple for God today. It must be a place of absolute purity where we can meet with God.
The Holy Spirit dwells in (each of) our hearts as the temple of God. It is purified because o... [see more]
Monday, September 17, 2018
Hushai is listed as a friend of David, in midst of all official positions. Also, when Absalom (son of David) rebelled, Hushai acted as a spy-advisor for Absalom (ruining Absaloms plans).... which mean... [see more]
Saturday, September 15, 2018
I find interesting that the king and his men established the musicians. In today's terms, we need businessmen to help establish ministries.
Looking at v. 7, it says 288 "accomplished" musicians were e... [see more]
Wednesday, September 5, 2018
Modern day scenario:
David = king = businessman
Levites = priests = pastors.
Here, Israel has strayed so far from God's ways that the priests (Levites) who should know better did not have hearts for t... [see more]
Monday, September 3, 2018
Reverence for God... in our busy world, it is easy to forget. Uzzah too was killed (v. 9) bc he (and probably his fellow levites) didn't care much about God and took upon the transport as a job. We to... [see more]
Sunday, September 2, 2018
I wonder what David did (or what Saul did to cause them to defect) to bring such able men to his side.
At first, I think about all the methods from leadership books (like Maxwell) that we learn from t... [see more]
Sunday, August 19, 2018
Three months of reign and marked forever as a person that did evil in the Lords sight (from a king that was known to be pleasing to the Lord).. must have done some terrible things over three months t... [see more]
Wednesday, August 15, 2018
When people are in fear and in times of uncertainty, a person of God can help the person (people) to get back to faith and sanity.
Note that beginning of this chapter begins with Hezekiah in grief, wh... [see more]
Tuesday, August 14, 2018
i think warfare is scary.... which report should we hear and believe? (Remember, people of Israel was hearing this too... and they had to rely on msgs of prophets and priests for guidance in those tim... [see more]
Monday, August 13, 2018
As I was reading today, a new thought came to me. Many of us may think building the temple (by Solomon) was the crux of the old testament (Israel starts from Abraham, then out of slavery reach Canaan,... [see more]
Saturday, August 4, 2018
Probably not something she wanted to do. Something like Koreans moving to Japan or North Korea to live there because God told them to. She returns and receives everything back (probably not normal) a... [see more]
Tuesday, July 31, 2018
It seems God uses what we have to show His glory. We may think that our abilities don't mount to much, or that we dont have enough resources to affect/influence/help many, but in God's hands, we have ... [see more]
Monday, July 23, 2018
The last line makes it hard to accept. How confident can we be when we ask God to respond? This is a special relationship that has been developed over time that enabled Elijah to know clearly that God... [see more]
Sunday, July 22, 2018
This too is very applicable in our lives. As people that have a relationship with God, when God speaks to us, we ought to move quickly without rationalizing and counting costs. Trust that God is good ... [see more]
Thursday, July 19, 2018
We will see the following phrase much going forward. Let's try to gauge specifically what people did wrong to be considered "evil in the Lords sight." At least from this chapter, it is because people ... [see more]
Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Two things bother me about this chapter. We can see this is how Israel came to ruin.... and it seems to be because Rehoboam, who had an opportunity to restore the kingdom, listened to not-good advice ... [see more]
Monday, July 16, 2018
This is such a thought-provoking passage. A person that God has blessed and knew of God's great love for him has become proud and trusted himself and other gods. This is a failed faith where Solomon n... [see more]
Sunday, July 15, 2018
It seems even the excellence in food, clothing, and administration can be used to display God's glory. (In another words, even the things that we may consider "optional" can be used for kingdom of God... [see more]
Saturday, July 14, 2018
I think this may be one of biggest set of sacrifices ... as kings, perhaps we too much think bigger. Sacrifices take much manpower to follow specific rituals, etc... 142,000 animals ... many priests w... [see more]
Tuesday, July 10, 2018
Ability to think bigger and forming alliances... I read passages like this and wonder if I can ever mobilize such vast number of people and be open to transacting (paying with) large sums of money. I ... [see more]
Monday, July 9, 2018
This part is a bit confusing to me... when we think about Solomon, he is known for his positive attributes such as having great wisdom and knowing much and even building a temple for God, but we also ... [see more]
Saturday, July 7, 2018
I found this to be somewhat funny especially in light of how we mean it in our days.... be a man! Then in verse 3 and 4, David explains exactly what this means. Be bold enough to follow God even thou... [see more]
Wednesday, June 20, 2018
This is a message that speaks to our joked-around ministry of "eating"... I think it is of greatest honor to invite to eat with another (especially if the other person may not be in position to reques... [see more]
Friday, June 1, 2018
Being a child of God does not mean absence of problems... it may also mean we have to temporarily be not-who-we-are to adapt (and that hurts and may even require alienation from everyone, including fr... [see more]
Thursday, May 31, 2018
What I am concerned about here is the development of Saul. It shows that we too can become like this.
He started out small, with not much to offer except for perhaps his good looks and height, which w... [see more]
Wednesday, May 30, 2018
What could prophecy mean? I think, Saul and his men were given visions (feelings that are compelling) that killing David is not the right thing to do. That may be why even though they (many soldiers i... [see more]
Monday, May 28, 2018
Our confidence that comes from our relationship (built over time of God coming through) can look like pride and deceit (or other negative characteristics) to others. However, it is our hearts why that... [see more]
Friday, May 25, 2018
Saul turned into a great king, protecting his people, taking action, and making kingly decisions to strike when necessary... he began as a boy that was hiding several chapters ago (felt he couldn't ta... [see more]
Tuesday, May 22, 2018
This verse begs if we should be more angry today... Here Saul gets flared up as he hears news that some of his people are going to have eyes gouged out by a stronger army, just to make the people of I... [see more]
Wednesday, May 9, 2018
How amazing that a businessman/entrepreneur is able to say to someone that is basically taking crops from him that he (and God) blesses then.
Here Boaz recognized that the poor would come and try to g... [see more]
Saturday, May 5, 2018
This passages crux is in verse 6. Other verses describe how people make idols and establish priests as they are fit (not priests for God, but as a position)...
At times, I see Korean pastors going ... [see more]
Wednesday, May 2, 2018
I wonder how Samson knew that by cutting off his hair he would lose his strength.
1. He never cut his hair before, so did he believe this out of faith that if he disobeys God, then God would immediate... [see more]
Sunday, April 29, 2018
I love these interactions where God honors our requests, answers them, then when we have more questions, we can ask, and He guides us. This encourages me to keep on asking God when I feel uncertain an... [see more]
Friday, April 27, 2018
God can use outcasts, people who are hopeless, rejected, and lost/confused about life. We r ok even when situations around us may look dim because He Is in control of our futures.
Friday, April 20, 2018
Barak seems to be asking the judge (Deborah) to come because of fear (telling the 10000 soldiers to come to battle, and perhaps losing because chances are slim to win). Alternative would have been acc... [see more]
Thursday, April 19, 2018
Cycle of people that lack faith in God (do not have a relationship of unwavering trust with God).
Cries out when in trouble and need help. When things are good, turns away from God.
God's continual sa... [see more]
Friday, February 23, 2018
Guys, just so everyone is clear on the message of this chapter...
There are two covenants... one made with Moses (old testament, one we are reading today) and the new (fulfilled by Jesus).
The old was... [see more]
Saturday, February 3, 2018
V20 and 22 seem like a contradiction.... and this may be a bit extra biblical, but I think in this case, God was just allowing Balaam's hunger for money. I can probably find Scriptures where prophets ... [see more]
Friday, January 26, 2018
When we do not trust in what God's going to do, and not follow through ... rather, let us trust when things don't make sense to us and do what God is telling us when it doesn't fit our logic.
Numbers ... [see more]
Saturday, December 21, 2013
The Detour, the roundabout way
As I continue my journey of life with God, I see life is never a straight path. I may see something that God is pointing me to, but it is often not direct -- get it n... [see more]
Thursday, December 19, 2013
The Lord Protects You
In our journeys of life, we find instances when we feel as if God is far away, not covering for us. These verses show us that when we remain in Him, as His children, we are prote... [see more]
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Speaking against the culture
It was not reasonable for some nobody to speak to the highest official in a superpower country. In fact, Pharaoh was worshiped as a god -- who would dare speak to him with... [see more]
Monday, December 16, 2013
Sometimes, we don't want to believe God exists, and we harden our hearts, preventing our ability to be receptive to His promptings.
And arrogance/pride, rejections/failures play into th... [see more]
Thursday, December 12, 2013
And who is the Lord?
2“Is that so?” retorted Pharaoh. “And who is the Lord? Why should I listen to him and...
This is the question that tacitly gets asked in our private moments, when we are in ... [see more]
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
80% of success is being there
I hated that phrase, especially when I wanted to miss classes or sometimes even work. But it is true in many cases, that even if you were to come to class and doze off an... [see more]
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Our doubts -- let it grow to firm convictions
Throughout Scriptures, we see people who do mighty things for God filled with doubts -- whether that is Abraham, Moses, Gideon. When they first encounter ... [see more]
Monday, December 9, 2013
We tend to rush -- just as our culture tells us to -- to do this, do that; you need to be successful at young age; you need to multitask more, better!
Yet, time is all in God's hand. He... [see more]
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Your ability to bless -- your prayers
Many of us cower when we look at a hard situation, and fall back to "well, we can pray" -- when finding a mate, a job, something, anything, and it is hard, we say... [see more]
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
The story unfolds
Genesis ends with a happy ending -- Jacob and his brothers are saved from the famine, and the brothers unite. God promises Jacob that he and his family (and their descendants) will b... [see more]
Monday, December 2, 2013
Let us be grateful for our experiences
Let's consider our attitudes. Do we say, "God why did you put me in my life's circumstances -- it's terrible! I bet no one else goes through what I go through!"
... [see more]
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
It is beyond my power to do this .... but God can
16“It is beyond my power to do this,” Joseph replied. “But God can”...
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
Looking at our own abilities, our recor... [see more]
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Pre-Thanksgiving -- The Lord is with you! You will be successful!
2 The Lord was with Joseph, so he succeeded in everything he did as he....
23 ... The Lord was with him and caused everything he did t... [see more]
Monday, November 25, 2013
God's ways may not fit into our logic and understanding
Bizarre that such stories like this are kept in the Bible. We would think the Bible would keep records of good things, expected "kindness" and d... [see more]
Saturday, November 23, 2013
Trusting in God for the Dream
We often end up settling.
Do you know that God has an awesome plan for you -- to accomplish something significant, meaningful -T
Throughout Joseph's story, we don't know ... [see more]
Thursday, November 21, 2013
Wash your hands, purify yourselves before the presence of God
There are times when you feel God prompting you to do something, perhaps to meet somewhere. Before you go, check your heart, lay down ever... [see more]
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Many times, we rely on logic and what we know and understand -- and let that be the governing factor of how we view our future and our current state.
Here, Jacob was fearing for his lif... [see more]
Monday, November 18, 2013
Perseverance, Passion, Pursuit
Often, we let go... of our pursuits, dreams, even our convictions we made before God. Often, we are simply too tired of holding on, sometimes we want to avoid conflicts,... [see more]
Saturday, November 16, 2013
Who knows how your life will unfold
This chapter begins with Jacob's two wives, two sisters fighting over who will bear "more", "better" children. Then the chapter closes with how Jacob manipulates th... [see more]
Friday, November 15, 2013
God owns the ability for us to have children
All throughout Genesis, we see a cycle of couples not being able to conceive. Then God enables them to do so. For those of you not married, the difficulty ... [see more]
Thursday, November 14, 2013
The House of God
When we go to church for services, and see fewer people -- or when we go to work or classes, and find it overwhelming -- we often do not even consider God in the picture. We may ratio... [see more]
Monday, November 11, 2013
Regret or Satisfaction?
Reading this passage, it makes us wonder what it means to have "lived a long and satisfying life."
Many people at their old age is full of regrets, wishing they had done more a... [see more]
Friday, November 8, 2013
Worship - to bow down, to surrender.
Worship can certainly be a song, but in the end, if there is no surrender, no bowing down, no letting go of our ambitions, our schedules, our pursuits -- i... [see more]
Thursday, November 7, 2013
God is Obviously with You
May this be our development in our lives. As we go our paths in life, let us remain in His guidance, protection, and blessing -- so that as we go along, God's glory is shown ... [see more]
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Imperfections of God's servants, and His protection for His Beloved
One thing we can learn about walking with God is that we will never be perfect and will make mistakes. Even a veteran God-follower, ... [see more]
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Immorality of Sex
Even from the beginning of time, sex has been something people used as an immoral act. Sex has been designed for husband and wife -- and no different than today -- sex is glamorized,... [see more]
Saturday, November 2, 2013
For us to remain in His protection and blessing
Simply put, obey the terms of the covenant. It is to make God our #1 priority, to have no other gods before Him.
Trust Him utmost and keep walking.
Let ... [see more]
Friday, November 1, 2013
Ask the Lord, then listen and obey
Abraham had a major prayer request -- something that only God can grant -- to have a child. His wife was not able to conceive, and Abraham is holding on to some fait... [see more]
Thursday, October 31, 2013
Who is Abraham Anyway?
As I read this passage, I am quizzical on what Abraham's background is like. He was wealthy, so we may picture him as a business person, someone who understands finances and is ... [see more]
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
How did that happen?
As we read through Scriptures, we run into passages like above that make us question, "how did that happen?"
Lot was Abram's nephew, and went with Abram who abandoned his riches t... [see more]
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Be Ready to Give Up Your Most Prized Valuables (yet, God will protect them for you)
This is the chapter where I normally talk greatly about Abram (soon to be Abraham)'s obedience, and God's blessings.... [see more]
Monday, October 28, 2013
What happens when things go well
It is a continuous cycle throughout Scriptures, and our lives, that when things go well, we turn away from the Lord. When things are not so good, we turn to the Lord.
... [see more]
Saturday, October 26, 2013
God desires growth and success of those who love Him
Here in this passage is some powerful message.
People are capable of reproducing and multiplying -- here, God has just destroyed everyone, and aski... [see more]
Friday, October 25, 2013
Be more efficient
As time goes by, we are called to be more efficient. Internet, cellphones, and any other electronic gadget is to make our lives easier, but there is a tacit expectation that those th... [see more]
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Go do it
As we hear the Lord speak -- it may seem like nonsense, something that is meaningless and unimpactful -- but do it. . . this demonstrates your obedience to the Lord, and by doing so, you will... [see more]
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Finding Favor of the Lord
... 8But Noah found favor with the Lord.
Preceding verses talk about how God was not pleased with the people and planned to remove them all. Then it all turns around to one p... [see more]
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Circle of Life
In the history books, it would say of us (fill in your name)
"When Sang was 28 years old, he became father of Samuel. After the birth of Samuel, Sang lived another 70 years, and he had ... [see more]
Saturday, October 19, 2013
Giving to the Lord
What is interesting in this passage is, the value of the offerings are not specifically mentioned here. Perhaps Cain presented crops of great value, while Abel, only something of sm... [see more]
Friday, October 18, 2013
Work Driven Culture
The world tells us we need to do more. You are not fit enough, not smart enough, not good enough -- you need more education, you need more job experience, you need to get cosmetic ... [see more]
Thursday, October 17, 2013
From nothing, God created.
Just as in our lives, He can make things new in our broken lives, broken circumstances, broken relationships . . . He can make things new.
Just as He restores ... [see more]
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Reading verse 11, I began to wonder, where do I fit in? The one who does harm, one who is vile, one who is righteous, or one who is holy? Then began my thoughts about my shortcomings of matching the h... [see more]
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Life as we know it is not perfect. We have things to maintain such as credit card bills, cellphone bills, mortgages, rent, etc etc; then there's difficulty at work, school, with friends, and somet... [see more]
Monday, October 14, 2013
The war has been won
Whatever circumstances you may be going through now, in the end, it all ends the same. The Holy God judges us -- and the question comes down to -- whose team were you on? Jesus, o... [see more]
Sunday, October 13, 2013
God who is worthy
Have you ever been in such a state of anxiety because of troubles that happen in life? Then as you prayed, God overwhelmed you and took all that fear away -- let that be the baseline... [see more]
Saturday, October 12, 2013
Saving up for what matters
Many times, we do well and feel confident about what we have attained and are earning . . .
As followers of Jesus Christ, let us not place our hearts on things that fade -- ... [see more]
Friday, October 11, 2013
Certainly, there's many ways to interpret (or surmise) who the prostitute is, the beast may be ... but let's focus on the heart picture...
God calls us to unity, one heart, one direction ... [see more]
Thursday, October 10, 2013
The One who always is and always was Holy
God is Holy, mighty and one to be feared -- yet, we often fail to recognize it. He is a great God -- as we work, study, go through the day today, let us consi... [see more]
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Unfathomable power and glory of God
In our days, we see God as small, nothing of much significance -- perhaps someone that may help us through the week if we keep the religious act of attending a chur... [see more]
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Going against the tide
As the culture goes, it is all about us. We even demand that from the church -- instead of being a place of worship -- it is a place to get our egos boosted (and if not, find an... [see more]
Thursday, October 3, 2013
Missing God's Glory
Since there are many things going on in our lives -- studies, work, projects, even church, family, hobbies -- we lose sight of God. Revelation talks about some huge disasters and t... [see more]
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
As bad things happen ...
The terrors on earth is happening . . . what would you do?
When things go wrong in your life, work/school peers get you ruffled up, family members annoy us, things just don't ... [see more]
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
This is the picture of the Church. The crowd, the community, people of every nation, tribe, people, language -- that is the Church. We often mistake the church to be a building, an individu... [see more]
Monday, September 30, 2013
Great is our God
Often, we see God as small, as someone who would follow us and help us when we face problems. Truth, He is a great God who obvious needs to follow no one -- He is the great God, the o... [see more]
Sunday, September 29, 2013
Victory is already won
How many people often think they have failed in their lives... that they are ruined, no opportunity for advancement, no hope for the future,
Yet, the truth remains, Jesus has al... [see more]
Saturday, September 28, 2013
Worthy is the Lord
I feel the passion of John as He envisions the one who sits on the throne. He's rambling on and on as He can to describe this wonderful vision -- but he sees the Lord be glorified -... [see more]
Friday, September 27, 2013
Persevere, don't be indifferent
Passionate relationship with God -- that is what we are called to.
Perseverance may sound good, sound doable, but to live it is not easy.
For a day, for a week, maybe e... [see more]
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
This chapter and the next talks about how we, as the church collectively, can easily fall away from God's desire for a relationship with God. Each can be examined carefully to expose our he... [see more]
Monday, September 23, 2013
But you, build each other up and be merciful
Letter from Jude is short and to the point. There are people in the church who do whatever they want, and claim this is what it means to be a Christian. Su... [see more]
Sunday, September 22, 2013
John the elder
The word elder, because of the abuses within the church of those that hold this title, elder sounds like a title of weakness.
Being an elder signifies a great, long-enduring, having gro... [see more]
Saturday, September 21, 2013
True love is to be obedient to God
(v. 6) Following on from yesterday's message, John's second letter expounds that our relationship with God (which is led by trust and thus, obedience that the path H... [see more]
Friday, September 20, 2013
Fellowship with others center on God
Powerful set of verses.
Everyone who loves God loves one another (v. 1). We love one another by loving God, which is to obey His commands.
This in turn means we ca... [see more]
Thursday, September 19, 2013
Difficult bosses, colleagues, people...
We have the Spirit of Christ, we belong to God. Just let it go, their incessant arguing, bullying, manipulation, the ways they hurt you . . . . let it go. We ha... [see more]
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
God can set out heart at rest
Some of us may be going through storms in life wondering when we can ever be at rest. Our God promises rest. Don't let your hearts deceive you -- He is greater than our f... [see more]
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Keeping the fire
12I am writing to you who are God’s children ...
13I am writing to you who are mature in the faith ...
I am writing to you who are young in the faith ...
14I have written t... [see more]
Monday, September 16, 2013
True Fellowship of Believers
In the church, fellowship is encouraged, and in fact, we even have cell groups in the church that are designed for recurring gatherings.
Many of us may feel that gathering... [see more]
Friday, September 13, 2013
His promise -- the source of our joy in every circumstance
His promise enables us to share in his divine nature and escape from the fallacies (the struggles, the pain, the hurts) of this world. That p... [see more]
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
May this be how God transforms our hearts -- instead of seeking or own pursuits, our goals are in line with what God has in store for us -- the best for our lives!
In the best path, you will certainly... [see more]
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Peter expounds about our being toward one another in this chapter. To wives, to husbands, to believers, even to those that persecute you.
Despite how others may be toward us, we will keep our eyes on ... [see more]
Saturday, September 7, 2013
Power of Prayer
Prayer has the ability to heal you -- emotionally, physically, and even your circumstances. Don't ever give up on your prayers, both for yourself and for others. It is through prayer t... [see more]
Friday, September 6, 2013
It's about the heart
Book of James is full of practical experiences of life. This chapter in particular talks about fights, jealousy, judging others, even pride/self-confidence. All that -- he declare... [see more]
Thursday, September 5, 2013
Peace in our hearts
When life gets hectic, we can easily stray from God and be left with a hurried, rushed heart.
Check the fruits that these verses tell us, and see if Satan is leading you away .... ... [see more]
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
The law -- do this, do that, don't do this, don't do that....
That is not the law Christians live by. We live under grace.
As we have been forgiven, forgive others. As our wrongs have been tolerated, ... [see more]
Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Trust in the Lord. He will guide you to the best path for your life!
Living in the world where we are told we need more (better fitness, better education, better job, more money, etc), it is easy to g... [see more]
Sunday, September 1, 2013
This chapter is full of gems -- God loves us as His children, so be grateful to be called His through our times of discipline, and therefore do not fail to listen.
There is a passage (v. 14-15) that t... [see more]
Saturday, August 31, 2013
And now, here is the famous chapter on faith.
(v. 1) Simplifying the word faith -- it is to trust. Utmost, in all our circumstances, are we able to trust God that He would protect us, guide us, lead u... [see more]
Friday, August 30, 2013
(v. 2-3) Some of us may be thinking about the mistakes we made this week, perhaps even yesterday -- and we may continue to mull over these things. With all the self-help materials out there, and h... [see more]
Thursday, August 29, 2013
Direct access to God.
That's what we have as a result of what Jesus has done.
And, we don't have to worry about if we sacrificed enough, missed any sins to which we need to atone for -- we can rest kn... [see more]
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Whatever walk you may be going through in life, we can be certain of the real that is in heaven. We live in an imperfect world where there are many faults (cf. verse 7), and we will certainly experien... [see more]
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
These two verses expound on a very important topic -- what our roles are as congregants and what the roles of the pastors are.
- Abraham has come back from his professional duties (that to us is our b... [see more]
Monday, August 26, 2013
As we live in obedience to the Lord, we may find ourselves in a greater mess. These are times we question, have I been obedient? Is the Lord truly with me? (Is He really there?) I should stop and turn... [see more]
Sunday, August 25, 2013
Praise God for your suffering.
When we suffer, we may get frustrated toward God and complain that He is not good. Well, He certainly is good, and good toward you. He loves you and wants you to go the ... [see more]
Saturday, August 24, 2013
Its amazing how many people believe they are Christians because they attend church. When they are asked what they believe, they do not know. In this age, the writer of Hebrews is reminding us, the res... [see more]
Friday, August 23, 2013
We read the story of Moses and wonder why these Israel people were so stubborn -- all they had to do was follow God! They were so close to making it to the promised land, and all of them, except two, ... [see more]
Thursday, August 22, 2013
Jesus came to be like us.
It was so that He may know the sufferings we go through and lead us by experience of human living.
That means, as we go through difficulties in our lives, we can trust that G... [see more]
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Hebrews flows like a beautiful sermon. It tells the greatness of Jesus and the vast importance of what He has done -- because of what He has done, we can now rest.
Today, I am drawn to this:
v. 12 ...... [see more]
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
v.2 ... to the church that meets in your house
Paul and Timothy writes this letter to the church that meets in a house.
Doesn't a church need a well-known name that we can post, ones that we can put i... [see more]
Monday, August 19, 2013
When I was in high school, with a zeal for the Lord (since I have just met Jesus!), I wrote a letter to several churches to encourage the pastors there to keep going. (Funny when I think about it now,... [see more]
Saturday, August 17, 2013
In another letter from Paul, similar to his letter to Timothy, he lays out that we are to "live" lives worthy of being a Christian and talks about the position of Christian leaders.
As Christians, we ... [see more]
Friday, August 16, 2013
God has given each of us a unique mission, a ministry, for our lives. Some of us are currently business owners, students, employees . . . while fathers, children, friend, lover, etc.
God has placed yo... [see more]
Thursday, August 15, 2013
Many good messages ...
(v. 2-5) When I was in high school, I remember a Jehovah's Witnesses coming to my door and showing me this passage. They asked me if I felt this verse speaks truthfully about th... [see more]
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
We are all made unique and have unique destinies
verse 21 tells us to keep ourselves pure -- that's what we are called to do in order to fulfill our ultimate destiny (the best path for our lives). Pur... [see more]
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Paul writes to Timothy again to encourage him -- the church has basically beaten him up emotionally -- no one is following, no one cares, people are criticizing the Lord's anointed (is this a similar ... [see more]
Monday, August 12, 2013
Money is important, so are jobs or businesses we own - with it, we can advance the kingdom of God too! ... But, consider the loss if that ever becomes our priority. Even the kingdom work has to take s... [see more]
Sunday, August 11, 2013
Doing good in secret.
Would u do it? No one will notice. No one will care. Perhaps only the person you helped may realize it, but s/he either maybe accept it as the obvious and not be grateful.
What y... [see more]
Saturday, August 10, 2013
Deceptive spirits and teachings that come from demons
If you look at the society today, note that it is pulling us toward many different directions. We need to be fit and beautiful, eat healthy, have ... [see more]
Thursday, August 8, 2013
Today's passage is regarding church leadership.
Many people seek titles and positions, but true servants are those that are able to function without them. That puts in the time and efforts because the... [see more]
Wednesday, August 7, 2013
Pray for all -- Ask God to help them, intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them, pray also for kings and those in authority
Rest of the chapter is regarding worship --
1. It is about God, no... [see more]
Tuesday, August 6, 2013
Here starts the letter of Paul to a young Christian leader named Timothy. You will see that just like any of us that want to live for the Lord, Timothy felt much pressure from his culture, his peers, ... [see more]
Monday, August 5, 2013
(v. 5) Following the story -- Thessalonians have been going through much suffering and persecution. End result of all sufferings, difficulties, struggles for the faithful is the full understanding and... [see more]
Sunday, August 4, 2013
If you have been following the message of the letters to Thessalonica, it is about suffering for the Lord -- and Paul has been encouraging them to stand strong. Us too -- let us remain strong in our f... [see more]
Saturday, August 3, 2013
When going through difficult stages of our lives (just as the Thessalonians were going through), know that He will provide for you -- for us, we remain in simple trust. Our actions would be simple pra... [see more]
Friday, August 2, 2013
V. 6 says to be clearheaded.
How? Certainly not being overworked and only by being able to work detail issues. This relates to the story where Martha is cleaning and preparing for guests while Mary is... [see more]
Thursday, August 1, 2013
Holy (v. 4)
Pleasing (v. 1)
To One Another
Loving (each other) (v. 9)
Quiet life (not being cumberance to others) (v. 11)
Working with your hands (diligence) (v. 11)
People who are not Chri... [see more]
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Remaining strong, in midst of struggles, busyness, or even complacency
I think any of above can cause us to fall into temptation. In midst of such things, let us remain in the Lord.
in depend... [see more]
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Today, as I am reading, I was thinking about some teaching points I can share here. The Spirit reminds me that I need the Word too, so I am just soaking it in. You too -- as you read, ask the Lord to ... [see more]
Monday, July 29, 2013
It is interesting how passages relate to our conversations during our weekend gatherings.
Regarding evangelism --
1. "the Holy Spirit gave you full assurance" (listeners agree the message is true as t... [see more]
Sunday, July 28, 2013
keyword here is "among"
Many of us feel we ought to look holy in the "church" and in front of other church members. This will ensure that others will consider you a good Christian, at least in the Chr... [see more]
Friday, July 26, 2013
Today's passage is a lead in to how we can be less legalistic, since being so does not help with conquering a person's evil desires (v. 23). We can wait expectantly for tomorrow's verses!
G... [see more]
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Paul calls us to remain true. Not be fake, not seeking to be acceptable by others (that is, be a people-pleaser, one who is not him/herself)
The rest of the passage -- it is about Paul's expression o... [see more]
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
(v. 1) Whether we go through hardships, difficulties -- even as we follow the will of the Lord -- rejoice. This is hard, especially when we feel overwhelmed with life. Let us learn to let go and trust... [see more]
Monday, July 22, 2013
Paradox of leadership --
A Leader is someone who has a solid vision that does not waiver. In that sense, all Christians are leaders -- that in face of danger, persecution, or even temptations, we hold... [see more]
Sunday, July 21, 2013
(v. 2) So many good points in today's reading. Note: grace and peace is used in a greeting -- it shows how much each of us need it. Grace -- to be forgiven though we are undeserving. Then peace -- we ... [see more]
Saturday, July 20, 2013
(v. 6-7) In all things, let us seek the will of the Lord and carry forward with all our hearts.
Many times, we have fears of chartering the unknown -- whether unknown experiences, unknown confrontatio... [see more]
Friday, July 19, 2013
(v. 1) A calling to be Christ-like.
(v. 11) Here's a struggle -- we've seen in Matthew 7 to not judge others, but here, it says to expose them.
(Matthew 7) 1 “Do not judge others, and you will not b... [see more]
Thursday, July 18, 2013
The way we live our life matters. Some churchgoers focus on "serving the Lord" -- in which, they define that they must be active in the church, handling "many" tasks/organizations/ministries -- and ye... [see more]
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
(v. 10-11) We are part of God's plan to show the world who God is. We can do that because of what Jesus has done -- because He takes away our sins, and allow us to commune with God, thereby transformi... [see more]
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
(v. 10) Each of us has a path for our lives -- to do what is good. The word good may sound bland to us since there may be better words such as "great" "awesome" "excellent" "best" -- yet, throughout S... [see more]
Monday, July 15, 2013
How often we forget. As we go through the struggles of the day, frustrations, anger, we forget about how great our God is. In our life's difficult circumstances, we miss that our God is able, that the... [see more]
Saturday, June 29, 2013
For men, I think we all know how we get attracted by beauty -- and that has been the downfall of King Solomon acquring many wives and concubines, each of them having their own thoughts that the King m... [see more]
Friday, June 28, 2013
(v. 1-2) When we get depressed or lose self-confidence, this is how our prayers go. Definitely depends on the circumstances -- yet, as even seen in this chapter -- though we recognize our being lower ... [see more]
Thursday, June 27, 2013
(v. 1) Related to this week's message, sometimes, we may need to forgive others, and we may even get angry at God -- but often, we need to check our hearts -- is God telling you something, and you are... [see more]
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
For peace in life, we need to lose our greed -- whether for money, for power, stature
Rather, let God raise you up as He deems appropriate. Accept where you are, and trust that God will guide your pat... [see more]
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
(v. 2) This proverb is counter-intuitive to our modern culture. Our world rather praises people who know their own strengths and can speak about it. Consider the ravenous world of business where peopl... [see more]
Monday, June 24, 2013
There may be times when we may feel we are good enough -- we know exactly what we are doing -- we got it! But this passage tells us to be careful -- don't ever rely on yourself (trust in God!). Don't ... [see more]
Sunday, June 23, 2013
Today's passage speaks of many things, and it is in line with the recurring theme in Proverbs -- be diligent, be capable, be trustworthy
(v. 2) Be diligent in seeking the Lord and receive joy as you u... [see more]
Saturday, June 22, 2013
Lot of good verses in today's reading
(v. 12) God sees our hearts. Live as He guides you, don't grow into selfishness.
(v. 17-18) Many times, we want revenge on our enemies, and those that hurt and an... [see more]
Friday, June 21, 2013
(v. 1-2) Practical advice for me. I just tend to eat! Honestly, I think this has been one of my vices when I am with others. Sometimes, I suppose I can attribute to not knowing what to say, but I do a... [see more]
Thursday, June 20, 2013
One of the concepts that stand out from today's reading is regarding our influence. In order to be someone of influence, we ought to seek good (humility and fear of the Lord), and become competent. Th... [see more]
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
In today's passage, I feel led to write on two topics.
1. Importance and benefits of planning
2. Proper heart of a king -- all of us!
1. Planning (v. 5, 17, 20, 31)
Planning is important --
As we are ... [see more]
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
(v. 7) Let us be truthful in what we do. Be fair in our dealings with people.
(v. 24) This verse is for those of us that won't believe it is a will of God to take a certain action.
Let's suppose He as... [see more]
Monday, June 17, 2013
Two verses stood out in my reading today, and they are regarding planning and taking action.
We may have the willpower (enthusiasm), but if we just act on it without counsel or careful planning, it is... [see more]
Sunday, June 16, 2013
This is for people that are unteachable, those that are not open to learning, realizing their mistakes, and/or that there are better way of doing things. Such people just talk and sound as if they are... [see more]
Saturday, June 15, 2013
As long as we cannot forgive a neighbor (anyone!), we cannot be at peace, with ourselves, and especially with our God. Forgiveness is another discipline, something we may not want to do -- but truly, ... [see more]
Friday, June 14, 2013
This chapter talks much about planning. This is something the leadership will do tomorrow at our Leadership meeting. May the Lord guide us -- He will certainly guide our steps as we seek Him together.... [see more]
Thursday, June 13, 2013
V.22 points to need for a people who are devoted to the Lord leading the church -- the need for leadership.
(V. 32-33) Again, discipline -- very hard. It is to let our egos down and take the criticism... [see more]
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
This chapter talks about how the wise have knowledge. The reason why we study Scriptures is so we know what pleases God, how He intends for us to live (for our best), how to walk with Him and others. ... [see more]
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Lot of good verses.
v4 - it says lazy people "want" much. If we have a lot of wants, maybe we just aren't diligent enough? I think here, working hard is correlated with our walking with the Lord. As w... [see more]
Monday, June 10, 2013
How this is so hard -- discipline. When someone tells me I'm doing something wrong, it feels offensive and I may end up taking it personally -- maybe even get upset or angry. But truth -- this is how ... [see more]
Saturday, June 8, 2013
We hope for something good. When we are godly (wise, dependent on God, fully trusting in Him), our hopes result in joy and happiness.
Those that do things apart from God gain nothing. We, who are walk... [see more]
Friday, June 7, 2013
This passage speaks of a character called Wisdom (1-12) and Folly (13-18), representing God and Satan.
We, as people given free will, are welcome to follow any path we desire. Folly seeks to feed our ... [see more]
Thursday, June 6, 2013
In a world where there is so much going on -- endless pursuits -- an much uncertainty -- we wonder if we are heading the right way, doing the right and important things...
In that midst, as Christians... [see more]
Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Scriptures relates adultery and going after prostitutes -- as we turn away from God. (Jesus is the groom, we (the Church) is the bride) -- and being in this marriage relationship, we turn to idols -- ... [see more]
Tuesday, June 4, 2013
This chapter starts out talking about keeping one's word and not being lazy. For those that have tasted the love of Jesus Christ our Lord, we are compelled to now live to benefit others ("to one anoth... [see more]
Monday, June 3, 2013
This is a difficult chapter -- because we fall into sins of the moment. Even though for most of our days, we stay away from sin -- it is generally in our weakest moments (times when we feel lonely, ne... [see more]
Sunday, June 2, 2013
Today, I was corrected by God as in v. 1-2, and I desire to follow through. And though it hurts to an extent, it is the path to my healing (v. 22).
God desires me to have my heart protected and not sw... [see more]
Saturday, June 1, 2013
First, the Lord is my security (25-26), and I don't need to worry about life. He will protect me from disastrous failures, and so, anything i may see as difficulty, He is simply training me for the be... [see more]
Friday, May 31, 2013
God, it is because we treasure your Word that we have started this reading together. We desire your wisdom and guidance in our lives -- in our workplaces, in our families, in the Church, and in our re... [see more]
Thursday, May 30, 2013
Sang's prayer for the group:
So we have begun a group reading and reflection of your Word. First thing that begins here is about your desire to give us wisdom, that we would turn to you to l... [see more]
Saturday, May 28, 2011
Nathaniel seems like a proud person having experienced not-so-good to have come from Nazareth. But Jesus comes from there . . . it shows that God uses the humble things, unexpected things and make goo... [see more]
Saturday, February 12, 2011
People that claim we need to live righteous lives -- in the eyes of the people -- are people who believe the law -- they can be people that are proud of their heritage, education, careers, etc -- but ... [see more]
Saturday, February 5, 2011
The wicked demand much of the people for their own pleasures. I should learn to live on little and give the good toward others. -- but as v. 17 shows, this is only when people are already heavily burd... [see more]
Saturday, February 5, 2011
Just because you're skilled doesn't necessarily mean you should be doing that particular work for the Lord. [consider a skilled caretaker that is not even a Levite, they should not be doing Kohathites... [see more]
Saturday, February 5, 2011
When going after God's goals -- ie to the promised land -- we can pray to God to remove blockages, and He hears us an acts on our behalf. Note that here, Israelites were being captured, but when God a... [see more]
Saturday, February 5, 2011
Cozbi, in her heart, felt her sexual trade was a right thing -- a ritual that pleased the gods . . . I wonder if men established such "religion" to allure women to perform sexual favors. Then, people ... [see more]
Saturday, February 5, 2011
God is readying me . . . I may not be able to follow now, but will follow later -- or it is not God's timing yet, as God needs to prepare me... God needs to work in me before I can follow
Saturday, February 5, 2011
Tithing - it is not a requirement to GIVE 10% to the church, but rather to enjoy in the presence of, commit to the Lord 10% of what we get. We can, as our hearts dictate, give 10% to the poor, to the ... [see more]
Saturday, February 5, 2011
Interesting, God already provides guidance for kings even though He doesn't desire it; Also, kings must be disciplined to stay away from desires of money and women; they must be compassionate to not m... [see more]
Friday, February 19, 2010
How many of you feel like a failure? as if you don't measure up? Some of you may be struggling with your failures before God -- how you've failed Him so many times that you feel w... [see more]
Friday, January 29, 2010
Jesus not after the crowd, but the few
If Jesus was leading a church as a pastor, there won't be a lot of people -- only a few people would remain. I bet He would attract the crowds, but only some wou... [see more]
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Let's try rephrasing these verses in our modern day terms:
You diligently go to church because by attending you feel you are: spiritual, completing the righteous duty of son/daughter, meeting God's co... [see more]
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Business Relationships with God
Do you ever find yourself trying to make deals with God?
In our business-minded society, we learn that this is normal -- to try to negotiate what seems best to us. Ev... [see more]
Sunday, January 24, 2010
Things Only God Can Do
John 1 sets the stage for the ministries of Jesus. Before Jesus began, there was a man named John (he's well known as "John the Baptist"). He knew he had a God-given mission and... [see more]
Sunday, November 9, 2003
I recall in the movie Sphere, the three protagonists realized they were manifesting their feared thoughts -- and the way they can get out of it is through something humans are able to d... [see more]