The End with New Beginning

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As I’ve already done on my previous post, I wish you a happy new year. Remarkably, today, at least in my time zone, is already 1st January 2017. So, it is a very great beginning of the new year and, supposedly, of new life. I mean, the old year is all gone; it has taken with itself your old life. Did you like your 2016’s life? If you did, then it’s fine. If, however, you did not like it, then something went wrong. Either way, it is time to start your life anew. Take a deep breath and start your life afresh as though it were as brand-new as from the box.

Therefore, as you start to fill in the pages of your new life, be careful enough not to scribble it, as you’re more likely to fill it with the same old trash, which you should have thrown away in the previous year. So, begin to look at life in a new perspective, hoping that this year will be promising to get your dream job, partner, et cetera. Also, ask God for blessings as you seek His kingdom first.

Though life has been filled with some struggles and tribulations, be hopeful that, God willing, everything will work out well for you.

More importantly, let us pray that Jesus will come again soon to put the end to suffering, tribulation—the end to all evil.

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

As we near the end of the year, we are all excited about our lives; we are prompted to think we have made to the end of the year. Though we have, indeed, come to the end of the year (the end of the year is less than a week away), let’s pray that we will have a peaceful banquet with the family and pay hospitality to the oppressed—after all, not everybody is at peace. Each and every year, there have been some struggles in the world: at times, we are faced with hunger, war or threats of war in and outside the country, incurable diseases, etc. For this reason, with the little resources bestowed upon us, let us reach out those in need. Only this help can make ‘merry Christmas and happy new year’ come true!

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The World on Fire

Despite our weak senses, the world is on fire. As you have probably heard of a house on fire on the news, you must know how dangerous it is to be in such a house. It probably occurred when some kids were in it. Before a fireman came to extinguish the fire, the kids died. Poor kids!  They were not victorious over the flames.

Notwithstanding its invisibility, I perceive the entire world to be engulfed in flames. When I look at the suffering, struggles and trials of this world, I, then, perceive this fiery battle. Like the kids in the house, we will either win or lose this battle. Is the fireman delaying coming to help us out of these trials? And if he ever comes—He will definitely come—where will we be housed after we lose this house—our world? We’ll be kept somewhere above the flames. In this fiery world, we are being purified like gold. And in this purification, only the genuine ones will be victorious over the fire. So, while he is not coming, let us fight the flames. When he, actually, comes to our rescue, he will find us ready for salvation and house us where is safe. He’ll then eradicate its evil altogether, so that we can later come back to live in our restored home—our perfectly restored world—free from all evil.

Thank you, Lord, for promising to keep us in heaven, while our world is restored from its woe and desolation, so that we can later come back to live in it free from all evil!

 

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Two Choices of Life

As I get into my penmanship, I wonder about two complex choices of life. So, I’ll be asking you some questions about this matter. In your life, how many complex choices have you dealt with? Choices about two jobs you had to pick? Choices about whom you should marry? Were the boys or girls all good that you had a problem choosing the ideal? What kind of choices have you been faced with? Or are you faced with today? Are they Life and Death choices? Well, most certainly, you have either gone through or are currently going through those ones. Of course, we all encounter any of those in this life. While they all considerably complex, there are two primary choices which entail the aforementioned. Yes, these ones are our major focus today—after all, they are the underlying causes of other choices.

Way back in the Garden of Eden, the happy and perfect couple—Adam and Eve—had no problem with choosing things. Their perfect life enabled them to make better decisions as to choices. Thankfully, as perfect beings, they had God by their side, to guide them into all choices. Remarkably, God—the perfect choice—had chosen them as His children just as much as He, through Christ, has chosen us. So, there was nothing inherently wrong with their obedience choices till then.

Unfortunately, a warning trumpet was, implicitly, blown that the enemy was approaching. Typically, they had to be clothed with the solution to the rising problem of life’s choices. Time had come for them to experience the cost of life: two choices of life which would later define their life and ours, as their descendants. Had they chosen right, all the secondary complex choices of life would not stress us out. Had they deemed God to have been the best choice in their life, they would have maintained their loyalty to Him, by choosing as instructed in perfection. Yes indeed, our loving Creator had guided them to make a better choice so as to triumph over the enemy’s snares. The test of love was as simple as this: eat only what I have provided for you; don’t reach out to the forbidden fruit, or else you’ll die (see Genesis 2:16). This test is seemingly the simplest of all. How much do we fail at this! Sadly, we are so greedy that we want to eat even what hasn’t been given to us—“the forbidden fruit!” Little do we realize it may have eternal consequences in our lives! How much have your kids disobeyed you for their greed? Like Adam and Eve, they reach out and eat the food, which, presumably, has been forbidden. How much do we act likewise! Like the forbidden fruit, the food may not be poisonous, but the disobedience is punishable.

Though the sinful choice of Adam and Eve is often overlooked, it has brought about two terrible choices of life: They had to make up their minds whether to obey God or Satan (see Matthew 6:24).  Upon choosing to disobey God’s law, they were practically choosing Evil versus Good. And given that the Creator has eternal life for the humanity, they were then rejecting Life by rejecting Him, and choosing death by choosing Satan—the murderer from the beginning (see John 3:16; 8:44-45). Consequently, though we have those minor complex choices, our life’s been merely reduced to either choosing to do good in Jesus Christ—our eternal life—or evil in Satan—leading us to eternal death. What is your choice then? Are you going to obey God, have His pardon and have eternal life? Or are you going to obey Satan, have his sins and perish eternally on the Judgment Day?

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Please Join us in this Bible Study

 

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Our Bible Study Group so far

Yesterday, my friends and I started a Bible study.  We started with a very interesting story of the prodigal son (read Luke 15:11-24). I invite you to read this story. It’s a timely lesson about the love of God for the humanity as depicted in the love of the father for his lost son. You see, as you read this story, your views about God are definitely changed: unfortunately, our loving Creator has been misrepresented by church’s traditional beliefs. He’s been viewed as an unloving, unforgiving and wrathful God towards the sinner. How differently represented is God’s love in this story! Though the son had willingly chosen to turn his back on the father and go lose his precious life, when he, amid suffering, realized that was lost from his own origin and needed to go back to his father, the father welcomed him warmly. Have you lost yourself from God like the prodigal son? On top of the distress, the prodigal son had humbled himself to the point of being a servant. He did no longer care about his former privileges. All he wanted was to be accepted back to his father’s home, even as a mere servant. Surprisingly, God, however, accepted him with a feast and made sure he gained his privileges back. What a wonderful lesson about God! Don’t ever think that God is mad at you when you MISTAKENLY drift away from God. He loves us so much that He never wants us to perish but have the eternal life. Can I sing this hymn with you “Lord, I’m Coming Home”? You’ve hurt yourself enough, please come back home. Like the prodigal son, God is eagerly awaiting your return to save you from sin.

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Jesus Is Our Ultimate Transfiguration

img-20151021-wa064.jpgWould you like to shine like the stars? Did you know that our parents, Adam and Eve, were naturally transfigured from birth? Yes indeed, when they were made, their bodies were glorious. Of course, this was before sinning. Yet when they sinned, God’s glory left them. Consequently, they saw their nakedness, thereby needing artificial garments just like we do now. Are you surprised at this? The problem is that we’re no longer living this reality. So, you’re surprised as you read this. Interestingly enough, when Jesus took the three disciples with Him onto the mountain, as they later saw His face shining like the sun, Peter felt like the mountain was “heaven on earth” (see Luke 9:28-36). They had never seen this reality in their lives before. Now imagine this: since they, kind of, saw the mountain like Heaven, how much more beautiful must the real Heaven be! Hopefully, when sin is more, we’ll certainly recover our original condition. Like Jesus on the mountain of transfiguration, we will definitely shine like the stars (see Daniel 12:3). Believe me; when Jesus comes again, then He’ll ultimately transfigure you in glory. The bottom line is you should eagerly await His blessed Second Coming. Meanwhile, do the work He’s commissioned you to do. Please note that only the saved that lead many to righteousness will shine like the stars (see Daniel 12:2, 3).

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How Will Jesus Come Again?

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Without doubt the most exciting promise that Jesus made was His promise to return to Earth. What will that day be like? Is His return a secret event that you will hear about after it has happened? How can we know when He comes? So, with your Bible open, please read the following verses (or click the verse links below to read):

Jesus Promised to Return

In John 14:1-3, Jesus promises that He will come again when everything is ready for His followers to go to Heaven.

Jesus’ return will be Literal, Visible and Audible

In Acts 1:9-11, the angels said that Jesus will come in the same manner that the disciples saw Him ascend. This was a literal event, not a spiritual one.

In Matthew 24:26, 27, Jesus says that His Second Coming will not be secret, but as visible and audible as lightning flashing across the night sky.

In Revelation 1:7, the Apostle John says that every eye will see Him return.

Thessalonians 4:16, 17 ‒ the dead in Christ will be called to life at the second coming with an audible shout and trumpet.

Jesus’ return will be glorious

Matthew 25:31‒ the first time Jesus came to earth, He was born in a stable. How different it will be the second time.

1 Corinthians 15:51-52 ‒ what a day it will be when we are remade with new imperishable and immortal bodies.

Matthew 24:30-31‒ the angels will gather God’s people up and take them to heaven.

Jesus’ Return will be Final

In Revelation 6:12-17, the wicked are terrified by the sight of Jesus’ return, as they are not ready to meet Him.

2 Thessalonians 1:7-8 ‒ the wicked will be punished and destroyed at the second coming.

2 Peter 3:10 ‒ the earth, as we know, will be destroyed at the second coming. This is as final as it gets.

2 Peter 3:13-14 ‒ the second coming will mean sin will no longer rule in our world. Hallelujah!

Is it clear that no one will miss Jesus’ second coming? Do you want to be ready when He comes?

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Jesus Can Calm Your Storm

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What’s your storm?

What’s your storm today? What is it that makes you panic? As humans, we all have our own storms. Today, I’m going to look at Jesus as our relief and answer to every problem of this world. And this study is centered upon Luke 8:22-25, where I’ve got the inspiration for this message. So, as you read the verses above, you find Jesus and His disciples sailing to the other side of the lake so as to preach. What do you see then? Are the disciples prospering? Do they encounter some difficulties along the voyage? Yes, though great sailors, they are faced with a great storm by which they get overwhelmed. Meanwhile, Jesus was having a nap in the same boat. Oh what a sad, true story! How do you respond to this? You wonder: “How come the disciples are faced with a storm while Jesus is in the same boat? How can that happen? Isn’t Jesus the Savior” Well, He is the almighty Savior. Yet, unlike many Church pastors today, Jesus has never promised that believing in Him you will never face difficulties in your life. You really need to get rid of this false teaching that “believing in God you are problem free”, for God has never promised that! Instead, He has plainly told us that in this world we’ll face trials and sorrows (see John 16:33). But, He is the right Savior. Even the word “Savoir” means who saves a person from danger‒not placing the impossibility of danger. One thing is sure: since sin entered our world, we will constantly be faced with evil. Like the boat in the stormy lake, God’s people will inevitably have to go through trials and tribulation in this stormy world. However, God will always intervene to save us from “drowning”. Hadn’t Jesus intervened to calm the storm, they would have drowned. After calming the storm, the disciples asked themselves “Who is this man? …even the wind and waves obey him!” Little did they realize that it was God in human form intervening in their troubles to save them! Again, what’s your storm today? No matter what kind of storm it is, cry out to God in prayer, for only He can save you from it. Notwithstanding God’s power to save us today, Jesus’ storm calming is a little preview of God’s ultimate termination of evil in this world, so that we can then live free from all the evil.

Isn’t that a wonderful promise?

Now what do you say?

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The only possibility of Perfection

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Despite our imperfection, God expects us to be perfect in our daily lives, in our dealings with other fellow men, and in our fellowship with God Himself. Yet, you wonder how this can be made practical on account of our shortcomings. As human, I do sympathize with you when cringing at the possibility of perfection. Notwithstanding our weakness, this God is powerful enough to bring us back to sinless life (that Adam and Eve had before sin entered our world).  Actually, for us to become perfect, we need to let go of self. Again, you wonder how this is possible with our terrible flaws. Thankfully, our miraculous God promises to do so for each one of us provided that we are willing to die to self. On one occasion, Jesus told His followers that they had to be perfect like the Father in heaven (see Matthew 5:48). Then, if we have to be perfect the way God is, all we need to do is emulating Him in our lives and dealing with our fellow men. Were God so harsh towards the sinner, we too would definitely have to be so. However, God is so loving, merciful, patient in His dealing with us. So, why aren’t we this way? You see, we have really drifted away from God on account of our sins. Now, God wants us once again to be like Him. Do you remember how humans were like when He created them? The Bible says: “Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.Genesis 1:26. Note that the human beings were to be like God. I say “They were to be like God” because we are no longer like Him due to this sin, which has caused separation from our Creator God. You say “How is that?” Well, just remember that the image of God is not merely human appearance. Firstly, it cannot connote human appearance, for John says that God is spirit (see John 4:24). Secondly, it’s far from human appearance because still within the same verse, God highlights that His ruling of the Earth was to be given to the humans, for them rule like He Himself. But do we have this ruling over the entire Planet? Of course not! Evidently, something has gone wrong with our likeness with God. Thirdly, God is perfect but we are not. That’s why God wants us to once again be as perfect as He is. Most importantly, being perfectly like God is the key to everything‒that is, only by being as sinless, perfect, holy as God can we then get to SEE and LIVE with God (I say it for those of us who long to see God. I guess all of us do. Don’t we?). Upon its fulfillment, this will literally be the end of sin, suffering, death. Isn’t that good news? Only by dying to self through Christ’s strength, can we then be perfect and experience the End of Sin.

Oh that we would recover the image/likeness of God in our lives!

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Why Is Life So Difficult?

 

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Most of us are unaware of the main cause of the difficulties of life. Thankfully, the Bible has the answer to that question. If you take your Bible and open the book of Genesis, you’ll certainly find a perfect couple living a perfectly easy life. This wonderful life is bestowed upon the humanity by our loving Creator God. Like our parents, the Creator God had a law of love for the benefit of Adam and Eve. Basically, God wanted to test their loyalty to Him. Thus, in Genesis 2:15-17 and 3:2-3, Adam and Eve are commanded to live in accordance with a “food law”. Sadly, they failed to live up to that law, which, in principle, is a summary of the Ten Commandments (Genesis 3:6). Actually, they broke God’s law, thereby becoming sinners, for “everyone who sins is breaking God’s law, for all sin is contrary to the law of God” 1 John 3:4 NLT. On top of that, as descendants of Adam and Eve, we all became sinners. It is this very SIN that has brought about the problems and difficulties of life. Here are some of the explicit consequences of Sin:

  • As Death was pronounced upon them then (see Genesis 2:17), we all die now (see Romans 5:12);
  • Hostility was assured to take place between humanity and the serpent, a symbol of the devil. In fact, we are forever hostile upon each other (see Genesis 3:15).
  • Birth pains were pronounced upon the woman. As a matter of fact, we all see this happening on daily basis (Genesis 3:17).
  • Suffering, poverty and trouble were pronounced upon man/mankind through his lifetime (see Genesis 3:17-19).

The Solution to Life’s Difficulties

Thankfully, despite all these troubles aforementioned, God gives us hope today. Death, suffering and all kinds of evil will not have the last word in this world. When Adam and Eve sinned, thereby hiding themselves from the Lord among the trees, God mercifully came to look for them. He then called to the lost Adam, “Where are you?” Incidentally, every wrongdoer usually hides oneself from the judge. So did Adam then. Upon hearing the voice of the Lord, though terrified, however, he came out. He was then filled with the hope that the devil would be destroyed as depicted in the hostility pronounced in Genesis 3:15, which is from no other than Jesus Christ.

Hopefully, Sin, akin to Satan, will be put to an end at last. As result, all the trouble–the difficulties, suffering and death altogether–will be no more. Then, we all will live forever in that “wonderful world to come with Jesus Christ.”

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