MEDITATION. Genesis 1:20-31: God created the creatures of the sea and the earth, and then God created human beings in God’s likeness.
I look at this passage and see that God does not let the creatures roam and the human beings to exist by them uninvolved. I see that humans and creatures are always in relationship somehow. In this, God does not take for granted how we interact, be that creature to creature, human being to creature and human to human. Continue reading “Humans and creatures exist side by side”
DEVOTION. Jesus’ lesson of the fig tree may be better understood as a figure of speech that teaches us something rather than give an ordinary description of life. Continue reading “Extraordinary figures of speech”
In the Bible, in the gospel according to Matthew, Chapter 16 verses 24-28, a follower of Jesus Christ is challenged to live life in such a way that when he is judged by God, he will enter into life, rather than spiritual death.
Continue reading “Following the leader”
May our farewells speak blessings until we meet again Continue reading Until we meet again
I have been reflecting on the Gospel of John. The read has been enjoyable and compelling. This week, I have been reading the chapter on Lazarus and I learnt why Jesus rose Lazarus from the dead. I now share my findings from the gospel itself.
Lazarus was the brother of Mary and Martha, who lived in the village of Bethany, two miles from Jerusalem, in the first century. Jesus at the time was staying on the far side of the Jordan and was told that Lazarus was unwell.
Two days later, Jesus said to his disciples that Lazarus was physically dead. Jesus explained to his disciples, who were with him, that he meant that Lazarus was resting–meaning his disembodied spirit was resting in Hades, the waiting place for judgment of the dead (as David Pawson explains in “The Road to Hell”). Lazarus was not in heaven or hell. He was resting, in a waiting place for the spirits of the dead.
Jesus loved Lazarus and his sisters and was going to wake Lazarus up, so his spirit would come back to his body. Lazarus would come back to life. Jesus went to Bethany and met up with Mary and Martha. Lazarus had been in a tomb four days and Jesus prayed and Lazarus came out of the tomb, alive.
Why did Jesus raise Lazarus from the dead? Love. Jesus loved Lazarus and his sisters. They would have been grateful they got their brother back and Jesus delivered on this for them.
I discovered that Jesus’ love in raising Lazarus has a much wider application as well.
Continue reading “Alive”
So, as I was talking about in my previous post, I have been taking notes on the gospel of Mark. From what I gather, if I remember right, the gospel of Mark is about personal identity. Namely, the identity of Jesus.
Continue reading “Identity”
A.I. (2001) speculates on artificial intelligence in the future and asks, does the creator need the creature to love him back?
Continue reading “Does God need us to love him?”
Never seen that before. Look at this. Just awe-inspiring. And so unusual. Can’t believe it. Is it true? I was … Continue reading A surreal picture
Image Journal, as well as proving helpful descriptions about the submission process (see previous post), also provided helpful descriptions of … Continue reading Grappling with faith
I have put on a song called “Endless” that was released in 1994 and is sung by a Christian musician named Eric Champion. The song is about God’s endless love. It got me thinking about the godhead.
As I listened, I may not know a lot about God’s love, but I got to thinking about the godhead, that I believe God is three persons in one, and are bound together by love. But I have a question.
Continue reading “What happened to the second person in the godhead when Jesus (the Son of God) came to earth?”
If one struggles with identity and individuality, one may take on a persona, a performance, an image of somebody. Having … Continue reading Facing mortality?
Do Christians go in and try and make converts first or listen and learn the languages and customs of cultures so they can relate the Christian message better to the culture? Or do Christians become assimilated by the culture they are trying to connect with?
Continue reading “Mission and connecting to the culture”
The servant does not deserve thanks for obeying orders, does he? “It is the same with you [Jesus’ disciples]: when … Continue reading Thank God for Jesus’ disciples
I find it interesting that a verse on giving is juxtaposed with a verse on not judging others. I don’t … Continue reading These two verses make better sense with an explanation
Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to act. 28 … Continue reading Good proverbs for living