From the monthly archives:

April 2011

A portrait of Christ

by Lon on April 28, 2011

Created on April 20th, 2011 by Jeremy Cowart – jeremycowart.com
Music by Derek Webb – derekwebb.com

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John 18:28:40

by Lon on April 28, 2011

Continuing our journey through the gospel according to John

28 Then the Jewish leaders took Jesus from Caiaphas to the palace of the Roman governor. By now it was early morning, and to avoid ceremonial uncleanness they did not enter the palace, because they wanted to be able to eat the Passover.29 So Pilate came out to them and asked, “What charges are you bringing against this man?”

30 “If he were not a criminal,” they replied, “we would not have handed him over to you.”

31 Pilate said, “Take him yourselves and judge him by your own law.”
“But we have no right to execute anyone,” they objected.32 This took place to fulfill what Jesus had said about the kind of death he was going to die.

33 Pilate then went back inside the palace, summoned Jesus and asked him, “Are you the king of the Jews?”

34 “Is that your own idea,” Jesus asked, ”or did others talk to you about me?”

35 “Am I a Jew?” Pilate replied. “Your own people and chief priests handed you over to me. What is it you have done?”

36 Jesus said, ”My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jewish leaders. But now my kingdom is from another place.”

37 “You are a king, then!” said Pilate.
Jesus answered, ”You say that I am a king. In fact, the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.”

38 “What is truth?” retorted Pilate. With this he went out again to the Jews gathered there and said, “I find no basis for a charge against him.39 But it is your custom for me to release to you one prisoner at the time of the Passover. Do you want me to release ‘the king of the Jews’?”

40 They shouted back, “No, not him! Give us Barabbas!” Now Barabbas had taken part in an uprising.

v36 is fascinating.

Jesus is announcing that the Kingdom of heaven is near, it’s begun, it’s here and on it’s way… obviously Christ’s disciples hadn’t embraced this reality, and that’s why his kingdom didn’t seem to be in effect.  But for the rest of us, today, if we’re really a part of this new kingdom Christ is ushering in, maybe we ought to be fighting for Christ to be king, in our lives and in our cities?

v38 “What is truth?” Pilate responds.  In our world today, many of us live with our own truths – much of it often never tested or thought about much.  We often believe what’s given to us.  Maybe followers of Jesus ought to really dig deeper into truth.  What does Christ really proclaim?  What’s ultimate reality in this new Kingdom of his on earth?

v40 The crowd shouted for Barabbas to be released instead of Christ.  I wonder, and this might be a stretch, would we, and do, do the same?

We’re often willing to accept what pains Christ to fit the way we think things ought to be.  ie. In retrospect we might demand that Christ be crucified, because without it, he could not be our ultimate sacrifice and atone for our sins…?

or for example today because Christ mentioned there would be wars, and the poor, and evil, as a reality in our world… would it not pain Christ if we did nothing about it?

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death: his sting and defeat

by admin on April 23, 2011

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We Confess

by Lon on April 23, 2011

We confess to You, our Lord and Savior, that we have betrayed and denied You, forgotten and doubted You.  When our faith is tested, we wonder where You are.  When we see injustice in the world, we often stand by, we turn our backs, we ignore the cries of others.  We confess that again and again we deny You and betray You with our silence when we fail to proclaim Your Good News, when we fail to live out Your teachings and love our neighbor as ourselves.  Forgive us, O God, and help us to truly repent.  Help us to remember Your sacrifice, Your love, and to know Your forgiveness.  In the name of the One who lived, who was crucified, and who lives again, Jesus the Messiah, we pray.  Amen.

 

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Waiting to Belong

by Lon on April 20, 2011

Somewhere in Canada tonight, a child will go to bed in a room that’s not their own, will cry for a mother who is not there, will long for the embrace of a father to keep them safe. This child is waiting to belong. In fact, there are more than 30,000 adoptable kids in Canada who are waiting just like this. Most of these kids will go to bed tonight still waiting for a forever family . . . but you can help end the wait.

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John 18:25-27

by Lon on April 20, 2011

Continuing our journey through John

25 Meanwhile, Simon Peter was still standing there warming himself. So they asked him, “You aren’t one of his disciples too, are you?”
He denied it, saying, “I am not.”

26 One of the high priest’s servants, a relative of the man whose ear Peter had cut off, challenged him, “Didn’t I see you with him in the garden?”27 Again Peter denied it, and at that moment a rooster began to crow.

Most of us can forgive others for a single mistake.  We know they happen in life.  But the second and third time, it starts becoming a habit.  You wonder if it was on purpose or speaks of something at the core.

The same goes with forgiving ourselves and experiencing the forgiveness of Christ.  Are you caught in unending sin?  Do you find yourself repeatedly damaging yourself or those around you?  Jesus forgives you.  Did you do it again?  and again?  The God who is love, continues to embrace you.

It’s harder to believe the more mistakes we make.  After a while it becomes a matter of trusting our own twisted voices within or the voice of the creator of the universe who pursues us unendingly with love.

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a new chapter of my life

by Josephine Poon on April 17, 2011

I work in the media group for 7 1/2 years as a supporting staff (accounting clerk).  During last three years, I take the PSW (personal support worker) course and fulfill my practical hours (280 hours).  I know that may be one day, I have to choose whether I get into this field.  It’s hard to make a decision.

My mother-in-law inspired me to get into this field.  I still can remember when she had a threatened illness, like anxiety depression (which is not dianogsis).   I search a place to put her in when all of us are not home.  Even though, nowaday many Asian move in Newmarket, but I can’t found a right place for her.  In the meanwhile, we have a family care meeting about her.  It’s amazing, you know, Po Man got a cold and had force to stay home for a week.  I talked to my boss, and she adviced my to plan my vacation and the co. will accommodate with it.  So, I took the whole week off in the morning.  And encourage her (mother-in-law) to stay home alone just for 2 hours then the John and Ian will back from school.  The third week, it’s more difficult, I invited my sister to take care for one day and Cindy took the rest during her study period.  We took her back to Rosewood to worshop and we try to make her time fully occupied.  It’s works under the mercyful of our Lord.  God let us notice the passion and we just try our best to help out.

Of course, it happened not only by  a suddenly.  It may be some hinds that we had not notice.  Thanks God open our heart and our eye.  So, I had a passion to serve the senior parent and let the young adult had a peace in their heart while they earn for their living.

Now, I’m working in my community – Newmarket to serve the senior (usually, but may be young adult too).  I can’t ensure that I’ll get the same earning, all depend on God’s provide.  I don’t know what will be in the future, but I know who holds my hands.

Pls, pray for my health and strength to support my new adventure, pray for my hours – which can support my family living.

Thank you.  Let shout and sing together to praise our God, our Lord.

 

Josephine

 

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I am a fool!

by Josephine Poon on April 17, 2011

It has been a long time struggle in my relationship with my in-law. I really don’t know why I was so disturbed by her behavior at the first place.  For instance, she would like to help out during the meal preparation. She worked like my shadow cleaning the pots and pans when I was cooking. I felt annoyed by her interruption and insulted. I was thinking if she could let me cook by myself.

I learn the definition of a fool in Proverbs 17. I asked myself  if I was a fool in the relationship with my in-law.  The Holy Spirit was talking to me: yes, I am a fool.

I’m a fool because of my over confident – my pride.  It made myself no ROOMS for others, no rooms to receive others’ HELP, LOVE, MERCY, and KINDNESS.  My in-law is such a nice parent, how come I get offended by her kindness.

Thanks be to God for letting me to see my foolishness.  I pray and beg for His forgiveness. You know what? I have share my this spiritual insight with her.

 

Sorry for holding this such a long time,  may be I’m a traditional woman, I the one  like community with people in person.

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