A broken and imperfect people

Do people view Christians as imperfect people? Yes, we Christians are imperfect; and we don't need to hide this fact. And I'm one of these imperfect ones. I'm not ashamed to admit that I am imperfect. I have known some who put on a facade--like a make-over to look like that "perfect and righteous Christian." …

Seek God’s kingdom

Luke 12:31-32 - Jesus told his disciples:  "Instead, seek his kingdom, and these things will be added to you.  Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom." In these words is a secret that is hidden in plain sight. When we allow worries and anxieties to overtake us, …

Fragrance: a good gift not only for Christmas

At Christmas, we think of gift-giving. As a baby, Jesus received fragrant gifts of frankincense and myrrh. These were aromatic resins used for personal, religious and medicinal purposes and for burial. Near the end of Jesus' life, he would receive one final and generous gift from a faithful woman.  She would be remembered as giving …

Oaks of righteousness

The prophet of Isaiah uses some powerful images of God’s strength in our lives.  One such image in Isaiah 61:3, the prophet says his people will be called “trees (or oaks) of righteousness, the planting of the Lord to display his glory.” God’s righteousness is compared to oak trees. Oak trees are big and strong. …

God prunes us like a gardener

I've planted tomatoes, squash, and other vegetables in past seasons. This year, nothing. Only a raspberry bush that had already been growing. Like a good gardener, I pruned it and tended to it carefully. As a result, I got to harvest some ripe and sweet raspberries. Branches that did not grow fruit needlessly took up …

We are his sheep and know his voice

How many Christians can say that we know God's voice? We don't necessarily hear an audible voice but we ought to recognize the Holy Spirit speaking to us in our hearts (inner being). Jesus said in 10:4 "…his sheep follow him because they know his voice”). Contrast this with v.12-13 “The hired hand is not …

Walking in the light

Jesus was teaching Nicodemus about living in the light and being born again into the kingdom of God.  He said in the Gospel of John, ch. 3:20-21,“Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes …

Wear God’s righteousness like a robe

Isaiah61:10 the prophet uses an image to speak of God's righteousness (also 2 Cor. 5:21; Job 29:14; Rev. 19:8): “For he has clothed me with the garments of salvation, he has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself with a garland, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.” …

Happy Father’s Day

It was nice to get kisses from my daughter today in church.  I lost count how many she gave me.  I'm not a perfect Dad and I admit it, but I still get kisses anyway.  Fatherhood can be the most wonderful thing a man can experience, especially when we fathers love our children.  Sometimes we …

God’s calling is really about God

Many church-going Christians seem disengaged today... disengaged in the sense that we are not living out an engaged relationship with Christ within the church.  Most Christians never move from the pew to service; but God calls each Christian to move into some form of service to Christ within, and outside, the church.  God gives us …

Devotional: Property of Jesus – John 17:6-19

Have you seen those varsity university T-shirts that says, e.g., “Property of USC”… “Property of name of [your university/college]”. It means I’m a student here at this college/university. I’m on their team, and I’m proud of it. It also means, “I belong here.” It makes a statement. Or when young people are dating, sometimes the …

Devotional: Hear the voice of the Good Shepherd

When we have troubles, do you ever get unwelcomed advice from friends? It might be from good buddies, sisters, and family. Yes, they mean well for us, and they might tell us things like “fix this in your life, or do this then things might get better” but they might not truly understand our situation... …

Is there a doubting Thomas in all of us?

Post-Easter Sunday is time we look at the post-resurrection Jesus.  A reading we sometimes get to hear in church is one on doubting Thomas (John 20:24-29).  We often give Thomas a bad rap as the doubter because of what he said: “Unless I see in his hands the mark of the nails, and place my …

Lent – chance to live a new life

I was impressed by an excerpt from an article by Sr Joan Chittister. She says Lent is not only about repentance, but also about making changes in our lives. She states: Lent is a call to weep for what we could have been and are not. Lent is the grace to grieve for what we …

My homepage: a bible reading plan

Regular bible may be easy to start but most of know that it  can be hard to maintain.  Keeping up with reading the scriptures is one of the hardest things to do in our fast-paced life these days.  I've found something that might be helpful for everyone.  Setting the bible reading plan as your homepage.  …