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April 9 Daily Devotions & Prayer

I will give thanks in the great assembly; among throngs of people I will praise youPsalms 35:18
Thought: Psalmist frequently use words interchangeably and even on top of one another, such as this verse in Ps. 35:18, there are two sides of adoration: thanksgiving and praise. The usual distinction between these two experiences is, in thanksgiving we give glory to God for what he has done for us, in praise we give glory to God for who he is in himself. The distinction is clear and acceptable, but we much not make too much of it. In experience the two weave themselves in and out of one another and become part of an organic whole. We praise God at the same time also give thanks to Him.
Prayer Lord, we praise you for you are the Lord of host, we give thanks to you for all your goodness to every one of us. 
By: Rev. Eddie Chu

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我在大會中要稱謝你,在許多百姓中要讚美你詩篇 35:18
思想詩人經常將一些字眼互相交換,甚至交疊,就好似這節詩35:18。有兩方面的崇敬:感謝和讚美。通常兩者的分別是:感謝是為到神為我們成就的而歸榮耀予神…

April 8 Daily Devotions & Prayer

I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better.Philippians 1:23
Thought: Honestly speaking, how many Christians on earth can think in this way like Paul the apostle? As Christians we can understand what Paul said theologically. Death is just to be with the Lord, which is better by far. However, psychologically and emotionally speaking, there will be a lot of resistance and anxiety. Why? I think John the apostle has told the reason. All fears have to do with punishment, a consequence from our ancestors' sinning against God and forsaking him. Man's fear of death reflects that he does not have God's complete love. Whenever man's heart is close to God's love, he is far from the fear of death. Thank God, he lets us see that there's a person on earth -- Jesus the Nazarene -- who was born for us because of God's love, and died for us also because of God's love. Paul died as a martyr willingly due to this lov…

April 7 Daily Devotions & Prayer

Then Satan entered into Judas called Iscariot, who was of the number of the twelve.Luke 22:3
Thought: The event happened on a Wednesday, two days before Passover. Every year we observe Good Friday, knowing that Lord Jesus died for our sins. We have to ask what this verse wants to tell us. How did Satan enter Judas' heart? Judas was one of the Twelve disciples. How great the Lord's love and mercy on him was! Did he not often follow the Lord? He must be a person who very often heard the Lord's teaching and saw the Lord's work, as he among the Twelve had an important position, keeper of the money bag. When we think deeply, we know how corrupt we are, not necessarily better than Judas. The name 'Judas' means praising God. Yet he became a person who betrayed the Lord. He had a good name. Kind words came out from his mouth. He might have a good status and be respected by people outside. But all these did not mean that his heart came close to the Lord. From the four bo…

April 6 Daily Devotions & Prayer

⎮ Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert..Isaiah 43:19Thought: In Isaiah 43, Isaiah the prophet exhorted the Israelites once again with God's words, asking them not to be afraid of the sufferings in Babylon. It's because God would destroy Babylon. God would do a new thing, and it sprang up right away. He was making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland. God wants us to see him do new things amid our sufferings. These new things may include your starting to attend worship service on-line, working from home or seeing the way your wife takes care of your kids, etc. All these we have never imagined before. I believe that God wants us to see something amid the pandemic, which we neglect in normal times. God really will do new things in this generation, which you and I cannot imagine.
Prayer Dear heavenly Father, thank you for your guidance and grace. I ask you Lord to renew o…

April 5 Daily Devotions & Prayer

⎮ By their approval of this service, they will glorify God because of your submission that comes from your confession of the gospel of Christ, and the generosity of your contribution for them and for all others.2 Corinthians 9:13Thought: When the believers in Jerusalem had big needs, Paul offered them help through various churches in Europe. Paul said plainly: generosity was obedience to Christ's gospel. I seldom thought in this way. But on second thought, I realized: What can be more direct than generosity to live out the gospel? Acts of generosity directly and fully manifest Christ's love to human lives. Sometimes we in church discussed how we could live out Christ's gospel effectively. There were lots of good suggestions. But we seldom heard this one: generosity offered directly to man basing on their needs. Sometimes I thought: if our money or resources were not spent internally, but given to needy people generously, gospel would have been much more widely spread and ac…

April 4 Daily Devotions & Prayer

⎮ Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness.Psalm 37:3Thought: The news seems to be on 24/7. Every news channel and website is giving us information during this time of crisis, essentially asking us to trust them in this time of uncertainty. But no one seems to know exactly how this will all end up. No one can predict the future. But there is One that knows, and He is asking us to trust in Him. He is the one who created the heavens and the earth. Who has made countless prophecies come true. Who, from the very beginning, had an eternal plan to conquer sin and death, sickness and suffering forever. And His invitation isn't only to trust in Him, but to "do good". Trusting in the Lord enables us to live differently, to be kind and gracious, generous and selfless to those around us. Let your "trust in the Lord" lead you to "do good." What does it look like to "trust in the Lord and do good" today, as we "dwel…

April 3 Daily Devotions & Prayer

⎮ For “the earth is the Lord's, and the fullness thereof.”1 Corinthians 10:26Thought: In our English congregation, this verse is a verse we often quote prior to taking the offering.  The Apostle Paul quotes from Psalms 24:1 this deep truth about God.  The entire earth, all of it belongs to God.  That includes us, our money, our time, our work, our children, our schooling, our neighbours, our city, and even this season of grappling with covid-19.  The word 'fullness' translates to 'complete'.  All the earth belongs to God, and he is completing it.  He is reshaping us.  He is regenerating us.  He is reforming us.  He is sanctifying us through every method of life - our money, our time, our relatonships.  Do you believe God is sovereign?  Do you believe God shapes us and forms us perfectly to the image of Christ?  Ask God for His perspective about these last few days as you have wrestled with the reality of covid-19.  Ask God, 'How are you perfecting me, my family,…