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July 5 Daily Devotions & Prayer

⎮ For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.Romans 6:23Thought: What is it you work for?  Is it a pay cheque?  A dream?  An ideal?  Your passions? For your family?  Our world advertises the ingenuity of the human spirit.  'You can do it!'  'You can learn it!'  'You can purchase it!'.  However, Paul says that the 'wages of sin is death'.  All the work we attempt to achieve our dreams, our passions, our security - these result in death, imcompleteness, unfinished, unsatisfactory lives.  There is no way we can defend, save, preserve ourselves.  Only God can save!  The gift of God is real, bountiful life!  And the beauty of this gift is that it is found in relationship, in union with Jesus Christ!  God has made Christ the centre of our salvation.  We need Spirit-Empowerment to trust this, live this and belive this truth.  We need the power of the Spirit of God to counter-act a false mission offered by th…

July 4 Daily Devotions & Prayer

⎮ Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted. Relieve the troubles of my heart and free me from my anguish. Look on my affliction and my distress and take away all my sins. See how numerous are my enemies and how fiercely they hate me! Guard my life and rescue me; do not let me be put to shame, for I take refuge in you. May integrity and uprightness protect me, because my hope, Lord, is in you.Psalm 25:16-21Thought: This Psalm was written by David while he was escaping from Absalom. At verse 19, "how numerous are my enemies and how fiercely they hate me". David was lonely and afflicted but because of these situation, David had the quiet time to seek for God, His integrity and uprightness to protect him. No matter you are as son/daughter, as mother/father, you must have experienced lonely and afflicted, have troubles in your heart. Would you choose to stay at loneliness? Or you would use the quiet moment through loneliness to pray to God, seek for His wisd…

July 3 Daily Devotions & Prayer

⎮ Therefore thus says the Lord God, “Behold, I am the one who has laid[a] as a foundation in Zion, a stone, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone, of a sure foundation:‘Whoever believes will not be in haste.’ And I will make justice the line, and righteousness the plumb line; and hail will sweep away the refuge of lies, and waters will overwhelm the shelter.”Isaiah 28:16-17
Thought: Although God used the neighboring nations to punish the Israelites because of their disobedience, here He still set up His foundation in Israel, to administer His justice. The standard was not according to human perspectives or laws. God's cornerstone was the foundation, and His measuring line and plumb line were the standard. Not any lies could be hidden before Him. When people of this world think that their set of views is justice and impose it on others, the opposite results may happen. It's not difficult to understand God's justice. The most difficult thing is to apply God's standard on …

July 2 Daily Devotions & Prayer

⎮ Now about the gifts of the Spirit, brothers, and sisters, I do not want you to be uninformed.1Corinthians 12:1Thought: This verse reminds me that we all have gifts from God. Some people have the gift for caring and some people have the gift for preaching. In our church or community, we are all unique and have our functions and strengths. Each of our gifts are important to the body of Christ. Am I using my gift to edify others? Am I using my gifts to build up other people? 
Although we have different gifts and strengths, we only have one Holy Spirit. We function as a part of Christ Body. May we continue to be humble before Him which allows him to use us.
Prayer Lord, may you humble us before you. Help us to learn how to use our gifts to bless others. Although we have different gifts and strengths, we are under one Body of Christ. May we use our gifts to bring glory to your name. By: Elder Jon Chu

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July 1 Daily Devotions & Prayer

⎮ Only let your manner of life be worthy[a] of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel,Philippians 1:27Thought: We discussed preaching the gospel in our recent small group Bible study. A pastor talked about the word 'preaching' in "preaching the gospel", and said that people easily misunderstood that by preaching one mainly used his mouth, i.e. to explain the gospel verbally to make others believe in the Lord.
This makes me recall this verse. Paul says that we should conduct ourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. This causes me to think whether we are living in worry and anxiety during the pandemic, or in peace, joy and gratitude by relying on the Lord. Also, are we busy caring for our own needs during these times, or are we taking note and taking care of those needy people around us? Like the teaching…

June 29 Daily Devotions & Prayer

⎮ For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love, and self-discipline2 Timothy 1:7Thought: Recently, my family has been playing the board game "Power Grid" together. The general goal of the game is to manage resources to purchase power plants to power as many cities as you can. This got me thinking about how many things in our lives require power, and how dependent we are on power. Things like light, wifi, charging our devices, refrigeration, and even perhaps our cars! If you have ever been in a blackout, or gone camping where there is no electricity, you can appreciate the significance of having power!
This got me thinking futher - I am so dependent on the power supplied to my home from the electricity company, but I don't feel nearly as dependent on the power supplied to me from the Holy Spirit! This pandemic we are experiencing is impacting us all in unique ways. We might be feeling a loss of control as all our carefully laid out schedules…

June 28 Daily Devotions & Prayer

⎮ If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person's religion is worthless. 27 Religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.James 1:26-27
Thought: One cannot say true godly living or false godly living, as false godly living is not godly living at all. The meaning of godly living is to live out faith, to embody faith. Let's see how James leads us to ponder on the true meaning of godly living. He first gives two examples (James 1: 26,27), which are among the many examples of godly living mentioned in the whole book of James. James says, "Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues..." Keep a tight rein on one's tongue is to control one's tongue. How is this verse explained? It means that the people who pursued law and explained law (different levels of …