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Leaving a Pleasant Aftertaste
Written by Conrade Yap   
Thursday, 23 October 2014 15:00

It’s often not what we say that matters, but how we say it. Not long after the Church in Acts started to grow, internal squabbles and controversies took center-stage. Acts 15 recorded the first major controversy over circumcision according to the law of Moses vs the gospel by grace. The Jerusalem council met and concluded that such a move was not only legalistic but hindered others from turning to God (Acts 15:19). The apostles and elders thought it was important enough for them to come together to meet. By exhibiting a willingness to deal with the controversy early and fairly, they set a precedent for future councils that were to come.

How they did it was edifying. They gave both sides a fair hearing. They showed the community how they considered the various opinions. They demonstrated that the law must not dominate and blur out the bigger picture: Jesus Christ and the gospel of grace. They led in showing that the gospel is a priority and the Church “should not make it difficult for the Gentiles who are turning to God.” Such an approach leaves behind a pleasant aftertaste. Here are the key points. Consider it together. Offer a constructive path forward. Demonstrate to one another the spirit of grace. As a Church, we can all learn from them how to handle contentious issues. For whenever there are internal struggles, the world outside looks on, waiting to be amused by any mudslinging or verbal fireworks within the Church. Christians must not provide such “entertainment” that makes it more difficult for others to believe in Jesus. In our interactions, we can leave behind an alluring aroma of Christ’s love.

Last Updated on Thursday, 23 October 2014 15:15
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Praise the Father, Praise the Son, Praise the Spirit - Three in One
Written by John Tsang   
Saturday, 18 October 2014 08:47

This past Thanksgiving weekend gave us an opportunity to count our blessings and as a response, to worship, praise, and give thanks to the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We worship a God who gave us life, chose us before creation to be the Church, and adopted us as sons and daughters (Eph 1:3-6a). We praise Jesus Christ who redeemed us, died on the cross for us, and offered forgiveness of our sins (Eph 1:6b-12). We give thanks to the Holy Spirit for sustaining us, for being our teacher, and for being our Paraclete – counselor and comforter (Eph 1:13-14).

 

In our special Thanksgiving Sunday Service, we heard Kevin share about the opportunity that God provided for him to do further professional training in Rochester which resulted in a rekindling of his passion for his calling and work. We also heard Ssonia’s reflection on how the two years away provided a spacious slowness of life that gave her a deep sense of accomplishment with her family. As well, the family’s opportunity to share with the vulnerable ones in Rochester brought a deep sense of joy to Joshua, Talya, and Levi. George reflected on how the Holy Spirit sustained him during his most difficult time of Sarah’s passing away. Sarah’s courage to the end gave George confidence in the goodness of God even in the midst of suffering. As you hear stories of people’s journey with God, what are you thankful for over this past year? How has God shaped and formed you?

 

Last Updated on Saturday, 18 October 2014 10:33
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Not Me, I'm Just Too Small
Written by Conrade Yap   
Tuesday, 07 October 2014 15:27

Terry is a really good guy. He goes to Church weekly. He tithes faithfully. He works diligently and is a loving family man. He helps out occasionally on social causes and for the most part is a nice chap to hang out with. Unfortunately, he does not really do anything more than that. While he calls himself a Christian, his faith has not exactly saturated his life. He likes to serve, but not too much. He likes to help others, but not too much. He likes to share Christ, but not too much. He is afraid that if he does a little “too much,” people would label him a “radical,” a “fundamentalist,” or a “crusader.” Instead, he prefers his Christianity to be more of an add-on, an extension of his normal life, or simply an option to his main diet: Making a living and living a simple ordinary life. As long as he does good stuff, helps whenever he can, he would be fine. With a ticket to heaven already purchased in Jesus, why worry about the world? God will surely take care of the whole Universe. Underlining Terry’s lifestyle is this belief: “What difference can a puny little me do to the big wide world? Not me, for I’m just too small.” Truth is: Yes, it is God, not us that makes the difference, but He often works through His people, like little you and little me.

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