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You Little Flock - Luke 12:22-32
Written by John Tsang   
Monday, 27 July 2015 21:32

This past Sunday, I had the opportunity to visit LGC, our sister church, which many of you once called home. Most recently, Pastor Lancelot from LGC, Pastor Stephen from LLC, and I have been meeting over coffee and getting to know one another and sharing about our work and ministry in our respective churches. Our hope is to build upon and deepen the good relationship that we have with one another. Conrade continues to help LGC by preaching there once a month. We have worshipped together over joint Christmas Eve services in the past and we hope to continue that going forward. Pray that the unity of the three sister churches will be something that reveals the common love that we have for the Father, Son, and Spirit.

 

By the efficient work of our audio visual team, the recording of Pastor Lancelot sermon was up on Sunday afternoon! Pastor Lancelot offered us a word of encouragement and hope as Christians living as the minority or fringe part of mainstream society. Some theologians (like Walter Bruggemann) have defined the Church as an 'exilic' community. Christians are not the majority and we do not form the majority of lawmakers of our nation (history tells us that we need to be extremely careful if we ever are). However, the Church of Jesus Christ has always thrived from this position of weakness. On the one hand, we do not want to be apathetic to the changing cultural tides, but then on the other hand, we need not be alarmist about it either.

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 July 2015 19:39
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The Most Fulfilling Life - Homecoming, Goodness, and Friendship 1 John 5:13-21
Written by John Tsang   
Monday, 20 July 2015 20:46

We have completed our walk through 1 John and I hope you found it as helpful and enriching as I did. I John is an integral letter in the formation of the early church, contributing a proper Christology, moral teaching on sin, emphasis on the love of God, and the importance of fellowship with God and fellowship with one another.

 

In this final portion of the book, the first thing that John spoke about was the intimacy that we can have with the Father through prayer. This closeness with God is unprecedented and unheard of in other religions and it was elevated to an even higher level with the incarnation of Christ. But this access to God through prayer is not to be misunderstood as a God that grants our every whimsical request (as some have quoted and misused this verse out of its context). But rather, praying to God is to be seen as a way whereby our minds, spirits, and desires are gradually transformed to the very will of God. So that when I finally get to the point of asking God for something that is in accordance to His will, it is then that we see the true fruit of prayer.

 

“I would like to learn, or remember, how to live.” (Annie Dillard)

Last Updated on Saturday, 25 July 2015 17:48
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Christ Makes All Things New 1 John 5:1-12
Written by John Tsang   
Tuesday, 14 July 2015 18:59

I just returned from a retreat with the members of the Spiritual Formation group. Although our time was short (it was only one day), by the grace of God, we managed to reflect on our group experience so far, explore new but ancient ways to meet Christ, and be inspired by the vision of the good and beautiful life; the eternal and abundant life that can be experienced in the here and now.

 

In the early days of my Christian life, I vividly recall memorizing the verse 1 John 5:11-12

And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.

 

I was taught that eternal life meant heaven. Of course it did, ‘eternal’ implied forever and that obviously meant the time when we go to heaven, the place where we would never perish. Evangelists would often pose the question, “If you were to die today, do you know where you would go?” Behind that question is the view that going to heaven is the highest and most important reason to become a Christian. But upon further reflection, I think that perspective is somewhat lacking. Perhaps a better question is, “If you were to live another 10, 20, or 30 years, what kind of life do you want to live here on earth? Would you like to live an abundant, meaningful, rewarding life with the time that you have remaining? Then come and follow Christ.”

 

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