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Paul's Vision for the Church
Written by John Tsang   
Thursday, 14 August 2014 13:40

Without question, the apostle Paul is known for his theological depth and richness in his epistles. In particular, letters like Romans, Colossians, Ephesians, and Galatians stand out as magnificent doctrinal treatises on sin, Gospel, salvation, Christology, Holy Spirit, justification, and sanctification. Was the apostle Paul simply the most brilliant systematic theologian or was there a larger objective? What if we read through Paul’s letters with the singular question: “What was Paul’s vision for the Church? What we will see gradually emerge is Paul’s vision for the church and Thomas summarized it for us as, Participating in God’s work of building up the church until it is blameless at the coming of Christ. (Col 1:22-23)

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Pray Without Ceasing
Written by Conrade Yap   
Tuesday, 05 August 2014 12:15

In 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, Paul exhorts us all to be joyful always, to pray continually, and to give thanks in all circumstances for it is the will of God in Christ Jesus for us. The passage is familiar and some of us can even remember it by heart. How do we practice it? Last Sunday, Pastor John gave us two ways in which we can cultivate unceasing prayer. The first was “ora labora” to learn to pray and to work in whatever life situations we are in. An example was that of Brother Lawrence who adopts a prayerfulness that becomes a vivid form of practicing the presence of God. The second was via the Jesus Prayer, or the Prayer of the Heart based on a simple phrase: “Lord Jesus, have mercy on me a sinner.” Both are ways in which we could pray. With other examples from Origen of Alexandria, Basil of Caesarea, the desert fathers, and the ancient practitioners of prayer, we were given a feast of examples on how the ancients contemplate God.

 

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Combatting the Deadliest of the Seven Deadly Sins
Written by John Tsang   
Wednesday, 30 July 2014 17:58

The origin of the Seven Deadly Sins can be traced back to a list of things that are detestable to the Lord (Prov 6:16-19) but it took a more definitive shape in the 4th century by a writer of the spiritual life, John Cassian, who after contemplating this idea from all of Scripture came up with a list of eight. Then Gregory the Great in the 6th century reduced Cassian’s eight (by combining vainglory and pride into one) and this is essentially the seven that the tradition our Christian faith has adopted as the Seven Deadly Sins. They are deadly in that our habitual and repetitive engagement of any of these seven sins will make one’s heart hardened toward the grace of God and bring death and destruction to a person’s life and spirit. Among the Seven Deadly Sins is one that is considered the deadliest of them all because it can even cause angels to fall; referring to the fall of Satan. The deadliest is of course, pride.

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