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A Different Kind of Dinner Party - Luke 4:14-22, 5:27-32
Written by John Tsang   
Monday, 01 February 2016 17:05

 

It is almost Chinese New Year and we all know the importance of food, meals, and customs. I've always found the logic of why we, Chinese people, eat certain things a bit puzzling because they are all based on pronunciation. We eat steamed fish because it sounds the same as the word 餘, which is "surplus", the idea is that we will have more than enough. We eat mushroom and this black (hair like) moss because it sounds like 'fat choy' which means, good luck, or struck it rich. Of course, we might eat all of these things just for fun or as part of our family tradition but most importantly, it is the gathering with family to share a meal and to catch up with one another. Meals can represent so much more than simply satisfying a person's hunger, we create social customs and norms around eating. Meals can also be used as identity markers. For example, where we eat and who we eat with says a lot about us. It is almost universal that who we share a meal with means that we extend a kind of welcome, friendship, and hospitality toward those whom we dine with.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 February 2016 22:39
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You Need Power - John 4:4-15
Written by John Tsang   
Monday, 25 January 2016 13:25

 

This past Sunday, I learned something about rivers and their sources from our speaker, Phil. In particular, I was fascinated by the metaphor that he drew comparing the sources of the Nile river with the sources of life for us as humans beings, created in the image of God. The Nile river in Africa is the longest river in the world, flowing over 6,800 kms long. This powerful river has two primary sources - the White Nile, a larger, longer river, and the Blue Nile which looks less impressive. The Blue Nile is actually more life-giving than the White and it contributes the healthy parts of sediments to the river. In Sudan, the two merge and the Nile proper then flows into different parts of Africa enabling agriculture, water for sustenance of human life and land animals, and an array of fish and marine life. Similarly, we also have two sources of life - the physical and the spiritual. The physical is expiring day by day but Jesus said, "Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” (John 4:13-14)

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 January 2016 20:39
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Learning to Love Yourself as God Loves You - Luke 3:21-22, 4:1-13
Written by John Tsang   
Monday, 18 January 2016 21:19

 

What a great weekend of ministry with two opportunities to see and hear how God is working in Asia. In spite of tightened controls from the current government in China; the harvest is still plentiful through the ministries of God’s faithful servants. I'm reminded of the beginning of Luke's Gospel. In the midst of Emperors, Kings, and Governors who think they are in control, God still has the final 'check mate' move! The Kingdom of God is like a mustard seed, when planted by workers, it grows and becomes the largest of all plants (Mark 4:30-32). Let us continue to pray for those who serve the Lord in Asia.

 

In our journey through Luke, we came across the stories of Jesus' Baptism and Temptation in the Wilderness. The theme that links the two stories is the Sonship of Jesus Christ. In baptism, the Father affirmed His love for Christ as His beloved Son in whom He is well pleased (Lk 3:22). In the wilderness, the Devil tested Jesus on his identity as the Son of God (Lk 4:3,9)

 

Jesus' story offers a parallel to your story and my story. In baptism, we are also affirmed as God's beloved son or daughter. Before Jesus gave one sermon, healed one person, or completed his work on the cross, God said, 'You are my beloved Son, with you I am well pleased.' This is also our baptismal affirmation. We are the beloved sons and daughters of God. One of the most important task of the spiritual life is to take hold of this and to love yourself as God loves you. From that identity, we can learn to love our neighbour freely, generously, without jealousy, without judgment, and without any insecurities.

Last Updated on Monday, 25 January 2016 07:34
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