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First Week of 2013 Advent
Written by Conrade Yap   
Monday, 25 November 2013 10:39

“And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus.”  (Luke 1:31, ESV)


Subject: First Week of the 2013 Advent Season


As everything Halloween comes down, everything Christmas goes up. Since early November, retail stores have been feverishly gearing up for the biggest sales event of the year. As far as businesses are concerned, this time of the year is exactly what the Andy Williams’s song says: “It’s the most wonderful time of the year.” That is, at least from the profit margin point of view. In many cities, these decorations serve as an automatic reminder that Christmas is coming.  We need no alarm clocks. We need no daytimers or personal secretaries to tell us that. The glittering sights and the flickering lights say it all.


As early as the sixth century, Christians in the West have been using the four weeks prior to Christmas to prepare for the celebration of the coming of Christ. The word “Advent” comes from the Latin "adventus" which means “coming” or “arrival.” It is a time of preparation, in which we gear our hearts to remember how and why Jesus comes to earth. As we enter into the December month, there will be lots of last minute rush to get our shopping done or to finish our various jobs well. There will also be moments in which the stress of the busy holiday season can get to us. I know I risk sounding like a broken recorder, but there is no harm repeating it: Christ is the reason for the season.

 

Last Updated on Monday, 25 November 2013 10:58
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Servanthood: A Mark of a Believer
Written by Conrade Yap   
Tuesday, 12 November 2013 14:41

“Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”  (Mark 10:43-45)


Subject: Servanthood is a Mark of a Believer


What defines a Christian? Is it someone who faithfully goes to Church? Not really, for anybody can go to a Church service without believing in God.


Is it then someone who says the sinner’s prayer? Not really, especially if the words are said without a believing heart.


Is it then someone who keeps the Ten Commandments, and regularly reads the Bible? Not really, for one can keep the commandments without even knowing Jesus. What then is a Christian?


If there is one word to describe a Christian, it is this word: Servant. For Jesus himself had said that he came to earth not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many. He comes not with an attitude of “What’s in it for me?” but with a servant heart. They serve because Jesus served.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 November 2013 21:36
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Possessions Must Not Possess Us
Written by Conrade Yap   
Monday, 04 November 2013 12:22

After they had further proclaimed the word of the Lord and testified about Jesus, Peter and John returned to Jerusalem, preaching the gospel in many Samaritan villages.”  (Acts 8:25)


Subject: Treat Things as Things; Treat People as People


On Sunday, we had our second sermon on the topic of money. Some people may be wondering whether the sermon series is beginning to talk about money matters, or whether the Church herself has a problem with money. Well, the truth is, on the week before, Dr Paul Stevens happened to be coming off a teaching series about money and was delighted to share his thoughts with us. This week, when I reflected on our series of sermons on Acts, the passage on Simon the Sorcerer sprung out and intrigued me. Whether you call it a coincidence or not, I preferred to call it a continuation.

 

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