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Advent II – The Mystery Revealed Gen 1:1-5, John 1:1-14
Written by John Tsang   
Wednesday, 13 December 2017 08:52

 

There are a number of mysteries of the Christian faith, two of which stand at the bookends of Christ’s life; his birth and his death, symbolized by the manger and the cross.

 

Mystery of the Incarnation - Christ’s birth or the incarnation is, as C.S. Lewis called it, the “Grand Miracle”. It is the story that the Word, who was there ‘In the Beginning” and the one through whom all things were created, became flesh and dwelt among us. And God came to us in a particular way; he wasn’t born into a palace among royalty but instead, born in a manger, to an unwed couple, humble and meek.

 

The virgin birth has never been a major stumbling block in my struggle with Christianity; it’s far less mind-boggling than the Power of all Creation stooping so low as to become one of us.

Madeleine L’Engle, A Stone for a Pillow

Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 December 2017 12:28
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Advent I – Promise Fulfilled, Gen 3:8-15, Luke 1:46-56
Written by John Tsang   
Wednesday, 06 December 2017 13:06

 

4 Take delight in the Lord,

and he will give you the desires of your heart.

5 Commit your way to the Lord;

trust in him and he will do this:

6 He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn,

your vindication like the noonday sun.

7 Be still before the Lord

and wait patiently for him. (Psalm 37:4-7)

 

What would be your Advent wish this year? I don’t mean ‘wish’ as in Santa Claus type of wish for a new phone or a new laptop. If you could ask God for one thing, what would you like God to do for you? What do you hope for? What are you longing for? What is your heart’s greatest desire?

Last Updated on Thursday, 07 December 2017 10:01
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Not Against Flesh and Blood - Eph 6:10-24
Written by John Tsang   
Monday, 27 November 2017 13:55

 

How does the devil work and what has God given the church to defend against his evil schemes? Perhaps it would be best to see it through some specific examples.

 

1. In times of loss, setback, illness, hardship, failure, or tragedy.

When we encounter a challenging moment in our life, there is a spiritual battle - will we deepen our trust and faith in God or will it push us further away? Set aside for a moment, the question of whether the actual incident is inflicted upon us by the devil or not, the harder battle is the struggle in the interior life.  In those moments, the enemy will throw out many lies but we can wrap ourselves with the belt of truth. The truth: God is not out to punish us, God loves us. The shield of faith is available to us as doubts and questions find their way into our thoughts. Sometimes in order to escape the pain of setbacks, it is tempting to find a substitute that will make us feel better temporarily. But we have the breastplate of righteousness from Christ to help us conduct ourselves with integrity and holiness.  The Word of God (sword) often serves as a comfort and strength to us during those difficult times.

 

Last Updated on Thursday, 30 November 2017 12:09
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