Words from the Pastor
The call of the Lord is to reach out to our world with His love in the power of His Spirit. Our world can be our own neighborhood, the shopping center we frequent, the school we send our children, and our workplaces. Our world may include places where our friends or relatives live, or even towns and cities and countries we occasionally travel to. In reality, living in this century in our generation has truly shrunk the world. In the travels of Paul as missionary, he professed to have travelled to the uttermost parts of the world with his three missionary journeys, since he’d gone through the entire kingdom of the Roman rule, covering a third of the known world. In his mind Paul had fulfilled the call of Lord Jesus enunciated in Acts 1:8.
That call of the Lord to make disciples of all the nations is vital for the church at-large, because his coming again is incumbent upon His Gospel reaching the ends of the world (Matthew 24:14). It is therefore our duty as His called-out ones to be actively advancing His cause to reach the lost, touch the hurting, and bring healing and comfort to the sick and weak. And more than ever, we must tap in to the power source of our faith and move in His enablement (Luke 4:18-19). So as we prepare to launch into a new season of challenges ahead of us, let us eagerly pray and wait on the coming of the latter rain, so we may be drenched in His almightiness.
I do believe Lord Jesus is opening a door for us to reach out. He is saying, “Walk through it, and I will be right in front of you.”
Yours in Christ,
It’s so reassuring to serve Lord Jesus, all through the years, while being aware of His promises of ultimate victory. Trouble is our perception and appreciation of time in its tictoc- tic-toc pace. Time has always been a major element in God’s scheme of things, since He knows everything – when, what and how – and does not wait for anything – but simply executes it at will and for His pleasure.
The Lord abides in forever present, never past or future. It’s a concept we’ll never experience until heaven. Then it will not matter at all. However, we’re hare together on a journey toward God’s destiny for us, individually, and as a family. And we look and fix our eyes upon Jesus, because that’s the only way we can find our true bearing and not lose our way. In real time, we’re only here for a very short while, whether it’s
fifty, eighty, or a hundred years. (I am surprised I said that!).
Anyway, that’s why the Lord said, “In this world, you will have tribulation…but be of good cheer, for I have overcome the world.”
So, as ship-mates on this journey of life, let us completely enjoy our brief time together, keep our chin lifted, singing together the praises of Him from whom all blessings come.
As we all are aware, in God there are no guarantees of ideal sailing experiences – the seas can be rough, dark clouds may block the sun, the wind might be contrary, and heavy rain may pour over us. But one thing is sure – there will always be joyous arrivals in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ!
Oct 29, 2017
“A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, loving favour rather than silver and gold.” (Proverbs 22:1) We’ve chosen to call our church family Life Centre, in contrast to the hopelessness offered by this world to everyone who would tenaciously hang on to its empty promises and offers of meaningless pursuits. As believers in Christ, we’ve been redeemed and have entered into the fullness of His blessed life. However, our residual humanity tends to lead us on the pathway of self-will and the insatiable demand of personal goals and aspirations, which might steer our life ever slightly away from the Lord’s purposes. This was the main criticism of Jesus of the church in Sardis – that they called themselves alive, but they were dead.
It was not a wholesale disaster of the church believers, because the Lord urged them to repent, and strengthen the good things that remained in them. It was a loss of perspective, where their identity was not confirmed with their character. The call of Jesus is to firm up who they really are in God, what they stand for, submit to authority given over them, and strive to hang on things that are excellent in the Kingdom, so their reputation can develop to match the identity they have adopted.
Jesus declares, “Be watchful, get up right now, and take care of this!” As for us, His pronouncement remains the same, “He has found our works not perfected before God”
stressing that His work in us is still approaching fulfillment (Philippians 1:6). We must remain humbly available to Him, allowing Jesus to shape us to being the church family of His making. Only He can make it happen in the power of is Spirit, because He truly is the Life of life centre.