Love, a Central Theme which Traverses the Whole Bible

The creation of the world and the human beings by God is His first act of love: thus establishing a vital and indissoluble link between God and men, which He invites us to love Him and love one another. In the Bible, love is not just a sentiment or an emotion, but rather a benevolent attitude and a concrete engagement. Continue reading Love, a Central Theme which Traverses the Whole Bible

Open your heart’s door (Translated from Taiwanese)

Life is full of uncertainty,
Every moment is treasured.
Repent, be saved, is now due,
Chances passed would not come back.

Jesus outside your heart awaits,
Quick open door let Him in.
Comfort sorrow, wipe up your tears,
Welcome Jesus into your heart.

Original Taiwanese lyrics by: Alice C. Pao;
Tune by: Lin Fu-Yu.
Translated by: @yuan3y

開你心門 (台語詩歌,詞:鄭敏熙,曲: 林福裕)

人人生命無定著
一寸光陰當寶惜
悔改得救趁現在
機會過去不再來

耶穌在你心門外等待
緊開心門請祂入來
安慰傷悲擦你目淚
請主耶穌入你心內

Work As Worship (Transcript)

Work. Most of us spend over half our lives at work. Whatever it is that you fill 9 to 5 with — planting crops, building cars, taking care of patients, teaching students, or running a business — work is where most of life happens. For some, work is a drain. They dread Monday mornings; forcing themselves to struggle through because they need the paycheck; or many times feeling trapped or beaten down by their jobs.

Some people love their work. They are good at what they do. It energizes them. It’s a place of security, a place to chase dreams, desires and success. At work, they find fulfilment.

We often forget to connect our faith to our work. We don’t consider the reasons God may have us at our job. We don’t think about the purpose and meaning we could bring to our work. We simply focus on how it makes us feel.

But what if we saw our work as an opportunity to worship? As Christians, we are called to serve Christ with our lives. For a few, that means working as a pastor, a youth minister, or a missionary. Others serve the church by teaching children and singing in the choir. But when Sunday is over, most of us return to our jobs outside of church.

For us, our mission is in the marketplace. We may not be the kind of missionaries who move to the far regions of Africa. But around the conference table, around the water cooler, or around the cubicle, we have an opportunity to worship the God who created us.

He gave us skill. He gave us passion. He gave us work. When we do our jobs with excellence, integrity, and diligence, it’s an act of worship. We are displaying God’s craftsmanship to the non-believing world around us. We are earning the right to be heard.

We don’t see a divide between Sunday and Monday, between the sacred and the secular. We’ve been invited to the parts of the world that pastors or traditional missionaries will never see. We have conversations with people who would never set foot in a church.

Whether we love or dread our work, we choose to turn the focus away from ourselves and towards the mission God has for us. Church is not the only place we worship. And Sunday is not the only day that in our calendar that has meaning. Everyday our mission for God brings us great joy.

Like the heroes before us, we can be modern day Noahs, Josephs, and Peters, who are called for a purpose. God has designed us. He created us to work, and to worship. For us, work is worship.

Original Video:

Work as Worship by RightNow Ministries

12 Principles for How To Date As A Christian from Pastor Mark Driscoll

1.Maximize your singleness for God.
2.Do not pursue a relationship until you’re in a season of life when you’re ready to marry.
3.Be reasonable with your expectations.
4.A date is not dating. A date is when you have coffee, or go out to dinner. 1 Timothy 5 says to treat younger women like sisters. It doesn’t need to be all sexually charged and confusing. He initiates, she responds.
5.Have a plan.
6.Accept the fact that you may be rejected.
7.Do not date or go on a date with anyone who’s not a Christian. 2 Corinthians 6:4, “Do not be unequally yoked.” A man needs to love Jesus, and then a woman needs to love Jesus, and then that man and woman can love Jesus together. And this includes marrying someone who has equal theological convictions. What kind of church do you want to go to?
8.Only date one person at a time.
9.Look at who God puts in front of you. Eg. Boaz & Ruth.
10.Only invest in a relationship with someone that you are attracted to. physical, mental, and spiritual connection. Are you totally attracted to this person?
11.Only marry someone who agrees with you on issues of gender and family.
12.Guard your heart. Proverbs 4:23. Don’t give your heart away too quick.

Full video of the sermon can be accessed  here, with time-stamp at the same place.
Sermon Transcript
A more elaborate e-book (pdf)

PS. Thankful to have listened to this sermon. Important lesson to many single Christians including me.