Our daughter, Natasha, turns 20 in a few weeks. We bought her a dog, with some help from the RSPCA. He is a labrador and is a little over 2 years of age. His name is Oscar. Oscar is very cute and has a peaceful nature.… Read the rest
At CityLife Church, we are about to commence a two-week season of prayer and fasting. Jesus fasted for 40 days at the beginning of his ministry, releasing great power into his ministry (Matthew 4:1-2), and he assumed that his disciples would fast also (Matthew 6:16-18). Fasting can be a powerful personal discipline to train our will, to help develop self-control, and to tune our spiritual sensitivity towards God.
In fasting we choose to intentionally go without something for a period of time (usually something pleasurable but not necessarily sinful).… Read the rest
Vs.1. O Lord, why do you stand so far away?
Why do you hide when I am in trouble?
Vs.2. The wicked arrogantly hunt down the poor.
Let them be caught in the evil they plan for others.… Read the rest
I will praise the Lord with all my heart;
I will tell of all the marvelous things you have done.… Read the rest
1. Wisdom will save you from the
immoral person. The path of lust leads to death and to hell. If you take that
route you are doomed and will never reach the path of life.… Read the rest
1. Two things that we need are
‘wisdom’ and ‘discipline’. ‘Wisdom’ is living from God’s perspective on life
and ‘discipline’ is having the character to consistently do what you know is
2. We must have a hunger for
wisdom and pursue it.… Read the rest
I think it is quite significant that two big-time movies helped to kick off 2013: Les Miserables (based on the classic novel by Victor Hugo), which is about living life as forgiven people who forgive others, letting go of revenge and embracing redemption, and The Hobbit (based on the book by J.R.R.… Read the rest
In Matthew 11:28-30, Jesus is quoted as saying, "Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle, and you will find rest for your souls.… Read the rest
It’s that time again — the beginning of a new year when people resolve to make some changes in their lives. New Year’s resolutions are certainly nothing new. In fact, for many people, they are the same year after year. Making and breaking resolutions is something of a tradition.… Read the rest
A mature bonsai tree commands attention. With just one tree a master evokes an entire landscape and tells a story of power, perseverance, struggle, or abundance.… Read the rest
The pool of those living beyond 100 – the centenarians of
society – is increasing in leaps and bounds (70,000 in USA in 2007 increasing
to 834,000 in 2050; over 4,252 in Australia as of June, 2011, up from 203 just
40 years ago).… Read the rest
The Gospel of Matthew records five main teaching discourses from Jesus. Matthew 5-7 is Jesus' call to righteousness, which is about doing the will of God. Jesus is teaching his disciples and the multitudes from the mountain. Jesus begins with what is commonly called The Beatitudes which are the blessings of God (Matt.5:1-12).… Read the rest
In medieval times the Catholic worldview of the human life
span was often depicted as a circle. In the centre was the image of Christ.
Around this divine hub, were illustrations of the different ages of life from
infancy to the grave.… Read the rest
Like the sun sweeping through the sky, midlife (ages 35-50) is like noon-time, dividing the first and second halves of life. At the stroke of noon, the descent begins. Note that what we consider midlife, was for most of history in fact the end of life for most people. As recently as 1900, the life span of the average adult in the Western world was only 47.… Read the rest
Early Adulthood (20-35 years of age) is a time of leaving the familiar world of family, parents, community, school and entering the big unknown world. It is a break with the past and a move into future. Of course, the very term "adult" is very hard to define.… Read the rest