The Spiritual Discipline of Fasting

FastAt 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

Reflections on Psalm 10

PsalmA few verses from Psalm 10, an ancient song with contemporary relevance …

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.
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Reflections on Psalm 9

PsalmThe Psalms are a collection of ancient songs, reflecting Israel's experience with God. In Psalm 9, David opens his song like this (vs.1-2):

 I will praise the Lord with all my heart;

 I will tell of all the marvelous things you have done.Read the rest

Reflections on Proverbs 2

A few reflections from Proverbs

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

Reflection on Proverbs 1

ProvA few reflections on Proverbs

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

Your Life is an Adventure

AdventI 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

Stages of Life (Late Adulthood)

LateThe 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

You’re Blessed!

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

Stages of Life (Mature Adulthood)

AdultIn 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

Stages of Life (Midlife)

MidLike 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 peopleAs recently as 1900, the life span of the average adult in the Western world was only 47.… Read the rest

Stages of Life (Early Adulthood)

YAEarly 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