Saturday, June 30, 2012

DAY 84- (English podcast click here)

DAY 84- Liberated from Insecurity! (請按此處收聼廣東話Cantonese podcast click here)


Today's Reading: John 6: 1-15

**For a simple and good way of Daily Devotion method please click this link: Subject Shifting Devotion.pdf.

Please click this link to read John 6: 1-15

Bible Study

Jesus feeds the five thousand is a very familiar passage to so many people. Here, we understand the power of Jesus that He is our provider that we should not feel insecure of our physical need. Insecurity is a very heavy word and a word to show the reality that quite a number of people are being captured and prisoned.
With Jesus' miraculous power to feed the five thousand we should not worry any more of our unknown future of losing jobs, money or anything that might cause us in poverty and hunger. Just as Psalm 23 says, "The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want"!

N. T. Wright has an astonishing inspiration:
"This is the second time John has told us of something happening at Pasoaver time; the previous time was when Jesus was in Jerusalem, casting out the traders in the Temple (2: 13). there will be a third time, when Jesus arrives in Jerusalem for the last time, and then it is so important for John's understanding of what is about to happen that he mention it three times (11:55; 12:1; 13:1). This is no detective story; John is not trying to keep us guessing. He wants us to understand, as we go along, where it is all going.
So when he draws our attention to the fact that the extraordinary feeding of the crowds took place at Passover time, he is clearly hoping that we will connect it in our minds both with Passover itself - the imte when God liberated the children of Israel from Egypt, and led them through the wilderness to the promised land - and with the other Passover events in the gospel, that is, the 'cleaning of the Temple' on the one hand and Jesus' death and resurrection on the other."

Now, from what you have read in this passage and what N.T. Wright says, have you got any new insight in this important miracle?


Have a time to be still and give the Holy Spirit space to speak through the passage of scripture we have just read. Offer this time up to God as you listen to him, while listening to "Gabriel's Oboe"



Spiritual Journal

What I heard from Jesus today is: Liberated from insecurity!

From most commentators, Jesus' three temptations after he was baptized is about the three most tempted areas of a human: money, sex and power. Here, what I heard from Jesus today is that from John's perspective God wants to use that three appearance in the Passover to tell us that we are being liberated from money, sex and power.

Money (Financial need)- Jesus casting out the traders in the Temple(2:13).
Sex (Physical need) - Jesus feeing the five thousands(6: 4)
Power (Control issue) - Jesus death and resurrection. (11:55; 12:1; 13:1)

Are you captured, prisoned and controlled by your own "insecurity" or have you been liberated by Jesus from money, sex and power!

Dear Lord Jesus,
Liberate us from the control of money, sex and power. Help us to know that you are the only Provider who can satisfy us we shall have no need but only you. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.


Please click this link to worship with us -
Turn Your Eyes upon Jesus
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yfr5rOfimnU&feature=related

Chinese praise song - 祢讓我生命改變 You Transform My Life


You can subscribe to my podcast feed here:http://feeds.feedburner.com/discipler123



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Friday, June 29, 2012

DAY 83- (English podcast click here)

DAY 83- So, What Is The Evidence? (請按此處收聼廣東話Cantonese podcast click here)

























I'm alive and back from our 5 days ACNA and AMiA Bishops' Retreat!

This is perhaps the most difficult, painful but the most joyful and fruitful retreat of my life!

Thanks for the powerful prayers and fasting of you guys that everyone in the retreat came back healthy, renewed and united with a David and Jonathan brotherly love! Lots of time in the camp I felt a very strong sense of your prayers supporting me and I can't stop from tears suddenly. I felt that most strongly in the hours from 12p.m. to 2p.m.. Do you guys use your lunch time to pray for me? If so, please tell me so that I know that is true. There are at least three days at that time I felt like floating by your prayers.

I had a kind of feeling on Monday night when I was at the hotel in Denver that I need to buy two pack on Advil and one pack of Cold and Flu pill after I took two Advil on Tuesday night(June 19)when I got cold that night. And so I really got cold on Friday and Monday(two days ago) and cold and flu Sunday night!!! I think it must be your prayers that I was OK all four times, no fever or anything painful feeling after having those pills. But that's four times! God is good! All the time! And thank you for your prayers! Your prayers save my life and do something miraculously to this retreat!

There are three key moments in this retreat:
1. Reconciliation - David and Jonathan's love
Paul says, " if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!"
The power of the Holy Spirit is so intense all through the past seven days. There was a holy "moment" that Bishop Trevor Walters and me say sorry to each others and asked forgiveness to each others. Since 2004 after we separated from ACiNW when Trevor was then the Chairman and we established ACiC, Trevor and I had some major misunderstanding, hurts, pains and separation. Every curse was broken at that time when we reconciled in the bus to white water rafting. I was so moved that Trevor said to me, "Silas, from now on I am your Defender, I will defend you, your integrity and your everything!" As said by all bishops and helpers in this retreat that this is one of the most important "moment" as a sign of God to give to us as the sign and fruit of this camp as a sign to revive this David and Jonathan's love between ACNA and AMiA!

2. Moment, Momentum and Movement
God has given the Anglican Communion especially AMiA and ACNA a movement in North America. But because we stepped into Satan's cunning plan in several confusing "moments" causing major misunderstanding, pain and separation that the momentum is being dragged and stuck, the Movement is being pulled back. We need from now on to catch that holy "moment" to reconcile, revive and renew so that we can create wave after wave of momentum that this Godly Movement can come at last. This is His Kingdom plan and as said by Mark(the professional counsellor that each of the bishops have two sessions with), "It's not the Brand, it's the Bride!" God planned this retreat more than a year ago, half a year before the Rwanda crisis came out. So, this retreat is beyond ACNA or AMiA business, it is God's Kingdom plan!

3. Emmanuel
Emmanuel means "God with us". Through these past seven days we all feel the strong presence of God that we can throw away all our past misunderstanding and everything dragging us to let this Emmanuel experience to carry on blessing ACNA and AMiA. We all agree that we need ACNA and AMiA for this Godly Movement in North America.

So, let's pray and fast that from now on we can catch God's holy "moments" to let the momentum and the movement happens in His Kingdom plan!!!

God is good! All the time!


**Some one told me I somewhat look like President Obama and Bishop Folly Beach and me were given a lama "Oblama" to take care of for the past five days! See the first fish I caught first time of my life! Wonderful! I caught two, they are trout, very tasty!


Today's Reading: John 5: 39-47

**For a simple and good way of Daily Devotion method please click this link: Subject Shifting Devotion.pdf.

Please click this link to read John 5: 39-47

Bible Study

In this passage Jesus tell us what is the evidence we need to show in our lives that He is with us, He is our Lord, our Savior and our King:
1. We come to Jesus, accept Jesus and believe Jesus that He is the Savior and Lord of life.
2. Even someone diligently study the Bible might mean that the Bible can be the Bethesda pool that the guy wrongly waited for healing.
3. We live to obtain the praise and glory from God and not from other people.

So, do you have those evidence to make sure that Jesus is your Lord and that He is with you daily?

Have a time to be still and give the Holy Spirit space to speak through the passage of scripture we have just read. Offer this time up to God as you listen to him, while listening to "Gabriel's Oboe"



Spiritual Journal

What I heard from Jesus today is: So, what is the evidence?

Christians should not have any problem to have point one that we come to Jesus. But, is it really? We come to "money, power and sex" so often but rarely make time to come to Jesus. Let me ask you, "How much time you are with Jesus in an intimate and personal relationship like "dating"? Now you know what Jesus really means!

I know quite a number of Christians including Christian leaders have lots of study in the Bible and learned men and women but they are just like King Saul throwing spear at David or like King David's son Absalom trying to kill his father. Why? Because all the knowledge or even the Bible can not save anyone only Jesus Christ our Lord. All those knowledge and the Bible is like what Jesus says is to testify about Jesus, pointing to Jesus, opening your eyes to see Jesus that you can be able to come to Him.

If we have point 1 and 2 then our lives will be transformed to live for Christ and the glory of God. But, the reality is that we like to receive praise and glory from other people rather from God because we have not yet established that kind of intimate and personal relationship so we cannot be able to feel the praise of God or to see Jesus smiling to us when we give our everything to glorify God!

So, my friend, what do you say? What are the things you need to give up in order to have more evidence in your life that Jesus is really with you that He is your Lord!

Jesus is Lord! Let's show our lives of Christlikeness because Jesus is our Lord!

Dear Lord Jesus,
Transform our lives daily that we can demonstrates the evidence to the others that you are our Lord. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.


Please click this link to worship with us -
Turn Your Eyes upon Jesus
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yfr5rOfimnU&feature=related

Chinese praise song - 祢讓我生命改變 You Transform My Life


You can subscribe to my podcast feed here:http://feeds.feedburner.com/discipler123



You may choose to follow my first blog which I started in July 2009:http://bishopsilas.blogspot.com/

Thursday, June 28, 2012

DAY 82- (English podcast click here)

DAY 82- Enough Evidence That Jesus Is with You? (請按此處收聼廣東話Cantonese podcast click here)

























I'm alive and back from our 5 days ACNA and AMiA Bishops' Retreat!

This is perhaps the most difficult, painful but the most joyful and fruitful retreat of my life!

Thanks for the powerful prayers and fasting of you guys that everyone in the retreat came back healthy, renewed and united with a David and Jonathan brotherly love! Lots of time in the camp I felt a very strong sense of your prayers supporting me and I can't stop from tears suddenly. I felt that most strongly in the hours from 12p.m. to 2p.m.. Do you guys use your lunch time to pray for me? If so, please tell me so that I know that is true. There are at least three days at that time I felt like floating by your prayers.

I had a kind of feeling on Monday night when I was at the hotel in Denver that I need to buy two pack on Advil and one pack of Cold and Flu pill after I took two Advil on Tuesday night(June 19)when I got cold that night. And so I really got cold on Friday and Monday(two days ago) and cold and flu Sunday night!!! I think it must be your prayers that I was OK all four times, no fever or anything painful feeling after having those pills. But that's four times! God is good! All the time! And thank you for your prayers! Your prayers save my life and do something miraculously to this retreat!

There are three key moments in this retreat:
1. Reconciliation - David and Jonathan's love
Paul says, " if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!"
The power of the Holy Spirit is so intense all through the past seven days. There was a holy "moment" that Bishop Trevor Walters and me say sorry to each others and asked forgiveness to each others. Since 2004 after we separated from ACiNW when Trevor was then the Chairman and we established ACiC, Trevor and I had some major misunderstanding, hurts, pains and separation. Every curse was broken at that time when we reconciled in the bus to white water rafting. I was so moved that Trevor said to me, "Silas, from now on I am your Defender, I will defend you, your integrity and your everything!" As said by all bishops and helpers in this retreat that this is one of the most important "moment" as a sign of God to give to us as the sign and fruit of this camp as a sign to revive this David and Jonathan's love between ACNA and AMiA!

2. Moment, Momentum and Movement
God has given the Anglican Communion especially AMiA and ACNA a movement in North America. But because we stepped into Satan's cunning plan in several confusing "moments" causing major misunderstanding, pain and separation that the momentum is being dragged and stuck, the Movement is being pulled back. We need from now on to catch that holy "moment" to reconcile, revive and renew so that we can create wave after wave of momentum that this Godly Movement can come at last. This is His Kingdom plan and as said by Mark(the professional counsellor that each of the bishops have two sessions with), "It's not the Brand, it's the Bride!" God planned this retreat more than a year ago, half a year before the Rwanda crisis came out. So, this retreat is beyond ACNA or AMiA business, it is God's Kingdom plan!

3. Emmanuel
Emmanuel means "God with us". Through these past seven days we all feel the strong presence of God that we can throw away all our past misunderstanding and everything dragging us to let this Emmanuel experience to carry on blessing ACNA and AMiA. We all agree that we need ACNA and AMiA for this Godly Movement in North America.

So, let's pray and fast that from now on we can catch God's holy "moments" to let the momentum and the movement happens in His Kingdom plan!!!

God is good! All the time!


**Some one told me I somewhat look like President Obama and Bishop Folly Beach and me were given a lama "Oblama" to take care of for the past five days! See the first fish I caught first time of my life! Wonderful! I caught two, they are trout, very tasty!


Today's Reading: John 5: 30-38

**For a simple and good way of Daily Devotion method please click this link: Subject Shifting Devotion.pdf.

Please click this link to read John 5: 30-38


"I have testimony weightier than that of John. For the very work that the Father has given me to finish, and which I am doing, testifies that the Father has sent me. And the Father who sent me has himself testified concerning me." John 5: 36-37

Bible Study

In this passage Jesus goes around asking people to look at the evidence of their eyes. It is not that the witness of John the Baptist wasn't important but the greatest evidence of all is that which the father himself provides. Is that enough?

Spiritual Journal

What I heard from Jesus today is: Enough evidence that Jesus is with you?
In this passage Jesus wants to tell people that there are enough evidence that He is being sent by the Father and He is His son and the Messiah. What I heard is that if you have enough evidence that Jesus is with you and that you are being sent by Him? Your life, your lifestyle, your everything. Enough evidence?
Dear Lord Jesus,
Transform our lives daily that we have enough evidence that you are with us and that we are being sent by you. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.


Please click this link to worship with us -
Turn Your Eyes upon Jesus
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yfr5rOfimnU&feature=related

Chinese praise song - 祢讓我生命改變 You Transform My Life


You can subscribe to my podcast feed here:http://feeds.feedburner.com/discipler123



You may choose to follow my first blog which I started in July 2009:http://bishopsilas.blogspot.com/