Monday, August 2, 2021

DAY 172 (2021) - Children/Family ministry should be our priority!(Please go to FaceBook(silastyng) to watch my video of this blog)

 



Silence

1.   Put on your “brakes” and stop for a moment of silence
2.   Wait for God. Breathe deep for God's peace and feel His presence. Exhale your worries.

Praise and Thanksgiving

1.   Think through your day, all the times that made you smile
2.   Thank God for all those moments, and for all those people
3.   Sing a song to praise God (you are welcome to use "Father, I adore you" which I have been singing every morning for the past 20 years or your own choice to praise God)

          Father, I adore You, lay my life before You, how I love You.
          Jesus, I adore You, lay my life before You, how I love You.
          Spirit, I adore You, lay my life before You, how I love You.
      

Confession and Repentance (Subjective Shifting Devotion Method https://bishopsilas.blogspot.com/2009/08/count-down-5-subject-shifting-devotion.html

1.  Pray for the Holy Spirit to shine on you that you are able to discover your sins and be willing to repent:


     “Dear Holy Spirit, shine your light into the places of darkness in my life. Show me my sins, everything that blocks me from encountering God and having Jesus as my Lord. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.”



2.  Through the Holy Spirit, examine yourself for a short silence and then pray:

     "Dear Lord Jesus, thank you for dying on the cross for our sins and being victorious over death and sin. I confess my sin to you(pause, to tell Jesus what the Holy Spirit has shown you). Forgive my sins by your blood and help me follow you. Holy Spirit, fill me that I may be able to receive your gifts to love God and His people. In Jesus Name I pray, Amen."

3.  John Stott's daily prayer of Christlikeness (Christopher J.H. Wright, Cultivating the fruit of the Spirit. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2017, 13)

(Please click this link to see how God used John Stott to change my life: https://bishopsilas.blogspot.com/2009/07/)

           "Heavenly Father, I pray that this day I may live in your presence and please you more and more.

             Lord Jesus, I pray that this day I may take up my cross and follow you.

             Holy Spirit, I pray that this day you will fill me with yourself and cause your fruit to ripen in my life: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control."


    Bible link: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm%207&version=NIV

    Time with Abba one year Bible reading: http://api.pastoralcareschool.org/twa/

    Today's passage:
   

Proverbs 22


A good name is more desirable than great riches;
    to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.

Rich and poor have this in common:
    The Lord is the Maker of them all.

The prudent see danger and take refuge,
    but the simple keep going and pay the penalty.

Humility is the fear of the Lord;
    its wages are riches and honor and life.

In the paths of the wicked are snares and pitfalls,
    but those who would preserve their life stay far from them.

Start children off on the way they should go,
    and even when they are old they will not turn from it.

The rich rule over the poor,
    and the borrower is slave to the lender.

Whoever sows injustice reaps calamity,
    and the rod they wield in fury will be broken.

The generous will themselves be blessed,
    for they share their food with the poor.

10 Drive out the mocker, and out goes strife;
    quarrels and insults are ended.

11 One who loves a pure heart and who speaks with grace
    will have the king for a friend.

12 The eyes of the Lord keep watch over knowledge,
    but he frustrates the words of the unfaithful.

13 The sluggard says, “There’s a lion outside!
    I’ll be killed in the public square!”

14 The mouth of an adulterous woman is a deep pit;
    a man who is under the Lord’s wrath falls into it.

15 Folly is bound up in the heart of a child,
    but the rod of discipline will drive it far away.

16 One who oppresses the poor to increase his wealth
    and one who gives gifts to the rich—both come to poverty.

Thirty Sayings of the Wise

Saying 1

17 Pay attention and turn your ear to the sayings of the wise;
    apply your heart to what I teach,
18 for it is pleasing when you keep them in your heart
    and have all of them ready on your lips.
19 So that your trust may be in the Lord,
    I teach you today, even you.
20 Have I not written thirty sayings for you,
    sayings of counsel and knowledge,
21 teaching you to be honest and to speak the truth,
    so that you bring back truthful reports
    to those you serve?

Saying 2

22 Do not exploit the poor because they are poor
    and do not crush the needy in court,
23 for the Lord will take up their case
    and will exact life for life.

Saying 3

24 Do not make friends with a hot-tempered person,
    do not associate with one easily angered,
25 or you may learn their ways
    and get yourself ensnared.

Saying 4

26 Do not be one who shakes hands in pledge
    or puts up security for debts;
27 if you lack the means to pay,
    your very bed will be snatched from under you.

Saying 5

28 Do not move an ancient boundary stone
    set up by your ancestors.

Saying 6

29 Do you see someone skilled in their work?
    They will serve before kings;
    they will not serve before officials of low rank.



Let's have a time to be still and give the Holy Spirit space to speak through the passage we have just read. Offer this time to Jesus as you listen to him. 

   
     My Listening
    The topic I received from Jesus isChildren/Family ministry should be our priority!

There are lots of Christians who have no ministry but just enjoying "church" each Sunday!

There are quite a number of Christians who are willing to do lots of ministry but not children ministry because they think that they can't deal with children!

There are quite a number of Christians who are willing to do lots of ministry including children ministry but they do not know Children ministry should include parents and actually it is Family Ministry!

We so often think that we send our children to Sunday School and then we can go to our worship trusting that Sunday School can teach our children well. But, lots of time parents lose the golden opportunity to be with our children on Sunday worship. That's how our church had a big renewal six years ago changing the name Sunday School to REC Kids and invite all parents to be with their children for family worship and children's teaching time.  And, we make Children/Family ministry our priority because we know Proverbs 22:6 is a very important direction for all parents and we need to do it before it is too late:

  
Start children off on the way they should go,
    and even when they are old they will not turn from it.


Lots of young people left church when they become high school students and be able not to listen to their parents of not going to church any more. Because we lack leaders to train our children and parents of the importance of a Christian Family!

So, if you think Jesus is telling an important message today, He is not just telling you but encouraging you to support your church's Family ministry!

       
Dear Lord Jesus,
Help us to refocus ourselves to those ministries you appointed us to do, especially calling us to take a higher priority to children and family ministry. 
In Jesus name we pray,
 
Amen.

       
      Reflect on these questions:
     1. What inspiration have you received from today's catch and what have you heard from Jesus now?
      
      2.  What is your next step to be more closer to Jesus?
    
           Family Corner:
     Find an opportunity to share with your family the importance of today's message. 
     

        
Please click this link to worship with us - 


     To know, learn and practice the method of Time with Abba, please click this link: https://www.pastoralcareschool.org

       
    Since January 1, 2021, I started to lead you to read one Psalm everyday for 150 days that you can experience a powerful experience to use Psalm to pray and sing praises to the Lord. I completed that in July 11,2021.

    Then starting on July 12, 2021, I am going to lead you to read one Proverbs a day for 31 days.
    
    Alice Cheung, who is now the Vice Principal of Diocesan Girls' School (https://www.dgs.edu.hk/) drew a painting each day to highlight the key message of that day's Psalm and then had a calligraphy for the Proverbs series. 

     You can see the photos below of Alice, one pictures was taken in Hong Kong of Michelle and me, and Alice and her husband Johnson. The other picture is with her Doctor of Education gown standing besides the Alumni Wall of DGS and with her name and the year 1984, the year she graduated in that school. She had been a principal of a high school for seven years and worked as a Vice Principal two years ago. 










第 172天(2021年) - 教孩童,走正路! (大家可到FaceBook (silastyng)看此博客的錄影 )

 

安靜

1.  停下來. 靜一靜

2.  等候主. 深呼吸經歷主之平安, 感受主的臨在, 呼出你的憂慮


讚美及感恩
1.  思想最近使你開心歡笑的時刻
2.  為那些時刻及有關的人感恩

知罪,認罪,悔改 (Subjective Shifting Devotion Method 轉位靈修法  https://bishopsilas.blogspot.com/2009/08/count-down-5-subject-shifting-devotion.html

1. 求聖靈光照,使你知罪,願意認罪悔改 
     "親愛的聖靈, 求你光照我心靈的深處, 使我看見我的罪, 我和主耶穌的阻隔, 
        求你幫助, 奉主耶穌基督名求。阿們。"

2. 透過聖靈的工作, 安靜一刻, 省察自己, 之後祈禱:
     「親愛的主耶穌,感謝你為我的罪釘死在十字架上,我願意在你面前承認我的罪(凡聖靈光照到的,請逐一說出),求你用你的寶血赦免我的罪,我願意打開心門讓你作我的救主,求你救贖我,我願意一生跟隨你讓你作我生命的主,求你帶領我。聖靈,求你充滿我,使我得著恩賜及力量去侍奉主、見證主,奉主耶穌基督名求,阿們。」


3.  司徒德牧師每天早上的 "活像基督"祈禱 John Stott's daily prayer of Christlikeness (Christopher J.H. Wright, Cultivating the fruit of the Spirit. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2017, 13)

請到此連結看神怎様籍司徒德牧師改變我的生命: 

https://bishopsilas.blogspot.com/2009/07/


   "天父,求你使我今天活在你的同在中,你一天比一天更喜悦我。
    主耶穌,求你使我今天能背起我的十架去跟隨你。
    聖靈,求你在今天充滿我,使你的果子能彰顯在我的生命中: 仁愛,喜樂,和平,忍耐,恩慈,良善,信實,温柔及節制。"
             

親親爸父讀經網頁: http://api.pastoralcareschool.org/twa/

今日的經文:
  

美 名 勝 過 大 財 ; 恩 寵 強 如 金 銀 。

富 戶 窮 人 在 世 相 遇 , 都 為 耶 和 華 所 造 。

通 達 人 見 禍 藏 躲 ; 愚 蒙 人 前 往 受 害 。

敬 畏 耶 和 華 心 存 謙 卑 , 就 得 富 有 、 尊 榮 、 生 命 為 賞 賜 。

乖 僻 人 的 路 上 有 荊 棘 和 網 羅 ; 保 守 自 己 生 命 的 , 必 要 遠 離 。

教 養 孩 童 , 使 他 走 當 行 的 道 , 就 是 到 老 他 也 不 偏 離 。

富 戶 管 轄 窮 人 ; 欠 債 的 是 債 主 的 僕 人 。

撒 罪 孽 的 , 必 收 災 禍 ; 他 逞 怒 的 杖 也 必 廢 掉 。

眼 目 慈 善 的 , 就 必 蒙 福 , 因 他 將 食 物 分 給 窮 人 。

10 趕 出 褻 慢 人 , 爭 端 就 消 除 ; 紛 爭 和 羞 辱 也 必 止 息 。

11 喜 愛 清 心 的 人 因 他 嘴 上 的 恩 言 , 王 必 與 他 為 友 。

12 耶 和 華 的 眼 目 眷 顧 聰 明 人 , 卻 傾 敗 奸 詐 人 的 言 語 。

13 懶 惰 人 說 : 外 頭 有 獅 子 ; 我 在 街 上 就 必 被 殺 。

14 淫 婦 的 口 為 深 坑 ; 耶 和 華 所 憎 惡 的 , 必 陷 在 其 中 。

15 愚 蒙 迷 住 孩 童 的 心 , 用 管 教 的 杖 可 以 遠 遠 趕 除 。

16 欺 壓 貧 窮 為 要 利 己 的 , 並 送 禮 與 富 戶 的 , 都 必 缺 乏 。

17 你 須 側 耳 聽 受 智 慧 人 的 言 語 , 留 心 領 會 我 的 知 識 。

18 你 若 心 中 存 記 , 嘴 上 咬 定 , 這 便 為 美 。

19 我 今 日 以 此 特 特 指 教 你 , 為 要 使 你 倚 靠 耶 和 華 。

20 謀 略 和 知 識 的 美 事 , 我 豈 沒 有 寫 給 你 麼 ?

21 要 使 你 知 道 真 言 的 實 理 , 你 好 將 真 言 回 覆 那 打 發 你 來 的 人 。

22 貧 窮 人 , 你 不 可 因 他 貧 窮 就 搶 奪 他 的 物 , 也 不 可 在 城 門 口 欺 壓 困 苦 人 ;

23 因 耶 和 華 必 為 他 辨 屈 ; 搶 奪 他 的 , 耶 和 華 必 奪 取 那 人 的 命 。

24 好 生 氣 的 人 , 不 可 與 他 結 交 ; 暴 怒 的 人 , 不 可 與 他 來 往 ;

25 恐 怕 你 效 法 他 的 行 為 , 自 己 就 陷 在 網 羅 裡 。

26 不 要 與 人 擊 掌 , 不 要 為 欠 債 的 作 保 。

27 你 若 沒 有 甚 麼 償 還 , 何 必 使 人 奪 去 你 睡 臥 的 床 呢 ?

28 你 先 祖 所 立 的 地 界 , 你 不 可 挪 移 。

29 你 看 見 辦 事 殷 勤 的 人 麼 ? 他 必 站 在 君 王 面 前 , 必 不 站 在 下 賤 人 面 前 。


現在讓你有一個安靜的時刻,給聖靈一個空間,讓主耶穌可以藉着剛才讀過的經文,親自對你説話。


 我的聆聽
 我從主耶穌領受主題是: 教孩童,走正路!

  箴言22:6是聖經一個很重要的金句,提醒我們教養我們的孩童去認識神,行神為人預備的正路是如何的重要:

    教 養 孩 童 , 使 他 走 當 行 的 道 , 就 是 到 老 他 也 不 偏 離 。

   可惜很多基督徒都不懂得如何藉自己的身教及教會的兒童及家庭事工去幫助孩童在主裏成長,更甚的是不少教會的兒童及家庭事工都是不被重視的!

  讓我們重視兒童及家庭事工,可以的話加入兒童及家庭事工,使箴言22:6成為很多家庭的祝福及實況,榮神益人!

 

親愛的主耶穌
幫助我們重視兒童及家庭事工,使箴言22:6成為很多家庭的祝福及實況,榮神益人,奉主耶穌基督名求,阿們。
   
省察問題
 1. 今日的信息對你有何啓發?  主耶穌現在對你説甚麽話?

 2. 下一步是什麼行動?
   
     家庭角落
找機會與家人一起分享今日的領受。



讚美
Chinese praise song - 

生命因愛動聽 Wonderful Because of Love



由2021年7月12日開始,我帶領大家每日讀一篇箴言,用31天去為大家帶來一個藉箴言唱詩歌頌寶貴的靈修親親爸父經歷。

    更感恩的是我和認識了超過三十多年的好朋友鄭張淑儀博士從1月1日開始合作每日一詩篇,150日讀完150篇詩篇,現在31日讀完31篇箴言去 "親親爸父,唱詩歌頌"。

    張博士Alice 現在是香港拔萃女書院 (DGS)的副校長,她會每天晝一幅表達那天詩篇精要的畫,而我則如以往一様寫此博客的內容。大家可以見到下面張博士和丈夫鄭昭明弟兄,我太太和我最近在香港的合照,及她穿着博士袍在1984年畢業的母挍香港拔萃女書院的畢業生牆有她名字Alice S Y CHEUNG Class of 1984前面影的相。 








DAY 172 (2021) - Children/Family ministry should be our priority!(Please go to FaceBook(silastyng) to watch my video of this blog)

  Silence 1.    Put on your “brakes” and stop for a moment of silence 2.   Wait for God. Breathe deep for God's peace and feel His prese...