Friday, March 8, 2024

What can I give? What can I get?

 

Please click this link to go to my "Break.Build" 40 days of Lenten daily devotion:

http://breakbuild.blogspot.com/2024/02/blog-post_27.html


Please click this link to register to the coming "Connecting Workshop" -  "Knowing", February 27 and March 5, Tuesday Vancouver time(Pacific Time) 7:30am-8:30am. Our speaker: Rev. Dr. Canon Philip Tse. Our Facilitator: Rt. Rev. Dr. Page Brooks:

https://www.theamcanada.ca/connecting-2024-workshops   

Please click this link for today’s Connecting Workshop of MISSION 113 on Knowing. Please join us for the 2nd session of Knowing same time next Tuesday. Today we had bishops, pastors and leaders from Africa, India, Sabah, Thailand, USA and  Canada. Thanks to Canon Philip Tse giving us a wonderful, warm and useful talk and Bishop Page Brooks as facilitator.

https://youtu.be/eepDh1Lqqxw?si=CB5KzyWKBL0SQvW1

  

Anglican Mission in Canada and Richmond Emmanuel Church have launched MISSION 113 Campaign starting January 1, 2024 to December 31, 2026. We have received the baton from Archbishop Yong to continuous the call His Grace received in 1993 to bring more souls to God's eternal Kingdom! Please watch the two videos below to know from Archbishop Yong how Jesus used him to bring MISSION 113 to the Anglican Diocese of Sabah and beyond:

Archbishop Yong’s MISSION 113 videos, October 16, 2022:

https://youtu.be/Mp0-JPx4Vac

https://youtu.be/MyO6hMcOMOI



Please watch this video of our Caroling at President Plaza(We bought three units of  5,800 sq ft at President Plaza and now in the process of renovation. Praise the Lord to give us the Promised Land of our first property - the church in a Mall, Richmond Emmanuel Church in a Mall)on December 16, 2023:

https://youtu.be/7u_EbZjWUMc?si=lwr10ui1jlE5CfLA




Please click this link for the video version of today's blog :

https://youtu.be/ZdqCmqloH9Y?si=7ZT36gHDt4rn0a_f


Please click this link for today's Time with Abba one year Bible four passages:


Nicky Gumbel's Bible in one year today:


Bible in one year by Nicky Gumbel:



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) 

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 sins 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."


The Word, Time with Abba (Psalm 37:1-11, Numbers 10:1-11:23; Mark 14:1-21; Proverbs 10:31-32)


    Today's key passage:
    

While he was in Bethany, reclining at the table in the home of Simon the Leper, a woman came with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, made of pure nard. She broke the jar and poured the perfume on his head.
Some of those present were saying indignantly to one another, “Why this waste of perfume? It could have been sold for more than a year’s wages and the money given to the poor.” And they rebuked her harshly.
“Leave her alone,” said Jesus. “Why are you bothering her? She has done a beautiful thing to me. The poor you will always have with you, and you can help them any time you want. But you will not always have me. She did what she could. She poured perfume on my body beforehand to prepare for my burial. Truly I tell you, wherever the gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.”
Mark 14:3-9

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 today from Jesus isWhat can I give? What can I get?

     The whole day today I have been thinking of the reason for Mark to put that two passages together: The woman who gave that very expensive perfume to anoint Jesus and Judah who betrayed Jesus for money. At last, I got a big inspiration from the Lord!

    
1. What can I give? What can I get?
    Before I was born again in the 70's and 80's I had been living a life of a religious person wanting to get many things from my church but not a true Christian willing to give everything I have to love Jesus and follow Jesus, poor me!

The attitude of "getting" could lead us to follow Judah's path to betray Jesus or Jesus' servants, terrible! 

     What kind of Christian are you?

2. To enjoy "safe pasture" 
    Psalm 37:3 gives me a big inspiration:
     Trust in the Lord and do good;
     dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.

     When I read the word "safe pasture", I asked myself, "What is safe pasture?"
     Jesus answered me right away, He said,"The pasture the shepherd takes his sheep to is the safe pasture!"

     It is a pity that lots of people are not willing to be led by their shepherds but to find their own "safe pasture"! The result might be falling into the trap Judah fell and become a Judah, sad!

      Are you willing to be led by your shepherd? Do you know who are your shepherds?

3. How do we know we are willing to be led by our shepherds?
    When I asked this question, Jesus asked me to read three passages to have the comparison. It was such a surprise to me!

    Because what I got is that when we are willing to be in the "chains of command" the Lord prepares for us means we are willing to be led by our shepherds and can enjoy "safe pasture"!

    Please read what I highlighted and you will understand: 

     a. Numbers 10:14-28
         The formation of the twelve tribes when they were ready to advance to the Promised Land in the book of Numbers: 





      b. Numbers 1:20-52
          The very beginning formation of the twelve tribes in Numbers 





  
       c Numbers 2:1-34
          The formation was in all four directions(East, South, West, North), four Camps, four Commanders, 12 divisions, 12 division leaders (four of those were Commanders). This completed the formation 





      Are you willing to be led by your shepherds into the formation of your church? 

    Dear Lord Jesus, 
   Help us to be willing to give everything you want us to give to love you and to follow you and willing to be led by those shepherds appointed by you in our own church.  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, to be holy - that is to do what Jesus wants you to do and not to do what Jesus wants you not to do?
    
      Family Corner:
     Find an opportunity to share with your family the importance of today's message. 
     

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

        My first blog started in July 2009, one chapter a day to read through
     the whole Bible link:

https://bishopsilas.blogspot.com/2009/08/day-1-i-am-blind.html



        Anglican Mission Global Society:

Archbishop Melter’s 1st Connecting Workshop video, September 5, 2023: https://youtu.be/0lL8xNrgJb8

Archbishop Melter’s 2nd Connecting Workshop video, September 12 2023:  https://youtu.be/SM39qX0Q5XM


Archbishop Yong’s MISSION 113 videos, October 16, 2022:

https://youtu.be/Mp0-JPx4Vac

https://youtu.be/MyO6hMcOMOI


Archbishop Yong's born again testimony

1st part: https://youtu.be/eogu1rMpvTQ

2nd part: https://youtu.be/BhyUU1ov1RM


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