Euphemism




Mar 4, 2007
Peace..

Did this for AIM devotion a couple of weeks ago.. here goes..

PEACE

Definitions:

1.      A state of mutual harmony between people or groups, esp. in personal relations: Try to live in peace with your neighbors.

2.      Cessation of or freedom from any strife or dissension.

3.      Freedom of the mind from annoyance, distraction, anxiety, an obsession, etc.; tranquility; serenity

4.      A state of tranquility or serenity. May he rest in peace.

5.      Obsolete. to be or become silent.

6.      At peace:

a.       untroubled; tranquil; content

b.      deceased

7.      Make one's peace with, to become reconciled with: He repaired the fence he had broken and made his peace with the neighbor on whose property it stood.

8.      Make peace, to ask for or arrange a cessation of hostilities or antagonism.

“Shalom”, a Hebrew term that the Jews use as a common greeting/farewell.

One of the above definitions made me laugh a little, but then I realized that in that phrase, there was truth in it under the obvious that made me laugh. “May he rest in peace”. This is a term that people use to bless the dead. But then I realized that, peace did kinda have to do with death, per se. Death to your “old man”.

Peace is one of the fruit of the Spirit mentioned in Galatians 5:22-23

Vs.22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

The entire section of Galatians 5 from verse 16 til the end is about Life by the Spirit. It speaks about the sinful nature versus life by the Spirit. As verse 17 says, the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature. So what is at the essence of it is that that is a natural discord in ourselves from the moment that we receive the Spirit into us, because what one wants, is not what the other desires.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, PEACE, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. 9 altogether. Against such things there IS no law. No law given to us can go against these values, or what we bear when we have the Spirit in us. Therefore if we as Christians, children of God bear with us these values in all that we do, the law will not be able to convict us of any wrong. In vs 24 it says that those who belong to Jesus have crucified the sinful nature, and when our “old man” has been put to death, we are therefore at peace within ourselves.

Galatians 5:16 - 26 

Life by the Spirit

16 So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature. 17 For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature. They are in conflict with each other, so that you do not do what you want. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under law. 19 The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God. 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. 25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.

In the Bible, peace is mentioned many times. Our God is a God of peace. In Isaiah 9, where he prophesies about the coming of the Messiah, one of the names ascribed to Him is the Prince of Peace.

Isaiah 9:6
For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace
.

And in Isaiah 26:3, reading from the Contemporary English Version cos it wasn’t all to clear to me when I first read it in the NIV. It says, “The Lord gives perfect peace to those whose faith is firm”. The NIV reads, “You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you”. We all know that God is a faithful God right? In 2nd Timothy 2:13 it says that “if we are faithless, he will remain faithful, for he cannot disown himself.”. It is the essence of God, and therefore, if we trust in Him, if out faith in Him is firm, He will give us perfect peace. Not jus peace, but PERFECT peace. Our God does things perfectly rite? ;)

Today, the question that is posed is, “Where is your peace?”. In what or whom can you find your peace? In Psalms 20:7, it reads, “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.”. A similar sounding verse in Isaiah 31:1 reads. “Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help, who rely on horses, who trust in the multitude of their chariots and in the great strength of their horsemen, but do not look to the Holy One of Israel, or seek help from the LORD”. Woe be unto them, it says. In those days, Egypt was a reckoning force, one of the stronger countries in the ancient world, chariots and horses signify strength, power, wealth. Trusting in material things, in other people will not bring us peace, yet so many these days are pre-occupied with attaining financial stability, or, the foundation to a good career would be getting a degree from a prestigious university. We work our hearts out to achieve these things with the hope that this will bring us a sense of security, that it will bring peace to our hearts. But God says, “Woe be unto them..”.

In Psalms 34:14 it tells us to seek peace and pursue it. Not in the false sense of security that we think material possessions bring us, but the peace that which the author of peace grants to us when we put our trust in Him. The result of us putting our trust in God, makes us bear the fruit of the Spirit.

Being children of God, followers of Christ, having the perfect peace that God has given to us, the Bible exhorts us to bring peace to all men. Like how in beauty pageants, the contestants are asked what they want most for this world. The stereotype answer that has been popularized by the movie Miss Congeniality, I want World Peace. Romans 12:18 tells us to live at peace in as much as we can with each other. In Jesus’ famous sermon on the mount in Matthew chapter 5, it says in verse 9, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.”. This is one of the ways that people will see God in us, when we bring peace, we show how God is to those that don’t know Him.

Shalom people ;)

 

References:
Dictionary.com reference
Biblegateway
Strong's Topical Concordance


Posted at 09:28 pm by tabster23
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Apr 29, 2006
The Greatest Thing...

Jesus, help me love...

Love never gives up.

Love cares more for others than for self.

Love doesn't want what it doesn't have.

Love doesn't strut,

Doesn't have a swelled head,

Doesn't force itself on others,

Isn't always "me first,"

Doesn't fly off the handle,

Doesn't keep score of the sins of others,

Doesn't revel when others grovel,

Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,

Puts up with anything,

Trusts God always,

Always looks for the best,

Never looks back,

But keeps going to the end.

1 Corinthians 13:4-7


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Dec 8, 2005
O Come Come Emmanuel

Time to revive this blog.
There were 2 other entries I think I typed out a month or so ago to put up but I never finished them.
Sigh... SLACKER.

I think some of you have given up checking out this blogspace... hehehe...
But anyway, I wanted to write something that has been on my heart for a bit.

I know sometimes, the worst friends can be Christian friends.
As paradoxical that sentence can be, it is a sad truth.
The desire to live holy and be holy is a noble desire, but sometimes.. we just let that desire run loose.

There was this fad, where everyone wore the wristband 'WWJD', acronym for 'What Would Jesus Do'..
but I think, that was just it. The people who produced the band just made millions, and Christian's all over the world had an extra item to isolate the world from the Christian culture.
Do we really care what Jesus would do?
And that begs the question, do we really KNOW what Jesus would do?

I don't know... I haven't been the perfect Christian.
But I've been hearing some stories from friends about certain things that pain their hearts.
My heart feels that hurt and disappointment with them.

What have we done? Where did we go wrong? What did we do to have helped in the schizophrenic construction of your identity? Did we place too much expectations on all of you? Did we keep you away from the world too long? Too long till the fact that now you have to venture out spineless? Where did we go wrong? Did we not love enough?

Why do we judge you so harshly? Have we not grown with you as well? Are we not equals in the journey of faith? Since when did those moments where we share our thoughts about God come to be moments you dread? Or eventually memories I dread?

I just want to live my life in such a way that discovers who God is, day by day.
I just want to live my life feeling grateful, not deserving.
I just want to learn what it means to glorify God, and not regret sacrifices.

What do you want in your life?
What can I do to help?

Why do you feel like you have to pretend in front of me?
Why do you feel that the name of the Lord MUST be in every sentence?
Why must you add Christian jargon to each conversation?
Do you think we care for such words? Does it make you holier to us?
Why are you not honest?

I am sorry, if I was anything of the above.
I do know that I have been, or still am in some of the above.. probably at one point of time, all in fact.
I am sorry.
What Would Jesus Do?
He will do the right thing.
Be kind my dear friends... some of us are still too young.
The Lord is stil with us... He will come to Thee.
So Rejoice, Rejoice.
love,
sheryl

 O come, O come Emmanuel
And ransom captive Israel
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appear

O come Thou dayspring, come and cheer
Our spirits by Thine advent here
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night
And death's dark shadows put to flight

Rejoice, rejoice Emmanuel
Shall come to Thee, O Israel
Rejoice, rejoice, Emmanuel
Shall come to Thee, O Israel

"O Come Come Emmanuel"


Posted at 10:23 pm by sheryl
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Oct 10, 2005
Finally she writes..or asks..

Issue One
How do we know that a Christian is a Christian?


Issue Two
What makes one a Christian?

Hey guys, help me out a bit. Wat comes to ur mind first and foremost, just leave me a comment/comments ok?
It will help...gathering some survey here.

Christian or non-Christian are most welcomed.

Friends that know me..pls pass this around.

Important.
 

*note*
You can personally drop by in my blog too if u want...

http://seryndipity.blogdrive.com


-serene-


Posted at 06:48 pm by enereskye
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Aug 28, 2005
Good interview... thanks Chew

Found this on Chew's website.
Loved the way Bono converged both aspects of God in the Old Testament and New Testament.
Really poetic, really lucid.
Read it.
Cheers Bono.


love,
sheryl

P/S Wow... in commemoration of the event of me learning how to link, I shall say this:
      Tab, I know how to link.
 

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Dormant no more!!! : Part 2

Aiks.. I'm sweating it out dude.
Fever wor...
*sigh*

A continuation of the previous entry.
Actually, its a real no brainer... cause in the face of sin, we must be firm and unmoving.
Unrepentance is a contagious disease, in the context of believers of course.
Look at what Jesus said:

"How is it you don't understand that I was not talking to you about bread? But be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees."
               -Matthew 16:11- 

What is the yeast?

"...... be on your guard against of the yeast of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy."
-Luke 12:1-    

Unrepentance within unbelievers should not be so easily equated to hypocrisy. Afterall, hypocrisy is to do with 'putting on a show', to do with 'acting'. However, unrepentance has alot to do with denial... and 'acting' and 'putting on a show' has a lot to do with denial as well. And Paul's tone of extreme reprimand is appropriate in addressing this pressing matter.
Why is it appropriate?
Well, if one continues to deny Christ because he is indulging in sin, we as the body of Christ should regard the matter with utmost seriousness for it may ruin the church. Sin is not blatant as we think it is and neither is it as obvious as we think it is. That is why Paul offers such a harsh rebuke, because he is well aware of how sin can subversively penetrate the church. Sometimes, I think we are so desensitised by the world... that we miss the subtlety of sin. We think sin will either come in neon news flashes or ring our doorbells and announce its arrival with the onset of a tea party. I am victim to such desensitisation as well... I forget sin can happen. And it happens quick and quietly.
So we must nip it in the bud... and the operative word here will be repentance.
Because the aim of reprimand is the recognisation of sin followed by repentance... not a reason for moments of 'I am gooder than you'.
Upon the recognisation of sin, we must embrace them once again... we must love them once again.. to help restore them (refer verse 2 Cor 2:5-11) with all we have. This is what the Bible teaches us about forgiveness and restoration.

To help illustrate...
I once had a huge problem with churches kicking out homosexual pastors, ignoring them till the brink of death. And I thought, stupid churches... how 'Christian' of them. But I fail to see the whole aspect of repentance, and on what the Bible teaches regarding this.
So it is incumbent upon the believers to point out the sin in order for repentance (refer to what Jesus said in Matthew 18:15-17). If those who are in sin refuse to acknowledge it, we have to treat them as non-believers.
Here is where I see an inconsistency within the church. Treatment of non-believers is not an excuse for marginalisation... our Lord Jesus Christ afterall died for the sinners, not the saints. So how do we treat non-believers? Well, we just don't invite them into the fellowship of the beilevers, nor do we trust them with teaching or ministering or serving. But we still love them... as how Christ did. But we must not be made out to be associated with them... yet, love cannot be denied from them so that we always offer reconciliation (refer 2 Cor 5:20).
Refering to the case above with homosexuality among pastors, it is important to remember that excluding them from the fellowship is imperative for we cannot be seen as condoning their lifestyle. But as christians, the hope of reconciliation must never be taken away. We must always offer that chance... as Christ did to us.

The church is not impervious to sin, we all know that. But we need not fear it... because of the grace and love Christ has shown us. I am grateful that Christ is a God of many chances.... I need all the help I can get. So I will still sin unfortunately, till the day I die. But rest assured, Christ will be there to forgive and help me get through it all.
As He will with you.
Amen.

Grace fellow readers *big smile*,
sheryl
  

Posted at 01:13 am by sheryl
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Aug 13, 2005
Dormant no more!!

Hmm..... The only reason I'm putting this up cause I don't want it to be a month since the last update.
Let's see....
*thinking*

Read on a friend's blog:
"Don't act as if you've never been rude to your mom before."
Insolent girl. Tell her next time rach,
"Don't act as if you know that I've been rude to my mom before."
The insolence!
Impudent brat.
*slap slap slap slap slap*
*breathes fire*
*puts out the fire*
*chokes while putting out fire*

Oh well.
Hmm... I've been thinking about certain passages in Corinthians lately, but not ripe enough to discuss just about yet. But this past two weeks have mostly been devotional moments, not really bible study.
I've been reading a good blog of a friend... an entry about apologies was an extremely good entry.
"The successful apology dissolves anger and humiliation. It shows respect, builds trust, and helps
prevent further misunderstandings. A sincere apology makes it much easier to forgive."

I suck at forgiveness and apologies. Hahahaha.... I thought that was a good quote. And I thought this was a better quote:

"A sincere apology doesn't compel others to forgive, but it is the right thing to do."
-David McCasland- 

Nice. *big smile*
Here's something Paul says in 2 Cor 2:5-11 :

"If anyone has caused grief, he has not so much grieved e as he has grieved all of you, to some 
 extent - not to put it too severely. The punishment inflicted on him by the majority is sufficient for 
 him. Now instead, you ought to forgive and comfort him, so that he will not be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow. I urge you, therefore, to reaffirm your love for him. The reason I wrote to you was to see if you would stand the test and be obedient in everything. If you forgive anyone I 
 also forgive him. And what I have forgiven - if there was anything to forgive - I have forgiven in the
 sight of Christ for your sake, in order that Satan might not outwit us. For we are not unaware of his
 schemes."
 
Compare the tone of this passage with this other one in 1 Cor 5:1,2, 22

"It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and of a kind that does not occur
 even among pagans : A man has his father's wife. And you are proud! Shouldn't you rather have
 been filled with grief and have put out of your fellowship the man who did this?....But now I am writing to you that you must not associate with anyone who calls himself a brother but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or a slanderer, a drunkard or a swindler. With such a man do not even eat."

Interesting huh?
I always wondered whether the passage in 2 Cors was actually in reference to the case in 1 Cors.
Skum, if you're reading this and I have not asked you about this yet, let us know yeah?
Ultimately, I do think both passages are still in concordance to the faith.
The first passage talks about a brother who is in repentance, and the other talks about the brother who is not in repentance. Notice Paul's agitation when he remarks : "And you are proud!"
Now, some food for thought (for me at least).
What happens when we come across either ourselves in sin, or someone else in sin? (and trust me, its bound to happen in the next 5 minutes knowing me and my mouth)
Do we straight away condemn them to another table to eat? Or another toilet to um... go to toilet to?
But what about Jesus? Did he not die for the sinners, not the saints?

Aiks. I have to go off for youth.
Will continue this in the near future.
Till then, food for thought for everyone.
*big smile*

love,
sheryl

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Jul 18, 2005
err.. nothing much..

"Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art... It has no survival value; rather is one of those things that give value to survival." 
~ C. S. Lewis ~


Posted at 09:52 pm by tabster23
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Jun 27, 2005
Let me put something up... its too quiet around here

Howdy Doody fellow umm... readers!
I am sorry to report... my legs hurt like anything.
Futsol (or Futsal, whichamaeverway you wanna call it) is a killer game.
I fell down twice, got gutted by the ball twice (ok.. so one was more like on my knees or something but hey...), got stepped on countless times, sprinted unnecessarily 5 times i think... got pissed off 6 or 7 times (pissed off more at myself than anything cause i just dont know what to do with the ball when it comes to me and i end up kicking it to the opposing team.. stupid dufus...)..
In short...
I am now in pain.
Not really bad pain... but in enough pain to reconsider playing futsol ever.
Well, reconsideration for at least a week lar, till my leg heals that is...
Oh.. I have two nasty blisters due to inappropriate footwear.
Sigh... what a dufus.
But it was fun! Kinda... I mean, PAINFUL fun.
Tab and Patrina were the only other girls (alongside me) in the game... Pat, hats off to you man.
Umm.. WOman. Quite ganas, your playing...
I was useless kau kau... wondering here, wondering there...
Kane had to tell me to run for the ball... and I was suppose to be on the offense side.
Sigh... sports ain't my thing.
What sports was I good at ah?
Hmm... tug-of-war!

eh, I was really good at that ok.

Wait, wait... there's a spiritual post in here somewhere.
Aiyah.. cannot find lar. Amidst my bruises, spiritual insight has been lost.

Some more this daniel ah... always take my ball.
Super angry ah me... but cant take the ball back also.
No skill.

*sigh*

Hmm.. wait... stalling for my spiritual insight.
Its sandwiched between pei tan choke (lunch) and um... more pei tan choke (dinner).
Hmmm...
*thinking*

FOUND IT!

We watched a pretty cool movie on Saturday for youth... called "Time Changer".
I must say.. the whole film looked suspectingly promising...
till the whole Time Machine thing came in.
It got too HG Wells for me from then on.
But the plot of the movie was pretty good... something I think much needed for a post-modern youth (meaning, MUA).
Morality and Christianity arent synonyms.
Being a person who is upright and just doesnt make you a Christian.
The Devil isn't about making us into bad, mad, insane bunch of amoral people...
Satan is about credit.
He wants God's credit.
And as long as He can omit the name of the Lord from any aspect in our lives, even the good part... he's done what he intended to do.
There were some really cool dialogues (from now on, the movie will be sperated into 2 sections... B.T.M. (Before Time Machine) and A.T.M. (Automated Teller Machi.. no, I'm kidding... After Time Machine.. eer... well, I'm STILL kinda kidding but... oh shucks.)
Ok ok... serious sikit.

I think the whole absolutism approach to our faith is essential in understanding the authority of God.
I know what I now will proceed to say may be rather offensive, bigoted and controversial (not to degree of allowing same sex marriages on the basis of civil rights but nevertheless...) but I have been struggling with this issue for a while now and it is most heartening to know that at least, AT THE LEAST, a movie with a B-grade sci-fi title agrees with me.
Ok.... maybe that last sentence didnt do so much as to add validity to my argument as it did to make my last sentence more of a mockery but nevertheless...

We've heard them before. The ubiquitous bands out there who all sprouted from churches and who now branched out into the secular music industry with the ever so noble task of sending a 'positive message' to the masses with the oh-so-subtly imbued Christian innuendo in their lyrics. 
Yes, yes.. all very noble and kind.
But terribly manipulative and elusive.
This... is the greatest joke I have arguably ever heard:
"Yes, we are Christians in a band... but we are not a Christian band."
Laugh it up people.
 
I always found that statement rather.... weird? strange? fickle?
No.
INSIPID.
I always found that statement rather... INSIPID.
Ah.... so you can be a lawyer who is a Christian, but not a Christian lawyer?
So you can be a student who is a Christian, but not a Christian student?
So you can be a son who is a Christian, but not a Christian son?
So you can have an identity apart from a role?
How individualistic and post-modernistic is that?
No definitions, no guidelines, no nothing?
We live in dangerous times.

Same thing with Clinton. So what if he and Lewinsky were 'not' having sex? He's still a good president. Is a sex scandal enough to impeach a president?
Even in our churches... we excuse so many leaders of their indiscretions because we see that their capabilities outweigh the damage done by their capricious antics.
But in doing so, we seem to be discrediting our Lord's name.
Go on... do this. Go to www.biblegateway.com and type in 'name'.
Read the verses associated with the name of the Lord. There are in abundance.
And see how significant the name of the Lord is.... it is associated with glory, righteousness, power, majesty.
We cannot discredit our Lord. It is an expensive life we are living today, bought with an expensive price.

You cannot separate the identity from the role... because you cannot separate who God is from what God does.

Ok, so far.. all Ive done is talk.
Let us examine why our Lord's name holds such importance.
In the film, you will remember Russell's book carrying the extremely subtle implication that morality can be set aside from the Lord's name.
Examine these scriptures:

Acts 4:12 
12Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other NAME under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.

Acts 2:21
21And everyone who calls on the NAME of the Lord will be saved.[a]
Acts 2:21 Joel 2:28-32

There quite a number of scriptures... but let's look at a pretty important one that may adequately sum up my point:

John 3:18
Whoever believes in Him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed  in the NAME of God's one and only Son.

This verse states a most obvious fact that seems to slip past our eyes sometimes. Those who do not believe in the NAME of God's one and only Son, Jesus Christ stands CONDEMNED. Interesting isn't it? His name alone secures salvation... and we ALL know that. We quote the whole our good works are nothing more than filthy rags (Isaiah 64:6) and we go "Oh yeah... I know that one. That's why we ain't going to heaven. We ain't good enough." And that's true. We ain't ever good enough.
But you know the concept of branding? When you see the Nike logo on a shoe, you know that that shoe is 'good enough'. It's never about us you see... it's the fact that we don't carry the mark of Christ. No 'logo' of Christ if you prefer. THAT is why we aint ever good enough. When Adam disobeyed, when Adam went against God's authority, he effectively removed God's authority, God's branding, over his life. And that is what sin is...
Sin isn't so simply as lying or cheating or doing bad things.
Sin is basically, the rejection of God's sovereignity.
When we are OUT of His plan, His will.
And we shouldnt represent sin so simplistically as lying or cheating or fornication.
And why not you ask?
Not that sin doesn't cover any of the above, it does... but those actions are manifestations of sin, not sin itself.
Kinda like the symptoms of a disease... and you know, sometimes, when one cannot diagnose the disease to obtain the cure, one treats the symptoms.
It is a temporal relief but never a cure.
So when we represent sin so simplistically, we are effectively informing people that what makes a person good is what a person does.
As in if sin is this and this and that... it means, if we omit this and this and that.. you basically don't have sin. And people ain't stupid. They see through it, coming to the simple equation and then questioning the necessity of God.
And that may lead to a misinterpretation of the concept of salvation.
And you know the saddest part...
I can't even bring myself to tell people this. That sin isn't about evil and unrighteousness...
Its about their souls not belonging to Christ, who made them.
And why can't I bring myself to do that?
Because I don't want definitions, I don't want to be dogmatic... I don't want to offend.
So I detach WHO God is, from WHAT He does.
How do I do that? Well... I talk about what God can do for you.. remove 'sin' (as in not stealing, not lying, not feeling lonely, no more depression, etc.) without informing you that my God, your God, is sovereign and is your creator whom you belong to.
Salvation isn't about not being made good from bad. Salvation is about who you belong to.

And that is why His name is so important.
It lets the world know who you belong to.

Aha. But now, we must have a disclaimer.
Cause imagine going round shoving Jesus down everyone's throat.
Or asking your Hindu flatmate to move out because he/she does not have the marking of Christ.
That's a little too... whats the word here...
INSIPID.

Lets examine another scripture:
 
Acts 19:13-16 
13Some Jews who went around driving out evil spirits tried to invoke the name of the Lord Jesus over those who were demon-possessed. They would say, "In the name of Jesus, whom Paul preaches, I command you to come out." 14Seven sons of Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, were doing this. 15(One day) the evil spirit answered them, "Jesus I know, and I know about Paul, but who are you?" 16Then the man who had the evil spirit jumped on them and overpowered them all. He gave them such a beating that they ran out of the house naked and bleeding.

Ah... we see some idiots here using the name of the Lord in vain. So here, we have God's name used anyway, but to no avail. Why? Because it says this "Jesus I know, and I know about Paul, but who are you?" They did not have the mark, the branding of our Lord. So before you go out and spit Jesus' name everywhere, or in front of a speeding train to 'exercise' the power of the Lord, remember God's name MUST be held in reverence. And I don't mean those who say 'Oh My God' are going to hell (though I most certainly can't guarantee that they will go to heaven either) but what I mean is that His name, is to be revered.
Why didnt the evil spirits recognise the Jews? Why didn't the Jews have the authority of God in them, the Lord's marking?
Simple... because they dont know Christ.
How can you belong to someone you dont know?
I know it's legally feasible but spiritually? emotionally?
We must know Christ.. to belong to Him, is to know Him.

John 17:3
Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.

And when you know someone, it is easier to talk about him/her.. to invite another to meet him/her. Don't share your faith as if youre in the sales division of a marketing company. Share your faith as it is... faith.
When you know Christ, you will know that kicking out your Hindu neighbour ain't the way to go. Cause Jesus didn't shun the woman at the well.
Nor did He neglect Mary Magdalene.
Nor did He give up on Peter.
Or Joel Wong.
It's hard isnt it? because essentially, what I'm trying to say here...
it is hard to be a Christian.
To get things right to a fundamental core.
It is hard...
But the grace of God is always present...

For remember this...

Psalm 91:14 
"Because he loves me," says the LORD, "I will rescue him; 
I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name."

Now THAT, is the power of his name.

In His name, 
sheryl


 P/S A caveat: I don't intend to diss all bands who are Christians but are not involved in the Christian music industry... hey, we all know from examples that playing outright worship songs doesn't guarantee anything about your spiritual state! But what I am intending to point out is the reluctancy as well as the ambigious nature of bands who obviously worship the Christian God and write about Him, in professing their faith forthrightly. I see and hear the statements about marketing and being cut off from the market but I'm not asking for a 'I Love Jesus' sticker that is handed out with every album you sell nor a in-your-face bible sermon everytime a gig comes up... but I'm asking, if youre asked about your faith.. why the reluctancy for point-blank admission? We're talking about giving credit where credit is due... that's all. Grace.


Posted at 05:01 pm by sheryl
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Jun 20, 2005
Solemn moment

A friend's (a friend of all those who claim residence at this blog) father passed on earlier in the day....
He is going through a difficult time, and I would just like to dedicate this small space to him.
That we all wish him our love and strength.
Im sorry I can't come for the funeral.
Those who will be there, send him my love.
I hope I may be of the slightest help in any way.

grace. 

Posted at 03:09 am by sheryl
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Euphemism..

The substitution of a mild or less negative word or phrase for a harsh or blunt one, as in the use of "pass away" instead of "die." The basic psychology of euphemistic language is the desire to put something bad or embarrassing in a positive (or at least neutral light). Thus many terms referring to death, sex, crime, and excremental functions are euphemisms.

Okay.. got that from here (haha, give credit where credit is due..)

A little about us..

da tabster (nope, not a rip off from 'DA' vinci code..)
the epitome of cool..

sherylogy
usually the phrase goes..
I think, therefore I am.
and for some, it'll be..
I eat, therefore I am.
but for this one..
I eat.
would suffice..
*LOL*

seryndipity aka furunu
The art of finding something by looking for something else.. umm, wat she would term as "A Beautiful Coincidence"
hmm.. this one is.. a genius when it comes to art and design stuff.. leggy and pretty cool at times (NB: nowhere near tabster's level. of course..) a little slow in other ways *"u-get-wat-i-mean?" look, then nods sympathetically to furunu* but, we understand.. it's alrite..

mich
95 out of 100 for her graduation recital.. no one can refute the fact that this, ppl, is THE music prodigy of our time.. w00t!!

We are pretty different in nature.. except for the fact that we're all of the ♀ gender.. but, I think that we've got one thing in common, which is, we're all striving, in our own peculiar(at times) ways, to be the women(haha, scary term for me sometimes..) that God has pre-ordained for us to be.. we live, we fall, we overcome, we fall again, we continue trying anyway.. striving to be the best we can for His sake.. We love Him with as much of our hearts as we can, no matter what our theological nuances may be.. With each post, we're just trying to discover a little more about our God, what it means to be His child, wanting to be a little closer to Him, learning to love Him more and trust Him more..

Anyways.. this is only from my POV.. so yeah, i know it's a little biased, u may think.. but, trust me, tabster's the real deal for the word "cool"..
So, feel free to get to know us better thru this blog, or.. our others.. the links are as below..

Tabster - Foolish Pride
Sherylogy - Graduation Day
Seryndipity aka Furunu - .:furunu-chan:.
Mich - Of Life (no linky till approval's given *grin*)

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