It is a familiar story. The one where Jesus sets two men free from demonic possession, by sending the demons into a herd of swine and causing the swine to commit mass suicide. Ok that last detail may be exaggerating the storyline just a tad bit. But that's the story in essence. Part of the … Continue reading Inconvenient Christianity
2 Timothy 1:7 is a pretty well-known verse. Many Christians have committed it to memory. "For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline." A couple of days back, while I was ironing clothes, the verse crept into my mind and as I was pondering over it, … Continue reading Power of a different kind: a meditation while ironing clothes
Though well known for its pithy sayings, the book of Proverbs contains threads that run through it. I would hazard a guess that 'wisdom' would be the one of the threads that many are familiar with. However, the concept of wisdom in the Hebraic mindset might differ from our modern understanding of it - we … Continue reading Wisdom? Short reflections on the book of Proverbs
Story was told of a businessman and he was in a real hurry. He had just touched down in New York from a flight, and was rushing to an important meeting. As he jumped into the taxi, he yelled out to the driver, “Step on it!” Sensing the driver’s hesitation, the businessman demanded, “Well, what … Continue reading ACJC assembly devotion – What’s the purpose of your life?
It is a familiar bible narrative: the one where Jesus stills a storm. Here's one telling of it from the gospel of Matthew 8:23-27. When He got into the boat, His disciples followed Him. And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being covered with the waves; but … Continue reading Who is this Jesus?
So today, I will not be eating a curry puff. For those who remember the last time I attempted to eat a curry puff as an illustration during the devotion, I choked; literally and metaphorically. But it was good, because it reminded me to be humble and not get puffed up. This morning, I would … Continue reading Be strong and courageous!
Story was told of a one-legged school teacher from Scotland who came to J. Hudson Taylor to offer himself for service in China. “With only one leg, why do you think of going as a missionary?” asked Taylor. “Well, I do not see those with two legs going,” replied George Scott. He was accepted. As we … Continue reading The Dynamic Duos of Missions – a short exegetical sermon on Acts 8:25-40