Saturday, November 29, 2008

TOTD, Nov 29-30

Highly Exalted

Like Moses and the Israelites, let’s sing together to the Lord, for He is highly exalted.

Then Moses and the Israelites sang this song to the LORD :
"I will sing to the LORD,
for he is highly exalted.
The horse and its rider
he has hurled into the sea.
--- Exodus 15:1

He’s forever highly exalted. Since the previous time, like what’s written in Exodus until today and forever. (-fon-)

Like Mount Zion

Be thankful that whoever trusts in the Lord are like Mount Zion which will not be shaken but endures forever. Amen. (-fon-)

Those who trust in the LORD are like Mount Zion,
which cannot be shaken but endures forever.
--- Psalm 125:1

Thursday, November 27, 2008

TOTD, November 28

Dwell Richly In You

Here’s my hope for all of us, taken from Colossians 3.

“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.”
--- Colossians 3:16

Yes, I do hope that we don’t only read the Word of God, but also the Word of Christ dwells in us richly. So that we can be a better person for a better world. (-fon-)

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

TOTD, November 27

A Kingdom That can’t be Shaken

We should be happy and relieved, knowing that we’ve received a kingdom that can’t be shaken. It’s the kingdom of God.
Right now, in this kind of uncertainties, we need something that can’t be shaken. Be thankful that we’ve already got it. (-fon-)

Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe.
--- Hebrews 12:28

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

TOTD, November 26

In the Light

When we received Jesus as our Savior, it was a wonderful experience and couldn’t easily be described. But to stay in the light needs extra efforts. We need to watch our behavior afterwards, we can’t hate one person too long, we need to forgive them as soon as possible.
Of course it’s not easy. But we need to try our best to do it.
Because according to the Words, we who claim ourselves to be in the light but hate our brother is still in the darkness.
So, won’t you come out from that darkness and get into the real Light? The real love from Jesus will enable us not to hate our enemies, and then will enable us to love them because they’re also our brothers and sisters in this journey called life.

Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates his brother is still in the darkness.
--- 1 John 2 : 9

Monday, November 24, 2008

TOTD, November 25

Continue to Live in Him

After we’ve received Jesus, what should we do next?
We need to grow in Him for sure. And as described perfectly by the bible, in Colossians 2:6-7, we need to continue to live in Him, rooted and built up in Him, strengthened in the faith as we were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.
Let’s try to do better today. Let’s continue to live in Him. (-fon-)

So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.
--- Colossians 2:6-7

Sunday, November 23, 2008

TOTD, November 24

Through All Generations

If you’re wondering how long will our Lord’s faithfulness be with us? Will it be just one year, two, three, or twenty years?
Here’s the answer: His faithfulness continues through all generations. His faithfulness is forever. Let’s celebrate His goodness in our life and enjoy His loving-kindness today and forever. (-fon-)

For the LORD is good and his love endures forever;
his faithfulness continues through all generations.
--- Psalm 100:5

Saturday, November 22, 2008

TOTD, November 22-23

Be Peaceful and Thankful

In this financial crisis, it’s not easy to find ourselves in peaceful and thankful condition. We might get so worried about our own future, since so many lay-offs recently, maybe this question keep bugging you, “ Will I keep my job?” And many other things such as your children’s education, your loans, your plan to get married, etc.. etc.

But no matter what, we need to learn to trust God. We need to find a peace of mind, at least within ourselves. Not easy, but let’s try to be thankful today, so that we can feel the peace from the Lord. (-fon-)

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.
--- Colossians 3:15

Mary or Martha?

Here’s the verses from the bible:

As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, "Lord, don't you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!"
"Martha, Martha," the Lord answered, "you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her."
--- Luke 10:38-42

Maybe we’re like Martha, we’re worried and upset about many things, but we today we need to learn and choose what is better, to be like Mary, try to sit at the Lord’s feet and listen to what He said. Cast all of our cares to Him and pray more. (-fon-)

Thursday, November 20, 2008

TOTD, November 21

Nothing Is Too Hard

Cape No. 7 was made by an unknown director, Wei Te-sheng, who had one previously unreleased feature to his credit. He took out loans and mortgaged his house and it has paid off in a monster hit.
The movie was made on a scraped-together budget of NT$50 million, but it has broken box-office records in its native Taiwan with takings of over NT$450 million since its release on Aug 22 this year.
Cape No. 7 is the second-highest grossing movie of all time there, after James Cameron’s Titanic (1997). ( The Straits Times Wednesday, November 19, 2008).

I’ve just watched the movie. It’s very good and entertaining as well. But that’s not all... I’ve also learned something from there.
Director Wei has taught me how to fight our dreams with all our hearts, with all we’ve got and for him that includes loans and mortgage. And whatever your heart desire, maybe you have such an impossible dream, but if God wants you to achieve that, there’s nothing too hard. The hard work will get paid off like Cape No. 7. Work hard and pray hard for your dreams! (-fon-)

"Ah, Sovereign LORD, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you.
--- Jeremiah 32:17

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

TOTD, November 20

Getting Along Well

This is my prayer for you this morning, taken from this verse:

Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.
--- 3 John 1:2

May you have good health- physically and spiritually. And don’t forget to treasure what we have. Health is very important, be thankful that we’re still healthy and well. And I’d like to pray for the sick as well, may God bless them with His grace in their present condition. May God heal them and restore their health. God will heal according to His plan. And eventually, hopefully all will be well. (-fon-)

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

TOTD, November 19


No matter what, try to maintain the truthfulness inside of us. He delights in men who are truthful! (-fon-)

The LORD detests lying lips,
but he delights in men who are truthful.
--- Proverbs 12:22

Monday, November 17, 2008

TOTD, November 18

Armed with God’s Strength

In a motorcycle accident four years ago, Mr Adam Kamis, 29, lost his right arm. His other arm is paralysed from the elbow down. But his achievement yesterday-running up the 73-storey Swissotel The Stamford in 12 min 34 sec- was all about leg power. Emerging 76th of 297 men in the category for those aged 20 to 29, he became the first person with his kind of disability to complete the Vertical Marathon. The race, it its 22nd year, also attracted eight deaf competitors. (The Straits Times, Monday, November 17, 2008).

Reading the inspirational story of Mr Kamis, made me think that lots of us have perfect bodies, without any disabilities, but sometimes have mind-disability. We forbid our dreams to grow because of fear or doubts or worries. Today, we need to learn from Mr Kamis, how he completed his race even with his disabilities. We need to maintain our spirit in the Lord to finish our race and depend on His strength to makes our way perfect in Him. (-fon-)

It is God who arms me with strength
and makes my way perfect.
--- Psalm 18:32

Sunday, November 16, 2008

TOTD, November 17

It’s Because of Him

Some good verses for us to reflect:
Brothers, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him. It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. Therefore, as it is written: "Let him who boasts boast in the Lord."
--- 1 Corinthians 1:26-31

When we looked back and remembered the time when we were called, we knew exactly our condition at that time. Maybe we’re so weak, maybe we’ve been in constant pain and bitterness, maybe we’re the centre of hatred in the family. But, God called us anyway because He loves us so much. It’s because of Him that we’re in Him, becoming His children. Don’t boast, just be thankful to Him. (-fon-)

Saturday, November 15, 2008

TOTD, November 16

Your Commands Are My Delight

Trouble and distress may come upon us. But we need to hold on to his commands and we’ll find ourselves delighted.

Life is consists of many problems. Some are easy to solve, some are taking away all of our concentration in them. But as they’re unavoidable, we need to learn how to make ourselves rejoice in the midst of those stormy problems. And the best way is to seek Him more. (-fon-)

Trouble and distress have come upon me,
but your commands are my delight.

---Psalm 119:143

Friday, November 14, 2008

TOTD, November 15

The Righteous for the Unrighteous

Christ has been so good to us. He’s even died for us. Died for our sins, once for all. He is the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring us to God. And it’s our duty to treasure what He has done, to treasure the salvation that He has given to us, to do our best for Him as long as we live. (-fon-)

For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive by the Spirit.
--- 1 Peter 3:18

Thursday, November 13, 2008

TOTD, November 14

In Your Anger Do Not Sin

I know that many of us can’t handle ourselves well while we’re angry. So many bad things-even the unexpected ones- could happen when we’re out of control.

Today’s verse reminds us to stay cool, even though we’re angry. We need to avoid doing sinful things. Search our heart, be silent, take a deep breath, meditate, or do anything positive, as long as those things could make us calmer. Even we’re bursting with anger, stay cool, do not sin. (-fon-)

In your anger do not sin;
when you are on your beds,
search your hearts and be silent.
--- Psalm 4:4

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

TOTD, November 13

Reap a Harvest

We try to do our very best, but our best friend betrayed us and talked behind our back. We’ve tried our best to do good things, but people misinterpret our good intentions and thought that we’re trying to get more attentions.
Even though the results are not good, we still need to do good things and don’t give up on it.
Even though people say bad things about our pure intentions, don’t lose hope. Do good things still, and be ready to reap a harvest if we don’t give up.

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
---Galatians 6:9

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

TOTD, November 12

Love God

This verse might shock you a little bit. How come you don’t love anything from the world? We have our loved ones here, don’t we? And if we have, why can’t we love them?

Actually, we can love them for sure. But we can’t depend on them all the time. The love to this world and to its people has got some limitations. We might someday feel the disappointment. Either it’s because unavailability because of long distance relationship, or the pain because being treated badly by our loved ones either intentionally or not, or finally death which will one day separate us from our loved ones.

All we have in this world is temporary, so don’t depend on them too much. Look for something that’s more eternal, the love for God. The longing to be close to Him and seek the true love. Cherish the love that we have in this world, but don’t be too carried away, remember it’s just temporary. Seek more of eternal love from God.

Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For everything in the world—the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does—comes not from the Father but from the world.
--- 1 John 2:15-16

Monday, November 10, 2008

TOTD, November 11

Beyond Our Understanding

Our God works in a marvelous way. He does great things beyond our understanding. In our mind, we got limitations. Even the most intellectual person on earth can’t figure out perfectly the works of His hands.
If your thinking has limited His power in your life, this is the time to change that thought, because He can do a lot of things beyond our understanding. (-fon-)

God's voice thunders in marvelous ways;
he does great things beyond our understanding.
--- Job 37:5

Sunday, November 9, 2008

TOTD, November 10

As White As Snow

Whatever your past background was, how bad it was, it doesn’t really matter. As long as you repent and want to make a change, God will forgive you. And even it was like scarlet, He can make it as white as snow. (-fon-)

"Come now, let us reason together,"
says the LORD.
"Though your sins are like scarlet,
they shall be as white as snow;
though they are red as crimson,
they shall be like wool.
--- Isaiah 1:18

Saturday, November 8, 2008

TOTD, November 09

Help Others

Maybe right now you’re very troubled. The problems that you’re facing are bothering you so much. And when your family or friends come to you with their problems, should you help them? The answer is YES. Even though how hard your condition right now, whenever you can, don’t forget to help other people in need. With whatever we can, either with money, by lending our ears or shoulders to let them cry, or even just a smile to brighten up other people’s day, don’t forget to help others. And He won’t forget you… He will send His helpers too whenever you need one. That’s our duty to help one another in this life.

God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.
--- Hebrews 6:10

Friday, November 7, 2008

TOTD, November 08

Adding Up Our Faith

Here’s the suggestion from 2 Peter 1, about how to add up our faith:

For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love.
--- 2 Peter 1:5-7

Yes! Goodness, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness, and love. All those things will add up our faith and will take us to the next level of spiritual maturity. Let’s add our faith today! (-fon-)

Thursday, November 6, 2008

TOTD, November 07

Foundation in Christ

Sometimes this world could be very shaky and you don’t know whether you’ve built your life with a strong foundation or not.
Lots of principles, lots of idealism, lots of values might decrease due to materialism, due to many other things.

But if we built our foundation in Christ, we won’t be shaken. Yes, we might fall few times in our life, but His hands will be long enough to carry us and to get us back on our feet. Build our foundation in Jesus Christ, not in anything else. (-fon-)

For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.

-----1 Corinthians 3 : 11

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

TOTD, November 06

God, Protect Me!

How is your day lately? Is it full of pain and depression? Is it stressful?
Like what we can see in the Psalm, in those days, we can bring ourselves closer and closer to Him. And trust Him that His salvation will protect us.

It’s our choice anyway to stay close or stay away from Him. But, as we want to grow in faith in Him, in every problem, we can say, “God, protect me!”
And may His protection be with you always. (-fon-)

I am in pain and distress;
may your salvation, O God, protect me.
--- Psalm 69:29

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

TOTD, November 05

Grow Mature In God

JESUS … IS A DISTURBER of our immaturities, one who challenges us to find and use our strengths. A master craftsman in the skills that can make us strong in love, generous in service, and abundant in joy, he wants to spur us into a maturity that can collaborate with the Love that gave us birth.
Robert Corin Morris
Provocative Grace: The Challenge in Jesus’ Words (source: The Upper Room Website).

There will always be some immaturities inside of us. Either it’s the hatred, anger, the lack of capability in handling pain and let go of the past, self-pity, low self-esteem as well as low self worth, and many more.
Our God wants us to grow more mature in each day of our life. He wants us to grow more and rejoice more. Let’s start it now! (-fon-)

You, therefore, must be perfect [growing into complete maturity of godliness in mind and character, having reached the proper height of virtue and integrity], as your heavenly Father is perfect.
--- Matthew 5:48

Monday, November 3, 2008

TOTD, November 04

Let’s Acknowledge the Lord

Here’s a verse from Hosea:

Let us acknowledge the LORD;
let us press on to acknowledge him.
As surely as the sun rises,
he will appear;
he will come to us like the winter rains,
like the spring rains that water the earth."
--- Hosea 6:3

While many things are unsure, He is very sure.
He will appear as surely as the sun rises, like the spring rains that water the earth.
Oh, how I’m longing to feel the rains that water my life! So, without any doubt, let’s acknowledge the Lord. (-fon)

Sunday, November 2, 2008

TOTD, November 03

I Have Everything I Need

The Lord is my shepherd; I have everything I need. This verse is from Psalm 23:1.

It’s a kind of faith affirmation by trusting everything we need into the hands of God and believe that He will give us sufficiently whatever we need in this life.
Of course in this kind of situation where the economy is slowing down and everything is increasing, we will find it harder to cope with everyday’s expenses. But this is the kind of faith that we need to maintain by believing that God will give us everything we need.
Not everything that we want, but everything we need. He is our Shepherd. (-fon-)

The LORD is my shepherd;
I have everything I need.
--- Psalm 23:1

Saturday, November 1, 2008

TOTD, November 02

Eyes of Our Heart

May the eyes of our heart be enlightened so that we may know the hope to which he has called us.

Open the eyes of my heart, Lord. Open the eyes of our hearts. May You show us the riches of your love in this life. Let us live our life devoted to You. Let Your goodness and kindness fill our heart so that we can share it to others. (-fon-)

I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints.
--- Ephesians 1:18

TOTD, November 01

Be Self-Controlled and Alert

The devil will always try to persuade us to do something bad. But we need to be self-controlled and alert like what’s written in 1 Peter 5. We need to resist him, standing firm in faith because we know that all our brothers and sisters in Christ around the world are also experiencing the same thing.

Keep the faith! Let the faith make us more alert to resist the devil. (-fon-)

Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings.
--- 1 Peter 5:8-9