Sunday, December 30, 2012

Luke 9

If we mean to follow Christ, we must lay aside the thoughts of becoming great and better person than the others. God does not look at our works and a accomplishments, He looks are our heart, at our humility, at our submission to the authority, and at the simplicity of our life. As we look back to 2012, don't focus on the negative, but the great works of Christ in our lives. Let's make 2013 another great opportunity to serve God in His kingdom. Reading: Luke 9. God bless. PF. 

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Luke 5


In our story, though Peter had taken nothing, yet Christ told them to let down their nets again to catch fish. In our mission and assignment with God, we must not abruptly quit if we do not success in what we desire. We have to follow the guidance of Christ’s word, or the advice of our elders. The catch of fish here was by a miracle of Jesus, not by their own efforts. Reading: Luke 5. God bless. PF 


  

Sunday, December 23, 2012

The Savior


Jesus is the name of the Savior, because He saves His people from their sins. (Matt. 1:21) In saving His people, He saves them from the guilt and power of sin, from the wrath and curse, and all misery, here and hereafter. Indeed, there is a reason to celebrate, “For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” (Luke 2:11) God bless. PF

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Luke 2


When Jesus was born in a simple and lowly place, this checks men's vanity, envy, and ambition. On that night, the angels appeared not to all Israel but to the shepherds who were keeping their flocks (v9). When they saw the Child they marveled and instanly spread the goodnews (v17). God has few and faithful witnesses in this world, selected from among many. They are in this world, but they do not belong to this world... Reading: Luke 2. God bless. PF

Friday, December 21, 2012

Luke 1


All the prayers men offer up to God are acceptable only through Christ. Prayers of faith are reaching heaven and are not forgotten. Prayers made when we were young may be answered when we are old, like Zechariah. However unbelief closes the door, and by believing opens it again. Mary found favor from God though she didn’t pray to be the bearer of Messiah. Like us, we have also found favor to be a bearer of His word... Reading: Luke 1. God bless. PF


Thursday, December 20, 2012

Mark 16


After Jesus had given instructions to go and spread the good news, He went up into heaven, sat at the right hand of God denoting His sovereign power and glorious dignity. Whatever God does in this world, it is now through the Son. The apostles went forth, and preached every where, and the greatest miracle we had seen is the transformation of men’s lives. This is what the world needs today... Reading: Mark 16. God bless. PF

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Mark 15


For 3 hours the whole land was covered by darkness, signifying the sinfulness of humanity. The veil of the temple was rent from top to bottom, showing that God’s holy presence is no longer limited to few. Through the cross, God and sinners had been reconciled because the Savior who was wounded and pierced came to save His people from the wrath to come... Reading: Mark 15. God bless. PF

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Mark 14


Jesus gave up His life for us, and we must think any precious thing too for Him. This chapter shows 3 types of His followers; Mary who gave her best affection to Christ; Judas who betrayed his Lord for money; and Peter who denied his Friend for fear of men. God will honor those who honored Christ. Good works will only be good to God when we learned that obedience is better than good works... Reading: Mark 14. God bless. PF

Monday, December 17, 2012

Mark 13


As to the end of the world, do not inquire when it will come, for of that day and that hour no one knows (v32). Our duty is to do our mission assignment faithfully, at the same time watch and pray in expectation of His return. So that whenever the Lord comes, He may not find us doing some unimportant issues of life. Take heed that no one deceives you! (v5)... Reading: Mark 13. God bless PF

Friday, December 14, 2012

Mark 11


The incident that Christ looked to find some fruits from a fig tree is symbolical to the nation of Israel of that generation. It was a figure to the doom upon the religious people to which God stepped down to earth from heaven seeking fruit, but found none, except leaves. This story can be true to Christians' experience, that on the Judgment Day God will look for fruits, not activities, but results of our spiritual acts... Reading: Mark 11. God bless. PF


Thursday, December 13, 2012

Mark 10


Jesus spoke about the difficulty to receive salvation to those who have abundance in this world. Those who seek the wealth will never receive the prize of Christ. The greatest trial to the Christians is to give up friends, relatives, even families. And the worst is, they should expect sufferings for Him till they reach eternity in heaven. Let us learn contentment, and pray to enable to be part with all in Christ’s service... Reading Mark 10. God bless. PF 


Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Mark 9

“Help me with my unbelief!” It was a person’s faith in God that caused him to succeed. It was people’s lack of faith that caused them to fail. Much is promised to our faith in Jesus. It is possible that men’s hard heart may be softened, and their spiritual diseases may be cured. Those who complain of unbelief must look up to Christ for grace to help them against it, and His grace will be sufficient for them... Reading: Mark 9. God bless. PF

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Mark 8


Denial of oneself and taking up his own cross are Christ’s requirements if the people want to follow Him and become His disciples. Special blessings including spiritual and materials are God’s response to our faith and humility. There is a day coming, when the cause of Christ will appear as glorious, as some people now think it ridiculous and contemptible. Keep on... Reading: Mark 8. God bless you. PF

Monday, December 10, 2012

Mark 7


One of the main purposes of Christ was the setting aside of the ceremonial law of the OT. He did it by 'fulfilling' the ceremonies, while rejecting the traditions of the elders. The requirements of clean hands and pure hearts are very different from the outward form of the Pharisees. He reproves them for rejecting the commandment of men, because what matters to God is obedience to His eternal Word. Reading: Mark 7. God bless. PF

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Mark 6


Jesus was shocked because of the unbelief of the Nazarenes, so he did not perform many miracles there (v6). May divine grace deliver us from unbelief that God may do miracles in our lives. The Christian is like a ship at the sea tossed with tempests. We may have Christ, yet the wind and tide move against us. Christ is our comfort, no difficulties can hinder our service to Him, because He can silence every opposition... Reading: Mark 6. God bless. PF

Friday, December 7, 2012

Mark 5


It is common for people to obtain help from others and try every solution they could before seeking the blessings from Christ. The man was demon-possessed, the woman had a flow of blood for 12 years, Jairus was hesitant if he should ask Christ to go or not. Faith is the only remedy against grief and fear at such a time. Jesus is the hope of glory... Reading: Mark 5. God bless. PF  

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Mark 4


If people don’t understand the simplicity of the gospel, how shall they learn those more difficult! Be attentive to the message of the word because the devil is busy to the careless and barren hearers. By God’s new-creating grace, our heart (the issue of this chapter) may become good ground, and the good seed of the word may produce in our lives good fruits to the praise and glory of God our Father... Reading: Mark 4. God bless. PF

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Mark 3


Christ heals and calls whom He will, for His grace is His own. He had called His followers to separate themselves from the multitude, and gave them power to do their job and ministries in God’s kingdom. Those who go with zeal must expect hindrances, but if we have big heart for God we can do anything and easily bear all things because He is with us... Reading: Mark 3. God bless. PF

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Mark 2


The paralytic man carried by 4 friends shows the suffering state of human life. Sin is the cause of human pains and miseries. Many think that they don’t need physician, so they despise the gospel. But the humble sinners will show their faith with meekness. Faith may work in various ways, but it has to be accepted by Jesus Christ. Jesus proved his power to forgive sin, by showing his power to cure the paralytic man...Reading: Mark 2. God bless. PF

Monday, December 3, 2012

Mark 1


Mark is the first gospel to be written. Christ came to bring healing with power and authority (v22). When God sent Jesus into the world, He took care of those who have repented from their sins to prepare the way to the Father. It is only by grace that we can enter His kingdom, even John the Baptist, His forerunner, thought himself unworthy to untie the straps of His sandals (v8). Remain humble and lovable... Reading: Mark 1. God bless. PF

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Matthew 28


The Great Commission is the main theme of the gospel of Matthew. This is the mission of the church from A.D. 33 to present, and this is the purpose of the church’s existence. Our church’s strategy to fulfill this mission is discipleship training; to equip every member for the service of God. It is our duty to go forth among all nations and proclaim the good news with power and anointing... Reading: Matthew 28. God bless. PF