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Often Church is seen as a place where everything is expected to look perfect;it’s not seen in anyway a place where we can show up crooked, right?

But in a fallen world, all of us are “crooked”. Each with our natural weaknesses and vulnerable temptations. But the Scripture encourages us the opposite attitude. In 2 Corinthians 12, for example, Paulsuggests that its in our weaknesses – for him, an unnamed struggle he called a “ thorn in my flesh”v.7 — which Christ is most likely reveal His power. Jesus said to Paul,
“ My power is made perfect in weakness”v.9. So Paul understood, “ For Christ sake , I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties; for when I am weak,then I am strong “.v.10

We may not like our imperfections, but hiding them only denies Jesus power to work within us. But when we invite Jesus into our crooked place in us, He will gently redeems and strengthen us in a way our effort could never accomplish.

Let’s invite Jesus into our imperfections for His mending.

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We must somehow admit that “selfishness is in our blood”. That’s why the desire to let go of our focus on self, in order to serve others is possible through Jesus ‘ Spirit living in us. Paul reminded the Philippians church to reflect on this very important issue, 「Therefore if there is any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.」.
‭(‭Philippians‬ ‭2:1-2‬)

How could they-and we- respond to such grace with anything less than humility? Yes, God is the reason for us to change, and only He can change us. All because He gives us “ the desire and power to do what pleases Him”v.13. By so doing, we can then focus less on ourselves and humbly serve others.

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When I watched the small crayfish attempt to escape in the almost-full bucket, other crayfish will climb onhimandpull it back down.
The plight of the crayfish reminds me how destructive it is to be selfishly concerned about our own gain instead of the benefit as a whole.
Paul understood the need for uplifting, interdependent relationships when he wrote to the believers in Thessalonica. He
Urged them to 「Now we exhort you, brethren, warn those who are unruly, comfort the fainthearted, uphold the weak, be
patient with all.」‭‭(I Thessalonians‬ ‭5:14‬)

Paul commending their caring community (v.11) through their even more loving and peaceful relationships (v.13-15). By striving to create a culture of forgiveness, kindness and compassionate relationships with God and others would be strengthened (vv.15,23).

The church can grow and witness for Christ through this kind of loving unity.

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「But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.」 ‭(‭Matthew‬ ‭6:6‬)

At times, we admired and tend to copy those who gather with others to pray and whose kneeling wears out the carpet at their bedsides. There is nothing wrong to copy their styles, to emulate a perfect prayer life, and to imitate the eloquence of the so-much-more- articulate-than-me folks.

Eventually, I learned that our Lord simply desires prayer that begins and ends with humility. 「“And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward.」
(‭‭Matthew‬ ‭6:5)

Jesus invites us into an intimate exchange through which He promised to listen. He never requires fancy or memorized words or phrases. 「And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words.」(Matthew‬ ‭6:7‬)

He assured us that prayer is a gift, an opportunity to honour His majesty. 「In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven.」(Matthew‬ ‭6:9-10‬)

Also, to display our confidence in His provision. 「Give us this day our daily bread.」(Matthew‬ ‭6:11‬), and to affirm our security in His forgiveness and guidance. 「And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.」 (Matthew‬ ‭6:12-13)

God assured us He hears and cares about every single spoken and unspoken prayers, as well as prayers that slip down our cheeks as silent tears. As we place our trust in God and His perfect love for us, we can be sure praying with a humble heart
That’s surrendered to and dependent on Him is always the right way to pray.

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Apostle Peter wrote: “But the end of all things is at hand; therefore be serious and watchful in your prayers. And above all things have fervent love for one another, for “love will cover a multitude of sins.” Be hospitable to one another without grumbling. As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God. If anyone ministers, let him do it as with the ability which God supplies, that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belong the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.” (‭‭I Peter‬ ‭4:7-11)

“Be hospitable to one another without grumbling.” (I Peter‬ ‭4:9)
There are times we are not greeting one another as needed, all because we are too self-Centered. But if we centres on Love, as Paul advised:” “Do all things without complaining and disputing,” ‭‭(Philippians‬ ‭2:14), then and only then, as we contact with others in love, whether just with a hug or a friendly smile, we do so “ “If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God. If anyone ministers, let him do it as with the ability which God supplies, that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belong the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.”‭‭ (I Peter‬ ‭4:11). Surely we will be blessed! Let’s keep up with our good work.

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King David said: “ “When my father and my mother forsake me, Then the LORD will take care of me.” (Psalms‬ ‭27:10)

When David cried out for help, he expected God’s answers (v.7-9). Though earthly parents could reject, abandon, or neglect their children, David declared that God’s unconditional acceptance never fail! David lived with complete assurance in Lord’s goodness (v.11-13).

Surely, most of us sometimes might still struggled, but The Holy Spirit is our constant helped, He will persevere us as we keep our trust and dependence on our Lord (v.14).

Praise God, Let’s keep up our faith, even when people fall short, fail us, or hurt us, we’re still completely loved and protected by our only PERFECT FATHER.

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Remember when apostle Paul said farewell to the elders from Ephesus, “ “Then they all wept freely, and fell on Paul’s neck and kissed him, sorrowing most of all for the words which he spoke, that they would see his face no more. And they accompanied him to the ship.”
(‭‭Acts‬ ‭20:37-38‬)

I could understand that our deepest sorrow, however comes when we are parted by death and say goodbye for the last time in this life, that separation seems unthinkable! We mourned and we weeped too! All because facing the heartbreak of never again embracing the ones we have loved so much?

Let’s hear from Paul’s insights, what did he knew? “ “But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus. For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words.” (I Thessalonians‬ ‭4:13-18‬)

What a reunion! And best of all- we will be forever with Lord Jesus. That’s an eternal hope.

Thank You, Lord, for the assurance that this world is not all we have, but that a blessed eternity awaits all who trust I HIM! Amen.

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Jesus said,” “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”‭‭ (Matthew‬ ‭5:16‬)

We may not always have highly visible roles, yet we know that God is pleased when we obediently play our essential part in His plan . That’s When we give ourselves fully to the work of our Lord. “ “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.” ‭‭(I Corinthians‬ ‭15:58‬)

Praise the Lord, by so we will find value and meaning in our services as it brings glory to God and will draws others to Him too!

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How often we accept labels and tend to allow them to define who we are, and also how easily we tend to assign them to others too. But God’s grace defies labels because it is rooted in His Love, not in our self-perception. That means whether we see ourselves as wonderful or terrible, capable or helpless, we still receive eternal life as a gift from Him. Paul reminded the followers of Jesus in Rome that “ “For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.” (‭‭Romans‬ ‭5:6‬)

Our Lord does not require us to change by our own power, instead He invites us to come as we are to find hope, healing, and freedom in Him. Praise God, as Paul said, “ “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans‬ ‭5:8‬)

Lord Jesus Christ is always ready and willing to receive us just as we are!

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I heard that TIANMEN MOUNTAIN in Zhangjiajie, China, considered. One of the most beautiful mountains in the world.To view it’s towering cliffs to see their glorious splendor, you must take the TIANMEN ShAN Cablecar. The car has no motor itself, yet it moves safely up these spectacular heights by a strong grip on the cable that is moved by a powerful motor.

In our journey of faith, how can we finish the earthly race well done? Apostle Paul said, ” “I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians‬ ‭3:14‬) We must stand firmly just like the cable car, keeping a strong grip on Christ, also learn to depend fully on Christ to keep us moving forward. He then will take us through all the challenges and lead us safely home! Amen?

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