What kind of highflown idea am I getting into, talking about Pascal's Wager! Me, a person who is averse to numbers! Blaise Pascal was a famous mathematician in the 17th century, and the founder of the mathemathical Theory Of Probability. In the wager, Pascal was speaking of when one is considering if one should put faith in Jesus, 2 factors may be considered rationally: the value of what you stand to gain or lose by believing...Read more
I once heard this from an American, " It is no longer good enough to say use the Golden rule when considering relationships, it is better to use the Platinum rule."
The Golden Rule is this, " Do to others what you want others to do to you." This is a measure of your goodwill. Whatever is acceptable to you, then you may do for others. (Matt 7:12, " In everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, this sums up the Law and t...Read more
Here are some lovely sayings about the resurrection of Jesus.
"Christianity has died many times and risen again, for it has a God who knows the way out of the grave." G K Chesterton.
"Humor and laughter are a resurrection: they allow us to rise and rise again." Harold Wessel.
"Easter means you can put truth in the grave, but it won't stay there." Clarence W Hull.
The English Baptist preacher Charles H. Spurgeon ...Read more
This week, Jews as well as Christians all over the world remember the same occasion, but the institution of which were separated by some centuries. For the Jews, the Passover was deliverance from slavery from Egypt, and the miraculous crossing of the Red Sea. For the Christians, on this occasion, at the Passover meal, the Messiah Jesus made a new covenant that was sealed in His suffering and death. This covenant delivered believers from their sins, past, present and future and gave them eternal life,
Messiah Yes...Read more
I have asked myself , "Why the red banner over the main doorway of a Chinese household with a marriage to celebrate? (like an inverted U)." This red banner is also draped during Chinese New Year by some. We Chinese believed from ancient times, that the monster 'Nian' was afraid of the color red, and would therefore not harm the people within the doorway with the red banner. Eventually red became a celebratory color. This is what I see in the tradition.
I wonder if there is a connection.......
In the Bible...Read more
Hmm... Now that the dust has settled over "Next Stop, Happiness" or "Autumn's Concerto", my mind runs over the story line, and as challenged in a book I'm reading, what values can we see portrayed, and how do we help others to see these?
Somehow the 2 main characters had such a huge popularity, I can only say God was blessing Wu Jian Hao for his obedience to God's word. I too was very much attracted to the story and the screen couple. I also saw the great acting by Van Ness, despite the s...Read more
I often read in the news wrt to the love of wealth, fame, adventure, etc, beside 'wine, women and song'. The world scrambles tor "ever increasing prosperity'....Is this in itself tenable? Sorry, I will leave this to economists to unscamble and debate. Even in my Chinese culture, the never ending greeting during the lunar New Year is "Gong Xi Fa Cai" translated as " congratulations, you have acquired wealth." Is the ultimate goal of man to accumul...Read more
I heard this little story a long time ago, but I use it whenever I want to clarify my stand.
"There was a group of poor, homeless people, trying to eke out a living. so they wandered from place to place, looking for food, shelter and security. One of them went off on his own one day and he heard about a place of plenty, and so walked on. He did find a place where he felt secure, at peace and he had his needs met, all for free! So , he went to seek his former compan...Read more
Read this in an old joke book.
" A hopeful young lady went for computer dating service and listed her very precise requirements for a prospective date. She wanted someone who was small, who liked people, preferred formal attire and enjoyed water sports, The computer followed her description to the letter. It sent her a penguin. " So, be careful what you ask for !!
What can we ask God for was, was the topic of discussion that my friend brought up. C...Read more
I was re-reading my last blog, and suddenly this thought came, I can write on " Regardless, Obey !"
The idea expanded, when do we as Christians obey regardless?
We obey without question Only our heavenly Father and His commands. One example given in Bible is that of Abraham, whom God asked to sacrifice his son Isaac, who was born to him and his wife Sarah in their old age, after a wait of some 25 years. Without hesitation, Abraham took his son and journeyed for 3 days to Moriah region that ...Read more
Set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. 所 以 ， 你 們 若 真 與 基 督