Some points that stood out from this article by Jamie Brown sharing from his experience last decade of leading worship:
1. Be a clear leader
Need to be responsible and set an example for the team, else they have no vision/goal to pursue.
“People respond well to clear leadership. They shy away from timidity.”
2. Build Community
This is what I’d like to have for my worship team, need to be intentional on this.
“Your team’s effectiveness in worship leading will increase exponentially if they love each other, have fun and laugh together, pray together, worship together, go out to eat with one another, have inside jokes with one another, and enjoy each other’s company.”
3. Laugh Laugh Laugh
It is most easy to laugh when I remember that my identity is not found in how well I worship, but who God is. Therefore I can have fun praising God even with my flaws.
“People love to laugh. If your times together as a team are marked by laughter, then people will want to come back, even if it means getting up early, staying out late, or spending an entire morning at church. Laughter is a powerfully magnetic tool.”

“When envy does not get what it wants, it often causes depression and despair.” Never thought it like this before.

Quote from Tim Challies, quoting Spurgeon about envy.

“What’s the cure for envy? I can’t say it better than Charles Spurgeon: “The cure for envy lies in living under a constant sense of the divine presence, worshiping God and communing with Him all the day long, however long the day may seem. True religion lifts the soul into a higher region, where the judgment becomes more clear and the desires are more elevated. The more of heaven there is in our lives, the less of earth we shall covet. The fear of God casts out envy of men.””

Two links came across while looking up articles on depression because I ate too much Captain Crunch with Berries cereal, can’t sleep.

A link to a good article on depression by Focus on the Family, it seems that giving in to depression is a sin, but the tendency to depression isn’t.

How do you ask for help for something that may not even exist? What do I even ask? “More faith, more prayer, don’t pity me.” Is this pride? Arrogance?

“Depression can, in many instances, have a physical cause. So can alcoholism and several other things spoken against in the Bible. Follow me closely here: The tendency toward depression or alcoholism is not a sin; giving in to them, however, is a sin.

When you feel depression beginning to take hold of your life, try to do the following:

  1. Make sure you’re still reading the Bible and praying. You have the power, in Christ, to do what God wills.
  2. Thank God for loving you and bringing you through the bout of depression. God’s Word, not your present emotional outlook, is your authority.
  3. Try not to make a major decision while in a depressed frame of mind.
  4. Thank God for taking care of you and loving you even when you can’t feel it or see it. This exercises your faith and strengthens you.

Link to an article on Today Christian Woman,

1. Expect God to help – in HIS way

When I remember that God’s ways are above my ways (Isaiah 55:8-9), my perspective changes. I stop expecting God to help in ways I prescribe and I begin to lose that “God isn’t helping me” feeling. When I remember our marriage [my life] isn’t all about me and what I want—but about what God wants—my heart opens to God’s help, which is sometimes given through “a word fitly spoken” by my husband (Proverbs 25:11, ESV).

2. Wait for God’s Help

“Impatience often sabotages my ability to be fully aware of and receptive to God’s help. If God doesn’t deliver a truckload of help with lightning speed, my feeble mind—powered by self-pity—immediately assumes God doesn’t want to help me because I’m unworthy or because he’s stingy. I quickly begin to look for help elsewhere.”

3. Stay Dedicated to God’s Will

- Don’t quit or look for someone to replace me, but pray “If it’s your will for me to continue, I’ll do it; not my will but yours be done.”

Recognizing the Helper

I’ve come to learn that the question I need to ask is not, “God, why won’t you help?” but rather, “God, why do I keep refusing to recognize and receive your help?” In order to do so, I must honestly ask myself: Am I insisting that God helps me my way or am I open to help God’s way? Am I willing to wait for God’s help? And most important, am I dedicated to God’s will?

Why are you striving these days
Why are you trying to earn grace
Why are you crying
Let me lift up your face
Just don’t turn away

Why are you looking for love
Why are you still searching
As if I’m not enough
To where will you go child
Tell me where will you run
To where will you run

How many people are praying for you? More than you know. During this recent bout with my own mistakes leading to depression, how many people were praying for me? And Lord, You heard them all, even my own. Thank You.

Our love for each other was so pure.
I looked out for you, you reached out to me.
We would never be separated by simple aberration,
cause of regular collaborations.
Yes, our times together were so sweet and
on the weekends we would have our meetings.
You were seeking my attention,
you called me every single day for conversation.
You were confident even when the problems hit.
Obstacles and potholes were challenges.
You trusted me amidst your disarray.
I hoped you stayed to hear what I had to say.
My encouragement was your strength to carry on,
even though you relied on Dom Perignon.
You wanted a higher love, I provided.
You are my bride, why did you fight it?

You wanna be together with me for eternity?
You turn your head the other way and choose to feed your greed.
You are my masterpiece, I have washed your feet.
My love for you will never change, I will never change.

No matter what the world says about you.
Truth will always stand and it’ll bear fruit.
Sometimes you’re embarrassed of me
and yet so arrogant to your peers like pharisees.
Heresy floats on the surface.
Instead of building on my rock, you decide to throw them.
You would greet me with a cloaked passion
but lacked the compassion, you actor.
You act up, attracted to blasphe-
“me, myself, and I” mentality.
The fallacy in that you ain’t really worthy
you’re not the master says Luke 17.
I married you, I’ve tasted the tea you brewed
If you ain’t hot for me, then you’re dispensable.
I don’t care how sweet you were.
Today make sure you pick up your cross and follow my word.


(Sam Ock)
You’re holding out for something big to happen
All you really need are my arms to be wrapped in
You know that, but you refuse to admit that I am the only one that you’re lackin
What happened to the passion? You’re lazy
Letting all the stupid things drive you crazy
I told you, I am everything you’re ever gonna need
So please let go of it all,
You see the pain that I felt for you then?
The gift you received with your every single “amen?
It’s been a few days, months, or years since the last time I took away your fears, your tears
I miss you…well did you know that?
I paid the price so you never gotta look back
All I want is to love and be loved in return.

Been so long since I last listened to this song, how encouraging it is to listen to worship for the sake of listening.

“No angel in the sky
can fully bear that sight
But downward hence
their wondering eyes
at mystery so bright!”

Reading Spurgeon’s sermon “Songs in the Night”, in which he writes, “What! Hast thou buried thine own diary? I bessech thee, man, turn over the book of thy rememberance.” Spurgeon encourages his hearers to remember what God has done in times of “night”, or sadness.

I. What God has done since the beginning of time
II. Remember the moment of salvation
III. Remember how He has saved from previous nights.

Not even halfway through Spurgeon’s sermon and God has given a “song in the night.”

Came across an old diary entry,

“Precious Child”

song mp3

“Precious Child, Precious Child,
Lift your eyes and see,
Beyond the clouds, the Son abounds,
His grace for you and me,

Precious Child, Precious Child,
Look to Calvary,
On that Mount, lift’d off the ground,
His life for you and me.”

“and thou shalt find that God hath given thee a song in the night.” – C. H. Spurgeon


I was myself stricken down with a horrible sense of guilt which made my life a misery. But when I heard the command, “Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth, for I am God, and there is none else” (Isaiah 45:22), I looked, and in a moment the Lord justified me…I felt as sure that I was forgiven as I had felt sure of condemnation before.”

Charles Spurgeon, All of Grace

O Love that wilt not let me go.
I rest my weary soul in thee;
I give thee back the life I owe,
That in thine ocean depths its flow
May richer, fuller be.

O Light that followest all my way,
I yield my flick/ring torch to thee;
My heart restores its borrowed ray
That in thy sunshine’s blaze its day
May brighter, fairer be.

O Joy that seekest me through pain
I cannot close my heart to thee.
I trace the rainbow through the rain
And feel the promise is not vain
That morn shall tearless be.

O Cross that liftest up my head
I dare not ask to fly from thee;
I lay in dust, life’s glory dead,
And from the ground there blossoms red
Life that shall endless be.

“O Love That Wilt Not Let Me Go” – George Matheson

My brother asked me to look up “fruit or fruits of the spirit”. I thought it was a lame question, but it turned out, I didn’t understand the question either. He already knew, because he is smart. (jk, haha)

Here’s the link to the answer:

Great quote on how all the fruits of the Spirit are intertwined:

“One has put it marvelously stating that joy is love singing, peace is love resting, patience is love enduring, kindness is love sharing, goodness is love’s character, faithfulness is love’s habit, gentleness is love’s touch, and self-control is love in charge.”

Matthew 1 Genealogy

Thank You God for being so different in Your love (from my love), giving concrete evidence to Your faithfulness, and knowing each and every single person intimately and personally.

A beautiful dream… when will it be realized?

Just got to listen to it, awesome song :)

So, a G5 is a plane!

The pastor for Acts2Fellowship invited our fellowship at UCLA to his house for dinner tonight. I had a great time with everyone!

- Is this what Christian love is? There was not much mention of anything Biblical related, but through acts of love, Christ was definitely here tonight. Has it always been this way, but I have just been unable to understand?

Looking forward to this coming school year with Acts2!


Matthew 5:41 “If someone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles.”

Passage: 5:38-42

Who: Jesus to the large crowds that came to see him, to be healed. (Matt 4:25)

When/ere: Soon after Jesus began to minister, in Galilee. (Matt 4:23)

? Does this apply to all circumstances?

- Jesus was silent as a lamb before His prosecutors, (Isaiah 53:7)

- Jesus rose up to clear out the temple when His people were being cheated in His Father’s house.


- Jesus gave new commands to differentiate His people from the world.

- Now that we are under the covenant of grace, laws are different.


We are now under a new covenant of grace, and when others try to hurt/take advantage of us, we should not retaliate, but instead show them kindness and forgiveness. This love of Jesus is very radical, even today; how in the world can I give to those who steal from me?

Through our personal relationship with Jesus, God will give us the supernatural ability to love beyond comprehension in this world. Anyone can love a good man, but a bad man? Only through God’s grace working in us are we able, so spend some time with Jesus, let Him transform you. By my own strength, I have failed countless times, and I will fail all the more. Please Lord, reign in me.

Passage: Matthew 5:21-26
- To forgive others of any perceived wrongs toward me before coming to give offerings for God’s forgiveness towards me. If I claim to be forgiven, why do I not forgive others?

Devo: We tend to look for great things in our lives to repent and give up to God, when it is the daily, tiny things that we have been withholding; stubbornly unwilling to give up my right to myself. Instead, obey His word and let God reign in me.

First day at UCLA, getting to start it off with God! :)
Sept. 22 Passage John 13
Who: Jesus to disciples
When: The Last Supper
Why?- To show them “the full extent of His love.” 1
- He knew his time had come, that Judas was going to betray Him. 1-2
- Jesus was returning to God 3
- To give his disciples understanding of what he has done for them 12
- Jesus set an example for His disciples. 15
What: – Jesus is our Master (Teacher) and Lord. He reminds again that this is true.
? 7-10 What does it mean that unless Jesus washes His disciples, they will not be clean? Snd also that the disciples are clean, then they only need to wash their feet?
- The Matthew Henry Commentary says “Jesus washed disciples’ feet, that he might teach us to think nothing below us, where we can the promote God’s glory and the good of our brethren.”
- The importance is that it is by Christ alone, not our strength, that we are cleansed.
- To cleanse ourselves from daily guilt and watch against everything that defiles us.
Jesus washes His disciples’ feet. Remember how my Lord and Master’s humility in serving others. How proud and shameful must I be when I think myself as greater than anyone, please help me change.

Jesus does not force us to obey Him. He commands that we do; we decide whether to obey the Master.

Luke 22:7-29

“You are those who have stood by me in my trials.” - v28

Who: Jesus to the Eleven.

When/re: at the Last Supper in the house of some owner (10-12)

Why: – Jesus, just announced someone would betray Him.

- Disciples begin arguing about which of them were considered the best.

- Jesus responds, saying the greatest should be like the servant, as Jesus served His disciples. (26-27)

What: – The greatest are those who stand by Jesus through the trials; walking with Him through this life.

App: – The greatest in God’s eyes are those who seek to serve others.

Devo: – God reveals if we are walking with Him by changing our circumstances. The temptations of straying from God will be with us the rest of this life.

When things aren’t going my way, I become frustrated and don’t trust in God of being in control. These temptations of distrusting You will be with me the rest of my life, please help me to hold on to Your promises.

Been listening to Christian Rap lately. Something that only rap can do, not even the fastest of guitar songs, is that it overwhelms you with lyrics, with God’s Truth!

Some of my favorites are Masterpiece by Jin:

Lord it’s a blessing just to be able to praise You
You’ve given me so much there’s no way I can repay You
When I think about Your love it’s hard not to be consumed
You knew me before I was formed inside my mother’s womb
Under Your supervision I was wonderfully made
The thought of it is mind blowing it’s no wonder I’m amazed
I was created in Your image that’s humbling just to say
You put me on this earth and know the number of my days
When it comes time for judgement the moment that I meet You
I only hope You’ll recognize Your child when I greet You
I’ve been thinking ’bout it and I’m done with contemplatin’
The world is fading away so there’s no time for waitin’
For that moment that I feel like it’s finally right
I’ve been searching for joy only to find it in Christ
Yeah it changed my life when I made the revelation
That I am the masterpiece out of all of Your creations

Look at my flaws and all
So many times I fall
Never out the potter’s hand
God I don’t understand
Me wonderfully made
Really me You died to gain
Not perfect but You love me
Cause You are my master
And I am your masterpiece

He’s the first of these Christian artists that I heard, a free download of his new mixtape can be found here:

Another great song would be “Best Thing that I’ve Found” by Saigon (my new ringtone!), lifted me back up when I wanted to give up on my faith:

“Sometimes the pain is the motivation to trust
And them scars are the evidence that the journey was rough”

[Hook: Cam]
Don’t wanna waste my life

[Verse 1: LeCrae]
I know a lot of people out there scared they’re gone die
A couple of them thinking they’ll be livin’ in the sky
But while I’m here livin’ man I gotta ask why, what am here fo’ I gotta figure out
Waste my life
No I gotta make it count
If Christ is real then what am I gonna do about
Everything in Luke 12: 15 down to 21
You’ve really gotta go and check it out
Paul said if Christ ain’t resurrected we’ve wasted our lives
Well that implies that our life’s built around Jesus being alive
Everyday I’m living tryin’ to show the world why
Christ is more than everything you’ll ever try
Better than pretty women and sinning and living to get a minute of any women and men that you admire
It ain’t no lie

We’re created for Him
Outta the dust he made us for Him
Elects us and he saves us for Him
Jesus comes and he raises for Him
Magnify the Father why bother with something lesser
He made us so we could bless Him
To the world we confess Him
Resurrects Him
So I know I got life
Matter fact better man I know I got Christ
If you don’t see His ways in my days and nights
You can hit my brakes you can stop my life
Then I lost my rights
I lost my life
Forget the money cars and toss that ice
The cost is Christ
And they could never offer me anything on the planet that would cost that price.

[Verse 2: Dwayne Tryumph]
Armed and dangerous
So the devil just can’t hang with us
Christian youth them will stand with us
Living and driven
Given a vision
Fullfillin’ the commission he handed us
London to Los Angeles
The rap evangelist
My daddy wouldn’t abandon us
I gotta backpack full of tracts and I keep it on the Johnny mac
So are you ready to jam with us
So let’s go, give me the word an let’s go
Persecution let’s go
Tribulation let’s go
Across the nation let’s go
Procrastination let’s go
Hung on the cross in the cold
Died for the young and the old
Can’t say you never know
Heaven knows how many souls are going to hell or to heaven so we gotta go in to get them

[Verse 3: LeCrae]
Yeah, do it for Christ!
You’re trying to figure what to do with your life
If you make a lot of money hope you’re doing it right
Because the money is God’s you better steward it right
And stay focused
You ain’t got no ride
Your life ain’t wrapped up in what you drive
The clothes you wear, the job you work
The color your skin naw you’re a Christian first
People get to living for a job
Make a little money start living for a car
Get ‘em a wife a house kids and a dog
Then they retire they’re living high on the hog
But guess what they didn’t ever really live at all
To live is Christ and that’s Paul I recall
To die is gain so for Christ we give it all
He’s the treasure you’ll never find in a mall
Your money your singleness marriage talent your time
They were loaned to you to show the world that Christ is Divine
That’s why it’s Christ in my rhymes
That’s why it’s Christ all the time
See my whole world is built around Him He’s the life in my lines
I refused to waste my life
He’s too true to chase that ice
Here’s my gifts and time
‘Cause I’m constantly trying to be used to praise the Christ
If he’s truly raised to life
Then this news should change your life
And by his grace you can put your faith in place that rules your days and nights.

Got to spend time with my brother using the Swedish Method to study the Bible. He also shared about his evangelism experiences, refreshing news to me.


The Swedish Method

O ~ A light bulb: This should be something that ‘shines’ from the passage—whatever impacts most, or draws attention.

? ~ A question mark: Anything that is difficult to understand in the text, or a question the reader would like to ask the writer of the passage or the Lord.
-> ~ An arrow: A personal application for the reader’s life.

***Passage: 2 Corinthians 11:1-6

v 1 O Paul is able to be jealous for the church in Corinth, that his brothers and sisters may be presented to God as pure.

5 O “Super-apostles”, people who spoke eloquently and able to work up the crowd, yet seems to disregard the truth of the Word. These guys were criticizing Paul for being an un-eloquent speaker.

1 ? What is Paul’s foolishness? – It seems to be his rebuke of the Corinthian church and the false prophets, especially in Ch 10.

4 ? Jesus other than the one I received? Spirit? Gospel? – Anything different from the Bible.

3 -> Our devotion to Christ should be sincere and pure. “Simple.”

6 -> We need to read the Bible to solidify our faith.

Passage: John 13:14

“Now that I, your Lord and teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet.”


Jesus to His disciples


At the last supper, just before Judas Iscariot would betray Jesus


- Jesus shows His disciples “the Son of Man came not to be served, but to serve.”

- Jesus takes on a slave’s role to set an example of what we should do.

- If anyone sought wealth, fame, glory, power in this life, Jesus surely woke them up to the reality of no earthly kingdom. (at least not yet)


- What does it mean that unless “[Jesus] washes you, you have no part with me.” (8)

- What does v 10 mean?



- As Jesus served man to bring them to know Him, I also should serve others to bring them to know Christ.


 God prepares us for His ministry by giving us opportunities first to serve the people around us in little ways. If I do not serve them now, why would I serve those I meet in the “greater ministry”? As Jesus washed His disciples feet, let us also serve those around us with humility and love.

Passage: John 1:43-51


Jesus to Nathanael


Beginning of Jesus’ ministry calling of first disciples


- Nathanael questioned whether Jesus was the promised Savior to come.

- Jesus spokes the words in (47) that caused Nathanael to ask Jesus, “How do you know me?”

- Jesus answered Nathanael’s question, leaving him no room for doubt.


- Seems Nathanael, though early disciple, was not chosen as one of Jesus’ 12. Why?


- God knows us because He made us, He is all-knowing.

- Jesus leaves us no room to doubt He is God’s Son. “Come and see” Jesus, as Philip says, and He will prove Himself to be the Savior.


Trials reveal our true character; they reveal our personal relationship to Christ. “What is unseen will be seen.” If I do not live as God calls me to (worship, pray, Bible reading) in the calm parts of life, I definitely will not live as God alls me to when trials come. Not only will I be useless to God, but a hindrance.

Passage: 2 Corinthians 10:5, Sept 8 and 9 of My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers.

” We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”

Who is this from/to: 
 - Paul writing to the Corinthians, some who supported him, some seeking to cause disunity in the church.

– Some in the church criticized Paul for being an unimpressive speaker and liar (v 10)

- Paul emphasizes that as Christians they fight not as the world does, but with the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Conditional or non-conditional? 
– Yes, to “demolish arguments and every pretension against the knowledge of God”, Christians must intentionally bring every thought into submission before Christ.

What is being asserted: 
– othing can hold a candle before the truth of God’s Word. It doesn’t just debunk the false assertions, it demolishes them. Like a tank before a chicken. (Sorry for the cheesy Chinese word pun)

Postive or negative consequences? 
– Positive! Able to confidently proclaiming the Word of God, knowing that it is absolute truth.


- I must bring every thought before God, and if it is contrary to God’s Word, dismiss and turn from the thought.- Satan will seek to attach God’s Word and seek to bring us to doubt, like Adam and Eve. I must cling on to God’s Word.- To cling on to the truth, I must know the truth! Spend time, humbling myself before God and His Word, asking for understanding.

(Sept 8) We cannot fight against lies by our own wisdom, but by asking for God’s divine power.
(Sept 8) Our fight is not against sin, but to turn our natural life into a spiritual one. (One that makes decisions not by natural tendency, but bringing every thought into submission to God’s will)

- Our plans, services for God must be brought before God. Apart from obeying Christ, all the works we bring to Him will be nothing, like dirty rags. God commands and delights in obedience, not our own methods of sacrifice.

Got this mini-study format from a very encouraging brother, Josh at,

I’ve been going through the devotional book My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers, never really studied the passage in-depth before reading the commentary! It really is different, sort of like the satisfaction of solving a puzzle on your own, without consulting a manual. Took me about 40 minutes!


John 4:14
“But whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

Who is this from/to: 
 - From Jesus to the Samaritan woman

– Samaritan woman asks if Jesus is greater than her ancestor Jacob.

- Woman questions Jesus’ offer of water when he had nothing to draw water from the well.

- Jesus speaks about Himself so that the woman may be saved.

- Jesus initiated the conversation, though He was very tired.

- Jesus uses the woman’s thirst and also life of sin as a way of reaching out to her.

Conditional or non-conditional? 
“But whoever drinks the water I give him”

- The person must drink the water that Jesus gives

- Only Jesus can give this living water, no one else can.

What is being asserted: 
– Jesus shall give the living water to all who drinks from it.

- Not only will the person never thirst again, it will become in him a spring of water, something ever-growing and never ending, because it is of God.

Postive or negative consequences? 
– Definitely positive in that the person who drinks will have eternal life. On the flip side, negative consequences will result for those who do not come to Jesus to satisfy their thirst. They shall not receive the “spring welling up to eternal life.”

– Am I drinking from the fountain of living water daily? Quenching my thirst from Jesus and His Words?

- Jesus initiates the conversation with the Samaritan woman, a group of people the Jews would have detested. Who are the people that I meet that I would not share the Gospel with, let alone become friends? (Homeless, gangsters, socially awkward)

- Only Jesus can give eternal life and satisfy us, nothing else. No book or food or hobby or goal or person or dream or money or sleep or air or anything, apart from God, can give us eternal life. I need to stop turning to food and entertainment when I feel empty, sad and come to Jesus to drink and be satisfied.

* Extra from Devotional or Commentaries

- Jesus will cause the spring in His disciples to flow out into their lives and others.

- If our relationship with Christ is unhindered, living water should be evidently flowing out of us.

- The question to ask is not “Who am I?” but “Who is Jesus Christ?” Of course I am a sinner, only capable of offering sin to God; but, it is by Jesus’ life and sacrifice that I may live and proclaim the Gospel to others.

In heaven, what will we remember about the time spent on Earth? Everything? The good and the bad? Or will we be looking forward to the eternity we spend with the King?

Turn your eyes upon Jesus,

look full at His wonderful face,

and the things of Earth will grow strangely dim

in the light of His glory and grace

Came across this song while listening to YouTube. What is love? What does it mean to love, to be loved? Well, God is love.

Love is right here
Love is alive
Love is the Way, the Truth, the Life

There is no one else who seeks you as Jesus does. Coming down from heaven, leaving behind His power to be weak like one of us. He then lived a perfect life, and died. So that we may turn from the pain and death of sin, and look to Him. Love Him, be loved by Him.

“Could you take me beyond, could you carry me through… If I opened my heart, could I go there with you?

Cause what do I have, if I don’t have you Jesus, what in this life could mean anymore? “

God loves more than we can ever love ourselves. He knows all things, and He does all things for the good of those who love Him, according to His will. -  Romans 8

God loves you, so much more than anyone or anything else could ever love you. If you haven’t yet done so, take the step of faith, believe Him. Nothing can come between you and His love, never. – Romans 8

How He loves.

“Being a Christian doesn’t mean becoming less human.”

Enjoy life as God created it to be. Whether eating, drinking, hanging out with family and friends, not every moment needs to be spent reading the Word or talking about godly matters. Yet, “whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” – 1 Corinthians 10:31.

What about you? Enjoying life?

What if, i was living a lie? That everything i do is selfish?

Even then, “When we had no strength, at just the right time, Christ died for the ungodly.” – Romans 5:6

i may be a liar, but God is truth. Please trust in Him alone. Trust also, that since He has given you His Spirit and a new heart, that you too can choose to stop living selfishly and choose to follow Christ.

Taken from the blog “Worship Matters”  by Bob

“Words complete the act of worship. I can’t make this point better than C.S. Lewis, who wrote in Reflections on the Psalms, “But the most obvious fact about praise — whether of God or anything — strangely escaped me. I thought of it in terms of compliment, approval, or the giving of honor. I had never noticed that all enjoyment spontaneously overflows into praise…I think we delight to praise what we enjoy because the praise not merely expresses but completes the enjoyment; it is its appointed consummation.” My love for my wife leads me to say something. Again and again and again. I want her and others to know my feelings. So it is in our relationship with God. Worship works its way out into words.”

An excerpt from a devotional book I started reading through with my dad and brother. Highly recommended for anyone looking for a short daily devotional :)

“The one aim of the call of God is the satisfaction of God, not a call to do something for Him.” – Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest. Jan 18

Been reading the book “Just Do Something” by Kevin DeYoung. It is about “how to make a decision (as a Christian) without dreams, visions, fleeces, impressions, open doors, random bible verses, casting lots, liver shivers, writing in the sky, etc.”

God’s will has always been something that has been on my mind a lot. Is it God’s will for me to go to this college? Is it God’s will for me to take this class? Is it God’s will for me to pursue a relationship?

Yet, about halfway into this book I am shown just how wrong my thinking is. Not wrong as in “it’s wrong to make a wise decision”, but wrong as in “if I don’t make the right decision then I will have missed God’s will and I have failed in my life.” No!

Actually, walking in God’s will is as simple as “seeking first God’s kingdom and His righteousness.” – Matthew 6:33.

The freedom of the new life we have in Christ certainly is very complex. May it be as simple as “rejoicing always, praying continually, and giving thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for us. (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)

So, just do something! And do it for God’s glory :)

This week while reading Spurgeon’s “All of Grace”, a verse stuck out to me, “At just the right time, while we had no strength, Christ died for the ungodly.” – Romans 5:6 While reflecting on God’s grace and God’s holiness, I am reminded of just what a privilege it is to come before God. Do I approach Him nonchalantly like I would a friend? Or do I approach the throne of God, trembling, realizing that is only because of His only Son’s sacrifice, the blood shed on the cross, that I am able to be there without dying? God is Holy, holy, holy! There is nothing like Him in this world, and there will only be Him in the life afterwards too. May I never forget this!

I was also reminded yesterday in “Hailey’s Bible Handbook” of the importance of a consistent plan in reading through the Bible, that “they are not just idle words for you – they are your life.” Deut 32:45-47 How often I pray for faith, but do not open my Bible to seek God’s will. May God’s Word and heart become ours as we daily spend time in His presence!

“While we had no strength, at just the right time Christ died for the ungodly.” – Romans 5:6

No strength, not one bit. That’s why grace is so wonderful, right? The Son of God died for the ungodly.

These are some quotes from Wild at Heart by John Eldredge. Powerful texts from experience and God’s Word combine to bring healing and freedom to my heart. And man, does it heal.

” You can’t ask Christ to come.into your wound remain far from it. You have to go there with him. The tears streamed down, and I let them flow as freely as they would, making of them a pillow foe my heart. On them it rested.” – St. Augustine (Confessions)

Grief is a form of validation, it says the wound mattered.

The Messiah comes to bind up and heal, to release and set free. What? Your heart.

Jesus loves me, this I know
For the Bible tells me so
Little ones to him belong
They are weak
But he is strong!

And you and me are the little ones!

Though I may fall short when on the world’s scale I’ve been made,

It’s an honor just to know that in your image I’ve been made.

Many times I feel as if I’m not good enough. Then God reminds me that I am NOT good enough, that is why Jesus came to die for us. He IS good!



1.25.13 Friday Night “Jesus is worthy to be anointed with costly perfume” John 12:1-8; Mark 14:3-9

Why is this lesson so important for me personally to hear?  

Going through a time where many distractions and idols get in the way of my relationship with God. Where I’d rather run elsewhere than to Him. Studying through this passage I see why Mary had so many reasons to anoint Jesus with the costly perfume. Her sins had been forgiven, her brother Lazarus was raised from the dead. And not the least of these, Jesus is Lord. He alone is worthy of my whole life and love because He is God. How can anything compare to the Lord? No person, no achievement, no goal, no object can compare. When I am tempted to give my time and energy to any other pursuit in life, I need to stop and ask why. Is it worth it? Only God is worth it.

has it had that impact?

Here I am, once again saved from the temptations of giving up because God states that He is worthy. And looking at all the things I turn to, how devastating life would be if God did not place a rein on the sinful nature. He is worthy, despite what I think or how I feel. Because He is Savior. Because He is Creator. Because He is God. Because He loves me.

Memory Verse:

“Leave her alone,” said Jesus. “Why are you bothering her? She has done a beautiful thing to me.” – Mark 14:6



-          Jesus, who is God, is more valuable than anything else in the whole world

-          Jesus is worthy of our life and love

-          God is pleased when we obey and love Him


Personal Application

  • God deserves my whole life, every breath that I breathe. Because He gave it to me.
  • There is nothing that should ever warrant me taking my eyes off of Jesus.


  • Through flannel, or telling a story using Scripture and asking students to act the scene out.

Points to make from Story

-          Mary poured the perfume to show her love for her Savior. The perfume is very expensive.

-          Jesus defends and praises what Mary had done for him. God is pleased with our offerings of gratitude.

You Deserve the Glory
More Precious than Silver

“There are no ordinary people… it is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub, and exploit.”  – C. S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

Life would be a lot different if I took this perspective more seriously. People will either be in heaven or hell, forever. Nothing in between, not just becoming nothing, but there is a final destination.

What do you think?

“Thank You for having a powerlevel over infinity…

You are better than Google…”

Kid’s prayers are always so colorful, haha.

Hey everyone!

It’s raining again,
and though it’s cold now I know
the Son will soon be shining forth
the perfect warmth of the Father’s love

Because You love me!

Sorry for the late update, here’s my lesson plan for tomorrow night. Man, being able to study this lesson has been a tremendous blessing! Maybe I’m excited because it is 12:24am and I am tired, but I am so joyful! It hasn’t been easy; it’s only the 3rd friday night and Satan is already telling me to give up! Thank God for giving me the strength and reminder to keep going. Why do I want to teach? The children need to know God, know His Word. I need God to sustain me through His Word! And all this is our fruit, our reward through serving our children, for our God.

1.25.13 Friday Night “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord!”

Why is this lesson so important for me personally to hear?  

As Jesus prepares to enter Jerusalem one last time to celebrate the Passover, Last Supper with his disciples, he shows that he is the Christ in his authority over borrowing the colt, having scripture fulfilled, and His love for the city of Jerusalem as he weeps. When the Pharisees tell Jesus to stop the crowd’s ‘blasphemy’, he replies, “I tell you, if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.” God, and He alone, is worthy of all praise. And He doesn’t need my praise because He can make stones worship Him! It is a reminder to me that being able to praise and serve my God is a privilege, a gift. When I stand before God, I hope He is more pleased with me, than a rock. That would be so sad. :(

has it had that impact?

Ask me later since I am still digesting it, but studying the passage has put God in His rightful place in my life.


-          Remind them of rules (raise hand, be quiet), discipline (cross out stickers, have sticker counter), and encourage to bring their own Bibles.

-          Review last week’s lesson

-          1. Who was Zacchaeus? What did he do?

-          2. What did Jesus do when he met him?

-          3. What was Zacchaeus’ response? What was Jesus’ response?

-          Review Memory verse

-          5When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him,”Zaccheus, come down immediately, I must stay at your house today.” – Luke 19:5



Story Time Hook

-          What do you imagine when you think of a king? What about a King going to battle?

-          * Mighty horse, weapons, someone of respect

-          Jesus is the King of the world, and today we will find out how he meets his people!

Story Time (Flannel Graph)

Flannel pieces: 1Jesus (standing), 2disciples (two of them), 3 crowd, 4 Jesus, donkey (sitting) 5Donkey owners (two of them), 6Palm Branches, 7 Disciples (crowd) 8 Donkey


Scene 1: 1Jesus, 7 Disciples


1. Jesus and His disciples approach Jerusalem.

- It is close to the celebration of the Passover.

2. Jesus sends two of his disciples, telling them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and just as you enter it, you will find a colt, which is a young donkey, tied there, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ tell him, ‘The Lord needs it and will send it back here shortly.”

*  God knows everything!

- God knew where the colt was, even the fact that no one ever rode it. It sounds like stealing, but in fact God prepares the hearts of the owners, that the Lord needs it.

Scene 2: 2disciples (two), 5 Donkey owners, 8 Donkey


3. Disciples find a colt tied to a doorway and begin to untie it.

- Imagine never going into a city before and following instructions about something impossible to know beforehand. Would I go?

4. As they untie, owners ask, “What are you doing, untying that colt?”

- Sometimes people will ask why I do what I do. Of course, tell them it is for God’s glory! (Hopefully it is)

5. Disciples reply, “The Lord needs it and will send it back here shortly.” The owners let them go.

- Jesus borrows the colt. It is ok to borrow!

- Imagine taking a stranger’s car and telling him that the Lord needs it. It is absurd!


Scene 3:3crowd, 4Jesus, donkey, 6Palm branches, 7Disciples, 8Donkey


6. The disciples bring the colt to Jesus and throw their cloaks on it to honor their Lord.

- To give what is my very own for God, because He is worthy of everything!

7. While Jesus rides the colt down the hill, called the Mount of Olives, many people spread their cloaks on the road, while others spread branches they had cut in the fields. The crowd also wave palm branches to praise Jesus.

- The colt had never been ridden before. Do you know how hard it is to ride a donkey? It is very hard to train a colt to be obedient! How amazing it is for Jesus to be able to ride it.

- Ever seen the foam hands or signs at sports games? Throwing rice and confetti at the newly weds? The palm branches are a sign of praise.

* God fulfills His promises (Zechariah 9:9)

- How weird it is to read that my king will be riding on a colt! First question that comes to my head is, why a colt? Why not a powerful horse? God is very interesting.

9. Crowd begins to praise God for all the miracles they had seen and shout, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David! Hosanna in the highest!

* Jesus is King!

-          Hosanna is the Hebrew expression for “Save!” Jesus, save me! Hosanna!

-          What did the crowd want Jesus to save them from? From the Roman authority, from needing food, from sickness and pain. Is that what Jesus came to do? Yes and no. He came primarily to forgive my sins!

10. Some Pharisees in the crowd say to Jesus, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!” Jesus replies, “If they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.”

* God is worthy of praise from all creation!

-          Jesus has very interesting rebukes for Pharisees. He knows how to make them even more mad, haha.

-          God is amazing, and if I don’t praise Him then His creation will! Please, let me praise You…


Scene 4:4 Jesus, donkey

11. Jesus approaches Jerusalem, weeks over it. “If you had only known on this day what would bring you peace.” He knows the city does not understand what he came to do, and will one day be destroyed. He also knows what lies ahead of Him, that in a few days He would die on the cross, put there by the very same people who were praising Him today.

-          Jesus is going to die soon, the very people who praise him are the same people who will take him to the cross, yelling “crucify him”.

-          Even in the midst of what should be his glorious, triumphant day, Jesus weeps. Because he knows praise from men are ever changing, and that they are worshiping him for the wrong reasons.

Memory Verse:

“I tell you, Jesus replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.” – Luke 19:40


God is worthy of praise; if we don’t then creation will!


Take Home Lesson

-God knows everything

- God is worthy of praise; if we don’t then the rocks will!

- God fulfills His promises (Zechariah 9:9)

- Jesus is King



-          Something involving leading another person? (Horse tag, blindfold all except two guides, 1 is it, the rest must be guided by good guide to run from the person who is it. / Pair them up. 1 Pair is it. Tag all horses to win, tag guides to get them out.

-          Discuss Pizza party, discuss sticker, prizes

While reading “Wild at Heart”, it was interesting to read that Satan is out looking to bring medown, discourage me, make me doubt. It seems so obvious, but there are certain times when I can get so caught up about my own sinful nature that I forget, God has given me a new heart. A new life. A new desire to do good, obey Him. Not every accusation at myself now is my own, but the Enemy’s. And he is cunning!

 Be alert and of sober mind. 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 the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.” – 1 Peter 5:8-9 (NIV)

Hey… there’s Satan too. Yea, he likes to make you believe he isn’t there.

At my church I recently began teaching children through flannel graphs, story-telling, and asking questions! Here are some tips for myself that came up. I’ll constantly be revising and changing the list as time goes on!

Tips I learned from Teaching Children:

General Tips:

1. Pray for the students

2. Know the lesson, allow God to teach me before I teach the kids. How can I teach them something I don’t understand?

3. Don’t ask simple yes, no questions. Ask questions that allow them to come up with thoughtful answers!

4. Be colorful and loud in your expressions! Remember the teachers that you thought were boring? Don’t be monotone, unexpressive like them!

5. Play with the children, get to know them outside the classroom. Show them that you care!

6. Remember that you are not alone in the children’s ministry, be active in bringing children to meet and know other brothers and sisters too. Like introducing a new friend!

7. Children have a way of sensing when we care about a lesson that is being taught, and most times a lesson that felt bad was contributed by my lack of preparation.


Pray for them!

1. Remember they are children. Though they do not understand now, be firm in discipline so that they won’t be all over the place. Once children see that you allow them to bend the rules, they will all join in and get worse and worse. “Give them an inch, they will take a mile.”

2. Get to know them outside the class! Children who have a relationship with you may tend to listen more attentively.

Hanging out with children:


  1. If you do not have much experience playing/interacting with children, try asking “Can I play? What are you playing?” Young children never seem to run out of games or things to do. (Isn’t it funny how the older we are, the harder it is to keep ourselves entertained? Moral of the story is to ‘never grow up!’)

Why is this lesson so important for me personally to hear?  

From going through the story of “Jesus came to seek and to save Zacchaeus” this past week, it reminds me that Jesus cared about me even before I knew Him. It is a good reminder that works come naturally after coming to experience Christ’s love, not the other way around. That no matter what I think or try to believe, God’s love is all grace! Nothing I earned, nothing I definitely deserve, but it is a gift from God.

has it had that impact?

Today I wasn’t feeling too well, had all these thoughts in my mind of how I failed God in many of my plans. Then this morning I got to spend time with Neilsen, and going through this passage again and again, it reminds me that Jesus came to seek and save the lost! That when I myself see my flaws, it is not to condemn me but to point me to the Savior who loved, who loves, and who will always love me!

Story Time Hook

-          Ask for a volunteer to come up: “Do you see the picture?” (Zaccheus pg. 56 picture)

-          Ask class, what do you think about the picture?

-          Why can’t you see the picture?

-          (Pass around picture) What is the picture about?

-          Does the person look comfortable? What about popular?

-          The Bible tells us about someone with the same problem you had when you couldn’t see the picture. He couldn’t see because other people were in his way.


Story Time (Flannel Graph)

Flannel pieces: 1Zacchaeus (in tree), 2crowd, 3 background, 4 Zacchaeus (standing), 5Jesus


Scene 1: 4Zacchaeus(standing) , 3 background


1. Jesus and His disciples were entering Jericho.

2. Introduce Zacchaeus, who was the chief tax collector and wealthy, very rich. Explain tax collectors (hated, cheated).


Scene 2: 4Zacchaeus(standing),2crowd, 3 background


3. He wanted to see who Jesus was, but he was too short to see over the crowd.

4. Zaccheus ran ahead of the road and climbed a very tall tree. A Sycamore-fig tree. He knew Jesus was coming this way.

5. (Describe being in a tree, don’t look so cool, express being in a tree, dangerous)


Scene 3:1Zacchaeus(in tree),2crowd,3background, 5Jesus


  1. From here he could see Jesus talking to the crowd. Everyone was so excited. He looked like a nice man. A lot of friends! Zaccheus thought about himself, that he didn’t have many friends. Even many people did not like him. Sadly, Zaccheus wished he could also be Jesus’ friend. But here he was, in a tree alone. Because he was too short. At least he was so high up in the tree that no one would be able to see how uncool he was.
  2. When Jesus passes under the tree, he looks up and says, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.” Zacchaeus thinks, ‘How does He know my name? How did He know I was in the tree? But the questions didn’t matter. He was so happy that he came down at once and welcomed Jesus gladly into his house.


Scene 4:4Zacchaeus(standing), 5Jesus, 2crowd,3background,


  1. As they headed to Zacchaeus’ house the people outside were all muttering, “He has gone to be the guest of a ‘sinner.” The people were wondering, why would the good teacher Jesus go spend time with the bad tax collector Zacchaeus?
  2. But Zacchaeus and Jesus didn’t mind. While inside the house Zacchaeus told Jesus about life as a tax collector, about how no one liked him after he started cheating them in collecting taxes. Zacchaeus asked Jesus, “What can I ever do? No one would ever want to be my friend anymore, no matter what I try. What should I do, Jesus?”
  3. Jesus told him about sin, how much God hates sin, but also how much God wants to forgive his sins. “Do I first have to apologize to everyone I cheated? “Do I have to first do many good things? How can I be forgiven? “Jesus replied again, “Believe in the One God has sent. Believe in me. “ That is all Zacchaeus had to do! He didn’t have to do good things so that Jesus would love him. Jesus loved him for who he was!
  4. Hearing this, Zaccheus was so happy. Here is someone who cared about him, even a ‘sinner’ like him! And that someone was the Messiah. He was so happy that he said to Jesus, “Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and, with the money I have left, if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.”
  5. Jesus said to Zaccheus, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.”


Questions and Activity

-          Who was Zacchaeus? What was a tax collector? Why couldn’t he see over the crowd?

-          What did Zacchaeus do to see Jesus?

-          What did Jesus say to Zacchaeus? Did he meet him before? How did He know Zacchaeus’ name and was in the tree?

l  Jesus pursues those who are His own.

-          What were the people muttering about Zacchaeus? Why?

-          What did Zaccheus do after he accepted Jesus as his Savior?

l  Meeting Jesus makes us see our sin and make us want to change.

-          What did Jesus say to Zaccheus?

-          Do you remember the story that Jesus told of the one lost sheep? How is God like that shepherd?

l  Jesus came to save the lost.

-          Jesus says that He came to “seek and to save the lost”. Who in this story was lost?

-          Zaccheus was lost. How was he lost?


-          Thank God that He comes after those who are lost, and thank Him that He has found you.



  • Zacchaeus was a wee little man

Memory Verse:


5When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him,”Zacceus, come down immediately, I must stay at your house today.” – Luke 19:5


Jesus came to save the lost, even when we don’t know Him!


Take Home Lesson

-Jesus pursues those who belong to Him

Jesus came to save the lost

An encounter with Jesus brings recognition of one’s sins

My room before it was robbed.

My room before it was robbed.

Today when I came home from meeting with my brother, I found my house had been ransacked.

Through much mercy we’ve only lost some items, notably my alto saxophone, but nothing irreplaceable. My mom said the worst thing from this experience is that we have to clean up all the things and clothes they tossed around in our rooms. We had a good laugh, which was surprising to me since I thought she’d go crazy. It’s a great reminder that everything on Earth is temporary, and that I should store up treasures in heaven, since that will never disappear.

19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
 - Matthew 6:19-21

Thank You, God.


Funny thing, my alto saxophone was under my blankets, the case opened. I don’t know why, but I still have it!

Why is this lesson so important for me personally to hear?  

From studying the story of “Jesus has mercy on blind man Bartimaeus”, I am reminded that Jesus has mercy on those who call out to Him. He loves them! When Bartimaeus hears ‘Jesus of Nazareth is passing by’, he calls out to Jesus, saying, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Why Son of David? Bartimaeus really believed that Jesus was the Christ! For me, it reminds me, “do I really believe in my heart that Jesus is Lord, and that by faith, I am healed from my hurts?”

Here was a man who was blind, lived a lift that had so much suffering, and Jesus cares about him. Here, God is able to do the impossible!

has it had that impact?

Yes it has, though I’m still digesting the story. Again, being reminded how much Bartimaeus suffered as a blind man, how amazing is Jesus’ mercy of healing him! May God become even greater in my life and dwarf all the worries and sorrows I have.

Here’s my retelling of this story to the kids, using a flannel board and figures. Fun fun fun :]


  1. Introduce Bartimaeus (blind man, maybe from birth, beggar). He is sitting by the roadside begging.
  2. He hears a crowd, asks what is going on? What is the noise?
  3. They reply, “Jesus of Nazareth is leaving the city.” The Jesus that can raise the dead, the Jesus that can feed the five thousand, the Jesus that could heal the sick was here! And he was leaving!
  4. When he heard that it was Jesus, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”
  5. The crowd told him to be quiet. They didn’t want Jesus to be annoyed by a dirty, poor beggar.
  6. Bartimaeus doesn’t stop, even though he feels hurt, but shouts again, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”

(Insert 5Jesus into flannel)


  1. Jesus stops. He hears Bartimaeus calling Him. He tells the crowd, “Call him.” The crowd becomes silent, and someone tells Bartimaeus to, ‘Stand up, Jesus is calling you.’


Scene 2: 2crowd , 1Bartimaeus (standing), 3 background, 5Jesus


  1. Throwing his cloak aside, Bartimaeus jumps to his feet and walks carefully to Jesus. It is hard from him because he is blind. Trembling because it was very quiet, he finally makes it to Jesus.
  2. Jesus asks him, “What do you want me to do for you?”
  3. Bartimaeus thinks about what Jesus has just said. It has been a long time since someone cared about him. He thinks back to his childhood, how his family left him. How no one wanted to be his friend because he was blind. He thinks back to his life, how he has to beg everyday because he was not able to do anything else. He knows what he wants to ask, but thoughts begin to pop up. “It is impossible, no one can heal the blind. Jesus doesn’t care about you, leave Him alone.” But there was one voice in Bartimaeus’ head, that spoke louder than the rest. This is Jesus, the Messiah, the healer of the sick, the one who can raise the dead. The one who cares for the poor, who is a friend to everyone. If there is anyone who can do it, Jesus can. With tears streaming down his cheeks, Bartimaeus says in a soft whisper one simple sentence, which was what he wanted his whole life. It was his biggest dream. Bartimaeus whispers, “Lord, I want to see.”
  4. While the crowd watches in amazement, Jesus says, “Go, your faith has healed you.”
  5. Slowly Bartimaeus opens his eyes. For the first time in his life, he is able to see. And the first thing he sees is Jesus smiling at him. He looks around and sees the crowd, he sees the world. There are so many colors! Bartimaeus was so happy that he couldn’t stop laughing, he couldn’t stop crying, he couldn’t stop shouting, “Thank You God! Thank You Jesus!”
  6. The crowd is amazed and begin to praise God too. They had never seen a blind man healed, so they knew Jesus was definitely someone special.
  7. As Jesus and his disciples leave the city, the crowd and Bartimaeus follow him, sending Jesus off with praise and thanking God.


Questions and Activity

◦              What kind of person was Bartimaeus? Rich or poor? Important?

◦              Could he have a job? Why?

◦              Why was there a crowd?

◦              Why did the crowd tell Bartimaeus to be quiet?

  • - Is that a weird thing to say? “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!’

◦              Did Jesus care about Bartimaeus, even though he was poor and blind? Yes, because Jesus is loving!

- What does Jesus tell the crowd to do?

- What does Bartimaeus do?

*The cloak was probably the only thing he had, since he had no money. But he threw it aside!

- What does Jesus ask Bartimaeus?

- How does Bartimaeus reply? “Lord, I want to see.” Is that something normal to ask? (Remember, no one could heal the blind)

◦              – What does Jesus say? “Go, your faith has healed you.” What happens?

◦              – Why could Jesus do that? Why did He heal Bartimaeus? Because he believed!

- What did Bartimaeus do after? What did the crowd do?

Jesus’ miracles always gave God the glory and praise, not Himself.

*Now that you heard this story about blind Bartimaeus, think now about yourself. Does Jesus care about you? No matter if you are rich or poor, healthy or sick, Jesus cares about you.

* Does He listen when you call to Him?

*Is there any problem you could have that Jesus couldn’t help you with?

*Let’s thank Jesus for being just who He is. God! (1 prayer of thanks each to God, ending with worship)

A book I found in my church library.

“becoming a Christian is not synonymous with becoming a model of perfection. “

” Christians aren’t perfect, just forgiven. “

Man, need to get on finishing books I’ve started. Recently God’s been showing me just how disorganized I am.

Just read an article in the august issue of Renew Magazine titled “Knowing Jesus”

” Would you like to know more about Jesus, our personal Savior, and the Son of the Living God? “

… Life is short, and the time that we have to know Jesus intimately is already passing away. Will you choose to make knowing Jesus a priority? Don’t wait any longer, begin the journey of knowing Him today!”

What am I waiting for? What are you waiting for?

From John Piper’s Solid Joys Devotional.

Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. (Romans 5:2)

Seeing the glory of God is our ultimate hope. “We rejoice in hope of the glory of God” (Romans 5:2). God will “present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy” (Jude 24).

He will “make known the riches of his glory for vessels of mercy, which he has prepared beforehand for glory” (Romans 9:23). “He calls you into his own kingdom and glory” (1 Thessalonians 2:12). “Our blessed hope [is] the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ” (Titus 2:13).

Jesus, in all his person and work, is the incarnation and ultimate revelation of the glory of God. “He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature” (Hebrews 1:3). “Father, I desire that they . . . may be with me where I am, to see my glory” (John 17:24).

“So I exhort the elders among you, as a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, as well as a partaker in the glory that is going to be revealed” (1 Peter 5:1). “The creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God” (Romans 8:21).

“We impart a secret and hidden wisdom of God, which God decreed before the ages for our glory” (1 Corinthians 2:7).“This light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison” (2 Corinthians 4:17). “Those whom he justified he also glorified” (Romans 8:30).

Seeing and sharing in God’s glory is our ultimate hope through the gospel of Christ.

Hope that is really known and treasured has a huge and decisive effect on our present values and choices and actions.

Get to know the glory of God. Study the glory of God, the glory of Christ, the glory of the world that reveals the glory of God, the glory of the gospel that reveals the glory of Christ.

Treasure the glory of God above all things.

Even babies can say “Jesus”!

Merry Christmas!

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