教会相关 Church

全国40天禁食:第六天 National 40-day Fast : Day 6

 

 

有时候我们会很潇洒或很有个性的说:我要做什么是我的自由,不需要跟任何人交待;我为自己活,只要问心无愧、不伤天害理,我什么都敢,也可以做。。。我只需要向自己负责任等等。。。

这样的说法有对也有错,这要按情形和其它因素而定。事实是,有一些事情虽然对得起良心,或也没有什么对错,但却会“绊倒”或影响一些单纯或软弱的人的信心,这些不是故意要跟你找碴或论断你的人,他们只是灵命还不够成熟或稳定,有一些你做的事他们有可能会误解,或者他们可能会学习你,但却做得比你更超过或做法错误而掉进试探和罪里,那就不好了。

所以,保罗才会说:

“凡事都可行,但不都有益处;凡事都可行,但不都造就人。 无论何人,不要求自己的益处,乃要求别人的益处。”
~ 林前 10:23-24 ~

Sometimes we can be very carefree and self-confident in saying: whatever I want do is my freedom, I don’t need to be accountable to anyone; I live for myself, as long as my conscience is clear and it is not sinful, I dare to and can do anything… I am only responsible to myself etc…

Well, this kind of statement can be right and wrong, it all depends on the situation and some other reasons. The truth is, our conscience might be clear in certain things, or there is really not a right or wrong issue, but it may “stumble” or affect the faith of some genuine people or those whose faith is weak, and these are not people who try to find fault with you or to purposely judge you. They are people who are not so mature or stable spiritually, so they might misconstrue certain things you do, or they might learn from you but overly do the same thing or do it in the wrong way and fall into temptations and sins, that will be bad.

That is why Paul said:

““Everything is permissible”—but not everything is beneficial. “Everything is permissible”—but not everything is constructive. Nobody should seek his own good, but the good of others. “
~ 1 Corinthians 10:23-24 ~

全国40天禁食:第五天 National 40-day Fast : Day 5

 

很多时候,我们看到别人跌倒,或他们的软弱或缺点,我们都喜欢议论纷纷、指指点点,特别是我们觉得那件事我们绝对没有问题或可以轻易胜过。其实,神从来就没有要我们看到别人的软弱而批评论断,或心里有优越感,因这些都是骄傲,而骄傲就会绊倒自己。

在这段禁食期间,让我们发现少吃一点点,我们都头昏脑胀,精神不振等等。。。原来我们都很软弱!若不是神的保守和怜悯,谁能够胜过这世界各式各样的试探呢?

“所以,自己以为站得稳的须要谨慎,免得跌倒。”
~ 林前 10:12 ~

Many times, seeing others fall, or their weaknesses and faults, we tend to criticize and give a lot of comments, especially when we feel we do not have any problem in that area or we can easily overcome that. Actually, God has never wanted us to judge or criticize others’ weaknesses, or feel in our hearts that we are much better, because all these are just pride and pride will stumble us.

During this time of fasting, let us discover that to eat just slightly less, we are already feeling dizzy or losing concentration etc… we are actually so very weak! If not for God’s protection and mercy, who can overcome all kinds of temptations in this world?

So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall!”
~ 1 Corinthians 10:12 ~

全国40天禁食:第四天 National 40-day Fast : Day 4

 

 

耶稣的付出、摆上、牺牲,他所做的一切,到底什么促使他有这个永不言弃、直到一切都成就的动力?为什么他能够那么甘心、那么愿意、至死不渝?

答案就在于他跟父神亲密的关系:父的心就是他的心,父的心跳就是他的心跳,他脑子里想的也尽都是要父神喜悦,要父神得荣耀,没想过自己的需要。那就是真正的爱的关系,那就是爱的力量。

唯愿我们的服事,所谓的“付出”和“摆上”,那微不足道的一点禁食祷告,也出自于在乎耶稣和爱耶稣的心,不是单单因为要国家进步,不是单单因为要教会复兴,更不是单单因为个人蒙福和利益。

主啊,帮助我们所做的一切都真的真的是因为爱你、在乎你、喜欢跟你在一起。。。

“他就稍往前走,俯伏在地,祷告说:“我父啊!倘若可行,求你叫这杯离开我!然而,不要照我的意思,只要照你的意思。”
~ 太26:39 ~

 

The sacrifice, offering up of Himself, price He paid, and all that Jesus did, what was the thing that motivated Him to never give up till everything was accomplished? What made Him so willing, giving His all to the point of death?

The answer lies in His intimate relationship with Father God: Father God’s heart was His heart, Father God’s heartbeat was His heartbeat, all that was in His mind was to please Father God and to bring glory to Father God, never considered anything for Himself. That is a true love relationship, such is the power of love.

If only our serving, the so-called “sacrifice” and “price we pay”, and that meagre fast and prayer, are really all because of our thought and love for Jesus, and not just because we want our country to improve, or our church to have revival, and even more so, not because of personal blessings and benefits.

O Lord, help us to truly truly do everything because we love You, think of You and love to be with You…

“Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.””
~ Matthew 26:39 ~

全国40天禁食:第三天 National 40-day fast: Day 3

 

圣经很清楚告诉我们,主耶稣已为我们立了榜样,叫我们学习他,跟随他的脚踪行。。。耶稣走过的路,也有崎岖和辛苦的,所以让我们不要被肉体和世界价值观给蒙蔽,以为十架的道路就是轻松舒服,以为遇到困难就是没有主的恩宠。反而,神的话清楚告诉我们绝对会有困难和考验,所以我们非常需要主的恩典和力量扶持我们渡过。

唯愿我们走这条路时,不要盲目的看到前面有脚踪就跟随,也可不要忘记时刻都抬头看看带路的还是不是主,还是我们已经偏行己路或跟错人了。。。

“你们蒙召原是为此,因基督也为你们受过苦,给你们留下榜样,叫你们跟随他的脚踪行。”
~ 彼前2:21 ~

The Bible very clearly tells us, the Lord Jesus had set an example for us to learn from Him and to follow His footsteps… The path that Jesus had walked on was not always easy and smooth, so let us not be deceived by our own flesh and worldly values to think that the journey of the cross is always light and easy, and misunderstanding that encountering difficulties means we have lost God’s favour. Instead the Word of God clearly tells us there will be difficulties and trials, that is why we so need God’s grace and strength to carry us through.

May we all as we walk on this journey, not to follow blindly just because we see footsteps in front, but rather always remember to lift up your head to see whether it is still Jesus leading the way, or we have already gone wayward to our own path or are actually following others…

“To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.”
~ 1 Peter 2:21 ~

全国40天禁食:第二天 National 40-day fast: Day 2

 

我相信很爱我们的天父很愿意赐福给我们,让我们在地上的生活无忧无虑。。。但物质上再怎么蒙福,那些也都是短暂的!因此让我们不要在很“蒙福”的时候而迷失方向,开始体贴肉体,只追求舒适生活,最后选择走宽敞道路,失去纪律,而忘记了主耶稣的警告。。。

你们要进窄门。因为引到灭亡,那门是宽的,路是大的,进去的人也多;引到永生,那门是窄的,路是小的,找着的人也少。”
~太7:13-14~

I believe our Heavenly Father who loves us very much is very willing to bless us, so our lives on earth are free of worries and anxieties… but no matter how blessed you are materially, it is still temporary! Therefore, let us not lose our direction while being very “blessed” and start pleasing our flesh and desiring a comfortable life only, ending up choosing the wide and easy road, losing discipline and forgetting the warning of our Lord Jesus…

“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.”
~ Matthew 7:13-14 ~

 

全国40天禁食:第一天 National 40-day fast: Day 1

 

 

今天是一年一度全国教会一起为国家禁食四十天的第一天,这一次我们没有“全禁”,我们教会选择每天只吃一餐,而那一餐也不吃我们通常爱吃的肉类与淀粉类食物。神没有强迫我们一定要禁食,禁食也跟个人救恩无关,所以尽管你今生从未禁食过一次,只要是真实悔改信主,你依然是得救的。

然而,圣经却也让我们清楚看到禁食的属灵原则,它仿佛是上帝预备给基督徒的其中一个特别福份与神迹,不强迫你一定要拿的额外好处,其属灵效果是无法否认的,耶稣也从没否决禁食的重要。所以,我们虽不强迫弟兄姊妹禁食,但会兴奋鼓励大家参与,它是一个特别的学习经历,当中可以有很多体会和领受。其中一个就是学习顺服神,以及拒绝自己的一些渴望和享受,这样遇到一些试探和考验时,也能靠上帝的恩典站得稳,当然对身体健康也很有帮助。。。

于是,耶稣对门徒说:“若有人要跟从我,就当舍己,背起他的十字架来跟从我。”
~太16:24~

Today is the first day of our annual national 40-day fast when we fast together with all the other churches in the country to pray for our nation. We are not on a “total fast” this time, our church has chosen to eat just a meal a day, and for that meal, we do not eat meat and starchy food which are normally our favourites. God does not compel us to go on a mandatory fast, fasting has nothing to do with your personal salvation as well. So even if you have not fasted once in your entire life, you are still saved as long as you have truly repented and believed in the Lord.

However, the Bible does show us clearly the spiritual principle too. It is as though one of the special blessings and miracles God has prepared for Christians, a bonus reserved for you though you are not forced to take. You cannot deny its spiritual impact, Jesus never disregarded the importance of fasting too. So, even though we do not compel brothers and sisters to fast, we excitedly encourage them to participate. It is a very special learning experience, we can have many realizations and revelations in the midst of it. One of which is to learn obedience to God, and to reject some of our own desires and enjoyment, so that by God’s grace we may be able to stand firm when trials and temptations come, and of course it is a great help to our health as well…

Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.”
~Matt 16:24~

我接下來的行程-新加坡和巴淡島。。。 My upcoming schedule – Singapore and Batam…

 

 

過後,6月29日(五)至7月1日(日),我也會到柔佛新山服事,稍後再把聚會時間、地點等放上來。。。

After that, I will also be ministering in JB, Johor from June 29 (Fri) to July 1 (Sun), I’ll post the time and venues etc later…

我不是周杰伦。。。I’m not Jay Chou…

 

周杰伦是音乐才子,很蒙恩宠,我们都晓得。
周杰伦的粉丝和支持者之多可想而知,所以他的言行举止都可以影响很多人,无论正面或负面;所以那天在报章上读到(我也上载在我面子书)说,周杰伦已认真信主,并将在年底受洗,我们听了都雀跃万分,很是兴奋。

Jay Chou is a music prodigy and very well-favoured, we all know that.
So we can imagine the multitude of fans and supporters Jay has, so his every action and word can impact many people, whether positively or negatively. Therefore when I read from the paper that day (which I have posted on my Facebook too) that Jay Chou has seriously believed in Jesus and is going to be baptized end of this year, we were all very happy and excited to hear.

 

 

为着周杰伦信主受洗而高兴欢呼,当然没有错,也很应该,因为他毕竟是上帝所爱的。。。
但我们往往会忽略到的是“平常人”信主受洗时,我们仿佛没特别兴奋或激烈反应。事实上,不管是你、是我、或任何人,只要真心信主受洗,天父都一样开心和感动。。。

耶稣在路加福音15:10说:“我 告 诉 你 们 , 一 个 罪 人 悔 改 , 在 神 的 使 者 面 前 , 也 是 这 样 为 他 欢 喜 。”

Of course there is nothing wrong to rejoice and get excited because Jay Chou believes in Jesus and is baptized, and in fact we should, because he is someone God loves…
But what we often neglect is when “ordinary people” believe in Jesus and are baptized, we do not seem to be as excited or overjoyed. The truth is, whether it is you, or I, or anyone else, as long as we sincerely believe in Jesus and are baptized, our Father God is equally as happy and moved…

Jesus said in Luke 15:10 “In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”

 

 

给我本身,看到老人家信主受洗,我会异常的感动。。。
因为在他们年纪老迈时,还有机会回到上帝面前的确很感人。。。
刚刚过的礼拜六,我们给56个人施洗,其中有7位是六十岁以上,照片中的房伯伯是当晚最年长的,85岁高龄!

Personally for me, I feel especially touched when I see the elderly believing in the Lord and baptized…
Because to see them having a chance to return to God when they are advanced in age is indeed very touching…
Just last Saturday, we baptized 56 people, and among them, 7 are above the age of 60. Uncle Fang in the photo is the oldest that night at 85!

 

 

当晚56个人受洗,天上的使者就大庆祝56次!同样的周杰伦受洗的那一天,使者也会大庆祝!
所以要晓得,你我虽不是周杰伦,天上还是会为我们庆祝的;因此也让我们记得,无论是谁信主,我们都要一样的欢喜快乐!

That night, 56 were baptized and the angels of God celebrated 56 times in heaven! Similarly, the day when Jay Chou gets baptized, the angels will celebrate as well!
Therefore do remember, you and I may not be Jay Chou, there will still be celebration for us in heaven; and let us all remember too, whoever it is that believes in the Lord, let us all be as happy and excited!

 

 

老实说,那一晚,为着这56位欢喜时,我心里也有一丝丝的伤感,因为往往我们受洗的人数都接近100人以上。。。
主啊,我们是不是救灵魂退步了?求祢保守我们的心,如同祢爱罪人的心一样,救灵魂从不放松、从不冷淡,阿们!

Honestly, that night, while feeling happy for these 56 people, I was kind of sad too in my heart, because normally the number baptized is about 100 or more…
O Lord, have we gone backward in saving souls? Do guard our hearts to be like Yours, to love sinners and save souls always, never to slack or grow cold, Amen!

 

 

今天去实兆远! Going to Sitiawan today!

有一段时间没去实兆远、邦咯一带了,今天卷土重来!
Been a while I did not go to area around Sitiawan and Pangkor, making a comeback today!

所以,实兆远,我来了。。。
详情请联络各主办教会,谢谢!

So, Sitiawan, I’m coming…
Please contact the respective churches for details, thanks!

实兆远卫理公会/Sitiawan Pioneer Methodist Church: 6920612
邦咯卫理公会/Pangkor Methodist church: 6853034
安顺卫理公会/Teluk Intan Methodist Church: 6225873

漸漸成形。。。 Taking shape gradually…

 

今天又与建堂委员,还有建筑工程代表等等开会。。。
一般上,我对这些一窍不通,通常也不会有什么兴趣,但上帝却把这重任交给我,所以我一定要负责任。。。

Today I had another meeting with the committee and the representatives of our construction work…
Generally I have no knowledge in this area and normally I would not be interested in such thing too, but God has assigned me to this task, so I have to undertake it responsibly…

 

 

感谢主的恩典,让我身边有很棒、很同心的领袖、委员等等协助,我们才能顺利进行这庞大的建堂计划。
Thank God for His grace that He gave me very capable, one-hearted leaders, committee etc to assist me, only then could we proceed smoothly with this mighty project.

 

 

每次巡视了建筑工程,你只能感恩上帝如此恩待我们。。。
After inspecting the construction work each time, you can only give thanks to God for being so gracious to us…

 

 

看起来已经是很大的建筑物,渐渐成形,事实是,它只不过是第一期,都还没有第二期的一半!
所以等所有的建筑工程完成,我们会更感恩上帝如此怜悯我们!

What already looks like a huge building gradually taking shape is in fact just the first stage, it is not even half the size of the second stage!
So when the entire construction is completed, we will be even more grateful to God for His mercy on us!

 

第一期应该在九月份就会完成,届时我们就可以先搬进来新家了!你们兴奋吗?
Stage one should be completed by September, by that time we can move into our new home already! Are you excited?

 

 

期待与兴奋的当儿,可不要忘了常为建堂劳碌奔波的委员和领袖们祷告,也要越发感恩与顺服啊!
绝对不要忘了,你们能够舒服享受,都是因为有人在背后辛苦工作。。。

While you are full of expectancy and excitement, do not ever forget to pray for the committee and leaders who are working very hard for our church-building, and be even more grateful and obedient!
Never ever forget, behind your comfort and enjoyment, there are people working hard for you…