This Called Love

Hi

I’ve managed to create a poem related to the love of God for us despite of who we are. Hopefully you’ll like it.

Sad Love

This called love.
From the Father’s heart passes onto the Son
From the time you were born, heaven rejoices

It was the moment there was a price tag says for sale on top of your soul.
The bidders of the world, time, fame, career, money and body, are ready to consume.

They act so noble and approachable but as you start to collide there were chains locked on you that couldn’t lose.

As the currency of this world can’t afford you, there is one currency above all ready to get you.

For it was His blood made you priceless which no one can ever obtain you.

During the transaction, He made an assurance by this way.
Bruises, punches, slashes, injuries, stitches, thorns in His head you have faced.

While He was in deep pain, He closely thinks of you with compassion. Nails clings on both of His hands and feet on top of that tree.

Each drop of His blood flows reminds how brokeness, hopeless, faithless, selfishness must overcome so that we may turn our backs from the old to new.
This called love. This called love.

#ChristCares

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Holy

Like to share one of my composition. Hope for your feedback and enjoy.

Title: Holy (Rough Acoustic)

Lyrics:

When you pass through the waters
You said, you’ll be with us
When you pass through rivers
We will not be swept away
When you walk through the fire
You said, we’ll not be burned
As the flames will not be set ablaze
For you are God alone.

Bow down before you, My Master, My King
Redeemer, Deliverer
Saviour of all

Holy, holy, holy
is the God Almighty
You reign over all creation, the entire universe
Holy, holy, holy
is the God of all ages
Heaven and earth shall pass away
But you Lord will never fade away.

When trouble arises, You have overcome
When you embrace with your comfort, surely gives us rest
When you guide us through darkness, you will be the light.
As you rule us over in our lives
The Lord, You will be done.

Shepherds

During weekdays, I worked as a full time staff in one of the largest pharmaceutical company. Normally, I would go on with my normal routine to take calls or either check emails for any incident issues within the company’s premise. One time, me and my other colleagues notice that our supervisor is not around. Without any supervisor in the production floor, we encountered an issue that needs additional supervisory assistance. We rattled around and keep asking with each other on what we are going to do. Luckily, one of our colleague took charge of us.He supervised us on the things we need to do. Also, he encourages us that we can do the necessary things to accomplish the task. We worked as a team until our supervisor arrives.

In our Christian walk, we couldn’t just walk in our own way all alone. We need people to gain trust and at the same time being disciple in helping to get deeper in our relationship with God. Just like in the Bible, when Jesus saw the crowd, He had compassion on them.

When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. – Matthew 9:36

Jesus is the best example as a Shepherd. Since we are being taken care of by the King of kings and the Lord of lords, we are provided this privilege and character who tends, herds, feeds, or guards His people. Here are some observations I’ve browse through the Bible being as a good and faithful shepherd.

I. A shepherd puts his flock first- Ezekiel 34:1-10

Shepherd

  •  a person with a shepherd’s heart cares for his team with an authenticity and sincerity, not just about himself. It is the weakling and not the strong that neglects their people.
  •  a person with a shepherd’s heart leads people with wisdom not force.

II. A good shepherd sees the bigger picture – Psalm 23

Shepherds

  •  a person with a shepherd’s heart knows the real needs and meets them.
  •  a person with shepherd’s heart provides spiritual guidance and modeling.
  •  a person with a shepherd’s heart gives comfort and confidence- a combination of gentle grace and tough love.
  •  a person with shepherd’s heart empowers generously.
    – trusts them with responsibility
    – trains them for competence
    – unleashes them with authority
    – communicates for clarity and quality
    – builds them up through loving support
  •  a person with shepherd’s heart provides vision, hope and love.

III. A good shepherd leads from the heart, not with a fist. 1 Peter 5: 2-5

  •  a person with a shepherd’s heart serves with a joyful and willing spirit- does not resent the time spent.
  •  a person with a shepherd’s heart serves with pure motives, not for glory or glamor but for the glory of God.
  •  a person with a shepherd’s heart serves without abusing power and authority- a servant, not lording it over them.

Fruitful Small Groups

And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds,  not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

-Hebrews 10:24-25 NIV

When it comes to small groups, there are lots of variables: Should they meet on campus or in homes? Should they be co-ed or same sex? Should they all study the same curriculum or be allowed to pick their own? Should they meet all year round or take the summer off? While these are all good questions, and worth thinking about, the truth is that none of these are the factors that most contribute to a successful small group ministry.

A key to a healthy and happy small group is having free and open discussion with everyone participating equally. And nothing bogs down a great discussion like a know-it-all or an over-the-top needy person. Every group is bound to encounter distractions as its members try to grow closer to one another and Jesus. In my experience in small groups or discipleship, I’ve encountered several ups and downs. There is no perfect small group. But the good thing about small groups is that at the end of the day, it helps you to establish relationship from one person to another and your main topic is all about Jesus. I want to take a look at several key small group components that I believe make small groups work best.

  • When we are placed in Healthy Leaders. Over the years, I’ve learned that small groups rise and fall on the leaders. Spiritually mature, healthy leaders who understand personal development and have the patience to be part of the journey are crucial to small group ministry.
  • When Leaders Stick Around. In our ministry, we’ve discovered that people who have the same small group leaders from year to year almost always report having had a better small group experience. Look for ways to slow down the ‘revolving door’ of adults who are leading your small groups.
  • When Leaders Are Trained and Encouraged. Healthy leaders who stick around usually aren’t born; they’re made! Don’t assume a parent of an 6th grader knows how to lead a small group made up of eight 6th graders. A 20-year-old college student who seems about twice as cool as you isn’t automatically a confident, competent leader. Take the time to meet regularly with your small group leaders for training and encouragement.
  • Partner with a Healthy Leader. I understand how tough it is to get enough small group leaders, let alone two per group! However, the benefits of two leaders per small group are too important to be ignored. Accountability, the ability for one to take a week off if needed, partnering a veteran with a rookie, two sets of life experiences, and the ability to build deeper relationships with students are just a few of the reasons having two leaders per group makes sense.

Fight The Down Times

Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life.
-Psalm 143: 8

David-vs-Goliath
David often dealt with depression in his life. And for good reason. He was literally chased from his home, family, and friends and ended up hiding by himself in a dark, cold, damp cave. Just like him, we ended up experiencing down times, struggles, challenges in life, but it doesn’t mean we stop there. We should continue to move up the ladder, step by step process, not staying behind the ladder. I believe the best thing to do when battling these circumstances are to simply read this passages yourself.

  • Remember all that God has done in the past (v. 5).
  • Surrender your own ways/will to him (v. 6)
  • Be honest with God. Ask him for his help. Pray (v. 7).
  • Trust him daily (v. 8). This starts each day by spending time with him in his Word and in prayer, listening to him.
  • Ask him daily to show you the right way (v. 8).
  • Trust what God will do in the future (v. 11).
  • Remember it’s not about you. It’s about God’s name and reputation (v. 11).
  • Continue to serve God (v. 12).

TheRightFaith

A post on this blog inspired me. It reflected my faith by looking in its foundation where my faith stands. In it, we will talk about the foundations of faith including supported verses found in the Bible. I’m telling you, it’s worth it. Personally, I thank God that my point of view and perspective changed. Also, I thank God for the people who willingly share the gospel despite of whatever the circumstances they are facing. My prayer is that God will use this statements to penetrate the hearts and minds of these readers to have a better perspective and understanding of what faith you have. You better buckle up your seat belts and let’s go.

The Word of God

The Bible consists of 66 books, both Old (39) and New (27) Testament, which is the sole authority for every believer in terms of norms and practice. (Psalms 12:6,7; Matthew 5:18-19; Mark 13:31; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; Hebrews 4:12; 2 Peter 1:20-21)

One True God

We believe in the one Creator God who is Lord of heaven and earth, existing in three distinct eternal Persons namely the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. (Genesis 1:1,2; Deuteronomy 6:4; Job 33:4; Colossians 1.16; Hebrews 1:10)

Jesus, the God-man

We affirm the full Deity and humanity of the Lord Jesus Christ. That He was sent by the Father to suffer and die a cruel death on the cross. That He was buried and after three days rose again physically from the dead. That He ascended into heaven and seated at the right hand of His Father. (Mark 16:19; John 1:1; 2:19; 3:16; 19:18; 20:28; Acts 1:9; 5:30; Philippians 2:6-8; 1 Peter 2:21; 1 Thessalonians 4:14)

The Holy Spirit is God

We believe in the Deity and personality of the Holy Spirit. That after the Son’s ascension, He sent the third Person of the Godhead also to empower every believer for witnessing. (John 4:24; 16:7-15; Acts 1:8; 5:3,4)

Saved by Grace

We believe that every person who is a sinner can be saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone. That a person is justified to be righteous before God by grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone–apart from good works. That a person’s faith is justified before the eyes of men by good works. That every saved person is created by God for good works. (Romans 3:28; 4:5; 11:6; Ephesians 2:8-10; Philippians 2:12; 2 Timothy 1:9; 1 Thessalonians 4:14; James 2:14-26)

The Good News Now

We believe in the urgency of proclaiming the gospel to every people (despite whoever he is) so they would escape the wrath of God in a literal hell fire and experience eternal life. (Matthew 18:9; John 3:16,17; Romans 6:23)

The True Church

We believe that the universal Church, with Jesus Christ as its head, consists of true believers around the globe who has experienced salvation in Him, not people, only Him. (Matthew 16:18; Acts 2:47; Ephesians 5:23; 2 Corinthians 6:16)

Jesus is Coming Soon

We believe Jesus Christ will come again visibly. No one knows when He is coming but always be prepared. (Daniel 7:13; Matthew 16.27; 24:26-51; Acts 1:11; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17)

The Battlefield

Battlefield_Cross

The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.
2 Corinthians 10: 4

In life, we are always facing a battle. A battle that sometimes we choose to fight or we choose to give up. It is a mind battle against the enemy. We should be aware that once we are in a fight, we are fighting strongholds. Strongholds is a fortified place wherein it is hard to breach. Hard to destroy by just one man.

Comparing it in our lives, strongholds can be lies, accusations, challenges, deception, etc. Anything that the enemy can do in order for us to stay to his schemes. In order for us to demolish these strongholds is to fight not with our own strength but the strength that comes from the Word of God. The Word of God is a manual of life. It will destroy the darkness out of you that will shine light. Lies and deceptions will be exposed. Fear that will turn into faith. The good thing about His Word is that it will teach, rebuke and correct us more and more as we connect our lives in a relationship with the Father.

Christ already won the victory for us through the cross so that we can receive His benefits, His power and wisdom, but sad to say in our lives, we are in the urge we feel that we still living in defeat.

We simply begin to start reading the Word of God (John 1:1). This is the only weapon to destroy these strongholds. His Word is like a fire and a hammer that breaks rock into pieces (Jeremiah 23:29). His Word is living and active like a double-edged sword that will pierce us in our hearts so that we realize who we are in Christ (Hebrews 4:12). Stay connected everyday with Him so that these strongholds piece by piece will be destroy. Let us fight the good fight of faith (1 Timothy 6:12).

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