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The Kingdom and the Power and the Glory

The Kingdom and the Power and the Glory

Do you value the Lord’s Prayer? It is a fixed part of worship services and also a regular part of my family’s evening devotions. Jesus himself taught it to us. It is wonderful that we can approach God as our own Father and we can address him informally, ask him whatever we need and surrender to his care. As a friend of my youth once said ‘if something has been forgotten when prayed in our words, the Lord’s Prayer will cover…

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Looking for Jesus?

Looking for Jesus?

Are you looking for Jesus? Good for you. Just know the empty tomb is the only place you can’t find Jesus. You can find Jesus anywhere but in the tomb for he is risen. He is not there for he is indeed risen. Jesus rose victorious. But sin, death, and darkness are still in the tomb. Don’t go after them. We are no more bound to them. Go after Jesus and abundant life. The angel said to the women, “Do…

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Experiencing Grace

Experiencing Grace

Have you met Jesus? Do you know what it is like to be experiencing grace? Last week I promised that I will be blogging through Mary DeMuth‘s and Frank Viola‘s brand new book The Day I Met Jesus: The reavealing diaries of five women in the gospels.The first diary is of the woman who caught in adultery. Then they all went home, 8 1 but Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. 2 At dawn he appeared again in the temple courts, where all…

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Yearning for the Light

Yearning for the Light

It’s getting dark very early these days. Even the days seem gloomy. We yearn to have more light. We try to get rid of darkness by putting up Christmas lights. But no amount of Christmas lighting can take away darkness of our lives. Only God can do that. Psalm 36 verse 9 has been giving me comfort and perspective as it gets darker and darker around us: For you are the fountain of life,     the light by which we see….

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Everything Real, True, and Free

Everything Real, True, and Free

Some people assume that God tries to take our freedom and restrict our joy. But they’ve bought the lies of the devil and they could not be further from the truth. Because God made us free. But we have been abusing the freedom by making bad choices from the start. Like Philip Yancey has said “God’s terrible insistence on human freedom is so absolute that he granted us the power to live as though He did not exist, to spit…

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Ways of God Are Straight

Ways of God Are Straight

Do you blame God for the messiness of your life? Do you think it’s God’s fault that your life is complicated? Do you think it’d be God’s responsibility to keep your life smooth? You are not alone. But you are still mistaken. You see, ways of God are straight. Always. But sin makes our paths unnecessarily crooked. Hence it is not God who complicates our life. What a God! His road     stretches straight and smooth. Every God-direction is road-tested.     Everyone…

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The Shortest Easter Sermon

The Shortest Easter Sermon

I love Easter for so many reasons. My husband and I were engaged on Easter and our first-born son was baptized on Easter. I also love ending the Lenten season and celebrating Life. And who wouldn’t love chocolate eggs? They’re not only delicious but beautifully symbolize the new life we’ve been given. These reasons are all very nice – even blessed –  but there are even far better reasons. They were saying to each other, “The Lord really has risen!…

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Only His Image

Only His Image

Isn’t it amazing that God created us in his own image? Incredible! God wanted us to be able to relate to him in special ways. God wanted human companions and conversation partners. God made us after his own likeness! Wow! We need to always remember we are truly loved and cherished by God. God said, Let Us [Father, Son, and Holy Spirit] make mankind in Our image, after Our likeness, and let them have complete authority over the fish of…

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Extending Grace not Judgment

Extending Grace not Judgment

“Is your default mode toward others judgment or grace?” asked Rick Warren on Twitter a few years ago. It got me thinking. This is crucial. Have I fully embraced grace, been changed inside out and now truly reflecting and extending God’s love and grace? And not hate, doom, and judgment? Because God is love and he wants us to live and move in grace. “I give you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, so…

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Habitual Holy Living

Habitual Holy Living

“We have learned to live with unholiness and have come to look upon it as the natural and expected thing.” wrote A.W. Tozer. I find this to be too true these days. Anyone who tries to lead a holy lifestyle seems to be ridiculed. But Tozer died almost 50 years ago! We tend to think this unholy living is recent history. But no. Tozer talked about this and the Bible talked about it all the time. Just think of King…

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