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Prayer is the only way to live

31 Aug

Prayer is the only way to live
Ps Kim Sung Hae Cho
(Summarized by Sister Stella Ho)

Nothing compares to prayers in Christians life. Prayer is our breath Jeremiah 33:3

1. Pray as usual
Have a holy habit!
Luke 22:39
Mark 1:35-early morning
Prayer brings spiritual revival. Jericho’s wall tumbled down in early morning
The red sea was parted in early morning.
Be an early riser to pray and seek God.
When we pray the Lord will give us wisdom to make the right decisions and choices.
Prayer is the key to unlock the prayer of the Almighty GOD.

2. Prayer depending on the Holy Spirit
Romans 8:26
How to evangelize to unbelievers- extend our help, be angels to them, meet their physical needs, friendship evangelism.
Get involved in volunteer or social work.
There is power in the blood of the Lamb.
Mark 9:29 everything is possible with the power of the Holy Spirit
Isaiah 29:21 pray continuously until you receive your answer. Preserve in our prayers. Pray until something happens. Never give up in our prayers until we receive our answers.
Ps. Sempangi from the biggest church in Uganda
He prayed for the assassins seeking after his life and the assassins received Christ.

3. Pray according to GOD’s will
Romans 12:2
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
To be able to stay joyful we have to pray continually
Give thanks in all circumstances.

When we pray listen with our heart like Samuel-expect to hear from God.

Time Management (1)

13 May

Niko Prajogo

We can assume that time management is just common sense, and our team is “senior” enough to understand this practice. But it can be surprising that’s not the case, especially for a new team. Here are some common sense tips which work form me.

1. Measure your productivity. People don’t change until they realise the problems. If you do a blood test on the fat content in your blood, then you might change your diet. Similarly, try to assess your complete deliverables in the last reporting period, e.g. the entire last week. You can be very busy and be surprised that actually your deliverables are quite little. I would rather have 2-3 tasks 100% completed than 6-7 tasks all in progress – which often have no definite timeline.

2. Set your objectives weekly and plan your activities daily. Setting a goal and accomplishing it in time will bring sense of…

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TRAIN JOURNEY

8 Apr

TRAIN JOURNEY by Brother Gilbert Khoo.

This is a very meaningful one …..

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Life is like a journey on a train…
with its stations…
with changes of routes…
and with accidents !

We board this train when we are born and our parents are the ones who get our ticket.

We believe they will always travel on this train with us.

However, at some station our parents will get off the train, leaving us alone on this journey.

As time goes by, other passengers will board the train, many of whom will be significant – our siblings, friends, children, and even the love of our life.

Many will get off during the journey and leave a permanent vacuum in our lives.

Many will go so unnoticed that we won’t even know when they vacated their seats and got off the train !

This train ride will be full of joy, sorrow, fantasy, expectations, hellos, good-byes, and farewells.

A good journey is helping, loving, having a good relationship with all co passengers…
and making sure that we give our best to make their journey comfortable.

The mystery of this fabulous journey is ;
We do not know at which station we ourselves are going to get off.

So, we must live in the best way – adjust, forget, forgive, and offer the best of what we have.

It is important to do this because when the time comes for us to leave our seat… we should leave behind beautiful memories for those who will continue to travel on the train of life.

Thank you for being one of the passengers on my train !

Have a very pleasant journey of life………!
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THE BEST IS FOR THE LORD

14 Feb

THE BEST IS FOR THE LORD    

Today’s Word: Psalm 95:1-11

Today’s Bible Reading:

Morning: Matthew 27: 1-26

Night: Leviticus 15-16

Today’s Inspiration

When looking to buy a gift for someone who we think is very deserving in our lives or someone who we love, we’ll go to the mall to look for and buy the best gift for this person. Why? Because we think this person deserves to receive the best of us.

A mother will provide the best nutrition for their children, even the parents will send their children to the best schools. When we pray to God, we also ask the best for the Lord. Yes, all of us were definitely want to get the best in life. But have we ever said that to ourselves, do I give the best for the Lord? What is best for the Lord?

Some say I will serve in the church, I will join the choir, I will be very jealous and provide funds for the church construction, I will take a Bible class, and I will read spiritual books and many other things. All is nice and good. But God says what is best for God is when we are willing to listen to God. Why does God want us to hear?

God does not want us to like the Israelites who did not enter into the Promised Land because they hardened their hearts to refuse to listen to the voice of God. God with longing heart takes us to the Promised Land, which is a life filled with abundance and through our lives a lot of people receive blessings, therefore God’s name be glorified. And that can only happen if we listen to God.

TODAY’S VERSE TO REMEMBER:

“But Samuel replied: ‘Does the LORD delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the LORD? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams.’” (1 Samuel 15:22)   

TODAY’S ACTION:                 

Come to the Lord today with all your heart, open your ears and listen to His voice.

TODAY’S QUOTE:

Listening to God is to give a heart to obey His voice.

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BUILDING THE CORE OF YOUR MARRIAGE

11 Oct

Building the CORE of Your Marriage by Dr. Harold L. Arnold, Jr..

Busyness is the enemy of marriage. Restoring intimacy to marriage requires an intentional effort to spend time communicating openly and empathically with one another.

“How did I miss two calls?” Susan wondered as she risked a quick glance at her cell phone during the emergency sales meeting. The school nurse had promised to call if her child got worse. Staring at the “voicemail waiting” message, Susan strategized how to gracefully exit this meeting.

The first message was from her husband, Bob, reminding her about tonight’s theatre tickets. After more than three months of excuses, they were finally going on a date – alone. Susan and Bob barely had down time together anymore, and, when they did, the coordination of activities between kids, house, church and work dominated the conversation. Susan often feared that their season of intimacy as a couple had passed, though she never spoke this aloud to Bob. They both felt the strain. But Susan dared hope that tonight’s date would be a turning point. At least, that had been her prayer.

The second message was the dreaded call from the school nurse. “Calvin’s temperature is 101 degrees. Please call the school as soon as possible to let us know how soon you can pick him up.”

Susan’s own anxiety temperature rose, too, as she worried about Calvin’s health, the consequences of leaving the sales meeting, how she was going address other critical work responsibilities and whether the elusive date was ever going to happen.

Time Crunch

Bob and Susan are struggling with marital stressors that are common to dual-income homes. Like many couples in their situation, they converse less than an hour a day. Disturbingly, most of this conversation entails negotiating the activities of the next day. Nearly every aspect of their interaction is exacerbated by the physical and mental fatigue that accompanies their harried lifestyle.

Signs of a Time Crunch

Contemporary marriages lack quality and quantity time for several reasons: an endless pursuit of things, requiring money and therefore more work; busyness, disguising relationship rifts; and couples’ lives running

on parallel tracks. Three questions will help you discern how well time is managed in your marriage:

  1. In the past week, how satisfied were you with the emotional and physical intimacy you and your spouse shared? Emotional and physical intimacies are intertwined, as increases or decreases in one directly correlate with changes in the other.
  2. How aware are you of your spouse’s current emotional needs? You only know your spouse’s needs by spending time with him/her. You cannot just assume that you know. If you think your spouse has no emotional needs, you’re wrong! You might not know the needs because he/she does not trust you with them.
  3. In the past month, how much time have you spent seeking God’s direction for your marriage? Your marriage is a spiritual relationship positioned to impact lives for Christ. But, this direction can only be discerned through time with God and one another.

Finding the CORE of Marriage

Susan’s prayer for a “miracle” date is understandable. However, it is unlikely that a single date will reverse what has been lost. The good news, however, is that restored intimacy is within their reach as they make time the CORE of their marriage. CORE, an acrostic for a four-step intimacy-building process, resists external stressors by building the trust, respect and mutuality that characterize a healthy marriage.

  1. Commitment. Commit to a specific day and time each week when you and your spouse will engage in one hour of conversation with one another without any other distractions. And, unless there is an emergency, stick to this commitment.

2. Openness. God created marital interaction for vulnerability without shame. Increasing your marital intimacy requires using your time in honest dialogue about your needs, desires and fears. If this is a difficult area for you, start with something small and gradually open up, as your spouse proves trustworthy.

3. Repent. Many of your spouse’s needs, desires and fears are directly associated with your past behaviors. Your marital trust will grow as you and your spouse make the time to pray together (and individually) with a repentant heart.

4. Empathy. The willingness of your spouse to share openly is contingent on his/her sense that you really understand and love them unconditionally. This is shown in your willingness to make time to listen non-defensively and speak unselfishly.

While their relationship is presently strained, Bob and Susan can acquire the tools to rebuild their intimacy. As they regularly make time the CORE of their marriage, Susan will find comfort in Bob’s willingness to listen to her frustrations as a working mom, her anxiety about her job performance, and her feelings of emotional isolation. As Bob and Susan will learn, protecting their marriage from external stressors is really all about time.

Copyright © 2008, Dr. Harold L. Arnold, Jr

Source:www.focusonthefamily.com