Praise the Lord, O my soul!

Our God is a
great God! Let the name of the Lord be praised!

When I am
obedient, God shines His light into my life.

How sweet His words
are!

 

A Living Hope

Blessed be the
God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By his great mercy he has given us a
new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the
dead, and into an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading,
kept in heaven for you, who are being protected by the power of God through
faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you
rejoice, even if now for a little while you have had to suffer various trials,
so that the genuineness of your faith—being more precious than gold that,
though perishable, is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory
and honour when Jesus Christ is revealed. Although you have not seen him, you
love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and
rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy, for you are receiving the
outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls. (1 Peter 1:3-9)

活的盼望

愿颂赞归于我们主耶稣基督的父神,他曾照自己的大怜悯,藉耶稣基督从死里复活,重生了我们,叫我们有活泼的盼望,可以得着不能朽坏、不能玷污、不能残衰、为你们存留在天上的基业。你们这因信蒙神能力保守的人,必能得着所预备、到末世要显现的救恩。因此,你们是大有喜乐。但如今在百般的试炼中暂时忧愁,叫你们的信心既被试验,就比那被火试验仍然能坏的金子更显宝贵,可以在基督耶稣显现的时候,得着称赞、荣耀、尊贵。你们虽然没有见过他,却是爱他。如今虽不得看见,却因信他就有说不出来、满有荣光的大喜乐,并且得着你们信心的果效,就是灵魂的救恩。(彼前13-9

Therefore
prepare your minds for action; discipline yourselves; (1 Peter 1:13)

Instead, as he
who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in all your conduct; for it is
written, “you shall be holy, for I am holy.” (1 Peter 1:15)

Now that you
have purified your souls by your obedience to the truth so that you have
genuine mutual love, love one another deeply from the heart. (1 Peter 1:22)

所以要约束你们的心,谨慎自守,(彼前113

那召你们的既是圣洁,你们在一切所行的事上也要圣洁。因为经上记着说:“你们要圣洁,因为我是圣洁的。” (彼前115

你们既因顺从真理,洁净了自己的心,以致爱弟兄没有虚假,就当从心里彼此切实相爱。(彼前122

Rid yourselves,
therefore, of all malice, and all guile, insincerity, envy, and all slander. Like
newborn infants, long for the pure, spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow
into salvation. (1 Peter 2:1)

Come to him, a
living stone, though rejected by mortals yet chosen and precious in God’s
sight, and like living stones, let yourselves be built into a spiritual house,
to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God
through Jesus Christ. (1 Peter 2:4-5)

But you are a
chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, in order that
you may proclaim the mighty acts of him who called you out of darkness into his
marvellous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people;
once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. (1 Peter
2:9-10)

 

所以,你们既除去一切的恶毒、诡诈并假善、嫉妒和一切毁谤的话,就要爱慕那纯净的灵奶,像才生的婴孩爱慕奶一样,叫你们因此渐长,以致得救。(彼前21

主乃活石,固然是被人所弃的,却是被神所拣选、所宝贵的。你们来到主面前,也就像活石,被建造成为灵宫,作圣洁的祭司,藉着耶稣基督奉献神所悦纳的灵祭。(彼前24-5

惟有你们是被拣选的族类,是有君尊的祭司,是圣洁的国度,是属神的子民,要叫你们宣扬那召你们出黑暗、入奇妙光明者的美德。你们从前算不得子民,现在却作了神的子民;从前未曾蒙怜悯,现在却蒙了怜悯。(彼前29

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Thank you for your words!

God is going to
get back what belongs to God, and a major way God does this is through you—through your words, your witness,
and your life.

Those who are
willing to let God change their lives will find themselves “led by the Spirit”
into participating with God in moving society toward the glorious future.

The Kingdom of
God is a transformed people living in a transformed social order.

Jesus calls us
to be a transforming leaven in each of these sectors of society. To do so is to
be an evangelist, because through word and deed you are an instrument and an expression
of what God is doing to make His Kingdom come on earth.

Evangelism is
making this good news known. Anytime you speak or live out that good news, you
are an evangelist.

The more
preoccupied with self you become, the more sense of spiritual fulfillment
associated with personal salvation slips away.

Cited from “God’s revolution and our response
politically” adapted from the survival guide for Christians on Campus by Tony
Campolo and William Willimon

 

And you who were
once estranged and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, he has now reconciled in
his fleshy body through death, so as to present you holy and blameless and
irreproachable before him—provided that you continue securely established and
steadfast in the faith, without shifting from the hope promised by the gospel
that you heard, which has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven. I,
Paul, became a servant of this gospel. I am now rejoicing in my sufferings for
your sake, and in my flesh I am completing what is lacking in Christ’s
afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the church. (Colossians1:21-24)

你们从前与神隔绝,因着恶行,心里与他为敌。但如今他藉着基督的肉身受死,叫你们与自己和好,都成了圣洁,没有瑕疵,无可责备,把你们引到自己面前。只要你们在所信的道上恒心,根基稳固,坚定不移,不至被引动失去福音的盼望,这福音就是你们所听过的,也是传与普天下万人听的。我保罗也作了这福音的执事。现在我为你们受苦,倒觉欢乐,并且为基督的身体,就是为教会,要在我肉身上补满基督患难的缺欠。(西121-24

Share in
suffering like a good soldier of Christ Jesus. (2Timthy2:3)

你要和我同受苦难,好像基督耶稣的精兵。(提后23

 

God’s love is
not a feeling but a choice and an action.

Obedience may
have to come first. I am convinced God made me to be a missionary, and He was
willing to work with whatever raw material I offered Him-including my negative
emotions-to get me there.

That’s good
news. It means failure to feel love for the other is not the end of the road. Even
if we don’t “feel loving”, we can just do the next thing God leads us to do –approaching
those around us with godly attitudes as much as we are able-and leave the rest
to God.

Only God can
create concern. We can’t develop a heart for those we are not able to love by
telling ourselves we should have one
or by trying to produce one on our own. However, because such concern is
God-produced, we can pray for it with great confidence.

We have to be
connected with people in significant ways in order to care about them. Developing
real, interdependent relationships with them-because we want to know them, not
solely because we want to convert them-is essential. Building this type of
relationship takes time.

Cited from “I know they are lost, but I can’t seem to
care” by Joan Henry

 

Jesus said it’s
no credit to us if we love those for whom love comes naturally—our kind of
people. We don’t need God to love our kind of people. What comes naturally is
sufficient. But Jesus said, love your enemy. Now that takes God. It takes a supernatural
subversion of our own prejudice and a supernatural infusion of God’s prodigal
love to truly welcome those for whom we feel no impulse of attraction. For whom
we feel a strong impulse of revulsion.

Cited from “This is it” by Mark Buchanan

 

“God responds to
us when we are aware of our deep need of Him. Over and over He assured me that
He was giving me courage. Without His gift of strength and boldness” I could
never left the security of the arms of parents and family to go alone to a
foreign country.

He would make me
bold and stout-hearted.

Though I would
walk in the midst of trouble, He would preserve my life.

He would fulfill
His purpose for me.

His love for me
would endure forever.

Cited from “The widow’s might” by Marie Ens

新春

过了春节才感觉真正过了新年。除夕,我们组织了大型的party,70多人,包1200多个饺子,还有很多让人直流口水的美食。第一次和这么多人过除夕,虽然整整一天都没怎么休息,没有工夫享受口福,还莫名其妙被人说长道短,一肚子委屈,可是,I
am serving God through serving people.  上帝给的喜乐是人无法给予的。人很多,我一向不是一个有群居倾向的人,人多会让我喘不过气来,整整一晚上,我不知跑到卫生间多少次,一个人暂时喘口气。可我还得出来,外面有无数的事情需要有人做,这个时候,我已经顾不上和人social、照顾朋友、拍照留念、嬉戏玩耍。我依旧很开心,我不再是那被人服侍的人,而是那服侍人的人。没有什么可以与之相比,70多人,来自不同国家,来自不同文化,有幸聚在一起,相见相识并成为朋友。更是因为有上帝的爱在我们当中,才有如此美妙的聚会。

第二天,party
继续中……

教会结束,就马不停蹄的和朋友赶往Catherine家为她过生日。人总算不多,六、七好友在她整洁温馨的小家中为她庆生。我喜欢这样的聚会,可以认识新的朋友,可以有沉静深入的聊天,可以看清楚每个人。我们畅谈,我们欢笑,玩累了我就躺在柔软的地毯上。

这就是2009年的新年,其实不仅仅这些,只是有很多我仍需要思考的,倾听的。

Even during the New Year season, I still have to walk in the
dark valley.

Even in the midst of happiness, I still have part of grief
and affliction.

As a matter of fact, I have nothing, NOT AT ALL!  

All I have is YOU!

I miss YOU, I need YOU, I long for YOU, I crave YOU!

YOU are my all in all!

Prayer

Heavenly Father, help us to walk in your truth today and
understand that we are building your kingdom that we are your body, you hands
and your feet. Show us today, Holy Spirit, where we are supposed to go, who we
are supposed to touch, what are greater purposes other than just normal life. Help
us to look further and understand there are some things far greater than that
we see today. Lord, help us stand in love so that everyone that we touch,
everyone that we look at, everyone that we speak to today doesn’t remain the
same, even though we might not notice it clearly. Let there be a subtle change
because of your love and your kingdom that has been crushing into their lives.  Guide us today, Lord, as we walk the path of
righteousness. We trust you to take care of tomorrow and our food and our
clothes and our well beings. In Jesus’ name, Amen!  

Dream big for You

I’d love to dream.
I dare to dream.
For You, ’cause You give me gut to think big, to hope big, to dream big.
For You, ’cause Your faithfulness assures me that I ain’t live a small life.
For You are real, I am trusting.
For Your wound, I am healed.
Thank You for empowering me with wings like a eagle,
so that I can fly.

New Season

The new season officially started!

2009年的第一个大型活动——Agassiz
ski retreat
。我们入住到一栋巨大又不失豪华的house。五十多人的sleepover,可以想象多么热闹。一个长周末的出游、滑雪,更是少不了和朋友深入的谈话。

High lights:

1.      Snowboard有了很大的进步,可以控制速度、暂停,尝试了更高难度的滑道,(虽然怕的要命,滑道很窄,一边就是峭壁;滑道也很陡,滑起来速度非常快。)

2.      结交了很多新朋友,一扇扇门接连打开。

3.      认识
并且更加熟悉了几个好朋友,可爱的女生,我们在小组里真诚的分享,每个人的故事和思考都令我感动和激起我的好奇。

4.      和老朋友的彼此坦诚化解了心结;成功开始了第一周的约谈。Thank
brothers’ generosity.

5.      They
are already close. I could see the seed in their hearts. Praise God!

回家,疲倦,背痛加重,可是一切都是值得的。Doors
are opened; field is ready; things are being prepared. I gotta take an action!
Do not be afraid! Be strong and courageous!  

God told me that I need to focus on the best;

God told me that why things didn’t go well;

God told me, even two years ago; He is and will be always my
Provider.

Successfully, I accomplished the first MPD with the power and
grace of God today.

Thank you, my brother!

Thank you, my Lord!

Can you hear me?

I enjoy,
enjoy being with friends, talking about life, easy or hard, dull or fun, I enjoyed.

I am still
waiting, a little desperate, a little uncertain, yet I have to be waiting.

I dreamed,
dreamed about many people, people who I know, love and care about.

I don’t
know when I can talk with you.

I hate it. I
hate it I have no idea how I am supposed to answer you.

I sorrow, sorrow
for our vague relatedness.

father, I wish
we could understand each other.

father, I wish
I could know you.

I don’t
know, hearing your voice, I heard strangeness, indifferences.

I am
wondering, I am wondering.

I don’t
have full conviction that … love.

I don’t
feel like hurting you ever.

I wish the
wall will be broken.