Harmonious Relationship

The nature of the Body of Christ is relationship, vertical and horizontal. It is vertical because each believer has an upward relationship with God. Each believer is relationally connected through the Holy Spirit to God above (cf. Rom 8:9). It is horizontal because the Holy Spirit has also relationally connected believers together (cf. 1Co 12:12-13)….

Leading without Domineering

When Singapore became an independent nation on 9th August 1965, the National Pledge was crafted to inculcate national consciousness and patriotism in school. Students began to recite the Pledge from August 1966 onward. The purpose of reciting is to emphasize that the potentially divisive factors such as language, race and religion “could be overcome if…

A Challenging Vision

What is the fundamental basis for unity? In Ephesians 4:1-6, Paul urges the believers to be eager “to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” (4:3). This exhortation presupposes that there is an existing unity among believers. The immediate responsibility of believers is to exercise humility, gentleness, patience and forbearance with…

Growing the New Life -Part 2

When we have been born again, we enter the kingdom of God with a new nature planted inside each of us. Although we are in the kingdom of God, there are still many worldly attitudes, practices and values residing in us. They continue to be part and parcel of our personality and lifestyle. These worldly…

Growing the New Nature – Part 1

In the parable of the Sower, the seed sowed on good ground produces fruit, some a hundredfold, some sixty or thirty (Mat 13:8, 23). The first implication of this parable is that those who have the seed planted in their hearts will inevitably bear fruit. The second implication is that bearing fruit takes time.  …

Ash Wednesday & Lent Season

Chinese New Year (CNY) is less than two weeks away. Families are preparing for the celebration. Some families have already book their reunion dinner slot at restaurant. Others have begun to stock up their freezer with fresh ingredients to prepare for the dinner. Still others ordered reunion buffet dinner for their families. There are some…

Slow to Anger

The quality of “slow to anger” ( אֶ֥רֶךְ אַפַּ֖יִם) is a divine attribute. When the LORD reveals himself to Moses after the golden calf incident, He passed before Moses proclaiming his divine attributes to him (Exo 34:6-7). This passage is the first time that “slow to anger” was made known to Israel. Subsequently, this attribute…

A Return Journey

Where did I come from? Before I was conceived, where was I? Now that I am here, where am I going? After I died, where will I be? As human beings, “we are those who find ourselves between a birth we cannot remember and a death that we would rather forget”.[1] Before my parents conceived…

God’s Forgiveness and Reconciliation

Does God forgive everyone, believers and unbelievers? Before reflecting on this question, it is important to state outright that Christian Universalism is an erroneous teaching. Christian Universalism states “that there is no such thing as eternal hell or annihilation because God has planned the universe to produce a positive outcome for all people of all…

Establishing Trust – Part II

The Scripture commands us to love our enemies but never to trust them. On the other hand, while we love our friends and family members, we know from experiences that they do disappoint us because they are human too. In an ideal world, love and trust go hand in hand. Since we live in a…