Reminder from a pastor... 一位牧師的提醒
Reminder from a pastor...一位牧師的提醒

慶祝聖誕節 Christmas Greeting 2018

The 2018 Christmas holidays are approaching fast.  We see many stores with elaborated decorations wishing a happy holiday season to their customers. Many of us also follow the tradition of sending Merry Christmas and Happy New Year cards to friends and relatives. Indeed, people tend to be nicer during this period of the year. We would also like to take this opportunity to wish you and your loved ones " Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!"

It is a happy time of a year for people to celebrate this holiday brought about by the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ.  Most of the world, as it should be, do celebrate this great occasion which brings joy and hope for the mankind.  Let us take a look at how the great news was announced by the angel to the world.

Luke 2:8-14

8 In the same region there were some shepherds staying out in the fields and keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And an angel of the Lord suddenly stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them; and they were terribly frightened. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; 11 for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 This will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” 13 And suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,
14 “Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased.”


8 在伯利恆之野地裡有牧羊的人,夜間按著更次看守羊群。 9 有主的使者站在他們旁邊,主的榮光四面照著他們,牧羊的人就甚懼怕。 10 那天使對他們說:「不要懼怕,我報給你們大喜的信息,是關乎萬民的。 11 因今天在大衛的城裡,為你們生了救主,就是主基督。12 你們要看見一個嬰孩,包著布,臥在馬槽裡,那就是記號了。」 13 忽然有一大隊天兵,同那天使讚美神說:
14 「在至高之處榮耀歸於神!在地上平安歸於他所喜悅的人!」 


Indeed, the Christmas season is a time period for the world to reflect joy and peace amid a daily hustling life among individuals and a world of conflicts and injustice in many regions on this earth.


Jesus Christ was born two thousand years ago to bring peace and hope to the mankind. God became flesh to live among us full of love and grace. Sadly,  the world rejected Him and went its way. So there were so many conflicts and sufferings in the world because each of us goes our own ways and falls well short of God's glory.


There are many people in the world who are poor, sick, and lonely and nobody seems to care. Do you ever think about this truth: the victims of most of the conflicts among warlords, jihadists,  kings, powerful men, and global enterprises were regular poor people, women, and children. Just look at the victims of the conflicts among warlords and powerful nations in  Middle East and Africa today will tell the story.  For the weak, and helpless, their hope is solely on the return of the Savior and, in the mean time, the kindness of a few individuals to extend God's love to them. That is why in the world and particularly in this season, may we all be such individuals extending our help and warmest hands to those who are in needs.



During the Christmas season, it is a common custom to give gifts to relatives and friends. We should remind our friends and readers that the most precious gift in human history is the gift from God of His only begotten Son our Lord Jesus Christ to save us who believe in Him. Let see what the Bible tell us.

16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. (John 3:16)

May we all have the blessing and faith of receiving this wonderful gift of Jesus Christ at this Christmas time.
Let us all join the heavenly chorus and  are praising God and saying “
Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased.” 
在聖誕節假期, 我們也送禮物給親戚朋友. 我們要提醒大家世界上最珍貴的禮物是上帝送耶穌基督給我們.
16 「 神 愛 世 人 , 甚 至 將 他 的 獨 生 子 賜 給 他 們 , 叫 一 切 信 他 的 , 不 至 滅 亡 , 反 得 永 生 。(約 翰 福 音 3:16)


Good will towards you all. May God bless  everyone of us.  
In Jesus Precious Name,  We pray. Amen

 善意款待大家. 願神祝福我們每個人,
奉耶穌基督名求. 阿們.

***************************************************************************************************** 1 Corinthians 8:6 

6 yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom are all things and we exist for Him; and one Lord, Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we exist through Him.

哥林多前书 8:6  

6 然而我們只有一位 神,就是父;萬物都是從他而來,我們也為了他而活。我們也只有一位主,就是耶穌基督;萬物都是藉著他而有的,我們也是藉著他而有的


The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9).

Now is the acceptable time. Today if you will hear His voice.


主所應許的尚未成就,有人以為他是耽延,其實不是耽延,乃是寬容你們,不願有一人沉淪,乃願人人都悔改 (彼得後書 3:9 )

你們今日若聽他的話,看哪,現在正是悅納的時候!現在正是拯救的日子!                **************************************************************************************************

Contents of this page: 

* Importance of Studying the Bible and of Constant Prayers 研讀聖經和持續祈禱的重要性(9/18)

On Decay and Corruption Again再論衰敗與腐敗 (7/18)

Alert and Sober 謹慎自守 (7/18)

When the wise are blind, where is Justice 當智者失明時,正義在何處?(5/18)

Information Overload 資訊爆炸(5/18)

*A Personal Witness on the Love of my God to me from a pastor of this website
  我的上帝給我的愛 -----------------------------------------來自本網站,一位牧師個人的見證!

* The horrible judgement of God                          *上帝的審判- -水深火熱可怕之中的可怕(2/2018)

Welcoming  New Year 2018                                * 迎接2018年新                                 

When the darkness overwhelmed us!               * 當黑暗壓倒我們!(11/17)

* On Temptation and Evil                                       * 誘惑和邪惡 (11/17)

* Eternal Life                                                           * 永恆的生命 (7/17)

Cherish                                                                 *  珍惜 (6/17)

* Free Will                                                               * 自由意志 (6/17)

* In Christ                                                               *  在基督裡 (5/17)

Lord Jesus Christ’s Teaching on life eternal    * 主耶穌基督對生命永生的教導 (3/17)

* God's Grace Saves Me                                       *  主恩救我 

* Trace of Time and Grace of God                        *  時間的痕跡與神的恩典 

* Welcome Message                                              *  歡迎來到『一位牧師的提醒』的網站

* An urgent warning in a chaotic world               *  亂世中的警語(8/2015)

* Looking to the Infrastructural Things               *  顧念所不見的

* Seeking The Things Above                                *  不知天上宮闕,今夕是何年 (2/2016)



Importance of Studying the Bible and of constant prayers 研讀聖經和持續祈禱的重要性


Of all the activities of a Christian’s pilgrimage journey in this life,  studying the Bible and constant prayers are certainly ranked among the most important daily activities. The Bible indicates the righteous shall live by faith alone. 


In a modern technological society like ours, we are overwhelmed by information overloads and by all the daily burdens that we carry. “Busy” is the characteristic word for a modern day living. Just look at the busy freeways— some of them is 24x7.
在我們科技現代化的社會中,我們被氾濫的信息淹沒了,被我們每日所有的負荷壓倒了。 “忙碌”是現代生活的特有名詞。只要看看高速公路的繁忙 - 其中一些是經年累月、晝夜不斷的來往車流。


You may ask where can I find time for reading the Bible, let alone meditate on the God’s will in my life. Yet, the Bible teaches us that in Isaiah 53:6,

We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.

6 我們都如羊走迷,各人偏行己路,耶和華使我們眾人的罪孽都歸在他身上。


A clear indication of the results of “each of us has turned our own way” are the conflicts in the world and countless victims of such conflicts. One example will be sufficient to tell it all—Just look at millions of the refugees fleeing the Syria conflicts.

“我們各人偏行己路”的明顯結果,就是造成這世界上的衝突和這些衝突中的無數受害者。一個例子足以說明一切 - 只要看數百萬逃離敘利亞衝突的難民。


We all know that we need to take a bath daily and wash our hands many times a day. Why? Just to avoid contaminations and diseases. We live in a world full of pollutants and contaminants, both physically and spiritually. Physical pollutants include smog in air we breathe, chemicals in water we drink, and various preservatives in food we eat. Spiritual pollutants include fake news, half truths, and plenty of isms and ideologies to pollute our minds. 


That is why we must study the Bible each day to cleanse our minds from dirty pollutants. The Bible teaches us in Psalm 119:105,
“105 Your word is a lamp to my feet
And a light to my path.”

105 你的話是我腳前的燈,是我路上的光。


We need the Bible to give us the discernment to walk straight in this world. Even more relevant is the cleansing of our minds. Please listen to our Lord Jesus Christ’s teaching in His High Priestly prayer in John 17:15-17,
15 I do not ask You to take them out of the world, but to keep them from the evil one. 16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. 17 Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth.
15 我不求你叫他們離開世界,只求你保守他們脫離那惡者。 16 他們不屬世界,正如我不屬世界一樣。 17 求你用真理使他們成聖,你的道就是真理。


As you know, God’s Word sanctifies us from the world and God’s truth sets us free from all contaminations both externally and internally. 


What about constant prayers. The Bible admonishes us to pray constantly in Colossians 4:2,
“2 Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving”. 

2 你們要恆切禱告,在此警醒、感恩。


The best way I know to understand this is the example of charging the batteries of our wireless electrical tools . Praying is to charge our batteries to do God’s will. Without the divine power from our Lord Jesus Christ, we cannot do God’s work.


Prayers also keep reminding us it is our Lord Jesus Christ who bestow the divine power through the Holy Spirit in our lives. An attitude of thanksgiving will prevent us to be in the prides of our lives.


May all of us be a tool of His righteousness in our Lord’s kingdom sharing His love to the suffering people in our midst. May we honor our Lord by studying the Bible and being diligent in our prayers in our daily lives.

On Decay and Corruption Again 再論衰敗與腐敗

(See the first article on Corruption in the webpage--" For the believers": 請參考  "給信徒們"網頁,"腐敗與污染")



We are living in a wicked and sinful world. Not many people would argue that we live in a perfect world today. Thus, it is fair to say that most people would accept that the world and all the living things in it are corrupt. From the physics viewpoint, this fact was codified in the second law of thermodynamics.  There are many ways of presenting this law. Summarized below are some of them:

    * The efficiency of an engine is less than 100% because of waste heat generation.
    * Chaos of a physical system always increase.
    * It will take additional energy from outside a system spent to maintain a system.
    * All living things in this world are subject to decaying.
    * Penalty of sin is death.




Most of people accept that we are all going to die someday. Yet, only a few selected ones even try to pursue the truth why this is so. Most people do not take corruption and decay seriously. We all know that it is stink when food decays. Yet not many people watch diligently to avoid contaminations.


Most of people will take cancers very seriously. Why? because they know that a cancer patient will die very soon even with medical intervention. It will indeed be very profitable if we take decay and corruption very seriously. Why? Because we will then be able to see the world realistically with its decaying stinks. Most political systems stink. Why? Because corrupt people will create more chaos and more stinks.


All religions are trying to address the decay and corruption issue. All people should take the issue of decaying and its stink very seriously.


Blessed are people who recognize the hopelessness of trying to reverse the arrow of time and to reverse the second law of thermodynamics. The more one understands the stinky situation of decay, the more one would see the limitation of human capacities to do anything about it.  The more one is aware of the corruption one has, the more urgent one needs to come to Jesus Christ to solve this issue once for all.


Blessed are people who are “ according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, by the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to obey Jesus Christ and be sprinkled with His blood: May grace and peace be yours in the fullest measure. 3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you,” (1 Peter 1:2-4)
“2 就是照父神的先見被揀選,藉著聖靈得成聖潔,以致順服耶穌基督,又蒙他血所灑的人。願恩惠、平安多多地加給你們!3 願頌讚歸於我們主耶穌基督的父神!他曾照自己的大憐憫,藉著耶穌基督從死裡復活,重生了我們,叫我們有活潑的盼望, 4 可以得著不能朽壞、不能玷汙、不能衰殘、為你們存留在天上的基業“(彼得前書1:2-4)


Blessed are the ones who can escape the decay and its stinks through the faith in Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord! Blessed are the ones who die to sin daily and live to God in Christ Jesus and who truly love the Risen Living Christ Jesus ! 
因信耶穌基督作為他們的救主和主,以致能夠逃脫腐朽及其臭味的人是有福的!每日向罪死, 基督耶穌向上帝活, 盡心, 盡性、盡力復活基督耶穌的人是有福的

Alert and Sober 謹慎自守

1 Peter 1:13  彼得前書1:13 
13 Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming. 13 所以要約束你們的心,謹慎自守,專心盼望耶穌基督顯現的時候所帶來給你們的恩。


Apostle Peter encouraged believers of Jesus Christ our Lord to be sober and watchful in living our pilgrimage journey through this world. Although 1 Peter was penned more than two thousand years ago, his advice is very relevant to our post modernism world today. You may ask what we are supposed to be sober and watchful about? This is indeed a great question for each of Christian to answer for himself/herself. Actually, it will take a great deal of effort and wisdom to answer this question profitably for ourselves individually.

Our answer needs to encompass at least the three areas: (1) clear perception of the world we live in, (2) truthful awareness on our lives, and (3) our understanding of the scriptural teachings and our obedience of them. Actually Item 3 is the foundation of Items 1 and 2. In other words, without Item 3, it is meaningless to address Items 1 and 2.

Since each individual life path is different, it is individual responsibility to think through this issue carefully, and diligently apply them to their lives. One thing is for sure. The awareness that we need to be sober and watchful alone will help each of us greatly indeed. The following list is to help each of us to seriously consider this key warning of our lives.


1. Apostle Peter warned us in 1Peter 5:8 that our enemy devil seeks around like a roaring lion trying to devour anyone who is careless. Now can you give examples for yourself about your experience in this? 使徒彼得在彼得前書5:8中警告我們,我們的敵人魔鬼就像一頭咆哮的獅子,試圖尋找、吞噬任何粗心的人。現在,您能舉例說明您這方面的經歷嗎?

2. If we are real Christians, we believe that God is in control. Now am I trusting God or live my life as if there were no God in all my daily activities? As a Christian, we are servants/maids of our Lord Jesus Christ. Do we know God’s will in our lives. Do you know that we were instructed to do good and love our neighbors as ourselves. 如果我們是真正的基督徒,我們相信上帝是掌控一切。現在我是相信上帝,還是相信自己,過我的生活,好像我的日常活動中沒有上帝?作為基督徒,我們是主耶穌基督的僕人/侍女。我們是否知道上帝在我們生命中的旨意。你是否知道我們被指示要做好事,並像我們愛自己一樣愛鄰居。

3. Do you know that there are 7 key spiritual attributes that we should cultivate eagerly and honestly each day. See 2 Peter 1:3-11. 知道我們每天應該要熱切、誠實地培養出7個關鍵的精神屬性。見彼得後書1:3-11。

4. Do we know how precious is the salvation of each Christian? Actually if you can answer this question according to the revelation of the Scripture, then you got the answer to our question already. 我們知道每個基督徒的救恩、有多寶貴嗎?實際上,如果你能根據聖經的啟示、回答這問題,那麼你已經得到了、我們問題的答案了。

We are closing this article with the encouragement of our beloved apostle Peter in 2 Peter 3: 17-18.
17 You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, be on your guard so that you are not carried away by the error of unprincipled men and fall from your own steadfastness, 18 but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory, both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.

我們將以親愛使徒彼得的鼓勵( 在彼得後書3:17-18) 結束這篇文章。
17 親愛的弟兄啊,你們既然預先知道這事,就當防備,恐怕被惡人的錯謬誘惑,就從自己堅固的地步上墜落。 18 你們卻要在我們主救主耶穌基督的恩典和知識上有長進。願榮耀歸給他,從今直到永遠!阿們。

When the wise are blind, where is Justice               當智者失明時,正義在何處?

The human history is full of violence and injustice. Yet, there is always a sense of absolute justice in every human culture/society. This sense of justice is, however, not in the individual society’s law because the law of that society is written only by the wise for benefits of the ruling class of that culture. 

In ancient time, this segmentation of individual society laws is not serious because each society is reasonably independent of the other. As the world becomes smaller due to globalization and technology, the lack of absolute authority in the world makes the application of laws beyond political boundary very awkward and troublesome. This has been demonstrated time and time again in the human history through many regional conflicts including two world wars and many regional wars in last few hundreds of years.

When a society or civilization forsakes the Creator of the universe, each society is then dependent upon the wise of its society to guide that society. Yet, when the wise are blind to their Creator, where is Justice to the common people? We all know that each society of the world is operated by the ruling class of that society irrespective of the political ideology or system of that society. Some people codify this situation by saying that golden rules are decided by the ones who have gold. Others say that a regime is established by whoever has the guns. In any event, many injustices were done by administrating the society’s law across many racial, economic, and other boundaries in that society.
當一個社會或文明,離棄宇宙的創造者時,每個社會都依賴、其社會的智者,來指導這個社會。然而,當智者無視於他們的創造者時,對普通人來說,正義在哪裡呢?我們都知道,無論社會的政治思想制度如何,世界上的每個社會都由、該社會的統治階級操作著。有些人將這種情況,用黃金規則來解釋: 就是由擁有黃金的人來決定法律文化的說法。其他說法是: 槍管出政權。無論如何,許多不公正行為是,通過該社會的管理法律,應用在跨越種族、經濟和其他範疇時,發生的。

Thus, it is indeed a pointed question “When the wise are blind, where is justice to all human beings?”

Through human history, we are persuaded that without returning to our almighty and infinite Creator, we are indeed  in the case of “when the wise are blind” situation. Something to ponder upon indeed!

Information Overload 資訊爆炸

In a post-modernism era with information overload, we are bombarded day and night, 24x7, with all kinds of information. This situation is in fact very serious and harmful to us. I do not know if you realize this situation. In our daily struggles to make a living, we believe that not many people recognize the harmful effects of information overload.


It is interesting to note that when the air is polluted with pollens and harmful pollutants, our physical body will exhibit bad reactions such as sneezing and severe coughing to warn us. Just talk with people with severe allergies will tell you how miserable the suffering could be.


Now do you have a warning signal telling you that you are in deep troubles with the current day information overload? Some of you may think that what is the big deal with information overload? Why not just tune it off! This is easy say than done. For example, you may say what is the big deal with air pollution: just do not go out of your home or just do not breathe the bad air!


We would like to remind you a few things about the current situation of information overload:
1. Most of people have learned the habit of google “something”. We all know that there are tons of information in the internet; good, bad, and ugly. So how to tell the difference when we are trying to learn a new thing or try to get an answer to our question is in itself a big deal.
2. One of the big impacts to quality of our lives is the effort needed to sort out  the good from the bad, and the ugly. The trouble is that most of information is a mixture of good, bad,  and ugly.
3. The biggest concerns are the issues of pollutions to our minds. We are part of the products of our cultural/societal influences. This is specially relevant that how do we be faithful to our Christian belief.

1. 大多數人都學習用谷歌、去瞭解一些"事物"的習慣。我們都知道,在互聯網上有大量,不分好,壞,醜的信息。所以,當我們試圖學習新事物或試圖獲得對我們問題的答案時,如何區分這種差異,本身就是一件大事。


This reminds me of a Bible verse of Ephesians 5: 16, “16 making the most of your time, because the days are evil.”  I used to wonder why making the most of my time has to do with “the days are evil”. Now I know when the days are evil, the evil system wants to waste most of our time. So we need to be smart and watchful about where our time goes in each day. May we all are skillful in protect our precious time!!
這讓我想起以弗所書5章16節的聖經節,“16 要愛惜光陰,因為現今的世代邪惡”。以前我曾好奇,為什麼要愛惜光陰,與現今的世代邪惡有關。現在我知道在邪惡的世代裡,邪惡的系統想要浪費我們大部分的時間。所以我們需要聰明,注意每天的時間。願我們都能熟練保護我們寶貴的時間!


A Personal Witness on the Love of my God to me from a pastor of this website

我的上帝給我的愛 - 來自本網站,一牧師個人的見證!

As believers, we all know that human race was created by God. The recorded human history of various civilizations range about 6 to 7 thousand years. During this time period, human race migrated to various regions of the world and the population of mankind reaches to billions.



From the Old Testament, we know that the close fellowship between God and men were broken once Adam and Eve were deceived by the Devil to sin against God. After Adam and Eve lost the Eden paradise, Adam needed to sweat in cultivating the land to survive and raised his family. Due to depravity of the human nature, men drifted farther and farther away from the Creator. Eventually, many civilizations no longer even remember the Creator anymore. Instead,they created their own gods and lived indeed far away from why they were created in the first place. We can even see that in the world today. There are no ends of evil that depravity of men can lead a whole society, even the whole world into.



According to the Bible, men were lost indeed. They live their days which are dead in trespasses. As such, they do not know the way back to the blessed Creator. We know that a dead man can not respond to anything. Similarly, a spiritually dead person cannot know or respond to spiritual promptings. Generations after generations, men lived in spiritual darkness. They do not even have true God in their vocabulary. They think physically only and bypass the blessing of eternal life. 



According to the Bible, God called Abraham out of the human race to reconnect the fellowship between God and men. But the situation is very serious indeed because people were scattered all over of the world then. Because Abraham believed in God, God counted him as a righteous man. Out of this family came the selection of the nation of Israel as the instrument to reach the rest of the human race. The process was very slow and tedious because the depravity remained in the human nature.


The Old Testament revealed how God protected the nation of Israel from the gentile countries. God gave the nation of Israel, the Laws,  the prophets, and the sacrificing system to cleanse men from sin so that they can access God. The process was indeed very slow and not many gentiles were saved at all. The whole history of men was a conflict between jews and the gentile who worshiped demons. Even within the nation of Israel, not many jews were saved due to their unbelief. The bible told us “There is no one righteous, not even one;there is no one who understands, no one who seeks God.” (See Romans 3:10-11).

舊約顯示,上帝如何從外邦人中,保護以色列國。上帝給以色列,律法、先知和犧牲獻祭系統,來清潔人們的罪,讓他們可以接近上帝。這個過程是確實很慢,所以沒有、很多外邦人被拯救。整個人類的歷史,是猶太人和崇拜妖魔的外邦人之間的鬥爭。即使在以色列之內,由於不信上帝,也沒有、很多猶太人被拯救。聖經告訴我們:“10沒有義人,連一個也沒有。 11沒有明白的,沒有尋求神"。 (羅馬書3:10-11)。


As a person in the gentile nations, the chance of being saved is indeed very small. Two thousand years ago, God sent His only begotten Son Jesus Christ to this earth and incarnated as a human baby to initiate redemption of the lost mankind. Evil king tried to kill the baby Jesus from the start and evil men tried to kill Him during His ministry. The redemptive work was described in detail in the New Testament. By dying at the cross, Jesus provided the necessary and sufficient sacrifice of atonement through faith in His blood for any one who believes in Him.



From a personal perspective, I was part of the gentile in a country far away from Israel and in a culture alien to the Old Testament setting. I was born almost two thousand years after the first coming of the Savior Jesus. What is my chance to hear the gospel and be saved! Yet, my God came to seek me through the gospel of Jesus Christ. The twists and turns events that brought me from my birth place to the place that I could hear the gospel and believe are nothing but a miracle in my life. It is indeed through grace upon grace for my God to exercise His almighty power and sovereignty over this world in securing me as a believer of Jesus Christ my Lord. 



It is indeed a long suffering of my Lord to exercise His agape love to find a lost sheep like me. In a sense, it is almost like a mother who travels to many far away places and keeps looking for her lost child . She has to conquer  many enemies and difficulties to find her child. But God’s love is more than the mother’s love because I was not seeking God and I did not  know to seek Him at all. In other word, I was totally sinful and lost in my culture and in my unbelief. Yet, God did not give me up because He  knows that I am one of His lost sheep. His love onto me is unbounded because He sent Jesus Christ to die  for everyone belonging to Him to bring each of us back to His love!



I keep amazed by the odds of my salvation. I was one of the billion of people. My culture is far away from the Bible. My birthplace is far away from Israel. I was totally dead in trespasses and deep in a gentile system. Indeed, I am a gentile out of the gentiles. What is the chance of me to be saved!   Praise my God for His love towards me is matchless and beyond measured. Looking back for the events and situations which led me to my Lord Jesus Christ, it was all God’s doing—grace upon grace upon grace, indeed!

一直驚奇我的救恩,是個多麼難得的奇異恩典。我只是十幾億人口之一。我的文化背景是遠離聖經。我的誕生地是遠離以色列,我是完全死在過犯中和深陷於一個外邦人的系統裡。我真是外邦人中的外邦人,我得到救贖的機會有多小!讚美我的上帝,為祂給我的愛,是如此無比和無法測得的。回顧導致我、回到我的主耶穌基督的過程,的確全是上帝給的 -重重恩典加恩典!


For those of you who read this testimony and who are still His lost sheep, let me encourage you that God loves you without bound. Please come home to Him!


上帝的審判- -水深火熱可怕之中的可怕



I. 審判諾亞的世代
* 耶和華見人在地上罪惡很大,終日所思想的盡都是惡。什麼叫做"終日所思想的盡都是惡"呢?就是人的心中,每時每刻都是思考如何去犯罪,如何去作惡。而且人人如此,那就是諾亞所住的世界。
* 世界在上帝面前敗壞,地上滿了強暴。上帝觀看世界,見是敗壞了。凡有血氣的人,在地上都敗壞了行為。也就是說公義不住在人中,上帝不在人的字彙裡面,強暴充滿了社會裡。
* 在那世代裡,只有諾亞是個義人,是個完全人。諾亞與上帝同行。諾亞生了三個兒子,就是閃,含,雅弗。諾亞一家共8口,諾亞夫婦,三個兒子與三個媳婦共8口。
* 諾亞對當代的人傳道。可以說那世代的人是好譏誚的世代。各人自以為是,目中無神。諾亞是義人,當他遵守上帝的話,建造方舟時,是有一段很長的時間。人們譏笑他,為什麼建方舟?他警告那世代,上帝的審判是在面前。可惜人們不信上帝。
* 耶和華對諾亞說,你和你的全家都要進入方舟。因為在這世代中,我見你在我面前是義人。
* 凡在地上各類的活物,連人帶牲畜,昆蟲以及空中的飛鳥,都從地上除滅了。只留下諾亞和那些與他同在方舟的。水勢浩大,在地上共一百五十天。
* 當世代的文明,當世代的人們都受了應得的審判!
* 上帝是要敬畏的!上帝的能力是浩大可怕的!"親愛的弟兄阿!有一件事你們不可忘記,就是主看一日如千年,千年如一日!主所應許的尚未成就,有人以為他是耽延,其實不是耽延,乃是寬容你們。不願有一人沉淪,乃願人人都悔改(彼後3:8-9)。由於我們知道上帝審判的可怕,這是我們趕緊傳福音給世人的原因。


II. 所多馬,蛾摩拉的毀滅
* 羅得告訴娶了他女兒的女婿們說,你們起來,離這地方。因為耶和華要毀滅這城。他女婿們卻以為他說的是戲言,並沒聽從。
* 天明了,天使催逼羅得說:「起來,帶著你的妻子和你在這裡的兩個女兒出去,免得你因這城裡的罪惡同被剿滅。」
* 羅得妻子在後邊,回頭一看,就變成了一根鹽柱。


III. 今天的世界
二次世界大戰,無數的區域戰事,人心還是堅硬。自己要救自己,去得永恆的敗壞與滅亡。今天的世界與諾亞世代的人,與所多瑪和蛾摩拉的罪惡風尚,並沒有分別。只不過是人心知道更多科技,武器的力量更大,從刀劍到槍炮火箭。然而人的罪性,人的罪行,變本加厲而已 !
* 二千年前,主耶穌道成肉身來拯救。祂大聲呼喚"天國近了,你們應當悔改!"。
* 約翰福音 1:9-12
9 那光是真光,照亮一切生在世上的人。 10 他在世界,世界也是藉著他造的,世界卻不認識他。 11 他到自己的地方來,自己的人倒不接待他。 12 凡接待他的,就是信他名的人,他就賜他們權柄做神的兒女。
* 羅馬書第一章明示我們,當整個世界不把上帝當上帝看,也不感謝祂的時候,上帝就使人心智昏暗,就有三個任憑:(1) 任憑他們逞著心裡的情慾,行污穢的事。以致彼此玷辱自己的身體,敬拜事奉受造之物,不敬奉那造物的主。(2) 任憑他們放縱可羞恥的情慾,男男女女慾火攻心,彼此貪戀。(3) 任憑他們存邪僻的心裝滿各樣不義,邪惡,貪婪,惡毒,嫉妒,兇殺,爭競,詭詐,毒恨,狂傲自誇,怨恨上帝,無親無情,也不憐憫人等等。其實就是現今世界的寫照。難怪淫行犯濫,兇殺不斷,目中無人,欺上壓下,無法無天的世風流行。
* 然而,今天仍然是恩典之大門大開的時候,可是審判的日子是已經快到了。主所應許的(審判)尚未成就。有人以為他是耽延,其實不是耽延,乃是寬容你們,不願有一人沉淪,乃願人人都悔改 (彼後 3:9)。這裡的寬容,原文是"長期患難受苦",就是人們抗上帝命令,不敬上帝。上帝本可立刻審判,但不願一人沉淪,乃願人人都悔改信主耶穌得救,因此長期忍耐患難!


IV. 審判將來的世界
(1) 七年的大災難,頭三年半是敵基督,假先知的出現。
(2) 教會被提,上帝降災於世界。
(3) 主耶穌與眾信徒再來到這世界,那獸和地上的君王,並他們的眾軍都聚集,要與騎白馬的主耶穌並他的軍兵爭戰,那獸被擒拿,那在獸面前曾行奇事、迷惑受獸印記和拜獸像之人的假先知,也與獸同被擒拿。他們兩個就活活地被扔在燒著硫磺的火湖裡。 其餘的被騎白馬者口中出來的劍殺了。把魔鬼綑綁一千年。
(4) 那一千年完了,撒旦必從監牢裡被釋放,魔鬼與其門徒作最後的叛變。他們上來遍滿了全地,圍住聖徒的營與蒙愛的城,就有火從天降下,燒滅了他們。魔鬼被丟進火湖裡。白色王座末日的大審判未信者。
(5) 舊天舊地在烈火中銷化。新天新地,聖城耶路撒冷由上帝那裡從天而降。上帝與羔羊為城的殿,不再有黑夜,那城內又不用日月光照,因有神的榮耀光照,又有羔羊為城的燈


V. 信徒應有的警醒,有一件事不可忘記!



Welcoming  New Year 2018                                         迎接2018年新年

We just enjoyed the Christmas holidays which reminded us the birth of Jesus Christ, the Savior to all mankind. One of the great feelings of Christmas is the messages of peace and assurance that God is indeed in control of the human history.


As the Scripture so vividly reminds us concerning the birth of Jesus Christ in Luke 2:14, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”  Thus, we are confident that the coming of Jesus Christ two thousands years ago did assure that peace will be here on the earth and God will have through Jesus Christ good will towards  the mankind.
正如聖經、在路加福音2:14中,如此生動地提醒我們、耶穌基督的誕生,“14 在至高之處榮耀歸於神!在地上平安歸於他所喜悅的人!” 。因此,我們確信、幾千年前耶穌基督的到來,確定了地球上會有和平。上帝會通過耶穌基督,給人類善意。


This is indeed of great importance to us all who face daily a conflicting world and broken relationship among men and nations.


As we welcome 2018, we first give thanks to God for guiding and protecting us through 2017. For many people, we do need assurance from God to provide His providence in 2018 year to us. When we look at the world, we cannot but wonder with so much conflicts where are we heading into in 2018. Actually, once we understand why we are in such a chaotic and uncertain world, we are going to come to the easy conclusion that we are much better off to repent to return to our Creator.


Back to the beginning, God creates a beautiful and bountiful earth for His created human ancestors Adam and Eve. God asked Adam and Eve to be fruitful and managed the earth. Scripture shows us that the reality consists of the spiritual world and the material world. For example, God created angels in the spiritual world to serve Him. God created the humankind and the material universe to display His glory.


All angels and human beings  are not robots. That is, they can all exercise free wills and freedom to enjoy God’d creation and providence. One of the consequences of free will is that a creature can exercise his/her will to please God or against God. This was what happened to  the angelic world. One of the great archangels was corrupted by his pride and led a third of angels to rebel against mighty God. Once the evil entered the creation worlds, there are no ends of evils and sufferings. The first casualty is the temptation of Adam and Eve by the evil archangel to rebel against their Creator. Once the hostility was present as the result of our rebellion against God, we have entered the conflicts, chaos, and miseries.


The reality through thousands of years of human history in all races and cultures proved that we cannot have peace among men unless we have peace with our Creator. This is why the Christmas is such an important event that God sent His Son Jesus Christ into our material world to be the Savior of the world. Unless we truly embrace Jesus Christ as our only hope, the mankind will continue to face the conflicts we experienced year in  and year out.


What did Jesus Christ offer? He offers us God’s love, God’s peace, and God’s eternity life to all who believe in Him. He showed God’s love by dying for us who believe in Him to redeem us from our sins. By Jesus Christ sacrifice at the cross, we are reconciled with God and are adopted into God’s family as God’s children. In the spiritual world, we are born again as God’s  children and are the recipients of eternal life in Christ Jesus.


We bless God for continuing to allow the good news of Jesus Christ to be preached around the world in 2018 to save those who suffer greatly in broken promises and relationships among men and who are genuinely and desperately want to return to the lost paradise that Adam and Eve once had. 


As we welcome 2018, we do wish all of you a Happy New Year. May you be the one who receive God’s good will toward men and the unbounded God’s love and  blessings from receiving Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior.  In this conflicting world, we truly need the tender mercies of Jesus Christ and His compassion to sustain each of us in 2018. Happy New Year to you and your love ones again.


When the darkness overwhelmed us!                       當黑暗壓倒我們!


It seems that evils indeed rampage in these days. Large scale killings appear to impact all aspects of the society. 
* A gunman opened fire indiscriminately towards the crowd in a concert at Las Vegas resulting in 58 dead and 489 injured.
* A gunman opened fire indiscriminately towards worshipers at a Texas church in a small community, killed 26 people and injured many people.
* A gun man opened fire at a Walmart store, killed 3 people.

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Many people are puzzled and are trying to find answers as to how can innocent people including children and babies be shot and killed by a gun man. We saw that the media tried to find out the motive(s) of the gunmen. Yet, immense sufferings of the victims were not reported or emphasized at all. 


There are many unanswered questions in people’s minds. The following are just a few:
1. How can a person be so evil as to commit such unspeakable acts of evil?
2. How far our society has gone to tolerate such evils for so long?  When can justice return to our society?
3. Where is God when such evil acts happened to innocent people?
4. Why God let such evil acts happen to His people while worshipping Him in church?…..



In time like these, there are no words that can comfort pains and suffering of the victims. Many people would cry to God for justice and revenge, indeed.

When such darkness overwhelms us, we need to do the following:
1. For believers of God, we need to pray to God for comforting the victims and do everything that we can to help.
2. We can rationalize motives but there is nothing that can justify evil.
3. We should still trust God even the situation indeed appears to be hopeless.
4. We should not overcome evils by evils. Rather let the vengeance be done by the Almighty God.
5. We should encourage each other’s faith to keep trusting our Lord Jesus Christ who surely bore our griefs and He alone carried our sorrows. (See Isaiah 53:4f).

5.我們應該鼓勵、彼此的信心,相信我們的主耶穌基督,祂一定會承擔我們的痛苦,祂單獨擔當我們的憂傷。 (見以賽亞書53:4,身受諸苦為贖人罪,4


Here are a few facts that remind us?
1. Our Lord Jesus Christ who was sinless and did all kind of healing to people at His time on this earth, yet He was killed in the most cruel and shameful way of crucification, by the most evil acts of the self proclaimed righteous men of that society.
2. Evil can blind all people irregardless factors such as race, gender, society class, age, religious affiliation, and nationality. Evil persons may come from any race, sex, culture, and nationality.
3. Sin comes from sinners who have depraved nature. Evil rampages because we are in a perverse and lawless generation.


Even in last few hundred years, we have had numerous regional wars and two world wars. Millions of millions of people were killed during those conflicts. So do not believe the lie of the evolution theory that human beings are evolving into a better civilization!



We should not forget that people have darkened mind because they rebel against their Creator(see Romans 1:20-21). Evil comes about because of evil acts committed by the darkened mind. After thousands of years of evolution or after thousand years of wisdom of philosophers and politicians trying to eliminate crimes and evils, we are still in darkness.


"20 自從造天地以來,神的永能和神性是明明可知的,雖是眼不能見,但藉著所造之物就可以曉得,叫人無可推諉。 21 因為他們雖然知道神,卻不當做神榮耀他,也不感謝他,他們的思念變為虛妄,無知的心就昏暗了。 22 自稱為聰明,反成了愚拙"


If we truly hate evil, we all need to repent and return to our Creator and our Savior Jesus Christ.
We still need to trust our God, especially in the time that we see no hope at all because God is Almighty and He is faithful. His promises and love are ever enduring even in the most darkness hour. We need pray for the final coming of our Lord because He is coming to restore justice and to judge the evil of this world. 
Prophet Habakkuk encouraged us  the following when evils rampages and the situation was hopeless  in Habakkuk  3: 17-19.
                             17 Though the fig tree should not blossom
                                    And there be no fruit on the vines,
                                  Though the yield of the olive should fail
                                    And the fields produce no food,
                                  Though the flock should be cut off from the fold
                                    And there be no cattle in the stalls,
                            18 Yet I will exult in the Lord,
                                    I will rejoice in the God of my salvation.
                            19 The Lord God is my strength,
                                   And He has made my feet like hinds’ feet,
                                   And makes me walk on my high places.

                             17  雖然無花果樹不發旺,葡萄樹不結果,



                             18  然而我要因耶和華歡欣,因救我的神喜樂。

                             19  主耶和華是我的力量,他使我的腳快如母鹿的蹄,又使我穩行在高處。

Finally, all of us should be encouraged by the following precious verse. Habakkuk 2:4
4 “Note this: Wicked men trust themselves alone as these Chaldeans do, and fail; but the righteous man trusts in God and lives! 


4  "注意這一點:


When our situations are overwhelmed with the darkness of evil acts, we definitely need to be in light to get rid of the impacts of the darkness. The Bible clearly shows us the way. Our Lord Jesus Christ is the light. John 1:4, “4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.” Thus we need to live by our faith particularly holding on to our Lord during the time of darkness.  Our Lord Jesus Christ is the true light we desperately need. Jesus Christ said  “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”(see John 8:12)  In this perverse and evil age, we truly need to live our lives in faith and wholly trust our Lord Jesus Christ to lead us ! Praise the Lord indeed for His power and providence as the author and finisher of our faith. Let we all focus our sights on Him rather than the darkness of this world!
當我們的情況,被邪惡的黑暗壓倒時,我們肯定要在光中來擺脫黑暗的影響。聖經清楚地指引了我們的道路。我們的主耶穌基督是光。約翰福音 1:4,“4生命在他裡頭,這生命就是人的光”。因此,我們想要通過黑暗的時候。我們要靠著我們的信仰、緊緊依賴主而活。主耶穌基督是我們迫切需要的真光。主說:“我是世界的光。跟從我的,就不在黑暗裡走,必要得著生命的光。“。(見約翰福音8:12)。在這種反常和邪惡的世代,我們真正要、活在我們的信仰中,完全信靠主耶穌基督帶領我們!確確實實的讚美主的能力和保佑,因為祂是我們信仰的創始成終者。因此,我們要將全部的注意力、完全集中在祂的身上,而不是集中在這個世界的黑暗!




According to statistics, there are many Christians struggling with temptations in the internet. We pray that this posting may shred some light in our fighting with this evil. Although a bit long, we are sure that God's word will teach us truth and the truth will set us free.                 根據統計,有很多基督徒正在奮力抗拒、互聯網上的許多誘惑。我們祈禱、期待這篇文章,能在我們與這個邪惡的戰鬥中,散發出一點亮光!雖然文章篇幅較長,我們確信上帝的話、會教我們真理,而真理會讓我們自由。

On Temptation and Evil 誘惑和邪惡 

On Temptation and Evil 誘惑和邪惡 
Part 1— Set the stage 
第一部分- 設置場景

Many older people are alarmed with the scope of the evils in this world. As far as this world goes, temptations rampage everywhere like a roaring lion trying to devour people. It is important to ponder how can each of us go through our own life without being trapped by various temptations and hence contributes to evils. There is no such thing as victimless crime. Entering a temptation is like walking on a slippery slope and all temptations lead invariably to evils.



Although the format and form of evils may change due to technological and cultural settings, basic causes of all evils are still the same. Why?  It is because depravities of human nature have not changed since the Fall of Adam and Eve. The source of evil is sin and the origin of sin is the rebellion against God. This is clearly taught in Romans 1:21, “For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened.”  Come to think of it. All problems associated with human activities can be viewed clearly from this biblical prospective. For example, all crimes are from depravities of human nature. All conflicts ranging from individuals, groups, social classes, and nations are also from the same causes. Furthermore, conflicts within self, marriage and family issues, and social problems are all part of this giant fiasco and therefore chaos and evils ensue in this world.



You may wonder why we want to talk about this subject. To put in another way, why we even bother to talk about it. There are basically two reasons: first is to avoid being deceived by the propaganda or fake news so that we are not part of the evils, and secondly to live a healthy and joyful life according to the commands of our Lord Jesus Christ.


Since the Fall, the human race is at war with its Creator and this is manifested in two fronts both physically and spiritually.  Physically, we encounter evils in the world due to various conflicts among people, and spiritually, we struggle with self conflicts to do right. The only solution is for each human being to repent and return to our blessed Creator Jesus Christ our Lord.


One of the things that needs further consideration is the infrastructure of our self conflicts. You may or may not be aware of the spiritual truth: after the Fall, we are separated from the presence of God. Worst, we are His enemies. We reject God and each of us lives  by our own ways. Many of the post modernism illuminati would claim that God is dead and finally human race can live freely what we want without restraints. This is particularly evident in our time since the sexual liberation of the 1960’s and onwards. But the problems with all these self appointed elites are that their minds are blinded by the prince of this world-the devil, and they also fell into slavery of the his dark kingdom. Consequences are very severe because the sufferings of countless millions of people, particularly children and innocent people, are beyond description.


The Bible clearly tells us in the following verses how sinners like us are saved not by our own doing but by grace of God through our faith.



Ephesians Chapter 2:1-10,“And you were dead in the trespasses and sins 2 in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience 3 among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. 4 But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, 5 even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— 6 and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”
以弗所書 2:1-10


There are many infrastructural elements revealed in the above-mentioned passage. To understand our own depraved mind, we need to grasp the following truth.


(1) First of all, we need to clearly understand that once corrupted it is very hard to restore to its pre-corrupt stage. Thus, when anyone becomes a Christian, he or she was born again with a new nature. That is why every Christian is a new creature. This is what St. Paul describes, in Ephesians 4:20-24, the new inner man or new self in us. Ephesians 4:20-24
“20 But you did not learn Christ in this way, 21 if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught in Him, just as truth is in Jesus, 22 that, in reference to your former manner of life, you lay aside the old self, which is being corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit, 23 and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind, 24 and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth.” 



Several things should be clear here. First, this born again regeneration is not our own doing. It has been done for the believing sinner by the death of Christ. Secondly, A believer has a new nature as the result of regeneration by the Holy Spirit. Thirdly, “put aside the old self” means that we are not to live in the habits of our old self interesting in me only. We are not to allow our old self to control our lives. As the result of the death of Christ, the believers are in-dwelt with the Holy Spirit.  Thus, “to put on the new self” means we walk in the Spirit. Furthermore, “to put off the old self” means that we do not live according to “lusts of deceit of our flesh”.


(2) We do not get rid of this old self in this life because our body has not been redeemed yet as explained in Romans 8:23, “ And not only this, but also we ourselves, having the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our body.” Thus, we need to grab the truth that we as Christians have two natures within each of us. We are in the self conflict of  living according to the Spirit or living according to the flesh. This is a very important point. Romans 8:5-8 clearly show us the truth.
“5 For those who are according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. 6 For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace, 7 because the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so, 8 and those who are in the flesh cannot please God.”
Thus, it is critical for each Christi
an to know what stage he/she is in for each hour/day of our lives.


(3) It is very important to know that every time we sin in our Christian lives, we lose our peace and are not in our fellowship with God. Why? Because when we sin, we are in darkness. God is light and there is no darkness in Him. We need to confess our sin and repent right away just as St. John taught us in 1 John 2:1-2.
“2 My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; 2 and He Himself is the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for those of the whole world.” Our fellowship with God is so essential that we must follow the guidance of the Holy Spirit in our daily living.

3)在基督徒的生活裡,我們要確實知道,每次犯罪就會失去了我們的平安,且我們不再與上帝團契。為什麼?因為當我們犯罪,我們是在黑暗中。上帝是光、在祂那裡沒有黑暗。我們需要、承認我們的罪和立即悔改,正如聖約翰在約翰一書2:1-2 的教導。


So what is the essence of Christian life or put in another way, how to live a life in light pleasing to our Lord Jesus Christ. Or how to have peace and joy in our lives. This is very important. Why? Because many of us are struggling against the temptations of “lust of our eyes,lust of our flesh, and pride of this life” in this corrupt internet environment. We are wasting our lives away in the deeds of flesh as explained in Galatians 5:19-21,”19 Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality, 20 idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, 21 envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you, just as I have forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.”


On Temptation and Evil 誘惑和邪惡 (Part 2)

Part 2— What should we do
第二部分-- 我們應該做什麼?
So what should we do. It is very important to know that our old nature is hostile to God and our flesh always lives according to fleshly lust even towards death as Romans 8:6 warning us: “6 For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace,”. Thus, we cannot rely upon ourselves to overcome the world’s temptations. Then, what should we do !



Let listen to what the Bible teaches us.  You may ask why we keep going back to the Bible. Because the truth set us free and the Word of God is the truth. We need to meditate on John 17:17, “Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.”



1. First,  let us get a pointer from St. Paul, an Apostle to us, the gentile.  In Romans 7:21-25, he taught us essence of the conflict between our two natures:  ”21 So I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand. 22 For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being, 23 but I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. 24 Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? 25 Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin.”. Thus, The only solution is “through Jesus Christ our Lord”.  We need by our prayers and petitions to ask our Lord Jesus Christ to fulfill our true desire  which is to be like our Lord Jesus Christ. We need to follow Philippians 4:6-7, “6 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Indeed, we need to trust our Lord. He will do it for His own because He is the finisher of our faith as revealed in Hebrews 12:2,”2 looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Praise our Lord indeed !



2. Secondly, we must get a pointer from St. John. 1 John 3:9 teaches us: “9 No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God's seed abides in him; and he cannot keep on sinning, because he has been born of God.” Thus, by who we are through the regeneration of the Holy Spirit, we will rely on the power of God and not by ourselves to overcome the world. The following is a very precious promise in 1 John 3:1-3,”3 See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him. 2 Beloved, we are God's children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is. 3 And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure.”  We are God’s workmanship: our Lord will finish our sanctification for us because He is our sanctification as revealed in 1 Corinthians 1:30. Praise the Lord indeed! Our Lord further instructed us in John 13:14 to wash each other feet. In other words, to be accounted for each other and to mutually cleanse each other in words of God. We need to be a keeper of other believers who come to our lives. And even more importantly, we need to cleanse ourselves daily with words of God.


3. Also, We must get a pointer from St. Peter as well  from 1 Peter 4:7-8, “7 The end of all things is at hand; therefore be self-controlled and sober-minded for the sake of your prayers. 8 Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.”  Thus, If you really love your brothers/sisters in the faith, you will not hate them and stir up strifes in church. If you really love your spouse or your children, you will not hurt them by the deeds of your flesh. One of the key powers of darkness is to seduce us to only care about “me” without regarding to the needs of others.  Listen to St. Peter teaching in 1 Peter 4:1-3, “4 Since therefore Christ suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves with the same way of thinking, for whoever has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, 2 so as to live for the rest of the time in the flesh no longer for human passions but for the will of God. 3 For the time that is past suffices for doing what the Gentiles want to do, living in sensuality, passions, drunkenness, orgies, drinking parties, and lawless idolatry.” We know from our previous ways and from our own experience: nothing good will come out of evil. Enough is enough. We do love our Lord Jesus Christ who died for each of us. This love whether we know or not is part of our essence and we love our Lord Jesus Christ as St. Peter shows us in 1 Peter 1:8, “8 whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory.”

3.此外,我們也必須從聖彼得得到一個指針. 彼得前書4:7-8,愛能遮罪。"7萬物的結局近了,所以你們要謹慎自守,警醒禱告。8最要緊的是彼此切實相愛,因為愛能遮掩許多的罪“。因此,如果你真的愛、你的主內兄弟/姐妹們,你將不憎恨他們,你也不在教會裡、挑起爭吵。如果你真的愛、你的配偶或你的孩子,你不會行情慾的事、傷害他們。黑暗的一個關鍵力量,就是勾引我們、只關心“我”,不考慮到他人的需要。聽聖彼得的教導,在彼得前書4:1-3,不可從人的情慾只從神的旨意,"4基督既在肉身受苦,你們也當將這樣的心志作為兵器,因為在肉身受過苦的,就已經與罪斷絕了。2你們存這樣的心,從今以後就可以不從人的情慾,只從神的旨意在世度餘下的光陰。3因為往日隨從外邦人的心意,行邪淫、惡慾、醉酒、荒宴、群飲並可惡拜偶像的事,時候已經夠了”。我們從、我們以前的作法及我們自己的經驗,知道:"沒什麼好事、是來自邪惡的"。我們該覺醒。我們愛、我們的主耶穌基督,祂為我們每個人而死。這個愛,不管我們知道或不知道,是屬於我們的本質。我們愛、我們的主耶穌基督,如聖彼得描述我們,在彼得前書1:8,未見基督卻是愛他。"8你們雖然沒有見過他,卻是愛他;如今雖不得看見,卻因信他就有說不出來、滿有榮光的大喜樂"。


4. This is what our Lord teaches us in John 6:63, “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is no help at all. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life.” Listen to our Lord who is our Creator. He knows each of us very well indeed. That is, why He said in Matthew 16:24-26, “24 Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. 25 For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. 26For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul?” Clearly, self denial is the key to put to death the deeds of flesh. Each of us should define for himself or herself what is self denial means relative to what  weaknesses we have had in each of us !

4.這是我們主的教導,在約翰·6:63-64,“63叫人活著的乃是靈,肉體是無益的。我對你們所說的話就是靈,就是生命"。要聽我們主的話,祂是我們的創建者。他確實非常瞭解、知道我們每個人。也就是說,為什麼祂在馬太福音16:24-26說,當背起自己的十字架跟從主。"24於是,耶穌對門徒說:「若有人要跟從我,就當捨己,背起他的十字架來跟從我。 25因為凡要救自己生命的,必喪掉生命;凡為我喪掉生命的,必得著生命。26人若賺得全世界,賠上自己的生命,有什麼益處呢?人還能拿什麼換生命呢?“。顯然,捨己是去拒絕、處死肉體行為的關鍵。我們每個人應該、定義自己的捨己,相對於自己弱點的意義!


5. One of the most precious desires in Christians’ lives is the continuing fellowship with our Lord Jesus Christ every moment in our lives. One of the key wisdoms is to know and to cherish  the preciousness in life . For example, life is priceless. So why I throw it away by flirting with temptations?  Just as our Lord teaches us “what shall a man give in return for his soul?” Why then should we waste our lives in heinous corruptions of “power,  sex, fames, money, and drugs” at all. Consequences of not protecting the few preciousness dear to our heart are disasters of the first degree. If Adam and Eve really cherished God preciously and enjoyed the paradise preciously, they would not exchange their love for God and blessing from God for anything at all. Consequence of losing fellowship with God cannot be measured at all. If one truly treasures one’s spouse, one will steer away from all things/deeds impacting one’s marriage! How joyful we should be when we are healthy and not contaminated with a disease. How beautiful it is when we are in light !



6. Our salvation is from grace upon grace of God. Being a limited/depraved/mortal man, there is nothing we can do or claim to have a right to have relationship with the infinite God. So the fellowship with God is not due to any merit of our own doing. It is the greatest gift from God to give His Son to save us. John 3:16,  “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” We need to regard the fellowship with our Lord Jesus Christ is priceless and protect/cherish it with every ounce of energy we have !

6. 我們的救贖,是來自上帝的層層恩典。作為一個有限/墮落/會死的凡人,我們無法做任何事情、或聲稱有權,與無限上帝保持聯繫。所以與上帝的交往,並不是、由於我們自己做的任何優點及好事。這完全是上帝給祂兒子救我們的、最大的恩賜。約翰福音3:16,神愛世人,“16神愛世人,甚至將他的獨生子賜給他們,叫一切信他的不致滅亡,反得永生”。我們需要把、與我們的主耶穌基督的團契關係,視為無價之寶,要用我們每一盎司的能量、來珍惜保護!

7. A final thought. 
In Old Testament time, it was imperative to bring sacrifices to the temple in order to be able to draw near God. God mandated that only after the oxen, or lambs were killed and the priests brought their blood into the sanctuary, then, sins can be forgiven by God.
So it was impossible indeed to be able to draw near God in Old Testament time without blood sacrifices. 
In New Testament time, we are able to pray to God and to have fellowship with our Lord Jesus Christ because our Lord Jesus Christ died for each of us at the cross and His precious blood continually cleanses us. We also know that our Lord is the heavenly High Priest serving in the heavenly temple and we are His royal priests on the earth. Now, a function of the priests is to offer sacrifices. Because our Lord Jesus Christ is the sin offer once for all, we cannot do any sacrifices for sins. However, we can offer our sinful body as a living sacrifice on the altar just as Romans 12:1-2 to fulfill our priestly duty. Romans 12:1-2, “12 I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. 2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” 。

Dear brothers and sisters in the Lord,  do you know what living sacrifice means? In Old Testament, the altar is sacred, any sacrifice which touches the altar becomes sacred. (See Exodus 29:37, Seven days you shall make atonement for the altar and consecrate it, and the altar shall be most holy. Whatever touches the altar shall become holy.) So our sinful body became sacred once on the altar as a living sacrifice. To be sacred means to belong to God. This clearly means that our body belongs to God. This is a great blessing! The Holy Spirit dwells in our body and our body becomes the temple of God. Our life belongs to God and is to serve God. This is why Galatians 2:20 “20 I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” Now,  ”What I have been crucified with Christ” means? Clearly this is what Galatians 5:24 means, “24 And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.” In other words, our old self was crucified and we no longer live according to the lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh, and  pride of this life.




In conclusion, we shall cherish our Lord because He loves us to the end (See John 13:1). He offered himself as the propitiation for our sin so that we can be back to our heavenly Father’s love just like a repented prodigal son coming home. May we love our Lord Jesus Christ with all our heart and may we have sweet fellowship with the Father and His beloved Son Jesus Christ our Lord. May we also have a sweet fellowship with each other believer to enjoy Ephesians 3:14-21 Amen.


14 因此,我在父面前屈膝,
15 天上地上的各家,都是從他得名,
18 能以和眾聖徒一同明白基督的愛是何等長闊高深, 



Eternal Life 永恆的生命

A Christian is a person who believes in Jesus Christ as his/her personal Savior and Lord. But not all Christians continue to pursue diligently to know Him and to have a lively fellowship with Him each and every day of their lives. Do you really know that as a Christian you lost unspeakable joy and great blessing if you do not have fellowship with the all loving Lord of yours each day!

First of all, you should know eternal life was granted to each Christian from God the Father through His Son Jesus Christ our Lord when we first believed. However, do you know that eternal life is not a thing, or an object that God give to me outside of me and outside of God. You may ask what do you means by that. This is indeed a great question. 

Let us see what the Bible says.
John 3:16, For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.

16 「神愛世人,甚至將他的獨生子賜給他們,叫一切信他的不致滅亡,反得永生。

Do you know what this verse so plainly says?  God gave His Son to each believer so that every Christian has eternal life. Do you know why? Because eternal life is in His Son. Eternal life is not a thing outside of you like an object that can be passed from hands to hands. It is in God’s Son. That is why the following scriptures are so precious:
John 1:4 In Him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.
1 John 5:12 Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.


4 生命在他裡頭,這生命就是人的光。

12 人有了神的兒子,就有生命;沒有神的兒子,就沒有生命。


Since eternal life is in Jesus Christ, we possess eternal life by being inside Christ. That is why our Lord Jesus Christ taught us so vividly in the the following lesson in John 15:1-8.
The Vine and the Branches:
15 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2 He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. 3 You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. 4 Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. 6 If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. 7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8 This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.


15 「我是真葡萄樹,我父是栽培的人。 2 凡屬我不結果子的枝子,他就剪去;凡結果子的,他就修理乾淨,使枝子結果子更多。 3 現在你們因我講給你們的道,已經乾淨了。 4 你們要常在我裡面,我也常在你們裡面。枝子若不常在葡萄樹上,自己就不能結果子;你們若不常在我裡面,也是這樣。 5 我是葡萄樹,你們是枝子。常在我裡面的,我也常在他裡面,這人就多結果子;因為離了我,你們就不能做什麼。 6 人若不常在我裡面,就像枝子丟在外面枯乾,人拾起來扔在火裡燒了。 7 你們若常在我裡面,我的話也常在你們裡面,凡你們所願意的,祈求,就給你們成就。 8 你們多結果子,我父就因此得榮耀,你們也就是我的門徒了。


So eternal life is not an object you can receive outside of yourself, eternal life is in the person Jesus Christ. We can even say Jesus Christ is eternal life. Thus, we need to be in Him. Next obvious question is how can any believer be in Christ.


Let us listen to our Lord who loves us, each of His, to the end.

John 15:9-10:
9 “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 10 If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love.

9 「我愛你們,正如父愛我一樣,你們要常在我的愛裡。 10 你們若遵守我的命令,就常在我的愛裡,正如我遵守了我父的命令,常在他的愛裡。


May we truly love Him and obey His commandments and love each other for His glory!



Cherish 珍惜

In a confusing and disarraying political environment, ordinary people are wondering when the politicians are going to wake up to work on issues important to ordinary folks such as job, security, and medical insurance. To Christians, chaos in education system, anti-bible culture, and violence tendency cause great concerns to our society’s  prosperity and stability.


Looking at what happens across the world, it would appear that our society needs to return to our Creator to get assurance about where are we going? The Bible tells us there are no new things under the sun. This means that the problems we face are not new and were manifested in the human history many times in the past. 


One of the key issues is  that  a self-center, me-me-but-me attitude has permeated our cultures completely. Tolerance is just a popular political correct talk, not truly reflecting in basic courtesy towards each other in daily life. We do not need more pundits’ empty arguments or politicians’ political correct empty promises. 


Can we do something now to improve our sanity and our quality of life? There is one thing we can all do to benefit all. That is to take an attitude of “cherishing”. You may ask “Cherish what?”.


Cherish anything and everything around you. Let  us take a few examples;

To start with, how about cherishing someone close to you such as your love ones. This means using kind words toward them and appreciate them.


How about cherishing any kindness extended to us in our day to day encounters. You may say that most of people treating me harshly. If so, it will even nicer to extend thanks to a few good folks that treat us fairly.


Cherish our opportunity and good fortune to survive each day. In this regard, it may be good to share some quality time in the evening with some one we love, particularly, our kids.


Life is full of conflicts. Our societies are all very busy. How about cherishing our life today and enjoy a cup of tea, coffee, or hot water ourself to appreciate others that help us today!



I think that we got the picture. An attitude of cherishing will help us handle numerous encounters  with others in a day and will make our lives more enjoyable to us. Just remember the arrow of time can not be reversed. Let us cherish some “good fortunes” we have such as people, relationships, etc, before we lose them. 


As Christians, we need to cherish our Creator, our Redeemer, and our God who loves us to the end. We need to cherish our Lord Jesus Christ in whom is the source of life and  the grantor of our eternal life. As Christians, we need to love our neighbors as ourselves. Who are our neighbors? Are not they the people we encounter in our lives? 


May your life be enriched by this attitude of “cherishing” in your daily living.  The following are a few reminders from the Scripture for our edification and enjoyment:



A. 彼得前書 2:4-7

4 主乃活石,固然是被人所棄的,卻是被神所揀選、所寶貴的。 5 你們來到主面前,也就像活石,被建造成為靈宮,做聖潔的祭司,藉著耶穌基督奉獻神所悅納的靈祭。 6 因為經上說:「看哪,我把所揀選、所寶貴的房角石安放在錫安,信靠他的人必不至於羞愧。」 7 所以,他在你們信的人就為寶貴;在那不信的人有話說:「匠人所棄的石頭,已做了房角的頭塊石頭」,

1 Peter 2:4-7 

4 And coming to Him as to a living stone which has been rejected by men, but is choice and precious in the sight of God,

5 you also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 

6 For this is contained in Scripture:

“Behold, I lay in Zion a choice stone, a precious corner stone,
And he who believes in Him will not be disappointed.”
This precious value, then, is for you who believe; but for those who disbelieve,

“The stone which the builders rejected,
This became the very corner stone,

B. 1 John 2:5, “ but whoever keeps His word, in him the love of God has truly been perfected. By this we know that we are in Him.”
約翰一書2: 5,”5 凡遵守主道的,愛神的心在他裡面實在是完全的;從此,我們知道我們是在主裡面"。


C. James 1:27, “27 Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.”
雅各書1:27, "27 在神我們的父面前,那清潔沒有玷汙的虔誠就是看顧在患難中的孤兒寡婦,並且保守自己不沾染世俗"。


D. 1 Thessalonians 5:15-18, “15 See that no one repays another with evil for evil, but always seek after that which is good for one another and for all people. 16 Rejoice always; 17 pray without ceasing; 18 in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
帖撒羅尼迦前書5:15-18: 毋以惡報惡
15 你們要謹慎,無論是誰都不可以惡報惡。或是彼此相待,或是待眾人,常要追求良善。 16 要常常喜樂, 17 不住地禱告, 18 凡事謝恩,因為這是神在基督耶穌裡向你們所定的旨意。




Free will 自由意志

First of all, what is free will. Free will means to live according to individual’s will. To live means to deal with all matters related with life. So what is wrong with free will. Actually, there is nothing inherently wrong with free will because free will was part of God’s creation on all animal world including human being. However, when the free wills of individuals cause conflicts, then peaceful living becomes impossible for the world. So in order to keep peace, free wills of individuals are subject to societal laws. Furthermore, our Creator also sets the boundary for human free wills. In other word, mankind need to listen to God’s commandments.



We all know what it will become in a lawlessness society. In that society, evils of wicked men will rampage just as there is no justice for all in a  dictatorship regime. You may ask where the evil begins? Evil began when  a human being puts his/her will above the commandments of God. In other word just as Romans 1: 18-23 clearly state that evil began when men do not recognize God as God and elevated himself/herself as god in rebelling against their Creator.



God’s Wrath Against Sinful Humanity
18 The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, 19 since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.

18原來,神的憤怒從天上顯明在一切不虔不義的人身上,就是那些行不義阻擋真理的人。 19 神的事情人所能知道的,原顯明在人心裡,因為神已經給他們顯明。20自從造天地以來,神的永能和神性是明明可知的,雖是眼不能見,但藉著所造之物就可以曉得,叫人無可推諉。

21 For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles.


If you looks at the world carefully, you can see clearly that free wills of evil men and women are main causes for all the problems of the world. Here are a few examples:

1. crimes are committed by criminals in their wills against societal laws.
2. all wars are due to conflicts caused by  a country’s will against another country’s will.
3. divorce comes from conflicts of wills between husband and wife.


2.所有的戰爭,都是因為一個國家與另一個國家的意志有衝突而造成 。

We do not need any more examples. Just look at the conflicts in Middle East  and it will show you clearly the effects of evil wills. Since men have not be able to live peacefully throughout the human history, conflicts will remain with us in our age as well. You may ask what should we do then? We do need to return to our Creator. This means that we need to be taught by His truth as revealed by His word in the Bible. One thing we can do right away to improve our lives is to be aware of "how we exercise our wills". Just to admit the limitation of our will will be a great start in improving our relationship with others in our midst. More importantly we need to obey God’s commandments as revealed in the Bible. That is why our Lord Jesus Christ taught us to deny ourselves and follow Him.



Matthew 16:24
24 Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me.



That is why He preached repentance in Matthew 4:17
17 From that time Jesus began to preach and say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”




May we all hear the call of Jesus Christ: Repent! Deny ourselves and follow Him.




In Christ  在基督裡


As a Christian, we need to know who we are, where we stand in this world, what is our purpose in life, what is our mission,  where we are going, and who is our true strength. It is indeed mouthful to ask so many questions. But do you truly understand each of the above questions.



It is indeed a great blessing to be a Christian because we are blessed  without bounds to be children of  the Creator and Almighty God. The world does not conform to the biblical standard. In other words, the world does not know God and Jesus Christ sent by Him to save the lost. Thus, the world hates Jesus Christ and also Christians. That is why we are taught  in John 16:33,

" 33 These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.”

成為基督徒,確實是一個偉大的祝福。因為我們享有沒有界限的祝福,而成為創造者及全能上帝之孩子們。這世界沒有遵循聖經的準則。換句話說,世界不認識上帝和祂所差遣、來拯救迷失者的耶穌基督。因此,世界恨耶穌基督和基督徒。這就是為什麼在約翰福音16:33 說:
" 33 我將這些事告訴你們,是要叫你們在我裡面有平安。在世上你們有苦難,但你們可以放心,我已經勝了世界。"


Today, we know that Christians in some regions of the world are under severe prosecutions including cruelties, beheadings, discriminations, and evictions from home. Indeed, waves of refugees in the Middle East region testify to this grave situation. So all Christians should know that the world hates Jesus Christ and the world hates all Christians



Just as our Lord  instructed us in John 16:33 our way of peace is to be in Christ in dealing with the world. Of course, we need to know what in Christ means in practical living. In order to be in Christ, we need to know who He is and What He did and how much He loves us. To be in Christ is not by our feeling or our fancies but is of our faith. As you know, our faith in Christ has its contents of believing Jesus Christ as revealed in the Holy Scripture. This faith is handed down throughout  history from saints going back to the apostles  who were eye-witnesses of our Lord.

Just remember this truth and we need to contemplate it everyday—“ These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world”.  May all of us abide by our Lord teaching and His love all the days of our lives in this wicked world! Please read the Gospel of John; Chapters 13, 14, 15, 16, and 17 if you are confused or in doubt of understanding the questions posed in the first sentence of this article. May our merciful Lord bless us to serve Him joyfully and faithfully in our lives. In Jesus precious Name we pray, Amen.

我們要記住這個真理,而且要每天想到 這ㄧ真理,即是 “我將這些事告訴你們,是要叫你們在我裡面有平安。在世上你們有苦難,但你們可以放心,我已經勝了世界“。願我們所有的人,活在這邪惡世界的每一天,遵守我們主的教訓和生活在祂的愛裡!如果您在理解本文第一句中提出的問題、感到困惑或疑慮時,請閱讀約翰福音書第13至17章。願我們仁慈的主祝福我們,在我們的生活中、快樂而忠心地服侍祂。我們以耶穌寶貴的名、祈禱,阿們。



Lord Jesus Christ’s Teaching on life eternal             主耶穌基督對生命永生的教導


We all know that we are living in a postmodernism world which advocates relative truths and fake news bent by hidden narratives. In a world which is anti-Christ and anti-Bible, the believers of Jesus Christ shall understand what are the teachings of our Savior and Lord. The importance of this understanding can not be overemphasized because it is the Truth that sets us free. You may ask “ Set us free from what?”. Indeed, this is a great question. First of all, Truth sets us free from the falsehood of the world and  the schemes of the Deceiver Devil. More importantly, it sets us free from corruptions. It is important to note that the cost of corruptions are incalculable because it could cost our lives!



1. Life is the issue
So first thing first. If there was no life, nothing else matters. This is the mother of all issues of the world including everything from all-isms, wars, religions, jobs, marriage, feeding of  the poor, global commerce, politics, sex, drugs, power, welfare, education, sin, evil, death, righteourness, law, judgement, etc. Extension of life through any means (medicine or otherwise) has been the main undertaking of the human race since the beginning of time. Even in this modern world, amount of effort in seeking cures of illnesses is beyond comprehension.

1. 生命是關鍵
首先第一件事。如果沒有生命,其他的就毫無意義了。這是世界上所有問題的來源,包括所有各樣的“主義”,戰爭,宗教,工作, 婚姻,貧窮飢餓,全球商業,政治,性別,毒品,權力,福利,教育,犯罪,邪惡,死亡, 公義, 律法, 審判

Our Lord reminds us in Mark 8:36-37
36 For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world, and forfeit his soul? 37 For what will a man give in exchange for his soul?
Thus, before one loses oneself in all other issues such as any “isms” or movements. First, make sure that we settle the issue of life!



2. Finding a right path to life eternal in a postmodernism world is not an easy thing at all. Why? 


    (a) 2 Corinthians 4:4
4 in whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.


Just understanding what happens in the world about fake news and alternative truth in the main stream media and seeing how the pundits spin any issues in TV commentaries will give you a great answer. Christians should know how many times that we were misled by the world! Beware of “ who are your enemies?” 


    (b) Our Lord teaches us in Matthew 7:13-14,
The Narrow and Wide Gates
13 “Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. 14 For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.  







13「你們要進窄門。因為引到滅亡,那門是寬的,路是大的,進去的人也多; 14 引到永生,那門是窄的,路是小的,找著的人也少。


3.  What is the way to eternal life?
    (a) The Bible reveals this light in a dark world. 
John 14:6-7 
6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me. 7 If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; from now on you know Him, and have seen Him.”

    (b) Believe in Jesus Christ is how we receive eternal life.
John 3:35-36
35 The Father loves the Son and has given all things into His hand. 36 He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.”

(c) God shows us His Love for you and me
John 3:16-18
16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. 18 He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.



6耶穌說:「我就是道路、真理、生命。若不藉著我,沒有人能到父那裡去。 7你們若認識我,也就認識我的父。從今以後,你們認識他,並且已經看見他。」

35 父愛子,已將萬有交在他手裡。

16「神愛世人,甚至將他的獨生子賜給他們,叫一切信他的不致滅亡,反得永生。 17因為神差他的兒子降世,不是要定世人的罪,乃是要叫世人因他得救。 


4. What is eternal life and How can we enjoy it right now!
Please take it to our hearts dearly on our Lord’s teaching;
John 17:3
3 This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.

4. 什麼是永生,我們現在如何享受它!


May all of us see through all the fake news and alternative truth and find the narrow gate leading to life eternal through Jesus Christ our Lord. May each of us know God and Jesus Christ whom He have sent to save us and to commission us to do His work! In Jesus precious name, we pray.  Amen.




主恩救我                          樓鎧牧師
我罪沉重理應死, 主恩慈愛恕我命,
既蒙宏恩為主僕, 全心全身遵主令.
此生此世非屬我, 任主使喚循主聲,
粉身碎骨皆不惜, 仍仗救主垂洪恩.



***************************************************************  Trace of Time and Grace of God                                時間的痕跡與神的恩典


There is a general saying that time passes without compassion. Cold fact of time is that the arrow of time is always forward and cannot be reversed. This is clearly demonstrated in human history. We would like to comment on trace of time in serval examples.



First, there are many ruins in the world which clearly indicate the passing of great ancient civilizations or dynasties.  Examples are many including Pyramids in Egypt,  Great Wall in China, Sanctuary of Aphaia in Greece, and many other ruins which show ancient glories in the past. All those cultural artifacts display the trace of passing time in human history.


Secondly, our lives are also displaying the trace of time. Like ruins of the ancient civilizations, our bodies also show the effects of time of various deterioration of our bodily functions.


Physicists told us that the chaos of a system will increase as time passes unless  more energy is added to it. This situation was codified as the Second Law of Thermodynamics. In other word, chaos and death are unavoidable in this sinful and perverted world.


This is indeed the fundamental issue facing all mankind today and throughout human history. Many people seem to accept the aging process and evil of this world as a matter of life and just keep on going as best as they can. If we accept the evolution theory, then indeed we are doomed because there is no way out; no matter how hard we try through any means including medical research, self righteousness, and rationalization. If we believe in Christian creationism that God created us, some may ask why God permits this to happen. But if we study the Bible, we know that this was not so in the beginning. The world was created perfect and there was no death. Sin entered the world through Adam’s rebellion against his Creator and hence death occurs to all his descendants because all sinned. One may also ask: should not God come to rescue us since we are his creation. He must have compassion to His creation. Indeed, He is almighty and full of compassion to mankind. Throughout human history, He sent prophets, times and again, to warn man to repent away from the world's wicked ways. Man never learns from history and continues his evil ways. Finally. God sent His only begotten Son Jesus Christ to be a propitiation through faith in Jesus' blood for anyone who would receive Him as the personal Savior.
這的確是人類有史以來最大的議題。許多人好像認命地接受身體衰退過程與世界的邪惡,只好盡力生活下去。如果我們接受進化論,我們的確是無望的,因為不管我們怎樣努力包含醫學研究、個人修行、或理性圓說、都是徒勞無功的。如果我們相信上帝造人,許多人會問上帝怎麼可能讓罪惡橫行、死亡稱霸。然而,聖經告訴我們,起初並不是這樣的。起初上帝造人與造世界都是完美的! 罪是經由亞當背逆上帝而進入世界,死就臨到他的子孫,因為眾人都犯罪。也許有人會問,上帝的慈愛在那裏?難道祂不顧念,憐惜祂所創造的嗎?上帝的確是大有能力而且對人類是大有恩惠憐憫。在人類歷史上,祂多方多次派遣先知警告人要悔改歸正、放棄邪惡。最後,上帝派祂的獨生子耶穌基督作挽回祭 , 是憑著耶穌的血 ,藉著人的信,來拯救願意接受耶穌為個人救主的人。


If you are a keen observer of this world or as you grow old, you will deeply seek to find the Truth of this life and this world. We do not need philosophers or gurus to teach us. We all know that this is tied to the issue of eternal life. 



Two thousand years ago, God sent His beloved Son Jesus Christ to this earth to show mankind the way to eternal life. His proclamation of Heavenly Kingdom in Galilee has  echoed in many hearts throughout last 2000 years including our era. Here are a few Scripture verses that may help those still struggling in the issue.


Matthew 4:15-17 

15 The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, By the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles—
16 The people who were sitting in darkness saw a great Light,
And those who were sitting in the land and shadow of death,
Upon them a Light dawned.” * 17 From that time Jesus began to preach and say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”  

15 「西布倫地、拿弗他利地,就是沿海的路,約旦河外,外邦人的加利利地, 16 那坐在黑暗裡的百姓看見了大光,坐在死蔭之地的人有光發現照著他們。」17 從那時候,耶穌就傳起道來,說:「天國近了,你們應當悔改!」


The gospel of Jesus Christ has been preached particularly throughout the world in our age to anyone who wants to receive Him to obtain eternal life to escape the awful effect of the trace of time.

For those of us who are Christians, this was indeed the greatest gift from God to us who believe that God sent His Son Jesus Christ to save us. Not only  we can escape the grip of time in the future, but also  we can receive God grace in our time of needs.



For those of us who have a few or a lot of white hairs on our heads, we know by experience that life is full of uncertainties and afflictions as well. Just for this year(2016) alone, there are lots of tragedies including  Islam extremist terror attacks in Nice, France;  in Orlando, Florida; and in many places of the world. Put aside the terrorist attacks, life itself has enough difficulties and strifes that we truly need God’s grace to sustain us!


We therefore beseech you that Jesus Christ is indeed the great gift from God for anyone seeking very hard to escape the grip of the Second Law of Thermodynamics or the grip of Time. Please listen very carefully to Jesus proclamation on Heavenly Kingdom. Time is of essence to receive this great gift from Jesus Christ our Lord.


Meditate on the following John 1: 9-14:
9 There was the true Light which, coming into the world, enlightens every man. 10 He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. 11 He came to His own, and those who were His own did not receive Him. 12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, 13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. 14 And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.


9那光是真光,照亮一切生在世上的人。 10他在世界,世界也是藉著他造的,世界卻不認識他。 11他到自己的地方來,自己的人倒不接待他。 
13這等人不是從血氣生的,不是從情慾生的,也不是從人意生的,乃是從神生的。 14道成了肉身,住在我們中間,充充滿滿地有恩典有真理。我們也見過他的榮光,正是父獨生子的榮光。


If you are one of those “ as-of-matter-of-fact” straight forward persons, then receive the following:
16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. (John 3:16)
如果你是"實事求是",往前衝的人,請看看以下約翰福音 3:16:
16 「神愛世人,甚至將他的獨生子賜給他們,叫一切信他的不致滅亡,反得永生。

We sincerely hope that we shall all receive this True Light when it shines gracefully on us in this world darkened by sins and evils. May you be blessed  as the  psalmist proclaimed in this psalm:
Psalm 36:9      New King James Version (NKJV)

9 For with You is the fountain of life; In Your light we see light.


詩 篇 36:9





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An urgent warning in a chaotic world 亂世中的警語

John 16:7-11

7 But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the [a]Helper will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you. 8 And He, when He comes, will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment; 9 concerning sin, because they do not believe in Me; 10 and concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father and you no longer see Me; 11 and concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world has been judged.
約 翰 福 音 16:7-11

7 然 而 , 我 將 真 情 告 訴 你 們 , 我 去 是 與 你 們 有 益 的 ; 我 若 不 去 , 保 惠 師 就 不 到 你 們 這 裡 來 ; 我 若 去 , 就 差 他 來 。
8 他 既 來 了 , 就 要 叫 世 人 為 罪 、 為 義 、 為 審 判 , 自 己 責 備 自 己 。
9 為 罪 , 是 因 他 們 不 信 我 ;
10 為 義 , 是 因 我 往 父 那 裡 去 , 你 們 就 不 再 見 我 ;
11 為 審 判 , 是 因 這 世 界 的 王 受 了 審 判 。


When we drive over a road, we would like to have a road sign which warns us the coming road hazard condition. Similarly, in a modern living with so many competing conflicts, it is essential that we adhere to the warning messages to properly prepare for any potential dangerous situation. For example, tourists are warned to avoid the regions with ongoing arms conflicts.


According to the Holy Scripture, there is an end time coming that God will judge this perverted world.
In the end time, there will be wars, disorders, and very severe natural disasters that exceed those recorded in human history. Because of this warning, we at this website also want to alert you that evil things can not keep going without an end.

In a post modernism era like the one we live in, it appears that chaos prevail around the globe. It appears that wickedness rampages. All traditional societal values are questioned. Large social experiments are conducted with "everything goes" attitude and practice. Gender, religion, society order, marital system, and education are all subject to super chaotic experiments.  It is up to everybody to define truth,  justice, evil and good. 

在我們所生活的後現代主義的時代裡,可以看到全球、處處充滿混亂狀況。 似乎,邪惡正在狂暴橫行著。所有的傳統社會價值觀受到質疑。大型社會實驗、正以“順應萬事、隨波逐流”的態度和方法進行著。性別、宗教、社會秩序、婚姻系統和教育,都被投入這個超級混亂的實驗中。讓每個人來定義真理,正義,邪惡及善良。


According to main stream media, God is dead and there is no absolute truth in this world. Liberal politicians may still want to present themselves as holding some traditional values. But their policies and practices clearly show them to be anti-biblical and they do not recognize God.



But this is What God says:


1. There are absolutes in this world
    Romans 1:20-21
     For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. 21 For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened.

   1.   在這個世界上,絕對真理是存在的。


20 自從造天地以來,神的永能和神性是明明可知的,雖是眼不能見,但藉著所造之物就可以曉得,叫人無可推諉。 21 因為他們雖然知道神,卻不當做神榮耀他,也不感謝他,他們的思念變為虛妄,無知的心就昏暗了。


    God created this world. Order in universe, beauty in His creation, and the vastness of the universe all display His divine attributes. Of course, there are truths that are absolute. For example, the fact " you can recognize  at this moment that you exist " is an absolute. The fact that all human beings will die in this world is an absolute told by the Scripture in Romans 5:12
"12 Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned". You can test this truth yourself!


12 這就如罪是從一人入了世界,死又是從罪來的,於是死就臨到眾人,因為眾人都犯了罪。


 "Evils will end and judgment will surely come " is another absolute told by the Scripture:



Hebrews 9:27
27 And inasmuch as it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment,


27 按著定命,人人都有一死,死後且有審判;


2. Time is of essence for you to forsake the evil and wickedness in this world and accept the only human being savior Jesus Christ 
    Because of the horror of sin and its punishment, we plead with you to escape this very horrible judgment by accepting the gift of life from Jesus Christ because He died to pay the penalty of the sins of those who believe in Him. This is a tremendous grace from God: 

  John 3:16
16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.

Do it now tomorrow may not be yours!!


2. 在你放棄在這個世界上的邪惡,和接受耶穌基督為人類的唯一救主中的過程中,時間是重要因素。



16 「神愛世人,甚至將他的獨生子賜給他們,叫一切信他的不致滅亡,反得永生。




3. God is not dead.  God is Holy, Powerful, and indeed very Merciful and Compassionate to us humans. God is in control. All human history is indeed His story. Listen to God !!!


Revelation 1:8
8 “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”


Isaiah 45:5
“I am the Lord, and there is no other; Besides Me there is no God.
I will gird you, though you have not known Me;



8 主神說:「我是阿拉法,我是俄梅戛[a],是昔在、今在、以後永在的全能者。」



5 『我是耶和華,在我以外並沒有別神,除了我以外再沒有神。你雖不認識我,我必給你束腰,


4. Dedicated Service

Romans 12:1-2

12 Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.


4. 你 們 如 此 事 奉 乃 是 理 所 當 然 的

羅 馬 書 12:1-2

12 所 以 弟 兄 們 , 我 以 神 的 慈 悲 勸 你 們 , 將 身 體 獻 上 , 當 作 活 祭 , 是 聖 潔 的 , 是 神 所 喜 悅 的 ; 你 們 如 此 事 奉 乃 是 理 所 當 然 的 。
2 不 要 效 法 這 個 世 界 , 只 要 心 意 更 新 而 變 化 , 叫 你 們 察 驗 何 為 神 的 善 良 、 純 全 、 可 喜 悅 的 旨 意 。



Looking to the Infrastructural Things                                 顧念所不見的


"as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal."


2 Corinthians 4:18 




In a post modernism world, it appears that everything goes because there is no absolute standard on anything. Coupled this trend with information overflow, no wonder we are puzzled with so many events occurring in our world today. The world seems going awry in a fast pace life and there is no shortage of evil rampages all over the world. A key objective of the website is to remind our readers to return to our Creator through the Bible to seek His purpose in our lives. As our Lord Jesus Christ declares His first coming into this world more than 2000 years ago in John 10:10 to give us an abundant life, we sincerely hope that you may receive an abundant life through Him as well.


John 10:10 
"The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly."




約 翰 福 音 10:10

10 盜 賊 來 , 無 非 要 偷 竊 , 殺 害 , 毀 壞 ; 我 來 了 , 是 要 叫 羊 ( 或 作 : 人 ) 得 生 命 , 並 且 得 的 更 豐 盛 。


All of us may find it very beneficial to "slow down" once awhile in a fast pace world to reflect on our surrounding and our lives. We believe that listening to the Creator and His reminders should be a great rewarding way of obtaining light to live in this chaotic and darkened world.


John 12:35-36

35 So Jesus said to them, “For a little while longer the Light is among you. Walk while you have the Light, so that darkness will not overtake you; he who walks in the darkness does not know where he goes. 36 While you have the Light, believe in the Light, so that you may become sons of Light.” These things Jesus spoke, and He went away and hid Himself from them.



約 翰 福 音 12:35-36

35 耶 穌 對 他 們 說 : 光 在 你 們 中 間 還 有 不 多 的 時 候 , 應 當 趁 著 有 光 行 走 , 免 得 黑 暗 臨 到 你 們 ; 那 在 黑 暗 裡 行 走 的 , 不 知 道 往 何 處 去 。
36 你 們 應 當 趁 著 有 光 , 信 從 這 光 , 使 你 們 成 為 光 明 之 子 。 耶 穌 說 了 這 話 , 就 離 開 隱 藏 了 。 

Since we are in a mission of reminding all people regardless of race, gender, and nationality, it would be our great joy if you would route this website to your loved ones if you find the information herein beneficial or interesting to you.



Attached is a tree house picture to illustrate that infrastructural support is a very important part of any structure. Similarly, all good things come from our heavenly Father. Even each of our breaths is being sustained by our Lord Jesus Christ because



"For by Him all things are created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities--all things have been created by Him and for Him. And He is before all things and in Him all things hold together."  Colossians 1:16-17



因為萬有都是靠他造的,無論是天上的、地上的,能看見的、不能看見的,或是有位的、主治的、執政的、掌權的,一概都是藉著他造的,又是為他造的。他在萬有之先,萬有也靠他而立 ”              歌羅西書1:16-17


The invisible part is an essential part of the reality. As a matter of fact, the hiddened structural support determines much of the functional characteristics of a structure.  With this in mind, it is very important for us not just put all our effort in the visible world but as the Scripture reminds us



"If then you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth."  Colossians 3:1-2





所以,你們若真與基督一同復活,就當求在上面的事,那裡有基督坐在神的右邊。你們要思念上面的事,不要思念地上的事。” 歌羅西書31-2


Since heavens are the larger part of the reality, it is the purpose of this website to remind friends and truth seekers on the things above as revealed in the Holy Scripture. May our Lord Jesus Christ who is the same yesterday and today, yes and forever, bless all of us in our little ways to seek Him for His glory.







Seeking The Things Above         不知天上宮闕, 今夕是何年

水 調 歌 頭       蘇軾
明月幾時有? 把酒問青天。不知天上宮闕, 今夕是何年。
起舞弄清影,何似在人間? 轉朱閣,低綺戶,照無眠。


This is a famous ancient Chinese poetry about the sad acknowledgment of the finiteness of life, eventual passing of events in life, and hope of heavenly aspiration. It is indeed very interesting to observe that in human history, irregardless of cultures, political systems, and languages, men tend to look beyond the sad feeling of finiteness of this life for heavenly life.


Throughout human history, men tried everything to extend human life without success including the investment of billions of dollars in disease control and prevention in our time. Actually, the sooner we recognize our limitation and the lost cause of this world, the better we will come back to our Creator and place our ultimate trust in Jesus Christ our Lord. Death came along because of sin and without the atonement of the precious blood of Jesus Christ, there is indeed no hope for mankind.


We cannot but wonder ‘Does anyone think about this?’. You may ask ‘Think about what?’. Think about what we should do about this sad feeling of the finiteness of this life. We think that everyone does think about this; but probably will not do any good because there is nothing that we can do. That is probably why poets expressed this feeling in poetry in all cultures throughout history.

我們不能不懷疑“有人思考過這事嗎?” 你可能會問“想過什麼 ?”,要想我們為生命有限性引起的這種傷感、能做些什麼。我們認為,大家可能會想到,但不會有任何好方法,因為沒有什麼可以做的。這也許就是為什麼、歷史上全世界各種人文的詩人,在詩歌裡所表現出的相同感慨。


Actually, if you read the Bible carefully, you will find this is why our Creator came to save us. We should know that death was never the intent of God in His creation. You can read this in Genesis Chapter 1. Since we are in the generation of the baby boomers, there are many seniors in our midst. The issue of the finite life and imperfection of each and all human events and relationships is indeed overwhelming as we approach seniority of this age. Our experience confirmed time and again about uncertainty and futility of this world ranging from man-made terrorist events and natural disasters such as earthquakes and fires and floods happening so frequently in our time.


Against all this gloomy and hopeless situation, there is indeed a great salvation door opening for us to return to our Creator to enjoy eternal unceasing joyful fellowship with Him. That is why throughout human history, we have saints before us such as:


1. Abraham by faith, looked for the City of God in Hebrews 11:16.
2. Noah by faith built an ark to save his family as told in Hebrew 11:7.
3. Saint Paul by faith forsook the worldly things and sought Christ as his ultimate treasure as described in Philippians 3: 8-9.

16 他們卻羨慕一個更美的家鄉,就是在天上的。所以神被稱為他們的神,並不以為恥,因為他已經給他們預備了一座城。

7 挪亞因著信,既蒙神指示他未見的事,動了敬畏的心,預備了一隻方舟,使他全家得救;因此就定了那世代的罪,自己也承受了那從信而來的義。

3.聖保羅靠信心、離棄世俗的東西,並要求基督為他的終極寶藏,如腓立比書 3:8-9所描述:
8 我為他已經丟棄萬事,看做糞土,為要得著基督,9並且得以在他裡面,不是有自己因律法而得的義,乃是有信基督的義,就是因信神而來的義;但如此,我也將萬事當做有損的,因我以認識我主基督耶穌為至寶。


What so remarkable is and our confidence is as follows;
The Bible told us not just for the saints that are examples of righteous people, but also for sinners and the down and out people like the prostitute Rahab.  She also by faith obtained her salvation as described in Hebrews 11:31. Thus, the good news is that the door is open for anyone who will place his/her trust in Jesus Christ our Lord.



Indeed because of the hopelessness of the world, we entreat you to think about the things above as told in Colossians 3: 1-4.
3 所以,你們若真與基督一同復活,就當求在上面的事,那裡有基督坐在神的右邊。 2 你們要思念上面的事,不要思念地上的事, 3 因為你們已經死了,你們的生命與基督一同藏在神裡面。 4 基督是我們的生命,他顯現的時候,你們也要與他一同顯現在榮耀裡。


We close this encouragement with the hymn “O God, Our Help in Ages Past”:
我們用讚美詩 “上帝是人千古的保障”來結束這個勵志文:

O God, our help in ages past, 
our hope for years to come,
our shelter from the stormy blast,
and our eternal home:




Under the shadow of thy throne,
thy saints have dwelt secure;
sufficient is thine arm alone,
and our defense is sure.




Before the hills in order stood,
or earth received her frame,
from everlasting thou art God,

to endless years the same.


A thousand ages in thy sight
are like an evening gone;
short as the watch that ends the night
before the rising sun.
Time, like an ever-rolling stream,
bears all its sons away;
they fly, forgotten, as a dream
dies at the opening day.





O God, our help in ages past, 
our hope for years to come,
be thou our guide while troubles last,
and our eternal home! 



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Reminders... 提醒

Only God - Deut 6-4-5


以色列阿,你要聽!耶和華 ─ 我們神是獨一的主。

你要盡心, 盡性、盡力愛耶和華─你的神。(申6:4-5)





萬物都是藉著他有的, 我們也是藉著他有的。(歌林多前書 8:6)



Supremacy of Jesus Christ our Lord - Phil 2:9-11; Col 1:15-20

主耶穌的絕對優越性—無不口稱耶穌為主 (西 1:15-20)







Inerrancy of Holy Scripture Psalm 19:7-9, Matt 5:18

聖經的精確性(詩 19:7-9)

馬太福音 5:18







Glorious Cross of Our Lord Jesus Christ which demonstrates the love of God - John 3:16-18



叫一切信他的,不至滅亡,反得永生。 因為神差他的兒子降世,不是要定世人的罪,

乃是要叫世人因他得救。 信他的人,不被定罪;不信的人,罪已經定了,因為他不信神獨生子的名。

(約翰福音 3:16-18)


Obedience to God is much better than offering sacrifices - Hos 6:6




(何西阿書 6:6)


For I delight in loyalty 
 rather than sacrifice. 
And in the knowledge of 
God rather than burnt 

(Hos 6:6)



The righteous shall live by faith alone - Habbakuk 2:4

義人因信得生  迦勒底人自高自大,心不正直;惟義人因信得生。(哈巴谷書2:4)



Self-denial and be patient in enduring afflictions are the God's ways for us in following Jesus Christ our Lord - Matthew 16:24


(馬太福音 16:24)

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