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

Thanksgiving Holidays 感恩節假期

 

In 1620 a small ship called the MayFlower carrying pilgrims left Plymouth, England for “the New World” in the North American colony seeking religion freedom and prosperity. They landed at Cape Cod, Massachusetts. They went through a brutal winter and only half  of the original passengers and crew  of the Mayflower lived to see the New England spring.  In 1621, the Plymouth colonists shared an autumn harvest feast that is acknowledged today as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies. Thus, Thanksgiving holidays in United States are traditionally celebrated in the autumn, usually in the 4th Thursday of November, for the reunion of family to express their thanks to God for the year.

 

1620 年,一艘名為五月花號的小船載著朝聖者離開英國普利茅斯,前往北美殖民地的“新世界”,尋求宗教自由和繁榮。 他們抵達在馬薩諸塞州的科德角。 他們經歷了一個嚴冬,五月花號上只有一半的乘客和船員活著看到了新英格蘭的春天。 1621 年,普利茅斯的殖民者共享了一場秋收盛宴,今天被公認為是殖民地最早的感恩節慶祝活動之一。 因此,美國的感恩節傳統上在秋季慶祝,通常在 11 月的第 4 個星期四,讓家人團聚以表達他們對上帝一年的感謝。

 

As we approach the Thanksgiving of 2022,  we have even more to be thankful because we are at the end of a Covid-19 pandemic.  Many of Christians are bothered by the current trends of the world. As we approach the end time, it appears that the world becomes darker each day. In the era of degeneration, there are no lack of opinions. Indeed, the world lacks people who are thankful. People may ask: “Thankful for what?”. Come to think of it: this is indeed the central issue! 
 

隨著 2022 年感恩節臨近,我們更要感恩,因為我們處於全球性的 Covid-19 大流行之尾聲。許多基督徒對世界的當前趨勢感到困擾。 當我們接近末日時,世界似乎一天比一天黑暗。 在墮落的時代裡,不乏人的意見。 的確,這個世界缺少感恩的人。 人們可能會問:“感謝什麼?”。 想一想:缺乏感恩確實是人的中心問題!

 

Listed below are a few examples to reminder us.
1. If you are not thankful for your children as the gifts of God to you, you will not cherish your kids.
2. If you are not thankful for your marriage, you will not cherish your spouse which in turn causes unhappiness in home.
3. If you are not thankful for your life which flows from God, you will not be truly happy in the world and joyful in the Lord despite afflictions.


下面列出了一些提醒我們的例子。
1. 如果你不感謝你的孩子是上帝給你的禮物,你就不會珍惜你的孩子。
2. 如果你不感恩你的婚姻,你就不會珍惜你的配偶,從而導致家庭不快樂。
3. 如果你不感謝你從神而來的生命,你就不會在世界上真正快樂,儘管有苦難,你也不會在主裡真正快樂。

 

Actually, the Bible clearly teaches that unthankfulness turns people to  become self arrogant and sinful because they do not respect God, let alone thankfulness to God.
Romans 1:  18-23
God’s Wrath on Unrighteousness
18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, 19 because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. 20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, 21 because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Professing to be wise, they became fools, 23 and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man—and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things.

 

事實上,聖經清楚地教導說,不感恩會使人變得自負和犯罪,因為他們不尊重上帝,更不用說感謝上帝了。
羅馬書 1:18-23
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 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, 23 將不能朽壞之神的榮耀變為偶像,彷彿必朽壞的人和飛禽、走獸、昆蟲的樣式。

 

Thus, let each of us do our part to be thankful for God and thankful for each other, now and evermore! Then, individually  we will have a joyful living and collectively a better world!
We also need to pray for this country of USA that she will, based upon the grace of God, sustain the attacks of the evil world and continuously, be a lighting tower of hope for millions of millions of the ordinary people of the world. May God bless the USA from sea to  shining sea!


因此,讓我們每個人都儘自己的一份力量隨時隨地來感謝上帝,也感謝彼此! 然後,我們個人將擁有 快樂的生活,也共同擁有一個更美好的世界!我們也要為美國這個國家祈禱,她將基於上帝的恩典,經受住邪惡世界的攻擊,成為世界上千千万万的普通人的明亮希望燈塔。 願上帝處處保佑美國!

 

 

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混亂的世代

 

在這些日子裡,許多人感到沮喪。 顯然,個人可能會因不同的事情而感到沮喪。 許多人認為一個社會應該處於某種常態,即使一個社會的個別成員可能處於混亂狀態。 但是,在過去的一百年中,情況可能並非如此,因為整個世界總是在某個地方發生衝突,並且從未完全和平。
 

在我們日常的混亂和挫折中,所有人都應該學會以理智的方式生活,這一點非常重要。 為什麼? 因為對於我們的身心健康至關重要的是,我們學會不被社會事件完全淹沒。
 

以下一些觀察應該會有所幫助:
1. 社會的政治制度和經濟狀況將對我們的生活產生重大影響。 選舉有其後果,領導人有其權力。
2. 沒有人比你自己更了解你的問題。 沒有人能比你自己更有效地幫助你。
3. 每個人都只有非常有限的資源,所以我們只能影響自己的生活,但對我們的社會問題改變的力量很有限。儘管如此,我們仍然需要大聲反對這個時代的邪惡,特別是針對孤兒寡婦和少數群體的邪惡。

4. 挫折有很多方面,包括但不限於:政治、工作、情感、健康問題、性、金錢和權力等。

 

由於我們相信所有人都是由無限的上帝創造的,除非我們與我們的造物主建立健康的關係,否則人類無法與自己,和與他人和平相處。 你可能會問為什麼會這樣! 因為所有的混亂都與兩個主要問題有關:生活問題和生命問題。 生活的問題受到人和環境的影響,如衣食住行等。生命的問題與死亡和永生有關。 因此,世界上的大多數問題在根本上,都與社會對造物主的全面拒絕及其後果有關。

 

因此,以下來自聖經的指導會有所幫助:

儘管您有時可能對包括您自己在內的許多事情產生懷疑,但上帝始終在在管控一切,包括歷史在內。 就像太陽每天都會升起一樣,即使我們可能因為天氣或挫折而看不到它。

 

* 應當一無掛慮: 腓立比書 4:4-7, 4 你們要靠主常常喜樂,我再說,你們要喜樂! 5 當叫眾人知道你們謙讓的心。主已經近了。 6 應當一無掛慮,只要凡事藉著禱告、祈求和感謝,將你們所要的告訴神。 7 神所賜出人意外的平安,必在基督耶穌裡保守你們的心懷意念。
* 不要為明天憂慮: 馬太福音 6:31-34, 31 所以,不要憂慮說吃什麼、喝什麼、穿什麼。 32 這都是外邦人所求的。你們需用的這一切東西,你們的天父是知道的。 33 你們要先求他的國和他的義,這些東西都要加給你們了。 34 所以,不要為明天憂慮,因為明天自有明天的憂慮。一天的難處一天當就夠了。
* 愛惜光陰: 以弗所書 5:15-18, 15 你們要謹慎行事,不要像愚昧人,當像智慧人。 16 要愛惜光陰,因為現今的世代邪惡。 17 不要做糊塗人,要明白主的旨意如何。 18 不要醉酒,酒能使人放蕩;乃要被聖靈充滿。
* 不要信靠我們自己。 寧可信靠我們的主耶穌基督,我們信心的創始成終者: 提摩太後書 1:12, 12 為這緣故,我也受這些苦難,然而我不以為恥,因為知道我所信的是誰,也深信他能保全我所交付他的,直到那日。

 

 

The Age in Chaos

 

Many people are frustrated in these days. Obviously, individuals may be frustrated by different things. Many people regard that a society should be in some sort of normalcy even individual members of a society may be in chaos. However, this may not be the case in the age of the last hundred years because the whole world is always in conflicts somewhere and has never completely in peace.

 

It is very important that all should learn to live in a sane manner among our daily chaos and frustrations. Why? because it is crucial to our physical and spiritual well-beings that we learn not to be totally overwhelmed by the events in our society. 

 

The following  few observations should be helpful:
1. Political system and economical situation in our individual society will have major impacts to our lives. Election has its consequences and leaders have their ways.
2. No one knows your problems better than yourself. No one can be more effective to help you than yourself.
3. Each of us has only  very limited resources so we can only influence our own lives but has  very limited power to our societal problems. Nevertheless, we must speak out against all evils particularly towards orphans, widows, and minorities.
4. Frustrations have many aspects including but not limited to:  political, work, emotional, health issues, sex, money, and power etc.

 

Since we believe that all human beings are created by the infinite God, mankind cannot be in peace with oneself and with others unless we have a healthy relationship with our Creator. You may ask why so! Because all chaos are related to two main issues: the issues of living and the issues of life. Issues of living are influenced by people and environment such as food, clothing, and living conditions, etc. Issues of life are related to death and eternal life. Thus, most of the problems of the world are in a foundational manner  related to the wholesale societal rejection of the Creator and its consequences.

 

So the following guidance from the Bible shall help:

Although you may sometimes have doubts on many things including yourself, God is always in control including history. Just like the sun rises every day even though we may not see it because of the weather or our frustrations. 

 

* Do not be anxious about anything; Philippians 4:4-7, 4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
* Do not worry about tomorrow: Matthew 6:31-34, 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
* Wisely use your time: Ephesians 5:15-18, 15 Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. 18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit,
* Do not trust ourselves. Rather trust our Lord Jesus Christ, the author and finisher of our faith. 2 Timothy 1:12, 12 That is why I am suffering as I am. Yet this is no cause for shame, because I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him until that day.

 

 

 

 

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蒙福之道
登山訓眾論福
5 耶穌看見這許多的人,就上了山,既已坐下,門徒到他跟前來, 2 他就開口教訓他們,說: 3 「虛心的人有福了!因為天國是他們的。 4 哀慟的人有福了!因為他們必得安慰。 5 溫柔的人有福了!因為他們必承受地土。 6 飢渴慕義的人有福了!因為他們必得飽足。 7 憐恤人的人有福了!因為他們必蒙憐恤。 8 清心的人有福了!因為他們必得見神。 9 使人和睦的人有福了!因為他們必稱為神的兒子。 10 為義受逼迫的人有福了!因為天國是他們的。 11 人若因我辱罵你們,逼迫你們,捏造各樣壞話毀謗你們,你們就有福了。 12 應當歡喜快樂,因為你們在天上的賞賜是大的。在你們以前的先知,人也是這樣逼迫他們。

沉思什麼的例子?
誰是精神上的窮人?
誰是哀悼者,他們哀悼什麼?
誰是溫順的?
什麼是正義?
什麼是純潔的心?
和平締造者和妥協者有什麼區別?

 

The Way to a Blessed Living
The Beatitudes
And seeing the multitudes, He went up on a mountain, and when He was seated His disciples came to Him. 2 Then He opened His mouth and taught them, saying:
3 Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 Blessed are those who mourn, For they shall be comforted.
5 Blessed are the meek, For they shall inherit the [a]earth.
6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled.
7 Blessed are the merciful, For they shall obtain mercy.
8 Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God.
9 Blessed are the peacemakers, For they shall be called sons of God.
10 Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11 Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. 
12 Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

Example of what to meditate?
Who are the poor in spirit?
Who are those who mourn and what are they mourn about?
Who are the meek?
What are righteousness?
What is on the pure heart?
What is the difference between peacemaker and compromiser?

 

 

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A Timely Reminder from Our Lord Jesus Christ                               來自我們主耶穌基督的及時提醒

 

Matthew 6:31-34
31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

馬太福音 6:31-34
31 所以,不要憂慮說吃什麼、喝什麼、穿什麼。 32 這都是外邦人所求的。你們需用的這一切東西,你們的天父是知道的。 33 你們要先求他的國和他的義,這些東西都要加給你們了。 34 所以,不要為明天憂慮,因為明天自有明天的憂慮。一天的難處一天當就夠了。

 

In the 21th Century,  daily living pace is rush, rush, and rush. We also live in the era of evil and wickedness. All Christians should learn this reminder well and should place our trust on our Lord and not on ourselves.
在這21世紀,日常生活節奏是匆忙,匆忙,再匆忙。 我們也生活在邪惡的時代。 所有基督徒都應該好好學習這個提醒,應該依靠我們的主,而不是我們自己。

 

We should learn from the Bible. the following are a few examples:
我們應該學習聖經。 以下是幾個例子:

 

* Philippians 4:4-7
4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

腓立比書 4:4-7
門徒當在主裡喜樂
4 你們要靠主常常喜樂,我再說,你們要喜樂! 5 當叫眾人知道你們謙讓的心。主已經近了。 6 應當一無掛慮,只要凡事藉著禱告、祈求和感謝,將你們所要的告訴神。 7 神所賜出人意外的平安,必在基督耶穌裡保守你們的心懷意念。

 

* Matthew 4:4
4 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”

馬太福音 4:4
4 耶穌卻回答說:「經上記著說:『人活著不是單靠食物,乃是靠神口裡所出的一切話。』」

 

* 1 Thessalonians 5:15-24
15 Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else.
16 Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
19 Do not quench the Spirit. 20 Do not treat prophecies with contempt 21 but test them all; hold on to what is good, 22 reject every kind of evil. 23 May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24 The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it.

帖撒羅尼迦前書 5:15-24

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。 19 不要消滅聖靈的感動, 20 不要藐視先知的講論。 21 但要凡事察驗,善美的要持守, 22 各樣的惡事要禁戒不做。
23 願賜平安的神親自使你們全然成聖!又願你們的靈與魂與身子得蒙保守,在我們主耶穌基督降臨的時候完全無可指摘! 24 那召你們的本是信實的,他必成就這事。

 

* Galatians 5:19-26
19 The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.

加拉太書 5:19-26
19 情慾的事都是顯而易見的,就如姦淫、汙穢、邪蕩、 20 拜偶像、邪術、仇恨、爭競、忌恨、惱怒、結黨、紛爭、異端、 21 嫉妒、醉酒、荒宴等類。我從前告訴你們,現在又告訴你們:行這樣事的人必不能承受神的國。 22 聖靈所結的果子,就是仁愛、喜樂、和平、忍耐、恩慈、良善、信實、 23 溫柔、節制;這樣的事沒有律法禁止。 24 凡屬基督耶穌的人,是已經把肉體連肉體的邪情私慾同釘在十字架上了。25 我們若是靠聖靈得生,就當靠聖靈行事。 26 不要貪圖虛名,彼此惹氣,互相嫉妒。

 

* 1 Timothy 6:17-19
17 Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. 18 Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. 19 In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.

提摩太前書 6:17-19
勸人在好事上富足
17 你要囑咐那些今世富足的人,不要自高,也不要倚靠無定的錢財,只要倚靠那厚賜百物給我們享受的神。 18 又要囑咐他們行善,在好事上富足,甘心施捨,樂意供給人, 19 為自己積成美好的根基,預備將來,叫他們持定那真正的生命。

Means of Grace(Part 2)

 

I. Why This Reminder?

God bestows His grace to all. Some are called general grace such as sunlights, water, and air to all. For those who believes Him through His beloved Son Jesus Christ, God bestows His particular grace such as the gift of indwelling Holy Spirit to the hearts of believers.

Although God is sovereign and can bless anyone as He pleases, He also ordains means of grace as the ways His people should practice and wait on Him and wait for His grace. Thus, a clear understanding of His means of Grace will help us greatly in our spiritual growth in the likeliness of our Lord Jesus Christ and be profitable in peace and joy living of our lives in this evil and chaotic world.

 

恩典的方式(2)

I. 為什麼這個提醒?

上帝將祂的恩典賜給所有人。 有些被稱為普遍的恩典,例如對所有人的陽光、水和空氣。 對於那些通過他的愛子耶穌基督相信他的人,神將他特別的恩典,例如內住的聖靈賜予信徒的心。

雖然上帝是至高無上的,可以隨心所欲地祝福任何人,但他也規定了上帝的方式,作為他的子民應該實行的方式,等待他,等待他的恩典。 因此,清楚地了解他的施恩方式,將極大地幫助我們在靈性上成長為我們的主耶穌基督的樣式,並在這個邪惡和混亂的世界中平靜快樂地生活。

 

II. What are means of grace?

First, grace is the unmerited divine favor in the salvation of sinners, and for their regeneration and sanctification.
Second, means of grace are divine ordained way/means/manner that should be practices to wait on God and wait for His grace.

The main means of grace are prayer, bible studying and meditating, and receiving of the Lord’s Supper.

II. 什麼是恩典的方式?

首先,恩典是神將人不配得的恩惠給予人,是在罪人得救、重生和成聖方面的不配得的恩惠。
其次,施恩的方式是神所命定的方法,是信徒實踐等候神,等候祂恩典的方法。

蒙恩的主要方式是祈禱、研讀聖經和默想,以及領受聖餐。

 

III. How to practice the means of grace?

Means of grace should be carried out with reverent to God, with fear of the Lord, and with humility always. 

 

Philippians 4:6-7
6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

 

1 Thessalonians 5:16-22
16 Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
19 Do not quench the Spirit. 20 Do not treat prophecies with contempt 21 but test them all; hold on to what is good, 22 reject every kind of evil.

 

Be careful that means of grace is a means and do not confuse with its goals.

Always remember that Our Lord Jesus Christ is our ultimate Means and Goal.

 

2 Thessalonians 1:11-12
11 With this in mind, we constantly pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling, and that by his power he may bring to fruition your every desire for goodness and your every deed prompted by faith. 12 We pray this so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.

John 3:16
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.

John 14:6
6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

III. 如何實踐施恩之道?

首先,施恩的方法應該敬畏上帝,敬畏主,並始終謙卑自己。

 

腓立比書 4:6-7
6 應當一無掛慮,只要凡事藉著禱告、祈求和感謝,將你們所要的告訴神。 7 神所賜出人意外的平安,必在基督耶穌裡保守你們的心懷意念。

 

帖撒羅尼迦前書 5:16-22
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。 19 不要消滅聖靈的感動, 20 不要藐視先知的講論。 21 但要凡事察驗,善美的要持守, 22 各樣的惡事要禁戒不做。

 

請注意,恩典之道是一種手段,不要與它的目標混淆。

永遠記住,我們的主耶穌基督是我們最終的手段和目標。

 

帖撒羅尼迦後書 1:11-12, 主在門徒身上得榮耀之名
11 因此,我們常為你們禱告,願我們的神看你們配得過所蒙的召,又用大能成就你們一切所羨慕的良善和一切因信心所做的工夫, 12 叫我們主耶穌的名在你們身上得榮耀,你們也在他身上得榮耀,都照著我們的神並主耶穌基督的恩。

 

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。

 

約翰福音 14:6, 主為道路真理生命
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。

Ephesians 5:15-20, Walk in Wisdom
15 See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, 16 redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
17 Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is. 18 And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit, 19 speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, 20 giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,

 

以弗所書 5:15-20 , 愛惜光陰
15 你們要謹慎行事,不要像愚昧人,當像智慧人。 16 要愛惜光陰,因為現今的世代邪惡。 17 不要做糊塗人,要明白主的旨意如何。 18 不要醉酒,酒能使人放蕩;乃要被聖靈充滿。 19 當用詩章、頌詞、靈歌彼此對說,口唱心和地讚美主。 20 凡事要奉我們主耶穌基督的名常常感謝父神。

All of us are under great stress due to on-going Covid pandemic plus high inflations of gasoline, food and daily need commodities. Furthermore, violence and evil deeds reflect that the world is rapidly deteriorating towards  lawless living conditions.
由於持續的 Covid 大流行以及汽油、食品和日常所需商品的高通脹,我們所有人都承受著巨大的壓力。 此外,暴力和惡行反映了世界正在迅速惡化為無法無天的生活條件。

 

What to live and How to live are indeed becoming a huge concern of many people.

Ephesians 5:15-20 gives us a practical guidance. We may ask why watch where and how to use our limited time is so important in an evil time. 
1. News Information available  is being biased and controlled.
2. Surfing on Internet is indeed a waste of time mostly.
3. We truly need our minds renewed each day by the Holy Spirit to be able to know what is true or deception. We may ask how does our minds are renewed? Pray a lot and get close to our Lord on our knees are a must.
4. We definitely need the peace of our Lord Jesus Christ. We need to ask our heavenly Father for the wisdom in Christ to live peacefully and joyful in this age.
5. Learn to practice loving our Mighty God with all of hearts, minds, and strength. And obey our Lord’s commands to love our brothers and sisters and do good to people.

怎麼活,怎樣活,確實成為了很多人非常關心的問題。以弗所書 5:15-20 給了我們一個實際的指導。 我們可能會問,為什麼在一個邪惡的時代,注意在哪里以及如何使用我們有限的時間如此重要。
1. 新聞 可用信息受到偏見和控制。
2. 花時間在互聯網上確實是浪費時間。
3. 我們真的需要每天被聖靈更新我們的思想,才能知道什麼是真實的或欺騙的。 我們可能會問,我們的心思如何更新? 多多禱告,跪下親近我們的主是必須的。
4. 我們絕對需要主耶穌基督的平安。 我們需要向我們的天父祈求基督的智慧,讓我們在這個時代平安快樂地生活。
5. 學習練習全心全意地愛我們全能的上帝。 並遵守我們主的命令,愛我們的兄弟姐妹,為人做好事。

 

Do practice Philippians 4:6-7, “6 Be anxious for nothing, 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 minds through Christ Jesus.”
實踐腓立比書 4:6-7,“6 應當一無掛慮,只要凡事藉著禱告、祈求和感謝,將你們所要的告訴神; 7 神所賜出人意外的平安,必藉著基督耶穌保守你們的心懷意念。”

If we center at us: We will be worry, miserable, and stressed up. However, If we looks at our Lord Jesus Christ who is of infinitely worthy and of infinitely glory and who loves us infinitely even to die for you and me. We will be renewed to praise Him always and rejoice in Him always, Amen!
如果我們以自己為中心:我們會擔心、痛苦和壓力大。 然而,如果我們仰望我們的主耶穌基督,他是無限配稱、無限榮耀、無限愛我們,甚至為你我而死。 我們將得到更新,永遠讚美祂,永遠以祂為樂,阿門!

我們日用的飲食,今日賜給我們。
 

馬太福音 6:9-13, 主訓人的禱告
9 「所以,你們禱告要這樣說:『我們在天上的父,願人都尊你的名為聖, 10 願你的國降臨,願你的旨意行在地上,如同行在天上。 11 我們日用的飲食,今日賜給我們。 12 免我們的債,如同我們免了人的債。 13 不叫我們遇見試探,救我們脫離凶惡。因為國度、權柄、榮耀,全是你的,直到永遠。阿們。』

 

作為神的兒女,我們需要每天吃天父所提供的食物,才能長成基督的樣式。 我們的主在馬太福音 4 章 4 節中教導說,“4 耶穌回答說:“經上記著:‘人活著,不是單靠食物,乃是靠神口裡所出的一切話。’”因此,我們每天的食物不僅 有物質的麵包,也有屬靈的米飯,就是聖經中神的話。

 

我們都知道,我們生活在一個腐敗邪惡的世界裡,我們每天都在這個世界上很容易被污染。 我們還記得,在約翰福音第 17 章,大祭司的禱告中,我們的主向天父祈求:“17 用真理使他們成聖; 你的話就是真理”。 因此,很明顯,每天默想神的話是我們日常飲食的關鍵成分。

 

鑑於這個教導,我們建議每天至少要有一節或多節經文和一些要點在我們的心裡默想。 例如,

 

示例 1 :  約翰福音 1:1-5
1 太初有道,道與神同在,道就是神。 2 這道太初與神同在。 3 萬物是藉著
造的;凡被造的,沒有一樣不是藉著造的。 4 生命在裡頭,這生命就是人的光。 5 光照在黑暗裡,黑暗卻不接受光。

I.A. 白天心裡默想/反思的要點
1. 聖經上記著的"道",是一個充滿智慧和生命的人。 與西方的哲學智慧或東方的道有很大的不同,東方的道是所有智慧的知識。
2. 這個世界是由
祂、創造的,並由維持。 我總是對維持宇宙所需的力量感到驚訝並不斷感到驚訝。
3. 第 4 節需要大量安靜的反思。 全人類都需要在祂裡面的生命,沒有那生命,人就會在黑暗中:這是多麼準確地描繪當前世界形勢的方式。
4. — — —

 

示例 2羅馬書 12:1-2, 獻己於主當做活祭
12 所以弟兄們,我以神的慈悲勸你們,將身體獻上,當做活祭,是聖潔的,是神所喜悅的,你們如此侍奉乃是理所當然的。 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。

II.A. 白天心裡默想/反思的要點
1. 為什麼要獻上我們的身體作為活祭? 請閱讀羅馬書 7 和 8
 章。特別是 7:18、7:24-25、8:5-6、8:12-13。
2. 不要效法這個世界,世界的格局是什麼? 見約翰一書 2:15-17。 權力、金錢、性和謊言是世界的模式。 當心互聯網色情的致命腐敗!
3. 更新我們的心思的主要方法是什麼? 藉著聖靈開啟神的話在我們心裡的啟迪。。
4. 上帝對我們每個人的旨意是什麼?
5. — — — —
願我們每一個人,作為神的兒女,都有分於神的性情,得到慈愛的神每日賜給我們的食物的滋養,成為我們主的公義工具,榮耀

 

 

Give us today our daily bread

 

Matthew 6:9-13

9 “This, then, is how you should pray: 
“‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name,
10 your kingdom come, your will be done,
    on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us today our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation,  but deliver us from the evil one.’

 

As children of God, we need to eat our daily bread provided by our heavenly Father to grow in Christ’s likeness. Our Lord taught that in Matthew 4:4, “4 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” Thus, our daily bread not only has material bread but also has spiritual bread which is God’s words in the bible.

 

We all know that we are living in a corrupt and evil world and we are easily contaminated each day in this world. We also remember that in John 17, the High Priestly prayer, our Lord asked the Father “17 Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth”. Thus, it is clear that daily meditation of God’s words is a key ingredient of our daily bread.

 

In view of this teaching, we would like to suggest that each day we should have at least a bible verse or verses and a few points to meditate in our heart.  Two examples follow:

 

EXAMPLE I -  John 1:1-5, The Word Became Flesh, 
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

 

I.A  Key points to meditate/reflect during the day
1. The Word is a person embodied with all wisdom and life. There is a great difference from the western philosophical wisdom or eastern Tao which is the knowledge of all wisdom.
2. This world was created by Him, for Him, and is being maintained by Him. I was always amazed and continuously amazed by the power required to maintain the universe.
3. Verse 4 required lots of quiet reflection. All mankind need the life in Him and with that life, men will be in darkness: what an accurate way of portraying the current world situation.
4. ———

 

EXAMPLE II -  Romans 12:1-2. Romans 12:1-2, A Living Sacrifice
12 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

 

II.A  Key points to meditate/reflect during the day
1. Why offer our bodies as living sacrifice? Please read Romans 7 and 8. Particularly, 7:18, 24-25, 8: 5-6, 8:12-13.
2. What are the patterns of the world? See 1 John 2:15-17. Power, money, sex, and lies are the patterns of the world. Watch out for the deadly corruptions of the pornography in the internet! 
3. What are the main ways of renewing our mind? By the enlightenment of God’s words  in our hearts by the Holy Spirit.
4. What are the God’s wills for each of us?

— — — 

May all of us, as children of God, partake divine nature and are nourished by the daily bread provided to us by our merciful God, so that we can be a tool of righteousness used by our Lord for His glory!

我們的屬靈成長

 

我們基督徒的屬靈成長取決於“我們如何接受我們的主耶穌基督?”。 換句話說,耶穌基督在我們的日常生活中是如何重要! 以下是我們可以檢查自己的一些事情。

1. 今天我想到耶穌基督是我的主嗎?
2. 或者這些天我太忙了,以至於我在日常交往中很少想到耶穌基督。
3. 我每天或每週或每月或偶爾學習或冥想聖經經文嗎?

 

如果我們離主這麼遠,我們應該認真地質疑自己是否真正的信主和真正的悔改。 我們可能會進一步問自己,是什麼事情/人/罪阻礙了我們與主的真正幸福。

我的主對我來說是最寶貴的嗎? 主耶穌是我生命的中心嗎?

 

馬太福音 7:21-23
21 凡稱呼我『主啊,主啊』的人不能都進天國,唯獨遵行我天父旨意的人才能進去。 22 當那日,必有許多人對我說:『主啊,主啊,我們不是奉你的名傳道,奉你的名趕鬼,奉你的名行許多異能嗎?』 23 我就明明地告訴他們說:『我從來不認識你們。你們這些作惡的人,離開我去吧!』

 

作為基督徒,我們要堅信上帝永遠愛我們。 此外,我們的主愛我們到底。 因此,我們應該要盡心, 盡性、盡力來愛他。 我們要提醒自己,我們的力量確實微乎其微。 因此,我們應該一直祈禱,祈求上帝賜給我們智慧,讓我們完全依靠我們的主,而不是我們自己。

在我們的日常活動中,讓我們定睛在我們信心創始成終的主身上。

 

希伯來書 12:1-4, 主所愛的他必管教
12:1 我們既有這許多的見證人,如同雲彩圍著我們,就當放下各樣的重擔,脫去容易纏累我們的罪,存心忍耐,奔那擺在我們前頭的路程, 2 仰望為我們信心創始成終的耶穌。他因那擺在前面的喜樂,就輕看羞辱,忍受了十字架的苦難,便坐在神寶座的右邊。 3 那忍受罪人這樣頂撞的,你們要思想,免得疲倦灰心。 4 你們與罪惡相爭,還沒有抵擋到流血的地步。

 

為了我們的屬靈成長,我們只需要愛我們的主並每天跟隨他!

 

 

Our Spiritual Growth

 

Our Christian spiritual growth depends upon “how we receive our Lord Jesus Christ?”. In other words, how important is Jesus Christ in our daily life! Here are a few things that we can examine ourselves. 

1. Do I think of Jesus Christ as my Lord today? 
2. Or I was so busy these days that I seldom think of Jesus Christ in my daily dealings.
3. Do I study or meditate the Bible verses daily or weekly or monthly or occasionally?

 

If we are wandering so far away from the Lord, we should seriously question ourselves about genuine of our faith and true repentance. We may further ask ourselves what things/persons/sins which causes this hindrance to our true happiness with our Lord.

 

Is my Lord most precious to me? Is my Lord the center of my life? 

Matthew 7:21-23, True and False Disciples
21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ 23 Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’

 

As a Christian, we shall firmly believe that God loves us always. Furthermore, our Lord loves us to the end. Thus, we should love Him with our heart, mind, and strength. We shall remind ourselves that we are indeed with little strength. Thus we should pray all the time asking God to give us wisdom to fully rely upon our Lord and not ourselves.

 

In our daily activities, let us fix our eyes on our Lord who is the  author and finisher of our faith.

Hebrews 12:1-4, The Race of Faith
12:1  Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 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.

 

For our spiritual growth, we just need to love our Lord and follow Him daily!

恩典的渠道(1)

 

我們都知道,每一件美好而完美的禮物都來自我們的天父。 見雅各書 1:17, “ 17 各樣美善的恩賜和各樣全備的賞賜都是從上頭來的,從眾光之父那裡降下來的,在他並沒有改變,也沒有轉動的影兒”。

 

理解上帝將恩典賜給每個人的渠道是非常重要的。 我們接受神恩典的施恩方式確實是多種多樣的,也因人而異,因時而異。

 

我們是祂的工作。 令人驚奇的是,我們每個人都被我們的主潔淨、塑造、和工作,在主的知識和對神的愛中成長成熟。

 

我們應該知道,有那些施恩的方法可以將祂的恩典引導給我們。 它們包括不斷的禱告、研讀和默想神的話,以及領受聖餐。正如約翰衛斯理所指出的,我們日常生活的目的不僅是為我和我的家人提供所需的東西,而是在所有事情上取悅上帝。 我們處理日常事務的方式是勤奮,盡我所能,但要為正義增添虔誠,並與祈禱混合。 此外,我們的日常生活活動是與基督的靈而不是世界的靈一起進行的。

 

我們寶貴的主耶穌基督教導我們,那些承受永生的人就是遵行上帝旨意的人。 你知道神在基督耶穌裡對我們的旨意是什麼嗎? 這樣做對我們來說也是一種重要的恩典方式。

 

帖撒羅尼迦前書 5:16-20
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。 19 不要消滅聖靈的感動, 20 不要藐視先知的講論。

 

願我們遵守主的誡命:克己,背負自己的十字架,跟隨祂,阿們!

 

Means of Grace(Part 1)

 

We all know that every good and perfect gift is from our heavenly Father. See James 1:17
17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.

 

It is very important to understand that grace comes from the means used by God to bestow His graces to each person. The means of grace  for us to receive God’s grace are indeed varied and multiple, depending upon persons and occasions as well.

 

We are His work. It is amazing how each of us were cleaned, molded, and worked by our Lord to grow in maturity in the knowledge of the Lord and in the love of God. 

 

There are a few means of grace that channel His grace to us that we should know. As John Wesley pointed it out, they include the unceasing prayers, studying and meditation of God’s word, and partaking of the Lord’s Supper. 

 

The purpose of our daily life activities  is not just to provide things necessary for myself and my family but to please God in all things. The manner that we transact our daily business is with diligence, and with all my might but to add piety to justice and to intermix with prayers.

Furthermore, we go along with our daily life activities with the spirit of Christ and not with the spirit of the world.

 

Our precious Lord Jesus Christ instructs us that those who inherits eternal life are the ones who do the will of God. Do you know what is the God’s will in Christ Jesus for us ? By doing it is an  essential means of grace to us as well.

 

1 Thessalonians 5:16-20
16 Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 19 Do not quench the Spirit. 20 Do not treat prophecies with contempt

 

May we follow the commandment of our Lord: deny self and carry our own crosses and follow Him, Amen!

 

 

 

True and False Believer (Part 2) 
真假信徒(第 2 部分

In the earlier article on the same subject (True and False Believer (Part 1) , we indicated that it is not what you said, but what you did that shows what you are. Here we want to warn ourselves that any faithful behavior and our holiness are not due to our will or effort but on God’s mercy. (See Roman 9:16)
在之前關於同一主題的文章中(真假信徒 (第 1 部分)), 
我們指出不是你說了什麼,而是你做了什麼,這表明了你是什麼。 在這裡,我們要警告自己,任何忠誠的行為和我們的聖潔都不是出於我們的意志或努力,而是出於上帝的憐憫。 (見羅馬書 9:16)

 

Furthermore, the Scripture clear teaches in Ephesians 2:8-9, “8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast. “
此外,聖經在以弗所書 2:8-9 清楚地教導 “8 你們得救是本乎恩,也因著信。這並不是出於自己,乃是神所賜的; 9 也不是出於行為,免得有人自誇。”

 

In this regard, John Wesley expounded this truth plainly. “By that faith in His life, death, and intercession for us, renewed from moment to moment, we are every whit clean. “ By the same faith, we feel the power of Christ every moment resting upon us, by which alone we are what we are. By this alone, we are enabled to continue in spiritual life.”
對此,約翰衛斯理清楚地闡述了這個道理。 “憑著對祂的生、死和為我們代求的信心,時時刻刻都在更新,我們變得一塵不染”
。 “憑著同樣的信仰,我們每時每刻都感受到基督的力量臨到我們身上,唯有靠著這一點,我們才是真正的信徒。 僅憑這一點,我們就能繼續精神生活。”

 

Finally, we shall always remember the following:

* Fix our mind and heart on our Lord Jesus Christ, the author and finisher of our faith:
Hebrew 12:1-2,”12 Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 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.”

 

* It is By God’s grace always

1 Corinthians 1:29-30, "29 so that no one may boast before him. 30 It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption."

 

* We need to carry out the will of our God for us in Christ
 1 Thesolonians 5:16- 20,   "16 Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 19 Do not quench the Spirit.

最後,我們將永遠記住以下幾點:

* 將我們的思想和心靈集中在我們的主耶穌基督-[我們信仰的創始者和完成者]:希伯來書 12:1-2, “12 我們既有這許多的見證人,如同雲彩圍著我們,就當放下各樣的重擔,脫去容易纏累我們的罪,存心忍耐,奔那擺在我們前頭的路程, 2 仰望為我們信心創始成終的耶穌。他因那擺在前面的喜樂,就輕看羞辱,忍受了十字架的苦難,便坐在神寶座的右邊。”
* 永遠是上帝的恩典:哥林多前書 1:29-30, “29 使一切有血氣的,在神面前一個也不能自誇。 30 但你們得在基督耶穌裡,是本乎神,神又使他成為我們的智慧、公義、聖潔、救贖。”
* 我們需要執行神在基督里對我們的旨意:帖撒羅尼迦前書 5:16-20, “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。 19 不要消滅聖靈的感動, 20 不要藐視先知的講論。”

 

 

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True and False Believer (Part 1) 

It is not what you said but what you did that shows what you are.

Matthew 7:21, True and False Disciples
21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.
In the end time, many fake news, false religion, fake church leaders, and anti-Christs claim all kinds of truth. So our Lord teaches us so clearly that it is the truth faith in your heart, not the self deceptive pride in your mind that demonstrates true discipleship. 

真假信徒 (第 1 部分)
不是你說了什麼,而是你做了什麼,這表明了你是什麼人。

馬太福音 7:21
21 凡稱呼我『主啊,主啊』的人不能都進天國,唯獨遵行我天父旨意的人才能進去。

在末世,許多假新聞、假宗教、假教會領袖、反基督者聲稱各種真理。 所以我們的主如此清楚地教導我們,是你心中的真理信仰,而不是你頭腦中的自欺欺人的驕傲,來表明了真正的門徒身份。

 

Psalm 51:16-17, 16 You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it; you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings.17 My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise. 

All Christians need to seek God early and alert as Ps 5:3 reminds us, “ 3 My voice You shall hear in the morning, O Lord; In the morning I will direct it to You, And I will look up.”

詩篇 51:16-17, 16 你本不喜愛祭物,若喜愛,我就獻上,燔祭你也不喜悅。
17 神所要的祭就是憂傷的靈,神啊,憂傷痛悔的心,你必不輕看。

正如詩篇 5:3 提醒我們的那樣,所有基督徒都需要及早和警覺地尋求上帝,
“ 3 耶和華啊,早晨你必聽我的聲音;早晨我必向你陳明我的心意,並要警醒”。

 

Let us listen to our Lord’s teaching in John 14:21, John 14:21, “21 He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him” . 
Let our love to our Lord is demonstrated through our relationship with Him and our devotion to keep His commandments.

讓我們聽主在約翰福音 14:21的教導,愛主的必遵守主道
21 「有了我的命令又遵守的,這人就是愛我的。愛我的必蒙我父愛他,我也要愛他,並且要向他顯現。」
讓我們對主的愛,通過我們與他的關係和遵守他的誡命的忠誠來表現出來。

 

Finally, in all circumstances we shall always remember that our Lord love us to the end. He will preserve us to the end just as his promise in John 6:37-40, “37 All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out. 38 For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me. 39 This is the will of the Father who sent Me, that of all He has given Me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up at the last day. 40 And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day.”
最後,在任何情況下,我們都將永遠記住我們的主愛我們到底。 正如他在約翰福音 6:37-40 中的應許,他會保守我們到底:
約翰福音 6:37-40
37 凡父所賜給我的人,必到我這裡來;到我這裡來的,我總不丟棄他。 38 因為我從天上降下來,不是要按自己的意思行,乃是要按那差我來者的意思行。 39 差我來者的意思就是:他所賜給我的,叫我一個也不失落,在末日卻叫他復活。 40 因為我父的意思是叫一切見子而信的人得永生,並且在末日我要叫他復活。」

 

That is why that we shall not be anxious about anything. Philippians 4:6, “6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;” 

He is our Helper and Our Sustainer and our Mighty Lord just as Ps 103:1-5, “ 103 Bless the Lord, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name! 2 Bless the Lord, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits: 3 Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases,
4 Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies, 5 Who satisfies your mouth with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

這就是為什麼我們不會為任何事情憂慮的原因。腓立比書 4:6
6 應當一無掛慮,只要凡事藉著禱告、祈求和感謝,將你們所要的告訴神。
正如詩篇 103:1-5 一樣,他是我們的幫助者、支持者和全能的主。
詩篇 103:1-5, 頌美耶和華之恩惠慈愛, 1 我的心哪,你要稱頌耶和華;凡在我裡面的,也要稱頌他的聖名! 2 我的心哪,你要稱頌耶和華,不可忘記他的一切恩惠。3 他赦免你的一切罪孽,醫治你的一切疾病。4 他救贖你的命脫離死亡,以仁愛和慈悲為你的冠冕。5 他用美物使你所願的得以知足,以致你如鷹返老還童。

 

Therefore, let us follow the example of Apostle Paul running singly toward our goal as taught in 2 Timothy 1:12, “12 For this reason I also suffer these things; nevertheless I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day”.

May all of us do the deeds reflecting our faith and our love of our precious Lord Jesus Christ, Amen.
因此,讓我們效法使徒保羅的榜樣,直朝著我們的目標奔跑,正如 提摩太後書 1:12 中所教導的:
提摩太後書 1:12, “12 為這緣故,我也受這些苦難,然而我不以為恥,因為知道我所信的是誰,也深信他能保全我所交付他的,直到那日”。

願我們所有人的行為,都能反映出我們對我們寶貴的主耶穌基督的信心和愛,阿們。

On the Baptism of our Lord Jesus Christ (Revised Version)

關於我們主耶穌基督的洗禮 (修訂版)

 

The scriptural revelations of our Lord’s baptism shall teach all professed Christians a great deal about our own identification with Jesus Christ our Lord. The following are a few reminders to share. 

我們主的洗禮的聖經啟示,將教導所有自稱基督徒的人,很多關於我們自己與我們的主耶穌基督的認同。 以下是一些提醒,與大家分享。

 

I. His Baptism Represents His willingness to Identify with His People.  

 

We should look at this topic from the divine prospective. Our Lord was tasked by His Father before the foundation of the world to come to save His people from sin.

 

1 Peter 1:18-20, “18 For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. 20 He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake.”

 

I. 祂的洗禮是願意認同祂的子民 

我們應該從神的角度來看這個話題。 在創世之前,我們的主被祂的父所委託,要來拯救祂的子民脫離罪惡。

彼得前書 1:18-20, 18 知道你們得贖,脫去你們祖宗所傳流虛妄的行為,不是憑著能壞的金銀等物, 19 乃是憑著基督的寶血,如同無瑕疵、無玷汙的羔羊之血。 20 基督在創世以前是預先被神知道的,卻在這末世才為你們顯現。

 

You might ask what does it means to identify with His people. Since the Fall of Adam and Eve, the mankind has been subjected to the consequences of sin. So, you might have another question about the consequences of sin. This was clearly taught in the scripture, among them are:

 

I.A - Romans 1:19-23, 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. 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.

 

I.B - Ephesians 2:1-3, 2 As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, 2 in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. 3 All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath.

 

你可能會問,認同祂的子民是什麼意思。 自從亞當和夏娃墮落以來,人類就一直承受著罪惡的後果。 所以,你可能會問一個問題,關於罪的後果是什麼。 這在聖經中有明確的教導,其中包括:

 

I.A.  羅馬書 1:19-23, “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 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, 23 將不能朽壞之神的榮耀變為偶像,彷彿必朽壞的人和飛禽、走獸、昆蟲的樣式。

 

I.B. 以弗所書 2:1-3, “2 你們死在過犯罪惡之中,他叫你們活過來。 2 那時你們在其中行事為人,隨從今世的風俗,順服空中掌權者的首領,就是現今在悖逆之子心中運行的邪靈。 3 我們從前也都在他們中間,放縱肉體的私慾,隨著肉體和心中所喜好的去行,本為可怒之子,和別人一樣。

 

Thus, to identify with His people means  that Jesus is identifying Himself completely with sinful mankind.  In other words, He willingly gave up His heavenly glory and the Word became flesh on this earth to save His people. He humbled Himself and identified with His people, “ 6 Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; 7 rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death-“ (See  Philippians 2:6-8) . 

 

We are unable even to begin comprehending this sacrificing love unless we fully appreciate that He knew no sin. Just like 2 Corinthians 5:21, 21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. This was prophesied in Old Testament in Isaiah 53:12, “12 Therefore I will give him a portion among the great, and he will divide the spoils with the strong, because he poured out his life unto death, and was numbered with the transgressors. For he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.”

 

因此,認同祂的子民意味著耶穌完全認同有罪的人類。 換句話說,祂甘願放棄他屬天的榮耀,道成肉身在地上拯救祂的子民。 祂謙卑自己,認同祂的子民,” 6 他本有神的形象,不以自己與神同等為強奪的, 7 反倒虛己,取了奴僕的形象,成為人的樣式; 8 既有人的樣子,就自己卑微,存心順服以至於死,且死在十字架上。” (腓立比書 2:6-8). 

 

除非我們完全明白祂不知道任何罪,否則我們甚至無法開始理解這種刻骨銘心的愛。 就像 哥林多後書 5:21, "21 神使那無罪的替我們成為罪,好叫我們在他裡面成為神的義。這是舊約以賽亞書 53:12 中的預言,”12 所以我要使他與位大的同分,與強盛的均分擄物。因為他將命傾倒以至於死,他也被列在罪犯之中,他卻擔當多人的罪,又為罪犯代求。”.

 

II. His Baptism Means His Death. 

 

As He submerged into water in His baptism, He identified with His people and died to take upon the penalties of the sin of His people. In Him, He is always sinless. Death is the penalty of sin. He took on all our sins onto Himself, not in Him, and “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us” and  as a consequence physically  He was numbered with the transgressors and died at the cross to pay the penalty of sin. Matthew 20:28, 28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

 

II. 祂的洗禮就是代表的死 

當祂在洗禮中浸入水中時,祂認同他的子民並為承擔祂子民的罪孽而死。 在祂裡面,祂永遠是無罪的。 死亡是罪的刑罰。神將我們所有的罪都轉嫁到祂自己身上,而不是在祂裡面,就是神使那無罪的為我們成為罪,因此,祂在肉體上與犯罪者同列,並死在十字架上以償還罪的刑罰 . 馬太福音 20:28, “28 正如人子來不是要受人的服侍,乃是要服侍人,並且要捨命做多人的贖價。

 

 III. His Baptism Means His Resurrection: Always Lives to Intercede for Us, and Able to save completely those who come to God through Him

 

The believers of Jesus Christ not only identify with the Lord’s baptism with His death, but also identify with His baptism representing His resurrection as He emerged out of water. The righteousness of God is bestowed onto us through our “born again” by the Holy Spirit to participate with the resurrection of our Lord. 

 

III.A. He can save to the uttermost because He lives forever Just as Hebrews 7:24-25  teaches us, “24 but because Jesus lives forever, he has a permanent priesthood. 25 Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them”. 

 

III.B. Because Christ Jesus is faithful

We shall confidently draw near to our heavenly Father with love and praises as ”22 let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. “(See Hebrews 10:19-23).  Praise God. What an amazing grace of our merciful God indeed!

 

III. 祂的洗禮也代表祂的復活:永遠活著為我們代求,能完全拯救那些靠著祂來到神的面前 

耶穌基督的信徒不僅認同主的受洗與祂的死,也認同祂的洗禮,祂從水里出來時所代表的復活。 上帝的公義是通過我們被聖靈重生賦予我們的,以參與我們主的復活。 

 

III.A. 祂都能拯救到底,因為祂是長遠活著

正如希伯來書 7:24-25 教導我們的那樣,”24 這位既是永遠常存的,他祭司的職任就長久不更換。 25 凡靠著他進到神面前的人,他都能拯救到底,因為他是長遠活著,替他們祈求 

 

III.B. 因為基督耶穌是信實的

我們將滿懷信心地以愛和讚美親近我們的天父,因為 “22 並我們心中天良的虧欠已經灑去,身體用清水洗淨了,就當存著誠心和充足的信心來到神面前。 23 也要堅守我們所承認的指望,不致搖動,因為那應許我們的是信實的(見希伯來書 1019-23)

感謝我們仁慈的上帝,這真是何等奇妙的恩典 !

 

III.C. Keep the Commandments of the Lord, Take up your cross and follow Him

We shall willingly take up our own crosses and follow Him. It should be clearly understood that I can not even die at my cross to save myself because my redemption needs   “the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect” to pay the penalty of my sin. So I take on my cross to follow Him is to identify with Him as my Savior and my Lord.

 

Just as 1 Corinthians 1:30-31 proclaims: 30 It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. 31 Therefore, as it is written: “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.”

 

III.D. In this world, we identify with the Lord per His righteousness

We all shall hearken and obey our Lord’s Matthew 10:28-32 teaching on this important subject. “ 28 Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell. 29 Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. 30 And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows. 32 Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven”.

 

III.C. 要遵守主的誡命,背起自己的十字架,跟隨祂

這意味著我們要遵守主的誡命,背起自己的十字架,跟隨祂。 應該清楚地知道,甚至我死在十字架上不可能自己拯救自己,因為救贖需要基督的寶血,無瑕疵的羔羊來償還我的罪孽。所以,我背上十字架跟隨祂,就是認同祂是我的救主和我的主。

 

正如哥林多前書 1:30-31 所說:30 但你們得在基督耶穌裡,是本乎神,神又使他成為我們的智慧、公義、聖潔、救贖。 31 如經上所記:「誇口的,當指著主誇口。」

 

III.D. 在這個世界上,我們認同主,是公義

我們都應聆聽並順服我們的主在這個重要主題上的教導。 馬太福音 10:28-32, “28 那殺身體不能殺靈魂的,不要怕他們;唯有能把身體和靈魂都滅在地獄裡的,正要怕他。 29 兩個麻雀不是賣一分銀子嗎?若是你們的父不許,一個也不能掉在地上。 30 就是你們的頭髮,也都被數過了。 31 所以,不要懼怕,你們比許多麻雀還貴重。 32 凡在人面前認我的,我在我天上的父面前也必認他”.

 

It is indeed our joy and our blessing to identify  ourselves with our Lord in this world even in situations of being afflicted by the devil because it is per His righteousness to do so, just as we are instructed in Hebrews 13:12-16: “12 And so Jesus also suffered outside the city gate to make the people holy through his own blood. 13 Let us, then, go to him outside the camp, bearing the disgrace he bore. 14 For here we do not have an enduring city, but we are looking for the city that is to come.15 Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that openly profess his name. 16 And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.”

 

即使在被魔鬼折磨的情況下,在這個世界上,認同我們的主是我們的喜樂和祝福,因為這樣做是和乎祂的公義的,正如我們在希伯來書 13:12-16中得到的教導一樣: 希伯來書 13:12-16, 12 所以,耶穌要用自己的血叫百姓成聖,也就在城門外受苦。 13 這樣,我們也當出到營外,就了他去,忍受他所受的凌辱。 14 我們在這裡本沒有常存的城,乃是尋求那將來的城。 15 我們應當靠著耶穌,常常以頌讚為祭獻給神,這就是那承認主名之人嘴唇的果子。 16 只是不可忘記行善和捐輸的事,因為這樣的祭是神所喜悅的。

 

May all of us in all our daily living identify with our precious Lord Jesus our Savior and our Lord to honor Him in our lives, Amen!

 

願我們所有人在日常生活中,認同我們寶貴的主耶穌我們的救主和我們的主,在我們的生活中榮耀,阿們!

 

A Crazy World around Us 我們周圍的瘋狂世界

Many people are concerned about the world around us: crimes, covid 19 pandemic, war in Ukraine, and others such as inflation in our daily life. etc. Lately, mass shootings rampage in our world including racial hatred massacres and indiscriminate murdering of elementary school children and teachers. Many people are anxious and fearful about the evil trend of this world.  Many have asked in their hearts what are going on in this crazy world. Indeed, it appears that the world is getting crazier and darker everyday!

許多人關心我們周圍的世界:犯罪、covid 19 大流行、烏克蘭戰爭,以及我們日常生活中的通貨膨脹等其他問題等等。最近,大規模槍擊事件在我們的世界中肆虐,包括種族仇恨大屠殺和不分青紅皂白地謀殺小學兒童和教師。 許多人對這個世界的邪惡趨勢感到焦慮和恐懼。 很多人心裡都在問,這個瘋狂的世界到底是怎麼回事。 確實,世界似乎每天都變得越來越瘋狂和黑暗!

 

The late Dr.D.M. Lyoyd-Jones remarked in 1978: “Our world is in a state of utter confusion, and, alas, the same is true of the Christian Church and of many individual Christians”. Since the world abandoned God, we have had great difficulties in peace among nations, the problem of racism, relationships between husbands and wives, parents and children, and among people, homelessness, and on and on.

已故的 Dr.D.M. Lyoyd-Jones 在 1978 年評論說:“我們的世界處於完全混亂的狀態,唉,基督教會和許多基督徒個體也是如此”。 自從世界拋棄了上帝以後,我們在種種方面遇到了很大的困難:比如國家之間的和平、種族主義問題、夫妻、父母和孩子之間的關係、人與人之間、無家可歸等等

 

Suggested below are a few to consider to maintain a positive mind set of “ in the world but not of the world”:

1. Let return to the Bible to see our true relationship to Him.
2. Let always keep in our hearts that God  does love mankind always.  Do not fall into the devil’s lie that God hates you. (John 3:16, 2 Peter 3:9)
3. We shall be convicted that God is sovereign and He is in control and mandates the final ending of this world. (See Rev 21 and Rev 22)
4. We should first see all things through the perspectives of God as revealed  in the Bible and we should not be egocentric and self absorbed in our opinions and interests.
5. God’s purposes in the human history are to bring all things above, in the earth, and below the earth into one under Christ Jesus and in Him. (Eph 1:10)
6. Know what to be and to live as Christians. Pray to God to enlighten the eyes of our understanding of the Church and the world.
7. Live to give glory to God through Jesus Christ our Lord.

下面建議考慮一些以保持“在世界上但不屬於世界”的積極心態

1. 讓我們回到聖經,看看我們與上帝的真實關係。
2. 讓我們永遠銘記上帝永遠愛人類。 不要陷入上帝恨你的魔鬼謊言。 (約翰福音 3:16,彼得後書 3:9)
3. 我們將確信上帝是至高無上的,他掌管著這個世界,並規定了這個世界的最終結局。(啟示錄 21-22)

4. 我們首先應該以聖經所啟示的上帝視角看待一切,不應該以自我為中心,專心於自己的觀點和興趣。
5. 神在人類歷史上的目的是要使天上、地上和地下的萬有在基督耶穌之下並在祂裡面合而為一.(以弗所書1:10)

6. 知道如何成為基督徒,如何生活。 祈求天主啟迪我們對教會和世界的理解。
7. 藉著我們的主耶穌基督活出榮耀歸給神。

 

Please meditate on Ephesians 1:17-23.

17 I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. 18 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, 19 and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength 20 he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, 21 far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. 22 And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, 23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.

 

請默想以弗所書1:17-23。
17 求我們主耶穌基督的神、榮耀的父,將那賜人智慧和啟示的靈賞給你們,使你們真知道他。 18 並且照明你們心中的眼睛,使你們知道他的恩召有何等指望,他在聖徒中得的基業有何等豐盛的榮耀; 19 並知道他向我們這信的人所顯的能力是何等浩大, 20 就是照他在基督身上所運行的大能大力,使他從死裡復活,叫他在天上坐在自己的右邊, 21 遠超過一切執政的、掌權的、有能的、主治的和一切有名的,不但是今世的,連來世的也都超過了; 22 又將萬有服在他的腳下,使他為教會做萬有之首。 23 教會是他的身體,是那充滿萬有者所充滿的。​

 

 

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Reality and Virtual Metaverse Reality 現實與元宇宙虛擬現實

 

Due to technology advances, artificial intelligent can create all kinds of images and dynamic interactions to provide a framework for artificial games and/or metaverse worlds. When people are frustrated with issues of daily life, they can be tricked and addicted to games and visual reality metaverse frameworks.

It will become harder and harder to discern truth meaning of human existence mostly because of the world’s rejection of our Creator God. It is important to look at the night sky once awhile to remind us the true reality. Just look at the sparkling stars and various arrangement of starry constellations from our earthly viewing perspective. The universe is indeed so big that it may be even beyond our own  current observational technology to “see” the far side of the universe. 

由於技術的進步,人工智能可以創建各種圖像和動態交互,為人工遊戲和虛擬現實元宇宙提供框架。 當人們對日常生活問題感到沮喪時,他們可能會被遊戲和元宇宙視覺虛擬現實框架所欺騙和沈迷。

主要是因為世界拒絕我們的造物主上帝,將越來越難以辨別人類存在的真理意義。 偶爾看看夜空來提醒我們真現實是很重要的。 只需從我們地球的視角看閃閃發光的星星和各種排列的星座。 宇宙確實如此之大,以至於甚至可能超出我們目前的觀測技術才能看到宇宙的另一面。

There are a few observations that we can be assured of:

1. Our sky shows existence of other planets, stars, nebulae, and star dusts. In other words, there are trillions of galaxies beyond our MilkyWay galaxy. Genesis1:16-18, “16 God made the two great lights, the greater light to govern the day, and the lesser light to govern the night; He made the stars also. 17 God placed them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth, 18 and to govern the day and the night, and to separate the light from the darkness; and God saw that it was good”.Psalms 96:5,”For all the gods of the peoples are idols, But the Lord made the heavens.”; Ps 97:6,“ The heavens declare His righteousness, And all the peoples have seen His glory.”; and Ps 8:1,3.“ Lord, our Lord, How majestic is Your name in all the earth,You who have displayed Your splendor above the heavens! When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers,The moon and the stars, which You have set in place;”

我們可以確信以下幾點:

1. 我們的天空顯示了其他行星、恆星、星雲和星塵的存在。 換句話說,在我們的銀河系之外還有數百萬億個星系。創世記 1:16-18, “16 於是神造了兩個大光,大的管晝,小的管夜,又造眾星。 17 就把這些光擺列在天空,普照在地上, 18 管理晝夜,分別明暗。神看著是好的 ”; 詩篇 96:5

“5 外邦的神都屬虛無,唯獨耶和華創造諸天”; 詩篇 97:6, “6 諸天表明他的公義,萬民看見他的榮耀”; 詩篇 8:1, 3 “1 耶和華我們的主啊,你的名在全地何其美,你將你的榮耀彰顯於天! 3 我觀看你指頭所造的天,並你所陳設的月亮星宿

2. Looking at what we know about the environmental conditions of other planets, our earth is indeed endowed with rare livable settings such as temperature, air, ocean currents, and fresh water, etc. In other word, all human beings do enjoy this universal blessing from our Creator. Genesis 1:5-10, “5 God called the light “day,” and the darkness He called “night.” And there was evening and there was morning, one day. 6 Then God said, “Let there be an expanse in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters.” 7 God made the expanse, and separated the waters that were below the expanse from the waters that were above the expanse; and it was so. 8 God called the expanse “heaven.” And there was evening and there was morning, a second day. 9 Then God said, “Let the waters below the heavens be gathered into one place, and let the dry land appear”; and it was so. 10 And God called the dry land “earth,” and the gathering of the waters He called “seas”; and God saw that it was good.”

2. 看看我們對其他星球的環境狀況的了解,我們的地球確實擁有難得的宜居環境,如溫度、空氣、洋流、淡水等。也就是說,全人類都享受著來自我們的創造主的普世恩惠。創世記 1:5-10, ”5 神稱光為晝,稱暗為夜。有晚上,有早晨,這是頭一日。6 神說:「諸水之間要有空氣,將水分為上下。」 7 神就造出空氣,將空氣以下的水、空氣以上的水分開了。事就這樣成了。 8 神稱空氣為天。有晚上,有早晨,是第二日。9 神說:「天下的水要聚在一處,使旱地露出來。」事就這樣成了。 10 神稱旱地為地,稱水的聚處為海。神看著是好的

3. By observing the creation of animal and plants, they are indeed following their design functions such as propagation through their own seeds. Genesis 1:11, 20-24,”11 Then God said, “Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees on the earth bearing fruit according to their kind with seed in them”; and it was so.”, ”20 Then God said, “Let the waters teem with swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth in the open expanse of the heavens.” 21 And God created the great sea creatures and every living creature that moves, with which the waters swarmed, according to their kind, and every winged bird according to its kind; and God saw that it was good. 22 God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.” 23 And there was evening and there was morning, a fifth day. 24 Then God said, “Let the earth produce living creatures according to their kind: livestock and crawling things and animals of the earth according to their kind”; and it was so”.

3. 通過觀察動物和植物的創造,它們確實遵循了它們的設計功能,例如通過自己的種子繁殖。創世記 1:11, 20-24,  “11 神說:「地要發生青草和結種子的菜蔬,並結果子的樹木,各從其類,果子都包著核。」事就這樣成了。20 神說:「水要多多滋生有生命的物,要有雀鳥飛在地面以上、天空之中。」 21 神就造出大魚和水中所滋生各樣有生命的動物,各從其類;又造出各樣飛鳥,各從其類。神看著是好的。 22 神就賜福給這一切,說:「滋生繁多,充滿海中的水,雀鳥也要多生在地上。」 23 有晚上,有早晨,是第五日。24 神說:「地要生出活物來,各從其類;牲畜、昆蟲、野獸,各從其類。」事就這樣成了
4. A human being is indeed quite unique from other creatures. Our ancestors have languages, invented tools, and moral values which are far more advanced than other animal species. Genesis 1:27-30, “ 27 So God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. 28 God blessed them; and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” 29 Then God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the surface of all the earth, and every tree which has fruit yielding seed; it shall be food for you; 30 and to every animal of the earth and to every bird of the sky and to everything that moves on the earth which has life, I have given every green plant for food”; and it was so.”

4. 人類確實與其他生物完全不同。 我們的祖先擁有比其他動物物種先進得多的語言、發明的工具和道德價值觀。創世記 1:27-30,”27 神就照著自己的形象造人,乃是照著他的形象,造男造女。 28 神就賜福給他們,又對他們說:「要生養眾多,遍滿地面,治理這地,也要管理海裡的魚、空中的鳥和地上各樣行動的活物。」 29 神說:「看哪,我將遍地上一切結種子的菜蔬和一切樹上所結有核的果子,全賜給你們做食物。 30 至於地上的走獸和空中的飛鳥,並各樣爬在地上有生命的物,我將青草賜給牠們做食物。」事就這樣成了

Thus, what we see are quite consistent with the teachings of the Bible concerning the Creation. It seems to me that unless human beings truly repent and return to the blessings of our Creator, we will be blinded by the devil who is the usurper of the world. In other words, each individual should make individual decision if he/she should return to the special blessings of God of receiving eternal life through his/her faith in Jesus Christ’s redemptive work at the Cross.

總的來說,我們所看到的與聖經關於創造的教義非常一致。
在我看來,除非人類真正悔改並回歸造物主的祝福,否則我們將被篡奪世界的魔鬼所蒙蔽。 換句話說,每個人都應該做出個人決定,他/她是否應該通過個人對耶穌基督在十字架上的救贖工作的信仰回到上帝的特殊祝福中獲得永生。

Through chaos of the world including wars, disasters, and evils, each of us are indeed longing for peace and stability of our living environment. We have long lost our basic expectations toward our leaders to stump out evils  in our societies. Thus, it is about time that we shall all urgently forsake the evil ways of our own destruction and return to our Creator to beg His forgiveness on our vicious rebellion against Him. May our merciful God have mercies on us all!

經歷了世界的混亂,包括戰爭、災難和邪惡,我們每個人都渴望生活環境的和平與穩定。 我們早已失去了對我們的領導人在我們的社會中剷除邪惡的基本期望。 因此,正是時候了,我們都應該迫切地放棄自我毀滅的邪惡方式,回到我們的造物主面前,請求他原諒我們對他的惡毒悖逆。 願我們仁慈的上帝憐憫我們所有人!

 

耶穌基督說:”....是要叫你們在我裡面有平安 ....”

 

自 2019 年末/ 2020 年初以來,世界一直處於 Covid 19 的大流行狀態。在對人類造成一年半多的可怕後果之後,我們現在看到 Covid 19 病例通過其變種激增,尤其是更易傳播 Delta變種。 隨心而言,大多數人都對這種流行病感到厭煩,但對控制這種可怕疾病的進展非常緩慢感到沮喪。 作為基督徒,我們更深切關注社會正在走向的發展方向,例如許多大城市犯罪活動的猖獗,以及摒棄法律秩序、家庭、婚姻等傳統社會價值觀的”覺醒文化”(woke culture)趨勢。

在互聯網和社交媒體的時代,少數的人只要有聲有色大言不慚,就可以製造虛假的敘述來支配沉默的大多數。 然而,這種隱藏的欺騙策略已經開始喚醒許多保守派人士。 正如聖經清楚地指出,世界變得混亂是因為所謂精英的頭腦昏暗,誤入歧途和徒勞無功。

羅馬書 1:20-21
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。

因此,除非我們的社會悔改歸向上帝,否則隨著我們臨近末日,我們的社會將變得越來越糟。

個人能做什麼! 作為基督徒,我們相信上帝完全掌管一切。 為什麼? 因為聖經是這麼說的。

啟示錄 1:8
8 主神說:「我是阿拉法,我是俄梅戛,是昔在、今在、以後永在的全能者。」

以賽亞書 46:10
10 我從起初指明末後的事,從古時言明未成的事,說:『我的籌算必立定,凡我所喜悅的,我必成就。』

因此,我們相信上帝愛我們,他會祝福那些愛他的獨生子,我們主耶穌基督的人。 我們的主深愛著我們,並且告訴我們:

約翰福音 16:33
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。」

此外,我們依賴上帝的應許,包括但不限於以下聖經經文;

羅馬書 8:26-28, 愛神者萬事得益

26 況且,我們的軟弱有聖靈幫助。我們本不曉得當怎樣禱告,只是聖靈親自用說不出來的嘆息替我們禱告。 27 鑒察人心的,曉得聖靈的意思,因為聖靈照著神的旨意替聖徒祈求。 28 我們曉得萬事都互相效力,叫愛神的人得益處,就是按他旨意被召的人。

 

 

Jesus Christ says : “ in Me you may have peace …“

The world has been in an epidemic of Covid 19 since late 2019/early 2020. After more than a year and a half of dire consequences to the human race, we now see the up surges of Covid 19 cases through its variants, particularly more transmissible Delta variant. It is fair to say that most people are sick of this epidemic, yet is frustrated about the very slow progress of controlling this dreadful disease. As christians, we are further deeply concerned about the direction that our societies are heading such as the rampage of crimes in many big cities and a trend of woke culture in abandoning traditional societal values including law and order, family, and marriage.

As part of the internet and social media era, just a few people who are vocal and active can create a false narrative to dominate a silent majority. However, this hidden deceptive strategy has begun to wake up many conservative people. As the Bible clearly states that the world get haywire because the minds of so-called elites  were darken and  got astray and futile.

Romans 1:20-21
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.
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.

So unless our society repents and return to God, our society will get worse and worse as we approach the end time.

What can individual do ! As christians, we are confident that God is in full control. Why? Because the Bible says so.

Revelation 1:8
8 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.

Isaiah 46:10
10 Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:

Thus, we are confident that God loves us and He will bless those who loves His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. And our Lord loves us dearly and fore tell us:

John 16:33
33 These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

Furthermore, we depend upon God’s promises including but not limited to;

Romans 8:26-28
26 Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. 27 Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

 

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隨時隨地傳播耶穌基督的福音


根據馬太福音28:18-20,所有基督徒都有傳播依靠耶穌基督得救贖的任務。
馬太福音 28:18-20
18 耶穌進前來,對他們說:「天上地下所有的權柄都賜給我了。 19 所以你們要去,使萬民做我的門徒,奉父、子、聖靈的名給他們施洗, 20 凡我所吩咐你們的,都教訓他們遵守。我就常與你們同在,直到世界的末了。」
至關重要的是,我們所有人都必須遵循這一命令,來傳播福音給今天與我們會面的人們。提醒自己這個莊嚴的職責非常重要。對我們來說,我們可以很容易地接觸到一些人來傳福音(例如接近我們的父母、配偶或孩子),與他們談論通過我們主耶穌基督得永生的好消息。由於我們不知道誰將成為上帝的兒女,我們只是盡我們的職責將福音傳播給他們。
因此,讓我們今天按照我們的呼召,做一些有永恆價值的事情,把好消息傳給來到我們周圍的人!
如果您是我們的主內兄弟姐妹,並且願意免費分享一篇關於您傳播福音經驗的文章,我們將很榮幸在此發布您的文章
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Spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ Anytime, Anywhere
 

According to Matthew 28:18-20, all Christians have the privilege duty of spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ for salvation to people around them.  Matthew 28:18-20,
18 And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. 19 Go, therefore, and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to follow all that I commanded you; and behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

It is essential that all of us must follow this command to spread the gospel to the people who meet with us today. It is very important to remind ourselves of this solemn duty. For us, we can easily access some people (such as our parents, spouses or children) for talking  the good news to them about receiving eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Since we don't know who will be the children of God, we just do our part to spread the gospel to them.
Therefore, let us do something of eternal value today according to our calls, and spread the good news to those around us!
 If you are a brother or sister in faith and would like to share freely an article about your experience in spreading the gospel, we will be honored to publish your article herein.

 

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誰是基督的仇敵 
被魔鬼控制的世界是反對我們的主耶穌基督。如果可以,這樣的世界也會折磨傷害教會。我們的主在約翰福音 15:18-20 中非常清楚地警告我們,
“18 「世人若恨你們,你們要知道,他們在恨你們以前已經恨我了。 19 你們若屬世界,世界會愛屬自己的;只因你們不屬世界,而是我從世界中揀選了你們,所以世界就恨你們。 20 你們要記得我對你們說過的話:『僕人不大於主人。』他們若迫害了我,也會迫害你們,他們若遵守了我的話,也會遵守你們的話”。
現在我們可能會問,誰是恨基督的人,誰是恨基督徒的人?
既然起訴折磨教會的人有權這樣做,那麼我們可以說恨基督的世界就是那些被恨基督的人控制的政府。從歷史上看,這一類敵人是各種帝國,其國王將自己崇拜為神。在現代,這將包括違背聖經中關於生命和婚姻的價值觀的政府。
“誰是基督的仇敵”這個話題應該是教會聖經學習小組的一個重要話題。

一個不知道“誰是教會的敵人”的基督徒,是不會,也是沒有準備好捍衛自己信仰的人。因此無法成為一個有效的信徒,在這個世界上做主的工作。
示例 1:作為基督徒,你怎麼能支持無神論者等基督的敵人?
示例
 2:作為基督徒,你怎麼能支持一個反對聖經教導的政客的政策,比如墮胎殺死無辜的嬰兒!

 

Who Are Enemies of Christ 
The world controlled by the devil is against Jesus Christ our Lord. Such a world will also prosecute the churches if it can. Our Lord warns us very clearly in John 15:18-20,
“18 If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.
19 If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.
20 Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.”
Now we may ask who are those who hate Christ and who are those who hate Christians?
Since those who prosecute churches would have the power to do that, so we can say the world who hates Christ are those governments controlled by people who hate Christ. Historically, this category of enemies are various empires whose kings worship themselves as gods. In modern time, this will include governments which are against the biblical values of life and marriage.
The topic of “who are enemies of Christ” should be a great topic for the Bible study groups in churches.

A Christian who is ignorant of “who are the church’s enemy”, is ill-prepared to defend his/her own faith and hence cannot be an effective believer in carrying out actions of faith in this world. 
Example 1: Being a Christian, how can you support  an enemy of Christ such as atheists? Example 2: Being a Christian, how can you support policies of a politician who is against the biblical teaching such as prohibition of the abortion to kill innocent babies.

 

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所有基督徒都必須警醒!
所知,我們處於末日時代。 末日之時,邪惡橫行。 無法無天。 通過個人社交媒體,互聯網上出現了各種虛假預言,試圖欺騙或浪費您的時間。 同樣,假新聞或虛假信息出現在各種搜索引擎中,通過他們的隱藏議程向您提供他們希望您擁有的信息。


為什麼我們必須警醒? 簡單的說。 我們正受到來自四面八方的攻擊:通過偏見媒體、通過隨機暴力、通過教育系統中的自由和社會主義者議程、通過 Covid-19 病毒流行以及通過教會內外許多腐敗的領導人。 如果知道這一點,應該知道該怎麼做。


要注意什麼? 下面列出了一些相互鼓勵的提醒:
 * 保護
的心免受腐敗。
*  保護
的家人。
 * 向邪惡發聲。
 * 確保
有幾個基督徒朋友互相支持。
 * 每天選擇幾節聖經經文來默想聖經經文。
 * 每天禱告數次,信賴我們慈悲的主。
 * 做好扶貧工作。
 * 如果您是教會的領袖,請確保捍衛聖經價值觀,並應非常關心您所照顧的教會兄弟姐妹的靈性成長。

 

All Christians Must Wake Up and Watch Out!

 

As you know, we are in the end time. At the end time, evils rampage. Lawless prevails. There are all kind of false prophecies appearing in the internet through the individual social media trying to deceive or waste your time. Similarly, fake news or false information appear in various search engines feeding you the information they want you to have through their hidden agenda.

 

Why we must wake up? Simply put. We are being attacked from all sides: through bias media, through random violence, through liberal agenda in educational system, through Covid-19 virus epidemic, and through many leaders who are corrupt inside and outside churches. If you know this, you should know what to do. 

 

What to watch out? Listed below are a few reminders to encourage each other:
 * Protect your heart from corruption.
 * Protect your family.
 * Speak out against evils.
 * Make sure that you have a few Christian friends to mutually supporting each other.
 * Select a few Bible verses to meditate on the Bible verses each day.
 * Pray several times a day to trust our merciful Lord.
 * Do good work to help needy.
 * If you are leader of a church, make sure that you shall defend the biblical values and  should very concern about the spiritual growth of your church  brothers and sisters under your care.

 

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基督徒不應該對邪惡保持沉默
你知道為什麼這麼多基督徒被世界欺騙嗎? 你可能會問這是什麼意思? 許多所謂的基督徒對這個世界非常自在。 他們屬於世界是因為他們忘記了正在進行的屬靈爭戰? 你知道嗎。 許多教會成員對世界體系非常滿意。 他們不覺得與世界有任何衝突,因為他們是世界的一部分。 這些所謂的基督徒不學習聖經,而是出於交朋友原因去教堂。


讓我問你一個問題。 為什麼世界會恨耶穌基督? 你可能會問為什麼這麼說? 如果您甚至無法回答這個問題,很可能你離聖經真理太遠了,以至於你確實被這個世界危險地欺騙了。
我再問你一個問題。 為什麼使徒保羅說,就他而言,他把世界釘在十字架上,同樣地,世界也把使徒保羅釘在十字架上。你知道世界釘死每個基督徒的意思嗎?

 

事實上,你可以很容易地分辨出這些所謂的基督徒是誰,因為他們對世界上的一切都很好。 他們想取悅所有人,想當好好先生,不想與任何人發生衝突。 他們願意或默認地冒犯耶穌而不是世界。 他們實際上是惡魔的代理人,即披著羊皮的狼或偽裝成天使的惡魔。
 

如果你是基督徒,那就捍衛你的信仰吧! 這意味著在邪惡面前不要沉默。 捍衛聖經價值觀,站在你的主耶穌基督一邊!

 

Christians should not maintain silence at evils

Do you know why so many christians are deceived by the world? You may ask what do you mean by that? Many so called Christians are very comfortable with the world. They are of the world because they forget that there is a spiritual war going on? You know what. Many church members are very comfortable with the world system. They do not feel any conflicts with the world because they are part of the world. These so-called Christians do not study the Bible and they go to church for social gathering reasons. 

 

Let me ask you a question. Why would the world hate Jesus Christ? You may ask why do you say that? If you cannot even answer this question, most likely you are wandering so far away from the biblical truth that you are indeed dangerously deceived by the world.

Let me ask you another question. Why Apostle Paul said that as far as he was concerned, he crucified the world and similarly the world crucified Apostle Paul as well. Do you know the world crucifies every christian mean?

 

Actually, you can tell who are these so-called Christians very easily because they are OK with everything going in the world. They want to please everybody and they do not want any conflicts with anybody. They are willingly or tacitly to offend Jesus instead of the world. They are actually the agents of the the devil, i.e., the wolf in the sheep skin or the demon pretending to be angels.

 

If you are a Christian, then defend what you believe! This means do not be silent in the face of evils. Defend the biblical values and stand on the side of Jesus Christ your Lord!

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忠實的基督徒
有許多基督徒忠心地生活在這個變態的世界中。 您可能會問“忠心”是什麼意思。 “忠心”是指按照主耶穌基督的教導生活。
以下是幾個例子來彼此共勉。


 * 您知道為什麼神呼召我們成為祂的信徒嗎? 讓我們回憶一下,我們的主在這方面的教導。 約翰福音 15:16, “16 不是你們揀選了我,是我揀選了你們,並且分派你們去結果子,叫你們的果子常存,使你們奉我的名無論向父求什麼,他就賜給你們。” 因此,作為基督徒,我們最重要的目的之一就是去結果子。 這意味著邀請人們相信耶穌基督是他們個人的主和救主。 傳播福音並將我們的救主介紹給我們認識或遇到的人,是我們在這個世界上日常工作的關鍵。


 * 在“頂樓傳道”中,我們的主清楚地教導他的門徒為他作見證。 約翰福音 15:26-27, “26 但我要從父那裡差保惠師來,就是從父出來真理的聖靈;他來了,就要為我作見證。 27 你們也要作見證,因為你從起頭就與我同在” 。因此,我們也應該為祂作見證。


 * 所有基督徒都應該記住,我們在這個世界上的衝突是屬靈的。 以弗所書 6:12, “12 因我們並不是與屬血氣的爭戰,乃是與那些執政的、掌權的、管轄這幽暗世界的,以及天空屬靈氣的惡魔爭戰”。因此,我們必須依靠聖靈的能力和在基督耶穌裡結果子。 我們不能自高自大,以為單靠自己的力量就能作神的工作。 約翰福音 15:5, “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”。

 

Faithful Christians

There are many Christians living faithfully in this perverted world. You might ask what do you mean by “faithfully”. “Faithfully” means living accordance with the Lord Jesus Christ’s teachings.

The following are a few examples for our mutual benefits.


* Do you know why God called out to be His believer? Let us recall what are our Lord’s teachings in this area. John 15:16, “16 You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you.” Thus, one of our most important purposes as Christians is to go and bear fruit. This means to invite people to believe in Jesus Christ as their individual Lord and Savior. To spread the Gospel and to introduce our Savior to the people we know or we met are our key day-to-day work in this world.


 * In the “Upper Room Discourse”, our Lord clearly taught His disciples to bear witness of Him. John 15:26-27, “26 “But when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me. 27 And you also will bear witness, because you have been with Me from the beginning.” Thus, we should also bear witness of Him.


 * All Christians should remember that our conflicts in this world are of  spiritual nature. Ephesians 6:12, “12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.” Thus, we must rely upon the power of the Holy Spirit and in Christ Jesus to bear fruits. We cannot be arrogant and think that we can do God’s work by our own strength alone. John 15:5, “5 “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.”

 

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什麼是基督徒!

 

聖經中有一個非常有趣和重要的教導。 它出現在帖撒羅尼迦後書 2:6-7, “6 現在你們也知道那攔阻他的是什麼,是叫他到了的時候才可以顯露。 7 因為那不法的隱意已經發動;只是現在有一個攔阻的,等到那攔阻的被除去”。這基本上表明在末日將至時,除非限制攔阻者被移除,否則敵基督邪惡者不會完全出現。 雖然對於這個限制是誰或什麼,有各種各樣的猜測。 我們認為以下解釋最符合聖經的教導。 上帝的聖靈是攔阻邪惡者。 從歷史上看,聖靈通過信徒作工, 一直是攔阻墮落的世界無法無天的全面暴行的一部分。

 

我們都知道,在末日將至時,許多教會的成員都屬於世界。 所有真正的基督徒都應該清楚地了解“屬於世界”的含義。 “屬於世界”的意思是“成為腐敗世界體系的一部分”。 換句話說,“世界教會”是以世界為他們的主。 他們可能有外表基督教儀式,但他們堅持世界的價值觀。 直接說,他們的行動或不行動清楚地表明他們不服從耶穌基督為他們的主,儘管他們可能會有不同的說法!

 

作為基督徒,重要的是要問:“我是邪惡系統的一部分,還是通過內住的聖靈抑制無法無天的一部分?“。 如果我是邪惡系統的一部分,我會通過沉默,來維護政治正確地同流合污。 或者,如果我是邪惡抑制者的一部分,那麼我必須通過反對邪惡來儘自己的一份力量,來表達基督徒的本性。 可悲的是,這個世界上早已失去“鹽與光”的所謂基督徒太多了!

 

所以,如果我們是基督徒,讓我們表現得像我們的主耶穌基督的真正追隨者!

 

What is a Christian!

 

There is a very interesting and important teaching in the Bible. It appears in 2 Thessalonians 2: 6-7, “6 And you know what restrains him now, so that he will be revealed in his time. 7 For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He who now restrains will do so until He is removed.”  It basically indicates that the Anti- Christ (the Evil One) will not show up fully until the restrainer was removed in the end time. While there are various speculations on who or what is this restrainer. We regard the following interpretation fitting the Bible teaching the best. The Holy Spirit of God is the restrainer. Historically, the Spirit working through believers has always been part of what holds the perverted world back from the full rampage of lawlessness.

 

We all know that at the end time approaches, many members of the churches are of the world. All genuine christians shall have a clear understanding on the implication of the  “of the world” means.  The “of the world” means “be part of the corrupt world system”. In other words, the “ of the world churches” are taking the world as its lord. They may have the symbols or rites but they are adhering to the values of the world. To speak directly, their actions or lack of actions clearly show that they do not obey Jesus Christ as their Lord although they may say differently!

 

As a Christian, it is important to ask “am I part of the evil system or am I through the in-dwelling Holy Spirit part of the restrainer of the lawlessness? “.  If I part of the evil system, I maintain political correctness through silence. Or if I am part of the restrainer, then I must do my part by speaking out against evils. Sadly, there are too many so-called christians who have long lost their “salt and light” in this world!

 

So if we are christians, let us behave like a true follower of Christ Jesus our Lord !

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自我檢查
我們都知道,時不時地自我檢查一下我們在靈性成長中的位置是非常好的。 一有效的方法是檢查我們把時間花在哪裡。
以下是好的時間花費項目例子:
* 學習/閱讀聖經
* 祈禱
並感謝上帝
* 與家庭成員在一起,尤其是配偶和孩子
* 工作養家糊口
* 改善您的健康
* 清理你自己和你的環境
* 傳播福音和培養門徒訓練
* 安慰和幫助有需要的人

* 放鬆和冥想
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以下是不良時間花費項目例子:
* 在無休止的網絡聊天中
* 自我放縱的物品,如色情和電子遊戲
* 時間花在假新聞

* 恐懼和恐慌

一些關於如何生活的簡單計劃確實很有用。 實際上,您在一個月內計劃的活動或義務的日曆也很有幫助。 最有效的利用時間的方法就是養成早起早睡的日常習慣。

最重要的是,確保你在基督裡,並與你所愛的人保持良好的關係!!

 

Self Check

We all know that from time to time, it is very good to do a self check about where we are in our spiritual growth. One practice way is to examine where we spent our time.

 

The following is a list of good time spent items:

 *  to study/read the Bible
 *  to pray and thank God
 *  to be with the family members, particularly, spouse and children
 *  to make a decent living to support family
 *  to improve your health
 *  to cleanup yourself and your environment
 *  to comfort and help people in needs
 *  to spread gospel and nurture discipleship

 *  to relax and maditate

The following is a list of bad  time spent items

 *  on endless internet chats
 *  on self indulgence items such as porno, and video game
 *  on fake news

 *  on fear and panic

 

Some simple plan of how to live a day is indeed useful. Actually, a calendar of your planned activities or obligations in a month is also quite helpful. Most effective means of utilizing time is to have a habit of daily routine of getting up and go to bed early.

 

Most importantly, make sure you are in Christ and that you maitain great relationship with your loved ones!!

 

在我們穿越這個世界的朝聖之旅中,祈禱是必不可少的  (新)

 

作為基督徒,我們都從聖經的教導中知道,我們現在的朝聖之旅正處於一場激烈的屬靈爭戰中。並且,我們的敵人不是血肉之軀。以弗所書 6:12, “12 因我們並不是與屬血氣的爭戰,乃是與那些執政的、掌權的、管轄這幽暗世界的,以及天空屬靈氣的惡魔爭戰。 我們的敵人不是血肉之軀”。因此,基督徒被教導要做好充分的準備 “11 要穿戴神所賜的全副軍裝,就能抵擋魔鬼的詭計。” ( 以弗所書 6:11)

 

作為基督徒,我們也知道我們自己的力量和資源非常有限。 因此,使徒保羅警告我們要為萬事隨時禱告,祈求我們全能的上帝的力量來幫助我們。以弗所書 6:18, 當隨時警醒禱告, “18 靠著聖靈,隨時多方禱告祈求,並要在此警醒不倦,為眾聖徒祈求;”

 

每一天,我們都需要穿上神的全副軍裝,我們需要為自己和所有聖徒祈禱、祈禱、再祈禱。 的確,我們需要在生活中的隨處、每時每刻都信靠我們的主。 我們越早學會練習穿上神的全副軍裝,並在我們的膝蓋上有一個充滿活力的祈禱生活,我們就會享受更好和有效的基督徒生活。

 

禱告是蒙福的特權和責任。 永遠不要忘記,我們是向上帝祈禱,我們的創造主是開始和結束。 我們的禱告應該包括讚美我們的上帝、承認我們的罪、感恩和祈求。 我們是在聖靈裡,並藉著我們主耶穌基督寶貴的名,向我們的天父禱告。 永遠記住,我們需要住在基督裡才能結果子,正如我們的主在約翰福音 15:5 清楚地教導我們,”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。”

 

願我們每天都遵循馬太福音 22:37-39 行走前往天家的朝聖之旅!”37 耶穌對他說:「你要盡心、盡性、盡意愛主你的神。 38 這是誡命中的第一,且是最大的。 39 其次也相仿,就是要愛人如己。”

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Prayers are essential in our pilgrimage through this world (NEW)

 

As christians, we all know by the Bible teaching that we are in a severe spiritual warfare in our pilgrim journey right now. And our enemies are not flesh and blood. Ephesians 6:12, “12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.” Thus, Christians are taught to be well prepared by “11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” (Ephesians 6:11)

 

As christians, we also know that we are quite limited in our own strength and resources. Hence, Apostle Paul warned us to pray at all time for all things and for requesting the strength of our mighty God to help us. “ 18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints” (Ephesians 6:18)

 

In each day, we need to put on the whole armor of God and we need to pray and pray and pray for ourselves, and for all  the saints. Indeed, we need to trust our Lord everywhere and every moments and for all things in our lives. The sooner we learn to practice putting on the whole armor of God and to have a vibrant prayer life on our knees the better and effective christian lives we will enjoy. 

 

Praying is a blessed privilege and duty. Never forget that we pray to God ,our Creator, who is  the beginning and the end. Our prayers should include praising our God, confessing our sins, thanksgiving, and supplication. Our prayers are to our heavenly Father, in the Spirit, and  through the precious Name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Always remember that we need to abide in Christ to bear fruits as our Lord clearly teaches us in John 15:5, 5 “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.”

 

May we all follow Matthew 22:37-39 everyday in our pilgrim journey towards our heavenly home!

37 Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’

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真正的基督徒不應失去我們的鹽味在這個世界上,也不會避免在人前閃耀著我們主榮耀福音的光芒!
 

從聖經的教導可以清楚地看出,要成為真正的基督徒,我們需要重生。哥林多後書 5:17, “17 若有人在基督裡,他就是新造的人,舊事已過,都變成新的了。”  一個真正的基督徒是新人,新人是按照上帝的形象造的,有真理的仁義和聖潔。(見以弗所書 4:24)。 因此,任何真正基督徒的主要特徵都包括真正的公義和真正的聖潔。
 

我們的主耶穌基督清楚地教導了什麼是祂門徒的主要特徵。馬太福音 5:13-16, 門徒為光為鹽, 
“13 「你們是世上的鹽。鹽若失了味,怎能叫它再鹹呢?以後無用,不過丟在外面,被人踐踏了。 14 你們是世上的光。城造在山上,是不能隱藏的。 15 人點燈,不放在斗底下,是放在燈臺上,就照亮一家的人。 16 你們的光也當這樣照在人前,叫他們看見你們的好行為,便將榮耀歸給你們在天上的父” 。我們都知道鹽是一種很好的物質,可以防止食物變質腐爛。 這意味著基督徒是反對腐敗和欺騙的人。 既然世間罪惡橫行,這就是為什麼聖經警告我們,”15 不要愛世界和世界上的事。人若愛世界,愛父的心就不在他裡面了。” (約翰一書 2:15) 。 因此,很顯然,通過政治正確性符合世界保持沉默是違背我們
門徒
性格的。我們需要愛我們在天上的聖父,而不是效法世界的敗壞。


同樣,基督徒是世上的光,應該在人前照耀主的榮耀。 聖經教導我們,“20 凡作惡的便恨光,並不來就光,恐怕他的行為受責備;” (約翰福音 3:20)。 因此,成為世界的光就是將我們主榮耀福音的光照亮黑暗的世界。 這就是為什麼邪惡的世界憎恨基督徒。 這就是為什麼我們的主在約翰福音 15:18-19 中警告我們,18 「世人若恨你們,你們知道,恨你們以先已經恨我了。 19 你們若屬世界,世界必愛屬自己的。只因你們不屬世界,乃是我從世界中揀選了你們,所以世界就恨你們。”


因此,而不失其味,成為世上的光,顯然意味著我們在世上,但不屬於世界,也意味著真正的基督徒從不玩弄政治正確來順應世界。然而,要成為鹽而不失其味,成為世界之光,必須付出代價的。 這就是為什麼聖保羅在加拉太書 6:14 中說: “14 但我斷不以別的誇口,只誇我們主耶穌基督的十字架。因這十字架,就我而論,世界已經釘在十字架上;就世界而論,我已經釘在十字架上” 那麼,我們願意付出不屬於世界的代價嗎?​

 

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True Christians shall not lose our salt flavor in this world and shall not avoid shining our Lord’s glorious gospel light before men! (New)

 

From the biblical teaching, it is clear that to be a real christian we need to be born again. 2 Corinthians 5:17, “17 Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.”  A true Christian is the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.( see Ephesians 4:24). Thus, main characters of any true christian include true righteousness and true holiness.

 

Our Lord Jesus Christ taught clearly what are main characters of His disciples. Matthew 5:13-16, Believers Are Salt and Light, 
13 “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.
14 “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.


We all know that salt is a great agent in preserving food against decay and spoil. This means that a Christian is an agent against corruption and deception. Since evils rampage in this world, that is why the scripture warning us that “ 15 Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.” (See 1 John 2:15) Thus, it is clear that to be silenced by political correctness in conforming to the world is against our disciple characters. We need to love our Holy Father in heaven and not conforming to the world’s corruptions.


Similarly, a Christian is the light of the world and should shine the Lord’s glory before men. The Scripture teaches us that “20 For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed.” (John 3:20). Thus, to be light of the world is to shine the light of the glorious gospel of our Lord into the darkened world. This is why the  evil world hates Christians. This is why our Lord for-warn us in John 15: 18-19, “18 “If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you. 19 If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.”
 

Thus, to be salt without losing its flavor and to be a light of the world mean clearly that we are in the world but not of the world and also mean that true Christians are never playing political correctness to conforming to the world. However,  to be salt without losing its flavor and to be the light of the world will have to pay the price. This is why Saint Paul said in Galatians 6:14, “14 But God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.” So, are we willing to pay the price of not of the world?

 

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政治正確性的虛妄生活

彼得前書 1:18  知道你們得贖,脫去你們祖宗所傳流虛妄的行為..
您知道祖先傳給您虛妄的生活方式是什麼嗎? 顯然,祖先傳給我們的是傳統,文化和習俗。 當然,並非所有傳給我們的都是虛妄的生活方式。 您可能會問什麼是虛妄的生活方式? 新的美國標準版本將其稱為“您徒勞的生活方式”。 新國王詹姆斯版本將其稱為“您的傳統所接受的毫無目的的行為”。 因此,我們是從空虛的生活方式,徒勞的生活方式和漫無目的的行為中得到了救贖。 這些虛妄的生活方式來自我們祖先的傳統。 這些是什麼? 任何不持久的東西,任何無用的文化,任何暫時的,沒有永恆價值的傳統。

理解這一點的最佳方法是通過示例。
示例1.  崇拜外邦偶像的徒勞方式。 此類別有數百萬人。 發生在亞洲無處不在的寺廟。
例子2.  跟隨政治正確,破壞和沈默了對與錯的良知。 此類別包括數以百萬計的人,這些人生活在政治專制和宗教專制的社會之中和政治正確性里邊.

因此,我們是從偶像崇拜中得到了救贖。 我們是從政治上的正確性習俗中得到了救贖。
我們是從這個世界的腐敗中得救贖了。
不要為了慾望,力量和金錢而賣掉我們的靈魂。 我們的上帝為他的孩子們提供了一切必要的準備和恩典,以使他的孩子們在這個滅亡的世界上能夠過敬虔聖潔的生活。


Futile Political Correctness Living 

1 Peter 1:18  knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers.

Do you know what is the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors? Obviously handed down to us from our ancestors means traditions, cultures, and customs. Certainly not all handed down to us are the empty way of life. You might ask what is the empty way of life? New American Standard Version called it “your futile way of life”. New King James Version called it “your aimless conduct received by tradition”. Thus, we were redeemed from the empty way of life, from  our futile way of life, and from our aimless conduct. These unfruitful ways of life came from traditions inherited from our ancestors. What are they? Anything that is not lasting, anything that is futile, and anything that is temporal without eternal value.


Best way to understand this is by examples.
Example 1. The futile way of worshipping the gentile idols. There are millions of people in this category.
Example 2. The aimless conducts of political correction to silent conscience of right and wrong. This category includes millions of people living and being deceived by political doctrinarians such as political dictatorship or religious dictatorship like jihadists, and political correctness in various societies.


Thus, we were redeemed from idol worship. We were redeemed from political correctness.
We were redeemed from corruptions of this world.
Do not sell our souls for lusts, power, and money. Our God provides all necessary provisions and grace for His children to live a decent and holy lives in this perishing world.

 

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List of Latest Articles on Main Page 此網頁 最新文章目錄

* Be Watchful in a Wicked and Perverted Generation警惕邪惡變態的世代(New)
* Encourage Each Other 互相鼓勵, 彼此共勉 (New)
* Christian’s Peace and Joy 基督徒的平安與喜樂
* Something to Ponder About? What is Life? 需要思考的事情? 生命是什麼?
* In the Knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord 在上帝和我們的主耶穌的知識
* The Word became flesh 道成了肉身
* Maintenance of a Spiritual Life 維持靈修生活
* Hallelujah, Easter Celebration 哈利路亞,慶祝復活節
* Good Friday   耶穌受難日
* Q & A on the End Time 末世時代的問答
* Do Spread the gospel of Jesus Christ anytime and anywhere 隨時隨地傳播耶穌基督的福音
* Essential Daily Duty of the Need of Self Purification of those who are children of God                     上帝兒女需要自我淨潔的基本日常職責
*  Best Wishes for a Happy Chinese New Year of Ox ! 祝牛年快樂!
* Actions, not Reactions, on Covid-19 Pandemic 針對Covid-19大流行的行動,而非反應 
* A Critical Issue For Year 2021 :  God’s Blessing or Cursing !                                                        2021年的關鍵問題 :上帝的祝福或詛咒!  
* Happy New Year 2021 To You 祝您2021年新年快樂
* Reflection on Year 2020 反思2020年
* How to be Comforted by God in our Suffering of Disheartened Disappointment!                            在我們的沮喪和失望苦難中如何被上帝安慰 

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Contents of this page after the list of latest articles: 本頁面其他文章目錄
* 我們從世界中被選擇出来, 成為聖潔 - 附題:您站在哪一邊!
   We are separated from the world to be holy,  with a subtitle: Which side are you with!
* Actions, not Reactions, on Covid-19 Pandemic      針對Covid-19大流行的行動,而非反應 
* What to do in Covid-19 pandemic period.                在Covid-19大流行期間該怎麼辦。
* On the Covid-19 pandemic                                        在Covid-19大流行中
* On the Spread of the Corona Virus                           關於Covid-19病毒的傳播
* 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)
* 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                                      * 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)

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Encourage Each Other 互相鼓勵, 彼此共勉

 Highlights

*  Cherish what a precious and glorious blessing to be a child of God

*  Listen to our Lord’s teaching

*  Follow the guidance of the Holy Spirit

*  Pattern after our Lord Jesus Christ in all things in our daily living

 

To encourage each other, a few reminders in our daily pilgrimage journey towards our heavenly home.

 

1. Cherish what a precious and glorious blessing to be a child of God
      “17 And if you call on the Father, who without partiality judges according to each one’s work, conduct yourselves throughout the time of your stay here in fear; 18 knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot. 20 He indeed was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you 21 who through Him believe in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.”(1 Peter 1: 17-21). Please meditate on this and remind ourselves often on what we are after our redemption!   Christians are to do good works. Ephesians 2:10, “ 10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.“

 

為了互相鼓勵,在我們朝天上的家的朝聖之旅中,有幾點互相提醒,彼此共勉

 

大綱

珍惜成為上帝兒女的寶貴和榮耀的祝福

聽我們主的教導

* 遵循聖靈的指導

* 在我們日常生活中的所有言行,效法主耶穌基督 

 

1. 珍惜成為上帝兒女的寶貴和榮耀的祝福
   彼得前書 1:17-21, “17 你們既稱那不偏待人、按各人行為審判人的主為父,就當存敬畏的心度你們在世寄居的日子, 18 知道你們得贖,脫去你們祖宗所傳流虛妄的行為,不是憑著能壞的金銀等物, 19 乃是憑著基督的寶血,如同無瑕疵、無玷汙的羔羊之血。 20 基督在創世以前是預先被神知道的,卻在這末世才為你們顯現。 21 你們也因著他,信那叫他從死裡復活,又給他榮耀的神,叫你們的信心和盼望都在於神。' 基督徒要做好事。以弗所書 2:10, “10 我們原是他的工作,在基督耶穌裡造成的,為要叫我們行善,就是神所預備叫我們行的。” 的確,能夠稱呼整個宇宙的創造者為我們的神聖天父,這真是一何等寶貴和光榮的祝福!

 

2.  Listen to our Lord’s teaching
 

     (1) Matthews 5:13 “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.”
Salt is used for preservation  in food against corruption and decay. Christians are restraint against evil. Christians shall not be silent in the face of evils. We need to say something and do something to help people who need help such as widows and orphans. If a person is the salt of the earth, he/she will be very keen and sensitive to wickedness and sins. As such, we will not be of the world. (See James 4:4). More importantly, we need to do what we christians should do.  1 Peter 1:14-15, “14 as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance; 15 but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct,”

     (2) Matthews 5:14-16,  14 “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” Remember always that we are the light of the world and hence we show people to see the Way to the heaven is through Jesus Christ our Lord. John 14:6, “6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”

 

2. 聽我們主的教導
   (1) 馬太福音 5:13--門徒為鹽
“13 「你們是世上的鹽。鹽若失了味,怎能叫它再鹹呢?以後無用,不過丟在外面,被人踐踏了。”
鹽可用於食品防腐保鮮,防止腐敗和腐爛。 基督徒對邪惡保持克制。基督徒在面對邪惡時不應保持沉默。 我們需要說些什麼,做些什麼來幫助需要幫助的人,例如寡婦和孤兒。 如果一個人是大地的鹽,他/她將對邪惡和罪惡非常敏銳和敏感。 因此,我們將不會屬於世界。(參見雅各書4:4)。更重要的是,我們需要做基督徒應該做的事情。彼得前書 1:14-15, “14 你們既做順命的兒女,就不要效法從前蒙昧無知的時候那放縱私慾的樣子。 15 那召你們的既是聖潔,你們在一切所行的事上也要聖潔。”
   (2) 馬太福音 5:14-16--門徒為光
“14 你們是世上的光。城造在山上,是不能隱藏的。 15 人點燈,不放在斗底下,是放在燈臺上,就照亮一家的人。 16 你們的光也當這樣照在人前,叫他們看見你們的好行為,便將榮耀歸給你們在天上的父。” 永遠記住,我們是世界之光,因此我們向人們展示了通往天堂的道路是通過我們的主耶穌基督。約翰福音 14:6—主為道路、真理、生命
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。

 

3. Follow the guidance of the Holy Spirit
      (1) Sonship through the Spirit—Romans 8:12-16, “12 Therefore, brethren, we are debtors—not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. 13 For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. 14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.” This means that we fight with the spiritual warfare by the Spirit. We need to be convicted that fighting with the deeds of the body is indeed a spiritual warfare.
      (2) Pray in the Spirit— Ephesians 6:18, “18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints”. Christians shall know that we shall wear the whole armors of God and the one offensive armor is the sword of the Spirit,  “17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God;” (Ephesians 6:17)
      (3) Witness Jesus Christ by the Spirit — John 15:26-27, “26  But when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me. 27 And you also will bear witness, because you have been with Me from the beginning.”  Our witness of Who Jesus is and How great redemption works He accomplished is based upon the personal witnesses of the apostles. See for example, 1 John 1:1-4,
What Was Heard, Seen, and Touched, “1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, concerning the Word of life— 2 the life was manifested, and we have seen, and bear witness, and declare to you that eternal life which was with the Father and was manifested to us— 3 that which we have seen and heard we declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ. 4 And these things we write to you that your joy may be full. “
3. 遵循聖靈的指導
   (1) 聖靈證明我們是上帝的兒女--羅馬書 8:12-16, “12 弟兄們,這樣看來,我們並不是欠肉體的債,去順從肉體活著。 13 你們若順從肉體活著,必要死;若靠著聖靈治死身體的惡行,必要活著。 14 因為凡被神的靈引導的,都是神的兒子。 15 你們所受的不是奴僕的心,仍舊害怕;所受的乃是兒子的心,因此我們呼叫:「阿爸!父!」 16 聖靈與我們的心同證我們是神的兒女。” 這意味著我們靠著聖靈在屬靈爭戰中戰鬥。 我們必須認定治死身體的惡行確實是一場屬靈爭戰。
  (2)在聖靈中祈禱-- 以弗所書 6:18, 當隨時警醒禱告, “18 靠著聖靈,隨時多方禱告祈求,並要在此警醒不倦,為眾聖徒祈求;” 基督徒要拿起神所賜的全副軍裝,其中一種進攻性盔甲是聖靈的劍。以弗所書 6:17, “17 並戴上救恩的頭盔,拿著聖靈的寶劍,就是神的道。17 並戴上救恩的頭盔,拿著聖靈的寶劍,就是神的道。”
   (3)藉著聖靈見證耶穌基督— 約翰福音 15:26-27, “26 但我要從父那裡差保惠師來,就是從父出來真理的聖靈;他來了,就要為我作見證。 27 你們也要作見證,因為你從起頭就與我同在。” 我們關於耶穌是誰以及他完成大救贖的見證是基於使徒們起初的親身體驗。例如,約翰一書 1:1-4, “1 論到從起初原有的生命之道,就是
我們所聽見、所看見、親眼看過、親手摸過的。 2 這生命已經顯現出來,我們也看見過,現在又作見證,將原與父同在且顯現於我們那永遠的生命傳給你們。 3 我們將所看見、所聽見的傳給你們,使你們與我們相交;我們乃是與父並他兒子耶穌基督相交的。 4 我們將這些話寫給你們,使你們的喜樂充足。”

 

4. Pattern after our Lord Jesus Christ in all things in our daily living
In our Lord’s words and deeds as revealed in the Holy Scripture, He always glorify His Father. For example, John 14: 9-11, “9 Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10 Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works. 11 Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me, or else believe Me for the sake of the works themselves.”
We Christians are destined to grow up in Christ. See for example, Ephesians 4:13-16, “13 till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; 14 that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, 15 but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ— 16 from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.”

 

Do plan our daily life to honor our Lord Jesus Christ. Do meditate a few verses in the Bible everyday.  May we keep a thankful heart always and give thanks after thanks to our almighty God the Father in heaven!

 

4. 在我們日常生活中的所有言行,效法主耶穌基督


聖經揭示我們主的言行,他總是榮耀他的父親。 例如,約翰福音 14:9-11, “9 耶穌對他說:「腓力,我與你們同在這樣長久,你還不認識我嗎?人看見了我,就是看見了父,你怎麼說『將父顯給我們看』呢? 10 我在父裡面,父在我裡面,你不信嗎?我對你們所說的話,不是憑著自己說的,乃是住在我裡面的父做他自己的事。 11 你們當信我,我在父裡面,父在我裡面;即或不信,也當因我所做的事信我。” 我們基督徒注定要在基督里長大。 例如,以弗所書 4:13-16, “13 直等到我們眾人在真道上同歸於一,認識神的兒子,得以長大成人,滿有基督長成的身量, 14 使我們不再做小孩子,中了人的詭計和欺騙的法術,被一切異教之風搖動飄來飄去,就隨從各樣的異端, 15 唯用愛心說誠實話,凡事長進,連於元首基督。 16 全身都靠他聯絡得合式,百節各按各職,照著各體的功用彼此相助,便叫身體漸漸增長,在愛中建立自己。”

 

要計劃我們的日常生活,以尊敬我們的主耶穌基督。 每天都要沉思聖經中的幾節經文。 願我們永遠保持感恩的心,感謝我們全能的上帝,天上的父親!

 

                        基督徒的平安與喜樂
 

在一個混亂的世界和一個變態的世代中,我們基督徒需要注意我們的生活方式和時間。 如果您花了一些時間在聖經上,您應該清楚我們的公民身份是在我們的主耶穌基督的榮耀王國中,而我們的主是我們的真理,道路和生命。

 

在基督裡,即使在我們與時代邪惡體系的日常屬靈戰爭中,我們的基督徒朝聖也應該享有平安與喜樂。 在以弗所書第6:13-19章中清楚地教導了這一點,我們要穿戴神所賜的全副軍裝,好在磨難的日子抵擋仇敵;並且成就了一切,還能站立得住。

 

在我們的屬靈爭戰中,我們要靠著主,倚賴他的大能大力做剛強的人。  靠著聖靈,隨時多方禱告祈求,並要在此警醒不倦,為眾聖徒祈求。

 

基督徒應該堅信我們的平安與喜樂來自主耶穌。 在他裡面,我們有一切豐盛和保護,即使在受苦受難的情況下也能平安與喜樂,正如彼得前書第1章3-6節所明確教導的。

 

確實,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。 願頌讚歸於我們主耶穌基督, 為我們贖回我們,在十字架上犧牲的大愛。 確實,成為上帝的兒女是多麼幸福。 讚美我們的主耶穌基督!

 

                        Christian’s Peace and Joy


In a chaotic world and in a perverted generation, we Christians need to be watchful about how we live and what we spend our time on. If you have spent sometime on the Holy Bible, you should be clear that our citizenship is in the glorious kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ and our Lord is our Truth, Way, and Life.
 

In Christ, our Christian pilgrimage should have peace and joy, even in the midst of our daily spiritual war with the evil system of our times. This is clearly taught in Ephesians Chapter 6:13-19 for  us to take up the full armor of God that we may be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything to stand firm.


In our spiritual warfare, we are to be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Also, with all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints.


Christians should have the conviction that our peace and joy are from the Lord Jesus. In Him, we have all the resources and providence to be peaceful and joyful even under inflictions and suffering as clearly taught in 1 Peter Chapter 1:3-6.


Indeed, praises  and blessed are to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christy 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. What a blessing to be children of God through the great love of our Lord Jesus Christ in His redemption of us by his sacrifice at the Cross. Praises to our Lord Jesus Christ!

需要思考的事情? 生命是什麼?生命在他裡頭,這生命就是人的光

 

在繁忙的世界中,人們每天都被生活煩惱所困擾。 然而,有時, 對生命的來龍去脈進行一次思考是非常重要的。 你不也這麼認為嗎? 當邪惡和虛假今天蔓延到我們社會的各個階層時,我們更須在這一變態的世代中思考這一議題。

 

根據觀察,這個世界上每個人的日子都是有限的。 人們來來去去; 世代相傳! 那生命是什麼? 
實際上,我們不妨花一些時間思考生命。 根據我們自己的經驗,沒有比思考生命更重要的議題了。 

 

聖經中有很重要的經節。 是這樣說的。
約翰福音 1:4。 “4 生命在他裡頭,這生命就是人的光”。這確實是一個非常寶貴的聖經啟示。 
生命在耶穌基督裡。 所有的生命都來自他。 您可能會問“所有生命都來自他”是什麼意思? 因為約翰福音1:3說 “3 萬物是藉著他造的;凡被造的,沒有一樣不是藉著他造的”. 換句話說,我們是由他創造的。 因此,耶穌基督是所有生命的源頭。 實際上,所有創造的東西都來自他,並由他維護的。 

約翰福音1:4 另一個有趣的啟示是”這生命是人的光”。 沒有生命,什麼都不用談了。換句話說,政治,工作,權力,社會,法律,正義,鬥爭等不再重要了 。 人的光是什麼? 既然您是人類的一分子,您就可以了解人的光是什麼意思。 

 

因為它被稱為人的光,它意味著它是每個人的本質,就像每個人的生命本質一樣。 另一個有趣的觀點是,沒有光就沒法生活。 需要考慮的事情:沒有光,我們什麼都看不到。 您能考慮在完全黑暗沒有陽光的環境中生活嗎?因此,沒有光就意味著沒有生命。 

 

根據聖經的經文,人的光在基督耶穌裡。 因此,一個關鍵的思想是我們必須在耶穌基督裡才能有這種人的光,來過著有意義而幸福的生活。 同樣,我們必須在基督耶穌裡面,才能從他,我們的創造主和我們的主那裡得到永生! 

 

如您所知,一切都發生在互聯網時代。 虛假/虛假新聞氾濫成災。 每個人都可以批評任何人和任何事物。 但是,歷史告訴我們,所有人不管是誰(精英,無知者,皇帝,演說家,評論員,有錢人,有勢力的人,貧窮或有需要的人) 都會死。實際上,所有評論都只是像灰塵來來去去而已。 因此,除非一個人對他/她的創造者謙卑。 除非有人在基督耶穌裡。 人們不會有永生,也不會有人的光的。 因此,作為一名基督徒,我們不應被虛假和虛假消息所欺騙。也不用擔心這個互聯網時代的混亂。  只要永遠感謝我們的上帝,因為他活著,我們也將活著。 的確,所有的魔鬼和他的同夥永遠注定要滅亡! 

因此,在這個混亂的世界中,我們應該在耶穌基督裡過平安與喜樂的生活。讚美主基督耶穌!

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Something to Ponder About? What is Life?

In Him was life, and the life was the light of men

 

In a busy hustling world, people are absorbed by every day’s troubles. Yet, it is very important to think about life once awhile. Don't you also think so? It is particularly imperative to do today in this perverted generation  when evil and falsehood permiate throughout all sectors of our society.

 

From observations, everyone’s days in this world is limited. People came and went; generations after generations! So what is life?

Actually, we might as well spend some of our own time to think about life. From our own experience, there are not many issues as important as  the issue of life.

 

There is a very important verse in the Bible. And It goes like this.

John 1:4 “ 4 In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.”  This is indeed a very precious biblical revelation.

Life is in Jesus Christ. All life comes from Him. You may ask what does it mean “all life comes from Him” ? Because John 1:3 says “3 All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.”  In other words, we were created by Him. So Jesus Christ is the source of all life. Actually, all created things were from Him and maintained by Him.

 

Another interesting revelation of John 1:4 is the life was the light of men. Without life, nothing matter anymore. In other words, politics, jobs, power, society, laws, justice,  conflicts, etc., are not relevant anymore. Now, what is the light of men? Since you are a member of the mankind, you can tell what the the light of men means.

Since it  is called the light of men, it means that it is a property of every human being just like the essence of life is the same for every human being. Another interesting point is no one can live without light. Something to think about:  without light, we cannot see anything. Can you think about trying to live in total darkness without sunlight? Thus, there is no life without light.

 

Per the Bible verse, the light of men is in Christ Jesus. Thus, a key thought is that we need to be in Jesus Christ to have this light of men to live a meaning and blessed life. Similarly, we must be in Christ Jesus to receive the ever lasting life from Him, our Creator and our Lord!

 

As you know, everything goes in the internet era. Falsehood/fakenews are rampage. Everybody can criticize anybody and anything. However, history tells us that all men die whether they are elites, ignorants, emperiors, orators, commentators, rich, powerful, or poor and needy. So unless an individual humbles him/ herself with respect to his/her creator. All comments are just dusts in the air indeed. Unless an individual is in Christ Jesus. There will be no eternal life and no light of man indeed. As a Christian, we should not be deceived by the falsehood and fake news. Just always be thankful to our God because He lives we shall live also. All the devil and his cohorts are forever doomed indeed! Thus, we should live with peace and joy in Jesus Christ in this chaotic world. Praise Jesus Christ our Lord!

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In the Knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord (New)

In 2 Peter 1:2, Apostle Peter greets us with the verse,
"2 Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord". 

I do not know if you ever asked the question of ”what does he mean by “in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord”? What does he mean at the content of this knowledge? Of course, this knowledge is the knowledge revealed in the Scripture. However, what are the key ingredients of this knowledge.

Since God is infinite, knowledge pertaining to Him would be infinite and would take our lifetime to pursue it and even with that, our understanding would still be very much limited. Nevertheless our limitations, it is very important to gain this knowledge as much as we could because grace and peace are related to this knowledge.

The following is a few suggestions to encourage each other:
1. First, we must take the Bible study very seriously and spend as much time as possible on the Bible.
2. Since our Lord is the greatest teacher, we should study His teachings in the Scripture very diligently.
3. As a believer of  Jesus Christ, we have the Holy Spirit indwelling in each of us. We should pray for the enlightenment from the Holy Spirit to teach us concerning the Scripture.
4. Always with a heart of thanksgiving to our Heavenly Father for His sending our precious Lord to this earth to redeem us. What a blessing indeed to all of the believers!

5. Per Jonathan Edwards comments: "The more knowledge you have of divine things, the better will you know your duty; your knowledge will be of greater use to direct you as to your duty in particular cases. You will also be the better furnished against the temptations of the devil" and "By having much knowledge, you will be under greater advantages to conduct yourselves with prudence and discretion in your christian course, and so to live much more to the honour of God and religion".

 

在上帝和我們的主耶穌的知識

在彼得後書1:2, 使徒彼得以經文向我們致意:
"2 願恩惠、平安因你們認識神和我們主耶穌多多地加給你們".
我不知道您是否曾問“在上帝和我們的主耶穌的知識中,他意味著什麼?”, 他表示什麼是這知識的內容?當然,這些知識就是聖經所揭示的知識。但是,此知識的關鍵要素是什麼。

由於上帝是無限的,因此與上帝有關的知識將是無限的,並且將花費我們一生的時間追求,即使這樣努力我們的理解仍將有限。儘管我們的限性,但盡可能多獲取該知識非常重要,因為恩典與和平與該知識有關。

以下是一些建議互相鼓勵​
1. 首先,我們必須非常認真地研究聖經,並在聖經上花費盡可能多的時間。
2. 因為我們的主是最偉大的老師。 我們應該非常勤奮地研究他在聖經中的教導。
3. 作為耶穌基督的信徒,我們每個人內都有聖靈。 我們應當為聖靈的啟示禱告,以教導我們有關聖經的知識。
4. 永遠懷著感恩的心感謝我們的天父,因為他將我們寶貴的主耶穌派到地球上來贖回我們。 這真是對所有信徒的祝福!

5. 正如喬納森·愛德華茲(Jonathan Edwards)所說:“您對神聖事物的了解越多,您對職責的了解就會越多;您的知識將大大幫助您理解您職責的特定情況。您也將獲得更好的裝備以抵禦魔鬼的誘惑” 並且 “通過擁有豐富的知識,這將為您帶來更大的優勢,您將在基督徒的生活中以審慎和謹慎的態度進行自我管理,從而更有能力為上帝和宗教的光榮而生活。”

The Word became flesh 
The central purpose of Christian's calling is to live for God through Christ Jesus. To each Christian, our Lord Jesus Christ is the center of our faith and our life. He is the central goal of our life's pursuit.
John 1:14, “ 14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.“
God through Apostle John reveals a great truth concerning Jesus Christ our Lord. The translation “the Word” is from the Greek “ὁ λόγος “. The Greek phrase “ ὁ λόγος “ means the totality of wisdom which includes the source of all knowledge, experience, and wisdom. In human history, irregardless of the Eastern or Western approaches, pursuit of this “Truth” has been  the endeavor of all mankind which resulted in the marvelous
development and accomplishments of  science, philosophy, art, and literature.  However, in Christian faith, the Truth of Salvation is embodied in a person and cannot be found outside Him. This person is unique in that He is the Son of God and incarnated in two thousand years ago on this earth to live among humankind to show us the only way to obtain this Truth of Eternal Life and to God.  John 14:6, 6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me”. 

This Truth distinguishes Christianity from all other gentile religions of this world. The Christian faith is therefore not on the result of human being’s effort but through God’s grace. 1 Corinthians 1:30, 30 But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God—and righteousness and sanctification and redemption—. This is clearly taught in the Bible per Ephesians 2:8, 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God,


道成了肉身
基督徒呼召的主要目的是通過基督耶穌為上帝而活。對於每個基督徒來說,我們的主耶穌基督是我們信仰和生活的中心。他是我們一生追求的中心目標。 
約翰福音 1:14, 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。
上帝通過使徒約翰揭示了關於我們的主耶穌基督的偉大真理。 翻譯“道”單詞 來自希臘語“ὁ λόγος”。 希臘文“ὁ λόγος”表示智慧的整體,其中包括所有知識,經驗和智慧的來源。 在人類歷史上,不管東方或西方的追求方法如何,追求“真理”都是依靠人的努力,導致了科學,哲學,藝術和文學的發展與成就。但是,在基督教信仰中,救贖
真理體現在一個人中,無法在他之外找到。 這個人的獨特之處在於他是上帝的兒子,並且在兩千多年前就已經道成了肉身在地球上,生活在人類之中,向我們展示了獲得生命真理並歸於上帝的唯一途徑。約翰福音 14:6 主為道路真理生命, 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。

這個真理將基督教與這個世界上所有其他的外邦宗教區分開來。 因此,基督教信仰不是靠人類努力的結果,而是靠上帝的恩典。哥林多前書 1:30, 30 但你們得在基督耶穌裡,是本乎神,神又使他成為我們的智慧、公義、聖潔、救贖。以弗所書2:8在聖經中清楚地教導了這一點. “8 你們得救是本乎恩,也因著信。這並不是出於自己,乃是神所賜的;”

維持靈修生活


沒有人會認為,如果沒有每天吃飯和漱洗,我們就能擁有健康的身體生活。 但是許多基督徒忘記了,靈修生活同樣會需要日常的靈修食物和維護。 許多祝福來自健康的精神生活,就像許多祝福來自健康的身體。


基督徒需要清楚地認識到,聖經教導了所有健康生活的必要和充分方法。 至關重要的是,我們所有人在吃聖經中的屬靈食物時都要採取紀律嚴明的態度。 這意味著每個基督徒在聖經上裝備自己時,都應該以認真的態度來進行。


喬納森·愛德華茲(Jonathan Edwards)曾表示,所有基督徒的基本呼召都必須在聖經中勤奮地成聖。 這意味著我們每個人都應該非常認真地尋找和冥想聖經中的各種教義。( 參見參考資料1:“喬納森·愛德華茲 認識基督,佈道1-基督教知識" )

 

下面總結了他關於如何學習聖經的一些建議:
-需要花費大量時間在聖經中
-在學習聖經時,需要注意所考慮的特定經文的語境和語氣。 還需要與類似的經文進行比較。
-購買並勤奮地使用其他書籍,這可能有助於您掌握這些知識​

-彼此分享聖經的見解並互相學習

-不要為自己的驕傲而學習聖經,甚至不要以為自己已經掌握了聖經中的屬靈知識。 學習聖經是永恆的追求。
-向上帝尋求祂的指引,並在您的聖經學習努力中祝福您
-根據所學的神聖知識進行練習在日常生活中

 

喚醒人們! 除非我們認真研究聖經,並且確實花了很大的精力通過聖經來研究我們的問題。 我們很可能會浪費許多寶貴的時間追求世界。 為了享有健康快樂的精神生活,我們每個人真正需要享受聖經中寶貴的時間。

 

Maintenance of a Spiritual Life

No one would think that we can have healthy physical life without daily meals and washing. But many Christians forget that a spiritual life  will similarly require daily spiritual food and maintenance. Many blessings are through a healthy spiritual life just as many blessings are through healthy physical beings.

Christians need to clearly realize that all the necessary and sufficient ways of having a healthy life are taught in the Scripture. It is so essential that we all take a very disciplined attitude in eating the spiritual foods in the Bible. This means that each Christian should take  as a God given profession in equipping oneself with the riches of the Bible.

Jonathan Edwards once indicated that it was the essential calling of all Christians to be perfected in the Scripture. This means that each of us should take it very seriously to search and meditate on the various teachings in the Bible. Summarized below are a few advice from him on how to study the Bible: (See Ref 1: “Jonathan Edwards on Knowing Christ , Sermon 1- Christian Knowledge”)
 

- Need to spend sizable amount of time in the Bible
- When studying the Bible, need pay attention to the context, and mood of the particular verses under consideration. Also need to compare with the similar scriptural verses.
- Procure, and diligently use other books which may help you to grow in this knowledge
- Share bible insights to each other  and learn from each other
- Do not study the Bible for your own pride and do not even think that you have mastered the spiritual knowledge in the Bible. Bible study is an eternal pursuit.
- Seek to God that He would direct you, and bless you in your Bible study effort
- Practice according to what divine knowledge you have learned

 

Wake up folks! Unless we take the study of the Bible serious and do spent very good effort in searching our issues through the Scripture. We will most likely wasting many of our precious time in pursuing the world.  To be blessed with a healthy and joyful spiritual life, each of us truly need a portion of our precious time in the Scripture.

 

末世時代的問答 (第1部分)

1. 問題1 - 為什麼在21世紀我們對此問題感興趣? 

答:目前,世界正處於致命的Covid-19大流行中。 許多人壓力很大。 對於許多基督教徒來說,世界似乎越來越與聖經的價值觀背道而馳。 非常重要的一點是,我們清楚地了解聖經對末世情況的啟示,這樣我們我們對發生的事情並不感到驚訝 ,並且在逆境中要堅強自己的信念。 
1.1聖經怎麼說人類歷史?
聖經揭示了上帝如何創造世界及其內容,包括人類,以及在人類歷史上,上帝與墮落天使之間的衝突。 聖經的主要主題是上帝向人類展示他的屬性,以及上帝派他的獨生子耶穌基督到世上來贖回那些相信耶穌基督是他們個人的救主和主的人,從而展現他對人類的偉大的愛。
從聖經中,我們了解以下內容:
A. 創造宇宙萬物 
B. 亞當和夏娃的墮落是由於魔鬼的欺騙
C. 由於墮落的天使和人類的腐敗和邪惡,受到全球洪水的懲罰,以摧毀除諾亞一家之外的全人類
D. 上帝呼召亞伯拉罕,選擇猶太人為祂的子民
E. 在舊約時代上帝如何拯救他的子民
F. 在新約時代,上帝如何差遣他的兒子耶穌基督拯救人類
G. 世界如何叛逆上帝並破害他的子民和世界將如何終結。以及他的兒子的歸來審判世界,並在此之後建立千禧年國在地球上。
H. 對魔鬼和他墮落的天使的最終審判以及新天新地的降臨。  

 

Q & A on the End Time (Part 1)

Question No.  1— Why in the 21 century are we bothered with this question?
Answer:  Currently, the world is in a very deadly Co-19 pandemic. Many people are highly stressed. For many Christian believers, it may appear that the world is going increasingly against the values of the Bible. It is very important that we clearly understand what the Bible reveals about the end time situations so that we are not surprised and are keeping our faith strong in facing adversities.
1.1 What the Bible says about the human history?
The Bible reveals how the world and its contents including mankind were created by God and the conflicts between God and His fallen angels as illustrated in the human history. Main themes of the Bible are to show the attributes of God and His love unto the human race by sending His only begotten Son Jesus Christ to the earth to redeem those who believe in Jesus Christ as their personal Savior and Lord. From the Bible, we know the following:
A.  Creation
B.  The Fall of Adam and Eve due to the devil’s deception
C.  Corruption and evil of the fallen angels and human beings were punished by a global flood to wipe out all mankind except Noah’s family 
D.  God called Abraham and chose the Jews to be His chosen people 
E.  How God saved His people in the Old Testament time 
F.   How God sent His Son Jesus Christ to save the mankind in the New Testament Time
G.  How the world rebels against God and prosecutes His people and How the world will end  by the return of His Son and His saints to administer God’s judgement and  after that, rule in His millennium kingdom on the earth.
H.  Final Judgement on the devil and his fallen angels and  the coming of New Heaven and Earth.

 

2. 問題2 –我們如何知道末世終結時代的到來? 
答:首先,除了上帝以外,沒有人知道確切的時間,但我們應該知道末世到來的跡象。 為什麼? 因為聖經說: 
2.1 關於確切的時間!
馬太福音24:36-39, “36 但那日子、那時辰,沒有人知道,連天上的使者也不知道,子也不知道,唯獨父知道。 37 挪亞的日子怎樣,人子降臨也要怎樣。 38 當洪水以前的日子,人照常吃喝嫁娶,直到挪亞進方舟的那日, 39 不知不覺洪水來了,把他們全都沖去。人子降臨也要這樣”。警告:所以不要被聲稱知道世界末日的假老師誤導。 
2.2  70週的預言是什麼?
答:
A. 這70週的預言在但以理書第9章,特別是但以理9:24-27中揭示。
B. 但以理揭示的70週預言的背景是:這70週預言與他的子民(即以色列)及其聖城(即耶路撒冷)有關。 但以理在巴比倫流亡期間得到了這個啟示。(有關詳細信息,請參見聖經研究網頁上的參考文獻1“以色列歷史”,網址為www.reminderfromapastor.org。因此,這70週的開始時間是公元前457年,如下所述:  
通過學習聖經,但以理從先知耶利米得知,耶路撒冷的荒蕪將持續七十年。 但以理懇求主恢復耶路撒冷。 這導致了大天使長加百列的訪問,並向但以理透露了有關以色列和耶路撒冷的著名的70乘7預言(請參閱但以理書第9章),這表明耶路撒冷將被重建。重建該耶路撒冷的預言是在公元前457年上帝的波斯法王亞達薛西王命令中開始實現的。  順便說一句,頒布了重建 耶路撒冷和聖殿的幾項法令,包括居魯士王(以斯拉記1章),達魯迪王(以斯拉記6章),亞達薛西王(以斯拉記7章)和亞達薛西王(尼希米記2章)。 同樣,巴比倫在公元前539年被波斯國王居魯士大帝征服。
C. 70週預言的意義是什麼? 它揭示了耶路撒冷的重建(已經實現),彌賽亞的第一次來臨(已經實現),耶路撒冷及其第二座聖殿的荒蕪和破壞(已完成於公元70年),以及包括敵基督的可憎性在內的各種時代的終結 ,並由我們的主歸來最終消滅敵基督(即未來時代的終結)。
2.3 但以理書第二章,關於巴比倫國王尼布甲尼撒的夢中的偉大形象,代表什麼 ?
答: 在人類歷史上的撒旦人類帝國—但以理書第2章關於尼布甲尼撒王夢的形象,該夢提供了有趣的背景。
A.  當但以理流亡巴比倫的時候,巴比倫的尼布甲尼撒王夢見了一偉大的形象。 因此,獸的帝國始於巴比倫帝國,沒有包括在他之前,在中東歷史上的帝國。
B. 另一個關鍵點是,但以理書中的預言是為了他的人民(以色列) 和聖城(耶路撒冷)。 這就是為什麼我們看不到中東地區以外提到任何文明古國的原因。
C. 值得一提的是,巴比倫帝國之前有兩個外邦人帝國。 它們是(1)埃及帝國和(2)亞述帝國。 因此,這兩個國家加上尼布甲尼撒的形象之帝國,確實覆蓋了影響了猶太人和耶路撒冷城,中東地區的人類帝國歷史。
D. 下表顯示了《但以理書》第二章關於人類歷史上獸王帝國的預言的實現。 下面引用的註釋與此表相關:

 

偉大的形象

聖經參考

野獸帝國

評語

金頭

2:32

巴比倫帝國

 

銀胸和兩隻手臂

2:32

米典-波斯帝國

 

銅肚和大腿

2:32

希臘

 

兩條鐵腿

2:33

東西羅馬帝國

 

 

間隔的教會時代

備註1

在但以理70x7預言的第69周到70週之間

部分粘土和部分鐵, 10腳趾的腳

2:33

最終獸的帝國

備註2

 

備註1- 考慮到耶路撒冷在過去兩千多年的大部分時間內都處於外邦人控制之下,因此,讀者可以在此期間填補各種外邦人的獸帝國。 一個例子是奧斯曼帝國(1299-1922)。 同樣,另一個例子是希特勒帝國,它暴力並殺死了數百萬猶太人。
備註2- 最終獸的帝國,將從敵基督控制三個國家開始,並在第70週(7年)之前擴展到由十個國家組成的同盟國。

 

2. Question No. 2 — How do we know that the end of the ages is coming?
Answer : First of all, no one except God knows the exact hour but we should know the signs of its coming. Why?  Because the Scripture says:

2.1  Concerning the exact hour!
Matt 24:36-39, 36 “But about that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone. 37 For the coming of the Son of Man will be just like the days of Noah. 38 For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, 39 and they did not understand until the flood came and took them all away; so will the coming of the Son of Man be. Warning: So do not be misled by the false teachers that claim they know the day the world ends.

2.2 What is the 70 weeks prophecy?
A. This 70 weeks prophecy is revealed in Dan 9, particularly 9:24-27.
B. The context of the 70 weeks prophecy revealed to Daniel is that this 70 weeks prophecy is concerning with his people (i.e., Israel) and its Holy City (i.e., Jerusalem). Daniel received this revelation while he was living in exile in Babylonia (See Ref.1 “ History of Israel” in the Bible Study Webpage in this Website for details). So the start of this 70 weeks was in the year 457BCE as explained below:
By studying Scripture, Daniel knew from Prophet Jeremiah that the desolation of Jerusalem would last seventy years. Daniel pleaded with the Lord to restore Jerusalem. This resulted in Angel Gabriel ’s visit and revealed the famous 70 times 7 prophesy  concerning  Israel and Jerusalem to Daniel  (See Daniel chapter 9), which revealed Jerusalem would be rebuilt. This prophecy of rebuilding Jerusalem was fulfilled by God’s instrument  King Artaxerxes of Persia’s  decree at 457 B.C. Incidentally, there were several decrees of rebuilding Temple and Jerusalem City including King Cyrus (Ezra 1), King Darius (Ezra 6), King Artaxerxes (Ezra 7) and King Artaxerxes (Nehemiah 2).  Also, Babylon was conquered in 539 B.C., by Persian King Cyrus the Great. 
C. What is the significance of the 70 weeks prophecy? It revealed the rebuilt of Jerusalem (already fulfilled), the first coming of Messiah (already fulfilled), desolation and destruction of Jerusalem and its second Temple (already fulfilled in 70 AD), and the end of ages things including the Anti-Christ’s abominations, and final judgement by our Lord’s return to destroy the Anti-Christ (i.e.,  the end of ages in the future).

2.3 How about the Great Image in the Dream of Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar in Daniel Chapter 2 Concerning the Satan’s Beast Empires in the Human History of The Middle East Region
A. King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylonia had this dream of the great image while Daniel was living in exile in Babylonia. So the beast empires of the Nebuchadnezzar started at the Babylonia empire and did not include the empires before him in the Middle East history.
B. Another key point is that the contact of the prophecies in the Book of Daniel is for his people (Israel) and for its holy city Jerusalem. That is why we do not see any civilizations mentioned outside the Middle East region.
2. Question No. 2 — How do we know that the end of the ages is coming?
Answer : First of all, no one except God knows the exact hour but we should know the signs of its coming. Why?  Because the Scripture says:
2.1  Concerning the exact hour!
Matt 24:36-39, 36 “But about that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone. 37 For the coming of the Son of Man will be just like the days of Noah. 38 For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, 39 and they did not understand until the flood came and took them all away; so will the coming of the Son of Man be. Warning: So do not be misled by the false teachers that claim they know the day the world ends.

2.2 What is the 70 weeks prophecy?
A. This 70 weeks prophecy is revealed in Dan 9, particularly 9:24-27.
B. The context of the 70 weeks prophecy revealed to Daniel is that this 70 weeks prophecy is concerning with his people (i.e., Israel) and its Holy City (i.e., Jerusalem). Daniel received this revelation while he was living in exile in Babylonia (See Ref.1 “ History of Israel” in the Bible Study Webpage in this Website for details). So the start of this 70 weeks was in the year 457BCE as explained below:
By studying Scripture, Daniel knew from Prophet Jeremiah that the desolation of Jerusalem would last seventy years. Daniel pleaded with the Lord to restore Jerusalem. This resulted in Angel Gabriel ’s visit and revealed the famous 70 times 7 prophesy  concerning  Israel and Jerusalem to Daniel  (See Daniel chapter 9), which revealed Jerusalem would be rebuilt. This prophecy of rebuilding Jerusalem was fulfilled by God’s instrument  King Artaxerxes of Persia’s  decree at 457 B.C. Incidentally, there were several decrees of rebuilding Temple and Jerusalem City including King Cyrus (Ezra 1), King Darius (Ezra 6), King Artaxerxes (Ezra 7) and King Artaxerxes (Nehemiah 2).  Also, Babylon was conquered in 539 B.C., by Persian King Cyrus the Great. 
C. What is the significance of the 70 weeks prophecy? It revealed the rebuilt of Jerusalem (already fulfilled), the first coming of Messiah (already fulfilled), desolation and destruction of Jerusalem and its second Temple (already fulfilled in 70 AD), and the end of ages things including the Anti-Christ’s abominations, and final judgement by our Lord’s return to destroy the Anti-Christ (i.e.,  the end of ages in the future).

2.3 How about the Great Image in the Dream of Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar in Daniel Chapter 2 Concerning the Satan’s Beast Empires in the Human History of The Middle East Region
A. King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylonia had this dream of the great image while Daniel was living in exile in Babylonia. So the beast empires of the Nebuchadnezzar started at the Babylonia empire and did not include the empires before him in the Middle East history.
B. Another key point is that the contact of the prophecies in the Book of Daniel is for his people (Israel) and for its holy city Jerusalem. That is why we do not see any civilizations mentioned outside the Middle East region.
C. It is worth to mention that there were two gentile empires before the Babylonia Empire. They are (1) Egyptian Empire, and (2) Assyrian Empire. Thus, these two plus the the empires of Nebuchadnezzar’s great image did indeed cover the human history in the Middle East region which have affected the Jews and City of Jerusalem.
D. The following Table shows the fulfillment of the Daniel chapter 2 prophecy concerning the Beast Empires in the Human History. The notes cited below is related to this Table:

The Great Image

Bible Reference

The Beast Empire

Remark

The  Gold Head

Dan 2: 32

Babylonia

 

The Silver Chest and Two Arms

Dan 2: 32

Medo-Persian

 

The Bronze Belly and Thighs

Dan 2: 32

Greek

 

The Iron Legs

Dan 2:33

East and West Roman Empires

 

 

The Gap of the Church age

Note 1

Gap between the 69th week and the 70th week of the Daniel 70x7 Prophecy.

Feet of Ten Toes of part clay and part iron

Dan 2:33

Final Beast Empire

Note 2

 

Note 1. Given the fact that Jerusalem was under gentile control for most of the last two thousand years, readers can fill in various potential beast empires during this gap. An example is the Ottoman Empire (1299-1922). Also, another example is the Hitler’s Empire which prosecuted and killed millions of Jews.
Note 2. Final Beast Empire will start with the Anti-Christ’s control of three nations and expand to a ten-nation confederate just prior to the 70th week of 7 years.

 

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Do Spread the gospel of Jesus Christ anytime and anywhere

 

All Christians have a mandate to spread the teaching of Jesus Christ per Matthew 28:18-20

"18 And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. 19 Go, therefore, and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to follow all that I commanded you; and behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

It is essential that we all follow this command to spread the gospel to reach the people coming our ways. It is very important to remind ourselves this. Among many things, we are kept on this date to spread the truth to some people coming our ways today. There are some people such as our parents, or our spouse, or our children that are much easier accessible to us. Since we do not know who will be God's children, we just do our duty to spread the gospel to them.

So to all my brothers and sisters in faith, let do our calls today and do something of eternal values to spread the good news of the salvation by Jesus Christ to those coming our way!


隨時隨地傳播耶穌基督的福音

 

根據馬太福音28:18-20,所有基督徒都有傳播依靠耶穌基督救贖的任務。
馬太福音 28:18-20

18 耶穌進前來,對他們說:「天上地下所有的權柄都賜給我了。 19 所以你們要去,使萬民做我的門徒,奉父、子、聖靈的名給他們施洗, 20 凡我所吩咐你們的,都教訓他們遵守。我就常與你們同在,直到世界的末了。」

至關重要的是,我們所有人都必須遵循這一命令,來傳播福音給今天與我們會面的人們。提醒自己這一點非常重要。 我們今天能夠活著目的之一,是要將真理傳播給今天會面的人們。對我們而言, 有些人(例如我們的父母,我們的配偶或我們的孩子),更容易獲得接近來傳福音。由於我們不知道誰將成為上帝的兒女,我們只是盡我們的職責將福音傳播給他們。

因此,對所有兄弟姐妹們,讓我們今天按照我們的呼召,做一些有永恆價值的事情,把依靠耶穌基督救贖的好消息傳給來到我們周圍的人! 

上帝兒女需要自我淨潔的基本日常職責

在處理生活中的許多問題時,尤其是我們在一個被世界王子惡魔篡奪的腐敗世界中的朝聖之旅, 我們有時忘記了我們生活在這個世界上的污染中,每天需要淨化自己.

這就是使徒約翰在約翰一書3:1-3中提醒我們的原因:
3 你看父賜給我們是何等的慈愛,使我們得稱為神的兒女,我們也真是他的兒女!世人所以不認識我們,是因未曾認識他。 2 親愛的弟兄啊,我們現在是神的兒女,將來如何,還未顯明。但我們知道,主若顯現,我們必要像他,因為必得見他的真體。
3 凡向他有這指望的,就潔淨自己,像他潔淨一樣。

隨著互聯網和計算機時代的到來,我們受到電視,廣播和互聯網等許多電子媒體的影響。有時,我們是如此容易被污染,以至於我們忘記了需要憑著信念珍惜聖。根據當前世界的欺騙,許多聖經所珍視的價值觀,(例如純潔,婚姻和與光明中的團契), 正在被世界不斷貶值和丟棄。

 

A. 首先,我們需要知道什麼是不干淨的污染物。 
聖經清楚地告訴我們以下內容:
1. 聖潔沒有與邪惡的腐敗共享任何的屬性。
    * 約翰一書 1:5, “5 神就是光,在他毫無黑暗,這是我們從主所聽見又報給你們的信息。”
    * 約翰福音 14:30, “30 以後我不再和你們多說話,因為這世界的王將到;他在我裡面是毫無所有”
2.魔鬼為我們設定了許多陷阱。
    * 約翰一書 2:16, “16 因為凡世界上的事,就像肉體的情慾、眼目的情慾並今生的驕傲,都不是從父來的,乃是從世界來的。”
    * 加拉太書 5:19-21, “19 情慾的事都是顯而易見的,就如姦淫、汙穢、邪蕩、 20 拜偶像、邪術、仇恨、爭競、忌恨、惱怒、結黨、紛爭、異端、 21 嫉妒、醉酒、荒宴等類。我從前告訴你們,現在又告訴你們:行這樣事的人必不能承受神的國。”

B. 其次,一旦我們知道了致命的污染物,我們就需要通過內在的聖靈用神的話將它們洗淨。
這意味著我們需要避免媒體的污染或逃離犯罪的黑暗地方。
C. 第三,全心全意地珍惜天父的愛和主願與他的教會相交的同情大愛。

”3 凡向他有這指望的,就潔淨自己,像他潔淨一樣。” (約翰一書 3:3)

 

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Essential Daily Duty of the Need of Self Purification of those who are children of God

 

In dealing with many issues of life, particularly our pilgrimage life journeys in a corrupt world usurped by the devil, the prince of the world, we sometimes forget our daily need of purifying ourselves from our contaminations from living in this world.
This is why Apostle John reminds us in 1 John 3: 1-3,
3 See how great a love the Father has given us, that we would be called children of God; and in fact we are. For this reason the world does not know us: because it did not know Him. 2 Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we will be. We know that when He appears, we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is.
3 And everyone who has this hope set on Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.

With the coming of the internet and computer age, we are influenced by many electronic media such as TV, radio, and internet. Sometimes, we are so easily contaminated that we forget to cherish purity with conviction. As a matter of current worldly deceptions,  many biblical cherished values (such as purity, marriage, and fellowship with light), are being continuously devalued  and discarded.
A.  First of all, we need to know what are unclean contaminations.
The Bible clearly teaches us the following:
1. There are no sharing of holy attributes with demonic corruptions.
    * 1 John 1:5 - “5 This is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all.”
    *  John 14:30 - “30 I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming, and he has nothing in Me.”
2.  The devil lays many traps in the world for us.
    * 1 John 2:16 - “16 For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world.”
    * Galatians 5:19-21, “19 Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, 21 envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.”

B. Secondly, once we know the deadly contaminants, we need to wash them off by the Word through the indwelling Holy Spirit. 
This means that we need to avoid the pollutions of the media or  flee sinful places of darkness. 
    * Psalm 1:1-2 teaches us so clearly. 
1. Blessed is the man Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,
Nor stands in the path of sinners, Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;
2  But his delight is in the law of the Lord, And in His law he meditates day and night.
    * 1 Peter 4:3 - “3 For we have spent enough of our past lifetime in doing the will of the Gentiles—when we walked in lewdness, lusts, drunkenness, revelries, drinking parties, and abominable idolatries.”

C. Thirdly, cherish with all our mind, heart, and strength  the love of our heavenly Father and the compassion of our Lord willing to fellowship with His church.  “And everyone who has this hope set on Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.” (1 John 3 :3)

祝牛年快樂!  

如何度過Covid-19瘟疫大流行期間? 

這瘟疫大流行的主要影響之一是遠程工作操作,而不是面對面的工作模式。 這包括在線學習,而不是學校教育。 然後,這迫使人們利用更多的電子媒體通信,例如通過各種互聯網平台。 

減輕壓力的有效方法之一是將精力花在對您和您的家庭福祉有益的事情上,而不是花時間在首先使您感到壓力的事情。 

以下是一些想法,可能對我們的生活品質有所幫助。

1. 花時間在工作上謀生。
2. 花時間改善身體健康,例如運動,散步,查找疫苗信息,購買口罩用品等。 
3. 花時間與親人包括親密朋友交流。 這可以通過電話,電子郵件,社交媒體或在家庭中面對面完成,以在這種高壓力環境中互相支持。
4. 與神共度時光。 這可能包括花時間禱告上帝,花時間學習聖經,花時間敬拜上帝,以及花時間尋求聖靈指導。 與耶穌基督共度時光,領受他的平安,以及領受他的力量來承受我們每天的十字架生活 。 
5. 花時間清理環境,例如整理工作空間或車庫等。
6. 花時間幫助有迫切需要的人。
7. 不要花時間在各種新聞媒體上漫無目的地瀏覽,也不要花時間在各種社會媒體
團體之間進行無休止的聊天。 

 

 Best Wishes for a Happy Chinese New Year of Ox !

Where to spend your time in the Covid-19 Pandemic?

One of major impacts of this pandemic is remote operations rather than in-person face to face working mode. This includes on-line learning rather than in school education. This then forces people to utilize even more digital communications such as  through various internet platforms.

One of the effective means of reducing the stress is to spend the effort on something which are  of benefits to your and your family well beings, and not on things that get you stressed up in the first place.

The following are a list of ideas that may be helpful in our activity planning.
Spend time in  work to earn a living.
Spend time to improve your health such as exercise, walking, find out vaccine information, get mask supplies, etc.
Invest time to communicate with your love ones including close friends. This can be done either by phone, e-mails, social media, or face-to-face within a family to lend support to each other in this high stress environment.
Spend time with God. This may including spending time with God in prayers, spending time with God in bible study, spending time with God in worship., and spend time with God in seeking His guidance.  Spend time with Jesus Christ to receive His peace,  and His strength in carrying our individual cross through each day.
Spend time to clean up your environment such as tidy up your working space or your garage etc.
Spend time to help others in  dire needs.
Do not spend time in wondering aimlessly in various  news media and do not spend time in endless chats among various social groups.

 

                                             

          在我們的沮喪和失望苦難中如何被上帝安慰 !

愚人不知有神

詩篇53   

1 愚頑人心裡說:「沒有神!」他們都是邪惡,行了可憎惡的罪孽,沒有一個人行善。
2 神從天上垂看世人,要看有明白的沒有,有尋求他的沒有。
3 他們各人都退後,一同變為汙穢;並沒有行善的,連一個也沒有。
4 作孽的沒有知識嗎?他們吞吃我的百姓如同吃飯一樣,並不求告神。
5 他們在無可懼怕之處,就大大害怕,因為神把那安營攻擊你之人的骨頭散開了。

   你使他們蒙羞,因為神棄絕了他們。
6 但願以色列的救恩從錫安而出!神救回他被擄的子民,那時雅各要快樂,以色列要歡喜。

 

上帝為其民做避難之所

詩篇46;1-3    

1 上帝是我們的避難所,是我們的力量,是我們在患難中隨時的幫助。
2 所以地雖改變,山雖搖動到海心,
3 其中的水雖砰訇翻騰,山雖因海漲而戰抖,我們也不害怕。

 

神做王治理萬國

詩篇 47:6-8

6 你們要向神歌頌,歌頌!向我們王歌頌,歌頌!
7 因為神是全地的王,你們要用悟性歌頌!
8 神做王治理萬國,神坐在他的聖寶座上。

 

要把你的重擔卸給耶和華 深信神必施拯救

詩篇 55:22-23      
22 你要把你的重擔卸給耶和華,他必撫養你,他永不叫義人動搖。
23 神啊,你必使惡人下入滅亡的坑,流人血行詭詐的人必活不到半世,但我要倚靠你。

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How to be Comforted by God in our Suffering of Dishearted Disappointment!    

 

Foolishness and Wickedness of People

Psalm 53 

1 The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.”
They are corrupt, and have committed abominable injustice;
There is no one who does good.
2 God has looked down from heaven upon the sons of mankind
To see if there is anyone who understands, Who seeks after God.
3 Every one of them has turned aside; together they have become corrupt;
There is no one who does good, not even one.
4 Have the workers of injustice no knowledge, Who eat up My people like they ate bread,
And have not called upon God?
5 They were in great fear there, where no fear had been;
For God scattered the bones of him who encamped against you;
You put them to shame, because God had rejected them.
6 Oh, that the salvation of Israel would come from Zion!
When God restores the fortunes of His people, Jacob shall rejoice, Israel shall be glad.

 

 God, the Refuge of His People

Psalm 46:1-3    

1 God is our refuge and strength, A very ready help in trouble.
2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth shakes 

   And the mountains slip into the heart of the sea;
3 Though its waters roar and foam, Though the mountains quake at its swelling pride. 

 

God Reigns Over The Nations

Psalm 47:6-8
6 Sing praises to God, sing praises; Sing praises to our King, sing praises.
7 For God is the King of all the earth; Sing praises with a psalm of wisdom.
8 God reigns over the nations, God sits on His holy throne.

 

Cast your burden upon the Lord and He will sustain you

Psalm 55:22-23 
22 Cast your burden upon the Lord and He will sustain you;
He will never allow the righteous to be shaken.
23 But You, God, will bring them down to the pit of destruction;
Men of bloodshed and deceit will not live out half their days.
But I will trust in You.

 

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Contents of this page after the list of latest articles: 
* 我們從世界中被選擇出来, 成為聖潔 - 附題:您站在哪一邊!
   We are separated from the world to be holy,  with a subtitle: Which side are you with!
* Actions, not Reactions, on Covid-19 Pandemic      針對Covid-19大流行的行動,而非反應 
* What to do in Covid-19 pandemic period.                在Covid-19大流行期間該怎麼辦。
* On the Covid-19 pandemic                                        在Covid-19大流行中
* On the Spread of the Corona Virus                           關於Covid-19病毒的傳播
* 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)
* 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)
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We are separated from the world to be holy,         with a subtitle: Which side are you with!

 

As a christian, you cannot be so ignorant as to what you are! Our Lord Jesus Christ taught us clearly in John 15:16, “16 You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you.”. There are many verses in the Bible that God told us to come out of the corruptions/filths of the world. (See Isiah 52:11, 2 Corinthians 6:17, Rev 18:4). As you know in the Bible, the Babylonia city was the symbol of the wickedness, evil, corruptions, and filthiness of the world. We were called out of the world to be holy and to bear fruits for the Gospel.

Our Lord clearly taught us in His high priestly prayer in John 17: 16-19, “16 They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 17 Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth. 18 As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. 19 And for their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also may be sanctified by the truth.” It is so clear that we christians are in the world, but not of the world.

Concisely speaking, we stand with our Lord Jesus Christ. Our lives do not mix with the worldly filthy practices. This means clearly that as christians, we oppose the worldly corruptions and filthy ways. This also means that we clearly recognize those who are against God. So which side are you with:  We are against those policies that are against the biblical truth and values. As a christian, you cannot  ignorantly support enemies of our Lord Jesus Christ! 

Furthermore, the Bible tells us that our struggles are not against flesh and blood as shown in Ephesians 6:12, “12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.” We should therefore urgently pray to our Mighty Lord for our societies and even our enemies, so that they can repent and return to God to escape the terrible and horrified forthcoming judgement onto this degenerate era and the evil world!

 

我們從世界中被選擇出来, 成為聖潔 - 附題:您站在哪一邊!

 

作為基督徒,我們不能那麼無知地, “對自己是什麼, 站在哪裡”, 什么都不知道! 我們的主耶穌基督在約翰福音15:16中清楚地教導我們:``16 不是你們揀選了我,是我揀選了你們,並且分派你們去結果子,叫你們的果子常存,使你們奉我的名無論向父求什麼,他就賜給你們。” 聖經中有許多經文提到: 上帝告訴我們要擺脫世界的污穢 , 成為聖潔(見以賽亞書52:11,哥林多後書6:17,啟18:4)。 如您在聖經中所知,巴比倫城是代表世界邪惡,腐敗和污穢的象徵。 我們從巴比倫城中被呼召出来為聖潔,並為福音結出果實。

我們的主在約翰福音17:16-19中的大祭司禱告中清楚地教導我們:``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。 18 你怎樣差我到世上,我也照樣差他們到世上。 19 我為他們的緣故,自己分別為聖,叫他們也因真理成聖。'' 很明顯,我們基督徒雖然是在世界上,但不是屬於世界的。

簡而言之,我們與主耶穌基督站在一起。 我們不與世界同流合污混在一起。 這顯然意味著,作為基督徒,我們反對世界的腐敗和污穢行為, 也認清那些反對上帝的人。 因此,您站在哪一邊?我們反對那些違背聖經真理和價值觀的政策。我們不能那麼無知地, 支持主耶穌基督的敵人!
此外,聖經告訴我們,我們的鬥爭不是與屬血氣的爭戰。以弗所書 6:12, “12 因我們並不是與屬血氣的爭戰,乃是與那些執政的、掌權的、管轄這幽暗世界的,以及天空屬靈氣的惡魔爭戰。” 因此,我們應該為我們的社會乃至我們的敵人,緊急不斷地向我們的全能主祈禱,使他們能悔改回歸向上帝,因而逃避即將來臨,對這個墮落時代和邪惡世界的可怕而恐怖的審判!

What to do in Covid-19 pandemic period.                在Covid-19大流行期間該怎麼辦。

 

Do you sense that lately the world events happen in such a manner that looks like the world is going awry? First, the Covid-19 hit; then the closing of economic activities resulting in job loss, and in business collapse; then the social unrest including riots and burning due to police brutalities; and now the crises in India-China border, and  in Korean peninsula. So what will be next?
您是否感覺到最近發生的世界大事是非常迅速的,好像世界在大動盪嗎? 首先,Covid-19災難一時到來; 然後,封城導致失業和經濟業務崩潰; 然後是社會動盪,包括警察暴行造成的騷亂焚燒; 現在是印度和中國邊境以及朝鮮半島的危機。 那麼接下來會是什麼?

 

With the Covid-19 lockdown, we are confined at home and thus even more anxious about what are going on, particularly social unrest in our neighborhood.

This reminds me about a verse in the Bible. Ephesians 5:16, 16 making the most of your time, because the days are evil. I know that I should make the most of my time. But why is it because the days are evil? We all know that we live in evil days. Evils are rampage and wickednesses prevail when  societies are controlled by elites who hate God. All the liberal views and mainstream media opinions and agenda reflect Romans 1:21, “ 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. “

隨著Covid-19的鎖定,我們被限制在家裡,因此更加擔心發生的事情,尤其是附近的社會動盪。
這使我想起聖經中的一段經文。 以弗所書5:16, “要愛惜光陰,因為現今的世代邪惡。”

我知道我應該充分利用自己的時間。 但是為什麼”因為現今的世代邪惡”? 我們都知道我們生活在邪惡的日子裡。當一個社會受到憎恨上帝的精英們的控制時,邪惡就氾濫成災了。 所有自由主義的觀點以及主流媒體的觀點和議程都反映了羅馬書1:21 “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。”

 

I also remember our Lord told His disciples who waked Him up in a tiny boat during a fierce storm. Matthews 8:26, 26 He *said to them, “Why are you afraid, you men of little faith?” Then He got up and rebuked the winds and the sea, and it became perfectly calm. So when days are evil, our surrounding situations will be like fearful waves in a scary storm. As a Christian, we need to turn our eyes to trust our Mighty Lord.
我還記得主的門徒,在猛烈的風暴中在一條小船上將他叫醒, 我們的主告訴他的門徒,馬太福音 8:26
, “耶穌說:「你們這小信的人哪!為什麼膽怯呢?」於是起來,斥責風和海,風和海就大大地平靜了”。 因此,在邪惡的日子裡,我們周圍的局勢將像猛烈風暴中的可怕波浪。
作為一名基督徒,我們需要睜大眼睛相信我們的全能主。

 

A best way is to pray more times  each day  and to start reading the Bible systematically. But if you are not the folks who have patience, then let me suggest the following:

1. Go to the Hymn sections, and listen to hymns. If you use the “control key” in your lap top and select “repeat play” option, then the hymn you select will play repeatedly  while you do your things.
2. Go to various webpages of this site and read a bit or listening to sermons. We just add a new webpage ”Spiritual Growth” which you may be interested.

In any event, try to call your good friends to share your opinions and feeling and try to encourage each other. Do trust our Lord. He loves you always. Praise our Lord Jesus Christ!
最好的方法是每天祈禱更多次,並開始系統地閱讀聖經。 但是,如果您不是有耐心的人,那麼讓我提出以下建議:
1. 轉到讚美詩網頁,聽讚美詩。 如果您在筆記本電腦上使用“控制鍵”並選擇“重複播放”選項,則您選擇的讚美詩將在您做事時反複播放。
2. 轉到本站點的各個網頁,閱讀一些內容或聽佈道。 我們最近添加一個您可能感興趣的新網頁“靈修成長”。
無論如何,請嘗試打電話給您的好朋友,以分享您的意見和感受,並互相鼓勵。 要相信我們的主。 他一直愛你。 讚美我們的主耶穌基督!

On the Covid-19 pandemic 在Covid-19大流行中

 

In the time of this  pandemic, people may think that: is this from God to punish the world ? or is this from devil to crush the human race?. After some meditation, here are a few pointers to share:

在這種大流行時期,人們可能會認為:這是來自上帝的懲罰世界嗎? 還是這是出於魔鬼壓制人類? 經過沉思後,這裡有一些要分享的:
1. From the virus impacts to the church services to worship God, this virus is from the devil.
      從病毒的影響到教堂禮拜神,這種病毒是從魔鬼那裡來的
2. From the impacts of the social distancing to the family and friends relationship and fellowship, this virus is from the devil.
      從社會疏遠對親朋好友關係和團契的影響來看,這種病毒是來自魔鬼。
3 From the virus impacts to livelihood such as loss of jobs, loss of schooling, etc, it is from the devil. 
      從病毒的影響到謀生,例如失業,失學等,都是惡魔造成的。
4. Some may ask where is God in all this? I do see God through His faithfuls are effectively dealing with the issues such as the White House Covid-19 Task Force under VP Pence. I also see the devil through its demonic people including fake news and socialist cohorts in USA continuing to oppose the Trump’s effort in dealing with the afflictions of this virus.
     
有人可能會問,這一切中上帝在哪裡? 我確實看到上帝通過他的信徒正在有效地處理諸如彭斯副總統下屬的白宮Covid-19工作組之類的問題。 我還看到惡魔通過其惡魔般的人群,包括在美國的假新聞和社會主義團體,繼續反對特朗普為應對這種病毒而做出的努力。

5. This pandemic is not the first in human history and will not be the last either. God is in control in human history. As for us individual, more times should be spent with our family and friends for mutual support and caring. Furthermore, more time should be spent in meditating Bible teaching and prayers asking our Merciful God to deliver the human beings from this virus afflictions.
這種流行病不是人類歷史上的第一個,也不是最後一個。 在人類歷史上,上帝掌控著一切。 對於我們個人,應該與我們的家人和朋友度過更多的時間,以相互支持和關懷。 此外,應該花更多的時間來思考聖經的教導和祈禱,求我們的仁慈上帝拯救人類免受這種病毒的折磨。

6. We should remember our Lord Jesus Christ’s teaching 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.”

我們應該記住約翰福音16:33中主耶穌基督的教導。
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。”

7. Therefore, we should live by Philippians 4:6-7. 
    6 Be anxious for nothing, 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 comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

因此,我們應該以腓立比書4:6-7為生.
6 應當一無掛慮,只要凡事藉著禱告、祈求和感謝,將你們所要的告訴神。 7 神所賜出人意外的平安,必在基督耶穌裡保守你們的心懷意念。

 

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詩篇107    耶和華救人脫諸苦難

在苦難中哀求耶和華患病者得醫
17 愚妄人因自己的過犯和自己的罪孽,便受苦楚。
18 他們心裡厭惡各樣的食物,就臨近死門。
19 於是他們在苦難中哀求耶和華,他從他們的禍患中拯救他們。
20 他發命醫治他們,救他們脫離死亡。
21 但願人因耶和華的慈愛和他向人所行的奇事都稱讚他!
22 願他們以感謝為祭獻給他,歡呼述說他的作為!


Ps. 107  The Lord Delivers Men from Manifold Troubles.

Healing them who cried out to the Lord for His mercies

17  Fools, because of their rebellious way, And because of their iniquities, were afflicted.
18 Their soul abhorred all kinds of food, And they drew near to the gates of death.
19 Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble; He saved them out of their distresses.
20 He sent His word and healed them, And delivered them from their destructions.
21 Let them give thanks to the Lord for His lovingkindness, 

And for His wonders to the sons of men!
22 Let them also offer sacrifices of thanksgiving, And tell of His works with joyful singing.

 

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詩篇 117 

勸萬民讚主
117 萬國啊,你們都當讚美耶和華!萬民哪,你們都當頌讚他!
2 因為他向我們大施慈愛,耶和華的誠實存到永遠。你們要讚美耶和華!

 

Psalm 117
1 Praise the Lord, all you nations;
    extol him, all you peoples.
2 For great is his love toward us,
    and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever.
Praise the Lord.

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On the Spread of the Corona Virus                           關於Covid-19病毒的傳播


The Covid-19 viruses have spread to many countries in the world now. The disease has impacted many places including Wuhan, China, and now Italy, Spain, and New York City,  the epicenters of the disease. We saw that people in many places in different countries wearing masks. Many infectious disease experts commented that this virus is similar to the virus that causes SARS. There are no known cures.


關於Covid-19病毒的傳播
Covid-19病毒現已傳播到世界許多國家。 該病影響了許多地方,包括該病的流行
中心中國武漢, 意大利, 西班牙, 與紐約市。 我們看到在不同國家的許多地方,人們戴著口罩。 許多傳染病專家評論說,該病毒類似於引起SARS的病毒。 沒有已知的治療方法。


The Year 2020 started with this horrifying virus epidemic disease and many people, especially the older folks with a preexisting weak immune system, are truly scared because of quick transmission and serious illness including death with this virus. Some people even compare  the  current situation and its potential outbreak with the 1918 influenza pandemic disaster.  The 1918 influenza pandemic was the most severe pandemic in recent history. It was caused by an H1N1 virus with genes of avian origin. The number of deaths was estimated to be at least 50 millions worldwide with about 675,000 occurring in the United States.


2020年始於這種可怕的病毒流行病,許多人,尤其是那些免疫系統較弱的老年人,由於這種病毒的快速傳播和嚴重疾病(包括死亡)而真正感到恐懼。 有人甚至將當前局勢及其潛在爆發與1918年流感大流行災難進行了比較。  1918年的流感大流行是最近歷史上最嚴重的大流行。 它是由具有禽源基因的H1N1病毒引起的。 據估計,全世界死亡人數至少為5,000萬,其中約675,000在美國發生。


As an individual, there are not many things that we can do physically other than trying hard to avoid being afflicted with this virus. But since we cannot see the virus, we are really at the loss as to how to avoid this bad virus. Fear of this disease really does impact our daily routines and lives. Many people are afraid and highly stressed up. Listed below are a few things affecting people’s wellbeing:

  1. Stock markets of the world are taking serious hits. For example, Dow Jones took a loss of more than 2000 point in a day not long ago.
  2. Governments impose travel restrictions in and out of a large red zone area. Some people cannot leave their homes or their cities. Others got stuck in a cruise ship for weeks because of this virus affecting passengers in the ship.
  3. People are panicking trying to get basic stuff such as masks, sanitizing spray/wipes, even toilet paper.
  4. Vaccines for this virus are 12 months to 24 months away. There are also lacks of testing kits for this virus.
  5. Many governments impose 14 days quarantines either at a designated camp or at home. Loss of wages causes further anxiety.


作為個人,除了努力避免感染這種病毒外,我們實際上沒有很多其他事情可以做。 但是,由於我們看不到該病毒,因此我們對於如何避免這種有害的病毒確實感到茫然。 對這種疾病的恐懼確實會影響我們的日常生活。 許多人對此感到恐懼和高度緊張。 下面列出了一些影響人們福祉的因素:

  1. 世界股市受到嚴重衝擊。 例如,不久前道瓊斯(Dow Jones)一天虧損超過2000點。
  2. 政府對進出大紅色區域的人實行旅行限制。 有些人不能離開家園或城市。 其他人由於這種病毒影響船上的乘客而被困在遊輪上數週。
  3. 人們在驚慌失措,試圖購買口罩,消毒噴霧劑/濕巾甚至衛生紙等基本物品。
  4. 此病毒的疫苗需要12個月至24個月。 也缺少針對該病毒的測試套件。
  5. 許多政府在指定的營區或家中實行14天隔離。 工資的損失引起了進一步的焦慮。

 

There are no lacks of bad commentaries and predictions by experts. Some even said that many viruses currently exist in deep forests in remote areas that we still do not know. So a large scale of annihilations of the human race caused by some unknown viruses is not if  it can happen, but rather, when will it happen. And there were a few bad cases in history such as the Black Plague of Middle Age, and the 1918 pandemic mentioned above. The Back Plague occurred in the 14th century, and  was one of the most devastating pandemics in the human history, resulting in the deaths of an estimated 75 to 200 million people in Eurasia. 


專家們不乏不良評論和預言。 甚至有人說,目前尚不了解偏遠地區深林中存在的許多病毒。 因此,由某些未知病毒引起的大規模人類滅絕之瘟疫不是不會發生,而是何時會發生。 歷史上也有一些記載,例如中世紀黑死病瘟疫和上述的1918年大流行。中世紀黑死病瘟疫發生於14世紀,是人類歷史上最毀滅性的大流行病之一,據估計造成歐亞大陸7500萬至2億人死亡。


It seems that even with our current biomedical advances, the human race is indeed very vulnerable to diseases caused by viruses. Examples are Ebola, AIDS, SARS, influenza, and now Covid-19. This reminds me of the fact that we are indeed living in a corrupt world. Corruptions or evils are so rampaging that we need to “see” them clearly. We need to recognize that how sinful we are and how corrupt the world has come to be. 


看起來,即使我們目前在生物醫學上取得了進步,人類確實確實非常容易感染病毒引起的疾病。 例如埃博拉病毒,艾滋病,非典(SARS),流感和現在的Covid-19。 這使我想起我們確實生活在一個腐敗的世界中。 腐敗或邪惡是如此猖傳流行,以至於我們需要清楚地“看到”腐敗和邪惡。 我們需要痛心疾首認定到我們有多罪惡,世界有多腐敗。


This reminds me of Isiah 6:5;  
Then I said, “Woe is me, for I am ruined! Because I am a man of unclean lips,
And I live among a people of unclean lips; For my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts.”


這使我想起以賽亞書6:5。
5 那時我說:「禍哉!我滅亡了。因為我是嘴唇不潔的人,又住在嘴唇不潔的民中,又因我眼見大君王萬軍之耶和華。」”


Indeed, unless we clearly see the corruptions and smell the deaths thereof, we are all doomed!
(1)  Can we see ourselves in Isaiah 1:4 
Alas, sinful nation, People weighed down with iniquity,
Offspring of evildoers, Sons who act corruptly!
They have abandoned the Lord, They have despised the Holy One of Israel,
They have turned away from Him.
(2) Can we see our world in Isaiah 1:21-23
21 How the faithful city has become a harlot, She who was full of justice!
Righteousness once lodged in her, But now murderers.
22 Your silver has become dross, Your drink diluted with water.
23 Your rulers are rebels And companions of thieves;
Everyone loves a bribe And chases after rewards.
They do not defend the orphan, Nor does the widow’s plea come before them.


的確,除非我們清楚地看到腐敗並聞到其死亡,否則我們都注定要失敗!
(1)我們可以在以賽亞書1:4中看到自己嗎?
嘆其受罰仍不悔改
4 嗐,犯罪的國民,擔著罪孽的百姓,行惡的種類,敗壞的兒女!他們離棄耶和華,藐視以色列的聖者,與他生疏,往後退步。
(2)我們能在以賽亞書1:21-23中看到我們的世界嗎?
嘆聖城敗壞
21 可嘆忠信的城變為妓女!從前充滿了公平,公義居在其中,現今卻有凶手居住! 22 你的銀子變為渣滓,你的酒用水摻兌。 23 你的官長居心悖逆,與盜賊做伴,各都喜愛賄賂,追求贓私。他們不為孤兒申冤,寡婦的案件也不得呈到他們面前。


We may ask why the Covid-19 happens now? Or even, why Covid-19 spreads to our societies? And how about our own survival? This reminds me of what our Lord Jesus taught in Luke 13:1-5:
LUKE 13:1-5,         Call to Repent
13 Now on the same occasion there were some present who reported to Him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices. 2 And Jesus said to them, “Do you suppose that these Galileans were greater sinners than all other Galileans because they suffered this fate? 3 I tell you, no, but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish. 4 Or do you suppose that those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them were worse culprits than all the men who live in Jerusalem? 5 I tell you, no, but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.”

Indeed, unless we repent, we will all likewise perish!


我們可能會問為什麼現在發生Covid-19? 甚至,為什麼Covid-19傳播到我們的社會? 而我們自己的生存呢? 這使我想起了我們的主耶穌在路加福音13:1-5中的教導
 

路加福音13:1-5            呼籲悔改
13 正當那時,有人將彼拉多使加利利人的血摻雜在他們祭物中的事告訴耶穌。 2 耶穌說:「你們以為這些加利利人比眾加利利人更有罪,所以受這害嗎? 3 我告訴你們:不是的!你們若不悔改,都要如此滅亡。 4 從前西羅亞樓倒塌了,壓死十八個人,你們以為那些人比一切住在耶路撒冷的人更有罪嗎? 5 我告訴你們:不是的!你們若不悔改,都要如此滅亡。」

 

的確,除非我們悔改,否則我們都會如此滅亡!


The following are that we should all do: 

  1. Urgently pray to God for His mercies in healing the whole world for this awful Covid-19 disease.
  2. Examine ourselves truthfully whether we have repented from our sinful habits and deeds. Make sure that I am not dying in my sins. Make sure that we do not love darkness and sinful environment. 
  3. Are we daily fellowshipping with our Lord in His light by meditating on His Word. Counting our remaining days by spending our limited days in studying His Word and praising our Heavenly Father such as those describing in Ps 105:1-8.
  4. While being locked down at home, suggest we listen to the hymns such as going to the webpage www.reminderfromapastor.org to select your favorable hymn in the hymn pages to calm our hearts and enjoy our Lord’s mercies and blessings. Incidentally after you select your hymn,  use the "control" key to display “loop” play option. So your laptop or computer will play the hymns repeatedly.

建議下述的行動:

  1. 祈禱懇求上帝憐憫, 治癒世界各處可怕Covid-19 病毒的瘟疫.
  2. 診察我們自己是否確切地悔改;是否對自己有罪的習性感到痛悔;是否害怕罪的傳播和傳染性. 深刻地感觸這世代的試探的可怕, 設法確保自己不要垂死在罪的習性裡. 
  3. 我們自己是否每日在光中與主耶穌基督交通, 深思熟慮在主的話裡. 數算剩下的日子來研讀聖經, 如詩篇105:1-8 來歌頌讚美事奉我們的天父上帝.
  4. 在家中這個期間, 傾聽詩歌使我們內心平安喜樂. 建議到 www.reminderfromapastor.org 挑選你所喜愛的詩歌來感謝主耶穌的憐憫和祝福. 附帶地, 在詩歌網頁挑選你所喜愛的詩歌後, 用”control” 鍵 來選 ”loop play, 不停地重複播送該詩歌”. 這樣就可以整日繼續傾聽這詩歌.

 

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See Also "Do not Underestimate The Impacts of The Covid-19 Virus 不要低估Covid-19病毒的影響" on the webpage "For The Believers"

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14 耶 和 華 ─ 我 的 磐 石 , 我 的 救 贖 主 啊 , 願 我 口 中 的 言 語 、 心 裡 的 意 念 在 你 面 前 蒙 悅 納 。(詩 篇 19:14 )

 


10 我 因 沒 有 違 棄 那 聖 者 的 言 語 , 就 仍 以 此 為 安 慰 , 在 不 止 息 的 痛 苦 中 還 可 踴 躍 。(約 伯 記 6:10 ) 


31 但 那 等 候 耶 和 華 的 必 從 新 得 力 。 他 們 必 如 鷹 展 翅 上 騰 ; 他 們 奔 跑 卻 不 困 倦 , 行 走 卻 不 疲 乏 。(以 賽 亞 書 40:31 )

 

Psalm 19:14 
May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart
    be pleasing in your sight,
    Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.

 

Job 6:10
10 “But it is still my consolation,
And I rejoice in unsparing pain,
That I have not denied the words of the Holy One.

 

Isaiah 40:31  
31 Yet those who wait for the Lord
Will gain new strength;
They will mount up with wings like eagles,
They will run and not get tired,
They will walk and not become weary.

 

 

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The Road to Heavenly Kingdom 通往天國之路

The Road to Heavenly Kingdom
通往天國之路

Issues of life attract all human beings across all cultures and races.  The way and means to eternal life has been a key pursuit of the human race throughout history. Most of people think of eternal life as a very special place where people there will live forever and ever. Thus, the question of eternal life can be viewed as finding the road to that special place.

生命的種種問題,吸引了所有文化和種族的每一個人。 永生的方式和方法,一直是歷史上、人人主要的追求。 大多數人認為,永生是一個非常特殊的地方,在那裡的人們將永遠活著。 因此,永生的問題,可以被視為、尋找通向那個特殊地方的道路。

 

According to the Bible, after Adam and Eve were deceived by the Devil and hence committed sin against God, mankind was evicted from the paradise, Garden of Eden, and here separated from the Divine presence. Ever since, we have endeavored to find a way back to the heavens.
根據聖經,在亞當和夏娃被魔鬼欺騙、並因此對上帝犯下罪之後,人類被驅逐出天堂,伊甸園,並在這裡與神的所在分離了。 從那以後,我們一直努力尋找回歸天堂的道路。

 

The first recorded history of a very large consorted effort of such an endeavor was revealed in Genesis 11:1-9. The building of the tower of Babel towards the Heavens to make “a name of ourselves” (see Gen 11: 4). This provoked our Creator because we defied our God. So God confused the language of the whole world so that men cannot understand each other and the effort to build the Babel tower failed.
歷史上關於這種大規模集合世人合作的企劃,首次記載在創世紀11:1- 9,要建造、塔頂通天的巴別塔,為要傳揚"我們的名" (參見 11:4)。這激怒了我們的創造主,因為我們藐視了、我們的上帝。 所以,上帝混淆了整個世界的言語文字,這樣人們就無法相互溝通理解,而建造巴別塔的努力也就失敗了。

創世紀11:1-9
1那時,天下人的口音、言語都是一樣。 2 他們往東邊遷移的時候,在示拿地遇見一片平原,就住在那裡。 3 他們彼此商量說:「來吧!我們要做磚,把磚燒透了。」他們就拿磚當石頭,又拿石漆當灰泥。 4 他們說: 「來吧!我們要建造一座城和一座塔,塔頂通天,為要傳揚我們的名,免得我們分散在全地上。」 5 耶和華降臨,要看看世人所建造的城和塔。6 耶和華說:「看哪,他們成為一樣的人民,都是一樣的言語,如今既做起這事來,以後他們所要做的事就沒有不成就的了。 7 我們下去,在那裡變亂他們的口音,使他們的言語彼此不通。」 8 於是,耶和華使他們從那裡分散在全地上,他們就停工不造那城了。 9 因為耶和華在那裡變亂天下人的言語,使眾人分散在全地上,所以那城名叫巴別(就是「變亂」的意思)。

 

Here we learn a great lesson:
(a) It is not up to the will of the human race to decide how to reach the heavens. In other words, creatures do not mandate the entitlement of entering into the heavens to possess the eternal life. Eternal life is solely up to God. 
(b) Confusions came from miscommunication and hence great hindrance to human accomplishments.

(c) This happened at a place which was named Babel to explain the origin of confusions. Thus, the term Babylonia signals great confusion of human endeavors or the ultimate evil human empire symbolized defiance to the Creator God. 

 在這裡,我們學到了很好的教訓:​
 (a)如何到達天堂,不是人類的意願所能決定的。 換句話說,所有被造生物,都沒有應得的權利,可以要求進入天堂、擁有永生。 永恆的生命,是完全取決於上帝。
 (b)混淆來自於溝通不暢,從而嚴重阻礙了人類的成就。

 (c)這發生在一個名為巴別的地方,來解釋混淆的起因。 因此,巴比倫、這個術語,闡述著人類努力的巨大混亂特性,或者是,標誌終極邪惡的人類帝國,象徵著對造物主上帝的蔑視。

 

There was a great revelation commonly referred to as “Jacob Ladder” recorded in Genesis 28: 10-13, “he had a dream in which he saw a stairway resting on the earth, with its top reaching to heaven, and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. There above it stood the Lord, and he said: “I am the Lord, the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac. I will give you and your descendants the land on which you are lying. “ 
在創世記28:10-13中,記載一個通常被稱為“雅各的梯子”的偉大啟示:“他夢見一個梯子立在地上,梯子的頭頂著天,有神的使者在梯子上、上去下來。耶和華站在梯子之上說:「我是耶和華,你祖亞伯拉罕的神,也是以撒的神,我要將你現在所躺臥之地,賜給你和你的後裔"。

 

 Here,  we learned another great lesson:

(d) The communication/contacts between the Heavens and the earthly world are through this God’s stairway. 
(e) Only angels of God ascending and descending continuously on the stairway between the heaven and earth.
(f) The God’s covenant blessings came through this heavenly stairway as well. 
(g) Jacob did not seek this revelation at all. It was God’s faithfulness to reveal God’s promises to his grand father Abraham extending to the human race through Jacob.

在這裡,我們學到了另一個很重要的功課

(d)天堂與塵世之間的交流/接觸,是通過這個上帝的階梯。
(e)只有上帝的天使,在天地之間的樓梯上、不斷的來回、上升和下降。
 (f)上帝的聖約祝福,也來自這個天堂的階梯。
 (g)雅各根本沒有尋求這種啟示。 而是上帝的忠誠信實、顯示了上帝的承諾,給他的祖父亞伯拉罕、經由雅各,延伸到人類。

 

It is interesting to note that Jacob Ladder was kind of virtually disappearing after Genesis 11 in Old Testament until New Testament thousands of years later.
值得注意的是,“雅各的梯子(Jacob Ladder)"、在舊約聖經創世紀11章之後,幾乎消失了,直到幾千年後、才重現在新約聖經。

 

In John 1:43-51, Jesus on His own initiative suddenly revealed this to His newly chosen disciples, “51 He then added, “Very truly I tell you, you will see ‘heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending on’ the Son of Man.”

在約翰福音1:43-51中,耶穌突然主動、向他新挑選的門徒、顯示了這一點,“他接著補充說:「我實實在在地告訴你們:你們將要看見天開了,神的使者上去下來、在人子身上。」”。

 

Here we learn another great lesson:
(h) Jacob Ladder was identified as the Son of Man, Jesus Christ.
(g) Heavenly revelation is revealed by God on His time and manners, not by human’s endeavors.
The communications and blessings from God is through Jesus Christ our Lord. In other words,
the road to the heavens is on/through Jesus Christ.

在這裡,我們學到了另一個偉大的教訓:
 (i) “雅各的梯子(Jacob Ladder)"被確定為人子,耶穌基督。
 (j) 上帝在他的時間和方式上,揭示了天上的啟示,而不是
藉著人類的努力。來自上帝的交流和祝福,是通過我們的主耶穌基督。 換句話說,耶穌基督是通往天堂的道路。

 

You may ask “Are there other scripture verses corroborating with this?” Yes, there are many. Here are a few examples.

 你可能會問 “是否有聖經的其他經文,也支持證明這一點?”,是的,有很多。 這裡有一些例子。

 

Acts 4: 11-12,
11 Jesus is ‘the stone you builders rejected, which has become the cornerstone.’
12 Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.”

使徒行傳4:11-12    除了耶穌別無拯救
11 「他是『你們匠人所棄的石頭,已成了房角的頭塊石頭』。 
12 除他以外,別無拯救,因為在天下人間,沒有賜下別的名我們可以靠著得救。」

 

Philippians 2:9-11 
9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name,
10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

腓立比書2:9-11   無不口稱耶穌為主
9 所以神將他升為至高,又賜給他那超乎萬名之上的名, 
10 叫一切在天上的、地上的和地底下的,因耶穌的名無不屈膝, 
11 無不口稱耶穌基督為主,使榮耀歸於父神。

 

Actually, one of the key teachings in our Lord’s “Upper Room Discourse” was to answer this key question “ What is the road to heaven?” (See John Chapter 14), particularly Verse 14:1-6

John 14:1-6  
Jesus Comforts His Disciples
1“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. 2 My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. 4 You know the way to the place where I am going.”
Jesus the Way to the Father
5 Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?”
6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

 

 

實際上,我們主在“頂樓傳道”中的一個關鍵教義,是回答這個重要問題 “什麼是天堂之路?”(見約翰福音14章),特別是14:1-6節。

約翰福音14:1-6  安慰門徒的心
1「你們心裡不要憂愁,你們信神,也當信我。 2 在我父的家裡有許多住處,若是沒有,我就早已告訴你們了,我去原是為你們預備地方去。 3 我若去為你們預備了地方,就必再來接你們到我那裡去,我在哪裡,叫你們也在哪裡。 4 我往哪裡去你們知道,那條路你們也知道。」 5 多馬對他說:「主啊,我們不知道你往哪裡去,怎麼知道那條路呢?」
主為道路真理生命
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。

 

 

 

 

 

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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

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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.

公義的上帝要審判罪人,要審判這污染罪惡的世界是聖經一直的警告!

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!                **************************************************************************************************

Human Relationship in a Chaotic World                   混亂世界中的人際關係

 

In this world, quality of life depends greatly upon your relationship with people close to you. This is particularly obvious in a chaotic world. First of all, our world is indeed a chaotic world. Chaos often reign in our daily lives. Chaos come from conflicts from situations surrounding us— mostly from chaotic human relationship. People’s hearts grow cold in a busy world.
在這個世界上,生活的品質,在很大程度上取決於、你與親近的人的關係。這在混亂的世界中尤為明顯。首先,我們的世界、確實是一個混亂的世界。混亂,常常影響到我們的日常生活。混亂來自我們周圍的矛盾衝突 - 主要來自混亂的人際關係。人們的心,在繁忙的世界裡變冷了。

 

All chaos come from hearts that have no peace of God. People do not have peace because they do not know God and therefore, can not enjoy themselves and their surroundings. In other word, they do not have an “appreciating attitude”. An easy test: Those who are self centered, do not have grateful attitudes. Chaos ensue when you put two self centered folks together.
所有的混亂,都來自、沒有上帝平安的心。人們沒有和平,因為他們不認識上帝。因此,不能享受自己和周圍的環境。換句話說,他們沒有“感恩、惜福的態度”。一個簡單的考驗:那些以自我為中心的人,就沒有感恩的態度。當你把兩個以自我為中心的人、放在一起時,就會出現混亂。

 

A conflicting world exist because people forget that it is God who sustains their lives.  Romans 1: 21-25, “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. 24 Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. 25 They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.”
一個相互衝突的世界會存在,是因為人們忘記了、維持生命的是上帝。羅馬書1:21-25,“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, 23 將不能朽壞之神的榮耀變為偶像,彷彿必朽壞的人和飛禽、走獸、昆蟲的樣式。24 所以,神任憑他們逞著心裡的情慾行汙穢的事,以致彼此玷辱自己的身體。 25 他們將神的真實變為虛謊,去敬拜侍奉受造之物,不敬奉那造物的主——主乃是可稱頌的,直到永遠!阿們“。

 

So especially during this holiday season, first of all,  “be grateful to our Creator.”  Secondly, be grateful to those dear to us. Once we appreciate our lives and people close to us, we will have a “grateful mind” about services we received from other people. Often selfish people do not recognize services they receive.  As a starter, how about clean water from faucet in your house or roads that you travel. All infrastructures of a society does not materialize by itself but come from hard work of many people.
特別是在這個假日季節,第一,“要感謝我們的創造者”。其次,要感謝與我們親愛的人們。一旦我們珍惜我們的生命及我們親近的人,我們將對,我們從其他人那裡獲得的服務,抱有“感激之情”。自私的人,通常不會認知或意識到、他們所得到的服務。首先,您家中水龍頭的水從何而來,或您行走道路從何而來。社會的所有基礎設施,不是自己從無而有出現在眼前,而是來自許多人的辛勤工作而成。

 

So be grateful. Even better, show some gratitude to your society by providing  with some kindness acts to other people surrounding you. Even more important, show kindness to people dear to you: husband to wife, kids to Mom, parents to kids, wife to husband, …. particularly some kindness to people coming your ways.
所以,要感恩惜福。更好的是,通過向周圍的其他人、提供一些善意行為,向您的社會表達一些感激之情。更重要的是,向親愛的人們展示善意:丈夫對妻子,孩子對媽媽,父母對孩子,妻子對丈夫,.......特別是展示善意一些、來到你的路上的人。

 

Merry Christmas to you all and do have blessed hearts in the chaotic world. Just remember that Christ did die for you —righteous for unrighteous. “8 Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble. Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.” (1 Peter 3: 8-9)
祝所有的人聖誕快樂,並且祝福您在混亂的世界中、擁有受祝福的心。要記得基督為你而死 - 就是義的代替不義的。 “8 總而言之,你們都要同心,彼此體恤,相愛如弟兄,存慈憐謙卑的心。 9 不以惡報惡、以辱罵還辱罵,倒要祝福,因你們是為此蒙召,好叫你們承受福氣。“(彼得前書3:8-9)

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. 
基督徒此生朝聖之旅的所有活動中,研讀聖經和不斷的祈禱,當然是最重要的日常活動之一。聖經指示義人,要單靠信心而活。

 

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.

你可能會問我、在哪裡可以抽出時間,閱讀聖經,更不用說,在我生活中、默想上帝的旨意。然而,聖經在以賽亞書53:6中,告訴我們:
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. 
我們都知道,我們需要每天洗澡,每天多次洗手。為什麼?只是為了避免污染和疾病。我們生活在一個充滿污染物和被污染的世界裡,無論是身體上、還是精神上。身體的污染物,包括我們呼吸的空氣中的煙霧,我們飲用的水中的化學物質,以及我們食物中的各種防腐劑。精神污染物,包括虛假新聞,半真假的報導,以及污染我們思想的大量主義和意識形態。

 

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.”

這就是為什麼我們每天必須研讀聖經,來清除我們心靈的骯髒污染物。聖經在詩篇119:105中告訴我們,
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.
我們需要聖經給我們,在這世界上、正確行走的洞察力。更有意義的是清理我們的心靈。請聽約翰福音17:15-17中我們的主耶穌基督在他的大祭司禱告中的教訓,
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. 
如你所知,上帝的話語,使我們從世界成聖,上帝的真理,使我們擺脫了外在和內在的一切污染。

 

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”. 

什麼是不斷的祈禱?聖經在歌羅西書4:2中,告誡我們要不斷禱告,
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.
我知道,要理解這一點的最好方法,就是無線電具電池的充電例子。祈禱是充電我們的電池,來執行上帝的旨意。沒有主耶穌基督賜予的神力,我們就不能做上帝的工作。

 

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.
禱告也不斷提醒我們,這是我們的主耶穌基督在我們的生命中、通過聖靈賜予的神聖能力。感恩的態度,將讓我們在生命中不致驕傲。

 

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.
願我們所有人,在我們的主國度中、成為祂公義的工具,將祂的愛分享給我們中間受苦的人。願我們通過研讀聖經、並在我們的日常生活中勤奮地禱告,來榮耀我們的主。

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.

 

我們生活在一個邪惡而罪惡的世界裡。沒有多少人會認為、我們今天生活在一個完美的世界裡。因此,可以說,大多數人都認為、世界及其中的所有生物都是腐敗的。從物理學的角度來看,這一事實被編為熱力學第二定律。要解釋這定律有很多方法。以下總結了其中一些:
      *由於產生廢熱,發動機的效率是低於100%
      *物質系統的混亂,總是持續的增加。
      *要從系統外部、取得額外的能量,來加入系統內、以維持
功能
      *這個世界上的所有生物都會腐爛。
      *罪的懲罰就是死亡。

 

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.
大多數人都承認我們有一天會死。然而,甚至只有少數被選定的人,會試圖去追求、為何如此的真相。大多數人,不認真看待衰敗與腐。我們都知道,食物腐爛時很臭。然而,沒有多少人會認真地、避免污染。

 

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.
大多數人會非常認真地、對待癌症。為什麼?因為他們知道,即使接受醫療,癌症患者也會很快死亡。如果我們非常認真地對待腐爛和敗,確實對我們會非常有益的。為什麼?因為我們將能夠實際、逼真的,來看待這個腐臭世界的真相大多數的政治制度都很。為什麼?因為腐敗的人,會製造更多的混亂和更多的惡臭。

 

All religions are trying to address the decay and corruption issue. All people should take the issue of decaying and its stink very seriously.
所有宗教都在努力解決衰敗和腐問題。所有人都應該非常認真地、對待衰敗及其臭的問題。

 

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.
還好,人們終能意識到無法,扭轉時間之箭的方向、及逆轉熱力學第二定律的絕望。人們越了解腐爛的惡劣情況,就越會看到人類能力的限,無法對此做任何事情。人們越是意識到腐敗,就越需要到耶穌基督,徹底地來解決這個問題。

 

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)
有福了的人是,如彼得前書1:2-4所述,叫我們有活潑的盼望,可以得著不朽壞不衰殘的基業。
“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.
使徒彼得鼓勵、我們主耶穌基督的信徒們,在我們的朝聖旅程中、要保持清醒和警惕地,度過這個世界。雖然彼得前書是在兩千多年前所寫的,但他的建議、與我們當今的後現代主義世界非常相關。你可能會問我們應該清醒和警惕什麼?對於每個基督徒來說,這確實是他或她、需要單獨回答自己的一個很好的問題。實際上,需要付出很大的努力和智慧,我們自己才能各自、有效的回答這個問題。


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.
我們的答案、需要包括至少三個方面:(1)清晰認識我們生活的世界,(2)真實認識我們的生命,以及(3)瞭解並遵從、聖經給我們的教導。實際上,第3項是第1項和第2項的基礎。換句話說,如果沒有第3項,則無法有意義的談論第1項和第2項。


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.
由於每個人的生活道路都不同,因此這是個人的責任、去仔細思考這個問題、並努力將它們應用到自己生活中。有一件事情是肯定的,擁有"我們需要清醒和警惕"的意識,將確實幫助我們每個人。以下提醒是為了幫助我們每個人認真考慮、這個對我們生命的重要警告。

 

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. 
人類的歷史,充滿了暴力和不公正。然而,在每個人類文化/社會中,總會存有絕對的正義感。只是,這種正義感,不是存在於每個社會的法律之中,因為該社會的法律,是智者、為其統治階級的利益而寫的。

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.
在古代,每個社會法律的細分並不嚴重,因為每個社會都是合理的、各自獨立。隨著全球化和技術進步,世界因彼此關係密切、距離變成越來越小。世界上缺乏絕對的權威,使得法律的應用、要超越政治邊界,變得非常尷尬和麻煩。這已經在人類歷史上,一次又一次地、通過許多區域性的衝突得到證明,包括近百年來的兩次世界大戰和許多地區的戰爭。

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?”
因此,這確實是一個尖銳的問題:“當智者失明時,所有人類的正義在哪裡?”

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!
通過人類的歷史,我們相信、沒有回到我們全能而無限的創造者,我們確實是在“智者是盲人”的情況下。一個須要思考的問題!

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.
在後現代化的世代裡,有超多的資訊。我們每天24小時,不分晝夜,被各式各樣的訊息轟炸著。這種情況,實際上對我們有非常嚴重的害處。我不知道你是否意識到這種情況。在我們每天掙扎謀生的過程中,我們相信沒有多少人,認識到信息過載的有害影響。

 

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.
值得注意的是,當空氣被花粉和有害污染物污染時,我們的身體會出現不良反應,如打噴嚏和嚴重咳嗽,來警告我們。與有嚴重過敏的人聊聊,他們會告訴你、有多麼悲慘的痛苦。

 

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!
現在,你有得到一個警告或信號,告訴你在當前信息過多、超載的情況下,你正處於嚴重的困境中?你們中有些人,可能會認為信息超載有什麼大不了的?為什麼不是只要把它關掉就沒事!這說起來容易,做起來難。例如,你可能會說空氣污染問題:只是不要離開你的家,或者不要呼吸不良的空氣,就解決問題嗎!

 

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.

我們想提醒你一些關於信息過載的現狀:
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。
2.對我們生活質量的重大影響之一,是需要努力從壞的和醜陋的中挑選好的東西。麻煩的是,大部分信息都是好的,壞的和醜陋的混合物。
3.最大的擔憂,是我們心靈受到污染的問題。我們是我們文化/社會影響力的一部分。這與我們如何忠實於我們的基督教信仰,有特別相關的。

 

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!

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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.

身為信徒,我們都知道,人類是由上帝所創造的。人類歷史上,各種文明的記錄,涵蓋、跨越約6到7千年的範圍。在這段期間,人類族群、遷移散居到世界不同的地區,世界的人口也增加達到數十億。

 

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.

從舊約,我們知道,在亞當和夏娃被魔鬼欺騙、犯罪違背上帝時,人類就失去了與上帝之間的緊密團契。亞當和夏娃丟失了伊甸樂園後,亞當需要辛苦流汗耕耘、種植土地,才能生存、養家活口。由於邪惡的人性,人類漂離、創造者越來越遠。最終,許多文明甚至、不再記得創造者了。相反的,他們創造了自己的神,並且居然過著,遠離為什麼他們首先被創造出來的生活。我們甚至可以在當今的世界中看到這一點。人類的墮落,引導整個社會、甚至整個世界,進入邪惡之中。

 

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. 

根據聖經,人們確實迷失了方向。他們過著死在過犯之中的日子。因此,他們不知要回到,受祝福的、造物主的路上。我們知道一個死人,是無法回應任何事情。同樣的,心靈上死去的人,不能知道或回應心靈上需求的提示。世代相傳,人們生活在屬靈的黑暗中。他們的詞彙中,甚至沒有真正的上帝。他們只考慮到物質的需求,錯失了永生的祝福。

 

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.

根據聖經,上帝從人類中呼召亞伯拉罕、重新聯繫、上帝與人類之間的團契。但情況確實非常惡劣,因為當時人們分散遍布世界各地。因為亞伯拉罕相信上帝,上帝把他算作一個正義的人。從這個家庭中,選擇以色列國,作為接觸其他人類的工具。這個過程非常緩慢而沉悶,因為人們的本質仍留在墮落中。


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.

作為在外邦人國度中的一個人,被拯救的機會確實非常小。兩千年前,上帝派祂唯一的獨生子,耶穌基督到這地球,道成一個人類的嬰孩,啟動迷失人類的贖回大工。邪惡的國王,從一開始、就想殺的嬰兒耶穌。而邪惡的人,在祂做救贖工作中,想殺祂。在新約聖經,描述了救贖大工的細節。通過死在十字架上,耶穌提供必要的和足夠的犧牲來贖罪,用通過信仰祂的寶血,來拯救任何一個、相信祂的人。

 

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. 

從個人觀點,我是在一個,遠離以色列國,有如舊約中描述、外來文化氛圍的,外邦人國度的一部分。我出生的時刻,幾乎是救主耶穌首次到來的、兩千多年後。我能聽到福音,並得到拯救的機會有多少!然而,我的神,通過耶穌基督的福音、來找尋我。將我,從我的出生地,帶到我可以聽得到、並深信福音的地方,不但是個曲折的事件、也是我生命中的奇蹟。它確實是,通過我的神行使祂全能的恩典加恩典,祂的掌控這個世界的主權,來確保我作為一個主耶穌的信徒。

 

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!

它確實是很漫長痛苦的過程,我的上帝行使祂的真神之愛上加愛,來尋找像我一樣、丟失的羊。情感上,它是幾乎像一個母親,天涯海角、持續尋找她丟失的孩子。她必須征服許多的敵人和困難,來找尋她的孩子。但上帝的愛,是更多於母親的愛,因為我並沒有在尋求神,我一點也不知道、要尋求祂。換言之,我是罪惡的,迷失於我的文化和我不信中。然而,上帝沒有放棄我,因為祂知道、我是祂的一個遺失的羊。祂給我的愛是無限的,因為祂派遣耶穌基督為每個屬於祂的人而死,將每個屬於祂的人帶回到祂的愛裡!

 

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!

對於讀此見證、且還仍舊是祂羊的讀者,讓我鼓勵你,上帝給你的愛是無限的。請回家歸屬祂吧!

上帝的審判- -水深火熱可怕之中的可怕

聖經在記載這人類的歷史中,有對這邪惡世界的審判與制裁。災禍的結果是不堪想像。然而人性早已墮落,世人死在過犯罪惡之中。人們心中沒有上帝,一心行邪惡之事,終必滅亡!

 

I. 審判諾亞的世代
創世記第6章,對諾亞的世代有一痛心的描述:
* 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
所多馬,蛾摩拉的人,可以說是罪惡橫行,淫行泛濫。聖經記載在創世記第19章,二天使來到所多瑪,羅得正坐在城門口,看見他們就起來迎接他們到家裡過夜。天使本來要在街上過夜,但是義人羅得切切地請他們。他們才進入他家裡受他招待吃無酵餅。晚上全城的人連老帶少,都來圍住那房子,要羅得交出二天使,任他們所為。羅得出來護衛他的客人,眾人不聽,反而要多害羅得。天使救援羅得,並使門外暴民眼多昏迷,他們摸來摸去,總尋不著房門。天使要羅得帶全家離開那城,因為天使說耶和華差他們毀滅那城,因為那城罪惡極重。
* 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。
(在歷世歷代裡,當恩典之門大開的時候,很多人都是這樣不信而滅亡)。
* 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。
(在歷世歷代裡,人們的得到救恩是靠信心。如果心願意眷戀世界,也是自己排除在救恩之外,因為不信救恩的可貴)。

 

III. 今天的世界
科技發展,物質豐盛與人心不古是沒有直接的關係。因為生命的議題,自古至今是不變的。好譏誚的人,是信靠自己人力定能勝天,不相信真理,不相信上帝的存在,更不相信上帝的救贖大愛。
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 !
公義的上帝要審判罪人,要審判這污染罪惡的世界是聖經一直的警告!
* 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
由於世人任著剛硬不悔改的心,為自己積蓄忿怒,以致上帝震怒,顯祂公義。審判日子的來到,祂必照各人的行為,報應各人。
由於上帝震怒審判世界的可怕,聖經啟示我們歷史的最後結局是什麼?"主的日子"是聖經裡常用的專門字。舊約的先知用過,主耶穌提過。在新約的作者也用過。
"主的日子"是從大災難開始為起頭,以上帝審判世界,地球在火中毀滅為止。
在兩頭之間,有如下的事件:
(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。
主耶穌成立千禧年代,主耶穌成立世間國度,在世上作王一千年。
(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
他們要作王,直到永永遠遠。

 

V. 信徒應有的警醒,有一件事不可忘記!
"但主的日子要像賊來到一樣,那日天必有響聲廢去,有形質的都要烈火銷化,地與其上的物燒盡了"。這一切既然都要如此銷化,你們為人該當怎樣聖潔,怎樣敬虔,切切仰望上帝的日子來到,照上帝的應許盼望。有義居在其中的新天新地,與主耶穌同在,仰望讚美祂的榮光,永遠讚揚祂救贖的恩典,永遠讚美祂的榮美,阿們!

 

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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.

* …..

這些日子以來,似乎邪惡確實在橫行。大規模的屠殺,影響著社會的各個方面。
*一名持槍歹徒,在拉斯維加斯的一場音樂會上,向群眾、胡亂開火,造成58人死亡,489人受傷。
*一名持槍歹徒,向德州
一個小社區教堂的信徒們、大肆開火,造成26人死亡,多人受傷。
*一名槍手對著沃爾瑪商店開火,造成3人死亡。
* ...

 

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. 

很多人都不知道,該如何嘗試著、去找答案。包括兒童和嬰兒在內的無辜者、如何被槍手槍殺。我們看到媒體,試圖找出槍手的動機。然而,受害者的巨大痛苦,根本沒有,被提及、指出或注重、關懷。


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?…..

人們心中,有許多沒有答案的問題。以下只是其中幾個:
1.一個人怎麼會這麼邪惡,犯下這種無法形容的邪惡行為呢?
2.我們的社會,到底還要再容忍多久、這已經存在這樣長期的罪惡?什麼時候,正義才能回到我們的社會?
3.當無辜的人、遇到這樣的惡行時,上帝在哪裡?
4.為什麼上帝,讓這種邪惡的行為發生在、祂的子民身上,當他們正在教會中、敬拜祂的時候呢?

 

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.
在這樣的時候,沒有什麼語言、可以安慰受難者的痛苦和苦難。事實上,很多人都會向上帝呼求,正義和報復。


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).

當這樣的黑暗、壓倒我們時,我們需要做到以下幾點:
1.身為上帝的信徒,我們需要禱告,替受難者、向上帝祈求,並盡我們所能去幫助他們。
2.我們可以合理化動機,但沒有任何理由、可以為邪惡辯護。
3.我們仍然應該信任上帝,即使這種情況看起來、確實是如此的糟糕無望。
4.我們不應該用,邪惡來克服邪惡。而是讓全能的上帝來做復仇。
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
他誠然擔當我們的憂患,背負我們的痛苦,我們卻以為他受責罰,被神擊打苦待了。)

 

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.

這裡有幾個事實,提醒我們?
1.我們的主耶穌基督是無罪的,並且在這個世界時,為人類做了各種各樣的療癒。但被那個社會、自稱為義人的邪惡行為,以最殘酷、侮辱的十字架的方式殺害。
2.邪惡朦蔽欺瞞著各種族,性別,社會階層,年齡,宗教信仰,
民族。邪惡的人可以來自任何種族,性別,文化和國籍。
3.罪來自於,心靈敗壞的罪人。邪惡的狂暴橫行,因為我們處於一個變態和無法無天的世代。


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!

即使在近幾百年裡,我們也經歷了、無數的地區戰爭和兩次世界大戰。在這些爭戰衝突中,數以百萬計的人被殺害了。所以不要相信,人類會進化、到更好的文明的進化論的謊言!

 

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.
我們不應該忘記,人們因為反抗造物主、而心靈變黑暗了(羅馬書1:20-22)

羅馬書1:20-22

"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"

邪惡的出現是因為黑暗的心靈所犯下的惡行。經過千百年的演變,或哲學家、政治家用盡智慧,想要消滅罪惡,我們還是處於黑暗之中。


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.

如果我們真正討厭邪惡,我們都需要悔改、歸向我們的創造主和我們的救主耶穌基督。
我們仍然需要相信我們的上帝,尤其是在我們看不到任何希望的時候,因為上帝是全能的、可信任的。即使在最黑暗的時刻,祂的
應許
和愛也永遠不會消失。我們需要為主的最終降臨禱告,因為祂要來恢復正義,裁判、斷定這個世界的罪惡。
當邪惡橫行,形勢無望的時候,先知哈巴谷書,在哈巴谷書3:17-19,鼓勵我們。
                             17  雖然無花果樹不發旺,葡萄樹不結果,

                                   橄欖樹也不效力,田地不出糧食,

                                   圈中絕了羊,棚內也沒有牛,

                             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! 

最後,我們所有人都應該受到以下寶貴詩句的鼓舞。

哈巴谷書2:4
4  "注意這一點:
迦勒底人自高自大,心不正直,唯義人因信得生"。

 

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!

 

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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.

許多的年長者驚覺擔憂,現今邪惡罪惡泛濫的程度。在這個世界裡,誘惑無處不在、橫衝直撞,罪惡像一咆哮獅子、試圖吞食人類。我們要慎重的來思考,如何可以在自己的生活裡,不要被各式各樣的誘惑困住,而屈服於罪惡。世上是沒有、無受害者的犯罪事情。陷入誘惑,就如同走滑溜斜坡一般。而所有的誘惑、不可避免地,終必導致罪惡。

 

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.

雖然罪惡的格式和形式,可能會因科技、文化上的不同而改變,所有罪惡的基本原因,都是相同的。為什麼?這是因為人性的腐敗,從亞當和夏娃的墮落起,就沒有改變。因為邪惡的起源是罪,而罪是來自違背了上帝。這教導清楚地顯示在羅馬書1:21,“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”。我們來想一想,所有與人類活動相關的問題,都可以清楚地、從這個聖經的觀點來審查。例如,所有的罪行是來自人性的腐敗。所有個人、團體、社會階級和國家的衝突,也是來自相同的原因。此外,自我內心的矛盾衝突、婚姻和家庭問題和社會問題,都是這個巨大慘敗的一部分,因此混亂和罪惡,持續發生在這個世界裡。

 

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.
您可能會思索,為什麼我們要談論這個問題。或者說,為什麼我們要花費心神談論它。基本的原因有二:首先是為了避免我們被宣傳或假新聞欺騙,而變成邪惡的一部分。其次是要遵守我們主耶穌基督的誡命、過著一個健康和有喜樂的生活。

 

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.
自墮落後,人類是在與它的造物主戰爭。這戰爭表現在兩個方面、即物質外界和心靈內界的層面上。在物質外界上,由於人與人之間的衝突,我們在世界裡遭逢罪惡。在靈性內界上,我們在於自我衝突、心中掙扎做正確的事。每個人唯一的解決方案是,要悔改並返回到造物主,我們的主耶穌基督。

 

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.
我們需要、進一步思考的事,是自我衝突的基礎架構。您或許不知道、以下靈性的事實。自墮落後,我們是與上帝分離的。更糟糕的是,我們是祂的敵人。我們拒絕神,我們每個人各自隨心所欲的方式生活。許多後現代主義的先覺者,聲稱上帝已死,終於人類可以自由、隨心所欲、毫無拘束、沒有限制的生活。在我們的世代、從60年代性解放開始起,這是非常明顯的。但是所有這些自任精英者的問題是,他們的心,因被這個世界的王魔鬼、欺騙而盲目了,他們自身也陷入魔鬼黑暗王國、成為他的奴隸。罪惡的後果是非常嚴重的,因為千千百萬無數人的苦難,特別是兒童和無辜的人,是無法描述的。

 

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.

聖經在以下的經文,清楚地告訴我們,像我們這樣的罪人、是如何被拯救,不是靠我們自己所做所為,而是通過我們的信心、所得到的上帝恩典來完成的。

 

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
得救是本乎恩也因著信
2你們死在過犯罪惡之中,他叫你們活過來。2那時你們在其中行事為人,隨從今世的風俗,順服空中掌權者的首領,就是現今在悖逆之子心中運行的邪靈。3我們從前也都在他們中間,放縱肉體的私慾,隨著肉體和心中所喜好的去行,本為可怒之子,和別人一樣。4然而,神既有豐富的憐憫,因他愛我們的大愛,5當我們死在過犯中的時候,便叫我們與基督一同活過來。你們得救是本乎恩。6他又叫我們與基督耶穌一同復活,一同坐在天上,7要將他極豐富的恩典,就是他在基督耶穌裡向我們所施的恩慈,顯明給後來的世代看。8你們得救是本乎恩,也因著信。這並不是出於自己,乃是神所賜的;9也不是出於行為,免得有人自誇。10我們原是他的工作,在基督耶穌裡造成的,為要叫我們行善,就是神所預備叫我們行的。

 

There are many infrastructural elements revealed in the above-mentioned passage. To understand our own depraved mind, we need to grasp the following truth.
有很多基礎架構的因素,顯示在上面所提到的經文片段中。要了解我們自己墮落的心靈,我們需要掌握下面的真理。

 

(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.” 

1)首先,我們需要清楚明白,心靈一旦墮落,它是非常難以恢復到其、損壞前的狀況。因此,當任何人成為基督徒時,他或她、是再次出生為一個新的本質。這就是為什麼,每一個基督徒是一個新造的人。這是在以弗所書4:20-24,聖保羅所描述,穿上新人:
“20你們學了基督,卻不是這樣。21如果你們聽過他的道,領了他的教,學了他的真理,22就要脫去你們從前行為上的舊人,這舊人是因私慾的迷惑漸漸變壞的;23又要將你們的心志改換一新,24並且穿上新人,這新人是照著神的形象造的,有真理的仁義和聖潔。”

 

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”.
有幾件事,要在此澄清。首先,這重生的更新,不是我們自己做的。它是基督、為信祂的罪人而死,才完成的。其次,一個信徒有一個新的本質,是聖靈再生我們的結果。第三,“拋開舊的自我”意味著,我們不是活在、只關心自己、在意自我的舊習慣裡。我們不允許我們的舊自我、控制我們的生活。因為耶穌基督的死亡,信徒們得到聖靈的內住。因此,“穿上新的自我”意味著我們,在聖靈中行走前進。此外,“脫掉舊的自我”意味著我們不會、根據“肉慾的欺騙”而活。

 

(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.
2)我們今生裡,將不能擺脫這種舊的自我,因為我們的身體、還沒有被贖回。正如在羅馬書8:23所述,“23不但如此,就是我們這有聖靈初結果子的,也是自己心裡嘆息,等候得著兒子的名分,乃是我們的身體得贖”。因此,我們需要抓住一個真理,即身為基督徒、有兩個本質在我們每個人裡,我們是活在自我衝突的生活中,要隨從聖靈或隨從肉體而活。這是一個非常重要的關鍵。羅馬書8:5-8清楚地顯示這個真理。
隨從肉體與隨從聖靈的比較
5因為隨從肉體的人,體貼肉體的事;隨從聖靈的人,體貼聖靈的事。6體貼肉體的就是死,體貼聖靈的乃是生命、平安。7原來體貼肉體的就是與神為仇,因為不服神的律法,也是不能服;8而且屬肉體的人不能得神的喜歡。
因此,這是至關重要的,每個基督徒、每時/每天的生活中,都要知道到底是活在體貼什麼的階段裡。

 

(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。
耶穌為天下人做挽回的祭
2我小子們哪,我將這些話寫給你們,是要叫你們不犯罪。若有人犯罪,在父那裡我們有一位中保,就是那義者耶穌基督。2他為我們的罪做了挽回祭,不是單為我們的罪,也是為普天下人的罪。

 

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.”

那麼基督徒生活的本質是什麼呢?還是以另一種方式說,如何有一個光明的生活,取悅我們的主耶穌基督。或者,如何在我們的生活中、有平安和喜樂。這個非常重要,為什麼?因為我們中的許多人,在這個腐敗的聯網環境下,正在努力抗拒“眼目的情慾,肉體的情慾和今生的驕傲”的誘惑。我們在情慾的事中,浪費我們的生命。如加拉太書5:19-21所解釋的,
“19情慾的事都是顯而易見的,就如姦淫、汙穢、邪蕩、 
20拜偶像、邪術、仇恨、爭競、忌恨、惱怒、結黨、紛爭、異端、 
21嫉妒、醉酒、荒宴等類。我從前告訴你們,現在又告訴你們:行這樣事的人必不能承受神的國。”

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 !

我們應該這麼做。這是非常重要的,要知道,我們老的本質對上帝是充滿敵意的。我們的肉體、總是隨著肉體的慾望而活,甚至至死。羅馬書8:6警告我們:“6體貼肉體的就是死,體貼聖靈的乃是生命、平安”。因此,我們不能依靠自己,來克服的世界的誘惑。所以,什麼是我們應該做的

 

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.”

讓我們聽聽,聖經給我們的教導。您可能會問,為什麼我們常常回到聖經。因為真理讓我們自由,而上帝的話語就是真理。我們需要好好思考約翰·17:17,“17求你用真理使他們成聖,你的道就是真理”。

 

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 !

1.首先,讓我們從”外邦人的大使徒”聖保羅、得到一個指示。在羅馬人7:21-25,他教導我們兩個本質之間的衝突:“21我覺得有個律,就是我願意為善的時候,便有惡與我同在。22因為按著我裡面的意思,我是喜歡神的律,23但我覺得肢體中另有個律和我心中的律交戰,把我擄去,叫我附從那肢體中犯罪的律。24我真是苦啊!誰能救我脫離這取死的身體呢?25感謝神!靠著我們的主耶穌基督就能脫離了。這樣看來,我以內心順服神的律,我肉體卻順服罪的律了”。因此,唯一的解決方案是“通過耶穌基督我們的主”。我們需要經由我們的祈禱和請願,請求我們的主耶穌基督,滿足我們的真正的慾望:那就是要像我們的主耶穌基督。我們需要遵循腓立比書4:6-7,“6應當一無掛慮,只要凡事藉著禱告、祈求和感謝,將你們所要的告訴神。7神所賜出人意外的平安,必在基督耶穌裡保守你們的心懷意念”。事實上,我們需要信任我們的主。祂會為屬祂自己的人做到這一點,是的,因為他是我們信仰的創始成終者,揭示在希伯來書12:2,“2仰望為我們信心創始成終的耶穌。他因那擺在前面的喜樂,就輕看羞辱,忍受了十字架的苦難,便坐在神寶座的右邊”。確確實實地,讚美我們的主!

 

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.
2.其次,我們必須從聖約翰,得到一個指針。約翰一書3:9教導我們:“9凡從神生的,就不犯罪,因神的道存在他心裡;他也不能犯罪,因為他是由神生的”。因此,我們是經由聖靈的更新,我們是依賴上帝的力量,而不是靠自己,來克服世界的。下面是一個非常珍貴的應許承諾,在約翰一書3:1-3,稱為神的兒女是蒙父何等慈愛,“3你看父賜給我們是何等的慈愛,使我們得稱為神的兒女,我們也真是他的兒女!世人所以不認識我們,是因未曾認識他。2親愛的弟兄啊,我們現在是神的兒女,將來如何,還未顯明。但我們知道,主若顯現,我們必要像他,因為必得見他的真體。3凡向他有這指望的,就潔淨自己,像他潔淨一樣”。我們是神的作品,我們的主將完成我們的成聖,因為祂是我們的成聖,揭示在哥林多前書2:30,"30但你們得在基督耶穌裡,是本乎神,神又使他成為我們的智慧、公義、聖潔、救贖"。確確實實地,讚美神!我們的主進一步指示我們,在約翰13:14,要去洗彼此的腳。"14我是你們的主、你們的夫子,尚且洗你們的腳,你們也當彼此洗腳"。換句話說,我們要互為依靠,並相互以上帝的話潔淨彼此。我們是,來到我們的生命中的其他信徒的、一個守護者。更重要的是,我們需要每天用上帝的話,來清潔我們自己。

  

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 !

5.基督徒生活中,最寶貴的願望之一,是在我們生活中每一刻,與我們的主耶穌基督、持續交往團契。關鍵的智慧之一是,要認識和珍惜生命中的寶貴。例如,生命是無價的。那麼為什麼,我要被誘惑調戲,來扔掉生命呢?正如我們的主教導我們,“一個人要拿什麼來回報他的靈魂?”。為什麼、我們要在“權力,性,財富,金錢和毒品”的惡毒腐敗中,浪費我們的生命?不保護我們心中,少數最愛的寶貴之後果,是第一等級的災難。如果亞當和夏娃,珍貴地珍惜上帝、珍貴地享受的伊甸樂園,就完全不會、將他們對上帝的愛和來自神的祝福,去交換其他東西。失去與上帝的團契的後果,根本無法衡量。如果一個人、真正珍惜他的配偶,就會擺脫影響婚姻的所有事物/行為!當我們健康,不被疾病污染時,我們是如何的快樂。當我們活在光明時,它是多麼美麗!

 

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.” 。
7.結語
在舊約的時代,為了能夠親近上帝,是必須、帶來犧牲品到聖殿奉獻。神命令、只有在牛,或羔羊被殺害後和祭司帶了他們的血進入聖所,然後,罪孽才可以被神原諒豁免。
所以,在舊約的時代、沒有流血犧牲,確實是不可能親近上帝。
在新約時代,我們能夠祈求上帝,並與我們的主耶穌基督團契,是因為我們的主耶穌基督、為我們每個人死在十字架上,和他的寶血不斷潔淨我們。我們也知道,我們的主是神聖的屬天大祭司,服事在天上的聖殿,而我們是祂在地上君尊的祭司。我們知道,一個祭司的功能是提供犧牲。因為我們的主耶穌基督是已為所有的罪、完成了最後一次的犧牲,我們不能再為罪孽,做任何的犧牲。然而,我們可以獻上我們的身體,作為壇上的一個活祭,正如羅馬書12:1-2所述,獻己於主當做活祭。"12所以弟兄們,我以神的慈悲勸你們,將身體獻上,當做活祭,是聖潔的,是神所喜悅的,你們如此侍奉乃是理所當然的。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"。

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.

 

親愛的主內弟兄姐妹,你知道活祭的意義嗎?在舊約,壇是神聖的,凡挨著壇的任何犧牲、都成為聖。(請參閱出埃及記29:37,"37要潔淨壇七天,使壇成聖,壇就成為至聖。凡挨著壇的都成為聖。")。所以我們、有罪的身體,一旦上壇、作為一個活祭,就成為神聖。成為神聖的犧牲,表示歸屬於神。這清楚的指示,我們的身體是屬於神。這是一個偉大的祝福!聖靈居住在我們的身體和我們的身體成為上帝的殿堂。我們的生命屬於上帝,將為上帝服務。這就是為什麼加拉太書2:20說,基督在保羅裡面活著,”20我已經與基督同釘十字架,現在活著的不再是我,乃是基督在我裡面活著。並且我如今在肉身活著,是因信神的兒子而活,他是愛我,為我捨己”。現在,”我已經與基督同釘十字架“的意義是什麼?顯然,這就是加拉太書5:24所說的,”24凡屬基督耶穌的人,是已經把肉體連肉體的邪情私慾同釘在十字架上了“。換句話說,我們的舊我、已被釘在十字架上,我們不再根據,眼目的慾望、肉體的慾望、和今生的驕傲生活。

 

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.

總之,我們應珍惜我們的主,因祂愛我們到底,(見約翰13:1,"13逾越節以前,耶穌知道自己離世歸父的時候到了。他既然愛世間屬自己的人,就愛他們到底"。)。祂提供了自己,為我們的罪做了挽回祭,這樣我們才可以返回到我們天父的愛,就像一個後悔的浪子、回到父家。願我們全心全意、愛我們的主耶穌基督,願我們與上帝和祂心愛的兒子主耶穌基督、有甜蜜的團契。願我們和其他信徒、也有一個甜蜜的團契,同享以弗所書3:14-21,阿們!

以弗所書3:14-21
基督有莫測之愛
14 因此,我在父面前屈膝,
15 天上地上的各家,都是從他得名,
16他按著他豐盛的榮耀,藉著他的靈,叫你們心裡的力量剛強起來, 
17使基督因你們的信住在你們心裡,叫你們的愛心有根有基, 
18 能以和眾聖徒一同明白基督的愛是何等長闊高深, 
19並知道這愛是過於人所能測度的,便叫神一切所充滿的充滿了你們。
20神能照著運行在我們心裡的大力,充充足足地成就一切,超過我們所求所想的。 
21但願他在教會中,並在基督耶穌裡得著榮耀,直到世世代代,永永遠遠!阿們。

 

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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!
基督徒,是一個相信耶穌基督、是他/她的個人救主和主的人。但是,並不是所有的基督徒、都會繼續努力去認識祂,並且每一天的生活中、都和祂有熱絡的團契。你真的知道嗎?作為一個基督徒,如果你每天沒有與你所至愛的主團契,就會失去無法形容的快樂和祝福!


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. 
首先,你應該知道,當我們開始信主時,天父通過祂的兒子、我們的主耶穌基督,賜給每個基督徒、都得到永生。然而,你知道、永生不是一件事,也不是上帝給我的、沒有上帝的身外物。你可能會問、這是什麼意思。這確實是一個很大的問題。


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.

讓我們看看、聖經所說的話。
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。


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.

你知道這節經文、清楚所說的嗎?上帝將祂的獨生子賜給每個信徒,讓每個基督徒都有永生。你知道為什麼嗎?因為永生在祂的兒子裡頭。永恆的生命,並不是你的身外物,像一個可以從一個手、傳遞到另一個手的物體。永生是在神的兒子裡。這就是為什麼、以下經文如此珍貴:

約翰福音1:4
4 生命在他裡頭,這生命就是人的光。

約翰一書5:12
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.

因為永生是在耶穌基督裡面,我們通過、在基督裡面,而擁有永生。這就是為什麼我們的主耶穌基督在下一節,約翰福音15:1-8中,如此生動的教導我們。

主是真葡萄樹
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.
所以永生不是、從你的外面、可以接受的一個物品,永生是耶穌基督裡面。我們甚至可以說,耶穌基督就是永生。因此,我們需要在祂裡面。下一個明顯的問題是,任何信徒如何在基督裡面。

 

Let us listen to our Lord who loves us, each of His, to the end.
讓我們聽聽愛我們的主,祂愛每個人每個信祂的人,直到最後都愛我們。

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.

約翰福音15:9-10
當效法主的愛
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!
為祂的榮耀!願我們真正愛祂,順服祂的誡命,彼此相愛!

 

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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.
在一個令人困惑和混亂的政治環境中,一般百姓想知道是,什麼時候政客們才要醒來、開始處理,有關失業、人身安全和醫療保險等等,與普通百姓息息相關的重要問題。對基督教徒來說,面對教育制度的混亂,反聖經的文化和暴力傾向等問題,讓我們非常擔心,我們社會的繁榮與穩定。

 

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. 
看看發生在世界各地的情況,我們的社會似乎需要、回到我們的創造者,以確保我們該往何處去?聖經告訴我們,太陽下沒有新事物。這意味著我們面臨的問題,不是新的,而是在人類歷史的許多時期,都曾出現過的。

 

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. 
關鍵問題之一是,一個以自我為中心,永遠只想到我自己的態度,已經完完全全地、滲透到我們的文化中了。寬容只是一個流行、政治正確的口號,而不是彼此之間,在日常生活中、真正表現的基本禮貌。我們不需要更多的專家空白的論據,或政治家的政治正確的空洞承諾。

 

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?”.
要提高我們的理智和生活品質,我們現在可以做些什麼嗎?有一件事我們都可以做,讓所有人受益。那就是採取“珍惜”的態度。你可能會問“珍惜什麼?”。

 

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.

珍惜你周圍的任何和一切的人、事、物。我們舉幾個例子;
首先,珍惜你周圍的人,如你的愛人。這意味著對他們說好話,感恩他們。


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.
要珍惜,在我們日常生活的種種情況中,我們所得到的仁慈。你可以說大多數人,都嚴厲地對待我。如果是這樣,我們更應該,感謝對待我們公平的一些好人。

 

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.
要珍惜、我們能每天活著的機會和幸運。在這方面,最好能夠每晚與我們所愛的人,分享一些美好的時間,特別是我們的孩子們。

 

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!

在充滿矛盾與衝突的生活與忙碌的社會中,何不珍惜我們今天的生活,享受一杯茶,咖啡或熱水,以感恩今天幫助我們的人們!

 

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. 
我想我們得到了珍惜願景。珍惜的態度,將有助於我們在一天中,處理與他人無數次的交往,並使我們的生活更加愉快。只要記住,時間的箭頭不能扭轉。在我們失去之前,讓我們珍惜一些我們所擁有的“好運”,比如人,人際關係等等。

 

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? 
作為基督徒,我們需要珍惜我們的造物主,救贖主,和愛我們到底的、我們的上帝。我們需要珍惜我們的主耶穌基督,在主裡、祂是生命之源,祂賜給我們永生。作為基督徒,我們需要像愛我們自己一樣,愛我們的鄰居。誰是我們的鄰居?他們不就是我們在生命中所遇到的人嗎?

 

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:
祝你日常生活中,這種“珍惜”的態度、豐富了你的生命。以下是聖經提供的一些提醒,給我們的提昇和享受:

 

 

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。

 

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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.

首先,讓我們來探討什麼是自由意志。自由意志是根據個人的意願來生活、即所謂隨心所欲的生活。生活就是,要面對與處理、和生命有關的一切事務。那麼自由意志,有什麼問題或錯誤呢?其實,自由意志並沒有什麼本質上的錯誤,因為自由意志是,上帝創造的所有動物世界、包括人類在內、的一部分。但是,當每個人的自由意志產生衝突時,世界就不可能有和平的生活。所以為了保持和平,個人的自由意志、必須要受到社會法規的約束。而且,我們的創造者也為人類自由意志設定了界限。換句話說,人類需要聽神的誡命。

 

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.

我們都知道,無法無天的社會將會如何!在這個社會,邪惡的人的罪惡就會橫行,就像獨裁政權中、不可能人人正義平等一樣。你可以問邪惡從何開始?當一個人將他/她的意志,超乎上帝的誡命之上時,邪惡開始了。換句話說,正如羅馬書1:18-22所說明的那樣,邪惡開始於人類不認識上帝,並將自己當作上帝,不承認、反叛了他們的造物主。

 

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.

上帝對人性罪惡的憤怒
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.

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,23將不能朽壞之神的榮耀變為偶像,彷彿必朽壞的人和飛禽、走獸、昆蟲的樣式。


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.

如果仔細觀察世界,就可以清楚的看到,邪惡的男人和女人的自由意志,是世界上所有問題的主要原因。以下是幾個例子:

1.罪犯行為,是犯罪份子橫行、違反了社會法律的意志。
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 。
3.離婚,是來自丈夫和妻子之間的意志衝突。


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.

我們不需要更多的例子。只要看中東的衝突,就會清楚地顯示邪惡意志的影響。由於在整個人類歷史上,人類無法和平地生活。在我們這個時代,衝突也一樣的、將與我們同在。你可以問,我們該怎麼辦?我們確實需要回到我們的創造主。這意味著,我們需要通過聖經、祂的話語所揭示的真理,來教導我們。我們可以做一件、立即改善生活的事,就是意識到、我們要如何行使我們的意願。只要承認我們自由意志是有所局限的,將是改善我們人際關係的一個偉大開始。更重要的是,我們需要遵守上帝在聖經中所揭示透露的誡命。這就是為什麼我們的主耶穌基督教導,我們要捨己,追隨祂。

 

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.

馬太福音16:24
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。

 

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.”

這就是為什麼祂在馬太福音4:17中傳講悔改。

17從那時候,耶穌就傳起道來,說:「天國近了,你們應當悔改!」

 

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

願我們都聽見耶穌基督的呼召:悔改!捨己,跟隨祂。

 

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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.

作為基督徒,我們需要知道我們是誰,我們在這個世界中的位置在哪裡,我們生命的目標是什麼,我們的使命是什麼,我們將往何處要去,誰是我們真正力量的來源。確實,一口氣問了這麼多問題。但是,您是否真正了解上述每個問題。

 

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

今天,我們知道,在世界某些地區的基督徒,受到嚴重的迫害,包括被殘害,斬首,歧視和驅離家園。事實上,中東地區的難民潮,證明了這個嚴重的局面。所以所有的基督徒都應該知道,世界恨耶穌基督,世界恨所有的基督徒。

 

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.
正如我們的主,在約翰福音16:33中指示我們一樣。我們平安的方法,是要在基督裡,來面對這世界。當然,我們需要知道,在實際生活中,在基督裡的意義。為了在基督裡,我們需要知道祂是誰,祂做了什麼,祂愛我們多少。在基督裡,不是靠我們的感覺或我們的幻想,而是我們的信仰。正如你所知,我們對基督信仰的內容、是相信如聖經中所描述的耶穌基督。這信仰是通過歷世歷代的聖徒、溯及親眼見證我們主的使徒們,傳給我們。


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。

 

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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!

我們都知道,我們活在一個後現代主義世界中。這個世界主張相對的真理,且充滿著由隱藏的敘事者所發佈、扭曲的假新聞、假訊息。在一個反基督和反聖經的世界裡,耶穌基督的信徒們應該明白,我們的救主和主的教導是什麼。這種理解的重要性、絕不是被過分強調,因為它是讓我們解脫、得到自由的真理。你可能問“讓我們遠離、免於什麼,解脫而獲得自由?”。事實上,這是一個很大的問題。首先,真理使我們免於世界的虛假和魔鬼欺騙者的詭計。更重要的是,它讓我們免於腐敗。重要的是要注意,腐敗的成本是無法估量的,因為它是以我們的生命為代價的!

 

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
等等的問題。想通過任何手段(醫藥或其他方式)來延長生命,一直是人類自古以來的主要任務。即使在這個現代世界中,所花費在尋求治療疾病的努力,是超出理解、無法想像的。


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!


我們的主,在馬可福音8:36-37中提醒我們:
36人就是賺得全世界,賠上自己的生命,有什麼益處呢?37人還能拿什麼換生命呢?
因此,不想在所有其他問題裡,如各式各樣的“主義”或一窩蜂的“運動”的洪流中,失去自己。首先,確保
我們好好安排、生命的問題!

 

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.  

 

2.在後現代主義世界中,要找到一條正確、通向永生之路,是不容易的事情。為什麼?

(a)哥林多前書4:4

4此等不信之人被這世界的神弄瞎了心眼,不叫基督榮耀福音的光照著他們;基督本是神的像。

只要了解在世界上發生的假新聞和在主流媒體的另類替代的真相,看看專家在電視評論中、如何旋轉任何的議題,就會給你一個很好的答案。基督徒應該知道,我們被世界誤導了多少次!小心提防誰是你的敵人。

 

(b)我們的主在馬太福音7:13-14中教導我們:
兩條門路,窄門與寬門
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.

 

3.永生的道路是什麼?

  (a)聖經在黑暗的世界中揭示了這光。
約翰福音14:6-7
主為道路真理生命
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。」

b)相信耶穌基督,是我們如何得到永生。
約翰福音3:35-36
35 父愛子,已將萬有交在他手裡。
36信子的人有永生,不信子的人得不著永生,神的震怒常在他身上。
   

c)神向我們顯示祂的愛
約翰福音3:16-18
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。 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。 
18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。

 

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!
請將我們主的教訓,深深地放到
我們的心裡;
約翰福音17:3
3認識你獨一的真神,並且認識你所差來的耶穌基督,這就是永生。

 

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.

我們看穿、所有的假新聞和另類替代的真理,找到狹窄的門、通過耶穌基督我們的主得到永生。願我們認識上帝獨一的真神和耶穌基督,祂所差遣來拯救我們,並吩咐我們去做祂的工作!奉耶穌寶貴的名,我們祈禱。阿

 

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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.

 

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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.

有一個普遍的說法,歲月不饒人,時間的流逝,是無情的,永不復返的。時間的冷酷事實是,時間箭頭總是向前,不能反向的。在人類歷史上,清楚地顯示了這個現象。我們可以看看並評論幾個時間痕跡的例子。

 

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.
首先,在世界許多廢墟裡,可以清楚地看到,過去古國或朝代偉大文明的遺跡。例子有很多,包括埃及的金字塔,中國的長城,希臘Aphaia的殿所和許多其他遺址中所顯出逝去的古代輝煌文明。所有這些文物,均代表著人類歷史上,時間流經的痕跡。

 

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.
其次,我們的生命裡也顯示了時間的痕跡。就像古代文明遺址,我們的身體也顯示了各種的機能,均會隨著時間的影響而退化。

 

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.
物理學家告訴我們,一個系統的混亂,會隨著時間的推移而增加,除非有更多的能量加入此系統。這種情況被編纂為熱力學第二定律。換句話說,混亂和死亡,在這個罪惡和墮落的世界,都是不可避免的。

 

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. 

如果你對這個世界有敏銳的觀察力,或者你漸漸進入老年,你會用心地,想要找到這個生命和這個世界的真理。我們不需要哲學家或大師教我們。我們都知道,這是與永生的問題有關。

 

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.

兩千年前,神差遣祂的愛子耶穌基督到這個世界,告訴人類,尋求永生的方法。祂在加利利對天國的宣布,在整個過去兩千年裡,也包括我們的時代仍然人心迴響。這裡有一些經文可以幫助,那些仍然在這問題裡掙扎的人們。

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.”  

馬太福音4:15-17 
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.
尤其在我們這個時代,耶穌基督的福音一直在世界各地被佈道宣揚,給每個願意接受祂的人獲得永生,來逃脫時間痕跡的可怕影響。


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.

這的確是上帝最偉大的禮物,給我們這些是基督徒的人,因為我們相信上帝派祂的兒子耶穌基督來拯救我們。我們不僅在未來,可以不必對時間有抱怨。而且,我們可以在今生我們需要的時候,得到上帝的恩典。

 

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!

對於我們這些頭上有些許或是很多白頭髮的人,我們體驗過,知道生活是充滿了不確定性和苦難。單就今年(2016年),就有很多的悲劇,包括伊斯蘭極端分子的恐怖襲擊在法國尼斯,在佛羅里達州奧蘭多,和在世界上的許多地方。拋開恐怖襲擊,生命本身有足夠的困難與爭吵,我們真正需要神的恩典,來支撐維護我們!


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.
 

因此,我們懇求你,耶穌基督的確是來自上帝的偉大的禮物給每個真心尋能夠逃脫熱力學第二定律或時間所困綁住的人。請細心聽聽耶穌基督"傳揚天國"的呼喚。能收到我們的主耶穌基督這個偉大的禮物,時間是很重要的因素。請默想以下:
約翰福音1:9-14

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。 
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.
 

我們真誠地希望,當這真光照耀這因罪惡而黑暗世界的時候,我們都能衷心地接受這真光。
願我們都能有如下的福氣:

詩 篇 36:9
因為在你那裡有生命的源頭,在你的光中我們必得見光。

 

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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.

當我們在路上開車時,我們都希望能有個路牌,警告我們、前方道路的危險情況。同樣,在充滿許多競爭衝突的現代生活裡,至關重要的是、我們要嚴循警告的信息,以正確地、為任何潛在危險的情況做好準備。比如,遊客會被警告,要避開有武器衝突的地區。
 

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.

按照聖經,末世即將來臨,上帝將審判這個變態的世界。在末世裡,將會有戰亂,疾病,以及人類歷史上、最嚴重的自然災害。因為這個警訊,我們這個網站想提醒您,邪惡的東西、不能再無止境地、繼續下去。
 
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.

據主流媒體,上帝是死了,這個世界上沒有絕對的真理。自由派的政客,可能仍然希望、表現出自己持有一些傳統的價值觀。但他們的政策和做法、清楚地表明他們是反聖經,他們不認同上帝。

 

But this is What God says:

但是,上帝是這樣說的:

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。

羅馬書1:20-21

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!

上帝創造了這個世界。祂的創作中,宇宙的次序,美,及宇宙的浩瀚;是在顯示祂的神性。當然,絕對真理也是存在的。例如,“你可以在這個時刻、認清你的存在”的事實,是絕對的。在這個世界上,所有的人都會死,其實也是一個絕對的,你可以檢驗這個絕對真理。如聖經在羅馬書5:12告訴我們:

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:

邪惡將結束,審判一定會到來”是聖經告訴我們的另一絕對:

 

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

希伯來書9:27

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。
因為恐怖的罪及其帶來的處罰,我們懇求您要免除、擺脫這種非常恐怖的審判,是要經由接受來自基督生命的禮物;因為祂為信祂的人而死,代替他們受到他們罪的刑罰。這是來自上帝的浩瀚恩典:

  

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。

 

現在就做,因為明天可能不屬於你!

 

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;

 

3.神不是死了。上帝是聖潔的,全能的,而且確實地,非常仁慈和同情我們人類。上帝是全能、掌握一切。所有人類的歷史,就是祂的歷史。我們應該聽從上帝!!!

啟示錄1:8
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。」

 

以賽亞書45:5

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 。

 

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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 



原來我們不是顧念所見的,乃是顧念所不見的,因為所見的是暫時的,所不見的是永遠的。

 

 哥林多後書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."

 

在後現代論的現代生活裏,社會什麼怪象都行,因為沒有任何標準。這種趨向再加上資訊爆炸,難怪我們常為世事而迷惑。常感到生活緊張快速,而且不管東西方社會,到處罪惡橫行。本網站是在提醒網友要經由聖經回到我們的創造主來得人生的意義與本質。正如我們的主耶穌基督在二千年前說明祂道成肉身的本意,是要我們得生命—更豐盛的生命。

 

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.


在忙碌無比快變的生活中,如果能不時靜下來思考我們的生命與週遭的環境,是会對我們有益的。我們深信仔細听創造主對我們的提醒,因而得亮光來走義路,應該是我們大大的福氣。

 

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.

 

由於本網是提醒人、不管种族、性別与國藉,要回到救世主來領受永生的祝福,如果您把這網站傳遞給您的親人朋友,使他們也有這接受上帝提醒的福氣,這就是我們的喜樂與鼓勵了

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

 

附圖是一個樹屋圖片,用來說明結構內部的架構是對整結構體非常重要的部分。同樣,一切美好的事物是來自我們的天父。甚至每一個呼吸都需要我們的主耶穌基督的持;





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

 

 

看不見的部分是現實的重要部分。事實上,隱藏在結構裏的架構決定了結構的大部分的功能。能明白到這一點,這是非常重要的;我們不能把我們所有的時間精力,都花在可見的世界上,正如聖經提醒我們;

 

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.

 

 

由於天國是現實的大部份,這個網站的目的是提醒慕道朋友們,在聖經中有關上面之事的啟示。願我們昨天、今天、永遠相同的主耶穌基督,在我們尋求祂榮耀的每一小步中、祝福我們。

 

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

水 調 歌 頭       蘇軾
(丙辰中秋,歡飲達旦,大醉,作此篇,兼懷子由。)
明月幾時有? 把酒問青天。不知天上宮闕, 今夕是何年。
我欲乘風歸去,又恐瓊樓玉宇,高處不勝寒。
起舞弄清影,何似在人間? 轉朱閣,低綺戶,照無眠。
不應有恨,何事長向別時圓?
人有悲歡離合,月有陰晴圓缺,此事古難全。
但願人長久,千里共嬋娟。

 

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.
這是中國古代著名的詩詞,悲哀地承認生命的有限,描述生活中的種種事件終將成過眼雲煙,和對天上的願望與期待。這的確是非常有趣地注意到,在人類歷史上,無論文化、政治制度、和語言的差異,人們往往超越、今生有限生命的悲傷情感、而期待著天堂的生活。

 

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.
縱觀人類歷史,人們想盡一切辦法要延長人類壽命、都沒有成功;包括在我們這一代、花數十億美元在疾病控制和預防上。實際上,我們越早認識到我們的侷限及這個世界迷失的緣故,有助於我們會回到我們的創造者,並把我們的最終信任、歸給我們的主耶穌基督。因為有罪、死就來了,沒有耶穌基督寶血的贖罪,人類確實是沒有希望。

 

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.
其實,如果你仔細閱讀聖經,你會發現這就是為什麼我們的創造者要來拯救我們。要知道,死亡、從來就不是神在祂的創作裡的意願。你可以在創世紀第一章讀到此意。由於我們是在嬰兒潮時期、出生的一代,我們中間許多人漸漸進入老年了。當我們走近這個老年期時,因為生命的有限性、各種不完美、有缺陷的生活問題及人際關係,勢不可擋的、持續來臨。我們的經驗一次又一次證實了、這個世界的不確定性和徒勞無功,包括人造的恐怖事件和自然災害,如地震,火災和水災,如此頻繁的發生在我們這個時代。

 

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:
針對這一切陰暗,無望的情況下,救贖的門的確是大開,讓我們回到我們的造物主,享受與祂團契的永恆的歡樂。這就是為什麼在整個人類歷史,我們有那麼多的聖人如:

 

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.

1.亞伯拉罕的信心,在希伯來書11:16尋找上帝的城。
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。

2.諾亞通過信心建造的方舟,拯救他的家人。如希伯來語說11:7所記載。
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.

的確是值得我們注意及使我們得著信心,是如下所述;
聖經告訴我們的,不只是有那些正義之士代表的聖人,也有罪人,窮困潦倒的人、如妓女喇合。在希伯來書11:31描述她還因信獲得了救贖。因此,好消息是,門是開著、為任何想要把他們信心歸給我們的主耶穌基督的人。

 

Indeed because of the hopelessness of the world, we entreat you to think about the things above as told in Colossians 3: 1-4.
事實上,因為世界的絕望,我們懇求你想想上面的事,如歌羅西書3:1-4所述。
勸門徒思念上面的事
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:

上帝是我千古保障,是我將來盼望;
每遇風波是避難處,是人永久家鄉。

 

 

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

在主寶座蔭庇之下,聖徒平安蒙福;
我主膀臂能力極大,時刻將我保護。

 

 

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

to endless years the same.
山川尚未形成之前,天地尚未開闢, 
遠自太初祢是真神,直到永世無盡。

 

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.

似箭光陰如川不息,世人瞬間即逝;
猶如曉夢醒時難覓,朝來不留餘痕。

 

 

 

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

恩主是我千古幫助,是我將來盼望;
是我今生護佑引導,是人永久家鄉。

 
 

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Reminders... 提醒

Only God - See Deut 6:4-5
Hear, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord is one! You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.

我們神是獨一的主

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)

 

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.(See 1 Coringthians 8:6)

然而我們只有一位神,就是父,

萬物都本於他,我們也歸於他.

並有一位主,就是耶穌基督,

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

The name which is above every name that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

 

主耶穌的絕對優越性—無不口稱耶穌為主 (西 1:15-20)

所以,神將他升為至高,

又賜給他那超乎萬名之上的名, 叫一切在天上的、地上的,和地底下的,因耶穌的名無不屈膝,無不口稱耶穌基督為主,使榮耀歸與父神。(腓2:9-11)

 

 

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

Until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished.

 

聖經的精確性(詩 19:7-9)

馬太福音 5:18

我實在告訴你們,

就是到天地都廢去了,

律法的一點一畫也不能廢去,

都要成全。 

 

 

Glorious Cross of Our Lord Jesus Christ which demonstrates the love of God - 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 Go

主耶穌榮耀無比的十字架

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。 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

我喜愛良善(或譯:憐恤),

不喜愛祭祀;

喜愛認識神,勝於燔祭。

(何西阿書 6:6)

 

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

(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

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。

(馬太福音 16:24)

 

Goal of Redemption is in Sanctification of the Spirit, through Obedience to Jesus Christ, and be Holy to the LORD. Be Ye Holy, For I am Holy.

(1 Peter 1:15-16; Lev 11:45)

救贖的目的是藉著聖靈,順服耶穌基督,歸耶和華為聖。 你們要聖潔,因為我是聖潔的。(彼得前書1:15-16; 利11:45)

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