This section was added to remind us the Bible teachings on our day-to-day issues. One of the aspects of living in this age is that we are all very busy. We are so heavily laden that we really need to get wisdom from our Lord Jesus Christ to help us deal with all kind of issues that upset us. A feature of this Section is that we would try to make these reminders in short articles or pictures so that you would have more time to ponder on the glory of Jesus Christ our Lord in your life.
Why do we need the Bible in our daily living?
We need light to walk in the right path in a darkened and perverted world.
119:105, Your word is a lamp to my feet
And a light to my path.
We need sure guidance in our daily lives.
119:9, How can a young man keep his way pure?
By keeping it according to Your word.
2 Tim 3:16-17, 16 All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; 17 so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.
We need God’s encouragement in our daily struggles.
Ps 119: 28, My soul weeps because of grief;
Strengthen me according to Your word.
Ps 119: 49-50, Remember the word to Your servant,
In which You have made me hope.
50 This is my comfort in my affliction,
That Your word has revived me.
Enduring Jesus Christ’s love strengthens us always in our afflictions.
Matthew 11:28-30, 28 “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
Jesus Christ will set us free from bondages and addictions
John 6:63, 63 It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing; the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life.
Romans 8:24-25, 24 Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from the body of this death? 25 Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, on the one hand I myself with my mind am serving the law of God, but on the other, with my flesh the law of sin.
We need God words to cleanse us every day of our lives
Matthew 4:4, But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.’”
John 17:16-17, "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." Because of our bent toward sin, we need desperately regeneration of our mind by the Holy Spirit to think how God thinks and not how the world thinks. That is why we need the Bible and need to saturate our mind with God's word. More importantly, we need to learn to thank Jesus Christ our Lord constantly for all the blessings so lavishly pouring on us each and every day.
Ephesians 5:25-27, 25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her, 26 so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, 27 that He might present to Himself the church [a]in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be holy and blameless.
詩篇 119:105 ; 你的話是我腳前的燈，是我路上的光。
詩篇 119:9 ; 年輕人用什麼潔淨他的行為呢？是要遵行你的話。
提摩太後書3:16-17 ;16 聖經都是神所默示的，於教訓、督責、使人歸正、教導人學義都是有益的， 17 叫屬神的人得以完全，預備行各樣的善事。
詩篇 119:28; 我的心因愁苦而消化，求你照你的話使我堅立。
詩篇 119:49-50 ; 49 求你記念向你僕人所應許的話，叫我有盼望。50 這話將我救活了，我在患難中因此得安慰。
28 凡勞苦擔重擔的人，可以到我這裡來，我就使你們得安息。 29 我心裡柔和謙卑，你們當負我的軛，學我的樣式，這樣你們心裡就必得享安息。 30 因為我的軛是容易的，我的擔子是輕省的。
約翰福音6:63 ; 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。
羅馬書 7:24-25 ; 24 我真是苦阿！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。
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。』
約翰福音17:16-17 ; "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"。由於取死的肉體有犯罪的傾向，我們廹切需要聖靈的更新，使我們學習思考照主的旨意，而不是照世界的思考樣式。這就是為什麼我們每天要讀經禱告。更重要的是要努力學習常常感謝主耶穌在每一天生活中豐盛保守祝福的大愛。
以弗所書 5:25-27 ; 25 你們做丈夫的，要愛你們的妻子，正如基督愛教會，為教會捨己， 26 要用水藉著道把教會洗淨，成為聖潔， 27 可以獻給自己，做個榮耀的教會，毫無玷汙、皺紋等類的病，乃是聖潔沒有瑕疵的。
We may wonder how come we do not see the light on our paths. If the Holy Bible is the light on our paths, how come we cannot see the light? This is indeed a great question worthy of our meditation.
Actually, it is quite easy to understand this. If I cannot see the light, either there is no light shining on my path or I cannot see the light because something blinds my eyes. Let us find out what the Bible says about this.
2 Cor 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.”
It is indeed very interesting to ask how can a mind be blinded so that a person does not see the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. 1 John 2:15 reminds us the following;
15 Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
What happens to a person who does not love God? Romans 1:21 tells us clearly “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.” In other words, the light in their heart was darkened so that they cannot see the true reality.
When people love the world, all their minds are filled with the things of the world so that not a single spot in their minds is left for God. As a matter of fact, they willingly exclude God from their school, from their government, and even from their vocabulary just as portrayed in Romans 1:28;
28 Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done.
So what happens! Their minds are darkened so that they cannot see and cannot appreciate the love of God and the glory of Jesus Christ.
We may ask how come believers can see the beauty of Jesus Christ who is the image of God. Because by their faith in Jesus Christ as personal savior and lord, God shines the light in their hearts again so that they can see again. The Bible reminds us the following;
6 For God, who said, “Light shall shine out of darkness,” is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.”
Because of this, we are not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes. And also because of this, we do not preach ourselves but Christ Jesus as Lord, and ourselves as your bond-servants for Jesus sake.
“ 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。
一個不愛上帝的人會如何？羅馬書1:21清楚地告訴我們: “21 因為，他們雖然知道神，卻不當作神榮耀他，也不感謝他。他們的思念變為虛妄，無知的心就昏暗了”。換句話說，他們心中的光昏暗了，讓他們無法看到真正的現實。
哥林多後書 4:6： 6 那吩咐光從黑暗裡照出來的神，已經照在我們心裡，叫我們得知神榮耀的光顯在耶穌基督的面上。
The righteous will live by his faith. - Habakkuk 2:4
In a modern society of the 21 century, there is so much information overload that it is indeed very easy to get distracted. Indeed, it is a society with a fast pace life style coupled with instant satisfaction bent. What is important becomes fussy and many are misled.
People are busy and hence give little time to think about life and death. Only once awhile, people stop for a few moments to take care of the problems when a disaster hits. Because the reality of life may not be pleasant, many people just simply ignore the life issues. This may help to explain the popularity of sitcom to laugh it off, or excitement of various sporting events to live for the moment, or parties to drink it off. The problems with these approaches such as drug, sex, power, and money are that they just delay and forget life; yet we still have to live to bear the blunt of the unresolved issues.
Modernism does not help. Why? Too much rationalization basing on too many conflicting perspectives tends to muddle the water and discourage people. That is why the Scripture indicates that people's hearts turn cold after so many wicked deceptive schemes targeting goodness of the people.
Our Lord Jesus Christ warned 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.
A few people are blessed that, like the prodigal son of Luke Chapter 15, they wake up early enough to return to God. This is why our Lord warned people in Luke 13:22-24 to fight hard to get into the narrow gate.
Teaching in the Villages
22 And He was passing through from one city and village to another, teaching, and proceeding on His way to Jerusalem. 23 And someone said to Him, “Lord, are there just a few who are being saved?” And He said to them, 24 “Strive to enter through the narrow door; for many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able.
That is also why the Scripture reminds us to live by our faith alone each day of our lives in this wicked world.
You might ask what does it means to live by faith? First of all, Christianity is centered in Christ. Without Christ, there is nothing left in Christianity. Christian faith is therefore not to live by a set of doctrines by our head or to perform our external rites. Rather, Christian living is to have an eternal loving relationship with the triune God. Thus, there are plenty of hardships and difficulties in our living situations, yet as a christian we trust our Lord Jesus Christ in all our daily situations. Two biblical passages may be helpful. The first one is in Romans Chapter 6 which explains that our union with our Lord is the essence of our faith and the guiding light of our living by faith. The second one is the realization of Prophet Habakkuk that rejoice in the Lord is the foundation of our living each day by our faith.
3 Or do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death? 4 Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life. 5 For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall also be in the likeness of His resurrection, 6 knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin; 7 for he who has died is freed from sin. 8 Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him,
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.
May our Lord richly bless you in your daily walk with Him who loves you always with eternal love. He is always faithful even when we sometimes failed so miserably in our unfaithfulness to Him. Yet, despite our failures, His enduring love contrains us to seek His mercies towards us always. Indeed, we all need to learn from Him who, by our Heavenly Father's love to us, becomes our wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and salvation.
16 Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day. 17 For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, 18 while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal. (2 Corinthians 4:16-18)
20 Now the God of peace, who brought up from the dead the great Shepherd of the sheep through the blood of the eternal covenant, even Jesus our Lord, 21 equip you in every good thing to do His will, working in us that which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen. (Hebrews 13:20-21)
唯義人因信得生 - 哈巴谷書2:4
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。
22 耶穌往耶路撒冷去，在所經過的各城各鄉教訓人。 23 有一個人問他說：「主啊，得救的人少嗎？」 24 耶穌對眾人說：「你們要努力進窄門。我告訴你們：將來有許多人想要進去，卻是不能。
3 豈不知我們這受洗歸入基督耶穌的人，是受洗歸入他的死嗎？ 4 所以，我們藉著洗禮歸入死，和他一同埋葬，原是叫我們一舉一動有新生的樣式，像基督藉著父的榮耀從死裡復活一樣。 5 我們若在他死的形狀上與他聯合，也要在他復活的形狀上與他聯合。 6 因為知道，我們的舊人和他同釘十字架，使罪身滅絕，叫我們不再做罪的奴僕， 7 因為已死的人是脫離了罪。 8 我們若是與基督同死，就信必與他同活。
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。
16 所以我們不喪膽，外體雖然毀壞，內心卻一天新似一天。 17 我們這至暫至輕的苦楚，要為我們成就極重無比、永遠的榮耀。 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4:16-18）
但願賜平安的神，就是那憑永約之血使群羊的大牧人我主耶穌從死裡復活的神， 在各樣善事上成全你們，叫你們遵行他的旨意，又藉著耶穌基督在你們心裡行他所喜悅的事。願榮耀歸給他，直到永永遠遠！阿們。(希伯來書 13:20-21)
In a fast busy world, it is necessary for us to be even more watchful where we are at and where we are going. If you have lived a few years behind you in
this world, you know for sure that this is a fast grinding world that demands much of your energy just to stay alive and free.
Lately, it seems the world goes more and more awry. Listed below are a few events as a reminder of the stage of our days:
* Mass killing near UC Santa Barbara campus by a student from a wealthy family.
* Killing in the mass transit vehicle by a young person in Taipei and followed by a few copycats.
* Riots in Vietnam against China and killing many Chinese in Vietnam
* Military Coup in Thailand
* Conflicts in Egypt
* Terrorists abducted more than 250 school girl in Nigeria and conducted almost daily killings of innocent people.
* Sudan government plans to hang a pregnant woman just because she is a Christian. Her marriage to her husband was voided by the Sudan government and it wants to punish her as an adulteress because she has intimate relationship with her husband.
* Conflicts and deadly fights in Ukraine
* Terror bombings in China
Amidst all these happenings, we are hard working to make a living. So let us ask a question? Shall we just keep going and forget about all these happenings? We may say that
nothing we can do anyway. A better answer seems to be: we better find a way to keep our sanity. Perhaps, even more importantly how to be peaceful within us amidst chaos and injustice and
terrors around us.
So who do you think we should go to get some guidance? Politicians, philosophers, professors or any secular or religious leaders? Or perhaps we should google it to find an answer? Based upon past history, we would not be in the current situation if the solution can be found in them. Actually, the world was messed up more by those so called wise men, leaders, and smart policies, etc.
The following are just a few lessons that we should keep in mind.
* How can we maintain some sense of an ethical standard when our society tries to destroy morality at the same time.
* How can we maintain law and order when there are lawlessness rampages even in minor thing such as driving.
* How can a society offer jobs and opportunities when the legislators keep choking small businesses by overburdening them with regulations and more regulations.
Given all these chaos, it seems that we should return to our Creator and ask Him for guidance. Actually there are more chaos than those happenings that
met the eyes. If we can not even answer what happen to us when we die or where we are going after we say goodbye to this world, we better urgently seek our Creator to save us. Before we have
peace externally among people and nations, we need to have peace with an angry and holy God who will judge all that are wicked and evil in this world.
Since we cannot solve this problem individually or collectively, here are a few reminders from our Creator;
1. We need to receive the peace outside us from our Creator.
John 16:33- 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.”
John 14:27- Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.
2. Before we can receive this peace, we need to be reconciled with God through His blessed provision. That is, we need to have our sin forgiven and have perfect righteousness of Jesus Christ imputed to us through our faith in Him.
John 3:16- “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.
Romans 3:21-26 But now apart from the Law the righteousness of God has been manifested, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, 22 even the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all those who believe; for there is no distinction; 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus; 25 whom God displayed publicly as a propitiation in His blood through faith. This was to demonstrate His righteousness, because in the forbearance of God He passed over the sins previously committed; 26 for the demonstration, I say, of His righteousness at the present time, so that He would be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.
May our Merciful and Almighty God richly bless you when you place your ultimate trust in Jesus Christ our Lord who can save not only your body but also your soul now and ever more into His glorious eternal kingdom, Amen.
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。」(約翰福音 16:33)
27 我留下平安給你們，我將我的平安賜給你們。我所賜的不像世人所賜的，你們心裡不要憂愁，也不要膽怯。(約翰福音 14:27)
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 3:16)
21 但如今，神的義在律法以外已經顯明出來，有律法和先知為證， 22 就是神的義因信耶穌基督加給一切相信的人，並沒有分別。 23 因為世人都犯了罪，虧缺了神的榮耀， 24 如今卻蒙神的恩典，因基督耶穌的救贖，就白白地稱義。 25 神設立耶穌做挽回祭，是憑著耶穌的血，藉著人的信，要顯明神的義。因為他用忍耐的心寬容人先時所犯的罪， 26 好在今時顯明他的義，使人知道他自己為義，也稱信耶穌的人為義。(羅馬書 3:21-26)
以色列阿，你要聽！耶和華 ─ 我們神是獨一的主。
萬物都是藉著他有的, 我們也是藉著他有的。(歌林多前書 8:6)
Supremacy of Jesus Christ our Lord - Phil 2:9-11; Col 1:15-20
主耶穌的絕對優越性—無不口稱耶穌為主 (西 1:15-20)
Inerrancy of Holy Scripture - Psalm 19:7-9, Matt 5:18
Glorious Cross of Our Lord Jesus Christ which demonstrates the love of God - John 3:16-18
Obedience to God is much better than offering sacrifices - Hos 6:6
For I delight in loyalty
rather than sacrifice.
And in the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings.
The righteous shall live by faith alone - Habbakuk 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