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

We add the new webpage to address key spiritual growth subjects. Main idea is to address a few key issues to help us understand ourselves, our world, and our Holy God. Do let your friends know this website address if you feel that they may be benefit from this website.
我們添加了新的網頁來幫助了解靈修成長。 主要是幫助學習一些關鍵問題,以幫助我們了解自己,了解我們的世界和了解我們聖潔的神。 請讓您的朋友知道本網站的地址,如果您認為他們可以從此網站中受益。

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* Trust God Wholeheartly; Blessed are Who Rely Upon The LORD

   專心仰賴耶和華 倚恃耶和華者得福

* What  is the purpose of our call? 上帝呼召我們的目的是什麼?

* On Innocence 純真

 

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專心仰賴耶和華 倚恃耶和華者得福

Trust God Wholeheartly; Blessed are Who Rely Upon The LORD

 

詩篇 28:7

耶和華是我的力量,是我的盾牌,我心裡倚靠他,就得幫助。所以我心中歡樂,我必用詩歌頌讚他。

* Psalm 28:7
7 The Lord is my strength and my shield; My heart trusted in Him, and I am helped;
Therefore my heart greatly rejoices, And with my song I will praise Him.

 

箴言 3:5-6:

你要專心仰賴耶和華,不可倚靠自己的聰明, 在你一切所行的事上都要認定他,他必指引你的路。

* Proverbs 29:25
25 The fear of man brings a snare, But whoever trusts in the Lord shall be safe.

 

以賽亞書 26:3-4

堅心倚賴你的,你必保守他十分平安,因為他倚靠你。 你們當倚靠耶和華,直到永遠,因為耶和華是永久的磐石。

Isaiah 26:3-4
3 The steadfast of mind You will keep in perfect peace, Because he trusts in You.
4 Trust in the Lord forever, For in God the Lord, we have an everlasting Rock.

 

詩篇 9:10-11

10 耶和華啊,認識你名的人要倚靠你,因你沒有離棄尋求你的人。

11 應當歌頌居錫安的耶和華,將他所行的傳揚在眾民中!

* Psalm 9:10-11
10 And those who know Your name will put their trust in You; For You, Lord, have not forsaken those who seek You.
11 Sing praises to the Lord, who dwells in Zion! Declare His deeds among the people.

 

詩篇 56:3-4

我懼怕的時候要倚靠你。

我倚靠神,我要讚美他的話。我倚靠神,必不懼怕,血氣之輩能把我怎麼樣呢?

* Psalm 56:3-4
3 Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You.
4 In God (I will praise His word), In God I have put my trust;I will not fear. What can flesh do to me?


箴言 29:25

25 懼怕人的陷入網羅,唯有倚靠耶和華的必得安穩。

* Proverbs 29:25
25 The fear of man brings a snare, But whoever trusts in the Lord shall be safe.

 

耶利米書 17:7-8

「倚靠耶和華,以耶和華為可靠的,那人有福了! 他必像樹栽於水旁,在河邊扎根。炎熱來到並不懼怕,葉子仍必青翠;在乾旱之年毫無掛慮,而且結果不止。

* Jeremiah 17:7-8

7 “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, And whose hope is the Lord.
8 For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, Which spreads out its roots by the river,
And will not fear when heat comes; But its leaf will be green,
And will not be anxious in the year of drought, Nor will cease from yielding fruit.

 

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Timely Help 及時的幫助

As a Christian, our ability to help is indeed very limited. Yet, we can certainly do whatever we can. One phenomenon about a fast pace society is that every one is very busy. Sometimes, the situation is that we rely upon people who we do not know to help just because they are there to help. 
作為基督徒,我們個人提供幫助的能力確實非常有限。 然而,在許多小事上我們,當然可以提供幫助。 快節奏社會的一種現像是每個人都很忙。 有時,情況是我們需要求助於我們不認識的人,只是因為他們在那裡可以提供幫助。

Let me just give a  few simple examples. Let us say that you are away from home yet your vegetable pots need some watering. It is a small task to watering these pots if you are there. But since you are not there, you need someone to water for you. Another example: in case of car broke down on a busy road, we need someone to help us push the car to the side of the road.
讓我舉一些簡單的例子。 假設您不在家,但您的菜盆需要澆水。 如果在那裡,給這些花盆澆水是一項小事。 但既然不在,就需要有人為澆水。另一個例子,萬一汽車在繁忙的道路上拋錨了,我們需要有人幫我們把車推到路邊。

On the other hand, we could be that someone to help those in needs just because we are there to help. Thus, if we open our eyes to sense our neighborhood, we can sense the needs. It is therefore very important that we be that  good neighbor who are there to help. 
反過來,我們可以成為幫助有需要的人,因為我們正好在那裡可以幫助。 如果我們睜開眼睛看我們的周圍,我們就能感知別人的需要。 因此,我們要成為可以提供幫助的好鄰居,這一點是非常重要的。

The following Bible Verses are good reminders.
* 1 Timothy 6:18-19, 18 Let them do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to give, willing to share, 19 storing up for themselves a good foundation for the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.
* 2 Timothy  3:16-17, 16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.

以下聖經經文是很好的提醒。
* 提摩太前書 6:18-19
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。
* 提摩太後書 3:16-17, 聖經都是有益的
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。

What  is the purpose of our call?                                上帝呼召我們的目的是什麼?

What  is the purpose of our call?
In our daily busy activities, even after many hours of the Bible studies, sometimes we forget the basic objective of what we are as a Christian. Within this subject, do we forget what the purpose of our call by God. The Bible clearly teaches us that we were called by God to go after holiness in all our behaviors.
1 Peter 1:15 
15 but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior;

上帝呼召我們的目的是什麼?
在日常的繁忙活動中,即使經過許多小時的查經學習,有時我們會忘記作為基督徒的基本目標。 在這個主題內,我們是否忘記了上帝呼召我們的目的是什麼。 聖經清楚地告訴我們,上帝呼召我們在所有行為上要追求聖潔。
彼得前書 1:15 ,15 那召你們的既是聖潔,你們在一切所行的事上也要聖潔。

 

To help us understand this important daily goal, you may remember that man was created in God’s image as taught in ;
Genesis 1:26 
26 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”

為了幫助我們理解這一重要的日常目標,您可能還記得,人類是按照神的形像被造的;
創世記 1:26 ,26 神說:「我們要照著我們的形象,按著我們的樣式造人,使他們管理海裡的魚、空中的鳥、地上的牲畜和全地,並地上所爬的一切昆蟲。」

 

Thus, to really understand the purpose of our call, we would need to get some limited comprehension of  (1) What “holiness” means ?, and (2) What God’s image means? Perhaps, these two items will be good subjects for your Bible studies group to do a in-depth studies.
But even with our limited understanding right now, just keep in mind and remind us daily We were called by God to be holy in everything we do will truly help us immensely in our daily walk with our holy God. 

因此,要真正理解我們呼召的目的,我們需要一些有限的理解;(1)“聖潔”的意思?和(2)什麼是”神的形像”?也許,這兩個項目將是您的聖經學習小組進行深入研究的好主題。
但是,即使現在我們的理解有限,只要記住並每天提醒我們自己。上帝呼召我們在所做的一切事情中都要聖潔,這將真正地極大地幫助我們每天與聖潔上帝的同行。

 

Below are a few items may help us:
Seek after holiness should include at least,
    Peter 1:13-14 ,13 Therefore, prepare your minds for action, keep sober in spirit, fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 14 As obedient children, do not be conformed to the former lusts which were yours in your ignorance,
    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.
 What is holiness? The following two references should help. “The Holiness of God” by RC Sproul and “Holy in Christ” by Andrew Murray. Why so important in seeking holiness? Hebrews 12:14 , 14 Pursue peace with all men, and the sanctification without which no one will see the Lord.

下面是幾個項目可以幫助我們:
* 彼得前書 1:13-14 應當聖潔因主是聖潔的
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。 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。
* 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。
什麼是聖潔? 以下兩個參考應該會有所幫助。
“The Holiness of God” by RC Sproul and “Holy in Christ” by Andrew Murray.
 為什麼在尋求聖潔方面如此重要?
希伯來書 12:14 ,14 你們要追求與眾人和睦,並要追求聖潔,非聖潔沒有人能見主。

On Loss of Innocence
One of the detrimental damages to our human nature in the Fall of Adam and Eve has been the loss of their innocence. Once Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, their eyes were opened and hence they began to trust themselves rather than trust God innocently.

As descendants of Adam and Eve, we inherited the original sin. That is,  our human nature was also contaminated.  We are unable to love God with all our mind, our heart, and our strength. Similarly, we do not love our neighbors as ourselves. 

As believers of Jesus Christ, we were born again spiritually and yet still have our old self in this body. This explains why we are self willed, and opinionated. This also explains why we are argumentative and hard to support each other. This also remind us why we are rather to be alone in weakness and failure and why we do not belong to a strong team in fighting the spiritual war in our daily life.

A big lesson for all of the brothers and sisters in the faith including ourselves is to trust God without pretense i.e., innocently.  If we really trust God wholly, then our opinions and our judgements are really not important. Thus, first of all, we shall not trust ourselves because God is in control and not we. Secondly, we shall follow God’s commands. We shall not be  with if and but. Rather, it is good for us to be obedient to the Bible teachings. Thirdly, knowing our own defects, we should be watchful about the conflicts we are having and learn to pray for God’s compassion and mercies to help and protect us. Fourthly, carry our own cross and follow our Lord Jesus Christ. God’s grace is indeed sufficient to keep us in His peace and joys to pursue a holy life. Fifthly, do our part in spreading the gospel to people who need help. And finally, keep our hope of the second return of Christ Jesus our Lord who will resusrect us to restore our innocence.

失去了純真
亞當和夏娃的墮落,對人性的極端損害之一是他們失去了純真。 亞當和夏娃吃了分別善惡樹上的禁果後,眼睛就明亮了,開始信靠自己,而不是純真地信靠神。
作為亞當和夏娃的後代,我們繼承了原罪。 也就是說,我們的人性也被污染了。 我們無法盡心、盡意、盡力地愛神。 同樣,我們也不像愛自己那樣地愛鄰舍。
作為耶穌基督的信徒,我們在靈性上重生了,但仍然在這個尚未贖回的身體裡擁有舊我。 這解釋了為什麼我們任性且固執己見。 這也解釋了為什麼我們爭吵不休,難以互相支持。 這也提醒我們,為什麼我們寧願獨自一人在軟弱和失敗中。為什麼我們不願屬於在日常生活中進行屬靈爭戰的團隊,參與並貢獻我們的努力。 
對包括我們自己在內的所有主內的兄弟姐妹來說,一個重要的教訓是不假裝,即天真無邪地相信上帝。 如果我們真的完全信靠神,那麼我們的意見和判斷就真的不重要了。
因此,首先,我們不應該信靠自己,因為掌管的是上帝而不是我們。 其次,我們要遵行神的命令。 我們不會和 if 和 but 在一起。 相反,服從聖經教導對我們有好處。 第三,知道自己的不足,要警惕自己的矛盾,學習祈求神的憐憫,幫助和保護我們。 第四,背起我們自己的十字架,跟隨我們的主耶穌基督。 神的恩典確實足以保守我們在祂的平安和喜樂中追求聖潔的生活。第五,盡我們的本分,將福音傳給需要幫助的人。 最後,我們需要保持對基督第二次再來的希望,我們主耶穌使我們復活,以恢復我們的純真。

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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