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Shed. For Us.

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"He Shed His Blood For You" Said over and over again, Christ died on the cross and shed his blood for you. Because of this sacrificial love, we have been forgiven and the gap between our sinful ways and heaven have been bridged together. We have to realize and remember this great act of love for us. Because of this, we believe. Becauase of this, we give thanks. Because of this we give back. Because of this, we love others. This death and resurrection is the foundation of Christianity. Without it, there is no Christianity. The last line of my devo says, "you were bought for a price. So bring glory to God in the way you use your body". Christ bought the greatest glory to God, by giving up his life for the world, for mankind, and just as we should, follow his example and bring God glory through our actions. To others, to friends, to family, to strangers. His blood, his flawless, perfect blood, was shed for the imperfect and flawed. verse of the morning: Hebrews

lingua

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"I Cant Be Tamed!" 1 Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness. 2 For we all stumble in many ways. And if anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle his whole body. 3 If we put bits into the mouths of horses so that they obey us, we guide their whole bodies as well. 4 Look at the ships also: though they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs. 5 So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things. How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire! 6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life, and set on fire by hell. 7 For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by mankind, 8 but no human

Checklist for Evangelistic Success!

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"If You Know That Christ Has God's Approval, You Also Known That Everyone Who Does What God Approves of Has Been Reborn" Im completely astonished. The devo i just read was pretty much exactly what we did for MOBS our bible study today. It talked about the second coming, it talked about putting on the armor of light and God, and to rid of our wicked sinful ways. Christ is coming. I kinda do believe that right now, these earthquakes and tornadoes we hear of, are the birth pains (Matthew 24:8) before the second coming. I also feel like so many people are getting sick, death is just coming out of nowhere, just today my friend told me all these prayer requests, people dying due to sickness, stress on others, people going to trial, all these struggles everyone is dealing it. My prayers really go out to them and i hope that things will get better. Is it the end? Is it nearing? Is Christ about to return? Armor of Light and God. In an evangelistic context, we have to put on ou

focused?

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"Set Your Eyes On Jesus" This came from my asking my mentor all these questions about the future, such as, "if God is all-knowing, wouldnt he know when we'd sin and not sin? so whats the point of resisting" "if i dont conquer or overcome a certain sin by the time i die, will i go to heaven?" All these have one thing in common. The Future. That was something i was dealing with. I kept looking at the future, thinking about where my struggles would be. But my mentor reminded me of one thing. To set our eyes on Jesus. Not the future, not the past, not others, not materialistic things, but Jesus and Christ alone. Christ is the best example we can follow, thats why we should stay focused on him. He is the epitome of our faith and is love. Struggles. Today's devo talked about sharing out sufferings. After reading it... i didnt fully understand, but here's my take on it. Sufferings is something we all struggle with us. We face it everyday, throu

Different Struggles, Same Results

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"When Im Weak, Im Strong" Im currently going through a crisis (exaggerated). Long story short, my computer is dying on me. It says it has a virus.. things are lagging... i have to scan it for days, i feel horrible for wasting electricity for nights and nights, im tired of this lagging, and its the end of the semester, meaning ISUs and EXAMS, meaning COMPUTER IS NEEDED. This is the WORST time for this to break down on me. Im worried. Im scared. This is just an update on my life... for some, they may think it may apply to what im going to post today, but really? it isnt. Difficulties, struggles and hardships i endure for the Lord will help build me. Exactly right? My computer breaking down "oh Lord why are you doing this to me, im suffering" but this isnt for the Lord. This is for myself. Selfishness = sin. Anyways, today's devo was about strength and weakness, and i guess in this situation... its of SOME help? When do you experience difficulties and obstacles

Sin = Sin

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"A Sin is A Sin is A Sin" This weekend, there has been one big reminder sent from God to me. That we all sin. We all do wrong. We have all fallen short of God's glory and expectations. And that everyone is equal in sin. There is no such thing is a greater or smaller sin. Sin is equal. Its hard to understand in this society. Life on earth has made it completely the opposite. Sin is ranked from big to small, from murder to lies, with some at the top with a more severe punishment, and some where its okay to let go sometimes. But with God its different. The result of sin is death (Romans 6:23) . But because God gave his Son, we have hope to go to heaven in a place without sin. I personally judge others at school. I do. Im sure you do too. At school there are always the "bad" kids, but guess what, we cant even say "bad" kid or "good" kid, because we're all equal. Some yes, may behave better, but just because they smoke or swear in class do

You Body, Your Vessel, Your Microwave

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"Your Body is A Temple of God" Through everything you do, your body is a temple of God. Your body is also a gift from God, your vessel in which your spirit and soul lives in. For instance, our body is a microwave, but our spirit is the radiation that heats up the food. But the thing is, i myself also confess, we ALWAYS forget this. We do things to our body that may make us look good or feel good, do things that may harm our body, but brings pleasure, but its always temporarily pleasure anyways. Why are a harming and affecting this blessing from God? We should do what is God pleasing to our bodies. Keep it in shape, doing exercise, eating well, and giving whats best. In the end, it is your instrument to help serve God. If you have a bad physical state, its hard to do missions, for instance if you're spreading God's love by building a house/school, you cant do it. But there's hope. There's always hope with Christ. He's given us the Holy Spirit when we ha

Biting Into The Apple

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Unclean to Clean. God has cleansed you and me by sending his son to die on the cross. Through his death, he has saved us from... idols. materialistic love. adultery. pride. theft. sexual immorality. murder. ... etc... guilt. this is the key word that caught my eye today. Im always engulfed in guilt whenever i commit a sin. Its exactly like Adam and Eve i find it to be. Before the sin ACTUALLY happens, its so tempting. And sometimes when you indulge, the craving grows, your appetite builds, and you just want more and more and more. Until finally the sin passes. You bite into the apple and suddenly you realize. You realize how disgusting all you did was. You realize the horrible, guilty monster you have become. and guilt. Guilt just floods through you like never before. You feel horrible, you feel just a horrid monster. Ha kinda like the phantom of the opera. You hide behind the mask this whole time. You want to be hidden. I feel like that sometimes too. And i hate it. So much. Bu

Red Yellow Green Light

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"God's Answers Like A Traffic Light" Do you ever have issues when you go to God for help? Do you feel... unworthy? Do you feel... like he wont answer? Do you feel... like he isnt there to begin with? First off, you have to know he's there. God is always by your side if you feel it or not. And when you pray, he listens. There are thee answers he can give. NO. Trying to keep you on track and reminding you to keep God in control and follow his way because he knows best. WAIT. Its not the right time to act. Again rely on God. He knows whats best and when, so sometimes we just have to be patient with him. YES. Answering your prayers how you want it. Its just like a traffic light. Red for STOP and NO, Yellow for WAIT, SLOW DOWN, and Green for GO, YES. And sometimes there's the advanced light where we're allowed to go first because we've made the right choice by obeying him. Sometimes you really have to cry out to God. In times of need. This is kinda wha

What Really Counts

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"Keeping God's Commands Is What Counts" This is something i think we all as Christians struggle with. We all cannot be completely perfect in God's eyes even though those are his expectations. Thats why he sent Jesus to come and allow us to be imperfect. But we must still try to meet the expectations of Christ. Praise God that he has given us this big chance for salvation. The verse i picked today isnt really what sums up the devo, but i think its REALLY important. 19 Circumcision is nothing and uncircumcision is nothing. Keeping God’s commands is what counts. - 1 Corinthians 7:19 Circumcision was used in the past to indicate whether or not you were a Christ follower or not. But those were the Old Testament times. After the new testament came in, things changed, others were allowed to become followers and Christianity opened up to the world. Thats why it says that it doesnt matter if you are circumcised or not. It doesnt matter if your black or beige, if you'

Will Ng Water

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"Just Like Water, Be Willing" The exact moment you change and decide to follow Christ. When your heart truly and fully changes and repents, you become a servant of God. Now that sounds a BIT... odd. But there's more. 15 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. - John 15:15 We arent servants, we are friends. Thats exact what Christianity is. It isnt a religion where you do good deeds to gain something, but a relationship. a friendship between you and God. The greatest thing is that he's the CREATOR. He made EVERYTHING and he MADE YOU. You have a relationship and connection with HIM. You can meet up with him one on one, ask him when you have questions, and the best part is he NEVER leaves you. In fact, he sent his Son to die FOR YOU. These are just... beyond words. This is why I follow God. Because he's so lovi

Because He First Loved...

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"Therefore We Should Love Others" As said over and over and over in this blog, copious amount of times, God sent his son to die on the cross. To shed his blood as the lamb of God, to die and to build the bridge between heaven and earth. Gifting us with salvation if we come to accept it. This is the true sacrifice and the best example of love ever recorded in history. A man to die for another. Just as he loved us, we love others. We should be doing it out of will, out of love, because we want to. You love the ones you care for no? You help them out right? Love. This four-letter word, that was supposed to be something special, sacred, in life has been twisted and corrupted by the world and media. If you dare try to search "love" on Google, you'd probably find sexual images, not even simple heart shapes anymore. Nowadays, love is just physical, its just sex. Nothing else. But that is completely wrong. What is love REALLY supposed to be. It can be a simple word

Lost Strength

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"I Have Lost All My Strength" Thats what caught my eye today. Lately motivation for me has just been jumping and bouncing around like no tomorrow. Just today, working on my english essay, i wanted to give up. I felt like it was a horrible job, and that quotes were incorporated oddly, and just everything was a mess. I wanted to give up. But i trudged through it, and got it done. God gives strength to those that ask for it. I guess i really have to continue to learn to call upon God when im in times of weakness, may it be spiritually, mentally, or physically. He will provide. Dont be afraid to ask for strength either. As long as you ask with confidence, not indecisively, in humility, and not with a prideful attitude. Its okay to lose strength sometimes. We arent superheros, we dont have super strength or the ability to fly, but we do have God by our side. And with him, ANYTHING is possible. Remember to always rely on him, in all situations, to always rejoice and give thanks

Second Chances

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"His Mercy Endures Forever" Mercy: The discretionary power of a judge to pardon someone to mitigate punishment especially to send to prison rather than invoke the death penalty. This is mercy. And God did this for us. He sent his Son down not to save us because we've done something to receive his approval to be gifted with salvation, but he sent him out of mercy. That is how much God loves us. All of us where destined to go to hell. As long as we were sinners, we would not be able to spend time with Christ. And because we sin, our ultimate punishment is death. Eternal life is ours because we believe he is merciful. 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. - Romans 6:23 now, many people confuse MERCY with GRACE a lot of times. Here's the difference. "Mercy is witholding something you deserve, while Grace is giving something you dont deserve." God demonstrates this COMPLETELY. Mercy. he is

"Your Phone is Ringing"

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"Accept or Decline" Evangelism. Its something i struggle with immensely. Many people say, "dont worry, pray about it and God will give you confidence to help you get the message across". But thats.. i dont think thats the problem i have... I dont know what it is. I also think that this really isnt my calling. Im not the kind to burst into the message. I can do it when Christians.. but with non-Christians.. i dont know where to start. There are so many questions and places the conversation can go to... its so unpredictable. I think i've realized what my problem is. Knowing The Scripture. How ironic, since my grade is talking about the importance of evangelism in our bible study on the 27th. I honestly think i dont know my scripture well enough. AT ALL. Whether if its the stories, the people, the messages. Its so hard. And this is ESSENTIAL when your defending and sharing your faith. Taking the current sunday school course, we're studying the book of Acts

Conceived Guilty

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"I Am Dark And Lovely" What a creepy odd intriguing way to start off the devotional tonight! It reminds me of Hamlet that im studying at the moment, how his first line in the play was "A little more than kin, and less than kind". 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, - Romans 3:23 Just as it states in the beginning of the text, we were all born guilty. From the moment Adam and Eve took a bit from the apple, Sin entered the world, and ever since then, we've become corrupted, guilty, disgusting, and unholy in the eyes of the Lord. We fail, we sin, we have blemishes. Going back to english, im writing about dystopian literature, and how there is no such thing as perfect in this world. If you look around, EVERYTHING we have is corrupt. Things eventually break down, or you lose them. Either way, they "die" eventually. This quote says it perfectly. "Original sin is that thing about man which makes him capable of conceiving of hi

Pointless!

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"Pointless! Everything is Pointless!" I've hinted at this a few times throughout this blog, but i guess today i'll get to break it down to the nitty-gritty. Life is a wisp of vapor (James 4:14) , life is short. We all have to understand that. It comes and goes. It is hard for us to understand until we have left the earth, but it is. 80-90 years on average seems long. Sometimes in life, it feels like life passes by like a turtle. I remember when i was young, i wanted to get into my -teens, and i was thinking, "wow, im like 8 years old. im not gonna get to 20. Thats EONS away". But sometimes, you experience life in the speedway. In a blink of an eye, here i am, im 16 going on 17. And life isnt slowing down any more. This semester by itself passed by like a fast muffin. Now the next thing we must learn to realize is that, just like what i said up there, everything is pointless. Yup. This is definitely a shocker, but its true in the long run. Your career, you

Assembling Your Armor

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"Resist The Devil And He Will Run Away From You" Thats the catch line of today's devotional and i have to confess its hard for me. And im sure its hard for many many people in this world. The devil has so many different schemes up his sleeve we will NEVER know about, but its up to us to suit up and fight no matter which direction he decides to attack from. ... 11 in order that Satan might not outwit us. For we are not unaware of his schemes. - 2 Corinthians 2:11. This was kinda described in the previous posts, but the thickness and strength of that armor depends on us as well. If you think about it, armor is made, lets say we're in the olden times, by hand. Each person makes their own armor to HOWEVER they please. They are provided the material, but it is up to them, depending on how much time they spend on it, and how the aspects and details are planned to put it together. All this requires a few things. TIME. HARD WORK. EFFORT. and HEART. Just like with our sp

Humor Him

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i skipped back in my devos looking at the dates where i completely missed doing it. And i stumbled upon this one. About pleasing God. Firstly, NO ONE CAN PLEASE GOD without faith. Just as the verse states at the end, its impossible to please him because we have to draw near to him and know he actually exists to please him. Makes perfect sense. In suffering. This sounds like God is horrible, but he's not. If you're suffering, taking on for the blow for something good, say... missions or standing up for God, He will be happy with you. Sacrifice. God honors and delights in those who are sacrificial. Willing to give up anything for something. May it be as simple as a lunch for the homeless, or giving up his life to stop a good cause. If you notice something... there's a link. Suffering. Sacrifice. sounds like a familiar someone no? Jesus Christ himself! He suffered for ALL OF US, before we were born into this world, he suffered through the whipping, the beating, through re

Breastplate & Helmet

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This was one of questions in our MOBS bible study, and i felt like we as a group answered it really well. Just wanted to share. :) Why do you think the breastplate represents faith and love, where as the helmet represents the hope of salvation? Breastplate protects our heart, the helmet protects the mind. But most importantly, God gave these to us to protect us from sin. It gives us security of faith, love and hope of salvation. Faith: Breastplate is used to protect your body. Your actions are shown through your body movement and expression. Based on your actions, it shows whether or not you are truly committed to your faith, or if you are living as a lukewarm Christian. Speech isn’t the only way to express and share your faith. Your actions can simply complete the same task. If your actions do not correspond to your faith, your armor is not strong because others can easily see through you. If your actions do not reflect Christ, how do you expect them to see his love through you? L

Through Thick & Thin

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At AGAPE, we have MOBS (our bible study) every month, and this time around, we got our leaders to write and create their own mobs so they can indulge into the material more, know it better, so they can focus on executing it better. The topic we chose was the second coming and the importance of evangelism. As it states in our passage, before Christ returns, the world will undergo great great tribulation. And for some people, they feel like it is arriving pretty soon, hearing about the massive deaths in animals, birds, livestock, as well as the multiple earthquakes and disasters attacking the earth. Could this be it? The end is nearing? But again as it states, no one knows. not the angels, not even the Son. ONLY GOD knows (Matthew 24:36) . And when he sends Jesus, it will be like a thief in the night (Matthew 24:42-44) . Its kinda exciting, not knowing when, but sometimes people may feel and think, "is it worth waiting for?" "what if this waiting doesnt happen?" NO.

Questions

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Whether if you are a newborn, born again, or "old" Christian, questions that attack are faith are always present. May it be just something that pops in your mind, thrown at you from a fellow peer/student/friend, or something you've read or heard. There are probably thousands, millions or questions that cannot be fully answered. From the questioning of the dinosaurs, to how Jesus actually conquered death. All these fly through our minds day after day, year after year, as scientists and theologians try to explain these odd wonderings. But there is something we must understand as followers of Christ. We dont know everything, and we will not know everything in the end. Firstly, there may be questions that one may struggle with, but there may be the answer. The thing is, one must look into the Bible itself. If the Bible answers it, and you cannot answer it, how do you expect to explain to your friends when it is brought up? Knowing scripture is extremely important, when it c

Judas

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Jesus (left), Lady Gaga, and Judas (Right) in a bathtub. Im guessing signifying her struggle between the two? Lady Gaga has hit home with this one. Judas, her newest smash hit single has caused controversy, conflict, judgement, curiosity, and outrage worldwide. What does this song mean? Is it against religion? What are her intentions behind this? These are all just some of the questions that constantly flew through our minds as we listen to the ear-captivating, beat thudding song. For me personally, i've struggled with this song. I honestly love the beat, the melody, but as i've learnt we shouldnt be listening to this kind of music. But knowing Lady Gaga, she always have hidden meanings, with other intentions. But what no one knows is whether if she's speaking the truth? bending her meaning? no one knows by Christ alone. But lets take a closer look at the song itself shall we? JUDAS - LADY GAGA Ohohohoh I'm in love with Judas, Judas Ohohohoh I'm in love with Jud