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A Poor Gospel July 30, 2013

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There is a big difference between preaching the gospel to the poor and preaching a poor gospel! Here are 7 signs of a poor gospel;

1- A poor gospel identifies with people’s pain but has no power to deliver them from it. 

2- A poor gospel loves the sinner but can’t transform them into a saint.

3- A poor gospel has compassion for sick but has no gift to heal them.

4- A poor gospel loves heaven but can’t bring it to earth. 

5- A poor gospel embraces humility but resists being exalted at the proper time. 

6- A poor gospel loves generosity but doesn’t understand the principle of reciprocity. 

7- A poor gospel embraces the cross but resists the resurrection life it provides to live powerfully. 

The poor gospel isn’t the gospel Jesus preached! He preached the GOOD NEWS of the kingdom where nothing is impossible with God! Do I believe in a prosperity gospel? You bet…it is the only gospel that has the power to transform us into the image of Jesus and destroy the works of the devil.

 

Father & Son’s $100 per hour July 26, 2013

Filed under: Uncategorized — chinabean @ 1:55 pm
–From ML’s FB–
 
Simple story, meaningful reminder. 

SON: “Daddy, may I ask you a question?”
DAD: “Yeah sure, what is it?”
SON: “Daddy, how much do you make an hour?”
DAD: “That’s none of your business. Why do you ask such a thing?”
SON: “I just want to know. Please tell me, how much do you make an hour?”
DAD: “If you must know, I make $100 an hour.”
SON: “Oh! (With his head down).
SON: “Daddy, may I please borrow $50?”
The father was furious.
DAD: “If the only reason you asked that is so you can borrow some money to buy a silly toy or some other nonsense, then you march yourself straight to your room and go to bed. Think about why you are being so selfish. I work hard everyday for such this childish behavior.”

The little boy quietly went to his room and shut the door.
The man sat down and started to get even angrier about the little boy’s questions. How dare he ask such questions only to get some money?
After about an hour or so, the man had calmed down, and started to think:
Maybe there was something he really needed to buy with that $ 50 and he really didn’t ask for money very often. The man went to the door of the little boy’s room and opened the door.

DAD: “Are you asleep, son?”

SON: “No daddy, I’m awake”.
DAD: “I’ve been thinking, maybe I was too hard on you earlier. It’s been a long day and I took out my aggravation on you. Here’s the $50 you asked for.”

The little boy sat straight up, smiling.
SON: “Oh, thank you daddy!”
Then, reaching under his pillow he pulled out some crumpled up bills. The man saw that the boy already had money, started to get angry again. The little boy slowly counted out his money, and then looked up at his father.

DAD: “Why do you want more money if you already have some?”

SON: “Because I didn’t have enough, but now I do.

“Daddy, I have $100 now. Can I buy an hour of your time? Please come home early tomorrow. I would like to have dinner with you.”
The father was crushed. He put his arms around his little son, and he begged for his forgiveness. It’s just a short reminder to all of you working so hard in life. We should not let time slip through our fingers without having spent some time with those who really matter to us, those close to our hearts. Do remember to share that $100 worth of your time with someone you love? If we die tomorrow, the company that we are working for could easily replace us in a matter of days. But the family and friends we leave behind will feel the loss for the rest of their lives. And come to think of it, we pour ourselves more into work than to our family.

Some things are more important.

 

 

Screwtape Letters Analysis

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Diabolical Ventriloquism: A 1-Sentence Summary of Each of Screwtape’s Letters

Andy Naselli —  July 25, 2013 — Leave a comment

In The Screwtape Letters, C. S. Lewis masterfully “teaches in reverse” by wryly using demonic points of view to enforce a biblical one. He calls it “diabolical ventriloquism.” Here is a one-sentence summary of each of Screwtape’s thirty-one letters that advise Wormwood how to tempt his “patient” (who becomes a Christian between letters one and two):

  1. Make him preoccupied with ordinary, “real” life—not arguments or science.
  2. Make him disillusioned with the church by highlighting people he self-righteously thinks are strange or hypocritical.
  3. Annoy him with “daily pinpricks” from his mother.
  4. Keep him from seriously intending to pray at all, and if that fails, subtly misdirect his focus to himself or an object rather than a Person
  5. Don’t hope for too much from a war [in this case, World War II] because the Enemy often lets our patients suffer to fortify them and tantalize us.
  6. Capitalize on his uncertainty, divert his attention from the Enemy to himself, and redirect his malice to his everyday neighbors and his benevolence to people he does not know.
  7. Keep him ignorant of your existence, and make him either an extreme patriot or an extreme pacifist who regards his cause as the most important part of Christianity.
  8. Make good use of your patient’s series of troughs and peaks (i.e., “the law of undulation”), and beware that the Enemy relies on the troughs more than the peaks.
  9. Capitalize on trough periods by tempting him with sensual pleasures (especially sex), making him content with his moderated religion, and directly attacking his faith as merely a “phase.”
  10. Convince him to blend in with his new worldly acquaintances.
  11. Understand the four causes of laughter (joy, fun, the joke proper, and flippancy), and shrewdly use jokes and flippancy.
  12. Don’t underestimate the power of “very small sins” because “the safest road to Hell is the gradual one.”
  13. Don’t allow him to experience real pleasures because they are a touchstone of reality.
  14. Make him proud of his humility; use both vainglory and false modesty to keep him from humility’s true end.
  15. Make him live in the future rather than the present.
  16. Encourage church-hopping.
  17. Encourage gluttony through delicacy rather than excess.
  18. Convince him that the only respectable ground for marriage is “being in love.”
  19. Understand that the Enemy does not genuinely love humans (but we don’t know what his real motive is).
  20. Don’t give up if your direct attacks on his chastity fail; try to arrange a desirable marriage.
  21. Convince him to use the pronoun “my” in the fully possessive sense of ownership (e.g., “my time,” “my boots,” “my wife,” and “my God”).
  22. Understand that the Enemy has filled His world full of pleasures and that you must twist them before you can use them.
  23. Encourage him to embrace a “historical Jesus” and to treat Christianity as merely a means to a political end such as social justice.
  24. Confuse him with spiritual pride for being part of an elite set.
  25. Replace “mere Christianity” with “Christianity And” by increasing his horror of “the same old thing” and thus increasing his desire for novelty.
  26. Sow seeds of “unselfishness” during his courtship.
  27. Twist his prayers.
  28. Guard his life so that he grows old because real worldliness takes time.
  29. Defeat his courage, and make him a coward.
  30. Capitalize on his fatigue, and manipulate his emotions with the word “real.”
  31. His end is inexplicable, but we must win in the end.

Screwtape Letters–From my review of C. S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters: First Ever Full-cast Dramatization of the Diabolical Classic (produced by Focus on the Family Radio Theatre). Themelios 34 (2009): 454–55.

P.S. This is one reason that Professor of Defense Against the Dark Arts is actually not a bad title. “Our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” See Eph 6:10–20.

 

2 Chronicles 16:9

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For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.

 

Landed in HK, first visitor and Lasik’d July 22, 2013

Filed under: life in HK — chinabean @ 12:31 pm

Home is where the heart is… New Advenutures in HK began today.

Landed and Char&Ben brought me back to the apt. only 27HKD from HK station. AMAZING. then unpacked my bags and have already settled in. Then had my first visitor, VIC! 🙂 what a blssing. 🙂 Her hub use to work around the WC area and so she showed me her favourite shop.. and we had an amazing bowl of yu daan ngao lam hoi fun… 🙂 BEST way to be welcomed into town.

Then went over to P’s house to sleep over and then got lasik’d at 8am…. whoa. what an experience.

I had two songs that I kept singing because I was so nervous. 我要尚高山举目 and Jesus, how I love you… grace to trust you more. Lasik was an experience… thank the Lrd for P to go with me and be with me through the entire thing… what a heaven sent.

1st we went into the place read over the warnings etc. saw the dr. two steps happen.  from my understanding, first step they put eye drops into your eyes and that separate the cornea and the eyeball. At this stage there was some fear because they tell you to look at the two rings of light.. but as they put the clamp/suction on your eye.. you begin to not be able to see… and then I thought, oh no, my eye is not in the right place.. and so there was some panic. The nurse also preps you not to talk so there fore I didn’t really say anything even though I was a bit panicked.

But once Dr. says youre finished with first step.. you go wait in the other room and sit there.. where I kept singing my two songs… there were two other guys that were in the surgery room with me. one before me one after.. and they could tell I was nervous and I kept telling them im faint hearted. and they kept reassuring me it’ll be okay haha.

Then they put an antespectic on your eye (yellow iodine) and then they take you into the surgery lasik room. The dr tells you to look at a green light.. and you have to focus on the green light.. then you can smell the burning of your eye.. and then you see him putting stuff on your eye and then moving the flap and all the stuff.. youre completely awake. but you MUST focus on the green light.. that wavers in its brightness and clarity… and before you know it, the Dr says, okay done. 🙂

right away you can kinda see but blurry… the eyes are really sore. ptl I can type with my eyes closed… ive been resting at P’s place and just wearing these ski like bug like goggles to ensure I don’t rub my eyes as they heal. pr for continued full restoration and recovery!

waking up from an afternoon nap and being able to see was one of THE most amazing things… ever. 🙂

 

The blind will see. PTL. 🙂

Gd… im ready for the new assignments here in HK… 🙂 prepare me for all you want to do in and through me.

 

T- 1 day. last ten hours… :) July 20, 2013

Filed under: life in SH — chinabean @ 7:57 pm

#1. The women we’ve become as a result of CNC.

A cord of three is not easily broken. As iron sharpens iron. A friend loves at all times. Love covers a multitude of sins. In our weakness, His power is made perfect.

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Thank you, Catherine and Nancy, for being instruments of refinement and grace and love in my life. The Lrd loves me so much and it is evident that He would give you both to me for this season of my life… I am so incredibly grateful and I am forever changed.

 

T-2 days. Last 48 hours and counting… July 19, 2013

Filed under: life in SH — chinabean @ 6:23 pm

#2. Community.

family away from home…

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I am so incredibly blssed and loved not only by Father, but by the people that he has placed in my life… Thank you to all those who have shed light on my life…. that have sharpened my iron and mine yours… Gd really has continually outdone himself… Thank you SMIC, PCO, LFS, Rhema Fire to Ignite to Reign to Blaze to Risen Life, to the randos that come through… You are each heaven sent and I truly am blssed.

 

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame,and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

Hebrews 12:1-3