Join Us

Scottish Community Centre

10:00am Sunday Worship

8886 Hudson Street

Vancouver, BC

 

Ministry Centre

#110 - 1200 West 73rd Ave

Vancouver, BC

V6P 6G5

 

Tel: 604-261-3339

Fax: 604-261-3660

 

 

The Christmas Peace
Written by Conrade Yap   
Wednesday, 11 December 2013 11:17

“For the upright will live in the land, and the blameless will remain in it; but the wicked will be cut off from the land, and the unfaithful will be torn from it.”  (Proverbs 2:21-22)


Subject: The Christmas Peace


Today, many world leaders are gathered in South Africa to pay tribute to Nelson Mandela, who died last week at the age of 95. Hailed by Obama as “the last great liberator of the 20th Century,” Mandela has been a symbol of peace and a testimony that there are some wars worth fighting for. While it began for Mandela as a fight for liberating the black people in South Africa against apartheid and the evils associated with it, when he became President in 1994, he inherited a nation deeply divided by bitterness and strife. This is visibly seen even in the sport of Rugby. When the national team of South Africa, the Springboks were playing, both the white and black supporters would be there cheering, but for different teams. The whites would show support for the mostly white players in their own team. The blacks would cheer for anybody to beat the Springboks. Apartheid had divided the nation into two. Both camps hated each other so much that they willingly embraced the famous saying: “The enemy of my enemy is my friend.” Such an attitude is not Christlike. It is another way to promote war and violence.

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 December 2013 11:34
Read more...
 
The Christmas Hope
Written by Conrade Yap   
Monday, 02 December 2013 10:51

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”  (Romans 15:13)

 

Subject: Hope is that Little Light Flickering in the Dark


In lamenting the state of our times, some people have said that “Ten years ago, we had Steve Jobs, Johnny Cash, and Bob Hope. Now we have no jobs, no cash, and no hope.” Sounds depressing indeed.


Tough though it may be, it is still not a disaster to have no jobs. In fact, losing a job is increasingly very common. In Canada, the extremely tight controls over immigration is a clue on how difficult it is for the Canadian government to create jobs for its citizens. It is still not the end of the world if we have no cash. At least in Canada, we have a welfare system and various charities around to assist the homeless and the needy. We are the envy of many other developing countries in the world.  However, when it comes to not having hope, it is a different matter altogether. We need hope more than jobs or cash.

 

Read more...
 
First Week of 2013 Advent
Written by Conrade Yap   
Monday, 25 November 2013 10:39

“And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus.”  (Luke 1:31, ESV)


Subject: First Week of the 2013 Advent Season


As everything Halloween comes down, everything Christmas goes up. Since early November, retail stores have been feverishly gearing up for the biggest sales event of the year. As far as businesses are concerned, this time of the year is exactly what the Andy Williams’s song says: “It’s the most wonderful time of the year.” That is, at least from the profit margin point of view. In many cities, these decorations serve as an automatic reminder that Christmas is coming.  We need no alarm clocks. We need no daytimers or personal secretaries to tell us that. The glittering sights and the flickering lights say it all.


As early as the sixth century, Christians in the West have been using the four weeks prior to Christmas to prepare for the celebration of the coming of Christ. The word “Advent” comes from the Latin "adventus" which means “coming” or “arrival.” It is a time of preparation, in which we gear our hearts to remember how and why Jesus comes to earth. As we enter into the December month, there will be lots of last minute rush to get our shopping done or to finish our various jobs well. There will also be moments in which the stress of the busy holiday season can get to us. I know I risk sounding like a broken recorder, but there is no harm repeating it: Christ is the reason for the season.

 

Last Updated on Monday, 25 November 2013 10:58
Read more...
 
<< Start < Prev 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 Next > End >>

Page 76 of 89