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Concerns or Worries?
Written by Conrade Yap   
Friday, 17 February 2012 11:38

Is it a sin to worry? Some say that biblically, worry is a sin. Others disagree saying that there are legitimate concerns. Whether worry is a sin or not, the fact is, humanly speaking, we all worry. Some worry more, others worry less. After all, when Jesus say, DO NOT WORRY, He is speaking into the reality of the human condition. He is not concerned about intellectual gymnastics about whether worry is a sin or not. He is interested in the FREEDOM from worry. Jesus tells us about the more important things in life, that our lives comprise more than mere food, clothing, or feeding ourselves.

Jesus tells us the futility of worry.

 

"Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?" (Matt 6:27)

 

He tells us about how the wisest man on earth, Solomon, could not even be compared to how God dresses up the flowers of the fields (6:29).

 

Last Updated on Friday, 17 February 2012 12:00
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Wildflower Lessons - Deep Roots
Written by Conrade Yap   
Friday, 27 April 2012 13:58

Wildflower Lessons - Deep Roots

 

Every Spring, they suddenly appear. Out of nowhere, they invade our lawns.  At the twinkle of an eye, the weeds that have been cleared last year reappear fresh. Why is it so difficult to get rid of weeds? I remember Jesus telling the disciples about the story of the good plants and the bad weeds. The good seed refers to the Kingdom of God. The bad seeds refer to the work of the evil one.

 

"Jesus told them another parable: 'The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. When the wheat sprouted and formed heads, then the weeds also appeared." (Matthew 13:24-26)

 

 

All over the lower mainland in Vancouver, it is common to find wildflowers sprouting all over lawns, public parks, and walkways. They grow near the edges of gated properties. They flourish in the wild parks. Where the pretty flowers and green pastures are, there the weeds will be also. There are three things to learn from the wildflowers in Spring.

 

Firstly, the good plants and the bad weeds come up together. This is because while man does the good works by day, the evil one does the evil works by night. While man tries to be good and to do good in his neighbourhood, we cannot but observe that amid the good, there are also bad eggs around us. It can be a rude gesture, an evil scheme, or simply a bad behaviour. After all, the human condition is a sinful condition. Since both the good plants and the weeds come up together, it is important for us to discern the good from the bad. This means that discernment has to be foremost in our minds. Pray to the Lord for help to sense the gentle leading. Read the Word of God regularly. Like the Psalmist who says:

 

"I have hidden your Word in my heart that I might not sin against You." (Psalm 119:11)

 

Last Updated on Friday, 27 April 2012 14:28
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Working Together Graciously
Written by Conrade Yap   
Wednesday, 25 July 2012 15:43

This article was first published on Yapdates here.

 

Conrade

 


 

Working Together Graciously

 

The WWII martyr, Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s words remain so insightful for many Christian communities. Written to encourage believers to take heart amid the intense hardship who are standing up against the despicable Nazi regime, Bonhoeffer urges believers to love one another more and more.

 

“Christians need other Christians who speak God’s Word to them. They need them again and again when they become uncertain and disheartened because, living by their own resources, they cannot help themselves without cheating themselves out of the truth. They need other Christians as bearers and proclaimers of the divine word of salvation. They need them solely for the sake of Jesus Christ.” (Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Life Together, Fortress Press, 2004, p32)

 

As many of us know, the Church of God has endured many schisms throughout history. Go to any church, and it is common to see how a single disagreement can lead to a big time split. It seems like while many people call themselves children of God, they put on childish behaviour that puts one’s own interest above others. Working together may mean living together for a period of time. Living together means learning to work together graciously for a lot of time. Grace is not an option but a specific evidence that we ourselves have been saved by grace. Ungrace is a rude slap on the gospel of Jesus. Leaders of churches must be quick to address any ungraciousness, not in a tit-for-tat manner, but in grace.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 July 2012 16:03
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