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Rebuilding Our Spiritual Life
Written by Conrade Yap   
Sunday, 08 May 2011 11:09

Title: Rebuilding Our Spiritual Life

Written by: Conrade Yap

Date: 25 February 2011

 

The king said to me, “What is it you want?

Then I prayed to the God of heaven, and I answered the king, “If it pleases the king and if your servant has found favor in his sight, let him send me to the city in Judah where my ancestors are buried so that I can rebuild it.” (Nehemiah 2:4-5)

 

 

Those of us hockey fans in Canada, and especially Vancouver will be enjoying the current surge of the home team. The Vancouver Canucks as of today (25 Feb 2011) is the best team in the National Hockey League. They sit prettily on top of the world's most intense hockey league that comprises 30 highly competitive teams, laden with world-class players from all over the ice-hockey world. It is no coincidence that Vancouver's achievement comes about with great contribution from all four lines, and from every team player. Despite the recent injuries to the defense line, the team continues to stay at the top of the table. No easy feat. Is this an overnight occurrence?  Definitely not.

 

Just last week, another Canadian team, the highly inconsistent Toronto Maple Leafs engages in a few trades, and labels their strategy as a ‘rebuilding’ phase. They are gearing themselves up for the future, by investing in young promising players. Looking at our team in Vancouver this year, it is important to recognize that the Canucks will not be where they are this year, without similar rebuilding programs in previous years. Behind every success lies a significant phase of rebuilding.


What about our spiritual lives? If it takes a couple of years to rebuild and fine-tune a hockey team, how much more our spiritual lives? Something as important as spiritual disciplining rarely occurs overnight. Behind every summit achievement lies multiple stories of perseverance and rebuilding efforts. Ask the skilled mountain climber, and he will tell you the months, even years of training needed even before making the first climb.

Last Updated on Sunday, 08 May 2011 11:16
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Do Not Fear
Written by Conrade Yap   
Sunday, 08 May 2011 11:11

TITLE: DO NOT FEAR
Written by: Conrade Yap
Date: 15 March 2011

 

“Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear; you are more valuable than many sparrows.” (Luke 12:7, NAS)

 

There is a sense of fear in the world right now. Since the tsunami on Friday, the media has been feeding us one bad news after another. How can anybody not be frightened? In the old days, we used to get our daily news digest mainly on workday mornings or evenings after office hours. With the ubiquitous smartphones and mobile gadgets in our hands and pockets, we get up to the minute news flashes, 24 hours a day. It has been said that fear is like a darkroom that develop negatives. True. When we let fear dominates, we unwittingly diminishes God from our lives.

 

The old adage: “No news is good news” seems to be conveniently set aside. After all, technology has empowered us to have news on the go, regardless of the negative sentiments and fear it tends to amplify. Hawking fear is a highly profitable enterprise. Think 9/11. Think earthquakes. Think big disasters that affect stock markets. Think Tsunami. All of these headlines draw viewers and millions of website clicks. All of these lead to bigger profits for the content providers like TV, Internet news sites, radio, and talk shows. Bad news sells. Fear sells.

 

Last Updated on Saturday, 14 May 2011 21:45
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Falling Into Love, Growing Into Divorce
Written by Gary Thomas   
Friday, 14 October 2011 21:30

Note: Permission has been given by Gary Thomas to re-post this article written on 10 Oct 2011 here.

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While “love” is something many people think they fall into, studies show that divorce is something we usually grow into.  

William Doherty, professor of family social science at the University of Minnesota, provides an insightful distinction between what he calls “hard reasons” and “soft reasons” that split couples up and lead to divorce.  In Doherty’s view, “hard reasons” include “chronic affairs, chemical dependency, and gambling” in which “The person is not willing to change.  They have a drinking problem and won’t get it fixed.  They’re gambling the family money away and won’t get help.”  “Soft reasons” include “general unhappiness and dissatisfaction, such as growing apart and not communicating.”  (USA Today, Sept. 29, 2011, pt. 1-2D.)
Doherty found that most marriages aren’t destroyed by “hard reasons” but rather by “soft” ones.  In Doherty’s study, the number one reason couples gave for getting a divorce was “growing apart,” followed by “unable to talk together,” “how spouse handles money, “spouse’s personal problems,” and “not getting enough attention.”  I’m not sure how Doherty defines “spouse’s personal problems,” but at first glance, none of the top five reasons given are biblical excuses for ending a marriage.  It’s not until number six that “infidelity” is mentioned.

What this study highlights is that even when marital satisfaction reaches a crisis point, the problem isn’t the marriage, but our lack of skills. Quite frankly, on a relational and spiritual level, most of us are seriously under qualified to enter marriage.  We soon find that we’re in “over our heads” and feel like we’re drowning.  Marriage all but demands that we grow, and a lot of us either resent the implication that we need to grow or are too lazy to work towards personal growth.

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Open the Eyes of My Heart

One Thing Remains

Lord I Need You

Jesus Messiah

Faithful One

You Are My All In All

Here I Am To Worship

 

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For the One

What a Beautiful Name

 

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