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Humility and Hope
Written by Conrade Yap   
Saturday, 06 February 2010 10:59


The Irish poet, Oscar Wilde describes the human saint and sinner as follows: “Every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future.” In one sentence, he reminds us of two important aspects of being human: Humility and Hope. By grace, we can experience both.


A) Humility in Saints


Interestingly, those called saints, think they are the greatest sinners. The reputable third century saint, Augustine of Hippo, well-known for his Confessions, is a womanizer who fathered an illegitimate child! Yet, he goes on to become a Patron Saint of Western Christendom in the early centuries. Without proper recognition of his past sins, Augustine would not have lacked integrity in his leadership.

Last Updated on Sunday, 07 February 2010 21:18
Five Cautions about Money
Written by Conrade Yap   
Sunday, 07 February 2010 22:51
"Real success in life means the individual's conquest of himself; it means how he has betttered himself, not how he has bettered his fortune. The great questions in life is not "What have I?" but "What am I?"" (William George Jordan)


Do not let your possessions define who you are. If you do, you will soon learn that your value depreciates rapidly, especially when your possessions become less and less. Instead, let your knowledge of who you are, be defined by God, that you learn to take control of possessions, lest these possessions control you. Until you learn how to manage possessions, be thankful that you do not have too much of them. Below are five warnings about the nature of money.


Last Updated on Sunday, 07 February 2010 23:23
Book Review: "Scripture By Heart"
Written by Conrade Yap   
Wednesday, 10 February 2010 19:50

Book Review: "Scripture By Heart"

Reviewed by: Conrade Yap

Title: Scripture By Heart - devotional practices for memorizing God's Word
Author: Joshua ChoonMing KANG
Publisher: IVP Press, 2010 (150 pages)

This book is an easy read, but involves some effort in order to practice it. It invites the reader to begin an age old practice: Memorizing Scripture. The book was first written in Korean. Now translated in the form of 30 short chapters, the author gently guides the reader to begin the long journey of what he calls the 'memorization divina.' Just as the 'lectio divina' implies a slow and intentional reading, the memorization divina implies a perseverance that over time, in short sound bites.



The author provides 4 reasons for memorizing the Word.

  1. 1) For Knowing God;
  2. 2) For Imitating Christ;
  3. 3) For Worshiping God;
  4. 4) For Fulfilling the Will of God.

I will add that the reasons for memorizing God's word is basically for loving God. How I love thy Word, says the Psalmist. Ps 119 alone should motivate us to put the Word of God in our hearts. For this reason alone, you should read this book and learn some memorization skills. This book can also be used as a companion to Spiritual Formation.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 February 2010 20:00
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