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When We Feel Discouraged
Written by Conrade Yap   
Tuesday, 27 July 2010 12:07

Title: WHEN WE FEEL DISCOURAGED

Date: 27 July 2010
Written by: Conrade Yap

[This article is first published at Yapdates here. ]


MAIN IDEA: A reflection of David's exhortation to his son, Solomon prior to the building of the greatest project in Jewish history: Building the Temple of the LORD. Remember the 7Ps when we are feeling discouraged.

 

"All this," David said, "I have in writing from the hand of the LORD upon me, and he gave me understanding in all the details of the plan." David also said to Solomon his son, "Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you until all the work for the service of the temple of the LORD is finished. The divisions of the priests and Levites are ready for all the work on the temple of God, and every willing man skilled in any craft will help you in all the work. The officials and all the people will obey your every command." (1 Chronicles 28:19-21)

 

The work is immense. The task is colossal. How can one mortal person build a gigantic temple to the Eternal God? I suppose Solomon, the son of King David could have been discouraged when he saw the huge project before him. Who would not? Moreover, in the mind of Solomon, it is a job that God spoke directly to David. Should not his father do the job himself? Why involve the next generation? After all, Solomon could have enjoyed his life in luxury (which he did), marry beautiful women (which he did), display wise knowledge and judgment (which he did), and bask in the riches of kingly benefits (which he did!). Named the wisest man in history, Solomon is not immune to discouragement. His father David is aware that even the wisest person on earth can at times be discouraged.

This passage teaches me the importance of learning to look up when we are down. Let me share 7 tips to consider whenever we feel discouraged. Let me call it the 7 P’s to tackle any discouragement.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 July 2010 12:09
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Appreciating Your Pastor/Elder/Leader
Written by Conrade Yap   
Friday, 01 October 2010 16:37

Title: Appreciating Your Pastor/Elder/Leader
Written by: Conrade Yap
Date: 1 Oct 2010

For many Church sectors, October is "Clergy Appreciation Month." During this time, individual church members and friends are encouraged to do something to show their appreciation to those who have been serving them faithfully in ministering to them, especially those in the ministry of preaching and teaching. The rationale is based on Paul's exhortation to Timothy.

 

"The elders who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy of double honor, especially those whose work is preaching and teaching." (1 Tim 5:17)

 

How can you participate? Here are some tips which you can consider doing.

 

1) Write them a card or send them an email of encouragement.
2) Bake them something. Keep it simple.
3) Volunteer yourself for some ministry opportunity;
4) Pray for them, and let them know that you are praying for them.
5) Buy them coffee
6) Reduce your criticism
7) Do not gossip or say negative things about them behind their back;
8) Tell them you appreciate them by giving them a warm hug.

 

 

Most importantly, when your heart is willing, you will surely discover creative ways to appreciate the clergy in your churches.

 

conrade

Last Updated on Saturday, 02 October 2010 23:31
 
Giving Thanks Over Meals
Written by Conrade Yap   
Friday, 19 November 2010 16:18

TITLE: GIVING THANKS OVER MEALS

Written by: Conrade Yap

Date: 19 November 2010

 

In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” (1 Thess 5:18)

 

Dressed in a suit, the man purchases his food at the cafeteria. As colleagues gather around the lunch table, some dig in immediately into their piping hot food. Others wait. A woman and a man sitting across each other pause. Even as the hungry ones munches away the food, the two persons bow their heads. After a short silence, they whisper an ‘Amen,’ and life suddenly goes back to normal. Now everybody eats.

 

So you’re a Christian?” asks the man with food still in his mouth.

 

How does anyone know that a person is a Christian? In our secular society, believers giving thanks before food is one of the most evident signs of demonstrating our Christian faith. It is a time when their world stops to remember the Creator. It is that sacred moment when believers acknowledge all good things come from above. If God had not enabled, feasting is not possible. In this article, I will suggest that giving thanks is not simply the literal words uttered, but the graciousness displayed that comes from a grateful heart.

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