Bring the Hope to Remembrance

And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19)

I recently realized the huge need of memorizing the Scripture. Not so that I can be someone like the guy Denzel Washington plays who is able to recite the whole Bible, but rather to simply be reminded of the truth in the midst of constant distractions in this fast-paced world. Paul himself says that we should take the Word seriously, which is part of the armor of God as he put it (Ephesians 6:17), that we may be guarded from the evil one (Ephesians 6:13). And these couple of weeks, I have been been reading articles and listening to messages that encourage Christians to start memorizing the Scripture. Continue reading

Social Media and the Glory of God

For the past few weeks, I have been listening to some podcasts that talk about how we can use the advancement of technology for our good. Two podcasts that were really helpful for me was from Age of Minority titled The Social Media Episode and an interview with Tony Reinke titled Teens and Technology. There’s also a short sermon by Tim Challies about productivity in this digital age which was a good reminder for me. You should check them out, they are gold! Continue reading

Persecution

I should not be writing right now as I will be having an exam later today (wish me luck!), but here goes:

When I was a kid, I was astounded as I was hearing my teacher mentioning that Christianity is one of the minor religions in Indonesia. At that time, I was just a kid in a Christian school still thinking about the best use of 5000 rupiahs while looking at an array of food wagons in my school’s backyard during break. The reason why my teacher’s statement really surprised me was that being a student in a Christian school meant that all my friends were mostly Christians, which I myself was not at that time. Back then, I felt like I was one of the few who were not accustomed with going to some building weekly with their families to listen to a sermon and worship as a community.

And a few years later, long story short, I joined this band of minorities. Continue reading

Restless

None, O Lord, that I could ever say be pleasing to You. I fail as I open my mouth.

What makes me deserving of proclaiming Your love to others? Is it my grammatical prowess? My ability in choosing words?

Lord, even if I do have them, none will ever be enough to contain Your goodness. Even if I do have them, may I be reminded that Your sovereign hands are the instruments that shepherds, not mine. Even if I do have them, may my mouth utter love, rather than beating people up as I look down on them. Continue reading

Yet Another Thoughts on Grace

The concept of God’s grace had always been strange for me. I struggled a lot trying to understand how God can graciously give salvation for us, the fallen beings, through Christ’s sacrifice on the cross. What’s the catch? In those times of confusion, I could do nothing but hope that my heart can be enlightened.

I think God answered my prayer through a road incident.

About a year ago, as I was driving, I suddenly felt like I had  just bumped into something. I backed up the car and saw a motorcycle tipped over on the road and 2 boys laying down beside it. Oh the panic.

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