godly leadership: no cheap love please, no cliche

I wrote this in February but withheld it until now. It is still valid. No cheap love please! No cliche!

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One cliche in the Christian world is “I love you.” Cheap stuff. Leaders should not be naive enough to think that your co-workers/subordinates/flocks cannot see the hypocrisy. I have been recently subjected to a culture where everybody says “I love you.” The worst thing is that all those who are in the culture expect others love them and say “I love you” for nothing. I refuse to say “I love you.” Here are my reasons:

  1. It is hypocritical to say something I don’t mean.
  2. It cheapens love.
  3. It fools people into thinking that love costs nothing.
  4. Love (like friendship) needs to be earned.
  5. no one has the right (audacity) to expect love from others.

What is the kind of love I respect and honor? Let us see how Jesus demonstrated love while on earth.

John 13:1 AMPC [Now] before the Passover Feast began, Jesus knew (was fully aware) that the…

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friendship and ministry: Paul and his friends

Colossians 1:6

This morning I am prompted to look at how Paul treats his friends in Romans 16. Yes, don’t be surprised. Paul has friends. All sorts. Jews and Gentiles, church leaders, fellow-workers, men and women, young and old, rich and poor, couples and singles. He even has friends in high official positions.

Often we overlook human relationship when reading the Bible. In the case of the apostle Paul we admire his dedication to Christ and fearless preaching of the Gospel of Christ. Did the very busy and multitasking apostle Paul have friends? I asked this question before and my answer was, yes, the Bible recorded some of his fellow workers including familiar names like Barnabas, Silas, John Mark, Luke, Timothy and Titus.

But Chapter sixteen of Romans recorded a long list of other names. Paul was in Corinth when he wrote the letter and was making plans to sail to Rome and see the new converts in the city. Paul wrote this letter to the churches in Rome, expressing that it was divine will and also his strong desire to go to Rome to see them. (Chapter one and chapter fifteen)  He told them he had been praying for them and commended them for their faith. Reading this letter, I realize that although Paul has not yet been to Rome physically, his heart/spirit is already there for a long time. He knows the Christians there, not superficially, and treat them as his friends! Here is the list of names in Chapter sixteen. Note the meanings of each name. Most importantly, note how Paul greets each person individually, with grace, warmth, sincerity, respect, appreciation, and thankfulness! He knows, recognizes each person’s worth, and  addresses each of them according to their contribution to the advancement of the Kingdom of God. And he gives special commendation to those who go beyond the normal call of duty. Paul saw great potential in them. Indeed, many have later become significant leaders themselves.

Paul has many faithful friends. In Romans 16:21-23, there are eight renown co-workers who are with Paul sending their greetings to the Christians in Rome together with Paul.

Paul is truly a worthy leader and friend. That’s what friends are for! What is the secret of Paul’s success as a leader-friend? He always focuses on the number one goal, that is, the Good News of Christ is being shared and going out all over the world. For that matter, every worker in the kingdom of God counts!

Personal Greetings from Paul to the Christians in Rome. (My notes from various references are in brackets and italics):

Rom 16:1  I commend to you Phoebe our sister, who is a servant of the church in Cenchrea, 16:2  that you may receive her in the Lord in a manner worthy of the saints, and assist her in whatever business she has need of you; for indeed she has been a helper of many and of myself also.

(Phoebe (radiant). A deaconesses of the apostolic church, Cenchrea. The first on the list, and one of the most important. What Paul said of her in 16:1-2 is worthy of special notice. Cenchrea is the eastern harbor of Corinth. Paul sailed from Cenchrea, (Acts 18:18) on his return to Syria from his second missionary journey. The strategically located church is important to Paul’s mission. She probably carried this very important doctrinal letter to the Roman Christians.)

Rom 16:3  Greet Priscilla and Aquila, my fellow workers in Christ Jesus, 16:4  who risked their own necks for my life, to whom not only I give thanks, but also all the churches of the Gentiles.

(Priscilla. (ancient) and her husband Aquila (an eagle). Priscilla’s name is often placed before that of her husband. Paul met them at Corinth, and became their house-mate, and business associates/partners making the Cilician tent or hair-cloth. When Paul left Corinth, Priscilla and Aquila accompanied him to Ephesus. There they remained and there they met and taught Apollos. The couple are Scripture teachers like Paul, familiar with the Gospel of Christ, and later became leaders of a house church in Rome. They remained faithful friends to Paul and even risked their lives for him)

Rom 16:5  Likewise greet the church that is in their house. Greet my beloved Epenetus, who is the first fruits of Achaia to Christ. (Epenetus (praiseworthy). Paul called him his beloved and specially remembered him as his first converted Christian in Asia!)

Rom 16:6  Greet Mary, who labored much for us. (Mary (a tear). Paul commended her for having toiled hard for him.)

Rom 16:7  Greet Andronicus and Junia, my countrymen and my fellow prisoners, who are of note among the apostles, who also were in Christ before me. (This couple, both are notable apostles, Andronicus (man-conqueror), and his wife Junia, are Paul’s blood relatives, and fellow prisoners.)

Rom 16:8  Greet Amplias (large), my beloved in the Lord.

Rom 16:9  Greet Urbanus (of the city, polite), our fellow worker in Christ, and Stachys, my beloved.

Rom 16:10  Greet Apelles (called), approved in Christ. (Tradition makes him bishop of Smyrna or Heraclea.) Greet those who are of the household of Aristobulus. (Aristobulus (the best counsellor). Tradition makes him one of the 70 disciples and reports that he preached the gospel in Britain.)

Rom 16:11  Greet Herodion, my countryman. Greet those who are of the household of Narcissus who are in the Lord.

(Herodion. A relative of Paul. Narcissus. (stupidity, some members of whose household were known to Paul. Some have assumed the identity of this Narcissus, with the secretary of the emperor Claudius.)

Rom 16:12  Greet Tryphena and Tryphosa, who have labored in the Lord. Greet the beloved Persis, who labored much in the Lord.

(Tryphena and Trypho’sa. (luxurious).Two Christian women at Rome, enumerated in the conclusion of St. Paul’s letter. Rom 16:12. (A.D. 55). They may have been sisters, but it is more likely that they were fellow deaconesses. We know nothing more of these two sister workers of the apostolic time.) (Persis. (a Persian woman).Paul called her the beloved and commended that she labored much for them in the Lord. )

Rom 16:13  Greet Rufus, chosen in the Lord, and his mother and mine. (Rufus. (red). Rufus is mentioned in Mark 15:21 as a son of Simon, the Cyrenian. Luke 23:26). Paul salutes Rufus, and specially designates him as “elect in the Lord.” This Rufus was probably identical with the one to whom Mark refers.)

Rom 16:14  Greet Asyncritus (incomparable), Phlegon (burning) (Pseudo-Hippolytus makes him one of the seventy disciples and bishop of Marathon.), Hermas (mercury)(According to tradition, he was one of the seventy disciples, and afterward, bishop of Dalmatia. Irenaeus, Tertullian and Origen agree in attributing to him the work called The Shepherd. It was never received into the canon, but was as generally cited with respect.), Patrobas (paternal) (Like many other names mentioned in Romans 16, this was borne by at least one member of the emperor’s household), Hermes, and the brethren who are with them.

Rom 16:15  Greet Philologus and Julia, Nereus and his sister, and Olympas, and all the saints who are with them. (Ne’reus. (lamp). According to tradition, he was beheaded at Terracina, probably, in the reign of Nerva.)

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Timeline showing Paul taking five years between writing this letter and finally getting to see the Christians in Rome

57 ADPaul in Macedonia and GreeceActs 20
57 ADPaul Writes to the RomansRomans 1 – 16
62 ADPaul Sails for RomeActs 27
62 ADThe ShipwreckActs 27:13
62 ADPaul Ashore at MaltaActs 28
62 ADPaul Preaches at RomeActs 28:11

Sound Mind Economics: “equal right” (Sep 4, 2020)

Sep 4, 2020 I would add here that it is essential to look at the economic history of nations, see how different ideological philosophies worked or did not work. Beware of false data and false news released by centralized control government authorities. Lack of evidential based publicly edited economic data can be very misleading. However, no one or system can lie forever. No economy can sustain on its own. The truth will always reveal itself in time. Meanwhile, time is a commodity that you cannot redeem. My advice to the millennials, who will soon takeover when the very wise and shrewd “ancients” have finally retired to the other world after another short decade, is that you don’t have much time to experiment. Don’t be attracted by the shinny plastic sequins of ideologies. Be real. Now.

psalm 64:10

After re-investing some of my liquidated funds, I found the following article I wrote for my own millennial family on 2/28/2019. Interesting and relevant. Since the 2016 Brexit and Trump’s winning the presidential election, I have realized the power of faith in action. If you are my regular followers since the early days of this watchman blog you would have understood what I am talking about.

Sound Mind Economics and Application Issues #1

Dear Millennials and others: Because I was once your age I know how you currently struggle with many pertinent issues. Why economics? It is the main issue that divides many in this world of “inequality”. I believe when we go deeper in economics we shall find some solutions together.

Today we touch on the issue of “equal right” in the practice of economics.

Economics is neutral. It is a set of principles and concepts that describe the way human “trade” with one another in order to satisfy needs and wants.

The first thing I learned in my school economics is the law of supply and demand. Supply is based on demand. But every supplier has the right to supply to the target customers who are willing to buy his goods according to the supplier-seller’s condition of sales. Similarly, a customer can choose to buy or not to buy based on the same set of condition of sales.

A civil democratic (majority-rule) society normally has sales and purchase agreements with checks and balances based on recognized and legalized laws and practices by the majority of the legitimate legal citizens/residents who have legitimate voting rights of that society. Ideally such a system will ensure that the majority of needs and wants of the majority in the society will be met according to the original social “contract” of gathering together as a legal entity called nation/state.

The issues you may face today come from one predominant source: some individuals want to claim more right than others by demanding exemptions from the set social contract.  

In an economic system without exemption, everyone shall abide with the same terms and conditions of production and sales. You cannot force someone to produce and give/sell their products to you even if you have the required money to buy. The terms of exchange have to be met in full. Your ability to provide the monetary value is only one of the terms of the total sales and purchase agreement.

In a neutral civil economic society, the legitimate owner and seller of the resources, produces, goods and services has a legal upper hand than the person who wants that goods and services. It is therefore a crime to forcibly take what the owner does not want to give or sell to you. You cannot covet another man’s property. For example, I cannot ask you to remove your branded watch or shoes or bag from your possession and hand them to me just because I like to have or need to use them. It will be a robbery subject to punishment.

Similarly, no man can trespass another man’s property. That is what legal boundaries and demarcations are for.

The civil democratic constitution and law of “unadulterated” interpretation and implementation normally protect the right of the majority of the legitimate components of the society.  People in a society can create and/or encounter many social issues because they are ignorant or choose to ignore, misrepresent, misinterpret, misjudge, miss-apply and miss-execute the law.

Does a neutral economic system result in inequality? My question is: “inequality” in what? Don’t you honor patent right for the fruit of the inventor? In the same principle, remember and honor the one who produces a good and service. He has the right to decide to sell or not to sell. To give or not to give. A very simple guide is: do not rob or steal from others when you do not want others to do that to you or your loved ones. What honor and esteem you gain by taking what is not yours?

How then shall individuals who deem themselves as “under-privileged” function in a civil economic society? The group of individuals who form the civil society can come together and agree on some rules and regulations governing the common good in any ethical social system.

Who decides what is common good and what are considered ethical? In a democratic system there are established and tested ways to do this effectively. I believe the common moral and ethical values of a society influence that society’s decision making processes and choices. Normally this is influenced by the worldview of individuals, derived from family culture, education and their religious system. Can experiences and knowledge change our worldview? Yes. Definitely. My advice for the younger individuals is to remain open to views and really go in depth and study and understand economics and ethics. For those who are chronologically young, it is wise to know that the older individuals are learning knowledge and developing wisdom too and many are advancing in an accelerated speed and better focus because of the wider and deeper scope they have already gone through in life.

History has shown that taking without paying the due rewards for any goods and services from one man’s possession to another man has resulted in regression instead of progression of mankind. Such a system results in oppression and depression in which mankind do not feel motivated and challenged to do better for himself and/or the community. Social ills such as corruption, poverty and a general economic depression set in together with crime, abuses, violence, destruction, and brokenness in many aspects of the society. When an economy breaks down, the shortage of funds generated from taxation which otherwise would have maintained, up-kept and even improved the common amenities, facilities and security, often results in loss of the general wellbeing of individuals and society.

I would therefore urge you to read economic history in the context of the history of mankind. I would define the history of mankind as a history of economics. The depth and breadth of its knowledge, effective application and faithful unbiased implementation is really the key to maintain, sustain and further advance a civil society.

None of us will be around forever on this earth. We need to know and live with each other through genuine knowledge and cooperation with one another. Many great men and great women had lived before us and left behind tested economic principles, ethics and values which have ensured the effective and well functioning of human community. Their positive contributions have laid a foundation for human to work together peaceably and effectively. The evidence is the sustained and improved general human livelihood despite the exponential increase of the population of the world. Food for thought, don’t you think?

I hope this letter will clarify some thoughts and challenge you to widen your thinking scope. During my writing of this, I too have been challenged and decided to know more and think wider on this subject.

From: a sound-mind-economic being.

Postscript: I will attempt the subject of “ownership” of resources, “wealth” and related “equal right” in my next blog.

What is Wealth?

Definition from Strong’s Concordance 1952. hon: wealth, sufficiency NASB Translation: enough (2), possession (1), riches (4), substance (1), wealth (17).

(Investopedia) Wealth measures the value of all the assets of worth owned by a person, community, company or country. Wealth is determined by taking the total market value of all physical and intangible assets owned, then subtracting all debts. Essentially, wealth is the accumulation of resources. Specific people, organizations and nations are said to be wealthy when they are able to accumulate many valuable resources or goods.

Psalm 112:3 Wealth and riches will be in his house, And his righteousness endures forever.

Proverbs 13:11 Wealth gained by dishonesty will be diminished, But he who gathers by labor will increase.

Kainotes, Sep 4, 2020

How to make wealth in this time (2020)? session two -Q and A

Deuteronomy 8:18 God gives power to make wealth

Answering your many questions, to make wealth, let us put first thing first, starting with a right attitude towards wealth. Lacking the correct knowledge of God deprives Christians from having the abundant (SOZO) life that Jesus announced (John 10:10). Do meditate on the mind changing tools (right answers to your questions) as follows:

  1. Does God prefer Christians to remain poor? Did Jesus say blessed are the poor? No. Jesus says, blessed are the poor in spirit. Poor in spirit doesn’t mean having no money. Matthew 5:3 talks about the right attitude when we seek God. The humble will be exalted. No, God does not have favoritism.
    • Not only Jesus received financial support from the rich believers, the apostles too.
    • Jesus Himself has promised His followers riches and wellbeing in our physical lives. John 10:10 (The SOZO —total wellness life: health, wealth and good relationship)
    • God promises the same riches and prosperity from the very beginning. Adam and Eve have a good life with no worry about material lack. God assures Abraham and indeed gives riches to him, his son Isaac and grand son Jacob. ” “I will bless you … and you shall be a blessing” Genesis 12:2. God promises the same blessings to all who are of faith (Galatian 3:9,29)
    • God’s grace is abounding toward you to prosper you 2 Corinthians 9:8-10 God promises supplies of capital (seed), multiplication of the capital (the seed you have sown) you have invested, and increase the returns (fruits). He is able to make all grace (favor) abound toward you, so that you have all sufficiency in all things.
  2. Does the Bible say that money is evil? No. The money is not evil. The Bible says the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. Because greediness causes people to stray from faith and pierce themselves through with many sorrows. 1 Timothy 6:10.
    • The Bible assures that God’s blessing (financial) makes a person rich and does not add any sorrow (burden) with it. Proverbs 10:22.
  3. Are we to use money anyhow? No. Money comes with good stewardship. God expects good stewardship when He gives His people the ability to make wealth. In the promises of God’s grace to prosper you, there are expectations. God expects you to use the money wisely and righteously and the abundance of wealth will contribute to every good work. 2 Corinthians 9:1-14.
    • God expects those who have to help feed the poorer Christians when disasters strike. The Gentiles Christians elsewhere donated large sums of money to help their Jewish brethren in Jerusalem church during famine in Jerusalem.
  4. What does the Bible really teach about money? Many things. Here is a summary of the most important ones.
    • It teaches us not to try getting money by short cut because wealth can sprout wings and fly away. It is not a permanent thing . Proverbs 23:5
    • God prefers diligence in work. There are at least 31 Bible Verses about Reward For Works. e.g. Psalm 62:12 God recompenses a man according to his work. 1 Corinthians 3:8 Now he who plants and he who waters are one, and each one will receive his own reward according to his own labor.
    • Instruct those who are rich in the present age not to be conceited and not to put their hope in the uncertainty of wealth, but in God, who richly provides all things for us to enjoy. 1 Timothy 6:17-18
  5. The Bible says we are to be contented with what we have. (1 Timothy 6:6). Does that mean we are not to make more money? The answer is no. Read the verse in context. It refers to ungodly people who love money above God, thereby falling into temptation and a snare, many foolish and harmful lusts which will cause them to stray further away from God and into destruction and perdition. 1 Timothy 6:9-10. Paul teaches that we are to love God regardless of the physical condition and a consistent lifestyle of godliness will enable us to overcome circumstances. 1 Timothy 6:11-12
  6. Why do some Christians fail in business? It is the same reason as why others fail. There are many factors and variables. I will discuss this subject later in a separate session. A key verse to remember: “Don’t wear yourself out trying to get rich. Be wise enough to know when to quit.” Proverbs 23:4
  7. Why do some churches/Christian preachers and teachers persecute those who preach/teach prosperity among Christians? I have pondered over this and asked the Lord. What I receive in my spirit is “look at the persecutors’ true motives/agenda”. The persecutors themselves live in material comforts and prosperity. Why do they prefer not to teach their own flocks this important principle? There can be a number of reasons/excuses which can be summarized into one word, “fear”. Fear of raising the hope of people and causing people to feel disappointed when failing to prosper, resulting that they leave the leader/preacher and go to another church/organization where there is power to make wealth!
  8. Do all Christians have better “ability” to make wealth? lf people start at the same level (hierarchy), some will inevitably surpass their peers because of their natural abilities/endowments, diligence and commitment to work, strength in character to overcome obstacles, etc. Thus, those who are “naturals” and/or inclined to work would end up on the upper side of the hierarchy in a society that honors and rewards such abilities and characters, Christians or non-Christians. The Bible says God gives His people the ability to make wealth. How to reconcile this statement with the aforementioned? I will discuss this subject in more details in another session.
    • But you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who is giving you power to make wealth, that He may confirm His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day. Deuteronomy 8:18 (NASB)

They just want to look good to others

I wept when I read Paul’s final advice to the Galatians. (Galatians 6:11-18) I wept because although Paul warned the churches 2000 years ago, his warning is still valid today. History keeps repeating itself. A mixture of grace and Law brings death and not life. Why do churches, Bible colleges, Christian organizations still practice a mixture of Law and grace? Paul says, they just want to look good to others. They fear persecution for preaching that the cross of Christ Jesus is the only requirement for salvation and Jesus’ death and payment for the penalty of sin is entirely sufficient for every believer. They fear to say that Salvation through Christ has no boundary and limit. No race, gender, age, color, socio-economic class, nation, people group, or any variable or fixed factor can nullify the entire sufficiency of what Jesus has done 2000 years ago. And it is a pure gift from God. Unearned by any other human. Reading the Book of Galatians again makes it so clear why Paul has to write this letter and why the Holy Spirit has put this letter in the Bible for us to read since the church started. Paul is very direct in exposing the spiritual enemy’s SECRET AGENDA behind many Christian churches and Christian teachings that demand a mixture of Law and grace and thereby nullifies the effectiveness of the grace of God through Christ alone:

  1. They want to look good to others (6:12)
  2. They don’t want to be persecuted (6:12)
  3. They are hypocrites and don’t keep the whole laws themselves (6:13)
  4. They want to boast about it and claim you as their disciples (6:13)
  5. They are false teachers (Galatians 5:9-10)
  6. They are troublemakers (5:12); conceited, provoking, jealous of one another (5:26).
  7. They don’t love as God loves (5:13-14)
  8. They are always busy biting and devouring each other (5:15)
  9. They do not live by the Spirit’s power (5:1, 5, 7-8, 16-18, 22-25)
  10. They have fallen away from God’s grace (5:4)

Galatians 6:11-18 NLT Paul’s Final Advice 11 Notice what large letters i use as I write these closing words in my own handwriting.12 Those who are trying to force you to be circumcised want to look good to others. They don’t want to be persecuted for teaching that the cross of Christ alone can save. 13 And even those who advocate circumcision don’t keep the whole law themselves. They only want you to be circumcised so they can boast about it and claim you as their disciples.

14 As for me, may I never boast about anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. Because of that cross,[a] my interest in this world has been crucified, and the world’s interest in me has also died. 15 It doesn’t matter whether we have been circumcised or not. What counts is whether we have been transformed into a new creation. 16 May God’s peace and mercy be upon all who live by this principle; they are the new people of God.[b] 17 From now on, don’t let anyone trouble me with these things. For I bear on my body the scars that show I belong to Jesus. 18 Dear brothers and sisters,[c] may the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.

Footnotes 6:14 Or Because of him. 6:16 Greek this principle, and upon the Israel of God.     6:18 Greek Brothers.

(In my next blog I will continue on the positive of grace as taught by Paul in Galatians)

Kai, Wed July 1, 2020

by Kainotes Ministry*

Vine’s Greek New Testment Dictionary:

*KAINOTES=Newness
kainotes akin to kainos, is used in the phrases
(a) “newness of life,” Rom 6:4, i.e., life of a new quality (see kainos under NEW); the believer, being a new creation (2 Cor 5:17), is to behave himself consistently with this in contrast to his former manner of life;
(b) “newness of the spirit,” RV, Rom 7:6, said of the believer’s manner of serving the Lord. While the phrase stands for the new life of the quickened spirit of the believer, it is impossible to dissociate this (in an objective sense) from the operation of the Holy Spirit, by whose power the service is rendered.

Jesus says, “proclaim My Name ~protect and guard you from all harms”

John 17:12 the Power of Jesus’ name

Jesus’ name has invincible power —the power of God’s name. His name protects and guards us from all harms. He asks us to use His name. Use His name with this perspective —His name is invincible.

John 16:24 You haven’t done this before. Ask, using my name, and you will receive, and you will have abundant joy.

Bible verses in NKJV

John 12:28 Father, glorify Your name.” Then a voice came from heaven, saying, “I have both glorified it and will glorify it again.” John 17:6 [ Jesus Prays for His Disciples ] “I have manifested Your name to the men whom You have given Me out of the world. They were Yours, You gave them to Me, and they have kept Your word. John 17:11 Now I am no longer in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to You. Holy Father, keep through Your name those whom You have given Me, that they may be one as We are. John 17:12 While I was with them in the world, I kept them in Your name. Those whom You gave Me I have kept; and none of them is lost except the son of perdition, that the Scripture might be fulfilled. John 17:26 And I have declared to them Your name, and will declare it, that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them.”

Bible verses in NLT

John 12:28  28 Father, bring glory to your name.” Then a voice spoke from heaven, saying, “I have already brought glory to my name, and I will do so again.” John 17:6  “I have revealed you to the ones you gave me from this world. They were always yours. You gave them to me, and they have kept your word. (17:6 Greek have revealed your name) John 17:11-12  11 Now I am departing from the world; they are staying in this world, but I am coming to you. Holy Father, you have given me your name; now protect them by the power of your name so that they will be united just as we are. 12 During my time here, I protected them by the power of the name you gave me. I guarded them so that not one was lost, except the one headed for destruction, as the Scriptures foretold. (17:11 Some manuscripts read you have given me these [disciples]. 17:12 Some manuscripts read I protected those you gave me, by the power of your name.) John 17:26 26 I have revealed you to them, and I will continue to do so. Then your love for me will be in them, and I will be in them.” (17:26 Greek have revealed your name)

prayer enriched in all utterance and all knowledge for today (2)

Ephesians 1:18today’s prayers: open your eyes to receive spiritual power ~Prayer one: the eyes of your hearts be opened and enlightened. Prayer two: to receive Spiritual Strength, filled with God!

Two prayers: ask for spiritual eyes to open and receive spiritual strength!Ephesians 1:15-23

Prayer one: the eyes of your hearts be opened and enlightened

15 For this reason, because I have heard…

https://kzlam36.wordpress.com/2013/05/06/todays-prayers-open-your-eyes-to-receive-spiritual-power/ 

IN “FORTY DAYS”: What it means in the last forty days

Why “forty” days (And forty nights)? Here are some Bible verses on “forty days”. We can read that “forty” signifies a period in which one begins or ends. it is a term of assignment on earth. It is a period of performance record. It is a length of time just enough to show whether one passes or fails the test. It is a time in which an event takes on a spiritual implication which in turn impacts the physical outcome. What will you do from today until the end of this calendar year?

Read this original article I published in my following Copy Writer for God blog on 2016-11-22

https://ghostwriterforgod.wordpress.com/2016/11/22/in-forty-days-what-it-means-in-the-last-forty-days-in-2016/

godly leadership: no cheap love please

One cliche in the Christian world is “I love you.” Cheap stuff. Leaders should not be naive enough to think that your co-workers/subordinates/flocks cannot see the hypocrisy. I have been recently subjected to a culture where everybody says “I love you.” The worst thing is that all those who are in the culture expect others love them and say “I love you” for nothing. I refuse to say “I love you.” Here are my reasons:

  1. It is hypocritical to say something I don’t mean.
  2. It cheapens love.
  3. It fools people into thinking that love costs nothing.
  4. Love (like friendship) needs to be earned.
  5. no one has the right (audacity) to expect love from others.

What is the kind of love I respect and honor? Let us see how Jesus demonstrated love while on earth.

John 13:1 AMPC [Now] before the Passover Feast began, Jesus knew (was fully aware) that the time had come for Him to leave this world and return to the Father. And as He had loved those who were His own in the world, He loved them to the last and to the highest degree.

Revelation 1:5 NKJV and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth. To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood,

How did God demonstrate love? John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

Love requires knowledge and discernment. Philippians 1:9

Love means serving. Not for things that gratify the flesh. Galatians 5:13

Love tells truth. No fake words. Ephesians 4:15

Love is meant for the context of works and service. Not cheap talk. Revelation 2:19

Love is not for all indiscriminatingly. Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good. Romans 12:9

The kind of love God expects from us from the beginning to the end:

Genesis 22:2 Then He said, “Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.”

Revelation 12:11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.

The kind of love that God has given us comes with the Holy Spirit (in us): comes with well-balanced and self controlled abilities and resultant behavior inside out.

For God did not give us a spirit of timidity or cowardice or fear, but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of sound judgment and personal discipline [abilities that result in a calm, well-balanced mind and self-control]. (2 Timothy 1:7 AMP)

A decade with WordPress

Yesterday I received a notice and congratulations from WordPress that ten years ago I registered with them as a blogger.

Time really flies. 2009 July seems like just yesterday. But so soon the new born has grown into a ten year old.

Along the years there have been births of other children in a variety of genre as some of the visitors and Googlers on the blogger name Crosslife Spaces would have noticed.

Yes, there are several blogs in addition to the watchman’s blog authored by this blogger on subjects like divine healing, sound mind, women, millennial humor, photography, travel, poetry, finance and blogs in other languages.

I like to believe that somewhere someone has found something in one blog that speaks to the heart at certain point of time and space.

Blogging long term requires a will and a passion. I pray that I would not grow cold and indifferent.

Thank you for visiting no matter how and where you come across this blog and decide to click. Do stay awhile in these spaces.

What does the name “Crosslife Spaces” mean? The words “cross and life” is obvious. Each one carries a cross in life. “Spaces” means places where we exist and interact with other living beings. No matter where and how and how long we live on earth, there is always a space where we meet with others and somehow connect and communicate with them. I pray that we shall all meet in the brilliant and glorious eternity too.

Thank you.

Crosslife Spaces

July 14, 2019