Monday, November 23, 2015
Cynicism and complacency
You have wearied the Lord with your words. Yet you ask, “How have we wearied Him?”
When you say, “Everyone who does what is evil is good in the Lord’s sight, and He is pleased with them,” or “Where is the God of justice?” (Malachi 2:17)
The cynic flatters himself or herself as a hard-eyed realist, a down-to-earth, unfazed, practical person of experience—especially in comparison with "the idiots who maintain some kind of fool hope or optimism." The cynic has been there, done that, and been disappointed. Won't do that again—no way! Won't feel that way again—not on your life!
“I won't be tricked into hope—I’m too street-smart for that.”
Cynicism often leads to complacency. Just because those who defy God’s law have often seemed immune to any retribution or worse still seem to propers, it does not give us the licence to be complacent. The Lord’s sense of time is very different from ours.
Complacency is the biggest killer and a silent time-bomb. Many industrial accidents were due to carelessness and complacency of those in charge of safety. The sinking of the Titanic had killed many lives mainly due to complacency. They thought the ship was so huge and so well constructed that it will never sink - and hence only prepared for half the lifeboats needed.
Likewise, our lives are relatively comfortable; we may even feel superior in terms of intellectual and material resources we possessed. Often times, we Christians live life that is no different from that of the world. Cynicism and complacency infect everyone of us.
Let us heed the words of Malachi, especially in 3: 17 “On the day when I act,” says the Lord Almighty, “they will be my treasured possession. I will spare them, just as a father has compassion and spares his son who serves him. 18 And you will again see the distinction between the righteous and the wicked, between those who serve God and those who do not.”
Sunday, November 22, 2015
The God Who Speaks
The title is deliberately written in the present tense. The present continuous to be exact.
Every intelligent being communicates. Humans are the epitome of creation in terms of intelligence and their ability to communicate and express ideas.
God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, is the Creator of the universe. He is far far more intelligent beyond our mind could ever comprehend or imagine.
Many times I have thoughts and ideas where I wondered: " where do I get these?" I believe the bible shows us that our God is still speaking and he always will.
I like looking at the night sky where the stars shone brightly, Lately, I have taken the interest in capturing them in digital camera. The following are some samples.
Stars studded night sky with trees and building silhouettes
A meteor streak was seen in this photo!
Take at Lake Tekapo, New Zealand with the famous iconic Good Shepherd Church in the foreground
The following bible verse came to mind;
"And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. 12 The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light. 13 Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy. (Romans 13:11-13)
The amazing history of this verses is one of the early church father - Augustine of Hippo, who was a great intellectual of his time, but lived a life of drunkenness and debauchery. The above verses spoke to him when he heard a voice "take up and read! take up and read! " and the scripture was near him and the verses he set his eyes upon were these verses.
He was miraculously converted, having being convicted that God was personally speaking to him. He went on to be a man great use by God, a theologian, a bishop, and the author of the famous classic "The Confessions of St Augustine"
Make not mistake, our God still speaks today. seek Him!
Saturday, February 14, 2015
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
BOL Church Annual Christmas Dinner and Caroling Night
Saturday, 6th December 2014 at 6 King St East Ivanhoe
All are welcomed to join us for a fellowship dinner followed by carol singing, skits and a gospel message. 6.30p.m. start.
Pastor Jeremy Wong - 0411 573 088
Pastor Philip Lin - 0417 456 298
Saturday, June 14, 2014
1. Micah Challenge Month - July 2014
Our church theme for 2014 is “Deeper in and Further out”.
After 6 months of going deeper into the word, we want to make July a month of intentionally focusing our attention beyond the 4 walls of the church.
Why called it Micah Month?, well the famous verse by this minor prophets says :
“He has showed you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you, but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? (Micah 6:8 RSV)
In the coming weeks, we shall be highlighting some social outreach and volunteering work done by our existing members as well as exploring new avenues to reach out to the communities around us.
2. IDMC conference in Sydney (Fri -Sat) 15-16 August 2014
– Theme: Cultivating Your Inner Life
Speakers: Ps. Edmund & Ann Chan. Contact Jonathan Teoh (0419 357 808) for group bookings and accommodation arrangements.
Thursday, April 11, 2013
You have seen our blog, now there are more information in Our official Webpage....
Kindly click this link http://www.breadoflife.org.au/
BOL Church DNA Series - Holy Spirit's work, gifts & baptism by Ps Ken Teo
BOL Church DNA Series 1 - 2013
All are welcome to join us on Saturday 20th April from 10.00 a.m. to 3.00 p.m.
Who is the Holy Spirit? He work, His gifts and His relationship to our Christian life.
Pastor Ken Teo (previous senior pastor of Casey Life International Church). He is still part of the church but has transit into international itinerary ministry after handing over the senior pastorship of the church.
Saturday, March 09, 2013
News and Updates for the
BREAD OF LIFE CHURCH MELBOURNE
Bread Of Life Church Melbourne meets @ 10.15am Sundays at
East Ivanhoe Uniting Church, 6 King St East Ivanhoe
Church Office: 9858 3682
Mob 0411 573 088 Pastor Jeremy
Mob 0417 456 298 Pastor Philip
2. Easter Family Camp is from 29-31 March 2013, at Camp Wyuna, a picturesque seaside setting of Queens cliff.
"Authentic Christian Life"
Camp Speaker: Pastor Steven Teo
Speaker profile: http://www.pssteventeo.com/
Scenic seaside camp
Please set aside these dates and join us as a family of God to build a closer bond with God and each other this Easter.