Why Conflicts Exist in Organizations

 

What causes fights and quarrels among you?
Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you?
You desire but do not have, so you kill.
You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight.
You do not have because you do not ask God.
When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives,
that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.
James 4:1-3

Reading the passages above, I now understand why fights and quarrels are existing even within Christian organizations and among pastors and leaders in the church.

James candidly outlines what they are:

  • You desire but do not have
  • You covet
  • You ask with wrong motives

Strife afflicts your organization?  

Try to look around and know who’s causing all the troubles, then see.

Are they not the persons who desire but do not have, covetous, and having wrong motives?

It is very important that you also check yourself.  You might be one of the persons causing the fight and quarrel.

I believe that in every requests and aspirations that we have there is always that human element, that personal agenda. God knows your mind and heart. You can’t hide your motive from Him.

So it’s better to check and present whatever personal motive you may have before the Lord. Then pray for God to change your personal motive into one that would give glory and honor to Him.

Where does the power of prayer come from?

Based on what James mentioned, there is more to prayer than the spoken requests.

While the uttered words in prayer greatly comfort us, especially when we hear someone claim God’s promise of deliverance and providence, prayer goes beyond this.

It is the pilgrim’s contrite heart beating in repentance, humility and surrender that gives power to the prayer.

What answers to your prayers the Lord God gave you recently? Please feel free to share your testimony. Write it on the comment form below.

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Earthquakes, Typhoons, Floods…Will The World End December 2012?

 

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
Lamentations 3:22-23

A major quake, 7.6 magnitude hit the Philippines on 31 August. The center was located off shore, 91 miles off the town of Guiuan, Samar.

Residents along the seashore were told to evacuate to higher places to heed tsunami warning that authorities issued. Three hours later, they returned to their homes, quite relieved that the earthquake, though strong, did not result into big waves. It could have been another major disaster.

In New Zealand, a magnitude 5.5 earthquake has shaken the lower North Island on 1 September around 2:40 PM. The quake was centred 20km northwest of Rotorua according to news report.

With all these earthquakes, typhoons, floods and other natural disasters happening now and before around the globe, soothsayers and doomsday watchers are probably reckoning with the question “Is the world coming to an end?”

There are some who are dead serious in saying that the world will end when the Mayan calendar cycle ends on 21 December 2012. Well, who really knows?

So, I was with a group of Filipinos and we were talking about the recent earthquake in the Philippines and I was ask, “Pastor, is the world coming to an end?”

I honestly said that I don’t know. I shared that I take comfort in believing that I am living under the mercy and grace of God.

Each day as I wake up and draw my first breath and I am conscious that the Lord God Almighty and Merciful has given me another day to live, I just give thanks and pray.

For who really knows what would happen to your life today except the All-Knowing God.

I was thinking even if I spend time reading and studying articles and interpretations of the so-called “signs of times” or “end-times” or I try to come up with the most probably date when the world would end I still won’t know what would happen to me between today and that supposed “end of the world” date.

The author of Lamentations, after narrating all afflictions and expressing grief for what befell Jerusalem and her people, spoke his declaration of hope:

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.

Instead of being worried about calamities and wondering when the world would end, why don’t we take time to enjoy life receiving the new mercies He gives every morning.

You are not sure and you’re afraid what would happen to your life when time of calamity comes?

The jailer of Paul and Silas, realizing that no prisoners escaped after an earthquake rocked the prison doors and chains, asked the two apostles: “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?

They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household.

Great is Your faithfulness!

Claiming God’s Faithfulness – How God Helped Us in Moving To Timaru

Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer,
believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. Mark 11:24

Talking about God’s faithfulness, what comes to mind right away is one of my favourite hymns, “Great Is Thy Faithfulness”. Indeed, we have the faithful God who really fulfils His promise.

Jesus’ statement in Mark 11:24 is a very powerful statement. He is telling his disciples to have faith. For me, there’s no greater power than praying and believing that Jesus Christ will faithfully deliver what you are asking for.

The verse is not just a simple positive statement that is designed to encourage someone who’s in dire need. There is power to the statement because first, Jesus Christ said it and second, what Jesus says is true.

Our moving to Timaru in August 2012 is one faith journey full of answered prayers. As there are plenty of stories to tell, let me just share two instances of answered prayers.

God moves people to help us

When David Brown, one of our home group leaders, volunteered to take us to Auckland airport. We really appreciate David’s offer, which is also another answered prayer. He asked who would pick up and drive us from Christchurch Airport to Timaru.

I told him that when we went to Timaru on July 31 for my wife’s job interview, we met a Filipino couple at the Auckland Airport.

When they learned that we’re moving to Timaru, they volunteered to pick us up at Christchurch airport. They live in Lincoln.

On August 13, as I was helping Pastor Colin and Tony in loading our furniture on the trailer, my mobile phone rang. It was the Filipino “good Samaritan” of Lincoln. He affirmed his commitment to take us from Christchurch Airport to Timaru. I told him that our flight is on Tuesday.

Towards late afternoon, Jewel got a call from her employer that they have arranged a car rental for us. I phoned our kababayan (fellowmen) about the development and thanked him for his offer of help.

I thank and praise God for His overwhelming support and provision.

A favourable car switchover

While on the plane to Christchurch on 14 August 2012, I can’t help but think about the number of baggage we’re bringing.

After learning that our bulk of things will arrive to Timaru a week later, we brought along things we need upon arrival at our rented place.

As the car rental reserved a subcompact car for us, I’m pretty sure that we would be fully loaded. Well, I just prayed for God’s travelling mercy and resolved to drive very slowly and surely.

In Christchurch Airport, with our two trolleys of baggage, we approached the Avis Car Rental desk and asked for the car reserved for us.

We were much surprised when the Avis woman asked is it okay if we take a Toyota Highlander to Timaru instead of the subcompact reserved for us.

She explained that the Toyota Highlander needs to be returned to Timaru. She assured us that we will just be paying the same rate and there would be no more return fee for the car.

I could only utter my thanksgiving and praises after realizing how the Lord God Almighty facilitated our specific needs in moving to Timaru.

Indeed, great is your faithfulness O Lord! We bring all our prayers to You, asking and claiming your great faithfulness

Again, to our brothers and sisters in Christ, thank you very much for all your prayers and support.

Do you have a testimony to share? Share it to us by posting a comment below. Thank you.

Claiming God’s Faithfulness – Moving To Timaru

Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. Mark 11:24

Talking about God’s faithfulness, what comes to mind right away is one of my favourite hymns, “Great Is Thy Faithfulness”. Indeed, we have the faithful God who really fulfils His promise.

Jesus’ statement in Mark 11:24 is a very powerful statement. He is telling his disciples to have faith. For me, there’s no greater power than praying and believing that Jesus Christ will faithfully deliver what you are asking for.

The verse is not just a simple positive statement that is designed to encourage someone who’s in dire need. There is power to the statement because first, Jesus Christ said it and second, what Jesus says is true.

Our recent transfer to Timaru is one faith journey full of answered prayers. As there are plenty of stories to tell, let me just share two instances of answered prayers.

The Filipino “good Samaritan” of Lincoln

When David Brown, one of our home group leaders, volunteered to take us to Auckland airport. We really appreciate David’s offer, which is also another answered prayer. He asked who would pick up and drive us from Christchurch Airport to Timaru.

I told him that when we went to Timaru on July 31 for my wife’s job interview, we met a Filipino couple at the Auckland Airport. When they learned that we’re moving to Timaru, they volunteered to pick us up at Christchurch airport. They live in Lincoln.

On August 13, as I was helping Pastor Colin and Tony in loading our furniture on the trailer, my mobile phone rang. It was the Filipino “good Samaritan” of Lincoln. He affirmed his commitment to take us from Christchurch Airport to Timaru. I told him that our flight is on Tuesday.

Towards late afternoon, Jewel got a call from her employer that they have arranged a car rental for us. I phoned our kababayan (fellowmen) about the development and thanked him for his offer of help.

I thank and praise God for His overwhelming support and provision.

A favourable car switchover

While on the plane to Christchurch on 14 August 2012, I can’t help but think about the number of baggage we’re bringing.

After learning that our bulk of things will arrive to Timaru a week later, we brought along things we need upon arrival at our rented place.

As the car rental reserved a subcompact car for us, I’m pretty sure that we would be fully loaded. Well, I just prayed for God’s travelling mercy and resolved to drive very slowly and surely.

In Christchurch Airport, with our two trolleys of baggage, we approached the Avis Car Rental desk and asked for the car reserved for us.

We were much surprised when the Avis woman asked is it okay if we take a Toyota Highlander to Timaru instead of the subcompact reserved for us.

She explained that the Toyota Highlander needs to be returned to Timaru. She assured us that we will just be paying the same rate and there would be no more return fee for the car.

I could only utter my thanksgiving and praises after realizing how the Lord God Almighty facilitated our specific needs in moving to Timaru.

Indeed, great is your faithfulness O Lord! We bring all our prayers to You, asking and claiming your great faithfulness

Again, to our brothers and sisters in Christ, thank you very much for all your prayers and support.

Do you have a testimony to share where God lift you from worry to glory? Share it to us by posting a comment below. Thank you.

Gaining the Blessings of Christian Love

 

Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for your brothers, love one another deeply, from the heart. 1 Peter 1:22

When Pastor Colin learned that we’re moving to Timaru, he told me right after one Sunday worship service, “Please don’t go without us praying for you”. Knowing and experiencing how important prayer blessing is, I told him we will still be here next Sunday.

We are set to leave for Timaru on 14 August. This is a big move for our family but we have to because a relevant job opportunity has come.

Living in North Shore area, particularly in Glenfield and Forrest Hill suburbs in the past nine months, we have fostered relationships among church mates and a group of Filipinos.

Pastor Colin (left) and Tony came to help us deal with our remaining furniture.

As we were packing our things and finding ways how to dispose our car and the few pieces of furniture, I can’t help but think how one could easily dispose material things when moving.

I mean, you can sell or give your things easily but you can never let go of the friendships that you have made, especially when they are bounded in Christian love.

We can’t avoid feeling sad realizing that we won’t be seeing Glenfield Baptist Church for some time. Still, we rejoice in the truth that Christian relationships are the treasures that one could have forever, both on earth and in heaven.

So, on 12 August 2012, we attended worship service at Glenfield Baptist Church. Pastor Colin called us to the altar and he and the congregation prayed for us. I won’t say it’s our last worship service with them.

Glenfield Baptist fulfils the meaning of church to us and I’m sure the welcome won’t end each time we visit. Growing up experiencing the power of prayer, I don’t want to miss any opportunity of gaining the blessings of Christian love wherever I am.

In moving to Timaru we are embarking on a new chapter of our faith journey in New Zealand. So far, it is through the prayers of friends and family that we have achieved tremendously in faith. Glenfield Baptist Church has provided us the needed sanctuary.

Our hearts are forever grateful for all of you. Let us pray without ceasing as our faith journey continues.

From time to time, the home group holds shared meal. After the worship service on 12 August, they held a shared lunch to bless our trip and spend time in fellowship.

Please read “How God Builds GBC through the Home Group” and be inspired.