Posted in Faith, Living in New Zealand Now, South Canterbury living

The Glory of God in Jesus Christ Shines Bright in Darkness Always and Forever

 

Arise, shine, for your light has come,
and the glory of the Lord rises upon you.
See, darkness covers the earth
and thick darkness is over the peoples,
but the Lord rises upon you
and his glory appears over you.
Nations will come to your light,
and kings to the brightness of your dawn. Isaiah 60:1-3

Darkness may envelope but it actually provides perfect background to see where light is, like this night shot of Church Street, Timaru.
Darkness may envelope but it actually provides perfect background to see where light is, like this night shot of Church Street, Timaru..

 

I heard someone said there’s subtle persecution among Christians today in New Zealand.

Marriage is threatened by the possible passage of the gay marriage bill.

Teenage binge drinking has become a problem and drunken driving arrests have become common.

Following UK and US trend, the cloud of secularism has been engulfing slowly New Zealand society. Some leaders have professed God to be myth, others even stating openly their unbelief.

St Mary's (Anglican) Parish Church looks magnificent at night.
St Mary’s (Anglican) Parish Church looks magnificent at night.

Is there indeed ebbing of Kiwi faith?

In response to ‘darkness’ that appears to be clouding New Zealand, Pastor John McMullan shared Isaiah 60:1-3. He reflected that darkness might seemed immense but actually it is creating a vacuum in man’s heart, which would lead him or her to search and find the Light of God.

Indeed, atheist may bully believers and sow hatred and mockery against the Great Living God but they will never triumph because the light of God in Jesus Christ will never be snuffed out.

Time and again, many powerful leaders tried to cut God but they all have failed.

In fact, the Gospel of Christ has always been so alive and active since the Holy Spirit came to the apostles on that memorable Pentecost day.

As God created man to see and feel, it won’t be a wonder when “Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn” as darkness tries to envelope the earth.

Indeed, “darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples” but we see the glory of God in Jesus Christ rising and shining always and forever.

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PHOTO CREDIT: Jade Mark Jarbadan

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Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship International – A Blessed Encounter

 

I learned about the Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship International through my friend and brother in Christ, Errol James, one of their leaders here in Timaru.

This world-wide organization started in New Zealand in 1969 and chapters all over the country continue to meet. Their goal is to fulfill the Great Commission of Jesus Christ through fellowship, testimonies and sharing.

What privilege and opportunity to share God’s testimony of faith, hope and love with the FGBMFI Timaru chapter. Praises and glory be to our God.

Please pray for this event and include us and the organization in your prayers.

Full Gospel Business Men's Fellowship International

Posted in Faith, Inspirational, South Canterbury living

Little Time that Matters Big

 

Be on guard! Be alert! You do not know when that time will come.
Mark 13:33

Time of your life

quiet time with God

Have you thought and realized that the little time we are spending with God would matter big time when suddenly all else fail?

We grow up in a society where achieving a good and successful life means working hard and earning high. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with it because indeed we need to work hard and earn a living.

The issue is more on spending almost all of our time on what we thought were the essentials of good life to the point that we even compromise the two-hour we spend for Sunday worship.

Oftentimes, going to church on Sunday for even the short moment of worshiping God is a struggle for some of us. If it’s not, we see it only as fulfilling an obligation but our heart is not really into it.

Many don’t realize having quiet time with God is important. Maybe some know but they never get to do it regularly.

There are people who woke up in comfort, they have everything in life, business and career are very successful and the need to worship God is not relevant anymore.

Doing online writing, I recalled one of my clients who after knowing that I’m a pastor, expressed that he doesn’t believe in God.

A month later a strong earthquake hit their city and devastation was widespread. Chatting through Skype the day after the earthquake, I read his message requesting for prayers as they go through the calamity that struck their place.

I have read how people who have forsaken God, who never gave time to commit their lives to Him, who are in the midst of trials, hang on to that little time they spent in faithful worship service for sanity and survival.

Yes, let’s not neglect the little time that we give in communing with God because I’m sure that it would matter a lot when trials come.

If two hours every Sunday is the only time you can spend with God, please make sure that it’s the best and precious time you can give.

You might not be aware nor you might not believe but your existence hangs on that thin thread of time you spend with God.

Don’t wait for calamities to come before you treasure your time with God.

Make it matter now before your time in this world runs out.

What do you think hinders people from spending great time with God. Please post a comment below…Thank you!

PHOTOS: Claphams National Clock Museum by Jade Mark Jarbadan