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What is The Gospel?

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My friends and I recently attended a concert at the Music Museum and this word got my attention as we were going down the stairs.

Then I thought to myself,  a lot of people go through life, just passing by this word and not really getting the heart of it.

If you try to ask random people,  some would say its a genre of music. For others who grew up with a religious background its just the first four books of the New Testament (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John), and for some, they’d say its the good things you do for God or a way to earn your ticket to heaven.

But what is it really? What would a biblical worldview of the gospel look like?

 GOOD NEWS! GOOD ADVICE 

More than a doctrine, a teaching or a set of Scriptures, the gospel is primarily an event centered on the person and the life work of Jesus Christ. It is His Story that is actually the heart of the Christian faith. Dr. Rice Broocks gives us a clear and complete summary of what it is:

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Therefore, the gospel is not about what we do for God, but what He has done for us through Jesus. And what He has done for us elicits a response on our part if we would believe it or not. Indeed, it is the power for us to be made right and accepted before God who is holy and righteous. And it is through this gospel we who are enemies of God could become His very children.

“But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.” -John 1:12

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NOT JUST THE A-B-C’s BUT THE A to Z 

Timothy Keller, a pastor and Bible teacher makes this point clear: “The gospel is not just the minimum required doctrine necessary to enter the kingdom, but the way we make progress in the kingdom.”

The point is as believers we never actually graduate from the gospel. It’s not just for the lost who needs to become new creations in Christ, but it also for Christians who continuously needs transforming. It is for you and I who continuously needs to be more like Jesus in our character and attitude, in thoughts and in our actions.

The gospel is the basis of our personal relationship with God. It must be at the core of our faith walk and life journey with God. It tells us how sinful and morally ugly we are in ourselves, yet loved and accepted in Christ more than we ever dared hope!

 

Do you have friends who need to know about this good news? Time to take this good news to them.

Are you struggling with character issues in your personal life and relationships? Time to get back to the gospel.

 

Here’s a prayer you could pray daily to saturate yourself with the goodness of the gospel, reminding yourself of the essence and the heart of God for us in Christ.

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“I Love You Momm-E!”-Thea Writes

Dearest Momm-E,

From the day I was conceived, I knew you and daddy are so thrilled to know that you would be soon parents to me. You did not know yet back then whether I was a girl or a boy but I definitely felt your joy that God in His time, has finally answered your prayers!

The Day My Heart-Beat Was Confirmed!
The Day My Heart-Beat Was Confirmed!

I can only imagine how difficult that was!  Nine months of sleeping with me inside your belly. Nine months of carrying me around places. Nine months of eating with me in mind and going through your every day life with me inside praying through a safe and natural delivery.

Still Looking Good and Blooming on Your 9th Month! :)
Still Looking Good and Blooming on Your 9th Month! 🙂

Yet at the day of my arrival, I felt that you and dad were faced with such difficulty with me, because my head got stuck somewhere through that thing they called the pelvic bone and I couldn’t turn my head around for a natural delivery anymore. You still tried your best but then it was almost 24 hours of labor already and I just can’t come out 🙂 So  you had yourself go through an emergency C-section. Mom, I want you to know that, what you went through was just heroic! Thank you for going through all those pain just for me to be in your arms safe and sound.

Safe in Your Loving Arms
Safe in Your Loving Arms

Now, I know it’s been quite an adjustment for you and daddy this past 5 months, but I just want to honor you for laying down your life for me. Your faith in God and hard work in learning all this “mothering thing” is just amazing! I’m sure daddy has always been proud of you and will always be backing you up as he always do. I just love you momm-e! And I want the whole world to know how proud I am to be your favorite daughter 🙂

On the Wings of Your             Love Mom! 😉

Your loving little cupcake girl,

-Thea*

 

P.S.

Love hugging you mom!
...and learning letters with you
…and learning from you
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…and enjoy playing with you…
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…and doing selfies with you…
and Daddy says youre so beautiful :)
and Daddy says you’re so beautiful and he loves you now and forevermore! 🙂

 

*ok mom, it’s daddy helping me put into words how we truly feel for you, we love you so much, so much! Happy Mother’s Day! 🙂 -Your Honey Love & Thea 😉

Happy Birthday My Beautiful Love!

She’s never loud, she’s never proud.

And she’s not always seen on the spotlight.

Almost always behind the scenes, she will still be faithful and hardworking.

Her workmates greatly enjoy working with her

Her bosses almost didn’t want to let go of her 🙂

A great and loving friend, she will keep you to the end.

An honourable loving daughter, she seems to be the favourite of her father!

Her mother cherishes her and she is a such a blessing to her brother and sisters!

And yes, she’s not perfect but is perfectly secure,

Perfectly loved, perfectly cared for, and adored.

She is one of God’s princesses, she’s just priceless and is just the best for me

I love you my honey sweetie covenant love,

So glad and grateful that I noticed and found you

My very own Ethel, my forever love!

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Happy Birthday My Beautiful Love!

8 Essentials of Effective Prayer

 

Prayer is our highest privilege!

Would you imagine how awesome it is that we can connect to The Creator of all things, enjoy access to God’s presence and have an intimate and dynamic conversation with Him?! This is possible all by His great grace to us in Christ! Here are at least the major eight essentials of effective prayer:

1. Genuine

We have to be real before God. Open up your heart with all honesty yet hold on to His unchanging nature! Trust His Heart!

39 And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.” -Matthew 26:39

2. Current

God cares about you now! Tell God of your current concerns. Stop dwelling about the past. Face the present with faith in Him!

8 Then Amalek came and fought with Israel at Rephidim. 9 So Moses said to Joshua, “Choose for us men, and go out and fight with Amalek. Tomorrow I will stand on the top of the hill with the staff of God in my hand.”-Exodus 17:8-9

3. Persistent

Never say “I give up.”God will not only change the circumstance He wants you changed ultimately!

And he told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart.He said, “In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor respected man.And there was a widow in that city who kept coming to him and saying, ‘Give me justice against my adversary.’ For a while he refused, but afterward he said to himself, ‘Though I neither fear God nor respect man, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will give her justice, so that she will not beat me down by her continual coming.’”-Luke 18:1-5

4. Earnest

Put your heart into it. Don’t just babble words, connect to God passionately!

44 And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly; and his sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground.-Luke 22:44

5. Always

This is the ultimate “unli” full bar signal connection we could ever have!

Don’t just be limited praying like a monk in your room. Do it while walking, jogging, driving (of course, open your eyes!) in every season, whether summer, fall, winter, or springtime etc. etc.

18 praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints,-Eph. 6:18

6. Specific

Be clear about what you need, where you want it, when you desire it and how you want it answered.

do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God… 19 And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.-Phil. 4;6;19

7. Humble

Remember that prayerlessness is the height of spiritual pride. Come to Him with all due honor yet by grace with God-confidence.

But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”-James 4:6

8. Time

It’s one thing to just know things about prayer, but its another thing to really get to our knees and do it!  

We really have to set time for this and so experience the power and grace that flows from this greatest privilege we have!

12 Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.-Romans 12:12

5 Steps To An Effective Quality Time With God

Assuming that you now have your own Bible (preferably ESV or NIV), a journal notebook, and a resolved place and time to spend the time with God, here is a basic guide, not a formula to enjoying a quality time with God:

1. Relax!

We all tend to wake up with all the worries for the day. Free your thoughts of any to do’s and be still before your Creator. Thank God for the new day and prepare your heart to humbly hear from Him through His Word.

2. Read

Reading the Bible right changes a person! Read it like a love letter! Indeed God is our Greatest Lover ever! The Bible is not your usual academic text book in school! Get to know God intimately, His desires, plans, what He likes and what He hates. Begin reading the Gospel of Mark, John through the rest of the New Testament. I personally recommend you to go YouVersion.com for any Bible Reading Plan that would fit your season’s need.

3. Reflect

Reading without reflection is like eating food without chewing! Ask yourself questions like “what does the passage tell me about who God is, about the people, and about me and my current issues and situation?” Renew your mind in line with His truth.

4. Record

Have a notebook where you could journal your insights and reflections-the things God is teaching you from your quality time with Him. You can always go back to these notes in the future (during your year end reflection and as a reference to the people you are helping in your walk with God).

5. Request

Close your date with God by asking Him for grace to live out what you’ve learned from Him so you could obey his truth for His glory and your deepest joy! Ask Him for whatever you need by faith (whether wisdom for school, a major decision, or for provision) and remember to pray for other’s need as well!

Seize the day with the presence of God with you!