Tuesday, March 2, 2010

DAY 195 - Love And Provide For Your Family

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Today’s Reading: 1 Timothy 5

Welcome! The purpose of this blog is to encourage Christians to have daily devotion - a wonderful and intimate time with Jesus. There are three reasons for you to use this blog as your daily devotion:
1. A healthy spiritual diet - One chapter of the Bible daily. We really need at least one chapter of Bible daily so that we are well fed.

2. A good example of Spiritual Journaling - What I have committed for 1,189 days(the Bible has 1,189 chapters)to write this daily post is not for teaching purposes but this is my daily spiritual journal - I write down what I hear from Jesus and how I experience His intimate relationship with me each day.

I have launched a wide-spectrum research on daily devotion and have found out that there are less than 10% of Christians that are having daily devotion. Out of that 10%, many having daily devotion are doing so because of guilt (they know that they are Christians and need to have daily devotion and feel guilty if they don’t do that), duty (they need to fulfill their duty as a Christian) or study(lots of Christians primarily use their daily devotion as a time to study the Bible). I do pray and hope that you will make up your mind to have a relational daily devotion so that you can have an intimate time with Jesus. I pray that you will write your own spiritual journal as well.

3. An online discipler – One of the reasons that so many Christians do not have daily devotion is because they do not have a disciple. A discipler can help them build up this basic element of discipleship when they first become Christians. The best way for you is to have a discipler to walk with you for a certain period of time so that daily devotion become a good habit. Or, you may have a small group of two to three people to encourage and be accountable to each other so that you won’t stop your daily devotion. I offer myself as your online disciple to walk with you daily to enrich your spiritual journey. So, shall we start this journey with Jesus Christ our Lord now!

Please read 1 Timothy 5: 1 – 25 and listen to what the Lord Jesus Christ would like to tell you before reading my Spiritual Journal below. If you would like to learn a simple and good way of Daily Devotion method please read my “Count Down 5” from this blog. You may click this link directly for the method:Subject Shifting Devotion.pdf . (You may begin with a song to praise the Lord and complete you devotion by singing another praise song.)

Please click the links below to 1 Timothy 5:

Chinese: http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1%20Timothy%204&version=CUV

NIV: http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1%20Timothy%204&version=NIV

ESV: http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1%20Timothy%204&version=ESV

Message: http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1%20Timothy%204&version=MSG

If anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for his immediate family, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.
1 Timothy 5:8

Today is the first day after the Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Some people say there may be a great number of people having depression during these coming few weeks in Vancouver. People were provided with lots of entertainment, gifts were given freely on the streets, various kinds of activities and celebrations could be found everywhere. But when this was all over, many people have become depressed! It seems people are lacking something.

Paul in this chapter talks about how to provide the needs for the widows and family members. There are many instructions that Paul wanted to tell Timothy. What I heard from Jesus today is how that I can do better to provide and love my family with their spiritual needs. I have seen quite a number of Christian leaders doing lots of good things outside but they don't have a good relationship with their spouse, parents and children. I have seen quite a number of Christian leaders can not provide spiritual needs to their immediate family and sooner or later pull down their whole ministry.

It is really not easy to start to do something spiritually in our own family. I started to have daily devotion with my younger son Athanasius and his best friend Vance last January and still keep doing. For the past 14 months I still can get them to have an auto-pilot to have daily devotion on their own! I started to have daily devotion with my wife Michelle a few months ago and we have cultivated a more intimate relationship with Jesus and with each other daily.

What are the things that you are now doing with your immediate family to enhance a more intimate spiritual relationship? Are you going to start now before it is too late?!

Dear Lord Jesus,
Help me to love and provide for my family members everything I can in every way, especially spiritually. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.

Prayer items today:

Bishop: Rt. Rev. Silas Ng
Network Leader: Rev. Peter Klenner
Network Leadership Team: Rt. Rev. Silas Ng, Rev. Peter Klenner, Rev. Ed Hird, Rev. Simon Neill
Administrator: Mrs. Zenia Cheng

Pray for one ACiC/AI church one day at a time

The Light of Christ Church, Nanaimo

Rector/Senior Pastor: Rev. Kathy King

We are going to start our 3rd phase of 100 days of prayer in three weeks time. I am calling you in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ to fill in your names in the new list below. Many wonderful things have happened in the past 182 days. Can we follow our King, our Shepherd, our Lord Jesus Christ to use an hour’s time to pray for His protection and blessings to my new ministry as the Bishop of ACiC/AI, all our ACiC/AI clergy, leaders and people? Pray that in the Holy and Mighty Name of Jesus Christ our Lord, we can win over Satan's tricks, in order to strengthen our brothers and sisters so that His Kingdom will be extended. Please click this NEW LINK (March 9, 2010 to June 16)

Record for our 2nd phase of 100 days of prayers : this new link to participate in our 2nd phase 100 days/24 hours Prayer Campaign (Nov 29, 2009 to March 8, 2010)
Record for our 1st phase of 100 days of prayers(2nd part 60 days): this link(August 20 to Nov. 28, 2009)
Record for our 1st phase of 100 days of prayers(1st part 40 days):

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