Tuesday, March 30, 2010

DAY 223 - Revealed

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Today’s Reading: 1 Peter 1
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 James 5 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 Peter 1:
Chinese: http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1%20Peter%201&version=CUV
NIV: http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1%20Peter%201&version=NIV
ESV: http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1%20Peter%201&version=ESV
Message: http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1%20Peter%201&version=MSG

Therefore, prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled; set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed. As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: "Be holy, because I am holy." 1 Peter 1: 13-16

Jesus drew my attention to the five "revealed" in this chapter today. To each of the "revealed", it is about "when Jesus Christ is revealed". What I have received is that when Jesus Christ is revealed in our lives, then we will lead a life as below:
1. To have a living hope(v.3-5)
2. To have a refined faith(v.6-7)
3. To be saved(v.10-12)
4. To be holy(v.13-19)
5. To be able to love one another(v.20-25)

This is whom we are, whom we should be and whom we are going to be!

Dear Lord Jesus,
Reveal in me all those things that you want me to repent, change and renew so that I can lead a life of transformation, listening to and obeying you. 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
Bishop’s Chaplain: Rev. Ed Hird
Clergy Formation Advisor: Rev. Ken Bell
Administrator: Mrs. Zenia Cheng

Pray for one AMiAs bishop one day at a time

The Rt. Rev. Thaddeus Rockwell(Thad) Barnum

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

St. Simon’s, North Vancouver

Rector/Senior Pastor: Rev. Ed Hird

Honorary Assistant priest: Rev. John Lombard

Deacon: Rev. Ron Gibbs

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): http://docs.google.com/Doc?docid=0AbI_guJWaO4DZGRnYjNqZzRfMTRmZHFndjMzZA&hl=en

1 comment:

  1. Hi Bishop Silas,

    I am a member of St Simon’s North Vancouver Church and two weeks ago on March 21st, 2010 you came to our church. You did three confirmations and 5 reaffirmations of which one reaffirmation was for me. I really enjoyed your sermon and when it came to my reaffirmation and you placed your hands on my head and was praying for me, I felt a real energy that I just can’t explain but it was amazing!

    I have since that day followed your blog as well and I mention your blog to my friends and encourage them to read your blog as well. It is a real inspiration for me as it helps me focus my thoughts on God and also helps with my Bible reading. Bishop Silas encouraged my church to begin a daily Bible reading that would take you through the whole Bible. I have read most of the Bible through but for me everytime I read the Scriptures it as if God is speaking to me and encouraging me to look at my life and how I can put what I am reading into practice in my own life. Thank you Bishop Silas for your blog and for your encouraging comments on the Scriptures that we are reading every day! God's Blessings to you!


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