Thursday, April 15, 2010

DAY 239 - May Your Kingdom Come!

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Today’s Reading: Revelation 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 Revelation 1 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 Revelation 1:

To Jesus Christ who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood, and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve his God and Father - to him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen. Revelation 1: 5-6

Most Christians are so familiar with the Lord's Prayer and we often say "May your Kingdom come" so easily without thinking whether we really mean it. This morning when I was looking out the window of Michelle's ward at 7a.m. during my daily devotion, I cried out to our Heavenly Father, "May your Kingdom come!" I took a picture of the beautiful scene of the beautiful sunlight showering down the far east side of Vancouver. You can see Vancouver City Hall right in front and the Science Centre on the left hand side. If any bad thing happens to Michelle, do I have the faith to cry out, "May your Kingdom come!" Life is always full of challenges reminding where we really are.

What John was called to tell the seven churches and us can be so simple: The end of the world or the end of your life is coming, where are you? Have your sins be washed by Jesus so that you are in God's Kingdom and Jesus is your Lord? Are you in His Kingdom right now, knowing how to listen and obey to your King? Have you obediently fulfill the call to be 'priests' to bring other people into His Kingdom and serve the Lord with all your heart, with all your mind and with all your soul? But, is that really so simple? Scholars for centuries have been trying their best to solve the "code" of the book of Revelation. Thinking that if they can solve it, then they can know the future. If you are in a true daily relationship with Jesus, then the present is so intimate and the future is so secure. May your Kingdom come!

Michelle is "so far so good" today. She had a better appetite than the other four days in the hospital. She completed the three days chemo "Daunorubicin", still on the seven days chemo "Cytarabine" and the new medicine "Atra" invented in 1994 by a Chinese person. The chemo and Atra makes her very tired and sleepy. We tried to watch Sam Hui's classic "The Private Eyes - boon gun bat leung" but she could only watched for 20 minutes! May your Kingdom come! May your Will be done! Wow, this is the biggest challenge of my life! I need all your prayers!

Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank you for being our King to lead us through the valley of the shadow of death. Help Michelle and I to fear no evil for you are with us! May your Kingdom come! May your Will be done! 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 AMiA bishop one day at a time

The Rt. Rev. John Engle Miller, III

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

Youth Pastor: Jill Cardwell

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