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Today's Reading: Isaiah 49
Please read Isaiah 49 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.)
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Chapters 49 to 57 are prophecies about the Servant of the Lord, who is pointing to Jesus Christ. His ministry brings forgiveness for sin and the opportunity of salvation, a personal relationship with God to people of all the nations. Christ also brings hope of restoration for Israel and the judgement on the ungodly.
This chapter contains the second servant song of Isaiah. The first one is in Isaiah 42: 1-4, the third is in Isaiah 50: 4-9 and the fourth is in Isaiah 52: 13 - 53:12. All four servants songs are about what the Messiah would be coming as God's servant. It is a kind of job description of what Jesus' job description looks like. Jesus always says, "Come, follow me!" So, it is also our job description.
Take a close look at vv. 1 to 6 and compare that with you own life. What are those things that are lacking in your life?
My Spiritual Journal
What I receive from Jesus is: Living a club life or a Kingdom life?
"It is too small a thing for you to be m servant
to restore the tribes of Jacob
and bring back those of Israel I have kept.
I will also make you a light for the Gentiles,
that you may bring my salvation to the ends of the earth."
When all the Israelites were thinking of the only thing they needed from God is for the Messiah to restore their kingdom, God said that was only a small thing. The "big deal" is how we as God's people to bring His salvation to the whole earth.
Lots of Christians are thinking of how to sustain their people in the church or how to rebuild the church into a vibrant and lively church. But, Jesus job description to all His disciples is that it is not enough. God's Kingdom is far more bigger than a local church. If we only focus on our local church then we are building a club. One of the major difference between a church and a club is the willingness to spread the Gospel and the ability to bring in non-believers to become new Christians and to be able to nurture them to become Jesus disciples just like us. Without that intention and action, we are just leading a club's life and not Kingdom life!
Dear Lord Jesus,
Help us not to live a club life but to offer ourselves to live a Kingdom life. In Jesus Name we pray. Amen.
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Bishop: Rt. Rev. Dr. Silas Ng (Michelle)
Network Leader: Rev. Peter Klenner (Jenny)
Network Leadership Team: Rt. Rev. Dr. Silas Ng, Rev. Peter Klenner, Rev. Ed Hird (Janice), Rev. Simon Neill (Jo), Rev. Ken Bell (Sonya), Mr. Andy Li (Amy)
Bishop's Chaplain: Rev. Ed Hird (Janice)
Bishop's Assistant: Mrs. Michelle Ng (Silas)
Clergy Formation Advisor: Rev. Ken Bell (Sonya)
Treasurer: Mr. Andy Li(Amy)
Administrator: Mrs. Zenia Cheng (Clarence)
Pray for our AMiA bishops:
The Rt. Rev. Chuck Murphy, III (Margaret)
The Rt. Rev. John Miller (Joyce)