Today's Reading: Genesis 18
Please read Genesis 18 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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Chinese: http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Genesis 18&version=CUV
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ESV: http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Genesis 18&version=ESV
Message: http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Genesis 18&version=MSG
Then Abraham said, "May the Lord not be angry, but let me speak just once more. What if only ten can be found there?" He answered, "For the sake of ten, I will not destroy it." Genesis 18: 32
We had a wonderful and powerful visit of our Primate, Archbishop Emmanuel Kolini, Archbishop Yong Ping Chung and Julia Yong, Ven. H Miller and Rev. Francis Kabango the past three days. How important is a visit of God's faithful servants in the midst of our busy lives to bring us more closer to God! How important was the visit of God to Abraham as in this chapter.
But, how about the importance of a daily visit of God Himself? Two years ago the Lord led me to have similar question:
"What if there are 50% having daily devotion?"
"What if there are 45% having daily devotion?"
"What if there are 40% having daily devotion?"
"What if there are 30% having daily devotion?"
"What if there are 20% having daily devotion?"
"What if there are 10% having daily devotion?"
Oh, my finding until now is less than 10%.
When I visited several world class leaders the past two years, they said the same:
John Stott, "Yes, Silas. I think there is less than 10%."
Richard Peace, "Yes, Silas. I think is less than 10%."
John Drane, "Yes, Silas. It should be less than 10%, but I think it is less than 5%!"
I wrote a love letter to all the 16 churches of ACiC/AI churches yesterday (Sunday of Pentecost) asking all people to fill up a simple questionaire. I think the result is the same. Even worst, I think many would not even fill them out! We had only less than 50% of our brothers and sisters at our church, Richmond Emmanuel Church filled up the questionaire!
Many people think that it is not a big deal. I go to so many classes learning so many thing about Bible, Theology... I have been doing so many ministries in my church and other churches... I so and so... So what! If you do not have a daily intimate relationship with Jesus, then...
Maybe we are close to the situation of Sodom and Gomorrah! Less than 10!
What can you do to turn things over? Yes, you have a place to turn everything over with the strengthening, empowering and anointing of the Holy Spirit. What can you do? What should you do?
Dear Lord Jesus,
Help us to turn the "10" around! In Jesus name I pray. Amen.
Michelle is going to start her second chemo today. Please pray that she will have a good reaction to the chemo and that she can go to Ignatius' graduation this Wednesday and not get sick because of too many people, too many germs.
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