Tuesday, October 26, 2010

DAY 433 - Why God Killed?

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Today's Reading: Deuteronomy 20
Please read Deuteronomy 20 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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Please click the links below to Deuteronomy 20:
When you march up to attack a city, make its people an offer of peace. If they accept and open their gates, all the people in it shall be subject to forced labor and shall work for you. If they refuse to make peace and they engage you in battle, lay siege to that city...Otherwise, they will teach you to follow all the detestable things they do in worshiping their gods, and you will sin against the Lord your God.
Deuteronomy 20: 10-12, 18

It is so difficult to understand why God killed so many people in the Old Testament time. This is one of the chapters to help us to know why.

Today Jesus gave me an example of Michelle's leukemia. Her doctor told her in April that no matter what kind of good report she got in her first chemo, they had to do three chemos. This is because they wanted to make sure that there would not be any cancer cells in her. And after the three chemos, she is now undergoing a two years "maintenance stage" to have chemo pills for the same reason. She could stop taking the pills and still survive, but the chances would be better if she takes those pills for two years.

The situation in the Old Testament time is not what we can easily think of. Read Deuteronomy 20: 18; then you might be able to get a picture of what those people were doing - detestable things in worshiping their gods. They offered their babies to be burned alive in fire so that they could get blessings from their gods, they had sex with temple prostitutes including children while they were worshiping their gods, and they killed to take siege to other nations when they could and more.

Deuteronomy 20: 10 clearly states a chance for those people to have a second chance and to be changed back to a Godly lifestyle. But if they did not accept this second chance, the Israelites had to kill so as to protect their families from receiving those "cancer cells" in them. We know that because the Israelites partly listened and obeyed God's command, hundreds of years later they suffered and lost their kingdom.

What has this to do with us? The same situation applies in us that many Christians do not want to change their lifestyle to a lifestyle of Christlikeness. We allow those "cancer cell" to grow in us and sooner or later we will be under siege by the Deceiver. Galatians 5: 19 - 21 clearly states some of those lifestyle:

The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.

God killed because He wanted His people to have a lifestyle of Christlikeness so that we can inherit the kingdom of God.

We had a wonderful dinner to celebrate Ignatius' 22nd birthday! It is nothing better to have a family following Jesus!

Dear Lord Jesus,
Help us to stop doing those things that are detestable in your sight and instead to have a lifestyle of Christlikeness. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

There is no better teaching I have heard than what our Chairman bishop, Rt. Rev. Chuck Murphy, teaches about tithing. So you really need to see all the clips now from his talk of Theology of Stewardship last Saturday in our 1st ACiC/AI Regional Conference. That way at least, you will know why you need to tithe, though like many people you might still do what you want to do and not what God wants you to do:

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Prayer items today:


Bishop: Rt. Rev. Silas Ng (Michelle)
Network Leader: Rev. Peter Klenner (Jenny)
Network Leadership Team: Rt. Rev. Silas Ng, Rev. Peter Klenner, Rev. Ed Hird (Janice), Rev. Simon Neill (Jo), Rev. Ken Bell (Sonya)
Bishop's Chaplain: Rev. Ed Hird (Janice)
Clergy Formation Advisor: Rev. Ken Bell (Sonya)
Administrator: Mrs. Zenia Cheng (Clarence)

Pray for one Anglican Mission bishop one day at a time:

The Rt. Rev. John Engle Miller, III (Joyce)

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

Christ the Redeemer, Pender Harbout

Rector/Senior Pastor: Rev. Jen Morgan (Kent)

Pastoral Assistant: Rev. Carolyn Spence

Twitter version:

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 discipler. 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 discipler to walk with you daily to enrich your spiritual journey. So, shall we start this journey with Jesus Christ our Lord now!

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