Sunday, March 13, 2011

DAY 571 - Why Not Quit?

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What is Discipler 123?
A campaign starting on the first Sunday of March for three months. It is for one Discipler gathering two friends to meet once a week to have devotion with them and encourage them to have daily devotion all through the three months from March through May.

Praise the Lord that we completed our 500 days/24 hours Prayer Campaign! We have a new link for you to sign for the new stage. You really need to join us now to pray! The easiest way is to take one hour slot for the whole week. We need you to join us! Trust in the power of prayers!

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6th 100 days 24 hours prayer campaign(January 3 to April 12, 2011)

Today's Reading: 1 Kings 20
Please read 1 Kings 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 1 Kings 20:
The prophet said to the king, "This is what the Lord says: 'You have set free a man I had determined should die. Therefore it is your life for his life, your people for his people.'" Sullen and angry, the king of Israel went to his palace in Samaria.
1 Kings 19: 4

"Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name - the name you gave me - so that they may be one as we are one. While I was with them, I protected them and kept them safe by that name you gave me. None has been lost except the one doomed to destruction so that Scripture would be fulfilled. John 18: 11-12

Don't quit! If God did not quit on even one of the most evil king, Ahab, why do we keep on thinking about quitting? Well, God saved King Ahab three time in today's chapter but he did not get that and lost a chance of returning to God. Elijah wanted to quit in the last chapter because he thought he was the only prophet left and God was not taking care of him well! If he was the only prophet, then where did those prophets in this chapter came from? God does not need you to do his work. He can choose other leaders to do the job if you say NO to him, but you need God to finish well! PRIDE! Pride leads us to quit because pride leads us to fight this severe spiritual warfare alone; we then step into the same trap as Elijah stepped into - fighting without God!

At the end of last week's D. Min. class "Organic Leadership development" at Fuller Seminary, Dr. Terry Walling gave us a shocking slide with a question: Why not quit? This important slide helped all 17 doctoral students to understand what Satan is after - make a leader to quit! He gave a powerful example of how Paul came into an understanding of not quitting. The paradigm shift from "I can do it" to "I can't do it at all". Once you leave the daily presence of Jesus, you will not be able to fight against the Deceiver.

Today I started my second Bishop's pioneer ministry. My first one is to invite Dr. Terry Walling to be my personal coach, the coach of our Network Leadership Team and many coaching talks and training for all clergy and people of ACiC/AI of a four years contract. It is a contract from October 2010 to September 2014. The second Bishop's pioneer ministry started today is a monthly gathering to encourage and raise up young clergy and youth pastors. We started with a dim-sum lunch and then a two hours session to learn, share and pray together. Today Rev. Ben Paulus had his experience of eating the 'chicken feet' the first time. He is surely a courageous leader! Let's pray for these young leaders so that they can be raised up as a leader of Christlikeness.

Dear Lord Jesus,
Help us to know that without you we cannot do anything and with you, we can be anointed, strengthened and empowered to do anything according to your Will. In Jesus name I pray . Amen.

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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 Rwanda and Anglican Mission bishop one day at a time:

The Rt. Rev. Alexis Bilindabagabo (Grace)

The Rt. Rev. Terrell Lyles Glenn, Jr. (Teresa)

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

Christ the Redeemer, Pender Harbour

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

Pastoral Assistant: Rev. Carolyn Spence

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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