Archive for August, 2009

Book of the Year 2009

Posted in Books on August 17, 2009 by mikeytai

You have to get your hands on “the Prodigal God” by Tim Keller. If you read any book this year may it be this one.
I think many will agree with me that the Cross-centred Life by CJ Mahaney took the win last year (make sure you get ur hands on that if you can!) but I want to strongly recommend this book to all Christians reading this who want an understanding of what it means to be a child of God and wake up and realize how great our God really is.
Tim Keller is Pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York which has about 4000 members. His book the Prodigal God is based on the parable of the Prodigal Son which Keller corrects as at the “Prodigal Sons”. He explains the true meaning of this parable, helping us to understand that the modern day Church is filled with both younger and older sons, and that our God – the Prodigal God – is reckless and  not ashamed to receive both the former and the latter into His kingdom and His glory (with arms wide open), regardless of their waywardness and selfish sin. For both the faithful Church-goers, and those seeking God, this book will convict you, change you, refresh you and help you to appreciate how wonderful and amazing our mighty God is.

Now I know many of you don’t read. PLEASE may I encourage you to READ more! Not only does reading Christian books supplement your bible knowledge but they are helpful in inspiring you and growing you in your pursuit of holiness.  This is a short book – approx 130 pages. I finished it in a 1.5hr sitting (on a plane). I really think it’s manageable for all those who are too lazy (which you should repent of), those who don’t have the time (we all really have time to read..) and those who may even just struggle with focusing with words on a page (not every book has pictures!).

5 stars. Go buy it now! (or ask myself or Ping to borrow)

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What’s the point?

Posted in Theology on August 13, 2009 by iggz

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A while back, YF held a fantastic little missions night where Pastor Steve Nation and David Hunt came and shared with us. It was a fruitful time, where we investigated God’s pathway of mission through the bible and also the gospel needs of the nation of India. One thing that really stood out to me though was this quote from John Piper, Pastor of Bethlehem Bible Church in America (he wasn’t there by the way – steve just used his quote haha)

“Missions is not the ultimate goal of the church. Worship is. Missions exists because worship doesn’t Worship is ultimate, not missions, because God is ultimate, not man. When this age is over, and countless millions of the redeemed fall on their faces before the throne of God, missions will be no more. It is a temporary necessity. But worship abides forever”

Most churches have a group of dedicated Christian people serving hard, working tirelessly in their respective ministries each week to keep the church going. There are plenty of bible studies, meetings, training. All fantastic stuff….but what’s the point?

So often, we lose sight of the big picture and get caught up in the trap of “doing” rather than the “why I’m doing it”. Our God is the most high, awesome, holy, creator of the universe (Ps. 8). Is it selfish that he demands glory and worship? No – he is king. No other can claim worship except him alone. Our goal is clear – We live as God’s people on this earth  to bring people into God’s kingdom to worship him. We live to see all nations bow before him as Lord.

At the heart of all we do as Christians is this simple concept. Whether you’re a small group leader or you’re a fresh new believer it makes no difference. We know who God is, and we can’t help but worship his majesty. In turn we should want to see all people give God the worship he rightfully deserves.

“Who will not fear, O Lord, and glorify your name? For you alone are holy. All nations will come and worship you, for your righteous acts have been revealed.” Rev 15:4

Pray for Morocco

Posted in Uncategorized on August 10, 2009 by BillyL

Morocco is a country located in North Africa with a population of approximately 32 million. Ironically, Morcco is not part of the African Union and has no interest in joining. Instead, it is a member of the Arab League. Its capital is Rabat, and its largest city is Casablanca

Morcco is 99.9% sunni-mulsim with a few Christian (catholic) protestants ex-patriates who reside in Rabit and Casablanca. Although freedom of religion is tolerated, anyone converted to Christianity will be punished by law and tradition. Some have been interrogated and have had their passports removed from them.Anyone seen evangelizing will face severe punishment even though it is not against any laws. In 2005, a Christian man was detained for 15 years because he was seen evangelizing.

Nevertheless, there has been steady improvement over the years. Recently the King held a conference with other muslim leaders to discuss tolerance to other religions. All bibles are allowed in Morcco except for Arabic bibles.

Morocco is not your typical Muslim country as they tolerate worship of other religions however don’t tolerate evangelism. Please pray for the Christians and muslims in Morcco.

– Pray that Christians will be able to worship freely in Morocco
– Pray that God will send missionaries out to Morocco.
– Pray that God will encourage the low % of Christians in Morcco
– Praise God that there is relgious tolerance in Morocco

Also don’t forget to pray for Pakistan. Story is here http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/asia/article6736696.ece