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FAITH IN THE MIDST OF A SHIPWRECK

As Paul sailed away, he was caught by a storm that batter his ship violently. Similar to Paul’s experience, sometimes we found that God permitted certain storms in our lives to happen, as a reminder that we are completely dependent upon Him. As believers, we know that God is in control even if when things may seem completely out of control. The ship may run aground, but our faith must sail through! Our circumstances may be beyond our control, yet our faith is within our absolute command. External challenges in work, finances, health, or other life crises may come pressing

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HOW PRAYER IS ANSWERED

In uncertain times like these, many people  doubt the power of prayer. Yet as believers, we should strengthen our faith through  praying. Because prayer is a channel that connects us with God and to present our requests to  Him. A prayer life is closely related to Matthew 7:7, and thus here are three acts of prayer:1. AskThis is the simplest level of prayer.  Simply ask and receive it for free.2. SeekIt takes more effort to pay the price until we receive the prayers’ answers.3. KnockWilling to fight for what we pray for even if it takes “blood, sweat and tears.” These three

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INDONESIAN FOR THE NATIONS

In the history of his missionary journeys, Paul explored big cities because those places were very influential. He believed that winning those cities would accelerate the spread of the Gospel. Therefore, if you are an Indonesian diaspora, it is never a coincidence that God has placed you abroad. There must be a divine purpose in it and God wants us to bear fruits wherever we are.  Even though conditions have been difficult because of the Covid-19 pandemic, we must stay strong in the vision because that vision is our security. God put you abroad to live in victory, not to be

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CUT OFF AND PRUNED

We have often heard God's Word about the true vine in John 15:1-8. However, it takes a confession for us to bear fruit, which is to acknowledge God in our every step. The Lord Jesus is the True Vine, it means that the Lord Jesus is always true. And we are only His branches that serve as His tools or the extensions of God’s hands.  Our responsibility as branches is to continue to bear fruit. And wherever we are, as His branches, we must be God's true representatives before others. As branches of the vine, there are two things that can

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SABBATH WISDOM

The meaning of the Sabbath is not a matter of keeping a certain day, but rather setting aside time so that we can focus on God. The Sabbath is waiting upon God. There are two contexts of Sabbath:  Selah (Sabbath in the micro context)Sabbath does not necessarily mean that we do nothing or stop from all activities. Sabbath is Selah, which is to pause for a while and choose useful activities to prepare us to be more refreshed when we return to our busy life. Jubilee (Sabbath in a macro context)Another Sabbath is the Year of Jubilee, which takes place every 49

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GOD’S PRESENCE AT HOME AND IN THE CHURCH

God's Presence at Home  “Then Moses said to him, “If Your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here. How will anyone know that You are pleased with me and with Your people unless You go with us? What else will distinguish me and Your people from all the other people on the face of the earth?” And the LORD said to Moses, “I will do the very thing you have asked, because I am pleased with you and I know you by name.” (Exodus 33:15-17)  Moses’ heart was so longing toward God's presence that he did not

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THE LORD IS MY GOOD SHEPHERD

“The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing” (Psalm 23:1). We really need to know who God is in our lives. These days, do not focus on what God can do for us. Focus on who God is in our lives. We may pray and ask, but above all, know Him for who He is, not just His work.  As a shepherd, God provides for us. When we know His characters, we lay a solid foundation of faith. If our faith is firm in Him, we will not be shaken. People who make God their Shepherd will lack nothing because: 1. If

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FAITH IN THE MIDST OF LIFE CRISIS - PART 2

Three attitudes of the heart we must have in the midst of life crisis:1. A solid faith.2. Be honest about your conditions and feelings.3. To have self-control in the midst of uncertainty. Do not blame God for the life crisis that we are going through. Instead, we need God even more at times like this. All negative thoughts about God are never proven, because His plans are to prosper us, not to harm us. Satan's accusations against God’s children before God are:1. They only love themselves.2. They fear death instead of fearing God. Let's prove that Satan is wrong about us. Be a

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FAITH IN THE MIDST OF LIFE CRISIS - PART 1

Never have a suspicion toward God. He loves us so much and always thinks about what is best for our lives, even long before our human mind can conceive it. God provides us as an answer to the lives of others.In the midst of a life crisis, we must be part of the solution and not the problem. Be the answer to other people's struggles, because our duty is not to worsen the world's problems. What can we learn from Job's life? 1. Prosperity and blamelessness must go together.“He had seven sons and three daughters, and he owned seven thousand sheep,

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PAUL AND SILAS IN PRISON

The Word of God in Acts 16:23-32 says, “After they had been severely flogged, they were thrown into prison, and the jailer was commanded to guard them carefully. When he received these orders, he put them in the inner cell and fastened their feet in the stocks. About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everyone’s chains came loose. The jailer woke up, and

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REVELATION ON THE END OF TIMES – LIVING OUR BEST EVERYDAY (PART 1)

The book of Revelation is beautiful because it is centered on Christ, not on the anti-Christ. Not only is it a revelation for the future, but also a revelation for today, so that we live our best every day! Jesus knows our past and He also holds our future. He is the one who gave the revelation to John the Apostle about what has to and will happen to the world. Jesus does not reveal our future in its entirety simply because we are not yet ready to know all of it. His revelation to us is done according to the

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REVELATION ON THE END OF TIMES – LIVING OUR BEST EVERYDAY (PART 2)

To the Church in Ephesus“To the angel of the church in Ephesus write:These are the words of him who holds the seven stars in his right hand and walks among the seven golden lampstands. I know your deeds, your hard work and your perseverance. I know that you cannot tolerate wicked people, that you have tested those who claim to be apostles but are not, and have found them false. You have persevered and have endured hardships for my name, and have not grown weary. Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken the love you had at first

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REVELATION ON THE END OF TIMES – LIVING OUR BEST EVERYDAY (PART 3)

To the Church in Sardis“To the angel of the church in Sardis write: These are the words of him who holds the seven spirits of God and the seven stars. I know your deeds; you have a reputation of being alive, but you are dead. Wake up! Strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have found your deeds unfinished in the sight of my God” (Revelation 3:1-2 NIV). God wants us to finish what we have started. Stop taking our own time and procrastinate, let us start doing today. He does not demand perfection, but we must perfect

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REVELATION ON THE END OF TIMES – LIVING OUR BEST EVERYDAY (PART 4)

In praise and worship, there are many revelations imparted. The presence of God is truly relevant to our daily lives. Never belittle the power of things unseen. We cannot physically see oxygen but what if it is taken from us? Every existence on Earth was once determined in Heaven. In times when you are overwhelmed with troubles, make way to His presence and, as you worship, you will feel the embrace of His heavenly peace. Even if troubles do not yet settle, His revelation is lodged in our hearts.   Live today as if we are about to graduate, for if we

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Christ's Leadership in the Secular World

Christ’s Leadership in the Secular World By: Philip Mantofa                   After they had gone a long time without food, Paul stood up before them and said: “Men, you should have taken my advice not to sail from Crete; then you would have spared yourselvesthis damage and loss. But now I urge you to keep up your courage, because not one of you will be lost; only the ship will be destroyed. Last night an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom Iserve stood beside me and said, ‘Do not be afraid, Paul. You

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Love that Lasts Forever

Love that Lasts Forever   “Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth – for your love is more delightful than wine” Song of Solomon 1:2   The most frequently-asked question among young people, when it comes to finding God’s will, could be “Who’s my life partner?” Once found, the two “lovebirds” need to diligently learn and master the art of becoming one after they say “I do.” How do you build a love relationship that would last forever? It’s true that romance makes a marriage beautiful, but we have to admit it that it takes more than just that to barely survive

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Ezra 2

Ezra 2Returning to His plan-Teaching Series of The Book of Ezra- Now these are the people of the province who came up from the captivity of the exiles,whom Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon had taken captive to Babylon (they returned to Jerusalem and Judah, each to their own town, in company with Zerubbabel, Joshua,Nehemiah, Seraiah, Reelaiah, Mordecai, Bilshan, Mispar, Bigvai, Rehum and Baanah):The list of the men of the people of Israel:(Ezra 2: 1-2) Welcome to the yellow pages of the book of Ezra!Biblical verses such as the above are probably skipped—or skimmed—the most by Bible readers. I’m even sure that we haven’t even bothered to ask

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Ezra 1

Returning to His plan-Teaching Series of The Book of Ezra- “In the first year of Cyrus King of Persia, in order to fulfill the word of the Lord spoken by Jeremiah, the Lord moved the heart of Cyrus king of Persia to make a proclamation throughout his realm and to put in writing:“ This is what Cyrus king of Persia says:“The Lord, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth and he has appointed me to build a temple for him at Jerusalem in Judah.  Anyone of his people among you – may his God be with

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How to Squeeze 365 Days into One Sentence

How to Squeeze 365 Days into One Sentence I usually name each coming year in one sentence according to God’s promises that I have received for it. These promises are not superstitious for they comprise of God’s vision and my responsibility. After a careful evaluation of the passing year, of what I have and have not achieved in Christ, prayerfully I come up with a sentence which summarizes and is shortened version of God’s spoken message to me about the next 365 days ahead. And 2014 is, to me and my church, the year of Maturity and Multiplication! Why do I

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The Father's 5 Messages For 2014

THE FATHER’S 5 MESSAGES FOR 2014: 1. “What you ignore will enter your home!” “Now Sarai, Abram’s wife, had borne him no children. But she had an Egyptian slave named Hagar; so she said to Abram, “The Lord has kept me from having children. Go, sleep with my slave; perhaps I can build a family through her.” Abram agreed to what Sarai said. So after Abram had been living in Canaan ten years, Sarai his wife took her Egyptian slave Hagar and gave her to her husband to be his wife. He slept with Hagar, and she conceived. When she knew she was pregnant, she began to despise her mistress.”  (Genesis 16: 1-4) Take a closer

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