Rabu, 28 Desember 2016

Being Righteous

Do we have a righteousness? We have none of our own.

People need a righteousness to get rid of guilt and have peace. By doing such goodness things, people feel safe and secure. Do they?


The righteousness belongs to God only, and His righteousness given to us when we accept and receive Jesus as savior who died at the cross in order to save our lives and have an everlasting life. For His righteousness abides in Him. and everyone, through Holy Spirit, who accept and believe in Jesus Christ will be justified and called the righteous. (Romans 3:21-31)

Selasa, 06 Desember 2016

Fear

I have learnt how to understand fear as our weakness and strength as well and it might be used for gaining our confidence.

On a devotional meeting, i have asked my colleagues to mention one biggest fear in the life. As a result, i found various responses. Most of them put their biggest fear on their selves' image; being left behind, loneliness, acceptance, etc. 

At this point, we do agree that people have their own fear in their life that might influence thought and actions toward themselves and others.

There are 3 types of fear i have learnt:

1. Fear of punishment.
This is a common fear that is caused by sin. On the Old Testament, after eating the fruit of knowledge, Adam and Eve realized they were naked and they hid. God asked Adam why he hid, and he said to God "I heard you in the garden, and i was afraid because i was naked so i hid". Adam was afraid of being condemned. 

2. Fear of man.
Fear of man can be defined as being afraid of man who can do to him, such as the story of King Herod who had a fear of someone who could take his position as a king. He heard a new king was born, and he conspired to kill him, then he failed. Other story is Pontius Pilate. He was afraid of the crowd who would like to crucify Jesus Christ. Instead of announcing Jesus was innocent before the crowd, he knew the crowd would create a rebellion that might threaten his own life, he preferred to hand over the case to the crowd and washed his hands as a symbol of irresponsibility of someone's life.
  
3. Fear of God.
This fear can be defined as putting ourselves under God or putting Him above ourselves. It is telling us that we have to honor and respect Him wholeheartedly. Psalm 23:4 "Even though i walk through the darkest valley, i will fear no evil, for You are with me, Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me."
Even more, fear of God is a gift. Luther wrote "Ordinary people have no fear driven by honoring God". Fear of God is given by believing God through Jesus Christ who died on the cross in order to save our lives from sin.Through this way we do know who our God is and what He is capable of then we are enabled to respect and honor Him.

All these types of fear encouraging us to repent and draw us near to Him and become sons of God.

What is your biggest fear?


Selasa, 25 Oktober 2016

We are created to worship God

i have heard people talk about the purpose of life. At church, It has become a common topic in the sermon, even it becomes one of the best seller book.

The first question has usually been asked is 'Why are we here?' or 'why are we created?'. This question will be directing us to find out the purpose of our lives.

I learn one of the purpose of man's life is worshiping God.

Moses had been called by God to deliver the people of Israel from the slavery. God says "Go to Pharaoh and say to him, “This is what the Lord, the God of the Hebrews, says: ‘Let my people go, so that they may worship me”’ (Exodus 9:1).

Pope Benedict XVI (when he was still Cardinal Ratzinger) wrote, ‘The only goal of the Exodus is shown to be worship… The land is given to the people to be a place for worship of the true God… the freedom to give right worship to God, appears, in the encounter with Pharaoh, to be the sole purpose of the Exodus, indeed, its very essence.’

Moses and people of Israel, at the end, went to the land where they could worship and serve the true God.

The land we live in is the one God dwells in.

"Where we breath, there we worship Him"

soli deo gloria

Sabtu, 22 Oktober 2016

One Verse

i read about a person, his name is Lord Longford (1905–2001). He was a phenomena figure who spent much of his life visiting prisoners. Yet, no one doubt his compassion and his faithfulness to God and to those he visited.

When he died, the former prisoners joined hundreds of mourners to say farewell to the man who had spent his life for them.

On his last words he asked his wife, ‘You know what the most important quotation from the Bible is?’ He answered his own question by quoting the words of Jesus: ‘I was in prison and you came to visit me’ (Matthew 25:36).

One verse of the Scriptures could make people better when it is done faithfully in daily activity.

Senin, 17 Oktober 2016

Being Victorious over the Critics

Have you ever been criticized by someone or people around?
Or maybe people are judging you to the wrong thing you made? 

How would you respon to the critics that might people look down on you.

I have learnt a lesson how to be victorious of the critics. 

Matthew 22:23-32.
1. Finding the motives of the questions.
2. Telling the facts.

Jesus' opponents gave the question to Jesus with three questions: 3T (Trap. Trick, and Test question)

One of Jesus' opponents were Sadducees. They come along with a trick question about a man with seven wives. ( it is because the Sadducees didn’t believe in the resurrection.

and Jesus replies, ‘You are wrong because you do not know the Scriptures and the power of God'. At this point, Jesus uses the Pentateuch (The book of Genesis, Exodus, leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy) as the first five books of the Bible that Sadducees trusted, to show that God is ‘not the God of the dead but of the living'.

He does this by quoting God’s words to Moses at the burning bush in Exodus 3:6: ‘I am the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob’ (Matthew 22:32a). 

When Moses heard those words, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob had been dead for hundreds of years, but God did NOT say ‘I was their God’ but ‘I am their God'. It refers to His existence as a living God through the life of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.


Selasa, 04 Oktober 2016

The Qualities of Joseph

On Genesis 37, 39 - 50 we have known or heard the story of Joseph. 12 chapters are telling about his journey of life is a big deal for us to know him more and why God was with him in every part of his life.

On Genesis 37, Joseph dreamed of the his greatness. He was seventeen years old when the dreams came to him. He told his dreams to his brothers that they will bow down before him, and it displeased them. If someone tells us about his achievements and asks to acknowledge him, dont we think he is boasting himself before us? personally i might say 'yes, he is arrogant'. We have learnt on his age Joseph did not speak wisely and was immature.

But God prepared and trained joseph. When he was thrown into a pit, sold to the strangers, and jailed, God be with him. For all he had been through, God has trained his qualities. 

Jailed must have been a frustrating place for a talented man, like Joseph. He did not know whether he would ever be released.

Finally, Pharaoh did not know the interpretation of his dreams, and he needed someone to interprete them. The cupbearer of Pharaoh remembered Joseph who had interpreted his dream. Pharaoh summoned him and asked Joseph if he could do it. Joseph said, 'i cannot do it, but God will give Pharaoh the answer he desire' We see how Joseph has grown in wisdom.

His action here is a mixture of humality and confudence (two qualities that do not often go together). This is the humility abd confidence we need when faced with the life.

'I can't.. but God can and will.'

soli deo gloria

Sabtu, 01 Oktober 2016

Holy Bible and Faith

happy sunday,

hope this post finds you well.
i am texting it on my bedroom, knowing it's the time to read the Bible.
On its cover, it's called Holy Bible. Why is it called Holy Bible when so much lust, greed, and war are found in it? It is because Bible tells the truth. It tells about God, about man, and about devil. Furthermore, It tells about the Truth itself, Jesus, He was the Truth, and the Truth will set us free.

How do we know and believe the truth will set us free? By faith. and It's a gift. People might be wandering in the quest of the truth, and at some point, knowing it as impossible as grasping a wind.
Ask and it will be given to you. because it's a gift and it's given by God for free. Jesus saves us from the sin of the world, and those who believe in Him will be set free from sins.

And when the time we have received Faith, It's looked like a seed. It needs water and sun to make it rooted and grows.
 
i've learned 3 things faith can be grown by.
1. Doctrine. 
Faith comes by hearing and the hearing of God's Word. No matter what doctrine we hold.

2. Worship. Praise Him on a highest place, giving thank to Him for everything we have been through, having communion and fellowship with God and others in the church or the small group.

3. Morality. Knowing how to do good things, and learn how to be a role model for people around in words and deeds (1 Timothy 4:12).

soli deo gloria

Kamis, 25 Agustus 2016

Let there be Love

This moment was the one of the great gifts i have received. 
Being loved and learning to love are all about.
A cake and loving candles made were the magnificent gift of the heart of my wife who wanted to give the best part of her "unconditionally love".
This moment i called "Let there be love"

Jumat, 10 Juni 2016

ice cream lover

figuring out Zangrandi ice cream at Galaxy Mal, Surabaya in the morning is suggested idea offered not. the good moment is spending time with our family will rid of all 'not suggested' thing at the time.

Minggu, 07 Februari 2016

at Kampung Lumbung, Beji, Malang

spending time with mountainwiew background is a wonderful experience.
As you could see on the pictures below, we are at Kampung Lumbung, Beji, Malang.
Here, we could find 5 star hotel facilities with good services such as its breakfast, wifi in each room, jogging tracks, etc.
The Price include tax and service per nite and still not expensive for traveller, we could feel those facilities.
For me, it's recommended place to visit with family.