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    The Cross & Covid 19

    An Easter Reading plan - day 6

    Read Mark 15: 16-32

    The Lord received very different treatment compared to a few days earlier when He rode into the city (see Mark 11:7–10). This time, hardened soldiers flogged Him, an unimaginably painful punishment that tore flesh and left the victim near death. Then they made fun of Him since He had acknowledged being…

    The Cross & Covid 19

    An Easter Reading plan - day 5

    Read Mark 14:12-26

    Jesus was crucified on the day after Passover, sacrificing himself as the Passover Lamb to save the world. The last supper that Jesus had with His disciples was richly woven around the Passover Feast of the Jews, and was one that Jesus had “eagerly desired” (Luke 22:15; the Greek word expresses very strong…

    The Cross & Covid 19

    An Easter Reading plan - day 4

    Read : Mark 14: 1-11

    (The Bible doesn't say what the Lord did on the Wednesday of Passion Week. Scholars speculate that after two exhausting days in Jerusalem, Jesus and his disciples spent this day resting in Bethany in anticipation of Passover.)

    Dark clouds were gathering around Jesus. The religious leaders were seriously plotting to…

    The Cross & Covid 19

    An Easter Reading plan - day 3

    Read Mark 12: 13-17

    Jesus’ enemies tried to entrap Him by asking many trick questions. Although He didn’t have anyone to advise or help Him, Jesus handled the situation exceptionally well.

    The religious leaders sent some Pharisees and Herodians “to catch him in his words” (Mark 12:13). These two groups hated each other as they…

    Strength in Suffering

    In 1948, Harlan Popov, the pastor of an underground church, was taken from his home for a “little questioning.” Two weeks later, he received around-the-clock interrogation and no food for ten days. Each time he denied being a spy, he was beaten. Popov not only survived his harsh treatment but also led fellow prisoners to Christ. Finally, eleven years later, he was released and continued to share his faith until, two years later, he was able to leave the country and be reunited with his family. He spent the following years preaching and raising money to distribute Bibles in closed…

    The One Who Saves

    He was called “one of the bravest persons alive,” but he wasn’t what others expected. Desmond was a soldier who declined to carry a gun. Serving as a medic, in one battle he single-handedly rescued seventy-five injured soldiers from harm, including some who once called him a coward and ridiculed him for his faith. Running into heavy gunfire, Desmond prayed continually, “Lord, please help me get one more.” He was awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroism.

                God’s Word tells us that Jesus was even more misunderstood. On a day foretold by the prophet Zechariah (Zechariah 9:9), Jesus entered…

    The Cross & Covid 19

    An Easter Reading plan - day 2

    Read Mark 11: 12-26

    Having observed all that was happening in the temple (Mark 11:11), Jesus returned the next day. He went to the most public area, known as the Court of the Gentiles, where a roaring trade was going on. The temple authorities had allowed such business—and gained from it. “Approved” animals for temple…

    The Cross & Covid 19

    An Easter Reading plan - day 1

    Read Mark 11:1–11

    Some 2,000 years ago, on what is known as Palm Sunday today, Jesus entered Jerusalem in the triumphal procession of the Messiah King. This was prophesied in Scripture (Psalm 118:25–26) and the jubilant crowds entering Jerusalem shouted in song.

    The city had many gates, and the gate nearest the Mount of Olives,…

    Our Deepest Longings

    As a young man, Duncan had been afraid of not having enough money, so in his early 20s, he began ambitiously building his future. Climbing the ladder at a prestigious Silicon Valley company, Duncan achieved vast wealth. He had a bulging bank account, a luxury sports car, and a million-dollar California home. He had everything he desired; yet he was profoundly unhappy. “I felt anxious and dissatisfied,” Duncan said. “In fact, wealth can actually make life worse.” Piles of cash didn’t provide friendship, community or joy—and often brought him only more heartache.

    Some people will expend immense energy attempting to amass…

    What Comes Next?

    On the night of April 3, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King gave his final speech, “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop.” In it, he hints that he might not live a long life. He said, “We’ve got some difficult days ahead. But it doesn’t matter with me now. Because I’ve been to the mountaintop. And I’ve looked over. And I’ve seen the promised land. I may not get there with you. . . . [But] I’m happy tonight. I’m not worried about anything. I’m not fearing any man. Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord.” The…

    COVID-19 and Spiritual Health Check

    COVID-19 and Spiritual Health Check

    By Rev Sng Chong Hui

     

    During this season of Lent, besides praying, fasting and giving, it is a time for the annual spiritual health check on our souls.

    As I did some soul searching, I realized how much we fear the Covid-19 outbreak. It has changed the way we work, the way we conduct our…

    Cheerful Givers

    About six years ago, my wife received a small rebate from something she’d purchased. It wasn’t something she had expected, it just showed up in the mail. About the same time, a good friend shared with her the immense needs of women in another country, entrepreneurial-minded women trying to better themselves by way of education and business. However, as is often the case, their first barrier was financial.

    My wife took that rebate and made a micro-loan to a ministry devoted to helping these women. When the loan was repaid, she simply loaned again, and again, and so far has made…

    Praying Like Jesus

    Every coin has two sides. The front is called “heads” and, from early Roman times, usually depicts a country’s head of state. The back is called “tails,” a term possibly originating from the British ten pence depicting the raised tail of a heraldic lion.

    Like a coin, Jesus’s prayer in the garden of Gethsemane, possesses two sides. In the deepest hours of His life the night before He went to die on a cross, Jesus prayed, “Father, if you are willing, take this cup, yet not my will but yours be done” (Luke 22:42). When Jesus says, “take this cup,” that’s…

    Inheritance Isn’t Earned

    “Thanks for dinner, Dad,” I said as I set my napkin on the restaurant table. I was home on a break from college and, after being gone for a while, it felt strange to have my parents pay for me. “You’re welcome, Julie,” my dad replied, “but you don’t have to thank me for everything all the time. I know you’ve been off on your own, but you’re still my daughter and a part of the family.” I smiled. “Thanks, Dad.”

    In my family, I haven’t done anything to earn my parents’ love or what they do for me. But my…

    The Storms of life

    Scripture reference: Mark 4:35–5:1

    'You may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith . . . may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.' ~ 1 Peter 1:6-7

    In the book of Mark we read about a terrible storm. The disciples were with Jesus on…

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