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Filial piety (孝, xiào), playing by Confucius’ family rules

The Confucian belief of filial piety (孝, xiào) teaches entire societies to respect one’s parents, elders, and ancestors. Such traditions run through virtually all Chinese families. Confucianism has been embraced for its ability to foster harmonious households and societies through the implicit influence over individuals. Disavowing any of its man-made practices...

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4 ways we unknowingly idolise our parents

Anyone who sets a benchmark for how we live our lives becomes our idol – and that includes our parents. Whether we accept or avoid their desires and patterns, our focus is invariably fixed on people, rather than on our Heavenly Father. Earthly fathers and mothers become our idols when they...

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Hidden shame from family expectations

The word “shame” is often associated with public disgrace, humiliation or abuse. There is a form of silent shame that is less apparent but also deeply damaging. From birth, we learn about our value from how our parents interact with us. Many of us wear an invisible cloak of shame from years...

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Cursing our parents curses us back

In anger, frustration, pain, and annoyance, we may shoot offensive and damning statements at people. Cursing, no matter how seemingly justified, goes against the Holy Spirit. He only brings patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness and self control. A tongue that has been poisoned with “restless evil” will curse others. The Bible teaches us not to...

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Crippling effects of conditional parental acceptance

We experience a deep rest and peace in our souls when we feel fully accepted. As adults, we can weather most types of rejection. It is the perceived lack of total acceptance from our own parents that is possibly the hardest to overcome.   Conditional acceptance from our parents Conditional...

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Jesus reveals demonic worship in lawyer’s ancestry

F struggled to grow in her relationship with God despite earnestly trying her best. Here is her testimony of how Jesus released her from generational curses as a result of ancestral demonic worship. Today, she experiences greater intimacy and spiritual freedom with God. Praise God. The first time I heard...

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Jesus shows lawyer her true value

E is a Christian who was unsure if she had a real relationship with God. Here is her testimony of renewed faith and joy after God showed her how much He values her, once she repented of her personal spiritual strongholds in Jesus’ name. Praise God! My faith used to...

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Breaking generational curses

Every family is defined by its biological and spiritual roots. Nowadays, we don’t make much effort to examine our family tree or try to understand our spiritual heritage. If we did, we may notice the passing of blessings or curses from one generation to another. How do we break generational...

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Self-encouragement

We all need some encouragement. There will be days we face conflicts, misunderstandings, challenging conversations, impossible deadlines or struggle with finances. Whatever the case is, we can thankfully go to God’s promises and declare them over ourselves. Many of the psalms that King David wrote were prayers of encouragement to...

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Baby dedications must be renewed

The Bible records Jesus as being presented at the temple in Jerusalem to be set apart as holy for the Lord. This practice of baby dedication is still prevalent today and practised by various religions, both Christian and otherwise. Some baby dedications are occult based and must be renewed.  ...

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Jesus frees tech manager from guilt

R works in technology. No matter what happened to him, it seemed that joy and peace were not meant to be his. Here is his testimony of him finding freedom through Jesus to be released from his prison of guilt and condemnation. Praise God! For years, I felt like I...

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In-laws

In marriage, we are not only united with our spouse, but also our in-laws. The Bible shows us that our relationship with God comes first, followed by our marriage and then our extended family – not the other way around. There may be times when we will have to honour God above...

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Jesus frees lecturer from anger

W is a lecturer who struggled with pride and anger for many years. Here is her testimony of being set free from the fear and pain from her childhood by forgiving those who hurt her. Praise God!  When my counsellor suggested I forgive my mother, I refused. When I was...

Generational curses

Are there persistent sicknesses, childbearing difficulties, mental troubles, strife, financial difficulties, adultery, abuses and other deep-rooted sins in our family lines through the generations? The presence of a generational curse means that life won’t go smoothly for us either. Thank God that He will cleanse us of our family’s sins and curses...

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Christian conflict

Conflicts amongst Christians can arise because of different personalities, ways, communication styles, views and spiritual maturity. God is the Creator of diversity and we are to celebrate it. Diversity, however, is also a potential source of conflict. The Bible tells us to maintain unity in the same spirit, the Spirit...

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Children

Perhaps one of the most difficult things to do as parents is to not worry about our children. Will they grow up healthy? Are they receiving the right education? Who are their friends and how are they being influenced outside the home? Will we be able to support them and...

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Betrayal

Have you ever felt let down by people you trust and love? Perhaps you have been betrayed by family, friends or colleagues at work. Jesus was also betrayed by those He loved, cared for and served with. Praise God that He empathises with our personal pain. Let’s lift up our...

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Family disappointments

Family feuds, divorce, adultery, fighting over wealth, discrimination and favouritism between family members… there has never been a perfect family. Many of the greatest historical figures in the Bible had dysfunctional families but each showed that with obedience and true worship, they could overcome their family backgrounds to do great...

Church leadership

If you ever get the opportunity to pray for a church leader, it is a chance to bless not only the leader but also their family. People who minister to others often also sacrifice time with their loved ones, so let’s not forget to bless their families and homes too....

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Jesus blesses MS patient with spiritual gifts

R was adopted into a loving Christian family who did not believe in God’s spiritual gifts. Because of this, she rejected the prophetic visions that God had given her. Here is her testimony of repenting of her rebellion against God and experiencing His mercy and grace. Praise God!  From a...