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Bless our pastors and ministry leaders

In the age of social media, every one of us feels entitled to our own opinion. In contrast, God’s Word tells us to submit to and obey our church and ministry leaders. Otherwise, we cause those whom God has appointed to watch over us to groan with sorrow. This would...

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Understanding the spiritual challenges of crazy rich Asians

Both the poor and the rich face many temptations but the super wealthy face their own unique set of challenges, particularly when they unintentionally allow their wealth to define their identity and steer their lives. Jesus proclaimed that it is very hard for a rich person to enter the Kingdom...

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Fostering teamwork in marriage

Marriages suffer when husbands and wives don’t see each other as playing by the same team rules. The challenge is that everyone received their training in different families of origin. How can we find the best game strategy for us to win together as husband and wife, rather than dispute...

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The toxic effect of perfectionism

Perfectionists often have a hard time understanding God’s love, grace, and forgiveness towards us, because we feel like we haven’t done enough or been good enough. A deeply imprinted inner script convinces us that, “Anything less than excellent is not good enough.” Sadly, perfectionism obstructs our relationship with a God...

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Managing money God’s way

God owns and watches over everything on earth, including the world’s money. He is the One who gives us the ability to gather resources to earn money. Our Heavenly Father also knows that we have a tendency to mismanage our resources and be seduced by the more destructive aspects of money....

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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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Beware active or passive retaliation

A major stumbling block for believers who suffer injustices is the belief that we have the right to retaliate and set things straight. We are told that “what goes around, comes around.” The world glorifies “heroes” who teach the “bad guys” a lesson. Never mind if we blindly leave a trail...

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Drunkenness opposes the Holy Spirit

All food produced from God’s earth is good. The Bible points out that wine “gladdens the heart of man”. Unfortunately, mankind has a tendency to misuse God’s good gifts. Today, alcoholic binge drinking is socially tolerated and even glorified with stories of outlandish behaviour and missing memories. Many of us are unaware of the...

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Responding to our pregnancy difficulties

All human beings are created by God, who is the Father of all life. God’s Word shows that He tenderly forms each baby inside his or her mother’s womb and gives it a name. God calls every child a gift and blessing from Him. Hence, it can be heartbreaking when we...

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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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Did Jesus come to give us a purpose-driven life?

A purpose-driven life is a very appealing idea, given that we all wish to feel fulfilled and satisfied. It can be dangerous at any time, however, to reduce our spiritual goals to any single statement. Let us pause and ask ourselves, “What did Jesus die on the cross to give...

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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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Godly vs. worldly wisdom

We can acquire vast amounts of knowledge but still make the wrong choices in life. It takes wisdom to decipher what is constructive, timely and appropriate for the long run. For believers, wisdom is not just the well-advised application of factual knowledge. Our wisdom comes from the ultimate Source of all...

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Our relationship with our governments

God’s people were under heavy political oppression when Jesus was on earth. Many Jews expected Him to take over their government. In fact, they wanted to “take Him by force to make Him king”. Yet Jesus withdrew from such advances and secluded Himself in a mountain. What’s more, He submitted...

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Please vent to God, not to people

Venting and articulating our inner frustrations and hurts helps release our emotional pains. Our bodies need a way to let our negative emotions out and not suppress them. There are, however, godly and ungodly ways to “let off steam“. It may surprise us to know that the healthy way to...

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7 common hurdles in reading the Bible

The Bible is supremely rich in its spiritual revelation and yet extremely economical in its number of words. It may seem like a large collection of books for an individual to study, yet it has just the right number of words and messages to cater for thousands of people groups...

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Our mobile phones – tools or idols?

Mobile phones have become everyday essentials in our digitally connected world. They can also become obsessions that we invest much of our hearts and time into. How do we know if we have not been unknowingly worshipping at the altar of the Internet and become phone addicts?   A tool or...

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What Jesus demands of our salvation

Imagine being sentenced to death by electrocution, where the Supreme Judge who passed the sentence steps down from His judgment seat and takes our place. The criminal is released unharmed and the Judge is electrocuted instead. This in essence, is how Jesus became the Saviour of the world by dying...

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Jesus did not die for our religion

Jesus came to restore us to a deep and fulfilling relationship with our Heavenly Father. Yet our attention often turns first to our church traditions, rules, and leaders before our relationship with God Almighty. Religion, or man-made worship systems, draws us into church buildings but not necessarily closer to God.  ...

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Our broken images of God

Christian prayers end “in Jesus’ name” but this doesn’t mean we all pray to the same God. Since the time of the apostles, people have heard different teachings and ideas about God that have been confusing and misleading. Over time, we can adopt broken images of God and pray to...