Friday, March 30, 2007

Fruit of Your Labor

The fruit of your labor is ONENESS among the whole congregation during the FCBC 55th Anniversary. Thanks to our badminton friend, Kathleen Chai, who captured this lively moment that afternoon, we can witness how EVERYONE was praising God together during CSAF’s performance.

Encore! May God be glorified!

Saturday, March 24, 2007

Jesus - the Ultimate Eternal High Priest

In the Old Testament time, the Israelites depended on the Levitical High Priest to shoulder their sins (both transgressions and trespasses; intentional and unintentional) as he entered into the Holy of Holies to perform the ritual of sprinkling the blood of sacrifice onto the Mercy Seat, on the Day of Atonement year after year.

When Jesus finally came and died on the Cross, His precious and incorruptible blood was shed once and for all, not just to cover all sins of man, but to take away sins of the past, present, and future. Unlike the temporal atonement nature of animal blood, Jesus' blood has permanent reconciling impact. Unlike the blood from the imperfect world, Jesus' blood-line is divine --He was conceived by the Holy Spirit with 100% deity, yet he lived and breathed on the planet earth as 100% human for 33 years. He was sinless -- Although He could have sinned during Satan's temptation in the wilderness, Jesus, the Second Adam, passed His test with flying colors.

More importantly, Jesus is the Ultimate Eternal High Priest. On the Cross, He finished His 'impossible' mission and take away man's sins once and for all. And He is victorious, and is now interceding for all Christians at the right-hand side of God the Father every night and day. His salvation is free for everyone. But the power of His precious blood is only effective for everyone who accepts and believes in Him.

April's Group Meeting Topic: Our first Tabernacle study on March 23 provided a quick walkthrough of the Tabernacle building structure and its furniture. In April's group meeting, Part 2 will focus on our life-style applications of Tabernacle. We will discuss some practical ways to make God's Presence come alive in our daily life. Given that the Holy Spirit has already been dwelling within every Christian's heart in the New Testament church, how can we, either as a group or an individual, effectively magnify the Presence of God? May we all fan up our inner passion to live a God-pleasing life. Amen!

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

The Oracle of Pi

Pi a simple concept, the relationship between a circle's circumference and diameter: Multiply the diameter by pi — 3.14159 — and you get the circumference.

Supercomputers have computed pi to more than a trillion decimal places, looking always for a pattern to unlock its mystery. And for centuries the number has fascinated mathematicians.

And so is the secret locked in the Tabernacle, which was patterned after the one long existed in heaven. The striking difference is that God revealed the secret of Tabernacle Himself in minute details through the Scripture. And the details revealed in the chapters of Exodus are much more manageable than exerting our crude human brain power to memorize the infinite digits of pi.

In God, all thing is possible. In man, all thing is futile, unless spiritually discerned.

(Incidentally, today is March 14, the Day of Pi. The world record belongs to Chao Lu, a Chinese chemistry student, who rattled off 67,890 digits over 24 hours in 2005. It took 26 video tapes to submit to Guinness.)