Sunday, June 15, 2014

Glory to Behold

One glory experience ...

By V. Kerr, Guest Writer

It was that night I saw the sunset and I was sure I was blessed. And so would anyone be:  A great swathe of salmon pink cloud settled over half of the horizon.  Earlier, bright pink and glimpses of gold were on show.  

Overhead, the pale blue and mauve sky colours were “waiting in the wings.” It was a spectacle to be enjoyed by anyone who wanted to see it.

This made me think about a personal vision of my Saviour that I once witnessed. At the time I was physically located in a small meeting room in one of the parks run by the Council. Low-priced English lessons were available and I was the teacher.

Above me during the lesson on this particular day I saw Jesus.  He stood to my right, above the class. One of His arms was folded across the chest.  I could not see His face, only the jaw line, but the whole image was yellow-golden, glowing with a fire-like depth of colour.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Purpose and Motivation

Have thine own way, Lord.


A week ago, last Saturday, I was enjoying a cup of coffee with a friend when she took me by surprise by asking me what's my purpose for working so hard, how contented I appear to be, and which she immediately followed with another question: "What motivates you?"

Not that I didn't know what to answer. I take such questions seriously.  I had few sips of my coffee before I mustered my answer. No, I did not stammer.

Christians are most likely familiar with Rick Warren's "purpose" books, journals, purpose-driven life, purpose-driven church, and so on... and yes, I have some of his books, including two copies of the journal. 

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Longing for God

Today, I woke up with this verse in mind:  "My soul  hath a desire and longing to enter into the courts of the Lord: my heart and my flesh rejoice in the living God."  --- Psalms 84: 2



Feeling alone and dejected? It happens occasionally. We want to connect to a living person but no one seems available.

There are also times when we feel overwhelmed by the heaviness of our problems, concerns of the world we live in, our leaders' integrity and commitment, our own personal relationships, financial issues. Oh, the list can be endless.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Post-Easter Reflection: The Emmaus Walk

By V.K., Guest Writer

The Road to Emmaus


We may have expected it, but the traffic coming into Sydney was delayed by hours yesterday.

People were returning home after taking a break over the long Easter weekend.

Coincidentally, this year, 2014, has been the conjunction of 3 major religious events:  Passover for the Jews, Easter for Christians, and even the Orthodox Church people who normally are behind other Christians by a few days, have celebrated Easter the same weekend.  A lot of celebrating has been going on in the last seven days.  It’s been a very special time for a lot of people.

In Bible times, there was just the Passover as a "major" local event.   Crowds flooded in for that. In our story we see a couple of people returning home after the chaos and energy of Jerusalem.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Thine Be the Glory, Risen, Conquering Son


HAPPY EASTER!  JESUS IS RISEN!  
To God the Father be the Glory, All things He has done! 

Hymn:
Thine Be the Glory, Risen, Conquering Son

This is one piece of music by Handel (aside from the lyrics of Budry) well-loved by Christians and sung on Sunday services. Next to Handel's Messiah, this is an all-time favourite hymn.

Words: Ed­mond L. Bu­dry, Richard B. Hoyle translated it from French to Eng­lish, 1923.

Music: Ju­das Mac­ca­bae­usGeorge F. Handel 
Thine is the glory, risen, conqu’ring Son;
Endless is the victory, Thou o’er death hast won;
Angels in bright raiment rolled the stone away,
Kept the folded grave clothes where Thy body lay.

Refrain:

Thine is the glory, risen conqu’ring Son,
Endless is the vict’ry, Thou o’er death hast won.

Lo! Jesus meets us, risen from the tomb;
Lovingly He greets us, scatters fear and gloom;
Let the church with gladness, hymns of triumph sing;
For her Lord now liveth, death hath lost its sting.

Refrain

No more we doubt Thee, glorious Prince of life;
Life is naught without Thee; aid us in our strife;
Make us more than conqu’rors, through Thy deathless love:
Bring us safe through Jordan to Thy home above.

Refrain



Thine Be the Glory, Risen, conquering Son.  YouTube, uploaded by THENBA, accessed April 20, 2014.

For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his soul?    Mark 8:36

Image Credit:

"Worshipping in the Comfort of Home" with ABC Online. Picture taken June 2012 by Tel.     

Hymn Source:  

"Thine Be the Glory"  http://www.cyberhymnal.org/htm/t/h/i/thineist.htm