Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Archive for April, 2008

I was reading a chapter in the book of Mark, and these verses just jumped out from the rest of the texts I was reading:

Mark 9:23-24

v. 23: “What do you mean, ‘If I can’?” Jesus asked. “Anything is possible if a person believes.”

v.24: The father instantly replied, “I do believe, but help me not to doubt!”

I like what Jesus said in this verse. It does reminds us, that most of the time we don’t believe in our belief. This verses encourages me to check my belief whenever I pray and ask Jesus for something that I know He can only do.

Most of the time — if not all the time — whenever we pray for something, we actually don’t expect or believe that God will answer our prayers. And we get surprised when He does.

Advertisements

Read Full Post »

I always think that things happen for a reason, and that God ordains things to happen for His purpose. I’ve seen many circumstances in my Christian life how God worked and used anything and everything to make His plans come to pass.

Last August, God once again did what He is good in doing — create circumstances (or we may think it’s a coincidence, but we know that with God, there’s no such thing as a┬ácoincidence).

Here on my blogsite, I get to connect with like-minded Christians, people I know personally and people I just get to meet online. Receiving comments from them makes my day. I always make it a point to respond right away.

One day, I checked my weblog and saw a message from a US-based Christian organization called MEANS in one of my comments boxes (that was about the time my site just transferred from the free WordPress platform to this hosted one). The commenter asked me to e-mail her as she was interested to know more about my work here in Ukraine. She happened to be surfing the Net that day, and stumbled upon my blogsite.

And so, I e-mailed MEANS and thanked them for reading my blog. I asked them what they wanted to know about my missions work here in Ukraine. We exchanged mails, and at some point, Pastor Chuck Quinley vouched for me and the work being done here.

Now, I’m in partnership with the organization. God is using MEANS to channel His blessings to me and my work here. Through this organization, I’ve “met” prayer partners and financial supporters.

MEANS supports missionaries by mobilizing individuals and groups to act and support its partner missionaries. It publishes and circulates monthly newsletters featuring stories of missionaries; stories that often touch the readers’ heart.

I got featured in their monthly newsletter last January (the MEANS staff based the story on this October 2005 article featured on this blog). As a result, I received a lot of reader feedback, which truly amazed me in more ways than one. Truly, God uses His resources and His people to further the Great Commission in countries like Ukraine. The involvement of these ordinary people blesses my heart no end.

Indeed, God can and will use anything and everything to fulfill His plans to make the Good News known to the lost. We just have to step in faith and go through doors He has opened for us to fulfill our calling. I’m so blessed MEANS has chosen me to partner with them. I know and believe that God puts His people together to be able to do the things that He wants us to do.

God never calls us to do something for Him without giving us what we need. All of us has something that we can use to obey God, and whatever or whenever we need something to continue the works, be assured that God knows that even before we know we would be needing it. He always provides for our needs. We only need to obey.

Read Full Post »

The Quinley Tribe

Visit the new site and be blessed! I’m having a great time seeing old friends from Lighthouse Christian Community there.

Read Full Post »

Inner Purity

Was reading the book of Mark and this verses just spoke into my heart and thought of sharing this with you.

Mark 7:15-23 (NLT)

v.15: “You are not defiled by what you eat; you are defiled by what you say and do!”

v.18: “Don’t you understand either?” he asked. “Can’t you see that what you eat won’t defile you? Food doesn’t come in contact with your heart, but only passes through the stomach and then comes out again.”

v.20: And then he added, “It is the thought-life that defiles you. For from within, out of a person’s heart, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, wickedness, deceit, eagerness for lustful pleasure, envy, slander, pride, and foolishness. All these vile things come from within; they are what defile you and make you unacceptable to God.”

Most of the time, we worry more about what is in our diet than what is in our heart or mind.

The Jews believed they could be clean before God because of what they refused to eat. But Jesus pointed out that sin actually begins in the attitudes. That, most of the time knowing what we knew and yet we continue to do it anyway, in a way “testing the water” or we just feel too confident that we can deal with the circumstances during and after. We feel that we are strong or knowledgeable enough to deal with our weaknesses to try and deal with it on our own.

Attitudes towards life in general, you may agree or disagree, does affect our daily lives and not just our own, but the lives of people that is around us and watching us. Our family in particular picks up the attitudes in response to circumstances that comes everyday in our lives.

In our work place, we also leave marks from the attitudes that we presented in each situations. In our speeches, deeds, lifestyle and so on. Sometimes (if not all the time) we think its ok, its just me that will be affected with my decision but the truth is, its not just you even if the decision you made is for just you. In some ways it does affect others that are around you.

People that we talk with, meet with, spend time with, work with, these are the people that will get affected with what we say and do. If and when everything that we say and do are not a good example then it will create a negative atmosphere and affect our relationships.

But if our hearts and mind are are pure then everything that will comes out from our mouth and what we do will give a positive impact to the people around us. As what Jesus said, “It is the thought-life that defiles you. For from within, out of a person’s heart, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, wickedness, deceit, eagerness for lustful pleasure, envy, slander, pride, and foolishness. All these vile things come from within; they are what defile you and make you unacceptable to God.”

Question: What are the things that in your mind and in your heart today?

Action Step: Stop and evaluate all those thoughts and what’s in your heart and ask God to get rid of those thoughts that are unclean and not pleasing to Him. And ask God to search your heart and purge your heart so that you can have inner purity.

Read Full Post »