2 John

今天听了一个Sermon, Joseph Prince, about Peter. At the very beginning, Peter was drawing by Jesus because of His holiness. But when Jesus was captured, Peter denied Him three times. Peter ran away to weep after he denied himself as a follower of Jesus. Because when he denied God, God knew and turned back to look at him. That look must be full of love that made Peter feel shamed. Later when Jesus raised again, He encountered Peter before He met the twelve, as said in the Bible. One day, Peter went fishing with a lot of people, but they caught nothing. Jesus came and walked on the water, far away, He shouted to them to fish on the right side of the boat. They did and got a lot of fish. Then someone recognized that the wise man who spoke to them was Jesus. Peter heard that and immediately jumped into the water, ran to Jesus.

Josepha Prince asked the audiences this question: what do you think that is driven Peter run to the Lord, God’s holiness or God’s love? If it is holiness, should Peter be running to the other direction for what he has done to Jesus? It is God’s love, unconditional love.

God forgives if we repent. 

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 2 John 1: And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love.

撒什么种子结什么果。Sow and reap,这个叫Consequence。我之前问 Mr. W,为什么我悔改了,这些事情还要临到我头上我在这?为什么明明我得自由得重生,这些最坏的事情,这些人与人奇怪的关系还是发生了?为什么神没有怜悯我让我逃开这一切?Mr. W当时也没有一个很好地答案。但是,现在神给了我一个很好的答案。神知道,我就算经历这些,也会对他充满信心,所以他很放心,他知道我心中充满喜悦,来自他的喜悦。
如果遵循神的指示,他的诫命,他的忠告,或许我现在也不至于这个处境。如果是曾经留下的歪果子,不要怕。听着赞美诗,我知道神和我同在,我知道以后我能做的更好。其实,神也与你同在。

2 John 1: 10 If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not take them into your house or welcome them. 11 Anyone who welcomes them shares in their wicked work. 

好后悔曾经的自己开门了。现在我谨记上帝的教导。 Soulmate 的第一条就是,他爱上帝,也明白上帝的爱。

亲爱的主我向你祷告,我身边的姐妹们都能遇到能在灵里带领她们成长的另一半。我们会把你放在第一位,因为我们知道,你是全能的神,有智慧的神,给我们期盼的神。谢谢你,感谢你的爱。奉主耶稣基督名祷告,阿门!

轻点(这个视频蛮特别的,你要是没有心理准备不要看。是讲赶鬼之类的。但这个最后的结果,还有两人之间的感觉好甜蜜)

1 John 5

Ahhhhhhh…….! I give up reading the old testament in the morning! It’s too much! I will concentrate only on the new testament and listen to the podcast for old testament. I highly recommend this teaching series by Jen.

The Book of Judges (Podcasts)

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There is bitterness in my heart. But God brings more joy to me. We could not control how the other people judges. It does not mean that you have to act like them, defending, arguing,  or debating. 但我不要鳄鱼的眼泪,我不要觉得神的怜悯都是理所当然。我不允许自己假惺惺的掉眼泪,来博取神的怜悯。神的爱不是因为眼泪才爱的。神的奇迹不是因为眼泪才应许的。而是神有这样的准备,他了解和知道我们的苦。所以当我们哭诉的时候,他才会关切的关怀着我们。Thank you God for that you have compassion for my life. With the power from you, I will be strong, and standing straight. Amen!

1 John 5: for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.

Believe! 信心很重要。Do not love the world, but overcomes it!

1 John 5: This is the one who came by water and blood—Jesus Christ. He did not come by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth.

Question: what does it mean that Jesus came by water and blood? Is he trying to describe a fetus? Why is water?

1 John 5:17 All wrongdoing is sin, and there is sin that does not lead to death.

Question: 什么罪会导致死亡?

1 John 5: 21 Dear children, keep yourselves from idols.

So, John ends this letter with this sentences. Odd. I don’t get it, but I am going to end this post with a picture.

Odd. U don’t get it, but it’s ok. :DDDDD (独创奸笑) :DDDDD

1 John 4

写在前面的话:以前别人总是和我说,上帝会和他们说话。我从来没有听到上帝的声音,不知道他说话的声音是怎么样的。我觉得这些人,也就是打一个比方吧。可现在开始查经了,在自己很困难的时候决定开始查经。我就听到了。我听到了上帝的声音,充满了慈爱,充满了怜悯。我在他的话语里落泪,我在他的话语里找寻光明,我在他的话语里寻找到了标杆。我在这里为所有渴求上帝的弟兄姐妹求祷,愿神我们的天父来和我们每一个人,每一个寻求你的人,说话。阿门!

今天读的章节

既然开场是中文,我就继续中文好了。

我觉得一个章节里面实在是太多内容了,太多重点了。(估计这句话我会说好多次,因为每天都在感慨这个)我只能不停地告诉自己,就像读哈姆雷特一样(虽然我没读过),每个人心中都有一个哈姆雷特。那我读懂读几遍圣经,总能把一次没有啃干净的骨头啃得干干净净。

They are from the world and therefore speak from the viewpoint of the world, and the world listens to them.

In Jesus, we have a different viewpoint. From SoKM, I learnt that the difference is my world view. I see things and understand things different from the others because I put God first. When God gives us a miracle, we can have many ways to explain it in the viewpoint of the world. But, I don’t want to. I don’t want to deny God and lie to myself. I want to praise God for what He did for me and His constant love. Sometimes, I do find myself take away God’s credit. I would say to myself: 你这个小信的人呐,怎么就那么不争气呢!? Thank God, who gives me the chance to correct myself.

12 No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.

16 And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.

We see God when we see our loving brothers and sisters taking care of each other. We have the power to love because God gives us the love, when we ask, He even fills us with the Spirit. My church family showed me God is real because the love they gave to me is real. They do not care me for a return. I am so thankful to God that He brought me to them. He made the way for me to root in this group. He picked the group for me.

11 Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.

Question: We ought to love one another. That is the command? Why does God command us to do so? Just because He loved us first? Can we choose not to be loved by God, so that we don’t have to love the others?

If you know the answer, teach me!

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今天晚上练习敬拜的时候,学会了这首歌。回家听了一晚。我在这个时刻很容易让脑子走神。我知道有两个想法在攻击我,让我沮丧和自我否定。我知道这两个想法都是来自于别人的眼光和别人的议论,是撒旦的攻击。但是控制住自己不要去沮丧,真的好难。在这样的情绪中,这首歌的歌词给了我很大的安慰。

哦!讓神的兒子以祂聖靈 和祂愛來圍繞你 讓祂充滿你心 使你靈滿足
讓祂擔負你一切掛慮 賞賜平安的聖靈 降臨在你生命中 使你完全
耶穌 主耶穌 求充滿我們
耶穌 主耶穌 求充滿我們
哦!揚聲歡呼歌唱讚美 讓你心充滿喜樂 舉起雙手 甘願順服祂的名
將你的憂傷破碎心靈 痛苦歲月交給祂 你將靠著祂的名 進入永生
耶穌 主耶穌 求充滿我們
耶穌 主耶穌 求充滿我們

1 John 2-3

I listen to the old testament Daniel these days. But I will not take notes about it. Dec 3rd to 8th, I should finish listening to the Book Daniel.

If you are following me reading the Bible, feel free to choose the load right at your pace. You don’t have to rush. Bible is there; it won’t vanish.

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1 John 2: 12 -14

Why did John repeat these messages in a past tense? Is it because he has written the letters, which are 2 John and 3 John, but he did not mail them yet? I don’t understand.

1 John 2: 15 Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. 16 For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. 17 The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.

I am trying to pack my possessions where I currently live in preparing to move to another city. It is not necessary for me to pack right now. But I can not stop myself. Either I sit there and staring at the floor, or I am anxiously making my room like a mess. It is not the first time I act like this. I remember that in August, actually from May to August, as soon as I knew I am going to move to a new place, I started packing. I cannot keep myself calm and being satisfied with where I am. But I don’t like myself acting like this. Too creepy. I read this passage, and I root on it. Do not love the world or anything in the world. I pack because I am afraid I miss anything, and I want to know what need to be left here in case I come back for a visit. Why am I haunting myself with such trivial things? Because I don’t want to face what I have to face: those emails and forms, those false sayings. Do not love the world. Do not love anything in the world.

1 John 3: 23 And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us. 24 The one who keeps God’s commands lives in him, and he in them. And this is how we know that he lives in us: We know it by the Spirit he gave us.

This is a powerful message! Keep God’s commands. Do not love the world.

I pray that God would come and take away my desire to buy new stuff, take away my longing for physical things, take away my big appetite, take away my unsatisfied heart. I pray that God can come and give me peace right now, so I could have the courage to face the crisis.  Amen!

1 John 1

Before I share my thoughts about this passage, I would like to state a testimony. God spoke to me and instructed me to read the bible specifically. Really specific.. Really specific. . Really specific.! 重要的事情说三遍。 So, the whole story goes like this. This morning, I was trying to make a reading plan for one year Bible and searched and printed out a resources page (Click here for the calendar list if you are interested).. But the plan is for 2016, you know, I just saved a Word file and printed it out, and wait for 2016 to come. This afternoon, I visited a friend from the church (Mr. W) to pick up my pink 冰糖葫芦 pen. I told him that I was enjoying listening to sermons because they are interesting and easy to access. Just play a podcast while you are working, or tidying your room. He said reading Bible is more important than listening to sermons, and I should be spending more time reading the bible instead of listening to sermons. OK, I thought. But, God is not Ok with me just thinking ok. Later, during a conversation with another friend (Darling C), she felt that God is encouraging me to read the Bible, and she would like to be my reading inspector. When do you want to start, she asked. Today, I said, I am going to read 1 John 1-2. That is too long, she said, you need to be more focus. Then 1 John it is.

I opened the app Bible on my cell phone and started to listen to that passage while pasting the printed schedule on my notebook, my magnificent 2016 year plan. Sudden, a question comes to my mind, you see, 1 John is at the very end of the bible, and the bible plan I have instructed me to read old testament in the morning and new testament at night, which means… I looked through these papers in front of me.

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Woo..

God, I heard you. I am going to read the Bible and hear what you want to say to me. Thank you for being so direct to me even I was complaining why I felt you don’t talk to me these days. Thank you!

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有很多可以分享的想法,这里只挑重点:

1 John 1: This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.

I recalled the time that I was so terrified after praying for a friend who was demonized. I thought the demon was going to come to me. Those two nights, I could not sleep. I found funny when I look back, how naive. I should have read the Bible earlier. I should try to seek God’s words earlier. I should know He is the light, in Him, why I am afraid of the darkness? Darkness should be afraid of Him.

1 John 1: But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.

This reminds me of the conversation I had with a classmate who claims that a good life is to enjoy the moment and have fun with the girls. A Christian life is never an easy life. I don’t want any of those images and those lifestyles. I want to be like Jesus, and I want to live the right way. I want to make God happy, and I know He teaches me the rules for my own good.

I pray that God could guide me walking in the light, teach me how to be a better person, prepare me to serve Him in the near future. In Jesus name, AMEN.