What’s Next?

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Last night I attended a high school graduation party.  Held in a lovely venue with both young people and their families, it was both a happy and a sad occasion.  I have known many of these young men and women for years and have an affinity for several of them…especially my own young man who is among the graduates.  “Thing 2” is heading out to college in less than a month and I am feeling great trepidition.  I have spent the past year pushing down that daymare-dread; fearful for what’s next… ergo facing the proverbial empty nest. Continue reading

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All God’s people – How great Thou art

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All that thrills my soul is Jesus

This hymn summarizes my conclusion with seven years on ChristianBlessings today.

We have been through many changes in the world, with the Internet etc, in alliances with different Contributors and  ministry groups ( yes we prefer to build with others than solo as the enemy preys on the lonely,) talked to people and encouraged them in places we never dreamed we would have access to. We have sent help with His provision on mission fields He sent us to and we have experienced the Lord’s steadying hand and faithfulness at home in pain, sickness, sorrow, shout for joy and blessings! Praise the Lord!

He has not left us alone and abides with us through the night watches and as the sun rises with new hope.

Who can cheer the heart like Jesus? By His Presence all divine?

Thank You Lord for seven memorable years. Please be with us and send us where You want us to go, and give me more years in Your service by Your grace and strength. Amen.

Evelyn Goh ☝

 

 

 

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All God’s people – We thank Thee

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It’s a beautiful morning

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ChristianBlessings is seven

We have two choices on this seventh anniversary.

Are we singing His praises
Spreading the good news wherever man is found?

Or shall we take a rest?

He comes soon
We must do His works
Let it be so
To the s of the world
Wherever man is found.

Indeed we have a story to tell to the nations
That shall turn their hearts to the right

So help us Lord Jesus
By  Your  loving kindness, grace and mercy
We will  make the gospel personal !

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Amen.

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Evelyn Goh

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Nuggets – The furtherance of the gospel

The Furtherance of the Gospel
“But I would ye should understand, brethren, that the things which happened unto me have fallen out rather unto the furtherance of the gospel.” (Philippians 1:12)

The infrequently used word “furtherance” (meaning simply “advancement”) occurs elsewhere only in Philippians 1:25, where Paul speaks of the “furtherance and joy of faith,” which he hoped to see in the Christians at Philippi, and in 1 Timothy 4:15, where it is translated “profiting.” There, Paul urged young Timothy to continue studying the things of God “that thy profiting may appear to all.”

Paul wrote this epistle while he was unjustly imprisoned in a Roman jail, and no doubt he remembered the time when he had first met many of his Philippian Christian friends as a result of being imprisoned and beaten in a Philippian jail (Acts 16:12-40). In fact, he had often been imprisoned (2 Corinthians 11:23) and had suffered severely in many other ways for “the furtherance of the gospel.”

Indeed, during the two years or more he was a prisoner in Rome, he not only taught God’s Word to many who visited him there (Acts 28:30-31) but also wrote at least four of his inspired epistles there (Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, Philemon—possibly even Hebrews). And these have been of untold blessing to millions down through the years. In ways that Paul could never have imagined, it was true indeed that these things that had happened to him had “fallen out rather unto the furtherance of the gospel.”

The apostle Paul had the spiritual insight to realize that what seemed like great problems and difficulties could be used by God to the “advancement” of the gospel. Rather than complaining or even quitting when the Christian life gets hard, we must remember that God can make even “the wrath of man” to bring praise to Him (Psalm 76:10). HMM

From the Institute for Creation Research

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All God’s people – Crown Him with many crowns

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Braced for the Future

It’s finally over! After 2 years, 4 months and 11 days, my braces are finally off!

Unlike most people who had braces when they are in their teens, I waited considerably longer before having my teeth aligned. Even though I was told that it’d be around the two year mark for correction, I was convinced that the process would go more quickly (like 18 months) and certain it’d be fairly easy. My estimation was made based primarily on my daughter’s experience. Leia wore a wide assortment of torturous orthodontic appliances for over three years, and she hardly had any complaints at all. I figured that if a 9 year old could do it then so could I! And surely I’d be more faithful in following instructions that she was so that’d speed up the process, right?  Wrong!  What I didn’t know when I made that assessment was that the teeth of a preteen are much easier to move than those of an adult. Apparently, the older you get, the more your teeth cement in place and thus, requiring more effort and a lot more time to get them to move! Of course, they didn’t tell me this little factoid until I had already paid the money, had 4 teeth pulled, and the braces attached. And let me tell you, it was a very… long… painful… process! But now, after many uncomfortable months, I can finally see and enjoy the benefits of having my teeth in a healthier and more attractive position.

Spiritually speaking, a lot of people come to Christ and think that once their souls have been renewed by faith, the process of aligning themselves with God’s plan and desires will be fairly easy. But just as I discovered with my braces, when we compare ourselves to others, we can severely underestimate just how difficult and long the procedure can be. Children are usually soft and malleable, and therefore more easily shaped by the Spirit. But just as with my teeth, the older we are when we come to faith, the more cemented in place our attitudes and behaviors have often become. Therefore, even when we earnestly long to yield ourselves and our yearnings to be shifted into alignment with the teachings of scripture, we often find that it can be a protracted and painstaking process which requires a lot of effort and attention to restrict what we watch, where we go, and with whom we associate in a sincere effort to straighten our crooked desires. But by bracketing our environment and tightening control of our internal desires, eventually godly living that is pleasing to the Lord becomes the beautiful result.

However, once our hearts are in line with the Spirit, we can easily think the heavy work is done and fool ourselves into thinking that we can be free to live a less restrained lifestyle. But as anyone who’s had braces knows, consistently wearing an orthodontic retainer is crucial to maintaining the correction.  And today’s modern recommendation for retainer wear is not for a few months or even a few years. It’s a lifetime requirement. The same is true in living the Christian life. Faithful discipline and adherence to the retainer of God’s Word ~for your entire lifetime~ is absolutely necessary to preserve the Holy Spirit’s work.

If we assume the alterations in attitude and behavior will be maintained on their own with little or no attention at all, we’ll soon discover that in a shockingly short time that without the ‘retainer’ of God’s Word to keep us from gravitating back toward the flesh, our thoughts and conduct will quickly shift back toward where they once were. Maybe that’s what Paul meant when he instructed each of us to continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.” (Phil. 2:12-13)

So no matter how long ago you came to faith, or when you voluntarily submitted to the God’s aligning process, pull out your Bible and begin today to faithfully “wear” your scriptural retainer.  As you daily cooperate with the Spirit, your life will stay aligned so that for a lifetime you can show off the beauty of His work!

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. ~ 2 Timothy 3:16-17


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Nuggets – Soldier’s duty

Soldier’s Duty
“Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.” (2 Timothy 2:3-4)

As Paul came to the end of his earthly life, he took great pains to encourage his disciple to “be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus” (2 Timothy 2:1) and to guard and pass on the precious teachings that Paul had taught him.

Paul compared Timothy’s life in the ministry of the gospel to the life of a soldier. The Greek word translated “endure hardness” is used twice more by Paul, each in this book. “But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions [same word], do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry” (2 Timothy 4:5). Paul holds himself up as an example of such endurance when he claims: “I suffer trouble [same word], as an evil doer, even unto bonds; but the word of God is not bound” (2 Timothy 2:9).

As soldiers of Jesus Christ, we are to avoid entangling ourselves with something that will hinder our effectiveness. The word “entangled” means “entwined,” or “involved with.” The soldier must be able to draw his weapon freely and use it effectively, and cannot do so if something is clutching onto him, binding his arms and legs.

Our text follows the well-known admonition “Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also” (vv. 1-2). The goal of a soldier is to please his leader. So must be our goal in the warfare at hand, preserving and passing on the truth. As Christians, we have been chosen to be in the army of the General who Himself died to assure our ultimate victory. He deserves our total devotion. JDM

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