On my microblog, “R’s Commonplace Book,” its subtitle is “God in the details.” This is an allusion to the phrase that “the devil is in the details.” Devil here apparently stands for difficulties. The idea is one thing, working it out is quite another. By putting God in the place of the devil, I wanted to say that God works out his plan in and through our lives.

In our faith we need the details. We also need to see the big picture.

This morning I came across a brotherhood article about Six Core Beliefs. It was a good article. At the same time, I begin to think what I would name as my six basic points of faith. Here’s what I came up with. Continue reading

The Son of Man was heaped with shame,
Stripped of dignity, the strain of sin
Upon his shoulders, pain of many:
The suffering Servant paid the ransom,
Freed all those in fear of death.

We share the Savior’s shame, his work
Scorned by worldly sinners, rejected
By rebellious scoffers, hated
By those determined to change his will—
Our hands hold the holy key.

For crime or sin, let no Christian suffer;
Let life be pure, our light undimmed
By doubt or fear or disobedience—
Let Christ be all and the Cross our glory,
Let heaven feed our daily hope.

In him was life, and the life was the light of mankind. And the light shines on in the darkness, but the darkness has not mastered it. John 1.4-5

On earth, the sun makes life possible. Without it, everything would soon die. So we see the connection between light and life. In a similar way, as the light of God, Jesus brings life to man. This life is not physical, but spiritual and eternal.

Jesus as light shines in darkness. His light has the capacity of scattering the densest darkness. No person is unrecoverable. Jesus can save all. There is no sin that cannot be forgiven. NRSV translates the phrase, “of mankind,” as “of all people.” Nobody needs remain outside, excluded. Continue reading

How to reignite our joy and hope, when we have lost them?

When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord” Jn 20.20.

Jesus’ resurrection is the proof of all that God proposed to accomplish for humanity. The risen Christ restores the joy of receiving God’s gift and the hope of a future within his purpose. Continue reading

VERSE — “For you know quite well that the day of the Lord will come in the same way as a thief in the night” 1 Thes 5.2.

MEDITATE — Do we know “quite well” that the day of the Lord will come in this manner? If so, we will be prepared for that day. Let us watch for the coming of the Lord.

PRAY — Come, Lord Jesus! Maranatha!

Posted today on our irmaos.org site.

The pavement hard beneath the feet,
Thoughts upon the air,
The frantic mind in hot pursuit,
Where search for meaning — where?

From busy street to copied street,
The leathered sole is sore;
No step without direction is sweet,
But aimless walking’s a chore.

The only variation is pace,
With progress fast or slow —
Outside of Christ and far from grace,
It matters not where I go.