Pastoral Column

PERSONAL EVANGELISM. CHINESE ANCESTRAL WORSHIP (CAW) (2nd and final part.) 1)  Funeral Rites Rites vary among Chinese dialect groups which may assign different meanings to a particular rite.  Some common ones are listed below.  Some rites are religious in nature and Christians cannot participate in them.  Others are cultural in nature and Christians may participate … » Read the Rest…


In the book of Isaiah, the word “servant” occurs 23 times. It can refer to (a) an individual (e.g., Isaiah, Cyrus, or the Messiah), and (b) a collective group (e.g., national Israel, spiritual or ideal Israel, or the prophets). However, in the four descriptions of the Suffering Servant: Is 42:1-4; 49:1-6; 50:4-6; and 52:13-53:12, ‘servant” … » Read the Rest…


1 Peter 2:5 ” You yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ”. Every member of Jesus’ kingdom has a right to the priesthood. But not everyone exercises it. And yet it is the highest privilege … » Read the Rest…


1 Kings 17:1-16 From the beginning of creation in Genesis, we see that God was creative in His language. He spoke, and things came into being. He was also prophetic. None of His words fell to the ground (Isaiah 55:11).  It always came to pass. His promises never fail. So we may assert that the … » Read the Rest…


Deut 3:24-25 ‘O Lord God , you have only begun to show your servant your greatness and your mighty hand. For what God is there in heaven or on earth who can do such works and mighty acts as yours? Please let me go over and see the good land beyond the Jordan, that good … » Read the Rest…


Uzbekistan is progressing economically. Many businessmen and tourists are entering on business or tourist visas respectively. Singapore was recently added as another country that does not require a tourist visa. 17 Oct: At Changi Airport, three groups of passengers boarded Uzbekistan Airways. One was a group of young Kyrgyz sportsmen, the second a group of … » Read the Rest…


Once, as I was travelling on a train and conversing with an acquaintance, he remarked something along the lines of, “I will never be a Christian and I think a lot of them are hypocrites.” Being someone who tries to avoid conflict by nature, my immediate thought was to find a way to acknowledge his … » Read the Rest…


Have you been disappointed in school, when you did not get into the course that you wish to study but was allocated another course? Or you have applied for a job which you think was the most ideal one, but end up not getting it? I’m sure most of us will have our personal preferences … » Read the Rest…


The prayers of Moses may be considered of four sections. Exodus 3-6: Four occasions of prayer uttered before God began to work mightily to deliver His people. Exodus 32-34: Four prayers offered in connection with the giving of the laws. Praying for God’s erring people. Numbers 11,14,16,27: Moses leading God’s wayward people through the howling … » Read the Rest…


Jesus commissions His followers to go out to the world to sow the Precious Seed of the Gospel. The Gospel is God’s power for salvation. Do we as Christ’s followers believe it? If we do, we trust God and go out daily to our schools and workplaces, and to places that we are not comfortable … » Read the Rest…