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Advent Word, Day 23 ‘experience’

Day 23: #experience #體會 Monday December 21

‘Second-hand information about God is not enough. We need to be able to touch and know and undeniably experience Jesus at work in our world and in our lives to be able to believe God, to be able to believe in God’.

關於上帝,僅有二手資訊實在不夠。我們須要接觸、知悉,而且真實地體會耶穌在世上、以及在我們生命中的聖工,才有可能相信上帝、信仰真神。

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Until you experience it for yourself, how could you know that the stump of a ‪‎banana tree‬ could be just sooooooo delicious?!

Our church members, the Tan family ponies!

Advent Word, Day 22 ‘look’

Day 22: #look #注視 Sunday December 20, Fourth Sunday of Advent

‘Every moment is teeming with God’s presence. We can know the real presence of Jesus by being really present to life – to live our lives with a kind of attentiveness like when someone grabs your arm and then, pointing at something says, “Look!” And you’re all eyes to take it all in. That’s real living: being really present to Jesus’ real presence, now’.

每一分每一秒都有上帝同在。如果分秒都認真生活,我們就可明白耶穌的真實臨在。讓我們過一種專注的生活,好比有人一手抓住你的手臂,一手指向某物,對你說「你看!」—這時,我們必會定睛注視、全神關注。這就是真正的生活:與耶穌真實同在,把握當下!

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Dawn is breaking over Sanzhi  三芝 ~ look!

Advent Word, Day 21 ‘hope’

Day 21: #hope #希望 Saturday December 19

‘Life has more meaning when we have hope. Life has more meaning when we understand that we are the builders of something much larger than our own lives and concerns, if we know our place on the long trajectory into God’s future’.

有了希望,生命就更有意義。當我們瞭解,除了關懷自己,還可以推己及人,做出更大的建樹,或者,當我們確知,在進入上帝未來的長遠軌跡中,我們占有一席之地,這時,生命的意義就越發豐富了。

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‪Advent Church Thanksgiving Service today celebrating the coming 90th birthdays of some of our beloved church members, and supported by Tan Mama & Tan Baba (already 94 & 97!) ~ CONGRATULATIONS to them all!

‘The Lord delights in those who fear him, who put their hope in his unfailing love’. (Ps. 147:11)

Advent Word, Day 20 ‘prepare’

Day 20: #prepare #預備 Friday December 18

‘We have just days to get ready for Christmas and there is a lot to do. But the most important thing is that only you can say ‘yes’ to God. Only you can build that temple in your heart where the one whom the heavens cannot contain may dwell’.

聖誕佳節,我們有好多天可先行預備,卻有好多事要做。其中,最重要的就是,親自向上帝說:「是!」唯有你本人,才能在自己心中建立起聖殿,讓「天地之大,猶不足以容納」的那位,可進來住。

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‪‎Thanks be to God ~ the occupancy permit for our new Advent Church Centre has finally been granted!  The next step is all the interior fittings.  Lots and lots to prepare ~ ‪‎pray 4 us‬!

Advent Word, Day 19 ‘desire’

Day 19: #desire #渴望 Thursday December 17

‘The kingdom of God is a peaceable kingdom, a transformed society in which each member is valued and treated with dignity. The weak and the strong live together in harmony, each caring for the other. There is no true peace without justice. We are not only to desire this peace, but to work for it’.

上帝的國喜愛和平。那是一個已轉型的社會,其成員個個受重視、有尊嚴;弱者與強者和睦相處,彼此照顧。而沒有正義,就沒有真正的和平。我們不僅渴望真正的和平,也願意為這和平付出心力。

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Sometimes even just a chicken nugget can satisfy our deepest desire!

Advent Word, Day 18 ‘invite’

Day 18: #invite #邀請 Wednesday December 16

‘As we approach the Christmas season, think of someone in your own life who is sad, or lonely, or hurting, and pledge to say or do something to help bring God’s healing love into their lives. Invite them for a coffee, or a meal. Pay them a visit. Phone them. Show them that they are not alone’.

聖誕節期即將來臨,想想,在自己的生活圈,有誰正陷於傷心、寂寞、或痛苦中?有這樣的人,就盡量幫助他吧!設法將上帝醫治的愛帶進他們生命中。或登門拜訪,或電話連絡。邀請他們喝杯咖啡,或吃一頓飯,讓他們知道他們並非孤單一人。

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Yes, you can even invite them for chicken nuggets! ‪ St. John’s University Christmas Bazaar at lunchtime today ~ in aid of St. Francis’ Care Home, Yilan (‪‎宜蘭聖方濟老人長期照護中心)‬

Advent Word, Day 17 ‘listen’

Day 17: #listen #聆聽 Tuesday December 15

‘God calls us to emotional honesty with ourselves and others, and we can best find that disposition through intentional relationship with God. In the humility of silence, we can hear the voice which says, “I cannot be the God I truly am without being fully in relationship with you.”’

上帝呼召我們以真誠對待自己和他人。而有心跟神緊密連結的人,最能尋見那真誠的性格特質了。誠然,在沉靜謙遜中,我們聽見一種聲音,說:「我是上帝,我要與你有完全的連結,否則,我就不是真神!」

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Great lunchtime music at St. John’s University ~ a big must-listen!