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Showing posts with label Spirituality. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Spirituality. Show all posts

May 14, 2018

Fulfilling Your Destiny Matters Who Are With You

By Ianpassion

King Solomon said that one who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. 


Let us remember that we have a destiny. Often it is hard to fulfill this only by ourselves. However, the Father has already arranged for certain people to come along with us.  They believe and speak faith on us. 


May 9, 2018

A Lesson From A Glass Of Water: Change Your Focus

By Ianpassion 


Allow me to share this short story hoping that you will be inspired. 


There was a lady who talked to his brother, the leader of her group.


Lady: Brother I won't come to our group gathering anymore.


Brother: What's going on?


Apr 19, 2018

What If Our Good Is Not Good Enough?

By Ianpassion

I was having my morning Thai coffee and grilled sticky rice while reflecting on our involvement in developing our communities, reaching out to the less fortunate people– the poor and the marginalized. 



It is in the nature of us to be good to someone, to a friend, or community that is suffering. However, have we ever asked ourselves: what if our good is not good enough?

Mar 8, 2018

Fears Took Over My Life

By Ianpassion

My life changed when I encountered the Father’s love. I was like the eldest son in a parable of the prodigal son (Luke 15:11-32). What I understood work is the benchmark for approval. 


I used to believe that if I work very hard and go to bed late then the Father would love me. I thought I would be accepted if I performed well and produced impressive results.

Jan 25, 2018

Live Our Best Life - Know Our Heart And Live Our Passion

By Ianpassion

What is our heart desire? What makes us so excited? What makes us off and what makes us on? Someone said to me, "Being a businessman is my profession, but my passion is ministry." 


Our heart is the center of our vision, affection, desires, ambitions, and dreams. It represents the whole of our passion in life. What we love and what we care about most are from our hearts. 

Jan 19, 2018

Thai Children Day and My Reflection- Nurturing our Children's Spirituality

By Ianpassion

Every January 13 is a Children day in Thailand. Kids wait for this day every year. Those who are near the Prime Minister Building in Bangkok can have a chance to sit the chair of the Prime Minister. Those who are in the provinces can enjoy amusements and gifts-giving organized by each local government.


As it was our schedule to be in Hatyai (the main city in the South of Thailand), we decided to go to the airfield of the Royal Thai Air Force. There were many people. Everyone cheered when a fighter plane got wild in the sky. It sounded very loud, like rumbling and echoing the entire atmosphere. Nana and Nemi pointed up - airplane, airplane, airplane...they were so happy. 

Dec 14, 2017

How the Father's Love Revealed in this Christmas Season?

By Ianpasion
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I was so busy in the past few days, but today I have some time to write about my reflection on the Father's love revealed at the place where the Son was born. 


You might ask, what is new about the birth of the Son? It is a kindergarten story. Whatever possible reasons you have, allow me to simply elaborate on three important things about the Father's love through the birth of His Son. It is a fact that Christmas history began with the story of the Son 2,000 years ago when Rome was still in power. Some might deny this fact, but history tells us that there was a baby wrapped and placed in a manger. 

Nov 8, 2017

Jingle Bells Abroad: True Meaning of Christmas

By Ianpassion


When you are abroad especially in a far country, miles away from big cities, Christmas might not be an unimportant event. Villagers may think that Christmas is a western celebration about Santa Claus, the Christmas tree, and jingle bells. Having no theological foundation for Christmas may fall following unscriptural traditions or copying rituals from others.


Here I discuss three important basic points which Christmas is not all about. I hope that after reading this, you may reflect again on the true meaning of Christmas and realign yourself back to the real essence of the celebration.  

Oct 28, 2017

What Does Helping Others Rise Up Mean?

By Ianpassion
  
We would never reach our goal if nobody has helped us. Someone pushes us up instead of who pulls us down. He might be our friend, our teacher or someone who is highly respected in our society, whoever,  for sure this person is not just with us, he is for us. 


I underpinned for us because not all who are with us are really for us. He is only with us because he can still use us. Most of the time they are opportunists and manipulators. 



Aug 7, 2017

An Open Letter Of The Father For His Child

By Ianpassion 


My Child,


You may not know me, but I know everything about you
(Psalm 139). 


I know when you sit down and when you rise
(Psalm 139:2). 


I am familiar with all your ways
(Psalm 139:3).


Aug 4, 2017

What Is A Spiritual Family?

By Ianpassion

Our Heavenly Father never created man because He is lonely. He is already fully satisfied with Himself because He is Love 
(1 John 4:8). He created you and me because He wants to share with us the beauty of His family. 




His nature is relational as He has revealed in family terms: The Father, The Son, and The Spirit. The Trinity is the exact implications of what family should be like, in which each member is in agreement and supporting each other. The Father, The Son, and The Spirit ever since shared the most significant value– Love. 

Jul 31, 2017

He Wanted You To Be His Child

By Ianpassion

Many believers these days still do not understand their real identity, or maybe you are one of them. You have reached a crossroads of your spiritual confusion and began to ask yourself,  "Who Am I?. Am I a servant or a  child of Loving Father?”  


Like Moses, he was confused if he was a foreigner or a chosen. So when he saw a slave-master maltreating his fellow, he ended this by putting the law in his own hands. He was afraid so he hid. He asked himself, "What if the Emperor would know that he sided with the slaves?” 

Jun 1, 2017

Simple Tips on How to Study the Scripture

By Ianpassion 

There is no “the only correct method” of studying the Scripture. But there are general principles that you need to use to dig the intended meaning of the Scripture and avoid misinterpretation.


You may come across reading passages in the Scripture which are hard to understand.

Dec 2, 2016

Short Message: What is Christmas?

By Ianpassion


I have been meditating...CHRISTMAS. 


Without the Christmas tree, the colored lights, and the gifts prepared by my wife, I would never feel it is coming. 

Sep 26, 2016

Is Joel Osteen a False Teacher?

By Ianpassion


A friend of mine asked what is wrong about Joel’s messages. He said that Joel is misleading and you should be careful. His message is always about blessings with less teaching about sin and repentance.


The way how my friend described Joel’s preaching somehow charged him like a false preacher. What’s wrong with Joel’s teaching? Do you think you need to stop reading his devotionals articles and books? Is there some truth in his teachings? 

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