See the Goodness of God

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I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; Be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the Lord.” (Psalm 27:13-14, NAS)

In Psalm 27, verses 1 through 6, King David expressed his confidence in a God of whom he has had deep communion with. Then in verses 7 through 14, he turned from praise to plaintiff prayer of dependence and hope in a redemptive God. This Psalm has been known as one of “composites” with extreme high of joy and jubilance in the first half and thence sinking to the depth of sadness and near despair in the latter part (Pulpit Commentary).

Read how verse 13, as part of the ending verses, unify these extremes to produce hope in us.

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Even Today, God Extends Amazing Grace

This is a season filled with challenges new to many.

Even so, God extends amazing grace to all of us and gives us a Way to face the day.

Here is a worship song to remind us of this (see below or click the picture above).

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In Whom or What Are You Hoping?

In whom or what are you hoping? by Dr Lewis Winkler

With the recent coronavirus outbreak, people have turned in a myriad of directions to find hope. Some have turned to the government and medical professionals to protect them, others have turned to miracle cures available for purchase on the internet, still others have turned to superstitions and rituals to provide the defenses they need to combat this unseen menace.

All of this illustrates that people hope in lots of different things: economic prosperity, global initiatives for solving climate change, better political leaders, educational reform, religion, meaningful friendships and romantic relationships, good food and drink, the newest diet plan, the latest entertainment options and social media platforms, better healthcare—the list is nearly endless.

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Looking for Secrets From the Circuit Breaker?

 

Drawing lessons learnt from a personal quarantine a few years ago and presently as well as reflections from God’s Word, Ms Joanne Kwok traces out three “secrets” in this season of stay home circuit breaker for us to ponder.

I knew He was showing me something. Every time he brought His disciples somewhere to have their buttons pressed (think having to find food for thousands or sail through crazy storms) – He was showing them something.

This has always been how He’s tested, taught and trained His people for what is to come. I believe that’s exactly what He’s doing again, now. We need to shut up, sit up and press in.

Because, yes, we feel trapped in our houses. Incapacitated by the Circuit Breaker. We’re no longer in any real control, at the mercy of the invisible enemy. And deep down inside we’re scared that we’ve forever lost what we used to have.

But this condition will pass – and we need to remember how this feels like, what it’s revealing. We need to know it for whatever comes next.

For the rest of the article, see Joanne Kwok’s “Secrets from the circuit breaker: Sometimes you have to lose what is precious to find what is real,” Thir.st blog,15 April 2020.

Be Still: An Invitation to Prayer in A Time of Crisis

 

“Be still, and know that I am God.
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth!”
Psalm 46.10 (ESV)

 

Cru’s Call to Prayer, 10 Apr 2020, 9 am, SGT (9 Apr, 9 pm, EDT)

Join the global Cru community in a time of intercession on Facebook and YouTube. (Click the links to view videos of the event which has ended.)

This special event, BE STILL, kicks off a 40-day, 24-hour prayer chain. This is a time to lift our eyes to Jesus and fervently seek Him together as the COVID–19 pandemic disrupts and damages our lives and our world. We join together from our homes to be still, to consider what the Lord is saying to us personally as well as globally, and to pray individually and in our communities.

Learn more at cru.org/mycampus/bestill/.

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