Famous Last Words on Good Friday

 

For this #SaturdayGoodRead, EAST News is republishing a post from Dr Alex Tang’s blog titled “Famous Last Words on Good Friday” as we are entering the Holy Week. Dr Tang examines the last seven sentences Jesus uttered on the cross and the significance of His last words for us as His followers.

Sermon Statement

Jesus’ famous last words revealed who he is and what he had done for us – God incarnate and the penal substitution for our sins

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Lessons from Ravi Zacharias’ life

Merely eight months ago, the Christian world was giving Dr Ravi Zacharias a warm send-off at his funeral in May 2020. He was recognised as a well-respected apologist and hailed as the C.S. Lewis of our day. Fast forward eight months later to February 2021, Ravi Zacharias International Ministry (RZIM), the organisation founded by the namesake, accepted an independent investigative report that concluded there were numerous sexual abuses by the late founder involving a number of women over a substantial period of time. This is grievous news to many and a release for those who have been victims. We are thus providing a few resources gleaned globally and locally in response to the scandal.

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Love Your Neighbour

 

Jesus said, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the great and first commandment. 39 And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. ~ Matthew 22:37-39, ESV

In “Wanna do outreach? Let’s first talk about love,” Pastor Jeff Chong of Hope Singapore Church said, “Our neighbours are anyone that we encounter; that God has brought into our sphere of influences. Everyone is our neighbour.”

Thus if Christ’s commandment is to love God and love people (see the verses above), then it has to be ongoing acts of love toward others especially our neighbours located around us.

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“Can’t hurry” – A reflection from Ecclesiastes


For this Saturday’s Good Read, we would like to share a poetic reflection from an EAST Resident Faculty, Dr Lau Ying Kheng, which is based on Ecclesiates chapter 3.

1 To everything there is a season,
A time for every purpose under heaven;
2 A time to be born, And a time to die; A time to plant,
And a time to pluck what is planted;
3 A time to kill, And a time to heal;
A time to tear down and a time to build. (Ecclesiastes 3:1-3, KJV)

Read the poem, “Can’t Hurry,” below.

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Pray for the Church in Malaysia

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Dr Alex Tang, a church elder and an EAST adjunct faculty, recently wrote of how the church in Malaysia has responded to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and made a call to prayer as Malaysia faces another wave of the pandemic.

In it, he noted how the past year has been “the great reset” for Malaysian Christians: churches going digital, a revitalised body life centred around small groups, Christians seeking to know the Scripture and Christian theology more, “flourishing partnerships” among churches, innovative ministries to the needy affected by the pandemic, and a deeper dependence on God. With that as a backdrop, Dr Alex urged continuing prayers for the Malaysian Church as they now face an unprecedented State of Emergency declared by the Malaysian government valid until August 2021 due to the renewed intensity of the pandemic.

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