Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Say No to Abortion: Bring Back the Child

Below is an excerpted text from Mother Teresa’s speech at National Prayer Breakfast Speech, Washington, D.C. (5th February 1994). I find that it is both inspiring and challenging speech on abortion that we have to address to the world or at least in our community today:

“… I feel that the greatest destroyer of peace today is abortion, because it is a war against the child, a direct killing of the innocent child, murder by the mother herself. And if we accept that a mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another? How do we persuade a woman not to have an abortion? As always, we must persuade her with love and we remind ourselves that love means to be willing to give until it hurts. Jesus gave even His life to love us so, the mother who is thinking of abortion, should be helped to love, that is, to give until it hurts her plans, or her free time, to respect the life of her child. The father of that child, whoever he is, must also give until it hurts.

....By abortion, the mother does not learn to love, but kills even her own child to solve her problems. And, by abortion, the father is told that he does not have to take any responsibility at all for the child he has brought into the world. That father is likely to put other women into the same trouble. So abortion just leads to more abortion. Any country that accepts abortion is not teaching its people to love, but to use any violence to get what they want. This is why the greatest destroyer of love and peace is abortion.

....Many people are very, very concerned with the children of India and with the children of Africa where quite a few die of hunger, and so on. Many people are also concerned about all the violence in this great country of the United States. These concerns are very good. But often these same people are not concerned with the millions who are being killed by the deliberate decision of their own mothers. And this is what is the greatest destroyer of peace today – abortion which brings people to such blindness.

....And for this I appeal in India and I appeal everywhere – ‘Let us bring the child back’ the child is God’s gift to the family. Each child is created in the special image and likeness of God for greater things – to love and to be loved.”

Do you love life?
Do you love God?

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Monday, October 27, 2014

Nasihat Si Pemikir kepada Orang Muda

Ini ialah nasihat Si Pemikir kepada orang muda: “Hai orang muda, nikmatilah masa muda kamu. Bergembiralah ketika kamu masih muda. Lakukanlah kehendak kamu, dan ikutilah keinginan hati kamu. Tetapi ingatlah bahawa Allah akan mengadili segala perbuatan kamu. Jangan biarkan apa-apa mengkhuatirkan kamu, ataupun menyakitkan kamu. Kamu tidak selamanya muda.

Oleh itu ingatlah Pencipta kamu semasa kamu masih muda, sebelum masa sengsara tiba dan kamu berkata, ‘Aku tidak menikmati hidup.’ Pada masa itu mata kamu tidak lagi terang sehingga cahaya matahari, bulan dan bintang menjadi pudar. Kesusahan bagaikan awan mendung akan membayangi kamu. Lengan yang telah melindungi kamu akan gementar; kaki kamu yang kuat akan menjadi lemah. Gigi kamu terlalu sedikit untuk mengunyah makanan dan mata kamu terlalu rabun untuk melihat dengan jelas. Telinga kamu akan menjadi pekak, sehingga kamu tidak dapat mendengar keriuhan di jalan raya. Kamu tidak akan dapat mendengar bunyi orang mengisar di kilang, atau bunyi muzik. Tidur kamu tidak nyenyak lagi; kamu terjaga setiap kali burung berkicau. Kamu akan takut mendaki tempat yang tinggi, dan kamu harus berjalan dengan hati-hati. Rambut kamu akan beruban, kaki kamu akan kamu seret waktu berjalan, dan segala hasrat dan keinginan hilang.

Kita menuju ke tempat tinggal kita yang terakhir (kubur), lalu orang menangis di sepanjang jalan. Rantai perak akan putus dan lampu emas jatuh dan pecah; tali timba di perigi putus dan kendi hancur berkecai. Tubuh kita akan kembali menjadi debu di bumi. Nafas kehidupan kita akan kembali kepada Allah yang memberikannya kepada kita. Memang semua itu sia-sia, kata Si Pemikir.” (Penghutbah 11:9-12:8, BM)

Janganlah kita mensia-siakan hidup ini dan hanya sedar bahawa “semua itu sia-sia” di akhir kehidupan kita. Hiduplah untuk Yesus Kristus semasa kita masih muda, semasa kita masih pertengahan umur, dan sehingga kita tua. Akhirnya, kita tidak akan menyesal seumur hidup tetapi akan mendengar suara Tuhan dan Penyelamat kita, Yesus Kristus berkata, “‘Bagus, kamu hamba yang baik dan setia” (Matius 25:21, BM) apabila Dia memanggil kita untuk datang kepada-Nya di akhir kehidupan kita. Jangan sia-siakan masa mudamu!

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Jesus' Parable that Will Encourage 9.5% Christians in Malaysia (A Reflection on Mark 4:30-32)

What shall we say the Kingdom of God is like?” asked Jesus. “What parable shall we use to explain it? It is like this. A man takes a mustard seed, the smallest seed in the world, and plants it in the ground. After a while it grows up and becomes the biggest of all plants. It puts out such large branches that the birds come and make their nests in its shade” (Mark 4:30-32, GNB).

This is the last of Jesus’ series of parables in the Book of Mark. What is the Kingdom of God is like? In the previous parable Jesus was telling that the Kingdom growth caused by the Word (sharing and living) is illustrated as hidden from us, yet it growth gradually, and in the end it will produce fruit. This is sure. (To Read click HERE). In case we don’t get it – especially for people like me – Jesus now gave another parable to illustrate “the Kingdom of God.” But first, as urbanized-Malaysian citizen, I need to ask this question: What is this “mustard seed” that Jesus is talking about?

Thanks to Google and Wikipedia, I manage to find the answer that I need to know. The seed is generally considered to be a black mustard seed. When it grow it can reach up to 9 feet (or 2.7 meter) tall. It is, however, is not technically “the smallest seed in the world” but the smallest seeds sown in a garden and to the hearers of Jesus’ day, a mustard seed is the smallest seeds they have ever known. The potential in this small seed is enormous. “It grows up and become the biggest of all plants [in the garden].” Soon, its branches become rigid, and the plant often serves as a shelter for birds of many kinds. “The birds come and make their nests in its shade.” The tree now become a blessing. Very useful!

The meaning of this parable is quite clear: the Kingdom of God would have a small beginning and then increases mightily and usefully that it would be beneficial to the whole world. Imagine “the twelve disciples and others who were gathered around” Jesus would felt when they heard this (Mark 4:10). This small band would be a part of something that would grow bigger and bless the world immensely. It is happening today! Imagine this: there are only about 9.5% Christians in Malaysia today but if God’s Word is true, if this minority are faithful to God, God can (will!) do great things in Malaysia despite its small numbers. Wherever we are, the Kingdom of God is destined to be awesome regardless of its small beginnings. Trust in Jesus. Have faith in Jesus. Abide in Jesus, the King of kings. Let the Word of God spread among the nations!

The Kingdom of God is looking for…
People who have vision, faithful and passionate for Jesus
People who are willing to put the Kingdom of God first in their lives and bless others.
People who are willing to abide in Him forever.
Are you the one?
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