Monday, January 26, 2015

Jesus Teaches the People First, Dinner Later (A Reflection on Mark 6:30-34)


After Jesus sends out the twelves disciples for a mission, “the apostles returned and met with Jesus, and told him all they had done and taught” (Mark 6:30, GNB). The disciples must be excited but tired, and so they wanted to have a refreshing rest, away from the crowd. Jesus told them, “Let us go off by ourselves to some place where we will be alone and you can rest for a while” (Mark 6:31). “We” said Jesus. Jesus in his humanity also felt the need for a rest. They worked very very hard, don’t you think? God’s calling is not for us to sit back, relax and hoping for the best, right? We must “go” (Matthew 28:19) and work hard, then, only then we’re deserve to rest.

But “many people, however, saw them leave and knew at once who they were; so they went from all the towns and ran ahead by land and arrived at the place ahead of Jesus and his disciples. When Jesus got out of the boat, he saw this large crowd, and his heart was filled with pity for them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd” (Mark 6:33-34). Jesus heart was yearned for the spiritual needs of the crowd flocking to him. Jesus was “moved with compassion” (NKJV). It is a feeling of strong-deep emotion acted with positive action. It is a costly, self-giving compassion. Why? Because Jesus saw them as a starving flock of sheep without a shepherd. They were like orphans with no one to care for them. They were leaderless. This is why, I convince, Jesus wasn’t annoyed but showed compassion.

There were a lot of religious teachers during Jesus time, but why they were still leaderless? Same as today, the people are “like sheep without a shepherd.” When I read this, I’m thinking of how many young people that I know of went to this and that event, jumping and singing, having fun and ‘empowered’ by almost hysterical prayers, come back home empty and their hearts and minds still hallow. There is something missing – God’s Word. Someone missing – Lord of the Word – in their lives. When the supposed teachers should feed the flock, they care more about church attendance, personal spiritual growth and success, defending the faith with all might and power, emphasising on musical worship, teaches church history and doctrines, and even doing social work – everything – everything (secondary) but feeding the people with God’s Word (primary). Where are the teachers who supposed to teach people the Word of God?

For a shepherd, a teacher, a leader the main thing is God’s Word. When I asked most people, which book of the Bible are you all studying now, they blurred. When I told a story of Jesus (basic) and asked do you remember reading this, I get silent treatment. When I read this one church mission statement: “Untuk mempersiapkan jemaat dengan Firman TUHAN” (To equip the church with God’s Word), I was so excited until I heard the preacher talked about his endless journey of accomplishments and successes. Teachers, if you read this, we need you to feed us with God’s Word. Sheep without a shepherd, and so the first thing Jesus does was “he began to teach them many things” (Mark 6:34). Not complaining and whining about having no rest (or salary) but seeing people as God’s answer to our revival prayer. Not irritated by them but having a deep compassion with action like Jesus. Not feeding the five thousand with five loaves and two fish first but feeding the people with God’s Word first. Jesus teaches the people first.

Let continue Mark 6:35-44 in another article.
THINK BIG. START SMALL. GO DEEP.
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Sunday, January 25, 2015

10 Bahagian Penting dalam Kitab Yunus

Dari Kata Pengantar Alkitab, Kitab Yunus:

Kitab Yunus berbeza daripada kitab-kitab nabi yang lain di dalam Alkitab kerana kitab ini menceritakan pengalaman Nabi Yunus ketika dia cuba membantah perintah Allah. Allah menyuruh dia pergi ke Kota Niniwe, ibu kota Kerajaan Asyur, musuh Israel. Tetapi Yunus tidak mahu pergi ke kota itu untuk menyampaikan perkhabaran Allah kerana Yunus yakin bahawa jika orang Niniwe berhenti berbuat dosa, Allah tidak akan melaksanakan rancangan-Nya untuk menghancurkan kota itu. Akhirnya, selepas beberapa peristiwa yang mengesankan, Yunus mentaati perintah Allah. Tetapi kemudian Yunus bersungut kerana Niniwe tidak dihancurkan.

Kitab Yunus menggambarkan kemutlakan kuasa Allah terhadap ciptaan-Nya. Tetapi terlebih pula, kitab ini menggambarkan Allah sebagai Allah yang penyayang dan belas kasihan; Allah yang lebih suka mengampuni dan menyelamatkan suatu bangsa daripada menghukum dan menghancurkannya, walaupun bangsa itu musuh umat-Nya sendiri.


Siapa tahu kalau kamu ingin mendalami Buku Yunus dengan lebih lanjut lagi. Siapa tahu kalau kamu ingin mengkaji Buku Yunus bersama dalam Persekutuan Kristian (CF) kamu di kampus. Di bawah ini ialah ringkasan tentang cerita yang indah dan penuh dramatik ini: 10 Bahagian penting dalam Kitab Yunus (Kamu boleh guna dan simpan gambar-gambar ini). 

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The Domino Effect: One Thing at a Time


Every great change starts like falling dominoes” (BJ Thornton)

In Leeuwarden, The Netherlands, on Domino Day, November 13, 2009, Weijers Domino Productions coordinated the world record domino fall by lining up more than 4,491,863 dominoes in a dazzling display. In this instance, a single domino fall that cumulatively unleased more than 94,000 joules of energy, which is as much energy as it takes for an average sized male to do 545 push ups.

Each standing domino represents a small amount of potential energy; the more you line up, the more potential energy you’ve accumulated. Line up enough and, with a simple flick, you can start a chain reaction of surprising power. And Weijers Domino Productions proved it. When one thing, the right thing, is set in motion, it can topple many things. And that’s not all.

In 1983, Lorne Whitehead wrote in the American Journal of Physics that he’d discovered that domino falls could not only topple many things, they could also topple bigger things. He described how a single domino is capable of bringing down another domino that is actually 50 percent larger.

Do you see the implication? Not only can one knock over others but also others that are successively large. In 2001 a physicist from San Francisco’s Exploratorium reproduced Whitehead’s experiment by creating eight dominos out of plywood, each of which was 50 percent larger than then one before. The first was a mere two inches, the last almost three feet tall. The resulting domino fall began with a gentle tick and quickly ended “with a loud SLAM.”

Imagine what would happen if this kept going. If a regular domino fall is a linear progression, Whitehead’s would be described as a geometric progression. The result could defy the imagination. The 10th domino would be almost as tall as NFL quarterback Peyton Manning. By the 18th, you’re looking at a domino that would rival the Leaning Tower of Pisa. The 23rd domino would tower over the Eiffel Tower and the 31st domino would loom over Mount Everest by almost 3,000 feet. Number 57 would practically bridge the distance between the earth and the moon! …so when you think about success, shoot for the moon.

[Like The Domino Effect] when you see someone who has a lot of knowledge, they learned it over time. When you see someone who has a lot of skills, they developed them over time. When you see someone who has done a lot, they accomplished it over time. When you see someone who has a lot of money, they earned it over time.

The key is over time. Success is built sequentially. Its one thing at a time.*
*Quote without permission from The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan (Bard Press, Austin, Texas, 2012). Page 12 to 16. Bracket mine. Buy this book!

The Domino Effect. In everything you do, the key is over time.
Success is built sequentially. Its one thing at a time.
As I always end my post – THINK BIG. START SMALL. GO DEEP.
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