There is none who does good, No, not one

One of the things that hit me most in Jonah’s commission is that no one is without sin.

The fool has said in his heart, There is no God.” They are corrupt, They have done abominable works, There is none who does good. The Lord looks down from heaven upon the children of men, To see if there are any who understand, who seek God. They have all turned aside, They have together become corrupt; There is none who does good, No, not one. (Psalm 14:1-3)

It appears that it was not only Nineveh’s wickedness that has come up before God (Jonah 1:2), but also Jonah the prophet who was commissioned by God to preach and enlighten Nineveh.

Jonah’s faults are many:

  1. He rejected God’s commission and fled away thinking that he can go away from the presence of the Lord (Jonah 1:3).
  2. He resented God’s mercy and compassion towards His creation (Jonah 4:1-2).
  3. His resentment to God’s mercy led him to ask for his own death (Jonah 4:3).

Perhaps Jonah’s sins are greater than that of the people of Nineveh.

God said that they “cannot discern between their right hand and their left” (Jonah 4:11), while Jonah knew God very well; he knew His power, strength, mercy, and compassion (Jonah 4:2). Jonah was so close to God that the Bible says that he went away from the presence of the Lord.

The fall from being in the presence of God and having such knowledge about God to a series of sins leads one to think that Jonah’s sins are surely greater than Nineveh’s.

For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required; and to whom much has been committed, of him they will ask the more Luke 12:48

Become as Little Children – 3 Reasons for Crying

Jesus with child

5 days ago God granted me a precious gift, baby “Nicole”, my first child. I never knew how it felt to be a father, until Nicole showed up. I never understood God’s feeling towards us, his children, until now.

A famous verse popped into my head, “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 18:3), and I thought I wanted to learn what God meant, practically not by reading a book. So here goes what I’ve learnt so far.

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Did God actually say …?

I can’t possibly count the number of times I was deceived into not believing God’s promises. Every time it happens I just hate myself. I hate myself for being so stupid to believe that all-loving, all-merciful God would just betray me.

What kills me the most is that I already took the decision to surrender my life to God, I made Him king over my entirety, so then what? why am I still doubting His wisdom and His omniscience. Or have not yet given everything to Him??

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To Bee or Not to Bee!

I’m sure a lot of us heard about about Deborah, or read her story in the book of Judges in the Old Testament. I pray that this blog post would give you more insight and a deeper look into this lovely character.

Now Deborah, a prophetess, the wife of Lapidoth, was judging Israel at that time. And she would sit under the palm tree of Deborah between Ramah and Bethel in the mountains of Ephraim. (Judges 4:4-5)

Although it would appear that the Bible in these two verses is introducing Deborah, the Bible is actually giving a beautiful detailed description of the New Testament Church. Continue reading To Bee or Not to Bee!

Jacob loved Rachel

How are you all? It’s one week after Valentine’s day! 🙂

I wanted to share a love story from the bible that I really stand speechless every time I read:

Now Jacob loved Rachel; so he said, “I will serve you seven years for Rachel your younger daughter” …  So Jacob served seven years for Rachel, and they seemed only a few days to him because of the love he had for her … Now it came to pass in the evening, that he took Leah his daughter and brought her to Jacob … So it came to pass in the morning, that behold, it was Leah. And he said to Laban, “…Was it not for Rachel that I served you? … And Laban said, “… Fulfill her week, and we will give you this one also for the service which you will serve with me still another seven years.” Then Jacob did so and fulfilled her week. So he gave him his daughter Rachel as wife also. (Genesis 29:18-29).

I think the message behind this passage is not love, it was to show Jacob that deceiving others is not the way of life. Just like he deceived his father to get his blessings, he was deceived by his father-in-law. BUT, God’s words are never limited to one meaning! Continue reading Jacob loved Rachel

Timeless stories: What was his sin?

Today I won’t actually post something I wrote, but a story I snipped out of an ancient book.

This story is from a book called the “Shepherd of Hermas. It is a very old Christian book from the first or second century that people highly regarded. Some early Christians even included it in the scriptures, and bound it with the New Testament between the Book of Acts and the Pauline Epistles.

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We Are Like Windows!

Thanks to Dawn, a member of this lovely community, for sharing. 

At her blog (http://dschondog.wordpress.com/), she posted a lovely song called “Stained Glass” by Keith Green, I would love to share it with every one.

Please listen to it and share your thoughts, it’s really lovely!

The lyrics:

We are like windows
Stained with colors of the rainbow
Set in a darkened room
Till the bridegroom comes to shining through
Then the colors fall around our feet
Over those we meet
Covering all the gray that we see
Rainbow colors of assorted hues
Come exchange your blues
For His love that you see shining through me
We are His daughters and sons
We are the colorful ones
We are the kids of the King
Rejoice in everything
My colors grow so dim
When I start to fall away from Him
But up comes the strongest wind
That He sends to blow me back into his arms again
And then the colors fall around my feet
Over those I meet
Changing all the gray that I see
Rainbow colors of the Risen Son
Reflect the One
The One who came to set us all free
We are His daughters and sons
We are the colorful ones
We are the kids of the King
Rejoice in everything
We are like windows
Stained with colors of the rainbow
No longer set in a darkened room
Cause the bridegroom wants to shine from you
No longer set in a darkened room
Cause the bridegroom wants to shine from you