TECOW EM Cell Group 1


daily devotional…
June 7, 2009, 9:56 pm
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http://www.crosswalk.com/devotionals/

although there are many daily devotional (qt) sites out there on the world wide web, this the one i have been subscribing to. it’s free. you can either visit the site daily and click on the daily devo. that interests you or you can subscribe to a specific one and get them emailed to you.

so…as you will see..they are catergorized into certain area such as ‘for women’ or ‘spiritual growth’..etc.

if you want any emailed to you just click on the link that says ‘Want Crosswalk Devotional Newsletters delivered to your inbox?’

okee…hope you guys find some good devotionals and hope it aids in your relationship with the Lord and with your spiritual growth.

-jen!

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i love you…Jesus..
April 9, 2009, 11:57 am
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this past monday i was on the computer doing some homework (or procrastinating…same thing) and i decided to listen to some Christian music via youtube…songs that i didn’t have and was too lazy to download! as i was listening to one new and unfamiliar song i decided to scroll down at the comment section. there was one person who wrote something about the song and then wrote ‘i love you Jesus’. as i was listening to another song, scrolling down at the comments i read another entry that talked about the song, and they also wrote ‘i love you Lord’.

a couple of songs later and a couple of comments later i realized how many people opening confess their love for Jesus in a little comment box. but it wasn’t their mere confession that struck me…what struck me was how unfamiliar i was to hearing people say those words – I LOVE YOU JESUS!! i hardly, if ever, say those words to people myself and to be honest i don’ t think i ever said ‘i love you Jesus’ to Jesus before. i know that i don’t have to say those words for him to know who i am or how i feel about him, i do love him and i know he knows it, but i find it strange that i’ve never actually said those words to him before.

i even tried to look up passages in the Bible that had people say ‘i love you (Jesus)’ and David did say it in Psalms 18:1 (” ..I love you, O LORD, my strength.”) and there was a part in John where Jesus asks Simon Peter three time if he loves him and Simon Peter does say so (“The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my sheep.”- John 12:17), but there weren’t that many verses. what there was a lot of was His love for us;

– his unfailing love and enduring love (1 Chronicles and Psalms)

– ‘For great is your love toward me; you have delivered me from the depths of the grave.” – Psalm 86:13

– “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” -John 3:16

these are just some verses of many that illustrate how much we are loved.

but then as i kept on searching through the online Bible (hehe..made it easier than looking though the actual physical Bible), it came back to my initial thought that it doesn’t matter if i say the actual words, ‘i love you Lord’, what matters is that i acknowledge him, that i obey him, that i praise and worship him, that i am faithful to him, that i do his works and is used by him, that i know him, and that i love him the way i know how.

– ” “Because he loves me,” says the LORD, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.” -Psalms 91:14

– “Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you.” – Psalms 63:6

again, obviously there are many other verses that i could have shared with you all, but as you can see i didn’t get past the book of Psalm (haha…no i did but love wasn’t expressed the same).

anyhoos…my point is, love the Lord your God with all you heart, and with all you soul, and with all your strength and with all your mind because He loves you with everything he has, and he has shown this to us by the physical life he has given us and the by spiritual life he has given us through his Son.

-jen



Mere Christianity…
February 27, 2009, 11:39 pm
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the following is an excerpt from c.s. lewis’ mere christianity. i wanted to share this with one particular individual (you know who you are) but i thought i would post it up for all to read. some of you may already be familiar with this book and author (Will has already shared with us a passage/poem from mr. lewis) but i thought this excerpt from ‘mere christianity’ really illustrated…_________. (you fill in the blank!!..hehe)  

“..When a man who accepts the Christian doctrine lives unworthily of it, it is much clearer to say he is a bad Christian than to say he is not a Christian.

I hope no reader will suppose that ‘mere’ Christianity is here put forward as an alternative to the creeds of the existing communions – as if a man could adopt it in preference to Congregationalism or Greek Orthodoxy or anything else.

It is more like a hall out of which doors open into several rooms. If I can bring anyone into that hall I shall have done what I attempted. But it is in the rooms, not in the hall, that there are fires and chairs and meals. The hall is a place to wait in, a place from which to try the various doors, not a place to live in. For that purpose the worst of the rooms (whichever that may be) is, I think, preferable. It is true that some people may find they have to wait in the hall for a considerable time, while others feel certain almost at once which door they must knock at. I do not know why there is this difference, but I am sure God keeps no one waiting unless He sees that it is good for him to wait. When you do get into your room you will find that the long wait has done you some kind of good which you would not have had otherwise. But you must regard it as waiting, not as camping. You must keep on praying for light: and, of course, even in the hall, you must begin trying to obey the rules which are common to the whole house. And above all you must be asking which door is the true one; not which pleases you best by its paint and panelling. In plain language, the question should never be: ‘Do I like that kind of service?’ but ‘Are these doctrines true: Is holiness here? Does my conscience move me towards this? Is my reluctance to knock at this door due to my pride, or my mere taste, or my personal dislike of this particular doorkeeper?’

When you have reached your own room, be kind to those who have chosen different doors and to those who are still In the hall. If they are wrong they need your prayers all the more; and if they are your enemies, then you are under orders to pray for them. That is one of the rules common to the whole house.” –C.S. Lewis

-jen



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January 27, 2009, 8:07 pm
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Reminders for this week

umm..i know that we are awaiting daeshin’s scripture post, but for whoever is a member already (from those in our cell group), i’m just posting a reminder for you for this week!!!

1. at every chance you get this week, please try to reflect on last Sunday’s message on prayer (“why pray?” Luke 11:1-4). what i liked about the sermon (or the parts i can remember) was the ‘give us this day our daily bread’- how God provides us with the right amount of what we need…not too much and not too little. another part of the sermon that i took in was how we pray for His will (not our own will) to be done in our lives. and the last thing was how He is our strength and He will take your burdens away if you just let Him (not really what the sermon was about..but that’s what i think about when i think about prayer).

2. please pray for our members, especially for those in our cell group. those who are dealing with personal issues (ie. school, life, physical and spiritual health, family, school, school…i’m thinking all of us when i think about school..that’s why i wrote it so many times ^^); those who are leaving us to go back home (miyuki, sang il, and jaeyoung); and those who are M.I.A from church; and all of our leaders and members of our EM

3.   this saturday january 31 is joseph and juyeon’s BABY SHOWER!! it’s at 6:30pm and it’s potluck! it is going to be held in the party room on the 3rd floor at 35 Charles St. West. (call me if you need directions or have any questions) 

4. have an awesome and stress free week!!!!!!