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The Power of One

The Power of One (Glorifying God devotions by Pastor Christopher Chia) The greatest security we have to face the many unending insecurities of living in a fallen world is simple faith in the one and only true God who loves us. The salvation story of the Bible is that Israel of the Old Testament never…

He is Risen! But What Do We Rise To?

He is Risen! But What Do We Rise To? (Glorifying God devotions by pastor Christopher Chia) The Lord is Risen, He is Risen indeed. So what next? 1. We who humbly believe in Jesus rise to be graced as a new creation in Christ. We rise to be assured of our identity as a beloved…

The God Paradox

  The God Paradox (Glorifying God devotions by Pastor Christopher Chia) “And Jesus said to him, ‘Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.” (Luke 22:43). Picture this: Jesus – painfully betrayed, falsely accused, brutally beaten thrice and now cruelly nailed to a cross – promises a penitent criminal beside…

A Strange Place to Find Ourselves

A Strange Place to Find Ourselves (Glorifying God devotions by Pastor Christopher Chia on Mark 14:1-11). We attended a recent wedding banquet at an aquarium! It was a beatific setting for a lovely couple celebrating God’s precious gift of marriage. It was literally like the Disney song, Under the Sea. I love fishes and kept…

More Cat & Dog Moments

How do we know we have turned the corner in our struggle against someone who has wronged us? When, if ever, is the inflection point in toxic, bitter and broken relationships? I spotted my cat watching patiently and, I think, blissfully as our dog ate his food. Then it occurred to me that it’s no…

Dogs and Cats

One day, I woke to behold a heart-warming sight of our dog and young kitten lying side by side in deep and peaceful sleep. Some would call that a miracle. They may say that this unusual canine and feline bliss is because they live in a church or belong to a pastor. I wish that…

Dead or Alive

“The moment I stop learning, I start dying.” – Albert Einstein What a quotable quote from Einstein. It is perhaps this philosophy to life which has made him synonymous with human genius and creativity! Too many of us are dying mentally, emotionally and relationally because we stopped learning from the school of life. We need…

What’s So New About Another Year?

“Insanity is doing the same thing, over and over again, but expecting different results.” – Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). That is not a bad way to summarise our futility in wishing one another a happy new year. Why? Because we know deep in our bones there is no real newness. We are, in all likelihood, going…

What We Desperately Need

Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God. 13 But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. (Hebrews 3:12-13). What do we really…

How’s Your Hearing?

  “Today if you hear his voice do not harden your hearts, as you did in the rebellion.” (Hebrews 3:15) I love my family. For God has taught me the most precious lessons with and through them. Many years ago, our young son saw a non-smoking sign outside a supermarket. What he could not work…