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Glorifying God

A Strange Intimacy

I conducted a wedding recently where the couple did a strange thing. They prayed with their backs to one another! So, there they stood back-to-back not because they had a quarrel or they were getting cold feet! It was, rather, their personal and precious pact for the groom to not behold his lovely bride until…

What are you fussing or fretting over?

My wife and I were ministering in South Korea recently. At one of the train subways, she spotted a huge billboard of a K-Pop Star and got all good-humoredly excited about him. She started “fussing” and insisting we take a photo with him, or at least, the billboard. I obliged. Of course, that’s a lighthearted…

Are You Over-ruled or Ruled Over?

Are You Over-ruled or Ruled Over? (Glorifying God devotions by Pastor Christopher Chia) “The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.” (‭Proverbs‬ ‭16‬:‭9‬ ESV) One day I found our cat resting on our coffee capsules of our coffee machine. What was she thinking: “Was she giving George Clooney a run…

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…