Discovering who we are and what we are called to do is an important journey in all our lives. When we realise our identities, we will be able to function most effectively in the place where God has called us to.
The more you want to be good, the more likely you are to feel crushed and disappointed
when you sin. And if you keep falling into sin again and again in spite of your best intentions,
you risk becoming disillusioned and giving up altogether.
All those who sincerely try to be good people would be conscious that there is a fierce tug-of-
war between the good and the bad within themselves. The bible tells us that this is a war we
cannot win on our own. In the last message, we saw how God delivers us through Jesus
Christ, so that it becomes possible for us to really be good.
Most people think of goodness as a gradual process of incremental improvements over time
in moral conduct as we cultivate greater resolve and will power. There is, however, a fatal
flaw, in this approach. It simply won’t work.
When we think about our regrets, they are invariably the outcome of us getting or doing what we had wanted at some point in the past. With the clarity of hindsight, it becomes obvious that what we had been so sure we wanted is not what we really want after all. Why are we so confused about what we really want?
The final chapter in the book of Jonah starts with a surprising twist and ends on an unexpected note. In between, it paints a picture of Jonah that is highly unflattering, and a God who is more gracious than we can imagine. The bitter medicine that is hard for us to swallow, but good for our soul, is the truth that we are all more like Jonah than we think.
This message from Jonah chapter 3 addresses an important question: What do you really want to live for? We all have a limited time on earth. We have to decide how we are going to use it. What do we hope to be able to look back on at the end of it all? What would we like to leave behind after we have passed on? Why should we even care?
Most of us have, at one time or another, found ourselves stuck in a desperate situation, whether of our own doing or otherwise. If you are not a believer, it makes you wonder if God perhaps exists and is able to help you. On the other hand, if you are a believer, it makes you question the existence and love of God. What is the right response?
In the first message of this series, we are introduced to a most unusual prophet. Unlike all the other Old Testament prophets, Jonah was not a respected hero of the bible. On the contrary, he was disobedient, selfish and arrogant. But perhaps that’s why his story is so relevant for us even after several thousand years.
Human beings are intrigued by the spiritual, and we attempt to make sense or even get in touch with it. Even those of us who are not sure whether God exist have tried praying to him. Is it possible for everyone, whether believers or unbelievers, to connect with God? Pastor Alywin tell us in this message.
It has become fashionable to believe that evolution is fundamentally incompatible with the Christian
faith. This causes many Christians to either reject evolution outright or to put faith and science into
two separate boxes. It also makes many non-Christians dismiss the Christian faith summarily as being
unscientific and unworthy of consideration. Is there a better way to approach this issue? In today’s
message Pastor Tiak will help us understand how Christians ought to evaluate evolution without
compromising their faith, and how non-Christians can consider Christianity without compromising