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November 16, 2018

How to be positive and let go

Filed under: How we relate to God,Relationships — applecherrypipz @ 1:44 am
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When we make moral mistakes, we may feel very guilty about them. Grace means “unmerited favour”. In this case, God’s grace gives us unmerited mercy, so we don’t have to nail ourselves to the cross, or condemn ourselves forever, for that. We can just let go. He forgives us again and again.

This reminds me of the lyrics of a song, entitled “How He Loves” by David Crowder Band.

“If His grace was an ocean, we’re all sinking.”

This concept of grace also applies to our relationships with other Christians as well. Sometimes we may feel that other Christians condemn us for our actions, but we must remember that we are all recipients of God’s grace and mercy.

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November 14, 2018

How to shine like a gem

Filed under: How we relate to God,Identity,People — applecherrypipz @ 7:42 am
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Do you keep, in your drawer, some precious collectibles, like a photograph, a keychain, a globe, or maybe a magnet? Some of us are like each collectible, as precious as a gem, shining like a gem. Shining because of our positivity, our hope for a better day, believing in what is good and upright.

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A way in which God and positivity are linked

Filed under: Bible verses,How we relate to God,People,poetry,Relationships — applecherrypipz @ 7:20 am
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What a glowing picture of the son of man.

 “12 I turned around to see the voice that was speaking to me. And when I turned I saw seven golden lampstands, 13 and among the lampstands was someone like a son of man,[d] dressed in a robe reaching down to his feet and with a golden sash around his chest. 14 The hair on his head was white like wool, as white as snow, and his eyes were like blazing fire. 15 His feet were like bronze glowing in a furnace, and his voice was like the sound of rushing waters. 16 In his right hand he held seven stars,and coming out of his mouth was a sharp, double-edged sword. His face was like the sun shining in all its brilliance.” Revelations 1:12-16 (NIV)

 

And he descended with all His glory,

Upon the mountains,

In stormy clouds,

Gail, rain and hail.

I thought I saw an angel,

But it was actually God.

God the Father

Had come again.

 

God the Father, defends me, gives me positivity, security, assurance, a sense of reliability.

The traits of God the Father are

  1. He is the source of life

He contributes to the life of his children.

  1. He lovingly corrects us
  2. He provides for our needs
  3. He gives us His wisdom

His word is the ultimate source of wisdom and truth.

  1. He always welcomes us back

He always comes running to us.

(https://www.focusonthefamily.com/parenting/spiritual-growth-for-kids/trinity/god-the-father)

 

 

 

Why a christian is positive

Filed under: How we relate to God,People,Philosophy — applecherrypipz @ 6:46 am
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Sometimes I wonder how can a Christian not be positive. Sin is a fact of life, we make moral mistakes. We do need forgiveness from a superior being, namely God. And the solution to that? Simply the attitude of the heart – belief in Jesus, the Son of God.

What the trend towards human positivity suggests

Filed under: How we relate to God,People,Philosophy — applecherrypipz @ 2:04 am
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Using a machine-learning algorithm known as random forests, and controlling for potentially complicating factors such as the fame of an artist, Myra Interiano and colleagues from the University of California Irvine in the US looked into the depths of a couple of huge community-generated music databases and searched for trends developing over decades.

The researchers noted that the numbers that hit the tops of the Top 100 singles chart were often “systematically” different from their less successful competitors. They summarised these differences in 12 points:

  1. Successful songs are happier than average songs.
  2. Successful songs have a brighter timbre than average songs.
  3. Successful songs are less sad than average songs.
  4. Successful songs are more party-like than average songs.
  5. Successful songs are less relaxed than average songs.
  6. Successful songs are more danceable than average songs. (https://cosmosmagazine.com/social-sciences/how-to-write-a-hit-song)

 Interesting trend towards human positivity

Hegel, a German philosopher of the early modern period, advocated a kind of historically-minded Absolute Idealism (developed out of the Transcendental Idealismof Immanuel Kant), in which the world and the galaxies beyond would realize its spiritual potential through the development of human society, and in which mind and nature can be seen as two abstractions of one indivisible whole Spirit. (https://www.philosophybasics.com/philosophers_hegel.html)

How interesting, are we getting prepared for Jesus’ coming? That’s why the trend towards human positivity.

Are we getting more advanced as a society? Certainly. Does spiritual advancement correspond? One can consider that the gospel is being spread to increasingly more and more parts of the world.

March 13, 2014

Child’s version of Revelations: The New Heavens and the New Earth

Inspired by Revelations: The New Jerusalem
“I promise you there will be a land where there are rainbows and smiles, no more tears anymore. There will be candies, kindness and peace. You will have a white snow-like robe and a golden crown. There will be no fear of beatings, of extra homework and curfews. Instead, your hamster will lie with your cat fearlessly.You shall dance with the Lamb and sing with the angels. You will see God in the throne room and you will worship Him happily everyday,”so said the little elf from the woods.

Here’s an effort to practise relaying symbolism and imagery from Revelations in a different way.

November 30, 2013

Image of God

On the weekend of my birthday, I received a revelation from God – what it meant to be created in the image of God. It was an answer to a recent question that has been surfacing in my mind with regards to the topics “Human self-development and the work place” and “humanity” and “evolution”.

As an arts student, I have preferred to be a humanist. (Roughly speaking, Humanism is a group of philosophies and ethical perspectives which emphasize the value and agency of human beings, individually and collectively, and generally prefers individual thought and evidence (rationalism, empiricism) over established doctrine or faith (fideism).) This has especially been so since I entered the workplace. But there is a type of humanisim that embraces christianity

Experiencing how people behave at work full time,it has led me to think of people as glorious self-made constructions, or as  organisms with a selfish agenda. Two opposites. that just goes by humanistic assumptions,which much of secular society goes by. However, I still had a question “who are we, really” and it was in my subconscious.

I have always read the verse “created in the image of God” and just understood it surface value. but now i understand better what it means. we are created to be LIKE GOD – that means having the kind of worth, glory and honour that goes along with it. we have God’s attributes – love, holiness, grace,mercy,justice, righteousness, creativity, diligence and so on.

Isn’t it wonderful to have been created in the image of God? Instead of being slaves at the workplace, we have the worth of God-like status. Instead of being cogs in a machine,we have the moral attributes of God designed in us. Instead of being money hungry evolutionary beings, we are crowned with glory.

well, just happyabout the answer to the question “Who am I”.

November 17, 2013

Freedom

Democracy gives us freedom from restrictions,to have freedom in action.
Investing gives us freedom from money, to have freedom in life.
Medical discoveries give us freedom from illnesses,to have freedom in our bodies.

Jesus Christ gives us freedom from sin, to have freedom to be like Him.

Which is the best kind of freedom?

October 6, 2013

The Language of the Heart – video format

Filed under: How we relate to God,poetry — applecherrypipz @ 8:03 am
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Here’s my recital of the poem I wrote “The Language of the Heart”. Enjoy! Do leave a comment if you have any ideas about what the language of the heart may mean. Thank you!

September 29, 2013

Jesus is God and Lord over all creation!

Filed under: How we relate to God,Identity — applecherrypipz @ 8:55 am
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He is the image of the invisible God, the first-born of all creation. For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities — all things have been created by Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the first-born from the dead; so that He Himself might come to have first place in everything. For it was the Father’s good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in heaven.” – Col 1:15-21

Jesus is God and Lord over all creation!

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