Visiting Pergamum – The Compromising Church | 7 Churches of Revelation Tour

The church in Pergamum (modern-day Bergama) was the third to receive a letter in the Book of Revelation. While they were commended for staying true to Jesus, they were rebuked for some of them followed false teachings.

Pergamum/Pergamon was a wealthy city that was known for its healing center–the Asclepion, its library–which boasted of 200,000 volumes written on costly parchment (sheep skin) and its temples dedicated to the Emperor Trajan, Athena and Zeus.

 

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REAL TALK: The Story of my Single Life

A little break from the travel vlogs. This is what I shared with the young adults in Hungary (hence, the greetings). In this message I talk about boyfriends (LOL), crying over guys, asking God about marriage among many others. Coming to terms with the single life didn’t happen overnight. It was a process and I thank God for His patience and how He’s led me throughout.

LAUSANNE DAY 3: CULTIVATING GOD’S WORD

We began our day with scripture exposition by Richard Chin, a Malaysian-born Chinese Australian who is the National Director of the Australian Fellowship of Evangelical Students. This was followed by a 10-minute reflection with our connect groups, where we discussed application questions on the Character of God, Humanity’s Purpose and the Blessing of Creation.


Today we also had our first Leadership Panel featuring Kristina Alikhanyan (Lausanne Catalyst for Tentmaking and Postdoctoral Fellow at the DKFZ German Cancer Research Center), Ole-Magnus Olafsrud (Senior Coordinator for YLG2016) and Mutua Mahiaini (International President of the Navigators). If you look at their titles, you would be intimidated but I truly appreciated their transparency on the realities and challenges of leadership. Continue reading

PUNISHMENT

WHAT IS PUNISHMENT

In response to the Daily Challenge, I am writing about PUNISHMENT. Now all around the world, we all have different associations and experiences with the word. Punishment for me, brings back memories of when I was a disobedient kid and I had to be grounded or whacked with my dad’s leather belt (sinturon, in Tagalog). I understand that for some cultures, spanking and the use of sinturon is a bit extreme, but I’d have to say I’m grateful for the discipline. Values have indeed been instilled in me and I know that my parents were only doing their job of correcting me.

On the spiritual aspect, PUNISHMENT would mean eternal separation from the Lord. God is overflowing with grace and mercy, He gives us so many chances to repent of our sins and come into His presence with repentant, humble hearts. A lot of people think that humbling oneself before the Lord is out-dated, will take away freedom and is overly boring. It is so easy to be enticed by the world and it’s attractions but we have to constantly remind ourselves that these attractions will pass away. In the end, what matters is where you are going to spend the rest of eternity–will it be in the presence of God or will it be in punishment–far away from His presence, His grace and glory?