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Let no one despise your age

September 8th, 2015 Categories: pondering..., reporting... 6 comments

This weekend I joined the memorial meeting for a dear brother who recently went to be with the Lord. I was very touched by all the testimonies of the saints. The speaking was very rich and full of the fragrance of a precious life poured on our lovely Lord Jesus, because He is altogether worthy.

This kind of special meeting leaves you with the encouragement and aspiration to follow our brother’s pattern to be simply and absolutely for the Lord and to care for the church, His Body.

…Forgetting the things which are behind and stretching forward to the things which are before, I pursue toward the goal for the prize to which God in Christ Jesus has called me upward.

The requirement to work for the Lord

May 22nd, 2015 Categories: reporting..., serving... 4 comments

Yesterday I joined the One-week Trainees for their church history tour of Cambridge. It was a lovely afternoon, and enjoyable to see in person the sites that are significant to the translation of the Bible and the beginning of the recovery of the truth. Maybe I’ll write more on it another time. For now, here is a modern-day site of significance:


The Amana Tea Room used to be here!

After the tour, we watched a video about Margaret E. Barber, a missionary who went to China simply as a grain of wheat to fall into the ground and die and produce much fruit, just like her precious Lord Jesus (John 12:24). Even though M. E. Barber didn’t do anything great outwardly, her life was full of meaning and significance. I appreciate this quote of hers that was mentioned in the video:

The requirement to work for the Lord is not to work.

Amen, may this also become our experience and testimony, to simply learn to be real priests – those coming into the Lord’s presence to be infused with Him, filled with Him, and overflowing Him.

Weekend Retreat into my spirit!

May 4th, 2015 Categories: enjoying..., reporting... 5 comments

Someone asked me how my weekend was, and I realised I have to share it with you!

Sisters at Weekend Retreat

I joined an Amana Trust Weekend Retreat at Bower House and Woodland Camp, in London, and it was awesome. I’m so glad I went! The whole weekend was very pleasant, lots of yummy food (cooked breakfasts and a barbecue – yes, all free), and lots of believers from all over East London and the East of England. Some had been to events like this before and for some this was their first time. But we were all well taken care of :)

The three messages on Saturday were on God’s Eternal Purpose as seen in the Book of Ephesians. We covered Ephesians 1-3 (the second half will be covered the next 4 weekends).

Two key words we were presented with from the very beginning were enjoy and turn. The Lord is so enjoyable in His Word, and we need to keep turning our hearts to Him, not thinking that we know everything, so that we can see, and not just to see but also to experience!

Forgetting, Pursuing, Obtaining (FTTL Spring 2015 First-Term Trainees)

February 9th, 2015 Categories: reporting... 1 comment

Tonight was the first Monday night meeting of the new FTTL term. Praise the Lord for a new beginning and a fresh start!

We enjoyed pray-reading Philippians 3:12-13, and a brother shared how the Christ we enjoy is so all-inclusive and all-extensive. He is so universally spacious and infinitely vast. His dimensions are the dimensions of the universe – the breadth and length and height and depth – always expanding! This is the Christ that we should be deeply rooted in, experiencing and enjoying!

So the encouragement for this term is to not think that we have already obtained, but to be obtaining. Not to consider we have already been perfected, but to be open to being perfected. Not to hold on to anything, even to the previous experiences of Christ, but to be forgetting the things behind. Not lingering in the past, but pressing on. And not being limited in our appreciation of Christ, but pursuing the limitless Christ!

Let the pursuit begin! Let the enjoyment of Christ begin!

(And for those of us not currently in the training, this is an encouragement to us also. Every day is a new beginning to gain more Christ!)

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It was for her

February 8th, 2015 Categories: enjoying..., pondering..., singing... 2 comments

I really enjoyed the campus Bible studies this week! On Thursday, we read the footnote for John 19:34, and a few paragraphs from the first message from Life-study of Romans.

But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately there came out blood and water.

So, I had read this footnote before, and appreciated that the blood is for redemption, the purchasing of the church, and that the water is for imparting life, for the producing of the church. It’s pretty amazing to see that, to realise that it is not random or even just for biological reasons that both blood and water came out of the Jesus’ side, but that both are so significant. But in our fellowship at the Bible study, I saw in a fresh way that the blood was for the purchasing of the church, and that the water was for the producing of the church.