Blog

Reflections, Announcements, & Updates from the BCEC

Encounter Weekend

We’ll be having an Encounter Weekend from the 20-22 February, 2009.

The Encounter Weekend does two things primarily – it helps us see more on how God loves us, and in that way lets us love him more. I suppose the analogy that I like to use, is that it’s like cleaning out some of the dark closets and things hidden away in your heart. So that God can bring his life and freshness into them.

The Details:
Where: COCM Headquarters
When: 8pm, Friday, 20 February – 1pm, Sunday, 22 February
Dinner for the first evening won’t be provided so please eat before you come.
Cost: £60 (if you need financial assistance please email bert)

Read more on Encounter Weekend…

God is Holy

i don’t know about you, but there are times when i feel as if life is passing me by. There can be a boring/drifting/lost kinda feeling. Alex, in this week’s message, talked about a mundane-ness that can be pervasive in life. And in this case, Moses’ life, which seemed to be going nowhere – no ambitious, no hope, no direction.

Alex brings up this amazing observation: Moses in the mundane-ness of his life asks God, “Who am I?” and God replies, “I am who I am.” In fact it is not so much about who Moses is, but indeed, who God is.

Read more on God is Holy…

Faithful, True, Protector

Reward.  That was perhaps the thesis of Pastor Bert’s sermon this past Sunday.  God is our great reward.

When we think about rewards, we often think about something we have earned through some great work of our own.  So, if God is our reward, we must have done something great to deserve Him.  Well, I would suggest, that is a great blasphemy.  In fact, the image that we have from Scripture is quite the opposite. Read more on Faithful, True, Protector…

The Great Adventure

Genesis 12:1 was a very instrumental verse for me.  When I was working as an engineer in San Diego, I was on the phone with my dad who was in Los Angeles.  I was explaining to him that I believed God wanted me involved in some form of full-time ministry.  My dad (not a Christian) said “There is no god who would tell somebody to leave his family or his country,” and he slammed down the phone (my dad has never hung up on me before).  At once, I remembered Genesis 12 where the God of the Bible told Abraham to leave his country, his people and his father’s household.  My dad did not know the God of the Bible.  It was at that point that I knew I needed to refocus my energy on preparing for the ministry — 12 months later, I quit my job and started full-time study in the seminary.  As a missionary once told me “You cannot tell other people about an Awesome God if you are unwilling to follow this Awesome God.”  Until that phone call, I was not following the Awesome God I claimed to trust in.
Read more on The Great Adventure…

Christmas Time Is Here

“It’s better to give than to receive.”

Nowadays it seems everyone is saying that it’s better to receive than to give.

It seems like on tv, radio, even in conversations, it’s less about what you’re giving away this Christmas, but more about what you’re getting. “What do you want for Christmas?” “What do you think so and so will get you for Christmas?” “What’s your dream Christmas gift.”

Read more on Christmas Time Is Here…

Joy

I was hesitant to post anything since it was so late in the week. But I came across this interesting article entitled Laugh and the World Laughs With You: How Happiness Spreads and thought it would be an interesting thing to comment on.

Happiness is something that the world chases after.  The American Declaration of Independence proclaims that “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” are the inalienable rights of every human being.  (Oddly, it seems as though we often believe that life does does not exist without liberty or happiness.)  From finding that true love to blazing down the M6 in that dream car, happiness is what makes our hearts beat.  According to this Time magazine article, happiness has a ripple affect spreading to others (they have it down to a science — 25% to a close friend, 10% to that friend’s friend, and 5.6% to that friend’s friend).
Read more on Joy…

Sorrow

In our continuing series on Issues of the Heart, this week Stephen Squire shared with us about the complexities of sorrow. 2 Corinthians 7:10 & 11, says:

Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death. See what this godly sorrow has produced in you: what earnestness, what eagerness to clear yourselves, what indignation, what alarm, what longing, what concern, what readiness to see justice done.

It’s caused me to reflect on the different kinds of sorrow we feel. There’s this kind of sadness, or depression, that weighs heavy on our heart. Things that are caused by the circumstances around us, or our own failings.

Read more on Sorrow…

Operation Christmas Child

This Christmas, we were looking for some way to bless those around us. Actually, when economic times are hardest, sometimes that’s the best time to give. When our hearts are soft in hard times, we learn more of Christ’s compassion and love.

On the 16th and 23rd of November, we’ll be collecting toys, gifts, and other items for Operation Christmas Child, sponsored by the Samaritans Purse. On the website, the deadline says 18th of November, but we’ve received a 1 week extension to collect what we can.

Read more on Operation Christmas Child…

Love

When I first came up with this topic, i was looking forward to understanding a little more on how Jesus loves us, and how that translates to our own love. I mean, growing up in the west, love is displayed by flowers, romance, and someone that understands you and would give the world for you.

And so people grow up longing for this kind of love, and when they’re disappointed by their lovers, they depart disillusioned and depressed.

There’s this amazing passage, John 13:1-16, which we normally don’t associate with love. And especially on how we are called to love.

It’s the passage about Jesus washing the feet of his disciples.

“so he [Jesus] got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.”

And so we discover that love, or the kind of love that Jesus demonstrates, starts with humility.
Read more on Love…

Anger

Ephesians 4:26 says:
“In your anger do not sin” : Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold.

This was the verse my mother reminded me everytime i would lose my temper as a kid and also as a teenager. She tried to instill in me the need to calm myself down and think through a situation, and hopefully come to a resolution before I would go to bed at night.
Read more on Anger…