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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.
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With All Your Strength

When Pastor Bert mentioned he was going to preach on this subject with “strength” referring to “actions,” I immediately thought about the the church’s call towards social action.  But then, as his sermon began to unfold, he went a completely different route.  He spoke about dying to ourselves and living for God.  This, of course, makes so much sense — how can we hope to love selflessly others if we cannot love selflessly the God who has given us everything?

Pastor Bert used one of my favorite Old Testament passages in his sermon this past Sunday: Genesis 22.  That chapter really encapsulates all of Christian life for me.  It provocatively asks us if the most precious things in our lives are even more precious than God Himself.  I mean, many Christians (myself included) often say God is priority number one, but we don’t know what that really means.
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Book Review : A Little Guide to Christian Spirituality

Betty Lai shares about Glen G. Scorgie’s book, “A Little Guide to Christian Spirituality.” The book is available at Amazon.co.uk for £6.39

My husband Alex gave me this book for my birthday this past year. I am glad he gave me this book by Dr. Scorgie to read. I actually met Dr. Scorgie before I’d ever encountered any of his books. We met up with him the first time I went down to San Diego with Alex. Dr. Scorgie struck me as a very refined man, in all manners of speaking. He took great care in his words, his actions, both of which reflect great care in his thinking in the first place. After reading his book “A Little Guide on Christian Spirituality”, I can see his character in his writing. He is a storyteller.

I love reading out loud personally, to hear each word of every sentence read out as they are intended and not to be glossed over through skimming the book. This isn’t always a smart thing to do especially with long books. I tend to stop reading out loud after the first chapter or so. This book, however, captured me and really demanded me to read all its words out loud. In fact, Alex and I went through this book together with the majority of the book being read out loud by me whilst we were on a road trip to the Canadian Rockies and back.
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With All Your Mind

Pastor Bert this past Sunday preached about the need for us to love God with all of our minds.  To many, this seems to be contrary to the message of our Christian faith.  You cannot argue a person to be a Christian, it is a work of God.  “You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder” (James 2:19).  Why waste our energy on knowledge when the Christian gospel is all about love — loving God and loving your neighbor?  The Apostle Paul, of course, wrote, “Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up” (1 Cor 8:1).  We want to be people who are fun and loving — not one of those stuffy bookworms that only works in the theoretical without any grounding.  These are seemingly diametrically opposed concepts.

Yet, if Pastor Bert is right, then God may actually be very interested in how we use our minds.  In fact, we are to be transformed through the renewal of our minds (Rom 12:2).  It’s like when Optimus Prime transforms from being a big rig to his awesome two-story high robot — a paradigm shift from one form to another.  The odd thing is the change begins from within our minds.  We must be question, challenge and engage our Christianity.

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All Your Heart, Soul, Mind & Strength

 

One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?”
“The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”

12 October : With All Your Soul
With all your soul. What does it mean to love God with all our soul? How do we follow this command? What is God asking from us, in the loving of Him with our soul?

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Upcoming Events

This Saturday, 4 October, we’re having our Student Welcome Event : Connect!
This will be a great chance to meet with other students, find out a little more about the BCEC, get connected with others, and enjoy a delicious free lunch. 🙂 And we all know how enticed you are by food!
It starts at 11.30am at the BCEC.
There’s a Women’s Fellowship event on the 8th of October for women only aged 17+. Email me for more details. It’ll be a fun time of food, games and laughs. For Women only!

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The Poor, Homeless, & Helpless *Update*

Modern Living: Poor, Homeless, Helpless (James 1:27)

This Sunday, we’re moving into our final part of our series on Modern Living. Betty Milton will join us to share with us about those we encounter everyday. What is a Christian’s role and responsibility to the poor, homeless, and helpless. What was Jesus’ perspective on these things.

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