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Allow the Lord to Love Us

The topic of the conference is God's Love. The title of the first meeting was "Jesus as the Good Samaritan with the Highest Morality," which mainly focused on the parable in Luke 10:25-37. It was eye-opening to see that the man who was beaten up and left half dead was the portrayal of the lawyer's pitiful condition. In verse 27, which is the answer to how we can inherit eternal life, there are two qualifications. The first part is easily comprehensible as it speaks about the need to love the Lord, our God. However, in the second half of the verse, according to our natural concept, we would have understood it as the lawyer did that we need to love other people. Nevertheless, the parable revea

God Runs to Meet Us!

This past Saturday, I really enjoyed attending the semesterly college conference! This year, we went to UC Davis and learned about God’s heart of love for man. My top highlights included the singing times, where I learned a new song, “Before the throne of God”, and also the meal times where the cafeteria food was significantly better than Berkeley’s. However, my greatest enjoyment from the conference was concerning the parable of the prodigal son in Luke 15. In that parable, the prodigal son squandered his father’s wealth, and when he “came to himself”, he thought of a long speech to apologize to his father and made the decision to go back to him. However, as the son went back, Luke 15:20 sa

God's Saving Love!

The college conference was about God’s heart of love towards man. The two aspects we covered were Jesus as the good Samaritan with the highest morality and the saving love of the Triune God. These points were illustrated through parables— fictitious stories with spiritual significance. The first of the two Jesus told was to a lawyer about a man who had been robbed, beaten, and left half dead. A priest and a Levite, two kinds of people the lawyer would look up to, ignored the man, but a Samaritan came and not only bound and anointed the wounds but also brought the man to an inn. The world with all its attacks leaves people in the state the man was, but the Lord as a good Samaritan comes and c

We have the Promise of God Himself!

The second message, "The Saving Love of the Triune God", used the parable of the prodigal son to depict both our human condition and the salvation experienced by receiving Christ. The speaking covered God's plan: to share His eternal life with His many sons to be, filling us with this life that we might express Him. In the parable of the prodigal son, the father receives his son with joy and open arms, though the son had previously left the provisions of his loving father for an unclean living. What an amazing picture! This is a depiction of how even those dead in sin can turn back to God and receive His mercy and love. Two aspects of Jesus Christ were discussed in the context of the human c

Enjoying Christ as the New Wine

Matthew 9:17 “...but they put new wine into fresh wineskins, and both are preserved.” Whenever I came across this verse in my Bible reading, I never really knew what it meant. But this past fellowship night gave me a clear understanding and a fresh seeing that Christ is the new wine and we, the church, are the fresh wineskins. We are made to be filled with Christ as the new wine. I appreciated the example of calling on the name of the Lord as one easy way to be filled with Christ. Whenever and wherever we are, whether we’re in the valleys or in the mountains, studying for midterms or stuck in an elevator, we can call “Oh Lord Jesus!” and He as the new wine will fill us with joy, life, and pe

The Gift of the Spirit

Matthew 7 was a difficult chapter for me to get into by myself this week, but the Bible study was very helpful. Our group’s discussion began with Matthew 7:11, which says, “If you then being evil know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in the heavens give good things to those who ask Him!” Someone mentioned that the parallel verse in Luke says almost the exact same thing, but it replaces the phrase “good things” with “the Holy Spirit”. This indicates that what is good in the Father’s eyes is the Spirit, and what we need is in the Spirit. This reminded me of a parent giving their children vegetables to eat instead of candy. “Good things” may not nec

Not Anxious for Tomorrow!

Matthew 6:34 says, “therefore do not be anxious for tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself; sufficient for the day is its own evil.” As college students, we are often anxious about our future: am I prepared for the midterm next week? How should I study? What about finals? What classes should I take next semester? Can I find an internship during the summer? What career should I choose? Our lives in this modern world are full of and even governed by this anxiety for the future. But is tomorrow with all its uncertainties in our own control? Here, the Lord is telling us to not worry so much about tomorrow. Rather, focus on living today. He wants us to simply turn to Him each day and g

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