Paying the Price

I appreciated seeing in Matthew 24-25 that the way for us to prepare for the Lord's return is to pay the price to buy oil for our vessels and to redeem the time, as well as to invest the talent apportioned to us by God. It might seem like a lot to "pay a price," but I was impressed that we just need to have a change in our concepts and in our priorities. If we see the Lord's supreme preciousness and we love Him above all other things, then paying a price, such as getting up 15 minutes earlier to spend time with Him in the morning, is insignificant. The more we love the Lord, the more we are rooted in Him rather than in the world. Spontaneously we will desire to spend more time with the Lord,

Appreciating the Body of Christ

I had such a wonderful time at my first college conference. I loved each of the messages, and was especially touched by our need for more oil and more Spirit! But even more, I loved the students’ sharing, from the farmer brother from Indonesia to the sisters who found time to pray for each other every day. I loved how comfortable everyone was to share their experiences. You could feel the presence of God. Furthermore, the singing was phenomenal. There was such energy and such passion! Here, there was no room for nervousness or self-consciousness, and there was no judgment, only love for Christ. Even with those I wasn’t able to talk to personally, I felt a warm bond connecting us as children

Active Waiting

This college conference, I saw that to prepare for the Lord’s return, we need to consider our attitude toward His coming. 2 Timothy 4:8 says, “Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, with which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will recompense me in that day, and not only me but also all those who have loved His appearing.” We should be those who love His appearing! I really appreciated hearing portions of the testimony of sister M.E. Barber, who lived in the 20th century. I was so impressed that she lived in expectation of the Lord’s coming. She waited actively. Even on New Year’s Eve, she still felt that the Lord could come that year. How much we need this kind of expec

Faith like a Mustard Seed!

What I enjoyed from this week's Bible study was that we just need a little faith—faith like a mustard seed—to be able to move mountains (Matthew 17:20). We are not required to be ones with giant faith; if we just have a genuine belief in the Lord, even if our faith is small, nothing is impossible. From my experience, I remember that one time when I was taking a midterm, I couldn't solve a really hard problem. As a result, I was super anxious. But I suddenly realized that I had a verse down on my cheat sheet. So I simply turned to the Lord and pray-read the verse, giving the problem to the Lord. I felt at peace at that moment. I was eventually able to solve the problem, but beyond that, I was

Starting with What God Needs in Us

Our first Fellowship Night of the spring semester was a really awesome one! It was great to see so many new and returning students enjoying the Lord together! There was no better way to start off this semester as a club—singing and enjoying the Lord. When two of our dear senior club members gave a sweet word about God’s eternal plan, I was really touched that God created us to fulfill His eternal purpose and share His fullness with us! God is just so unsearchably rich, and that is why He created us—to share His riches with us and gain His corporate expression on this earth. In order to take in these riches, we need to align our heart with God. We cannot take in something if we don’t agree wi

Setting Our Mind on the Things of God

This week in our Matthew Bible study, I was impressed by the interactions between the Lord Jesus and Peter. Specifically in verse 22, when Jesus had begun to explain to the disciples that He was going to suffer these things and be killed and resurrected on the third day, Peter, in his good-heartedness and affection toward the Lord, said, “God be merciful to You, Lord! This shall by no means happen to You!” But then, the Lord had a very strong reaction, saying, “Peter, Get behind Me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to Me, for you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of men” (v. 23). I was very struck by this because I feel that often, I’m like Peter, even thinkin

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