2017 Summer Challenge

As spring is about to conclude its’ season and summer is beginning to unfold, we are all looking forward to a season that brings brighter and longer days. It is the time of the year when the beauty of nature is conspicuously smiling before us, when grasses are greener, colourful flowers are blooming, and countless birds are singing. Summer is where signs of life’s vitality is coming again after a period of rest and hibernation in winter. Thus, summer has become the most celebrated season of the year…a season filled with many blessings.

The psalmist reminds us that God is the one who set different seasons, “It was you who set all the boundaries of the earth; you made both summer and winter.” (Psalm 74:1). Summer is being characterized by abundance not only of life but also of food (Proverbs 30:25), and we all know that every good and perfect gift is from God (James 1:17).

This is also the time of the year when we should all the more show the vitality of our faith in God. Thus, this summer I would like to challenge each one of us to show forth our love and faith in God in more tangible ways by striving to do the following:

Let's take on this challenge as we enter the bright and beautiful summer season!

- Pastor Andy

lwm @ 21

This November, we will be celebrating 21 years of God's faithfulness to our local church, Living Word Ministries.

Traditionally, when someone turns 21, he or she is now considered an adult; thus, being looked up to and treated as a mature person.  Adult life comes with an enlarged freedom, enlarged responsibilities, enlarged accountabilities and also with enlarged expectations from family, friends and the community he or she is a part of. 

As our local church turns 21, it’s about time for us to ENLARGE our “TENT” or “TERRITORIES” as the Word of God through the prophet Isaiah said, “Enlarge the place of your tent, stretch your tent curtains wide, do not hold back; lengthen your cords, strengthen your stakes (Isaiah 54:2). 

As we reflect on God’s faithfulness and of the many good things He has given us, we now need to pursue all the more the visions God has placed into our hearts in a more responsible and mature ways. 

In becoming an adult, there are lot of undoing we need to start working on… primarily on ourselves.  As Apostle Paul once wrote in 1 Corinthians 13:11, “When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me.”  Thus, we must grow out of our childish talk, childish thinking, and childish reasoning and begin to desire for solid food as the writer of Hebrews said, “But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil (Hebrews 5:14).  

As we celebrate our 21st Anniversary, more than ever, let us continue to join hands in living and acting out more responsibly as we begin to ENLARGE the scope of ministries God has entrusted us. 

- Pastor Andy