Big Idea: Destroy God's Word, God destroys you. Trust God and be saved.

"I will save you; you will not fall by the sword but will escape with your life, because you trust in me, declares the Lord” (Jer 39:18).

Trusting God--which requires faith--is the way to life (Gen 15:6; Rom 1:17). Trusting God is a central theme of Scripture (Prov 3:5; Jn 14:1). Since preaching through 66 chapters of Isaiah for two years, I found that it is Isaiah's singular message -- Trust God -- as follows:

  • Ch. 1-39 (Assyrian invasion): Trust God instead of your own scheming.
  • Ch. 40-55 (Babylonian exile): Trust God to deliver you while in exile.
  • Ch. 56-66 (Return from exile): Trust God to enable/empower you to start over from scratch with a new life.

Big Idea: Be a man of one book (homo unius libri), a man of one direction--always driven internally toward a clear goal and unaffected by the din of the world.

In 2014, in a series on Christian living--The ABCs of Christian Life--D is for Daily. Your daily thoughts and activities shape and determine your life. Focus your thoughts through the daily reading of Scripture and good books. Live a well thought out life that is directed toward a clear target. Paul says it best: "...my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task..." (Ac 20:24). "...one thing I do...I press on toward the goal to win the prize..." (Phil 3:13-14). ["Nurture your mind with great thoughts, for you will never go any higher than you think.” Benjamin Disraeli.]

Shades of grace and peaceGrace is like flying without any effort. Grace always comforts. Grace requires listening. Grace believes the goodness of God, even in the face of pain, suffering, sorrow, oppression, injustice and tragedy. Grace sings. Grace is a constant open invitation. Grace causes rejoicing all the days of our life.

Thank God who blessed our first international Malaysian conference in Kuala Lumpur from June 29 to July 1, 2017 with the theme of Grace and Peace. The next day, July 2, was the first Malaysian UBF wedding between Ison Hong and Nicky/Becky from Taiwan. In today's service--a personal review of the conference--Isaiah helps us to know what God most desires to freely give us: Grace and Peace.