The Amethyst Stone (Jade Creek Book 1)

Best friends Tanbi and Julian dream of becoming the next great seafarers, but the world is bigger and more dangerous than they ever imagined. The elders have declared a crisis: rogue crews plague the seas, growing with each passing year.

But there is good news. Elohim has spoken. One of them has been chosen to build a bridge from Scenic City to the great forests across Jade Creek, but if these childhood friends want to remain together through rough seas, there's only one way they can do it:

They'll have to return to the source of all things...

“What once left me breathless and in awe now appeared as plain as the coast I grew up on. There was a thrill in me once, an electricity so real it was contagious and transformational, but alas, that feeling is long gone and now even the most vivid danger couldn’t satisfy the longing for adventure in me. All those great exploits that only few may encounter only built a thirst in my soul for something more, something nothing in this world could satisfy. And so I looked higher. I went back to what my father taught me, the belief of a child who is entrusted with the truth beyond the cosmos – Elohim.”

He grew up on stories about great evil and terrible men. That’s what linked his people together – story. He jumped from his father’s lap with his wooden sword flaying in the wind. He struck nothing but air and yet he vowed to fight evil to become the hero for the next tale. His whole childhood convalesced in a single dream – to wield the sword with honor. He never imagined the day he would find the evil he was looking for. He never would have believed it was real unless he saw it for himself – vowing to fight against evil until the day you stare it face to face and then realize you’re looking at your own reflection. How could someone vowing to defeat all that is wrong become the evil he once despised?

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Mars (A Novel) 火星小說

Mars was instantly uploaded on everyone's communications device.

The Prime Minister ensured it was the answer to their biggest crisis.

It was all about the girl.

And he would do absolutely anything to save her.

But was it really possible for the power of time and space to move heaven enough to solve his crisis?

Or was the worst really upon them?

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FreshAir. A simple environmental organization that found the answer to the greatest environmental threat the world has ever faced. Everything is safe now. Everything except us. A special co-op mission of people called Amphibians explore the new world where everything has grown ten times their normal size.

With incredible abilities to swim through physical matter with strength and speed, they are the only ones left who can face the full force of the wild. It's a fight to survive and humanity is losing. Now it's all up to this group of heroes with a special calling to bridge the gap between the wilderness and humanity.

Amphibians is an adventure that seeks to uncover the courageous spirit in each of us waiting to be revealed during the darkest times as long as we choose to never give up.

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The Soldier, The Athlete and The Farmer (Jade Creek Book 2)

War with Mountain is approaching. Julian is seeking to take the Great Seas for himself. And the ring is seeking a mysterious seed that can crack through concrete.

In the midst of rising persecution, Elohim's people will have their opportunity to demonstrate true peace to the world.

Scenic City

“I’m a soldier.”

“I’m a soldier.”

He screamed. “I’m a soldier!”

Kit thrashed in the dark, waking to reality. He lay on the hard floor, every muscle searing with pain. His memory was coming back, slowly. Recognition was returning. Lok blasted him. He lost consciousness. An operating room. A surgery? His friends? He couldn’t be sure. How could he be so cold and still be sweating?

He whispered. “Dad? Can you hear me? Is this real?”


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Crossing Barriers to help others Receive (Equipping Class 6)

John 4 The Message (MSG)

The Woman at the Well

4-6 To get there, he had to pass through Samaria. He came into Sychar, a Samaritan village that bordered the field Jacob had given his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was still there. Jesus, worn out by the trip, sat down at the well. It was noon.

7-8 A woman, a Samaritan, came to draw water. Jesus said, “Would you give me a drink of water?” (His disciples had gone to the village to buy food for lunch.)

9 The Samaritan woman, taken aback, asked, “How come you, a Jew, are asking me, a Samaritan woman, for a drink?” (Jews in those days wouldn’t be caught dead talking to Samaritans.)

10 Jesus answered, “If you knew the generosity of God and who I am, you would be asking me for a drink, and I would give you fresh, living water.”

11-12 The woman said, “Sir, you don’t even have a bucket to draw with, and this well is deep. So how are you going to get this ‘living water’? Are you a better man than our ancestor Jacob, who dug this well and drank from it, he and his sons and livestock, and passed it down to us?”

13-14 Jesus said, “Everyone who drinks this water will get thirsty again and again. Anyone who drinks the water I give will never thirst—not ever. The water I give will be an artesian spring within, gushing fountains of endless life.”

15 The woman said, “Sir, give me this water so I won’t ever get thirsty, won’t ever have to come back to this well again!”

1) What's the difference between a well and an artesian spring?

2) Do you feel like there is an artesian spring gushing with fountains of endless life within you? How do you receive more of this living water from Jesus?

3) What barriers did Jesus have to cross to prepare the woman to receive from him? How did he cross them successfully?

4) What are some of the barriers you experience when sharing the good news? How can you cross them successfully like Jesus?

5) How can we redirect conversations so that they move in a godly direction instead of a negative direction? What are the signs to look for to know when people are getting offended or starting an argument?

When Jesus asked the Samaritan woman for a drink of water, it was surprising for more than one reason. First, Jesus was speaking with a woman alone. Second, a Jew was speaking with a Samaritan. Third, it should have been the woman who asked Jesus for a drink of living water and not him asking her for water from the well.

The woman was confused when Jesus spoke of living water, though, wondering how he could draw water without a physical bucket. Perhaps she thought Jesus could provide water from a different source or a different method so as to be greater than Jacob who dug the well to begin with.

Jesus gave her a comparison that hit the point head on. He told her that anyone who drinks the water he provides will have an artesian spring within, gushing fountains of eternal life. In comparison, an artesian spring is one that provides water on its own from the natural pressure underground. It requires no bucket to draw from, nor does it ever run dry as long as there is a source underground.

With such a stark comparison, it is obvious that the artesian spring is far superior to Jacob's well, even though that may have seemed offensive culturally. It was also more efficient, providing more water in both a quantitative and qualitative measure. It was the difference between quenching your thirst and finding eternal life. It's no wonder the woman asked Jesus for that kind of water!

There were a few barriers Jesus had to cross to get that water to her, though. The first was a cultural barrier. He did not deny Jacob was their ancestor nor that he did great things. He only showed her how much greater things he was offering. He focused on the truth instead of arguing about who was greater between himself and Jacob.

The second barrier was practical. She had no idea how to receive living water, nor had she even heard of it. If people don't know the good news, how can they believe? Or as Paul said it, how can they believe in him of whom they have not heard? She needed knowledge, but more than just knowledge about what she could receive, she needed to know how to receive.

Jesus was a master at redirecting conversations. The woman might have found herself in a scuffle or argument had it been someone else asking her for a drink, but Jesus continually brought the conversation back to spiritual things. In doing so, he crossed over the barriers she had set up that would have prevented her from receiving and we discovered that she was more open to the good news than we would have believed at first.

Overcoming Unhealthy Competition in Evangelism (Equipping Class 5)

John 3 The Message (MSG)

The Bridegroom’s Friend

22-26 After this conversation, Jesus went on with his disciples into the Judean countryside and relaxed with them there. He was also baptizing. At the same time, John was baptizing over at Aenon near Salim, where water was abundant. This was before John was thrown into jail. John’s disciples got into an argument with the establishment Jews over the nature of baptism. They came to John and said, “Rabbi, you know the one who was with you on the other side of the Jordan? The one you authorized with your witness? Well, he’s now competing with us. He’s baptizing, too, and everyone’s going to him instead of us.”

27-29 John answered, “It’s not possible for a person to succeed—I’m talking about eternal success—without heaven’s help. You yourselves were there when I made it public that I was not the Messiah but simply the one sent ahead of him to get things ready. The one who gets the bride is, by definition, the bridegroom. And the bridegroom’s friend, his ‘best man’—that’s me—in place at his side where he can hear every word, is genuinely happy. How could he be jealous when he knows that the wedding is finished and the marriage is off to a good start?

29-30 “That’s why my cup is running over. This is the assigned moment for him to move into the center, while I slip off to the sidelines.

1) What are the true signs of humility we learn from John the Baptist?

2) How do we guard ourselves from the unhealthy need to be appreciated, noticed or recognized by the people we minister to?

3) How do we receive gratitude from others while still giving God the glory?

4) How will you respond when one of your sheep moves to a different church?

5) How tightly or loosely should you hold your sheep? (fear they might leave vs allowing them to be negatively influenced)

There was a moment in history when both John and Jesus were baptizing at the same time. Of course it was not Jesus who himself baptized others, but his disciples were. This was never a problem for either John or Jesus, but John's disciples had other thoughts about it.

The disciples of John were claiming Jesus was competing with them, as if there was a competition to see who could get the most people baptized. The problem, they thought, was they were losing. Perhaps they thought Jesus was gaining popularity because John authorized Jesus as the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.

The point is, the disciples of John were worried enough to confront their leader, John, expecting something to be done about it. John's response demonstrated how humble he was. He made it clear before that he was not the messiah and now again he claimed he was only the man who prepared the way for Jesus. He wasn't meant to continue increasing in popularity. He was meant to point others to Jesus.

Jesus is the bridegroom. His followers are the church. John makes the metaphor clear. The bridegroom gets the bride. John, as the best man in the wedding, couldn't be more excited to see the bride flocking to Jesus, getting ready for the marriage supper. Jesus moved to his rightful position of prominence while John slipped out of the people's view. It was the perfect arrangement.

The temptation the disciples of John felt may be similar to our own. We may crave the spotlight or at least some extra attention. We may want to be noticed or have others care for us. We may want to be recognized or be popular for all our hard work. And when we see others getting the attention and recognition instead, it may make us jealous and bitter.

You can always find a person or church that seems more appealing, but that's when we must remind ourselves we aren't meant to point to ourselves. We can do nothing unless we abide in Jesus. Whenever we bear fruit, it is because of God is bearing fruit through us. Therefore, it is only right to give God the glory, not expecting praise from people.

When you are appreciated, though, you don't have to put yourself down. You are not John the Baptist. You are a new creation in Christ. You represent Jesus and the Holy Spirit lives in you. Don't discredit yourself or you may be discrediting God. Receive the blessings from others while continuing to give God the glory for it.

Using Art in Evangelism (Equipping Class 4)

John 3 The Message (MSG)

Born from Above

3 1-2 There was a man of the Pharisee sect, Nicodemus, a prominent leader among the Jews. Late one night he visited Jesus and said, “Rabbi, we all know you’re a teacher straight from God. No one could do all the God-pointing, God-revealing acts you do if God weren’t in on it.”

3 Jesus said, “You’re absolutely right. Take it from me: Unless a person is born from above, it’s not possible to see what I’m pointing to—to God’s kingdom.”

4 “How can anyone,” said Nicodemus, “be born who has already been born and grown up? You can’t re-enter your mother’s womb and be born again. What are you saying with this ‘born-from-above’ talk?”

5-6 Jesus said, “You’re not listening. Let me say it again. Unless a person submits to this original creation—the ‘wind-hovering-over-the-water’ creation, the invisible moving the visible, a baptism into a new life—it’s not possible to enter God’s kingdom. When you look at a baby, it’s just that: a body you can look at and touch. But the person who takes shape within is formed by something you can’t see and touch—the Spirit—and becomes a living spirit.

7-8 “So don’t be so surprised when I tell you that you have to be ‘born from above’—out of this world, so to speak. You know well enough how the wind blows this way and that. You hear it rustling through the trees, but you have no idea where it comes from or where it’s headed next. That’s the way it is with everyone ‘born from above’ by the wind of God, the Spirit of God.”

1) What's your favorite metaphor to explain the kingdom of God?

2) What kinds of art can you use in evangelism?

3) What is a story you can tell that will invoke curiosity and inspire faith?

Jesus used many metaphors when he was speaking with Nicodemus. He talked about birth, water and wind. All of these are full of meaning. Jesus tells us what is required to enter the kingdom of God. You must be born again and you must be born of water and Spirit. After your physical birth from your mother, you are born a second time by the Spirit of God.

But there is a difference between these two births. The first is visible. It's physical. But the second is only audible. It's invisible. The first birth is believed by the natural senses, but the second birth must be received and believed by faith. There is only proof in the effects it has on your life afterwards.

To put it simply, birth is about becoming a Christian. Water is about the physical life and wind is about the spiritual life. These symbols can speak in broader ways than simple facts can. Jesus often used metaphors to teach and it was like a secret code wrapped up in everyday examples. He discipled people in ways that would last because he wanted them to be faithful to the end.

How to add Depth to your Writing (For Beginners)

Simple elements to use in writing poetry, spoken word or story.

1~ Opposites

Describe something using opposite words or compare two things on opposite sides of a spectrum.

You're big enough to hold entire galaxies in your hands, yet those hands are small enough that one day they'll wipe the tears from my eyes.

2~ Rhyme

You can rhyme whole words, or syllables within different words anywhere in a sentence (not necessarily the end).

Looking back, I can see how empty I was, but I was totally unaware.
Without a measuring stick to compare, my emptiness may feel like fullness when compared with another.

3~ Metaphor

Use like or as to compare two things that usually may not go together.

But on the day I met you, it was like spring in full bloom.

4~ Exaggeration

Describe something in a way that could never really happen to show emphasis.

My heart exploded with new meaning, endless possibilities.

5~ Wisdom

Use famous sayings or proverbs to add familiarity and meaning.

The older I get, the less I know.

6~ Emotion

Share how you feel from the heart to draw the reader/listener deeper into your art.

But to just know you is enough to fill the universe with books and still not contain all of who you are.

7~ Redefinition

Use a common term and reapply it to a new situation.

You are the source of every good thing – creativity, life, rhythm and science.
How could I ever take the credit for such things?
That would be copyright infringement to the infinite degree.

Zeal for Right Living and Wisdom in Relationships (Equipping Class 3)

John 2 The Message (MSG)

Tear Down This Temple . . .

13-14 When the Passover Feast, celebrated each spring by the Jews, was about to take place, Jesus traveled up to Jerusalem. He found the Temple teeming with people selling cattle and sheep and doves. The loan sharks were also there in full strength.

15-17 Jesus put together a whip out of strips of leather and chased them out of the Temple, stampeding the sheep and cattle, upending the tables of the loan sharks, spilling coins left and right. He told the dove merchants, “Get your things out of here! Stop turning my Father’s house into a shopping mall!” That’s when his disciples remembered the Scripture, “Zeal for your house consumes me.”

18-19 But the Jews were upset. They asked, “What credentials can you present to justify this?” Jesus answered, “Tear down this Temple and in three days I’ll put it back together.”

20-22 They were indignant: “It took forty-six years to build this Temple, and you’re going to rebuild it in three days?” But Jesus was talking about his body as the Temple. Later, after he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered he had said this. They then put two and two together and believed both what was written in Scripture and what Jesus had said.

23-25 During the time he was in Jerusalem, those days of the Passover Feast, many people noticed the signs he was displaying and, seeing they pointed straight to God, entrusted their lives to him. But Jesus didn’t entrust his life to them. He knew them inside and out, knew how untrustworthy they were. He didn’t need any help in seeing right through them.

1) How do you relate to believers and unbelievers differently?

2) How can the goodness of God lead an unbeliever to repentance and what can you share or do to demonstrate God's goodness?

3) What boundaries do you have to keep a safe distance between yourself and the people you're discipling?

4) How do you determine which people to invest more time in?

Jesus displayed such profound wisdom in this story it really amazes me! He demonstrates a godly anger for right living which brought him to make a whip and clear out those earning profit in the temple. This zeal had consumed him so that he was willing to get violent to make things right again.

There is a difference between how we interact with believers and unbelievers. Jesus never went into what would today be called the red light districts to drive people out of their businesses. He went to the temple which was dedicated to God.

Paul taught us not to even associate with believers who refuse to repent, but that we need to associate with unbelievers who continue to sin. This is very practical. If we just accept other believers no matter what lifestyle choices they make, we may condone their sin. On the other hand, if we force unbelievers to change their behavior without an inward change, they will try to be good in the power of their sinful flesh.

The correct response to both types of people requires wisdom. We must have a zeal for right living and justice, correcting people in love and seeking unity in the church. We also must have a zeal for evangelizing unbelievers, sharing the simplicity of the Gospel and the goodness of God to draw them to repentance.

Because of the signs Jesus displayed at the Passover feast, many people believed Jesus and entrusted their lives to him. Jesus did not take this as a sign that they were genuine disciples who would follow him even unto death. In fact, Jesus knew them inside and out, so he knew how untrustworthy they were.

This really takes a lot of wisdom. It is easy to be wooed when other people like us or speak well of us, but Jesus was not moved based on his emotions alone. He saw straight to the heart and didn't allow himself to become attached to those people.

Earlier, however, when Jesus called his disciples to follow him, he was willing to invest great amounts of time in them. We know from other accounts that Jesus spent time in prayer and listening to the Father to determine who to invest in. It should be the same for us, or we may waste a lot of time in people are just not ready to receive from us yet.

These extreme actions of Jesus could be difficult to understand at first, but within the whole context of Jesus' life and ministry, we can see the profound wisdom he demonstrated. May we also learn how to relate to each person around us and who we should be investing more time in. Amen.

Copyright Infringement (Spoken Word)

Don't you know, I'm nothing without you and everything with you.

And that could never be true of another person.

You're big enough to hold entire galaxies in your hands, yet those hands are small enough that one day they'll wipe the tears from my eyes.

And to think at one point I didn't even know you.

Looking back, I can see how empty I was, but I was totally unaware.

Without a measuring stick to compare, my emptiness may feel like fullness when compared with another.

But on the day I met you, it was like spring in full bloom.

My heart exploded with new meaning, endless possibilities.

The older I get, the less I know.

But to just know you is enough to fill the universe with books and still not contain all of who you are.

You're not the warmth from the sunshine on a cloudless day, for you created the light.

You're not a sweet melody with a happy tune, for this world is your sheet music.

And I'm the song you're composing like reflections from the moon.

You're not the love between a boy and a girl, for you are love.

And to define you based on our own concepts of love is to get it backwards.

You are the source of every good thing  creativity, life, rhythm and science.

How could I ever take the credit for such things?

That would be copyright infringement to the infinite degree.

And yet we've all done it without even realizing it before we knew you.

We're all guilty of a crime, committed in ignorance.

For how can we give credit where credit is due if we don't even know you?

And so none of it would be fair if you didn't reveal yourself through your son, Jesus Christ.

Just to be clear, he is the center of all things.

Everything that was made was made through him.

He's the source of the whole of creation.

And yet there's no one like him.

He's the light of the world, the bread come down from heaven, the bright morning star.

The prince of peace, Lord of lords and King of kings, full of grace and truth.

His truth revealed we've all sinned against heaven.

And his grace made a way back to God by paying the ultimate price for our copyright crimes.

And then he refreshed us with new life, making us a new species of humanity.

Knowing our Creator and living every day to reflect who he is to the world.

And in everything we do, we give all the credit to the one and only true God and his Son  Jesus Christ.

Gender Roles according to Scripture 根據聖經的性別角色

The scriptures have a lot to say regarding gender roles and identity.


In both the old testament and the new testament, men and women are equal in relation to God but different in relation to each other.


Genesis 1:26-27 (NIV) Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.

創世記 1:26-27 (CNVT) 神說:“我們要照著我們的形象,按著我們的樣式造人;使他們管理海裡的魚、空中的鳥、地上的牲畜,以及全地,和地上所有爬行的生物!” 於是, 神照著自己的形象創造人;就是照著 神的形象創造了他;他所創造的有男有女。

Galatians 3:26-28 (NIV) So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

加拉太書3:26-28 (CNVT) 你們因著信,在基督耶穌裡都作了 神的兒子。 你們所有受洗歸入基督的人,都是披戴基督的, 並不分猶太人或希臘人,作奴僕的或自由人,男的或女的,因為你們在基督耶穌裡都成為一體了。

Before Christ, men and women were equal in their rule over creation and since they were both created in the image of God, they both were designed to reflect God's attributes and character to the world.


Men and women are totally equal in intrinsic value, deserving the same respect as God's image bearers.


God gave the man the primary responsibility to take care of the garden and the women was created from man as a helper in his role.


Genesis 2:15 (NIV) The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.

創世記 2:15 (CNVT) 耶和華 神把那人安置在伊甸園裡,叫他耕種和看守那園子。

Genesis 2:20 (NIV) So the man gave names to all the livestock, the birds in the sky and all the wild animals. But for Adam no suitable helper was found.

創世記 2:20 (CNVT) 20 那人就給各樣牲畜、空中的雀鳥,和野地的各樣走獸起了名字;只是那人沒有遇見一個和他相配的幫手。

This is the greatest distinction between men and women. Men have the primary responsibility and women are helpers.

這是男人和女人之間的最大區別。 男人是主要責任,女人是幫助者。

However, after sin entered the world, a curse came to both the man and the woman.


Genesis 3:16-17 (NIV) To the woman he said, “I will make your pains in childbearing very severe; with painful labor you will give birth to children. Your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you.” To Adam he said, “Because you listened to your wife and ate fruit from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat from it,’ “Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat food from it all the days of your life.

創世記 3:16-17 (CNVT) 耶和華 神對女人說: “我要大大增加你懷胎的痛苦, 你必在痛苦中生產兒女; 你要戀慕你的丈夫, 他卻要管轄你。” 耶和華 神又對亞當說:“因為你聽從了你妻子的話,吃了我吩咐你不可吃的那樹上的果子; 地就必因你的緣故受咒詛; 你必終生勞苦,才能從地裡得吃的。

The woman's curse brought painful labor during childbirth and an unhealthy dependence on their husbands.


The man's curse negatively affected the ground and brought painful toil to his work.


In order to compensate for the curse, some women claim independence from men and believe they can do all things on their own, which Paul addressed in one of his letters:


1 Timothy 2:12 (NIV) I do not permit a woman to teach or to assume authority over a man; she must be quiet.

提摩太前書 2:12 (CNVT) 我不准女人教導,或轄制男人;女人總要安靜。

The men compensated for the curse by being slothful, as described in proverbs. Paul does not allow those kind of men to become overseers:

如諺語所述,男人通過懶惰來彌補詛咒。 保羅不允許這類人擔任長老:

1 Timothy 3:4 (NIV) He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him, and he must do so in a manner worthy of full respect.

提摩太前書 3:4 (CNVT) 好好管理自己的家,使兒女凡事敬重順服。

Let's review with Paul's teaching to the Corinthians and the noble wife in proverbs.


1 Corinthians 11:3 (NIV) But I want you to realize that the head of every man is Christ, and the head of the woman is man, and the head of Christ is God.

哥林多前書11:3 (CNVT) 但是我願意你們知道,基督是男人的頭,男人是女人的頭(“男人是女人的頭”或譯:“丈夫是妻子的頭”), 神是基督的頭。

Proverbs 31:15-17 (NIV) She gets up while it is still night; she provides food for her family and portions for her female servants. She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard. She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks.

箴言 31:15-17 (CNVT) 天還未亮,她就起來, 把食物分給家人, 把當作的工分派眾婢女。 她選擇了一塊田,就把它買下來, 用自己雙手賺得的收入栽種葡萄園。 她以能力束腰, 使自己的膀臂有力。

It is clear that the man has a higher authority than the woman as Christ has a higher authority than the man.


The woman is a strong helper, earning profit, buying property and providing for her family.


What a beautiful picture of the man loving his wife and the wife submitting to her husband.


Ephesians 5:22 (NIV) Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord...

以弗所書 5:22 (CNVT) 你們作妻子的,要順服自己的丈夫,好像順服主一樣...

Ephesians 5:25 (NIV) Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her...

以弗所書 5:25 (CNVT) 你們作丈夫的,要愛妻子,好像基督愛教會,為教會捨己...

As a team, they work together for the good of their family and can bless the entire community!


How can we find this blessed life?


Only in Christ.




Galatians 3:13 (NIV) Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a pole.”

加拉太書 3:13 (CNVT) 基督替我們受了咒詛,就救贖我們脫離了律法的咒詛,因為經上記著:“凡掛在木頭上的,都是受咒詛的。”

Since Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law, we don't have to bear the effects of the curse anymore.


For women, that means painless childbirth and a desire for God above her husband.


For men, that means no more painful toil in his work and a fruitful harvest.


How can we receive these benefits?


The same say we receive any benefits from God – through faith!


If you can't believe anyone could avoid these curses, then trust me, you will continue to live with these curses, but if you can trust God above your own reasoning, then the promises of God are yours to take hold of!


Matthew 19:26 (NIV) Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

馬太福音 19:26 (CNVT) 耶穌看著他們說:“在人這是不能的,在 神卻凡事都能。”

Supernatural Evangelism (Equipping Class 2)

John 1 The Message (MSG)

Come, See for Yourself

43-44 The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. When he got there, he ran across Philip and said, “Come, follow me.” (Philip’s hometown was Bethsaida, the same as Andrew and Peter.)

45-46 Philip went and found Nathanael and told him, “We’ve found the One Moses wrote of in the Law, the One preached by the prophets. It’s Jesus, Joseph’s son, the one from Nazareth!” Nathanael said, “Nazareth? You’ve got to be kidding.” But Philip said, “Come, see for yourself.”

47 When Jesus saw him coming he said, “There’s a real Israelite, not a false bone in his body.”

48 Nathanael said, “Where did you get that idea? You don’t know me.” Jesus answered, “One day, long before Philip called you here, I saw you under the fig tree.”

49 Nathanael exclaimed, “Rabbi! You are the Son of God, the King of Israel!”

50-51 Jesus said, “You’ve become a believer simply because I say I saw you one day sitting under the fig tree? You haven’t seen anything yet! Before this is over you’re going to see heaven open and God’s angels descending to the Son of Man and ascending again.”

(1) In what ways have you heard God's voice?

(2) How can prophecy and other spiritual gifts be used in evangelism?

(3) How do we protect the gospel message and right living while practicing spiritual gifts?

Jesus called two disciples in this passage. In Philip's case, it seems he followed right away, even being convinced that Jesus was the Messiah. Since Philip says, "we've found", he is not only talking about himself, but also Andrew and Peter who were also called to follow Jesus. If it wasn't the main reason, Philip at least believed the testimony from Andrew and Peter about Jesus.

For Philip, it didn't matter where Jesus came from. He already knew without doubt that Jesus was the one the prophets spoke about. Some of us encounter Jesus in this way. When we hear a message about Jesus or someone we trust shares the truth of Jesus, we believe and are convicted in our hearts to respond in faith to his grace.

Nathanael was not the same. He was shocked that Philip would conclude God's chosen Messiah could come from Nazareth. It's safe to say he was skeptical, doubting that this Jesus of Nazareth really was the Messiah. It was after a prophetic word that Nathanael was convinced Jesus really was who Philip said he was.

Jesus, by the power of the Holy Spirit, saw Nathanael under a fig tree, and even more than just having this vision, he saw the heart of Nathanael's character. This gift is later called prophecy or discerning of spirits by Paul in 1 Corinthians 12. Jesus declared Nathanael to be an Israelite without deceit.

Jesus had no insecurities about who he was nor was he worried about convincing Nathanael. He wasn't relying on Nathanael's physical senses to learn the truth. Jesus relied on the power of the Holy Spirit, who enabled him to use exactly the right method to convince Nathanael with just two sentences.

The way we come to know Jesus and become his disciples may not be the same way others will come to know him and become his disciples. If Jesus had used the same two sentences with another disciple, it may not have been enough to convince them. The key is to rely on the Holy Spirit.

Some people don't believe because they enjoy sin more than right living, but others don't believe because they haven't been told the true gospel. Instead of only using the same method on each person, we can ask the Holy Spirit to give us wisdom in each situation. The Holy Spirit in you can speak to your spirit and lead you even in the midst of a conversation.

You may have a vision or impression or encouragement for someone you are talking to. You also may feel led to speak a miracle in their life. Before you act on something you believe to be from God, test it with the Bible. If it lines up, take a risk and share with genuineness. People will know when you're being authentic.

The most important principle when walking in spiritual gifts is to know it's all about Jesus. The Holy Spirit testifies about Jesus and wants to lead us into all truth. We must keep our focus on Jesus, rejecting the fear of man that will make us nervous and awkward. Finally, when exercising spiritual gifts, it is always essential to remain true to the core message of faith.

The Word of God through whom Life came (Equipping Class 1)

John 1 The Message (MSG)

The Life-Light

1 1-2 The Word was first, the Word present to God, God present to the Word. The Word was God, in readiness for God from day one.

3-5 Everything was created through him; nothing—not one thing!— came into being without him. What came into existence was Life, and the Life was Light to live by. The Life-Light blazed out of the darkness; the darkness couldn’t put it out.

(1) What are some names of Jesus in the Bible?

(2) How do beliefs change how we live? (monotheism, polytheism, atheism, pantheism)

(3) How can you explain who Jesus is biblically?

John chapter 1 is a parallel to Genesis chapter 1. John is writing his gospel to Jewish believers in the God of Israel, but he is trying to convince them that Jesus is the Son of God and promised Messiah they have been waiting for.

In his first argument to declare the divinity of Jesus, he goes back to creation, making the bold claim that the Father created everything through Jesus. This makes Jesus equal with God, which, if they are separate in nature, would be heretical to Jews, however, though they are distinct in Personhood, they are absolutely identical in character.

For example, both the Father and the Son are 100% holy, good and just. They have no darkness and sin not. They are perfect. However, the Father can communicate with the Son and the Son with the Father. They relate to each other perfectly in union with the Spirit of God.

Three in one, also known as the Trinity. The Spirit is the breath of God and Jesus is the Word of God. As intimate as you, your breath and your words are to each other, that's how intimate the Father, Son and Spirit are to each other.

In the very beginning chapter of John's gospel, he declares boldly that Jesus is the Son of God, equal to God yet distinct in Personhood. If you compare this with other beliefs, Christianity is unique. John later says that God is love, which is true because the Father, Son and Spirit have perfect love for each other.

Believing correctly about who God is will change the way you live. Believing in one good God will give you peace that the goodness of God is higher than any other created being lower than God. When you look at the fallen world, you can have a sense of security that God will make all things right presently through us, and in the future in himself.

Believing that God is relational (three in one) encourages you to communicate with him, knowing that he is love and desires to have intimacy with you as well. This is our foundation for prayer, having intimate relationship with our Father in heaven.

Finally, knowing that God is separate from creation confirms that we must seek him. God is not the universe nor is he an impersonal essence. He is holy, which means set apart from or different. This encourages us to seek him above all other things, and the good news is that he seeks us before we ever seek him. Or in other words, we love because God first loved us.

Don't go to church. Drink! 不要去教會。 喝吧!

Possibly the worst advice you could give a new believer today is to tell them to go to church.

Not mentioning the false concept of the church being some place we go, there is just as much unbelief in the church today as there is without, but all of it is masked in spiritual language, making you believe it is the Christian life.

It's not.

It's self-seeking emotional satisfaction to inoculate us from hearing the simple message of faith and believing God.

When I first believed in God, I was still very lost and broken, even though I was healed of severe depression.

I hung around other believers as I devoured scripture, not realizing that everything I was reading was being subconsciously re-interpreted by the context of the believers around me.

Simply stated, my standard for how to live a life of faith came from the people around me, not the Bible.

Jesus told the woman at the well that if she knew who it was that asked her for a drink, she would ask him and he would give her water that would become a spring of water welling up to eternal life.

This was clearly signifying the Holy Spirit, whom Jesus was in constant relationship with and through whom he was constantly connected to his Father in heaven.

Jesus said to ask our Father in heaven and he would give us the Holy Spirit. He told his disciples to wait in Jerusalem until they were endowed with power from on high.

The early church believers all received the Holy Spirit with clear evidence of tongues, prophecy or praise. They were filled and a spring of living water was flowing out of them into the world around them.

The early church turned the world upside down... or right side up. They were flowing with living water.

If you lived at that time, I wonder if you would rather worship idols. It was certainly easier, avoiding all the persecution of Rome, but it was also self-seeking.

The church today encourages self-love and self-esteem to rise above problems. Jesus told his disciples to die to their own desires and hate their own life.

The only way you can love others is to love God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind and all your strength.

If you love God with all, what's left for others? Nothing. That's the point. All your love is spent, putting all you have in God who longs to give you the Holy Spirit, filling you with his love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness and self-control.

The only way to truly love others is to love God, but it is taught today that you must learn how to love self first. We've gotten it all backwards.

If you love yourself, you cannot love others. If you lose your life, you will find it in God, and his love will flow out of your belly in springs of living water to the world around you!

Is it true? Do you really have this living water as Jesus promised? Maybe not. Many Christians today are taught that believing in Jesus is equivalent to receiving the Holy Spirit, but being filled with Holy Spirit was a separate event for believers in the book of Acts.

You might be living a life without power because you don't have any power. You just have your own strength, which you aren't supposed to have anymore. It should have been all used up loving God. So what strength you have after that is only his strength, praise God!

For us who are Spirit-filled believers, we believe we have received and the living water from God is a spring within our belly, flowing out to eternal life.

If it's true though, why do you live like the world does? Why do you quarrel and gossip like the world? Why do you hold back forgiveness like the world? Why are you sick and tired like the world? Why are you struggling to get by like the world?

Is it really true? If it is, I wouldn't know by looking at much of the church today.

Jesus said his disciples freely received, so they can freely give. At the end of Revelation, Jesus said he would give to the thirsty the spring of the water of life without payment.

The water Jesus offers is free! But you must reject the polluted, dirty water of self-love, being controlled by emotional pleasure and worldly reassurance which lives selfishly caring self at the expense of others.

Unfortunately, many go to church and discover there is no water being offered. It's only feel good worship and feel good messages. My brother, I want you to be blessed, but bless God, it won't come from me.

Seek the source of blessings, even God, and he will freely give you his water when you turn away from the world's promises to fulfill through entertainment and technology.

When you come to God, leave your life on the altar as a living sacrifice and drink. Drink freely. Receive all from him and you will have a spring of life within you.

If it's really true, he will flow into your body, giving you health. He will flow into your mind, giving you peace. He will flow into your soul, giving you emotional stability. He will flow into your finances, giving you prosperity. He will flow into the people around you, giving you opportunities to disciple others. He will flow into your future, giving you a living hope.

There is a better way to live! Detox from the worldly church culture and read the Bible in all its simplicity. Then choose to believe it. Jesus said to heal the sick and cast out demons because we were meant to do it. He said to love others as he loved us because it's possible. He said we could move mountains by speaking to them because he gave us the faith to do it.

All his commands are attainable when we love God with all our heart, mind, soul and strength and drink freely of his living water.

Get over yourself and allow him to fill all of you, flowing through you to his glory, not your own. It's always about him and it will always be about him because it has always ever been about him.
超越自己,為了上帝的榮耀讓祂完全充滿跟使用你。 全總是與祂有關,也將永遠與祂有關,因為全時光一直與祂有關。

Christ is the image of the invisible God. Whose image are you created in? It's time to start living the life you were called to.
基督是那不可見之神的形像。 你是在誰的形像被創建的? 現在該開始活出你被呼召的生活。

And it all starts with a drink.

Robinson Crusoe Game Adapted for the Classroom 魯寶遜漂流記

Players- 1-4 (or 1-4 teams)

Playing time- 30 minutes

Type- Cooperative Team Play

Age- 11+

Need- magnets, dice, coin

Object- discover FIRE and build a WOOD PILE

Learning time- 15 minutes

How to play:

Phase 1: Roll Dice for Challenge (Round 1, 4, 7)

Phase 2: Gather Resources for Explored Areas

Phase 3: Place Action Tokens on Board/ Perform Actions

Phase 4: Roll Dice for Weather

Phase 5: Eat and Heal

1. 丢挑戰般子(每1,4,7局般一次)
2. 從現有的區域拿物資
3. 把硬幣(磁鐵)放在板子上來執行動作
4. 丢天氣殼子
5. 吃東西回血

1) Draw the game board as shown in the picture above or print it out. The pentagon tiles represent the island you've been washed ashore on. You start on the tile with the beach, which has 1 resource.

1) 你被沖到了這個小島上(五角形板),你要生存在這個小島上到第九天船來之前。一開始的地方叫海灘,每回合可以拿到1個資源。

2) There are 4 characters in the game, each with a special ability. Each character has 2 magnets, or tokens, that are placed on the board to perform actions. They also each have a health bar of 7. Each character must eat 1 food after each round or suffer 1 wound. Note that unused food will expire after each round.

2) 這個遊戲有4個角色,每個都有各自的技能。每個角色每回合可以拿到兩個硬幣(磁鐵),你可以把它放在遊戲板上來執行動作。每個角色都有7格血,每天都要吃1份食物不然會損失一格血。

a) The Hunter- Place 1 token on the hunt icon to hunt an animal. 2 tokens adds 1 attack strength to your weapon.
b) The Builder- Place 1 token on the build cards to build a shelter, roof or wood pile. 2 tokens guarantees you will be successful. Requirements for building are shown on the cards.
c) The Inventor- Place 1 token on the invention cards to invent a new item. 2 tokens guarantees you will be successful. The top half of the invention card has the requirements to create that invention.
d) The Explorer- Place 1 token on a new tile to unlock a new part of the island with new resources. 2 tokens guarantees you will be successful.

* If the Builder, Inventor or Explorer only place 1 token on the board, they must choose heads or tails on a coin flip to determine their success in completing the action.


* For each new area explored, start collecting those resources on the following round. Note: the Explorer must invent map 1 before exploring the grassland and river areas and unlock map 2 before exploring the vineyard and volcano areas.


* Invention abilities:
Axe adds 1 wood each round.
Knife requires the mountain area and adds 1 attack strength to the Hunter.
Spear requires the knife and 2 wood and adds 1 attack strength to the Hunter.
Bow requires the spear and 2 wood and adds 1 attack strength to the Hunter.
Herbs require the forest area and unlocks the ability to create cure.
Cure requires herbs and adds 1 health to 1 player after each round.
Heal plus cure adds 2 health to 1 player (or 1 health to 2 players) after each round.
Morale plus cure and heal adds 4 health to 1 player (or a combination) after each round.

* Inventions can only be used at the end of a round. For example: you can not invent a knife and use it in the same round, but you may use cure at the end of the round you created it.

1. 斧頭:(每回合加1個木頭)
2. 小刀:必須要到高山地區才能打造;可以幫獵人攻擊力+1
3. 長矛:必須要有小刀和2個木頭才能打造;可以幫獵人攻擊力+1
4. :必須要有長矛和2個木頭才能打造;可以幫獵人攻擊力+1
5. 藥草:必須要到叢林地區才能製作;可以打造技能治療
6. 治療:必須要有藥草;每回合可以選擇加1格一個玩家的血
7. 大藥草:必須要有治療:每回合可以選擇加2格一位玩家的血(或加一格兩個玩家的血)
8. 巨大藥草:必須要有治療大藥草;可以加4滴血(或加一格四個玩家的血)

* The wood pile must be created in 3 separate rounds of your choice.
Firepit requires the grassland area.
Kindling requires firepit plus 6 wood.
Wood Pile requires kindling plus 8 wood.

1. 火坑:必須要到大草原才可以建造
2. 柴火:必須要先建造火坑和6塊木頭
3. 大木椿:必須要先建造柴火和 8塊木頭
4. 避難所:需花費磁鐵
5. 天花板:需花費磁鐵(強度可疊加)

* The hunter rolls the dice to determine which beast it hunts, as shown here:
1 Goat- 0 strength / 1 (+2) food
2 Leopard- 2 strength / 1 food
3 Wolf- 3 strength / 2 food
4 Bear- 4 strength / 3 food
5 Boar- 1 strength / 3 food
6 Lion- 4 strength / 2 food

*Without a weapon, the Hunter has an attack strength of 0. 2 tokens gives him an attack strength of 1. A knife, spear and bow each add an additional attack strength. If the Hunter cannot meet the animal's strength requirements, the Hunter suffers wounds in order to make up the difference. Then, the number of foods will be added to the team's storage.

*The goat offers 1 food, or, if you want to keep the goat as livestock, it adds an additional 2 foods in the following round for a total of 3.

*As an example, if the hunter has a knife and uses 2 tokens to fight, he has an attack strength of 2. If he rolls a 6 for lion, the hunter cannot meet the lion's strength requirement of 4. The Hunter suffers 2 wounds and adds 2 foods to the storage.

* If a character cannot perform an action, they skip their turn that round.

1. 山羊需0攻擊力 / 得到1(+2)個食物
2. 需2攻擊力 / 到1個食物
3. 需3攻擊力 / 得到2個食物
4. 需4攻擊力 / 得到3份食物
5. 野豬需1攻擊力 / 得到3份食物
6. 獅子需4攻擊力 / 得到2份食物

3) Challenges. Before the first round, the dice is rolled to determine the challenge that must be met. Each challenge must be completed by the end of 3 rounds. On round 4 and 7, a new challenge is rolled and each must be completed by rounds 6 and 9, respectively, to win the game.

* You may not roll the same challenge twice in one game.

Challenge 1- Wild animals attack your team! Invent a knife and place 2 wood and 2 tokens on the challenge icon.
Challenge 2- A storm threatens your safety! Gain a shelter with a roof strength of 1 and place 2 tokens on the challenge icon.
Challenge 3- Invaders from a nearby island come on shore! Invent a knife and a spear and place 2 tokens on the challenge icon.
Challenge 4- Sudden damage is discovered! Invent an axe and a knife and place 1 wood and 1 token on the challenge icon.
Challenge 5- An epidemic has broken out! Invent cure and place 2 tokens on the challenge icon.
Challenge 6- The morale of your team is declining! Invent a shelter and place 1 food and 3 tokens on the challenge icon.

3) 挑戰:1,4,7局都會擲骰子來選擇挑戰,每個挑戰必須在3回合内完成,且必須完成挑戰來赢得遊戲(不可在一場遊戲裡擲兩個同樣的挑戰)
1. 野生動物攻擊了你的隊伍!開發出一把小刀且需要2塊木頭和2塊磁鐵來完成
2. 風暴讓你的安全受到了危險!建造一個避難所和天花板(強度1)和2塊磁鐵來完成
3. 侵略者從別的島上來到了我們的島!開發出一把小刀和長矛且需要2塊磁鐵來完成
4. 突然受到了傷害!開發出一把斧頭和小刀且需要1塊木頭和1塊磁鐵來完成
5. 爆發了瘟疫!研發出治療且需要2塊磁鐵來完成
6. 團隊的士氣大幅下降!建造一個避難所且需要1份食物和3塊磁鐵來完成

4) At the end of each round, the dice is rolled to determine what weather you will face during the night.

1- Typhoon. A shelter and roof level of 3 is required. For each level you cannot meet, each character suffers a wound.
2- Snow. A shelter and roof level of 1 is required. For each level you cannot meet, each character suffers a wound.
3- Wind. A shelter is required. For each level you cannot meet, each character suffers a wound.
4- Lightning. A shelter and roof level of 2 is required. For each level you cannot meet, each character suffers a wound.
5- Rain. A shelter is required. For each level you cannot meet, each character suffers a wound.
6- Sunny. Nothing is required.

*For example. If you only have a shelter and roll 1 for typhoon, each character suffers 3 wounds.

4) 天氣:一局的最後,會擲骰子來決定今天的天氣
1. 颱風需避難所和強度3的天花板
2. 下雪需避難所和強度1的天花板
3. 大風需避難所
4. 打雷需避難所和強度2的天花板
5. 下兩需避難所
6. 時天不須任何東西

5) The goal of the game is to escape the island. Thankfully, a ship will pass by during rounds 7-9! However, by the end of one of those rounds, you must discover fire and build a wood pile, as well as meeting the requirements for all your challenges.

5) 赢的條件是要逃離島上,第7-9局會有船經過。在7-9局時,你必須找到火且建造了大木椿,且完成所有挑戰,才算玩家勝利。

6) You lose the game if any one of the characters is eliminated by suffering too many wounds or by failing to meet the requirements to build a fire (and the challenges) before round 9 is over.

6) 輸的條件是隊裡任何一個人死亡,或者是在第9局完之前沒有完成以上條件。

7) Optional Adversities:

Roll the dice at the end of each round for increased difficulty:
1- Roof damage! Subtract 1 level from roof. If you have no roof, remove shelter.
2- Your Axe broke! Remove axe (if invented).
3- Weapon defect! Remove the highest weapon invented (if possible).
4- Injury! Builder suffers 2 wounds.
5- Fire damage! Lose half your wood (round up if odd number).
6- Water damage! Remove map 2 (if unlocked) and lose access to vineyard and volcano areas. If you don't have Map 2, remove map 1 (if unlocked) and lose access to grassland and river areas.

7) 增加玩法(擲骰子決定)
1. 天花板减1強度
2. 丟掉斧頭
3. 丟棄1個武器
4. 建築師少2格血
5. 木頭剩2分之1
6. 移除一個地圖

Here is a cheat sheet with all the dice information:

The Shocking Reality of the Cosmic Battle between Good and Evil

You may have heard of some traditional religions that believe in multiple gods, some good and some evil.

Even in the Greek philosophy, there was a cosmic battle in heaven between the various gods in which mere mortals were simply caught in the crossroads.

In some eastern religions, the universe is comprised of both good and evil, and humans must discipline themselves to escape the never ending cycle of life.

In all the world, there was not a faith like Christianity, which believed in one and only one God who is 100% good, righteous and just.

We can see this clearly taught in the Bible where the dark spirit opposed to God, called the slanderer, the accuser or the serpent, is merely a created being.

In the old testament, God has absolutely no worry about this fallen spirit and never once struggles in battle against him.

In fact, this evil spirit seeks permission from God in order to persecute the righteous man, Job.

In the end of the new testament, God doesn't even fight against this ancient serpent, but an angel binds him in the abyss, then after he is released one thousand years later, fire from heaven consumes his entire army and he is thrown into the lake of fire.

The Bible doesn't even record who throws the accuser into the lake of fire, as if it's not even important.

In the book of Genesis, it is Adam and Eve who are tempted by the serpent and sin by obeying him over God.

Jesus is the last Adam and he also faced all the temptations of the accuser, except he prevailed by believing the true word of God over the serpent's cunning schemes.

Jesus did not face the serpent as God, but as the son of man, representing us in his humanity.

When we are born again by believing in Christ and abiding in him, we become new creations, able to stand against the wiles of the slanderer.

There is a shocking revelation in the Christian faith:

The cosmic battle of good and evil does not take place between God and satan!

It takes place between man and satan!

Therefore, when we ask God to deliver us from the devil's oppression and nothing happens, it is not because God is not able to answer and it's not because God is making us wait for an answer.

God has already equipped us through Christ with every spiritual blessing, even his Holy Spirit, the word of God and the blood and testimony of Jesus to gain victory over the accuser!

The only persecution we will still face in this life is from men who have yet to fully come into the marvelous kingdom of the Son of God.

Brother and sisters, if you are facing any type of sickness, depression, anxiety, addiction or temptation, there is victory in Christ right now!

Ask God to give you revelation of who you are and then stand firm in the reality that Christ has already paid the price for your healing, deliverance and forgiveness.

If Jesus Christ is your Lord and Savior, then receive all the benefits of his sacrifice through faith and believe what is written in his word.

2 Corinthians 5:17 (ESV) Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

The Gospel of Jesus Christ

I have nothing new to tell you.

I just want to echo the same message that the apostles preached.

1 Corinthians 15:3-8 For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me.

Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures.

Jesus of Nazareth is the Son of God. He was born of a virgin (Mary) and began his ministry in the power of the Holy Spirit, healing and delivering all who were oppressed of the devil. He was delivered unto Pilate after he proclaimed himself the Christ, the Son of God and crucified as the King of the Jews. This he did for us, fulfilling the prophecies of Isaiah 53 that the Christ would bear our sins and diseases for us. Jesus was made to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God (1 Corinthians 5:21).

Christ was buried and raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures.

Jesus was buried in the new tomb of Joseph of Arimathea and a great stone was rolled in front of the entrance with a guard of Roman soldiers securing it out front. On the third day, there was a great earthquake and an angel rolled away the stone at the entrance, declaring to the women who had come with Jesus from Galilee that Jesus has risen!

Christ appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve, then to more than 500 at one time, then to James, then to the apostles, and last of all, to Paul.

Luke 24:44-49 Then he said to them,“These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.” Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, and said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, and that repentance for the forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. And behold, I am sending the promise of my Father upon you. But stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.”

Come Out: How to Navigate in the World as Strangers (Free Preview)

We are separated unto Christ, not arbitrarily, but in connection with the larger story of scripture. We are now part of the family of Abraham and therefore the heritage of the line of Abraham is now our heritage too! (Galatians) God’s purposes since the book of Genesis are now being fulfilled in us. Being a holy people means being a people of purpose. And according to Jesus, that purpose is declaring to the world around us that the Kingdom of God is at hand.

It is the Spirit of God in us that separates us from all other peoples. The apostle John teaches us that if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us. Furthermore, we know we abide in him and he in us because he has given us of his Spirit. (1 John)

Speaking of Jesus Christ, John wrote, “He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.” (John)

This adoption into the line of faith is made clear by Paul who declares we received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” The Spirit within us bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God. Therefore, we are led by the Spirit, set our mind on the Spirit for life and peace and have a destiny to be conformed to the image of Jesus! (Romans)

The whole purpose of the entire drama of all human history which reached its climax in Jesus Christ was to purify you through his blood so that you could receive his Spirit by faith and be separated from the world to conform to his image. It all begins, climaxes and ends with Christ. The Holy Spirit within you makes you holy, and true holiness is found in the person of Jesus Christ.

City Planner (Classroom Edition)

Players- 9+

Playing time- 10 minutes

Type- Team

Age- 8+

Need- Slips of paper

Object- Build 1 skyscraper, 1 subway and 1 road

Learning time- 2-4 minutes

How to play:

1) Cut 9 slips of paper. Write 'Architect' on 3, 'Engineer' on 3 and 'Construction Worker' on 3. On the back of the 3 Architects, write 1 red, 1 blue and 1 yellow. On the back of the 3 Engineers, write 1 red, 1 blue and 1 yellow. On the back of the 3 Construction Workers, write 1 red, 1 blue and 1 yellow.

2) Draw three squares on the board and label them red, blue and yellow.

3) Pass out 1 slip of paper to each person. Each person may see everyone's identity but team colors must remain hidden.

4) Moving clockwise, each player chooses to either Build or Challenge.

5) You may build on either your colored square or another team's colored square. Identity cards can build the following:
a. Architects build skyscrapers.
b. Engineers build subways.
c. Construction workers build roads.

6) Write the name of the person next to what they built.

7) A person may challenge someone who built something by doing something they believe the other person cannot do. For example: tricks, throwing a ball, jumping, whistling, touching toes or hidden talents. If the other person cannot do it, you can erase what they built. If they can, nothing changes. Move on to the next player.

8) Continue playing until 1 colored square has 1 skyscraper, 1 subway and 1 road. Reveal the identities of the 3 people who built in that square.
* If 1 or more of them is not on that team, erase what they built.
* If they are all on that team, one player from each of the other 2 teams gives one final challenge. If a challenge is not passed, erase all 3 items from their square. If each challenge is passed successfully, they win.

Auctioneer (Classroom Edition)

Players- 4+

Playing time- 5-10 minutes

Type- Money

Age- 8+

Need- Paper money

Object- Most points

Learning time- 2 minutes

How to play:

1) Choose 1 person to be the auctioneer. The auctioneer writes a hidden list of 5 items and assigns 1 of each of the following point values: 2, 4, 6, 8, 10. Point values are based upon what the auctioneer thinks is valuable (2 is the least valuable and 10 is the most valuable). Only the auctioneer knows the point values.

2) Draw 5 boxes on the board. Only draw or write the first item in the first box.

3) The auctioneer asks a starting bid, then waits until all teams finish bidding.
*For example: The pencil is the first item and it sold for $100.

4) The auctioneer reveals the second item and bidding begins. Continue until all 5 items are sold.

5) The auctioneer reveals the point values for each item. Count points for each team to decide the winner.

Where's the Princess? (Classroom Edition)

Players- 5-12

Playing time- 10 minutes

Type- Guessing

Age- 8+

Need- 1 deck of cards

Object- Find the Princess

Learning time- 2 minutes

How to play:

1) Choose 1 person to be the Prince. The Prince leaves the room while you pass out identity cards.

2) Shuffle an even number of Butler and Jester cards and include 1 Princess and 1 Dragon. Pass out 1 card to each player. All players (except the Prince) may know each person's identity.
* If there are 9 people: 1 Prince, 1 Princess, 1 Dragon, 3 Butlers and 3 Jesters.
* If there are an even number of people, add an extra Butler or Jester.

3) The Prince returns to the room and asks each player 1 of 3 questions:
a. Where is the princess?
b. Who are you?
c. Who is he/she?

4) Players must answer the Prince's questions according to their identity card.
a. Butlers always tell the truth.
b. Jesters never tell the truth.
c. The Princess can choose to tell the truth or not.
d. If asked "Where is the Princess?", the Dragon doesn't answer. Instead, he or she chooses 1 person in the game whom the Prince can no longer ask any questions. If asked "Who are you?" or "Who is he/she?", the Dragon tells the truth.

5) After the Prince asks each player 1 question, he or she can choose 1 additional person to ask 1 additional question.

6) The Prince gets 2 chances to guess which person is the Princess.
a. Correct guess on first try: 5 points.
b. Correct guess on second try: 3 points.
c. Cannot guess correctly: all other players get 3 points.

Dora and The Lost City of Gold: Reactions

"Just be yourself."

That was the advice Dora received before entering the city for the first time.

Most have us have heard people tell us this cliche advice at one point or another, and as much as we agree with it in our hearts, we all know how difficult it is to live out.

Not for Dora, though.

She continued to be herself throughout the film, showing those "too-cool-for-school" high school kids what it means to enjoy life in all its simplicity.

Playful, innocent, pure and childlike are words you rarely use to describe a teenager, but that's just who Dora is, and she gives a breath of fresh air to the stuffy mean-spirited bullies of adolescence.

Until the day her beloved cousin tells her the truth.

"Don't be yourself."

Embarrassed to be associated with the laughing stock of the school, Diego chooses to separate himself from his cousin in an attempt to fit in. Little does he realize that he doesn't fit in because his true self is just as playful and childlike as Dora herself.

It's when Dora chooses to be her true self despite all the mocking and jesting that she draws others out of their false shells of caring-what-others-think into the freedom to just be.

How refreshing!

Stand in the Gap (1 Player Solitaire Game)

Players- 1

Playing time- 5-10 minutes

Type- Strategy

Age- 10+

Need- 1 deck of cards

Object- Build wall around castle with at least one A in the middle

Learning time- 5-10 minutes

How to play:

1) Place 4 A's in a block formation. This is your castle.

2) Flip cards one at a time and place them on the board next to another card (horizontally or vertically).
* Numbered cards must be placed in succession of increasing (+1) or decreasing (-1) order with the card next to it (vertically and horizontally, but not necessarily diagonally).
* Identical numbers may also be placed next to each other.
* A's, Jacks, Queens and Kings are neutral and are not counted as part of succession order.

3) If a King is placed on the board, nothing happens until a Jack is placed on the board and visa versa.

4) When at least one King and one Jack are on the board, move whichever was placed first.
* If Kings were placed first, move the King nearest to an A first. (use same directional order below)

5) Kings move to eliminate A's. Jacks move to eliminate Kings.

6) If any King is eliminated, discard the Jack and return to normal play until at least one King and one Jack are on the board again simultaneously.

7) Build a wall of cards around your castle (4 A's) with at least one A remaining when the deck runs out to win.

How to lose:

1) All A's are eliminated.
2) You cannot make a move.
3) You do not have a complete wall encircling your castle when your deck runs out.

Special Cards:

Kings: Assassin Cards
a) Place them on the board so they are nearest in proximity to an A.
b) If there are multiple options, then use the following order to place the King:
<1> Right <2> Down <3> Left <4> Up
* For example: If there are 2 places for a King that are both 1 space away from an A, then place the King so that it will move to the right for its first attack. If that's not an option, place it so it will move down for its first attack. If that's not an option, place it so it will move left for its first attack.
* When in doubt on how to move a King, use the best choice.
* Kings cannot eliminate Jacks in any circumstances, neither will they purposefully land on top of Jacks.
* If a King cannot make a move, discard it along with 1 Jack.

Queens: Blocking Cards
a) Place anywhere on the board touching another card (horizontally or vertically).
b) These cards cannot be passed through, eliminated or moved from their original location.
c) These cards (like Jacks and Kings) are not counted as numbered cards and can therefore be used to fill in gaps in your wall, such as between a 2 and a 9.

Jacks: Attacking Cards
a) Place anywhere on the board touching another card (horizontally or vertically).
b) These cards seek to eliminate any King, then they are discarded from the game.
* 1 Jack cannot eliminate 2 Kings. A spade and club cannot make a move that will pass through 2 Kings. A heart may have 2 Kings on either side of it to eliminate, but can only choose 1 to discard.
* After being placed on the board, Jacks and Kings can only move through or on previous placed cards (with the exception of Queens).

Jokers: Bomb Cards
a) Place anywhere on top of another numbered card.
b) Discard all cards surrounding the Joker (even diagonally, but not Queens, Jacks or Kings).
* If the first card you draw in the game is a Joker, you lose.

King and Jack Abilities:
Diamond- can only move 1 space horizontally and vertically or up to 2 spaces diagonally (discard all cards passed over and landed on).
Spade- moves 1 or 2 spaces vertically or horizontally (discard all cards passed over and landed on).
Club- moves in an 'L' shape, 1 space horizontally and 1 space vertically or visa versa (discard all cards passed over and landed on).
Heart- only moves 1 space vertically or horizontally. If it moves vertically, discard the cards next to it in both horizontal directions. If it moves horizontally, discard the cards next to it in both vertical directions.

* Play with 2 people by having someone control the Kings.

Here's an example of how to play:

1 Jack appears.

1 King appears.

Jack eliminates King.

Jack is discarded.

2 Kings appear.

1 Joker appears.

3 cards are eliminated by the Joker.

1 Jack appears.

King closest to top moves to eliminate 2 A's.

Jack moves to eliminate 1 A, 1 King and the 2 of hearts.

Jack is discarded.

Victory in Silence: Silencing the Bullies in your Life

Bullies use the same techniques.

If I can't destroy you, I'll cripple you.

If I can't cripple you, I'll hurt you.

If I can't hurt you, I'll slow you down.

If I can't slow you down, I'll gossip.

If no one listens, I'll pick on someone else.

These interpersonal attacks on our character are inspired by demonic forces strengthened by strongholds in the mind. Each attack feels like a bully picking up a stone and throwing it at you. The closer the person is to you, the more it hurts. A stranger can do little damage, but a close friend can deal a lethal blow.

As I faced betrayal, bullying and accusations this last year, I reminded myself over and over again that Jesus faced the same things, only worse. He sympathizes with my struggles and prays for me. I have found much comfort by meditating upon these truths from the book of Hebrews.

The saddest part of all of it was when the church picked up their own stones and threw them at me. And after being pelted in the eye, with blood trickling down my face, they asked me to defend myself or be condemned.

I was innocent, but I refused to defend myself from the basis of being guilty until proven innocent.

And so I didn't.

I cried instead.

But before you think me weak, let me finish, because I didn't stop there.

I used my authority against those leaders of the sheep who think they can use their position to back me in a corner and force me to submit to them. I prayed against them, calling on the Judge of heaven and earth to judge them for their sins that they may get what they deserve. I prayed like David in the psalms, asking God to deliver me from my enemies and bring righteousness back into the church.

And then without missing a breath, my heart connected with the Son of David who prayed for his enemies on the cross. I blessed each stone wielder ready for their next assault, even asking God to increase their prosperity, knowing full well that both of these prayers were contradictory in nature.

I want to encourage anyone facing betrayal, false accusation and bullying, no matter if it's from a friend, pastor or enemy: Eventually, every bully runs out of stones.


With each assault on my character, I was tempted to defend myself and increase the drama surrounding me, but instead I took the blows in silence, looking to God who is my defender and general. When each person ran out of stones, that bully desperately sought new sources, pelting me repeatedly, hoping to destroy me. That is the spiritual battle taking place, often unaware to the bully.

It feels as though those stones will never end and they keep getting faster and heavier over time, but praise God I stayed my ground, and as that bully sought the next stone, he came up empty.


There is now no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus!

And praise God it was the church that came to my defense! God knows I never asked for it, but they defended me anyway, and the power of those gossips and lies fell on deaf ears. There was no sting in their words. It was finished. The victory was mine!


If you're going through the battle, keep your eyes fixed on the Lord! He fights for you and in the end, God will right every wrong. You don't need an apology from another person or a written record of your justification. All you need is to be right in the sight of God.

Gossips will come and go, but our Father in heaven is true. He binds up the brokenhearted and comforts the downcast. He is within us and beside us and above us. He is trustworthy and merciful.

Praise God who lives forever. Praise His glorious name!