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Having a Humble Opinion of Self

Posted by Joyce Chen 許陳 明正 on February 4, 2011

…..if you see another sin openly or commit a serious crime, do not consider yourself better, for you do not know how long you can remain in good estate. All men are frail, but you must admit that none is more frail than yourself.  ~~Thomas à Kempis

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Education

Posted by Joyce Chen 許陳 明正 on October 7, 2010

論文進度進入研究領域範圍之History of Scholarship,於過程中, 繼續閱讀全文

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THINK

Posted by Joyce Chen 許陳 明正 on November 12, 2009

“Two percent of the people think;
three percent of the people think they think;
and ninety-five percent of the people would rather die than think.”
~~George Bernard Shaw

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教會紛爭

Posted by Joyce Chen 許陳 明正 on October 30, 2009

彭德修牧師對教會分爭頗有見地的分享,節錄於此:

教會的分爭其實是一種愛的傷害。因為上帝的標準是完美的,基督徒自然以完美為目標,忘了人的有限與軟弱。結果變成一個律法主義者,總是好高騖遠的批評,無法接納別人,尤其對所愛的人,即使是一絲絲的過失不放過,教會紛爭於焉爆發。

歸根究底,還是生命的問題!

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Protected: 深願 ── Richard of Chichester的禱詞

Posted by Joyce Chen 許陳 明正 on June 4, 2009

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[婚姻:愛的操練]Emotionally Intelligent Marriage

Posted by Joyce Chen 許陳 明正 on May 22, 2009

Happily married couples aren’t smarter, richer, or more psychologically astute than others.婚姻幸福的夫妻並非比較聰明、 繼續閱讀全文

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[靈性成形] 最愛 (一)

Posted by Joyce Chen 許陳 明正 on December 31, 2008

When I have learnt to love God better than my earthly dearest,
何時習得
愛上帝
超越
愛我在世上的最愛 繼續閱讀全文

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Self

Posted by Joyce Chen 許陳 明正 on November 26, 2008

We meet ourselves in a thousand disguises along the path.

                                                                                                               ~~Jung

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[靈修神學] 抉擇之時

Posted by Joyce Chen 許陳 明正 on October 9, 2008

當我們覺察

自己的心

私慾捆綁之時

不要做任何決擇。

                                                                                  ~~Ignatius

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有無之間

Posted by Joyce Chen 許陳 明正 on May 20, 2008

祢確實是「使無變為有的神」(羅4:17)。
我們的確是無,
因為祢所呼召的是無,
同時,我們也是有,
因為我們受祢的呼召。
雖然我們本身是無,
然而祢卻將我們視為有,
就如使徒所說:
「不在乎人的行為,乃在乎召人的主。」(羅9:11)

~~Bernard of Clairvaux

 

The Hand of God, 1896,

Marble carved by Soudbinnine in 1902.

94 x 82.5 x 54.9 cm,  S.988

Photo:  E. & P. Hesmerg

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神啊,祢比我更了解我自己‧‧‧

Posted by Joyce Chen 許陳 明正 on April 14, 2008

一篇無名者的禱文

求祢讓我遠離那惡習:
就是以為自己凡事都必須加點意見,
每個場合都必須說些話。

求祢將我從好為人師的慾念中解脫,
使我設想周到而不嘮嘮叨叨,
樂意助人卻不指指點點,

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律法的作用

Posted by Joyce Chen 許陳 明正 on April 12, 2008

加爾文認為叫人知罪是律法的次要作用,他認為除非律法與基督有關,否則它就沒有意義。神給以色列人律法並不是要約束他們,而是要在基督降臨前給他們救恩的盼望。

馬丁路德認為使人知罪才是律法最主要的作用,

奧古斯丁則認為:「當我們嘗試遵守律法的要求,而因此筋疲力竭時,律法就幫助我們明白如何求告神的恩典。」

 

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做什麼?

Posted by Joyce Chen 許陳 明正 on April 9, 2008

這句話是我從震毅那裡聽到的:
「我們的重點是要做對的事,不只是將事情做對。」
值得將之推向生活的各個層面。

 

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你為什麼去教會?

Posted by Joyce Chen 許陳 明正 on January 28, 2008

有人去聚會是為了調劑精神,
有人去聚會是為了閑談歡晤,
有人去聚會是為了消磨時光,
有人去聚會是為了社交應酬,
有人去聚會是為了“安息”打盹,
有人去聚會是為了補贖虧疚,
有人去聚會是為了宗教習慣,
惟有智慧人去聚會是敬拜上帝。

~~司布真(C.H.Spurgeon)

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關係洞

Posted by Joyce Chen 許陳 明正 on January 22, 2008

祢為自己造了我們,
我們的心沒有安息,
直到在祢裡面找到了安息。

~~奧古斯丁

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基督教愛情觀

Posted by Joyce Chen 許陳 明正 on January 17, 2008

教會有許多弟兄姐妹對婚姻與交友的題目很有興趣,
我沒有時間寫,
因此將會陸續的選擇一些不錯的文章貼在這裡。

作者: 蔡哲民(信望愛網站負責人)

愛情是強大的力量,讓人可以為之生為之死,那到底基督徒該怎麼看愛情呢? 閱讀全文

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可惜

Posted by Joyce Chen 許陳 明正 on January 13, 2008

假如你對神抱著錯誤的觀念,
那麼你愈是虔誠,
對你愈是無益。
                                         ~~William Temple

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My Confession

Posted by Joyce Chen 許陳 明正 on December 30, 2007

朋友寄一篇文章給我,
是Ben Stein 在CBS Sunday Morning Commentary唸的,
我讀了,很受感動,
放在站上。

My confession

I am a Jew, and every single one of my ancestors was Jewish. And it does not bother me even a little bit when people call those beautiful lit up, bejeweled trees Christmas trees. I don’t feel threatened. I don’t feel discriminated against. That’s what they are: Christmas trees.

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言語

Posted by Joyce Chen 許陳 明正 on December 20, 2007

說個不停是最糟糕的言語方式,
所以要, 閱讀全文

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基督徒,想看《黃金羅盤》嗎?

Posted by Joyce Chen 許陳 明正 on December 17, 2007

路傳道是台北信友堂的學青傳道,這篇文章寫的很好,於此轉載。
讀了這篇文章頗有感觸,
很為信友堂的學青高興,有這麼一位認真用心的傳道人帶領。

教會單在活動上忙碌是不夠的,
還要在真道及禱告方面多幫助信徒,
不願意在神的話語上多用點心,就是迷信,
不願意多用頭腦,會落入情緒及對真理不負責任的態度,
求神憐憫,讓我們願意在聖靈的帶領之下,在信仰上用用我們的頭腦,
這樣才不容易上了魔鬼的當。以下是陸傳道的文章:

陸尊恩(中華基督教長老會學青事工部傳道)
許多基督徒領袖都曾經說,文字工作的影響力無遠弗屆,但其實,影音媒體的影響力,更是早已滲透全球數十億人口的心靈。

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Prayer of Surrender to God

Posted by Joyce Chen 許陳 明正 on December 16, 2007

好喜歡 Thomas A Kempis的這篇禱詞,以我有限的中文能力將它翻譯出來,
歡迎讀者們予以更正,讓這篇禱詞透過意、達、雅的好翻譯,更能呈獻原著的震撼。
並且透過這些禱詞,幫助我們導正我們的心,單單向神:

主啊!祢知道什麼是最好的;
情願按祢所願成就一切。
當祢意願賜予時,願祢按祢所願盡量賜予,
為了祢的尊榮,並且按祢所悅及祢對我的瞭解來對待我,
將我放在祢所要放置我的地方並且隨祢意來處理我,
我在祢的手中;按祢意願將我轉向任何的人生方向。

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Apple公司總裁( Steve Jobs)對史丹佛畢業生演講全文 — Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish (求知若飢 ,虛心若愚 )

Posted by Joyce Chen 許陳 明正 on December 13, 2007

很少在本站轉登他人的文章,
但是,偶而看到這篇文章,
細讀之下,
欣喜其內容說出了我心裡面的一些東西,
與其看我笨拙的表達,
讓這篇文章轉登於此,
表示很多的「阿們!阿們!」。

  — Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish (求知若飢 ,虛心若愚 )–

今天,很榮幸參加各位的畢業典禮,這是世界上最好的學校之一。我從來沒從大學畢業過,說實話,這是我離大學畢業最近的一刻。今天,我只說三個故事,不談大道理,三個故事就好。 閱讀全文

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Fulfillment

Posted by Joyce Chen 許陳 明正 on November 12, 2007

We are fulfilled by an identity that does not annihilate our own, which is ours, and yet is “received.”
It is a Person eternally other than ourselves who identifies Himself perfectly with ourselves.
This Identity is Christ, God. ~~Thomas Merton

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對神的知識

Posted by Joyce Chen 許陳 明正 on November 6, 2007

若所有的人生來的目的是認識神,
而我們對神的知識沒有幫助我們達成這個目的,
那麼這種對神的知識不過是暫時和虛空的。
  ~~加爾文

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不認識神就不認識自己

Posted by Joyce Chen 許陳 明正 on October 30, 2007

除非人先仰望神的面並謙卑省察自己,
否則就不可能正確地認識自己。
因為我們總是自以為義、正直、聰明和聖潔,
這種驕傲是每一個人與生俱來的──除非有充分的證據指控我們是不義、污穢、愚蠢,和不潔的。
此外,若我們只看自己又不仰望主(因主是唯一審查我們的標準),
我們便不會認自己的這些罪。

我們的眼光若只侷限於塵世,
滿足於自己的義、智慧和美德,
我們必然得意洋洋、自吹自擂、幻想自己為神。
然而一旦我們仰望神,
思想到祂的屬性,祂的公義、智慧和權能是何其完美──而神的屬性就是祂要求我們的標準。

我們所看為完美的,卻仍與神的純潔有天壤之別。
                ~~約翰‧加爾文

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Posted by Joyce Chen 許陳 明正 on October 18, 2007

一個沒有神的道的教會,
是胡說八道的教會。

唐崇榮

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Tradition

Posted by Joyce Chen 許陳 明正 on October 6, 2007

Tradition is the living faith of the dead.
Traditionalism is the dead faith of the living.


~~Jaroslav Pelikan – Vindication of Tradition

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Wisdom

Posted by Joyce Chen 許陳 明正 on June 12, 2007

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“That wisdom which cannot teach me that God is love,

shall ever pass for folly.” 

~~John Owen

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若教會只從「現象」來認定「復興」!!!???

Posted by Joyce Chen 許陳 明正 on June 10, 2007

人數代表教會復興嗎?

大家大聲禱告就代表教會興旺嗎?

我想唐崇榮的一番話可以對這些問題有所幫助。

為什麼正確的認識的神學觀念產生不了偉大的果效?為什麼那些好像在增長的教會都是有很多錯誤的觀念在其中的教會呢?因為他的擴張、數量的增加和復興的現象使我們就肯定那是真正的真理嗎?因為有一些正在萎縮,就使我們因此而看出來他們沒有聖靈的引導嗎?當耶穌差遣七十個門徒到處傳道的時候,他們回來的報告多麼令人興奮,他們說「連撒但的權柄我們都勝過了,我們奉你的名趕鬼、我們醫病、我們制服了那個惡者和牠的差役」,耶穌基督並沒有因此而非常快樂的說:「這證明你們被聖靈充滿了。」,耶穌竟然用一句與人的觀念完全相反的答案來提醒他們:「你們不要因為制服了鬼而快樂,你們要因為你們的名字被記在天上而快樂」,就在這些偉大的報告來到耶穌面前的時候,無形之中就很對比的顯出了,我們的主服事的果效好像是沒有的。
當他們到處去傳道有果效的時候,耶穌基督竟然講一句話:「迦百農啊!你已經升到天上,將來你要降在陰間,因為在你們中間行的神蹟,如果行在推羅西頓的時代,在所多瑪、蛾摩拉的日子,他們都要披麻蒙灰悔改」,換一句話說呢,耶穌自己傳道一個人都沒有得救,那個時候一個人都沒有信主,與這些門徒出去佈道回來的報告相比的話,是門徒實實在在果效果子比祂豐富,而祂自己好像沒有做為,好像沒有果效一樣;禍哉!那些以外貌定人的,禍哉!那些以現象定教會的教義的本質的今天的教會。  …很多人認為看見所結的果子這現象就等於是聖靈的同在,而看不見果子的就等於好像就是錯誤的,我盼望這些聲音可以深深引導你們心靈的深處,以致於你不做一個被時代現象蒙蔽的人,因為在現象的背後,那本質是更重要的;在建造的下面,那根基是更重要的;在速度的背後,那方向是更重要的;錯誤的方向,使更高的速度帶來更離原來要達到目的,更大的距離,上面最偉大的建造,建立在破碎的或者非常脆弱的根基上面,越高向上,是越產生自我不可收拾的後果的悲劇,越表現著偉大的現象;但是裡面已經把本質放鬆或者投降的人呢,正在妥協、也正在自找一條末路,這是很可惜的事情,求主憐憫我們。

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Violence and Bloodshed are Not Cool or Fun–by Adrian Warnock

Posted by Joyce Chen 許陳 明正 on April 20, 2007

A couple of weeks ago I saw the movie “The 300.” I meant to blog on that experience but was busy with other things, but today is a good day to rethink my reaction to the movie.

In watching the movie I came away seeing that I would be breaking ranks with a lot of people I like who gave the movies good reviews. Indeed there was virtue in the movie – comraderie, courage, brotherhood and sacrifice and other things. But I came away thinking to myself that the main character, the star of the movie was the blood. There was nothing subtle about it, nothing was left to the imagination, in fact since the movie followed the graphic novel format on which the movie itself was based, the blood and gore was even more graphic than necessary.

If you have read about the battle of Thermopylae in something like Pressfield’s Gates of Fire or a straight historic account you will know that this is truly one of the most inspiring stories of history, as this small band of 300 held off the massive Persian onslaught. Yet, in the movie, it just seems to me that the thing that is most embedded on the mind is the bloodshed, not the story and characters. Subtlety is a key to great storytelling – leaving things to the reader’s or viewers imagination enhances the story, in this case the bloodshed became the story.

Which brings me to the events of yesterday. Given the carnage at Virginia Tech, can we all come to some kind of agreement that bloodshed is not cool, is not fun, and is not entertaining?

It occurs to me that people who experience this kind of carnage in real life probably aren’t the ones who are making the graphic movies and writing graphic descriptions of this stuff in novels. From yesterday I heard of the police officer who could only say that this was the worst thing he had ever seen. I heard of a surviving student who was in one of the classrooms who can’t sleep because of the the things he saw – everytime he closes his eyes he sees the blood.

I have never been in the military but I have known many who have and known many who have known people who have served in the military and could tell their stories. Often these people can’t speak of the things they witnessed in war. Often they wrestle with post traumatic stress syndrome. So why, when it comes to entertainment, do we treat things as cool that people who experience them in real life find unspeakable?

I guess the point I am making is that police officers, soldiers, medical personnel and real life victims of violence don’t speak of that violence and bloodshed as something entertaining or cool or glorious.

I’ve never wanted to be simplistically prudish about this. I’ve let my kids play games like Halo and others, and I have watched most of the standard war/warrior movies. Sometimes I have come away from those things genuinely moved by the story and the characters and have been able to keep the bloodshed in context.

But it seems to me that there is something fundamentally wrong if we can engage in entertainments that graphically portray violence and bloodshed and walk away from them thinking those things are cool. People in real life don’t say “wow, that was awesome the way he wiped all those people,” or “did you see that guy’s head explode – cool!”

Given the events of 4/16 (another date that will probably live in the same kind of infamy as 9/11) can you imagine having a discussion with your friends about how cool the bloodshed in “The 300” was or how awesome the graphics are in that new first person shooter game if you knew that one of the survivors of this massacre, or maybe one of the parents who had lost a child, was listening over your shoulder? I think anyone would realize this was out of line. My question is “under what circumstances does it then become ‘in-line’?”

I’m not going on a crusade here and I’m not arguing that violence in entertainment is necessarily the cause of violence on campus. I’m also not arguing against any portrayals of violence in literature or entertainment. If I were to argue that I would have to stop reading the bible. Pollyanna is not my hero – it’s a violent world that we need to come to grips with.

But yesterday’s events are a graphic reminder to me that violence and bloodshed are not to be glorified – they are not cool, they are not fun and are not entertaining.

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Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, and Virginia Tech — by Doublas Wilson

Posted by Joyce Chen 許陳 明正 on April 20, 2007

Topic: Letter to Mr. Harris

Let’s tie two timely issues together. This is sometimes dangerous, because when issues are timely, they are also frequently raw, and this means that it is easy to be misunderstood. But I will try to state this basic argument against atheism as briefly and as clearly as I can.

The first timely issue is the presence of the new atheism, which various influential people are crusading for. Regular readers of this blog know that the new atheists are here, they are belligerent, and if you don’t come along with them with glad shouts of acclaim, the obvious explanation for your lack of cooperation is that you’re an idiot. Truculent is the word.

The second issue is the Virginia Tech shooting that the nation is still reeling from. Everyone is appalled, grief-striken, and numb. That is what makes it easy to misunderstand. Everyone is also touched, focused, and teachable. That is what makes it possible to begin to understand.

Here is something I wrote in Letter from a Christian Citizen.

“If the two of us were looking at a news report of the latest atrocity, I would want to say that at some point in the future, in some fundamental way, that will be put right. You want to say, as an atheist, that it will not ever be put right. But you refuse, for some reason, to take the next step and say that there is nothing wrong with it now” (LFACC, p. 54).

I wrote these words long before the Virginia Tech tragedy, but knowing that something awful like it was bound to happen at some point in the future. Sam Harris made a similar point in his book when he described a particular crime, yet future, as inevitable.

Now let me head off the misunderstanding (and it is always the same one). I am not arguing (or otherwise hinting) that Sam Harris, or Richard Dawkins, or any of these new atheists are in any way supporters of this kind of murderous rampage. I know that they are as appalled as I am. So the point is not that they are secret admirerers of the shooter.

My point is that atheists disapprove of this kind of thing, but their disapproveal cannot be derived from the premises of their atheism. It must therefore come from somewhere else. This means that Harris, Dawkins, et al. are as much opponents of the logical consequences of atheism as I am. They like to portray themselves as courageous “facers-of-the-consequences.” If logical consequences were a bracing autumn breeze, the upper right hand corner of Dawkins’ blog would have a picture of himself standing in it, chin out, hair swept back, and a steely resolve in his eye. “Bring those consequences on.”

Okay. Here is one. Given atheism, the Virginia Tech shooter is now in the same condition as Helen Keller, Mother Teresa, John Paul II, Ted Bundy, John Lennon, and Dolly Madison. The nirvana of non-existence is now his, and he successfully escaped to that haven from every claim of justice. That rampage is an atrocity which Harris, Dawkins, and Hitchens all believe will never be put right. Justice will never be applied to it. And this lack of justice is just the way it is. So what is wrong with this lack of justice now? Given atheism, nothing is wrong with it.

But even the new atheists cannot bring themselves to acknowledge this. This is because they are created in the image of God, and they know better. So my charge is not that they approve of such things. Of course not. Not a bit of it. My charge is that they are purveyors of an impotent disapproval. The shooting has stopped, the shouting has died down, the bullets are all spent, and the shooter has begun to decompose. And the infinite concourse of atoms that constitutes all reality continues to roar by us heedless, continuing, as always, to not give a damn.

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Dr. Stanley Responds to the VA Tech Tragedy

Posted by Joyce Chen 許陳 明正 on April 20, 2007

Dear Friend,

The events we heard about and saw on television Monday from Virginia Tech University in Blacksburg, Virginia were extremely disturbing and horrifying. Our thoughts and prayers are going out to the families and friends who lost loved ones to this senseless act of violence. At In Touch Ministries, we will continue to pray for the Lord to comfort and heal everyone affected by this terrible act. It’s difficult to understand how and why something like this could happen. Oftentimes, in the face of overwhelming tragedy, we wonder why a loving God would allow so much injury and loss of life. We ask, “Why didn’t He prevent it?” “Why didn’t He do something?” My friends, no one knows the answer to that question. But what we do know is that God is still in control.

The most powerful thing we can do at this time is to cry out to God for the grieving families of those precious students, for their friends, the faculty and the entire student body. The days, weeks and months ahead will be a long and difficult healing process. The apostle Paul in 2 Corinthians 1:3-5 is most encouraging when he says, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For just as the sufferings of Christ are ours in abundance, so also our comfort is abundant through Christ.”

Prayerfully yours,
Charles F. Stanley

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真愛

Posted by Joyce Chen 許陳 明正 on April 9, 2007

True love makes a man indifferent to all competing desires.
The man who truly loves his wife, and has grown to maturity in that love (a rare enough phenomenon, admittedly), is free from the desire for other women.
The same is true of the person who has come to a mature love of the Lord.
~~ Thomas Green

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Good Friday & Easter 受難節與復活節

Posted by Joyce Chen 許陳 明正 on April 3, 2007

His death was with the resurrection in view!

He died in order to rise,

and by His rising to proceed

His ultimate glorification (12:23; 17:5)

and pouring out the Spirit (7:37-39)

so that others, too, might live.

耶穌犧牲的死本身不是目的,

祂的復活也不是事後的想法。

祂的死是與復活並列的。

祂死,是為了復活,

而藉著復活,

祂繼續走向祂終極的榮耀(約12:23,17:5)

與聖靈的澆灌(7:37-39),

好叫人也可以活著。

Carson, D. A.

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"It is a serious thing to live in a society of pos…

Posted by Joyce Chen 許陳 明正 on April 2, 2007

“It is a serious thing to live in a society of possible gods and goddesses, to remember that the dullest and most uninteresting person you can talk to may one day be a creature which, if you say it now, you would be strongly tempted to worship, or else a horror and a corruption such as you now meet, if at all, only in a nightmare. All day long we are in some degree, helping each other to one or other of these destinations. It is in light of these overwhelming possibilities, it is with the awe and circumspection proper to them, that we should conduct all our dealings with one another, all friendships, all loves, all play, all politics. There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal. Nations, cultures, arts, civilizations–these are mortal, and their life is to ours as the life of a gnat.
C.S. Lewis(The Weight of Glory and Other Addresses, New York: Collier Books, 1980, 18-19)

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Love

Posted by Joyce Chen 許陳 明正 on March 10, 2007

Love is born of an earnest consideration of the object loved.
~Thomas Aquinas

Please read Psalm 139, there you will find a vivid illustration.

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Soul

Posted by Joyce Chen 許陳 明正 on March 10, 2007

The soul selects her own society,
then shuts the door.
~Emily Dickinson

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TAKE & RECEIVE

Posted by Joyce Chen 許陳 明正 on September 28, 2006

這一個禱告詞陪伴我了一段時間,

我願意在這裡與鄉親父老們分享:
Take, LORD, and receive
All my liberty
All my memory
All my understanding and
my entire will
All that I have and call my own

You have given it all to me
To You, LORD, I return it
Everything is Yours
Do with it what You will
Give me only
Your love and
Your grace
That is enough for me. (Ignatius Prayer)
完全的降服,
完全的平安,
是一個過程,
值得。

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The minister must speak from the heart or he canno…

Posted by Joyce Chen 許陳 明正 on September 8, 2006

The minister

must speak from the heart or

he cannot speak to the heart.

Anthony Burgess

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Knowing God’s will is worth the wait. Charles Stan…

Posted by Joyce Chen 許陳 明正 on August 10, 2006

Knowing God’s will is worth the wait.
Charles Stanley

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Let our secret reading prevent [i.e., preceed] the…

Posted by Joyce Chen 許陳 明正 on August 7, 2006

Let our secret reading prevent [i.e., preceed] the dawning of the day.
Let God’s voice be the first we hear in the morning.

Robert Murray M’Cheyne

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Something for you to muse upon

Posted by Joyce Chen 許陳 明正 on August 5, 2006

An old man attended a university debate between a Christian academic and an atheist academic. The old man had once been an atheist, but he had been born again late in life. After the debate, during which the atheist scholar mocked the Christian experience as unenlightened and worthless, a few members of the large audience were allowed to ask questions. When the born-again old man was given the microphone, he stood and pulled an orange from his suit pocket. Eager to defend his faith, the old man held up the piece of fruit and then addressed the atheist on stage. “What does this particular orange taste like?” the old man asked. “Is it sweet, sour, rotten, tasteless?”
Unsure of the old man’s meaning, the atheist responded, “I don’t know. I haven’t tried it.”
To the smirks and “amens” of the other Christians in the audience, the old man said simply, “I rest my case.” Then he sat down.
Written by Gentry

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Bread of Life (1)

Posted by Joyce Chen 許陳 明正 on August 3, 2006

the soul will never eat Bread of Life until he has ceased to attempt to fill himself with the husks of his own doings, or with any provision this world can furnish.
Charles G. Finney

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Trust in the Lord and He will move heaven and eart…

Posted by Joyce Chen 許陳 明正 on July 24, 2006

Trust in the Lord and He will move heaven and earth to accomplish His purpose.
Charles Stanley

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His Love

Posted by Joyce Chen 許陳 明正 on July 20, 2006

And I exclaimed, “Benedicite, Domine!” I meant this greeting reverently, yet it came as a great shout. For I wanted to thank our Lord, who is so reverent, so holy and apart, for being so homely [intimate, at home] with a sinful creature who was still alive in this wretched flesh.
Julian of Norwich

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We can do no great things. Only small things with …

Posted by Joyce Chen 許陳 明正 on July 13, 2006

We can do no great things.


Only small things with great love.

Mother Teresa

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LOVE IN THE SPIRIT

Posted by Joyce Chen 許陳 明正 on January 6, 2006

Love in the Spirit is surely the gratitude to God and the goodwill toward men that are generated by :
knowing the love of the Father, who gave the Son, and
knowing the love of the Son, who gave himself for our salvation.

Modeling itself on this divine love, love in the Spirit takes form as a habit of self-giving service in which some element of one’s life is constantly being laid down and let go for someone else’s sake (see John 15:12, 13)

Paul draws its profile in 1 Corinthians 13:4-7. It has at its heart an outgoing altruism, a desire to see others made great, good, holy, and happy—a passion that this fallen world finds incomprehensible and which in itself is altogether supernatural.

Agape, the regular New Testament word for it, was not used in this sense before Christianity appeared, and no wonder: The thing itself only became known through Christ. Now agape is the identifying mark of those who, among the many who claim to know God, really and genuinely do (1 John 3:14-16; 4:7-11). It is no natural gift or development, but the supernatural fruit of the Spirit (see Galatians 5:22), the issue of a heart that through the Spirit sees and knows the love of God.

By J I Packer

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約 1:1 太初有道、道與 神同在、道就是 神。

The Word was with God, God’s eternal Fellow;
the Word was God, God’s own Self.

D A Carson

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