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Sunday, August 14, 2005

Reach the end

The preacher for my morning worship service Dr Dennis Ngien shared four points on "How to press on, reach the end". The scripure lession is from Philippians 3:12-16.

Dr Dennis Ngien has always been a three-point preacher. But today, he has four points on that "how to". He emphasizes that "reach the end, not necessarily reaching the top."

First, we must have a proper estimate of ourselves in order to reach the end. Humility is the right estimate of ourselves. Humble people have much to be thankful. Only a life that illustrates humility will move on.

Second, we must deliberately forgetting things that hold us back. Things that hold us back are sins that have been forgiven, defeats, irreversible decisions, old conflicts, failures. It's alright to look backward. But, ff looking backward causes us to move backward, then it's wrong.

Third is the conscious choice of singlemindedness. Paul said "this one thing I do.." Paul is not saying "these many things I do..".

Finally, the determined act of perserverance. Paul used runner's metaphor in perserverance. With preserverance, stumbling block can be turned into stepping stones.

Indeed, like Paul, we should "delight in hardships, persecutions and difficulties" to reach the end. Anchor on God who is the same yesterday, today and forever.

3 comment(s):

Hi Yan:

Three plus ONE more salutes to the GOod preacher's lesson:);):);)

Have a blessed Sunday, also coming Mon-Fri, Saturday's Best! Have you surfed the Romantic journey yet! (it's a rhetorical statement --wonder IF i just conined a historic word?-- no answer required...)

By Blogger desiderata, at 12:26 pm  

the only Phil I know is Doctor Phil.

Pappy
Mackin with Pappy

By Blogger Pappy, at 12:26 pm  

Hi, desi,

No, I have not started that "romantic journey", but my teenage daughter has finished the story!

pappy, sorry for the confusion, my Phil refers to the book of Philippians, not Dr Phil.

Yan

By Blogger Yan, at 12:09 am  

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