Pastors Posts

Week of October 18th, 2020

 

(Warning! You may find the following very abstract.)

 

Dear brothers and sisters,

 

The 2020 Physics Nobel Prize was awarded for the research of Black Hole—a consequence of Einstein’s theory. In his theory time is unified with space. Indeed, time is the most abstract thing in our life. What is time? We can easily experience our 3-D space just by walking around. But how do you perceive time? You can only see the representation of time, such as the moving of the sundial shadow or the clock hands. Those are not “time,” just our attempt to visualize it. How can you fathom Psalm 90:2 “from everlasting to everlasting you are God”? “Time” alone is already very abstract, “everlasting” is even more so, for it deals with infinity. The Holy Spirit reveals something even more astounding, 2 Peter 3:8 “a single day is like a thousand years with the Lord and a thousand years are like a single day.”

 

“Time” for human beings is analogous to an ant walking on a thin wire (1-time dimension). We can only wait for the future and cannot go back to the past (“Back to the Future” is just sci-fi.)  Because we are confined along this “thin wire,” we have a hard time comprehending concepts such as “God holds tomorrow,” as we often sing.  God is not confined even in a multi-time dimension. He can easily move to the future as well as to the past and intervene. To one time-dimension it is a thousand years, but to another time-dimension, it is just a single day.

 

But then, does he really hold tomorrow and can intervene? If He can truly see the future and hold tomorrow, why does this happen to me? Why did the coronavirus floating in the air end up in my lung and multiply? (God actually knows, since His creation, the exact paths of all those millions of atoms forming that virus.) Why did the genetic code in my DNA flip and led to the cells multiplying exponentially and becoming a malignant tumor? Why did that drunk guy didn’t stop causing my spine to dislodge completely? Why did I grow up in that family and turned my life upside down? And there are still many other “whys” you ask. To be honest with you, I am not able to answer even one of those whys. But God answers all your “whys” with a “HOW”.

 

Rom 8:32 He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, HOW will he not also with him graciously give us all things? … 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? …37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

 

No, I do not know why, but I do know that my Lord Jesus Christ died for my sin on the cross so that I can receive the free gift of everlasting life, all because of His love for me. No, I do not know why, but I do trust His love for me. He had proven it on the cross. One day I will know the answer to all my whys. At that time, I will not be interested in the whys anymore, but how to worship my God and Savior to eternity!

Brothers and sisters, almost with 100% certainty you will one day ask “why?” When you do, may I encourage you to ponder upon God’s “HOW”!

 

In Him,

 

Pastor Larry

Week of October 11th, 2020

 

Dear CIBC Family and Friends,

 

In 1949, the longstanding route to the summit of Mount Everest was closed so anyone attempting to reach the summit had to do so through Nepal. After several failed attempts by others, New Zealander Edmund Hillary and local Sherpa Tenzing Norgay reached the summit in 1953. Though Hillary was an experienced climber, he was dependent on Norgay, a seasoned guide who had worked on other climbing expeditions to assist him. When they reached the summit, Hillary took a photo of Norgay posing with his ice-axe, but there is no photo of Hillary. Some attributed this to Norgay's having never used a camera but Norgay's autobiography says that Hillary simply declined to have his picture taken. It was Hillary’s way of honoring and recognizing Norgay’s importance to the accomplishment.

 

While most of us do not have climbing Mount Everest on our bucket list, few will disagree that in 2020 we have been facing many Everest-like challenges. Like Hillary, we would like to have the guidance of a seasoned guide like Norgay to help up navigate Life. Psalm 23 speaks of the Lord being our Shepherd promising to meet our ever need (“I shall not be in want”), to lead us to green pastures and still waters, to refresh our souls, and to anoint our heads with oil (symbol of blessing). But the passage also promises that the Lord our Shepherd will also guide us through the valley of the shadow of Death (one English translation says “the darkest valley”) and set a table in front of our enemies (that is, God’s provision in the midst of persecution). It is in those times that we question God’s wisdom and petition for relief. The Psalmist anticipating our query simply confesses, “I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” (v.4). A staff is a stick a shepherds use to guide the sheep, to give the flock direction. A rod is the curved end of the staff, a hook, used to pull sheep from danger. The rod and staff brings comfort to the sheep knowing that the shepherd knows where to lead the sheep and how to protect them.

 

Jesus calls himself the Good Shepherd and we can trust Him to guide our lives no matter what we face (John 10). We can entrust Him because He knows us by name (v.3), He is the gate that protects us (v.7), He does not steal from us but feeds and gives us rest (vv.7-11), He willingly sacrifices his life to protect and care for us (vv.11-13), and most importantly, no one can snatch us from His hands (v.29). So if you are going through a difficult time or have lost your way in life, turn to Psalms 23 and John 10. Trusting Jesus in times of uncertainty and fear is the best thing you can do. There is no better guide to help us navigate through Life.

 

Grace & Blessings,

 

Pastor Philip

Week of October 4th, 2020

 

Why do the nations rage?

 

As the election date draws closer, the political disputes in our nation have become more angry, graceless, and nasty. A recent poll showed that 69% of viewers felt “annoyed” after watching the first presidential debates, and a whopping 83% felt that the overall tone of the debate was “negative” (https://www.cbsnews.com/news/who-won-debate-first-presidential-biden-trump/). Unfortunately, many who have engaged in the name-calling and mud-slinging also call themselves devoted followers of Christ. As the Lord’s own brother exclaimed in James 3:10 “From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so.”

 

In times like these, it is important for us to maintain a heavenly perspective. Psalm 2 is God’s answer to the political strife and hostility of our times. Beginning with the question “Why do the nations rage?” in verse 1, the Psalmist reminds us of three truths which can calm a raging nation.

 

  1. All political scheming and anger is ultimately directed against God, and ultimately futile (2:1-4)

    Whether you are liberal or conservative, God laughs at all the underhanded, unfair, and hypocritical tactics used by political schemers, regardless of their party. And ultimately, all acts of rebellion and violence, whether by Antifa or the Proud Boys, are directed against God and His anointed.

     

  2. God and His anointed will have the last laugh (2:5-9)

    Unlike the short-term political victories for which our nation, and the American church, is tearing itself apart, we must remember that there will only ever be ONE truly just ruler: Jesus, and only ONE truly blessed nation: God’s kingdom. No president, political party, or even country will ever be fully aligned with God’s will or ever fully deserving of our unthinking support. While we patiently await Jesus’ return, we must abstain from the blind devotion and moral compromises that plague our current political landscape. No political gain is worth sacrificing our biblical convictions.

     

  3. The ONLY true answer to political unrest is submission to Jesus through the gospel of grace (2:10-12)

    It is important for Christians to be politically aware and politically active as citizens of the United States. We must vote according to our conscience and biblical convictions. However, as followers of Christ we must remember that we are ultimately voting between two sinners who will be answer to God for their term in office. This means that whoever is in office, we must be praying for their souls while holding them accountable for their words and actions. That also means that whoever is in office, we are still responsible to love our enemies, share the gospel, and live in fear of God.

 

My prayer is that you will keep these truths in your heart as you prepare to vote, engage in conversation with others, and pray for our nation and its leaders!

 

In Christ,

 

Pastor Tim

Week of September 27th, 2020

 

Dear brothers and sisters of CIBC,

 

      As we are entering the seventh month of SIP (shelter-in-place), many of us are ready to get back to our “normal routine” of life; part of that routine is voting in our presidential election.

     

      According to Paul’s instruction to Timothy: “I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone—for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.” (1 Timothy 2:1-2)

 

      In this conflict, tension-charged environment, we need to take “the opportunity and responsibility…to partner with God by expanding his rule in society through civil government.” (Dr. Tony Evans) In less than 43 days (as of writing 9/21/2020), we will have our next presidential election on November 3, 2020. I would like to share with you a message about “God’s perspective on your vote” by Pastor Tony Evans of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas, Texas.

 

      Pastor Evans instructed his congregants not to be “fully committed” to one political party thinking that God is on the side of that party. He advocated Christians adopt the practice of “kingdom voting” for the upcoming election. God is a “kingdom independent” as he explained in his 9/6 message. Preaching from Joshua 5, Pastor Evans reminded listeners that not even Israel, God’s chosen nation, could claim God was unequivocally on their side. “Now when Joshua was near Jericho, he looked up and saw a man standing in front of him with a drawn sword in his hand. Joshua went up to him and asked, ‘Are you for us or for our enemies?’ ‘Neither,’ he replied, ‘but as commander of the army of the LORD I have now come.’ ” (Joshua 5:13-14) Pastor Evans related the story to the current political divisiveness plaguing the United States and said, “I’d like to suggest there is a Kingdom Worldview to approaching the subject and the vote.” He used a NFL game to illustrate: In football, there are two teams playing against one another, and then there are the officials or referees. The officials must adjust their personal opinions and reorient their desires to represent a higher authority, and they live and judge by the official rule book they have been given.

 

      When engaging in politics, Pastor Evans says, we got to stop using part of the Bible that we like while ignoring the whole counsel of God. Pastor Evans instructed his congregation not to be “Democrat light” or “Republican light,” because the problem is that no political party only votes God’s way.

 

        Pastor Evans urges Christians to Kingdom voting which he defines as “the opportunity and responsibility of committed Christians to partner with God by expanding his rule in society through civil government.” Therefore, I would like to close with Paul’s words to the colossians to encourage one another as we seek to return to “normal routine,” —“…praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding…in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way.” (Colossians 1:9-10A) Cast a Kingdom Vote!

 

Yours,   

 

Pastor Joseph Pang

Week of September 20th, 2020

 

Dear church family,

 

        There was a five-alarm fire on Webster Street in Chinatown this Wednesday (9/16) morning. For the merchants and businesses in the local area, there are unrelenting problems one after another. There is the COVID-19 pandemic hurting the service businesses, then the regular street protests and the chaotic disturbing situations which the protests created, then we have the smoke filled sky for the last few days, and the five-alarm fire today originated from a grocery store’s dumpster. We felt for our neighbor hurt and how uneasy they feel under these situations. How comforting will be the message of Christ’s gospel in their lives at this moment! For the gospel is the power of God for salvation to those who believe. Because Christ lives, those who believe also live. 

 

        We live with the comfort and strength of Christ’s presence in our lives. I recalled an old hymn “In the Garden” written by C. Austin Miles. The lyric described the joy of the personal presence of Christ Jesus in our restless lives. The lyric of the chorus captivated my thought. These words call me to seek these moments with Christ. 

 

And he walks with me and he talks with me, and he tells me I am His own,

And the joy we share as we tarry there; none other has ever known. 

 

        How much do we desire this kind of companionship with our Lord? When the news which surrounds us is troubling and unsettling, do we desire more of this closeness of companionship which our soul will find rest and be renewed in strength? Yet we often lack the desire or the recognition of our needs for this companionship. We are occupied with the urgent and pressing things, but put aside the important things. As one prayer book read, “We have left undone those things which we ought to have done; and we have done those things which ought not to have done.” Make this our confession before God. And seek out the sweet time of prayer and talk with our Lord each day. For us who love the Lord, His companionship is promised and hence is certain. 

 

And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20b NLT).

For where two or three gather together as my followers, I am there among them.” (Matthew 18:20

NLT).

 

        Do not overlook the significance of Christ’s promises. Christ’s presence is not just a feeling of being loved, not just a friend we find refuge in times of trouble. Christ’s presence is emphasized in the important things in our lives. We live in Christ’s presence with purpose and heavenward direction. Note that each time Christ emphasized His presence is when we are living out God’s purposes, doing the important things in our lives such as witnessing the good news (Matthew 28:19-20). Our Lord not only reigns from the heavenly throne. Our Lord not only intercedes for us before God, and our Lord is in our midst. When we gather together, even far apart via phone or online, our Lord is in our midst. Does the realization of the presence of the Lord make our gathering so special and our prayers together assuring and powerful? 

 

Blessings,   

 

Pastor Patrick

Week of September 13th, 2020

 

On Tuesday, August 18, Christina and I welcomed the birth of our son Lucas, just a little after 8pm. In those delirious first hours of wonder and joy, we thought very little about anything happening in the outside world. As reality set in the following day however, we realized that things were far from normal, even by 2020 standards. The smell of smoke began seeping into our climate-controlled hospital room, even though we were up on the third floor, and news articles informed us of the raging wildfires that now darkened the skies and polluted the air around us. It seemed the masks that we brought for COVID would now serve another purpose as we brought Lucas back home.

 

In the following weeks, I find myself checking the air quality as diligently as I had followed the infection numbers in the first weeks of the pandemic. As if an airborne virus was not enough, we now have to worry about pollutant levels just to open a window or take a walk. Something so basic as a breath of fresh air, free of sickness and smoke, has become a rare and treasured commodity. Its absence has isolated us as individuals, closed churches, wrecked businesses, and ended lives. If there is one lesson that 2020 has taught us, it is that even basic necessities cannot be taken for granted. Through this painful lesson, however, God is reminding us of what is truly important in this life and the next. As our physical bodies need clean air to thrive, our souls need God’s pure truth to flourish. Though He speaks of food instead of air, Jesus makes the same comparison in Matthew 4:4 “Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.

 

My son Lucas was born into a polluted and toxic environment, but the pollution is not just in the air. All of us were born into a sinful and broken world as sinful and broken people. As much as I want Lucas to have clean air to breathe, I want him much more to believe in the pure gospel and have a soul washed white by the blood of Christ.

 

Brothers and sisters, my prayer for you is that just as the value of a breath of fresh air has been made so clear in these past months, so too has the value of God’s Word increased in your life. 2020 has stripped away so many of the comforts and social norms we have taken for granted, and as the rest of the world responds in confusion, anger, and doubt, may you grow in clarity, peace, and assurance as you hold fast to the gospel. The world needs clean air, that is true, but what it needs more is real hope that lasts beyond this life. Now, more than ever, we need to be a breath of spiritual fresh air in this polluted and hopeless world. May you strive to know and share the gospel this week!

 

In Christ,

 

Pastor Tim

Week of September 6th, 2020

Dear CIBC Family,

         Do you feel blessed today? I feel blessed for simple things that God provides for me. I feel blessed when I can have a well restful sleep. I feel blessed when I have a good delightful meal or have a nice sweet treat. In our church family, we are happy to hear that our efforts to express our concern and care for the community through delivered meals to critical workers in the pandemic, listening and offering support to merchants of our community. These kind acts have been appreciated and have brought glory to God. We are thankful and joyful when our prayers are answered beyond our expectation. We feel blessed to hear the testimonies of how people can still be reached with the gospel even though the church door is closed. These testimonies cheer me up though the day may be busy or dreary. These testimonies encourage us to plan and to do these things that will please the Lord. 

         What may cheer you up? In the book of Psalms, there are 25 verses which show how happy is the person who trusts in God. Here are a few of them:

Ps 1:1      Oh, the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked

Ps 2:12    what joy for all who take refuge in him.

Ps 32:1    Oh, what joy for those whose disobedience is forgiven, whose sin is put out of sight!

Ps 40:4    Oh, the joys of those who trust the LORD

Ps 119:1  Joyful are people of integrity, who follow the instructions of the LORD.

Ps 119:2  Joyful are those who obey his laws and search for him with all their hearts.

         Psalm 119:1-2 say that a person who has God’s word is joyful. The word “blessed” is another word for “joy” in other translations. “Blessed/joy” described a heightened state of happiness and joy, implying very favorable circumstances, often resulting from the kind acts of God. In Psalm 119, the word “blessed” begins the song, and the first letter of the word “blessed” is the first letter in the Hebrew alphabet. “Joy” is the keyword. God tells us that there is joy given to us through His word. Two things are expressed of how this joy can be effective in our lives. One, the joyful person follows God’s instruction for everyday life. Joy would not be effective without doing and following God’s word. Two, the joyful person seeks God, to have a loving relationship with God through knowing Him from His word. When we come near to God through His word each day, others will recognize this joyful person has a special characteristic: he walks in God’s paths; he walks in the guardrails that God has given us through His word. This psalm lays out before us the means to cheer us up every morning. May our lives be as dedicated to God’s word as is described in this magnificent song. 

Grace & Blessings,

 

Pastor Patrick

Week of August 30th, 2020

Dear CIBC Family*,

      You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you.  Isaiah 26:3

     

      How many times, when making an approach to God in prayer, have we gone immediately into a series of petitions that have to do with our problems, our difficulties, our circumstances? And so, by focusing our attention on what is troubling us, we end up wondering whether or not God is big enough or strong enough to help us.

      In the first four words of the Lord’s Prayer (“Our Father in heaven”), Jesus shows us a better way. He tells us to take a slow, calm, reassuring gaze at God– at His tenderness, His eagerness to give, His unwearying patience and untiring love. The result of this, of course, is that we develop a calmness and tranquility in our spirit which means we will find it no longer necessary to plunge into a panicky flood of words.

      In some parts of the world, one can enroll in courses called “Imagineering”– courses that are designed to stimulate creative imagination. Most of our problems begin in the imagination– hence the instruction in the words of our text today. “One can never become proficient in prayer,” said one great writer, “until the imagination has been redeemed.” He meant that when the imagination is redeemed from self-concentration and sin-concentration, and makes God its primary focus.

      So when you pray, keep your mind steadfast and your trust in the Sovereign God. In turn, God promises to keep you in perfect peace. May the words of the prophet Habakkuk always be on your lips when you approach God in prayer during these challenging times (Habakkuk 3:17-19):

Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls,  yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Savior.  The Sovereign LORD is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to go on the heights.

 

Grace & Blessings,

 

Pastor Philip Gee

          * Parts taken from the September 28th entry of Everyday with Jesus Bible, a one-year Reading Bible with devotions by Selwyn Hughes.

Week of August 23rd, 2020

Dear brothers and sisters,

How can a person who spent his entire life solving equations and working in a laboratory setting survive in an environment that requires lots of reading, writing, and more dreadfully, speaking? Worse still, he needs to use his second language, English, to learn his third language, Greek, and then another language, Hebrew. That was my challenge before seminary. My only preparation is my mastery of the 24 Greek alphabets through writing equations (I can write Σ and Ψ beautifully). By God’s grace, my proficiency with the computer adequately makes up for my shortcomings.

Your computer equipped with Bible software is so powerful it can compete with Bible scholars of previous generations. The hard drive you bought at Costco has many terabytes TB, or trillion bytes, a million times bigger than our 1980s lab computer. That lab computer memory is in kilobytes KB, yet your laptop memory is now in gigabytes GB, a million times bigger, and a quadrillion times faster.

Let me illustrate the superb capability of Bible software. Suppose you want to find all the Bible verses having a word appearing three times in the same verse with the same Hebrew root (the Hebrew way to express emphasis.) Since you don’t know which root words to start with, you need to search all Hebrew roots (>8000). Some rabbis are able to memorize the entire Hebrew Scriptures. Even for such a rabbi, finding them is still an exceedingly difficult task. But it only takes seconds for my old, low-end laptop to list all such occurrences accurately! Here are some examples:

Isa 6:3  קָדוֹשׁ קָדוֹשׁ קָדוֹשׁ  holy holy holy

Jer 22:29   אֶרֶץ אֶרֶץ אָרֶץ   O land, land, land

Ezek 21:27  עַוָּה עַוָּה עַוָּה   ruin, ruin, ruin

Jer 7:4 הֵיכַל יְהוָה הֵיכַל יְהוָה הֵיכַל יְהוָה the temple of the LORD, the temple of the LORD, the temple of the LORD

It is literally lightning fast. In the blinking of an eye the answers are found. Your typing speed is now the bottleneck. Today’s Bible software is very sophisticated. It is wise to make use of modern technology to study the Scriptures. Scholars in the pre-computer era spent days, or even months, to find some grammatical structures (e.g. John 1:1 … and the Word was God.) After finding them, they became eminent bible scholars. But now in seconds you can discover the same results.

In my previous writings I encourage you to spend time studying Scriptures diligently, systematically, and carefully. Now, study Scriptures intelligently! Invest your time to learn how to use Bible software effectively. If you are able to master the use of it, you will discover that even scholarly research is now at the tip of your fingers. Just a click it displays all the relevant info.

If you are not making use of Bible software to study the Word of God, you are like in this Facebook/WhatsApp/WeChat era still using your Smith Corona typewriter to write letter and mail it via snail mail; or in this Zoom/Google Meet video conferencing era using Morse code and telegraph to communicate. (It is so archaic some of you don’t even know what a telegraph is – the second “T” of AT&T – but it is still faster than snail mail).

 

Here are some recommended Bible software:

Accordance Bible Software (my favorite): https://www.accordancebible.com/

Logos Bible Software: https://www.logos.com/

the free Sword Project: http://www.crosswire.org/sword/software/biblecs/

 

So, instead of browsing the internet aimlessly during SIP, invest your money and time to utilize Bible software purposefully.

In Him,

Pastor Larry

Week of August 16th, 2020

 

Dear brothers and sisters of CIBC,

 

In 2 Corinthians Paul wrote, “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles...but this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God.” (2 Cor 1:3-4a, 9b)

 

During this COVID-19 pandemic, many if not most of us have gone through the “low tides” of life. In those moments, we may ask: why do God’s children experience pressures, suffering and peril?

 

May I encourage you with God’s word in 2 Cor 1:3-4a, 9b that everyday we can develop a character of trust and reliance on this amazing God. In the midst of experiencing pressures, suffering and peril, this passage reveals and reminds us:

 

1.    The depth of God’s character

  • God knows we will learn things through adversity. We realized He is a God of compassion and comfort, especially in our times of trouble. He understands our greatest need is to experience and trust Him more deeply.

2.    Our need of being molded to rely on Him

  • Paul taught us events happened for the reason that we might not rely on ourselves but on God (1:9b).

  • As Corrie ten Boom said, “You may never know that Jesus is all you need until Jesus is all you have,”

 

My Dear brothers and sisters of CIBC, if you are experiencing a “low tide” period, let us learn together to trust God at work through these difficulties. Focus on His character, as revealed in Scripture. Look to Him and let Him mold our reliance in Him.

 

Your brother in Christ,

Pastor Joseph

Week of August 9th, 2020

Dear Church Family, 

In the Old Testament, God often used His creatures as illustrations in order to instruct His people to remember His words and to know Him. One of those creatures is the eagle. The word “eagle” appeared in 29 passages. The eagle is a majestic bird in the sky; it is powerful and swift. The founding fathers of this nation used the eagle to express the values of this country. In the center of the great seal of the United States is a bald eagle grasping an olive branch and arrows. The image symbolizes the country holds the power for war and peace.

God instructed Moses to write a song and committed the nation of Israel young and old, slave and free to memorize it and for their generations after them to memorize and sing it, so they would know and love their God. One verse of the song described how God relates to His people.

Like an eagle that stirs up its nest and hovers over its young, He spread His wings and caught them, He carried them on His pinions.” (Deut 32:11)

“Like an eagle that stirs up its nest,” God corrects His people. When the mother eagle is expecting her young, she prepares a large nest high on the edge of a cliff. She fashions it out of giant branches and sharp thorns. She then fills it with layer upon layer of soft feathers. When the baby eagles arrive and start getting comfy-cozy in the nest, the mother eagle stirs up the nest. Each day the mother eagle removes a few more feathers until, finally, the nest becomes unbearable. She does this deliberately, knowing full well that unless she forces her little ones out of their comfort zone, they’ll never take that leap of faith. They will never know what it means to soar. Our Heavenly Father also disciplines because of His love for us children of God. Without the loving discipline of our Father in heaven, we would stay in our comfort and cozy nest and would not learn to soar in life as He intends us to be. Changes are necessary for growth, but we often remain in our comfort zone and see no reason for conforming into Christ’s image. Our Father sometimes uses uncomfortable situations to push us to fly high and use His gift freely given to us.

“Like an eagle that hovers over its young,” God protects His people. When the young eagle takes its first flight, the eagle mother hovers along with her young, ready to spread her wings and catch the young. The mother eagle’s eyes are focused on her young, and her presence is always there with her love. It is an amazing sight to see such a first flight in nature. For it demonstrates how our God cares and protects His children as they learn to fly in life. There are moments of weakness, yet our God is there and His eyes are upon us. And in some moments, He carries us through upon His wings. 

What is one thing that you would most like to change about your life? Think through how God has used uncomfortable situations to push you to soar higher.

In Christ,

Pastor Patrick

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