IT’S EASTER 2014!
Contrary to popular belief, Easter isn’t bout bunny or eggs. The message of Easter is so powerful because He lives.
Sunday April 20, 2014 MYT 7:13:49 AM
Christians congregate to mark occasion with readings and hymns
KAJANG: The Holy Family Church here ushered in Easter with a packed Easter Vigil mass that saw hundreds of Catholics congregating to mark the occasion yesterday evening.
The occasion began with nine different readings in four languages – English, Tamil, Mandarin and Malay – as well as the singing of hymns.
Parish priest Father George Harrison delivered the Easter message, accompanied by priest-in-residence, Father Peter Bretaudeau and visiting priest Father Justin.
Father George spoke about the resurrection of Christ, and prayed for divine light to protect the nation and its people.
The church hall, which can fit up to 3,500 people, was packed even before the service began at 7.30pm.
18 APRIL 2014: TODAY IS GOOD FRIDAY.
That first Friday was not a good Friday. It was a BAD Friday. Nobody understood why Jesus Christ had to die, not till he arose from death, not till He himself explained it all.
Today, we are forgiven because Jesus Christ paid the price for us. We get it all FREE. However, He paid the price. Our forgiveness was BOUGHT with his death.
Don’t cheapen the forgiveness you have. It is free for us but costly to Him.
Today, it would benefit us to read again the words of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, The Cost of Discipleship:
Cheap grace, costly grace
One of the most quoted parts of the book deals with the distinction which Bonhoeffer makes between “cheap” and “costly” grace. But what is “cheap” grace? In Bonhoeffer’s words:
- “cheap grace is the preaching of forgiveness without requiring repentance, baptism without church discipline. Communion without confession. Cheap grace is grace without discipleship, grace without the cross, grace without Jesus Christ.”
Or, even more clearly, it is to hear the gospel preached as follows: “Of course you have sinned, but now everything is forgiven, so you can stay as you are and enjoy the consolations of forgiveness.” The main defect of such a proclamation is that it contains no demand for discipleship. In contrast to this is costly grace:
- “costly grace confronts us as a gracious call to follow Jesus, it comes as a word of forgiveness to the broken spirit and the contrite heart. It is costly because it compels a man to submit to the yoke of Christ and follow him; it is grace because Jesus says: “My yoke is easy and my burden is light.” “
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MONEY FROM THE GOVERNMENT TO THE 7 CHURCHES IN KEDAH: A BRIBE, NOT A GIFT
GIVING TO SEVEN CHURCHES, THE GIVER EXPECTS ‘GOOD WILL” FROM THE RECIPIENTS IN THE NEXT GENERAL ELECTIONS:
Seven churches in Kedah received a total contribution of RM200,000 from the federal government in conjunction with the Christmas and New Year celebrations.
Kedah MIC liaison chief S. Ananthan said the contribution was channelled through Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk G. Palanivel, who is also MIC president.
He believed that the more than 10,000 Christian Indian voters in Kedah would be more inclined to support BN in the coming 13th general election.
Christmas is the beginning of the story of Jesus Christ.
It is not about Santa Claus or Christmas trees, nor is it about gifts and Father Christmas. All these and others are merely paraphernalia.
The essence of Christmas is the giving of God of his Son, Jesus Christ, to the world, to redeem all of us, people Past, Present and Future.
Thanks for the link, Harcharan Singh!
- Category: December 2012
- Published on Monday, 24 December 2012 16:00
- Written by The Looking Spoon
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