24th Dec 2011
Contributed by: Joshua (pastoral)
Europeans on the eve of this Xmas, could only hope for long-term calm in economic landscape
Europe in general is bad. On the contrary, people in the US could hope for mid-term adjustment in economic output and gradual increase in jobs before full recovery. Which is highly probable.
This Christmas, truly a watershed for a few significant milestone events for planet earth and nations.
#1 – The revolutionary events in the middle east region. Overturn of suppressive regimes.
#2 – Christ Church is no longer a peaceful land for safe living…
#3 – Euro Zone faces tough challenges and it might not survive within the next 3 years. Some of its poorest members have to be ejected out of the economic zone to find their own destiny.
#4 – North Korea may end up a different landscape after one year. It’s an extremely unstable yet poorest country on earth. The old Kim’s death might be a trigger for drastic change. If Egypt and Libia could change, then many things are possible.
#5 – China’s 18th Congressional Meeting (& leadership change) will take place 2nd half of next year. Both the political and economic teething issues under current climate may take a big switch. Asia’s future depends on China to be in stable state.
On the Godly front, I would wish all brother & sisters in God a truly peaceful Christmas eve as well as joyous Christmas Day. The challenges confronting us are as follows:
(1) Traditional churches continue to face with shortage of Good & Dedicated pastoral staff to serve. Many are just the calibre of daily rated vine yard workers. Churches need more able shepherds.
(2) Thinking of God and Not Studying God. Most Christians tend to study God and not thinking about God. The difference lies in “demanding God’ to do things for them as it should be the case of seeking both common and specific revelations from God. That’s why many so-called long-time Christians still asking God, “WHY”? They completely forgot about our journey on earth is merely a “Waiting Passage”.
We Christians, are waiting for the Lord Jesus Christ to come. Everything is secondary to this goal. Therefore, every day alive is a blessing. Of course there is illness, sadness, emotional struggle, wealth & poor, loss of love ones, happiness, joy, etc., mixed packages thrown in to make this waiting journey a “spiritual experience” as well. King David in his Psalm 97 had described it all. The message – Be patient and have faith and hope.
Merry Christmas to all.