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We who among the redeemed are burdened to share the good news with others. Our past constantly reminds us that we are forgiven people. That amazing relief and joyful fellowship with Christ makes life worth living.
Like hungry people ourselves who have found bread, we want to tell others where to find the food. There is plenty for all. Yet, the pangs of lowness drive people to futile directions.
When they hear the news of the cross, it doesn’t seem possible to them. It is more like a child’s story than a genuine solution to their own problem of sin, guilt, loneliness or fear. They fail to realize that their own sin keeps them the very solution that will free them.
God has provided a solution to man who flies in the face of human reason. The path toward eternal peace requires man to abandon his own self-efforts for salvation and humbly come to God on His terms. Pride keeps people from doing this.
The best and brightest of men may reject God’s solution of grace and mercy but God’s way through Jesus Christ transforms lives for eternity. While God continues to save all who come to Him in faith, those who are wise in the world’s eyes see this solution as foolish. God’s assumed foolishness is eternally strong, while man’s best cannot gain any eternal merit at all.
For those of us among the redeemed, we have humbly realized that our salvation was not a matter of intelligence, position or pedigree. Nevertheless, while we lack the world’s values God chose us anyway. Knowing that we were despised by the world, keeps us humble.
We know that what we have in Christ was not because of what we are or what we could do. A Christian, then, lives his life knowing that God’s grace is a gift. The credit for all that we are and hope to be is then given to Him.
God sovereignly chooses who He will graciously give his grace. He alone determines who will benefit from a relationship with Christ. Without His gift of faith our plight in sin renders us helpless even to believe.
The sheer joy of being the recipient of His grace and the relief that comes salvation in Christ should elicit a reaction. Celebration is fitting. But, the object of this exaltation should be Christ and never ourselves. He did it all for us.
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金門公園的人們簡介 Bruce Fong (牧師) 金門公園
A Chinese newspaper editor sent me an email a while back. He had one of his contributing writers recommend my blog to him. After perusing some of my posts, he sent me an email. I was so pleased.
The editor asked if he could have his staff read and select occasional blogs from my webpage, translate them and publish them in the newspaper that he edits. He assured me that they would contact me in advance and notify as to which blog that they would use. When I read his email, I chuckled. I was wondering if I would facetiously ask for a proof before printing.
Since I don’t read a lick of Chinese, any proof would not serve me well. My friend who recommended my writings to the paper assured me of the integrity of the paper. The paper is locally distributed to about 50,000 readers. That’s cool, eh?
The article that they chose first was a blog that I posted about Golden Gate Park. That is a wonderful destination. So many people head there for many activities, sports, relaxation and events. Not only does the city enjoy it, it draws thousands every year with its grand events.
When the thousands aren’t flooding in, we locals populate the park with our presence. Every parking place is filled. We walk, bike, skate, skip, jog and motor scooter our way from section to section.
People are always fascinating to watch. There are so many normal individuals and families to enjoy. Of course there are enough who are not so normal too.
Dogs walk their people. Ducks, geese and seagulls corral anyone with extra bread to toss their way. Squirrels scamper from tasty morsel to tasty morsel. The occasional skunk is rarely seen but unmistakably present with its exhaust. Bison in their secure paddock attract observers.
But, the most appealing of all are the mounted police. We need and respect the men and women behind the badge. However, in this case, when a half a dozen officers clip clop by, we pause to admire the horses. My last Golden Gate Park blog made it to the international market. It’s all because I wrote about the obvious.
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