December 4: What Advent Is All About “Even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” – Mark 10:45″ Advent means “coming”. For Christians, we celebrate advent in memory of the anticipation of the birth of Jesus. Who wouldn’t be excited? The Son of God coming down to earth and dwelt among men. And Jesus did not simply live as a man; he served men. This year, I have been always made aware — in Sunday sermons and in my personal readings — of the act of service. I have beenRead More →

December 3: Draw Near to the Savior “Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, equip you with everything good that you may do his will, working in us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen. – Hebrews 13: 20-21” My heart is blessed upon knowing that Jesus longs to see me in His presence and that my drawing into Him gives Him delight. I am reassured by John Piper’s words that no matterRead More →

My Advent experience this year is greatly enriched by my daily readings of John Piper’s The Dawning of Indestructible Joy. My human abilities, however, just can’t keep up with writing down my thoughts into blog posts but here I am, trying to catch up. 🙂 December 2: Prepare Your Heart for Christ “How can you believe, when you receive glory from one another and do not seek the glory that comes from the only God?” – John 5:44″ In this reflection, John Piper points to the real reason of the Christmas season: Jesus Christ. And in order for us to truly receive Christ for whoRead More →

December 1: The Search and Save Mission As previously mentioned, I will be doing daily reflections for the entire month of December on John Piper’s The Dawning of Indestructible Joy. I’m actually a couple of days behind but I hope to catch up soon. In the meantime, I hope my reflections would be of encouragement to you reading this. * “The Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” (Luke 19:10) There were two things that struck me most as I read the suggested passage and the corresponding reflection: first, I realized how God continually moves — always active in pursuing usRead More →

Christmas Day is around the corner! Already, I can feel the shift in temperature and I’m already thinking about holiday vacations, haha! The holidays can often be too busy and stressful and I know in my heart that I can be easily influenced by beautiful things, which would always result in a very distracting and self-indulgent celebration. Since last month, I’ve been praying for a more resonant and fulfilling Christmas celebration this year, and I am just so thrilled that my prayers have been answered. How? Through a book! 😀   In celebration of this year’s Advent, I will be reading John Piper’s The DawningRead More →