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During our recent mission to Hong Kong we had gone for a mass service at a local parish. After the service was over, we decided to stay for a prayer meeting by El Sheddai, a Filipino group. Before they started, they invited all the newcomers to the front of the church and feted them with a little gift, a song and a prayer. We have been doing something similar with first time visitors to…
Life is full of choices. At every single stage of our life we are presented with choices. And every choice we make plots our future course. Some decisions impact this course greatly. For example, our choice of vocation — do we marry, do we remain single, do we join the priesthood — this decision totally changes the direction our life takes. Other decisions may not be as impactful - for…
I live in Dubai and it’s an absolutely amazing city. I’ve been here for nearly thirty years and although I have travelled extensively across the world and have been to many places that have captivated my heart, there is none quite like Dubai.  Part of the reason for my fondness of it is that I have watched it evolve over the years from a desert to the modern city that…
Revelation is not a book that’s easy to understand. With its truly outwordly symbolism, imagery and allegory, it has confused millions of readers over the ages. I won’t pretend I understand everything, but I would like to share what I do understand. Today’s reading was taken from the Revelation 1-10 and this may be a good place to start. If you really are interested in understanding the book of Revelation,…
This is the third entry in my blog and I am enjoying it although it takes me considerable time to put it together, because not only do I write this, I also prepare the illustrations to go with it. Given the fact that I am also involved in a lot of other things — the teachings to the Schools on the weekends, preaching at prayer meetings during the week, recording…
I started a new blog yesterday titled The Adventures of a Reluctant Apostle. In my first post titled, You Have Abandoned Your First Love, I admitted to feeling like I had abandoned my first love — Jesus, of course — and a few people asked me how I could make an admission like that. Christian leaders are always supposed to have their act together, and one didn't admit anything to the…
As some of you probably know, I was an atheist for most of my life. I returned to God 14 years ago (see The Return of the Prodigal) and  encountered the most amazing reception. There was no recrimination about my years of being away, there were no reprisals for years of sinfulness, there was just an overwhelming outpouring of love the likes of which I had never ever experienced. And…