I just finished playing the US National Team Trials in Fort Worth, TX. I gave 100% effort on every match and suffered a devastating loss to Jim Butler on the final day with ended my chances of making the US Team. I gave it my best to win, and I'm not discouraged from the loss. I love life and love playing tt but I also have the hope of eternal life in heaven. This afternoon, I was encouraged by a Bible verse in Philippians...
While traveling for table tennis events, I have had many opportunities to speak to players about the good news of Jesus Christ. There have been several questions that come up frequently and I would like to take the time to answer them in this blog post
Question: Samson, is it narrow-minded to think that Jesus is the only way to God? Aren’t there other ways to reach heaven?
This morning, I was meditating on the fact that the Bible says that God justifies the ungodly. Many people think that they can earn their way to heaven by being good, by not committing any felonies, or by being a good husband or a good wife or a good father or a good mother. They think that surely God will see their good deeds and be satisfied.
Matthew 22:34-40 But when the Pharisees heard that He had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together. Then one of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, and saying, “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?” Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.' This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”
1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was[a] on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.
(written by Matthew Henry)
“My times are in Your hand!” Psalm 31:15
Firmly believing that my times are in God’s hand, I here submit myself and all my affairs for the ensuing year, to the wise and gracious disposal of God’s divine providence. Whether God appoints for me . . . .
health or sickness,
peace or trouble,
comforts or crosses,
life or death–
may His holy will be done!
As I reflect on Christmas, I think back 2000 years ago to Jesus, who was born humbly in Bethlehem. Before the birth of Jesus, there were over 100 prophecies in the Old Testament telling about his coming. All of these prophecies were 100% fulfilled in Jesus. Below, I would like to share with you some Old Testament prophecies that told about the coming messiah and share with you some New Testament Bible passages on how Jesus was the fulfillment of those prophecies.
The Messiah will be the Heir to the throne of David.