01/18 未來的一年1

《未來的一年1》宣信博士

未來的一年我當求什麼呢?神對我的指令為何呢?
親愛的主,你要為我做什麼呢?我當為主做什麼呢?

主啊!但願這是聖潔的一年,得以行走在你完全的旨意中;
幫助我每步跟隨你,幫助我處處討你喜悅。

主啊!但願這是信靠的一年,心謙卑,靈高昂;
幫助我沉浸在你有福的同在中,安息於你的胸懷。

主啊!但願這是充滿信心的一年,賜給我從天上來的信心,
使我能完全得著基業,將你的豐滿據為己有。

主啊!但願這是充滿愛心的一年,噢!使我全心全意愛你,
賜給我永不止息的大愛,在最嚴酷的試煉中得勝到底。

 

 

01/04 讓2021成為最好的日子

我們是在神的奧秘中進入這新的一年。
這奧秘就是:對那些常發怨言的人,今年你將會發現更多可發怨言的事;而對那些常常感恩,向人、向神都常發出感謝與讚美的人,今年你將發現更多可感謝讚美的事,你將更多看見神的榮耀!
這一年,仍像英國作家狄更斯Charles Dickens在他所著《雙城記》一起頭所說:
「這是最好的日子,這是最壞的日子;這是光明的季節,這是黑暗的季節;這是信仰的時代,這是懷疑的時代;這是有希望的春天,這是絕望的冬天!」
美國怎樣、中國怎樣,不會攔阻2021成為最好的日子;誰當總統、哪一黨執政,不會使2021成為最壞的日子。
你往哪個方向看,往哪個方向思想,才會決定2021是好是壞。而思想耶穌,是最上算的道路!

 

 

12/21 基督降生帶來祝福!

  • 當天使的歌聲沉寂下來
    當天空景星已消失
    當君王與王子都回家了
    當牧羊人也趕羊離去
    聖誕節的工作才剛開始:
    去尋找失喪者、醫治破碎心靈
    餵飽飢餓的人、釋放受壓制者
    使國家得著重建、將和平帶給萬民
    使心靈響起樂音、使基督的光照耀
    每一天、以任何方式
    藉著我們的一言一行
    這樣,聖誕節的工作才真實開始。
    When the song of the angels is stilled,
    when the star in the sky is gone,
    when the kings and princes are home,
    when the shepherds are back with the flocks,
    then the work of Christmas begins:
    to find the lost,
    to heal those broken in spirit,
    to feed the hungry,
    to release the oppressed,
    to rebuild the nations,
    to bring peace among all peoples,
    to make a little music with the heart…
    And to radiate the Light of Christ,
    every day, in every way, in all that we do and in all that we say.
    Then the work of Christmas begins.
    ~Howard Thurman
  • 祂成為我們的樣子,好使我們成為祂的樣子。(亞他拿修)
    He became what we are that he might make us what he is.(St.Athanasius)
  • 神成為人,來使受造物變成祂的眾子;祂不是使舊造變得更好,乃是生出新造的族類。(魯益師)
    God became man to turn creatures into sons: not simply to produce better men of the old kind but to produce a new kind of man.(C.S. Lewis)
  • 很多人注意基督的生日,卻很少人注意祂的教訓。(富蘭克林)
    How many observe Christ's birthday! How few, His precepts!(Benjamin Franklin)

 

 

12/07 聖誕的祝福!

  • 通往聖誕之路,要穿過一道古老的門,一道小小的門,像嬰孩的高度與寬度,通關密語是:「平安歸於世上祂所喜悅的人。」但願今年的聖誕節,您回轉變成一個小孩,好進入祂的國度。
    The way to Christmas lies through an ancient gate....It is a little gate, child-high, child-wide, and there is a password: "Peace on earth to men of good will." May you, this Christmas, become as a little child again and enter into His kingdom.(Angelo Patri義大利裔美國作家與教育家)
  • 你會收到的最偉大禮物,不會出現在聖誕樹底下;它太貴重,不能儲存在別的地方,只能存在你心深處。
    The greatest gift you will ever receive will never be found under a Christmas tree. It is far too valuable to be stored in any other place but in the depths of your heart.
  • 在聖誕節期,當我們慶祝神與祂子民的新關係時,讓它也返照出我們與人的關係,促使我們更新我們與配偶、孩子、家庭成員、我們所親愛的人以及那些靠近我們的人之關係。讓我們在忙碌於節慶的活動與採買中,彼此說柔和的話,使聖誕節成為基督真實臨到的日子。
    During this Advent season as we celebrate the new relationship between God and his people, may that be mirrored in our renewed relationships with spouses, children, family and those near and dear to us. May we speak tenderly to each other amidst all the rush of the season and transform the shopping days till Christmas into the true Advent of Christ.(Casely Essamuah, Park Street Church)
  • 當基督進入我們的世界時,祂不是要照亮我們的12月,乃是要改變我們的生命。
    When Christ entered our world, he didn't come to brighten our Decembers, but to transform our lives.(Rich Miller)

 

 

11/23 Thanksgiving

  • 我為我所是和我所擁有的而感恩,我的感恩是恆久持續的。(亨利.梭羅)
    I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual.(Henry David Thoreau)
  • 我們更多讚美,就會更少憂慮;感恩是不知足、不滿意的仇敵。
    We would worry less if we praised more. Thanksgiving is the enemy of discontent and dissatisfaction.(Harry Ironside)
  • 我們的祈求與感謝必須是並行的,我們禱告時活潑跳躍,在讚美上卻跛足。(司布真)
    There should be a parallel between our supplications and our thanksgivings. We ought not to leap in prayer, and limp in praise.(Charles Haddon Spurgeon)
  • 如果你一生中,惟一說出來的禱告是「謝謝你」,那也就夠了!
    If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.(Meister Eckhart,德國神學家、哲學家)
  • 感謝將會釋放出生命中的豐盛。
    Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.(Melody Beattie,美國作家)
  • 感恩卻不說出來,就像包好禮物,卻沒給出去一樣。
    Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.(William Arthur Ward,美國作家)
  • 我們必須找出時間,停一下,向那些在我們生命中帶來改變的人表達感恩。(甘迺迪總統)
    We must find the time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives.(John F. Kennedy)

 

 

11/09 Thanksgiving

  • 或許當我們為尚未實現的祝福,向神發出頌讚,比為我們曾享受過,或是目前正在享受的祝福,向神發出頌讚,表現了更純淨的信心。(陶恕)
    Perhaps it takes a purer faith to praise God for unrealized blessings than for those we once enjoyed or those we enjoy now.(A.W. Tozer)
  • 我總是認為,感謝是最崇高的思維,感恩帶來奇妙的加倍祝福。(柴斯特頓)
    I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.(G.K. Chesterton)
  • 缺乏感恩的心不會遇見憐憫,感恩的心則經常會遇見一些屬天的祝福。(亨利.畢屈)
    The unthankful heart discovers no mercies; but the thankful heart will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings.(Henry Ward Beecher)
  •  與主同行、常與主有親密交通的基督徒,終日都會發現許多喜樂與感恩的理由。(華倫.魏斯比)
    The Christian who walks with the Lord and keeps constant communion with Him will see many reason for rejoicing and thanksgiving all day long.(Warren W. Wiersbe)
  • 感恩,使過去變得有意義,使今天有平安,為明日創造願景(異象)。
    Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.(Melody Beattie)
  • 不為什麼事焦慮,為每一件事禱告,為任何事感恩。(慕迪)
    Careful for nothing, prayerful for everything, thankful for anything.(Dwight L. Moody)
  • 當我們表達感謝時,永不要忘記最崇高的感恩不是用言語表達的,而是活在其中。(約翰.甘迺迪總統)
    As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.(John F. Kennedy)

 

 

10/26 名人論政治4

  • 政治是個還不賴的職業,如果你幹成功了,會有不少回報;如果失敗了,你就可以寫一本書。(雷根,美國第四十任總統)
    Politics is not a bad profession. If you succeed there are many rewards, if you disgrace yourself you can always write a book. (Ronald Reagan)
  • 愛國主義,基本上就是相信某個國家是世界上最棒的國家,只因你生在那裡。(蕭伯納)
    Patriotism is, fundamentally, a conviction that a particular country is the best in the world because you were born in it.... (George Bernard Shaw)
  • 他一無所知,卻自認通曉萬事,那就是邁向政治生涯的清楚指標。(蕭伯納)
    He knows nothing; and he thinks he knows everything. That points clearly to a political career. (George Bernard Shaw)
  • 一個姑息主義者,就像餵一隻鱷魚,卻希望牠最後才會吃他。(邱吉爾)
    An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last. (Winston Churchill)
  • 健康的公民乃是任何國家最偉大的財富。(邱吉爾)
    Healthy citizens are the greatest asset any country can have. (Winston Churchill)
  • 人可以是動物中最尊貴的,一旦離了法律與公義,他就成了最邪惡的。(亞里斯多德)
    At his best, man is the noblest of all animals; separated from law and justice he is the worst. (Aristotle)

 

 

10/12 名人論政治3

  • 向著國家總是應當效忠誠;但向著政府,只有當她配得時才效忠誠。(馬克吐溫)
    Loyalty to country ALWAYS. Loyalty to government, when it deserves it. (Mark Twain)
  • 當一個人往地上看這世界時,有可能成為一個無神論者,這我能理解;但一個人若往上望天,卻說沒有神時,我就無法理解了。(林肯,美國第十六任總統)
    I can see how it might be possible for a man to look down upon the earth and be an atheist, but I cannot conceive how a man could look up into the heavens and say there is no God. (Abraham Lincoln)
  • 一群綿羊組成的國家,可能會生出一個豺狼組成的政府。
    A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves. (Edward R. Murrow,美國名廣播記者,1908~1965)
  •  受壓迫階級每隔數年,就有可能在他們中間產生某個特定的代表人物,來代表他們並壓迫他們。(馬克思)
    The oppressed are allowed once every few years to decide which particular representatives of the oppressing class are to represent and repress them. (Karl Marx)
  •  當你將民主從那些願意工作者手中奪走,而交給那些不願工作者時,民主就不再存在了。(傑佛遜,美國第三任總統)
    The Democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not. (Thomas Jefferson)
  • 當政府擴張時,自由就會縮減了。(雷根,美國第四十任總統)
    As government expands, liberty contracts. (Ronald Reagan)

 

 

09/28 中秋──隱藏的寶物

相對於太陽,我們稱月亮為「陰」
但她不必要是陰暗的,因為她返照太陽的光

你不需要說你像月亮,總有一面是陰暗、不為人知的
就是人類,多年前也已經有好幾位看過月亮的那一面
其中一位在親自登上月亮之後,引用大衛的詩篇說:
「我觀看你指頭所造的天,並你所陳設的月亮星宿,
「便說:人算什麼?你竟顧念他;世人算什麼?你竟眷顧他!」

你可以讓你的陰暗面,讓你不為人知的獨處之時
無論是靜夜面對的只是自己
或是孤寂之時,只有自己與自己相伴時
不要忘記,一位神
正將祂的心、祂的眼都放在你身上

你在夜間或獨處時
生命的栽培經營不當少於在太陽之下、人群之中 月亮不發出熱力,不具積極的攻擊性
卻能掀起地球上最廣裘的海面,造成潮汐
月亮養成寶物,隱密處與神的靈交
能造就出憾動法老之心,帶給許多人祝福的約瑟

在2020的中秋,祝福您帶一點月亮與隱藏寶物的靈!

 

 

09/14 名人論政治2

  • 一個政客必須具備預言明天、下週、下個月、明年會發生之事的能力,也有能力在那之後解釋為何他預言的沒發生。(邱吉爾)
    A politician needs the ability to foretell what is going to happen tomorrow, next week, next month, and next year. And to have the ability afterwards to explain why it didn't happen. (Winston Churchill)
  • 我們這部憲法,是為著一群有道德、有信仰的百姓而訂立的;若不是這樣一群百姓,這部憲法絕不夠用。(約翰.亞當斯,美國第二任總統)
    Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other. (John Adams)
  • 憲法不是讓政府用來限制百姓的工具,乃是百姓用來限制政府的工具,以免政府用它來轄制百姓的生命與利益。
    The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government - lest it come to dominate our lives and interests. (Patrick Henry,美國開國元老)
  • 論到良心時,多數人贊同的法律並非真理。(甘地)
    In matters of conscience, the law of the majority has no place. (Mohandas Gandhi)
  • 最好的法律也難以改進我們的物質條件,但差勁的法律肯定會摧毀之。(老羅斯福總統)
    It is difficult to make our material condition better by the best law, but it is easy enough to ruin it by bad laws. (Theodore Roosevelt)

 

 

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