Posts with the category “daily-devotion”

by Bryan Lay on October 2nd, 2020
Psalm 30:1-7 After more than half a year of the pandemic, many people have slowly adapted to this new normal, but there are more people still • 詩篇 30:1-7 在過了大半年的疫情,很多人已經慢慢適應這種新常態,有更多人仍然不習慣這種隔離的生活。無論如何的環境,從詩人對上帝感恩的禱告可以讓我們見到上帝的實在  Read More
by Bryan Lay on October 1st, 2020
Romans 1:20 Since I usually work at home recently and my daughter also stays at home to attend school, we rarely go outdoors • 羅馬書 1:20 雖然最近多數在家裏工作,女兒也留在家中上學,很少會出到戶外。所以每次出到戶外散步時,會特別享受在戶外的時間。仰望  Read More
by Bryan Lay on September 30th, 2020
Psalm 23:2 In Phillip Keller's book "A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23", he talks about how it is really difficult to make sheep lie down because they are such an active livestock. In order for sheep to lie down, they need four conditions to be • 詩 篇 23:2 在Phillip Keller的書“牧羊人看詩篇23”中,他談到了讓綿羊躺下是怎樣的困難,因為綿羊是如此活躍的家畜。為了使綿羊躺下,牠們需要具備四個條件  Read More
by Bryan Lay on September 27th, 2020
John 16:33 Christian faith and other religions are extremely different in nature. The heavenly King Lord Jesus tells us clearly that we will have tribulation on earth. However, the earthly religions claim that they can help • 约翰福音16:33 基督里的信仰和世界上的宗教有着本质的区别,真的是天壤之别。天国的君王主耶稣非常清楚地告诉我们,我们在地上的生活一定会有苦难,然而出于世人心中的宗教宣称能够帮助人趋吉避凶远离苦难,甚至在基督徒  Read More
by Bryan Lay on September 26th, 2020
1 Thessalonians 3:3 One point was mentioned after the 1 Thessalonians 3:3 verse, that people are lured by temptation. When I ask what is the temptation to you and me? Our answer might be: "I'm very busy so I don't have time for God. • 帖前3:3 帖前3:3節後提到一點就是人被誘惑。當我問什麼是你和我的誘惑? 我們的答案可能會是,「我很忙所以沒時間給神。」「我很懶惰,所以無時間靈修。」但是這些事只會阻礙我們親近神。但有一樣的誘惑能摧毀我們的信心  Read More
by Bryan Lay on September 25th, 2020
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 How can we rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances? Joyful is a mental state. Prayer is an act to come close to God. And to give thanks in all circumstances seems to mean to be • 帖前五16至18 怎樣可以常常喜樂,不住的禱告,凡事謝恩?喜樂是一種心態,禱告是親近神的表現,而凡事謝恩似乎指無論任何境況都要感恩,持久地喜樂、恆久的禱告  Read More
by Bryan Lay on September 24th, 2020
1 Timothy 3:14-15 There is a Chinese proverb which talks about an old man who loses his favorite horse. But he answers his neighbors who come to comfort him by saying, “It might not be a bad thing!” (塞翁失馬 • 提 摩 太 前 書 3:14-15 有一個中國諺語說到一位老人失去了心愛的馬匹。但當鄰人前來安慰他時,他竟說:「這或許不是一件壞事呢!」(塞翁失馬)。國語堂的弟兄姊妹對冠狀病毒疫情的反應  Read More
by Bryan Lay on September 23rd, 2020
Romans 8:26 I must admit that there have been days that I'm not sure how to pray, or what to pray for. There are times where the words come out, but my heart seems to lag behind. Or other times where my heart is full • 羅 馬 書 8:26 我必須承認,許多時我不肯定當怎樣禱告,或為何事禱告。這等時候,禱告的話是說出來了,但心思似乎就是跟不上。又或者,我內心是充滿激情  Read More
by Bryan Lay on September 22nd, 2020
Isaiah 66:1-2 Starting September, as my wife has to serve in the Chinese school on Saturdays, I need to take care of our three children, thus every Saturday a "Father's Day". Before winter comes, I tried my best • 以賽亞書 66:1-2 從九月開始,因為太太要在最期六在中文學校事奉,照顧三個孩子的責任就在我身上,所以每個星期六都是 “父親節”,而在冬季來臨前都盡量帶他們到郊外走  Read More
by Bryan Lay on September 21st, 2020
Psalms 23:4 I have prepared everything and used all my wisdom for my parents who came from Hong Kong as they have to be quarantined. A lot of things • 詩篇 23:4 為了父母剛來加拿大,而要被隔離的事項.我已盡我的所有能力,用盡我所的智慧去為他們安排. 但很多事情並未能如我所願,出了很多亂子, 因而產生  Read More
by Bryan Lay on September 20th, 2020
Genesis 41:14 Joseph intrepreted the chief cupbearer's dream in the prison. He hoped that the cupbearer could help him leave the prison. Yet, the cupbearer forgot Joseph. Two years later, Pharaoh dreamt, but no one was able to interpret his dream. The cupbearer mentioned Joseph before Pharaoh, and he could finally get out of • 創世記 41:14 約瑟在監裡為酒政解夢,他希望酒政能幫助他離開監牢,可惜酒政當時忘記了約瑟。過了兩年,當法老做夢,沒有人能為法老解這個夢,這時酒政對法老  Read More
by Bryan Lay on September 19th, 2020
James 3:5-6 On our journey to becoming disciples of Christ, it requires a transformation of our entire being. This includes our thoughts, our actions, and our words. James 3 emphatically teaches us how even though the tongue is • 雅各書 3:5-6 在我們成為基督門徒的旅程中,會需要我們整個人的轉變。這包括我們的思想,我們的行動和我們的話語。雅各書第3章著重教導我們即使舌頭很小,但舌頭卻非常強大。舌頭可以用於善或用於惡。不幸的是  Read More
by Bryan Lay on September 18th, 2020
Luke 5:3-9 XXX• 路加福音5:3-9 神的話語如同鑽石,從不同的角度讀就發出不同的亮光。初讀這段經文和當時的西門及同伴一樣,驚訝於這一網所打的魚。按著今天基督徒圈子裡的話,這無疑是一個神跡,但是問題來了,西門和他的同伴們並沒有  Read More
by Bryan Lay on September 17th, 2020
John 10:2-5 "The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out...and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice.". The verses here point out the position of the shepherd. The sheeps • 約翰福音 10:2-5 「他的聲音...呼喚自己的羊....他把自己的羊聚集在一起....羊跟著他....羊群熟悉他的聲音。」這裡的幾節經文點出了牧羊人的位份。是羊聽到牧羊人的聲音,是羊自己聽見牧羊人的呼喚去回應  Read More
by Bryan Lay on September 16th, 2020
1 Timothy 5:21 If we have prejudice about people and use so-called "tinted glasses" to see people, this not only influences our judgment of things, but also creates a barrier • 提摩太前書 5:21 我們若對人心存成見,用了所謂「有色眼鏡」看人,這樣不謹影響自己判斷事物,更會造成人與人之間的隔膜。關懷或輔導他人的,更切忌一些先入為主的偏見  Read More
by Bryan Lay on September 15th, 2020
1 Timothy 5:18 ¶ Deut. 25:4 ¶ Matthew 10:10 The scripture, through Paul, Moses and Christ, clearly teaches that the Christian workers deserve their financial supports. But they are not to demand remuneration from those they serve, but to trust the Great Shepherd • 提摩太前書 5:18 ¶ 申 命 記 25:4 ¶ 馬 太 福 音 10:10 透過經文中的保羅,摩西和基督清楚地表明,基督的僕人是應該得到他們的經濟支持。不過他們不是要從他們服務的人那裡要求報酬,而是要相信那大牧羊人會滿足他們的所有需求,使他們一無所缺。我遇過  Read More
by Bryan Lay on September 14th, 2020
Romans 9:5b Who is Jesus Christ to you? Disciples are to be Christ-Centred. So how we think about Jesus is very important. Here Paul notes that Jesus is God. He echoes John 1:1 in declaring Jesus is God! Jesus doesn't • 羅 馬 書 9:5b 耶穌基督對你來說是誰?門徒要以基督為中心,所以我們如何看待耶穌是非常重要。保羅在這裡指出耶穌是神,他在宣告耶穌是上帝的過程中與約翰福音1:1互相呼應!耶穌不僅認識神,而且他是神  Read More
by Bryan Lay on September 13th, 2020
Romans 15:13 Sometimes it is difficult to feel joyful, or to have peace in our lives. We actually spend a lot of our time trying to find both! We do things and buys thing in an attempt to find joy. And we take holidays • 羅 馬 書 15:13 有時候很難在生活中感到喜樂或感到平安。我們實際上花了大量時間試圖找到兩者!我們做事和買東西以嘗試尋找喜樂。我們並會放假或為自己留出時間以經歷  Read More
by Bryan Lay on September 12th, 2020
Romans 12:1-2 School restarted last week, my workplace is also officially back to office this week. What is normal? What is the right thing to do? Is going back a right decision? There are many different opinions on • 羅 馬 書 12: 1 – 2 學校上星期重開了,我本星期亦正式返回辦事處上班。甚麼謂之常態呢?做甚麼才是正確呢?「恢復從前」是正確的決定嗎?每個論點都會有很多不同的意見,哪個才是正確的呢?當我還參加伯利恆團契時  Read More
by Bryan Lay on September 11th, 2020
Isaiah 56:6-8 I have believed in Jesus for many years. Over the years I often heard people query whether a certain person was saved or not. Of course, people can't judge others as • 以賽亞書 56:6-8 信了耶穌這麼多年,很多時都聽到人去疑問究竟那個人能不能得救等問題。當然人不能去  Read More
by Bryan Lay on September 10th, 2020
Acts 19:2 During Paul's third missionary journey, he met a couple of disciples in Ephesus. Although they had believed in the Lord, when Paul asked if they received the Holy Spirit • 使徒行傳 19:2 在保羅的第三次宣教旅程中,他在以弗所遇見幾個門徒。雖然他們信了主,但當保羅問他們信主的時候受了聖靈沒有,他們竟然  Read More
by Bryan Lay on September 9th, 2020
Hebrews 4:12 In today's world, we are suffering from information overload. Our brains are constantly bombarded by social media posts, carefully culled news feeds, streamed TV shows/movies, internet ads, podcasts, • 希 伯 來 書 4:12 於當今世界,我們蒙受資訊氾濫之害。不斷轟炸我們腦袋的計有社交媒體帖文,細心剪裁的新聞,串流電視節目/電影,互聯網廣告,「播客」(podcasts),視頻遊戲....等等。而恐怖之處是,當我們吸收這一切媒體資訊的時候  Read More
by Bryan Lay on September 8th, 2020
2 Timothy 2:8-9 Since the pandemic outbreak, for almost half a year everyone has experienced many imposed changes. Originally planned travels to visit relatives were cancelled, so were originally arranged revival and gospel meetings and • 提摩太後書2:8-9 從疫情爆發至今將近半年時間了,每個人的生活都經歷了很多不得已的改變,原本計劃的探親旅行取消了,原本安排的培靈布道會取消了,原本期盼的朋友相聚取消了……真是應了一句俗語“計劃趕不上變化”。然而,  Read More
by Bryan Lay on September 7th, 2020
Acts 20:34 & 1 Corinthians 9:15 Paul taught that Christian workers were fully entitled to financial remuneration from those they ministered. But he • 使 徒 行 傳 20:34 & 歌 林 多 前 書 9:15 保羅教導說,基督的工人完全有權從服事對象收取酬勞。但保羅就選擇自我供養  Read More
by Bryan Lay on September 6th, 2020
Philippians 2:3 We're living in a season where it is so easy to be focused on ourselves: our problems, our needs, our wants. There is a growing sense of self-entitlement among people. "You owe me. I deserve it. What's in it for • 腓 立 比 書 2:3 我們活在這段時期,很容易會專注自己:專注自己的困難,需要和欲求。人們愈來愈覺得自己擁有權利,會說:「你欠我。這是我應得的。這對我有甚麼好處  Read More
by Bryan Lay on September 5th, 2020
Romans 8:31 One of Satan's tricks is to isolate us and confuse us regarding our relationship with Him. In isolation, we get insecure and are tempted to forget the goodness of our God. This mid-September day, how are you • 羅 馬 書 8:31 撒旦的其中一個把戲是使我們孤立,使我們對與衪的關係感到困惑。當孤立時,我們變得不安穩,並容易忘記我們神的良善。在這9月中旬的一天  Read More
by Bryan Lay on September 4th, 2020
Matthew 10:28-31 "And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell". What is the most important reminder in here? Many parents and I are worried about • 太10:28-31 那殺身體不能殺靈魂的,不要怕他們;唯有能把身體和靈魂都滅在地獄裡的,正要怕他。裡面提醒什麼是最重要? 我和很多家長都擔心九月份的子女開學  Read More
by Bryan Lay on September 3rd, 2020
Ephesians 5:15-18 Being moved by the Holy Spirit does not necessarily have a special sign. We easily think of "Holy Spirit Inspiration" as the Holy Spirit being active, and we are passive • 以弗所書五15-18 被聖靈感動不一定有特別的表徵。我們很容易將「聖靈感動」視為聖靈主動,我們被動,即如以弗所書所述「不要醉酒,酒能使人放蕩,乃要被聖靈充滿  Read More
by Bryan Lay on September 2nd, 2020
2 Kings 2:14 Suppose God asks us a question: Are we willing to manage our own assets by ourselves or rely on Him for daily supplies? Most likely • 列王記下2:14 假如神問我們一個問題:我們願意自己管理我們自己的資產或是依賴祂每日供應?很可能,大部份人都會選擇前者。在列王記上十七章,以利亞卻是選擇後者的一個人  Read More
by Bryan Lay on September 1st, 2020
Hebrews 4:3a Today is the first day of school for many school boards in Calgary. How are parents, students, and educators feeling this morning? I confess, as a parent of two • 希 伯 來 書 4:3a 今天是卡加里內許多學校開學的第一天。家長們,學生們和教育者們在今天早上感覺如何? 我承認,作為兩個孩子的父母和一個教育工作者的丈夫  Read More
by Bryan Lay on August 31st, 2020
Matthew 6:9-13 Today is the last day of August and also is the end of summer break. September 1 is the first school day and also flip a new page for us to step into more unknowns. The unknowns cause us different level of • 馬 太 福 音 6:9 - 13 今天是8月31日,也是暑假最後的一天 。9月1日,也是開學的頭一天。 這一天,我們各人在不明朗情況下踏出第一次,難免有焦慮和不安,從而産生各種壓力  Read More
by Bryan Lay on August 30th, 2020
Psalm 14:4-7 When watching the news recently, from traditional media to online news media. Whether it’s about Hong Kong, mainland China, or Europe and the United States, there are many government leaders, police • 詩篇 14:4-7 最近看新聞,從傳統媒體到網上新聞媒體,不論是關於香港、中國大陸,或是歐美的新聞都發現很多政府的領導人、警察、政治領袖等,都在發表一些沒有事實根據的言論,以至引起民眾更加激烈的反應  Read More
by Bryan Lay on August 29th, 2020
Acts 17:11 I recently learnt from a piece of news that a couple thought that COVID was fake news. So they ignored the health guidelines issued by the government. They even did not seek help • 使徒行傳 17:11 最近讀到一則新聞,內容提到一對夫婦,他們以為新冠肺炎是一些假新聞,所以沒有理會政府所發佈的一些健康指引,甚至乎在發病初期亦沒有尋求任何幫助。最後他們確診為新冠肺炎患者,雖然丈夫康復了  Read More
by Bryan Lay on August 28th, 2020
1 Samuel 16:7 We are very familiar with the story of David and Goliath, a young man who was not particularly strong striking down a giant who was fully armed. This looks very legendary. But we can learn from the analysis of a thesis "David's Choice" • 撒母耳記上16:7 我們都很熟識大衛與歌利亞的故事,一個並不是特别强壯的少年將一個有强大武裝的巨人打倒。 看似十分傳奇,但從一篇在 International Symposium on Ballistics, May 21-24, 1995 的論文 "David's Choice" 中  Read More
by Bryan Lay on August 27th, 2020
Lamentations 3:22-23 The book of Lamentations is such an interesting book. Lamentations was written after Jerusalem and its temple were destroyed by the Babylonians, and records the Jewish people's feelings of extreme despair, suffering, and humiliation • 耶 利 米 哀 歌 3:22-23 耶利米哀歌是一卷很有意思的書,寫成於巴比倫人拆毁耶路撒冷城及其聖殿之後。它記錄了猶太人的感受:極度絕望,悽苦和屈辱。有感於現在世界各地正在發生的多種悲惨事端(例如冠狀病毒,種族歧視及其關連的  Read More
by Bryan Lay on August 26th, 2020
2 Corinthians 12:7-10 • 哥林多后书12:7-10 迄今为止,使徒保罗的这一根刺是什么,解经家们还没有达成共识,有人说是身体的疾病,有人说是恶人的逼迫……但是可以确定的是,神允许这根刺留在保罗身上,有神清楚明确的心意和计划。第一、免得保罗自高  Read More
by Bryan Lay on August 25th, 2020
Luke 22:31-32 These verses recorded Jesus' words to Peter. When Luke wrote the passage, he was in fact speaking to all the believers, stressing the point "when you have turned again, strengthen your brothers • 路加福音 22:31-32 以上這節經文記錄了耶穌對彼得所講的話,路加寫這段話期間,其實是對教會眾信徒說的,重點就在「你回頭以後,堅固你的弟兄。」 堅固一詞清楚帶有使弟兄固守信仰;怎樣堅固而不至跌倒?試想這番話   Read More
by Bryan Lay on August 24th, 2020
John 14:27 The peace that God gives us is through Jesus Christ is permanent. It does not depend on how good we are or how hard we try • 約 翰 福 音 14:27   Read More
by Bryan Lay on August 23rd, 2020
Ephesians 2:8/1Tim 4:16 David Pawson used to love to say, “I am not saved, yet. I am being saved.” He effectively taught us all that salvation is a life long journey made up of three intricately connected parts. There are justification • 以 弗 所 書 2:8/提 摩 太 前 書 4:16 大衛鮑森生前常說:「我並非已然得救。我是不斷被拯救。」 他有效地教導我們眾人,救恩是畢生的歷程,由三方面奥妙地組成  Read More
by Bryan Lay on August 22nd, 2020
Colossians 1:13 "He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son" (Verse 13). This is a relocation, a transfer of life. This is also a life change, and this transformation is • 歌羅西書1:13 「他救了我們脫離黑暗的權勢,把我們遷到他愛子的國裡」(13節) 脫離黑暗的權勢,遷進他愛子的國裡。這是一種搬遷一種生命的轉移  Read More