Saturday, September 23, 2017

Pray for China: Jesus Appears to a Shaman


Ting (not a real name) made a living summoning the darkness. As the local Shaman, villagers in her surrounding area of northwest China would seek her out for the wisdom of the spirits.  And their requests were many: Who should I marry? What must I do to be successful? What does my future hold? Why am I sick? Have I offended the spirits? Ting delighted in her success. Word of her abilities drove thousands of the curious and desperate to seek her divine counsel, which she was eager to give. But only for a price. And then the spirits demanded a price of their own…

Without warning, Ting’s health started to deteriorate. In just over the course of a few days, she was bed-ridden and completely paralyzed. Her illness perplexed doctors. No one had any answers, and they were running out of time. Every passing moment could be Ting’s last. She couldn’t even speak of her agony. Or her fear of death, which seemed inches away and creeping closer. She fell into a deep sleep. And in the midst of her slumber, she heard a voice summoning her in her dreams. Ting says,

I was in the back seat of a taxi as my brother drove me towards an endless darkness. But then three men, who were wearing brilliant white robes, approached. But their light was so bright, I couldn’t see their faces. They told me I must make a choice. And as they spoke, two other men wearing black robes invited me to follow them. I knew in my heart one of the men wearing a white robe was Jesus. So I followed Him.”

When Ting woke up, she found she could move. Miraculously, her body was working again, and she felt her strength returning. Ting immediately remembered her dream. And she knew she’d made the right choice when she followed the man in white. In her heart-of-hearts, Ting knew He was the power behind her restored body. He was the reason she was alive. And she was eager to place her life into His hands. So Ting immediately gave her heart to Jesus.

Jesus had appeared to her. And He had healed her. And because of this one monumental encounter, without any other shred of evidence, she was willing to risk everything. When her family abused her, she could’ve denied Christ, and saved herself from tremendous pain. Like the seed sown among the rocks, Ting could have given up when persecution came (Mark 4:17-19). But she endured, holding fast to the Word of God who became flesh within her as she dreamed upon her death bed. A dream that changed everything. Without God’s radical intervention, how else would Ting have believed?

Believers in Ting’s area of China face the most severe persecution.  And much like Ting’s experience, the persecution is driven on a personal level—from friends, family members and the community. Conversion to Christianity is an utter disgrace—a slap to the face of the family and a treasonous act to the community. If Christians are discovered, they will be disowned by their loved ones. And banished into exile. Ting knew the risk. But Jesus had moved so powerfully in her life—through her dream—she no longer wanted to summon the darkness. But to serve her Saviour. Our Saviour.

THINK BIG. START SMALL. GO DEEP.

Taken and edited from https://www.opendoorsusa.org/christian-persecution/stories
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Friday, September 22, 2017

Ko Jesus Ngagai Nuan "Pergi Endor Ti Sunyi" (Mark 6:30-34)


Dua bengkah penemu ti aku belajar ari jako Tuhan tu:
#1 Nyimpan ka jako Allah Taala
Setiap kitai mesti bisi Maya Sunyi enggau Tuhan Jesus
#2 Ngereja ka jako Allah Taala
Kitai dikuatka kena melayani

Sida rasul pulai lalu betemu enggau Jesus. Sida nusoi ngagai iya semoa pengawa ti udah dikereja enggau utai ti udah di-ajar sida. Orang ti datai enggau ti pulai mayoh bendar, nya alai Jesus enggau sida murid iya nadai awak alai makai. Nya alai ko iya bejako enggau sida, ‘Aram kitai bejalai kediri ngagai endor bukai, ngambi ko kitai ulih diau kediri, lalu kita ulik belelak enda lama.’ Nya alai sida lalu merau mansang ngagai endor ti sunyi
(Mark 6:30-32, Berita Manah Ka Rebak Diatu)

Sida bala rasul baru pulai ari ngereja pengawa ti diasoh Tuhan Jesus. Sida “ngajar orang, ngasoh orang ngelengka ka dosa sida. Sida muru mayoh antu, lalu ngunsut orang ti sakit ngena minyak sereta nyuman ka sida” (Mark 6:12). Maya sida pulai betemu enggau Jesus tentu sida lelak. Taja pan sida lelak tubuh, semengat sida enda lelak. Sida iya amat gaga ati “nusoi ngagai [Jesus] semoa pengawa ti udah dikereja enggau utai ti di-ajar sida.” Aku mikir, mesti Jesus pan sama mega gaga ati. Tang laban sida telalu sibuk sampai “nadai awak alai makai”, Jesus berunding deka mai sida “ngagai endor ti sunyi.”

Kati ko kitai diatu? Nuan kelalu sibok enggau pengawa Tuhan tauka ngereja pengawa dirik empu sampai ka nuan nadai maya sunyi enggau Tuhan? Maya sunyi tu perlu laban dini-dini endor nuan diatu – ba gerija, ba ofis, ba rumah, ba tempat bukai – kitai sibuk lalu nadai ruang deka mikir ka jako Allah Taala ngau bersampi ngagai Tuhan Jesus. Jadual kitai kelalu mayuh sampai baka utai ti nyadi ngagai Jesus enggau bala rasul Iya, “orang ti datai enggau ti pulai mayoh bendar” – enda nemu berenti. Enti kitai terlalu sibok, kitai nadai maya enggau Tuhan. Nya alai kitai mesti bisi maya sunyi kena kitai nyimpan ka jako Allah Taala dalam pengidup kitai.

Macha Bup Kudus, besampi ngagai Tuhan, diau seta ninga ka Roh Kudus. Pergi retreat kediri, niki bukit/gunung, ngagai taman rimba, gerija ti kosong, kediri di library tauka masuk ke dalam bilik, kunci pintu lalu besampi. Kediri tauka enggau orang. Sejam, dua jam, setengah jam tauka 10 minit setiap ari. Anang ngela ka semengat kitai puang, isi iya enggau jako Allah Taala enggau pengerindu serta pengelantang Iya, pengering Iya, penemu Iya lalu enggau peneka Iya.

Lapa kitai mesti bisi Maya Sunyi? Laban leboh Maya Sunyi kitai nyimpan ka jako Allah Taala awakka maya kitai enggau orang lain (maya kitai melayani), kitai ulih ngereja ka jako Allah Taala enggau pengabis ati. Enti kitai nadai maya sunyi, kitai enda bisi semengat ngau kuasa kena melayani. Maya sunyi ngau melayani enda tau ditinggal ka. Tuhan Jesus selalu ngambi maya sunyi enggau Apai diserga (Mark 1:35, Matthew 14:13, John 6:15). Maya sunyi nyediaka ka kitai ngereja pengawa ngagau orang mayoh baka Tuhan Jesus: “Leboh Jesus nurun ari perau, iya meda orang mayoh bendar, lalu ati iya balat bendar sinu ka sida, laban sida baka bedus ti nadai orang ngibun. Nya alai iya ngajar sida mayoh bengkah utai” (Mark 6:34). Nyadi, kitai patut #1 Nyimpan ka jako Allah Taala awakka kitak ulih #2 Ngereja ka jako Iya. Ati ngau pikir kitai mesti di-isi enggau jako seta Roh Tuhan ngambi ka kitai enda lelak tauka lembau tang berapi-api deka melayani orang lain sama baka Jesus.

Sembiang
O Tuhan Jesus, asoh aku ingin ati amat deka belelak enggau Nuan ba endor sunyi,
Ninting ari chukup penglama, ninting taun ba maya ti patut.
Minta Roh Nuan nyimpan ka jako Allah Taala ba ati seta pikir aku,
awakka aku sedia ka sebarang pengawa ti kedeka Nuan. Amen.

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Nuan Deka Nyadi Murid Jesus Bakani: John, Herod tauka Herodias? (Mark 6:14-29)


Nyadi orang ti udah nangkap John Pemaptisa suba ari asoh Rajah Herod empu, lalu disimpan iya dalam tutup. Kebuah Herod ngereja utai nya laban Herodias, ti udah jadi enggau iya, taja indu nya bini menyadi iya ti benama Pilip. John Pemaptisa selalu madah ngagai Herod, ko iya, ‘Nuan enda tau jadi enggau bini menyadi nuan empu!’ Nya alai Herodias pedis ati ngagai John lalu deka munoh iya, tang iya enda ulih munoh John, laban Herod. Nyadi Herod takut ka John laban iya nemu John nya orang ti manah sereta kudus, nya alai iya ngidup ka iya. Herod deka ninga ka John, taja iya selalu kena pangka jako John
(Mark 6:17-20, Berita Manah Ka Rebak Diatu)

Maya Herod ninga pasal Jesus “ngelekai di serata dunia” (6:14a), iya mikir Jesus tu John laban iya bisi ninga orang bejako, “John Pemaptisa udah angkap idup baru! Nya kebuah kuasa ti baka nya bisi ba iya” (6:14b). Ayat 17 sampai 29 nyerita ka bakani pengujung pengidup John. Bisi tiga orang dalam crita tu ti ulih nyadi ka chunto pengidup kitai Kristian: John, Herod ngau Herodias.

John sigi nabi ti brani ngau bendar. Iya selalu ngajar orang di menua puang, “Lengka ka dosa kita, awak ka kita lalu dibaptisa”. Ko iya mega, “Allah Taala deka ngampun dosa kita” (Mark 1:4). John diguna ka Tuhan “nyadi seruan” ngau “nyedia jalai” ka Tuhan Yesus (1:2). Taja pan John tu kasar dalam jako, iya nabi ti lemi ati. Iya madah ngagai anak murid iya, “[Jesus] deka beguna agi ari aku, lalu aku kurang agi beguna ari iya” (John 3:30). Jesus mega madah bakatu pasal John: “Nadai siko orang ti udah nguan dunya tu lebih besai ari John Pemaptisa…” (Matthew 11:11). Pia mega, John enda malu ngajar Herod, “Nuan enda tau jadi enggau bini menyadi nuan empu!” di mua Herod. Bagi Herod, John tu “orang ti manah sereta kudus.”

Herodias mula iya bini Pilip, tang Herod udah ngambi ka iya nyadi ka bini maya iya nyadi rajah. Herodias tu dibeda aku baka indu tik suka ngambi kesempatan. Iya gila kuasa ngau suka meri perintah ngagai laki iya Herod. John disimpan di rumah pasung (rumah tutup) “laban Herodias” (6:17). Iya amai pedis ati ninga ka jako John, nya alai Herodias ngiga “awak kena munoh John” (6:21). Iya mega indai ti enda peduli bakani orang ngelayan anak dara iya. Maya Herod udah mabuk, iya nyuruh (ko runding aku) anak dara iya betanda di mua Herod enggau pengabang ti datai. Udah Herod betanya ngagai anak dara iya, “Nama utai ti dikedeka nuan?” Anak nya “nanya indai iya, ko iya, ‘Nama utai ti patut dipinta aku?’ Disaut indai iya, ‘Pala John Pemaptisa’” (Mark 6:22, 24). Semoa dendam ngau pemetang ati iya dipuas ka enggau pemati John.

Bisi penyalin madah Herod tu “Rajah”, bisi mega ngumbai iya “Gabenor” (Luke 3:19). Herod tu orang ti bekuasa tang lemi. Iya balat ninga ka jako bini iya ti jai. Herod mega idup dalam pemetang.  Iya “ngereja mayoh macham penyai” ko Luke 3:19. Ati Herod dua tiga, nadai bisi bepanggai dini-dini. Iya rindu ngagai John tang iya mega takut. “Herod deka ninga ka John, taja iya selalu kena pangka jako John” (6:20). Ukai semina ati iya enda tetap, iya mega orang ti enda nemu bepikir maya bejako. Meda anak dara Herodias betanda di mua iya, iya nyadi rindu bendar. Nya alai Herod betanyak nama utai ti dikedeka indu dara nya seta iya besumpah, “Aku besemaya deka meri sebarang utai ti dipinta nuan, datai ka satengah ari menoa ti diperintah aku, deka meh aku meri ka nuan!” (Mark 6:23). Ketegal betanda aja, iya udah bersumpah, besemaya! John mati laban iya takut ka bini, laban malu di moa bala temuai (6:26), ngau laban enda bepikir sebedau bejako.

Kati ko pengidup Kristian nuan? Baka John Pemaptisa ti brani, lemi ati, kudus seta enda malu mantah ka penyai ti dipeda iya? Baka Herodias ti pembenci, suka ngambi kesempatan seta gila kuasa? Baka Herod ti lemi, takut, ati dua tiga serta enda bepikir maya bejako? Nuan deka idup ti ngemesai ka nama Tuhan Yesus baka pengidup John? Tauka nuan deka nyadi orang bekuasa baka Herod ngau Herodias tang pengidup ti ngereja mayoh macham penyai? Dalam crita tu, John ti manah, mati; tang Herod ngau Herodias ti jai, idup. Tang maya tu, John bulih “pengidup ti meruan” (John 3:16); Herod ngau Herodias masuk ka “api neraka” (Luke 16:24).

Sembiang
O Tuhan Jesus, dalam pengidup Kristian kami ajar kami idup dalam jako Nuan.
Awakka kami nitih pengidup John Pemaptisa ti brani, lemi ati, kudus
seta enda malu mantah ka penyai ti dipeda kami. Amen.

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