A New Beginning
Words from the editor
Easter is an important occasion to us as Christians because Jesus arose from the dead. His bodily resurrection gives us a promised hope in eternal life and there is a whole new world with Him in His Kingdom after death for those who believe in Jesus.
Similarly, our CBC church magazine has been renewed and revived in a new format. The first issue, A New Beginning, will be released around Easter. We have a new name ‘iCentralCorner’ for the publication because it will be a dedicated area within the church website for sharing among brothers and sisters from the combined tri-lingual congregations. It also acts as a common communication area to those who want to know more about what happens in the other congregations.
To make iCentralCorner a successful medium through the church website, we really need your support and appreciate any feedback so that it can glorify God, and together help build each other up to grow spiritually at CBC. Thank you all for your partnership and contribution as fellow brothers and sisters in Christ.
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What is so amazing about grace? Most people would be familiar with the words from the well-known hymn Amazing grace with the text published by John Newton 1779 and later set to the recognisable melody we know today by William Walker in 1835. From testifying Newton’s own personal conversion to his local parishioners, the hymn has become a part of western culture with its popular use as a spiritual anthem in iconic times and tragedy – the anti-slavery and civil rights movements, in military services and memorial events, etc. capturing the human spirit and unity of hope in the midst of struggle. Is our sense of ‘amazing’ grace associated with just a familiar tune, or a deeper meaning that we can personally experience? I’ve turned to Christian author and journalist Philip Yancey’s, ‘What’s so amazing about grace?’ (Christian Book of the Year Award – 1998) to help explore what is so special about this grace.read more »
Very fortunately, I was born in a Christian family. So I’ve always been going to church and attended Sunday school like all the other kids. I even went to a Christian primary school when I was in HK. As a child, I only saw going to church every Sunday and praying before every meal as… habits – things that I was taught and used to do. Just like everyone else at school who were non-Christians – I lied to teachers; I swore at friends; I cheated during exams. Thinking about it now, I was just… one of a kind – a Sunday Christian.read more »
Hi, my name is Ronald and before I begin I want to make clear from the start that this story isn’t about me, it’s about God – God, who created and holds the entire universe in His palm, God who sent his son Jesus to die for my sins on the cross, God, who I stand before you to declare today, is the King of my life. So if there’s anything you take away from the next few minutes, please let it be about God, not about me.read more »
I find the famous story of Nicodemus seeking out the Lord Jesus Christ in the middle of the night as recorded in John 3 so fascinating. He must have followed Jesus around to know where He lived. He must have been contemplating paying a visit for a period of time before he actually took action. Furthermore, the exchange between Nicodemus and Jesus was extremely interesting. Jesus could see through him and knew his every thought and doubt and need. For the purpose of this magazine, I want to focus on verses 5 to 8.read more »