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I am at a crossroad in my life.

I have always had many interests and somehow found the time and energy to pursue them, but I think in this phase of my life, that balance of trying to do multiple things will be challenging, if not impossible.

In my heart of hearts I would like to spend about 6 to 8 hours every day in the presence of God – reading his word and listening to Him. This is also tied in to any ministerial opportunity that God gives me to preach His Word or write…

At the same time I have a wife and three children who are in phases of their lives (at least my older two children at age nine and eight are), when having a father figure is important. I love my family and want to spend as much time as I possibly can with them, knowing full well that in a few short years, those opportunities will pass away. I barely have time to talk even once a month to my parents and siblings. Forget about my extended family.

At the same time due to my profession, I need to both work full-time and, in addition to working, have to constantly update myself with surgical and medical knowledge, because it is, after all, a dynamic field.

Over all this, my temperament dictates that instead of sitting around for relaxation, I should do something for relaxation. Thus, my hobby interests would be to learn a new instrument and learn a new language and learn photography and travel the world and …

Does God want me to spend time in his presence? Absolutely.
Does God want me to be involved in ministry? Yes.
Does God want me to spend time and relate to my family? Of course.
Does God want me to work and update my surgical/medical knowledge? I have to.
Does God want me to pursue non-passive hobbies? He created me that way.

As Henry David Thoreau said,  ‘It is not enough to be busy. So are the ants. The question is: What are we busy about?’. I hope to be busy doing something that has eternal value.

23:56 hours in a day is just not enough.

Retirement Planning Part 1

How best can we invest our current resources so that we would get the most benefit in the future? We look at 7 areas that we can invest in.

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Retirement Planning

I Timothy 4:12 Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.

  1. Money

Galatians 6:6 Anyone who receives instruction in the word must share all good things with his instructor.

Malachi 3:10 Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.

Isaiah 7.10

  1. Time

Ephesians 5:15-16 Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.

  1. Effort

Proverbs 14:23 All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.

Haggai 2:4 But now be strong, O Zerubbabel,’ declares the Lord. ‘Be strong, O Joshua son of Jehozadak, the high priest. Be strong, all you people of the land,’ declares the Lord, ‘and work. For I am with you,’ declares the Lord Almighty.

  1. Senses

Matthew 6:22,23 “The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are good, your whole body will be full of light. 23 But if your eyes are bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!

Mark 4:24

The Frugality of God

Frugality is commonly seen as a vice, but when appropriately managed, it can be a virtue. This sermon explores this extremely beneficial virtue that God displays.


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The Frugality of God

John 6.12 When they had all had enough to eat, he said to his disciples, “Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted.” 

  1. Sin

Judges 14.4
Joshua 23:12-13 “But if you turn away and ally yourselves with the survivors of these nations that remain among you and if you intermarry with them and associate with them, then you may be sure that the Lord your God will no longer drive out these nations before you. Instead, they will become snares and traps for you, whips on your backs and thorns in your eyes, until you perish from this good land, which the Lord your God has given you.
Deuteronomy 7:1-3 When the Lord your God brings you into the land you are entering to possess and drives out before you many nations … Do not intermarry with them. Do not give your daughters to their sons or take their daughters for your sons.
Numbers 23:19 God is not a man, that he should lie, nor a son of man, that he should change his mind.
Isaiah 40:8 The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God stands forever.

  1. People Encounters

Acts 8:1 And Saul was there, giving approval to his death. On that day a great persecution broke out against the church at Jerusalem, and all except the apostles were scattered throughout Judea and Samaria.
Acts 22.20-21 And when the blood of your martyr Stephen was shed, I stood there giving my approval and guarding the clothes of those who were killing him.’ “Then the Lord said to me, ‘Go; I will send you far away to the Gentiles.’”

  1. Time

Isaiah 49.8 This is what the Lord says: “In the time of my favor I will answer you.
Joel 2.25 Repay for the years the locusts have taken.
Philippians 3.12 Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.
II Corinthians 11.23 – I have worked much harder….

  1. Prayers

Romans 8.26 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express.
Revelation 5.8 And when he had taken it, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp and they were holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints.
Revelation 8.3-4 NASB Another angel, who had a golden censer, came and stood at the altar. He was given much incense to offer, with the prayers of all the saints, on the golden altar before the throne. The smoke of the incense, together with the prayers of the saints, went up before God from the angel’s hand.

  1. Experiences

Romans 16.13 Greet Rufus, chosen in the Lord, and his mother, who has been a mother to me, too.
Mark 15.21

Mark 8.36 What good is it for a man(or woman) to gain the whole world and yet lose his soul?