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  • 50 Jubilee.Rest Inspirational Reflections

    50 Jubilee.Rest Inspirational Reflections

    Did you miss one? 1: RECOUNTING – Recount Wonderful Deeds 2: REALIGNING – Aligning for a Higher Purpose 3: REMOVING – Remove the Logs in Our Eyes 4: REVISITING – Seek Out the Good Ways 5: RECOLLECTING – The Art of Recollecting 6: RECEIVING – Grace to Receive Rest 7: RESPECTING – Walking Humbly by Design […]

  • Jubilee.Rest: Recounting

    Jubilee.Rest: Recounting

    After all the celebration fun, it’s time to get down to some SERIOUS rest! Over the next 50 days we’ll be suggesting ways you can kickoff this Jubilee Year of Rest with family. Here’s our first reflection with a picture of beautiful kites over our city. RECOUNTING WONDERFUL DEEDS One of the biggest challenges to resting […]

City Zone:
Community, Marketplace, World.

“And seek the peace [shalom] of the city where I have caused you to be carried away captives, and pray unto the LORD for it: for in its peace shall you have peace.”
~ Jeremiah 29:7 ~

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Encounter Zone 1:
Faith, Salvation,
Praise.

“Jesus said again, ‘Very truly I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep… I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out, and find pasture.’”
~ John 10:7,9 ~

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① FAITH

  • Jubilee.Rest: Restarting

    Jubilee.Rest: Restarting

    The Japanese surrender to the Allies on 15 August 1945 marked a tumultuous time in Singapore. With a food shortage and electricity and water supplies destroyed, the transition to British Military Administration saw widespread looting, violence and revenge-killing. Restarting would need the better part of a decade, newfound courage, and a defining vision.RESTART WITH A […]

  • Sound Trail: Going Deeper into His Love

    Sound Trail: Going Deeper into His Love

    Going Deeper A journey into Rest is a journey into God’s Love. How deeply we Rest depends much on how secure we truly are in God’s Love. As we encounter His unshakeable, eternal character of Love, we learn to doubt less and trust more! Follow this Sound Trail to walk deeper in God’s love. We start at the cross at Calvary, the greatest […]

  • Sound Trail: Looking at Jesus

    Sound Trail: Looking at Jesus

    Looking at Jesus Have you been struggling with a personal or work related problem?Take some time to quieten your heart as you reflect on these verses and listen to the Word of God in these songs. “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge […]

  • Jubilee.Rest: Resetting

    Jubilee.Rest: Resetting

    Heaven, if we can see it, is the sum of all beauty, goodness, and life; a place devoid of the poverty, death and dysfunction that is rife in our world. We may see economic progress as a universal good or panacea, but it’s sobering how little of heaven we capture here on earth, and not […]

  • Jubilee.Rest: Relaxing

    Jubilee.Rest: Relaxing

    Having green plants around us can improve our productivity by as much as 15%. Many of us have experienced the healing, restorative and even decorative properties of plants in our daily lives: Eucalyptus for stuffy nose, Stevia as sugar replacement, a Sunflower to brighten the day!OPENING OUR HANDS AND LETTING GOPerhaps plants help relax us […]

② RESTORATION

  • Jubilee.Rest: Repairing

    Jubilee.Rest: Repairing

    What we repair tells us a lot about our values and priorities. We could probably survive a few weeks if our ceiling leaked or television stopped working. But disrupt a basic utility of daily life like a mobile phone or refrigerator, and we’d get that repaired, fast!REPAIRING WALLS THAT PROTECTWe may not experience the same […]

  • Jubilee.Rest: Reforging

    Jubilee.Rest: Reforging

    Fancy placing a DIY toolbox on a display shelf! Relationships aren’t designed to be ornamental either. Try as we might to live a ‘safe’ life, we can’t avoid engaging our rough edges in a constant negotiation of truth and trust with each other. And as we work at things to build them, there’s always the […]

  • Jubilee.Rest: Recovering

    Jubilee.Rest: Recovering

    We avoid running on a bad leg when its injured. But with past hurts, we often let our minds replay the negative emotions, slowing the healing. No surprise that the trauma from an incident affects us far longer than the physical injury. Yet complete healing only brings us partway to full recovery.RECOVERING FROM PAST INJURYIn […]

  • Jubilee.Rest: Releasing

    Jubilee.Rest: Releasing

    Debt consumes our future. Unresolved, it leaches all value and life from our supporting community. Over time, an impoverished community entrenches a structural cycle of poverty, encumbering each new generation with the burdens of the preceding one. Debt enslaves a nation.RELEASING OUR DEBTS AND DEBTORSUnfortunately the social burden of debt is often overlooked for the […]

  • Jubilee.Rest: Refreshing

    Jubilee.Rest: Refreshing

    It’s the classic buffet paradox: you can eat everything in theory, but in reality you can’t. In fact, the more we eat the faster we get to our fail point; and when the desire to consume outstrips the capacity to consume, we find ourselves full, yet never satisfied.FLOURISHING IN A DROUGHTA drought helps us appreciate […]

Encounter Zone 2: Restoration, Healing, Deliverance.

“We implore you on Christ’s behalf: be reconciled to God.
God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him
we might become the righteousness of God.”
~ 2 Corinthians 5:20-21 ~

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Encounter Zone 3: Holiness, Purity, Renewal.

“Christ loved the church and gave himself… cleansing her by the washing with water through the word… to present her to himself as a radiant church… holy and blameless.”
~ Ephesians 5:25-27 ~

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③ HOLINESS

  • Jubilee.Rest: Repairing

    Jubilee.Rest: Repairing

    What we repair tells us a lot about our values and priorities. We could probably survive a few weeks if our ceiling leaked or television stopped working. But disrupt a basic utility of daily life like a mobile phone or refrigerator, and we’d get that repaired, fast!REPAIRING WALLS THAT PROTECTWe may not experience the same […]

  • Jubilee.Rest: Revaluing

    Jubilee.Rest: Revaluing

    Dazzling as it is, staring at the midday sun, the glitter of gold is equally blinding. The lure of controlling the means to fulfil all our present and future desires easily hijacks our emotions. And it is a love of money and its related obsession, a fear of lack, that keeps us from appreciating the […]

  • Jubilee.Rest: Relating

    Jubilee.Rest: Relating

    There’s a wealth and blessing that comes when honour and love is expressed between generations. When dads carry the younger generation on our shoulders, we help them to see the future. In time they too begin to share and carry our life values and vision for family and society.RELATING HEART TO HEARTChildren model what they […]

  • Jubilee.Rest: Refining

    Jubilee.Rest: Refining

    Humility, joy, contentment, wisdom. What these have in common is the way in which we arrive at these precious distillations of life – through the costly process of refining. In their purest form, we find a paring away of pride, strife, envy, and deceit.REFINE TO FIND WHAT’S PRECIOUSAt 15, Malala Yousafzai was shot in the […]

  • Jubilee.Rest: Rethinking

    Jubilee.Rest: Rethinking

    Stretching well over 50 metres, road trains combine a prime mover with 3 to 4 trailers (or 112 for the record). They move freight efficiently in remote areas on straight, flat roads. But try heading up steep, hilly terrain and they become impossible to steer.AGE OLD VALUES FOR NEW TERRAINIn his book “The World Is […]

④ FEASTING

  • Jubilee.Rest: Resounding

    Jubilee.Rest: Resounding

    In a world overwhelmed with sound, it’s easy to tune out. Communication is a daily battlefield where we struggle with getting our radio ‘receivers’ tuned to the right frequency. Even then, channels get overcrowded, making it hard to listen for meaning and understanding above the noise.LISTEN FOR YOUR FAMILY HEARTBEATOur family communications aren’t designed for […]

  • Jubilee.Rest: Recollecting

    Jubilee.Rest: Recollecting

    Our memories are like the little curiosities we find on a seashore. Floating in unbidden and unexpected, they can lie there for moments or days before leaving without a trace. When you find a good one, pick it up and find a way to preserve it.THE ART OF RECOLLECTINGIn recollecting, we exercise the capacity to […]

  • Jubilee.Rest: Reaching

    Jubilee.Rest: Reaching

    Happy Jubilee, Singapore! Reaching 50 is a truly historic milestone and may well be the only one we see in our lifetime! As we recall the road past, more than just the achievement of the journey, we celebrate the people who have walked that path with us, and the joy of arriving together!REACHING INTO OUR […]

  • Jubilee.Rest: Rethinking

    Jubilee.Rest: Rethinking

    Stretching well over 50 metres, road trains combine a prime mover with 3 to 4 trailers (or 112 for the record). They move freight efficiently in remote areas on straight, flat roads. But try heading up steep, hilly terrain and they become impossible to steer.AGE OLD VALUES FOR NEW TERRAINIn his book “The World Is […]

  • Jubilee.Rest: Restoring

    Jubilee.Rest: Restoring

    If you’ve stayed in an ageing building, you know what it’s like living with ceiling leaks, peeling walls, and popping tiles. After fifty years, many of the structures and relationships that have supported us as families and nation need restoring too.RESTORE TO MAKE WHOLE AGAINThe principles of Jubilee guide us in seeing what needs restoring. […]

Encounter Zone 4: Feasting, Fellowship, Unity.

“For the bread of God… comes down out of heaven, and gives life… I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst.”
~ John 6:33,35 ~

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Encounter Zone 5: Truth, Justice, Righteousness.

“Through him all things were made… In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”
~ John 1:3-5 ~

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⑤ TRUTH

  • Jubilee.Rest: Reimagining

    Jubilee.Rest: Reimagining

    Vision takes time to mature. From a kernel of inspired truth, we grow to understand who we are, what we’re about, and where we must head. But even with this clarity, vision can remain little more than a budding aspiration. In maturity, vision will produce a defining strategy of how to move, when and why: […]

  • Jubilee.Rest: Relighting

    Jubilee.Rest: Relighting

    Stretching over 5500 miles, the largest defensive structure ever built, the Great Wall of China, would have been useless without a means to mobilise troops along its vast length. In the days before electricity, signal towers would light fire beacons to transmit messages rapidly across the roughest terrain.LIGHTING OUR TOWERSOur children are growing up in […]

  • Jubilee.Rest: Rethinking

    Jubilee.Rest: Rethinking

    Stretching well over 50 metres, road trains combine a prime mover with 3 to 4 trailers (or 112 for the record). They move freight efficiently in remote areas on straight, flat roads. But try heading up steep, hilly terrain and they become impossible to steer.AGE OLD VALUES FOR NEW TERRAINIn his book “The World Is […]

  • Seek Wisdom

    Seek Wisdom

    “God gave Solomon wisdom and very great insight, and a breadth of understanding as measureless as the sand on the seashore.” ~ 1 Kings 4:29 ~ SEEK WISDOM The greatness of Solomon’s kingdom was established on the wisdom of God (Story background: 2 Chronicles 1:7-12). The empire of Israel reached her zenith under his rule, through […]

  • Jubilee.Rest: Resetting

    Jubilee.Rest: Resetting

    Heaven, if we can see it, is the sum of all beauty, goodness, and life; a place devoid of the poverty, death and dysfunction that is rife in our world. We may see economic progress as a universal good or panacea, but it’s sobering how little of heaven we capture here on earth, and not […]

⑥ GRACE

  • Jubilee.Rest: Resting

    Jubilee.Rest: Resting

    It seems strange that we could live life in anything other than the present. Yet, we can live in the past where personal setbacks or hurts define our present reality. Or else live in the future, possessed by a flurry of daily concerns in preparation for projected needs years away.LIVE AND REST IN THE PRESENTFamily […]

  • Jubilee.Rest: Relighting

    Jubilee.Rest: Relighting

    Stretching over 5500 miles, the largest defensive structure ever built, the Great Wall of China, would have been useless without a means to mobilise troops along its vast length. In the days before electricity, signal towers would light fire beacons to transmit messages rapidly across the roughest terrain.LIGHTING OUR TOWERSOur children are growing up in […]

  • Jubilee.Rest: Responding

    Jubilee.Rest: Responding

    Clock your response time! Have someone hold the top end of a ruler to release it, while you ready your hand at the bottom. Then try to catch the falling ruler between your fingers in a pinch! A drop of 5cm clocks a reaction time of 0.1s; 20cm is about 0.2 seconds (average).WATCHING TO RESPONDWhen […]

  • Jubilee.Rest: Rebalancing

    Jubilee.Rest: Rebalancing

    Running an organisation or family can feel like canoeing through surf or whitewater. Over time we could cover the deck, install seats, outfit some bulkheads. Or like these kayakers off Marina Bay, we might pad it up to fit like a snug pair of running shoes, and find an optimal balance between comfort, control, cost, […]

  • Jubilee.Rest: Rethinking

    Jubilee.Rest: Rethinking

    Stretching well over 50 metres, road trains combine a prime mover with 3 to 4 trailers (or 112 for the record). They move freight efficiently in remote areas on straight, flat roads. But try heading up steep, hilly terrain and they become impossible to steer.AGE OLD VALUES FOR NEW TERRAINIn his book “The World Is […]

Encounter Zone 6: Grace, Mercy, Judgement.

“Another angel… was given much incense to offer… on the golden altar before the throne. The smoke… with the prayers of the saints, went up before God from the angel’s hand.”
~ Revelation 8:3-4 ~

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Encounter Zone 7: Rest, Love, Communion.

“For… neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers… will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus.”
~ Romans 8:37-39 ~

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⑦ REST

  • Jubilee.Rest: Releasing

    Jubilee.Rest: Releasing

    Debt consumes our future. Unresolved, it leaches all value and life from our supporting community. Over time, an impoverished community entrenches a structural cycle of poverty, encumbering each new generation with the burdens of the preceding one. Debt enslaves a nation.RELEASING OUR DEBTS AND DEBTORSUnfortunately the social burden of debt is often overlooked for the […]

  • Jubilee.Rest: Receiving

    Jubilee.Rest: Receiving

    Affluence prevents us from receiving the joy in simplicity. We want to be comfortable, yet as soon as we’re done scratching an itch, another appears! We end up building complex systems around us to service a multitude of needs and aspirations. Rest is paring down.GRACE TO RECEIVE RESTThere’s a hidden wisdom in slowing down and […]

  • Jubilee.Rest: Recharging

    Jubilee.Rest: Recharging

    Mobile phones hardly last a day before the battery goes flat. Or leave it in a child’s hands and watch it drain within hours! If there’s one ‘must have’ modern tech accessory, it’s probably the power bank: the fast and easy way to charge your device on the go. But then even the power bank […]

  • Jubilee.Rest: Resting

    Jubilee.Rest: Resting

    It seems strange that we could live life in anything other than the present. Yet, we can live in the past where personal setbacks or hurts define our present reality. Or else live in the future, possessed by a flurry of daily concerns in preparation for projected needs years away.LIVE AND REST IN THE PRESENTFamily […]

  • Jubilee.Rest: Refreshing

    Jubilee.Rest: Refreshing

    It’s the classic buffet paradox: you can eat everything in theory, but in reality you can’t. In fact, the more we eat the faster we get to our fail point; and when the desire to consume outstrips the capacity to consume, we find ourselves full, yet never satisfied.FLOURISHING IN A DROUGHTA drought helps us appreciate […]

“Then have them make a sanctuary for me, and I will dwell among them.” ~ Exodus 25:8 ~