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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: Revisiting

    Jubilee.Rest: Revisiting

    Our short history of communications runs something like this: …Postal service (550 BC, Persia), Telegraph (1792, France), Telephone (1890), Email (1966), Facebook (2003), WhatsApp (2009)… Each leap in media technology has added to the way we relate, yet possibly taken something away.SEEKING OUT THE GOOD WAYOur progress from paper, to computers, to mobile devices has […]

  • Song: Greatness

    Song: Greatness

    DWELL ON HIS GREATNESS Recharge yourself with the reality of who God is with these “soaking” tips.1. Before you begin, spend some quiet moments thinking about the verse on the right. Keep it in mind as you close your eyes and take a few deep breaths. 
“With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” […]

  • Jubilee.Rest: Retracing

    Jubilee.Rest: Retracing

    Fifty years ago Singapore was but a trading port in the middle of malaria-infested swampland. Today Forbes ranks her 3rd richest in the world in per capita GDP, above countries like Switzerland, the US and Hong Kong. We are by any account, an economic miracle.TRACING FOOTPRINTS IN THE SANDWhen we trace the footprints of blessing, […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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: 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: Returning

    Jubilee.Rest: Returning

    In a battlefield, soldiers from a unit are often redeployed to different commands and tasks. But as the tour of duty ends, it’s time to ‘Return To Unit’ and head back to home base. The modern day family unit isn’t so different as we respond to the economic necessity of living apart from our larger […]

  • 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: 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: 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 […]

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: Rebuilding

    Jubilee.Rest: Rebuilding

    Our vision suffers when we do close work for prolonged periods of time. Without proper rest, our eyesight can deteriorate and lead to a blurriness that affects our work. Spending time to refresh our vision is a continual exercise that often feels like treading water, but it enables us to speedily complete the work of […]

  • Jubilee.Rest: Retelling

    Jubilee.Rest: Retelling

    Dawn breaks over a Persian night, carving it into a thousand pieces, perhaps for a final time. “You have heard me tell a thousand stories, my King,” Scheherazade whispers, “alas, this last one has no ending, for it is a story awaiting you to finish writing…”RETELLING OUR STORYWhile the fabled Persian queen and storyteller of […]

  • Jubilee.Rest: Remembering

    Jubilee.Rest: Remembering

    When we consider the wealth of a nation, we don’t often think in terms of the people who have left us a foundation of justice and peace. But in their humble wisdom and honourable service to humanity, we find our true national treasures.REMEMBERING OUR FOUNDATIONSTake a turn down the old Parliament today, now restored as […]

  • Jubilee.Rest: Regaining

    Jubilee.Rest: Regaining

    The bonds of kinship and friendship form the lifeblood of our families and nation. Like a river, they carry vital resources and ideas, and sustain people and trade to meet our needs. What we feed into our part of the river – here and now, for good or ill – flows downstream to the next […]

  • 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 […]

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: Recognising

    Jubilee.Rest: Recognising

    Part of what makes us so distinctly human is our capacity to see patterns. We are able to connect points of information and make sense of them to create meaning, tell stories, and even recapture our histories and heritage.RECOGNISING TIME AND SEASONWhile we don’t assume our mental picture is always complete and correct, we all […]

  • Jubilee.Rest: Rekindling

    Jubilee.Rest: Rekindling

    Darkness is the absence of light. Where there’s light, darkness vanishes: it’s there because light isn’t. When truth is absent or hidden from our heart and mind, they go dark – not by choice, but as a consequence.REKINDLING A LOVE FOR TRUTHWe live in various degrees of darkness and ignorance in different aspects of our […]

  • Jubilee.Rest: Rediscovering

    Jubilee.Rest: Rediscovering

    There are few things more awe inspiring than a starry night sky to realise how small we are. Our planet revolves around a single star in a neighbourhood of 300 billion within the Milky Way, just one of a hundred billion galaxies in the observable universe!THE SOURCE OF CREATIVITYUp close to all that inspiration is […]

  • Jubilee.Rest: Revering

    Jubilee.Rest: Revering

    It was on a regular business trip in 1859, when Jean Henri Dunant, a Swiss businessman, witnessed the Battle of Solferino in modern-day Italy. Twenty-three thousand lay wounded or dead with no care forthcoming to save the dying. Shocked, Dunant rallied the civilian population under the banner “Tutti fratelli” (All are brothers), to tend 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 […]

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: 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: Renewing

    Jubilee.Rest: Renewing

    The pace of life has picked up tremendously, thanks in no small part to the increasing speed of communication. There’s so much to keep up with, from the latest industry trends to the enrichment your child might need. Our lives are getting highly compressed.WAITING THAT LEADS TO RENEWINGEfficiency is equated to less downtime. Results can’t […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

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: 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: 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: 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: 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 ~