PFOA Category

PFOA:John 17:20-26

The foundation of spiritual unity or "oneness" of the Church is in the relationship between God, the Father, and God, the Son.

PFOA : John 17:6-24

Jesus loves the world and His desire is that all may come to faith in Him, but in John 17:6-24, He is praying just for his disciples that through them “the world may believe” and “the world may know” that He was sent by God.

PFOA : John 17:6-12

We usually think of Jesus as God’s gift to us but in John 17, we see that we ourselves are God’s gift to His Son. But there is a difference – God’s gift of Jesus to us is for the good of the recipient (us) and the glory of the giver (the Father); but God giving us to Jesus is for the good of the gift (us again), and the glory of the recipient (Jesus).

PFOA : John 17:1-5

John 17 is usually known as Jesus’ High Priestly Prayer. Indeed in this prayer Jesus prayed, as a high priest, for His disciples. But the first five verses are introductory and represent an interesting conversation between Christ and God the Father.

PFOA : Psalm 146

Remember our “Lord God Reigns”, our Almighty and Sovereign God who loves us sits on the throne and is in complete control. Read Psalm 146 and Praise the Lord!

O Come, O Come, Immanuel

"O Come, O Come, Immanuel", a hymn we usually sing during Advent as we remember the coming of Jesus in human flesh. It is a hymn where we sing about the different names of Jesus found in the messianic passages of the prophet Isaiah.

PFOA : John 16:16-33

The Bible is simple enough that anyone can read it and find and understand the gospel of salvation in it. Yet it is so profound that one can spend a whole life studying it and still find new truth and understanding each time he reads it.

PFOA : John 16:4-15

This week's PFOA post is based on John 16 about the ministry of the Holy Spirit, the guarantor of our salvation and redemption.

PFOA : John 15 : 12-17

"Love One Another" -- Where do we start? Start by praying for one another.

PFOA : John 15:9-16

"God is love" -- what do we understand about this love? Let's pause and reflect on what kind of love this is in this post.

PFOA : John 15 :1-8

Are we bearing fruit that reflects the characteristics of Christ? In this post, we are exhorted to encourage one another to remain in Christ and live out the life of Christ that points people to Jesus and glorify God.

PFOA : John 14 : 15-31

Our understanding and appreciation of doctrine of the Trinity will become clearer and better as we respond in obedience to God's commands and teaching.

PFOA : John 14:1-14

In this post, Dr Tony Chan reminds us that our life on this earth should not be limited to just the physical and material. Are we pointing the world to Jesus, the Way, the Truth and the Life?

PFOA : John 14:1-3

Our place in God’s kingdom is assured and there is comfort and encouragement as we persevere in living for and serving Christ in the here and now.

PFOA : John 13:1-17

Our witness to the Gospel has to be by both word and deed.

PFOA : Ezra 9 & 10

Revival will not happen until there is repentance and sin is confessed.

PFOA (Ezra 7 & 8)

Spiritual reformation cannot happen without sanctification in the Truth, the Word of God.

PFOA : Ezra 6

We are reminded in this post to remain steadfast in our faith in the face of attacks from the evil one on our Christian faith.

PFOA : Ezra 5

Doing God's work is fraught with challenges and sometimes, opposition from within and without; a spiritual work that can only be accomplished by spiritual means -- prayer.

PFOA : Ezra 4

In this post, Dr Tony Chan shares with us that every service and work for God will meet with opposition.

PFOA : Ezra 3

In this week's post, we are reminded to examine our own heart and attitude as we consider the example of the Jews who returned to rebuild Jerusalem and the temple in Ezra 3.

PFOA : Ezra 1

Dr Tony Chan shares the lessons that GBC can learn from Ezra 1 as a community in our journey to rebuild our church building.

PFOA : Haggai 1:1-15

In this post, Tony Chan calls us to examine our hearts and see if we have displaced God from His rightful position in our lives.

PFOA : Acts 17:22-31

In this post, Dr Tony Chan shares what sets Christianity apart from other religions is the truth claim that God, the righteous judge will one day judge the world, and his call to people everywhere to repent is validated by the resurrection.

PFOA : 1Timothy 6:11-16

This week, Dr Tony Chan, exhorts us from 1 Tim 6 : 11-16, to present ourselves blameless and holy when our Lord King Jesus comes to receive us unto Himself.

PFOA : Psalm 51

In this post, Dr Tony Chan reminds us that all sin is against God and punishable by death. The only rescue that we have is in the shed blood of Jesus Christ, the sinless for the sinful, redeeming a people for Himself, a people distinct from the world.

PFOA : Isaiah 53:1-12

Last Friday, We celebrated the birth of Christ which was told in Part I of Handel's Messiah. In this week's post, Dr Tony Chan, continues with Part II of Messiah which tells of the Passion of Christ - His sufferings and rejection.

PFOA : Isaiah 9:2-7

This week, Dr. Tony Chan, continues in his reflection on Part 1 Scene 3 of Handel's "Messiah" about the nativity scene, a fulfillment of a prophecy in the birth of a child named Immanuel, which ends with a joyful chorus.

PFOA: Isaiah 40:1-5

During this Advent season, let us reflect together on this great oratorio, the Handel's Messiah, which presents the full scope of the Gospel and God’s plan to redeem a people for Himself.

PFOA: Ephesians 6:21-24

As we come to this final greeting, let us take time to read the whole letter of Paul to the Ephesians again and see how we can, like Paul, pray in the Spirit and pray for one another.

PFOA: Eph 6:10-20

Tony Chan exhorts us to prayer and spiritual warfare for the kingdom of God.

PFOA: Ephesians 6:5

Ephesians 6:5 reminds us to submit to the authorities that God has placed in our lives and over us.

PFOA: Ephesians 5:21-5:32

We take a look at Eph 5:22-23, and are reminded of how the person and work of Christ transforms our relationships, even the closest one in a marriage.

PFOA: Ephesians 5:21-6:9

This passage speaks on submission in our relationships, and reminds us that the ultimate goal is out of reverence for Christ, so that the name of Christ is honored and glorified.

PFOA: Ephesians 5:15-21

What does it mean to be filled with the Holy Spirit? How does that change the way we live practically? This passage in Ephesians 5 shows us how we can live Spirit-filled and Spirit-controlled lives with God's people.

PFOA: Ephesians 5:1-14

Christians are called to walk and live as children of light. Eph 5:8 calls us to obey and live in faith today.

PFOA: Ephesians 4:25-32

These verses in Ephesians teach us what it means to walk in a manner worthy of our calling by putting off the old self and putting on the new. Paul helps us to see the practical ways that we can do so everyday.

PFOA: Ephesians 4:17, 20-24

These verses in Ephesians remind us that God's will for us is to live holy lives, putting to death our old self and its ways, and walking in the newness of life that is found in Christ.

PFOA: Ephesians 4:11-16

Ephesians 4 reminds us to "speak the truth in love", but what does it mean for us as we live in community?

PFOA: Ephesias 4:11-12

These verses in Ephesians remind us that every believer in the church is to do the work of the ministry in some form or another! We all have a role to build up the church, and in the process also reach out beyond our community.

PFOA: Ephesians 4:7-16

God gives spiritual gifts to His church with the intention of building her up, for His glory. This passage exhorts us to exercise our different gifts for the sole purpose of building up the body of Christ.

PFOA: Ephesians 4:7-16

Ephesians 4 helps us understand the role of spiritual gifts in and for the church.

PFOA: Ephesians 4:1-6

This Easter, we remember that Jesus' life and death accomplished our salvation, and achieved for us what we could never do on our own. These verses in Ephesians 4 also remind us to live in light of our new identity in Christ!

PFOA: Ephesians 4:1-16

Paul wrote his letter from prison, but also saw himself as a prisoner of the Lord. In the same way, this passage reminds us that in whatever situation or circumstance, our primary calling and goal is faithful obedience to our sovereign Lord.

PFOA: Ephesians 3:14-21

Paul prays for power for the people. What kind of power does he pray for?

PFOA: Ephesians 3:1-13

We continue our PFOA series in Ephesians with Ephesians 3 this week.

PFOA: Ephesians 2:14-22

What does it mean to have peace with God? How does that transform our relationships with those around us in the church? Ephesians 2:14-22 provides us the answers to these questions!

PFOA: Ephesians 2:11-13

These verses in Ephesians 2 provide an anchor for our identity. We are reminded of that which we once were, but have been rescued from and given new identities in Christ! May we continue to live a life worthy of the calling we have received.

PFOA: Ephesians 2:1-10

In this post, we reminded of the good news of the gospel, that is not only for the past, but also continues to give us joy now, and gives us hope for the future.

PFOA: Ephesians 1:15-23

Looking at these verses in Ephesians, we learn how to pray for each other from Paul's prayer for the Ephesians.

PFOA: "to the praise of His glorious grace"

In this post, we look at this phrase -- "to the praise of His glorious grace" -- that has been repeated three times in this short passage. Paul in Ephesians 1:3-14 gives thanks to God because he sees God's magnificent blessings poured on undeserving sinners.

PFOA: Ephesians 1:3-14

In Ephesians 1, we are reminded of the great blessings we have in Jesus Christ, and how it affects our lives and relationships.

PFOA: Ephesians 1

What does the book of Ephesians have to say to us today? This new PFOA series will take us through the book of Ephesians.

PFOA: Habbakuk 3

In this latest post from PFOA, Tony Chan shares encouragement from Habbakuk about how we can trust God in times of suffering.

PFOA: Habbakuk 2

In reading Habbakuk 2, we are reminded of what it means to live by faith in a God who is sovereign and in absolute control.

PFOA: Habakkuk 1

Habakkuk 1 teaches us how to pray and continue trusting in God even in a world that seems to be full of injustice and problems.

PFOA: Psalm 67

In this meditation on Psalm 67, we are reminded of God's intention in blessing His people -- so that His grace may reach more and more people, and all for His glory.

PFOA Apostles' Creed: [I believe in] the resurrection of the body.

The resurrection of Jesus is central to our faith, and in this post, we are reminded that this truth affects how we live today, as well as gives us hope for what is to come.

PFOA Apostles' Creed: [I believe in] the forgiveness of sins

This phrase in the Apostle's Creed takes us back to the heart of the gospel, and reminds us of the purpose for which Jesus came into the world.

PFOA Apostles' Creed: I believe in the holy catholic church, the communion of saints.

In this PFOA post, we are reminded of Jesus' promise to build His church. His church is holy, and His church has a mission. This is the church we believe in.

PFOA Apostles' Creed: I believe ... in the Holy Spirit

As we continue to make our way through the Apostles'Creed, in this post, we will look at the doctrine of the Trinity, specifically the Holy Spirit.

PFOA Apostles' Creed: From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.

In this latest post from Tony Chan, he sums up the teaching on Jesus Christ contained in the Apostles' Creed.

PFOA Apostles' Creed: He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty

In this latest installment studying the Apostles' Creed, Tony Chan introduces us into the teaching of Christ's position of authority and what it means for us today.

PFOA Apostles' Creed: The third day he rose again from the dead

If there is anything distinctive or unique about the Christian Faith, it is our belief in the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.

PFOA Apostles' Creed: [Jesus Christ] suffered under Pontius Pilate; was crucified, dead and buried:

Tony Chan deals with the statement in the Apostles' Creed that focuses on the person of Jesus Christ and how He suffered Pontius Pilate and went to hell for us.

PFOA Apostles' Creed: Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary

In this latest instalment of the Apostles' Creed on PFOA, Tony Chan explains the virgin birth and the the importance of that doctrine in describing the uniqueness of Christ

PFOA Apostles' Creed: I believe in...Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord

Working his way through the Apostles' Creed, Tony Chan explains the next statement about the person of Jesus Christ

PFOA Apostles' Creed: I believe in God, Maker of heaven and earth

In this second post in his new Apostles' Creed series, Tony Chan explores what it means to believe in God. What do we we need to believe about God?

PFOA: Introducing the Apostles' Creed- believing in God

Tony Chan introduces the next series focus for PFOA- the Apostles' Creed and what it is important.

PFOA: Praying Paul's Priorities from Ephesians (Eph 1:15-21)

How should we pray for one another? From Ephesians 1, Tony Chan explains what are some priorities in prayer as demonstrated by the apostle Paul.

PFOA: Jesus and discipleship (Mark 3:13-14)

Jesus chose and trained disciples to be with Him and to do the work of His kingdom. Are we involved in making disciples?

PFOA: How is the resurrection relevant to me now? (Col 2:11-15)

Tony Chan explains for us the impact of the resurrection in our daily lives. How are you experiencing the impact of the greatest thing God has ever done in history?

PFOA: Meditations on Christ (1 Tim 1:15)

In this instalment of PFOA, Tony Chan shares more meditations on Jesus Christ from 1 Timothy.

PFOA: Regardless of Lent, meditate on Christ

In this new series of PFOA, Tony Chan urges us to meditate on the life, death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ as we draw close to Him by faith.

PFOA: Recap of the Lord's Prayer

Tony Chan helps us summarize and reflect on the Lord's Prayer as a whole.

PFOA: "For Thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory forever."

Rounding up his PFOA series, Tony Chan explains the doxology at the end of the Lord's Prayer.

PFOA: "Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil"

In this post, Tony Chan discusses the presence of evil in this world and how we ought to pray in response to it.

PFOA: Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us (Continued)

In this continuing meditation on the phrase in the Lord's Prayer, 'forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us', Tony Chan unpacks why and how Jesus taught us to pray this.

PFOA: Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors

Tony Chan continues his series in the family prayer that our Lord taught us to say. He deals here with the phrase "forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors".

PFOA: Give us this day our daily bread

How are we to ask for what we need? In a nation of plenty, we can have difficulty distinguishing our needs from wants. Tony Chan helps us think through asking for our needs in the light of giving God glory.

PFOA: Thy Will be Done on Earth as it is in Heaven

What does it mean to pray "Thy will be done on earth as it is heaven?" Tony Chan explains in this round of PFOA.

PFOA: Thy Kingdom Come

Working his way through the prayer our Lord taught us to pray, Tony Chan helps us understand this little and yet powerful phrase, 'Thy kingdom come".

PFOA: The Lord's Prayer

In this PFOA devotion, Tony Chan focuses on the Lord's Prayer as the basis for all disciples to pray "As Jesus taught them to pray..."

Pray For One Another (PFOA): New Year

Former elder and longtime church member Tony Chan shares in this series of meditations his thoughts on the New Year.