christopher quek
  I have been a member of ChristianBlog.Com for 8 years, 1 month and 10 days.

  I have published 191 blogs and 627 comments.

 My most recent blog was published: Oct 08 2013 06:41:26pm

 I currently live in: Canada.
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Hidden - the masks we wear
Christopher Quek
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Hidden Hidden neath practiced smile A river of sorrow flows Betrayed by hints of tears That linger in eyes that shimmer In reflections of promises made and broken Echoes of words spoken Spilled out never to return Hidden Locked behind laughter forced Iron veiled to ward a broken heart Curtained gaiety to hide Shattered dreams that lie in broken shards In darkened soul and shredded hope Unforgiving and unforgiven scars Leaving gashes in the landscape of the mind All Hidden Hidden neath masks that veil Then in flows love Healing balm that washes With nail pierced hands that sooth Forgiveness freely given though undeserved Hope rekindled dreams restored And light floods in Amazing grace unending love From heaven poured Amidst three words From Calvary's tree proclaimed It is finished!...
Come hither neath the blessed cross
Christopher Quek
published . 1 min read
Come Hither Neath the Blessed Cross Come hither neath the blessed cross, Sweet drops of blood from pierced side, and hands and feet, To fall ... on cursed sod, and shroud our sin from sight! Come hither neath the blessed cross, as angels grieve the dying King, veiled light as clouds roll in, shut heaven's eyes, to blot the sight of all our sins! Come hither neath the blessed cross, as heaven cries and creation rage to quake the earth give up its dead and lightning strike the veil to shred! Come hither neath the blessed cross, and love flows down from thorn crowned head, grace undeserved poured out and spilled, to redeem Adam's murderous seed! Come hither neath the blessed cross, where blow was struck, crushed serpent's head and heel was bruised, and death unmade, sin's......
Berfet of all words save one
Christopher Quek
published . 2 min read
Tonight Terri and I visited with a woman who had just lost her son in a tragic accident. We went to minister to a grieving woman and ended up being ministered by the grace of God. The experience was so raw and powerful that the only way that I can express it is in the poem that I wrote afterwards. I share it now in the hope that it will minister to you. Be forewarned, it is not your typical ministry session filled with words of wisdom, nor is it comfortable. Rather, it reveals to us, to me at least, that it is not we who minister but God. I will write more after I share the poem: Sat I in silence bereft of words Wishing upon wish to flee Away! Away! Not here! How can one take in such sorrow? Such pain, such emptiness? Awash in tears not mine Drowning in hurt I cannot feel Yet I do, I know......
5 faces of radical biblical faith
Christopher Quek
published . 8 min read
So much talk about faith! If you have enough faith you will be healed, if you have enough faith nothing will be denied you, if you have enough faith you can do all things ... If you have enough faith, if you believe enough, if you trust enough but so little in terms of what faith is and so little in terms of just how you can have enough faith and believe enough. In this vacuum are so many man-made and often unbiblical teachings and declarations: If you give enough, if you do enough, if you fast enough, pray enough. But really, what does the Scriptures actually say? This has been my preoccupation for the entire Spring and Summer and while there is much left to learn, here is what Scripture has taught me:   Faith is not our own: Hebrews 12:2 tells us that Jesus is the "the founder......
Neat horizontal rows, each carved with care
Christopher Quek
published . 2 min read
I wrote this only a few moments ago after a counselling session with a young lady of 26 who had begun coming to my church. I share this so that we may know that there is much that we who minister must learn to bear and that there is much for us to do  I am not just speaking about pastors, but all who call ourselves Christ followers. Neat horizontal rows, each carved with care Each a testament of pain screaming silent Neat horizontal rows, peeking Peeking through sleeves too long Too long for a hot summer day Rolled up just enough in response Not too high least some might see Neat horizontal rows, each carved with care Too late! I see them there, everything changes Yes the smile is plastic, the laughter forced Then suddenly bursting forth Dark and terrible pain Hopeless loneliness in......
To live is christ, to die is gain
Christopher Quek
published . 1 min read
Oh that I may truly say as Paul did in Philippians 1:21, "For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain." I know why it is that dying is gain. That is the easy part because it has already been done for me. My salvation has been assured and place in Heaven with Him is prepared and joyous will be that day. What I struggle with is to be able to truly say and live in such a way that my living is Christ. I stumble and falter with each step and with each passing day. Some would say that this is not so meaning it to be a word of encouragement but in the silence of the night and in the dawn of each day, my inner man is confronted with the truth. What does it mean to say "to live is Christ"? Do I live with the singular proclamation in word and deed, the reality of......
If my suffering will
Christopher Quek
published . 5 min read
WOW! My friend just sent me the transcript of a testimony of a man who is dying of stage 4 bone cancer. This man wanted the letter read to all his brothers and sisters in Christ at the church he attended. I am not ashamed to say that I cried as I read his letter and even in the midst of my tears, my spirit was lifted up and my faith challenged. I am copying this letter here because I think it is something that will lift you up as well. Dear friends, my brothers and sisters in Christ, the doctors told me this morning that the cancer has reached my spinal column and there is nothing else that they can do for me. Except for medication to control the pain, all other intervention has been stopped. At the most, I will have only a few more months before I go to be with our Lord. More than......
God is beyond all our ways
Christopher Quek
published . 1 min read
Nearly 8 years ago, I attended an Easter rally with a bunch of guys from the drug recovery centre where I volunteer and minister. One of the guys was a young man struggling to get clean. He was a quiet, sometimes sullen, even belligerent, individual who kept his thoughts very much to himself and I was never really sure if the message of love and victory through Christ was reaching him. Then the speaker at the rally made an altar call, something that I have never done myself because I have always felt that it was too forced ... too contrived ... too dependent on the emotion of the moment. Worse, this particular altar call was exactly like that, heart rending music playing and sung repeatedly with repeated pleas for a response. Then something prompted me to go over to this young man who was......
An uncomfortable truth
Christopher Quek
published . 4 min read
3 Chapters, 111 verses, and 2,405 words. This is Christ's Sermon on the Mount as recorded in chapters 5, 6, and 7 of the Gospel of Matthew in the New International Version of the Bible. In it you will find 9 blessings (8 in the Beatitudes, and one immediately following); an admonishment to be salt and light; and a stern warning that Christ did not come to abolish the Law but to fulfill it with a bold declaration with regards to the consequences of either not following the least of His commands and the teaching of others contrary to them. Following which are 15 do not's and 14 do's that run all through chapters 5, 6, and 7 culminating in a warning with regards to true and false prophets (teachers) and a description of true and false disciples that leads into an analogy to......
Faith without works
Christopher Quek
published . 6 min read
In a recent blog by our sister kreynolds, , she says Faith versus works and works versus faith seems to be an endless, ongoing debate amongst Christians and yet I can't help but wonder why. Doesn't James make it quite clear that faith and works go hand in hand? So why do we quibble about it? If we say we have faith and yet that faith is not manifested through our actions towards others, the Word of God tells us that the faith we vigorously claim to have is dead. The same question plagues me daily. What is worse, whenever I say that works are a necessary part of our Christian lives and that faith without works is dead, I am invariably accused of preaching salvation by works. For those who know me and have read some of my posts, this is the farthest thing from the truth.......
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