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Widows, Strangers, Orphans: Journeying with the Poor

January 25, 2018
by raineer chu
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a theoretical model for development workers

I don’t really believe that those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it. We have a similar saying: "Ang hindi marunong lumingon sa pinangalingan ay hindi makakarating sa paroroonan."   But it has some validity, for short term purposes.   The reason I am not completely sold to it is that our view and judgment of history are too short. We believe that Franklin Read more [...]

April 9, 2017
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The rich needs the poor

In fact, contrary to what many believe, it is the rich who needs the poor and not vice versa.   Take a look at 1 John 3.17…   If anyone has a surplus of the world’s goods and sees a brother in need and does not provide for him, does the love of Christ abide in him?   This is very important. Lets break it down to see why.   The rich are those who have Read more [...]

April 2, 2017
by raineer chu
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Can the rich spend their money anyway they want?

Our spirituality always has a physical concrete material expression. It is not enough to just tell a poor hungry man, “God bless you.”   If one of you says to them, "Go in peace; keep warm and well fed," but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? James 2.16   In Isaiah 58, God even made a stronger illustration. He said, true fasting is not just about feeling Read more [...]

December 20, 2016
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In the world but not of the world

The saying, politics makes strange bedfellows, should be a serious reminder for Christians, now that we are nearing national election time. Once inside the realm of politics, Christians will suddenly realize that they are now shoulder to shoulder with people or groups that they never imagined they would be allied with, or even be near to. This is a reality of politics. It is daunting and many Read more [...]

September 27, 2016
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words are meant to hide their meaning

Words were always meant to hide their meanings.. There is a conspiracy to only hear words and to only hear with our minds. This is very satanic. It has plunged the world into darkness. When we ask someone how he is and he says I am fine, we take that on surface value and move on. We miss so many things he is saying to us because we only focus on words. When i come home after a long day of work Read more [...]
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June 19, 2016
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is it a sin to buy property in the slums

is it a sin to buy property in the slums June 19, 2016 by Raineer Chu | 0 comments Is it immoral for the poor to buy lands in the slums? – the situation is where the poor buys property in the slums, rights only, from a seller who is also a squatter and not the owner of the land.   Introduction. We begin with this passage from Scripture. Woes and Judgments 8 Woe to you Read more [...]

August 1, 2015
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The reality of Christ

Once upon a time, Jesus was so real to us. We called that moment, born again. Our theology about permanent and once-for-all salvation made us think that the born again experience was the main and permanent encounter. This is in contrast to the orthodox church (Anglican and Roman Catholics) who believe it is only a part of the total encounter. For us being born again was the entry but for them, the Read more [...]

June 27, 2015
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ambivalence and benevolent dictatorship

Benevolent dictatorship is common with Korean Christian ministries. They are paternalistic and they control all powers and make all decisions. Everyone else is subordinate. The reason it works is they convince all those under them to work hard because anyway the benevolent dictator, usually the boss or the pastor or the president, is a benevolent person, meaning, he is like a father of the family and Read more [...]

June 26, 2015
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Stories and narratives that empower the poor

I have written in my blog earlier about how we can read the Bible from the bottom up, no longer from the perspective of power and wealth but from the perspective of poverty and weakness (on a downward mobility in the tradition of Jean Vanier). Walter Brueggemann, one of the most respective authorities on Old Testament, has provided another way to read the Bible from the bottom up, through the power Read more [...]

June 22, 2015
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Biblical counseling and demons

  My wife and I have had in-depth training in counseling, biblical counseling and family counseling, even parenting. I first ventured into counseling when on the edge of divorce I became desperate and sought help. When I found it worked, I enrolled in counseling. My wife has not stopped since and is pursuing her doctorate (EDD) in counseling.   So I have enough bases from observation Read more [...]
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