BCDC Devotional
“But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord,
whose confidence is in him.
They will be like a tree planted by the water
that sends out its roots by the stream.
It does not fear when heat comes;
its leaves are always green.
It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.”
     (Jeremiah 17:7-8)

Are you feeling a little unproductive lately? The fact that we can’t move or go out freely as usual to “get things done” can leave us mentally frustrated. Some of us may be getting a case of cabin fever. As I have been praying this past week, I get the image of God sitting me down and reminding me to be still. We may believe that being still and being productive are the opposite of each other. That’s actually not true if you really understand what growing while being still really is. Can we still grow while not going anywhere?

Consider plants. If you have a plant near you, take a look at it. Does it move by itself? Visibly, they are pretty still aren’t they? That’s why artists call them “still life”. Just because they are still, does that mean that they are not alive and not growing? If plants are planted into good soil with good nutrients, they will still be growing. While they don’t have muscles or motion, they do grow and get bigger. They can be productive and even bear fruit. Let’s take this analogy and apply to our own lives for this season of “stillness”. Perhaps God is challenging us to see productiveness in a different way – His way. Our productiveness as disciples lies in being still, knowing that He is God (Psalm 46:10), abiding in Him.

Read John 15:5-8. Knowing that as long as we are connected to Jesus who is the vine, we who are the branch will bear much fruit. Notice that we are not the ones called to produce fruit, but bear the fruit that He brings forth.

Over the next 6 days, we will explore how God wants to bless us to be deeply rooted and be productive.

I’d like us to explore Jeremiah 17:7-8 to really align our perspective of productiveness with God’s. To do this, I believe we need to be deeply rooted first and foremost into His Word and nurture our relationship with our Saviour. So we will be starting a devotional series called Deeply Rooted: Growing and Going Together that will be posted on our website, our Instagram and Facebook accounts. Please join us starting tomorrow for the first BCDC Devotional Series and seek to be deeply rooted and learn together. Share with others and let’s grow and go together.


During this time, we hear a lot of “stay strong”, “have faith”, “this too shall pass.” And these are all important words of encouragement to share. We should absolutely be strong, have faith and yes, this too shall pass. But when I received an email titled “It’s time to grieve a little, and this is how…” this morning, it woke me up the reality that we need to take this time to grieve and lament as well.⁠

The first quarter of 2020 is just ending, and I think we can all agree that our worldly foundations have been rocked and shaken in so many ways. We are all suffering a loss of some kind. In addition to the incredible loss of life worldwide in such as short amount of time, people are suffering the loss of security and everyone has lost their “normal”.⁠

I don’t think I’ve really taken the time to let the heartache of all this grip me. This is not a call to throw a pity party or dwell in our misery, but to encourage us to acknowledge and even appreciate the pain we feel and let the tears of our heartache flow. Then ask God, “What should I do with this pain, Lord? How do you want to me to use this pain?” ⁠

“What should I do with this pain, Lord? How do you want to me to use this pain?” ⁠

While we trust and are grateful that God promises to work all things for the good of those who love Him, remember that there are people who are suffering with pain and loss who don’t have this relationship with God. Let your heart break for those who have lost and are lost. And pray for God to use us to share about what an indescribable difference it makes to know and trust our loving Creator in the midst of pain. Pray that the lost will experience Him personally. God wants to wake them up and be their source of comfort and security too.⁠

“There are far better things ahead than we leave behind.”
– C.S. Lewis⁠

Good morning! This is week 3 of the social distancing measures here in Bangkok. How are you all doing? We are all having to make some changes during this time and may be longing for how things used to be. ⁠

Isn’t it interesting how all this is happening during the Lent? Some of you may have had to fast from and given up things you didn’t even intend to give up and may be going through some withdrawal symptoms! But we are to strive ahead and not be nostalgic for things that have past. And God is always doing something new. Let’s look ahead at this new week with a new attitude of anticipation of what God is doing around us, because He is always working for the good of those who love Him and for His glory. Let’s be apart of how God wants us to let go of things in the past and make room to let His Kingdom advance in our own hearts and desires first and foremost!⁠