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Sunday, September 30, 2007
Satan’s Mission
Topic: Hell

And these are they by the way side, where the word is sown; but when they have heard, Satan cometh immediately, and taketh away the word that was sown in their hearts. (Mark 4:15 KJV)

What is the Satan’s mission and how does he relate to the hell? In John 10:10a, Jesus described as a thief to steal, to kill and to murder. In Matthew 4 and Luke 4, he is appeared as a tempter who tried to tempt Jesus in the wilderness. In Genesis 3, we recognize him as a serpent that deceived Eve and Adam by twisting God’s Words.

No matter what God has a plan for humanity, Satan is trying to accomplish his plan by destroying God’s plan for us. As I said in End Time message series last year, Satan is trying to destroy the lands of Israel and United States by using the radical Islam nations. Why U.S.? First, U.S. was founded by the Christianity that arrived from the Jewish root. Secondly, we are helping Jews to protect their nation. Thirdly, we are friends with Jews. These or more that Satan hates.


Even though Satan was the one of God’s messengers first, he decided to be equal with God (see Isaiah 14:12-14). He wanted to receive all the glory for himself. So, we read that God turned the serpent (Satan) to snake with no legs.

Hell is not made for us, but Satan wants us to go there rather than by himself and his angels. I want to be honest about what he is doing with the entertainment industry. Satan is trying to pull us away from our relationship with God through MTV, BET, CMT, VH-1, and MTV JAM. If we study their lyric, we would find many ungodly words and it blasphemy God’s characters.

The mission statement of Satan would be: To bring many people into Hell as possible, so they can have terrible eternal life.

However, we have God who would like us to have eternal joyful life. We don’t need to go Hell, but rather to walk to eternal heavenly place. God created the hell for Satan, demons, and rebellious people. So, where you would be after this life?

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Sunday, September 23, 2007
The Rich Man and Lazarus (Part II)
Topic: Hell

And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence. (Luke 16:26 KJV)

In the previous message, I discussed the first two things about Hell—a place of torment and a place of bringing back to remembrance. We must that Hell is a real place and it’s reality. In Numbers 16, we read that God opened the land to send the Korah’s family into the hell without experiencing death due to their rebellion against God and Moses. However, God did not create the hell for anyone to go in and live there eternality, except Satan and his demonic angels. We have choice to there if we’d decide to reject God and live according to our wills.

As Jesus enclosed the story of the rich man and Lazarus, He said that there is a great gap between Heaven and Hell that no one could cross over. No one can able to free from Hell. I watch a couple TBN Programs that people had a dream that went through Hell and come back to life again. I’m not sure about TBN viewer’s testimonies, because God’s Words said no one would able to escape from Hell once to go in.

“Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father’s house: For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment. Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them. And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent. And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.” (Luke 16:27-31.)

Can you feel the rich man’s agony as you read Luke 16:27-31? Jesus said that the hell is an everlasting fireplace (Matthew 25:41). We cannot imagine the great pain of this rich man in Luke 16. If the poor is suffering here on earth while the rich man is enjoying his richest life, then the rich man will be looking for suffering in Hell forever. Jesus will do the opposite with the greedy man who has been ignoring the homeless people.

Even this message may be harsh for us to swallow, but we need this as an alarm for ourselves. This message is not a popular message today, because most today’s preachers have forgotten to grab the true message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Most of their messages may about why Jesus died and raised from the dead, but it’s not relate to Hell. Jesus didn’t die and raise from the dead was not just for us to receive the gift of salvation, but to save ourselves from going to Hell.

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Sunday, September 16, 2007
The Rich Man and Lazarus (Part I)
Topic: Hell

And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores, And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. (Luke 16:20-21 KJV)

In Luke 16:20-.31, Jesus used a story of the rich man and Lazarus to explain what the Hell looks like. He used this parable to make His disciples to understand what is the value in life. When He came to the point of the rich man’s eternal destiny, Jesus gave us some points about a place is called Hell.

First in verse 23, the hell is a place of torment or torture. The hell is a painful place. There is no way for anyone to rest. In his sermon, Bill Wises shared his personal testimony of experiencing of being in Hell. It’s a dark and painful place. Bill said that anybody can have difficult to breathe air and demons will torture the souls days and nights. The rich man also doesn’t have fresh water to cool his tongue (v. 24).

I remember one of children’s education cartoons showed that underneath of the earth is really hot. This temperature could be more than 400 degree. If anybody would dig into the center of the earth, his physical body easily died and his spirit will suffer there eternally.

Secondly, Jesus mentioned that the hell is a place of brings us back into past memory (v. 25). Good or bad, the rich man cannot move on to his future thoughts. He has difficult to erase his bad memory before he became a rich man. Or he cannot erase his memory of Lazarus begged him for food to eat.

Being an earthly rich is nothing more than heading into the trash. There is nothing wrong with having good things in our lives. God can bless us with $1 million house. But when we would begin to focus more earthly things than God, we would become like a rich man who ended his life in Hell.

Are you saved by the grace of God through Jesus Christ? If you are not sure which road that you would take to eternality, please make a right decision today. If you would like to have relationship with Jesus Christ, please surrender your life to Him by asking Him forgiveness for your sins and invite Him to your life.

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Sunday, September 2, 2007
How to Prevent Us from Going to Hell?
Topic: Hell

And the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed them up, and their houses, and all the men that appertained unto Korah, and all their goods. (Numbers 16:31 KJV)

Numbers 16 is the only Scriptural reference where God sent His disobedience people to the Hell without facing their death physically. This passage is telling us that the Hell is not far from the earth, but it is underneath of the earth. There are some scientific evidences why does the volcano would interrupt at some islands relate to the under world. If you would like to study further about the existence of the Hell under the earth surface, please go to

God didn’t make Hell for us, but for demonic angels and Satan (see Matthew 25:41). But He would let us to go there freely if we would decide to follow Satan. We must understand that Korah and his people choose the road to Hell, not God.

Jesus predicted there would be more people to go to Hell than to Heaven. We see this process is becoming more reality today. MTV, BET, VH1, and other music channel stations teach our young generations to become more violence characters upon themselves and in their community. Even some today’s Contemporary Christian and Gospel Music are trying to be equal to the secular world. This is why some churches are becoming multimillionaire and spirituality poor.

Although God could perish the humanity during the worldwide flood (Genesis 6-9), He wanted to give us the second chance to repent our sins and become His children forever. Most churches maybe silenced on this hot subject, but it is the most important lesson that we need to educate ourselves. If your church doesn’t carry the Hell teaching, then you may need to look for another church that teaches the full council of the Word of God, including the most difficult subjects, such as Hell.

Let me ask this question: Which road will you be taking to eternity? You can follow the MTV ways and would end yourself a place that you don’t like to be. Or you can accept Jesus Christ as your personal Savior and end yourself to be with Him in His kingdom forever.

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Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Responding to Challenges
Topic: Living Life
Then said his wife unto him, Dost thou still retain thine integrity? curse God, and die. (Job 2:9 KJV) What if your partner would give a suggestion to release all your stresses, would you do it? What if your partner suggestion to curse God to release all your problems, would you do it? Living an earthly life is not easy and sometime we decide to blame someone for our own problems. I’ve been guilty of doing this when the problem would occur in my life. As Job’s wife, I’d want to blame God for my problem. It’s not easy for us when the problems would come reality. Look at Job. When Satan attacked his properties and people, Job struggled to resolve all of his issues. When his wife tried to help him, she suggested him to curse God and die. That was negative responding to assist her husband’s problem. Job’s respond to his wife suggestion was, "But he said unto her, Thou speakest as one of the foolish women speaketh. What? shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil? In all this did not Job sin with his lips." (Job 2:10.) Even when all his friends’ were not help him, Job didn’t angry to God. Jesus did the same thing, when He was tempted by Satan in the wilderness for forty days (Matthew 4:1-11). What will your respond be when the tragedy would hit you? In 1 Peter 5:7 tells us, "Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you." God can help us to go through our problems if we let them go. In fact, Paul says, "Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus." (Philippians 4:6-7.) We need to learn how to be patient to solve our own problems by trusting God. We have the power to go through the life challenges. That is prayer—communication between God and us. Read the Acts to see how Peter set free from the prison when he prayed to God. Read the life of Daniel, when he was in the lion den and set free through the power of prayer. We all face obstacles in daily basis. However, we cannot solve our problems without God’s resources. We cannot blame God for our problems unless we’d seek His face to face our obstacles.

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Friday, August 17, 2007
The Road Map to Hell

Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. (Matthew 7:13-14 KJV)

Do you know there’s real place, which is called Hell? Hell is not a mythological place in our imaginations. We often have seen in our children cartoons that the hell is a torturing place. But now, we may do not hear enough about Hell in our churches; instead, most preachers may refer as grave or sheol (sleep). Most modern version of the Bibles have dismissed the word Hell and replaced with Hade, Grave, Death, or Sleep (such as in NIV, NKJV, NCV, The Message).

Read what Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary about HELL: “…he place of eternal punishment for the unrighteous. The NKJV and KJV use this word to translate Sheol and Hades, the Old and New Testament words, respectively, for the abode of the dead.

“Hell also translates Gehenna, the Greek form of the Hebrew phrase that means “the vale of Hinnom”—a valley west and south of Jerusalem. In this valley the Canaanites worshiped Baal and the god Molech by sacrificing their children in a fire that burned continuously. Even Ahaz and Manasseh, kings of Judah, were guilty of this terrible, idolatrous practice (2 Chr. 28:3; 33:6).” Hell is a much more than to separate ourselves from God. It’s a place where God trashes unbelievers to the dumpster. If we decide to go to Hell, we would be in everlasting fire (Matthew 25:41) and punishment (Matthew 25:46), outer darkness (Matthew 8:12), everlasting destruction (II Thessalonians 1:9), and lake of fire (Revelation 19:20).

Jesus predicted there would be more people to go to Hell than the Heaven. Throughout His ministry, He talked more about Hell than Heaven, because He wanted let us to be aware if we choose to go there. He doesn’t like to see us to end up in Hell, except Satan and his angels. Terry Watkins said, “The Bible continually warns of a place called hell. There are over 162 references in the New Testament alone which warns of hell. And over 70 of these references were uttered by the Lord Jesus Christ!”

It is our own choice to whether go or not go to Hell. Angels have no choice to go there if they refuse God’s words, but He wants to give us a chance to repent our sins and avoid going to a place of torment. Do you like to accept Jesus Christ as your Savior? If you like to have the FREE gift of salvation in your life, please consider to surrender your life to Jesus Christ by confess that you are sinner and ask Him to come to your life as your personal Savior.

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Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Commission to Be Saints of God
Topic: Book of Romans

Among whom are ye also the called of Jesus Christ: To all that be in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ. (Romans 1:6-7 KJV)

In last three verses in Matthew 28, Jesus gave His disciples a commission to go to other parts of the world and preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ. To do this task, we must deny ourselves and take up His cross and follow Him (Luke 9:23). This means that we need to give our wills away and willing to do God’s will.

As we continue to study Romans 1, we read that Apostle Paul is talking to the Roman citizens to be saints of Jesus Christ. Remember that Rome has been pagan nation since the early church era and is still existed. Most Catholic Churches arrived from Rome that has many Babylonian religious rituals. But Paul was talking to Roman citizens and trying to bring their attention to God.

God doesn’t like to loose any of us, even if we are enemies of God. But we sometime choose to be separated from Him. We read in the First Book of Corinthians that God can use the foolish people to shame the wise. Even though Rome is a pagan nation, God can use the ungodly nation to bring the revival among the people.

The word “revival” doesn’t only means to receive physical healing, but it also means spiritual awakening or reunite with God.

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Sunday, August 12, 2007
Blessing Challenge
Topic: Faith

But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you, Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you. (Matthew 6:27-28 KJV)

Before we’d close this Battle Cry for Believers series, I’d like to discuss the last topic on blessing challenge. We like to bless other people who do great things for us, such as family, friends, neighbors, or coworkers. But when we’d face our enemies, we may seem to be hard to give blessing them.

The word “bless” or “blessing” means “he act of declaring, or wishing, favor and goodness upon others. The blessing is not only the good effect of words; it also has the power to bring them to pass. In the Bible, important persons blessed those with less power or influence. The patriarchs pronounced benefits upon their children, often near their own deaths (Gen. 49:1–28). Even if spoken by mistake, once a blessing was given it could not be taken back (Gen. 27:33).” (Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary.)

If we look at Stephen’s death (Acts 7), he didn’t defend himself back to those who wanted to stone him to death. Instead, “…he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep.” (Acts 7:60.) Wow! What a testimony of Stephen’s life. Even Stephen was about to die, he didn’t say anything or defend himself back to the radical Jews—just as what Jesus did when He faced the crucifixion.

Although this seems to be hard for us to grab on, we cannot do this with empty heart. We need to focus our mindsets to the way of Jesus. We cannot pass this challenge unless we’d maintain on God.

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Saturday, August 4, 2007
Test of Wilderness II
Topic: Faith

Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple, And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone. (Matthew 4:5-6 KJV)

To understand the method that Satan tried to us to tempt Jesus can be found in 1 John 2:15-16. “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.”

Not only Satan wanted Jesus to serve him as His lord, he also wanted to separate His loving relationship with His Father. To do that, Satan tried to use the three methods on Jesus.

First method that Satan used to tempt Jesus was the lust of flesh. In Matthew 4, we read that Jesus didn’t eat anything for forty days—that’s 940 hours. When we’d go to the desert, we’d probably begin to seek some water as soon as possible. But here, Jesus didn’t eat and drink anything for whole 940 hours and certainly, Satan came to Him to trick His empty belly. However, Satan failed miserably on the first round.

Then Satan visited Jesus again and tried to trick on Him by using the lust of the eyes method. He took Jesus to the holy city and settled Him on the pinnacle of the temple. Satan said to Him that this holy city is his and wanted to give it to Him if He’d decide to worship him. However, Jesus knew that God created the holy city and belong to Him only. As a result, Satan failed miserably again on the second method.

However, there was third method that Satan tried to use to make Jesus to fail on his feet. It was the pride of life method. Satan tried to give everything in the world to Jesus, so He could be the #1 of the world leader and satisfy everything, which He gains, if He’d worship Satan. Again, Jesus knew that this world belongs to God and there was nothing that this devil own from which God created. As a final result, Jesus rebuked Satan and he failed miserably again.

Notice, three times that Satan tried to tempt Jesus to worship him; three times, Jesus used the Mosaic Scriptures to fight against the devil’s words; and three times, Satan failed miserably. He cannot stand against us if we have God’s Words in our hearts and use them at the right time. We must understand that Satan will be defeated at the last battle. In the meantime, we must be trained ourselves with God’s Holy Words.

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Sunday, July 29, 2007
Test of Wilderness I
Topic: Living Life

Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred. And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. (Matthhew 4:1-3 KJV)

Have you been to desert? If you went to desert, such as Africa or Egypt, how did you deal with heat? Eventually, most northern equator of people wouldn’t decide to go down there due to heat. According to the National Weather Center, about over the last decades, some parts of the United States faced some extreme heat waves that went up to almost to 120 degree and many citizens have died. Although some of us may believe this tragedy could relate to the Bible Prophecy, what if we decide to go down to the desert place and live there for 40 nights and days.

Before Jesus entered to His ministry, He faced the most difficult life challenge in His life. He went out to the desert for 40 nights and days without food and drink. In addition, Satan visited Him to try to test Jesus’ ability to worship him (Matthew 4:9). “And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread (Matthew 4:3).”

One of Satan want from us is to worship him. There are many other religions in the world that people created to worship Satan, such as Catholicism, Mormonism, Jehovah Witness, Free Manson, Satanism, and many other world religions. Epistle James 1:26-27 says, “If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain. Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.” There are many Christians, who believe that catholic is our sister of Christian church. This theology is the myth and it hinders us from worshipping God. The Bible says clear that there is only one true God between Him and men, the man Christ Jesus (I Timothy 2:5). Virgin Mary is not the Mother of the Church, but the servant of God. She didn’t receive the divine power that could domain over the Kingdom of Heaven, but she did receive the highest calling from God to raise His Son, Jesus, up to gather His people.

While Jesus was in the hot desert, the only Satan gave Him was the power to defeat him. Every time Jesus quoted the Old Testament or Mosaic Scriptures when Satan tried to attempt Him. Hebrews 4:12 says, “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” Also, Jesus trusted His Father to walk with Him through hot desert without food and drink.

We are not alone to deal with our own problems. Most people may give up their problems if they’d only trust upon themselves. Jesus told His disciples that He will bring the Holy Ghost upon them when He’d ascend Himself to the Heaven. The job description of the Holy Ghost can be found in John 14:26: “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.”

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Sunday, July 15, 2007
War Between God and Satan
Topic: Living Life

Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them. And the LORD said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it. And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? (Job 1:6-8 KJV)

Have you wondered why your life seems to be difficult? Or you can hardly find solution to your own problem. As I mentioned in previous weekly messages, we all have to face many obstacles in our daily lives. There are some reasons why we have many problems as we are living in this planet—both physically and spiritually.

As we studied, we have many problems in our lives because of our sins. Paul says in Romans 3:23, "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God…" Again in Romans 3:10-11, "As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God." There is no one, who came to this world as righteousness before God, except Jesus Christ. The Bible says that before we came to Jesus Christ, we were His enemies.

We also must understand that when we’d decide to come to acknowledge Jesus Christ as our own personal Savior, there is a war going on within our hearts and minds—between God and Satan. We must understand that Satan wants to destroy our lives (see John 10:10a). Job didn’t begin to have life crisis until Satan showed up and argued with God. It was not God’s false to bring life tragedy into Job’s life, but Satan.

Some Christian televangelists now proclaim that it was God’s false to create the humanity with problems. This is none sense, however. If He create us, then why the Bible says that everything He created is good?

There is no reason why we should blame at God for our problems. Although God can avoid Satan to attack on Job’s life, He let him go to see how foolish he was. Throughout 42 chapters of the Book of Job, Job didn’t curse to God or didn’t give his life to Satan. Even though, we may feel that our problems are winning over us, we must not give our hopes down. In Hebrews 12:1-2 say, "Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God."

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Friday, July 13, 2007
God’s Judgment Against the Leaders of His Church
Topic: Church

And the LORD said to Samuel, Behold, I will do a thing in Israel, at which both the ears of every one that heareth it shall tingle. In that day I will perform against Eli all things which I have spoken concerning his house: when I begin, I will also make an end. For I have told him that I will judge his house for ever for the iniquity which he knoweth; because his sons made themselves vile, and he restrained them not. And therefore I have sworn unto the house of Eli, that the iniquity of Eli’s house shall not be purged with sacrifice nor offering for ever. (I Samuel 3:11-14 KJV)

In the First Book of Samuel, we see how God used Samuel’s life to restore His people from their enemies. The book begins with the brief history of Eli the priest and his two wives, Hannah and Peninnah. Peninnah gave birth some children to Eli, but Hannah didn’t until much later of Eli’s days. We do not know how long that Hannah waited for her firstborn child, but we do understand that she was a prayer warrior and had an intimate relationship with God.

After Hannah gave Eli a son, Samuel, she continually raised him in the way of the Lord and brought him back to her husband for further training as the priest. Here, we see that the first mistake which Eli made. That is, Eli didn’t take Samuel to raise him as the leader. We see that Eli didn’t take his duty seriously for God and His people. As we continue reading in Samuel 3, God called Samuel and told what He would plan to do to the house of Eli. In the next chapter, we see that Eli’s two sons died in the battle and himself as Samuel prophesied to him (Chapter 3).

We also need to be obedience and lead our people to God. The title of position doesn’t mean that we can relax and give the people some duties. We can’t do that. The reason why Eli dead is that he didn’t raise his sons right and didn’t correct their mistakes. If you read further in 1 Samuel, Samuel did the same thing as Eli.

If we look in today’s Christianity, we see that some churches may decide to be lazy to lead the people into God. Some preachers have decided to reject to teach the congregations on sins, judgment, hell and false teachers. Instead, they tickle their people’s ears by proclaiming only the smooth and good messages. It is deadly sin against God. We need the full council of the Word of God and not half of it.

This is the same thing on the presidential election. We cannot have our national leaders with 50 percent is considered as true and another is false statement. We need a president who is 100 percent honest and true to the nation and God. We can be sure this if the president would realize that our national capital has an idol and decide to knock the idol down; and he would bring our nation back to God.

Are you ready to be a leader for God’s people? If not, take a moment to evaluate yourselves. Jesus just didn’t come to die for our sins, but He also came to the earth to train God’s people to build up some leaders to fight against the principalities of darkness.

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Sunday, July 1, 2007
Who Am I to be In the Battlefield?
Topic: Living Life

And Moses said unto God, Who am I, that I should go unto Pharaoh, and that I should bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt? (Exodus 3:11 KJV)

Have you ask yourself with this question: Who am I? Most people may ask themselves this question when they’d face difficulties. Even Moses asks God with this question: Who am I, that I should go unto Pharaoh?

In Exodus 3, we see that God wanted to use Moses to take His people out from the land of Egypt. They were in bondage by the Egyptians, which the new king who didn’t know about Joseph and the tribes of Israel. This King Pharaoh gave the people of Israel several hard labors to build his kingdom. Even though Moses was with King Pharaoh throughout his childhood, he recognized that he didn’t born naturally from Egypt, and he realized that his people were in trouble. Then, as he ran away from Egypt and wandering around in the wilderness, God called him to set His people free from the Egyptians.

But Moses was trying to get out of God plan by asking Him some questions. “And Moses said unto God, Who am I, that I should go unto Pharaoh, and that I should bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt? …Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is his name? what shall I say unto them?” (Exodus 3:11, 13.) Even though Moses was trying to escape from the assignment, God wanted to use him as His prophet and trying to comfort him, as he’d do this difficult assignment.

How many times when we would try to escape from difficulty assignments? We sometimes like to do this. We sometime don’t feel like to face our battles as Moses did. But if we’d decide to face our battles, then we’d not get the victory. We would decide to give our tasks with based on our emotions rather than trusting on God.

When God called Moses out to the battlefield, He pushed him out without empty hands. Instead, He provided some resources to accomplish this difficult assignment. “And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you. And God said moreover unto Moses, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, The LORD God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath sent me unto you: this is my name for ever, and this is my memorial unto all generations. Go, and gather the elders of Israel together, and say unto them, The LORD God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob, appeared unto me, saying, I have surely visited you, and seen that which is done to you in Egypt: And I have said, I will bring you up out of the affliction of Egypt unto the land of the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites, unto a land flowing with milk and honey. And they shall hearken to thy voice: and thou shalt come, thou and the elders of Israel, unto the king of Egypt, and ye shall say unto him, The LORD God of the Hebrews hath met with us: and now let us go, we beseech thee, three days’ journey into the wilderness, that we may sacrifice to the LORD our God.” (Exodus 3:14-18 KJV.) God gave him the confidence that he needs to face the battle, and promise that He will bring His people out.

God is a God who provides you some resources before you’d face the today’s problem.

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Wednesday, June 27, 2007
To Produce Obedience Based on Faith
Topic: Book of Romans

By whom we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all nations, for his name… (Romans 1:5 KJV)

We cannot just receive the grace and apostleship without producing obedience based on faith. Romans 5:1-5 tell us, “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.”

The definition of faith is a belief in or confident attitude toward God, involving commitment to His will for one’s life. It is more than just believing. James tells us that if we have faith without action is considered as dead (cf. 2:20). In the same way, we have to take action to receive grace and apostleship. As we studied earlier in this series, Paul didn’t deserve to be called apostle, but God choose him to be missionary to reach to Gentiles for His sake. Even though he went through many hardships to spread the gospel to the Gentile nations, Paul obeyed God and took actions to do his assignment.

We cannot build the church without purpose. Nor can we be in apostleship without reasoning. Jesus gave us the Great Commission with purpose—purpose for us to reach other people into relationship with God. If we are called as children of God, then we have to obey God’s Words. There is no shortcut to receive the title of apostleship. And there is no greater office seat when we would become apostles or pastors. The five-fold ministry is not about taking charge over the ministries, but take lead to help the other brothers and sisters in the church.

Pastors, teachers, prophets, deacons, and evangelists are not separated from their church members. They have to follow the Great Commission as the rest of members. They have to take action to activate their faiths. If we want to live for God, we all need to obey Him and take action to do according to His will.

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Monday, June 11, 2007
Truth Shall Make You Free
Topic: Truth
And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. (John 8:32 KJV)
Havr you lie to somebody? If so, how did this effect on your life? Of course, we have tried to hide from someone about certain accident that we made by not telling what happened exactly. Then we may feel guilt in us from not telling the truth to our people.
If we want set free from our guilt, we need to tell someone the truth. I understand that sometimes telling the truth may seem difficult for us to do. But for us to have open communication to each other, we need to be honest to each other. Jesus said that the truth make us set free--set free from our guilts and sins.
Jesus visited to this planet over 2000 years ago to tell His people the Truth of God about what He has planned for us. What God has been showing you in these past 1, 10, or 50 years of your life? Did you accept that truth from God? Jesus didn't die on the Cross just for setting us from our sins, but also He died to tell us the truth that only way for us to enter His presence is through Jesus Christ.

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Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Spirit of Holiness
Topic: Book of Romans

Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh; And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead… (Romans 1:3-4 KJV)

Spirit of holiness doesn’t just come from being right with God, but we need to understand how to become holiness through Jesus Christ. The KJV Study Bible says “the spirit of holiness” is the Holy Spirit, the third Person of Trinity. In John 14, Jesus gave us the other definition of the Holy Spirit as Comforter.

In Romans 1:3-4, Paul declared that Jesus Christ declared to be the Son of God who has the power to resurrect from the dead. He resurrected from the dead because He’s holy and has the spirit of holiness.

You and I can receive the Holy Spirit just as the twelve apostles did on the Pentecost (Acts 2). But we must be holy before God. God knows that we are not perfect because we are struggling with sins. He knows when we are weak and strong for Him, but that doesn’t mean that we can keep live our living unholy. We must keep strive to be holy before God, just as Moses did in the wilderness. His words tell us that we are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood (I Peter 2:9). God choose us to be His ambassadors for His kingdom. This does mean we cannot continue to live just as we are, but live a life with God’s expectations.

This is why Jesus wanted to give us the Holy Spirit. Jesus said in John 14:26, “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.”

Nowadays, many churches don’t bring the subject of holiness anymore. We would like to do we like. Without understanding of holiness, we cannot get go any closer to God.

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Sunday, May 27, 2007
Birth of Two Nations
Topic: Living Life

And the LORD said unto her, Two nations are in thy womb, and two manner of people shall be separated from thy bowels; and the one people shall be stronger than the other people; and the elder shall serve the younger. (Genesis 25:23 KJV)

Starting war doesn’t begin by itself, but it begins in the family’s household. As God told Isaac that there will be twins who would represent two nations, there are several family members who are breaking from the unity. Just as Cain hated his brother, Able, people would become more breaking apart from the unity and decide to fight against each other.

We see that Satan is trying to use the Islamic nations (such as Iraq ) to destroy the land of Israel (Jacob), where God set it as center of the world. If Israel is in trouble, then the rest of the world is involved with war.

Fight begins with jealous from each other. If we study Genesis 4 and 25, we can find common dominator of why today’s world is in tragedy situation. In Genesis 4, when Cain and Abel offered the sacrifice offering to God, God accepted only Abel’s gift. If we close to study Genesis 25, Isaac blessed Jacob, instead of Esau. Cain and Esau became jealous because their brothers had been accepted and not on theirs. This is the greatest sin, which the world hasn’t wakened from.

Nowadays, we see that many family members would decide to go onto television to try to resolve their issues while the billion of people are watching it on the TV. Even though it is embarrassed situation, God hates their way to escape from the problem. God didn’t told Isaac that there will be twin and one of them would become a greater leader, not because he has to favor Esau, but as a warning. As a result, both Isaac and Rebekah failed to teach their sons to be harmony each other; and it affected to their next generation and generations to come.

To avoid competition each other, we should:

  • listen to each other
  • obey God’s voice
  • take a risk to follow the other people’s options
  • love and care for each other

Lastly, God will begin to judge people who are in His churches first when He will return to the world to establish His government with us.

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Thursday, May 24, 2007
Suffering Servant of Christ
Topic: Resurrection

But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. (Isaiah 53:5 KJV)

In February 2004, the movie Passion of Christ, directed by Mel Gibson, came to the millions of public movie theaters across the American. Several people went and watched the movie and came out with either positive or negative results of their life experiences. Unfortunately, some churches decided to change their mindset into the worldly way to have worship services. Even though this movie was supposed to be basis on Gospel of Jesus Christ, children cannot see it due to violence and bloody scenes and some extra scenes that were not written on the Holy Bible. If we study on the Passion of Christ movie, we would probably find some of other religious documents than the four books of Gospel.

In Isaiah 53, we will read about the suffering servant of our Lord. God gave Isaiah a vision that His Holy Servant will come to the earth to suffer for our sins. This prophecy happened exactly after several hundred years later. Jesus came to the world to pay our sins for us. God wanted to save us from going on our ways to Hell. That’s why John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” If Jesus didn’t come to the world through virgin woman, there would not be second chance for us to unite with God. Instead, we would live sinfully and go to Hell as our Eternal Home.

So does this mean that we already have full credit to go and live with God forever? No! We do not have full credit until our mission would be finished. Some church leaders may teach us that once we would accept Jesus Christ, we have receive fully guarantee to be with Him and we don’t have work to do while we are here. That’s 50 percent of false perception of the gift of salvation. Even though we accept Jesus Christ into our lives, we still need to work to do for God. Receiving the gift of salvation doesn’t mean that we’d need to keep it onto ourselves, but share it to others.

We need to be servants for God just as Jesus did for others. John 15:13 says, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”

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Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Concerning Jesus Christ
Topic: Book of Romans

Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God, (Which he had promised afore by his prophets in the holy scriptures,) Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh; And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead: (Romans 1:1-4 KJV)

In the previous study, we learned about Paul’s servant-hood as an apostle, even though he didn’t deserve a title (I Corinthians 5:9). Even though we do not deserve to save by the grace of God, He chooses us to be his children and priests. We are not lucky that God saved us, but He wants to bless us and use us for His plan for the mankind.

Throughout the Old Testament, God promised His people that He will bring a great revival to all the people through His Holy Son, Jesus Christ. In Hebrews 1 tells us that God will use His last prophet to save His lost people, includes Gentiles. “God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high; Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.” (Hebrews 1:1-4 KJV.)

God called Paul (Saul) with the purpose of saving the lost souls to Himself. He wanted also to reach Gentiles, so they could receive the gift of salvation and they could have eternal purposes. This world is His since the beginning of time, even though Satan takes over the world. God gave us a command to have a dominion over the earth and multiply. Since the first seed which God created, there was a greater purpose behind it.

Before He created the mankind, He knew that we would go astray from God. Even though we are not going to be perfected until we would enter His kingdom, God always has plan to use us to bring His glory to the earth. I believe that His seed of David was the beginning of His plan since Genesis 3. His seed produced to reach the both Jews and Gentiles through Jesus Christ.

We all have life with purpose which God had planted. We have choice to whether to accept His plan and complete the course. Just as God gave Jesus the purpose to save the mankind, we have a great purpose to use our gifts, which God gave us, to reach out to His lost children to bring them Home.

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Sunday, May 20, 2007
Test of Abraham’s Faith
Topic: Faith
By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called: Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure. (Hebrews 11:17-19 KJV)
In Genesis 22, God told Abraham to take Isaac into the land of Moriah and offer his son as a burnt to the Lord. “And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham: and he said, Behold, here I am. And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of.” (Genesis 22:1-2.)

This portion of Genesis has twofold meanings—Abraham’s obedience to God and meaning of Christ’s death and resurrection. The place of Abraham’s offering to the Lord was the same location of where Jesus Christ offered Himself to God for our sins.

The test of Abraham’s faith was not easy. He had a difficult decision to whether follow God’s direction or his own way. We don’t choose our own battle, but we must be prepared for whatever test that God gave us. God tested Abraham not because He had nothing to do, but because He wanted help his prophet to increase his faith and trust in Him. “And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me.” (Genesis 22:12.)

When Jesus went to the garden and prayed to His Father before His death, He didn’t try to escape from God’s direction. Instead, He fully obeyed His command. Jesus had faith to overcome His death penalty, just as Abraham had to overcome his dangerous mission to offer his son to God. At the end God provided the both of them with victory. For Abraham, God provided a ram for him to give a sacrifice offering to Him (Genesis 22:13); and God raised His Son from the dead (Romans 10:9).

Even though Satan believes that he has the victory to defeat us, it’s just beginning of his loosing the battle. He cannot win the battle as long as we are on God’s side. The only way that Satan can defeat us is if we decide to turn our hearts away from God. On May 9th ABC Nightline Face-Off, one of Atheists said that they don’t need God because there’s no God existed. This is what Satan can do to us if we decide to turn against God.

Are you saved by the grace of God through Jesus Christ? If not and realize that you are in risk of loosing in your spiritual battle, I would like to invite to know Jesus Christ today. He is the only One who can give you the victory of your life crises. Jeremiah 33:3 says, “Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.” If you like to have the victory in your life, please consider to surrender your life to Jesus Christ by confess that you are sinner and ask Him to come to your life as your personal Savior

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