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Sunday, July 1, 2012
Repent Our Sins to God
Topic: Relationship

And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. (Matthew 3:2 KJV)

 

Most today’s churches, it is hard for us to hear the words “repent our sins.” Most Sunday messages that we’d hear from the pulpit is on how God can bless us financially. The word “repent” is gone from our vocabulary words.

 

The Greek definition for the word repent is to change one mind’s for better. In third chapter of the Book of Matthew, we see John was preparing the way for the people to accept as their personal Lord and Savior. It was not enough for John to baptize his people. They’d need to transform their minds to Jesus Christ.

 

Again, we often seek for the better things of the world, such as houses, jobs, TV, and cars. Yesterday, I read an article on body suit that may enabled the paralyzed to walk. This article was from Jack Van Impe Ministries Newsletter. As I read this article, I have a mixture of good and bad thoughts. I think this advanced technology would be good to those who cannot walk. However, if we'd depend on advanced technologies to assist the people with disabilities, where are our faiths in Jesus Christ? Technology is the key for the Antichrist to rule the world (Revelation 13). If we'd want to receive miracles in our lives, trust and have faith in Jesus Christ. Most people may think I wouldn't receive miracle in physical situation. Miracle is not only related to physical need, but it begins within inside of us.

 

If we do not depend on God and keep depend on the world system, we are not going to spend eternality with Jesus Christ. Instead, we are heading into Hell. Hell is a burning place that would last for eternality. It is on the center of the earth. We often hear the volcano interruption on the news report. Behind the volcano interruption, there are people who are trapped and crying in the lake of fire (Earth Core) and there are no ways to get out from the place. Most scientists cannot discover deeply into volcano interruption because of the heat inside the volcano. Hell is a real place as there is Heaven.

 

Do you want transform your life to spend eternality with Jesus Christ? God planned to send His Son, Jesus Christ, to us to pay our sins, so we can have free access to God and develop personal relationship with Him. Would you like to have personal relationship with God? If you’d like to know Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, I’d like to encourage you to do two simple things. First, confess your sins and invite Jesus Christ to your life. Paul said in Romans 10:9-11, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” There is no sinner prayer formula. Instead, you just talk to God at where you are now. Secondly, I’d like to encourage you to find a good solid biblical teaching church and Christian friends. They can help you to build strong relationship with God.


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Sunday, June 24, 2012
What is the Blessing of the Lord?
Topic: Blessing

Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the LORD thy God which he hath given thee. (Deuteronomy 16:17 KJV)

 

Most today’s Christians may believe that the word blessing means prosperity or gaining money. Even though prosperity is the part of receiving of blessing from God, this is the only small part of it. The word blessing means prosperity (not only relates to money, but health and everything we already have in both physical and spiritual), praise of God, a gift, and treaty of peace. Do you know why we say bless you after someone would sneeze? Is because we’d want that person to get well? If we wouldn’t know what is behind two simple words, why are we saying it?

 

And then there’s another wrong way to use God’s blessing. Most media evangelists have misused the definition of blessing and prosperity. They interpret these two words as related to the finance and nothing else. It’s all about how we can become rich in Christian lives. It’s self-serving Christian living method that we may hear on Christian TV/radio, books, and other merchandises.  

 

Let’s read what Jesus said about blessing in Matthew 5:3-11: “Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.”

 

When God blesses us, He doesn’t give us what we’d need financially, but everything what we already have and don’t have. It’s sad for God to hear our mourning for blessing. He already knows what we need. But, are we blessing God? Do you thank Him to wake you up in the morning? Do you stop and praise and worship Him? If not, what do we deserve to ask Him for blessing? We’d need to reunite with Him and spend the time daily to build personal relationship. God only wants from us is to build one-on-one relationship.

 

Would you like to have personal relationship with God? If you’d like to know Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, I’d like to encourage you to do two simple things. First, confess your sins and invite Jesus Christ to your life. Paul said in Romans 10:9-11, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” There is no sinner prayer formula. Instead, you just talk to God at where you are now. Secondly, I’d like to encourage you to find a good solid biblical teaching church and Christian friends. They can help you to build strong relationship with God.

 


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Saturday, May 26, 2012
Is Obedience Better than Sacrifice?
Topic: Truth

I hate, I despise your feast days, and I will not smell in your solemn assemblies. Though ye offer me burnt offerings and your meat offerings, I will not accept them: neither will I regard the peace offerings of your fat beasts. Take thou away from me the noise of thy songs; for I will not hear the melody of thy viols. But let judgment run down as waters, and righteousness as a mighty stream. Have ye offered unto me sacrifices and offerings in the wilderness forty years, O house of Israel? (Amos 5:21-25 KJV)

 

Have you wondered why God refused for Saul continued to be king for His people (I Samuel 15:22)? If he obeyed God faithfully, would Jesus arrive through the lineage through King Saul, not King David? Because of his disobedience, even though the part of mistakes was Samuel’s, Saul lost the kingship.

 

Even though God originated sacrifice system for God to forgive our sins, He is actually looking for our hearts. I Samuel 16:7 says, “But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.”

 

For us to attend our regular Sunday worship services are not enough to please God. He wants to have relationship with us daily. This means that we’d need to spend quality time more than just going to the church once a week. Paul said in Romans 12:1, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.” Do you want to have personal relationship God? Your whole body must be devoted to God. This doesn’t mean put yourself to sacrifice your body. We’d need to obey His instruction and live for Him.

 

Even though there is a large percentage of Americans believe to recognize themselves as Christians, but their hearts may more rely onto this world. Some preachers may able to preach some good messages on Sundays, but rest of the week, they may do things that please to this world. As results of their actions, God exposed them to their congregations and to national media, such as Pastors Eddie Young, Benny Hinn, Paula White, Rick Warren, and Robert Schuler, Sr.

 

Would you like to have personal relationship with God? If you’d like to know Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, I’d like to encourage you to do two simple things. First, confess your sins and invite Jesus Christ to your life. Paul said in Romans 10:9-11, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” There is no sinner prayer formula. Instead, you just talk to God at where you are now. Secondly, I’d like to encourage you to find a good solid biblical teaching church and Christian friends. They can help you to build strong relationship with God.


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Sunday, May 20, 2012
Are You Secure Eternally?
Topic: Eternal Question

And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. (Luke 16:22-23 KJV)

 

Yesterday, I read one of car bumper stickers that said, “If you die today, where would you be—Heaven or Hell?” Most today’s Americans wish to go to Heaven, but they have different method to go there. I was surprised to hear from one of gentlemen, who claimed himself as Christian, said that he doesn’t care where he would be after this life. His statement indicates that he doesn’t care about his life and he’d not worry if his life would end at Hell.

 

God didn’t create Hell for anyone to enjoy suffering, but He created it for Satan and demons. Unfortunately, God let us to choose to go there. We read in Luke 16 how the rich man ended his life in Hell. It is a terrible place for anyone would spend eternally. Even God doesn’t like anyone to end up in Hell, yet, some people would like to live without God in their lives.

 

God didn’t send His Son to die for our sins, so we could have happy life. No! John 3:17 says, “…God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.“ That is why Paul said in Romans 5:8, “…God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”

 

So, where you would be after this life? Heaven or Hell? There is no third way to spend eternality. Mormon believes that there are three levels of heaven and no hell. If that is true, then why Jesus came to die for our sins? It would be useless. But Mormon couldn’t approve where three levels of heaven be. Mormon also couldn’t approve if God gave the founder some missing links to the Books of Gospel.

 

If you’d like to know Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, I’d like to encourage you to do two simple things. First, confess your sins and invite Jesus Christ to your life. Paul said in Romans 10:9-11, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” There is no sinner prayer formula. Instead, you just talk to God at where you are now. Secondly, I’d like to encourage you to find a good solid biblical teaching church and Christian friends. They can help you to build strong relationship with God.


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Sunday, May 13, 2012
Where is Justice?
Topic: Nation

Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins. Yet they seek me daily, and delight to know my ways, as a nation that did righteousness, and forsook not the ordinance of their God: they ask of me the ordinances of justice; they take delight in approaching to God. (Isaiah 58:1-2 KJV)

 

Where is justice in Christian nation, America? What’s happening to our nation that our forefather began this nation with the Holy Word of God? Would America be ready for God’s judgment?

 

Just a few days ago, President Obama announced that he’s favor of homosexual marriage. Why? Is because he wants to win for this year election for the second term? Or is because he wants everybody to be happy, even those who reject God’s view on traditional marriage? Even though we want everybody to be happy, there is a boundary line between God and mankind’s way to live life. We didn’t start to live life until God formed us. We belong to Him, not to ourselves.

 

In Genesis 2:24 says, “Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.” This statement doesn’t say about marriage between man and man or woman and woman or man with several wives. King Solomon had about thousand wives while he ruled in Israel. As a result, he lost his personal relationship with God and began to follow several pagan gods that his wives worshipped.

 

We need to pray for our president and other political leaders to turn this around to 360 degree. Last June, we began to see some Christian leaders decided to be united with Islam and made a new religion, which it is now called Chrislam. President Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Robert Scheduler, Sr. and Rick Warren are the part of this new religious movement.

 

We need to stand and pray for our political and religious leaders to turn away from their sins and reunite with God to lead this nation. But, we need to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ to our families, friends, neighbors, and communities before He’d return to judge our nation.

 

If you’d like to know Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, I’d like to encourage you to do two simple things. First, confess your sins and invite Jesus Christ to your life. Paul said in Romans 10:9-11, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” There is no sinner prayer formula. Instead, you just talk to God at where you are now. Secondly, I’d like to encourage you to find a good solid biblical teaching church and Christian friends. They can help you to build strong relationship with God.


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Saturday, April 7, 2012
Why He Died for Us?
Topic: Gospel

Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed? For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him. He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. 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. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken. And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth. Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand. He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities. Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors. (Isaiah 53 KJV)

As we celebrate Resurrection Sunday, have you wondered why Jesus died on Wednesday evening and resurrected on Saturday evening? Most Christians believe that He died on Good Friday and resurrected at the sunrise on Sunday. According to the Scripture, this concept of Jesus’ time of death and resurrection is incorrect. According to Matthew 11:40, Jesus gave the time of Jonah as when He would be in the tomb and His resurrection. That’s 72 hours (3 days x 24 hours), not 36 hours (12 hours x 3 days or 1 day and 2 nights). Also, Jesus’ resurrection must meet the requirement of High Sabbath.

The word Easter doesn’t relate to Jesus’ resurrection. However, the word Easter in Acts 12:4 (KJV) refers to Passover. No wonder why there has been mixed up between Easter and Resurrection Sunday.

Romans 5:8 tells us why Jesus died for us: “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” God knew that people cannot pay for their sins because of their stubbornness. 2000 years ago, God brought His Son, Jesus, to die for our sins and resurrect on the third day, so He could be with us. He is our Emmanuel. There are no other religions to explain this great love. Not from Roman Catholicism, Mormonism, Islam, Jehovah Witness, and other secular religions.

Isaiah didn’t just dream this horrific event of his future Messiah. God gave him this prediction, so he could tell about this Messiah to his people and to the upcoming generation.

If you’d like to know Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, I’d like to encourage you to do two simple things. First, confess your sins and invite Jesus Christ to your life. Paul said in Romans 10:9-11, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” There is no sinner prayer formula. Instead, you just talk to God at where you are now. Secondly, I’d like to encourage you to find a good solid biblical teaching church and Christian friends. They can help you to build strong relationship with God.


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Sunday, March 25, 2012
Encounter with Friends
Topic: Book of Job

Now when Job’s three friends heard of all this evil that was come upon him, they came every one from his own place; Eliphaz the Temanite, and Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite: for they had made an appointment together to come to mourn with him and to comfort him. And when they lifted up their eyes afar off, and knew him not, they lifted up their voice, and wept; and they rent every one his mantle, and sprinkled dust upon their heads toward heaven. So they sat down with him upon the ground seven days and seven nights, and none spake a word unto him: for they saw that his grief was very great. (Job 2:11-13 KJV)

Do you have at least one best friend in your life? Proverbs 27:10 says, “A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.” If you would not have a friend in your life, how you’d solve all your life problems? Jesus demonstrated how important of friendship is in our lives.

As we read in later part of Job 2, we see that Job’s friends came to him to try to give him comfort. They sat and mourned with him for a week. They cannot say anything to him during his family crisis. We do not know if Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar stayed with him for whole time or took a turn. But his three friends were there.

There are some benefits of this relationship as we read Job 2:11-13. Unlike the relationship within the marriage, friend can come and spend with you at anytime in any place. Our friends can stay with us and assist our needs or spend some time with us as needed. Your spouse can be your best friend, but there wouldn’t be deeper relationship as friendship would go.

We have our world best friend. His name is Jesus. He has done far more than what other friends or spouses cannot do. He died on the cross to pay our debt of sins and resurrected on the third day to be with His Father. In the meantime, He sent the Holy Spirit to guide us and intercede with our Heavenly Father.

If you’d like to know Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, I’d like to encourage you to do two simple things. First, confess your sins and invite Jesus Christ to your life. Paul said in Romans 10:9-11, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” There is no sinner prayer formula. Instead, you just talk to God at where you are now. Secondly, I’d like to encourage you to find a good solid biblical teaching church and Christian friends. They can help you to build strong relationship with God.


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Saturday, March 17, 2012
The Lord is My Shepherd
Topic: Gospel

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever. (Psalm 23:1-6 KJV)

Psalm 23 is a psalm of confessing joyful in the Lord as the good Shepherd-King. God is our Shepherd because He cares and loves us. In the same time, He is our King. We sometimes take God as King out, because we want Him to be our Friend. Even though He is our Friend, it doesn’t mean He can’t be our Judge. In this psalm, there are two kingship metaphors describe the blessing and security that the Lord provides for His people.

First ones is the Shepherd-King (Psalm 23:1-4). God is our Shepherd. He is watching over us and guiding us. People often said angels are watching over us. This may be true, but angels cannot just watch over us until God directs them to do so. Some of us may so focus on angels, we would leave God out in the equation. Hebrew 1:7-8 says, “And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire. But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom.”

Even though we need angels, we must ask God to send angels to watch over our little children, family, friends, neighbors, and community. There are two kinds of angels: God’s angels and Satan’s. In Job 1, we see that Satan can enter into God’s council meeting. Throughout the four books of Gospel, we see that demons can control over the people, which are Satan’s angels. If we’d seek angels for guidance without God’s acknowledge, we don’t know which angels we are asking for assistance.

Second points in Psalm 23 is the Host of the banquet (vv. 5, 6). We can celebrate with God over all of our troubles. I like what David wrote in verse 4: “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.” God said in Isaiah 43:2, “When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.”

Do you trust God to walk with you through the valley of the shadow of death? If not, why not stop what you are doing right now and just begin to seek His face. God loves you, but He wants to bring you into His home to celebrate your life and spend eternity with you. He doesn’t want to leave you as orphan, but He wants you as part of His family. Would you like to become His family?

If you’d like to know Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, I’d like to encourage you to do two simple things. First, confess your sins and invite Jesus Christ to your life. Paul said in Romans 10:9-11, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” There is no sinner prayer formula. Instead, you just talk to God at where you are now. Secondly, I’d like to encourage you to find a good solid biblical teaching church and Christian friends. They can help you to build strong relationship with God.


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Sunday, March 11, 2012
House of Prayer
Topic: Gospel

And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves, And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves. (Matthew 21:12-13 KJV)

It is almost time for us to celebrate the life, ministry, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Even though we celebrate Resurrection Sunday during the month of Nisan (March/April), it is obvious that some American churches have lost the foundation of Christianity. We do not see any great revival within churches. Most today’s churches are about me, myself, and mine rather than blessing God through our act of worship.

Just as Pharisees tried to make marketplaces in the Temple of Jerusalem, we see many churches try to sell their merchandises by using the media outlets. Many Christians may not need to drive to their churches, because they can watch live streams on the church websites or TVs. Or some churches may have daily activities to bring more people into their places. Just as Joel Osteen in Lakewood Community Church in TX, preachers can have 1 million of congregations, yet, they don’t have personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

The church is not about building, but people come together as unity to worship and give honor to our Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus died on the cross and resurrect on the third day to demonstrate His love for us. He did not need to pay for our sins on the cross, but He did. We created so many Christian denominations that we often forget what He did for us. We don’t have to be in certain groups to know who Jesus Christ is. We only need to read the Bible and spend the time with Him to build relationship.

John 3:16-18 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. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” Again in Romans 5:8, “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”

If you’d like to know Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, I’d like to encourage you to do two simple things. First, confess your sins and invite Jesus Christ to your life. Paul said in Romans 10:9-11, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” There is no sinner prayer formula. Instead, you just talk to God at where you are now. Secondly, I’d like to encourage you to find a good solid biblical teaching church and Christian friends. They can help you to build strong relationship with God.


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Saturday, February 18, 2012
Advice from Your Loved One
Topic: Book of Job

So went Satan forth from the presence of the LORD, and smote Job with sore boils from the sole of his foot unto his crown. And he took him a potsherd to scrape himself withal; and he sat down among the ashes. Then said his wife unto him, Dost thou still retain thine integrity? curse God, and die. 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 2:7-10 KJV)

Have you ever receive some negative advice from your loved ones or friend? Of course, we all did. Someone told me that I cannot be a preacher due to my disability. Or the person may tell you to blame God for your problems. Even though God didn’t create situation that we couldn’t get out from it, we automatically ask Him why. “Why you did this or that.”

In this passage, we read that God let Satan play around with Job’s life for while. Even though Satan wanted to be like God, it doesn’t mean that he can be above God. We also read that his wife can see what Job is going through, she suggested him to blame God for the problem. Why she said that? Did she believe God? Even though she know who God was, she wanted to curse God. Did Job take his wife advice? No! He knew better understanding who God was.

We all can be blamed God for our problems, but, truthfully, we are blaming ourselves for our problems. Most people may feel sorry for themselves after they choose Barak Obama as the U.S. President.

James 1:5-8 says, “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.”

God cannot just give us wisdom because we didn’t ask for it. If you want to solve your problem, ask God for wisdom. We just cannot blame God for our life situation. Even though there is a spiritual war going on above, God is not the problem, except ours. However, we can ask God to overcome our life situation.

If you’d like to know Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, I’d like to encourage you to do two simple things. First, confess your sins and invite Jesus Christ to your life. Paul said in Romans 10:9-11, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” There is no sinner prayer formula. Instead, you just talk to God at where you are now. Secondly, I’d like to encourage you to find a good solid biblical teaching church and Christian friends. They can help you to build strong relationship with God.


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Sunday, February 12, 2012
Will Satan Win the Victory?
Topic: Book of Job

Again there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them to present himself before the LORD. And the LORD said unto Satan, From whence comest thou? And 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? and still he holdeth fast his integrity, although thou movedst me against him, to destroy him without cause. And Satan answered the LORD, and said, Skin for skin, yea, all that a man hath will he give for his life. But put forth thine hand now, and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will curse thee to thy face. And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, he is in thine hand; but save his life. (Job 2:1-6 KJV)

Once again, we read that Satan tried to be on the top of God’s throne in the first six verses of Job 2. The only thing Satan wants to be equal with God. We see this in Isaiah 14. Did Satan defeat God? Did he able to sit on the throne of God?

As e see in Job 2:6, God gave Satan permission to try to mix around with Job’s life. As I said in the previous message, Satan just can’t touch any person until he’d receive approval from God. He also can come into our lives if we’d let him. We’d able to invite other spirits in our lives as we’d invite Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Savior. This is dangerous thing for us to do. Once we’d invite other spirits through witchcraft or pagan ritual, they able to control our lives and make us miserable for a very long time. We see this example during the ministry of Jesus Christ: “And they went into Capernaum; and straightway on the sabbath day he entered into the synagogue, and taught. And they were astonished at his doctrine: for he taught them as one that had authority, and not as the scribes. And there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit; and he cried out, Saying, Let us alone; what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth? art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art, the Holy One of God. And Jesus rebuked him, saying, Hold thy peace, and come out of him. And when the unclean spirit had torn him, and cried with a loud voice, he came out of him. And they were all amazed, insomuch that they questioned among themselves, saying, What thing is this? what new doctrine is this? for with authority commandeth he even the unclean spirits, and they do obey him.” (Mark 1:21-27 KJV.)

Even today, Satan and his armies of demons try to sneak into the churches and mix things around. Paul Crouch, Sr., Founder of TBN, began his Christian TV station with the solid biblical principal of Christian faith. But, now, we see that TBN is dripping apart from Christian faith by building relationship with Hollywood and other religious leaders, such as Islam, Roman Catholicism, and Mormonism. As this result, we heard some leaders from Christian families decided to separate, Such as Paul Crouch, Jr. left TBN family and decided to work for the Word Network and Robert Schuler, Jr. left from his father’s ministries.

Why?

They changed from the Christian faith and decided to follow with the world. I John 2:15-17 declared, “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. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.”

One day, we will be with Christ in the battle against Satan. We know Satan will be defeated and locked into the lake of fire. But are you ready to face with this spiritual battle? If not, get ready now.

If you’d like to know Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, I’d like to encourage you to do two simple things. First, confess your sins and invite Jesus Christ to your life. Paul said in Romans 10:9-11, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” There is no sinner prayer formula. Instead, you just talk to God at where you are now. Secondly, I’d like to encourage you to find a good solid biblical teaching church and Christian friends. They can help you to build strong relationship with God.


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Saturday, January 28, 2012
Why Me?
Topic: Book of Job

Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and worshipped, And said, Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD. In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly. (Job 1:20-22 KJV)

We are tempted to express our frustration to God and loved ones when the problems strike to our lives. It is not easy to move with our lives without blaming to someone on our problems. Let’s take Job for example.

Remember Satan tried to tempt God and God tried to challenge Satan by using the life of Job. Why Satan bother God? He would be better off not to show himself at the council meeting. But, Satan wanted to have revenge on God, because he wanted to be coequal with God (Isaiah 14:12-14). In Genesis 3, we read how Satan succeeded his mission by tempting Eve with the fruit of knowledge of good and evil. But he failed his second mission miserable when he tried to tempt Jesus Christ at the wilderness (Matthew 4:1-11).

Job could have frustration at God when his life tragedy arrived. He could curse at God in the time of trouble, but he didn’t. In Job 2, we will see how his wife supports him in negative way. This is hard for us to grasp, because we are easily to lose our temper when the tragedy hits. Recently, I watched 11 PM news report that showed how the bank robber shoots himself on his foot accidentally rather than the person. Instead of turning himself in, he tried to use domestic violence to get what he wanted.

Even though we couldn’t do as Job did, God wants to take your burden and restore your life. Jesus experienced every pain as we are facing now. He could bring resurrection into your life if you’d let Him. Jesus said in the second part of John 10:10, “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” You are precious to Him. Even your parents would reject you, God wants to take over their positions to take care of you (Psalm 27:10).

If you’d like to know Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, I’d like to encourage you to do two simple things. First, confess your sins and invite Jesus Christ to your life. Paul said in Romans 10:9-11, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” There is no sinner prayer formula. Instead, you just talk to God at where you are now. Secondly, I’d like to encourage you to find a good solid biblical teaching church and Christian friends. They can help you to build strong relationship with God.


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Saturday, January 7, 2012
Start the New Year with God’s Words
Topic: New Year

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. (Psalm 119:105 KJV)

It’s a good to begin this year with devote ourselves to spend the quality time with God. Even the last year was the worst time in the U.S. history, it doesn’t mean that Satan has the victory over Jesus Christ. We still have time to reunite with God and to do what He wants us to do to accomplish His plan for the world.

Last year, we began to see development of the One World Religion, which it was called Chrislam. Apostle Paul predicted that some believers may fall from faith and decide to follow the doctrine of demon (I Timothy 4:1). We also saw that many earthquakes were happening during 2011.

In the midst of these global events, we began to see that Jesus Christ would come near to establish His government on earth. It will not get any better until all the biblical prophecy would fulfill. This is why Luke didn’t finish the Book of Acts. The church era hasn’t finished until the whole world would hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Jesus says in Matthew 24:14, “And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.” To do that, we’d need to be ready to share the gospel to others around us.

Are you ready to begin 2012 with God? If you are not ready to give your testimony of faith to your community, it’s not too late to recommit yourself to God. God is ready to come into your life and show you the path of life. Jesus just didn’t come to the world to pay all of our sins. He wanted to establish relationship with us.

If you’d like to know Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, I’d like to encourage you to do two simple things. First, confess your sins and invite Jesus Christ to your life. Paul said in Romans 10:9-11, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” There is no sinner prayer formula. Instead, you just talk to God at where you are now. Secondly, I’d like to encourage you to find a good solid biblical teaching church and Christian friends. They can help you to build strong relationship with God.

Hopefully, you’ll have a happy new year and may God walk with you throughout this year and years to come.


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Saturday, December 24, 2011
Who is the King of Jew?
Topic: Holiday

Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2:5-11 KJV)

Even though Christmas was originated from Roman Catholicism, I’d like to take few moments to explain who is the King of Jew. Most today’s churches recognize that Matthew 2 and Luke 1-2 explain the story of first Christmas. There is no biblical evidence that the first church celebrated this religious holiday. In fact, we will find many Christmas traditions came from the pagan practice, such as Christmas tree (Jeremiah 10).

We read in the Scripture that Jesus was born in Bethlehem through Virgin Mother Mary. He came to the world to pay our sins and establish relationship with us. Even though He can set free Himself from the cross, He “humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.” We cannot do this for our loved ones, but Jesus did. Unlike the kings of the nation, Jesus had done more to identify with us. This is why Paul wrote, “Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

Yes, Jesus will come back to set His government on earth with us. In the meantime, we need to get ready for His coming as today is our last day.

If you’d like to know Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, I’d like to encourage you to do two simple things. First, confess your sins and invite Jesus Christ to your life. Paul said in Romans 10:9-11, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” There is no sinner prayer formula. Instead, you just talk to God at where you are now. Secondly, I’d like to encourage you to find a good solid biblical teaching church and Christian friends. They can help you to build strong relationship with God.


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Saturday, December 17, 2011
When There is No Hope
Topic: Book of Job

And there was a day when his sons and his daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest brother’s house: And there came a messenger unto Job, and said, The oxen were plowing, and the asses feeding beside them: And the Sabeans fell upon them, and took them away; yea, they have slain the servants with the edge of the sword; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee. While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, The fire of God is fallen from heaven, and hath burned up the sheep, and the servants, and consumed them; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee. While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, The Chaldeans made out three bands, and fell upon the camels, and have carried them away, yea, and slain the servants with the edge of the sword; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee. While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, Thy sons and thy daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest brother’s house: And, behold, there came a great wind from the wilderness, and smote the four corners of the house, and it fell upon the young men, and they are dead; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee. (Job 1:13-19 KJV)

Now, God gave Satan to try to mess around with Job’s life. We began to see that his children were misbehaving. Just like the days of Noah, Job’s children were drinking and eating, nothing concerned with their personal relationship with God. We then see that Job experienced famine in his land as the other nation began to make war against the land of Ur. During the war, Job lost all of his wealth and family.

Before I can reveal the decision of Job made, let’s exam in our situation. What if Iran would hit our nation, what would we do? Even though the radical Islam hit Word Trade Tower and Pentagon on September 11, 2001, it doesn’t mean that they would not hit us again. I believe God wrestled against Satan to prevent Satan from destroying whole nation. God gave Satan some limits of power to destroy our nation on that day. Why? Even though our nation is considered as Christian nation, some of us have been astray from God. We see that the homosexual lobbyists came out from the closet, adding ungodly activities into the public and private school systems, churches and state governments are separating from each other, and more.

What you would do when the tragedy hit you? It would be easy for the people to go to the bar and take the dose of wine or beer as the world suggest. But I’d like to tell you that there is better way to handle your stress. Do you think Job went to the night club to release his stress? We will see that Job had another way to release the hopeless of his life.

Visiting psychology counselor will not help you. The only way to release your stress is through Jesus Christ. I Peter 5:7 says, “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.”

If you’d like to know Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, I’d like to encourage you to do two simple things. First, confess your sins and invite Jesus Christ to your life. Paul said in Romans 10:9-11, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” There is no sinner prayer formula. Instead, you just talk to God at where you are now. Secondly, I’d like to encourage you to find a good solid biblical teaching church and Christian friends. They can help you to build strong relationship with God.


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Saturday, December 10, 2011
Power of Satan
Topic: Book of Job

Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought? Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land. But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face. And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the LORD. (Job 1:9-12 KJV)

Before God leased Satan to the life of Job, there was a question from Satan. He asked to God, “Doth Job fear God for nought?” or “Does Job fear God for nothing?” Even Satan knew Job has respect to God or God knew what this deceiver was trying to do, he challenged God with one question. Even Satan succeed to trick Eve at Garden of Eden, it does not mean that he would succeed this ones. God said in Isaiah 55:8-9, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.”

As we read verse 11, Satan told God that Job would curse at God due to his life tragedies. Then God gave the permission to Satan to do whatever he wanted to do with Job, except don’t touch Job with his hand. In other words, he didn’t have the right to kill Job. He could try to mix Job’s mind as he did to Eve, but he cannot murder Job’s life.

Why? Why Satan cannot kill Job? Even his family members died from tragedy, God wanted to show that Satan can control over the earth, but he cannot make all the people to worship him. God made humans to make their own decisions. Are you glad that God didn’t make us as robots? Of course, we have fallen from sins and become enemies of God. It doesn’t mean that we have to stay there. God can pick us up and lead into the right path of life, if we’d let Him.

There are some Christians and evangelists who have turned away from God and lead themselves into destruction. Even though I am not a pastor of any church, I’d like to tell you that God is waiting for you to open your heart, so He can live in you and direct you into the right path. If you are TV/radio evangelist and have lead your congregations with the wrong messages of the gospel, you are not too late to turn yourself to God and have the new beginning of Spirit-led revival. The reason you don’t find any prosperity message in my blog, because it is not the main message of the gospel. Even though there is nothing wrong for us to have nice things, Satan can use our material possessions to turn ourselves away from God.

If you’d like to know Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, I’d like to encourage you to do two simple things. First, confess your sins and invite Jesus Christ to your life. Paul said in Romans 10:9-11, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” There is no sinner prayer formula. Instead, you just talk to God at where you are now. Secondly, I’d like to encourage you to find a good solid biblical teaching church and Christian friends. They can help you to build strong relationship with God.


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Sunday, December 4, 2011
Debate #1: God vs. Satan
Topic: Book of Job

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? Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought? Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land. (Job 1:6-10 KJV)

I’d like to go back to verse 6 and stop at verse 10 to show you how this debate started. As I stated, Satan started as the messenger of God until he decided to rebellion against God. Now, Satan showed up with the other angels and God asked him where he arrived from. Remember, the Book of Job began after God destroyed the earth with flood of rain and ended before the life of Abraham. As we see, somewhere in Genesis 10 and 12, Job was living on the land of Uz. Notice, he was the wealthy man.

Between Job 1:5 and 1:6, we don’t know how long Satan stayed in the presence of God and why he was there on the first place. As we read in 1:8, it seemed that God started to brag about His servant, Job to Satan. Why did He brag about Job to Satan? It may seem to be awkward, but God wanted Satan to see what he was missing when he turned away from Him.

We often decided to ignore God and do our ways. As a result, we may miss the opportunity to receive blessing from God. We may have decided to live with the world system. Yet, it is not enough to fulfill our dreams. In Philippians 4:19 says, “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” If you’d like to have successful live in this earth until Jesus would come and take you home, live your life for Him and not for the world. There are many people, even those who called themselves as Christians, live as the people in the secular world. Even though they may have multimillionaire of houses, they are spiritually poor.

As we see Satan’s respond, he first questioned God with “Does Job fear God.” This format of question is similar to he questioned to Eve in Genesis 3. Satan tried to trick with our minds by twisting what God said to us as he did to Eve. Although Eve failed into the devil’s trap, we don’t need to fall into his. We need to rely on God’s Words on a daily basis to strength our faiths. If Satan would doubt on you, you would need to start quoting the Scriptures. This is why our personal quality time with God is important. Not only you’d build your personal relationship with God, it also gives the strength to resist the devil’s trick.

If you’d like to know Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, I’d like to encourage you to do two simple things. First, confess your sins and invite Jesus Christ to your life. Paul said in Romans 10:9-11, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” There is no sinner prayer formula. Instead, you just talk to God at where you are now. Secondly, I’d like to encourage you to find a good solid biblical teaching church and Christian friends. They can help you to build strong relationship with God.


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Saturday, November 26, 2011
Description of Satan
Topic: Book of Job

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. (Job 1:6-7 KJV)

There was a time when all the sons of God came together to the presence of God. We don’t have the description of their conversations with God in Heaven. The “sons of God” may have been angels. This also means Jesus and Satan were there. The Bible doesn’t give us the number of heavenly councils at the meeting, but we do know that there are thousands of thousands in the heavenly place.

One of sons of God was Satan. The Open Bible says, “Satan is the noun translated “adversary” or “Satan.” The adversaries can be human as in Num. 22:22 and 1 Sam. 29:4. At times God is the adversary of humans (1 Kin. 11:14). The superhuman adversary, or Satan, is seen in only three passages in the OT, the most familiar of which is Job 1 and 2. In these passages Satan is the adversary who obstructs or accuses. There is some question whether the Satan is a role being played by a supernatural being or whether the title refers to a particular being. In any case, the Satan is not all-powerful and is subject to God’s rebuke.”

We often don’t recognize his name is changeable to Santa. “Originally, the Santa Claus concept came from the pagan Egyptian god, Bes, a rotund, gnome-like personage who was the patron of little children. Bes was said to live at the North Pole, working year-round to produce toys for children who had been good and obedient to their parents. In Dutch, he was called "Sinter Klaas." Dutch settlers brought the custom to America. In Holland and other European countries, the original Santa Claus was actually a grim personage who traversed the countryside, determined to find out who really had been "naughty or nice." Those who had been acting up were summarily switched. The association of Santa Claus with snow, reindeer, and the North Pole suggests Scandinavian or Norse traditions of the Yuletide season. (In Babylonia, also, the stag [reindeer] was a symbol of the mighty one, Nimrod. The symbolism of antlers worn on the head of a noble leader would demonstrate his prowess as a hunter, and thereby, influence people to follow him.)” (Read Should a Christian Celebrate Christmas?.)

We often do not recognize Satan’s deception because he plays like a nice of God’s angel, such as Santa Claus. The Bible tells us that he wants to be worshipped (Isaiah 14:12-14). Right now, Contemporary Christian Music (CCM) is the most popular as the secular music because it blends with the worldly music tunes. It’s also sad that most Christian leaders preach more on Christian life value and prosperity messages than the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Since Satan succeed his first accomplishment at Garden of Eden (Genesis 3:1-6), he tried to attack Job’s life and all the humankind. He is called the adversary or accuser because he actively looks for people to attack with temptation (I Peter 5:8-9) and because he wants to make people hate God. We will see that Job didn’t lose his faith in God as Jesus did in the wilderness for 40 days (Matthew 4:1-11).

Let me ask you a question. Are you having difficult time to free from temptation? Maybe you have addiction to TV, Internet and magazine pornography; or hungry for entertainment that you have no room for God to fulfill in your life. I’d like to tell you today that you do not need to go through horrifying addiction or hungry for the media to feed you. Only Jesus can help you to fulfill your dream with His purpose. Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”

If you’d like to know Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, I’d like to encourage you to do two simple things. First, confess your sins and invite Jesus Christ to your life. Paul said in Romans 10:9-11, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” There is no sinner prayer formula. Instead, you just talk to God at where you are now. Secondly, I’d like to encourage you to find a good solid biblical teaching church and Christian friends. They can help you to build strong relationship with God.


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Sunday, November 20, 2011
The Life of Job
Topic: Book of Job

There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil. And there were born unto him seven sons and three daughters. His substance also was seven thousand sheep, and three thousand camels, and five hundred yoke of oxen, and five hundred she asses, and a very great household; so that this man was the greatest of all the men of the east. And his sons went and feasted in their houses, every one his day; and sent and called for their three sisters to eat and to drink with them. And it was so, when the days of their feasting were gone about, that Job sent and sanctified them, and rose up early in the morning, and offered burnt offerings according to the number of them all: for Job said, It may be that my sons have sinned, and cursed God in their hearts. Thus did Job continually. (Job 1:1-5 KJV)

We all have problems in our lives. Whether we’d face the death of our family members or face financial problems to take care of our families. In this new series, we will look Job’s life. We will spend several weeks to focus on Job 1-2. In these two chapters of Job, there are many important lessons we can apply in our lives. In later of Job 1, we will see how Satan attacks Job’s life and how Job would respond to his miserable situation.

The Hebrew word for Job is ÕIyowb { ee-yobe’}, which means persecuted. Most biblical scholars believed that he lived in early part of Patriarch Era. As we read Job 1:1-5, he was righteous man and had reverence for God. Also, he was the wealthiest person with several farm animals and ten children. He and his family lived in the land of Uz, near Canaan. Even though his seven sons were not respect for him and God, Job continued to pray and fast for all of his children.

We, too, have responsibilities to take care our families. Being Christians mean that we need to take positions as priests. I Peter 2:9 says, “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light…” There are some Christian families do not take this verse seriously. As we read 1 Peter 2:9, it does not only apply to priest in the church building. Apostle Paul said in I Corinthians 6:19, “What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?”

In later chapter of his book, Job will face several tragedies in his life. But God will not leave him there. We will see how God turns Job life 360 degrees.

Often, many Christians want wealthier lives by listening to some TV and radio evangelists. Even though we can be rich by God, He would like to have personal relationship with each of us. God did not bring His Son, Jesus, to show the way for us to become worldly riches, but relationship. Job 1:21 says, “Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.” Our treasures are in Heaven, not in this world.


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Sunday, October 16, 2011
Rebuilding the Temple of God: Do Not be Conformed with the World
Topic: Church

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. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever. (1 John 2:15-17 KJV)

James 4:4 says that “whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.” Even though God created everything in the world, He let Satan rule His creation for while. This doesn’t means he have the right to control our minds (see Job 1:12, 2:6). We have the freedom to choose which life we would like to live. Either we can live our lives with the system of this world or the system of God. We cannot have both systems (Matthew 6:24).

Sadly, most of us choose the world system to live a life today. If we’d look into churches, there would be many people dropping out from the solid biblical teaching Christian churches and move into secular Christian churches. If we’d look into differences between these two groups of churches, we have:

Biblical Teaching of Christian Churches

Secular Worldview Churches

  • Praise & Worship time must be about honoring God
  • Sermon must be related to Scriptural context of the Holy Bible
  • Equal time limit on both Praise & Worship and sermon times
  • Cross must be on both outside and inside of the church
  • Fellowship time must be separated from the worship services
  • Less time of using the high tech equipment during the services
  • Congregations have their own Bible
  • More contemporary Christian music time
  • Less sermon time
  • Sermon maybe related to today’s Christian living
  • Their own interpretation of the Scripture
  • Cross is no longer found
  • Congregations can bring food and high tech devices during the worship services
  • Pastor is using many bible versions for the sermon
  • Pastor is using Christian films for his sermon
  • Having social and physical interactions are allowed during the services

Above the paragraph, we can see why most Christians are moving to secular Christian churches. As a result, people are believing that Jesus is just their pal. Some Christian t-shirts are labeled as Jesus Freaks.

The Bible says clear that if we are friends of this world, we are enemies of God. Many today’s Christian leaders are going to that direction with Chrislam.

Is your church representing for the world or God?


Posted by MGJC Web Ministry at 12:01 AM EDT
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