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Sunday, December 14, 2014
Who is Jesus Christ?
Topic: Gospel
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. (John 1:1-5 KJV)

 

It is very obvious that many of us may believe that Jesus was born on the first Christmas. However, if we read all four gospel accounts in the New Testament, there is no single mentioned that Jesus was born during the winter season, but during the springtime (see Luke 2:1-15). “…the early church did not celebrate Christ's birth, but such celebration only came into the church with the ‘Christianization’ of pagan rites as Catholicism was made the state religion by Constantine in the fourth century A.D.” (Should a Christian Celebrate Christmas?.) There are other reasons about why few Christian churches do not celebrate this modern day Christian holiday. For more exploration on this subject, please visit MGJC Web Ministries at www.mgjcweb.org and click Holidays.

 

Apostle Paul proclaimed that Jesus was the beginning of everything in heaven and in earth (Colossians 1:15-17). This confirms what John said about the Word (Logo). Jesus came to the world, so He can lead us to the light from the darkness of our sins. He said in John 3:16-17, “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.” I have heard one of the televangelists said that Jesus only taught about the kingdom of heaven, not about Himself. This is non-sense. Throughout the Gospel of John, we read that Jesus is the way, life, resurrection, shepherd, and more. We can put our values as the first priority, but there is no hope for us to receive eternal security than through Jesus Christ. I love what Paul said in Romans 5:8, “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” There is no other substitution to receive that kind of love.

 

I don’t mind how Christians suppose to celebrate Christmas, but it is our responsibility to turn on our lights on other persons to show the way to have personal relationship with God.


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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Now Playing: The Road to the Gift of Salvation
Topic: Gospel

Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. (Acts 4:12 KJV)

 

It is significant that the most people want to go to Heaven, but they don’t like to see the death bed. Instead, they believe that there are many ways to Heaven. Operah Winfrey, President Barak Obama, Faith Building Pastor Joe Osteen and some today’s evangelical preachers said that there are other ways to God. Why?

 

Even though many evangelical preachers may believe that they preach the truth of the Words of God, they may use a very small percentage of the biblical references in their sermon. It is sad that the most televangelists teach on Christian living and how to become rich beings. When I listen to Joe Osteen’s messages, I hardly hear messages on salvation, spiritual discernment, sins, God’s wrath, and His discipline methods toward us. Listen to what Joe Osteen told in his interview with Larry King on June 20, 2005:

 

KING: But you're not fire and brimstone, right? You're not pound the decks and hell and dam nation?

OSTEEN: No. That's not me. It's never been me. I've always been an encourager at heart. And when I took over from my father he came from the Southern Baptist background and back 40, 50 years ago there was a lot more of that. But, you know, I just -- I don't believe in that. I don't believe -- maybe it was for a time. But I don't have it in my heart to condemn people. I'm there to encourage them. I see myself more as a coach, as a motivator to help them experience the life God has for us.

 

Motivator speaker? Even though we need to hear some encouragement words from the pastor, we also need to hear the message on the negative side, so we could be aware of our actions toward God and people. Throughout the books of Gospel, we read that the most teachings of Jesus are about the hell and sin. About nine years later of Osteen’s interview with Larry King, his preaching method didn’t change much. Without the biblical discernment message, the church maybe in a high risk of losing their gift of salvation and spend eternity with God. Building a multibillionaire mega church doesn’t mean that the preacher proclaims the truth. Paul said in II Timothy 4:3-4, “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.” We need both encouraging and discernment messages in order to retain our gifts of salvation and do our parts.

 

Jesus said in John 8:12, “I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” Praying a Rose Mary Prayer or Lord’s Prayer doesn’t guarantee that God is listening to our prayer. The gift of salvation means that we have totally accessed to Him. We do not need to have appointment with priests or pastors to confess our sins. That was from the Old Testament era. The priest or pastor does not have the power to forgive our sins, but he can show us how to pray to God. Jesus said in John 11:25-26, “I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?” Not Virgin Mother Mary, Buddha, Hindu, or any gods that were created by men can save us from the darkness of sins. Only Jesus. He is the only Savior who can forgive our sins and lead us to the light. Even though Virgin Mary gave Jesus a birth, it doesn’t mean that she is the mother of Church. There is no biblical reference that God gave Mary this divine power. We need to give respect to Virgin Mary, but it doesn’t mean that we need to worship and pray to her. Otherwise, we would be breaking the one of the Ten Commandments if we’d idolize Mary as co-equal with God.

 

Let me ask you a question. Do you have your relationship with the Heavenly Father? If not, I like to encourage you to develop your personal relationship with Jesus Christ today. 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. If you’d need further assistance, you can email me at or visit my ministries website at www.mgjcweb.org for further resources.


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Monday, November 10, 2014
Sanctification of the Cross
Topic: Gospel

By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins: But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God… (Hebrews 10:10-12 KJV)

 

Why Jesus died on the cross? The Bible said that He faced the most painful death penalty ever. Isaiah 53:3-5 says, “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.” He didn’t deserve the painful capitol punishment for our sins, but He did. Paul said in Romans 5:8, “…God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”

 

Hebrews 10:10 said that “we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.” His death set free us from sins. His death drew us near to God. Jesus didn’t just hang on the cross and died. I have hardly to see the cross with Jesus on the church wall. This shows some humiliation. The Bible said that after Jesus died on the cross, He resurrected back to life with His new body. Even though His scars were still in His hands and feet, He received His new physical body. We cannot comprehend on this until we, too, would receive our new bodies. I encourage you to read I Corinthians 15 to see some glimpses of what our new bodies look like.

 

The death and resurrection of Jesus Christ helps us to reunite with God. We need to separate ourselves from the darkness of sins. We can’t do this ourselves until the Holy Spirit would intervene with us. Romans 8:26 says, “…for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.” We can have experienced eternal life with God now, not just waiting for God would take us to Heaven.

 

Do you have your relationship with the Heavenly Father? If not, I like to encourage you to develop your personal relationship with Jesus Christ today. 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. If you’d need further assistance, you can email me at mgjcwebminstries@mgjcweb.org or visit my ministries website at www.mgjcweb.org for further resources.


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Thursday, September 18, 2014
The Day of Pentecost
Topic: Gospel
And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven. (Acts 2:1-5 KJV)

 

What was the day of Pentecost for the twelve apostles and what it means to us today? The word Pentecost means fiftieth day. It is the second of the three great Jewish feasts, celebrated at Jerusalem yearly, the seventh week after the Passover, in grateful recognition of the completed harvest. As we read in Acts 2, we see that there was something great event about to take a place. Even though we are not biblical theologians, we need to understand how the Church began and made widespread to the whole world.

 

The books of Gospel didn’t end with the great commission that Jesus gave to the apostles, or the Book of Acts didn’t end with Paul’s journeyed to Rome, Italy. In fact, the Book of Acts doesn’t have ending until Jesus would return to the earth to take His Church. We are the bodies of His Church. In I Corinthians 6:19, Paul declared that our bodies are the temple of the Holy Ghost. In the beginning of the universe, we were in the temple of God. As we read in Genesis 2-3, Adam and Eve talked with God easily as we can talk with each other today. Adam and Eve were in the temple of God. But, now, we are the temple of God. We need to invite Him into our lives to have relationship with Him. God just cannot come into our lives to take over. No, He didn’t do that at the Garden of Eden and He doesn’t do with us today. We need to understand that God is a loving Father, but He is also our Judge and Advocate.

 

The Day of Pentecost didn’t start with hundreds of people as in Azusa Street in 1906, but few (between 12 to 20). Apostles and few women were in one small house. They didn’t come out until the Holy Spirit began to move on them. We just read that in Acts 2:4, “…they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.” We do not know what other languages they spoke than Hebrew and Greek. But it was the day of harvest was completed. Throughout the four books of the Gospel, we read that Jesus called the first twelve disciples to be the fisher of men. The number twelve means the government. Jesus called His disciples to lead the world with the Gospel and message of the hope that they can reunite with God. Jesus stayed on the earth, after His resurrection for fifty days, to train His disciples to lead others to the light of the gospel.

 

What is your completion of harvest? Are you sowing the seed by sharing your testimony of faith with your family and friends? We all have received seed from God to make multiplication; and it is up to us what to do about it. We can sow our seeds wisely to make double, three, or more seeds; or hide it and use it unwisely.


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Sunday, August 10, 2014
Basic Understanding of the Cross
Topic: Gospel

And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it. (Luke 9:23-24 KJV)

 

Almost two thousand years ago, God brought His Son, Jesus, to us to die for our sins on the cross. Between Him, there were two thieves that represented us—rebellion and rejection. Let’s explore what these two thieves have to do with us.

 

Rebellion: Throughout the Bible, especially in the Old Testament, people were stubborn and not willing to listen to God. In the Book of Exodus, the people of Israel had always complained to Moses to get something, even though God provided them food and shelter while they journeyed to the Promise Land. Even though we did not have forty years on the desert, we still rebel against God. During the last couple decades, we continue see that our nation has turned against God. Since the Oklahoma bombing in mid-90s, we continually see that our school systems are not safe for the students to learn to prepare for their future. Our Christian kids are not safe to express their beliefs publicly; instead, they fight for their rights with the help of ACLJ in the courtroom.

 

Rejection: Since the Obama and his administration took over White House, we see that our nation has rejected God and made itself as the pagan nation. Even before they took the office, our nation slowly went further away from God. I’m not taking any political side, because either republican, democratic, or independent have not really wake themselves up to repair the damages that this nation made. Why? We are arguing about which the political party is fault rather than showing them some possible solutions. Nowadays, America has turned against the traditional marriage and family; instead, people can have any type of relationship, such as same-sex, with animal, and multi-marriage relationship within the family. We also can’t tell which churches that represent the true Word of God, because some churches have adopted the ungodly laws that the Congress and President have approved them.

 

If we watch any Christian TV and radio programs, we don’t hear teaching on the cross, salvation, sanctification, hell, heaven, and justification. Instead, their teachings are on Christian living, prosperity, and improving self-esteem. Today’s messages are not like 50 or hundreds years ago. Some of us may have forgotten how to seek God. One of myths that the most people believe is that if the person is American, he or she is considered as Christian. That’s 100% fault. Paul said in Romans 10:9-10, “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.” We need to have relationship with God through Jesus Christ. You cannot have boy/girlfriend without establishing relationship with someone first. This is same with God. He has feeling for us. He wants to have an intimacy relationship with each of us. But we need to let our idols go and take His cross to follow Him.

 

This is why His cross is represented as Redemption. Jesus set us free from the darkness of sins. I don’t know what problems you are facing today, but Jesus is willing to take care of your problems if you’d let Him. Jesus said in Matthew 11:28-30, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Being a Christian is not about joining a religious group or cult, but having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Are you willing to accept Jesus Christ as your personal Savior? If you do, I love to hear from you. You can email me at mgjcwebminstries@mgjcweb.org or visit MGJC Web Ministries at www.mgjcweb.org/contact-ministry.html.


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