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Sunday, January 20, 2013
Heavenly Worship Experience
Topic: Worship

And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth. Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints. And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God. And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy. (Revelation 19:6-10 KJV)

 

I’d like to conclude the worship series with looking forward to heavenly worship, which it will be at the marriage supper of the Lamb. I believe that our worship to God doesn’t end in our lifetimes in earth, but it will go forever. We do not know what this celebration would be like when we’d enter to the kingdom of God. But the Bible declares that the Heaven will be like Garden of Eden, which God created in the beginning of the world (Genesis 1-3) without the sun, moon, and stars.

 

I started reading the book on Heaven by Pastor Randy Alcorn from Eternal Ministries Perspective. In his book, Alcorn explained why most people want to go to Heaven with shortcut. They want to go to Heaven without establishing their relationships with Jesus Christ. That’s what the religions teach to people today. We can go to church denominations and learn many doctrines to worship and establish relationship with Jesus Christ, but it will become useless. Jesus gave us two simple commands—love God and love other people—but we’d come up with doctrines and theories to complicate what God is trying to saying to us. The Bible is the only reliable resource that God gave us.

 

I believe there will be dozens of us worshipping God in Heaven. But we need to worship God while we are still living here. Going to Sunday service to worship God is not enough to build our relationship with Him. This is everyday and ongoing process. Think about if we’d have air only on Sunday, then we’d all die after 12 AM would hit on Monday. We can’t grasp what our worship in Heaven would be like, but we can taste it here.

 

I don’t think my worship to God is the same as ten years ago or one day ago. We’d need to boost our worship to God each day, so Satan could not able to defeat us. We need to be true worshippers of God (see John 4:23-24).


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Sunday, January 13, 2013
Worship in the Battleground
Topic: Worship

Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. (Ephesians 6:10-12 KJV)

 

This past Friday, one of my church members and I went to Fredericksburg Regional Prayer Furnace, which it is closed to my home. As I worshipped and praised the Lord with song, one of leaders came to me and prayed over me. As she prayed, she said that my worship with song is the weapon to fight against the spiritual darkness.

 

Currently, our nation is at the battleground. Even though we are facing difficult financial crisis and moral issues, this battle is not “against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” Most people may believe that God is judging us, but they don’t know why He punishes us. As the way this nation is going, God is trying to wake us up from our couches and turn this nation upside up for Him. I believe what Peter said in 1 Peter 4:17, “For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God…” Our national economic system issue is not created by accident, because some of us may have misused our government money over years. We have built our national debts up to trillions of dollars that we cannot pay back to China and other nations we borrowed. It would take us several generations for us to free from the national debts.

 

We have lost our focused on Jesus Christ and turned into the worldly way of living. We blamed our politicians for our mistakes. Even though our politicians focus on the government system rather than God, we need to step up and take stand to assist them to lead into the right direction. We need to worship God rather than trying to legalizing homosexual marriage, abortion, and the use of weapons. We need to bring God’s name back to schools, so students can worship Him freely and they don’t need to take revenge on other persons for their actions. We need to worship God in home, so we do not need to go separately to live our lives. Today, schoolchildren are venerable and able to reach some kind of weapons to murder other students, because their families are kept arguing each other and not relying on God. It’s sad that many Christian homes are broken as equal to the none-Christians.

 

I don’t believe that any previous president, including Obama, had no idea when they made the treaty with the other nations, especially UN. They made an oath to God and to this nation as they elected to seat White House. Once the oath ceremony was ended, they started to go their own agendas to lead the nation. We, as the body of Christ, need to raise our voices to show them where we’d need to go from here. We need people like Moses and Joshua to lead the nation to the Promise Land. It’s not just enough for us to vote the person for President to lead the nation. God must be involved with the political process. Without Him, we would be kept digging for the solution to our messes.

 

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, January 6, 2013
What Do We Worship?
Topic: Worship

But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. (John 4:23 KJV)

 

I’d like to ask you a question. What do you worship on a daily basis? It’s one thing to give praise to other people around us, but we only give worship to God and none of others deserve worship beside Him. The word “worship” means “to give honor” or “to serve.” Even though we can give honor to our military or serve in our community, but this kind of worship only belong to God.

 

Most people may seek for the earthly things to satisfy their lives, such as money, cars, housings, marriage, entertainment, and etc. These things are good for us to have, but when we’d put them on the top of our priorities, we are worshipping idols rather than God. Joshua said in 24:15, “And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”

 

As we see in this world, many people are trying to look for the answers to satisfy their needs. Unfortunately, they are looking at the wrong places. They worship wooden idols to receive the answers to their needs, but these wooden objects cannot answers to them. Or people are praying to Virgin Mother Mary on a daily basis, as co-equal with God, but she cannot speak to them. Mary, Buddha, Allah and other worldly gods didn’t approve themselves to deserve our worship. But why do people still worship them?

 

First, I think that they haven’t heard the Gospel of Jesus Christ yet. We see today many evangelists are preaching the Gospel at the large crowd rather than in a small village. In another word, the Gospel is not personalized to them. It’s ok to have large evangelism, but if the preachers would only go to large crowd of people to provide services, they are only looking for God’s hands rather than His true character.

 

Second, our country hasn’t awakened from spiritual fatness, because we have decided to shut our door from the public and let ungodly activities take over. It’s sad to see our president advocates for LGBT activists, Islam, abortion, and Palestine tries to take charge over Israel, the Holy Land. Why? Christians haven’t awakened from sleep. It only takes one Christian to speak up to bring God to our nation as one person spoke against His name in the public school.

 

We need to worship God with all of our strengths, hearts, and minds. We’d need to lose our spiritual fatness by sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ to individuals, who have not known Jesus Christ.


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Monday, April 26, 2010
True Worshippers II
Topic: Worship

But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. (John 4:23 KJV)

I’d like to look another aspect of becoming true worshippers. In previous message, I discussed this subject as a body of the Church. They are two kinds of Church—false and true representation of Jesus Christ.

Today, I’d want to go deeper into its subject. Paul said that our bodies are to be living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is our reasonable service (Romans 12:1). Of course, Paul didn’t mean to burn our dead bodies into fire as Pagan celebrates the funeral. But, he meant that we need to give all ourselves to God and let Him to be our boss. We need to trust Him for everything.

I love what Solomon wrote in Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” When we rely on God, He will take us to right path. Devil tries to take us to the road of destruction, but God takes us to the road of construction to the fullness of life. Devil tries to take us down to the pit of Hell, but God will take us up to His palace.

When I worship God through the song of praise and worship, it gives me strengths to live another day for God. When I work another day for God, it gives me another to reason to work for Him. Our jobs are to be for God and not for ourselves. We should honor Him and not ourselves to be lifted up above Him. Satan tried to lift himself up onto the throne of God, but he failed and dishonored God.

We need to re-exam our hearts how we should honor God. Many people failed from encouragement, because they looked wrong stuff. Our country is in mess because people are looking for wrong stuff. Many people are still sad as they celebrated the reminder of the tragedy because they keep look back to the event.

Why not to start your day to glorify God.


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Wednesday, April 21, 2010
True Worshippers
Topic: Worship

But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. (John 4:23-24 KJV)

What it means to become a true worshipper? The word worship has a deep meaning than just raising our hands during the Praise and Worship services. It means to give honor or devote to God. Only God deserves to be worshipped from us. Not to anyone else.

When we worship to our King, our relationship with Him will become stronger. When I worship Him through music, reading His words, praying, or to be active in my community, I want to spend more time with Him. Do we know why many people have faced many problems in their lives? They worship wrong things that would contradict with their spirit men. For example, person wants to gamble to be a multibillionaire, such as Bill Gate, Tiger Wood, and Michael Jackson. Even though Michael Jackson was the famous pop star during his lifetime, he chose to follow the death road by taking wrong medicines and decided to change his physical image to please the world. Bill Gate, a multibillionaire for Microsoft program, is famous but does he have his personal relationship with Jesus Christ? Even though Tiger Wood confessed his mistakes to the world, he and his wife decided to file for divorce. As we see, these people only wanted to please the whole wide world rather than please God.

We cannot please the world and God. We have to make a decision who we want to serve. Some churches are broken their covenants with God because they left their first love and decided to please the world. When we left our first love, our worships will become useless to God. Nowadays, many churches sell their products in order to make themselves multibillionaire churches, such as Paula White Ministries, Lakewood Church, TD Jakes, Kenneth Copeland, and Trinity Broadcasting Network. God exposed Paula White to the media because she used God’s ministries for wrong purpose. CNN Larry King Lives exposed who Joel Osteen really was, even though Larry didn’t know what he was doing. Joel Osteen didn’t tell the whole truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. During his interview, he proclaimed that there are many ways to Heaven.

We need to worship God in right way. We cannot be double minded in order to please both worlds. We cannot be lukewarm Church as one of seven churches in Asia.

Paul said in Romans 12:1-2, “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. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”

Do you like to become a true worshipper of Jesus Christ? If so, please give your whole life to Him by confessed that you are sinner and ask Him forgiveness of your sins and invite Him to your life.


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Monday, January 16, 2006
Worship Our King Jesus: Worship God in the Midst of the War Cry
Topic: Worship

Have we enough to go through the problem in our life? How many of us to have some difficult time in life? Of course, we all have problems in our everyday life. There is no person who hadn’t faced the circumstance in his life. Even Jesus had experienced all kinds of problems while he lived with His people (Matthew; Mark; Luke; John). But He conquered all of His problems with the help from His Heavenly Father.

When we have problems, where do we go to seek counsel? When we don’t feel like to serve God, what would we do? Most people seek counsel from alcohols, bar, sex, TV, movie, music, family, and/or friends when they would get stress. And the youngest people are seeking help from these items/groups when they’d get peer pressure. As long as they’d get what they want to be cured from stress, they’d feel satisfy for while.

We, too, are in a war zone. We are in a war zone that Satan can attack us to lead us to his kingdom, Hell. We are in a war zone that we might turn ourselves from God and begin to serve Satan. We are in a war zone that Satan can defeat us. We are in a war zone that we can defeat Satan with the power of God for good.

David didn’t look at Goliath with the weapon to get chance to win in the battleground, but he looked up to the Author and Finisher of his faith (cf. Hebrews 12:2) to defeat the giant at the front of his thousand enemies. What cause David to defeat Goliath? Was his faith? Was his reliable God?

Read with me in I Samuel 17:45-48.

Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin. But I come to you in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the LORD will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you and take your head from you. And this day I will give the carcasses of the camp of the Philistines to the birds of the air and the wild beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel. Then all this assembly shall know that the LORD does not save with sword and spear; for the battle is the LORD’s, and He will give you into our hands.”

So it was, when the Philistine arose and came and drew near to meet David, that David hurried and ran toward the army to meet the Philistine.

Just like David, we are in a war zone—war zone to fight against the power of darkness. But we are not in the battleground alone, God is with us.

Some of us may face different kinds of problems in our lives than what David faced. Whether we face the problem that is small or big, God can help us to overcome these battles. Paul says we are not fight against another human being, but against the power of darkness (Ephesians 6:12). Sure, our people would sometime to decide to against us, even from our own family, but we are not alone to go out to fight our own battle. If we make a war cry to God, He can help us in the time of our needs. Look what Joshua and his people did to possess the land of Jericho (Joshua 6). The people of Israel walked around the wall of Jericho, for seven days, and made the trumpets sound to worship God to destroy the people in the land to possess it. The number seven stands for perfection. God created the world in six days and He rested on the seventh day, because He saw His handwork perfectly and rest after the six days.

Are we on the point where we would have perfect life? Some of us may think so. They may think that they can live perfectly as long as they can have what they want. But I have sad news for those who would want to live perfectly. There is no such thing “perfect life.” Although Bill Gates lives as a rich business man, he is still poor than the rest of homeless people, unless he already has developed his relationship with Jesus Christ.

Worship God with all your soul, heart, and strength to overcome your obstacles. Sing a new song and praise to God to win for your victory in Jesus Christ. As one of Baptist songs says,

Victory, victory, victory in Jesus!
Sing His overcoming blood, sing the grace that frees us;
Ring it out more boldly, song of faith and cheer,
Till the whole wide world shall hear.

O’er the pow’rs of darkness, o’er the hosts of sin,
Victory in Jesus, victory!
Trusting, watching, praying, we shall surely win,
Victory in Jesus evermore.

Refrain

Send the happy watchword all along the line,
Victory in Jesus, victory!
Let all error perish, lives the truth divine,
Victory in Jesus evermore.

Song created by Eliza E. Hewii (1851-1920)

So where are you? If you are in a war zone, how you can set free from the battleground? What if your family members decide to forsake you because God gave you more revelation to His word, and you don’t agree what your family interprets from the Scripture or some other reasons? Even your family may decide to forsake you, the Bible says, and then God will take care of you (Psalm 27:10).

Who are you? As you read this message, you may think this is unreal that we are in a spiritual war. It doesn’t matter what we think, the battle is happening in each individual’s soul. Look what’s happening on kids. Many movies and books on Harry Potter have impacted on kids’ souls. They want more fantasy and magic in their lives rather than soul nutrition from God’s Words. Teenagers may have been seeking for sex and drug to fill their empty souls. What are we going to do about these issues on our young people?

We can help them to fight their spiritual battle in Jesus Christ. We also can help to have their relationship with Jesus Christ. There are no other greatest gifts than to introduce them Jesus Christ. Young people are God’s children and the next generation leaders for their country.

Worship God and sing a praise song to Him to fight the battle for your eternal destiny.

Are you saved? Are your love ones and friends saved in the grace of God through Jesus Christ? The purpose of this study is to help you to become closer relationship with Jesus Christ. As Jesus said, "Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father's house are many rooms, if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am." (John 14:1-3.)

If you are lukewarm in your relationship with Jesus Christ and want to know Him as your personal Savior and Lord of your life, please consider asking Him to forgive your sins and invite Him into your life. Paul says, "That if you confess with your mouth, `Jesus is Lord,' and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believed and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved." (Romans 10:9-10.) If you have done in your private room or workplace, then you need to tell to your friends or love ones about what you have done, so they may rejoice with you and want to have that relationship with Christ in their own life. There are many occults in the world, which do not know the love of God and His great plan for those who believe in Him. As it is written in John 3:16, "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life."


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Monday, January 9, 2006
Are You On The Right Way?
Topic: Worship

Everyone is on a spiritual journey as they travel through life. Each of us has our own way to reach the goal of lifetime. Whether religious or not, we travel a spiritual path; every day we make choices that affects the direction in which we are headed.

On the last message, we studied about the “Courtroom of Eternality.” In Matthew 7:13-14, Jesus gave us a clue on how many people would go to Heaven and Hell according to each individual verdict from how Lord Jesus Christ would judge each of them. Many people think that the paths we can travel are many. In one sense that may be true; there are all kinds of religions, but in another sense there are really only two paths or ways.

Since we looked in Matthew 7:13-14 with the view of Heaven and Hell, let’s study on the application of it. I understand that most of us may hear on the Hell and Heaven from our local churches few times in our lifetimes, because of these reasons:

1) Preachers may do not like to teach on the topics that speak on the conviction of their sins, because they would like to keep their people to run the businesses, such as:

· Hell & Heaven (talk more on Heaven and less on Hell)

· White throne judgment

· False doctrines, teachers, and prophets

· Last Day of the Earth (they would expand the day into many thousands years rather than it’s process in our generation)

2) We would like to hear messages that are smooth and soft.

3) We would not like to recognize our sins.

These or more reasons that some pastors may do not preach on subjects that would be harmful to them and the rest of the church. But, God is recommending us to learn what is hidden on the other side of Heaven. If we don’t learn what is right from wrong, how we would suppose to know the right way of handling our situations.

In Matthew 7:13-14, Jesus spoke the one of two ways to enter His Kingdom and another way to go to Hell. Each with its own beginning, each with its own end; and one way is heavily populated; the other is traveled by few.

Where are you? Which road that you would be taking? It’s interested that the most of people go for the wrong way to handle the situation. Remember that most people were panic about the Y2K computer system problem in 1999. Most people worried about the digits in date on the computer when the year 2000 would arrive. They believed that when it would be January 1, 2000, the digits on the computer would recognize the year 1900 when the date would print as 1/1/00, which it would conflict our economic system. As a result, there weren’t any issue after the first couple months of 2000 passed by.

Now, let’s read Matthew 7:13-14 again to set this topic.

Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.

As we read in this passage, there are two gates to the eternity, two ways, two sets of group of people, and two destinations. Now, look these phrases that came out from the two verses of Matthew 7. This is the basic process for us to learn about the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Heaven and Hell. If the Hell wouldn’t exist, why do we need to learn on the two ways of living? It wouldn’t make sense for us to educate on the subject. Since Eve and Adam disobeyed God (Genesis 3), we are living on one of two ways of life—good or bad, smart or dumb, godly or ungodly, being like child of God or being like child of Satan.

Let’s first study on the two gates in Matthew 7. Jesus says that going to wide gate of eternality is bad choice to live the everlasting life. Why? The wide gate is easy to receive the invitation to Hell, because there is no standard of regulation. People don’t have to wait on a long line to accept invitation. Like in the big city, such as Las Vegas, there are many places they can go and entertain themselves without worry about the risk they involve. But, on a narrow gate, they can focus more on their main goals. With receiving some instructions from teachers, they can gain more skills to meet their dreams. If we decide to go to the narrow gate of eternality, we can go closer to Jesus Christ and spend the eternality with Him.

Two ways: the broad and constrict ways. Living a life in the broad way makes people set free. They can live any behavior and lifestyle they want to live until they died. Like they would decide to enter the wide gate, they feel that they do not need to change their goals or hearts to go after Jesus Christ. For instant, you may decide to play the lottery machine to try to win $1 million. If you keep play the lottery game until you’d get the $1 million, you might have a chance to loose all the money you have and become poor, because you keep putting your money in one machine. Sadly, many people love this path until they would realize that the broad way leads to destruction of life.

Now, let’s talk about the constrict way. Living a constrict way of life requires our individual effort to reach our goals. Matthew 7:14 said that this is the way to enter God’s Kingdom. This is the way because it requires a righteousness that exceeds that of many religious people (Matthew 5:20) and a change in our behavior (cf. Matthew 5:21-7:12). If we study for the college exam, we will get a chance to receive the perfect score, for example. God wants us to live in a constrict way of life to reach to Him, such as being like Christ.

Two groups of people. Psalm 1 tells us that there are two groups of people are living this world. The people who are godly (Psalm 1:1-3); and who are ungodly (Psalm 1:4-6). The people who are godly find God’s blessing in Him and ungodly finds curse (cf. Deuteronomy 28). Ungodly people find destruction in their lives, although their ways may seem to be easy and smooth; and godly people finds abundant harvest in their lives, even though they may seem to go through rough and hard roads.

Read about the life of Job. He faced many tragedies in his life, because God and Satan were at the battleground (Job 1-2). Even though he received many accusations from his friends to help him (Job 4-5; 8; 11; 15; 18; 20; 22; 25; 32-37; 38:1-40:2; 40:6-41:34), Job didn’t let deceptive words come into his life. He trusted on God. In the beginning of the Book of Job, he lived as a rich man and became homeless, but at the end of his book, God gave him more blessings than in the first chapter of the book.

Which group of people are you? Do you focus more on the way of world or on the way of God? The world has so much to offer something to you, but it will not be lasted. We cannot take our physical things, even our bodies, to the eternality.

Two destination points. Where are you going with all your accomplishments in schools and colleges? There are only two destinations in our life and there is no middle ground. We can accomplish anything if we put ourselves together, but we can go any directions that we would like with our accomplishments. We can go to music industries and make big buck as career. But how we would perform our music to the public viewers is another challenge. We can use our music to bring people into destruction or give them life. If we would use the music that is destruction, we wouldn’t go our career further; destination would come to end. If we use in other way, we are reaching our destination much further.

We are living in a war zone with two masters of this world, Jesus and Satan. If we want to go to our destinations to reach Jesus Christ, even though the road is rough, we are heading toward to the eternal life and celebration. If we to go to our destinations to reach Satan, because the road is easy and wide, we are heading toward to the eternal torment.

Where are you going to spend eternality? Hope that we make a wise decision before Jesus Christ comes to rapture the Church and judge the rest of the world.

Are you saved? Are your love ones and friends saved in the grace of God through Jesus Christ? The purpose of this study is to help you to become closer relationship with Jesus Christ. As Jesus said, "Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father's house are many rooms, if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am." (John 14:1-3.)

If you are lukewarm in your relationship with Jesus Christ and want to know Him as your personal Savior and Lord of your life, please consider asking Him to forgive your sins and invite Him into your life. Paul says, "That if you confess with your mouth, `Jesus is Lord,' and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believed and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved." (Romans 10:9-10.) If you have done in your private room or workplace, then you need to tell to your friends or love ones about what you have done, so they may rejoice with you and want to have that relationship with Christ in their own life. There are many occults in the world, which do not know the love of God and His great plan for those who believe in Him. As it is written in John 3:16, "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life."


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Monday, January 2, 2006
Worship Our King Jesus: Courtroom of Eternity
Topic: Worship

Have you wonder where you would do after you die? Many people believe that after facing the death bed, they are sure that they will go to Heaven. Few of them said that they will go to the other side of the eternal place, Hell. Does the place called, Heaven, is for everybody? If the person would decide to take alcohol and tobacco for the rest of his life, would God take him to Heaven? Just think moment as if you are in his shoe.

The Bible says that on one final day of earth, there will be a court session that we must face before we would enter in one of two eternal gates. One of two gates will lead us to life and another leads us into destruction.

Let’s read Matthew 7:13-14:

Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.

In this text, Jesus gave us glimpse of how many would enter the Heaven. As we see, there will not many of them able to make to the eternal rest. Some people might say, “We thought a wide gate will lead us to Heaven, but not narrow. Narrow gate is for wimps.” No! Let me explain why the narrow gate is the key to Heaven.

Before we would detour Heaven and Hell, let’s go to the courtroom and understand why we need go through this place.

Before we would enter our eternal home, there will be a court session with God. Unlike the other courts, Jesus will become our defensive attorney or offensive. He will judge us according to our gifts of salvation that He gave us. In Matthew 25:31-46, Jesus explains who will enter the kingdom of Heaven:

“When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats. And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’

 

“Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’

“Then He will also say to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels: for I was hungry and you gave Me no food; I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink; I was a stranger and you did not take Me in, naked and you did not clothe Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit Me.’

“Then they also will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You?’ Then He will answer them, saying, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’ And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

Often, many of us believe that God will give us blessing if we would tithe every Sunday. Although this is the biblical principle, He doesn’t care how much of money we give every Sunday to get access Heaven. He only cares what you are willing to do after you receive the gift of salvation from Heavenly Father. Being a millionaire will not have enough.

As we read in Matthew 25, if we would do anything with the gift that God gave us and keep it to ourselves, we would become trash that He can throw us in a waste ban. This is why we need to take action and use the gift that He gave us.

In Luke 16:19-31, Jesus told a story to His disciples about the rich man and poor man, Lazarus. The rich man spent his life on earth with fame, wealth, and power. He didn’t takes care other people, like Lazarus, rather than himself. And Lazarus, this homeless man, tried to beg some help from the rich man. He tried to find some crumbs on the floor under the rich man’s table to fill his stomach. He tried everything to survive, but the rich man did not do anything to save Lazarus from dying.

When the both men died, they ended up two separate places. Lazarus went to Abraham’s bosom and the rich man ended up in Hades.

Let’s study about Abraham’s bosom. Abraham bosom is used as Heaven or Paradise. Before the dead person in the Old Testament went to Heaven, the angel took him Abraham’s bosom, because Jesus Christ did not die and resurrect yet. So, the believer stopped and rested in bosom before God took him Heaven. But, now, after Jesus died and resurrected from the dead 2000 years ago, believers have direct access to Heaven when they would die. More than that, we have direct access to God in this moment. Ephesians 2:18 says, “For through Him [Jesus Christ] we both have access by one Spirit to the Father.” We don’t need to go to pastor to repent our sins or to communicate with Him, because God gave us free access to Him through Jesus Christ.

What would be Heaven place like? Although we hardly to get full picture of Heaven, God gave us little taste of this awesome place in His Written Word, the Bible. John, in Revelation 21:1-4, says, “Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea. Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”

No more pains, no more hard labor. Can you picture if God would be here today to rapture His Church into Kingdom of Heaven. The old things will pass away and the new things will come arise. We will have a great celebration with Jesus Christ in Heaven. If you would like to in-depth study on Heaven, you may compare Genesis 1-2 and Revelation 21-22. These passages of Genesis will give us some pictures of our new home in Revelation 21-22.

Now, let’s shift to on the other side of eternality, Hell. A place is called Hell is for no one, except those who decide to walk away from Jesus Christ. God created Hell, but He didn’t create it for anyone. Why? The Bible tells us God doesn’t like loose any of us for eternality, because He loves us so much by demonstrating us His love through facing the death penalty for our sins. But why He created Hell on the first place?

God didn’t make Hell for any human. But He created it for those who reject Jesus Christ, because He cannot allow any unrepentant person from his sin in Heaven.

The Hell is an unpleasant place. It is a place with of fire:

The man in Luke 16:24 cries: "….I am tormented in this FLAME."

In Matthew 13:42, Jesus says: "And shall cast them into a FURNACE OF FIRE: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth."

In Matthew 25:41, Jesus says: "Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting FIRE…"

Revelation 20:15 says, "And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the LAKE OF FIRE."

If our souls go there, we will have a lot of groaning, weeping, pain forever, because our souls cannot die. It’s opposite of happiness and opposite of Heaven. Once we would go Hell, we never cannot be released from the lake of fire.

Read what happened to the rich man in Luke 16, after he lived in a worldly rich life and died. He ended up at Hades or Hell, where he experienced a painful life. When he begged Abraham to take him out from furnace, Abraham said, “Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things; but now he is comforted and you are tormented (Luke 16:25).”

The Hell is also a place to remember of all the sins that the person ever had done during his earthly lifetime. Like the rich man, the person will remember all the good things that he ever done to himself and had less care for others. He also would remember the painful moments of his life.

Are you like a rich man, who only care about yourself, or a rich man, who is poor in physical appearance and rich in the spiritual world? God will not judge us according to how much money we made or how much money that we gave to the church. He will judge us according to what we did with our gift of salvation that He gave us. Jesus gave us two questions in Mark 8:36-37,: “For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul.” We can win for $1 million sweepstake challenge to Hawaii, but it will only last for a season.

If you like to know where is Hell? If you study Earth Science about the formation of Earth, it is in the center of the earth. It approved by both the biblically and scientifically (see The Truth about Hell. by Terry Watkins).

What if you are between Hell and Heaven today and God brings your case out before all the people behind you, what would your verdict be? Would God judge you innocent or guilty? You can be sure if you already accepted Jesus Christ and do according to His will. Or you are not sure about your future home and would like to know more about Heaven. You can be sure today if you are going to Heaven by accepting Jesus Christ as your personal Savior.

The Bible says, the only way to Heaven is through Jesus Christ (cf. John 10:9). There is no other ways to Heaven.

Are you saved? Are your love ones and friends saved in the grace of God through Jesus Christ? The purpose of this study is to help you to become closer relationship with Jesus Christ. As Jesus said, "Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father's house are many rooms, if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am." (John 14:1-3.)

If you are lukewarm in your relationship with Jesus Christ and want to know Him as your personal Savior and Lord of your life, please consider asking Him to forgive your sins and invite Him into your life. Paul says, "That if you confess with your mouth, `Jesus is Lord,' and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believed and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved." (Romans 10:9-10.) If you have done in your private room or workplace, then you need to tell to your friends or love ones about what you have done, so they may rejoice with you and want to have that relationship with Christ in their own life. There are many occults in the world, which do not know the love of God and His great plan for those who believe in Him. As it is written in John 3:16, "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life."


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Sunday, December 25, 2005
Worship Our King Jesus: Maintaining Our Thoughts on Jesus Christ
Topic: Worship

What we would do when our finance would crash for our families? What we would do when our well-know people just die? What we would do when we need food for our souls? Today, most people are seeking for something that would satisfy to their needs. After the 9/11 tragedy on Twin World Trade Tower and Pentagon, many people were crushed and depressed when some jets fired up their targets and killed several thousands innocent people in three buildings. Still, the tragedy is happening around the globe. On July 7 and 21, 2005, some group of people set the bomb to try to kill innocent people at London in France.

What is happening? Who we rely on when we see many people are hurting in our community, country, and other countries? Many of us may find the solution to the problems in money, sex, counselors, Las Vegas Gambling Center, and/or close relatives and friends. Unfortunately, these helpers may only last for a season and we would continue to looking for answer.

Even though we may seem that we are at the end of searching, there is the only person who has answers to all of our problems. That is Person Jesus Christ. He has every solution that we are struggling. Turn to Hebrews 12:1-2:

Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance 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 has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

In this text of Scripture, the author declares us that we have the Person we can run into when we are struggling with our lives and searching for the joy. We are in a race of faith that Satan can block us away from going to Jesus. We are in a race of faith that the world can block us to get into the business with God. Paul says that we are not dealing with another human being, but with the power of Satan (see Ephesians 6:12ff). To fight against the power of Satan, we need to prepare our weapons—weapons that are from the Word of God (Ephesians 6:14-18).

It seems to be tough when we would do in our ways. Toughest decisions are not easy to solve in our intelligent minds. Even when we go to the other persons to help us to resolve our problems, we may not satisfy with the solution. For example, if some of us may decide to apply for Social Supplement Income (SSI) to help with your financial needs to pay your bills, because you lost your job and you are in condition that you cannot do everything alone. When you have found your job, your SSI will decrease, because it’s only for a season. Money cannot buy happiness. The Bible tells us that the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil (I Timothy 6:10).

The money, itself, has nothing to do with evil, but our thoughts. If we maintain our minds on money, it means that we loss our relationship with Jesus and gain more on money, which we’d become a friend of this world and Satan. Read with me in I John 2:15-17. “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.

It’s good to seek help for financial needs from communities, but it is not okay that the money would become as your god.

In our text, Hebrews 12, tells us that Jesus is the author and finisher of our faiths and is who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross. Apostle Paul tells us we need to rejoice in Him (cf. Philippians 4:4). Although we know that many people rejected Jesus as their Savior, He did give up for those who believe in Him to give them the victory over sins. Either He didn’t give up for us. Romans 5:8 says, “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

The Word of God says that if we seek Jesus for everything, He will give us peace and abundance that we ever ask Him for. Jesus says, “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” (Matthew 6:33.) Seek God and trust Him. This doesn’t mean that He only can make you a millionaire, but wisdom that you can do anything in His name.

Read I Kings 9 and see what God did to Solomon, David Son. He didn’t ask God something more than wisdom. Yet, God gave him more than he ever ask Him for.

Where are you today? Who you can put trust on? If you seek something more than physical needs, there is nothing to compare than to rely on Jesus Christ.

In the next message, I would like to discuss the eternal courtroom. Where you would be when you’d die? There are only two places for you to decide which place that you’d spend eternality. Today’s message is the part of our next study.

Trust in the LORD with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths.
Do not be wise in your own eyes;
Fear the LORD and depart from evil.

(Proverbs 3:5-7)

Are you saved? Are your love ones and friends saved in the grace of God through Jesus Christ? The purpose of this study is to help you to become closer relationship with Jesus Christ. As Jesus said, "Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father's house are many rooms, if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am." (John 14:1-3.)

If you are lukewarm in your relationship with Jesus Christ and want to know Him as your personal Savior and Lord of your life, please consider asking Him to forgive your sins and invite Him into your life. Paul says, "That if you confess with your mouth, `Jesus is Lord,' and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believed and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved." (Romans 10:9-10.) If you have done in your private room or workplace, then you need to tell to your friends or love ones about what you have done, so they may rejoice with you and want to have that relationship with Christ in their own life. There are many occults in the world, which do not know the love of God and His great plan for those who believe in Him. As it is written in John 3:16, "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life."


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Friday, December 16, 2005
Worship Our King Jesus: Worship God without Deceiving
Topic: Worship

As we continue on this series on “Worship Our King Jesus,” we also need to be watchful how we receive the Word of God in our hearts. In the previous message, we studied about how we can be from the spiritual corruption in our lives. Before we became children of God, we were spiritual disabled beings. Unlike physical disabled being, we were in a dark place to avoid from the light of the truth. “The Bible says that we were corrupted in our sins and was saved by the grace of God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Being a physical disabled may or may not be caused by our spiritual corruption. God did not bring His people into sins, but they brought themselves into the spiritual corruption in their own lives.” (See Worship Our King Jesus: Free from Being Spiritual Disability.)

We worship because we love God and He loves us. We worship God because He is the Creator who created us. We worship Him, not because it’s requirement, but we have freedom that He gave us to choose to serve Him.

But we need to worship God without receiving deception promise from the other gospels. Before I’d go further with this discussion, let’s read I Timothy 4:1-5.

Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron, forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from foods which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth. For every creature of God is good, and nothing is to be refused if it is received with thanksgiving; for it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.

This passage of the Scripture speaks what’s going on the world today. Paul predicted this before his death. Since the days of Paul to our time period, there is a lot of false witness for Jesus Christ. As we see several events today, many churches are falling in this category. Even Trinity Broadcasting Network, Christian Broadcasting Network, and other Christian media are falling for the false gospel.

Paul told his people that one latter of days many of them, even us, will separate from the true Gospel, which Jesus spoke to His apostles and which Moses, prophets, and psalmists spoke throughout the Old Testament, and decide to follow the demonic doctrine. As I said, some of us may live in the darkness situation and need to free from that.

As we see, many of us give credit to our youngsters to watch and read Henry Potter, which contains a lot of magic and witchcraft rituals. Although God told us not to use of witchcraft (Leviticus 19:26-28, 31; 20:6; Deuteronomy 18:9-14), we do it anyway for our own entertainment by watching movies and reading books. Dr. James Dobson, a founder of Focus On Family, said that it is okay for Christian family to watch Henry Potter Movie, which contains witchcraft (read TWO MORE CHRISTIAN-ORIENTED ORGANIZATIONS RECOMMEND HARRY POTTER BOOKS -- WITCHCRAFT IN THE NAME OF JESUS ! from Cutting Edge Ministries). In other saying, he doesn’t care what Satan is doing in the Christian home. Everything what Christian family is doing for kids is for their education and leisure, which it is not a case according to God’s view.

Now, here in I Timothy 4, Paul warns us that some of believers may decide to leave from their faiths in Christ and accept demonic doctrine as their gods. He gave some of lists of demonic activities that people would accept:

  • Speaking lies, such as:
    • White lies
    • Half lies
    • Broken promises
    • Make false statements
  • Having their own conscience seared with a hot iron
  • Forbidding to marry
    • Gay marriage
    • Having sex outside marriage
    • Divorce and hurts
    • Marry to strangers
  • Commanding to abstain from foods
    • Weight problem
    • Eating certain food continuously
    • Eating too much junk food
    • Eating food every single hour

As we see, these lists of activities or more do not satisfy with God. Some mega churches believe that we are “little gods.” This doctrine carries over many years as a fundamental Christian teaching through TBN. If we are little gods, then we would not be in the church on Sunday morning. In fact, we would accept and do every activity that God forbids for us to do.

Another example:

In February 2004, many church leaders recommended for Christian to go to see The Passion movie by Mel Gibson, which was rated R and had many bloodshed scenes that even children cannot see it. Why the movie was so violent? One of reasons is that the movie wasn’t made from the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, John, and Luke, but it actually from the doctrine of Catholicism. If you compare with the Bible and movie, you’ll see many differences that are not recorded in the Bible. But if you compare with the movie and Catholic doctrine, such as The Secret History of the Jesuits, you’ll see a lot of similarities that are not recorded in the Bible, both Old and New Testaments, but are recorded in the Catholic doctrine.

So how we need to protect ourselves from deception and worship God the Almighty. Jesus warned us that there will be a great deception on the final day that even the elect may accept it (Matthew 24:23-25).

In I Timothy 4:4-5, Paul says, “For every creature of God is good, and nothing is to be refused if it is received with thanksgiving; for it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.” We should not be refused what God has give to us and not to accept what He says “No” for our lives. In fact, God created everything that He created for His purpose.

How we need protect ourselves from deceptive words, so that we may know which things are true and are not?

1) Knowing the right way and wrong way. Although this may seem unbiblical practice, we need to learn both right and wrong ways to handle our life situations. This way, we can know what is right from wrong.

2) Follow the Spirit, not our spirits. The Bible says that the Spirit teaches and leads us into the absolute truth that we would not be aware of from the Word of God. Our own spirit can only know things what we hear from the world perspective and not from God. Our spirits can do what we desire for them to do, but the Spirit that God gave to us can access into His presence and communicate with Him.

3) Receiving deception is from Satan and not from God. Satan loves to make us headache by using other people to lie about anything that God gave to us. Jesus described him as a thief to steal, to kill, and to destroy (see John 10:10). He can use anything or anybody of this world to try to deceive us. The Bible says that he can quote from the Scripture to deceive us. But, he cannot deceive us if we put God in our lives.

God is the Light and Satan is the Dark.

4) Lastly, we need to obey and honor our God and people. If we want to have success life on earth until God would take us His home, we must respect God and people. If we help and love our people, we are actually honoring and obeying Him.

Let me ask you this question: If someone come to you and says that God is not real, would you believe him? If we are gods, there would be no Creator or no beginning point of our lives. But if we are gods, why we have sickness, freckle on our skins, and face the death bed when we would turn old? The answer: we are all human beings and fall short of the glory of God. We all have sinned and there is none of us perfect, except the Person Jesus Christ, who paid all of our sins by facing His death bed at the cross and resurrected on the third day to prove that He is the King of kings and Lord of lords over all things that He created, even us.

Choice is yours and mine alone. Whom are we going to worship? Joshua said to the people of Israel, “And if it seems evil to you to serve the LORD, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD." (Joshua 24:15.)

Are you saved? Are your love ones and friends saved in the grace of God through Jesus Christ? The purpose of this study is to help you to become closer relationship with Jesus Christ. As Jesus said, "Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father's house are many rooms, if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am." (John 14:1-3.)

If you are lukewarm in your relationship with Jesus Christ and want to know Him as your personal Savior and Lord of your life, please consider asking Him to forgive your sins and invite Him into your life. Paul says, "That if you confess with your mouth, `Jesus is Lord,' and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believed and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved." (Romans 10:9-10.) If you have done in your private room or workplace, then you need to tell to your friends or love ones about what you have done, so they may rejoice with you and want to have that relationship with Christ in their own life. There are many occults in the world, which do not know the love of God and His great plan for those who believe in Him. As it is written in John 3:16, "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life."


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Sunday, December 11, 2005
Worship Our King Jesus: Free from Being Spiritual Disability
Topic: Worship

How many of us know Pastor David Ring? We might hear him on Christian radio and television. Pastor Ring is a physical disabled preacher in Tennessee who born with cerebral palsy. Unlike me, he can walk and talk without using any walker or communication device. I went to one of his meetings in Oakton United Methodist Church with my church friends on June 28, 2005. As I listened to his life testimony, there is a hope to go through any type of challenges in life—whether you are disabled or non-disabled person; old or young.

As you know, I have a physical disability like Pastor David Ring. But I’m not going to talk about my life with disability in this message. Many of you may familiar of my life story.

In this message, I would like to talk about our freedom from spiritual disability. I’m not talking about physical, but spiritual, because we all have disabilities that block us to see the light of the truth. The Bible says that we were corrupted in our sins and was saved by the grace of God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Being a physical disabled may or may not be caused by our spiritual corruption. God did not bring His people into sins, but they brought themselves into the spiritual corruption in their own lives.

Let’s read John 9:1-5:

Now as Jesus passed by, He saw a man who was blind from birth. And His disciples asked Him, saying, "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?"

Jesus answered, "Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him. Imust work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world."

In this passage of John 9, disciples asked Jesus what cause a man was born to be blind of as disabled. They thought it came from his parents’ sins. Of course, we understand that God can give a curse to the person if he’d continually sin against Him. But in this passage, this man is being disabled not because his parents’ sins or his own sin. Nope! Read verses 4 and 5. Jesus said to them that the man was blind, so he could see the miracle of God in him. So he can be freed from the spiritual darkness.

As we read in I Corinthians 1:27-31, Paul says:

But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, that no flesh should glory in His presence. But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God--and righteousness and sanctification and redemption—that, as it is written, "He who glories, let him glory in the LORD.”

Even though God know you would have weakest strength, He can use you and set you free from the spiritual disability—known as sins.

Pastor Ring contrasted the definition of his disability—cerebral palsy. In the dictionary says that he can do nothing with his disability, but in the Bible says that he can do anything through Jesus Christ who strengthens him (see Philippians 4:13). Not only that he can speak in the public arena around the 50 states, Jesus gave him the spiritual freedom from the spiritual warfare, because he chooses to live for Christ, not for the world system.

Even we may be in the spiritual blinded. We may not be realized how the world deceive us and lead us into Satan. We may like what President Bush is doing for his citizens, because of his belief. We may don’t realize what actually he stands for his faith; instead, we may accept him as a genius spiritual born Christian. For example, on May 4, 2002, President Bush invited Ozzy Osbourne, a Satanic Rock Star, to White House Ball and let him to sing one of the satanic songs at White House (see more details at Cutting Edge Ministries Headline Analysis).

As we know, God forbids let us associating with unbelievers through marriage, church fellowship, and friendships. Even though God says to us to go the other parts of the world and proclaim His message to unsaved ones, it doesn’t mean that we need to talk and act like them or let’s invite them to the party and let them to play the satanic song. God tells us that we cannot serve both the world and Him. We need to choose whom we should serve—God or World.

So how we can free from the spiritual darkness? Are we going to stay in the dark without light of the truth forever?

Jesus did not come to the world for the New World Order Peace Treaty, but to give us the eternal peace and live eternally with Him. Now, Satan is planning to develop a Peace Treaty with Israel through New World Order, One World Currency, and One World Government (see Revelation), but his treaty will last only for a season (the first half of 7-Year Tribulation).

But you and I can have a peace—peace that Jesus gives to each of us. Jesus said, in John 14:27a, “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you.” The world peace doesn’t give us rest that what Jesus would like give to each of us. Matthew 11:28-30 say, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light."

Are you a handicapped person, but wonder about when God would heal you? Or are you in a spiritual disabled situation where you cannot find the absolute truth in God?

God can heal you physically or not, but He can use your physical situation into wonderful and useful tool for His purpose. Although I am physically disabled man, God is still using me as a witness tool for His plan. But it is up to us to set free from the spiritual darkness and go into the light of the truth.

Even though we may let our children to watch Henry Potter Movie, we would do not know that we are still in spiritual darkness—witchcraft. In the next message, I’d like to talk on how we know the truth is real or deception.

Let me ask you this: Do you like to know Jesus Christ today and worship Him? This is not a political question or from our President. We would not hear this question from White House, because it’s for you alone and a chance to have relationship with our eternal President Jesus Christ.

Are you saved? Are your love ones and friends saved in the grace of God through Jesus Christ? The purpose of this study is to help you to become closer relationship with Jesus Christ. As Jesus said, "Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father's house are many rooms, if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am." (John 14:1-3.)

If you are lukewarm in your relationship with Jesus Christ and want to know Him as your personal Savior and Lord of your life, please consider asking Him to forgive your sins and invite Him into your life. Paul says, "That if you confess with your mouth, `Jesus is Lord,' and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believed and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved." (Romans 10:9-10.) If you have done in your private room or workplace, then you need to tell to your friends or love ones about what you have done, so they may rejoice with you and want to have that relationship with Christ in their own life. There are many occults in the world, which do not know the love of God and His great plan for those who believe in Him. As it is written in John 3:16, "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life."


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Sunday, December 4, 2005
Worship Our King Jesus: Our Daily Bread
Topic: Worship

Have you read a devotional issue is called “Our Daily Bread” from Radio Bible Class Ministries? Does the book help you that you would need for everyday basis? I read some of devotional thoughts everyday basis, but it’s not like what we read from the Bible. Some of them may seem to be going to right point of the Scripture or some from our own thoughts and experiences and trying to fit into the Scripture.

Even some of us may not be sure of the devotional book; we can always sure that God’s Word speaks truthfully. Why? God always promises what He’d have planned for His people and do it. Even though we would think that God is taking His time and delay on His promise, He always does it on time—right on button.

Although the Bible is old, it is relevant to our lives today. It is our daily bread for our lifetimes and life to come. Jesus said, in John 4:13-14, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life."

Bread stands for life. Remember when Jesus gave His disciples breads at the Lord’s Supper (Matthew 26:26-29; Mark 14:22-25; Luke 22:19-20; I Corinthians 11:23-26), it symbolized His body (Matthew 26:26) or His life. When we would take communion with our Christian brothers and sisters, we are actually remembrance what He did for us on this earth before He ascended to Heaven (Acts 1). Jesus became as the bread of life for us. He is the Bread of Life (John 6:35, 41, 48, 51).

This Bread of Life is not like what people wrote down their thoughts down and published them for everybody to read. But it’s more than that. It speaks truth to our souls, minds, and hearts. God’s Word becomes alive to us. In John 1:1-2 says, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.”

When Satan tempted Jesus after Him fasted 40 days and nights, He spoke “A man shall not live by bread alone, but every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.” (Matthew 4:4.) Most preachers may think that Satan tempted Jesus during the 40 days and nights. If Satan did, Jesus would be really tired and hungry, because human body needs energy to fight against the enemy.

Let me ask you this question? What is your daily bread for your everyday life basis? Newspaper? News? Horoscope? Chicken Soup for Soul? Money? No matter what we’d put in our souls in each morning, rather than the Bible, it may not last for our souls to be in gear throughout the day and next morning. If you like to read Horoscope each day, for example, your goal may not come true on that day, because Horoscope doesn’t always speak true and doesn’t satisfy with God. It comes from witchcraft.

But we always can rely on God and His Words, because His promises always come true. We can listen to news, but we hear many discourage words. We can read Our Daily Bread, but we might still have questions, in our minds, on how they dealt with crisis. We can listen to the Christian songs, but we would lose some of words. But when we read open the Bible and mediate on it, we actually hear what God is saying in our souls. Although some of us may have a hard time to read the Bible, we need to learn how to feed our souls by reading His Word, communicate with Him through prayer, and how to involve with God throughout the day.

Let’s choose to put God as our daily breads before we’d put our first daily task.

Are you saved? Are your love ones and friends saved in the grace of God through Jesus Christ? The purpose of this study is to help you to become closer relationship with Jesus Christ. As Jesus said, "Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father's house are many rooms, if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am." (John 14:1-3.)

If you are lukewarm in your relationship with Jesus Christ and want to know Him as your personal Savior and Lord of your life, please consider asking Him to forgive your sins and invite Him into your life. Paul says, "That if you confess with your mouth, `Jesus is Lord,' and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believed and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved." (Romans 10:9-10.) If you have done in your private room or workplace, then you need to tell to your friends or love ones about what you have done, so they may rejoice with you and want to have that relationship with Christ in their own life. There are many occults in the world, which do not know the love of God and His great plan for those who believe in Him. As it is written in John 3:16, "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life."


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Sunday, November 20, 2005
Worship Our King Jesus: Renewing Our Minds I
Topic: Worship

What it means the word “worship?” Do we know how to worship our God? Most of us it means to sing praise to our King of kings and Lord of lords. Or we think it means to raise your hands, clap our hands and sing to the Lord.

This word “worship” means more than to raise our singing voices to our God. It also means that we are fully devoted to serve our God. All the other parts, which I mentioned above, are parts of it. Prayer is another part of worship.

Before we would go further, let’s read Romans 12:1-2. In this passage, Paul explains to us how we need to worship our Lord Jesus Christ.

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

In the first verse of Romans 12, Paul explains us how we need to present to our God to worship Him. The second word, “beseech,” is a Greek word that comes from a root which means “to call alongside to help.” Jesus used a related word, often translated “comforter,” in reference to the Holy Spirit (John 14:16, 26; 15:26; 16:7). How many times we’d ask for help when we cannot figure out the problem? In this text, Paul wants to give us advice to encourage us while we are living in this corruption world.

Of course, we all need help. In the Gospel of John, Jesus gave His disciples promise that He will bring the Comforter to them after He will go to His Father, which it happened after He left them in Acts 1-2.

Why He brings the Comforter to us? Was just enough if we have Jesus? If we turn to John 14, notice what Jesus said in verse 18. He said, “I will not leave you orphans…” Then He said, “I will come to you.” He will not leave us in this corruption world. We will not be poor. If we loose all the money and job, we will not be poor, because Jesus is the solution to all our problems. The job description of the Holy Spirit is to teach us and bring us remembrance all things Jesus taught us (see John 14:26) in His Word. This is why God provided us His written Words and the Holy Spirit.

Let’s go back to our context of this topic. Now, some preachers would misinterpret Romans 12:1-2. Some preachers may teach us that we need to have more Bible reading and prayer times, more giving, helping needing to renewal our thoughts to Jesus Christ. All these activities may seem good and acceptable to Him. But we need to learn how to present ourselves as a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God.

Living sacrifice: It doesn’t mean that we need to be fasted for 40 days and nights without food and drink. No! It also doesn’t require us to hang on the cross. If God want us to do these things, His Words would become useless. Although Paul said that we need to live as a living sacrifice, we need to learn how we need to help others, even if the situation is risky. Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends (John 15:13).

Holy: Do we think we are worthy to be called holy children of God? What it means to be holy? The word “holy” means devoted entirely to the deity or the work of the deity, but here in Romans 12:1, it means devoted yourself entirely to God with pure heart.

You might think that this statement to be shocked: We are not holy as God without sins. Even though God knows that we are not holy or perfect as Him, He still wants us as His babes. But we need to accept Him as our Savior and ask for forgiveness all of our sins and to make as holy as His children. So we can be acceptable children to God.

The Bible tells us the only way God can accept us if we surrender our wills to Him. Some of us cannot do this; because we want do in our ways to handle our lives. If we believe all the TV evangelists surrender to God’s will and do His given tasks, we might believe them and believe what they say from their own experiences. Unfortunately, this is not the case, if we do further research on TV evangelists.

In this message, we touched the surface of this topic. On our next message, we will go more details of renewing our minds. We cannot worship God truly until we learn to surrender our wills to Him.

This message may seem uncomfortable to some of you. But God calls us to worship Him with all our hearts, minds, and strengths. God wants to us go after Him as just as we are. If you cannot afford to give Him a penny, He still wants you to be in His house and let you worship Him. He just wants you to surrender all your wills, so that He can take care and love you forever.

This message may speak to you today. I don’t have to know who you are and where you are, because there’s God who wants to take care and love you in this very moment. The purpose that I didn’t date the message is that it’s never too late to receive Jesus Christ in your life. If you read this a week from June 10, 2005, and you still are living, you didn’t miss the opportunity to accept Jesus Christ. Today, you have the chance to accept Him. If you do it tomorrow or next week, it might be too late. Accept Him today.

Are you saved? Are your love ones and friends saved in the grace of God through Jesus Christ? The purpose of this study is to help you to become closer relationship with Jesus Christ. As Jesus said, "Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father's house are many rooms, if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am." (John 14:1-3.)

If you are lukewarm in your relationship with Jesus Christ and want to know Him as your personal Savior and Lord of your life, please consider asking Him to forgive your sins and invite Him into your life. Paul says, "That if you confess with your mouth, `Jesus is Lord,' and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believed and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved." (Romans 10:9-10.) If you have done in your private room or workplace, then you need to tell to your friends or love ones about what you have done, so they may rejoice with you and want to have that relationship with Christ in their own life. There are many occults in the world, which do not know the love of God and His great plan for those who believe in Him. As it is written in John 3:16, "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life."


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