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Pastor's Message

The authorities have just issued the guidelines for churches to resume gathering. There is a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) of taking temperature, registering participants, social distancing, good hygiene practices like provision of hand sanitizers, wearing of face mask and sanitizing commonly used areas before and after an event. We are prepared to adhere to all those conditions but the condition that we can only hold one service a week of not more than 30 persons is the limiting factor which will force us to continue with online services to serve our congregations. The Pastors and staff is working on improving both the content and quality of the online services. We would be please to hear from you directly or through your cell leaders and supervisors of any suggestions of how we can serve you better.

The giving to the church has dropped drastically. This could be due to a reduction of your wages or income. For others, we are not used to giving online and is waiting for the services to resume before we bring our tithe and offering to the church. In view of the current development, I am encouraging all of us to set up the process of giving online.

One important lesson I learned when I was a young Christian was to give my tithe faithfully even when it seem that I will not have enough. My experience is when I give first to the Lord, He will always provide for my needs. We can never out give God. He has revealed to us in scripture that he is Jehovah Jireh our provider.

“Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” Luke 6:38.

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BACK TO BASICS
Acts 1:6-14

1. Witnessing

Acts 1:8 You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you. You will be witnesses to me in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the uttermost parts of the earth.

1.1 SOP

Acts 1:8b You will be witnesses to me in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the uttermost parts of the earth.”

1.2 Our Role

Acts 1:12 Then the apostles returned to Jerusalem from the hill called the Mount of Olives, a Sabbath day’s walk from the city.”

1.3 Our Vision

2. Prayer

Acts 1:14 They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus and with his brothers.”


Questions for Application

1. Share what it means to you to be a witness for the Lord. Share what you propose to do to increase your involvement in witnessing.

2. Share what is your understanding of prayer. Share what you intend to do this year to be involved in prayer.

  • Sermon Date: May 24, 2020
  • Date Posted: May 21, 2020
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Pastor's Message

Greetings in the Name of the Lord. I want to prepare you for the changes that will take place due to the present pandemic. Many of us are still thinking that we will revert to the time when we are able to gather together for worship. We will travel freely and life will revert to as it was before. What if no vaccine is found for Covid-19 just as there is no ‘cure’ for the common cold. We need consider the present as the new normal.

In view of this, our cell group will be our church. The key elements of ministry and evangelism will now happen in the context of our cell group. Our cell leaders has to rise up and lead your cell and care for your members. You are to help your members to grow in their spiritual maturity and in their experience of God. They are to grow in their fellowship and love for one another. The key index is other people will be drawn into your fellowship and many will be added to your cell group. This is the modern description of the early church at the end of Acts 2. We live in challenging times but it is also an opportunity given to us to be the agent of change. How we manage the change will determine the outcome in the future.

The Diocese has now given us the temporary dispensation to conduct Holy Communion ‘online’. This will happen on the last weekend in May as it will take us some time to properly prepare for it. I ask all of us to prepare for it both physically and spiritually so that we will derive the maximum blessing from the celebration and remembrance of the sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ for everyone of us.

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OUR GOD

Acts 17:22-31, John 14:15-21

1. He is the creator

Acts 17:24-26 The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands.  And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else. From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands.

2. He is the Judge

Acts 17:30-31 In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent. For he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed. He has given proof of this to everyone by raising him from the dead.

 

 


Questions for Application

1. Share what was your belief before you come to know our God? What are you going to do to introduce Him to those who do not know Him.

2. Share how important our God is to you. Share how we can honour Him with our lives.

  • Sermon Date: May 17, 2020
  • Date Posted: May 14, 2020
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Pastor's Message

My family and I wish all parents a blessed and fulfilled Happy Parents Day. Our church has opted to celebrate Parents Day today without knowing that we would be restricted from gathering.

Special items were planned and gifts would have been made to honor our parents. There would have been refreshments and time spent for families to honor the parents.

Under the circumstances, the MCO has given us the best gift we can give to our parents and that is the gift of time. I trust that many of us due to the movement restriction order have spend extended time talking to our parents. While the young seem to view their parents as outdated and obsolete, they are a treasure we may have overlooked. Their experience and their witness of the change in their time is something that even money cannot buy. In this age, distance and proximity is no longer a deterrent as we can meet online. What is needed is we take time to communicate with our parents.

“Is not wisdom found among the aged? Does not long life bring understanding?” Job 12:12. The wisdom of the elderly is infinite. You only need to be willing to wholeheartedly listen to their life stories. They want us to appreciate the wisdom they’ve gathered throughout the years. God gave us the Ten Commandments  one of which is, “Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you.” Exodus 20:12.

Let us be obedient to the Lord and honor or parents as commanded.

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COMFORT IN HIM

ACTS 7:54-60, JOHN 14:1-14

1. HE CARES FOR US

John 14:1-4 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that 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. You know the way to the place where I am going.”

2. HE IS WITH US

John 14:9-14 Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you I do not speak on my own authority. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work. Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the works them selves. Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, be cause I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.


Questions for Application

1. What are the things in the world that is troubling us. Share with each other from your own experience how the problem can be resolved.

2. Despite the troubles of the world, how do we know that God is with us?

  • Sermon Date: May 10, 2020
  • Date Posted: May 7, 2020
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Pastor's Message

My dear brothers and sisters in Christ. I bring you greetings of peace in a world that is in turmoil. Peace is only possible under such circumstances when we have the Prince of Peace residing in our hearts. No matter what is happening around us, we enjoy perfect peace when we commit our lives to Him and is able to trust that He has our best interest at heart.

As a church, we need to show the world that what we preach we also do. That while we also face hardship and lack, we are not blind to the need of others who are less fortunate than us. In the last few weeks, we have been giving provisions to those who have run out of basic necessities. I want to thank all of you who have given sacrificially. I am reminded of the Macedonian church, “In the midst of a very severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own, they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the Lord’s people.”

2 Corinthians 8:2-4 In the midst of a very severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own, they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the Lord’s people.

We are only looking at the beginning of the problem that is caused by this pandemic so we want to be prepared.

We have set up a Welfare Fund C19 that is dedicated to help people to tide over this crisis. You can give this through your cell leader or direct bank transfer and direct it to the Welfare Fund C19. I am encouraging all to continue to give so that the church will not be lacking to do good work so that all men will see and give  glory to our Father who is in heaven.

 

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CHURCH THAT TOUCHES LIVES

Acts 2:42-47, John 10:1-10

Acts 2:47 – praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.

1. Grow in our relationship with God

Acts 2:42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.

Acts 2:46-47 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.

2. Grow in our love for others

Acts 2:44-45 All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need.


Questions for Application

1. What must you do in order to experience growth in our relationship with God? Share two or more ways that we can do so.

2. Not just that we need to grow but we need to be fruitful. What is your reflection on it? What are the results that you would want to see and how are you going to do it?

  • Sermon Date: May 3, 2020
  • Date Posted: April 29, 2020
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Pastor's Message

I am writing to encourage you to stay strong in your faith and in your walk with the Lord. It is in these trouble times that we must learn to be patient and wait upon the Lord.

“He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:29-31.

“Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.” Psalm 27:14.

In the last two weeks, I have been attempting to make sourdough bread. It is made without yeast so I have to make a starter which is just a mixture of flour and water. It takes a week before the starter is ready to make the sourdough bread. The process of making the bread takes seven hours. I have failed miserably. However, I am improving so I will persevere. My family have had to taste my fails. We live in the hope that I will succeed, SOON.

The Lord is in control of everything that is happening around us. Do not be afraid and we will see His deliverance.

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The Way

Acts 2:14a, 36-41, Luke 24:13-35

1. The Way of Life

Acts 2:36 Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah.

2. The Way of Repentance

Acts 2:36 Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

3. The Way of Free Choice

Acts 2:39 The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off
—for all whom the Lord our God will call.


Questions for Application

1. Share a regret that you have experienced in your life. What can we do to overcome the setback in life?

2. Share why you think the freedom of choice is important to you. What are some important decisions you need to make that will affect your future?

  • Sermon Date: April 26, 2020
  • Date Posted: April 23, 2020
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Pastor's Message

There is a saying that when the going gets tough, the tough gets going. We are going to see tougher measures to enforce the MCO. In order to contain the pandemic, a total lockdown may be necessary if we do not maintain self discipline.

While we see people queuing up for food and provisions, Americans are queuing to buy weapons. Crime will increase as hunger and hopelessness will drive people to desperation. We can expect tough times ahead.

If you are not going to be evicted from your home and you can feed yourself and your family then you are truly blessed.

As the crisis drag on, those who have not prepared for such storms in life may be struggling. Those who have been spending on credit or have spent beyond their means will be facing hardships that will be hard to overcome. When times are good, we have no need for God and we become self reliant. In times like these, more and more will turn to God. It is in tough times when many will turn to God and pray.

God does not always change the situation. He uses the situation to change us.

Storms in life will come to everyone. Only those who hear and practice God’s word will remain.“It was good for me to be afflicted so that I might learn your decrees.” Psalms 119:71

Let me encourage you with these words:  “Here is a trustworthy saying: If we died with him, we will also live with him; if we endure, we will also reign with him. If we disown him, he will also disown us; if we are faithless, he remains faithful, for he cannot disown himself.”2 Timothy 2:11-13  Let us continue to hold fast to the faith in our Lord Jesus Christ who loved us and gave Himself for us.

 

 

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THE DELIVERANCE OF THE LORD

EXODUS 14:10-31, JOHN 20:19-31

1. The Lord will Fight for you

Exodus 14:13 Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see
the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again.

1.1 Do not Be Afraid
Isaiah 43:1-2 But now, this is what the Lord says— he who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Israel: “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.

• Stand Firm
• See the Deliverance

2. Stretch out your hand

Exodus 14:21 Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and all that night the Lord drove the sea back with a strong east wind and turned it into dry land. The waters were divided.

Mark 3:5 He looked around at them in anger and, deeply distressed at their stubborn hearts, said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out, and his hand was completely restored.

Exodus 14:30-31 That day the Lord saved Israel from the hands of the Egyptians, and Israel saw the Egyptians lying dead on the shore. And when the Israelites saw the mighty hand of the Lord displayed against the Egyptians, the people feared the Lord and put their trust in Him and in Moses his servant.

 


Questions for Application

1. What can we learn from the trials of the Israelites? Share how you will apply the lessons you learn to what you are facing in your present situation.

2. Are you prepared to suffer hardship for your faith?

  • Sermon Date: April 19, 2020
  • Date Posted: April 15, 2020
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Pastor's Message

A Blessed Easter from me and family. This is one Easter that all of us will remember as we continue to be restricted in our movement and have to stay home most of the time.

However, every Easter should be memorable as we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.

The last week has been filled with events which help us to remember the final days of Jesus ministry on earth. Palm Sunday which was His entry into Jerusalem where they welcome Him as the coming king. Maundy Thursday which is the celebration of the Passover and Jesus last supper with the disciples. It was at this time that He washed the disciples feet and gave them the new commandment to love one another. On Good Friday, we remember Jesus crucifixion. Without the crucifixion of Jesus, there is no hope for the world. This is the core of our faith.

Let us proclaim on Easter Day that Jesus died on the cross for us. “He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people hide their faces he was despised, and we held him in low esteem. Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.”

On Easter Sunday, He rose again from the dead. In dying, he took away our sin and in rising, He conquered death so that we too can have the hope of eternal life.

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You are loved with an unfailing love

Jeremiah 31:1-6, John 20:1-18

1. I will be their God

Jeremiah 31:1-2 “At that time,” declares the LORD, “I will be the God of all the families of Israel, and they will be my people.” This is what the LORD says: “The people who survive the sword will find favor in the wilderness; I will come to give rest to Israel.”

1.1 God’s Favour
1.2 God’s Rest

2. They will be my People

Jeremiah 31:4-5 I will build you up again, and you, Virgin Israel, will be rebuilt. Again you will take up your timbrels and go out to dance with the joyful. Again you will plant vineyards on the hills of Samaria; the farmers will plant them and enjoy their fruit.

2.1 Built and Rebuilt
2.2 Dance with Joy
2.3 Fruitful


Questions for Application

1. What does it mean to be God’s people? What is the benefits when God is our God?

2. In the midst of the present circumstances how can we rejoice. What are some of the things we need to overcome so we will have joy?

  • Sermon Date: April 12, 2020
  • Date Posted: April 9, 2020
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Pastor's Message

Shalom, my brothers and sisters in Christ. A Blessed Palm Sunday. This week, we commemorate Jesus being welcomed into Jerusalem as the coming King. We are entering into the fourth week where we are not able to worship together as we are used to. No Palm Crosses this week. I have missed your fellowship and look forward to the day when we will be able to meet again in worship.

I believe the church is given this as a warning and preparation that we are going to face unprecedented challenges in the days ahead. The pandemic has taken place during the season of Lent. God is gently giving us the opportunity to take time to be away for our normal routine so we can spend time reading His word and spending time drawing near to Him. What must be clear to the church is that God is in control over the whole situation. As a church, we are tested for a time when we may face similar situation or even worse. We need to evaluate if we are fulfilling God’s will and purpose for the church. The Lord is asking if we have forsaken our first love. Remember the height from which we have fallen. Repent and do the things you did at first.

Last week, we are reminded that death comes before resurrection. What are the things that we must die to personally and the things we are to die to as a church? Dry bones can live again. Today, our attention is drawn to Jesus saying that even the stones will cry out if the disciples do not.

God is enthroned in heaven. In Psalm 2, we are told that, ‘The One enthroned in heaven laughs, the Lord scoffs at them. He rebukes them in his wrath.’ God is shaking the world. Many will turn to Him who sits on the throne.

Let us be prepared. Remember, Repent, Return and Revival will come.

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1. Humility

Isaiah 53:3-4 Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted.But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.

2. Obedience

Isaiah 53:7 He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; He was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth.

Hebrew 5:7-9 “During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, He offered up prayers and petitions with fervent cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission. Son though he was, he learned obedience from what he suffered  and, once made
perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him”

Romans 8:18 I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.

Romans 8:28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him,
who have been called according to His purpose.


Questions for Application

1. What are the practical ways that we can practice humility and obedience especially in our suffering or tough situation?

2. Share some examples from Jesus’ life which has inspire you to live for God.

  • Sermon Date: April 5, 2020
  • Date Posted: April 3, 2020
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Pastor's Message

SUFFERING WITH THE SUFFERERS

“Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls: the most massive of character are seared with scars” Khalil Gibran
138,156 people with 5,080 deaths in 48 countries are infected by the Corona virus (Mar 13). The numbers are going to get much worse in the coming weeks.

The verse I have been reflecting on:
“I want to know Christ’s yes, to know the power of his resurrection and fellowship of His sufferings, becoming like him in his death.” (Phil 3: 10)

Most of us look at suffering and ask, “Why?”
Jesus looks at suffering and asks, “Why not?”

When something good happens to us, we never ask, “Why me?”
When something bad happens to us, we never ask, “Why not?”

Most of us think of suffering as something we should avoid at all costs.
Jesus expects us to suffer with Him as the smallest price to pay.

There are two types of suffering: ‘Suffering from’ and ‘Suffering with’.

Suffering from
“Suffering from” is to put up with some inconvenience or some uncontrollable event that happens to us.

We ‘suffer from’ an unintended injury, from bad relationships, from health failures, from dysfunctional families, or from a sudden death. There are 138,156 who are suffering from the Corona virus infections.

Today, some Christians live in a misguided theology, which promotes the health and wealth gospel, that wants to take pain and suffering out of our lives.

There is no resurrection without a crucifixion. If there is no cross, there is no empty tomb. It takes a cross to fill the tomb in order to give the resurrection a chance to empty it.

Lewis Smedes, “We need to suffer some of the cursed wrongness of life I order to find its deep rightness.”

Suffering With
There is another type of “suffering” that Paul refers to in this verse:

This is the fellowship of His suffering.

Fellowship of His suffering is not “suffering from” but “suffering with”. Jesus’ suffering is the “suffering with”. God sent His Son, Jesus Christ to be a man, to be like us, to experience our full humanity: hunger, thirst, joy, pain, suffering and death.

And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself
by becoming obedient to death even death on a cross!
(Phil 2: 8)

Jesus chose to suffer with us. We are called to suffer with Him and others. We are called to suffer with people. We suffer with people when we choose freely to let their hurts hurt us, to share in their pains. When we suffer with people, we suffer with Christ. We experience Christ.

A great example of this is Dr. Li Wenliang, a doctor who worked at the Wuhan Hospital. He was the whistle blower to warn the Hospital authority of the corona virus.

He died after contracting the very illness he had told medical school classmates about in an online chat room, the corona virus. He joined the more than 600 other Chinese who have died in an outbreak that has now spread across the globe.

Then, there was Chen Hui, 53, a volunteer among hundreds in Wuhan, has helped deliver hundreds of boxes of food and protective gears to hospitals.

Another health worker Yao had planned to travel to Guangzhou to spend Chinese New Year with her family. She decided to volunteer in Xiangyang instead and told BBC, “It’s true that we all live on life, but there is just this strong voice inside me saying “you must go”.”

Let’s learn to “suffer with” by:
– Praying for those who have been affected by the virus and all the health workers/volunteers who are risking their lives to keep people alive.
– Grieving with those who grieve.
– Becoming less xenophobic, less paranoia or judgmental but coming alongside those in suffering.
– Checking out and sharing right information and not spreading fake news/rumours.
– Being responsible by putting a mask when we are sick & keeping good hygiene.
– Assuring those who are fearful, anxious, and feeling hopeless.
– Sharing masks and giving up (not hoarding) our food supplies with those who need them.
– Donating generously to those who are in need.

“If you visit a man in prison, you visit me.
If you put clothes on a naked person, you clothe me.
If you give a hungry person something to eat, you feed me.
If you open your door to a stranger, you open the door to me.
Whatever you do to the smallest of them all, you do it to me.”
(Matt 25:31-46)

Malcolm Muggeridge describes Mother Theresa:
In dark time, she is a burning and shining light.
In cruel time, she is the living embodiment of love.
In godless time, she is like the Word becoming flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth.

It is when we learn to “suffer with” that we will know and experience the fullness of Jesus.

My prayer during this tumultuous time:
“God, thank you for calling me to suffer with Christ. Forgive me for my unwillingness to accept suffering as part of my Christian faith. Give me the courage and the grace to “suffer with” people: to move out of my comfort zone to reach out to someone, to see a hurt and heal it, hear a need and touch it, experience a rot and arrest it. In so doing, experience you and your love more fully. In Jesus’ name.”

John Ng, PhD
Chair, Eagles Communciations Board of Governance
Chief Passionary Officer, Meta Consulting

 

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JOHN 11:38-44
38 Jesus, once more deeply moved, came to the tomb. It was a cave with a stone laid across the entrance.39 “Take away the stone,” he said. “But, Lord,” said Martha, the sister of the dead man,“by this time there is a bad odor, for he has been there four days.” 40 Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?” 41 So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. 42 I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me.” 43 When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” 44 The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face. Jesus said to them, “Take off the grave clothes and let him go.”

Ezekiel 37:4-10
4 Then he said to me, “Prophesy to these bones and say to them, ‘Dry bones, hear the word of the LORD! 5 This is what the Sovereign LORD says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life. 6 I will attach tendons to you and make flesh come upon you and cover you with skin; I will put breath in you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the LORD.’ ” 7 So I prophesied as I was commanded. And as I was prophesying, there was a noise, a rattling sound, and the bones came together, bone to bone. 8 I looked, and tendons and flesh appeared on them and skin covered them, but there was no breath in them. 9 Then he said to me, “Prophesy to the breath; prophesy, son of man, and say to it, ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Come, breath, from the four winds and breathe into these slain, that they may live.’ ” 10 So I prophesied as he commanded me, and breath entered them; they came to life and stood up on their feet—a vast army.

RESURRECTION

Death is not the end

DRY BONES CAN COME TO LIFE

Never too late

DEAD PEOPLE CAN COME TO LIFE

Jesus loves us


Questions for Application

1. What is dead to you? Your ambition? Dream? Relationships? What small steps can we take to revive it?

2. Are you fearful of death? What do you think is the reason behind?

Pray over both issues (if applicable) and ask God for setting free and revival

  • Sermon Date: March 29, 2020
  • Date Posted: March 25, 2020
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Pastor's Message

Greetings in the Name of the Lord. It is such a foreign experience to be in church on a weekend and not being able to greet you. The church staff gathered to discuss what we can do to help you continue to worship wherever you are. Last week, we watched the Archbishop’s message online. This week, we have prepared our own. Please download from our Facebook page.

I was encouraged to hear some cell leaders are trying to organize internet online worship. Social distancing does not mean social disconnection. Let us do all that we can to bring to God our worship and out praise. Let us continue to spur one another on. Let us not be overwhelmed by the chaos around us but fix our eyes on Jesus.

In this challenging season, it is very important we reach out to God knowing we are His sons and daughters. Our God is a personal God and He is one that will walk with us and talk with us. Let us be spiritually fed by the Lord Himself and be strengthened in our faith through solitude and being alone with Him.

I am praying for all of you. I am asking the Lord to keep you safe and protect you from all harm. He is our refuge, our strong tower to which we can run. May you enjoy the protection of His wings as He embrace you and draw you near to Himself.

 

In this time of COVID-19, we pray:
When we aren’t sure, God,
help us be calm;
when information comes
from all sides, correct and not,
help us to discern;
when fear makes it hard to breathe,
and anxiety seems to be the order of the day,
slow us down, God;
help us to reach out with our hearts,
when we can’t touch with our hands;
help us to be socially connected,
when we have to be socially distant;
help us to love as perfectly as we can,
knowing that “perfect love casts out all fear.”

For the doctors, we pray,
for the nurses, we pray,
for the technicians and the janitors and the
aides and the caregivers, we pray,
for the researchers and theorists,
the epidemiologists and investigators,
for those who are sick,
and those who are grieving, we pray,
for all who are affected,
all around the world…
we pray for safety,
for health, for wholeness.

May we feed the hungry,
give drink to the thirsty,
clothe the naked and house those without homes;
may we walk with those who feel they are alone,
and may we do all that we can to heal
the sick—
in spite of the epidemic,
in spite of the fear.

Help us, O God,
that we might help each other.

In the love of the Creator,
in the name of the Healer,
in the life of the Holy Spirit that is in all and with all,
we pray.

May it be so.

—A prayer during times of COVID-19 by the Right Rev. Richard Bott,

 

Sermon

What Samuel Sees

1 Samuel 2:26 And the boy Samuel continued to grow in stature and in favor with the Lord and with people.

1 Samuel 3:10-11 The Lord came and stood there, calling as at the other times, “Samuel! Samuel!” Then Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.” And the Lord said to Samuel: “See, I am about to do something in Israel that will make the ears of everyone who hears about it tingle.

What God Sees

1 Samuel 16:7 The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

There are no accidents in life! He sees the bigger picture
God is able to see His plan come to pass.
God sees every area of life.
God sees what man cannot see.
God looks at the character of a man’s heart.
God Sees Those Who Are Ready
God Sees Those Who Are Reliable
God Sees Those Who Are Redeemed


Questions for Application

1. How do we see ourselves in the light of what is happening today?

2. What do you think God see in me? What can I learn from the scripture and how can I apply it to myself?

  • Sermon Date: March 22, 2020
  • Date Posted: March 21, 2020
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