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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

 

Sermon

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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Pastor's Message

Greetings in the Name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

I am writing to you to assure you that your wellbeing and safety is utmost in my mind. We are monitoring the global, national and local situation and is actively taking steps to preempt the spread of COVID-19. My staff and I have worked consistently behind the scene to make sure you can worship In a clean, safe and hygienic environment.

I know you are anxious as the national leaders have called us to refrain from holding meeting and events where a large number of people gather. We have refrain from communicating with you until we have clear instruction from the Archbishop Melter. The Archbishop Datuk Melter Tais have now announced that all weekly activities and weekend services will be suspended temporarily with effect from today the 14 March until the 1 April. He is arranging to speak to all of you this weekend and we will update you with the information of how we can go online to tap in to his online service.

With effect from next week, we encourage all to meet as a cell group where possible during the worship service times. We trust that our church will be able to minister to all our members under these circumstances. If you have any questions, communicate with your cell leader or your zone supervisor or Zone Pastor.

Stay strong. Stay connected to God. Stay connected to one another. We will come through this crisis stronger and closer to the Lord and each other.

Let us use Ps 91 as our daily prayer. In these times, let us be a light in this dark world and hold out our hope in a Saviour who is able to deliver us from all plagues and pestilence.

In His Service

Rev Philip Lo

Sermon

What is it you thirst for?

Surrender to God’s Way
“Is the Lord among us or not?”
Lack of faith in God to provide for them and us

We need Living Water

The living water of God
flows through you when you feel needed and accepted

The living water of God
washes away our feelings of uncleanness

The living water of God
is like a stream of forgiveness which gives hope and assurance.


Questions for Application

  • Sermon Date: March 15, 2020
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Pastor's Message

The first weekend of each month is earmarked as Connect Weekend. In this weekend, we make extra effort to invite our friends, neighbors, colleagues or our school mates to visit our church. Take time to get to know our guests. We can introduce them to the the many cell groups that are meeting each week so that they can consider joining one.

The first impression we make on visitors will determine if they will return. We must all learn to be hospitable. The general welcoming atmosphere and the genuine care of the members for each other is a potent testimony. Let us all look outward. God’s two greatest commandments are to love God and love others. Hospitality is known as entertaining and welcoming guests or visitors. It is a genuine way to show love for others! Jesus tells us in in Matthew 25:40 that whatever we do for the least of people, we do for him.

Let us also take this time to get to know one another. Encourage someone to be involved in one of the many ministries we have in the church. We say our church is a home away from home. Let us make this a reality where everyone is cared for and valued. “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:11

Sermon

Life Will Never Be The Same Again

Genesis 12:1-4a; John 3:1-17

1. Choose God’s Way

1.1 A blessed man walks in God’s chosen path

Genesis 12:1 The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.

1.2 Obedience brings blessings

Hebrews 11:8 By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going.

1.3 Lot and Abraham went out together. Due to Lot’s failure to continually obey,
he lived a life as a fugitive. He chose his own path.

Hebrews 11:6 And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

2. Choose a blessed life

2.1 Relationship with God

Genesis 12:2-3 I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.

2.2 Abraham let go of momentary valuables to receive eternal treasure

Isaiah 51:2 Look to Abraham, your father, and to Sarah, who gave you birth. When I called him he was only one man, and I blessed him and made him many.

2.3 Gentiles blessed

Genesis 12:3 …all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.


Questions for Application

1. Share some of the decisions you made in your life that has affected the present. Are there decisions you are facing that will affect your future?

2. We are blessed so that we become a blessing. Share a testimony how this is a reality in your life. What is the Lord asking us to do that will have lasting impact?

  • Sermon Date: March 8, 2020
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Pastor's Message

RANGSIT ANGLICAN CHURCH 10TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION MESSAGE
I greet you with the joy of the Lord. It is my pleasure to announce that on 1st March, 2020 Rangsit Anglican Church is 10 years old. It all started with a vision given by the Holy Spirit to our late Bishop Albert Vun. In obedience to the vision, Bishop Albert Vun acted on it and thus Rangsit Anglican Church was planted. We have come this far not on our own but the grace of God. I am honored and count it a privilege to be a part of this most historic celebration.

Our calling to Thailand was never easy . It has been ten years full of challenges. Looking back, we can say that God has accompanied us the last ten years. God’s vision never wears out. His vision will never fail. His vision is better and grander than anything we can think up. We will continue to grow with a sure foundation because we are built on the rock that is Jesus.

It is therefore going to be a great occasion this morning. Our theme for this great milestone is: “Celebrating 10 years of God’s faithfulness – Standing strong – Looking Forward”. We will start the day with a thanksgiving and celebration worship service. Our Assistant Bishop John Yeo and his wife Jillian will be our guest of honor. Rev Philip Lo and his wife Stella would also be present. Rev. Philip was the one who overseer this ministry when it first got started.

We will then proceed to have our Celebration Luncheon at Restaurant Baan Tung. I am really excited and look forward to this time of fellowship. Many of you would not be here with us for the celebration. However, you can be part of this celebration by praying for us. Pray for the future of the church. Pray for our leaders that we will continue to serve to glorify God.

Please know that you are always WELCOME at Rangsit Anglican Church whenever you visit Thailand.

Your Servant in His Service,
Rev. Tan Chor Kee
Priest-in-charge

Sermon

Testing • Trials • Temptation

Genesis 2:15-17, 3:1-7, Matthew 4:1-21

1. Face unexpected trials/testing

Proverbs 17:3 The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold, but the LORD tests the heart.

2. Nature of Temptation

Matthew 4: 1-11 Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.” Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written: “ ‘He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’ ” Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’” Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.” Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’” Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.

3. Our response to testing/temptation

Romans 5:3 Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces
perseverance.

James 1: 2-8 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.


Questions for Application

1. How do you exercise a victorious faith when you face trials?

2. What is the cost of seeking the whole world and what do you gain?

  • Sermon Date: March 1, 2020
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Mountaintop

The LORD said to Moses, Come up to me on the mountain and stay here

February 23, 2020

Pastor's Message

The carpet for the Sanctuary has just been changed through the effort of the church staff and volunteers from FAA. The alignment and the baseline is set with the help of a laser. Every piece of carpet tile is laid with care and love and dedicated to the Lord. We feel such a sense of pride and achievement of what we were able to do together. We respectfully ask you to help us keep the cleanliness and care for the Sanctuary. Avoid bringing food and drinks into the Sanctuary. The Senior Citizens were so pleased they immediately took an offering to contribute to the work.

The walkway is now true center from the man’s door to the cross. It is significant as it reflects the centrality of the pulpit and the teaching of the word and our faith focused on the death of Jesus on the cross. We completed the work in two days. The work was hard and taxing on muscles that is not accustomed to hard labour. Some of us will be aching all over for the next few days.

We are entering the 40 days of the Lent season. We will be exercising spiritual discipline over our body through fasting and our spirit through reading and meditation of God’s word. There will be some discomfort as we experience hunger and we will face some soul wrenching as we are confronted by the scripture. Through it, I believe we will come through physically stronger and spiritually healthier.

This is what Paul encourages us to do. “Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it. And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown. Therefore I run thus: not with uncertainty. Thus I fight: not as one who beats the air. But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.” 1 Corinthians 9:24-27.

Sermon

Mountaintop

Exodus 24:12-18, Matthew 17:1-9

1. Going up

Ex 24:13 … Moses went upon the mountain of God.
Ex 24:15 When Moses went up on the mountain,…
Ex 24:18 .Then Moses entered the cloud as he went up the mountain.

2. Staying on

Exodus 24:18 And he stayed on the mountain forty days and forty nights.

3. Coming down

Exodus 34: 29 When Moses came down….
Matt 17: 9 As they were coming down the mountain,..


Questions for Application

1. Share if you have had a mountaintop experience recently. What do you think we can learn from Moses’ mountaintop experience.

2. What is your present “status” in your journey with the Lord? Share. Pray for one another.

  • Sermon Date: February 23, 2020
  • Date Posted: March 13, 2020
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What Went Wrong?

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth … and God saw that it was good.

February 16, 2020

Pastor's Message

This is election year where we will elect men and women to the Parochial Church Council to assist the Rector and the Zone Pastors to lead the church. in Acts 6, we see a growing church encountering some issues. The solution was to elect seven men who are full of wisdom and the Holy Spirit. The result was the number of disciples increased rapidly and a large number of priests became obedient to the faith.

The key word in the Acts passage is the word ‘disciples’. The church is made up of believers who are followers of the Lord Jesus Christ. This is the vision of our founding fathers who called us to build a cell church that shares Jesus and touches lives through making disciples who are ever growing in love for God and man.

The church is built by disciples who are willing to count the cost to follow Jesus. The truth is those who are willing to serve are few. We are grateful to the Lord that in FCC, we have had many examples of faithful men and women who laid the foundation, and serving and loving, often sacrificially. The Bible tells us that those who are willing to do are worthy of double honor.

We believe that the Lord will raise up and enable these mighty men and women to aid in the leading of this church.

Sermon

What Went Wrong?

1. Creation Was Good

Gen 1: 4,10,12,18, 21 & 25 … and God saw that it was good.

2. Man was very good

Gen 1:31 God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day.

3. How can we become good again?

Gen 2:3 Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.

 


Questions for Application

1. Share what you think it means for man to rule over all the living creatures on earth. What can we do to care for the world that we live in?

2. Share why you think it is important to have a day of rest each week? What can we do to keep the Sabbath holy?

 

  • Sermon Date: February 16, 2020
  • Date Posted: February 20, 2020
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Pastor's Message

INSTALLATION OF THE 6TH ARCHBISHOP AND PRIMATE OF THE PROVINCE OF THE ANGLICAN CHURCH IN SOUTH EAST ASIA

“Now give me wisdom and knowledge, that I may go out and come in before this people; for who can judge this great people of Yours?” (2 Chronicles 1:10)

At the Extraordinary meeting of the Provincial Synod held in Kuching, Sarawak on 24th September, 2019, the Rt. Rev. Datuk Melter Jiki bin Tais, Bishop of Sabah was elected the 6th Archbishop and Primate of the Province of the Anglican Church in South East Asia succeeding the Most Rev. Datuk Ng Moon Hing. His term of office will run from February 2020 to February 2024.

The Rt Revd Datuk Melter Jiki Bin Tais is the first indigenous Bishop of Sabah. Hailing from Kampung Nangoh in the Beluran District, he was ordained as a priest in 1993 following theological studies at the Malaysia Evangelical Seminary, Miri and the Malaysia Bible Seminary, Selangor.

Prior to becoming diocesan bishop, Bishop Melter served as the Archdeacon of the Central Archdeaconry (2007-2009), an Assistant Bishop of Sabah (2009-2015), and the Vicar General of Sabah (2014-2015). He has more than two decades of experience in parish ministry, having been in charge of parishes in Keningau, Lahad Datu, and Telupid. Bishop Melter has served in several ecumenical roles in Malaysia. He is a member of the Design Group Committee for the 2020 Lambeth Conference. He is married to Angeline, and they are blessed with five lovely children, namely Ivy, Melvin, Myra, Marvin, and Melody.

Bishop Melter will be installed as the 6th Archbishop and Primate of the Province of South East Asia in All Saints’ Cathedral, Kota Kinabalu at 4:00pm on 9 Feb 2020. Let us uphold him in our prayers. Let us ask God to grant him wisdom from above for this new appointment. Let us put up a prayer shield over him and his family, so that God will use him to lead His great people in this Province, with a mission to reach a population of 650 million for Jesus! Bishop Melter is the first Bumiputra from Sabah who will be installed as an Archbishop in the Anglican Communion; and not least, as the Archbishop of the Province of South East Asia. To God be the glory!

Sermon

Authentic Worship

1. Self-serving Worship

Isaiah 58:5 Is this the kind of fast I have chosen, only a day for people to humble themselves? Is it only for bowing one’s head like a reed and for lying in sackcloth and ashes? Is that what you call a fast, a day acceptable to the LORD?

2. Selfless Worship

Isaiah 58:6-7 Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice
and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke?
Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter—when you see the naked, to clothe them, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?

 

 

 


Questions for Application

1. Would you agree that piety without deeds is empty? Please discuss.

2. According to the scripture, there are a few kinds of human need that Isaiah is particularly concerned about, what are those? How do we fulfill those needs?

  • Sermon Date: February 9, 2020
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Pastor's Message

In the parable of the Sower, it concludes with this words, “But others fell on good ground and yielded a crop: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. He who has ears to hear, let him hear!” Matthew 13:8-9.

We use this phrase often when we talk about reaping and when we challenge offering. I suspect we usually do not expect a hundredfold return. I want to dispel this belief. When I went to Kota Kinabalu for the clergy and pastor’s conference, we met a brother. He related a story of a friend calling him from overseas to deliver a thousand ringgit to the man’s wife who was robbed. He did it not expecting to be repaid. However, he was presently surprised when the man returned and handed him a cheque of a hundred thousand ringgit. A hundredfold return.

I believe in God’s word and His promises. We do need to learn to wait as my experience is God’s timing is not our timing. The answer may be on the way and we need to learn patience.

It shall come to pass That before they call, I will answer; And while they are still speaking, I will hear. Isaiah 65:24

Let us believe in God’s promises that he will give us the harvest of a hundredfold as we continue to sow faithfully.

Sermon

How long will God wait?

1. His Appreance

Malachi 3:1 I will send my messenger, who will prepare the way before me. Then suddenly the Lord you are seeking will come to his temple; the messenger of the covenant, whom you desire, will come,” says the Lord Almighty.

2. His Purpose – Refine, Revive, Remove

2.1 Refine

Malachi 3:2-3 But who can endure the day of his coming? Who can stand when he appears? For he will be like a refiner’s fire or a launderer’s soap. He will sit asa refiner and purifier of silver; he will purify the Levites and refine them like gold and silver. Then the Lord will have men who will bring offerings in righteousness.

2.2 Revive (Purging of the Priesthood)

Malachi 3:4 and the offerings of Judah and Jerusalem will be acceptable to the Lord, as in days gone by, as in former years.

John 2:15-16 And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers’ money, and overthrew the tables; And said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father’s house an house of merchandise.

2.3 Remove

Malachi 3:5 So I will come to put you on trial. I will be quick to testify against sorcerers, adulterers and perjurers, against those who defraud laborers of their wages, who oppress the widows and the fatherless, and deprive the foreigners among you of justice, but do not fear me,” says the Lord Almighty.


Questions for Application

1. How long will God wait before He acts? Share how you had to learn how to wait for what you want?

2. Share how you will live you life in the knowledge that Jesus May come back at any moment.

  • Sermon Date: February 2, 2020
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Pastor's Message

2020 is “The Year of Reaping” for our Diocese. Where there is sowing, there shall be reaping. Indeed, we anticipate with great joy, harvest in every field of the work of the gospel. The Lord says, “Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” (Matthew 9:38). There are two kinds of people who are essential in the season of harvest of the gospel: those who ask and those who harvest. God establishes the Church for this age of the propagation of the gospel. We are to become “those who ask” as well as “those who harvest”. We need the infilling and the power of the promised Holy Spirit. Only then, our lives will have the vitality and vigor to usher in a mighty spiritual harvest.

Therefore, our Diocese in collaboration with the Covenant Church of Taiwan, will jointly organize the Sabah Fire Conference from 27-30 July 2020. The main focus of this conference is on prayer, revival and the Holy Spirit. This is a conference conducted primarily in Chinese. We target 2,000 participants to take part. I wish to encourage all my Chinese brothers and sisters, both from the Chinese and English congregations, to register for this conference as quickly as possible, because we are opening this conference to brothers and sisters from other churches and denominations. We hope to bless the Chinese Church in Sabah in general and to fan into flame the work of the gospel and ministry among the Chinese. I believe we can expect a new wave of the spread of the gospel and revival of the Holy Spirit, to flood the Chinese Church in Sabah.

The Taiwan Fire Conference was first started in 2007 on the initiative of Rev. Zhang Mao Shiong of the Covenant Church. At that time, there were only 300 participants. In 2019, the number grew to more than 7,000 with participants coming from 13 nations. It has since blessed many Chinese Christians from these participating nations. The vision of the Fire Conference is to empower the Chinese Church today. It emphasizes the move of the Holy Spirit in this present time and age, which is to indwell the saints, raise up an army of intercessors, stir up passion for the gospel and ministry among the Church, to ignite the flame of the gospel among Chinese in every city, region and nation in the world.

It is my earnest hope and prayer that the Holy Spirit will stir up in every one of our brothers and sisters, the passion for ministry, prayer, and the work of the gospel. Do not miss the benefit of the early bird registration before 13 April. Encourage your cell groups, the brothers and sisters around you, to register as a group. May revival happens not only in our lives, but also descend upon the Church and the whole Diocese!

Sermon

Perfect Peace

1. The Light of Dawn

Isaiah 9:1-2 Nevertheless, there will be no more gloom for those who were in distress. In the past he humbled the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the future he will honor Galilee of the nations, by the Way of the Sea, beyond the Jordan—The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned.

2. Increased Joy and Prosperity

Isaiah 9:1-3 You have enlarged the nation and increased their joy; they rejoice before you as people rejoice at the harvest, as warriors rejoice when dividing the plunder.

3. No More War

Isaiah 9:4 For as in the day of Midian’s defeat, you have shattered the yoke that burdens them, the bar across their shoulders, the rod of their oppressor.


Questions for Application

1. What kind of change in the global circumstances can bring us joy? Share if the prosperity of a nation will bring joy to everyone. Share what you think will give us everlasting joy?

2. Share what you will do if your are in a position of authority to bring peace to the world? Share how you can find peace inspite of the adverse circumstances around you.

  • Sermon Date: January 26, 2020
  • Date Posted: February 17, 2020
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