Monthly Archives: May 2019

24 May 2019 – Revelation 1:17-18 (NIV)

Scripture

17 When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. Then he placed his right hand on me and said: “Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last. 18 I am the Living One; I was dead, and now look, I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.

Reflection

These two experiences go together; awesome fear in the presence of the divine being and his word of comfort to us. We must have some experience with this in our own story, the fear of the Lord and the word of his comfort. Not just comfort but the comfort that is given when we have been terrorized by his presence. Without this intimate experience of falling at Jesus’ feet and saying as Peter did once, “Go away from me Lord, I am a sinful man” we may never know the comfort of his reassuring words, “Do not be afraid”. They are unique words of comfort spoken in a specific context. They describe the comfort that comes when Jesus identifies himself to us, “It’s me. The First and the Last, the Living One! I have the keys to get you out of hell (Ps. Dale- Senior pastor).

Thoughts for the day

  • What does this passage tell you about God or Jesus?
  • What does this passage tell you about humanity?
  • What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
  • How can you apply this message in an area of your life that needs transformation?
  • Is there anyone you think should hear or will benefit from this message? Go and tell them.

Prayer

PRAY FOR GOD’S KINGDOM TO COME The simplest prayer can be the most powerful: “Your Kingdom Come, Your Will be done, On earth as in heaven”.

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By |2019-05-16T10:49:33+08:00May 24th, 2019|Week 3|0 Comments

23 May 2019 – Revelation 1:9-11 (NIV)

Scripture

I, John, your brother and companion in the suffering and kingdom and patient endurance that are ours in Jesus, was on the island of Patmos because of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus. 10 On the Lord’s Day I was in the Spirit, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet, 11 which said: “Write on a scroll what you see and send it to the seven churches: to Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea.”

Reflection

John is imprisoned on an island penal colony called Patmos; he is there because of his commitment to the risen Jesus Christ. What we read here is yet another example of heaven meeting earth. John is “in the Spirit” on the day that Jesus’ resurrection was remembered by his church which is to say, Sunday. The vision which will be given to him by the Holy Spirit (which is the rest of the book of Revelation) was for real people living in real cities. Think of all the Christians living in Shanghai receiving a uniquely crafted letter from Jesus which is His word to us (Ps. Dale- Senior pastor).

Thoughts for the day

  • What does this passage tell you about God or Jesus?
  • What does this passage tell you about humanity?
  • What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
  • How can you apply this message in an area of your life that needs transformation?
  • Is there anyone you think should hear or will benefit from this message? Go and tell them.

Prayer

Pray the promises of God. Remind yourself of God’s character and power by finding a promise from God that speaks to you. Reflect and pray on it today.

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By |2019-05-16T10:46:51+08:00May 23rd, 2019|Week 3|0 Comments

22 May 2019 – Revelation 1:7-8 (NIV)

Scripture

“Look, he is coming with the clouds,”
    and “every eye will see him,
even those who pierced him”;
    and all peoples on earth “will mourn because of him.”
So shall it be! Amen.

“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.”

Reflection

These verses have multiple references to Old Testament passages, Daniel 7, Zechariah 12, Exodus 19. The attributes of God; eternal in nature, almighty and complete in himself are also in Christ; who is coming again. This same Jesus, who has touched us with his compassion, who has called us to himself to shepherd us in life is also the mighty God who will bring an end to the injustice, hold us all accountable and defeat his enemies. Finally! (Ps. Dale- Senior pastor).

Thoughts for the day

  • What does this passage tell you about God or Jesus?
  • What does this passage tell you about humanity?
  • What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
  • How can you apply this message in an area of your life that needs transformation?
  • Is there anyone you think should hear or will benefit from this message? Go and tell them.

Prayer

How can I show God to those around me? Ask for guidance or pray for an opportunity to share your relationship with God with the world today. “Look to the Lord and His strength; seek His face always” Psalm 105:4.

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By |2019-05-16T10:44:43+08:00May 22nd, 2019|Week 3|0 Comments

21 May 2019 – Revelation 1:4-6 (NIV)

Scripture

John,

To the seven churches in the province of Asia:

Grace and peace to you from him who is, and who was, and who is to come, and from the seven spirits before his throne, and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth.

To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood, and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve his God and Father—to him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen.

Reflection

The entire book of Revelation, written to the seven churches and all of the church until Jesus returns, is all about Jesus. John doesn’t waste any time and gives us three things we should know about Jesus. He is, the “faithful witness” (Psalm 89:37), the “firstborn from the dead” (Psalm 89:27) and “the ruler of the kings of the earth” (Psalm 89:27). We must remind ourselves that while the nations seem to be ruled by people called kings, presidents and prime ministers, there is another ruler who is even greater than the rulers of the nations. His word will be final and he will rule until all things are submitted to him. Find your courage (Ps. Dale- Senior pastor).

Thoughts for the day

  • What does this passage tell you about God or Jesus?
  • What does this passage tell you about humanity?
  • What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
  • How can you apply this message in an area of your life that needs transformation?
  • Is there anyone you think should hear or will benefit from this message? Go and tell them.

Prayer

What is God saying to me at the moment? Take time to listen or to read through your journal for themes, promptings from the Holy Spirit. “Look to the Lord and His strength; seek His face always” Psalm 105:4.

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By |2019-05-16T10:42:15+08:00May 21st, 2019|Week 3|0 Comments

20 May 2019 – Revelation 1:1-3 (NIV)

Scripture

The revelation from Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants what must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John, who testifies to everything he saw—that is, the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ. Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near.

Reflection

So the journey begins. It begins in the best place, with a revealing of Jesus. The Christians who received this were embarking on experiences that will challenge them in ways they could not possibly imagine, in other words, difficult. The clear and true picture of Jesus presented in His Word will show how Jesus is at work in a world that is “hell bent” on destroying God’s people and themselves. There are two blessings here; one for the person who “takes to heart” the message of this “revelation of Jesus” and one for the person who shares it (Ps. Dale- Senior pastor).

Thoughts for the day

  • What does this passage tell you about God or Jesus?
  • What does this passage tell you about humanity?
  • What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
  • How can you apply this message in an area of your life that needs transformation?
  • Is there anyone you think should hear or will benefit from this message? Go and tell them.

Prayer

“Look to the Lord and His strength; seek His face always” Psalm 105:4. Where is God working in my life? Take time to identify a place, area or relationship where you can see God’s presence at work.

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By |2019-05-16T10:39:15+08:00May 20th, 2019|Week 3|0 Comments

17 May 2019 – Mark 1:1 (NIV)

Scripture

The beginning of the good news about Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God,

Reflection

The author of Mark begins his account of the gospel of Jesus with two goals in mind. The first intention is to announce that the gospel of salvation is only through Jesus Christ. There were a lot of good news/philosophies during Jesus’ time, which was said to solve life’s problems. Therefore, Mark had to stress the truth that salvation through Jesus Christ is the only real gospel that can save.

Mark’s second intention is to publicize the fact that there is no real salvation without the cross. A third of Mark’s Gospel focuses on Jesus’ crucifixion and death – that alone tells you it’s a very important message for the author. Without the cross and resurrection, Christianity would only be just another religion that doesn’t save.

Similiarly, today there are also many philosphies, relilgions and worldly ideas/concpets out there that aims at helping/saving people, but they are all humanistic centered. They all elminate the cruxificion and resurection. People can not save themselves – only Jesus can. Don’t fall in the trap that as people we can save ourselves. As humans we would like to think we are grand and powerful, but that is only a lie from the enemy. He’s trying to convince us like he did with Eve in the graden that we can be like God and that we don’t need him. That we can do it by ourselves (Woowon- Korean Community Group leader).

Thoughts for the day

  • How much do you demnpend on the cross for your salvation or do you feel you need to do something extra to be saved?
  • What does this passage tell you about God or Jesus?
  • What does this passage tell you about humanity?
  • What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
  • How can you apply this message in an area of your life that needs transformation?
  • Is there anyone you think should hear or will benefit from this message? Go and tell them.

Prayer

Pray for people to join the work of proclaiming the good news, “Jesus is Risen”, to a lost and dying world.

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By |2019-05-16T10:25:59+08:00May 17th, 2019|Week 2|0 Comments

16 May 2019 – Mark 1:14-15 (NIV)

Scripture

14 After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. 15 “The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!”

Reflection

“The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news!” These were the first words Jesus uttered when he began his 3-year ministry. Normally when people start a campaign or a business or something similar, they declare what they think is most important so that the audience will know what they deem significant. For Jesus, that was “the kingdom of God”.

Many people think that the kingdom of God is heaven where people go after they died. However, the kingdom of God as Jesus taught is clearly different. The kingdom of God he taught is everywhere and at every moment ruled by God, our king. Thus, this perfect rule could be in our present situation, but this rule is incomplete until Jesus comes back.

Theologian George Elden Ladd described the kingdom of God as “already” and “not yet”. “The kingdom of God began “already” on this world at the first coming of Jesus. Then, it is “not yet” completed until Christ’s second coming. We are the people of God’s kingdom living in between two times.” We live between that “already” and “not yet”. The imperfect time between them is full of sorrow and pain, wounds and tears. But this will surely come to an end one day, and the perfect reign of God will be achieved.

Repentance is one of the ways in which we live between the “already” and “not yet”. Repentance is to live in obedience to the will of God, who is our king, and through the act of repentance we get to have a personal relationship with Jesus, our King (Woowon- Korean Community Group leader).

Thoughts for the day

  • Knowing what the kingdom of Gof d means, how do you see it at work in your daily life?
  • What does this passage tell you about God or Jesus?
  • What does this passage tell you about humanity?
  • What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
  • How can you apply this message in an area of your life that needs transformation?
  • Is there anyone you think should hear or will benefit from this message? Go and tell them.

Prayer

Pray (silently) for the people who are seated close to you as you read this.

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By |2019-05-15T09:57:23+08:00May 16th, 2019|Week 2|0 Comments

15 May 2019 – Mark 2:17 (NIV)

Scripture

17 On hearing this, Jesus said to them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”

Reflection

During Jesus’ ministry in Galilee, he often interacted and socialized with non-Jewish people of a lower social class. In those days it was considered taboo, especially for a Jew to interact with non-Jewish people and or those of a lower social class. The religious scholars and Pharisees, who followed the Law meticulously, questioned Jesus’ actions to his disciples. Jesus, overhearing them, responded as seen in today’s verse.

The sick, whom Jesus is referring to are those who acknowledge they are sinners, and in need of a Saviour. They know they have to repent of their sin and accept Jesus, the Messiah as their Lord and Saviour.

However the religious scholars and Pharisees did not seek Jesus because they thought they were not sinners. To them, they were not in need of a Saviour. The Law was their salvation. They viewed Jesus just as another teacher who was trying to misguide the people from the Law. We can learn from this story and search our own hearts by asking ‘Am I in need of a Saviour, or is Jesus only another great teacher? (Woowon- Korean Community Group leader).

Thoughts for the day

  • What does this passage tell you about God or Jesus?
  • What does this passage tell you about humanity?
  • What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
  • How can you apply this message in an area of your life that needs transformation?
  • Is there anyone you think should hear or will benefit from this message? Go and tell them.

Prayer

Think of someone you know who could use a little joy in their lives and pray for presence of the Lord to rest on them. “In His presence there is fullness of Joy” Psalm 16:11.

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By |2019-05-14T10:18:36+08:00May 15th, 2019|Week 2|0 Comments

14 May 2019 – Mark 3: 1-5 (NIV)

Scripture

Another time Jesus went into the synagogue, and a man with a shriveled hand was there. Some of them were looking for a reason to accuse Jesus, so they watched him closely to see if he would heal him on the Sabbath. Jesus said to the man with the shriveled hand, “Stand up in front of everyone.”

Then Jesus asked them, “Which is lawful on the Sabbath: to do good or to do evil, to save life or to kill?” But they remained silent.

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.

Reflection

As Jesus entered the synagogue to teach the word of God, he found a man with a crippled hand. Jesus also knew by healing him it would cause controversy. In line with their overall quest to discredit Jesus, the Pharisees wanted to see if Jesus would break the law so that they can accuse him. Thus, knowing they were looking closely to accuse him Jesus turned the tables on them, by asking them a question (to highlight the irony and their hardened hearts). The mere fact that they couldn’t answer the question shows the reader, the Pharisees clearly understood the paradox of the incident and that it revealed them as ‘hard-nosed religious people’ as theologian Eugene Peterson states. They think the law is more important than the soul. They don’t feel sorry or remorse for the people who are suffering.

Our God is not a heartless God, but a good and loving God. Therefore, those who believe in God should be careful of falling in the same trap as the Pharisees by making Christianity a religious checklist. Don’t forget the person who is suffering. Note Jesus got angry with the Pharisees. Don’t let our hearts be hardened by the very thing that should bring freedom (Woowon- Korean Community Group leader).

Thoughts for the day

  • What does this passage tell you about God or Jesus?
  • What does this passage tell you about humanity?
  • What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
  • How can you apply this message in an area of your life that needs transformation?
  • Is there anyone you think should hear or will benefit from this message? Go and tell them.

Prayer

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28. Be still and allow the presence of Jesus to bring you rest right now.

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By |2019-05-13T10:21:39+08:00May 14th, 2019|Week 2|0 Comments

13 May 2019 – Mark 3:31-35 (NIV)

Scripture

31 Then Jesus’ mother and brothers arrived. Standing outside, they sent someone in to call him. 32 A crowd was sitting around him, and they told him, “Your mother and brothers are outside looking for you.”

33 “Who are my mother and my brothers?” he asked.

34 Then he looked at those seated in a circle around him and said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! 35 Whoever does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother.”

Reflection

These verses form part of the bigger pericope (a set of verses that forms one coherent unit or thought) in Mark 3. In the beginning of the pericope Jesus was teaching the crowd that it was a great sin to slander the Holy Spirit. Then we read Jesus’ mother and brothers arriving and asked to meet him. However, Jesus didn’t invite them in as one would expect and by doing this, he redefined what family relationships are (especially) in God. The point Jesus was conveying was to obey God’s will is more important than your earthly family. We often call the church our spiritual family, but this would not be the case if the church refrain from obeying God’s will. Church can only be called a family when she is obedient to God’s will. Remember Church is not just about gathering, but it’s also about devoting oneself to obedience. Let this be a reminder to us that we are in a new family, God’s family, but it also comes with responsibilities. Obedience to God’s will is one of them (Woowon- Korean Community Group leader).

Thoughts for the day

  • Do you strive to be obedient in all you do?
  • What does this passage tell you about God or Jesus?
  • What does this passage tell you about humanity?
  • What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
  • How can you apply this message in an area of your life that needs transformation?
  • Is there anyone you think should hear or will benefit from this message? Go and tell them.

Prayer

Pray for those who are spiritually lost that they may surrender to the lordship of Jesus Christ and receive salvation in His name.

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By |2019-05-12T19:03:58+08:00May 13th, 2019|Week 2|Comments Off on 13 May 2019 – Mark 3:31-35 (NIV)