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    Worship, A Form Of Meditation 

    (Ome: Hey beloveds! I’m here with the sermon notes from Pastor Prince’s sermon two weeks ago. In the sermon, Pastor shared how worship is a form of meditation. Beloveds, know that when you praise and worship Jesus, you open door to His favour, the favour that He has been raring to pour on your life. I also love the story of how Leah chose to praise the Lord, eventually, put the focus off her husband, and on the Lord, and she became secure and emotionally whole, and also got what she wanted: her husband’s love.

    Be blessed, and have a favour-filled week ahead!)

    4 March 2012 Sunday Service

    Preached by Pastor Prince

    1st Service

    Verses from the sermon:

    Psalm 1:2-3 (KJV)

    2But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. 3And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

    Ephesians 5:15-22

    15See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, 16Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. 17Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is. 18And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; 19Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; 20Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; 21Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God. 22Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.

    Genesis 29:31-35

    31And when the LORD saw that Leah was hated, he opened her womb: but Rachel was barren. 32And Leah conceived, and bare a son, and she called his name Reuben: for she said, Surely the LORD hath looked upon my affliction; now therefore my husband will love me. 33And she conceived again, and bare a son; and said, Because the LORD hath heard I was hated, he hath therefore given me this son also: and she called his name Simeon. 34And she conceived again, and bare a son; and said, Now this time will my husband be joined unto me, because I have born him three sons: therefore was his name called Levi. 35And she conceived again, and bare a son: and she said, Now will I praise the LORD: therefore she called his name Judah; and left bearing.

    John 10:9-10

    9I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. 10The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

    Hosea 2:15

    15And I will give her her vineyards from thence, and the valley of Achor for a door of hope: and she shall sing there, as in the days of her youth, and as in the day when she came up out of the land of Egypt.

    Jude 1:1-2

    1Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to them that are sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ, and called: 2Mercy unto you, and peace, and love, be multiplied.

    Isaiah 60:1-3,11,18

    1Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee. 2For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee. 3And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising.

    11Therefore thy gates shall be open continually; they shall not be shut day nor night; that men may bring unto thee the forces of the Gentiles, and that their kings may be brought.

    18Violence shall no more be heard in thy land, wasting nor destruction within thy borders; but thou shalt call thy walls Salvation, and thy gates Praise.

    Key take-home points:

    • Worship is a form of meditation! Why? Because meditation (“hagah” in Hebrew) is muttering. When you worship, you are muttering to yourself too. Ephesians 5:19 says that you can speak to yourself psalms, hymns and spiritual songs, or you can sing them, or make melodies to yourself. So for some of you who find it easier to sing worship songs than to mutter Bible verses, good news: when you worship, you are meditating!
    • Praise is “yada” in Hebrew. (The name “Judah” comes from this word.) The word “yada” is made up of the following letters: “yud” (open hands), “dalet” (doors), and “hei” (grace). Open hands, doors, grace. Putting the letters together, we see the secret hidden in the word “yada”: praise opens the door to grace! Praise opens door to receiving God’s favour that has already been unleashed in your life through the cross. And His favour brings you God-kind of prosperity and success!
    • “yada” (Hebrew for “praise”) first appeared in Genesis 29:31-35. Leah had children with her husband Jacob, but just as it was common in those days to name the child after the surrounding circumstances, the names of Leah’s first three children revealed how Leah longed for her husband’s love, and she hoped that her husband would love her now that she produced him children. She was focused on Jacob’s love. However, when Leah had her fourth child, she named him “Judah”, saying “now, I will praise the Lord!” There was no mention of her husband in naming the child. She was no longer focused on her husband; she chose to praise the Lord instead. Surprisingly, when Jacob passed on, we find out from the Bible that he elected to be buried with Leah, not Rachel. Apparently, she ended up winning her husband’s love! When Leah no longer focused on her husband and trying to win his love, and chose to praise the Lord instead, she ended up with her husband’s love. When you praise the Lord, you are focusing on Him, and and as you focus on the Him, you become emotionally whole and secure, and, the things that you want will run after you!
     
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    The Grace Response 

    (Ome: Hey beloveds! I’m here with the sermon notes from Pastor Lian’s sermon one week ago. In the sermon, Pastor Lian shared with us how we can have a grace response when we are faced with challenges, as pictured in the children of Israel crossing the river Jordan. When we see and believe that our victory has been paid for, we will be able to have a grace response to our circumstances and experience victory and good success.

    Be blessed!)

    26 February 2012 Sunday Service

    Preached by Pastor Lian

    2nd Service

    Verses from the sermon:

    Joshua 1:1-5

    1After the death of Moses the servant of the LORD, it came to pass that the LORD spoke to Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ assistant, saying: 2“Moses My servant is dead. Now therefore, arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, to the land which I am giving to them–the children of Israel. 3Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given you, as I said to Moses. 4From the wilderness and this Lebanon as far as the great river, the River Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites, and to the Great Sea toward the going down of the sun, shall be your territory. 5No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life; as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you nor forsake you.

    Galatians 3:13

    13Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree” ),

    Romans 8:31-32

    31What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?

    1 Peter 3:10

    10For “He who would love life And see good days, Let him refrain his tongue from evil, And his lips from speaking deceit.

    James 3:4-5

    4Look also at ships: although they are so large and are driven by fierce winds, they are turned by a very small rudder wherever the pilot desires. 5Even so the tongue is a little member and boasts great things. See how great a forest a little fire kindles!

    Genesis 22:2

    2Then He said, “Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.”

    Key take-home points:

    • Having a crunch time? Going through challenges? The Lord is saying to you today that your victory is paid for! When you go through challenges, know that you are not trying to achieve victory. Jesus has paid for your victory at the cross two thousand years ago. You are walking out the victory that He has paid for you. Go through your challenges with that mindset, and you will see victory!
    • God wants us to have a grace response to our challenges, when things get tough, when circumstances don’t seem to go the way you want. The two grace responses are: 1. Jesus took the judgment, we take the blessings. Look to the cross, look to Jesus and His finished work. Know that we don’t have to strive, we don’t have to strain to get somewhere in life. Jesus has paid for our blessings, He has given our good success. Receive them, even if our acts are not all together. 2. God never leaves us nor forsake us. God forsook Jesus when the darling Son needed Him most, so that today when we need Him the most, He is here with us all the time. Practice His presence. Keep on practicing His presence, and the results will come. The breakthrough will come.
    • There is a beautiful picture in the way the city of Jerusalem is built. It has valleys on three sides as natural defenses to enemy attack: south, east and west. Only on the north is there no valley; if an enemy were to attack Israel, the most sensible choice would be to attack from the north. But the north side is where Calvary was, where Jesus died on the cross! God’s answer to every weakness, every vulnerability in our lives, is the cross. Here we see this verse in action: “For my strength is made perfect in your weakness.” God knows every weakness, every challenge in our lives before we know them, and God has sent His Son to take the judgment, and because Jesus has taken all our judgments, therefore we are blessed!
     
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    Will The Real Gospel Please Stand Up? 

    (Ome: Hey beloveds! I’m here with the sermon notes from Pastor Prince’s sermon two weeks ago. In this sermon, Pastor went through the only sermon preached by Paul that was fully recorded by the Holy Spirit, and showed what the gospel, long before man added anything to it, was like. He also touched on the forgiveness of sins, and how important it is, that forgiveness of sins is not basics, but the foundation to everything. Beloveds, this sermon is by no means basics. This sermon is foundational, and this is what we live by everyday. We don’t live by cheem revelations. When you are in the heat of life, circumstances are oppressive or you just got back your grades and they fall short, it is not the cheem revelations that you remember, but the truth of the gospel, which is the forgiveness of sins through Christ, with only condition being believe. This is the truth that will really helps you.

    Be blessed!)

    19 February 2012 Sunday Service

    Preached by Pastor Prince

    2nd Service

    Verses from the sermon:

    Romans 1:16-17

    16For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. 17For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.”

    Acts 13:14-17

    14But when they departed from Perga, they came to Antioch in Pisidia, and went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day and sat down. 15And after the reading of the Law and the Prophets, the rulers of the synagogue sent to them, saying, “Men and brethren, if you have any word of exhortation for the people, say on.” 16Then Paul stood up, and motioning with his hand said, “Men of Israel, and you who fear God, listen: 17The God of this people Israel chose our fathers, and exalted the people when they dwelt as strangers in the land of Egypt, and with an uplifted arm He brought them out of it.

    Acts 13:36,38-39

    36“For David, after he had served his own generation by the will of God, fell asleep, was buried with his fathers, and saw corruption;

    38Therefore let it be known to you, brethren, that through this Man is preached to you the forgiveness of sins; 39and by Him everyone who believes is justified from all things from which you could not be justified by the law of Moses.

    Psalm 130:3-4

    3If You, LORD, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand? 4But there is forgiveness with You, That You may be feared.

    1 John 2:12

    12I write to you, little children, Because your sins are forgiven you for His name’s sake.

    2 Peter 1:5-9

    5But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, 6to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, 7to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. 8For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9For he who lacks these things is shortsighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins.

    Genesis 49:33-50:1

    33And when Jacob had finished commanding his sons, he drew his feet up into the bed and breathed his last, and was gathered to his people.

    1Then Joseph fell on his father’s face and wept over him, and kissed him.

    Genesis 50:15-23

    15When Joseph’s brothers saw that their father was dead, they said, “Perhaps Joseph will hate us, and may actually repay us for all the evil which we did to him.” 16So they sent messengers to Joseph, saying, “Before your father died he commanded, saying, 17“Thus you shall say to Joseph: “I beg you, please forgive the trespass of your brothers and their sin; for they did evil to you.”‘ Now, please, forgive the trespass of the servants of the God of your father.” And Joseph wept when they spoke to him. 18Then his brothers also went and fell down before his face, and they said, “Behold, we are your servants.” 19Joseph said to them, “Do not be afraid, for am I in the place of God? 20But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive. 21Now therefore, do not be afraid; I will provide for you and your little ones.” And he comforted them and spoke kindly to them. 22So Joseph dwelt in Egypt, he and his father’s household. And Joseph lived one hundred and ten years. 23Joseph saw Ephraim’s children to the third generation. The children of Machir, the son of Manasseh, were also brought up on Joseph’s knees.

    Key take-home points:

    • The only qualification to be saved is to believe. In Paul’s sermon in Acts, Paul said that through Jesus is preached the forgiveness of sins, and that by Him, all who believe are justified in all things from which they could not be justified through the law. Paul never said, as some preachers today, that only “those who repent” are saved (in the sense of outward acts of repentance). He also never said that only those who “have a heart for God” are saved. These conditions, added by some preaches, are error. Any “you must” that is added to man’s part to be saved is error. In fact, the only part man has is to believe and receive.
    • The same qualification to be saved is the same qualification to be healed, prosperous, protected, and blessed. This is because the word “save”, which is “sozo” in Greek, is a very rich word that means not only salvation in the sense of being saved from hell, but also protection, prosperity deliverance, and healing. Today, God has made Jesus our righteousness, and that has qualified us to every blessing of the righteous, we only have to believe and receive.
    • There are people in the Christian circle who says that forgiveness of sins produces licentiousness. But it’s not what Jesus believed. Jesus said that those who are forgiven much, love much. He gave a woman caught in adultery the gift of no condemnation, before she is told to go and sin no more. The gift of forgiveness of sins is what empowers people to go and sin no more, and what empowers people to love God. The knowledge of forgiveness of sins produces obedience and right living. The knowledge that God has forgiven our sins for Christ’s sake produces awe, gratefulness and genuine reverence and worship of Him.
    • Towards the end of the book of Genesis, Joseph’s last recorded weeping before he passed on, was when he saw that his brothers did not believe that he had forgiven them, and lied to Joseph that their father left a message telling him to forgive them. Joseph was a picture of our Lord Jesus Christ, and a picture of what the Lord is grieved with in the end time. No, the Lord is not grieved with sin. He took care of that two thousand years ago at the cross. The Lord is grieved when his brothers, us, don’t believe that He has forgiven us. Today, mainstream Christianity has all kinds of funny idea as to what grieves the Holy Spirit (Christ in unlimited form, in us), when the Bible says that there is only one thing that grieves Him: when we speak words of non-grace. On the contrary, when we speak words of grace, words of Jesus’ forgiveness, we gladden Him. When we believe that we are completely forgiven, forever, we gladden Him, we are honouring all that He has done, we are saying that all His sacrifices have not been in vain.
     
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    Jesus, The End Of Your Struggles – An Exposition Of Romans 7 

    (Ome: Hey beloveds! I’m here with the sermon notes from Pastor Prince’s sermon three weeks ago. In this sermon, Pastor expounded Romans 7, and showed how there is a struggle that we experience as believers, against sin in the flesh, and that the key to victory is not a formula, but a Person, Jesus Christ, depending on Him wholly and on none of self.

    Be blessed!)

    12 February 2012 Sunday Service

    Preached by Pastor Prince

    2nd Service

    Verses from the sermon:

    Romans 7:1-25

    1Or do you not know, brethren (for I speak to those who know the law), that the law has dominion over a man as long as he lives? 2For the woman who has a husband is bound by the law to her husband as long as he lives. But if the husband dies, she is released from the law of her husband. 3So then if, while her husband lives, she marries another man, she will be called an adulteress; but if her husband dies, she is free from that law, so that she is no adulteress, though she has married another man. 4Therefore, my brethren, you also have become dead to the law through the body of Christ, that you may be married to another–to Him who was raised from the dead, that we should bear fruit to God. 5For when we were in the flesh, the sinful passions which were aroused by the law were at work in our members to bear fruit to death. 6But now we have been delivered from the law, having died to what we were held by, so that we should serve in the newness of the Spirit and not in the oldness of the letter. 7What shall we say then? Is the law sin? Certainly not! On the contrary, I would not have known sin except through the law. For I would not have known covetousness unless the law had said, “You shall not covet.” 8But sin, taking opportunity by the commandment, produced in me all manner of evil desire. For apart from the law sin was dead. 9I was alive once without the law, but when the commandment came, sin revived and I died. 10And the commandment, which was to bring life, I found to bring death. 11For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it killed me. 12Therefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy and just and good. 13Has then what is good become death to me? Certainly not! But sin, that it might appear sin, was producing death in me through what is good, so that sin through the commandment might become exceedingly sinful. 14For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am carnal, sold under sin. 15For what I am doing, I do not understand. For what I will to do, that I do not practice; but what I hate, that I do. 16If, then, I do what I will not to do, I agree with the law that it is good. 17But now, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me. 18For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells; for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find. 19For the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that I practice. 20Now if I do what I will not to do, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me. 21I find then a law, that evil is present with me, the one who wills to do good. 22For I delight in the law of God according to the inward man. 23But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. 24O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? 25I thank God–through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, with the mind I myself serve the law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin.

    Romans 6:14

    14For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.

    Leviticus 13:12

    12“And if leprosy breaks out all over the skin, and the leprosy covers all the skin of the one who has the sore, from his head to his foot, wherever the priest looks,

    Luke 22:31-34

    31And the Lord said, “Simon, Simon! Indeed, Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat. 32But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren.” 33But he said to Him, “Lord, I am ready to go with You, both to prison and to death.” 34Then He said, “I tell you, Peter, the rooster shall not crow this day before you will deny three times that you know Me.”

    John 13:5-11

    5After that, He poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded. 6Then He came to Simon Peter. And Peter said to Him, “Lord, are You washing my feet?” 7Jesus answered and said to him, “What I am doing you do not understand now, but you will know after this.” 8Peter said to Him, “You shall never wash my feet!” Jesus answered him, “If I do not wash you, you have no part with Me.” 9Simon Peter said to Him, “Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head!” 10Jesus said to him, “He who is bathed needs only to wash his feet, but is completely clean; and you are clean, but not all of you.” 11For He knew who would betray Him; therefore He said, “You are not all clean.”

    Romans 8:1

    1There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.

    1 John 4:17

    17Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world.

    Matthew 16:21-23

    21From that time Jesus began to show to His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised the third day. 22Then Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him, saying, “Far be it from You, Lord; this shall not happen to You!” 23But He turned and said to Peter, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are an offense to Me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men.”

    Mark 8:32-33

    32He spoke this word openly. Then Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him. 33But when He had turned around and looked at His disciples, He rebuked Peter, saying, “Get behind Me, Satan! For you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men.”

    Matthew 17:1-8

    1Now after six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother, led them up on a high mountain by themselves; 2and He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light. 3And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, talking with Him. 4Then Peter answered and said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here; if You wish, let us make here three tabernacles: one for You, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” 5While he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them; and suddenly a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear Him!” 6And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their faces and were greatly afraid. 7But Jesus came and touched them and said, “Arise, and do not be afraid.” 8When they had lifted up their eyes, they saw no one but Jesus only.

    Luke 22:59-65

    59Then after about an hour had passed, another confidently affirmed, saying, “Surely this fellow also was with Him, for he is a Galilean.” 60But Peter said, “Man, I do not know what you are saying!” Immediately, while he was still speaking, the rooster crowed. 61And the Lord turned and looked at Peter. Then Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how He had said to him, “Before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times.” 62So Peter went out and wept bitterly. 63Now the men who held Jesus mocked Him and beat Him. 64And having blindfolded Him, they struck Him on the face and asked Him, saying, “Prophesy! Who is the one who struck You?” 65And many other things they blasphemously spoke against Him.

    Mark 16:5-7

    5And entering the tomb, they saw a young man clothed in a long white robe sitting on the right side; and they were alarmed. 6But he said to them, “Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He is risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid Him. 7But go, tell His disciples–and Peter–that He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him, as He said to you.”

    Luke 24:34

    34saying, “The Lord is risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!”

    John 21:9-11

    9Then, as soon as they had come to land, they saw a fire of coals there, and fish laid on it, and bread. 10Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish which you have just caught.” 11Simon Peter went up and dragged the net to land, full of large fish, one hundred and fifty-three; and although there were so many, the net was not broken.

    Key take-home points:

    • When Naomi heard from Ruth that she ran into Boaz, Naomi said that Boaz was one of “our close relatives”. Jesus is not satisfied with being be one of your “relatives”. He wants to be the one and only “relative” of yours. That is why, just like Boaz, who offered the closer relative to redeem Ruth first, Jesus allowed the law to come first, to see if it can be our source of justification. Only when we see that the law has no power to redeem, the law cannot justify us, then He steps in and be our Redeemer. (1,500 years after the giving of the law. That’s 1,500 of trying to keep the law, and none succeeded. Strangely, some people still don’t know today that the law cannot justify them!) This beautiful truth applies in our walk as well. As long as you see Jesus as one of the sources of help, He will allow you to be frustrated running after all kinds of sources, until He is the only help left standing, then He will show Himself to be a mighty Helper and Redeemer.
    • Boaz was Ruth’s kinsman-redeemer. An eligible kinsman-redeemer (a relative who is able to and willing) buys back all the land and belongings that were sold away, be it due to poverty or other reasons. Today, Jesus is your redeemer. He is the One who buys back what you have lost. If you have lost something, even through your own fault, Jesus can redeem it for you. Let me say that again: even if the loss is due to your own fault, lost time due to procrastination, lost money because of reckless spending, lost child because of bad relationship with your child, broken heart from a bad relationship, He can redeem for you what you have lost. In executing his duty as your kinsman-redeemer, Jesus has brought back all that you have lost and restored to you. That’s what it means to have Him as your Redeemer!
    • Good things, wonderful things happen when you are at Jesus’ feet. To fall at Jesus’ feet is to worship Him, to make Him big in your life and yourself small. A lot of times, we are just too prim and proper, too educated to be at Jesus’ feet. We don’t fall at other people’s feet, understandably, but this is Jesus! The place of being at His feet, the place of humility, is the place of receiving. When we humble ourselves and worship Him, we receive from Him.
    • God is not satisfied with just forgiving you through the cross, and letting you know that you are forgiven. He wants to heal your memory of wrongdoing. Some people refuse to talk about certain past chapters of their lives, because there are guilts within that still affect them greatly. Certain signs can trigger that memory, and they’d be feeling guilty and painful all over again. Jesus wants to heal your memory of wrongdoing, so that the memory doesn’t trigger guilt, pain or despair anymore, but His love instead. He wants you to know that hey, He knows what you did, and He still loves you, forgives you, and makes you righteous, so that in spite of all that you did, you can still confidently expect good from Him.
     
  • ome 2:16 am on February 21, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Jesus, Our Kinsman-Redeemer 

    (Ome: Hey fruitful ones! I’m here with the sermon notes from Pastor Prince’s sermon two weeks ago.

    I really love what the Lord shared through Pastor, that Jesus is not satisfied with being one of our “relatives”. He wants to be the “relative”. I really like what Pastor shared that He wants to be the source of our help, not just one of the sources. Beloveds, I would like to encourage you, including myself, to trust in Him. Y’know, our hands are too small, and every man’s hand is too short, but He is able to supply you the help that you want, and He loves you, so it is His delight to, but let your trust be in Him. I also love the exposition of what it means when Jesus is our Redeemer. It means that He buys back what we have lost, for us. I especially love the part that He buys back for us things that we have lost, even those that we have lost through our mistakes. I find comfort in that, because we lose a lot of things by our own mistakes, be it study time, a few marks in study. He is able to redeem your module, your semester!

    So as you can see, I was really blessed by these two powerful points, so I’ll let you go ahead and read. Be blessed by the notes and have a blessed recess week, knowing that as you rest in Him, your kinsman-redeemer will not rest, but stand up and work on your behalf!)

    5 February 2012 Sunday Service

    Preached by Pastor Prince

    3rd Service

    Verses from the sermon:

    Romans 4:13

    13For the promise that he would be the heir of the world was not to Abraham or to his seed through the law, but through the righteousness of faith.

    Ruth 2:20

    20Then Naomi said to her daughter-in-law, “Blessed be he of the LORD, who has not forsaken His kindness to the living and the dead!” And Naomi said to her, “This man is a relation of ours, one of our close relatives.”

    Hebrews 13:12

    12Therefore Jesus also, that He might sanctify the people with His own blood, suffered outside the gate.

    Romans 3:21-22

    21But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, 22even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe. For there is no difference;

    Deuteronomy 23:3

    3“An Ammonite or Moabite shall not enter the assembly of the LORD; even to the tenth generation none of his descendants shall enter the assembly of the LORD forever,

    Matthew 1:1-6

    1The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the Son of David, the Son of Abraham: 2Abraham begot Isaac, Isaac begot Jacob, and Jacob begot Judah and his brothers. 3Judah begot Perez and Zerah by Tamar, Perez begot Hezron, and Hezron begot Ram. 4Ram begot Amminadab, Amminadab begot Nahshon, and Nahshon begot Salmon. 5Salmon begot Boaz by Rahab, Boaz begot Obed by Ruth, Obed begot Jesse, 6and Jesse begot David the king. David the king begot Solomon by her who had been the wife of Uriah.

    Romans 7:1-6

    1Or do you not know, brethren (for I speak to those who know the law), that the law has dominion over a man as long as he lives? 2For the woman who has a husband is bound by the law to her husband as long as he lives. But if the husband dies, she is released from the law of her husband. 3So then if, while her husband lives, she marries another man, she will be called an adulteress; but if her husband dies, she is free from that law, so that she is no adulteress, though she has married another man. 4Therefore, my brethren, you also have become dead to the law through the body of Christ, that you may be married to another–to Him who was raised from the dead, that we should bear fruit to God. 5For when we were in the flesh, the sinful passions which were aroused by the law were at work in our members to bear fruit to death. 6But now we have been delivered from the law, having died to what we were held by, so that we should serve in the newness of the Spirit and not in the oldness of the letter.

    Key take-home points:

    • When Naomi heard from Ruth that she ran into Boaz, Naomi said that Boaz was one of “our close relatives”. Jesus is not satisfied with being be one of your “relatives”. He wants to be the one and only “relative” of yours. That is why, just like Boaz, who offered the closer relative to redeem Ruth first, Jesus allowed the law to come first, to see if it can be our source of justification. Only when we see that the law has no power to redeem, the law cannot justify us, then He steps in and be our Redeemer. (1,500 years after the giving of the law. That’s 1,500 of trying to keep the law, and none succeeded. Strangely, some people still don’t know today that the law cannot justify them!) This beautiful truth applies in our walk as well. As long as you see Jesus as one of the sources of help, He will allow you to be frustrated running after all kinds of sources, until He is the only help left standing, then He will show Himself to be a mighty Helper and Redeemer.
    • Boaz was Ruth’s kinsman-redeemer. An eligible kinsman-redeemer (a relative who is able to and willing) buys back all the land and belongings that were sold away, be it due to poverty or other reasons. Today, Jesus is your redeemer. He is the One who buys back what you have lost. If you have lost something, even through your own fault, Jesus can redeem it for you. Let me say that again: even if the loss is due to your own fault, lost time due to procrastination, lost money because of reckless spending, lost child because of bad relationship with your child, broken heart from a bad relationship, He can redeem for you what you have lost. In executing his duty as your kinsman-redeemer, Jesus has brought back all that you have lost and restored to you. That’s what it means to have Him as your Redeemer!
    • Good things, wonderful things happen when you are at Jesus’ feet. To fall at Jesus’ feet is to worship Him, to make Him big in your life and yourself small. A lot of times, we are just too prim and proper, too educated to be at Jesus’ feet. We don’t fall at other people’s feet, understandably, but this is Jesus! The place of being at His feet, the place of humility, is the place of receiving. When we humble ourselves and worship Him, we receive from Him.
     
  • ome 9:56 pm on February 12, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Meet Jesus In The Word 

    (Ome: Hey fruitful ones! I’m here with the sermon notes from Pastor Prince’s sermon two weeks ago.

    In this week’s sermon, Pastor expounded the book of Ruth from devotional perspective. I’ve only heard Pastor teach the book of Ruth from a dispensational perspective previously, so it’s amazing to see how the Bible is like Jesus. Everywhere you turn, you find excellence, you find wisdom, and most importantly, you find Jesus. So in this sermon, Pastor shared how the Lord hides for us nuggets in the book of Ruth pertaining to spending time in the word. He also shared with us how Boaz is a picture of Jesus, our kinsman-redeemer. What I put below is only a few points that I caught from the entire sermon, so I suggest you listen to the sermon again yourself and fasten your spiritual seatbelts!

    Meanwhile, be blessed by the notes! Blessed week!)

    29 January 2012 Sunday Service

    Preached by Pastor Prince

    2nd Service

    Verses from the sermon:

    John 6:26-27

    26Jesus answered them and said, “Most assuredly, I say to you, you seek Me, not because you saw the signs, but because you ate of the loaves and were filled. 27Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting life, which the Son of Man will give you, because God the Father has set His seal on Him.”

    Isaiah 7:3-4 (KJV)

    3Then said the LORD unto Isaiah, Go forth now to meet Ahaz, thou, and Shearjashub thy son, at the end of the conduit of the upper pool in the highway of the fuller’s field; 4And say unto him, Take heed, and be quiet; fear not, neither be fainthearted for the two tails of these smoking firebrands, for the fierce anger of Rezin with Syria, and of the son of Remaliah.

    Ruth 2:1-20

    1There was a relative of Naomi’s husband, a man of great wealth, of the family of Elimelech. His name was Boaz. 2So Ruth the Moabitess said to Naomi, “Please let me go to the field, and glean heads of grain after him in whose sight I may find favor.” And she said to her, “Go, my daughter.” 3Then she left, and went and gleaned in the field after the reapers. And she happened to come to the part of the field belonging to Boaz, who was of the family of Elimelech. 4Now behold, Boaz came from Bethlehem, and said to the reapers, “The LORD be with you!” And they answered him, “The LORD bless you!” 5Then Boaz said to his servant who was in charge of the reapers, “Whose young woman is this?” 6So the servant who was in charge of the reapers answered and said, “It is the young Moabite woman who came back with Naomi from the country of Moab. 7And she said, “Please let me glean and gather after the reapers among the sheaves.’ So she came and has continued from morning until now, though she rested a little in the house.” 8Then Boaz said to Ruth, “You will listen, my daughter, will you not? Do not go to glean in another field, nor go from here, but stay close by my young women. 9Let your eyes be on the field which they reap, and go after them. Have I not commanded the young men not to touch you? And when you are thirsty, go to the vessels and drink from what the young men have drawn.” 10So she fell on her face, bowed down to the ground, and said to him, “Why have I found favor in your eyes, that you should take notice of me, since I am a foreigner?” 11And Boaz answered and said to her, “It has been fully reported to me, all that you have done for your mother-in-law since the death of your husband, and how you have left your father and your mother and the land of your birth, and have come to a people whom you did not know before. 12The LORD repay your work, and a full reward be given you by the LORD God of Israel, under whose wings you have come for refuge.” 13Then she said, “Let me find favor in your sight, my lord; for you have comforted me, and have spoken kindly to your maidservant, though I am not like one of your maidservants.” 14Now Boaz said to her at mealtime, “Come here, and eat of the bread, and dip your piece of bread in the vinegar.” So she sat beside the reapers, and he passed parched grain to her; and she ate and was satisfied, and kept some back. 15And when she rose up to glean, Boaz commanded his young men, saying, “Let her glean even among the sheaves, and do not reproach her. 16Also let grain from the bundles fall purposely for her; leave it that she may glean, and do not rebuke her.” 17So she gleaned in the field until evening, and beat out what she had gleaned, and it was about an ephah of barley. 18Then she took it up and went into the city, and her mother-in-law saw what she had gleaned. So she brought out and gave to her what she had kept back after she had been satisfied. 19And her mother-in-law said to her, “Where have you gleaned today? And where did you work? Blessed be the one who took notice of you.” So she told her mother-in-law with whom she had worked, and said, “The man’s name with whom I worked today is Boaz.” 20Then Naomi said to her daughter-in-law, “Blessed be he of the LORD, who has not forsaken His kindness to the living and the dead!” And Naomi said to her, “This man is a relation of ours, one of our close relatives.”

    Ruth 2:3 (KJV)

    3And she went, and came, and gleaned in the field after the reapers: and her hap was to light on a part of the field belonging unto Boaz, who was of the kindred of Elimelech.

    Leviticus 23:22

    22“When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not wholly reap the corners of your field when you reap, nor shall you gather any gleaning from your harvest. You shall leave them for the poor and for the stranger: I am the LORD your God.”‘

    Ruth 2:14 (NLT)

    14At lunchtime Boaz called to her, “Come over here and help yourself to some of our food. You can dip your bread in the wine if you like.” So she sat with his harvesters, and Boaz gave her food–more than she could eat.

    Luke 15:17

    17“But when he came to himself, he said, “How many of my father’s hired servants have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger!

    Deuteronomy 28:68

    68“And the LORD will take you back to Egypt in ships, by the way of which I said to you, “You shall never see it again.’ And there you shall be offered for sale to your enemies as male and female slaves, but no one will buy you.”

    Galatians 3:13

    13Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree” ),

    Key take-home points:

    • God’s word is alive. It is God’s breathed. Other books are dead; when you have read it, you have read it. It will always be the same thing. However, every time you open up His word, you can expect God to speak to you afresh. He can cause a verse to jump out at you, and sometimes, the same Bible verse may speak to you differently in different seasons of your life. That is His word. It is living and powerful, and it is life and health. Ultimately, the Bible is not first and foremost a book of principles, even though it does contain principles to live life to the fullest and good financial principles that will bless you. The Bible is a picture book of Jesus. Read to find Jesus, and when you behold Him in His word, you are transformed from glory to glory!
    • Ruth had the odds stacked against in the natural when she accompanied her mother-in-law back to Israel. She was a Moabite (who was disqualified from being God’s people by law), and she was a widow (which had negative connotation in those days). However, she confessed God’s favour. She believed in the favour of God, and God put her at the right place, at the right time, in the right field. Beloveds, when you confess God’s favour, God can put you way beyond where you can go in the natural! The favour of God really does place you at the right place at the right time. It can place you where all your smartness cannot. Man, in all his brilliant mind, cannot know when disaster strikes. What are you gonna do then? Keep yourself holed up at home? It is better to trust God to put you at the right place at the right time.
    • In the book of Ruth, gleaners (people who glean dropped grains after the reapers have passed through) are a picture of people who are new in church. You may not understand everything that Pastor preached, but that’s fine, take home whatever you understand! Pastor also shared that it is bad advice to tell young Christians to read the Bible. God’s word is too pure, and I agree. Personally, there are times when I go into God’s word myself, I feel like I’m drowning in the ocean, because God’s word is so rich, so deep, yet I can’t get something out of it, and I feel a bit lost. A good advice to give to young believers, rather, is to tell them to feed on the ministry of anointed Bible teachers who expound God’s word. These teachers put God’s word into bite-sized format, so that you can understand and be nourished by it. Then as you mature, you will be able to go straight into the word and receive straight from the Lord as well!
     
  • ome 10:05 pm on February 4, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    The Christian Life, The Life Of Rest 

    (Ome: Hey fruitful ones! I’m here with the sermon notes from Pastor Mark’s Chinese New Year sermon.

    I like how Pastor Mark shared that the life of a believer, our lives, is not a life of self-effort. It’s never about us slogging our way in life. The world does it, but that’s because they don’t have Jesus… let them. As for us, we are called to rest and receive from God, to receive His fullness of grace, His favour, His wisdom, His righteousness. Whatever that we need in our lives, God can fill. Just receive from Him! Beloveds, let’s enter into this week not struggling, but resting and receiving from the Lord Jesus, the One in whom dwells all the fullness that we can draw on!

    Blessed week!)

    22 January 2012 Sunday Service

    Preached by Pastor Mark

    2nd Service

    Verses from the sermon:

    Leviticus 9:2

    2And he said to Aaron, “Take for yourself a young bull as a sin offering and a ram as a burnt offering, without blemish, and offer them before the LORD.

    John 3:13

    13No one has ascended to heaven but He who came down from heaven, that is, the Son of Man who is in heaven.

    Psalm 46:10

    10Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!

    Deuteronomy 11:19

    19You shall teach them to your children, speaking of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.

    Psalm 23:5

    5You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over.

    Key take-home points:

    • In Matthew 11:28, Jesus issued a call to those “who labour and are heavy laden”. He is calling out to are labouring: those who are labouring to try to please God, and those who are struggling to try to get along in life and have a good life. God wants us to receive acceptance before Him in Jesus, and to receive the good life through Jesus. God wants us to see His fullness, see our emptiness, and draw from Him. The Christian life is a life of receiving, not only being saved from hell, but receiving God’s fullness for every emptiness, every need, every lack in our lives.
    • The Christian life is a life of rest. As believers, we are made to live to the rhythm of rest. The world are stuck in a rat race. People of the world depressed, because they are afraid to lose out in the rat race and die. But we as believers are not called to be in the rat race. We are called to live a life of rest, and as we rest, God carries us to the place of good life, to the place of a blessed family, to the place of good success.
    • The righteous lives by faith. The world lives by their doing. They reap the results of their actions. However, the Bible says that the righteous does not live by works, but by faith. And how do the righteous believe? By speaking. Our lives are the result of what we speak. So let’s speak good things over our lives, and when we declare His word, His power comes behind you and you will have what you say!
     
  • ome 12:19 pm on January 28, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    The Picture Of A Blessed Man 

    (Ome: Hey fruitful ones! I’m here with the sermon notes from the sermon almost two weeks ago by Pastor Prince.

    In this sermon, Pastor talked about the psalms, and how each psalm prophetically corresponds to a year. Amazingly, the psalm for this year points to our church’s very theme verse, to the man who trusts in the Lord, the man who delights in God’s word. This man will be a blessed man, and a prosperous man. It’s a God-confirmation to His rhema word for us this year. So I would like to encourage you to continue to meditate. Find a verse that speaks to you and meditate on it. Be that blessed man or woman. When we meditate, we prosper. God’s word stands behind it!

    Blessed week!)

    15 January 2012 Sunday Service

    Preached by Pastor Prince

    2nd Service

    Verses from the sermon:

    Luke 24:27

    27And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself.

    Luke 24:44-45

    44Then He said to them, “These are the words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms concerning Me.” 45And He opened their understanding, that they might comprehend the Scriptures.

    Psalm 44:13-16,22-26

    13You make us a reproach to our neighbors, A scorn and a derision to those all around us. 14You make us a byword among the nations, A shaking of the head among the peoples. 15My dishonor is continually before me, And the shame of my face has covered me, 16Because of the voice of him who reproaches and reviles, Because of the enemy and the avenger.

    22Yet for Your sake we are killed all day long; We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. 23Awake! Why do You sleep, O Lord? Arise! Do not cast us off forever. 24Why do You hide Your face, And forget our affliction and our oppression? 25For our soul is bowed down to the dust; Our body clings to the ground. 26Arise for our help, And redeem us for Your mercies’ sake.

    Psalm 45:1-6

    1My heart is overflowing with a good theme; I recite my composition concerning the King; My tongue is the pen of a ready writer. 2You are fairer than the sons of men; Grace is poured upon Your lips; Therefore God has blessed You forever. 3Gird Your sword upon Your thigh, O Mighty One, With Your glory and Your majesty. 4And in Your majesty ride prosperously because of truth, humility, and righteousness; And Your right hand shall teach You awesome things. 5Your arrows are sharp in the heart of the King’s enemies; The peoples fall under You. 6Your throne, O God, is forever and ever; A scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your kingdom.

    Psalm 46:8-10

    8Come, behold the works of the LORD, Who has made desolations in the earth. 9He makes wars cease to the end of the earth; He breaks the bow and cuts the spear in two; He burns the chariot in the fire. 10Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!

    Psalm 48:1-8 (KJV)

    1Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised In the city of our God, In His holy mountain. 2Beautiful in elevation, The joy of the whole earth, Is Mount Zion on the sides of the north, The city of the great King. 3God is in her palaces; He is known as her refuge. 4For behold, the kings assembled, They passed by together. 5They saw it, and so they marveled; They were troubled, they hastened away. 6Fear took hold of them there, And pain, as of a woman in birth pangs, 7As when You break the ships of Tarshish With an east wind. 8As we have heard, So we have seen In the city of the LORD of hosts, In the city of our God: God will establish it forever.Selah

    Psalm 80:8-13

    8You have brought a vine out of Egypt; You have cast out the nations, and planted it. 9You prepared room for it, And caused it to take deep root, And it filled the land. 10The hills were covered with its shadow, And the mighty cedars with its boughs. 11She sent out her boughs to the Sea, And her branches to the River. 12Why have You broken down her hedges, So that all who pass by the way pluck her fruit? 13The boar out of the woods uproots it, And the wild beast of the field devours it.

    Psalm 91:5-13

    5You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, Nor of the arrow that flies by day, 6Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, Nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday. 7A thousand may fall at your side, And ten thousand at your right hand; But it shall not come near you. 8Only with your eyes shall you look, And see the reward of the wicked. 9Because you have made the LORD, who is my refuge, Even the Most High, your dwelling place, 10No evil shall befall you, Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling; 11For He shall give His angels charge over you, To keep you in all your ways. 12In their hands they shall bear you up, Lest you dash your foot against a stone. 13You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra, The young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot.

    Psalm 112:1-10

    1Praise the LORD! Blessed is the man who fears the LORD, Who delights greatly in His commandments. 2His descendants will be mighty on earth; The generation of the upright will be blessed. 3Wealth and riches will be in his house, And his righteousness endures forever. 4Unto the upright there arises light in the darkness; He is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous. 5A good man deals graciously and lends; He will guide his affairs with discretion. 6Surely he will never be shaken; The righteous will be in everlasting remembrance. 7He will not be afraid of evil tidings; His heart is steadfast, trusting in the LORD. 8His heart is established; He will not be afraid, Until he sees his desire upon his enemies. 9He has dispersed abroad, He has given to the poor; His righteousness endures forever; His horn will be exalted with honor. 10The wicked will see it and be grieved; He will gnash his teeth and melt away; The desire of the wicked shall perish.

    2 Corinthians 9:8-9

    8And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work. 9As it is written: “He has dispersed abroad, He has given to the poor; His righteousness endures forever.”

    Key take-home points:

    • The Bible is a prophecy. The Bible is given by prophecy, one-quarter of the Bible is prophecy. However, Bible prophecy is all about Jesus. In fact, prophecies in the Bible are not concerning the world at its core. Yes, they do include some large-scale world events, but the Bible focuses primarily on Jesus, then the church, then Israel, in that order of pre-eminence. Is God’s heart and mind on the big scheme of things, on the world, on foreign relations? No. God’s heart and mind is not on the world. God’s heart and mind is on Jesus, and then you, the church, and then Israel. Know that what goes on in the world is of little concern to Him, but what goes on in your life matters to Him, a lot! So let’s not focus on the world. Let’s get our focus where God’s focus is, Jesus and ourselves, and that will enable you to read the Bible in good perspective!
    • In the Old Testament, Psalm 44:22 said that “for your sake we are killed all day long, we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter”. This expression prophetically described the Jews who were killed in the Holocaust. Interestingly, Paul quoted this expression in the New Testament, in 2 Corinthians. However, he did not end there. He went on to say that in all those things we are “more than conquerors through Him who loved us.” The Jesus factor makes all the difference when it comes to trials. Beloveds, today, you may go through trials and tribulations, but Jesus is in your life, and when Jesus is in your life, it is not over until in Him, you overcome the circumstances. You will not go down under; you will come out victorious!
    • This year, God gives us the picture of a blessed man in Psalm 112. The psalm describes a blessed man as a man who delights in God’s word (v1) and someone who will not be afraid when heat comes because his trust is in the Lord (v7). The result will be that he prospers, including financial prosperity. (v3) In fact, God will bless him so abundantly that he is able to lend and give to the poor. (vv5,9) He will be honoured, and those who come against him will see his blessings, gnash their teeth in envy, and disappear. (vv9-10) And this one is my favourite: he will also be a light in the darkness. There will be darkness and gloom in this world, but praise God that there will be light, hope, victory, revelation for us, and we will be light in the midst of darkness. “Arise, shine, for your light has come!” (Isa 54:1) It is in time of darkness that we shine, that we stand out, beloveds!
     
  • ome 5:03 pm on January 22, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    When You Touch God’s Word, You Touch Resurrection! 

    (Ome: Hey fruitful ones! I’m here with the sermon notes from the sermon two weeks ago by Pastor Prince. Sorry for lateness! I lost my sermon notebook, so I had to listen to the sermon again to get the verses. But good thing is I get extra feeding! Haha

    This sermon is a continuation, part two if you would, from last week’s sermon, and Pastor continued to share on meditation. To me, I love it that even in areas in my life where there is death, at the touch of God’s word, there will be life once again. Self-effort won’t cut it to try to bring that dead area back to life. It’s hopeless! But when you let that area be filled with God’s word, inasmuch as Jesus Himself is the resurrection and the life, and He is the Word made flesh, and God’s word is all about Him, there will be resurrection and life flowing in that once dead area of your life to the glory of God. So Beloveds, if there are areas in your life that you are having trouble with, or even hopeless, receive God’s word for that area. What we tend to do (at least what I tend to do) is that we receive God’s word for many areas of our lives but there are some areas that we either forget to or neglect or refuse to allow God’s word to touch them, and they’re either in a bad state or dead.

    Beloveds, there are no areas in your life beyond saving. If you allow God’s word to touch that area, there will be life once again. God’s word stands behind it! So receive Jesus’ resurrection and life through His word by feeding and meditating on His word, His grace, His promise, His finished work!

    Blessed week, and Blessed, Prosperous Chinese New Year to you!)

    8 January 2012 Sunday Service

    Preached by Pastor Prince

    2nd Service

    Verses from the sermon:

    Job 14:7-9

    7“For there is hope for a tree, If it is cut down, that it will sprout again, And that its tender shoots will not cease. 8Though its root may grow old in the earth, And its stump may die in the ground, 9Yet at the scent of water it will bud And bring forth branches like a plant.

    Colossians 1:16-17 (NIV)

    16For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. 17He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.

    1 Timothy 4:7-8,15-16

    7But reject profane and old wives’ fables, and exercise yourself toward godliness. 8For bodily exercise profits a little, but godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come

    15Meditate on these things; give yourself entirely to them, that your progress may be evident to all. 16Take heed to yourself and to the doctrine. Continue in them, for in doing this you will save both yourself and those who hear you.

    1 Timothy 3:16

    16And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifested in the flesh, Justified in the Spirit, Seen by angels, Preached among the Gentiles, Believed on in the world, Received up in glory.

    Joshua 1:8

    8This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.

    Psalm 92:12-14

    12The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree, He shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon. 13Those who are planted in the house of the LORD Shall flourish in the courts of our God. 14They shall still bear fruit in old age; They shall be fresh and flourishing,

    Key take-home points:

    • At the smell of God’s word, even the dead part of your life will be resurrected. If you feel like there are areas in your life that are dead, areas in your life that you feel is hopeless, I am here to announce to you that there is hope. When you spend time in God’s word, even the areas in your life that are dead will be resurrected! Beloveds, Jesus is the resurrection and the life. He is hope to your hopeless situation. All that you need to do is to allow that dead area of your life to be exposed to His word, and where there is death, there will be life once again! This is year is the year of resurrection. Even dead tree can have unceasing fruitfulness!
    • Meditation is profitable in all things. Y’know, you can exercise, and it’s not that there is no profit. There is profit, but it profits a little, namely, only one area of your life: your fitness. You can exercise and be fit, but be failing in your health, or be oppressed by worries over your studies or job. You can take a course in management and be very good in managing, but be failing at home, having not a clue why you can’t manage your family. But meditation on God’s word benefits every area in your life. When you meditate on His word, whatever you do (which means everything that you do) prospers. Even your mistakes prosper!
    • When you meditate, you will prosper, and your prosperity will be seen to all. All means both believers and unbelievers. God’s prosperity and good success on you will be such that the unbelievers won’t need spiritual discernment to see them. Joseph was successful, and his heathen boss, Potiphar, could see his success! He probably saw how the other slaves warmed up to Joseph when they were under his leadership, how the crops were of obviously much better quality when Joseph took care of it, how even the cattle and the flocks responded well to Joseph. Whatever your line of work is, when you meditate, your prosperity will be obvious to all, even unbelievers will be able to see it!
    • When you meditate and share God’s word, there is salvation, freedom, and healing for you and the people who hear you. In 1 Timothy 4:15-16, Paul’s Spirit-led exhortation to Timothy, to meditate, and to share God’s word, saying that in doing so, Timothy would save himself and all who would hear him. The word “save” there isn’t just to save from hell. I mean, Paul was exhorting someone who was obviously already saved in that sense! But the word “save” there comes from the Greek word “sozo”, which is a rich word which means “to save, to heal, to deliver”. So when you meditate and share God’s word, you are saving, healing, delivering from bondage and destruction, both yourself and those who hear you! So I would like to encourage you to share what you have been meditating on. You can share with me (I think I’m quite receptive la!) or find someone to share with. Good things happen when God’s word is shared!
     
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    The Year Of Unceasing Fruitfulness 

    (Ome: Hey beloveds! Welcome to the year of unceasing fruitfulness!

    I’m here with the sermon notes from the first sermon of 2012. Are you excited that this year is going to be the year of unceasing fruitfulness? Y’know, I’m so grateful to know that even though this year is going to be a year of drought, for those of us who trust in the Lord, it’s going to be a year of unceasing fruitfulness! What a blessedness, what a confident expectation of good that we have in Christ!

    As we begin our semester, let’s continue to meditate on God’s promises, and see His favour and fruitfulness manifest in your life, be it in your study or whichever area you so desire! Amen?

    Blessed week, fruitful ones!)

    1 January 2012 Sunday Service

    Preached by Pastor Prince

    2nd Service

    Verses from the sermon:

    Jeremiah 17:5-8 (KJV)

    5Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD. 6For he shall be like the heath in the desert, and shall not see when good cometh; but shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, in a salt land and not inhabited. 7Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is. 8For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.

    Psalm 1:1-3 (KJV)

    1Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. 2But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. 3And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

    Revelation 22:2 (KJV)

    2In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.

    Joshua 1:8

    8This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.

    Joshua 24:29-31

    29Now it came to pass after these things that Joshua the son of Nun, the servant of the LORD, died, being one hundred and ten years old. 30And they buried him within the border of his inheritance at Timnath Serah, which is in the mountains of Ephraim, on the north side of Mount Gaash. 31Israel served the LORD all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders who outlived Joshua, who had known all the works of the LORD which He had done for Israel.

    Key take-home points:

    • A blessed person is someone who trusts in the Lord, whose hope [confident expectation of good] is the Lord. God’s way is so good. The world says that to have a good life, you have to be smart, you have to work hard, you have to have it all together. However, thank God that we do not operate by the system of the world. God says that as long as your trust is in Him, you are a blessed man.
    • While we’re here, I’d like to camp on “hope” a little bit. What does it mean to have hope in the Lord? The world’s hope is optimism. They hope for the best in the sense of wishful hope. They wish for the good. (Actually come to think of it, the word “wish” is more accurate of their hope.) Bible hope is not like that. Bible hope (“elpis” in Greek) is confident expectation is good. A blessed man is someone who knows and believers that he can confidently expect good in his life because of Jesus.
    • One sign of a cursed person is that he does not see good when it comes. A cursed person does not appreciate the good that God has put in his life. Thing is, even a cursed man, good comes on his life, but he does not appreciate it. He does not appreciate having a wife, having children who are at home, having an HDB to sleep in, being able to study in a university. I find that one symptom of a cursed man is that he is a complaining person, always complaining for the bad. Let’s not be a cursed man! Let’s be conscious of the blessings that God has showered on our lives. Look around and thank God for the good gifts in your life. They are all good gifts from God. Most importantly, thank God for the greatest gift, Jesus! (Digging Pastor Lawrence’s sermon here, amazing how different sermons connect!)
    • God’s rhema word for our church is that 2012 will be the year of unceasing fruitfulness. This does not apply to everyone. For the world, this will be a year of drought. It is only to those of us who trust the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is, who will experience unceasing fruitfulness this year. We will not fear when heat comes, because we are not of the world. We are cared for by God, we are constantly nourished by God, and our trust is in Him to bring us through 2012 in favour!
    • How do you trust the Lord? You meditate. God’s rhema word for us this year is to meditate. You don’t meditate to earn prosperity. Prosperity is ours in Christ, but meditation makes prosperity manifest in our lives. Meditation is God’s means of grace of transporting His blessings into manifestation in your life. When you meditate, you practically put your trust in the Lord, and you will find the fruits of the blessed man manifest in your life. Meditation is also God-given secret to good success and good prosperity. When you meditate, you will have good success, and whatever that you do, prosper!
    • One truth about meditation that I have caught down the sermons that Pastor preached on meditation is that meditation is worrying in reverse. When you meditate, you automatically deny yourself of worrying. You can’t psyche fearful thoughts and worrying thoughts out, but you can knock them out of your heart with God-thoughts.You can’t force yourself to not worry, but you can deny yourself the right to worry by meditating. Fill your heart and mind with God’s promises in Christ!
     
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