Being born again

Posted by admin on 29 October 2018 in John |

If you are a student in a university, this message should interest you.

People can be spiritually totally ignorant even if they may be fully educated!

How to be spiritually reborn? Why is it so important?

This message is based on John 3:1-16, which includes 'key verse' of the entire bible - John 3:16.

Jesus taught 'being born again' to Nicodemus who was a religious leader & a political leader in Israel.

Nicodemus was similar to people in universities who are (future) leaders in the society.

John 3:1-16 (NIV) was read out in the following video:

How to recover the lost paradise and eternal life

Posted by admin on 21 October 2018 in Deception & Delusion, Good News |

This is my first short message to share the Gospel. Ever since I became a Christian, I always had a desire for creating & sharing short Gospel messages. But I had always written medium or long Gospel messages only. I may explore this new style of messages more in future.

Message on the book of Genesis chapter one

Posted by admin on 30 September 2018 in Bible Conference, Genesis |

Genesis is the first book of the Holy Bible, called the Book of the Beginnings and also the Gate of the Holy Bible. What does the first chapter of Genesis teach us?

[References]
[1] The Holy Bible: New International Version (Anglicised Edition, 2011). (2011). (Revised and updated edition.). London: Hodder & Stoughton.

The following references were found in articles in https://bible.org but they are no longer there.

[2] Krell, Keith R. The Creative Genius (Genesis 1:1-2). https://bible.org/book/exort/html/4458
(If created, God owns, We have purpose, we depend on God, God has control)

[3] Krell, Keith R. The Glory Days (Genesis 1:1-25). https://bible.org/book/exort/html/4465
(God saw "it was good" after creation. Then we should be thankful, delight in His creation, we have responsibility to care and maintain)

[4] Krell, Keith. The Crown and Climax of Creation (Genesis 1:26-:2:3). https://bible.org/book/exort/html/4466
(We are created in God's image. Then we are intended to have relationship with God, Our personality & commiunication show the image, we need to be in community with others.)

 

Jesus, new born Savior, 40 days after His birth

Posted by admin on 22 September 2018 in Christmas, Luke |

Slides: http://comnc.org/slides/MsgOn40DayOldBabyJesus.pdf

Bible verses quoted in the video

Luke 2:22 – 38

22 When the time came for the purification rites required by the Law of Moses, Joseph and Mary took him to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord 23 (as it is written in the Law of the Lord, ‘Every firstborn male is to be consecrated to the Lord’,) 24 and to offer a sacrifice in keeping with what is said in the Law of the Lord: ‘a pair of doves or two young pigeons’.

25 Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was on him. 26 It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. 27 Moved by the Spirit, he went into the temple courts. When the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the custom of the Law required, 28 Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying:

29 ‘Sovereign Lord, as you have promised,

you may now dismiss your servant in peace.

30 For my eyes have seen your salvation,

31     which you have prepared in the sight of all nations:

32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles,

and the glory of your people Israel.’

33 The child’s father and mother marvelled at what was said about him. 34 Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother: ‘This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, 35 so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too.’

36 There was also a prophet, Anna, the daughter of Penuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was very old; she had lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, 37 and then was a widow until she was eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshipped night and day, fasting and praying. 38 Coming up to them at that very moment, she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem.

 

1 John 1:9

9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

Romans 10:9 – 10

9 If you declare with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.

Isaiah 53:5

But he was pierced for our transgressions,

he was crushed for our iniquities;

the punishment that brought us peace was on him,

and by his wounds we are healed.

 

 

References

[1] The Holy Bible: New International Version (Anglicised Edition, 2011). (2011). (Revised and updated edition.). London: Hodder & Stoughton.

[2] Lenski, R. C. H. (1961). The Interpretation of St. Luke’s Gospel (p. 158). Minneapolis, MN: Augsburg Publishing House.

How did we come to exist?

Posted by admin on 9 September 2018 in Bible Conference, Creation, Ecclesiastes, Genesis |

Remember your Creator
in the days of your youth,
before the days of trouble come
and the years approach when you will say,
‘I find no pleasure in them’— (Ecclesiastes 12:1)

You who are young, be happy while you are young,
and let your heart give you joy in the days of your youth.
Follow the ways of your heart
and whatever your eyes see,
but know that for all these things
God will bring you into judgment. (Ecclesiastes 11:9)

Reference
The Holy Bible: New International Version (Anglicised Edition, 2011). (2011). (Revised and updated edition.). London: Hodder & Stoughton.

Why Jesus is greater than any other great human being you have ever heard of?

Posted by admin on 2 September 2018 in Colossians |

The Supremacy Of The Son (Jesus Christ) is written in Colossians 1:15-20.

Colossians 1:15-20

15 The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. 17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. 19 For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.

 

Great Is Thy Faithfulness

Great is thy faithfulness, O God my Father,
There is no shadow of turning with Thee;
Thou changest not, Thy compassions they fail not
As Thou has been Thou forever wilt be.

[CHORUS]
Great is Thy faithfulness!
Great is Thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see.
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided
Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord unto me.

References

The Holy Bible: New International Version (Anglicised Edition, 2011). (2011). (Revised and updated edition.). London: Hodder & Stoughton.

Biblical VR Game: the Armour of God (Eph. 6:10-18) @ KickStarter

Posted by admin on 1 September 2018 in Evangelism |

Biblical VR Game: the Armour of God (Eph. 6:10-18) @ KickStarter

It is Jesus who began new history of humanity

Posted by admin on 27 August 2018 in Galatians, Genesis, John, Luke |

The verses of the Holy Bible quoted in the video:

Luke 10:25-37

25 On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. ‘Teacher,’ he asked, ‘what must I do to inherit eternal life?’

26 ‘What is written in the Law?’ he replied. ‘How do you read it?’

27 He answered, ‘ “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind”; and, “Love your neighbour as yourself.”’

28 ‘You have answered correctly,’ Jesus replied. ‘Do this and you will live.’

29 But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, ‘And who is my neighbour?’

30 In reply Jesus said: ‘A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half-dead. 31 A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. 32 So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan, as he travelled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. 34 He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35 The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. “Look after him,” he said, “and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.”

36 ‘Which of these three do you think was a neighbour to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?’

37 The expert in the law replied, ‘The one who had mercy on him.’

Jesus told him, ‘Go and do likewise.’

 

Luke 16:19–31

19 ‘There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and lived in luxury every day. 20 At his gate was laid a beggar named Lazarus, covered with sores 21 and longing to eat what fell from the rich man’s table. Even the dogs came and licked his sores.

22 ‘The time came when the beggar died and the angels carried him to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried. 23 In Hades, where he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side. 24 So he called to him, “Father Abraham, have pity on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in agony in this fire.”

25 ‘But Abraham replied, “Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, while Lazarus received bad things, but now he is comforted here and you are in agony. 26 And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been set in place, so that those who want to go from here to you cannot, nor can anyone cross over from there to us.”

27 ‘He answered, “Then I beg you, father, send Lazarus to my family, 28 for I have five brothers. Let him warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.”

29 ‘Abraham replied, “They have Moses and the Prophets; let them listen to them.”

30 ‘ “No, father Abraham,” he said, “but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.”

31 ‘He said to him, “If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.” ’

 

 

Genesis 2:19-22

19 Now the Lord God had formed out of the ground all the wild animals and all the birds in the sky. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name. 20 So the man gave names to all the livestock, the birds in the sky and all the wild animals.

But for Adam no suitable helper was found. 21 So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs and then closed up the place with flesh. 22 Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man.

 

 

Genesis 3:16

16 To the woman he said,

‘I will make your pains in childbearing very severe;

with painful labour you will give birth to children.

Your desire will be for your husband,

and he will rule over you.’

 

Galatians 3:13-14

13 Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: ‘Cursed is everyone who is hung on a pole.’ 14 He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit.

 

Isaiah 53:5

But he was pierced for our transgressions,

he was crushed for our iniquities;

the punishment that brought us peace was on him,

and by his wounds we are healed.

 

John 10:11

11 ‘I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.

 

References  

The Holy Bible: New International Version (Anglicised Edition, 2011). (2011). (Revised and updated edition.). London: Hodder & Stoughton.

Jesus Christ, our Powerful Savior and King

Posted by admin on 20 August 2018 in Hebrews, Luke, Matthew, Psalm |

First of all, let us start with Hebrews 12:25 that tells us a warning.

 

25 See to it that you do not refuse him who speaks. If they did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, how much less will we, if we turn away from him who warns us from heaven?

God had spoken earlier to the Israelites at the giving of the Law through Moses. That generation had refused God’s message on earth. They did not escape (see Heb. 3:14–19). This should warn us not to turn our backs on God, who is still speaking. God speaks to this generation from heaven in the work of Christ. Those who ignore Jesus’ message will not escape God’s wrath. Surely, we must listen carefully to him. [2]

 

  1. Jesus Christ, our Powerful Savior

Baptist John was born 6 months earlier than Jesus to prepare the way for the Lord. When Baptist John was born, his father Zechariah spoke about John’s mission in Luke 1:77.

 

77 to give his people the knowledge of salvation

through the forgiveness of their sins,

So, John the Baptist preached the baptism of repentance. This prepared the way of forgiveness, and salvation through Lord Jesus Christ.

 

I want to share what I experienced in the process of salvation through forgiveness of sins.

First of all, let us listen to what a prophet Simeon said about child Jesus in Luke 2:34-35.

34 Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother: ‘This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, 35 so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too.’

People’s sins are hidden in their hearts and Jesus will cause that a sword will pierce their heart to reveal them.

Yes, I also experienced a sword was piercing my soul humiliating me and revealing my sinfulness, even when I thought I was a good man as a Buddhist. I want to share this because many people think they don’t need God or forgiveness. They are ignorant or proud and self-righteous. They need humility before God. They need to know they are serious sinners before God. I pray God may show you your sins before God.

  1. Jesus Christ, our Powerful King

When Jesus started his public ministry around at his age 30, he faced collision with existing religious leaders of Judaism. They rejected and killed Him, but God raised Him back to life and made Him the King of kings and the Lord of lords. This was a Divine Reversal and predicted in Psalm 118:22-23.

22 The stone the builders rejected

has become the cornerstone;

23 the Lord has done this,

and it is marvellous in our eyes.

(These verses were quoted by Jesus in Matthew 21:42 as well.)

This cornerstone is Jesus Himself and Jesus said in Matthew 21:44

44 Anyone who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces; anyone on whom it falls will be crushed.’

This tells how powerful the Cornerstone, Jesus is!

Even for the crucifixion, Jesus was not powerlessly victimized. Jesus had full control over the situation and He could save Himself as written in Matthews 25:53, 54.

53 Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and he will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels? 54 But how then would the Scriptures be fulfilled that say it must happen in this way?’

Simply He willingly gave Himself to be crucified to pay for our sins and to save us.

In Psalm 2, we can know about His Kingship.

 

See Psalm 2:1-6.

Why do the nations conspire

and the peoples plot in vain?

The kings of the earth rise up

and the rulers band together

against the Lord and against his anointed, saying,

‘Let us break their chains

and throw off their shackles.’

The One enthroned in heaven laughs;

the Lord scoffs at them.

He rebukes them in his anger

and terrifies them in his wrath, saying,

‘I have installed my king

on Zion, my holy mountain.’

 

It teaches us that how foolish and useless it is to rebel against God and His anointed[3], Jesus Christ, whether they are religions of counterfeit or from the spirit of anti-Christ. So, don’t stay with them but come to Jesus.

 

Here, let’s think about how we can decide whether someone is for or against Jesus Christ? Let’s see what Jesus taught in Luke 11:23.

23 ‘Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.

 

In addition, Jesus also said in Luke 9:50.

50 ‘Do not stop him,’ Jesus said, ‘for whoever is not against you is for you.’

 

This Psalm explains how I became a Christian even though I have been a Buddhist previously.

When I was a Buddhist, I insisted Buddhism was right and refused to accept Christianity. I even planned to study Buddhism. I was standing on the side of Buddhism and fight other religions including Christianity. My attitude was like Psalm 2:1-3.

But, I was ignorant of who Jesus was. God says in Psalm 2:6.

‘I have installed my king

on Zion, my holy mountain.’

 

Yes, He is King, installed by God. After I have gone through various unexpected difficulties in life and became humble, I surrendered before His powerful love on the cross. In Him, we are fighting the fight that He has already won. In Him we are victors and we have a sure win in the fight.

 

God says to His Son in Psalm 2:9

You will break them with a rod of iron;

you will dash them to pieces like pottery.’

 

Before His power, they will be like pottery broken into pieces by a rod of iron.

Let’s read Psalm 2:10-12

10 Therefore, you kings, be wise;

be warned, you rulers of the earth.

11 Serve the Lord with fear

and celebrate his rule with trembling.

12 Kiss his son, or he will be angry

and your way will lead to your destruction,

for his wrath can flare up in a moment.

Blessed are all who take refuge in him.

 

It isn’t wise to stand against Him. I advise you to be wise. He is King above all kings and Lord above all lords.

Verse 12 commends you to Kiss His Son. His Love is so great to resist but the only problem may be your pride. I pray you may humble yourself before God and accept His forgiveness and love.

 

Today I shared that Jesus saves us through the forgiveness of our sins as written in Luke 1:77. Also, I shared my experience of a sword piercing my soul, as written in Luke 2:35, to humiliate me and revealing my sinfulness, while I was a self-righteous Buddhist. Also, I shared Jesus being the Cornerstone by God’s divine reversal after builders’ rejection. And this stone is powerful to make them broken or crushed if they collide as written in Matthew 21:44. Finally I shared His Kingship written in Psalm 2.

 

In summary, Jesus is our powerful Savior and King.

 

References

[1] The Holy Bible: New International Version (Anglicised Edition, 2011). (2011). (Revised and updated edition.). London: Hodder & Stoughton.

[2] Lea, T. D. (1999). Hebrews, James (Vol. 10, pp. 223–224). Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman Publishers.

[3] Bratcher, R. G., & Reyburn, W. D. (1991). A translator’s handbook on the book of Psalms (p. 23). New York: United Bible Societies.

Misery not due to sin but to display the work of God who sent Jesus

Posted by admin on 12 August 2018 in John, The Book of Gospel |

John 9:1-12

Most cultures including Buddhism teach 'retribution' as the cause of the misery. But in Jesus, the misery can be transformed to the glory to God by doing the work of God who sent Jesus. Jesus is the Light of the World, who makes this possible.

Your misery may be given by God to display the work of God in your life! And the time will come when you overcome your misery in the light of Jesus and that will glorify God.

In the true light Jesus, there is no fate. Anything can be changed… because of Jesus and God almighty. Don’t listen to the fortune tellers. As written in Acts 16:16, fortune telling is done by a person possessed by a spirit and it will defile you as written in Leviticus 19:31.

Hallelujah!
Jesus is the light of the world! In Him, our negative and dark mind can become positive and bright, and misery can become glory to God!

I pray we all may experience this transformation in the light of the world, Jesus.
Also let us transform people’s life as well as ours by doing the work of God who sent Jesus.

Amen.

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