Thursday, February 22, 2018

DAY 3 - New Heart : New Behaviour (Please click here for English podcast)


Silence

1.   Put on your “brakes” and stop for a moment of silence
2.   Wait for God. Breathe deep for God's peace. Exhale your worries.

Praise and Thanksgiving

1.   Think through your week, all the times that made you smile
2.   Thank God for all those moments, and for all those people
3.   Open your heart to praise the Lord

           But let all who take refuge in you rejoice;
               let them ever sing for joy,
           and spread your protection over them,
               that those who love your name may exult in you.
                                                 Psalm 5:11

Confession and repentance

1.  Pray for the Holy Spirit to work in you:

     “Dear Holy Spirit, shine your light into the places of darkness in my life. Show me my sins, everything that blocks me from encountering God. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.”

2.  Through the Holy Spirit, examine yourself for a short silence and then pray:

     "Dear Lord Jesus, thank you for dying on the cross for our sins and being victorious over death and sin. I confess my sin to you(pause, to tell Jesus what the Holy Spirit has shown you). Forgive my sins by your blood and help me follow you. Holy Spirit, fill me that I may be able to receive your gift to love God and His people. In Jesus Name I pray, Amen."



The Word

But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to his baptism, he said to them, “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come?  Bear fruit in keeping with repentance.  And do not presume to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father,’ for I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children for Abraham. Even now the axe is laid to the root of the trees. Every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.

 “I baptize you with water for repentance, but he who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.  His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor and gather his wheat into the barn, but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.”
                                                                                                    Matthew 3:7-12

Let's have a time to be still and give the Holy Spirit space to speak through this passage of scripture we have just read. Offer this time up to Jesus as you listen to him, (while listening to "Gabriel's Oboe")

My Listening 
    
     Matthew shows us the lifestyle of John the Baptist in yesterday's passage.  Today, Matthew shows us the lifestyle of those people who were about to receive John's baptism. 

     Bishop N.T. Wright says:
     John's message wasn't all comfort.  Far from it.  He spoke of a fire that would blaze, an axe that would chop down the tree.  When he saw some of the Jewish religious leaders, the Pharisees and Sadducees, coming for baptism, he scoffed at them.  They were like snakes slithering away from the bonfire where they'd been hiding, as soon as it started to burn.  The only thing that would make John change his mind about them would be if they really behaved differently.  Going through the motions of baptism wasn't enough.  Real repentance meant a complete and lasting change of heart and life.  That was the only way to get the road ready for the coming king.

N.T. Wright. Matthew for Everyone, Part 1. Louisville,KY:Westminster         John Knox Press, 2004, p.18.

     If you want to be sure that you are a real Christian, a true disciple of Jesus, you will behave differently. It's all about your lifestyle. You can't escape from that! 
     
     What I received from Jesus today is a passage from Ezekiel:

     I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.  And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws.  You will live in the land I gave your forefathers; you will be my people, and I will be your God.               Ezekiel 36:26-28

     We can't change our lifestyle because we have a heart of stone and not a heart of flesh, and we are all vipers. 

Dear Lord Jesus,
Lead us to admit that we have a heart of stone and that we have a long way to go changing our lifestyle to be more like you. Help us to change and know this is the right way, the way that you can come into our lives to be our Lord and King. In Jesus name we pray. Amen. 


Reflect on these questions: 

1. Do you know any Christians relatives or friends who are a bad example of following Jesus ? Can you describe what kind of stone hearts and lifestyles they have? 

2. Do you have a stone heart or a heart of flesh? Why do you think so? 

3. Do you think Jesus wants to scare you so that he can force you to change? What does Jesus really wants to tell you today? 

Family Corner:

1. How do you deal with conflict and saying sorry in your family? Are there any expectations for apology and reconciliation?

2. What practical habits can you build in your family for listening to each other so that you can have hearts of flesh rather than stubborn hearts of stone?

Praise and Thanksgiving
Let's give thanks for God with us. Let us praise Him:
10,000 Reasons
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DXDGE_lRI0E


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Welcome to use my first blog: Read one chapter of Bible a day 


    http://bishopsilas.blogspot.ca/2009/08/day-1-i-am-blind.html      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DXDGE_lRI0E

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Welcome to use my first blog: Read one chapter of Bible a day 

 Today is our  DAY 53 in 2018 non stop Morning Prayer Monday through Friday 6:00am to 7:30am Thursday night 8pm to 9:30pm, Saturday 8am to 9:45am, Sunday 7:00am to 8:25am


The offering of our First Fruit every morning have changed lots of things: unity, lifestyle, character …and many more!

     Also, we started to have a weekly Thursday TWA at 8p.m. two months ago, a weekly Friday TWA for moms with child care last Friday and a weekly TWA led by Pastoral Care School leader at 7p.m. four years ago. 
    
Please find wonderful pictures of our TWA at Richmond Emmanuel Church:
Daily copying the Bible and small groups praying in front of Janelle's wonderful painting "Story of God's salvation"



     Ram horns sounding daily to welcome the presence of our might God and to open our souls to prepare receiving His message:





     Three generations TWA worship:


     Daily communion after TWA:


     Parents praying with their daughter: (Rev. Ignatius Ng, Anna Ng and Zoe Glory Ng)



     Mom's TWA:




第三天 - 新心: 新行為 (請按此處收聼廣東話 )



安靜
1.  停下來. 靜一靜
2.  等候主. 深呼吸經歷主之平安. 呼出你的憂慮

讚美及感恩
1.  思想你上星期使你開心歡笑的時刻
2.  為那些時刻及有關的人感恩
3.  敞開心懷讚美主

             凡 投 靠 你 的 , 願 他 們 喜 樂 , 時 常 歡 呼 , 因 為 你 護 庇 他 們 ; 又 願 那 愛 你    名 的 人 都 靠 你 歡 欣 。                                                    詩篇 5:11 

認罪悔改  
1.  求聖靈在你生命中工作
      "親愛的聖靈, 求你光照我心靈的深處, 使我看見我的罪, 我和主耶穌的阻隔,
        求主幫助, 奉主耶穌基督名求。阿們。

2. 透過聖靈的工作, 安靜一刻, 省察自己, 之後祈禱:
     「親愛的主耶穌,感謝你為我的罪釘死在十字架上,我願意在你面前承認我的罪(凡聖靈光照到的,請逐一說出),求你用你的寶血赦免我的罪,我願意打開心門讓你作我的救主,求你救贖我,我願意一生跟隨你讓你作我生命的主,求你帶領我。聖靈,求你充滿我,使我得著恩賜及力量去事奉主、見證主。奉主耶穌基督名求,阿們。」



聆聽主話

約 翰 看 見 許 多 法 利 賽 人 和 撒 都 該 人 也 來 受 洗 , 就 對 他 們 說 : 毒 蛇 的 種 類 ! 誰 指 示 你 們 逃 避 將 來 的 忿 怒 呢 ?
 你 們 要 結 出 果 子 來 , 與 悔 改 的 心 相 稱 。
不 要 自 己 心 裡 說 : 有 亞 伯 拉 罕 為 我 們 的 祖 宗 。 我 告 訴 你 們 , 神 能 從 這 些 石 頭 中 給 亞 伯 拉 罕 興 起 子 孫 來 。
現 在 斧 子 已 經 放 在 樹 根 上 , 凡 不 結 好 果 子 的 樹 就 砍 下 來 , 丟 在 火 裡 。
我 是 用 水 給 你 們 施 洗 , 叫 你 們 悔 改 。 但 那 在 我 以 後 來 的 , 能 力 比 我 更 大 , 我 就 是 給 他 提 鞋 也 不 配 。 他 要 用 聖 靈 與 火 給 你 們 施 洗 。

他 手 裡 拿 著 簸 箕 , 要 揚 淨 他 的 場 , 把 麥 子 收 在 倉 裡 , 把 糠 用 不 滅 的 火 燒 盡 了 。
                                                                                                        馬太福音 3: 7-12

讓你現在有一段安靜的時間, 給聖靈一個空間, 讓主耶穌可能以藉着你剛才讀過的經文, 對你說話:


我的聆聽
昨天馬太告訴我們施洗約翰的生活模式。今天馬太告訴我們前來接受他洗禮的人生活模式。他的衣著, 飲食習慣, 他在何處事奉及做些甚麼。馬太想給我們一個主僕生活模式典範的例子。

著名的神學家N.T. Wright説:

施洗約翰的信息使人很不舒服。他用燃燒的火及砍下樹來的斧子為例子。他斥責那些來到領受洗禮的宗教領袖,那些文士和法利賽人。他們好像那些藏在木中的毒蛇,被火一燒就走出來。要約翰改變對他們的看法是除非他們有新的行為。單憑洗禮的感動是不足夠的。真正的悔改是需要一個完全及終極的內心及生命之改變。這是唯一為將要來的王預備道路的方法。

N.T. Wright. Matthew for Everyone, Part 1. Louisville,KY:Westminster         John Knox Press, 2004, p.18.

如果你要肯定自己是否一個真正的基督徒, 耶穌真正的門徒, 你的行為一定會不同。這是你不能避開有關你的生活模式的改變。

我今天從主耶穌領受的是以西結書36:26-28

我 也 要 賜 給 你 們 一 個 新 心 , 將 新 靈 放 在 你 們 裡 面 , 又 從 你 們 的 肉 體 中 除 掉 石 心 , 賜 給 你 們 肉 心 。我 必 將 我 的 靈 放 在 你 們 裡 面 , 使 你 們 順 從 我 的 律 例 , 謹 守 遵 行 我 的 典 章 。你 們 必 住 在 我 所 賜 給 你 們 列 祖 之 地 。 你 們 要 作 我 的 子 民 , 我 要 作 你 們 的 神 。


我們不能夠改變我們的生活模式因為我們有的是一石心,不是肉心, 我們都是毒蛇。

親愛的主耶穌,
求主使我們承認我們有的是一顆石心,改變我們的生活模式變得更像你還有一段很長的路。幫助我們改變,使我們知道這是一條正路。一條可以讓你來到我心中作主作王的路。奉主耶穌基督名求,阿們。

省察問題
1. 你有否認識一些基督徒親友壞的例子, 阻礙你決心跟隨耶穌? 你會如何形容他們的石心及生活模式?
2. 你內裡擁有的是一顆石心抑或肉心? 為何你會有如此想法? 
3. 你認為主是否用今日的經文來警告你, 迫你作出改變? 其實他真正想告訴你的是甚麼呢?

家庭角落
1. 你如何處理家庭的衝突,如何向家人說對不起?是否有家人等待着你的道歉及復和? 
2. 你如何幫助你的家庭有實際的改變去互相聆聽, 讓大家有的是肉心,不是石心? 

感恩讚美
讓我們為神同在感恩讚美主:
10,000 Reasons
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DXDGE_lRI0E

       永遠敬拜 (Be with You)
       https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sdlFWURyedg

      Be with you

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     Today is our  DAY 53  in 2018 non stop Morning Prayer Monday through Friday 6:00am to 7:30am Thursday night 8pm to 9:30pm, Saturday 8am to 9:45am, Sunday 7:00am to 8:25am

The offering of our First Fruit every morning have changed lots of things: unity, lifestyle, character …and many more!

     Also, we started to have a weekly Thursday TWA at 8p.m. two months ago, a weekly Friday TWA for moms with child care last Friday and a weekly TWA led by Pastoral Care School leader at 7p.m. four years ago. 
    
Please find wonderful pictures of our TWA at Richmond Emmanuel Church:
    
      Daily copying the Bible and small groups praying in front of Janelle's wonderful painting "Story of God's salvation"



     Ram horns sounding daily to welcome the presence of our might God and to open our souls to prepare receiving His message:





     Three generations TWA worship:


     Daily communion after TWA:


     Parents praying with their daughter: (Rev. Ignatius Ng, Anna Ng and Zoe Glory Ng)