Sunday, September 30, 2012

DAY 174 - Not Doing What Jesus Says! (English podcast click here)

DAY 174 - Not Doing What Jesus Says! (請按此處收聼廣東話Cantonese podcast click here)










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Today's Reading: Matthew 7: 24-29

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Please click this link to read Matthew 7: 24-29

Bible Study

This passage concludes Jesus' Sermon on the Mount. Also, then passage tells us how important Sermon on the Mount is, but only if we dare to do what is said in the Sermon on the Mount.

We as Christians have heard and learn so many teaching but lots of time we just do not do it. N.T. Wright says:
Doing what Jesus says, or not doing it: this makes the difference between a house that stays standing in a storm and a house that falls with a great crash.

What kind of Christian you are? 

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



Spiritual Journal

What I heard from Jesus today is: Not doing what Jesus says!

What is more easier? Doing what Jesus says or not doing what Jesus says?

Of course not doing what Jesus says is more easier because most Christians do not want to change, to change needs lots of effort and most Christians do not want to pay that kind of effort!

I have seen so many seemingly good Christians suddenly fell with a great crash. Why? They knew how to be a good disciple of Christ but they did not do what they were being told, unable to change, and in time when the storm came, they crashed!

Today we had the honor to have Archbishop Yong and Julia to come to our weekly 9a.m. prayer meeting.  Archbishop Yong said, "When a church calls people to eat, many people come. When a church call people to pray, no body comes!" Praise the Lord we had around 30 this morning coming together to pray.  And, at the same time, Rev. Ed Hird's St. Simon's Church had six brothers and sister coming together to pray at the same time with Richmond Emmanuel. And, also you can see that Richmond Emmanuel has a special prayer team for this year's Alpha Course. We started our Alpha Course two weeks ago on every Friday. Now we have a prayer team praying when Alpha is in session. I deeply believe that this year's Alpha will be blessed in a special way because we pray like that!

Statistic shows that only less than 10% of the members of a church will join their weekly prayer meeting. Why? Because too many Christians listen and not obey! And when crisis comes, they all will crash! 

Remember, you will never know whether you have really done what Jesus told you until a crisis comes. If you can stand firm and not crash then you did what you have been told by Jesus. It's just like an examination paper, you would never know how well you learn a subject until you have that exam. paper. Those rain, flood and storm would be the exam. paper to test whether you really have done what Jesus told you!



Dear Lord Jesus,
Help us to do what you say so that when crisis comes we won't crash and can stand firm. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.


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Saturday, September 29, 2012

DAY 173 - Show Me The Fruit? (English podcast click here)

DAY 173 - Show Me The Fruit? (請按此處收聼廣東話Cantonese podcast click here)


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The easiest way is to take one hour slot for the whole week. What you need to do is very simple. Choose one dayThe easiest way is to take one hour slot for the whole week to pray for me, my family and my ministry, remembering the ministry of ACiC(ACiC has two Networks: ACiC, Anglican Coalition in Canada and AI, Asian Initiative). You may use the whole hour in prayer or you can still do you work in your office but use as much time as you can to pray and the other time work prayerfully that hour to pray for our ministry. This campaign is also to teach you that you need somebody to pray for you daily. I have been prayed for hourly the past 1,100 days and I have never experienced this kind of peace and protection before. It's just beyond words can express. If I did not listen and obey to Jesus call 1,100 days ago to start this prayer movement, I think I would be pulled into darkness and discouragement already! I deeply believe that this is a way to draw as many participation as we can in prayers. I encourage you to participate. We need you to join us! Trust in the power of prayers!

Today's Reading: Matthew 7: 13-23

**For a simple and good way of Daily Devotion method please click this link: Subject Shifting Devotion.pdf.
Please click this link to read Matthew 7: 13-23

Bible Study

This passage tells us whether we are real Christians, disciples of Jesus, or we are just like many with a name tag "Christian". Are you interested in knowing whether you are a real Christian?

N.T. Wright says:
Jesus ends the great Sermon on the Mount with a set of warning signs. This passage has three warnings, coming in quick succession like road-signs on a motorway:
1. The narrow gate - Jesus sets his face against any idea that you can simply 'go with the flow', allowing the crowd to set the pace and the direction.  You really have to want to get in through this gate.  If you just drift, allowing the current to take you where it will, you'll miss it.  But this gate leads to life, and the other sort all lead to destruction.

2. The fruit - As soon as you hear a little voice saying 'maybe Jesus didn't mean it - surely he can't have been that strict - maybe it'll come right in the end no matter what we do', you need the next warning.  The next warning, in line with biblical instructions, is against 'false prophets'. 
In the Old Testament, the test for true and false prophets was: wait and see!  Jesus has a more graphic, and perhaps a quicker, method of detection.  Look at the life of the person who is offering you advice.  Think of it like a tree.  Can you see healthy, tasty fruit on this tree?  Can you see other people being genuinely nourished by it?  Or is it, in fact, producing a crop of lies, immorality and greed?

3. The relationship with Jesus - The 'fruit' cannot simply be showy displays of apparent spiritual power.  False prophets can often produce that sort of thing.  What counts is something deeper, something more personal. Mighty deeds are not a final indication of whether someone really belongs to Jesus or not.  There are some who will have done them, but who will turn out to be 'evil workers'. What counts will be knowing Jesus - or rather, being known by him.

What have you got from this passage and N.T. Wright's excellent and clear explanation? 


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



Spiritual Journal

What I heard from Jesus today is: Show me the fruit!

Jesus asks us a very important and personal question today,
"SHOW ME THE FRUIT!"

Are you those who just follow the flow, listening to wrong voices and doing what everyone is doing but not living in a lifestyle of Christlikeness? Oh, having idols at home is fine they are just pieces of arts; going to casino, playing Majong, gambling is fine, they are just normal lifestyle, being a person full of anger, bitterness, insecurity, impatient is just fine, we are just human beings...

It's not just fine my dear brothers and sisters! Do you know why?  Because if you really have a daily intimate personal relationship with Jesus then you should be more and more Christlike! You should be able to show Jesus and other people the fruit, the fruit of the Holy Spirit, the fruit that when people see you they see Jesus in you, nothing more, nothing less!  

Dear Lord Jesus,
Help us to be able to show the fruit to you and other people that we are truly your faithful and loving disciples.  In Jesus name we pray. Amen.


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