Sunday, June 26, 2011
Lessons From Blind Bartimaeus
Rev. James Wong
Want to be a limitation breaker? We may have various limitations, but by following the example of Bartimaeus, we can rise above our limitations and be all that God wants us to be.
1. He Took Personal Initiative (v. 46-47)
46 Then they came to Jericho. As Jesus and his disciples, together with a large crowd, were leaving the city, a blind man, Bartimaeus (that is, the Son of Timaeus), was sitting by the roadside begging. 47 When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!" ~Mark 10:46-47 (NIV)
2. He Persisted Over Obstacles (v. 46, 48)
46 Then they came to Jericho. As Jesus and his disciples, together with a large crowd, were leaving the city, a blind man, Bartimaeus (that is, the Son of Timaeus), was sitting by the roadside begging. … 48 Many rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, "Son of David, have mercy on me!" ~Mark 10:46, 48 (NIV)
3. He Responded Promptly (v. 49-50)
49 Jesus stopped and said, "Call him." So they called to the blind man, "Cheer up! On your feet! He's calling you." 50 Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped to his feet and came to Jesus. ~Mark 10:49-50 (NIV)
4. He Exercised Powerful Faith (v. 51-52)
51 "What do you want me to do for you?" Jesus asked him. The blind man said, "Rabbi, I want to see." 52 "Go," said Jesus, "your faith has healed you." Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road.
~Mark 10:51-52 (NIV)
V. He Followed the Path of Jesus (v. 52)
52 "Go," said Jesus, "your faith has healed you." Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road. ~Mark 10:52 (NIV)
Sunday, June 19, 2011
The Model Father
Pr. Chan Jip Man
1. The Model Father teaches the truth from young
2. The Model Father knows the needs of his child
3. The Model Father is willing to let go
4. The Model Father is always there
5. The Model Father is a forgiving father
Sunday, June 12, 2011
Thoughts On A Pampered Life
by Rev. James Wong
I do not like inconvenience, trouble, hard work and suffering. I do not think anyone likes any of these rough edges of life. I like living in affluence, having money to buy all the good things I want in life. My spending usually exceeds that of what I need to live with. Living in affluence is not a sin but we can be too indulgent.
Due to our affluence we can over-pampered ourselves. We are unable to resist the gratification of our whims and desires. We are unable to show restrain and our life is wrapped up in gaining and getting. We value less of family relationships and friendship and we put more value in things we can buy and own to satisfy our insatiable hunger for more.
There are over-pampered children. They get what they want easily and their only pressure probably is to get good grades in school, spending limited hours on computer games and restriction on outing with friends. Life is well planned and well supported, away from dangers, harm and life struggle. Comfort and ease is their language but they have no survival skill when faced with adversity.
Our affluence often blind our eyes to those who do not have a chance to have a good life and take the right pathway. I think of the girl who grew up in a loveless home environment, living with abusive parents who just lack parenting skills. I remember those who hide from place to place because they do not have the legal document to support their existence. Life seems unfair. Jesus said, “you will always have the poor among you” (Matthew 26:11). In the work of the gospel the apostles always “continued to remember the poor” (Galatians 2:10).
The greatest inspiration I get in life comes from those who began life with adversity where the tide of success is against them. I admire the kid who asked to polish my shoes. I salute the guy who approached me in the coffee shop to buy belts, calculators, sun glasses and a collection of other things . I respect the submission of the home servant who was allowed her freedom to leave the house only once a month. I am confounded by the ability of the guy who makes less than a thousand a month and raise a family of four.
I saw the inconvenience, trouble, hard work and suffering that Paul went through in sharing the gospel … “Three times I was beaten with rods. Once I was stoned. Three times I was shipwrecked. Once I spent a whole night and a day adrift at sea…” (2 Corinthians 11:25-28 NLT). Character is not built in an environment of ease and comfort. While living in affluence, let us take notice of those who begin life with adversity. Very often, they are the ones who show us what faith and dreams can do under the most unfavorable human circumstances of life. They have defied their odds.
Defying The Odds
2 Sam 20:20-23
Rev. James Wong
1. A Young Man Faced His Odds
Soong-Bong Choi—Abandoned in an orphanage at three years old, Choi ran away from the orphanage at five years old after getting beaten as a little child by the adults there. He lived 'on the streets of Korea' for ten years, selling chewing gum and energy drinks. …
2. Benaiah Faced His Odds
20 There was also Benaiah son of Jehoiada, a valiant warrior from Kabzeel.
One Against Two: “He did many heroic deeds, which included killing two champions of Moab.”
A Man Against a lion: Another time, on a snowy day, he chased a lion down into a pit and killed it.
Fighting With A Club Against A Spear: 21Once, armed only with a club, he killed a great Egyptian warrior who was armed with a spear. Benaiah wrenched the spear from the Egyptian's hand and killed him with it.
22 Deeds like these made Benaiah as famous as the Three mightiest warriors. 23 He was more honored than the other members of the Thirty, though he was not one of the Three. And David made him captain of his bodyguard. ~2 Sam 23:20-23 (NLT)
4. The Power To Overcome is Faith
22 "Have faith in God," Jesus answered. 23 "I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain, 'Go, throw yourself into the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him. 24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” ~Mark 11:22-25 (NIV)
What odds that you need to overcome today? Overcome them with Faith.