Sharing my thoughts in NY to fellow Malaysians

Dear all,

Greetings from the cold New York…:) How are you? I am planning to visit Malaysia in July this year…God has blessed me with an amazing job with the Utility company (ConEdison) a bit like SESCO of Sarawak, except a lot bigger! 🙂 This job gives me much more energy and time and financial resources to do the work of God. I am blown away by the graciousness of our God and His love and faithfulness to me and my family. I can only give thanks and praise Him.
Building a church in America has proven to be harder than I thought with my naivety and zeal some 10 years ago when Doreen & I arrived in Los Angeles in 2001. I am not giving up. Even the brutal cold weather of -10C in NY will not deter me. In fact, I am powered up by the bigness of NYC and the strategic-ness of this great city! Above all I am totally pumped by the Lord Jesus our God!I want to say like Paul….I press on to reach the goal that God has captured me for. It may sound shocking to some, there were times I wonder if I am on the right track….after all the humbling pie, the so called seasoned church planter from Sarawak/Sabah.
But its about to crack…that big cultural barrier and gospel power will begin to dawn. Romans says “Gospel is the power of God”! It will break that bondage and hangups that bind the people from coming to Christ. I am trying my best to learn from all the resources from America outside my 40 hours week job + 3 hours commute/day. I believe the day of breakthrough is coming and though it tarries, it will surely come. I do not believe for one moment that the hardness will not break and crumble in the mighty Name of Jesus Christ our Lord. The tide will change. NY will be impacted. America too. I believe it. It will not be with raw power that the strong man be bound. It takes all our hearts and souls to capture what the Lord has captured us.
The Lord has truly blessed me and Doreen and children. Sarah has gotten into Columbia University-an Ivy League, then Rachel will be attending Columbia this Sept, following the footstep of her sister. Our other 2 younger kids are in middle and high school in Long Island, New York.
For the faithfulness of God reaches the sky, and the love of God beyond the highest heavens. I salute you all.
Faithful in Christ, Albert

Preparing the Understanding for Mission

Sunday Service (11:00am) “Preparing the Understanding for Mission”- Acts 1:1-8

Acts 1:1-8 In my former book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus began to do and to teach 2 until the day he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles he had chosen. 3 After his suffering, he showed himself to these men and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God. 4 On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. 5 For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”6 So when they met together, they asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?” 7 He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. 8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

We will study the early church dynamics and the power of Holy Spirit & the Truth

 

We are starting our bible study format kind of church service tomorrow in an effort to make it more friendly and conducive for small church like us to interact and participate and also invite more of our friends to come.
Sarah will be the MC tomorrow for this bible study format service and will lead the discussion group. I will rotate the MC and discussion leader.
There will be questions prepared before hand for discussion.  MC for service & discussion: Sarah
Word for Life (10:15am)- “How can You say There is only One Way to God?” What about other religions?
We will continue on our series on “Reason for God” by Dr Tim Keller DVD teaching. It will be a 20 min DVD and then split into small groups for discussion.
Questions will be prepared before hand & for this round Doreen will lead the discussion. Discussion leader: Doreen

Service roster:
MC: Sarah; Communion: Reera 

Have fun and enjoy God and one another folks!
See you tomorrow!