With my God I can scale a wall

Psalm 18:28–29 (NIV). 28 You, Lord, keep my lamp burning;  my God turns my darkness into light.  29 With your help I can advance against a troop;  with my God I can scale a wall. David was running away from King Saul who was trying to kill him. Facing so many discouragements and despair of being constantly pursue his life by how king whom he respect and gives allegiance, and having done no wrong n=but only fought valiantly for Israel, he went into escape and crying to God for deliverance. Reading Psalms you can feel the heartbeat of David and he really cried out to the Lord, and not only that, the key, is he recognizes the greatness and faithfulness and love of Yahweh, his God and ours today. He was never shaken from his faith in God even in the most ardent despair and disappointment in life. You see the verses before this call:

Psalm 18:1–3 (ESV)

   I love you, O Lord, my strength.

   The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer,

my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge,

my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

   I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised,

and I am saved from my enemies.

He loves the Lord his strength, he calls the Lord as his rock, his fortress, and his delivered , his shield, his horn of salvation and stronghold. He called upon the Lord who is WORTHY to be praised. My question to you is: Is the Lord worthy to be praised when you are discouraged, disappointed, an going through a time of despair? God never changes. Our circumstances changes. His fixed confidence and trust in the Lord no matter what circumstances or turbulence surround him is surreal, uplifting, inspiring, and penetratingly powerful. Seriously nothing is going to be able to take David down no matter how much vengeance hatred the enemies spewed out at him, because his gaze is constantly fixed on the Lord who is worthy of all his praise and worship. That’s what we want to be, like David in this sense. I sensed a time of discouragements sometime, and I was seeking the Lord and praying. You know that when we go thru hard times, trying time, we either despair and drop off or run towards the Lord. By running to the Lord our Rock, refuge, shield, our love, we are purged of the weaknesses and human flaws in our lives, and our preaching, ministry has just got better. We become better husbands, fathers, wives, mothers, daughters, sons, etc., thru the process. Tim Keller shared about going thru hardship in lives simply make them a better person, and better preacher in fact. God does a deeper work in our lives, when we hit a wall, and we turn to him for help. That creates a special chemistry between us and the Lord. Look at Psalms:

Psalm 18:4–7 (ESV)

   The cords of death encompassed me;

the torrents of destruction assailed me;

   the cords of Sheol entangled me;

the snares of death confronted me.

   In my distress I called upon the Lord;

to my God I cried for help.

       From his temple he heard my voice,

and my cry to him reached his ears.

   Then the earth reeled and rocked;

the foundations also of the mountains trembled

and quaked, because he was angry

You see how much David was going thru? Snares of death confronted him! In his distress he called upon the Lord, and God heard his voice from his temple, and then God responded. Earth reeled and rocked and foundations trembled and quaked, he was angry. Those words with God I can scale a wall” spoke to me. My obstacles and challenges in life are like a wall to me, that I cannot cross. But with God, I can scale a wall. Hallelujah! I can cross it. My gaze is upon the Lord, and nothing else.

Jesus heals the sick and our faith & theology

Matthew 4:23–25 (NIV)

23 Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people. 24 News about him spread all over Syria, and people brought to him all who were ill with various diseases, those suffering severe pain, the demon-possessed, those having seizures, and the paralyzed; and he healed them. 25 Large crowds from Galilee, the Decapolis, Jerusalem, Judea and the region across the Jordan followed him.

The power of God in Christ as he went throughout Galilee, teaching in synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and HEALING every disease and sickness.

I must emphasize that healing is on the 3rd rank in this Jesus’ power ministry: 1st: teaching, 2nd: Proclaiming the Kingdom of God; 3rd: Healing every sickness and disease.

We have focused on the first two for millennia, but have jettisoned much of 3rd. And I can understand and guesstimate the reasons. First, its messy, because we have no way near remotely as much power of God flowing through us as we prayed for the sick. Second, a lot of theology has minimized it because of the cessation’s theology, except the Pentecostal or charismatics. I think the first reason drives the second. Th reality is , we don’t see instant healings like what Jesus did in every one of them, and people don’t give God the glory as much, as the person may recover say a week later, or a month later, or simply nothing changed. Even with healings a month later, unless it’s a medically hard to cure, such healings will generally be taken as due to medications or natural cure. SO we do have a dilemma. The Pentecostals and charismatics do not have a smooth road either, because granted, they pray for the sick far more, they face the same situation of healing as reason #1. Nevertheless they just press on more. What I am uncomfortable is when it becomes a stage healing rally like a showmanship, it simply drains me, and I believe drains the power of God to heal. However, in a strange way, I also notice that they seem to have more healings in such healing crusade, because of the faith of the people growing. Faith is contagious and spreading.

Daughter, your faith has healed you

Mark 5:30–34 30 At once Jesus realized that power had gone out from him. He turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my clothes?” 31 “You see the people crowding against you,” his disciples answered, “and yet you can ask, ‘Who touched me?’ ” 32 But Jesus kept looking around to see who had done it. 33 Then the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell at his feet and, trembling with fear, told him the whole truth. 34 He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.”

These key words came through the mouth of Christ towards the woman with the bleeding problem for years, who pressed in among men to touch Jesus. She did, and she was healed on the spot as she touched him. That’s why there is so much crying from the prayers of many Christians today, “Touch me O Lord”. When Jesus said, “Daughter your faith has healed you.” He means her faith in Christ Jesus healed her! It’s not just your faith will heal you, it’s your faith in Christ that heals you. And of course, this can be overly simplistic, the reality is that thousands of people who put their faith in Christ, don’t get healed! SO then how do you explain?

All sick people would be healed instantly if they were to live 2000 years ago, by the shores of Galilee.

That’s why my theory is that Christ is no more physically present and it makes a difference. I believe, all those who are sick and not get healed by medical means, will ALL be healed instantly if they were to live in 2000 years ago, by the shores of Galilee. But you can also argue that they don’t enjoy as much theology as we do today in growing into the fullness of Christ as we have today with all the NT epistles of Paul, John, Peter, James. You could argue that we live in different generations.

The world longs for the healing power of God in Christ Jesus

As we together with billions of Christians round the globe, prayed, prayed and waited upon our good Lord to touch us and heal us, some to the joyous healings, but also many remain in the doldrum of still sick. I do not mean just physically sick, but in all areas, mental, physical, emotional. All that I have seen healings in the gospel by Christ, is the physical healings plus a number of highly dramatic casting out of demons. Jesus went into the scene where the sick are, and no questions asked, he healed every one of them. So much so that the whole town began to bring all the sick to him , and they crossed lakes, rivers, just to look for Jesus. Who wouldn’t? I would walk even hundreds of miles to get some sicknesses healed, for myself, for my loved ones etc. to find Jesus.

But the big question that hangs over our heads is “Jesus is not here today physically with us”. How I long for the Jesus in the gospels walk with us in New York? In Kuching, or Ukraine, or anywhere? That era has passed. We must embrace the different timing agenda, planning, the sovereign move of God and flow in with his power, calling, and timing.

Jesus is no more here on earth like he was 2000 years ago in Israel, in Jerusalem. But He promised that He will send the Holy Spirit to come and be with us, in fact He lives in all those who believed in Christ and received Christ. Because we are now the temple of the Holy Spirit. So anything changed?

Yes, a lot has changed.

Theology

The scene that Jesus healed a crippled from life who’s been waiting by the pool for waves for years. The scene that may invoke when the Lord will heal us. So many sick and broken. How long O Lord? Christianity must not be diminished with theological discourse. Theology is to enhance and bring out the vivid colors of the power of Christ. #powertoheal #powerofchrist

I will just exhort that we continue to believe in Christ’s healing the sick as we pray.

Healing the sick is not an option, it’s a command from our Lord Jesus. It’s not a denominational thing. It’s a doctrinal thing.

Matthew 10:7–8 As you go, proclaim this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’ Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give.

God did extraordinary miracles through Paul. He was phenomenal in healing the sick.

Acts 19:11–12 11 God did extraordinary miracles through Paul, 12 so that even handkerchiefs and aprons that had touched him were taken to the sick, and their illnesses were cured and the evil spirits left them.

James 5:14–16 14 Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. 16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.

Clearly, James in the NT exhorts us to have the elders (Pastor) to pray over the sick and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord, and their prayers offered in faith will make the sick well! And James also emphasized to confess our sins to each other, so we may be healed. Unconfessed sins block healing.

Finally, the prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.

Let’s BELIEVE in Christ’s Words. Amen.

From Hindu to Christ

Just watched a Tiktok on a short video on From Hindu to Christ by a young Indian man from London searching for God. He became a Hindu priest swami at 19, when he flew to Mumbai to meet the gurus there to be trained. After a month or so, while there, he heard an unspoken voice on his left ear saying , “Are you sure you made the right decision?”. Rattled, he began to search more. As he read and studied the Hindu book, he got more confused. He asked more questions to the Guru, but they couldn’t answer him well! To the point , finally, they told him, just get on with your journey, and you will find the truth in the Hindu god.

But he became more restless, as he couldn’t get the answers from the gurus that he was supposed to be following. Few months later, he flew back to London. He flew to Rome like 17 times to visit the churches there because he just loved the peace, tranquility and the architecture of them.

In London one time as he was walking along the road, he entered a library. In the library, he saw a children’s bible. He picked it up and read, to his awe, he found everything is opposite of what he learnt from Hindu and seems to resonate in his soul. He was afraid and quickly put it down.

His mind went through the things he read, and the fear of losing his friends if he rejected Hinduism.

Finally, he passed by a church in Kensington temple in London, and he walked into the church. Once he walked in there, he felt such a presence of God came upon him, and the same voice spoke to his left ear saying “You are home”. He repented of his sins and received Christ into his life.

A genuine sincere authentic search for God by an Asian Indian man in a Western society.

Enjoyed it! Praying for all my Indian friends to come to know the love and glory and power of Christ!

Wow check this video out. This Hindu man searching for God!

https://vm.tiktok.com/TTPdUcKfNT/

Part 1 

https://vm.tiktok.com/ZTdUctkwD/

Part 2 

Christ Reigns over all nations Now & Increasing till He Returns


Covenant Theology postulate either Amillennialism or Post Millennialism.

I like Postmillennialism. The main key take away is that Christ reigns now over all nations and that scale of reigning will increase accordingly to full reign when He returns. That’s new to me! And that’s really empowering comforting and consoling when you see wat just broken out in Ukraine by the aggressive big bully of Russia and hundreds already killed and hundreds of thousands has fled as refugees from Ukraine. So we know Christ reigns over that!! As well! But how come the war is still on of Christ is reigning for example? Well that’s precisely what I just said the reign of Christ is progressive! Increasing all the way till end time when he returns.

The main driver for this is the verses:

Isaiah 2:2–3 (ESV)

   It shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the house of the Lord shall be established as the highest of the mountains, and shall be lifted up above the hills;  and all the nations shall flow to it,   and many peoples shall come, and say:  “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob,   that he may teach us his ways and that we may walk in his paths.”  For out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.

About Isaiah 2:2-4, Calvin had the following to say: “ . . . while the fullness of days began at the coming of Christ, it flows on in uninterrupted progress until he appears the second time for our salvation.”  During this time “the church, which had formerly been, as it were, shut up in a corner, would now be collected from every quarter . . ..  The Prophet here shows that the boundaries of his kingdom will be enlarged that he may rule over various nations. [1] 

To me, the mountain of the house of the Lord shall be the highest of the mountains! All the nations shall flow to it. This is speaking prophetically before Christ returns. Because when Christ returns, there is only one mountain, the mountain of the Lord! Therefore the thesis is that the current world, earth shall see the establishment of the church of Jesus Christ stronger and stronger and bigger until the church of Jesus becomes the tallest and highest of all mountains of the world. Mountains here can metaphorically refer to institution, power, or organization of sort.

Greg Bahnsen also writes on Calvin, “The Prophet has in his eye the whole reign of Christ, down to its final close, which is also called ‘the day of renovation and restoration.’ (Acts iii.21)” “The glory of God shines . . . never more brightly than in the cross, in which . . . the whole world was renewed and all things restored to order.” [2]

Acts 3:20–21 (ESV)

20 that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that he may send the Christ appointed for you, Jesus, 21 whom heaven must receive until the time for restoring all the things about which God spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets long ago.

Heaven must wait until the time of RESTORING ALL the things which God spoke through his prophets long ago. 

The word “until” is important. That means the restoration of all the things prophets prophesized in the OT and the NT alike. What’s this restoration? Restoration to pre-fall! To paradise. SO I would argue that based on this, the pre return of Christ for the end time will usher in paradise. I used to think that the world will be so rotten as wickedness increases etc., and Christians remain the minority, liberally hanging on to our faith before Christ return.

Matthew 24:9–14 (ESV)

“Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and put you to death, and you will be hated by all nations for my name’s sake. 10 And then many will fall away and betray one another and hate one another. 11 And many false prophets will arise and lead many astray. 12 And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold. 13 But the one who endures to the end will be saved. 14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.

You see how much oppositions and lawlessness (wickedness) coming to this world in end time. So don’t be caught off guard. Jesus actually said, the love of MANY will grow cold. But more importantly the Lor balanced it up with the last line:

This gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the WHOLE world, and then the end will come! So before the end comes, when Christ returns, the gospel will be preached to ALL nations, through the whole world! Some theologians refer to AD 70 when Paul brought to the different parts of Samaria, Judea, etc. That, to me, is definitely NOT the ends of the world.

Conclusion: Wickedness, lawlessness will increase till the end of the world, but that the same time gospel will reach the whole world.

If you synch that last statement of Christ on gospel proclaimed to the whole world, with Acts 3:

21 whom heaven must receive until the time for restoring all the things about which God spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets long ago.

Not just proclaimed to the whole world, but restoration of ALL things of the whole world, we cannot but assert that Gospel will change the whole world, and all things will be restored. How can restoration start if the gospel doesn’t impact souls? Doesn’t change people’s hearts?

Therefore the Gospel must be preached to the whole world, and changes will become more and more apparent as more nations, more tribes turn to Christ, though at the same time, those who reject Christ, will become more lawless. It will culminate in the war f Armageddon so to speak before Christ returns!


[1] Greg Bahnsen, The Reformed View of Postmillennialism

[2] Ibid

Jesus warned about Perish

Repent or Perish-Luke 13

Jesus pushed the theme of “perish” repeatedly in Luke 13 which I just read this morning.

Luke 13:1–5 (ESV)

13 There were some present at that very time who told him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. And he answered them, “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans, because they suffered in this way? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish. Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them: do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others who lived in Jerusalem? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.”

ESV has given a heading here “Repent or Perish” quite aptly I must say. It’s just like that Jesus brought up the theme “perish” again and again. Our Lord has talked about hell more than anyone in the bible, and He will be the Judge judging and deciding whose going to heaven or going to hell and perish!

The word “perish” in Greek is utter destruction. It’s not like just disappear or something, but total utter destruction. many other  versed Jesus talked about outer darkness or gnashing of teeth.

Many today will call this brim storm preachers, not suitable for a modern big sophisticated western city like New York. Those brim storm preachers are gone. I agree to some extent, but don’t throw out the message “repent or perish” that stays!

What we need today in NYC or big cities like London, Paris, Shanghai is to wake up and take more seriously that people will perish is actually seriously really going to happen. Jesus heard that the Galileans blood were mixed by the evil governor Pilate with sacrifices. Many have asked if they really had done something really bad to deserve that or what? But Jesus doesn’t think so. He said do you think those Galileans are worse sinner than the rest?? That point is mute. It doesn’t matter, whatever whey you look at it, what matters is what Jesus said v3 unless you repent, you all likewise perish, or likewise utterly destroyed. That’s what has saying. The bottom line is whether we repent of our sins. It’s not whether we have done more veil or less evil things in this world and suffer. Of course, many done nothing wrong to deserve the evils lashed on them, lie right now the Ukrainians being bombed by some distant aggressor. Why? We cant expound on that now. But what’s crystal clear is unless you repent, you will perish, you will go to hell, in other words, where there is burning fire day and night torment. I wish more will be preached on this, so people will take hell fire more seriously!

Some preachers call hell as the absence of God. That’s like a thousand times watered version of what Jesus talked about hell! Give me a verse to back that statement. None! Jesus talked about hell as the burning day and night torment of fire, chained etc.

Then Jesus went over to all about those who died by the falling tower of Siloam, do you think they were worse offenders than those who lived in Jerusalem Jesus asked? NO! The answer is emphatic no from our Lord Jesus! Then he returns to his burning theme he wants to get out to the world, “Repent or you will likewise perish.” Even if you live well healthy, prosperous, kind, giving to the poor even, but if you don’t repent, you will perish or utterly be destroyed. Jesus’ point is repent. You can only repent when you believe in Christ and his death on the cross for you and his resurrection gloriously. By that, you will repent with meaning and begin to put into action what you believe. Believing Christ means you would love him and obey his voice. That’s salvation!!

Love Jesus, and you won’t perish!

Is War Inevitable?

What’s going to happen before the End of time, the return of Christ?

I saw in the Tiktok video of Joshua leading the nation of Israel attacking the Amalekites army. God was with them, and they slaughtered all the enemies. Amalekites been a totally idolatrous and even child sacrifice nation, and God asked Israel to wipe them out.

War is real and ferocious with no return

But what really graphically portrayed to me as I was watching it, is hundreds and thousands of young men with their swords, crying rally for war under Joshua. And when I saw thousands of soldiers clashed one another on the screen, it really dawned on me the ferociousness of war. I mean, many of them were killed on the spot. In fact, there is just so survivor on the losing side. But did you realize this is not a game?

Once they are struck dead. They are dead. They are gone forever from their families and loved ones and friends, on either side. Life is like too cheap.

Russia Ready to Invade Ukraine

Today we constantly hear news of Russia sending more and more troops to Ukraine, ready to invade them. Now this day, war is no more fought on crying rally of men surging toward the front line. But it’s using fighter jets bombing. Then using cyber attack jamming. Then using ground troops for invasion. Many will die. Life is lost, and they are gone.

Why can’t we stop wars?

Why can’t we stop war? The simple reason is simply because we can’t stop sin. We can’t fight off sins. They ensnare us. They follow us wherever we go. They are like utterly dark parasites stuck to us. We feel helpless . We start war, because of aggression. Because of insecurity of fearful of being attacked.

The story of Russia and Ukraine is long and convoluted with NATO. The fear mounting of NATO attack on Russia, as imagined by Russia, can be very real. All their former states on the West bordering Europe had all applied to join NATO.

Sin plaguing humans will go on. In fact Jesus prophesized there will be wars in the end time.

Matt 24 Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will deceive many. You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth pains.

War is the beginning of birth pangs. Of course, mankind has fought in wars in WWI, WWII, for thousands of years. But now it’s just going to get even more intense.

Because we live in a sinful world, a broken world. There is the power of darkness by the devil against the Kingdom of God which is light.

Disciples of Christ will be Persecuted

Then in v9-Onwards: “Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. 

Jesus said you will behanded over to be persecuted and put to death. Wait, who was he talking to?

His disciples. Do they apply to modern day Christians? Look at what happen to China, Iran, middle eastern countries. Even in Nigeria. Many Christians are heavily persecuted.  Why? Can’t God just rescue them? Sometimes He does, but many times He let them. It’s God’s way to make us testify to the world, the glory of God in Christ, how strong we are in Him, how strong our faith is in him. To prove to the world, our faith is really genuine, not based on some comfy cushy sloppy love that has no backbone. Jesus, of course, did say, be united and love one another, that the world may know that you are mine. That too. Of course.

Many Christians shall turn away from the Faith

10 At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, 

Jesus also warned that many will turn away from the faith in Christ. Who? Christians! Yes, those Christians who now believe in Christ. You see at the end time; every stone will be turned. Sheep will be separate from goats. God will separated the wheat from the tare. Real Christians and fake Christians. SO be careful and be ready. Walk with Christ and abide in him absolutely

11 and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. 

Then many false prophets, preaching not the real authentic gospel will spread. Church be ready and be alert. Be trained in the Word of God.

12 Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, 

Then  the increase of wickedness will cause of most believers cold. That’s really scary. Most? Wow! What happens to the elect? That you don’t have to worry, let God be God, and you be you. God will take care of those whom he called. His elect will never be snatched from His hands. We just need to be warned. Pray and pray! For those who never come to prayer meetings, start now!

This Gospel shall be preached to the Whole World

13 but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. 14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.

Finally, this Gospel of the Kingdom will be preached in there whole world. Yes, the WHOLE world. Not just some parts. All parts of Long Island, all parts of NYC. All parts of USA, all parts of the world. That’s the promise of God.

As a testimony to all nations, and the END will come.

Heaven and hell begins in all eternity. Amen.

Jesus is Grieved with Hardened Hearts

In Mark chapter 3 Jesus encountered a very interesting incident when he was in the temple or synagogue. He saw a man the withered arm in the synagogue, and the Pharisees were waiting to pounce on him seeing whether he will break the Sabbath for doing the work of healing the man’s withered arm.

Mark 3:1–6

He entered a synagogue again; and a man was there whose hand was withered. 2 And they were watching Him closely to see if He would heal him on the Sabbath, so that they might accuse Him. 3 He said to the man with the withered hand, “Get up and come forward!” And He said to them, “Is it lawful to do good on the Sabbath or to do harm, to save a life or to kill?” But they kept silent.After looking around at them with anger, grieved at their hardness of heart, He said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” And he stretched it out, and his hand was restored.The Pharisees went out and immediately began conspiring with the Herodians against Him, as to how they might put Him to death.

Jesus knowing what they got in mind , asked them this question: “ Is it lawful to kill or to save life on Sabbath day?”  all these guys were in silence and then Jesus was grieved with the hardness of their heart.

Hardened Heart

Now I will pick up this word hardened heart; it is the biggest problem. So let me finish this story , Jesus went on and told that with the man with the withered arm to stretch out his hand, and he did and was healed instantly!

 Jesus saved life but these Pharisees were prepared to kill life for the sake of keeping those are the Old Testament in what hypocrites do! And if their kids fell into a well their cow fell into the well or whatever on Sabbath, they will save them!

But here it is a fellow Israelite, a fellow Jewish men, a fellow brother in the synagogue with a withered arm, they will refuse him to be healed.  

Withered Arm—takes a huge miracle to be healed

Though the Lord Jesus Christ is not with us today we have the Holy Spirit with us today to heal!  With the withered atm,  it will take a huge miracle to do that even with charismatic churches! My point is that people’s hearts are hardened , and that is that is absolutely the root problems so many sins in life.

With hardened heart, people find excuses to skirt around the Word of God

It’s not that people don’t want to follow God but they find excuses to do  they plan to do and defy the bigger picture who God is . He would not try to keep the laws at the expense of destroying lives. Jesus wanted to save and heal, and the law is fulfilled by him on the cross if you want the law. He died on the cross and fulfilled that law or the wrath of God the condemnation of God fell upon him so that we can be here, so that we can be saved now.

I do want to talk about the hardness of hearts if you apply that today to Christians today, there are many cases of Christians they skirt around the more important things of the Bible because of hardened hearts. You see when the hearts are hardened, people find a way to skirt around.

Given with people’s hardened hearts, they would not listen to the word of God. The real thing about the word of God is to love the Lord your God with all your heart.  But if they love something else more, it becomes an impediment , a hindrance to a Christian’s own desire to do something that’s contrary.

We are disappointed that Christian could possibly find a way to skirt around that to justify himself or herself just like the Jewish Pharisees were doing as they tried to justify themselves by saying they said you can’t heal the guy on Sabbath. So Sabbath is more important than a man’s life?? Go let the guy be withered hand stay withered.

Watch against Hardening of heart

It’s disgraceful that we may laugh at the hard reality, but this is exactly many of us do it in life with justification to expense with what is important because of hardened hearts!  Hardening is the most dangerous thing because it doesn’t happen overnight seriously.

No one could deconstruct from and disbelief in Christ Jesus overnight it’s always a process a little bit, a little bit and not much and the devil is working overtime to sow doubts to sow all these things to this to your hearts. That’s what he did to Eve, as he sowed the dubious seduction offering. This is something folks what we need to watch! Don’t let your heart be hardened because there’s a lot of ways we can skirt around this thing.

Individualism does not even work for himself or herself

Let God be God and don’t let your emotions be go wild. Your individuality, your sexuality doesn’t define you. Tim Keller said “ It is my individual choice I will make decision for myself as long as it doesn’t hurt anyone. It is selfish and a destructive thing because you think you can do something at your own.  No!  You are going to cost so much pain to people around you who love you, by making such foolish decisions contradictory to the word of God!  You think it’s just you, and wanted others leave you alone! But do you understand that it’s not really true ? Just yourself ? Because it’s very selfish very self-centered because you cause hurts to a lot of people close to you. Maybe a lot of people going to bear the pain for the rest of their lives! Get that philosophical thought individualistic postmodernism people work for yourself is wrong! Love and submit to the Word of God so don’t harden your hearts, don’t let your hearts be hardened!

Solution is to Meditate upon the Word of the Lord

Meditate on the Word of God daily, and God’s blessings will follow you.

Psalm 1:1–3 Blessed is the person who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, Nor stand in the path of sinners, or sit in the seat of scoffers! But his delight is in the Law of the Lord, And on His Law he meditates day and night. He will be like a tree planted by streams of water, Which yields its fruit in its season, And its leaf does not wither;And in whatever he does, he prospers.

Bonhoeffer Digest

Bonhoeffer wrote on Christ’s response towards the harvest is due to his compassion for the sheep without shepherd, harassed and helpless, (Matt 9:36-37), stirs my heart. Very often we wanted to avoid labelling evangelism as the need of the lost souls, but rather as obedience to the Great Commission somehow under the predestination of God. Also, we see in Manhattan how the intellectuals emphasize the contemporary thoughts of the secularized West, and how we need to mobilize our apologetics philosophical arguments to “sink” into the minds of those intellectual educated city folks, and I agree we need that, but our primo basis for such action to evangelize must be the compassion for the lost! They are harassed and helpless and like sheep without shepherds! I believe this motivation should fire up folks in church far more, and definitely in line with what the Lord does. Also, I notice reading the Matt 9:36-37 context, I noticed that Jesus was proclaiming the gospel of the Kingdom and also healing the sick. I believe healing the sick, physically, spiritually, emotionally are all definitely part of the harvest works. Reformed churches will do well without rejecting healing.

Cheap grace is the justification of sin without the justification of the repentant sinners. It is the grace that we bestow on ourselves. –That’s so true when man made grace that we bestow upon ourselves, like we have an idol, when we imagine the kind of God we want in our minds. That exist in many people’s minds, Christians and non-Christians. It’s the forgiveness without repentance, I believe that’s the huge cause of what’s the nominal Christianity in church today, and a spiritual disease that slows down the growth and sanctification in so many Christians today. And it goes without saying, discipleship is conveniently dropped via cheap grace.

悼和悲伤我们的好朋友约翰,一个属神的人

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=agS9UjNmKiw. John Barilla preaching on Easter

2022 年 1 月 25 日 / AL NGU
今天早上,我从查理那里得到消息,我们亲爱的朋友约翰·巴里拉(John Barilla)一周前刚感染了新冠病毒,他已经去与主同在了。我立刻给他打电话,哭了。约翰·巴里拉(John Barilla)是一个对圣经有强烈信念的人,之前是一名牧师,他有一个 MDiv,在生活中经历了很多。最重要的是,他是基督耶稣里神的孩子,也是我和 LIALC 教会许多人的好朋友。

他真的是上帝对我和我事奉的呼召

约翰对我来说是一位如此亲密的朋友,并且以某种奇怪的方式,在我的头六个月里,他在 LIALC 教会度过了他生命的最后六个月。如果不是约翰不断的反馈、互动、回顾、对我的讲道、神学、我的博客和tiktoks 的鼓励和反馈,以及对 LIALC 教会事工的有益指导,我想我不会成为临时牧师今天学习 LIALC 英语。就好像主已经为我们安排好了,让我们在这个时候穿越我们的道路。让我这么说,所有这些都不会白费。无论主开始什么,都是他开始的,他会以荣耀完成它!
腓立比书 1: 3 我每时每刻记念你们,感谢我的神, 4 我每一次的祷告,都是为你们都欢喜祷告, 5 因你们从第一天到现在,在福音上的伙伴关系。 6 我深信,那在你里面开始善工的,会在耶稣基督的日子完成它。
约翰在上帝的安排中发挥了绝对关键的作用,并为实现这件事做好了准备和时机。我才认识他六个月,但我感觉我认识他六年了!我一直期待他对我的 tiktoks、我的博客的反馈。他不仅肯定了我,鼓励了我,而且还多次指责我神学和敬拜歌曲。
今天,这些都过去了!但今天,我们都知道他在我们的主耶稣基督和天父的香膏中加入了天军。当他与我辩论基督在地上的千年统治与我的圣约神学时,我告诉他我将写一篇关于为什么圣约神学是超越千年统治信仰的正确方式的回应。但是今天,这一切都过去了。当我们在天堂见面时,我很想向他展示。
约翰是一个值得信赖的朋友,我非常感谢上帝,他多次指导我了解当地教会的动态,以及他对我的神学的评论和他的鼓励。

约翰在 LIALC 的第一次讲道(2021 年 5 月)之前给我发了一封热情的电子邮件,鼓励我欢迎我

他的写作是一流的,在他与我的许多电子邮件交流中,他写得比我好得多。当我于 2021 年 5 月开始在 LIALC(长岛丰盛生命教会)传道时,他是第一个在他热情的电子邮件中欢迎我的人,甚至在我到达那里之前。
问候 Al…。Charlie Chi 告诉我你这个星期天要来 LIALC 讲道,我只是想亲自欢迎你。本周我花了一些时间阅读您的博客文章并收听您的一些 YouTube 视频,我发现自己非常同意您事工的重点。在审查你的帖子时,我注意到你有一个将改革宗教义的力量与对圣灵工作的魅力开放相结合的愿景。我同意它们实际上是相辅相成的,我肯定传讲“完整福音”的重要性。所以我只是想鼓励你,让你知道你在会众中有志同道合的精神,我期待着在周日坐在你的话语事工之下。祝福:约翰·巴里拉。 5/12
甚至在我在 LIALC 的第一次布道任务之前,约翰第一天就给我发了如此温暖的电子邮件,我受到了热烈的鼓励。
他总是参加我们的祷告会;他在星期天与查理和约翰尼一起带领敬拜。我问他为什么没有选择以他的牧心和他的MDiv成为牧师的道路?约翰承认了他个人的限制,事实上他之前曾在长岛牧养并建立了一座教堂。

召唤和完成比赛的神学

正如我妻子所说,我确实注意到一件事,约翰经常祈祷耶稣快点到来。他一直在展望末世时代,耶稣以君王的身份再来结束世界。他背负着与法律等方面的迫害作斗争的巨大负担,他经常与我们一起祈祷。
现在来到困难的神学部分。为什么主将他带走,似乎来得太早了?他想写敬拜歌曲,他有很多,我希望查理和约翰尼能继续出版,在我们的教堂里唱。
我们知道主知道得更清楚。他是至高无上的神,他给予,他夺去。我想知道这样做的时间是否在上帝的旨意中。从人的角度来看,我绝对怀疑这一点,但主在他的神圣眼中看到的却不同。我必须

相信主呼召他去做他呼召他的事。这让 LIALC 的许多人感到很幸运。我是约翰事工最明显的接受者之一。约翰给了我几本书来鼓励我的事工,我的神学和哲学思想,我记得他第一次给我一本书时,他告诉我主给了他一个祝福他人的事工。所以他坚持要祝福我,就像我在 LIALC 第二次讲道之后一样!而且不止一次,而是几次。最近才知道,他开校车,经济有些拮据,还给我买书。

让我们以毅力奔跑为我们标出的赛跑

希伯来书 12:所以,既然我们被如此众多的见证人所包围,就让我们抛开一切阻碍和容易纠缠的罪。让我们坚忍不拔地奔跑为我们指明的赛程,2 定睛仰望耶稣,信心的先驱和成全者。因着摆在他面前的喜乐,他忍受了十字架,蔑视它的羞辱,坐在上帝宝座的右边。 3 思想忍受罪人如此反对的那一位,免得疲倦灰心。
约翰参加了上帝为他指定的比赛。克服障碍,家庭生活,财务生活,事工生活,他在很多方面被神使用,我们都说,“感谢主,我们的朋友”。
我会在教堂里想念他。 LIALC 和长岛其他教会的其他朋友会非常想念他。
约翰福音 11 25 耶稣对她说:“复活在我,生命也在我。信我者虽死,必生; 26 凡信我而活着的,必永远不死。
我们都会在天堂相遇。阿门。