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5 Ways To Live Successful Life(성공적인 인생을 사는 5가지 방법들)/ Luke 19:1-10(눅19:1-10)/ Pastor Jae Gu Kang/ 2007-11-11
5 Ways To Live Successful Life(성공적인 인생을 사는 5가지 방법들) Luke 19:1-10(눅19:1-10) 5 Ways To Live Successful Life Jesus entered Jericho and made his way through the town. There was a man there named Zacchaeus. He was one of the most influential Jews in the Roman tax-collecting business, and he had become very rich. He tried to get a look at Jesus, but he was too short to see over the crowds. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree beside the road, so he could watch from there. When Jesus came by, he looked up at Zacchaeus and called him by name. “Zacchaeus!” he said. “Quick, come down! For I must be a guest in your home today.” Zacchaeus quickly climbed down and took Jesus to his house in great excitement and joy. But the crowds were displeased. “He has gone to be the guest of a notorious sinner,” they grumbled. Meanwhile, Zacchaeus stood there and said to the Lord, “I will give half my wealth to the poor, Lord, and if I have overcharged people on their taxes, I will give them back four times as much!” Jesus responded, “Salvation has come to this home today, for this man has shown himself to be a son of Abraham. And I, the Son of Man, have come to seek and save those like him who are lost.” The crowd was listening to everything Jesus said. And because he was nearing Jerusalem, he told a story to correct the impression that the Kingdom of God would begin right away. He said, “A nobleman was called away to a distant empire to be crowned king and then return.” Before he left, he called together ten servants and gave them ten pounds of silver* to invest for him while he was gone.』 1) Curiosity “He tried to get a look at Jesus...” * It’s very important to get curiosity to draw a certain picture of dream or vision. This picture show what you want to do or have. * It is about your future life and ministry. * Have curiosity and dream a concret vision. * Zeal for receiving and having the vision given by God. * Zacchaeus had curiosity to see and meet Jesus, so he could see Jesus. ∴ Curiosity is the first step to make a successful life. 2) Bravery to overcome weaknesses “So he ran ahead” * The Second step to make a successful life is to have bravery attitude. * You may face a lot of hardness in life journey. * Sometimes, financial problem, the problem of relationship, the problem of health. etc. * It is sure when we get certain trials, or problems in life-time, we have to have bravery to overcome our own weaknesses. * Zacchaeus was a man of bravery. He tried to overcome his own weakness, and complex. He was a short guy, but when he climbed up a tree, he could see Jesus. He did it with brave heart and attitude. ∴ Bravery is one of the keys to make plentiful life and ministry. 3) Finding the ways to solve the problem “climbed a sycamore tree beside the road” * We have to be persons of effective doer, not a just thinker. * Wisdom is here, how to do is more important than what to do. * We can get many wisdom to solve our own problems of life from the Scripture. * what was the Zacchaeus’ wisdom? It was to approach to Jesus Christ, and to climb up a tree. He knew how to use materials or resources around himself. ∴ The third step toward successful life is to find a possible way to solve your problem. 4) Positive attitude to rejoice in any situation “in great excitement and joy.” * The fourth step is rejoicing in any situation. * The Scripture says in Philippians 4:4, “Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again-rejoice!” * Rejoicing is the attitude what let our Lord Jesus Christ be glad. * Rejoice in the Holy Spirit! Rejoice in the Scripture! Rejoice in the guidance of our Lord! Rejoice in walking in faith! Rejoice in the relationship of the Holy Communion. Rejoice! Rejoice! Rejoice! ∴ The Fourth step to make your life successful is to rejoice in any time, in any place, and in any circumstances in your life. 5) Humble heart to recognize the Grace of God Zacchaeus stood there and said to the Lord, “I will give half my wealth to the poor, Lord, and if I have overcharged people on their taxes,” * The final step to make a successful life in Jesus Christ is to have humble heart or attitude before God as well as man. * Humbleness is one of the most important traits of Christian leadership. * Humbleness is the core element of real spirituality. * The contrast term of humbleness is arrogance, or stubbornness. * The biggest distinctiveness between humble man and man of stubbornness is receptibility of grace of God. The humble man can easily receive the Grace of God and express thanks. However, in the case of the man of stubbornness is very hard to open his-own heart to listen or receive the Gospel of life. * Be a humble man! You will not be fall down on your own way going to successful life. ∴ The final and ultimate step going to successful life is to be humble before God and Man. Conclusion : * 5 ways to make a successful Christian life : 1) Have Curiosity on new thing. 2) Have bravery attitude to live. 3) Find the ways to solve your problem. 4) Maintain Joyful heart in any time and place.. 5) Be humble person before God and Man. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ (Luke 19 : 1 ~ 10) 1 Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. 2 A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy. 3 He wanted to see who Jesus was, but being a short man he could not, because of the crowd. 4 So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see Him, since Jesus was coming that way. 5 When Jesus reached the spot, He looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.” 6 So he came down at once and welcomed Him gladly. 7 All the people saw this and began to mutter, “He has gone to be the guest of a ‘sinner.’” 8 But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.” 9 Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham.” 10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost. Pastor Jae Gu Kang(Full Gospel Incheon Church)
5 Ways To Live Successful Life(성공적인 인생을 사는 5가지 방법들)/ Luke 19:1-10(눅19:1-10)/ Pastor Jae Gu Kang/ 2007-11-11
5 Ways To Live Successful Life(성공적인 인생을 사는 5가지 방법들) Luke 19:1-10(눅19:1-10) 5 Ways To Live Successful Life Jesus entered Jericho and made his way through the town. There was a man there named Zacchaeus. He was one of the most influential Jews in the Roman tax-collecting business, and he had become very rich. He tried to get a look at Jesus, but he was too short to see over the crowds. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree beside the road, so he could watch from there. When Jesus came by, he looked up at Zacchaeus and called him by name. “Zacchaeus!” he said. “Quick, come down! For I must be a guest in your home today.” Zacchaeus quickly climbed down and took Jesus to his house in great excitement and joy. But the crowds were displeased. “He has gone to be the guest of a notorious sinner,” they grumbled. Meanwhile, Zacchaeus stood there and said to the Lord, “I will give half my wealth to the poor, Lord, and if I have overcharged people on their taxes, I will give them back four times as much!” Jesus responded, “Salvation has come to this home today, for this man has shown himself to be a son of Abraham. And I, the Son of Man, have come to seek and save those like him who are lost.” The crowd was listening to everything Jesus said. And because he was nearing Jerusalem, he told a story to correct the impression that the Kingdom of God would begin right away. He said, “A nobleman was called away to a distant empire to be crowned king and then return.” Before he left, he called together ten servants and gave them ten pounds of silver* to invest for him while he was gone.』 1) Curiosity “He tried to get a look at Jesus...” * It’s very important to get curiosity to draw a certain picture of dream or vision. This picture show what you want to do or have. * It is about your future life and ministry. * Have curiosity and dream a concret vision. * Zeal for receiving and having the vision given by God. * Zacchaeus had curiosity to see and meet Jesus, so he could see Jesus. ∴ Curiosity is the first step to make a successful life. 2) Bravery to overcome weaknesses “So he ran ahead” * The Second step to make a successful life is to have bravery attitude. * You may face a lot of hardness in life journey. * Sometimes, financial problem, the problem of relationship, the problem of health. etc. * It is sure when we get certain trials, or problems in life-time, we have to have bravery to overcome our own weaknesses. * Zacchaeus was a man of bravery. He tried to overcome his own weakness, and complex. He was a short guy, but when he climbed up a tree, he could see Jesus. He did it with brave heart and attitude. ∴ Bravery is one of the keys to make plentiful life and ministry. 3) Finding the ways to solve the problem “climbed a sycamore tree beside the road” * We have to be persons of effective doer, not a just thinker. * Wisdom is here, how to do is more important than what to do. * We can get many wisdom to solve our own problems of life from the Scripture. * what was the Zacchaeus’ wisdom? It was to approach to Jesus Christ, and to climb up a tree. He knew how to use materials or resources around himself. ∴ The third step toward successful life is to find a possible way to solve your problem. 4) Positive attitude to rejoice in any situation “in great excitement and joy.” * The fourth step is rejoicing in any situation. * The Scripture says in Philippians 4:4, “Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again-rejoice!” * Rejoicing is the attitude what let our Lord Jesus Christ be glad. * Rejoice in the Holy Spirit! Rejoice in the Scripture! Rejoice in the guidance of our Lord! Rejoice in walking in faith! Rejoice in the relationship of the Holy Communion. Rejoice! Rejoice! Rejoice! ∴ The Fourth step to make your life successful is to rejoice in any time, in any place, and in any circumstances in your life. 5) Humble heart to recognize the Grace of God Zacchaeus stood there and said to the Lord, “I will give half my wealth to the poor, Lord, and if I have overcharged people on their taxes,” * The final step to make a successful life in Jesus Christ is to have humble heart or attitude before God as well as man. * Humbleness is one of the most important traits of Christian leadership. * Humbleness is the core element of real spirituality. * The contrast term of humbleness is arrogance, or stubbornness. * The biggest distinctiveness between humble man and man of stubbornness is receptibility of grace of God. The humble man can easily receive the Grace of God and express thanks. However, in the case of the man of stubbornness is very hard to open his-own heart to listen or receive the Gospel of life. * Be a humble man! You will not be fall down on your own way going to successful life. ∴ The final and ultimate step going to successful life is to be humble before God and Man. Conclusion : * 5 ways to make a successful Christian life : 1) Have Curiosity on new thing. 2) Have bravery attitude to live. 3) Find the ways to solve your problem. 4) Maintain Joyful heart in any time and place.. 5) Be humble person before God and Man. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ (Luke 19 : 1 ~ 10) 1 Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. 2 A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy. 3 He wanted to see who Jesus was, but being a short man he could not, because of the crowd. 4 So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see Him, since Jesus was coming that way. 5 When Jesus reached the spot, He looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.” 6 So he came down at once and welcomed Him gladly. 7 All the people saw this and began to mutter, “He has gone to be the guest of a ‘sinner.’” 8 But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.” 9 Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham.” 10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost. Pastor Jae Gu Kang(Full Gospel Incheon Church)
A Compassionate Love(자비로운 사랑)/ Matt 9:35-10:8(마9:35-마10:8)/ 2007-05-05
A Compassionate Love(자비로운 사랑) Matt 9:35-10:8(마9:35-마10:8) SERMON: “A Compassionate Love” O Lord, we pray, speak in this place, in the calming of our minds and in the longing of our hearts, by the words of my lips and in the thoughts that we form. Speak, O Lord, for your servants listen. Amen. Charles Wesley’s hymn, “Love Divine, All Love Excelling” with which we began this service of worship is a wonderful hymn of praise - and a wonderful prayer. The praise - Jesus, thou art all compassion, pure, unbounded love thou art. And the prayer - Visit us with thy salvation, Enter every trembling heart. The gospel begins today with these words about Jesus. As you just heard - but I want you to hear again: Jesus went though all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” I think most of us are particularly aware of the importance of compassion - of the importance of compassion and of the great need that our world has for it - a world in which so many struggle to get along without anyone to direct them, - in which so many are left without a strong and caring presence in their lives - in which so many are like sheep without a shepherd - wandering, lost, often alone, often embittered, or, as Jesus himself puts it when he sees the crowds coming out to him for healing and hope, so many are harassed and helpless. God wants us to live in family - - for our young to be nurtured and guided and protected and taught and loved richly and well, - and for our old to be respected and cared for and embraced - and for those in between to be strengthened and given joy and strength and help as they fulfil the purposes in life for which God has breathed life into them. God wants for us to be family together in our homes, living godly and righteous lives - lives of peace and joy and sharing; and God wants for us to be family together in his church - among his people - to be a family, a people, a nation, that live according to his covenant, and who - because of that covenant keeping - and because of God’s promises to us become a people who truly are different, a people who truly are dedicated to God’s purposes and who not only have the ability to connect, but actually do connect, one another - and the whole world - to God, our heavenly Father. But some of our homes are shattered. Some of our children are left without a father - or a mother - or both - who can model for them what the love of God is all about. Some children in this world need so much that is not being given to them and you here today - I daresay each one of you - know that; and weep on account of it; and wonder what to do about it. That weeping and wondering - that impulse of love - is the same impulse that moves the heart of God, and the heart of Jesus, as they look upon us and our world. So many people are broken and in need of healing. So many need to hear and see how close the Kingdom of Heaven is to them, so many need the things that contaminate their lives to be cleansed so many need the demons that afflict their lives to be driven out so many need to be raised to new life -and to have their dead - those they care for and those that they wish that they could care for - restored to them. God’s purpose for his people has ever been - as we heard from the Old Testament Reading this morning, to make us into a kingdom of priests and a holy nation, to make us ones who model - who set the example of what God is like and who, by our living, by our obedience to the word of God, help to connect the whole world to God - to bridge the gap that exists between what is - and what should be - to help bring wholeness to the world. In this world that God has made that is what Fathers and Mothers are supposed to be about. They are supposed to be ones who turn to God and by keeping the word of God in their hearts and in their actions - provide what their children - and what our world needs. And many of us have had such godly parents - we have had such Fathers Godly men who not only teach the way of the Lord to their children, but who live it out as well - with joy and with wisdom - with humility and with strength and so raise up after them a generation whose delight is in the Lord, and whose ways are God’s ways. Praise God for them! But - many others in our world have not had such fathers or mothers - and we need them, our world needs them if we are to be whole - and our world with us. We who are gathered here today in Christ’s name are called to help answer that need. “The harvest is plentiful” says Jesus as he looks upon the lost ones all around him, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field” And then he sends out his followers - and gives them the power they need to do the work that needs doing - the power and authority that they need to help bring salvation. Each of us here today is called by God to be a healer - first within our own family - among our sons and daughters - our wives and husbands - our cousins and nephews and nieces - and, of course, among our brothers and sisters - our fellow believers And as we continue to tend to those in our midst who are lost and who are broken, as we continue to encourage and teach those God has entrusted to us, we are called to remember those who are not yet part of our family, and to go and make disciples of all nations baptizing in the name of the Father and the Son and The Holy Spirit and teaching them to obey everything that Jesus has commanded us. We can do that - we can heal the broken and drive forth the demons that afflict our families and our world, we can be as our Father in heaven is - by allowing our Father in Heaven to guide us and direct us. Pray my brothers and sisters for all parents today - - Pray with thanksgiving for those who have lived and are living by God’s word and who have raised up children to God in a godly way. - And pray with tears and with hope and with desire - and with love for those who are lost and who need the healing of God in their lives if they are to be all God has made them to be. Pray for workers who will bring the compassionate love of God - the compassionate love of our Saviour Jesus - to the world about us. And Pray that God will empower you - through your devotion to his living word, to be fathers to the fatherless, shepherds to those who have no one to lead them to the still waters and to places that will restore their souls, and brothers and sisters to those whose who have no earthy family to love and care for them and to encourage them and guide them to the one whose family is not only eternal - but eternally blessed.
A great man estimated by Lord(주님이 평가하신 위대한 사람)/ Matthew 11:7-11(마11:7-11)/ 2003-07-27
A great man estimated by Lord(주님이 평가하신 위대한 사람) Matthew 11:7-11(마11:7-11) A great man estimated by Lord Matthew 11:7-11 Which person do you think of who a great man is? The great person regarded by lord is quite different from that estimated by men (I Samuel 16:7). The Lord says in clause 11 of this paragraph to be considered, “Among them that are born of women there has not risen a greater than John the Baptist.” Through this word of today, let us find out the great man regarded by Lord and we should become such a man. 1. The man who has been done a great deal in self culture through living in wilderness. John the Baptist has been lived in wilderness (Luke 1:8). Until appearance to Israel, he had been improved self-culture well, praying for a long time in the wilderness. There had been John the Baptist a great mission to introduce Jesus in order to let people of Israel return to Jesus through repentance. The same John had his raiment of camel‘s hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins; and his meat was locusts and wild honey (Matthew 3:4). When we see his food, clothing and shelter, he was very poverty but had honest living. His living was not restricted by such food, clothing and shelter. We saints should make our live, exceeding the matter of food, clothing and shelter (Philippians 4:11-12). 2. The man who exalts only Lord with the modest attitude. Nobody could realize of Jesus Christ more than John Baptist at that time. Then, Jesus said of him, “there has not risen a greater than John the Baptist.” The great man in heaven is the one who realized of the truth much. Also in John3: 30, “He must increase, but I must decrease.” The Baptist John rather pleased that his disciples had followed Jesus and many disciples would be gathered together to Jesus. So he regarded as glad of that his own decreases. Then, when Jesus saw him, he applauded of him as the great man. God resists the proud, but gives grace into the humble (James 4:6). 3. The man who discharge even his live for the Gospel work. John Baptist has been done self culture well in wilderness. Then, his mission now is to make straight the way of the Lord with the modest attitude. 1) His initial saying was “Repent you: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” He only engaged with making ready the way of the Lord: bestowing the baptism of repentance, establishing the justice rightly etc. That is, it means that the substantial starting time of redemptive movement is at hand: that Jesus has come in this world to redeem us from sin by giving all kind of grace in the Kingdom of heaven. We the saints should have the heart that tries to obey according to the word as repenting everyday. From that time, the movement of Heaven Kingdom starts. 2) He said, I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness (John1:23) The Baptist John rightly realized of his duty as being who cries the voice in wilderness. The voice disappears after revealing the word. Since the word is Jesus, it is that John himself is disappeared after revealing Jesus who is the word. This is a position of the voce. God pleased of John the Baptist and used him as the precious vessel. Therefore, Jesus said of John the Baptist, among them that are born of women there has not risen a greater than John the Baptist. 3) He finally died a martyr for the righteousness (Matthew 14:1-12). He was imprisoned while he was reproaching of king Herod who took He-ro‘di-as his brother Phillip‘s wife. John the Baptist was headed for the righteousness. When common people in the world saw him, he seemed to be a poor man, whereas he was the greatest man among them that are born of women by the review of Jesus. 4. The man who has the truth much in the time of New Testament. Notwithstanding he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. The kingdom of heaven in here means the church in the time of New Testament. Whoever is least in the church of New Testament is greater than John the Baptist. This is the reason why he that is least in the church of New Testament knows of the truth through Jesus more much than that John the Baptist had been done. It was before that Jesus had been completed his work for redemption at that time John had been lived. But in the time of New Testament, since he has been completed his work: for resurrection on the cross, ascend to heaven and descend Holy Ghost into ground, whoever wants to know of it may know. Therefore, if you have received the truth much you have much work to be fulfilled. It is we of this day that have much knowledge of Christ‘s truth so that we may become a great man if we live as John the Baptist. Now, let us become a great man through doing ourselves-culture well in the world like a wilderness. Our personality must be formed according to the word by realizing the scripture through trial and trouble much. I bless you in the name of Jesus that would become a saint applauded and recognized by the Lord as “you are truly a great man” when he looks you, through completing all our mission: that we always repent of our sin, obeying the word and that we exalt only the Lord through giving his witness to them everyday. Paster S. H. Park
A Letter From The Heaven(하늘나라에서 온 편지)/ Romans 8:38-39(롬8:38-39)/ 2015-02-12
A Letter From The Heaven(하늘나라에서 온 편지) Romans 8:38-39(롬8:38-39) A Letter From The Heaven Romans 8:38-39 If God were to send a letter to our church, what message would be contained in that letter? Over the past week, I prayed while wrestling with this question. Of course, I am not God—but I think that His letter will contain the following message for us. Reminding ourselves that over two-thirds of the New Testament is in fact letters sent to and from disciples, I would appreciate it if all of us take this letter, delivered to our church from the Heaven, as a ‘sermon’ for today. To my loving children of St. Luke, I hope you enjoyed the much-needed rain I sent to Killeen last week. I wanted to give you a break from constant 100-plus degree weather and perhaps start some crisp autumn weather down there. Give my regards to all the family members of St. Luke UMC. My heart fills with great pleasure in Heaven whenever I think of the St. Luke church. There are so many churches established in My name; yet, I reserve a special place in my heart for the St. Luke’s. It is because all of you work so hard for Me, with the purest and most enthusiastic of hearts. Among the countless great things you do for Me, I wanted to praise you on some very special things you do. I pay particular attention to your Friendly Dinner, where you provide dinner to your needy neighbors every Friday. I am enthralled whenever I see My daughters—despite being busy and fatigued with their daily work and families—work hard all day to prepare and serve the food that you give to your neighbors. As you well know, most of the people you serve on Friday evenings are homeless and jobless people, in much need of your help. You know that some of those people sleep under freeway overpasses? By helping them and extending a loving hand of support to them, you are doing truly precious work. As I have said in Matthew 25: 40, things you do for the smallest and the neediest of people are precisely the things that you do for Me. Remember that when you feed my needy, destitute children, you are indeed feeding Me. Also remember that your kindness will be repaid tenfold in Heaven. I also watch you as you conduct many great programs for the senior citizens every Tuesday. As one gets old, he or she increasingly feels lonely and sad. None of my creatures have the capacity to maintain their youth and health indefinitely. As years pass, one ages—more wrinkles and white hairs, while having less strength. I made humans that way. So for you young people, serve your elders well. As I told you in Ephesians, 6: 2-3, if you take good care of your father and mother, I will give you great blessings and long lasting lives. I want to thank my many sons and daughters who toil in anonymity, without much fanfare, recognition, self-praise or klieg lights. I get a great sense of reassurance and pleasure as I watch those who work in your kitchen, choir room, classrooms, and other places throughout your church. Those hidden workers will become the cornerstones of My church and prevent any and all outside forces from collapsing and destroying the House that I built (See Matthew 16: 18). The sight of all of you worshipping, praying, and sharing fellowship is truly a great sight for Me to see. I am happiest when I see your bright faces as you enter into My sanctuary, giving and treating each other with great love. I don’t know if you remember the song that I had David sing in Psalms 133: 1. “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!” I always want to see you love one another and treat each other with great respect. Bickering and arguing, to climb over one another, is not a good sight to see. Do you remember what I said in John 15: 12? “that you love one another as I have loved you.” Always keep in mind that when you love and serve one another, your church becomes a small heaven on earth. The spectacle that upsets Me the most when I look at Korean-American societies in the United States is the deep rifts within the community as people hate and fight one another. I know there are a lot of stresses and hardships living as an immigrant, and those factors probably contribute to the rifts and conflicts. But when those who claim to believe in Me use My name in vain to fight and bite one another, My heart gets deeply bruised and scarred. St. Luke’s has done a good job thus far, but make sure you stay as a united church, where all of you take good care of one another in harmony. Always remember my words in Matthew 5: 9. “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.” Never forget the fact that peacemakers, the conciliators, are My true sons and daughters. The one thing that pains Me when I think of St. Luke’s is the loss some of you recently suffered, as some of you lost a parent or a loved one. I know it must be hard and difficult to lose a parent or a beloved one. But do not grieve too much, for they are here with Me. As I created man out of earth, is it not a natural phenomenon for man to return to earth? The only differentiating factor is when a man returns to soil—and in the end, all of you will conclude your temporary stay down there and return to your genuine homeland up here. For those who sent your loved ones up here, receive My solemn condolences and comforts from Heaven. September 11th marked the one-year anniversary of the terror attacks in New York, and I remember this related story. There was a man—a good, faithful man—who worked in one of New York’s police precincts. His name was Mark, and he was on duty on the day that the Twin Towers collapsed. Weathering the falling debris from the towers, Mark was leading and guiding spectators to safety. That’s when a big object fell from the sky. When Mark looked up, he saw that the falling object was a person. He was soon shocked to find out that more people, determined not to be trapped in a burning, collapsing building, were jumping from the towers. Oblivious of the burning debris that were falling from the sky, Mark ran to the base of the Twin Towers. Do you know why? He wanted to tell something to the people who were plummeting to their deaths from the tower. To the falling people that had but a few seconds to live—before they hit the ground—Mark yelled the following phrases so that they could hear. “God loves you! Jesus loves you!” When I saw this from up here, you cannot imagine how much happy I was. That’s right! Even when good, innocent people were dying, I loved My sons and daughters. Terror, hate, violence, and death—none of these things could separate My heart from My loving children! I know that amongst you, the members of the St. Luke’s family, there are many that are sick. I know that one of My daughters have been afflicted with an incurable disease for past several decades. I also know that she toils on with great courage. What pains! But be strong and persevere. Do you know the pain that My Son felt when I crucified Him on the Cross? Your pains are nothing compared to what He had to suffer through. Remember that My Son Jesus suffers with you when you are afflicted with sickness, and when you feel pain. Have courage. Be strong. With my right hand, I will hold you tight. Adopting a slogan of “The Year of Saving Another Soul” for this year was truly a great idea. You picked my favorite thing. I am very content when many of you try to lead a lost soul to Me. When you come up here to be by My side in heaven, you will not be able to do two things. One is sinning, and the other is evangelizing. Between these two things, what would you rather be doing when you are called up to Me? Is it sinning? Or is it letting someone know that I exist so that you can save him or her from eternal death? When I look down from here, there are too many lost souls in Killeen. Too many people live like a squirrel on a spinning wheel, leading aimless, meaningless lives. My loving children of St. Luke’s, please help even one of them know My name so that they can lead a righteous life! I want to see you leading others to Me, so that they too can gain a path to salvation through Me. I heard that you will soon be selecting some new people for various positions within the church. Always remember that these positions are not for personal honor. It is an act of bearing the cross for Me. Please select those who are willing to make the time and material sacrifice and tireless efforts for Me. Do not bicker over the selection, lest some may fall into temptation. Becoming an elder or a deacon is not for personal glory, but a path to the Cross. One of my precious servants in India was named Sundar Singh (1889-1929). He was a Hindu by birth, but converted to have faith in Me. As a result, he was severely persecuted; when he became a Christian, his family, saying that he betrayed the family religion, tried to poison him. Because he believed in My Son Jesus, he was stoned countless number of times and imprisoned. He was even tied to a tree, to become a feast for the wild beasts of the plains. His persecutors once tried to kill him by pressure, wrapping his body in a wet sheet of animal skins and laying him out in the sun, where the pressure from drying and shrinking leather would produce enough pressure to kill him. I cannot explain through words the pains and sufferings he endured. I recall, with great pleasure, the words that My loving servant Singh left for Me. “From my many years of experience I can unhesitatingly say that the cross bears those who bear the cross.” Sundar Singh was right. If you willingly bear the cross that My Son carried, then I will support and buttress you. As your responsibilities within the church become greater, always keep in mind that you are bearing a heavier cross for Me! I wish to conclude my letter by telling you one more inspirational tale that I observed from Heaven. After a Confirmation ceremony at a church in the United States, one teacher gathered the students and families and asked one of the students a question. “George, what can separate you from the love of God?” George answered by reciting, with great conviction and confidence, the verses we read today in Romans 8: 38-39. “Neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate me from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” When George brightly smiled after answering, his parents and family warmly smiled back at him. The teacher then asked Mary, Peter, Andrew, and Grace the same question, in turn. Each one of them answered smartly and clearly. It was obvious that each one of them completed the Confirmation education very successfully. Lastly, Rachel was left to answer the same question. She was a mentally retarded child, who suffered from Down’s Syndrome. She was less intelligent than the other children. When it came to be Rachel’s turn to answer, the teachers, parents, and other friends started being nervous and murmuring amongst themselves, concerned whether as to Rachel can recite back the two verses from Romans 8 like the other children. The teacher asked Rachel, “Rachel, what can separate you from God’s love?” Rachel, beaming calmly, answered, “Nothing!” In her mind, nothing could separate her from My love, the love of God. Do you know how elated and happy I felt when I heard her answer? “Nothing!” What can be a more precise, succinct and accurate answer? Like Rachel said, nothing could separate all of you from My love—nothing could keep Me from loving you! To my loving children of St. Luke’s, I implore you not to forget this one fact! As for the remaining days of the year 2002, may your great work and efforts bring forth beautiful, abundant fruits! Take care. From your loving Father
A Letter to Bill William D. Hyatt from Ray Stedman(William D. Hyatt에게 보낸 Ray Stedman의 편지)/ Acts 6:2-4(행6:2-4)/ 1990-12-29
A Letter to Bill William D. Hyatt from Ray Stedman(William D. Hyatt에게 보낸 Ray Stedman의 편지) Acts 6:2-4(행6:2-4) A Letter to William D. Hyatt from Ray Stedman December 29, 1990 Dear Bill, First, congratulations to you and Yvonne for 25 years together. It is always great to see couples demonstrating marriage fidelity in these days of quickie marriages and even quicker divorces! As you know, Hawaii is very important to Elaine and me as we began our marriage there 45 years ago last October! We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your time there. I apologize for some delay in getting this letter back to you, but I was given a heavy assignment in writing by Intervarsity Press and was asked to get a manuscript back to them by Christmas. That meant writing-for 6-7 hours a day in the intervening time, hence my delay. It was encouraging to me, however, to note your concern for the [PBC] South eldership. You are quite right that some remedial action needs to be taken immediately to get the elders back on the track of biblical eldering. You ask: How do elders actually come to understand where the Lord of the church is leading it? The answer is basically threefold: 1. By accepting the fact that this is their primary role! This is the way they are to use their time. They cannot use the excuse that they have no time for the methods that make this possible, for this is their major responsibility, given by the Lord himself. Jesus is present at PBC South and is active in doing exactly what he said he would do: to open doors for ministering by the people, and close other doors (Cf. Rev 3:7-6). He has revealed to his apostles how he plans to make those open doors known---by speaking to and through elders (Titus 15, Acts 20:26-29). 2. Further, his instrument for making known his mind is the Word of God taught by the Spirit of God. Elders must be constantly studying the Word and discussing it together: It Is not enough to assume the knowledge they have gained in the past is sufficient. Light must spring forth from the Word continually. This studying is to be done individually, by twos and threes, and corporately at meetings of the elders together When various issues come before them they are to ask: what principles from Scripture bear upon this problem? If they haven’t time for this then they haven’t time to be elders at all, and ought to resign! To have the time for this they are to deliberately refuse to get involved in solving what you call “practical” problems, the nuts & bolts of running a church. This is clearly the point of Acts 6:2-4: decisions about maintenance problems, building expansions, painting, carpentering, organizing an office, etc., etc., must be passed along to deacons (both male and female) who are qualified by knowledge to deal with such matters If elders allow themselves to get tangled up with such they are being unfaithful to the task for which the Lord called them! Furthermore, what they learn in their studying, they are to teach to others---this is what Acts 6:4 calls “the ministry of the word” which elders are to give their attention to. This teaching is directed toward preparing others to be elders, or preparing them to teach in Sunday School or home Bible classes, or to minister from the pulpit, or in evangelistic outreaches. The elders are obviously to the local church what the apostles were to the church at large. They have the ministry of apostleship, carried on at a local level. 3. With this goes the ministry of prayer (Acts. 6:4 again). This, too, is an individual ministry and a collective one. Together they are to pray for wisdom in making decisions, for clarity in understanding Scripture, for harmony in their meetings and in the church, for healing for those who are sick, for vitality in worship, for courage to discipline biblically for power to be manifested in the ministry of the saints. Again, if they haven’t time for this then they haven’t time to be elders at all. They must not allow anyone to take this ministry of the word and prayer away from them for it is given to them by their Lord and it is to him they must give on account of their stewardship (Heb. 13:17). So I urge you to share this letter with the brothers there and take the steps which the Lord will indicate by bringing about unanimous agreement to remedy this faulty situation. The church will never be stronger than its leadership, but if the leadership is faithful the Lord will do great things among them. Give my loving greetings to all. Most Cordially. Pastor Ray C. Stedman
A Life of Her(그녀의 삶)/ Acts 9:36-43(행9:36-43)/ 2006-11-07
A Life of Her(그녀의 삶) Acts 9:36-43(행9:36-43) Dan Hurley was a famous performance writer, renowned for his 60-second scripts. He became famous in America for his ability to listen to the detailed life stories of people from all walks of life—from destitute people in Harlem to movie stars in Hollywood—and compress their biographies into scripts that could be read to an audience in 60 seconds. Dan Hurley wrote about 20,000 60-second biographical scripts; today, I would like to introduce two of them to you. Regarding Clement, a 40-year old man who lives in a dumpster located in a back alley in Brooklyn, New York, Hurley recorded the following script: I’m Really Satisfied with the Way I’m Living Now. Not Truly Happy. Just Content. Clement stated, “My dwelling—it’s a shelter and it’s not too bad. It has four walls, a ceiling and a floor. The only things it’s missing is a kitchen and a bathroom.” Clement, after divorcing his wife, settled in the dumpster and admitted that while he was not a drug addict or an alcoholic, adding that “the only vices that I have are cigarettes and a little marijuana.” He scrounged cans, bottles, and scrap metals to make a living; the surprising fact was that he was able to generate, through his “gathering,” an income of $800 to $900 per month. He was even able to save some money into his checking account. Clement was immensely proud of the fact that he was able to make his own living, without the help of government social or welfare programs or handouts from other people. Hurley wrote another 60-second biographical script that is worthy of our attention. A script titled “Honest Abe” succinctly delineates a life of a man as such: “Honest Abe. He’s a man of his word. As a CPA, he had to be honest. People depended on him. He was honest, too, when he promised to Margery 58 years ago that he would always love her and stand by her. They’ve been married that long, and they now have two children and three grandchildren. But he was never more honest than in one day six years ago, when his oldest daughter’s husband, Fred, was in the hospital and Abe went to see him. ‘You need a haircut,’ said Fred, joking. But Abe replied in utter seriousness: ‘I won’t get a haircut until you walk out of here.’ Fred never did walk out of there. He was carried out. He had died. And so Abe felt that he owed it to Fred to keep his word. That’s why he never cut his hair, why he has a long white ponytail—this conservative CPA.” If Hurley were to write a 60-second biography about your life to concisely illustrate your story to rest of the world, what would it be about? This morning, we witnessed a 60-second biography about a woman in the Book of Acts, chapter 9. Although short in length, today’s scripture lays out, in an impressionable manner, a story regarding one woman’s beautiful and precious life. Today, we will think about this woman, Dorcas. First, this was a woman who lived according to the meaning of her name. In verse 36, it is stated “At Joppa there was a certain disciple named Tabitha, which is translated Dorcas.” This woman’s name was Tabitha in Aramas—the language of the Jews at the time—and Dorcas in Greek. In both languages, her name meant ‘beautiful gazelle.’ Either her parents or some relative probably gave her this name; throughout her life, she lived according to her name, earning great respect and adoration from those around her. Our names often delineate our character and uniqueness to others. We became ‘Christians’ after we started believing in Jesus Christ. As the people who belong to Christ, we must live guilt and embarrassment-free lives. In 1917, during the height of World War I, one of the most cruel and vicious massacres in history of war took place. Islamic Turks, upon invading Armenia, killed and butchered over 750,000 people believed to be Christians. The Turks lined up people who they believed to be Christians—regardless of gender and age—in front of burial trenches and asked questions to these people, one at a time, with a rifle pointed at them at point-blank range. “Mohammed or Christ?” Although replying “Mohammed” may have spared them of their lives, countless people answered “Christ, only Christ!” on their way to valiant deaths. They were martyrs, who sacrificed their lives for the name Jesus Christ—a truly holy name indeed. Second, how did Dorcas live that made her the object of affection for the multitudes of people? The latter half of verse 36 of today’s scripture states, Dorcas “was full of good works and charitable deeds, which she did.” She performed many acts of benevolence and altruism throughout her life. She especially helped those who were poor or in dire straits. In reading the second half of verse 39, we can see that Dorcas became famous for her sewing in Joppa. When Peter arrived in Joppa after hearing about the news of Dorcas’ death, the widows who had gathered around the body of Dorcas showed him the tunics and the garments that she had sewed while she was alive. The tunics and garments that Dorcas made displayed her diligence and virtuous character. Dorcas was famous in Joppa for her sewing, and her good and charitable deeds made others adore her. A woman named Bea Salazar, upon undergoing surgery for her back in 1990, had difficulties with mobility ever since. In a great depression, she painfully lived each day. Taking out her trash one day, Salazar happened to look upon a young boy who was scavenging for food in the trash bins. Feeling a great pity for the starving young child, Salazar took the boy into her home and made him a peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwich. Finishing off the sandwich in no time, the boy left her house and returned about 15 minutes later with six of his friends, asking “is it true that you’re giving away peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwiches?” Salazar learned that many parent of the neighborhood, worn down from hard labor, neglected to take care of their children and many of these children wandered the street like beggars. After learning this fact, Salazar contacted many churches in her community and started gathering volunteers and relief supplies. One person, greatly moved by Salazar’s efforts, donated an apartment. At this apartment, over 100 children started gathering daily. After 10 years, despite great financial hardship, 5 of the 100 children went on to study at community colleges. Salazar would confess later, “I never thought that making one peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwich would grow into something that would affect so many lives—especially mine. There was a point when I stopped thinking about my own pain and started concentrating on somebody else’s. It’s true that when you help others, you help yourself.” To have our neighbors fondly remember our lives, let’s do good and generous deeds. Third, how did people respond when Dorcas, who led such a wonderful life, died? In verse 37, Dorcas dies from disease and her body was rested in the upper room. In verse 38, people sent two messengers to Peter, who was working in Lydda, and asked him to come, without delay, to Joppa. Lydda was a city that encompassed the region occupied today by Tel Aviv, the largest city in Israel, and city of Lod; Joppa is known today as Jaffa, located to the south of Tel Aviv. The people of Joppa loved Dorcas so much—and their desire to resurrect her so great—that they hurriedly sent for Peter, the leader of the early Christian church. When we die, and if people around us grieve and say “a precious person died…only if he could have lived a little longer….only if he could wake up this minute…” our lives could be considered successful. However, when we die, and our death elicits cynical and disdainful response from people, such as “well, he deserved it…after all the bad things that he did…” our lives would be those of disgrace and shame. The fact is, Peter went to Joppa from Lydda and resurrected Dorcas. The manner in which Peter resurrects Dorcas is very similar to the manner in which Jesus resurrects the twelve-year old daughter of a synagogue ruler Jairus (Luke 8: 40-42, 49-56). Just as Jesus took Peter, John, James, and the parents of the dead girl into the room, held the child’s hand, and resurrected the girl by commanding “arise,” Peter sends everyone else out of the room, kneels, prays, and resurrects Dorcas by saying “Tabitha, arise!” This was an event that showed the pervasive effect of Jesus’ work on Peter. The Disciple, after watching his Mentor, repeated the very same deed. Truly blessed are those who have a mentor whom they can emulate. We must become such disciples of Christ, able to follow and emulate the very acts of Christ. The dire prayers of the people of Joppa had been answered—their Dorcas was resurrected, able to sew as before and carry on with her work of charity and good deeds. As a result, in verse 42, “And it became known throughout all Joppa, and many believed on the Lord.” The fact that Dorcas was resurrected increased the number of people who started to believe in Christ. If our lives were to be explained in 60 seconds, how would it be summarized? The life of Dorcas was concise yet moving. The grief over her death was so great that it resulted in her resurrection. We all must try our best to live the blessed life that will leave everlasting impression, grief, and positive influence on others.
A Life that Makes Others Happy(다른 사람들을 행복하게 하는 삶)/ Philippians 4:4-8(빌4:4-8)/ Pastor Sou-Young Lee(이수영 목사)/ 2002-09-11
A Life that Makes Others Happy(다른 사람들을 행복하게 하는 삶) Philippians 4:4-8(빌4:4-8) A Life that Makes Others Happy Philippians 4:4-8 We often hear that there are three kinds of people. The first kind of people is those who are necessary in a society. The second kind of people is those who are neither necessary nor harmful in a society. The third kind of people is those who are to be perished in a society. We need to reflect on ourselves in what group are we classified. Of course, all the people will agree that they are to be classified in the first group and not to be classified in the third group. Jesus says us, “You are the salt of the earth” as well as “You are the light of the world.” We should understand these words as the commandment to be the people that are necessary for a society. We should not be such people that are neither required nor harmful. Needless to say, we should not be such people that need to be perished from this society. Then, what is the criteria of these three kinds of people? I think the most important criterion is, like the example of salt and light, instructiveness. That is, people can be classified by whether they are instructive for people and society or not. In other words, people can be classified by whether they can make others happy or not. Everyone wants to be happy and no one wants to be miserable. Therefore, there is no more precious thing than making others happy, especially as many people as possible. On the other hand, there will be no more detestable life than making others unhappy, especially making plenty of people unhappy. In fact, the most blessed are those who can make others pleasant and happy with their words and actions. When we have such reputations as “My mind becomes joyful whenever I see him” or “I become happy whenever I see her smile or laughing” from others, then we can judge that our life has been blessed and successful. On the contrary, our lives must have been failure if our words and actions have made others unpleasant, inflicted others, caused pains many others, and brought harms others. How miserable our lives will be if we have such reputations from others as “The guy? Out of luck!” “Don’t mention about the guy before me! He angers me!” “The best is not to contact with him!” “If he perish in silence, it’s the best help for us!” Why do we need to live such lives? Of course, in some cases, we can bring damages and pains to others even though we try to do good for others. However, there are some ill natured people who continually devise miserable matters for others, enjoy the misery of others, and regard them as their happiness. I believe that there is no more cursed life than such people in this world. The misery of such people is that they do not change their mind but to be more stubborn when some others tell them their wrong doings. We should reflect on ourselves whether we are not such kind of people in our community. Making others happy does not require great efforts, huge capital, much knowledge, or great preparation. It only requires little concern for, small understanding of, and warm mind for others. Small kindness, concessions, smiles, and devotion which emanates from them can make others happy. Holding the doors for a while with a smile for the following person, after you enter into the building, can make this society bright and hopeful. One praise of good doing can make people happy. One embracing with the recognition of hard work can blow away all the fatigue and agony and make a person very happy. Some days ago, I fully realized the usefulness of a dim candle light. The electricity was off for that night and nothing was possible until one family member who knew the location of a match return to home and lit a candle. The dark society of this world really requires us to be a small light. The following words of Jesus are really meaningful in these days: “Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see our good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” Today’s scripture answers to the question of “How can we make others happy?” At first, verse 4 of today’s scripture says, “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!” Those who rejoice at all times can make others happy. People who frown and grumble at all times cannot make others happy. However, to rejoice without any reason is not good. Only those who rejoice with unselfish reason can make others happy. If a person is pleased with a fortunate big income when others feel bad because of lost money, can the pleasure make others happy? Our pleasure should be founded on our Lord. Those who rejoice with the faith on Jesus Christ in thankful of the grace, even in similar or worse situation to others, can make others happy. This is the meaning of verse 4 which says, “Rejoice in the Lord always.” Verse 5 says, “Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.” The word “gentleness” is the most difficult word for Korean theologists to translate among the words in New Testament. It means “justice and something better than justice.” We may misunderstand “gentleness” as “the generosity that sacrifices justice.” But “gentleness” here means the wisdom and ability which do not sacrifice justice. Gentleness also does not allow justice to hurt the people. We can make others happy if we can forgive and love others without sacrificing justice. Although this is difficult task to do, it is required to christians. As it is required to all christians, bible says, “Let your gentleness be evident to all.” Verse 6 says, “Do not be anxious about anything.” Those who do not be anxious can make others happy and can make others feel relief. Those who illustrate all his worries before a person really make others tired, gruesome, and frustrated. If someone are to listen the grumble of others in this hard world, it will really deprive the listener’s happiness. On the contrary, those who are carefree before serious situation also make others uneasy and unhappy. We are not anxious not because we have no worries nor are we indiscreet. We are not anxious because we entrust all our worries to our God. This is the reason why Apostle Paul says, “Do not be anxious about anything,” and “in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Those who report everything to God, pray for the solution, and who are free from worry can make others happy. Verse 6 also says us to pray with “thanksgiving.” Prayer with thanksgiving has two meanings. First, it requires to thank the fact that we can pray God entrusting all our things. Second, it requires to pray with the faith that God will grant all our requests. When we pray in this manner, we can enjoy peace in our mind. This fact is illustrated by verse 7 which says, “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Such a peace of mind and thought has the power to make others happy. Verse 8 introduces many secrets that can make others happy. It says, “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable-if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think about such things.” That is, it requires us to think and practice eagerly whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, and whatever is admirable. “What is true” here means to be truthful and to be a person that can be trusted. It makes us very happy to know or to have a person that is truthful and that can be trusted in all matters. Verse 8 says, “whatever is noble.” “Noble” here implies to be respectable, to be elegant, to be valuable, and to be earnest. Seeing a person who is respectable, elegant, and earnest in all matters at all time makes us happy. Verse 8 says, whatever is right. “Right” means keeping all the duties that should be observed in human relationships. Everyone who tries to have right relationship with God and keeps all the duties in human relations makes others happy. Verse 8 says, “whatever is pure.” Pure is translated as “chaste” in Korean bible. “Pure” here implies the trait which enables people to approach God, which reflects God, and which is enough to be used by God. Seeing a people who is pure and chaste make people happy. Verse 8 says, “whatever is lovely.” This implies the mind and character that can attract others’ mind. Seeing those who attract every others’ mind make people happy. Verse 8 says, “whatever is admirable.” Those who have good reputation in all matters also make others happy. Verse 8 also says, “if anything is excellent or praiseworthy.” This indicates all kinds of excellency and the matters that can be praised. If we eagerly think and practice whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable, then we will be able to make others happy. These words are more precious for us because Apostle Paul wrote this letter in custody in jail to the saints of Philippians who were in danger of persecution. As the political, economic, social situation we are encountering now does not make us happy in these days, we all the more need to be the people that make others happy. Our church has the slogan “Let’s live as the children of light” in this year. Thus, all of we saints need to hear such praise as “You make this world livable,” or “Saemoonan Church is providing hope for this society!” Let us be the saints that make Saemoonan Church happy. Let us be the Saemoonan Church that make Korea happy. Through such efforts, I hope that the word “Saemoonanian” in a dictionary can be interpreted as “something that makes others happy” in sometime in the future. It will be the glory of God and it will be worthwhile events for us. Such word will be the evidence to our descendants on the fact that the saints of Saemoonan Church lived their life as the children of light in this world. “People that make others happy,” I hope this is not mere a dream. I hope it becomes the goal of our life and the principle of our practice within faith in this year. Pastor Sou-Young Lee(Saemoonan Church)(이수영 목사(새문안교회))
A Lost Sheep(길 잃은 양)/ Luke 15:6(눅15:6)/ 어린이주일학교설교/ 영한대역설교/ 2010-02-12
A Lost Sheep(길 잃은 양) Luke 15:6(눅15:6) There was a sheep. 양 한 마리가 있었어요. It went away from the others. 그 양이 다른 양들을 떠나서 멀리 갔어요. It went away from the shepherd. 그 양은 목자로부터 멀리 떠나갔어요. The sheep could not find the way home. 그 양은 집으로 돌아가는 길을 찾을 수가 없었어요. It was lost. 길을 잃고 말았어요. The shepherd knew it was lost. 목자가 그 양이 없어진 것을 알았어요. He loved it. 목자는 그 양을 사랑했어요. He wanted to find it. 목자는 그 양을 찾기를 원했어요. So He went away from the others. 그래서 목자는 다른 양들을 두고 그 양을 찾아 갔어요. He went away from home. 목자는 집을 떠나서 양을 찾아 갔어요. He looked and looked for his sheep. 목자는 그 양을 찾고 또 찾았어요. Then he found it. 마침내 그 양을 찾았어요. He was so happy. 목자는 너무 기뻤어요. Jesus is the shepherd. 예수님이 바로 그 목자예요. We are His sheep. 우리는 그분의 양이에요. He is so happy 예수님은 너무 기뻐하세요. Because we are with Him. 우리가 예수님과 함께 있으니까요.
A love that will not let me go(나를 가게 하지 않는 사랑)/ Jeremiah 29:11-13(렘29:11-13), Psalms 37:1-7(시37:1-7), John 10:10(요10:10)/ 2006-07-04
A love that will not let me go(나를 가게 하지 않는 사랑) Jeremiah 29:11-13(렘29:11-13), Psalms 37:1-7(시37:1-7), John 10:10(요10:10) A love that will not let me go Jeremiah 29:11-13, Psalms 37:1-7, John 10:10 In 597 B. C. the Babylonians began to deport God’s chosen people, the Jewish nation, to Babylon. The people of God had chosen to walk away from their close fellowship with the Lord. What events have made a significant difference in your life? What crossroads are you facing? Which way does the Lord wants you or me to go? We need to hear his still, small voice. Jeremiah 29:11-13 1. He Knows All Things Work Together for Good for Us. Romans 8:28 assures us, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” So we should remember that we have a Heavenly Father who loves us so much that He wants to have a personal relationship with us. Dr. George Wald, a Harvard biologist, once wrote, “What one really needs is not Nobel laureates but love. How does one think one gets to be a Nobel laureate? It’s a consolation prize. What matters is love.” Does, then, everything that happens in our lives come from the hand of a loving God? No, I don’t think so. On the other hand, our lives are always being guided, in the most difficult situations, by the Divine Hand of our loving Heavenly Father. If troubles come our way like it did to Israel, we can make the best of any difficult situation through trust in the Lord. I am sure as the Israelites were being removed from their homes they were asking why. We have circumstances that we create that can cause God to be displeased with us. But the Lord can work in everything to bring good out of it. When I was at a low point in my life, I stopped my truck at a red light in a small town in Texas and saw on a wooden, little sign in a window in a store that said Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans that I have for you…” That particular day I sure couldn’t see any of his plans. It was a sad day, but as time has passed, I can see that the Lord was working out His plan for me. It wasn’t my plan. My plan had no plan then. I was ready to give up. But now I can say with Paul, “That we know that in all things God works good for us…” Are you struggling with something personally? God who loves you and me and is working within our lives as well as within your circumstances. Be patient with Him. Be patient with yourself. Even evil things that happen to us work out for our good because we have Jesus in our hearts. God has the whole world in His hand. He made the earth and the heavens. He knows everything. Is it too much for the us to trust in the Lord all of the time? 2. He Knows His Plans For Us. Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you.” Are you like me sometimes and say, okay Lord, what is going on here? What are you trying to tell me, Lord? Let us be patient and know that God has a plan for us. We sometimes fear God’s plan for us. Remember God loves us and genuinely wants the best for us. Remember God has thoughts of good for us not evil. God’s thoughts are working toward our good not our bad. Even when things seem bad, they will begin to mend; God says He is at work. When God is at work we can count on it being perfect. In Psalms 37:4, for example, it says, “Delight thyself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.” If we put God first, in His time, He will give us His very best, if we will only wait. God’s plan can turn the worst stuff in our lives into the best. The Lord who loves us wants to bless us. God has even the timing all worked out. Also the Lord’s plans never fail. He knows how long it will take to work His plan in our lives. We do not know how long it will take God to work His plan in our lives. It takes a long time to grow a tree from an acorn. Let’s give our plans to God. Let’s see the great plans God has for us. God can have something for us so much greater than we can imagine. Which do you think will be better, your plan, my plan or God’s plan? A young chaplain friend of mine went to air assault school and put on his wings on his uniform. He wanted to go to Airborne school and Ranger school. He really was determined to go. He just knew that this was God’s will for His life. Yet, God had another plan. The Lord is sending him to a year of training in Clinical Pastoral Education at an Army hospital. When he finishes his year of studies, he will receive a doctor of ministry degree. Then He will be blessed with an assignment in an Army hospital for three years after his year of training. God blesses, doesn’t He? The Lord has thoughts of peace, grace, love and blessing for us in His beloved Son. 3. God’s Plan Includes Prayer Jeremiah 29:12 We are encouraged to pray. Since we know that God is love and He loves His children in good and in bad times, we can pray to Him. Our holy, righteous just, all powerful and loving Lord wants us to talk with Him in prayer. Call to the Lord in prayer and be assured of His answer. He gives us His promises to encourage us to seek Him. When the answer comes, which it will, we must go forward to meet it. “Ask and it shall be given you; seek and ye shall find; knock and it shall be opened unto you,” the Lord Jesus said. Persevere in prayer. God will meet those who seek Him. Ask and it shall be given you; given not lent, not sold you, but given you. What is more free than a gift? Whatever we pray for according to the promise, whatever you ask, shall be given you, if God sees fit for you to have it. Ask and have. It is but ask and have. We ask and have not because we don’t ask. We don’t have because we ask selfishly. Answers to prayer sometimes are very plain and clear. Other times the answers are not as clear. Let us seek the Lord in prayer. Let us diligently seek Him. When we seek the Lord with all our heart, we can be assured that He will be found. He is not in hiding. Hebrews 11:6 tells us, “But without faith it is impossible to please Him; for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.” God rewards faith with His will, His way, His blessing, His grace, His presence and His answer. Never give up; the Lord is at work. By faith Jesus says, we can move mountains.
A love that will not let me go(나를 가게 하지 않는 사랑)/ Jeremiah 29:11-13(렘29:11-13), Psalms 37:1-7(시37:1-7), John 10:10(요10:10)/ 2006-07-04
A love that will not let me go(나를 가게 하지 않는 사랑) Jeremiah 29:11-13(렘29:11-13), Psalms 37:1-7(시37:1-7), John 10:10(요10:10) A love that will not let me go Jeremiah 29:11-13, Psalms 37:1-7, John 10:10 In 597 B. C. the Babylonians began to deport God’s chosen people, the Jewish nation, to Babylon. The people of God had chosen to walk away from their close fellowship with the Lord. What events have made a significant difference in your life? What crossroads are you facing? Which way does the Lord wants you or me to go? We need to hear his still, small voice. Jeremiah 29:11-13 1. He Knows All Things Work Together for Good for Us. Romans 8:28 assures us, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” So we should remember that we have a Heavenly Father who loves us so much that He wants to have a personal relationship with us. Dr. George Wald, a Harvard biologist, once wrote, “What one really needs is not Nobel laureates but love. How does one think one gets to be a Nobel laureate? It’s a consolation prize. What matters is love.” Does, then, everything that happens in our lives come from the hand of a loving God? No, I don’t think so. On the other hand, our lives are always being guided, in the most difficult situations, by the Divine Hand of our loving Heavenly Father. If troubles come our way like it did to Israel, we can make the best of any difficult situation through trust in the Lord. I am sure as the Israelites were being removed from their homes they were asking why. We have circumstances that we create that can cause God to be displeased with us. But the Lord can work in everything to bring good out of it. When I was at a low point in my life, I stopped my truck at a red light in a small town in Texas and saw on a wooden, little sign in a window in a store that said Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans that I have for you…” That particular day I sure couldn’t see any of his plans. It was a sad day, but as time has passed, I can see that the Lord was working out His plan for me. It wasn’t my plan. My plan had no plan then. I was ready to give up. But now I can say with Paul, “That we know that in all things God works good for us…” Are you struggling with something personally? God who loves you and me and is working within our lives as well as within your circumstances. Be patient with Him. Be patient with yourself. Even evil things that happen to us work out for our good because we have Jesus in our hearts. God has the whole world in His hand. He made the earth and the heavens. He knows everything. Is it too much for the us to trust in the Lord all of the time? 2. He Knows His Plans For Us. Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you.” Are you like me sometimes and say, okay Lord, what is going on here? What are you trying to tell me, Lord? Let us be patient and know that God has a plan for us. We sometimes fear God’s plan for us. Remember God loves us and genuinely wants the best for us. Remember God has thoughts of good for us not evil. God’s thoughts are working toward our good not our bad. Even when things seem bad, they will begin to mend; God says He is at work. When God is at work we can count on it being perfect. In Psalms 37:4, for example, it says, “Delight thyself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.” If we put God first, in His time, He will give us His very best, if we will only wait. God’s plan can turn the worst stuff in our lives into the best. The Lord who loves us wants to bless us. God has even the timing all worked out. Also the Lord’s plans never fail. He knows how long it will take to work His plan in our lives. We do not know how long it will take God to work His plan in our lives. It takes a long time to grow a tree from an acorn. Let’s give our plans to God. Let’s see the great plans God has for us. God can have something for us so much greater than we can imagine. Which do you think will be better, your plan, my plan or God’s plan? A young chaplain friend of mine went to air assault school and put on his wings on his uniform. He wanted to go to Airborne school and Ranger school. He really was determined to go. He just knew that this was God’s will for His life. Yet, God had another plan. The Lord is sending him to a year of training in Clinical Pastoral Education at an Army hospital. When he finishes his year of studies, he will receive a doctor of ministry degree. Then He will be blessed with an assignment in an Army hospital for three years after his year of training. God blesses, doesn’t He? The Lord has thoughts of peace, grace, love and blessing for us in His beloved Son. 3. God’s Plan Includes Prayer Jeremiah 29:12 We are encouraged to pray. Since we know that God is love and He loves His children in good and in bad times, we can pray to Him. Our holy, righteous just, all powerful and loving Lord wants us to talk with Him in prayer. Call to the Lord in prayer and be assured of His answer. He gives us His promises to encourage us to seek Him. When the answer comes, which it will, we must go forward to meet it. “Ask and it shall be given you; seek and ye shall find; knock and it shall be opened unto you,” the Lord Jesus said. Persevere in prayer. God will meet those who seek Him. Ask and it shall be given you; given not lent, not sold you, but given you. What is more free than a gift? Whatever we pray for according to the promise, whatever you ask, shall be given you, if God sees fit for you to have it. Ask and have. It is but ask and have. We ask and have not because we don’t ask. We don’t have because we ask selfishly. Answers to prayer sometimes are very plain and clear. Other times the answers are not as clear. Let us seek the Lord in prayer. Let us diligently seek Him. When we seek the Lord with all our heart, we can be assured that He will be found. He is not in hiding. Hebrews 11:6 tells us, “But without faith it is impossible to please Him; for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.” God rewards faith with His will, His way, His blessing, His grace, His presence and His answer. Never give up; the Lord is at work. By faith Jesus says, we can move mountains.
A Lunch box of a boy(소년의 도시락)/ John 6:1-15(요6:1-15 )/ 어린이주일학교영어설교/ 영한대역설교/ 2009-09-27
A Lunch box of a boy(소년의 도시락) John 6:1-15(요6:1-15) A Lunch box of a boy John 6:1-15 There was a boy. This boy’s name is not recorded in bible. Would you give him a nice name? O. K. Let’s call him Terry. He must be as tall as @@ (pointing one of students). His hair must be as short as ##‘s hair. He must be as active as **. One day, Terry was running an errand. He was carrying a box. It is a package his mother wanted to give to his uncle. Terry had another box. It’s the lunch box his mother made for him. It was his favorite lunch box - two fish and five loaves of bread. ◎ Speaking & Activities1 말하기 & 활동1 준비물: 도시락 크기의 종이박스와 그 안에 오려 넣은 오병이어 그림 또는 실물 Here is Terry’s lunch box. What are in this box? (two fish and five loaves of bread) Let’s see they are in here. Let’s count them. (어린이들과 함께 센다) One, two - two fish. One, two, three, four, five - five loaves of bread...two fish and five loaves of bread. Terry walked and walked until he saw a great crowd at the foot of a mountain. Terry thought, “There must be something fun. I will take a look at it.” and went close to the crowd. Jesus was teaching people bible stories. People loved to hear Jesus teaching because it made them happy. People wanted to learn more and more about God and they didn’t want to go home. It passed lunch time. Jesus said to his disciples, “It is lunch time. Where can we give them something to eat?” Philip counted money and answered, “We don’t have enough money, sir.” Jacob looked around and answered, “We don’t see any restaurant ... even Mcdonald or Burger King near around.” Thomas yawned and answered, “How about sending them back home?” Nobody came up with a great answer. At that time, Andrew came with Terry, the little boy. Andrew said, “This boy said he had something to share with us ◎ Speaking & Activities2 말하기 & 활동2 준비물: 4명의 제자 이름을 적은 흰 종이 The four disciples of Jesus are here. We will have them come up here. Four disciples, come forward, please. Here they are. But I won’t tell you their names. They will say what they said to Jesus. Then you will tell me each disciple’s name. Philip counted money and answered, “We don’t have enough money, sir.” Who is this man? James looked around and answered, “We don’t see any restaurant ... even Mcdonald or Burger King near around.” Thomas yawned and answered, “How about sending them back home?” Nobody came up with a great answer. Finally Andrew came with Terry, the little boy. Andrew said, “This boy said he had something to share.” “What is that?” asked Jesus. “Jesus, you said God’s people should share. I have my lunch box. I want to share it with people.” “How many people can eat it?” asked disciples opening up the lunch box. “Only two fish and five loaves of bread?” said disappointed disciples “They are yummy. And Jesus can do anything with it. Don’t you believe?” said Terry. Jesus took the two fish and five loaves of bread. He held them up high in heaven and prayed. “Thanks, Father for this meal and this boy’s faith.” Then, he had the food passed out. The food in the box was passed out until 5,000 people were fed. “This is a miracle!” “You must be God’s Son.” People shouted in joy. “I told you so. I knew He could do it,” Terry smiled. Dear friends, we are here in Jesus’ presence. in the house of God. Anything can happen if we are willing to share, willing to give to Jesus what we have, even though they are very small pieces. And we also can give him our faith. Then Jesus will take them and bless them and the next thing that will happen will be blessings abundant over on Gupo and Busan and all over the world. 소년의 도시락 요6:1-15 한 소년이 있었어요. 이 소년의 이름이 무엇이었는지 성경에 기록되어있지 않아요. 그에게 좋은 이름을 붙여주어 볼까요? (학생들로부터 이름 추천을 받는다) 좋아요. 그를 테리라고 부릅시다. 그는 oo (참석 학생 중에 한 사람을 가리키며) 만큼 키가 커요. 그의 머리칼은 ## 만큼 짧아요. 그는 ** 만큼 활동적이에요. 어느 날 테리는 심부름을 하고 있었어요. 그는 짐을 들고 가고 있었는데, 그것은 그의 어머니가 그의 삼촌에게 전해 주시기를 원하는 물건이었어요. 테리는 또 다른 박스도 갖고 있었는데 그것은 그의 어머니가 그를 위해 만들어주신 점심 도시락이었어요. 그것은 그가 가장 좋아하는 점심이었어요. 두 마리 생선과 다섯 조각의 빵이었어요. ◎ 말하기 & 활동 1 여기에 테리의 점심 도시락이 있어요. 이 안에 무엇이 있을까요? (두 마리 생선과 다섯 덩이의 빵) 이 안에 그것들이 있는지 봅시다. 한번 세어 봅시다. 하나, 둘 - 두 마리의 생선. 하나, 둘, 셋, 넷, 다섯 - 다섯 덩이의 빵 ... 두 마리의 생선과 다섯 덩이의 빵. 테리는 걷고 걷다가 산기슭에 엄청나게 많은 사람들이 모여 있는 것을 보았어요. 테리는 생각했죠, “뭔가 재미있는 게 있나봐. 가서 봐야겠어.” 그리고 군중들이 모인 곳으로 가까이 갔어요. 사실 예수님이 사람들에게 성경 이야기를 가르쳐 주고 계셨어요. 사람들은 예수님의 가르침을 좋아했어요. 왜냐하면 예수님의 가르침이 사람들을 기쁘게 해 주니까요. 사람들은 하나님에 관해서 더 많이 배우기를 원했고, 그들은 집에 가기를 원치 않았어요. 점심시간이 지났어요. 예수님은 제자들에게 말씀하셨어요. “점심시간이구나. 어디서 먹을 것을 구할 수 있을까?” 필립이 돈을 세어보고 대답하기를, “우리는 충분한 돈이 없어요, 주님.” 야곱이 둘러보고 대답하기를 “여긴 식당이 없어요. 이 근처엔 맥도날드도 버거킹도 없어요.” 토마스가 하품을 하며 대답하길, “사람들을 집으로 돌려보내는 것이 어떻겠어요?” 아무도 좋은 대답을 하지 못했어요. 마침내 안드레가 어린소년 테리를 데리고 왔어요. 안드레가 말하기를, “이 애가 나누어 (먹을) 것이 있답니다.” ◎ 말하기 & 활동 2 여기 예수님의 네 명의 제자들이 있어요. 그들을 불러 이 앞에 나와 보게 합시다. 네 명의 제자들, 앞으로 나와 보세요. 여기 나왔네요. 그러나 나는 그들의 이름을 말하지 않을 거예요. 그들은 예수님께 자기들이 한 말을 할 거에요. 그러면 여러분은 각 사람의 이름이 무엇인지 맞춰보세요. ☐☐이 돈을 세어보고 대답하기를, “우리는 충분한 돈이 없어요, 주님.” 이 사람은 누구일까요? ☐☐이 둘러보고 대답하기를 “여긴 식당이 없어요. 이 근처엔 맥도날드도 버거킹도 없어요.” 이 사람은 누구일까요? ☐☐☐가 하품을 하며 대답하길, “사람들을 집으로 돌려보내는 것이 어떻겠어요?” 아무도 좋은 대답을 하지 못했어요. 이 사람은 누구일까요? ☐☐☐가 말하기를, “이 애가 나누어 (먹을) 것이 있답니다.” 이 사람은 누구일까요? “그게 무어냐?” 예수님이 물으셨습니다. “예수님, 예수님이 하나님의 사람들은 나누어야 한다고 하셨어요. 제게 점심 도시락이 있어요. 이걸 사람들과 나눠 먹고 싶어요.” 그들은 “얼마나 많은 사람이 먹을 수 있을까?” 제자들은 도시락을 열면서 생각했어요. “두 마리 생선과 다섯 조각의 빵뿐이야?” 제자들이 실망하여 말했어요. “그것들은 참 맛있어요. 그리고 예수님께서 이것으로 무엇이든 하실 수 있다고 믿지 않으세요? 테리가 대답하였어요. 예수님은 두 마리의 생선과 다섯 조각의 빵을 손에 들었어요. 그것들을 하늘로 높이 들어 올리시고 기도했어요. “감사합니다, 아버지. 이 음식과 소년의 믿음으로 인하여 감사드립니다. 그런 다음에 주님은 음식을 나누어 돌리기 시작하셨어요. 도시락안의 음식은 돌려지고 돌려졌어요. 오천 명이 먹을 때까지 그치지 않고 나누어 졌어요. “이것은 기적이다!” “당신은 하나님의 아들이심에 틀림없군요!” 사람들은 기뻐하며 외쳤습니다. “그것 봐요. 내가 말했잖아요. 나는 저 분이 하실 수 있을 줄 알았다구요!” 테리는 미소 지었습니다. ◎ 질문 Q1. 무엇이 문제였는가요? (점심시간이었다. 그러나 그들은 먹을 것이 없었다.) Q2. 테리의 점심 도시락에는 무엇이 들어있었나요? (두 마리의 생선과 다섯 조각의 빵) Q3. 테리가 그의 점심 도시락을 예수님께 드릴 수 있었던 이유는 무엇인가요? (하나님의 사람은 나누어야 한다고 생각했다. 그리고 예수님은 그것을 가지고 무언가 놀라운 일을 하실 줄로 믿었다.)요 6:1-15 Pastor Seong-Ah Hong(홍성아 목사)(Busan Gupo Church(부산구포교회))
A man who eats the bread of life(생명의 떡을 먹는 사람)/ John 6:48-58(요6:48-58)/ 2003-06-11
A man who eats the bread of life(생명의 떡을 먹는 사람) John 6:48–58(요6:48-58) A man who eats the bread of life John 6:48–58 A man takes a food to keep his life and works to feed the food to his body. All alive that had eaten bread were dead. While, Jesus spoke of the bread of life personally which whoever eat it never is dead. “I am that bread of life. Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead. – I am the living bread which came down from heaven: If any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will for the life of the world.” All foods that we have taken are perished and everyone that had eaten the food was dead. So Jesus said of it, “labor not for the meat which perishes, but for that meat which endures into everlasting life, which the son of man shall give into you. What is the bread of life that not perishes or not dead and how can we obtain it? 1. Jesus is the bread of life and that we eat the bread means that we believe in him. Jesus has come as the bread of life. He has come down from the Heaven to become a bread of life or a food for us, such as to crucify himself on the cross for us. The passage of 53 –55 in this paragraph says, “then. Jesus said into them, verily, verily, I say into you, except you eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Whoso eats my flesh, and drinks my blood, has eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. That we eat Jesus flesh, and drinks his blood means that we must believe in Jesus. Such as, that eating his flesh means that by our spirit, we believe in the fact that Jesus is the Son of God who is living and that his body was offered for us. That drinking us his blood means that we believe in the fact by spirit that he paid the worthy of our sin as shed his blood on the cross. That eating his flesh is the same behavior as that drinking his blood. As obtaining the life by eating a food, we may obtain the everlasting life as receiving him. 2. Jesus’ flesh is the true food for us and is the true drink his blood for us. “For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed (55).” Jesus is the true food and true drink for everyone regardless of sex, old and young, or poor and rich. Whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. This food is not an amount that we take for only a day but have to eat it we day by day. Without missing, we should eat it as believing in him. As eating it, it may become the true food within me. Also the family member each may live as believing Jesus. I hope that family all would live, eating and drinking of Jesus who is the true food and drink for us. 3. He who eats the bread of life lives, communicating with God. “He that eats my flesh, and drinks my blood, dwells in me, and I in him (56).” Dwelling in Jesus means that we live within him. If the bread of life of Jesus enters within me, we may communicate with Jesus and by his power, our soul is revived. The happiness of Jesus’ believer depends on communicating with him. Therefore, he that eats the bread of life may live satisfactorily, always communicating with Lord (John6: 35) 4. He that eats the bread of life lives by the grace of God (57). “As the living Father has sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eats me, even he shall live by me (57).” He that eats the Christ will be changed into his physical constitutes and come to resembling his personality into the configuration of Christ and make live as him. This is the living by Christ. If you ate the bread of life of Christ, his power shall come out of from you. Like this, he that eats the bread of life can praise under the trouble and persecution and even while he is dying, his face is radiant like an angel. This is because he lives, eating the bread of life by his grace. 5. He that eats the bread of life shall live forever and shall become a food to others. “This is that bread which came down from heaven: not as your father did eat manna, and are dead: he that eats of this bread shall live forever (58).” We may live forever as eating Jesus the bread of life. Since Jesus saved us as becoming bread to us, we also must save other as becoming bread to them. Multitude men always followed him: since there was bread, a poor could eat the bread, a solitary man ate the comfort and fed courage to a discouragement, the health to sicknesses, the life to dead. Jesus was a friend to sinners and beings discarded. Dear everybody! Wherever you go, I hope that you would become a being who is able to feed eatable things to others. Only a man that bears the cross of Jesus can distribute the bread to others as being as bread to them. In this world, many are suffered from starvation: some of them thirst for real physical food, while there are filled fully with the beings to be fallen into hell’s fire forever without tasting a bread of life which is food of a spirit. Let us feed such men the bread of life and let us become ourselves bread over the starvations, thirsty, beings in rags, solitude, imprisoned, discarded and alienated. Let us eat the bread of life which makes us not dead forever and feed it to them to be saved. Pastor S. H. Park
Running Away From True Love(진실한 사랑으로부터의 도피)/ Genesis 3:8(창3:8)/ Rev. W. N. B. Appiah/ 영한대역설교/ 2012-04-09
Running Away From True Love(진실한 사랑으로부터의 도피) Genesis 3:8(창3:8) Sermon Theme: Running Away From True Love Scripture Reading: Genesis 3: 8 Preacher: Rev. W. N. B. Appiah 1. Introduction One would wonder why I have chosen such a theme for my sermon today. One may ask is it possible that someone can run away from true love, knowing what love actually stands for? Yes it may sound ridiculous yet it is a reality not only in the Biblical times but also in today’s world. In the Biblical times we read in Gen.3: 8 about Adam and Eve running away from the love of God and in Luke 15 also we read about the prodigal son running away from his parental home. Similarly many people are running away from God’s love. 2. Causes Why then can it happen like that? Let us now examine some of the causes, which lead to people running away from true love i.e. the Love of God. But let us consider first what is meant by the love of God since Adam and his wife run away from God’s love because they presumably did not understand it. They saw God’s love negatively as being harsh and deceitful laws that prevented them from knowing the truth. Today people continue to accuse God of the same thing. But God’s love is rather protecting and caring hence the commandment to Adam and Eve. a. Lustful Desires Living in the love of God, Adam was given the commandment ‘You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die’ (Gen.2: 16-17). But the Bible says again that ‘when the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it.’(Gen.3:6) These words ‘good for food’, ‘pleasing to the eye’, and ‘desirable for gaining wisdom’ are phrases that suggest the causes for man’s running away from God’s love. i) Good for Food. This is one of the reasons why the woman accepted to eat the fruit. ‘Good for Food’, does this suggest they were facing hunger that is why it seemed good for food in spite of God’s warning? There was no hunger because there were thousands of trees with fruits they could eat from. It rather suggests greediness in man. They were just greedy so instead of saying we have enough they rather sought for more. Greediness continues to keep many people away from the love of God. They are greedy for more money and therefore have no time for God. They are greedy for the things of this world that they will want to steal, cheat or kill to get more. ii) Pleasing to the eye. Another reason that made them to run away from the love of God, which is the true Love, is the lust of the eye. They were misled by the outward appearance of the fruit, the beauty of it. Many are deceived by seemingly smart adverts on T.V., Radio and on the internet. For example adverts sometimes show one is smart if one smokes cigarette. Therefore you see adverts with handsome ‘winners’ smoking to portray smoking leads to success. It rather leads us from true love, the love of God. It causes serious health problems, which in the final analysis leads the sick to question the love of God. iii) Desirable for Gaining Wisdom. Adam and his wife desired to gain wisdom without passing through the process of maturity. It is the same problem with us today as many people talk about seeking deeper knowledge and wisdom outside of the limits God has given to us. Many seek deeper wisdom from Theosophical learning, some also from scientific studies and other esoteric studies. But God’s way of showing His true love to man does not lie in worldly wisdom. It lay in the ‘foolishness’ of God dying on the cross. The apostle Paul says For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God (1 Cor.1:18). Let us approach the Cross of Christ that we may taste the true love of God, the Self sacrificing love. b. Impatience Adam and his wife could not patiently go through the process of maturation before desiring to eat the forbidden fruit. If they had been patient in obedience to God’s command, they would have become wise without having to run away from God’s love. It is also an indication of insubordination. Their disobedience to God’s command is a sign of refusal to submit to His authority. In the same way many people are rebelling to the authority of God. Many people want to control their own life. They often say this is my life let me lead it as I choose. Some times we rebel without knowing that we are rebelling. Whenever we rebel against any authority in society i.e. against our parents, teachers or the elderly we are rebelling against God because God’s command is that we respect the commands of our parents and people in authority. The prodigal son similarly, could not wait for the right time of his inheritance to come. He could not wait to go through the process of maturity through submission. So he rebelled against his father and took his inheritance away and spend it in an unwise manner. Sometimes running away from love does not mean running away from home. In certain cases one could be living with parents in the same home and failure to submit (obey) to them. This cuts one from enjoying the parents’ true love though they continue to stay in the same house. This is the reason why in these days, many young ones often say their parents hate them. They have rather run away from the true love of the parents because of impatience and insubordination. 3. The outcome of running from true love What is the result of running away from true love? In the two materials under consideration (i.e. Gen.3 & Lk.15: 11 ff.) we can see that the consequences are disastrous. There is wretchedness, poverty and hatred. The blissful life that Adam and his wife desired rather remained elusive and the earlier bliss they were enjoying in the garden turned into one of wretchedness, poverty and hatred when God threw them out of the garden. They became wretched because wickedness and hatred had taken the place of true love. The same thing happened to the prodigal son. Having spent his wealth, his life became wretched because he became poor and had no food to eat and no clothing to wear. God loves you and wants to show His love to you in the most affectionate manner you have ever wanted, if only you will turn and come to Him you have this love to enjoy. 4. Turning point There needs to be a turning point in your attitude towards your parents, teachers, and other elderly people, those in authority and for that matter, towards God. The turning point of the prodigal son was when he came to his senses and said I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. (Lk.15:17-18) This decision brought him back into the loving arms of his father. If only we can follow this example and give up our lustful desires of greediness, and selfishness and come back to God, He will accept us back and show us His true love. The apostle Paul says Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. (Ro.12:2) You only need to change your mind and respond to God’s love. There is no true love outside of the house of God i.e. the Church. The Psalmist saw this and responded appropriately I was glad when they said to me let us go to the House of God (Ps.122: 1; KJV). For it is there that one finds true love. ====================================================================================== 진실한 사랑으로부터의 도피 창3:8 1. 들어가며 어떤 이는 오늘의 설교 주제로 왜 이런 주제를 택했는지 궁금할 겁니다. 또 어떤 이는 사랑이 실제 무엇을 의미하는지 알면서 ‘진정한 사랑으로부터 도망갈 수 있는 것이 가능한가?’라고 물을지도 모르겠습니다. 예, 우습게 들릴 수도 있지만 이것은 성경 시대뿐 아니라 오늘날의 세계에서도 현실입니다. 성경에서 보면 창세기 3: 8에서 하나님의 사랑으로부터 도망치는 아담과 이브가 있고 누가복음 15장에서는 부모의 고향으로부터 도망치는 탕아의 이야기를 읽을 수 있습니다. 마찬가지로 많은 사람들이 하나님의 사랑으로부터 도망칩니다. 2. 이유 왜 이 같은 일이 일어날까요? 진실한 사랑 -하나님의 사랑으로부터 도망치는 몇 가지 이유를 알아봅시다. 아담과 그의 부인은 하나님의 사랑이 무엇인지를 이해하지 못했기에 도망쳤으므로 하나님의 사랑이 무엇을 의미하는지부터 생각해봅시다. 그들은 하나님의 사랑을 모질고 거짓의 규칙이라고 부정적으로 보아 진실을 알지 못했습니다. 오늘날도 사람들이 같은 이유로 하나님을 단죄합니다. 그러나 하나님의 사랑은 아담과 이브에게 내린 계명이래로 사람들을 보호하고 돌봐주는 사랑입니다. a. 음탕한 욕망 하나님의 사랑 안에 살 때 아담에게는 계명이 주어졌습니다 ― ‘동산 각종 나무의 실과는 네가 임의로 먹되 선악을 알게 하는 나무의 실과는 먹지 말라 네가 먹는 날에는 정녕 죽으리라 하시니라’ (창세기 2: 16-17). 그러나 성경에는 이런 구절도 있습니다. ‘여자가 그 나무를 본즉 먹음직도 하고 보암직도 하고 지혜롭게 할 만큼 탐스럽기도 한 나무인지라 여자가 그 실과를 따먹고’ (창세기 3: 6). ‘먹음직도 하고’, ‘보암직도 하고’, ‘지혜롭게 할 만큼 탐스럽기도 하다.’라는 이 말들은 하나님의 사랑으로부터 인간들이 도망친 원인들을 제시해주는 어휘들입니다. i) 먹음직도 하고 여자가 과일을 먹은 이유 중의 하나입니다. ‘먹음직하다’라는 것이 배가 고파서 하나님의 경고에도 불구하고 먹음직스러워 보였다는 것일까요? 남자와 여자가 먹을 수 있는 수천 가지의 나무가 있었으므로 배고픔이란 없었습니다. 이것은 오히려 인간이 갖는 탐욕을 나타내주는 것입니다. 단지 ‘탐욕이 많아서 충분하다.’라고 하는 대신에 더 많은 것을 찾았던 것입니다. 탐욕은 끊임없이 인간으로 하여금 하나님의 사랑으로부터 멀어지게 합니다. 더 많은 돈에 대한 탐욕으로 하나님을 생각할 시간이 없습니다. 세상 것에 대한 탐욕으로 더 가지기 위해 훔치고 속이고 죽이고 합니다. ii) 보암직도 하고 진실하신 하나님의 사랑으로부터 도망치게 만든 또 다른 이유는 눈의 욕망입니다. 겉모양인 과일의 아름다움에 의해 현혹되었습니다. 많은 사람들이 TV, 라디오, 인터넷에서 겉에서 보기에 멋있는 광고에 속고 있습니다. 예를 들면 광고는 때때로 담배 피면 멋있다고 보여줍니다. 잘생긴 ‘승자’가 담배 피우는 것을 광고함으로써 흡연이 성공을 이끌어준다고 광고합니다. 오히려 진실 된 하나님의 사랑으로부터 멀어질게 할 뿐입니다. 심각한 건강 문제를 일으켜서 종단에는 하나님의 사랑을 의심하게 만드니까요. iii) 지혜롭게 할 만큼 탐스럽기도 한 아담과 이브는 성숙의 단계를 거치지 않고 지혜를 얻기를 열망했습니다. 이것은 하나님이 우리에게 주신 경계선 밖에서 깊은 지식과 지혜를 찾고자 하는 사람들에게서 보듯이 오늘날도 같은 문제를 안고 있습니다. 많은 이들이 견신(見神)론적인 학문으로 깊은 지혜를 찾고, 어떤 이는 과학적 학문적으로 어떤 이들은 비교적(秘敎的) 학문으로 지혜를 찾습니다. 그러나 하나님의 진실하신 사랑을 보여주는 하나님의 방법은 세상의 지혜안에 있지 않습니다. 이것은 십자가에서 돌아가신 하나님의 ‘어리석음’에 있었습니다. 사도 바울이 말하기를 “십자가의 도가 멸망하는 자들에게는 미련한 것이요 구원을 얻는 우리에게는 하나님의 능력이라” (고린도전서 1: 18). 그리스도의 십자가에 다가가서 하나님의 진실하신 사랑 - 자기를 희생하는 사랑-의 맛을 느껴보세요. b. 조급함 아담과 이브는 금단의 열매를 희망하기에 앞서 성숙이라는 단계를 참을성 있게 견뎌내지 못했습니다. 그들이 하나님의 명령에 복종하는 참을성을 가졌다면 그들은 하나님의 사랑으로부터 도망칠 필요 없이 지혜로워졌을 것입니다. 하나님의 명령에 대한 불복종은 하나님의 권위에 따르기를 거부하는 한 표시입니다. 마찬가지 방법으로 많은 사람들이 하나님의 권위에 반항하고 있습니다. 많은 사람들이 자기 자신의 삶을 통제하고 싶어 합니다. ‘이것은 나의 삶이니 내가 선택한 대로 끌고 가게 해 주세요.’라고 말합니다. 그들이 반항하고 있다는 것도 모르고 반항할 때도 있습니다. 우리의 사회의 어떤 권위 - 부모님, 선생님, 어른들-에 반항하는 것은 하나님께 반항하는 것입니다. 왜냐하면 부모님과 권위를 지닌 자들을 존경하라는 하나님의 명령이 계셨기 때문입니다. 탕아도 마찬가지로 다가올 적정한 때를 기다릴 수 없었습니다. 복종을 또한 성숙의 과정을 기다릴 수 없었습니다. 그래서 아버지에게 반항하고 그의 상속을 훔쳐 지혜롭지 못한 방법으로 탕진했습니다. 사랑으로부터 도망친다는 것이 가출한다는 것만을 의미하는 게 아닙니다. 어떤 경우에는 부모님과 같은 집에서 살면서 부모님께 순종하지 않는 경우가 있으니까요. 이것은 같은 집에 살지만 부모님의 진실한 사랑을 누리지 못하게 하죠. 많은 청소년들이 부모님들은 나를 미워한다고 말하는 이유이기도 합니다. 오히려 그들이 조급함과 불복종으로 부모님의 진실한 사랑으로부터 도망쳤으면서도 말입니다. 3. 진실한 사랑으로부터 도망한 결과 진실한 사랑으로부터의 도피의 결과는 무엇일까요? 두 가지 경우 (창세기 3장, 누가복음 15: 11)에서 그 결과는 참담했음을 볼 수 있습니다. 초라함과 가난과 증오입니다. 아담과 그의 부인이 갈망하던 기쁨에 찬 생활은 기약할 수 없었고 하나님이 동산에서 그들을 쫓아냈을 때 예전에 누렸던 행복은 비참함과 가난, 증오로 바뀌었습니다. 사악과 증오가 진실한 사랑을 대신해버렸기에 그들은 비참해졌습니다. 똑같은 일이 탕아에게도 일어났습니다. 그가 가진 재산을 다 써버린 후 그는 가난하여 먹을 음식과 입을 옷이 없어 비참해졌습니다. 하나님은 여러분을 사랑하십니다. 그리고 하나님은 하나님의 사랑을 여러분이 원하던 가장 애정이 넘치는 방법으로 여러분에게 보여주시길 원하십니다. 여러분만 고개를 돌려 하나님께 나오면 여러분은 이러한 사랑을 누릴 수 있습니다. 4. 전환점 부모님, 선생님, 어른들에 대하여, 하나님에 대하여 그들의 권위에 대한 여러분의 태도에 전환점이 있을 필요가 있습니다. 탕아의 전환점은 “이에 스스로 돌이켜” 말하기를 “ 내가 일어나 아버지께 가서 이르기를 아버지여 내가 하늘과 아버지께 죄를 얻었사오니” (누가복음 15: 17-18)입니다. 이러한 결정은 아버지의 사랑하는 팔로 돌아오게 했습니다. 만약 우리가 이러한 예를 따라 음탕한 욕망과 이기심을 버리고 하나님께 다시 돌아온다면 하나님은 우리를 다시 받아주실 것이며 그의 진실하신 사랑을 보여주실 것입니다. 사도 바울이 말씀하십니다. “너희는 이 세대를 본받지 말고 오직 마음을 새롭게 함으로 변화를 받아....” (로마서 12: 2). 여러분은 마음을 바꿔 하나님의 사랑에 응답해야 합니다. 하나님의 집 - 교회- 밖에서는 진실한 사랑이 없습니다. 시편의 작가들은 이것을 알았고 그래서 다음과 같이 적절하게 응답하였습니다. “사람이 내게 말하기를 여호와의 집에 올라가자 할 때에 내가 기뻐하였도다.” (시편 122: 1). 왜냐하면 진실한 사랑을 찾을 수 있는 곳은 그 곳이기 때문입니다.
Servanthood(봉사)(4)/ A Legacy of Service(봉사의 유산)/ Deut 34:5-12(신34:5-12)/ 2002-10-09
Servanthood(봉사)(4)/ A Legacy of Service(봉사의 유산) Deut 34:5-12(신34:5-12) A Legacy of Service Deut 34:5-12 Sermon : Servanthood(4): A Legacy of Service I. Introduction: Servanthood(4) A. Story: Funny Epitaphs B. What will people say on your epitaph? C. The Epitaph of Moses; Moses, the Servant of God! D. Our service must be characterized by a spirit of faithful obedience. II. In our service, we must obey the Lord. A. Moses did what “the Lord sent him to do” (v. 11). B. (Ex 40:16) – “Moses did everything just as the Lord commanded him.” C. Our service must be characterized by obedience. III. In our service, we must be faithful to the end. A. The faithfulness of Moses is reflected in his silence when God does not allow him to go into the promised land. B. Epitaph: “no prophet had arisen…” and “no one has ever…” C. Our service must persevere and not succumb to desires of personal success. IV. Conclusion A. What will your epitaph read? B. I hope it reads “so and so, the servant of the Lord, did great things for his/her master.” Pastor Steven Chang