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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)
5000명을 먹이는 사람(A Person Who Feeds the 5000)/ 막6:35-47(Mark 6:35-47), 요6:5-13(John 6:5-13)/ 한영대역설교/ 어린이주일학교설교/ 2007-02-27
5000명을 먹이는 사람(A Person Who Feeds the 5000) 막6:35-47(Mark 6:35-47), 요6:5-13(John 6:5-13) 한 기업인이 목사님을 찾아왔습니다. a businessman came to a pastor. “목사님 저는 성공하지 못한 사업가입니다.” He said “ I am a failed businessman.” “왜요? 요즘 불황이라 회사가 힘드신가 봐요?” “why? is there a depression in your company?” “직원들 봉급주고 나니까 남는 게 없어요.” “I don’t have anything left when I give the wages to my workers” “그럼 사장님 가족들의 생활비도 집으로 못 가져가십니까?” “So, can’t you take the money and use it for your family?” “그런 게 아니라 남들처럼 돈도 못 모으는 회사가 어디 있습니까?” “No, It that I can’t save any money like the other companies do.” “직원들이 몇 분이나 되세요?” “how many people work for you?” “20명입니다.” “20 people” “20명이나 먹여살려요? 사장님은 성공하신 기업인입니다!!” “20 people? your are a successful businessman.” “성공이라뇨?” “successful?” “20명분을 깔고 앉아서는 혼자 먹겠다고 20명 굶기는 실패한 사람이 아니라 20명을 먹여 살리는 성공한 사람입니다. “you are not a person who doesn’t give the wages to survive by yourself, but gives 20people money for them to survive. 앞으로 하나님께 기도하실 때 20명만 아니라 200명, 아니 2000명을 먹이는 기업가가 되게 해달라고 기도하싶시오.” Pray form now on and ask God to make a you successful person who feeds 200 no, 2000 more people.” 세계적인 기업 삼성의 이건희 회장이 말한 인재에 관한 철학입니다. This is the philosophy that the talented man, Lee Ken Hee President of world-wide enterprise Samsung talks about. ◎ 천재급 인재를 확보하라. Secure the natural genius-talented man. 창조적인 천재 한 명이 수십만 명을 먹여 살린다. One creatively talented person feeds ten thousand people. 여러분 오늘의 설교 제목이 무엇입니까? “What is today’s title?” “5000명을 먹이는 사람”입니다. “It is A Person Who Feeds the 5000” 함께 보실 성경은 요한복음 6장 1절 -13절의 말씀입니다. 마가복음 6장 35-47 35. 때가 저물어 가매 제자들이 예수께 나아와 여짜오되 이곳은 빈 들이요 때도 저물어가니 And when it was already quite late, His disciples came up to Him and [began] saying, “The place is desolate and it is already quite late; 36. 무리를 보내어 두루 촌과 마을로 가서 무엇을 사 먹게 하옵소서 send them away so that they may go into the surrounding countryside and villages and buy themselves something to eat. ” 37. 대답하여 가라사대 너희가 먹을 것을 주라 하시니 여짜오되 우리가 가서 이백 데나리온의 떡을 사다 먹이리이까 But He answered and said to them, “You give them [something] to eat!” And they *said to Him, “Shall we go and spend two hundred denarii on bread and give them [something] to eat?” 38. 이르시되 너희에게 떡 몇 개나 있느냐 가서 보라 하시니 알아보고 가로되 떡 다섯 개와 물고기 두 마리가 있더이다 하거늘 And He *said to them, “How many loaves do you have? Go look!” And when they found out, they *said, “Five and two fish.” 39. 제자들을 명하사 그 모든 사람으로 떼를 지어 푸른 잔디 위에 앉게 하시니 And He commanded them all to recline by groups on the green grass. 40. 떼로 혹 백씩, 혹 오십씩 앉은지라 And they reclined in companies of hundreds and of fifties. 41. 예수께서 떡 다섯 개와 물고기 두 마리를 가지사 하늘을 우러러 축사하시고 떡을 떼어 제자들에게 주어 사람들 앞에 놓게 하시고 또 물고기 두 마리도 모든 사람에게 나누어 주시매 And He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up toward heaven, He blessed [the food] and broke the loaves and He kept giving [them] to the disciples to set before them; and He divided up the two fish among them all. 42. 다 배불리 먹고 And they all ate and were satisfied. 43. 남은 떡 조각과 물고기를 열 두 바구니에 차게 거두었으며 And they picked up twelve full baskets of the broken pieces, and also of the fish. 44. 떡을 먹은 남자가 오천 명이었더라 And there were five thousand men who ate the loaves. 45. 예수께서 즉시 제자들을 재촉하사 자기가 무리를 보내는 동안에 배 타고 앞서 건너편 벳새다로 가게 하시고 And immediately He made His disciples get into the boat and go ahead of [Him] to the other side to Bethsaida, while He Himself was sending the multitude away. 46. 무리를 작별하신 후에 기도하러 산으로 가시다 And after bidding them farewell, He departed to the mountain to pray. 47. 저물매 배는 바다 가운데 있고 예수는 홀로 뭍에 계시다가 And when it was evening, the boat was in the midst of the sea, and He [was] alone on the land. John 6장 5-13 [NASB] 5. 예수께서 눈을 들어 큰 무리가 자기에게로 오는 것을 보시고 빌립에게 이르시되 우리가 어디서 떡을 사서 이 사람들로 먹게 하겠느냐 하시니 Jesus therefore lifting up His eyes, and seeing that a great multitude was coming to Him, *said to Philip, “Where are we to buy bread, that these may eat?” 6. 이렇게 말씀하심은 친히 어떻게 하실 것을 아시고 빌립을 시험코자 하심이라 And this He was saying to test him; for He Himself knew what He was intending to do. 7. 빌립이 대답하되 각 사람으로 조금씩 받게 할찌라도 이백 데나리온의 떡이 부족하리이다 Philip answered Him, “Two hundred denarii worth of bread is not sufficient for them, for everyone to receive a little.” 8. 제자 중 하나 곧 시몬 베드로의 형제 안드레가 예수께 여짜오되 One of His disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, *said to Him, 9. 여기 한 아이가 있어 보리떡 다섯 개와 물고기 두 마리를 가졌나이다. 그러나 그것이 이 많은 사람에게 얼마나 되겠삽나이까? “There is a lad here who has five barley loaves and two fish, but what are these for so many people?” 10. 예수께서 가라사대 이 사람들로 앉게 하라 하신대 그 곳에 잔디가 많은지라 사람들이 앉으니 수효가 오천쯤 되더라 Jesus said, “Have the people sit down.” Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, in number about five thousand. 11. 예수께서 떡을 가져 축사하신 후에 앉은 자들에게 나눠 주시고 고기도 그렇게 저희의 원대로 주시다 Jesus therefore took the loaves; and having given thanks, He distributed to those who were seated; likewise also of the fish as much as they wanted. 12. 저희가 배부른 후에 예수께서 제자들에게 이르시되 남은 조각을 거두고 버리는 것이 없게 하라 하시므로 And when they were filled, He *said to His disciples, “Gather up the leftover fragments that nothing may be lost.” 13. 이에 거두니 보리떡 다섯 개로 먹고 남은 조각이 열 두 바구니에 찼더라 And so they gathered them up, and filled twelve baskets with fragments from the five barley loaves, which were left over by those who had eaten. Question 1. 이 사건은 언제 시작해서 언제 끝이 났습니까? when did this event happen and when did it finish? Question 2. 누가 예수님께 “각 사람으로 조금씩 받게 할찌라도 이백 데나리온의 떡이 부족하리이다” 라고 했나요? who said “200 denarius worth of bread is not sufficient for them, for everyone to receive a little. ” Who did answer Jesus, “Two hundred denarii worth of bread is not sufficient for them, for everyone to receive a little?” Question 3. 보리떡 5개와 물고기 두 마리를 가졌던 사람은 누구입니까? who was it that prepared the 5 barley loaves and 2fish? Question 4. 예수님이 보리떡 5개와 물고기 두 마리를 가지고 가정먼저 하신 일은? what did Jesus do first with the 5 loaves and 2fish? Question 5. 제자들이 “무리를 보내어 두루 촌과 마을로 가서 무엇을 사 먹게 하옵소서”라고 하자 예수께서 대답하신 내용은? What was Jesus’ answer when his disciples asked if “they may go into the surrounding countryside and villages and buy themselves something to eat.” Question 6. 예수께서 제자들을 명하사 그 모든 사람으로 떼를 지어 푸른 잔디 위에 앉게 하셨는데 사람들은 몇 명씩 앉았는가? How many people did He command them all to recline by groups on the green grass? 떼로 혹 백씩, 혹 오십씩 앉은지라 And they reclined in companies of hundreds and of fifties. 오늘 이 본문의 말씀을 통해서 어떻게 5000명을 먹여 살리는 인물이 될 것인지를 알고 이런 인재가 되기를 그리스도의 이름으로 축원 드립니다. Today we’ll talk about how to be a person who feeds 5000 people. I hope that we’ll become these kind of people in Jesus Name” 지금도 예수님은 명하십니다. Jesus still demands. 너희가 먹을 것을 주라 “You give them [something] to eat!” 그리고 그 방법을 말씀해 주십니다. And he tells us how to do so. 먹이는 사람이 됩시다. Let’s become people who feed. 5000명을 먹이는 사람이 됩시다. People who feed 5000 people. 1. 내 것을 기꺼이 주는 손 1. A hand willingly giving mine to someone else. 은별이 어릴 때 보던 책이 있습니다. “수박을 맛있게 먹는 방법”이란 곰돌이가 주인공인 책입니다. There is a book that Grace liked to read when she was a baby. It was called “how to eat a watermelon more deliciously” with a baby bear being the main character. 음식을 맛있게 먹을 수 있는 방법 하나쯤은 여러분도 가지고 계시겠죠? everyone would have their own way of eating something deliciously. 곰돌이는 수박을 혼자서 먹기 위해 친구들 몰래 차가운 냇물 속에 수박을 담궈 둡니다. The baby cub put the watermelon in a water of steam to eat the watermelon by himself. 그러나 친구들이 곰돌이를 찾아와서 물속에 담궈 둔 수박을 보게 됩니다. But his friends come and see the watermelon in the stream water. 곰돌이는 수박을 혼자 먹기 위해 꾀를 냅니다. The baby cub plans a trick to eat it by himself. “수박을 어떻게 먹으면 맛있을까?” he asked to others “how should we eat it to make it more delicious?” “수박은 칼로 잘 잘라서 먹어야해!!” 그러고는 한 친구에게 칼을 가져오라고 집으로 보냅니다. “a watermelon has to be cut perfectly with a knife in order to have it nicely!” and so the baby cub send him to get the knife. “수박화채를 해서 먹으면 더 맛있을 거야!!” 다른 친구에게는 오목한 그릇을 가져오라고 집으로 보냅니다. “It will be more delicious if we make it into a watermelon salad!” so, he sent him to get a bowl for it. 설탕을 가져오라고 또 다른 친구를 보냅니다. And he sent the other friend to get some sugar. 친구들을 다 집으로 보낸 곰돌이는 그 수박을 꺼내 들고는 혼자 먹기 위해 언덕으로 도망갑니다. when he sent all of his friends to get something he ran away up the hill with the watermelon. 그러다가 개구리를 보고 얼마나 놀랐는지 그만 언덕에서 수박을 떨어트리고 맙니다. 수박은 굴러가다가 그만 깨어져 버립니다. But he got a fright by a frog and dropped the watermelon a d it rooled down the hill and smashed. 아무것도 모르고 돌아온 친구들은 울고 있는 곰돌이를 위로합니다. the friends who didn’t know anything come and cheer the crying cub. 그리고는 모두 함께 깨어진 수박을 맛있게 먹습니다. And they all deliciously, ate the smashed watermelon together. 한참을 먹다가 곰돌이가 말합니다. and then later the cub said. “아! 수박은 함께 먹어야 가장 맛있다.” “watermelon’s are most delicious when we all share.” 오늘 본문에 나타난 소년은 그가 먹을 변변치 않은 도시락인 보리빵 다섯 개와 물고기 두 마리를 내어놓습니다. In today’s scripture, the young boy ,without hesitation gave his only 5 barley bread and 2 fish. 그러나 기적은 여기에서 출발되었습니다. But that was the miracle started. 혼자 먹으려고 감춰 두지 않고 내놓게 되었을 때, when he didn’t hide it to eat it by himself. 자기뿐 만 아니라 5000명을 먹이는 사람이 되었습니다. He , not only fed himself but another 5000 people. 사랑하는 여러분 everyone. 5000명을 먹이는 인재가 되기 위해 to be a person who feeds 5000 people, 첫째: 곰돌이가 발견한 수박을 맛있게 먹는 방법을 잊지 마시기 바랍니다. 1st: always remember how the baby cub found how to eat the watermelon most deliciously. 2. 예수님께 드리는 손 빌립이라는 제자는 200데나리온으로도 부족하다고 말합니다. Phillip said “200 denarius worth of bread is not sufficient for them, for everyone to receive a little. 지금 돈으로 환산하면 1데나리온이 노동자 하루 품삯이니까 80 x 200 = $16,000NZD라도 부족하다는 말을 합니다. If we exchange 200 denarius into NZD, it will be. 1 denarius is one person’s wage for a day. So $80 x 200 would be $16,000 and that would be not enough to feed 5000 people. 즉 한 끼 겨우 $3.20 NZD, 맥도널드에서 치즈버거 겨우 사면 5000명 먹긴 하겠지만 5000명분 주문하려면 뉴질랜드 전역에 있는 맥도널드에 가서 사온다 해도 반나절은 족히 걸릴걸요? 라며 부정적으로 말합니다. We can only eat 1 meal at the cost of only $3.20 NZD, which is only enough to buy 2 cheese burgers at Mcdonald’s. It will feed them. but it will take half a day to go to all the Mcdonald’s in the country to get it. 그러나 안드레는 소년의 떡을 예수님께 가져왔습니다. But Andrew gave Jesus the bread and fish the little boy had given him. 모두 것은 예수님의 손에 들려져야 합니다. 거기에서 기적이 일어납니다. Everything must go into the hands of Jesus. because that is where miracles happen. 삶이 너무 어려워 예수님께 기도드리려고 손을 모으려면 When you pray because you are holding a heavy burden, 내가 쥐고 있던 것을 다 내려놓습니다. You out down all the things that you had in your hands. 그러나 But... 기도 후에 내려놓은 것을 다시 가져간다면 If you take back the things you had after you had prayed 내 손은 나는 다시 무거워질 수밖에 없습니다. your hand will have to be heavy again. 예수님의 손에 올려드리세요. Put your hand on Jesus’ 나는 가벼워지고 예수님은 많은 사람을 이롭게 하실 것입니다. you will become lighter and Jesus will make many people beneficial. 예수님께 드리세요. Give it to Jesus 이것은 예수님께 받기만 해온 일반적인 기독교인들의 모습과는 많은 차이가 있고 도전적이 말입니다. This is a challenging word which is different to what general Christians do. Only receive from Jesus. 예수님께 드리면 무언가를 이루시리란 믿음은 창조적인 믿음입니다. A Creative faith is when you have a faith which believes that if you give something to Jesus, he will make something out of it. 받기 위해 드리는 이기적인 것이 아닙니다. It is not giving just to receive in a selfish way. 예수님 이것을 드립니다. Jesus I give this you. 당신의 필요를 위해 써주세요!! Use it for what you need!! 다시 한번 더 강조하여 말씀드립니다. I’ll emphasize it more. 계산하지 마시고 여러분이 가진 것 그것을 예수님이 예수님 자신을 위해서 쓰시라고 내어 놓으십시오!! Don’t calculate, and give everything you have to Jesus and give it to Him for only He to use. 이 창조적인 믿음이 5000명을 먹이는 위대한 사람을 만들 것입니다. This creative faith will make a person who feeds 5000 people. 3. 감사드리는 손 3. A hand that gives thanks. 우리는 지난 4주간 감사에 관한 여러 가지 이야기를 나누었습니다. 그중 감사는 결과가 아니라 시작이라는 말씀을 기억 하실 것입니다. For the last 4weeks we have been talking about thanks giving and you would remember that thanks giving is not a result but a start. 5000명을 먹인 기적은 예수님의 손에서 이루어졌습니다. The miracle that feed the 5000 started in Jesus’ hand. 예수님은 어떤 절차에 의해서 5000명을 먹이시는 기적을 일으키셨습니다. Jesus used an order to make the miracle of feeding the 5000 to happen. 예수님이 5000명을 먹이시기 먼저 하신 일이 무엇일까요? What did Jesus first do to feed the 5000? 그것은 감사를 드리는 것이었습니다. That was to give thanks. 떡덩이는 다섯 개, 물고기는 겨우 두 마리인데 어떻게 5000명이나 먹는단 말입니까? He had only 5 barley bread and 2 fish but how did he feed the 5000? 어떤 손이기에 나누기만 하면 생겨난단 말입니까? What kind of hand does he have to make bread when he halves it? 그건 바로 감사의 마음으로 나누는 손입니다. It was a hand sharing with a thanking heart. 한번 그때의 상황을 상상해 봅시다. Let’s imagine that situation. 예수님이 일인분의 떡과 물고기를 나누어 만드시려면 짧게 잡아서 10초의 시간이 필요하다고 가정해 봅시다. Let’s say that Jesus took about 10 seconds to make the amount of food for 1 person. 그러면 5000번째 사람이 그것을 먹으려면 50000초 즉 13시간을 기다려야 합니다. Then the 5,000th person would have to wait 50,000seconds which is 13 hours to get his meal. 뿐만 아니라 13시간의 예수님의 손노동도 문제가 됩니다. Not only that, 13 hours of labour would be problem for Jesus. 성경은 그 시간을 이렇게 설명합니다. This is how the bible say that time. 마가 6장 35절 때가 저물어가매 제자들이 예수께 나아와 여짜오되 이곳은 빈 들이요 때도 저물어가니 By this time it was late in the day, so his disciples came to him. “This is a remote place,” they said, “and it’s already very late. 마가 6장 44-47의 말씀 떡을 먹은 남자가 오천 명이었더라 The number of the men who had eaten was five thousand. 예수께서 즉시 제자들을 재촉하사 자기가 무리를 보내는 동안에 배 타고 앞서 건너편 벳새다로 가게 하시고 Immediately Jesus made his disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to Bethsaida, while he dismissed the crowd. 무리를 작별하신 후에 기도하러 산으로 가시다 저물매 배는 바다 가운데 있고 예수는 홀로 뭍에 계시다가 After leaving them, he went up on a mountainside to pray. When evening came, the boat was in the middle of the lake, and he was alone on land. 이 말씀으로 미루어보면 “저물어갈 때부터 저녁때 까지니까” 길어야 2시간입니다. 거기에다 나누는 시간, 거두는 시간, 무리들을 보낸 시간이 거기에 포함되니까 정말 길게 잡아야 1시간 30분입니다. If we think about it, from late in the day to evening it would take less than 2hours and if we take out the time in which they distributed and gathered the food and sending everyone home, it would’ve taken less thank 1hour and a half. 그럼 어떻게 1시간 30분 만에 5000명을 먹일 수 있을까요? then how did Jesus feed 5000 people in 1and a half hours? 예수님은 먼저 first, Jesus 이렇게 미리 명하셨습니다. had already demanded. 5000명을 50명 100명씩 나누어 앉히라고 하셨습니다. He told the 5000 people to sit in groups of 50’s and 100’s 마가 6장 39-40 제자들을 명하사 그 모든 사람으로 떼를 지어 푸른 잔디 위에 앉게 하시니 떼로 혹 백씩, 혹 오십씩 앉은지라 And He commanded them all to recline by groups on the green grass. And they reclined in companies of hundreds and of fifties. 그러면 대충 계산해보겠습니다. If we estimate. 50명 무리=> 50팀, 50groups => 50 people 100명 무리=> 25팀 25 groups => 100 people 이렇게 가정해 봐도 최소 팀만 75개 팀이 됩니다. if we guess it like this there will be at least 75 groups. 즉 50명 혹은 100명이 들어가는 식당 75개 업소가 동시에 1시간 30분 동안 식사를 다 마칠 수 있는 방법은 무엇일까요? So, how do 75 restaurants which contain 50 or a hundred people, finish eating in 1 and a half hours? 개개의 식당에서 미리 준비한 식사를 10명 내지는 20명의 직원이 빠르게 나눠줘야 가능할 수 있습니다. It will be possible if each restaurant serves with 10~20 people, the food they had already prepared. 그러므로 5000명을 한시간 30분만에 먹이려면 50명 식당의 직원 500명과, 100명 식당의 직원 500명 총 1000명이 동시에 서비스해야 가능 하다는 이야기입니다. 이제 답이 나왔습니다. so in order to feed 5000 people in 1 and a half hours you will need 500 people in the restaurant of 50 and 500 in the restaurant of 100, So, 1000 people have to serve at the same time. 예수님으로 비롯되어 나누어진 떡과 물고기는 12제자들에게 나누어졌고 제자들은 적어도 75개 무리들에게 또 나눕니다. The food that was shared from Jesus was distributed to the 12 disciples. And the disciples distributed it to the 75 groups 그리고 거기에 앉은 사람들도 서로 나눕니다. And the people in the groups also distributed among themselves. 이제 이해가 되십니까? do you understand now? 감사함으로 나누는 손을 가진 사람이면 누구에게나 동일한 기적이 일어났다는 것 이외에는 이 기적을 설명할 방법이 없습니다. everyone that has the hands that give thanks will make the same miracle that happens. And there is no way to explain it 왜냐하면 성경에서는 떡과 물고기가 하늘에서 각사람 앞으로 떨어진 것이 아니라 나눔으로서만이 이런 일이 일어났다고 말씀했기 때문입니다. Because the bible doesn’t tell that the food fell from the sky but feed them through sharing. 여러분 감사의 손 everyone’s thanking hands. 나눔의 손은 5000명을 먹이는 기적을 일으킴을 잊지 마십시오. Don’t forget that sharing hands can feed 5000 people. 과연 감사는 아무리 나누어도 부족함 없이 생겨나는 신비한 것입니다. Thanks giving is a mysterious way that never runs out even if you share. 떡을 가지사 He took the loaves; 감사하신 후 having given thanks, 나누셨습니다. He distributed 세상에서 기적을 만드는 손은 따로 없습니다. 바로 감사드리는 손입니다. 감사드릴 때 나눌 수 있습니다. There is no other hand that produces a miracle than a thanking hand. When you give thanks you will share. 결론 입니다. this is the conclusion. 5000명을 먹이는 인재가 되려면 “남을 잘되게 하리라”는 철학을 가져야 합니다. If you want to become a person who feeds 5000 people we need to have a philosophy to make others succeed. 다른 말로는 “나먹고 나 잘 살겠다”는 철학으로는 안 된다는 것입니다. another words, it does not possible philosophy that is I’ll eat to survive will not work 여러분 모두 부자 되시기 바랍니다. I hope everyone will become rich. 그러나 부자 돼서 남 주시기 바랍니다 But become rich and give to others. 5000명뿐만 아니라 5만명 먹이시는 사장님이 나오시길 주의이름으로 축원합니다. I hope that there will become a person who feeds not only 5000 but 50,000 people. 기도드리겠습니다. let’s pray 오천명을 보시고 너희가 먹을 것을 주라고 하신 하나님. Go who told us to give others something to eat 오늘도 그 말씀 여전히 저희에게 명하시면서 그 어떻게 하면 되는지를 말씀해주신 하나님 감사합니다. Thank you for still telling us to do so and teaching us the way. 내 것을 기꺼이 주는 손 예수님께 드리는 손 감사로 나누는 손이 되게 하옵소서 Let us share with a hand that gives, that give to Jesus and that shares. 예수님 이름으로 기도드립니다. 아멘. We prayed in Jesus’s name. Amen. 박성열 목사(뉴질랜드 예수찬양교회)
A day without fear(두려움 없는 날)/ Mark 13:1-8(막13:1-8)/ 2007-02-10
A day without fear(두려움 없는 날) Mark 13:1-8(막13:1-8) SERMON: A DAY WITHOUT FEAR O Lord, we pray, speak in this place, in the calming of our minds and the longing of our hearts, by the words of my lips and in the meditations of our hearts. Speak, O Lord, for your servants listen. Amen. I don’t know about you - but I get scared at times. At times I feel afraid. The fear I am talking about is the kind of fear that arises when a person walks into a crowded room and suddenly it goes silent, - the fear that can overwhelm you when you see two people look at you and then begin to whisper to each other, - the fear that arises when someone you love and need is angry at you, - the fear that happens when your father criticizes you - the fear that clutches at you when you have been told for weeks how your company has to cut staff and suddenly your boss calls you and says he wants to talk to you about your annual performance evaluation. I don’t feel this fear as often as I used to, but every now and then it reaches out and tries to grab me, every now and then I am overwhelmed by self-doubt, every now and then - I wonder if I am good enough, and fear that I am not. At such times I stop for a minute and remember that God thinks that I am good enough. And that if God thinks I am good enough - it matters not what I think of myself, or what my fear is trying to make me think of myself. And the moment passes. The reason I mention this today - is because both the Gospel reading and the Reading from Paul’s Letter to the Hebrews speak about having confidence - about not being alarmed by the signs of the end of our world - nor being fearful when it appears that we are about to meet God. As I thought about these texts during this past week - as I thought about how Jesus encourages his disciples in the gospel to not be alarmed when the temple is destroyed and nations rise against nations, and earthquakes and famines overwhelm various parts of the world, - and about how Paul tells us that because of Christ’s sacrifice we can enter the Holy of Holies with confidence and hope and there meet the living God - the God that, at one time, no mortal could look upon and live, I wondered why it was so important for Jesus and for Paul to say these things. I wondered why so much stress is laid upon holding fast to our hope without wavering and upon encouraging one another when we see the Day of the Lord approaching. You see, to a large extent I have lost track of my fear. When I was younger I lived in a house of fear, a house of physical and emotional violence I knew what it was to cower and cringe and what it was to hide my fear so that I would not be picked on again. But I moved from that house and I discovered the healing love of God in people around me. I knew too one time the fear of failure, the fear of criticism, the fear of not being good enough. That fear was a constant companion for many years, but - except for the occasional time it reaches out to grab me, those times I mentioned at the very beginning the sermon, I have left that fear behind, I know that God loves me - I have experienced his acceptance from the hands of others, and in the depths of my prayer and my meditations. Nor do I worry about the end of the world, nor about earthquake, famine or flood or war. I pray for the coming of a better world- for the coming of the kingdom, and on the simplest level of total and undeserved grace I know that the trailer is on solid ground, that forest grows abundantly not a 1000 yards from my door, that the creek has not flooded over its banks for many years, and that wars are something that happen when people fail to obey God. My duty is to share and to work for peace. My only fear is that I will forget to do all that I can do and forget to love as well as I can love. As for meeting God face to face - while I have a certain desire to avoid the moment coming soon, I also have an eagerness for it - a longing for it - that is based on a long standing assurance that God will treat me mercifully and justly and a long standing set of experiences that tell me that God has not yet once judged me as harshly as I judge myself or as others judge me. I have lost track of almost all that I once feared. And so I suspect have most of you. So when Jesus tells his disciples to not be alarmed when they seethe temple thrown down so that not one stone is left standing upon another - and Paul speaks about how we can enter the inner sanctuary of God with confidence and hope - the full impact of those words can easily be lost. While they are good words, encouraging words, they are not words that normally startle us or strike us with any sense of urgency. especially those of us who have been in the faith for a long time, - those of us who have tested and trusted in the claims of Jesus for many years, - and those of us who have, like me, achieved a certain number of years upon the face of this earth and have in those years been touched by genuine love - by Christ-like love. But - my friends - if not for ourselves, then for the sake of others we need to relate strongly to the words of today’s readings from the New Testament. Fear for the most part may have passed us by, we may have outgrown it, or we may have become so familiar and so comfortable with the good news of God’s love and care that fear rarely reaches out to grab us, but for many people fear is a all- pervasive presence: - it shapes their behaviour during the daytime and moulds the dreams that they have at night. - It leads ever greater numbers of teenagers to commit suicide, - and it cripples the emotional and social lives of millions upon millions of adults. For some there is no such thing as a day without fear, and I don’t mean the physical fear that overwhelms us with Adrenalin when a car swerves towards us on the highway. nor do I mean the fear that rises in us when we hear that a loved one has cancer - the fear that we will be left alone - though that is getting closer to what I mean. NO, I mean the fear that life is pointless, - the fear that no one will ever love us, - the fear that every hand is either set against us – or totally ignorant of our existence. - the fear that our children, our friends, and our lovers will never reach the goals we dream of for them, - the fear that God does not exist and that if he exists -we are going straight to hell, - the fear that when all is said and done - we will perish utterly from the face of this earth and that not one thing that we have done or will ever do will make a difference to anyone or anything, and I mean the fear that the World really is ending, - that war and earthquake, and flood and famine will destroy everything and that in its place there will come nothing - nothing for the universe and nothing for me - that there will be no new heaven and no new earth for myself or my children - that all that is good now will cease to be and no good will arise in its place. For the sake of those who feel these fears as a present reality -as a daily reality, we need to get in touch with the fears we have overcome and the confidence we have been given. And we have to share that confidence, that faith, with those around us. We have to share our confidence and our faith with those teenagers who believe that when Kurt Cobain died the light went out of the world - and with the likes of the lonely old woman in the nursing home who, despite her relatively good health, keeps on saying that there is nothing to live for. We have to bring out the treasure that we carry hidden in our hearts and hold it up before our workaholic brothers or sisters- and tell them of the peace that comes from working less and playing with and loving our neighbours more. We have to reveal the light that has placed in our lives by God to those whose whole world is the darkness of fear and inadequacy- sharing with them the fact that God truly does love us as we are - and that there are no conditions - no demands – no qualifications put on that love. We have to reveal and live out the vision we have received of anew heaven and a new earth - of a kingdom of justice and truth, of joy and love, and of peace and plenty to those who fear that the end of this world is coming……. At one time my friends I could not imagine a day without fear. Now, because of what God has given me, because of how I have discovered God’s love for me, I find it hard to imagine a day that has fear in it. But for the sake of others -both you and I are called to imagine the fear that dwells in the hearts of so many around us, and to meet together and encourage one another with the encouragement that we have received. We have to speak forth our faith and live out our belief so that all can hear and see. Our help is in the name of The One who made heaven and earth, and in his Son Jesus Christ our Lord. He will not suffer your foot to be moved -He is your keeper, your defence at your right hand, from every evil he shall keep your soul, goodness and mercy will follow you all your life, and you will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. Amen.
A Father’s Wisdom(아버지의 지혜)/ Psalms 34:(시34:)/ 2012-02-12
A Father’s Wisdom(아버지의 지혜) Psalms 34:(시34:) I encourage you to turn to Psalm 34. Keep it open as we look together at this sacred text. It was written at a time when David was afraid that he would be killed by King Saul. As a result, he fled into Philistia—the land of the old arch-enemies of his people. While there, he was recognized as the one who had killed Goliath. So in the attempt to escape from the horns of the dilemma, David resorted to feigning or pretending to be a madman. He had saliva dripping down his beard. Such that the King of Philistia, Abimelech, said, “Don’t I have enough madmen in Philistia that I should have this other one?” and basically excommunicated David from the presence of the Philistines. It is tragic that some of life’s lessons cannot be learned any other way but through experience. I wish there were other ways of learning. David had learned an immense lesson in the midst of his failure. There is no more miserable picture than that of David pretending to be mad in the courts of the King of Philistia. David wants to instruct us in this Psalm 34. It is an incredible Psalm that portrays a father’s wisdom for his children. This is the young man’s story—told when David was older and presumably wiser as he penned these words. Many times in our worship, we will be greeted with the words, “God is good!” to which you respond, “All of the time!” There is a sense in which we derive that statement from Psalm 34. David is very eager to tell us that God is really good. That he is wonderful beyond measure. That he’s a great God. Immediately from the very outset of the Psalm, he is able to transfer your gaze from your own navel to God himself. “I will extol the Lord at all times,” he begins. When the Apostle Paul writes to the Church at Thessalonica, he says in the first epistle, the fifth chapter and the 18th verse, “give thanks in all circumstances” whatever happens, in every situation of life, before and after and in every trial of life. In the bright days of joy that you experience and the dark days of fear, my praise, he writes, will continually be on my lips. Is it possible that this is more than bravado on the part of David? Is this something that we should aspire to? Is it in fact feasible and embraceable? Is this pie-in-the-sky-by-and-by or can this part and parcel of the Christian life be able to say with heartfelt conviction, “I will extol the Lord at all times; his praise will always be on my lips.” Obviously, David knew difficult days. This Psalm was written in the context of one of the most heinous difficult dark days in David’s life. He is writing from the depths of hurt and experience when he says that he will praise God all the time and in every circumstance of life. He refers in verse 4 to the fact that there were fears that he was trying to avoid—horrendous experiences, the dread of the unknown, running for his life—seeing others massacred because of him. Yet as he looked around, there were others that he gazed upon who were followers of the Lord Jehovah. They were somehow able to rise above the circumstances and David longed for that in his own experiences. So we read in verse 5, “Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame.” In other words, these believers portrayed a degree of confidence and joy that seemed to bid farewell to fear, terror and shame and enabled all of those things to give way to radiance. I want to attempt to explain what it means to be a radiant follower of Jesus Christ. I want to outline the steps that one must take if one is to live the victorious Christian life. What then does it mean to be radiant? Why is it that so many believers and followers of Jesus Christ seem to be anything but radiant? There seems at times to be a blatant disconnect between possessing the joy of Jesus and being befuddled with the circumstances that surround us in life. The word radiant is found in Isaiah 60:5. “Then you will look and be radiant, your heart will throb and swell with joy…” There it describes the mother’s face lighting up at the sight of her children that she thought were long lost. They were coming home. She became radiant with joy. I remember my first major trip away from home when I was a boy; I had come to America to begin my studies in theological education. Ireland was a long way off and I was desperately homesick. I had been gone a mere 3 months and longed to get back. I took a little job in order to earn $212.00, which was the price of a round trip airfare from New York to Dublin. I knew if I got as far as Dublin, I could make it home. I decided to surprise my mother. She wasn’t expecting me for 3 years. I remember the great joy of opening the door and saying, “Hello Mom!” She turned around. She had been washing the dishes and dropped some of her best china, but it didn’t seem to matter because I saw the radiance on my mother’s face. Isaiah captures that when he talks about what it means to be radiant. The word is used again to depict the face of Moses in Exodus 34. You remember the story when he was up on Mt. Sinai and he eventually came down after having spent time with our Lord. Everyone looked at the face of Moses when he came down the mountain. Scripture says, “When Moses came down from Mount Sinai… he was not aware that his face was radiant because he had spoken with the Lord,” (Exodus 34:29). Or when Paul writes to the Church at Corinth is his second Epistle, 3rd chapter, verse 18. There we read these words: “And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit” The word there also that is used is with ever-increasing radiance, which comes from the Lord. It indicates the Christian’s growing likeness to our Lord Jesus. Whereby, the more we spend time in his company and his presence, the more we take time to gaze upon his lovely face; then that loveliness shines out in our lives. The transformation is there for everyone. That’s what radiance is. That’s what you as a follower of Jesus Christ need to embrace. I want you to note first of all David’s understanding of worship in this Psalm. Right from the very beginning, he says, “I will extol the Lord at all times; his praise will always be on my lips. My soul will boast in the Lord.” David sees it is the essence of boasting in the Lord. Boasting is one of those things that we tend to hopefully shy away from. It’s all too easy to boast of one’s own accomplishments. We desire to impress one another or to be accepted by someone else. The Psalmist is saying something entirely different here. He’s saying, instead of boasting about yourself, join me and boast of the Lord. Let us say how wonderful, how amazing, how incredible God is. Fill your hearts with his presence, and with his attributes, and with his person, with his faithfulness, and with his works, and with his promises. You will find them unparalleled, matchless, and incomparable. Fill your life so that you live radiantly with the worship of God. Let me say this carefully, diligently and yet emphatically; the purpose of praise and the purpose of worship is not to make God’s people feel good. It amazes me that after all these years in ministry that so many followers of God do not seem to get that. Worship is not about making you feel good. Worship is not about you. Worship is solely and completely acknowledging the greatness of God!! (And by the way, that makes you feel good.) We gather for worship in order to magnify the name of God alone. There are so many believers today who are missing out on that. Believers will tell me that they are in a Bible study, but they don’t go to worship. Or they attend a Sunday school class, but they don’t go to worship. It seems rather strange when I ask the question, “What is the point of learning about him if it doesn’t propel you to worship him?” Bible study is no substitute for gathering together to praise his holy name—the more you get to know him, the more you are driven to worship him. If that is not the case, then one would need to question the quality of the learning experience itself. To be a radiant Christian is to understand worship as David understood worship. Secondly, I want to suggest to you David’s understanding of prayer. He writes, “This poor man called…” (v.6). He’s got the essence of what prayer is all about. This poor wretch’s prayer is the cry of a poor wretch, but it is nonetheless powerful with Heaven, because it goes on to tell us that, “the Lord heard him.” Listen. David passionately believed that God hears and answers prayer. It doesn’t matter who you are or what your station might be in life. It is the personal testimony of David when he was at his most wretched condition that he suggested to be heard of God is to be delivered by God. Prayer can deliver us from trouble. Indeed, it can move the very heart of God to become involved in our lives, to intervene and affect the outcome of our situation. When God intervenes in a human life, that intervention is massive, miraculous, and irresistible. David reiterates that whole idea throughout these verses. God is a God that answers prayer (“…He answered me” (v.4)), a God who hears prayer (“the Lord heard him…” (v.6)), a God who saves through prayer, (“He saved [the poor man] out of all his troubles,” (verse 6)), a God who delivers through prayer, (“[the Lord] delivers them” (verse 7)). Confidence oozes out of the pain of the Psalmist in verse 7; David says, “The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them.” David was absolutely convinced that God plants an army around you. You are ultimately, finally and fully protected because on every side there are warriors of sleepless eyes keeping watch over you by day and night. What an incredible encouragement for those who find themselves resourceless in the enterprise that we call life. David is saying that if you feel resourceless, then you’re not going to be radiant. To be radiant you need to know that all the resources of Heaven are at your command. You are a child of the King! The experience of the Psalmist can be the experience of everyone. So David is compelled as he goes on in one of the loveliest verses, to invite others to share the adventure. In verse 8 he says, “Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him” No wonder we sing that lovely hymn by Joseph Scriven: What a Friend We Have in Jesus, All our sins and griefs to bear! What a privilege to carry Everything to God in prayer. Do you want to be a radiant follower of Jesus Christ? Transform your thinking to the power intrinsic to you in prayer, the power intrinsic to you in worship. I would have you notice thirdly David’s understanding of wisdom. Throughout the entire Psalm you may have noticed, the reiteration of the phrase—“the fear of the Lord.” The fear of the Lord is expressed in submission to the will of the Lord. So the fear of the Lord and submission to his will means to walk in his ways: to respect his will, to tremble to offend him, to hasten to serve him. David seems to indicate that we should fear the Lord and fear nothing else. I believe the grave absence in the church today is the fear of the Lord. It is absent from so many in the church. Because if we fear the Lord, we would be more concerned about what we do, say, and how we act. If we desire happiness in life, happiness is contrived in terms of the fear of the Lord: to enjoy life to the fullest. “Come, my children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord. Whoever of you loves life and desires to see many good days…” David speaks as a father to everyone—who desires life and many good days—that’s all of us. If you would really find joy and happiness in life, David now wants to give you the secret of what it means to live happily, joyfully and radiantly. This is not a level of mediocrity to which he refers, to which so many attain—which in the last analysis is not life at all. The art of truly joyful living is not given to everyone to know. But here it is given, true wisdom and how to live and how to die. He sums it up by saying, “Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking lies. Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it” (v.13, 14). Specifically, what the Psalmist is saying and David is telling us—base your life upon integrity as opposed to deception, “practice good instead of evil” (v. 13), “seek peace and pursue it” (v. 14). These are simple and profound lessons. But the reality is that so many believers are sour and grumpy all the time. They go about like they have just lost a liver. There is a sense in which they are always angry, always critical, always negative, always seeing the bad; seeing the cup half empty instead of seeing it half full. So many believers and there is a radical disconnect between the experience of the Psalmist and saying to live radiantly in Christ and those who feel they have just lost their kidney. They betray the Christ that they purport to serve. I understand that the theology of “think positively” has fallen into disrepute. I agree with some of those concerns, but let’s not throw the baby out with the bath water. What David is telling us here is that he is challenging us to be honest people, to be decent people, to be good people, to be peaceable with one another, to be positive in your attitude, to be grateful in your heart, to be loving and to be kind. That’s not just an Old Testament measure of holiness—it’s also the New Testament measure of holiness! Does that not strike a bell with many of you? Like Paul wrote to the Church at Galatia, “But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control” (Galatians 5:22-3). These are the attributes of a follower of Jesus Christ. God forgive us when we live other ways. Let me tell you a little story of coming back from Malta. It was a Friday night. I lined up for my ticket. I had a reserved seat on British Airways. When I got to the counter, they said, “I’m sorry, your seat has been taken.” I said, “No, I don’t think so. I have reserved them.” “No, she said, we’re full. However, we will give you $1,000.00 if you will go tomorrow and we will put you up and feed you.” I said, “If this were a Thursday night I would jump at that. But it was a Friday night and there are lots of people waiting for me on Sunday and I need to get back.” She said, “We don’t have any seats.” I said, “Well you have a problem then, don’t you?” My daughter was with us. She was heading back to Edinburgh. She said, “Dad, demand your rights here.” My daughter is quite aggressive. She takes after her mother. (That’s not true by the way!) “You tell them that you are a Pastor!” (A great deal of good that would do, I am sure.) “You can’t let them treat you this way.” I said, “Calm down and let me try to handle this.” I went over as nice as I could be. “I’ve really got to get to Los Angeles…” Well, to cut a long story short, when eventually they were in the last few minutes, they called my name along with Vicky. They had upgraded me to those marvelous seats that fold down flat into a bed. God is good! As the man was giving me the ticket, he said, and my daughter was standing within earshot, “We’re upgrading you because you’ve been so nice!” My daughter said afterwards, “I may start being nice now!” Here’s the fourth thing: David’s understanding of life. It is an intensely realistic portrayal of life in verses 15 to the end. There is no guarantee that the righteous will escape problems. In fact we read, “a righteous person may have many troubles” (v. 19). At times you may be “brokenhearted… and crushed in spirit” (v. 18). But God’s presence is always to be experienced in the crisis of life, because “he hears your cry” (v.17). He hears your cry whenever you are hurting. He hears your cry. Isn’t that lovely? Just the way a mother hears the cry of her sick child. Or a father responds to the terrorized plea of his child, so God hears you. In fact, he can’t take his eyes off you (v. 15). You’re so precious to him that he observes you with tenderness. The world is full of broken, hurting people with shattered hopes, dashed dreams—what a wonderful thing to read that the Lord is close to the brokenhearted. It was Dr. Joseph Parker who was speaking to a graduating class of theological students and advised them, “Always preach to broken hearts and you will never lack an audience.” It’s true! So in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, we have the privilege of bringing a broken-hearted savior to a broken-hearted world. That’s good news! It is the essence of our faith that enables us to live, no matter what the circumstance in life—to live joyfully and radiantly. So I hope you will say to one another as you leave today, or over the course of days to come, especially if you see a grumpy believer, “Smile! God loves you.” If you want to add, “I love you too”, you can add that. But if we understand worship, wisdom, prayer, and life as David did, then you will be able to say; “I will extol the Lord at all times; his praise will always be on my lips. My soul will boast in the Lord; let the afflicted hear and rejoice!” (Psalm 34:1–2). Pastor Alan J. Meenan
A Frightening Warning(무서운 경고)/ James 5:1-6(약5:1-6)/ 2015-03-15
A Frightening Warning(무서운 경고) James 5:1-6(약5:1-6) A Frightening Warning James 5:1-6 James 5:1 Now listen, you rich people, weep and wail because of the misery that is coming upon you. 2 Your wealth has rotted, and moths have eaten your clothes. 3 Your gold and silver are corroded. Their corrosion will testify against you and eat your flesh like fire. You have hoarded wealth in the last days. 4 Look! The wages you failed to pay the workmen who mowed your fields are crying out against you. The cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord Almighty. 5 You have lived on earth in luxury and self-indulgence. You have fattened yourselves in the day of slaughter. 6 You have condemned and murdered innocent men, who were not opposing you. Main Verse Your gold and silver are corroded. Their corrosion will testify against you and eat your flesh like fire. You have hoarded wealth in the last days. James 5:3 REFLECTION This passage is probably not a very appealing one to read. No one enjoys being chastised, especially by God! But this passage gives us a very important word on how we are to be living our lives each day, and what our priorities are to be. This passage in James speaks directly to the issue of stewardship. How are we living our lives with the resources that God has blessed us with? It is important to see that James is not condemning the rich, but rather, he is proclaiming the worthlessness of riches. He is trying to point out that money is not the root of evil, but the LOVE of money is the root of evil (I Timothy). This is why he gives the warning not to hoard our wealth. The money that we have today will not be worth anything when Christ returns and establishes His kingdom, so we need to spend our time concerned about what will last eternally, not what is of value in this world. If we truly consider ourselves aliens to this world, and we are simply ”passing through’, then we need to put stock in our permanent home, not our temporary home. Money is not the problem, but developing a love for it and what it buys becomes the problem. Money is necessary to pay for the things that we need, it is essential to operate and to support our families, however, as believers, we do need to keep a correct perspective. Oftentimes, as we see here in this passage, money changes us and makes us into people that may be selfish, who may oppress others who do not have as much, whether it is intentional or not. Finland, the country that has wintery weather nearly year round, opens an ice castle each year that has a chapel, a playground, an art gallery and a theater-all made out of ice! It is a popular resort in the wintertime, and for occasions such as weddings, social parties, and concerts. It takes three months to build the castle each year, with a cost of $1.1 million to construct and maintain it. Yet all of this splendor and beauty melts away each April. The melting ice castle is like our riches-all of the material things in this world will someday melt away. We need to build our treasure where it will last. This passage in James is a good warning for all Christians, not just to the rich, to be cautious not to take on what the world thinks is important, but what God sees as important. We need to live our lives according to God’s standards, not ours. DAILY PRAYER Almighty God, thank you for all the wonderful things you have given to me in this life. I know that they have all come from you. Help me, God, not to value material things too much where they will cover what is really important-my relationship with You and with others around me. I ask that you would always give me a grateful heart that knows how to appreciate and accept things humbly. Help me not to hoard what I have, but to share it with others and to help build Your kingdom. Amen. APPLICATION Take stock for a minute of all the things you hold dear to your heart. Are they things that will last? We all struggle with materialism to a certain extent-we are human and we need certain things to live in this world. But we need to make sure that our priorities are in the right place. What is more important to you-your things or the people around you? Are you hoarding the money that God has given you for yourself? Take a moment to re- evaluate what you think is important and what you know God wants us to hold important. Where can you put your money where it will count and make a difference?
A Gentle Answer Avoids Wrath(부드러운 대답은 분노를 피하게 한다)/ Joshua 22:30-34(수22:30-34)/ 2015-03-21
A Gentle Answer Avoids Wrath(부드러운 대답은 분노를 피하게 한다) Joshua 22:30-34(수22:30-34) A Gentle Answer Avoids Wrath Joshua 22:30-34 30 When Phinehas the priest and the leaders of the community ―the heads of the clans of the Israelites ―heard what Reuben, Gad and Manasseh had to say, they were pleased. 31 And Phinehas son of Eleazar, the priest, said to Reuben, Gad and Manasseh, “Today we know that the LORD is with us, because you have not acted unfaithfully toward the LORD in this matter. Now you have rescued the Israelites from the LORD’s hand.” 32 Then Phinehas son of Eleazar, the priest, and the leaders returned to Canaan from their meeting with the Reubenites and Gadites in Gilead and reported to the Israelites. 33 They were glad to hear the report and praised God. And they talked no more about going to war against them to devastate the country where the Reubenites and the Gadites lived. 34 And the Reubenites and the Gadites gave the altar this name: A Witness Between Us that the LORD is God. Main Verse And Phinehas son of Eleazar, the priest, said to Reuben, Gad and Manasseh, “Today we know that the LORD is with us, because you have not acted unfaithfully toward the LORD in this matter. Now you have rescued the Israelites from the LORD’s hand.” Joshua 22 : 31 REFLECTION Has anyone ever accused you of something wrong that you did not commit? How did you respond to that person? Did you fly off the handle and walk away disgusted with that person? Or did you speak graciously and help bring the person into a correct understanding of the truth? We’re probably all faced the dire consequences of angry and defensive words. The Israelites who had settled on the eastern side of the Jordan River had been wrongly accused of evil. When the delegation representing the other ten tribes came, they did not first ask for an explanation, but rather started with strong accusations. They even used Peor and Achan as illustrations of their sin and how it would affect the rest of the nation. You can imagine the shocked expressions of the faces of the Transjordan tribal leaders. When it finally was their turn to respond to these false allegations, the two tribes did not return accusation for accusation. Instead, they graciously and humbly told the truth. They wanted Israel to know that their actions weren’t motivated by idolatry, but a zeal for the Lord. And they went so far as to say that if they had done anything wrong, that they should suffer the consequences for their misdeeds right there and then. The manner in which they responded should serve as a good example of what the writer of Proverbs wrote in 15:11, “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” Peter said a similar thing in 1 Peter 3:9, “Not returning evil for evil or insult for insult, but giving a blessing instead.” The Tribe’s gracious response resulted in great peace and unity amongst the entire nation of Israel at that time. When the leaders returned to their homes to give a report of what had transpired, the people rejoiced because their earlier presumptions were false and civil war was averted. It almost seems as if the people worshiped the Lord because of the two tribes’ loyalty to the Lord. This is what a gentle, gracious, understanding response can produce. Instead of exchanging barb for barb, a right answer with a right attitude will create far greater understanding of the truth and greater unity amongst those involved. DAILY PRAYER Lord, may my speech reflect Your great character. Give me the grace to be gracious towards others. And may my reaction to wrong accusation be like that of Your beloved Son who did not return evil for evil, but gave a blessing instead. Amen. APPLICATION Next time you are hammered with a false accusation, how will you respond? A gentle answer will turn away presumption and anger. This is exactly what happened with the Israelites. Instead of firing back and getting upset over the accusation, God wants us to help others along in the truth and to give them a gracious exit out of the hole they’re dug for themselves. What’s more is the fact that our speech really gives us away. Our words tell us what’s truly in our hearts. And this can be readily seen during unexpected moments, like when we are being wrongly accused. A gentle response reveals a gentle, humble heart that is trusting in God. An angry and upset response reveals a heart that is restless and failing to trust in the all-sufficient God. It is far better to win the person than to win the argument. Anonymous.
A Gospel Without Walls(장벽이 없는 복음)/ Galatians 1:13-24(갈1:13-24)/ 2015-04-23
A Gospel Without Walls(장벽이 없는 복음) Galatians 1:13-24(갈1:13-24) A Gospel Without Walls Galatians 1:13-24 Gal. 2:1 Fourteen years later I went up again to Jerusalem, this time with Barnabas. I took Titus along also. 2 I went in response to a revelation and set before them the gospel that I preach among the Gentiles. But I did this privately to those who seemed to be leaders, for fear that I was running or had run my race in vain. 3 Yet not even Titus, who was with me, was compelled to be circumcised, even though he was a Greek. 4 [This matter arose] because some false brothers had infiltrated our ranks to spy on the freedom we have in Christ Jesus and to make us slaves. 5 We did not give in to them for a moment, so that the truth of the gospel might remain with you. 6 As for those who seemed to be important ―whatever they were makes no difference to me; God does not judge by external appearance ―those men added nothing to my message. 7 On the contrary, they saw that I had been entrusted with the task of preaching the gospel to the Gentiles, just as Peter had been to the Jews. 8 For God, who was at work in the ministry of Peter as an apostle to the Jews, was also at work in my ministry as an apostle to the Gentiles. 9 James, Peter and John, those reputed to be pillars, gave me and Barnabas the right hand of fellowship when they recognized the grace given to me. They agreed that we should go to the Gentiles, and they to the Jews. 10 All they asked was that we should continue to remember the poor, the very thing I was eager to do. 11 When Peter came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he was clearly in the wrong. 12 Before certain men came from James, he used to eat with the Gentiles. But when they arrived, he began to draw back and separate himself from the Gentiles because he was afraid of those who belonged to the circumcision group. 13 The other Jews joined him in his hypocrisy, so that by their hypocrisy even Barnabas was led astray. 14 When I saw that they were not acting in line with the truth of the gospel, I said to Peter in front of them all, “You are a Jew, yet you live like a Gentile and not like a Jew. How is it, then, that you force Gentiles to follow Jewish customs? Main Verse When I saw that they were not acting in line with the truth of the gospel, I said to Peter in front of them all, “You are a Jew, yet you live like a Gentile and not like a Jew. How is it, then, that you force Gentiles to follow Jewish customs? Gal 2:14 REFLECTION The Great Wall of China is regarded as one of the wonders of the ancient world, and it is the only man-made artifice visible from space. No doubt you’re seen pictures of it on television and in print media. But here’s something that you may not have known about it: there were at least three earlier versions of the Wall. The ancient Chinese people had constructed previous walls surrounding their country, though none were as extensive and permanent as the one that stands today. What they all have in common is that they were built for the purpose of keeping China isolated from the rest of the world and hold strong to the solidarity of its people. Nearly halfway across the world and centuries later, Gentile believers in Galatia faced a similar dilemma: they were required to practice Jewish customs to enter into the tightly gated Christian community. After apostle Paul left this province in modern-day Asia Minor, Jewish Christians began demanding that the Gentile believers participate in typical Jewish rituals such as circumcision, Sabbath observance, and Mosaic Law observance. Furthermore, they claimed a higher authority than Paul, an authority that came from the original apostles in Jerusalem. Well, what’s a Gentile Galatian Christian to do? Certainly, they wanted to be identified with a community of believers other than those of the pagan religions. Maybe they could go to the synagogues where the Jewish Christians were. But, they had to act Jewish to be accepted. And what about Paul? Was his preaching incomplete, perhaps even incorrect? With these kinds of doubts, many chose to live by Jewish standards and kept silent their misgivings and hesitation against the Jews. It is no wonder that the tone of this letter is rather harsh. Paul wants to rebuke both the Gentile Christians and the Jewish Christians. After establishing his apostolic authority in vv.1-10, Paul shares the story of how he rebuked Peter for being a hypocrite and abandoning the Gentile Christians in vv.11-14. Essentially, the Gospel of Jesus Christ has nothing to do with observing the Jewish rituals and laws; it has everything to do with faith in Jesus Christ as the Son of God who died to forgive sins and resurrected to give new life. Peter was wrong to turn his back on the Galatians and abandon them. The Jewish Christians were wrong to preach a “false gospel” that bore no significance on acceptance into a community of believers. There are no walls, great or small, that isolate the Kingdom of God from the world. It doesn’t require people to perform; they need only to believe in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. That may sound too simple, but that’s one of the great things about the Gospel: it sees beyond age, gender, or ethnicity; it looks at the heart. DAILY PRAYER Gracious God, You extended Yourself to me, You who are Holy and Almighty to me who was sinful and dead. You went beyond every that kept us apart so that You might redeem me through Jesus Christ. I thank You not only for saving me, but also for calling upon me to demonstrate that openness with others, whether they be at church, work, school, or even family. Grant me, Loving God, the power of the Holy Spirit to go beyond my walls of comfort and reach out to those who are in my circle of influence. Amen. APPLICATION The Gospel transcends all barriers. The Good News reaches out not only to us, but also to those around us, however different they may be. Whether you are new to the faith or seasoned in it, consider how you are going to display the wall-less Gospel. At your next Sunday service, commit yourself to befriending someone you don’t know, someone that may or may not be a believer. The Gospel that reconciled you to God is the same Gospel that speaks to this person so, in faith, speak to that person with warmth and charity. If that person happens to be a believer, you’re just created a link in the web of that person’s community of believers. If that person happens to be a non-believer, you’re just demonstrated the openness of God. If you feel moved by the Holy Spirit, commit yourself to spending each Sunday after service with that person for an entire month. If you feel especially moved by the Holy Spirit, have lunch with that person during the week.
A Gospel Without Walls(장벽이 없는 복음)/ Galatians 1:13-24(갈1:13-24)/ 2015-04-23
A Gospel Without Walls(장벽이 없는 복음) Galatians 1:13-24(갈1:13-24) A Gospel Without Walls Galatians 1:13-24 Gal. 2:1 Fourteen years later I went up again to Jerusalem, this time with Barnabas. I took Titus along also. 2 I went in response to a revelation and set before them the gospel that I preach among the Gentiles. But I did this privately to those who seemed to be leaders, for fear that I was running or had run my race in vain. 3 Yet not even Titus, who was with me, was compelled to be circumcised, even though he was a Greek. 4 [This matter arose] because some false brothers had infiltrated our ranks to spy on the freedom we have in Christ Jesus and to make us slaves. 5 We did not give in to them for a moment, so that the truth of the gospel might remain with you. 6 As for those who seemed to be important ―whatever they were makes no difference to me; God does not judge by external appearance ―those men added nothing to my message. 7 On the contrary, they saw that I had been entrusted with the task of preaching the gospel to the Gentiles, just as Peter had been to the Jews. 8 For God, who was at work in the ministry of Peter as an apostle to the Jews, was also at work in my ministry as an apostle to the Gentiles. 9 James, Peter and John, those reputed to be pillars, gave me and Barnabas the right hand of fellowship when they recognized the grace given to me. They agreed that we should go to the Gentiles, and they to the Jews. 10 All they asked was that we should continue to remember the poor, the very thing I was eager to do. 11 When Peter came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he was clearly in the wrong. 12 Before certain men came from James, he used to eat with the Gentiles. But when they arrived, he began to draw back and separate himself from the Gentiles because he was afraid of those who belonged to the circumcision group. 13 The other Jews joined him in his hypocrisy, so that by their hypocrisy even Barnabas was led astray. 14 When I saw that they were not acting in line with the truth of the gospel, I said to Peter in front of them all, “You are a Jew, yet you live like a Gentile and not like a Jew. How is it, then, that you force Gentiles to follow Jewish customs? Main Verse When I saw that they were not acting in line with the truth of the gospel, I said to Peter in front of them all, “You are a Jew, yet you live like a Gentile and not like a Jew. How is it, then, that you force Gentiles to follow Jewish customs? Gal 2:14 REFLECTION The Great Wall of China is regarded as one of the wonders of the ancient world, and it is the only man-made artifice visible from space. No doubt you’re seen pictures of it on television and in print media. But here’s something that you may not have known about it: there were at least three earlier versions of the Wall. The ancient Chinese people had constructed previous walls surrounding their country, though none were as extensive and permanent as the one that stands today. What they all have in common is that they were built for the purpose of keeping China isolated from the rest of the world and hold strong to the solidarity of its people. Nearly halfway across the world and centuries later, Gentile believers in Galatia faced a similar dilemma: they were required to practice Jewish customs to enter into the tightly gated Christian community. After apostle Paul left this province in modern-day Asia Minor, Jewish Christians began demanding that the Gentile believers participate in typical Jewish rituals such as circumcision, Sabbath observance, and Mosaic Law observance. Furthermore, they claimed a higher authority than Paul, an authority that came from the original apostles in Jerusalem. Well, what’s a Gentile Galatian Christian to do? Certainly, they wanted to be identified with a community of believers other than those of the pagan religions. Maybe they could go to the synagogues where the Jewish Christians were. But, they had to act Jewish to be accepted. And what about Paul? Was his preaching incomplete, perhaps even incorrect? With these kinds of doubts, many chose to live by Jewish standards and kept silent their misgivings and hesitation against the Jews. It is no wonder that the tone of this letter is rather harsh. Paul wants to rebuke both the Gentile Christians and the Jewish Christians. After establishing his apostolic authority in vv.1-10, Paul shares the story of how he rebuked Peter for being a hypocrite and abandoning the Gentile Christians in vv.11-14. Essentially, the Gospel of Jesus Christ has nothing to do with observing the Jewish rituals and laws; it has everything to do with faith in Jesus Christ as the Son of God who died to forgive sins and resurrected to give new life. Peter was wrong to turn his back on the Galatians and abandon them. The Jewish Christians were wrong to preach a “false gospel” that bore no significance on acceptance into a community of believers. There are no walls, great or small, that isolate the Kingdom of God from the world. It doesn’t require people to perform; they need only to believe in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. That may sound too simple, but that’s one of the great things about the Gospel: it sees beyond age, gender, or ethnicity; it looks at the heart. DAILY PRAYER Gracious God, You extended Yourself to me, You who are Holy and Almighty to me who was sinful and dead. You went beyond every that kept us apart so that You might redeem me through Jesus Christ. I thank You not only for saving me, but also for calling upon me to demonstrate that openness with others, whether they be at church, work, school, or even family. Grant me, Loving God, the power of the Holy Spirit to go beyond my walls of comfort and reach out to those who are in my circle of influence. Amen. APPLICATION The Gospel transcends all barriers. The Good News reaches out not only to us, but also to those around us, however different they may be. Whether you are new to the faith or seasoned in it, consider how you are going to display the wall-less Gospel. At your next Sunday service, commit yourself to befriending someone you don’t know, someone that may or may not be a believer. The Gospel that reconciled you to God is the same Gospel that speaks to this person so, in faith, speak to that person with warmth and charity. If that person happens to be a believer, you’re just created a link in the web of that person’s community of believers. If that person happens to be a non-believer, you’re just demonstrated the openness of God. If you feel moved by the Holy Spirit, commit yourself to spending each Sunday after service with that person for an entire month. If you feel especially moved by the Holy Spirit, have lunch with that person during the week.
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 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 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
A man who is worthy of God(하나님께 가치 있는 사람)/ Matthew 10:37-39(마10:37-39)/ 2002-11-15
A man who is worthy of God(하나님께 가치 있는 사람) Matthew 10:37-39(마10:37-39) A man who is worthy of God Matthew 10:37-39 37 Anyone who loves his father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; 38 and anyone who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. 39 Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. Who is Worthy of Me Over the past two weeks we have been going through our autumn season of early Morning Prayer. Through this prayer we are calling out to the title, teaching the lesson and conducting our training in the Lord. In this title, how is the Lord teaching and training us? And finally what kind of apostle he wants to make out of us? This is what we were learning during Early Morning Prayer. Today, our word will be about the conclusion of all of this training and learning over the past two weeks. What kind of apostle to we want to be? That is one who will take his cross and follow our Lord. That is the kind of apostle he wants. Lets read today’s scripture Matthew 10:37-39 Anyone who loves his father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; 38and anyone who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. 39Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. When we look at this word, there are three times it says “not worthy of me” what does this mean? What kind of person is worthy of me? Anyone who loves me more than his father or mother. worthy of me. Anyone who loves me more than their son or daughter. worthy of me. Who ever take his cross and follow me. worthy of me. Follow me; is not the people who say they have found their life. Even though he has lost his life and takes his cross without fear, is the person who is worthy of me. This has a very deep meaning to touch your heart. Ah, when we hear this word, we see that it is not easy to truly follow our Lord. It is not too easy to be an apostle of our Lord. It is not going to be easy to work for the lord. We can feel this through today’s scripture. And yes, this is right, it is not easy. Of everything in this world, nothing is easy. Following our Lord, is actually not that simple. Well, lets look at today’s scripture with a little more detail. Today’s scripture says “not worthy of me” a lot, but when we look through this, it shows who is worthy of our Lord. First, what people are worthy of the Lord? Looking at verse 37, Anyone who loves me more than his father or mother. worthy of me. Anyone who loves me more than their son or daughter. worthy of me. When we hear this word, we feel a frightened. What does this mean? But, Maybe by looking at this word and understanding it, people with a family who are unfaithful or with a different religion and in this family one begins to love Jesus. these are the people who I think understand this word the best. Because of the fact that this family is going to start going to church, it is going to cause difficulties among the family. I wish to give you a better understanding of today’s scripture. By looking in front of today’s reading. look at verses 34-36. 34 “Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. 35For I have come to turn “a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. 36 a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household. What? What is the “good” meaning here? This is when people start to believe in the lord. The people who have no belief and those of different religions. In this kind of family, with this new religion in Christianity comes to them. It comes to them with a new and different view. it comes with a different way of doing things. Naturally, what would automatically change in this family? What is their response? I am sure it is not peace but more than likely fighting. We need to be prepared for this. Actually, if a person wants to do something. at all costs of reason they are going to get mentally prepared for this. That is how we can make it all possible. It’s like water. if you pour water into water, you get water. but if you pour liquor into water you get liquor. Two wrongs can’t be right. you cannot be right by both ways. Even in the following of Jesus. Keeping your faith and staying on the right path this is not a simple task. So, that is why it says, in verse 37 Anyone who loves his father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; Secondly, who is worthy of the Lord? Let’s look at verse 38 of today’s reading, 38and anyone who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Who takes his cross and follows me. Most people in church go to church regularly and well. But most people remove their cross. What about these people? I am not sure which of you are this kind of person, but most people are like this. Let’s think about this for a minute. What do we think of ourselves on this? Are we people of faith? Do we try really hard to know our own crosses? And do we even try to carry our crosses through our life of faith? Or do we just want to take those crosses off? Which way is your faith going? If I ask you, it might be very difficult or uncomfortable to answer. We should all check our own faith. Maybe we should all do things in a little different way. While I am living my life of faith, I want to carry the smallest cross possible. Are we like this person? Or What ever the cross that our Lord has given us we carry without complaints. Are we this kind of person? What do you think? Before we check ourselves, we need to be honest with ourselves. If we are not honest we won’t be able to take care of our problems. Third, who is worthy of the Lord? Let’s look at verse 39. 39Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. Even if they loose their lives, they do not fear. This is worthy of the Lord. This word is very important. Because, without this word, all that we have learned so far might be a great big misunderstanding. Like what the Lord said in verse 37 Anyone who loves his father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; 38and anyone who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. It is like these words, that it is possible for some misunderstanding, but verse 39 it makes it all easier to understand. Before closing, I would like to better organize this message. Today’s scripture tells us like this. Who is not worthy of the Lord. Anyone who loves his father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; 38and anyone who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Let’s think about this one more time. Let’s look at the first and second part. Anyone who loves his own family more than Jesus is not worth of the Lord. Earlier with explanation we could understand. but let’s look at it a different way. First it says, father and mother. What does this mean? This means in our family. the people in our family that are higher than us. Of course we love, respect and support them. This is right; this is what we have to do. BUT, it is not worthy of the love of our LORD. And the second word is that of your son or daughter. and this means that in our faithful lives, we have people in our family that are of lower status than ourselves. and we love and take care of them. Yes, this is also right, but we do not do more than our love to the Lord. I hope you don’t misunderstand this part. Especially in today’s message, taking the Cross and finding our lives. This we need to look at carefully. Why do we need to look carefully? Because many people just go through the motions of church. But, we live our faith lives without worry or connection with our crosses. And, we don’t feel heavy or burdened, without pressure to believe in Jesus. There are many who live like this and come to church. Also, not just this; what I am trying to say is more important than this. That is how we try to do our faith without carrying our crosses, what kind of situation are we going to fall into? What kind of mistake will we make? What do you think of this point? Ok, we go to church, every Sunday. We do our worship service. and yep, sometimes we pray hard and learn something. We look at these people as people of faith. So, we can’t see anything in their spirit of their love for the cross of Jesus. So, when we keep our faith in this manner, how do we get in? They are falling because of their superstition. This is their mistake or error. This is very important. So, that is why the Lord said it that way as in verse 38. Anyone who wants to follow me must take his cross and follow me. Especially, we look at the middle of this word. It says, follow me. we have to be careful not to say, “Learn from me.” Follow me: How do we follow the Lord? What should we do? Not just carrying the Cross. but we must take our Crosses and follow the Lord. Maybe, not following the Lord, and just knowing of the Lord or just learning of the Lord. It is possible to do this without carrying your cross. We put our bible on our desk, and we can sit at our desk and learn. But if we follow the Lord we take our cross and follow the lord. Everything is possible. And when we follow the Lord, without carrying the cross, we can be easily tested by temptation. And we can complain and blame others easily over the smallest matters. Making it easy for us to give up and fall down. It was this point that our Lord already knew. So, anyone who wants to follow Jesus must take his cross and follow me. That is why he said clearly. 38and anyone who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. If we look at the hymnal, there are a lot of hymn’s about the cross. but I found one #365 that shows the meaning well. Verse one and two of this hymn. 1. Must Jesus bear the cross alone, And all the world go free? No, there’s a cross for every one, And there’s a cross for me. 2. The consecrated cross I’ll bear Till death shall set me free, and then go home my crown to wear; For there’s a crown for me. What does this mean? The Consecrated Cross I’ll Bear? This means the cross that is rightly mine. So, I hang mine from my neck to be my burden. This cross of mine I will always take care of and follow the Lord and then go home my crown to wear. That is what this Hymn was about. Lets all sing together. Verse one and two of this hymn. #365 Last week we began voting for our elders, and we have yet another week of voting this week. We have to choose. Like in today’s word. we have to choose those who are worthy of the Lord. We should never vote for someone who called in secret and asked us for help or offered a bribe. I want to be an elder please support me, vote for me. No, we shouldn’t vote for them. I don’t know who did it, or who asks a favor but you know who they are. So, who do we need to elect to these positions? Not the secret or covert people, but the ones who honestly and sincerely give worship to the lord. He who carries his cross and follows the Lord. It is that person we should support and elect. Why? Well, those people are worthy of the Lord. No doubt about it. It is this kind of person we should elect to work for our Church. So, those who ran their secrets and bribes should be blocked and not allowed to be an officer in our church. This should be made impossible. So, that is how our church can be a real church. I as your pastor, ask you all a very serious favor. This is our holy church. Not part of the outside world. Don’t vote in the way of the outside world. This would be absolutely incorrect. Does he really have the worth of the Lord? Can he give his life for the church or the Lord? Not thinking of his position of Honor. But is he in a good place of service? Let’s all take time to pray for this and the good decision of our congregation. I want our church to be a good example of a church here in Daegu. When the voting is all finished, I don’t want to hear or say anything bad about the way anyone was elected. When we vote we should pray and let the Holy Spirit help us make our selections so that we may truly celebrate the elected. And so that we may be able to help these people provide a great service to the Lord. We should support him or her in their needs. In the meantime, the ones who were not elected, we should pray to comfort them. Giving them support as well. Let’s make our church of one mind, and a beautiful congregation. Pastor Jung-suk Lim(임정석 목사)
A man who is worthy of God(하나님께 가치 있는 사람)/ Matthew 10:37-39(마10:37-39)/ 2002-11-15
A man who is worthy of God(하나님께 가치 있는 사람) Matthew 10:37-39(마10:37-39) A man who is worthy of God Matthew 10:37-39 37 Anyone who loves his father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; 38 and anyone who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. 39 Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. Who is Worthy of Me Over the past two weeks we have been going through our autumn season of early Morning Prayer. Through this prayer we are calling out to the title, teaching the lesson and conducting our training in the Lord. In this title, how is the Lord teaching and training us? And finally what kind of apostle he wants to make out of us? This is what we were learning during Early Morning Prayer. Today, our word will be about the conclusion of all of this training and learning over the past two weeks. What kind of apostle to we want to be? That is one who will take his cross and follow our Lord. That is the kind of apostle he wants. Lets read today’s scripture Matthew 10:37-39 Anyone who loves his father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; 38and anyone who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. 39Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. When we look at this word, there are three times it says “not worthy of me” what does this mean? What kind of person is worthy of me? Anyone who loves me more than his father or mother. worthy of me. Anyone who loves me more than their son or daughter. worthy of me. Who ever take his cross and follow me. worthy of me. Follow me; is not the people who say they have found their life. Even though he has lost his life and takes his cross without fear, is the person who is worthy of me. This has a very deep meaning to touch your heart. Ah, when we hear this word, we see that it is not easy to truly follow our Lord. It is not too easy to be an apostle of our Lord. It is not going to be easy to work for the lord. We can feel this through today’s scripture. And yes, this is right, it is not easy. Of everything in this world, nothing is easy. Following our Lord, is actually not that simple. Well, lets look at today’s scripture with a little more detail. Today’s scripture says “not worthy of me” a lot, but when we look through this, it shows who is worthy of our Lord. First, what people are worthy of the Lord? Looking at verse 37, Anyone who loves me more than his father or mother. worthy of me. Anyone who loves me more than their son or daughter. worthy of me. When we hear this word, we feel a frightened. What does this mean? But, Maybe by looking at this word and understanding it, people with a family who are unfaithful or with a different religion and in this family one begins to love Jesus. these are the people who I think understand this word the best. Because of the fact that this family is going to start going to church, it is going to cause difficulties among the family. I wish to give you a better understanding of today’s scripture. By looking in front of today’s reading. look at verses 34-36. 34 “Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. 35For I have come to turn “a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. 36 a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household. What? What is the “good” meaning here? This is when people start to believe in the lord. The people who have no belief and those of different religions. In this kind of family, with this new religion in Christianity comes to them. It comes to them with a new and different view. it comes with a different way of doing things. Naturally, what would automatically change in this family? What is their response? I am sure it is not peace but more than likely fighting. We need to be prepared for this. Actually, if a person wants to do something. at all costs of reason they are going to get mentally prepared for this. That is how we can make it all possible. It’s like water. if you pour water into water, you get water. but if you pour liquor into water you get liquor. Two wrongs can’t be right. you cannot be right by both ways. Even in the following of Jesus. Keeping your faith and staying on the right path this is not a simple task. So, that is why it says, in verse 37 Anyone who loves his father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; Secondly, who is worthy of the Lord? Let’s look at verse 38 of today’s reading, 38and anyone who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Who takes his cross and follows me. Most people in church go to church regularly and well. But most people remove their cross. What about these people? I am not sure which of you are this kind of person, but most people are like this. Let’s think about this for a minute. What do we think of ourselves on this? Are we people of faith? Do we try really hard to know our own crosses? And do we even try to carry our crosses through our life of faith? Or do we just want to take those crosses off? Which way is your faith going? If I ask you, it might be very difficult or uncomfortable to answer. We should all check our own faith. Maybe we should all do things in a little different way. While I am living my life of faith, I want to carry the smallest cross possible. Are we like this person? Or What ever the cross that our Lord has given us we carry without complaints. Are we this kind of person? What do you think? Before we check ourselves, we need to be honest with ourselves. If we are not honest we won’t be able to take care of our problems. Third, who is worthy of the Lord? Let’s look at verse 39. 39Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. Even if they loose their lives, they do not fear. This is worthy of the Lord. This word is very important. Because, without this word, all that we have learned so far might be a great big misunderstanding. Like what the Lord said in verse 37 Anyone who loves his father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; 38and anyone who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. It is like these words, that it is possible for some misunderstanding, but verse 39 it makes it all easier to understand. Before closing, I would like to better organize this message. Today’s scripture tells us like this. Who is not worthy of the Lord. Anyone who loves his father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; 38and anyone who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Let’s think about this one more time. Let’s look at the first and second part. Anyone who loves his own family more than Jesus is not worth of the Lord. Earlier with explanation we could understand. but let’s look at it a different way. First it says, father and mother. What does this mean? This means in our family. the people in our family that are higher than us. Of course we love, respect and support them. This is right; this is what we have to do. BUT, it is not worthy of the love of our LORD. And the second word is that of your son or daughter. and this means that in our faithful lives, we have people in our family that are of lower status than ourselves. and we love and take care of them. Yes, this is also right, but we do not do more than our love to the Lord. I hope you don’t misunderstand this part. Especially in today’s message, taking the Cross and finding our lives. This we need to look at carefully. Why do we need to look carefully? Because many people just go through the motions of church. But, we live our faith lives without worry or connection with our crosses. And, we don’t feel heavy or burdened, without pressure to believe in Jesus. There are many who live like this and come to church. Also, not just this; what I am trying to say is more important than this. That is how we try to do our faith without carrying our crosses, what kind of situation are we going to fall into? What kind of mistake will we make? What do you think of this point? Ok, we go to church, every Sunday. We do our worship service. and yep, sometimes we pray hard and learn something. We look at these people as people of faith. So, we can’t see anything in their spirit of their love for the cross of Jesus. So, when we keep our faith in this manner, how do we get in? They are falling because of their superstition. This is their mistake or error. This is very important. So, that is why the Lord said it that way as in verse 38. Anyone who wants to follow me must take his cross and follow me. Especially, we look at the middle of this word. It says, follow me. we have to be careful not to say, “Learn from me.” Follow me: How do we follow the Lord? What should we do? Not just carrying the Cross. but we must take our Crosses and follow the Lord. Maybe, not following the Lord, and just knowing of the Lord or just learning of the Lord. It is possible to do this without carrying your cross. We put our bible on our desk, and we can sit at our desk and learn. But if we follow the Lord we take our cross and follow the lord. Everything is possible. And when we follow the Lord, without carrying the cross, we can be easily tested by temptation. And we can complain and blame others easily over the smallest matters. Making it easy for us to give up and fall down. It was this point that our Lord already knew. So, anyone who wants to follow Jesus must take his cross and follow me. That is why he said clearly. 38and anyone who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. If we look at the hymnal, there are a lot of hymn’s about the cross. but I found one #365 that shows the meaning well. Verse one and two of this hymn. 1. Must Jesus bear the cross alone, And all the world go free? No, there’s a cross for every one, And there’s a cross for me. 2. The consecrated cross I’ll bear Till death shall set me free, and then go home my crown to wear; For there’s a crown for me. What does this mean? The Consecrated Cross I’ll Bear? This means the cross that is rightly mine. So, I hang mine from my neck to be my burden. This cross of mine I will always take care of and follow the Lord and then go home my crown to wear. That is what this Hymn was about. Lets all sing together. Verse one and two of this hymn. #365 Last week we began voting for our elders, and we have yet another week of voting this week. We have to choose. Like in today’s word. we have to choose those who are worthy of the Lord. We should never vote for someone who called in secret and asked us for help or offered a bribe. I want to be an elder please support me, vote for me. No, we shouldn’t vote for them. I don’t know who did it, or who asks a favor but you know who they are. So, who do we need to elect to these positions? Not the secret or covert people, but the ones who honestly and sincerely give worship to the lord. He who carries his cross and follows the Lord. It is that person we should support and elect. Why? Well, those people are worthy of the Lord. No doubt about it. It is this kind of person we should elect to work for our Church. So, those who ran their secrets and bribes should be blocked and not allowed to be an officer in our church. This should be made impossible. So, that is how our church can be a real church. I as your pastor, ask you all a very serious favor. This is our holy church. Not part of the outside world. Don’t vote in the way of the outside world. This would be absolutely incorrect. Does he really have the worth of the Lord? Can he give his life for the church or the Lord? Not thinking of his position of Honor. But is he in a good place of service? Let’s all take time to pray for this and the good decision of our congregation. I want our church to be a good example of a church here in Daegu. When the voting is all finished, I don’t want to hear or say anything bad about the way anyone was elected. When we vote we should pray and let the Holy Spirit help us make our selections so that we may truly celebrate the elected. And so that we may be able to help these people provide a great service to the Lord. We should support him or her in their needs. In the meantime, the ones who were not elected, we should pray to comfort them. Giving them support as well. Let’s make our church of one mind, and a beautiful congregation. Pastor Jung-suk Lim(임정석 목사)
Turn away mine eyes from beholding vanity; and quicken thou me in thy way(내 눈을 돌이켜 허탄한 것을 보지 말게 하시고 주의 길에서 나를 살아나게 하소서)/ Psalm 119:37(시119:37)/ Pastor Charles Spurgeon(찰스 스펄전 목사)/ 새벽기도회설교/ 1850-01-20
Turn away mine eyes from beholding vanity; and quicken thou me in thy way(내 눈을 돌이켜 허탄한 것을 보지 말게 하시고 주의 길에서 나를 살아나게 하소서) Psalm 119:37(시119:37) DAILY READINGS by Charles Spurgeon sunset Psalm 119:37 EVENING: January 20 There are divers kinds of vanity. The cap and bells of the fool, the mirth of the world, the dance, the lyre, and the cup of the dissolute, all these men know to be vanities; they wear upon their forefront their proper name and title. Far more treacherous are those equally vain things, the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches. A man may follow vanity as truly in the counting-house as in the theatre. If he be spending his life in amassing wealth, he passes his days in a vain show. Unless we follow Christ, and make our God the great object of life, we only differ in appearance from the most frivolous. It is clear that there is much need of the first prayer of our text. “Quicken thou me in thy way.” The Psalmist confesses that he is dull, heavy, lumpy, all but dead. Perhaps, dear reader, you feel the same. We are so sluggish that the best motives cannot quicken us, apart from the Lord himself. What! will not hell quicken me? Shall I think of sinners perishing, and yet not be awakened? Will not heaven quicken me? Can I think of the reward that awaiteth the righteous, and yet be cold? Will not death quicken me? Can I think of dying, and standing before my God, and yet be slothful in my Master’s service? Will not Christ’s love constrain me? Can I think of his dear wounds, can I sit at the foot of his cross, and not be stirred with fervency and zeal? It seems so! No mere consideration can quicken us to zeal, but God himself must do it, hence the cry, “Quicken thou me.” The Psalmist breathes out his whole soul in vehement pleadings: his body and his soul unite in prayer. “Turn away mine eyes,” says the body: “Quicken thou me,” cries the soul. This is a fit prayer for every day. O Lord, hear it in my case this night.