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CHALLENGES FOR EVANGELISM

6 Jul

The Summary of Sermon by Ps. Djohan Handojo at Bethany International Sevice on Sunday, 2 July 2017.

CHALLENGES FOR EVANGELISM

Pastor Djohan recently attended a conference at Wittenburg in Germany where the Reformation started by Martin Luther. 

The conference discussed how to bring the Gospel for every person and challenges in sharing it. The gospel brings freedom and transforms life. 

In sharing the gospel today, we faced several challenges :-

 1. Ideology 

People do not believe in God. 40% of the people in the Western world become atheist. They do not find God important in their lives.
2. Secularism  

People look into the world and there is less emphasis of God in the society. In South East Asia, many people still have strong faith in God. We still find Christian schools, many Church services in the malls and hotels.

3. Moral 

Today sexual disorder is considered normal and acceptable especially in the western world. The government in America and other western countries legalized the same-sex marriage. Even the schools are teaching it and educate the right to develop love and feelings beyond the gender which is gender disorientation.

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James 1: 2-3) The world is constantly under temptation by the devil. Only the kingdom of God is unshakeable. 

We are dealing with self centeredness. People have the tendency to become self centered. Some of us struggle with sin but Jesus is waiting for us to come back when we have gone astray in the world. 
(2 Corinthians 5: 17-18) We are the new creation in Christ. It is important for us to walk in Christ every day. God will see us in a different way, God will see Christ who has redeemed us and see us as a new man or new woman in Christ.

When we are still living in the old self, the devil can attack us. When we live as a new man in Christ, the
devil cannot attack us. However, we can live a victorious life because God is in us.

(1 Corinthians 6 : 2 – 3)  For us as believers, one day, we will reign and rule with Jesus. We will judge the world and the fallen angels. 

Now, the Holy Spirit is in the world but one day the Holy Spirit will be taken away from the world. The world will turn into chaos.
(John 6:54- 55) Whoever eat of my flesh and drink of my blood remains in me, have the salvation and eternal life.

GOD THAT NEVER FAILS

27 Jun

GOD THAT NEVER FAILS

TODAY’S WORD: 1 Samuel 29, NKJV

The Philistines Reject David

29 Then the Philistines gathered together all their armies at Aphek, and the Israelites encamped by a fountain which is in Jezreel. 2 And the lords of the Philistines passed in review by hundreds and by thousands, but David and his men passed in review at the rear with Achish. 3 Then the princes of the Philistines said, “What are these Hebrews doing here?”

And Achish said to the princes of the Philistines, “Is this not David, the servant of Saul king of Israel, who has been with me these days, or these years? And to this day I have found no fault in him since he defected to me.”

4 But the princes of the Philistines were angry with him; so the princes of the Philistines said to him, “Make this fellow return, that he may go back to the place which you have appointed for him, and do not let him go down with us to battle, lest in the battle he become our adversary. For with what could he reconcile himself to his master, if not with the heads of these men? 5 Is this not David, of whom they sang to one another in dances, saying:

‘Saul has slain his thousands, And David his ten thousands’?”

6 Then Achish called David and said to him, “Surely, as the Lord lives, you have been upright, and your going out and your coming in with me in the army is good in my sight. For to this day I have not found evil in you since the day of your coming to me. Nevertheless the lords do not favor you. 7 Therefore return now, and go in peace, that you may not displease the lords of the Philistines.”

8 So David said to Achish, “But what have I done? And to this day what have you found in your servant as long as I have been with you, that I may not go and fight against the enemies of my lord the king?”

9 Then Achish answered and said to David, “I know that you are as good in my sight as an angel of God; nevertheless the princes of the Philistines have said, ‘He shall not go up with us to the battle.’ 10 Now therefore, rise early in the morning with your master’s servants who have come with you. And as soon as you are up early in the morning and have light, depart.”

11 So David and his men rose early to depart in the morning, to return to the land of the Philistines. And the Philistines went up to Jezreel.

TODAY’S INSPIRATION 
If God has promised, He is the God who has never failed for His promises. All the promises that He said will surely be fulfilled, although perhaps in the fulfilment there are many processes which that be passed by us.

God has promised to David, that David would be king over Israel, then God would be with David. When the Lord would execute on the judgement plan of King Saul as He says through the prophet Samuel, God first separated David and his soldiers from the collection of the Philistine king Achish.

In the previous story it was mentioned that to avoid King Saul’s chase, David ran in the wrong territory. David entered into under the authority Philistine king Achish, then David, who used to serve as king turned to the king Achish as a servant. But God knew that David’s life goal was to become king of Israel, because he was not a servant, so the Lord must act to end this chapter. God used Achish, king of the Philistines to fight and eliminate Saul, but God did not want David involved in a civil war with King Saul, for no apparent reason king Achish ended David’s devotion time and cast out David along with his men.

In the design of God and as the God who never forget His promises, the nation of Israel fell into the hands of the Philistines and Saul died in battle along with his children to pave the way for David to be the greatest king in Israel.

The above story shows that the way of God can not be understood, because the Lord’s way is not the way of the human. But God is not human so that He changed the plan. He will most certainly fulfil His plan because He never fails.

You are the Lord’s possessions, who are sealed by the love of God, so that you exist and move in God’s plan, which is to obtain a plan of peace that provides a future full of hope and for that He will never fail to fulfil it.

TODAY’S VERSE TO REMEMBER:

“The Lord is not slow in keeping His promise, as some understand slowness. Instead He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” [2 Peter 3:9]

TODAY’S ACTION:

Be faithful to your call so you get what He has planned.

TODAY’S QUOTE:

If you are disappointed with humans because they are often forgotten promises, but God is a God who has never failed for His promises.

[Taken from Today’s Word by Ps Djohan Handojo and Team]

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TODAY’S BIBLE READING:

Morning: Acts 8:26-40, NKJV

Christ Is Preached to an Ethiopian

26 Now an angel of the Lord spoke to Philip, saying, “Arise and go toward the south along the road which goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” This is desert. 27 So he arose and went. And behold, a man of Ethiopia, a eunuch of great authority under Candace the queen of the Ethiopians, who had charge of all her treasury, and had come to Jerusalem to worship, 28 was returning. And sitting in his chariot, he was reading Isaiah the prophet. 29 Then the Spirit said to Philip, “Go near and overtake this chariot.”

30 So Philip ran to him, and heard him reading the prophet Isaiah, and said, “Do you understand what you are reading?”

31 And he said, “How can I, unless someone guides me?” And he asked Philip to come up and sit with him. 32 The place in the Scripture which he read was this:

“He was led as a sheep to the slaughter; And as a lamb before its shearer is silent, So He opened not His mouth. 33 In His humiliation His justice was taken away, And who will declare His generation? For His life is taken from the earth.”

34 So the eunuch answered Philip and said, “I ask you, of whom does the prophet say this, of himself or of some other man?” 35 Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning at this Scripture, preached Jesus to him. 36 Now as they went down the road, they came to some water. And the eunuch said, “See, here is water. What hinders me from being baptized?”

37 Then Philip said, “If you believe with all your heart, you may.” And he answered and said, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.”

38 So he commanded the chariot to stand still. And both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water, and he baptized him. 39 Now when they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught Philip away, so that the eunuch saw him no more; and he went on his way rejoicing. 40 But Philip was found at Azotus. And passing through, he preached in all the cities till he came to Caesarea.

Night: Job 8-10, NKJV

Bildad: Job Should Repent

8 Then Bildad the Shuhite answered and said:

2 “How long will you speak these things, And the words of your mouth be like a strong wind? 3 Does God subvert judgment? Or does the Almighty pervert justice? 4 If your sons have sinned against Him, He has cast them away for their transgression. 5 If you would earnestly seek God And make your supplication to the Almighty, 6 If you were pure and upright, Surely now He would awake for you, And prosper your rightful dwelling place. 7 Though your beginning was small, Yet your latter end would increase abundantly. 8 “For inquire, please, of the former age, And consider the things discovered by their fathers; 9 For we were born yesterday, and know nothing, Because our days on earth are a shadow. 10 Will they not teach you and tell you, And utter words from their heart? 11 “Can the papyrus grow up without a marsh? Can the reeds flourish without water? 12 While it is yet green and not cut down, It withers before any other plant. 13 So are the paths of all who forget God; And the hope of the hypocrite shall perish, 14 Whose confidence shall be cut off, And whose trust is a spider’s web. 15 He leans on his house, but it does not stand. He holds it fast, but it does not endure.  16 He grows green in the sun, And his branches spread out in his garden.

17 His roots wrap around the rock heap, And look for a place in the stones. 18 If he is destroyed from his place, Then it will deny him, saying, ‘I have not seen you.’ 19 “Behold, this is the joy of His way, And out of the earth others will grow. 20 Behold, God will not cast away the blameless, Nor will He uphold the evildoers. 21 He will yet fill your mouth with laughing, And your lips with rejoicing. 22 Those who hate you will be clothed with shame,

And the dwelling place of the wicked will come to nothing.”

Job: There Is No Mediator

9 Then Job answered and said:

2 “Truly I know it is so, But how can a man be righteous before God? 3 If one wished to contend with Him, He could not answer Him one time out of a thousand. 4 God is wise in heart and mighty in strength. Who has hardened himself against Him and prospered? 5 He removes the mountains, and they do not know When He overturns them in His anger; 6 He shakes the earth out of its place, And its pillars tremble; 7 He commands the sun, and it does not rise; He seals off the stars; 8 He alone spreads out the heavens, And treads on the waves of the sea; 9 He made the Bear, Orion, and the Pleiades, And the chambers of the south; 10 He does great things past finding out, Yes, wonders without number. 11 If He goes by me, I do not see Him; If He moves past, I do not perceive Him; 12 If He takes away, who can hinder Him? Who can say to Him, ‘What are You doing?’ 13 God will not withdraw His anger, The allies of the proud lie prostrate beneath Him. 14 “How then can I answer Him,

And choose my words to reason with Him? 15 For though I were righteous, I could not answer Him; I would beg mercy of my Judge. 16 If I called and He answered me, I would not believe that He was listening to my voice. 17 For He crushes me with a tempest, And multiplies my wounds without cause. 18 He will not allow me to catch my breath, But fills me with bitterness. 19 If it is a matter of strength, indeed He is strong; And if of justice, who will appoint my day in court? 20 Though I were righteous, my own mouth would condemn me;

Though I were blameless, it would prove me perverse. 21 “I am blameless, yet I do not know myself; I despise my life. 22 It is all one thing; Therefore I say, ‘He destroys the blameless and the wicked.’ 23 If the scourge slays suddenly, He laughs at the plight of the innocent.

24 The earth is given into the hand of the wicked. He covers the faces of its judges. If it is not He, who else could it be? 25 “Now my days are swifter than a runner; They flee away, they see no good. 26 They pass by like swift ships, Like an eagle swooping on its prey. 27 If I say, ‘I will forget my complaint, I will put off my sad face and wear a smile,’ 28 I am afraid of all my sufferings; I know that You will not hold me innocent. 29 If I am condemned, Why then do I labor in vain? 30 If I wash myself with snow water, And cleanse my hands with soap, 31 Yet You will plunge me into the pit, And my own clothes will abhor me. 32 “For He is not a man, as I am, That I may answer Him, And that we should go to court together. 33 Nor is there any mediator between us, Who may lay his hand on us both. 34 Let Him take His rod away from me, And do not let dread of Him terrify me. 35 Then I would speak and not fear Him, But it is not so with me.

Job: I Would Plead with God

10 “My soul loathes my life; I will give free course to my complaint, I will speak in the bitterness of my soul. 2 I will say to God, ‘Do not condemn me; Show me why You contend with me. 3 Does it seem good to You that You should oppress, That You should despise the work of Your hands, And smile on the counsel of the wicked? 4 Do You have eyes of flesh?

Or do You see as man sees? 5 Are Your days like the days of a mortal man? Are Your years like the days of a mighty man, 6 That You should seek for my iniquity And search out my sin, 7 Although You know that I am not wicked, And there is no one who can deliver from Your hand? 8 ‘Your hands have made me and fashioned me, An intricate unity; Yet You would destroy me. 9 Remember, I pray, that You have made me like clay. And will You turn me into dust again? 10 Did You not pour me out like milk, And curdle me like cheese, 11 Clothe me with skin and flesh, And knit me together with bones and sinews? 12 You have granted me life and favor, And Your care has preserved my spirit. 13 ‘And these things You have hidden in Your heart; I know that this was with You: 14 If I sin, then You mark me, And will not acquit me of my iniquity. 15 If I am wicked, woe to me; Even if I am righteous, I cannot lift up my head. I am full of disgrace; See my misery! 16 If my head is exalted, You hunt me like a fierce lion, And again You show Yourself awesome against me. 17 You renew Your witnesses against me, And increase Your indignation toward me; Changes and war are ever with me. 18 ‘Why then have You brought me out of the womb? Oh, that I had perished and no eye had seen me! 19 I would have been as though I had not been. I would have been carried from the womb to the grave. 20 Are not my days few? Cease! Leave me alone, that I may take a little comfort, 21 Before I go to the place from which I shall not return, To the land of darkness and the shadow of death, 22 A land as dark as darkness itself, As the shadow of death, without any order, Where even the light is like darkness.’”

 

LIVE IN ABUNDANCE

1 May

TODAY’S WORD: Luke 12:16-21, NIV

16 And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest. 17 He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’

18 “Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain. 19 And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.”’

20 “But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’

21 “This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.”

TODAY’S BIBLE READING:

Morning: Luke 21:20-38, NIV

20 “When you see Jerusalem being surrounded by armies, you will know that its desolation is near. 21 Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, let those in the city get out, and let those in the country not enter the city. 22 For this is the time of punishment in fulfillment of all that has been written. 23 How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers! There will be great distress in the land and wrath against this people. 24 They will fall by the sword and will be taken as prisoners to all the nations. Jerusalem will be trampled on by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.

25 “There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea. 26 People will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken. 27 At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. 28 When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”

29 He told them this parable: “Look at the fig tree and all the trees. 30 When they sprout leaves, you can see for yourselves and know that summer is near.31 Even so, when you see these things happening, you know that the kingdom of God is near.

32 “Truly I tell you, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened. 33 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.

34 “Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you suddenly like a trap.35 For it will come on all those who live on the face of the whole earth. 36 Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man.”

37 Each day Jesus was teaching at the temple, and each evening he went out to spend the night on the hill called the Mount of Olives, 38 and all the people came early in the morning to hear him at the temple.

Night: 1 Kings 10-11, NIV

The Queen of Sheba Visits Solomon

10 When the queen of Sheba heard about the fame of Solomon and his relationship to the Lord, she came to test Solomon with hard questions. Arriving at Jerusalem with a very great caravan—with camels carrying spices, large quantities of gold, and precious stones—she came to Solomon and talked with him about all that she had on her mind. Solomon answered all her questions; nothing was too hard for the king to explain to her. When the queen of Sheba saw all the wisdom of Solomon and the palace he had built, the food on his table, the seating of his officials, the attending servants in their robes, his cupbearers, and the burnt offerings he made at the temple of the Lord, she was overwhelmed.

She said to the king, “The report I heard in my own country about your achievements and your wisdom is true. But I did not believe these things until I came and saw with my own eyes. Indeed, not even half was told me; in wisdom and wealth you have far exceeded the report I heard. How happy your people must be! How happy your officials, who continually stand before you and hear your wisdom! Praise be to the Lord your God, who has delighted in you and placed you on the throne of Israel. Because of the Lord’s eternal love for Israel, he has made you king to maintain justice and righteousness.”

10 And she gave the king 120 talents of gold, large quantities of spices, and precious stones. Never again were so many spices brought in as those the queen of Sheba gave to King Solomon.

11 (Hiram’s ships brought gold from Ophir; and from there they brought great cargoes of almugwood and precious stones. 12 The king used the almugwood to make supports for the temple of the Lord and for the royal palace, and to make harps and lyres for the musicians. So much almugwood has never been imported or seen since that day.)

13 King Solomon gave the queen of Sheba all she desired and asked for, besides what he had given her out of his royal bounty. Then she left and returned with her retinue to her own country.

Solomon’s Splendor

14 The weight of the gold that Solomon received yearly was 666 talents,  15 not including the revenues from merchants and traders and from all the Arabian kings and the governors of the territories.

16 King Solomon made two hundred large shields of hammered gold; six hundred shekels of gold went into each shield. 17 He also made three hundred small shields of hammered gold, with three minas of gold in each shield. The king put them in the Palace of the Forest of Lebanon.

18 Then the king made a great throne covered with ivory and overlaid with fine gold. 19 The throne had six steps, and its back had a rounded top. On both sides of the seat were armrests, with a lion standing beside each of them. 20 Twelve lions stood on the six steps, one at either end of each step. Nothing like it had ever been made for any other kingdom. 21 All King Solomon’s goblets were gold, and all the household articles in the Palace of the Forest of Lebanon were pure gold. Nothing was made of silver, because silver was considered of little value in Solomon’s days. 22 The king had a fleet of trading ships at sea along with the ships of Hiram. Once every three years it returned, carrying gold, silver and ivory, and apes and baboons.

23 King Solomon was greater in riches and wisdom than all the other kings of the earth. 24 The whole world sought audience with Solomon to hear the wisdom God had put in his heart. 25 Year after year, everyone who came brought a gift—articles of silver and gold, robes, weapons and spices, and horses and mules.

26 Solomon accumulated chariots and horses; he had fourteen hundred chariots and twelve thousand horses, which he kept in the chariot cities and also with him in Jerusalem. 27 The king made silver as common in Jerusalem as stones, and cedar as plentiful as sycamore-fig trees in the foothills. 28 Solomon’s horses were imported from Egypt and from Kue—the royal merchants purchased them from Kue at the current price. 29 They imported a chariot from Egypt for six hundred shekels of silver, and a horse for a hundred and fifty. They also exported them to all the kings of the Hittites and of the Arameans.

Solomon’s Wives

11 King Solomon, however, loved many foreign women besides Pharaoh’s daughter—Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Sidonians and Hittites. They were from nations about which the Lord had told the Israelites, “You must not intermarry with them, because they will surely turn your hearts after their gods.” Nevertheless, Solomon held fast to them in love. He had seven hundred wives of royal birth and three hundred concubines, and his wives led him astray. As Solomon grew old, his wives turned his heart after other gods, and his heart was not fully devoted to the Lord his God, as the heart of David his father had been. He followed Ashtoreth the goddess of the Sidonians, and Molek the detestable god of the Ammonites. So Solomon did evil in the eyes of the Lord; he did not follow the Lord completely, as David his father had done.

On a hill east of Jerusalem, Solomon built a high place for Chemosh the detestable god of Moab, and for Molek the detestable god of the Ammonites.He did the same for all his foreign wives, who burned incense and offered sacrifices to their gods.

The Lord became angry with Solomon because his heart had turned away from the Lord, the God of Israel, who had appeared to him twice. 10 Although he had forbidden Solomon to follow other gods, Solomon did not keep the Lord’s command. 11 So the Lord said to Solomon, “Since this is your attitude and you have not kept my covenant and my decrees, which I commanded you, I will most certainly tear the kingdom away from you and give it to one of your subordinates. 12 Nevertheless, for the sake of David your father, I will not do it during your lifetime. I will tear it out of the hand of your son. 13 Yet I will not tear the whole kingdom from him, but will give him one tribe for the sake of David my servant and for the sake of Jerusalem, which I have chosen.”

Solomon’s Adversaries

14 Then the Lord raised up against Solomon an adversary, Hadad the Edomite, from the royal line of Edom. 15 Earlier when David was fighting with Edom, Joab the commander of the army, who had gone up to bury the dead, had struck down all the men in Edom. 16 Joab and all the Israelites stayed there for six months, until they had destroyed all the men in Edom. 17 But Hadad, still only a boy, fled to Egypt with some Edomite officials who had served his father.18 They set out from Midian and went to Paran. Then taking people from Paran with them, they went to Egypt, to Pharaoh king of Egypt, who gave Hadad a house and land and provided him with food.

19 Pharaoh was so pleased with Hadad that he gave him a sister of his own wife, Queen Tahpenes, in marriage. 20 The sister of Tahpenes bore him a son named Genubath, whom Tahpenes brought up in the royal palace. There Genubath lived with Pharaoh’s own children.

21 While he was in Egypt, Hadad heard that David rested with his ancestors and that Joab the commander of the army was also dead. Then Hadad said to Pharaoh, “Let me go, that I may return to my own country.”

22 “What have you lacked here that you want to go back to your own country?” Pharaoh asked.

“Nothing,” Hadad replied, “but do let me go!”

23 And God raised up against Solomon another adversary, Rezon son of Eliada, who had fled from his master, Hadadezer king of Zobah. 24 When David destroyed Zobah’s army, Rezon gathered a band of men around him and became their leader; they went to Damascus, where they settled and took control. 25 Rezon was Israel’s adversary as long as Solomon lived, adding to the trouble caused by Hadad. So Rezon ruled in Aram and was hostile toward Israel.

Jeroboam Rebels Against Solomon

26 Also, Jeroboam son of Nebat rebelled against the king. He was one of Solomon’s officials, an Ephraimite from Zeredah, and his mother was a widow named Zeruah.

27 Here is the account of how he rebelled against the king: Solomon had built the terraces and had filled in the gap in the wall of the city of David his father.28 Now Jeroboam was a man of standing, and when Solomon saw how well the young man did his work, he put him in charge of the whole labor force of the tribes of Joseph.

29 About that time Jeroboam was going out of Jerusalem, and Ahijah the prophet of Shiloh met him on the way, wearing a new cloak. The two of them were alone out in the country, 30 and Ahijah took hold of the new cloak he was wearing and tore it into twelve pieces. 31 Then he said to Jeroboam, “Take ten pieces for yourself, for this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘See, I am going to tear the kingdom out of Solomon’s hand and give you ten tribes. 32 But for the sake of my servant David and the city of Jerusalem, which I have chosen out of all the tribes of Israel, he will have one tribe. 33 I will do this because they have forsaken me and worshiped Ashtoreth the goddess of the Sidonians, Chemosh the god of the Moabites, and Molek the god of the Ammonites, and have not walked in obedience to me, nor done what is right in my eyes, nor kept my decrees and laws as David, Solomon’s father, did.

34 “‘But I will not take the whole kingdom out of Solomon’s hand; I have made him ruler all the days of his life for the sake of David my servant, whom I chose and who obeyed my commands and decrees. 35 I will take the kingdom from his son’s hands and give you ten tribes. 36 I will give one tribe to his son so that David my servant may always have a lamp before me in Jerusalem, the city where I chose to put my Name. 37 However, as for you, I will take you, and you will rule over all that your heart desires; you will be king over Israel. 38 If you do whatever I command you and walk in obedience to me and do what is right in my eyes by obeying my decrees and commands, as David my servant did, I will be with you. I will build you a dynasty as enduring as the one I built for David and will give Israel to you. 39 I will humble David’s descendants because of this, but not forever.’”

40 Solomon tried to kill Jeroboam, but Jeroboam fled to Egypt, to Shishak the king, and stayed there until Solomon’s death.

Solomon’s Death

41 As for the other events of Solomon’s reign—all he did and the wisdom he displayed—are they not written in the book of the annals of Solomon? 42 Solomon reigned in Jerusalem over all Israel forty years. 43 Then he rested with his ancestors and was buried in the city of David his father. And Rehoboam his son succeeded him as king.

TODAY’S INSPIRATION 
Many people who have a lot of money, but living the life carelessly, do not have pattern, and do not have plan. They are simply living, eating, drinking and partying, only to satisfy the desire of the flesh. God’s word today records the parable of the rich and fool who accumulate wealth for its own indulgent and ultimately everything is useless because he himself lose his life.

While some people who are living carelessly by lounging and stand idly but dream big and expect wealth falling from the sky. The Word of God says in Proverbs 6:6: “Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise!” There are also people who are living full of worries, every time spend on worrying about what they will eat, drink wear, so they work in fear, toiling from morning until morning again in order to make a lot of money so it gives a sense of security that they will not be lack of money, as Jesus says in Matthew 6:31, “So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’” But the word of God says everything is useless because the Lord grants sleep to those he loves. (Psalm 127:1-2).

But listen to God’s word in John 10:10 God says that I have come that you may have life in abundance and fullness. A blessed life because God suffice, preserve, defend, different to make our lives a life reflecting the glory of God that is always shine as light and salt of the world.

TODAY’S VERSE TO REMEMBER:

“I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” (John 10:10)

TODAY’S ACTION:

Entrust your life to the Lord, because He is the source of blessings in abundance.

TODAY’S QUOTE:

God guarantees your life, if you live in the Lord.

[Taken from Today’s Word by Ps. Djohan Handojo and Team]

 

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HAVING A FELLOWSHIP EVERYDAY

1 Apr

John 6:28-59

28 Then they asked him, “What must we do to do the works God requires?” 29 Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.” 30 So they asked him, “What sign then will you give that we may see it and believe you? What will you do? 31 Our ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written: ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’” 32 Jesus said to them, “Very truly I tell you, it is not Moses who has given you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven. 33 For the bread of God is the bread that comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” 34 “Sir,” they said, “always give us this bread.” 35 Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. 36 But as I told you, you have seen me and still you do not believe. 37 All those the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away. 38 For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me. 39 And this is the will of him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all those he has given me, but raise them up at the last day. 40 For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day.”

41 At this the Jews there began to grumble about him because he said, “I am the bread that came down from heaven.” 42 They said, “Is this not Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How can he now say, ‘I came down from heaven’?” 43 “Stop grumbling among yourselves,” Jesus answered. 44 “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them, and I will raise them up at the last day. 45 It is written in the Prophets: ‘They will all be taught by God.’ Everyone who has heard the Father and learned from him comes to me. 46 No one has seen the Father except the one who is from God; only he has seen the Father. 47 Very truly I tell you, the one who believes has eternal life. 48 I am the bread of life. 49 Your ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness, yet they died.50 But here is the bread that comes down from heaven, which anyone may eat and not die. 51 I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats this bread will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.” 52 Then the Jews began to argue sharply among themselves, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?”

53 Jesus said to them, “Very truly I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. 54 Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day. 55 For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink. 56 Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in them. 57 Just as the living Father sent me and I live because of the Father, so the one who feeds on me will live because of me. 58 This is the bread that came down from heaven. Your ancestors ate manna and died, but whoever feeds on this bread will live forever.” 59 He said this while teaching in the synagogue in Capernaum.

Today’s Inspiration

Jesus said in the verse above that He is the bread of life. Bread is considered as one of the essential food. Because of that we can say that a person that eats the bread of life will be considered as the person who has believed and in a fellowship with Him. The description that the Lord used seemed to be simple, but the meaning behind those words very deep.

What will happen when we eat bread or other essential food? The food that comes in through our mouths will be digested in the stomach using various enzymes and the nutrients will be absorbed into the system through intestines. Then those nutrients will be changed into energy that will be our strengths to move and do activities. It is the same with our fellowship with Jesus. When we believe, Jesus dwells within us and be the inseparable part of our lives. He gives spiritual life for us, and that enable us to do the will of the Father.

The key to keeps on getting energy and power to do various activities is to eat regularly, at least thrice a day. Even, to be honest, we always have a time to eat. There is no one that consciously make himself busy until he does not have time to eat. The same goes with our fellowship with the Lord. If we want a strong spiritual self we are going to need this fellowship with the Lord. Fellowship with the Lord needs to be done consistently. In order to stay strong, we cannot have a fellowship once a week or once a year. Fellowship with the Lord needs to be going continuously day by day.

Fellowship with the Lord does not mean we need to always have a wide range of free time to stay still and enjoy His presence. We can still communicate and building our relationship with God when we are working or drinking or when you are in the market, or when you queue, or even when you are sick. Praise the Lord that we have Him that we can always contact at any time and during any kind of circumstances. He is the Lord that longs and craves for a fellowship with us, His children.

Today’s Reflection

  1. How often have you build your fellowship with the Lord? How is the quality of it? Is it enough to give you spiritual strength for you to live?
  2. What do you want in the fellowship with the Lord?

Today’s Action

Tighten your fellowship with the Lord because the Lord never stopped talking to us – He always builds, consoles, and reprimands us.

Today’s Word

“I am the bread of life” [John 6:48, NIV]

[Taken from Today’s Word: Recharge by Ps. Djohan Handojo]

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REVIVAL

4 Mar

Sermon Notes of Pastor Hanna Handojo at Bethany International Service, Sunday, 1 March 2015, summarized by Sister Stella Ho and edited by Brother Gilbert Khoo

Revival is not a big crusade or mere evangelistic meetings.

Revival is when the people of God pray seriously and sincerely with perseverance to shake the heavens so that the will of God will happen on this Earth. It will transform the city or nation, as The Holy Spirit will be convicting the people of their sins even without any preaching.

Pastor Duncan, a Scottish pastor, in his book “the uniqueness of revival” he was mentioning about grandma Peggy, 84 years old and her burden to bring the people on her island to know Jesus Christ.

Grandma Peggy had a dream and she conveyed it her church pastor that she saw many people coming.

Her church pastor agreed to gather the leaders of the church to pray twice a week

And without anybody inviting the prayer group grew larger. The Holy Spirit Himself touched and convicted the people of their sins. Everyone was under the strong conviction of the Holy Spirit and the church was overflowing with people.

What started as a 3-day evangelistic meeting continued for 10 years!

It is important for us that Jesus is our all in all.

For I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground; I will pour my Spirit upon your offspring, and my blessing on your descendants. They shall spring up among the grass like willows by flowing streams. This one will say, ‘I am the Lord’s, ’

another will call on the name of Jacob, and another will write on his hand, ‘The Lord’s, ’

and name himself by the name of Israel (Isaiah 44:3-5)

Today, the whole world is gripped with fear and looking for solutions and we as believers we have Jesus as our security. God allows this situation to happen for the world to turn to Jesus.

Do we have compassion for those who are yet to be saved?  Are we longing to see God’s glory moving tremendously in these last days?

Check ourselves do we posses the compulsory qualities:

  1. Genuine fear of the Lord

It is important to have genuine fear of the Lord.

  1. Conviction of our personal sins

We must not let our hearts become numb such that we no longer feel anything when we sin against God. We should be ashamed when we sinned to be spiritually healthy.

The choice is in our hands.

Don’t pretend to be holy; we need to do a spiritual check against the Bible.

  1. Genuine Holiness

Are we willing to learn under the greatest Teachers Jesus and the Holy Spirit?

Do we love holiness?  Don’t live a double life. “Be Holy for I am Holy.” (1 Peter 1:16) Without holiness we cannot see the Lord.

  1. Repentance

Many churches do not want to talk about Repentance.

In Matthew: John the Baptist ministry focused on the repentance for the kingdom of God is at hand. The book of revelation also closes with the message of repentance to the 7 churches, 5 churches were rebuked.

a. The church of Ephesians: left even lost their first love to Jesus. Is our love for God increasing?  Go back to our first love to Jesus.

After the rebukes there is always this message: “Those who have ears, let them hear what the Holy Spirit says”

b. Church of Pergamum: wrong doctrine

The Moabites women enticed the men of Israel so that the Israelites compromised to worship other God. Don’t minimize the meaning of the Cross

c. The church of Thyatira: immorality, adultery. Stop making excuses or even fooling God. “… and you may be sure that your sin will find you out.” (Numbers 32:23). Run away from temptation like Joseph.

The enemies try to destroy us at all cost: let us be grieving of what grieves the Heart of God

d. The church of Sardis: wake up, strengthens the things which remain, actually you are dead revelations 3

What things are still alive in our life or is it Jesus that is living in our life?

e. The church in Laodicea: a lukewarm church, neither hot nor cold. We need to be on fire for God.

Are we like one of these churches?

5 warnings were presented to us; how is our spiritual life condition today?

It is important to return to the ways of the Lord and search our hearts be strong in the Lord in order to withstand the challenges, trials, and shaking we are going to face in the near future.

We are encourage to ponder and reflect upon Proverbs 6:16-18.

16 These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: 17 A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, 18 An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief.

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How to become like – DAVID the man after God’s own heart?

12 Jan

How to become like – DAVID the man after God’s own heart?

Sermon Notes of Pastor Djohan Handojo, Sunday, 11 January 2015, summarized by Sister Stella Ho and Brother Gilbert Khoo.

For the eyes of the LORD move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His.  (2 Chronicles 16:9 NASB)

  • God gives a theme and He will do it.
  • Be faithful to God to be entrusted in larger capacity in the Kingdom of God.
  • 2015 The year of Multiplied miracles.
  • Prophet Samuel was sent to Bethlehem to anoint one of Jesse’s son while Saul was still ruling to be the next king of Israel. God does not look at our appearance and performance but He looks at our heart our inner man our spirit mind and soul that is the real us.

How do we have a heart like David

1. He knew God intimately.

After He had removed him, He raised up David to be their king, concerning whom He also testified and said, ‘I HAVE FOUND DAVID the son of Jesse, A MAN AFTER MY HEART, who will do all My will.’ (Acts 13:22 NASB)

2. We need to know who we are in Christ (we are called beloved to God)

Unless the LORD builds the house, They labor in vain who build it; Unless the LORD guards the city, The watchman keeps awake in vain. It is vain for you to rise up early, To retire late, To eat the bread of painful labors; For He gives to His beloved even in his sleep. Behold, children are a gift of the LORD, The fruit of the womb is a reward. (Psalms 127:1-3 NASB)

3. We need the anointing of God to serve God

  • Now these are the last words of David. David the son of Jesse declares, The man who was raised on high declares, The anointed of the God of Jacob, And the sweet psalmist of Israel, (2 Samuel 23:1 NASB)
  • Always open your eyes for The Word of God and your heart for God. Close any gap that no evil comes in

4. Have integrity like David

  • He also chose David His servant And took him from the sheepfolds; From the care of the ewes with suckling lambs He brought him To shepherd Jacob His people, And Israel His inheritance. So he shepherded them according to the integrity of his heart, And guided them with his skillful hands. (Psalms 78:70-72 NASB)
  • He didn’t kill King Saul even though he had the opportunity.
  • Differences between David and Saul: Saul was rebellious; he sought witchcraft for solutions, unrepentant towards his mistakes.
  • To speak blessing and good things to our enemies is not easy but we need to do it

5. Be successful in the will of God

  • Temptation of success makes people afraid of man than God
  • For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? (Matthew 16:26 NASB)
  • Learn from David although he was successful, yet he humbled himself before God.
  • Tempted by the worldly success: -> Elvis Presley was on the top of his career and he succumbed to the temptation of this world. He started as a gospel singer and he became enslaved to this world drugs alcohol he died on 16 August 1977 for failing to nurture his inner man. He got so carried away with the fame and riches of this world. Nothing in this world could satisfy.
  • A Swedish with no arms Lena Maria – a national swimmer athlete, a motivator, a book author, a singer. These examples proved that our inner man is much more important than our physical body. Be a person after God’s own heart.

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The Power of Forgiveness

6 Jan

Sermon Notes of Pastor Dr. Daniel Prajogo, 04-Jan-2015, summarized by Brother Gilbert Khoo

When He had come back to Capernaum several days afterward, it was heard that He was at home. 2 And many were gathered together, so that there was no longer room, not even near the door; and He was speaking the word to them. 3 And they *came, bringing to Him a paralytic, carried by four men. 4 Being unable to get to Him because of the crowd, they removed the roof above Him; and when they had dug an opening, they let down the pallet on which the paralytic was lying. 5 And Jesus seeing their faith *said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.” 6 But some of the scribes were sitting there and reasoning in their hearts, 7 “Why does this man speak that way? He is blaspheming; who can forgive sin but God alone?” 8 Immediately Jesus, aware in His spirit that they were reasoning that way within themselves, *said to them, “Why are you reasoning about these things in your hearts? 9 Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven’; or to say, ‘Get up, and pick up your pallet and walk’? 10 But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—He *said to the paralytic, 11 “I say to you, get up, pick up your pallet and go home.” (Mark 2:1-11)

  1. Have Faith in God (verse 5)
  • Jesus is more interested in our faith.
  • Jesus wants us to focus our eyes on Him – not on other things
  • Jesus gave forgiveness to the paralytic although he was requiring healing
  • Daniel’s daughter suffered diarrhea during holidays and even though she was given medication she developed fever 2 days later. He brought his daughter to the pediatrician but the daughter was diagnosed with infection of the throat instead. He was surprised but indeed the diagnosis was correct and his daughter was healed in 2 days.
  • The doctor solved the root cause that lead to the infection.
  • Jesus came gave a greater gift – the forgiveness of sins so that our relationship with God is restored.
  • Only God can forgive sin. When we sin, we sinned against God.
  • Jesus came to redeem us and He paid with His life
  1. FOCUS on the GOAL – Receiving Forgiveness
  • Only God can forgive sins and heal people. For it is impossible for man to forgive or to heal.
  • Jesus can forgive sins because He is God. (But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins – verse 10)
  • GOAL is forgiveness, GIFT is healing. FOCUS on the GOAL, not the GIFT. Many of us today are so focus on the GIFT but forget the GOAL.
  • Keep your eyes on God. Focus on the Giver not the Gift.
  1. GOD’s Word Has Authority
  • God’s Word has authority. Everything that God said was accomplished. Example story of the centurion. There is an authority in the word of the centurion. What he says, the soldiers will follow. He believed Jesus had the authority. All he did was to ask Jesus to speak a Word for the healing of his servant.
  • Even if you have not experience the blessings or healing, just trust in His love.
  • There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. (1 John 4:18)
  • Story of the Allied soldiers in the Japanese concentration camp. They have to ensure their tools are complete after the hard labor each day. One day, the Japanese captain called the allied prisoners out and informed them that one tool is missing and if the culprit does not confess it, the whole group will die. Finally, one man stood up and he confessed. He was immediately shot dead. His comrades were angry why they had to go through the betrayal of the comrade who almost caused them to lose their lives. Suddenly one of the Japanese soldiers came in and informed the captain that they miscalculated and the tools are in fact complete. On hearing this, the prisoners understood that their comrade had in fact step forward to prevent his other comrades from dying.
  • Jesus took our sins on the cross. Jesus had to die on the cross so that our sins can be forgiven. It was a heavy penalty but Jesus paid in full with His life.

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