2017/08/26

8/27/2017 "You are the star of heaven"


John 1: 35-51


All true Christians must be witnesses. This is a famous story that William Fay testified. Since he became a Christian he has preached more than 25,000 people.

William Pei's background is somewhat atypical for Christ-centered evangelists and authors. Fay who grew up in a wealthy family sought to pursue money and power. He was always a scammer, joined with gangsters and engaged in a huge prostitution business. He led the organization of his three wives and the darkness and began to realize that he had to pursue something great in his life. 

After hearing the gospel of Christ, he began a life of submission to the power of the Holy Spirit. After that, he changed his focus of life from money to sharing salvation. He proposed the principle of simplicity to share the joy of salvation with anyone he met.

In his book "Share Jesus Without Fear" he said. "There are only two kinds of Christians in this world: Those who talk about the lost. Those who talk to the lost."

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Whenever you talk about evangelism, you will recall the old evangelists who cried out in a crowded train station or bus terminal, saying, "You go to heaven if you believe in Jesus and you go to hell if you do not believe him."

But in John 1 there is a verse that briefly explains what evangelism really is.
And he brought him to Jesus. (1: 42)

In this verse today we also learn three ways to lead people to Jesus.


1. Providentially evangelism depends on the situation.


There are times when God's providence guides people on the road and lets them hear about the Lord Jesus Christ. This is exactly what happened today in the text.
When Jesus was walking, John the Baptist found him. He cries, "Look, the Lamb of God!"

Two of the disciples of John the Baptist heard Jesus and began to follow Jesus.
John the Baptist motivated his disciples to follow Jesus, "Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!”.

Jesus sees them at their best opportunity and asks them, "What do you want?"

Then they said to Jesus, "Rabbi, where are you staying?"

Often in your life God will give you a chance to evangelize by dropping someone in front of you. You will have the opportunity of harvest without asking God. But you must always be ready to share the Lord Jesus Christ.

They can be on an airplane or on a train. It can be in your usual restaurant. It could be a funeral home, a hospital waiting room. Or it could be a trail in the woods. But the opportunity of the harvest is not a matter of place. This is what the apostle Peter said.
Peter said, “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.” (1 Peter 3: 15)

One of the greatest stories of situational evangelism I read in my life was the most fatal kidnapping in aviation history.

Ethiopia's Boeing 767 was flying from Addis Ababa to Ivory Coast. Soon after the plane took off, three men armed with axes, fire extinguishers, and bombs broke into the cockpit. They asked the captain to fly to Australia immediately. The pilot told them they were running out of fuel to get there, but they did not want to believe it. The captain asked the kidnappers to find a place to land as soon as possible because the fuel tank had run out of fuel, but they did not want to hear it.

The kidnappers did not try to listen to the captain until the end, and eventually the plane crashed into the Indian Ocean with 175 crew and passengers. More than 120 people died in the accident.

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However, Andrew Meekin, a man on his way to a Bible conference, and a member of the evangelical church in Ethiopia conveyed the message of the gospel to the last minute when the plane crashed into the sea. According to the survival crew, when he preached the gospel, twenty people received Jesus Christ as Lord and as Savior in the last moment.

I think that you might like this. "If I am on such an airplane, I will proclaim the last beautiful gospel."

But I would like to propose this. Just as every person you meet is on a plane crashing, I hope you will tell them the Lord Jesus Christ. All the unbelievers God has given you on your way are those who are at risk to die at any time without knowing Christ.


2. Personally, evangelism is relational.

After the disciples of John the Baptist decided to follow Jesus, they had time to fellowship with Jesus and know Jesus.

"Come," he replied, "and you will see." So they went and saw where he was staying, and spent that day with him. It was about the tenth hour.” (1: 39)

We hear that they stayed with Jesus around 4 pm. And they began fellowship with Jesus. In other words, they would have spoken with Jesus all night long. After spending the night with Jesus, they were so full of the Lord Jesus Christ that they rushed to others and began to preach His teachings.

The more time you spend with Jesus, the better you will know Jesus, the more excited you will be about Jesus. The more excited you are about Jesus, the more you will want to tell others about Him.

Dawson Trotman who was founder of the great organization known as The Navigators said, "Soul winners are not soul winners because of what they know, but who they know, and how much they want others to know Him."

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Therefore, we must be witnesses of those who are lost. To be a witness of the lost, we must have a relationship with the lost. 

According to a survey by the American Church Growth Institute, 75-90% of new believers come to Christ through friends or acquaintances who meet on a one-to-one basis and explain the gospel. Only 17% of all conversions come to church through what is called an 'event'.

Today's text clarifies it. It is John 1: 40-41.
“Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, was one of the two who heard what John had said and who had followed Jesus. The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, "We have found the Messiah.”

Among these disciples who spent time all night with Jesus and were now full of Jesus, Andrew first visited his brother Peter and shared Jesus in a one-to-one manner.

Verse 45 tells us that Philip visited his friend Nathanael after he found Jesus. I believe your miracle will start from the neighbor next door. The first disciples of Jesus met those who knew well and led them to Jesus in a one-to-one manner.

All Christians on earth should preach the gospel through relationships. What does that mean? Relationship evangelism is intentional evangelism. It is intentional evangelism to find and interact with common interests and commonalities with neighbors, peers, alumni, bosses or employees, or anyone else.

Please continue to try to develop your friendship with your intended person. You also want to continue to introduce Jesus Christ to him. Sometimes it takes a long time to build a relationship, but the purpose of establishing such a relationship is to create a bridge that will eventually enter the person's heart and share the gospel of Christ. So building that relationship is your lifelong ministry.

I ask you. When was the last time you invited someone to church? Someone is not someone in another church. It means a person who has lost Christ.

It is said that 45% of all people connected to the church came to church because of their relationship with family or friends.

So I ask you questions in different ways. Who is spending time with you? Is the person who is having lunch with you, playing golf, and shopping is an unbeliever to come to Jesus Christ? Then you have to be called to relational evangelism.


3. Permanently Evangelism Is Confrontational

Look again at John 1: 43-46.
“The next day Jesus decided to leave for Galilee. Finding Philip, he said to him, "Follow me."

Philip, like Andrew and Peter, was from the town of Bethsaida.

Philip found Nathanael and told him, 

"We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrote -- Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph."

"Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?" Nathanael asked. "Come and see," said Philip.”

When Jesus met Philip, he immediately said: "Follow me."

Before people are saved, and ever will be saved, there must be a personal presentation of the Lord Jesus Christ. first.
John the Baptist said, "Behold, the Lamb of God."

Jesus said, "Follow me."

Andrew and Philip both said: "We have found Jesus, come and see."

Billy Sunday said: "The reason why more people are not being won to Christ, is because there is not a definite effort put forth to persuade a definite person to accept a definite Savior at a definite time, and that time is now!"

But today I became interested in all of the disciples bringing someone to Jesus.
Evangelism is now the most important reason God called us. Place the bait where the fish is easy to swallow. 88% of the country's 29-year-olds say they will not go to any church in the future. Ninety percent of all Christians who accepted Christ received Jesus as their Savior before the age of 21. However, the following statistics are even more surprising.

One Christian Gallup poll states that at age 25, one in 10,000 would be a Christian. at age 35, one in 50,000; at age 45, one in 200,000; at age 55, one in 300,000. Surprisingly younger people are more likely to become Christians.

But it will not be done through television or corporate worship. If you do not like Andrew, Philip, Simon, and Nathanael as they brought people to Jesus one-to-one, the fruits of evangelism will not be easy.

A missionary who visited Mother Teresa's orphanage in Calcutta asked her, "How can you feed millions of hungry people in this country?" Mother Teresa simply said, "One mouth at a time." That's how we, too, will make a difference in this world by being a witness to one person at a time.

Now I am going to finish my speech. The greatest lesson left by The first disciples of Jesus is "one-to-one".

Every time I read the Gospel, I am greatly impressed by the fact that Jesus approaches each person as a true individual. Jesus did not call every man, but as a shepherd finds a sheep, he calls and seeks an individual personally.

Jesus calls Zacchaeus, calls Maria, meets Nicodemus who came in the middle of the night with a question of the truth, and meets “A woman in a well” who gave up her life almost.


I want you to make a beautiful story of leading one soul to the Lord through personal evangelism. I hope you can pray like the following. "Lord, give me one. And help me to preach to him."



2017/08/19

8/20/2017 "Harvest every day"


Chapter 4 34-38


1. 

The text we read today is the longest conversation Jesus shared in the four Gospels. Today's conversation with Jesus was an unnamed woman. John called her a Samaritan woman. The origin of the Samaritan was a subject of much controversy at the time. We learn about them during the conquest of Israel by the Assyrians and the Babylonians. 

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Foreigners began to settle in Israel after the war. And there were many marriages between them. As a result, mixed-race people were born. At the time of Jesus, the mixed blood was considered impure, corrupt, and unclean. The Samaritans also wanted to add strength when attempting to build a second temple in the history of Israel. However, their proposal was immediately rejected. Since then, the loss of the Samaritans has developed. It continued until the time of Jesus.

In Luke 9: 51-56, Jesus traveled from Galilee in the north to Jerusalem in the south to attend the Passover. He sent messengers ahead to prepare food and lodging. But the Samaritans there refused to treat these Jews. They did not understand the pilgrims who wanted to go to Jerusalem to worship. When the messenger reported this, James and John saw this, they asked, "Lord, do you want to call fire down from heaven to destroy them?"

And Jesus and his disciples arrived at a spot close to Jacob's well after almost Samaria. The disciples left Jesus and went into town to buy food. In that well, Jesus met a Samaritan woman who was indeed an adulterer. Jesus told her about sin and the living water that would satisfy her thirst, and after a while Jesus made her a child of heaven.

When the disciples came back to Jesus for food, they saw a totally different Jesus. They left Jesus tired but they found him invigorated. They left Jesus hot and hungry, but he was fully restored and no longer thirsty.

In verse 32 he said to his disciples: "I have food to eat that you know nothing about."

As always, at first the disciples did not understand what Jesus said. Then Jesus continued to say in verse 34: "My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work.”

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Jesus told us what his favorite food is. His appetizer was the word of God. You remember Jesus fasting forty days in the wilderness. He could not eat any kind of food. He was able to turn the rock into fresh hot bread baked in the oven in the sky. But he said:

Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.” (Matthew 4: 4)  
     
Now his main course was God 's will. Jesus said, "My food is to do the will of him and me to finish his work." (4:34)

From the manger to Calvary, the passion for Jesus' life was to do only the Father's will.
As he began his ministry, he declared one fact very clearly.

He said: John 5: 30, "I do not seek my own will, but the will of the Father who sent Me."

He again said: John 6: 38, For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me.”

Three years later, in front of the cross, he was kneeling in the Garden of Gethsemane and praying sweating all night to carry the sins of the world on his shoulders. Then he prayed like this.

"My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will." (Matthew 26: 39)

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Now you might have noticed that Jesus is in the last minute desiring food. To him the food was God's will.

One sign that your body is healthy is that you are craving food. The sign that the soul is healthy is the hunger you want to do God's will. Just as a hungry person is looking for food, and I hope you will yearn for God's will.

The only source of contentment for God's children, the only place of peace, the only refuge for happiness is God's will.

A fish out of water will not be happy. God caused the fish to swim.

A bird in a cage will not be happy. God has caused the bird to fly.

A man in rebellion will not be happy. Because God called to do His will.

Jesus enjoyed his food course. His appetizer was the word of God, his main dish was God's will, and his dessert was God's work.

He said, "My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work.”

When Jesus was alive, He accomplished His will and finished His work before He died.
He said in John's Gospel: 17: 4, “I have brought you glory on earth by completing the work you gave me to do.”

We must also eat the Word of God. We must find God's will. And we must be able to finish God's work. There is one thing we all have to finish, that is the harvest of souls for the kingdom.


2.

Jesus continued to teach His disciples specifically what God's will be. It is in John 4:35: “Do you not say, 'Four months more and then the harvest?' I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest.”

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Now it took four months from the time of sowing normally. But Jesus said that the harvest is always now.

One morning, there was a farmer who chime the clock to awaken himself at dawn.

But when it was time to get up, the clock did not chime and the farmer kept sleeping hard. His wife realized that the time had to get up and shook her husband and said, "Honey, get up, it's too late to get up!" It is the same word applied at the harvest.

In Romans 13 Paul said:
“And do this, understanding the present time. The hour has come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed.”

Isaiah heard the voice of the Lord in the vision of the harvest: "Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?" (Isaiah 6: 8))    

The fields are all white, and if you do not harvest, the grain will begin to decay.
But the problem is not that the grain is ripe but the farmers cannot see it.

So Jesus said: “I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest.”

The CEO of a company has invited all the salesmen of the company to meet with them to have a greater vision for their company. The CEO had installed a big white chalkboard in the meeting room. And he had drawn a black circle about the size of a quarter in the middle of the chalkboard. He asked a salesman to tell him what he saw on the board.

The first salesman said "I see a black dot". The CEO invited the second person to ask the same question, and the salesman also replied, "I see a black dot." And the third, fourth ... Finally, all of the dozens of salesmen sitting in the conference room, I see a black dot."

Finally, the CEO said: "Isn't it strange that all of you saw the black dot, but none of you saw the white all around it."

If you are a school teacher, do you see only students in the classroom? Or do you see white fields to harvest?

If you are a businessman, do you see only employees at work, or do you see white fields to harvest?

If you are a coach, do you see only athletes in the gym? Or do you see white fields to harvest?

If you are a student, do you see only classmates at school? Or do you see white fields to harvest?

I believe that Jesus showed us as an example of evangelism. He shows us how to convey the good news of the Gospel.


1. First, Jesus transcends the boundaries of discriminating, separating, and alienating humans. He continued to adventure into Samaria without being welcomed there. The disciples insisted that the religion of Jesus would be polluted there. Nevertheless, he entered Samaria.


2. Second, he practiced his sermon: "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life:” (John 3: 16).

It is a world that includes women, Samaria, and ethnic groups. Jesus asked her to drink. He expressed respect for her by telling him what he needs. What better way to say respect to a stranger? Can you say this too? "Can you have a glass of water?"


3. Third, he met the truth with her.

Jesus said to her, "Go and call your husband to come."
"I do not have a husband."
"You've been married five times, and now you're not your husband, are you?"

We tend to easily reach the conclusion that she is an immoral woman. Her husband may have died. It could be the Leverite law has forced the closest relatives of her husbands to assume responsibility for the widow. She may have been treated as an attachment to a man she does not want. Now she wants to break up with a man who does not want to marry anymore. Her life was like an orphan, and she would have been burdened with another misfortune in the previous misfortune.

Nobody wanted to understand her though. Other women in the village also avoided her. It is no wonder, then, that she came to the water alone in the heat of noon to avoid others.


4. Fourth, Jesus connected her with the love of God.

What can you do when someone is protesting you? You change the subject. This woman also changed the subject of the topic: You Jews worship in Jerusalem. We worship on Mt. Gerizim. Who’s right?”

Jesus answered her: You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know.” (4: 22)

She continued to say: Messiah called Christ comes, he will explain everything to us." (4: 25)



5. Fifth, evangelism breeds itself.

Then Jesus declared, "I who speak to you am he:"

Just then his disciples returned and were surprised to find him talking with a woman. But no one asked, "What do you want?" or "Why are you talking with her?"

Then, leaving her water jar, the woman went back to the town and said to the people.
"Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Christ?"

The best evangelism is to invite people to worship. The gospel came to the Samaritans. They believed. The Samaritans who rejected Jesus in the beginning received the preaching of the Samaritan woman and invited Jesus and his disciples to stay for two days. The kingdom of God came to Samaria. The barrier has collapsed. Strangers have become friends. The dinner was fun. They worshiped God with spirit and truth. God was glorified.

The fields of the world are left white all over. Even though the gospel has been preached for the past 2,000 years, there are still 30% of the world's population who have never heard the Gospel. More than half of the world's population has never heard of Jesus' first coming. More than 80% of Muslims have not heard the Gospel. Two of the three living on this planet have never once preached the gospel of Jesus Christ in their entire life.

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A Scottish botanist went out into the field to study a very small plant called a heatherbelle, kneeling in front of the plant and looking over his eyes for over two hours with a magnifying glass.

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The botanist found an old shepherd passing by and shouted, "Come and see." The shepherd walked in there. The botanist put a magnifying glass in his hand and said, "Look at this,"

The shepherd admired the exquisite beauty of the little heatherbelle.

And he shed tears and said, "oh to think how many of those I have trampled under my feet, and I never even knew they were there."

I wonder how much you and I would have trampled on the grain to harvest without knowing that they were there.

This is what we are asking now. Why should we be part of the harvest?

Jesus said this, “even now the reaper draws his wages, even now he harvests the crop for eternal life, so that the sower and the reaper may be glad together.” (4: 36)

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Here the term crop refers to grains or trees taken from a tree that have been brought to the barn.

In the Old Testament it was called "sheaves."

Jesus said that these crops are "for eternal life." Whenever you share the gospel, whenever someone receives Jesus Christ, you save crops of eternal life in God's storehouse. It does not rot, it transcends time, it cannot be destroyed by the grasshopper of life, and these crops are stored forever.

But we should not for reward do this. We do this because we love the Lord Jesus. But when we do this by loving Jesus, he rewards us, and God pays top wages.

Jesus also said:  "Thus the saying `One sows and another reaps' is true.” (4: 37)

It is not always possible to harvest. You have only sown seeds. But God remembers and rewards everything you plant and harvest.

The work of the farmer is greatly sowing and reaping. God wants us all to do these two things. I hope you will sow diligently. Also, please be fruitful like Jesus.


He wants us to be a faithful farmer, to sow seed and to bear fruit. It is always difficult to get a soul, but the Lord is with you. Now I want you and me to be reaping life. I hope to be the life you are preaching. I hope you will be the life of get soul.




2017/08/12

8/13/2017 “Who is your true friend”


<Proverbs 18:24>

Almost everyone in the United States is making friends with hunger without exception. A friend here means a true friend. I saw a lot of people bragging about their friends with their fingers. However, I also hear complaints that they have few friends whom they can depend on.

You already have a lot of friends. But you do not have to make so many friends, and in fact, many friends do not really help you.

The New American Standard has posted this article: "A man of many friends comes to ruin."

That is correct. Having too many friends can be dangerous.

John Carpenter, a 31-year-old Internal Revenue Service Officer, is the only male to win the one-time cash award in US television history, except for the lottery. He received $ 1 million in prize money. When he appeared on the show Regis and Kathie Lee, Cathy Lee spoke to him: 

"John, be careful. You're going to be amazed at how many new friends you're going to make."

I want to share with you today a question about friendship and how to be friends. 

There are three choices for people to decide their fate.

The first choice is the God you worship. The second choice is to live with you for life. The third choice is your friend.

The God you choose determines your eternal happiness. The spouse you choose determines the happiness of your family. The friend you choose determines your social happiness.

KJV Proverbs 12:26 says, "The righteousness is more excellent than his neighbor: but the way of the wicked seduceth them."

Benjamin Franklin said, "Be slow in choosing a friend, and even slower in changing."

The best way to find good friends is to be good friends.

The reason why some people do not have good friends is because they are not good friends.

Dale Carnegie wrote in his book "How to Win Friends and Influence People."

"You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people, than you can in two years trying to get other people interested in you."

You must be good friends. And you have to choose a good friend. I believe that it is good to be friendly with sinners because Jesus is a friend of sinners. But I think that those who want to be our friends must be Christians.

The psalmist said: "I am a friend to all who fear you, to all who follow your precepts." (119: 63)

Listen to Proverbs 16: 24b again: "A whisperer separateth chief friends."

Did you know that they were staying in the hospital today because they chose the wrong friends? Did you know that they are staying in jail today because they chose their wrong friends? Did you know that there are people in hell today because they chose their wrong friends?

Those who go with the wrong crowd like the wrong people. People who listened to the wrong people like to follow the wrong advice. Those who like to follow the wrong advice will imitate the wrong way.

One of the saddest stories in the Bible is the story of Amnon, son of King David. He raped his sister and eventually was killed by his brother. How could this happen?

See 2 Samuel 13: 3: "But Amnon had a friend, whose name was Jonadab, the last of Shimeah David's brother: and Jonadab was a very subtil man."

A friend named Jonadab told Amnon that he could seduce her and rape her.

Amnon followed the advice of this "bad friend". So he raped his sister and brought great shame to the king's house. Everything happened because he chose the wrong friend.

George Washington said, "Associate with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation. For it is better to be alone than in bad company."

David was only a 19-year-old shepherd boy, but even without using the sword once, he just threw a stone, knocked out a huge giant 10 feet tall at once, and took hold of the Philistine's sword and drew it from the Scabbard. After he killed him, he cut off his head with the sword.

At that moment, David became the most popular person throughout Israel. He became a national hero. And he soon became a man of the king.

But his glory and happiness did not last long. King Saul began to envy him. People pretended to respect Saul, but David was the one who really respected them. David tried to reach Saul, but there was a great danger ahead of him in the burning jealousy of Saul's heart.

At that very moment, God gave David a friend whom David would desperately need in his life.

See 1 Samuel 18: 1: "Jonathan was knit with the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul. And he came to pass, and he made an end of speaking unto Saul, that soul of Jonathan."

This verse is translated literally. "The soul of Jonathan was chained with the soul of David."

I would like to call them "brothers of souls." For Jonathan had the greatest love one man could give to another. "Jonathan loved him as his own soul."

Jonathan loved David as much as he loved himself. Do you really know that you need to learn to love yourself before you love others?

I know the secrets to people who are not very adorable. They struggle to love themselves. Jonathan proved how much he loved David.

Jonathan could easily jealous of David. Because he was the heir of the throne as the son of Saul. He was scheduled to be the next king. Instead, Jonathan took his love and friendship with David.

He actually said, "David, I know you will be king of Israel instead of me, but I will keep my position as your friend."

This friendship is more than an emotional thing. It was spiritual. This was much deeper than friendships with ordinary friends.

In verses 3 and 4, Jonathan made a covenant with him because he loved David and himself. “Then Jonathan and David made a covenant, because he loved him as his own soul. And Jonathan stripped himself of the robe that was upon him, and gave it to David, and his garments, even to his sword, and to his bow, and to his girdle.” (I Samuel 18:3-4)

Jonathan knew that David would be king over Israel. So this covenant is important.

With David being chased by his father Saul, Jonathan gives David his garment, the symbol of the future king. He also gives David his sword and to his bow, and even his girdle, which symbolizes his role as commander in charge of the army. Jonathan made a covenant of blood to give up his kingship for the friendship with David.

Jonathan gave David the best he could give as a friend. It is loyal.

Today's verse Proverbs 18:24 says:

"A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother."

You do not need a friend when you prosper. You need friends on the day of hardship. A friend you meet when you are prosperous is hard to become a true friend.

A false friend is like your shadow. As long as the sun shines, he 's close to you. But as soon as you walk into the shade, he will soon disappear from you.

A true friend is one who increases your joy and shares your sadness.

A friend is a relationship between an hour hand and a minute hand moving all the time together constantly.

Irma Bombeck said, "A friend is some-body who won't go on a diet when you're fat."

However, my favorite definition of a friend is: "A friend is someone who will walk into your house when the whole world has just walked out."

Friendship lasts through thick, thin, hot, cold, good, bad.

We read again Reverence 18:24.

"A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother."

Henry Ward Beecher said. "You ought to keep a big cemetery in your backyard where you can bury the faults of your friends."

Somebody has said that the reason why he has so many friends is because he wags his tail instead of his tongue.

You never have to worry about what a person will say behind your back.

Some people say that no one can have more than four friends if everyone knows what others have said about them behind their backs. That would be true.

Prov. See 16:28. "A froward man soweth strife: and a whisperer separateth chief friends."

But true friendship is also a lasting relationship. True friendship will test time, trials, and hardships. There are more "intimate" friends than brothers.

Charles Colson served as Special Advisor to President Richard Nixon from 1969 to 1973, but he was arrested on charges of Watergate scandal in 1974 and served seven months in prison. He was a guest speaker at George Washington University after his release. One day he was talking to the hostile crowd in Washington, DC.

Questions were being thrown at him by rapid-fire, and the crowd was becoming increasingly angry. As a student stood up and told Henry Kissinger about the malicious criticism of Richard Nixon, he asked Chuck Colson, "Do you agree with that criticism?" 

Every eye focused on what he meant. He said: "No, I do not go along with Henry Kissinger's comments." Mr. Nixon is my friend, and I do not turn my back on my friends."

After a while, Colson anticipated criticism from angry antagonists. But the crowd was silent for a while. And as the moment of silence passed, the students stood up and sent a standing ovation for a long time. Because they were impressed by Colson's friendship with Nixon.

Someone said, "In prosperity we get a lot of friends, but in adversity we get a true friend."
  
Prov. 17:17 says, "A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity."

A true friend is someone who wants to be a friend to you when you are in trouble. They are people who do not ask you what you can do for them, but what they do for you.

From 1 Samuel 18-20, Saul tries to find and kill David six times. But at a crucial moment, Jonathan appears before David, telling him that Saul is coming, and seeking David's life.

At last in Samuel 20, they felt that they would never see each other again.

And David arose out of the south, and fell on his face to the ground, and bowed himself three times: and they kissed one another, and wept one with another, until David exceeded. (1 Samuel 20:41)

God saw the woeful separation of these two men, and he saw them again.

But they stumbled again the next time. David was also being chased from the wilderness like wild animals to King Saul at that time. As for the situation, we read amazing words.

David was in the wilderness of Ziph in a wood. And Jonathan Saul's last arose, and went to David into the wood, and strengthened his hand in God. And he said unto him, "Fear not: for the hand of Saul my father shall not find thee; And thou shalt be king over Israel. And they made a covenant before the LORD."(23: 16-18)

In an urgent situation where Saul or his men can at any moment run out of the bushes or rocks to kill David, Jonathan is willing to betray his father for David. He takes a risk and finds a chased friend, comforts him and encourages him. He makes a covenant again so that he will not give up the way he received from God.

Proverbs 27:17 speaks. "Iron sharpeneth iron; So a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend."

True friends make friendship in the midst of suffering. They draw each other well. They raise each other. They motivate each other to do better.

The friendship of Jonathan and David is the shadow of friendship with us and Jesus Christ today.

The secret of true friendship is not just finding people. The secret to friendship is finding others who have a mind toward God. So David and Jonathan could recognize each other. Because they loved God so much, they loved each other with love.

Jesus does not call us servants. He calls us friends. He showed us his love for us by giving us the cross and giving the church family. We all became friends in Jesus, like David and Jonathan.

I hope that this love can blossom in your friendship.



2017/08/05

8/6/2017 "God's purpose is carved in you"


<Genesis 1: 26-28>

There is no doubt that the core of creation is humanity. God 's creation reaches its peak when he creates the first man and the first woman. The Bible gives more explanation to describe the creation of man than all other creatures.

In Genesis 1:26, there is a significant change in God's creation process. Whenever God created something, He simply spoke, but it became existence.

“Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground."

You find this word for the first time after God spoke in verse 26: "Our image."

At this time, personal pronouns first appeared in the scriptures. Between God and the first human, a personal relationship was established that did not exist in the other objects of creation. Unlike light, water, day, night, sun, moon, stars, and even animals and the relationship with God, God created a first human and had a personal relationship with him. God introduced himself for the first time with personal pronouns of "us". He says "let us create." Rather than "let me create."

Who is "we"? It tells us that it is very important for God to worship. It is a clear explanation of the Trinity. God created us in relationships and created us for relationships.

God has always existed in relation. So when God created the first human, he immediately said that it is not good for this human to be alone. God is the God of the relationship. So we, who are created according to his image, resemble Him and make a personal relationship with Him.

Genesis 2: 7 shows us a very detailed picture of how God created the first human being. “The LORD God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.” 

This is the only moment of all creation in which God directly used his hands. Everything that existed to this point was made by His Word. But God used his own hands to create man. So human beings are special. The fact that man is a special being can only be found in relation to God. The most important reason you are on this planet is that you have a relationship with God.

God created us and never left us alone. Verse 26 tells it specifically. “Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, in our likeness.”

We are told four times that we are created in the image of God. It is the only event that makes mankind different from all other creatures. This gives mankind a unique identity. 

This is why God creates and cares for people. This is why God used his hands. We are created in his image, unlike any other creation.

The word image was originally a word for sculpt. God carved us into God-like beings. In other words, God carved himself in us and reminded us every time he saw us. This is a unique event that can not be seen in any creature in the universe.

Heaven can proclaim the glory of God. The moon, stars, and planets can represent God's greatness. Mountains and the sea reveal the beauty of God. But man is the only one that reflects God's image.

What does this image of God represent? It certainly does not refer to our bodies. God's image is not about biology or physiology. Animals have their own bodies, but they are not created in the image of God. What does this image represent? It certainly does not refer to our bodies. God's image is not about biology or physiology. Animals have their own bodies, but they are not created in the image of God. This image of God certainly has a deeper meaning than skin and bones.

We are told four times that God has created us in His image. God wants us to know that we are different from anything else He has created.

So how are we different? We differ mentally, morally, and spiritually in three ways. No creation in the universe was created as a mind to know God, a heart to love God, or a will to obey God. Only humans can have a relationship with God, and God has a personal relationship with humans. Plants also have bodies. Animals also have body and soul. But only human beings have body, soul and spirit. The biggest difference between these beings is spirit.

John 4: 24 says: "God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth."

Every human being has three parts: body, soul and spirit. There is a physical life in our bodies. We experience an emotional life with our souls. And we can live a spiritual life with the soul of the image of God.

We have been created with spiritual antennas. Animals do not have that antenna. So animals cannot know God, love God, or fear God. Animals have no morality. Animal does not judge what is right and what is wrong before acting.

It is because the image of God is engraved on us that we feel guilty, think right, act right, speak right, and act righteous.

So every human on this planet is special. Everyone has infinitely divine value whether he is not yet born or is already born, whether he is healthy or ill, he is lawful or not, whether he is just a citizen or a criminal. So every human being is a reflection or should be a reflection of the image of God.

God has placed us here on earth so that we can live without doing anything. But he did not create us as unemployed. He created us as the master of the earth. Nothing is more boring than not doing anything in the world. However, human beings were originally created as being related to God. Humans can never be bored at any moment. 

The human life is a life of sharing the relationship with God and is excited at any moment. Humans have been excited about their lives since they first started as God-related beings. 

See Genesis 2:15. "The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work and take care of it."

It depicts a general job description of the human that God had hoped for in the first place. We had to manage and take care of this creature. We have an obligation to tend and keep to this.

Let's look at 1:28. “God blessed them and said to them, "Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground."

What we have just read is an explanation of human existence. First we pay attention to "be fruitful and increase in number". We have a job to develop the social world in which we live. Everything we do is entrusted to us by God, building families, churches, schools, cities, government, and making laws. That is why God left us in this world.

Then we are told "fill the earth and subdue it". This is the way we learn and develop from the natural world. We have come here to research, discover, innovate and invent various technologies and diverse lifestyles from the riches God has given us. From the beginning we have all been placed in God's research and development department.

Everything we research and develop in our world, planting crops, building bridges, designing computers, composing music, inventing light bulbs – all are a part of the cultural mandate that God gave us in the beginning as we create culture and build civilizations.

What we do in this world is more than putting food on the table.

What you do is the divine calling of creation entrusted to us by God. One of the ways to serve God who created you is by using the gifts God has given you to make the world you live in better and more productive and to make it work for others.

We use wood to build houses, cotton to make clothes, and silicon to make computer chips. All these things have been obtained from the land that God has given us. Even our own lives, which we are building for ourselves, are the tasks God has entrusted to us. So we must do these things for His glory and honor. And we must illuminate His image in our lives. In the image of God we have been created with holy designs. It was designed as a purposeful plan to all of life.

Do not miss the fact that we are to reproduce ourselves. Therefore, we must not lose sight of the image of God at any moment.

From the beginning, God had a plan of "marriage" in human life. God had a plan to reproduce life in a way called "procreation." God did it for a divine design.

Even today, science follows the plan of creation. According to genetic research, a pair of human chromosomes labeled X and Y determine the sex of our children. All males have X and Y chromosomes and all females have only a pair of X chromosomes. From a purely biological point of view, it is the Y chromosome that determines man. If a child inherits the X chromosome from father, the child will become a woman. And if it is a Y chromosome, it will be a male. The father's seed determines the gender of the child.

It is the Y chromosome that determines masculinity from a purely biological point of view. If a child inherits the X chromosome from his father, it will be female. If it is a Y chromosome, it will become a male. The father's seed determines the gender of the child.

Therefore, genetically, it is possible to make a femail from a male, but scientifically it is impossible to extract the male genetic code from a female because the female does not have the Y chromosome. So, even today, when children are conceived, we are following God's plan to increase in number from the beginning.

And now there is one last reason why we remain on this earth. In Genesis 1:28, you may have noticed the missed moment. "God blessed them."

The word "blessing" has more significance than saying that God shakes hands with them and says, "I bless you." Literally speaking, God has made them very happy as soon as they are created.

God created the first couple to be happy. From the moment of creation Adam and Eve were the most blessed couple in history. Do you know why? Because they have a perfect relationship with God in a perfect environment.

At that point, what did Adam and Eve do to receive God's blessings? The answer is absolutely nothing! It was all due to grace. From the moment Adam and Eve released their first breath, they were recipients of God's grace.

There was a perfect peace for them. There was perfect happiness. There was complete satisfaction and joy. Everything came from a perfect God.

Now look again and see the world we live in today. Every day we see a world tainted by weeds, pests, bacteria, viruses, murders, rape, war, hatred, and violence.

At this point we should ask, "What happened?" This is the second part of the story. I'm going to talk about this next.

Today's lesson is this. - There is a hole in your spirit that only God who created you can fill. The reason why the Creator came to earth and lived as a man and died and was raised from the dead was to fill the hole with grace, forgiveness, and love.


As soon as you believe that you are not only created in the image of God, but that the Creator Christ wants to restore your personal relationship with you, you will see the amazing fact that the purpose of God's creation is through every moment you will.




2017/10/1 "To build your broken walls"

<Nehemiah 1:11> 11. "O Lord, I beseech Thee, may Thine ear be attentive to the prayer of Thy servant and the prayer o...