Archive for April 2017

Through All Those Years

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Posted April 18, 2017 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Photo of the Day

City Harvest Church Easter Production 2017 Unforgotten

 

Just in case you missed the drama, you can watch it at this link :)

Overview of the Gospel

Dear all :)

Just another sharing from the book What The Bible is All About.

The overview of 4 Gospels:

Matthew
Matthew wrote the Gospel to the Jews who understood the Old Testament.
He showed that Lord Jesus is the King, the long awaited Messiah.
Compared to other Gospel writers, Matthew quoted a lot more prophecies from the Old Testament.
Lord Jesus is the King not by popular ballot but by birth.
Hence, Matthew traced His genealogy back to David: Lord Jesus is David’s descendant and He has the right to claim the throne.
In Matthew, we see a balance between Lord Jesus’ teaching and action as the King.

Mark
Mark wrote the Gospel to the Romans.
Romans were busy business people who emphasized action more than words.
To them, Mark pictured Lord Jesus as the Servant.
Mark omitted His genealogy because, after all, no one is interested with the genealogy of a servant.
Mark did not quote extensively from the Old Testament as Romans did not have background of the Scripture.
Mark wrote about the action of Lord Jesus much more than His words.
In Mark, He is the busy Servant, doing miracles after miracles and serving the community.

Luke
Luke wrote the Gospel to the Greeks who were immersed in poetry and art.
Hence, in the beginning of the book of Luke, we read songs of Zechariah, of Mary and of the angels.
Luke pictured Lord Jesus as the Son of Man
Hence, Luke traced His genealogy back to Adam to show forth His humanity.
Only in Luke we have a glimpse of His childhood.
As 100% human, He sympathizes with human plight. The keyword of His ministry is compassion.
Luke is the Gospel for the outcast of the earth.
In it, we find the story of the good Samaritan, the publican, the prodigal son, Zaccheus and the thief on the cross

John
John wrote this Gospel to the general public.
During his time, many denied Jesus’ deity.
John countered this framework by showing that He is God in human flesh.
This claim is supported by 7 witnesses and 7 miracles.
John omitted Lord Jesus’ genealogy as God has no human genealogy.
Instead, John wrote, "In the beginning was the Word. The Word was with God and the Word was God."
In fact, it is His claim to be equal with God which infuriated the Jews, hence they accused Him of blasphemy and demanded His crucifixion.

Posted April 15, 2017 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Henrietta C. Mears

Pastor Phil’s Sermon 8, April 2017 God Is With You

Psalm 42:1
When do we pant for God?
It is as if God drawing us and us wanting Him.

The secret to prayer is simply connecting to the Person of God.

The actual panting for God is to enjoy communion with God.

Psalm 42:2
There are hindrances when we seek God.
Do we block God when God touches us in certain area?
For example, when God speaks about pain in following Him, do we block Him?

Where is God in the midst of pain or fire?
God dwells not just in heaven, but also He dwells in furnace
He is Immanuel, God with us.

Why does God keep saying I am with you?
Because it is easy to forget that He is not with us, especially when we are in pain.

Psalm 42:4
David likes the idea of praising God in the midst of trial.
Praising God helps us remember God.

Psalm 42:5
If things are gonna be alright later, it is alright now in the midst of distress.

V.6
When we are stressed, we must remember God.

V.7
Deep calls unto deep
From the depth of our heart, it touches the heart of God

V.9.
We can be very honest to God "God, why are You not doing something?"
"Why did I end up in this situation?"
We may not get logical answer for question like this.
The answer is worship

V.10-11
Hope is an anchor which must be embedded in something solid: the Rock of Christ.

Posted April 13, 2017 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Phil Pringle, Sermon

Church Service 8, April, 2017

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The church service after the verdict last week.
Felt the LORD speaking to me certain phrase regarding the condition of the church.
I shall pray over it again and again.

Dear readers,
You can read Pastor Kong’s announcement here:

https://www.citynews.sg/2017/04/standing-strong-together-come-what-may/

Posted April 12, 2017 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in City Harvest Church

Jonah and Nahum

Dear all :)
Another sharing from the book What the Bible is All About
 
Do you know that the book of Jonah and Nahum are actually connected?
 
God first sent Jonah to Nineveh, the capital city of Assyria kingdom.
We are familiar with this story in which Jonah reluctantly obeyed God.
Jonah preached repentance. 
So, the Ninevites repented and God did not punish them.
 
However, this spiritual revival only lasted for 150 years.
 
God then sent Nahum to Nineveh to preach judgment.
In fact, the judgment was so complete that Nineveh was levelled to the ground.
 
After that, for ages, no one realized the existence of Nineveh.
When Alexander the Great fought the battle of Arbela nearby in 331 BC, he did not even know there was a city there.
When Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821) encamped near this site, he too was unaware of the existence of Nineveh.
 
Eventually, modern excavation led by British excavator Sir Austen Henry Layard in 1845 discovered the ruins of Nineveh.
 
Moral of the story:
God is slow to anger. However, it does not mean He will never get angry at all.
If we do not repent, eventually His judgment will come.

Posted April 11, 2017 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Henrietta C. Mears

Kicking Against the Goads

Dear all :)
Just wanna share with you what I have read in this book What the Bible is All About

In Acts 9. Lord Jesus appeared in Saul when he was on the way to Damascus to persecute the Christians.
Then, Lord Jesus told him, ‘Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me? It is hard for you to kick against the goads.’ (Acts 26:14)

What does it mean that it was hard for him to kick against the goads?

It turned out that Saul was struggling with his own conscience as he had consented/approved Stephen’s death (Acts 8:1).
Saul knew he was in the wrong, but he would not give up.
Hence, it was hard for him to convince himself that he was doing the right thing.

Hopefully this sharing above helps us understand the Bible a little bit more :D

Posted April 10, 2017 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Henrietta C. Mears