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Dr. Robi’s and Pastor Leo’s Sermon 18, January, 2015

Conquering the giant
1. Preparation
David was about to face Goliath. Goliath was blaspheming the name of God. David, however, was willing to take the challenge. Saul asked David, “who do you think you are? Goliath is a man of war.” when God created the heaven and the earth, He only said the word. When God created man and woman, He used His hands. God commisioned them to tend the garden. God created each of us then commisioned us to change the world.
1 Sam 17:34.
Preparation: positioning. God has been preparing us from birth. David has been learning to kill lions and bear from youth. We need to rely on God’s guidance.
When God called Moses, He asked what Moses had in hand. David had a sling. At the same time, David learnt to take off the armor.
James 1:2
2.) Perseverance
Doing something to achieve the goal.
David was the shepherd boy. It was a routine day of hearing: Baaaa! Not many new things. When lions and bears came, David gave his life to protect the sheep. No body saw David’s victory except God. Our character is formed by what we do and decide when no one is looking.
3.) Prevail
David came in the name of God but he had sling stones. David had to face Goliath and there were other giants.
It is always by God’s grace. There are always one giant after another.
4.) Perspective
We should not just say, “I won”. We should always say, “I am a winner.”
Very often, God doesn’t show us the whole perspective because God knows we will not dare to conquer the giant if we know the whole perspective.

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Dr. Robi’s Teaching 14, June, 2014: Noah’s Ark

Genesis 6:12-15, 17-19, 22
God instructed Noah the detail of the ark. Sometimes we need to linger longer to get instruction from God.
What if Noah had built a park instead of ark? He would experienced much discouragement.

People experience hopelessness due to lack of vision.
People without vision perish.
Counterfeit hope comes in response to being sure what we can see.

When God tells us what to do and how to do, we should not give up.
When we do things contrary to God’s plan, we should just give up.
Sometimes God gives idea which we can’t think of. We should just obey that.
We shouldn’t carry out God’s plan using our own strategy.
Abraham used a human way to fulfill God’s plan. He ended up with Ishmael.
Joshua obeyed God’s instruction to encircle Jericho.

2 Kings 6:8-23
The importance of seeing in spirit.
Spiritual blindness is your inability to see how much God cares for us.
The greatest insult: saying God doesn’t care after all Lord Jesus has done.
Elisha had the ability to see through God’s eyes. He could see the fire horses in the supernatural.
To see things through God’s eyes, we sometimes have to close our own.

Posted June 18, 2014 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Robi Sonderegger, Sermon

Dr. Robi’s Teaching 24, May, 2014

We may experience a tragedy.
In the Bible, the Bible heroes were knocked down yet they got back up again.
Emotional resilience. We should be strong and flexible.
When the storms come, the trees bend down. When the storms stop, the trees resume their original position.
Job had all the tragedy thrown at him. Yet, he trusted God and in the end he received much more blessing after the tragedy.

When we get knocked down, do we stay down? Can we recover after receiving much tragedy?
Can we become better after trauma?
Just like near death experience, people tend to appreciate life more after such experience.
What is the factor that makes people grow better after trauma?

5 unique characteristic of emotional resilience.

1.) religiousness
Belief that God cares.
Whatever the challenge, God does not always get us out of trauma. God can always get us through it.
God is helping us navigate through bad things. They genuinely believe God has the best interest of us in His heart
1 Pet 5:6-7

2.) gratitude
I have something to thank God for. Gratitude resets our emotion anew.
1 Thes 5:18
There is peace as we thank God. As we pass through the fire, our chaff will burn away too. Grateful people experience less envy.

3.) kindness
We do things for the sake of blessing others.
Gal 6:9
Do not become weary in doing good.

4.) hope.
Hope is something we cultivate. Trusting God that tomorrow will be better.
2 Cor 4:16-18
Hope is an indicator of success in business, relationship and academic. We don’t hope in ourselves, we hope in God.

5.) courage / bravery.
To go back to face the fear one more time.
2 Tim 1:7.
Sound mind: logical thinking what to do in circumstance.

God can fill the hole in our souls with His peace.
Fear: False Evidence Appearing Real.
Bravery maybe the final characteristic but it all starts with the belief that God cares.

Posted June 2, 2014 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Robi Sonderegger, Sermon

Dr. Robi’s Teaching 6, July, 2012: 93% Stress Free Parenting

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Rules, treatments, probation. Instead of focusing on these, why don’t we focus on parenting?
Parents have the opportunity to sow into their children’s lives.
Parents should not just become disciplinary agents. Roles of parents:
– To provide unconditional loves.
– Director of behavior.
– Trainer
– Cheerleaders
– Spiritual mentors.

Instead of more rules, what about more ethics?

How can we make sustainable impact on child’s life?
Can we make parenting less stressful and more fun?
Respect is the governing principle of parenting.

We can govern people using soccer principle: the parents become the referee.
7 characteristics of referees:

1.) Two or more referees.
Single parent can be very stressful.

2.) They back each other up 100% all the time.
Mom and Dad should agree with each other with how to handle kids.
The moment Mom and Dad may disagree with each other but this has to be done behind closed doors.

3.) Emotional control.
Parents should never lose control of their emotion when the kids make mistakes.

4.) Referees always follow through on the call = consistency.
Inconsistency is more powerful than consistency.
Negative behavior is more remembered than positive behavior.
Once parents give instruction, parents should be consistent with it.

5.) Establish the rules in advance
Referees do not make up rules on the spot.
Parents should enforce the pre-established rules.

6.) Referees are actively involved.
Referees run together with players. Parents should know what ongoing things with their kids.

7.) Action, not just words.
Referees do not need to lecture the players. They simply whistle the blow.

Players have different objectives in playing the game.
Family should have an objective too.
’Why is family fantastic?’ How does the kid answer this question?

Parenting isn’t democracy. It is absolute dictatorian.
Parents decide the objective, not the kids. Nevertheless, parents can invite the kids to play along.
Rules before relationship establishes resentment.
Relationship before rules establishes respect.
Rules are still important. Boundaries maintain the fun, not to restrict the fun.

What kids’ behavior we want to see more? See less?
There are positive and negative consequences.
There is natural consequence for an action. Parents may not even need to scold the kids.
However, in special cases, the kids really cross the line. Referees hold up yellow card or red card.

When kids are involved in thinking the consequence, kids will take ownership too.
When the kids really cross the line, we show symbols. The kids should learn to identify their mistakes.
Kids should think whether their behavior violates the family rules.

There is reward for positive behavior too.
Parents should praise their kids for what they do, why the parents like the doing and how the parents feel impacted.
The reward can be reward of time. The kids can spend the time with their parents in an pre-approved activity which will build relationship.

Parents should parent the kids’ hearts not the behavior.
The moment the kids show slight disrespect toward parents, parents should issue a yellow card.

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Posted March 19, 2014 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Robi Sonderegger, Sermon

Dr. Robi Sonderegger’s Teaching 11, August, 2013: Sugar Baby

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It is not the wisest to live by egg-tart alone. It contains too much sugar.
There is insulin to counter it. But, if the sugar intake is too much, it will cause fat deposition.
It is not enough to just cut down on fat. We should cut down sugar too.
When fat is removed, the food becomes tasteless. Some use sugar to give the taste.
However, we should be careful with sugar.

Brain consumes plenty glucose and the toxic waste is produced.
It is important to exercise so the oxygen can go into the brain and takes care of this waste.
Fructose is digested in liver to become triglycerides.
Excess fructose is dangerous as liver can’t digest it. Excess fructose will leak into blood.

Matt 26:41, Rm 7:8
The spirit is willing, the flesh is weak. We may give in into temptation.
When it comes to consuming sugar, we have to be careful with sugar temptation.
Every time we eat sugar, we may want to get a bit more.

When we give in to sugar, eating sugar is like putting straw into fire.
Even though we get energetic for a while, we will become tired again afterward.
Sugar is an appetite stimulator. It makes us hungrier.
We don’t give sugar to children before dinner in the same way we discourage sex before marriage.
Sex generates dopamine which acts at the pleasure center in the brain.
There is nothing inherently wrong with either sex or sugar. Let’s just use them in the way God intended them to be.

We now live in the New Testament and under grace.
However, it is not a permission to sin/walk according to the flesh.
When we pursue more the things of the flesh, we will have less access to things of God.
When we pursue more the things of God, we will have less appetite toward the things of the flesh.

Initially when we face sugar temptation, we may ask ‘should I‘ or ‘should I not’.
When we give in, we will eventually ask, ‘where’ and ‘how many’.

Rm 4:5-8
If we want to achieve success in sugar temptation with our own strength, we will fail.
Even if we choose to go for diet, our brain will fight back.
Instead, we should surrender to God.
God has given His son so HIs righteousness becomes our righteousness: we can win against sin (sugar).

When we are mentally tired, we should reach out to God and He will give the living water to refresh us.
He will also fill in the hole in our hearts.
We should simply focus on God and He will take care of us.

We should not say, “I behave in this way because of my body.”
Neuroscience has concluded that our mind can affect our body.

You can purchase his teaching in The Ink Room.

Posted March 18, 2014 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Robi Sonderegger, Sermon