Nov. 22nd, 2012

chiefofsinners: (palette)


May my prayer, like incense, rise before You
The lifting of my hands a sacrifice
Oh, Lord Jesus, turn Your eyes upon me
For I know there is mercy in Your sight

Your statutes are my heritage forever
My heart is set on keeping Your decrees
Please still my anxious urge towards rebellion
And let Love keep my will upon its knees

Oh, God, You are my God
And I will ever praise You
Oh, God, You are my God
And I will ever praise You

To all creation I can see a limit
But Your commands are boundless and have none
So, Your Word is my joy and meditation
From the rising to the setting of the sun

All Your ways are loving and are faithful
Your road is narrow, but Your burden light
Because You gladly lean to lead the humble
I shall gladly kneel to leave my pride

Oh, God, You are my God
And I will ever praise You
Oh, God, You are my God
And I will ever praise You

Oh, God, You are my God
And I will ever praise You
Oh, God, You are my God
And I will ever praise You

I will seek You in the morning
And I will learn to walk in Your ways
And step by step You’ll lead me
And I will follow You all of my days

chiefofsinners: (birch wood)
Message: If I Perish, I Perish
Speaker: Pastor Dave Hwang
Scripture:
Esther 8:15-17
"When Mordecai left the king's presence, he was wearing royal garments of blue and white, a large crown of gold and a purple robe of fine linen. And the city of susa held a joyous celebration. For the Jews it was a time of happiness and joy, gladness and honor. In every province and in every city to which the edict of the king came, there was joy and gladness among the Jews, with feasting and celebrating. And many people of other nationalities became Jews because fear of the Jews had seized them."

The place of Community in our Faith

Esther: The farthest geographically and chronologically.

God is the Preserver and Protector of His people.

Purim= Life together is celebrated

Identity as the community of God
Esther highlights the fact that Israel is God's people

Reminded of the calling to live in community and for community.

Became ethnocentrism- national pride

God's community building: Every nation, tribe, people and language

Pentecost Sunday= A modern day Purim

God Himself is a community, in the Trinity
Three beings in perfect unity with one another.

Our primary goal and identity is to build community.

Matthew 6:33
"But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well."
Build His community

Matthew 16:18
"And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it."
This rock= the truth of Jesus' Lordship, the foundation of the community of faith

There is an instinctive knowledge of the need for community.

Philippians 2:1-4
"Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.

vv. 5-11
"In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:

Who, being in very nature God,
    did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
rather, he made himself nothing
    by taking the very nature of a servant,
    being made in human likeness.
And being found in appearance as a man,
    he humbled himself
    by becoming obedient to death—
        even death on a cross!

Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
    and gave him the name that is above every name,
that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
    in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,
    to the glory of God the Father."

Jesus did this for the sake of community.

Ephesians 4:1-6
"As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.
Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all."

Our lot in life (Our Purim): To build His community in all nations

All sermons I post from Jubillee Church in Seoul can be found HERE.
chiefofsinners: (birch wood)

Message: Fighting!!!
Speaker: Pastor Dave Hwang
Scripture:
Esther 3:1-6

"
After these events, King Xerxes honored Haman son of Hammedatha, the Agagite, elevating him and giving him a seat of honor higher than that of all the other nobles. All the royal officials at the king’s gate knelt down and paid honor to Haman, for the king had commanded this concerning him. But Mordecai would not kneel down or pay him honor.

Then the royal officials at the king’s gate asked Mordecai, “Why do you disobey the king’s command?” Day after day they spoke to him but he refused to comply. Therefore they told Haman about it to see whether Mordecai’s behavior would be tolerated, for he had told them he was a Jew.

When Haman saw that Mordecai would not kneel down or pay him honor, he was enraged. Yet having learned who Mordecai’s people were, he scorned the idea of killing only Mordecai. Instead Haman looked for a way to destroy all Mordecai’s people, the Jews, throughout the whole kingdom of Xerxes."

Agagite- descendant of King Agag of the Amalekites
Mordecai- descendant of King Saul Holy crap... poetic justice much?

I Samuel 15
Amalekites- fierce opponents to the ways of God
Saul's command was to kill all of the Amalekites
  • He fails to follow through
  • Spares King Agag ----> Agagites
There will always be a threat: Someone standing in fierce opposition tot he ways of God
The building of God's people always takes place in a hostile environment.

Just because the opposition isn't visible doesn't mean it isn't hostile.

Matthew 16:23
Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.”

Wherever the people of God are, there will be forces working in opposition.

Genesis 3:15
"And I will put enmity
    between you and the woman
    and between your offspring and hers
he will crush your head
    and you will strike his heel."

Enmity between humanity and the enemy.
Hostility is the given
The reality of spiritual war

Ephesians 6:10-12
"Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms."

II Corinthians 10:3-6
"For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. And we will be ready to punish every act of disobedience, once your obedience is complete."


This reality not to be trivialised or secularised.
Forces us to reassess our priorities.

Helps us to make our decisions accordingly

It wasn't until Haman surfaced that Esther became the woman we know and respect.
She realised the very real threat.
Rose up in her God-given role

I Peter 5:8
"Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour."

When we see there is a clear and present danger, it should change everything.
The undergirding is that we are aliens and wanderers.
Battle of coming into the Promised Land in a New Testament context.

Satan's greatest deception: Indifference to or ignorance of his existence.

Mighty warriors - valiant in Jesus' name
Valley of dry bones in Ezekiel- God raising up a mighty army

How do we fight?
Not against people- no need to hate people
Go to the source- fight against those powers
Not with physical weapons- not the way the world fights

1) Truth- sound doctrine
Need to know the Word

Sword of Truth
All the power we need
We don't know the Truth of the Word of God: No wonder we're getting beat down

We need to know the schemes of our enemy

  • He deceives the people of God to live with sin un-dealt with: Contaminates everything
Rebellion
We need to take sin seriously
Shun what is wicked
Satan wants sin in our lives- yeast
  • He deceives us to have split allegiance
A house divided can't stand
A servant cannot have two masters: You will love one and hate the other
Idols of good- things that aren't inherently bad that become more important than God
Divides our hearts
  • He blinds us to our true identity
Become desensitised to our true identity
Royal rulers - might warriors - leaders of the peoples
We think too little of ourselves
We are trading the eternal for the temporal
Trading in the Glory of God for the Glory of Man

2) Pray- the only way to fight things in spiritual realms
Angels go to war on our behalf

Ephesians 6: All about prayer
Pray on all occasions

Matter of intimacy and function
Prayer is the act of keeping us alert and awake in the spiritual realm
The one thing Satan will attack is our prayer life

Intimacy in God and power in God
We need to guard the precious things of God
Our prayer life needs to be fought for.

The foundation for prayer is God's Word.

Engage in spiritual warfare.

All sermons I post from Jubillee Church in Seoul can be found HERE.
chiefofsinners: (hands)

Nothing of eternal value whatsoever.

Oh my Love.
I'm so sorry...
 


My Love

Nov. 22nd, 2012 01:56 am
chiefofsinners: (roses)
My One True Love is called Faithful and True.
He loves me with an Everlasting Love, one so great that He would do anything to save me. Even die.
And He did. He died a horrific death, after hours of torture and ridicule. And even though I am a harlot, flirting with disaster and falling into the same traps over and over again, He still cherishes me.

I want to be worth that kind of Love.
I don't want to be a harlot any longer.


Lord Jesus, cleanse my heart and mind. I want to be as head over heels for You as You are for me.

Light a fire in my heart.

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