To tithe or not to tithe, that is the question for the generation that is over extended both in time and money. This sermon explores the spiritual significance, purpose, and God's expectation of tithing. Enjoy and please feel free to comment.
This miracle is our opportunity to learn how to pray from someone who gave birth to and raised the Son of God. Check it out and make miracles happen with your prayers.
I am sure we all know that life is full of crises and crossroads. The decision you make during a crisis or crossroads will determine your future. As someone who made many wrong choices in life, I appreciate those smart kids and adults who have the endurance to stay in the right course when confronted with a crisis or crossroads. In Luke 21:5-19, Jesus revealed a set of spiritual principles to endure crises. Let's take a look ...
If you pay attention to the details of this story and ponder it seriously, you will disagree with its traditional title being “the Prodigal Son” because this story is about “the Prodigal Father,” a father who is so extravagant with his love and grace. If you focus on the son, you miss a more profound side of the story.
We live in a world of disgarce. Just look at Washington these days. However, we are called to shed the light of grace. It is the grace makes you the salt of the earth and the light of the world. Let's see how Jesus taught us to shed grace in this disgraceful world.
Everyone dream dreams every night, but most of the time, we don’t remember any of them. Occasionally, we have dreams that seem to deliver a divine message, but we are not sure how to interpret it. Would it be nice if we can interpret our dreams sans superstition since the Bible repeatedly says that God speaks to us in our dreams?
The sense of humor, or joy, is your defense system to maintain your senity, and love is your plan of attack. Jesus’ Sermon on the Plain gives you 3 sets of plans of attack. The first set is about spiritual plan of attack, the second set is physical plan of attack, and the third set is identity plan of attack. Each set has roughly four instructions. Let’s take a look.
Jesus taught us again through Mark 10:35-45 God’s principle of leadership. Human beings are not created to handle the power and position they are not predestined to handle. It’s dangerous to covet the ranks and roles, and race to climb the corporate ladder because “power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” That is human nature. That’s how we are created. We do well by enjoying where we are and leading from there by serving.
You all have heard that the coronavirus is still beyond the control of the healthcare professionals and authorities. The vaccine availability is still at least a year and a half away. Is there something we can do in the meantime? The good news is yes. It is a timely subject to talk about on this first Sunday of Lent. Jesus has an answer for us. I’ll show you from today’s scripture lesson how to brace yourself against all treats.
"Let it be" was the first word Jesus ever uttered in the Gospel according to Matthew. His life was all about, “let it be.” He said we are supposed to begin our prayer with “Thy kingdom come, and Thy will be done," which is another way of saying "let it be." In this sermon, let's explore the wisdom of "let it be!"
How would you measure your success—temporally and eternally? Would you measure it by your possession, power, prestige, or performance? Many people are wise enough to know that possession, power, and prestige are not the metrics of success, but many think performance is. If you ask Jesus to give you the answer, what do you think he would say? Let's take a look at this rich young ruler's pursuit of eternal success.
Life is full of distractions that could take us to the end of life without fulfilling our dreams and, most importantly, our calling. In Mark 13, Jesus warns us against some major distractions that we must be mindful of, particularly between now and his coming. In this sermon, we will look at three major sources of distractions and how to avoid it so that we can be his faithful stewards that brings glory to him. Enjoyr!
Advent is a time for self-examination as we prepare for the coming of Christ. Today’s scripture lesson talks about John the Baptist, the greatest man ever born of women according to Jesus. His job was to prepare people’s hearts for the coming of Christ. From this passage, Matthew 3:1-12, we are reminded to conduct three important self-examinations frequently to live a fruitful life. Let's take a look and see how you can benefit from it.
Christians are often compared to butterflies, transformed from the state of caterpillars. However, can butterflies regress to caterpillars? Can Christians regress to the idolatry of worldly politics and ideologies? If we are not good stewards of the kingdom, we may regress, just as the chief priests and Pharisees did. On this Christ the King Sunday, we look at a scene of Jesus' trial from the dimension of stewardship. Enjoy!
We will be in heaven one day, but we can also be in heaven right now. In fact, Jesus taught us how to live in heaven on earth. It has eight steps. I call it “8 Steps to Heaven.” Precisely “8 Steps to Heaven on Earth.” Let's take a walk ...
One of the most crippling mental condition is doubt. Doubt can cripple your hope and, without hope, there’s no joy. Doubt can be both internal and external. Internal doubt is known as self-doubt. Self-doubt makes us question our ability to overcome obstacles and achieve success. It can keep us from trying God-sized dreams and settle for less. It produces a failure of nerve. External doubt is the doubt about other people, friends, government, or even God. We doubt our friends will come through. We doubt our government will ever lead us to security and prosperity. We doubt God will fulfill God’s promises. In today's scripture lesson from Matthew 11:2-11, we will look at how Jesus taught us to SOAR above our doubts and live a fruitful life...
I want to remind you of five greatest gifts that we must claim this Christmas. All these five gifts are packaged to gather in one precious gift wrapping known as Emmanuel. You must claim these five gifts because it is what makes life meaningful and worth living. Let's unpack what's in Emanuel.
According to my research on the great minds, creative imagination is the presence of the Holy Spirit. If you are here this morning feeling beat up by the storms of life, I have a solution for you: exercise your creative imagination. This world is a sea of suffering, and the only way to stay afloat is your positive imagination. I am not talking about wishful thinking. Creative imagination is a gift from God to navigate this life. It is the very Spirit of Jesus Christ that enabled him to forgive when he was suffering from the worst injustice in human history when he was on the cross. It is his imagination of the bright future that allowed him to endure the cross. Lack of imagination will make you become negative, complainful, and resentful which will make the suffering even worse...
I was at a hair salon this week—notice my short hair? The lady that cut my hair was a little chatty. After realizing that she is a Christian, I asked her how she planned to observe the Lent. She said, “I don’t know what to give up this time. I haven’t decided yet.” Her answer made me wonder where this tradition of giving up something came from because nowhere in the Bible indicates that we must give up something for Lent. ...
If Magi were so despised by the culture and condemned by the Scripture, why did Matthew place them at the presence of Christ, God’s Son? In fact, this is not the only scandalous story he told. Let's look at the provocative message of Matthew's Magi story.
Repentance means attitude adjustment. Repent from acting as if you don't matter to God to a conviction that you do matter to God. If you want to change your attitude, think about gratitude. Count the blessings. Develop a habit of counting the blessings every morning and count the blessings every night.
What are demons mentioned in the Bible? The word “devil” simply means “doubt.” Demons are generally the minions of the Devil. So you can interpret them as little doubts under the big doubt. Doubts produce anxiety and anxiety breaks relationships. In this sermon, Sam Stone explains how demon possession is manifested in broken relationships. Do you have demons that need to be cast out? Let's take a look!
Can we live in grace upon grace? This is my New Year resolution. As Christians, we all are the recipients of grace, but can we be the extenders of grace? I know it's not easy, but there are five things we can do to grow our ability to give grace. Let's take a look ...