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OPENING

Some of you here may have not been in a church before and this is their first ever experience of being in a church
Some may have been in the church before but haven’t been for a very long
while many of you here has been in the church for maybe 1, 3, 5, 10, 20… or even 50 years or more
Regardless of which of those categories you belong, one thing is common to us all, hearing a good news is always refreshing, fascinating, re-assuring, rejuvenating,
When we wake up in the morning there are several things that we ritually do
Who says… let me see your hands
Turn on the TV and watch the news
Turn on the radio and check the weather and traffic updates
Log on to your facebook and see how many likes they got for their late evening post
Or, who makes a fresh cup of coffee, grab the Bible and check the “good news” ?
The good news that never fails to bring fresh messages every day
No matter what you do when you wake up, longing for a “good news” is common to us all
\Gospel is a word derived from the Anglo-Saxon godspell denoting “glad tidings” or “good news.”While it is true that gospel means “good news”, how ever it is inadequate just to simply say the good about the news, the entire story, the complete image of the news must be toldPerhaps, some of you here haven’t heard about the gospel in their entire life, totally!Maybe, some of you have heard it once in a while, when you feel like being spiritual, when you’re under tension or in transitionWhen you’re occasionally searchingillustration (joke): when searching for a girlfriend, or if truly serious, someone that he can spend the rest of his life withThere was a guy who’s been searching for a girlfriend for a very long timeSo he sought the pastor seeking for advice, the pastor told him to pray and read the BibleSince he is not really into praying & reading his Bible, what he did was he said a very short prayer and with his eyes closed, inserted his index finger to his Bible and that led him to a verse
BREATHE!
Gospel is a word derived from the Anglo-Saxon godspell denoting “glad tidings” or “good news.”
While it is correct and true that gospel means “good news”,
however, it is inadequate just to simply say the good about the news,
the entire story, the complete image of the news must be told
Perhaps, some of you here haven’t heard about the gospel in their entire life, totally never heard!
Maybe, some of you have heard it once in a while, when you feel like being spiritual, when you’re under tension or in transition
When you’re occasionally searching
Having mentioned the word “searching” reminded of this story
(joke)
There was a guy who’s been searching for a girlfriend for a very long time
So he sought the pastor for advice, the pastor told him to pray and read the Bible
Since he is not really into praying & reading his Bible, what he did was ...
he said a very short prayer, and with his eyes closed, inserted his index finger to his Bible and that led him to a verse
he said a very short prayer, and with his eyes closed, inserted his index finger to his Bible and that led him to a verse
And in that verse, the scripture read
Colossians 4:18 NCV
I, Paul, greet you and write this with my own hand. Remember me in prison. Grace be with you.
Colossians 4:8 NCV
This is why I am sending him: so you may know how we are and he may encourage you.
Whoww! The guy was so excited and and in his excitement, he remembered a co-worker named Grace
So he rushed back to their office and talked to Grace and told what her what happened
He said, “Grace, God said to me that you will be my wife”
Grace replied, “Whaaaat!!!” God must be wrong, I’m happily married and I already have 4 kids
The guy won’t believe what he just heard her say. Seriously??… Grace said, yes! positive!
The guys walked away, downcast, went to the park and decided to talk to God
He said, “Lord you said Grace will be my wife, but what will I do?.. She’s married with 4 kids?
Again, since our lead cast of the story do not really open his Bible regularly, he then again closed his eyes and without peeking, inserted his index finger to his Bible and led him to another verse...
This time its....
Matthew 27:5 NIV
So Judas threw the money into the temple and left. Then he went away and hanged himself.
BREATHE!
There’s a process how to hear the true word from God
Because the Word may only be understood through the Spirit ()
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