January 14, 2017 by
This is the website that has most of the Khmer sermon in mp3. In the menu, click "music / sermon"  and in the genre, you shall see all sermons. Also, if you click all albums you could see music and sermon albums. Use "google chrome", you will be able to download directory from each player. More sermons are being added.  If you register, you will be able to listen more songs that are added by members, in their music profile. (Registration is through invitation only, let me know if you want to sign up, we’ll send you an invitation through your email).

January 12, 2017 by
To add your church, just use our contact and send us the information. Asian Evangelical Church  376 Center street. Bridgeport, CT 06604 (203) 218-9556  > Website: www.asianevangelicalchurch.org;  Sunday Facebook Live at 10 am Eastern time @ facebook.com/aphou Decription:  An intercultural congregation with the majority are Cambodians. Pastor Amra Phou.   Cambodian Harvest Church 1948 E 20th St. Signal Hill, CA 90755 (562) 597-2014  > Website: www.cambodianharvest.org Decription:  Our senior pastor is a graduated student from Fuller Theological Seminary. With his great burden for Cambodian people, pastor Mony Mok and his wife Kunnary Mok came to Long Beach to start the ministry, and at the same time traveling back and forth to help planting churches in Cambodia.      Cambodian-American United Methodist 1700 Temple Ave. Long Beach, CA 90804 (562) 494-7505   Cambodian Fellowship 507 Pacific Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802 (562) 435-2915   Cambodian Evangelical Church 12722 Woods Ave. Norwalk, CA 90650 (562) 863-4949;  Website:  www.norwalkcechurch.org   Cambodian Baptist Church 3321 Cleburne Rd, Fort Worth, TX 76110 (817) 921-6150   First Cambodian Baptist Church Aldine   2046 Aldine Bender Rd, Houston, TX 77039     Directions   Cambodian Baptist Church of Houston 8325 Fuqua Street Houston, Texas 77075 Pastor Panha Mey; panha@att.net; 210-508-5444;  website: www.cbcoh.org Description: Our worship service is conducted in both English and Khmer languages in a blending style of worship that includes praise choruses, traditional hymns, and Khmer traditional tunes     Cambodian Church of Christ 11426 Lake June Rd. Mesquite, TX 75180 (972) 286-4985  

January 12, 2017 by
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January 6, 2017 by
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December 31, 2016 by
Connsulting a Bible app on his smartphone, Norng Chhay pulled up his favorite passage from the book of Matthew. “‘Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. For you will be treated as you treat others,’” the former Khmer Rouge soldier read aloud. Matthew 7 particularly resonates with him, he said, given his past as a member of one of the most notorious armies of modern times. Read more!  

December 31, 2016 by
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December 30, 2016 by
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December 30, 2016 by
We are a resource gateway and an online community of Cambodian Christians and friends. Due to political instability in Southeast Asia in the 70’ and 80’, many Cambodians have relocated (diaspora) to many parts of the world. United States, Canada, Australia and Europe, have become their new home. The majority of them became the citizens of the host countries, and generally, English is their main language. Today, many Cambodians are still leaving the country due to intercultural marriage, sponsorships, works provided by some developed countries, and some just go on for higher educations. This site provides many resources related to the Cambodian Christian community, in both national and expatriate settings. Among our friends, thousand of short-term and long term missionaries, pastors, lay persons, NGO personnels, tent makers, and many business owners have networked with Cambodian Christian community as part of life. To keep the site clean and simple, registration is open through invitation only. If you wish to register, contact us by providing your email, and tell us something about you. We will gladly invite you to join our community.    Contact Like what we do, please click "like on our facebook page".    Privacy      Term and Service    

July 25, 2016 by
Stop Staring at the Soup Philippians 3:12-14 We are at the 15th year in this place with this group of people. What will we be in the next 15th year. How we feel when we think about tomorrow?  “In America, worry about tomorrow has become part of our national culture. We are worried about the possible collapse of the Euro, trouble in the Middle East, the conflict of China, the problem in Cambodia, and the possibility of a global recession I can’t blame anyone for feeling a bit worried right now. But the Bible says in Matthew 6:34 “Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself” You’ve got plenty of trouble right now. Why borrow trouble from tomorrow?   Our text helps us at the level of personal motivation by revealing the heart of our faith. It begins with a very frank admission.  In which way we need continue our life with this church.  Each anniversary we can do this evaluation. We have vision and we need a measurement to check our direction and our achievement. This year I also have more decision to make about my life for the next phase: my saving fund, my investment fund, my medical insurance, my life insurance, my critical illness insurance, my long term disability and long term care insurance, my activity, Medicare, money to live for the next 18 months with no income like before, my plant in my backyard to be self-watered and also may be my dog self-feeder, and last but not least my travel.   I.  A Humble Evaluation                           “Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect“ (v. 12a). Before we assess ourselves, we need to learn from apostle Paul. There is a refreshing honesty about these words. If anyone had reason to brag about his accomplishments, you would think it would be the Apostle Paul. But he doesn’t do that. Despite having met the Lord on the Damascus Road, despite having preached across the eastern Mediterranean region, despite being an apostle called by God, despite writing letters inspired by the Holy Spirit, despite all that he had endured, he does not brag about anything he has said or done. None of that matters to him. He knows that he is a sinner saved by grace. In another place he even calls himself the “chief of sinners ខ្ញុំជាលេខ១ ក្នុងមនុស្សមានបាប” (1 Timothy 1:15). Despite all that he had done, he makes no claim of being perfect or having arrived in his own spiritual journey. There is no perfection in this life. But God creates out of nothing. Wonderful you say. Yes, to be sure, but he does what is still more wonderful: he makes saints out of sinners. Paul was the chief of sinners then God made him to become the chief of saints.                That fact is hard for some people to grasp. Whenever we face a difficulty in life, we must begin by saying, “It is what it is." That’s not easy to do. Often we would rather play games, make excuses, cover up, pretend, ignore the obvious, and live in fantasy land. You can’t get better until you come to grips with reality. “It is what it is.” It’s hard to admit your marriage is in trouble. It’s hard to admit your career is on the rocks. It’s hard to admit your dreams are smashed. It’s hard to admit you’re broke. It’s hard to admit you’re filled with anger. It is hard to admit we are not growing as a congregation. But there is no getting better until you say, “It is what it is.”  So it is with all the trials of life. First we begin by saying, “It is what it is.” And then by God’s grace we move on from there. The only thing that keeps us going is this. Jesus is a wonderful Savior, and he is everything we are not.   II. A Holy Aspiration                                 “But I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me" (v. 12b). Pause for a moment over that last phrase: “Christ Jesus took hold of me." The whole Christian life can be found in those six words.                         Christ found me.                         Christ saved me.                         Christ has a purpose for my life. The supreme purpose of my life is to discover his purpose for me!                         1.  It takes a lifetime.                         2.  It involves hard work and concentration (I press on....).                         3.  It leads to progressive growth in grace.                         4.  It develops the character of Christ in me.   III. A Hearty Determination                      “But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead"(v. 13). Note the fierce concentration implicit in the words “one thing I do.” Here is a secret that applies across the board. To excel in any area of life, a person must say, “This one thing I do,” not “These 20 things I do.” A single-minded focus in any endeavor generally wins a great reward. Greatness in any arena comes to those who can say with the Apostle Paul, “One thing I do.” In his case, it meant looking to the heavenly goal of winning the prize. That phrase covers all that God has for us when we finally stand before Jesus Christ and hear him say, “Well done, good and faithful servant. Enter into the joy of the Lord." Perhaps it would be good for each of us to look in the mirror and ask, “Do you know what you are doing?” We’re all good at making lists. I’m rather good at it myself. I can think that as long as I’ve got a list, I’ve got a clear purpose. But it’s not true. A list without a purpose is just a list. It keeps me busy (or at least looking busy) but what good is a list without a larger purpose? Paul clarifies his purpose with two key phrases:   A.  Forgetting what lies behind. Illustration: There was a time after the Civil War when General Robert E. Lee visited a woman who showed him the remains of a grand old tree in front of her home. There she cried bitterly that its limbs and trunk had been destroyed by Union artillery fire. She waited for Lee to condemn the North or at least sympathize with her loss. Lee paused and then said, “Cut it down, my dear madam, and forget it." Surely this is a good word for the next phase of our congregation. What are we to forget? Our worries. Our fears. Our failures. Our victories. Our defeats. The attacks of our enemies. The praise of our friends. Let us lay aside even the accomplishments of the past year, our claim to fame, our name in the lights, the good things we think we have done, the stuff we do to make the world glad that we get out of bed in the morning, all the things we brag about, all the medals and honors and all the awards. As the football coaches like to say, “Last year means nothing." How right they are. If we lost, it means nothing. If we won the Super Bowl, it means nothing. Whatever happened in the past, you’ve got to let it go. As long as we’re looking back, we can’t move forward.   B. Pressing on to what lies ahead. Illustration: When famed missionary Dr. David Livingstone returned from Africa to England, he was asked, “Where are you ready to go next?” “I am ready to go anywhere,” he replied, “provided it be forward." This must be the attitude of the child of God every single day. When people ask about the “secret” of God’s will, I tell them it begins in the morning when you say, “Lord, let me take the next step with you today."   IV. A Heavenly Inclination                                                 “I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus" (v. 14). In the spiritual life, direction makes all the difference. True believers aren’t in heaven yet, but they aim their steps in that direction. In Paul’s case that involved both a sanctified forgetting and a resolute pushing forward. Paul said, “I haven’t arrived yet, but I’m still climbing!” If he were here today, he would say, “Press on!!!!” It’s not enough to start well. You also have to end well. Illustration: The Greeks had a race in their Olympic games that was unique. The winner was not the runner who finished first. It was the runner who finished with his torch still lit. I want to run all the way with the flame of my torch still lit for Him. Someone has commented that the chief problem of the church today is that we have too many “amateur Christians." They are like the man who jumped on his horse and rode furiously in all directions and the no flame still lit on the torch. Let me pose three questions for you to consider:             1. What is the goal of your life?             2. Why do you get up in the morning?             3. Why are you still here?  We of all people ought to be optimistic with passion as we face another phase after this anniversary. We have a great future because we have a great God.  Conclusion: So chin up, child of God. Stop staring in the soup. Pull those shoulders back. Put a smile on your face. Take your troubles, wrap them up, and give them all to the Lord.  So we launch out with great faith into the next phase of our congregation. We’ll have our share of hard times, but overriding it all is the promise of God who said, “I will never leave you or forsake you.”   Lift up your head.  Be of good cheer. The Lord is with you. Fear not and Press on!

July 18, 2016 by
The Word of God Book 2 Timothy 3:16 “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,”   We begin with the simple observation that the Bible is the bestselling book of all time. More copies have been printed in more languages and read by more people than any other book in history. It is so far out in front of every other book ever written that it stands in a category all by itself. Over six billion copies have been printed, sold, or distributed in over 2200 languages.  It is not only the bestselling religious book, it is the bestselling book of any and every category. The Bible is number one. The all-time best seller. The undisputed champion. Every Sunday it is read, studied, quoted and memorized in every nation on every continent. Why is the Bible still the all-time best-selling book in world history? What is it about this ancient book that still draws the attention of this generation? Why we are still attracted to these ancient stories? Is it just our religious background? Do we turn to the Bible because it makes us feel good in times of trouble? Or is there something more?   I.                  Every Word and All the Words For 2000 years Christians have used a particular phrase to describe what they believe about the Bible. We call it “the Word of God.” That alone sets the Bible apart from every other book. When we use the phrase “the Word of God” we mean that the Bible comes from God and records his message to us. That is, when we read the Bible, we are reading the very words of God. Sometimes Christians use the word “inspiration” to describe this truth. 2 Timothy 3:16 tells us that “All Scripture is God-breathed.”  Applied to the Bible, that means that God breathed out the very words of the Bible and the human authors wrote them down. Why do we believe the Bible is the Word of God and thus absolutely truthful? How can we be so sure that the Bible stands above every other book ever written? In this message we’re going to attempt to answer those questions.   II.               Its Claims In the first place, the Bible clearly claims to be the Word of God. II Peter 1:21 says, “For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.” It’s not as if Jeremiah dreamed up his visions or David his psalms or Paul his letters. These men “spoke from God” as the Holy Spirit carried them along. The Greek word for “carried along” pictures a ship being moved through the waters by the power of the wind in the sails. The Holy Spirit is the real power behind the writing of the Bible. He is the divine author. Men like David, Daniel and John were human authors. That’s why the Bible repeatedly uses phrases like “the Lord says” and “the Word of the Lord came” and “the Lord spoke.” Jeremiah 1:9 puts it very plainly: “Then the Lord reached out his hand and touched my mouth and said to me, ‘Now, I have put my words in your mouth.’ “This is a claim to direct, divine inspiration by God. It is important to realize too that the writers of the Scripture were not mere writing machines. God did not punch them like keys on a typewriter to produce His message. He did not dictate the words, as the biblical view of inspiration has so often been unfairly caricatured. It is quite clear that each writer has a style of his own. Jeremiah does not write like Isaiah, and John does not write like Paul. God worked through the instrumentality of human personality, but so guided and controlled men that what they wrote is what he wanted written.   III.            Its Credibility Let’s consider credibility under two headings.  1. Accuracy of transmission. After all, everyone understands that the Bible was written between 2000-3500 years ago. And everyone agrees that we don’t possess any of the original manuscripts of the Bible. How do we know that what we are reading is an accurate transmission of what the human authors originally wrote? The answer for the Old Testament is that the Jews were almost fanatical in their insistence on accuracy. When they copied a manuscript by hand, they counted the total number of letters and figured out the middle letter of the entire book. Once a scribe finished copying that book, if his middle letter of the copy was different, the entire book was presumed to be incorrectly copied and was destroyed. The scribes even counted the various letters and compared manuscripts not just word for word but letter for letter. That’s why the existing manuscripts of the Old Testament are virtually identical.   2. Consider the Bible’s amazing historical accuracy. In general, we may say that historical research has tended to confirm every major factual claim in the Bible. For many years, the critics claimed that no one named Pontius Pilate ever existed. But the archaeologists uncovered a stone tablet in Caesarea with his name on it. Chuck Colson (The Faith, p. 51) summarizes the evidence this way: Before the end of the 1950s, no less than 25,000 biblical sites had been substantiated by archaeological discoveries; there has been no discovery proving the Bible to be false. No other religious document now or in history has ever been found that accurate.   IV.           Its Consistency Two important lines of evidence establish the Bible’s internal consistency.  1. There is the testimony of fulfilled prophecy. Someone has calculated that fully one-fourth of the Bible was prophecy when it was written. The 66 books of the Bible make hundreds of specific prophecies regarding people, places, kingdoms, wars, and nations. But the greatest predictive prophecy deals with the person of Jesus Christ. The Old Testament contains over 100 predictions regarding Christ, including the place of his birth, the manner of his birth, the family into which he would be born, the scope of his ministry, the nature of his death, and the miracle of his resurrection. All of these prophecies were written down between 400-1500 years before his birth. Yet each of them was fulfilled down to the letter. Mathematician Peter Stoner calculated the odds of anyone fulfilling just eight of those predictions by chance. The odds came out to one in ten to the seventeenth power. If you took that many silver dollars and scattered them across Texas, they would cover the state two feet deep. Now take one of those silver dollars and mark it with a red X and throw it in at random into that pile of silver dollars. Then blindfold a volunteer and ask him to find the marked silver dollar on his first try. That’s the same odds that eight predictions about Christ could be fulfilled by chance. Yet Christ fulfilled over 100 prophecies! (You can read Peter Stoner’s book online.)   2. Consider the amazing unity of the Bible. We are accustomed to thinking of the Bible as one book, but it actually consists of 66 books written by 40 authors in three different languages over a period of 1500 years. Yet the Bible is one book because it contains an amazing unity of theme from Genesis to Revelation. How do we explain the unity of the Bible? The Old Testament points to the coming of Christ, the gospels to the appearance of Christ, Acts to the preaching of Christ, the epistles to the body of Christ, and Revelation to the return of Christ. Jesus Christ is the theme of the Bible. This amazing unity amid diversity is one of the great proofs of the Bible’s supernatural origin.   V.              Its Certainty Having said all that, how can we be sure the Bible is the Word of God? Consider one more line of evidence: the evidence of changed lives. History tells us that wherever the Bible goes, men and women are changed forever. Whole cultures are transformed from devil-worship, cannibalism and warfare into societies in which human life is respected and human dignity established.  The Bible has, amazingly-no doubt with supernatural grace-survived its critics. Thirty to sixty million copies are produced annually. The harder tyrants try to eliminate it and skeptics dismiss it, the better read it becomes. Voltaire, for example, who passionately sought to erase the Christian influence during the French Revolution, predicted that within a hundred years no one would read the Bible. When his home was later auctioned off after his death, it was purchased by the French Bible Society. As one pastor said, the Bible survives its pallbearers (The Faith, pp. 55-56). Is the Bible the Word of God? I cannot “prove” that to you. You still have to make up your own mind. But if you have doubts, I encourage you to read it, study its claims, observe its message, and check out the facts for yourself. I have done that and I have also read the claims of the skeptics. As for me and my house, we will stand on the Bible as the Word of God. I submit to you that the Bible will stand the toughest test and the hardest scrutiny because it is indeed the Word of God. That’s why after 2000 years it is still the best-selling book in the world. No other book in the world contains the plan of salvation. No other book in the whole history of mankind can tell you how to get to heaven.   Conclusion   Thank God for the Bible because without it, we would never know about Jesus. And without Jesus, we could never be saved. But the Bible is true and it is the Word of God. If you still have doubts, I encourage you to read it for yourself. When you do, you will discover for yourself the most wonderful truth in the world. 

July 10, 2016 by
Divine Cafeteria Exodus 20:1 We are the refugee from Cambodia that’s what we are called here. The people of Cambodia call us the go away people or the immigrant. When I got US citizenship they call me here Cambodian American and I like it because I also like to be a Khmer. I was a Buddhist and I became Christian and if they call me a Buddhist Christian I may not like it because I am not a Buddhist anymore. But I know many Cambodian may like it because they don’t understand what a Christian is? Many years ago Newsweek magazine published an article by Lisa Miller with the provocative title We Are All Hindus Nowwho believe there are many paths to God. Just as there are many ways to climb a mountain, each religion offers its own way to God. None is better than any other. It begins this way: America is not a Christian nation. We are, it is true, a nation founded by Christians. Of course, we are not a Hindu–or Muslim, or Jewish, or Catholic nation, either. A million-plus Hindus live in the United States, a fraction of the billion who live on Earth. But recent poll data show that conceptually, at least, we are slowly becoming more like Hindus and less like traditional Christians in the ways we think about God, our selves, each other, and eternity. Are we all Hindus now? Maybe we are. Let’s take a simple test and figure out the answer. How many of the Ten Commandments can you name? Suppose someone offered you $20,000 to name the Ten Commandments in 20 seconds, could you do it? Khmers Know Prahok Ktis Most Khmers can name the four ingredients of a Prahok Ktis but few of them can name the five precepts of Buddhism. Americans know hamburgers, but they’re shaky about the Ten Commandments. Maybe that’s why we are all becoming Hindus now. Not knowing what God has said, we feel perfectly free to revise his Commandments to fit our 21st-century worldview.   I.                  God Did Not Stutter And that thought brings me to what I regard as the most important part of the Ten Commandments as given in Exodus 20. I’m referring to the way the passage begins. This is Exodus 20:1.  "And God spoke all these words." In our attempt to get down to the “good stuff,” we rush right over these words we flip past the title page to get to the first chapter. But that’s a crucial mistake because these words tell who is speaking.  “God spoke all these words.” Who is speaking here?  God! What did he say?  “All these words."  So where do the Ten Commandments come from?  God! These are not “Ten Suggestions for Your Best Life Now” or “Ten Ways You Should Consider” or “Ten Habits of Highly Successful People” or “Ten Ways to Climb the Ladder” or “Ten Ideas That Might Work For You.” No!  God spoke all these words-therefore they have lasting moral authority. God spoke all these words-therefore we must take all of them with utter seriousness. God spoke all these words-therefore we must give these words our primary attention. God has spoken and he did not stutter! If you think about it, this is a profound and even radical claim. We believe that God has spoken to us in the Bible, and he spoke in such a way that we can know what he says. Illustration: I had one student in my Cultural Orientation class in Galang refugee camp in Indonesia and he was also a happy Muslim. He was cheerful and friendly and very talkative as he explained that, really, there is no difference between Christianity and Islam. “We all believe in the same God,” he said. “So what is the difference?” he said, asking me. But I decided to let him answer that question. “We believe in Jesus too.” But Mohammad is God’s prophet, he said. And Allah made everything. “We believe in God because he made everything.” I explained to him, “We believe Jesus is the Son of God who died on the cross and rose from the dead.” “Jesus really is the difference.” He smiled and agreed and walked away. Jesus really is the difference. Are we all Hindus? No, and we’re not Muslims either. We are Christians who believe in the lordship of Jesus Christ.   II.               Divine Cafeteria Stephen Prothero, a religion professor at Boston University, points to American pragmatism: It’s about whatever works. If going to yoga works, great; and if going to Catholic mass works, great. And if going to Catholic mass plus the yoga plus the Buddhist retreat works, that’s great, too. More and more Americans, including a healthy chunk of evangelicals, take a “Divine Cafeteria” approach to their faith. We pick and choose what we want to believe. “Hmmm. I’ll take a serving of God’s love, but I think I’ll skip the part about hell and judgment. Give me a small serving of church and a big helping of ‘Make Me Happy’ for dessert.” Many Christians have suffered a loss of nerve because we aren’t really sure about what we believe. And under the enormous pressure to “go along to get along,” little by little we’ve backed away from the hard edges of the Christian faith. Inside each church we have members who are more Hindu than Christian. We’ve got Baptist Hindus.  We’ve got Methodist Hindus. We’ve got Nazarene Hindus. We’ve got Presbyterian Hindus. These folks come to church, sing the songs, pray the prayers, give their money, and sometimes they serve in leadership position, all the while believing on the inside that there really are many ways to God. In the 1950s the noted theologian Richard Neibuhr summarized liberal Protestant theology in words that seem as true today as they were a half-century ago: A God without wrath brought men without sin into a kingdom without judgment through the ministrations of a Christ without a cross. The only real solution is to teach the truth of God to fortify the souls of our people and make them strong once again. To believe in God is to believe in something that is supernatural. To believe in creation over evolution is to believe in something that is supernatural. To believe in angels, demons, heaven, hell, and the doctrine of the forgiveness of sins, is to touch that which is supernatural in its essence. We as Christians must reassert the supernatural basis of the Christian faith. It is not enough simply to say that we are Christians. It is not enough to say that we hold certain doctrines.  We must proclaim the supernatural foundation of the Christian faith. That’s important because if you remove the supernatural from Christianity, you have gutted our faith and turned it into nothing but a set of ethical instructions.   III.            All Truth Is Narrow Over and over again Jesus called people into a personal confrontation with the truth he was proclaiming.  In John 14:6 Jesus said, “I am the truth." In John 17:17 he said, “Your word is truth.” In John 18:37, standing before Pilate, he said these words, “I came into the world to bear witness to the truth. Everyone on the side of the truth listens to me.” Pilate responded in the words of a true first century relativist, “What is truth?”  What a question to ask when the truth was standing in front of him! We need once again to hear these words from Psalm 119:142, “Your righteousness is everlasting and your law is true.” Verse 151 says, “You are near, O Lord, and all your commands are true.” Verse 160 says, “All your words are true.” That leads me to make a very important point that I will come back to over and over again. All truth is narrow. Two plus two equals four, not 17. Phnom Penh is the capital of Cambodia, not Burma. A pentagon has five sides. Angkor Wat has 5 towers. Sixty seconds equals exactly one minute. All truth is narrow. If something is true, then many other things must not be true. If everything is true, then nothing is true. If truth depends on your opinion or on the latest Gallup poll, we can never know the truth about anything. That is why Christians insist on the concept of absolute truth. Without it, we have no faith to believe, only some warm, fuzzy sentimental feelings in our heart. That is not enough. We need to reassert once again to this crazy, mixed-up, confused generation exactly what the Psalmist said regarding God, “All your words are true.”   IV.           Truth Demands a Commitment I know people commit to thing they believe. When they believe on Lotto the Lotto organization get more money. When they believe on casino the casino owner get richer. When they believe on prosperity preachers those preachers become multimillionaire.  But if you are not sure about what you believe, that’s okay. You don’t have to believe on the basis of what I say. You may have some doubts about certain aspects of the Christian faith. You may even be a Christian, a member of a church, and have serious doubts about some of the things we believe. Doubt is not a sin. The only sin is refusing the search for the truth. So the best thing we can do for non-Christians is to share what we believe and why we believe it. Truth always demands a commitment.  Jesus said to Pilate, “Everybody on the side of truth listens to me.” Are you on the side of truth? It is not enough to intellectually say there might have been somebody like Jesus 2000 years ago. That is not enough. If you just say that and stop, you are not on the side of truth. You are just giving intellectual assent to certain propositions. There are only three things you can do with the truth: 1) You can deny it.  2) You can ignore it.  3) You can believe it. Those are your only options. So I ask you, what have you done with the truth about Jesus Christ? What have you done with the truth about the Bible? What have you done with the truth about salvation? I am sure you have heard of blind faith. God never asked anyone for blind faith. You have heard of a leap into the darkness. Faith in Jesus Christ is not a leap into the darkness.    Conclusion   Christian faith is standing on God’s truth and leaping from the darkness into the light. You may be in the darkness now, but there is light on the other side and it is not far away. You will never know until you take that first step. The next move is up to you.

June 26, 2016 by
Free Grace Ephesians 2:1-9 I would like to point out that my text contains the whole gospel message in just six words. If you know what these words are and what they mean, you will know the gospel. And you can share it with anyone you meet. The six words come in three sets of two words each, the first from verse 1, the second from verse 4, and the third from verse 8. You were—verse 1 But God—verse 4 Through faith—verse 8 The first two words describe our true condition apart from God’s grace. The words “you were” describe not only what we used to be, they also describe the current condition of everyone in the world who is not saved. That condition, as we will see in a few moments, is truly hopeless. The second two words tell us how grace works. The phrase “but God” announces the world’s greatest rescue mission when the Creator took on human flesh in the Person of Jesus Christ to perform the work of salvation. The final two words explain how we come into contact with God’s grace. It is “through faith” and only through faith. It is not faith plus works or faith plus anything else. It is faith alone that brings the blessings of grace to us. Rightly understood, the whole gospel is in those six words: You were…But God…Through faith. God made it simple so that anyone could understand it and so all of us could share it with someone else. My subject today is the grace of God. Perhaps a quote from the French philosopher Blaise Pascal will put things in their proper context: “To make a man a saint, grace is absolutely necessary and whoever doubts it, does not know what a saint is or what a man is.” One phrase hangs in the mind: “Grace is absolutely necessary.” If you doubt that, you don’t know what a saint is or what a man is, and I might add, you don’t know what grace is either. It is commonly said that Christianity is supremely a religion of grace. And that is certainly true. We sing about grace, we write poems about grace, we name our churches and our children after grace. Pol Pot and Mother Teresa As long as I think I am better than other people, I am not ready to be saved from my sin because I have not yet considered how great my sin really is. Jesus did not come to save “semi” sinners or “partial” sinners or “not-so-bad” sinners. To put the matter this way is not to deny the real moral differences among people. Is there no difference between Pol Pot and Mother Teresa? Of course there is. One was a killer, the other an instrument of mercy to thousands of hurting people. But from heaven as God looks down it is as if earth is a trillion miles away. What happens to the distance between us and Pol Pot? It vanishes from God’s point of view. That’s why Romans 3:22 says, “There is no difference.” And that’s why the next verse says, “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” We’re all in the same boat—like it or not. At this point the words of Jesus come to mind. “I did not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance” (Luke 5:32). With that as background we turn to our text. Ephesians 2:1-9 is the most extensive statement in the Bible about grace. It tells us how God saves dead people.  I. Grace Needed—"You were” As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our sinful nature and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature objects of wrath (Ephesians 2:1-3). Why do we need God’s grace? Because all men and all women are by nature spiritually dead and separated from God. We must begin at this basic starting point for biblical theology. When God looks down from heaven, the whole world looks like a cemetery to him. All he sees are dead people. Above every corpse is a three-word epitaph: “DEAD THROUGH SIN.” In what sense are human beings “dead” even though they are alive? Because of sin we are separated from God. We are unable to know God personally and we can’t do anything about our condition. To make matters worse, we are dead and we don’t know it. To be dead is a hopeless condition. You can’t say to a dead man, “Hey dead man, get up!” and expect him to do anything. You can’t talk the dead back to life. When God looks down from heaven, he sees our world as a vast graveyard filled with the living dead. Unbelievers appear to be alive. They laugh, they talk, they plan, they fight, they marry, they dream of the future, and one day they die. But they are dead even while they are alive. This is the human condition apart from God. It is true of all people without exception. Apart from grace, we are all born dead. Which is why, when God wants to save someone, he first finds a dead person. II. Grace Given—"But God” But, because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 2:4-7). Note the two little words in verse 4: “But…God.” Our salvation hangs entirely on those two words. We were dead…But God! We were enslaved…But God! We were trapped…but God! We were self-destructing…but God! We were lost in sin…but God! Now circle three words in verses 4-5, love, mercy, and grace. Love is that in God which causes him to reach out to his creatures in benevolence. Mercy is God withholding punishment. And grace? Grace is the unmerited favor of God. Think of it this way. Imagine a vast reservoir of God’s love. As it begins to flow toward us, it becomes a river of mercy. As it cascades down upon us, the mercy becomes a torrent of grace. These two verses offer three words which answer to the desperate state of mankind: Love Mercy  Grace Here’s a good way to remember the difference between mercy and grace. Mercy is God not giving us what we do deserve: Judgment. Grace is God giving us what we don’t deserve: Salvation. The picture of a torrent of grace rushing upon us is especially apropos since grace always comes down from God to man. Grace never goes up; it always comes down. Grace by definition means that God gives us what we don’t deserve and could never earn.  III. Grace Received—"Through faith” For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith, and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God, not by works, so that no one can boast (Ephesians 2:8-9). In these two verses we discover how grace is communicated to the human heart. It does not come by works, by religion, or by anything we might conceive as “earning” God’s grace. Grace saves us through faith. Nothing more, nothing less. Something in us always wants to add to God’s free grace. It’s humbling to admit that we can do nothing to earn our deliverance from sin. But anytime we add anything to grace, we subtract from its meaning. Grace must be free or else it is not grace at all. Free grace? Of course. What other kind could there be? Consider the three key words of verse 8: grace, saved, faith. Grace is the source, Faith is the means, and Salvation is the result. Or you might say that Grace is the reservoir, Faith is the channel, and Salvation is the stream that washes my sin away. And all of it is the gift of God, even the faith that lays hold of God’s grace. Even our faith is not of us. It too is part of God’s gift. As Martin Luther said, our situation is so hopeless that salvation must come from “another place.” That’s why the Reformers talked about “alien righteousness.” That means a righteousness that comes from outside ourselves. We are not saved by what we do but by what Jesus Christ has done for us. Here’s Luther on faith: “God creates faith in the human heart the same way that He created the world. He found nothing and created something.” Thus every part of our salvation is a work of God from first to last. We are saved by grace through faith: Apart from works Apart from all human “goodness” That salvation is freely given and is received by faith alone. “You and me, Jesus” Too Bad (too sinful) to be Saved? That’s why God alone gets the glory in your salvation. Jesus did all the work when he died on the cross. In the end grace means that no one is too bad to be saved. Are there any truly bad people reading this sermon? I have some good news for you. God specializes in saving really bad people. Do you have some things in your background that you would be ashamed to talk about in public? Fear not. God knows all about it, and his grace is greater than your sin. Grace also means that some people may be too good to be saved. That is, they may have such a high opinion of themselves that they think they don’t need God’s grace. They may admit they are sinners but they don’t admit they are spiritually dead. They may think they’re sick because of sin but not truly dead. God’s grace cannot help you until you are desperate to receive it.   Which brings me to my final point. How do you find God’s grace? Just ask for it. That’s all. It’s really that simple. The more you feel your need for grace, the better candidate you are to receive it. Hold out your empty hands and ask God for his grace. You will not be turned away. It’s never too late. Though your sins be as scarlet, God says they will be white as snow. This is the miracle, the wonder, the scandal, the shock of God’s grace. It truly is “out of this world” for no one in this world would have thought of something like this. Here is good news for sinners. Free Grace! Free Grace! Free Grace! Shout it, sing it, tell it, share it. And above all else, believe it, for in believing, you will be saved.   Conclusion: When we get to heaven, there will be no contest to see who was the most deserving of God’s grace. After all, we were all dead to start with. There will only be one contest in heaven. When we look back and see what we were before, when we see the pit from which he rescued us, when we recall how confused we were, when we remember how God reached out and dragged us into his family, and how he held us in his hand, and when we see Jesus who loved us and gave himself for us, the only contest will be to see which of us will sing the loudest, “Amazing grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me. I once was lost but now am found, was blind but now I see.” Amen.    

June 19, 2016 by
Dad Are You a Builder Hebrews. 3:4 “For every house is built by someone, but God is the builder of everything.” All people are builders in some form or another. And probably the greatest building we do is in regard to people. We’re all building people, because we all influence people and hopefully, for God and for good in life. A Poem: A Builder Or a Wrecker As I watched them tear a building down  A gang of men in a busy town  With a ho-heave-ho, and a lusty yell  They swung a beam and the side wall fell I asked the foreman, "Are these men skilled,  And the men you'd hire if you wanted to build?"  He gave a laugh and said, "No, indeed,  Just common labor is all I need." "I can easily wreck in a day or two,  What builders have taken years to do."  And I thought to myself, as I went my way  Which of these roles have I tried to play? Am I a builder who works with care,  Measuring life by rule and square?  Am I shaping my work to a well-made plan  Patiently doing the best I can? Or am I a wrecker who walks to town  Content with the labor of tearing down?  "O Lord let my life and my labors be  That which will build for eternity!"   What Kind of builder are you?  I have learned a lot from many pastors and teachers in my life. Rev. Paul Ellison taught and mentored me for many years. Then Pastors Rick Warren, Max Lucado and others taught me a lot from their books and preaching. Brothers and sisters, those men are builder of both men and women! They taught me more about living the Christian life than just studying the Bible. I thank God for all the building they have done in life. WHAT ABOUT YOU? Do you realize that you, too, are a builder of people? It might be your children, your grandchildren but it might also be someone else’s children and others adults and young people. YOU ARE A BUILDER! Of course, I think we all realize that God is the greatest builder of all….He builds people in ways we never could! Heb. 3:4 “For every house is built by someone, but God is the builder of everything.” God is the builder of everything that is good and holy and right. And God is in the business building of good fathers as well. For Father’s Day I would like to share a few thoughts about building a father. If I could build a father.   I. BUILDING A PATIENT FATHER Illustration: There is a story about a father who became disturbed about the length of time his six-year-old son was taking to get home from school.  The father decided he would make the trip to discover for himself how long it should take a small boy to cover the distance. The father settled on 20 minutes but his son was still taking an hour. Finally the father decided to make the trip with his son.  After the trip, the father said, "The 20 minutes I thought reasonable was right, but I failed to consider such important things as a side trip to track down a trail of ants...or an educational stop to watch a man fix a flat...or the time it took to swing around a half dozen telephone poles...or how much time it took for a boy just to get acquainted with two stray dogs and a brown cat.  "In short," said the father, "I had forgotten what it is really like to be six years old." Brothers and sisters, it takes great patience to be a good father. Ephesians 4:2 “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.” 1 Thessalonians 5:14 “And we urge you, brothers, warn those who are idle, encourage the timid, help the weak, be patient with everyone.” We are admonished to be patient with all people, including our children. And there have been times in my life when I was not so patient with my children. Most of the time we forget to let kids be kids.” And to do that we must all exercise more patience with our children. If I could build a father I would build me with more patience! II. BUILDING A GODLY FATHER My grandson after the unity service baptism he insisted me to baptize him. One day after school he said please grandpa baptize me. I told him you have to believe in Jesus and he said he did. So what can I do except to baptize him in the bathtub on that day.   Certainly, this little 4-year old had learned something good from his pastor grandpa. II Thessalonians 3:6-8 “In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, we command you, brothers, to keep away from every brother who is idle and does not live according to the teaching you received from us. For you yourselves know how you ought to follow our example. We were not idle when we were with you, nor did we eat anyone’s food without paying for it. On the contrary, we worked night and day, laboring and toiling so that we would not be a burden to any of you.” We parents and fathers do set an example for our children to follow. Be it good or bad, they often do walk in our steps.  Many young people, for example, have been raised by hard-working parents and they, too, became hard-working adults.  I Corinthians 11:1 “Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.” The greatest example, however, that any parent or father can set for his children is that of godliness or Christ-likeness. If I could build a father I would build me with more godliness! III. BUILDING A LOVING FATHER I Cor. 1:8 “We know that we all possess knowledge. Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up.” Illustration: There’s a Spanish story of a father and son who had become estranged. The son ran away, and the father set off to find him. He searched for months to no avail. Finally, in a last desperate effort to find him, the father put an ad in a Madrid newspaper. The ad read: “Dear Paco, meet me in front of this newspaper office at noon on Saturday. All is forgiven. I love you. Your Father.” On Saturday, 800 Pacos showed up, looking for forgiveness and love from their fathers.  Dr. James Dobson said, “Loves isn’t something you buy. Your kids spell it T-I-M-E and it costs more than M-O-N-E-Y.” Illustration:  With a timid voice and idolizing eyes, the little boy greeted his father as he returned from work, "Daddy, how much do you make an hour?"  Greatly surprised, but giving his boy a glaring look, the father said: "Look, son, not even your mother knows that. Don’t bother me now, I’m tired."  "But Daddy, just tell me please, how much do you make an hour," the boy insisted. The father finally giving up replied: " Twenty dollars per hour." "Okay, Daddy, could you loan me ten dollars?" the boy asked.  Showing restlessness and positively disturbed, the father yelled: "So that was the reason you asked how much I earn, right! Go to sleep and don’t bother me anymore!"  It was already dark and the father was meditating on what he had said and was feeling guilty. Maybe he thought, his son wanted to buy something. Finally, trying to ease his mind, the father went to his son’s room.  "Are you asleep son?" asked the father. "No, Daddy. Why?" replied the boy partially asleep. "Here’s the money you asked for earlier," the father said. "Thanks, Daddy!" rejoiced the son, while putting his hand under his pillow and removing some money. "Now I have enough! Now I have twenty dollars!" the boy said to his father, who was gazing at his son, confused at what his son just said. "Daddy could you sell me one hour of your time?" The Bible tells the story of Absalom who was the son of King David. Through a series of circumstances, Absalom began to despise his father and made plans to become king in his father’s place. He sowed seeds of division and rebellion in his father’s kingdom. In the beginning he did things that did not seem to be a danger, but he was winning the hearts of the people of Israel. The day came when he saw an opportunity and openly led a rebellion against his father David in an attempt to take over his kingdom. David’s greatest fear was that Absalom would be destroyed in the battle, which is what eventually happened. When word came that Absalom had been killed, far from being happy about it, the Bible says, “The king was shaken. He went up to the room over the gateway and wept. As he went, he said: ‘O my son Absalom! My son, my son Absalom! If only I had died instead of you — O Absalom, my son, my son!’” (2 Samuel 18:33).  David’s heart was not to destroy his son, but to save his son, even if it meant dying in his place, in spite of what Absalom thought. Absalom wanted to be king, and the ironic thing is that David may have eventually made him a king. David was not his enemy, he was his father. He loved him in spite of his rebellion. If I could build a father I would build me with more love! CONCLUSION I Cor. 3:7 “So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow.” Not only does God make things grow, He also builds people and builds them well. If we fathers had a prayer today, hopefully, it would be, “Father God, make me a better father; a more patient, more godly and more loving.”

June 13, 2016 by
Knowing God Intimately Jeremiah 24:7 Illustration: I am remotely on vacation everyday after retiring from my work by watching 4K youtube and HD TV but to experience the real thing is completely different. To see and to hear are not enough we have to touch, to feel, and to taste it to get the real thing.   After we know how our God is, through His “Omni” attributes, it certainly should increase our knowledge that leads us to deeper worship of our Heavenly Father. It will also promote godly living the daily life and in the congregation by exposing and helping us see our Christian duty in the light of God’s greatness. With that background, let us consider four passages that speak to the vital importance of knowing God: 1. Jeremiah 24:7 “ I will give them a heart to know me …” 2. John 17:3 “Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God.” 3. Ephesians 1:17 “… So that you may know him better” 4. 2 Thessalonians 1:8 “Those who do not know God …” From these verses we may discern several important truths: 1. We were made to know God! That is our privilege, our calling, and our very purpose for existing. 2. Knowing God is the privilege and duty of every believer. It is a privilege afforded to every believer and a duty every Christian must pursue. 3. We can always know God better than we do. That’s precisely the point of Paul’s prayer in Ephesians. No one can ever claimed to have arrived at a perfect knowledge of God. 4. Those who do not know God have missed the central truth of the universe. Second Thessalonians 1 warns us that God will judge those who do not know him. In that great day, no excuses will be accepted and no substitute knowledge will suffice. Since it is possible and necessary to know God, those who do not know him face a terrible future. All true Christians know the answer to this question: “What is the chief end of man?” Answer: “To glorify God and enjoy him forever.” God put us here in order that we should know him, and in knowing him, glorify him, and by glorifying him, enjoy him forever. Thus, there is knowledge that leads to a relationship that brings glory that results in unending joy. If you want the joy, you must start by knowing God. Here are two quotes a pastor: It is not the job of the Christian preacher to give people moral or psychological pep talks about how to get along in the world; someone else can do that. But most of our people have no one in the world to tell them, week in and week out, about the supreme beauty and majesty of God … so I am persuaded that the vision of a great God is the linchpin in the life of the church, both in pastoral care and missionary outreach. Christian preachers, more than all others, should know that people are starving for God … who but preachers will look out over the vast wasteland of secular culture and say, ‘Behold your God!’ Who will tell the people that God is great and greatly to be praised? Who will paint for them the landscape of God’s grandeur? Who will remind them with tales of wonder that God has triumphed over every foe? … if God is not supreme in our preaching, where in this world will the people hear about the supremacy of God? If we do not spread a banquet of God’s beauty on Sunday morning, will not our people seek in vain to satisfy their inconsolable longing with the cotton candy pleasures of pastimes and religious hype?   I.                  Knowing God Superficially At this point I think it’s important to heed the two warnings issued of knowing God: A. It is possible to know about God without knowing God intimately. This is the danger of sterile intellectualism. It often happens despite our best efforts. Because we evangelicals love to do theology, it’s very easy for us to slip into the trap of thinking that because we have read the latest book or attended the newest seminar or listened to our favorite preacher on the radio, that we therefore have truly developed an intense relationship with God. Knowledge is good and absolutely essential, but knowing God is more than knowing facts about God. It’s like trying to get to know your wife by reading her Facebook. B. It is possible to know about godliness without knowing God intimately. This is the danger of information overload. This often happens in our “How-to” age. Every Sunday our people come to church and their message is, “Make it practical, pastor.” We want to know how to pray, how to fight discouragement, how to be better parents and so on. All these pursuits are good and worthy in themselves, but they don’t necessarily increase our knowledge of God. As a result, our spiritual state is a mile wide and an inch deep.   II.              Knowing God Intimately Let’s wrap up this message with a brief statement of what will happen to us as we increase in the knowledge of God.   A. New Perspective This is what the LORD says: “Let not the wise man boast of his wisdom or the strong man boast of his strength or the rich man boast of his riches, but let him who boasts boast about this: that he understands and knows me, that I am the LORD. Jeremiah 9:23-24 We all like to brag, don’t we? We brag about our college degree or about our new car, our new house, our new clothes, or how many important people we know. It’s almost as if we have to validate our own existence by bragging about who we are to someone else. Boasting is foolish because it causes us to think that we’re more than we really are. Money is not the measure of life nor is strength or wisdom. All of it is a gift from God. It’s all on loan from him. He gave it to us, he can take it back any time, and in the end, we’ll have to answer to what we did with what the Lord gave us. In this passage God is saying, “If you brag about anything, brag that you know me!” The rest of it doesn’t matter. That brings me back to the fundamental question: Why Are We Here? Knowing God is why we are here! Settle this first. Unless you know who God is, you will never know who you are.   B. New Boldness “But the people who know their God will firmly resist him.” Daniel 11:32. Here is an amazing verse from a passage in Daniel that speaks about the difficult circumstances in the Last Days. As the world begins to crumble before Christ returns, as the Antichrist rises to world domination, the people of God will come under intense persecution. But those who know God will find the strength to take action in the midst of the most difficult circumstances. If you know God, you won’t just let your testimony slide. You’ll be strong, you’ll speak out, you’ll be bold, you’ll openly identify with Jesus Christ. You won’t fear what man can do to you.   C. New Value in Life But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ. Philippians 3:7-8 Losses and profits don’t matter. The only thing that matters in life is knowing Christ personally. For Paul, being a Jew and a Pharisee to boot was great profit, but not compared to knowing Christ. All his vast knowledge meant nothing. It was just rubbish in his mind. In the end he lost “all things” but counted it as nothing that he might gain the knowledge of Jesus Christ. This kind of evaluation comes only from knowing God personally.   D. New Contentment If you know Jesus Christ, you can face the worst life has to offer. That’s true biblical contentment. It’s possible only by cultivating a daily relationship with Jesus Christ.   E. New Humility Consider these verses of scripture: Ephesians 3:14 “…I kneel before the Father” Philippians 2:10 “That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow …” Psalm 95:6 “Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker.” Why did Paul say, “I kneel” and why did the Psalmist call for people to bow before the Lord? Why did the 24 elders fall down before the Lamb? The answer is not hard to find. Once you know God, you then can know yourself properly. In heaven we will bow down and worship God. It’s a good thing to start now so it won’t seem strange then. Over the years I have come to understand that there are only two theologies in the world. Here they are in very simple form: There is … Big God and Little Me. or there is Little God and Big Me. When you come into the knowledge of God, you will have a Big God and a little you. But for most of us, it’s the other way around. Our view of ourselves is so big that God shrinks down to a manageable size. But the Bible has a special name for a god you can manage. It’s called an idol! Men make idols because they want a god that serves their purposes. The God of the Bible is far bigger than we imagine. He cannot be contained in any building or statue made by human hands! The bigger your God, the smaller your view of yourself, and the quicker you will fall down in worship and praise. Every Sunday morning you need to remember this, you or God is the big one.   Conclusion: I can preach and write and you can listen and read, but you’ll never fully understand what I mean until you begin to know God personally. You can’t define it fully, but when you encounter Almighty God, your life will never be the same again. Which is why Psalm 34:8 says, “Taste and see that the Lord is good.” He is good, but you’ll never know till you open your mouth and taste for yourself! You may be wondering where you should begin. “I don’t know the Lord at all. But I want to,” you say. Good! The first requirement for knowing God is to admit you need him. He delights to make himself known to those who want to know him.     You can have a relationship with God through his Son the Lord Jesus Christ. He came that you might know God personally. He died on the Cross to open the way to heaven. He paid the price for your sins. Will you now open the door of your heart and trust him as your Lord and Savior? “Lord Jesus, I welcome you into my heart. I believe you died for my sins and rose on the third day. Here and now I trust you as my Savior and Lord. Amen.” That’s a simple prayer but it could change your life forever. Cry out to the Savior and he will come to you. God never says no to a willing heart.

June 6, 2016 by
Is There Anything God Cannot Do Jeremiah 32:17 “Ah, Sovereign LORD, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you.” When God exercises His power, He does so effortlessly. It is no more difficult for Him to create a universe than to make a butterfly. This morning, we turn now to the final “omni” attribute: omnipotence. The word means “all-powerful” and refers to the fact that God’s power is infinite and unlimited. A. W. Tozer wrote: "Since He has at His command all the power in the universe, the Lord God omnipotent can do anything as easily as anything else. All His acts are done without effort. He expends no energy that must be replenished. His self-sufficiency makes it unnecessary for Him to look outside of Himself for a renewal of strength. All the power required to do all that He wills to do lies in undiminished fullness in His own infinite being" If you prefer a simpler definition, just think of these three words—"God is able.” That’s what omnipotence means. He is able to do everything he needs to do or wants to do. God is omnipotent. He has the ability and power to do anything.   I.                  God’s Omnipotence This doctrine is assumed everywhere in the Bible. Although the word is not found in our modern translations, the concept might be truly said to be assumed on every page of the Bible. (It is found in the King James Version of Revelation 19:6, “For the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.”(dºit¨BHGmÍas’d*Ca¨BH Edlman¨BHecs¶abMput ¨Tg’esayraC´eLIgehIy) To make matters easy to understand, let’s list four categories of scripture that lead us to the doctrine of omnipotence:   A. Nothing is too hard for God. “Ah, Sovereign LORD, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you.” Jeremiah 32:17 “For nothing is impossible with God.” Luke 1:37   B. No one can stop God’s plans. “I know that you can do all things; no plan of yours can be thwarted.” Job 42:2   C. He made all things and all things serve him. “Your laws endure to this day, for all things serve you.” Psalm 119:91   D. He does whatever he pleases. “Our God is in heaven; he does whatever pleases him.” Psalm 115:3   As a simple summary statement we may say that there are no limits to what God can do because there are no limits to GOD. Among the many titles given to God in the Old Testament is one that relates directly to his omnipotence. In Genesis 17:1 God speaks to 99 year old Abraham who has been promised a child by God. By this time his body is “as good as dead” (see Romans 4:19-22). In the face of all his very understandable doubts God reassures him by calling himself El Shaddai, which means Almighty God. It was God’s way of saying, “Don’t look in the mirror, Abraham. Look at me. If I say you’re going to have a son, it’s going to happen. Age means nothing to me. I am Almighty God.”   II.               Two Objections Two objections are often raised against the doctrine of omnipotence, one frivolous and one serious. 1. Let’s take the frivolous objection first. It is sometimes put in the form of a question: “Can God make a rock so big he can’t lift it?” Now on the face of it, that seems like a legitimate question, but it actually describes nonsense. It’s like asking if God can make a square circle. It’s a self-contradiction, a confusion of categories. If a circle is square it is no longer a circle. It’s a square. There is no such thing as a square circle or a rock so heavy an omnipotent God can’t lift it. (I do confess that when I hear frivolous questions like that, I want to reply that there is no such thing by definition as a rock so heavy God can’t lift it, but if there were, God could make it … and then he could lift it! There’s no such thing as a square circle, but if there were, God could make that, too!) As a passing note, it may be useful to know that there are at least four things the Bible says that God cannot do. He cannot deny himself (2 Timothy 2:13); he cannot lie (Titus 1:2); he cannot be tempted to evil (James 1:13); and he cannot change his basic nature (Numbers 23:19). In short, God will never act contrary to his own righteous, holy, unchanging character. “If God is All-Powerful…” 2. With that we pass on to the serious objection. Although it may be stated in many ways, it goes something like this: “If God is all-powerful, why is there so much suffering in the world?” Why do buses crash or tornadoes destroy homes? Why does God allow armies to kill innocent people? Why is there so much disease? Why do good people die of cancer? Why doesn’t God stop the suffering in the world? Before we say anything else, let us acknowledge the honesty of the question. All of us have wondered about this at some time or other, usually when we or a loved one has suffered a great tragedy. In a fallen world, it’s a very fair question. This is indeed a difficult question—especially when we are faced with a tragedy we can’t explain. Every Christian wonders “Why?” sooner or later. So we must face this question squarely: If God is all-powerful, why doesn’t he use that power to stop the suffering in the world? That’s is why God didn’t create man like He created angel, because He want perfect love and relationship. This short thing is to build thing that is fit for His love. . . What Kind of God Do We Believe In? This is an important question because it drives us back to the character of God. What kind of God do we believe in? For if God is not truly omnipotent, then evil is more powerful than God. In the end we must rest our faith on the goodness of God. More and more I am coming to see that this is the crucial issue of life. Is God good and does he care for us? Is God for us or against us? If you say No, you will soon lose your faith altogether. If you say Yes, then Romans 8:28 becomes more than a cliche. It is the heart of the Christian answer. If our God is good and if he cares for us, then we can believe he has all power, even in the face of sickness, suffering, and death itself. Over the 39 years I have been a pastor, I have discovered that your starting point makes all the difference. If you start with your trials and try to reason back to God, you’ll never make it. Start with lung cancer and it’s hard to find God. Start with divorce and it’s hard to find God. Start with rape and it’s hard to find God. Start with bankruptcy and it’s hard to find God. He’s there, but he’s hard to see when you start with your own difficulty. You’ve got to start with God and reason from what you know about God back to your trials. There is an invisible line that stretches from God to us. That line is the line of God’s goodness. We rest our faith on that invisible line. That’s why 2 Corinthians 4:18 says that “we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen.” As long as you start with what you see around you, you’ll have a hard time finding God in the darkest moments of life. But if you start with God, his light will illumine your darkness.   III.            The Implications Let’s think together about two implications of God’s omnipotence.   A. No power or will can ultimately thwart his purposes. This is what Job discovered at the end of his trials. I find it interesting that, as far as we know, Job never discovered the truth about the conversation between God and Satan that started all his troubles. If you take the book of Job at face value, it ends with God interrogating Job in a most humbling fashion. “Job, where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Were you there when I put the stars in their places? By the way, have you ever tried to make a crocodile? What about a rabbit? A simple rabbit, Job, how are you at making rabbits? That’s what I thought.” In the end Job bows in silence before a God whose ways are beyond human comprehension. Omnipotence teaches us that no power in all the universe can stop God or impede his plans. Not evil men. Not natural catastrophe. Not reversal of fortune. Not fate or luck or chance. Not human error. Not even Satan can hinder God’s plan in the least. In the words of Martin Luther, the devil is “God’s devil” because he serves God’s purposes.   B. What God starts, he always finishes. This is a most comforting thought because we live in a world where all our best work is necessarily unfinished. And even when we finish something, it’s never really finished. That’s why houses must be repainted and the beds made every morning. But when God starts to do something, he stays with the job until it is completed. There is never a divine power failure, never a black out, a brown out, or a meltdown. Our eternal security rests on the truth of God’s omnipotence. We are kept by his power, not by ours. He is the God who is able to keep us from falling (Jude 24). This is a source of great encouragement to every struggling saint. That’s why you can safely cast all your cares on him. He not only cares for you, he’s got unlimited power to carry your burdens and to solve your problems. Illustration: Let’s suppose that one day as you are walking down the street, you see a huge man coming toward you. Let’s suppose he’s really big—say 35 feet tall. Let’s say he weighs in at about 1500 pounds, all muscle. And he’s bearing down on you. As you consider the situation, only one question comes into your mind: Do I know this man? If you don’t, it’s time to start running in the opposite direction. But if you know him, you wait till he comes up to you, you smile, he smiles and greets you, and together you walk side by side down the street. If you know that man, you’re going to stay close by his side and fear nothing at all. That’s why Psalm 23:4 says, “I will fear no evil … for you are with me.” If God is walking by your side, you have nothing to fear. The omnipotence of God is thus a doctrine of wonderful comfort to the believer. The all-powerful God is with me. He exercises his power on my behalf. Whenever I need him, and even when I think I don’t, he is there. He never fails. All his plans for me will come to pass. I can trust him completely.   Conclusion: One final word and I am done. First Corinthians 1:18 tells us that the preaching of the cross is foolishness to the world, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. To the world the cross was a terrible waste, a tragedy, an enormous mistake. But to those who believe it is a demonstration of the power of God. Think about that for a moment. In the very place where God seemed to be defeated, there we see God’s power. Is the all-powerful God good and does he care for us? Look to the bloody cross and judge for yourself.   If God were not omnipotent, Jesus would still be dead. But if God can raise the dead, he can do anything. Let that thought encourage you this week as you face the impossibilities of life. Just remember, you’re not alone for Almighty God walks by your side.

May 30, 2016 by
Everywhere and Here Psalm 139:7-12 The scene: My grandson Ethan asked me one day. “Is God here, can we see Him?” he asks innocently. “He is here and everywhere,” I replies.  “Where’s Jesus?” “He’s in your heart.” “Why I cannot see Him?” Thus we are introduced to one of the more difficult doctrines of the Bible, the doctrine of God’s omnipresence. “Where is God?” This is a very important question. The seeker wants to know … and so does the skeptic … and so does the guilty sinner so he can run the other way. And so does every hurting person who feels abandoned by the Almighty. “Where is God when I need Him?” There are three attributes of God that should always be kept together in your mind. They naturally go together since each begins with the four-letter prefix “omni": Omniscience/ Omnipotence/ Omnipresence. The first means that God is all-knowing, the second that he is all-powerful, the third that he is present everywhere. He knows what needs to be done, that’s omniscience.  He has the power to do it, that’s omnipotence.  He’s always wherever he needs to be to do whatever needs to be done, that’s omnipresence.  I. He is Everywhere: Omnipresence Omnipresence is the hardest for us to grasp. We can only be one place at one time, but God is everywhere at the same time. Our problem is that we have nothing to compare to it. Is God all powerful? Yes, and we can slightly grasp that concept because we have power and strength. Is God all wise? Yes, and we can conceive of that on some level because we have wisdom and knowledge. But there is no sense in which we are can be present everywhere! We can’t even be two places at once, a fact that we sometimes forget. For that reason omnipresence is mysterious to us. Satan is Not Omnipresent, Only God is omnipresent. All other beings are restricted to a given place at a given time. The angels and demons can only be one place at one time. I pointed out that Satan is also limited. He is not omnipresent. That thought apparently was new to many people. They had somehow conceived of Satan as being like a “junior God” who could do everything God could do, only at a lower level. But a moment’s thought will show the impossibility of that notion. Either you are omnipotent or you are not. There is no such thing as being 90% omnipotent, or 60% omniscient for that matter. Because Satan is a created being, he is limited and localized in the spirit realm, as are all the angels and demons. This should give comfort to those who feel overwhelmed by attacks they believe to be Satanic in nature. While we would surely agree that Satan works today through a vast array of spirit beings who work his infernal will, he himself is no more omnipresent than you or I. Most people are not comfortable with an omnipresent God. That’s why they have idols. They want a god they can see and feel and touch. A god they can understand. A god they can control. A god made by their own hands. But you can’t fully understand the God of the Bible. And you certainly can’t control him. II. He is Not Limited by Time or Space Perhaps the greatest statement of omnipresence is found in the inspiring words of Psalm 139:7-12. “Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. If I say, ‘‘Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,” even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.” As David contemplates how God knows him inside and out, he wonders where he might go to hide from the Lord. Heaven, hell, east, west, the far side of the ocean, it doesn’t matter for the Lord is already there. What about the darkness of the night? The darkness will not deter God, for “darkness is as light to you.” There are several important implications of this truth. 1. God cannot be contained in a building. Solomon said as much in the dedication of the First Temple in Jerusalem. Sometimes I hear well-meaning people call the church the “house of God,” as if his presence somehow specially dwells in a building made by the hands of man. But a church is not a holy place in the sense that the temple was a holy place. Today God dwells among his people and in his people wherever they are and wherever they go. 2. God cannot be localized in a city or a nation. This truth should keep us from boasting too much in our supposed moral superiority. God is not an American, no French, nor does he exist to defend and perpetuate our form of government. 3. God cannot be reduced to an image or a statue. This is why the Second Commandment warns against making “graven images.” It is also why the Jews refused to make any pictures, drawings or statutes of God. The danger of idolatry is so great that J. I. Packer in Knowing God warns against the danger of religious pictures, even innocent drawings of Jesus. The truth is, we don’t know what he looked like and any picture or statues meant as an “aid to devotion” may somehow lead to superstitious worship. 4. He is always present whether we believe it or not. In the early days of space travel, one of the Russian cosmonauts returned from orbiting the earth to announce that he had looked out his space capsule and had not seen God anywhere. To which Dr. W. A. Criswell of the First Baptist Church of Dallas replied, “Let him take off his space suit for just one second and he’ll see God quick enough.” 5.  He is present even in the worst moments of life. God’s omnipresence means that He is there in the midst of suffering, pain, sickness, sorrow, anger, grief, bitterness, divorce, betrayal, murder, rape, sexual abuse, cancer, AIDS, abortion, warfare, famine, earthquakes, fires, floods, every natural disaster, accidents, personal loss, and at the moment of death. 6. He is always available to us wherever we go, 24 hours a day. We always have his full attention, we don’t have to make an appointment, he’s never too busy to hear us when we pray, he is never preoccupied with other problems. Can you imagine what it would be like if we prayed only to have an angel tell us, “I’m sorry, but God is busy handling a major crisis in the Middle East. Leave your name and number and someone will get back to you as soon as possible.” That will never happen because all of God is completely available to you no matter where you are. Though there be a thousand wars in a thousand places, our God hears you as if you were the only one praying. 7. We may rely fully on him no matter how desperate our situation may be.. We have learned through a lifetime of walking with God that he will never leave us for he is always present with his people. III. He can be ignored but he cannot be avoided You can ignore God but you can’t avoid him. This should be a serious warning to the unconverted. That’s why Genesis 16:13 calls him (in Hebrew) El Roi, which means The God Who Sees. At the end of this age, in those terrible days leading up to the return of Christ, the unconverted will suddenly realize the error of their ways. But then it will be too late. Revelation 6:15-17 describes the scene: Then the kings of the earth, the princes, the generals, the rich, the mighty, and every slave and every free man hid in caves and among the rocks of the mountains. They called to the mountains and the rocks, ‘‘Fall on us and hide us from the face of him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb! For the great day of their wrath has come, and who can stand? Think of it! Every sin you commit is committed in the presence of God. He hears every white lie, he knows when you cheat on your taxes, he listens when you swear under your breath, he takes note of every broken promise, he records the evil men do under cover of darkness. Jesus Makes People Nervous You can’t avoid him even if you try. You can ignore him but you can’t avoid him! Every time you write 2016 you are giving testimony to his power. All history is divided by his birth. He promises to draw near God is always near his people. This promise is repeated many places in scripture. Hebrews 13:5b says, ‘‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” In Matthew 28:20b Jesus promised, “I am with you always." And in Deuteronomy 31:6, as he was nearing the end of his long life, Moses reminded his people, “Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” The Bible tells us that he draws near to us in times of pain and suffering. Psalm 34:18 tells us that “the Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” Many of God’s choicest servants have experienced God’s powerful, uplifting presence in the midst of unspeakable sorrow. Often they look back later and marvel at how God brought them through when their own resources completely failed. We need a glimpse of God’s presence all around in the midst of difficult circumstances. Maybe you don’t need a new neighborhood or a new job or a new school. You need to see the angels of God surrounding you right now! We also know that he draws near to those who approach him in humble faith. In Psalm 145:18 we read that “the Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.”   There is one final promise we need to remember. This is the most important promise of all. He promises to walk with us in the hour of death. You will not pass across the threshold of death alone. Illustration: In one of his sermons Dr. Donald Grey Barnhouse illustrated that truth this way. Think about a mother with son serving in the military. She doesn’t know when he’ll be home, so she constantly speaks of him this way: “When John comes home, he’ll fix the window door.” “When John comes home, he’ll plant the garden,” “When John comes home, he’ll sit in his favorite chair and eat dinner with the whole family.” Why the third person? Why does she say “he” and not “you"? Because John isn’t home yet! But when he finally comes home and she sees him for the first time, she cries, “John, you’re home.” Why the change from “he” to “you"? Because John has come through the door. Now listen to these familiar words: “The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside quiet waters, He restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for You are with me” (Psalm 23:1-4). Why the change from “he” to “you"? Because even though the Lord is with us every day, we don’t always feel his presence right beside us. But in the moment of death, we are not left alone. The Lord Jesus comes for us and walks with us across the Great Divide. Thank God, I do not have to walk through the valley of the shadow of death alone. For he comes, he enters the room, the stands by the bedside, he reaches down and takes my trembling hand, and he walks with me from this life into life eternal. The Best Part of the 23rd Psalm The best two words in Psalm 23 are two little words in verse 4: “You are with me.” The shepherd is no longer up ahead leading the flock. The valley is too dark for that. Now he is walking with us, step by step, walking side by side reassuring his sheep by his calm presence. If God is with us, we have nothing to fear. But thank God, we don’t walk through that valley alone. Jesus will walk with us. He’ll lead us through to the other side.   Conclusion: Deep in my soul, I believe that the children of God have nothing to fear in the moment of death. Though it may not be pleasant or painless, though it comes after long suffering or in a fiery crash, the moment itself will be filled with joy as the Lord himself escorts God’s children through the darkest valley of all. At that moment, all other guides must turn back. Only the Lord Jesus Christ can help us through. And he does.    

May 16, 2016 by
What God Knows Psalm 147:4-5 He determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name.Great is our Lord and mighty in power; his understanding has no limit. If you want to buy a star you can now and they will name that star your name. But God knows all stars and calls them by name. Here we may begin to look at the doctrine of God’s omniscience to help understand predestination and its relationship to human free will. Every time we get into this I always bring God’s foreknowledge into the game because it is what God works with free will and predestination. So 1 Peter 1:2, “ who have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to be obedient to Jesus Christ and sprinkled with his blood: Grace and peace be yours in abundance” always enters into equation. "If the Lord be with us, we have no cause of fear. His eye is upon us, His arm over us, His ear open to our prayer, His grace sufficient, His promise unchangeable.” John Newton   These are truly vexing questions that have troubled thoughtful Christians down through the centuries. That shouldn’t surprise us because any time we discuss the ways of God we are certain to be partly right and partly wrong. At the very least, our knowledge will be very incomplete. I. God Knows All With that as background we turn to consider the doctrine of God’s omniscience. The word itself is a bit of a mystery, so let’s break it down. “Omni” means “all” and “science” in its original sense means “knowing.” So omniscience means “all-knowing.” In classical theology the doctrine of God’s omniscience means that God knows all things, past, present and future, real and potential, and he knows them all at the same time. He not only knows what was, and what is, he also knows what will be. More than that, he knows everything that could be but is not. If we are looking for scriptural proof, it isn’t hard to find. In fact, we may confidently say that few doctrines are so explicitly taught as the doctrine of God’s omniscience. Consider the following statements of Scripture: 1 John 3:20 God … knows everything. Psalms 147:5 Great is our Lord … his understanding has no limit. But that only scratches the surface. The Bible in many places sets forth the implications of God’s unlimited knowledge. Consider further the following statements: He knows your words before you speak them. Psalm 139:4  He knows your thoughts before you think them. Psalm 139:2  He knows your prayers before you pray them. Matthew 6:8  He knows everything you are going to do tomorrow, next week, next month, next year, and every moment of every day until the moment of your death. Psalm 139:16  He sees everything you do in secret, both the good and the bad. Matthew 6:4  II. God’s Knowledge and Ours Let’s move on to consider God’s knowledge and ours. There are some important contrasts we need to think about. First, God’s knowledge is independent, ours is dependent. No one has ever taught God anything because his knowledge is complete from the beginning. But our knowledge is dependent in that we must learn what we know. Second, God’s knowledge is infinite, ours is partial. He knows everything that could be known, we know a tiny fragment of what could be known. God never sleeps, therefore he never wakes up. All his ideas are great. He knows all the great ideas all the time from the beginning of time. Third, God knows us better than we know ourselves. Specifically, he knows what is in the human heart. Consider the words of God: “The Lord searches every heart and understands every motive behind the thoughts” (1 Chronicles 28:9). All these truths should give us pause the next time we are tempted to think that no one can hear what we are saying or no one knows what we are thinking. How wrong we are! One day you will give account for every careless word and every unspoken thought. Not only that, you will answer for the motives behind your thoughts. Before you speak, think. Before you think, remember. It is said that Jewish men wear the traditional yarmulke on their heads because it represents the hand of God pressing down on them. It reminds the wearer that he always lives in the presence of God. III. Implications of Omniscience It has been well said that God’s omniscience is a comfort to believers and a terror to unbelievers. The comfort is easy to see. If he truly knows all things and if he ordains all things, then everything that happens to me or to those I love must happen as part of his plan. Andrew Murray, although he lived almost 100 years ago, many of his books are still in print, including the classic With Christ in the School of Prayer. During a low period in his own life, he wrote the following words: “He brought me here. He will keep me here. He will make this trial a blessing. He will bring me out again. Therefore, I am here by God’s appointment, in His keeping, under His training, for His time.” We often hear it said that “disappointment is His appointment.” But that can only be true if God is in charge of the details of life. Every Decision Is a Free Choice. That leads me to give you my personal understanding of predestination and free will. I confess that I struggled with this whole question for many years, and did my share of arguing late into the night. Eventually I came to an understanding that has freed me from the necessity to argue anymore. It basically consists of three points. 1. First, from our human standpoint, we are completely free. When you wake up in the morning, you have a choice to get out of bed or to stay in bed. You can put on a red dress or a blue one. When you get in your car, you are free to drive to work or you can drive to St. Louis if you like. Every decision you make is a free choice. By that I simply mean that you do not feel constrained by some divine power that forces you to eat at Wendy’s instead of McDonald’s. As far as you are concerned, you “pay your money and you make your choices.” 2. That leads to the second point: God sees and knows everything you do. He hears everything you say. He will someday judge you for all of it. Nothing escapes him. Everything is transparent before his eyes. Yes, you have free will but you are 100% responsible for every choice you make—that includes the choices you make in the words you say and the thoughts you think. He won’t just judge the “big” things; he’s going to judge the “little” ones, too. 3. What, then, is predestination? Predestination always works with God foreknowledge of our free will. That’s the third point. Predestination simply means, because God knows everything about us beforehand, God works in, with, through, and sometimes in spite of your decisions to accomplish His will for your life. He controls both the circumstances, the environment, and the thoughts of your heart. Everything that happens to you is part of his plan for your life. There are no accidents with God. He doesn’t roll dice. That’s why Joseph could say, “You meant it for evil, but God meant it for good” (Genesis 50:20). Even the evil that men do serves his purposes, often in ways we cannot see and would not understand even if he told us. The theologians use an interesting phrase to describe this truth. They say that God ordains whatsoever comes to pass in the sense that he “participates” in every human decision. Yet he does so without being the author of sin because of his foreknowledge. Precisely how this can be is a mystery our small minds simply cannot fathom. No one is totally “free” from God and no one is God’s robot. The choices of both are “free” from the human point of view, yet God works in both instances to accomplish his will. And both will be judged, one to be rewarded for sacrificial service, the other to be punished for unspeakable crimes. IV. Salvation is of the Lord Let’s apply this truth of free will and predestination to your salvation. When we believe we freely chose to come to Christ. We do not feel pressured or coerced by God? No, not at all. Was it a free choice to accept Christ? Yes, absolutely. But now as we look back, are we conscious that Someone was drawing us to Jesus? That Someone is the Holy Spirit who draws unbelievers to Christ (see John 16:8-11). What does it mean? When you came to Christ, you made a decision of your will. You chose him. Predestination simply means, God chose you first because He already knew your heart and if he didn’t choose you first, you would never have chosen him. To say it another way, God so arranged the circumstances that when the moment was right, you literally had no other choice but to freely choose Jesus. So it is for all of us. Salvation is of the Lord. It is a work of God from beginning to end. Our choice is a free choice, but it is made possible only by God’s Spirit enabling us to believe and be saved. Illustration:  Think of the gate of heaven, and above it is a large sign, “Whosoever will may come.” As you pass through the gate, you look back and from the inside the sign reads, “Chosen from the foundation of the world.” It is chosen but free. Or to say it yet another way: “He doesn’t make you go against your will, he just makes you willing to go.” I have often said that God will not force anyone to believe. He is a perfect gentleman. But that is only part of the story. When the moment comes, God so arranges the circumstances that you are drawn to Jesus Christ. He gives you a new heart and a new desire and from that new desire you freely choose the Lord.   V. Bad News for Sinners This doctrine of God’s omniscience should strike terror into the heart of every unbeliever. Jesus said, “Men will have to give account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken” (Matthew 12:36). God’s omniscience is the basis of his judgment. This is not good news for sinners. We cannot hide anything. He knows all our works and thoughts and bring them all into judgment. Job 34:21 “His eyes are on the ways of men; he sees their every step. Jeremiah 16:17 “My eyes are on all their ways; they are not hidden from me, nor is their sin concealed from my eyes.” Omniscience means that God will take into account every word and every deed. Nothing will escape his penetrating gaze in the last great day. Galatians 6:7 says, “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.” You can sin and go to Hell if you desire. No one is going to fool God. No one is going to escape judgment. But here is the good news for sinners. No one has to go to Hell. If you go, it won’t be because you were predestined for Hell. It will be because you rejected God’s gift of salvation. Earlier I said that no one can be saved unless God calls him. That thought may trouble you, but it shouldn’t. How do you know if God is calling you? If you have the slightest desire, then God is calling you. If you want to be saved, then God is calling you. It truly is as simple as that. If God is calling you, then come running to the Cross of Christ. Fling yourself upon God’s mercy. Hold fast to the bloody Cross as your only hope. If you want to be saved, you can be saved and you will be saved. That is the promise of God to you. No one will ever be lost who truly wanted to be saved. No one will be in hell who truly wanted to go to heaven by faith in the blood of Jesus Christ. “Whosoever will may come” is still the gospel message. When we finally get to heaven, we will look back and discover that we were indeed “chosen from the foundation of the world.” It’s true that I don’t claim to understand it all, but that’s okay, because I’m just little ole me and he’s a great big God. Conclusion: Over 235 years ago Joseph Hart wrote one of the grandest gospel hymns ever composed: Come, Ye Sinners, Poor and Needy. It’s set to a musical style that is sometimes called Sacred Harp music. Every verse contains wonderful truth, listen to the third verse we just sang: Come ye weary, heavy laden, lost and ruined by the fall, ចូរមកអ្នកព្រួយ អ្នកផ្ទុកធ្ងន់អើយ អ្នកបាត់បង់អ្នកចិត្ដប្រេះឆា If you tarry till you’re better, you will never at all.             បើអ្នកបង្អង់ពឹងតែអត្មា អ្នកនឹងខានបានមករហូត And the chorus is the sinner’s answer to the gospel invitation: I will arise and go to Jesus, He will embrace me in his arms;ខ្ញុំនឹងងើបទៅរកព្រះយេស៊ូវទ្រង់ទទួលខ្ញុំក្នុងព្រះហស្ឌ In the arms of my dear Savior, O, there are ten thousand charms.នៅក្នុងព្រះហស្ដព្រះអង្គសង្រ្គោះ មានក្ដីសុខសាន្ដ ច្រើនម៉ឺនយ៉ាង។ If you are still without Christ may he make you restless in your heart until you find your rest in him. If you are a believer, may you find comfort and joy in believing both now and in the days to come. Amen.    

May 9, 2016 by
The Frustrated Homemaker Luke 10:38-42 Illustration: Let’s suppose that the doorbell rings. When you answer it, there stands the President of the United States. What would you do? And what if you opened the door and found that Jesus Christ wanted to come in and spend some time with you? What would you do then? That’s not as far-fetched as it may seem. In fact, that’s what happened one day to two sisters who lived in a tiny village not far from Jerusalem. Our text tells us how they responded to an unexpected visit from the Son of God. They both loved him and were thrilled to have him stay with them. It is soon clear that the two sisters were quite different in temperament. Their ways of making Jesus feel at home could not have been more different. About this text itself, I should add that there is nothing particularly difficult about it. The words are straightforward and there are no unusual theological problems. Jesus comes to the home, Martha reacts one way, Mary another, and Jesus comments on the difference. That’s all there is. Yet this simple story has confused and sometimes frustrated people. Perhaps because of its simplicity, the urge to take sides is almost irresistible. Which sister was right? Was Martha justified in what she said? Should Mary have done more than sit at Jesus’ feet? And behind those questions are deeper issues involving personal identity, individual preferences, and how we can best serve the Lord.   I. Martha’s Duty (Verses 38-40) As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. … But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!” (Luke 10:38, 40). Perhaps the place to begin is with a closer look at Martha. Here is my take on her personality. She is bighearted, generous, hospitable, hard working, a big-project person, a giver, and (in the best sense of the term) a homemaker. Before we go further, I want to say this in her defense. Regardless of what else we may think, it is clear that she loves the Lord and does what she does out of love and not obligation. She respects Jesus so much that without hesitation she wants to honor him by using her gifts to prepare a meal in his honor. Her motives (mission and purpose) are pure even if her attitude is not quite right. It’s at this point that the true differences between Martha and Mary come into focus. Martha felt responsible to ensure that the meal was properly prepared and served. For whatever reason, Mary did not join her in the kitchen. She chose to sit at Jesus’ feet, a posture and attitude that eventually got under Martha’s skin. Martha’s “presenting problem” is very clear: “Jesus doesn’t care and Mary won’t help!” She is both criticizing Jesus and blaming her sister. Underneath this are her real problems: unrealistic expectations, misplaced priorities, and misdirected anger. To say it another way, Martha’s problem is that she doesn’t think she has a problem. She thinks everyone else has a problem but her. As long as she could blame someone else, she didn’t have to face what was in her heart. She is busy but not blessed. Jesus has come to her home but she is so stressed out that the joy has been replaced by frustration and anger. And oddly enough, her desire to serve Christ actually pulls her away from time with Christ. Don’t lose your blessings when serving the Lord. That’s what God purpose to whom serving Him. (Illustration: Taj Mahal construction) Most of us would sympathize with Martha. Here are 13 hungry men who have dropped by for supper. There is lots of work to be done! Viewed from one perspective, Martha is just being a responsible hostess. In his book When I Relax, I Feel Guilty, Tim Hansel has a wonderful phrase for the Marthas of the world. He calls them “Weary Servants of the Impossible.” Because they feel the weight of the world on their shoulders, they attempt to “do it all” even if no one will join them.   II. Mary’s Position (Verse 39) She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said (Luke 10:39). Evidently Mary never said a word when her sister confronted Jesus. That was probably a good idea. What could she say that would have satisfied Martha anyway? Mary only appears for certain three times in the gospels—Luke 10, John 11, and John 12. In all three places she is always in the same place, at the feet of Jesus. We never see her anywhere else. In our text she is at Jesus’ feet listening to his words. Consider what this means: Sitting—Quietness. At the Lord’s Feet—Closeness. Listening—Attention. To his Word—Submission Those four words reveal Mary’s heart: quietness, closeness, attention and submission. She is utterly devoted to the Lord and wants nothing more than to be near him. Did Mary know about Martha’s frustration? Perhaps. Certainly she knew her sister well and couldn’t have been totally surprised when she burst from the kitchen into the living room. But her desire to be with Christ far outweighed any desire she felt to help her sister. On this sacred day, she would choose to listen to every word Jesus spoke. Two Questions And that raises two interesting questions. Who is serving the Lord—Martha or Mary? The answer is, both are serving the Lord. Martha is serving him by preparing the meal, and Mary is serving him by listening quietly at his feet. But who is in the better place at this moment? Mary is. She is able to hear what her Master says and is ready to respond at a moment’s notice. Martha is so distracted that she can’t hear anything Jesus is saying. How simple it is to sit at Jesus’ feet. Anyone who wants to can do this anytime, anywhere.   III. Jesus’ Admonition (Verses 41-42) “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “You are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her” (Luke 10:41-42). How tenderly Jesus speaks to his frustrated servant: “Martha, Martha.” He knows her name and he repeats it twice to assure her of his love. He knows how she feels and he understands her frustration. Even in his words of reproof, there is warmth and compassion in his voice. Note the contrast between “many things” and “one thing.” Here is the heart of the problem. Martha was so pulled in every direction that she forgot the reason for it all: Jesus had come to her home that day! The “many things” had overwhelmed the “one thing” that really mattered. Also the little word “but” is a very useful pause for all of us very busy saints of God. Many good things that occupy us can squeeze out the “one thing” that ought to be at the center of life. Jesus is saying something like this: “Martha, you are so busy serving me that you have no time for me to serve you. I appreciate your love and I recognize that your motives are good, but your heart is divided and distracted. Your zeal to serve me has pushed me to the edge of your heart. Martha, I want to be at the center of everything for you. That is far more important that preparing a fancy meal in my honor.” How did it happen that Mary was in the “better” place? Answer: She chose it. Given the same opportunity that Martha had, she chose to go to the living room and sit at Jesus’ feet. You will never end up at Jesus’ feet by accident. You must choose to go there or it will never happen. This passage is not about cooking versus praying or the active life versus a life of contemplation. It’s about the divided life verses the focused life, a life of frantic activity versus a life centered on knowing Christ. Knowing Before Serving Let me suggest what this means in a practical sense. There will always be plenty of work to do. We will work all our days and when we die, the work will continue after we are gone. Work is not an end in itself, not even work for the Lord. Good work, righteous work, even holy work, even preparing a meal for Jesus, can become a distraction if we are not centered upon the Lord. Knowing Christ must come before serving Christ or else our service will be barren and our hearts will be frustrated. One writer notes that something eternal is cooking in this home in Bethany, but it’s not in the kitchen. That meal will soon be consumed and forgotten. But the meal Jesus is serving in the living room will last forever. Don’t miss the one while you are preparing the other. Must we then choose between Martha and Mary? The answer is no. Both have their strengths. Both have their weaknesses. If you were on a sinking ship with Mary, she’d say, “I’ll pray.” Martha would say, “I’ll find the lifeboats.” Both are necessary. I love the final phrase of the text where Jesus declares that what Mary has gained “will not be taken from her.” What she gained, she would have forever. Meals come and go. Sometimes mothers complain along these lines: “I work for hours to prepare a nice meal and then it’s gone in ten minutes.” But time with Jesus is yours forever. I’m sure Mary never forgot that wonderful day when she sat at Jesus’ feet drinking in every word. In the end this story is about the danger of distraction while doing good things. The one thing we need most is to sit at Jesus’ feet. It will not happen by accident. And others will not always understand. Including, sometimes, our loved ones. But what about the meal? Someone has to go to the kitchen. We can’t all be dreamy-eyed mystics like Mary. True, but Martha could have set aside the meal or she could have prepared something very simple. Or she could have rejoiced that her sister had such a wonderful opportunity and that she had the privilege of preparing a meal for the Son of God. Think of it this way. Martha wanted Mary to be like her. Jesus didn’t agree, but he also didn’t tell Martha to be like Mary. He simply commended Mary for choosing the “better part” that day. Martha would always be Martha, she couldn’t and shouldn’t be anything else. But her attitude under pressure was wrong and that is what Jesus confronted. In Proverb 31:30, “Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing, but a woman who reveres the Lord will be praised.” I can add, “Too busy serving is not enough when it is without taking time sitting at the feet of Jesus.   Conclusion:   One thing is needful: To sit at Jesus’ feet. How happy we will be if we find a way (and the time) to do it. So it is for all of us. It is easy to lose our perspective when we are serving the Lord. No amount of service for Christ can substitute for the value of spending time at his feet. It is right to serve the Lord but first we must listen to him. The world says, “Don’t just sit there, do something.” And Jesus says, “If you are worried and distracted, don’t just do something, take time to sit at my feet.”

May 1, 2016 by
Holiness: That Makes God God For it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.” (1 Peter 1:16) When someone asks, are you a holy person? Most of us have mixed feelings. The truth is, the word “holy” has negative connotations, even to many Christians. We’re not sure what it means so we rarely use it to describe other people. It’s often used in an insulting way so we feel vaguely uncomfortable applying it to ourselves. Yet God said, “Be holy, as I am holy.” Before we can understand what it means to be holy, we must understand what it means to say that God is holy. In many ways holiness is God’s central attribute. One writer actually defines it this way. “Holiness is that which makes God God.” How important is it? Holiness is the only attribute of God mentioned in triplicate. Two times the Bible tells us that God is holy, holy, holy (Isaiah 6:3, Revelation 4:8). Think about that for a moment. If God says something about his character once, that’s enough to settle it. When he says it twice, that’s emphasis. But when he says it three times, that means it’s of supreme importance. The Bible never says that God is love, love, love or mercy, mercy, mercy, or justice, justice, justice. But it does say that he is holy, holy, holy. I.                  Definition of Holiness Holiness is the most difficult attribute to define because it deals with the essence of God’s character. Defining holiness is like defining God! It can’t be done completely. We can describe holiness and find ample illustrations of it, but we can’t define it entirely. This is what makes God God! 1. The word itself means “to be set apart.” A thing is holy if it is set apart for a special use. Other words you might use are words like distinctive or different. Applied to God, holiness is that characteristic that sets him apart from his creation. There are many verses that speak of God being “on high,” “reigning,” “in his holy temple,” “sitting on the throne.” These verses all picture God as separate from creation and reigning over it. We can go a step farther and say that anything is “holy” that is “set apart” for God. That’s why we call the Bible the Holy Bible, it contains the Word of God. We call Israel the Holy Land because it is the land he chose for his own people. The angels are holy angels because they belong to God. The Sabbath is holy because he set it apart for himself. And when Moses stood before the burning bush, he was told to take off his shoes because he was standing on “holy ground", ground that God had set apart for himself. (To live for Him) 2. There is a second important meaning of the word holy: “Utterly pure, separated from sin.” The Bible tells us that God hates sin, that he cannot sin nor will he tempt others to sin. God is so pure that he cannot tolerate sin in any form in his presence. One day he will destroy sin forever. That leads to an important implication: holiness and sin cannot coexist. If you want to be holy as God is holy, you must adopt his attitude toward sin. If you coddle sin or excuse it or dabble in it, you cannot be holy as he is holy. (To not live for the world) II.               The Illustration of Holy Let’s look together at three episodes where mortal men encountered a holy God. From these three stories we will apply crucial spiritual truth for ourselves. A. Isaiah 6 (When man meet God) Our first episode comes from the life of the prophet Isaiah. It takes place early in his ministry, “in the year King Uzziah died” (v. 1). That note is important because Uzziah was one of the best kings Judah ever had. He had a heart for God unlike many of his predecessors and successors. When he died, the nation was plunged into turmoil. A golden age in Israel’s history was drawing to a close. In that fateful moment, Isaiah came face to face with the living God. We can summarize his experience with four words: 1. Majesty (Isaiah 6:1-2) I saw the Lord seated on a throne, high and exalted, and the train of his robe filled the temple. Above him were seraphs, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. 2. Worship (Isaiah 6:3-4) And they were calling to one another: ’’Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.” At the sound of their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook and the temple was filled with smoke. 3. Confession (Isaiah 6:5) ’’Woe to me!” I cried. ’’I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the LORD Almighty.” Then one of the seraphs flew to me with a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with tongs from the altar. 4. Cleansing (Isaiah 6:6-7) With it he touched my mouth and said, ’’See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for.”  Of all the things we might say about this magnificent passage, let’s concentrate on one central truth: When Isaiah saw the Lord, he also saw himself! That’s why he cried out, “Woe is me!” Until then, Isaiah didn’t look so bad. Doubtless he was far more moral than his contemporaries. Compared to them, he looked clean; compared to God, he looked filthy. (Like Peter jumped off the boat away from Jesus he realized it was Him in John 21:7 in Galilee). So it is that whenever we see God for who he is, we will then see ourselves for who we really are. Holiness leads to confession and repentance. If you haven’t cried out, “I am a man of unclean lips lately,” it may simply indicate that you’ve not seen the King lately. It is a simple fact that what happened to Isaiah happens to anyone who catches a glimpse of God. The closer you come to God, the more you will recognize your own sinfulness. B. Exodus 3 A man named Moses is about to meet God for the first time. While he is tending sheep, a most extraordinary event takes place: A bush begins to burn but it is not consumed. Fascinated by the sight, he walks closer to investigate. That’s when he hears the voice of God. When the LORD saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush, Moses! Moses!” And Moses said, here I am.” Do not come any closer,” God said. Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground” (vv. 4-5). That’s when the Lord revealed himself to Moses. Let me paraphrase what God said: “Moses, do you remember how I revealed myself to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. You’ve heard those stories all your life. I am the same God who talked with them hundreds of years ago. Just as I used them to accomplish great things, I have a big job in mind for you. Are you ready to listen to what I have to say?” Now I don’t know how you would respond, but I think I would do exactly what Moses did. Verse six says he hid his face because he was afraid to look at God. Matthew Henry has a good comment at this point. He says that God told Moses to take off his shoes to remind him of the infinite distance between God and man. He can come only so close, and no closer.  You cannot get closer to God in the Old Testament. This, then, is our second response to God’s holiness: Deep respect for who God is. I can think of at least one objection to what I have just said. Since this event happened in the Old Testament, and since we are not under law but under grace, isn’t this whole episode rather irrelevant to us today? The answer is no. I do agree that in Christ Jesus we have been invited to come boldly into God’s presence. This is what the book of Hebrews is all about. We’re no longer kept at arm’s length but are now welcomed into the Throne Room of the universe (Hebrews 4:14-16). However, that same book warns us not to take God lightly, but to worship him acceptably with “reverence and awe for our ’God is a consuming fire’” (12:29). Some Christians have mistaken access with informality and substituted flippancy for familiarity. Yes, we are to call God Father, but that means treating him with the respect he deserves. C. 2 Samuel 6 The third episode comes from one of the strangest passages in all the Bible. Now we need to run the clock ahead by about 450 years. David has just been crowned king of Israel and has just conquered Jerusalem. All that remains for him to do is to have the Ark of the Covenant transported from the house of Abinadab to the Tabernacle in Jerusalem. The Ark had been absent from the Tabernacle for nearly 20 years. The Philistines captured it, but later gave it back to the Israelites. David ordered that the Ark be taken back to Jerusalem and assembled thousands of people who joined in the great celebration. He had the Ark put on a cart pulled by a team of oxen. The two sons of Abinadab walked next to the Ark to steady it lest it fall to the ground. Now we pick up the story in verses 6-7: When they came to the threshing floor of Nacon, Uzzah reached out and took hold of the ark of God, because the oxen stumbled. The LORD’s anger burned against Uzzah because of his irreverent act; therefore God struck him down and he died there beside the ark of God. We need to understand several facts in order for this story to make sense. Number one, although David meant well, he did not obey the Lord’s command. Yes, God did want the Ark back in Jerusalem, but he had given specific instructions (Numbers 4:15) that it should be transported by priests who would carry it by means of long poles inserted through rings attached to the Ark for that very purpose. If David had followed God’s plan, the Ark would have been safe. But because he substituted his own plan, Uzzah died. Number two, Uzzah probably also meant well. After all, if you were walking beside the Ark and it began to tip over, what would you do? You’d put your hand out and straighten it, wouldn’t you? And that would be the last thing you’d ever do. You see, Uzzah knew that no human was ever to touch the Ark of the Covenant because it was holy Uzzah mistakenly thought that his sinful hand was somehow less sinful than the dirt of the earth. How wrong he was. God never said the dirt was sinful. It was just dirt, nothing more. Uzzah not only disobyed God, he also disrespected the Lord’s command. David’s reaction was understandable. First, he was angry (v. 8), then he was afraid (v. 9). “If God’s going to start killing people for stuff like that, we’re all going to be dead soon.” This story teaches us that good motives are not enough. Enthusiasm must be accompanied by obedience. It’s not enough to mean well. We’ve got to do the right thing. That’s the third response to God’s holiness: Fear lest we should displease the Lord. III. The Practical Applications of Holiness Let’s wrap up this message with two practical applications. What will it mean if we begin to take God’s holiness seriously? A. When we grasp God’s holiness, we will be moved to wholehearted worship! That’s what happened to Isaiah when he saw a vision of God. That’s what happened to Job when the Lord finished his interrogation. That’s what happened to the 24 elders in heaven as they came before the throne. Holiness leads to worship. That leads me to share some good news and some bad news. The good news is, you can worship God anywhere. In our three examples today, men worshipped in the temple, in the desert, and on the road to Jerusalem. I agree with everyone who says, “You don’t have to go to church to worship God.” That’s true, and lots of people who go to church don’t worship anyway. They come by force of habit or in order to see their friends. Worship is the last thing on their minds. You can worship anytime or anywhere as long as you catch a glimpse of God’s holiness. When you see God, you’ll worship no matter where you are. That’s the good news. The bad news is as bad as the good news is good. Here is it. Although you can worship God anywhere, you cannot worship him halfheartedly. There is no such thing as halfhearted worship. Oh, there’s religious routine and repetitive ritual, but true worship grips the mind and heart and soul. B. When God’s holiness grips us, we will respond with wholehearted obedience! Because God’s holiness is his central attribute, his holiness is the central issue of the Christian life. That is why 1 Peter 1:16 says, “Be holy, because I am holy.” When God’s holiness becomes a reality to us, we will never be the same again! Conclusion: Early in this sermon we learn that God’s Holiness is that which makes God God! In a sense, our holiness is what makes us truly Christian. Our holiness brings us back to God. Holiness is the mark of God’s children. We are to be holy because we have been made partakers of his divine nature. Not like Mother Teresa became the Saint only after she died. It’s not impossible to be holy, even in this unholy world. Jesus did the hard part when he died on the Cross. The Holy Spirit lives within us. God calls you “holy” in Christ Jesus. Do you want to be holy? Then live up to what you already are! Holiness is natural for the child of God.   So let me end by asking that question again: “Would you consider it a compliment if someone called you a holy person?” Consider this. That’s the highest compliment God could ever give you. Amen.

April 25, 2016 by
The Arithmetic of Heaven: Trinity Genesis 1:26-27 My problem this morning is simple: to explain a doctrine that all Christians believe but no one really understands. And I have to do it in 40 minutes! What is 1+1+1? And what is 1x1x1? Why it is different. Because one belongs to this world and another one belongs to heaven. Illustration: A room full of light and air and odor till only one room but with three thing full of equal power in one room. Illustration: The Arithmetic of Heaven Someone asked Daniel Webster, a famous US senator who happened to be a fervent Christian, “How can a man of your intellect believe in the Trinity?” “I do not pretend fully to understand the arithmetic of heaven now,” he replied. That’s a good phrase, the arithmetic of heaven. Jesus said in John 10:30, “I and the Father are one.”   So let’s start at the very beginning. All Christians believe the doctrine of the Trinity. If you do not believe this, that is, if you have come to a settled conclusion that the doctrine of the Trinity is not true, you are not a Christian at all. You are in fact a heretic. Those words may sound harsh, but they represent the judgment of the Christian church across the centuries. Christians in every land unite in proclaiming that our God eternally exists as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Those who deny that truth place themselves outside the pale of Christian orthodoxy. Having said that, I admit that no one fully understands it. It is a mystery and a paradox. Yet I believe it is true. I can think of at least three reasons for believing in the Trinity: The Bible teaches this doctrine.  Christians everywhere have always believed it.  No other explanation makes sense.  Someone has said it this way: If you try to explain the Trinity, you will lose your mind. But if you deny it, you will lose your soul. I.                  The Doctrine Definition There are many places we might go to find a suitable definition. Here is our statement of faith. We believe in one eternally existent, infinite God, Sovereign Creator and Sustainer of the universe; that He only is God, [creative and administrative,] holy in nature, attributes, and purpose. The God who is holy love and light [that He, as God,] is Triune in essential being, revealed as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. eyIgeCOeTAelI¨BHEtmYy Kg'enAGs'klº KµµankMrwt Camhak§¨tmanGMNac ¨Kb'¨KgelIc¨kvaLi KW¨Tg'ehIyCa¨BHEtmYy Kt' Edlman¨bDitjaNnigkar¨Kb'¨Kg GPiVlelIGÃITaMgGs' brisuTìk~¬gnis§&y lkÅN:smºt¶i nigeKaledA Edl¨Tg'k~¬gPaBCa¨BH EckCabIGgðd*sMxan' VnsMEdgecjCa¨BHvrbita ¨BHraCbu¨ta nig¨BHviJïaNbrisuTì. While I am sure that this statement is biblically accurate, I also understand that it can seem very intimidating. Let’s break it down into six smaller statements of Trinity: One God and One Only. Exists in three Persons. Equal and Eternal. Worthy of equal praise and worship. Distinct yet acting in unity. Constituting the one true God of the Bible.  As you might imagine, the early church struggled mightily over this doctrine. They eventually reduced their belief in the Trinity to two short statements. They concluded that God is … One in Essence  (Godhead) Three in Person  When we say these things we mean that the Father is God, the Son is God, and the Holy Spirit is God, but they are not three gods but only one God. The Father is not the Son, the Son is not the Spirit, the Spirit is not the Father, but each is God individually and yet they are together the one true God of the Bible. At this point I think we should acknowledge the chief objection to the doctrine of the Trinity, which is that it is absurd. Sometimes the Jehovah’s Witnesses (who pointedly deny the Trinity) ridicule it with this little equation: 1 + 1 + 1 = 3. In their minds, Christians worship three Gods, not one. The answer is quite simple. The doctrine of the Trinity is not absurd if that’s what the Bible teaches. Furthermore, there is more than one way to play with equations. You could also say it this way: 1 x 1 x 1 = 1 because each one is big one and there is no place to separate them. (light, air, odor in one room) II.               The Doctrine Explanation What exactly do we mean when we speak of the Trinity? Let’s start with the negative and work toward the positive. A. What we don’t mean First of all, Christians don’t believe in three Gods. That’s a heresy called Tritheism. Second, we don’t believe that the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit are three “forms” of God—like steam, water and ice. Third, we don’t believe that the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are “parts” or “pieces” or God. That would imply that Jesus is 1/3rd God, the Father is 1/3rd God, and the Holy Spirit is 1/3rd God. B. Where do we find this doctrine in the Bible? I would answer that the Trinity is taught in both the Old and the New Testaments. It is taught by implication in the Old and by direct statement in the New. For instance, the Bible contains numerous clear statements regarding the unity of God: Deuteronomy 6:4 tells us that “the Lord is one.” 1 Corinthians 8:4 adds that “there is no God but one.” 1 Timothy 2:5 explicitly says “there is one God.” All Christians heartily affirm this truth. However, the Bible also contains clear statements regarding diversity within that unity. For instance, in the very first verse of the Bible we are told that “In the beginning God.” The Hebrew word for God is elohim, which is actually a plural form of the word el (សិស្សានុសិស្ស). It’s a word that in other contexts is sometimes translated as “gods,” referring to heathen deities. Later in the same chapter we have one of the most striking statements of diversity-in-unity: Then God said, ‘‘Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. Genesis 1:26-27 Notice the shift in pronouns. “Let us … in our image … So God created man in his own image. … he created him.” From us and our to he. Why the shift? If Genesis 1 does not explicitly teach diversity-in-unity within the Godhead, it certainly leaves room for it to be developed later in the Bible. All Three Persons are called God in different places in the Bible. Father — Galatians 1:1 (  Son — John 20:28 (Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!”) Spirit — Acts 5:3-4 (Ananias, . . .lie to the Holy Spirit. . . You have not lied to men but to God.”) How could the Son and the Spirit be called God unless they somehow share in God’s essence? But if they share in God’s essence, they are God alongside the Father. Finally, all three Persons are associated together on an equal basis in numerous passages: Jesus’ baptism—Matthew 3:13-17 (voice of the Father, Son baptized, Spirit descending like a dove).  Salvation—1 Peter 1:2 (chosen by the Father, sanctified by the Spirit, sprinkled with the blood of Jesus).  Sanctification—2 Corinthians 13:14 (grace of the Lord Jesus, love of God, fellowship of the Holy Spirit).  Christian Baptism—Matthew 28:19 (baptized in one name, yet three Persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit).  Christian Growth—2 Thessalonians 2:13 (chosen by God, loved by the Lord, sanctified by the Spirit).  This list of passages might be extended. It simply shows how easily the writers of Scripture passed from one Person of the Trinity to another, doing so in a way that assumes their equality of nature while preserving their distinct personhood. III.            The Doctrine Examination In this section of the message I want to examine some of the common questions about the Trinity. A. Where in the Bible do you find the word Trinity? The word “Trinity” is not in the Bible. The issue is not the word, but the concept or the idea. We don’t believe in the Trinity because of the word, but because of what the Bible teaches. B. Is there another word we could use? Yes there is. Theologians sometimes speak of the Tri-Unity of God. That’s a good word—even though it sounds odd to our ears—because it combines the two ideas of unity and diversity in one word. There is a third word you should know. Sometimes we speak of the “Triune” God. That’s also another word that means the same thing as Trinity. C. How can we illustrate the Trinity? A number of illustrations have been suggested. They all are useful as long as you remember they are only illustrations. For water can exist as solid, liquid, or steam. That’s okay, but usually water only exists in one state at a time. However, there is a physical condition in which water can exist as solid, liquid and steam at the same time—which would be a much better illustration of the Trinity. There are others we could mention. I am a father, a son and a husband at one and the same time. Yet I am only one person. Perhaps a more biblical approach is to consider that a husband and wife are two persons yet in God’s eyes they are “one flesh.” Add children and then you have the family as a miniature (and very imperfect) version of the Trinity. It’s important to remember that all illustrations fail eventually. They don’t “prove” the Trinity, they simply help us understand the concept. IV.           The Doctrine Application I am sure that many Christians think this doctrine has no practical value. That is, even if it’s true, it doesn’t and shouldn’t matter to them. However, that simply isn’t true. Let me suggest four important ramifications of this truth. A. Trinity helps us answer the question, “What was God doing before he created the universe?” This is a question little children like to stump their parents with. But skeptics like to ask it as well. You may remember Augustine’s answer: “He was preparing Hell for people who ask questions like that!” But the Trinity teaches us that before the foundation of the world, God was having fellowship within his own being. That’s why the Bible tells us that the Father loves the Son (John 17:24). In some sense we can never understand that God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit have forever communicated and loved each other. I want to call God, The perfect triangle lovers. Francis Schaeffer emphasized this point in his books. This, he says, is where the human desire for intimacy and communication comes from. We were made to communicate. That design is part of the image of God within each of us. It also teaches us that God is never “lonely.” He didn’t create us because he “needed” us. God could have existed forever without us. That he made us at all is a statement of his great love and the wisdom of his plan. B. Trinity sets the limits on human speculation about the nature of God. There is so much we would like to know about God, but our finite minds cannot comprehend it. We are not free to create God in our own image. The Trinity sets the limits for human speculation. God is more than the Trinity, but he is not less than that. C. The Trinity teaches us that God is beyond all human comprehension. After all, if we could explain God, he wouldn’t be God. I have no doubt that God is much more than “one in essence, three in Person,” but since I can’t even understand those simple phrases, I don’t worry at all about what else might be true about God. If you feel baffled by the Trinity, join the crowd. The greatest minds of history have stood in amazement before a God so great that he cannot be contained by our puny explanations. D. The Trinity helps us understand what really happened at the Cross. At the climax of Jesus’ suffering, he cried out, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” What do those strange, tortured words mean? We have a hint of the answer in that every other time Jesus prayed, he used the term “Father.” But at that moment, when he bore the full weight of the sins of the world, when all that is evil and wretched was poured out upon him, in some way we cannot begin to fathom, God—who cannot look upon sin—turned his back on his own Son. Sin as it were (though not in ultimate reality) caused a rupture in the Trinity. Instead of “Father,” Jesus cries out, “My God, my God!” It is God speaking to God. The eternal Son cries out to the Father at the moment when the penalty of sin has been laid upon him. If it be asked, how could one man pay for the sins of the entire race, we find the answer in the doctrine of the Trinity. Only an infinite God could bear the sins of the world! V.               The Doctrine that Unites and Divides The doctrine of the Trinity has been called the most puzzling doctrine in the Christian faith and the central truth of the Christian faith. Which is it? Inscrutable puzzle or central truth? The answer is, both are true. This doctrine unites all true Christians and separates us from those who are not Christian. You may believe and still not be a Christian, but if you deny this doctrine in your heart, you are not a Christian at all. I come now to the end of my sermon. In so doing I end where I began. The Trinity is a doctrine that all Christians believe but no one really understands. As Daniel Webster, confessed “I do not pretend fully to understand the arithmetic of heaven now,” the Trinity should cause us to bow in humble adoration before a God who is greater than our minds could ever comprehend.   Conclusion:   Let us rejoice that we have a Triune God who has provided for a Trinitarian salvation. When we were lost in sin, our God acted in every Person of his being to save us. The Father gave the Son, the Son offered himself on the Cross, and the Holy Spirit brought us to Jesus. We were so lost that it took every member of the Godhead to save us.

June 16, 2015 by
  Date: 6/9/15  ពិភពអាថ៌កំបាំង  សព្វថ្ងៃនេះ ក្រុមហ៊ុន ដំណើរទេសចរណ៍ បានកើនឡើងជាច្រើន ព្រោះមានកន្លែងល្អប្រណិត ជាច្រើន ដែលមនុស្ស ចង់ទៅដើរកំសាន្ដ តែគេមិនដែលស្គាល់ ហើយក៏មិនដឹងផ្លូវទៅផង ព្រោះកន្លែងខ្លះ តម្រូវដំណើរ ច្រើនដំណាក់ ដូចជាត្រូវធ្វើដំណើរ តាមរថយន្ដផង យន្ដហោះផង រថភ្លើង ឬក៏តាមកប៉ាល់ទឹក ទៀតក៏មាន។ ដូច្នេះហើយ បានជាក្រុមហ៊ុន ដំណើរទេសចរណ៍ បានជាភ្នាក់ងារ យ៉ាងពិសេស សំរាប់អ្នក ធ្វើដំណើរកំសាន្ដ ព្រោះភ្នាក់ងារនេះ ជាជំនួយសំរួល គ្រប់ផ្នែកទាំងអស់ គឺជាអ្នកនាំផ្លូវ ជាអ្នករកយាន្ដជំនិះ សំរួលក្នុងការ ធ្វើដំណើរ ជួយរកផ្ទះសំណាក់ ចំណីអាហារ នឹងជាអ្នកនិយាយ ឬបកប្រែភាសារ ពន្យល់អំពីទីកន្លែង ដែលត្រូវធ្វើ ទស្សនកិច្ច និមួយៗផងដែរ។ សព្វថ្ងៃនេះមានកន្លែងទេសចរណ៍ជាច្រើន ខ្លះជាកន្លែង កំសាន្ដធម្មតា ដូចជាមាត់សមុទ្រ កោះដែលមានទេស នឹងអាកាសធាតុល្អ ខ្លះទៀត ជាកន្លែង ប្រវត្ដិសាស្រ្ដ ដែលទាក់ទង នឹងសាសនាធំៗ ដូចជានៅ សេរីល័ង្ការក្នុងស្រុកឥណ្ឌៀរ នៅទឹកដីបរិសុទ្ធ ប្រទេសអ៊ីស្រាអែល ទីក្រុងរ៉ូម នៃប្រទេស អ៊ីតាលីជាដើម នឹងខ្លះទៀត ដែលជាកន្លែង មានសំណង់ចាស់ បុរាណដូចជា អង្គរវត្ដ ពៀរ៉ាមីឌនៅស្រុកអេស៊ីប ប៉មតួលអេហ្វែលនៅក្រុងប៉ារី នឹងមហាកំផែង នៅប្រទេសចិន ជាដើម។ ដោយសារ មានអ្នកស្គាល់កន្លែង នាំផ្លូវ ហើយសម្រួល ដំណើរនេះហើយ ដែលនាំឱ្យមាន មនុស្សកាន់តែច្រើនឡើងៗ សុខចិត្ដចំណាយ លុយនឹង ពេលវេលា ដើម្បីដើរកំសាន្ដ នឹងឱ្យស្គាល់កន្លែងកំសាន្ដ សំខាន់ៗផ្សេងៗ ដើម្បីគ្រាន់ បានលំហែរអារម្មណ៍ ក្នុងជីវិត បន្ដោះអាសន្ន នាផែនដីនេះ។  សំខាន់ជាងនេះ មានកន្លែងសំខាន់ មួយទៀត ដែលមានមនុស្ស ច្រើនលើសលប់ គ្រប់ទាំងសាសន៍ នឹងសាសនា ដែលបានឭ បានដឹង ហើយប្រាថ្នា ចង់ទៅនៅ ព្រោះវាជាកន្លែង ដ៏សុខសាន្ដបំផុត សំរាប់រស់នៅ គឺពិភពសួគា។  ស្ថានសួគ៌? ស្ថានសួគ៌ ជាពិភព អាថ៌កំបាំង, ជាកន្លែង ដែលល្បីតែឈ្នោះ។ តើស្ថានសួគ៌ មានមែនឬទេ? តើស្ថានសួគ៌នៅឯណា? តើស្ថានសួគ៌ គ្រាន់តែកន្លែងស្រម័យ របស់ពួក អ្នកកាន់សាសនាទេឬ? មានមនុស្ស ច្រើនណាស់ ដែលនៅមានការសង្ស័យ បែបនេះ រួមទាំង អ្នកកាន់សាសនា ខ្លួនឯងផ្ទាល់ មួយចំនួនធំផងដែរ។   បើយោល ទៅតាម វិទ្យាសាស្រ្ដ ដែលគេកំពុងសិក្សា ស្រាវជ្រាវ ក្នុងលំហរអាការ ដោយប្រើ កែវយិតទំនើប ដែលមើល ឃើញចម្ងាយ រាប់លានគីឡូម៉ែត្រ ផ្កាយរណបប្រដាប់ ដោយប្រដាប់ថត គ្រប់ទិសទី ក្នុងលំហរអាកាស នឹងយានអាវកាសទំនើប ដែលអាចធ្វើដំណើរដល់ ពិភពព្រះអង្គារ គេពុំបានជួបប្រទះ ឬមើលឃើញស្ថានសួគ៌ នៅកន្លែង ណាមួយ ក្នុងលំហរអាកាស នោះឡើយ។ នៅក្នុងប្រវត្ដរបស់ មនុស្សលោក ក៏គ្មាន មនុស្សណាម្នាក់ បានទៅដល់ ស្ថានសួគ៍ ហើយត្រឡប់មកវិញ ទាំងរស់នោះទេ លើកលែងតែ មនុស្សដែលភ្លឹក សន្លប់បាត់ស្មារតី ក្នុងជម្ងឺ ឬគ្រោះថ្នាក់ ខ្លះប៉ុណ្ណោះ ដែលមាន ធ្វើបន្ទាល់ អំពីការទៅ ឃើញស្ថានសួគ៌ តែវាគ្រាន់តែដូច ជាការយល់សប្ដ ប៉ុណ្ណោះ មិនមានភ័ស្ដតាង អ្វីឱ្យបានច្បាស់លាស់នោះទេ។  បើយោល ទៅតាម សេចក្ដីជំនឿ ទៅលើព្រះគម្ពីរ នោះស្ថានសួគ៌ ជាកន្លែងបរិសុទ្ធ ផ្នែកព្រលឹងវិញ្ញាណ ពិតប្រាកដ តែមិនអាច មើលឃើញដោយ ភ្នែកទទេ ឬដោយឧប្បករ វិទ្យាសាស្រ្ដនោះទេ។ ហើយមនុស្ស ដែលអាចចូល ទៅស្ថានសួគ៍ បានគឺត្រូវស្លាប់ ពីសាច់ឈាម នេះសិន ឱ្យនៅតែ ព្រលឹងវិញ្ញាណ ហើយព្រលឹងនោះ ត្រូវតែបរិសុទ្ធ ហើយដើម្បី ឱ្យបានបរិសុទ្ធ នោះត្រូវតែជឿ ដល់ព្រះយេស៊ូវ ព្រោះព្រះយេស៊ូវ ជាអ្នកមាន គ្រប់ទាំងអំណាច របស់ព្រះនៃសួគ៌ ក្នុងគម្ពីរម៉ាថាយ ២៨៖១៨​ព្រះយេស៊ូវ ទ្រង់​យាង​មក ​មាន​ព្រះបន្ទូល​ នឹង​គេ​ថាគ្រប់​ទាំង​អំណាច​បាន​ប្រគល់ ​មក​ខ្ញុំ​នៅ ​លើ​ស្ថានសួគ៌ ហើយ​លើ ​ផែនដី​ផង។  ហើយទ្រង់ ក៏ជាផ្លូវ ទៅស្ថានសួគ៍ផងដែរ នៅក្នុង គម្ពីរយ៉ូហាន ១៤៖៦ ព្រះយេស៊ូវ​ មាន​ព្រះបន្ទូល ​ទៅ​គាត់​ថា  ខ្ញុំ​ជា​ផ្លូវ ជា​សេចក្តី​ពិត ហើយ​ជា​ជីវិត បើ​មិន​មក ​តាម​ខ្ញុំ នោះ​គ្មាន​អ្នក​ណា ​ទៅ​ឯ​ព្រះវរបិតា ​បាន​ឡើយ (ទៅ​ឯ​ព្រះវរបិតាគឺមានន័យថា ទៅឯនគរស្ថានសួគ៌)។  ដូច្នេះបើមនុស្ស គ្រាន់តែជឿ ដល់ព្រះយេស៊ូវ មា្នក់ប៉ុណ្ណោះ នោះគឺគ្រប់គ្រាន់ សម្រាប់ជាមធ្យោបាយ ចូលនគរស្ថានសួគ៌ ព្រោះគឺទ្រង់ហើយ ជាអ្នកធ្វើ ព្រលឹងមនុស្សបាប ឱ្យបានជាបរិសុទ្ធ ទ្រង់ហើយជាផ្លូវ ហើយទ្រង់ ក៏ជាម្ចាស់ ស្ថានសួគ៌ ផងដែរ គឺទ្រង់ហើយជាអ្នកមានអំណាចសំរួល គ្រប់ទាំងការ ក្នុងដំណើរ ចូលស្ថានសួគ៌នេះ ក៏ដូចជា ពួកអ្នកនាំផ្លូវ ក្នុងដំណើរ ទេសចរណ៍ ដូច្នោះដែរ។  គោលបំណងនៃអត្ថបទ៖  ១- សម្រាប់អ្នកមិនទាន់ជឿ គឺជួយពន្យល់ណែនាំ ឱ្យបងប្អូន បានយល់ដឹងខ្លះៗ អំពីលក្ខណៈ របស់ស្ថានសួគ៍ នឹងណែនាំបងប្អូន ឱ្យបានស្គាល់ នឹងជើឿដល់ព្រះយេស៊ូវ ដែលជា មធ្យោបាយតែមួយ ដើម្បីទៅស្ថានសួគ៌។  ២- សម្រាប់គ្រិស្ទានដែលបានជឿដល់ព្រះយេស៊ូវហើយ- តើបងប្អួន ដែលបានប្រាប់ ណែនាំបងប្អូន ញាតិសន្ដាន ឱ្យបានស្គាល់ នឹងជឿដល់ ព្រះយេស៊ូវដែរឬទេ? បងប្អូនគួរតែ មានសេចក្ដីក្លាហាន ហ៊ានប្រាប់គេ អំពីការដ៏ សំខាន់នេះ។  សូមបងប្អូនបានប្រកបនឹងព្រះពរជានិច្ច។  

May 14, 2015 by
  Date: 5/6/15   Scripture: John 1:1-3,  2Tim. 3:16   ព្រះបន្ទូល   អី្វទៅជាព្រះបន្ទូល?ព្រះបន្ទូលជា ពាក្យ-សម្ដី របស់ព្រះ គឺសំដៅទៅលើ ព្រះអទិករ។  ព្រះបន្ទូល ចែកចេញ ជាពីរផ្នែក៖   ១- ព្រះបន្ទូល ដែលមាន ព្រះជន្មរស់- ព្រះបន្ទូល របស់ព្រះមានលក្ខណៈពិសេស មិនដូចជា ពាក្យសម្ដី របស់មនុស្ស ដែលគ្រាន់តែ រលាស់អណ្ដាត ដើម្បីបញ្ចេញ សម្លេងប៉ុណ្ណោះទេ ព្រះបន្ទូល របស់ព្រះនេះ បានមានព្រះជន្ម គង់នៅជាមួយព្រះតាំងពីអស់កល្បមក ហើយបានចុះមក ចាប់កំណើត ជាមនុស្ស គឺជាតួអង្គ ព្រះយេស៊ូវគ្រិស្ដ ដែលហៅថា កូនមនុស្ស ឬព្រះរាជបុត្រា នៃព្រះ។ ព្រះបន្ទូល នេះហើយ ដែលមានគ្រប់ព្រះចេស្ដា ដែលបង្កើតផ្ទៃមេឃ, ផែនដី, របស់,សត្វ សព្វសារពើទាំងអស់ ព្រមទាំងមនុស្ស យើងផង។ ក្នុងគម្ពីរ យ៉ូហាន ១៖១-៣  ១កាលដើមដំបូង មានព្រះបន្ទូល ព្រះបន្ទូលក៏គង់នៅ ជាមួយនឹងព្រះ ហើយព្រះបន្ទូល នោះឯង ជាព្រះ ២ទ្រង់គង់នៅ ជាមួយនឹងព្រះ តាំងអំពី ដើម មក ៣គ្រប់របស់ទាំងអស់ បានកើតមក ដោយសារទ្រង់ ហើយក្នុងបណ្តា របស់ដែលបាន បង្កើតមក ទាំងប៉ុន្មាន នោះគ្មានអ្វី ណាមួយកើតមក ក្រៅពីទ្រង់ឡើយ   ២- ព្រះបន្ទូល ជាចំណារ, ជាលាយល័ក្ខអក្សរ គឺជាព្រះគម្ពីរ ដែលព្រះវិញ្ញាណ បរិសុទ្ធ ស្ថិតជាមួយ មនុស្ស បណ្ដាលឱ្យតែងឡើង ហើយកត់ត្រា ទុកជាសៀវភៅ ឬសំបុត្រ ដើម្បីផ្ដល់ពណ៌មាន បង្រៀនមនុស្ស ឱ្យយល់អំពីជីវិត មនុស្សខ្លួនឯងផ្ទាល់ គឺឱ្យស្គាល់អំពី បញ្ហាអំពើបាប, សេចក្ដីស្លាប់ នឹងដំណោះស្រាយ ឱ្យរួចពីស្លាប់, ឱ្យស្គាល់អំពី ការខុសនឹងត្រូវ, ឱ្យស្គាល់អំពីព្រះ, អំពីទំនាក់ទំនង រវាងមនុស្ស នឹងព្រះ, នឹងអំពីស្ថានសួគ៍។ ក្នុងគម្ពីរ ២ធីម៉ូថេ ៣៖១៦ - ១៦ គ្រប់ទាំងបទគម្ពីរ គឺជាព្រះ ទ្រង់បានបញ្ចេញ ព្រះវិញ្ញាណ បណ្តាលឲ្យតែងទេ ក៏មានប្រយោជន៍ សំរាប់ការបង្រៀន ការរំឭកឲ្យដឹងខ្លួន ការប្រដៅដំរង់ និងការបង្ហាត់ ខាងឯសេចក្តីសុចរិត។  

May 14, 2015 by
Date: 5/12/15 ជីវិតមិនចុះសម្រុង ជីវិតមិនចុះសំរុង គឺជាជីវិត ដែលមិន ឱ្យដម្លៃខ្លួនឯង ឬឱ្យដម្លៃខ្លួន ទាបពេក គឺអ្វីដែលខ្លួន មានគឺ សុទ្ធតែអន់ មិនល្អ, រូបរាង ក៏មិនស្អាត, ឈ្មោះក៏ មិនពិរោះ, ទ្រព្យសម្បត្ដិ ក៏មិនមាន, រៀនក៏មិនឆ្លាត ហេតុនេះហើយ ដែលធ្វើឱ្យ មានការខ្មាសអៀន មុខក៏ មិនហ៊ានចេញ ឱ្យគេឃើញ, ឈ្មោះក៏ មិនពិរោះ នឹងប្រាប់គេ, ចូលក្នុងសង្គមមិនចុះ នាំឱ្យសុញ គំនិត គិតមិនជ្រៅ ទៅមិនឆ្ងាយ។ ការទាំងអស់នេះ ឥតមាន អ្នកក្រៅ ឃើញដូច្នោះទេ តែក្នុងគំនិត អារម្មណ៍យើងទេ ដែលគិតដូច្នោះ។ ប្រសិន បើមនុស្ស ខ្មាស់គេ ពេលដើរចេញ ពីគេ នោះបាត់ ខ្មាស់ហើយ ប៉ុន្ដែបើមនុស្សខ្មាស់ ខ្លួនឯងវិញ តើគេច ទៅណារួច?។ មនុស្សយើង មួយចំនួន មានចរិក លក្ខណៈបែបនេះ ដែលបណ្ដាល ឱ្យជួបវិបត្ដន៍ ជាច្រើន ក្នុងជីវិត, នាំអោយរឹត តែសុញគំនិត ខ្មាសគេ មិនហ៊ាន ធ្វើអ្វី ជាចំហរឡើយ យូរៗទៅ គិតថាជីវិតនេះ ឥតន័យ រស់ឥតដម្លៃ ចូលក្នុងសង្គមគេ មិនចុះ ចង់មិនចង់ សម្លាប់ខ្លួនចោល ឥតប្រយោជន៏។ ហេតុដូចម្ដេច បានជាបងប្អូន គិតដូច្នេះ? នេះមក ពីការ គិតយល់ឃើញ ផ្ទាល់ខ្លួន ហើយមិនឱ្យដម្លៃខ្លួនឯង ប៉ុន្ដែការពិត មិនមែនដូច្នោះទេ បើបងប្អូន ជាមនុស្ស ប្រភេទនេះ បងប្អូនត្រូវតែ រៀនប្ដូរក្នុងការគិត នឹងការយល់ឃើញ អំពីខ្លួនឯង កុំគិតតាម ក្ដីស្រមៃ របស់ខ្លួន កុំផ្ដេកទៅលើ អារម្មណ៍ខ្លួន ដែលមិនពិត ហើយនាំជីវិតខ្លួន ធ្លាក់ទៅ ក្នុងសភាព ទន់ខ្សោយ ដែលជា អន្លង់គ្រោះថ្នាក់ ត្រូវគិតទៅតាម សេចក្ដីពិតវិញ។ អ្វីទៅ ជាសេចក្ដីពិត សេចក្ដីពិត គឺព្រះបានបង្កើត បងប្អូនមក យ៉ាងពិសេស ឥតមាន អ្នកណាមួយដូចឡើយ ប៉ុន្ដែដូចអង្គទ្រង់ គឺបងប្អូន ដូចព្រះ (ទ្រង់សព្វ ព្រះហឬទ័យ ឱ្យអ្នកបានក្លាយ ជាកូនទ្រង់) នេះគឺសេចក្ដីពិត មិនអាចកែបាន ទោះបងប្អូន ព្រួយថារូបមិនស្អាតក្ដី យំអស់ មួយជីវិតនេះក្ដី ក៏នៅតែ កែការពិត មិនបានដែរ ហើយក៏មិនចាំបាច់ ទៅធ្វើ កំណែរសម្ផ័ស្ដដែរ ព្រោះនាំឱ្យខាតលុយ, ហើយឈឺ ហើយអាចនាំ ឱ្យមានគ្រោះថ្នាក់ ក្នុងការវះកាត់ ហើយអាចលិទ្ធផល មិនបានដូច បំណងទៀតផង។ តារាសំដែង ជាច្រើន មានការខកចិត្ដ ជាខ្លាំងក្រោយពី ការវះកាត់ កំណែសម្ផ័ស្ដហើយ លើសពីនេះ ទោះបើបានល្អ នៅពេលនេះ ក៏ដោយ ថ្ងៃក្រោយ នៅពេលដែលយើង មានវ័យចំណាស់ បន្ដិចទៅ របស់ដែលយើង ធើ្វនោះ វាមិនចាស់ទៅជាមួយយើងទេ បងប្អួនស្រមៃមើល បើស្បែកយើងជ្រួញ ហើយច្រមុះយើងនៅតែស្រួចស្អាត រលោងដដែល តើវាដូច ជាស្អីទៅវិញ នោះនឹងធ្វើឱ្យយើង រឹតតែអន់ចិត្ដ ខ្លាំងថែមទៀត មិនខាន ដូច្នេះគួរ តែយក សេចក្ដីពិត ជាគោល ខ្ញុំគឺខ្ញុំ ព្រះបង្កើតខ្ញុំ មកបែបនេះ ខ្ញុំត្រូវតែស្រឡាញ់ខ្ញុំ បែបខ្ញុំនេះឯង និយាយនេះ មិនមែន មិនឱ្យ បងប្អូន សិតសក់ ធ្វើខ្លួននោះទេ។ កាលពីដើមខ្ញុំ ជាមនុស្ស ប្រភេទនេះ ខ្ញុំជាបុរស មានភ្នែកតូចតឹង ហើយស្រួច គេហៅថា ភ្នែកស្រៈអិ ខ្ញុំមានសក់បះ ដូចដើមឬស្សី ពេលខ្ញុំចូល ក្នុងសង្គមខ្មែរ គេគិតថាខ្ញុំ ជាជនជាតិចិន ពេលខ្ញុំចូល សង្គមចិន គេថាខ្ញុំមិនចេះចិន តើខ្ញុំជាសាសន៍អីទៅ??? នឹកខ្មាសអន់ចិត្ដ នឹងខ្លួនឯង មិនឈប់ឈរ រកដីជាន់មិនបាន មិត្ដភ័ក្ដខ្ញុំខ្លះ គេហៅខ្ញុំថា ‹លោកអាចារ្យ › ជីដូនខ្ញុំ ហៅខ្ញុំថា ‹អាចិន› ខ្មែរក្រហម ហៅខ្ញុំថា ‹ចិននាយទន់› មេកង បាននាំខ្ញុំទៅ គណៈស្រុក សួរបញ្ជាក់ ដើម្បីបញ្ជូនខ្ញុំ ឱ្យទៅនៅសហករណ៍ (គឺជាពាក្យសម្ងាត់ គឺបញ្ជូនទៅសម្លាប់) តែកម្មាភិបាលស្រុក បានប្រាប់មេកងថា ‹បើគេចង់ ធ្វើបដិវត្ដន៏ ជាមួយយើង ទុកឱ្យគេ នៅជាមួយយើងទៅ កុំឆាឆៅគេ› (ព្រះបានការពារខ្ញុំរាល់ដង តាំងពីមុន ខ្ញុំបានស្គាល់ទ្រង់ម្លេះ)។ កាលពីខ្ញុំ មកដល់ស្រុកគេ ដំបូង ខ្ញុំខ្លាចគេ មែនទែន គិតថាខ្លួន ជាមនុស្ស ចំណាក ស្រុក មកនៅស្រុកគេ និយាយភាសាគេ ក៏មិនច្បាស់ ខ្លាចគេ សូម្បីតែ ទិញអីញ៉ាំ ក៏មិនហ៊ាន ទិញរបស់អីប្លែកដែរ ព្រោះមិនហ៊ានហៅ មិនហ៊ានពន្យល់ ប្រាប់គេទេ ព្រោះខ្លាច ហើយខ្មាស់ ខ្ញុំមិនហ៊ានធ្វើអ្វីទេ ខ្ញុំហៅខ្លួនឯងថា មនុស្សកំសាក ខ្ញុំបានខ្ញុំឃុំដាក់ទណ្ឌកម្ម ខ្លួនឯង អស់ជាយូរឆ្នាំ ជាប់ច្រវ៉ាក់ខ្លួនឯង ដោះមិនរួច ហើយក៏គ្មាន អ្នកណាអាច ជួយដោះបានដែរ។ ពេលខ្ញុំ បានជឿព្រះ ទើបខ្ញុំដឺងច្បាស់ ថាខ្ញុំជាកូនព្រះ ខ្ញុំដូចព្រះ ខ្ញុំសប្បាយចិត្ដ មែនទែន ខ្ញុំមានសេរី ហើយ។ ទើបខ្ញុំដឹងទៀតថា អូ! ទឹកដីទាំងអស់ ជារបស់ព្រះបង្កើត ហើយព្រះ ក៏បង្កើតខ្ញុំដែរ ដូច្នេះខ្ញុំត្រូវមាន ចំណែកមួយ សម្រាប់ខ្ញុំដូចជា អ្នកដទៃដែរ ទោះកន្លែងណា ក៏ដោយនៅលើផែនដីនេះ បើខ្ញុំ និយាយភាសា មិនច្បាស់ គឺខ្ញុំចេះបាន ត្រឹមប៉ុណ្ណឹង ខ្ញុំនឹងខំប្រឹងរៀនទៀត បើអាចបាន ខ្ញុំគឺខ្ញុំ ខ្ញុំឥតបាន ធ្វើអ្វីខុសទេ ខ្ញុំក៏ឥតបាន ដើរសុំទាន ឬរំខានគេដែរ ហើយតាមពិត ក៏ឥតមានអ្នកណា ថាអីឱ្យដែរ គឹគិតតែខ្លួនឯង ធ្វើបាបតែខ្លួនឯង អស់ជាច្រើនឆ្មាំ។ ឥឡូវព្រះបាន រំដោះ, ផ្លាស់ប្ដូរខ្ញុំទាំងស្រុង ឱ្យខ្ញុំមានសេរីភាព ឱ្យខ្ញុំ មានសង្ឃឹម ក្នុងជីវិត, ឱ្យខ្ញុំមាន ជីវិតថ្មីពិត ដែលឥតសៅហ្មងដូចមុន។ ខ្ញុំគឺខ្ញុំ ខ្ញុំគឺមនុស្ស ដែលព្រះបង្កើត បែបនេះ បុរសដែលមាន ភ្នែកតូចដូចស្រៈអិ សក់ប៉ះ ដូចទំពាំងឬស្សី នោះហើយគឺខ្ញុំ សាសន៍ខ្ញុំ គេហៅ ខ្ញុំថាកូរ៉ូ គ្រួសារខាងប្រពន្ធខ្ញុំ ហៅខ្ញុំថា ចិនដីគោក អរគុណព្រះអង្គ ប្រពន្ធខ្ញុំស្រឡាញ់ ខ្ញុំដោយឥតជម្រើស ខ្ញុំសប្បាយនឹងអ្វី ដែលព្រះ បានប្រទាន ជារបស់ខ្ញុំ កាលពីដើម សូម្បីតែពាក្យថា ភ្នែកតូច នោះខ្លាចនិងថា ផងព្រោះវាខ្មាស ខ្លួនឯង សូម្បីតែកញ្ចាក់កម្រ នឹងបានឆ្លុះផង ព្រោះខ្លាចឃើញ រូបខ្លួនឯង។ ឥឡូវបើបងប្អូន ចង់ឃើញមុខខ្ញុំ សូមអរគុណ ដែលចង់ស្គាល់រូបខ្ញុំ សូមចូលទៅក្នុង ហ្វេសប៊ុក www.FaceBook.com/mengtop ហើយទោះ បើបងប្អូន មានប្រតិកម្ម យ៉ាងណា ក៏ឥតផ្លាស់ប្ដូរ សេចក្ដីពិតបានដែរ ខ្ញុំនឹងនៅតែខ្ញុំ ដដែល។ មានមនុស្សមួយចំនួន គេបានប្រព្រឹត្ដ អាក្រក់ហើយមិនចេះ ខ្មាសផង ហេតុអីបានជាខ្ញុំខ្មាស់ តែខ្លួនឯង ដោយឥតបានធ្វើអី្វខុស ឬអាក្រក់សោះ។ ឥឡូវនេះ ខ្ញុំអាចសរសេរ អត្ថបទបែបនេះបាន ដោយចេញមុខ ទោះខ្ញុំមិនបាន ចេះអ្វីជ្រៅជ្រះ ក៏ដោយ ព្រោះខ្ញុំជាមនុស្ស ដែលចេះត្រឹមស្រៈ អា ហើយព្រះសព្វ ព្រះទ័យឱ្យខ្ញុំ បង្រៀន អ្នកដែលមិនទាន់ចេះ នឹងអ្នកចេះត្រឹម ស្រៈ អ។ ពេលខ្លះ បងប្អូន មិនអាច ជួយខ្លួនឯង បានទេ ត្រូវតែរក អ្នកដទៃ ឱ្យជួយ។ ពេលខ្លះទៀត ក៏បងប្អូន ត្រូវតែផ្លាស់ប្ដូរថ្នាំដែរ បើលេប យូរឆ្នាំហើយ ជម្ងឺបងប្អូន មិនបានធូរស្រាល ស្រាកស្រាន្ដ សោះនោះ បើបងប្អូន នៅតែព្រួយ កើតទុក្ខ ខឹងមួរហ្មង ក្នុងចិត្ដ ឥតឈប់ឈរនោះ។ ទោះបើបងប្អូន បន្ដរស្រែក ឱ្យរឺតតែខ្លាំង ទៅក៏មិនអាច ជួយសម្រាល ទុក្ខបានដែរ នេះនាំឱ្យខាតពេល ហើយអាចនាំ ឱ្យមានគ្រោះថ្នាក់ ដល់ជីវិតផង ក៏ថាបាន។ ហេតុដដែល នឹងផ្ដល់ ផលដដែល ជាប្រាកដ បើមិនផ្លាស់ ប្ដូរហេតុទេ នោះរឿង វានៅតែ ដដែល។ ជីវិតដែល មិនចុះសំរុង គឺជាជម្ងឺរ៉ាំរ៉ៃ ប្រចាំជីវិត ហើយព្រះគឺជាគន្លិះ សំខាន់ សំរាប់ ដោះស្រាយអ្វីៗ ទាំងអស់។

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 Date: 4/1/15 Scripture: Exodus 12:1-7  បុណ្យ​រំលង នឹងកូនចៀម  ព្រះគម្ពីរនិក្ខមនំ១២៖១-៧ ខាងក្រោមនេះ បានរំលឹក ពីព្រឹត្ដការណ៍ ប្រវត្ដិសាស្រ្ដ មួយដែលព្រះ បានបង្គាប់ ដល់រាស្រ្ដ អ៊ីស្រាអែល កាលពីក្នុងកំឡុងឆ្នាំ ១៤៤៥ មុនគ្រិស្ទករាជ្យ។ ១ ព្រះយេហូវ៉ា ទ្រង់​ក៏​មាន​ព្រះបន្ទូល​ នឹង​ម៉ូសេ​ ហើយ​នឹង​អើរ៉ុន​ នៅ​ស្រុក​អេស៊ីព្ទ​ថា ២ ខែ​នេះ​ជា​ខែ​ដំបូង គឺ​ជា​ខែ​ដើម​ឆ្នាំ​ សំរាប់​ឯង​រាល់​គ្នា ៣ ចូរ​ប្រកាស​ប្រាប់​ដល់​ពួក​ជំនុំ​សាសន៍​ អ៊ីស្រាអែល​ទាំង​អស់​គ្នា​ថា នៅ​ថ្ងៃ​១០​ខែ​នេះ ត្រូវ​ឲ្យ​គ្រប់​គ្នា​យក​កូន​ចៀម​១ តាម​ពួក​គ្រួ​ឪពុក​ខ្លួន គឺ​កូន​ចៀម​១ ​សំរាប់​គ្រួ​១ ៤ បើ​ផ្ទះ​ណា​មាន​គ្នា​តិច​ពេក មិន​ល្មម ​ឲ្យ​អស់​កូន​ចៀម​១​បាន នោះ​ត្រូវ​ចូល​ជា​មួយ​ នឹង​អ្នក​ជិត​ខាង​តាម​ចំនួន​មនុស្ស ត្រូវ​ឲ្យ​រាប់​ចំនួន​មនុស្ស​ តាម​ដែល​គេ​បរិភោគ ​កូន​ចៀម​១​បាន ៥ ត្រូវ​តែ​យក​កូន​ចៀម ​ឈ្មោល​ឥត​ខ្ចោះ​ មាន​អាយុ​១​ខួប ទោះ​ពី​ក្នុង​ហ្វូង​ចៀម​ឬ​ហ្វូង​ពពែ​ក៏​បាន ៦ រួច​ត្រូវ​ទុក​វា​ដល់​ថ្ងៃ​១៤ ​ខែ​នេះ​ឯង នោះ​ពួក​ជំនុំ​ សាសន៍​អ៊ីស្រាអែល​ ទាំង​អស់​គ្នា​ ត្រូវ​សំឡាប់ ​វា​នៅ​វេលា​ថ្ងៃ​លិច ៧ រួច​ត្រូវ​យក​ឈាម​វា​ប្រឡាក់​នៅ​ក្រប​ទ្វារ ​ទាំង​សង​ខាង ហើយ​លើ​ធ្នឹម​ទ្វារ​របស់​ផ្ទះ​ដែល​គេ​បរិភោគ​ផង។  វិធីបុណ្យរំលងនេះ ជាគ្រោះមហន្ដរាយចុងក្រោយ ដែលព្រះនឹងធ្វើ ដើម្បីសម្លាប់ កូនច្បង របស់សាស្រ្ដ អេស៊ីព្ទ ទាំងអស់ ជាសំពាត បន្ថែមឱ្យស្ដេច ផារោន ដោះលែង រាស្រ្ដអ៊ីស្រាអែល ពីទាសករដាច់ថ្លៃ ដើម្បីឱ្យគេ បានថ្វាយបង្គំទ្រង់។  សូមពិនិត្យអំពីបុណ្យរំលង៖  ១- កូនចៀមត្រូវឱ្យល្អ ឥតខ្ចោះ  ២- កូនចៀមត្រូវយក មកទុកនៅ ជាមួយគ្រួសារ មុនថ្ងៃត្រូវសម្លាប់  ៣- កូនចៀម ត្រូវសម្លាប់ នៅល្ងាចថ្ងៃលិច ថ្ងៃ១៤ ខែទី១ ដើមឆ្នាំ រាល់ឆ្នាំ សម្រាប់ ប្រកតីទិន សាស្រ្ដយូដា (គឺត្រូវនឹង ល្ងាចថ្ងៃ១៥កើត ខែចេត្រ គឺប្រកតីខ្មែរខុសគ្នា តែកន្លះថ្ងៃទេ ព្រោះយប់ទី១៤ របស់សាស្រ្ដយូដានោះ គឺរាប់ចូលជាថ្ងៃទី១៥របស់គេ ហើយជាយប់ ពេញបូរមី ហើយត្រូវនឹង ថ្ងៃទី៤ ខែមេសា នៅគ.ស. ២០១៥នេះ សំរាប់ឆ្នាំសកល ថ្ងៃ បុណ្យរំលងនេះ ត្រូវផ្លាស់ប្ដូរ ទៅតាមប្រកតីទិន របស់សាស្រ្ដ យូដា ជារាងរាល់ឆ្នាំ)។  ៤- កូនចៀមត្រូវ ចម្អិនជាអាហារ ដោយដុត ឬអាំងទាំងមូល ជាវិធី ដែលអាចចំអិនសត្វ ទាំងមូលបាន។ ម្យ៉ាងទៀតគេច្រើនដោតឈើ ឆ្កាងសត្វនោះ ដើម្បីស្រួលប្រែ នឹងឆ្អិនបានល្អផង។  ៥- ព្រះបង្គាប់ ឱ្យប្រារព្វ ធ្វើបុណ្យរំលង ជារៀងរាល់ឆ្នាំ។  ៦- ឈាមកូនចៀម ត្រូវយកទៅលាប នៅក្របទ្វារផ្ទះ ជាសញ្ញា សម្គាល់ នៃការ ស្គាប់បង្គាប់ ដើម្បីឱ្យទេវតាសម្លាប់ បានរំលងមិនសម្លាប់ កូនច្បងក្នុងយប់នោះ។  ៧- ការទទួលទាន សាច់ចៀមនេះ ត្រូវទទួល ជាគ្រួសារ ឬចូលជាមួយ អ្នកជិតខាង ក៏បាន បើមានគ្នាតិចពេក  គឺត្រូវទទួលទាន ជាក្រុម ហើយដោយប្រុងប្រយ័ត្នផង។  ឥឡូវនេះ សូមបែរ មកពិនិត្យ ព្រឹត្ដិការណ៍ នៅពេលគេ ធ្វើគត់ ព្រះយេស៊ូវ  ១- ព្រះយេស៊ូវ ជាព្រះរាជបុត្រា នៃព្រះ បរិសុទ្ធ ល្អឥតខ្ចោះ (ដូចកូនចៀម ដែលព្រះទ្រង់បានបង្គាប់ ឱ្យរើសសំរាប់បុណ្យរំលងដែរ)។  ២- ព្រះយេស៊ូវ យាងចូល ក្រុងយេរូសាឡឹម នៅថ្ងៃអាទិត្យ ៥ថ្ងៃ មុនគេធ្វើគត់ទ្រង់ (ដូចជាព្រះបានបង្គាប់ ឱ្យយកចៀម មកទុកនៅ ជាមួយគ្រួសារ មុនថ្ងៃត្រូវសម្លាប់ ខុសតែចំនួនថ្ងៃ បន្ដិចប៉ុណ្ណោះ)  ៣- ទ្រង់សុគត ដោយគេឆ្កាងទ្រង់ នៅរសៀលថ្ងៃសុក្រ ទី១៤ បីបួនម៉ោងមុនចូលថ្ងៃឈប់សំរាក ដែលត្រូវចំ ថ្ងៃបុណ្យរំលងនោះឯង ដូច្នេះហើយ បានជាគេរៀបចំទុកដាក់ សពទ្រង់មុនថ្ងៃលិចមកដល់ (នោះនឹងចូលដល់ថ្ងៃថ្មី ជាថ្ងៃឈប់សំរាក ហាមមិនឱ្យធ្វើការ ប្រហែលដូច្នេះហើយបានជាព្រះ ហាមមិនឱ្យទុកសាច់ សល់ដល់ថ្ងៃស្អែក)  ៤- ទ្រង់សុគត នៅលើឆ្កាង ដោយគេឥតបាន បំបាក់ ឆ្អឹងទ្រង់ទេ ទ្រង់ក៏បានរាប់អង្គកាយទ្រង់ ជាអាហារដែរ នៅក្នុងព្រះគម្ពីរ លូកា ២២៖១៩  ១៩ រួច​ទ្រង់​ក៏​យក ​នំបុ័ង​មក​អរ​ព្រះគុណ ហើយ​កាច់​ប្រទាន​ទៅ​គេ ដោយ​ព្រះបន្ទូល​ថា នេះ​ហើយ​ជា​រូបកាយ​ខ្ញុំ ដែល​បាន​ប្រទាន​មក ​សំរាប់​អ្នក​រាល់​គ្នា ចូរ​ធ្វើ​បុណ្យ​នេះ ដើម្បី​រំឭក​ពី​ខ្ញុំ​ចុះ ។  ៥- ព្រះយេស៊ូវ បានមានបន្ទូល បា្រប់សិស្សទ្រង់ថា ចូរធ្វើវិធី កាច់នំប៉័ងនេះ ដើម្បីរំព្ញកពីទ្រង់  ៦- នៅគម្ពីរលូកា ២២៖២០, ២០  ​ទ្រង់​យក​ពែង​ ទឹកទំពាំងបាយជូរ ដោយ​ព្រះបន្ទូល​ថា ពែង​នេះ​ជា​សញ្ញា​ថ្មី  ដែល​តាំង ​ដោយ​នូវ​ឈាម​ខ្ញុំ គឺ​ជា​ឈាម ដែល​ត្រូវ​ច្រួច​ចេញ ​សំរាប់​អ្នក​រាល់​គ្នា។  ដូចនេះ ឈាមរបស់ព្រះយេស៊ូវ ជាសញ្ញាថ្មី ដែលសម្គាល់ ពីការប្រែចិត្ដ ដែលបានរំដោះឱ្យរួចអំពីខ្ញុំ កញ្ជះនៃអំពើបាប។  ៧- វិធីលាងព្រះអង្គមា្ចស់ ឬកាច់នំប៉័ងនេះ មិនមែនចេះតែធ្វើៗទៅនោះទេ គឺត្រូវធ្វើដោយជំនឿ ធ្វើដោយប្រុងប្រយ័ត្ន ក្នុងគម្ពីរ ទី១កូរិនថូស១១៖២៦-២៧, ២៦ ដ្បិត​រាល់​វេលា​ណា ដែល​អ្នក​រាល់​គ្នា ​បរិភោគ​នំបុ័ង​នេះ ហើយ​ផឹក​ពី​ពែង​នេះនោះ​ឈ្មោះ​ថា ​សំដែង​ពី​សេចក្តី​សុគត ​របស់​ផង​ព្រះអម្ចាស់ ដរាប​ដល់​ទ្រង់​យាង​មក ២៧ បាន​ជា​អ្នក​ណា ​ដែល​បរិភោគ ​នំបុ័ង​នេះឬ​ផឹក​ពី​ពែង ​នៃ​ព្រះអម្ចាស់​ បែប​មិន​គួរ​សម នោះ​នឹង​មាន​ទោស​ ចំពោះ​រូប​អង្គ  ហើយ​និង​ព្រះលោហិត ​នៃ​ព្រះអម្ចាស់។  ដូច្នេះបុណ្យរំលង បានត្រូវប្ដូរមក ជាពិធីលាង ព្រះអម្ចាស់ ដោយមាន ព្រះយេស៊ូវ ជាតួអង្គ កូនចៀមនៃព្រះ បង្ហូរលោហិតទ្រង់ ជាសញ្ញាថ្មី ដើម្បីលោះបាប រំដោះមនុស្សចេញ ពីខ្ញុំកញ្ជះ នៃអំពើបាប ជាផ្នែកព្រលឹងវិញ្ញាណ។  តើអ្នកដែលបាន ទទួលទាន បុណ្យរំលង បានចូលដល់ ទឹកដីសន្យា ទាំងអស់គ្នាដែរឬទេ? ក្រោយពីរាស្រ្ដ អ៊ីស្រាអែល បានរំដោះចេញ ពីភាពខ្ញុំកញ្ជះ ចេញពីប្រទេស អេស៊ីព្ទហើយ តែគេមិនទាន់ បានដល់ទឹកដីសន្យា នៅឡើយទេ ព្រះទ្រង់បានបង្គាប់ ឱ្យលោកម៉ូសេ ចាត់គេ ចូលទៅពិនិត្យ សង្កេតមើល ទឹកដីសន្យាតែគេខ្លាច មិនហ៊ានសម្រេចចិត្ដ ចូលវាយយក មិនក្លាហាន ដោយ ខ្វះសេចក្ដីជំនឿទុកចិត្ដ លើព្រះ គឺមានតែ ពីរនាក់ប៉ុណ្ណោះ ដែលទុកចិត្ដលើព្រះ ដូច្នេះជីវិតគេ បានត្រឹមតែ បានរំដោះចេញ ពីខ្ញុំកញ្ជះគេមែន តែគេដើរ ក្នុងព្រៃ រហោរស្ថានទាំងគ្មានទីដៅ ដល់ស្លាប់។ ចុះចំណែក ឯគ្រិស្ទានវិញ? តើអ្នកណាគេ ហៅថាគ្រិស្ទាន ពិតប្រាកដ? គ្រប់គ្នាដែលទៅវិហារ? តើបា្រកដ ជាបានឡើងស្ថានសួគ៍ ទាំងអស់គ្នាទេ? តើបងប្អូនផ្ទាល់ រាប់ខ្លួនឯង ថាជាគ្រិស្ទាន ដែរឬទេ? ហើយប្រាកដ នៅក្នុងចិត្ដថា បានឡើងស្ថានសួគ៍ឬទេ? ដោយអាងលើហេតុអ្វីដែរ?  បងប្អូនអើយ ខ្ញុំគ្រាន់តែជួយរំព្ញកថា ការដែលព្រះយេស៊ូវ ទាំ្រថ្ងូរ សុគត នៅលើឈើឆ្កាងនោះ មិនមែនជាការ ងាយស្រួល ឬជាការ លេងសើចទេ ចំណែកឯជំនឿរបស់យើងក៏ ដូចគ្នាដែរ។ ខ្ញុំចេះតែគិតពិចារណថា ហេតុដូចម្ដេចបានជា នៅតែមាន ការក្បត់គ្នាក្នុង ក្រុមជំនុំ លោភលន់ ចង់បានលុយកាត់ ផិតក្បត់ចង់បានប្រពន្ធកូនគេ លោភចង់បាន អំណាចមុខមាត់ ភូតភរ កុហក់ មិនស្មោះត្រង់និងគ្នា បក្សពួក ទាស់ជារឿយៗ ក្នុងថា្នក់អ្នកដឹកនាំ តើហេតុអីទៅ???  Happy Good Friday  

March 31, 2015 by
នេះជាសប្ដាបរិសុទ្ធ ព្រះយេស៊ូវគ្រិស្ទ បានរស់ពីសុគត ឡើងវិញពិតបា្រកដមែន! សូមទស្ស ប្រវត្ដព្រះយេស៊ូវ តាមបណ្ដាញភ្ជាប់ ខាងក្រោមនេះ http://jesusfilmmedia.org/1_2149-jf-0-0/