Journey of Faith (18)

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Dear Brother & Sister ,

Shalom! Thank you for your continual caring & prayer! My health stable. Due to sickness, however, my immune system has become weak. At high risk & prone to falling ill, I have to see doctor regularly & undergo medical checkup, hence giving me the opportunity to blend among patients & the chance to share with them how the Lord comforts many.

One good thing about physical weakness is that I can only focus on doing one thing & rest after. I therefore have to be prudent in prioritizing & choose to do the one most important thing for the day – may the Lord guard & guide me that whatever I do, I am doing it in the Spirit, out of love & my obligation to my loved ones – I see this as the Lord’s new calling for me.

Time flies, it is almost 4 years during which I have experienced great turns & adversities in life. This leads me to always ponder & meditate: is there an eternal value in my do’s and don’ts today? Am I doing things that leave a mark on someone’s life, making their life different?

Recently, in a heart to heart talk with my 10 year old son, he asked what it meant to be 10 years old! I told my happy little boy , from that day onward, his age on earth will become double digit & there is no way to turn back, no redialing, all the way till he reaches 100 when the age automatically turns into 3 digits…. I exhort him to fear God & treasure our days, numbering them one by one! Day in day out, I cease not in praying, for our children, for you & for myself – in these days of our double digit age, let us strive to accomplish His endless & everlasting, good will of magnificence!

Last year, 4 of my best friends completed their overture of life on earth & launched into that everlasting piece of music, each in their splendid ways – Esther WW CHEN/陳慧慰, at a young age, gave birth to her daughter midst her critical illness & left to meet the Lord in peace; Steven TANG/鄧應華 a great gospel warrior won the good fight & earned his prize; uncle DIU Tong/刁棠 once a murderer & prison inmate, repented in the Lord & turned a faithful testimony for the love of Jesus, unwavering till his last days, magnifying the cross; Bro LF CHAN/陳流芳, a family leader in idol worship for decades, made a complete turn in life, preached His gospel in joy until he rested in the heavenly home at a senior age. Their encounters, their stories, though different, encourage me inside out, uplifting my spirit, assuring me that Christ lives & elevate my desire for the heavenly home all the more.

On 31 May, I will follow the steps of the Lord & resume preaching gospel in meeting hall. His Word. “The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world.” (John 1:9) has been ringing & resounding in my heart for some time, making it a suitable theme for my gospel message. I urge you, brothers & sisters to pray for the Word of God and to intercede for me.

— Your brother, Sam KONG/瑞榮

Days in the Lord’s Book

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Days in the Lord’s Book


She lost her son, but, in due time, she obtained the true value of life – that is the hope to be with the Lord forever.

The book is the Creator’s Book of Life. It records the days of our earthly life, shorter or longer, only in the hands of the Almighty God.

The Bible says, “Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your Book before one of them came to be” (Psalm 139: 16).

Once our days are numbered in the Book of the Lord, instead of asking, “Why me?” we should say, “Lord, what is it that you have planned for me in this life, and what will it be after it passes?”

The following words come from a loving mother mourning the loss of her son, recounting how she was strengthened to endure the pain that broke her heart.

Forget-me-not is in front of my son’s picture;  Forever lost is his answer to my call for him to be back!

My beloved son, Ming Tong, is with the Lord.

At the same cemetery and in the same hall, I saw my husband off three years ago; I could never have thought of returning here to speak at my son’s memorial ceremony.

My Lord, how can I stand without strength from you? I could have been crushed in spirits. But you’re with me in my heart, sharing my deep sorrows and agony. You’re my strength!

I must say what’s happened in the past three years is beyond me, and I refuse to accept it! My son’s death has dealt me another round of despair, depression, and loss of hope. I am so helpless!

I asked the Lord if He could have given me different trials. Why did you take away my own precious flesh and blood – my dear son? I couldn’t accept it.

But as I calmed down, I realized that illness and death is inevitable; everyone will have to deal with it. What’s important is not to let sufferings confuse our outlook. Blessed are those who could see the eternal hope beyond life and death.

Beyond life and death

It was 30 years ago when my son was born for only five months. How lively was his cute little face, fresh as a ripened peach and exuberant with bright eyes! Being so comfortable when fed, he would just yawn and went back to sweat dream-land.

Unexpectedly, my son got serious intestinal blockage (Intussusceptions) causing bloody stools and vomiting. His life was in danger, and all of us were left in panic. We were lost in fear not knowing what to do. Fortunately, a well-known doctor was sent for, who spent four hours operating on my son and finally saved his life. The doctor’s surname was Tong, so we re-named our son Ming Tong as an expression of our gratitude to his life-saving treatment.

In retrospect 30 years later, we should have been thankful for the Lord’s mercy to have added three decades to his life. It’s storied that there was once a queen who would rather spend all her wealth just to extend a short moment of her life, but to no avail. Our son, however, was blessed with many days of happiness and pleasure. Lord, who can say this is not your amazing grace for my son!

A frail yet cheerful young man

After the surgery, our son grew up like other children, but he was physically weak. He frequented the doctor’s office. But his frailty won more favour and love of his parents and family. He was treasured with all the affection and care. He was the source of happiness for our whole family. For him, I prayed numerous prayers asking the Lord to bless his health
and his study. We spent so much wonderful loving and happy time together.

My innocent little boy was generously kind to others and lovingly obedient to me. Love kept us together, and nothing could set us apart. We knew and appreciated each other. He was an out-going young man who loved the freedom of travelling around. Nothing seemed to bother him because he had nothing to worry about. He was happily content. He was also blessed with a well-educated, understanding, and agreeable girlfriend. My son had much love and care for her in return.

Three days in a coma

Four years ago, he was once critically ill and passed out in a coma. He was then hospitalized for a long time. I prayed for him earnestly, asking the Lord to save his life with mine. I wanted him to live! My son recovered miraculously. Last year, he passed out again, adding so much pain to my heart. I almost lost hope for his recovery, but he came back again to life thanks to much praying of the church. He defeated death once more.

He was, after all, flesh and blood with limits in the battle against illness. Not long ago, he got bronchitis, which was the last straw that took his life.

How I wished all this had been but a nightmare!

Seeing Jesus in the last moments

In his last moments, he shared a lot with me. He seemed to have so much to tell me but it was hard to make sense of all his words. I held his face and hands close to mine, calling his name and comforting him, “My son, Mom is with you, the Lord is with you, don’t be afraid.”

Out of unconsciousness, he was suddenly lucid and turned over to me, saying “Oh, Lord Jesus, it’s Jesus! I fear nothing because I don’t have to. Be still!” These are his last words.

Oh, Lord, my son saw you! Like many Christians, he saw Jesus coming to him at the moment of leaving this world for heaven.

No wonder he was not afraid. He even tried so hard to let us know and comfort us who were alive. We were told to live well in this life, not to be restless, not to fear death because on this other side is light and rest, not despair.

A burning heart

The day before his passing away, brothers and sisters from the church came to visit. They took turns to pray earnestly for him and more for me. He was still faithful even knowing his life was nearing its end.

Nothing but the words of the Lord could comfort my broken heart. I felt consumed by fire into ashes when I left the hospital in sad confusion. The world felt like an empty and meaningless place for me. It was dark, and in darkness I felt everything is lost. At that very moment, comforting words from the Lord popped up in my mind. “I wiped your tears and I’ve given you abundantly even though it felt like I’ve taken too much from you.” I could not stop my tears, but all I could do was to ask “Why?”

The unfailing love of God

We trust God, but God never promised us a life with no suffering and hardship. It can’t be blue sky and beautiful flowers all the time. But God did promise us energy in life, light on the road, rest from work, grace in trial, help in need, unconditional forgiveness, and unfailing love.

Yes, God promised us eternal life, God promised us unfailing love. While broken-hearted and exhausted, I asked, “Who in history could have avoided the sufferings of life?”

I was comforted with the idea that my son was not born into wars and social turmoil, he lived a worry-free life with warmth of his family, and died peacefully with hope for eternal life. What more could my son have asked for?

He was protected from dangers of life, from poverty and restlessness, from human evils; he never experienced war and massacre; his world was filled with kindness and beauty; he had what he desired; he didn’t experience the pain of aging and old age; his life was a delightful journey.

Cheered after a long night of sorrows

As an old saying goes, “It’s hard for the grey-haired to witness the death of the black-haired.” How can someone give up their flesh and blood? What’s the difference between black- or grey-haired? I picked the casket style and tombstone for my son. I put his portrait on the stone. In it, he smiled at us as if he was joking, “Silly Mom, don’t be sad and angry. I’m in paradise having the joy unmatched anywhere in your world – here we have no sorrow, no tears, no evil, no death, and no illness that had tormented me for so long… The day will come when we will unite again and never separate!”

After the memorial service, I asked his casket be opened so that his sister and brother, his girl friend, and I could put in it our love letters for him and some memorable items.

I kissed the cold forehead of my son and stared at his face that was unnaturally made up. He was not dead; he was asleep. He was being mischievous with us as he often had made faces to amuse me. I honestly didn’t believe he was dead; I expected him to sit up all of a sudden to laugh and say he was pulling a prank on us.

On the day of burial, I was carrying his urn, which might have seemed like a terrible thing for others. But I held it tightly in my arms — his love, his soul, his body, they were all in my arms. He was born a lovely boy; now in my arms he was still my son. Our love endured.

In the car to the cemetery, I could not hold back tears. I was whispering to my son our love for each other of so many years, recalling the times when we were together. When the car pulled up at the cemetery, all the emotions poured back to my heart!

I knew it was time for our final hug and departure!

Abundant grace from the Lord

Life is a journey. Everyone is on the same train. My son, you just got off at a station earlier. When you got off, you saw the light of Jesus, you knew where you were going, and you’ll
rest forever in that peaceful and bright place. You met Jesus already!

Dear readers: The time will come when you must get off the train. But do you know where you’re heading? Are you fearful when you fumble in darkness? Your only assurance lies with the Lord. When you’re alive and healthy, I ask that you seek Jesus and wait no more.

The last time my son was in hospital, I met a young man with stomach cancer. He was about to have half of his stomach cut off. We introduced our Lord Christ to him and urged him to believe in this living and saving God. He and his sister all believed in Jesus. Afterwards, he acknowledged that he had been scared before the surgery, but the prayers of Christian brothers and sisters, he got faith, calmed down, and recovered from the surgery soon.

The real, everlasting self

Our soul, our real self is like a master: the world and our body are like hotels. After the journey, long or short, we all have to pay the bill and go home. My son finished his journey in this world. What he left me is his lovely naughtiness, his broad smiles, his pleasing voice – they all live in my heart. I’ll forever remember them. Now my son is gone and can no longer answer my call. I’m left with a long sigh for the indescribable loss.

But I know now that my son could have died 30 years ago, but that didn’t happen. A young man who might have lost his chance of growing up in this world had been blessed with life, breath, and a young, kind and energetic heart for many years. Now he is free from all the worldly worries and will be united with us eventually. I can now wipe out my tears, praise the Lord, and carry on in my remaining days in this world.

Without the hope for eternal life, what a sad life would it be for us?


Dear friends: It’s my heart-felt hope that my words will help you seek our Lord’s saving grace. If you’d like to know more about Jesus and his ministries, please contact your local Christian church for more information.


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Treasure in the world

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“I once saw your footprints along with mine when I was fortunate? How come I
only see my own footprints now I’m broke and penniless?”

Treasure in the World

God replied: “When you’re lost and weary, I carry you on my back. The footprints you see are mine, not yours.”


 

The witness went through trials and hard times of seeing her son critically ill
and her husband pass away in 1986 from lung cancer. The following words describe how she walked in the shadow of the valley with her husband of 40 years and her encouragement that inspired him to face death bravely in his last days.

My son in critical condition

In 1984 my son was hospitalized for internal bleeding. Three days in a coma, his
life was at stake because the bleeding could not be stopped, leaving only 50
percent chance of survival for him. My heart was heavily burdened, and I was
lost in fear and uncertainty. Quite to my surprise, this near-death experience
of my son changed the rest of my life.

Overwhelming love for my son

Time passes every day, but who can prolong theirs for a split second?

My husband and I were brought up in big, well-known families. My grandfather was  a high-ranking official of the Qing Dynasty, so I had six grandmothers. My
grandfather on my mother’s side was a doctor of Western
medicine, and my mother was a gynaecologist. My father was Chief Secretary of Tax Bureau of  Cigarette and Liquor Products. I was attending the boarding school of Guangzhou  True Light Institute and commuted in private steamboat, which was quite  extravagant then. We had family and relatives holding important positions in  political, commercial, and military sectors.

In the past decades, we had experienced various stormy days of social change and  turmoil and managed to remain stable. But now, as my beloved son was fighting  for his life, I was consumed with the overwhelming maternal love. This strong  affection came to me like heavy floods that rendered any material treasure in  this world trivial and insignificant.

Absence from a social gathering

My husband was a business man, and we had a scheduled social gathering that
night. I was not in the mood at all. After my husband left, I was possessed
with unspeakable fear in the unbearable quietness around me. On my way back from  the hospital, I purposely took the bus and walked home by a short-cut because I  wanted to somehow alleviate my painful restlessness.

Limits of mighty dollar

Wealth is a powerful tool, and I felt so in those years. It could humble a noble
man and enslave a free soul, making life all the more colourful. But at this
moment, I saw its limits. All pleasure and enjoyment is vanity. Could I buy back
my son’s life with money?

Lost and hopeless

I was buried in numerous thoughts during this long dark night.

Gold, stocks, and tips for big-time horse riders … what use do they have for me
now? I used to indulge myself in betting on horses, playing mahjong, and
traveling to different countries, but I couldn’t make time for church, not even
to be chauffeured in Rolls-Royce. At this fearful night, I was led to the church.

It wouldn’t be a surprise if you didn’t believe in gods and ghosts. But you can
never underestimate Christians’prayers. Sitting in the last pew and hoping to
kill some of the sad time, I was at this church filled with strangers away from
the glamorous social functions, where well-dressed people mingle over businesses and choice wines. What I didn’t expect to hear was the piercing words from the  pulpit that depicted my own situation so aptly.

Every word was addressing my weaknesses in the days of self-indulgence in
pleasure and ostensible happy times.  I even wondered if the pastor knew my
presence and had prepared the fitting sermon for me alone. Otherwise,
how  could he sound so perceptive? Or was it because Jesus was there to call me and  help me?

A family of doctors

My mother and her parents were all devoted Christians who practiced medicine to  save lives. And my husband and I had received Jesus as our saviour years before.   However, we were carried away with the floating life for over 37 years and never took our faith seriously.

Touched to tears by grace

The pastor finished the sermon with a prayer. I couldn’t help stepping up to the
pulpit to tell him, “Please pray for my son who is in critical condition at the
hospital, and I’m deeply worried and anxious.”

After getting the name of my son, the pastor started to pray. Only a few words
had been uttered in the prayer before I was touched by the Holy Spirit and
opened my mouth to pray in front of hundreds of people. I prayed in tears.

Sorrows expressed

I was in my fifties then, but my innermost feelings were like those of a naughty
kid, who was picked on by the father with severe punishment. I was slapped awake  and poured my sorrows onto the Lord.

Lost child would not beg the father unless starved; people normally turn to God
in despair. My heart melted like a burning candle, and I confessed my heart-felt
emotions to Jesus for 50 minutes.

Comforted in peace

I got peace knowing that the loving and merciful Jesus would surely take over my
burden and save my son from the dark valley. His name is Jesus. He is here to
save people from their sins, from the evil power and its sting of death.

That night, my daughter was anxiously awaiting me at home, wondering if
something had happened to me. Seeing me return with visible joy, she asked in
jest if I had found money somewhere. Much more joyful than getting money, I
replied and recounted the wonderful experience at church to her.

My son’s life was saved, and it didn’t take long for him to fully recover
and get back to work. The following year, he received Jesus and was baptized.
After this miraculous experience, I retreated to Hawaii for a vacation and
traveled to other places in the U.S. I needed time to relax. During my travel,
I had the opportunity to deeply contemplate on life and faith and realized the
omnipresence of Jesus in our life and death. I strengthened my faith in the
ever-lasting creator that we can only experience in faith and spirit.  I had a
more clear discernment of the value of my life – it lies not in the abundance of
wealth, but rather in the holy spiritual realm of life.

I took much lightly what used to bring me pleasure and fun – cigarettes, mahjong
and horse games; I was drawn to a spiritual power deeper in my heart, which gave me true encouragement and hope.

The death of my beloved husband

The beginning of 1986 was another unforgettable period of saddest time for me.
My husband of 48 years was diagnosed with lung cancer, and he passed away in a
short two months. What an unbearable blow to me and my family! But his faith and  trust in the Lord in his last days, the peace he maintained, and the peace we
were allowed to experience with him — all this was simply beyond words. Later,
my eldest daughter received Jesus as a direct result of this experience.

Floating fortunes

My husband was raised in a well-known big family. After graduating from St. Paul  Middle School of Hong Kong, he went to Burma to run business. He was a confident  man with great perseverance and courage. He risked his life during the Anti- Japanese War to manage goods transportation on the dangerous roads between China and Burma, making money hand over fist.

When he withdrew from this business, he had to transfer gold bricks home in big
boxes. In spite of some ups and downs, he was after all an established business
man. He had success when he was young, he was ambitious and self-conceited, but  Jesus won him over. After tests and diagnosis at the hospital, he cast
everything onto the Lord Jesus. He trusted him.

He was 66 years into a life of successes obtained through his own business
prowess, but how could a man prolong a moment of his life through calculations
and worries? Who would have known before entering the hospital that this was
going to be the last moment? Now he realized that his days were numbered and
managed his frail body to sign off some important documents. He had fought in
the business world throughout his life and weathered severe storms, but now he
could not even find strength to sign a few documents.

Human intelligence and treasures of this world – are they really always helpful?

Last moments

In the last peaceful days of his life, he earnestly asked the brothers of the
church to pray for him. One day, he laughed with great faith and raised his
thumb, saying, “I defeated Satan.”

Our whole family prayed on our knees. In the last moments, he often said, “I’m
leaving, I’m leaving!” I said, “Okay, you leave, but make sure you see Jesus.”

He held the Bible tightly and shed his last tears. No one knew the road of death
ahead! I held back tears and comforted him: “Don’t be afraid, Jesus is with
you…”

Last trip

It’s a blessing to have Jesus with you on your last trip in this world. With the
help of the Lord, I handled matters after his death with ease. A nurse said to
me, “I’ve seen many people leaving this world with heart-broken families crying
out loud in despair. But you seemed calm. I know you have peace because you’re
Christians.” Christians sleep; Christians don’t die. It’s see-you-again, not
farewell forever. I had peace in mind.

The Lord says that we will suffer in this world, but in Him we can have peace.
My husband took a part of me when he passed away. My emotional loss is apparent . When he was alive, I often joked with him saying he could not leave me behind; he often replied that men would be outlived by women, so he would surely leave  before me.  I used to often imagine the loneliness once we were set apart. What would life be like once I had no one to rely on? But blessed is I who have Jesus.

Grace in hardship

Thank the Lord for taking care of his children. Life is long with sufferings;
the world is torn in wars and separations; things are not foreseeable. But true
believers have little fear but much faith. Loneliness has not reduced my inner
peace. Although my son and daughter are busy with work and can’t keep me company, I fear night no more. Instead, I often call out to the Lord. I’m able to
maintain my daily peace and joy without even taking sleeping pills.

Not that I have no sorrow in heart, but the Bible says, “O LORD, there is no one
but you who can help the weak when they are vastly outnumbered. Help us, O LORD  our God, for we rely on you …” (2 Chronicles 14:11).

The Lord’s saving grace has taken my soul and given strength that is sufficient
for my needs.

The Bible says, “But we have this treasure in clay jars, so that the extra-
ordinary power belongs to God and does not come from us. We are experiencing
trouble on every side, but are not crushed; we are perplexed, but not driven to
despair; we are persecuted, but not abandoned; we are knocked down, but not
destroyed” (2 Corinthians 4: 7-9).

Life is short with joy and sorrow, union and departure. All is to come is
inevitable. Even families and good friends are living in different places, and
only the Lord accompanies me in my life journey. He is my good friend who is
always present. Even though I was richly clothed and dined before, there was
never a moment of real satisfaction. It’s Jesus that has led me to experience
the real joy money can’t buy. “Do not be anxious about anything. Instead, in
every situation, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, tell your
requests to God” (Philippians 4:6).

What you can buy with money is not real treasure for it does not last. Now my
joy is a lasting and unchanging joy, because the Lord has placed in my heart the
real treasure.

If you want to have this invaluable treasure, why don’t you pray to the Lord,
“Our Lord Jesus Christ, I ask you to forgive my sins so I can receive you in my
heart. I want you to be my treasure in my journey in this world.”


   Dear friends:

   It’s my heart-felt hope that my words will help you seek our Lord’s saving
   grace. If you’d like to know more about Jesus and his ministries, please contact
   local Christian churches for more information.


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Give Me God’s Address!

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Eyes Opened! 

…Truly this was the Son of God. (v54) 

The Greatest Revelation: Jesus Is The Son Of God -

1) A wise man without revelation will only mock and be cynical on faith. (v40/43)

2) God is pleased to reveal His Son in the humble and repenting hearts.

Scripture of the Day (NT) : Matt 27b

* A few saints in a Shatin home meeting have grown to dozens of people. There is a husband who quit drinking and was baptised. A 89-year old accepted the Lord. A broken family reunited. God also helped someone receive a public housing flat in 7 months instead of 7 years. A seriously sick was discharged from the hospital after prayer. A parent who beat up the son everyday was reported to the police by neighbours but was changed by God totally. God protected someone on the way to France when the shooting happened. A pessimist on life was planning to be a buddhist monk but accepted the Lord and became joyful and full of hope, husband quits abusing with foul language etc…

* …I will not…break my covenant with them; for I am Jehovah their God. (Leviticus 26:44)
Leviticus 26-27: Why does God still love these people who break their covenant? There is only one reason – “for I am Jehovah their God (and not mortal of the world)”

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Regret For Not Admitting!

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Undeniably Guilty!

…I am innocent of the blood of this righteous man… (v24)

Committed Sin Cannot be Evaded:

1. Can men escape sin through excuse or defence? No, it makes the sin more serious!

2. Quick to repent and sincere confession after a sin. It is never too late!

Scripture of the Day (NT)  Matt 27a

* Hymn <in Chinese>: For Your Relatives Far Away

Another year flies by. With the new year, we think of our family, brothers and sisters. Through this hymn we send our greetings. May the Lord’s love be with you always!

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A Crown Of Life Is Laid Up For Him!

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Revere Wholeheartedly All For That Day! – Ark Channel 100514 Sat Luke 21b
… , and that day will (not) come on you suddenly like a trap (v34b)

Behold! He Descends From The Clouds Bringing With Him Power And Glory

1. Do remember that the prophecy concerning the Lord’s Return is the most important and the most frequently mentioned.
2. Do wait with vigilance and do not obey the desire in flesh in pursuing vanities of the world lest you will suffer loss.

Scripture of the Day (NT): Luke 21b


* (from Singapore) Bro. WM Dong/董偉穆 recounts his time following Pastor Bakht Singh around India and Sri Lanka to visit the churches there, witnessing God’s miraculous work. The most memorable part was Pastor Singh living with the elders, sharing hardship. Every morning at around 4 or 5 am, they would wake up, pray together, pray earnestly… One of the reasons why the church in India is flourishing today.

* But I counsel that all Israel be surely gathered to you, from Dan even to Beersheba, …, and that you personally go into battle. (II Samuel 17:11)
II Samuel 16-17: Self seeking for glory is a defect in Absolom’s character, which in the end, caused him to fall into a trap of his own.

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Opportunities May Fly By Swiftly!

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God’s Delay Is A Form Of Mercy – Ark Channel 090514 Fri Luke 21a
‥.but the end will not be at once. (v.9)

The Lord Gives Us Chances: For People To Repent, For Followers To Grow:

1. Before the end of times, disasters will come. Be quick to repent! (v.10-11)
2. The more we are persecuted the more we will testify for the Lord, be patient! (v.12-19)

Scripture of the Day (NT):Luke 21a


* My wife Esther WW Chen/陳慧慰 has returned to the Lord on 7 May 2014. When she was pregnant with our second child, she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Through God’s mercy, our second daughter Mercy Lau/子晴 was born prematurely, but is now healthy in all aspects. My wife suffered much, but her spirit was strong, and she spread the gospel to her friends and other patients. After returning home, she continued to pray for her fellow patients, for the church… She has rested from her labours on earth, and now waits for the day that we are reunited. Today is my 20th anniversary of commitment to Christ, and is the same year that I have known my wife for 20 years. We have grown together, served together, dated each other, married and raised children together… we have gone through joy and suffering together… many thanks to everybody who has prayed for us, we will continue to update everybody after the memorial service. — CT LAU/劉載東 (HK)

* But David went up the ascent of the Mount of Olives, weeping as he went, barefoot and with his head covered…(2 Samuel 15:30)
2 Samuel 14-15: The secret to David maintaining his faith even as his life went downhill – going up the mountain to pray to the God who has all of our lives in His hands.

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Already But Not Yet!

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Look Forward To The Morning So Bright! Ark Channel 080514 Thu Luke 20b
… and are sons of God, being sons of the resurrection. (v36b)

Everlasting Life Begins In This World And Becomes Perfect In That One

1. Discipline ourselves this life to live out the likeness of the Son Of God, getting ourselves ready for that world.
2. We will resurrect when Christ returns and fully manifest as children of God.

Scripture of the Day (NT):Luke 20b

* Sister Esther WW CHEN/陳慧慰/HK was received into the Lord yesterday afternoon, now sleeping in His peace and awaiting to be raised again. She has kept the faith to the last moment and there is the crown of life laid up for her. Please continue to intercede for her family and her husband Choi Tung/載東. May the Lord comfort her family and all saints.

He must make restitution for the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing and had no compassion.” (II Samuel 12:6)

* II Samuel 12-13 History proves that the House of David did have to pay back four fold: his children died, Amnon was slaughtered, Absalom died in the war and Adonijah was executed.

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Perhaps They Will Honor Him!

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Infinite Love Is Possible! – Ark Channel 070514 Wed Luke 20a
…I will send my beloved son…(v.13)

God So Loved The World That He…

1. Love does not fail, at times it is blocked, it eventually flows again.
2. Love requires sacrifice. The Lord gave his life.
(Love – uncalculating, best to be given).

Scripture of the Day (NT):Luke 20a

* God saves: (from HK) LC LEUNG’s baby (Jonathan) has had his checkup, his platelet count has stabilized and gone up to 55.
Praise and thanks be to God who hears the prayer of His church! He has mercy, and He is faithful. — KH LEUNG/梁啟漢 (10pm May 5)
* How amazing! BB Jonathan’s platelet count has gone up to 125! Praise the Lord! Grateful to all saints for your intercession!
- Sis CF SHUI.Bro KH LEUNG/水​靜芬,梁啟漢弟兄 (5pm May 6)

*…King David sent and brought him from the house of Machir the son of Ammiel, at Lo-debar. (2 Samuel 9:5)
2 Samuel 9-11: Living at Lo-debar, dependent on others, Mephibosheth was a reflection of a sinner

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Loose Him And Bring Him!

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Give Your Best To The Lord! – Ark Channel 060514 Tue Luke 19b
…whereon no man ever yet sat… (v30)

Belonging To Him, Serving Him, Offering To Him:

1. Offer your prime time, energy and mind within each day to the Lord.
2. Loosed from bondage, come before the Lord to receive your assignment leads to real serving.

Scripture of the Day (NT):Luke 19b

* The platelet index of Jonathan, baby of Sister L ​​eung / 梁樂之, has risen to 20, the highest level in the recent few days. Grateful to all the intercessions of the saints and thanks to the Lord’s work. The platelets and IVIG still need to be applied. Please continue to pray.

* And the anger of Jehovah was kindled against Uzzah; and God smote him there for his error; and there he died by the ark of God. (II Samuel 6:7)
II Samuel 6-8: Uzzah did not commit the error out of carelessness, it showed his accustomed neglect of God. His ungodliness could lead him to fatality.

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Even Unto The End Of The World, We Have You!

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Trade Ye Herewith! – Ark Channel 050514 Mon Luke 19a
…till I come. (v13)

The Same Is Entrusted To Complete The Lord’s Work:

1. We have all received the entrusted authority, to work for the Lord and preach His name.
2. Make good use of grace and the truth to serve. This opportunity only comes once.

Scripture of the Day (NT):Luke 19a

* Baseball player LUO Jinlong demonstrates exceptional capability in the international baseball arena.
He has experienced multiples ups and downs and his faith is his hidden strength. His testimony
in Chinese, YouTube

* …Jehovah hath broken mine enemies before me, like the breach of waters. Therefore he called the name of that place Baal-perazim. (II Samuel 5:20)
II Samuel 3-5: Baal-perazim means “Baal defeated” or “God of the Breakthrough”. The place is not remembered because of David but because of the Lord.

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Life On Earth Is Harsh But Not For Long!

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A Hardened Heart Is Most Miserable! – Sunday Hope 040514 Luke 18b
…How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God! (v24)

Wealth Weakens The Mindset:

1. If the heart is occupied, how can the Lord settle in?
2. Relying only on wealth takes away the presence of the Lord!

Scripture of the Day (NT):Luke 18b

* All because of You, up again is my spirit!
YouTube_Hymn_Revive Us Again

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Invest Only In Heaven!

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Long Suffering! – Ark Channel 030514 Sat Luke 18a
…And shall not God avenge his elect… (v7)

Pray – With Diligence And Never Giving Up

1. Pray unceasingly, wait patiently, God will grant grace for sure.
2. God’s response is always the most timely and in a most appropriate manner.

Scripture of the Day (NT):Luke 18a

* Ark has shared news of Bro. James Chu’s sickness and what he has received from the Lord recently. Saints from around the world flows in with their regards. Please pray and mutually encourage one another. In one of the many forwarded Ark Channel articles, a passage has been added saying Bro. Chu is an aerospace physicist. We have clarified with him, Bro. Chu is a nuclear physicist.

* Thy glory, O Israel, is slain upon thy high places! How are the mighty fallen! (II Samuel 1:19)
II Samuel 1-2: Cherishing and honoring someone who once hated him is David’s manifestation of his greatness.

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If We Are Not Salt, We Will Become Salt Pillars!

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The Price Of Not Following The Lord Is Heavy! – Ark Channel 020514 Fri Luke 17b
…Remember Lot’s wife. (v.32)

Salt Pillar – A Mark Of Shame And Warning:

1. Those who hanker after this world will be swallowed by it.
2. Those who plough while looking backwards are not fit to enter the Kingdom of God.

Scripture of the Day (NT):Luke 17b

* A small booklet saved a family – when her family was disintegrating and her son was reveling in drugs, she only had one wish: to die. After 7 years of prayer, how did her drug-dealer son become reborn?
Text: Article in Chinese / View on: YouTube In Mandarin

* But David said, “You shall not do so, my brothers, with what the Lord has given us. He has preserved us… (1 Samuel 30:23)
1 Samuel 29-31: However much a man can accommodate others is however much he may lead. That is how David stood above other men.

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Gird Your Waist With Humility!

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Let The Lord Be Magnified! – Ark Channel 010514 Thu Luke 17a

… we have done that which it was our duty to do.(v10b)

Offer Our Best In Serving The Lord To His Full Satisfaction

1. It is our duty to serve the Lord while we live, not expecting any praises or rewards.
2. It is thanks to the grace of the Lord that supports and sustains us with the strength to serve Him, admitting that we are just incompetent servants.

Scripture of the Day (NT):Luke 17a

* Lord’s Day message delivered by Bro. Hudson DU/杜煥章弟兄, a faithful servant of the Lord. MP3 In Mandarin

* Jehovah forbid that I should put forth my hand against Jehovah’s anointed: … (I Samuel 26:11a)
I Samuel 26-28: “Jehovah forbid” This is David’s approach all his life – he chose to obey and follow God’s time table.

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Doubt Not! He Never Fails!

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Love A Little More! …Fear not: only believe, and she shall be made whole. (v50)

He Is Lord!

1. Restless are we when we forget nothing is impossible for Him!
2. Fearless are we when we entrust in Him, believe He never fails!

Scripture of the Day (NT):Luke 8b


* In a prison visit last week, I supported a prison mate now serving life sentence in his baptism. Imprisoned
for more than a year now, he attended classes to pursue faith and experiences change in life. After being
baptized, he repented on all his wrong doings, asked for God’s forgiveness and earnestly apologized to his wife.
May the Lord keep and lead him. – Bro. B/HK.

* …thou shalt conceive, and bear a son. Now therefore beware, I pray thee, and drink no wine nor strong drink, and eat not any unclean thing. (Judges 13:3,4)
Judges 11-13: Only a Nazirite mother will give birth to a Nazirite son. Just like this, a weak vessel gives birth
to a mighty one.

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Not For Long, He Hastens To Come!

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A Better Place!
…know not when the time is. (v33)

The Lord Coming In The Clouds (v26):

1. If The Lord comes now, how will you and I greet Him?
2. Be watchful, hoping to come before the Lord with boldness!

Scripture of the Day (NT):Mark 13b
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The media voted the top 20 most peaceful countries in the world. Mauritius is the 20th. Guess where is the first place (paradise on earth?)

http://travel.amerikanki.com/most-peaceful-countries-in-the-world/

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* When thou reapest thy harvest in thy field, and hast forgot a sheaf in the field, thou shalt not go again to fetch it: it shall be for the sojourner, for the fatherless, and for the widow (Deuteronomy 24:19)
Deuteronomy 22-24: “shalt not…” – is not a choice but a command. The focus is not on forgetting but to deliberately give to charity.

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Without The Slightest Worry!

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God Wants Every One To Be Saved!
And the gospel must first be proclaimed to all nations. (v.10)

Only when the gospel is proclaimed everywhere will the end come:

1. Spreading the gospel is our responsibility. Make every effort to save people!
2. Spreading the gospel is working with God, to urge Him to come soon!

Scripture of the Day (NT):Mark 13a
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* Our Indian brother Sunny is in China on business. Because of his skin colour, the locals, out of curiosity, ask where he is from. Another time, when taking the taxi, though the driver’s face looked harsh, Sunny boldly proclaimed the gospel. When they reached his destination, the driver stopped, and with tears, he prayed and accepted Christ!
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* When you go out to war against your enemies, … you shall not be afraid of them, for the Lord your God is with you, (Deuteronomy 20:1)
Deuteronomy 19-21: Life is full of wars, but only one is bigger than our enemy – God. He is always with us, and that is why we can cast our fears aside.
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Unusual Encounter! Extraordinary Grace!

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Hope In Heaven!
…There is none other commandment greater than these. (v31)

Love Is The Source Of All Virtues:

1. Without love for God, life will be empty and void!
2. Without love for man, there is nothing to boast in life!

Scripture of the Day (NT):Mark 12b
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Brother DONG Wei Mu/董偉穆 in church in Singapore, has been serving the Lord many years, pouring out for the God’s family. At 76, he is walking daily with the Lord, interceding for people. He sends his greeting to all the saints.
Brother LIN Shao Guang/林紹光 in Hong Kong is 85. His heart is one with God’s family. May the Lord hear the prayers of the elderly saints.
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* shalt thou eat unleavened bread therewith, even the bread of affliction…that thou mayest remember the day when thou camest forth out of the land of Egypt all the days of thy life. (Deuteronomy 16:3)
Deuteronomy 16-18: “Remember” – is repeated in Deuteronomy to remind us not to let God’s great work in your life slip from your memory.

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We Will Be Held Accountable!

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We Are Responsible For Our Lives!
When the season came, he sent a servant to the tenants to get from them some of the fruit of the vineyard. (v.2)

What Is Life For?

1. We were created for His glory, therefore we have a responsibility to bear fruit for His glory.
2. God gives a spiritual inheritance to us, therefore, we ought to bear fruit in time!

Scripture of the Day (NT):Mark 12a
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* Don PIPER, the first Baptist minister in Texas, was momentarily killed in a car accident on January 18, 1989. After previewing heaven, he returned to earth and began a painful process of rehabilitation. His experience was written in the book, “90 Minutes in Heaven”. Do you want to know who was the first to welcome him to heaven? Then grab a copy of the book and take a look!
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* …the sojourner, the fatherless, and the widow, who are within your towns, shall come and eat and be filled, that the Lord your God may bless you in all the work of your hands that you do. (Deuteronomy 14:29)
Deuteronomy 13-15: When a person who lacks shares with others the graces given by God, he is safeguarding himself in the grace and mercy of God.

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Man Must First Believe, God Then Makes It Happen!

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Man Must First Believe, God Then Makes It Happen!
…he shall have it. (v23)

God Acts According To Man’s Faith:

1. Faith moves God’s mighty hand to resolve all difficulties!
2. First have faith, then it shall come to be!

Scripture of the Day (NT):Mark 11b
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* Brother TANG/鄧應華 HK has completed his first radiology treatment and is now resting at home. Let us intercede for the tumor to shrink smaller, that Brother Tang sleeps well, experiencing God!
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* And ye shall teach them your children, talking of them, when thou sittest in thy house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. (Deuteronomy 11:19)
Deuteronomy 7-9: Teaching the truth starts from home – casual chats, while travelling, bedtime, waking up are all suitable time for sharing.

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Is Your Heart All For The Lord?

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It’s Futile If Fruitless!
…found nothing but leaves… (v13)

Is God Satisfied?

1. Would God be disappointed if I were a saint only by outward appearance but empty inside?
2. Would God be glorified if I paid the price to bear fruits according to the spirit?

Scripture of the Day (NT):Mark 11a
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* Scholar Eugene Peterson translated the Bible directly from the original Greek text attempts to bring the Bible to life using today’s words. Genesis 1:1 is translated as “First this: God created the Heavens and Earth—all you see, all you don’t see.”
The Message Bible: www.biblegateway.com/versions/Message-MSG-Bible/

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* Hear, O Israel: thou art to pass over the Jordan this day, to go in to dispossess nations greater and mightier than thyself… (Deuteronomy 9:1)
Deuteronomy 7-9: Faced with a strong enemy, one needs to adjust our ears to hear God’s words. Only then will our mind be opened to see who we should trust to win.

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Fame And Fortune Will Never Be Enough!

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Reward Of The Throne!
… The cup that I drink ye shall drink… (v39)

Everlasting Life Comes Free With Faith But the Throne Comes With A Price:

1. Difficulty is inevitable in reigning with the Lord,!
2. To carry the cross and to deny the self will for sure be rewarded!

Scripture of the Day (NT):Mark 10b
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Love, I Am Willing (sign language version) – take time to look at the glory of the cross

http://youtu.be/82dkVH6l4Ug

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Live For The Lord With Every Last Breath,!

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The Lord Hugs And Blesses!
And he took them in his arms, and blessed them, laying his hands upon them. (v16)


The Lord Treasures Those Who Return To Being Sincere And Simple:

1. God embraces and blesses those who come before Him admitting their nothingness.
1. God embraces and blesses those who come before Him admitting their nothingness.

Scripture of the Day (NT):Mark 10a
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* CHEN Shu Rong/陳述榮 was once at Yan’an working with an elder of Communist Party HU/胡喬朩. Not long after he was jailed for no reason. In 1941, he escaped and for the first time heard an Australian preacher speak ‘Jesus is the savior of all man’. The word “savior” was imprinted in his heart. God gave him 3 revelations. And he preached the gospel for 60 years!
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* And thou shalt remember that thou wast a servant in the land of Egypt… therefore Jehovah thy God commanded thee to keep the sabbath day. (Deuteronomy 5:15)
Deuteronomy 4-6: Instead of saying the Jewish people has preserved the Sabbath, we should say the Sabbath has preserved the Jewish people.

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Look To A More Beautiful Home!

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Learn To Be Faithful In Small Matters
…whoever receives me, receives not me but him who sent me. (v.37)

Serving the Lord in small ways will be remembered by Him in big ways:

1. To be willing to serve in the humblest position is the most important quality of a leader.
2. God cares for the weak. He who shows them love will be rewarded by God.

Scripture of the Day (NT):Mark 10a
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* Kevin CT LAU/劉進圖 who was ambushed by a killer, wrote: “It was not the blade relenting, but in that moment of piercing, the blade encountered hard bone. To a person without faith, this was something of the god of luck, but for me, as a Christian, I believe that God was protecting me, may all glory be to Him!【Ming Pao/CT Lau’s reflections】

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* At that time I said to you, ‘I am not able to bear you by myself. (Deuteronomy 1:9)
Deuteronomy 1-3: A spiritual leader will recognize his/her own weaknesses, and will not try to cover it up.

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Magnificent Galaxies, Works Of Wonder Everywhere!

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Gospel Is Grace And Gift To Sinners
That good thing which was committed unto thee guard through the Holy Spirit which dwelleth in us. (v14)

Finding The Treasure – Blessed Are Those Who Can Hear:

1. The Holy Spirit teaches us and also gives us the power to guard and uphold our faith.
2. Those who have experienced the goodness of the gospel will naturally treasure it

Scripture of the Day (NT):II Timothy 1
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* The Ark Channel has found an ancient hymn from the Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch. While our present world is showered
in gunfire, praises of Hallelujah continues. Since the parting of the apostles, for over 2000 years, the singing never ceases.

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