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Peace be with you! – Ark Channel 240223 Fri Matthew 28

…for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. (v5)

* He is not here! The Lord experienced the grave, but that was not His final destination, for He was resurrected and left it! He will not disappoint anyone who earnestly seeks Him,

Matthew 28

* Peaceful courage | Jeremy Lin 2023

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That rock is Christ!

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Highest integrity, utmost loyalty! – Ark Channel 230223 Thu Matthew 27b

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? (v.46)

* People thought that Christ was powerless and suffered a cruel death. But He took our sins upon Himself, was stripped of His clothes, His bones were not broken, He was buried in a rich man’s tomb, and thirty pieces of silver were paid for Him…all to fulfill the prophecy of the Messiah in the Old Testament!

Matthew 27:32-66

* N. T. Wright’s – A Conversation on Broken Signposts: How Christianity Makes Sense of the World

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His Silence, His Torment!

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Are You King Of The Jews? Ark Channel 22/02/2023 Wed Matthew 27a

And when they had bound Him, they led Him away and delivered Him to Pontius Pilate the governor. (v2)

* Pilate was the head of the Roman Empire’s administration in Judea from 26 to 36 A.D. He was stubborn and ruthless. Rome controlled the world, and Judea had only a small amount of autonomy. The crowd was in a fury against Jesus and a sentence on Him was inevitable. However, the world power was unpredictable and Pilate, who had been in power for a while, soon disappeared from the stage of history.

Matthew 27:1-31

* We are sojourners in this world, temporarily living in tents. How did the ancient tents of the Bible look like?

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Healing Fountain, I Adore!

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Relationship Normalized; New Season! Ark Channel 21/02/2023 Tue Matthew 26c

And Peter remembered the word of Jesus who had said to him, “Before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times.” So he went out and wept bitterly. (v75)

* Men inevitably stumble. When the rooster crows in the darkness, O Lord, remind me of your words, so I can truly repent.

Matthew 26:47-75

* He had a kidney transplant not long ago, and his heart said – “I woke up this morning, it was dark outside. Soon after, the sky began to turn white, the darkness receded, and light returned to the earth. I thought of Satan’s rampage in the world today, but the Lord will return and bring in a new heaven and a new earth. Because of this glorious hope, whether sickness or hardship, peace or prosperity becomes the goal of our life on earth and a glorious testimony for the Lord. Thank you Lord! May the Lord come soon, Amen!

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Watch With Me!

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Your Will Be Done! 20/02/2023 Mon Matthew 26b

But Jesus said to him, “Friend, why have you come?” Then they came and laid hands on Jesus and took Him. (v50)

* Jesus is the friend of tax collectors and sinners. In the midst of a crisis, He still called the rebel who harmed Him a friend! Is that sarcasm? It is unchanging love!

Matthew 26:26-46

* At last count, the most searched scripture worldwide is still John 3:16. Nicodemus was the first to hear it, and I pray that our families will hear it too!

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We are Sojourners on Earth! – Sunday Hope_19/02/2023 (Matthew 26)

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Found by Jesus and Filled with Joy! Sunday Hope 190223 Matthew 26a

A woman came to Him having an alabaster flask of very costly fragrant oil, and she poured it on His head as He sat at the table. (v7)

* It is easier to enjoy comfort together, rather than to suffer discomfort. When following Jesus seems a bleak future, there are still some pouring out themselves for Him, to give Him love and glory! Perhaps someday we will be awakened to see that our investment on everything other than Jesus is a waste.

Matthew 26:1-25

* I’d like to share with you this uplifting, pleasant and soothing song I heard in a memorial service:在主手裏(Embraced by Jesus).

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Christ of God, My Righteousness!

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You Will Reap What You Sow! – Ark Channel 180223 Sat Matthew 25b

…Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: (v34)

* Hunger and thirst. Stranger on a journey. Naked without clothes. Sickness. Imprisonment. All these describe the miseries and misfortunes experienced by Christians and Israel. Indeed we are in the same boat. If we truly love our LORD, we will care for our brothers and the weak.

Matthew 25:31-46

* At 2030, the global population of 60-year-old and above will rise to 1.4 billion. It is to our benefit to listen to this lecture on geropsychology. 老年心理/【一席】 (Talk series by Professor PENG Huamau /彭華茂教授, Faculty of Psychology, Beijing Normal University)

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Peace of God Surpasses all understanding!

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“Don’t be discouraged, look to God!” – Ark Channel 17/02/2023 Fri Matthew 25a

And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came… (v.10)

* How can we be “prepared”, having bought enough oil? We are not passively waiting for the Bridegroom, lying idle, but living with the Holy Spirit in life, relying on God’s word, making use of the opportunities and blessings God has given us, and faithfully working.

Matthew 25:1-30

* Book recommendation: Pastor Bryan Chapell, author of ‘Christ-Centered Preaching: Redeeming the Expository Sermon’, has been included in the syllabus of various seminaries. It is worth reading; we look forward to the revival of pulpits all over the world! (Pastor Chapell is the morning speaker of the HK Bible Conference in August this year).

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Famine and Earthquake Following Each Other!

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Care about my anguish, Forgive my transgressions! – Ark Channel 16/02/2023 Thu Matthew 24ca

Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away. (v35)

1. The Lord foretold the destruction of the holy temple and holy city.
2. He also foretold the process of His coming again after ascending to heaven.
3. The Lord further warned of the coexistence of good and evil, disasters and the anticipation of His coming.
4. He also admonished us to be faithful and wise servants.

Matthew 24:29-51

* There are songs about the story of pressing olives for oil, likened to our experiencing God in adversity and hardship. So how did the ancients press olive oil? /in Chinese

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Gospel Preached To The World!

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Beginning Of Sorrows! Ark Channel 15/02/2023 Wed Matthew 24a

For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. (v7)

* Who can endure to the end? Evil things have become so common that even shootings don’t make the headlines anymore. People are turning cold! Pay attention to what the Lord has told us, to keep yourself in the love of God! (Jude 21)

Matthew 24:1-28

* It is with deep sorrow that we announce the home going of Manel Sherrard, wife of the founder of Youth for Christ Sri Lanka, Sam Sherrard, after a battle with cancer.
We are so grateful to God for the sacrificial part she played in laying the foundations of our ministry. I am particularly grateful for the advice she gave my wife Nelun shortly after she committed her life to Christ.
And I heard a voice from heaven saying, “Write this: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.” “Blessed indeed,” says the Spirit, “that they may rest from their labors, for their deeds follow them!” (Rev. 14:13). ~Ajith Fernando Teaching Director ,Youth for Christ Sri Lanka

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Purify This Heart!

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First Cleanse The Inside! Ark Channel 14/02/2023 Tue Matthew 23b

…How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing! (v37)

* A corrupt and lifeless religion makes the Lord sorrowful. The Lord wants us to repent, to be consistent inside out and to serve Him with clean hands and pure heart, not for fame or fortune! Such people He will call and embrace.

Matthew 23:23-39

* In modern history, the Church has made many contributions to education in China: around 1875, about 350 schools were established by missionaries; 19 universities were established in the 1930s…and the wave of study abroad in China began in Church schools, with far-reaching effects.

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Being Brothers, Help One Another!

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Support And Connect To Each Other! 13/02/2023 Mon Matthew 23a

…you are all brethren. (v8)

* Christ alone is our Master and Teacher. All of God’s people are equal and are brothers. He who regards himself a spiritual authority tends to inflate himself and eventually falls! Leaders are also servants, our Lord was once a carpenter!

Matthew 23:1-22

* A friend testified that when he was young, he had a confrontation with a friend at the airport and wanted to hit him but his father grabbed him by the hand and said, “Dad may not be a Christian, but he’s nicer than you.” This remark caused him to reflect on himself; he later apologised to all his family members. His father said to his wife: “My son has really changed… I know the Jesus he believes is real because previously he would never have done such a thing.”

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Live Your Life to the Fullest! Sunday Hope_12/02/2023

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In the Resurrection… – Sunday Hope 120223 Matthew 22b

… God is not the God of the dead, but of the living. (v. 32)

* Jesus mentions God, angels, resurrection, judgment, eternal life. All these are real in his eyes. Do we share the same faith with Jesus?

* Our Lord’s grace never changes as years go by. Enjoy this splendid gospel song, in Cantonese opera style: Heart at Leisure Delight, by Herbert Law (閒情逸趣悅心靈/羅厚德, Judy To/杜慜)

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Amidst the Noisy and Busy World!

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Invite All to the Wedding! – Ark Channel 11/02/2023 Sat Matthew 22a

Therefore go into the highways, and as many as you find, invite to the wedding. (v9)

* The rejected Christ will reign in glory after His resurrection! He is the bridegroom. He is still inviting all to his wedding. Observe the dress code and put on our robe of righteousness, a garment given by him!

Matthew 22:1-22

* A Christian couple joyfully used by God. Get inspired and enjoy the sharing from their hearts about the wonderful journey of ministry and marriage. A Conversation with Mr. & Mrs. Wolgemuth

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Forget Not Your Grace!

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Time to harvest fruit is near! – Ark Channel 10/02/2023 Fri Matthew 21b

…the Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes… (v.42)

* Christ is our cornerstone, our foundation, and our firm support. If our faith is built on favorable circumstances, human relationships, or spiritual shepherds, when things change our faith will collapse! If we build our lives on Jesus, nothing can disappoint us.

Matthew 21:1-22

* Book recommendation: “When the Game is Over, It All Goes Back in the Box” by John Ortberg. Ortberg reminds us that in the end, fame and fortune will all be gone, but our souls and our love for Christ and our neighbors will remain. John skillfully uses everyday events to remind us that God cares more about who we become than what we do for Him.

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Lord, I am Yours!

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Loose them and bring them to Me! Ark Channel 09/02/2023 Thu Matthew 21a

…you shall say, ‘The Lord has need of them… (v3)

* The first time Jesus came, He humbly rode on a donkey and reigned in the hearts of those who loved Him. The second time Jesus comes, He will ride on a white horse to execute judgment (Revelation 19:11). Glory is coming!

Matthew 21:1-22

* Mike’s Adventure (4) – Starting from a warehouse clerk in the UK, slowly customers from before started to give me business, bringing in income and making the family safe. Now every day I can watch my son come home from school, it’s really a joy (no need to stay up late to watch football, it’s my only entertainment). Now in my area there are church gatherings and positions in which to serve, thank God!’

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Have Mercy On Us!

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Kneel Down To Ask! Ark Channel 08/02/2023 Wed Matthew 20b

And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave (v27)

* The more a heavenly leader can call the shots, the more he is willing to give up his freedom and rights to serve others. Submit to others with respect and love, for this is the example Christ set!

Matthew 20:17-34

* Ajiazeera TV reports: Major Earthquake in Turkey. Pray for the rescue efforts and victims.

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Standing Idle In Life?

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Labourers Receive Wages! Ark Channel 070223 Tue Matthew 20a

…’You also go into the vineyard… (v4)

* In God’s eyes, the reward for work is not how long you have worked but how much you have labored and have been faithful to Him. If you have health and the opportunity to repay the Lord’s kindness in this life, what more could you ask for?

Matthew 20:1-16

* Sister Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth talks about A Woman Adorned and Adorning: Beauty Secrets of Titus 2

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Frozen But Still Alive!

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Forgive From The Heart! Ark Channel 06/02/2023 Mon Matthew 19b

Then Peter answered and said to Him, “See, we have left all and followed You. Therefore what shall we have?” (v27)

* To follow the Lord means: to turn to Him wholeheartedly and submit to Him; secondly, to turn to Him and be sanctified, reject any evil influence; thirdly, to serve Him and spread the gospel; and finally, to follow Him is also to ensure hardship for Him.

Matthew 19:16-30

** Mike’s Adventure (3) – I was worried about my mother’s illness and I had to work due to family constraints …. I was a half orphan. Only by trusting in the Lord was I able to get established in the business world, have a family and became an entrepreneur at the age of 40. For my children’s education, I immigrated to England. With a family, there was a lot of pressure. Last year, my family caught Covid but God’s word reminded me to have faith (Mt 14:31)!

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With God All Things Are Possible! – Sunday Hope_05/02/2023

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And Love Others As Yourself! Sunday Hope 05/02/2023 Matthew 19a

Then little children were brought to Him that He might put His hands on them and pray,… (v13)

* We can still see the goodness of God overflowing from Jesus even during his final earthly journey. He strengthened the marital relationship of husband and wife. He cared for the growth of children. He further alarmed people about a vacuum in their hearts — their need for the ever-living God.

Matthew 19:1-13

* A sweet song: The Steadfast Love of The Lord

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All is Grace!

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Do I Miss Out Anything? – Ark Channel 04/02/2023 Sat Matthew 18b

… if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven. (v19)

* The Church is built on the rock of correctly acknowledging Christ – You are the Christ, the Son of the living God. So don’t belittle church prayers said in His name, even though it is a prayer only by two or three Christians!

Matthew 18:1-14

* Make good use of a rich archive of Christianity texts/audios/videos in Chinese:Christian Website of Brother Samuel Ching (程蒙恩弟兄屬靈網站)

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Become as little children!

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Save that which was lost! – Ark Channel 03/02/2023 Fri Matthew 18a

Whoever receives one little child like this in My name receives Me. (v5)

* Someone once said: Humility is an infinite spiritual space created by God in each person – it can be filled with God’s limitless abundance, glory, power, wisdom, life, and joy!

Matthew 18:1-14

* Canadian blogger and book reviewer Tim Challies – What Does Your Faith Do For You?

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Give You Keys to the Kingdom!

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What to give in exchange for life? – Ark Channel 02/02/2023 Thu Matthew 17b

“…and they will kill Him, and the third day He will be raised up.” And they were exceedingly sorrowful. (v23)

* The Lord performed the only miracle in the world that used money – with one fish and one coin, it was just enough to pay the temple tax for Him and Peter, fulfilling all righteousness.

Matthew 17:14-27

* The Adventures of Mike (2) – In high school, I was able to live with my mom and older brother. Before the Form 5 exams, my mom was diagnosed with cancer, and I was in complete chaos, unable to study for any of my subjects. I pleaded to Jesus: my mom had suffered her whole life, lacking the love of a husband… I asked the Lord to save her and release the pain in her heart. Thank the Lord for healing my mom; she also decided to believe in Him.

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No One But Jesus Only!

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Arise, Do Not Be Afraid! Ark Channel 01/02/2023 Wed Matthew 17a

…“This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear Him!” (v5)

* The glory of the King of Heaven was revealed, but the following forewarning of His suffering was a great blow to the disciples. In the way of the cross, suffering and glory are tightly coupled, one cannot be without the other.

Matthew 17:1-13

* It has been said that every person is like a rose with thorns, but once we are in God’s hands, we no longer have thorns. She was 13 years old when she started on drugs and took 18 years to become clean. Jesus’ love is the greatest blessing.

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God Will Not Delay!

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Accept God’s Timing! Ark Channel 30/01/2023 Mon Matthew 16a

He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” (v15)

* What others say about Jesus cannot replace our subjective knowledge that He loves us! When we were healed by Him, saved by Him in the midst of the storm, no longer paralysed but rested, and satisfied, is the time we know Him deeper – He is the everlasting God and the Builder!

Matthew 16:1-12

* Mike’s Adventure (1) – I moved to England two years ago. I moved to Hong Kong from China at the age of 8 and stayed in my aunt’s home. At the age of 11, my social worker, Mr. Wong, brought me to a gospel meeting and sang the hymn “Beautiful Salvation” – “God has given me a beautiful salvation, I can’t help but cry…”. I was in tears and accepted Jesus as my Savior, never to wander again!

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Simplicity and Perseverance! – Sunday Hope_29/01/2023 (Matthew 15)

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God Remembers You – Sunday Hope 29/01/2023 Matthew 15b

So they all ate and were filled…. (v37)

* Jesus has done what can only be done by Him – creating miracles. But He leaves us to do what can be done by us – distributing food. We are co-working with God. We must not slack off!

Matthew 15:21-39

* 蔭庇我們 (The Lord will be Our Protector). Day and night, God the Most High protects His people who dwell in His secret place. (Music production by One Circle)

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