Rely Not on Ourselves but on God!

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He Will Deliver Us Again! – Ark Channel 10/09/2022 Sat 2 Co 1

Yes, we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves but in God who raises the dead. (v9)

* Misfortunes can be a blessing in disguise. Years have passed. Our life may be running aground. Even so God’s comfort may abound more. The sky may be overcast with dark clouds. Even so God’s Spirit is teaching us not to rely on ourselves, but on the Lord who makes us alive!

2Corithians 1:1-24

* Sermon by Max Lucado: Anxious For Nothing

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Do everything in love!

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The grace of the Lord Jesus be with you! – Ark Channel 09/09/2022 Fri 1 Co 16

Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. (v13)

* Are you facing many trials? Then opportunities are abound! Paul stayed in Ephesus, where people came and went, but he toiled with tears for three years, speaking only about God’s will, giving himself to others, and through the Holy Spirit established the Church in Ephesus. Rather than moan, why not charge ahead!

1Corithians 16:1-24

* How to preach the Gospel? – Elder Samuel CHING/程蒙恩長老(in Chinese)

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In a blink of an eye!

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Raised in Power! – Ark Channel 08/09/2022 Thu 1 Co 15b

…For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. (v.52)

* Belief in the resurrection can sustain our footsteps in this life. We are careful in our ways, yet filled with hope for the future! Moody said, “You can believe in yourself, but you’ll ultimately be disappointed; you can believe in your friends, but they will die, and may leave you; but if you believe in God, you will never be confused, whether in this life or in eternity!”

1Corithians 15:35-58

* Nuremburg Gospel Camp: A Richer Life (01) – Bro. Dingqiang GUO/郭定強弟兄 (2022-06-03)(in Chinese)

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Hope In This Life Only?

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The Grace Of God Was With Me! Ark Channel 07/09/2022 Wed 1 Co 15a

…the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand (v1)

* Live today in the hope of the resurrection, in purity and in hope, always striving to do the Lord’s work! “…knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.” (15:58b)

1Corithians 15:1-34

* In the days of your youth remember the Lord your God. The Healer(in Chinese)

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Discern & Overcome evil with good!

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Speak Words That Edify! Ark Channel 06/09/2022 Tue 1 Co 14b

And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets. (v32)

* To ‘edify’ means to build up, to give a deeper understanding of the faith and a deeper experience. All gifts are to be measured by the edification of the whole church. 1 Cor 14 mentions ‘edify’ six times, which is worth considering – are we using our talents for God’s work to satisfy our own sense of success?

1Corithians 14:20-40

* The Healing of Forgiveness :- Tim Kelly

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Love Edifies!

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Speak To Edify The Church! Ark Channel 05/09/2022 Mon 1 Co 14a

For God is not the author of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints. (v33)

* Two rules for congregational meetings: the preacher must be a man of God and not a man of his own counsel (v.26). Everything is for the edification of the people, so all may learn and be exhorted (v26, 31).

1Corithians 14:1-19

* Since childhood, she has been pessimistic and anxious, and in secondary school she was over 1000 degrees nearsighted. After graduating from university with a medical degree, she moved to New Zealand, where she was able to attend church, experience Hosea 6:1 and reconcile with her family. She says: “The end of man is the beginning of God!”

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Love Keeps No Records of Wrongs! – Sunday Hope_04/09/2022

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Say Jesus is Lord by the Holy Spirit! – Sunday Hope 04/09/2022 I Co 13:1-13

… does not seek its own, is not provoked, … (v5)

* We have two windows to express love. One is giving. Another is gratitude. In the ebbs and flows of life, always give so love flows out from us, and be grateful to experience blessedness. This is the fruit of the Cross.

1Corithians 13:1-13

* The lyrics read: Years and months fly by as lightning. Yet Your hands have never left me. You Know Me Deeply(如此認識我)

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Sharing Pains and Cheers Together!

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Give Food of God’s Grace in Due Season! – Ark Channel 03/09/2022 Sat I Co 12

… and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit. (v.3b)

* Chapter 12 of I Corinthians starts talking about the spiritual gifts (v. 1-11); and moves on to the Body of Christ (v. 12-31). Everyone in the church is given different kinds of gifts, all ingenious talents! How do they build up the Body of Christ? Gifts are for building up the Body of Christ, rather than standing above others! Edify people, edify the church – this is God’s purpose!

1Corithians 12:1-31

* Sermon by Professor Joseph Sung Jao-yiu / 沈祖堯教授 on Once-in-a-Lifetime Pandemic(世紀之疫), at Grace (S.C.C.) Church. Scripture from Matthew 8:1-4./ in Chinese

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In remembrance of me!

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Proclaiming the Lord’s death! – Ark Channel 02/09/2022 Fri 1 Co 11

Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ. (v1)

* The Lord’s death was one of abandonment — the world nailed Him to the cross! Are we ready to be abandoned by the world when we give ourselves to Him? Through death, the Lord defeated many demons, and brought forth many seeds, uniting with us forever! We die with the Lord, and we will be resurrected with Him!

1Corithians 11:1-34

* By popular request, from September 1, the HK Bible Conference will replay all 28 sessions for the churches worldwide to recap.

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Be careful, lest you fall!

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Do not grumble! – Ark Channel 01/09/2022 Thu 1 Co 10

No one should seek their own good, but the good of others. (v24)

* Life has five traps: Coveting after evil things, worshipping idols, committing adultery, testing God with complaints, and drinking from the cup of demons. Instead, we ought to build others up and glorify God.

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* Our Daily Bread ministries’ .52 Good Habits In Spiritual Growth series

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For An Imperishable Crown!

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Woo If I Do Not Preach The Gospel! Ark Channel 31/08/2022 Wed 1 Co 9

…that I might by all means save some. (v22)

* “Temperate” literally means strict training for competition – controlling not to create divisions, to only preach Christ and His cross, to only carry out the work of life, to be faithful to your companion, one husband one wife.

1Corithians 9:1-27

* A list of classics, early Christian books are not known , but have now been translated. The University of Western Sydney, Australia has done research and published a wealth of information. ” is now available online.

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Of Whom, Through Whom!

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Through Whom Are All Things! Ark Channel 30/08/2022 Tue 1 Co 8

But if anyone loves God, this one is known by Him. (v3)

* In the church, interpersonal relationship must be based on the truth but more importantly it must be based on love, for the benefit of the weak as a priority. Care for the spiritually weak as well as the socially and financially disadvantaged. Lay aside your rights and freedom to serve with kindness!

1Corithians 8:1-13

* Good news: Due to popular demand, all messages in 28 sessions in the 2022 HK Bible Conference with the theme “Our Eternal Hope” is now available online.

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Desire Your Presence!

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Time Is Short! Ark Channel 29/08/2022 Mon 1 Co 7b

and those who use this world as not misusing it. For the form of this world is passing away. (v31)

* Marriage is a gift from God and also a calling and challenge. If love has a divine purpose, it is that in the family we willingly sacrifice ourselves for one another in daily service day. Only then will the couple grow in love!

1Corithians 7:17-40

* From Fernando, Sri Lanka: The situation in our country remains dire. I am asking for your prayers especially for the malnourished children… I have written this article for pastors, which will also be of help to you.

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Honour Your Marriage! – Sunday Hope_28/08/2022

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Pure and Same in Heart! – Sunday Hope 28/08/2022 I Co 7a

… But God has called us to peace. (v15)

* Asceticism in restraining yourself is not equal to godliness. Those who are married must love and respect their spouse, using their own gift from God. This will be their testimony for God and also a protection against lustful passion (v. 2-7). Following the Lord’s teaching, the apostle Paul did not approve of divorce.

1Corithians 7:1-16

* Pouring out my life. Singing from my heart: I love you Lord/「我愛袮,主」

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Bought at a Price!

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Glorify God in Your Body! – Ark Channel 27/08/2022 Sat I Co 6

Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit…? (v19)

* We have been “bought by God at a price” (v. 20). Since then, we should orient our words and deeds to glorify God. We are “bought at a price” — how costly the redemption is! We were once enslaved to sins. Now we are ransomed to be the bondservants of God. Our life should be spent to glorify God!

1Corithians 6:1-20

* Prayer request from elderly Sister Chiu / 趙師母, Toronto – Dear brothers and sisters, in an arranged medical check and CT scan, a tumour was found in my liver. I am not sure if it is benign or malignant. I don’t plan to have another round of lab test however…. I sometimes feel pain in my right abdomen, and I will take painkillers. Now I have swelling and leaky legs. Appetite is not good. Frequent urination. My eyesight is getting worse. I feel tired and need to sleep often. But I am satisfied if I can stay on like the present. (Note: Sister Chiu is 99. She loves God and has a passion to share the gospel. She is a long-time reader of the Ark Channel. This is her plea for saints’ prayers for her to experience the transcendent peace of God.)

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Do Not Dishonor Others!

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With the unleavened bread of truth! – Ark Channel 26/08/2022 Fri 1 Co 5

…get rid of the old yeast, so that you may be a new unleavened batch… (v7)

* To those believers who commit immoral acts, the Church will discipline them but still try to win them back. Let us reflect on our hearts. O Lord, renew our lives, help us say “no” to sin!

1Corithians 5:1-13

* Englewood Christian Testimony Church’s sermon, “What actually matters?” – Rev. Stephen Kaung/江守道 sermon in English and Mandarin

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We Have Been Made A Spectacle!

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It is the Lord who judges me! – Ark Channel 250822 Thu 1 Corinthians 4

We work hard with our own hands. When we are cursed, we bless; when we are persecuted, we endure it; when we are slandered, we answer kindly… (v.12-13)

* Three examples for living:
1. A steward – faithful, restrained in criticizing others (v.1-5).
2. An apostle — suffering for the Lord (v.6-13)
3. A father – disciplining in love. (v.14~21)

1Corithians 4:1-21

* Following Christ through change (Matthew 19) – Richmond Chinese Church sermon by Reverend Man Chee KWOK/郭文池

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I Look Forward To Your Return!

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The Gift Of God Is Eternal Life! Ark Channel 240822 Wed 1 Corinthians 3

Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him (v16)

* God’s grace unites with Christ, sanctifies us in obedience and makes us honourable instruments of righteousness. Do not continue to sin under grace, why spoil yourself and God’s great work on us!

1Corithians 3:1-23

* For a family living on a remote island, if material things and entertainment are no longer a necessity, what is important in life?

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The Gifts & Calling of God Are Irrevocable!

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According To The Election of Grace! Ark Channel 23/08/2022 Tue 1 Corinthians 2

…“I have reserved for Myself seven thousand men who have not bowed the knee to Baal.” (v4)

* Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out! (v33). All is God’s grace. Turn to Him, trust in Him, and He will save us, give us peace and victory. Since we have been elected, His grace will keep us to the end!

1Corithians 2:1-16

* Light shine through my brokenness Crushed & Beautiful | Audio Reading(ODB)

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Confirm You To The End!

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No Divisions! Ark Channel 22/08/2022 Mon 1 Corinthians 1

But we preach Christ crucified… (v23)

* Do we ever think that we are more spiritual and superior than others because we belong to a certain denomination or institution? The truth of the cross is the power of God! Our only sense of identity and success is Christ!

1Corithians 1:1-31

* Holy God, we know we have sinned and ultimately sinned against You. There maybe people watching or listening to this message at this very moment who have never approached You with a repentant heart, who have never embraced Jesus to be the answer for their sin. I pray that by Thy Holy Spirit, You would draw such people to Yourself and help them to know how much You love them regardless how much they have sinned. What You have done is to save them from their sin and to give them a repentant heart so that through faith they can come before Christ and become Your children. We thank You for all that You have done in our lives. We ask this in the mighty name of our Savior Jesus, Amen.

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Test Each Person’s Works!

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Everything you do, do it from love! – Ark Channel 09/09/2021 Thu 1

…and send them with your gift to Jerusalem (v.3)

* The Church in Corinth saw four main weaknesses: strife, sexual immorality, disputes, and fornication (Ch. 1-6). They had six arguments: marriage vs. singlehood, freedom vs. eating sacrificed foods, head coverings and breaking of bread, use of gifts, and questions about the resurrection. (Ch. 7-15a). Is there hope in this circumstance? But God reminds us to stand firm, act based on love, to not forget God’s love, that His grace remains with us, and that He will return (Ch. 16)

1Corithians 16

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The Resurrected Is Incorruptible!

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Bad Company Corrupts Good Morals! Ark Channel 08/09/2021 Wed 1 Corinthians 15b

Sober up morally and stop sinning… (v34)

To live out the hope of resurrection – you must have 3 attitudes (15:29-58):
- holy and not have bad company
- focus on the eternal rewards
- not be afraid of the threat of death!

1Corithians 15:35-58

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Extraordinary Labor With God’s Grace!

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All Made Alive In Christ! Ark Channel 07/09/2021 Tue 1 Corinthians 15a

* Full of hope: a life with the prospect of resurrection (15:11-19). Laboring for the Lord in this life is not in vain because the Lord lives and we will also be resurrected! The way of eternal life we preach today is not in vain!

1Corithians 15:1-34

* Through the years, I have learned to rely on God’s provision. When we didn’t have money, part-time job will come looking for me bringing joy and thanksgiving. One time during month end, we only had $100 left. My child was running a fever. We could only wait on the Lord. As we worried, the phone rang. There was an emergency project and it paid in cash. Praise the Lord I was able to immediately start work and my wife was able to bring the child to the doctor. Thanks be to God. Bro.C.K. (HK)

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Work Diligently, Live Before God!

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Rid Inertia, Be Renewed Daily! Ark Channel 06/09/2021 Mon 1 Corinthians 14b

But all things must be done properly and in an orderly way. (v40)

* Everyone has gifts. Gifts are used to build the church:
1. In using our gifts and talent, we must work together with mutual respect. To focus people’s attention to Jesus and His will.
2. Make good use of gifts, not to compete or divide the church. Glorify God only, not man.

1Corithians 14:20-40

* Theologian John Calvin was humble and devoted all his life. His parting words were: I have many failures and weaknesses…My work is totally worthless. I repeat to say I am a nobody. But there is something I must emphasise. Although I am dissatisfied with my natural weaknesses, I have always feared God in my heart and my motives were kind. After I leave you, I pray that you will forget my shortcomings. If there are any advantages you can learn from, please follow these as examples.

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Ebenezer! He Meets Our Everyday Needs! – Sunday Hope_05/09/2021

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Enlightened to See His All-Sufficiency! – Sunday Hope 05/09/2021 I Corinthians 14a

… God is truly among you! (v. 25)

Edification, the key word of I Corinthians 14:

* Christian meetings are not a competition of spiritual gifts. All activities and gifts are for edifying and building others up.

1Corithians 14:1-19

* Michelle WILLIAMS, a singer herself, struggled with depression. She just walked on by faith: A Faith Story

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The Greatest of These is Love!

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Without Love, It Profits Me Nothing! – Ark Channel 04/09/2021 Sat I Corinthians 13

…Love does not parade itself, is not puffed up. (v. 4)

See the model set by Christ in life:
1. With love, everything has found its worth. (v. 1-3)
2. With love, we seek the well-being of others. (v. 4-7)

1Corithians 13:1-13

* Rev Dr Joshua Ting /陳世欽牧師, retired General Secretary of CCCOWE (Chinese Coordination Centre Of World Evangelism) has finished his mission work in the Far East and was back to the US on 2 August. He bid us farewell, “With Gods sovereign and gracious guidance, we are leaving HK and returning to LA! HE will continue to guide our future ministry path. Amen praise the Lord! (Joshua & Daisy)” – 020921

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