Marriage should be honoured by all!

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Look for the city to come! – Ark Channel 18/11/2022 Fri Hebrews 13

…for God has said: Never will I leave you, never will I forsake you.” (v.5)

* God walks with us such that we can stand firm in a wavering generation; an unshakable kingdom lives amongst us, and an unchangeable Lord lives amongst us! Love one another; in our churches, offer up a pleasing sacrifice of service, and the God who gives us peace will complete us!

Hebrews 13:1-25

* The miracle of being joyful by the Lord/ Habakuk (Pastor KJ Lin/林克己牧師) (OMF missionary, once participated in student ministry, and in later years, served Chinese students in England — we are grateful!)

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Obtain A Better Resurrection!

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Through Faith Subdued Kingdoms! Ark Channel 16/11/2022 Wed Hebrews 11b

By faith they passed through the Red Sea as by dry land… (v29)

* With faith, the patriarchs lived on earth as if in heaven (v7-16), waiting for the heavenly city, triumphed over death, defied earthly powers (v24-40) and experienced corporate salvation. The patriarchs, whom the world was not worthy, wanted to share with us something better that God has provided!

Hebrews 11:17-40

* A doctor once said that men are less likely to seek treatment for their illnesses, while women are smarter to seek early treatment for minor illnesses. The average life expectancy of a married man is 17 years longer than that of a single man, probably due to the influence of his wife. Before God, repent; before your spouse, listen to her advice!

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Died In Faith!

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Being Dead, Through Faith Still Speaks! Ark Channel 15/11/2022 Tue Hebrews 11a

for he waited for the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God. (v10)

* Abel believed God would bring justice; Enoch believed God would continue to walk with him; Noah believed in the inerrancy of God’s decree; Abraham believed God is Lord of the whole earth. Sarah believed God could perform miracles; Joseph believed in receiving the promised land; Moses believed in the LORD that cannot be seen and set his mind to suffer with His people; even the Gentile women believed God could change their destiny!

Hebrews 11:1-16

* Celebrating 43 Years of Faithful Ministry with Pastor Rick and Kay Warren

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The Just Shall Live By Faith!

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You Need Endurance! Ark Channel 14/11/2022 Mon Hebrews 10b

And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works (v24)

* Hebrews was written in a time of great persecution when many were ready to give up! No wonder the Holy Spirit says, “Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward.” (v35) This is the path of truth, the enduring possession in heaven awaits us. Rise up and walk together!

Hebrews 10:19-39

* Goodnews Communications Testimony in Chinese (人願放手 神願介入) – Aesop and his wife Carmen experienced the ups and downs of sickness. How did they learn to be thankful?

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With a Better Hope! – Sunday Hope_13/11/2022

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So We Will Walk in Your Purpose! – Sunday Hope 13/11/2022 Hebrews 10

Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, (v19)

* Let us care for each other in rainy and stormy seasons of life. Let us recall more of God’s grace in situation of hardship. Do not give up assembling together. If we fall behind and quit, we will easily become the devil’s snack dishes!

Hebrews 10:1-18

* The building up of the church depends on our joining of heart and humbly joining of hands beneath the Cross. Listen to this song by Stream of Praise Music Ministries :
Unity, in Mandarin with English subtitles(同心合意)

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Endurance Rewarded with Promise!

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For Salvation! – Ark Channel 12/11/2022 Saturday Hebrews 9

… He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption. (v12)

* We have a better Saviour (Hebrews 1-10). He is supreme in identity and work, opening up for us a chapter of better life (Hebrews 11-13). He empowers us to cross over by faith, to hope with patience, and to endure God’s discipline on us. We are living out the reality of brotherly love and living on earth as a sojourner. A journey of no return.

Hebrews 9:1-28

* Tim Keller on How Culture is Changing and the Future of the Church

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A Better Guarantor!

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He does not remember our trespasses! – Ark Channel 11/11/2022 Fri Hebrews 8

…We do have such a high priest, who sat down at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven (v1)

* The better covenant is more powerful. The old covenant was weak and powerless, letting Man know his sin, but was powerless to help him break free. God set up a new covenant – the precious blood forgiving sins, and through an infinite power of life, making His law engraved on our hearts so that we know God, love God, and emulate God!

Hebrew 8:1-13

* Story of Asta Nilsson.

Lord, I am coming!

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He is the King of Peace! – Ark Channel 10/11/2022 Thu Hebrews 7

…Jesus has become the guarantor of a better covenant. (v22)

* Our High Priest in Heaven, full of power, might, mercy, and righteousness lives forever! He works forever, does not change, and can save thoroughly, making us complete forever. Always look upwards!

Hebrew 7:1-28

* Theme of this year’s HK Bible Conference is “Eternal Hope“. In November, we are replaying all 28 sermons by Bill Crowder, SJ Li/李思敬, and David Pao/鮑維均 (Cantonese, English, Mandarin, sign language, and notes).

Diligent & Hopeful Unto the End!

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Savoring God’s Virtues! – Ark Channel 09/11/2022 Wed Hebrews 6

saying, “indeed I will greatly bless you and I will greatly multiply you.” (v14)

* Heeding the divine calling, no matter how rough, how tough, by His grace, we press onto maturity. (v.1-8) Do not even pause! All the more, by faith, enter within the veil, approach the throne of mercy with confidence. (v.9-12) By two unchangeable things, God helps us through to accomplish all: 1. Driven by God’s promise. What God promises, He materialises. (6:14-15);2.God’s oath, it is impossible for God to lie. (6:16-18)

Hebrew 6:1-20

* Should a Christian bet on Sports?

Lead Me In Darkness!

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Priest Forever! Ark Channel 08/11/2022 Tue Hebrews 5

But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil. (v14)

* Being young and ignorant, babies are easily deceived. Unable to protect themselves, they rely on others to take care of them! Adults are strong and powerful, able to discern and understand, have the ability to protect themselves and take care of others. As a Christian for many years, are we children or grown-ups?

Hebrew 5:1-14

* Late Rev. Philip YEUNG / 楊錫鏘牧師 message on the Betrayal of Jesus: facing the ugliness of sin

Enter HIS Rest!

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Do Not Harded Your Heart! Ark Channel 07/11/2022 Mon Hebrews 4

…that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. (v16b)

* The original text for “help in time of need” is “timely help”. The former is anytime and the latter is at the brink of time. When the disciples were shaken in the boat, the LORD came to their aid on the sea. The widow’s son died and the Lord came to “revive” him…The Lord is our timely rain, our just-in-time help!

Hebrew 4:1-16

* Mail from Australia: Responding to the Ark Channel about Asta Nilsson. Before she left HK, we had close contact with her. I took care of her, driving her to the doctor’s office and made arrangements for her to live in Shatin after retirement… She diligently served in refugee camps and HK for many years before returning to Sweden. We are thankful for these servants of God ~ Eva (Church in Sydney)

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Exhort One Another Daily! – Sunday Hope

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While it is called “Today”! Sunday Hope 06/11/2022 Hebrews 3

but Christ as a Son over His own house,… (v. 6)

* Peace and security seem so illusory in this secular world, when troubles come like sparks in close succession. Why then obsess ourselves with gloomy thoughts? Think more on Christ – His attributes, His work, His accomplishments! He is the King of Ages, the Heavenly High Priest. He is faithful over God’s house. Human kingdoms may rise and fall, but He exists forever!

Hebrew 3:1-19

* A compilation of singing all over the world, of 154 countries and 257 languages – praising God for His eternal blessings on His children! arkchannel sharing

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He Aids Us!

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Looking Up to Our Captain of Salvation! – Ark Channel 05/11/2022 Sat Hebrews 2

… all things in subjection under his feet. (v8)

* Our Captain of Salvation – for whom and through whom everything exists – has triumphed over death and crushed the devil. He is now our High Priest praying for us who are tempted by weakness. He disciplines us and strengthens us. Now on the path of sanctification, Christ the Holiest knows all our twists and turns. Despite all the uncertainties, He is leading us to perfection!

Hebrew 2:1-18

* Two Chinese sermons on Revelation by Brother Dixon IP Tak Sang / 葉特生
The Lamb and the New City, Sermon 1(羔羊與新城(啟示錄第1堂))
The Lamb and the New City, Sermon 2(羔羊與新城(啟示錄第2堂))

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Heaven and earth will pass, but not You!

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He Sustains All By His Word! – Ark Channel 04/11/2022 Fri Hebrews 1

…Your throne, O God, will last forever; a sceptre of justice will be the sceptre of your kingdom. (v.8)

* Hebrews focuses all eternity on Christ! He is God and was also man, surpassing angels, Moses, and all other great men! Millennia will pass like the wind, but only Christ is unchanging. In this life we must persevere through trials, come to the throne of grace often, and not retreat because the High Priest in Heaven is interceding for us. He is on night duty!

Hebrew 1:1-14

* Fighting anxiety with the Old Testament. (Christianity Today, traditional Chinese)

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Our Praise is a Sacrifice!

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Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever! – Ark Channel 18/11/2021 Thu Hebrews 13

because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” (v.5)

Seek the city of the future – a home that cannot be shaken!
* Living in the world, do we stand, by faith, on God’s promises? All things are in flux, but we stay faithful to our spouse, follow the ways of the elders, exhibit brotherly love, all the way till we see the heavenly city!

Hebrews 13

* The revelation of Job – Pastor Stephen Chiu/焦源濂牧師 (9 sessions, with transcripts)

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Whom God Loves He Disciplines!

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Not Grow Weary And Lose Heart! Ark Channel 17/11/2021 Wed Hebrews 12

…who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame… (v2)

* God will use the environment to discipline and enlighten people. If we obey Him, we will live (v9), share in His holiness (v10) and yield the peaceful fruit of righteousness (v11). Hence do not lose heart in adversity! This is God’s trial for His people with a purpose, for a purpose!

Hebrews 12

* The Puritan migration movement began when Christians moved from England to Leiden, Netherlands. The Leiden church quickly grew to 300 people and then moved across the ocean to the Americas. Despite changes in the world, they remain focused on heavenly things and are amazing people caring for their families.

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People Whom The World Was Not Worthy!

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Gained Approval Through Their Faith! Ark Channel 16/11/2021 Tue Hebrews 11b

choosing rather to endure ill-treatment with the people of God than to enjoy the temporary pleasures of sin (v25)

* By faith the patriarchs saw the invisible LORD. Faith is founded on a kind of insight. motivating different feelings and actions, admitting we are mere pilgrims, not afraid of king’s orders and persevere!

Hebrews 11:17-40

* William Tennent / 滕能特 who is famous for establishing the “Log College”, is a father of four sons. Rev. Tennent was godly and loved the Lord. He built a log cabin in the corner of his courtyard and there he taught his children and 15 young people Latin, Greek, Hebrew, logic theology and the gospel. All four sons went on to become pastors for the Presbyterian Church, which led to a great spiritual awakening in America.

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In Reverence!

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Rewards Those Who Seek Him! Ark Channel 15/11/2021 Mon Hebrews 11a

…and he left, not knowing where he was going. (v8)

Please God By Faith:
* By faith Abel spoke to God for justice! By faith Enoch walked with God. By faith Noah saved his family. By faith Abraham lived as a stranger and offered. By faith Moses considered the reproach of Christ greater than the treasures of Egypt. Have we undertaken such faith?

Hebrews 11:1-16

* Computer specialist brother Siu Man/少民 had a misconception about Christ and criticised. One time, entrusted by the mother of a classmate, he was to win over the Christians classmates! He prepared many arguments, pretended to be friendly to the church, attended meetings, prepared to make a difference…As the meeting started, a little girl came on stage to lead the hymn singing, Siu Man sang along. For some unknown reason, tears started to flow with the singing and he felt this real God! From then on, he followed the Lord all his life.

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Better and Lasting Possessions! – Sunday Hope_14/11/2021

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He who is Coming will Come! – Sunday Hope 14/11/2021 Hebrews 10b

For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise. (v36)

Drawing back is an easy way. But are you happy with this?
1. Are we willing to be disciplined? Are we ready to be tried? Heavenly journey is the right path. Be bold and walk on it.
2. Support the weak when we are strong in faith. We will be supported someday when we grow tired.

Hebrews 10:19-39

* Who is like You? Your beauty is incomparable! Listen with our heart
Lenny LeBlanc – There is None Like You

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Draw near with True Heart and Faith!

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Boldly Enter the Holiest! Ark Channel 13/11/2021 Sat Hebrews 10

For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified. (v14)

* 5 imperative statements in Hebrew 10:19-39:
1) Draw near God;
2) Hold fast the hope;
3) Consider one another and stir up love and good works;
4) Recall the endurance at war and sufferings;
5) Forsake not the heart of courage

Hebrews 10:1-18

** Dorcas/吳賴多加, the wife of the late Elder WU Yung /吳勇長老 visited and spread God’s word to prison inmates. With her encouragement and admonition, hearts were softened. In a certain year, Elder Wu asked her to retire from the visit, fearing that it would be too tiring for her. In her following visit, the inmates asked whether she would come again. She pondered. They missed her in tears. Eventually she prayed and continued her visits. By the Lord’s love, she spent a total of 28 years in the prison ministry, serving and visiting inmates.

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By Faith We Receive the Promise!

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After Death Comes Judgment! – Ark Channel 12/11/2021 Fri Hebrews 9

…How much more, then, will the blood of Christ… cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God! (v14)

* We have a better Holy of Holies! Thanks to Jesus for His sacrifice, that He may be the High Priest in Heaven, continuing His eternal role of cleansing us and renewing us. Are we coming before His throne?

Hebrews 9

* Does God exist? – Malacca Gospel Hall: Water is densest at 4ºC; when water dips below 4ºC, it will expand (yet lighter in weight), and hence ice will float on water. Counterfactually, if ice became denser as it grows colder, ice will sink, and in the winters, all underwater life would die. Miraculous!

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He Will Not Remember Their Sins!

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All will know me! – Ark Channel 11/11/2021 Thu Hebrews 8

Now the main point of what we are saying is this: We do have such a high priest… (v.1)

* All things of the earth will pass, but we know that we have a high priest in heaven interceding for us with prayer, so that we never need to be afraid!

Hebrews 8

* I don’t yawn or sleep? – I teach a course on the New Testament; one of my students is usually of the drowsy type, but in this class, he never slept – and afterwards read the Bible once through! What a miracle! – Mr. Lam

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Able To Save Forever!

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Bringing A Better Hope! Ark Channel 10/11/2021 Wed Hebrews 7

…first of all, by the translation of his name, “king of righteousness”, and then also king of Salem, which is “king of peace”. (v2-3)

* The Lord is the mighty mediator, never forsake, compassionate to the end, past present and future intercede for us!

Hebrews 7

* People pursue youth but arbitrary eating may cause us to age faster. Seek the living water. Look at this interesting article: Drink that Ages You Faster

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He Saved Us According To His Mercy!

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The Full Assurance Of Hope! Ark Channel 09/11/2021 Tue Hebrews 6

for he was still in the loins of his forefather when Melchizedek met him. (v10)

* Facing a setback? Never be disappointed with God, He has not forgotten our offerings. In faith enter within the veil, His faithfulness will never change!

Hebrews 6

* Even though Bro. Siu Man /少民 has been successful in his career, he reminds everyone to be ready to face death, looking back at life the priorities will be apparent. If someone knows he only has a year or just two days left, he will naturally know what he needs to do with the remaining time. This is the real perspective on values and faith.

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Heard Because Of His Devout Behaviour!

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Senses Trained To Discern! Ark Channel 08/11/2021 Mon Hebrews 5

Although He was a Son, He learned obedience from the things which He suffered. (v8)

* Christ is the eternal High Priest, offering His life as the sacrifice! Also His prayers, sufferings, cries and tears! In suffering He learned obedience. This is our Savior!

Hebrews 5

Brother Siu Man/少民, IT Manager, exhorts his children to make good use of their time. He recalls his childhood buddy who died suddenly from sepsis. In the farewell ceremony, he burst into tears. They were both under 45 years of age, thinking they’d have a long future ahead. Life is short and unpredictable, love God and love your neighbours!

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Come to the Throne of Grace! – Sunday Hope_07/11/2021

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Do Not Harden Your Hearts! Sunday Hope 07/11/2021 Hebrews 4

For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His. (v10)

* Our Lord can sympathise with our weaknesses. He understands our temptations and trials. Our triumphant Lord is forever living in us. “Thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ.”

Hebrews 4

* Popular Hymns by the Media Evangelism Limited
因著信(Sung in Chinese by Suzan Guterres)
(Because of Faith, English lyrics)

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