ray In Suffering; Praise In Joy!

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Be Patient Until The Lord Returns! Ark Channel 23/11/2022 Wed James 5

…See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, waiting patiently for it until it receives the early and latter rain. (v7)

* Be watchful in times of plenty, be patient in times of storm, and turn to God in all things. Confessing our sins to one another, it may be an unexpected way out midst our misery! (v16-17)

James 5:1-20

* All creatures roam freely on the earth and in the sky, enjoying themselves. Enjoy the tranquility of wildlife and listen to the beautiful sounds.

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To Taste Your Love, Is My Hope!

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If The Lord Wills! Ark Channel 22/11/2022 Tue James 4

Draw near to God and He will draw near to you… (v8a)

* He who has true faith waits patiently, knowing that he does not have a complete picture of the future, and therefore is always humble, always honors God, and never boasts!

James 4:1-17

* Do you blame pastors for boring sermons? Could it be that we are losing the art of listening to the sermon? Lost Art of Attentive Sermon Listening from Jonathan Routley

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Make Peace!

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Bind The Tongue! Ark Channel 21/11/2022 Mon James 3

For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there. (v16)

* The Chinese character for tongue (舌) is made up of ‘thousand” and ‘mouth’. The art of speech nowadays is so clever that it can deceive and control people. Don’t be easily deceived by the play of words but pay attention to the source – is it from the Lord or from the evil one?

James 3:1-18

* Marshall Brandon fell prey to drug addiction and experienced Life’s cure and became an elder in the church!

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Mercy Triumphs Over Judgment! – Sunday Hope_20/11/2022

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Oh, what is Faith without Works? – Sunday Hope 20/11/2022 James 2

… and he was called the friend of God (v23)

* James mentioned Abraham and Rahab as models of faith. Abraham responded to God by works of obedience. Three times he was described in the Bible as the friend of God. By her work of rescue of two spies, Rahab was chosen by God to be a woman ancestor in the genealogy of Christ.

James 2:1-26

* Vocal ensemble of T4G (Together for the Gospel) Live II Behold Our God

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Trials Produce Patience!

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Double-Mindedness Won’t Lead to Any Blessings! – Ark Channel 19/11/2022 Sat James 1

for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God. (v20)

* It is a great blessing to live in godliness and joy. For some, joy is the flower of suffering. There is yet another kind of joy — the joy of heart despite life’s upheavals, be it a mobility upward from low to high, or downward from high to low.

James 1:1-27

* An inspiring interview, Part 2, arranged by GNCI with Rev Gordon Siu/ 蕭壽華牧師 looking back on his lifelong ministry and shepherding Conversation from the heart (真証心底話, in Chinese)

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Be Steadfast And Patient!

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The Coming Of The Lord Is Near! Ark Channel 23/11/2021 Tue James 5

Therefore be patient, brothers and sisters, until the coming of the Lord…The farmer waits for the precious produce of the soil… (v7)

Pray faithfully and earnestly!
1. What should we do after experiencing hardship? Pray! What a privilege we have to confide in our Father, the Lord of heaven and earth!
2. Groups who pray in such a way, caring for one another, confessing their sins, holding each other accountable, releasing the power of prayer that can bring God’s will on earth!

James 5

* “The Only Family That Will Last Forever” with Pastor Rick Warren

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Looking Forward to The City!

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God Gives Grace To The Humble! Ark Channel 22/11/2021 Mon James 4

Come close to God and He will come close to you.…(v8)

* Two ways to harm the church: 1) fighting each other and 2) not to participating. The cross reveals how heavy are the sins we commit that it requires the Son of God to sacrifice for us! His act humbles us thoroughly. Be less self-centric, focus more on Jesus. Never leave the cross!

James 4

* The Puritan Richard Baxter, at the age of 36 had a tumour in his stomach and could be fatal. He was prepared to go to his heavenly home. Meditating on life in heaven, he wrote “The Saints’ Everlasting Rest” with more than a thousand pages but in God’s grace he lived another 30 years.

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Fruit of Righteousness Sown in Peace! Sunday Hope 21/11/2021

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Full of Mercy and Good Fruits! – Sunday Hope 21/11/2021 James 3

… If anyone does not stumble in word, he is a perfect man,… (v2)

* Our words affect people’s direction and destination. Our prudence of speech is weakened by social media. One can be anonymous behind the keyboard and attack others. O Lord, heal our heart! Help us to forgive and heal with gracious word!

James 3

* English hymn, with beautifully composed tune and lyric. Christ is Mine Forevermore

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Be Called the Friend of God!

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Mercy Triumphs Over Judgment! – Ark Channel 20/11/2021 Sat James 2

… do not hold the faith… with partiality. (v1)

* Partiality means judging people by the world’s values, which is a contradiction of Christian faith. To avoid partiality, we should give thoughts to four things: 1) God’s glorious Son and His salvation work (v. 1, 5); 2) God’s commandments and His mercy (v. 8-13).

James 2

* Sunday gospel talk, in Cantonese, on Luke 23 by Charles Yu/ 余德淳 Lord, remember me/(請你記得我)

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True Faith Persists!

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We Will Receive The Crown of Life! – Ark Channel 19/11/2021 Fri James 1

because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance (v.3)

Four things to remember while persevering in trials:
* While there are many trials today, we should know that their point is to make us mature, more like Jesus. Seek wisdom from Heaven for help; remember truths; use eternity as a lens for your current circumstances, and pick actions that prioritize God. God will remember you!

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* Billy Graham’s Message for the Hopeless

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Lord Of Compassion & Mercy!

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Not Complaint But Prayers For One Another! Ark Channel 231120 Mon James 5

…A prayer of a righteous person, when it is brought about, can accomplish much. (v16)

Who Is The Righteous With Powerful Prayer?
1. Those willing to confess their sins; have patience and able to control their tongues!
2. Those submitting to God; focused on fighting for God’s kingdom!

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* Dr. Sharon Dirckx, neuroscientist, while in college came to the understanding that humans is not just a biochemistry machine and accepted the Lord. She talks on: Human Identity & Our Minds

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God Gives Grace to the Humble! -Sunday Hope_22/11/2020

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God Resists the Proud! – Sunday Hope 221120 James 4

… Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city… whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow…. (v13-14)

Two unwavering attitudes to Life:
1. Draw near to God and resist the attack of carnal desires (4:1-10)
2. Submit to God. He is the only one who holds tomorrow! (4:11-16)

James 4

* Shower of the Lord’s Blessings / 同沐主福蔭 , a Cantonese song with a familiar folk tune of Taiwan, composed in new lyrics by Brother Raymond Chin / 錢衞民老師 (Singapore)

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Purity, Peace and More Mercy!

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p id=”hd1″>More The Talk, Less The Truth! – Ark Channel 211120 Sat James 3

… If anyone does not stumble in word, he is a perfect man…. (v.2)

The world we are living in:

1. In a society of verbal violence – Remove envy and selfish ambition from our heart. Live out humility and honesty of the Lord
2. In a generation of lies – No boasting. Discern with wisdom which talks are earthly, sensual and demonic, and which are heavenly, peaceful and fruits of righteousness.

James 3

* A precious collection of sermons from Brother T.K. Chia/謝德建, Brother Stephen Kaung/ 江守道and others, with interpretation in Chinese/English: arkchannel sharing.

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Being Called a Friend of God!

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Forgiveness is victory over judgment! – Ark Channel 201120 Fri James 2

…so faith without deeds is dead. (v.26)

A quick test for true faith:
1. Are we biased? Do we focus on wealth, credentials, and status, or favour those of our tribe?
2. When we pray, do we act? Faith can move mountains; now move them!

James 2

* Spanish Evangelical Alliance president Marcos Zapata survived COVID-19. He wrote Six lessons for churches midst Pandemic.

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God Who Cares for Orphans and Widows!

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In Him, there are no shadows of turning! – Ark Channel 191120 Thu James 1

Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life… (v.12)

In the midst of the storm, the Lord does not change:
1. The path to heaven is filled with trials; this is normal and helps us become mature.
2. God wants us to shoulder greater responsibility and puts us through trials by fire to purify us.

James 1

* Jesus’ example inspired modern-day management thought. Author of the book Jesus CEO (Laurie Beth Jones) draws on her wealth of administrative and professional experience and discusses her story – of an entrepreneur of faith arkchannel sharing.

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Much Power?

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Confess therefore your offences to one another, and pray for one another, that ye may be healed <5:16>

Wait for the Lords return with hope — 2 examples:
1. Example of patience: Jobs sufferings?v.711?– By ones patience Satan is defeated!
2. Example of praying: Elijahs prayers?v.1318?– By ones prayer the fate of a country is changed
Our sufferings can be the greatest work , our prayers can bring miracles!

?S. S. Lee ???, the elder brother of Joseph Lee???, was taken by Lord. His funeral on 25/11 (10:00am ). I will preach on the topic Love Everlasting, please pray for every soul attending the funeral)

More Grace?

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Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He shall exalt you. <4:10>

Our ways or Gods way?
1. Am I occupied by friendship with the world — using prayer to fulfill my own desire? ?v.15?
2. Am I proud ? Do I really want to be nearer to God??v.610?
3. Am I judging others ?Am I grasping my future for myself??v.1117?

?The little Philip of John Tam ???and Jessie Kong??? in HK – still suffering prolonged mild fever & at risk of blood cancer. Also ; the beloved servant of the Lord, Samuel Ching ??? is sick. Pls pray for them with faith!
?Yester night I thought of a brother who just retired. I invite him to join our morning watch in commercial district. After the gathering, he told us that 38 years ago,as he began his first working day in his first job in this building ! This senior Buddhist met God in serious sickness, but now he loved Jesus with all his heart!

Make my Life Bright ?

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But the fruit of righteousness in peace is sown for them that make peace. <3:18>

Stay with the fountain of life forever:
1. Speak gracious words to turn the world of sorrow sweet?v.112?
2. Ask for wisdom to overcome the power of evil?v.1318?

?Remember Uncle Tong?? — the former gang murderer- he is going to witness the grace of God to law graduates of HKU tomorrow. May the Spirit move peoples hearts!?22/11 Wed morning , HK?
?My friend K. W. Chan ???devoted himself in writing for Gods kingdom. He had published a book in response of T. M. Lees ??? the philosopher. His other books, click TienDao or BookCity

Go in Peace?

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Mercy glories over judgment. <2:13>

3 principles of Gods judgment ?v.1213?:
1. According to our words?v.12?
2. According to our deeds?v.13?
3. According to our attitudes?v.13?
But wherever there is a contrite and faithful heart, there will be Gods mercy!

?Intels CTO — Pat Gelsinger is extremely busy everyday, it is common for him having 200 emails waiting for him to reply on Fridays and having another 300 on the next Monday. But he still works godly. He witnessed that the spouse of an employee in certain department suffered from cancer, though the employee didnt knew Pat , still found Pat to talk to and to pray. Another co-workers girlfriend passed away, and he also found Pat to talk to. He said he witnessed how Pat behaved for years and now Pat became a great encouragement for him in his grief. A former subordinate of Pat told him that he was influenced by Pats faith and behaviour so that he finally became a Christian– after leaving the office for many years!

Pure Joy?

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with Whom is no variation nor shadow of turning. <1:17>

Grow in trials, mature in godliness:
1. Since God has good and perfect gift!?v.17?
2. Since God does not change & is living in us! ?v.18?

?God will make a way — Im reading God Will Make a Way by Cloud ?Townsend. This book summarizes 8 secrets in walking with God, teaching saints how to pass through 12 areas throughout the course of life. Worth reading especially for those disorientated.

Establish your Hearts!

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Confess therefore your sins one to another, and pray one for another, that you may be healed <5:16>
He prayed earnestly that it would not rain Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain <5:17-18>

In the darkness of torture, the 4 attitudes to wait for the Lord’s return:
1. Be patient in face of suffering (v.1-11) — because the Lord is full of compassion and mercy! (v.11)
2. Be responsible for your words – speak honestly (v.12) — the Lord is going to judge our every single word &behaviour. act honestly as the Lord is coming soon.
3. Pray earnestly in midst of trials (v.13-18) — pray in time of adversity , praise in time of prosperity. The power of prayers is amazing no matter – individual or in group.
4. Preach gospel unceasingly(v.18-20) — do not indulge in your own sadness. Widen your horizon to see. Save more souls who go astray when we still have a little bit of time.

*My 6-year-old daughter received MRI yesterday. She had to take an injection of narcotic. However, she cried and struggled as it was painful and even six people couldn’t get hold of her. Finally with the hug from her mother, she stopped and went through the pain. We took the chance to tell her about Jesus’slove — the nails that Jesus had on the cross were sharper and longer. Jesus suffered – He loves us. The power of love is huge. The strength of six people is not as powerful as a hug of love. When our Father holds us tightly, lots of sufferings and pains will be gone.

God Opposes the Proud!

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…what is your life? It is even a vapour, appearing for a little while, and then disappearing…<4:14>

In this short life , be free from the 5 sins of friendship with the world:
1. quarrel (v. 1-3)
2. following the world (v.4)
3. conceit (v.5-10)
4. slander (v.11-12)
5. boasting (v.13-17)

*Our Saviour will come at anytime and we may die at anytime. Therefore be a good and abide with Him.
* I received a mail from Steven of HKUST,,– “Thank you for your email. I feel that I am closer to God now. I started to introspect the mistake I made and asked God to forgive…
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