CARE GROUP MEETING:
CARE Group Meeting - December 15, 2019 (Sun) at Church Premises 1PM
• Please Call 97207175 for details
CELL GROUP MEETING:
No Meeting this Friday
SCHOOL FOR CHRISTIAN GROWTH:
● Every 2nd and 4th Sunday of Month
● 12.00 noon
- Morning Service: 10-11:30AM
- Afternoon Service: 2-4:00 PM - NO AFTERNOON SERVICE THIS DECEMBER 2019
Weekly Inspiration Message - December 8, 2019
Be Kind – Be Sensitive
By Rick Warren
“How can we become more kind? What does it mean to be a kind person? Let me suggest five characteristics of a kind person.
First, a kind person is sensitive to others. He is aware of the needs of people around him. So become aware of the needs of those around you. Tune in to them. Kindness always starts with sensitivity. Philippians 2:4 says, “Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.” Underline the word look. Kindness always starts with noticing the needs and hurts of others.
Often in marriage, we are totally unaware of what our partner’s needs are. We have become calloused. We have stopped listening. We are oblivious to the pressure our mate is under. Simply stated, the root of many marriage problems is insensitivity
Everyone you meet this week needs kindness because everyone is hurting somewhere. Even the people who sit around you at church have major hurts. You’re just not aware of them most of the time. So kindness starts with sensitivity.
We find an example of sensitivity and kindness in the life of King David as recorded in 2 Samuel 9. David had been crowned king of Israel following Saul’s death, and had led the Israelites in a series of military victories. His old enemy Saul, who had chased him for years, was dead. Saul’s son Jonathan had also been killed. Now notice what David did. One of his actions as king was to ask if there was anyone left in Saul’s family to whom he could be kind. He found a man who was Saul’s grandson, Mephibosheth. How would you like to have that name – Mephibosheth? They probably called him “Phibi” for short. Besides having an unusual name, Mephibosheth was crippled in both feet.
When David sent for him, Mephibosheth probably thought, I’m going to be killed because I’m part of the enemy family, the old dynasty. But notice David’s kind words: “Don’t be afraid ... for I will surely show you kindness for the sake of your father Jonathan. I will restore to you all the land that belonged to your grandfather Saul, and you will always eat at my table” (2 Sam. 9:7). Mephibosheth’s response is interesting: “What is your servant, that you should notice a dead dog like me?” (v. 8) He apparently had a poor self-image. But the point is that David actively looked for people to whom he could be kind. He was sensitive. In your own life, whom do you need to be kind to this week? To whom do you need to be sensitive?”
(Rick Warren, The Power To Change Your Life, Zondervan, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 2006)
Weekly Inspiration Message - December 1, 2019
Biblical Response to Offense
By: Fuchsia Pickett
“There are no walls that we can build against that we will never be hurt. But] God will help us to respond correctly when offenses come. As we put aside our pride, we can humbly forgive those who offend us. God can change hurtful situations into blessings that will result in godly character, making us more humble and less self-centered.
The Old Testament records the history of Joseph, the favorite son of Jacob, who was mistreated by his brothers, thrown into a pit, and sold into slavery. He spent some of the best years of his life in exile from his family and country, and then suffered an unjust imprisonment. Yet he did not harbor offense or nurse a grudge against his brothers. He forgave them and declared that it was God who had allowed his “misfortune” so that he could help to save their lives in the end (Gen. 45:5).
He didn’t know God was preparing him for He didn’t know that these circumstances were ordained to shape his character. But he submitted to the will of God in every situation and enjoyed the presence of God in his life.
Jesus clearly taught us how to be reconciled to someone who has offended us (Matthew 18). We must be willing to communicate with the offender, going to them in a conciliatory attitude to be reconciled. We dare not suppress hurt feelings, for those feelings will develop into hatred. In our homes, marriage partners need to resolve offenses quickly. The Word of God instructs, “Let not the sun go down upon your wrath” (Eph. 4:26). Following this admonition will keep us from nursing grudges until they grow into hatred and lead to divorce.
The apostle Paul gives a beautiful revelation of love that is free from unresolved offense:
Love is patient, love is kind, and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered. – 1 Corinthians 13:4-5 NAS
According to the Scriptures, the way to get over offense is to show love to the offender. That is why Jesus taught us to love our enemies. He knew the good it would do for us, setting us free from the trap of offense, as well as affecting our enemies’ lives for good.”
(Fuchsia Pickett, Charisma Spirit-Led Reader, The Next Move of God, Creation House, Lake Mary, Florida, 1999)
Weekly Inspiration Message - November 24, 2019
New Levels Of Faith
By: Paul M. Goulet
For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.”
The faith that you had to get you here is not enough faith to get you there. God wants to increase your faith and give you a mature faith. You’re not supposed to live in baby faith. You’re not supposed to have the faith that you had five years ago or three years ago. God wants to begin to increase your faith, from faith to faith, from glory to glory, from strength to strength. You must have faith to master your environment.
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1). When you begin a new job, ask God to help you master your responsibilities. Do everything as if you were standing before Christ.
And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.
Give one hundred and fifty percent effort with one hundred percent clarity. Ask God for favor at work. Favor is God’s unfair advantage for His children. Jabez asked for this type of favor and he got it. When you get God’s favor your finances are blessed, your family is blessed, and your church is blessed and the kingdom of God advances.
If you are truly mastering your environment and you overcome problems in your school, business, or your home; people are going to listen to you. People listen to those who have been successful in life.
We need faith to believe that God is going to help us master whatever we are doing. We can’t operate out of fear, we must be full of faith. Maybe you grew up in a family that experienced the pain of divorce and you may think to yourself, “I don’t want to get married because my parents got divorced and so did my grandparents and so did their parents. I know I’m destined for divorce!” You must believe that you can be different! Have the faith to believe that your family will be different. Have the faith to believe that there’s something better for you. Say it out loud, “I’ve got the faith to have a great marriage and family. I’ve got the faith to prosper. I’ve got the faith to be different.””
(Paul M. Goulet, Crossing Your Next Threshold, International Church of Las Vegas, Las Vegas, 2006)