Sunday, November 28, 2010

Luke 17: 11-19

Our speaker during Family Bible Hour was Mr Dan Lim. He and his wife, Cari, are proud parents to Cohen and baby Kaile.  Mr Lim's message was based on Luke 17: 11And it came to passas he went to Jerusalem, that he passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee. 12And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers,which stood afar off: 13And they lifted up their voices, and saidJesus, Master, have mercy onus. 14And when he saw them, he said unto them, Go shew yourselves unto the priests. And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed15And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back , and with a loud voice glorified God, 16And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanksand he was a Samaritan. 1And Jesus answering saidWere there not ten cleansedbut where are the nine? 18There are not found that returned to give glory to God,save this stranger. 19And he said unto him, Arise, go thy waythy faith hath made thee whole.

In the above passage, Jesus responds to the Lepers' plea for mercy.  However, only one returns to thank Him after being healed. How do we learn to be thankful, or what are the keys to a grateful life -- during Thanksgiving season, and at anytime?  (A) We must first know God in our minds and in our hearts; and accept His provision of forgiveness and fellowship through Jesus Christ alone (B) Our attitudes must be one of thankfulness in ALL circumstances as mentioned in 2 Thessalonians 5: 18  (C) Meditate and remember God's blessings.  Reading the Psalms will help us (See Psalm 9, 75, 105, and 111 as examples) (D) Praise the Lord together with other believers (see Psalm 111:1).  Mr Lim's excellent message, in full and in context, is available on DVD. Please see Romy.
The Lim Family

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Deuteronomy 6:1-19

Our speaker during Family Bible Hour was Mr Steve Modrzejewski.  His message was based on Deuteronomy 6: 1-19 -- 
Now these are the commandments, the statutes, and the judgments, which the LORD your Godcommanded to teach you, that ye might do them in the land whither ye go to possess it:
2That thou mightest fear the LORD thy God, to keep all his statutes and his commandments,which I command thee, thou, and thy son, and thy son's son, all the days of thy life; and that thy days may be prolonged .3Hear therefore, O Israel, and observe to do it; that it may be well with thee, and that ye may increase mightily, as the LORD God of thy fathers hath promised thee, in the land that floweth with milk and honey.4Hear , O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD:5And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.6And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:7And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up .8And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes.9And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.10And it shall be, when the LORD thy God shall have brought thee into the land which he sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give thee great and goodly cities, which thou buildedst not,11And houses full of all good things, which thou filledst not, and wells digged , which thou diggedst not, vineyards and olive trees, which thou plantedst not; when thou shalt have eaten and be full ;12Then beware lest thou forget the LORD, which brought thee forth out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage.13Thou shalt fear the LORD thy God, and serve him, and shalt swear by his name.14Ye shall not go after other gods, of the gods of the people which are round about you;15(For the LORD thy God is a jealous God among you) lest the anger of the LORD thy God bekindled against thee, and destroy thee from off the face of the earth.16Ye shall not tempt the LORD your God, as ye tempted him in Massah.17Ye shall diligently keep the commandments of the LORD your God, and his testimonies, and his statutes, which he hath commanded thee.18And thou shalt do that which is right and good in the sight of the LORD: that it may be well with thee, and that thou mayest go in and possess the good land which the LORD sware unto thy fathers,19To cast out all thine enemies from before thee, as the LORD hath spoken .

Mr Modrzejewski made a lot of excellent points about the above passage.  His main point was the importance of faith in the family.  Verses 1-3 emphasized that God and His Word should be honored and followed.  Verses 4-9 teaches us to share and teach God's Word.  Verses 10-11 tells us of God's provision.   And verses 12-19 contain warnings about forgetting God and serving idols; and God's blessings when we obey.  Mr Modrzejewski's excellent message, in full and in context, is available on DVD. Please see Romy.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Isaiah 58

Our speaker during Family Bible Hour was Mr Warren Hagey.  He and his wife, Pam, are parents to Bronwyn and Aliyah.  Mr Hagey's message, titled "Word and Deed Evangelism" was based on Isaiah 58:

1Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins.
 2Yet they seek me daily, and delight to know my ways, as a nation that did righteousness, and forsook not the ordinance of their God: they ask of me the ordinances of justice; they take delight in approaching to God.
 3Wherefore have we fasted, say they, and thou seest not? wherefore have we afflicted our soul, and thou takest no knowledge? Behold, in the day of your fast ye find pleasure, and exact all your labours.
 4Behold, ye fast for strife and debate, and to smite with the fist of wickedness: ye shall not fast as ye do this day, to make your voice to be heard on high.
 5Is it such a fast that I have chosen? a day for a man to afflict his soul? is it to bow down his head as a bulrush, and to spread sackcloth and ashes under him? wilt thou call this a fast, and an acceptable day to the LORD?
 6Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke?
 7Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? when thou seest the naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh?
 8Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the LORD shall be thy reward.
 9Then shalt thou call, and the LORD shall answer; thou shalt cry, and he shall say, Here I am. If thou take away from the midst of thee the yoke, the putting forth of the finger, and speaking vanity;
 10And if thou draw out thy soul to the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted soul; then shall thy light rise in obscurity, and thy darkness be as the noon day:
 11And the LORD shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not.
 12And they that shall be of thee shall build the old waste places: thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations; and thou shalt be called, The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in.
 13If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the LORD, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words:
 14Then shalt thou delight thyself in the LORD; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.

Evangelism is the battle for the souls of men. In Isaiah 58, we see what true evangelism is.  What is the pattern the God would have us follow? First, there is judgement for sin. Next, is the promise of hope and forgiveness.  Then, acts of mercy and manifestation of God's love follow.  This pattern of evangelism results in God getting the glory.  Mr Hagey's excellent message, in full and in context, is available on DVD.  Please see Romy.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Personal Evangelism

 Our speaker during Family Bible Hour was Mr Lee Weber or Rockford. He is shown on the left with his friend, Jason.  The last time Mr Weber was  at PMBC  was 15 years ago. We warmly welcome him back!  Mr Weber's full-time ministry is in personal evangelism.  Believers tend to forget that what is foremost in God's heart is His love for lost sinners.  We are urged to be prayerful and faithful ambassadors in God's work of saving souls.  Below is Mr Weber's outline. Please click on image to enlarge:

Mr Weber's message, in full and in context, is available on DVD.  Please see Romy.