Posted in Sermon

Lost and Found – How much you matter to God?

“Jesus saved us, not because of the good things we did, but BECAUSE OF HIS MERCY. He washed away our sins and gave us a new life through the Holy Spirit.” TITUS 3:5

Jesus: “I have come to SEEK and to SAVE those who are LOST.” LUKE 19:10

Jesus told 3 stories to explain what he meant:
“THE LOST SHEEP” (LUKE 15:1-7)
“THE LOST COIN” (LUKE 15:8-10)
“THE LOST SON” (LUKE 15:11-31)

WHAT DO I LOSE WHEN I’M SPIRITUALLY “LOST”?
1. DIRECTION – LIKE A LOST SHEEP . . .
“All of us have strayed away just like lost sheep. We’ve all left God’s path to follow our own ways.” ISAIAH 53:6
2. PROTECTION
“My people are wandering like lost sheep, without a shepherd to protect and guide them.” ZECHARIAH 10:2
3. POTENTIAL – LIKE A LOST COIN . . .
“No one has ever seen or heard or even imagined the wonderful things God has prepared and arranged for those who love him.” 1 CORINTHIANS 2:9
4. HAPPINESS – LIKE A LOST SON . . .
“The younger son wasted all he’d been given and eventually he became miserable and lonely.” LUKE 15:14
5. HOME (In Heaven)
“What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, if he loses his soul?” LUKE 9:25

HOW DOES GOD’S MERCY “SAVE” ME?
1. FROM MYSELF
“Jesus is the only one who can bring us to God. He became a human and gave himself to rescue all of us.” 1 TIMOTHY 2:5
“Trust me in your times of trouble, and I will rescue you, and you will give me glory.” PSALM 50:15
2.RECOVERS MY POTENTIAL
Jesus said, “Come to me, all you who are weary and worn out from carrying too much. Learn to trust and rest in me and you’ll recover your life.” MATTHEW 11:28
“I will give you back what you lost in the years when the locusts ate all your crops.” JOEL 2:25
3. RECONNECTS ME TO GOD
“Anyone who connects to Christ becomes a new person.
The past is forgotten, and everything becomes new. God has done it all! He sent Christ to make peace between himself and us.” 2 CORINTHIANS 5:17-18 (CEV)

HOW DO I CONNECT WITH GOD’S MERCY?
1. GET FED UP WITH MY LIFE
“. . . he wasted it all . . . he had nothing left . . . he got desperate and hungry . . . then he finally came to his senses . . .” LUKE 15:13-17 (I REFUSE TO LIVE THE WAY I’M LIVING)
GOD: “You’ll find me when you get serious about finding me and want it more than anything else.” JEREMIAH 29:13 (MES)
2. I OWN UP TO MY SIN (LORD, I’VE MADE A MESS OF MYSELF)
“When he came to his senses, he said . . . ‘I have sinned against God and you . . .’” LUKE 15:17-18
3.TURNING FROM SELF-CENTREDNESS TO GOD-CENTREDNESS
The son drifted away saying “GIVE ME MY share . . .” LUKE 15:12
He returned to the Father saying “MAKE ME a servant.” LUKE 15:19

THE FATHER’S RESPONSE
“While he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; HE RAN OUT to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.” LUKE 15:20

From Pastor Rick’s Daily Hope, Radio Teaching Series
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Posted in Songs

I Surrender

Here I am
Down on my knees again
Surrendering all
Surrendering all

And find me here
Lord as You draw me near
Desperate for You
Desperate for You

I surrender
Drench my soul
As mercy and grace unfold
I hunger and thirst
I hunger and thirst

With arms stretched wide
I know You hear my cry
Speak to me now
Speak to me now

I surrender
I surrender
I wanna know You more
I wanna know You more

Like a rushing wind
Jesus breathe within
Lord have Your way
Lord have Your way in me

Like a mighty storm
Stir within my soul
Lord have Your way
Lord have Your way in me

I surrender
I surrender
I wanna know You more
I wanna know You more

Posted in Books, Journal

Fasting: Rediscovering the Ancient Pathways

“Only the truly hungry will fast….”

This book is really a dear one to me, as it kind of started my next phase. I was so excited when I got this book (thanks to my best friend, Desmond who brought it from US) that I immediately told Michael. And this was his reply,

And bro! I share with great joy, “I CANNOT BE THE SAME ANY MORE, TOTALLY UNDONE” Not only did this book teach me a lot about fasting but it also kept nudging me into a deeper relationship with God. After reading the book through once, I was like “Wow! there is so much jewel in there!” I really had to read this book again and again before I became satisfied to write this post. Everytime, I watch Michael’s videos, there’s so much passion, conviction, honesty and love and that’s exactly what you get in the book as well. I’m just so thankful that God has connected me to this God-fearing brother (and many others) through whom I am learning a lot.

“Fasting is the offering up of our appetite and natural senses to Him who perfectly fills all that He might open them up and purify them so that we can house and become a living conduit of His Spirit and Kingdom.” – David Popovici, Kingdom Gospel Mission

Michael establishes a common ground by explaining what fasting is, why do we fast, what fasting does and our approach to fasting. I am sure, like me you will be thoroughly blessed. Grab your copy of Fasting: Rediscovering the Ancient Pathways (link to purchase paperback at Amazon) today! You can be sure, that he will challenge your idea of fasting. I also pray for everyone of you that you will go into a deeper yearning for God.

Check out his video series on Fasting with Daniel Kolenda

Psalm 27:4

One thing have I asked of the Lord,
that will I seek after:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
all the days of my life,
to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord
and to inquire in his temple.