Ps Kul Bal illustrates humorously some of the characteristics of faithful people on the example of Peter and John, healing the lame man, in Acts chapter 3.
Text: Acts 3: 1-10 "One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the time of prayer—at three in the afternoon.Now a man who was lame from birth was being carried to the temple gate called Beautiful, where he was put every day to beg from those going into the temple courts.When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for money.Peter looked straight at him, as did John. Then Peter said, “Look at us!”So the man gave them his attention, expecting to get something from them.Then Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.”Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong.He jumped to his feet and began to walk. Then he went with them into the temple courts, walking and jumping, and praising God.When all the people saw him walking and praising God,they recognized him as the same man who used to sit begging at the temple gate called Beautiful, and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him.
Rev. David Ramayah continues to encourage us to pray real prayers! Here are several prayers we ought to pray.
Text: Mark 9: 1-9 "And he said to them, “Truly I tell you, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see that the kingdom of God has comewith power.”After six days Jesus took Peter, James and John with him and led them up a high mountain, where they were all alone. There he was transfigured before them.His clothes became dazzling white, whiter than anyone in the world could bleach them.And there appeared before them Elijah and Moses, who were talking with Jesus.Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.”(He did not know what to say, they were so frightened.)Then a cloud appeared and covered them, and a voice came from the cloud: “This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to him!”Suddenly, when they looked around, they no longer saw anyone with them except Jesus.As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus gave them orders not to tell anyone what they had seen until the Son of Man had risen from the dead."
Johnathan D Ramayah encourages us powerfully how God wants to lead us out of difficult seasons into a brighter future by examining the life of Ruth.
Date: 9 SEPTEMBER 2018
Text: Ruth 1: 16-17 "But Ruth replied, “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the Lord deal with me, be it ever so severely,if even death separates you and me.”"
Rev. David challenges us that righteousness comes before peace and explores how we can experience the power of communion with God that Abraham experienced in Genesis chapter 14.
Text: Gen. 14: 17-20 "After Abram returned from defeating Kedorlaomer and the kings allied with him, the king of Sodom came out to meet him in the Valley of Shaveh (that is, the King’s Valley). Then Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine. He was priest of God Most High,and he blessed Abram, saying, “Blessed be Abram by God Most High, Creator of heaven and earth. And praise be to God Most High, who delivered your enemies into your hand.” Then Abram gave him a tenth of everything.
Rev. David Ramayah explores six incredible powerful prayers that we should be praying; illustrated by Jesus healing the deaf and mute from Mark chapter 7 and the healing of the blind man at Bethsaida from Mark chapter 8.
Date: 26 August 2018 Speaker: Rev. David Ramayah Title: "6 PRAYERS I SHOULD BE PRAYING" Text: Mark 7:37; Mark 8; 22-26
Ps Steffen explores how Jesus restored the deaf and mute man in Mark chapter 7 and how Jesus wants to restore us today! Listen and be encouraged!
Text: Mark 7: 31-37 "Then Jesus left the vicinity of Tyre and went through Sidon, down to the Sea of Galilee and into the region of the Decapolis.There some people brought to him a man who was deaf and could hardly talk, and they begged Jesus to place his hand on him. After he took him aside, away from the crowd, Jesus put his fingers into the man’s ears. Then he spit and touched the man’s tongue.He looked up to heaven and with a deep sigh said to him, “Ephphatha!” (which means “Be opened!”).At this, the man’s ears were opened, his tongue was loosened and he began to speak plainly. Jesus commanded them not to tell anyone. But the more he did so, the more they kept talking about it.People were overwhelmed with amazement. “He has done everything well,” they said. “He even makes the deaf hear and the mute speak.”"
Rev David explains that history, even religion, was often unkind to women but the faith of this woman produced a tremendous response from Jesus and she received a miracle even though the odds were stacked against her!
Text: Mark 7: 24-30 "Jesus left that place and went to the vicinity of Tyre. He entered a house and did not want anyone to know it; yet he could not keep his presence secret.In fact, as soon as she heard about him, a woman whose little daughter was possessed by an impure spirit came and fell at his feet.The woman was a Greek, born in Syrian Phoenicia. She begged Jesus to drive the demon out of her daughter.“First let the children eat all they want,” he told her, “for it is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to the dogs.”“Lord,” she replied, “even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.”Then he told her, “For such a reply, you may go; the demon has left your daughter.”She went home and found her child lying on the bed, and the demon gone.
Rev. David, so timely, reminds us that no matter what happens in our lives, it does not change the fact that God loves us and He deserves our worship and honour. Rev. David Ramayah
Text: Mal. 1: 6-14 "“A son honors his father, and a slave his master. If I am a father, where is the honor due me? If I am a master, where is the respect due me?” says the Lord Almighty. “It is you priests who show contempt for my name. “But you ask, ‘How have we shown contempt for your name?’ 7 “By offering defiled food on my altar. “But you ask, ‘How have we defiled you?’ “By saying that the Lord’s table is contemptible.8 When you offer blind animals for sacrifice, is that not wrong? When you sacrifice lame or diseased animals, is that not wrong? Try offering them to your governor! Would he be pleased with you? Would he accept you?” says the Lord Almighty. 9 “Now plead with God to be gracious to us. With such offerings from your hands, will he accept you?”—says the Lord Almighty. 10 “Oh, that one of you would shut the temple doors, so that you would not light useless fires on my altar! I am not pleased with you,” says the Lord Almighty, “and I will accept no offering from your hands.11 My name will be great among the nations, from where the sun rises to where it sets. In every place incense and pure offerings will be brought to me, because my name will be great among the nations,” says the Lord Almighty. 12 “But you profane it by saying, ‘The Lord’s table is defiled,’ and, ‘Its food is contemptible.’13 And you say, ‘What a burden!’ and you sniff at it contemptuously,” says the Lord Almighty.“When you bring injured, lame or diseased animals and offer them as sacrifices, should I accept them from your hands?” says the Lord.14 “Cursed is the cheat who has an acceptable male in his flock and vows to give it, but then sacrifices a blemished animal to the Lord. For I am a great king,” says the Lord Almighty, “and my name is to be feared among the nations.
Text: Psalms 92:13 "Planted in the house of the Lord, they will flourish in the courts of our God."
Ps Albert Isaac, from World Harvest Church (Sunway), cautions us powerfully not to become Bonsai Christians!
Bonsai is a Japanese cultivation techniques to produce small trees in containers that mimic the shape and scale of full size trees. If we are not careful we can become Christians who have the shape and appearance of who we should be, but never live up to our full potential!