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(Message shared on 14 February 2016 by Rev. Patrick Foo)
God love the Chinese…that’s why we have the largest population of Chinese in the World. As Chinese we love the Chinese New Year. It’s a festive season filled with celebration, love, joy and hope…it foster family bound and relationship. It’s a time of give and sharing.
CNY is about family time…
国家 – We always say that we first have country then family. But we can also have family without a country. It only shows the important of family…that’s how God created the earth…one family.
ISIS is destroying this generation.
LGBT is destroying the next generation…
In one report, they are saying that in China Aids are destroying the university of the youth in uni.
Prodigal Son 浪子回头 – Luke 路加福音 15:11-32
1) Loving Father 慈爱的父亲
2) “Black Sheep” 害群之马
3) Jealous & Angry Brother 嫉妒，愤怒的兄弟
CNY is a symbols of New Beginning 新年是新的开始象征
We buy and wear new clothes, people buy new furniture, new cars,
New wife…I mean couple get married.
New job…people resign after getting bonus in December.
People even buy new broom to sweep the house.
A symbol of fresh and new beginning.
In the story of prodigal son…it’s also a representation of a new beginning.
The ‘black sheep’ younger son started a new journey of repentance returning home.
The ‘wounded & loving father’ have a new son that once was lost and now found.
We all mess up one way or another, by others or by self…SIW
We always have to start over again and have new beginning…
Hope…Lost Hope…Renew Hope…New Hope. Prodigal Son Story
In Christ we are new creation, and in it we have new hope and purpose in life…the old has past the new has began.
Principle to Learn…
New Beginning or renew hope will comes when human effort cease and God takes over…it takes total surrender. John 21:18..when you where young…you chose.
Prodigal Son…Son and Father (Hope)
Woman with issue of blood.
Disciples fishing (Twice)
Five loaves two fishes
The tenancy is that we do things out of human effort, ambition and out of the flesh…not hearing God’s whisper, leading and principles.
Like the Israelite pushing the ark…signify human effort.
Matthew 马太福音 26:41
Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
Problem is that we are not watching and watching wrong things wrong direction, wrong purpose…instead of fasting we are feasting. Feeding the flesh instead of spirit…the flesh is weaken over spiritual things and we have a in spiritual proverty.
God is a gentleman, he gave us free will and He wants us to response to His love and invite willingly and freely. When we surrender to Him and obey Him, His perfect plan and guidance.
As the prodigal Son renew his heart, mind and spirit (attitude) as he starts his new beginning. I pray that we will have a spiritual renewed CNY. Our Heavenly Father will always be there, looking out for you…
God never called us into a hopeless end, but into a Endless Hope.
Hope upon hope.
CNY new beginning, new hope, fresh anointing, new spiritual season.
When the Prodigal Son return home, they called for a feast…family feast…just like CNY…a time for celebration…united or reunited gathering…what a celebration.
In CNY we will say all the beautiful greetings…Roland shared last week that many of these greetings are not true…so Joel came out with this…
祝你…万事情一半如意, 年年刚刚好, 学业不退步
I wonder what’s the conversation like around the table…
Son, speak words of repentance…regrets over experience and bad company and own doing (SIW). Appreciation of the father and family love…new creation, new words.
Father…words of grace, acceptance, love, forgiveness…
Elder brother…jealous word, unhappy etc Eventually after the father spoken to him…acceptance and embracing words.
Power of Words…
Please forgive me, You are forgiven, Welcome home, I missed you
Dicky’s Joke – losing weight cheep and good…a kind of plaster…10kg in a week….mouth.
I wonder in your family or relatives, is there anyone who has said something that offended you…and you don’t like to meet that person?
James 雅各的书 3:5 & 6
…It only takes a spark, remember, to set off a forest fire. A careless or wrongly placed word out of your mouth can do that. By our speech we can ruin the world, turn harmony to chaos, throw mud on a reputation, send the whole world up in smoke and go up in smoke with it, smoke right from the pit of hell. (MSG)
I can’t imagine what words would the son says to the father to as he demands for his inheritance and wanted to have his way…it must have really hurts not only the father, the brothers, the relative, family…relative and even the servants.
On the other side, our perception of what others said is also very important…the devil will also twist the words into lie and deception (Garden of Eden…did God really said).
So words can come from pit of hell…is our heart a pit of hell…we must work on our heart and spirit in order to speak right and hear right…response instead of react. Singaporean we are under great stress…we tent to react in all situation.
When we say NO to children they may interpret it as you don’t love me…and feel hurt.
1) What you say 你说什么
2) Why you say 你为什么说
3) When you say 你什么时候说
4) How you say 你怎么说….Song
Don’t know WHAT to say…DON’T SAY!
Don’t know WHY you say…DON’T SAY!
Don’t know WHEN to say…DON’T SAY!
Don’t know HOW to say…DON’T SAY!
We must…not only say the right words
But…with the right intention, right timing, right mathods
Not only what to say, when to say, why you say and how you say it.
I enjoy talking to people…stranger, hairdresser, hawkers, neighbours, taxi drivers…great conversation,
The Fathers heart was right…
Can you think of what words should we say…constructive, thoughtful, gracious, kindness, considerate, concern, appreciate…empowering…
Four kinds of people + – x
This will also determine what kind of words you will say.
Reminder to all on this CNY and Valentine…with relationship, especially today on valentine…say something nice and uplifting to your spouse…not just with words…but in action. Nice words with Maggie mee is also delicious.
As all stories end…they live happily forever…the story of the Prodigal Son ended well…with the power of love.
CNY is about love, Valentine is about love….
Love comes with embracing, forgiveness…
1 Cointhians 哥林多前书 13:13
So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
Not human, fleshly kind of love, but God’s sacrificial, unconditional, eternal Agape love.
1 Corinthians 13:4-8
Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant
or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;
it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth.
Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things,
endures all things.
Love never ends.
Love God Love People
Let’s Celebrate…CNY and Valentine…Power of Hope, Words & Love.
Renewing our hopes, Renewing our Words, Renewing our Love
In God, from God and to Others….especially our family.