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God Provides for the Faithful (1.9.2022)

When we are faithful to what God has called us to do, even if it does not make sense or even illogical, God will provide. We learn that from Genesis 22:1-19. Our job is to be faithful to what God has entrusted to us, no matter what it is, however we might feel about it, or even if we think it makes no sense. Then we will experience God's provision.  

Faithful to What God has Entrusted (1.2.2022)

As we are celebrating a brand new year, it is also good to hear what God has speaking to us for this new year. Pastor Joon is convicted to share a sermon from the parable of Talents from Matthew 25:14-30 to really look back and honestly ask ourselves, "Have we been faithful to what God has entrusted to us in 2021?" If not, God is challenging us to be faithful what God has given us, whether it is our health, wealth, resources, time, family, etc for the Lord and His Kingdom. 

Finishing Well with Jesus (12.26.21)

As we reflect the 2021, we need to evaluate how we have lived our lives past year. In 2 Timothy 4:6-8, Paul tells his disciple, Timothy that he fought the good fight, finished the race, and remained faithful to the Lord. The followers of Christ should ask, have e fought the spiritual battle well? Have we finished the race God has called us to run? Have we been faithful to the Lord no matter what happened to our lives? When we honestly reflect these things with the Lord, we can welcome the new year with a renewed vision, purpose, and a sense of calling God has for us to live. 

Overcoming Addiction with the Word of God (12.19.2021)

We cannot ignore the spiritual warfare aspect of overcoming addiction. The evil one often tempts us to give into sin and be enslaved by it. These habitual sins often become our addiction. Therefore, we need to understand how to deal with temptations when it comes to overcoming addiction. 

Overcoming Addiction (12.12.2021)

According to Caroline Leaf, a neuroscientist, addiction is not a disease, but a mechanism we use to numb our pain. She also argues that 85-90% of people who overcome addiction do so with a choice.  How then can we overcome addiction? 1 John 1:9 and James 5:16 commands us to confess our sins. We often do not know how to confess our sins. We need to confess our sins to God then to one another to overcome habitual sins of the flesh or addiction. 

Overcoming Depression with the Words of Gratitude (11.28.2021)

According to brain scientists, such as Dr. Caroline Leaf, who argues, "People who are grateful feel less pain, less stress, suffer insomnia less, have stronger immune system, experience healthier relationships, and do better academically and professionally."  These brain scientists must have been reading the Bible, which Paul writes 2000 years ago to be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you who belong to Christ Jesus (1 Thessalonians 5:18). The followers of Christ must be experts in thinking and speaking words of gratitude because it is God's will for us to be thankful in all circumstances. When all Christ followers of Christ are speaking out loud words of gratitude to themselves and to others, not only we overcome depression, but we can truly be the salt of the earth, in which we make our world tastier. 

 

 

 

Understanding Depression with the Word of God (11.7.2021)

As a Christ follower, we must understand mental health and depression the way God wants us to understand from the Word of God. Dr. Caroline Leaf, in her interview on a Lewis Howes podcast, she challenges people to understand depression and other mental conditions not as a disease, but as one experiencing symptoms of that condition. Pastor Joon Hwang challenges the Christians that our identity cannot be in the label of the disease, but in Christ. We can still go through depression, but depression cannot define who we are in Christ. 

Physical Healing through the Word of God (10.31.2021)

James 5:14-15 commands the Christians to pray for the sick. Why so many of the Christians are disobeying God by not praying for the sick? In this sermon, Pastor Joon Hwang teaches the Biblical principles of healing adapted from the Sam Storms teachings on healing. He challenges all Christ followers to pray for the sick around us, so that they can experience God's amazing love, compassion, and power over their lives, so they know God still heals today and follow Him as King over their lives. 

Your Words Control Your Life (10.17.2021)

Your words controls your life, according to James 3:2. Even though it is a very small part of our body, it can give or destroy our life. However, we have the power to control what we say because Ephesians 6:10 states that we can be filled with God's strength and His mighty power. We have God's power to resist any negative thoughts or lies that come to our way. Paul says that we have God's power to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. 

Power of Speaking the Word of God Out Loud (10.10.2021)

Psalm 19:14 says, "May the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be pleasing to you, O Lord my God". As a follower of Christ, we need to fill our mind, emotions, and our words with the word of God, so that we resemble Jesus Christ in every way. 

According to Trevor Moawad in the interview on the youtube show, Impact Theory, he said  "If somebody says aloud, it is the times more powerful than if they think it...when I say things out loud, it is 10X, if it is negative, 40 to 70 times more likely that would happen than I would not say anything." 

Pastor Joon Hwang challenges that we need to say out out the Word of God from the Bible, not just to think them, so that we can actually experience what is in the Bible happening to our lives. There is a power in saying the Word of God out loud.

God Speaks Through the Scriptures (9.26.2021)

James Johnston in his commentary on the Psalms writes that God is talking God. He is not silent. According to Psalm 27: 7-11, God speaks to us through the Scriptures. He reveals, guides, and leads us through the Scriptures. When was last time you thought of meeting God when you were reading, studying or memorizing the Bible? The Bible is not boring, irrelevant, or hard to understand. The Bible is where you meet God face to face! May God give you desire to love the word of God, so that you can encounter God in more intimate and personal way. 

 

Words Reveal & Change What‘s In Our Heart (9.19.2021)

Words matter. What we say, hear, or write can heal or hurt people, including our own selves.  In Luke 6:43-45, Jesus teaches that what we say reveals what is in our heart. 2 Peter 1:3-4 teaches that God has given us everything we need to live a life honoring God, namely the Word of God. We can use the Scriptures to change our thoughts and feelings that are in our heart, so that we can act and live a life that resembles Christ. 

A Spiritually Renewed Person Loves the People o God (9.5.2021)

What does a person who is spiritual renewed look like? In other words, when a person received a sense of spiritual renewal from Jesus, what are some of the characteristics of that person? According to Martin Lloyd Jones, he gives few of the characteristics. People who are spiritually renewed love people of God, their brothers and sisters in Christ. Church is a family of Christ and anyone who belongs to Christ must do life together, no matter what race, ethnicity, gender, background, or social-economic class we belong to. The church must never be a place where cliques are. It should be a place where all people of God belong and grow in Christ together. 

A Spiritually Renewed Person Hates what God Hates (8.22.2021)

What does a person who is spiritual renewed look like? In other words, when a person received a sense of spiritual renewal from Jesus, what are some of the characteristics of that person? According to Martin Lloyd Jones, he gives few of the characteristics. People who are spiritually renewed hate what God hates. Since God hates sin, those who are spiritually renewed by the power of the Holy Spirit hate sin. When they fall into sin, they quickly repent and return to Jesus for intimacy with Him. They have a strong desire to resemble Christ in every way.  

A Spiritually Renewed Person has Intimacy with Jesus (8.15.2021)

What does a person who is spiritual renewed look like? In other words, when a person received a sense of spiritual renewal from Jesus, what are some of the characteristics of that person? According to Martin Lloyd Jones, he gives few of the characteristics. First, people who are spiritually renewed have a satisfaction with Christ in their hearts  because they have a deeper intimacy with Jesus. This happens by the power of the Holy Spirit. 

God’s Good, Pleasing, and Perfect Will (7.11.2021)

Romans 12:2 states that in order to know God's good, pleasing, and perfect will, you need to be transformed into a new person by renewing of the mind or changing how you think. Pastor Joon Hwang is asking, "How are you changing the way you think of our God?" If your view of God is not good, then His will for you is not good. Before asking God to reveal His will for you, you need to start thinking who God really is from the Bible. 

A Complete Life Change (7.4.2021)

Romans 12:2 teaches how we can be totally changed or transformed. The answer is renewing of the mind or change how we think. 

A Living and Holy Sacrifice (6.27.2021)

Paul pleads with the followers of Jesus Christ that we need to offer our bodies to God as a living and holy sacrifice. What does that mean? Is it good or bad thing offer to God as a sacrifice? Where does offering our body as a sacrifice begin? Pastor Joon Hwang answers these questions as he explains Romans 12:1-2. 

Revival in our City (6.6.2021)

In Job 3, we see a revival break out in a very evil hopeless city, Nineveh. Today, we pray for a move of God that is so big and powerful in our own city. 

Your Exodus Story (5.2.2021)

In Psalm 77, a Psalmist overcomes his "great distress" or depression by remembering what God has done in the past for His people, namely Exodus. As we remember the specific moments God has done in our lives, we get to be reminded that the same God who showed faithfulness in the past will continue show His faithfulness to us today, no matter what circumstances we face.  

Meditating on the Scriptures (4.25.2021)

Continuing on the series on the Biblical meditation, Pastor Joon Hwang teaches the Christians that we need to meditate on the God's precepts, His instructions, HIs commands, and His promises. This is a way to have a mind of Christ. 

 

 

 

A Forgotten Discipline: Biblical Meditation (4.18.2021)

In Joshua 1:1-9, The Lord tells Joshua for the first time that He will be with Joshua like He was with Moses and no one can stand against Joshua (v.5). Then he tells Joshua to be strong and courageous 3 times. How can Joshua be strong and courageous? In verse 8, the Lord tells him to meditate on the Word of God day and night. The modern Christian in the West really misunderstand about the meditation and do not practice this very important and powerful practice of a Biblical meditation. Pastor Joon teaches what a Biblical meditation is and why this is a powerful tool for the renewing of our mind and having a mind of Christ. 

Think like the Resurrected (4.4.2021)

Today, we are celebrating the Resurrection Sunday (Easter). Many of the Christians thank God for raising Jesus from the dead, but don't realize God also raised us to a new life as well (Colossians 3:1). Every Christ follower is died to sin with Jesus and raised to a new life with Jesus. N.T. Wright calls a "new life" as  belonging to "a new world". If we belong to a new world, we do things differently including thinking differently. Pastor Joon Hwang is challenging the believers to celebrate Easter by thinking like the resurrected ones. We cannot think like the old way, as if we still belong to the old world, since we are dead to it. 

Our Thinking Determines How We Live (3.21.2021)

Our thinking determines who we are, who we become, and how we live. In Numbers 13-14, we see how the 12 leaders responded after scouting the land of Canaan. Even though all 12 people witnessed the same event, Caleb and Joshua responded totally different from the rest of 10 leaders. Why? They were thinking differently! Their thinking determined how they respond and how they live. When you experience the thoughts of fear, anxiety, or doubt, before you accept these thoughts into your mind, ask yourself, "Is this from God?" We need to pay more attention to our thinking because it determines how we live. 

Transformation of the Mind Matters (3.14.2021)

Next few weeks, pastor Joon Hwang is going to start a series on the Transformation of the Mind. In this first message of the series, he explains that what we think is crucial when we want to experience the transformation in our lives because everything starts with the mind. One of the areas the Christians don't pay too much attention is on what we put in our mind every day, even though the Bible is clear as to what we need to put in our mind (Philippians 4:8-9). Before thinking about how to win the battle against the toxic & evil thoughts, we need to first evaluate what we are putting in our mind everyday. We cannot expect a treasure to come out, when we put in only the garbage. 

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