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New Audio File Uploaded: “Come Lift Up Your Sorrows” and the Two Incidents of the Feeding of the Multitudes – By Michael Card

Come Lift Up Your Sorrows by Michael Card

If you are wounded, if you are alone,
If you are angry, if your heart is cold as stone,
If you have fallen and if you are weak,
Come find the worth of God
That only the suffering seek.

(Chorus)
Come lift up your sorrows
And offer your pain;
Come make a sacrifice
Of all your shame;
There in your wilderness
He’s waiting for you
To worship Him with your wounds,
For He’s wounded too.

He has not stuttered, and He has not lied
When He said, “Come unto me, you’re not disqualified”
When your heavy laden, you may want to depart,
But those who know sorrow are closest to His heart.

In this most Holy Place
He’s made a sacred space
For those who will enter in
And trust to cry out to Him;
You’ll find no curtain there,
No reason left for fear;
There’s perfect freedom here
To weep every unwept tear.

So lift up your sorrows
And offer your pain;
Come make a sacrifice
Of all your shame;
There in your wilderness
He’s waiting for you
To worship Him with your wounds,
For He’s wounded too.

sspmanila audioDo you really believe that?  Can you possibly believe that that thing that hurts you the most may be the most precious thing that you have to offer God in worship?  That God uses sorrow – He uses suffering to save the world?  Could that possibly be true?

Could it be possibly true that the moment when Jesus was most being used by God, He was lamenting.  As He was on the cross, He was lamenting.  So we need to be encouraged – those of us who are sorrowful and confused, and even angry.

David says the sacrifices of God are a broken spirit and a contrite heart, so if you’ve come this morning and that’s all you’ve got, you’ve come to the right place.  

I would like to look at two incidents in the Gospel of Matthew:  the feeding of the five thousand and the feeding of the four thousand.  Let us look at it briefly.

This is an excerpt from Bro. Michael Card’s sermon on September 28, 2014, about the two incidents of the feeding of the multitudes by Jesus (Matthew 14 and John 15 ).  Learn more about this by listening to the complete sermon here.

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New Audio File Uploaded: How to Have Great Faith

sspmanila audio“The excitement in my heart this morning is this:  by the grace of God, with the little knowledge that I may have right now, I may somehow encourage each one of us to learn how to have a “great faith” – great faith that will move mountains for the glory of God.  Great faith that will enable each one of us to serve Him mightily and with so much glee and joy in our hearts.  Great faith… Twice mentioned by Jesus Christ are two Gentiles, a man and a woman, who have such great faith.  

Likewise, by the grace of God Almighty, it is my prayer that each one of us in here will be enabled by the Holy Spirit to be enlightened and to understand His Word, and hopefully this will motivate and inspire us to be more excited in serving God… Hoping that such great faith may indeed become a reality for the glory of God Almighty.”  

This is an excerpt from Pastor Edwin Lim’s sermon on Matthew 15:21-28 about “How to Have a Great Faith” on October 5, 2014.  Listen to the complete sermon here.

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New Audio File Uploaded: Living Sacrifice (Matt. 21 & Rom. 12)

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Today is special for the confirmation candidates as well as for all of us.  You may have been confirmed long, long time ago, but whenever there is a confirmation service, this serves as a good reminder for all of us:  the baptism vows we took during our baptism, as well the confirmation vows…  what we have done from that point.  And as we look back, and for those who are confirmed today, we move forward together.  There are some reminders for all of us.

The two passages for today’s readings are just appropriate.  (Matthew 16:21-27 and Romans 12:1-8)  Jesus took His disciples from Galilee all the way up north to Philippi Caesarea.  (Matthew 16:21-27)  If you travel by coach, that is one and half hour journey.  And if you walk by foot, it may take more than half a day.  And Jesus took the disciples all the way to the north to ask them, “Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?”  

And the disciples offered some answers they knew.  They knew what the people are thinking about Jesus.  And then Jesus asked them,  “Who do you say that I am?’  And I think you are very familiar with the answer.  Simon Peter said,  “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”   

And Jesus told the disciples, and He is telling us all today, that He had to go to Jerusalem to die for all of us.  And Jesus challenged the disciples, and He is doing right now:  “Take up your cross and follow Me.”  As we move on as Christians, there are lots of lessons for us.  We have to keep learning and moving in serving Him and His people.  

And the epistle reading for today is Romans 12.  This is a familiar passage.  But as you come to verse 1 of chapter 12 – “I beseech you, therefore…”

Whenever you read therefore, in Paul’s epistles, it doesn’t come out of the blue.  You should go back and find it – the link, before the “therefore.”  Just like we approach any book of the Bible.  

This is an excerpt from Rev. Samuel Sia’s sermon on Romans 12:1-8 and Matthew 16:13-17 about “Living Sacrifice” on August 31, 2014.  Listen to the complete sermon in English or in Hokkien.

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New Audio File Uploaded: A Love That Won’t Let Go

sspmanila audioIt is agreed universally that Romans 8 is one of the greatest passage in the Scriptures.  Five times in this passage the apostle Paul asked questions to draw out the amazing privilege of belonging to Jesus Christ – such as the one in Romans 8:31: “If God is for us, then who can be against us?”  In verse 35, “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?”  

The answers to these questions are so plain and wonderful for all those who are in Jesus Christ.  And the answer to all these questions is that no one, and nothing, can separate us from the love of Christ.  Surely this will uplift anyone in the most discouraging situation.  Or does it?  These maybe words that may encourage us in relatively comfortable situation.  But what if your situation doesn’t make you feel that you somehow could agree with the apostle Paul?

This is an excerpt from Rev. Anthony Hao’s sermon on “A Love That Won’t Let Go” on August 24, 2014.  Listen to the complete sermon here.

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