Jesus Gave the Great Commission

Dear Parents, After Jesus’ death and resurrection, He appeared to His disciples over a 40-day period. At one point, He appeared to more than 500 people. During that time, Jesus taught about the kingdom of God. (Acts 1:3) Some disciples wondered if Jesus was going to restore the kingdom of Israel. (Acts 1:6) Jesus had a different plan for the disciples. He directed the Eleven to go to a mountain, where He appeared to them again. They worshiped Him, but some still doubted. (Matt. 28:17) On the mountain, Jesus gave His disciples the Great Commission. First, Jesus ...

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Jesus Forgives and Restores

Dear Parents, After Jesus’ resurrection and His appearance to the disciples, seven of the disciples returned to Galilee, near the Sea of Galilee where Jesus had called four of His disciples to be fishers of men. (See Luke 5:1-11.) The disciples went fishing. Perhaps they felt it reasonable to return to the fishing business since their stint as disciples was apparently over—or so they thought! In Bible times, nighttime was the preferred time for fishing. Fish caught at night could be sold fresh in the morning at market. But by daybreak, the disciples had caught ...

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CERTAIN ALLEGATIONS AGAINST ME

Some of you may have seen it, but there is someone who posts calumny against me in the church website or website of House Church Ministries International (HCMI).  The writer writes his name as ‘Truth’ and claims that I deliberately broke the church audio system and as the new system was installed, I received a huge rebate (last year, it said that the contractor received the rebate but then recently the recipient was changed to me.), that I received a kickback from the purchase of the land in Katy, that I stole a church contribution from the 3rd service before I became ...

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Jesus and the Doubter

Dear Parents, Jesus’ followers had seen Jesus alive! Two disciples met Jesus as they were walking to Emmaus, and then Jesus appeared to a group of His disciples as they met together in a locked room. But one of the disciples, Thomas, had missed out. He wasn’t there when Jesus appeared. He hadn’t seen Jesus for himself. So despite his friends’ claims that the Lord was risen, Thomas doubted. In fact, he refused to believe. (John 20:25) Witnesses testified that they had seen Jesus, but Thomas wanted physical evidence. He lacked faith and was stubborn in his ...

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REAPPOINTMENT SYSTEM FOR PASTOR

As of August of this year, it has been 5 years since I started serving as a Senior Pastor and now it is the 6th year.  According to SBC constitution, there is a vote for reappointment for Sr. Pastor at the end of his 6th year.  If 2/3 of voting executed by registered church members is for the reappointment, Sr. Pastor will have a Sabbatical year and serve for another 6 years. This reappointment voting will recur every 7 years like this.  The sabbatical year can be for one year or a part of a year depends on the preference of the pastor.  Please refer to the church ...

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Jesus Appeared to the Disciples

Dear Parents, Only a few days had passed since Jesus was arrested, beaten, and crucified. His followers were undoubtedly afraid and confused. They met together in a house, locking the doors because they were afraid of the Jews. Would the Jews do to them what they had done to Jesus? The disciples had believed that Jesus was the Messiah, but they had abandoned Him and Jesus was killed. How could He save anyone if He was dead? But now some people were reporting that Jesus was alive! Could it be true? The disciples were talking about these things when Jesus stood among ...

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CONCEPT OF STEWARDSHIP

One of the important concepts Christianity follows is stewardship.  All we have is not ours but they belong to God who entrusted them to us for a time being (1 Peter 4:10).  Therefore, my talents, materials I own, or my time are God’s and it is the best to be used according to His purpose. This important concept of stewardship applies to children that my children are not mine but God’s.  God called us and entrusted them to us, ‘Would you keep my children for a while and raise them?’ Therefore, we should do our best in raising them, but we should not force our ...

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