Apr 2017

  • Apr 30 2017

    Love People!

    Pastor Richard Welsh
    *Love people!*
    *(developing a heart like Jesus for those around us)*

    1 - See people how Jesus sees people
    1. 像耶穌一樣看人

    Luke 15:3-7 NLT
    [3] So Jesus told them this story: [4] "If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them gets lost, what will he do? Won't he leave the ninety-nine others in the wilderness and go to search for the one that is lost until he finds it? [5] And when he has found it, he will joyfully carry it home on his shoulders. [6] When he arrives, he will call together his friends and neighbors, saying, 'Rejoice with me because I have found my lost sheep.' [7] In the same way, there is more joy in heaven over one lost sinner who repents and returns to God than over ninety-nine others who are righteous and haven't strayed away!

    路 加 福 音 15:3-7Chinese Union Version (Traditional) (CUV)
    3 耶 穌 就 用 比 喻 說 :
    4 你 們 中 間 誰 有 一 百 隻 羊 失 去 一 隻 , 不 把 這 九 十 九 隻 撇 在 曠 野 、 去 找 那 失 去 的 羊 , 直 到 找 著 呢 ?
    5 找 著 了 , 就 歡 歡 喜 喜 的 扛 在 肩 上 , 回 到 家 裡 ,
    6 就 請 朋 友 鄰 舍 來 , 對 他 們 說 : 我 失 去 的 羊 已 經 找 著 了 , 你 們 和 我 一 同 歡 喜 罷 !
    7 我 告 訴 你 們 , 一 個 罪 人 悔 改 , 在 天 上 也 要 這 樣 為 他 歡 喜 , 較 比 為 九 十 九 個 不 用 悔 改 的 義 人 歡 喜 更 大 。

    2 - Include them (invite them to your party!)
    2. 包括他們(邀請他們到你的派對)

    Matthew 9:9-10 NLT
    [9] As Jesus was walking along, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at his tax collector's booth. "Follow me and be my disciple," Jesus said to him. So Matthew got up and followed him. [10] Later, Matthew invited Jesus and his disciples to his home as dinner guests, along with many tax collectors and other disreputable sinners.

    馬 太 福 音 9:9-10Chinese Union Version (Traditional) (CUV)
    9 耶 穌 從 那 裡 往 前 走 , 看 見 一 個 人 名 叫 馬 太 , 坐 在 稅 關 上 , 就 對 他 說 : 你 跟 從 我 來 。 他 就 起 來 跟 從 了 耶 穌 。
    10 耶 穌 在 屋 裡 坐 席 的 時 候 , 有 好 些 稅 吏 和 罪 人 來 , 與 耶 穌 和 他 的 門 徒 一 同 坐 席 。

    3 - Make the most of every opportunity
    3. 善用所有的機會

    Colossians 4:5 NLT
    [5] Live wisely among those who are not believers, and make the most of every opportunity.
    歌羅西書 4:5 (CSB Traditional)
    你們要把握機會 b,對外面的人靠智慧行事。
  • *“But upon your Word …. I will let down the nets"*


    (Luke 5:4-6) When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.” (5) Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.” (6) When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break.

    路加福音 5:4-6Chinese Union Version Modern Punctuation (Traditional) (CUVMPT)

    4 講完了,對西門說:「把船開到水深之處,下網打魚。」 5 西門說:「夫子,我們整夜勞力,並沒有打著什麼,但依從你的話,我就下網。」6 他們下了網,就圈住許多魚,網險些裂開,

    1. All Bible is God-Breathed

    (2 Timothy 3:16) All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness

    提 摩 太 後 書 3:16-17Chinese Union Version (Traditional) (CUV)
    16 聖 經 都 是 神 所 默 示 的 ( 或 作 : 凡 神 所 默 示 的 聖 經 ) , 於 教 訓 、 督 責 、 使 人 歸 正 、 教 導 人 學 義 都 是 有 益 的

    2. Some parts come alive to us, specifically, here, now

    (Luke 1:34-38) “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?” (35) The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. (36) Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month. (37) For no word from God will ever fail.” (38) “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her.

    路加福音‬ ‭1:34-38‬ ‭CUNP
    “馬利亞 對天使說:「我沒有出嫁,怎麼有這事呢?」 天使回答說:「聖靈要臨到你身上,至高者的能力要蔭庇你,因此所要生的聖者必稱為神的兒子 。 況且你的親戚 伊利莎白 ,在年老的時候也懷了男胎,就是那素來稱為不生育的,現在有孕六個月了。 因為,出於神的話,沒有一句不帶能力的。」 馬利亞 說:「我是主的使女,情願照你的話成就在我身上。」天使就離開她去了。”

    (Luke 2:19) But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.
    ‭‭路加福音‬ ‭2:19‬ ‭CUNP
    “馬利亞 卻把這一切的事存在心裏,反覆思想。”

    3. When you hear the Word of God, add faith


    (Romans 10:17) Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.
    羅馬書‬ ‭10:17‬ ‭CUNP

    4. Obedience to the ‘now’ Word is the place of power


    (Luke 5:8-11) When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!” (9) For he and all his companions were astonished at the catch of fish they had taken, (10) and so were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, Simon’s partners. Then Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid; from now on you will fish for people.” (11) So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him.
    路加福音‬ ‭5:8-11‬
    “西門‧彼得 看見,就俯伏在耶穌膝前,說:「主啊,離開我,我是個罪人!」 他和一切同在的人都驚訝這一網所打的魚。 他的夥伴 西庇太 的兒子 雅各 、 約翰 ,也是這樣。耶穌對 西門 說:「不要怕!從今以後,你要得人了。」 他們把兩隻船攏了岸,就撇下所有的,跟從了耶穌。”
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  • Jesus reveals his heart for all people

    (John 10:10,15,17-18) The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.(15) just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep. (17) The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life—only to take it up again. (18) No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.

    約 翰 福 音 10:10,15,17-18 CUV
    [10] 盜 賊 來 , 無 非 要 偷 竊 , 殺 害 , 毀 壞 ; 我 來 了 , 是 要 叫 羊 ( 或 作 : 人 ) 得 生 命 , 並 且 得 的 更 豐 盛 。 [15] 正 如 父 認 識 我 , 我 也 認 識 父 一 樣 ; 並 且 我 為 羊 捨 命 。 [17] 我 父 愛 我 ; 因 我 將 命 捨 去 , 好 再 取 回 來 。 [18] 沒 有 人 奪 我 的 命 去 , 是 我 自 己 捨 的 。 我 有 權 柄 捨 了 , 也 有 權 柄 取 回 來 。 這 是 我 從 我 父 所 受 的 命 令 。

    1. Scene 1: The foot-washing reveals his heart for his disciples
    1. 情境一: 耶穌為門徒洗腳顯明了他對門徒的心

    (John 13:1-5,15) It was just before the Passover Festival. Jesus knew that the hour had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. (2)The evening meal was in progress, and the devil had already prompted Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot, to betray Jesus. (3) Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; (4) so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. (5) After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him. (15) I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.

    約 翰 福 音 13:1-5,15 CUV
    [1] 逾 越 節 以 前 , 耶 穌 知 道 自 己 離 世 歸 父 的 時 候 到 了 。 他 既 然 愛 世 間 屬 自 己 的 人 , 就 愛 他 們 到 底 。 [2] 吃 晚 飯 的 時 候 , 魔 鬼 已 將 賣 耶 穌 的 意 思 放 在 西 門 的 兒 子 加 略 人 猶 大 心 裡 。 [3] 耶 穌 知 道 父 已 將 萬 有 交 在 他 手 裡 , 且 知 道 自 己 是 從 神 出 來 的 , 又 要 歸 到 神 那 裡 去 , [4] 就 離 席 站 起 來 , 脫 了 衣 服 , 拿 一 條 手 巾 束 腰 , [5] 隨 後 把 水 倒 在 盆 裡 , 就 洗 門 徒 的 腳 , 並 用 自 己 所 束 的 手 巾 擦 乾 。 [15] 我 給 你 們 做 了 榜 樣 , 叫 你 們 照 著 我 向 你 們 所 做 的 去 做 。

    2. Scene 2: Jesus’ offer reveals hope for the betrayer
    2. 情境二: 耶穌的邀請顯明了他給背叛者的昐望

    (John 13:2,18,21-27) The evening meal was in progress, and the devil had already prompted Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot, to betray Jesus. (18) “I am not referring to all of you; I know those I have chosen. But this is to fulfill this passage of Scripture: ‘He who shared my bread has turned against me. (21) After he had said this, Jesus was troubled in spirit and testified, “Very truly I tell you, one of you is going to betray me.” (22) His disciples stared at one another, at a loss to know which of them he meant. (23) One of them, the disciple whom Jesus loved, was reclining next to him. (24) Simon Peter motioned to this disciple and said, “Ask him which one he means.” (25) Leaning back against Jesus, he asked him, “Lord, who is it?” (26) Jesus answered, “It is the one to whom I will give this piece of bread when I have dipped it in the dish.” Then, dipping the piece of bread, he gave it to Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot. (27) As soon as Judas took the bread, Satan entered into him. So Jesus told him, “What you are about to do, do quickly.”

    約 翰 福 音 13:2,18,21-27 CUV
    [2] 吃 晚 飯 的 時 候 , 魔 鬼 已 將 賣 耶 穌 的 意 思 放 在 西 門 的 兒 子 加 略 人 猶 大 心 裡 。 [18] 我 這 話 不 是 指 著 你 們 眾 人 說 的 , 我 知 道 我 所 揀 選 的 是 誰 。 現 在 要 應 驗 經 上 的 話 , 說 : 同 我 吃 飯 的 人 用 腳 踢 我 。 [21] 耶 穌 說 了 這 話 , 心 裡 憂 愁 , 就 明 說 : 我 實 實 在 在 的 告 訴 你 們 , 你 們 中 間 有 一 個 人 要 賣 我 了 。 [22] 門 徒 彼 此 對 看 , 猜 不 透 所 說 的 是 誰 。 [23] 有 一 個 門 徒 , 是 耶 穌 所 愛 的 , 側 身 挨 近 耶 穌 的 懷 裡 。 [24] 西 門 彼 得 點 頭 對 他 說 : 你 告 訴 我 們 , 主 是 指 著 誰 說 的 。 [25] 那 門 徒 便 就 勢 靠 著 耶 穌 的 胸 膛 , 問 他 說 : 主 阿 , 是 誰 呢 ? [26] 耶 穌 回 答 說 : 我 蘸 一 點 餅 給 誰 , 就 是 誰 。 耶 穌 就 蘸 了 一 點 餅 , 遞 給 加 略 人 西 門 的 兒 子 猶 大 。 [27] 他 吃 了 以 後 , 撒 但 就 入 了 他 的 心 。 耶 穌 便 對 他 說 : 你 所 做 的 , 快 做 罷 !

    3. Scene 3: The communion meal reveals his heart for the sinner
    3. 情境三: 聖餐顯明了耶穌對罪人的心

    (1 Corinthians 11:23-26 The Message) Let me go over with you again exactly what goes on in the Lord’s Supper and why it is so centrally important. I received my instructions from the Master himself and passed them on to you. The Master, Jesus, on the night of his betrayal, took bread. Having given thanks, he broke it and said, This is my body, broken for you. Do this to remember me. After supper, he did the same thing with the cup: This cup is my blood, my new covenant with you. Each time you drink this cup, remember me. What you must solemnly realize is that every time you eat this bread and every time you drink this cup, you reenact in your words and actions the death of the Master. You will be drawn back to this meal again and again until the Master returns. You must never let familiarity breed contempt.

    歌 林 多 前 書 11:23-26 CUV
    [23] 我 當 日 傳 給 你 們 的 , 原 是 從 主 領 受 的 , 就 是 主 耶 穌 被 賣 的 那 一 夜 , 拿 起 餅 來 , [24] 祝 謝 了 , 就 擘 開 , 說 : 這 是 我 的 身 體 , 為 你 們 捨 ( 有 古 卷 : 擘 開 ) 的 , 你 們 應 當 如 此 行 , 為 的 是 記 念 我 。 [25] 飯 後 , 也 照 樣 拿 起 杯 來 , 說 : 這 杯 是 用 我 的 血 所 立 的 新 約 , 你 們 每 逢 喝 的 時 候 , 要 如 此 行 , 為 的 是 記 念 我 。 [26] 你 們 每 逢 吃 這 餅 , 喝 這 杯 , 是 表 明 主 的 死 , 直 等 到 他 來 。

    (John 12:23-24, 32,33 The Message) Jesus answered, “Time’s up. The time has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. (24) “Listen carefully: Unless a grain of wheat is buried in the ground, dead to the world, it is never any more than a grain of wheat. But if it is buried, it sprouts and reproduces itself many times over. (32) And I, as I am lifted up from the earth, will attract everyone to me and gather them around me.” (33) He put it this way to show how he was going to be put to death.

    約 翰 福 音 12:23-24,32-33 CUV
    [23] 耶 穌 說 : 人 子 得 榮 耀 的 時 候 到 了 。 [24] 我 實 實 在 在 的 告 訴 你 們 , 一 粒 麥 子 不 落 在 地 裡 死 了 , 仍 舊 是 一 粒 , 若 是 死 了 , 就 結 出 許 多 子 粒 來 。 [32] 我 若 從 地 上 被 舉 起 來 , 就 要 吸 引 萬 人 來 歸 我 。 [33] 耶 穌 這 話 原 是 指 著 自 己 將 要 怎 樣 死 說 的 。
  • *Gods home for the generations*

    It takes vision and faith

    Ephesians 2:19-22 MSG
    [19-22] You're no longer strangers or outsiders. You belong here, with as much right to the name Christian as anyone. *God is building a home. He's using us all*---irrespective of how we got here---in what he is building. He used the apostles and prophets for the foundation. Now he's using you, fitting you in brick by brick, stone by stone, with Christ Jesus as the cornerstone that holds all the parts together. *We see it* taking shape day after day---a holy temple built by God, all of us built into it, a temple in which God is quite at home.

    以弗所書 2:19-22(CSB)
    19 由此可見,你們不再是外人,或寄居的;你們是聖徒的同國之民,是神家裡的人, 20 並且被建造在使徒和先知的根基上,有基督耶穌自己為房角石。 21 在基督耶穌裡,全部建築互相連接,漸漸成為在主裡的聖殿; 22 在他裡面,你們也一同被建造,藉著聖靈成為神居住的地方。

    It takes sacrifice and generosity

    1 Peter 2:5 Voice
    [5] Like living stones, let yourselves be assembled into a spiritual house, a holy order of priests who *offer up spiritual sacrifices* that will be acceptable to God through Jesus the Anointed.

    彼得前書2:5 (CSB)

    It takes wisdom and urgency

    Ephesians 5:15-17 NLT
    [15] So be careful how you live. Don't live like fools, but like those who are wise. [16] Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days. [17] Don't act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do.

    以弗所書5:15-17 (CSB)
    所以,你們要仔細察看怎樣行事為人,不要像沒有智慧的人,而要像有智慧的人; 16 要把握機會 d,因為這時代是邪惡的。 17 為此,不要做愚妄的人,而要領悟主的旨意是什麼。 18 不要醉酒,醉酒帶來 e放蕩,而要被聖靈充滿:
  • Apr 2 2017

    Driven by Eternity

    Pastor Richard Welsh
    *Driven by eternity*

    The 2 question test

    Romans 14:10b-12 NLT
    Remember, we will all stand before the judgment seat of God. [11] For the Scriptures say, "'As surely as I live,' says the LORD, 'every knee will bend to me, and every tongue will declare allegiance to God. '" [12] Yes, each of us will give a personal account to God.
    羅馬書‬ ‭14:10b-12 RCUV
    因我們都要站在上帝的審判臺前。 [11] 經上寫著:「主說,我指著我的永生起誓:萬膝必向我跪拜;萬口必稱頌上帝。」[12] 這樣看來,我們各人一定要把自己的事在上帝面前交代。
    What did you do with my son Jesus?

    Revelation 20:11-12 NLT
    [11] And I saw a great white throne and the one sitting on it. The earth and sky fled from his presence, but they found no place to hide. [12] I saw the dead, both great and small, standing before God's throne. And the books were opened, including the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to what they had done, as recorded in the books.
    啟示錄‬ ‭20:11-12‬ ‭RCUV
    [11] 我又看見一個白色的大寶座和那坐在上面的;天和地都從他面前逃避,再也找不到它們的位置了。 [12] 我又看見死了的人,無論大小,都站在寶座前。案卷都展開了,並另有一卷展開,就是生命冊。死了的人都憑著這些案卷所記載的,照他們所行的受審判。‬‬

    What did you do with what I gave you?

    2 Corinthians 5:10 NIV
    [10] For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.
    ‭‭哥林多後書‬ ‭5:10‬ ‭RCUV
    1 Timothy 6:17-19 NLT
    [17] Teach those who are rich in this world not to be proud and not to trust in their money, which is so unreliable. Their trust should be in God, who richly gives us all we need for our enjoyment. [18] Tell them to use their money to do good. They should be rich in good works and generous to those in need, always being ready to share with others. [19] By doing this they will be storing up their treasure as a good foundation for the future so that they may experience true life.
    提摩太前書‬ ‭6:17-19‬ ‭RCUV
    [17] 至於那些今世富足的人,你要囑咐他們不要自高,也不要倚賴靠不住的錢財;要倚靠那厚賜萬物給我們享受的上帝。 [18] 又要囑咐他們行善,在好事上富足,甘心施捨,樂意分享,[19] 為自己積存財富,而為將來打美好的根基,好使他們能把握那真正的生命。‬‬