Aug 2017

  • Blessing and Responsibility 祝福與責任

    1 John 3:1 NIV
    [1] See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.

    約翰壹書‬ ‭3:1‬ ‭CNV‬‬
    [1] 你們看,父賜給我們的是怎樣的愛,就是讓我們可以稱為 神的兒女,我們也真是他的兒女。因此,世人不認識我們,是因為他們不認識父。

    1 - Understand the tension 認識壓力

    2 Corinthians 8:12-14 NLT
    [12] Whatever you give is acceptable if you give it eagerly. And give according to what you have, not what you don't have. [13] Of course, I don't mean your giving should make life easy for others and hard for yourselves. I only mean that there should be some equality. [14] Right now you have plenty and can help those who are in need. Later, they will have plenty and can share with you when you need it. In this way, things will be equal.

    ‭‭哥林多後書‬ ‭8:12-14‬ ‭CNV‬‬
    [12] 因為人要是有願意作的心,按照他所有的,必蒙悅納,不是按照他所沒有的。 [13] 這不是要別人輕省,你們受累,而是要大家都均等。 [14] 現在你們富裕,就要補助他們的缺乏,到了他們富裕的時候,也可以補助你們的缺乏,這樣就均等了;

    2 - Invest your heart 投資在你的心

    2 Corinthians 8:17, 23 NLT
    [17] Titus welcomed our request that he visit you again. In fact, he himself was very eager to go and see you…. [23] If anyone asks about Titus, say that he is my partner who works with me to help you. And the brothers with him have been sent by the churches, and they bring honor to Christ.

    ‭‭哥林多後書‬ ‭8:17, 23‬ ‭CNV‬‬
    [17] 提多一方面接受了勸勉,但他自己更加熱心,自願到你們那裡去。... [23] 至於提多,他是我的同伴,為你們的緣故作了我的同工;還有我們那兩位弟兄,他們是眾教會所派的,是基督的榮耀。

    3 - Live in that tension with a sustained energy for the long term 在壓力中仍長時間保持精力充沛

    2 Corinthians 8:20-22a MSG
    [20-22a] We don't want anyone suspecting us of taking one penny of this money for ourselves. We're being as careful in our reputation with the public as in our reputation with God. That's why we're sending another trusted friend along. He's proved his dependability many times over, and carries on as energetically as the day he started.

    ‭‭哥林多後書‬ ‭8:20-22‬a CNV‬‬
    [20 - 22a] 免得有人因為我們經管的捐款太多,就毀謗我們。 因為我們努力去作的,不僅是主認為是美的事,也是眾人認為是美的事。 我們還派了另一位弟兄與他們同去;我們在許多的事上多次考驗過他,知道他很熱心。
  • Aug 13 2017

    The Blessing Bounce

    Pastor Richard Welsh
    *The Blessing Bounce*

    (Luke 18:15-16) People were also bringing babies to Jesus for him to place his hands on them. When the disciples saw this, they rebuked them. (16) But Jesus called the children to him and said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.

    路 加 福 音 18:15-16Chinese Union Version (Traditional) (CUV)
    15 有 人 抱 著 自 己 的 嬰 孩 來 見 耶 穌 , 要 他 摸 他 們 ; 門 徒 看 見 就 責 備 那 些 人 。
    16 耶 穌 卻 叫 他 們 來 , 說 : 讓 小 孩 子 到 我 這 裡 來 , 不 要 禁 止 他 們 ; 因 為 在 神 國 的 正 是 這 樣 的 人 。

    1. God always starts the blessing bounce – that’s who he is!

    (Genesis 1:28) God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”

    創 世 記 1:28Chinese Union Version (Traditional) (CUV)

    28 神 就 賜 福 給 他 們 , 又 對 他 們 說 : 要 生 養 眾 多 , 遍 滿 地 面 , 治 理 這 地 , 也 要 管 理 海 裡 的 魚 、 空 中 的 鳥 , 和 地 上 各 樣 行 動 的 活 物 。

    2. The Blessing bounced into Abraham

    (Genesis 12:1-3) he Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you. (2) “I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. (3) I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”

    創 世 記 12:1-3Chinese Union Version (Traditional) (CUV)
    1 耶 和 華 對 亞 伯 蘭 說 : 你 要 離 開 本 地 、 本 族 、 父 家 , 往 我 所 要 指 示 你 的 地 去 。
    2 我 必 叫 你 成 為 大 國 。 我 必 賜 福 給 你 , 叫 你 的 名 為 大 ; 你 也 要 叫 別 人 得 福 。
    3 為 你 祝 福 的 , 我 必 賜 福 與 他 ; 那 咒 詛 你 的 , 我 必 咒 詛 他 。 地 上 的 萬 族 都 要 因 你 得 福 。

    3. The blessing bounces into believers 

    (Galatians 3:9) So those who rely on faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith.

    加拉太書3:9 (CNV Traditional)
  • Aug 6 2017


    Pastor Richard Welsh

    (Luke 6:37-39) “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. (38) Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” (39) He also told them this parable: “Can the blind lead the blind? Will they not both fall into a pit?
    ‭‭路加福音‬ ‭6:37-39‬ ‭RCUV‬‬
    「你們不要評斷別人,就不被審判;你們不要定人的罪,就不被定罪;你們要饒恕人,就必蒙饒恕。 (38) 你們要給人,就必有給你們的,並且用十足的升斗,連搖帶按,上尖下流地倒在你們懷裏;因為你們用甚麼量器量給人,也必用甚麼量器量給你們。」 (39) 耶穌又用比喻對他們說:「瞎子豈能領瞎子,兩個人不是都要掉在坑裏嗎?」

    1. Starts with forgiveness and release
    1. 從寬恕和釋放開始

    2. Continues with giving and receiving in ever increasing circles
    2. 繼續在不斷擴大的弧形軌道裡施予和收取

    (Proverbs 11:24 MSG) The world of the generous gets larger and larger; the world of the stingy gets smaller and smaller,
    箴言‬ ‭11:24‬ ‭RCUV
    有施捨的,錢財增添; 吝惜過度,反致窮乏。

    3. It’s Coming Back But…
    3. 它回來了,但是...

    4. Be part of the Boomerang! Sow your seeds!
    4. 成為回力鏢的一部分!播種你的種子!

    (Galatians 6:7) Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.
    加拉太書‬ ‭6:7‬ ‭RCUV