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"Celebrate God's Faithfulness" from Matthew 26:17-30

Faithfulness should be remembered and learn it by heart.

Exodus 13:6-8 6 For seven days eat bread made without yeast and on the seventh day hold a festival to the LORD. 7 Eat unleavened bread during those seven days; nothing with yeast in it is to be seen among you, nor shall any yeast be seen anywhere within your borders. 8 On that day tell your son, ‘I do this because of what the LORD did for me when I came out of Egypt.’
Unleaven a bread with No yeast.
Yeast - signify sin.

The celebration of the passover before was for the Jews alone.

Why do they celebrate it? To commemorate and observe it. If you know what God did for you then you would celebrate it.

Passover is also known as feast of unleaven bread.

How to prepare passover?
Look at Exodus 12:4-8

Am I worthy to take this communion?
Of course we are all sinners. But we need to have the right relationship with the Lord. And we must examine ourselves.

It symbolize the sacrifice of Jesus to save us from our sins.

1 Corinthians 11:25 In…

"Don't Listen To The Enemy" from Nehemiah 6:1-19

As Christians, our perseverance is not to listen to the enemy. One of the Bible teacher says "As Christians we are not possess by Satan but influenced by Satan". In our previous chapter, Nehemiah help the poor and now the enemy are attacking them.

In verse 1-9, talks about not to give in to the enemy. The wall is almost complete. They attack Nehemiah, who are they?
Sanballat means strength. Tobiah means pleasing with the Lord, he's an ammonite. Geshem means rain.

Place of Ono is going east from Israel. When we work for the Lord, the enemy will always attack you. "I am carrying on a great project" means I will continue to do the work of God.

1 Timothy 4:15-16 15 Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress. 16 Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.
We are reminded to do and carry out the problem. Satan he has the same tactics to…

"A heart of a leader" from Nehemiah 5:1-19

Nehemiah's attitude back at chapter 4 - should be an example for us Christians. As a leader, you must encourage.

Here are the 3 problem of Nehemiah; population increase, increase in tax and they have no food to eat. On building the wall, was not a problem because the king sustain the expenses but the workers are Nehemiah's problem.

The tax they pay is from the debt they also had. As we Christians, if one of us have had a problem we should stick together and pray. Nehemiah got angry because the people were disunited and building of the wall stopped.

Nehemiah rebuke them with love. He also said to them walk in fear with God. So the one who took the vineyards gave back to the one who own it.

2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!
As for us Christians, we should be reminded. Nehemiah is different from the past official governor. Stick for what the gifts given by God to you.

Philippians 2:13 for it is God wh…

"Choose to be Godly" from Matthew 25:31-46

Two major points on this study:
The sheep will inherint the kingdom.The goat are curse to be condem to death.God will judge us according to what we have done. Goats are the wicked.

Matthew 24:3 As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately. “Tell us,” they said, “when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?”

What happen at the end of the age?
The ungodly will be separated from the righteous.

1 Corinthians 15:52-54
52 in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. 53 For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. 54 When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.”

Daniel 12:2 Multitudes who sleep in the dust of the earth will …

"Keep On Working" from Nehemiah 4:1-23

Before we have no place, and we were must renting a building for our church. And now, we are blessed because God gave us our own church building and we are not renting anymore. In short we can never doubt God plans for our lives.

"We" here are Jews and the author here obvously is Nehemiah. Ammonite are enemies of Jews. 1st point in verse 1-3, expect there is speculation. A leader should be an example. Paul the apostle said; "When we are cursed, we are blessed. When we are persecuted, we endure." Jesus promised us you will have rewards from heaven, when you are persecuted in being righteous. When we are weak, He is strong.

One of the tools from the enemy is you will be mocked. In verse 4, we can see Nehemiah's reaction that he turn to God and he did not fight back what they have done to him. Jesus want us to love our neighbor and don't treat them as enemy.

Ephesians 6:11-17 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s s…

"Be Faithfull" from Matthew 25:14-30

2 Points of Faithfulness:
We should prove our faith to be genuine.
Make it your goal to please Him.

The interpretation of The gifts of the Holy Spirit is "talents".

If you are faithful in small things God will add your gifts.
Remember the four T:
Temple- our body
Treasurers - use our money to God's glory.
Time - don't be lazy
Talents - your gifts

Romans 12:6-8
6 We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; 7 if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; 8 if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.

Whatever work you're doing consider that as gifts - be it just taking care of kids, laundry etc. Work for God's glory.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean for His own understanding and He will direct your path straight.

The one who hid t…

"You And I Are Teammates" from Nehemiah 3:1-32

Teammates, are group of people and as a team we need to fellowship.
The 2 points that you will see in this chapter;

one step at a time,
and work together.

God is a God of restoration. So when you get brokenhearted, God will restore you. God gave them authority to rebuild the wall. Nehemiah involve the people to work together.
The important thing is that when you do things - dedicate yourself to it. Dedicate also means to work together. As believers, we need to dedicate our work to Jesus. In order to lead people, you need to listen.

Eliashib means whom God restore. Expect that some workers are lazy. We have to be diligent not to be idle. Whatever we do, do it for the glory of God.

Repair, repairs, and repaired said in this chapter 37 times. Its a long process to rebuild the wall. Repair in hebrew word means Chadash.

Dung - place to where the garbage are placed.

Now, what's the purpose of rebuilding the wall? It is to dedicate it with the Lord.

When we work together you should not be medioc…