Miracle Service Repor t >> December 13, 2014 >> Repor ted by Stacey Seah In this evening’s message so aptly titled “Because of Me”, Pastor Rony tells us a bittersweet story about the love of a man for his sister and family. See if you can spot the parallels in this story for what Jesus Christ did for you when He went to the Cross at Calvary. Her name was never mentioned, but this is the story of a young dancer girl. She was born in the time when Kim Jong-il ruled the land of North Korea and was a troupe member performing for the supreme leader. During times of hardship and poverty, she managed to look healthy when putting on appearances for the ruler with god-like status. All these came to an end one day when she was hit with typhoid fever. With no food or medication available, her brother lived in fear of losing her right before his very eyes. The entire family was struggling with lack of food and having his sister stricken with typhoid fever was not something they could afford. One day, this man decided to brave the dangers surrounding him. He would risk his life and carry his sister across the North Korean border into China to get medical help. The soldiers were on the prowl for anyone who tried to sneak out of the country, regardless of how old or sick they were. He knew that a small mistake would be fatal. The entire journey was filled with fear and anguish, yet there was hope that his sister would get well if only he could get to the other side. After many sleepless nights treading through treacherous grounds, he was successful. This man toiled day and night to pay for his sister’s medical expenses. Although his sister was recovering well, he had many nagging thoughts about the family he left back in North Korea. The thought of them starving at home was enough for him to drop what he was doing in an attempt to smuggle food back for them. Anyone in his right mind will know that it was the most dangerous thing one could ever attempt to do. Sneaking out of North Korea was dangerous enough yet he wanted to bring food back! Out of sheer determination and love for them, he was successful several times in his pilgrimages from China to North Korea and back. His sister would wait for him in China with unending thoughts of her brother’s death, yet each time he would return unscathed. After several successful trips, her innermost fears came to pass. News of how her brother was caught and tortured to death reached her ears. She knelt over with guilt. Some time passed and she had the opportunity to defect to South Korea. And in an interview with the media, she said, “My brother was tortured, and he died because of me.” Does it all sound familiar? Do you see the similarities of this story with what Christ had done for you on the Cross? Her brother saw no other way to save his sister and protect his family except to take the tremendous risk that ultimately claimed his life. When Jesus was incarnated to be a man 2,000 years ago, He did not pretend to be human. He was indeed a man who felt as you and I would. Jesus knew of the impending sufferings He would face on the Cross, but He also knew there was no other way to save mankind from their sins. Jesus had to be shamed, tortured, ripped apart and left to die on the Cross, as other criminals would be at that time, so that we can be saved from eternal life in hell. Today, Jesus calls us His friends if we believe in Him. Oh how much He must have loved us to die in such a horrible way to cleanse us from our sins and reunite us with God. “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” (Mark 8:36 KJV). Are you willing to call the Creator of the heavens and the earth your Savior and Friend? If you make this decision today, you can call Heaven your Home after death. There is no other way, Jesus IS THE ONLY WAY. There were many testimonies reflecting the goodness of God through the lives of His people that evening, here are a few of them. Imagine how hard it must be for a little girl to grow up with curvature of the spine. That is exactly what 11-year-old Efani Yeoh experienced in her childhood. Her aunt, who attends the Miracle Service, decided to pray for her condition sometime in May this year. Efani proudly told us on stage in her sweet little voice that she noticed that she was standing straighter when she looked in the mirror. A recent MRI confirmed that no further operations were needed. Praise the Lord! Fear gripped Nathanael Vanniasingham when he felt congestion in his lungs one day. The inability to breathe left him gasping for air while he felt his heart palpitations increasing rapidly. He was immediately admitted to the hospital where water was drained from his lungs and fresh oxygen was administered to him, however to no effect. His blood pressure was abnormally high and his heartbeats became irregular. It was during this time that Nathanael, who is a Gospelighter, put all his faith in God to preserve his life. He rallied urgent prayers from his cell group. He also felt deep down that God was saying to him, “There is no such thing as a premature death for a child of God.” As he started praying and claiming the healing touch of Jesus, he felt himself being delivered of the condition. The fact that he was well enough to share his testimony on stage was yet another proof that God is faithful to His children, isn’t He? Next Sunday STARTING AFRESH By Pastor Rony Tan DECEMBER 28, 2014 If you have experienced a chronic sickness of some sort before, you will understand how fearful Lan Cher Chye must have felt when he had a relapse of his past eczema. Forty years ago, Cher Chye experienced chronic eczema, which took five years to clear up. Two months ago, it revisited him. This time, however, Cher Chye had Jesus in his life. He prayed at the Miracle Service regularly while taking medication at the same time. With God’s healing touch upon him, he is now 95% healed in just two months. This is what happens when a child of God claims His healing promises and believes in faith that he will be made whole! All glory to our Jehovah Rapha ( our God t hat heals ) ! Pressing On! By Pas tor Pacer Tan Today, we will study Philippians 3:12-16 together. It is a deeply encouraging text. As we close this year, let us think of the words of Apostle Paul to press on toward the goal of Christ! Messages in CDs and DVDs may be ordered at the counter. ▲▲ Today's Pre-Service Upperlight 1. Thanksgiving For The Year 2014 2. Students Preparing For School Reopening New Year Greetings Pastor Rony and all his staff wish every Lighter and friend COUNTDOWN TO 2015 Gracelight Recruit ment The Gracelight Ministry is recruiting dancers. If you have a passion for dance and a desire to serve the Lord in the Worship Ministry, we welcome you to come forward for an audition. Training will be provided. Entry Criteria Age : 14 years old – early twenties Gender : Female Physique: Slim built May 2015 be a greater one for you and your family. May God bless you and your loved ones with peace, good health, good cheer and much prosperity. We appreciate your thoughtfulness toward us during this Christmas season. Thank you for your Christmas cards, gifts and prayers for us. In keeping with our year-end tradition, join us at the Watch Night Service on December 31. Light refreshment will be served from 8.45 pm, and the service proper will commence promptly at 10.00 pm. Pastor Rony will be preaching an inspiring message “A Real Practical Change” to prepare us for the New Year. Sunday, January 18 6.00 pm Lighthouse Woodlands The Israelites brought their 8-year-old children to the priest for blessing. Hannah brought her long-awaited son Samuel to the priest Eli to dedicate him to the Lord. And Mary and Joseph brought the Lord Jesus, when He was a baby, to the temple for His dedication. Parents, like them, we should offer our children to the Lord. If you want to dedicate your child/children to God, fill out the form available at the counter and submit it via the form-collection box. Registration closes on January 11, 2015. Other highlights of the program include: – A time of great worship – A time for quiet reflection – Wonderful testimonies – The Upperlight – a time of earnest prayer. What are you praying and believing Christ for in 2015? Begin to think about the areas you want to believe Him to do for and through you. In the Watch Night Service, we will be handing you a slip to write your requests. Then we will be making time at the service to pray for them. After which, at every first Thursday Upperlight of 2015, we will also be praying for these requests. Don’t give this memorable year-end event a miss! Call the M&D Office at 67449848 for more information. God Wit h Us Have you ever thought about how different your life is when you are alone, versus when you are connected deeply to others? We all face difficult challenges, such as issues in marriage, relationships, parenting and work. That is a normal part of life. But when we are disconnected from the support and love of others, we lose energy, become discouraged, and tend to repeat old behaviors that don’t work. On the more positive side of life, we all have passions and dreams as well, such as a great family or a fulfilling career. Yet accomplishing those dreams will be accelerated or decelerated by whether we are working on them alone, or are accompanied by support. Life is simply better when we are with others, and worse when we are isolated. by Dr. John Townsend God designed us to be connected, and life breaks down when we are not. Relationship is the very fuel of our existence and path. And this is not only true in our human connections, but with God Himself as well. The name given to Jesus in the Christmas story is wrapped up in this idea: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a Son, and they will call Him ‘Immanuel’ (which means “God with us”). - Matthew 1:23 To be “with” means “on the same side.” It signifies that someone is present with you, has your back, is accompanying you, and wants to help you in every way. Jesus’ birth announcement provided another name for Him, to convey an idea of hope to us. It is that not only is God the Creator and the Sustainer of life, He is also present. He is deeply and intimately connected in relationship to you. He knows your struggles and your dreams, and walks with you through them. Think how much better life is with the right safe people in your life. Then think how much better life is than this, when you allow yourself to experience the “with” of Jesus. This Christmas season, spend time with Him and ask Him to visit you and be with you in a way that brings you ever closer to Him. God bless you. An Excerpt From The Book C l ea r i n g C o b w eb s W r i t t e n B y Pa s t o r R o n y WAKE UP PRAYING I have cultivated the habit of setting the tone of prayerfulness first thing in the morning when I wake up. Regardless of how I feel, I direct my first thoughts to Him and say something like, “Good morning, Lord. Thank You for this brand-new day. I welcome the Holy Spirit to empower me and guide me through the day.” Of course, I do not use these exact same words every morning. But I am sure the Lord is pleased that I make it a point that He is the first Person I talk to before I start the day. Then I will commune with God while I am still lying on the bed. When it is time for me to get out of bed, I am still talking to Him. From then on, I weave in and out in my dialogue with Him. I also take the Lord into my thought process and pray out my thoughts. It is okay to talk it out with God regarding the things you have to do for the day and the problems you are encountering, while you are in the process of your daily duties. Sometimes, it is half talking to myself and half talking to the Lord, if you know what I mean. That’s how I develop what I call “breathing prayer” which Paul the Apostle calls “praying without ceasing”. Now, I have the habit of speaking my thoughts to Him. Incidentally, my wife likes to speak her thoughts out loud, especially when we are in the car, and I am the captive audience. She would rattle on about the items she must remember to purchase at the shopping mall, the forgetfulness of our domestic helper who has failed to inform her of certain household items which have been depleted, the menu for dinner and why certain dishes should or should not be included, the uncertainty of our children joining us for dinner, the rising prices of certain food items and an endless host of connected and disconnected thoughts. By then, I get a little irritated. So I say, “Honey, can you not speak your thoughts aloud?” In response, she replies in a hurt tone, “This is what we call conversation. If not, $12 y per cop there is no conversation.” By this time, I dare not say what is on my mind. In my mind, I am saying, “This is not conversation, it’s your monologue.” For the record, this issue has never led us to a quarrel. She will stop her monologue, and I will change the subject to something more pleasant. GOD LOVES TO HEAR FROM YOU Here is the point of the story. Although people may be annoyed with you when you speak your thoughts and ramble on, God loves to hear from you. Even if you go “toing and froing”, God simply wants to talk it out with you. I have discovered that since I have developed this praying habit of speaking my thoughts to God, I have become more sensitive to the Lord’s promptings in my spirit.
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