Wednesday, April 1, 2020

JRAM Midweek Service - April 1, 2020

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JRAM Midweek Service - April 1, 2020

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Monday, March 23, 2020

JRAM Online Worship Service – March 22, 2020

Preaching Topic: Lessons and Warnings in the Last Days.

This special worship service is the first ever multi-site online worship service of JRAM Family. No distance shall separate us from the love of Jesus! All His!

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Saturday, February 29, 2020

The Scriptures Brings Assurance

One thing that is certain as we pursue our earthly journey in this ever-changing world is securing an assurance anchored in God’s Word. Why? Just look around and observe what’s happening in the world right now. There’s much uncertainty in every sector of our society. We are experiencing a pandemic affecting many nations of the world. Panic is setting in and fear is gripping many hearts as the days pass by. How do we oppose such negative emotions when we are bombarded with news of uncertainty? 
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Allow me to provide specific things for daily reflection. First, God’s word never fails in fulfilling its intended purpose: So shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it (Isaiah 55:11). Next, God’s word is reinforced by the power of God’s Spirit: Then he said to me, “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the Lord of hosts (Zechariah 4:6). Lastly, God’s word assured us of eternal life when we put our faith in Jesus: 

The promise of eternal life when we hear His words: Truly, truly, I tell you, whoever hears My word and believes Him who sent Me has eternal life and will not come under judgment. Indeed, he has crossed over from death to life (John 5:24).

The Scriptures are filled with illustrations of God’s Word and its assurance to those who believe. 
·      King Jehoshaphat received victory after following God’s Word: “And he said, "Listen, all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem and King Jehoshaphat: thus says the LORD to you, 'Do not fear or be dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours but God’s (2 Chronicles 20:15). 
·      The Roman Centurion took Jesus at His words: But the centurion replied, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof, but only say the word, and my servant will be healed. And to the centurion, Jesus said, “Go; let it be done for you as you have believed.” And the servant was healed at that very moment (Matthew 8:8, 13).
·      The apostle Paul received strength from God’s assurance: But he said to me, My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong (2 Corinthians 12:9-10).

How can these examples apply to our time? They are individuals just like us. Although they lived in a different time, their concerns are very similar to ours. Whether our issues are big or small, they show our response leaning towards fear or towards God. You have a choice to make when confronted by an issue larger than us. I implore you to seek God’s Word and find assurance there. If these Biblical examples showed the capability of God in answering their concerns, God is able and willing to provide what you need today.

When you see and read the headlines of today, it seems that everything is downhill. Yet when you choose to trust God, things around you may not change, but I guarantee that you will change. Where do you start? I recommend reading the book of Mark, the shortest of the four Gospels, to discover Jesus. The greatest headline begins in you when you discover God’s assurance through His Son, Jesus. God loves you and He’s waiting for you to seek Him with all your heart and soul. Only in God, we will find the assurance we are looking for in this life and the next. Would you consider His promise to you: Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart (Jeremiah 29:12-13, Berean Study Bible).

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Thursday, January 30, 2020

Suffering and Perseverance

We are living in a time of various sufferings. Suffering is a reality of life we must endure at all costs. Unfortunately, people disdain the concept of suffering simply because of its unpredictability. From a Christian perspective, suffering is expected. The apostle Peter exhorted everyone how suffering produces the God’s grace: And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you (1 Peter 5:10, ESV).

Randy Alcorn provided his observation about suffering and its purpose from Gods perspective:

God uses suffering to purge sin from our lives, strengthen our commitment to him, force us to depend on his grace, bind us together with other believers, produce discernment, foster sensitivity, discipline our minds, impart wisdom, stretch our hope, cause us to know Christ better, make us long for truth, lead us to repentance of sin, teach us to give thanks in times of sorrow, increase our faith, and strengthen our character. And once he accomplishes such great things, often we can see that our suffering has been worth it.
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Suffering, when fully understood from God’s perspective, is good for us. Adding perseverance when going through suffering adds the faith dimension of seeing God work for His glory and our benefit. H. Jackson Brown, Jr. exemplified how perseverance changes the dynamic when suffering is present: “In the confrontation between the stream and the rock, the stream always wins, not through strength but by perseverance.”

Here are some practical truths to learn as we go through life’s suffering. First, sufferings are part of our life and must be expected in Christian life. However, giving up is not an option. The apostle Paul showed what attitude one must apply: And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up (Galatians 6:9, ESV). In addition, it is best to remember Charles Spurgeon’s reminder, “By perseverance the snail reached the ark.”

Next, sufferings are an opportunity for God’s grace and power seen and manifested. That’s why we need to “seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually!” (1 Chronicles 16:11, ESV). Billy Graham described,

People who go through life unscathed by sorrow and untouched by pain tend to be shallow in their perspectives on life. Suffering, on the other hand, tends to plow up the surface of our lives to uncover the depths that provide greater strength of purpose and accomplishment.

The apostle Paul exemplified suffering and adding a huge dose of perseverance. He simply followed Jesus’ example. Actually, Jesus foretold that his Christian journey is marked with much suffering. He responded accordingly with this knowledge on hand. Inwardly, he rejoiced with hope in God’s promises and assurances. Outwardly, he exhibited perseverance during tribulations, and he stood firmly at all times. Most importantly, he prayed constantly and sought help from the Lord without wavering. 

In this New Year, your life may be filled with sufferings similar to or worse than last year. However, here’s something you need to realize as you face another year, “You made it! And no matter how you faced the challenges or sufferings of the past year, God was with you last year and if you allow Him, He’ll be with this New Year!  

If you ask me, allow me to share the Bible verses that became my daily source of facing life’s sufferings with joy and perseverance: 

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him. The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him” (Lamentations 3:22-25, ESV).

Keep looking up to God for help and He will never let you down.

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