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Happy Easter! Easter celebration points us to the unfathomable God who has raised Jesus from the death.

This Easter Sunday, we focused on The Great “I AM” sayings of Jesus; Instead of stuffing the slip of bible verse into the “empty easter egg” as object lesson, we used the “fortune cookies”, which we named it “blessing cookies”.

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After enjoying the cookie, each child recited to each other the “I Am” verse that they received in the cookie; then they placed the slip of the bible verse at the various stations, giving them a better grasp of who the Resurrected Christ personally meant to them.

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I AM the Bread of Life, whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. (John 6:35)

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I AM the Light of the world,whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12)

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I AM the Gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out, and find pasture. (John 10:9)

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I AM the Good Shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. (John 10:11)

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I AM the Resurrection and the Life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die. (John 11:25)

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I AM the Way and the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through me. (John 14:6)

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Jesus said to Thomas:“Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” John 20:29

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If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.(Romans 10:9)

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The Voices of Good Friday

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10,000 Reasons

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You’re rich in love
And You’re slow to anger
Your name is great
And Your heart is kind
For all Your goodness
I will keep on singing
Ten thousand reasons
For my heart to find…

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During this new year season, we asked the children what were some of the reasons they praise God and how have they find the movement of God in their every day life, and these are what they shared:

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And this inspiration of sharing on the wall was taken from:

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I am most alive when I am outdoors; I feel more happy… more free… and more me!

A group suggested to go hiking at Mount Baker National Forest; my heart… uttered with unspeakable joy!

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On the day we headed to Mount Baker, the weather was exceptionally cooperative – not too hot and not too cold – a perfect day for a hike with a bit of autumnal breeze in the air to cool us along the way.

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The amazing view up here was phenomenal — Everywhere we turned our eyes feasted on a bonanza of snow-capped mountains, vast valleys and glacier lakes.

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The delightful folk song “Happy Wanderer” always rings in my ears whenever I hike:

“I love to go a-wandering along the mountain track,
and as I go I love to sing with my knapsack on my back…”

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At times, these beautifully breathtaking views made me felt like I was in the movie scene from “The Sound of Music” where Julie Andrew roamed the open space on the mountain high and burst into: “The hills are alive with the sound of music…”.

The splendid scenery we pleasantly experienced under the clear blue sky was indeed lively!

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The mesmerizing looming snow-covered Mount Baker and the towering jagged Mount Shuksan;

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the blossoming alpine flowers that grow wild and free on the meadow that we stumbled across;

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and the glistening emerald glacier lakes; — all proclaiming the splendor of their majestic Creator.

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Their delightful echo, from the mountains to the valleys, must have caused many happy wanderers to slow down, admire the breathtaking nature, and be in wonder of who this great Creator might be.

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“…Oh, may I go a-wandering until the day I die!
Oh, may I always laugh and sing, beneath God’s clear blue sky!”

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Jehovah Jireh

Jehovah Jireh  or  Adonai Y’reh in Hebrew means “The Lord Provides” – 上帝必定供應‏

This particular character of God was declared when Abraham and his son Isaac encountered God at Mount Moriah (Genesis 22).

On the mountain, when his beloved son asked Abraham where was the sacrificial lamb, Father Abraham replied the Lord will see to it and provide, Adonai Y’reh. (22:14)

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Abraham came down from the mountain
Holding God’s promise and plan
Believing the Words of the Father
Would cover the sins of the Land

God will provide — Adonai Y’reh
The required price of the Great I AM!
A son whom he loved — to be given away
But saved through the blood of a ram.

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Moses came down from the mountain
Tablets of stone in his hands
The Words to instruct His people
To cover the sins of the land

God will provide – Adonai Y’reh
The required price of the Great I AM!
One of the flock – to be given away
Saved through the blood of a lamb

Redeemed, redeemed,
Redeemed through the blood of a lamb
Redeemed, redeemed,
Redeemed through the blood of a lamb

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Yeshua came down from the mountain
Blood on His feet and His hands
The only begotten of the Father
To cover the sins of the land.

God has provided — Adonai Y’reh
Yeshua – the required price He paid!
A Son whom God loved, was given away
We are saved through the blood of the Lamb*

*Redeemed, redeemed,
Redeemed through the blood of the Lamb
Redeemed, redeemed,
Redeemed through the blood of the Lamb

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Songwriters by Patrick/Christine Lumbroso

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I enjoy singing hymns because the lyrics are often descriptive and full of images of God and His wonderful working.

Take for example, a line from one such hymn is “Like a river glorious is God’s perfect peace“:a strong image of God’s peace.

I have experienced God’s peace in my Christian journey but sometimes it’s hard to express the feeling I was experiencing.

I am thankful to song writers who were attuned to God, and were able to attach vivid words to express their sentiment with God.

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While on a river cruise recently, I experienced the metaphor of a river representing the peace of God that the song speaks of (主所赐的平安…仿佛江河流).

Our team was on a tour to scout the proboscis monkeys (long-nosed monkey) in the wild. This trip was like a safari to see wild creatures of the jungle; instead of travelling on a Land Rover, we were on a river cruise.

There was no guarantee that we would see the monkeys. For if the weather is too hot, the monkeys will be in the hiding; and if the day is cooling, they will play by the water.

As we traveled along the water, we were all excited to spot some monkeys dangling on the branches and swinging from trees to trees in family units. Its like watching a circuit show outdoor.

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Since we were in the open jungle, we could only watch the playful monkeys in the distance, not up close and personal, like at the zoo.

Drifting along the swampy river in the open raft, and marveling at the scenery of local villages on both banks was restful and pleasant.

After a while, I found myself more interested in the crystal clear water in front of me than the acrobatic monkeys up on the faraway woods.

While taking in the soothing and breezy cool air on my skin, my eyes continued to mesmerize by the calming flowing water, and it was glorious — just like what the hymn writer, Frances R. Havergal, penned:

Like a river glorious is God’s perfect peace,
Over all victorious, in its bright increase;
Perfect, yet it floweth fuller every day,
Perfect, yet it groweth deeper all the way.
*Stayed upon Jehovah, hearts are fully blest
Finding, as He promised, perfect peace and rest.

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As it was near sunset, many of the river boats started to head back to the docks.

Our awesome tour guide however motioned our boat guy to cruise further down the stream to the mouth of the river… where the river meets the open sea.

He stated that since it was such a great sunny evening, he didn’t want us to miss the rare opportunity of experiencing a fantastic sunset by the swelling South China Sea!

There, we were allowed to step on the secluded shoreline, dip our feet into the warm water and soak in the orange sunset for a good half hour.

As I stood in front of this alluring sea and listening to the soothing sound of the waves rolling in gleefully from afar, I seem to hear their gentle whisper: The Lord may calm your storm, but more often He’ll calm you(quote taken fr. Our Daily Bread).

Indeed *Stayed upon Jehovah, hearts are fully blest
Finding, as He promised, perfect peace and rest.

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Painting by my artist friend Phoebe Wang.

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A Place of Shelter

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Christmas sure comes early this year for me as I had this rare opportunity to visit Colombia this past November.

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Our team went to Colombia and partnered with El Redil Church to set up a new worship center in the district of Laureles.

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Over the past twenty years, the ministry team at El Redil has set up 10 evangelical churches in the city of Medellin.

“El Redil” in Spanish means “The sheepfold” — A sheepfold is a safe shelter or dwelling place for sheep.

“El Redil” ministry is based on John 10 where Jesus said that He is the Great Shepherd who loves us and lays down His life for us.

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The Fold, that we helped establish this time is the 10th church; and a church is usually defined as a group of believers gather together to worship the Living God and to make Him known.

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After the last splash of paint, the old building completed its face-lift, and transformed into an homey place.

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We also facilitated conversational English classes at the new church building which attracted around 80 professionals and university students to come for a fun time of language learning.

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Those who normally do not attend a church worship service were invited to connect with the new church family so that they can make El Redil de Laureles a place of shelter to experience the living God.

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One weekend, we were invited to take part in the Family Leadership Retreat hosted by the El Redil ministry. One of the relatives generously sheltered us for a get-away at their country home.

Morning exercise

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Communal Worship Dance

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Team building games

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Servant leadership

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Gospel sharing using Lego pieces on placing our faith in Jesus.

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One evening, we participated in a Praise Parade from another El Redil branch churches, Inglesia El Redil De Sur.

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Since it was near Christmas, the parade is all about Christ Jesus. On that day, we wore neon color of orange and green t-shirt that declared “It’s Jesus”; and the balloons proclaimed “Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life”.  

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Many biked, some traveled on wheelchairs and the rest of us walked. We went around the block and busy streets praising God, with policemen escorting us and directing the traffic.

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Along the way, we gave out flyers to invite people to check out the church.

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After the parade, we stopped by a bustling park where the pastor commissioned his flocks to reach out and invite the people at the park on how they can be a part of the church and find hope in Christ.

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When this church first started 4 years ago at the mall, there were only 10 families; Now the church people have over 400 members and they still meet and worship at the shopping mall.

¿cómo crezco en esta iglesia: How do I grow in this church?

#1 Asisto: to attend

#2 Conozco: to know

#3 Aprendo: to learn

#4 Pertenezco: to belong

#5 Sirvo: to serve

Groupos De conexión: Group connection

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