is delivered live on Zoom by our minister, Revd. Chee Keong Yong
Revd. Chee’s sermon is entitled: “Geared Up for Life“
Our Scripture Readings: Epistle: Ephesians 1:3-14*
and Gospel: Mark 6: 14-29*(*click to open the Bible pages)
Pastor Chee says:
On the surface, a casual reading of today’s Gospel does not offer much inspiration. It is about King Herod who had John the Baptist beheaded, the circumstances leading to it and the consequence of it. When news reached him that the Baptist had been raised from the dead, fear seized hold of him.
While the reading today does not offer us much to like King Herod, history has it that King Herod was a brilliant architect and builder. He built many of the fine cities in the Holy Land including building aqueducts to transport water and a road system. Nonetheless, he was a man who constantly feared for his life.
Still, you would never think that King Herod would be a person that you held up as a role model. He is the example of a person whose life and brilliance did not amount to much.
In contrast to this, it is Paul’s words in Ephesians that stir us for holy living. All that is needed to mould us for a life of great potential in God’s Kingdom has been given to us through Christ. We are not given a spirit of fear but of ‘Sonship’. The whole of the epistle to the Ephesians is applicable to all who follow Christ. Some commentators believe that this is a circular letter, more than just a letter for the Church at Ephesus alone. We are all to be GEARED UP for life. We do not lead a life of defeat but victory. So in chapter 6, Paul could so eloquently tell everyone to put on the armour of God.
A life of adventure awaits all in Christ. No pew warmers are needed.
Online Notes about ICB worship on Zoom:
Please come on time and allow a minute or two to connect.
You will be “muted” upon entering the zoom room with the musical prelude on. Please stay muted during the service.
Pastor Chee suggests, “while you listen to the prelude, please pray for the service to run smoothly for God’s glory. There’s plenty of time to chit chat in the break out rooms after the service.”
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Drs. Cleopundh and Somsak Soorapanthu started the home in 1984 and the Foundation one year later. The home moved 5 times in its first 5 years but in 1990 a permanent home was made available by a generous family beside an irrigation canal in Nakorn Nayok.
is and always has been one of our our main goals and living beside a canal is a blessing enabling us to try our many kinds of plantations, from palms to eucalyptus to lemongrass, on our large area of land.
A big challenge is the annual wet-season floods which often sweeps away our organic soil. Nevertheless, we have not let this discourage our goal. We are now more determined to find ways to build stronger flood barriers.
The children take care of our store of earthworm fertiliser the main nutrient to organic vegetables, which we raise off the ground to avoid the floods.
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