Manahawkin United Methodist Church
Author: Pastor Choi

Sermon: Two Lessons from Mary

Text: Luke 1:46-56 Today Pastor Choi talks about two lessons from Mary the mother of Jesus: humility and blessedness.  True humility before God means courage to embrace God’s will and plan for the believers.  As far as blessings go, we

Sermon: God’s Time Our Time

Text: Luke 1:5-25 Today Pastor Choi talks about God’s time vs. Our time.  He points out three lessons from the story of Zacharias and Elizabeth–the parents of John the Baptist.  First, the delayed answers to our prayers may have nothing

Sermon: On Loneliness

Text: Genesis 2:18 Today Pastor Choi talks about loneliness: definition, reality, root cause, and ways to overcome it.  He invites the congregation to stay connected with family and friends, anchor themselves in God in prayer and God’s Word, and do

Thanksgiving Eve Message: Doing of Thanking for 20 Things

Text: 1 Thessalonians 5:18 Pastor Choi talks about the importance of being thankful to God in all circumstances, both good and bad.  Listing the benefits of spiritual, emotional, relational, and even physical areas, he exhorts God’s people to practice “D.O.T.

Sermon: Thanksgiving Is a Choice

Text: Colossians 2:6-7, 3:15-16 Today Pastor Choi talks about thankfulness, that is, overflowing with gratitude, as a distinctive mark of a believer in Christ.  Taking the example of Jesus our Lord and Savior, he exhorts his congregation to make thanksgiving

Sermon: On Giving to the Lord

Today Pastor Choi talks about offering to the Lord, its history and attributes: it is to the Lord, the Lord remembers our giving to Him and rewards us with heavenly treasures.   He also urges the believers to take up the

Sermon: Persecuted Christians

Text: Hebrews 13:3 Today Pastor Choi talks about persecutions against Christians: examples, cause, nature, and proper attitudes toward persecution.

Sermon: The Word of God-the Sword of the Spirit

Text: Ephesians 6:10-18 Today Pastor Choi talks about how to be victorious in our spiritual battle against the spiritual forces of wickedness.  He exhorts God’s people to get into the Word of God daily, to receive “Rema” the spoken word

Sermon: Concerning the Heart

Texts: Jeremiah 17:9, Proverbs 4:23 Today Pastor Choi talks about the heart: three kinds of heart, what’s happening in the heart, and how to take good care of the heart.  

Sermon: Ding Dong, Your Church Is Calling

Today is Laity Sunday.  Our guest speaker, Pauline McShea (lay leader), invites everyone to be involved in ministry.

Sermon: On Communion

Text: Luke 22:14-23 Today is World Communion Sunday.  Pastor Choi explains the meaning of Communion (that is, why we do it, and what’s happening in each Communion).  He also explains the proper ways to partake in the Lord’s Supper (that

Sermon: On Contentment

Text: 1 Timothy 6:6-10 Today Pastor Choi talks about contentment: its definition, benefits, the choices we make, and the consequences we live with afterwards.  He exhorts people of God to choose Christ over the love of money.

Sermon: Be Rich toward God

Text: Luke 12:13-21 Today Pastor Choi talks about Jesus’ warning against greed.  He also draws a distinction between two Greek words both of which are translated into the same English word “life.”   The first Greek word is ‘ζωη’ (zoe) (e.g. English

Sermon: On Worship

Text: Exodus 20:1-5a Today Pastor Choi explains what is worship all about.  It is ‘to fall prostrate’ or ‘to bow down’ before God.  We are created to worship (Ephesians 2:10) and are to choose the Only True God to worship,

Sermon: Jesus’ Second Coming (Parousia)

Text: 2 Peter 3:1-15 Today Pastor Choi talks about Jesus’ Second Coming (Parousia).  He encourages the congregation to carefully examine Peter’s explanation of the delay of Parousia threefold: The Lord is faithful to keep His promise.  The Lord is patient

Sermon: Word Power

Text: Psalm 19:14 Today Pastor Choi talks about the power of our spoken words.  First, the words we speak have power to make things happen.  Next, there are consequences.  Finally, for each word we speak, there’s accountability.  For action points,

Sermon: What Soil Are You? (Be the Good Soil)

Text: Mark 4:1-9, 13-20. Today Pastor Choi talks about four types of soil where the seed is sown.  Soil represents human heart and the seed represents God’s Word, both proclaimed and read.  He explains the following four types of heart

Sermon: Success and Failure

Texts: Matthew 6:29, Genesis 39:2 Today Pastor Choi talks about true success in the eyes of God that has nothing to do with money or power.  True success points to God for glory and honor.  It also brings us closer to

Sermon: Be Imitators of God

Texts: Ephesians 5:1, Matthew 5:48 Today Pastor Choi talks about God’s universal plan for God’s children: to make us ‘perfect.’  To achieve His goal, as long as we let Him do His job, He will not rest until He exhausts

Sermon: God’s Word Heals

Texts: 1 Peter 2:24, 2 Kings 5:1-14 Summary: Today Pastor Choi talks about the importance of faith for divine healing.  That faith comes from hearing of God’s Word.  God’s Word heals.  He also reminds the congregation of the proper attitudes in

Sermon: Heaven

Text: Revelation 21:1-4 Today Pastor Choi explains what is Heaven, who is going to be there and who’s not, what is going to be there and what’s not, what we are going to do in Heaven, and so forth.  Jesus

Sermon: God’s Word Is Pure

Texts: Psalm 12:6, 18:30 Today Pastor Choi expounds on the meaning of “the Word of God is tried/tested” in two ways: 1. It has been tested by God’s people for 3,500 years and proved strong, true, dependable, and relevant.  2.

Sermon: Be Christ’s Disciple

Text: Luke 9:23-27 Today Pastor Choi talks about the meaning of discipleship in three ways: reality check, the nature of discipleship, and the marks of Christ’s disciple.  He concludes his message with Christ’s own reminder: Not everyone who says to Me,

Sermon: On Fathers

Text: Ephesians 6:4 Today Pastor Choi talks about God’s command for fathers: do not provoke your children to anger (Ephesians 6:4).  Pointing out the reality in America, he exhorts both children and fathers to reconcile with each other not by

Sermon: Advice for Young Believers

Text: 2 Timothy 3:16-17 Summary: Pastor Choi gives three pieces of advice to young believers (confirmands) in Christ.  If they practice his advice, they will lay out the foundation of their faith in Christ and harvest and enjoy the fruit

Sermon: Prophets–God’s Messengers

Text: Jeremiah 1:4-10 Today, Pastor Choi talks about the nature of prophecy in the following ways: who is a prophet, what is their role, do we still have prophets in the 21st century, can anyone be a prophet of God,

Sermon: The Spirit-Filled Life

Text: Ephesians 5:15-21 Today, Pastor Choi talks about the meaning of being filled with the Holy Spirit.  He explains what it means to be filled with the Spirit, how we can be filled with the Spirit, the signs of the

Sermon: Torah-God’s Law

Text: Exodus 20:1-17 Today Pastor Choi talks about Torah-God’s Law.  He states that the spirit of Torah is the 10 Commandments.  The spirit of the 10 Commandments is the love of God and the love of neighbors.  He exhorts the

Sermon: Thank You, Mothers!

Text: Genesis 3:20, Matthew 15:21-28 Today Pastor Choi talks about three things we all owe to our mothers: life, nurturing, and prayers.  He exhorts the mothers to pray fervently on behalf of their children for their salvation, protection, and deliverance.

Sermon: Be Blessed

Text: Matthew 5:1-12 Pastor Choi defines the biblical understanding of blessings: Blessing is anything, any event, or any person that brings us closer to God and vice versa.  He exhorts God’s people to see blessings as God does in an

Sermon: Creation Care

Texts: Genesis 1:28, Romans 8:19-22 Pastor Choi talks about Creation care.  He points out that sin of the inhabitants of land causes the whole creation to groan and suffer.  The creation waits eagerly for the children of God who would

Sermon: Anger Is a Choice

Text: Romans 12:14-21, Ephesians 4:26-27 Today Pastor Choi explains that we have three choices to direct our anger: onto others, onto self, and onto God.  He also points out the divine way of controlling our anger: S.L.O.W.  1. Slow to

Sermon: History of the Bible

Text: 2 Timothy 3:16-17 Today’s sermon provides a brief overview of Bible’s history both on the Old and the New Testament (covenant).  Pastor Choi exhorts God’s people to get into God’s Word by pointing out that the God of Bible

Sermon: He Is Risen!

Text: Luke 24:1-12 Today, talking about Christ’s physical resurrection, Pastor Choi points out that God provides no other means but His angels and human witnesses for us to proclaim and believe in it.  We believe in His resurrection because of

Sermon: Christ the Servant King

Text: Mark 11:1-11 Today Pastor Choi talks about the meaning of Palm Sunday: two thousand years ago another prophecy on Messiah was fulfilled in Jesus as He entered Jerusalem riding on a donkey.  He showed the true quality of Messiah—humility. 

Sermon: Prayer Is a Reclaim

Text: Ephesians 6:10-18 Today Pastor Choi concludes his sermon series on prayer: Prayer is a reclaim on our hearts, on our victory posts, and on our loved ones.  He calls the saints to devote themselves to prayer.

Sermon: Prayer Is a Rest

Text: Matthew 11:28-30 Today, pastor Choi talks about prayer as a rest in God.  He points out that both God and Jesus needed rest.  How much more do we need rest?  We can find rest in Jesus by two ways:

Sermon: Prayer Is a Request

Today’s text: Philippians 4:6-7 Today Pastor Choi continues his sermon series on prayer: Prayer Is a Request (an act of asking). First of all, asking for God’s favor is a command, not a suggestion: Ask, and it will be given

Sermon: Prayer Is a Rescue

Text: Matthew 14:22-33 (Jesus Walks on the Water) Today Pastor Choi talks about another nature of prayer: it is God’s response to our heart-cry for help in times of need.  Most of the time, we pray in silence or in

Sermon: Prayer Is a Relationship

Text: Matthew 26:36-42 Today Pastor Choi talks about the basic nature of prayer: it is not a requirement as some of us believe.  Rather, it is a privilege and constant communion with God in every moment.  It is a relationship

Sermon: Love Investment

Today Pastor Choi talks about love as an investment: giving self on behalf of others.  He points out two roadblocks to a successful marriage: unrealistic expectations and negligence on each other.  He exhorts the audience to take initiative in investing

Sermon: Why We Can Trust the Bible

Today, Pastor Choi explains three reasons why we can trust the Bible as truth: 1. It stands stronger than ever after three millennia of fires and persecutions.  Only truth can last forever.  2. We can trust the Bible because of

Sermon: Do Justice

In today’s sermon, Pastor Choi points out four things that pervert justice: they are partiality, bribes, corrupt witnesses, and the desire to please the crowd than the Lord.  At the end of his message, he exhorts the people of God

Sermon: 2018-The Year of the Bible

Today Pastor Choi designates 2018 to be the Year of the Bible encouraging all the members of congregation to get into God’s Word for the following three reasons:  1. God’s Word is indispensable for salvation.  2.  It is indispensable for

Sermon: A Christmas Reflection

At Christmas Eve service, after sharing his own story of celebrating Christmas, Pastor Choi invites the congregation to accept Christ.  

Sermon: Love in the Lord

Today Pastor Choi points out in his sermon the connection between Christmas and love.  Christmas is about God’s love that sent God’s own Son to the cross to save humanity from their sins.  Pastor Choi also connects the Christmas spirit

Service: Quiet Christmas 2017

Manahawkin UMC offered a Quiet Christmas service for those who needed quiet peace of God during this Christmas season.  Following is the recording of the service.  May God touch your heart with Christ’s peace and grace.  

Sermon: Faith in the Lord

Today Pastor Choi talks about faith in Jesus Christ.  Expounding Hebrews 11:6, he points out the importance of believing that God is and that God rewards those who seek Him.    

Sermon: Hope in the Lord

Pastor Choi talks about Christ the hope of the world in the following ways: 1. Christ is the hope of the world.  There’s no other.  2. The same Christ is also the hope in our daily struggles.  3. The hope

Sermon: Forgiveness in Jesus

Christmas is fast approaching.  Christmas is all about Christ’s birth.  Behind the birth story, we see the love of God who sent His Son Jesus for the forgiveness of our sins.  Pastor Choi explains three aspects of forgiveness: 1. Forgiveness

Sermon: Be Content

Pastor Choi talks about contentment and shares its secret: 1. Make Christ as your ultimate goal, not contentment itself.  2. The secret does lie in God, not in yourself.  3. Trust in God’s good will in all circumstances.

Sermon: The Widow’s Gift

Based on the story of Luke 21:1-4, Pastor Choi talks about aspects of giving: Giving is to the Lord, Giving is a matter of priority and heart, Give cheerfully and sacrificially.  At the end of the sermon, he presents a

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