Manahawkin United Methodist Church
Author: Pastor Choi

Seven Words of Christ: part 5 of 7

From the word of Christ “I am thirsty,” Pastor Choi draws three lessons for God’s people: look at your life as God sees, take God’s Word (the Scripture) seriously, because your eternal life depends on it, and go to Christ

Seven Words of Christ: part 4 of 7

“My God, my God, why have You forsaken Me?”  Jesus cried out on the cross.  Pastor Choi extracts four lessons from Jesus’ words.  1. It is alright to cry out to God in your pain.  2. There are things that

Seven Words of Christ: part 3 of 7

The second criminal inadvertently summed up the core of the Gospel in his words: “we indeed are suffering justly, for we are receiving what we deserve for our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong.  Jesus, remember me when

Seven Words of Christ: Part 2 of 7

Based on Jesus’ Words in John 19:23-27, Pastor Choi draws three lessons for the believers: 1. Treat women with respect as Jesus did.  2. New family relationships are born in Christ.  3. Submit yourself to God’s will in all circumstances.

Sermon: Seven Words of Christ: Part 1 of 7

One of the seven words of Jesus at the cross was: “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing” (Luke 23:34).  From that verse, Pastor Choi draws three simple lessons for Christ followers: 1) it is God’s will for

Sermon: God’s Medicine Bottle

Today Pastor Choi introduces a book to the congregation written by Derek Prince: God’s Medicine Bottle.  He points out four directions to take God’s words as medicine for physical healing: 1. Take them with undivided attention.  2. Take them with humility

Sermon: The Guide of Your Life

God’s Word is the guide of your life.  Pastor Choi points out that when God’s children diligently observe God’s commandments and teaching, then God will guide, watch over, and talk to them through His Word.    

Sermon: Meaning to Life

Pastor Choi invites God’s people to think with him about the meaning of life.  He points out that it is God who gives our lives meaning and purpose: that is, to have relationship with Him and to glorify Him in our lives.

Sermon: Jesus’ Ministry: Healing

Pastor Choi talks today about Jesus’ healing ministry.  Healing takes place when our faith worships, confesses, and believes.  God also rewards when we persist in prayer.  Pastor Choi exhorts the congregation to claim God’s healing with faith and perseverance.

Sermon: Jesus’ Ministry: Teaching

Jesus’ teachings can boil down to one verse in the Bible: John 8:32 “You shall know the truth and truth shall set you free.”   Pastor Choi exhorts God’s people to get into God’s Word the truth daily to live out the life of jubilee

Sermon: 2017-The Year of Jubilee

Pastor Choi today designates 2017 to be the Year of Jubilee for the people of Manahawkin United Methodist Congregation based on Leviticus 25:10-12.  He points out three areas that God’s people need Jubilee: spiritual, physical, and financial.  

Cantata: Invitation to a Miracle

Presented by Manahawkin UMC Chancel Choir and Music Director Vel Gamble with Special Instrumental Ensemble and Bells Directed by Joe DelVecchio.  

Sermon: Jesus the Eternal Joy

Today Pastor Choi speaks about Jesus as our eternal joy: Christ Himself is the joy we long for.  His joy is meant for us.  Christ alone, not the world, can give us the eternal joy.  

Sermon: Jesus the God-Man

Today Pastor Choi talks about incarnation: God became human.  He explains three reasons behind Christ’s incarnation: to have the first-hand human experience, to undergo the same struggles and temptations, and to help us in times of need.

Sermon: Jesus Immanuel

In the Scriptures, whenever God gave a new name to someone, He expected him to live a life worthy of the name.  Christ was given two names.  Jesus and Immanuel.  Christ as Jesus lived a life that would save humanity

Sermon: Gratitude Be Attitude

Today Pastor Choi talks about his own journey in thanksgiving.  First, he learned to be thankful for the blessings.  Next, the Lord taught him to be thankful even in adversities.  Finally, he learned about the reasons behind God’s command for

Sermon: Spiritual Warfare (part 4 of 4): Hold Your Ground

Today Pastor Choi concludes his sermon series on spiritual warfare.  He explains the six components of the full armor of God: belt of truth, helmet of salvation, breastplate of righteousness, shoes of the Gospel of peace, shield of faith, and

Sermon: Spiritual Warfare (part 3 of 4): Sit, Walk, Stand

Today Pastor Choi talks about two prerequisites for spiritual warfare: resting in Christ and in what He has done for us, and walking in God’s standards through the power of the indwelling Spirit of Holiness.

Sermon: Spiritual Warfare (part 2 of 4): Know Thy Enemy

Pastor Choi continues his series on spiritual warfare: Expounding three verses in the New Testament (2 Corinthians 4:4, John 13:2, and 2 Corinthians 10:3-5), he points out what Satan is up to and how he harasses, oppresses, and attacks God’s

Sermon: Spiritual Warfare (part 1 of 4): Two Kingdoms

Today, Pastor Choi introduces a three-part (that ended up in a four part) series on spiritual warfare.  In his message, he talks about two opposing kingdoms in spiritual realm: the Kingdom of God and the kingdom of Satan.  He urges

Sermon: The Secret of God’s Provision

Today, at Manahawkin UMC, Laity Sunday was observed where everything was led by the members of the congregation.  Guest speaker was Sarah Choi, also member of the church.  She talked about the secret of God’s provision.

Sermon: Why Do People Need MUMC?

Today Pastor Choi concludes his sermon series on the Church of God.  He exhorts the congregation to focus on what God has in mind for MUMC and be faithful to His call as the Church in Philadelphia did: with a

Sermon: Concerning the Lord’s Supper

Today, World Communion Sunday, Pastor Choi explains why the Church celebrates the Lord’s Supper.  He also discusses the nature of the Lord’s Supper based on Jesus’ own words.  Finally, he talks about the proper attitude in receiving Communion.  

Sermon: Why Do People Need the Church?

Pastor Choi talks about the necessity of the Church in today’s sermon.  The Church of Jesus Christ is commissioned to take the message of reconciliation in Christ to the world (Matthew 28:19-20).  No other organizations in the world was chosen

Sermon: Why Do People Need Jesus?

Today Pastor Choi addresses the congregation on the question of why people need Jesus.  For healing, for peace, for happiness, for teaching, and for eternal life.  Yes, they are all legitimate reasons, but the true reason why every soul on earth needs Jesus is

Sermon: Why So Much Evil?

Today Pastor Choi examines the question of why on evil.  In the time of violence, evil, and injustice, he exhorts the congregation not to run away from God but to run towards Him in search of hope, courage, strength, and wisdom

Sermon: Will He Find Us Watching?

Pastor Choi talks about the importance of watch and pray in the believer’s life.  Explaining the background information of the wedding in Israel at the time of Jesus, he exhorts God’s people to saturate their lives with prayer in earnest anticipation

Sermon: Why Have You Forsaken Me?

Pastor Choi’s sermon series on Jesus’ Why questions ends today.  Jesus’ question of “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” was directed not to humans but to God the Heavenly Father.  He cried out to God not because His

Sermon: Why Are You Thinking Evil in Your Hearts?

Through the story of a paralytic man who was healed by Jesus, Pastor Choi highlights the following: Be the friend to bring your loved ones to Jesus in prayer, God searches all hearts and understands every intent of our thoughts,

Teen Challenge Presentation: 2 of 2

Today Teen Challenge from Philadelphia shares their testimonies and praises with the Manahawkin congregation.  This is part 2 of 2.

Teen Challenge Presentation: 1 of 2

Today Teen Challenge from Philadelphia shares their testimonies and praises with the Manahawkin congregation.  This is part 1 of 2.  

Sermon: Why Do You Break the Commandment of God?

Pastor Choi talks about breaking the commandment of God with human teachings and tradition.  In today’s story, he draws three lessons: beware of human tradition that invalidates the Word of God, do not worship in vain, and watch out what

Sermon: Why Do You Test Me?

Today Pastor Choi talks about putting the Lord to the test: what constitutes testing of the Lord.  Not every act of asking for God’s sign is considered ‘putting the Lord to the test.’  The Scripture identifies three elements of testing

Sermon: Why Do You Not Do What I Say?

Today Pastor Choi talks about the importance of obeying Jesus’ Word in the believer’s life.  Those who hear and do Jesus’ commands are like a wise builder who built a house on the rock; those who call Him Lord yet

Sermon: Why Do You Call Me Good?

Pastor Choi talks about three approaches people take in terms of salvation and eternal life: human goodness, the Law, and Christ.  He explains how the first two approaches fail to bring us into God’s eternal presence.  He reiterates what God’s Word

Sermon: Why Do You Not Analyze This Present Time?

Today Pastor Choi expounds Jesus’ command on discerning the present time (Kairos).   Kairos is God’s appointed time that demands God’s people to live a holy and godly life, spotless and blameless, for the day of Christ (2 Peter 3:11, 14).

Sermon: Why Do You Judge Others?

Today Pastor Choi talks about the meaning of “not to judge” others.  They are stop being self-righteous, stop being judgmental, and stop condemning others like God.

Sermon: Why Do You Doubt?

Today Pastor Choi talks about Jesus and Peter walking on the water.  Three lessons he points out in the story of Jesus: God’s in it, so is our faith, and fix your eyes on Jesus.

Sermon: Why Do You Worry?

Pastor Choi today talks about the cure for anxiety.  First, he points out four characteristics of worries: useless, evil, stressful, and contagious.  Next, he identifies four ways to handle life’s worries: keep a heavenly perspective, have faith in God, stop

Sermon: On Divine Anger

Today Pastor Choi expounds the Scriptures on divine anger.  In the Old Testament, God’s anger was ignited when people of God followed other gods, grumbled against God, and afflicted orphans, widows, and foreigners.  In the New Testament, Jesus also got angry

Sermon: How to Control Anger

Today Pastor Choi concludes his series on anger.  He introduces four biblical ways to control anger: S.L.O.W.—Slow to anger, Let go and let God, Overcome evil with good, and Work it out (Reconcile).  

Ghana Wells Dedicated

Manahawkin UMC helped to install a borehole well in Ghana.  The well was recently dedicated.  Praise God!

Sermon: Angry at God?

Pastor Choi talks about anger at God.  Taking the example of Jonah, he explains how to handle our anger with God: Avoid bad theology.  Be humble before God in anger.  Choose to trust in God not own feelings.

Sermon: Mary of Bethany

Today Pastor Choi talks about Mary of Bethany who poured the very expensive perfume on Jesus’ feet.  Three lessons to learn from Mary: a. Give all you have to Jesus.  b. Jesus remembers your love and acts of service and

Sermon: With All Your Heart

Today Pastor Choi concludes his series on the heart: we are to love the LORD God with all our heart, with all our soul, and with all our might.  May God approve us like He did King David whose heart

Sermon: the Lord’s Prayers—part 4 of 4

Today Pastor Choi concludes his sermon series on the prayers that Lord Jesus has actually said.  He focuses on the last word of the last sayings of Jesus: Father, into Your hands, I commit my spirit (Luke 23:46).

Sermon: the Lord’s Prayers–Part 3 of 4

Pastor Choi talks about Jesus’ prayer in Gethsemane the night before crucifixion.  He prayed on His knees, for God’s will to be done not His, and commanded His disciples to keep watch so as not to fall into temptation.

Sermon: the Lord’s Prayers—Part 2 of 4

Today Pastor Choi continues his series on the Lord’s Prayers. He points out that Christ’s prayers were relational, personal, and grateful (full of gratitude).      

Free Washer/Dryer Service

Free Washer/Dryer Service is coming to town on May 26 sponsored by Manahawkin United Methodist Church.

Sermon: the Lord’s Prayers—part 1 of 4

Today Pastor Choi talks about three characteristics of Jesus’ prayer: intentional, habitual, and alone with God.  The sermon exhorts the congregation to cultivate the habit of spending time alone with God in prayer throughout the year.

Sermon: Jesus: Risen or Stolen?

Pastor Choi invites the congregation to examine the biblical accounts on the resurrection of Jesus Christ.  “Where has the body of Jesus gone?”  Two theories: one by the Christian community that He is risen indeed.  The other theory by the

Sermon: Jesus the Servant King

Pastor Choi talks about Jesus the humble king who fulfilled the prophecies on Himself by entering Jerusalem riding on a donkey.  The servant King demonstrated that He came not to be served but to serve and give His life as

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