Being created in the image and likeness of God doesn’t mean physical resemblance between God and us. Rather, it means divine attributes were instilled in us such as conscience, reflection, love, creativity, and free will. It also means that God alone determines the worth of human soul. For each individual with divine attributes, God has a plan and purpose. No one is an accident.
Tonight, Pastor Choi shares three characteristics of thanksgiving. First, the law of sowing and reaping. The more thanks we sow in heart, the more thanks we reap later. Next, when you give thanks to the Lord, do it cheerfully, for the Lord loves the cheerful giver of thanks. Finally, when we keep sowing the seed of thanks, the Lord will make our life abundant for every good deed.
Pastor Choi talks about the importance of being thankful in all circumstances. Worship is the key to being thankful. He also urges the congregation not to miss the opportunity to express their gratitude to the Lord and to the benefactors by doing it right away rather than wait.
God claims that our body belongs to Him. For the following three reasons: He created us. He sustains us. He bought us for a price. We are not the owner of our body but the stewards who are called to take good care of the body. We are to use our heart, tongue, eyes, and hands to the glory of God.
Jesus commands us to store up treasures not on earth but in Heaven. Pastor Choi points out five heavenly treasures that we can store up in our heart starting today. They are, the Word of God, the Holy Spirit, the fear of the Lord, good works, almsgiving and prayers.
Today Pastor Choi exhorts God’s people to remember the persecuted believers in Christ, to pray for them and support them. He points out that there are two sides of persecution. Either we ourselves or other believers in Christ go through persecution. When we ourselves undergo persecution, God wants us to show courage. When other believers go through persecution, God wants us to show solidarity.
Today, Pastor Choi talks about Queen Esther and how she saved her race from crisis. Through her lesson, he urges his congregation to join him in prayer and fasting on October 28 on behalf of our nation so that the Lord would forgive our sins and heal our land.
Today Pastor Choi tells the story of Jesus casting out a deaf and mute spirit from a boy. He points out two reasons why we lack such miracles among us as in the story: Our unbelief and the lack of prayer and fasting.
At a high mountain, Jesus was transfigured before His disciples and conversed with Elijah and Moses. Then, when a cloud formed and overshadowed them, a voice from Heaven said, “This is My beloved Son, listen to Him!” (Mark 9:7). Then, Moses and Elijah were no more and only Jesus alone was seen. From the text, Pastor Choi points out that Jesus trumps the Law and the Prophets.
Today Pastor Choi talks about the question of “Who am I?” He points out two approaches to answer the question: the world’s standards and those of God. In the world, what we do determines our identity (who we are). In Christ, who we are determines what we do. We are God’s. We belong to Christ.
Today Pastor Choi points out three qualities in the Roman Centurion who pleaded with Jesus for his beloved servant. He was a man of kindness, humility, and faith. He ended up impressing Jesus with his faith statement: “Just say the Word, Lord, and my servant will be healed” (Luke 7:7).
Jesus reminds us of the three prerequisites to enter into the Kingdom of God. They are 1. Be born again. 2. Be like a child. 3. Do the will of the Heavenly Father. When neglected, it may endanger our entry to God’s Kingdom
Today Pastor Choi talks about Heaven Preparation. He explains Christian beliefs on death and resurrection. He further explains two deaths and two resurrections listed in the Bible: First death, First Resurrection, Second Resurrection, and Second Death.
Today Pastor Choi concludes his sermon series on faith. He explains two more aspects of faith: Everyone’s faith is different. Faith never stays the same. He also adds three ways to nurture our faith: 1. Be rooted in God’s Word. 2. Surround yourself with the same minded believers. 3. Imitate the faith of leaders.
Today Pastor Choi talks about faith, not just any faith, but the Christian faith in Jesus Christ as the only way to salvation. He explains two aspects of faith: intellectual understanding and trust. Without such faith, it is impossible to please God.
Today Pastor Choi talks about Jesus’ encounter with a man in whom many unclean spirits dwelt. From the story, he points out three lessons: 1. Jesus went through all the troubles to save one troubled soul. 2. Money vs. Person. 3. Share with others what the Lord has done for you.
Today Pastor Choi points out three lessons from the story of woman who anointed Jesus’ feet with very costly perfume: 1. Once given to the Lord, everything becomes sacred, and nothing is a waste. 2. Our love and devotion to the Lord determine our gifts to Him. 3. The Lord first, neighbor next. Christ first, the poor next. Worship first, charity next.
Today Pastor Choi concludes his sermon series on the Parable of the Sower (part 4 of 4) where he points out three prerequisites to bear fruit in our walk with God: an honest and good heart, holding fast onto God’s Word, and perseverance. At the closing, Pastor Choi presents a “Good Soil Challenge” where he encourages the congregation to bear fruit with the seed of “Be Thankful in All Circumstances” (1 Thessalonians 5:18).
Today Pastor Choi talks about those whom Jesus calls “Among the Thorns” (part 3 of 4 on the Parable of the Sower series).
It is the heart condition where God’s Word is sown, yet due to other “Thorns” such as worries, the deceitfulness of riches, and sensual and self-indulgent pleasures, God’s Word is never brought to maturity.
Pastor Choi offers two strategies to be fruitful in the walk with Jesus. Guard your heart and weed out those “Thorns” on a regular basis.
Today Pastor Choi continues his sermon series on the parable of the sower (part 2 of 4). He identifies three devil’s strategy to tap eternal life out of believer’s life: temptation, affliction, and persecution. He also adds the importance of being rooted deep in God’s Word and Holy Spirit to lead a fruitful life in Christ.
Today Pastor Choi begins a sermon series on Jesus’ parable of the sower. As part 1 of 4, he talks about “those beside the road.” As soon as God’s Word is sown in their heart, the devil comes and snatches it away so that they may not believe and get saved.
Today Pastor Choi invites the audience to listen to Jesus’ dialogue with a group of Jews in John 8:31-47. The topic is “Who is your father?” Of course, Jesus talks about not biological father, but spiritual father. Either God in Heaven or the devil. To find out their spiritual father, Pastor Choi urges the audience to test their faith against three marks of children in relation to their father: 1. imitation 2. obedience 3. desire.
Today Pastor Choi speaks about the heart of the matter in racial justice in America. It is the change of the heart in each individual that would see and treat each other as themselves (the Golden Rule). That’s what Jesus talks about in the parable of the Good Samaritan.
Today Pastor Choi takes us to the well in Sychar, Samaria, where Jesus had a conversation with a Samaritan woman. Two lessons: First, Christ is for all, both Jews and Gentiles, for the righteous and the unrighteous. Next, Holy Spirit is for all believers who confess their faith in Jesus as their Savior and Lord.
Today Pastor Choi talks about God’s consistency, sovereignty, and generosity in salvation. When we start imposing our own wishful thinking/theology on salvation, we are bound to clash with God and His ways. We’d better conform our salvation perspectives to God’s.
Today Pastor Choi talks about creation vs. evolution. He shares his journey from evolution to creation that concludes that it is the Almighty God who created them all as He claims over 40 times in the Scripture. The basis of his conviction is two-fold: first, the integrity of God who cannot lie. Next, the Scripture cannot be annulled (John 10: 35).
On May 7, National Day of Prayer, Pastor Choi invites all Christians to join together in prayer on behalf of America. Humble yourself, Pray, Seek God’s face, Turn from evil ways, then God will hear, forgive our sins, and heal our land—2 Chronicles 7:14.
Today Pastor Choi invites the audience to walk with Jesus. A woman with hemorrhage problem touched the fringe of Jesus’ garments and was instantly healed. To her, Jesus says, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace and be healed of your affliction” (Mark 5:34). At the end of his sermon, Pastor Choi offers his healing prayer for all who would pray for healing with their faith in Jesus.
Today Pastor Choi talks about three elements of spiritual worship: God, our bodies (entire being), and holy and acceptable sacrifice to God. He expounds further that worship is to God alone, that in worship we surrender all to God and that we present our lives (thoughts, words, and actions) holy and acceptable to God through daily spiritual worship.
Today Pastor Choi takes the congregation to Golgotha, the Place of the Skull. There, we witness everything about the gospel we believe in. The sinfulness of humanity, the sinless Savior who dies on the cross to pay the wages of our sin, and God’s free gift, the eternal life, to those who believe in Jesus.
Pastor Choi explains the best heart-care to prevent negative thinking. 1. Heart: the innermost seat of emotion, thoughts, will, and appetites. Heart is a battleground. Heart is an open bowl. 2. Three parties involved in thought process: self, the devil, and God. 3. Ways to take care of the heart: Store up good stuff and Screen out bad stuff. 4. Action points: Remember you are the sole caretaker of your heart. Prevent the enemy infiltration with the password: Is this thought in line with God’s will? Practice screening what you watch and hear. And, repeat the above.
Pastor Choi leads the service online for Sunday, March 22, 2020.
He defines addiction as “the yoke of slavery.” He also shares the recovery rates of treatments (Secular vs. Biblical). Finally, he points out that the Holy Spirit is the way to overcome addiction. Takeaway Points: Set your mind on the Holy Spirit -Seek a community of accountability -Study the Word of God (Bible) -Pray -Worship.
Today Pastor Choi talks about chronic complaining. He presents scientific explanations on how complaining negatively affects our physical health. Then, he expounds the Word of God on how chronic complaining is related to the thoughts we store up in our hearts. Finally, he proposes the best remedy for chronic complaining: being thankful.
Anger plays a big part in human lives. Depending on how we control and express our anger, it can affect many individuals and families either positively or negatively. Pastor Choi shows three different ways in which people handle their anger. 1. Anger on others. 2. Anger suppressed. 3. Anger given to the Lord. He recommends the people of God to obey His commands on anger: Let God take over your anger. Overcome evil with good. Reconcile after arguments.
Today Pastor Choi explains the spiritual and biblical aspects of depression: 1. Depression is a spiritual oppression. 2. It is not God’s will for us to be in depression. 3. God offers three practical ways to prevent and overcome depression: Rejoice, Pray, and Be Thankful (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18).
Today Pastor Choi talks about fear/anxiety. Where can we find the remedy for fear/anxiety? In Jesus. He points out three things through the story of storm in the Sea of Galilee.
1) No one is exempt from life’s troubles.
God lets us go through afflictions from time to time. Therefore, let’s take it as it is. But the LORD delivers us out of them all.
just from a few, but from all.
2) Trust in Jesus in the midst of storm. Remember where He is. He is in your heart. Remember who He is: Jesus the Lord of all. Remember what He can do for you. He can silence the violent storm in our lives. Wake Him up and let Him calm down the storm for you.
3) Keep one verse in your heart and
practice it daily: Philippians 4:6-7. 6 Be anxious for nothing, but in
everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests
be made known to God.7 And the peace of God, which surpasses
all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds
in Christ Jesus. Stop worrying. Be
thankful. Cry out to Jesus. Experience
Christ’ peace and deliverance.
Today Pastor Choi takes the congregation to Jericho where Jesus met Zaccheus the chief tax collector in the tree. Pastor Choi draws three lessons from the story of Zaccheus. First. salvation is a must for all. Next, it is urgent. Finally, salvation means a new life in Christ.
Today Pastor Choi talks about a woman who was caught in adultery. He points out that no one should condemn anyone else. Only God can. He also urges the congregation to beware of cheap grace (that is, grace offered at the expense of truth).
Today Pastor Choi takes the congregation to Bethesda, the pool in Jerusalem. They witness Jesus healing a man with illness. Through the story, Pastor Choi points out two lessons: the mysteries of God, and sin may cause suffering.
In the story of Bartimaeus, the blind beggar, Pastor Choi points out three lessons for God’s people: first, know what to say in prayer. Have mercy on me, Lord. Next, learn how to say a prayer: Do it persistently until you get Jesus’ attention. Thirdly, follow Jesus. After receiving a miracle from God, follow Jesus faithfully for the rest of your life.
Today Pastor Choi invites the congregation to go on a road trip with Jesus. Following Him along the road, they encounter a certain man with leprosy who asks Jesus for healing which is granted on the spot. Three lessons: the power of prayer, the power of touch, and the power of spoken words.
From today’s text, John 1:35-42, Pastor Choi presents three lessons from Andrew one of Jesus’ 12 disciples. First, Andrew led his brother Peter to Jesus the Messiah right after he himself found Him. Next, Andrew found the true identity of Jesus right away by paying attention to John the Baptist his teacher. Finally, Pastor Choi shows who in the Bible joins Andrew calling Jesus the Son of God or the Messiah (or who rejects Jesus as the Messiah).
Today Pastor Choi designates the year 2020 to be the year of Walk with Jesus. He explains the meaning of following Jesus and urges the people of God to discover who Jesus is and what He is like through the Word of God and prayers. Throughout the year and beyond!