Manahawkin United Methodist Church
Category: Pastor’s Sermons

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 …

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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 …

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Text: Psalm 24 Today’s sermon comes from John Parker, guest preacher. Psalm 24 is called a royal Psalm because it talks about the return of the King of Glory. It begins with the creed that God is the creator of …

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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. …

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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, …

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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 …

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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 …

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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, …

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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 …

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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 …

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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.

Texts: 2 Corinthians 11:24-27, Psalm 143:7-8, 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 Pastor Choi points out that depression is a spiritual matter whose solution begins and ends with God.  He also presents three biblical ways to handle depression that are effective in both …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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.  …

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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.

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: …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Text: 1 Corinthians 3:18-20 Today Pastor Choi talks about two types of wisdom: wisdom of the world and wisdom of God.  These two clash in our lives and vie for our attention and loyalty.  Which one would you choose?  You …

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Using Genesis 3:1-7, Pastor Choi expounds on the nature of temptation and considers ways to ward off temptations in life.  The tempter: he is a deceiver; his motive is never for us, rather for his own gain; he is also …

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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 …

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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 …

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Guest Preacher: John Parker For those who thirst after God, He has promised an eternity beyond belief. Creation will be made new and perfect. There will be no more pain, no more sorrow, and no more death. We will be …

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

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 …

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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.  

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.    

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 …

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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 …

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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.

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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Today Pastor Choi walks the congregation through Paul’s letter to the Corinthian believers regarding the practice of the Lord’s Supper.  He reminds of the congregation to examine themselves against the Word of God before they partake in the Communion.  Well …

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Pastor Choi shares three important lessons from Paul’s second letter to Timothy in preparation of persecutions: 1. No Christian can suffer for the gospel without the power of God. 2. No Christian can suffer for the gospel without a heavenly …

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Today Pastor Choi expounds on Proverbs 6:16-19: seven things which the LORD hates.  Haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that run rapidly to evil, a false witness who utters …

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Today Pastor Choi concludes his sermon series on “marks of a vital congregation.”  He points out that ‘to evangelize’ means to share the greatest news of all with others that Christ died for all sinners and invites them to believe …

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Pastor Choi continues his sermon series on “marks of a vital congregation”—worshiping church.  Worship is an appointment with God.  In worship, we encounter the living God.  In worship, two things happen: first, we praise and adore the Heavenly Father along …

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Today Pastor Choi focuses on the second mark of a living congregation: caring church.   He walks the congregation through the history of sharing in Christian Church from Jesus’ teaching to the Early Church.  He also points out the core …

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Pastor Choi starts a new sermon series today: four marks of a vital congregation.  Today, in part 1, he points out that a vital congregation is a learning church; it takes God’s Word very seriously, eager to learn of God …

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Pastor Choi concludes his sermon series today expounding the Jeremiah 7:1-7.  He points out that God holds accountable the believers in Christ for the destiny of our nation, that our reformed ways of life determines the future of our nation, …

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In part 2 of 3 series, Pastor Choi points out that we the believers are committed to the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20).  We are to go out into the world to make all the nations disciples of Jesus Christ.  As …

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Today Pastor Choi starts a three part series on commitment.  He reminds everyone that Christ is worthy of our full commitment.  He shows two characteristics of committed believers: on fire for the Lord and consistent in keeping God’s will in …

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Pastor Choi concludes his sermon series today.  He explains the meaning of being God’s child, privileges and responsibilities of God’s children, and God’s discipline in their lives.

Today Pastor Choi continues his sermon series “The Gospel We Believe”–part 2 of 3.  He expounds on the meaning of divine grace, what role our faith plays in salvation, and God’s sovereignty.

Pastor Choi presents his sermon series “The Gospel We Believe” (part 1 of 3) today.  His message focuses on three main entities in the Gospel: God, sinners, and Christ.  God demonstrates His eternal love toward us while we were sinners …

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Guest speaker–John Parker. Like so many of the people God uses to complete his perfect plan, Jacob is far from perfect. Esau, Isaac’s first born, “despised” his birthright and Jacob trades a bowl of soup for Esau’s birthright. Later, Rebekah …

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