Sermon: Who Am I?

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.

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Sermon: Prerequisites for God’s Kingdom

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

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Sermon: Concerning Faith (Part 2 of 2)

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.

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Sermon: Concerning Faith (Part 1 of 2)

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.

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Sermon: The Mad Man

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.

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Sermon: The Woman with an Alabaster Jar

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.

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Sermon: The Good Soil

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).

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Sermon: Among the Thorns

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.

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Sermon: The Rocky Soil

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.

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Sermon: Who Is Your Father?

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.

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Sermon: Go and Do the Same

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.

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Sermon: The Woman at the Well

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.

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Sermon: Be Thankful and Rejoice

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.

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Matthew 20:1-16

Sermon: Who Created Them All?

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).

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A Prayer for America

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.

Sermon: Stop Fearing. Keep on Believing.

Today Pastor Choi points out three lessons from the Jairus’s story (Mark 5:21-24, 35-43).

1. Faith and fear are in an inverse relation. 2. The only good fear is the fear of the Lord. 3. Choose faith over fear.

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Sermon: Your Faith Matters

Your Faith Matters: Mark 5:21-34

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.

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Sermon: Your Spiritual Worship

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.

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Sermon: The Easter Message of the Risen Christ

In today’s message, Pastor Choi shares the first Easter greetings of the Risen Christ: Peace be unto you. Receive the Holy Spirit. Forgive.

As the Easter people, we have the Christ’s peace that the world cannot give or take away from us.

As the Easter people, we do have the Holy Spirit in us through faith in Jesus Christ.

As the Easter people, we will forgive each other as Christ has forgiven us.

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Sermon: Christ Our Passover Lamb

In his Good Friday message, Pastor Choi draws the comparison between two Passover stories: one in the book of Exodus and the other in the book of Matthew.

In Exodus, the Passover lamb protects the people in the house with its blood on the doorposts and the lintel.

In Matthew, Christ the Lamb of God, by shedding His blood, covers the sin of humanity and protects those who believe in Him from the eternal judgment.

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Sermon: Cross-the Heart of the Gospel

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.

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Sermon: Concerning Negative Thinking

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.

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Sermon: Concerning Addiction

Galatians 5:16-24

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.

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Sermon: Concerning Complaint

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. 

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Hebrews 13:1

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Sermon: Concerning Anger

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.

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Ephesians 4:26-27

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Sermon: Concerning Depression

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).

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Isaiah 61:3

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Sermon: the Storm

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.   Not 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.  Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 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.

Mark 4:35-41

Sermon: Zaccheus

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.

Luke 19:1-10

Sermon: Bartimaeus

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.

Mark 10:46-52

Sermon: The Leper

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.

Mark 1:40-45

Sermon: We Have Found the Messiah!

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).

John 1:41

Carols and Stories

Today Dan Webster presents various Christmas carols and stories behind them. He explains to the congregation some historical backgrounds of carols and biblical prophecies on Jesus the Messiah.

Stained Glass in Manahawkin United Methodist Church

Sermon: A Christmas Reflection 2019

At Christmas eve service, Pastor Choi shares his life as a believer in Christ. He testifies that Christ has set him free from guilt and shame; from condemnation; from worries; and from anger and bitterness. He invites all to have Christ in their lives who will also set them free from the bondage of sin and death.

Sermon: The Magi

Today Pastor Choi talks about the magi who paid a visit to baby Jesus: who they were, how many wise men visited, their names, and so forth. At the end of the sermon, Pastor Choi draws two lessons: Worship Jesus the King, and God draws all nations and races to Christ.

Matthew 2:1-12

Sermon: The Shepherds

Today Pastor Choi talks about three lessons from the story of shepherds. First, they had a check-it-out attitude on the word of God spoken to them. Next, they found the baby Jesus after a careful search of Jesus. Finally, they spread the good news of Christ’s birth after they personally witnessed Jesus. Know (personally experience) Christ and make Him known–the key of evangelism.

Luke 2:8-20

Sermon: the Angels

Today Pastor Choi talks about who and what angels are. They are heavenly spiritual beings created by God for the following purposes: 1. Messengers of God. 2. Worship/Praise God. 3. Minister to heirs of salvation. He also warns the believers not to worship or pray to angels. Worship God only.

Christ Is the Great Joy for All the People (Luke 2:10)

Sermon: Mary and Joseph

Today, as part 1 of 4 series on people around baby Jesus, Pastor Choi talks about Mary and Joseph. He focuses on two outstanding characteristics of Mary and Joseph: willingness and humility. He exhorts God’s children to say “So be it” to God’s call for His Kingdom.

Matthew 1:18-25

Sermon: In Everything Give Thanks

Today Pastor Choi exhorts God’s people to be thankful (more than grateful) to the Lord in all circumstances, both good and bad. He encourages them to do three things: first, understand the true reason behind God’s command to be thankful. Next, desire to be thankful for the sake of obedience to God and His will. Finally, train yourself in thanksgiving beginning with small things.

1 Thessalonians 5:18