Hello church family,
I am writing this to ask you all to please keep Busan and other areas in Korea in special prayer as they face a category 4 typhoon coming their way.
Someone I know posted this message on Facebook and thought I'd pass it along to our church family so we could join with others in prayer (the message is reposted below).
Let's also think of and keep in prayer our church members and friends who may be worried for their family members, relatives and friends in Busan or in other areas.
Friends around the world (asking for prayer):
Yesterday, Korea experience #TyphoonMaysak and it hit Busan pretty hard. Our family woke up at 2 am to move to the living room as our bedroom windows were shaking like crazy and the windows became unhinged. This morning as I drove to work, I saw trees which had been knocked down, store fronts with their signs on the floor, etc. Certain glass apartments had their glass walls broken and there were also a few deaths. Personally, it was scary and was praying through it asking the Lord for safety for people in this city (and nation). Typhoon Maysak was a category 2.
#typhoonhaishen is supposed to come in a few days (Sunday PM) and is forecasted to be a category 4 or 5. Plz join us in prayer for Busan and other cities in Korea and pray for the typhoons track to move away from the cities and the effects to be minimal. Let us be like Elijah (1 Kings) who commanded the weather through prayer and declaration!
Thank you all for reading this and joining with us as we "love our neighbors" through prayer!
- Pastor Jimmy Lee
Healthy prayer makes a healthy soul.
Healthy prayer makes a healthy attitude.
Healthy prayer makes a healthy life.
Sometimes the problem with our problems is that our prayers are unhealthy.
Get your prayers healthy and get healthy in life!
Listen to this podcast episode and learn how to unlock the full potential of your prayer life and take it to the next level with JESUS!
LISTEN NOW: Ep.3 "Next Level Prayer"
We all need leaders in our lives. Good leaders. We can see in the Old Testament how the leadership of kings either led an entire nation towards God or away from God. But the truth is that we live in an imperfect world among imperfect people. No matter how great the leaders in our lives seem to be (parents, teachers, bosses, mentors, etc) we know that in the end they are only human and can let us down.
This is why the good news is that our dependency can be on Jesus as our leader and not people! Jesus is the good leader who lays His life down for His sheep. He is the leader who will not only lead us when we follow, but carry us when we can't! Have you ever seen a picture of a shepherd carry a sheep on His shoulders? That's our Jesus. In His great love, Jesus will help us to follow Him through grace, correction, teaching, and encouragement - all of it covered in His love! He will lead us when we can follow Him and He will carry us when we can't.
Be sure to hear this message "Praying Into Victory" and learn about how Jesus leads us into victory through prayer! CLICK HERE: https://youtu.be/rpUErrm-mW4
When I struggle, His compassion will never fail.
When I stumble, His compassion will never fail.
When the storm is too much for me, His compassion will never fail.
When people do not support me, His compassion will never fail.
When I feel lonely, His compassion will never fail.
When I’m facing a giant, His compassion will never fail.
Lamentations 3:22 (NIV) Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.
GOD IS MIGHTY TO SAVE. There is nobody that God cannot save. There is no sin that God cannot set you free from. There is no mistake that God will not forgive. It does not matter what it is. It does not matter who it is. It does not matter how many times. It does not matter how long it takes. Our God is MIGHTY TO SAVE! He will never give up on you, nor forsake you. He will not give up nor forsake those you are praying for. Come to Jesus and pray to Jesus in confidence, whether for yourself, another person, or an entire city and nation: OUR GOD IS MIGHTY TO SAVE!
Isaiah 59:1 (NLT) Listen! The LORD’s arm is not too weak to save you, nor is his ear too deaf to hear you call.
There's much more to praying for our daily bread than we think! More breakthrough, more growth, and more blessing as we grow closer to God through this prayer. Listen to this episode and get practical tips on how to powerfully and effectively pray for your "daily bread" today!
Ep.1 Praying the "Daily Bread Prayer"
God wants us to have REAL peace. Real peace is not peace that comes from circumstances but rather peace that comes from God’s love and finding the purpose and meaning of our existence in Him.
When our peace is in God then we have peace no matter what happens. This peace cannot be had overnight. Like a tree it grows over time and like metal it is tested and forged through the fire.
This peace grows the more we surrender and lay down our cares and burdens at the feet of Jesus, and the more we grow closer to Him. We don’t have peace just because we pray about something we are worried about, we have peace by spending time with the ONE who IS peace.
When you have this kind of peace, it is a peace that transcends all understanding and stays with us even in the most difficult times and even when there seems like no answer in sight. This peace is powerful. This peace is supernatural. This is a peace that the world cannot give, but only Jesus can!
Meditating (to think about and remember) on the good things God has done for us (not least of all His death and resurrection) is one of the most life-changing habits we can have. Do it now and build a lifetime habit that will change your life for Jesus!
"Sometimes the greatest thing God can do isn't to give us something new, but to remind us of what we already have." - Steven Furtick
Psalm 143:5 I remember the days of old; I meditate on all that you have done; I ponder the work of your hands.
We apologize that due to unfortunate circumstances we will be cancelling tomorrow’s online service. We will resume our Online Service as regularly scheduled next week. We encourage you to rewatch a previous Online Service as believe God never stops speaking to us, even through the same sermon! Thank you for your understanding and we will see you next week!
이번주 주일은 부득이한 사정으로 온라인 예배를 취소합니다. 다음주 주일부터는 온라인예배가 예정대로 재개되니 양해 부탁드립니다. 지난 온라인 예배 영상을 통해 들었던 같은 설교를 통해서도 하나님께서 우리에게 말씀하실 것을 믿습니다. 이해해 주셔서 감사합니다. 다음주에 뵙겠습니다!
Also, let us pray for the violent riots and looting that are happening all over the US. Let us pray for the protection of the innocent. Let us pray that people will act in "righteous anger" not fleshly bitterness. This is not a black vs. white thing but about people of all races and color standing together against racism and hate and fighting together for significant reforms.
I can only believe and be thankful that God led our church coming into January 2020 to focus on seeking His face and prayer because He has prepared us and wants us to seek His face and pray for such a time as this. (2 Chronicles 7:14; Matthew 6:33)
The following is the verse that was most quoted by the late civil rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.:
Amos 5:24 But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.
- Pastor Jimmy Lee
Hello Joyful City,
Currently, there is a movement on social media called "Black Out Tuesday" where people are posting a picture of the color black to encourage people to pause and reflect on the state of the US, racial equality and the need for justice.
In like kind, we are posting this picture of the color black to encourage you to not only pause and reflect, but to please PAUSE AND PRAY as we love our neighbors by coming before our Almighty ABBA on their behalf. Let us pray:
- For our black brothers and sisters. For victims of racial injustice and hate. For their voices to be heard. For their vindication. For their healing. For their thirst for justice, equality, protection and safety to be quenched.
- For tremendous, significant change in the system and culture of the US and all around the world as it relates to fighting racial prejudice and hate.
- For freedom and justice fighters of all kinds, all races, and all backgrounds to rise up to do whatever we can to contribute to this new, rising, and much needed global movement.
- For our leaders to act justly, swiftly, by the hand and wisdom of God and in the Fear Of The Lord.
- For repentance and awakening of the oppressors and those who are deceived and/or unknowingly are acting/speaking counterproductively to the urgent need of justice, acknowledgement and change.
- For justice. For healing. For reconciliation. For redemption.
- For God's children to PRAY AND.
(Cont'd in next post)
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Hello Joyful City! Bless you on this first day of the month of June! Can you believe it's June already?
THE LORD BLESS YOU
Please know that we are praying for you today to set the tone for the rest of this month! We pray that it will be a great month full of grace, love, hope and breakthroughs! May you be closer to Jesus this month than last and be filled with His love like never before.
Numbers 6:24-26 (NIV) The LORD bless you and keep you; 25 the LORD make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; 26 the LORD lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.
민수기 6:24-26 (RNKSV) 24 ‘주님께서 당신들에게 복을 주시고, 당신들을 지켜 주시며,
25 주님께서 당신들을 밝은 얼굴로 대하시고, 당신들에게 은혜를 베푸시며,
26 주님께서 당신들을 고이 보시어서, 당신들에게 평화를 주시기를 빕니다.’
CALL TO PRAYER
We also call you on you to pray this month like never before! We've been hearing great testimonies of how people are spending more time with God through prayer thanks to our Sunday Messages on The Lord's Prayer! We hope the messages have been helping you too as well as challenging and inspiring you to pray since you are so important and ABBA Father has made your prayers powerful.
As never before in our lifetime, the world needs your words, your actions, and most of all, your prayers. The world needs you to "PRAY AND" like Jesus.
The reason is because YOU can speak to the King of Kings on behalf of all those around you and for all that you see happening in front of you...
Because The King is your ABBA Father and you are His beloved child...
When God’s children pray, ABBA Father answers!
The truth that God loves us can be everything we need in order to be happy, joyful, fulfilled and content right now. His love can satisfy the deepest hunger and fill the greatest voids in our lives. It is a matter of choosing God and surrendering our hearts and lives to His love.
Choose God over everything. Choose His kingdom over all.
에베소서 1:22-23 (RNKSV) 22 하나님께서는 만물을 그리스도의 발 아래 굴복시키시고, 그분을 만물 위에 교회의 머리로 삼으셨습니다. 23 교회는 그리스도의 몸이요, 만물 안에서 만물을 충만케 하시는 분의 충만함입니다.
Ephesians 1:22-23 (ESV) 22 And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, 2 3which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.
Living in God’s grace is to live in God’s kingdom! God's Kingdom is not about works of our flesh, but the work of Jesus. His work produces His fruit through us. By grace, know that you are loved, accepted, chosen, and forgiven by God. You have a great destiny and it is by God's grace!
로마서 14:17 하나님의 나라는 먹는 일과 마시는 일이 아니라, 성령 안에서 누리는 의와 평화와 기쁨입니다.
Romans 14:17 (ESV) For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.
Romans 14:17 (TPT) For the kingdom of God is not a matter of rules about food and drink, but is in the realm of the Holy Spirit, filled with righteousness, peace, and joy.
It only takes a spark to get a fire a going and even a small fire that can consume an entire forest. A moment with God is like that spark. A moment with God can change everything.
A moment with God is so pleasing to God and His good pleasure can consume us to the point where: instead of being consumed with the things of this world, we are consumed by Him!
# TOMORROW OUR SERVICE WILL BE ONLINE ONLY
Our worship service (2/23) tomorrow will be ONLINE! Again, we will not be having service at Covenant Hall, but our service will be completely online this Sunday! We will be streaming for our Joyful City Church YOUTUBE channel!
# WHY WE ARE GOING ONLINE THIS SUNDAY
During these past couple of days the Corona19 Virus situation has heightened in general. In particular, there are reports that members of the 신천지 cult have been directed this weekend to attend other churches in order to spread the virus and offset focus on themselves as they’ve become the focal point of the recent spike of confirmed cases.
In an effort to not only put the safety and well-being of our members & children first, but also to help give everyone some peace of mind without the worry of exposure in a group setting this Sunday, we have decided to host our service this Sunday completely online.
As well, by doing our service online this Sunday, we are able to include members/families of our church who have recently been unable to come to services due to precaution.
We believe that despite all that is happening, God can meet us and speak to us wherever we are, and though we are not together physically, we are still together in one spirit as a church! Join us online with your family and friends this Sunday as we continue to seek first the kingdom of God with great expectation together!
You are God's one thing! God had everything, and yet having everything was not enough if He didn’t have you.
- Romans 5:8 but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
- 로마서 5:8 그러나 우리가 아직 죄인이었을 때에, 그리스도께서 우리를 위하여 죽으셨습니다. 이리하여 하나님께서는 우리들에 대한 자기의 사랑을 실증하셨습니다.
What is your "one thing"?
PSALM 27:4 One thing have I asked of the LORD, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to inquire in his temple.
시편 27:4 주님, 나에게 단 하나의 소원이 있습니다. 나는 오직 그 하나만 구하겠습니다. 그것은 한평생 주님의 집에 살면서 주님의 자비로우신 모습을 보는 것과, 성전에서 주님과 의논하면서 살아가는 것입니다.
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뉴질랜드 크라이스트처치를 위하여 함께 기도 부탁드립니다.
I'm very sad and upset to hear of the terrible events that took place in New Zealand. To all of our friends in New Zealand, we grieve with you that such a thing could happen in your country. But, I have found New Zealand to be quite beautiful, not only in landscape, but in the spirit of its people, which is why I know NZ will shine and overcome even in such dark times.
As Christians, such times as these are our opportunity to shine the light of Christ and show love and compassion towards our neighbors regardless of what religion they are. Jesus came and died for ALL to know that He is our Savior and Lord. The Bible says that it is God's kindness that leads to repentance (Romans 2:4). Therefore, it is right for us to do what we can to express and show the love of Christ in kindness in whatever form we are able.
With this in mind, I'd like to ask all of our Joyful City Church family to lift up in prayer the city of Christchurch and the great nation of New Zealand. Let us pray for healing and comfort. Let's pray for the Believers that are in New Zealand to be used by God mightily. As well, as a church, we have friends and former members of Joyful City in New Zealand. We thank God that they are safe and that these events didn't happen in their vicinity. But nonetheless, let us continue to pray for their safety and the safety of all their family and friends.
Pastor Jimmy Lee