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  • The Faith Of The Devout

    Contributed by Christian Cheong on Jan 14, 2019
     | 54 views

    See the longing and faith of the devout awaiting for the fulfilment of the Messianic prophecies. The devout believes God, are led by God and sees Jesus.

    How much can you trust God? How much do you really believe the Word of God? • Christmas didn’t come easy to believe. The Jewish people has had 400 years of silence between the OT and NT during which God did not speak. • The Roman Empire conquered Jerusalem in 63BC and ruled over the land. • It ...read more

  • Prayer Matters Series

    Contributed by Christian Cheong on Jan 14, 2019
     | 79 views

    We see the hearts of Godly men - Ezra and now Nehemiah - mourning with the people for their sin and praying for the restoration of Jerusalem and the glory of God.

    Let me paint the BIG PICTURE again: • First group of returnees came back with Zerubbabel in 538BC (50K). • After much opposition from the Samaritan locals in the land, they managed to rebuild the Temple. After a gap of 57 years, Ezra came back with 2nd group (5K). • Found out that the people had ...read more

  • The Danger Of Compromise Series

    Contributed by Christian Cheong on Dec 2, 2018
     | 516 views

    See Ezra's prayer of confession. We acknowledge God's righteousness, submit to His judgement and agree with God concerning His view of sin. We trust in God's forgiving grace.

    Ezra 8 – Return to Jerusalem (from Babylon). Ezra returned with 4000 to 5000 people. Initially there weren’t any Levites among them and Ezra made an extra effort to gather them • He knew that he would need the Levites if he is going to teach the Law of God to the people. Ezra managed to get 258 ...read more

  • Walking In God's Will Series

    Contributed by Christian Cheong on Nov 18, 2018
     | 428 views

    We see the unfolding of God's will and the outworking of God's works in fulfilling His will. God raised Ezra, the man of God's Law, to bring about the next phrase of restoration - spiritual reformation and renewal.

    Finally, we have Ezra appearing in the book that bears his name. Chapter 7. • We ended chapter 6 with the completion and the dedication of the Temple of God, led by Zerubbabel and Jeshua, under the reign of Darius. • This was made possible because of the move of God (1) through the preaching ...read more

  • The Move Of God Series

    Contributed by Christian Cheong on Oct 27, 2018
     | 478 views

    God moves the remnant through Haggai and Zechariah to restart the rebuilding of the Temple of God. He assures and encourages them.

    The rebuilding of the Temple of God came to a halt, because of the harassment from the Samaritans and the pressure from the Persian officials. • And it stopped for 16 years, until the 2nd year of King Darius’ reign. With the Temple unbuilt, God was left out of their mind and their lives. • The ...read more

  • Facing Opposition Series

    Contributed by Christian Cheong on Oct 21, 2018
     | 448 views

    When we do God's work, we can expect opposition. We don't have to be discouraged. God will finish what He has started.

    We started Ezra 1 with the move of God and the edict of King Cyrus, and the start of a long and difficult journey for the exiles returning back to Jerusalem. • In Ezra 2 we have the list of the returning exiles, by families and towns, and the various roles they play. • In Ezra 3 we saw the altar ...read more

  • The Providence Of God Series

    Contributed by Christian Cheong on Sep 30, 2018
     | 639 views

    God planned for the return of His people. We see the providence, promise and provision of God in this move back to Jerusalem.

    The book of Ezra begins with the end of the exile. • The Kingdom of Babylon has fallen to the Persians, and with the dawn of the Persians empire the subjects were asked to return to their respective homelands. • The first wave of returnees took place in 538BC and that’s where the book ...read more

  • God Has The Final Word Series

    Contributed by Christian Cheong on Sep 9, 2018
     | 886 views

    God speaks to save, not to terrify or condemn. God speaks the truth.

    God did not give up on Judah, despite her disobedience and sinful ways. • God continued to speak to them, again and again, through prophet Jeremiah. • God extended grace and showed mercy, still urging them to repent. Judah did not listen, but that did not stop God. “The LORD is compassionate ...read more

  • The God Who Never Gives Up Series

    Contributed by Christian Cheong on Sep 3, 2018
     | 506 views

    God continues to speak to the last four Kings of Judah prior to the fall of Jerusalem. God did not cease to speak to them, even though they are not willing to listen.

    We have come to the last 4 Kings of Judah. Next week we will close with the fall of Jerusalem. In one chapter the author penned through the 4 Kings. • Everything moves downhill from Manasseh’s reign onwards because the Lord has decreed that He will judge Judah and Jerusalem will fall under the ...read more

  • Humble Yourself Before The Lord Series

    Contributed by Christian Cheong on Aug 11, 2018
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     | 1,144 views

    The heart of Josiah was responsive to God and he was humble before Him. God gives grace to the humble.

    We looked at the most evil King last week, Manasseh, who repented at the last minute and did what he could to restore the worship of God. • But his attempt at making right what he has done wrong for so many years, was too little, too late, to make a lasting impact. • Even his son Amon who ...read more

  • Too Little, Too Late Series

    Contributed by Christian Cheong on Aug 7, 2018
     | 890 views

    Mannaseh pushed Judah to the point of no return. Right at the end of his life, he experienced God's great grace and forgiveness when he repented. However it was too little, too late. The damage has been done. That's the legacy he left behind.

    We’ve come to the reign of Manasseh in 2 Kings 21, the son of Hezekiah. • 6 more kings after him and that will be the end of JUDAH. • Manasseh is the longest reigning King of Judah (and Israel), 55 years in all. • He did great evil in the sight of the Lord, probably the greatest (evil) of all the ...read more

  • When Pride Creeps In Series

    Contributed by Christian Cheong on Jul 29, 2018
     | 828 views

    When Hezekiah was prosperous and successful, he became proud and forget the Source of all his blessings.

    The King of Babylon sent envoys to congratulate Hezekiah on his recovery from his illness. • Hezekiah must have felt important. There is something gratifying to have people from faraway places showing interest in you. • So Hezekiah pay attention to them and showed them all his treasures – from ...read more

  • Keep Your Focus Right Series

    Contributed by Christian Cheong on Jul 15, 2018
    based on 3 ratings
     | 1,880 views

    Hezekiah prays and sees God as the One who is enthroned and rules over all kingdoms. He trusts God and sees the deliverance of God.

    Hezekiah has a real crisis at hand. Jerusalem was under siege and fighting for her life. • In chapter 18 they were confronted with a psychological warfare at the wall, bombarded by depressing words from the Assyrian field commander. • Hezekiah commanded his people at the wall not to answer the ...read more

  • In God We Trust Series

    Contributed by Christian Cheong on Jul 8, 2018
     | 914 views

    Faith in God is not immunity from troubles. God builds our trust in Him through the trials of life, not apart from them.

    We read of the fall of the Northern Kingdom ISRAEL last week. • When the North falls, King Hezekiah was reigning in the South. We are going to read in the next 3 chapters. Let’s read 2 Kings 18:1-8. King Hezekiah is one of the two good kings in the history of Judah (S). • The other is King ...read more

  • The One True God Series

    Contributed by Christian Cheong on Jul 3, 2018
     | 942 views

    God reveals Himself as the One true God who redeems Israel, warns them and finally judges them. Israel is called to worship the One and only God, and to show the nations that the Lord their God, the Lord is one. They failed.

    We’ve come to the last King of Israel and the end of the Northern Kingdom (2 Kings 17). • It ended this way - 2 Kings 17:5-6 5The king of Assyria invaded the entire land, marched against Samaria and laid siege to it for three years. 6In the ninth year of Hoshea, the king of Assyria captured ...read more