Mount Joy Christian Community Church

喜樂山華人基督教會

靈修 Devotion

Nov 30, 2022

失而復得Lost and Found

路加福音 Luke 19:10

黃纘舜牧師Pastor Sunny Wong

失去一些東西是一種可怕的經歷,尤其是失去心愛的人。最近我看到一則關於在滿地可失蹤的中國男孩的新聞(https://montreal.ctvnews.ca/too-sad-to-sleep-montreal-family-still-desperate-for-answers-weeks-after-17-year-old-feng-tian-s-disappearance-1.6150930)。他的媽媽在接受採訪時分享了她的擔憂和恐懼。我們祈禱這個男孩平安無事,他能很快就會回家。每當我們聽到一些失蹤人使的消息時,我們都無法想像這對相關家庭來說是多麼艱難和痛苦。當上帝創造我們時,祂看到我們都像迷失的孩子。我們在地上活在罪的捆綁下,即使我們可能沒有意識這是我們的處境。2000年前,神應驗了祂的應許(以賽亞書9:6-7),差遣祂的兒子到地上尋找我們,拯救我們!願我們都被找回並得救,同心讚美神!願神亦幫助滿地可的家人能早日找到他們失蹤的兒子!

It is a terrible experience to lose something, especially losing the beloved ones. Recently I read a news about missing Chinese boy in Montreal (https://montreal.ctvnews.ca/too-sad-to-sleep-montreal-family-still-desperate-for-answers-weeks-after-17-year-old-feng-tian-s-disappearance-1.6150930). His mom shared her worries and fears when she was interviewed. We pray that the boy is safe and he will go home soon. Every time when we hear some news about missing persons, we can’t imagine how hard and painful it is to the related families. When God creates us, HE sees that we are all like lost children. We are wandering on the earth and under the bondage of sins even though we may not be aware of our situations. 2000 years ago, God fulfilled His promise (Isaiah 9:6-7) to send His son to the earth to seek us and save us! May we all praise God when we are found and saved! May God help the family in Montreal to get back their missing son!

Nov 23, 2022

聖誕的精神True Spirits of Christmas

路加福音Luke 2:4-7

黃纘舜牧師Pastor Sunny Wong

我無法想像當約瑟和馬利亞,尤其是當她懷孕時,因凱撒奧古斯都的法令,要從拿撒勒前往猶大,會有多麽困難。這條路是很艱難,甚至有時我們會看到一些關於約瑟和馬利亞的漂亮圖畫,當中馬利亞是騎著驢。對她來說,這絕對不是一個美好的經歷。 然後可能經過幾個星期的騎馬或步行,他們到達了伯利恆-約瑟的故鄉。他們沒有房間可以住,更不用說談可找到讓馬利亞生下嬰兒的合適地方。最後,他們住在一個馬槽裡- 一處沒有幫助、沒有乾淨水、完全不適合誕生的地方- 在那裡她就生下至高者的兒子耶穌!這對年輕夫婦可說經歷了一個淩亂、嘈雜、骯髒、痛苦和喜樂的夜晚,迎來了他們的第一個孩子。不僅神謙卑自己,出生在如此淩亂和骯髒的環境中,而約瑟和馬利亞在事奉當中也經歷了艱辛。這些可能就是聖誕節的真正精神 - 謙卑,喜樂和艱辛!

I can’t imagine how hard it would be for Joseph and Mary, especially when she was pregnant, to travel from Nazareth to Judah because of the decree from Caesar Augustus. The route was tough. Even sometimes we may see some nice drawings about the trip made by Joseph and Mary that Mary was riding a donkey. It is still definitely not a nice experience for her. And then possibly after a few weeks of riding or walking, they arrived at Bethlehem, the hometown to Joseph. There were no rooms for them to stay, let alone talking about a proper space for the mom to deliver the baby. Finally they stayed in a manger where the baby Jesus, the Son of Most High was born. No help. No clean water. No proper space! This young couple welcomed their first child in a messy, noisy, painful and joyful night. Not only GOD humbled Himself to be born in a such terrible environment but also Joseph and Mary experienced such hardship when they served GOD. These may be some of the true spirits of Christmas – Humbleness, Joyfulness as well as Hardship!

Nov 16, 2022

為何我們在聖誕派對上如此快樂?Why are we so joyful in the Christmas party?

馬太福音 Matthew 2:10

不可停止聚會Not giving up meeting together 黃纘舜牧師Pastor Sunny Wong

聖誕節快到了。每年許多人都聚集在一起、滿有喜樂地慶祝聖誕節,每個人面上都帶著歡笑。是因為大家都為著這生日派對的主角而慶祝嗎?2000年前,一些來自東方的博士搜索,並詢問一位生日男孩在哪裡。他們對祂瞭解不多(例如祂的名字,祂的家人),除了他們相信祂生來就是猶太人的王。甚至他們可能也問希律王祂在那裡,希律王隨後也問祭司和律法師。博士被指示去伯利恆。其後,一路引領他們的星再次出現,帶領他們來到耶穌和祂的家人住的房子。博士就大大地歡喜,因為他們最終找到耶穌!
我們是否和博士有同一樣的理由,在每年參加聖誕派對時也是感到如此喜出望外嗎?!是因為這位壽星仔嗎?還是僅僅是因為氣氛和環境帶來的歡樂?!實在我們應想想,在一個生日派對裏,當所有客人都如此歡樂但不是為了生日的主人翁,甚至根本沒有邀請這生日的主人翁,這生日派對是否不對勁?!讓我們邀請我們的主耶穌基督參加我們的聖誕聚會,因為祂才是我們聚會的原因 - 祂原是這生日派對的主人翁!

Christmas is coming. Many people gather to celebrate the Christmas. They are so joyful. Everyone is smiling. Is it because the birthday boy means a lot to every participant? 2000 years ago, a few wise men from the East searched and asked about where the birthday boy was. They did not know too much about HIM (e.g. HIS name, HIS family), except that they believed HE was born king of Jews. Even they probably asked King Herod who then asked the priests and the teachers of the law. The wise men were given the instruction to go to Bethlehem. But the star which had guided them all the way appeared again and led them to the house where Jesus and His family stayed. The wise men were overjoyed because they were guided and led to find out where Jesus was!
Do we have the same reason as the wise men to feel so overjoyed when we attend a Christmas party?! Is it because of the birthday boy? Or is it simply due to the atmosphere and self-imposed joyfulness?! Frankly speaking we should feel something wrong about a birthday party when all guests are so joyful but not for the birthday person, and it is even worse if the birthday person is not invited! Let’s invite our Lord Jesus Christ to our Christmas gatherings because HE is the reason - HE is the birthday boy!

Nov 9, 2022

“你有一個嬰孩You have a baby”

馬太福音Matt 1:20;路加福音 Luke 1:29-31

黃纘舜牧師Pastor Sunny Wong

聖誕節是慶祝耶穌的出生。儘管聖經沒有具體告訴我們耶穌是什麼時候出生的,但我們遵随傳統來慶祝聖誕節。然而,耶穌仍在聖誕節的中心嗎?世界已經發生了很大變化,人們看聖誕節漸漸與耶穌無關。聖誕節就是關於派對,購物,家庭聚會,度假等。然而,耶穌基督誕生的消息讓祂周圍的人,特別是祂在地上的父母感到震驚和困惑。當我們慶祝聖誕節時,我們確實是喜樂和感恩的,但我們也應該尋求並問為什麼祂降生以及祂對我們有多重要!在每個家庭中,每個孩子的出生都必須帶來一些變化。耶穌基督的誕生帶給你的家庭什麼改變?!

Christmas is the celebration of the birthday of Jesus. Even though Bible does not specifically tell us when Jesus was actually born, we follow the tradition to celebrate the Christmas. However is Jesus the centre of the celebration of Christmas? The world has changed a lot that Christmas is treated like nothing related to Jesus. It is all about partying, shopping, family gathering, vacation, etc. It is also not surprised that people care less about the original reason of celebrating Christmas. However, the birth news of Jesus Christ made the people around HIM, especially HIS earthly parents, feel shocked & confused at the beginning. When we celebrate the Christmas, it is true that we are joyful and thankful but also we should seek and ask why and how important HE is! In each family, the birth of every child must bring some changes. What change does the birth of Jesus Christ bring to your families?!

Nov 2, 2022

聖誕節倒數Christmas countdown

路加福音Luke 1:15-17

黃纘舜牧師Pastor Sunny Wong

今年的降臨節將於11月27日開始,12月24日結束。降臨節是提醒我們耶穌基督降生意義和準備。但我想早一點開始。從11月6日開始,MJCCC將有一個與聖誕節有關的講道系列。我們看到每個人都想在聖誕節期間玩得開心或慶祝。但聖誕是否只是慶祝或派對,讓我們好好在今年聖誕前想想!另一方面,路加福音也向我們表明,耶穌基督的誕生不是一個獨立的事件。神已經預備施洗約翰先出生,為我們的主耶穌基督預備道路。 我們需要為耶誕節做準備,不單是為家人和朋友準備禮物,而是讓自己明白耶穌基督降臨的意義和目的!

This year Advent will start on Nov 27 and finish by Dec 24. Advent is to help people prepare for 1st coming of Jesus Christ. But I would like to start the preparation a bit earlier. Starting from Nov 6, MJCCC will have a new preaching series related to the Christmas. We see that everyone wants to have fun or celebrate during Christmas. Is it more than celebration? Let’s find out! On the other hand, the book of Luke also showed to us that the birth of Jesus Christ is not a stand-alone event. God had prepared John the Baptist to be born first to prepare the way for our Lord Jesus Christ. We need to prepare for the Christmas, not in the sense of getting gifts for family and friends which are important but getting ourselves to understand the profound meaning and purpose of the 1st coming of Jesus Christ!

Oct 26, 2022

家庭時間Family Time

以弗所書Ephesians 4:22-24

黃纘舜牧師Pastor Sunny Wong

我們因著主耶穌基督的犧牲得懞接納、救贖和與神和好。我們被賦予新的生命。還有藉著神的說話我們學習過一種新的生活,它不同於我們的舊我,是具有新的態度、屬性和目的——幫助我們更像基督。這種轉變不會自行發生。我們是受到聖靈的引導、我們被神的話語所驅使。自2021年以來,我們一家參加入了NYCCC為期兩年的聖經閱讀計劃。它將在今年年底前完成。這將是我女兒第一次讀完整本聖經。儘管我們可能不理解每一段經文,或者發現許多章節都是難於理解,但每晚一同讀經可以幫助我們建立一個閱讀聖經和禱告的家庭時間。祈求MJCCC弟兄姊妹明年也一起參加讀經計劃。

We are received, redeemed & reconciled through the sacrifice of our Lord Jesus Christ. We are given a new life. Then we are taught to live a new life, which is different from our old selves and old lives with new attitudes, attributes and purposes – all pointing towards the transformation into Christ-like. The transformation would not happen by itself. We are guided by Holy Spirit. We are driven by the words of God. My family has joined NYCCC’s two year bible reading plan since 2021. It will finish by the end of this year. It will be the first time for my daughter to finish the whole bible reading. Even though we may not understand every passage or find many chapters very challenging, the consistent bible reading can help us establish a family time of bible reading and prayers. It is good to invite MJCCC to practice the bible reading plan next year together.

Oct 19, 2022

代代相傳It is our turn

馬太福音 Matthew 28:19-20

黃纘舜牧師Pastor Sunny Wong

在這兩、三個星期裡,我們華基(ACEM)正值有第44屆差傳年會。過去,我們會邀請不同的宣教士或講員來與我們分享他們的工作,鼓勵和挑戰。今年,我們採取不同的方法,準備一部迷你電影,並採訪了陳琛儀牧師、李維信牧師 、高方月華師母,幫助我們瞭解神多年如何大大的祝福華基 - 通過對高雲漢牧師的呼召、他對差傳的奉獻和擺上以及所有華基教會的領袖和弟兄姐妹的忠心事奉。第一所華基教會是TCCC,成立於1975年。從那時起,不同的華基教會被建立起來,並一同信實地回應大使命(馬太福音28:19-20)。許多華基教會的先驅和弟兄姊妹已樹立了事奉和順服神的良好榜樣。願所有新的ACEM教會和這個家庭的新兄弟姐妹都延續這華基精神,回應上帝的呼召,為耶穌基督在這世界作見證!阿門!

Over these two or three weeks, our ACEM family would have 44th Missions Conference. In the past, we would invite different missionaries or speakers to come and share their works, encouragement and challenge with us. This year we take a different approach that we prepare a mini movie and have interviewed Rev Sam Chan, Rev Vincent Lee and Mrs. Esther Kao to help us know how God has been blessing ACEM through the calling of Rev John Kao, his dedication and commitment to missions and the faithful ministries of all ACEM leaders and brothers and sisters. The 1st ACEM church is TCCC which was established in 1975. Since then, different ACEM churches have been planted and have come together to faithfully respond to the Great Commission (Matt 28:19-20). Many pioneers and brothers and sisters of ACEM churches have laid down great examples of serving and obedience. May all new ACEM churches and new brothers and sisters to this family carry the torch to respond to God’s calling and be the witness of Jesus Christ to the end of the world! Amen!

Oct 12, 2022

靠主常常喜樂Rejoice in the Lord always

腓立比書 Philip 4:4-7

黃纘舜牧師Pastor Sunny Wong

保羅被監禁時寫了這封信給腓力比的教會。保羅受苦受難,處境困難。 但他得到了腓立比教會的弟兄姊妹的幫助,以及因著他們對基督的擺上得到鼓勵。保羅寫道: “靠主常常喜樂... 應當一無掛慮,只要凡事藉著禱告、祈求和感謝,將你們所要的告訴神。”
MJCCC已成立兩週年,第一年是網上祟拜,跟著租用CCCC 在星期六作實體聚會也有一年,從10/09/22 起MJCCC祟拜轉到周日黃昏。MJCCC的事工仍然非常具有挑戰性,但也充滿了喜悅和鼓勵,因為我們的MJCCC弟兄姊妹仍然致力一起事奉。在兩週年堂慶之際,NYCCC的一些弟兄姊妹也來支持和我們一起慶祝。我們相信神在繼續考驗我們,挑戰我們,但也引導我們,帶領我們事奉祂。我們相信,我們將繼續經歷困難,但會得著喜樂和恩典!阿門!

Paul was imprisoned when he wrote this letter to the church in the Philip. He was suffering and in deep hardship. But he got encouraged by the brothers and sisters of the Philippian church and their dedication to Christ. He wrote “Rejoice in the Lord always… Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” out of his true experience of joyfulness and thankfulness!
After two years of meeting online and in-person on each Sat, MJCCC moves the service to Sunday evening. The ministry in MJCCC is still very challenging but it is full of joy and encouragement as our MJCCC brothers and sisters still commit to help and serve together. At the 2nd anniversary, some brothers and sisters of NYCCC also came to support and celebrate with us. We believe that God is continuing to test us, challenge us but also guide us and lead us to serve HIM. We believe we will continue to experience hardship as well as joyfulness and thankfulness! Amen!