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Print Your Word on our hearts

from New Song Church's parking lot street art

from New Song Church’s parking lot street art

Lord God, breathe into us new life today and lift our eyes off of the daily rubble so that we can magnify You in this place.   Whatever circumstances we are in (financial, emotional, spiritual, or personal), take us to the place that is the presence of Jesus Christ.  Don’t let shame or guilt stop us from experiencing Your grace and salvation. Just make Your presence known and print Your word on our hearts.   Take away any doubt of our worth because the cross at Calvary shows the cost of Your love for all of us, and by taking Your first steps on this earth You changed our history forever.    Help us to see Your greatness.  Help us to hear Your word.  And help us to live Your love.  For “no matter what comes, we will always taste victory through Him who loved us.  For (we) have every confidence that nothing – not death, life…the present, the future…nor any created thing – can come between us and the love of God revealed in the Anointed, Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:37-39).

 
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Posted by on March 16, 2014 in Conversations with God

 

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On our way rejoicing

On Our Way Rejoicing

Lord God,  Open the window that reveals Your truth so that we can breathe in Your grace, mercy and forgiveness.  Bring joy back into our lives, into our jobs, and into our relationships so that we will be so overwhelmed by the awareness of Your presence, that we can’t help but experience the joy that only comes from knowing Jesus.  Just simplify the complexity of the world into Your truth: That the battle has already been won and that God lives in this moment and so should we. So as we receive Christ today, at this altar, let us all remember that He also goes with us into the world that He so loves and that we can only share what we have an abundance of.  So let us be full and overflowing with the joy, love and compassion that has already been given to us by the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.  Amen.

 

 
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Posted by on February 23, 2014 in Conversations with God

 

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Champions in Christ

SIlver Cross

From everlasting to everlasting, You are all that You say You are.   Jehovah Nissi, You Lord are the banner that we carry on the broken roads of this life.   From every victory and loss, You are the source of strength and hope that allows us to run to the only goal that really counts: the arms of our Creator.  We run this race forgetting that You have always been running after us.  Holding on to us and never letting go.   So pull us into Your story and let the Word of God cut straight through to our hearts.  Give us wisdom and comfort to leave our old life behind so that we are transformed by grace to think without limitations and to share the gospel without any hesitation.  Yes, there will always be war: war of the mind, war of the heart and war of the soul.  But because of the intercession of God’s only Son on that cross in Calvary,  it is the Love of God that has won the battle and we are all champions in Christ.

 
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Posted by on February 16, 2014 in Conversations with God

 

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Free to worship

Chinese New Year Bellagio 2014

Chinese New Year Bellagio 2014

So last week many people around the world celebrated Chinese New Year.  I love this time of year.  Living in Las Vegas, one might get desensitized to the array of extravagance on the famous “Strip” and it’s numerous casinos and attractions.  This is also the main time of year where all casinos pull out the stops and unleash their Asian marketing strategies with lavish Chinese decorations, events and concerts specifically for Chinese people. And with all of this opulence, it is so easy to forget how fortunate we are if we live in a country that doesn’t persecute us based on our religious beliefs. Now, I am not Chinese, although my great grandparents on both sides are of Chinese origin, but I am a Christ follower and believe that my purpose on earth is to minister the grace, love and forgiveness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

I find it hard to stomach that there are some parts of the world where the Bible is illegal.  I find it very painful to accept that, even in the present day, people are being persecuted or killed because they believe in Jesus Christ.  Why one human being would harm another is beyond me, and I pray for those being persecuted and I especially pray for those who are doing the persecuting.  It is with this that I reflect on the following scripture passages from the Gospel of Mathew and John.

John 15:19-21 “If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you…. If they persecuted Me they will persecute you… for they do not know the One who sent Me.”

Matthew 5:10-12 “Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11″Blessed are you when men cast insults at you, and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely, on account of Me. 12″Rejoice, and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

Matthew 5:44 “But I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you.”

Letting all people know that they are loved, cherished and forgiven is the most precious gift that I can share with this world.  I could not imagine being forced to remain silent about the salvation that we all receive through the intercession of Christ on the cross and His glorious resurrection.

The video above is my favorite Chinese song known as “Yue Liang Dai Biao Wo Di Xin” made famous by Teresa Teng who was also banned from performing in her native China.  The title is loosely translated into “The Moon Represents My Heart” and the translation is:

You ask me how deep my love for you is,
How much I really love you…
My affection is real.
My love is real.
The moon represents my heart.

Even though it is a secular love song, I see these particular lyrics, of this section of the song, as the words of Christ and how He loves all of us more than we could ever imagine.  His love was and is real and surpasses anything that we might experience on earth.  His love says that we have value to God.  His love says that the battle has already been won and that we can live freely, knowing that our salvation through Christ and the glory of Almighty God is ultimately victorious over sin and death.

His love is the foundation of my faith and the example that I strive to live by everyday.  That being said I pray…Lord God, Abba Father, we pray for those in this world who are persecuted because they accept You, Jesus, as their Lord and Savior.  Give them strength in the knowledge that they are not alone and never have been.  Comfort them as they grow in relationship with You and with each other.  Let the power of the Gospel and the truth that is Jesus Christ shine through every dark valley of this world and life.  We also pray for those who are persecuting our Christian brothers and sisters.  Let Your compassion melt away the coldness of an unfeeling heart and open the windows of their lives to reveal all that You are.  We pray that it will be on earth as it is in heaven, and that the true and authentic love of our Creator will be what binds this human family together.  In the name of Christ we pray all of these things.  Amen.

Gung Hay Phat Choy

Gung Hay Phat Choy

 
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Posted by on February 13, 2014 in Conversations with God, Worship Leader

 

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We have never been alone

New Song Kids Tile

Lord God, beckon us back to You and to the holiness of the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit.   Let Your love be the driving force that allows us to fully live this life by letting go of whatever happened in the past, so that we can set our gaze on the future that You have planned for us.   The truth of the gospel is the doorway that we enter into Your presence, so clear our minds and hearts of any baggage that would distract us from experiencing You, and let us be sanctified and sustained by Your Holy Word.  Take away any notion or idea that there is anything that we can do to win a battle that has already been won for us by Christ Jesus.   Let our lives simply be a living offering to the God who has set us free.  We are not alone.  We never have been.  The love of God alone covers us and seals us in His grace, mercy and never-ending love.

 
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Posted by on February 9, 2014 in Conversations with God

 

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Love our neighbor as ourselves

Love

Lord God, there are numerous ways to reach You but right now we ask that You bring us into Your presence in this Holy place.   We all have our reasons for being here.   We seek comfort, solace, refuge, encouragement, healing and most of all friendship.  Let us know that we are not alone and bring us back to You and back to the passionate heart of when we first believed in the truth of our salvation through Christ Jesus.  Unleash the truth of Your holy word and leap out of the pages and into our lives so that we can all experience Your amazing Grace.   We live in a world that says that there is no room but You say different and encourage us to dream with our eyes wide open to God’s possibilities. The Word of God is expressed in what we do with our lives and not just the words that we speak.  We are all shoulder-to-shoulder in the kingdom of God and when the world knocks us down, then we can all help each other to get right back up again and join the body of Christ here on earth.   Lord, help us to care about our neighbor…whoever and wherever they may be.

 
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Posted by on February 2, 2014 in Conversations with God

 

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Let Your Light So Shine

Candle

Lord God, thank You for bringing us here into this moment and to this place so that we can experience Your presence and Your amazing grace.  Lord, expand our understanding of Your Word into the truth that we wear in this life.   Remind us who You are and what You do for us because You are with us throughout every storm and You are beside us in every sunrise.  Seasons and years fly past us and people come and go but You are always there ever vigilant and ever strong.  So let Your presence guide us in every decision and in every crossroad so that we can choose the path that leads us closer to You.   Let the Word and the Spirit move in us today so that the windows of our hearts will be opened with the light of Christ shining in all of us. Give us what we need.  Give us a revelation.  Give us comfort and give us the truth for our lives so that we can glorify our Father in heaven.

 
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Posted by on January 26, 2014 in Conversations with God

 

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Empty us

PrayerLord Jesus, help us to enter into Your presence today.   Help us to hear Your Word manifest truth in our lives.  Help us to be still and just listen to You and to each other.  Help us to connect with You by taking the spotlight away from us so that we can focus our gaze on the light of Your truth.  We want to see how You see and we want to hear how You hear.  And when we stray or when our hearts turn cold, then empty us of selfishness, vanity and pride.   Help us to let go of any foolish thing that we think that we can hold on to in this life because the truth is nothing of this world will last forever except for Almighty God.  So let us do what You do: Let us love, help and nurture each other on this journey called life by emptying ourselves so that we can receive Your amazing grace. Lord, don’t let us assume that someone else will step up to the plate or that we have done enough.  For as long as we are blessed to live another day then surely we can do great things that will glorify our Father in heaven.  For “those who exalt themselves will be humbled and those who humble themselves will be exalted” (Matt 23:12).

 
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Posted by on January 19, 2014 in Conversations with God

 

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For as long as we still have breath

View of Las Vegas from New Song Church in Henderson, NV

View of Las Vegas from New Song Church in Henderson, NV

Almighty God, thank You for this gift called life. Forgive us when we forget how to live.  Forgive us when we walk away from the opportunity of experiencing and sharing Your presence.   We can share the gift of Christ’ salvation to anyone, anytime and anywhere, so get rid of the idea that we can only share the gospel on a Sunday morning.   And even through the trials and darkest valleys of this life let our light so shine that we may glorify our Father in heaven.  Let our faith in You not falter but, instead, be strengthened by Your Holy Spirit.  Let everything that You want to do in and through us be done.  For as long as we still have breath we can still do good works in His name.  Unite us in Your cause Jesus so that our bonds with You are manifested in all that we do: through our joys and sorrows.   Help us to pray for those that are close by yet so far away.  Guide us all back to Your Word so that we can live in freedom knowing that this world can never imprison the message of God’s grace, forgiveness, love and mercy.

 
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Posted by on January 12, 2014 in Conversations with God

 

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Help us to experience You

New Song's Altar Construction

New Song’s Altar Construction

Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, thank You for this time together.   Thank You for the gift of knowing You and what you have done and continue to do for all of us.  Bring us into Your presence today through the guidance of Your Holy Spirit.  Wash away all of the doubts, worries, and shame of yesterday so that we can experience You today.   So that we can experience Your grace, Your mercy and Your love.  Keep us close and hold our hearts in Your caring arms so that our motives can be pure and filled with the joy of Christ. Release us from the darkness of ignorance and arrogance so that we can live in Your truth, confidently knowing that God is never far away and that His message of love and forgiveness is more important than anything that this world can possibly offer.

 
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Posted by on January 5, 2014 in Conversations with God

 

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