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Friday, July 27, 2018

Thankful

Greetings to you in the name of our Lord!

Is it already August? I remember this time last year when my family and I were deliberating the call to serve here at Faith. Through prayer and discussion, we accepted the call and in whirlwind-like fashion we were here 13 days later.

"And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him." 
Colossians 3:16-17.

Indeed! There is much to be thankful for as we reflect upon the Lord's work here at Faith Moorpark. Here are a few...

1) Caring
I thank the Lord that you have been a very empathetic and caring congregation. Through the light of God's word, the Holy Spirit
continues to lead and guide you in His "love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness". [Gal 5:22]. It is always an encouraging sign to see all of you constantly serving and caring for those within and outside of our congregation. I pray that we may continue to love and serve joyously as redeemed children of God.

2) Outreaching
I am always thankful to see the many participants within our evangelism group. Though the group is fairly new, it is a great blessing that many of you have jumped on the ship as you prepare to "make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you" [1 Pt 3:15a]. I pray that we may continue [by the power of the Holy Spirit] to engage the culture and give Jesus to all with "gentleness and respect, having a good conscience" [1Pt3:15-16]. I pray that Christ may continue to lead you in His work that has set you free.

3) Studying
"For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart"[Heb4:12]. With three bible studies offered every week, I am always encouraged to see many come out to study, discuss, learn and digest God's word and His truth. Also, to see the strength of our faithful Sunday school staff who engage our youth in the importance of God's word. What a blessing it is to see God's word continue to grow in our congregation.

4) Loving
Through His love, we love one another [1Jn4:19]. Day in day out, week in and week out, I observe so many acts of love with all of you. Whether it is to help one another in need, or make a gift basket for a needy family, and for those who contributed to Rachael's Closet and Vacation Bible School, I thank the Lord for His love that has shown you how to love. We thank the Lord for His gracious Gospel that continues to comfort the broken [Mt11:27] and give life to all through Christ's death and resurrection. And I continuously pray that, we, as a congregation may continue to walk together in the love of Christ.

We have so much to look forward to here at Faith Moorpark, and I pray that as we enter the second year together, we may continue to faithfully receive, grow and witness the Lord's work as we shine inwardly and outwardly to our community. May Christ keep you and bless you in His Holy name!

✝️ Pastor Jeong

P.S. Thank you to you all for supporting us in our adventure to home ownership. Your prayers, financial support, care, and the help in the moving process has been great reminders of your care for us all. Thank you for making this first year a blessed one, and I hope we have been a great blessing to you.

The full newsletter can be found here:
http://www.faithmoorpark.com/files/pdf/2018/2018-08-Newsletter.pdf

Friday, June 29, 2018

"Lord, have mercy"

"And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me! And many rebuked him, telling him to be silent. But he cried out all the more, Son of David, have mercy on me". [Mark 10:47]

From the Greek word eleison [eleos], mercy is defined as compassion [or pity] that is given to another mired in great affliction. The blind Bartimaeus says to the Lord, "Have mercy on me". For he knew that he was helpless without a cure. Nothing from within or from the world could reverse the affliction that he faced. Yet the Lord had answered his call and thus proceeded to grant mercy on him. "Go your way; your faith has made you well" [Mk10:52]. By the compassion of our merciful Lord, Jesus not only brought to him a sight restored, but Bartimaeus was brought to faith in Christ Jesus.

Pleading for mercy in Luke 17:13, "Jesus Master, have mercy on us". The ten lepers were faced with an irreversible affliction that no one could cure. Yet by the mercy of Christ, he sent them to the priests and they were cured. "Rise go your way; your faith has made you well" [Luke 17:19].

By the mercy of God, we pray the same words. Through the merciful work of Christ upon the Cross and empty tomb, we pray in His peace. But , also "for the peace of the whole world, for the well-being of the Church of God and for the unity of all". And for those in "this holy house and for all who offer here their worship and praise", we pray that the Lord may "help, save, comfort and defend us" [Div Setting I, 152] Lord, have mercy. Amen.

Kyrie Eleison, "Lord have mercy".

We pray and thank the Lord for all that He has done in our lives. Though we fall short and confess that we are "poor miserable sinners", our merciful God sees our curse-filled condition and sends His Son to be our redemption, paying the price so that we may have life in His name. Setting us free, we, with the Lepers and Bartimaeus [and many more] thank the Lord for His gracious and loving care. Therefore, by His mercy, we walk in the newness of life, covered by the blood of the Lamb for the forgiveness of our sins.

May His mercy continue to grant you comfort and peace in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. And may His mercy continue to lead you to love and serve in the mercy of Christ!

A blessed July to you all!

✝️ Pastor Jeong  

The full newsletter can be found here:
http://www.faithmoorpark.com/files/pdf/2018/2018-07-Newsletter.pdf

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