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John is the under-shepherd of Agape International Church & Ministries Inc, Antioch, California and the President of Agape International Ministries Foundation, Inc (www.agapebfm.net) John has been a Preacher, Bible Teacher, Counselor and a mission-minded servant of God from 1984 till the present time. Married to Alice since 1987, he enjoys being a father to 2 sons and 1 daughter. He is available to preach, participate in evangelistic crusades and revivals, lead or participate in a Marriage Enrichment program internationally. John preaches on a weekly radio broadcast called "KNOW THE TRUTH" (Based on John 8:32)and the broadcast is aired every Sunday at Radio KDIA 1640AM. The broadcast is also accessible through the website of the radio station: www.kdia.com. You can follow him on twitter @agapebfm

Sunday, April 15, 2012

The God Who is Always There (1)

The God Who is Always There (1)

Memory Verse: Psalm 23:4 (NIV) Even though I walk through the darkest valley,  I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

TEXT: John 1:1–14


Genesis 1:1–2; Revelation 22:13; Isaiah 9:6; Matthew 1:23; Isaiah 7:14; John 1:1–3; John 1:14; Psalm 23:4; Psalm 139:7–8; Joshua 1:5; Psalm 46:1; John 14: 18; 23.

1. Jesus is a Personal and Relational God
2 Corinthians 5:1; John 2:1-11;11:35; Luke 19:1-10, 41; Luke 23:33–34

"To say that God is like a person is to affirm the divine ability and willingness to relate to others. This does not imply that God is human, or located at a specific point in the universe."-- Alister McGrath

 “The temple will never embrace you. A ceremony will never give you a hug. But when you come to know Jesus Christ, you don't come to a place; you come to a Person.”-- Ravi Zacharias from a message: "The Greatness of Jesus Christ"

 “I thought I have come to a place, but I found out that it was a person.”--C.S. Lewis.

First, when we are running out of resources and our options are zero, God will come to our aid in a way that is beyond human comprehension. John 2:1-11.

Secondly, Jesus sympathizes with us when we are in pain. —John 11:35

Third, he is concerned for the lostness of our world. Zacheus Luke 19:1-10; 41.

Fourth, at the cross at Calvary, Jesus pleaded for the forgiveness of ours sins even when we erred.
Luke 23:33–34

2. Jesus is a Powerful God.
John 11:21, 32 ,38–44; Mark 5:15, 25–29

First, Jesus’ power can reverse the irreversible. John 11:21

Second, Jesus has the power to tame the untamable. Mark 5:15

Third, Jesus has the power to change the unchangeable. Mark 5:25–29

God, He is always there by Jim Welch

During times of great stress when problems seem to be everywhere and all hope seems to be gone; yet when you turn to God, He is always there.
When your health begins to fail and your body is racked with pain; when tiredness reaches to your very bones; yet when you turn to God, He is always there.

When you find yourself growing old, all alone because many of your friends have gone away and are no more; yet when you turn to God, He is always there.

When at last they lay me down to rest; my final rest; and I have closed my earthly eyes to be opened never more; I will then return to God and I will be always there-- Jim Welch, 2002.