法拉盛恩光教會 English Services From The Pastor's Desk From the Desk of Pastor Kelvin - 01/02/2019
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Restore Unto Me The Joy of Thy Salvation


This week marks the end of 2018 and the ushering into 2019. As we look forward to this new year, we often times want to just hit the “reset” button and forget about everything that has happened the year before. Many even try their best in December to prepare for a new outlook for the upcoming year. Statistics shows that many useless self-help or personal care products are often purchased during the holiday season not as present but for self care preparations for the next year. Sadly, many of these items ends up on Craigslist or thrown away by Easter. Why is this? Why do people attempt to make changes and not follow through?


Last Sunday, we decided to become more transparent with each other and posted anonymously on the wall who we really are and what we really feel. I did not expect to see the honestly and the pain that can be felt through the words of our fellow congregation members. No matter our age, we all have been living carrying pains and wounds from the past. Many of our past wounds have not been explored or spoken of. When we cannot make peace with the past, and attempt to correct our flaws with unique self help regiments, we often times just medicate and never cure.


There is an old Worship/Hymnal that we often sung in churches called “Create In Me A Clean Heart, O God.” This was a musical rendition of David’s repentance psalm after the Prophet Nathan approached David about the scandal with Bathsheba. I love Psalm 51, and also the Hymn by an Unknown Author. Although many modern artist tried to recapture the song like Rend Collective, not many could pull the deep emotional honesty as the words said by David. There are many deep pleas that David said to God.


“Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation, and renew a right spirit within me.”1


This year’s theme for GCCEM will be Restoration and I feel that David’s word is fitting for our theme. Many of us have lost joy, not just about faith, but joy and happiness in general. We have been searching for happiness and trying our best to medicate the flaws and wounds in the past. Doing so, we don’t even have a slight chance to recognize the joy of the Lord. What Jesus did for us often gets lost in trying to make ourselves look brilliant or socially acceptable. I pray that as we begin this new year, we would seek the Lord and remind ourselves that we need a restoration of joy of Salvation. To do so, we need to be willing to do this through the restoration process of making peace with the past in order for us to experience the joys of the present and the future.


Let’s embark together this year in the restoration process and breaking down the false “Tyranny of Christianity” that have held us too long from the joy of Salvation.


1 Psalm 51:12 as translated from the Hymnal “Create In Me a Clean Heart, O God.”


 
 

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(With the payment he received for his wickedness, Judas bought a field; there he fell headlong, his body burst open and all his intestines spilled out.

[Acts 1:18]

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