Wesley Methodist Church Klang

Welcome! We are delighted that you are visiting our website. We hope you will come visit us in person at our church. It is our sincere prayer that you will encounter Jesus Christ and that your life will be spiritually refreshed through your experience with us.

Please take time to look through our site and what is offered at Wesley Methodist Church, Klang. We are a church that desires to take Jesus to our community and world. We believe our website will help you get to know us even before we have the pleasure of welcoming you in person.

You are important to us because Jesus Christ loves you and died for the forgiveness of your sin. We want to make your time with us pleasurable and enriching, answer your questions, and assist you spiritually. Let us know how we can serve you.

God bless you!

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The Amazing Creation Seminar 1

creation-seminar

About the Speaker : Albert Kok graduated from Christ For The Nations Institute (CFNI) Dallas, Texas USA with a Diploma in Practical Theology in 1991 and holds a Bachelor of Theology with Christian Bible College, North Carolina, USA. He has many years of ministry experience and has ministered in many countries.

He felt God’s call to ‘build people through biblical training programmes’. His vision is to train and raise effective leaders who will impact others. He has a passion to spread the knowledge of the awesome Creator God through his ‘Creation Seminar’ series. He is the Senior Pastor of Vision Harvest Church in Setapak, Kuala Lumpur which he started in 1997. He is happily married to Doris Wee and God has blessed them with a son Asriel, and a daughter Kezia.

Online registration form : http://klangwesley.com/creation-seminar-reg.php

 

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How To Be Biblically Shrewd With Your Money

The Bible tells the Parable of the Shrewd
(but Dishonest) Manager in Luke 16:1-13.

In the parable, Jesus doesn’t praise the manager’s dishonesty, but He does praise his shrewdness. What is shrewdness? To be shrewd means you’re smart, strategic, and resourceful. You see a problem clearly, you know what needs to be done, and then you figure out how to do it. God wants you to learn how to be biblically shrewd with your money for the rest of your life.

From the story, we can learn four things that we shouldn’t do with our money.

1.    Don’t waste your money. Luke 16:1 says, “A report came that the manager was wasting his employer’s money.” Since everything you have belongs to God and is a gift from Him — including your money — then you have to be careful not to waste what belongs to your master.

2.    Don’t love your money. You’ve got to decide if God is going to be number one in your life or if making a lot of money will be your number one goal in life. You cannot serve both. “No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money” (Luke 16:13).

3.    Don’t trust your money. I don’t care how much money you’ve got — you can always lose it. The manager learned this pretty quickly in Luke 16:3: “Now what? My boss has fired me.” If you want to be secure, the center of your life has to be built around something that can never be taken from you. And there’s only one thing that you can never lose: God’s love for you.

4.    Don’t expect your money to satisfy. If you think having more will make you happier, more secure, or more valuable, you are seriously misguided, because money will never satisfy: “Whoever loves money will never have enough. And whoever loves wealth will never be satisfied with his income” (Ecclesiastes 5:10). That’s why Jesus says in Luke 12:15, “Guard against every kind of greed. Life is not measured by how much you own.”

For Your Reflection
•    What would you do differently with your money if you considered with every purchase that you were spending someone else’s money?
•    If others looked at your life and how you used your money, what would they say is most important to you?
•    How can you be ambitious and satisfied with your income at the same time?                                                                                  (RICK WARREN)

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Flee Youthful Lusts… Pursue The Right Things

In 2 Timothy 2:22 Paul tells us to flee and pursue.  We are to flee youthful lust. Now think about that for a minute. Why would he specify youthful lusts, and not just lust in general? (And by the way, have you ever heard of elderly lusts? I’m sure they exist, but the contrast is fairly obvious – as people get older, generally speaking, they grow in wisdom and see their once youthful pursuits to be really not that important after all.) In response to the specificity of youth, it is good to remember that Timothy was still fairly young, and was probably facing the temptations that every younger person faces – the temptation to pursue things that could shipwreck his faith. Paul tells Timothy to FLEE those lusts.

In our youth, we often lack wisdom and pursue things that may seem important, things that seem as though we can’t live without. It is often not until we are older that we see those pursuits as fleeting and foolish. Experience often has a way of filtering out bad choices. But let’s be clear here: Paul is not asking Timothy to wait until he is older and more mature to figure it out. He is telling Timothy to run away NOW from those lusts. It means making the wilful choice to do what perhaps in our immaturity draws us so powerfully away from a healthy and growing relationship with God. We cannot wait until the enticement goes away on its own. It may never go away. Plus, age does not guarantee maturity. Maturity comes when immature people make wilful choices to do what is better or best despite the draw of immature enticements. Maturity is product of discipline.

By telling him to flee, Paul is telling Timothy to run to a place of safety. Imagine a hand grenade being thrown at your feet. What would you do? You could pick it up and throw it away, but chances are you would instinctively run away as fast as you could. Youthful lust is like a hand grenade. It initially looks harmless, but in time, its effects are tragic. We are to flee youthful lusts and run to a place of safety.

Paul says the best way to flee evil is to pursue good. It is not enough to stop bad practices; one must flee and pursue good practices. And take note that these are to be pursued – an active chasing after, taking initiative. We are called to pursue: Righteousness – that which is right in the eyes of God. This speaks of moral integrity; Faith – that which trusts in God enough to follow Him even when we can’t see the results; Love – that which expresses the love of God to others. It means pursuing others as God pursued us – a love in which God sacrificed His only Son; Peace – that which expresses God’s value of relationship with a spirit of reconciliation and peacekeeping.

Consider each of these areas in your life. How are you PURSUING righteousness? Faith? Love? Peace? If we spend our time pursuing these godly qualities, we will find little time to pursue youthful lusts and other things that are destructive and displeasing to God.                                                    (MIKE KURTZ)

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Who Is King?

Make us like everybody else. That was Israel’s essential request. They had been led out of slavery by God… redeemed by God… brought to a new land by God… established their nation by God… forgiven by God as they forsook Him over and over again… they belonged to God!

The very purpose for which He had saved them was so that they might be different from all the other nations of the world… set apart as His people… a holy nation. Exodus 19:6, “…you shall be to me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.”

But they did not want to be a city set on a hill for all the world to see and behold the light of God through His people. No… they wanted to be in the valley where they could hide their light under a bushel and party with everyone else.

They rejected the kind of community their King had created them to be.

And they were warned.

Through the prophet Samuel, God warned His people that there is no such thing as life without a king, and any option aside from Himself will eventually fall short. But they didn’t care… and all too often neither do we.

Life without a king simply doesn’t exist.

Everyone has a ruler, even if they believe it to be themselves. As Christians, we have been recreated as a community of King Jesus! We’ve been set apart, made a city on a hill, that through our sacrificial love for one another the world might see a reflection of the sacrificial love of God most clearly displayed through the cross.

But how strong is the temptation to want to be like all the other people of the world. In our own post-modern culture, that temptation specifically takes shape in the desire to be our own king and captain of our soul.

People of God, hear the warning of God through the Word of God… we make bad kings! You have been freely given the greatest King who offers you the greatest joy… Himself! You… we… have been given Jesus! May we be a people, a community who cling to our King!

(SHADES VALLEY COMMUNITY CHURCH)

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A Contemporary Response To Psalms 23

(This has been another busy week. I don’t know whether I can focus on worship this morning. Something is nagging at my feelings.)

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.

(Life is busy. There seems to be no end to work. I can’t relax.)

He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside quiet waters.

(I have bad, painful memories. I am hurting inside.)

He restores my soul.

(I struggle with sin. The good I want to do I cannot do. The evil I do I do not want to do. Who will rescue me from this body of death?)

He guides me in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.

(I am getting older and may soon die. Someone I love may soon die.)

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

(My fellow workers look down on me. My boss gives me a hard time. I have few friends at school.)

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.

(Life is full of troubles. My health is not as it should be. Where can I find meaningful work?)

You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.

(I am worried about the future. Will I meet a partner? Can I repay my debts? Is my business going to fail? Will my marriage last?)

Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life.

(Lord, I believe. Help me in my unbelief.)

And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.     (Bert Witvoet)

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Are You Tuned In To Hear God?

In 1 Samuel Chapter 3, the prophet Samuel was about 12 years old. Hannah had given her son back to the Lord at about the age of 2, leaving him to be raised in the tabernacle at Shiloh as she had promised God. After 10 years growing up under the elderly chief priest Eli, God called Samuel. Samuel at first thought it was Eli calling him, but Eli realized it was God’s voice. Eli gave Samuel great advice, and anyone trying to serve God could benefit from following it too.

When God speaks, in any way, we should simply respond with these same words: “Speak, for Your servant hears.” “But,” you say, “God doesn’t speak to me that clearly.” No, He doesn’t speak that clearly to most of us. He usually speaks through other people and His Word, the Scriptures. So when we read something that strikes a chord in our hearts or we hear someone speak of God and it seems to be “speaking directly to us,” we should whisper this silent pray as Eli suggested.

There is a great old story about learning how to listen. A Native American and his friend were in downtown New York City, walking near Times Square, during the noon lunch hour. The streets were filled with people, cars were honking, taxicabs were squealing around corners, and sirens were wailing; the sounds of the city were almost deafening.

The Native American suddenly said, “I hear a cricket.” His friend exclaimed, “What? You must be crazy. You couldn’t possibly hear a cricket in all this noise!” The Native American listened carefully for a moment, and then walked across the street to a big, cement container in which was a plant. He looked into the bushes and sure enough located a small cricket. His friend was amazed. “That’s incredible. You must have super-human ears!”

“No,” said the Native American. “My ears are no different from yours. It all depends on what you’re listening for.” “But that can’t be!” said his friend. “I could never hear a cricket in this noise.” “Here, let me show you,” he replied. He reached into his pocket, pulled out a few coins, and discreetly dropped them on the sidewalk. With the noise of the crowded street still blaring, every head within 20 feet turned to see if the money that tinkled on the pavement was theirs. “See what I mean?” asked the Native American. “It all depends on what you’re listening for.”

If we are tuned in to hear God, we can hear Him speak in spite of all the distracting things around us.                                                                                                    (PASTOR ED REA)

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The Extravagant Samaritan

“But a Samaritan, as he travelled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, took him to an inn, and took care of him.” — LUKE 10:33-34

When I think of the parable of the Good Samaritan, the first word that comes to mind is “extravagance.” The Good Samaritan gave extravagantly—much more than just giving the man some loose change; loose change was not his need at that moment. He desperately needed community, somebody to treat him justly, as a person created and loved by God.

And then there’s the priest and the Levite. Like them, we are busy with our religious lives, determined to reach our established goals, worried about the bottom line. We can become easily upset if we are inconvenienced, be it a traffic jam or a drunken man asking us for loose change.

One charity had a rather touching commercial on TV recently. After displaying the plight of various groups, they pleaded with the viewer to “Join in the struggle for justice” just by sending in a donation. It seems to me that the priest and the Levite would have been quite self-righteous about sending in their donations.

I see this as a pretty serious problem within the Church. We can ease our conscience by giving a donation, but then we walk right past the homeless woman on the street without even a thought of concern or compassion. We justify ourselves by our so-called “sacrificial donation.” Having done that, we are then free (or so we think) to do whatever we want in terms of self-centred pursuits. But pity the poor guy who might interrupt us in that pursuit. The Good Samaritan gave extravagantly. How do you give?

REFLECTION:

1. How can we “join in the struggle for justice”? How can we do so without feeling self-righteous?

2. If you were to become a neighbour “to the one who had fallen into the hands robbers” (LUKE 10: 36) what would that look like? What are some first steps you could take as a family or as a church?          (DOUG WIEBE)

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Worship The Lord Your God

We live in a culture which is increasingly self-centered. Media is driving a constant change in self-identity among young people. Pseudo-celebrities live indulgent and bizarre lives in Reality TV shows. Dating and marriage are trivialized in others. On television, people compete in cutthroat competition where deception and betrayal can ensure success – not just in a game, but in the potential for a celebrity life afterward.

Our youth is being indoctrinated into the cult of self. George Drinka notes that “hours spent with any attractive and appealing ‘friend’ on TV or the movies of the Internet influences the child’s moral development, just as hours spent every day with a good tennis coach strengthens the child’s tennis game.”

As people created in the image of God, we were made for something else. We were made to worship the Lord of Heaven and Earth. It’s not just a command; it’s what we were designed to do. All the cultures of the earth, back to the very beginning, have offered some idol to stand in place of devotion to God (! Chron. 16:12-16: Rom. 1:22-23). In our culture, the greatest idol is ourselves – our desire to focus on our lives as the greatest good. But there is a greater good. There is One who is good, who deserves the entire devotion of our hearts and lives. This is what worship is – devotion to God in the way we liven(Rom. 12:1) and the expression of our hearts and voices (1 Chron. 16:8-11)

In Revelation 7, John witnesses a scene of a coming day when the souls of those who have been purchased by the blood of Christ gather together at the throne. People of every culture, ethnicity, language, and nation. From their mouths come praise and worship for the Lamb who was slain. I will be one of those people. John was given a glimpse of an event where I will be a participant, one day. And you also, if you are numbered among those who have put their trust in Christ. This is a moment we were created for. It is the purpose of our existence.

A life which is focused on self, or any other idol, is a life lived in contradiction to that day. It is a life in contradiction to the purpose for which it was made. And if we do not fulfil the purpose for which we were created, we cannot have the lives we were meant to have. The cult of self, the cult of celebrity, the cult of materialism – these are false paths to fulfilment in life. If you want to experience the full life you were created to have, practice the purpose for which you were made. Worship the Lord your God, today, as you will then. With all your heart, your mind, and soul. Don’t let anything distract you from what really matters. Offer yourself completely to Him.

Picture yourself on that coming day. That’ the destiny toward which you are heading. I will meet you there.                                                (MICHAEL CRANFORD)

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