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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Sharing Your Testimony Of Gratitude

No other person on Earth knows your story better than you do. Sharing your testimony with others can be a powerful and important way to tell God thank you for all He has done. The Bible says in Isaiah 12:4, “Thank the Lord! Praise His name! Tell the world about His wondrous love and how mighty He is!”

You know what a testimony is. It’s not what lawyers do. It’s what a witness does. You’re not trying to convince anybody. You’re not trying to pressure someone for a decision. You’re just telling others what happened to you. Nobody can give your testimony except you.

Unless you give a testimony about how God works in your life, your story will never be told. As you share your story, you’re expressing gratitude to God. You’re not only letting others know about what God is doing in your life, but you’re also being a model for a life of gratitude — which is incredibly important.

For example, I once read a scientific study that said the two healthiest emotions are generosity and gratitude. People who demonstrate those emotions regularly are more resistant to disease and less likely to get ill than people who are grouchy and grumpy. When you publicly tell others about what God has done in your life, you let them in on this amazing health secret!

You also give them a glimpse into God’s will for their lives. The Bible says, “Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 5:18). God’s will for our lives is gratitude in all circumstances. God doesn’t want thanksgiving to be an event on our calendar; He wants it to be our lifestyle.

When our lifestyle expresses gratitude to God in front of others, miracles happen regularly. In Acts 16, Paul and Silas went to Philippi to speak. The crowd didn’t like them, so they stoned and jailed them. At midnight in a dark jail, Paul and Silas started thanking God despite any apparent resolution to their problem. They prayed, they sang, and they thanked God. God then sent a miraculous earthquake that opened the doors of the jail and loosened their chains.

When the Roman jailer saw this, he was so shaken he almost committed suicide. Paul and Silas then shared their story, and the man became a follower of Jesus right there. Soon his whole family followed suit and were baptized that night.

Your testimony of gratitude has the power to unlock prisons, too. (RICK WARREN)

So, when you go visiting or when relatives and friends visit you this Chinese New Year, will you take the opportunity to share your testimony of gratitude?

WISHING YOU A BLESSED CHINESE NEW YEAR
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Why The World Hates Christians

As we experience an unprecedented level of hatred and hostility towards Christians today, we find ourselves asking continually, “Why do you hate us so much?”

Politicians, judges, journalists, producers, educators, and many others are sympathetic to, and tolerant of, every kind of false religion and every kind of perversity, except when it comes to Christian teaching and values. Then the sharpest knives are out.

And we ask again, “Why do you hate us so much?”

Dr R. C. Sproul tells the story of a brilliant female student who deliberately failed an exam because her excellent results made everyone else look bad by breaking the grading curve that other students were relying on to get their marks up. By committing this social unpardonable sin, she was treated like a pariah.

Dr Sproul then applies this to Christ. “Jesus was the supreme curve buster. He was the ultimate super-competent.”

And that’s why the Pharisees and Sadducees hated Him so much. Although these men were renowned for their so-called holiness, “here authentic holiness appeared; the counterfeiters were not pleased.”

“With the appearance of Jesus, their righteousness took on the luster of unrighteousness. Their curve was broken too…The super-competent had to be destroyed.”

And insofar as Christians reflect the holiness of Christ or remind others of the holiness of God, they too will experience this same hostility. It may seem irrational, but it’s really quite rational. “Your virtue makes us look bad and feel guilty; you must be damaged and destroyed.”

The truth is that many in the world, especially the elites, would far prefer to be surrounded with homosexuals, thieves, polygamists, criminals, and every false religionist under the sun, than to spend time with a holy Christian. The former makes them feel good about themselves, the Christian makes them feel guilty.” The Christian must be destroyed. (DAVID MURRAY)

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A Vineyard Of Friendship

In John 15:12-17, Jesus uses the illustration of connectedness and intimacy between the vine and the branches to talk about relationships among His followers. Yes, He has been their example throughout their training in discipleship, but from now on, the love that He has shown to them is the same love they must share with each other. This love is also non-hierarchical (i.e. not arranged in an order from the most to the least important). No longer are the disciples considered servants to their master. They are now “friends” (John 15:15) who are privy to everything Jesus has learned from His Father. But Jesus still retains one command—that His friends love each other as He has loved them. Who can find fault with that?

It all sounds warm and cozy, but then I start thinking about Christians who are not lovable. Two colleagues team-teaching a class together start irritating each other. A self-centered 86-year-old woman treats her home health-care worker as her personal slave. A friend reports being constantly put down by her roommate on an overseas trip. There are one or two people at my church whose company I deliberately do not seek out.

Agape love, of course, does not have to mean liking another person—it is wanting the best for them as you want the best for yourself. It is taking others on their own terms and accepting them the way they are, understanding that hurtful behavior can come from personal insecurity or even mental illness. It may sometimes mean confrontation and “tough love” that can easily be misinterpreted. Agape love demands a lot of humility. It is not surprising that Jesus called this kind of loving a “command” (John 15:17)—something you do rather than something you necessarily feel.

 

For Your Reflection:

What are your experiences of loving friendship—or the lack of it—in a church or other Christian community?     (RETA HALTEMAN FINGER)

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Follow Jesus, No Turning Back

About 150 years ago, there was a great revival in Wales. As a result of this, many missionaries came to north-east India to spread the Gospel. The region known as Assam was comprised of hundreds of tribes who were primitive and aggressive head-hunters.

Into these hostile and aggressive communities came a group of Welsh missionaries spreading the message of love, peace and hope in Jesus
Christ. Naturally, they were not welcomes. One Welsh missionary succeeded in converting a man’ his wife and two sons. This man’s faith proved contagious and many villagers began to accept Christianity.

Angry, the village chief summoned all the villagers. He then called the family who had first converted to renounce their faith in public or face execution. Moved by the Holy Spirit, the man sung his reply, “I have decided to follow Jesus. NO TURNING BACK.”

Enraged at the refusal of the man, the chief ordered his archers to arrow down the two children. As both boys lay twitching on the floor, the chief asked, “Will you deny your faith? You have lost both your children. You will lose your wife too.”

But the man replied, again singing, “Though none go with me, still I will follow. NO TURNING BACK.”

The chief was beside himself with fury and ordered his wife to be arrowed down. In a moment she joined her two children in death. Now he asked for the last time, “I will give you one more opportunity to deny your faith and live.”

In the face of death, the man sung, “The cross before me, the world behind me. NO TURNING BACK. NO TURNING BACK.”

He was shot dead like the rest of his family. But with their deaths, a miracle took place. The chief who had ordered the killings was moved by the faith of the man. He wondered, “Why should this man, his wife and two children die for a Man who lived in a far-away land on another continent some 2,000 years ago? There must be some supernatural power behind the family, and I too want that supernatural power.”

In a spontaneous confession of faith, he declared, “I too belong to Jesus Christ!” When the crowd heard this from the mouth of their chief, the whole village accepted Christ as their Lord and Savior. (written by GEOFF WAUGH)

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The Gracious Giving Of Jesus Christ

God is not saying that it is unlawful for the rich Christian to live in greater elegance than the poor Christian, but that equality is to be observed to the extent
that no poor Christian should go hungry, and that no Christian should withhold his abundance to the detriment of others.

God is not demanding a communization of wealth, that is, to transfer wealth from the individual to community ownership. What he is saying that hoarding of wealth to the detriment of others is detrimental to the hoarder. What about you today? Are you holding back your wealth be it monetary or in skills, talents, time or spiritual gifts from the Christian community?

If you are, you need to look at the example of Jesus Christ. The ultimate motivation for all Christian giving is the incarnation and crucifixion of the Lord Jesus Christ. Look to the cross, and then give in response. Christ offered Himself willingly and sacrificially—an example for all believers (John 10:18; 1 John 3:16). He who though He was rich became poor by bearing the filthy rags of your sins. Jesus willingly, graciously gave His life, both daily and ultimately. No man took Jesus’ life from Him but He laid it down of His own accord. God wants you to willingly follow Christ’s example.

Jesus’ life was His wealth. Your life is your true wealth also. God will not force you to lay it down, but will you lay it down of your own accord that others might become rich through Christ also? May God lead us to follow Jesus’ example and live a life of love and generosity toward others.
(DENNIS DAVIDSON)

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Take Up Your Cross And Follow Me

And [Jesus] said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me (Luke 9:23). Our
modern perspective makes it tough to understand how uncomfortable and offensive Jesus’ words were in this verse.

In our culture, the cross is often relegated to being a good luck charm. A stylish piece of jewelry, a cool tattoo, or a symbolic piece of art to hang on a wall. Even in Christian circles we’ve sanitized our perspective of the cross with pictures of a smooth-skinned Jesus with little more than small trickles of blood.

People from 2,000 years ago would be shocked at how we utilize the cross. In their time, it was considered the most painful, gruesome, and shameful way to die. Good Roman citizens were not supposed to talk about it, and the ancient Jewish historian Josephus called it “the most wretched of deaths.” Jewish people had witnessed literally thousands of their countrymen crucified on hillsides, so their picture of the cross was radically different than ours.

The Romans’ purpose behind crucifixion was simple: to provide the most painful, gruesome, and publicly shameful death imaginable. It was a terrifying way of ruling by fear. The condemned person was forced to carry the horizontal portion of the cross, weighing about 110 pounds, through the streets in a procession to the place of execution. As the condemned would walk the streets people would scream insults and spit as he walked.

Historical Roman accounts have established that rough seven-to-eight-inch nails were driven between the small bones of the wrists, rather than the palms. The soldier would then take the left foot and press it backward against the right foot, and with both feet extended, toes down, one nail is driven through the arch of each, leaving the knees moderately flexed.

The condemned is now crucified.

This is the picture they saw as Jesus spoke the words from Luke 9:23.

As we let this sink in, we should be assured that our journey was never meant to be easy.

Re-read the verse and reflect on what it means to you now. How does this change the way you approach following Jesus? (shortdailydevotions.com)

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The Prayer Of The Branch

Most people spend a couple hours each day on the Internet, a few more hours watching television. It doesn’t seem like much, but when we reach the end of our lives, we will have spent nearly 15 years in front of electronic devices.

In contrast, if we go to church twice a week, and spend ten minutes in personal devotions each day, we will reach the end of our lives having devoted about a year or two to spiritual pursuits.

These sobering statistics remind us of how important it is to have our priorities in order. It isn’t always easy to defeat apathy or resist temptation. We must commit to cultivating an ever-growing relationship with Him. Staying connected to Christ is the heart of today’s verse.

Jesus compares us to a branch, living, growing and flourishing only as long as it is connected to the vine. God gives us opportunity to experience a vibrant, fruitful life, but only as long as we’re tapped into the Source of that life.

Sometimes, we offer up the prayer, “Lord, help me to live for You.” That’s not the prayer of the branch. The branch prays, “Lord, live Your life through me.” The one great purpose of the branch is to bear the fruit of the vine. The first step to breaking an addiction is to abide to accept, without opposition, the flow of the resurrected life of Jesus.

To be successful at not acting on addiction, a person needs to fill the space with something more rewarding than the comfort and escape the substance has provided. Starting at your addiction to your addiction, then yielding to Jesus, and doing it over and over each and every day is the secret of abiding.

Respond:
The only question is, “Do you want to be free more than you want your addiction?” Very few can answer honestly. Push yourself toward transparency. Now, shift away from the craving by praying the prayer of the branch, “Lord, live Your life through me.”
(churchproject.org)

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A Psalm For The End Of The Year

Psalm 90 is a perfect psalm for the end of the year. For one thing, this psalm includes the word “year” more than any other psalm. In the Hebrew text of Psalm 90, the word translated as “year” (shena) appears seven times. No other psalm includes shena more than twice.

But, apart from the frequency of the word “year” in Psalm 90, its themes speak to us as we wrap up another calendar year. It begins by noting that God has been our home “through all the generations,” from year to year to year (90:1). Even “before the mountains were born,” God is God (90:2). God is always there for us.

Though we can make a big deal out of the change of years, from God’s perspective, “a thousand years are as a passing day” (90:4). This fact reminds us of God’s unmatched majesty. It also suggests that all the hype surrounding New Year’s doesn’t really matter in the long run.

Psalm 90 acknowledges the difficulties of life: “Seventy years are given to us! Some even live to eighty. But even the best years are filled with pain and trouble; soon they disappear, and we fly away” (90:10). Now that could sound pretty depressing. But, the fact that the Bible doesn’t “make nice” commends to us its truthfulness. Yes, indeed, even when life is fine for us, others are suffering. We may have plenty to eat, but millions throughout the world are without food today. And we might feel as if we’re going to live forever, but, in fact, our days are numbered.

Does this mean we should get all down in the mouth? Hardly. Verse 12 offers this prayer to the Lord: “Teach us to realize the brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom.” The Hebrew of this verse could be translated literally, “Teach us to count our days, so we might gain a heart of wisdom.” How does acknowledging the brevity of life help us to be wise? Well, for one thing, when we realize that we have only so many hours on earth, we’ll be eager to use them well, rather than frittering them away with empty activities. Accepting the limits of our lives will help us to use well every minute God gives us.

Psalm 90 underscores the fact that fulfillment in life isn’t a matter of how much we have or how much we accomplish. Rather, what gives life purpose and meaning is a living relationship with the living God: “Satisfy us each morning with your unfailing love, so we may sing for joy to the end of our lives” (90:14). I can’t think of a better thought with which to end the year and begin a new one. If we live each day in the satisfaction of God’s love, we will be empowered to live for him, to love him through serving our neighbors. We won’t fret about the passing of the years, but will accept the gift of each day as a new opportunity for love and service.

As you come to the end of the year, what thoughts do you have about 2017? Have you lived this year to the fullest? In what areas of life do you need more of God’s wisdom? Are you open to being satisfied each day with God’s unfailing love for you? (MARK D. ROBERTS)

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