Living Stones Fellowship Church

Our mission is to glorify God by evangelizing, edifying, and equipping people to be true worshipers of God and to be genuine and effective disciples of Jesus Christ.

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05/25/2021

“Rise in the presence of the aged, show respect for the elderly
and revere your God, I am the LORD” (Lev. 19:32).

My bones aches. My eyesight and hearing are poorer. I can’t walk that fast anymore! Signs of old age? You bet. How do we treat the elderly in our midst? Have you ever thought: “Don’t bring them! They have to make too many rest stops.” Believe me, Seniors want to walk fast, hear better, and do things faster, but we just can’t keep up with you anymore!

More and more Seniors are the “silent” and “unseen” generation, especially if they are house bound. Mother’s Day is passed and Father’s Day is ahead. Will you call your parents or will your parents have to call you? Honoring our parents is to remember their legacy and contribution to your life. Take a day to open the old photos of your parents and let them have a moment of joy in recounting some memories with and of you. They have lots of stories to tell you about your grandparents and even yourself. When you have listened to their struggles in life, you will rise in respect for their hard work and sacrifice so that we can have a better life. They are part of the foundation that has contributed to your success in life.

What did you do on Mother’s Day and will you do on Father’s Day to show your love and respect? Who knows this may be their last Mother’s Day or Father’s Day. Don’t live with regret but live with fond memories of your parents and grandparents. Let’s remember and build fond memories of our national treasures: our parents and grandparents.

Kingston Tong
May 23, 2021

“Rise in the presence of the aged, show respect for the elderly
and revere your God, I am the LORD” (Lev. 19:32).

My bones aches. My eyesight and hearing are poorer. I can’t walk that fast anymore! Signs of old age? You bet. How do we treat the elderly in our midst? Have you ever thought: “Don’t bring them! They have to make too many rest stops.” Believe me, Seniors want to walk fast, hear better, and do things faster, but we just can’t keep up with you anymore!

More and more Seniors are the “silent” and “unseen” generation, especially if they are house bound. Mother’s Day is passed and Father’s Day is ahead. Will you call your parents or will your parents have to call you? Honoring our parents is to remember their legacy and contribution to your life. Take a day to open the old photos of your parents and let them have a moment of joy in recounting some memories with and of you. They have lots of stories to tell you about your grandparents and even yourself. When you have listened to their struggles in life, you will rise in respect for their hard work and sacrifice so that we can have a better life. They are part of the foundation that has contributed to your success in life.

What did you do on Mother’s Day and will you do on Father’s Day to show your love and respect? Who knows this may be their last Mother’s Day or Father’s Day. Don’t live with regret but live with fond memories of your parents and grandparents. Let’s remember and build fond memories of our national treasures: our parents and grandparents.

Kingston Tong
May 23, 2021

05/15/2021

“Let my soul be at rest again, for the Lord has been good to me. He has saved me from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling. And so I walk in the Lord’s presence as I live here on earth!” - Psalm 116:7-9

It is no mystery that we live very busy lives. There is always another errand to run, another assignment due, something else that needs to be posted, & another email or text message that need to be read & responded to...the list goes on & on.

It is understandable that our mental, emotional, & spiritual batteries are quickly depleted. We need to “rest”. This cry for rest is common to all generations. Sometimes we can achieve a small smidgen of rest by re-evaluating & re-aligning our life’s priorities & purposes with God’s. Suddenly, less becomes better - major things no longer get crowded out by the minor things. Life is simpler & there is more time to “rest”.

How do we decide what the major things are? The answer can be found in the words of this psalm, “9And so I walk in the Lord’s presence as I live here on earth!” Commit each day to the Lord. Be willing to do what He guides you to do thru His word & thru His Spirit according to His purposes. God has been & continues to be good to us. We can trust Him to lead us to accomplish the big things of life that He wants us to do & needs to be done each day.

Pastor Arnold Wong

“Let my soul be at rest again, for the Lord has been good to me. He has saved me from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling. And so I walk in the Lord’s presence as I live here on earth!” - Psalm 116:7-9

It is no mystery that we live very busy lives. There is always another errand to run, another assignment due, something else that needs to be posted, & another email or text message that need to be read & responded to...the list goes on & on.

It is understandable that our mental, emotional, & spiritual batteries are quickly depleted. We need to “rest”. This cry for rest is common to all generations. Sometimes we can achieve a small smidgen of rest by re-evaluating & re-aligning our life’s priorities & purposes with God’s. Suddenly, less becomes better - major things no longer get crowded out by the minor things. Life is simpler & there is more time to “rest”.

How do we decide what the major things are? The answer can be found in the words of this psalm, “9And so I walk in the Lord’s presence as I live here on earth!” Commit each day to the Lord. Be willing to do what He guides you to do thru His word & thru His Spirit according to His purposes. God has been & continues to be good to us. We can trust Him to lead us to accomplish the big things of life that He wants us to do & needs to be done each day.

Pastor Arnold Wong

05/10/2021

John 13:34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.

Christ gave his disciples a new commandment, “Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” This is in contrast to similar a commandment in the Old Covenant that God had given Israel, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” The difference between the two commands is the standard by which a person is to love another. Christ raises the already high standard to love another person from the love we give ourselves to the love that Christ has demonstrated to his disciples.

It is easy to assume that the love Christ demonstrated to his disciples was that he died on the cross for them. If that’s the case, we may come to the conclusion that in order to fulfill Christ’s command all we need to do as His disciples is be willing to die for each other. While the full extent of Christ’s love for His disciples was demonstrated in his death, He had not yet died for them at the time this command was given.

Up into this point in Christ’s earthly ministry, He loved them by choosing them, seeking them out, spending time with them, walking with them, teaching them, physically providing for them, protecting them, and the most recent thing, doing one of the lowliest of things a servant could do: wash their feet.

By the power of the Holy Spirit and His love working through us, let us follow Christ’s command and tangibly and practically love each other. As a first step in obeying His command, take a moment and choose a fellow believer you are willing to reach out to with the love of Christ this week.



Pastor Mike Tong

John 13:34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.

Christ gave his disciples a new commandment, “Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” This is in contrast to similar a commandment in the Old Covenant that God had given Israel, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” The difference between the two commands is the standard by which a person is to love another. Christ raises the already high standard to love another person from the love we give ourselves to the love that Christ has demonstrated to his disciples.

It is easy to assume that the love Christ demonstrated to his disciples was that he died on the cross for them. If that’s the case, we may come to the conclusion that in order to fulfill Christ’s command all we need to do as His disciples is be willing to die for each other. While the full extent of Christ’s love for His disciples was demonstrated in his death, He had not yet died for them at the time this command was given.

Up into this point in Christ’s earthly ministry, He loved them by choosing them, seeking them out, spending time with them, walking with them, teaching them, physically providing for them, protecting them, and the most recent thing, doing one of the lowliest of things a servant could do: wash their feet.

By the power of the Holy Spirit and His love working through us, let us follow Christ’s command and tangibly and practically love each other. As a first step in obeying His command, take a moment and choose a fellow believer you are willing to reach out to with the love of Christ this week.



Pastor Mike Tong

05/04/2021

One gives freely, yet grows all the richer;
another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want.
Whoever brings blessing will be enriched,
and one who waters will himself be watered.
The people curse him who holds back grain,
but a blessing is on the head of him who sells it.
Proverbs 11:24-26, ESV

The biblical principle that believers would be bless by giving more runs counter to the worldly wisdom of happiness is by gaining more. According to the worldly wisdom, the more we possess, the happier we would be. The less we have, the less happy we would be. Instances of selfish behavior also abound in society. Our culture has taught us that serving our desires would lead us to greater happiness. Some of the most famous brands’ slogan would say “Just Do It” (Nike), “Have it your way” (Burger King), “Because you’re worth it” (L’OREAL), “Save money. Live better” (Walmart), or “Obey your thirst” (Sprite).

One recent study used a version of the classic Prisoner’s Dilemma tested people’s willingness to set aside selfish interests to reach a greater good. After modeling different strategies and outcomes, the researchers found that being selfish was more advantageous than cooperating. Thus, humans have tendencies to be more greedy than generous. The science, however, has proven otherwise.

Many studies point to the possible positive effects of generosity for the giver. Giving social support (such as time, energy, or goods) is associated with better overall health in older adults, and volunteering is associated with delayed mortality. Generosity appears to have strong associations with psychological health and well-being. For example, a meta-analysis of 37 studies of older adults found that those who volunteered reported greater quality of life; another study found that frequent helpers reported feeling greater vitality and self-esteem (but only if they chose to help of their own accord). Other studies have shown a link between generosity and happiness. Some studies have found that people are happier when spending money on others than on themselves as this happiness motivates them to be generous.

God, of course, has known this and that’s why He inspired Solomon to write those proverbs. He wired this trait unto us because we were made in His image. Not only did God give us a sense of satisfaction in our hearts when we give, God has also weaved in our social and cultural fabrics to reciprocate generosity. When we are generous to other people, they tend to be generous to us. We can also see that being selfish leads to unhappiness because when our goal is to gather more, it will never be enough.

Let’s think about ways to be generous to others. Besides giving material blessings to others, we can share spiritual blessing with others. We, who have received the eternal life, can share our spiritual blessing of salvation with people who have not trusted Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord. It is true what our Lord Jesus Himself stated: “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”

Angga
May 2nd , 2021

1. Ariel Knafo (2014), Are People Inclined to Act Cooperatively or Selfishly? Is Such Behavior Genetic? SA
Mind, doi:10.1038/scientificamericanmind0914-78a
2. Summer Allen, Ph.D. (2018). The Science of Generosity. White paper on Generosity by Greater Good
Science Center at UC Berkeley, 3. https://ggsc.berkeley.edu/images/uploads/GGSC-JTF_White_Paper-
Generosity-FINAL.pdf

One gives freely, yet grows all the richer;
another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want.
Whoever brings blessing will be enriched,
and one who waters will himself be watered.
The people curse him who holds back grain,
but a blessing is on the head of him who sells it.
Proverbs 11:24-26, ESV

The biblical principle that believers would be bless by giving more runs counter to the worldly wisdom of happiness is by gaining more. According to the worldly wisdom, the more we possess, the happier we would be. The less we have, the less happy we would be. Instances of selfish behavior also abound in society. Our culture has taught us that serving our desires would lead us to greater happiness. Some of the most famous brands’ slogan would say “Just Do It” (Nike), “Have it your way” (Burger King), “Because you’re worth it” (L’OREAL), “Save money. Live better” (Walmart), or “Obey your thirst” (Sprite).

One recent study used a version of the classic Prisoner’s Dilemma tested people’s willingness to set aside selfish interests to reach a greater good. After modeling different strategies and outcomes, the researchers found that being selfish was more advantageous than cooperating. Thus, humans have tendencies to be more greedy than generous. The science, however, has proven otherwise.

Many studies point to the possible positive effects of generosity for the giver. Giving social support (such as time, energy, or goods) is associated with better overall health in older adults, and volunteering is associated with delayed mortality. Generosity appears to have strong associations with psychological health and well-being. For example, a meta-analysis of 37 studies of older adults found that those who volunteered reported greater quality of life; another study found that frequent helpers reported feeling greater vitality and self-esteem (but only if they chose to help of their own accord). Other studies have shown a link between generosity and happiness. Some studies have found that people are happier when spending money on others than on themselves as this happiness motivates them to be generous.

God, of course, has known this and that’s why He inspired Solomon to write those proverbs. He wired this trait unto us because we were made in His image. Not only did God give us a sense of satisfaction in our hearts when we give, God has also weaved in our social and cultural fabrics to reciprocate generosity. When we are generous to other people, they tend to be generous to us. We can also see that being selfish leads to unhappiness because when our goal is to gather more, it will never be enough.

Let’s think about ways to be generous to others. Besides giving material blessings to others, we can share spiritual blessing with others. We, who have received the eternal life, can share our spiritual blessing of salvation with people who have not trusted Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord. It is true what our Lord Jesus Himself stated: “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”

Angga
May 2nd , 2021

1. Ariel Knafo (2014), Are People Inclined to Act Cooperatively or Selfishly? Is Such Behavior Genetic? SA
Mind, doi:10.1038/scientificamericanmind0914-78a
2. Summer Allen, Ph.D. (2018). The Science of Generosity. White paper on Generosity by Greater Good
Science Center at UC Berkeley, 3. https://ggsc.berkeley.edu/images/uploads/GGSC-JTF_White_Paper-
Generosity-FINAL.pdf

05/01/2021

Heart to Heart:
The context of the verses above is the physical death of one of Jesus’ close friends, Lazarus of Bethany. While on Earth, the Lord Jesus maintained close friendships with twelve disciples. Yet, He had other friends including Lazarus and his sisters, Martha and Mary.

In John 11, Jesus had been informed of Lazarus being sick. Instead of traveling immediately several miles to visit His sick friend, Jesus delayed going to see him for two days. When Jesus arrived, Lazarus had died and had been buried. Martha expressed to Jesus that if He had arrived sooner, He could have healed Lazarus. She knew Jesus performed miracles.

Jesus dialogued with Martha about the hope of resurrection. No doubt, even though Martha loved Jesus, she exhibited frustration and disappointment in Jesus’ delay in arriving. He used her pain and grief to teach her some valuable truths about Himself and the afterlife.

Even though Jesus was being direct, some people missed that He is claiming to be God. He declared that He will resurrect those whom have placed their trust in Him as Savior, even if an individual has physically died. It should be noted that trust in the Lord Jesus Christ must occur while one is physically alive.

Resurrection is an event, but it’s also a Person: the Lord Jesus Christ. Christ is the provider of eternal life and the future resurrection for people who have placed their faith in Him. Later in John 14:6, Jesus reinforces truths previously stated by Him while conversing with Thomas, one of His disciples. Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.” Though offensive to many people then and now, Jesus expressed exclusivity. There are not many ways to God, but only one—through Him.

Following Jesus’ own resurrection from the dead and ascension to heaven, the apostles faithfully declared Him as the only way to God. In Acts 4:12, the apostle Peter while preaching in Jerusalem, proclaimed Jesus’ exclusivity stating: “And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved.”

If you have believed Jesus is God, and that He was crucified for your sins and rose from the dead on the third day, and appeared to many of His first century followers in a resurrected body, you will one day have an opportunity to not only converse with the Lord Jesus, but with the people you read about in the Bible who believe in the same Christ that you do. In the midst of today’s perilous times, followers of Jesus possess great hope in Him as the resurrection and the life.
- Pastor Cecil

Heart to Heart:
The context of the verses above is the physical death of one of Jesus’ close friends, Lazarus of Bethany. While on Earth, the Lord Jesus maintained close friendships with twelve disciples. Yet, He had other friends including Lazarus and his sisters, Martha and Mary.

In John 11, Jesus had been informed of Lazarus being sick. Instead of traveling immediately several miles to visit His sick friend, Jesus delayed going to see him for two days. When Jesus arrived, Lazarus had died and had been buried. Martha expressed to Jesus that if He had arrived sooner, He could have healed Lazarus. She knew Jesus performed miracles.

Jesus dialogued with Martha about the hope of resurrection. No doubt, even though Martha loved Jesus, she exhibited frustration and disappointment in Jesus’ delay in arriving. He used her pain and grief to teach her some valuable truths about Himself and the afterlife.

Even though Jesus was being direct, some people missed that He is claiming to be God. He declared that He will resurrect those whom have placed their trust in Him as Savior, even if an individual has physically died. It should be noted that trust in the Lord Jesus Christ must occur while one is physically alive.

Resurrection is an event, but it’s also a Person: the Lord Jesus Christ. Christ is the provider of eternal life and the future resurrection for people who have placed their faith in Him. Later in John 14:6, Jesus reinforces truths previously stated by Him while conversing with Thomas, one of His disciples. Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.” Though offensive to many people then and now, Jesus expressed exclusivity. There are not many ways to God, but only one—through Him.

Following Jesus’ own resurrection from the dead and ascension to heaven, the apostles faithfully declared Him as the only way to God. In Acts 4:12, the apostle Peter while preaching in Jerusalem, proclaimed Jesus’ exclusivity stating: “And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved.”

If you have believed Jesus is God, and that He was crucified for your sins and rose from the dead on the third day, and appeared to many of His first century followers in a resurrected body, you will one day have an opportunity to not only converse with the Lord Jesus, but with the people you read about in the Bible who believe in the same Christ that you do. In the midst of today’s perilous times, followers of Jesus possess great hope in Him as the resurrection and the life.
- Pastor Cecil

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