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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07/17/2021

“Turn my heart towards your statutes and not toward selfish gain.
Turn my eyes away from worthless things;
renew my life according to your word.”
Ps. 119:36-37

Over the years, I have come across special phrases or mottos, that express deep heartfelt commitments and purposes. These special phrases capture and inspire hearts towards a certain mission or purpose. They can strengthen individual and corporate resolve and make everyone go above and beyond what they are normally able to do.

One example is the United States Marine Corps motto, “semper fi”, which is modification of the Latin motto, “semper fidelis”. It means “always faithful”. It is a powerful expression of their aspiration to be faithful and loyal to their country and to fellow marines.

This motto would be a good motto to describe our hopes and aspirations in our relationships with God and fellow believers in Christ. How can we be loyal & and faithful in these trying times to our God and to our fellow brothers &and sisters in Christ? The prayer found in Psalm 119:36-37 can help us.

Ask for God’s help to turn our hearts towards God’s word and away from personal gain. And turn our eyes away from worthless things which will only lead us to be unfaithful to God and others in the body of Christ.

Pastor Arnold Wong
When you feel your faithfulness to God and other believers is waning, remember “semper fi”.

“Turn my heart towards your statutes and not toward selfish gain.
Turn my eyes away from worthless things;
renew my life according to your word.”
Ps. 119:36-37

Over the years, I have come across special phrases or mottos, that express deep heartfelt commitments and purposes. These special phrases capture and inspire hearts towards a certain mission or purpose. They can strengthen individual and corporate resolve and make everyone go above and beyond what they are normally able to do.

One example is the United States Marine Corps motto, “semper fi”, which is modification of the Latin motto, “semper fidelis”. It means “always faithful”. It is a powerful expression of their aspiration to be faithful and loyal to their country and to fellow marines.

This motto would be a good motto to describe our hopes and aspirations in our relationships with God and fellow believers in Christ. How can we be loyal & and faithful in these trying times to our God and to our fellow brothers &and sisters in Christ? The prayer found in Psalm 119:36-37 can help us.

Ask for God’s help to turn our hearts towards God’s word and away from personal gain. And turn our eyes away from worthless things which will only lead us to be unfaithful to God and others in the body of Christ.

Pastor Arnold Wong
When you feel your faithfulness to God and other believers is waning, remember “semper fi”.

07/11/2021

Conflict in the Family

What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you? You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions. (James 4:1-3 ESV)
At a party, this conversation was overheard: "My husband and I have managed to be happy together for 20 years. I guess this is because we're both in love with the same man."
The audience for the letter of James are believers, but apparently, they fall to the same pitfall as unbelievers. Instead of loving each other, they fight among themselves. James had to remind them in various parts of the book. For example, James 4:11 – “Do not speak evil against one another brothers.” or James 5:9a – “Do not grumble against one another, brothers, so that you may not be judged.” In the beginning of chapter 4 above, James pointed out that the reason they fight is because of their worldly passions.
What are the solutions to these negative behaviors?
1. We can bear others if we keep the judgment seat of Christ in view. James pointed out in James 5:9b that “behold, the Judge is standing at the door.” He is reminding us that Jesus will judge our resentful attitudes toward fellow believers at the judgment seat of Christ. Romans 14:10 conveys “Why do you pass judgment on your brother? Or you, why do you despise your brother? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God;”
2. We should ask each other for forgiveness. Instead of fighting, we should bless and pray for each other. James 5:16 states “Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.”
Christians must exemplify Christ’s love. If we cannot love one another, we are not being good examples.

Angga
7/11/2021

Conflict in the Family

What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you? You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions. (James 4:1-3 ESV)
At a party, this conversation was overheard: "My husband and I have managed to be happy together for 20 years. I guess this is because we're both in love with the same man."
The audience for the letter of James are believers, but apparently, they fall to the same pitfall as unbelievers. Instead of loving each other, they fight among themselves. James had to remind them in various parts of the book. For example, James 4:11 – “Do not speak evil against one another brothers.” or James 5:9a – “Do not grumble against one another, brothers, so that you may not be judged.” In the beginning of chapter 4 above, James pointed out that the reason they fight is because of their worldly passions.
What are the solutions to these negative behaviors?
1. We can bear others if we keep the judgment seat of Christ in view. James pointed out in James 5:9b that “behold, the Judge is standing at the door.” He is reminding us that Jesus will judge our resentful attitudes toward fellow believers at the judgment seat of Christ. Romans 14:10 conveys “Why do you pass judgment on your brother? Or you, why do you despise your brother? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God;”
2. We should ask each other for forgiveness. Instead of fighting, we should bless and pray for each other. James 5:16 states “Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.”
Christians must exemplify Christ’s love. If we cannot love one another, we are not being good examples.

Angga
7/11/2021

07/10/2021

Each weekend: Lives changed.

Each weekend: Lives changed.

07/09/2021

Fear screams lies, while Jesus whispers courage.

Fear screams lies, while Jesus whispers courage.

07/09/2021

Jesus’ words aren’t just beautiful ideas. They lead to wise and successful living. Oh, that we would hold to Jesus’ words as tightly as the early Church did. That we would let them lead our lives.

Jesus’ words aren’t just beautiful ideas. They lead to wise and successful living. Oh, that we would hold to Jesus’ words as tightly as the early Church did. That we would let them lead our lives.

07/03/2021

Heart to Heart

Implications of Christian Freedom

So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, “If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free” (John 8:31, 32, NASB).

July 4 is the United States of America’s Independence Day. For most Americans the word freedom connotes a political notion. Yet, for Christians living in America, it should have an expanded meaning. In this country, followers of Jesus have the freedom to know and follow the truths of the Bible.

In the Dictionary of Basic Bible Truths, Larry Richards conveys:

For Christians true freedom is the freedom to live out our commitment to Jesus in daily obedience. Because God has given us His Holy Spirit to guide and enable us, the freedom to live for Jesus truly is ours.

What are the implications of Christian freedom? First, when we submit to Jesus and live by His words, we experience true freedom. His words guide us away from what harms the human personality to what brings us fulfillment and joy. Second, when we submit to Jesus, we experience a surging power that carries us to goodness. What we could never do on our own becomes possible through the Holy Spirit. The freedom Jesus brings is a freedom to achieve beyond our ability and above our potential.

Christians believe in freedom. But, Christian freedom is not a license to live as we please. Only when we choose to follow Christ, and by means of the power of the Holy Spirit living in us, will we experience the abundant freedom God intends for us.

Pastor Cecil Price
July 4, 2021

Heart to Heart

Implications of Christian Freedom

So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, “If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free” (John 8:31, 32, NASB).

July 4 is the United States of America’s Independence Day. For most Americans the word freedom connotes a political notion. Yet, for Christians living in America, it should have an expanded meaning. In this country, followers of Jesus have the freedom to know and follow the truths of the Bible.

In the Dictionary of Basic Bible Truths, Larry Richards conveys:

For Christians true freedom is the freedom to live out our commitment to Jesus in daily obedience. Because God has given us His Holy Spirit to guide and enable us, the freedom to live for Jesus truly is ours.

What are the implications of Christian freedom? First, when we submit to Jesus and live by His words, we experience true freedom. His words guide us away from what harms the human personality to what brings us fulfillment and joy. Second, when we submit to Jesus, we experience a surging power that carries us to goodness. What we could never do on our own becomes possible through the Holy Spirit. The freedom Jesus brings is a freedom to achieve beyond our ability and above our potential.

Christians believe in freedom. But, Christian freedom is not a license to live as we please. Only when we choose to follow Christ, and by means of the power of the Holy Spirit living in us, will we experience the abundant freedom God intends for us.

Pastor Cecil Price
July 4, 2021

06/29/2021

Heart to Heart

If you were given a choice between teaching a children’s class or an adult class, which one would you choose? I know that I prefer teaching an adult class, but often times it is the children’s classes that are in greater need. As adults, we can teach ourselves. Most of us are able to lead a study, if need be, for the Academy Hour or for a fellowship meeting. But children can’t do that by themselves. They need someone to guide them.

Our church will be re-starting the children’s program during the worship hour. Praise God. Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me…” During this past year, volunteers have taught the children in virtual classes. I have seen the classes and the positive impact on them. Thank you, volunteers. As a church, we are literally opening our doors to the little children. As parents, you decide whether your children will come and sit at the feet of a teacher who will love your son or daughter and lead them to Jesus. Continue to encourage them to attend church whether it is online or in-person that they may hear and believe in Jesus and continue to grow in Him.

As parent’s faithfully bringing their children, let us as the family of God be ready to received them in Christ’s love. Warmly greet them even though we may not be able to give them a hug yet. Together, let us rise to the challenge and overcome the barriers and let the little children come meet Jesus. What will your answer be if you are asked to support our children’s ministry? I know that I am willing as I still remember the faces of my teachers who there for me when I needed someone to guide me to Christ.

One of my goals, and hopefully one of your goals is to support God’s people, especially the little children. Will you join with me and together let the little children come meet Jesus?

Kingston Tong
06-27-2021

Heart to Heart

If you were given a choice between teaching a children’s class or an adult class, which one would you choose? I know that I prefer teaching an adult class, but often times it is the children’s classes that are in greater need. As adults, we can teach ourselves. Most of us are able to lead a study, if need be, for the Academy Hour or for a fellowship meeting. But children can’t do that by themselves. They need someone to guide them.

Our church will be re-starting the children’s program during the worship hour. Praise God. Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me…” During this past year, volunteers have taught the children in virtual classes. I have seen the classes and the positive impact on them. Thank you, volunteers. As a church, we are literally opening our doors to the little children. As parents, you decide whether your children will come and sit at the feet of a teacher who will love your son or daughter and lead them to Jesus. Continue to encourage them to attend church whether it is online or in-person that they may hear and believe in Jesus and continue to grow in Him.

As parent’s faithfully bringing their children, let us as the family of God be ready to received them in Christ’s love. Warmly greet them even though we may not be able to give them a hug yet. Together, let us rise to the challenge and overcome the barriers and let the little children come meet Jesus. What will your answer be if you are asked to support our children’s ministry? I know that I am willing as I still remember the faces of my teachers who there for me when I needed someone to guide me to Christ.

One of my goals, and hopefully one of your goals is to support God’s people, especially the little children. Will you join with me and together let the little children come meet Jesus?

Kingston Tong
06-27-2021

06/18/2021

Heart to Heart- Throwback to Memorial Day:
Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends (John 15:13, NASB).

For most Americans, the Memorial Day holiday provides an enjoyable three-day weekend. Unofficially, Memorial Day begins summer for many students and families. The roads and airports are packed with travelers. Also, it’s a wonderful time to shop as a myriad of retailers tempt us with some incredible sales.

The Memorial Day holiday is meant for us to remember the men and women who have served in America’s armed forces and who are no longer alive. So many of these brave men and women laid down their lives in order for us to experience the abundant freedoms we so often take for granted.

Charles Province penned a poem that vividly gives tribute to soldiers with the title “It is the Soldier.” No doubt, Mr. Province had in mind sailors, marines, air force, coast guard, and Army personnel who gave the ultimate sacrifice for their fellow citizens.

It is the Soldier, not the minister, who has given us freedom of religion.
It is the Soldier, not the reporter, who has given us freedom of the press.
It is the Soldier, not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech.
It is the Soldier, not the campus organizer, who has given us freedom to protest.
It is the Soldier, not the lawyer, who has given us the right to a fair trial.
It is the Soldier, not the politician, who has given us the right to vote.
It is the Soldier who salutes the flag, who serves beneath the flag, and whose coffin is draped by the flag, who allows the protester to burn the flag.
While the Scriptures do not condone praying for the dead, we can still express gratitude to the Lord for the men and women He has used throughout the history of the United States of America to protect us and to maintain the freedoms we currently experience in “the land of the free.”

During this week, take a moment to thank God for the men and women who loved this country so much that they were willing to die so that you and I might continue to live in freedom.

- Pastor Cecil Price

Heart to Heart- Throwback to Memorial Day:
Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends (John 15:13, NASB).

For most Americans, the Memorial Day holiday provides an enjoyable three-day weekend. Unofficially, Memorial Day begins summer for many students and families. The roads and airports are packed with travelers. Also, it’s a wonderful time to shop as a myriad of retailers tempt us with some incredible sales.

The Memorial Day holiday is meant for us to remember the men and women who have served in America’s armed forces and who are no longer alive. So many of these brave men and women laid down their lives in order for us to experience the abundant freedoms we so often take for granted.

Charles Province penned a poem that vividly gives tribute to soldiers with the title “It is the Soldier.” No doubt, Mr. Province had in mind sailors, marines, air force, coast guard, and Army personnel who gave the ultimate sacrifice for their fellow citizens.

It is the Soldier, not the minister, who has given us freedom of religion.
It is the Soldier, not the reporter, who has given us freedom of the press.
It is the Soldier, not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech.
It is the Soldier, not the campus organizer, who has given us freedom to protest.
It is the Soldier, not the lawyer, who has given us the right to a fair trial.
It is the Soldier, not the politician, who has given us the right to vote.
It is the Soldier who salutes the flag, who serves beneath the flag, and whose coffin is draped by the flag, who allows the protester to burn the flag.
While the Scriptures do not condone praying for the dead, we can still express gratitude to the Lord for the men and women He has used throughout the history of the United States of America to protect us and to maintain the freedoms we currently experience in “the land of the free.”

During this week, take a moment to thank God for the men and women who loved this country so much that they were willing to die so that you and I might continue to live in freedom.

- Pastor Cecil Price

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