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June 22, 2020

Good morning, ANF! How was Sunday Corporate Worship for you yesterday? I just want to take a moment to appreciate everyone’s efforts to make it all happen. I missed being able to see all of your faces through Zoom, but I hope that it was a blessed and meaningful Sunday Corporate Worship for you nonetheless. Even though it might take some time for our church family to adjust to having Sunday Corporate Worship both in person and over livestream, as well as having offering time during commitment now, I hope that we can work together to have a meaningful time of worship every Sunday.

In many ways, our lives as Christians in this world can be seen as business trips that Jesus Christ has sent us on. Jesus Christ, our Lord and King, has sent us to Earth with a mission to share, and show, the Gospel, as well as to heal others through it.

Let’s not forget this original mission or be distracted by other things in the process. Instead, let’s live our daily lives as imitators of Jesus Christ who carry out the same missions that he did during his life. If each member makes efforts to build up his or her house church in love, and the house church functions properly as a result, I believe that house church will be the best place for our congregation to share, and show, the Gospel to our VIPs and to heal those who are physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually sick.

Following Sunday Corporate Worship yesterday, six people sent me their commitments and prayer requests via e-mail and text. I have copied some of their commitments below, in hopes that our ANF family might continue to encourage and motivate one another and be reminded of the message that God had given us yesterday:

- I commit to not losing my flavor (Matt 5:13-15). Please pray for revival, that souls would be saved and that sleeping saints would awaken.

- I want to think more about how I can preach the gospel and heal others in the world, and I want to act on it. Maybe I can brainstorm with my house church on how we can improve to fulfill these missions.

- I want to commit to revisit this message every day of this week. So, His word will build upon the message I've received today.

- I commit to not be a Sunday Christian but be a Jesus follower in my daily life. I commit to share the gospel to my VIP friends and to heal them by praying for them and listening to them.

- be more mission/Christ-minded in my perspective of the world and daily life.

- I commit to build up my house church together with my house church shepherd and members and will pray for them.

June 21, 2020

O LORD GOD,
Thou art my protecting arm,
fortress, refuge, shield, buckler.
Fight for me and my foes must flee;
Uphold me and I cannot fall;
Strengthen me and I stand unmoved, unmoveable;
Equip me and I shall receive no wound;
Stand by me and Satan will depart;
Anoint my lips with a song of salvation
and I shall shout thy victory;
Teach me to look to Jesus on his cross
and as to know sin’s loathsomeness in thy sight.
There is no pardon but through thy Son’s death,
no cleansing but in his precious blood,
no atonement but his to expiate evil.
Show me the shame, the agony, the bruises of incarnate God,
that I may read boundless guilt in the boundless price.
Blessed Lord Jesus, at thy cross
may I be taught the awful miseries from which I am saved,
ponder what the word ‘lost’ implies,
see the fires of eternal destruction;
Then may I cling more closely to thy broken self,
adhere to thee with firmer faith,
be devoted to thee with total being,
detest sin as strongly as thy love to me is strong.
And may holiness be the atmosphere in which I live.
(from the puritan’s prayer, the Valley of Vision, 182-183)

June 20, 2020

During bible study yesterday, our youth had some time to assess their church lives in seven different areas. Each of them were asked to give themselves a score ranging from one to five to the following questions: (1) How involved are you in your church? Do you contribute to the ministry of the church, or are you only a consumer? (2) In what areas do you serve your church? (3) How do you use your gifts and abilities to serve your church? (4) Do you have any negative attitudes or thoughts relating to your church? For this question, they gave themselves negative scores. (5) How connected are you to other people in your church? (6) How do you set a positive example for others in your church? (7) Does your involvement in the ministry of your church help display God’s love to the world?

In the end, one person received a B-, another received a C-, another received a D- and the remaining eight received a F. By doing so, they were able to learn of the importance of the church in following Jesus Christ, and they told me that they would try to do better from now on. I believe that this is enough for them at this point. I planted a seed in each of their hearts and plan to cultivate their hearts so that the seeds that I planted grow well. I am also interested in what your scores would be. I encourage you to take some time to assess your life within the church and in these seven areas as well.

June 19, 2020

Even though our church has decided to resume Sunday Corporate Worship in person starting this coming Sunday, June 21, 2020, the number of COVID-19 confirmed cases continues to increase, and the risk of infection seems higher than ever before. For these reasons, it is crucial that EVERYONE follows the reopening guidelines strictly not only for themselves but also for the glory of God. In addition, please also stick to the following additional guidelines over the next couple of days:

(1) In your house church gathering tonight, take some time to read through the reopening guidelines together (https://anfdallas.org/sites/default/files/June%20ANF%20Reopening%20Guidelines.pdf). (2) Likewise, take some time to fill out the online poll, so that our preparation teams can have a better idea of the number of people planning to come worship in-person and the number of people planning on using the livestream option (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdMcK_f1fzWy8fDd4AzmsNPGVWUeRPzBszUvnMwfhwHZk-wSw/viewform). (3) If you decide to come to church for in-person Sunday Corporate Worship, please arrive at the building no earlier than 1:50 pm, 12:50 pm if you are a part of the praise or magnification teams, 1:30 pm if you are a part of the operation team that sanitizes the sanctuary or performs temperature checks.

Please do not come to church earlier than these times, in order to minimize the contact that you have with the attendees of KSC. KSC’s service ends around 12:40 pm. (4) If you decide to attend the livestream Sunday Corporate Worship because you have health-related concerns, or any other concerns, please log in to YouTube on time and sanctify, or devote, that time solely for worship. Do not do other things. Prepare your heart and yourself as if you were attending Sunday Corporate Worship in person as well. Did I forget to mention any other things? May our Father God guide us and make our church a God-pleasing church that remains steadfast to His original purposes for the church. Stay safe! I miss you all.

June 18, 2020

Romans 12:4-5 says “For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.” I think we could have a better understanding of its meaning from the following article. I want to re-emphasize the last sentence. That’s ANF, a fellowship of little people who together make God visible in the world.

Nothing is sweet or easy about community. Community is a fellowship of people who do not hide their joys and sorrows but make them visible to each other as a gesture of hope. In community we say: “Life is full of gains and losses, joys and sorrows, ups and downs—but we do not have to live it alone. We want to drink our cup together and thus celebrate the truth that the wounds of our individual lives, which seem intolerable when lived alone, become sources of healing when we live them as part of a fellowship of mutual care.”

Community is like a large mosaic. Each little piece seems so insignificant. One piece is bright red, another cold blue or dull green, another warm purple, another sharp yellow, another shining gold. Some look precious, others ordinary. Some look valuable, others worthless. Some look gaudy, others delicate. We can do little with them as individual stones except compare them and judge their beauty and value. When, however, all these little stones are brought together in one big mosaic, portraying the face of Christ, who would ever question the importance of any one of them? If one of them, even the least spectacular one, is missing, the face is incomplete. Together in the one mosaic, each little stone is indispensable and makes a unique contribution to the glory of God. That’s community, a fellowship of little people who together make God visible in the world. (Henri Nouwen, You Are the Beloved, 360)

June 17, 2020

Often times, when I ask people, “How can you live your life as a follower of Jesus Christ?”, they answer, “I will pray and read the Bible more.” If I am being honest, I am not a big fan of this answer. I am not saying that praying and reading the Bible are not important. However, we should not stop here, for these are our religious comfort zones. It is crucial that we make further steps to live transformed lives. Because of this, I asked our youth group last Friday during Bible study to perform three simple acts of love and kindness each day, after discussing what it meant to be followers of Jesus Christ. I also want to encourage you to practice three simple acts of love and kindness in your daily relationship with others. Read the Bible… Pray more… Then, what comes next? Think about it.

Below is an updated prayer request from Claire’s mother:

Good morning, Claire and I were at the hospital today for therapy, and the doctor said that she may have contracted a urinary tract infection (UTI). She has been suffering from diarrhea, and it seems that the bacteria from that may have moved and onset the UTI. Because of this, the doctor has advised that Claire be hospitalized for antibiotic injections. Such antibiotic injections require anywhere between seven and fourteen days of treatment. I am worried about Claire having to be hospitalized again, but I am doing my best to remain calm, since Claire is doing all that she can to fight through this battle. Please pray for Claire to heal quickly from this infection.

June 16, 2020

All of our mission trips for the year were cancelled due to the current pandemic. Originally, we planned to go to the indigenous Indian villages in Mexico in both the spring and the summer and also to Kyrgyzstan in the summer. In fact, several of you signed up for these mission trips. However, the people that you would have met and served had the missions not been cancelled are still heavily affected by the city lockdowns. Many of them have lost their jobs and do not have food for their family. It is even more difficult for them because their governments do not offer them unemployment benefits like ours does. For them, their struggles are not about having better lives but about survival.

Recently, I heard that 50 kg of corn and some beans could feed a family of four for about a month. Even though our church is unable to go to the sites in-person, I believe our missions could continue in different forms. If God gives you the desire, and you have the heart, to support a family by donating money for them to buy 50 kg of corn and some beans please let me know. Please let me know by saying, “I want to support one family,” or “I want to support two families,” etc. It roughly costs about 30 dollars per family per month. I have attached some pictures of Missionary Chu and his church members in Mexico distributing masks and some supplies to the Indian villages:

June 15, 2020

Following Sunday Corporate Worship yesterday, six people sent me their commitments and prayer requests via e-mail and text. I have copied some of their commitments below, in hopes that our ANF family might continue to encourage and motivate one another and be reminded of the message that God had given us yesterday:


1. Jehovah Roi, God our Shepherd
2. Jehovah Jireh, God our Provider
3. Jehovah Shalom, God our Peace
4. Jehovah Rapha, God our Healer
5. Jehovah Tzidkenu, God our Righteousness
6. Jehovah Nissi, God our Victory
7. Jehovah Shammah, God’s Name is There/Here
8. Jehovah Mekaddishkhem, God our Sanctifier

- I commit to reflect on which God I need in my life this week and pray for Him to

- To seek God every day, rather believing that I can do it by myself, it’s because Christ who lives in me that gives me strength so that I can do all things.

- I want to commit to today’s message and to Jehovah Shalon.

- I need Shammah God. I feel lonely. I pray that I would feel you are here with me all the time.

- I also need Mekaddishkhem God. God is my sanctifier. I want to be more holy and godly.

- I want to commit that I will look to God who has many names, who is everything I need according to the names I learned.


- I commit myself to think and pray more about others in their situation and heart. Not only thinking in my way, situation or feeling.

- I want to commit to living by faith alone, and not by my works. Please pray that I would see all of God's children (esp. ANF members) as valuable.

June 14, 2020

Spiritus Sanctus
O Holy Spirit,
As the son is full of light,
the ocean full of water,
Heaven full of glory,
so may my heart be full of thee.
Vain are all divine purposes of love
and the redemption wrought by Jesus
except thou work within,
regenerating by thy power,
giving me eyes to see Jesus,
showing me the realities of the unseen world.
Give me thyself without measure,
as an unimpaired fountain,
as inexhaustible riches.
I bewail my coldness, poverty, emptiness,
imperfect vision, languid service,
prayerless prayers, praiseless praises.
Suffer me not to grieve or resist thee.
Come as power,
to expel every rebel lust, to reign supreme and keep me thine;
Come as teacher,
leading me into all truth, filling me with all understanding;
Come as love,
that I may adore the Father, and love him as my all;
Come as joy.
to dwell in me, move in me, animate me; Come as light,
illuminating the Scripture, moulding me in its laws;
Come as sanctifier,
body, soul and spirit wholly thine;
Come as helper,
with strength to bless and keep, directing my every step;
Come as beautifier,
bringing order out of confusion, loveliness out of chaos.
Magnify to me thy glory by being magnified in me,
and make me redolent of thy fragrance.
(from the puritan’s prayer, the Valley of Vision, 50-51)

June 13, 2020

Silence and Speaking Belong Together

To know ourselves truly and acknowledge fully our own unique journey, we need to be known and acknowledged by others for who we are. We cannot live a spiritual life in secrecy. We cannot find our way to true freedom in isolation. Silence without speaking is as dangerous as solitude without community. They belong together. (Henri Nouwen, You Are the Beloved, 359)