Prayer Ministry

1 " Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all we ask or think, according to the power that worketch in us"...Eph 3:20........there is power working on the inside of you, specifically the power of faith. We need to stir ourselves up and make that faith come alive.

2. He commanded you to go heal the sick(Matt 10:8). He generated the power and place it on the inside of you - the very same power that raised Christ from the dead (Eph 1:18-20). He equipped you, and He told you to go lay hands on the sick, and they would recover (Mark 16:18).

 3. Remember, The Lord in all His power and glory in dwells each believer.

 4. Remember, the prayer of the righteous ( defined as right standing with God) avails much.

 5. Remember, when you pray and it doesn't work, God hasn't failed. It is me who has failed to understand and cooperate with the laws of God. God never fails. God is faithful, very faithful. The release of God's power is directly proportional to how you believe ( not your holiness). The issue is faith. You get what you believe. Speaking to the sick, " if you believe that God has already healed you and you begin to exercise your authority, you will see that healing manifest".

 6. Fearing what other people think brings a snare. ( Prov 29:25)

 7. For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh, casting down imaginations, and every high things that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ" (2 Corith 10:3-5)

 8. Lord, grant us boldness to share the truth and witness, as we lay our hand on whosoever is not well that all will live life abundantly , enjoying your divine health. Amen

  I felt a compulsion to share , remembering the teaching of Rom 10:14-15 " how then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? Remember , Jesus is our one and only mediator (1Tim 2:5).

Prayer meeting is more than an opportunity to communicate with God. 
• It is a means of promoting unity in the Church....
• It is the rallying point where the power of faith in the Church concentrates, and takes hold on the arm that moves the world.
• It compensates for the lack of a regular gospel ministry for some members.
• It is an opportunity to hear personal testimony from those who regularly receive God’s Grace and train ourselves to listen for God’s whispers.
• It let us walk as a group following the direction/ wisdom of those who are more experienced and knowledgeable towards the direction of God.
• It is a means to discussions and share with other Prayer Group members.

AT the close of the seventeenth century, and the beginning of the eighteenth, as acknowledged by all historians, the whole kingdom of England was tending rapidly to Infidelity and licentiousness (extravagance, wastefulness, recklessness, dissolution, decadence). Dr. Houston, in his History of the Prayer Meeting, says "The awakenings which took place in various parts of England, under the ministry of Wesley and Whitefield, led to the establishment of social prayer meetings; and, at this period, when within the pale of the National Establishment, and without it, all was under the torpor of spiritual death, this organization was a powerful means of exciting earnest mind to pursue after eternal concerns, and to impress them upon the serious attention of others."

While spiritual death thus reigned, a few students at Oxford formed a prayer meeting, which, by the blessing of God, spread its hallowed influences over that kingdom for a period of one hundred and forty years, down to our own time. Whitefield and Wesley were there.

Revived in their humble little prayer meeting they gathered others around them who were warmed by the fire of their burning zeal And in the course of ten years from the organization of that praying circle a despised little band of students though they were there went forth earnest men, like apostles, over England, and Wales, and the American Colonies, reviving not only religion in the dead churches, but reviving the prayer meeting wherever their influence extended; so that from that time forth, the history of revivals and of prayer meetings became identified and inseparable, as in the preceding times, Reformation and the prayer meetings had been.

We love to share “the fire of our burning zeal” with you during the next Prayer Meeting.

 

Trinity Methodist Youth

Ways to Ruin Your Life in Your 20s

No one ever plans to ruin their life. Nobody makes that a goal, or a New Year’s resolution, or an integral part of their 5-year plan. Kids don’t sit around and dream about growing up to be an alcoholic; students don’t go to class to learn how to be bankrupt; brides and grooms don’t go to the altar expecting their marriage to fail.

Nobody ever plans for it, but it does happen. It happens far too often. And it happens because of the choices we make, even though that is not a result that anyone would ever willingly choose.

Most of those choices take place when people are relatively young—old enough to be making important decisions about their life, but young enough for those decisions to snowball and grow to have disastrous consequences. In other words, these are choices of young adults, which is the prime demographic for The Porch.

How can we avoid making such mistakes? Below are 10 things people can do to ruin their lives while still in their 20s. It is a list of what not to do, or things to stop doing immediately if you don’t want to suffer the results.

1. Believe that ideas don’t have consequences.

This was the biggest lie I believed in my twenties. I thought I could do what I wanted and get away with it; after all, I’m young. But I’ve since learned otherwise. Right now you are in the process of becoming what you will one day be. You are preparing for something. You are either doing the things that will prepare you to be a great spouse, parent, employee, friend, etc.; or, you are preparing to be the opposite of that. Everything you think and do now will lead you down one of those paths.

The simple believe anything, but the prudent give thought to their steps. – Proverbs 14:15

2. Live outside your means.

Ah, Dallas, the city that practically invented the term “$30k millionaire.” But when you spend more than you can afford, you still have to pay for it—plus interest. By living the “good life” now, you ensure you’ll be living the bad life of debt payments, downsizing, financial worries, and delayed/nonexistent retirement in your future decades. Many people today are still paying for experiences that happened years ago, long after the “instant gratification” has been forgotten.

The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is slave to the lender. – Proverbs 22:7

3. Feed an addiction.

Whether it is alcohol, money, drugs, pornography, shopping, or whatever, it seems like most people have an addiction of some kind. These addictions bring death: either literal death, or death to relationships, to freedom, and to joy.

How do addictions happen? You feed them. I’ve been addicted to several things, and each of them took work to develop. You don’t drink one beer and immediately get addicted; it takes repetition, just like exercise. The more you do a thing, the stronger the addiction grows, and the harder it is to stop doing it. Stop now; it will only be harder with “one last time.”

The righteousness of the upright delivers them, but the unfaithful are trapped by evil desires. – Proverbs 11:6

4. Run with fools.

Fact: you are becoming who you hang around with. It’s been said you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with. You do what they do (because you’re doing it together), you pick up on their ideas and beliefs, and you even learn their mannerisms and language.

So if you hang around with idiots, or addicts, or criminals, that’s what you will become. But if you hang around with wise people, who are committed to following Christ and to making a difference with their lives, then that is what you’ll become. Change your playmates and playground.

Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm. – Proverbs 13:20

5. Carelessly give your heart away.

Want heartbreak? Give your heart to someone who will break it. And how do you know who will break it? Everyone will, except for someone who truly commits to protecting your heart and loving you until the end, no matter what. If they are really willing to commit to that, they will gladly do so officially through marriage vows. So, only give your heart away once—at your wedding. Until then, be careful with your heart. Be careful with what entertains it and what you allow it to seek. You may not be able to choose who you love, but you can choose who you let love grow with.

Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. – Proverbs 4:23

6. Tolerate evil.

You’ve probably heard the quote: “The only thing necessary for evil to prevail is for good people to do nothing.” Well, it’s true. Because there is evil in the world, actively seeking to destroy others, and if nobody opposes those actions they will succeed. And then eventually you’ll be the target.

Tolerance” is a big word right now, and is often held up as an absolute good—that you should always tolerate every person and every idea. But some people kill. Some take part in sex trafficking. Some promote ideas of genocide or infanticide, or argue that they should be able to sleep with whomever they feel like. God does not tolerate sin; He paid for it. Stand against evil, or one day there may be no one left to stand for you.

To fear the Lord is to hate evil; I hate pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech. Proverbs 8:13

7. Make secondary things ultimate and ultimate things secondary.

If an outsider were to observe how you spend your time and resources, what would they end up saying your life is about? Making money? Looking good? Fantasy football? Would they say you worship God, or worship that 60-inch HD TV?

There is nothing wrong with working, or working out, or having hobbies, or being interested in the opposite sex. Those are all good things, if you don’t go overboard and make them the focus of your life. They are all secondary, the side dishes of an eternal life. God is ultimate, is the very reason you are here, and is the only one of those things that will last forever.

Keep falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread. Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you and say, ‘Who is the Lord?’ Or I may become poor and steal, and so dishonor the name of my God. – Proverbs 30:8-9

8. Believe that this life is all about you.

You are one of seven billion people alive currently, and though you are special, so is each of the other 6,999,999,999—and the billions who have come before but are now long dead and forgotten.

You are not the star of this show. You have a cameo that will be forgotten as soon as the screen changes.

People who become the biggest thing in their world are dysfunctional. They have a skewed view. They will always end up either disappointed or delusional. And when they go, their world disappears; they don’t actually leave any impact.

If you do want to be important and make a difference, live for God. Resolve to give your life away for something bigger, and make an impact on the people around you.

Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall. – Proverbs 16:18

9. Live for immediate gratification.

Almost nothing truly worthwhile comes quickly. It takes time and discipline to become an Olympic athlete, or to simply get in shape; to get a degree, or become a CPA, or become a great husband or wife. And any of the things you truly want long-term can be derailed by indulging yourself in the moment.

Do you want an amazing marriage, or just one amazing night? Do you want to retire in 36 years, or drive a luxury car for the next 36 months? Because in each case, choosing the latter makes it more difficult (or impossible) to have the former. Don’t choose ramen over riches.

The wise store up choice food and olive oil, but fools gulp theirs down. – Proverbs 21:20

10. Avoid accountability.

We all have the tendency to screw up, or be blind to our own failings, or to convince ourselves that we can change on our own even though it’s never worked in the past.

That’s why God created us to live in community with others: so we can encourage each other, or point out blind spots, or have help in times of weakness.

But are you running to community and accountability, or running away from it? Some people avoid it like the plague. The only reason you avoid accountability is because you don’t want to be corrected, even though that means you then continue to do the things that ruin your life. If you really want to change, and really want to put God first every day, then do the one simple thing that makes that possible: Christ-centered community.

Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but whoever hates correction is stupid. – Proverbs 12:1

There you have it: how to ruin your life in 10 simple steps. Now please don’t. Instead, make these your resolutions:

  1. Resolve to walk with God this year.

  2. Resolve to live below your means.

  3. Resolve to starve addictions.

  4. Resolve to change your playmates and playground.

  5. Resolve to be careful with your heart.

  6. Resolve to stand against the evil around you.

  7. Resolve to prioritize the things of God above all other things.

  8. Resolve to give your life away for something bigger.

  9. Resolve to hold out for God’s best.

  10. Resolve not to do any of this alone.

 

Worship & Music Ministry

 

Social Concern Committee

Membership & Evangelism

Chinese Working Committee

Program Committee

https://www.facebook.com/TMCDoveton

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
 
Seven is a perfect number to kick start our journey of becoming a Christian with courage. Often, we find ourselves in situations where it is easy to take the easy way out, where our faith is challenged and we retreat in fear. The need to stand strong in the Word remains as pressing as ever.
 
Have your faith renewed daily. Prepare yourself as you step out and be the world-shaking Christian you were meant to be.!
 
I find reading the word of God meditatively and using the Study Bible, I can feel the heart beat of God as He called out "Draw near to me..."
 
God Bless,   
TL
 
PS. Using this forum, I  invite your thoughts and sharing 'cos in our midst we have a Pastor who can give us guidance.Emoji

Mission

Local Mission

1.       Monthly Prayer Walk is on the 4th Saturday each month from 10am-11.30m at Dandenong Plaza and its surrounding area.

2.       Counseling training – Rev Chew has started a LifeKey training in early September. We have 13 members participating in this training.

3.       Chinese Language Class – It’s uprunning and we have average of 5 students every week. Linda and Yuki are committed to be the teachers. The class will stop when the school semester finishes. We would like to encourage the teachers to help in the English speaking class during summer break.

4.       Renee Chieng – we continue to financially support Renee Chieng as a missionary in Campus Crusade Sydney for $6,000 per annum.

5.       Asylum Seekers Centre –

·         English class: We are hoping to run an English class during summer break. We are in the process of recruiting teachers at this time.

·         Outings – Rowville group took the group to Lysterfield Park in Oct. We will continue to work with various small groups to take on this ministry.

·         Headphones for translation – We spent $834.10 to purchase wireless stereo system with 10 headphones. This will help them to understand the sermon better.

Sunday School

 Plan and proposal for 2014

1)    Re-arrange SS children with proper singspiration sitting on chairs instead of on the floor. To teach children the way of singing worship in a proper manner with selected songs.

2)    Re-organise changes to the coming Summer Program starting December 2013. We will focus more on singing practice, learn to incorporate music percussion during sing spiration worship.  Schedule alternate weeks of fun games, singing and musical instrument learning.

3)    To purchase some percussion instruments for the children SOP practice so to train our SS  children the  use of  music instruments in worship singing.

4)    Plan to supply 3 second hand laptops or DVD players and TV or LCD screen for the 3 class rooms to use as audio visual teaching aids. We welcome any members who wish to donate their old laptops (in working condition) for Sunday school use.

5)    Continue to review and explore goods and practical teaching materials either in paper forms or electronic form providing better and improve teaching aids to our teachers.

6)    Continue to organize a one off SS teachers training for 2014.

7)    Sunday School Sunday Event planned to hold in March 2014 during school first term holiday. Need to confirm with Rev. Chew.

Pastor Parish Relationship

Stewards

Women Fellowship

 Ministry: Trinity Methodist Women Fellowship

 Things that went well last year in this ministry:

 Activities which are linked to cooking eg cooking lesson or demonstration.

 Things to improve in this ministry: To increase sisters’ bonding time for closer friendship through Sisters Tea Time and Visitation. To encourage more sisters who are not working to join our Bible Study time on Tuesday morning.

 Plan for 2013/2014 (Program from Apr to Nov 2014 is tentatively planned and to be confirmed at the next WF’s Committee meeting)

Methodist Adult Fellowship

Christian Education 

 

"If you continue in my word, then are you my disciples indeed; and you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free" John 8:31,32

Philosophy Behind Christian Education: A church needs to develop a sound philosophy for Christian education based on the Word of God. A sound philosophical statement is not enough, however, to experience the transformation of lives. What is on paper must be put into practice for it to make a difference. Too often an incongruence exists between what is on paper and the actual operative philosophy of the church's leadership, members and congregation.

Support: The Christian Education ministry of the church is not a one person job. It takes many people working at different levels and in different capacities. When working as a team, key leaders of the various areas will have a much greater effectiveness than if they focus only on themselves and their own areas of responsibility. It needs the support of the pastors, LCEC, Annual Conference and other church leadership, in order for this ministry to be effective.

Levels On Which Spiritual Growth Happens: Listening to a sermon in the corporate worship service is not enough to facilitate true growth. Discipleship also needs to be happening on the personal level, one-on-one with fellow believers, in small groups, and in mid-size groups. Formal Discipleship classes will form the strong ground on which spiritual growth will stand.  Each of these groups and levels offers a synergistic and different dynamic to the holistic growth process.

Groupings In Which It Happens: While breaking people into groups according to age, needs, interests, or abilities can be helpful, we must be careful not to totally fragment the body. In whatever we do, we must line up with body life principles.

Strategies / Programs Through Which Christian Education Happens: Traditional programs have served the church well in the past. Many churches, however, are experiencing a decrease in attendance and commitment to some of these programs. it is necessary to demonstrate the applied aspects of Christian Education in order for it to become relevant.

 

Christian Education

BoCE recommended Family Books and Resources 2014 (Appendix VI)

GLORIFY GOD FAMILY FIRST (G2F2)

BoCE recommends all these great books and resources for Christian Family.

Hopefully all the books and resources listed, you find them helpful in starting or continuing to refine your family worship time.    Take your time and work through these resources as you are able.   

May God bless you and your family as you endeavour in His Kingdom to glorify His name via your family, marriage and relationship with your love ones.

A.     Articles on Tips for doing Family Devotions

1.      http://www.desiringgod.org/ResourceLibrary/AskPastorJohn/ByTopic/162/2552_How_do_you_do_family_devotions/ (A must read!)

2.      http://www.cbmw.org/Resources/Articles/Family-Worship (Excellent biblical look at family devotions)

3.      http://www.cbmw.org/Journal/Vol-9-No-1/A-Call-to-Family-Worship

4.      http://www.irishcalvinist.com/?p=752#more-752

5.      http://www.wholesomewords.org/family/famaltar.html

6.      http://www.maninthemirror.org/alm/alm117.htmhttp://www.everygoodpath.net/FamilyDevotionIdeas

7.      Jack O. Balswick and Judith K. Balswick, The Family: A Christian Perspective on the Contemporary Home, (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 1989, 2007).

B.      Sample Devotion for Children from Desiring God that has some good tips for family devotions in it.

1.      http://www.childrendesiringgod.org/pdf/rlf_sample_devotional.pdf

 

C.      Books for resources

1.      The Family Worship Book: A Resource Book for Family Devotions

2.      Training Hearts Teaching Minds: Family Devotions Based on the Shorter Catechism

3.      Thoughts on Family-Worship (Puritan Classic)

4.      Disciplines of a Godly Family

5.      The Joy of Family Worship: A Key to Healthy Body Life

D.     Amazon wish list for families with children

http://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/GZ0W8FGWVDKC/ref=cm_wl_rlist_go

E.      For Parents

1.      http://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/3UYSVM9ACACMO/ref=cm_wl_rlist_go

2.      Devotion and Family Websites (Some are better than others)

3.      http://www.lifeway.com/lwc/article_main_page/0,1703,A=161567&M=200553,00.html Devotions

4.      http://www.lifeway.com/lwc/mainpage/0,1701,M%253D200810,00.html Parent Site

5.      http://www.homeword.com/

 6.      http://www.familylife.com/site/c.dnJHKLNnFoG/b.3204393/k.8C1C/Family__culture.htm

 F.       Bible Reading Plans

 1.      Read through the Bible in 3 years

 http://www.eaglesnestnsb.com/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=U%2bWjWDbEGHU%3d&tabid=52&mid=379

 http://3yearbiblebookclub.blogspot.com/

 2.      Read through the NT in one year

 http://www.multiplyingchurchinitiative.net/ReadTheNewTestament.pdf

 3.      30 days in Psalms... 30 Days in Proverbs

http://www.eaglesnestnsb.com/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=V%2flEt6Jbk%2fQ%3d&tabid=52&mid=379

G.     Suggestions for Bible reading plans including a good look at a Chronological Bible Reading Plan

 http://www.everygoodpath.net/node/271

 H.     365 day Devotional on the life of Christ.

 http://www.gracegems.org/17/Mortimer.htm

 I.        Bible Study Library: Starter Package that every family should have:

 1.      Atlas:  Moody Bible Atlas of Bible Lands

 2.      Bible Dictionary:  Ungers or New Bible Dictionary

 3.      English Concordance:  NAS Exhaustive Concordance

 4.      Bible Commentary:  Wyclyiff or Bible Knowledge Commentary

 5.      Theology:  Systematic Theology by Wayne Grudem

 Family books:here are some books recommend on Family Worship and Parenting:

 1.       Rediscovering the lost treasure of Family Worship by Jerry Marcellino.

 2.       Holding your family together by Richard A Melheim.  The author explains how in just five minutes each day, parents can establish family practices that will help their children become faithful disciples of Christ.

 3.       Cyber Parenting by James & Simone Boswell.  The authors update parents on current technology and offer timeless principles for teaching kids how to live out their faith online.

 4.       Disciplines of a Godly Family (Kent Hughes)

 5.       Shepherding a Child's Heart (Tedd Tripp) - also available as a DVD

 6.       Instructing a Child's Heart (Tedd Tripp) - also available as a DVD

 7.       Withhold Not Correction (Bruce Ray)

 8.       The Parenting Book (Nicky & Sila Lee) - also available as a DVD course, one for children, one for teenagers

 9.       Raising Great Kids (Henry Cloud & John Townsend)

 10.   Raising Boys (Steve Biddulph)

 11.   Raising Girls (Gisela Preuschoff)

Parenting Book, The                             Parenting Teenagers Course, The (Guest Manual)

Nicky Lee , Sila Lee                                Nicky Lee , Sila Lee

$20                                                          Paperback $10

Marriage Book, The                          Five Love Languages, The                                        Together: Investing in Your Marriage (2 books pack)             

 Marriage Book, The                              Five Love Languages, The                   Together: Investing in Your Marriage

 Nicky Lee , Sila Lee $23                         Gary Chapman Paperback $15                Mark and Christine Daniel $19.80

 Family

 Gods Covenant With You For Your Family 

God's Covenant With You For Your Family

 John Eckhardt

 Paperback$10

 Parenting

 勇敢做爸媽                 Why Christian Kids Rebel

 

   勇敢做爸媽                       孩子反叛有理?

       Steve & Candice Watters                        金明添(Tim Kimmel

       Price: $14.30                                 Price: $18.15

 Marriage

 

盼望為本的婚姻輔導--短期治療指南                婚姻没大道理

沃思頓 Everett L. Worthington Jr                黄国

$19.80                                          $6.60

婚前準備完全手冊(带领                        婚前準備完全手冊(研

David Boehi 丹尼斯.雷尼總                       David Boehi 丹尼斯.雷尼總

$8.80                                           $15.40

婚姻幸福力                                      快樂夫妻成長指南(精)  

石井希尚 (Marehisa Ishii)                       史考特·史丹利 (Scott M. Stanley) 等

$18.70                                          $25.30

Family                                                                    

 幸福家庭力量大                                         全家讀經10分鐘  (Not in store)

 凱文·李曼 (Kevin Leman)                         考柏夫婦 (David & Heather Kopp)

 $ 17.60                                                TWD $240 (Campus Bookstore)

 Strengthening Family

神與你同在                                      力不從心時

奧伯格 (John Ortberg)

 $19.80                                          $13.20

 

上帝出難題                                      靈性壓力OFF學

史特博 (Lee Strobel)                            克萊布 (Larry Crabb)

$25.30                                          $26.40