The Marketplace Ministry

WHAT IS A MARKETPLACE MINISTER?

  • In ancient times, the market was where large crowds would usually be.
  • Early Christians would preach the Gospel openly in the markets.
  • Unofficial term to refer to someone who shares the Gospel at the workplace.

WHO IS DANIEL?

  • Daniel 1:3-7 ESV – Then the king commanded Ashpenaz, his chief eunuch, to bring some of the people of Israel, youths without blemish, of good appearance and skillful beyond all wisdom, endowed with knowledge, understanding learning, and competent to stand in the king’s palace, and to teach them the literature and language of the Chaldeans. The king assigned them a daily portion of the food that the king ate, and of the wine that he drank. They were to be educated for three years, and at the end of that time they were to stand before the king. Among these were Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah of the tribe of Judah. And the chief of the eunuchs gave them names: Daniel he called Belteshazzar, Hananiah he called Shadrach, Mishael he called Meshach, and Azariah he called Abednego.
  • A prophet during Israel’s exile to Babylon in about 605 B.C.
  • Chosen among the young men of Israel to be a Chaldean, a sort of mystical advisor to King Nebuchadnezzar.
  • Served over 60 years under different rulers who died or went mad.
  • Received dreams and visions that would later be echoed by John in the Book of Revelations.

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Training Obedience

After these things God tested Abraham and said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” He said, “Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.” So Abraham rose early in the morning, saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him, and his son Isaac. And he cut the wood for the burnt offering and arose and went to the place of which God had told him.” (Genesis 22:1-3 ESV)

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The passage begins with a test. It is not an obscure passage, almost every believer would know this story for the number of times it has been shared in Sunday Schools all over the world and even on the pulpit. Yet we see here a man willing to do the unthinkable, simply because it was commanded by God.

Of the many times I have heard this story preached, three things I’ve noticed in Abraham’s obedience that we can highlight.

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Daddy, do it again!

Habakkuk 3:2 | Lord, I have heard of your fame;  I stand in awe of your deeds, Lord.  Repeat them in our day,  in our time make them known…

Watching my baby girl who is 1 & 10 months has placed such wisdom in my life. I learn more from her than she actually learns from me. So far it has been an exciting journey seeing her grow up. In the car she would just blurt out words like, “mountains!”, or “cow!”, or “airplane!” as her eyes would see and identify those things around her. On her own she would get excited and start calling our attention so we could also glance her way and identify the same things she sees. One time yesterday while I was driving, we had crossed a bridge that was above us from the freeway and men were working on repairing the bridge, she got so excited because it seemed like those men were flying as they stood on the edges of the bridge to fix it. Right after we passed them she immediately exclaimed, “again!” as if I could make the same scenario happen again on the next bridge. I immediately pointed to something else  in the hope of getting her mind off the bridge work and she said the word again. She saw the mountains and the airplane and with her hopeful voice saying “daddy, again!” Somehow in her little brilliant mind she saw me as someone who can re-create all the things she just saw and make it happen again and again. The men on the bridge, the mountains, the airplane in the sky or the moon and stars, it didn’t matter to her if it was something tiny that I could hold in my hands or something so far away in the sky – “My daddy can make it all happen again and point them out to me.”

Hope that comes from the Lord is a hope that is anchored in faith and guaranteed by relationship. Hope causes us to keep waiting, it causes us to stay strong and believe for something better, it brings us to a place of peace knowing that something better is just around the corner. Hope does not filter out the negativity around, in fact it sees it and acknowledges its presence;  hope takes all that negativity and pushes forward in strength. The prophet Habakkuk saw a coming storm on the horizon (they were in imminent danger of an invasion), he wrote words of hope in a season of turbulence. He cried to the Lord saying, “Repeat them in our day and renew your great and mighty works in our time!” What a prayer of faith. Though everything I am seeing around me is opposite of the hope I have inside I will continue to cry out to you asking you to repeat and renew the great things you’ve done in the past. Like Abraham, against all hope He hoped and believed… (Romans 4:18). He cried out to the Lord this way because as the verse says, he has heard of the Lord’s fame and he stands in awe of the Lord’s marvelous deeds – he believes that the Lord can make it happen again and again and again. He can do what He did in the past because He never changes, his power does not diminish! The bible says “I am the Lord and I change not!” (Malachi 3:6); He is the same, yesterday, today and forever! (Hebrews 13:8). Like my little girl, we should see our Father as a big father who holds all things together (Colossians 1:17); He does have the power to do it again for us, for His glory.

What situation are you in right now? Have you ever felt that feeling that you’ve gone too far and crossed a line that you can never ever come back? Have you been passionate for the Lord before and someway somehow you’ve lost all that fire for the Lord? What is weighing you down? God can do it again in your life! He can cause that fire to burn again! He can grant you the strength to overcome that sin and that failure! He can do it again and again and again! Oh God do it again in my life, do it again in our lives!

Are you waiting for something? Perhaps a lifetime partner, wait in hope. Because those who wait upon the Lord will find new strength. (Isaiah 40:31)

-Pastor Brian Kairuz, Youth Pastor | Lighthouse Christian Community

Spirit & Truth

“Worship is not music. It is not songs, instruments, painting, or dancing… They are expressions of worship. Worship is a relationship with Jesus. It is all about relationship, connection with Jesus. It’s all about His presence. It’s all about Him.” – Kim Walker

I so agree with Kim Walker! We can express worship through everything we do. I believe that there is widespread belief that worship happens only during Sunday service or worship gathering! We have a tendency to compartmentalize it but worship is our personal heart connection with Jesus. It happens right where we are. Anywhere we go, we can worship and pour out our hearts to God. When we are home alone in our room, when we are in the church, school, kitchen, on the top of the mountain, under the sea…we can worship… It is a personal relationship with God who is worthy of all. It is pouring out everything we have unto Him, in response to His love so amazing! Can you imagine what kind of worship services we will have, if days before that, we all fight to be in His presence? Even the middle of our busy-mundane life, we press on and press in to be in the His presence. Then comes the day of our Church services and we are all stirred and have laid down everything at His feet! I can imagine healing taking place right there. People’s heart tenderized and massive revelation of the knowledge of Jesus to everyone. Haha! i remember what Jesus said:

Jesus declared, “Believe me, woman, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth.” (John 4:21-24 NIV)

Wooooh! Like that to the Samaritans, we are also not orphans or fatherless but we will all worship the Father in spirit and in truth. I believe that it is happening now! God is changing our paradigm towards worship and it’s so awesome. Let’s press on with our walk and remember the how God loves us so. Always come with a ready heart and an open spirit!

Excited to lead worship on Saturday during Hotrock!

I Am Wholehearted Right Now!

God Is Not Afraid

I would like to share my personal reflection on Matthew 14: 22-36. This is one of the famous stories we all know from the bible – “Jesus Walks On Water.” (I encourage all of you to read the whole chapter 14 of this book.)

The story began with the report that John the baptist was beheaded. When Jesus got the news, he slipped away by boat to an out-of-the-way place by himself. Perhaps, he was sad about the news. But unsuccessfully–someone saw him and the word got around. Soon a lot of people from the nearby villages walked around the lake to where he was. When he saw them coming, he was overcome with pity, he was filled with compassion and healed their sick. All of it: Cough, flu, boils, leprosy, cancer, blind eyes, crippled people, back pain, sore eyes, bungang araw (haha!), etc. Yes, all of it. Name it, He healed it! Boom!

After that healing ministry, Jesus then performed another miracle. He had the people sit on the grass. He took the five loaves and two fish, lifted his face to heaven in prayer, blessed, broke, and gave the bread to the disciples. The disciples then gave the food to the congregation. They all ate their fill. They gathered twelve baskets of leftovers. The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children.

Jesus Did Walk On Water

As soon as the meal was finished, he insisted that the disciples get in the boat and go on ahead to the other side while he dismissed the people. With the crowd dispersed, he climbed the mountain so he could be by himself and pray. He stayed there alone, late into the night. Meanwhile, the boat was far out to sea when the wind came up against them and they were battered by the waves. Meanwhile, the boat was far out to sea when the wind came up against them and they were battered by the waves. At about four o’clock in the morning, Jesus came toward them walking on the water. They were scared out of their wits.

“A ghost!” they said, crying out in terror.

But Jesus was quick to comfort them. “Courage, it’s me. Don’t be afraid.”

Peter, suddenly bold, said, “Master, if it’s really you, call me to come to you on the water.”

He said, “Come ahead.” Jumping out of the boat, Peter walked on the water to Jesus.

But when he looked down at the waves churning beneath his feet, he lost his nerve and started to sink. He cried, “Master, save me!” Jesus didn’t hesitate. He reached down and grabbed his hand.

Then he said, “Faint-heart, what got into you?” The two of them climbed into the boat, and the wind died down. The disciples in the boat, having watched the whole thing, worshiped Jesus, saying, “This is it! You are God’s Son for sure!”

Awesome! In a stunning fulfillment of the story, Jesus, a real flesh-and-blood Man, comes walking on top of the stormy seas. What’s more awesome here is that He invites Peter to come and join Him. I wish i could share exactly the overwhelming feeling i have in my heart upon creating this blog. What if it was me? I wish it was me. Haha! Anyways, we have read this story many times & interpreted it (accurately) in a spiritual sense, but it really happened! Jesus was really out there walking on water, dancing with the waves. It sound impossible! It was impossible, but it happened! And then Peter really said, in time and space, during the fourth watch of the night (between 3:00 and 6:00 AM), “Lord, if it’s really you, ask me to walk on water!”

They were all terrified with unbelief.

I ask God a lot of questions upon reading this story again. I’ve also wondered why the time of day is included in some of the stories. It seems incidental, but i believe it’s because God is telling us that these incredible encounters happened in real time during a real storm in a real night, with real water and the real possibility of disaster.

Jesus loves Peter’s request, and answers him without hesitation: “Come!” Imagine the scream in Peter’s heart. “OH NO! He’s calling my bluff!” We can hardly imagine the moment. But he went for it. He dared, if only for a moment, to dance upon his fears, and the Bridegroom’s heart was thrilled. Even though Peter lost his focus, even though he began to sink, the Lord was there, and that’s the whole point! When the King invites us to come, we can presume upon His power to save. Jesus statement about Peter’s “little faith” is not so much of a rebuke as it is the affectionate and playful response of a fatherly Bridegroom whose heart is absolutely exhilarated at the willingness of His child-friend to dare to trust Him. Far from being critical of Peter, I believe Jesus is saying “O Peter! If you only knew what’s possible! Trust me, and i will take you through places and events you even dreamed of, for with me all things are possible.”

Most of the time we picture Jesus as so kind and so gentle towards our mistake that we think He is not able to go where we are or meet us in our own shortcomings. God is not afraid to go where we are. When we are in doubt, God can go and meet us in that place of doubt, and still love us just the same. When we are crippled by fear, God can come infuse courage to rise up within you. When we are in the grip of our compromises, Jesus can reach out His hands and still embrace us. Our God is greater. All things are possible. Our God is stronger. Jesus is a warrior, His love fights back over what really matters to Him – YOU!

So get out of the boat and walk on water. Get out of your comfort zones and draw near to Jesus in obedience & faith.

“O Sovereign King! O, Majestic Lord of all things! I long to dare to run with You! I long to for the courage of the leap of faith, the joy of the victorious dance upon the stormy waves, upon the mountains and hills of my fears. Call me again, Lord! Don’t give up on me! Sooner or later, i will trust You more!”

I Am Wholehearted Right Now!