April 7, 2013
Passage: Acts 5: 27-32, John 20:19-31

Last Sunday, very early in the morning, Jesus resurrected from his borrowed tomb, demonstrating His power over death and the grave. He appeared to Mary Magdalene that morning (Jn 20:15-18). He also appeared to the disciples that evening, the same day. Jesus was building the disciples faith and increasing their joy by revealing himself to them again and again. On the next day, He appeared to Cleopas and his friend on their way to Emmaus from Jerusalem (Lk 24:13-32)

A week later (that is today), we read how He revealed Himself to Thomas. Jesus reveals Himself so many times again after these instances in dramatic forms. He was building FAITH and increasing JOY.

Paul said, take the shield of faith. “In addition to all this (truth, righteousness, readiness of the gospel) take up the SHIELD OF FAITH, which you can EXTINGUISH ALL the FLAMING ARROWS of the evil one” (Eph. 6:16).


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Faith makes us Fearless, Active, Inspirational, Truthful and Hopeful. Jesus stood tall and stood in faith. That is why the devil did not find anything to accuse Him. May our mouth be fill with joy, and our faith fill with joy.


With faith, Mary said, “I have seen the Lord.” (John 20:18). The disciples said “we have seen the Lord”. Jesus says “Shalom [mind/heart], receive the Holy Spirit, forgive sins”

Faith will bring you joy. Faith will protect your joy and faith will sustain your joy. May God visit you and affirm your faith in Jesus’ name.

  1. April 22, 2013

    very powerful and inspiring message.

  2. April 22, 2013

    Thank you Papa for such a wonderful sermon

  3. April 26, 2014

    Indeed we have a leaving hope God bless you Papa for such an inspirational brief and heart touching message.

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