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Proverbs 31

January 15, 2009 Leave a comment

10 A wife of noble character who can find?
She is worth far more than rubies.

11 Her husband has full confidence in her
and lacks nothing of value.

12 She brings him good, not harm,
all the days of her life.

13 She selects wool and flax
and works with eager hands.

14 She is like the merchant ships,
bringing her food from afar.

15 She gets up while it is still dark;
she provides food for her family
and portions for her servant girls.

16 She considers a field and buys it;
out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.

17 She sets about her work vigorously;
her arms are strong for her tasks.

18 She sees that her trading is profitable,
and her lamp does not go out at night.

19 In her hand she holds the distaff
and grasps the spindle with her fingers.

20 She opens her arms to the poor
and extends her hands to the needy.

21 When it snows, she has no fear for her household;
for all of them are clothed in scarlet.

22 She makes coverings for her bed;
she is clothed in fine linen and purple.

23 Her husband is respected at the city gate,
where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.

24 She makes linen garments and sells them,
and supplies the merchants with sashes.

25 She is clothed with strength and dignity;
she can laugh at the days to come.

26 She speaks with wisdom,
and faithful instruction is on her tongue.

27 She watches over the affairs of her household
and does not eat the bread of idleness.

28 Her children arise and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praises her:

29 “Many women do noble things,
but you surpass them all.”

30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.

31 Give her the reward she has earned,
and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.

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Categories: Bible

Friendships

December 9, 2008 Leave a comment

My Kid’s EE class and I visited the Mission de la Casa Nursing home. It was a true blessing to see the Holy Spirit working in the kids, adults, and elderly that day. Some people heard the gospel for the first time and accepted Christ! =D

I also revisited San Jose 2 church. The sermon was about Luke 1:39-45, the friendship between Mary and Elizabeth. Pastor Hung said true spiritual friendships should have these components:

1. Both people fear God
2. Intentional Community: Mary hurried to Judea, a far journey, to meet Elizabeth after the angel spoke to her.
3. Filled with the Holy Spirit: when we come together, the spirit is clearly there.
4. Satisfies the Deepest Needs

I pray for these types of friendships, and I pray this Christmas season to bless others in this way.

Foodie: canh he dau hu, thit kho hot vit

Explosion, bursting, head
Slowly, quietly, seeping through
Any peace, solace, escape
I seek.

Help me Oh Lord.
I need you.
I am nothing. Without You.
Love me.

Categories: Bible, Personal Life

Jesus’ Wonderful Ministry

September 29, 2008 Leave a comment

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed; to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.”
— Luke 4:18–19

Categories: Bible

A Watchman

September 22, 2008 Leave a comment

At the end of seven days the word of the LORD came to me: Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; so hear the word I speak and give them warning from me. — Ezekiel 3:16-17

At church today, I learned that God calls us to be a watchman for His people. One meaning is that God is calling us to spread His gospel to those who do not know about it, who are going against His ways. To me, this also means, God calls us to be a watchman for our brothers and sisters in Christ and respond in love, patience, and humility of course. I had the opportunity to read it out loud in Vietnamese and English in front of the congregation. The outer preparation prepared my heart for what God wanted to say to me. To be a watchman — what a big responsibility and discipline that I feel somewhat lacking in lately. Partly due to move into a new community, partly due to my lack of heart and pro-activeness. It’s an area I need prayer on — to find and be a part of God’s community.

Other powerful word from the sermon:

Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. – 2 Timothy 4:2

Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn’t do it, sins. — James 4:17

Foodie 9/21: Pasta, fried rice, banh canh!

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