Sunday, December 30, 2007
It's good to get out of town for a while. It helps rejuvenate the Spirit in me. I've been so much more focused on God and His plans for my life, my family, His church and all those whom meet me at every crossroads of life. Today, we attended the Blue River Church of Christ in Lee's Summit and Darin Kennedy encouraged us to use the name of "Jesus" as often as you can throughout the rest of the new year of 2008. Say the name, "Jesus". Share the name, "Jesus". Show the name, "Jesus". He encourages us to read the book of John as often as we can. As he preached on, my heart was heavy for those in the East. I sense the Spirit may be trying to tell me to keep pressing on giving God the glory, the glory, the glory! Within the next couple of weeks, I'm going to be praying and praying to God that He will do whatever He can in His power to use me through the year of 2008! I ask that each of you lift me and my family up to the Lord in your daily prayer. Thanks!
Now, I'm keeping a close eye on the two candidates: Huckabee and Thompson. I read an article in Yahoo and was so thankful that Huckabee emphasizes the name God, Jesus and Christ. He quoted this which I'm now praying that the Lord will open this door of opportunity bringing Christ to the White House:
"I hope we answer the alarm clock and take this nation back for Christ."
Let's pray to God for our nation! Look at it now. It's a terrible mess!
If I don't write tomorrow, let me say this a night in advance, "Happy New Year, everyone! Let's do more for God during 2008, seriously!"
Thursday, December 27, 2007
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
Today, bring Jesus into your hearts and speak His Words from the Bible. Share this gift with others around you. Rejoice in the Lord for those who believe in Jesus have life everlasting with the Father.
Prayer: "Our God! We lift up to you our hands, our hearts, our lives! We give you our thanks for giving us your Son. We know you had this all planned out since the beginning of the world, since the fall of man and through the course of history. Your Son came. Your Son walked among the hurting, poor, broken, ignorant. Your Son bore the cross and died. Your Son was buried. Now, we rejoice that your Son has risen and will come again, soon! In Jesus' Name, we pray, Amen!"
Sunday, December 16, 2007
Based on Yahoo news:
"The previous No. 1 movie, New Line Cinema's fantasy "The Golden Compass," nose-dived in its second weekend, coming in third with $9 million, down a dismal 65 percent from its less-than-expected $25.8 million debut a week earlier.
"The Golden Compass," which cost $180 million to produce, has done $90 million so far overseas but has proven a dud domestically with just $41 million."
Satan is NOW bankrupt!!! :) Though, DVD sales will probably "barely" save them!
So much for Nicole Kidman. I don't think I'll watch any of her movies, seriously, even if she's in an Oscar nominating movie!!! But, hey, that's me! :)
Now, I am eager to see "I Am Legend!"!!!!
Friday, December 14, 2007
Thursday, December 13, 2007
"The safest road to Hell is the gradual one—the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts."
- C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters
- C.S. Lewis, A Grief Observed
Monday, December 10, 2007
While posting these pictures, I was singing a Zoe (www.zoegroup.org) song, "Let God Arise" using the lyrics:
Our God is a God who saves.....
Our God is a God who saves.....
Our God is a God who saves.....
Our God is a God who saves.....
Let God arise......
Let God arise......
Our God reigns now and forever,
He reigns now and forever,
Let God arise.....
Pray for the Thomas'! Welcome to the family! May the Lord be with them and bless them tremendously!!
Friday, December 07, 2007
Tuesday, December 04, 2007
Monday, December 03, 2007
I love this!!! It's filmed in Romania!! A subscriber of mine sent me a message and I started to browse through his videos. I'm glad I stumbled onto this one where Christians gave "Free Hugs"..
Noticed some people just simply pass by without a hug while many do open their arms to receive a hug given from a Christian! Awesome display of service!
Friday, November 30, 2007
I like the last one on this list, "WOO!!" Not only I encourage others to tag along with me in the vision I have for the glory of God but I enjoy being around people who loves God and enjoys growing in Him! Check this out!
Achiever: An achiever always wants to accomplish something, even on your days off you make lists!
Activator: You want to know when things are getting started. You are
impatient for action.
Adaptability: You live in the moment. You just adapt to any situation.
Analytical: The phrase “prove it” is a great phrase for you. You love facts.
Arranger: You are a conductor. You like figuring out the very best ways to get things done.
Belief: You have a very strong core belief and those beliefs help to guide all of the decisions that make you who you are. Basically, you have a strong
sense of faith in a way of life, a vision for the future, etc.
Command: You like to be in charge. You feel no discomfort calling the shots for a group of people.
Communication: You like to explain things, to describe things, to host, to speak in public or maybe even to write.
Competition: You love to win. You love the challenge that comes when
performing against an opponent.
Connectiveness: You believe that things happen for a reason. You are sure of it. You believe deeply that we are all connected to a greater purpose.
Context: You tend to look back in life. The reason you do this is because you that is where the answers lie…back in the past. So you tend to help the
present by understanding the past.
Deliberative: You are a very careful person. You tend to be private and you know that the world tends to be an unpredictable place.
Developer: You see the potential in others. Sometimes that’s all you see in other people. You can very easily overlook a lot, which is a beautiful quality.
Discipline: Your world needs to be ordered, planned, and predictable. You love routines.
Empathy: You can sense the emotion of those around you. You can feel what they are feeling as though they are your own feelings.
Fairness: Balance is important to you. You like to treat every person the same.
Focus: A question that you regularly ask is, “Where am I headed. You want to know the goal.
Futuristic: The future fascinates you.
Harmony: You look for areas of agreement. In your view, there is little to be gained from conflict. You love harmony. You love when everyone is
Ideation: You are fascinated by ideas. You just love ideas.
Inclusiveness: You are always stretching your relational circle wider. You want to include people and make them feel a part of the group.
Individualization: You are intrigued by the unique qualities of each person.
Input: You are inquisitive. You may like to collect things or information like words, facts, books, or quotes.
Intellection: You like to think. You love mental activity.
Learner: You are energized by the steady and deliberate journey from
ignorance to competence.
Maximizer: You are looking for excellence not average. You look to transform something that is already strong into something that is superb.
Positivity: You are generous with praise, quick to smile and always on the look out for the positive in the situation.
Relater: This describes your attitude toward relationships. You are drawn more to people you know and you tend to feel deep, close relationships. You have a really strong circle of friends.
Responsibility: You take psychological ownership for anything that you commit to; whether large or small you feel emotionally bound to complete it.
Restorative: You love to solve problems. You enjoy the challenge of analyzing the symptoms, identifying what’s wrong and finding the solution.
Self-assurance: You are confident about you. You know that you are able to take risks, able to meet new challenges, and able to stake new claims and,
most important, able to deliver.
Significance: You have a deep desire to be heard and recognized.
You want to stand out.
Strategic: A distinct way of thinking. You can see patterns in situations where
as others simply see complexity.
WOO (winning others over): You enjoy the challenge of meeting new people and getting them to like you. Strangers are rarely intimidated by you. In fact, they are often energized around you.
Friday, November 16, 2007
1. We'll enter our 9th year serving the Lord here at Fairfax!!
2. It's 8 years after the Y2K scare.
3. It will be 7 years after the 9/11 disaster.
4. Fairfax Deaf Ministry sent 2 deaf families to Sunset International Bible Institute (SIBI; www.sibi.cc)
Many great blessings have happened during the year of 2007. A very special thanks to our elders and the congregation for allowing us to enhance the deaf worship room adding to 50" LCD televisions and getting rid of the big 32 inch television that hogs over the middle of the congregants. Now, we have a computer monitor on the pulpit stand.
As the sand in 2007 Hour Glass grains down, we have two wonderful events to close out the year. Tomorrow is the ASLexpo where thousands of deaf will be in Frederick, MD to greet one another, learn what is available in the ASL world and have fun! We have a booth and it's in 14A, section 212. Look for us. The second and final event will be our annual Christmas banquet. We have invited a few whom have not committed their lives to the Lord.
Of course, you know that our goal for the Lord is to bring each and every soul to Jesus. It is our prayer that we will bring 10 more souls to Christ next year. This may appear unrealistic but with the Lord, anything is possible. We live among people who have became so entwined with time and materialism. Every Christian must daily repent of their sins. It would be good to get down on your knees and pray to the Lord asking for His forgiveness. 1 John 1:7 states that as we walk in the light, he is in the light, the blood of Jesus covers our everyday sins. Here are a couple of things we ought to do:
1. Commit to weekly deaf worship services and bible studies (Sundays and Wednesdays)
2. Read the Bible daily for 15 minutes.
3. Reach out to one soul (friend, co-worker, boss or family) and bring them to Jesus.
4. Invite a friend over for dinner.
5. Invite a fellow Christian (single or couple or family) for dinner.
6. Develop a ministry that gives God the glory.
7. Be an example of Jesus.
8. Avoid following bad examples/bad habits of others (warn them of their lacking).
9. Consider what you, as a Christian, can do better than the year before.
10. Glorify God in all you do for Him!
You know what?? If you have read this, it is easy to move on with life without even thinking what you can do for the Lord. That's exactly what Satan wants you to do. He wants you to live a compartmentalize life. He wants you to be busy for him and for the world. When that happens, self and souls are neglected. The glory isn't given to God but to yourselves.
Now, I pray that we will turn to the Lord and pour our hearts out! Take a moment right now and ask what the Lord wants you to do and what you can do for the Lord!
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Monday, November 12, 2007
Yes! Twelve million minutes during your life time is spent doing what?? Let's look at this breakdown:
Most of us live a "three-score-and-ten-year life span", we're given 36 million minutes!
1/3 of that 36 million (12 million minutes) are spent sleeping (roughly 8 hours a night in bed)
1/3 of that 36 million (another 12 million minutes) are spent working (roughly 8 hours a day at work)
Now, we're left with another third, another 12 million minutes. What do we call this? Most people in the world properly call this remaining 12 million minutes, "Our Own Time". It's a time to do as we please. It's a time that is "disposable". OUCH!
Doesn't that make you think? 12 million minutes doesn't sound a lot! Think about what God want you to do with those minutes. The first 12 million in bed is a good way to recuperate, the R&R period preparing you for the other 24 million minutes out in the field that's ripe for harvest. What do you do with the 12 million minutes at work? What do you do with the 12 million minutes of your "free time"?
"You don't know what will happen tomorrow! Your life is like a fog. You can see it for a short time, but then it goes away." James 4:14 (erv)
Wednesday, November 07, 2007
This Sunday, we're going to learn a whole lot more about Rahab, the spies, the stronghold and fall of Jericho in the book of Joshua. We can learn a whole lot about this history that was done a couple thousand years ago.
What is your Bible hero and why? Send me your comments.
Lord, Be Praised!!!
Thursday, November 01, 2007
Check out SNOPES for the validity of this "rumors". It is true!!
Pray for those souls who made this movie possible, the writers, directors, actors, actresses, crews...
Monday, October 29, 2007
Mike's lessons on "Dressed To Kill" was superb. We learned a few things surrounding the "Armor of God" based on Ephesians 6:10-17. The theme of this year's DBOB was centered around Romans 13:11-12.
Here are some pictures recapping the DBOB Retreat at Camp Wamava. Events includes "Who Am I? game", "Mallo'WAR'", "Tug-O'-War", "Being Wise Men (shaving cream) based on Prov. 16:31, "Gray hair is a crown of splendor, it is attained by a righteous life.", Mike's lesson, Bringing Our Struggles to the cross, bonfire (singing, confessing, burning our "temptations written on black paper") and many more! It was a great and uplifting weekend! I'm already ready for next year's DBOB retreat!!! Enjoy!!
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
It seems like we're never let down during this October month. It's all non-stop from Zoe conference to our daughter's birthday to a Block Party at the church to chaperoning 50 some 4th through 6th graders to visiting deaf families to preparing for a Christmas movie. Now, this weekend, the deaf men are retreating to Camp Wamava for the Second Annual Deaf Band of Brothers retreat!! It's fun to be busy for the Lord. I need to listen to my body. It does need more rest!
I was listening to one of Zoe's new song, "To The Least of These".. It's a great song! I mean that this song spoke to my heart. Here's the song:
Give us a heart for the hopeless,
the weary and wounded,
For all who are hungry,
helpless and poor.
Let us see the sorrow,
and the heartache
that all the abandoned endure.
To the last,
to the lost,
to the least of these,
Let us be Jesus today.
May we reach out to the broken,
the beaten, the battered.
To all who have fallen,
disgraced and ashamed,
May we be a comfort,
and offering grace
in Your Name.
To the last,
to the lost,
to the least of these,
Let us be Jesus today.
Touching song, right? Do you know anyone that is hurting, beaten, battered, disgraced, ashamed, in sorrow, abandoned, fallen and broken hearted? Jesus shared a story about those who show love and those who don't. In Matthew 25:35-41, Jesus clearly portrayed two different people. I encourage you to read this passage. Matthew 25:40, "..I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me."
We have a deaf family in great, great, great need of our help. We're one of the first deaf congregation to respond to their cry for help. It's a beautiful family of four. The husband had a very serious health crisis this past August. He ruptured his esophagus and it has a hole in it. He almost died. He's a graduate from Arizona School for the Deaf and Blind and now a teacher for a public school in Maryland. He's now bedridden until December before he returns to the hospital for diagnosis to determine whether his ruptured esophagus has healed or requires extensive reconstructive surgery. He has a "mile-long" scar on his side. He also has an opening on the side of his neck to allow fluids to drain from there. He has a feeding tube running from the bottle into his stomach. He has not eaten anything since August. He said he loves and craves for a smoothie from his mouth down into his stomach. But now, he can't.
The downside of all this is that the medicinal food that's feeding into his stomach costs $250 a bottle. It's not a big bottle. So they are needing $2750 a month from now until the middle of December when he sees his doctor for decision whether his esophagus has healed or not. Not only this, his wife quit her job to spend 24/7 beside her husband. She had to send her 3 year old daughter to be with her grandmother in NY. Her 7 year old is with them. His insurance isn't covering for this medicinal food because it's categorized as "food". It's a long story and one of our benevolence ministry leader is working hard trying to find an open door for this family. Dennis Cesone and I were glad to see them last Saturday afternoon.
So far, we have two deaf churches in the state of Virginia: First Baptist Church of Alexandria (deaf) and West Hampton Deaf Baptist (Hampton, VA) working to help this family in need. We're asking for the following:
1. Safeway gift card (send to Fairfax Church of Christ) or donate food items
2. If you would like to donate $, please contact me at email@example.com.
Also, remember that there are deaf souls in prisons throughout the United States. They need to see Jesus, too!
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Michelle got flowers (it's for me, too) ;) and we got a token, I mean, a huge token of appreciation for our love and service to the deaf community. Two night stay at a Middleburg Country Inn (it's a bed and breakfast).. In the picture below is one of several rooms (and a jacuzzi).. ;)
We were extremely OVERWHELMED with such a generous love offering from the deaf church. So Michelle and I quickly made reservations for our nice and quiet get-away. It will be a much needed time together!! We'll need a fireplace crackling and a couple of comforters to snuggle in during our two night stay.. Just tonight, I made reservations reserving a table for two lovebirds at "The French Hound" restaurant.
To all my brothers and sisters in Christ at Fairfax and from the bottom of our heart, soul, mind and strength, we give you our love and thanks for this love offering! We will never forget it!
Tuesday, October 09, 2007
Tonight, we had a great time together as family.. Despite the estimate on our car repairs (tires and alignment), getting another hefty estimate on our daughter's dental plans (the one that fell exactly 4 years ago losing root and tooth and 48 stitches), we did two great things to lessen the mental burden of future financial matters: seeing Rachel Williams' newborn baby girl, Jordyn Mitsou Williams, born sometimes around 5:41 p.m. today on our daughter's tenth birthday (congrats go to Steve and Melanie Williams, proud new grandparents of Jordyn) and watching the movie, "Evan Almighty" together as family!!
I was singing Zoe's new song, "Everlasting God", most of the day today. I love the lyrics that reads:
"Strength will rise as we wait upon the Lord,
wait upon the Lord, we will wait upon the Lord."
This gave me a strong reminder that we must remain strong in the Lord as we wait for His good will to unfold in our daily lives and as we see the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, soon!.
I was watching this movie, "Evan Almighty", a must-see, Lowenstein Movie Buff five-star rating!! It made me think of how Noah and his family had to endure 120 years of mocking by those living around Noah. Remember, it never rained where they lived (possible). Genesis 2:5 quotes that God had not sent rain and plants/food grows from the streams from the ground.
I feel for Noah! He was a righteous man before the eyes of God! I receive my share of mocking, too, for preaching His Holy and Everlasting Word. Like God called Noah to build the Ark, God called me to build on His Kingdom bringing lost and hurting souls to Jesus.
At the end, Evan was calling people to come into the Ark to avoid destruction of their lives. Remember, this was filmed last year, 2006 or so. I'm not saying that this is the "truth". This is just an analogy. Something, destructive, was about to unfold. Yet, the town, neighbors, news reporters, police officers, politicians and friends continue to mock and belittle Evan. At first, he didn't understand what God has in mind.
I'm not going to tell you how this story ended. See the movie for yourselves. I can relate a whole lot to Evan, better a truthful and a man of God, Noah! Warnings that I preach from the Bible are often unseen because people closed their eyes and look away. They do not want to hear (see) it. Or, it reached a "hard heart" because the teachings were too tough to accept.
My question is, as you watch the movie (for the sake of analogy), are you one of the people on the ground or are you a part of Noah's (Evan's) family in and on the Ark?
"While people are saying, "Peace and safety," destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape." 1 Thessalonians 5:3 (niv)
Also, I'm eager to bring how we worship God into the next level. In the passage, John 4:24, "God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth." We are to draw to God with a true heart; not a superficial heart. In the next few Sundays, we're expecting to change the way we worship, yet worship God in spirit and truth.
Enjoy these pictures!
Thursday, October 04, 2007
Monday, September 24, 2007
"If anyone does not listen to my words that the prophet speaks in my name, I myself will call him to account." Deuteronomy 18:19 (niv & bold mine)
I was told that people tell those who attend Fairfax Church of Christ Deaf Ministry that they do not like what I preach, they do not like my sermons, they do not like how I present them, they do not like how the message steps on their toes, and many other lines.
And you know what I did? I laughed. Seriously! I laughed. I can say, "Ok, so be it." Or "I am very sorry you feel that way." Or I could say, "You don't like how God speaks to your heart?" Of course, it's NOT my words that I'm preaching. It's His! Though, maybe my style isn't theirs which is fine. They may be looking for an entertaining preacher. I may be one but I don't entertain people, I do these for the glory of God.
This past Saturday, my family and I attended a revival at McLean Bible Church. Some of you may be shocked beyond oblivion that a "Church of Christ" preacher would dare step his foot inside any denominational building. It didn't bother me. Jesus went into the presence of sinners. Paul went into the presence of the Jews in synagogues. I was glad to be part of the fellowship at MBC. A couple of members were a bit uncomfortable having us around but a very few of them really enjoyed our presence. We shared our hearts with those who loves the Lord, not those who acts like "Pharisees" passing condemning words or questions at us. I felt like "Jesus" entering Jerusalem where all the Pharisees bark out hollow and deceptive words/questions (Col. 2:8) at me. Even one of them accused me (secretly with a fellow brother of mine) that I'm a cult leader of the church of Christ. Of course, I say, "Oh, please! Me, a cult leader!? Ha! Never in my life!" LOL!
Nevertheless, I did enjoyed David Hansen's messages on "How to study the Bible?" and reviewing the life of Abraham, Moses, John with an emphasis on our faith with God! I thanked God for David. And do you know why? There are too few ministers, preachers and "pastors" (I'm not going to get into any doctrinal discussions on this but you know what I mean here..) for the deaf giving up their lives, their hearts, their times to serve the Lord bringing deaf souls to Jesus! David's style is different. But that's God's work, not mine. Jose Abenchuchan's style is different. Joe Kaplan's style is different. Andy Deuschle's style is different. Or, better yet, we say, "a unique servant design by God!"
You don't like my sermons, messages, lessons??? That's ok.. Worst yet, you're not listening to God...
"As for the person who hears my words but does not keep them, I do not judge him. For I did not come to judge the world, but to save it. There is a judge for the one who rejects me and does not accept my words; that very word which I spoke will condemn him at the last day." John 12:47-48 (niv)
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
VERSE: This is what the LORD says to the house of Israel: "Seek me and live; do not seek Bethel, do not go to Gilgal, do not journey to Beersheba." -- Amos 5:4-5
THOUGHT: Do you "go to church"? I hope not! Now don't get me wrong; I'm not advocating you skip worship and fellowship this Sunday! We're told not to forsake gathering together as believers (Hebrews 10:25). But when we assemble as a body of believers, we're gathering together for encouragement and meeting with God.
We're not GOING to church; we ARE the church! (The New Testament never used the word church to refer to a building!) God warned his people in Old Testament times that simply going to the places of worship was worthless.
Instead, they needed to seek him! I believe that is exactly what God would have us do. And as we seek him together, we get to share fellowship, comfort, and encouragement with each other.
Monday, September 17, 2007
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
"The reason why many are still troubled, still seeking, still making little forward progress is because they haven’t yet come to the end of themselves. We’re still trying to give orders, and interfering with God's work within us."
Which are you?
1. Still under construction (Hebrews 5:13-14; 6:1)
2. A work of God in progress
"I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me." Galatians 5:22-23 (niv)
Wednesday, September 05, 2007
It is September already!! Hard to believe, huh?? The older we get, the faster the time! And you're just this much closer to.... ETERNITY!!
I recall posting Mary Southerland's article on, "Sandpaper People" and I stumbled upon another article reflecting Mary's article. If I may be blunt, while reading this article, I thought of many people I minister to are in the "Sandpaper People" category. Of course, I'm not going to name names here. My reason isn't to tear these people down but to build them up, to open their hearts, to see the truth, to admit their sins and flaws, to confess Jesus, to move from the "Sandpaper People Category", to become fruitful, to be the shining light of God, to be the salt of the earth, to be respected because you respect others.
Please pray before reading this article. Ask yourself if you have the tendency to "rub your peers the wrong way".. Ask others for their honest opinion how they perceive you. This article hits dead center in the heart!
Here's a couple of scenario why people becomes sandpaper people:
1. This individual may be broken inside.
2. He/she continues to be a prisoner of the lie.
3. They cover a wound that has never been healed.
4. They remember a wrong that's never forgiven.
5. A hideous sin that's never been confronted or confessed.
Here's two different possibilities that we can get out of "sandpaper people":
1. Am I going to allow the constant rub of my sandpaper person to cause me to scream?
2. Will I let God use the situation to polish me into the shining image of Jesus?
Great article! May the Lord guide us all into repentance from our sins!!
Monday, September 03, 2007
Our dear friends, Robbie and Nathalie, in Port Saint Lucie...
The Lowenstein's @ the beach...
Amanda with her MAGIC hat...
Angela with her MAGIC hat...
Alyson with her MAGIC hat...
Posing with the infamous Goofy...
At the entrance of Animal Kingdom...
At the entrance of Magic Kingdom...