Archive for January 2007

God is Light

7 January 2007

“The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined.” Isaiah 9:2, KJV.
“The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up.” Matthew 4:16, KJV.
“The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.” 2 Corinthians 4:4, NIV.

During a recent rainstorm, the lights went out. My children in the other room screamed out in fear. We rushed in to comfort them. In the corner of the room, the emergency light shone out brightly, pushing away the darkness.

Light dispels darkness. But even before that, we need to ask God to open their eyes and remove their spiritual blindness. Just as God blinded the eyes of the Jews to the Lord Jesus because of their unbelief (Jn 12:40), God can just as easily open their eyes to see the Truth of the Gospel.

“Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law.” Psalms 119:18, KJV.

Praying for My Loved One:

Dearest Almighty God, please open the mind of __________________ so that he/she can see Your Glory. Please cure his/her spiritual blindness that he/she may begin to see and understand Your Word so that one day, he/she will be able to make a conscious decision to know the Lord Jesus Christ.

Suggested Resources for further study:

1 John 1:1-7

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Time is short, Thank God anyway.

6 January 2007
  1. I’ve so much wanted to record the events of the last 2 weeks of December in greater detail but time has been a short commodity.  However, Thank God for David and Nelson who were here even for just a short time.  Nelson started a blog detailing their time here and we’re grateful for their contribution.  Check out what happened while they were here and also the birthing days of the Lighthouse.
  2. We had a church committee meeting on Wednesday.  We worked on the bulletin, talked about the worship order, the duty roster for the month, talked about our theme verse, details for the church signage and prayed.  Thank God for enthusiasm of the young people.
  3. Pat,  Nathaniel and Christy are sick.  We are fighting to get healthy.  Gade is also down.  We need God’s mercies for the long haul.
  4. Last night was the first time since Christy slept through the night since November.  Praise the Lord.  Last night, we prayed as a family asking for God’s Protection and praying that God would nullify the works of the devil in our family.
  5. Praise the Lord that Apple’s mom plans to come again this week.  She apparently was quite touched by the love, care and concern showed to them during the loss of her husband.

We had a good Thanksgiving and Prayer Service

4 January 2007

Gade couldn’t sleep the night before. He was so excited. Overall, it was a good service. Gade lead the service, Nathaniel played the piano and preached. Koi tried to play the guitar but it was out of tune even though it had been tuned the evening before. Ying collected the offering. Koi ordered food. Pat kept the kids occupied.  Flowers came from P’Ploy.

A couple gaffes that proved to be funny from hindsight but didn’t seem so funny back then.  Scripture responsive reading to Gade meant reading verse 1 in Thai and then in English.  Scripture responsive reading to Nathaniel meant verse  1 in Thai and then verse 2 in English.  Gade starting reading from Psalm 118.  Nathaniel heard it as Psalm 108.  That’s how the service started.

Koi ordered food.  She was directed to order fried rice and eggs.  She decided to be creative and ordered a variety.  What we didn’t know was that the food other than the fried rice would be so hot.  Next time, we have to make sure the food is not so spicy.

Overall, it was a good service.  God was present.  Apple, her mom and younger sister came.  We are praying for both mom and sister’s salvation.  Gina was there though Angkhana didn’t make it because her husband was in ICU.  We’re praying for John, Angkhana and Gina’s salvation.  Took and her daughter Oa came.  They seem to want to stay.

A satisfying but tiring day.