Thursday, July 31, 2008

Committing to Each Other

A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.

Proverbs 18:24 (NIV)

Truth teaches that the quality of our friendships is more important than the quantity. We don’t need a lot of friends in this life, but we do need a few good ones.

By moving beyond superficial acquaintance with specific Jesus-ones, we become friends who are closer than family (Proverbs 18:24).

This requires considerably more commitment than our standard “to each his own” approach to getting along. Instead, we agree there will be “none of this going off and doing your own thing” (Colossians 3:15 MSG).

We see each other as individuals, unique creations of God and vessels of God’s grace. We “develop a healthy, robust community that lives right with God and enjoy its results” when we “do the hard work of getting along with each other, treating each other with dignity and honor” (James 3:18 MSG).

Although this describes what a family should be, it’s a stone, cold fact that many people find closer relationships among friends than their blood relatives. But there is a different type of blood relative, sisters and brothers who are grafted together through the blood of Jesus Christ.

His power within us gives us the ability to become companions who stick together closer than a brother, or sister.....Jon Walker

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Jesus Prays for You

“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message . . .”

John 17:20 (NIV)

During the Last Supper, Jesus prayed for himself and then he prayed for the disciples. And then, with the hour of his death approaching, he took time to pray for you. He prayed for all those who would believe through the ministry of the disciples, and that means you.

This is what he told God:

“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.

“I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one: I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.

“Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world” (John 17:20-24 NIV).

Jesus prays for you still. “Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them” (Hebrews 7:25 NIV).

Jesus wants you with him. “Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory . . .” (John 17:24 NIV).....Jon Walker

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

God-Love Walks on Water

We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love our brothers. Anyone who does not love remains in death.

1 John 3:14 (NIV)

Our love for one another is the fruit, not the root, of our relationship with God. John, the disciple whom Jesus loved, taught that our love for others emerges from our relationship with God; that anyone born of God who knows God will love with the love of God (1 John 4:7, based on NLT).

In a sense, the process of sanctification – our movement toward becoming portraits of Jesus – involves God-Love cleaning the clutter we’ve hidden in the cupboards and corners of our being. The Eternal Lover moves with deliberation through the grit and grime of our sin. He throws open the shades and wipes down the windows of our souls until we “shine like stars in the universe” (Philippians 2:15 NIV).

As God scrubs our insides with the cleansing blood of Jesus Christ, we pass from “death to life” (1 John 3:14). We are transformed from people who are selective in who and how we love into people energized by God’s spirit to love one another abundantly and unconditionally.

It takes faith to love another with the God-Love flowing into us. Like Peter, we step or swim when we keep our eyes on Jesus and not the stormy waves of human emotions. Human love fears the water; God-Love walks across the waves with such confidence and grace that the storm is quelled.

Love starts with God. God loved you first, and your ability to love others comes from your connection with God. God loved you; now, you love others, and that allows others to see God in you (1 John 4:11-12 NIV).

Love proves Jesus-life. When you love others abundantly and unconditionally, you prove you’ve passed from death to Jesus-life. It proves you’re now alive and connected to Jesus through the Holy Spirit (1 John 3:14)......Jon Walker

Monday, July 28, 2008

A Better Place to Be

Seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.

Jeremiah 29:7 (NIV)

Have you ever been somewhere you didn’t want to be? Maybe it was a job, a town, or a marriage. Maybe it was a stage in life, like singlehood, or a state in life, like a disability. It’s very possible that as you read this, you’re wishing you were somewhere else – anywhere else – living a different life, but you know it’s not likely that anything is going to change any time soon.

God has a word for you. It’s the same word he gave a group of people when they were stuck in another country, exiled from their homeland. They’d folded their arms and said, “We’re going to wait this thing out, and when we get home, we’ll start living our lives.”

Through the prophet Jeremiah, God told them, “You’re not going home any time soon, so start making your lives here. Plant gardens, buy homes, let your children get married, and pray for the peace and prosperity of the place where you’re currently living because, by doing that, you too will be blessed with peace and prosperity” (Jeremiah 29:5-7).

Don’t invest your energy in hopes of leaving; instead invest your energy in the people around you. Don’t be physically present but mentally somewhere else, thinking of the future or the past, thinking of someplace else. Our journey with Jesus requires we be fully present in the present.

You may feel like you’re in exile too, but God is still working in your life; and his message to you is: Dig in and fully embrace the life around you....Jon Walker

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Bowling A Googley

Read: I Peter 4 : 12 - 19

Do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, .... but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ's sufferings.
I Peter 4:12-13

George Bernard Shaw once said, " England and America are two countries separated by a common language." An example from the world of sports demonstrates his point.

As a lifelong baseball fan, I'm familiar with the term curveball. It's a ball thrown by the pitcher in such a way that it changes direction, fooling the opponent. In cricket, the strategy is similar but the word is very different. The bowler ( pitcher) tries to overcome the batsman by "bowling a googley" (pitching a curveball).

Though games and cultures differ, the concept of the curveball portrays a reality familiar in any language. Life is full of times when we are unsuspectingly " bowled a googley," and we find ourselves overwhelmed. In those moments of fear and confusion, it's comforting to know we have a God who is sufficient for any challenge.

Trials are to be expected ( I Peter 4 : 12). Yet we may well be shoucked by the circumstances facing us. But God is never surprised! He permits our trials, and He can enable us to respond to them in a way that honors Him.

When we suffer, we must "commit (our) souls to Him in doing good," wrote Peter (v. 19). In God's strength, we can face life's most troublesome curveballs. Bill Crowder

Nothing surprises God.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Becoming Like Jesus Is a Slow Process

This will continue until we are . . . mature, just as Christ is, and we will be completely like him.

Ephesians 4:13 (CEV)

Becoming like Christ is a long, slow process of growth. Spiritual maturity is neither instant nor automatic; it is a gradual, progressive development that will take the rest of your life.

Referring to this process, Paul said, “This will continue until we are . . . mature, just as Christ is, and we will be completely like him” (Ephesians 4:13 CEV).

You are a work in progress. Your spiritual transformation in developing the character of Jesus will take the rest of your life, and even then it won’t be completed here on earth. It will only be finished when you get to heaven or when Jesus returns.

At that point, whatever unfinished work on your character is left will be wrapped up. The Bible says that when we are finally able to see Jesus perfectly, we will become perfectly like him: “We can’t even imagine what we will be like when Christ returns. But we do know that when he comes we will be like him, for we will see him as he really is” (1 John 3:2 NLT).

Much confusion in the Christian life comes from ignoring the simple truth that God is far more interested in building your character than he is anything else. We worry when God seems silent on specific issues such as “What career should I choose?”

The truth is, there are many different careers that could be in God’s will for your life. What God cares about most is that whatever you do, you do in a Christlike manner (1 Corinthians 10:31; 1 Corinthians 16:14; Colossians 3:17, 23).

God is far more interested in who you are than in what you do. We are human beings, not human doings. God is much more concerned about your character than your career, because you will take your character into eternity, but not your career.

The Bible warns, “Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. . . . Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you” (Romans 12:2 MSG).

You must make a counterculture decision to focus on becoming more like Jesus. Otherwise, other forces like peers, parents, co-workers, and culture will try to mold you into their image.

Sadly, a quick review of many popular Christian books reveals that many believers have abandoned living for God’s great purposes and settled for personal fulfillment and emotional stability. That is narcissism, not discipleship.

Jesus did not die on the cross just so we could live comfortable, well-adjusted lives. His purpose is far deeper: he wants to make us like himself before he takes us to heaven. This is our greatest privilege, our immediate responsibility, and our ultimate destiny......Rick Warren

Thursday, July 24, 2008


သူငယ္၏ အဘသည္ ခ်က္ျခင္းဟစ္ေၾကာ္၍ အကၽြန္ုပ္ ယံုၾကည္ပါ၏သခင္၊ မယံုၾကည္သည္ကို မစေတာ္မူပါဟု မ်က္ရည္နွင့္ေလွ်ာက္ျပန္ေလ၏။
ရွင္မာကု ခရစ္ဝင္ ၉ း ၂၄

အကၽြန္ုပ္၏ ယံုၾကည္မႈ႕ တရပ္နဲ႕ ဘဝကိုရင္ဆိုင္ ျဖတ္သန္းေနခ်ိန္ ကုိယ္ေတာ္ရွင္ဘုရား မပါဘဲ အကၽြန္ုပ္ အသက္ရွင္မရ၊ ကိုယ္ေတာ္မွတပါး၊ အျခားမရွိ၊ အကၽြန္ုပ္၏ ခိုလႈံရာ ျဖစ္ေၾကာင္းကို သိေစေတာ္မူေသာ္ေၾကာင့္ ေက်းဇူးေတာ္ကိုခ်ီးမြမ္းပါ၏။ ကိုယ္ေတာ္ရွင္ဘုရားသည္ ဂတိသစၥာေတာ္နွင့္ျပည့္စံုေသာ ဘုရား ျဖစ္ပါ၏။ အကၽြန္ုပ္၏ ဇာတိပဂတိ အားျဖင့္ အရာရာကို အကၽြနု္ပ္သည္ စိုးရိမ္ပူပန္လွ်က္ရွိပါ၏။ အကၽြန္ုပ္၏ နုတ္ထြက္စကား၊ အလုပ္အကိုင္၊ ရာထူး၊ ေငြေၾကး အားလံုးတြက္ပူပန္ေနရတတ္ပါ၏။ ကိုယ္ေတာ္ရွင္ဘုရား အကၽြန္ုပ္အတူရွိေတာ္မူ၍ စိတ္၏ျငိမ္သက္ျခင္း၊ ကိုယ္၏က်န္းမာျခင္း၊ စည္းစိမ္သုခခ်မ္းသာျပည့္စံု၍ ကိုယ္ေတာ္ကို ပိုမိုယံုၾကည္လွ်က္ အသက္ရွင္နိုင္ေသာခြင့္ ေပးသနားေတာ္မူပါ။

အကၽြန္ုပ္၏ သံသယ အေတြးမ်ားကို ပယ္ဖ်က္ျပီး၊ ကိုယ္ေတာ္ရွင္ထံ ခ်ဥ္းကပ္နိုင္ေသာ ျပည့္ဝေသာ ယံုၾကည္ျခင္းကိုေပးသနားမူပါဘုရား။ ။ အာမင္

Molded into Godly Character

Put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.

Ephesians 4:24 (NIV)

As I mentioned yesterday, your character is essentially the sum of your habits; it is how you habitually act. The Bible says, “Put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness” (Ephesians 4:24 NIV).

God uses his Word, people, and circumstances to mold us. All three are indispensable for character development. God’s Word provides the truth we need to grow, God’s people provide the support we need to grow, and circumstances provide the environment to practice Christlikeness.

If you study and apply God’s Word, connect regularly with other believers, and learn to trust God in difficult circumstances, I guarantee you will become more like Jesus.

Many people assume all that is needed for spiritual growth is Bible study and prayer. But some issues in life will never be changed by Bible study or prayer alone. God uses people. He usually prefers to work through people rather than perform miracles, so that we will depend on each other for fellowship. He wants us to grow together.

In many religions, the people considered to be the most spiritually mature and holy are those who isolate themselves from others in mountaintop monasteries, uninfected by contact with other people.

But this is a gross misunderstanding. Spiritual maturity is not a solitary, individual pursuit!

You cannot grow to Christlikeness in isolation. You must be around other people and interact with them. You need to be a part of a church and community.

Why? Because true spiritual maturity is all about learning to love like Jesus, and you can’t practice being like Jesus without being in relationship with other people.

Remember, it’s all about love – loving God and loving others.....Rick Warren

Wednesday, July 23, 2008


အိုဘုရားသခင္ အကၽြနု္ပ္ ေအာ္ဟစ္ျခင္းကို နားေထာင္၍
အကၽြနု္ပ္၏ ပဌာနာစကားကုိ မွတ္ေတာ္မူပါ။

ဆာလံက်မ္း ၆၁ း ၁

တခါတရံ အကၽြနု္ပ္ေျပာေသာ စကားတို႕သည္ တေနကုန္ေျပာေနေသာျငား နားေထာင္ေပးေသာသူ မရွိသကဲ့သို႕ ျဖစ္ေနပါ၏။ ထိုသို႕ေသာေန႕မ်ားသည္ အကၽြနု္ပ္၏ေမွ်ာ္လင့္ျခင္း၊ ဘဝ၏ရည္မွန္းခ်က္မ်ား ေပ်ာက္ဆံုးေစပါ၍ ကမာၻေလာကနွင့္ အဆက္အသြယ္ပ်က္သကဲ့သို႕ ခံစားရပါ၏။ ဤေန႕သည္ထိုကဲ့သို႕ေသာေန႕ ျဖစ္ပါ၏။ အကၽြန္ုပ္ကိုယ္ေတာ္ရွင္ဘုရားကို တေနလံုး မရပ္မနားေခၚေသာျငားလည္း ထူးမည့္သူ မရွိသကဲ့သို႕တည္း။ ထာဝရဘုရား ကိုယ္ေတာ္၏ ခ်စ္ျခင္းေမတၱာ နွလံုးသားကို အကၽြနု္ပ္ထံသို႕ မ်က္နွာမူေစ၍ ကိုယ္ေတာ္၏ နားေတာ္ အကၽြနု္ပ္ထံသို႕ လွည့္ေစ၍ အကၽြနု္ပ္ ဆုေတာင္းသံမ်ား၊ ကိုယ္ေတာ္ထံ တိုးတိုးညည္းဆို အေတြး၊ ေလသံမ်ားကို နားေညာင္းေတာ္မူေစပါ။

အကၽြန္ုပ္ ကိုယ္ေတာ္ထံပါး ခိုဝင္လွ်က္၊ ေတာင္းေလွ်ာက္ေသာအခါ၌ မိမိကိုယ္ကို သိေစေတာ္မူပါ။ အကၽြန္ုပ္၏ ရည္မွန္းခ်က္မ်ားကို ထင္ရွားေစေသာမူပါ။ အကၽြန္ုပ္၏ ေတာင္းေလွ်ာက္သံမ်ားကို နားေညာင္းေတာ္မူလွ်က္ ေကာင္းခ်ီးေပးေတာ္မူပါ။ ကိုယ္ေတာ္ကို တိုင္တည္လွ်က္ေတာင္းေလွ်ာက္ပါ၏။ ။ အာမင္

Cooperating with the Holy Spirit

Throughout the Bible we see an important truth illustrated over and over: the Holy Spirit releases his power the moment you take a step of faith.

When Joshua was faced with an impassible barrier, the floodwaters of the Jordan River receded only after the leaders stepped into the rushing current in obedience and faith. Obedience unlocks God’s power.

God waits for you to act first. Don’t wait to feel powerful or confident. Move ahead in your weakness, doing the right thing in spite of your fears and feelings. This is how you cooperate with the Holy Spirit, and it is how your character develops.

The Bible compares spiritual growth to a seed, a building, and a child growing up. Each metaphor requires active participation: seeds must be planted and cultivated, buildings must be built – they don’t just appear – and children must eat and exercise to grow.

While effort has nothing to do with your salvation, it has much to do with your spiritual growth. At least eight times in the New Testament we are told to “make every effort” in our growth toward becoming like Jesus (Luke 13:24 NIV; Romans 14:19 NIV; Ephesians 4:3 NIV; 2 Timothy 2:15 NCV; Hebrews 4:11 NIV; Hebrews 12:14 NIV; 2 Peter 3:14 NIV).

You don’t just sit around and wait for it to happen.

Paul explains in Ephesians 4:22-24 our three responsibilities in becoming like Christ.

First, we must choose to let go of old ways of acting. “Everything . . . connected with that old way of life has to go. It’s rotten through and through. Get rid of it!” (Ephesians 4:22 MSG).

Second, we must change the way we think. “Let the Spirit change your way of thinking” (Ephesians 4:23 CEV). The Bible says we are “transformed” by the renewing of our minds (Romans 12:2).

The Greek word for transformed, metamorphosis (used in Romans 12:2 and 2 Corinthians 3:18), is used today to describe the amazing change a caterpillar goes through in becoming a butterfly. It is a beautiful picture of what happens to us spiritually when we allow God to direct our thoughts: we are changed from the inside out, we become more beautiful, and we are set free to soar to new heights.

Third, we must put on the character of Christ by developing new, godly habits. Your character is essentially the sum of your habits; it is how you habitually act. The Bible says, “Put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness” (Ephesians 4:24 NIV).....Rick Warren

Tuesday, July 22, 2008


ေရွ႕ေတာ္ ၌ သီခ်င္းဆိုေသာ အခါ၊ ရႊင္လန္းေသာ ႏႈတ္ရွိပါလိမ့္မည္။ ေရြးေတာ္မူေသာ အကၽြန္ုပ္၏ ဝိညာဥ္လည္းရႊင္လန္းပါလိမ့္မည္။ အကၽြန္ုပ္၏ လွ်ာသည္လည္း ေျဖာင့္မတ္ေတာ္မူျခင္းတရားကို အစဥ္ျမြက္ဆိုပါလိမ့္မည္။
ဆာလံက်မ္း ၇၁ း ၂၃

ကၽြန္ုပ္၏ သူငယ္ခ်င္းၾကား၊ လုပ္ေဖာ္ကိုင္ဖက္ၾကား၊ ကေလးသူငယ္ၾကား၊ ကၽြနု္ပ္ကိုယ္တုိင္ၾကား ေျပာဆိုေသာနုတ္ထြက္စကားတို႕သည္ ကိုယ္ေတာ္ရွင္ဘုရား ဘုန္းေတာ္ကိုခ်ီးမြမ္းျခင္းျဖစ္ေစပါ။ သိလွ်က္နွင့္ပင္ ၾကမ္းတမ္းေသာ နုတ္ထြက္စကားကို ဆိုမိတတ္ေသာ အကၽြန္ု္ပ္ကို ဝိညာဥ္ေတာ္တံခိုးျဖင့္ သြန္သင္ေသာ္မူပါ။ နုတ္ထြက္စကားမွန္သမွ်တို႕သည္ ကိုယ္ေတာ္နွင့္ တိုက္ရုိက္ဆက္သြယ္ေနျခင္းျဖစ္ေၾကာင္း သိနားလည္ေစမူပါဘုရား။ အကၽြန္ုပ္၏ နုတ္ထြက္စကားမ်ားျဖင့္ ဝိညာဥ္ခြန္အား ရရွိလွ်က္၊ လံုျခံဳေစမူပါဘုရား။

အကၽြနု္ပ္ကို တရားမွန္ကန္ေသာ စကားလံုးမ်ား ေရြးခ်ယ္ေပးသနားပါဘုရား၊ အကၽြန္ုပ္ ေျပာဆိုေသာ စကားတိုင္းသည္ ကိုယ္ေတာ္ရွင္ဘုရား၏ တံခိုးေတာ္ကို ခ်ီးေျမာက္ျခင္းျဖစ္ပါေစေသာ္။ ။ အာမင္

God’s Spirit Is Working in You

God is working in you, giving you the desire to obey him and the power to do what pleases him.

Philippians 2:13 (NLT)

It is the Holy Spirit’s job to produce Christlike character in you.

The Bible says, “As the Spirit of the Lord works within us, we become more and more like him and reflect his glory even more” (2 Corinthians 3:18 NLT). This process of changing us to be more like Jesus is called sanctification.

You cannot reproduce the character of Jesus on your own strength. New Year’s resolutions, willpower, and best intentions are not enough. Only the Holy Spirit has the power to make the changes God wants to make in our lives. The Bible says, “God is working in you, giving you the desire to obey him and the power to do what pleases him” (Philippians 2:13 NLT).

Mention the “power of the Holy Spirit,” and many people think of miraculous demonstrations and intense emotions. But most of the time the Holy Spirit’s power is released in your life in quiet, unassuming ways that you aren’t even aware of or feel. He often nudges us with “a gentle whisper” (1 Kings 19:12 NIV).

Christlikeness is not produced by imitation, but by inhabitation. We allow Christ to live through us. “For this is the secret: Christ lives in you” (Colossians 1:27 NLT).

How does this happen in real life? Through the choices we make. We choose to do the right thing in situations and then trust God’s Spirit to give us his power, love, faith, and wisdom to do it. Since God’s Spirit lives inside of us, these things are always available for the asking.....Rick Warren

Monday, July 21, 2008

A God-Fashioned Life

Take on an entirely new way of life – a God-fashioned life, a life renewed from the inside and working itself into your conduct as God accurately reproduces his character in you.

Ephesians 4:22-24 (MSG)

Many religions and New Age philosophies promote the old lie that we are divine or can become gods. Let me be absolutely clear: you will never become God, or even a god.

That prideful lie is Satan’s oldest temptation. Satan promised Adam and Eve that if they followed his advice, “you shall be as gods” (Genesis 3:5 KJV).

This desire to be a god shows up every time we try to control our circumstances, our future, and people around us. But as creatures, we will never be the Creator. God doesn’t want you to become a god; he wants you to become godly, taking on his values, attitudes, and character. We are meant to “take on an entirely new way of life – a God-fashioned life, a life renewed from the inside and working itself into your conduct as God accurately reproduces his character in you” (Ephesians 4:22-24 MSG).

God’s ultimate goal for your life on earth is not comfort, but character development. He wants you to grow up spiritually and become like Christ. Becoming like Christ does not mean losing your personality or becoming a mindless clone.

God created your uniqueness, so he certainly doesn’t want to destroy it. Christlikeness is all about transforming your character, not your personality.

God wants you to develop the kind of character described in the Beatitudes of Jesus, the fruit of the Spirit, Paul’s great chapter on love, and Peter’s list of the characteristics of an effective and productive life (Matthew 5:1-12; Galatians 5:22-23; 1 Corinthians 13; 2 Peter 1:5-8).

Every time you forget that character is one of God’s purposes for your life, you will become frustrated by your circumstances. You’ll wonder, “Why is this happening to me? Why am I having such a difficult time?” One answer is that life is supposed to be difficult! It’s what enables us to grow. Remember, earth is not heaven!

Many Christians misinterpret Jesus’ promise of the “abundant life” (John 10:10) to mean perfect health, a comfortable lifestyle, constant happiness, full realization of your dreams, and instant relief from problems through faith and prayer.

In a word, they expect the Christian life to be easy. They expect heaven on earth.

This self-absorbed perspective treats God as a genie who simply exists to serve you in your selfish pursuit of personal fulfillment. But God is not your servant, and if you fall for the idea that life is supposed to be easy, either you will become severely disillusioned or you will live in denial of reality.

Never forget that life is not about you! You exist for God’s purposes, not vice versa. Why would God provide heaven on earth when he’s planned the real thing for you in eternity? God gives us our time on earth to build and strengthen our character for heaven......Rick Warren

Happy Birthday to My_Best _Friend !!!!!!

July 21st


I've so many good friends but they are not you.
You are the one who always there for me.
When I called you in the middle of the night with tears, you were the other end listening and encouraging me.
You are the one
listen to me
even when you don't understand or agree with my feelings.
You are the one
who I can share dreams, hopes and feelings with.
You are the one
who stand next to me when I feel down
and said that I'm going to be Ok.

If I don't know something, you are the one, teach me to get through.
you are the one
came and rescued me, when I'm in danger.
You always think about me and yourself come later.
You keep your unhappiness to yourself, and make me happy.
You always forgive me for what I did wrong.

Thank you so much for being as my best friend.
Thank you for showing the love of God by loving me as your own sister.
Thank you so much for what you had done for me.
Thank you for the time you're sharing with me.

Here is my little pray for you on your birthday:

Embrace your day... this day ... it is a gift.
Take the Lord's hand.
He will help you unwrap the day and then celebrate it.
And His grace will be sufficient for any need you have.

God bless you forever.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

What matters most

“Love means living the way God commanded us to live. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is this: Live a life of love.”

(2 John 1:6, NCV)

Life is all about love.

Because God is love, the most important lesson he wants you to learn on earth is how to love. It is in loving that we are most like him, so love is the foundation of every command he has given us: “The whole Law can be summed up in this one command: ‘Love others as you love yourself.” (Galatians 5:14, LB)

Learning to love unselfishly is not an easy task. That’s why we’re given a lifetime to learn it.

Of course, God wants us to love everyone, but he is particularly concerned that we learn to love others in his family.

Why does God insist that we give special love and attention to other believers?

Because God wants his family to be known for its love more than anything else. Jesus said our love for each other – not our doctrinal belief – is our greatest witness to the world.

He said, “Your strong love for each other will prove to the world that you are my disciples.” (John 13:35, LB)

In heaven we will enjoy God’s family forever, but first we have some tough work to do here on earth to prepare ourselves for an eternity of loving. God trains us by giving us “family responsibilities,” and the foremost of these is to practice loving each other.

The best use of life is love. The best expression of love is time. The best time to love is now.

Point to ponder: Life is all about love – especially for those in God’s family.

Verse: “Love means living the way God commanded us to live. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is this: Live a life of love.” (2 John 1:6, NCV)

What will you do about it: Practice being loving. Find a way to secretly serve someone in your church today. Don’t tell anyone about it except God.

Prayer: Ask God to help you make relationships your first priority......Rick Warren

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Elephants Down

Read Jonah 4

On the seventh day you shall rest, that your ox and your donkey may rest.
Exodus 23: 12

When rainy-season storms caused flooding in a nature preserve in Thailand, seven elephant calves became unlikely victims. As they tried to ford a river at their usual crossing point, dangerous currents swept them over a 250- foot waterfall. Wildlife advocates said the loss could have been prevented. A spokesperson for the Thailand Wildlife Fund complained that the protective barriers, which had been built at the crossing where four other young elephants had died earlier, were useless.

Long before animal rights became a global issue, the story of Jonah shows the attention our Creator gives to all His creatures. As the story ends, the Lord expresses concern not only for the citizens of Nineveh but also for their livestock (Jonah 4: 11). And earlier, God gave Moses laws that extended certain protections even to animals (Ex. 23: 4,5, 12).

Though humans alone are made in the image of God, the story of Jonah and other Bible texts show a link between caring for people and animals. The Creator gives us reason to provide appropriate, though different, attention to both.

The conclusion seems clear. If God cares even for livestock, how can we ignore the needs of any person for whom His Son died? .... Mart De Haan

In trees and flowers of the field,
In creatures large and small,
We trace the watchful care of Him
Who planned and made them all. ... King

God cares for us and calls us to care for His creation.

Friday, July 18, 2008

ဇူလိုင္ ( ၁၉ )

ဇူလိုင္ ( ၁၉ ) မွာ က်ဆံုးခဲ့ေသာ အာဇာနည္ေခါင္းေဆာင္ၾကီးမ်ားကို ဒီကဗ်ာေလး ေဖာ္ျပျခင္းျဖင့္ ဤေနရာမွ ေလးစားစြာ ဂုဏ္ျပဳလိုက္ပါသည္။ ထို႕ျပင္ လူမသိ သူမသိ၊ မထင္မရွား တိုင္းျပည္အတြက္ အသက္စြန္႕ကာ၊ ျဗိတိသွ် လက္္၊ ဂ်ပန္လက္မွ လႊတ္ေျမာက္ေအာင္ တိုက္ပြဲဝင္ခဲ့ေသာ ရဲေဘာ္မ်ား အားလံုးကိုလည္း ဂုဏ္ျပဳျခင္း အထိမ္းအမွတ္နွင့္ အေလးျပဳလိုက္ပါ၏။

“ ေျပာလိုက္ ပါဘိ ေဟာပါဘိ ”

ငါ့ညီေျပာင္၀င္း ၊ ေမာင္သစ္မင္း
မင္း၏သက္လွယ္ ၊ မင့္သားငယ္သည္
သက္နွစ္ဆယ္ပင္ ျပည့္ခဲ့ျပီ

သူသံုးနွစ္သား ၊ ေဖၚခ်င္းမ်ားနဲ႔
ကစားရာမွ ၊ ႏြားရုပ္ခ်၍
နတ္က်သည့္သြင္ ၊ မင္းရင္ခြင္သို႕
ေျပး၀င္ပုန္းလာ ၊ သူ႕မူရာကို
ငါ ျမင္ခဲ့၏ မွတ္မိ၏

မိုးကစိုစို ၊ က်ီးအုပ္ျပိဳ၍
ထိုမွ ဤမွ ၊ တို႕လမ္းမတြင္
ပ်ံၾက၀ဲၾက ၊ ငရဲထသို႕
အံုၾကြျမည္အာ ၊ မသာယာကို
ငါ ၾကားခဲ့၏ မွတ္မိ၏

ထိုေန႕၌ပင္ ၊ ထိုခ်ိန္ထင္၏
သခင္ေအာင္ဆန္း ၊ ျပည္သူ႕ပန္းသည္
ပြင့္လန္းခါစ ၊ ေၾကြလိုက္ရ၏
ေျမခသတင္း ၊ မိုးၾကိဳးခြင္းသို႕
အိမ္တြင္း အိမ္ျပင္ ၊ တို႕လမ္းခြင္၌
မခ်င္မရဲ ၊ ၀မ္းနဲခံခက္
မ်က္စိမ်က္နွာ ညိဳးၾကရွာသည္
ရြာဦးပိုင္းမွ ၊ သခ်ၤ ိဳင္းထိ

ငါ့ညီေျပာင္၀င္း ၊ ေမာင္သစ္ဆင္း
မင္း၏ သားငယ္ ၊ နွစ္ဆယ္သက္စစ္ ၊ သူတို႕ေခတ္၌
တိုင္းခ်စ္ျပည္ခင္ ၊ ျမတ္ေစခ်င္၏
မင္းျမင္ ငါၾကား ၊ စကားဥဒါန္း
ဆန္း၏ သတၱိ ၊ ဆန္း၏ သမာဓိ ၊ ဆန္း၏ ပညာ
ဆန္းမွာ ဆံုေပါင္း ၊ ေယာကၤ်ားေကာင္းတို႕ ၊ ေခါင္းေဆာင္သေဘာ
ေျပာလိုက္ပါဘိ ေဟာပါဘိ ။ ။

( ေဇာ္ဂ်ီ )

Created to Become Like Christ

God knew what he was doing from the very beginning. He decided from the outset to shape the lives of those who love him along the same lines as the life of his Son. . . . We see the original and intended shape of our lives there in him.

Romans 8:29 (MSG)

From the very beginning, God’s plan has been to make you like his Son, Jesus. God announced this intention at creation: “Then God said, ‘Let us make human beings in our image and likeness’”

(Genesis 1:26 NCV)

In all of creation, only human beings are made in God’s image. This is a great privilege and it gives us dignity. We don’t know all this phrase covers, but we do know some of the aspects it includes: like God, we are spiritual beings – our spirits are immortal and will outlast our earthly bodies; we are intellectual – we can think, reason, and solve problems; we are relational – we can give and receive real love; and we have a moral consciousness – we can discern right from wrong, which makes us accountable to God.

But the image is incomplete and has been damaged and distorted by sin. So God sent Jesus on a mission to restore the full image that we have lost.

What does the full “image and likeness” of God look like? It looks like Jesus Christ! The Bible says Jesus is “the exact likeness of God,” “the visible image of the invisible God,” and “the exact representation of his being” (2 Corinthians 4:4 NLT; Colossians 1:15 NLT; Hebrews 1:3 NIV).

People often use the phrase “like father, like son” to refer to family resemblance. When people see my likeness in my kids, it pleases me. God wants his children to bear his image and likeness, too. The Bible says, “You were . . . created to be like God, truly righteous and holy” (Ephesians 4:24 GWT)........Rick Warren

Thursday, July 17, 2008

God Smiles When We Use Our Abilities

He has shaped each person in turn; now he watches everything we do.

Psalm 33:15 (MSG)

After the flood, God gave Noah these simple instructions: ‘‘Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the earth. Everything that lives and moves will be food for you. Just as I gave you the green plants, I now give you everything” (Genesis 9:1, 3 NIV).

God said, “It’s time to get on with your life! Do the things I designed humans to do. Make love to your spouse. Have babies. Raise families. Plant crops and eat meals. Be humans! This is what I made you to be!”

You may feel that the only time God is pleased with you is when you’re doing “spiritual” activities like reading the Bible, attending church, praying, or sharing your faith. And you may think God is unconcerned about the other parts of your life. Actually, God enjoys watching every detail of your life, whether you are working, playing, resting, or eating. He doesn’t miss a single move you make. The Bible tells us, “The steps of the godly are directed by the Lord. He delights in every detail of their lives” (Psalm 37:23 NLT).

Every human activity, except sin, can be done for God’s pleasure if you do it with the attitude of praise. You can wash dishes, repair a machine, sell a product, write a computer program, grow a crop, and raise a family for the glory of God. Like a proud parent, God especially enjoys watching you use the talents and abilities he has given you. God intentionally gifted us differently for his enjoyment. He has made some to be athletic and some to be analytical. You may be gifted at mechanics or mathematics or music or a thousand other skills. All of these activities can bring a smile to God’s face.

You don’t bring glory or pleasure to God by hiding your abilities or by trying to be someone else. You only bring him enjoyment by being you. Anytime you reject any part of yourself, you are rejecting God’s wisdom and sovereignty in creating you. God says, “You have no right to argue with your Creator. You are merely a clay pot shaped by a potter. The clay doesn’t ask, ‘Why did you make me this way?’” (Isaiah 45:9 CEV).

In the film Chariots of Fire, Olympic runner Eric Liddell says, “I believe God made me for a purpose, but he also made me fast, and when I run, I feel God’s pleasure.” Later he says, “To give up running would be to hold him in contempt.” There are no unspiritual abilities, just misused ones. Start using yours for God’s pleasure.

God also gains pleasure in watching you enjoy his creation. He gave you eyes to enjoy beauty, ears to enjoy sounds and music, your nose and taste buds to enjoy smells and tastes, and the nerves under your skin to enjoy touch. Every act of enjoyment becomes an act of worship when you thank God for it. In fact, the Bible says, “God generously gives us everything for our enjoyment” (1 Timothy 6:17 TEV).

God even enjoys watching you sleep! When my children were small, I remember the deep satisfaction of watching them sleep. Sometimes the day had been filled with problems and disobedience, but asleep they looked contented, secure, and peaceful, and I was reminded of how much I loved them.

My children didn’t have to do anything for me to enjoy them. I was happy to just watch them breathing. As their little chests would rise and fall, I’d smile, and sometimes tears of joy filled my eyes. When you are sleeping, God gazes at you with love, because you were his idea. He loves each one of us as if there were only one of us.

Parents do not require their children to be perfect, or even mature, in order to enjoy them. They enjoy them at every stage of development. In the same way, God doesn’t wait for you to reach maturity before he starts liking you. He loves and enjoys you at every stage of your spiritual development.

You may have had unpleasable teachers or parents as you were growing up. Please don’t assume God feels that way about you. He knows you are incapable of being perfect or sinless (1 John 1:8). The Bible says, “He certainly knows what we are made of. He bears in mind that we are dust” (Psalm 103:14 GW).

What God looks at is the attitude of your heart: Is pleasing him your deepest desire? This was Paul’s life goal: “More than anything else, however, we want to please him, whether in our home here or there” (2 Corinthians 5:9 TEV).

When you live in light of eternity, your focus changes from “How much pleasure am I getting out of life?” to “How much pleasure is God getting out of my life?”

God is looking for people like Noah in the 21st century – people willing to live for the pleasure of God. The Bible says, “The Lord looks down from heaven on all mankind to see if there are any who are wise, who want to please God” (Psalm 14:2 LB).

Will you make pleasing God the goal of your life? There is nothing that God won’t do for the person totally absorbed with this goal......Rick Warren

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

God Smiles When We Praise

Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise – the fruit of lips that confess his name.

Hebrews 13:15 (NIV)

Few things feel better than receiving heartfelt praise and appreciation from someone else. God loves it too. He smiles when we express our adoration and gratitude to him.

Noah’s life brought pleasure to God because he lived with a heart of praise and thanksgiving. Noah’s first act after surviving the flood was to express his thanks to God by offering a sacrifice (Genesis 8:20).

We praise God for who he is and we thank God for what he has done (Hebrews 13:15; Psalm 116:17). David said, “I will praise God’s name in song and glorify him with thanksgiving. This will please the Lord” (Psalm 69:30-31 NIV).

An amazing thing happens when we offer praise and thanksgiving to God. When we give God enjoyment, our own hearts are filled with joy!

My mother loved to cook for me. Even after I married Kay, when we would visit my parents, Mom prepared incredible home-cooked feasts. One of her great pleasures in life was watching us kids eat and enjoy what she prepared. The more we enjoyed eating it, the more enjoyment it gave her.

But we also enjoyed pleasing Mom by expressing our enjoyment of her meal. It worked both ways. As I would eat the great meal, I would rave about it and praise my mother. I intended not only to enjoy the food but to please my mother. Everyone was happy.

Worship works both ways too. We enjoy what God has done for us, and when we express that enjoyment to God, it brings him joy—but it also increases our joy. The book of Psalms says, “The righteous are glad and rejoice in his presence; they are happy and shout for joy” (Psalm 68:3 TEV).....Rick Warren

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Happy birthday to my beloved baby brother!

July 16th

Enjoy today is your birthday!

I don't remember exactly how, what was happening in the day you were born but I still can feel that happiness all of our family had. You're blessing we long for. Dad was the one who couldn't keep his happiness because he wanted baby boy the most. You were born to be loved, how I know, yeah!!! no one can pass by without falling in love with your smile.

I still remember your pity face when you fell off from my bed in the middle of the night. I was laughing out loud. When I pull you up, you gave me a look with thanks. I still remember you tried so hard to climb the tree the way I did. You know you are loved, so you are spoiled a bit.

I still remember the day you fell off from the ceiling of assembly hall of our school. You were unconscious for couple hours but we felt like years. When I saw Mom cried by your hospital bed , I couldn't hold my tears. I tried not to close my eyes because I was afraid I might lose you while I blinked. You came back to us in one piece but you gave heart attack to all of us.

When I was in Japan, I heard that you were having terrible sickness, I cried all day without doing anything. Maw came back home and cried with me too. We were so afraid that we might lose you while we were not there. But you were saved by the grace of God Almighty.

I cried out loud when you left me in our own apartment by myself. I talked to Mom all night long with tears but you are born to be loved. I can't live without loving you. I might not be perfect sister, but one thing I know I love you more than anything.

I might not be perfect person to show you what to do but you know I always want the best for your life. I'm so glad you turn out very good one. We are so proud of you with your love for others and hard working. I Thank God for you. I know Dad is so proud of you from the heaven. Honestly I'm a bit jealous when Mom talks about you , but you are my beloved brother. No one can replace you in my heart. Only I can do for you right now is praying for you and love you more. May be I wasn't saying enough, but you know
I love you.

May God richly bless you.

Happy birthday brother!!!!!!!!!!

God Smiles When We Obey

Noah did everything exactly as God had commanded him.

Genesis 6:22 (NLT)

Noah obeyed completely (no instruction was overlooked) and he obeyed exactly (in the way and time God wanted it done). That is wholeheartedness. It is no wonder God smiled on Noah.

If God asked you to build a giant boat, don’t you think you might have a few questions, objections, and reservations? Noah didn’t. He obeyed God wholeheartedly. That means doing whatever God asks without reservation or hesitation. You don’t procrastinate and say, “I’ll pray about it.” You do it without delay. Every parent knows that delayed obedience is really disobedience.

God doesn’t owe you an explanation or reason for everything he asks you to do. Understanding can wait, but obedience can’t. Instant obedience will teach you more about God than a lifetime of Bible discussions. In fact, you will never understand some commands until you obey them first. Obedience unlocks understanding.

Often we try to offer God partial obedience. We want to pick and choose the commands we obey. We make a list of the commands we like and obey those while ignoring the ones we think are unreasonable, difficult, expensive, or unpopular. I’ll attend church but I won’t tithe. I’ll read my Bible but I won’t forgive the person who hurt me. Yet partial obedience is disobedience.

Wholehearted obedience is done joyfully with enthusiasm. The Bible says, “Obey him gladly” (Psalm 100:2 LB). This is the attitude of David: “Just tell me what to do and I will do it, Lord. As long as I live I’ll wholeheartedly obey” (Psalm 119:33 LB).

James, speaking to Christians, said, “We please God by what we do and not only by what we believe” (James 2:24 CEV). God’s Word is clear that you can’t earn your salvation. It comes only by grace, not your effort. But as a child of God you can bring pleasure to your heavenly Father through obedience.

Any act of obedience is also an act of worship. Why is obedience so pleasing to God? Because it proves you really love him. Jesus said, “If you love me, you will obey my commandments” (John 14:15 TEV).

Rick Warren

Monday, July 14, 2008

God Smiles When We Trust

By faith, Noah built a ship in the middle of dry land. He was warned about something he couldn’t see, and acted on what he was told. . . . As a result, Noah became intimate with God.

Hebrews 11:7 (MSG)

Imagine this scene: One day God comes to Noah and says, “I’m disappointed in human beings. In the entire world, no one but you thinks about me. But Noah, when I look at you, I start smiling. I’m pleased with your life, so I’m going to flood the world and start over with you and your family. I want you to build a giant ship that will save you and the animals.”

There were three problems that could have caused Noah to doubt:

· First, Noah had never seen rain because prior to the flood God irrigated the earth from the ground up (Genesis 2:5-6).

· Second, Noah lived hundreds of miles from the nearest ocean. Even if he could learn to build a ship, how would he get it to water?

· Third, there was the problem of rounding up all the animals and then caring for them.

But Noah didn’t complain or make excuses. He trusted God completely, and that made God smile.

Trusting God completely means having faith that God knows what is best for your life. You expect him to keep his promises, help you with problems, and do the impossible when necessary.

The Bible says, “He takes pleasure in those who honor him, in those who trust in his constant love”

(Psalm 147:11 TEV).

It took Noah 120 years to build the ark. I imagine he faced many discouraging days. With no sign of rain year after year, he was probably criticized as a “crazy man who thinks God speaks to him.” I imagine Noah’s children were often embarrassed by the giant ship being built in their front yard.

Yet Noah kept on trusting God.

In what areas of your life do you need to trust God completely?

Trusting is an act of worship. Just as parents are pleased when children trust them, your faith makes God happy. The Bible says, “Without faith it is impossible to please God” (Hebrews 11:6 NIV).

Jon Walker

Sunday, July 13, 2008


The Choosen one

Today is born the seventh one Born of woman the seventh son and he in turn if a seventh son. He has the gift of the second sight. He is the chosen one. So it shall be written. So it shall be done.

“ If I am doing the works of my Father , then do not believe me , but if I do them , even though you do not believe me , believe the works , that you may know and understand that the Father is in me and I am in the Father ”

John 10:37-38

The Time of Anyone's life

Read: : Galatians 6:6 -10

Let us not grow weary while doing good, for due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. ( Galatians 6 : 9 )

What am I getting out of life? That's a question often asked by those who focus only on themselves. But as believers, we need to ask: What am I putting into the lives of others?

Years ago, Dr. Wilfred Grenfell served as a medical missionary in Labrador. On a recruiting tour, he challenged nurses at Johns Hopkins Hospital to join him for a summer in his difficult ministry. He promised them hardship and discomfort. He warned that instead of earning a salary, they would have to pay their own expenses. But he also promised them they would experience joy because " it;s having the time of anyone's life to be in the service of Christ."

A nurse who accepted that challenge wrote this after her return form Labrador: " I never knew before that life was good for anything but what one could get out of it. Now I know that the real fun lies in seeing how much one can put into life for others." If we change that word fun to blessing, we have the key to Christian selffulfillment.

Take the apostle Paul's enbcouragement: " Do not grow weary while doing good..... Do good to all" (Gal 6:9-10). Put yourself into the lives of others for Jesus' sake. You'll experience a fulfillment beyond compare. ..... Vernon Grounds.

Make me a channel of blessing today,
Make me a channel of blessing, I pray;
My life possessing, my service blessing,
Make me a channel of blessing today. .... Amyth

We are at our best when we serve others.

Saturday, July 12, 2008


“ I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves. ”

Matt. 10 : 16

May God Smile on You

May the Lord smile on you.

Numbers 6:25 (NLT)

The smile of God is the goal of life.

Since pleasing God is the first purpose of your life, your most important task is to discover how to do that. The Bible says, “Figure out what will please Christ, and then do it” (Ephesians 5:10 MSG).

Fortunately, the Bible gives us a clear example of a life that gives pleasure to God. The man’s name was Noah.

In Noah’s day, the entire world had become morally bankrupt. Everyone lived for their own pleasure, not God’s. God couldn’t find anyone on earth interested in pleasing him, so he was grieved and regretted making man. God became so disgusted with the human race that he considered wiping it out.

But there was one man who made God smile. The Bible says, “Noah was a pleasure to the Lord” (Genesis 6:8 LB).

God said, “This guy brings me pleasure. He makes me smile. I’ll start over with his family.” Because Noah brought pleasure to God, you and I are alive today.

Over the next few days, we will learn from Noah’s life the five acts of worship that make God smile.

God smiles when we love him supremely. Noah loved God more than anything else in the world, even when no one else did! The Bible tells us Noah “consistently followed God’s will and enjoyed a close relationship with him” (Genesis 6:9 NLT).

This is what God wants most from you: a relationship! It’s the most astounding truth in the universe: our Creator wants to fellowship with us. God made you to love you, and he longs for you to love him back. He says, “I don’t want your sacrifices – I want your love; I don’t want your offerings – I want you to know me” (Hosea 6:6 LB).

Can you sense God’s passion for you in this verse? God deeply loves you and desires your love in return. He longs for you to know him and spend time with him. This is why learning to love God and to be loved by him should be the greatest objective of your life.

Nothing else comes close in importance. Jesus called it the greatest commandment. He said, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment” (Matthew 22:37-38 NIV)....Jon Walker

Friday, July 11, 2008

God Spoke You into Existence

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”

Jeremiah 1:5 (NIV)

Dear one, you were started as an idea in the mind of God! You exist because the God of the universe thought you up!

The God who spoke the world into existence, the God who hung the moon and the stars, the God who set the sun in the sky – this creative Creator thought about you, was pleased by his thoughts, and so he spoke you into your mother’s womb in the same way that he spoke the world into existence.

As my friend, Rick Warren, says in The Purpose Driven Life, you are not an accident. You were created by God at just the right time, in just the right place, with just the right way to serve God in “such a time as this” (Esther 4:14 NIV).

You are not a product of God’s assembly line. Rather, you’re a unique creation, like a priceless painting from a grand master: “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so that we can do the good things he planned for us long ago” (Ephesians 2:10 NLT).

God carefully and lovingly selected your eyes, your hair color, your nose, your intellect, your personality. None of this is an accident, so, if you’ve been rejecting yourself, then you’ve been rejecting God’s design of you. It’s okay to talk to him about your frustrations, disappointments, or confusion.

Ask God to help you live as the person he designed you to be. Ask him to give you a clear and present vision of your purpose in life; then, ask him to be your strength and wisdom as you live it out....Jon Walker

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Patience with Imperfection

Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.

Ephesians 4:2 (NIV)

Humorist Dave Barry says, “A perfect parent is a person with excellent child-rearing theories and no actual children.”

The same could be said of a perfect world or a perfect family; there’s only one way to mess things up: People!

Living with imperfect people requires patience, and you – now I say this as a friend – are one of the imperfect people who requires patience! Unfortunately, I’m an imperfect person too.

Patience means putting up with me when you’d rather lose your temper; it means forgiving me when you’d rather nurture a grudge.

In addition, patience is a muzzle on a mouth full of murmurs that are passed along as prayer requests. Patience puts the long in long-suffering. Patience is love in action because “love is patient” (1 Corinthians 13:4 NIV).

Patience and a critical spirit are mutually exclusive. Even when your complaints are justified, patience pushes and pulls you toward forgiving and forgetting: “A man’s wisdom gives him patience; it is to his glory to overlook an offense” (Proverbs 19:11 NIV).

Being patient may try our patience, but we become stronger when we learn to love imperfect people. Patience frees us to develop godly diversity in our relationships, where we no longer require everyone to act and look and think the same way we do....Jon Walker

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

God Spoke You into Existence

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”

Jeremiah 1:5 (NIV)

Dear one, you were started as an idea in the mind of God! You exist because the God of the universe thought you up!

The God who spoke the world into existence, the God who hung the moon and the stars, the God who set the sun in the sky – this creative Creator thought about you, was pleased by his thoughts, and so he spoke you into your mother’s womb in the same way that he spoke the world into existence.

As my friend, Rick Warren, says in The Purpose Driven Life, you are not an accident. You were created by God at just the right time, in just the right place, with just the right way to serve God in “such a time as this” (Esther 4:14 NIV).

You are not a product of God’s assembly line. Rather, you’re a unique creation, like a priceless painting from a grand master: “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so that we can do the good things he planned for us long ago” (Ephesians 2:10 NLT).

God carefully and lovingly selected your eyes, your hair color, your nose, your intellect, your personality. None of this is an accident, so, if you’ve been rejecting yourself, then you’ve been rejecting God’s design of you. It’s okay to talk to him about your frustrations, disappointments, or confusion.

Ask God to help you live as the person he designed you to be. Ask him to give you a clear and present vision of your purpose in life; then, ask him to be your strength and wisdom as you live it out...Jon Walker

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

The Brook

The Brook

I come from haunts of coot and hern,
I make a sudden sally
And sparkle out among the fern,
To bicker down a valley.

By thirty hills I hurry down,
Or slip between the ridges,
By twenty thorpes, a little town,
And half a hundred bridges.

Till last by Philip's farm I flow
To join the brimming river,
For men may come and men may go,
But I go on for ever.

I chatter over stony ways,
In little sharps and trebles,
I bubble into eddying bays,
I babble on the pebbles.

With many a curve my banks I fret
By many a field and fallow,
And many a fairy foreland set
With willow-weed and mallow.

I chatter, chatter, as I flow
To join the brimming river,
For men may come and men may go,
But I go on for ever.

I wind about, and in and out,
With here a blossom sailing,
And here and there a lusty trout,
And here and there a grayling,

And here and there a foamy flake
Upon me, as I travel
With many a silvery waterbreak
Above the golden gravel,

And draw them all along, and flow
To join the brimming river
For men may come and men may go,
But I go on for ever.

I steal by lawns and grassy plots,
I slide by hazel covers;
I move the sweet forget-me-nots
That grow for happy lovers.

I slip, I slide, I gloom, I glance,
Among my skimming swallows;
I make the netted sunbeam dance
Against my sandy shallows.

I murmur under moon and stars
In brambly wildernesses;
I linger by my shingly bars;
I loiter round my cresses;

And out again I curve and flow
To join the brimming river,
For men may come and men may go,
But I go on for ever.

Alfred, Lord Tennyson

Glorified !!!!

This is one of my favorite poems writing by my favorite pastor Dr. John Piper. I just want to share with you.


As far as any eye could see
There was no green. But every tree
Was cinder black, and all the ground
Was grey with ash. The only sound
Was arid wind, like spirits' ghosts,
Gasping for some living hosts
In which to dwell, as in the days
Of evil men, before the blaze
Of unimaginable fire
Had made the earth a flaming pyre
For God's omnipotent display
Of holy rage. The dreadful Day
Of God had come. The moon had turned
To blood. The sun no longer burned
Above, but, blazing with desire,
Had flowed into a lake of fire.
The seas and oceans were no more,
And in their place a desert floor
Fell deep to meet the brazen skies,
And silence conquered distant cries.

The Lord stood still above the air.
His mighty arms were moist and bare.
They hung, as weary, by his side
Until the human blood had dried
Upon the sword in his right hand.
He stared across the blackened land
That he had made, and where he died.
His lips were tight, and deep inside,
The mystery of sovereign will
Gave leave, and it began to spill
In tears upon his bloody sword
For one last time.

And then the Lord
Wiped every tear away and turned
To see his bride. Her heart had yearned
Four thousand years for this: His face
Shone like the sun, and every trace
Of wrath was gone. And in her bliss
She heard the Master say, "Watch this:
Come forth all goodness from the ground,
Come forth and let the earth redound
With joy." And as he spoke, the throne
Of God came down to earth and shone
Like golden crystal full of light,
And banished once for all the night.
And from the throne a stream began
To flow and laugh, and as it ran,
It made a river and a lake,
And everywhere it flowed a wake
Of grass broke on the banks and spread
Like resurrection from the dead.

And in the twinkling of an eye
The saints descended from the sky.

And as I knelt beside the brook
To drink eternal life, I took
A glance across the golden grass,
And saw my dog, old Blackie, fast
As she could come. She leaped the stream—
Almost—and what a happy gleam
Was in her eye.

I knelt to drink,
And knew that I was on the brink
Of endless joy. And everywhere
I turned I saw a wonder there.
A big man running on the lawn:
That's old John Younge with both legs on.
The blind can see a bird on wing,
The dumb can lift his voice and sing.
The diabetic eats at will,
The coronary runs uphill.
The lame can walk, the deaf can hear,
The cancer-ridden bone is clear.
Arthritic joints are lithe and free,
And every pain has ceased to be.

And every sorrow deep within,
And every trace of lingering sin
Is gone. And all that's left is joy,
And endless ages to employ
The mind and heart to understand
And love the sovereign Lord who planned
That it should take eternity
To lavish all his grace on me.

O God of wonder, God of might,
Grant us some elevated sight,
Of endless days. And let us see
The joy of what is yet to be.
And may your future make us free,
And guard us by the hope that we,
Within the light of candle four,
Are glorified forevermore.

With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility

Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. 1 Corinthians 12:7 (NIV)

Once upon a time my son came home from middle school and told me there’d been a Reward Day-type assembly, where they were giving away some really cool stuff.

At one point, a teacher put all the students’ names into a huge bucket in order to draw one name for the biggest prize of all!

“I know you’re only supposed to use special powers for good,” my son said, “But if I had special powers, I would’ve been tempted to stop time just before the teacher called out the winner. And I would have gone up and put my own name in her hand.”

My first thought was, “Wow, that really would be cool!” But, trying to be a responsible father, what I said out loud was, yes, we should only use special powers for the good of others. As that great theologian, Spiderman, says: “With great power comes great responsibility.”

But then my ADD brain started pinging like a pinball wizard running wild in the arcade (OK, I’m showing my age). As Jesus-ones, we do have a special power. Truth says we have the most special power of all planted deep within us, and it’s the Holy Spirit.

Paul, the Blind Man of Damascus Road, says we’ve been given special power for the common good.

So I guess it is possible you could render the Greek: “With great power comes great responsibility!”

Jon Walker

Monday, July 7, 2008


It's so hard to accept all my trials as joy,

But You told me to.
It's so hard to help others with joy,
But You told me to.
It's so difficult to forgive someone who hurt me,
But You told me to.

All the thing You told me to do with joy,
I will with Your grace.
You reward me with;
The stars brightest in the darkest night,
So my joy blazes brilliantly through life's worst problems;
When I count them as joy!

က်ဳိးပဲ့ ပ်က္စီး၊ စိတ္ပ်က္ဖြယ္ေသာ စိတ္အစံု။

ဖတ္ရန္။ ။ ထြက္ေျမာက္ရာက်မ္း ၁၁

ေမာေရွနွင့္ အာရုန္တို႕သည္ ဖါေရာဘုရင္ေရွ႕မွာ ဤအံ့ဘြယ္ေသာ အမႈအလံုးစံုတို႕ကို ျပဳေသာ္လည္း၊ ထာဝရဘုရားသည္ ဖါေရာဘုရင္၏ နွလံုးကို ခိုင္မာေစေတာ္မူသျဖင့္ ဣသေရလ အမ်ိဳးသားတို႕ကို ျပည္ေတာ္မွ ထြက္သြားရေသာ အခြင့္ကို မေပးဘဲေနသတည္း။

ထြက္ေျမာက္ရာက်မ္း ၁၁ း ၁၀

ဣသေရလလူမ်ိဳးမ်ားကို အီဂ်စ္ျပည္ကၽြန္ဘဝမွ လြတ္ေျမာက္ေပးရန္အတြက္ ျငင္းဆန္ခဲ့ေသာ ဖာေရာဘုရင္၏ ေခါင္းမာမႈ႕ေၾကာင့္ မ်ားစြာေသာ အီဂ်စ္လူမ်ိဳးမ်ား၏ အသက္ဆံုးရႈံးခဲ့ရသည္။ အီဂ်စ္ဘုရင္၏ သားဦးမွစ အီဂ်စ္ျပည္သားမ်ား၏ သားဦး၊ အဦးအဖ်ားေသာ တိရိစာၦန္ အစရွိသည္တို႕ ေသဆံုးေသာ ပသခါပြဲ အခ်ိန္၌ ေမာေရွသည္ ဖာေရာဘုရင္ကို ၾကီးစြာေသာအျမတ္ထြက္ခဲ့၏။

က်မအေနနဲ႕ ဖာေရာဘုရင္၏ ဆန္႕က်င္ပုန္ကန္ တတ္ေသာစိတ္ကို ရႈတ္ခ်ဖို႕၊ အျပစ္ေျပာဆိုဖို႕လြယ္ေသာျငားလည္း၊ က်မကိုယ္တိုင္ ဘုရား၏မိန္႕မွာခ်က္ကို လိုက္နာဖို႕ ေမ့ေလွ်ာ့၊ ပ်က္ကြက္ခဲ့ေသာ အခ်ိန္ကာလ၌ က်မကိုယ္တိုင္ကို ဘယ္လိုစြဲခ်က္တင္မလဲ။ က်မရဲ႕ အျပဳအမူသည္ တပါးသူကို စိတ္မရွည္ေစ၊ စိတ္ညစ္ညဴးေစ သလား။

က်မ္းစာတိုင္း အသက္ရွင္ေနထိုင္ေသာ အသက္တာသည္ မွန္ကန္ေသာ အသက္တာကိုပိုင္ဆိုင္ ပါ၏။ ငါလူမသတ္ရင္ျပီးေရာ ဘယ္တရားဥပေဒမွ ငါ့ကိုလာမထိဘူး ဆိုျပီး တပါးသူကို စိတ္အေနွာက္အယွက္ျဖစ္ေစေသာ၊ စိတ္ညစ္ညဴးေစေသာ အမူအက်င့္ မ်ားကိုပိုင္ဆိုင္သူမ်ားကို က်မတို႕ အမုန္းပြားသင့္သလား။ က်မတို႕ ခ်စ္ျမတ္နိုးသူတေယာက္ထံ၌ ကိုယ္မၾကိဳက္တဲ့ အျပဳအမူ အက်င့္ရွိေန၍ ထိုသူကို က်မတို႕ အမုန္းပြားသင့္ သလား။ မိမိညီအစ္ကိုကို မုန္းေသာသူမည္သည္ကား လူအသက္ကို သတ္ေသာသူျဖစ္၏။ ( ရွင္ေယာဟန္ ပထမေစာင္ ၃ း ၁၅ )ဟု ေအာ့ဝါလ္ ခ်မ္ဘားစ္ (Oswald Chambers) ရွင္းျပခဲ့ဘူးပါသည္။

တခါတရံ က်မတို႕စိတ္သည္ အျပစ္ကိုဝန္ခံဖို႕၊ ထာဝရဘုရားထံခိုလႈံဖို႕ ျငင္းဆန္ျခင္းအားျဖင့္ စိတ္မာေက်ာ ေနတတ္ပါသည္။ ဒါေပမဲ့ ဘုရားစကားကို နားေထာင္ျခင္းျဖင့္ က်မတို႕စိတ္ကို ေပ်ာ့ေျပာင္းေစနိုင္ပါသည္။ ဘုရားရွင္၏ အလိုေတာ္ကို ဝန္ခံျခင္းအားျဖင့္ က်မတို႕ မိသားစု၊ အေပါင္းအသင္း၊ မိတ္ေဆြမ်ား၊ လြတ္ျငိမ္းခ်မ္းသာ ရရွိနိုင္ပါသည္။ က်မတို႕စိတ္က ဖာေရာဘုရင္လိုဘဲ မာေက်ာေနပါသလား၊ ဆင္ျခင္ စဥ္းစားၾကည့္ၾကပါစို႕။..... David McCasland

I thank You for Your patience, Lord,
Because I often strayed,
But, O the joy that came my way
When I Thy Word obeyed. .... Stairs

ဘုရား၏အလိုေတာ္ ဝန္ခံျခင္းသည္၊ ေကာင္းခ်ီးမဂၤလာရရွိဖို႕ လမ္းကိုဖြင့္ေပးျခင္းတည္း။

Lavish Compassion

“So he got up and went to his father. But while the son was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion. He ran, threw his arms around his neck, and kissed him.”

Luke 15:20 (HCSB)

Being a prodigal means you’re wastefully extravagant. Look up the word in the dictionary and you’re likely to see a picture of the prodigal son sitting in the mud sharing a meal with pigs – the four-legged kind. He’s dining with swine because he’s blown through his entire inheritance and only has some tattered clothes to show for it.

Yet, the older brother in the story argues that the father is the real prodigal. He complains that his father is being wastefully extravagant with his inconsiderate little brother. You can imagine what he might be thinking:

“First, this boy takes off with his inheritance, showing no concern for the family; then, when he comes back flat broke and smelling like a pig, our father starts giving him even more – like the best robe, a ring restoring his status as son, and now…Can you hear them? The old man is throwing the biggest bash of the year for my irresponsible little brother!”

What does this mean?

· The younger brother squandered God’s compassion – He asked for his inheritance, and then, “Not many days later, the younger son gathered together all he had and traveled to a distant country, where he squandered his estate in foolish living.” (Luke 15:13, HCSB)

· Give some honest thought to how you might be squandering God’s compassion. Ask God to show you any areas, and as you confess them, receive his compassionate forgiveness.

· The older brother resented God’s compassion – When his father sought him out and asked him to come join the celebration, “The son said, ‘Look how many years I’ve stayed here serving you, never giving you one moment of grief, but have you ever thrown a party for me and my friends? Then this son of yours who has thrown away your money on whores shows up and you go all out with a feast!’” (Luke 15:29-30, MSG)

· Is there a part of you that resents God giving compassion to someone else, perhaps someone who’s hurt you deeply, or someone who you see squandering his/her life? This is a painful question to answer honestly, but it is important for your spiritual growth. Give you resentment to God, receive his compassion, and then ask him to give you a godly compassion for those people.

· The father lavished God’s compassion – Without even waiting for the prodigal to finish his prepared-in-a-pigsty speech, the boy’s father responded with lavish, extravagant compassion: “The son started his speech: ‘Father, I’ve sinned against God, I’ve sinned before you; I don’t deserve to be called your son ever again.’ But the father wasn’t listening. He was calling to the servants, ‘Quick. Bring a clean set of clothes and dress him. Put the family ring on his finger and sandals on his feet.’” (Luke 15:21-22, MSG, italics added)

· From the older brother’s point of view, their father was being wastefully extravagant by giving even more to the youngest son, who, no doubt in the older brother’s mind, would just waste more. But the father was compelled by God’s compassion, not reacting to the sins of the youngest son.....Rick Warren