“Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Ephesians 5:20).
Since my birth, God’s blessings for me have not halted and I remain grateful for His gifts and His work in my life. God blesses those who believe in and follow Him, such as Abraham, Job, and David, whose faith brought the blessings of God into their lives. Christians should always remember that God gave us everything that we have, and we ought to be thankful for receiving such things from God, even for the food we eat. God has brought so many blessings into my life that I could not list them all, but there are a few that I can talk about that have come from this year alone.
“Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless His holy name. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits.” (Psalm 103:1-2).Continue reading →
“I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.” (I Timothy 2:1-4).
The 2016 United States Presidential Election is one of the most contentious and anticipated event for not only our country, but many other countries as well. People all over the world have taken a great interest in our politics because of our two infamous candidates, Donald Trump representing the Republican Party and Hillary Clinton representing the Democratic Party. I suspect that many Americans feel stuck regarding the future of this country that relies on choosing between two popular but unfavorable candidate choices as many see Trump as a racist and Clinton as a criminal.
Since this is the first time I will be voting for a presidential candidate, I understand the strife that many of us are facing this coming election. Some even consider not voting this year in order to avoid the responsibility of “the potential destruction of our nation.” Yes, the reasoning is dramatic. However, as Christians, we have the responsibility of voting in order to shape the path that this country is to take. When we vote using biblical values, we help bring our country to a better state of being which is closer to God. As we all know, the closer we are to God, the more blessed we are and that is what we should strive for in this country. Continue reading →
“I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
My soul shall make her boast in the Lord: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad.”
Hello everyone! Thank you for keeping up with us. The Huynh family wishes you a happy New Year. May God watch over you and guide you as you seek His wisdom and bring many blessings to you all.
I would like to share with you my experience in high school and college as an example of how keeping my priorities impacted my life thanks to the promises that God made.
Since I started college, I noticed more than ever how lost some people at my campus are. The word “lost” in this context means that they do not have God in their lives. To think that some students seek fulfillment through drugs, alcohol, parties, and sex is a sad thought. These young people keep putting off what should be their priorities, such as studying in college and, most importantly, reading the Bible and praying to God.
“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” (Matthew 6:33).Continue reading →
“Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.”
With each year, God brings blessings to those who love Him and observe His Word. The blessings of God, such as salvation, can be only obtained through faith in God and the obedience of His Word.
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.” (Proverbs 9:10).
Although faith and obedience to God is important and necessary, God rewards those who work towards their goals. God would not bless the lazy when they are not willing to do anything. Those who invest their time and effort into what they do, along with their investment of time into God, will be rewarded by God with success. During my sophomore year, I was able to enter the top ten percent of my class with a 4.0 average and honor roll. Although studying helped me make good grades, I would not have done as well as I did without the help of God. God certainly does help those who study and follow His Word, invest time into their work, and seek God for help.Continue reading →
“Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.” (II Timothy 3:12).
Christian persecution, as predicted in the Bible, is quite rampant today. An example of the Christian persecution happening right now would be the quick rise of ISIL or the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant, also known simply as IS or the Islamic State. Since the Islamic State’s rise, Christians in their captured territory have been tortured and killed by IS militants, which include many public beheadings and executions of the Christians. IS threatened to attack many countries with France and Russia being recent subjects of its attacks. Many IS militants believe that they are doing the service of their god, by waging a war of jihad and persecution. This sort of persecution was predicted in the Bible, as seen in the following scriptures.Continue reading →
“That I may publish with the voice of thanksgiving,
and tell of all thy wondrous works.”
Thanksgiving is right around the corner. As I prepared to start my first year in college, I had more things to be thankful for. I would like to share with you my thanks to God for everything He has prepared for my family this year. His actions remind us of his never fleeting presence in our lives. This post is more about how God coordinates and takes care of our needs when we truly have faith in Him and how He blesses his children by touching their hearts to help each other. Continue reading →
In the days of Abraham and Lot, Sodom and Gomorrah were considered the most wicked of cities for their abundance of sin. Before their destruction, Abraham had asked the Lord if He would spare these two sinful cities if only ten righteous people were found within the whole settlement. The Lord agreed to spare both cities if even ten righteous people were found amongst the sinful people. After they spoke, the Lord sent two of His angels to Sodom to confirm the cries of excessive sin from Sodom and Gomorrah. During the two angels’ trips, Lot, Abraham’s nephew, had persistently asked the angels to stay with him and his family for the night. While the angels of God were inside Lot’s home, the men of Sodom had come to Lot’s home and asked Lot to hand over the angels of the Lord so that they may “know them” (there are many translations of “know them” but the most direct of them all were that the men of Sodom wanted to commit homosexual immorality with the angels of God). After Lot refused, the men even tried to break down the door. However the angels struck the men blind and escaped with Lot, his wife and his daughters. Not even 10 people were found righteous among the people of Sodom and Gomorrah (Genesis 18-19).
“Praise ye Jah, give thanks to Jehovah,
For good, for to the age, [is] His kindness.”
(Psalms 106:1 – YLT)
The Scripture above is basically what this writing will be about: thanking God. This won’t be like the other articles I had to write in the past, but instead, this one is simply a list of blessings I am thankful for and have received from God.
I’d like to thank God for this decent year overall, as school has finally come to an end.
Thank You, Lord, for giving me the blessings of excellent grades in school and thank You for the passing results for the EOC (end of course) exam. Thank You, Lord, for giving me a peaceful year at school.
And thank You, Lord, for even giving me a better computer, compared to that old gray laptop that crashed every few hours. In addition to that, Thank You for the several items you have given me for my birthday. Two of the video games given to me on my birthday had not been playable until I got a new graphics card through my dad; when he was buying a graphic card to fix a customer’s computer he also bought me one.
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Lila Cockrell Theater in San Antonio, Texas on 02/18/2013. Grace Huynh’s playing flute, second row, third chair from right end. List of the music: (1) The Star Spangled Banner – (2) Mvt 1 – (3) Mvt 2 – (4) Elegy for a Young American – (5) Insuperable – (6) Symphonic Dance – (7) Foundry.
Grace Christian Huynh
(Photo: In Band Uniform) My sophomore year was an exciting year. It came with many blessings, and I thank God for that. I have had achievements in band and in school that I’ve worked all school year for. However, I could not have done all that I did without God.
In my freshman year, I got a spot in the All-Region concert band. But this year, I made it through All-Region and the area competition, and I made it all the way to All-State! Let me paint you a picture: Ten thousand students, from all around the state, tried out and only 260 made it to All-State, including me and three other band mates from my school! I think it is pretty amazing that I was one of the 260 to move on to All-State, which is an advance level of high school band! Continue reading →
Is anything fair? In the world of today, nothing seems to be fair. Violence, greed, and injustice are everywhere in the news. No matter where we live, we’ll seem to always witness unfairness. Whether it is a child at school or an adult at the workplace, somebody, somehow is being mistreated. The Bible also has a lot to say about this subject since God is an example of all truth and fairness. James 2:1-5 talk about the treatment of the wealthy compared to the poor.
“My brethren, hold not, in respect of persons, the faith of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ, for if there may come into your synagogue a man with gold ring, in gay raiment, and there may come in also a poor man in vile raiment, and ye may look upon him bearing the gay raiment, and may say to him, `Thou – sit thou here well,’ and to the poor man may say, `Thou – stand thou there, or, Sit thou here under my footstool,’ – ye did not judge fully in yourselves, and did become ill-reasoning judges. Hearken, my brethren beloved, did not God choose the poor of this world, rich in faith, and heirs of the reign that He promised to those loving Him?”
All Scriptures are quoted from Young’s Literal Translation
“Sing ye to Him – sing praise to Him,
Meditate ye on all His wonders.
Boast yourselves in His Holy Name,
The heart of those seeking Jehovah rejoiceth” (Psalm 105:2-3).
Although the year of 2012 has ended, I would like to share with you one of the blessings I have received recently from God.
Somewhere around the end of November, I had a dream that my uncle had left me gifts. It was a materialistic dream because I saw a multitude of expensive gifts. One very particular gift was a shiny iPod touch. It was one of the newer generations, but I didn’t know what kind it was since I didn’t know much about Apple products.
This is a video filmed a long while ago (2006), when I was 9 and my brother, Jay, was 7. We recently converted it from VHS to digital.
My brother and I would sing and dance for the church on special occasions, in this case, Tet, better known as the Vietnamese New Year. Tet is celebrated with family and friends for the New Year, based on the lunar calendar. My mom choreographed our dance. I hope you enjoy watching us when we were little and have fun sharing our memories!
December 21, 2012, what was expected to be the end of the world, was a failed prediction. Even though this date was very popular among the public, this was not the first time someone tried to predict the end. Thinking not too long ago, Harold Camping predicted the world would end on May 21, 2011, along with his second prediction, October 21, 2011, which had also failed. How about a bit further back? Harry Walter predicted that the rapture would occur on June 2, 2006, along with the anti-Christ rising four days later. Once more, we go back, when January 1, 2000 would be Y2K. This was a prediction that all technology ceased, ruining lives. What really happened was that everyone just went on with their normal lives.
If the world did not end in 2012, then when will it end? Interesting question, but nobody except God knows. Not even Jesus knew, until his ascension into Heaven. Is there ANY possible way to predict the end? No, because God says that no human or angel will know. If nobody is supposed to know, then do not even try to calculate or predict the end. Of course, God has a reason to withhold this information. The reason would be that most humans would try to snake their way to Heaven. What do I mean by this? If people knew the date and time, they would take their time to sin and wait until the last minute to confess and repent for their sins. If we do not know when Jesus comes, then this gives God a chance to see if we are obeying him, like a test.
“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God,
that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God,
which is your reasonable service.
And be not conformed to this world:
but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind,
that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
On October 31, every year, the United States celebrates what is called Halloween. It’s like a day dedicated to the dead and for some pranks and fun. In other countries, there are similar holidays that are reserved for honoring the dead. I used to celebrate Halloween when I was a kid. I liked getting candy and dressing up and didn’t think much about the dead. Little did I know about the origins of this holiday.
The History of Halloween
Most every holiday has a pagan root. Many of the pagan holidays were replaced by a Christianized version by the church. This same thing happened with Halloween. Halloween was not always called Halloween. The Celtic, the people that lived in what is now Ireland, first recognized it as Samhain. It was like a New Year’s celebration for them. It was celebrated on November 1, before the winter came. The Celtic actually associated the winter with death because many of their livestock and people would die from the cold, which is why it is called Samhain. Samhain is the name of the god of death. Continue reading →
When I was in fourth grade, I asked my mom, “Why is my sister so smart?” Then she replied, “Because God blessed her.” She also had me read the Bible daily, and pray before doing any assignments. Then my mom introduced this scripture to me.
“If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.”(James 1:5)
Since I was making average grades at school, I prayed so that God may give me a better understanding in school subjects. Later, through hard work and God’s blessing, I finally started doing well in school. I just finished seventh grade and I made the honor roll and even got an invitation to NJHS (National Junior Honor Society), which is only for students who make A’s in their classes.
“For You have possessed my inward parts;
You wove me in the womb of my mother.
I will thank You, for with awesome ways I am distinguished;
Your works are marvelous, and my soul knows it very well.
My bones were not hidden from You when I was made in secret;
when I was woven in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes saw my embryo; and in Your book
all my members were written the days they were formed,
and not one was yet among them.”
I just turned 16 this month and I was blessed to be able to celebrate it with my friends and family. Unlike in the past, I was able to set up a birthday party and invite my closest friends. My party was at a nice frozen yogurt place and then we went to the movies after that. We had some ice cream, pizza, popcorn, and we got to eat my panda cake!
What is the Greatest Birthday Gift?
However, before I get into detail about my birthday party, I want to get to the important part first. What is the greatest birthday gift? Could it be a car? That is a nice gift, but it is not the greatest. Could it be a diamond ring? That is very nice, but that is not the greatest either. So what is it? What could possibly out-do a car and diamond ring? Well, you could not make any use of those things if you did not exist. If humans did not exist, then those material things would not have existed as well. Every day of our lives is a chance to get to know Jesus. The Lord said, “For what will a man be benefited if he should gain the whole world, but forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give as an exchange for his soul”(Matthew 16:26)? The greatest gift is life, not just life on Earth, but eternal life as well. God molded us and breathed life into us. He knew who you were and who you were going to be before you were even born. We live because of Him, so wouldn’t it make sense to live for Him? Although God is the Creator of all things, not only should we thank God for creating us, but also to thank the dads and moms who take care to raise us and love us. Without them, you could not have been born either.
School has let out recently. It has been a successful year for my brother and me! I have finished at the top five percent of my class finishing with a 4.0 GPA score and my brother has successfully achieved an all A report card average for the whole year. Both my brother and I have worked very hard to earn these grades, but we would not have had these results if it were not for God.
“But, ‘Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.’ For it is not the one who commends himself who is approved, but the one whom the Lord commends.” (II Corinthians 10:17)
“Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth” (Exodus 20:4).
What does that mean? In plain English, this means: Do not make any graven or molded images as listed in Deuteronomy 4:15-18, because doing so is breaking God’s commandments. This commandment is stated in many places of the Bible but many people continue to ignore it. For people who do not know what graven or molded means, here is the dictionary definition. Continue reading →
Parents are to guide children so that they may live a lifestyle that is ideal in God’s eyes, but many people do not take advantage of God’s nor their parents’ teachings. I am very happy to have my mom because without her, I would be lost. She taught me many things about God and His Word and it has helps me every day.
“Your Word is a lampfor my feet,a lighton my path.” (Psalms 119:105)
Unfortunately, Mother’s Day is only once a year. It is unfortunate because many think because it is only for one day they should only honor their parents for one day. Continue reading →
I always used to look forward to Easter. It was one of my favorite holidays of the year. The church would hold an annual egg hunt and have us do Easter crafts in Sunday school. I even got to decorate eggs that would soon smell and rot, but it was all worth it for the fun. But is doing all of that worth it for what God wants us to do?
My focus about Easter is what most Christian parents allow their children to believe when it comes to Easter. I never thought the Easter Bunny was real, but I enjoyed it when someone in a rabbit costume gave me candy or a really pretty plastic egg. Now that I know the true origin of the pagan Easter holiday, I am more aware about what I believe and follow, especially if people, not God, set the trend. Continue reading →
The month of February is known best for Valentine’s Day. On February 14, couples and seeking singles express their love to another. People celebrate Valentine’s Day by giving candy, jewelry, flowers, and their love to another. Let us quickly go over the origin of this “Christian” holiday.
At around the 4th century, a Roman fertility ritual or holiday called Lupercalia, named after the god of shepherds, Lupercus, was a holiday in which men would take strips of goat hides, dip them in blood, and then hit women with the hides. After that, a matchmaking “game” then took place in which young men would draw names of young women of the town from an urn. The couple would then be together for the year until the next Lupercalia celebration. Another reason why the Romans celebrated this annual activity was to remember and honor the legend of Lupa. Lupa was a female wolf who nursed Romulus and Remus when they were babies. Later, Romulus and Remus found Rome in 753 B.C. Lupercalia was celebrated on Feb. 13th -15th.
After the pilgrims came to America, in the first year they were losing half of their people due to the harsh winter and they had nothing left except for a low supply of food and disease. By the second winter, they were prepared, thanks to God, who used the Native Americans to help them, for they had a successful crop, which enabled them to start a new life with freedom in good land. Together, with the Native Americans, the pilgrims held a feast to thank God, which is the origin of Thanksgiving.
Many people here in America learned this when they were in school, when they made turkeys out of paper or made Indian head bands with feathers on them. It’s something everybody knows. The thing that wasn’t taught in public schools is how to thank God for what you have. It’s simple to do, though. All that has to be done is to say, “Thank you God for what I have and what you have given me today, Lord,” from the heart. Why, then, do some Christians forget to say a simple gratitude to God?
When you think of God, what do you really think? Well, when I think of God, I think of Jesus, the Bible, and holiness. Why Jesus? Because He is our way to Heaven and is our savior. The Bible is the book about God and Jesus. God is holy in many ways.
First of all, He is fair and righteous. Second of all, He is our true savior and God. Last of all, is that our God is truthful and merciful. Our God in Heaven has sacrificed his only son to save us from destruction. What we think of God is important, because we have to truly believe in Him if we want to go to Heaven.
Free will is a gift to take advantage of. It determines the future, the people we’ll meet, the things we’ll do, who we will become… For teenagers like me, it’s hard to control ourselves with this gift. Life is all about choices, and if the time ever comes that it’s hard to know what to do, God will always be there to help choose the right path.
I know some people at school who have made bad choices when they just could have said, “No.” There is no such thing as the excuse, “I didn’t have a choice.” There is always a choice. Not all choices seem significant but all choices are necessary. My teachers always said, “Say no to drugs,” and when we were little we could never think of ourselves smoking or doing drugs. It may not be as easy as I thought it was to say no because of the people I know have turned to drugs to comfort them and to get away from stress. Teachers can’t be enough to help us; the parents need to do something too. I am just a child. When I do something wrong, it’s not my fault unless I know it’s wrong. If my parents hadn’t have taught me what was right and what was wrong, then I would be a really bad kid! How would I know that? In my 14 years on earth, I have faced so many temptations. I know that if my parents didn’t teach me well, I would be lost. Continue reading →
Father’s day is a day that we respect our fathers, and to some people it’s the only time they actually are willing to spend time with their fathers.
We should remember the things that our fathers have done for us. We not only have a father on earth, but a father in heaven too. Our father in heaven is God; without God we wouldn’t even exist! We should not only respect our fathers on Father’s Day, but we should respect them every day. We should obey the rules of God and our father’s on earth. It is even said in the Ten Commandments, “Honor your mother and father.”
We all trust somebody. What’s important is the person we trust. Ask yourself these questions to know what a trustworthy person is: Are they honest? Do you know them? Are they true Christians? If you answered yes to all of these questions, the chances are that that person is someone you can trust. But someone you should always trust in is God: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. If you need help from God He will be willing to help, but what you have to do is to trust and believe in Him. Everybody that believes in God should trust Him. Continue reading →
One day, my family and I were watching a movie. In the movie the main character had the power to go back in time. Although this movie is fiction we can relate to this movie because the main character in the movie has to go back in time to fix his mistakes before they happen. I can relate to this because I have made mistakes that make my mom upset. An example is when my mom tells me to do something and I do it the wrong way, so if I had the power to go back in time, I would also fix my mistakes. Continue reading →