Here Comes The Bride

Posted by on Aug 11, 2015 in Bible Study, Direction, Encouragement, Sermon, Videos |

By: Jonnathan Zin Truong | Facebook, Twitter I’ve been married since May of 2011. Of all the things I heard and imagined about marriage, I had no idea how much being married would teach me about a part of my identity and an aspect of my relationship with Christ which I lacked – being a bride. While speaking to God about this subject, He revealed to me why His bride is so special to Him, the Bridegroom. It’s because a bride only becomes a bride after she receives the Grooms proposal, making a covenant with Him at the alter. Simply stated, it’s a choice which is made through our free will and His free will. God chose us with a proposal unlike no other, with the full laying down of His life. We in turn are given us the honour of choosing to become His bride. I can speak for most men when I say, none of us grew up day dreaming about walking down the aisle in a Vera Wang wedding dress, center of attention and locking eyes with our Groom to be. Don’t get me wrong, most men desire to have a bride but the idea of becoming a bride is completely foreign to any man. How many women here can honestly say that they dreamt about their wedding day, becoming a bride, walking down the aisle, gaze locked on the eyes of the man of your dreams? Some of you single women, can close your eye and feel your heart race with excitement. By the end of tonight, my sincere heart’s desire is to lift off the vail on what it is to be a Bride of Christ and how if men are able to grasp and fully receive the beautiful proposal of our Bridegroom, Jesus Christ, it would completely change church, life, relationships and possibly propel the Christian’s walk to the next level. But first, before learning to become a bride, we need to understand the Grooms’ heart and the Father of the bride’s joy. Ephesians 5:25-27 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her (Father of the bride) to himself (the Groom) as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. (NIV) If I ask, how many men here would be willing lay your life down for their bride? Since being married, the laying down of one’s life has taken on a deeper revelation. Obviously, if called upon I would physically die for her to live. What I have learned is that allowing what the God’s definition is for a man to die, allows the identity that God has called the bride to become – to come to life. Just as...

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FEARless FAITH

Posted by on Jul 20, 2015 in Bible Study, Direction, Encouragement, Prophetic Word, Sermon |

By: Jonnathan Zin Truong | Facebook, Twitter Both fear and love will cause people to do crazy things. We hear stories all the time of miraculous things that parents do to save their children. Or the terrible things people do to avoid their fears. For everything good thing God has created the enemy creates a counterfeit. Fear is the counterfeit of Love and a direct opposition against Faith. Which is why scripture states: “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.” — 1 John 4:18 Fear of rejection. Fear of intimacy. Fear of failure. Fear of sickness. Fear of persecution. Fear of… name it and someone has dealt with it or is dealing with it right now. Fear cripples, especially in the Christian body, preventing us from entering into God’s promises, individually and as the body. The more we exercise fear the more influence it has in our decision. The same is true with love. The more we exercise love, the more influence/strength it has on our decisions. We must act and react with love and not fear. The fear of insignificance has stifled “The Church Body.” Causing people to fight for position and allowing the spirit of entitlement to infect us. I was once told that character is how you react when your neighbor receives the things you are praying for yourself. Have you noticed that brand new believers are going from finding Jesus to prophesying, casting out demons and healing the sick, practically over night? The less the body cares about position and credit, the more growth we will see in the body. I personally love it! I have a heart to teach and a heart to see believers empowered quickly. Don’t let someone’s fear of insignificance talk you out of your faith. We are in a season of Matthew 20:1-16, a season of acceleration in all spiritual things, including the manifestation of God’s gifts. Just as the parable illustrated, God will pay the first workers the same as the last workers, He will give us all the same portion, regardless of age, experience or position. The different parts of the body should cheer and encourage the other parts. You are never going to see a hand jealous of a foot, they need each other. SOLUTIONS: The Christian body needs to unite, if one part of the body fails, the whole body lacks, not just that one part. Christians are forgetting who the enemy is, and instead of defeating them, we’re fighting each other. The enemy is not stupid and has nothing better to do than to plot their next attack. They know the bible and its stories too and are using them to try to defeat the very people the bible was created to guide....

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Commands 4 Life

Posted by on Jan 8, 2015 in Bible Study, Direction, Sermon |

Four life-changing commands from Jesus before He ascended to our Heavenly Father. By: Jonnathan Zin Truong | Facebook, Twitter Have you ever been asked by God to do something completely out of your character and completely against your sense of reason? Interesting what God would do through you, if you allow Him to. He wants to touch hearts, heal wounds and save souls and is seeking willing hearts to partner with him to do so. In my walk, I have noticed that the most out of the box things God asks me to do for someone, turns out to be the very thing that touches and opens the heart of those seeking ministry. Pressing through offense, frustrations or even your own emotions from your own worries, opens the door for God to walk into and function through you. If God did it for Jesus, He will do it for you! Over the past few weeks we were given devastating news about Olivia’s grandparents. Her 87 year old grandmother fell and broke her arm at the shoulder socket and received a shoulder transplant and a few days later her grandfather was diagnosed with Leukemia. Shock, worry and devastation set in. Our greatest worry wasn’t if they would recover from their afflictions but rather, if they didn’t where would they be spending eternity. We knew that it was important to remain Kingdom minded. Truth is in life, you’re either with Jesus or without Him. Everyone affected by the news, our church and friends began to seek God’s heart on the situation and allowed the Holy Spirit to lead and did thing according to what we heard. Certain battles require a little more faith and obedience to win. Well, this Thursday, Olivia’s uncle and his pastor flew into Lafayette to minister to her grandfather. About an hour and a half later, he was saved and the entire family realized that this strong man already had a deep relationship with God that no one ever realized. Wow, wow, wow! Now we’re believing for total healing! What happened here? Faith and obedience encountered unity in a family willing to fight and do whatever they needed to see Olivia’s grandfather saved. In 2009, when I just returned back from a mission trip to Kenya, Olivia flew out to North Carolina to visit and pray for her mom who was just diagnosed with cancer and told that she needed immediate surgery to remove a large mass restricting her colon. She told the doctors she wanted to wait. Olivia arrived and then flew me out a day after for support. We prayed for her mom and I saw Jesus manifest in the room, walk over, touch each person in the room. As He approached Olivia’s mother, He inserted His hands into her stomach and wiped down. As He left the room, He turned and smiled at me....

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Free Dream Symbols: Water, Rivers, Oceans and Ice

Posted by on Nov 8, 2014 in Bible Study, Direction |

By: Doug Addison Original Article: http://dougaddison.com/2014/11/free-dream-symbols-water-rivers-oceans-and-ice/ Hey Dreamers! People seem to love my blogs on dreams. So, here are some of my favorite water symbols to help you interpret dreams. If you are remembering your dreams, you are on the right track. The next step is to write them down and figure out what God is saying through them. Symbols Symbols do change from dream to dream, and from dreamer to dreamer. But there are common themes that you can apply to your dreams about water. Here is what I have found: Water, oceans, beaches, rivers, ice Water can represent aspects of spiritual life, while oceans often represent humanity. Beaches can symbolize people, because multitudes are compared to the grains of sand on a beach (see for example Genesis 22:17). But the beach can also represent a time of recreation, especially if you live near it. Rivers can point to moves of God and it is important to recognize the context of the water. Is it moving fast or is it barely moving, almost still? Ice and snow can represent things of the Spirit that are being saved for later. Swimming Swimming in water can represent the spiritual aspect of life. Although swimming can be good, notice the context of the water: is it clear or dirty, fast flowing or stagnant, or shallow or deep? Context is key The context of how you are swimming in water will help you understand more about what is happening with your spiritual life. Let’s look at context using swimming as our example. If you are swimming in clear water, it means that your spiritual life is refreshing and life-producing. Swimming in dirty water indicates that some issues might need to be addressed or healed. If you are swimming in fast-flowing water, get ready for things to accelerate and get really exciting. Swimming in stagnant water indicates that you may be stuck and need to start moving again. If the water is shallow, this indicates that you might be too comfortable and need a challenge. Swimming in deep water shows that you are maturing spiritually and possibly taking more risks. Of course, remember that these are generalizations. More dream symbols Here are some more symbols you might have encountered: Boat: organizations or personal job or ministry, depending on the type of boat Bridge: transition, season change Dam: things being held back, power Fish: sport, people, gift to help others, outreach-oriented Floods: major move of the Spirit, cleansing of old ways, warning of disaster Ice: move of the Spirit that will come later, slippery time Lighthouse: spiritual guidance, keeps you from danger Ocean, sea: large move of the Spirit, humanity, great influence, many people Oyster: situation that may produce a spiritual blessing Rain: blessing, refreshing time in the spirit, unclear time, move of God Swimming: move in the spirit, recreation, spiritual life Water: the...

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