Dream Interpretation

Posted by on Jun 23, 2017 in Sermon |

Dream Interpretation In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, and your old men will dream dreams. – Acts 2:17 What is a Dream? A succession of images, thoughts, or emotions passing through the mind during sleep. Why does God use Dreams? … because He can and because it allows Him to have our undivided attention. Is Dream Interpretation for Today? Yes, because if it wasn’t, God would not have included it in the bible. What does God use Dreams for? Protection Direction Correction Warning Dreams are all over the Bible, cover-to-cover, however…Not all dreams are messages from God. Some may be just dreams. Here’s a few important examples of dreams and dream interpretations in the bible… let’s dive in. Examples in the Old Testament: First Account of a Dream in the Bible. Genesis 20:3 But God came to Abimelek in a dream one night and said to him, “You are as good as dead because of the woman you have taken; she is a married women.” Correction & Protection Jacob’s Ladder Genesis 28:10-17 Jacob, son of Isaac, had a dream of a stairway resting on earth and reaching into heaven, where the angel of the Lord were ascending and descending on it. At the top of the stairway stood the Lord, and He said: “I am the Lord, the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac. I will give you and your descendants the land on which you are lying. Your descendants will be like dust of the earth, and you will spread out to the west and the east, to the north and the south. All peoples on earth will be blessed through you and your offspring. I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you. Direction & Protection Joseph’s Prophecy Genesis 37:1-11 Joseph was both a dreamer and dream interpreter. He had a dream that prophesied that his family would bow to him someday, which once shared, propelled him in the direction of his destiny. Although, at times, things looked bleak, Joseph remained faithful, even in prison where he interpreted two dreams of his fellow prisoners, Pharaoh’s cup-bearer and baker. Joseph’s interpretations were fulfilled and the cup-bearer returned to the Pharaoh’s service and the baker was killed, just as Joseph interpreted. Two years later, the Pharaoh had a dream and the cup-bearer remember Joseph’s gift, told Pharaoh about him. Once Joseph interpreted Pharaoh’s dream, Pharaoh promoted Joseph to second-in-command. Direction Gideon Judges 7:12-15 Gideon snuck into the enemy’s camp and overheard an enemy soldier sharing a dream he had. The interpreter of the dreamed, mentioning Gideon by name, predicted that Israel...

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Identity Theft – June 11, 2017

Posted by on Jun 11, 2017 in Sermon |

  Has anyone here ever been a victim of identity theft? The truth is, everyone here should all raise our hands because, before Christ, our identities were stolen by the devil in the Garden of Eden. Our identities, both our spiritual and physical, determine: Who we are What we do Who we belong to What belongs to us For those of you who don’t know, last week, we found out that we were victims of identity theft. A person in Tennessee somehow got hold of one of my debit card, called the bank as us, made transfer from our savings account into our debit account, realized that they transferred it to the wrong card, called and moved it from one debit card to another. Once the debit card they had had the funds they needed in it, they made a nice size jewelry purchase online. When Olivia found the missing money from the first transaction, she immediately called me to see if I transferred or withdrew any money recently. Upon learning that I had not, she started clicking through all our accounts to find that a large sum of money was moved, not once, but twice and the worst part was that there was a huge jewelry purchase made, just six hours before the Holy Spirit prompted her to log online, for no reason, and checkout account. Upon assuring Olivia that I didn’t use most of our savings to surprise her with jewelry, we contacted our bank, then the company who the purchase was made from. Luckily, we caught it early enough and got hold of the jewelry store before the order was fulfilled and the director of sales, reversed the order and nothing but our sense of security, was lost. Needless to say, Olivia and I felt violated when we found out about the theft. After all, both of us are very careful with where we use our cards and how we discard of our sensitive items and yet the criminals in Tennessee somehow acquired my card info, and other sensitive information, and made us victims. As followers of Jesus Christ, our identities are priceless, and we need to be willing to do whatever it takes to keep it safe. Too often I see believers settle for being victims of identity theft to the devil, easily handing over what Jesus gave back to us, our rightful place as kings and priests of the earth. Before the fall of man, there was another fall, the fall of Lucifer and one third of every angel ever created out of Heaven. In one swift blow, the angelic beings were throwing out of Heaven, lost their identities and the angels and became the first minions. In Luke 10:18, Jesus said, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.” The fall of Lucifer, was a violent one. Ever since the fall of Lucifer, and...

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The Hug

Posted by on Sep 4, 2014 in Encouragement, Uplifting Story | 1 comment

By: Jonnathan Zin Truong | Facebook, Twitter As I drove into work today, my iPod began to play a random song from a British band called The Zutons. Instantly my mind wandered back in time, about 10 years, to a man who made a huge and profound impact in my life, a man who encouraged me to dream big and pursue those dreams. A man who inspired childlike joy and creativity to everybody he knew. A man I am honored to have called a friend and mentor. That man is Mark Esposito. Mark was the son of a famous Marvel comic illustrator, Mike Esposito but to those who knew him, Mark was a father figure, a friend and a strong Christian. Mark was a business partner at a marketing agency my design firm shared a space with in the early 2000s. When I think of Mark, I recall one of the first interactions I had with him. In my first week in business, Mark walked into my office, smiled and extended his arms wide, to his left and right and said, “Come here!” I looked at him and said, “What?” Being Asian, I grew up like many other who share my ethnicity, a home void from physical affection focused on business, success, and material things. Mark again said, “Come here Jonnathan!” I again hesitated and asked him, “What do you want?” You see, Mark was a big big guy, my estimate was at least 6’ 3”, probably 280 pounds and had an abnormally large wing span for his height. Mark smiled and said, “I felt God prompt me to come in and give you a hug. So here I am.” You see, I would learn later that Mark was a man who lived with great convictions, a man with a wonderful relationship with God and was extremely obedient when he heard God prompt him to do something. Hesitantly, I stood up and gave Mark a half hug, as I tried to retreat back to my seat, Mark wrapped his giant arms around me and said, “God told me that you grew up in a broken home and that your father wasn’t much of a father. He asked me to tell you, that if you ever need a father to listen, provide sound advice or to just give a hug, to come to me. God loves you so much Jonnathan and I am here for you, for anything.” Mark gave me a father’s blessing. Even though he was, at the time, a man I barely knew, emotions flooded my heart and tears began to flow. I answered him with a simple, “Ok, thank you.” He smiled, cracked a joke and went back to his office. I closed my office door and cried for what felt like an eternity. Over the next 5 years, I spoke with Mark countless times, seeking...

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