Devil’s Lies

Posted by on Sep 9, 2014 in Bible Study, Encouragement |

By: Jonnathan Zin Truong | Facebook, Twitter The devil isn’t just trying to convince you that God doesn’t exist but that he doesn’t either because believing either allows you to live a life free from any accountability, a life void of our Savior Jesus Christ and a life which will surely condemn you to an eternity with him. Today is the day of salvation and God is seeking believers who will boldly live their life as a demonstration of God’s goodness. Scripture states that it is the goodness of God that causes men to repent (Romans 2:42), not the fear of the devil or hell. Therefore, you cannot scare or condemn someone to receive Christ, you must let your light shine and let God’s love flow through you, allowing God’s goodness to lead them to Him through Jesus Christ. Twitter:...

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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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Entitlement

Posted by on Sep 3, 2014 in Bible Study, Direction, Sermon | 0 comments

By: Olivia Landes Truong | Facebook Entitlement robs us of the ability to be grateful. Thanksgiving is the key to the gates of God. There are too many things beyond that point to stay stuck in a place where everyone owes us something (poverty thinking). Releasing people releases yourself and releases God from what you believe you are owed. Take every good gift as a gift from your heavenly Father (James 1:17) and realize that the only one who deserves to judge has judged us worthy of the life HE should have had. That should cause an explosion of gratefulness in every heart. #thankful #blessed #loved #god #entitlement...

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Spoiled Goods

Posted by on Sep 2, 2014 in Encouragement, Sermon | 0 comments

By: Jonnathan Zin Truong | Facebook, Twitter My brother and I grew up pretty poor. My mother would shop and buy food (meats, fruits and vegetables), at a deep discount because the items were all nearly spoiled: brown, wilted and spotted. When she purchased packaged and can goods, she always search through the packages which were dented or damaged. She would always say… “It’s still good.” and “I can still use this.” And she always did… she took items that some would consider trash and made gourmet meals with them. After all, she was trained in the kitchen by chefs in Vietnam and any ingredient given to a master craftsman, like her, always became a part of something great. Some of you are thinking the same thing about yourself. You think you’re rotten, dirty, broken and useless. Some of you have even been told those things in your lives but just like those ingredients my mom purchased, God is saying that “You’re still good.” and “He can still use you.” God is more than just a skilled craftsman, He is the Craftsman. If you allow Him to use you, He will make you a part of something great. Be blessed! Twitter: @mixedzin #thankful #blessed #loved #god #mom #mother #mothersday...

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