Do you know how to judge?

"Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgment.” - John 7:24 (ESV)

Not all things told are "truths". I always try to remember that there are two sides in a story. But the bottom line is... "Which one is the truth?" As mere captives of sins from the beginning, a heart has a hard time to see the light if its eyes are covered and the hearts are calloused with sins.Bring these sins to the Cross and repent.That's the only way to see the truth that comes from God.  There is no moment in each day that the roaring lion doesn't take advantage of, to devour, destroy, and kill someone. Jesus said, "Know the truth.It will set you free..." (John 8:32)

Knowing the truths from God isn't enough.He desires obedience."Be holy! Because He is holy!" (1Peter 1:16)

We need to learn to judge correctly. We need to know what the true spiritual dangers are, lurking to destroy us as followers of Christ.  We need God's guidance. His Wisdom. His discernment.

1 Thessalonians 5 

Father's Day

While some families are busy planning for a summer getaway, my family and I are happy with short trips we make to our favorite places to eat. 

Like today, we went to Vietnam (at least that’s how it feels each time we go to this favorite restaurant). Learning to wrap a piece of steaming hot eggroll on a piece of freshly-washed Romaine lettuce and dipping it on the savory Nouc cham sauce, we all smiled (as the same appetizer never disappoint). As each of our orders was being brought to our cozy spot by the window, I was slowly biting the eggroll, careful not to burn my tongue with the hot veggies inside the crispy wrapper.

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I had a plate of grilled barbeque chicken that came with a piece of lettuce, tomato, cucumber and shredded carrots on one side and a mound of white rice. It came with a small bowl of aromatic broth and another small container that housed the Nouc cham sauce. My son changed his strategy by not ordering his favorite bowl of Pho and instead opted for a stir-fry beef with snow peas, a little bit of mushroom and baby corn. My husband, who remained loyal to the Pho, ordered the usual mixture of a well done flank steak with tendons. He would usually adorn the top with the provided mung bean sprouts, a squeeze from a wedge of lime, and end the concoction with a drop of garlic chili paste, few turns of Sriracha and some hoisin sauce. As the doors closed in behind us when we were done, back to America, into the car and then decided, we would pass by our favorite bakery nearby where once again, we could be transported to Switzerland in no time. 

The scent of butter greeted us as we walked toward the door of the bakery. A long array of different pastries, cakes, and other sweet creations met our eyes. My son ordered the favorite Bear claws, a bag of Kaiser rolls, slices of peanut butter mousse cakes and when he was about done ordering, of course, I had to add apple strudels to his order. I always hoped that I wouldn't confuse the lady taking the order because I knew, I wanted to keep adding this and that to my son's order. I'm so glad that my son was always patient to wait for this mother who would rather stay in the car than go with him and his dad and who might end up buying everything inside the glass cases!!! Nothing like European pastries summoning a customer to try! We have been fanatics! 
Photo Source: Gourmandise bakery (Utah)

That trip was our early Father’s Day celebration to beat the crowd and still enjoy the places we patronized. 

Simple trips that we love to take because we, as a family, enjoy simple things in life and are always grateful to such blessings. My son and I are grateful to have a loving father and husband. One who is a hard worker and who always chooses to do the right thing for whatever is right in the eyes of our good, heavenly Father.

Happy Father’s Day to you, daddy and thank you for all of your love and support!!! Happy Father’s day to all of you dads who are capable of unconditionally loving those around you. 

“Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!" - Matthew 7:9-11 (NIV)

But most of all, thank You dear Father in heaven for everything You have done for us and given us. Thank you for Your love, Your grace, Your mercy, not only on Father’s Day but in each day of our lives. You deserve our thanks above all else!
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The Attacker (5/15/09)

The sun was just peeking from the Eastern skies. Ephesians 6:12 [37 kb]

Out in the prison’s yard, some huge Sheriff’s buses were illuminated by the soft glow coming from the lights all over from the tall lamp posts. Their engines were turned on, warming up, before the buses would take the inmates to the different courts where they would have their trials.

Orange-uniformed men were lined up in pairs, joined together with handcuffs and chained, forming a long line. They already had their breakfast and had their morning medications prior to going to courts. Some were fidgeting, as they waited to board those buses.

All of a sudden, all hell broke loose! Two men were engaged in a fight, using weapons they made secretly for a while. Deputies called for help on the radio, both for custody back-up and medical staff, as well.

When the air was cleared and the other inmates were secured, one man was down on the floor. He sustained multiple gashes but two of them were deep. One cut was vertically etched from his left ear going down to the jaw line. The other dangerous cut was horizontal on his left neck, close to the jugular vein. Pool of blood dripped all over the floor. Holding his bleeding neck, he was pointing at the other inmate few feet away, being guarded by the other deputies.

The other man being accused was not hurt. There were no lacerations nor any other signs of trauma. He was obviously very agitated as he was being questioned by those deputies, while the medical staff started treating the other man on the floor. They cleaned the wounds and controlled the bleeding. That man was sent to the nearby hospital.

When the investigation was finalized, it turned out to be that the “downed man who was accusing the other inmate” was the attacker and the other one who didn’t have injury was the one attacked. The deputies found out that it was the second attempt to attack the unhurt man. Both attacks on him failed. He was well-prepared after the first attempt on him, that when the second attempt was done, he was able to defend himself and ended up injuring his attacker severely.

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We also have an “accuser of the brethren.” Satan and his army of demons are the enemies of God and of everything good.

“Because God’s children are human beings – made of flesh and blood – Jesus also became flesh and blood by being born in human form. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the Devil, who had the power of death.” –Hebrews 2:14

Because of what Jesus had done [dying on the cross], we, who live in constant fear of death shouldn’t be afraid anymore. Jesus had freed us from that fear so we can live for Him. When we belong to God, we know that death is only the portal that leads into “eternal life”. [“Thank You Lord!].

Paul warned us, too that we also battle against the evil forces of Satan, who is a vicious fighter. But to be able to withstand their attacks, we must depend on God’s strength and use every piece of His armor. We face an army whose goal is to defeat Christ’s church. When we believe in Christ, they become our enemies. They will try any device to turn us away from the Lord.

Fear not! For God has provided His supernatural power to defeat Satan and his army, through His Holy Spirit within us. So, arm yourselves with God’s armor.

Let us be strong in the Lord's mighty power. Let's put on His whole armor to resist the enemy's attacks: put on the sturdy belt of truth and the body armor of God's righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News, so that we are well-prepared. We will need faith in every battle as our shield to stop the fiery arrows aimed by Satan and his army. Let us put on salvation as our helmet, not forgetting the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. Let's pray at all times, on every occasion in the power of the Holy Spirit. We must stay alert and be persistent in our prayers for all Christians everywhere. [Ephesians 6:10-18].