Saturday, December 30, 2017

The Lord’s is My Shepherd (Psalm 23)

Psa. 23:0 ¶ A psalm of David. 
Psa. 23:1 ¶ The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. 
Psa. 23:2 He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, 
Psa. 23:3 he restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. 
Psa. 23:4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. 
Psa. 23:5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. 
Psa. 23:6 Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever. 


The threefold testimony, I shall lack nothing (1), I will fear no evil (4) and I will dwell (6) encapsulates the psalm, dividing it into three parts: the sheep and the Shepherd (1-3), the traveler and the Companion (4) and the guest and the Host (5, 6), respectively teaching the providence of God, appointing life’s experiences, his protection over life’s pathway, and his provision now and always.

It is not the inexperienced shepherd poet because the writer of the song experienced the valley of death and had enemies. It is the voice of God’s Spirit in the experienced King, David.

1. The Shepherd and The sheep (vv. 1-3)
A. The Lord’s is my shepherd (v. 1)
·      Sheep are completely dependent on the shepherd for provision, guidance, and protection.
·      The N.T calls Jesus the good shepherd (John 10:11), the great Shepherd (1 Pet. 5:4).
·      The verse does not focus on the sheep or himself but the great shepherd, the Lord.
·      The great shepherd, Jesus, came to the world to find the lost flock, sinners. That’s why, we celebrate Christmas. Christ chose to become our shepherd.
·      Can you say, “The Lord is my Shepherd”?
·      If not, the gospel has not yet fulfilled its mission in your heart and life.
·      The warrant is not in yourself, but in your Savior; not, “I am one of Christ’s flock,” but, “He is my Shepherd.”
·      If you can say this, then you may fearlessly cast all your care on him, and finish the verse, “I shall not want.”

B. When we allow God, our shepherd, to guide us, we have contentment (V. 1b, 2,3)
·      The Lord chooses the path for us.
·      As the Lord is the good shepherd, he knows what he is doing and where he is leading us. He never makes a mistake.
·      Rom 8:28 – He is doing the best for us.
·      He chooses the path of righteousness or character development than our comfort.
·      When we choose to sin and go our own way, however, we cannot blame God for the environment we create for ourselves.
·      Our shepherd knows the green meadows and peaceful streams that will restore us.
·      We will reach these places only by following him obediently.
·      Rebelling against the shepherd’s leading is actually rebelling against our own best interests.

2. The traveler and the companion (v. 4)
·      In contrast with the joyous experiences of the sheep (1-3), the pilgrim pathway traverses harsher terrain.
·      Although we are believers, we are not exempted from suffering.
o   Jesus was suffering at the garden of Gethsemane.
o   Paul was requesting God to take away thorn from his flesh but God says that “my grace is sufficient for you.”
·      Shadow of death is really ‘deepest darkness’ which includes, of course, the darkness of death.
·      But in these experiences the he of vs 1-3 becomes the you, significant of closer personal touch, and the leader (2) comes alongside (with me).
·      The darker the shadow, the closer the Lord! And he brings every strength, rod and staff. The duplication denotes completeness. Rod (taltum) (Lv. 27:32) possibly signifies protection; staff (kinghrol), possibly, support (Ex. 21:19).
·      When John Wesley lay dying, many of his friend came to visit him. Strong Christians as they were, they were anxious to encourage him with the promises of God. At one point, however, Wesley raise himself in the bed and with special energy side to them: “Yes, tall these promises are true. But best of all, God is with us. The Great shepherd, Jesus is with us always.

3. The guest and the Host (vv. 5, 6)
·      In ancient Near Eastern culture, at a feat, it was customary to anoint a person with fragrant oil.
·      The anointed head speaks of the Lord’s welcome; the overflowing cup his lavish provision.
·      But this goodness and love will continue as long as life lasts (lit. ‘to length of days’) and beyond there lies the house of the Lord forever.
·      God’s goodness and love always welcome you as you are.
·      Dwell is a traditional adjustment of the Hebrew text and may be correct, but lit. ‘I will return to the house’, i.e. when earth’s paths (2, 3), valleys and threats (5) are over, there comes the real return home.

1.     The Lord is our good shepherd who gave his life for us.
a.     He always leads us the best place for us.
b.     Let us obey and follow him.
2.     Sometimes, the path that the Lord leads us full of harsher terrain. Don’t be afraid. If he allows you to go there, he is always with you. He never leaves you alone.
3.     Even if we make a mistake, he always welcome us with his love and grace. Thus, his goodness and love will follow us all the days of our lives. Moreover, when the earth’s paths, valleys and threats are over, there is home that we will go.

December 30, 2017
Dr. Za Hlei Thang teih inn ih ka simmi a si.

J.A. Motyer, New Bible Commentary
New Living Translation Study Bible
Pulpit Bible Commentary

Monday, August 28, 2017

To Get More Passionate, Get Closer to God

By Rick Warren — Aug 28, 2017

Saturday, April 8, 2017

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Friday, December 30, 2016

How Big Is Your Vision? 3 Determining Factors


By Pastor Rick Warren
VisionOver the years, I’ve learned that – contrary to popular opinion – the bigger the vision, the easier it is to reach that vision, and, ultimately, the size of your vision should be determined by the size of God.
How big do you think God is? The issue is not who you think you are, but who you think God is. In your dreams for your ministry, don’t limit yourself by saying, “What can I do?” Instead ask, “What can God do in this place?”

How many people could be reached here?

When determining the size of your vision, you need to keep three factors in mind. The first factor is the ultimate population of your ministry area. Obviously, if a church planter is going to start a new church, he doesn’t plan a church of 2,000 in a town that only has 500 people in it. Be pragmatic.
I tell people: Go get a map of your community, draw a circle that would include approximately 15 minutes’ driving distance to your church, and find out how many people are in that area. Then you say, “Ultimately, we want to try to reach everybody. We know we can’t reach everybody. But we assume the responsibility for reaching everybody. We pray that other churches will reach people, but we want to assume responsibility for that.”

How long are you willing to stay?

The second factor is a question only you can answer: How long do you intend to stay there? There’s an old saying: “Inch by inch, anything is a cinch.”
Most of us overestimate what we can do in one year and underestimate what we can do in 10 years or 20 years. The trouble with most goal setting is we set our goals too low and try to accomplish them too soon.
Instead, we need to set big goals, huge goals, enormous goals, but plan on plenty of time in getting there. I tell everyone who comes on staff with us, “We don’t expect a miracle overnight. Let’s build.” We’re not interested in building a mushroom. We’re interested in building an oak tree. A mushroom takes 12 hours to grow; an oak tree takes 60 years. But an oak tree is going to last.
To reach big goals, you have to plan for the long haul in ministry. There are lots of flash-in-the-pan churches. There are churches that have grown larger than our church in a shorter amount of time. There was a church once near Saddleback Church that started with 1,200 people within the first month, but a year later the church was dead. It didn’t build the structure. It didn’t build the roots. It didn’t build all the other factors. Everything rises or falls on leadership.
So how long will you stay there? If you don’t plan on staying someplace for the long haul, don’t go there. You must plan for time. Persistence is the key in reaching a large goal. Conversely, the size of your goal will be determined by how much of your life you plan to spend in reaching it.

How has God gifted you?

The third factor for determining the size of your vision is a frank appraisal of your own gifts. The Bible clearly teaches that there are one-talent people and five-talent people and 10-talent people.
Some pastors will never have more than 150 in their church because they insist on doing everything themselves. They do all the prayers, all the visitation, all the counseling, all the marrying and burying. They want to know everybody by name. This shepherd-type of pastor loves the personal contact of getting involved with people in that area.
There’s nothing wrong with having a shepherd’s heart. God loves people with shepherd’s hearts. That’s why he made so many of them. There are about 400,000 churches in America and maybe 95 percent of them run less than 300 on a weekend.
Most of those are led by pastors who have a shepherd’s heart. But if your church is going to grow, you must be willing to raise up other leaders and other shepherds, too — it’s one of the prices of growth.
In other words, you’ll have people who do not come to you, personally, for counseling. They won’t come to you for weddings. They won’t come to you for funerals.
The same thing is going to be true of your area. If you have a vision to grow a large church that reaches people from across the spectrum, you’ll have to change the way you think. That’s why you have to do an honest assessment of your gifts.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Can Someone Tell Me What CNTG/NO KO Means??!!

Good Afternoon, 

I get that question all the time! I wrote this blog on my website earlier this year regards to that. Hope this helps! Pending is can be any of the 2nd 3rd or 4th of these categories. 

Can Someone Tell Me What CNTG/NO KO Means??!!
ACTIVE- Good news for you. This home is on the market and is looking for a ready, willing and able Buyer to submit a contract. This will be the most common status that Buyer's will see. Plain and simple it is ready for you to come and take a look.

CNTG/ NO KO- OK, this is the one that really confuses most Buyers. This status means "Contingent with No Kickout". I'll break it down for you. Contingent- Another Buyer has submitted a contract the seller has agreed to the terms and signed it. The contingency could be a home inspection, Buyer financing, Third party approval etc. Whats most important to you is that this home is no longer available to be shown. If the inspection go bad or the financing falls through, you will se the home back on the market in an ACTIVE status. NO KO- No Kickout-Simply means that even if the Seller got an offer for more money they could not accept it or "Kickout" the current Buyer's contract. They are locked into it.

CNTG/KO- OK, CNTG means the same as it did above. The difference here is the KO-Kickout. Now the Seller can accept anohter offer is they received one. So let's paint the picture. A buyer and seller have agreed on a contract for the Seller's home. The Buyer has to sell a home in order to qualify. This is just one of many reasons that it would be in this status, Home Sale just happens to be the most common reason for a CNTG/KO status. If during the time that the Buyer is trying to sell his/her home, the Seller gets anoher contract, and wants to accept it, They can "KICKOUT" the buyers offer and take the new contract. This status is very rare but it does happen.

Contract- Very simple, the Buyer and Seller have agreed to all terms of the contract that the Buyer presented and there are no contingencies. Both parties are locked in and obligated to perform.

Sold- Buyer and Seller have gone to settlement and the Buyer is now the new Owner. Congratulations!!

So there you have it. I hope this helped to eliminate some of the confusion of the differant statuses that a home goes through when it is on the market fro sale. Please feel free to call, txt (410-802-4331) or email me any time with your questions.

Thanks so much for allowing me to be your REALTOR!!


Friday, May 20, 2016

May 20th is a Special Day!

On this day, I was awarded the degree of Ph.D by The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia​ (LTSP) in 2014. Thank you so much, LTSP, my Alma Mater.

I am deeply grateful to God for opening this door with His unmerited love. I find my way under your Light!

I am also deeply indebted to Dr. Paul Rajashekar​ (my Supervisor) for your tireless effort on my dissertation, my dissertation committee members: Dr. Margret A. Krych, Dr. Jayakiran Sebastian​, and all my other professors for your love and support that empowered me to finish this race. Without your help, this dream may never come true to me.

I am also deeply thankful to all my friends and family for bringing me to this place and pushing me to make my dream came true. Finally, my wife, Tha Cuai​, you are amazing! Your love and encouragement inspire me to believe in myself!

Thursday, May 12, 2016

A Godly Mother, Pathian Tihzahtu Nu

Thuf. 31:30, Luke 10:42, Thuf. 3:5-7, Matt 18:6

Nu ih thupit zia

Cangantu pakhat in, “Khui tawk ram khal a rammi nu le pawl hnak in a thupi sawn dah lo ziangahtile cuih ram ih hruaitu thatha pawl a suah tertu cu nu le pawl an si ruangah a si.”

            One writer said, "No nation is ever greater than its mothers, for they are the makers of         men."

Rabbis pakhat khal in a simmi cu, “Pathian in langhngan zet in khui tawk hmun khal ah a um thei lo ruangah, nu le pawl a sersiamnak a si.”

            The rabbis used to teach, "God can't be everywhere at the same time so He made      mothers." They have a very special place in society, very high priority.

Asim duhmi cu nu le pawl hi hmuh thei lomi Pathian kha kan hmuh theimi in a phuan lang awknak a si.

Nu le pawl hi pa hnak in faa le pawl thawn naih aw deuh ih umtu pawl an si ruangah, nu le pawl in faate pawl ih thinlung hi an ciahneh thei deuh.

Cangantu pakhat cun, hitin a ngan, “Nu le pawl cu an faate ih kut cu malte sung lawng an kai ngah theu nan, an thinlung cu kumkhua an ciahneh thei a si.”

Curuangah, faa le ih thinlung ciahnehtu nu le hi Pathian tihzahtu nu an si ding hi a thupi. Bible ca khal ah a mawi zetmi pawl hi sunloih upat tlak a ti lo.

Thufim 31:30
            Iang neih cu mi a buum thei ih
                        mawinak khal a ziam thei;
                        Asinain Bawipa a ihzahtu minu
                        cu lom le porh tlak a si.

Cumi ruangah, nu le pawl baal emem in, tam aw lo in um uh tinak a si hrimhrim lo. Thiangfai si, Pathian tihzahmi si ding kha in fialmi a si.

Thufim 31:22 ah,
                        Tangphah khuh a tah ih sendup
                        mawizetih tahmi hnipuan a hruh.

Ziangtin Pathian tihzahmi Nu kan si thei ding?

1.     Pathian hnenah: Pathian ih lamzin le duhmi kha a hmaisabik (Priority) ah re ringring aw.
·      Ziangtin cumi cu kan tuah thei ding?
·      Thuf 3:6
                        Na tuah mi kipah Pathian cu thei ringring awla,
                        Amah in lamzin dik a lo hmuh ding a si.
·      Thil ziangkim kan tuah hlan ah, Bawipa himi hi ziangtin tuah ter i duh timi kha sut ta ringring aw. Cawlta, Ngaita, cun, feh. “Stop, Listen, and Go”
·      Thuf 31:30
                  Iang neih cu mi a buum thei ih
                  mawinak khal a ziam thei;
                  Asinain Bawipa a ihzahtu minu
                  cu lom le porh tlak a si.

·      Mary le Martha Thu

38Jesuh le a dungthluntu pawl cu khual an tlawng vivo ih khua pakhat an thleng. Martha timi nu in Jesuh cu a inn ah a tlunter. 39Martha ih naunu cu Mari a si. Mari cu Jesuh ih kehram ah a to ih a thusimmi kha a ngai. 40Martha cu hnauan tampi nei in a buai ih a thin a eu ruangah Jesuh hnenah, “Bawipa, ka naunu in hnauan hmuahhmuah i tun heh hi na poisa lo maw si? Sim aw, i ra bawm seh!” tiah a ti.
41Cutikah Jesuh in, “Martha, Martha! Nang cu thil tampi parah helhkam le awloksong in na um; 42a ul ngaingaimi cu pakhat lawng a si. Cumi cu Mari in a hriil ngah ih zohman in an long nawn lo pei,” tiah a ti.

·      Martha ih hril sualmi
Martha in a tul ngaingaimi a hril ngah lomi a um. Cumi cu Khrih hrangah hna ka tuan a ti nan, Khrih thawn caan hman ding, Khrih ih thusim ngai in amah thawn pawlkomawknak ding kha a thupibik ah a ret lomi khi a si (For God but not with God). A tuanmi a thupi lo tinak a si lo. Hril hmaisa dingmi le dungta dingmi a thleidang thiam lo ruangah a si.

·      Mary ih hril fuhmi
Pathian thawn pawlkomawk le biakawk hi a thupibik ah a ret. Ziangahtile, Bawipa thawn caan a hmangtu pawl cu an tuah dingmi le tuah tulmi kha cak zet le rang zet in an theh thei sawn ruangah a si.

·      Pathian tihzah taktakmi ih lungput: Pathian mihman zet Carole Mayhall, The Navigators timi Christian nun pitlinnak nun lam hmuhtu pawlkom ih zirhtu in a timi cu, “Bawipaih i simmi ngai lo in, tuah ter i duhmi tuah ngah lo in le Bawipa in ka nunnak uk lo in, caan ka hmang pang ding timi hi ka phan bikmi a si.”
·      Kan suhawk dingmi: Bawipa in na nunnak hmang in ziang tuah a duh timi sut phah in nungtu na si maw? Cumi cu Pathian tihzahtu nu ih ke kar daan a si. Cumi cu puithiam hmin thang Samuel ih nu Hanah siseh, Judah pawl luatnak hrangih thlacam phah ih a fehtu Siangpahrang nu Esther si seh, Jesuh ih nu Mary siseh, Martha ih nau Mary khal in an nun daan pawl a si.
·      Kan busy tuk ti in Pathian thawn pawlkom awknak caan hmang man lo tu cu caan a rei deuhdeuh tikah, Satan in a lo pawlkom deuhdeuh ding ih, na innsang cu buainak thawn a khat sinsin ding.

2.     A pasal hnen ah. Midang riantu va si aw (Mark 10:45)
·      Seem 2:18 - “Cun Bawipa Pathian in, “Minung hi amah lawngih a um ding cu a rem lo; amah bawmtu ah rualpi ka tuahsak ding,” a ti.
·      Nu cu pasal thazaang petu ding ih tuanvo pekmi kan si timi hi kan theihfiang awk a tul.
·      Pasal kan neih ah, neih lo khal ah, minu cu “Innsaang riantu le bawmtu ih tuanvo pekmi kan si.”
·      Na pasal bawmtu tha na si deuhdeuh tikah, nupi tha le Khrihfa tha khal na si thei deuhdeuh ding.
·      President Dwight D. Eisenhower ih nupi Mamie cun, “Ka pasal bawmtu tha ka simi hi ka uar aw tuk. Ka hnatuan cu Ike bom khi a si. ‘Ike was my career.’” 
·      Cumi cu Jesuh ih lungput le kekar daan khal a si (Phil. 2:3).
·      Curuangah, nitin kan suhawk dingmi cu:
o   Na hrangah ziang si ka tuah theimi a um?
o   Ka um daan hi nangmah bawmtu maw ka si, dawnkhamtu? Na bom thei lo pang hman ah, dawnkhamtu va si hlah.

3. A faa le hnen ah: Zirhtu tha
·      Mi pakhat in, “Pathian hnatuannak ah, nu ih hnatuan hnak in a tummi hnatuan a um lo.”
·      Matt. 18:6 khal ah, nauhak pakhat hi Jesuh zumtu si lo ih a hruaitu cu camsiat si seh tiah Jesuh in a ti.
·      Thufim 1:8; 6:20 sungah, nu ih zirhnak hngilh hlah timi a sim.
·      Daan 6:6-7 - Ka daan hi khui tik caan khal ah nan faa le nan zirh pei tiah a ti.
·      Example:
o   Moses nu Jochebed
o   Samuel nu Hanah
·      Pathian thu zirh dingah kan tuah tulmi cu:
                                      i.     Nu ih tuanvo cu zirhtu a si timi hi pom aw.
                                    ii.     Bible by heart awla, siar ringring aw.
                                   iii.     Pathian mi nu le pawl ih ziaza cawng aw.


Nu pawl cu faate pawl ih thinlung neitu nan si ruangah, Pathian tihzahmi nu na si ding hi a thupibikmi a si. Cu lo cun, kan faa le pawl hi lam peeng ah hruaitu si a olte! Bible khal ah Pathian tihzahtu nu cu lom le porh tla a si tiah fiangtein in sim (Thuf. 31:30). Asile, Pathian tihzahmi, Godly mother, kan si theinak dingah ziang kan tuah ding?

1.     Ziangkim na tuah hlan ah Pathian hnen ah ron ta aw, a duhmi kha tuah aw. Martha bang in Pathian ih hnatuan tum hmaisa hlah. Mary bang in, Amah thawn pawlkom awk kha tum hmaisa aw.
2.     Na pasal bawmtu va si aw. Na pasal kha Pathian thulam ih ke a kar theinak dingah dawnkhamtu si lo in, bawmtu le tuahpitu va si sawn aw.
3.     Na faale kha Moses nu bang in Pathian thu zirhtu dingah tuanvo pekmi ka si hngilh hlah. Asinan, nangmah in Bible na siar lo ahcun, zirh ding le sim ding le thazaang pek ding khal na nei lo ding ruangah, Pathian thu hawltu le zirtu si ringring aw.

[1] San No Thuan
Mother’s Day (May 8, 2016)