... saved by Grace.
"I am not what I ought to be;
I am not what I wished to be;
I am not what I hoped to be;
Yet, I can truly say, I am not what once I was.
By the grace of God, I am what I am."
- John Newton (author of Amazing Grace)
From Andre Rieu's "Live From Radio City Music Hall" in New York City 2004, with the Johann Strauss Orchestra and the Harlem Gospel Choir.
The Nativity Story
Hollywood (New Line Cinema) did a great job in making the BIRTH of Jesus come to life on screen. Click to watch the 1 hr. 40 min. film.
The Passion of the Christ
A brilliant Hollywood depiction and most true to Scriptures of the last 12 hrs of the life of Jesus. Click to watch the 2-hr. film.
Dr. Rob Norris's sermon on the famous and most misunderstood phrase "born again" from the well-known chapter 3 of the gospel of John where it has the verse "For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life" (John 3:16). This sermon is followed by one of my top 5 all-time favorite sermons "Jesus Meets a Lost Soul" (Dr. Norris, John 4). Also these two on the destruction of the temple in Jerusalem 70 A.D. by Rome (and "Be Prepared") contextualizing the current political and religious conflicts of the Middle East today. (Also, watch the BBC documentary film on the destruction of the temple "Rise and Fall of an Empire: Rebellion")
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Without God, we cannot;
without us, God will not.
- St. Augustine
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Devotional | World Vision Magazine | Marilee Pierce Dunker
My spiritual sister, mentor and friend.
And of course the author of, among other books, the brilliant MAN OF VISION, about her father Bob Pierce, founder of World Vision and Samaritan's Purse.
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Re-discovering my old church of college days (1991-5), Fourth Presbyterian Church near Washington, DC (in Bethesda, MD). A major blessing to have these sermons online and to drink in again the deep wisdom of Dr. Rob Norris.
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My most favorite Book
in the KHMER language
can be purchased at the
Family Bookstore in Phnom Penh
Holy Bible in Khmer:
Theary Seng Version
Some of Theary Seng's favorite inspirational authors: St. Augustine (The Confessions, The City of God); St. Paul (especially his letters to 1st century Christians in Rome and Philippi); St. Luke (the 3rd Gospel, Acts); C. S. Lewis (especially his Christian apologetics - Mere Christianity, The Weight of Glory, The Four Loves, etc.); Lewis B. Smedes (especially Love Within Limits which beautifully, practically explains line by line St. Paul's chapter on Love in his first letter to the Corinthians, which deeply contributed to Theary's healing process, especially during the turbulent years in high school); Fyodor Dostoyevsky (The Brothers Karamazov); Martin Luther King, Jr.; Mahatma Gandhi...
I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: 'I'm ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don't accept His claim to be God.' That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic -- on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg -- or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God: or else a madman or something worse. You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.
– Mere Christianity
Listen to the full audiobook
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In essentials, unity;
In non-essentials, liberty;
In all things, charity [love].
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Most recently... Croatian-American Yale professor's Exclusion & Embrace... BRILLIANT !! BRILLIANT !! BRILLIANT !!!
(also, excerpt "Tsunamis and God")
...and President of World Vision Richard Stearns' The Hole in Our Gospel - a deeply moving, beautifully written testimony/challenge to put faith into action. (Richard and Renee Stearns in Cambodia, Feb. 2012). "Goodby, Christian America; Hello, True Christianity" (Huffington Post, Nov. 2012 by Richard Stearns)
and even more recently, after meeting Philip Yancey at the Prison Fellowship International's quadrennial convocation, his brilliant The Jesus I Never Knew and What's So Amazing about Grace
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My interview with
(17 Sept. 2010)
"Justice and Reconciliation Public Forums", hailed as Cambodia's informal Truth and Reconciliation Commission conducted by Ms. Theary C. Seng across the 24 provinces of Cambodia during a period of 3 years, which ended abruptly by a politically-motivated injunction order in July 2009.
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He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
And what does the LORD require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
and to walk humbly with your God.
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Among the many wisdom traditions that Dr. Mark Strom draws from, one comes from the Judeo-Christian book of Proverbs: