August 6, 2013 by
Dear Family & Friends: We know that life is full of changes.  Change is one of the greatest constants in life.  There is a certain relief in change, even though it could be from bad to worse!  Either way, change could produce stress, happiness, or disappointment.  People change, relationships change, jobs change, technology changes, etc.  Some changes are positive and others are negative.  I remember when my father refused to join a communist revolution.  We had to flee by feet with little food and water; slept anywhere that we felt safe.  Our life was completely changed.     Q273:  What does the Bible say about change? A273:  You will roll up the heavens like a coat. They will be changed. But You are always the same. You will never grow old. ~ Hebrews 1:12.  I am telling everyone who hears the words that are written in this book: If anyone adds anything to what is written in this book, God will add to him the kinds of trouble that this book tells about.  If anyone takes away any part of this book that tells what will happen in the future, God will take away his part from the tree of life and from the Holy City, which are told about in this book.  ~ Revelation 22:18-19.   As we said before, I will say it again. If any man is preaching another good news to you which is not the one you have received, let him be cursed.  ~ Galatians 1:9 Despite the changing world around us, God is changeless and dependable.  When you feel anxious about change in your life, remember who you are and more importantly, who God is.  The Bible tells us that we cannot have the authority to change the will of God on any subject. We have been given severe warnings in several places in the Bible concerning any changes that we try to make to God's word.  As we have already seen in Galatians 1:6-9, if we pervert the gospel by changing it, we will be accursed.   Today's Prayer Heavenly Father, thank You so much that You will never leave us or foresake us and You will always be dependable.  We appreciate Your unconditional love, grace, and peace.  In Your Son's Holy name, we pray.  Amen. God bless, Veasna Eddie KhemTrust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight (Proverbs 3:5-6).

June 18, 2013 by
  Dear Family & Friends: The Bible tells us that an excellent wife is the crown of her husband, but she who shames him is rotten in his bones (Proverbs 12:4).  Sarah, Abraham’s wife, has always struck me as being cranky and bossy.  Job’s wife offered little comfort in the midst of his trials.  Today, many wives are also very cranky, bossy, offering little comfort and understanding in all areas of life.  They don't get along with their husbands.  They argue almost every day and say mean hurtful things to each other.  They humiliate and harass their husband. Q265:  What does it mean to be a godly wife? A265:  "A wife of noble character who can find?  She is worth far more than rubies.  Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value.  She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life." ~ Proverbs 31:10-12. "She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue." ~ Proverbs 31:26. "Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised." ~Proverbs 31:30. A godly wife is, first and foremost, a woman who fears God.  She is characterized as a woman of wisdom and grace.  She honors her husband, is truly faithful, and helps him.  She is forgiving, humble, kind and compassionate, honest, and truthful.  She exercises self-control and has a gentle tongue.  She is willing to admit that she is wrong. Today's Prayer Lord, we pray that You help women in today's world to be good wives.  Please take their selfishness, impatience, and irritability, and turn them into kindness and willingness to bear all things.  In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.God bless, Veasna Eddie Khem  

February 5, 2013 by
  From 1976 to 1979, I lived with a lot of fear after my father's execution.  I feared the killing of my mother, brother, and sister.  Do you know that fear itself is not a sin?  It is neither good, nor bad, like anger. It’s what we do with our fear, the actions we take, that can lead to sin or be sin. We fear the collapse of the church because the statistics show that more and more people are rejecting the claims of Christ and teens are walking away from the faith at alarming rates.  We fear that we will lose our jobs because the corporations are continually downsizing, and perhaps we feel the squeeze at our place of employment.   Q246:  What is our greatest fear? A246:  "For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline." ~ 2 Timothy 1:7.  "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid." ~ John 14:27.  And He said to the human race,“The fear of the Lord—that is wisdom, and to shun evil is understanding.” ~ Job 28:28.  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."  If we could ask everyone what their greatest fears were and get people to be totally honest, we would say most of them boil down to a fear of the future. Fear is a big part of life. We fear because we're afraid that we're going to face something we don't understand, we will have to face it alone. To understand fear and overcome it, we must look to God’s Word in the Scriptures. God wants us to walk in faith, not fear, because He is always with us, and dwells with us. If we believe that there is a God, if we believe there is a Creator, and if we believe there is a truth—one universal truth—then perhaps it’s time to consult the Creator of the universe, and discover the answers. Today's Prayer Heavenly Father, our fear has trapped and consumed us. But we are tired of living under the weight of our fears. Today's verses reassure us of Your presence and confirm that You are able to deliver us from our trouble. Please give us Your love and Your power to replace these fears. Your perfect love casts out our fear. We thank You for promising to give us the peace that only You can give. We receive that peace now as we ask You to still our troubled heart. Because You are with us, we don't have to be afraid.  In Your Son, Jesus' name, who our Lord and Savior, we pray. Amen. Grace and peace,  Veasna Eddie Khem Do everything in love (1 Corinthians 16:14) .  Delight yourself in the LORD and He will give you the desires of your heart (Psalms 37:4).    

December 17, 2012 by
Dear Family & Friends: America is devastated by last week's tragedy of (20) children and (7) adults who were killed by a 20 year old young man at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT.  When crimes like this happen, I can say for certain that our faith is tested.  When we are in dark times, we hurt; and we ask "why me?"  This devastating crime can happen anywhere because our world is increasingly filled with violence.  We know it is not unusual to experience a time of darkness. As a matter of fact, it will happen to everyone. Q239:  Who do we talk to when we are in dark times? A239:  "Who among you fears the Lord and obeys the word of his servant?  Let the one who walks in the dark, who has no light, trust in the name of the Lord and rely on their God.  But now, all you who light fires and provide yourselves with flaming torches, go, walk in the light of your fires and of the torches you have set ablaze.  This is what you shall receive from my hand:  You will lie down in torment." ~ Isaiah 50:10-11.  "And at three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” ~ Mark 15:34.   We all go through dark times, and we all sometimes feel forsaken, but our faith in Christ is our hope.  With and in Him, we are never without hope.  God loves us always, even when we hurt and are in a time of darkness.  He has promised us in Psalms 23:1-3, "The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.  He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul.  He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake."  Warren Wiersbe is correct when he says, “When you and I hurt deeply, what we really need is not an explanation from God, but a revelation of God.  We need to see how great God is; we need to recover our lost perspective on life.   Today's Prayer Heavenly Father, at the moment nothing seems to be able to help the loss we feel.  Nothing can replace the loss of lives.  Our heart is broken and our spirit mourns.  All we know is that Your grace is sufficient.  This day, this hour, and moment by moment, we choose to lean on You.  For when we are at our weakest, Your strength is strongest.  We pour out our grief to You, and praise You for a glorious day.  When all suffering and hurts are extinguished, may Your love conquer.  Lord, we thank You so much for love.  In Jesus' name, we pray.  Amen. Grace and peace,  Veasna Eddie Khem Do everything in love (1 Corinthians 16:14) .  Delight yourself in the LORD and He will give you the desires of your heart (Psalms 37:4).