Family Movie Night – The theology of “Wanted”

I love free things.

We have one of those Redbox kiosks at our local Walmart and if you sign up online you can actually get a text message every monday for a free movie!  So that’s sort of been my cheap family tradition that the kids look forward to every Monday.  They usually get a kid’s movie and then I rent one for myself.

This time, the kids got this frog cartoon movie and I got a movie called:  Wantedwanted_film_poster

“Wanted” is about a guy stuck in his boring account manager job and finds out that his true calling is to be an assassin.   So, naturally, he begins his “training” by getting the snot beat out of him until he can answer the question, go here “Why are you here?” He finally gets it right and says, get link “Because I don’t know who I am.” and that’s when he really gets serious about his training.  He needed to come to a place where who he was or thought he was really didn’t matter, as much as who he was destined to be:  A kick-butt assassin like his daddy!

I was learning in Sunday School this week that when Adam and Eve ate the fruit from the tree that God forbade them to eat, they suddenly were self-aware.  They realized they were naked, not just externally, but internally as well.  They lost their innocence and became focused on themselves.  Since then, the pattern has never changed. The more aware of ourselves we are, the more that it’s “all about us” and the more selfish we become; the more we fall short of what God destines us to be. Like the old hymn, we need to “turn our eyes upon Jesus” and get them off ourselves.

Like graduating from a boring account manager position and into the exciting life of an assassin, we will never realize our true calling until we can answer the question, “Why are you here?” with an answer that speaks less of what follow site we want out of life and more so of what il mio sistema completo per guadagnare su internet con le opzioni binarie God wants.  When we give up our right to ourselves and decide to wholeheartedly become  a follower of Jesus Christ we realize our true potential.  Why?  Because Jesus is the originator and giver of life.

He was in the beginning with God.  All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.  In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. – John 1:2-4

It’s foolish to think we can live a full life, without the Originator of Life.  It’s time to graduate.
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Perspectives from a Real Estate Agent’s Wife: Autumn’s first blog

Hello everyone,

Edward has given me permission to write on his blog, though he may regret it. Let me introduce myself…I am Autumn Lui…his bride…and mom to come fare trading online 3 beautiful and energetic children, whom I’m sure you’ve all met through this blog already.

I am a Pharmacist by trade, however, I have not practiced since our oldest was born 4 years ago, so my buy propecia in india books are covered with dust and it takes me just a bit longer to answer pharmacy related questions. However, If any of you have a drug question, I’d be happy to help, but mind you..I may not be able to get back to you as quickly as you may like. That said, I want to provide a service to the reader’s of this blog and will do my best to give you sound pharmacy-related information. opziuni binarie strategi DISCLAIMER: No information I give is meant to replace your doctor’s instructions and if there is ever a discrepancy then by all means please check with your doctor to verify the info and please don’t sue me, as I have no income!

I will confess that most of my postings will not be drug related (Hurray!), but rather on random things that pop into my mind during the day (hurray??). For instance, have you ever experienced sitting in church feeling like the pastor was speaking directly to you? I did this morning…

Edward has been quite busy lately and when he’s busy…that means less help for me at home with the kids… which means I am holding on to my sanity with a thread that’s about to SNAP! This AM our pastor at Hill Country Bible Church in Georgetown, Texas spoke on the subject of worship. The Bible tells us to shout to the Lord and make a joyful noise.

My kids are especially good at this, though they may deny it. I feel like I’ve been inhibiting their joy because they laugh and run about joyfully, and mom is right behind them “shushing” them and telling them to behave. My second born just loves life and she is in it to have a good time. Life is truly like a bowl of cherries to her and I have a hard time with that. Why is that? It drives me absolutely nuts that I dwell on the negative and not on the positive. God’s word tells us to think upon whatever is true, whatever is lovely, whatever is noble, whatever is of good report, whatever is praiseworthy and yet if I am honest, I must admit that I do not do that most of the time. What is my problem? Can you relate? How have you overcome this?

Well, it is getting late and I’d better hit the sack so that I can get up for midnight feedings with Sabrina. Thanks for reading and click please feel free to comment. Your feedback keeps this blog interesting!

How’s your stock portfolio…in Heaven?

Over the past few years, my stock portfolio was growing so slowly that I decided to sell everything in it (minus the profits) and just invest in real estate. It was probably the best move I made, not just financially, but also from a standpoint of time. click here My mistake? Rather then diversify into some great mutual funds, I had all of my money in individual stocks! If you have ever invested in individual stocks before, you know the type of roller coaster ride you can have with that! As a result, I would normally wake up every morning to catch up on any news related to my stocks and check the latest and greatest price. What a consuming habit that was!

Now, with rental homes, as long as I don’t have some crazy stalker living in it, it’s usually a lot less time-consuming. Being a real estate agent helps with the tenant acquisition process and having the homes in my neighborhood helps with the time it takes to manage them. I guess if I were to rate it on a scale of 1-10, I’d give my stock portfolio a “3” and my real estate portfolio a “7”…. but what type of rating would I give my portfolio in heaven?

I belong to a weekly small group with 9-10 other families and we just finished a lesson about storing up treasures in heaven. It’s part of a 13 week study on the Sermon on the Mount and this week it focused on Chapter 6:19-24.

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“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

“The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes are bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!

“No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.”

After hearing a sermon about this, the pastor brought up an interesting point. How do you measure the performance of your portfolio in heaven? Or similarly, how do you “store up treasures in heaven?” Basically, the message behind the passage is that God wants us to be free from the unhealthy and temporal motivations that direct our actions here on earth. Instead, God wants our lives to have an eternal perspective and wants us to be motivated by Him and what He offers us in Heaven.

In a nutshell, here were three suggestions he gave, that he calls the GRE Index:

Be Generous – are you reflecting the love of God (Matthew 10:42)?
Seek Righteousness – are you living out the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7)?
Have Enthusiastic Zeal – are you doing everything with an attitude that honors Jesus (Colossians 3)?

Bottom Line: Retirement is over-rated…we’ll all live forever and out-last the retirement we build here on earth. So what are you doing about your eternity?

Georgetown, Texas Real Estate Blog

Our First Family Missions Trip to Mexico

Mexico is closer than you think.

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One nice thing about living in Georgetown, Texas is that you can drive just 4 hours away and be in a different culture, outside of your comfort zone, and interact with people who you normally wouldn’t even say “Hi” to. Recently, my church in Georgetown, Texas (Hill Country Bible Church) planned a trip to Piedras Negras, Mexico to lend a hand to an orphanage there called Casa Bethesda.

What is Casa Bethesda?

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In the Bible – John 5, there is mention of a Pool of Bethesda which means “house of mercy.” It was here where many people with sicknesses would come in hopes of being healed. Jesus healed a man who was lame for 38 years at this very location! For the past several years, Pastor Paulino and his wife, Betty, have been doing a similar task by accepting orphans into their church and home with the hopes of bringing them healing. Many of these children have physical impairments and are wheelchair bound or have been diagnosed with lifetime disorders like Downs Syndrome and Autism. This man, Pastor Paulino, obeyed God’s call to accept these children and care for them and we have partnered with him to help. (By the way, there are two men in the picture to the right. In case you haven’t guessed it, Pastor Paulino is the man on the left. The one on the right, John Mize, is as American as they come, complete with baseball cap and jean shorts.)

So here’s the latest development: We have recruited two physical therapists to help these children for the next 2 years on a rotational basis. They will reside in an on-site apartment, that has been built by generously donated funds and volunteer work. Our mission for this trip is to paint it and furnish it with donated items.

IMG_4860.JPGMy purpose in sharing all of this was to tell you what an awesome time I had bringing my family down with me to Mexico. I just realized that two-thirds of what I have written above is only the background behind these trips! Here’s what it comes down to though: My wife and three children (Joshua, Chloe and Sabrina) stayed back at the living quarters and helped prep the meals for everyone while I did some of the physical labor (like painting and moving stuff). As a young daddy, I really want to raise my children in an environment that promotes service and not selfishness, I want to teach them what it means to sacrifice your time, your money and your skills to help others who don’t have nearly as much. I think these trips help drive the point home more than any lecture can…and I trust that God will slowly instill these principles and truths in their lives.

I put together a short video on the trip that shows what we did. Enjoy…and let me know if God moves in your heart to go on the next trip in July!

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A Really Swell Georgetown Real Estate Agent? Or Just Blowing Trumpets?

As a fairly new real estate agent in Georgetown Texas, I’m always checking out other real estate websites to get ideas on how to improve my own business. About a month ago, I saw a website that featured the agent who owned it and it had a picture of him volunteering on the construction of a home.

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Man, that looked so cool! Here was a real estate agent, getting his “hands dirty” with some good ‘ole fashioned volunteer work. What a neat way to show current and prospective clients that he wasn’t just in the business for the money, but willing to give back to his profession!

Ever since then I’ve been wanting to do the same thing. I could picture myself taking a missions trip down to Mexico and getting a nice shot of me with a hammer in my hand. I could then showcase that on my website and get some positive publicity! Maybe even show people the “more personal” side of Edward Lui.

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Well, my bible study group at Hill Country Bible Church in Georgetown, Texas has recently been studying the Sermon on the Mount. It has got to be the greatest sermon ever preached and Jesus uses it to blow the Pharisee’s interpretation of God’s law out of the water and teach us the heart of what God really wants. I started reading the lesson for next week this morning:

Be careful not to do your “acts of righteousness” before men, to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. – Matthew 6:1-4

Woah, wait a minute here! This is exactly what I was guilty of! Jesus obviously uses hyperbole when he talks about not letting your left hand know what your right hand is doing, but the point is that we need to be conscious of our motives for doing “good.” There’s certainly nothing wrong with volunteering and helping out. But I think we all need a heart check once in a while to make sure that we’re doing these things for God and not for the praises of men (or clients!). Because if we do, our reward is already given. I love it how Jesus unashamedly motivates us to do good for the rewards we will get in heaven. This has nothing to do with earning your salvation, but everything to do with motivating the Christ-follower to do good.

This is a tough teaching. As a leader on my church’s Missions Team we have discussed advertising our accomplishments in Mexico to the community to generate buzz and interest in our church. Now I’m wondering if that’s the right approach. There certainly is nothing wrong with advertising an upcoming mission trip to the community to gain support, but is that the same thing as posting what we have already done? Are we just blowing our trumpets? Even if the goal is to increase membership and interest in the church, do the means justify the end?

My “pharisee tendencies” have indeed been challenged by the power of God’s Word. What about you? Am I taking this a bit over the top? I’m certainly not advocating going to your next soup kitchen with a bag over your head, but the next time you “advertise” the fact that you’ve done or are doing volunteer work, remember this verse and give yourself a heart check…and start stocking up the rewards in heaven.

Georgetown, Texas Real Estate Blog

What’s so different about Christianity?

A few weeks ago, I was shopping for a minivan and had a choice between, a Honda Odyssey, Toyota Sienna and Nissan Quest. They all seemed so similar…and were rated top-notch when it came to safety. It seems as though they all had the same power door features, DVD and leather that we were looking for and the prices weren’t too much different either. I eventually settled on the van that I could get the best deal on…my 2005 Toyota Sienna XLE…tan, not gold.

After reading through my manual I found out that Toyota “recommends” premium fuel, but you can put a minimum of a 97 octane fuel (regular) in the van. I was about to fuel up at HEB for the first time when it came time to make a decision. Do I want to put premium fuel in this van? Do I want to be cheap and go regular? Will it make THAT much of a difference? I had to decide quick because it was hot outside, the engine was off…and I had the kids with me! I pulled down the windows and punched the button in the middle that read “99” for the mid-range fuel. That seemed like a fair compromise. I mean, what difference would it really make?

choices It seems like everyday we are faced with choices. Mine usually revolve around the orange traffic light. Do I gun it? Or do I apply the brakes? (gun it!) Are there really “right” choices and “best” choices out there? How do we know we’re making the best decisions in our life?

Is the same true of religion? Do all the differences in religion really matter as long as the people who follow them are doing “good?” If they are so similar, does it matter which one we follow?

If you’re interested in exploring these questions in an accepting, intellectually-honest and challenging environment, I want to invite you to meet an awesome group of young adults that meets every other week in Georgetown Village. We focus on caring for each other and exploring the truths that affect us in every day real life. That’s why we call it a Real Life Group.

We’ll meet at 7PM on Tuesday the 18th and every other Tuesday after that. Childcare is provided. Feel free to call me at 512-554-9594 for directions. Hope you’ll come and learn with us!


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