The Best Day Ever

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Values, Viewpoint

This week was the boys’ Winter Breaks, therefore Christina and I decided that it would be good for me to spend time with the boys. We spent a whole day together. It was packed with kids’ size activities – Chuck E. Cheese, lunch, glow in the dark miniature golfing, Curious George movie, dinner and spending time at the hotel.

The boys were like the Energizer Bunny, but I was so tired. As we were about to go to sleep, we prayed and they said, “This was the best day ever!” At that moment, all my tiredness melted away. I realized that I find great happiness in bringing joy to other people no matter how tired I may be at that moment.

It was truly “the best day ever!”

Men’s Breakfast

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Values, Viewpoint

I just came back from a men’s breakfast meeting. The gathering was for the adult and young adult men in our church. We had a hearty man-size meal comprised of: eggs, sausages, bacon, French toast, waffles, cereals, fruits, juices and coffee!

What was the agenda? Simply: to impart spiritual truths to the men in HMCC so that they can be all that God destined them to be in order to build up the church. A lot of the societal ills are due to the absence of real men in the home, the church and the community.

We talked about responsibility and taking initiative in life as a real man. I presented a brief synopsis of my talk to Christina before I left for the breakfast and I knew it was appropriate because it was “woman-certified.” Christina said, “Yes, that is exactly what the men need to hear in our church!” – haha!

Webster’s Dictionary defines “responsible” as: a) liable to be called to account as the primary cause, motive, or agent; b) able to answer for one’s conduct and obligations; c) able to be trusted or depended upon; reliable.

Too many men are not willing to take responsibility and initiative in their lives because they do not want to be liable for their conduct and obligations. Why? (Ladies, listen up)… It is because we, as men are afraid of failure. Not only that but our selfishness takes over and we end up doing what we want to do, instead of what God wants us to do.

The Apostle Paul said, “And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others” (2 Tim 2:2). If we are serious about doing great things, then we have to be men that God is willing to entrust great things with. It starts with being discipled by other godly men who are following the heart of God. Hopefully, we will raise up another generation of men that will be able to teach other men. We need to start a movement where we will produce men who will be awesome husbands, fathers, co-workers, church leaders and influencers for Christ.

Invisible Children

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Values, Viewpoint

I am amazed at how much we have become a global village. The development of technology is allowing us to connect with people from different parts of the world instantaneously. We are no longer an island unto ourselves. So if something happens in another part of the world, even though we are thousands of miles away, we can be abreast of what is happening minute by minute – incredible!

This is truly a privilege that our previous generations did not have before them. I have been repeatedly saying, “Along with privileges come responsibility.” With the privilege of being connected to the world, we as Christians have a responsibility to respond with our God-centered values.

Someone forwarded a link to me that documents children being kidnapped in Northern Uganda and forced to fight as soldiers at a young age. This is something that I have heard about, but seeing the trailer of this movie spoke to me in a new way. The documentary film will be coming to University of Michigan in two showings in March 7th and March 8th.

Check out the trailer here! (this website is currently unavailable)

Remember, when God places something in our path we cannot close our eyes and just pretend that it is not happening. The first step of responsibility is prayer and then action.

Represented vs. Reality

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Viewpoint

In our politically correct world, Islam is known as a peaceful religion – this is how it is represented by the media, by the Administration, and by the adherents. But I am wondering if this is the reality.

In Peshawar, Pakistan, an imam by the name of Mohammed Yousaf Qureshi announced that the Mohabat Khan mosque and the Jamia Ashrafia religious school would give a $25,000 reward and a car for killing the cartoonist who drew the prophet Mohammed’s caricatures.

Qureshi said, “This is a unanimous decision of by all imams of Islam that whoever insults the prophet deserves to be killed and whoever will take this insulting man to his end, will get this prize.” (http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,185202,00.html)

Hmmm… that sounds pretty peaceful, huh?

Something that we have to keep in mind is that when people’s deeply held beliefs and values are challenged or even blasphemed then it gets personal. I think the apology by the Danish government was appropriate. But where is the outcry when various art museums defame or blaspheme the person of Christ in the name of “art.”

A challenge to Christians: It seems as if the Muslims are more passionate and more committed to what they believe in than the Christians. Why don’t we, as Christians, have this kind of reverence for the holiness and greatness of God?

We need a wake up call.

Get Involved

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Vision

I remember someone once saying that “a team effort is always better than an individual effort in accomplishing great things.” As I am doing ministry, I am noticing how true that statement is in my life. It is easy (and even natural) to try to do everything by myself but the reality is that without a team effort, we will not go very far. This is why some people have used the acronym TEAM (Together Everyone Accomplishes More) as their motto.

God is calling the Church in our generation to do great things, but we need to hear His call and then we need the responsibility to respond to that call.

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Chocolates and Roses

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Values, Viewpoint

Ahh yes! Out of all the 365 days in a year, today the retail store will cash in on the concept of love. The chocolate and flower industries will be making millions of dollars. Chocolates and flowers are supposed to be a token or expression of our love for someone. I am wondering if there is another way.

Do you remember giving those little heart candies with phrases like, “Be Mine” or “I Love You” inscribed on it when you were younger? I just thought of this today because my two boys had to bring candy to their schools for their Valentine’s Day party. As I was driving, I couldn’t help but to think about my 5th grade Valentine’s party. We were able to fill bags with candies and then give them out to our classmates. Back then, political correctness was not in play; therefore we did not have to give a bag to everyone. People who were “loved” would receive more bags than others. I am just reminded of some of those classmates that only received a few bags. What did it communicate?

I wish I could take all the candy in the world and distribute it to everyone to let them know that Christ loves them. Sometimes we have to look deep inside and realize that we have many bags of candies (probably more than enough).

I just wish I gave more bags of candy back in 5th grade…

“For God so loved the world that he gave…” (Jn 3:16)

A Pledge to Transformation

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Values, Victories, Vision

Yesterday we gathered for our Transformation Vision Sunday. I really sense the Holy Spirit working in the room. We worshipped… we recognized the new members… we saw the video… we heard the challenge… we took communion… we gave our pledges… we prayed… we celebrated.

It is amazing to see that God called a rag-tag group of people back in 1996 to start a church with a vision for transformation – not only seeing lives being transformed, but the nations being transformed with the Gospel message. And the journey continues.

I could not help but to be so thankful as I saw so many of our church members come forward to place their pledge cards on the altar. I realized that even though we did not have much, we were all making a proclamation of faith – we believe that it is God’s vision, God’s timing and God’s faithfulness that will move us forward. It is true that “the righteous will live by his faith” (Hab 2:4)

I am reminded of what King David said after they gave to the building of the temple – “But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this? Everything comes from you, and we have given you only what comes from your hand” (1 Chr 29:14).

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Lord of the Harvest

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Values, Vision

We are almost coming to the close of the 168 hours of non-stop prayer (Started last Saturday and ending this Saturday). It is so encouraging to lead a church that is committed to seeing great things happen through prayer. I am confident that God will use this Transformation Vision Sunday to speak to His people.

John Haggai said, “Attempt something so great for God, it’s doomed for failure unless God be in it.”

As we have been praying through John 4:35 and Matthew 9:37-38, I could not help but to be reminded of this picture. The field is “ripe” for harvest (KJV = white already to harvest). Lord, send out Your workers!

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The Seeds of Sacrifice

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Values, Visits

I just came back from Los Angeles. The leadership team of AMI met together to discuss and plan things for the future. We also had the privilege of meeting up with four couples who are well seasoned missionaries in Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Russia. They were being interviewed to help give insights and lessons-learned for future AMI missionaries.

One thing that continued to be the common thread in all of their testimonies was sum in up in one word – sacrifice. The enormity of their sacrifice to go to the lost was pretty humbling. It reminded me of the words of Christ when He said, “I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds” (Jn 12:24). Many seeds have been scattered all through the former Soviet Union.

We need to see another generation of radical followers of Christ who will be willing to sow the seeds of sacrifice… may this be so in our generation!

Famous Superstar

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Values, Viewpoint

As I was getting ready to board my flight to Los Angles today, I noticed that there was someone famous waiting to board along with the rest of us “ordinary” people. I should have at least expected it because after all it was a flight to sunny LA where the “stars” shine.

I did a quick inventory and figured that this person was famous because:

1) This person and his entourage got preferential treatment from the NWA flight attendants – can you believe it, the flight attendants smiled and were friendly towards them?
2) Before they called the physically challenged and people needing assistance to board, they were the first ones to enter the plane – truly a red carpet treatment.
3) Few star-dazed girls started to take pictures with him on their phone cameras.
4) The bling on these guys were so bright that I wanted to pull out my sunglasses (yes I am exaggerating but not by a lot).

In the midst of observing all this, I started to ask myself a question – “What makes a person famous and are you famous if people do not know who you are?” Then I realized that all of us are famous to at least a handful of people. For me, I am famous to 4 people who would rather have me home than travel so much. I am guessing a person is famous when there are people who put value on who they are. So even though I did not get a smile from the flight attendants as I boarded. Even though there were no star-dazed girls taking my pictures and no bling shining forth, I couldn’t help but to think about people in my life who love me and care for me.

Oh by the way… even as I am writing this entry, I still have no clue who this guy was and what made him so famous.