“24” Season 6 Finale

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Viewpoint

Since I was in Dallas, I missed the 2-hour season ending of “24” on TV. But thankfully, Christina recorded it for me (to feed my addiction).

SPOILER WARNING!

 
 
 
 
 
It is amazing how a lot of movies and T.V. shows have glimpses of the Gospel. In fact, I have been saying it for some time now, but when things move us emotionally in a scene, it is because some element of the Gospel is present.

In the last hour of the show, Jack approaches Audrey (while she is still sleeping) and tells her that he has to let her go. He said, “I know I told you that I would protect you and take care of you, but the most loving thing to do is to let you go.” Wow!

Not only is this a sign of unconditional love, but it demonstrated a selfless sacrifice. The man was willing to give her up so that she can really live. Gospel? Absolutely.

I was just thinking about how “God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son…”

Also, when we think about our Christian life, it is only when we learn to surrender and die to ourselves that we can really start living – sometimes losing something is really the greatest gain.

Just a side note, one thing that gets under my skin is when the secular world does a better job of communicating the elements of the Gospel better than the Church. If we have the greatest message to share with the world, then we have to find creative ways to communicate it with this culture. The Church has to do a better job – we can’t let shows like, “24”, Lost, Heroes, Grey’s Anatomy, and etc beat us out.

God is Preparing the Harvest

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Vision

There are times when a person just senses something. Some might call it intuition or “in the flow” and some in other camps call it prophetic, but regardless, it is exciting when you are tapping into the heart of God.

For some reason as we were coming to a close of this school year, some of the leaders and I were sensing that God was up to something – we just didn’t know what. I don’t think too many people like to be in this position, especially me. But over the years, I am slowly learning that this is the best place to be. It is kind of like Aladdin and the magic carpet ride scene. Do you remember?

“I can open your eyes, take you wonder by wonder… over sideways and under… la, la, la… a whole new world, a new fantastic point of view… a dazzling place I never knew but when I’m way up here, it’s crystal clear… that now I’m in a whole new world with you. Unbelievable sights, indescribable feeling, soaring, tumbling, la, la, la… A hundred thousand things to see hold your breath – it gets better… A whole new world, every turn a surprise, with new horizons to pursue…

(Please don’t ask me how I know the lyrics to the song… ha!)

Anyways, God is moving and we are just tagging along for the ride. With every new horizon, God always purifies us and prepares us.

The report is just out that the University of Michigan has reached a record number of students applying this year than all throughout its 190 year history. The stats show that close to 27,400 high seniors applied, which is a 6.4% increase from last year. In fact 6,389 students paid deposits by May 20, which is a 16.2% increase over the same time period last year.

This is huge!

God placing a burden for our outreach planning in the fall season is right on the mark. God bringing in new people into places of leadership is on the mark. God reinvigorating the vision and mission in our church is on the mark.

What a ride.

If you want to read the Detroit News article click here.