Elliot’s First Speech

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Various

This morning Christina and I went to Elliot’s school to listen to his 1st grade class give presentations on “Michigan’s Endangered Species.”

It was interesting to see who the natural public speakers were as they gave their presentations. I am guessing that growing up in a preacher’s home gives an edge :-)

The best part was seeing a smile on Elliot’s face as I walked through the door. Since there was one other father there in the sea of mothers, he felt pretty proud.

The small investments make the big difference.
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A young public speaker in the making – one day he will do it w/o notes :-)
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Some of Elliot’s friends – they had to make their own animal mask

The Life and Legacy

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Viewpoint

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I was a mess this afternoon after watching the live webcast of the dedication of The Billy Graham Library. Three former presidents of the United States (Jimmy Carter, George H. W. Bush, and Bill Clinton) all showed up to honor him. When three former presidents show up to a dedication of a library, it tells you a lot about a person’s life – a life lived well. Can you imagine the dignitaries and world leaders who will be at his funeral?

After the webcast, I was just sitting in my chair and reflecting on my own life.

There is something innate in all of us that want to leave a legacy and live a life of significance. When I look at Billy Graham’s life, one word comes to my mind – faithful. He was faithful to the Gospel… he was faithful to his calling… he was faithful to his wife…. he was faithful to his family.

All the speeches and kind words that were shared, reaffirmed the quality of life he lived. He was surrounded by his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. It was truly inspiring.

What inspired me the most was his humility, as he mentioned that in the library there is too much of “Billy Graham.” Initially, I was like – uh, hello… this IS THE Billy Graham Library. But with a sincerity of an 88 year old, you could tell that deep inside he still wonders why God chose him out of so many people in the world.

He even recognized and gave credit to two of his long time colleagues, Cliff Barrows and George Beverly Shea and many of his lifetime prayer and financial supporters.

I think I am going to make a trip out to there to Charlotte for my personal retreat time or with my family to inspire the kids to do great things with their lives.

“My one purpose in life is to help people find a personal relationship with God, which, I believe, comes through knowing Christ.” [Billy Graham]

Sketches Sermon Series

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Various

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This past Tuesday the staff and I evaluated the sermons series we just finished. As some of you have been noticing, I have been trying to go with the “one point” approach and build the one point with various personal applications. I have been measuring some of my effectiveness by seeing how many people can remember the “one thing” and also some of the application. After asking the staff if they remembered the one thing, I realized I have more work to do :-)

It was helpful to get their honest feedback. We put all our egos aside because it is about the building God’s Church. It is awesome to work with people who want to see more people enter into God’s Kingdom and see them live radical lives as a Christ-follower.

This Sunday we are starting a new series called, “Sketches.” Some of the greatest ideas and inspirations throughout history have come through rough sketches. The beauty of sketches is that it just gives us a glimpse of the final product. When Jesus came into this world, he had the vision of His Kingdom in sight but the people had a hard time seeing it. Therefore, He used parables (stories) to help people get a visual of what He saw.

The sketches of God’s Kingdom will give us a greater anticipation of the masterpiece that is to come.

Don’t forget to invite a friend to share in the blessings.