2007 AMI Revolution Update 3

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Visits

Whenever all the messages from the various speakers flow together, it is an encouraging thing. It is as if the Holy Spirit takes the pieces together and puts it together like a puzzle. Pastor Matt from Journey Church of Atlanta spoke yesterday morning on the importance of the Church – the need for more of a corporate identity in Christianity was emphasized in light of our calling in 1 Peter 2:9-10.

Then in the afternoon, all the staff of the various AMI churches got together to fellowship and to have dinner. Every time we interact with one another, we get this sense that we are getting closer together and we are genuinely able to see each other as partners in the Gospel.

Then in the evening, I preached on Jeremiah 1:1-10. I looked into the calling of Jeremiah and how God is giving out a calling in our generation. God is waiting for our generation to step up to the plate and respond by saying, “Here we are Lord, send us!”

Even this morning, when Pastor Mark from Kairos Christian Church reminded us the importance of God calling us to go and fulfill the Great Commission as we remember our motivation and means for missions.

Now we are looking forward to hearing from Pastor Young from Grace Covenant Church speak. He and Annette have been gracious enough to open up their home for all the staff workers to have dinner at their place. It was a great time of fellowship.

Please pray for the AA and Chicago guys because they will be driving back to the Midwest later in the evening.
It has been encouraging to see people go all out for God
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I am encouraging the students to answer God’s calling in their lives

2007 AMI Revolution Update 2

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Visits

Last night we had a great time of worship and we had a timely word delivered by Pastor Bruce from Remnant Westside. We were reminded to “take up our crosses” which should not be a negative thing, but it should remind us of our positional identity in Christ. Christ took our cross and therefore it reminds us of Christ’s love for us.

The main thrust of the night was the challenge of learning to fall in love with Christ again. It was a sweet time of soaking up His Presence. God prepared the table for us and we are just feasting abundantly in His Presence. It was a great way to start the conference.

Then some of the lead pastors of the various AMI churches went out to have “table fellowship” (a.k.a. Denny’s which is open 24 hours). We talked about everything from our PDA phones, 80’s music, $2.7 million, our children, our wives wanting us to eat more healthy… hmm.

It is great hanging out with people whose hearts are set on Kingdom things.
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Being in God’s Presence through worship
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Pastor Bruce preaching the Word

2007 AMI Revolution Update 1

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Visits

After some flight delays, I finally arrived in Philadelphia – the land of the “brotherly love.” The Michigan and Chicago guys have also arrived via the long 10-11 hour drive. They are probably really tired.

Some of the other speakers and I went out to a Thai restaurant for dinner in the city and now we are in the Union drinking some Starbucks and chilling. One of the great things about these kinds of conferences is that we are able to reconnect with one another. It is always encouraging to hear what God is doing in our various churches. God has truly been faithful to all the AMI churches!

People are slowly streaming in to the worship center and the anticipation is growing.

I will try to update some of the happenings here as much as possible.

Thank God for the wireless world – one day we will all be connected.

Picnic on the Porch

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Various

Today for dinner we wanted to have a make-shift picnic on the porch. As the weather was getting cooler due to the approaching thunderstorm, we thought it would be refreshing to have the gentle breeze blow on our faces (ok, well… it was more like me trying to convince my family). Finally, my persuasiveness won out and we grilled some Korean marinated beef and had a delicious cold noodle dish.

As it started to drizzle, it was a quite a sight. Some parts of the sky was dark while other parts were sunny. It was truly a contrast to enjoy, even the kids were mesmerized.

Instead of going inside after dinner, the kids and I decided to enjoy the moment. The kids were reading their books while I was delighting in my Chinese tea. It has been a long time since we just took pleasure in looking out at nature and enjoying the simply things of life. Truly priceless.
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The kids enjoying the food
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The kids learning how to appreciate God’s creation and also learning how to get inspired :-)

2007 AMI Revolution – The Call

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Vision

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There is just one day left before the start of the AMI Revolution conference. This year’s theme will be “The Call.” I am looking forward to sharing on the 2nd night. I will be talking about “The Transformative Call.”

The Revolution Conference started back in 2005 as part of the intensive training for the students going on summer missions program in the AMI churches. But now it has developed into a conference to motivate and mobilize college students across the United States for world missions.

This year Grace Covenant Church in Philadelphia will be hosting the conference. I want to give a big shout out to Pastor Young and the rest of his staff for all the hard work in getting this conference ready.

It is going to be an exciting conference. We are going to have several hundred students gathering together to run hard after the heart of God. We are praying for a “revolution” to happen like the one we read about at the turn of the 20th century with the Student Volunteer Movement. But instead of just a missions movement to spread the Gospel, we want to see a missions movement that will plant churches to build God’s Kingdom.

Bird Watching

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Various

Christina and I had our weekly date-day (we try to alternate from a date-night to a date-day). After breakfast, we decided to take a walk. I have always believed that “older” people took walks together – but then, I guess we are getting older… HA!

As we were walking around our neighborhood we came across so many different types of birds. In fact, it was pretty fascinating. Now, I understand a little bit why one of our staff members (name to be withheld) is into bird watching.

We were able to see birds from all different assortments of colors. The best part was when we saw the white heron – it was pretty cool. Maybe bird watching and taking walks go hand-in-hand.
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The White Heron that we spotted
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The White Heron decided to stretch and pose for us
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Who needs a tripod – we captured the moment with my outstretched arms.

Married Couples Putt-Putting

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Various

Once a month our married couple’s small group tries to do an activity together. This Tuesday we decided to go Putt-Putting. We paired up as couples and made a team of 4’s. It was fun, especially when we got a discount coupon for hitting a hole-in-one. For some reason our group had people who were feeling the hole-in-one anointing! I think everyone in our group got a hole-in-one. Yay!

It was a blessing to see the spouses encouraging one another on. This is how it should be… there is no greater cheerleader than Christina. I am thankful for her.

Then some of the brave ones decided to do the batting cage. The 45mph pitch seemed faster than we thought. It is hard to imagine that in the MLB that they can pitch close to 95+ mph.
Some of our small group members after 2 rounds of miniature golfing
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I decided to live out the glory days of Junior High School

A Trip to the Library

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Viewpoint

I realized that everything is getting automated. Today, our family made a trip out to the library to check out some books and DVD’s. To my pleasant surprise, there was a self-serve check out counter. We just had to scan our library card and then our library materials. It was quick and easy.

For a person that is all about efficiency, I am glad that the library is moving in this direction. But I think this method of check out is only at the smaller branches because not all of the Ann Arbor branches have implemented this approach. I am wondering if it is due to the lack of personnel.

I am guessing that a lot of things will get automated in the future.

This will probably put a greater hunger for human interaction – this is when the Church will be able to step up to the plate and fill the void with genuine biblical community.

Knowing Ourselves

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Viewpoint

One of the biggest hindrances in doing the will of God is the inability to know ourselves in light of who God is and His grace in our lives. The more we know ourselves in sober judgment, the more we will learn to depend on God for everything.

This is why I love John Newton’s quote, “I am not what I ought to be. I am not what I want to be. I am not what I hope to be. But still, I am not what I used to be. And by the grace of God, I am what I am.”

We all want to see transformation in our lives. We all want to change because we know deep in our hearts we are not what we ought to be, not what we want to be nor what we hope to be. But one thing that encourages us is that we have experienced His grace – and it is this grace that will move us along.

John Newton penned the words to this classic hymn:

Amazing grace, how sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found,
Was blind, but now I see.

’Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
And grace my fears relieved;
How precious did that grace appear,
The hour I first believed!

Thro’ many dangers, toils and snares,
I have already come;
’Tis grace has brought me safe thus far,
And grace will lead me home.

The Lord has promised good to me,
His word my hope secures;
He will my shield and portion be,
As long as life endures.

Yes, when this flesh and heart shall fail,
And mortal life shall cease;
I shall possess, within the veil,
A life of joy and peace.

The earth shall soon dissolve like snow,
The sun forbear to shine;
But God, who called me here below,
Will be forever mine.

Chillin’ with the Kim Family

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Various

Yesterday, we had the Executive Team over to our place for food and a time of fellowship. We grilled some fajitas and had other side dishes that awaken our taste buds. Some of the desserts that were brought over were excellent as well. Afterwards we played Guesstures – guys vs. gals! No comment on who won :-)

Then the Executive Team decided to bless me with a belated birthday present. When I opened up the gift, I was pretty shocked and overwhelmed. It was an outer jacket that I have always wanted but it was too expensive to get on my own. Wow! I was truly honored because I knew that many of these Executive Team members did not have a lot of money.

Whenever I receive a great gift, I am reminded of the principle: the greater the unworthiness of the recipient, the greater the gratitude when a great gift is received. It is a constant reminder of God’s great gift of salvation to us – we are truly undeserving.

Nothing New Under the Sun

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Viewpoint

The writer of Ecclesiastes said, “What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun. Is there anything of which one can say, ‘Look! This is something new?’ It was here already, long ago; it was here before our time. There is no remembrance of men of old, and even those who are yet to come will not be remembered by those who follow” (Ecc 1:9-11).

I am beginning to believe in that passage more every day as I get older.

There is a creative side in me that loves to come up with things that have not been discovered yet. At the same time, I also get inspired by people who are creative and by things that are creatively done.

I think there is a sense of significance when we come up with “new things.” We also are able to reflect God’s creativity since He is the greatest “creator” of all time.

I was in the middle of coming up with a new idea and concept (of course this is all relative) when I decided to do a Google search just to see what was out there. And guess what? Yup, the Ecc 1:9-11 affect.

Love for the Lost

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Viewpoint

This quote by Charles H. Spurgeon painted a great mental picture of how our concern and love for the lost should be:

“If sinners be damned, at least let them leap to Hell over our bodies. If they will perish, let them perish with our arms about their knees. Let no one go there unwarned and unprayed for.”

It is so easy to lose our heart for the lost. Statistics show that the longer we have been a Christian, the fewer number of pre-Christians friends we will have. We get so caught up with Christian things that we forget the spiritual state that we were in before we came to Christ.

I have discovered over the years that 3 groups of people usually have a greater burden for the lost:

1) They did not grow up in the church – they were pre-Christians most of their lives.

2) They have family members or someone that they love very much who are not believers.

3) They grew up in the church but they fell away and rededicated their lives to Christ.

I think ultimately what is required to have the heart that Spurgeon described in his quote is simply having God’s heart. This comes by reading His Word and seeing how His heart broke for the lost and also by prayer.

I love what D. T. Niles said, “Evangelism is just one beggar telling another beggar where to find bread.”

We are beggars who have found the Bread of Life.

2007 Breakaway Soccer Season

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Various

I am a little bummed about not being able to play this summer for HMCC’s Breakaway Soccer league. Since I will be out most of July, I will be missing this season. Over the years, I have seen this ministry grow in great ways. It has become more international in flavor and it has also been more missional.

There are people who will never step into the four walls of the church, but they will definitely be interested in playing a game that they are passionate about. As other Christ’s followers are playing along with them side by side, we are praying that biblical community can be built and relationships can be formed.

There is something about this universal sport of “football” that causes people to come together. I am hoping that this will be a great avenue for people to share Christ’s love. Regardless of your skill level, I want to encourage all of you sign up and be a part of the movement.
Check out Breakaway’s promo video… it is pretty inspiring a la Joga Benito style.

Who are those two little dudes in the video?! :-)

Working on the Schedules

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Values

Now with summer in full swing, Christina and I are trying to get a good schedule going for the whole Kim family. First, we worked on the kids’ schedules together. It is interesting to see how the parents and the children do not see eye to eye in terms of how long they can play video games :-)

Without camps or summer school, we really have to be purposeful in how the kids spend their time in the mornings and afternoons. As we were working on the schedule, it made me realize how kids really do need structure. In fact, they enjoy it because it brings them a sense of order and security.

We then put in our family time. During the school year, our family time fell on a Saturday. But during the summer we have decided to do it on Wednesdays. The kids have a full schedule, but Christina and I think that it will help them be productive and achieve some of their goals.

We are teaching the kids how to plan for things in life, while at the same time we are trying to teach them how to be flexible. Life is not perfect and everything will not go perfectly as planned. This is the cause of a lot of life’s frustrations – when things do not go the way we want it to go. But as they learn that their lives are not their own and that God wants each minute accounted for, I am confident that they will be raised up to live “full and abundant” lives.
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For some reason these floor video games in movie theaters are always a hit with children
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The boys are enjoying one of their favorites… Strawberry Freckled Lemonade