Bring the Rain

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Viewpoint

As I was driving home from morning prayer today, I heard a song on the Christian radio that really spoke to me. In the last couple of weeks, I have been speaking a lot (via sermon, blog, meetings with people, etc) on this whole topic of self-centered Christianity that is pervading the Church. In fact, I will go further and say that this is one of the reasons why we are seeing a lot of unhealthy churches around the world, particularly in the United States.

Somewhere down the line we have to come to the realization that Christianity is not about me but it has a lot to do with God and His glory. Until we die to this undercurrent of selfishness and me-centered Christianity, we are going to lose our power and anointing to live out the Gospel message.

This is why when I heard this song, it spoke to me powerfully.

The song is called, “Bring the Rain” by Mercy Me. The lyrics go like this:

I can count a million times
People asking me how I
Can praise You with all that
I’ve gone through
The question just amazes me
Can circumstances possibly
Change who I forever am in You

Maybe since my life was changed
Long before these rainy days
It’s never really ever crossed my mind
To turn my back on you, oh Lord
My only shelter from the storm
But instead I draw closer through these times
So I pray

Bring me joy, bring me peace
Bring the chance to be free
Bring me anything that brings
You glory And I know there’ll
be days When this life brings me pain
But if that’s what it takes to
praise You Jesus, bring the rain

I am yours regardless of the clouds that may
loom above because you are much greater than
my pain you who made a way for me suffering
your destiny so tell me what’s a little rain

Holy, holy, holy
Holy, holy, holy
is the lord God almighty
is the lord God almighty
I’m forever singing

 
 
 
What would it be like if we had this kind of theology?! In our selfishness and me-centered Christianity, we do not welcome pain and suffering. It is all about prosperity and feeling good. I am wonder if this is why so many people “fall away” from Christ when the first sign of hardships or trials come. We need to raise up a different kind of generation that will endure hardships and still learn to give God glory regardless of the circumstances. This kind of attitude shows a person who is consumed with God’s holiness and glory. May we have this kind of passion and pursuit.
 
 
 
Here is a video of the song with some inspiring pictures to remind us of the truth.
 
 

Days of Devotion

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Viewpoint

I read an article this morning by Margaret Manning. It just reinforced a lot of things that I have been writing about this week, especially about how Muslims view us and also about the “self-centered me” Christianity that we have tolerated here in the States.

Manning writes,

“September is a very important month for Jews and Muslims. For Jews, September contains two of their most high, holy days: Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. This is a time for serious introspection, a time to consider the sins of the previous year and repent before Yom Kippur. The ten days starting with Rosh Hashanah and ending with Yom Kippur are commonly known as the Days of Awe or the Days of Repentance.

These “Days of Awe” are filled with wonder and worship, days of reflection, fasting and prayer, days of solemnity and solace. These are days meant to set the tone for the rest of the year even as they remind Jews to reflect on what has gone before. Among the customs of this time, it is common to seek reconciliation with people you may have wronged during the course of the year. The Talmud maintains that Yom Kippur atones only for sins between man and God. As such, sins against persons require reconciliation with that person, righting the wrongs committed against them if possible.

Muslims similarly find September a month set apart, as it marks the month-long fast of Ramadan. Ramadan calls Muslims to concentrate on their faith and spend less time on the concerns of their everyday lives. It is meant to be a time of worship and contemplation, reflection and devotion.

Reflecting upon these holidays of faiths outside my own, I realized that September is not a particularly ‘holy’ month for Christians. We are more caught up in the beginning of the new school year, the buying of school clothes and supplies, the beginning of fall, the inevitable cooling of the air, and the changing color of the leaves – all the seasonal reminders of the days and months of fall. Spiritual holidays for Christians don’t begin until Reformation Day or All Saints Day on November 1. Perhaps we could change this.

Examining the practices of our Jewish and Muslim neighbors, we are reminded that every day can be a day of awe and devotion for the Christian. Jesus expected that his followers would engage in on-going acts of devotion like fasting, prayer, and almsgiving. The issue is not if we will do these devotional acts, but when we do them.

While we may have very different reasons, beliefs, and expectations than our Jewish and Muslim neighbors, there is something to learn from their special seasons of devotion to enrich and even challenge our own Christian practice. So often we neglect or altogether forget that our own acts of devotion should arise out of a loving response to what God has done on our behalf in Jesus. It is not insignificant that Jesus warned those listening to him: ‘unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees (the religious leaders of his day), you shall not enter the kingdom of heaven’ (Matthew 5:20). Jesus demanded not just ritualistic acts of devotion, but that the intention of our hearts would be drawn to such devotion and that out of this devotion gracious acts of love and mercy would flow each and every day of the year.

While September is not filled with Christian holy days, shouldn’t we see September as an opportunity for days of devotion and awe? And not just September, but every day and month of the year? Do not miss the opportunity for your own ‘days of awe’ choosing instead to settle for ordinary time.”

It is my prayer that we will be ruthless in purging the three important people in our Christianity (no, not the Trinity). The “me,” “myself,” and “I” have been killing Christianity. They are turning the Gospel message into a powerless and an irrelevant message to a generation where we want to see the majestic. We need to cry out and ask God to fill our desires with the all consuming glory of God.

Reconnecting with a Pastor Friend

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Various

Today, I had lunch with a pastor friend from the county. We are from a different background, ethnicity and even experiences but God sovereignly brought us together about 10 years ago. It is a friendship that I cherish.

We realized that it has been a very long time since the last time we connected. We shared about our families, ministries and even future visions. It is always encouraging to hear from people who are remaining faithful to their vision and calling.

Afterwards, I realized once again the special needs that pastors have and how they need someone who can connect with them on that level. It was just refreshing to hear from a fellow brother some of the things that God was showing him and how it was in the same vein as some of my own personal convictions.

I am trying to squeeze in more times like this… it is good for my soul.

A Consumer Generation?

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Values, Viewpoint

We have heard a lot about how our generation is a consumer generation more than ever before and we don’t know how to commit to something. In defense of our generation this is not always the case. I have seen many young people commit to things with their whole life… maybe it is because there is no cause or purpose that is worth giving their life to which causes the fickleness. But I will have to concede that in light of all the choices we have in this world that there is some truth to it.

This kind of mindset is slowly creeping into the Church of Jesus Christ.

Now in the church, we are seeing that it is all about choices and preferences. The temptation for many churches is to cave in to the currents of this society for fear that they will lose members to the church next door.

Something that I have been challenged by recently in the midst of all my travels around the globe is what kind of churches and Christians we are producing in the United States. I am constantly amazed to see churches around the world, especially in the persecuted countries where consumerism is not even an issue.

When I put this into context, one good example that comes to mind is our small group ministry.

There are some people who come out to our small group ministry – for whatever reason. But it is interesting that they do not attend our church on Sunday or some of our other gatherings. Now, I can look at this situation and say that it is because we live in a post-modern society where everything is fragmented; therefore people will go to wherever their needs are being met. I can even say that some of the para-churches are doing a better job than the local churches therefore people are picking and choosing where they can best grow spiritually.

Even if we try to be gracious in our assessment, the bottom line is there is something that is happening that is not consistent and a bit alarming.

First of all, in our context, HMCC believes church happens best in small groups. Therefore there is a strong emphasis on small groups in our church. But our church is not just made up of small groups. In fact, our church is so strongly driven on purpose that all our events, gatherings and planning are ALL connected. What I mean by that is this: our small groups are placed where they are because they are connected to our Sunday Celebration. And our Sunday Celebration is connected to our ACCESS gathering (our Friday gathering for students). And our ACCESS gatherings are connected to our larger events.

So, in the past, if a person did not agree with our philosophy of ministry or did not think we emphasized certain things enough (to their liking), they would leave our church to find another one that suits their fancy – which by the way is fine because I have been preaching that we need different types of churches for different types of people. There is no church that fits all.

But the inconsistency comes when people still come out to our small group ministry but do not agree with the direction, philosophy and vision of what we are doing. It would be very hard for me to believe that people would get on a train that is going to a place that they do not want to go, but they are willing to sit in the chair on the train because they like the people on the train. Hmm…

I am trying really hard to see how a person can have this kind of disjointed perspective.

Maybe we can look at it from another angle.

What if the church that they are attending on Sundays has a small group ministry that they are trying to build up? Now, for whatever reason, that person does not participate in their church’s small group but chooses to join ours. I am just wondering how that pastor or the leaders from that church would feel. If a church is serious about building up their small group ministry then I am guessing they would want all their members who are coming out to Sundays to join their small groups. No? Is it just me?

So back to another scenario (as you can tell, I am trying to cover all the bases). What if a person comes out to our small group ministry but not to our Sundays and other gatherings because they have a church that they like better than ours? To add to this scenario… their church does not have a small group ministry. They know being in community is important, therefore since their church does not have one, isn’t it better to be a part of one than not having anything at all?

Well, in this situation it goes back to the understanding of their view of church. If they believe in the Acts 2 passage where the early church met together in their homes and built community, shouldn’t they want that for their church? My challenge to them would be, “why not start something within the context of your church?” In this way, they are building up the local church.

Now, to go back to the start of this post and the topic of consumerism in the Church.

With all the reasons and scenarios given above, what would you say about a person who decides to be part of HMCC’s small group ministry when they have their own small group ministry in their church (the one that they are attending now)?

What would you say about a person who decides to be part of HMCC’s small group ministry but never gives back to the overall whole of the church because they do not attend Sundays and some of the other key gatherings?

This is when I am stuck because when I take this route in terms of logic, then it always comes back to the currents of this generation with too many choices and not committing to one thing. In fact, it is not surprising to see the divorce rate in our generation where choices are a premium. Why should I say committed to this one person when things are not working out or when things are tough? I have choices don’t I?

No wonder the Apostle Paul used the illustration of the Church to talk about the important aspects of marriage between a husband and a wife. He said, “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself” (Eph 5:25-29).

That is a tall order. How did Christ love the Church? Or shall I ask, “How much did Christ love the Church?”

I am wondering if Christ is doing everything possible in our generation to see “a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.” It is my prayer that we will raise up a new generation of people that will not make everything about themselves. The only way is to address the selfishness and self-centered Christianity people have settled for in our generation. Let us not forget that it is not about us but about His glory and honor.

Déjà Vu a la Church’s Role

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Values, Viewpoint

When we first started the church, we had to grapple with the issue of the church’s and the para-church’s role on campus. Since we were a fully functioning church with a focus on the campus, we ran into some problems with the para-church. Maybe I should say it was more of a conflict of interest. Why? Because in order to be a fully functioning church that is focused on the campus, we could not just have Sunday Celebrations for students. We were committed to living out the 5 E’s (Exaltation, Evangelism, Edification, Education and Extension) in our context. Simply put, we needed to do small groups, discipleship, large group meetings, evangelism and a lot of the other things that the para-church was already doing in order for us to be the local church and to be faithful to our calling.

Some people had problems with this, or shall I say “us.” The logic for some people was expressed in a form of a question – “why can’t people do both?” I think the best way to answer this is to approach it from 3 different angles (past, present and future).

First of all, I will approach it from a historical perspective. When I think about the para-church movement on college campuses, we can point back to the start of universities here in the United States. There were various campus groups all throughout history that formed both informally and formally around a specific purpose. There were some that formed around the purpose of prayer. Some were focused more on missions and world evangelization. Regardless, they were a key part of the spiritual life on the campus. Then in the mid-20th century some of the more notable para-church groups developed in the midst of increased student population after WWII. As more students were coming back or going to college, many of the local churches were not ready or equipped to minister to the needs of the students. Therefore, this created a void in the hearts of the students as there was an increasing hunger for spiritual things.

Secondly, I want to look at this issue from the trends that I am seeing around the world today. For some reason God is bringing forth an awakening within the Church. The churches in this post-modern world are seeing things a bit differently than the churches of our parents’ generation. In our parents’ generation it was more about the “attraction” model (come to us), while in our generation it is more about the missional model (we will go to you). This has caused our generation to re-think about ecclesiology and what it means to be the Church. On one hand, we are seeing a lot more “grassroots” movements starting but also we are seeing more people putting an emphasis on the role of the local church.

With these two perspectives, we can conclude that God is “re-commissioning” the local church to play a role in engaging the college campuses. Even here at the University of Michigan campus, I am noticing two trends over the last 10 years. First, there have been more churches being planted right on campus to fully engage the students. I am also seeing this in our community of churches in Acts Ministries International – most of our churches are on or near a college campus. Also, some of the current local churches who have solely relied upon the para-churches to minister to their students are now starting up their own church college ministry.

So now, the question is – “what is the role of the college para-church in our generation?”

Lastly, I want to approach this issue of the church and the para-church’s role from the eternal perspective. At the end of the day, when everything is all said and done, whether a person comes to Christ through the para-church or the local church, does it really matter? As long as Christ is preached, we can all rejoice (Php 1:18). But the tension will always be there.

How does a person who is involved in both the para-church and the local church choose between events hosted by the para-church and the local church on the same day? Hmm… that is a quandary. If they choose the para-church, the community that they have in the local church might feel discouraged. If they choose the local church over the para-church, then the community that they have in the para-church might feel discouraged.

Is there any easy solution or answer?

Well, some people have no problem with living in the tension, which is fine – more power to them. But for the rest of us, it comes down to dealing with a tough decision, which many people have done. They either choose the local church and be fully “in” or they choose the para-church and then find a church that does not have a college ministry and is depending on a para-church to partner together with.

In the past 12 years of HMCC, we have had people make the hard choice and jump all in; and we have also had people that found another church.

A Response to a Post

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Various

First of all, let me try to explain once again why I do not have a comment section on my blog. In fact, there are a lot of people who have said various things about me for not enabling the comment section.

I understand I am not a true blogger if I don’t have the comment section. I understand that I do not promote open dialogue if I don’t have the comment section. I understand that I hinder community in the cyberspace world by not having the comment section enabled. I understand that people are frustrated.

But once again, this blog was started because of 3 reasons:

1) As our church was growing, people were expressing how they do not know the lead pastor. Due to limitations in time, I thought I would give people a slice into my life and also my thoughts. Therefore, I don’t know if my main objective is to open up dialogue about my life – I have Christina to tell me how crazy I am :-) I am fully aware that it cannot replace face-to-face interaction; therefore I am still meeting with people on a regular basis.

2) As the demographics of our church were changing, I realized that the basic core DNA of our church was slowly slipping. Since I cannot reinforce all the principles and DNA of our church on a Sunday Celebration, I created an avenue where people who want to know the DNA of church can get it by reading the blog as the vision, the heart, and the mission are often times expressed through this blog.

3) As students graduate and move to various parts of the world and also, as we are planning on planting more churches, this blog is a tool of connecting people to what is happening here in HMCC.

 
With all this being said, I received a personal e-mail in regards to the post on “Ramadan and Christian Fasting.” It really encouraged me knowing that God is moving in the heart of Christians to think seriously about engaging in dialogue with Muslims.

Hi Pastor Seth,

I just read your blog and wanted to respond to it.

I worked lunch shifts with my co-worker. During Ramadan he would fast all day without eating or drinking. He would always come into work looking so tired, and sometimes he would want to break fast. He would smile at me and ask, “Should I eat something?” For some reason, I would respond by telling him that he should not break his fast. Many times he complained about how hungry he was because he was fasting for Ramadan.

I felt compelled to fast along with him. He did not know I was fasting, and I would make an extra effort to not outwardly show I was hungry or tired. One day, I worked extremely hard. I was going non-stop as he sat on a stool, and he asked me, “What is wrong with you? Why are you working so hard?” This was during a down-time so he was resting while I kept on working.

I never told him I was fasting, but one day he did ask me why I wasn’t eating. We usually made a sandwich to eat during lunch. I just smiled in response and told him I wasn’t eating and he smiled and shook his head. He knew I was a Christian.

One really awesome thing is that he ended up playing Breakaway [note: this is our soccer league] even when he knew it was a league with HMCC. We also still try to keep in contact. I think, with God’s help, I gained his respect, and God really worked through me and got him curious about the God I serve.

Anyway, thanks for posting that blog. It made me think when you wrote, “one fasts in order to gain favor from God, while the other fasts out of response to God’s great mercy.”

I hope your family and Church is going well.

Die-Hard Chicago Fan

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Various

It is good to be a Chicago fan today.

Cubs 4, St. Louis 2
Bears 20, Kansas City 10

Die-hard fans are hard to come by nowadays.
We are hoping that this will be the year of glory!

Raising the Next Generation of Leaders

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Vision

I just came back from meeting with some of the men in our church. Several weeks ago, I sent out an invitation to all the men in our leadership team (TEAM Community) about being part of a group who will get discipled and trained to be future pastors and ministry leaders. It was encouraging to see the men who responded and who make up this group.

In our time together, we went around and share about our where we are in our calling and what we are expecting from our time together. Then, I had the current pastors share how they received their calling and their journey in doing ministry.

God is truly faithful. As we are getting ready to send out some of their pastors to plant more churches in the coming years, God is raising up the next generation of pastors and missionaries. This is what I am passionate about… this is what I am called to do. I am thankful for the privilege of investing in the next generation.

Reflections on a Whirlwind Day

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Various

Morning – Our first all day training conference for our TEAM Community (leadership community for our small group leaders and ministry team leaders). It was great having the leaders of HMCC of Chicago join us for the conference. It was also a blessing to see non-pastors teaching some of the classes to equip the people to be better leaders… we are trying to live out the Eph 4:11-12 passage of raising up future APEPT gifted people (apostolic, prophetic, evangelistic, pastoral, and teaching).

Early afternoon – We went to see Josiah’s soccer team play. They are 0-2 after today’s loss. It is hard to see the kids emotionally and even psychologically discouraged. But since their team got moved up to a higher division, they are now on the lower half of the division. But I always believe in this principle about sports – if you play with people who are better than you, then you will elevate your game. Hopefully, they can win soon.

Mid-afternoon – Michigan won against Notre Dame. It is great watching the game on TV with the kids. Did Mike Hart’s statement of “I guarantee we will win next week” help motivate his teammates? There is something about true leaders who are able to take risk and envision something for people that they cannot do for themselves. If you saw the way he played, he walked the talk – a mark of a great leader.

Early evening – I went to the Global Access (our international ministry) picnic. It was awesome to see so many different nations represented. This year we are going to start another small group. God is truly bringing the nations to us. I shared the vision about being connected together to further spread the Gospel to the various nations that were represented at the picnic.

Evening – Before the leaders of HMCC of Chicago were planning on driving back, I spent some time sharing my heart with them. Then we spent some time in prayer for the things that God was going to do this year. I also had the opportunity to lay my hands on the leaders and pray for them. Yes, we did the Love Train – ha! It is a HMCC thing.

Ramadan and Christians Fasting

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Viewpoint

For many Christians, the start of Ramadan came and went. Ramadan in 2007 started yesterday, September 13th and will continue for 30 days until Friday, October 12th.

During this month there are a lot of various religious observances that a Muslim is suppose to follow. The most common practice during this month is the daytime fasting. For 30 days during Ramadan, Muslims around the world will get up before dawn to eat and say their prayers. Then when the sun sets and after they have said their 4th prayer of the day, they will break their fast.

It is interesting that during this time most Muslims would also try to resolve to follow more closely to the teachings of Islam. They would demonstrate their piety by avoiding certain external behavioral things (i.e. angry outburst, gossiping, and etc). They would also address the internal things such as envy, greed, lust, and pride. During the fasting hours, even sexual intercourse is forbidden.

In Wikipedia, it is stated, “Purity of both thought and action is important. The fast is intended to be an exacting act of deep personal worship in which Muslims seek a raised level of closeness to God. The act of fasting is said to redirect the heart away from worldly activities, its purpose being to cleanse the inner soul and free it from harm. Properly observing the fast is supposed to induce a comfortable feeling of peace and calm. It also allows Muslims to practice self-discipline, sacrifice, as well as sympathy for those who are less fortunate, intending to make Muslims more generous and charitable.”

Now… a Christ-follower can look at this religious observance and say, “Thank God for the freedom we have in Christ and how He has set us free from external based religion.”

But my challenge to us, Christ-followers is this: “How do you think a Muslim who is so deeply rooted into this kind of works-mindset view Christians?”

Do they envy us? Do they secretly wish that they had the freedom to do whatever they wanted to do? Maybe for a moment because they have to abstain from sexual intercourse with their spouse during the fasting hours (sarcasm).

In reality, they view us as unenlightened infidels who do not know the truth of Allah and the teachings of Muhammad. They looked at our lax and permissive religion with disdain.

Now here is a thought.

What if Christ-followers fasted during the month of Ramadan as well, so that Muslims can see the external piety? Since they equate external behavior with piety, we can apply the 1 Co 9:19-23 principle here. Then it will gain at least some respect from their perspective.

After gaining respect, we can share that both Christians and Muslims fast – which is a good thing. But one fasts in order to gain favor from God, while the other fasts out of response to God’s great mercy (Ro 12:1). It might possibly get them curious.

But alas, we, Christ-followers live in a culture where submission and self-control is a bit of a foreign concept. The abundance of things but emptiness of souls.

The Joy of Music

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Various

Since people know I enjoy all kinds of music, one of my members recommended a website awhile back that plays all “kinds of music” for FREE. Yup, you heard me right… FREE. It is called The Pandora Radio, which is sponsored by the The Music Genome Project.

The best part of this is that you can tailor the music according to your taste and even with a particular genre. The Pandora Radio has brought back a little bit of my high school nostalgic days with Erasure, New Order, Pet Shop Boys, Orchestral Manoeuvres (yes, spelled correctly) in the Dark (affectionately known as OMD), Depeche Mode, Chicago, Yaz, and etc. Then I started to think about classic movies like, “The Karate Kid,” “The Breakfast Club,” “Pretty in Pink,” “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” “Footloose,” “Top Gun,” “Sixteen Candles,” and etc. The 80s baby!!

Anyways, I wanted to share the joy of music.

So far in my Pandora Radio list I have everything from Andrea Bocelli to Hillsong to one that is just entitled Divas… haha!

The Car of the Millennium

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Vogue

I grew up with Mattel’s Hot Wheels. I remember just playing with the die-cast metal cars for hours and imagining I was a race car driver. Also, as I was growing up, I idolized Speed Racer and pretended to have my own Mach 5. Do you remember what all those buttons did on his steering wheel? Only true Speed Racer fans would know… haha!

I also, made model cars and painted them for display. Bottom line, I was a car fanatic. Therefore when I saw the new $1.4 million Lamborghini Reventon, my jaws dropped.

They have stated that only 20 of these cars will be made for sale to only “friends and collectors.” Show me the money!

The Reventon has a 650-horsepower engine and it is made completely of carbon fiber laid over a carbon fiber and steel frame. They have even engineered the instrument panel to stimulate a modern jet, which is made up of liquid crystal and it shows a G-force display revealing longitudinal forces in a 3-D image. Incredible!

I just thought I would share this joy with all of you. Do you think we can rent this car out at Enterprise Car Rental? j/k.
 
 
 
Here are the pictures of the car:
 
 
 
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This car can definitely go under a semi-truck
 
 
 
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What you will see once it passes you up in the highway
 
 
 
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The closest I will ever get in stepping inside this car
 
 
 
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Speed Racer’s Mach 5 is still better

Karissa’s 4th B-Day

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Various

I cannot believe KiKi is 4 years old now. Time has flown by quickly. We followed our b-day tradition:

1) We allowed the birthday person to pick a restaurant that they want to go to. KiKi picked Macaroni Grill not for the food but because of their Smothered Chocolate Cake. This girl is starting early (influenced by her beautiful mother).

2) We went around the table and shared why our lives are more blessed because of the birthday person. You should have seen the look on her face – it was half embarrassment and half “you know it.” Haha!

Our lives are truly blessed to have her in our family.
 
 
 
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Warning to all 4 year old boys – Don’t even think about it!

Kite Flying and the Holy Spirit

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Values

After dinner, the kids and I decided to go kite flying. It wasn’t as windy as we wanted it to be but it was sufficient. As we were taking turns in flying the kite, I was trying to teach the kids to wait for the wind and then let the wind take the kite up in the air.

Then, I realized that this was a great opportunity to teach them a biblical principle. It dawned upon me that this would be a great teaching moment on the Holy Spirit.

I explained how in life there are so many things we try to do ourselves in our own strength, wisdom or talents. When this happens, we do not go very far… just like the kite. But when we wait upon the Holy Spirit to come upon us (or anoint us) then it makes everything so much easier… just like the wind that takes the kite up… we don’t have to try as hard.

Something just clicked for them as I was teaching this point.

I knew that they understood the principle because as they held on to the kite one of them said, “Just wait… just wait for the Holy Spirit.” Then the other one said, “Yeah… hold on because I can see it coming… the leaves on the trees are moving!” HAHA!

We had a blast.
 
 
 
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This was KiKi’s first time kite flying and she did awesome
 
 
 
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Elliot loved waiting for the “Holy Spirit” to take the kite high up
 
 
 
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Josiah was trying to beat everyone with the longest hang time