Early Christmas 2007

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Various

It was great meeting up with some of the men that I am spending time with in our church this morning. This group is special because many of them are either thinking about pastoral ministry or wanting to be part of a church plant in the future. We just sat around with some good coffee and talked about transforming the world – a topic that I can talk about for days!

Then, the family and I opened up our Christmas presents before heading out to Chicago. It was awesome seeing the joy on our kids’ faces when they opened up their Christmas presents. Seeing people’s faces light up with joy is a great motivator for giving. It is something that you cannot trade for the world.

We followed our tradition of baking a birthday cake for Jesus and then we sing happy birthday… followed by eating the cake.

Then in the early afternoon we headed out to our married couples’ Christmas party. It was a blast. Whenever the married couples in our church can get together to just hang out and have fun it is always a blessing.

Now we are getting ready to head out to Chicago to spend some time with my extended family and Christina’s side of the family. It will be great for the kids to reconnect with their uncles and aunt.

Getting the Heart Back

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Various

We finished off the summit tonight. It was amazing how much we were able to finish and not be distracted by all the various rabbit trails that we are sometimes (or should I say that I am sometimes) tempted to follow. I praise God because we were not only able to reflect and review this whole 2007 year, but we were able plan out some macro (and micro) level things. It is our prayer that we will get back to a place where everything is flowing out of our love relationship with Christ.

If there is any one theme that stuck out for me is simply – “getting the heart back.” In many ways we have lost our heart for Christ and the church. Therefore, there are so many of us who have just survived by going through the motions. But God wants us to not just survive but thrive. This takes ruthless actions as we do whatever it takes to guard our time with Christ and grow in our intimacy with Him.

As we get our heart back, I am confident that God is going to use us as His vessels for His glory… what an awesome privilege we have. The year 2008 is going to be filled with awesome surprises and we give God all the glory.