Thanksgiving in Lewisburg

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Various

Christina and I were talking and we realized that for some people it was a bit weird when they heard that we were going to spend Thanksgiving with former members. But we have built a great relationship with them over the years. In fact, they were the first couple that we married in our church.

It was great hanging out with Charles and Joyce and their kids. We ate good food, played games and they introduced us to the Wii Fit. I knew that it was working because after a workout game, I found myself breathing really hard.

On Friday they took us out to Bucknell University, where Dr. Charles teaches in the Engineering School. The whole time I was thinking that it would be great to have a church on campus – every campus becomes a mission field for churches to be planted.

We also had the opportunity to hang out with their current pastor and his wife and an elder’s family. We shared each other’s testimonies and marveled at God’s faithfulness. I am always amazed at how Christ brings people together and unites us even though we have only known each other for a few hours.
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In front of the library at Bucknell University
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Our family in front of the Bucknell signage
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What would Thanksgiving be like without a little football
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The kids had fun at the huge playground
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The 2 Kim families
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The Kim kids
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This was one of our favorite pictures

The Madness of Black Friday

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Viewpoint

In the last two years, Christina and I have participated in the Black Friday madness. We have been able to get some good deals last year, but this year we decided to take a break from all the madness. It might be rooted in a slight protest from all the consumerism.

In fact, the last couple of years, I have seen the worst in people come out. If some of you doubt the depravity of humankind, then just go out to a Black Friday event at 5AM and it will enlighten you to this theological principle. It really reveals a lot about human nature.

This is why when I read about the Wal-Mart stampede and the Toys R Us shooting it just made me sad.

Sometimes when we are so focused on a goal (getting the deal on the merchandise), we forget about things around us. It just reminded me of how self-focused and self-absorbed we can get – I know that this is what happened to me last year.

When all the dust settles, I hope that people will be able to put everything in perspective.

Oh the Power of Twitter

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Various

We need to be in prayer for the situation in Mumbai, India. It is just humbling and heartbreaking when some of the craziness is happening in places that you have visited before the bombing.

Here is a story on the power of Twitter

2008 Thanksgiving Reflections

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Values, Viewpoint

Recently, I read an interesting reflection by Jill Carattini, who is a managing editor for a Ravi Zacharias International Ministries newsletter. She writes,

“To our grumbling prone lips, these words are quite revealing. If being thankful is by nature being aware and appreciative of things beyond ourselves, complaining is refusing to see anything but ourselves. It is refusing to see the one who is among us. Moreover, it is an expression that serves only to affirm our own expectations, whether they are based on faulty visions of reality or not. Certainly the Israelites did not want to go back into captivity, but in their grumbling even slavery began to look inviting. Likewise, the falling bread from heaven ceased to be a remarkable sign of provision from the Father, but remarkably, a sign of monotony and their own dreariness. Our complaints are not only a choice to overlook the blessings around us, but the choice not to ask where or from whom our blessings come.”


I thought it was a pretty insightful analysis of the human heart.

When we lose the sense of gratitude or thankfulness for things around us, then a complaining person cannot see anything but themselves and they will most likely forget about God.

This is why a person, who is growing in maturity and also becoming less selfish and less self-centered, will have higher levels of thankfulness. It is so easy to get caught up focusing on ourselves in the midst of all the various circumstances we are going through. But we have to avoid the temptation to get so consumed with our own little world.

This Thanksgiving season may our lips produce more praise than a crop full of complaints. When we do hear complaints flowing from our lips, may we redirect our attention to our Savior rather than on the self. It might just transform some things. Even your family members (sometimes our harshest critics) might notice a difference.

Writing My Paper

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Various

I have been afforded a couple of days by my family to make some progress on my dissertation. I have locked myself in a hotel room and I do not plan on coming out until I have accomplished some of my goals. It is my hope that I can continue to make advancement on this paper.

I am going to check out of the blogosphere for the next couple of days.

But I might give some Twitter updates here and there… I can’t go completely cold turkey :-)

Chicago Trip 11.22.08

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Visits

I just arrived to Chicago late night. Wow… it was probably the fastest plane ride to Chicago in all my years of flying. The pilot got us to Chicago in 40 minutes!! It is usually a 53 minute ride. I knew something was different because when we approached Chicago, the pilot had to slow down the plane really fast. But after everyone on the flight realized how fast we got to Chicago, no one complained.

Then I met up with Pastor Jimmy to reconnect and catch up on life. It was great hearing all the great things that God is doing in his life, as well as in HMCC of Chicago.

I’m looking forward to ministering God’s Word to both the NU and UIC sites.

A Day in the Life of Karissa

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Values

Today, Karissa and I headed out to her school at 6:30PM. It was a special day. All the kids in her class invited one of their parents to come and experience what a day in school is like for them. I decided to go and make it a daddy/daughter thing.

Karissa’s excitement was contagious. Even though there were pressing things that I needed to take care of, I realized that the excitement in her voice to show me everything in her classroom dissipated the stress that I was feeling.

It was great to go through a tour of all the things that she does in a single day. There were so many choices of learning avenues. It was like a little “Hands-on-Museum.” Christina and I are thankful that we can send Karissa to this school and have her mind stretched and her imagination expanded.

Sometimes in the midst of all the busyness and stress, I need little reminders that these moments will soon pass and it will never come back again – this is why I need perspective and appreciate the moments that God gives me with my daughter. There will come a time when I will have to give her away in marriage (very, very reluctantly); therefore while she is still with me, I will cherish the moments.
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They are studying the history of North America in light of Thanksgiving
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She was showing me her math skills
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We were making some bubbles with a hand mixer
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Giving her a vision for the nations and to be a “world shaker and history maker” :-)

“24” is Back (Finally)

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Various

After a one year hiatus, the T.V. show 24 will be premiering a 2-hour special movie this coming Sunday, November 23rd. It is called, “24: Redemption.” This will try to explain what happens between seasons 6 and 7.

I think many people were disappointed with the last season. The first 3 or 4 seasons were pretty heart pounding and adrenaline pumping. But season 6 was pretty over the top and it began to lose some of the appeal.

Nevertheless, true “24” fans are not phased. We are a dedicated bunch of people. After this Redemption movie airs, season 7 will start on Sunday, January 11th. Then it will start showing on Mondays. Now on some of our date nights, I think we are going to watch it together.

You can check out the trailer of “24: Redemption” below.

Daisy Girl Scouts

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Various

Karissa went to her first Daisy Girl Scouts today. You should have seen her face when she came back. She was so pumped for a 5 year old!

Karissa ended up showing me her whole 7 month schedule (page by page). She also showed me her pledge or commitment card that she had to recite. Wow… they are serious!

The Girl Scouts’ mission is: to build girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place.

Go girl power!
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The outfit – you got to love the Daisy Petals
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The pledge card – this is some serious stuff!

The Bigger Man

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Values

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Now that the elections are over, the president-elect Barack Obama is in the process of forming his cabinet. This has been in the news for the last couple of weeks. But the thing that has caught my attention and impressed me about Obama is that in the last few weeks, he has been meeting up with some of his rivals, such as Hillary Clinton, as well as John McCain.

I haven’t really seen too many people who are willing to put aside their own personal feelings to make bridges and even restore broken relationships.

There were some crazy things that were said on the campaign trail, not only during the presidential race, but also during the primaries. Therefore to have Obama reach out to Clinton and McCain, it really shows that he is the bigger man.

I think there are some biblical lessons we can learn from this example.

Seven Days of Sex

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Various

I have always been challenged and inspired by Pastor Ed Young from Fellowship Church when it comes to creativity and doing things with excellence.

He has done it again.

Fellowship Church is starting a new series called, “Seven Days of Sex.” Provocative? Yes. It even made the ABC News reporter blush a little bit. You can watch the video here.

Ed Young said this classic line, “We want to bring the bed back in church and put God back in the bed.” Good stuff.

You should check out the “challenge” or the “experiment” that he is wanting the married couples in his church to do. Awesome.

Northwestern vs. Michigan 2008

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Various

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This is a big game. Michigan is trying to salvage whatever they can from this losing season and Northwestern is trying to get into a bowl game.

To the average Michigan and Northwestern football fan, it is all about identification with their team and bragging rights. So what do we do when we have a church on the UM and NU campus?

People at HMCC of Ann Arbor and HMCC of Chicago are excited because this game brings us together. This is the beauty of Christian unity… haha.

My kids are rooting for UM, but since I will be preaching at NU campus next week, I will just stay neutral :-)

Faith is Always Required

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Values

I was ministered by the Holy Spirit with a quote that I read today. It is by George MacDonald (1824-1905) in his book, “Weighed and Wanting.” MacDonald said, “The principal part of faith is patience.”

One major weakness that I have is impatience. Since I am an ENTJ, according to the Myers-Briggs personality test (you can read up on my traits here), this is my fatal flaw.

Therefore, as I was reading this quote, it reminded me of how much I need to grow in the area of faith. Maybe if I focused on growing in faith, I can grow more in patience.

I need to stop trusting in my abilities and look to God more in everything that I do. Translation = I need to continue to grow in my prayer life. Lord help me.

Veteran’s Day 2008

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Values

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Today is Veteran’s Day and a time to remember many of the men and women who have served in the armed forces. It is also a time to remember some of the people who are serving right now in Iraq and Afghanistan.

With some of our members serving in the military now and also with the loss of one of our members in the Iraq War, I am just reminded of the courage of the people who are serving in the military.

I am more thankful than ever that there were people who have gone before us to give us some of the privileges that we have in the United States. The sad part is that sometimes we take these things for granted.

It is my prayer that we will continue to raise up people in our generation who are men and women of courage, dedication and who have a love for country.