The Father’s Protection

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Values, Various, Viewpoint

 
When you see a father so passionate about protecting his daughter, it reminds you of how love and security play an important role in a relationship. As I watched this video, I couldn’t help but to resonate with this father as I thought about my daughter.

Then, I thought about God’s love and protection for His children against Satan and his evil forces. No matter what we are facing in life, we can be confident that God will persistently protect us because He passionately loves us.
 
 

The Greatest Artist

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Values, Various, Viewpoint

 
God is the Greatest Artist of all time. We, as human are able to create beautiful things because the Creator created us.

Whenever I get inspired by a musician or an artist with their talent, I am reminded that they are just a reflection of the Greatest Artist.

Therefore, keep on creating great music, art and other creative pieces because it will keep on pointing to the One who alone deserves all the glory!
 
 

Withholding Nothing

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Values, Viewpoint

 
I am constantly reminded that in order to experience true freedom, we have to let go of everything; but it is always easier said than done. Living a life of complete surrender to Christ is hard.

We love ourselves too much, even to the point of being narcissist and full of pride. The times when I have been able to fully let go of things and “withhold nothing” from Christ is when I saw how worthy He was of my everything.

The more I focus on Him and less on me, the easier it is to step out in faith and let everything go. There is no other way in this life of following Christ.

This song by William McDowell called, “Withholding Nothing” has been on repeat throughout this whole week. May this be the prayer of our hearts.
 
 

I surrender all to you
Everything I give to you
Withholding nothing
Withholding nothing

King Jesus
My Savior
Forever
I give you all of me
I give you all of me

I surrender all to you
Everything I give to you
Withholding nothing
Withholding nothing

 
 

The Hearts of Men

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Values, Various, Viewpoint, Vision

 
Coming back from my recent trip to Cambodia, I was reminded once again about the evils of human slavery. As I looked at the issue, I couldn’t help but to conclude that everything starts from the heart. Since we live in a broken world, we try so hard to “fix” ourselves from the pain and hurt in our lives. This is where many of us turn to various things to numb our pain; but instead of getting better, things get worse.

It is discovered that a lot of the sexual exploitation has its roots in pornography. If pornography is one of the roots to human slavery, then we need to do everything possible to cut it off. We cannot allow pornography to be the fuel for human trafficking. Therefore, in order to fight human slavery, we have to invest in winning the hearts of men. In particular, we have to invest in the next generation.

The real fix can only be found in the Gospel.

It is the Gospel that can set us free. It is the Gospel that heals our hearts. This video is a good reminder of the fact that we need to win the hearts of men with the Gospel.
 
 

World Shakers. History Makers.

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Values, Various, Viewpoint, Vision

 

 
 
 
I remember when our kids were younger and they all went to the same school. It was so much easier driving them to one location; but now, they all go to different schools. I miss those younger years when we were all together in one car.

Everyday, as we got closer to school, I had one of them pray on behalf of all of us. Of course, we rotated the person who would pray because if we did the “can someone pray for us” method, there would be silence.

My favorite part was a phrase that they always included in their prayers. They said, “Lord, help us to be world shakers and history makers!”

I pray that this would be true of us.

We are part of the greatest movement in history. It is unstoppable.

God, may Your Kingdom come and Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven!

Winter Baptism 2013

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Values, Victories, Viewpoint

 

 
 
 
We made history at our 2013 Winter Baptism. It was our first time having the baptism at our Transformation Center. Secondly, we had the most people being baptized at one time in the history of our church.

I am constantly amazed at God’s transformative work of calling us His own and by bringing us from darkness to His marvelous light (1 Pe 2:9). I have the privilege of being an eyewitness of His power week after week. Then it all culminates at our baptism service.

This is the reason why I do what I do. It is my passion.

I can’t wait for our Easter Baptism in 2014.

Mirror Series

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Values, Various

 

Design by HMCC-AA Publications Team
 
 
 
For our college ministry, we are finishing off our 2-part series called, “Mirror.” In Part 1, we covered the theme of “The Looking Glass.” I mentioned how, “we must see ourselves through the mirror of God’s grace.” It is God’s grace that fulfills us, frees us, and forms us.

Today we are going to go over the topic of “The Rearview Mirror” and how important it is for us to look back into our past. Too often we move forward without looking back at what we’ve experienced in our lives. This is why we constant repeat the same mistakes and fall into the same trap of sin.

If we are going to advance forward in our destiny, then looking back at the “rearview mirror” of our lives in order to see where we have been and how far we have come will be significant.

Join us tonight as we conclude this series!

A Big God. A Big Announcement

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Values, Vision

 

 
 
 
Here is the text of the video:
 

Hi church, I hope all of you are doing well.

It’s hard to believe that everything got started right here in Ann Arbor back in 1996. God has been transforming lives and transforming the world since then. From that point on we have seen churches planted in Chicago, Austin, Jakarta, and Singapore. The reason why I wanted to take this time to share with you, is because my family and I, through a lot of prayer and discernment, have decided that we are going to indefinitely move out to Hong Kong in the summer of 2015. We will be moving out to start HMCC of Hong Kong.

I realize that God used several experiences in my life to help me have a heart for His mission. My first experience was back in college when I went to Kenya, Africa. That was the first time God opened my eyes, literally, to the whole world.

My second experience was back in 2002 when I had the opportunity to go to China. While we were in China, we were working with the underground church. It was at that moment when God put a burden on my heart for the harvest field. There were so many people who were lost and without the Gospel, while the workers remained few. That’s when I began to pray and ask God to send out workers into the harvest field.

The third experience was a bit more recent. As you know, my family and I went to Indonesia to start the international church there. While we were there, we saw God do some amazing things. It was from that experience that God gave me a greater heart for the nations.

The motivation for us to go to Hong Kong specifically, is due to the things that we have noticed in our churches. A lot of Hong Kong and Chinese students have been coming out. As they have been coming out, many have come to know Jesus Christ and have started to get discipled. It was then that we realized that God was bringing these people to us for a purpose.

The second thing that He revealed to me was that of the nine universities in Hong Kong, close to eighteen to twenty percent of those students are from mainland China. I started to think to myself: what would it be like to target some of these mainland Chinese students to do the same thing that we are doing here in Ann Arbor?

The third thing that was revealed to me happened while I was on my writing sabbatical to finish off my doctorate degree. During this time, my writing was focused on the Student Volunteer Movement and how God used students to reach the nations and the world. As I was writing, I found a greater sense of purpose and confirmation about everything that we have been doing the last seventeen to eighteen years.

There are so many people in China who have yet to hear the Gospel message; and there are many unreached people groups who have yet to hear the Gospel as well. It is our heart’s desire that as we reach out to Hong Kong, the “gateway city”, that we would be able to reach out to many people from China and who have yet to hear the Gospel message.

We believe that the best is yet to come. We’re asking you to continue in your prayers and support for us. More information about this church plan will be released, but in the meantime, please continue to pray for us. Thank you so much once again, and God bless you. We hope to talk to you soon.

 
 
I know that this is a big announcement and I am sure that you have a lot of questions; therefore here is a FAQ.

The best is yet to come.
It is all for His glory!

Global Band Missions Project 2013

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Values, Various, Vision

 

Photo by HMCC-AA Docs Team
 
 
 
I am excited to go to Cambodia and Hong Kong with some of our HMCC worship leaders in late December. Music is a universal language that everyone understands. This is why when worship happens in Spirit and in Truth (Jn 4:24), Jesus is exalted and great things transpire.

After my trip to Asia in March 2013, I came away with several observations:
 

1) The Cambodian people love music. I was blown away when we visited a remote village in Phnom Penh and all the kids knew Psy’s “Gangnam Style” song. Out of all the places in the world, I witnessed the power of music on the lives of people (even though we might have to introduce them to other songs).

2) Worship can prepare the way for the fight in human slavery. The battle for freedom is really a spiritual battle, as many people are in bondage and enslaved by evil forces. As we declare God’s greatness and goodness through worship, strongholds can be broken and a standard of righteousness will be lifted up.

3) God is transforming the entertainment business in Hong Kong. I was shocked to hear many stories of entertainers and music pop stars putting their faith in Jesus. Through the tireless work of Christ-followers who are in the industry, people are coming to experience God’s grace and mercy. Glorious transformation is happening in a sphere where Satan has had a stronghold for many years.

 
 
These are some of the reasons why we are going to Cambodia and Hong Kong to participate in God’s mission. We will be using the avenue of worship and music to spread the Gospel.

This is just the beginning. My hope and prayer is that we will open up many more opportunities for people in HMCC churches to use their passion and gifts with music to bring the transformative message of the Gospel to the nations.

Would you prayerfully consider supporting our first-ever Global Band Missions Project through prayer and financial giving?

It will be an investment that will have a huge impact for God’s Kingdom.

Please click here to help support financially.

There will be more updates along the way. Thanks for the partnership.

Missions Week 2013

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Values, Various

 

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This year’s theme for Missions Week is “Everyone. Everywhere.” Too often people see missions as something that only a select few get involved with or it has to be somewhere overseas, but this is a myth. All throughout the New Testament, we see that missions is something that every Christ-follower is called to do. Also, missions is supposed to happen wherever we are, no matter the boundaries.

It is my hope and prayer that every person in HMCC will see missions as something that “everyone” has a role to play and it is to be carried out “everywhere,” especially in our campuses, workplaces, and communities.

Our greatest example is Jesus Christ.

He came to this earth with a mission. Jesus presented the message of the Kingdom that was for “everyone” and it was to spread “everywhere” so that nations can be reached. Now, we participate in God’s mission because He has called us for a greater purpose.

I am looking forward to all the great testimonies that will come out of this week. God is going to ignite the fire for His mission to “everyone” so that we can bring the Gospel “everywhere” for His glory.

Will you join us?

The Cost of Following Jesus

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Values, Various, Viewpoint

 
In our generation, we have domesticated the Gospel. When Jesus challenged people to follow Him, He demanded their lives. There was a cost involved in following Him; but we have drifted away from Jesus’ initial call.

This is the reason why when we hear the Gospel message in a clear and unadulterated way, it cuts to our hearts. We must preach the Gospel and lay out the cost in following Jesus. Then, we must allow the Holy Spirit to work on the hearts of people and draw them to Christ.

Watch this video and be challenged again with the high calling of following Christ.
 
 
 

HMCC-AA 2013-2014 Theme

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Values, Vision

 

Design by HMCC-AA Publications Team
 
 
 
Every September, as we start a new season of ministry, I would lay out the theme for the year. The purpose behind this is to help us, as a church to focus on what God is calling us to do for that particular year. It becomes our compass as we try to move towards the direction that God has revealed to us.

In some seasons, the focus was on spiritual growth; and in other seasons, the emphasis was on evangelism. But every year, God does something different. He knows exactly what we need as a church in that particular time. For this, I am truly thankful.

This year, God has revealed to us that the theme for the 2013-2014 year will be: Forward in Faith.

All throughout the Bible, we see stories after stories about people moving forward in faith in order to experience the fullness of life that God has promised. But sadly, many of us choose to live a subpar life because we are crippled by fear, doubt and apathy. Sometimes our desire for comfort, safety and security cause us to become complacent. We become too easily satisfied with lesser things.

But this is not the life that God has for us.

God promises us a life that is full and abundant (Jn 10:10). But in order to experience this type of life, we will have to take some risks and step out of the boat (Mt 14:22-33). Yes, there is always a cost, but the reward always outweighs anything we give up.

Therefore, if we are to move Forward in Faith, we will have to actively pray for God to work. Then we will have to respond by aggressively participating and going through the doors of opportunity that God will open.

In order for us to practically take some steps forward, we need to:

1) LISTEN to the Holy Spirit (Jn 14:25-26). Jesus promised us the Holy Spirit, who will be our Helper (Counselor) and He will teach us all things. The Holy Spirit is at work. He longs to speak to us and reveal truth to us. But the problem is that many of us are not listening. If we would listen to the small, still voice of God, then we will get more understanding in regards to God’s heart and His purposes. Spend time with God and guard your intimacy with Him. This coming year, God might reveal a lot of things to you.

2) LIVE by faith and not by sight (2 Co 5:7). Too often we live by sight and not by faith. We allow circumstances and different situations to affect us. In essence, the way we respond to things, really show our theology (what we believe of God). In our heads, we know that God is big, strong and powerful but in our hearts, we wonder if God can be trusted. Sometimes God does not show us any more than what we already know until, we take the first step of faith. Then, He reveals more things to us, as we move forward in faith.

3) LOVE the things that God loves (Mt 22:37-40). Part of moving forward in faith is to obey God in the greatest commandments. Succinctly, it is all about loving God and loving people. The Message translation of Mt 22:40 says, “These two commands are pegs; everything in God’s Law and the Prophets hangs from them.” What a thought! Everything that we do and everything that we aspire to become hang on these “two pegs.” As we try to live obediently to God’s commands, may all our actions and steps of faith enable us to make Jesus our priority and loving people our passion.

This is going to be a great year. Join us in this journey of moving forward in faith!
I can’t wait to hear all the awesome testimonies that will come forth, as we move Forward in Faith.

Spoken Word of Transformation

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Values, Various, Viewpoint

 
It is hard to believe that we have started our 18th year of our church this September. This time of the year always brings excitement to my heart because we get to reach out to a new crop of students.

The vision of transformation never stops. For the last 18 years, we have seen people come to the University of Michigan with different issues; but by the time they graduate, they experience God’s grace through the transformative message of the Gospel.

This will never get old.

This is my passion.

This is what I live for.
 
 
 

Update on Team Hoyt

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Values, Various

 
It is hard to believe that Dick and Rick Hoyt ran their first marathon in Boston back in 1981. Since then, they have ran in more than 1,000 races. They were going to end their career with the 2013 Boston Marathon, but in light of the Boston tragedy, they decided to run one more race in dedication to the people who were affected by the Boston bombing.

What a powerful story!