Joining the Movement

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

 

Graphics by Katie Chang
 
 
 
My journey started back in 2005 when I went to India. It was the first time where the realities of the sex slavery industry were brought to my attention. After hearing the stories of so many women and children who were enslaved, it broke my heart. Some of the girls were as young as 12 years old and they belonged to brothels in the heart of Mumbai’s redlight district.

The clincher for me was when I was asked to pray for a lady who was dying of AIDS-HIV. I still remember very vividly the room where the lady was lying on her bed in her frail condition. It was hard to pray knowing that this woman was given a few more weeks to live. I had to ask God for greater faith.

I ended up going back to India in 2006 and God kept on putting this issue of human slavery in my heart.

After I came back from India, life got busy and the convictions that God placed on my heart were put on the backburner.

However, God would not let me forget or let me off the hook. More recently, God used the film Nefarious to speak to Christina and me. At the end of the movie, we felt compelled to pray. We asked God to give us (our family and our church) His marching orders.

Since then, lots have happened.

We gathered a handful of people and started a launch team for the Liberty Mission movement. We highlighted the human slavery issue on December 2nd by dedicating a whole Sunday Celebration to bring greater awareness to our church. It was also the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery; therefore it was exciting to know that we were united with other organizations to bring attention to this issue.

In January 2013, we are going to have a call out meeting for everyone in our church who is passionate about getting involved. We will be forming various teams to get things rolling and put things into action. There are also a few immersion and learning trips in the works so that we can give people first-hand exposure to what is going on around the world.

This issue is massive and there is no one person or one church/organization that can tackle this alone. This is why we are going to just be faithful to our small part in the greater movement of God, while at the same time link up with other groups that are united in the common vision. Please join us in making a dent in Satan’s territory.

You can get more information at: libertymission.org

Laying Down Your Life

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Values, Various, Viewpoint

 
One of my passions is raising up godly men, who will set the example of being like Christ in all that they do, especially in the area of opposite-sex relationships.

In a world where chivalry has been lost, I am trying to help men become the kind of husbands that the Apostle Paul describes in Ephesians 5:25-33. But it is not easy because it does not come naturally for us to be like Christ. It takes training and constant reinforcement.

If, at a young age, we learn the principles of honoring, respecting, serving, and protecting women, then we will be able to live it out as we get older.

This is why I was moved by this video. It demonstrates perfectly what it means to lay down your life for someone you care about. I pray that all the men in HMCC will have this kind of heart and sacrificial attitude towards the women in our lives.

This is definitely a requirement for any guy who wants to marry Karissa! :-)
 
 
 

Fellowship of the Unashamed

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Values, Various

 
Recently at our college ministry, I shared the anonymous prayer called, “Fellowship of the Unashamed.” It is a good reminder of what it means to follow Christ and the decision that is required to live a radical life. The PROCESS of being a Christ-follower is a PASSIONATE lifelong PURSUIT. It is my prayer that we will raise up these types of Christ-followers in our generation!
 
 

I am part of the “Fellowship of the Unashamed.”
The die has been cast.
I have stepped over the line.
The decision has been made.
I am a disciple of Jesus Christ.

I won’t look back, let up, slow down, back away, or be still.
My past is redeemed, my present makes sense, and my future is secure.
I am finished and done with low living,
sight walking, small planning, smooth knees,
colorless dreams, chintzy giving, and dwarfed goals.

I no longer need pre-eminence, prosperity, position,
promotions, plaudits, or popularity.
I now live by presence, lean by faith, love by patience,
lift by prayer, and labor by power.
My pace is set, my gait is fast, my goal is Heaven,
my road is narrow, my way is rough, my companions few,
my Guide reliable, my mission clear.

I cannot be bought, compromised, deterred, lured away,
turned back, diluted, or delayed.
I will not flinch in the face of sacrifice,
hesitate in the presence of adversity,
negotiate at the table of the enemy,
ponder at the pool of popularity,
or meander in the maze of mediocrity.

I am a disciple of Jesus Christ.
I must go until Heaven returns, give until I drop,
preach until all know, and work until He comes.
And when He comes to get His own,
He will have no problem recognizing me.
My colors will be clear.

#trending Series

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Values, Various, Viewpoint

 

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This coming Sunday we are going to start a new 3-part series called, #trending. For those of you who are not very versed in social media, Twitter uses the hashtag (#) to track various words or topics that are trending. Anything that trends is something that is being talked about a lot in the Twitter world.

In the same way, there are topics that are trending in the Church; but the problem is that we are not addressing them head on. The Church either ignores it or hopes that it will go away. The reality is that it will not go away.

In the midst of the cultural milieu, biblical standards are being push aside so that personal preferences can guide a person’s life. This is affecting how people in the Church are dealing with some of these issues in a Christ-centered way.

Usually, when sensitive topics come up, the Church has a tendency to lean towards an unclear and unloving approach. Through this series, we want to find a good balance of speaking the truth unequivocally and unapologetically, while at the same time offering the hope of the Gospel. When the Church speaks the truth in love (Eph 4:15), people will experience freedom and they will begin to grow.

Don’t forget to invite a friend!

We Cry Out

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Values, Various, Vision

 

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We are in the middle of our Missions Week. Ever since HMCC got started back in 1996, we always had a vision that our church will participate in God’s mission regardless of the cost. It is too easy to make church about going to a service on Sunday and hanging out with people that we feel comfortable with, but Christ has called us to something greater.

In fact, the command that Jesus gave was, “therefore go and make disciples of all nations” (Mt 28:19). This is the reason why every week we try to remind ourselves the reason why we exist as a church. This is also the reason why every year, we try to out extra focus and attention on the God’s mission.

This year the theme is, “We Cry Out.”

There are billions of people around the world that are crying out because of their pain and hopelessness. We, as the people of God want to hear their cry and cry out for them through intercession. I believe that God will hear our cry as we humble ourselves and pray (2 Chr 7:14).

Join us!

Our Mission Series

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Values, Various, Vision

 

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One of the hardest things about doing ministry on a university campus is the high turnover rate that we see every year. Students come and go. Sometimes students will graduate and stick around because of the church; but many will move on to different parts of the world. With every new academic year, the pressing need is to reiterate the vision and mission of our church. I am reminded of what the writer of Proverbs said when it comes to vision – “Where there is no vision, the people perish” (Pr 29:18 KJV).

We are starting a 3-part series called, “Our Mission” in order to: 1) REINFORCE the reasons for why we do what we do; 2) RENEW our commitment to God’s calling for our church. I’m looking forward to sharing the mission that our church has had for the last 16+ years with unapologetic and unwavering devotion. Our mission is simply, “to transform lost people into Christ’s disciples who will then transform the world.”

Succinctly, “TRANSFORMING LIVES. TRANSFORMING THE WORLD.”

10.2012 Asia Update

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Various, Visits

 

2012 Honduras Update 1

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Various, Visits

 

Real Church

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Values, Various, Viewpoint

 

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Church is a messy place. It is filled with messy people. This is why a church represents real life with real people. But God’s commitment to the Church, His Bride is phenomenal. This is why God is constantly purifying it and strengthening it. It is through the Church where the manifold wisdom of God is made known (Eph 3:10). It is also through the Church where God’s heart is communicated.

God is writing a beautiful story of love, grace and redemption through the Church.

I am excited to start our new Sunday sermon series called, “Real Church” as we study the Book of 1 Corinthians together. It is going to be an awesome series as we delve into God’s timeless truths through a letter that was written to a church filled with messy people with some messy issues. But through it all, we will see that God is committed to His Bride no matter what (Mt 16:18)!

Redeemable

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Various, Viewpoint

 

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I’m excited to share our new series, “Redeemable” at our Access gathering for the college students. We have been trying to go through different books in the Bible for our series on Sunday. We just finished off our study on the Book of Hebrews. Now, in this new year we are studying the Book of 1 Corinthians for our Sunday sermon series.

Usually for our college students I have been doing more topical sermons. This allows me the freedom to address various issues that the college students struggle with throughout the semester. But as I have been praying, I felt that we can address a lot of the different issues college students go through with the study on the Book of Ruth. There are themes of God’s Sovereignty, perspective, relationships, redemption, character, etc that we see in the book.

I’m looking forward to the next four Fridays to help equip and build up the college students in our church.

We are expecting great things from our Great God! Please join us.

Run For Your Life

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Values, Various, Viewpoint

 
This is a message that we need to hear so desperately in our generation. It is very rare to hear a message like this in a church on any given Sunday in the United States or in the world for that matter. Maybe this is the reason why the place of complacency and contemptous attitudes towards God is often found in the church. But this is nothing new.

Even during the days of the Apostle Paul, he wrote, “I can’t impress this on you too strongly. God is looking over your shoulder. Christ himself is the Judge, with the final say on everyone, living and dead. He is about to break into the open with his rule, so proclaim the Message with intensity; keep on your watch. Challenge, warn, and urge your people. Don’t ever quit. Just keep it simple. You’re going to find that there will be times when people will have no stomach for solid teaching, but will fill up on spiritual junk food — catchy opinions that tickle their fancy. They’ll turn their backs on truth and chase mirages. But you — keep your eye on what you’re doing; accept the hard times along with the good; keep the Message alive; do a thorough job as God’s servant.”(2 Ti 4:1-5, MSG).

May all the HMCC churches be faithful in preaching God’s Word in all its fullness with power and anointing.
 
 

9/11 Never Forget

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Values, Various

 

Perspective Needed

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Values, Various, Viewpoint

 
Over the thousands of hours of counseling in my ministry, there seems to be several themes that constantly come up. I have found myself helping people address the specific issues of purpose, pain,and perspective. Questions about God’s Goodness and Faithfulness always come up when people are in a spiritual desert or a spiritual valley. It is always hard to have the mindset and the thoughts of God when we are going through difficult times. But unless we develop the God-centered perspective in our lives before we go through the pain and suffering, we will be confronted with the harsh reality of turning our backs to God.

This story of a man who had cancer should inspires all of us to have the perspective that we need in our lives. I don’t think we can all come to this kind of conclusion automatically, therefore we have to develop it and nurture it. We have to be reminded about the importance of having God’s perspective on all things. The prophet Isaiah said, “‘My thoughts are completely different from yours,’ says the Lord. ‘And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.'” (Isa 55:8-9, NLT)

May we gain this kind of perspective in our lives no matter what we are going through. Not only does it bring a greater sense of hope and humility, but most of all, it gives God all the glory!
 
 

Zac Smith’s Story
 
 

Mandy Smith’s (Zac’s wife) Response

Missions Project Asia 2012 – Update 3

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Various, Viewpoint, Visits

 
We have come full circle.

We started the mission project with a recording back July 4th at Changi Airport in Singapore and now we are giving a quick recap at the same airport of everything that God accomplished in and through us in Indonesia and Singapore. I hope all of you have been following along via my Twitter feed throughout our project to Asia. You can check some of the updates with pictures there.

Throughout the trip we were assigned numbers so that we can easily count off to make sure that we have everyone before moving to our next destination; therefore for our last video update I had them share by their numbers – 1 through 5 first and then 6 through 10 :-)

Thanks for all the prayers and finance support that enabled us to have an incredible experience.
 
 

Numbers 1 through 5 sharing
 
 

Numbers 6 through 10 sharing