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.

HMCC-HK Call-Out Meeting

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Various, Viewpoint, Vision

 

Design by HMCC-AA Publications Team
 
 
 
It has been almost four weeks since the official announcement of starting HMCC of Hong Kong in 2015. There has been a great response. I’m encouraged and excited to see the 2020 Vision become a reality.

I am looking forward to this call-out meeting because I believe God is stirring some of us to respond in faith and to be a part of this future church plant. In this call-out meeting, I will recast the vision for making disciples in Hong Kong and the strategic significance of reaching China with the Gospel.

Whether you will be a part of church plant team or just a supporter or even if you are just curious, I pray that this call-out meeting with be informational and helpful to you. Please keep this in prayer.

Hope to see many of you there.

Access Series: “Playlist”

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Various, Viewpoint

 

Designed by HMCC-AA Publications Team
 
 
 
Have you ever been asked, “What’s on your playlist?”

In fact, you can find out a lot about a person by the type of music they listen to and what’s on their iPod. With every song, it shapes our mind and our worldview. There are lots of songs about love, relationships, success, identity and the list goes on and on.

This Friday we are starting a new Access series called, “Playlist.” As we look at some of the top charting songs, we will take a look at their message with fresh eyes. Some songs affirm good biblical values, while other songs promote the world’s philosophy that leads us to a dead-end. We want to use God’s filter and see what the Bible has to say about some of the issues that are brought up through the current music scene.

You don’t want to miss it.

So, what’s on your playlist?

2013 H-Games

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Various, Viewpoint

 
I hope all of you are getting ready.

The question is: Who will take home this year’s H-Games’ trophy?
 
 
Game time: Saturday, October 5th, 12:00PM at Palmer Field
 
 
This is not for the weak of heart. “Those who stay will be champions!”
 
 
 

2013 Undergraduate Retreat Promo

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Various, Viewpoint

 

Designed by HMCC-AA Publications Team
 
 
 
The theme for this year’s 2013 Undergraduate Retreat is “Torrential.” The dictionary defines, “torrential” as:

1) Pouring or flowing fast, violently, or heavily
2) Abundant, overwhelming, or irrepressible

 
We are praying that at this year’s retreat, God would pour out His Spirit in an overwhelming and abundant way. As we soak up God’s Presence, His love and grace will come like a hurricane. I am praying that no one will missed out on what God wants to do this year with the college students of our generation. May the torrential rains of His Spirit drench us.

Don’t forget to sign up.

Hopefully, some of these Vine clips will motivate you :-)
 
 
Here is a look back at some of the great things God did at last year’s retreat.
 
 

Sermon Series: “Contagious”

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Various, Viewpoint

 

Design by HMCC-AA Publication Team
 
 
The American Heritage Dictionary defines, “contagious” as:

1) Transmissible by direct or indirect contact; communicable
2) Spreading or tending to spread from one to another; infectious

 
The early Church was contagious. All throughout the Book of Acts, we get a glimpse of what it was like for the early believers to live out their faith. In fact, we see that their experience with the resurrected Christ was so real and life-changing that they enjoyed the favor of all the people; and the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved (Ac 2:47).

We want to see that kind of contagious faith and community in our church this coming year. Therefore, we are starting a 5-part series:

1) Part 1: The Power of the Supernatural
2) Part 2: The Power of a Testimony
3) Part 3: The Power of Purpose
4) Part 4: The Power of Community
5) Part 5: The Power of Service

 
It is my hope and prayer that as we experience transformation, we will become a contagious community where the world will see Christ in us. Then the message of the Gospel will continue to spread throughout the nations. We want God to first start the ripple effect with us here in Ann Arbor, then to the ends of the earth.

Join us for our Sunday Celebration or watch online.

Access Series: “Game Time”

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Various, Viewpoint

 

HMCC-AA Publications Team
 
 
We have started a new sermon series for Access, our college ministry. In this new series called, “Game Time” we are going to draw some parallels from the different aspects of a football team to the start of a new semester.

The different parts are:

1) Part 1: The Kickoff
2) Part 2: The Huddle
3) Part 3: The Play

Join us as we start off the 2013-2014 school year.
It is going to be an awesome year.

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.
 
 
 

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.
 
 
 

Reminders from Asia Trip 2013

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

 

Photo by Duncan P. Walker
 
 
 
Whenever I spend time in Asia, God reminds me of things that He is doing around the world. This past summer God reaffirmed a lot of things we are doing as a church in trying to reach the nations with the Gospel.

The reminders that God reiterated to me are:

1) ONENESS. There is power in unity. It was huge blessing to see all our HMCC churches partner together to serve Jesus and spread the Gospel in Indonesia and Singapore. Even though we were from different HMCC churches, we had the same DNA; therefore it was beautiful to see everyone flow together in doing ministry. No wonder King David said, “How good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity! For there the Lord has commanded the blessing, life forevermore” (Ps 133:1, 3, ESV). I am thankful for the blessings that we have received because of our oneness of heart and mission.

2) OPPORTUNITIES. God is opening up many doors for us. In Indonesia, we had the opportunity to influence a whole denomination in Papua. The denomination has invited us to help teach and train their leaders, and especially their youth, so that there will be transformation in the area. It is our hope that the next generation can be reached with the Gospel. God is also opening up opportunities for us in Hong Kong. The need for the Gospel to penetrate into this global city is tremendous. In particular, there are many Chinese students from mainland China who are studying at the nine universities in Hong Kong. Some recent statistics show that about 20% of undergraduates and 80% of graduate students are from China. This is a huge harvest field. If we reach Hong Kong, we will be able to reach China and beyond.

3) OPENNESS. Everywhere we went the hearts of people were open. As we served and loved people, God used us to build bridges. We were surprised to see so many people opening their hearts up to us. It was as if God was preparing the people so that we can minister to them. I was also blown away by the number of people that I had conversations with in Indonesia and Hong Kong. They were so hungry for the Gospel message. A religious spirit always puts people in bondage, but a Gospel-centered message will set people free. God is opening the heart of people to experience genuine freedom that can only come from the Spirit of God (2 Co 3:17). People are famished for community; and they want a greater purpose in life. This is where a strong biblical community, which displays and demonstrates God’s love will be able to make a difference.

4) OBEDIENCE. If we are serious about reaching the nations, then we will need people who will obey God’s call. Too often, people have excused themselves from living out the radical message of the Gospel. But Jesus said, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it” (Mk 8:34-35, ESV). For some reason, as I am meeting various people, it seems like people who have resolved to surrender their lives for Jesus and the Gospel, are the ones who are experiencing incredible things. God is building powerful testimonies in their lives about what He can do with people who are fully surrendered and obedient to His call. If we are going to fulfill the Great Commission in our generation, then we need people who will obey God’s commands.

2013 4th of July

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Values, Various, Viewpoint

 
I’m so thankful for all the military men and women, who serve and continue to make sacrifices for their country so that ordinary people like us can enjoy our freedom on this 4th of July.

I have watched this video at least 5 times and every time it has messed me up. There is something about being reunited with your loved ones that melts my heart. One day, our Heavenly Father will welcome us home.

Try to watch the whole video.