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.
 
 
 

Handwriting Analysis

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Various

 
Are you one of those people who always read the Chinese horoscopes on the place mats in Chinese restaurants? Why is it that we always read them again even though, we read it last time? I don’t know what it is. Maybe it’s our desire to “know” and to be “known.”

But for all of you, who have always wanted to “know” and dreamed about analyzing a person’s personality just from their handwriting, this is for you. Take this for what it is worth. To me, these things are similar to Chinese zodiacs – they describe just enough character traits that are general in order for a person to say, “This is me!” and “That is you!” Nonetheless, they are always fun to use to tease people :-)

The following chart is originally from www.fastcodesign.com
 
 
 

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!
 
 
 

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 July Asia Update 1

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Various, Visits

 

7: Churches of Revelation

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Values, Various

 

Photo by HMCC-AA Publications Team
 
 
 
We are finishing off the summer months with our new sermon series called, “7: Churches of Revelation.” It is a good continuation from our “Bold” series on the minor prophets.

The beautiful thing about the Bible is that it is “living;” therefore God’s Word is able to speak to us today. Even though, the seven letters in the Book of Revelation were written many years ago to different churches, it can speak to our church now.

I’m excited to preach God’s Word. Come and join us!

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.
 
 

2013 !gnite Recap

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Values, Victories, Vision

 
Humbled. Amazed. Energized.
 
Transforming lives, transforming the world!
Campuses. Cities. Countries. Continents.
 
 

Good Leadership

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Values, Viewpoint

 
If any of you have ever been in a leadership role, you will know that being a leader is not easy. In fact, one of the hardest parts of leadership is addressing issues that arise with the people you are leading.

Lt. Gen. David Morrison, who is Australia’s Chief of Army, addressed his troops directly via video about an investigation regarding explicit e-mails about female staffers that were sent by officers and other soldiers. It is an effective video because it has all the good characteristic traits of admonishing people who fail to act with integrity and honor, which can ultimately ruin an organization.

Jena McGregor, a columnist for The Washington Post writes,

“He starts by shaming those involved in the alleged incident or who would consider any similar action by reminding them that they’ve let down the veterans they respect. Their actions, he says, let down not only those currently serving, but ‘all of those whose past service has won the respect of our nation.’ It’s also convincing for how he reminds members that eradicating the Australian Army of such inappropriate behavior is not just the job of leaders, but of everyone: ‘The standard you walk past is the standard you accept,’ he says. And his message is commanding for how direct he is about the consequences for behavior that is demeaning toward women. ‘If that does not suit you, then get out,’ he says, noting he will be ‘ruthless’ in getting rid of bad apples. ‘You may find an employer where your attitude and behavior is acceptable, but I doubt it.’ He closes the video this way: ‘If you’re not up to it, then find something else to do with your life,’ he says. ‘There is not place for you amongst this band of brothers and sisters.’

This style might not suit everyone, but it is a good lesson for all leaders to learn how to address issues when it affects the whole organization.
 
 

Father’s Day 2013

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Values, Various, Viewpoint

 
Being a father is probably one of the hardest callings in the world. But once you embrace it, there is nothing more fulfilling. On this Father’s Day, I am thankful for the privilege of being a father to my three children.

It is my prayer that I will continue to do my best to reflect Christ in all that I do, even though at times I fail.

To all the fathers at HMCC, I am thankful that we are on this journey together. Let’s raise up the next generation of people who will transform the world.
 
 

God Writes Love Stories

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Values, Various, Viewpoint

 
In a world filled with superficial romances, it is refreshing to hear about a love story that is leaving people flabbergasted. Often times, when people try to find someone to spend the rest of their lives with, they fluctuate on the extremes. They either look for someone with “form” (looks, height, body shape, ethnicity, etc) or someone who will play the spouse “function” (meet their needs, companionship, have children, etc).

We all want both – the form and the function.

But sometimes God might surprise us with a person that will not have everything that we wanted as a little kid watching all the Disney movies.

Fact: We will all get old and some aspects of the “form” WILL change. Also, as a couple goes through different life-stages, the “function” WILL change or even disappear.

This is why it is imperative that we find a person that we believe God is preparing for us in order to make us more holy and Christ-like. There will never be a “perfect” person because we are all sinful. But we are gradually being made “perfect” (Col 1:28) by His grace as we reflect more of Christ in our lives.

Here is a video of Nick Vujicic and Kanae Miyahara and their incredible love story. There is no denying that God is the author of it. Their story is also being used as a powerful testimony to demonstrate the greatness, goodness, and glory of God.

May God write all of our love stories for the full display of His glory!
 
 
 

The Music of Our Lives

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Values, Viewpoint

 
This TEDS video inspired me. It reminded me of an important life lesson that I keep on forgetting in the midst of all the hustle and bustle of life. So often in life, we try to achieve lofty goals but in the process we lose our heart.

Ji-Hae Park is an incredible violinist who had aspirations of becoming a world famous violinist; but in that pursuit she fell into a severe depression. What was once a love of her life became something that led her to a downward spiral.

The irony of her story is that music eventually led her out of the depression.

But now, the key difference is that she is playing the violin to show forth the beauty of music to the world. Ji-Hae’s love for music became a gift that she shared with people. She learned that if she played just for her fame and fortune, it would lead to despair. But if she played for others to enjoy the power of music, it would lead to freedom and joy.

When you watch the video, you will see the joy and passion shine.

I’m wondering how many of us lost the sense of wonder and joy of our relationship with Christ. We might have replaced it with meetings, serving and doing a lot of tasks for Jesus. But what did all those things lead to?

It is critical that we get back to the heart of worshiping Jesus for who He is. This is when people will be able to see a joy and passion like never before.
 
 
 

The Importance of Dads

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Values, Various, Viewpoint

 
I am constantly reminded about the importance of the father-son relationship. Even though the son’s relationship with his mother is just as important, there is something unique about the father-son relationship.

I have been trying to teach my boys about being a R.E.A.L. man. The acronym stands for: Reject passivity, Exemplify integrity, Accept responsibility, Lead courageously. A person can learn these principles from anyone, but when a son sees these traits modeled by their dad, it powerfully reinforces the significance of manhood.

This is something I want to keep on growing in, as my time with my boys will be limited as they go off to college.

The best way to teach them principles is by spending time with them. It is critical to find teaching moments through the daily things of life. I am praying that every father can make the investment to raise up the next generation of men.