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Travel Fatigue

It is finally hitting me as I am sitting in DTW right now. I ended up going to Chicago yesterday for the Sunday Celebration and I just arrived this morning. I am currently waiting for another flight and something inside of me is loathing all the traveling. When I was a bit younger and I started to travel, things were pretty exciting going from one place to another. Now, the excitement phase has waned and...

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Working on the Schedules

Now with summer in full swing, Christina and I are trying to get a good schedule going for the whole Kim family. First, we worked on the kids’ schedules together. It is interesting to see how the parents and the children do not see eye to eye in terms of how long they can play video games 🙂 Without camps or summer school, we really have to be purposeful in how the kids spend their...

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Popsicle Outreach

I really love it when a vision is cast and then the people of God take it and run with it. Some of the small groups in our church have been trying to live out the missional church mandate. It is amazing to find out some of the creative ways they are coming up with in order to bless people on campus. Not too long ago, a small group did a “pizza for prayer.” They...

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Processing Through Ideas

This morning I had breakfast with Pastor Jimmy, our site pastor for our Chicago site. We spent some time sharing our hearts with one another and bouncing off ideas. It was an encouraging time. Harvey Firestone, the founder of the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company said, “Capital isn’t so important in business. Experience isn’t so important. You can get both of these. What is important is ideas. If you have ideas, you have the main...

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Revolutionary Transformation

I don’t think any of the revolutions in history have occurred without some form of opposition. In fact, in any “change” or process of transformation there will always be opposition. If this was not the case, then so many things in the world will be transformed by now. This is why revolutions and the work of transformation are not for the weak of heart. It always requires people who are focused, faithful, and fervent about...

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Through the Generations of the Kim Family

Today, I went to one of Karissa’s teacher’s retirement party. Mrs. McDonough has been teaching the pre-primary Montessori class for 15+ years. She and Mrs. Duneske (the other teacher) have been teaching together for 15 years. They were Josiah’s teachers as well as Elliot’s. It was pretty awesome to see students and families that had them over the years show up to honor her on this special day – some of the kids are now...

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Jacket Illustration

I think I need to set the record straight so that there is no misunderstanding of what happened this past Sunday during my message. As I was meditating on the passage (Mt 22:1-14) in my preparation, I wanted to come up with an illustration that would highlight the point about having the “right” wedding robe that Jesus talked about. I don’t have a robe. Therefore I was thinking that I would put on one of...

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After Eleven Years

On June 1st 1996, I stood before Christina and with God, families and friends as our witnesses, I made a commitment to love, honor and cherish her for the rest of my life. I cannot believe it has been 11 years since then. We spent tonight celebrating our 11th year wedding anniversary. As our usual tradition, we allotted some time to evaluate our marriage and pray for one another. During our wedding ceremony (right after...

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More Time with Family

I was able to get on an earlier flight from ORD to DTW – the Platinum Elite Status with Northwest is paying off. It was a full flight but I was afforded a seat. Since the kids had the day off from school due to the Memorial Day holiday, I wanted to make sure that I spend some time with the family. It is these small investments with the kids and the family that will...

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American Idol and the Arts

      Even though the T.V. show American Idol has been playing for 6 seasons (including this season), I have only watched the last 5-6 weeks. Thanks to the craze over Sanjaya Malakar, it perked my interest to find out what all the hype was about. Yesterday’s finale was incredible. At the end, when Jordin Sparks (the winner) was singing, my eyes got misty. It is hard to believe a 17 year old won...

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Just Chillin’

It was a crazy weekend with everything that was going on in church and in family life. But I had some time to chill with the family in between some of the various events and meetings. Sometimes it is these moments without a clear purpose or agenda that people remember the most – especially the significant and important people in your life.         I was not checking e-mail on my PDA phone –...

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NDOP 2007

Today is the National Day of Prayer (NDOP). Even though our nation has been coming together to pray throughout its rich history, it wasn’t until 1988 when President Ronald Regan signed a bill into law that stated the National Day of Prayer be held on the first Thursday of May. I was not exposed to the NDOP growing up as a Christian. A lot of it dealt with the fact that it was an inward-focused...

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Transforming Worship

Yesterday, both in Ann Arbor and Chicago, I talked about the importance of corporate worship. Even though private worship (via quiet time and personal prayer) are important, there are some things that cannot be captured when we worship alone or in a small group. There is something powerful about the whole church gathering together to celebrate and magnify God’s greatness. Things like self-consciousness and selfishness have always been a hindrance to genuine worship. We need...

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Grad Luncheon 2007

I wanted to give some props to the FOCUS (single adult ministry) members who sacrifice their time and energy to serve the recent graduates. It was encouraging to see the single adults in our church serving and blazing the trail of investment in the next generation of single adults. A thought on the auction game that we played: If the premise of the game was to use the limited resources (candy) that we had to...

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