Seth S. Kim : Transforming Lives & Transforming the World.

If We Only Knew What We Know Now

  Photo on about.com       As Christina and I are preparing the family, the team and the church for the transition that is coming up in July, we started to talk about what it would be like if we stayed longer in Indonesia – like 5 years or even 10 years longer. This sparked a good discussion. I shared from my perspective that if we stayed longer in Indonesia, our relationships with people...

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The Revelatory Nature of Trials

  Photo from hubpages.com       Many of you have probably heard of the axiom, “Trials will make you more like Christ.” But the more I think about it, I realized that this is not necessarily the case. In fact, I have been guilty of preaching this misnomer for years. Even in my counseling sessions, I have encouraged people to have the perspective of enduring through trials because it will produce Christ-likeness. It is...

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The Heart of Child

  Photo on pixdaus.com       This past week, I had the privilege of speaking at Karissa’s chapel. The best part of it was being introduced by my little girl. Not only did she do an excellent job, but I was so humbled by her joy and excitement when she saw me. Before I went up to speak, Karissa and some of her classmates were leading the praise time. Well, let’s just say that...

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Evolution of Things

  Before I share some thoughts, check out this video. For those of you born in the late 80’s and 90’s, this will not have much significance to you. But for those of us who lived our younger years in the 80’s this video will make a lot of sense. It might even bring back some warn fuzzy feelings.         It is amazing how things evolve, especially in the area of technology...

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The Irony of Finding Oneself

  Photo on Flickr.com       I have been working on my message for the Sunday Celebration sermon series called, “The Price.” This Sunday I will be covering “The Price of Freedom” by preaching on Romans 6. It has been an interesting study for me because it reminded me of a principle that has been proven true over the years, not only in my life but also in the lives of people that I...

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Easter in Indonesia

  Photo on WordPress       What an awesome weekend we had here in Indonesia! As I was giving more thought to it, I realized that this was the first Easter we celebrated outside of Ann Arbor in 14 years. It just felt different – in a good way. Last week, we were busy getting ready for Good Friday and Easter weekend. But in the midst of all the busy preparations, one thing we...

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Good Friday Reflection 4.2.10

  Photo by Webpage Development       John Stott in his book, What Christ Thinks of the Church writes, “The cross is the blazing fire at which the flame of our love is kindled, but we have to get near enough to it for its sparks to fall on us.” This quote by Stott helped me to visualize the need for God’s sparks from the cross to fall on me once again. After so...

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Leadership Laboratory

  Photo by Dreamstime       Whenever I have some quiet moments to think and just envision about the future, the topic of leadership often comes to my mind. In any organization, a lot of things are dependent on the quality of leaders. This is why leadership gurus have always said, “Everything rises and falls with leadership.” In my leadership journey, I definitely see the truth behind that statement. There have been times when...

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The Reality of the Relationship

  Photo on WordPress       Chuck DeGroat wrote an article in Neue Magazine. He wrote, “I’m in this relationship, and it’s been quite difficult for some time. She continually lets me down and disappoints me. There are certain things I want from the relationship, but she seems to ignore my needs. She seduces me, and then kicks me out. Then, I walk back into the relationship cautiously, and she does something to totally...

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Some Random Reflections 3.28.10

  With the world of micro-blogging (a.k.a Twitter), it has been harder to write some of my thoughts down on my blog. Some people have said it is harder to write your thoughts with only 140 characters, but for some reason I find it easier. Maybe the thoughts are not as deep or profound, but it is definitely faster and more frequent. But today, for some reason right after church, I got this strong urge...

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How Do You Help People to Change?

  Photo on ctcm.co.za       Someone recently asked me, “Pastor Seth, do you enjoy counseling people?” I responded in a very un-pastoral way by saying, “No, I hate it. In fact, it drains me.” I think they were taken a back from my response, so they followed up with another comment (more like a comment and then a question). This person said, “Well, you are good at it; so how can a person...

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Reflections from Singapore 3.22.10

  I think adjusting from my time in the States and trying to engage with what was happening in S.E. Asia was not as easy as I thought. The change in time zone and the long trans-Pacific flight made the adjustment hard, but there was no time for rest as I had back to back meetings. I had less than 30 hours in Singapore, but it was a fruitful trip. It is always encouraging to...

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Reflections from Chicago 3.18.10

  Chicago is definitely a home away from home. I have lived in Chicago for close to 22 years before I moved out to Ann Arbor. It always brings back good memories of my younger years. This is why having a HMCC church in Chicago is encouraging to me. I was blessed to see the growth in HMCC of Chicago. As soon as I walked in and we started to worship, I could sense that...

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Reflections from Ann Arbor 3.15.10

  When I arrived in Ann Arbor, I shared with some people that I experienced something that I never felt before. Back in November, when I first landed in Ann Arbor, I felt as if I came back “home.” It was a great feeling. But for some reason, this time around, when we were driving to Ann Arbor from the airport, it felt so surreal. I didn’t know where I was. It felt a bit...

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