Praise in a Not So Silent Place

By on Dec 7, 2017

  “Having received this order, [the jailer] put [Paul and Silas] into the inner prison and fastened their feet in the stocks. About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them, and suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken. And immediately all the doors were opened, and everyone’s bonds were unfastened.” – Acts 16:24-26, ESV   To say praise is important in the Bible would be a great understatement. If you need convincing, just read through the book of...

When the Fight Calls

By on Nov 20, 2017

  Suffering. For so many of us, suffering unearths a mountain of painful memories. The loss of a loved one. The loss of friendships. Financial hardship. Emotional or physical abuse. Over the course of the past few months, struggle seems to be the theme for myself and for so many of my closest friends. Whether it’s the loss of loved ones, the dense fog that is their future, or just life, for so many, the mere act of waking up to face the day seems almost impossible.   But in the midst of such suffering, truth has this funny way of sneaking into our lives. In the song, “When the...

Loving Pursuit

By on Apr 21, 2017

In any Korean household, or Asian household for that matter, discipline is foundational in a child’s upbringing. Being a Korean-American myself, I have my fair share of stories regarding the various punishments I have received growing up. Ranging from raising my hands in the air in the bathroom to being hit on the hands with a wooden spoon, it was a terrifying experience as a child, but now I can look back and laugh at some of the punishments I have endured. But growing up in a culture where the foundation is grounded in Confucian ideals like respect, discipline, and self-image, sometimes I...

Beautiful Feet

By on Apr 6, 2017

As the eleven weeks of spring quarter are quickly approaching, so are summer missions. Campus ministries and churches across the nation are preparing and equipping their students to be sent on short term summer missions. The campus ministry I am affiliated with has been preparing the hearts of students since winter break with a regional conference. But with every large group gathering becoming more and more focused on missions, the purpose of why we’re doing this keeps coming to mind. Of course, I recognize the need for people all over the world to hear the Gospel, but when I think of...

The Servant’s Heart

By on Mar 27, 2017

“Some of the congregation can’t worship during a Sunday service because they know who some of you truly are outside of church. And to see you on that stage, it distracts them.” It’s something I still remember like it was yesterday, one of our pastors taking aside our worship team and telling us this. It’s something that you never want to hear, something that as a worship team you pray to God about nonstop: “God, would it not be about me, but would all the glory and attention go to you?” But to hear those sobering words, its effects were written all over our faces: it broke us. Whenever we...

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