We Got Trust Issues

By on Nov 30, 2017

  A lot of people have trust issues. Personally, my trust issues mostly come from a situation where another person hurt me. I had trusted them, they ultimately found a way to hurt me, and I became closed off to, not only them, but also to other people. I’m sure this issue isn’t just something I deal with, but a lot of people in the church do the same. It’s easy to observe this when I’m teaching my high school students. I ask them to share something as simple as a prayer request, and I just see them look around, avoiding the question or saying something surface-level like, “I need help...

I do not know You God because I am in the way

By on May 1, 2017

In the first chapter of his book Prayer, author and pastor Timothy Keller quotes Flannery O’Connor, the famous fiction writer. The quote reads: “Dear God, I cannot love Thee the way I want to. You are the slim crescent of a moon that I see and my self is the earth’s shadow that keeps me from seeing all the moon… what I am afraid of, dear God, is that my self-shadow will grow so large that it blocks the whole moon, and that I will judge myself by the shadow that is nothing. I do not know You God because I am in the way.” When I started reading Prayer and came across this quote, I...

God is Happier with Me When I’m Successful

By on Apr 20, 2017

Asians are known to be very involved and almost obsessed with studying and becoming successful. According to a survey done by the Pew Research Center, out of all the racial groups in the United States, Asian Americans are the fastest-growing, best-educated, and have the highest income.[1] Though I did not grow up in a heavily Asian populated community, my family was always a part of a Korean church. Growing up, my parents had never pushed me to be this or that, or forced me to study, but told me to do my best and taught me how to be independent. However, I was always surrounded by the...

Ruth: Faithfulness and Integrity

By on Apr 3, 2017

…and Boaz the father of Obed by Ruth, and Obed the father of Jesse, and Jesse the father of David the king. Matt 1:5 The first two articles in this series addressing Tamar and Rahab can be found here and here, respectively. We will be continuing the Women in Matthew 1 series with the story of the Moabite woman, Ruth. Ruth’s story can be found in the book of Ruth, which is in between Judges and 1 Samuel. It should be noted that there are only two books named after a woman, one of them being Ruth. The book of Ruth is made up of four chapters and eighty-five verses, making it a relatively...

Tamar: An Unlikely Instrument to Humble the Immoral

By on Mar 15, 2017

Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers, and Judah the father of Perez and Zerah by Tamar, and Perez the father of Hezron- Matthew 1:2-3 Last week, we started a new article series entitled, “Women in Matthew 1”. You can read the introduction here. This week, we will be exploring the story behind the first woman mentioned in Matthew 1, Tamar. Her story can be found in Genesis 38. It falls in between the selling of Joseph into slavery (Gen. 37) and Joseph’s encounter with Potiphar’s Wife (Gen. 39). Joseph’s story is disrupted by this incestuous and peculiar story. Despite its questionable...

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