For His Great Name

By on Jun 14, 2017

“Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness. ” ~ Psalm 29:2 Many people have traced the story-line of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation, showing God’s great plan to redeem His people. But, what if that’s not God’s ultimate mission? What if He has a bigger plan in mind than saving us? What if, His plan is to glorify Himself? “Wait a minute!” you say. “What do you mean? Do you mean to say that God’s sole purpose is to glorify Himself?” Here are a few verses in which God says this: “For my name’s sake I defer my anger; for the sake of...

Bathsheba

By on May 12, 2017

The first three articles in this series addressing Tamar, Rahab, and Ruth can be found here, here, and here respectively. We will be continuing the Women in Matthew 1 series with the story of Bathsheba. Salmon was the father of Boaz by Rahab, Boaz was the father of Obed by Ruth, and Obed the father of Jesse. Jesse was the father of David the king. David was the father of Solomon by Bathsheba who had been the wife of Uriah. (Matthew 1:5-6) Bathsheba took a bath, and the story goes… You know, prior to specifically looking through the women in the lineage of Christ, I overlooked the role of...

Wandering

By on May 8, 2017

I have been wandering but I am not lost. One of my largest fears is that at the end of my life, when I am face-to-face with God, He will look at me and say “ I never knew you.” As I go through life, I find myself getting caught up in the details of my day-to-day tasks. I find myself enveloped in assignments, my job, emails, etc. and forget about my purpose- why I am alive and what my life means in the BIG picture. Worry begins to enter. I start to become anxious and prideful in my accomplishments. I start to find joy in completing a project and become a slave to my work. I start to wander....

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...

He is Risen…Now What?

By on Apr 25, 2017

Easter was about a week ago, and churches around the world celebrated by having special services, baptisms, Easter egg hunts for the children, and all sorts of theatrics. (My church had an extremely adorable children’s performance.) For those who have been attending church for any amount of time, we’ve experienced many of these Easter seasons. We fast something for Lent until Good Friday when we fast all meals until we go to a church service and hear about Jesus’ sacrifice. Perhaps we shed tears and repent because we remember the harshness of the cross. Then the service ends and we break...

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...

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