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Friday, August 30, 2013

Bible Santiago, World Campus Mission

Today, Shannon Livingston Lee visited my house. He had a haircut around here.

On June 21, 2013, his wife Sarah passed the Nursing Home Administrator's Test. Now she can be promoted to an administrator's position and run a nursing home as a director. The starting pay will go up to $40 an hour.

His daughter Mary is 4th grader.

"I met you in October 1994. Time flies fast. When I met you in 1994 you were 45 years old, but now I am 41", he said.

"Do you have any word to share?" I asked. "Deuteronomy 7:21-22", he responded. "The Lord promised the Israelites to drive the enemies little by little, not all at once; otherwise wild animals will multiply around them."

"Little by little" is the Lord's wisdom. Otherwise a bigger problem might arise. In the case of the Israelites, while the Lord drove out their enemies little by little the enemy nations kept the wild animals under control.

Are you faced with one challenge or another and overwhelmed? Learn to meet the challenges little by little and be victorious.

Shannon always keep his daily bread booklet along with his Bible.

He opened the Bible and showed me the marriage vow Dr. Samuel H. Lee (who is now in Zimbabwe) led him to make in officiating the marriage on April 28, 2003.  "Eighty percent of married men cheat in America. The rest cheat in Europe." - Jackie Mason

But to this date he still does.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Hope for the Despairing


Let Him Bury His Face in the Dust


Lamentations 1:1-5:22
Key Verse 3:29


“Let him bury his face in the dust--there may yet be hope.”


Lamentations can be seen as an instructor’s manual to teach those who are despairing. If you are a teacher, either at a college or grade school, you will need to give out to students a textbook for the subject you are teaching. At the same time you need an instructor's manual, for it comes with the answers to the review questions or problems you will hand out to your class.


In a way, the Prophet Jeremiah operated as an instructor for the children of Israel of his day. His audience was not obedient. They were not good listeners. The Lord God warned them again and again through Jeremiah. But instead of listening to Jeremiah, they tried to kill him. Only by God's grace did Jeremiah escape. Yet Jeremiah loved his people. Shedding many tears he prayed for them. Eventually, his students (so to speak) got kicked out of school (that is, they went into exile). Having gone through the afflictions and sufferings of his people alongside them, Jeremiah despaired just as much as all the citizens of the kingdom of Judah did. Yet, as he knew the Lord, particularly the way the Lord helps his children out, he did not despair. In the book of Lamentations he pondered the meanings of the disasters that hit the people of Judah. He mourned for them. He prayed for them. The key verse for today shows that instead of despairing, he saw God's hope for his people still persisting.


In studying Jeremiah we saw the Lord's wisdom for his children, that is, to teach them a lesson through failures. The remaining question then is, "Are we really learning the lesson(s) the Lord desires to teach us through troubles and ordeals in this life?" Or, "What is the surest way to incorporate into our lives the wisdom the Lord desires to teach?" These are the questions the Prophet Jeremiah is addressing now in the book of Lamentations.


So let us sit down and have quiet moments to read through this book. If you have done so already, you will find that it is not difficult to hear the voice of the Lord. For the sake of time tonight we are not going to read the entire book in one sitting. Rather, we are going to read 3:19-50. Let us begin. This passage gives out a lot of wisdom. But for our own purpose (campus evangelism) we would like to think about three things: first, the cross of mission; second, QT; and third, the right attitude.  


First, the cross of mission (3:27)


Verse 27 reads, "It is good for a man to bear the yoke while he is young." Here the "yoke" refers to the yoke of "mission." It also can refer to such yokes as marriage, not just a marriage between a husband and a wife, but between the nation Israel and her husband the Lord God. And even marriage is not without a point: the point of the marriage relationship is the mission from the Lord.
We can easily understand this concept when we think about the purpose of God's calling upon his children. Why did God call the Israelites? Why did the Lord save them out of Egypt to himself? Why did he woo them and get them into a covenant (or marriage) relationship with him? We find the answer to these questions in Exodus 19:5-6. "Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession. Although the whole earth is mine, you will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.' These are the words you are to speak to the Israelites."


When we combine the purpose of the calling that came down on the Israelites at Mt. Sinai with what we have in the book of Jeremiah and then Lamentations (that is, the tragedy of the Jerusalem temple coming down followed by the Babylonian Exile), we can see the connection: Had the Israelites not gotten into the relationship with the Lord, they would not have gone through troubles, such as sword or famine. Some of the troubles, if not all of them that are described in Lamentations, are too horrible to describe. Can you possibly think of a mother cooking her children to fill her stomach? Indeed, had they not been called to serve the mission from the Lord, they would not have had these horrible disasters hitting them.


Does this mean that it was a mistake that they accepted God's calling? The answer is No. No one refrains himself from securing a driver's license to stay away from getting into such troubles as car accidents or tickets. Marriage comes with troubles, for after marriage a husband must work hard to put groceries on the table. And marriage comes with other crosses as well, such as babysitting, dishwashing, vacuum cleaning and much more. But people of sound mind do not stay away from marriage because of the troubles involved. Didn't the Greek philosopher Socrates (469-399 B.C.) say, "By all means marry: if you get a good wife, you will be happy; if you get a bad one, you will become a philosopher"?


So taking up the cross of mission is the surest way to learn something. In fact, it is one of the first things a young man must do to learn about the Lord and his blessed purpose for mankind.


"It is good for a man to bear the yoke while he is young." All of us who are seated in this room received God's calling to live as witnesses of the Lord. Titles vary - some are called pastor, some shepherd, some missionary. But the mission remains the same: we are called to invite people, particularly, those who are young, to the Lord. How are we to serve them? How can we help them learn of the Lord and grow as his disciples? What is the key wisdom we need to help them grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord? The cardinal wisdom is right here: "It is good for a man to bear the yoke while he is young.” Let us pray for God's wisdom that according to his guidance we could encourage all of our Bible students to take the cross of mission, especially the mission to establish the USA as a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.


[Consider also how at the outset the disciples of Jesus, such as Simon Peter, knew nothing about salvation, but after bearing the yoke of Jesus' calling as his apostles, they all became great servants of God and led many to God’s salvation. Consider also what Thomas Jefferson said, "He who knows best, knows how little he knows." And who knows best but the one who actually goes out to a mission field and does the work the Lord calls him to do? By all means then, if you truly want to know Jesus, endeavor to go out to college campuses to invite students to Bible studies and make disciples out of them. If you really want to teach your Bible students to grow up, by all means train your Bible students to take the cross of mission for Jesus’ name’s sake.]


Second, the QT (3:25,26,28)


The next critical path we want all the students to go through every day in the school of learning run by the Lord is what we call "QT" which stands for "Quite Time." This is what Jeremiah shares with us in Lamentations. Yes, we are to put hope in the Lord. Yes, the Lord uproots and tears down, destroys and overthrows, builds and plants. What then are his servants to do? Lamentations answer the question: “The LORD is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him” (3:25). “It is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD” (3:26). “Let him sit alone in silence, for the LORD has laid it on him” (3:28). These verses describe the steps to come to the Lord and listen to him. The first step is to put hope in the Lord; the second step is to seek the Lord (based on God's word); and the third step is to sit alone (one on one with the Lord) in silence (in order to listen to and obey the Lord).


These steps come with challenges, such as our inclination to lean to our own understanding. God gave us many abilities to do many things. But God's work is done God's way. As far as the work of salvation is concerned, we must settle for the truth that there is no hope whatsoever in a man. It is only in God that we have the hope of salvation.


Sitting alone in silence in the Lord’s presence also comes with lots of challenges. Life in the 21st century comes with tons of distractions. Our mind also comes with lots of static. Built within us is the tendency to go our own way, not willing to learn from the Lord. We glibly say, "Before you come to the Lord, empty yourself." But is it always easy to really empty ourselves? And what does it mean to empty ourselves? Proverbs 22:15 says, "Folly is bound up in the heart of a child, but the rod of discipline will drive it far from him." One may go with a fancy title like pastor, shepherd, priest, or missionary. But many of them still belong to the category of a small "child" in whom "folly is bound up." They are like a bunch of hard-headed bigots: simply, they are not teachable. How much more would this be the case with sheep? Didn't Isaiah say, "We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way"? Indeed, sitting alone in the Lord’s presence in silence and listening to what he has to say is not an easy task.


Yet what must be done must be done. What the Lord did for the slave nation Israel is exemplary. Before sending them into the Promised Land the Lord gave them "daily bread training" for 38 years. Still, most of them screwed up. Consider the example of Moses. Before commissioning him as a shepherd for his flock, the Lord trained him for 80 years and yet still he made a mistake. So the Lord did not allow him to go into the Promised Land! These examples indicate that it is one thing to come to the QT for daily bread; it is another to truly empty ourselves and go by what the Lord has to say.


Third, the right attitude (3:29)


It has been said, "In the school of success, attitude is everything." Through the afflictions and sufferings Jeremiah learned this truth for sure. So he says in 3:29, "Let him bury his face in the dust--there may yet be hope." Here, "him" refers to those who are "young."


Who then are the "young"? According to one saying, "The youth is the one who does not know what he does not know." The people of Judah in Jeremiah's day fit this description: spiritually speaking, they were still "young." Yes, they did receive lots of training. They had a myriad of teachers, such as Moses, Elijah, or Isaiah. Yes, they were blessed with patriarchs of faith like Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Still however they as a nation remained immature: they were yet to discern what is right and what is wrong. So after spending more or less of five centuries in the Promised Land, they all flunked out. They fell victim to the temptations of the world.


Why? In view of Jeremiah 3:29 their attitude was the problem. They were proud. In their pride they resorted to their own ideas and eventually ran into a dead end. They hit the brick wall real hard.


So what is the solution? Let us all rise and read 3:29, "Let him bury his face in the dust--there may yet be hope." Let us stop for a moment and think about the meaning of the word "dust." Why must you, a young man, have to bury your face in the dust? We find the answer to this question in the word "dust." What is "dust"? Dust is dust. It is used in the Bible an idiom for "nothingness." In Genesis 3:19, for example, it is written: "By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return." So returning to dust means you are reduced to nothing.


So here is the problem: you, a young man, think that you are somebody; you maintain that you know something when you know nothing. So you are kidding yourself, for you are contradicting the wise saying, "Those who know the best know how little they know." In their spiritual immaturity the people of Judah thought that they knew better than the Lord. So they did not listen to Jeremiah.  


In the history of the Israelites, however, we are blessed with examples of people who through their humble attitude garnered many victories. One person that comes to mind is Abraham. How does Abraham strike you? What kind of image do you think he impresses upon you? For a serious Bible student, it will not be difficult to see him as a humble person. How do we know? One place to go for an answer is Genesis 18:27, for there he prayed to the Lord saying, "Now that I have been so bold as to speak to the Lord, though I am nothing but dust and ashes..." He found himself as "nothing but dust and ashes." In the backyard of the children's center we see lots of dust. Just go there and pick up a spoonful of dust. How much value would you attach to it? Nothing! The same is true with ashes. And when Abraham described himself as dust and "ashes" he meant literally a man as good as "dead," for when a man dies he gets reduced to nothing but a handful of "ashes"; he has no opinion! Have you ever seen a dead person opening his mouth and sharing his opinion, saying, “This is what I think”? No wonder that each time the Lord asked Abraham to do something, he always obeyed.


Conclusion: Salvation is not an easy venture. It is done only through God's way. Jesus called us as his disciples, working on God's way of salvation. A disciple is a learner. Through afflictions and sufferings Jeremiah learned what it is to learn, that is, through taking up the cross of mission, through training oneself to listen to the Lord, and through learning from the Lord and obeying him in humility.


One word: let him bury his face in the dust


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Class Exercise:


1. Who did Jeremiah say "has broken his teeth with gravel"? What did he mean by this?


2. Jeremiah says in Lamentations 3:19, "I remember my affliction and my wandering, the bitterness and the gall." What does this passage indicate about the life of a [true] prophet (a Bible teacher)?


3. Fill the blanks: Let us examine our _______ and ______ them.


4. Jeremiah says, "We have sinned and rebelled and you have not forgiven." Why (has the Lord not forgiven)? __________________________________________


5. Jeremiah says, "The punishment of my people is greater than that of Sodom." On what basis does he say this? ________________________________________


6. "Those killed by the sword are better off than those who die of ___________.”


7. What Bible verse prophesies that God will make Abraham's offspring like "dust"? What Bible verse predicts that they will be as numerous as the "stars"?

The end

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Life's railway to heaven



Greg Shindel also known as Train Singer has his own way of witnessing. I met  him on my visit to N. Cal from August 23-24, 2013. As of 2013 he celebrates 25th Anniversary serving the Lord as the Skunk Train Conductor and a singer.

On my request he sang two songs, one (the second) of which is entitled, "Life's railway to heaven." The lyrics are quoted below.

For information click here.

Life is like a mountain railway,
With an engineer that’s brave;
We must make the run successful,
From the cradle to the grave;
Watch the curves, the fills, the tunnels;
Never falter, never fail;
Keep your hands upon the throttle,
And your eyes upon the rail.
Refrain:
Blessed Savior, Thou wilt guide us,
Till we reach that blissful shore,
Where the angels wait to join us
In Thy praise forevermore.
You will roll up grades of trial;
You will cross the bridge of strife;
See that Christ is your conductor
On this lightning train of life;
Always mindful of obstruction,
Do your duty, never fail;
Keep your hands upon the throttle,
And your eyes upon the rail.
You will often find obstructions,
Look for storms and wind and rain;
On a fill, or curve, or trestle
They will almost ditch your train;
Put your trust alone in Jesus,
Never falter, never fail;
Keep your hands upon the throttle,
And your eyes upon the rail.
As you roll across the trestle,
Spanning Jordan’s swelling tide,
You behold the Union Depot
Into which your train will glide;
There you’ll meet the Sup’rintendent,
God, the Father, God the Son,
With the hearty, joyous plaudit,
“Weary Pilgrim, welcome home.”
The origin of this song is murky. Eliza R. Snow may have written the original lyrics, with M. E. Abbey (a Baptist minister in Georgia in the 1890s) supplying the chorus. There is a similar poem/hymn by Snow, called “Truth Reflects upon Our Senses,” which Tillman put to this same tune in 1909.
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P.S. The first song Greg sang is also good so I keep it here.

Friday, August 23, 2013

22 Ways Christians Think Differently on Civilization

Exodus 20:25 NIV
[25] If you make an altar of stones for me, do not build it with dressed stones, for you will defile it if you use a tool on it.

Unbelievers think that civilization is good and desirable but believers regard that which is civil as defilement. They are anti-civilization.

Westernization for example brought about high rise buildings streets paved with asphalt blue jeans Internet plastic bottles or nylons like stockings or pantyhose.

These human inventions are not necessarily inherently bad. 

But the problem with the stuff the so called civilized people indulge themselves in and addicted to is that they all stem from that which is 'human' as opposed to Devine. 

By definition God is perfect whereas man imperfect just as it is said God's number is 7 whereas man's number 6.

Speaking essentially of human corruption 
Paul says "all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." 

Life that endures and prospers forever demand man to rise to the level of God's perfection. 

So as you are in Jesus do not contradict His rule by you getting swamped in the so called civilized ways of life. Rise above the waters of this so-called civilized world which in fact has gone totally uncivil/corrupt.


Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Bible Egypt, World Campus Mission



After the ISBC, Dr. Oyor made a mission report on Egypt/Cairo UBF

2013 Egypt UBF mission report and prayer topics.

Trust in God
Key verse: - John 14:1                                        
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me”.

 Thanks and glory to God who blessed ISBC 2013 at Indiana University in Pennsylvania under the theme: So loved so love”.  I was so blessed during that conference. God reminded me of his wonderful loving grace and forgiveness. Whenever I hear the phrase “God Love” I could only see Jesus who died on the cross to save a useless sinner like me. The life I am living and the success I achieved is because of that grace otherwise I would have been lost in drunkenness and adulterous life. Because of that love I could dedicated the rest of my life to God. Nothing worth a living than to live for God and his mission.
During the conference I was much blessed to meet men and women of God who demonstrated the love of God in their life in sacrificial way. I learn much from them. As God so loved me I must love others sacrificially.  
During the conference God blessed me with the words of encouragement and comfort.  I went to ISBC with a heart full of worries. I worried about students in Upper Nile University the very people God raised me as their shepherd. Because of corruption and political problems, people of South Sudan are suffering. Many students could not complete their registration in colleges, because their families could not afford. Some who could pay the registration fees are now suffering of hunger because no enough money left.  Two month ago one student died because of hunger. I was worried about the situation of coworkers in Sudan because their stay in the country is threatened due to the government order to deport missionaries back to their countries. Also I worried about ministry in Egypt because of the ongoing political situation. Also I worried about my family who are living alone in Cairo, because I must stay away from them for many months in my work place in South Sudan. In the conference, God helped me to get rid of my worries through his word in Jn. 14: 1 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me”.  God wanted me to give Him all my worries. The only thing I must do is to obey his words in    Jn 15:5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing”.
Egypt political situation:
Egypt is one of the African country and one of the most important nations among the Arab league. Egypt population is about 100 million people. Christian's population is about 10%. These days Egypt is in a big political crisis as a result of removal of President Dr. Morsi. Since then Morsi followers who are from religious set of Muslim brotherhood violently demanded the reinstatement of Morsi as president of Egypt again. There is a bloody division within the people of Egypt. Because of that crisis many people are losing their lives. The situation is terrible and people in Egypt lives in fear. Churches are being burn by Muslim brotherhood. Christian’s lives are being threatened. Anyhow, the military and police forces are trying to control the situation.
Bible study:
After the conference I went to Egypt full of the word of encouragement. In Cairo, I went to Ayman house to have Bible study with them. Instead of taking me to his house, Ayman took me to a new bible house which they rented for 300 Egyptian pounds per month. It is such a beautiful bible house that can accommodate more than 50 people. In that moment I remembered God’s word in Jn 14:1“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me”. We praise God with thankful hearts for his great work in Egypt. Joyfully we study gospel Luke chapter 10 in that day. During worship service I delivered my first message in the new bible house with a great hope that God will change Egypt to be a kingdom of priests and a holy nation. God is raising Ayman as a leader for UBF campus mission.
 Since the pioneering of Egypt campus mission  UBF coworkers worldwide  have been pray for Egypt UBF to help 20  one – one and Sunday worship attendants. This year Egypt UBF study gospel Luke with about 15 to 20 attendants. Ayman’s coworker is taking care of CBF. And Momdouh is straggling establish a second chapter in Asyout University. Thanks God for answering our prayers.
Prayer topics:
1-    Peace and protection to people of Egypt.
2-    To have 72 1:1 and Sunday worship attendants
3-    Deep Bible study in the gospel Luke in the year 2013.
4-    God's direction for helping Ayman and Mamdouh.
5-    Ayman and Mamdouh may grow as an excellent Bible teacher and have world mission vision
6-    My family members to have a sense of world mission.
7-    Successful  University admission to my son Butors
One word:  Trust in God; trust also in Jesus.         

Editor's Note: Oyor Moses who pioneered Egypt UBF, and is now back to S.Sudan asks your prayer supports for Egypt and S. Suda, especially Egypt.

Presently Ayman and Mamdough are having worship service at Mamdough's apartment in Egypt.

Left to right (Isaac Kim - Mamdough - Ayman)

Cairo UBF

Bible Nigeria and World Campus Mission (CMUL/LUTH and the Funai Pioneering)

James Odejimi Prays to Buy a Bible Center
(Not the brown building but a VERY small unit  in the back)

Shepherdess Chiaka - a new pioneer

At the 2013 International Summer Bible Conference Shepherd James Odejimi served a special lecture. He used to cowork with Msn. Peter Park, and he started pioneering a medical school, so he is now a director of a new chapter called CMUL/LUTH ubf. 

They are now having a worship at a rented house. 

Their prayer topics are: 

1. To purchase our current Bible Center within 3yrs as permanent Bible House
2. God to raise one Abraham and one Sarah of faith among the CMUL/LUTH students for his work
3. To establish two house church by the faith of our growing leaders
4. To be filled with Jesus' love and the Holy Spirit to witness Jesus powerfully on CMUL/LUTH campus.
5. To have one medical lecturer as disciple of Jesus in CMUL campus
6. 20 SWSA, 25 1:1 Bible study

Lately Shepherdess Chiaka (who has been co-working with James Odejimi) secured a lecturer's position at the Federal University located at the South Estern State of Nigeria. So Shepherd James is asking your prayer support for the pioneering work of FUNAI Abakaliki 
1. Sp. Chiaka to establish good relationship with students in FUNAI by showing them Jesus' love
2. To get a place on campus for Bible studies and SWS
3. To get a proper accommodation to stay in Abakaliki 
4. To have 10 1:1  Bible study and 7 SWSA weekly

FUNAI stands for Federal University, Ndufu-Alike Ikwo (FUNAI).


Bible Venezuela World Campus Mission (Venezuela UBF Summer Bible Conf.)




Venezuela conference is this week (August 22-25). They  have united prayer meetings each day at 6:30 p.m.

Last friday they had messenger workshop at Mr. Juan Seo house with all messengers
for the conference. Messengers are: Holiver, Euker, MarĂ­a Teresa, Betsy, Rafael.

They started around 10 p.m. after dinner and ended close to 3 a.m. next morning. After service they had general rehearsal of all special activities for the conference (dances, drama, musical, etc). All members together gave observations and recommendations for the special activities. Later there was a messenger rehearsal with Maria Teresa and Rafael. Please pray specially for the invitation and messengers.  

Saturday, August 17, 2013

22 Ways Christians Think Differently on Life - No. 15 Why Christians are never bored



Scientific American carries an article saying, "

Bored to Death: Chronically Bored People Exhibit Higher Risk-Taking Behavior." It continues to read, "Our culture's obsession with external sources of entertainment—TV, movies, the Internet, video games—may also play a role in increasing boredom. "I think there is something about our modern experience of sensory overload where there is not the chance and ability to figure out what your interests, what your passions are," says John Eastwood, a clinical psychologist at York University in Toronto."

The problem of boredom is prevalent not just among the people of modern days but of old days. In the day of King Solomon they did not have TV, movies, nor the Internet. Yet, with all of his knowledge, wisdom, wealth, and power, still Solomon was bored to death. 

But Christians are not so. For them with or without TV, movies, the Internet, money, political power, etc. since they have the fellowship with the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and since the Father loves his children, they derive the joy of life (in good times and in bad times) streaming from the Father who is the constant source of ever deeper and higher levels of satisfaction.  Psalm 27:4

I think Mozart's Laudate Dominum is a musical presentation of this point.  The lyrics are Latin, but there is English translation online. I suppose Mozart understood the point - the Father as the eternal source of true "entertainment" (even in the worst of sufferings.) Perhaps this is why his music is not bored? 

Laudate Dominum Lyrics

Laudate Dominum omnes gentes;Laudate eum, omnes populi.Quoniam confirmata estSuper nos misericordia ejus,Et veritas Domini manet in aeternum. Gloria Patri et Filio et Spiritui Sancto.Sicut erat in principio, et nunc, et semper.Et in saecula saeculorum. Amen.

Laudate Dominum English Translation

Praise the Lord, all nations;
Praise Him, all people.
For He has bestowed
His mercy upon us,
And the truth of the Lord endures forever.

Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,

as it was in the beginning, is now, and forever,
and for generations of generations.
Amen.

P.S. : In the Bible you cannot find the word 'boredom' or 'bored' in the sense of feeling bored getting sick and tired of this side of life. In NIV 1984 version the word 'bored' appears only once, but in the sense of drilling a hole [into an offering box]. 2Ki 12:9







Thursday, August 15, 2013

Bible Sweden, World Campus Mission

(Left to right: LA Rebekah; Grace and Joy Joo of Sweden)





At 10:30 a.m. of August 15, 2013, two sisters Grace and Joy Joo from Sweden UBF visited LA UBF.

Their parents John and Grace Joo are pioneering Stockholm University. John works as a lay missionary supporting the ministry working at one of the telecommunication companies in Sweden. They have five children: Grace (will begin the medical school specializing in dentistry), Anna (started school of pharmacy), Joy (high school 2), Yohan (born in 1998), and Isiah (born in 2002).

As they visited my house, we had a brief Bible study on Matthew 28:18-20. I asked them three questions:

1) What does it mean to be a 'disciple'?
2) How does one become Jesus' disciple?
3) Why does Jesus want us to make disciples of "all" nations?

After the Bible study I gave the two beautiful sisters homework, that is, for them to summarize what they learned and send it to me via email.

Please pray for Sweden to be a kingdom of priests and holy nation.

Contact Infor for Sweden UBF:
- Grace Joo: gracejoo93@hotmail.com
- Joy Joo: joyjoo96@hotmail.com

Monday, August 12, 2013

Because you say so, I will let down the net.


Wikipedia has on the list of processes 170 categories of thought processing.

Last night I had a sweet dream where I went through pretty colorful ventures. That is, as a few of my colleague were watching, I was making things happen simultaneously with my thought process progressed. There was a box/tube connected to my brain. I saw clouds of stuff (particles of source materials kneaded like pancake mix) were being processed moving through it. The mouth at the end of the maze of tube system churned up the result - a high rise building (as tall as the Empire State Building), a flower garden, a mansion, toys in vast array, etc. and so forth. And the production was all in sync with the thought (whatever was intended) being processed.

Would this be possible in reality?

Yes it is. After all isn't this what we are doing at least to a certain extent like boxes of coca cola coming out of a power plant or your mom making pancake or pumpkin pie out of oven?

Then consider the following:

* All things are possible with him who believes.
* Because you say so, I will let down the net. And voila! Two boat fulls of fish, so the boats were about to sink!

Question:

God lives in unapproachable light. If God is unapproachable, why did Jesus say, "On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you"?



Bible Romania, World Campus Mission




On August 11, Sunday at around noon, Brother Nicu Dorel Constantine attended the worship service at the LA UBF Bible Center. 

He shared a life testimony based on Matthew 6:33. 

Romania  is a beautiful country with rich history. Her people are talented. Unbeknownst to many it is the Romanian scientists who invented the rocket engine, so we travel by air in ease and comfort. 

In Bucharest there are two UBF chapters: I and II. 

Missionary John Jihoon (and his wife Monica) Chung pioneer the National University in Bucharest. 




Saturday, August 10, 2013

22 Ways Christians Think Differently on Life - No. 15: the way of perfection

Crown of Glory (Exodus 24:10)
Christians believe in and live for the reality of the infinite perfection of life beginning here and now, which is made possible in Jesus Christ, and him alone.

This truth can be easily understood in the ceremony Jeremiah performed in front of some Jews in Jeremiah 43:9 where while Jews were watching Jeremiah was told to bury some large stones in clay in the brick pavement at the entrance to Pharaoh's palace.

In reading this passage three questions arise:

No. 1: Why large stones?

No. 2: Why bury them in clay in the brick pavement?

No. 3: Why at the entrance to Pharaoh's Palace?

Finding the answers to the questions require some level of understanding of the Scriptures (the Bible). Assuming your familiarity with some of the Scriptures quoted below (if you are not, you may wish to read the Bible passages quoted below, and figure out yourself), let me proceed with answering the questions:

No. 1: the large stones denote the complete deadness of man. It represents the antithesis of life as is written in 1 Samuel 25:37, "[The heart of] Nabal became like a stone" (meaning he is dead for good). Read also Ezekiel 11:19;  36:26. You can be as living as our Lord Jesus. The opposite is also true: you can be as dead as a stone.

No. 2:  the brick pavement stands for the life of infinite loss (as seen in Exodus 1:13,14) as opposed to the life of infinite prosperity in blessed freedom symbolized by the pavement made of sapphire in Exodus 24:10. Again it is an antithesis of that which is fully life (or life-giving). Make your own research on the import of the [appearance of the] sapphire of which the  pavement was made (as the elders saw). The Israelites were redeemed out of Egypt to reach that state. But since some of them went down to Egypt in disobedience to God's command not to do so, they were now being given the lesson on what they were  condemned to be subjected to, that is,  going back to the old way of  life in slavery to making bricks in Egypt, only to perish.

No. 3: entrance to Pharaoh's Palace refers to the antithesis of the blessed kingdom (in the blessed presence of the only Blessed God - the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob). All that are going on in this physical realm (of the world) have its root in the spiritual world either good or bad. The Pharaoh's Palace houses the gods of Egypt in vast arrays. It denotes the world of demonic influence under which unbelievers are condemned to suffer from infinite loss.

Who then can rescue man from the kingdom of infinite loss?

We find the answer to this question in Jeremiah 43:9-13 where "I will" is repeated twice, and "He will" seven times. I (The LORD Almighty) will repeated twice indicates the Lord means business to undo the work of the devil, and "He will" appearing seven times denotes the completeness of the work of Salvation to be done. He (King Nebu) is a type of the Savior to come. Speaking of this prophecy, as promised God sent Jesus Christ the Savior just as is said: The reason the Son of God appeared is to destroy the work of the devil. 1Jo 3:8

When Jesus comes back, he will not come as a tiny baby, but as a mighty king. He will then:
  1. spread his royal canopy above them [i.e., the very places of failure where the dead are buried].
  2. come and attack Egypt, bringing death to those destined for death, captivity to those destined for captivity, and the sword to those destined for the sword. 
  3. set fire to the temples of the gods of Egypt; 
  4. burn their temples and take their gods captive. As a shepherd picks his garment clean of lice, so 
  5. pick Egypt clean and depart.There in the temple of the sun in Egypt
  6. demolish the sacred pillars and 
  7. burn down the temples of the gods of Egypt.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Bible Mongolia, World Campus Mission



The Empire of Genghis Khan

After the ISBC, Missionary Yoo Shin Kim and three Mongolia shepherds visited Los Angeles. Missionary Young James invited them so they could stay at  his house at 9623 Quin St. Downey, CA 90241.

Mongolia is 8 times bigger than North and South Korea combined. Yet she has only 3 million in population. And Ulaanbaatar has a little over one million.

Young James' House

The visitors are:

- Yoo Shin Kim (his wife - Maria Kim)
They have two children Maria 2nd grade and Jooyong (meaning the soldier of Christ) 4th grade).
He supports the family and ministry via a trade related business, along with Paul Kwon.
There are two Mongol UBF I and II, and he is from Mongol UBF II. (Mongol I - Matthew Lim who is a self supporting director working at a law firm as a lawyer).
Infor: kysmon@lycos.co.kr; 976-9191-3176

Yoo Shin in Korean means "Have Faith In God". He is the only son in the family. His parents were Christians. Upon giving birth to him, his parents took him to their church where the church pastor gave him a Christian name "yoo shin", so he could be a man of faith, believing in Jesus Christ. Later the faith of his parents grew weak. As a result his faith also grew weak. In 1991, he entered Dongkook University. He was invited to Bible studies. He then went out to Ulaanbaatar as a missionary. Then he invited his parents to Mongolia (Ulaanbaatar), got them enrolled in one of the local churches. Then his parents regained faith. Now his parents are supporting his ministry through prayer.



- Shepherd L. Natsag (his wife - Enkhzul).  He has twin daughters and one son. He is now supporting the family as a real estate broker. email - Inatsag@yahoo.com
L. Natsag

- Shepherd Uuganbayar. T (his wife - Enkhee) He is the director of a national bank. email - ubaa21@yahoo.com. He has one son and one daughter.

Uuganbayar. T

- Shepherd Luvsansambuu (his wife - Uyanga) (email -  Shepherdluka@yahoo.com) He is the head of a company importing cars. He has three sons.

Luvsansambuu
Mongolia shepherds are good in horse riding. Actually in Mongolia children start learning horse riding from the age of 5. I asked Shepherd Luvsansmbuu, "Can you ride horse without a saddle?" He said, "Yes I do. In Mongolia we learn bareback horse ride from the beginning." I said to myself, "Wow!"

Last night Missionary Augustine served foreign delegates (Stephen and Elizabeth from Moscow, James Lee from S. Africa, and Caleb Kim from Chongno, Seoul Korea) a special dish called "Genghis Khan". The dish is called that way for General Genghis developed the menu to help his soldiers cook the food and eat it quick and move fast.


So pray for Bible Mongolia, 
world campus mission!


Bible Perm (Russia) and World Campus Mission




Andrew Moon at the Tokyo Garden

After the ISBC, Missionary Andrew Moon also visited Los Angeles on a three day visit. He arrived at LA today. Along with Missionary John Baek he joined a lunch fellowship at the Tokyo Garden.

He is from Busan, Korea. In 1985 he entered the Busan University. At a freshman year he joined a students' radical movement demonstrating against the Korean government dictatorship. Then he quit the school, joined the military. Later when he came back to the university, one of his friends, the member of the radical movement, invited him to Bible studies in UBF where he met Jesus.

In 1995 he and his wife Grace went to Yekaterinburg Russia as missionaries.

Three years ago he started pioneering Perm, a neighboring city of Yekaterinburg, with over one million of population. He is self-supporting with his wife working as a professor at a college teaching Korean. He runs a Korean language institute teaching Korean.

There are a lot of demands for English teachers. Those who speak English can go there as English teachers.

Andrew Moon family has four children (three sons and one daughter).

Perm is the hometown where they shot the movie Dr. Zhivago.

Six months of a year there is snow on the ground.

He is going to stay at the El Camino UBF Guest House.

Contact Infor: Mun Andrew (Perm Russia); Uralmun@naver.com
Tel: 79124862843; 8207075703432