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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Kiss the Son

Why do the nations conspire and the peoples plot in vain? Psalm 2:1

Kiss his son, or he will be angry and your way will lead to your destruction, for his wrath can flare up in a moment. Blessed are all who take refuge in him. Psalm 2:12

Nowadays the nations are all the more in uproars than in any other generations. A hermit or rogue nation has a rocket-man who has a little rocket-man who accuses a tweeter-man who accuses back those who accuse him, only to get accused only to find a new basis to accuse the accuser, in a war of rhetoric. 

Billy Joel - "We didn't start the fire" - makes a point on the world in turmoil. 

In recent daily bread bible passages Jesus responded to the authorities who had been determined to kill him, saying, "From now on you will see the Son of man sitting at the right hand of God, and coming on the clouds of heaven." Luke 22:69, Mark 14:62, Matthew 26:64

In His response is found the three segments of the human history: prior era, present era, and post era. 

Prior era: the era where discussions among the deities were made in regard to the creation (as well as redemption), plans were set out, waiting for implementation.

Present era: the time period where after the creation and the fall salvation work continues with the high point of the time being the cross of Jesus where while hanging on the tree atop the calvary mountain the Savior said, "It is finished", so that people beginning Adam to those living till that time of finishing were getting saved by looking and believing in the Son of God (i.e., gospel, the good news of great joy) to come, whereas people living thereafter till now and beyond till the beginning point of the post era have been saved by faith in the gospel that has already been fulfilled.

Post era: this is the era when Jesus comes on the clouds of heaven, settle the house in order, and renew the heavens and earth as the new home for the Redeemed.

During the prior era, people and the things of the world were in the mind of the Divine. 

The present era is known as the time called "Now" for now is the time of salvation. We do not know how long this era will last. Some speculated the last Sept. 23, 2017 was going to be the "end" (last day) of the world, but apparently it did not happen, or perhaps almost. 

The post era is the generation where life along with all other creations is restored fully to God, so that having reached the glorious state of glory it wears glory to its full extent. In his last "high-priestly prayer" Jesus indicated this as he offered the prayer in the hearing of his disciples, "And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began." John 17:5

Jesus was in glory during the prior era, emptied himself of the glory while on earth, then in Luke 22 prayed to the Father to glorify the Son. This he let those filling the bench to know, that from that time on they would see the Son seated at the right hand of God, only to come on the clouds of heaven. 

Note: cloud as used here refers to the phenomenon that accompanies the presence of the Divine. It was known more to protect and accommodate the viewers to have fellowship with the Divine than the Deity himself. 

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Invitation to a joint prayer for the nations of the world

High-level meetings of the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly

12 September 2017: Opening of the 72nd session
19 - 25 September 2017: Annual general debate
27 - 28 September 2017: High-level meeting of the General Assembly on the appraisal of the United Nations Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons

Yesterday the U.S. president addressed.

Today is scheduled for S. korea, russia and china to speak.

Tomorrow noko will come out and speak.

I watched twice Mt. trump speaking.

Through lottery noko rep was assigned a seat right in front of the podium so he could hear trump speak better.

But before trump's arrival in boycott he walked out without listening.

Later he made a comment on the speech as "dog barking".

There are a few more days to go for the assembly. And the scene thus far is  embarrassing.

To keep the debate and discussion profitable to all I would urge all 193 nation delegates to commence the sessions by offering a joint prayer saying:

* Our heavenly father
Hallowed be your name
Your Kingdom come
Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven
Give us this day our daily bread
Forgive us of our debts as we also have forgiven our debtors
Lead us not into temptation
But deliver us from evil.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

What is going on?

Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet. Psalm 110; Luke 20:41-42

I subscribe to news programs like operamini, twitter, utube, RationalWiki: what is going on? etc.

On social media apps like facebook, kakao talks I often get bits and pieces of so called news that is going on around the world.

But what is the meaning of all that are going in this world 'really'? And why do all these happen? And where will they lead to?

After having gone to a foreign land Daniel as an exile got confused and asked a question similar to this, and after much prayer he received an answer from the Lord who in effect said  in Daniel 12 about the end time events such as deliverance of the righteous, resurrection to occur, and in the interim till the end time people going here and there to increase knowledge. vs. 1-4

In today's Bible reader passage Jesus quoted David who centuries before had overheard and recorded the conversation between God the Father and (pre-incarnate) Jesus.

As prophesied, Jesus did come, offered himself on a tree as an atoning sacrifice for men, rose again, and now remain seated at the right  hand of God.

In the meantime, quoting David, Jesus gives us in a summary form the history lesson according to the meaning of the things that are to happen, that is, the Lord God working through all means in his sleeves (men like evangelists, missionaries, pastors, etc., nature like windstorms, thunders, moon, stars, etc.) to make Jesus' enemies a footstool for Jesus' feet. And Jesus is the ruler of all.

A footstool is something on which you put your feet to rest, as you are seated in a chair at a king's throne room.

Image result for king footstool throne room

The revelation as elucidated by the poor country Rabbi from Nazareth keeps modern men from getting confused/confounded/dumbfounded/alarmed/agitated owing to all the 'crazy' things that are going on like war of rhetoric between trump and kim-jung-un, natural or other man-made disasters reported instantly over the internet.

** Further Bible reading: Olivet discourse (Matthew 24; Mark 13; Luke 21)

** Hymn song to sing: He lives (Sing to the Lord 262)

*Indonesia Depoc center Summer Bible Conference (Peter Lee)

Our title was from Genesis 12:2 "You will be a blessing." 

God blessed our 8 lectures (Iman, Setto, Wisma Hadi,  Anang, Kefas, Ian, Martin and Abe Jones).

All attendees ( we prayed for 120 but God sent 144) could meet God the creator, who was pleased to create us, who is our hope, who wants to use us as a source of blessing and God of blessing.  

God raised 7 Life testimony speakers and 6 testimony speakers.

Prayer topics: After the conference, we keep on studying John's gospel. May God establish 5 new house churches this year. (2 were already raised and 3 more HCs need to be established). May God bless with 120 SWS attendees and 120 one to one Bible studies. 

German UBF Staff Conference 2017

*German Staff Conference with the title, "No one can lay any other foundation" (Gal 3) 

(9/14-16 at Worms where in 1521 Martin Luther stood the test before the Emperor, papal legate, bishops, etc.)

We thank God for:

- giving us an appropriate topic to study: Sola Scriptura, Sola Fide, Sola Gratia, Solus Christus, which are basics of the reformation;
- granting us deep Bible study on Galatians 3 and well-prepared messages to digest the topic deeply;(
Reiner Schauwienold (Luke 19), Walter Nett (Gal. 3), Stefan ELsholz (Eph. 2), and Daniel Park (1Cor. 3).
- expanding our view of reformation and the person of Martin Luther and the people before and beside him;
- moving our hearts in prayer for North Korea through the presentation by a missionary organization working with YUST and PUST.

In summary, God's word challenged us to hold on to our spiritual treasures and to share them with young people in the upcoming winter semester.

May God raise many people like Martin Luther and his fellows in this generation from among college students, using our 1:1 Bible study and disciple-making ministry.

We pray esp. for the house church ministries in Darmstadt who prepared this conference diligently and served us with a joyful new gen concert at the closing meeting: Dr. Moses & Esther Lee; M. Josua & Paulina Kim; M. Ezra & Rebekah Cho.

Love in Christ, Walter

Report by: Jose Paul Ahn (as adopted and pasted herein by Isaac Kim)

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Are you better than the stone?

We hear people saying "Hey you stonehead!"

In an article a chinese columnist made a remark on S. Koreans saying in effect "they ate too much kimchi so that they became stupid/stone headed/potheads." How insulting! And how barbaric! How un-etiquette?!

This reminded me however that every human being ought to grow up rising from a lowly level of mere material like a stone or that of animals/insects, noting that man on falling can and indeed has gone down to the level lower than that of mere mass like a cement bag or a donkey.

In Luke 19 a man named Jesus of nazareth said TO the (religious) leaders of his day,  “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out." What a sense of humour?! (And how on earth did the Pharisees become worse than stones?)

This morning a friend of mine sent me a video showing an elephant drawing on a canvas a self portrait far better rhan that of picaso!

Another friend of mine forwarded to me a video where a kangaroo beating down ^^ at a boxing ring a human boxer. :-)

My cat eboney has 12 kittens. Yet she is well fit like a model. When i feed the kittens while her kittens rush to the food box she always stays one step removed. How sacrificial! And she never overeats!

There is so much to grow up in the Lord as the apostle peter says: grow up in the grace and knowledge of the Lord!

You are not able to serve the Lord.

In yesterday's daily bread (Joshua 19) towards the end of his life Joshua said to his audience, "You are NOT able to serve the Lord."

This statement bothers the reader because according to the scripture we are called to (worship God and) serve him (only).

It is given that God does not (and cannot and should not) ask man to do what he is  NOT capable of doing.

Why then did Joshua says, "You are not able"?

Was it because the flock before him were indeed not able?

In view of joshua's wish and prayer to bless them, the answer to this question is yes and no: 

(1) Yes because as they were they were indeed unable for like stone or donkey they are created beings not the creators so there is a limit to what they can do and serving God is one of the things that they could not do. You are a human being and you cannot travel from earth to moon on foot! Worshiping and serving God is one of the examples that they could not do on their own! 

(2) No because as the Scripture says that which is not possible with man is possible with God. NOTHING is impossible with God so as the apostle paul says I say "I can do everything through him who gives me strength" and "I live by his faith (in Him)."

Joshua might have said this so the flock would know their limit so they would humble repent (of the so called my own man mentality) surrender/turn to the Lord and serve him by faith in him and LIVE!

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Do me a special favor!

In today's daily bread passage, Joshua 15, Caleb's daughter asked Caleb for a special favor saying, "Do me a special favor!" (19)

It appears that Othniel, though was brave enough to volunteer to go fight against and capture the enemy territory Kiriath Sepher, and thereby earned the blessing to marry Aksah, seems shy (or meek), so supported the family resorting to menial labor, yet not being to afford to buy a piece of land. But, Aksah sort of pushed her hubby to go ask the father  in law for a field, which he did and thereby was granted the request.

But Aksah did not stop there. She asked her father to do a special favor that since Caleb was gracious enough to give her the land, now she be given springs  of water! After all what good would a piece of 'dry' land be, if it were without water?!

Apparently Caleb (liked the request; after all she was his daughter, not a regular daughter, but a beautiful one desired by 'all' men in town) granted the request: he gave her upper and lower springs!

This episode has a prophetic message, looking to the Savior coming to the Samaritan land, meeting a lady (known as the "Samaritan" woman), and granting her request, that is, the Spring of Living Water, stating, "Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give  him will never thirst; indeed the water I give him will become in him a spring of living water willing up to eternal life!" John 4:1-14

And we must be bold enough to ask the Lord for His gift, that is, the Spring of the Living Water, as the Apostle Peter urged thirsty people to do saying, "“Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit." Acts 2:38

** Hymn to sing: Spring of Living Water (Sing to the Lord #416)

- Lyrics:

I thirsted in the barren land of sin and shame,
And nothing satisfying there I found;
But to the blessed cross of Christ one day I came,
Where springs of living water did abound.
Drinking at the springs of living water,
Happy now am I, my soul they satisfy;
Drinking at the springs of living water,
O wonderful and bountiful supply.
How sweet the living water from the hills of God,
It makes me glad and happy all the way;
Now glory, grace and blessing mark the path I've trod,
I'm shouting Hallelujah every day.

** Further Bible Reading: Ezekiel 47, the Spring of the River flowing from the east of the temple (altar) all the way down to the area where the Dead Sea (En Gedi located at the westside of the sea).

** Prayer for the relief from the brush fires razing throughout the west coast.

-People evacuate as fire nears: 2000 flee Junction City