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Sunday, June 17, 2018

Father's Day- Sunday, June 17, 2018

Message

Happy Father's Day

(Our Father in Heaven)

Matthew 6:9-13

"This, then, is how you should pray: "'Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name..."

[10 your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. 11 Give us today our daily bread. 12 And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. 13 And lead us not into temptation, (a) but deliver us from the evil one.]

A good father is one of the most unsung, unpraised, unnoticed, and yet one of the most valuable assets in our society. - Billy Graham

What Billy Graham said is particularly true of our Heavenly Father.

So we sing, praise, and notice the greatness of our Heavenly Father.

Now, the sermon comes in three parts:

Part I. His Name

The meaning of Hallowed by your name:

In Hebrew the word "hallowed" pronounced "kadosh" means, "set apart", "separated from", or "different from". In what respect is He different from all?

He is different from or set apart from all in that He alone is sufficient by himself, and in that sense is perfect in power and love, among other characteristics. In the first place He is the Creator who has caused all the entire universe and everything in it to come into being out of nothing. And he has the power to suspend revive and renew His creation.

Part II. Our Prayer

Yet we as created beings may not know His name, i.e., his holiness so Jesus taught us to pray for if we pray He enables us to know Him.

Part III. Our Life of Faith in Him

And we are to live by faith in Him, even as things go imperfect we would overcome the imperfect conditions and live well.

The invalid man becoming valid in John 5 represents a powerful example. Because he did not know God the Father, Jesus helped him to know the Father, by faith in Him get healed of his weakness and he became valid being able to take up his mat and walk.

** Further Words to memorize:

John 5:17. "The one who sent me is with me; he has not left me alone, for I always do what pleases him."

John 8:29 "My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all c; no one can snatch them out of my Father's hand. 30 I and the Father are one." John 10:29-30

Hymn

This is my Father's world



Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Tozer on Worship and Entertainment (book recommendation)

At the end of the back cover of the book, A. W. Tozer says:

"We are saved to worship God. All that Christ has done for us in the past and all that He is doing now lends to this one end."

In John 12 at the dinner party given in Jesus' honor Mary poured perfume on Jesus' feet.  I view Mary's act as an act of worship. But some (especially Judas Iscariot who later would betray Jesus) found this as wasteful act. While Jesus sided with Mary, I think it is worthwhile to listen to experts on "worship".  A. W. Tozer's book entitled Worship and Entertainment serves the purpose.

Published by Wing Spread Publishers
Compiled by James L. Snyder in the form of selected excerpts
The book has four parts:
- Part I: Sermon by A. W. Tozer
- Part II: Worship
- Part III: Entertainment
- Part IV: Essay by A. W. Tozer

Length:209 pages, the size of a notepad

While I encourage everyone to secure the book and read in its entirety, I would like to quote/drop a few lines of the Chapter 1 of Part I, the act and object of worship, below:

"We can admire without worshipping but we cannot worship without admiring, because worship is admiration carried to infinitude.  In the same way, we can honor what we do not worship but we cannot worship the one we do not honor. So worship carries with it an ingredient of honor." [Mary opened the party in Jesus' honor. This note is mine.]

"We can only worship that which fascinates us. The old poet said in an often-quoted passage, "In our astonished reverence, we confess Thy uncreated loveliness."... If you can explain it, you cannot worship it."

"Another ingredient, which perhaps should have been mentioned first, is love. We can love without worshiping but we cannot worship without loving. Then love, when it lets itself go and no longer has any restraints, becomes adoration." [Remember: in pouring the perfume and wiping Jesus' feet with her hair, she was not self-conscious nor restrained. Note is mine.]

[In regard to the object of worship Tozer quotes Psalm 45:11 stating] "Worship thou Him".





Friday, May 18, 2018

Why this can be our finest hour? (Book Recommendation)

A few years ago intending to read during flight time on my trip to one of the UBF international conferences I bought a book entitled "Grave Influence" by Brannon Howse, but until recently I was not able to finish it.

This book elucidates causes that turn the U.S. away from a blessed nation into a corrupt one, and offers a remedy to the downfall.

It has 5 parts:

1. THINGS are worse than you thought
2. Brought to you by the occult and pagan spirituality
3. Compliments of the apostate church
4. Courtesy of the educational establishment
5. And now from the government-corporate complex

The book presents the remedy as the CONCLUSION citing our Lord Jesus's world mission command in Matthew 28:19-20. In his CONCLUSION he states, "... Many in the Church think the Great Commission is a call to evangelism, but it is not - it is to make disciples. Evangelism is the first of a four-year process."

The book has 367 pages but easy to read, for it is a miniature book the size of 5 by 6 inches and about 1 inch thick. I highly recommend it.

Sunday, May 6, 2018

David and Goliath (Victory through Faith)

In today's daily bread bible passage (1 Samuel 17:41-58) the boy David won victory over the Philistines. He defeated Goliath by striking him on the forehead with a slingshot in the name of the Lord Almighty.
Goliath and David are types of the arch enemy Satan and Jesus Christ the Savior.
For 40 days Goliath came out and taunted the Israelites. The number 40 in the Bible is usually the period of testing (of faith).  David said to Saul "I am the son of Jesse." Isaiah prophesied the Savior is to come from the line of Jesse. 


By the time David met the challenge the Spirit of prophecy was in operation on him for David had already been anointed so that before darting aut to Goliath he proclaimed victory in advance saying in the spirit of prophecy "victory in His name".
Five smooth river stones hidden in the shepherd's pouch represent the FAITH in the LORD as it has been said, "faith is an acronym for fantastic adventure (aggression, or attack if you will) in trusting Him."
No wonder that in Revelation 19, where the all time super champion the old serpent Satan is finally knocked down and thrown into the lake of burning sulfer, an angel explained to John that it was through the testimony of (the gospel faith in) the Lord Jesus the Savior that the victory is won.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Peace rolling like river

All difficulties are NOTHING but the tools to reveal His glory.

This calls for the faith in the LORD.

"DID I NOT TELL YOU THAT IF YOU BELIEVE YOU WILL SEE THE GLORY of GOD?"

So the Apostle says, "In everything by prayer and petition with thanksgiving make your requests be known to him." Then the peace will guard your heart and mind in the LORD.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Trust before I get answer

On March 25, 18 Sunday at 10 am
Folsom high school main auditorium - Jesus culture Sacramento
Sunday worship
Jamie gets baptized following service
Today Jamie's 9th birthday
She got a t-shirt saying "through him I am set free".
Leave behind your regrets and mistskes; Jesus is calling.
O what a Savior
Bow down before him
Pastor stating in regard to another young black died  "instead of just sharing opinions through sociak media walk with people coming at their level."

Sunday sermon:

1 Samuel 13:11
The issue of delay



Learn to embrace the time of delay - blessing comes out

In seasons of delay root of trust reaches deeper in deep trust in God to find fresh water. Your irritation with God does not hasten God.

In your intimate walk with God learn to give up your control as you put trust in Him.

Listen to this music
Lisa also got baptized.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Is your life leaky?

The world cannot hate you but it hates me because I testify that its work is evil. John 7:7

🤣 ROOF does not leak!

A while ago I bought an RV for $600 (not $60,000). It does not have an engine. It used to sit at a mobile home park in the west side area of Redding. I got it towed to the peace camp at IGO.
But about a month ago it started leaking: in the rear of the unit where there is the (only) tiny bedroom, there directly above there is an opening the size of 1 square foot. There used to be an openable ventilation but since it broke someone covered it up with a sheet metal and sealed up with some sort of caulking materials.  But now as it rained hard the sealed area got cracked up and started leaking like crazy, ruining the bed frame sheet cover blanket!

My immediate thought was: "finally this went useless; I've got to get rid of it." But if I do there is no better place to sleep! [It is the only place where the area is air tight during the night!] So with much hesitation I went up to the roof. And I got an idea. With one gallons of black tar the wet application which was left unused for nearly 2 years, and a wood stick I sealed off the area for an hour or so. Then I replaced wet everything (frame blanket sheet...) and cleaned the bedroom area put new(I mean used one I picked up from the street) frame and and new bed sheet and blanket. Then night fell temperature dropped down to 35 and it rained thunderous pounding on the tin roof, and lo and behold! IT WORKED; IT DOES NOT LEAK! (I was inside the blanket and comforter - king size, much worried for the leak. But now thank God. I do not need to throw this unit away!

😎🤔 What about your LIFE?

In John 7:7 Jesus uses the word "work", saying [I testify that its WORK is evil!]. The word "evil" is the word "live" written backward. You are born to live. But you get old spare parts break down here and there. It starts leaking! And you kick the bucket and collapse! It STOPS working!

😚👼👩‍🚀🎅🏃‍♂️💪Don't worry. Believe in Him!
Knowing that the life in this world does not work God the Father sent Jesus the One and only Son whose trade was a carpenter and builder, as the Lord and Savior to save people in the dying world.

For those who hear the voice "repent and turn to Him" he receives them works on them that all who come to Him may live and have life to the full! In him you find all of your sins (that causes your life leaky) forgiven and receive a brand new life, created to like god perfect in righteousness and holiness!

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Life in the Spirit

Sunday Sermon
Isaac Kim
Passage: The Spirit gives life; flesh counts for nothing. John 6:63 (Romans 8:11)

Bible passage to read: 1 Peter 3:8-22
The key Bible verse to remember and meditate: 3:18 Christ also suffered for sins...

Hymn song to sing: Sing to the Lord 242 Glory to his name
Lyrics:



The Apostle Peter was speaking to the Christians undergoing sufferings under the Roman rule.
In the waves of persecutions some were scattered to remote places like Catacomb or Cappadocia.


Some were caught and were executed in the public arena being eaten live by wild animals. 

When placed in a marginalized situation like this one is tempted to not be like minded, quarrel each other or accuse the other of wrong doings, and that even among the believers. 

But Peter says "Be like minded, all of you, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble. Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult.... And he reminds them that the Lord watches over the righteous, and his eyes are on the evil/unrighteous. 3:8-12

He continues to say: "Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good? But even if you should suffer for what  is right, you are blessed. Do not fear their threats, do not be frightened. But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have - the hope of resurrected life - but do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander. In his day Christians scattered in remote areas used to hold early morning prayer meetings evening Bible classes etc. and so forth. Yet some spies reported to the local authorities stating "Oh they appear to meet secretly to connive against the Roman Rule" or "They worship another King (than the Roman Emperor Caesar)." 

Those in political power in Jesus' day did the same thing on Jesus. They piled up charges against Jesus saying "This man breaks Roman Law; he teaches people not to pay taxes to Rome; He says he himself is the King". 

Referring to what Jesus went through Peter says, "It is better, if it is God's will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil. For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous once
to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit." He further says, "After being made alive, he went and made proclamation to the imprisoned spirits - to those who were disobedient long ago when God waited patiently in the days while the ark was being built." This statement affirms that after the fall of the body life continues. And Jesus spoke to the imprisoned spirits apparently to free them from the prison into God's freedom. We do not know how many if not all of them got saved. Yet Peter revealed Jesus' post resurrection ministry for the rebellious who lived during the Pre-Flood Era, that is, those who were disobedient long ago when God waited patiently in the days of Noah while the ark was being built, which must haven take closed to 100 years.


But we are not to be sidetracked, for Peter uses this episode to talk about the importance of his audience to keep the pledge of the conscience, that is, water baptism, to further strengthen the meaning of "Do this,,,keeping a clear conscience." Thus he continues to say, "[Of the many who used to live in Noah's day] only a few people, 8 in all, were saved through water, and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also - not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a clear conscience toward God." 

Unlike many who describe Peter as "impulsive, emotional, a man of feelings, emotions, rather than, intellect", I would say "Peter is man of reason, intellect, governed by more of reason and sound mind, the cold head that reasons, searching for the truth, rather than  emotion and feelings." 1 Peter 1:23, 25; 2:2

Thus he states, "not the removal of the dirt from the body but the pledge of a clear conscience toward God. [Unlike what some of the baptists say] it (not mere water ceremony) saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who has gone into heaven and is at God's right hand - with angels, authorities and powers in submission to him." 



Sunday, January 14, 2018

The Right to Become Children of God

Sermon

Sunday Worship
Word of the Lord: John 1:6-18
Pastor: Isaac H. Kim

Key Phrase: "The Right to become Children of God" (12)

* Existence of God:

God reveals himself through the people commonly known as the Jews. Not all people believe in the existence of God. A lot of scientists do not believe in God's existence. Not all Jews believe in God either. Charles Darwin is an example. Yet, in the history of the Israelites God revealed himself, even as Jesus himself said of God, "God is the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob". In order to get rid of God, you need to get rid of the Jews as a race. Dictators tried to do that. Haman in the 5 century before Christ tried to destroy but failed. Adolph Hitler wanted to destroy the Jews but failed. God is living and he has spoken through his servants. 

* Words of promise from God to mankind:

V. 6 reads, "There was a man sent from God whose name was John." This John is not the Apostle John but John the Baptist. His father was Zechariah, mother Elizabeth. Luke describes the story on the birth of John the Baptist, for he was born six months ahead of the birth of Jesus, the Son of God. 

John's mission was to testify concerning the light, so that through Jesus, the Son of God, all might believe. John the Baptist was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light. 

The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world, testified John. 

What does 'everyone' mean? Everyone means everyone. 

As John testified, Jesus the true light indeed came. He was in the world (John 1:1-5), and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. 

Jesus came to that which was his own, that is, the land of the Jews, as Jesus said to one of the Samaritan women, "Salvation comes from the Jews." John 4:22 But his own did not receive him.

Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God - children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband's will, but born of God.

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. This morning before worship my wife took a look at herself in the mirror. I said to her, "Do not look at yourself too long. You are not in your teens!" Our bodies are weak. Yesterday since the weather report says it is going to rain tomorrow, I went out and did a yard work. I also split the roots of a few flower, and transplanted them. Then my finger grew numb. Flesh is indeed weak and fragile. 

Jesus, the Word who became flesh made his dwelling among us. Being in the flesh he also grew hungry. After a long journey through the Bible belt, he grew tired and thirsty, so he needed to take a break, sat down at the Jacob's well. On seeing a lady coming to draw water at the well, he asked the lady for a favor, "Will you give me a drink?" 

 

While in a body, a few disciples followed Jesus closely. John was one of them, not John the Baptist but the Apostle John. The Apostle John the author of the John's gospel used to follow John the Baptist as his mentor. But on hearing his mentor speaking of Jesus, the Son of God, "Look the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world" John left him and followed Jesus. 

Along with John there were a few others such as Peter, James, Andrew, etc. 

Following Jesus they have seen His glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

John the Baptist testified concerning him. He cried out, saying, "This  is the one I spoke about when I said, 'He who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.'"

Out of Jesus' fullness we all received grace upon grace already given. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ, as the Apostle Paul later explained, "The law was our guardian until Christ came that we might be justified by faith. Now that this faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian. So in Christ Jesus you are children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Gentile, e\neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise." Galatians 3:24-29

The Apostle John's testimony continues: Out of Jesus' 
No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in close relationship with the Father, has made him known. 

Later, two followers, Thomas and Philip asked Jesus about the Father, whereupon Jesus stated, "Those who have seen me have seen the Father." John 14:9


Hymn: This is my Father's world (by Maltbie Babcock 1901) based on Psalm 24:1




  1. This is my Father’s world,
    And to my list’ning ears
    All nature sings, and round me rings
    The music of the spheres.
    This is my Father’s world:
    I rest me in the thought
    Of rocks and trees, of skies and seas—
    His hand the wonders wrought.
  2. This is my Father’s world:
    The birds their carols raise,
    The morning light, the lily white,
    Declare their Maker’s praise.
    This is my Father’s world:
    He shines in all that’s fair;
    In the rustling grass I hear Him pass,
    He speaks to me everywhere.
  3. This is my Father’s world:
    Oh, let me ne’er forget
    That though the wrong seems oft so strong,
    God is the ruler yet.
    This is my Father’s world,
    The battle is not done:
    Jesus who died shall be satisfied,
    And earth and Heav’n be one.