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Sunday, September 30, 2018

World mission neews - 4th week Sept. '18

The following is ad forwarded by dr. Jose paul ahn of chicago ubf. 

* Pray for M. Moses Yoon's Korea visiting (9/17-10/3) and later schedules


1. 10/2 Korea World Mission night: M. Moses Yoon will share Latin Mission Journey report together with

- 2018 ISBC report  by S. John Lee (AnAm1) and S. ChoongShin Han (KwangJu 1,6)
- 2018 ISBC Vision Camp Report by S. Hannah Kim (JungReung) 
- Odessa mission report by M. John Lee (Ukraine) 
2. 10/4 He leads "North America Senior staff Meeting" in Chicago
3. He will speak on 10/5 Founder's day 

* Dr. Lee's Memorial Service, United Friday meeting at 6:30, 10/5 in Chicago
Theme: "Have Faith in God!" (Mk 11:22)
Speakers: M. Paul Choi of St. Louis, P. Mark Vucecovich and M. Moses Yoon

*Conferences with high lights (full and official reports will be posted inubf.org soon)
- Sri Lanka joint conference (UBF Colombo and Kote): 9.22-24 (by Luke Jeon) (See the full report inubf.org next week) We prayed for 30 attendees but God sent 32!
Title: "You will be a blessing"
Opening: "You will be a blessing" (Gen 12) by Nelson Baek (M. Barnabas' second son). He was not accepted 13 times in college application, but God still blessed him to be accepted in the best universities: Korea and YunSei Universities at last. He also joyfully served GBS and music.
1st message: "Father's great love" Lk 15 by Gideon
2nd :" Father, forgive them" by Ruth. 
Closing: "But seek his Kingdom" (Lk12) by M. Luke Jeon.
* Please pray for Ruth for her recovery from Dengi fever right after the conference. They say the second time of Dengi fever is very dangerous that can take away life. 


*Spring Conference in Pretoria, South Africa (9.21-23) (By James Lee)
We studied three chapters, 1Timothy 4, 2Timothy 2 and 4.
Sh. Mpho delivered the message on Daniel 6. 

Anele, Justice and Thula delivered main messages. And all messages were clear and powerful enough to touch every listener.
Thank God for all coworkers' prayer.


*Santa Cruz 1, Bolivia, Spring Conference (9.23-25 by Silvia)

By the mercy of God, several new members attended.

The main message: "Take your mat and walk" (Jn 5:1-9)
The second message: "Remain in me" (Jn 15:1-11)
The messages challenged many newcomers to take up their fatalism and walk and to remain in the love of Christ.
One of the new members, Rut, a business engineering student said, she attended many Christian retreats. But this time she received a fresh new word of God through the Group Bible Study and the messages. She found herself as the 38-year-old invalid lying near the pond. I pray that she may remain in her desire to know more about Christ personally through each 1:1 Bible studies in this Fall Semester.
Thanks for your prayers.

 

* Peter Ryu (Mainz, Germany) and Sara Lee (Toronto, Canada)'s House church ceremony in Germany on 9/29. (By M. Hannah Ryu)

We thank God, who has established a new house Church between Peter and Sara!

God gave a wonderful word of promise of God based on Matthew 6:33 by Dr. Peter Chang.

More than 200 guests Form USA, Canada, CIS, Ukraine, and the whole of UBF Europe to bless Sara & Peter.

Thank You for your Prayer. 


*On 10/20. Alex and Natalia (Podil, Ukraine) will establish a House Church in Ukraine.

* On10/20, Jong Hyun Jung (KwanAk 5, Korea) and Hannah Lee (Odessa, Ukraine) establishes a House Church in Seoul, Korea. They will serve World Mission in Germany.

*Please remember in your prayer for our suffering coworkers: (by M. Moses Yoon and Moses Lee who visited them)
-Hannah Koh (HanSung): She stays in a hospital to restore enough strength to be checked on 10/1 in Korea Uni hospital to see whether she can receive a cancer therapy. She memorizes Bible verses and is full of spirit thanking God for giving her time to rest and review her life of faith. Pray that she may receive a good therapy soon.
- Eunice Lee (Hwarang): She stays in an aseptic ward and is receiving Chemotherapy. She suffers a lot because the injection does not work well. She needs prayers for bone marrow transplantation.
- Hannah Byun (KwanAk 3): The surgery for 9 cm cancer was well finished. She entrusts herself fully to God memorizing Romans 8. She has glaucoma in her eye that she needs prayer not to have troubles in receiving chemotherapy. 
- Teresa Han (Brazil) : (9/25 by Sarah Kim): she slept well and ate a piece of apple and 2 spoons of honey. May God give her necessary strength to receive the third treatment. 
YulKook Kee, (Paulin and with 2 babies). The doctors said that he came back to his conscience only by the divine power and grace. Still, his heartbeats are very weak. He prays that God may give him a stronger heart to be able to serve another 40 years fully for God’s glory.
Remember Yesung Kim, Juyoung Kim and John Doty, Grace A Lee's foot full recovery and other suffering co-workers.


Thursday, September 27, 2018

A book review: the Book of Ezekiel (Translation and Commentary by Rav Dr. Joseph Breuer)


In the "forward" section of the book the author compares the message of the prophet Jeremiah and the message of the prophet Ezekiel, stating: "Jeremiah prepares for the reconstruction of the Jewish state even as it crumbles (Jeremiah 32). Yechezkel's [Ezekiel's Hebrew name - note is mine] spiritual eye views the eternal sanctuary of God, the eternal city of God, the eternal state of God."

The sanctuary of God refers to the place of worship of God for life as the Lord commanded Moses to build according to the pattern shown on the mountain in Exodus, and as further revealed in Ezekiel 40.



In Jeremiah 32 Jeremiah writes that the Lord God could no longer tolerate the sight of the Israelites committing adultery (bowing down to idol gods such as sun god), that he had to remove them from His sight, thus destruction of temple worship in Jerusalem.

Question becomes: what does it mean to see the face of the Lord and what is its significance?

We can find answers to the question in a few Bible passages concerning 'seeing the face of the Lord' as listed below:
  1.  Moses was afraid to see the face of God. He was afraid to look at God (into the face). Exodus 3:6
  2.  Later Moses said that God was going to hide his face in anticipation of the Israel persisting in their wickedness and in turning to idols (other gods). Deuteronomy 31:18
  3. Ezra said in 2 Chronicles 29:6 that the Israelite did evil in the eyes of the Lord and forsook him. He said they turned away from the face of the Lord's dwelling place (in Jerusalem) and turned their back on the Lord.
  4. King David wrote in his Psalm (24) that the Lord is the creator of the earth and everything and every life in it, that the Lord is the founder of the seas (and mountains). He asks, "Who may ascend the hill of the Lord? Who may stand in his holy place?" He answers, "He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to an idol or swear by what is false." He tells then of the reason and the need for man to seek him see his face and life before and in Him, for He is the God, the Savior, and the God of glory. For this reason David prays to the Lord that He be gracious to the needy, bless, and make His face shine on them. Psalm 67:1
  5. Saul (who after conversion to Christ got renamed as Paul) remained shut out of the face of God; he remained 'lost' so to speak, lost in sin, but by God's grace he met Jesus and found salvation in the Lord, and then said to the Corinthians, the God who said, "Let the light shine out  of darkness" (in Genesis 1; John 1:5), let the light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God's glory displayed in the face of Jesus Christ. 2 Corinthians 4:6. (Cf. Acts 9:3)