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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

"Learn from me" (Matthew 11:29)

Towards the end of his life the Apostle Peter said, "grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus." 2 peter 3:17-18
How does one grow up? It comes through learning.
Thus Jesus said: "Come to me and learn from me..."
Jesus provided us with sources from which to learn in abundance, that is:
- Jesus himself
- his life and his teachings as recorded in the Scriptures like four gospels
- examples of those who learned from him such as his apostles like Peter John Paul etc. (as they left writings/epistles)
- Living exmples of the saints of the past and present, and much more.
Lately in this internet age the Lord made available on line great lectures sermons and seminars, discussions, articles, talk shows etc., all at our finger tips.
Yesterday I watched on Youtube a few on line talk shows featuring korean professor Hyung Suk Kim. He is 100 years young. He received the Lord at the age of 14 and learned from the Lord for 86 years (100-14 = 86). In a talk show (find the link below)  he shares three stages of growth (of faith).


P.s.   A fool finds no pleasure in understanding but delights in airing his opinion. Prov 18:2;

Walking with three people, I find my teacher among them. I choose that which is good in them and follow it, and that which is bad and change it. -- Confucius

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Life with the Lord - Then and Now

The ark of God remained with the family of Obed-Edom in his house for three months, and the Lord blessed his household and everything he had.

1 Chronicles 13:14

In today's daily bread Bible passage (1 Chronicles 13), we see the Lord moving to the house and staying there three months only to bless his household and everything he had, an epidode that took place about 3000 plus years ago.

In Hebrew Obed Edom has the meaning of 'servant of Edom'. In the Bible Edom which in Hebrew means red for Edom Jacob's less favorite (or even disfavored - Malachi 1:2,3; Romans 9:14 - ) son sold his birthright to Jacob for a bowl of lentil (red-colored) soup. The Gittite represents the Philistines, the Gentiles. Yet, during his stay for three months the Lord blessed (not cursed) the house.

This reminds us of the word of the Lord saying: "Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me." John 15:4,15

What does 'remain' mean? According to Merriam Webster as a verb it means: to be a part not destroyed, taken, or used up; to be something yet to be shown, done, or treated...; to stay in the same place or with the same person or group; to stay unchanged. In Hebrew, the word remain reading Yashab (יָשַׁב) means to dwell, sit, or abide.

During the three months Obed-Edom enjoyed the fellowship with the Lord. After the three months the Lord left, so the honeymoon period was over. 

To the angel of the church of Laodicea (after a sharp rebuke in Rev 3:14-19) the Lord says, "Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me." 

Friday, May 24, 2019

Vision Care

Today is a fine day of May with a clear sky, the air quality crisp clear. As I drove down from Igo to Redding, an 18 mile journey to Shasta Family YMCA around 8 a.m., I enjoyed the drive every mins and seconds, for with my new eye glasses (progressive) everything looked brand new - mountains, trees, sky lines, road signs, everything. 

About a month ago while working outside at the Peace Camp I misplaced my eye glasses, and since then I could not find them. I looked everywhere but nowhere were they found. Finally I gave up, ordered a new pair. In two weeks the glasses were ready. And I am now wearing them. And with the new eye glasses life looks brand new! They cost me close to $500! Without eye glasses I drove up and down between Rocklin and Redding, and all looked dim and blurry. But now different! The old is gone; the new is come!

And only after getting the new pair, that is, yesterday morning, was I able to find the old eye glasses! It turned out that I had dropped them (perhaps they fell off of the chest pocket of my working jacket) in a grassy area on the pathway near the swimming pool! Due to the late spring rain the grass/weeds over grew, making the glasses that had fallen into hard to see. As I tried to pull out some weeds, something crashed under my sandals! And there were the eye glasses - with a broken leg (ear piece), left hand side glass popped out! Poor eye glasses! With Super Glue, I glued them back but it turned out that they are hardly wearable, for they got crooked and twisted so bad! Perhaps I need to keep them only as a souvenir!

Lesson: take a good care of your eye glasses! Carry them in a secure case, and do not treat them for granted! 

Watch out for seven bad habits!  <<<<< Click here for what Aimee wrote as well!

Aimee RodriguesAbout the Author: Aimee Rodrigues has many years of editorial experience in consumer publishing, with an emphasis on the health, pharmaceutical and beauty fields. Previously she was the executive editor for this website and wrote articles on eye conditions, sunglasses and other topics Are you a night owl, fast food lover or sun worshiper? Chances are you're prematurely aging your eyes — inside and out! Here's how...[To make it sure everyone keeps what she says I quote fully the article, for so far I neglected on all of the seven habits!] Thank you Aimee!
Rubbing Your Eyes
The skin around your eyes is one of the first areas on your face to show signs of aging. Rubbing your eyes can break tiny blood vessels under the skin's surface and cause dark circles and puffy eyes, as well as premature crow's feet and drooping eyelids.Botox injections and cosmetic eyelid surgery can rejuvenate the eye area, but prevention is best: refrain from pulling and tugging at the skin around your eyes.

Forgetting Your Sunglasses
Exposing your eyes to the sun's harmful UV and high-energy visible (HEV) rays is a surefire way to prematurely age and damage your eyes and eyelids. Extended sun exposure leads to: sunburn of the front surface of the eye (photokeratitis); cataracts; macular degeneration; pinguecula and pterygium (unsightly growths on the eye); and even cancer of the eyelid. Wear sunglasses that block 100 percent of UV rays and the most damaging HEV rays — even on overcast days!

Smoking harms just about every organ in your body — including your eyes. Research has linked cigarette smoking to sight-threatening eye diseases such as cataracts, macular degeneration, uveitis, dry eyes and diabetic retinopathy.In fact, smokers are up to four times more likely to go blind, compared with non-smokers. The good news is that quitting smoking, no matter what your age, can reduce your risk of developing a serious eye condition.

Eating Poorly
Eating too much fast food and not enough fruits and vegetables? Then you're probably not getting the necessary vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids for optimum eye health.Leafy greens, colorful fruit and vegetables, and wild-caught fish such as salmon can help prevent or manage many age-related eye diseases. Eye vitamins can fill in nutritional gaps, but a healthful diet, daily exercise and watching your waistline are more effective ways to keep your eyes in top shape.

Not Getting Enough Quality Shut-Eye
It's called beauty sleep for a reason: not enough sleep can accelerate aging, and your eyes may be the first to suffer! Lack of sleep causes red, bloodshot eyes, dark circles under the eyes, eye twitching, dry eyes and blurry vision.

Not Drinking Enough Water
Not getting the recommended eight glasses of water a day and eating a high-sodium diet can cause your body to dehydrate and in turn not produce enough tears to keep your eyes moist and properly nourished.Eye-related symptoms of dehydration include dryness, redness and puffy eyelids.

Not Seeing Your Eye Doctor
Regular eye exams can detect vision problems, eye diseases and general health problems before you're aware problems exist.Sight-threatening diseases such as glaucoma often have no warning signs until there is a permanent, irreversible loss of vision. Inform your eye doctor of your family's eye health history to help determine if you have a high risk for a particular eye disease or condition. If you don't already, start scheduling regular eye exams for you and your family.

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My experience on eye glasses last and this month strengthens me of the equally (perhaps more so) important need for the spiritual vision care, for the perception of the look on life both present and future depends on the spiritual vision, as is said, "[I]f your vision is poor, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the  light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness? Matthew 6:23

Physically I am past age 70, and often times (more frequently than ever) am hit with what Moses says, "The length of our days is seventy years-- or eighty, if we have the strength; yet their span is but trouble and sorrow, for they quickly pass, and we fly away." Their span is BUT trouble and sorrow!
Further, the Scripture says, "Where there is no vision there is no hope [or people perish]". Prov 29:18

Yet there is hope of participating in the life that is as glorious as that of our Lord Jesus, as is written:
"It is in this hope that we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have?"  Romans 8:24

Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. (Hebrews 11)

But the vision can go blurry if one faith grows weak, and the hope can go dead when one loses faith! Just as one can lose eye glasses he can lose spiritual eye glasses as well! 

Why does anyone lose faith?

Derek J. Brown carries an article on line entitled, "9 possible reasons for your spiritual drought" [9 possible reasons for spiritual drought] where he lists up: unchecked lust; pride; love of money; lack of bible reading, meditation, and prayer; too much time indoors; lack of exercise; neglect of responsibilities; morbid introspection; forgetting the gospel and living in legalism; a few other thoughts (sore of catch all category that may be many more). Add to the list, I would say, the old saying: "Use or lose" or simply put: lack of care.

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Joy Unspeakable

In today's daily bread bible passage (Chronicles 1), the author of the Chronicles (Ezra) listed the family line beginning with Adam...Noah...Abram (that is Abraham)...Isaac...Judah (of whose line Jesus, the Savior of the world came.) As I read the passage, it occurred to me that this line is the line of the people of faith who carried the promise of the Savior to come in each of their generations, just like the Olympic torch light carrier.

 Image result for olympic torch light carrier

In what state of mind must they have been living? I think despite the hardness of their life in their own generations, due to the faith in the Savior (coming) they received joy and comfort from the Father.

This is seen in one of the study made by Pastor Chuck that is the Hebrew meanings of the names of the (gospel torch light) carriers of faith (as Ezra listed).

MahalalelThe Blessed God
JaredShall come down
MethuselahHis death shall bring
LamechThe Despairing
NoahRest, or comfort.
Here is a summary of God’s plan of redemption, hidden here within a genealogy in Genesis! You will never convince me that a group of Jewish rabbis deliberately “contrived” to hide the “Christian Gospel” right here in a genealogy within their venerated Torah!

The same joy is with us, for: no. 1., Abraham serves as the father of 'many' nations; no. 2., Jesus the Savior of the world, commanded his disciples to make disciples (believers in the Lord) of all nations,  no. 3., the Apostle Paul whom the Lord appointed as the apostle sent out to the Gentiles (like Koreans and Americans, etc.), states, "Mystery of God is the Christ (Jesus) [Col 2:2] and Mystery of Christ is one new person [Eph 3:1-6; Romans 4:16; :12]; no. 4., regarding the joy of (salvation) Jesus said, "Your father Abraham rejoiced at the thought of seeing my day; he saw it and was glad." [John 8:56] and finally the Apostle Peter said of the joy of the Gentile believers stating, " Him you love, though your eyes have never looked on Him. In Him, though at present you cannot see Him, you nevertheless trust, and triumph with a joy which is unspeakable and is crowned with glory, (1 Peter 1:8)

Friday, May 17, 2019

Anti - aging pills?

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom... for through me your days will be many, and years will be added to your life. Prov. 9

In today's searchlight newspaper they carried a paid advertisement entitled "Discovery of stem cell organ reveals cure for old age."

And the ad talks about the 'organ' called the Interstitium.
The ad promotes the product labeled, "Primal X Plus". 

Image result for primal x plus

I googled on aging and found an image stating that aging/anti-aging involves five factors like hormones, body, mind, detoxify, and nutrition, missing spiritual factor, that is, the Spirit of the Lord, for our Lord Jesus, the author of life, says "The Spirit gives life to man, flesh counts for nothing."

But remember even a fake bank robbery can go sideways.

Fake Bank Heist Can Go Sideways  <<<< --- Click here.

But not so with the life that puts trust in the Lord, for the Lord (speaking through the Apostle Paul) says: "The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart, that is the word of faith we are proclaiming: that if you confess with your mouth, 'Jesus is Lord', and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are  justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved, as the Scripture says, 'Anyone who trusts in him will never be put to shame.'" Romans 10

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

M. and Scott (Wedding)

Bride: M. Kwon
Bridegroom: Scott Gordon

May 11, 2019

Lake View Terrace, California

Monday, May 13, 2019

The Way of Salvation (Cal State Northridge Sunday Worship)

"The way of salvation"

Sermon by: Dr. Abraham McELhinny, and Msn. Isaac G. Kim
May 12, 2019 at CSUN UBF Bible Center


"If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. 11 As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.” 12 For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of alland richly blesses all who call on him, 13 for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Count the stars (Genesis 15:5)

From April 22-29 a visit to S. Korea was made: 1) to attend
the UBF Staff Meeting at Busan (4/22-24) and 2) to make visits to 
local chapter that is: Pusan UBF; Ulsan UBF; Asan UBF (serving
S. Seoul University, Kongjo Chunan Engineering Division, 
Hoseo Univ., Dankook Univ., Nazarette Univ., Korea Tech, and
Sooncheon Hyang Univ.) Yeonhee UBF; Hongik Univ.; and Kwanak 7.

Group Photo - staff meeting (4:22-24)

Staff Meeting - group photo

Pusan UBF
Pusan UBF

Pusan UBF Center
Ulsan UBF
Ulsan UBF

 Asan UBF (Dr. Abraham Donghyuk Suh) serving campuses in the area.

Kwanak 7 (Moses Lee, MD)

Kwanak 7 - entrance

Kwanak 7 - Clinic

Hongik University

Yeonhee UBF

Yeonhee UBF Sunday Worship

Sunday worship message
Dated April 28, 2019

Scenes of S. Korea - late April 2019

Monday, April 29, 2019

We love because he first loved us

We love because he FIRST loved us. 
1 John 4:19

At 4:40 a.m. April 23, 2019 I had the luck and joy of seeing face to face (for the first time in my life) so as to be able to hold hands together and shake hands and take a picture together with Shepherdess ESTHER, the better half of Shepherd Moses Lee of Sungdong UBF and presently the Korea UBF director. 

At 3:30 a.m. I woke up at the bedroom no. 1107 of the Glory Condo (located at the Haeundae Beach Pusan) where the Korean UBF staff conference is in progress. I slid out of the condo, walked around the street side developed on the beach front, dropped by an E-mart, took a cup of coffee
(Americano) and came back to the condo/hotel, approached the elevator area to go up to the sleeping quarters. 

There stood on the opposite side a mini stand showing food menu. One of the food menu on the signboard reads "전통 재래식 옛날 짜장면 - 5000원!" The black noodle (짜장면) in the picture looked so delicious yet priced so cheap. Then one lady wearing a red jacket stood nearby waiting for the elevator to open. Without myself knowing I said to the lady (a total stranger) "아이구 사모님 이 짜장면 광고 좀 보세요. 어쩌면 이렇게 싸죠?" 

Then the lady responded instantly, "아니에요. 서울은 4천원해요!" Thus I took courage and asked her "아 짜장면을 한번 먹어 봐야겟는데 식당이 어디에 붙어 잇는지 아시나요?" In her kindness she examined the signboard and said, "이 짜장면은 무슨 식당에 가서 먹는것이 아니라 호텔 사우나실에 들어가서 투고음식으로 시켜먹는것이에요." 

Then the elevater door opened. Both of us stepped into the elevater. IN HER Kindness she asked me " 몇층으로 가시죠?" I said "십일층 부탁합니다". 

The elevater arrived at the 11th floor. I got out and so she did. Then before parting the company she took a straight look at me and said, "저 성동센타의 이 에스트에요!" 

(Wow! Finally I came to meet her face to face! I HEARD about her life of faith so many times but  never Had chace to see her face to face! Even before I Ieft Rocklin California to attend the staff cinference I was wondering who she might be for in the course of securing the list of Korean staff members and chapter prayer tooics through  Elijah Lee of tonkyo ubf I could see that she is a woman of prayer!) 

I was so glad to see her face to face that I almost hugged her (but just held her hands) and asked her to take a picture with me using my selfie. 

And thank you Shepherdess Esther for introducing yourself FIRST to me saying "저 성동의 이 애스트에요!", which reminds me of the alostle John's call for love in saints fellowship saying "We love because he FIRST loved us."

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Prague Forum

"But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light." 1 Peter 2:9

From March 18-24, a forum took place at the Prague Vienna Diplomat Hotel, Prague. Total 24 coworkers attended. Dr. John Jun was not able to attend due to an illness. The purpose was to provide the planners of the upcoming European conferences especially the youth program directors with a council.

Prague UBF coworkers also participated, and served the meeting. Messengers included Pastor Abraham K Lee preaching on the God of the Living, M. Jacob Lee making a special presentation on the Vision Camp, Dr. Paul Hong serving a message entitled "The Work of God; Walk with God" on Colossians 2, Dr. Peter Chang presenting a feature presentation entitled "Empowering Next Gen" assisted by M. Paul Chung, Prague coworkers presenting a Video presentation on Bible Prague World Campus Mission, M. Kaleb Hong reading an Essay (he got published a book incorporating Ten Essays on Faith in the Lord), Shepherd Abraham Chung of Kwanak 5 delivering an inspiring message entitled "Repent and do the things you did at first" (Rev 2), and Joint Prayer meetings.

M. Hanna Shin and her coworkers offered a tour program visiting Prague Castle, folk village, and Hot Spring area.

Saturday Shepherd Samuel H. Lee provided a sister with a baptismal service which was followed by a joint discussion among coworkers on the youth programs and coworking issues, and joint prayer.

Pastor Mark Yang provided the Prague UBF coworkers with a group Bible study on Ruth.

On Sunday morning, M. Isaac H. Kim served a sunday message entitled "A Royal Priesthood" (1 Peter 2:9). The Forum was closed with a communion service conducted by Pastor Samuel H. Lee.

Monday, March 4, 2019

Bible Berkeley, World Campus Mission (A Father's Journey to No Cal)

오늘 Sunnyvale 에서 일주일 일하고 다시 bus며 Bart타고 Berkeley 로 돌아왔습니다. 유니스랑 같이 저녁식사하면서 이야기했는데, 상태가 많이 좋아졌다고합니다. 밤에 잘자고 낮에 SF에가서 internship 일도 무난히하고, 지난 주일에는 힘들었는지 울면서 new year key verse share했었는데요. 저는 Sunnyvale 에서 일하면서 일부러 호텔 직장 다 걸어다녔는데, 오늘은 짐들도 끌고가니니 운동이 되어서 좋았습니다. Bay area에서는 위 clipper카드에 현금을 저장해서 버스건 light rail, Bart다 타고 다닙니다. LA지역에서는 밑에 tap카드로 bus & metro train 다 타고 다니고요. 이제는 여기 $30짜리 단골 민박집에 도착해서 쉬고 있습니다. 내일은 오전에 Eunice 만나고 오후에 Berkeley campus가서 기도하고 fishing하려고 합니다.

제 민박 숙소에서 내려서 걸어와요.

여기 숙소 바로 앞에 UC Berkeley 가는 local 버스 (#7) 를 발견해서 이용했는데 (약 30분 거리)  산길로 UC Berkeley 를 가는데 Bay가 아래로 보이는 좋은 전망입니다.  Frw 80건너 저쪽은 Antwan이 사는 ghetto area인데 이쪽은 전망이 좋고, 집도 좋고 좋은 동네라고 합니다. 집값도 비싸고요. 이 민박집은 처음에는 air b&b로 해서 찾았는데 이제는 단골이 돼어서 그냥 집주인과 연락하고 바로옵니다. Air b&b service fee를 절약할 수 있죠. 이 민박집은 큰 방이 많아 long term 으로 있는 사람도 꽤 있습니다.

UC Berkeley campus안에 creek도 있는데 비가 와서 물이 많아 좋았습니다. 

어제는 가랑비가 계속 내리는데, 이런날에는 집에서 가요를 부르며 부침개를 해먹기에 딱 좋은 날인데, 자신을 부인하고 fishing을 나가 두명을 초대했는데 주님의 은혜로 Justin Marino하는 communication major 3학년 학생이 오늘 주일예배에 나왔습니다. 예배후 같이 동역자들과 좋은 교제했는데  Sh. Mark와 오는 토요일 1:1성경공부 약속도 했데요. Eunice 도 오늘 주일예배에 같이 나와 예배드렸습니다. 오후에는 campus에 가서 계속 theraphy 받나봐요. 저는 지금 다시 megabus 타고 LA가고 있는데 이층을 한번 올라가보니 이층은 천장이 유리로 되어있어 멋있군요.

West Oakland Bart station에서 megabus 타려고 기다리는데 Flixbus라는 다른 버스도 1년전부터 새로launching했데요. Flixbus app 을 한번 download해보시면 Sacramento에서 LA downtown 것 직통이 있는데 미리 표사면 가격이 편도 $14.99도 나오는데요,  야 이건 정말 거져내요.  flixbus driver가 그러는데 flixbus가 Greyhound 나 megabus보다 훨씬 quality, on time, wifi, free movies 등 에서 제일 좋다고 합니다. 제가 한번 버스안을 구경하려고 올라가보니 깨끗하고 좋아요. Sacramento에서 LA downtown 직통이 있는것 같아요. Berkeley & west Oakland bart station에서는 megabus가 더 나은것같아요. San Francisco 를 안거치고 LA로 바로내려가니까요. Flixbus는 같은 장소 west oakland에서 출발해도 SF 들어갔다가 내려가니 시간이 더 걸리구요.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Berkeley UBF New Bible Center

On Feb 10, 2019 at 11:00 am, Berkeley UBF opened a Sunday Worship Service at the New Bible Center.

Address: 1711 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Berkeley, CA

It is located at a walking distance.

Shepherd Mark Moran served a Sunday Sermon entitled, "A royal priesthood" 1 Peter 2:9

The center has a meeting hall, cbf room, dining area, alley/hallway area which is useful for fellowship.