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Sunday, October 18, 2020

Prayer for all nations

 2 Timothy 2:1-7

Since there is given one, and the only one Mediator between God and all mankind, the Apostle Paul exhorts Timothy to offer prayers, make petitions, and intercede for their salvation and well being, with thanksgiving, on behalf of people of all ntions, namely Jews Gentiles, people of all races and colors in all different continents. 

Sing hym song, Softly and Tenderly.

* Purpose: world peace that is, we all in different states and continents may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and  holiness. 

* Prayer topics for:
- kings and all those in authority like Trump, Xi, President Moon, Chairman Kim Jungun, et al.
- Their salvation and enlightenment that is for all come to the knolwledge of the truth

* finishing Hymn:

Saturday, April 11, 2020

Breakfast at 9 am

Today I took breakfast by the firepit.
Menu: leftover brown rice with a bowl of water heated up. Side dish (Korean banchan) - stewed pork

In eating it occurred to me that:
- brown rice is not from me that is someone grew it harvested it processed it packaged it placed at a market until i come and buy
- the same is with pork dish that is someone grew it processed it put it out in the market so i could come buy give it to rebekah so she cooked it placed in a plastic case so I could open and consume it this morning
- the same is true with the rest that is the morning sun, the rain that turned grass green fresh air the fire...yea... all of them came from someone else or the above according to James 1:17.

P.S. Due to coronavirus called Covid19 people die like flies every day. Click here for "The last 16 days of Robert Beaupre's life". 
As of today, the U.S. is at the top in the number of the infected, that is, over half a million.

Breakfast at 9 am

Today I took breakfast by the firepit.
Menu: left over brown rice with a bowl of water heated up. Side dish (Korean banchan) - stewed pork

In eating it occured to me that:
- brown rice is not from me - someone gree it processed it packagef it placed at a market until i come and buy
- the same is with pork dish / some one grew it processed it put it out in the market so icould come buy give to rebekah so she cooked it placed in a plastic case so i could open and consume it
- the same is true with the rest - the morning sun, the rain that turned grass green fredh air the fire...for allof them came from the above (james 1:17).

Thursday, April 9, 2020

Why do you ask my name?

Once upon a time, Jacob had a wrestling match with an angel of God. Result was a TKO for Jacob. Actually, Jacob lost it but the Lord gave him a win for the wrestle stopped with the angel striking the socket of Jacob's hip.

Jacob realized the presence of God that as the angel was about to leave  Jacob asked him for a blessing.
The Lord granted. He gave Jacob a new name "ISRAEL" meaning "you have struggled with men and God and overcame." 

Then Jacob asked the man for his name. But the man responded "Why do you ask my name?" The angel then blessed him and left. Jacob realized he had an encounter with God. 

A question: why did the Lord say "Why do you ask my name?" The answer is in the account of Manoah's encounter with the LORD, that is, "because his name is beyond understanding." Judges 13:18 

Perhaps the ancient Chinese thinker Lao Tsu understood the incomprehensible nature of the NAME of God that he stated at the beginning chapter of the book "Tao Te Ching" - "The TAO that can be told Tao is no longer Tao; The NAME that can be named cannot be the NAME."

Similarly in chapter one of the book Joong-yong (meaning Gold Mean) 

Tao is such that none is capable of departing from it; otherwise, it cannot be Tao. 

Yet when a man whose name was given from above that is Jesus came to earth he said plainly, "I AM THE WAY THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE."

Then to a man named "Nicodemus" who wanted to see and enter the kingdom of God Jesus said straight: 

"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life."

Not all truth seekers are lucky to find 'the' truth. BUT lucky was the man named John the son of Zebedee, for after following the man from Galilee of Nazareth for a period of time he was able to testify: "That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched -- this we proclaim concerning the Word of life. 1 John 1:1-2

Sunday, April 5, 2020

The art of multi-tasking

The covid 19 which apparently started out from somewhere in woohan china serves as one of the supreme examples of someone performing multi tasking in record period of time and space like:
- in less than 4 months spreading disease to 309 countries and territories
- getting 1.6 mill people infected
- causing close to 100k to die
- forcing change to businesses, cultural social religious life, climate, government system and much more.

coronavirus anatomy

Rivers of Babylon
By the rivers of Babylon
Where he sat down
And there he wept
When he remembered Zion
But the wicked carried us away in captivity
Required from us a song
How can we sing King Alpha song in a strange land?
'Cause the wicked carried us away in captivity
Required from us a song
How can we sing King Alpha song in a strange land?
Sing it out loud
Sing a song of freedom, sister
Sing a song of freedom, brother
We gotta sing and shout it
We gotta jump and shout it
Shout the song of freedom now
So let the words of our mouth
And the meditation of our heart
Be acceptable in Thy sight, oh Far I
So let the words of our mouth
And the meditation of our heart
Be acceptable in Thy sight, oh Far I
Sing it again!
We've got to sing it together
We've got to shout it together
By the
Source: LyricFind

Farewell to Shavu

I used to own a pickup truck which I gave the name "shavu" after the name of the street where her burial site is located. 

She came to my life when I bought her for $1k at the Westside car sales office near the city of Anderson. 

We've done a lot of interesting projects together traveling  all around the nor cal, even to chico area often times with my Nacho seated next to me.

One day however she kicked the bucket: suffered from a heart attack for the engine gasket blew up (repair bill: $2400 way over the budget).

I chose the Peace Camp as the place for her RIP. But the providence did not allow this to continue. 

Thus on a bright spring day I took her to a funeral home - the Pick and Pull (19929 viking way Redding) the yard with a Majestic View of Mt. SHASTA. (Twin View Towing towed the car for $135). 

P.S. She bequethed for me $24 - a check made payable to the order of Isaac Hyung Kim the beloved owner.

The following day in memory of Shavu the owner got built a Cathedral entitled "The Cathedral of the Perishing" and it stands at the place where Shavu used to sit. 

For further infor contact:
  • Shasta County department of resources management building division: Marc Pelote - building inspector/code enforcement officer badge no. 916; cell 530-806-5181; phone 530-225-5761; fax 530-245-6468; email:; 1855 placer st. redding, ca 96001-1759
  • Shasta county sheriff's office/Tom Bosenko, Sheriff-Coroner; City of Shasta Lake 1525 Court St. Floor 2, Redding, Ca 96001; Phone 530-245-6096; 24hr. # 530-245-6540; fax 530-245-6086
  • Twin View Towing: Ken and Robertson - owners; 5061 eastside rd redding, ca 96001; 1-800-6fortow; 530-243-1010;
  • Pick and Pull - 530-221-6184 19919 Viking way, 96003

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Do not panhandle

Around 6 pm of april 2, 2020 as I was coming out of the grocery shopping at Winco I ended up getting myself locked out of my toyota rav4.

I piled up grocery items at a cardboad box not knowing I had put my car key at the box. Then I placed the box at the back seat closed the door and then in a sec "beep"! The car autolocked. And my cell phone was inside! 

I went inside the Winco store, asked for assistance wherepon the lady attending the self checkout lane told me to go to the customer service desk and use the phone to call a roadside service.  Luckily I had in my pocket the wallet with the tripple A card! I made a roadside sercice call. The lady on the phone asked first whether or not my car was in a safe area. I said yea and then she asked me about 7 questions on corona virus asking questions like: do you have flu like symptoms like fever? Have you travelled more than 100 miles by bus or train? Etc. And so forth. To all of them I said no. 

Then she took my membership no. and worked on dispatching sercice. (OH she did not forget to tell me that due to covid 19 I was NOT Allowed to sit in the tow truck driver's car seat.) 

In the meantime since it was pretty chilly at the Winco parking lot and because still the sun did not set (while waiting for the truck to arrive) I walked up to the entrance of the store leaned against the brick wall next to the exit door. The wall got heated up against the sun during the day so the wall retained warmth making my back feel good! Standing there with my hands stuck in the pockets of my pants I was looking around watching for the tow truck coming. 

Then a skinny guy wearing the Winco uniform (black apron) started pacing around me giving me a dirty look and then he took courage approached me up close and said to me: "You do not ask people for money do you? We do not allow panhandle here, okay? "

"OH, okay," I said and as I was walking away a tow truck was aproaching. 

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Bible Mid Latin American Nations and World Campus Mission (Conference Postponed)

Mid Latin American nations consisting of Honduras, Nicaragua, Guatemala, El Salvador, and Belize) were planned to hold a Bible conference during the second weekend of April, but due to the travel restrictions owing to the Corona Virus, it was postponed. 

Missionary Esther Lim of Chongno II Seoul Korea who visited Nicaragua in advance to organize dance team and music program for the conference {the lady in white top in the picture below) had to come back to Korea. On her way to Korea she visited LA chapter. 

Our prayer for the Lord's protection of the coworkers in the five Latin American nations, that is, shepherds and missionaries, including:
* Juan and Rebekah Kim of Nicaragua; David and Elizabeth Kang of Honduras, Moses and Sarah Chang of Belize, Isdro and Edith of El Salvador, Josue and Anna Ham, Sarah and Hilbert, Marcos and Daniela Nam and Mercy Kim of Guatemala.

In the meantime, I share the message here on line, the message which was supposed to be served at the conference Saturday Evening, the message entitled "You give them something to eat". 

Mark 6:30-44
Key verse 6:37
But he answered, “You give them something to eat.”

Introduction: In today’s passage our Lord Jesus gave his disciples a shepherd training, the training to feed his flock as shepherds.

There is an interesting humor online on the Honduran young man: a 20-year-old young man asked his 100-year-old grandmother what her secret was to live so long.  His grandmother replied, "I will tell you if you do one thing for me, tell me the number of grains of the sand on every beach in the entire world!" The 20 year old planning to travel the world took this challenge and set off counting every grain of sand in the world: he went to Afghanistan Albania Algeria Angola … and all the way to Uganda …Yemen Zambia Zimbabwe. Eighty years later the now 100-year-old walked in the door and into the living room where he sat down in the same chair he had sat 80 years ago and said to himself "Oh. That's how."

This humor indicates young Hondurans are brave, bold, persistent, and therefore teachable and trainable, just like the disciples of  Jesus.

I pray that  the Lord would inspire the young Central American young men and women to be shepherds feeding the flock of God.

I. Sheep without a shepherd (30-34)

Look at vs. 30-31. 30 The apostles gathered around Jesus and reported to him all they had done and taught. 31 Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.”

In the previous passage Jesus had sent out his disciples who now are called the apostles (meaning the ones who had been sent) to the towns and villages he was about to go. Jesus empowered them with the authority to drive out impure spirits and sent them out two by two. By faith they went out and preached that people should repent. They also healed those who are sick. Now they all came back from the mission journey. They gathered around Jesus and reported to him all they had done and taught.

By the time they finished reporting, they must have been very exhausted. They also must have been very hungry, that after eating a feast meal like Came Asada along with Pupusa, they must have wanted to take a long nap and then after waking up play a soccer.

But there was a problem: so many people were gathering around Jesus that they did not have a chance to eat. Jesus understood them. So he said, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.”  On hearing this, all of the apostles must have said to themselves: “Wow, thank you Jesus. Gracias, Muchas Gracias, Mil Gracias! Te Queremos!”
So what did they do? Look at v. 32 So they went away by themselves in a boat to a solitary place.

No sooner had they all gotten into the boat, than they were already into the water. And the boat was gliding into the Sea of Tiberias. They were going to a solitary place such as a Private bungalow beach front community at the beach town Trujillo. As the boat was gliding into the sea, Simon Peter waved his hands to the crowds of people standing on the beach side, “Bye, bye, see you next time.” And without no one leading the disciples of Jesus started singing a song, like Harry Belafonte’s Banana Boat Song:
“Day-o, day-ay-ay-o, Daylight come and me wan' go home. Day… me say day, me say me say-o, Daylight come and me wan' go home…Come, Mr. Tally Man, tally me banana…

All of the disciples were exhilarated in expectation of the picnic coming. But little did they know that on the side of the picnic spot there were heading, already there was developing a problem – the problem that ruins their plan of vacation.

Look at v. 33. But many who saw them leaving recognized them and ran on foot from all the towns and got there ahead of them. 

As the boat was reaching the shore, the apostles saw the crowd, waiting for them on the shore and on seeing the boat touching the shore, they waved their hands saying, “Hello Jesus, hello Apostles, welcome!”. So, the apostles said to themselves, “Oh, man. What the heck is going on?!”

But how did Jesus respond to the sight? Look at v. 34a. When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd.” Jesus and the apostles saw the same group of people. The disciples saw a large crowd, Jesus saw a large crowd. But response was different. Jesus had compassion on them, but the disciples found them as a burden. What made the difference? We find the answer in v. 34. Let us read the passage one more time. Jesus saw that the crowds were like sheep without a shepherd.

From a human standpoint, a lot of  the members of the crowd must have been even better endowed than the apostles, like some of them making more money than the disciples, living in a better neighborhood than the disciples. But, in Jesus’ view, the apostles are all set on their wellbeing, whereas the crowds were not, for the Apostles were sheep that had a shepherd but the crowds not.

Practically then what is it like to be a sheep without a shepherd that Jesus had compassion on them? We find an answer to the question in what King David shared in his Psalm, for Psalm 23  reads, “The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. 2 He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters,3 he restores my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. 4 Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me;your rod and your staff, they comfort me. 5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil;my cup overflows.6 Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

But man without shepherd cannot afford all the blessings David is referring to in this psalm. Instead he suffers like a sheep who after being lost, wanders around in a wilderness, going thirsty and hungry without knowing where to go to quench thirst and fill stomach and find rest. 

I know how miserable it is to live like a sheep without a shepherd, for throughout my young adulthood I lived like a sheep without a shepherd. I was born in a poor family in a small village of S. Korea. In the family of 7 siblings I was the youngest son. Farm work was hard, so in order to get out of the hard life in a farm I studied hard, and by the age of 19 I came to Seoul and attend a college. But the school study was a bore. Since I could not find the purpose and meaning, I generally goofed around, walking in and out of the school gate just like a zombie. Have you seen a zombie? (Read the Part I of my life testimony attached to this message.)

II. Send the people away (35-36)

So what did Jesus do? Look at v. 34b. “So he began teaching them many things.” Let us read vs. 35-36 responsively. By this time it was late in the day, so his disciples came to him. “This is a remote place,” they said, “and it’s already very late. 36 Send the people away so that they can go to the surrounding countryside and villages and buy themselves something to eat.”

In Israel there is a trail called “Jesus Trail”.

It is a 40-mile trail going from Nazareth to Capernaum. Most likely the conference took place in one of the places near the Sea of Galilee. I think the apostles when sent out two by two visited towns and villages in the area of Galilee such as Cana, Lavi, or Middal. Then during morning hours, they might have returned to Jesus and reported to him all that they had done. You know the Sea of Galilee is not a sea but a lake, yet since it is so large (33 miles in circumference,14 miles long, 8 miles wide) that they call it sea. And it takes easily a couple of hours to cross the sea by boat. So by the time the disciples landed, lunch time must have past. Then on seeing the crowd, out of compassion Jesus started teaching. The teaching went on and on. One P.M. came and went. But the teaching went on. Two pm came, but still going on. This way, three pm, came and go. 4, 5, 6 pm… Still the teaching went on.

The disciples most of them Galilean fishermen had big stomachs with huge appetite. So they have been waiting and waiting for the teaching to end. But still there was no sign of it ending. Counting men only there were about 5000, so with women and children the number could easily exceed 10000. And everyone wanted to meet Jesus and talk and receive His love. And one by one or one group after another, Jesus listened to all of them and talked to them on and on.

Finally the disciples patience ran out. They agreed to ask Jesus dismiss the crowds before too late.  and go to get a dinner meal. Look at vs. 35-36 again: ““This is a remote place,” they said, “and it’s already very late. 36 Send the people away so that they can go to the surrounding countryside and villages and buy themselves something to eat.”

There is a Korean hymn song entitled “Walking with Jesus.
주와 같이  가는 즐거운  아닌가우리 주님 걸어가신발자취를 밟겠네
This is an easy song to sing, but actually to follow Jesus, walking in His footsteps, doing as He does is not always easy; in fact it is very challenging. So even we like shepherds and missionaries end up saying, Send the people away!

III. You give them something to eat (37-41)

What did Jesus say to them? Look at. 37. “ But he answered, “You give them something to eat.”

How did the disciples respond? Look at v. 37b. “They said to him, “That would take more than half a year’s wages! Are we to go and spend that much on bread and give it to them to eat?”

The disciples of Jesus were realistic people. Simon Peter was a fisherman, so the sense of reality he goes by was “catch one fish  is to secure one bowl of enchilada, two fish two bean burritos etc.” The same was true with Matthew the tax collector. So their idea was:  in order to survive you need to have lempira or at least credit card in your pocket.

“That would take more than half a year’s wages!” The food price like Big Mac in Tegucigalpa Honduras is a little cheaper than the U.S., that is, $3.45 (134 lempira). So assuming about 10000 people gathered there you need $34,500 just to let each person eat one big Mac. No drink no French fries, but just big Mac. This is more than a man’s half year wage. The problem was that had they had this much money in their pocket, they could have thought about going and getting that much of food, but the reality was they did not have that much of money. No. Their pocket was empty. They quit their job and followed Jesus full time. Thus far Jesus did not give them paycheck. And in sending the disciples out on a mission journey Jesus did not allow them to bring wallet

Now, Jesus is charging them saying, “You give them something to eat!” The charge made them upset. So in unison they said, “Are we to go and spend that much on bread and give it to them?”

What did Jesus say? Let us read vs. 38-41 responsively.

Jesus did not argue with them. Instead Jesus asked them: “How many loaves do you have?”

I think the disciples were dumbfounded at this question, so on hearing the question they just looked at each other, and shrugged their shoulders.

Noting this, Jesus further said, “Go and see.”

Then they started looking around and asking people, and finally they found out and said, “Five—and two fish.” It was a lunch box carried by a small boy!

Then Jesus said, “Have all the people sit down in groups on the green grass.” Then Jesus directed them to have all the people sit down in groups on the green grass. 

This time, mysteriously the disciples did not talk back to Jesus. Faith came into their hearts. They believed in Jesus! [Can anyone read Mark 6:1-6? In Mark 6:5-6 it reads, “He could not do any miracles there, except lay his hands on a few sick people and heal them. 6 He was amazed at their lack of faith.” And I amazed at the disciples’ faith, because they believed that Jesus was going to feed through them the crowds of people with what they had brought to him. So by faith they obeyed Jesus’ order: they all went around and talked to people to sit down in groups on the green grass. Some folks of the crowds asked why. But the disciples said, “Just sit down. We are going to serve you a value meal.” So they sat down in groups of hundreds and fifties. 

Now look at v. 41. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to his disciples to distribute to the people. He also divided the two fish among them all.

What was the result? Look at vs. 42-44. Image result for jesus feeds the 5000

42 They all ate and were satisfied, 43 and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces of bread and fish. 44 The number of the men who had eaten was five thousand.

In conclusion, in the passage the Lord trained them to live as a shepherd who with the sense of responsibility takes care of sheep.  During my college days I used to live like a zombie. (Since I did know Jesus I lived at random, so I smelled so bad that when I came to the UBF, sisters could not come close to me. ) By  God’s grace during the winder of 1972 one of my law school classmates invited me to a Bible study in UBF. He fed me with the word of God and over time granted the mercy to live a shepherd for the American college students. (For the life as a shepherd please refer to the part II of my life testimony attached.)
One word: you give them something to eat.

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Anthony Mancini and Rebekah Chun

House church (you will be a blessing Gen 12:2)

*  officiant - pastor john kwon

*  bride - rebekah chun (from kyungsung ubf)

* groom - anthony mancini (LA ubf)

* LA UBF center

* 3:30 pm 

Saturday, February 1, 2020

Elder Samuel Choi of Yeonhee, Seoul Korea - Home Coming

사랑하는 최사무엘(최영훈) 목자님이 2020년 1월 28일 새벽 3시에 편히 주무시다가 소천하셨습니다. 이제까지 최사무엘 목자님을 귀히 여기시고 사랑시며 기도해 주신 모든 분들께 진심으로 감사드립니다. 이땅에서 영원한 생명으로 사셨는데, 이제 본향에 가서 그것을 더욱 누리며 사모하는 주님 품에서 쉼을 얻으실 것을 믿습니다. 

장례식은 2020년 1월 31일 금요일에 독일 칼스루에에서 치뤄질 예정입니다.  

14:45 입관식(가족과 친지,  장소:평화의정원, 정확한  위치는 추후 공지)

15:30 예배, 칼스루에 센터 (이후에 묘지 방문)

최에스더 집주소 

Eppinger Str.176131 Karlsruhe

장례식 문의 
M. James Kim 
0049 176 2077 7417

많은 분들의 문의로 계좌번호와 연락처를 이곳에 첨부합니다. 

Esther Choi
IBAN: DE25 3601 0043 0739 6394 30

He (74) produced one son two daughters
 of whom one lives in the U.S. 
another in Germany, still another in Ukraine.
He lived as a great cheerleader for the world of the Lord.

Friday, January 24, 2020

Happy lunar new year 2020

In Korea yesterday Jan 24 was the lunar new year.

In the U.S. today is Jan 24 and the lunar new year.

A friend of mine sent me an article on the Korean customs of greeting the Lunar New Year. One of them is on the day before the date, they take a good bath, cleaning one's body, and get new clothes to wear on the new year's day.

Jewish mew year day arrives in late September, that is Sept. 28 in the case of the year 2020.

Japanese people along with the the U.S. keep January 1 as the new year day.

The article mentioned above states in effect that for those who made the year's resolutions and have already failed to keep them it is good to start out anew on this Lunar New Year's Day!

This reminds me of what the Apostle Paul says: "Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will."

For those who are in the Lord then every day is the New Year's Day when by the renewing of his mind one can make a brand new beginning. 

Today then by the renewing of my mind, after eating at an all you can eat China buffet restaurant, I went out to the Igo garden, and planted five trees. 

And have a Happy Lunar New Year!